Community News 128 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The Ice House presents comedian and host Rove McManus for one show only on Thursday, July 31. James P. Connolly (Comedy Central, VH1, HBO) will join him.Rove McManus started his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian but has gone on to become Australia’s most successful talk show host and one of its biggest producers of entertainment television. Rove got his first TV gig on community television, hosting his own Tonight Show, The Loft with a budget of $500 a week. In 2000, he hit the prime time schedule with Rove Live on Network Ten. His decade long tenure on the weekly, talk/comedy show established him asAustralia’s most popular television personality. Rove Live has played host to some of the planet’s biggest names, with the likes of Cameron Diaz, John Travolta, Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, The Duchess of York and U2 taking time out to chat with Rove. At the same time, Rove’s production company, Roving Enterprises produced: two scripted comedy series (Skithouse and Real Stories), a weekly sports panel show (Before The Game), a nightly news review program (The Project) and the ARIA Awards , which Rove has also hosted three times.Throughout all this, Rove maintained his standup comedy, touring nationally and appearing at the 2010 and 2013 Just For Laughs Festivals in Montreal. He has also been a three-time recipient of Australia’s most prestigious television award, the oddly named “Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality”.Rove is currently based in Los Angeles, where he was a regular on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, presenting his “Rove Across America” segment. In 2011, he returned to Australian TV with ROVE LA, a weekly talk show for FOX 8 in the heart of Hollywood. For series two, ROVE LA moved home to the famous Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. In 2014, Rove hosted Fox’s game show Riot, produced by Steve Carrell.Rove McManus will perform one (1) show on July 31. The complete show schedule for July 24 through August 3 is listed below:Thu. 7/24 – 7 Comedians for $7 – 8 p.m.; $7Fri. 7/25 – Call for DetailsSat. 7/26 – Call for DetailsSun. 7/27 – Comic Hypnotist Mark Sweet – 7 p.m.; $12.50 / Fernando Flores’ Comedy Meltdown – 9 p.m.; $12.50Mon. 7/28 – ClosedTue. 7/29 – ClosedWed. 7/30 – Rudy Moreno’s Wednesday Night Funnies – 8 p.m.; $12.50Thu. 7/31 – Rove McManus featuring James P. Connolly – 8 p.m.; $15Fri. 8/1 – Call for DetailsSat. 8/2 – Call for DetailsSun. 8/3 – Call for Details – 7 p.m. / Bobbie Oliver’s Sunday Best (Privately Produced, Special Event) – 9 p.m.; $10/$15There is a two-drink minimum and patrons must be at least 18 to attend. The Ice House is located at 24 N. Mentor Ave. in Pasadena. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (626) 577-1894 or visit www.icehousecomedy.com. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Top of the News Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Nightlife Saucy Aussie Rove McManus Headlines From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, July 3, 2014 | 3:17 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
At least 4 police officers in Philadelphia were wounded in a shootout with a suspect in the Nicetown-Tioga section of the city not far from Temple University Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.Officers had been called to the 3700 block of North 15th Street to investigate narcotics activity when the shooting occurred.A deputy police commissioner tells local media that the wounds sustained by the officers are not considered to be life threatening.The scene is considered to be active, one suspect is in custody and another is still at large.Hundreds of officers and EMTs have converged on the scene, nearby schools are on lockdown including Temple’s Health Sciences Center.This is a developing story.
