EDMONTON – Edmonton police have charged two women with attempted murder in an abuse investigation involving five children under the age of 10.After receiving a tip from a babysitter last month, police said they checked a house in the city and found the children in a “shocking environment and physical state.”All of the kids needed medical attention, including two who were admitted to hospital with serious injuries.Sgt. Aubrey Zalaski praised the babysitter who called police out of concern for the children.“Her actions are to be commended and we are so grateful that she did the right thing,” Zalaski said Wednesday. “We don’t know how much worse things might have gotten had she not made a report.”Police arrested two women who are known to the children and who were responsible for their care.The women, age 23 and 24, also each face other charges including aggravated assault, abandonment of a child, unlawful confinement and criminal negligence.The 23-year-old is also charged with assault with a weapon and the 24-year-old with duty to provide necessities of life.Zalaski said all of the children are recovering and the two children who were treated for serious injuries have been released from hospital.“All five children have been placed in safe living environments and have received an immense amount of love and support from a variety of people,” he said.Police continue to investigate and are monitoring threats made against the two suspects on social media.Zalaski warned people not to take vigilante action against the women.“We are concerned about some of the comments we have seen,” he said.“Although people may have anger and frustration, it is not acceptable to move into retribution or any type of criminal activity.”
BBC One has announced that the BBC Children in Need Appeal show returns on Friday 16 November, live once more from Television Centre.Sir Terry Wogan will be joined by Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly plus Nick Grimshaw to host a bigger than ever, spectacular night of musical entertainment, sketches, special features, glitz, glamour and guest appearances.This year’s appeal night will be the pinnacle of a vast range of programming contributing to the 2012 BBC Children in Need campaign. The biggest names in entertainment will come together to support the appeal and help to raise money for disadvantaged children in the UK.The star-studded evening of entertainment will feature music performances from One Direction who kick off the programme, plus Little Mix, Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, The Script, Paloma Faith, Il Divo and Tim Minchin. Pop superstars Girls Aloud will also reunite live in the studio for the exclusive first TV performance of their much anticipated official Children in Need 2012 single entitled ‘Something New’.“It’s an honour to open BBC Children in Need’s Appeal show again this year and we are so excited about performing on the big night. Children in Need is such an important cause, one which we are always thrilled to support,” said One Direction.“It’s a huge privilege for us to perform the Children in Need official single this year and we’re really looking forward to making our first TV performance of ‘Something New’ on Appeal night. The charity has always meant a lot to us and we hope to raise as much money from the single as possible!” added Girls Aloud.Britain’s Got Talent 2012 winner Pudsey the dog will finally meet his namesake, Children in Need’s own Pudsey bear, for an exclusive dance performance extravaganza.“I am delighted to be able to return to Children in Need this year and support this event,” said Susan Boyle. “It is a fantastic charity that raises much needed funds for children and I would urge everyone to be as generous as possible. I can’t wait to be a part of this wonderful evening, hopefully we can beat last year’s total and raise even more this year!”“It’s a privilege for The Script to be involved in Children in Need in this year,” added The Script. “We will do our best to try help raise as much money as we can on the night for those who need it the most. It’s gonna be an amazing night with a brilliant line-up. So bring your wallets and dig deep.”Around 20 of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes including Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington, Louis Smith, David Weir, Nicola Adams and Ellie Simmonds will be throwing shapes in their very own music video set to Basement Jaxx’s ‘Do Your Thing’ – including a special section featuring members of the 3 Day Eventing team: Zara Phillips, Nicola Wilson and Tina Cook dancing the ‘Gangnam Style’.Strictly Come Dancing viewers’ favourites Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant will return to the dance floor on a wing and a prayer for an unmissable performance with their partners Anton Du Beke and Flavia Cacace.Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith, will also bring viewers an extra special ‘prequel’ to its Christmas special, with a bespoke storyline made for Children in Need, and an exclusive preview trailer of the Christmas special including the first glimpse of the Doctor with his new companion. There will also be an exclusive preview of the Call The Midwife Christmas special.The BBC Newsreaders, Fiona Bruce, Sophie Raworth and Bill Turnbull, will be pitting their driving skills against each other in a special edition of Top Gear’s ‘Star in a reasonably priced car’. A host of comedy specials will also feature including an exclusive episode of Not Going Out with Lee Mack featuring a cameo appearance from Sir Terry Wogan himself.The action will spread across the country, as presenter and former chorister Aled Jones leads The Choir, which once more unites children across the UK’s nations and regions and leads a 2,500 strong chorus of young singers in an unforgettable performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.Viewers will also get a rare treat as pop princess Kylie Minogue performs reworkings of some of her classic hits accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, filmed at Proms in the Park in Hyde Park earlier this summer. Also EastEnder Shona McGarty (who plays Whitney) will be singing an extra special number.The evening will feature films highlighting some of the vital work the charity is doing to change the lives of children throughout the UK. Fearne Cotton will introduce an appeal film on bullying and Robbie Williams will help tell the moving story of a family supported by Children in Need through a time of grief. Olympian Tom Daley will front a film about a teenage hero who has been helped by Children in Need and EastEnders actress Nina Wadia (who plays Zainab) meets a little boy whose life has been transformed by Children in Need’s “Friendship Project”.Totaliser updates will be dotted throughout the night to keep viewers up to date with the total amount raised.Sir Terry Wogan, Children in Need Life President says: “Children in Need as ever is graced by the presence of lovely ladies Tess and Fearne, and this year I’ll be delighted to welcome Radio 1’s morning star, Nick Grimshaw, to prop me up as the Friday appeal stretches into Saturday, and we head for what we hope will be another record-breaking total for the people’s charity. Every year of Children in Need is a shining tribute to the extraordinary generosity of the British people.’’Clare Pizey, BBC Executive Producer, says: “This year’s Children in Need is bigger and more ambitious than ever. I am delighted with the spectacular line-up who will come together to help raise money for the children who need it most, plus the fantastic addition of Nick Grimshaw to the presenting team. This is just a taste of what is to come, viewers can look forward to a few more extra special surprises on the night too. We will be asking the nation to call in with their pledges before the night is done, to help make this is an even more successful year for the charity.”David Ramsden, BBC Children in Need Chief Executive, added: “This year’s Campaign is bigger and better than ever and people right across the country are once again coming together to raise thousands that will help change the lives of disadvantaged children right here in the UK.”Broadcast detailsFriday 16th NovemberThe One Show’s Children in Need special BBC One, 7.00pm – 7.30pm, with Matt Baker and Alex JonesBBC Children in Need BBC One, 7.30pm – 10.00pm, with Sir Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Tess DalyBBC Children in Need BBC Two, 10.00pm – 10.35pm, (during the BBC One Ten O’Clock News) with Sir Terry Wogan and Fearne CottonBBC Children in Need BBC One, 10.35pm – time tbc approx. 1.30/2.00am, with Sir Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton and Nick GrimshawSource:bbc.co.uk
ADCOLOR welcomes CNN’s Don Lemon as host of 2014 ADCOLOR Live! and the 8th Annual ADCOLOR Awards. Lemon also served as host of the 7th Annual ADCOLOR Awards.ADCOLOR Live! will take place Monday, June 16, 2014, at Time Warner’s Screening Room at One Time Warner Center. The announcement will include the 8th Annual ADCOLOR Awards Honorees and Nominees, the 2014 ADCOLOR FUTURES class and Ms. ADCOLOR. ADCOLOR Live! is presented by CNN and will be live streamed on www.AdColor.org.“The ADCOLOR Board of Directors and the Advisory Board are excited to highlight not only the exceptional achievements but the selfless ways this year’s nominees and special honorees have given back to their respective industries and the world.” says Tiffany R. Warren, Founder and President of ADCOLOR and SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Group. The announcement and live stream will take place at 7:00pm with a post-reception from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.The 8th Annual ADCOLOR Awards and Industry Conference will take place September 17-20, 2014, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. For more information on the Conference, sponsorship opportunities and registration details, click here.Don Lemon anchors CNN Newsroom during weekend prime-time and serves as a correspondent across CNN/U.S. programming. He has reported and anchored on-the-scene for CNN from many breaking news stories, including the Boston marathon bombing (2013), the Philadelphia building collapse (2013), the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (2012), the Colorado Theater Shooting (2012), the death of Whitney Houston, the Inaugural of the 44th President in Washington, D.C., the death of Michael Jackson (2009), Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana (2008), the Minneapolis bridge collapse (2007) and the George Zimmerman trial (2013). Lemon has won several industry awards, including being named as one of the Ebony Power 150: the most influential Blacks in America in 2009.
CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. is suing the gas distribution business of rival Enbridge Inc. over its decision to end an agreement that would see the two firms co-operate on a 23-kilometre stretch natural gas pipeline in the Greater Toronto Area.“TransCanada will suffer irreparable harm if Enbridge does not abide by the terms of the (memorandum of understanding),” TransCanada said in a statement of claim filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice last week.To accommodate growing energy demand in the GTA, Enbridge proposed in late 2012 to expand its gas distribution system in the region. Around the same time and in the same area, TransCanada was also expanding its own natural gas infrastructure.The Ontario Energy Board has encouraged natural gas shippers in the province to consult and co-ordinate with one another to make sure the work is done in the most efficient way possible.As part of those efforts, Enbridge and TransCanada signed a memorandum of understanding in January to build one section of pipeline that would be used by both companies — called “Section A.”However, Enbridge terminated its MOU with TransCanada last month.Guy Jarvis, president of Enbridge’s gas business, said that was because TransCanada was doling out space on its share of the GTA pipeline in a manner Enbridge believed was against the law.Under Ontario Energy Board regulations, pipeline capacity must be offered to the market in “an open and non-discriminatory manner,” he said.Jarvis said TransCanada failed to do so because it didn’t offer all of the capacity that was made available to it and it gave some customers toll discounts.“In Ontario, those regulatory requirements are a law, so we were in a position where in order for us to continue forth and fulfil the MOU would have created a situation where we would be breaching a law . . . and as a result, we terminated the memorandum of understanding,” said Jarvis.A TransCanada spokesman declined to offer further comment, as the issue is now before the courts.In its statement of claim, TransCanada accuses Enbridge of terminating the MOU “for its own convenience.”It wants the court to order Enbridge to “continue to operate under and abide by all the terms of the MOU.”Alternatively, TransCanada is seeking damages for financial harm — estimated at $4.5 billion “or such further amount as may be determined at trial.Enbridge’s Jarvis said: “We plan to defend ourselves against this claim.”“We’re going to continue to make sure that the actions that are necessary are taken to ensure that open access for this capacity is available to customers on our franchise and elsewhere in Ontario.”
Jan. 20, 1939 – Oct. 13, 2018Betty J. Marx, former East Carbon resident, passed away surrounded by family, after a short but courageous battle with cancer on October 13, 2018. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Max Marx.Betty was an active member of the community in the 29 years she lived in East Carbon. She drove school bus for 14 years, cooked at the Senior Center and was cofounder of the ABC Learning Center.Betty leaves behind 4 daughters, 11 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.At her request, she will be laid to rest next to Max on their wedding anniversary.Please join us for a simple graveside service on Friday, June 28, 2019 in the Mt. Pleasant cemetery at 2:00 PM.There will be a gathering for family and friends immediately following at the East Pavilion in the city park.
