It’s nearing the end of the year and the IT vendor conferences are starting to wind down. Next week will be NetApp’s annual INSIGHT event in Las Vegas, and we’d like to share some thoughts on what you might want to ask NetApp if you happen to be attending their event.NetApp has been in the storage industry for a long time and has had its ups and downs. Given its recent earnings announcements and related media coverage, I think it’s safe to say that NetApp is trying to right the ship now.”A sharp slowdown in enterprise customers’ all-flash array purchases has sucker-punched NetApp,and though it is hiring more sales heads to fix this worry,things aren’t forecast to get better anytime soon.” Blocks & Files – See full article here.ShareBy comparison, Dell Technologies continues to grow while expanding our #1 position across multiple categories, including Storage, Server, Converged, and Hyper-Converged.With that said, NetApp does have a very loyal customer base, many of which will be attending their INSIGHT 2019 event next week. Here are a few key questions.What enhancements to NetApp’s All-Flash (AFF) and Hybrid (FAS) arrays are coming to make them both simpler to manage and more efficient?NetApp has done well over the years, with its all-flash (A-Series) and hybrid (FAS series) arrays, running their ONTAP storage operating system, but as the industry has matured and data storage solutions have gotten simpler and more efficient, the question is ‘will NetApp make the hard changes required to make their arrays simpler and more efficient for customers to use?’Within our Dell Technologies storage portfolio, we have storage platforms, as well as converged and hyper-converged solutions that can meet all the requirements mentioned below, and more. We believe that our portfolio provides more choice and the best opportunity for customers to match the right platform to the workloads and use cases they need without compromising simplicity or efficiency.Questions to ask:General Architecture:When will the siloed islands disappear? Meaning, when will their storage resources be truly shared across the array controllers? Is there still value in creating islands of storage that need to be manually configured, optimized and managed?When will deduplication be made global to provide optimal efficiency and value?When will you be able to provide ‘constant availability’? When will MetroCluster (for remote replication) be truly Active-Active, with volumes Read/Writable at both sites, and providing an RTO of zero instead of ‘near’ zero?SCM as persistent storage? What is their plan for Storage Class Memory (SCM) as a true persistent storage tier? And when they do adopt SCM, will they have intelligent and automated tiering to make the most of the SCM storage tier when mixed with NVMe or other media?Large Scale Unstructured Data:With a Dell Technologies Isilon solution, you get a global namespace that enables more efficient and flexible management. You need to manage just one volume—with no hierarchy of objects. You can easily and non-disruptively change policies that affect redundancy, retention, efficiency, performance, and security. See more details on Isilon here.When is NetApp going to bring true global namespace to large-scale file environments?Today, customers must provision and manage a hierarchy of storage objects that underpin its pseudo-global namespace capability, FlexGroup Volumes. This means that storage managers are faced with inflexible and labor-intensive processes needed to manage dynamic and growing storage for unstructured data. The hierarchy of objects inherent with NetApp’s physical RAID-based architecture requires many manual steps for allocating and assigning ONTAP volumes; for example, setting the protocol, assigning the server, assigning networking to the server, applying permissions. And all these steps must be completed before you can use the storage. Further, storage managers must configure and schedule retention and efficiency on a per-volume basis. Then, efficiency tuning is often required at the pool level. And finally, they must schedule changes to retention and efficiency settings.How about Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?With our Dell Technologies industry-leading HCI, VxRail, customers get a fully integrated, pre-configured, and pre-tested hyper-converged system. VxRail meets all the requirements mentioned below while also providing certified integration with VMware Cloud Foundation. VxRail delivers single upgrade packages every 30 days, all automated, tested and installed in the proper order. For more information on VxRail, click here.If you are like me, you have found NetApp’s HCI messaging a bit confusing recently. For years, NetApp’s HCI solution was sold as a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, then suddenly, they changed it to disaggregated Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure. Did anything change? Was it ever really Hyper-Converged to begin with?Questions to ask:LCM simple or difficult? How does Life Cycle Management work for NetApp HCI? Does NetApp HCI do automatic server, networking, storage, and VMware patching and upgrades, in the proper order, with the press of a button?Smallest building block available for the edge? What options does NetApp HCI provide for edge use cases when customers need smaller solutions for things like remote offices? Isn’t the smallest NetApp HCI 6 nodes?Software-Defined? Does NetApp HCI come in a version that doesn’t require their SolidFire storage?Is NetApp HCI available as a true op-ex (as-a-service) model – complete HCI stack (hypervisor, server, network, storage), fully managed, on-premise solution available 100% as-a-service?How successful has NetApp’s Data Fabric vision really been?At Dell Technologies, we believe in providing our customers with best-in-class cloud solutions that provide customers with flexibility and choice. You can choose from our turnkey Cloud Platforms, Cloud Validated Designs, Complete Op-ex Models for Datacenter-as-a-Service and Public Cloud support across Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Amazon AWS. Find all our cloud solution details here.NetApp has been pitching their Data Fabric for years, but when you look at their earnings announcements, the ‘Cloud Data Services’ represents less than 1% of their revenue. So, the obvious question is ‘how many customers are really adopting the Data Fabric?’Questions to ask:Based on a storage operating system? Data Fabric seems to be based on NetApp’s ONTAP so I can see why some existing NetApp customers may find it useful, but what about new customers? Ask NetApp to explain the benefit of Data Fabric if I’m not an existing NetApp customer using ONTAP?What about NPS? Is NetApp Private Storage (NPS) still a viable solution with a roadmap into the future?If you are attending NetApp’s INSIGHT event, please consider these questions and their importance to your infrastructure, and seek the answers you need. And I hope you have a great week!
