Taiwan sends frigate to South China Sea after court ruling

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Taiwan backs China by sending frigate to South China Sea following international ruling July 13, 2016 View post tag: South China Sea Taiwan has sent a stealth frigate to patrol the Spratly Islands region in the South China Sea following the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling in the maritime jurisdiction case brought against China by the Philippines.A Kangding-class frigate was sent to the region on July 13 with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen attending the send-off, Taiwan Today reported.The South China Sea ruling made July 12 by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague concluded that China’s territorial claims in the region have no legal grounding.The court made a differentiation between rocks and islands and low-tide elevations declaring that only naturally formed islands qualified for a 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone. This means that most of the rocks and artificially-built islands upon which China’s so-called nine dash line was based on did not give China jurisdiction over the territory.Both China and Taiwan rejected the ruling declaring the tribunal illegal.Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs David Tawei Lee said the ruling was unacceptable to the Republic of China (Taiwan) and was not legally binding on the nation.“This so-called Arbitral Tribunal was born out of the unlawful behavior and illegal claims of the Philippines. Its existence is illegal, and whatever ruling it makes is null and void, with no binding force,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a regular press conference. Taiwan backs China by sending frigate to South China Sea following international ruling Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Oxford gifts nineteenth-century violin to Syrian refugee

first_imgOxford University’s music faculty has taken a German-made violin out of the historic Bate Collection to lend to 14-year-old aspiring musician Aboud Kaplo, who is currently living as a refugee in Lebanon.Andrew Lamb, curator of the 2000-strong instrument collection, was prompted to make the loan after being approached by film-maker and former student of the faculty, Susie Attwood, who had met Aboud and his family while filming a documentary in Lebanon.When asked why he had taken the decision to lend a Bate Collection instrument to someone beyond University staff and students, which is its principal function, Lamb told Cherwell: “Most museums are very inward-looking. The professionals who work within a museum service generally are concerned only with their own narrow specification.“Very often I think we lose sight of the fact that we are a global, international resource.“If we can’t reach out…like this, we don’t really deserve to have our collections of glorious heritage at all.”On the choice of violin itself, Lamb explained: “It’s not a grand collecting violin, but it’s a pretty good entry level instrument if you’re a young person who wants to learn to play.“It used to belong to the previous curator before she died. She was one of these outward looking people. If she had known of this circumstance, she would have approved.”Lamb intends to lend Aboud the violin for ten years, by which time he hopes that he will be ready to transition onto an improved instrument.“When that time comes we will take it upon ourselves to try and find a better instrument for him,” Lamb said.When Susie Attwood met him, Aboud was trying to teach himself using Youtube tutorials and a toy violin. He told BBC News: “Playing the violin helps me express my feelings. I want to go on to study music and play on a big stage and travel the world.”last_img read more

