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Dell and VMware: A Winning Team

first_imgDell’s “Dazed and Converged” dodgeball team might not have won the charity v0dgeball tournament that kicked off the event, but VMworld itself was a huge win!It is always great to be with our amazing partners and customers at VMworld. This year, I had the privilege of meeting with dozens of Dell partners and key customers, small and large, from around the globe, working in diverse industries. We spoke in one-on-one meetings, at social events, on the show floor, and in the halls of the convention center.Those conversations provided a lot of insight into how customers are leveraging Dell and VMware solutions to accelerate their businesses and achieve their goals. For instance, a number of customers I talked with are using Dell Ready Nodes for VMware VSAN to support VDI deployments and as platforms for core IT transformation.It’s always interesting at events to see what customers are most eager to learn and talk about. Based on the level of interest in our solutions with VMware, we’re on the right track.I fielded a lot of questions from customers and partners about the newly announced Dell Validated System for Virtualization, the industry’s most flexible converged system to-date, which allows customers of all sizes to accelerate their journey towards converged infrastructure.Customers were also very interested in the results of recent performance testing done on the all-flash FX2 VSAN configuration. Folks walked up to our hands-on display (which our team dubbed the “petting zoo”) in the HCI Zone specifically to talk about that particular offering. Customers crowded around to see the inner workings, and it was often difficult for staff to get near the hardware to have discussions!Finally, it was exciting to see such great energy and enthusiasm around the Dell Blueprints program! VMware is a cornerstone of the Virtualization Blueprint, and it was energizing to sit down with customers and explore how utilizing Dell Blueprints and converged systems can help them along their journey to digital transformation.All in all, this year’s VMworld really drove home the “incredibly vibrant ecosystem” that Michael Dell attributed to VMware during his interview on the Cube (you can watch the whole thing below). I look forward to another year of continued partnership with VMware worldwide, offering customers enhanced solutions that both support them now and help them grow in the future.You can catch up on our newly expanded solutions on our VMware page, and follow us on Twitter at @DellAlliances to keep up with the latest news. And please join us tomorrow at 10 a.m. CDT for an exciting announcement that touches our VMware partnership!&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

