Trouble over bridge

first_imgScottish and Southern Energy (SSE) will restore power to the lights on the Northern side of Magdalen Bridge next week after a power fault which has left it in darkness for more than a month.The company are now in breach of statutory requirements as the repair has not been rectified, despite stipulations that “energy contractors must repair street lighting faults within 20 working days” of the initial referral.As a result of enquiries made by Cherwell and City Councillor Tony Brett, it has been announced that the required works will take place late next week.Tony Brett, a Liberal Democrat Councillor for Carfax, originally made a complaint to the County Council on the 9th December and repeatedly contacted the Council about the problem. Brett expressed concern that there may be “tragic consequences” if “without street lighting a cyclist in dark clothing or lights pulls out and a car, or worse, bus driver, doesn’t see them,” and asked that the matter be given priority.Both female and male students have reported feeling increasingly fearful when crossing the bridge in darkness. “It feels much less safe at night”, Heidi Grek, a visiting student currently living near Cowley Road, told Cherwell. “I try to avoid walking home alone but that’s not always possible.”A number of students also admit to cycling without bike lights or safety measures.A spokesperson for the County Council has confirmed that SSE will be penalised, stating, “We will claim penalty payments at £10 a day, for every day over the 20 working days the fault is outstanding.”The fine seems insufficient to some of those affected. “It just seems to be a nominal penalty”, commented Grek. “£10 per day isn’t a lot to a company whose individual shares routinely trade at ten times that.”Anger remains over the time it has taken SSE to rectify the fault. Councillor Brett commented, “It’s a real shame this repair has taken such a long time, leaving Magdalen Bridge so dangerous at this late-dawn and early-dusk time of the year. “I’d like to know why SSE didn’t repair the fault before term started as I know that many students feel unsafe enough as it is walking over the bridge, without having to do it in the dark.”last_img read more

Designed With Your Cloud Needs In Mind

first_imgIntroducing The Latest VMware Cloud on Dell EMCToday, organizations are busy managing their data and applications in a variety of cloud environments – private, public, and increasingly at the edge. They are also navigating the complexities of large remote workforces. Dell Technologies and VMware introduced the Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center as-a-Service, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, almost two years ago to combine the benefits of security and performance of on-premises infrastructure with the speed and ease of use of public cloud. VMware Cloud on Dell EMC delivers cloud infrastructure as-a-service to datacenter and edge locations and provides consistent operations between multiple cloud environments. This is made possible by bringing together the VMware Cloud experience on the Dell EMC VxRail hyper converged platform. This solution is co-engineered by Dell Technologies and VMware, with on-going services managed by VMware.VMware Cloud on Dell EMC has seen several significant enhancements since it first came to market. In our previous release, we announced support for advanced enterprise workloads, enhanced customer experience, and support for Dell Technologies PowerProtect portfolio. As always, we continue to listen to the feedback our customers give us, and consistently seek to bring them greater value. Therefore, I’m excited to share with you the latest capabilities our customers have been asking for. Our newest enhancements focus on enabling Kubernetes deployments, enhancing remote workforces, making it easier to achieve compliance for regulated industries, and more easily manage workload migrations. Here is a list of the newest capabilities available today:Built for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid: Streamline operations across multi-cloud infrastructure and run Kubernetes distributions that are built on the open-source Kubernetes community. Have greater Kubernetes runtime consistency, simplified operations, enterprise management, and TKG clusters are portable, so they can run on vSphere or multi-cloud environments.Empower your remote workforce: VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is now certified with VMware Horizon, and is optimized for VDI workloads to deliver enterprise class security and compliance for your remote workforce.Updated industry certifications: Take your cloud journey with confidence, knowing that the newest updates included with VMware Cloud on Dell EMC support global and vertical industries with ISO, CCPA, EU GDPR, and SOC-2 certifications.Run data intensive workloads: A new extra-large node gives organizations the power to run even larger workloads thanks to 1.5TBs of memory along with NVMe storage capability.Enhanced workload management: Greater workload segmentation allows organizations to better optimize CPU and storage resources for each workload. Customers are given greater flexibility and can create up to 8 clusters in a single rack with 3 hosts in each cluster.Easier workload migration: Moving data from one location to another can be difficult, VMware HCX allows organizations to easily move workloads via their customer portal from legacy infrastructure, or to provide continuity between applications and workloads running in two locations.Simply put, each of these features will empower organizations to focus on innovation and growth and less on managing their cloud day to day. This latest version of VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is here to benefit your organization by improving your cloud experience and doing it with greater control and peace of mind.For more information on this solution, watch our breakout sessions at VMworld 2020 and Dell Technologies World Experience 2020:VMworld 2020Visit my session Extend Your Hybrid Cloud to Edge and Data Center with VMware Cloud on Dell EMC [HCP1802]Dell Technologies World Experience 2020Visit our jointly presented session Extend Your Hybrid Cloud to Edge and Data Center with VMware Cloud on Dell EMClast_img read more

