We Are Direct2DellEMC

first_imgI’ve read that a tree will mature much quicker from a twig or a cutting than from a seed. You can propagate something new and even stronger than the original – not unlike how a Baby Groot can grow up to save Star Lord’s team.But, I’m not a horticulturist or even a comic book aficionado. What I am is Dell’s chief blogger and today I’m excited to officially welcome you to Direct2DellEMC.This blog builds on the legacy of Dell’s first blog, Direct2Dell, and merges the strength of content from three other blogs: EMC Pulse, EMC Reflections and Dell4Enterprise. That’s what got me thinking about growing something new from more than a seed, as well as a certain extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature.Like blending Dell’s go-to-market strength with small business and mid-market customers, and EMC’s strength with large enterprises, makes Dell EMC a market leader in many of the most important areas of the information technology market, bringing these three blogs together will make it easier for our readers to find the information they need, and to discover more that we have to offer.Here, subject matter experts will share how we enable organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies.In fact, it’s already begun. We actually brought the new site to life before today’s official launch in order to work out any kinks and at least one high-profile online influencer has already begun sharing our posts:“One-Two Punch Drives Midrange Storage Momentum @DellEMC https://t.co/zEawr5yn6r“— Michael Dell (@MichaelDell) May 2, 2017ShareJust as the launch of Direct2Dell more than 10 years ago signaled that we were committed to hosting unfiltered conversations on topics of interest to our customers, the official launch of Direct2DellEMC is our invitation for you to connect directly with us.And I commit to do my best as Dell’s chief blogger to bring you interesting, unique news, stories and discussions on both Direct2Dell and Direct2DellEMC.I’ll leave the tree growing to our friends at The Conversation Fund.last_img read more

Sustainable Agriculture

first_img“Having the Georgia Organics conference here allows us to highlight all the research and Extension work we have in this area,” she said. During the two-day conference, UGA faculty hosted farm tours at UGArden, the organic farm at Durham Horticulture Farm and at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center—UGA’s hub for sustainable agriculture research and public outreach. They also hosted hands-on workshops. Pioneers in sustainable agriculture, backyard gardeners and urban homesteaders gathered in Athens this month to share knowledge gathered over years of working the land and to learn new skills from researchers at the University of Georgia. From soil health research to breeding programs for organically produced crops, faculty and staff at UGA have worked to improve the sustainability and efficiency of organic farms in Georgia. “Many people don’t realize how much work we have going on in sustainable agriculture,” said Julia Gaskin, sustainable agriculture coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and winner of Georgia Organics’ 2015 Land Steward Award. Lawton Stewart, assistant professor of animal and dairy science, and Dennis Hancock, associate professor of crop and soil sciences, taught an introductory workshop on sustainable grazing. David Berle, associate professor of horticulture, and JoHannah Biang, UGArden farm manager, taught a class of beginning farmers and gardeners how to build raised beds and how to repair and use small farm machinery. Peter Hartel, retired professor of crop and soil sciences, and Elizabeth Little, assistant professor in plant pathology, helped farmers inspect soil from their farms using microscopes and interpret findings in terms of soil health. Suzanne Stone, a graduate student in horticulture, and Little, assistant professor of plant pathology, helped lead a discussion on the need for better crop varieties for organic producers. Gaskin and George Boyhan, professor of horticulture, gave a workshop on selecting cover crops and how to maximize their benefit.Judy Harrison, professor of foods and nutrition in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, gave updated conference attendees on the Food Safety and Modernization Act and how it affects produce coming from small farms.Bob Waldorf, an Extension coordinator in Banks County, gave an update on UGA’s Master Goat Farmer program. In addition to the tours and workshops, 12 UGA graduate students presented posters on their research at the conference. “You can’t have a conversation about agriculture in Georgia without involving the University of Georgia,” said Alice Rolls, executive director of Georgia Organics. “Agriculture and UGA are synonymous here, and growers of all sizes and types depend on UGA’s research and leadership.” “Without UGA, Georgia Organics’ work and farming in general would be so much more difficult, and that’s why we are grateful to count the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as an ally in our work to put more Georgia food on Georgia tables,” Rolls added. This most recent Georgia Organics conference is just the latest collaboration between Georgia Organics and the faculty of CAES and UGA Extension. In addition to working on numerous educational programs over the years, Georgia Organics recently collaborated with UGA and several other agricultural advocacy groups to establish a Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program in Georgia. With a $652,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), UGA Extension, Georgia Organics, UGA Small Business Development Center, Fort Valley State University and AgSouth Farm Credit will develop an in-person and distance-training program for beginning farmers. The program will focus on helping these farmers build sustainable businesses as well as sustainable farms. To learn more about sustainable farming research and outreach at UGA, visit www.SustainAgGA.org.last_img read more

