Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for July 20 to July 26, 2020 is as follows: 22-Jul8:44 PMMedical Trauma200 block N. Ash 20-Jul6:50 PMVehicle AccidentKansas Turnpike 22-Jul4:58 AMMedical Emergency800 block N. Washington 22-Jul7:25 PMMedical Emergency1000 block E. 7th 25-Jul2:56 AMMedical Emergency400 block South C 21-Jul10:09 PMMedical Emergency1100 block E. Harvey 26-Jul1:13 AMLift Assist400 block South C 25-Jul9:29 PMMedical Alarm1100 block Shadylane 21-Jul10:37 PMMedical Emergency300 block Eastern 26-Jul6:28 PMInvestigate Burning500 block E. 4th 26-Jul8:40 AMMedical Emergency400 block South C 25-Jul12:21 PMGrass Fire300 block E. 40th Ave. 23-Jul11:59 PMLift AssistOxford 22-Jul4:00 PMAssist Police800 block E. 16th 23-Jul8:15 PMMedical Trauma1300 block Michigan 22-Jul1:44 PMMedical Trauma800 block E. 16th 24-Jul10:13 AMMedical Emergency800 block S. Jefferson 25-Jul11:45 AMMedical Emergency300 block E. 13th 23-Jul9:46 AMMedical Emergency800 block S. Jefferson 23-Jul10:08 AMMedical Trauma1000 block N. Washington 22-Jul6:53 PMMedical Emergency500 block N. Elm 22-Jul1:49 PMMedical Emergency400 block South C 26-Jul3:15 AMLift Assist400 block South C 26-Jul5:25 PMMedical Emergency400 block W. Sumner 20-Jul11:55 AMMedical Trauma1400 block Michigan 25-Jul11:43 AMLift Assist1200 block E. 4th 22-Jul1:16 PMMedical Emergency400 block South C 21-Jul6:09 PMMedical Trauma200 block S. Haslet 26-Jul10:44 AMMedical Trauma100 block N. Washington 21-Jul11:38 AMMedical Emergency500 block E. 16th 21-Jul4:20 PMMedical Alarm600 block N. Douglas 23-Jul8:40 AMMedical EmergencyKansas Turnpike 20-Jul2:49 PMMedical Emergency500 block E. 16th 24-Jul12:36 PMMedical Trauma1300 block E. 16th Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 20-Jul9:13 AMMedical Emergency600 block Delrose Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
By Mitchell Clarke and Jessica Anstice With 858km of unsealed roads maintained by Cardinia Shire Council, a damning new report indicates it’s not at the top…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.
In an effort to reverse the successful People’s Progressive Party (PPP) No-confidence Motion (NCM), as determined and reiterated by the National Assembly, the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led Government resorted to the courts, invoking a number of claims based on different constitutional “limbs”. For instance, they claimed that Article 106 (6) demanded a majority of the elected members of the National Assembly was needed but that this an implicit “absolute” majority of 34, which was not met.Simultaneously, they moved that AFC’s Charrandas Persaud, who voted for the motion, was a “dual citizen” and as such his vote was vitiated by Article 155 (1) (a). That Article states, “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state.” Persaud was a dual citizen of Canada and Guyana and would have sworn allegiance to that country.The Chief Justice (CJ), sitting in the High Court, ruled that indeed dual citizens are not qualified to be members of the National Assembly but that because Persaud was unaware of his infirmity at the time he voted, his vote was valid through the operation of Article 165 (1). This states: “The Assembly may act…and the presence or participation of any person not entitled to be present or to participate in the proceedings of the Assembly, shall not invalidate those proceedings.”She also ruled that 33 votes constituted the “majority” demanded by Article 106 (6) and thus, with Persaud’s vote, the NCM was validly passed and the President and Cabinet had to resign. The Government appealed the decision and the Court of Appeal (CA) agreed with the Chief Justice on the issue of dual citizenship as per Article 155 (1) (a) and the validity of Persaud’s vote by Article 165 (1). However, they overruled the CJ on the requirement for a majority being met and ruled that an “absolute” majority of 34 was needed but not met. The PPP then appealed this latter ruling. What was not overruled, however, was that a dual citizen, being aware of his status was disqualified from being a Member of Parliament.We have taken the time to belabour the decisions of the Guyanese courts because of what we believe to be an outrageous position now taken by the PNC-led Government. On one hand, they gleefully welcomed the decision of the CA on the “majority” question and “unresigned” the President and Cabinet, which promptly met and announced that the National Assembly shall reconvene on April 11. But on the question of the disqualification of dual citizens as per Article 155 (1)(a) on which both the High and Appellate Courts concurred, the Government spokesman had this to say:“The attorneys representing the State will advise the Government with respect to the situation with members of the Government that are dual citizens. So, in that regard I would say that this matter is still