DINING OUT 07030Amanda’s

first_imgIn the 10 years that I worked in Hoboken, I passed Amanda’s hundreds of times. I was always charmed by its welcoming storefront and its warm candlelit ambience.Mention Amanda’s to just about anyone, and you get the same knowing nod: sophisticated cuisine in understated elegance.Which is what I discovered on a Wednesday evening, just after the first night of daylight savings, when the dining room was softly lit with candles and wall sconces.When you enter, you’re greeted by a friendly host. A restored brownstone, the place has a homey, residential character, with tables and a small, club-like bar.To the right, and down a step, is a much larger dining room. We chose a table overlooking the back garden. There’s no outdoor dining, but the terrace is small and cozy, with Hoboken’s leafy backyards stretching into the night.Imbibers, take note, Amanda’s is definitely a wine venue with an extensive list and monthly five-course wine dinners. It also has a small but intriguing array of signature cocktails and martinis.Beer drinkers, take heart! A few are on offer. After a brief discussion, owner Juan Mendoza brought me a Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Organic Lager, brewed in New Jersey. He splashed some in a glass for me to approve, just like a wine drinker. (Class act!)The warm bread comes from the legendary Dom’s Bakery in Hoboken and is served with a light, soft herb butter.OK, let’s get down to business. We chose from a selection of 14 appetizers. It wasn’t easy because all of them were enticing. The finalists were Baby Lacinato Kale with orange, apple, and ricotta crostini; and Roasted Baby Beets with horseradish goat cheese, arugula, and walnut vinaigrette. Both were excellent. As you can tell from Terri’s pictures, the beet salad, especially, was a work of art.Now, I have to warn you. We ordered two entrees, but Chef Deuhana Vargas sent out two more, way too much for two people of course, but these varied dishes give you a good idea of the menu’s broad reach.The first of two fish courses was Dorade, with broccoli rabe, pickled shallots, and Italian salsa verde. Full disclosure: Neither of us knew what it was. For the record, it’s in the bream family and found in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic. It was worth the adventure, and the smoothly prepared broccoli rabe was not as bitter as it sometimes can be.Next up, Atlantic Salmon. This deliciously crisp cube of salmon came atop lemon risotto, arugula, and balsamic. Another home run.Out came the Duck Confit Tagliatelle. This is like a casserole with parmesan sauce, sautéed kale, and black pepper. It’s quite rich, so pace yourself if this savory dish is going to be your main course.Fasten your seatbelts. The final entrée was a Braised Short Rib, with gnocchi, black truffle cream, and crispy potato. This may have been the most tender meat I’ve ever eaten. Put away your knife. You could actually eat it with a spoon. I’d like to come back for this when I’m not so full!At this point, Juan joked that we probably would not have room for dessert. We didn’t, but lo and behold, one of our many fine waiters appeared with a Lemon Crème Brule, which wasn’t even on the dessert menu. Truth be told, the fresh lemon flavor was perfect after the mélange of tastes that we enjoyed throughout the evening.At one point, Juan’s wife Juliette showed up with their daughter Mia, who appears in one of Juan’s hand-painted photographs that grace the front of the restaurant.Juan has an interesting back story. He started as a waiter at Amanda’s, eventually buying it in November 2016 from then owners Joyce and Eugene Flinn.Bottom line? Amanda’s reputation for exquisite food and gracious dining in a warm and friendly milieu is well-deserved. If you’ve walked by hundreds of times as I had, next time, walk right in.—07030Amanda’s908 Washington St.(201) 798-0101 amandasrestaurant.comlast_img read more

Press release: PM calls with President Macron and President Trump: 14 April 2018

first_img In separate calls, the Prime Minister this afternoon spoke with President Macron and President Trump. The three leaders agreed that the military strikes taken against the Syrian Regime’s chemical weapons sites had been a success. The Prime Minister welcomed the public support which had been given by fellow world leaders for the strong stand the UK, France and the United States had taken in degrading Syria’s chemical weapons capability and deterring their use; defending global rules; and sending a clear message that the use of chemical weapons can never become normalised. A Downing Street spokesperson said:last_img

Florence + The Machine Perform Live Debut Of “Jenny Of Oldstones” From ‘Game Of Thrones’ [Watch]

first_imgLast month, HBO premiered a new single from British pop/rock outfit Florence + The Machine titled, “Jenny of Oldstones”, which debuted to close out an episode for the hit series, Game of Thrones. Over the weekend, the rock band gave the haunting ballad its live debut during their headlining set at Arizona’s FORM Festival on Friday.Related: Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience Announces 2019 Fall Tour Dates“I would like to dedicate this song to Arya Stark, who saved us all” singer Florence Welch told the audience to loud approval before starting into the mythical ballad–a nod to the victorious achievement played out by the popular character a recent episode of Game of Thrones. She was joined in the performance by American singer and cellist, Kelsey Lu. Fans can watch the band’s performance of the dreamy ballad from Friday’s show below.Florence + The Machine – “Jenny of Oldstone” – 5/10/2019[Video: florencemachine]“When I first heard the song it sounded like a Celtic lullaby to me,” Welch said with the song’s arrival last month. “Celtic music has always been in my blood, so I felt like I could do something with it … I am honored to be a part of the final season.”Florence + The Machine continues its North American spring tour in promotion of their latest studio album, 2018’s High As Hope, with a performance at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA on Sunday (May 12th). Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets and tour info.[H/T NME]last_img read more