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Governor Tom Wolf / CC BY 2.0LITTLE VALLEY – The Cattaraugus County Health Department now has six confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus.Officials say a female resident who lives in the northwest part of the county with a travel history to Buffalo was tested for COVID-19 last week after being in contact with a positive case at her place of employment.“Her test result came back negative for COVID-19. However, shortly afterwards, she developed a fever, cough and whole-body aches and was re-tested for COVID-19 on March 29,” said officials. “Her test results from the re-test today, revealed that she is indeed positive for COVID-19.”The patient is resting at home and is now under quarantine with her family. Officials say she will be assessed and monitored closely. “The department will conduct a thorough contact tracing investigation, for those individuals that she has been in contact with and the places that she visited,” explained officials. “We continue to ask our residents to bunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19 otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk.”
The 2015 Tony Awards came and went, which means we’re officially in the 2015-16 Broadway season. An Act of God, now open at Studio 54, marks the first show of the next bunch, but while you wait for additional plays and musicals to join it, head downstairs to 54 Below, where these acts and more are serving up an eclectic mix of tale and tunes. Take a look below at just some of the sets that caught our eye!MICHELE LEE”Nobody Does It Like Me” – 6/11-13 at 7PMThe Tony and Emmy nominee returns for a show filled with the music of Cy Coleman. Lee earned her first Tony nod for Coleman’s 1973 tuner Seesaw; Lee will now dazzle crowds with the show’s “Nobody Does It Like Me” and “It’s Not Where You Start.” Audiences can also expect hits from Sweet Charity, City of Angels and more. GET TICKETSJON VIKTOR CORPUZ”Confessions of a Teenage Drama King” – 6/15 at 7PMHe may play a prince in The King and I, but he’ll be positively regal at his 54 Below solo show debut. Bow down as he and a host of special guests serve up some pop favorites, twists on Broadway tunes and coming-of-age tales. “Get your tickets already, dangit!” says the 18-year-old prince of Broadway (no, not that one). GET TICKETSLAUREN WORSHAM”Corsets & Combat Boots” – 6/24 at 9:30PMIn her Tony-nominated performance in Gentleman’s Guide, she delighted us with her high notes as kooky Phoebe. But when the curtain comes down, the soprano goes indie. Worsham will deliver everything from opera to pop rock. We figure it’ll feature the titular corsets and/or combat boots. But we won’t speak/screlt for her. GET TICKETSMICKY DOLENZ”A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll” – 7/7, 10 & 11 at 7PMThe original frontrunner of The Monkees heads to Broadway’s supper club after having previously appeared on the Great White Way in Grease and Aida. He combines his love for show tunes and that classic rock sound in a new concert. So come and watch him sing and play! GET TICKETSEMMA HUNTON7/7 & 28 at 9:30PMAfter feeling the blue wind on Broadway in Spring Awakening, this young beltress hit the road in the national tours of Next to Normal as Natalie and Wicked as Elphaba. Now, she returns to New York to chart her journey in Los Angeles and on the road. We suspect belting enthusiasts will be more than satisfied. GET TICKETS View Comments
