Police: Driver Beats Another Motorist with ‘The Club’ in Alleged Pasadena Road-Rage Attack

first_img Business News © OpenStreetMap contributorsA man beat another man with “The Club” vehicle anti-theft device during a road-rage confrontation at a Pasadena gas station on Monday evening, police said.Michael Theodore Barnes, 44, of Pasadena was booked on assault with a deadly weapon following the alleged attack, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.The violent encounter unfolded about 7:15 p.m. at an ARCO station at Walnut Street and Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Sgt. Bobby Crees said.Barnes became involved in a road-rage dispute with the victim, a 43-year-old Pasadena man, he said. Both drivers pulled into the gas station and got out of their cars.Barnes brandished a metal anti-theft steering wheel lock, Crees said. The victim pulled a machete.The victim then disarmed himself, laying the machete on the ground, according to Lt. John Mercado. The suspect used the opportunity to strike the victim in the head with the metal device.The victim was taken to a hospital with a gash to his head, police said. Officers arrested Barnes at the scene.According to county booking records, Barnes was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 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. 3 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it latest #1 Police: Driver Beats Another Motorist with ‘The Club’ in Alleged Pasadena Road-Rage Attack By BRIAN DAY Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | 12:37 am Community News Community News More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Make a comment HerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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 EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Yonder Mountain String Band Surprise-Releases New Live Compilation, “Hines’ Finds: Volume II” [Listen]

first_imgBluegrass jam outfit Yonder Mountain String Band gave their fans a nice mid-week surprise on Wednesday when they released a live compilation album of 13 recordings from their fall 2018 tour. The album is titled, Hines’ Finds: Volume II, and is named after the band’s audio engineer, Ben Hines, who is handed the duty after every tour of collecting his favorite moments from that series of shows, according to a statement shared by the band.The fall tour began back on October 17th, and continued into mid-November. If you look and listen closely, however, Hines also managed to sneak in a few soundboard recordings from their summer shows into the mix as well. The compilation tracklisting does a good job of mixing in various moments from the tour, although it’s tough to miss the six songs pulled straight from their show at The Warehouse in Fairfield, Connecticut back on November 11th, which features a non-stop flow of songs starting with “On The Run” and continuing into “Scent Of A Mule” > “Wheel Hoss” > “Piss Up A Rope” > “Scent Of A Mule” (Jam) > “On The Run”. That three-song, five-track transition takes up almost half the album.Related: Yonder Mountain String Band Shares ‘Jam In The Van’ Session From Huck Finn Jubilee Other notable live tracks included on the new compilation includes a performance of “Dancing In The Moonlight” from their 2017 studio album Love. Ain’t Love, which was recorded during their show at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, Minnesota on July 3rd (one of the snuck-in summer tracks). Also included is their cover of Tommy Tutone‘s 1981 hit, “867-5309/Jenny”, from their performance at the Strings & Sol destination event down in Mexico last month. The entire album can be streamed in full via the SoundCloud embed below.Yonder Mountain String Band – Hines’ Finds: Volume Two – Full Album Stream[Audio: Yonder Mountain String Band]Yonder Mountain String Band fans won’t have to wait long for more live performances. The band’s extensive coast-to-coast 2019 winter tour starts tonight, January 10th, at The Independent in San Francisco, and continues over the next month before wrapping on February 17th following a gig in Key West, Florida. Tickets for the tour can be purchased here.last_img read more

