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Questions that GECOM, SC Marcus must answer

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first_imgDear Editor,Guyana is awaiting clear and definitive directions, so that there can be no ambiguity, as it relates to elections 2019. I am sure that I am not the only Guyanese that was utterly confused, perplexed and flummoxed at the utterings of Senior Counsel Stanley Marcus on June 24, 2019, during the hearing of the consequential orders at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in relations to the challenges to the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) and the case challenging the unilateral appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).The Christmas gift that GECOM plans to offer the people of Guyana is a voters’ list. Editor, there is need for some explanation here.Maybe GECOM or Mr Marcus can provide answers to the following questions:1.  Since the decision to retain Mr Marcus as counsel for GECOM was not made at a duly constituted statutory meeting, who retained him and who gave him the directions that he so empathically and forcefully stated to the Justices of the CCJ on Monday last?2.  GECOM has a legal counsel in its employ, Excellence Dazzell, whose legal opinion is in the public domain. That opinion clearly states, with references to specific and relevant sections of the law, that there is absolutely no need for House-to-House registration, but rather, a review and update of last valid voters’ list. This position, by way of documentation, is also known by all GECOM Commissioners. This begs the question: is Mr Marcus the lawyer for GECOM or the Government-nominated Commissioner of GECOM?3.  Is it coincidental that GECOM’s position at the CCJ is almost identical to the Government’s position, as well as the positions of the few APNU/AFC supporters who were protesting GECOM on Friday, June 22, 2019, calling for House-to-House registration?4.  Official correspondence to the President from GECOM stated that elections was possible by November 2019. When did this position change?  When was the change from November 2019 to December 25 made? If a list would be ready by then, when would GECOM be actually ready to conduct elections if affirmative action is not taken?5.  Furthermore, I am sure all Guyanese are wondering how much it cost taxpayers to retain Mr Marcus.Editor, it is my humble view that once good faith prevails and all our honourable men and women rise to the challenge, elections can be held within 90 days. The President needs to, by proclamation, name a date for elections and dissolve the Parliament. Everything else would fall into play.What is required is a brief period of claims and objections to allow for additions and removals of those who ought to be on the list and those who ought not to be on the list. The current list, which validly expired April 30, 2019, should be deemed the preliminary list of electors and a process, which allows for intense vetting by all political parties and even civil society groups, should commence immediately. This revised and updated list will be the Official List of Electors. It is my considered opinion that all of the above can be executed within a 30 days period or maybe six weeks maximum.Nomination day is at least 32 days before Election Day, in accordance with the law. During this period, training of elections day staff and procurement of material necessary to conduct the elections can be done simultaneously. It was done before.Measures to strengthen scrutiny on elections day, to ensure that only eligible voters participate, can be discussed and agreed upon. A rigorous and well rolled out public relations campaign on voters education from GECOM should follow. GECOM has the staff, the budget, and the institutional capacity to facilitate the same.Credible, free and fair elections is contemplated in our Constitution to be delivered within 90 days.Sincerely,Bishop Juan AEdghill,PPP/C MPlast_img read more