engaging the attention and Cabinet has not made a ruling on it. In that regard, it is contemplated that on April 11, 2019, when the National Assembly sits, that all of the members on the Government side will be there.”What is there for “the attorneys representing the State” to advise on? That Ministers Carl Greenidge and Gaskin became British citizens as children? The High Court’s ruling that the act of applying or renewing the passport of a foreign Government constituted the necessary acknowledgement of “allegiance” to that country stands and as such they are barred, as well as Rupert Roopnaraine and Joseph Harmon, from sitting in the National Assembly. On the Opposition side there are three dual citizens – Gail Teixeira, Odinga Lumumba and Adrian Anamayah. The People’s Progressive Party has since indicated that these three will either not return to Parliament or will give up the foreign citizenship.The Government cannot cherry pick which of the Appellate Courts’ rulings they will observe: if Cabinet was resuscitated by the latter’s “absolute” majority ruling then their dual citizen MP’s were disqualified by the ruling on this issue. The Govt invoked the dual citizen issue and they have been caught in a contradiction of their own artifice: they sawed off the limb they had jumped on.
And Gunners boss Wenger, already without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, suffered further setbacks as he lost Coquelin to a knee problem and Arteta to a recurrence of a calf injury.Both players will be assessed and are doubts for Tuesday’s Champions League home match against Dinamo Zagreb, which Arsenal must win to stand any chance of staying in the competition.“It was a very bad afternoon for us. We had 70 per cent possession, we scored an own goal, we missed a penalty, we gave away a goal from a set piece. That’s perfect to make the afternoon a nightmare,” Wenger said.“We missed open goal chances too. I believe that West Brom fought with 100 per cent commitment as well. You have to give them credit for that.“We landed a huge blow when we scored. We just had to make sure that they didn’t come back with an easy goal.“We lost a bit of focus at 1-0. After 35 minutes, we were 1-0 up. After 45 minutes, we were 2-1 down. Our defending on that level was very, very poor.“On top of that, we have two more injuries. One is a recurrence of a calf problem for Arteta, one is a knee problem for Coquelin. I don’t know how severe that is. We’ll know tomorrow (Sunday).”Wenger refused to blame Cazorla for his missed penalty, which came amid confusion, as it initially appeared as though referee Mark Clattenburg had ordered a retake for encroachment.As it turned out, Clattenburg had penalised the midfielder for taking two touches as he slipped; with the rules not allowing a penalty taker to touch the ball again until another player has done so.– Highly focused -Arsenal were consigned to defeat despite an early goal from Olivier Giroud who, like France team-mate Laurent Koscielny, played eight days after being caught up in the horrific Paris attacks.Giroud and Koscielny were playing for France in a friendly against Germany at the Stade de France, which was targeted by three attackers who blew themselves up outside the stadium, with the explosions heard during the match.Wenger said that he had no doubts about fielding either player, citing their professionalism.“They were highly focused and had a desire to play,” Wenger said.“We produced enough to win the game. I don’t know about the influence of what happened (in Paris) on the game.“For my part, I would not explain our defeat by that. I think it’s sad. We are all down. But when you’re on the pitch, you’re on the pitch.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis, whose side drew level through James Morrison before Arteta’s own goal, acknowledged that his players had gained victory despite not being at their best.“There have been games here this year where we’ve been disappointed that we’ve lost,” he said.“Today, I thought Arsenal were very good – especially in the second half, when they ramped it up. (Alexis) Sanchez was wonderful in his movement and his play.“You’ve got (Mesut) Ozil, Cazorla, players of that quality too. They’re wonderful talents.“It’s a great result. The lads are very pleased. They deserve it for the effort they’ve put in.“But we’ve played better and done better and not got the results.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal manager, Arsenal Wenger. PHOTO/FileWEST BROMWICH, November 22 – Arsene Wenger described Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion as the “perfect nightmare” after midfielders Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta added to his injury problems.Arteta’s own goal, coupled with a late penalty miss by Santi Cazorla, ended the Gunners’ six-match unbeaten Premier League run and dented their title challenge.