Cautious geohacking

first_imgBy tailoring geoengineering efforts by region and by need, a new model promises to maximize the effectiveness of solar radiation management while mitigating its potential side effects and risks. Developed by a team of leading researchers, the study was published in the November issue of Nature Climate Change.Solar geoengineering, the goal of which is to offset the global warming caused by greenhouse gases, involves reflecting sunlight back into space. By increasing the concentrations of aerosols in the stratosphere or by creating low-altitude marine clouds, the as-yet hypothetical solar geoengineering projects would scatter incoming solar heat away from the Earth’s surface.“Our research goes a step beyond the one-size-fits-all approach to explore how careful tailoring of solar geoengineering can reduce possible inequalities and risks,” says co-author David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Photo by Eliza Grinnell/SEAS CommunicationsCritics of geoengineering have long warned that such a global intervention would have unequal effects around the world and could result in unforeseen consequences. They argue that the potential gains may not be worth the risk.“Our research goes a step beyond the one-size-fits-all approach to explore how careful tailoring of solar geoengineering can reduce possible inequalities and risks,” says co-author David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School. “Instead, we can be thoughtful about various trade-offs to achieve more selective results, such as the trade-off between minimizing global climate changes and minimizing residual changes at the worst-off location.”The study — developed in collaboration with Douglas G. MacMartin of the California Institute of Technology, Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science, and Ben Kravitz, formerly of Carnegie and now at the Department of Energy — explores the feasibility of using solar geoengineering to counter the loss of Arctic sea ice.“There has been a lot of loose talk about region-specific climate modification. By contrast, our research uses a more systematic approach to understand how geoengineering might be used to limit a specific impact. We found that tailored solar geoengineering might limit Arctic sea ice loss with several times less total solar shading than would be needed in a uniform case.”Generally speaking, greenhouse gases tend to suppress precipitation, and an offsetting reduction in the amount of sunlight absorbed by Earth would not restore this precipitation. Both greenhouse gases and aerosols affect the distribution of heat and rain on this planet, but they change the temperature and precipitation in different ways in different places. The researchers suggest that varying the amount of sunlight deflected away from the Earth both regionally and seasonally could combat some of this problem.“These results indicate that varying geoengineering efforts by region and over different periods of time could potentially improve the effectiveness of solar geoengineering and reduce climate impacts in at-risk areas,” says co-author Ken Caldeira, senior scientist in the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science.The researchers note that although their study used a state-of-the-art model, any real-world estimates of the possible impact of solar radiation management would need to take into account various uncertainties. Further, any interference in Earth’s climate system, whether intentional or unintentional, is likely to produce unanticipated outcomes.“While more work needs to be done, we have a strong model that indicates that solar geoengineering might be used in a far more nuanced manner than the uniform one-size-fits-all implementation that is often assumed. One might say that one need not think of it as a single global thermostat. This gives us hope that if we ever do need to implement engineered solutions to combat global warming, that we would do so with a bit more confidence and a great ability to test it and control it.”last_img read more