They’re planning a great escape from a 100-year-old building.Brock University Dramatic Arts and Interactive Arts and Science students have come together for an innovative project that in a few months will open for the public to experience.Throughout the winter term a group of nearly 30 students will work to create two escape rooms at the Niagara Military Museum in Niagara Falls.The physical adventure games, which have become increasingly popular in recent years, lock players in a room — or in this case a series of rooms — and challenge them to solve puzzles in exchange for their freedom.The museum’s partnership with Brock was made possible through a cultural development grant provided by the City of Niagara Falls, as well as a service-learning grant provided by the University.Work on the project began Jan. 10 with students touring the Victoria Avenue museum, learning its background and brainstorming the direction the escape rooms will take.The building, which dates back to 1917 and was used as an armoury in the First World War, has an “incredible history,” said Dramatic Arts Associate Professor Natalie Alvarez, who was the driving force behind Brock’s involvement.That history, which includes an “infamous escape” by Austrian spy George Heinovitch, will act as inspiration for the stories students are planning to tell through the project, she said.“They’re going to build an escape room that tries to uncover that history.”Students will be responsible for each aspect of the project, including the narrative, puzzles, costumes, props and sets.“We’re building it from the ground up, tapping into my students’ expertise in costume design, directing, acting and scriptwriting,” Alvarez said.It was also a natural fit to include Interactive Arts and Science students and their skills with interactive narrative, game structure and puzzle building.“Escape rooms are this interesting hybrid of different theatre traditions,” Alvarez said.“It’s immersive performance. It’s kind of like a living museum. It’s also tapping into site-specific theatre, where you build a theatre piece that’s intimately attached to the site itself and its own history.”The escape rooms will be ready for testing by an invited audience April 4.“The assessment is going to be entirely in the hands of those experiencing it,” Alvarez said. It will include museum personnel as well as members of Brock’s Service-Learning Resource Centre.Museum operators have created a rubric based on what they hoped to see accomplished through the project and students will be evaluated accordingly.The escape rooms will go live to the public in May at a cost of $20 per person.Proceeds will assist in the maintenance and continued operation of the museum.Students will have the opportunity to remain at the helm of the escape rooms going forward, first on a voluntary basis and then potentially in paid positions if the rooms become financially viable.“That’s the incentive for them to build the social media machine to advertise it and get people out to experience it,” Alvarez said, adding she’s seen “100 per cent investment” from the students involved.She credited Brock for investing in such an innovative approach and nurturing the University’s connection with the community.
Nemaska Lithium Inc has entered into an agreement with National Bank Financia, BMO Capital Markets and Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Corp, as co-lead underwriters and joint bookrunners, on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters, pursuant to which the Underwriters have agreed to purchase on a bought deal basis 280,000,000 common shares for gross proceeds of C$280,000,000. The corporation has also granted the Underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the Shares purchased pursuant to the Offering, exercisable in whole or in part for a period of 30 days after and including the closing date of the Offering to cover over-allotments, if any, and for market stabilization purposes. If the option is exercise in full, an additional C$42,000,000 will be raised pursuant to the Offering.Contemporaneously with the Offering, Nemaska Lithium will enter into an agreement, subject to certain conditions, pursuant to which it will complete a private placement with an institutional investor who will acquire, on a private placement basis, 80,000,000 shares for aggregate gross proceeds of C$80,000,000.Guy Bourassa, President and CEO of Nemaska Lithium, commented on these recent announcements: “Today marks a big day in the life of Nemaska Lithium, as we are announcing the last piece of financing required to start the commercial development of the Whabouchi lithium mine project. This project financing package, which covers capital expenditures of both the Whabouchi mine and Shawinigan electrochemical plant, project contingencies, working capital requirements and financing costs will ensure the future of Nemaska Lithium. This will also allow the corporation to stay on target to initiate the commissioning of the Whabouchi mine by second half of calendar year 2019 and start commissioning the Shawinigan electrochemical plant during the first half of calendar year 2020”.On March 28, 2018, the Corporation announced the different elements of a proposed $775 million to $825 million comprehensive project financing package for its Whabouchi project.The proceeds of the Offering along with the fund received from the Project Financing Package will be used to fund the construction, commissioning, working capital and reserves of the Whabouchi project and for general corporate working capital.Nemaska Lithium is a developing chemical company whose activities will be vertically integrated, from spodumene mining to the commercialization of high-purity lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate. These lithium salts are mainly destined for the fast-growing lithium-ion battery market, which is driven by the increasing demand for electric vehicles and energy storage worldwide. With its products and processes, Nemaska Lithium intends to facilitate access to green energy. The Corporation will be operating the Whabouchi mine in Québec, Canada, one of the richest lithium spodumene deposits in the world, both in volume and grade. The spodumene concentrate produced at the Whabouchi mine will be processed at the Shawinigan plant using a unique membrane electrolysis process for which the Corporation holds several patents.
