Are you planning to attend Microsoft Ignite or SQL PASS Summit in early November? Dell Technologies will be out in full force, in both Orlando and Seattle, talking to attendees about the benefits of Dell EMC Storage for their existing Microsoft SQL Server versions and looking ahead to the release of Microsoft SQL Server 2019.Microsoft SQL Server 2019 has exciting new data virtualization capabilities that come along with its highly anticipated release. Big Data Clusters take advantage of numerous PolyBase connectors to bring insights on data, where it sits, without complicated and costly ETL processes. These new features will unlock great insights from your company’s data… and even more so when data is stored in the right place, at the right time, with the right SLA.SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters leverages Kubernetes as a whole new deployment platform. For those coming from prior versions of SQL Server on Windows, implementing this can be a daunting challenge. There are many factors to consider when planning your deployment and we will have all the experts on hand to guide you through best practices on data placement whether structured or unstructured.Can’t wait to learn more? Join Dell Technologies for an hour of data training this Wednesday, October 30th, to hear about the containerization of Microsoft SQL Server and Big Data Clusters, including availability and protection strategies.The reality for most companies is that SQL Server 2019 is unlikely to happen a greenfield scenario and there are probably many other Microsoft SQL Server versions already deployed. Consolidation onto a modern all-flash platform with consistent data services can elevate the capabilities of an environment and maximize efficiency and agility.Join us at Microsoft Ignite 2019Dell Technologies is a Diamond Sponsor and will be on-site in the Partner Solution Zone at Booth #1547. Come visit us and speak with our technical experts about how we help our customers make IT and Digital Transformation Real – from the edge to the core to the cloud.Expo Theater Session Wednesday November 6, 10:55AM – 11:15AMTitle: It’s all about the data: Abstraction beyond virtualizationAbstract: In the data-driven age, information is as valuable as currency. Only when you can harness data from multiple sources and formats can you accelerate business innovation. Containerization enables agility at hyperscale and is a critical step towards achieving true data abstraction beyond just virtualization. Join us to learn how Dell EMC delivers foundational solutions to support Microsoft SQL Server 2019, including big data clusters, enabling businesses to take advantage of next-generation analytics, and go behind their data to draw valuable insights.Sponsored Session: Thursday, November 7, 10:15AM – 11:00AMTitle: There is a new era in data management – Dell Technologies makes data innovation a realityAbstract: There are many paths towards modernizing the Microsoft Data Estate. Designing the right solution that meets today’s needs while laying the foundation for where your business will need to be tomorrow is a critical step in becoming an innovation leader. Join us as we outline the modernization strategies organizations need to consider in this new era of data abstraction and how Dell Technologies can guide you on this journey.Join us at SQL PASS Summit 2019Dell Technologies is a Gold Sponsor of the event and will be on-site at Booth #216. Join us in the booth for happy hour on Wednesday night, grab a souvenir cup with a complimentary beverage. Meet with our experts to get educated and pick up your pass for a free massage and unwind at the VMware Lounge.Sponsored Session: Wednesday, November 6th, 7AMTitle: SQL Server 2019 and Big Data Clusters on Dell EMC StorageAbstract: Dell EMC Storage and SQL Server 2019 are changing the game for big data and data analytics. In this breakfast session come learn how Dell EMC Storage is enabling SQL Server 2019 Big Data Cluster. We’ll also discuss some architecture options for deployments and talk about the latest integrations from Dell EMC.Technical Session: Thursday, November 5th, 10:15AMTitle: Deploying SQL Server 2019 and Big Data Clusters on VMwareAbstract: SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters introduce Kubernetes as a whole new deployment platform. For those coming from prior versions of Microsoft SQL Server on Windows, this can be daunting to deploy and manage. This session will walk through how to do the deployment step-by-step so you can understand how it is done, the components involved, and what you might need to learn more about as you take the journey to SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters.Following SQL PASS Summit & Microsoft Ignite 2019, look for our follow-up blog containing the Dell Technologies and perspective of all the announcements from a very active week!