Facebook33Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Jennifer Penrose for Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyHere is a recent conversation I had with a patient of mine that I hear all the time around spring time. “Hey Jennifer, I’ve been suffering with pain in my right knee now for a few weeks. What I can’t put my finger on is what I did to make it start in the first place, and even more confusing is that it’s most painful when walking down the stairs, and only comes on 10 minutes into a run. Sometimes it aches, sometimes it feels tender and dull, but I don’t understand why I could run fine before and now I can’t, without having to stop after 10 minutes. Can you help?”Jennifer Penrose says many people become more active in the spring, so they see an uptick in patients dealing with knee pain. Photo courtesy: Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyThere’s a good chance that the same thing that is happening to this patient happens to many people this time of year… And it’s no surprise seeing as we’re now coming into spring and heading into summer quicker than we know it…This time of year we see more people than ever in the clinic suffering with painful knees. The reason why? Because it’s around this time of year that people decide to be more active and take things up like running and walking for longer distances. Or they start to go out in the yard and start squatting, lifting and kneeling more. In fact you shouldn’t “bend with your knees” unless you want to give yourself knee arthritis! You need to bend your hips correctly so you don’t beat up your knees or your low back!Even if they’re used to running, people tend to step it up and run a little longer than usual to get ready for the summer, sometimes adding in extra running days going from twice a week, to four times a week.What’s likely going on for this patient is something called “runner’s knee” – it got it’s nickname for an obvious and very unfortunate reason, because it’s common among runners, and even those who are brand new to running. If we run often, after a while the stress of running can cause irritation around the knee area. The resulting pain can be sharp and sudden, or irritating and dull. Sometimes it disappears when you’re running, only to return again afterwards. The pain will generally feel worse when bending the knee, especially when walking or running downhill, or even something as simple as walking down a flight of stairs!So why is she feeling pain in her knees? Think of it like this – each time you run and bend your knee, your knee cap rubs against your thigh muscle, and just like if you were to rub your hand against your arm, eventually your arm would go red and become sore… Well the same happens with your knees!If you’re not used to running, OR, if you haven’t slowly built up how long you run for and how many times a week you choose to as well, then this is going to be a shock to your knees. Another thing, if the muscles around your knees are weak and tight, they’re not going to be able to support you through a run… And without strong muscles to support your knees joints (or just really tired and weak ones), you’re much more likely to suffer from aches and pains.So the solution to her problem? It’s likely to be a simple case of strengthening the knee muscles (and hip and lower back ones too), to make them stronger and support her when she runs – not MORE exercising. See, a lot of people think that exercising more is good for them, and it is to an extent, but only if you’re doing the right type of exercises to benefit everything else you’re doing.You can help ease your knee pain by making sure your muscles are strong enough to support the activity you want to do and are appropriately stretched. Photo courtesy: Penrose and Associates Phyiscal TherapyDoing the right type of exercises and stretches to strengthen the right muscles will mean your knees will be strong enough to walk and run for longer, with less pain at the end of the day. You’ve got to build a strong foundation first before doing more and to prevent any aches and pains suddenly creeping up on you which could put you out for a few weeks, which is the last thing you want if you’re trying to keep active.Now you know why knee pain increases in the spring and what to do about it! We are hosting a free knee pain workshop April 12. You can call us at 360-456-1444 or register online at the Penrose & Associates Physical Therapy website.The author, Jennifer Penrose, is a Physical Therapist and owner ofPenrose Physical Therapy. If you have any questions about knee pain you can call on (360) 456-1444 or email [email protected]
A MERGER BETWEEN two individual health care giants have them coming together this week creating what will be the one of the largest health care system in the nation and the biggest in the state.Representatives from Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System on Tuesday put pens to paper to an agreement that, if approved by the state, would create a connecting series of medical facilities extending from north Jersey to the shore.The newly merged entity, a not-for-profit, will be known as RWJ Barnabas Health. The state Office of the Attorney General has to approve the deal before the merger can be finalized. Representatives from the health care companies are expecting the review to be completed sometime next year.If finalized, the new company is expected to have annual operating revenues of more than $4.5 billion, with 260,000 inpatient admissions, 2 million outpatient visits and approximately 700,000 emergency department visits and 23,000 births. There will be 30,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns, according to information provided by the health care systems.Barnabas operates Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, in Monmouth County. With the joining of the two systems it will have partners in Hudson, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Mercer, Somerset and Ocean counties. RWJ Barnabas Health will operate 11 acute care hospitals, three children’s hospitals, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, a behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, along with five fitness and wellness centers.Barnabas is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care system in the state. It currently has 21,000 employees, roughly 5,200 physicians and 500 residents.Robert Wood Johnson currently employees more than 12,000, and 3,250 in medical staff, generating $1.6 million in revenue annually.“The new health system will comprise effectively ever y clinical service from primary to advanced care and greatly strengthen our commitment to medical education and research,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, Barnabas Health’s president and chief executive officer.This deal will also allow for greater economies in scale while promoting the highest over an expanded geographical area, according to representatives. “Because our organizations have a shared vision for how health care should be delivered and our traditional service areas are complementary, we expect a smooth transition process,” said Jack Morris, chair of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital board of directors.This is the latest in a spate of mergers and coupling among health care providers in the state of late. This spring Meridian Health System, which operates Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, River view Medical Center in Red Bank and Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, in Monmouth County alone announced it’s joining with the smaller Raritan Medical Center, in Middlesex County, and also merged with Hackensack University HealthSystems in separate deals. In April a Meridian executive said the current crop of joint ventures is precipitated by changes brought about by the federal Affordable Care Act and an evolving business paradigm in the health care industry.