WAS DONEGAL MAN WORST AMERICAN PRESIDENT EVER? ASKS HISTORIAN

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first_imgA LEADING historian has disputed claims for two centuries that an American president from Co Donegal was the worst ever in history.Abraham Lincoln is usually considered the greatest ever American president. By contrast, James Buchanan – parents from Ramelton – is widely regarded as the worst ever American president.Historian Gordon Lucy believes Buchanan was more a victim of the circumstances of the times he lived in. He was born on April 23, 1791, in Mercersburg in south-central Pennsylvania.James Buchanan and Elizabeth Speer, his parents, had left Donegal in 1783 to settle in Pennsylvania.Politically, Buchanan started life as a Federalist.Said Lucy: “He strongly opposed the War of 1812 on the grounds that it was an unnecessary conflict. Nevertheless, when the British invaded the neighbouring state of Maryland he joined a volunteer unit and participated in the successful defence of Baltimore. “Buchanan’s legal training enabled him to enjoy a long and successful career in politics, especially with respect to foreign affairs, as a member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1815-16), a member of US House of Representatives (1821-31), Minister (Ambassador) to Russia (1832-34), United States Senator (1834-45), Secretary of State (1845-49) and Minister to the United Kingdom (1853-56).“With the demise of the Federalist Party, Buchanan became a Democrat, the party founded by Andrew Jackson. It was Jackson, a fellow Ulster-Scot who appointed Buchanan as Minister to Russia and James K. Polk, another Ulster-Scots president, who appointed Buchanan as his Secretary of State. In the former role, Buchanan developed an excellent working relationship with the Russian Foreign Minister and negotiated a favourable commercial treaty with Russia.“In the latter role he dealt with ‘the annexation of Texas’ and the Mexican War. He was also involved in the Oregon boundary dispute and negotiations with the United Kingdom.“On his return from his three year stint in London as ambassador to the Court of St James, Buchanan secured the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, and at the age of 65 became the oldest man to be elected to the presidency up until that point.“Buchanan’s tragedy was that his experience and expertise were in foreign policy but he became president at a period when the most pressing and urgent issues in American politics were domestic and probably intractable. “Buchanan’s administration was bedeviled with rising tensions between North and South and the advocates of ‘the South’s peculiar institution’ (slavery) and an increasingly vocal Abolitionist lobby. He inherited this situation and his stance on slavery did nothing to resolve the developing crisis. On the contrary, Buchanan’s belief that slavery was wrong in principle but legal under the Constitution left him hamstrung and politically paralysed .“The American Civil War produced about 1,030,000 casualties (three per cent of the population). About 620,000 soldiers died in the conflict. Based on 1860 census figures, eight per cent of all white males aged between 13 and 43 died in the war, including six per cent in the north and a staggering 18 per cent in the south. The conflict was responsible for more deaths than all other US wars combined. These grim facts prompt a series of speculations.“Could Buchanan have averted the Civil War? If so, how? Or, was the Civil War inevitable? Most historians are emphatic that very few things in history are inevitable. However, to avoid civil war in the early 1860s would have required compromise. There was very little appetite for compromise, north or south, and indeed it remains difficult to envisage what scope existed for compromise.“Buchanan attempted to conciliate the Southern states and keep them from seceding from the Union over the issue of slavery. There is no evidence that a harder line against slavery would have done anything but provoke the Southern states to secede a few years earlier than they eventually did. “In his Message to Congress on December 3, 1860 Buchanan denied the legal right of states to secede but held that the Federal Government legally could not prevent them. Thus, he is frequently criticized for not adopting a more pro-active stance against secession.“Buchanan’s policy of compromise was not unreasonable. Most presidents before him had adopted exactly the same approach, and even his more decisive and almost universally admired successor, Lincoln, persevered with conciliation as long as he could. Buchanan hoped that his policy would at least prevent the border states, the slave states of the upper South, from seceding. Therefore, arguably Buchanan deserves serious credit for the fact that Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri and the western part of Virginia (which split off as the state of West Virginia) did not succumb to the embrace of the Confederacy.“It remains debatable whether Buchanan could have done anything to prevent the slide towards secession and civil war. However, it is not difficult to have sympathy for the view that it was not Buchanan’s fault. The Civil War stemmed directly from the failure of ‘the Founding Fathers’ to confront the issue of slavery. In the words of David Reynolds in America, Empire of Liberty: ‘The South wanted to establish its own house, founded on slavery – citing the precedent of the American colonies breaking away from Britain in 1776 – but the North would not let it go – determined that the Union, the empire of liberty should remain whole and united’. Buchanan was an honest and intelligent man (probably far more intelligent than many men who have occupied the office) who by sheer hard work achieved two of the highest offices the United States has to offer.“It was simply Buchanan’s misfortune that his term as President coincided with the most horrendously difficult period in American history which would have beyond the capacity of any man to manage satisfactorily.”endsWAS DONEGAL MAN WORST AMERICAN PRESIDENT EVER? ASKS HISTORIAN was last modified: March 11th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Inter Milan hoping to sign Real Madrid star ahead of Man United and Man City