Wallach appeared on the Broadway stage in a total of 26 productions; he starred opposite his wife in half of those, Anne Jackson. The two met in 1946 while working on a production of This Property is Condemned at the Equity Library Theater. They went on to become part of the first group of artists to study at The Actors Studio and were wed in 1948. Among their many costarring credits on stage are The Flowering Peach, Promenade, All! Rhinoceros, Major Barbara and, most recently, King Henry VIII. Prolific stage and screen actor Eli Wallach died on Tuesday, June 24. The Tony and Honorary Academy Award winner was 98. His death was confirmed to The New York Times by his daughter, Katherine. In addition to Jackson and his daughter Katherine, Wallach is survived by his daughter Roberta and son Peter. Wallach also had a successful career on screen, though he always credited the stage as his true home. In an interview with The New York Times in 1973, the actor said, “Movies are a means to an end. I go and get on a horse in Spain for ten weeks, and I have enough cushion to come back and do a play.” While he is perhaps most known for his performance in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Godfather: Part III, he also starred in numerous films alongside Jackson, including The Typists, The Tiger Makes Out and The Angel Levine. View Comments Born on December 7, 1915 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Wallach studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse following receiving a master’s degree in education at City College, until enlisting in the army during World War II. He served for five years, rising to captain. Even while serving, his theatrical talent was noticed—a senior officer asked him to create a show for hospital patients based on Irving Berlin’s This Is the Army, titled Is This the Army?. Wallach received a Tony Award in 1951 for his performance in The Rose Tattoo. While he was never nominated for an Oscar, he was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award in 2011 for “a lifetime’s worth of indelible screen characters.” He also took home an Emmy Award in 1967 for Poppies Are Also Flowers, and received four nominations thereafter.
Honestly, we do more at the Broadway.com headquarters than just look at slideshows of hot guys, but just stay with us for a second. Out.com has released their 2015 selection of 100 Most Eligible Bachelors, and there’s a whole lot of Broadway love amongst all those steamy pics. Click through (you won’t regret it) to catch the likes of Andrew Rannells (who is dating Mike Doyle and therefore decidedly not eligible), Jonathan Groff, Brooklynite’s Matt Doyle, Adam Perry, Tony winner Billy Porter, Ryan Steele and Gideon Glick. This list has us feeling as gay as a daisy in May! Congrats, boys! View Comments
Thousands of small Georgia trees are sprouting spikes this spring. The thorny turn of events is a clear sign of trouble, say University of Georgia experts. It’s the attack of Asian ambrosia beetles. “The classic signal that the plant has been attacked by Asian ambrosia beetles is an inch-long toothpick emerging from the trunk,” said Walter Reeves, a horticulture educator with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The female Asian ambrosia beetle emerges in spring and travels to a nearby shrub or tree. She prefers a small plant or limb 1 to 2 inches thick, boring into it at up to 1 inch per day. “As the female bores, she pushes her sawdust out of the limb,” Reeves said. “The particles, bound with webbing, may stick straight out of the bark for 1 inch or more, like a toothpick. Occasionally the toothpick collapses and the particles dangle four inches from the hole, swinging in the breeze.” The female lines her tunnel with a fungus, which grows in the moist environment. When her eggs hatch, they feed on the fungus “ambrosia.” Almost the entire life cycle is spent inside the plant, making the beetles hard to control with insecticides.Many Trees Susceptible “The beetle can invade many species of otherwise healthy trees and shrubs,” said Will Hudson, a UGA Extension Service entomologist. “So far, we have seen them on ornamental cherry, crape myrtle, goldenrain tree, redbud, hickory and Japanese maple.” Elm, oak, Bradford pear, apple and others can be affected, too. “It will attack almost any broadleaf tree or shrub of the right size,” Hudson said. Asian ambrosia beetles must be controlled. When and how is the question. Few Treatments for Infested Trees “In most landscape situations, there is little to do except keep your plants as healthy as possible,” Hudson said. “Nurseries, however, may need to spray during the green-up period, but not other times.” Infestation in Trees “There is no good way to determine if it’s better to remove the entire plant or treat it with insecticides,” Reeves said. Once a tree is attacked, insecticides won’t help unless it’s squirted into the tunnel. “Even then,” Hudson said, “the fungus is the problem, not the beetle. The unknown here is whether the beetle introduces a pathogen incidental to the tunneling. (The ambrosia fungus is not a pathogen.)”Reeves offers these control recommendations: If the trunk or limb has 25 to 100 holes, remove it completely. It probably won’t survive so many attacks. If the plant has only one to 15 widely scattered holes, keep a close watch on the plant this year. Make sure you water it properly, especially this summer. If a tree or limb has completely wilted, remove it. It won’t come back. It isn’t clear whether spraying nearby trees is helpful. Borer sprays such as chlorpyrifos (Dursban) and benzene hexachloride (Lindane) don’t seem to protect them. “TOOTHPICKS” SHOW BEETLES HAVE MOVED IN As Asian ambrosia beetles bore into tree limbs, they push the sawdust out. It stays put with help from ‘webbing’ from the beetle. If you see these, it’s a sure sign the beetles have infested your tree.
Did you Know?About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.Michelob Ultra and Virginia Eagle have decided that October will be our month to help make a difference. For every purchase of Michelob Ultra draft beer in the month of October, VED will make a local donation to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation.