There is lots of planning going on behind the scenes for this years Letterkenny St.Patrick’s Day Parade and Letterkenny Chamber is making an appeal for groups, clubs, schools and businesses to get involved.We have dancers, gymnasts, sports clubs and community organisations already making their plans for the annual Parade that is taking place on Sunday 17th March but we need many more to keep the parade as one of the biggest in the County.For businesses it is an opportunity to get in front of 10,000 spectators, for community groups it is a way of getting your cause and group recognised. And for everyone it is a great afternoon out and remember there is always the chance of winning the €500 for the best entry. Chamber President Leonard Watson said “The parade is organised by Letterkenny Chamber and its volunteers are busy raising money from businesses large and small. With the support of businesses we will be able to cover all the costs of the Parade but we are making an appeal for more entries from groups and businesses.“St. Patrick’s Day is always an important event in the calendar and it marks the start of the Spring season for all of us in business. This year it falls once again at a weekend so we are expecting a high number of spectators. This year we are celebrating “Letterkenny Together” and we know everyone will get into the spirit of celebrating all things Irish and show how proud they are of Letterkenny and Donegal.”“This year, in a change from the norm, we are asking walking entries and walking entries attached to motorised floats to assemble at An Grianan Theatre Car Park. The motorised entries will line up as usual along Pearse Road and the walking entries will be filtered in to the parade from the Theatre. So spectators will get the best vantage points from the Main Street.”The Parade starts at 3pm on Sunday 17th March making its way from Station Roundabout (Tesco) via Port Road, through the Main Street past the viewing platform at Market Square to finish in Old Town. Letterkenny St.Patrick’s Day Parade – get involved today was last modified: March 7th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
For the first time, soft tissue showing details of lung structure have been found in a fossil bird said to be 120 million years old.PNAS just printed a paper with another soft-tissue bombshell: Wang et al., “Archaeorhynchus preserving significant soft tissue including probable fossilized lungs.” It’s not the first fossil of Archaeorhynchus spathula, a pigeon-sized bird sporting a fantail and avian lungs. It’s also not the first fossil with probable lung tissue. It is, however, the first fossil showing details of avian lung tissue so well-preserved as to determine the lung structure. The soft tissue traces appear in pairs, supporting the idea that they are preserved lungs rather than other organs.The fossil, alleged to be 120 million Darwin Years old, was found in China’s Jehol biota, but had been resting in a museum till examined by co-author Jingmai O’Connor. Live Science says,This is the fifth described A. spathula specimen — a toothless, pigeon-size bird — but it’s by far the best preserved, O’Connor said. That’s especially because of the speckled, white material in its chest cavity that appears to be a fossilized lung.Once again, the reports leave the nature of this “soft tissue” somewhat ambiguous: is it primordial, original biological material, or does “fossilized” indicate mineral replacement? The paper does make clear, however, that features belonging to modern birds appear in this fossil earlier than expected:Bones of flying birds are hollow and air-filled, with girders and struts for strength. Courtesy Illustra Media.Unusual traces of paired soft tissue structures preserved in Archaeorhynchus STM7-11 are, largely by exclusion, identified as plausible remnants of the lungs (Fig. 2), a deduction supported by topographical location and gross morphological and microscopic lines of evidence. In fact, this is not the first known record of fossilized lungs in a vertebrate; lung remains are also preserved in a Mesozoic mammal from the 125-Ma Las Hoyas Lagerstätte (25) and several Tertiary fossil amphibians (44, 45). Because EDS failed to reveal the chemical composition of the authigenic mineral forming the lung remains, we cannot attempt to explain the taphonomic processes responsible for this preservation at this time. Although not all of the main structures of the avian respiratory system could be identified on the supposed fossil lung (e.g., the very delicate air sacs that are even less likely to fossilize), the microstructure of the preserved lung closely resembles that of modern birds. This suggests that the general structural design of the avian lung has been conserved for a very long time, being already present in the most primitive members of the Ornithuromorpha, the clade that includes Neornithes, and can be presumed to have considerable functional utility.Whether or not the authors could distinguish between mineral and biological material, they were impressed by the remarkable preservation. Laura Geggel at Live Science says,Ancient organs rarely fossilize, so paleontologists were stunned to find the incredibly well-preserved remains of a lung that belonged to bird from the dinosaur age.The FeathersThis fossil also has modern-like feathers preserved. Laura Geggel continues,Initially, scientists were excited to describe the specimen of Archaeorhynchus spathula, a bird that lived about 120 million