Race Ahead: Multisport

first_imgMULTISPORTThe Jungle Cup 5k SeriesWinnsboro, South CarolinaMarch 2 and 23, 2013“Welcome to the Jungle!” Scream it like Axl as you grind through one of the grittiest new obstacle courses. The Jungle Cup Series has recently expanded to five races with two upcoming in our footprint (March 2 at Carolina Adventure World in Winnsboro and March 23 in Baltimore). The 3.1-mile course is peppered with 21 unique challenges. Racers will swing on ropes over water, climb steep walls, throw spears, trudge through swampy mud pits, push sleds, haul logs, and brave fire pits, as they try to complete one of the most unconventional 5Ks around. tarzanscup.comShenandoah Epic Adventure RaceBentonville, VirginiaApril 20-21, 2013Traversing the rugged backcountry of the George Washington National Forest, solo racers and teams of two or four will cover over 100 miles in up to 26 hours, navigating their way through a wild course filled with epic terrain that also finds its way into Shenandoah River State Park. Racers will cover the course through a range of disciplines, including trekking, orienteering, canoeing on the Shenandoah River, mountain biking, and some special team challenges. rev3adventure.comNew River Gorge Challenge Extreme TriathlonFayetteville, West VirginiaAugust, 2013The race starts with a 12-mile mountain bike leg that departs from the Fayette County Courthouse and winds its way to Cunard on the Gorge’s ridgeline singletrack trail network. Then it’s time to paddle an eight-mile stretch of the New’s wild class III-IV rapids. The tri concludes with a burly 8.5-mile trail run up and out of the gorge on a series of steep switchbacks. newrivergorgechallenge.comKing of the Smokies TriathlonLake Junaluska, North CarolinaSeptember, 2013Started just three years ago in 2010, the King of the Smokies features both sprint and International distance courses that include an open-water swim, a winding bike ride on rural mountain roads, and a run around the lake. kingofthesmokies.comNation’s TriathlonWashington, D.C.September 8, 2013Triathletes love to see the sites in D.C. Hence the consistent sellouts of this annual early fall Olympic distance race. The popularity is attributed to the scenic course that winds past the monuments and memorials of the Nation’s Capital. The race features a 1.5K swim in the calm part of the Potomac River past Arlington Cemetery, a flat and fast 40K bike ride past the White House and Washington Monument, and a 10K run that goes by the Jefferson Memorial and U.S. Mint. nationstri.comBest of the RestTRIATHLONSTriadventure Spring Sprint TriathlonChristiansburg, VirginiaApril 7, 2013 • triadventure.comOver the Mountain TriathlonKings Mountain, North CarolinaMay 15, 2013 • setupevents.comAlleghany Highlands TriathlonClifton Forge, VirginiaMay 18, 2013 • cliftonforgemainstreet.orgRock Hall International Triathlon(A Set Up Cup Qualifier)Rock Hall, MarylandJune 1, 2013 • setupevents.comJamestown International Triathlon(A Set Up Cup Qualifier)Williamsburg, VirginiaJune 8, 2013 • setupevents.comI Love the Tavern TriathlonRichmond, VirginiaJuly 28, 2013 • richmondmultisports.comLuray TriathlonLuray, VirginiaAugust 17-18, 2013 • luraytriathlon.comTri Creek Falls TriathlonFall Creek Falls State Park, TennesseeAugust 18, 2013 • endurancesportsmanagement.comBattle of the PotomacNational Harbor, MarylandSeptember 12, 2013 • setupevents.comADVENTURE RACESPalmetto Swamp Fox Adventure RaceFrancis Marion Forest, South CarolinaMarch 16, 2013 • kandoadventures.comBrake The Habit Adventure RaceBoyds, MarylandMarch 16, 2013 • adventureaddictsracing.comBlue Ridge Mountain Adventure RaceBlue Ridge, GeorgiaApril 13, 2013 • adventureracega.comRev3 Knoxville Sprint RaceKnoxville, TennesseeMay 4, 2013 • rev3adventure.comRundisney Expedition Everest ChallengeDisney World Resort, FloridaMay 4, 2013 • rundisney.comHenricus Dauber Dash Obstacle RunHenricus, VirginiaJune, 2013 • sportsbackers.orgRed River Gorge American ClassicSlade, KentuckyNovember 2, 2013 • flyingsquirreladventures.comMUD RUNSSpartan RaceCharlotte, North CarolinaMarch 23, 2013 • spartanrace.comGoodwill Mud RunGreenville, South CarolinaApril 13-14, 2013 • goodwillmudrun.orgWarrior DashMountain City, GeorgiaMay 4, 2013 • warriordash.comMiller Light Filthy 5k Mud Run, pesented by Ruff WearRichmond, VirginiaMay 17, 2013 • dominionriverrock.comTough MudderVirginia Beach, VirginiaJune 1-2, 2013 • toughmudder.comTribal QuestFredericksburg, VirginiaJuly 13, 2013 • thetribalquest.comHelgramite Hustle 5K Mud Run at Smith River FestMartinsville, VirginiaAugust 10, 2013 • milesinmartinsville.comMerrell Down and Dirty National Obstacle and Mud Run SeriesAtlanta, GeorgiaOctober 13, 2013 • downanddirtymudrun.comFor more great Race Ahead information check out these sections:SnowsportsTrail RunningRoad RunningMountain BikingRoad CyclingClimbingPaddlingHikingMultisportSuperlativeslast_img read more

Ride Today, Ski Tomorrow

first_imgI spent a year living in Southern California learning how to surf. During the colder winter months, I had the dream of pulling a double—skiing in the morning and surfing in the afternoon. It is, quite possibly, the perfect day, made even more perfect because the two adventures are diametrically opposed; There aren’t many places where you can shred powder and waves within a couple of hours drive of each other. It eluded me while I lived in SoCal because, you know, work, but since living in the Southern Appalachians, I’ve gotten to enjoy a different kind of double—ski in the morning, mountain bike in the afternoon. Logistically, this is much easier to do in here because our skiing is isolated (and largely manmade) and there’s killer mountain biking everywhere. Still, it’s a hell-of-a day that leaves your legs wrecked and your soul recharged.I’ve knocked out a handful of doubles over the last several years, but so far, this year, it’s eluded me. Again, work. But I’ve found the next best thing: ride today, ski tomorrow. It was 50 degrees and sunny earlier this week in Asheville. My local trails were dry and I carved out an extra hour during lunch so I could put in a quick, 10-mile ride on sinuous singletrack. The next day was brutally cold at my local ski hill for Whiskey Wednesday. The snow guns were blowing as we hit the slopes in record numbers for a post-work ski session under the lights. It’s surreal to go from perfect biking conditions one day to arctic skiing the next. It’s almost as odd as bagging both adventures in the same day. You shouldn’t be able to do this—riding singletrack one day, skiing the next. Life shouldn’t be this good. And yet…ski tomorrow 2 (1) (1)Of course, beer made it all the better. After the bike ride, I went with something sessionable—Oskar Blues Pinner at my favorite neighborhood lunch spot. I still had work to do, after all. But I was worked after three hours of skiing blissfully sketchy terrain. The only thing to do in that situation is begin rehydrating with a series of  IPAs. I chose Highland Brewing Company’s newest beer, simply called, Highland IPA, which is by far the best single IPA they’ve ever produced. It falls in line with the modern West Coast mentality of being fruity and citrus forward thanks to a trifecta of hops from the Pacific Northwest (Chinook, Citra and Centennial).There are no scientific studies to prove the regenerative properties of a good IPA, but after a few of Highland’s finest, I could feel the energy and power moving back into my legs and I began to wonder if I could carve out enough time tomorrow for another mountain bike ride. Ride today, ski tomorrow, ride the next. Life shouldn’t be this good.last_img read more