When Curiosity managed to successfully land on Mars yesterday it was a milestone event. Not just because NASA had managed to safely land a rover the size of an SUV on another planet, but because of the hellish process required to achieve it. So many things could have gone wrong, but they didn’t, and that’s testament to NASA’s engineers.We also got lucky later in the day when NASA released an image captured by the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Again, NASA managed to beat the odds and get the Orbiter in the perfect position to take a shot of Curiosity parachuting in to land. We also got to see Curiosity’s first images from the planet’s surface.This morning I woke up to another surprise. NASA had the foresight to have a camera up and running on Curiosity during its descent. That means we can watch the final stage and touchdown of the rover from Curiosity’s point of view.It may only be a time-lapse series of thumbnail images, but it’s still impressive to see the video above. What you are viewing isn’t just Curiosity floating in to land as NASA couldn’t allow that to happen, the rover would hit the ground at too great a speed. Instead, rockets are used to guide the rover in slowly.Those rockets become an issue just before touchdown as they will kick up loads of dust, potentially damaging Curiosity. So 20 meters above the ground the Skycrane maneuver is used. The rockets go into hover mode and Curiosity is lowered on a tether.The video covers the point from when the heatshield is released to touchdown, meaning you get to view the whole parachute detachments, rocket engagement, hovering, and Skycrane lowering all from Curiosity’s point of view.297 frames at 4fps. Awesome.
Marée noire : des experts mettent en doute les conclusions optimistes du gouvernement américainÉtats-Unis – Après leur examen du rapport officiel concernant les effets de la marée noire du golfe du Mexique, cinq experts de l’université de Géorgie ont livré des conclusions alarmantes le 17 août dernier. Selon eux, près des trois-quarts du pétrole déversé continueraient à polluer l’océan.Experts officiels et indépendants s’accordent sur un point : tout repose sur l’interprétation des données chiffrées du rapport publié le 4 août par l’administration américaine chargée des questions atmosphériques et océaniques. Pour les autorités fédérales, les trois-quarts des 780 millions de litres de brut répandus auraient été brûlés, récupérés en surface, se seraient évaporés ou dispersés. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueMais cinq universitaires, dont l’océanographe Charles Hopkinson, objectent que la plus grande partie du fuel, libéré à 1.500 m de profondeur, n’est probablement pas remontée à la surface et que, même dissous dans l’eau, le pétrole continue de menacer l’écosystème. D’après ces scientifiques, 70 à 79% de la quantité totale de pétrole resteraient ainsi entre deux eaux, peut-être pour des années encore.Certains responsables fédéraux semblaient déjà revoir à la baisse l’estimation optimiste de l’administration, évaluant à 50% seulement la quantité d’hydrocarbures éliminée. Ed Overton, océanographe à l’université de Louisiane et coauteur du rapport officiel, admet que la question de la quantité de brut réellement remontée à la surface est cruciale, et que faute d’une étude d’au moins deux ans faisant appel à des moyens importants, nul ne pourra y apporter une réponse valable. Difficile, dans ces conditions, d’évaluer l’impact réel de cette catastrophe écologique sur le fragile écosystème du golfe du Mexique. Le 18 août 2010 à 12:04 • Emmanuel Perrin
Elizabeth Alvarez Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter North County San Diego residents oppose Mega Church complex development in their neighborhood June 12, 2019 Posted: June 12, 2019 DEL SUR (KUSI) – San Diego County residents are collecting signatures to stop a megachurch complex from being built in their residential neighborhood.It’s a controversial proposed development that has been in the works for eight years.Flyers about the fight are being passed out and a signature drive is going on.Residents living in 4S Ranch, Del Sur and Santa Fe Valley are upset about the plan to build a mega church complex off of Four Gee Road, an area that is currently zoned for homes.This is one of the most carefully plan master planned communities in the county,” said Jerry Kent, a concerned resident.Another concerned resident is Kay Slate. “We knew what the plans were. And, that this was always going to be for residential homes.”The Proposal includes building a 90,000 square foot church complex to include five buildings. It would operate from 8am to 10pm seven days a week. This land was bought by the Chinese Bible Church of San Diego 8 yrs ago.The developer showed up at a community meeting this past Sunday.KUSI News asked him why the church chose this location — a location zoned for residential use. “Because this is the closest to the 4S Ranch Village — the concept that people can walk, ride their bike instead of public transportation. Rather than be built further away (from members) and cause more traffic and infrastructure” Said Ron Harper, Owner of Harper Communities.But concerns residents say that’s the opposite of what will happen since most church members do not live in the area.Ameet bhatia, another concerned resident, made it clear, they have nothing against the church or its members. “This is just the wrong place for it this is a residential not at all, not at all. This is just the wrong place for it. This is a residential neighborhood. You got kids all over here. We got three kids who play sports in the field right behind where they’re proposing this. It’s already tough as it is people are already flying by.