ATLANTA (AP) – Richard Jewell, the former security guard who was erroneously linked to the 1996 Olympic bombing, died Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. Jewell, 44, was found dead in his west Georgia home, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said. “There’s no suspicion whatsoever of any type of foul play. He had been at home sick since the end of February with kidney problems,” said Meriwether County Coroner Johnny Worley. The GBI planned to do an autopsy Thursday, Bankhead said. Lin Wood, Jewell’s longtime attorney, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that he was “devastated” by the news. He declined to comment further, saying he was in New York trying to get back to Atlanta. Jewell was initially hailed as a hero for spotting a suspicious backpack in a park and moving people out of harm’s way just before a bomb exploded during a concert at the Atlanta Summer Olympics. The blast killed one and injured 111 others. Three days after the bombing, an unattributed report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution described him as “the focus” of the investigation. Other media, to varying degrees, also linked Jewell to the investigation. He was never arrested or charged, although he was questioned and was a subject of search warrants. As recently as last year, Jewell was working as a sheriff’s deputy. Eighty-eight days after the initial news report, then-U.S. Attorney Kent Alexander issued a statement saying Jewell “is not a target” of the bombing investigation and that the “unusual and intense publicity” surrounding him was “neither designed nor desired by the FBI, and in fact interfered with the investigation.” Eventually, the bomber turned out to be anti-government extremist Eric Rudolph, who also planted three other bombs in the Atlanta area and in Birmingham, Ala. Those explosives killed a police officer, maimed a nurse and injured several other people. Rudolph was captured after spending five years hiding out in the mountains of western North Carolina. He pleaded guilty to all four bombings last year and is serving life in prison. Jewell told the AP last year that Rudolph’s conviction helped, but he believed some people still remember him as a suspect rather than for the two days in which he was praised as a hero. “For that two days, my mother had a great deal of pride in me – that I had done something good and that she was my mother, and that was taken away from her,” Jewell said around the time of the 10th anniversary of the bombing. “She’ll never get that back, and there’s no way I can give that back to her.” Associated Press Writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Arsene Wenger has confessed that Arsenal were anxious ahead of their clash with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium before recording a fifth successive Premier League win Arsene Wenger has confessed that Arsenal were anxious ahead of their clash with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium before recording a fifth successive Premier League win.Arsenal coasted to a 3-0 victory after Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring early on in the second half – the 2,000th goal of Wenger’s 19-year reign – but the opening 45 minutes was certainly no easy ride for the Gunners, as the hosts threatened to inflict more misery on the Gunners.The Swans took six points off Arsenal last season, but the north London outfit coped with the early pressure from Garry Monk’s men and ensured that there would be no repeat of last term’s agony.“It’s always a difficult game here and last season they took six points from us,” Wenger said.“We were a bit edgy coming here and the first half was very difficult for us.“But in the second half there was tempo to our game and after we scored the first goal we were a different team.“I rested eight players on Tuesday (in the Capital One Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday) so it took us a while to get into the tempo of the game.”There was controversy with Arsenal’s second goal, scored by Laurent Koscielny after 68 minutes. The Frenchman appeared to back into Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski when Hector Bellerin’s cross was deflected into the air.Fabianski was also challenged by Giroud, but referee Kevin Friend felt no offence had been committed, leaving Koscielny to stab the loose ball home.“I didn’t see a foul, maybe I missed something and need to watch it,” Wenger said.“The three points was the most important thing today and it was good to keep a clean sheet.“It was a different game after we scored the first goal.”
