The north star of our innovation continues to be “Data Protection Everywhere.” We pride ourselves on providing customers with best-of-breed data protection solutions where they need it and how they want it. Customers are utilizing a wide variety of consumption models, from on-premise traditional infrastructures to virtualized environments, including hybrid and public clouds. Protection and availability of this data is dictated by the required service levels for recoverability. EMC proudly covers all consumption models and protects data across the continuum of availability requirements with a portfolio of offerings that is both broad and deep. We credit our long-standing success to the belief that one size does not fit all in terms of data protection solutions.At EMC we are constantly innovating to stay ahead of the continuous shifts in data protection challenges faced by our customers. The fact is that most of our customers are currently living in two worlds—the first being traditional IT centric, and the second with their eye on a more modern approach. With that, their mindset and needs are evolving. We address the need for protection for the modern data center by continuing to deliver new ways to reduce cost and complexity enabling organizations to accelerate their IT transformation.With established data protection solutions such as the EMC Data Protection Suite Family, we ensure our customers meet their current business needs to protect their data, while also taking advantage of new approaches with technologies required to transform for the future. EMC bridges the gap between the two worlds with offerings such as ProtectPoint, as well as the recently announced Enterprise Copy Data Management and VCE Data Protection Appliance. These solutions were created to meet the evolving needs of our customers in today’s world, enabling greater levels of agility, management, and simplicity.Gartner’s continued positioning of EMC as a leader in this category we believe validates that we are consistent in continuing to provide our customers with innovative data protection solutions built for the modern data center. Learn more about EMC’s Data Protection portfolio by visiting www.EMC.com.Check out the full report here. EMC has maintained its leadership position in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software for the 17th consecutive year– a triumph no other vendor in the IT industry has achieved. We believe, with this recognition, EMC’s consistent commitment to enabling customers with industry-leading data protection offerings they can trust rings loud and clear. With products like the Data Protection Suite and ProtectPoint, EMC continues to lead customers through their data protection transformation.
After a long discernment process, several graduating seniors will explore the call to religious vocations after their time at Notre Dame. Fr. Jim Gallagher, director of the Office of Vocations, said some students will enter the Congregation of Holy Cross, while others will join diocesan seminaries in their hometowns or different religious communities. “The call isn’t ever going to be a solid sense of ‘Yes, this what I’m going to do for the rest of my life,’” Gallagher said. “It’s more a sense of, ‘I think there’s something there, and I want to go and give at least a year or so to figuring it out.’” Senior Chris Brennan said he has been discerning whether God is calling him to the priesthood since high school, prompting him to join Old College his freshman year. Brennan said his time in Old College cemented his desire to become a Holy Cross priest. “It’s the community, the community support and the familial bonds that you make,” he said. “My best friends are in Holy Cross, and we’re as close as brothers.” Living in Old College while still being a normal Notre Dame student helped in the discernment process, Brennan said. “Being able to have the structured prayer life in college while still taking classes with other students was a great balance,” he said. Brennan, who lived in Moreau Seminary his senior year, said he will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., for his novitiate year in the fall. “I’m looking forward to growing in my spiritual life but also growing in self-knowledge and humility,” he said. “To have that time to be on a mountain and hike and be in the beauty of nature is a very unique opportunity. It’s a gift.” Although Brennan said he is excited to pursue religious life, he is nervous about being asked to give spiritual advice. “It’s scary … [to face] your own unworthiness,” he said. “You’re going to be telling people to do something that you yourself struggle with, and constantly being aware of your own