Students watch game overseas

first_imgTOLEDO, Spain – While most students witnessed Notre Dame take down the Trojans from their homes Saturday, many students abroad cheered on the Irish in cities around the world and at all hours of the day. Junior Laurel Komos is studying in London, England, but watched the match-up from Athens, Greece, beginning at 3 a.m. local time. She and her friends streamed the first half online and saw the second half from a sports bar adjacent to their hostel. “The only other person present was the hostel and bar manager, and he spent most of the time cleaning the floor and preparing for the continental breakfast that opened at 7 a.m,” Komos said. “At some points, he would stop and watch the game with us, and he was definitely interested in our reactions to American football.” When the Irish won around 6 a.m. local time, the students had to avoid waking up the people sleeping next door. “It was hard not to cheer our brains off, but the jumping up and down, high fives and silent cheers were definitely still a fun way to celebrate,” Komos said. For junior Caroline Thompson, lack of sleep and impending final exams posed no obstacle to watching the game online at Trinity College Dublin. She and approximately 15 other students watched kickoff in a common room at 1 a.m. Only five fans remained by the end of the game. “I specifically remember being up by nine points with four seconds left in this game and telling my friends to not celebrate just yet since the game is not over,” Thompson said. “When the clock hit zero, I jumped out of my seat, into the arms of my friends and immediately played the Alma Mater on my iPod.” Junior Jenny Loconsole watched the game at her international school in Toledo, Spain, beginning at 2 a.m. Like Thompson, she did not let herself celebrate until the clock ran out. “When the Irish won, my thoughts were ‘Miami, baby’ and also ‘How many non-Notre Dame students can I text right now to brag?’” she said. “The answer turned out to be roughly half of my phonebook.” Thompson said watching senior linebacker Manti Te’o’s postgame interview was the proudest moment of the game watch. “To see any team with such hard-working, faith-filled and overall respectable athletes pull out a victory is inspiring to me, and it’s all the more uplifting and exhilarating to have that team be yours,” Thompson said. “In short, I just thought, ‘Thank God I go to Notre Dame.’” Thompson said the game reminded her of a conversation she had with friends after attending the United States Naval Academy game in Dublin, Ireland. “After our win [against Navy], the kids in our program joked about the possibility of the Irish going undefeated the semester we are abroad,” she said, “and here we are.” Although she knows friends will comment about her missing the football season, Thompson said huddling around a computer to watch the games in exotic locations with fellow students created life-long memories. “If anything, a stronger appreciation for this school grows within you when you are removed from campus,” she said. “And if I do happen to receive jabs about missing the season, I’ll be sure to remind those people that they have Ireland to thank for bestowing their ‘luck of the Irish’ on the first game that started this golden season.”last_img read more

Osimhen wants Premier League move

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Lille forward Victor Osimhen is reportedly keen to join a Premier League club this summer.The 21-year-old has been in impressive form for his French club this term, finding the back of the net on 18 occasions in 38 appearances in all competitions. A number of clubs, including Liverpool, are believed to be interested in signing the Nigeria international, who has struck 13 times in Ligue 1 during the 2019-20 campaign.Media reports claimed that Osimhen had already turned down advances from the likes of Inter Milan as he favours a move to a Premier League club ahead of the 2020-21 season.Lille have allegedly recently received an offer of £75 million for the attacker, although the report from France did not identify the club in question.The forward spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan at Charleroi from Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg and scored 20 times for the Belgian side before arriving in Lille.Tags: English Premier LeagueLille FCSummer TransfersVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

LMC Shifts Some Match Day 11 and 13 Fixtures

first_imgLikewise, this weekend’s Match Day 11 fixtures involving all four clubs playing continental matches have been moved to Wednesday, March 28. The fixtures are Enyimba versus MFM, Plateau United versus Yobe Desert Stars and Katsina United versus Akwa United.Match Day 13 fixtures were also affected in the adjustments with two of the affected fixtures moved from March 18 to April 4. Dates for two others would be announced at a later date.The matches to hold on April 4 are Plateau United versus Kwara United and Rangers International versus MFM while date for those of Enyimba versus Go Round and Rivers United versus Akwa United would be determined later.Abubakar said all other scheduled fixtures for Match Day 11 would hold this Sunday, March 4Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram There has been further adjustment to the fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2017/18 season arising from CAF Club competitions involving four of the NPFL teams.Chief Operating Officer of the League Management Company (LMC), Salihu Abubakar, made public the adjustments in a memo circulated to all the clubs, Tuesday afternoon.Abubakar explained that the NPFL draws were made before the continental fixtures were released hence the adjustments being made as Nigerian clubs advance in the competitions.Two Match Day 10 fixtures, Akwa United versus Heartland, Go Round versus Plateau United which were originally scheduled for last Sunday, February 25 are now to hold on Wednesday, March 21.last_img read more