By Dialogo July 22, 2011 Uruguayan Navy Captain Hugo M. de Barros, who serves as a liaison officer in the U.S. Southern Command since July 2009, is crucial to strengthening military ties between the two countries. His eldest son, Lieutenant Hugo de Barros, intends to follow in his father’s footsteps, but with one difference. He plans to excel at the sport his father never did quite well in – sailing – an event for which he his competing in at the 5th Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro. “My father never pushed me into a military career, but just growing up as a son of a Naval officer, I learned from him and that became an incentive. He is a great man, an example to be followed. Now, with regard to sailing, I think there’s a lot I can teach him,” joked Lt. de Barros. The Uruguayan team only trained for three weeks before coming to Rio de Janeiro and all participants must compete in boats provided by the organization, which makes the trials more difficult. “For the amount of training time we had, I think we’ve done very well, winning two of the nine races in which we’re competing. We raced against countries with Olympic athletes who dedicate almost 100% to this sport,” said de Barros shortly after the end of a trial on Wednesday (July 20), held in the waters of Guanabara Bay, in front of the Naval Academy. For the younger Hugo, the words that define what he feels for his father are respect and admiration. “I also hope one day get to serve in the U.S. Southern Command as my father and, if possible, keep raising the name of the Uruguayan Navy internationally,” he said.
14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Consumers use social media today more than ever before. With Facebook exceeding 1.86 billion users monthly, it’s hard to ignore the power of social media.People are busier than ever, so it’s crucial to interact with consumers through the channels they prefer. Not only is it important to be active on these social media platforms, it’s imperative to know how to market to this audience.Maybe you aren’t sure where to start. Check-out these top tips for social media marketing.Mobile is everythingRemember that statistic about how many people are active on Facebook each month? In December 2016, 1.74 billion were mobile users (up 21% from the previous year).Smartphone users in the U.S. spend more than 87 hours per month on their phones—that’s nearly three hours each day. continue reading »
“Moreover, such a construction would increase the exposure to US equity, including the uncertainty posed by the upcoming presidential elections,” it said, adding that it would incur a cost of a couple of basis points as a result of the transaction.The metal scheme further made clear that it had kept its investment portfolio “as neutral as possible” by keeping the scale of its asset classes closely to the centre of pre-set bandwidths.The pension fund said it expected to benefit from its decision last year to reduce the hedge of the US dollar from 75% to 50%.It added that it expected the currency to appreciate against the euro, “as investors are likely to flee into the ‘safe haven’ of the greenback in the event of a Brexit”.Early last year, PMT reduced the dollar hedge in anticipation of a possible Grexit.The metal scheme emphasised that the possible effects of a Brexit were unclear, but it predicted pensions would be affected if coverage ratios were to fall as a consequence of turbulence on the financial markets.“The main question is what the scale of the volatility would be and for how long it would last,” it said.The €417bn asset manager APG declined to comment on whether it had adjusted its hedge of the main currencies.Spokesman Harmen Geers said APG had anticipated the possible consequences of a Brexit by ensuring it had sufficient liquidity available as collateral in the event of currency movements.He added, however, that the large Dutch pension funds, with their broad investment portfolios, could hardly be immune to the effects of a Brexit. PMT, the €63bn pension fund for the metalworking and mechanical engineering sector in the Netherlands, said it has refrained from taking short-term measures to reduce the potential negative effects of the UK’s leaving the EU.The scheme said the protective measures available would prove too costly if the UK were to decide to remain in the EU in today’s referendum. It said it had the option of moving assets from its return portfolio to its matching portfolio but that it had considered that an overweighting of its matching holdings would result in lower returns if the UK voted to remain within the EU.PMT also said that “exchanging returns” on British equities for those on US equities through future contracts could negatively impact overall returns if the UK remained.