LaVon Fisher-Wilson(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Broadway alum LaVon Fisher-Wilson is set to return to the role of Matron “Mama” Morton in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago beginning on January 30, a Chicago spokesperson confirmed to Broadway.com. She steps in for current Countess of the Clink NaTasha Yvette Williams.Fisher-Wilson has also appeared on Broadway in Newsies, Lysistrata Jones and The Color Purple. Her regional credits include Once on This Island, Jelly’s Last Jam, Dreamgirls, Three Mo’ Tenors, The Rocky Horror Show and Crowns.Chicago currently stars Mel B as Roxie Hart (through February 19), Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Tony nominee Christopher Sieber as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Fisher-Wilson shared the news about her return on Twitter. Chicago Check her out as she celebrates Chicago’s 20th anniversary with her fellow Mama Mortons! from $49.50 View Comments On my way into the city for a costume fitting for Chicago the Musical!!! In 6 days I will hit the stage!!— LaVon Fisher-Wilson (@lavonfwilson) January 24, 2017 Related Shows
Who’d have ever thought collards had an interesting history dating back to prehistorictimes? That’s right. Washed down, cooked up, piled up by the side of a slab of cornbread:collards.One of the most primitive members of the cabbage group, these leafy, nonheadingcabbages originated in the eastern Mediterranean. They are much like the wild forms ofcabbage in Asia Minor first used for food in prehistoric times.Collards were cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and either the Romans or theCelts introduced them to Britain and France. They reached the British Isles in 400 B.C.The first mention of collards in America was in 1669. But they may have been here muchearlier.Collards (also known as tree cabbage or nonheading cabbage) are cool-season vegetablegreens rich in vitamins and minerals. They grow better in warm weather and can toleratemore cold weather in the late fall than any other member of the cabbage family.Popular substitutes for cabbage in the South, collards can also be grown in northernareas because of their tolerance to frost. They’re close kin to kale.Two good varieties grow especially well in Georgia.The first, Georgia, takes 75 days to mature. It has large, crumpled, blue-green leaves,is tolerant to heat and cold and offers good yields.Vates also takes 75 days to mature. It has large, crumpled, dark green leaves, holdscolor in cold weather, resists bolting and offers good yields.Plant collards in early spring for summer harvest and again in midsummer for fall andearly winter harvest.For best results, sow seed one-quarter to one-half inch deep. Thin seedlings to 6 to 12inches apart to allow enough space for the plants to mature. You can eat the thinnedplants.Allow at least 3 feet between rows, because the plants become quite large. For earlyproduction in fall or spring, use transplants.If you keep the soil moist enough during hot spells in the summer, collards willproduce an abundant harvest.All green parts of the plant are edible. You may harvest them anytime during thegrowing season. Plants grown 6 inches apart can be cut to the ground when they get 6 to 10inches tall.As an alternative way to harvest, pick the large leaves when the plants are 10 to 12inches high. This allows the younger leaves to develop for later use.Some gardeners prefer the young, tender leaves and cut the inner rosette of younggrowth. You can blanch this “loose head” by tying the outer leaves together tokeep out the sun.Don’t worry about fall frost. It only improves the flavor.