Cashel RFC secure fifth straight win

first_imgNenagh Ormond were in Stradbrook where they took on second place Blackrock College. The full time score was Blackrock 29 Nenagh Ormond 15 points.Cashel were up against a Seapoint team that was third from the bottom at the start of the day. Peter Silk was at the game for Tipp FM Sport. The full time score was Seapoint 3 Cashel 19 points. In Six Nations rugby, Italy won their first game of this season’s Six Nations.They beat Scotland at Murrayfield by 22 points to 19.last_img

England Golf represents disability golf in Europe

first_img30 Jan 2015 England Golf represents disability golf in Europe England Golf has become the representative body on the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) for disabled golf in England.England Golf is taking over the work previously undertaken by BALASA, the charity which promotes golf for all disabilities.  BALASA will continue to run its own events and host EDGA events.Jamie Blair, England Golf Disability Manager said: “England Golf would like to thank BALASA for the foundations they have put in place and the opportunities they have created for disabled golfers to compete in top European competitions.“I look forward to working with EDGA and to learning from my colleagues in Europe, not only improving the opportunities for talented golfers but also on getting more disabled people into the game. We will continue to work with BALASA and the other impairment specific golf groups to use their knowledge to ensure that EDGA events become as inclusive as possible”BALASA chairman Richard Saunders (image © Leaderboard Photography) commented: “We have worked extremely hard behind the scenes with England Golf and other impairment groups to reach this significant position.“We will continue to work on behalf of our members and the disabled fraternity to promote disabled golf, to encourage further participation for all – and to eventually achieve our ultimate aim of seeing golf in the Paralympic Games.”A new process is now in place for disabled golfers who meet the required level of impairment and wish to participate in the EDGA Access, Challenge and Premier events.In order to access EDGA competitions players must hold:•    An approved EDGA Medical Pass – meeting required level of impairment•    Active CONGU handicap•    Enter ballots through the EDGA websiteDisabled golfers wishing to retain membership of BALASA will pay their BALASA fee in the usual way. BALASA will continue to select England teams for relevant international events. To be eligible for selection to represent England, players will need to be a member of BALASA.For more information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply for a medical pass click here or email England GolfEngland Golf and its partners are committed to increasing the participation of disabled people in golf and providing more people the opportunity to enter, return and develop within the game to whatever level they chose to play to.last_img read more

Rumson Man Arrested For Daytime Burglary In Fair Haven

first_imgFAIR HAVEN— Police arrested a Rumson man and charged with an assortment of offenses arising from an alleged daytime burglary on Monday.Police arrested David Wilt, 20, at his Evergreen Drive, Rumson home on Monday afternoon charging him with burglary, theft, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, forgery and receiving stolen property, according to Fair Haven Detective Sergeant Jessie Dykstra.Wilt, Dykstra charged, had entered the Hance Avenue home of a medical doctor when he was confronted by someone in the home and made his escape.Wilt allegedly fled the scene in his truck, colliding with a vehicle parked in the residence’s driveway making his way home. The witness had called police giving them a description of Wilt, his vehicle and the license plate number, Dykstra said.When police arrived at Wilt’s home at approximately 3:30 p.m., Wilt was allegedly in possession of prescription medication and a prescription pad, the detective said.Along with the criminal offenses, police issued Wilt motor vehicle summons for leaving the scene of an accident, according to Dykstra.Wilt was released on $7,500 bail, police said.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Mount Sentinel Wildcats