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first_img Pepe looks set to leave Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of this season Inter Milan are hopeful of beating Manchester City and Manchester United to the signing of Real Madrid defender Pepe.The 34-year-old is out of contract in the summer and he is set to leave the Bernabeu after spending a decade there.Both Manchester clubs have been linked with the centre-back, while Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on signing him too.However, according to TMW, Pepe could now be on his way to Inter as they have lined up a swoop for him when his contract expires.The Italian club are preparing for a major overhaul of their squad this summer and a new centre-back is on their shopping list.Pepe would command hefty wages to move to the San Siro, especially as PSG can offer him a lucrative deal, but Inter are confident they can match his demands thanks to the support of their new owners, the Suning Group. 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS START LIFE IN DIVISION THREE WITH EXCELLENT WIN AGAINST DOWNINGS

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first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club News: The Senior footballers made their Division 3 debut at the weekend and recorded a good 1 point win in a tough encounter in Downings. Final score 1-11 to 1-12.Our Reserves also got their season off to winning ways winning on a scoreline of 1-08 to 2-12. Both teams are free this week and travel to Buncrana on Easter Monday.The U-18 lads had a free weekend and are due to play St. Eunan’s B next Tuesday at Pairc na nGael. Time to be confirmed.After their opening game against Robert Emmetts was rescheduled the U-16 footballers travel to Naomh Padraig Lifford on Sunday.The club are holding a bag pack in Tesco’s on Easter Saturday 4th April in association with Habitat for Humanity Ireland. If you can spare an hour on this day please contact 0868405785. The Underage Football Committee are holding a parents evening next Monday evening at the Club House where we will launch our Underage Football Development Plan. It is important that parents of any child playing for Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn attents. Light refreshments will be served. Start time 8pm.There will be an Underage Equipment Fundraiser in Arena 7 from 5 – 7pm on Good Friday, 3rd April. All facilities in the A7 complex will be available to enjoy. A great evening is guaranteed. See Club Facebook for more details.Club Members are requested to contact our Club Secretary for more information if they wish to obtain a Club Donegal Membership Card which covers Free Admission to all Adult Club Matches in the County for the 2015 Season and also included an item of Donegal merchandise.Our girls have resumed training at the Aura on Friday evenings from 7.30-8.30pm. This training is suited for girls from U-12 to U-16. Cost €3 per session. New members welcome.The Club are running Circuit training for girls & lady’s from 12 years and older in Woodland School Hall every Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Price €2 per person. All welcome. Underage indoor football coaching finishes this Friday evening and will resume on Sunday morning 12th April from 11-12pm at Pairc na nGael. New members welcome.Indoor Camogie training continues at the Aura on Mondays from 7-8pm for 5th & 6th Class & Secondary school girls while Wednesdays from 6-7pm at the LYIT is for 4th class & younger. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome. Please check club website and Gaels Camogie Facebook for Pairc na nGael training schedule commencing shortly.Indoor Hurling training is now finished for the season and we will be resuming at Pairc na nGael on 16th April. Please contact Dan Harnett 0867392780 or Sharon Harnett 0868405785 to book or for more information. New members always welcome.Lotto numbers for weekending 22nd of March are 2, 9, 16 & 22. Match 3 is Roisin Doyle, 8 Parkview, Letterkenny. For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelGAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS START LIFE IN DIVISION THREE WITH EXCELLENT WIN AGAINST DOWNINGS was last modified: March 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img read more

Douglas Costa handed four-game suspension for spit on opponent

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first_img Costa spat into Di Francesco’s mouth 1 RANKED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Latest Football News impact Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Although they finished the game with ten men, Juventus won the game 2-1 which also saw Cristiano Ronaldo open his goalscoring account for the club.After the incident, Costa took to Instagram to apologise for his actions.He said: “I would like to apologise to all Juventus fans for this misleading reaction in today’s game.“I also apologise to my team-mates, who are always with me in beautiful and bad moments.“It was ugly, I am aware of it and I apologise to everyone for this.”Costa will miss the Old Lady’s matches against Frosinone, Bologna, Napoli and Udinese.Meanwhile, Di Francesco has hit out at speculation that he provoked Costa by using a racist insult.Di Francesco said on Sassuolo’s Twitter account: “I’m deeply troubled by the allegations and inventions that have appeared in some national media outlets.center_img “All of this is offensive and derogatory.“I won’t allow any racist behaviour and/or phrases, which do not belong to my ethical values and are the fruit of other people’s imagination, to be attributed to me.“I ask for and demand respect!” MONEY smart causal Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Juventus’ Douglas Costa has been banned for four Serie A games for spitting at Sassuolo player Federico Di Francesco.The winger was sent off in an incident where he also elbowed and headbutted Di Francesco. silverware last_img read more