years ago, because its fossil had exquisitely preserved feathers, including a unique pintail that isn’t seen in any other Cretaceous bird, but is common in birds nowadays.These are not imaginary feathers (15 May 2017) on a supposed “feathered dinosaur” (6 March 2014), but real feathers on a real bird. The authors distinguish the two, referring to “feathered dinosaurs and birds” in the Introduction. In all other references, this fossil is called a bird, described as “a basal member of the Ornithuromorpha [bird-shaped things], the lineage that includes neornithines” [new birds]. Latin taxonomic terms seem less imposing when translated into plain English.Does this bird look 120 million years old? Artist conception of Archaeorhynchus. Credit: Brian Choo.Where’s the Evolution?Evolutionists face a dilemma placing this fossil into an evolutionary timeline. Geggel summarizes the authors’ opinion, saying, “The finding reveals that the lung structures in early birds are similar to the lungs of modern birds.” Its feathers, also, appear modern. How is this to be explained by mutation and natural selection? The authors say, Archaeorhynchus is commonly resolved as the most basal known ornithuromorph bird, capturing a stage of avian evolution in which skeletal indicators of respiration remain primitive yet the lung microstructure appears modern. This adds to growing evidence that many physiological modifications of soft tissue systems (e.g., digestive system and respiratory system) that characterize living birds and are key to their current success may have preceded the evolution of obvious skeletal adaptations traditionally tracked through the fossil record.In short, function preceded shape. It’s like saying that your internal organs evolved first, then your skeleton evolved to match them. Does that make sense, really? And how would scientists know that, when the organs are rarely preserved? That last sentence in the quote indicates that evolutionists could be on the wrong track looking at fossil bones alone.As usual, the answer to how these complex organs and systems evolved, is “They evolved” (29 August 2018). Instead of explaining how things could evolve by Darwinian mechanisms (the Stuff Happens Law, 13 Oct 2018), they reason that since these complex systems provide a benefit, they must have “emerged” or “appeared” by indescribable means. The authors use another synonym for Darwinian miracles: birds “attained” their remarkable powers:After birds attained the capacity for powered flight, they dispersed widely, and consequently underwent a notable adaptive radiation that ultimately resulted in Aves being the most speciose of the amniote clades. Among vertebrates, birds have structurally the most complex, and functionally the most efficient, respiratory system: the lung-air sac system (20, 21, 39, 40), which is capable of supporting their highly energetically demanding form of locomotion (powered flight), even in extremely oxygen-poor environments (e.g., for the bar-headed geese, which fly over the Himalayas). Although certain morphological similarities exist between the lungs of birds and those of other reptiles (41, 42), important questions on how, when, and why the modern avian lung evolved remain unclear.Laura Geggel, peering into Darwin’s crystal ball, sees a glimmer of light, even if unclear:O’Connor is calling the A. spathula fossil “the first informative lung remains,” because they shed light on bird evolution.There you have it: birds “attained” powered flight. But did they attain it on their own, or was this capability, involving multiple integrated systems, imparted to them by intelligent design? (see Flight: The Genius of Birds).Here’s the upshot: Soft tissue has been found in a remarkably preserved fossil bird possessing many modern-looking traits, including “the most complex, and functionally the most efficient respiratory system” in the animal kingdom. These soft tissue impressions survived in exquisite detail for 120 million Darwin Years. The bird resembled a pigeon, with modern-looking fantail feathers. Scientists classified it as a “new bird” in the category “bird-shaped things.” Aren’t you glad you have experts to “shed light” on evolution for us?(Visited 777 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Migration and the Ebola crisis in Africa are some of the concerns brought up for discussion at this year’s African Union Summit. More than 50 heads of states gathered in South Africa to find resolutions to these issues. More than 50 heads of states in Africa attended the 25th AU Summit hosted in South Africa from 7 – 15 June. (Image: Dirco ZA via Flickr) Melissa JavanA total of 60% of migrants are young people, said Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko.Kaloko, commissioner for social affairs for the African Union (AU) Commission, addressed the media at the 25th AU Summit in Johannesburg about migration and development, as well as the AU’s response to the Ebola crisis. The summit is running from 7 to 15 June, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.Tackling migrationKaloko said migration within Africa is a matter his department is addressing. “We are looking at the root cause of the problem.”Migrants tend to leave their home countries to find improved economic and social opportunities elsewhere, or seek refuge if their country of birth is experiencing conflict. He said the AU is looking for solutions to violent situations on the continent, and in doing so, the organisation hopes to curb migration.