Stepping down and speaking up

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV3fJYOJkX4″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/HV3fJYOJkX4/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> After eight years at the helm of Harvard Law School (HLS), Dean Martha Minow plans to step down and return in the fall to the classroom, where she has taught for 36 years.Minow’s tenure was marked by digitization of the School library’s collection, diversification of the faculty and student body, and expansion of legal clinics and research programs. Among the challenges she faced were the effects of the 2008 financial crisis and a student movement calling for removal of the School’s shield because of its ties to a slave-owning benefactor. The School retired the old shield.Minow, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, sat down with the Gazette to reflect on her tenure, her plans to defend the rule of law, and an upcoming book on law and forgiveness.Q&AMartha MinowGAZETTE: What accomplishments are you most proud of during your tenure as dean?minow: One of my goals was to continue to diversify the School. When I say diversity, I mean gender, race, and ethnicity, but also viewpoint, religion, methodology, and kinds of subjects throughout the faculty, student body, and staff. We’ve made some wonderful faculty appointments who have made the whole school better, and the student body is much more diverse. Another goal was to spread the idea of entrepreneurship and risk-taking among students. We created a public service venture fund to encourage students to imagine creating their own jobs, and we also included many courses in the general field of entrepreneurship and innovation.We have also grown our human rights program, and our immigration and refugee clinic, which is doing cutting-edge work and at the moment is at the center of some very serious challenges in the country. We launched a veterans’ clinic to represent them in their challenges with government or elsewhere, but also to examine the problems in the way they’re treated. Other examples are the predatory-lending clinic, a research program on criminal justice, and I can go on and on.GAZETTE: Can you tell us about the process of digitizing the collection of the Harvard Law School’s library, a process that you started in 2015?minow: We have the world’s largest law library. It’s a treasure. I feel it is a tremendous honor and responsibility to preserve what we have but also to continue to grow the library, which means not only to continue acquiring books and periodicals, but also to push for access to knowledge of all kinds. It’s a very tough tradeoff. Do we continue to collect materials from all around the world? Or should we instead invest in new digital tools? Or try to do both? One of the great developments initiated by Jonathan Zittrain, my colleague who heads the library and the Berkman Klein Center, was to digitize our collection so that it’s made available to other people. Fantastic idea. We didn’t have the money to do it. He had the brilliant idea to build a partnership with a small startup, which put in the money to pay for digitizing but then in exchange they develop their own services, which they sell. Figuring out how to make that possible was very challenging but also very rewarding.GAZETTE: Which goals were you unable to achieve during your tenure, and why?minow: When Elena Kagan was dean, she asked me to lead a curriculum reform. It was the first major reform in a long time. I’m not sure we were able to do it as we would have liked because there were issues we had to take care of that were immediate.GAZETTE: The Reclaim Harvard Law School movement calling for social justice within the School emerged last year, creating more than one controversy. As someone who has described herself as a social justice activist, how did this affect you?minow: I was a student activist myself, and I hope our students take their passion and try to work on what they think their priorities are when they are here. It wasn’t always pleasant. There certainly were high levels of emotion, and people expected change to happen overnight. One of my goals is that our students are well prepared to understand how to make change, which means to ask the question of who has the authority to make change, and what are the steps necessary to make change without causing a backlash. And working with students who may not know all of those elements, that has been an opportunity, and sometimes a challenge.GAZETTE: I read that you clerked for Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, the Civil Rights hero and the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. What did you learn from that experience?minow: He was my hero. I went to law school because I wanted to do work in Civil Rights. I’d say there were three things that surprised me about him. He took the time to know the life story and the background of everybody in the court. The second is that he was a really good lawyer, of the sort that really cared about the law, and in particular he cared about procedure. The third thing is to pick your battles. You don’t dissent in every case. He was the best storyteller I’ve ever met, a great man, and a true inspiration.GAZETTE: Did the controversy over the HLS shield have anything to do with your decision to step down?minow: Not at all. When Drew Faust asked me to be dean, I said, “How long do I need to do this for?” This was not a job that I sought. When Faust said “five years,” I had five years very much in my mind. Five years came, and she said, “Would you stay?” After the election, I was thinking that I’d stay maybe another year, but the difference between being able to get back into the life of a professor, someone who is able to speak and participate in the affairs of the day, versus continuing being a dean, made me realize that it was time for me to make the change. The results of the presidential election were certainly a factor in my decision to step down.GAZETTE: In a recent op-ed in The Boston Globe, you expressed concern about President Trump’s criticism of the courts and the rule of law. What can law schools do today to defend the rule of law?minow: My own research has focused very much on what happens to societies in conflict, and what are the predicates for tyranny, and what are the warning signs of genocide. That’s what I work on. I worked in Kosovo, and I learned that you cannot end civil war if you don’t have in place the rule of law that people respect. Places that don’t have an operational legal system create a climate of hatred and violence, and places that have an operational rule of law keep us safe. This is as fundamental as you can imagine. When we have people in positions of high authority who cast doubts on the legal system, who invite disobedience of the legal system, who invite disrespect for the law, that’s a jeopardy to all of us. I do believe leaders in the legal profession, and that includes leaders of law schools, have an obligation to speak out.   