sinfulness while still having to try to help others through that, even though you may know that they’re holier and better people than you are yourself.” Despite his anxieties, Brennan said he is confident in pursuing a religious vocation. “I look forward to being happy, being hopefully a joyful priest that inspires other people to love Christ,” he said. Senior Laura Thelen said she is returning to her hometown of Ann Arbor, Mich., to enter a semi-cloistered Dominican convent. As a biochemistry major, Thelen said she wrestled with the decision to go to medical school or become a nun. “I did the whole MCAT thing and almost applied to medical school,” Thelen said. “I decided I just didn’t feel confident enough about that … Deep inside, I don’t know how to explain it, but I really feel like God wanted me to explore [religious life]. Not that I think I’ll be there forever, but that this is where I think He wants me to be for next year.” Thelen said the Dominican community she is joining is young and active, and most of the nuns teach high school. “My community is really young and really fun and really crazy,” she said. “They play sports all the time … and they were on ‘Oprah.’” Joining the convent will be a formative experience, Thelen said. “I’m really excited to get deeper into prayer,” she said. “I really want to do what I feel called to. … There’s something that keeps pulling my heart onward.” Thelen said she is most nervous to be separated from her family and friends. “It’s scary to lose family and friends. I’ll still see them, of course, but a lot less,” she said. “It’s scary being separated from the real world.” Gallagher said he advises those seniors entering religious life not to expect to discern their calling quickly. “My advice is not to get too wrapped up in figuring out too quickly if this is what they’re supposed to be doing,” Gallagher said, “Enter into the year and let the rhythm of religious life help them develop their sense of self, their relationship with the Lord, and through that they’ll gain a better sense of whether this is something that they’re called to do.”
By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaFootball season means tailgate party time. But poor food safety can leave fans sick in the stands regardless of who wins the game. “Grocery stores and restaurants are now making it easy to tailgate with a variety of foods that make your menu planning a breeze,” said Elizabeth Andress, a food safety specialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. But even if someone else prepares the food, she said, plan a good defense and follow a few rules to keep it safe. “If eating hot take-out food, either eat it within two hours of purchase or keep it hot, above 140 degrees Fahrenheit,” Andress said. “Otherwise, plan ahead and use your home refrigerator to chill it down, and then keep it in a cooler below 40 F.”Always keep cold foods like potato salad, coleslaw, bean salads, pasta salads, cheese spreads and chip dips refrigerated. “Keep them refrigerated or in an iced cooler,” Andress said, “as soon as they’re purchased.”Serve them sitting in ice in a large dish or pan and keep them covered as much as possible. If you can’t do that, put them back in the cooler within two hours. “Perishable cooked food such as luncheon meat must be kept cold, too,” she said.When the weather turns colder, you may want foods like soup, chili and hot stew. Look for containers that can keep hot foods hot for many hours.”Fill the container with boiling water, let it stand for a few minutes, empty it and then put in piping-hot food,” Andress said. “Keep the insulated container closed to keep the food hot (140 F or above) for several hours.”Unless you know the food was kept clean and cold during the game, don’t eat it. You could get sidelined with foodborne illness after the game.If you plan to keep food for after the game or to take home, you might need an extra cooler filled with fresh ice for leftovers. Look for coolers that can keep ice for days, even in hot weather.”Remember, you don’t know the history of how your take-out food was prepared or held until you picked it up,” Andress said. “Be extra careful with the food safety rules once it’s in your care.”Bacteria multiply fast between 40 F and 140 F, or what is called the “danger zone,” she said.”Never leave food in the danger zone more than two hours,” she said, “or one hour when the outside temperature is above 90 F.”Year-round food safety tips: * Keep it clean. Only use clean serving plates and utensils. If you plan to party after the game, too, bring enough plates and utensils to use new ones. * Find out if there is a source of drinking water at the site. If not, bring water for cleaning. Pack clean, wet, disposable cloths or towelettes and paper towels for cleaning hands and surfaces.* Separate. Keep foods well packaged to avoid cross-contamination. If you take ready-to-eat salads or vegetables from the store, keep them separate from any raw meat or poultry you plan to cook at the tailgate.* Eat well-cooked meats, and keep hot foods hot. Chicken pieces or wings, barbecue or hamburgers need to be cooked thoroughly, or don’t eat them. Don’t eat pink meat and poultry that looks undercooked, even if you’ve paid money for it.(April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