HHS makes $551,000 in stimulus funds to support Vermont hospitals

first_imgThe activities described in this release are being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  To track the progress of HHS activities funded through the ARRA, visit www.hhs.gov/recovery(link is external).  To track all federal funds provided through the ARRA, visit www.recovery.gov(link is external). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will notify states about the availability of the increased portion of allotments for hospitals.  Not all states spend their full DSH allotments; so, before this new funding can be accessed, states must demonstrate they have used all of their existing fiscal year 2009 DSH allotments.  States must request the additional funds from CMS as part of their quarterly Medicaid budget request and the funds will be distributed as separate Recovery Act DSH grants. To see a complete list of the revised DSH allotments that include additional funding provided through the Recovery Act, please visit http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/cms/dshstates.html(link is external). Eligible hospitals are those that serve a disproportionate share of low-income or uninsured individuals and are known as Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH).  States receive an annual allotment to make payments to DSH hospitals to account for higher costs associated with treating uninsured and low-income patients.  This annual allotment is calculated by law and includes requirements to ensure that the DSH payments to hospitals are not higher than the actual costs incurred by the hospital to provide the uncompensated care.  The Recovery Act increases the amount of allotments available to states nationwide from approximately $11.06 billion to $11.33 billion for 2009. Building on President Barack Obama s efforts to ensure access to health care for millions of uninsured Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced that Vermont can access an additional $551,000 authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help pay hospitals to treat their most vulnerable patients. Millions of people rely on the care provided by their community hospitals, said Acting HHS Secretary Charles Johnson.  Through the help provided by the Recovery Act, we can make sure they continue to get the care they need in those hospitals. ### Thousands of hospitals around the country are the first place many families take their sick children for care or the only place where some of the more than 45 million uninsured Americans can receive some form of health care, said Acting HHS Secretary Johnson.  The funding from the Recovery Act will help ensure hospitals can keep their doors open to the people who need care most.last_img read more

Outspoken priest victim of fake Facebook account

first_imgILOILO City – Monsignor Meliton Oso, director of the Archdiocese of Jaro’s Archdiocesan Social Action Center, is a victim of a fake Facebook account. One of the most vocal priests in the archdiocese speaking out against, among others, the drug war, extrajudicial killings and most recently the controversial Anti-Terrorism Law, he warned parishioners not to be duped into believing that the Facebook account bearing his name was his. “I also have friends outside the country saying they were happy because now I have a Facebook account,” said Oso. “This gives me cause for worry. We don’t need false information at a time when we’re dealing with a serious public health crisis,” said Guevarra. But the maverick priest clarified, “Si Dodong Oso wala Facebook. Ang langas-langas ko lang pirme, akon lang face ang ginabokbok.” In a recent Mass at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, Oso revealed that his staff called his attention to a Facebook account bearing his name. “Indi ina akon, so ‘unfriend’ (that fake Facebook account) kun pwede pa lang. Or ‘friend’ him at your own peril,” Oso warned the public. “Wala ta kabalo kon ano ina iya himuon. Please, wala ako Facebook. Salamat gid,” reiterated Oso. There has been an explosion of fake Facebook accounts in recent days, and according to those who have been victimized, the targets appear to be those speaking out against the Anti-Terrorism Bill and critics of the Duterte administration, many of whom are students such as those from the University of the Philippines, and alumni of the premier state university. They view this as a scare tactic to silence critics. The Department of Justice announced it would be investigating this sudden surge of bogus accounts on social media platform Facebook. Identity theft is a crime punishable under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012./PN He warned people against engaging with the fake Facebook account. Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he would direct the agency’s cybercrime office to coordinate with the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police to “promptly investigate” the spike in fake profiles.last_img read more

Crossmaglen rangers claim Ulster title

first_imgThe game finished 1-10 apiece at the Athletic Grounds after regulation time. It finished 2-17 to 2-12 in favour of the Armagh outfit, who win the title for an 11th time.last_img

Victim wants ‘racist’ Chelsea fans “locked up”

first_imgThe man who was allegedly racially abused by a group of Chelsea supporters at a Paris metro station has called for the perpetrators to be “locked up”.Souleymane S is claiming to be the black man who was shoved off a train by a group of Chelsea supporters, who reportedly chanted, “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it”.Video footage of the incident, which is being examined by police, was taken prior to Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash on Tuesday evening.In an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, Souleymane S said: “I wanted to get into the car but a group of English fans blocked me and pushed me away. I tried to force my way on. In the scramble, I lost my phone. They told me things in English but I did not really understand what they were saying. I do not speak a word of English.”I understand also that they were attacking me because of the colour of my skin. You know, I live with racism, I was not really surprised by what happened to me even if it was a first in the metro.”I stayed there a long time, facing them. Somebody came up to me straight after to tell me I had been very brave to stand up to these people in that way. These people, these English fans must be found, punished and locked up. What happened should not go unpunished.” Chelsea have vowed to ban any supporters found guilty of racist abuse following the incident.last_img read more