It’s interesting to me that Associate Judge [Neil] Gorsuch, our alumnus, at a time when everyone had a camera on him, made clear he did not appreciate the president’s casting doubt on the integrity of the legal system and of judges involved.GAZETTE: What are the warning signs of tyranny?minow: One of the warning signs of tyranny is when people feel intimidated and discouraged from speaking out against what they see as unjust. That underscores why freedom of speech is so important, as well as the legal rights to protect freedom of speech. And for the government there must be civil services protection to keep people from not losing their jobs if they actually expose misconduct within the government. These are very important protections.GAZETTE: Do you think those protections are in danger now with the new administration?minow: I don’t know. I think that anyone who thinks so should speak out.GAZETTE: What’s the best, the worst, and the ugliest part of being a dean?minow: [Laughs.] The best part is working with extraordinary people at the School, from the library to my team to students to alumni. There are 37,000 HLS alumni around the world, and meeting them has been one of the most pleasant surprises. I’ve always thought that other than my family my favorite people were my students, but I discovered that alumni are grown-up students. It has been fantastic having the chance to interview alumni and engage them in very candid conversations about their lives and their work — people like Susan Cain, who wrote the bestseller on the power of introverts, along with leaders of companies and nonprofit organizations.GAZETTE: Were you able to meet with Barack Obama, one of the most famous HLS graduates?minow: Well, he didn’t come back to campus. But I have had the good fortune to see him during the last eight years because he appointed me to serve on the Legal Services Corp. [a government-sponsored organization that provides civic legal aid to low-income people], and he made the access-to-justice theme more prominent in his administration than in memory. We held meetings at the White House, and we hosted several meetings of the Legal Services Corp. here. It’s very important because it’s about putting justice at the center. And in the end, access to justice for low-income people is the test of whether or not we are serious about justice. It shouldn’t just be that people with resources can have their rights enforced.GAZETTE: What is the worst part of being a dean?minow: The worst is very much the sadness of people’s lives. You, as the dean, are privy to the secrets of who is ill and whose family members are ill, and on very sad occasions when people die, I am like a clergyperson presiding over memorial services and trying to comfort family members of students who are ill. There’s certainly no question that that is the hardest and the saddest part of the job.GAZETTE: What’s the ugliest part of being a dean? You said once that being a dean was also being a talk show host. I wonder if you like that role.minow: I love being a talk show host. Sometimes I even run my classes as if I were a talk show host in order to get people to talk because some people don’t really want to talk, and so I say, “Ok, today we’re a talk show.”GAZETTE: What were the main challenges of your tenure besides the financial crisis?minow: That, and saying no to people who had very good and well-framed requests for resources, and I didn’t have anything to give. The big challenge is really an existential one for higher education. We can’t continue to raise tuition at the rate it has gone up, and the amount of resources that are necessary to support the School aren’t at all covered by tuition. That’s a huge challenge. I guess I’d say that other challenges that continue is that you, as a leader, can never make everyone happy. But a good thing is that I have been a parent, and so you know that doing the right thing is not about making people happy.GAZETTE: Can you tell us more about the book on law and forgiveness you’re planning to write?minow: This is the book that is now way behind schedule. In 1998, I wrote a book called “Between Vengeance and Forgiveness,” which looks at possible legal responses to mass atrocities and to genocide, and compares areas of criminal prosecution, reparations, and truth commissions. At that time, South Africa had just established what is now a model for truth commissions all around the world. I wrote in my book that there should be a path that is between sanctions and forgiveness. And to my surprise some people asked me why we couldn’t have more forgiveness in the law. And that’s such a good question. I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about it. I look at the possible place that law can give to forgiveness in criminal justice, international criminal justice, but also domestic criminal justice. I look at child soldiers and how they’re treated and how they could be treated. I look at the question of sovereign debts, and when they could be forgiven, and when is it actually counterproductive, or even cruel, to force a nation to pay back loans that were maybe secured by a leader who was taking money for personal gains. I also pursue the question of consumer debts, and whether there should be forgiveness for them. In addition, I’m also thinking about what’s unforgivable, what should law not let go, and I think that’s an important question. I’m also interested in the ways that law may make it more difficult for people to forgive, and when law itself should forgive, and that also includes asking what’s unforgivable.GAZETTE: In your view, what is unforgivable?minow: Hannah Arendt, the great political philosopher, had the view that genocide was unforgivable. It’s a persuasive case. It’s interesting that in this country we have no statute of limitations, no limit on the time period that you can be prosecuted for murder, and that’s basically saying, “We take this as an unusual crime.” Now does that mean that no murder can ever be forgiven? I don’t know. It’s a very interesting question. I’m fascinated by the movement organized by family members who have lost relatives to murder who seek forgiveness, who seek to stop the death penalty. I find that fascinating and hard to imagine that I could be capable of that kind of generosity. I hope to think more and learn more.This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for length and clarity.2017 Last Lecture Series | Dean Martha Minow The Last Lecture Series at Harvard Law School is an opportunity for selected faculty members to impart final words of wisdom on the graduating class. Dean Martha Minow delivered the final lecture in the four-part series which also included professors Michael Klarman, Khiara Bridges, and Bob Bordone. The event has been organized annually by the 3L Class Marshals since 2014.last_img read more