When it comes to backyard wildlife, the cup plant does it all. To me, it is like the flag-bearing perennial for bees, butterflies and birds. It is a stalwart and is native in 34 states, from Louisiana, north to Canada and sweeping across all states east.Its size makes it seem like it is the composite, or aster, that ate New York. It is big, bold and wonderful, and this is the time of the year it shines the most.If you are interested in the cup plant but unfamiliar with the flower, it is known botanically as “Silphium perfoliatum” and, as I alluded above, is cold hardy from zones 3 through 9. It can grow tall — 4 to 10 feet — and colonize, so it is a plant for the back of the border. Here at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, ours are around 7 feet.Although it may be hard to imagine that they can dwarf a brown-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba or Brazilan sage (Salvia guaranitica) are both considered large plants and terrific partners for the cup plant. Within close proximity, the pagoda flower (Clerodendrum paniculatum), Java glory bower (Clerodendrum speciosissimum) and baby lace (Hydrangea paniculata) all do their part to bring in hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.Why is this called the “cup plant”? As the plant grows, it develops large, square stems that give the impression that they are piercing the center of the large leaves. There are actually two leaves without petioles that are attached to the stem, forming a perfect cup with which to collect rainwater. Small birds, like finches, take advantage of this natural reservoir of water. These same birds also feed on the seeds as they mature and disperse.The blooms will eventually be covered in what may best be described as a “pollinating frenzy.” Every kind of bee, including honeybees by the hundreds, bumblebees and more, like wasps, are there doing their thing. On a recent morning visit to the Coastal Botanical Garden, I saw eastern tiger swallowtails, long-tailed skippers, fiery skippers and yellow sulphur butterflies. It was like a park for pollinators. Though I didn’t see any, everyone reports hummingbirds on the plants as well.The nature lover will find the cup plant to be one of the most thrilling plants to incorporate into the landscape. Get a chair, a pair of binoculars and a camera, and you will be ready for a day of journaling.Gardeners may need to adjust before planting. First, they must be ready to incorporate such a tall aster family member into the back of the border. Then, they must accept a colonizing racehorse of a plant, so to speak. Not only will gardeners have rhizomes spreading, but they will have reseeding. In other words, there will be some maintenance required to confine the plant to the space allotted.Native plant nurseries sell the plants, and if we can buy them, so can you. They are also easy to start from seeds. Sow unstratified seeds in the fall or stratified seeds in the spring. If using stratification, give seeds a three-month cold, moist treatment in the refrigerator. Putting moist, coarse sand and seeds in a plastic bag is a good method. Then, choose a sunny location with good soil moisture.Since this plant will be the backbone of your wildlife habitat or pollinator garden, choose companions that are not only beautiful but will incorporate the cup plants. I mentioned salvias and brown-eyed Susans, but Joe-Pye weeds, milkweeds and ironweeds native to your region would partner with cup plants well. Other favorites could be anise hyssops like ‘Blue Fortune,’ ‘Blue Boa’ and ‘Black Adder.’ They would give that complementary sizzle of opposite colors. Lastly, use the cup plant to create mystery in the garden by blocking a view and forming an area of transition.The cup plant does it all for wildlife and pollinators, all the while showing dazzling 3.5-inch yellow blossoms. You have to agree that it is pretty doggone special.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. Learn more about the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at www.coastalgeorgiabg.org/.