Fair Haven Toy Store Owner Looking to Put Some Cheer in…

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – Margaret Spicer is a toy story owner who obviously knows the importance of toys for children, especially during the holiday season.Because of that, Spicer is putting together a toy drive to benefit children who have been impacted by Super Storm Sandy.The owner of Distinctive Toys at 595 River Road is looking for donations of toys and money to purchase toys so that children can have a happy Hanukkah or a merry Christmas. She has teamed up with the Knights of Columbus Council 3187, which is located at 200 Fair Haven Road, and the nonprofit Fair Haven organization Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation for this effort.While she has sought donations of toys from the companies she deals with, Spicer stressed that those donating are not being asked to purchase toys from her store.She is hoping to have the toys set up at the Knights of Columbus in time for at least half of the Hanukkah season and for Christmas. Those needing toys for their children will be able to “shop” there.A lifelong resident, Spicer decided to put this effort together on Monday, Nov. 12, after finally seeing the devastation of the area on videos when her husband’s office got its power back.Those who want to make a monetary or toy donation may drop it off at her store or call her at 732-747-8080 for additional information.last_img read more

$2 Million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Grade I) – Notes Thursday November 3, 2016

first_imgForever Unbridled – Charles Fipke’s homebred multiple Grade I winner Forever Unbridled left Barn 59 at 5:30 a.m. and galloped an easy 1 1/4m under the watchful gaze of trainer Dallas Stewart. Stewart will try to win his second Breeders’ Cup Distaff with a daughter of Unbridled’s Song, having landed his lone World Championships victory with Roger Devenport’s Unbridled Elaine in 2001 at Belmont Park. I’m a Chatterbox – The 4yo Munnings filly I’m a Chatterbox, ridden by her trainer Larry Jones, went to the track at 7:50 a.m. for an easy 1m gallop and then visited the paddock for the third straight day.Jones is seeking his first Breeders’ Cup victory, but did found success with two other fillies he brought to the event. In 2007, Proud Spell finished second in the Juvenile Fillies before winning the Kentucky Oaks the next spring and in 2011, Havre de Grace finished fourth against the males in the Breeders’ Cup Classic en route to Horse of the Year honors. When asked how I’m a Chatterbox stacked up against those two fillies, Jones replied, “She’s always been an overachiever. She was overlooked at the sales, maybe because she was from the first crop of Munnings and her dam hadn’t produced much. But, she always tries so hard and definitely matches up to them.”The only time I’m a Chatterbox was worse than second this year was when she was fourth behind Cavorting in the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) at Saratoga in late August. She then was a dominant winner of the Spinster Stakes (G1) at Keeneland in her last race.“If there was a bias that day at Saratoga, it definitely worked against us,” Jones said. “No one was going to catch the winner. We feel our filly has only gotten better since then. But, this is tough race. There’s going to a Grade 1 winner finishing sixth in here.” Beholder – Champion 6yo mare Beholder went to the track at 7 a.m. and galloped 1 1/2 mile over the main track in preparation for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff.“She’s feeling great, really moving good across the track,” said regular exercise rider Janeen Painter, who was in the irons. “She’s been really focused, behaving herself well, so I think she is ready to give her best shot.”Before the main track opened, Painter reflected on her time with the two-time Breeders’ Cup heroine and three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder.“I galloped her a little bit at 2, mostly at late 4, 5 and 6. She’s much bigger and stronger that we ever thought she would be. When she came in her 4-year-old year, wow. You could see how much she had developed during the time she had off. ”Painter recalls the 2015 Pacific Classic as her favorite Beholder moment. “Of course the Pacific Classic, that was pretty special. The Kentucky Oaks race, that was a great race too, even though she ran second that is up there too. I get excited every time she runs and I know she runs her heart out every time she runs. You can’t say that about every single racehorse there is, but she does, she gives it 100 percent.”Asked about how he wanted see the Distaff unfold, Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said, “My job is just looking to see if there’s anything wrong. Everything is right, right now, so my job is to see if there is anything wrong between here and there. Hopefully, I am not going to find it or there is nothing to find.”Hall of Fame jockey  Gary Stevens, who rode Beholder to victory in the 2013 Distaff at Santa Anita, expressed happiness with his Distaff post position (post eight), and also pointed out the 2015 Pacific Classic as his favorite Beholder memory.“The Pacific Classic is my favorite Beholder moment. She beat the boys, it was a huge race and very memorable,” Stevens said.“On paper, this is the best Distaff I’ve ridden in, but I can go back to 1988 with a great filly and a great mare in Winning Colors and Personal Ensign, I’ve been in some good Distaffs before. I don’t want to take anything away from years past, as I’ve said before, Beholder is the best horse I have ever ridden.” Songbird – Now just a little over 24 hours away from the year’s filly and mare championship-deciding race of the year, the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer watched his prized pupil, 6-5 morning line choice Songbird, walk in front of his barn.“You really can’t plan for how to run the race, because the moment the gates open, it could all change,” he said.  “We know she can go to the front or sit off the pace; we’re comfortable with her versatility.  This really becomes a riders’ race so you need to have confidence in your jockey.  Mike (Smith) has ridden her in all of her starts and knows her very well.”Added the hall-of-fame conditioner, “She’s been so consistent, I really can’t pick out one race that really stands out.  With her, they’re all special.  But she was really good in her last start in Pennsylvania (the Cotillion Stakes) and she’s even better now.”Songbird went to the track for the final time Thursday morning in advance of Friday’s Distaff, galloping 1m under Edgar Rodriguez.  The Kentucky bred is scheduled for a schooling session in the paddock after Thursday’s first race. Stellar Wind – Stellar Wind went through her usual 5 a.m. routine of standing quietly before a 1 1/2m gallop Thursday.“She’ll school in the paddock between races this afternoon,” trainer John Sadler said.Sadler is undecided about what Stellar Wind will do Friday morning, the day of the race.“She might jog, or she might just walk,” Sadler said.Asked what it would take for Stellar Wind to win, Sadler said: “She needs a good trip. I don’t know what that trip is, but just a nice, smooth one and she should do well.” Land Over Sea – Land Over Sea was joined by Team O’Neill Breeders’ Cup entrants Ralis (Turf), Gomo (Filly and Mare Sprint) and Term of Art (Juvenile) for morning gallops leading up to the two-day Breeders’ Cup Championships at Santa Anita.Trainer Doug O’Neill, who watched the stablemates’ exercises from the apron at mid-stretch said, referring specifically to Land Over Sea, “She’s been second to Songbird on three occasions and was runner-up in the Kentucky Oaks. So, despite her long odds, we feel like she deserves this chance, especially here on her home track.”Obviously having watching ample amounts of pre-election coverage, O’Neill added with a smile, “However, our path to victory might require us turning red states blue and blue states red.” Corona Del Inca – The 5yo Luhuk mare strolled to an easy gallop one lap around the main track at 7:45 a.m. Uruguayan jockey Pablo Falero, a legend in his native country and in Argentina, was in the irons.“For me, it is a great honor to be here, and is a very important commitment and a life-long dream,” Falero said about his first Breeders’ Cup participation.Corona Del Inca earned an automatic berth into the Distaff after annexing the Gran Premio Criadores by the smallest of margins at Palermo on May 1.Curalina – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Curalina galloped 1 1/4m at Santa Anita Thursday in preparation for Friday’s Distaff, which will be her first start since finishing second in the Personal Ensign at Saratoga Aug. 27.“We felt like if we were going to take our best shot at the Breeders’ Cup, bypassing the Spinster and the Beldame like we did last year with (2015 Distaff winner) Stopchargingmaria was the correct approach for her,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “She does run well fresh. It takes a lot of discipline to pass up the Beldame or the Spinster, races like that where you’d be favored or certainly one of the favorites.”last_img read more