Building the Converged Teams that Transformed IT and Enhanced Service to the Business

first_imgAchieving our present hybrid cloud environment based on a converged IT infrastructure may have taken two go-rounds for us. But the results have certainly been worth it—for both the business units we serve and for our converged team members.Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH) is a privately held, Dallas-based company with a growing portfolio of competitive and regulated energy companies operating in Texas. EFH companies include Luminant, a diverse power-generation business, and TXU Energy, a retail electricity provider with 1.7 million residential and business customers in the state.Technology plays a key role in how we compete for business, engage with customers, and innovate. In 2009, when we first virtualized our IT infrastructure, we made a conscious decision to avoid going with a vertical stack from a single vendor. We didn’t want to be locked in. And we succeeded in creating a robust private cloud environment.But with each major upgrade, we had to spend another $1 million to $1.5 million on labor alone over the six months it took to complete the build. This dated the new environment before we could even leverage it, and the quality of the builds varied dramatically. Equally concerning, our business-unit customers were beginning to think of us in terms of red tape, not getting things done.So, in 2014, we reversed course. We chose Dell EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud running on Vblock® Systems. And we began a transformation from teams responsible for managing a specific technology such as Windows or UNIX, or networks or databases—to being capable of supporting our entire converged environment from the hypervisor on down.Building the converged teamsWe are very data driven. In creating our converged teams, we reduced the number of outside contractors, which had been the lion’s share of our IT team, and focused on expanding the team members’ skill sets. In many cases, contracts simply weren’t renewed when they expired.Among the factors we considered were:What roles existed then, and what would we need to address in the near future?What roles might we need outside of our converged environment—such as handling patches within a specific OS, or dealing with enterprise equipment such as SANs or NAS?What qualifications were required for each role? Level one, two, or three? Novice, intermediate, engineer, or high-level architect? Improved collaboration and agilityGoing into the transformation, we were of course concerned about the impact on our culture. But the changes were accepted very well—especially with the commitment we made to training. Teams were sent to conferences and training classes and everyone was given numerous opportunities from Dell EMC, Cisco, and our IT team partner to stay current on the latest technologies.This enabled people to keep their skills relevant in a constantly changing operating environment. And it also led to improved collaboration and the agility to respond much more quickly to service requests, even with far fewer resources.It’s also had a tremendous impact on our builds. With the shift to converged, we can now connect, configure, power up, and start provisioning new systems in about a week, rather than requiring six months or more. And we can do that with just one or two resources—eliminating the $1 million or more we spent on labor previously.Impressive results—with more to comeWith the transformation to Dell EMC’s Converged Platforms well underway, we’ve seen some impressive results:Our investment of $20 million in Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Vblock Systems is expected to return $54 million in avoided costs and net operating savings through 2020We’re providing higher quality service with 75% less IT staffWe’re enjoying performance gains from the Dell EMC converged platforms, averaging 40% to 50%, with improvement on some tasks of up to 300%We’ll have shrunk our data center space from 35,000 sq. ft. to 6,000 sq. ft. by year-end, with a goal of reaching 2,500 sq. ft. by the end of 2017We’re also now able to use our converged teams to pursue our goal of becoming a service broker for business-unit clients. With the implementation of cloud services and automation, I see our teams’ focus shifting away from the simple delivery of infrastructure to providing catalogs of services that will ensure business users can get completely out of the IT business.Just as importantly, this will enable us to see the true big picture of what’s being spent and do a better job of managing IT usage and costs for EFH.To learn more about how Energy Future Holdings benefits from Dell EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Vblock Systems, read our case study and watch our video.last_img read more