By Dialogo February 01, 2011 Touring a cholera clinic on 30 January, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed the news that the wave of cholera that has killed more than 4,000 Haitians since October is receding. “I want to first of all express my great appreciation and admiration for everyone working to stem and then reverse the cholera epidemic,” Clinton said in baking heat outside the tent-like structure. She reiterated the US commitment to Haitians’ health needs “and other needs that are present and in many ways exacerbated by the continuing efforts at reconstruction and redevelopment following the earthquake.” “It’s a good news story to the extent that the numbers are diminishing but it’s by no means over. They are still admitting patients, as they did today,” the chief US diplomat said during her 15-minute tour. “Thankfully we are better equipped to be able to save lives and limit the fatalities but we have a long way to go, just as we have a long way to go with our work in Haiti,” she said. Steven Smith, a health official at the US embassy, told Clinton that “we’re seeing a decrease in the number of cholera cases. Even more important, we’re seeing a decrease in the number of fatalities.” But he said there were still hundreds of new cases a day countrywide. The number of new patients at the Cholera Treatment Center, managed by US government grantee Partners in Health, has been reduced by half to about 40 per day since the start of the epidemic, a State Department official said. Five patients have died at the clinic, the official said. The death toll from Haiti’s cholera epidemic is 4,030, the Haitian health ministry said on 20 January, while the number of cholera cases totaled 209,034 as of the 24th. The severity of the epidemic has diminished, but the ministry’s figures show that Haitians are still dying from the bacterial infection, which can strike swiftly with intense diarrhea and vomiting leading to dehydration.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 31-year-old Queens woman was killed when she crashed her motorcycle and injured her passenger in Inwood over the weekend.Nassau County police said Melisa Harris, of Far Rockaway, was riding a Suzuki motorcycle westbound on Sheridan Boulevard when she lost control and struck a utility pole at 2:50 a.m. Sunday.The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where she died shortly later.Her 41-year-old female passenger suffered a concussion and was taken to a local hospital, where she is listed in stable condition while being treated for her injuries.Fourth Squad detectives impounded the motorcycle and are continuing the investigation but found no apparent criminality.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A taxi passenger was killed when the cab he was riding in was involved in a collision with a truck in Holtsville on Sunday morning.Suffolk County police said a Ford taxicab and a Jeep were traveling southbound on Nicolls Road when both vehicles collided near the corner of Express Drive South shortly before noon.Both vehicles drove off the road and into the center median, where the taxicab overturned and the passenger was ejected, police said. The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he died of his injuries. He was identified as John Cowans Jr., 55, of Huntington Station.The taxi driver was taken to the same hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Jeep was not injured.Sixth Squad detectives impounded both vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone that may have witnessed this crash to call them at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
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Martin Keown has rated Arsenal’s chances of signing Philippe Coutinho (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown does not expect Arsenal to sign Philippe Coutinho but admits the Barcelona forward would be a ‘very exciting’ addition at the Emirates.The Gunners have reportedly expressed interest in bringing Coutinho to north London before the summer transfer window closes on Thursday.Coutinho has endured a mixed spell at Barcelona since leaving Liverpool in January 2018, winning a host of trophies at the Nou Camp but failing to perform to the best of his ability.Arsenal have been linked with a shock loan move for Coutinho but former defender Keown cannot see the deal going through.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe told Mirror Sport: ‘It’s a shame to think that it is far-fetched when they could have been real possibilities.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I would love to see him at Arsenal without a doubt, he is a great talent who has lost his way a bit but I think it is too much to hope for that he ends up at Arsenal.‘He’s a top quality player, the way he breaks from deep-lying midfield positions, his shooting ability – it’s a mystery why it hasn’t gone well for him at Barcelona.‘It would be a very exciting signing.’ Advertisement Comment Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s chances of signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona Metro Sport ReporterMonday 5 Aug 2019 5:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link643Shares The Gunners have been linked with a shock move for Philippe Coutinho (Picture: Getty)Arsenal broke their transfer record on Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe last week after agreeing a £72million deal with Ligue 1 side Lille.Pepe became Unai Emery’s third signing of the summer following the deals for William Saliba and Daniel Ceballos.On Arsenal’s transfer window, Keown added: ‘He [Emery] must think he can do it tactically with the players he has.‘Otherwise it’s very obvious that he should have been buying central defenders, or defensively minded individuals both in midfield and at the back.‘So he has made decisions in regards to the personalities he wants and he’s gone after and pursed this talent, so that’s a gamble because we know there is a weakness and only time will tell if he’s got that right.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement
Six of Britain’s largest insurance companies have committed £25bn (€30bn) to domestic infrastructure projects, an allocation made possible due to clarity over the implementation of Solvency II regulations, according to the UK government.Publishing a revised National Infrastructure Plan (NIP), the UK Treasury outlined a £375bn pipeline of potential projects, with chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander saying the insurance sector’s commitments marked a “massive vote of confidence” in the domestic economy.The Association of British Insurers’ director general Otto Thoresen noted that the sector had a key role to play as a provider of long-term capital.“Providing capital for infrastructure projects will help drive a competitive, healthy and resilient UK economy,” he added. The government said Aviva, Friends Life, Legal & General, Prudential, Scottish Widows and Standard Life had agreed to invest “at least” £25bn over the next five years.“Suitable projects will include, but not be limited to, those included in the National Infrastructure Plan 2013 and can include major infrastructure projects led by private sector sponsors,” the Treasury said in a policy document released alongside the NIP.The document, ‘The UK Insurance Growth Action Plan’, also said that, in the wake of concluded negotiations at the European level over Solvency II – a likely reference to the recent agreement over the Omnibus II Directive – the industry now had sufficient clarity to make long-term commitments.“In line with the government’s broader transposition policy,” the document continued, “and given that Solvency II is maximum harmonising, implementation will be fully consistent with the Directive and not go beyond it – implementation will be through a direct copy-out approach where possible, avoiding gold plating.”To coincide with the publication of the NIP, the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) confirmed it was in final negotiations with an asset manager to assume responsibility for the equity portfolio of its Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP).The manager, Dalmore Capital, currently advises and manages £430m in UK assets, the NAPF noted.Its statement added: “Following significant interest, and a rigorous selection process, asset managers were shortlisted for a number of investment mandates. “Discussions are still ongoing regarding the appointment of investment managers for the remaining mandates.”The PIP launched its manager selection process in May, having attracted tentative commitments of £1bn from 10 UK pension funds.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to the UK National Infrastructure PlanLink to ‘The UK Insurance Growth Action Plan’ policy document
IPE contributing editor Joseph Mariathasan explores whether hedge funds can justify their feesHedge funds have always been a controversial area for pension fund investment. Quite apart from the opaque nature of many strategies and the esoteric nature of where the returns are supposedly coming from, the traditional fee structure of 2% management plus 20% performance hits you in the face.It should be a worrying time for the hedge fund industry. Last year saw the largest US pension scheme, CalPERS, pulling out of all hedge funds, and this year has already seen PFZW, the second-largest pension scheme in the Netherlands, following suit. In both cases, high fees were a major factor, and they were amongst the first pension funds in their markets to invest in hedge funds.But the obvious question to ask is why did they only just recently realise the fee rates were unacceptable? The answer must be that is because hedge fund performance in recent years has lagged the equity markets by a long way – in 2013, the S&P 500 returned 30% whilst the HFRI, a well-known hedge fund benchmark index, had just a 9% return. Can hedge funds justify the fees? The answer appears to be many certainly don’t whilst a few may. Many sources of hedge fund returns are systematic, such as momentum and volatility, and these are easily accessible via approaches that can be described as ‘alternative beta’. With an increasing acceptance of these return drivers behind many hedge fund strategies, there is also an increasing reluctance to pay high fees for accessing them. Indeed, companies such as Metzler Asset Management are offering access to such strategies at conventional fee rates. It is not surprising that there appears to be a strong downward trend in fees.Perhaps the question a pension fund needs to ask is how much should they be prepared to pay for specific hedge fund strategies in their portfolios. There are two ways a pension fund can look at this, though. One is to ask how much effort and cost is incurred by a fund manager in offering a specific strategy, which should be reflected in the base management fee. On this basis, quantitative market neutral and systematic global macro strategies should deserve higher fees because of their higher cost base arising from the high level of technology and data required.The other approach is to take the view that what matters to a pension fund is gaining access to asset classes that are less correlated to the traditional ones. Aberdeen Asset Management’s hedge-fund-of-funds team makes this case and argues that, when the hedge fund industry was small and less competitive, managers generally generated absolute returns. The dramatic increase in size of the industry has meant many strategies now have a high beta with respect to traditional asset classes, and Aberdeen would not be prepared to pay high levels of fees for them. For a pension fund, fee levels are ultimately a function of how useful a hedge fund strategy is in terms of its ability to offer diversification from its traditional asset classes and the relative bargaining power of investors versus the managers. The actual resources required are just a bargaining chip managers can use, but for a pension fund, that is someone else’s problem! What should be addressed, though, is against what benchmark comparisons performance should be judged against to justify the fees. Hedge fund strategies usually do not claim to be able to outperform equities at the height of a bull market, but often the claim is made that the strategy