An unnamed pension fund based in Europe is looking for a manager for a US equities mandate of $500m (€468m) or more, taking in all-cap stocks or large-cap stocks and using a multi-factor style and a passive process, according to a search on IPE Quest.Firms responding to the search should have at least $250bn in assets under management all in all, and at least $1bn under management in this asset class, according to the search.The pension fund is looking for a manager that has experience in replicating a multi-factor benchmark for US stocks but is also considering the same strategy for pan-euro, according to the search.Candidates could apply for the US mandate, for pan-Euro or both, it said. It stipulated that the manager must have experience with passive investing, alternative beta indices – multi-factor indices in particular – and be able to work with an exclusion list.The firm should also be open to customising an index, have large trading volumes to minimise transaction cots and be willing to offer a segregated mandate.The aim is to establish a long-term relationship with a manager that was a leading expert in alternative benchmark replication, it said.The deadline for responses to the search is 7 April, and the final selection will be made on 30 July, according to the search.Meanwhile, the pension fund of the Veterinary Surgeons’ Association of Austria is looking for an investment manager to take on a €10m-15m balanced mandate incorporating a performance floor allowing annual losses of no more than 5%.The association, advised by Zurich-based Kottmann Advisory and P&F Portfolio & Finanzmanagement in Vienna, has no preferred benchmark for the balanced portfolio, according to a search on IPE Quest.A segregated portfolio or an investment fund, or both, could be used to carry out the mandate.The advisers said they were looking for actual portfolio track records from firms responding to the search, and that they might ask finalists to present audited and auditor-signed performance and size data of funds where there was a maximum annual loss of no more than 8%.No composite or GIPS data will be allowed to be presented, they said.Portfolios tracking this floor concept should have a seven-year performance record, with only one year of negative performance, though candidates could present portfolio records with only five years of track record data, the advisers said.However, they said candidates providing all seven years of data may be preferred.The final closing date for responses is 30 March, according to the search.Final selection of investment managers by the board will take place on 28 May.The IPE.com news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By David Smith Jr.OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Sprint Series of Oklahoma is set for a huge night of racing this Friday, June 30 as the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car tour makes its second appearance at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla., and their “Freedom Forty.”Highlighting the program will be a 40-lap championship feature for the SSO with an increased purse from top to bottom and the track will have a huge fireworks display as well.The SSO is coming off a successful two nights of racing action where Texas driver Michael Day earned his first career series victory Friday night in Ardmore while defending champion Andy Shouse scored his third feature victory of the season Saturday night in Ardmore.When the series, presented by Smiley’s Racing Products, first visited Red River Speedway back in May it was Shouse getting the best of a 27 car field to take the victory.Among the series regulars expected to compete include Jake Martens, Shouse, Joe Wood Jr., Chris Kelly, Cody Whitworth, Blake Scott, Loyd Clevenger, Jerry Jumper and Shayla Waddell. Rookies Justin Fisk, Steven Shebester, Justin Mowery, Dillon Laden, Tanner Conn and Josh Toho are also slated to compete.Gates open at 6 p.m. with race time slated for 8 p.m. Grandstand tickets are $15 while children 10 and under admitted for free.For more information call the track at 405 318-0198 or visit the official website www.reddirtraceway.com.
By Kelly Ninas Starting up front and staying up front, Zach Olmstead won the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Lonnie Lenser Jr. became the winner of the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature after the apparent top two finishers were disqualified in post-race tech. NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (Aug. 3) – Championship night played out in front of a packed house Saturday at Lincoln County Raceway. Equally dominating, Casey Woken led all from the second lap on to earn the hard-fought IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory with many heavy hitters trying unsuccessfully to catch up. Holding off all challenges, Cole Hodges captured the IMCA Modified feature after working his way into contention from a fifth row start position, taking the lead with just five laps remaining and then keeping David Murray Jr. at bay. Jacob Olmstead led all but the opening circuit in winning another Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main.
ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth swim team got wins from both the boys and girls to close out the regular season against Washington Academy on Saturday.Ellsworth’s girls’ team nearly saw Ellie Clarke break the school’s 100-yard backstroke record once again. Clarke, who broke her old record by swimming the 100 backstroke in 1 minute, 4.32 seconds on Jan. 27, swam it in 1:04.96 this time around. The girls won 95-42.On the boys’ side, Hayden Sattler won two individual races for the Eagles. Ellsworth swimmers won each of the 11 boys’ events en route to a 121-13 victory.The team is now finished with dual meets. The boys’ team will compete in Penobscot Valley Conference championships at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the University of Maine in Orono. The girls will compete at 4 p.m. the following day, Feb. 11. That meet will be held at Husson University.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text