Ireland program provides internship opportunities

first_imgTags: Dublin, Ireland, Irish Internship Program, O’Connell House Photo courtesy of Ciaran Pollard Many Notre Dame students are are all too familiar with the arduous search that is finding a summer internship. With that experience in mind, Irish Internship Program offers students a unique and challenging opportunity of not just an internship experience but a chance to live abroad in a country many on campus hold dear: Ireland.Senior Megan Ball, who participated in the Irish Internship Program last summer, said the program lasts for eight to 10 weeks and offers a wide variety of internship opportunities for students. The program is made possible by the O’Connell House, Notre Dame’s study abroad headquarters in Dublin.“It encompasses around 50 internship opportunities in various sectors from education to finance to research to the arts,” Ball said. “The program also incorporates, in addition to valuable work experience, a cultural enrichment program that exposes participants to all aspects of Irish culture through trips, and a professional development series.”Ciarán Pollard, intern coordinator for the program, said internship placements for 2016 include the Bank of Ireland, Abbey Theatre, Department of Foreign Affairs-Press Section and the Irish Cancer Society.Ball said her favorite part of the program was the immersion experience of living and working in Ireland.“The best part of program is certainly the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the world of another culture,” Ball said. “While studying abroad is a truly great experience, to live and work in a city brings things into a whole new perspective.“You are a part of the hustle and bustle of a busy work day,” she said. “The office culture differs, and the lifestyle of Irish working persons is slightly different than Americans, [and] experiencing these things allows you to re-enter the U.S. with a new perspective.”Sarah Witt, a senior who also participated in the internship program last summer, said anyone can apply to the program. It is not restricted by interest or major but simply to students looking to spend time getting to know Ireland and Irish culture, Witt said.Ball said the program is especially helpful for students in the College of Arts and Letters, who often struggle the most with finding summer opportunities.“It is rare to find great internships in your particular field of study that are funded if you study in the liberal arts,” Ball said.“But the Irish Interns program allows for a fully-funded opportunity that is not only fabulous for career and educational development, but is also super fun!”Witt said she encourages all students to consider spending their summer in Ireland. The deadline to apply for the program is Friday, Witt said.“This past summer was one of the best experiences of my life,” Witt said. “I strongly encourage you to apply. … You will have a wonderful summer going on adventures across Ireland, gaining work experience and making lifelong friendships.”last_img read more

Cast Photos! Funday in the Park with Idina Menzel & Her If/Then Friends

first_img James Snyder View Comments Related Shows LaChanze Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Then Jenn Colella Star Files Anthony Rapp The wait is almost over: Tony winner Idina Menzel Jenn Colella, LaChanze, Jason Tam, Anthony Rapp, James Snyder and the cast of If/Then can now be seen outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre! Check out this Hot Shot of the musical’s brand new artwork, featuring the cast hanging out in the park together. Written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, If/Then is set at the intersection of choice and chance, where the road you takes meets the road you didn’t. Menzel will play Elizabeth, a woman rebuilding her life in New York, a city of infinite possibilities. Check out the cast in action, then catch If/Then, beginning March 5 on Broadway. Jason Tam Idina Menzel View All (6)last_img read more