Yakaar discovery Kosmos estimates that Yakaar-1 discovered a gross Pmean gas resource of approximately 15 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), in-line with pre-drill expectations. Preliminary analysis of gas samples conducted on the rig suggest the well encountered a gas with a condensate-to-gas ratio (CGR) in the range previously encountered at Tortue and Teranga, approximately 15-30 barrels per million standard cubic feet. An appraisal program is being planned to delineate the Yakaar discovery.After completion of operations on the Yakaar-1 well, the Atwood Achiever drillship will mobilize to the Tortue-1 well to conduct a drill stem test (DST) on the Tortue discovery, enabling the beginning of Front End Engineering Design (FEED) in the second half of 2017, Final Investment Decision (FID) in 2018 and first gas in 2021.Kosmos and BP each presently hold an effective 30% participating interest in the Cayar Offshore Profond license as a result of their respective ownership in the joint venture company, Kosmos BP Senegal Limited. As previously announced, BP has entered into an agreement to acquire an additional 30% participating interest from Timis Corporation, subject to government approval. The national oil company Société des Pétroles du Sénégal (Petrosen) holds 10%.Bernard Looney, BP Upsteam chief executive officer, commented “Yakaar-1 follows the earlier exploration success that led to the Tortue discovery and further confirms our belief that offshore Senegal and Mauritania is a world-class hydrocarbon basin. This discovery marks an important further step in building BP’s new business in Mauritania and Senegal. We look forward to results from the additional exploration wells planned for 2017.”BP said that the joint venture will be drill stem testing the Tortue discovery in mid-2017 and will now drill 3 additional exploration wells over the next 12 months offshore of Senegal and Mauritania.Acreage offshore Senegal is proving to be a prolific hydrocarbon province with several discoveries made by oil companies including the SNE discovery – the world’s largest offshore oil discovery in 2014.Offshore Energy Today Staff Atwood Achiever drillship; Image source: BPOil and gas exploration and production company Kosmos Energy on Monday announced what it claims to be a “major” gas discovery offshore Senegal.According to the company’s statement, Yakaar-1 is the first well in a series of four independent tests of the basin floor fan fairways, outboard of the proven slope channel trend opened with the Tortue-1 discovery.The company said that the well, located in the Cayar Offshore Profond block approximately 95 kilometers northwest of Dakar in nearly 2,550 meters of water, has been drilled to a total depth of approximately 4,700 meters by the Atwood Achiever drillship.The company further said that the Yakaar-1 intersected a gross hydrocarbon column of 120 meters (394 feet) in three pools within the primary Lower Cenomanian objective and encountered 45 meters (148 feet) of net pay.Well results confirm the presence of thick, stacked, reservoir sands over a very large area with very good porosity and permeability, Kosmos added.Andrew G. Inglis, chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Kosmos has a 100 percent success rate in the basin with six consecutive successful exploration and appraisal wells drilled to date, confirming that our geologic model and geophysical tools are well calibrated. Yakaar-1 discovered a major gas resource.“Together with the Teranga – 1 discovery made last year, we believe this resource will support a second cost-competitive LNG hub. The result also confirms our view of the potential scale of the petroleum system offshore Mauritania and Senegal, in particular the basin floor fan systems which have now been further de – risked, with the well demonstrating that reservoir and trap both work in these previously untested fairways.”
Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said the Pluto-NWS Interconnector was a key component of the proposed Burrup Hub and would provide opportunities to take advantage of future excess capacity at KGP.“Our vision for the Burrup Hub will unlock the future value of infrastructure which has been supplying gas to Western Australia and the world safely and reliably for more than 30 years. The Interconnector between the Pluto LNG and NWS facilities will enable us to optimize the processing of gas from our offshore fields.“Delivering the proposed Burrup Hub will help underpin Western Australia’s economic strength for decades into the future. It will provide thousands of jobs, opportunities for local suppliers and tax and royalty revenues to Western Australia,” he said.Consultants ACIL Allen has estimated the Burrup Hub would generate an average of more than 4,000 jobs per annum in Australia over the coming decades, with more than 1,900 of those located in Karratha and Broome. It would boost Australia’s estimated gross domestic product by $414 billion between now and 2063, of which 99% would be in Western Australia.Woodside is targeting ready for the start-up of the Pluto-NWS Interconnector in the first half of 2022. DDG Operations is part of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, the operator of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. Australian energy giant Woodside has taken a final investment decision on the pipeline component of the Pluto-North West Shelf (NWS) Interconnector and has entered into contractual arrangements with DDG Operations for the construction of the pipeline and its ongoing operation and maintenance.Burrup Hub; Source: WoodsideWoodside, with its Joint Venture participants, is progressing opportunities that will develop an integrated, regional LNG production center on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.The Burrup Hub involves the proposed development of some 20 to 25 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gross dry gas resources from Scarborough, Browse, and Pluto, relying on liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities – Pluto LNG and the North West Shelf Project.To realize the Burrup Hub vision, a number of activities are being advanced simultaneously: Scarborough; Pluto Train 2; Browse to NWS Project; NWS Project Extension and Pluto-NWS Interconnector.Announcing the FID on Monday, Woodside said that the Pluto-NWS Interconnector would connect Pluto LNG and the NWS Project’s Karratha Gas Plant (KGP) and was the first component of the infrastructure needed to transport gas between the two facilities.Construction and operation of the pipeline are subject to regulatory approvals by the State of Western Australia and finalization of commercial arrangements with the Pluto and NWS joint venture participants. Key component of Burrup Hub