Summer Legs

first_imgSummer legs are growing.It didn’t seem like it could happen, but there I was cranking up Hazzard Street in my middle ring as if I never really remembered it being so short. Then I found myself in the big ring climbing Old 70. I swear I’m usually suffering in the tiny ring going nearly backwards at just the thought of the upcoming hill.It’s not that I’m in top shape or anything, but that I’m paying attention to the little changes as they occur. It’s definitely encouraging. Especially since I haven’t had that luxury in five years, but instead struggled to maintain a base level of fitness. There’s no telling if I will have the opportunity to keep it going – what next week’s drama will unfold to be.I want to say it’s the new shorts, or the tune-up, or the running, but really I think it’s from riding my bike, and losing five pounds. It’s amazing to me how five pounds can really make a difference. The next time you’re in the grocery store, pick up five pounds of ground beef and imagine having that hanging somewhere on your body, stressing your cardio system and joints.It’s possible that exercising caused me to both lose five pounds as well as get stronger. It’s also possible that only riding bikes makes you stronger riding bikes. While consistent cross-training allows the body to respond quicker to any training, there is little that replicates spinning wheels up a steep-ass hill if you want to get better at spinning wheels up a steep-ass hill.I’m also beginning to believe the hooplah about gluten and sugar. I’m not sure which is worse, because I can’t seem to quit drinking beer. By the way, I asked my skinny girlfriend how she stays so skinny during her bouts off of the bike. She peered at my love handles and said, “I don’t really drink all that much beer.” Ouch! We laughed.Anyway, I’ve watched friends and massage clients cut the gluten and sugar and entirely resolve inflammation, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. My aching shoulders and left wrist are desperate for something so I’m willing to try. I’ve cut back a lot, trying to eat only fresh produce and lean proteins. Processed  foods are poison. Really yummy poison. Well, I can’t seem to back off of the bacon either. I mean…come on. Bacon-flavored mints just weren’t cutting it.Although I haven’t cut gluten and sugar out entirely, I did a bit of a test. I went for three days eating out of my kids’ Easter baskets and feasting on garlic bread and birthday cake. I truly felt like crap for two days. My focus was off, I was testy, and I had less energy. That being said, I also believe that had I had the opportunity to run or ride, I would have burned much of that out of my system quicker. I also think some of that is helpful during, or directly after, prolonged cardio sessions when the body will still be burning. I’m not saying it’s any better for you, but it’s definitely burned off and flushed out quicker. It gives a quick burst, rather than a lasting one, which is why I think whole grains are an important part of the recipe for a happy body. Beyond the nutrients, they nurture a slow-burning engine.I will keep trying different combinations, because as my father so blatantly put it, “You are middle-aged, you know.”Click here for more Spinning My Wheels from Bettina!last_img read more

20 players named in local Black Stars squad

first_imgA twenty-man home-based squad have been selected to resume camping on Monday for an international assignment.The called up players into the local Black Stars teamare expected to report at the Ghana Football Association headquarters in Accra to be transported to the national camp in Prampram.The team will be preparing for a three-nation competition in Liberia against the Lone Stars and Guinea from the 24-26 May.Selected playersGoalkeepers: Joseph Addo (Heart of Lions) Foli Adade (Dwarfs) and Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)Defenders: Godfred Saka (Aduana) Joshua Otoo and Tijani Joshua (Wa All Stars) Nuru Sulley (Hearts of Oak) Kwabena Edusei and Rashid Sumaila (Asante Kotoko) Midfielders: Yahaya Mohammed (Amidaus) Moro Abubakar (Hearts of Oak) Owusu Jackson and Jordan Opoku (Berekum Chelsea) Latif Mohammed (AshantiGold) Richard Mpong, Michael Akuffu and Michael Helegbe (Asante Kotoko)Attackers: Yakubu Mohammed (AshantiGold) Mahatma Otoo (Hearts of Oak) and Sulemana Mohammed (King Faisal)last_img read more