Teenage mothers benefit from education workshop

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry’s Food Policy Division on Tuesday commenced its first inaugural education session with pregnant teenagers in Georgetown.The four-day event is being held at the Sophia Exhibition Centre, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, under the theme, ‘Help Me So I Can Help You – An Exploration of Opportunities Available to You’.The sessions will focus on safe motherhood, healthy diet and meal planning, anaemia, early childhood development, and breastfeeding, along with empowering teens to return to school or to further develop themselves after they would have given birth.According to Dr Trevor Freeman, a physician attached to the Adolescent Health Care Unit, it is a known fact that babies born to teenagers are more likely to have lower birth weights, increased risk of infant mortality and an increased risk of some congenital anomalies.Teenger mothers at the Sophia Exhibition Site for the educational session on TuesdayAs such, Freeman explained that it is important that both mother and child are given the best nutrition during pregnancy.“Nutritional needs are high in adolescence as the body grows and develops… when a teenager becomes pregnant, she needs all the help and support she can get,” the doctor stated.He further noted that the four-day programme is aimed at alleviating teenage pregnancy and enabling them to take control of those factors that inhibit social and health development so that they can achieve their full potential from adolescence to adulthood.The programme also seeks to create model centres of excellence to carry out health promotion interventions for teenage mothers and their children.Nevertheless, awareness activities regarding iron-deficiency anaemia are ongoing at the Ministry’s Food Policy Division.Only recently, a new policy was put in place to ensure teenage mothers have the opportunity to go back to school while receiving support at home and from their respective communities.The policy manual was as a result of collaboration between the Education Ministry and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It, however, had the input of other important stakeholders such as the Public Security Ministry, Social Protection Ministry and faith-based organisations among others.last_img read more