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is the latest name to be linked with a move to the Chinese Super League.The 26-year-old is the target of several clubs in the CSL, according to reports in the Belgian media, but no figures have yet been discussed.However, given the financial power in China, Benteke would likely receive a far bigger wage than he currently earns in south London.With eight Premier League goals so far this season, the Belgium international has established himself as a vital part of Palace’s quest to avoid relegation.Chinese offers are big news in Belgium, given Axel Witsel’s recent move, and it’s clearly believed there’s a possibility others could follow him. 1 Christian Benteke in action for Crystal Palace
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“If you are riding a bus line with infrequent service, if the bus is late, early or doesn’t come at all, then you are stuck waiting for a long time.” But the MTA is in the process of reconfiguring routes _ changes that will take effect in December. Several longer routes will be shortened, but the frequency will not necessarily increase. MTA officials say drivers on longer lines are more likely to encounter traffic jams that could throw off bus schedules. By cutting down the miles traveled, the MTA hopes to cut down on delays. “I am not satisfied with where we are because customer complaints are a reflection of what people think about us, and I have to continue to improve,” said Gary Spivak, an MTA transportation manager for the East Valley. “We have issues that we continue to work on.” The report, which was reviewed Wednesday night by the MTA’s Valley Sector Council, shows that from October through December 2005, the MTA logged about four complaints per 100,000 boardings in the Valley, compared with three complaints citywide. Bus and train riders in the sprawling San Fernando Valley had more service complaints than commuters in any other area of Los Angeles, a new MTA report shows. A survey of comments made on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s toll-free complaint line shows that Valley residents are most peeved about buses that pass them by. MTA officials noted that these types of complaints spike in the summer, when riders seek shade to get out of the blazing heat, so may not be clearly visible to bus drivers. But riders also expressed frustration about the reliability of service. Valley bus lines tend to be longer _ as much as 40 miles _ yet the buses also run less often, which can make it difficult to make connections. “If I have to be somewhere at a given time, it becomes difficult to rely on public transit, if you are unsure if you are going to get there on time,” said Faramarz Nabari, a 29-year-old consultant from Sherman Oaks. Yet, overall complaints appear to be dropping. For instance, in June 2005, the MTA received 242 complaints about service in the San Fernando Valley compared with 148 in June 2006. Systemwide, complaints fell from 1,245 in June 2005 to 926 in June 2006. About 15 percent of the complaints came from the Valley, which accounts for roughly 20 percent of MTA’s service area. Of those, 20 percent complained about buses passing them up, 14 percent about unreliable schedules, 10 percent about discourteous drivers and 9 percent about unsafe operations. There were also comments about dirty vehicles and distracting passengers. In some cases, complaints have resulted in driver discipline, including one driver who was suspended for 30 days after accumulating 20 customer complaints for being rude and making inappropriate remarks to customers. But some say that the complaint number _ (800) COMMUTE _ is insufficient because comments are made anonymously and there’s no opportunity for feedback. “There needs to be a more extensive program, where they can call and have the ability for people to respond back to them,” said Manuel Criollo, a lead organizer for the Bus Riders Union, a transit advocate group. But, even more pressing is the need to increase the frequency of service, said Criollo, whose group filed suit against the MTA more than a decade ago, resulting in a consent decree that forced the MTA to increase bus service across the region. email@example.