“We have to make African countries more attractive to [African] people,” he said. “What the AU is trying to do is create very good industries and produce raw material [to sell]. People are interested in jobs and employment so we have to entice them with that.”He said African countries could also benefit from the exchanging of experts.The Ebola crisisKaloko said the largest number of medical personnel deployed for the Ebola crisis is to West Africa. Initially the AU aimed at deploying between 100 and 200 people to areas where the outbreak was severe. But that number increased when the virus spread rapidly. “We have scaled up to 1000 people. In Liberia for example we have about 300 medical staff on the ground.”Currently, the AU is scaling down the number of personnel as the severity of the virus dwindles. “We are sending people back [to their home countries],” said Kaloko.Some medical staff will still remain in affected areas. “Even if we have zero cases in none of the three countries [Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea], we will still have about a 100 medical staff staying there.”He said they are now focusing on surveillance and will deploy mobile units immediately if there is a case of infection.As a precautionary measure, medical staff are quarantined for 21 days as soon as they return home.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John BrienTasseling is just around the corner for most corn fields. The acres of green will soon be topped with shades of yellow, green or purple. What an exciting time in the life of a corn plant. The emergence of tassels not only marks the halfway point of the corn’s plant life but also signifies a major change within the corn plant.A major shift of priorities occurs once a corn plant tassels. Prior to tasseling, the corn plant is in a vegetative growth stage. The corn plant is focused on producing vegetation such as stalks, leaves and roots and maintaining a healthy defense system. Soon after tasseling the corn plant no longer is concerned about growth or maintaining a strong defense system, but the sole purpose of the corn plant becomes producing grain. All of the plants resources are redirected from plant growth to the formation of the largest ear possible.Driving down the road, the tassel is easy to recognize, but what is involved with the tassel? The tassel is a male flower. Remember that the corn plant contains both male flowers and female flowers (corn silks) on the same plant. The tassel consists of many smaller parts that work together to release pollen. The tassel itself consists of a center spike with varying amounts of branches. The center spike and branches hold structures called spikelet flowers. The spikelet flowers then hold the anthers (look like double barreled shotguns) and finally the anthers hold and release the pollen.The tassel has many built in safety control features to ensure the corn plant carries out a successful pollination. The first safety measure surrounds the emergence of the tassel from the corn plant. Pollen will not begin shedding until the tassel is fully emerged. The second safety measure ensures pollen is present when silks are most receptive. Tassels typically begin releasing pollen two or three days prior to silk emergence. By having pollen present when silks emerge, there is ample opportunity for silks to be pollinated. The third safety measure focuses on the fact that not all the silks emerge at once. Therefore, the entire tassel does not release pollen at once, but instead pollen shed usually begins at the center of the spike and then continues upward, downward, and outward over time with the lower branches being the last to release pollen. Pollen is shed for a total of five to eight days depending on the hybrid. The heaviest pollen shed period occurs on the third day. The extended pollen release almost eliminates the possibility of a total pollination failure.Pollen shed is critical to pollination success. To ensure pollination success, the tassel has built in a redundancy factor into the tassel. Pollen grains are developed in and dispersed by the anthers. The anthers are the structures that hang from the tassel during pollination. Each tassel contains two to five million grains of pollen; this equates to 2,000 to 5,000 grains of pollen for each silk. More than enough pollen will be present since only one grain of pollen is needed to fertilize a single silk.During pollination, pollen shed is not a continuous process. Pollen is released from the anthers only when temperature and moisture conditions are favorable. The anthers open and allow the pollen to pour out after dew has dried off the tassel. All the pollen from a single anther may be released in as little as three minutes. Spent anthers eventually drop from the tassel and are sometimes mistaken for the pollen itself when observed on the leaves or ground. The peak pollen shed period is in the morning between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. A second pollination period can occur in late afternoon or evening as temperatures begin to cool.The tassel is a critical part of the corn plant’s ability to produce grain. There are many amazing details about how the corn plant works, the redundancy of over producing pollen, the tassel’s ability to shed pollen only under favorable conditions or when the silks are present, to name just a few. The corn plant is an amazing creation that when understood and managed can produce large rewards.