Donegal MD Chair praises €5m Supermac’s investment

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first_imgA local Fianna Fáil Councillor has welcomed the introduction of over 70 jobs and investment of €5m for a new Supermac’s complex in Donegal Town. Michael Naughton, Chairman of the Donegal Municipal District, praised Kevin Foley, the franchise owner, for the number of jobs the project brought to Drumlonagher, outside Donegal Town.The fast-food restaurant, which opened on Friday, has aims of boosting the local economy, with over 110 jobs being generated through the construction and the staffing of the complex. “The investment here today shows real confidence for the people of Donegal Town and it’s surrounding area, and I am delighted as Chairman of the Donegal Municipal District to welcome this new development here today.“This is a very encouraging and exciting time for Donegal Town and with the two announcements made last week, of the 500 jobs at Abbott Diabetes Care, and McCann Group Development looking to invest over €10m along with the creation of nearly 400 jobs.“The communities and the business communities of this area are delighted to see investment and developments coming to the area at this time. Work has also commenced on Tommy Gallagher’s site and we look forward to the 13th August next when work is scheduled to start on The Tir Chonaill Bridge.”“I would like to wish them all every success going forward. I would also like to compliment Michael Kelly and Glebe Builders for the delivery and high standard of the complex,” said Cllr Naughton. The excitement is set to continue at the Donegal Supermac’s outlet in September when it hosts the launch of the Cannonball Supercar Spectacle. The free event, which is set to take place on September 7, will give families the opportunity to get up close and personal with the world’s top mark cars such as McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Masseratti, Rolls Royce and Bentley.Supermac‘s M.D. Pat McDonagh, said that the new store openings were being driven by customer demand. “The success of our fresh range of fresh, never frozen, beef and chicken has meant that we are opening several new outlets throughout the country to meet customer demand with more planned later in the year,” he said.The new facility, which began construction last autumn, includes a two-storey Supermac’s Restaurant, drive-thru facility, a retail convenience store, car and HGV fuelling pumps.Donegal MD Chair praises €5m Supermac’s investment was last modified: August 3rd, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Townfianna failMichael NaughtonSUpermacslast_img read more