“We had to experience it in 2007 when the fire came from the North and the only way we could get out was from Four Gee Road. It was backlog it took us a long time to get out,” said Kay Slate referring to wildfires and other emergency evacuations.Harper also told KUSI News Sunday that there was really only one time when there’s a high-capacity, which is Sundays, and perhaps a few other days when there are small bible studies and youth groups.He added “ To be compatible with the neighborhood, we’ve done hundreds of reductions over the eight-year process,” said Harper.Harper Communities did its own environmental impact report. The developer said they and found no negative impact on “traffic, biology, fire protection, roadways and air quality.”The San Diego Planning Commission, however, did not agree and denied recommending the proposal to the county in November of 2019.The ultimate decision will be made by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on June 26th. Elizabeth Alvarez,
Senate Bill 76, introduced by Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen), seeks to update Title IV statutes governing the Alcoholic Beverage Control in Alaska. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House Labor and Commerce Committee voted unanimously on an amendment that would slash serving sizes at distilleries, breweries and other alcohol manufacturers by one-third. Doug Hogue, owner of Kenai River Brewery: “Their plan is to cut consumption on premises by a third for all manufacturers and tasting rooms.” If the House approves the amended SB 76, it will return to the Senate where they will have to vote to confirm the changes made by the House. Sen. Micciche: “I’m disappointed with the action in Labor and Commerce in the House. The reality of it is this bill is a consensus bill, every side of the industry has been relatively unselfish, and this change that it’s only the brewers and distillers offsets the balance.” The House Labor and Commerce committee added an amendment to Senate Bill 76, the amendment would reduce the daily pour limit in Alaska breweries from 36 oz to 24 oz. For distilleries, the limit reduces from 3 ounces per day to 2 ounces. Wineries and cider houses will see similar cuts if the amendment passes within the bill. Sen. Micciche: “Hurting either side right now is not the right decision. We will be holding out until we can get everyone to the table, and again making sure we don’t hurt small businesses in Alaska that have invested so much.”
The first phase of web counselling to get admission into engineering, agriculture and medicine courses will begin tomorrow. The certificate verification will be held from June 24 to July 3. Registrations are open for booking a slot to choose helpline centre from June 24 to July 1. Candidates who are done with the certificate verification can choose the web options from June 27 to July 4. The seat will be alloted to the candidates on July 6 and the tuition fee can be paid from July 6 to 12. Further details about the next phase of counselling will be available tomorrow.
On October 28, IBM announced a deal to acquire Red Hat, the largest distributor of the popular open-source operating system Linux, as the New York Times reported. The deal, estimated by BusinessWeek as costing $33 billion, positions IBM — one of America’s most venerable technology companies — to take a bigger slice of the cloud computing market.Related: IBM Says Cloud Business Enjoying ‘Breakthrough Year’That seems like a good move for IBM: Gartner has forecast that annual revenue from cloud computing will reach $186.4 billion by the end of 2018, and $302.5 billion by 2032.So, for those new to these topics: What exactly is cloud computing, and why is it forecast to grow by 62 percent in the next three years? As defined by Amazon Web Services — itself the largest cloud computing provider, with a 33 percent market share — cloud computing is “the on-demand delivery of computer power, database storage, applications and other IT resources through a cloud services platform via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing.”The main driver behind the enormous growth of the cloud computing market has been the increasing adoption of the three models: software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). Adopters have been diverse, ranging from individuals and small businesses to the world’s biggest corporations.Things are changing fast for these players. “As of 2016,” Sid Nag, research director at Gartner, told ZDNet, “approximately 17 percent of the total market revenue for infrastructure, middleware, application and business process services had shifted to [the] cloud.”Through 2021,” Nag continued, “this will increase to approximately 28 percent.”Such explosive growth in cloud computing provides enormous opportunities for everyone from solo SaaS entrepreneurs to giant companies like IBM. Below is a look at four reasons driving IBM’s purchase of Red Hat, in what the latter company called the largest software company acquisition to date.Those reasons reflect what the purchase says about the continued growth of — and opportunities