Pass “Go” in Monopoly Cape Town; go to Robben Island

first_img16 November 2015As part of its 80th anniversary celebrations, Monopoly launched its Cape Town version of the popular board game at the V&A Waterfront in the Mother City on Friday, 13 November.Monopoly Cape Town is the first in an expected long line of regional South African boards. Notable attractions made it into the game, including the Taj Hotel in Cape Town, Boulders, Muizenberg and Camps Bay beaches, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and Robben Island, among others.In May, fans were able to vote for locations to be featured. Winning Moves, licence holders for Monopoly regional editions from Hasbro, translated the Mother City into its 2D board game. Monopoly Cape Town features well-known attractions. (Image: Supplied)“We have been looking forward to bringing a Monopoly Cape Town edition to South Africa for a long time, and we knew that there was a big board-gaming community and many loyal Monopoly fans, but we have been overwhelmed by the passionate and enthusiastic responses we’ve received,” said Dan Taylor of Winning Moves. Players can reach Robben Island while playing Monopoly Cape Town. (Image: Supplied)“We’re extremely excited to see how it’s received and have high hopes that Cape Town will be the first of many South African Monopoly games to be launched in the next three years,” Taylor said.Monopoly made its debut in 1935 – and since then has been played by more than 500 million people. Today it is played in 111 countries and is available in 43 different languages.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