South Africa’s over-the-top football fans

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first_img14 May 2010 South African soccer fans are among the most colourful, passionate – and eccentric – in the world, as visitors to the country during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ will soon discover. Come the afternoon of 11 June, should you find yourself in the grandstand of the Johannesburg’s calabash-shaped Soccer City stadium, chances are you’ll be sitting next to someone sporting a bright yellow jersey, oversized goggles and a decorated miner’s helmet or “makarapa”, and blowing a bright plastic trumpet known as a vuvuzela.Symbols of pride And these are just some of the must-have “symbols of pride” for any self-respecting South African football fan, local soccer fanatic Freddy “Saddam” Maake told BuaNews recently. You might also see supporters eating bread to indicate that the opposition is their “daily bread”, opening a Bible in search of divine intervention, or carrying a homemade coffin to indicate that their team is about to “bury” the opposition. “Come the World Cup, Bafana Bafana supporters will be easily recognised … we are proudly South African and what better way to show it than to have all our symbols,” said Maake, urging South Africans to go all out and buy the full range to show their support for the national team. With the kick-off to Africa’s first Fifa World Cup fast approaching, entrepreneurs’ creative juices are flowing freely, resulting in some hilarious supporter accessories. Vuvuzelas, kuduzelas, momozelas … One company recently launched vuvuzela-shaped earplugs for quieter fans. Company spokesperson Andrew Chin said the move was a patriotic one, intended to embrace the instrument while providing ear protection for those who wanted it. “The World Cup is a fantastic event, and rather than entertaining complaints about the noise from vuvuzelas, we thought we’d do something positive,” Chin told BuaNews. “We believe all South Africans should get with the World Cup party, embrace it and have fun at the same time!” Among other accessories is the Kuduzela trumpet, a kudu horn-shaped alternative to the vuvuzela, which sounds like a trumpeting elephant. Then there’s the “momozela”, or baby vuvuzela, which sounds like a baby crying. While many may find it irritating, local soccer fanatics love the sound it makes. Maake said there is also the “vuthela”, which is more user-friendly as it does not take as much effort to blow. And those with a burst of energy to carry extra kilos to the stadium might want to take the “baleka”, or “gijima” as it is popularly known, which, after being wound for some time, emits a sound like an air-raid siren.Six colours of passion Some local supporters simply cannot do without their long, colourful church robes when they go out to support their team, Maake said, adding that it has become fashionable for fans to wear these along with giant glasses displaying team slogans and logos, and afro wigs sprayed the colours of the national flag. The country’s creative entrepreneurs have also made scarves, head bunnies and hand gloves for those who will attend matches in the chillier parts of the country. And of course, the South African flag is a must for every supporter, its latest incarnation being the car side-mirror “socks” that have become increasingly visible on the country’s roads. The makarapa And then there’s the makarapa, the modified, decorated miners’ helmet unique to South African soccer fans. The makarapa dates back to 1979, according to the man credited with making the first one. “The way I invented the makarapa is almost as weird as I am,” said Alfred Baloyi, 54, a die-hard Kaizer Chiefs supporter who said the idea came to him while he was sitting in a stadium. “Someone threw a bottle and hit someone on the head.” At his next game Baloyi, who worked as a cleaner in Limpopo province at the time, wore his work safety helmet decorated with football imagery. The makarapa’s embellishments commonly include images of favourite players, former president Nelson Mandela, current politicians, and team flags and colours, said Baloyi, whose selling price has escalated from a mere R7 in 1979 to a cool R300 for a helmet today. For the World Cup, Baloyi and his employees are making makarapas to suit fans of most of the 32 teams. Maake, who has over 300 makarapas, boasts that he has one for every occasion. He said his makarapas have mini-portraits of Nelson Madela, Danny Jordaan, Sepp Blatter, Kaizer Motaung, Irvin Khoza and Molefi Oliphant. “I wear these guys with pride,” Maake said. “They contributed significantly in bringing us the Fifa World Cup.” Whether Bafana Bafana win or lose during the tournament, Mzansi’s fans will be sure to win a million hearts with their outrageous regalia and over-the-top antics. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South African app brings out Madiba spirit in us all

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first_img8 July 2015An app has been developed to encourage citizens to make every day a Mandela Day by helping those in need.Brand South Africa has partnered with the GEM Project, or Go the Extra Mile, to develop the Play Your Part app that will get communities to help themselves.The marketing organisation promoted the app at the launch of the Play Your Part for Madiba campaign, held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on 6 July.Tsabeng Nthite, Brand South Africa communication officer, said the app contained a number of organisations that needed assistance from South Africans. The organisations included those which provided clothing, help with homework, job shadowing and skills development.GEM Project co-founder David Shields said the app was a social development drive that aimed to mobilise communities within themselves.Once an individual has helped a cause, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, called a GEM. These GEMS can be converted into a number of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.“Volunteers are encouraged to donate their GEMs back to the needy causes during Mandela Month,” Shields said.To ensure continuity and mobilise support even beyond Mandela Month, corporates were also encouraged to donate GEMs so they could be allocated towards causes on an ongoing basis, he explained.GEM has been around for over a year, focusing on projects in Gauteng. Shields said that when the app grew, it would be rolled out across the country.Nelson Mandela International Day is an initiative dedicated to giving back to those less fortunate, the vulnerable and marginalised. It was declared an annual global day by the United Nations in 2009, and marks Mandela’s birthday on 18 July.In 2009, Nelson Mandela Day took place in just two cities: Johannesburg and New York. This year, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is hoping the campaign will be rolled out in 160 countries.last_img read more