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats like a fine wine have slowly been getting better with age. The varsity girl’s volleyball now enters crunch time on the B.C. High School A Girl’s season as Mount Sentinel prepares for the Kootenay Zone playoffs November 18-19 in Fernie. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports are eager to help the Cats with their mission of returning to the provincial tournament with Team of the Week accolades. The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Joe Moreira, Madia Rehwald, Lynnea Carr, Malin Chernoff and Jessie Rehwald. Front, Breanne Minor, Kyra Makortoff, Kaitlin Minvielle, Zahra Askary and Paige Paulson.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN / MIKE WILLMAN – FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017

first_imgKent Desormeaux12226151321%44%$1,479,997 O’NEILL HAS ’11-4 THE MONEY’ ON SATURDAY‘CLASS IS IN’ THROUGHOUT DAY IN PADDOCKWHITE’S MORNING LINE AVAILABLE FOR ALL SATURDAY STAKES JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jockey Standings Rafael Bejarano11119172017%50%$1,079,983 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Stewart Elliott13014161811%37%$693,348 Race Six:      Bal a Bali, Richard Mandella (Kilroe Mile)Twentytwentyvision, Mandella (Big ‘Cap)Siberian Iris, Mandella (China Doll)Vending Machine, Peter Miller (San Felipe)             FINISH LINES:  Jon White’s morning line for all of Saturday’s Stakes are as follows:  Grade II, $400,000 SAN FELIPE STAKES (Race 5):  Term of Art (20-1), Vending Machine           (20-1), Ann Arbor Eddie (8-1), Mastery (6-5), Gormley (9-5), Iliad (5-2) and Bluegrass Envy (50-1)…Grade I, $400,000 TRIPLE BEND STAKES (Race 8):  Denman’s Call (15-1), Point Piper (10-1), Kobe’s Back (5-2), Silent Bird (4-1), Masochistic, (even), Nowalking (15-1) and Conquest Cobra (10-1)…Grade I, $400,000 FRANK E. KILROE MILE (Race 9):  Bal a Bali (8-1), Flamboyant (12-1), Bolo (3-1), Dortmund (4-1), Ring Weekend (4-1), Conquest Enforcer (7-2) and What a View (7-2)…Grade I, $1 million SANTA ANITA HANDICAP (Race 10):  Midnight Storm (8-5), Gangster (30-1), Shaman Ghost (2-1), Isotherm (12-1), Hard Aces (15-1), Follow Me Crev (8-1), Twentytwentyvision (12-1), Hi Happy (12-1) and Imperative (5-1)…$75,000 CHINA DOLL STAKES (Race 11):  Miss Sugars (4-1), Go On Mary (10-1), Bernina Star (20-1), How About Zero (15-1), Sircat Sally (5-2), Grand Prix         (20-1), Simmy’s Temple (30-1), La Force (12-1), Madam Dancealot (6-1), Beau Recall (5-1), Miss Sunset (6-1), Lady Beware (30-1), Siberian Iris (12-1) and Spy Ring (8-1)…Come early on Saturday, as there is special early first post time of 12 noon.  Admission gates open at 10 a.m…All Santa Anita THOROUGHBREDS members will receive a signature Santa Anita umbrella, free with paid admission while supplies last on Big ‘Cap Day…There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick Six on Saturday as well…Don’t forget, SPRING FORWARD! one hour Saturday night, as Daylight Savings Time will be in effect Sunday.   Flavien Prat19544303823%57%$2,813,844 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 Joseph Talamo13319131814%38%$636,468 TEAM O’NEILL SET FOR BUSY DAY WITH 11 HORSES ENTERED The big boys come out to play Saturday.Among those entered at Santa Anita in five stakes–three of them Grade I’s–are Bob Baffert’s undefeated Triple Crown contender Mastery and John Shirreff’s nearly perfect Grade I winning Gormley in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; Phil D’Amato’s versatile speedster Midnight Storm and Jimmy Jerkens’ highly accomplished Shaman Ghost in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap for older horses at a mile and a quarter; Peter Eurton’s stretch-running Kobe’s Back in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes for older horses at seven furlongs, his first start since finishing third in the 2016 Triple Bend last June; and 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, who’s making his debut on grass in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile–which is also his first start for trainer Art Sherman.With an 11-race card on tap, the busiest trainer in Arcadia will be Doug O’Neill, who has 11 horses entered throughout the day which will begin with a special early first post time of 12 noon.  