Tags:#enterprise#Products Amazon has launched a new endeavor that integrates traditional IT infrastructure with its EC2 cloud service. Amazon Virtual Private Cloud allows IT to connect to an isolated set of AWS resources to a data center using a VPN connection. Minus all the acronyms, that means that Amazon has created a hybrid cloud that can work securely for the enterprise, balancing the need for encryption with the low cost and scaling power that the cloud provides. Amazon VPC provides an avenue for enterprises to more comfortably link up their infrastructure with the cloud. For Amazon, it’s an endorsement of the hybrid approach, but it’s also meant to combat the growing interest in private clouds. VPC is currently in limited beta (you can apply here) and doesn’t work with the S3 cloud storage service or any other parts of AWS. The SpecsIn a blog post about VPC, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels admitted the problems the company has faced when it comes to enterprise adoption of their cloud services. VPC is clearly an attempt to dispel the very legitimate fears that exist when it comes to the cloud. Here’s how it works in practice:First a VPC is created and assigned an IP block, one which allows only those addresses that your enterprise wants to use to access. The VPC is divided up into subnets, with the maximum being 20 unless you request more. Next a VPN connection is made between the gateway and an IPSec-based router you host. Traffic is then configured to flow so that the IP block is applied to the VPN connection. Once you’ve got a VPN with an IP block up and running, any AWS resources assigned will be subject to regular enterprise firewall and routing policies. Attacking the Private Cloud Head-onVogels spent more than little effort in his post attacking the idea of the private cloud. Before he even got into how VPC worked, he paused to assert that private clouds lack the elasticity of Amazon’s services, bluntly declaring, “I don’t think of them as true clouds.”Amazon would surely have worries without the idea of private clouds being shopped about, but it definitely doesn’t help for enterprises to throw up their hands in vain and try to create their own miniature versions of public cloud computing services. VPC is really a compromise for Amazon that acknowledges the attraction that private clouds have for the enterprise. A Hybrid CloudAmazon is basically creating a hybrid cloud, one that uses some of the standard enterprise encryption methods. It seems they’re not alone either. Recently many companies have been testing the waters when it comes to this approach, with Microsoft and EMC partnering as well as IBM with Juniper Networks. There have even been companies that have attempted to beat Amazon to the punch by offering VPN overlays to EC2, such as Cohesive’s VPN-Cubed. It seems that Amazon has seen the light when it comes to enticing enterprises to the cloud. VPC is recognition that a mixed strategy that improves security, not a miraculous shift in enterprise IT culture, is the way forward. steven walling 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair
IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… David Curry For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#autonomous cars#California#DMV#San Francisco#Self-Driving#Uber Uber has halted its self-driving program in California, following regulatory pressure from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and state attorney general.It comes one week after the DMV revoked the registration of Uber’s 16 self-driving cars. The DMV said Uber had not filed the appropriate permit to test self-driving vehicles.See Also: In a crowded field, who is ahead in the autonomous car race?Uber launched a defiant campaign to change the state laws and said it would continue to test its cars in San Francisco, but retreated from that position earlier on Thursday evening.“We’re now looking at where we can redeploy these cars but remain 100 percent committed to California and will be redoubling our efforts to develop workable statewide rules,” an Uber spokeswoman said in a statement.Uber argued that its self-driving service was no different to Tesla’s AutoPilot, which does not require a permit, because an engineer is always taking control in difficult situations.No one else seems to have a trouble with permitsOver 20 companies have applied for self-driving permits in the state, including Google, Tesla, and Ford, but none of those programs are as limited in autonomous functionality or as open to the public as Uber’s program.In a follow up statement, the ride-hailing giant said the state laws are constraining innovation. It has not confirmed if it will apply for a permit to test self-driving cars in the state, or if it will look towards launching the program in more receptive states.Uber has not said why it is so apprehensive towards applying for a permit. Part of the reason may be if it applies for one now, at $100 a vehicle, it may have to spend hundreds of thousands in the future to make sure every self-driving car is allowed on the road. Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…