Weekly Poll: 20 Companies That Could Be Acquired in 2011

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first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Today sees another acquisition with Teradata’s plan to purchase Aprimo, the marketing automation software as a service (SaaS). Teradata acquired Aprimo as a way to add more analytics and provide better business intelligence services.Yesterday, Salesforce.com announced its acquisition of Etacts, the CRM startup for managing email contacts. That’s the second acquisition this month for Salesforce.com, which announced its planned purchase of Heroku for $212 million at its Dreamforce event two weeks ago.Cloud computing is starting to see some consolidation. The strength of the cloud computing ecosystem is also a catalyst for more enterprise driven apps to integrate with cloud platforms. Michael Orbach, a managing director with investment bank Cascadia Capital, counts 25 potential acquisitions in the Web Experience Management (WEM) space. He sees 10 that are already in the works. WEM is a market sprouting from the Web content management space and online marketing. Content management is getting pressure to be more than a platform to create and distribute content to the cloud. Customers want CMS environments to integrate with social technologies and analytics platforms. In this regard, another marketing automation SaaS provider such as Marketo or Eloqua could be acquired.You can see that kind of consolidation in other parts of the cloud computing world:Infrastructure environments are starting to resemble platforms. SaaS providers are becoming platform providers in their own right. Salesforce.com is taking this approach. Virtualization and infrastructure providers are integrating as data centers extend to the cloud.Companies that have traditionally provided enterprise software are looking for companies to acquire. For example, Red Hat is showing interest in a virtualization or cloud computing company.Cloud management companies are a fit with infrastructure providers. The Rackspace acquisition of Cloudkick is a case in point.Based on this premise, we’ve picked 20 companies that could be acquired. What do you think? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williamscenter_img Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Bolts claim top spot, rally past Beermen

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first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Bolts stared at a 32-19 deficit in the first quarter that ballooned to 18, 71-53, midway in the third quarter.“That was just a great second half for our team. We tried to make some adjustments at halftime and we tried to implement adjustments that the players went out and executed,” Black said.“It was still very difficult and it took us a long time to really get our bearings and get on a run, get some momentum, but towards the end of the game, the lineup we had on the floor really worked out for us. We played better defense, and of course, AD picked it up offensively which helped us a lot,” added Black as Meralco beat San Miguel for the first time in six conferences.June Mar Fajardo led San Miguel with 26 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks, but his floater in the final 10 seconds could not find its mark.Terrence Watson added 18 markers and 10 boards, while Marcio Lassiter also got 18.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  PBA IMAGESAllen Durham scored the go-ahead basket and Meralco clinched the top spot with a 104-101 comeback win over San Miguel Beer Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Durham made the game-winning shot with 27.1 seconds left that capped off Meralco’s 16-5 finishing kick. He finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Tempers flare in SMB-Meralco duel Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “It’s a big win for the Meralco program. I think it’s probably the first time we finished number one at the end of the elimination round, and now it’s on to the playoffs where things are a little more difficult,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.The Bolts, who wound up with a 9-2 card, will face the No. 8 Blackwater Elite. as his side now braces for eighth seed Blackwater in the quarterfinals armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJared Dillinger chipped in 16 markers, five coming in the fourth quarter that triggered the endgame uprising as Meralco fought back from a 96-87 deficit with 3:19 remaining.Chris Newsome added 14 points, six assists, and four boards, while Baser Amer had 13, none bigger than his game-tying three that knotted the score at 98 with 1:28 left. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The loss put the Beermen in a tough situation as they will have to beat Barangay Ginebra twice in the quarters.The scores:MERALCO 104 – Durham 35, Dillinger 16, Newsome 14, Amer 13, Hodge 8, Tolomia 8, De Ocampo 6, Nabong 2, Hugnatan 2, Lanete 0.SAN MIGUEL 101 – Fajardo 26, Lassiter 18, Watson 18, Cabagnot 16, Ross 10, Santos 6, Rosser 4, Espinas 3, Heruela 0.Quarters: 19-32, 39-51, 69-81, 104-101. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READlast_img read more