A three-time Santa Anita training king, the 48-year-old O’Neill is a racing department’s dream, evidenced by the fact he’s entered a Winter-Meet high of 121 horses, 12 more than runner-up Richard Baltas.“Team O’Neill” could have its best chance Saturday with Iliad in the San Felipe, although the son of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper looms the third choice behind Mastery and Gormely, a winner of the Grade I FrontRunner here on Oct. 1 and the Grade III Sham Stakes on Jan. 7.O’Neill has enjoyed successful treks on the Triple Crown trail, having won the Kentucky Derby twice in the last four years, with I’ll Have Another in 2012 and again last year with Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Male of 2015, Nyquist.Owned by Kaleem Shah, who also campaigns Dortmund, Iliad has had only three starts, all of them sprints and none further than his 3 ½ length win in the seven furlong, Grade II San Vicente here on Feb. 12–a race that produced a career-best 96 Beyer Speed figure.Among those in Iliad’s San Vicente wake was 4-5 favorite Battle of Midway, who although he was beaten eighth lengths, rebounded to win a first condition allowance here on Thursday for Jerry Hollendorfer, prevailing by a neck while getting a mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.16 under Flavien Prat.  Following the win, Hollendorfer told TVG’s Britney Eurton that his Smart Strike colt would now be considered for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8.“Iliad ran huge in the San Vicente,” said O’Neill.  “He’s got a mind, the stride and the pedigree of a two-turn horse, but you never know until you do it.  We’re excited about him.  He’s doing really well.”In addition to Iliad, O’Neill will also be represented in the San Felipe by Term of Art and Ann Arbor Eddie.A winner of the Grade III Cecil B. DeMille Stakes three starts back at Del Mar on Nov. 27, Term of Art comes off an even fourth place finish in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis on Feb. 4, while Ann Arbor Eddie, a two-time stakes winner versus state-breds, comes off a second place finish at even money in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 18.The San Felipe offers 85 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, distributed on a 50-20-10-5 basis.Team O’Neill will also have a three-pronged attack in the $75,000 China Doll Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on grass:  Go On Mary, How About Zero and Simmy’s Temple.I don’t know if running 11 in one day at the same track is a personal record,” O’Neill said, “But it’s close.  I’ve had a bunch before, but that’s a lot.  It’s going to be an exciting day.  The weather’s going to be nice and all the horses are doing well.” Santiago Gonzalez10912181311%39%$570,427 LARGE NUMBER OF BIG ‘CAP DAY SCHOOLERS SET FOR TODAY            The following horses, all entered for Santa Anita Handicap Day, tomorrow, will be on display in the saddling paddock throughout this afternoon: Race Three: Masochistic, Ron Ellis (Triple Bend)Imperative, Bob Hess, Jr. (Big ‘Cap) Philip D’Amato7515101320%51%$910,490 Tyler Baze21035412417%48%$1,646,719 William Spawr27104337%63%$303,251 (Current Through Thursday, March 9, 2017 Inclusive) Martin Pedroza10314191914%50%$586,753 Peter Eurton48105621%44%$531,807 Race Two:  Flamboyant, Paddy Gallagher (Kilroe Mile)La Force, Gallagher (China Doll)Madame Dancelot, Richard Baltas (China Doll)Silent Bird, Mark Glatt (Triple Bend)center_img Race One:  No Walking, Phil D’Amato (Triple Bend)Conquest Enforcer, D’Amato (Kilroe Mile)Midnight Storm, D’Amato (Big ‘Cap)Hard Aces, John Sadler (Big ‘Cap)Lady Beware, Mick Ruis (China Doll) Edwin Maldonado61107916%43%$321,640 Bob Baffert51107920%51%$978,451 Richard Baltas10919191717%50%$1,011,712 Trainer Standings Corey Nakatani65117617%37%$603,746 (Current Through Thursday, March 9, 2017 Inclusive) Tiago Pereira9511111312%37%$380,035 Jerry Hollendorfer10521142120%53%$1,494,864 Steven Miyadi56814614%50%$378,701 Doug F. O’Neill12115242012%49%$1,181,851 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Norberto Arroyo, Jr.90188920%39%$790,821 Mark Glatt67911913%43%$420,450 Kristin Mulhall3176323%52%$213,230 Vladimir Cerin47910719%55%$337,504 Mike Smith451541333%71%$1,389,527 Peter Miller892721930%64%$1,330,356 Race Four:   Conquest Cobra, Vladimir Cerin (Triple Bend)Follow Me Crev, Cerin (Big ‘Cap)Gormley, John Shirreffs (San Felipe) John W. Sadler509101018%58%$525,394 J. Keith Desormeaux3573520%43%$447,105last_img read more