can match equity performance with lower volatility. A short-term performance comparison would therefore be an invalid approach.Aberdeen has undertaken some analysis on costs versus performance and correlations with traditional asset classes, and it argues that it really can be beneficial to pay for access to some higher-cost products. It finds that discretionary global macro, fixed income relative value and multi-strategy offer relatively attractive risk/return profiles, while the profiles of long/short equity quantitative, systematic global macro and event-driven equity are less so.It has also found evidence that more costly funds in certain strategies are, on average, producing better risk-adjusted results than their cheaper peers. This applies to global macro, fixed income relative value, quantitative and multi-strategy. What it concludes is that, for these strategies, it really can be beneficial to pay for access to higher-cost products in contrast to other strategies such as the equity-orientated event-driven and long/short equity, where its analysis suggests there is less value added by the more expensive managers. Whilst the more sophisticated pension funds may take heed of this analysis, I suspect for many wishing to invest in hedge funds, it may be cheaper just to invest in an alternative beta index product.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE
The Telegraph 6 April 2017Family First Comment: A disturbing case in the UK. We’ll keep an eye on the issue in NZ.“”The issue is no longer about term-time holidays,” he said. “It is about the state taking the rights of parents away from making decisions about their children.”Parents who take their children out of school for term time holidays can be prosecuted, the Supreme Court has ruled as a “stubborn” father lost his landmark case on Thursday whilst appealing to parents not to follow his example.Delivering their verdict, the judges ruled that Jon Platt, a businessman from the Isle of Wight who took his six-year-old daughter on a seven-day family trip in Florida in April 2015, should have paid a £120 fine for his daughter’s unauthorised absence.The judges said he had shown a “blatant disregard of school rules” and that his approach had been a “slap in the face” to “obedient” parents who abide by the law.Their ruling means that parents who take their children out of school on holiday – even if their child has regular attendance – can be prosecuted if they do not receive permission from the head teacher.Speaking in Parliament Square after the ruling, Mr Platt apologised to his wife for his stubbornness, adding that he was “not at all surprised” by the verdict.READ MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/04/06/term-time-holidays-supreme-court-rule-parents-can-legally-take/
BACOLOD City – A 50-year-old woman was stabbed to death in Barangay Matab-ang, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Police identified the suspects as Jason Abella and a certain “Tolendoy.”According to police investigators, Tamayo refused to sell a bottle of whiskey to Abella and Tolendoy.This prompted the suspects to attack the victim using a bladed weapon around 7 p.m. on June 7.Tamayo was rushed to the Talisay City Health Center where the attending physician declared her “dead on arrival.”Officers of the Talisay City police station conducted a manhunt operation against the suspects, who fled after the incident./PN Resident Evelyn Tamayo died of stab wounds on the body, a police report showed. BY CYRUS GARDE AND DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA
ANTIOCH, Calif. (Aug. 9) – “Fast Freddie” Ryland lived up to his name Saturday night by riving to the win in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature at Antioch Speedway.Ryland chased down and passed Nick Spainhoward in the final two laps to drive to victory.Rob Gallaher worked around Megan Ponciano for third while Jeremy Hoff completed the top five.
THIS SERVICE IS NO LONGER GOING TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY MARCH 28TH. DUE TO CURRENT SITUATIONS WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS WE WILL BE RESCHEDULING AT A LATER DATE.Elmerene (Rene) Ann Mattson age 70, of Rising Sun, Indiana passed away March 3, 2020 in Rising Sun, IN.She was born July 10, 1949 in Downey California, daughter of the late Elmer Mattson and Irene (Gustafson) Mattson. She worked in customer service for Garden’s alive, with over 14 years of service, before her retirement.She previously attended the Rising Sun Church of Christ. She loved Joel Olsteen and watched many Christian TV and Evangelist programs. She was a strong Christian and kept God foremost in her life.Rene was originally from California and she loved to camp and travel in her RV. She loved the mountains and the beaches, and one of her favorite spots was Morro Bay, California. Rene loved to watch old westerns and visit ghost towns in the west. Her goal for retirement was to travel the state parks and old west areas in the US in her RV, but God had other plans for her. Her last years were spent at her sister’s farm, in Indiana, enjoying the peaceful countryside, porch time, and “girl time” with her sister and her niece whom she called her little “BFF”. She was an animal lover, and especially loved cats and horses.Elmerene is survived by her son Jeffrey Cobb of Pasadena, California, her siblings, Sister Connie & husband Jim Dickman of Rising Sun, Indiana. Her brother Gaylen & wife Gail of Lake Elsinore California. Niece’s Zoey Dickman & Erin Mattson and nephews Josh Mattson & Chris (Michelle) Mattson, and several great nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents.Friends and family will be received Saturday, March 28 from 11am – 12 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home in Aurora, Indiana. Memorial service will be held immediately following visitation at 12 pm at the funeral home.Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, at which her parents were officers in the Salvation Army Corp.If unable to attend services please call the funeral home office at 812 926-1450, and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Visit: www.rullmans.com