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Share This!Anytime I discuss travel that involves flying, I love to mention Southwest Airlines as an option. They’re sometimes easy to forget since their prices typically don’t appear on search engines like Kayak or Google Flights (both are great tools for comparing flight prices by the way!). But as one of the largest airlines flying in and out of Orlando International Airport, Southwest Airlines is an excellent option when planning a Walt Disney World vacation. Because their offering is so different from many of the other major airlines (low fares, no bag fees, and no assigned seats), I thought we’d take some time to talk about what it’s like to book and fly Southwest Airlines. If you’re lucky, I may even add some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way, so let’s get started!This chart from Southwest.com explains the differences between faresBooking: Online booking is incredibly easy. You plug in your starting airport, your destination, date or dates (depending on whether you’re purchasing one-way or round trip), and the number of people. On the next screen, you’ll see three different prices for all the flights available for those dates: Business Select, Anytime, and Wanna Get Away.From this page, you can also click on other dates near the dates you originally selected to check their prices as well, or you can access the Low Fare Calendar.The Low Fare Calendar from Southwest.com shows the lowest fares on each day Money Saving Tip #1: Use the Low Fare calendar when you don’t have set dates for a trip (or if you’re like me, when you’re hoping to squeeze in a spontaneous inexpensive trip). It’s a quick and easy way to see the least expensive price every day for a month at a time.Once you select a flight, you’ll see a page with the flight details and total cost. Then it’s time to type in all of your information including name, date of birth, gender, e-mail, and billing information. Money Saving Tip #2: You can find discounted Southwest gift cards through a variety of sources. I like to buy Southwest giftcards from Target using my RedCard, which saves me 5%.After purchase, Southwest sends a confirmation e-mail with your confirmation code. This code will be used frequently throughout the process, so keep it handy! Money Saving Tip #3: Price out the trip for one person and then again for the total number of people in your party. If the per person price is different, you can save money by booking some of your group at the lower price and the rest of the party at the higher price instead of booking everyone in your party at the higher price.Only a certain number of tickets are allocated to each price. If for example, you see $109 per person for the return trip when searching for one adult and $139 per person for the return price when searching for four adults, you can keep decreasing the number in your group until you get back down to that $109 per person price. Book those people at $109. Then go back and book the remainder of the group at $139. Let’s say there are three tickets left at $109. That means rather than pay for four people at $139 ($556 total), you could book the group as two separate parties and pay for three tickets at $109 and one ticket at $139 ($466 total). In our example, that saves you $90.Southwest.com will tell you how many tickets are left at the lower priceYou can also see how many are left at a certain price by going through the process as if you’re were going to buy the ticket. When you get to the second page, it will say “2 left at this price”.Re-booking: Regardless of the type of ticket you bought, it’s pretty easy to change your flights after booking as well. From the Southwest Airlines home page, you can click “Change Flight”. Using the confirmation number and your first and last name, you can pull up the details of your currently booked flight, select which direction (if roundtrip) that you want to change, and then select a new flight. Depending on the price difference between your original flight and the new one, you will be issued a credit or asked to pay the remaining balance. Money Saving Tip #4: If the price of your flight goes down after you book it, you can use the “Change Flight” feature to secure a credit or refund. In this case, you’ll select the exact same flight that you originally booked when you get to the screen to pick your new flight. Depending on which type of ticket you had or how long ago you made the reservation, you’ll either receive a refund of the difference or a credit to apply to future flights.EarlyBird: During the booking process, you’ll be asked whether you want to buy EarlyBird Check-In for an additional $15 per person each way. Since Southwest doesn’t have assigned seating like other airlines, this gives you the opportunity to board the plane before the general population. That means potentially better seats and not having to worry about whether there will be enough room for your carry-on bag by the time you board. Money Saving Tip #5: Consider upgrading to EarlyBird for just a portion of your group rather than the entire group. The first person can make sure the most essential carry-on items are packed in their bag. Then when everyone else boards later, it won’t be a big deal if their bags are gate checked. Money Saving Tip #6: Consider upgrading to EarlyBird for just the return trip. When you’re