Investment in African mega projects on the boil

first_img10 March 2015Investment in African mega projects surged 46% to $326-billion (almost R4-trillion) in 2014, led by heavy investment in transport, energy and power, according to the third annual Deloitte African Construction Trends Report, which monitors progress on capital intensive infrastructure on the continent.To qualify for inclusion in the report, projects must be valued at more than $50- million and had to have broken ground by at least 1 June 2014. While the number of projects that qualified for inclusion in the 2014 report fell to 257 from 322 the year before, the total value of projects under construction increased from $222.77-billion in 2013.“Africa’s rapidly growing middle class continues to drive demand for sustainable social infrastructure,” said Andre Pottas, Deloitte regional director. “Africa is en route to a brighter future and overall we see the opportunities surpassing the challenges facing our continent.”Of the projects in the 2014 Deloitte African Construction Trends Report, 143 were led by the public sector; a further 88 were private sector initiatives and 26 were classified as public private partnerships (PPPs). Energy and power accounted for 37% of the mega projects undertaken in Africa in 2014, followed by transport (34%), mining (9%), property (6%), water (5%), oil and gas (4%), mixed use facilities (2%) and health care (1%).“More than 10% of the projects included in this year’s survey were structured as PPPs, which is an increase from about 4% the previous year,” said Pottas. “That is very encouraging to see as we believe that significant private sector participation is required alongside government initiatives in order to enable Africa to close its infrastructure gap with the rest of the world.”Southern Africa led construction activity on the continent, accounting for $144.89- billion in projects, or 44.5% of the total value. West Africa overtook East Africa, with the region attracting $74.84-billion in projects, or 23% of the total projects on the continent by value.Central Africa experienced a massive 117% surge in the value of construction projects, which reached $33.21-billion while North Africa saw the value of construction projects jump almost 36% to $9.12-billion. East Africa experienced a moderate 10% decline in the value of projects, which nevertheless totalled a respectable $60.67-billion in 2014.“Africa continues to be a magnet for foreign direct investment (FDI) and intra-African capital inflows,” said Pottas. “With a 76% completion rate of projects collected from our previous report, expectations remain high for infrastructure to provide the developing continent with much needed market expansion.”Africa’s infrastructural transformation is being driven by increased output in the natural resources sector, which in turn has underpinned rising fiscal expenditure on infrastructure projects to facilitate rising international trade with the continent.At the same time, rapidly growing urbanisation and rising domestic demand in Africa has ushered in an unprecedented wave of foreign direct investment in the continent’s biggest and most dynamic economies.“The African Construction Trends report confirms continued, intensive construction activity across the continent. The journey may not be high speed just yet but it is unfolding at a steadily increasing pace.”Source: Deloittelast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – October 10, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sunny and dry today, but our next front looks to be moving in a little faster. Temps today will be a little warmer again vs yesterday, as south winds start to pick up. Clouds will be on the increase tomorrow midday and afternoon.Rain arrives with our cold front tomorrow just after sunset in far western Ohio. The front blasts through the state in the overnight through midday Saturday. We are adjusting our rain totals only slightly this morning for the event, .15″-.65″ with 90% coverage. Everything will be done by Saturday mid to late afternoon.Combined 10 day moisture potentialDry and cooler Sunday and Monday. However, the timing of the front means we don’t have a strong frost risk. The bigger frost potential stays well north into Michigan and southern Ontario. Still, it will be cooler here to start off next week. AT this point we are keeping Tuesday drier too, allowing for just some clouds to develop through the day. We are pushing bigger rains back into next Wednesday.On Wednesday rain can bring totals of .25″-.75″ to 90% of the state. There is a bigger southwest flow part to the equation this morning, and that will boost the rain potential. Rains will clear out late Wednesday and Wednesday night.We are dry for the balance of the 10 day window through next Saturday morning.Today’s biggest weather headlines will be far outside of our area, as an epic winter storm is slowly blasting through the northern plains and upper Midwest, while the cold front associated with it, brings dramatic temperature falls farther south into KS and Colorado. Some estimates have up to 15% of the nations corn crop at serious risk from this storm and a hard freeze. We can see 1-2 feet at least in the Dakotas, and temps in NE Colorado will fall from a high of 80 yesterday to the mid teens overnight tonight (today they barely get out of the 20s). Our weather is spectacular by comparison.last_img read more