The Cloud Can Save Us Billions…But Can We Afford it?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yesterday the Oregon state treasurer’s office announced that it has seen power consumption in its data center drop 25% in the first month since it adopted a virtualized infrastructure.That kind of example makes it seem like cloud computing and virtualization are viable options for leaders at the state and federal levels of government. It’s a correct assumption. But the reality is all together different.This week the Obama administration ordered a stop in upgrades to 30 major information technology projects, a decision that, according to The Washington Post, impacts about $20 billion in government spending. The projects were designed to upgrade computer systems that manage financial information and transactions for federal agencies.The news reflects a paradox for the Obama administration. It is a big proponent of cloud computing but it faces pressures from all sides to cut expenses. Elections are coming up and the GOP has some influence. In that respect, the spending cut is as much about politics as it is about managing technology infrastructure.Thanks to the recession, anxiety about job loss is in full bloom. In this environment, moving IT assets to the cloud or adopting virtualization can be perceived as a potential threat.That dynamic creates a challenge for IT. Ongoing advances in virtualized and cloud computing environments could help governments save billions of dollars. But what exists instead is a patchwork network with little data exchange between government entities and even less accessibility to information about the running of government. It’s a problem with implications at the local, state and national levels.Terror Threat: Data Failure?The patchwork network problem is apparent at the highest levels of government. Sharing between federal agencies is impeded as the ability to share information often involves extracting it from silos and then aggregating and analyzing it for subsequent collaboration and review. The data from each silo has to be viewed almost in singularity. That can be time consuming, expensive and error-prone. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit, had been entered in the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) system before he attempted his attack. TIDE contains the list of about 550,000 known or suspected terrorists. He had been reported by his father to the United States Embassy in Nigeria, who had believed his son had been radicalized. But no one prevented Abdulmutallab from attempting to attack a Northwest Airlines flight as it started its descent into Detroit last year on Christmas Day.From The Atlantic:“Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s name was in the database, officials have said, along with biographical information and the warning provided by his father, who told the CIA’s chief of station in Nigeria that Abdulmutallab had fallen in with terrorists. Why Abdulmutallab’s name was not forwarded to the State Department or the FBI for further review, especially in light of warnings about Nigerians preparing to attack the United States, is the focus of an intense investigation. Datamarts like TIDES are only as good as the info that goes in and only as good as the common format it is compared against.”And this from Wired:“[A] Justice Department inspector general report earlier this year found that the FBI was mishandling the watch list and was failing to add legitimate suspects under terrorist investigation to the list while also failing to properly update and remove records from the list, subjecting U.S. citizens to unjustified scrutiny.”It’s conceivable that better data storage, analysis and optimization could have provided the capability to discover information about Abdulmutallaband and get it to the people who need to make quick decisions. The task of passing critical information relies on processes that require checking multiple sources. Why the FBI is mishandling data is a reflection on how we have been dealing with the process of modernizing legacy environments and outmoded database environments.A dearth of funding mires many government agencies. Even the antiterrorism database has been slated for budget cuts. Again, from The Atlantic:“According to one official, who asked not to be identified because intelligence budget matters are classified, the administration and Congress slashed the budget for the National Counterterrorism Center by at least $25 million. Those affected, the official said, included employees responsible for maintaining the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) system, which contains the list of about 550,000 known or suspected terrorists.”Starving IT: Legacy EnvironmentsIt’s almost come to the point of starving for some agencies. The IT environment becomes so antiquated that sustaining life is all that matters. Virtulization is impossible as changes to the entire system are required even to access data.The state of New Jersey, for instance, has a payroll system that is 41 years old. What’s striking is how poorly the New Jersey government is serving the public by not updating these aged systems. Information that should be freely available to the public is so locked up that it can’t be reached. Only the most important agencies get the funding needed to keep systems modernized.According to The Press of Atlantic City, the problem became apparent when the newspaper’s requests for computerized records from two state agencies couldn’t be granted because of severe technical limitations.“In one case, the records are not even kept on computers. In another, The Press was told agency operations would halt if it attempted to copy the computerized records requested.Situations like these mean that independent – or even state – analysis of certain records to find trends or trouble spots is impossible. For example, The Press sought to analyze complaints about injuries inflicted on customers by nail salons. Without computer technology, that work would be overwhelming or cost-prohibitive. The newspaper also sought to analyze complaints against cable television providers. The analysis was not feasible given the outdated technology.”In the article, New Jersey State Treasurer Andrew Sidemon echoes the sentiment about the lack of funding:“But Ebeid said funding has not allowed widespread modernizing of systems, only for maintenance of what’s installed now. The gulf between departments, where some run these “legacy” systems while others have been modernized, has depended on raising the funds themselves.But most other departments rely on the general fund. Those, Ebeid said, have been left with the old technology from previous generations. Young information technology (IT) staff, fluent in current programming languages, have even been trained to work with those old machines.”Legacy systems are often maintained by an older generation of IT professionals who were schooled in the complexities of heavyweight applications tied to central-server networks. Managing these networks is a bit of an art form. Technicians and engineers each wield their own unique set of skills. They write scripts that repair problems. Over time, it’s analogous to using too much duct tape.The Politics of IT SavingsAnd then there is – as we mentioned earlier – the issue of jobs. Chief information officers from the state and federal level gathered earlier this month at the Government Technology Research Alliance conference. Their remarks at the time highlighted the problems associated with jobs and the adoption of modern technologies.According to Government Computer News, there’s a push by the Office of Management and Budget to consolidate data centers. It makes sense. There are 100 federal agencies. Each one has anywhere from five to 20 data centers.Ken Griffey is transition manager for NASA’s National Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage (NCCIPS), a federal shared services data center. NCCIPS hosts data centers for the Homeland Security and Transportation departments, as well as the Navy’s supercomputers.Government Computer News wrote that:“Pure common sense says that we can save billions if we consolidate,” Griffey said.”I wonder how practical that is going to be. NASA has 10 fiefdoms. NASA appears to be an agency on the surface, but it is very politically driven for each state that has a NASA center.”The challenge, he said, results from the fact that NASA data centers provide jobs. It’s unlikely that any state is going to volunteer to give up its data center and the 1,000 or so jobs the center provides.“I see those as obstacles to data center consolidation. The obstacles are more in the political arena,” Griffey said.Success StoriesWhile there are significant obstacles, success stories do exist. GCN points to the state of Utah, which consolidated from 35 data centers down to two. The state now has enough scale that it can provide data center capabilities to cities and counties. The cities and counties then pay for data center services out of their operational budgets.And in the state of Oregon, its treasury department isn’t content with just reducing power consumption. It’s also replacing its servers in two phases. In the first phase, 37 servers have been virtualized. The department says that equates to about $46,000 in hardware costs. In the second phase, the state will save about $373,000. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Virtualization Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more