in –the cloud computing market.1. IBM’s need to keep up with the big boysIn its influential Magic Quadrant survey of the top cloud computing providers, Gartner relegated IBM to No. 6 in its rankings, lagging far behind the big three of: Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.2. IBM’s bet on the hybrid cloudBy acquiring Red Hat, IBM is making a substantial bet that rather than migrating fully to public cloud solutions like AWS, many large businesses will instead adopt hybrid cloud solutions. Typically, a hybrid cloud approach relies on a blend of private cloud computing –with technology deployed in-house, often using Red Hat Linux — in tandem with a public cloud provider like AWS, Azure or Google Cloud. IBM significantly trails those big three in market share, but is looking to make up ground with the Red Hat acquisition.Such a hybrid cloud approach is appealing to companies which:Are hesitant to trust their most sensitive data to a third-party, but recognize the cost and operational benefits of hosting some vital services,such as email and customer relationship management in the public cloud.Are concerned about entrusting uptime for their most crucial processes completely to a third-party provider, particularly in times of disaster recovery.Rely on legacy services that cannot be easily transitioned to the public cloud, but can run on in-house technology and work in concert with data processed on the public cloud.Are concerned about scalability and want to harness the public cloud’s compute power to improve it.Related: It’s Google vs. Alibaba in the Cloud Computing Gameplay in the Asia PacificIBM is betting heavily that these concerns, among others, will make hybrid cloud solutions appealing to a substantial number of customers; and the Red Hat acquisition better positions the information technology company to capitalize on that bet. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty put it this way, according to Business Insider: “IBM will become the world’s No. 1 hybrid cloud provider,” she predicted, “offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses.”In addition, according to ZDNet, Rometty “dissed the public cloud and noted that most companies are 20 percent along the cloud journey and renting compute power to cut costs.”The next 80 percent is about hybrid cloud,” ZDNET predicted. Now, with its Red Hat acquisition, Rometty apparently believes that IBM will become that leading provider of hybrid cloud solutions.3. IBM’s bet on open sourceWired noted that many might think it unusual that IBM paid $33 billion to acquire a company that “gives away its primary product for free.” The source code for Red Hat’s most popular product — its Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system — can be downloaded and used without charge.However, Red Hat generates approximately $3 billion in revenue a year from companies using its products and paying for support. IBM has long been a believer in and contributor to open source software projects, particularly Linux. Wired also noted that, “Open source was once a fringe, idealistic movement in software, but it’s now a core part of how big companies operate, from internet giants like Google and Facebook to Walmart and ExxonMobil.”Even former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer embraced open software. That’s notable because Ballmer famously described open source software as “a cancer,” according to TechCrunch. Yet Microsoft today is one of IBM’s biggest cloud computing competitors with its Azure platform and has embraced open source software, even acquiring open source code repository and developer community GitHub for $7.5 billion earlier in 2018.4. IBM’s declining revenuesSince its founding in 1911, IBM has enjoyed many successes, and was considered “the most admired American corporation” for many years during the 1970s and 80s, as Fortune reported. The internet era has not always been kind to IBM, however: In 1993, the company posted what at the time was the second biggest ever quarterly loss in US history, in 1993. More recently, IBM reported disappointing third quarter 2018 results. In recent years, IBM increasingly wagered on Watson, its artificial intelligence division, to drive growth, but Watson, “has not performed as well as IBM had hoped and investors were losing their patience,” reported TechCrunch.In acquiring Red Hat, IBM hopes to position itself as a much bigger player in the burgeoning cloud computing industry. The same TechCrunch article noted that the move may be seen as a return to focusing on “the enterprise software and services business that has always been [IBM’s] core competency.”Final thoughtsThe acquisition of Red Hat by IBM marks the biggest software acquisition ever, according to TechCrunch. Whether this wager on the hybrid cloud pays off over the long term remains to be seen, but it is a clear indication that the future of cloud computing remains bright, at least according to one of history’s most successful companies.Related: Apple Confirms it Uses Google Cloud for iCloudThe message here? Red Hat’s acquisition should serve as a clear indication and inspiration to entrepreneurs that building applications that solve problems in the cloud computing sphere may prove to be very lucrative indeed. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 31, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 7 min read Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been ramping up anti-terrorism measures ahead of a federal election in October.The new law has met with strong public criticism, and two Ontario lawyers have already launched a court case arguing it is unconstitutional.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share Parents, stop beating yourself up TORONTO (AP) — Canada can revoke the Canadian citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism or other high crimes under a controversial new law.The law, which went into effect Friday, would revoke citizenship for anyone found guilty of terrorism, treason and spying for a foreign government.The rules would also apply to dual citizens who take up arms against Canada by fighting in a foreign army or joining an international terrorist organization. The vital role family plays in society
LuxperienceTourism New Zealand Tourism New Zealand has committed to another year as a key partner for Luxperience, the forum for high-end tourism and premium business events in the southern hemisphere, which runs from 17-20 September 2017.“The strength and longevity of our partnership with Tourism New Zealand truly embodies the Luxperience philosophy and brand values of commitment, innovation and transformation,” said Luxperience luxury brand strategist Michelle Papas.Tourism New Zealand manager business events and premium Lisa Gardiner said “Luxperience is a key event on the luxury travel trade calendar that we have supported since its inception five years ago. Returning this year will see us continue to maximise opportunities to connect with global luxury travel sellers and media to grow the number of high-value visitors to New Zealand.”As part of the event, Tourism New Zealand will again run the popular limited-edition familiarisation program with the support of Air New Zealand. There are three five-day options: Volcanoes, Hobbits and Lodges; A Bird’s Eye View of the South Island; and Southern Explorer – Alps and Oceans.
Go back to the e-newsletterQantas customers can look forward to world-leading in flight Wi-Fi from next year under a partnership with global broadband services provider ViaSat that will tap into the nbn™ network.The new service will feature speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional on-board Wi-Fi, giving customers the ability to stream movies, TV shows, the latest news bulletins and live sports on domestic flights via the internet.In flight trials are expected to begin with a single Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft in late 2016, retrofitted with equipment to enable high-speed Wi-Fi. A full roll-out across Qantas Domestic’s fleet of A330s and B737s is planned from early 2017, with the aircraft to be fitted with modems and the advanced antenna that receives the satellite signal.Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the goal was to make Australia home to the world’s best in flight Wi-Fi experience.“Bringing high-speed Wi-Fi to the domestic aviation market has been an ambition of ours for a long time and we now have access to the right technology to make it happen,” Mr Joyce said.“The sheer size of the Australian landmass creates some significant challenges for in flight connectivity but the recent launch of nbn’s satellite has opened up new opportunities that we plan to take advantage of with ViaSat’s help,” he added.Under the deal, ViaSat will provide Qantas with connectivity between the aircraft and the high capacity KA-band satellite and ground stations, which will then provide a link to the internet.The user-friendly speeds delivered by ViaSat to airlines in the U.S. have driven take-up rates among passengers that are four times higher than the industry average.“This service will give Qantas customers download speeds in the air similar to what they’re used to on the ground,” Mr Joyce said.“You won’t be limited to checking your email or Facebook – it’s going to be about watching the football live, streaming your favourite TV show or movie, catching up on the latest YouTube videos, or shopping online.“This kind of in flight connectivity would also open up a lot of potential to improve in-flight entertainment, which we’re constantly looking to enhance.“As a premium carrier, delivering value for money to our customers is extremely important to us. That’s why we’ll be offering access to Wi-Fi for free, on top of all the other things that are included when you fly Qantas.”Qantas is also examining options for high-speed Wi-Fi across its international and regional fleet.“We are delighted to be working with Qantas, who share our commitment to offering airline passengers the best, most convenient in-flight connectivity experience,” said Mark Dankberg, ViaSat’s Chairman and CEO.“We bring deep in-flight internet expertise to Qantas, serving close to 500 U.S. commercial aircraft. We connect more passengers per flight with higher speeds and more bandwidth per passenger than any other service – reaching speeds up to 20 Mbps per person and enough total bandwidth to support virtually any activity including streaming live or on-demand video and music.“Our experience is proven on 1,500 flights daily, with as many as 148 simultaneous active devices on any given flight and with many of those devices using streaming media.”Qantas will be engaging with relevant regulators on the certification and approval for the new service.Go back to the e-newsletter
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