on vacation, it’s inconvenient and hard to remember to check in for your flight home 24 hours in advance. If you purchase EarlyBird for just the return trip, you don’t need to worry about that since it will complete automatic check-in for you.Rapid Rewards: Southwest Airlines assigns two point values to every flight. One is the number of points you earn by booking that flight, and the other is the number of points to buy that flight. If you have a Rapid Rewards account, you can earn points for all of your flights that you can then use towards the purchase of another flight. You can create an account without using or opening a credit/debit card. Money Saving Tip #7: If you fly often enough, you can accumulate enough points through the Rapid Rewards Account to buy a free flight using accumulated points.Kiosks for Southwest at Orlando International AirportCheck-in: Online check-in opens 24 hours before your scheduled flight. As I mentioned above, Southwest Airlines does not assign seating. The earlier you check in, the earlier you board. If seating is important to you (for example, if you want to sit with your significant other), then you’ll want to check in exactly at that 24 hour mark. Online check-in is pretty simple. After you click “check in” on the homepage, you’ll provide that confirmation number from booking and your first and last name. When you click check in, you’ll be given the option to view, print, or e-mail your ticket.You can also check in at the airport. If you do not have any checked bags, airport kiosks can be used to check in and print your ticket. If you have checked luggage, you’ll have to go to the Southwest counter at the airport (or use the one at your Disney hotel for the return trip) to check your bags. Note that you can check in online at the 24 hour mark to reserve your boarding position even if you have checked bags. In that case, you would just proceed to the counter to check your bags.Signage for the train to Southwest gatesFood options near the Southwest gatesSome gates provide seating with built in electrical outletsGates: The telltale signs of a Southwest Airlines gate include metal posts used in the boarding process (more on that below) and in some instances, leather seats with built in outlets. At the Orlando International airport, Southwest flights typically take off from and land in Terminal A (opposite Terminal B where Magical Express picks up and drops off) gates 100-129. Nearby restaurants include Chipotle, McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Jersey’s Mikes Subs.Boarding: This is probably the most confusing part for those unfamiliar with Southwest Airlines. Remember how I said that how early you check in and whether you purchase EarlyBird determine how early you board? Well, based on those two factors, your boarding pass will have an A, B, or C on it and a number between 1-60. Group A will line up first along the metal columns organized by number. Those with 1-30 will board first in numerical order, followed by 31-60. Family boarding, meaning those with kids 6 years of age and under, goes next. Group B and Group C follow in the same manner as group A. Those with Business Select tickets, A-list passengers, and EarlyBird passengers typically board early in group A, and sometimes you can also purchase an upgraded boarding position at the gate for $30-$40.A typical Southwest gate at Orlando International AirportNumbered columns you line up near for boarding with Southwest In-flight Entertainment: If your plane is enabled with WiFi, you can access a flight tracker, Southwest.com, and a collection of TV episodes for free. You can also pay $8 per device per day for full WiFi access in case you want to check e-mail or browse other websites. Even the Flight Attendants on some flights could be classified as entertainment if they’re in the mood to crack jokes.Southwest’s in-flight trackerIn-flight Food and Drink: Typically, Flight Attendants will serve a snack that can vary depending on the time of day. On my recent morning flights, I’ve received belVita breakfast biscuits. During the afternoon or evening flights, it’s typically peanuts (or pretzels) and Cheese Nips. Free drinks include sodas, juices, coffee, or tea. Alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, or cocktails can be purchased for an additional fee. The in-flight menu can be found here.With almost ten years of flying Southwest Airlines, I’ve almost never had a bad experience aside from the occasional flight delay. Throw in the fact that I’ve been able to find round trip flights for as low as $80 on a fairly regular basis, and they have made me one happy camper. Have you ever flown Southwest Airlines or have you considered them for future trips? Feel free to share your experiences or questions with us in the comments below!
Following Intel’s lead – decoupling software from hardware and automating IT and business processes — can help IT departments do more with less.When I think back to all the strategic decisions that Intel IT has made over the last two decades, I can think of one that set the stage for all the rest: our move in 1999 from RISC-based computing systems to industry-standard Intel® architecture and Linux for our silicon design workloads. That transition, which took place over a 5-year period, helped us more than double our performance while eliminating approximately $1.4 billion in IT costs.While this may seem like old news, it really was the first step in developing a software-defined infrastructure (SDI) – before it was known as such – at Intel. We solidified our compute platform with the right mix of software on the best hardware to get our products out on time.Today, SDI has become a data center buzzword and is considered one of the critical next steps for the IT industry as a whole. But that’s not enough…Although decoupling hardware and software is a key aspect of building SDI, we must do more. Our SDI vision, which began many years ago, includes automated orchestration of the data center infrastructure resources. We have already automated resource management and federation at the global data center level. Our goal is total automation of IT and business processes, to support on-demand, self-service provisioning, monitoring, and management of the entire compute/network/storage infrastructure. Automation will ensure that when a workload demand occurs, it lands on the right-sized compute and storage so that the application can perform at the needed level of quality of service without wasting resources. Why is SDI (compute, storage, and network) so important?SDI is the only thing that is going to enable enterprise data centers to meet spending constraints, maximize infrastructure utilization, and keep up with demand that increases dramatically every year.Here at Intel, compute demand is growing at around 30 percent year-over-year. And as you can see from the graphic, our storage demand is also growing at a phenomenal rate.But our budget remains flat or has even decreased in some cases.Somehow, we have to deliver ever-increasing services without increasing cost. Lower cost, greater relevancyPublic clouds have achieved great economy of scale by adopting open-standard-based hardware, operating systems, and resource provisioning and orchestration software through which they can deliver cost-effective capabilities to the consumers of IT. If enterprise IT wants to stay relevant, we need to compete at a price point and agility similar to the public cloud. SDI lets IT compete while maintaining a focus on our clients’ business needs.As Intel IT continues its journey toward end-to-end SDI, we will share our innovations and learnings with the rest of the IT industry — and we want to hear about yours, too! Together, we can not only stay relevant to our individual institutions, but also contribute to the maturity of the data center industry. What’s the key?Success lies in decoupling hardware and software.As I mentioned, Intel decoupled hardware and software in our compute environment nearly 16 years ago, replacing costly proprietary solutions that tightly coupled hardware and software with industry-standard x86 servers and the open source Linux operating system. We deployed powerful, performance-optimized Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers for delivering throughput computing. We followed this by adding performance-centric higher-clock, higher-density Intel Xeon processor-based servers to accelerate silicon design TTM (time to market) while significantly reducing EDA (Electronic Design Automation) application license cost — all of which resulted in software-defined compute capabilities that were powerful but affordable.Technology has been continuously evolving, enabling us to bring a similar level of performance, availability, scalability, and functionality with open source, software-based solutions on x86-based hardware to our storage and network environments.As we describe in a new white paper, Intel IT is continuously progressing and transforming Intel’s storage and network environments from proprietary fixed-function solutions to standard, agile, and cost-effective systems.We are currently piloting software-defined storage and identifying quality gaps to improve the capability for end-to-end deployment for business critical use.We transitioned our network from proprietary to commodity hardware resulting in more than a 50-percent reduction in cost. We are also working with the industry to adopt and certify an open-source-based network software solution that we anticipate will drive down per-port cost by an additional 50 percent. Our software-defined network deployment is limited to a narrow virtualized environment within our Office and Enterprise private cloud.