Grab your hover board and power on your flux capacitor—we’re going back in time. The date is February 16, 2016. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) didn’t know it yet, but she was in for a wild day. HCI’s morning started routine enough… she woke up to find a handful of friend requests from start-ups. Several established players liked a pic she had just posted. And her latest blog was getting tons of shares (especially from analysts). But this type of thing didn’t get her HDDs spinning… HCI was fairly used to being the center of attention.Then everything changed… Her phone buzzed as someone tweeted to her:@DellEMC launches #VxRail Appliances; sets new standard for #hyperconverged. Jointly developed, optimized, and built with @VMware.HCI set down her coffee and surfed over to Dell EMC’s page to see what all the fuss was about. It was a huge announcement, and everyone she knew was commenting about VxRail. “…creates certainty for customers; leverages a proven building block powered by vSAN; customers can continuously modernize; it’s a simple, agile way to scale on demand; leverages existing tools and processes…”It was new. It was transformative. And one thing was clear. VxRail was about to change everything. HCI then did something that she had never done before. She sent her first friend request.And…. we’re back. Today is February 16, 2017 and one year has passed. From the moment we launched VxRail, we knew it was going to be big. But even we were surprised by its out of the gates success—more than 8,000 nodes sold to over 1,000 customers in more than 70 countries—all in the first year!Even more exciting is that when the dust settles on end-of-year industry numbers, we believe VxRail is the most rapidly adopted HCI appliance ever, and that Dell EMC will be the market leader for hyper-converged.More organizations than ever (over 60% of them) are looking to deploy HCI, if they haven’t already.1 Without question, many of them are choosing VxRail. In fact, with the addition of VxRail in 2016, the Dell EMC HCI portfolio outgrew one of the fastest growing IT markets by more 2x, and now represents more than a quarter of all hyper-converged systems sold.2We see customers that span across industries deploying VxRail for more and more use cases within the data center. Notably, this includes enterprise applications, which aligns to industry research that shows three out of four organizations are already deploying HCI in the core.1So what’s next? I’m glad you asked…Hybrid cloud is fast becoming the new operating model for most IT departments. Sure, transient workloads will continue to benefit from the elastic economics offered by the public cloud. But for long-lasting on-premises workloads, VxRail delivers enterprise performance and ease of manageability at half the total cost of ownership versus leveraging the public cloud.3Today, in addition to celebrating VxRail’s first birthday, we are thrilled to announce Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) on VxRail Appliances . This turnkey hybrid cloud platform helps organizations start small and grow on their journey to transform IT. With EHC on VxRail, customers with smaller deployments can now enjoy the same benefits as larger enterprises—automation, self-service, freeing up resources, minimizing costs, and reducing risk.For more information about this announcement, read the Press Release.Accomplishments of this magnitude are only possible through collaboration. In fact, I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” 30,000 times. In each of the 1,000+ companies who invested in VxRail this past year, there were about 10 stakeholders who contributed to that decision. And each VxRail order was further supported by 20 individuals within Dell EMC and our partner organizations. So that is 30,000 people I need to thank.Thank you for joining me in this journey. I look forward to what we will create together in 2017 and beyond.
Attorney and Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, faces Republican Cheryl A. Carpenter in November. Neither had a primary. October 1, 2000 Regular News Boca Raton attorney Steve Meyer was unsuccessful in a three-way Democratic primary to challenge incumbent Rep. William “Bill” Andrews, R-Delray Beach. Ocala attorney Judy Johnson won her two-way Democratic primary and is running against Republican Dennis K. Baxley on the general election ballot. Attorney and incumbent Rep. Stacy Ritter, D-Tamarac, faces Republican Joseph “Joe” Kaufman in November. Neither had a primary. Tallahasee attorney Joyce Dove and Cross City attorney Joseph Lander failed to make the runoff in a seven-member Democratic primary in a rural north-central Florida district. Attorney and Sen. Tom Rossin, D-West Palm Beach, faces Republican David Vaughan and a Reform Party candidate on the November ballot. Two other Bar members, Kevin Cannon of Orlando, and Rep. Luis E. Rojas, R-Miami, were unsuccessful in Republican primaries for two other seats. On the House side, lawyers are in five runoff primary races. In a Leon County district, attorney Lorranne Ausley faces Dr. Todd Patterson in the Democratic runoff, with the winner facing a Republican nonlawyer in November. In a Lee County based district, attorney Jeff Kottcamp faces Marilyn Stout in the Republican runoff, with the winner facing a write-in candidate in November. Clearwater attorney John Carrasas is in the Republican runoff with Dave Miller, and the victor gaining the seat since only Republicans filed in that race. Boca Raton attorney Barry Silver faces Anne M. Gannon in the Democratic runoff, with the winner facing write-in and minor party candidates in November. Boca Raton attorney and Rep. Curt Levine faces Irving Slosberg in the Democratic runoff, with the winner facing a write-in candidate. In other primary races: Port Charlotte attorney Jerry Paul won a three-way Republican primary and faces a write-in candidate in November. Attorney and Democrat Kathy Castor was unopposed in the primary and faces Rep. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, winner of the Republican primary for a Tampa area seat. Tampa attorney and Democrat Betsy McCoy Benedict faces incumbent Rep. Sandra L. Murman, R-Tampa. Neither had a primary. Lakeland attorney and Republican Dennis A. Ross faces Democrat Coy W. Castleberry in November. Neither had a primary. Miami attorney Hector Rivera lost a three-way Republican primary that sent Rafeal Arza to Tallahassee, as no other candidates filed. Some new lawyers will take legislative seats in November Both the Florida House and Senate will see some new legal faces among their members following fall elections, but whether the small number of lawyer-legislators increases in the 2000-02 term won’t be known until after November. A handful of lawyers, mostly incumbents but including some newcomers, have already won election as state representatives and senators. Others still face challenges in the October 3 primary runoff or the November 7 general elections. Among the new faces, Tampa attorney Arthenia L. Joyner, a long-time civic activist and former president of the National Bar Association, won her Democratic primary race and a House seat because no Republican or other candidate filed. Republican attorney Mark Mahon of Jacksonville defeated fellow attorney Charles McBurney in the primary to win a seat where no other candidates filed. Also in Jacksonville, Terry L. Fields defeated Jacksonville attorney A. Wellington Barlow in the Democratic primary to win a seat where no other candidate filed. In primary results, attorney and incumbent Rep. Gaston Cantens, R-Sweetwater, was reelected after defeating Robert J. Diaz in the Republican primary. Six incumbent attorneys in the House were returned without any opposition. They are former Bar Board of Governors member J. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, Christopher L. Smith, D-Ft. Lauderdale, Tim Ryan, D-Dania Beach, Kenneth Gottlieb, D-Miramar, Sally Heymann, D-North Miami Beach, and Marco Rubio, R-Miami. On the Senate side, veteran Rep. J. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, will move to the other side of the Capitol rotunda as he filed unopposed for a Senate seat. Four other lawyer-senators filed for reelection and wound up unopposed. They are: John Laurent, R-Bartow, Burt Saunders, R-Naples, Steven A. Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, and former Bar Board of Governors member Walter G. “Skip” Campbell, D-Ft. Lauderdale. No lawyers won outright in the September primary in other Senate races, and lawyers remaining in those contests have opposition for the November election. No lawyers are involved in any primary runoff Senate campaigns. In those other upper chamber races: Miami attorney Tom David was unopposed in the Republican primary and faces Democrat Cindy Lerner in November. Spring Hill attorney Sabato DeVito was unsuccessful in a three-way Republican primary. Attorneys Edward Skinner Jones of Neptune Beach and Jeff Sneed of Atlantic Beach failed to make the Republican runoff in a four-way primary. Attorney and incumbent Rep. Carlos Lacasa, R-Miami, won a three-way Republican primary and faces a write-in candidate in November. Eighth Circuit State Attorney Rod Smith, a Democrat, won his primary for a Gainesville area seat and faces Republican Rep. Bob Casey in November. Orlando attorney James Auffant had no Democratic primary opposition and faces Republican Jim Kallinger in November. Attorney and incumbent Rep. Gus Michael Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, had no primary and faces only write-in and independent candidates in November. Miami Beach attorney Dan Gelber won a three-way Democratic primary and is being challenged by an independent candidate in November. Winter Park attorney Stuart Buchanan did not have an opponent in his Democratic primary and will face the winner of a GOP runoff. Attorney and House Speaker-Designate Tom Feeney, R-Orlando, faces Democrat Glenda Conley in November. Attorney and incumbent Rep. Johnie Byrd, Jr., R-Plant City, faces Democrat John Wayne Clark in November. Neither had a primary. Ft. Lauderdale attorney and Democrat John P. “Jack” Seiler faces Republican Stephen M. Greep, Jr., in November. Neither had a primary. Some new lawyers will take legislative seats in November Orlando attorney David Simmons won his two-way Republican primary and faces Democrat Ali Shahnami in November. Attorney and Democrat John Gillespie won the Democratic primary and the right to face Rep. Debby P. Sanderson, R-Ft. Lauderdale, for a Broward County seat. Bonifay attorney Roy Lake was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is running in the general election against Donald Brown, winner of the Republican primary. Palatka attorney Joe H. Pickens won a two-way Republican primary and faces Democrat Skeet Alford in November. Attorney and incumbent Rep. Larry Crow, R-Dunedin, had no primary and faces Democrat Sue Humphreys in November. Gainesville attorney Howard Rosenblatt was unsuccessful in a three-way Democratic primary. Democrat and Orlando attorney Ali Kirk Mashayekhi did not have a primary and faces incument Rep. Randy Johnson, R-Winter Garden, in November. Stuart attorney Joe Negron and incumbent Rep. Art Argenio defeated one other candidate to make the October 3 runoff. The winner faces a write-in candidate in November. All together, 48 attorneys filed to run in 44 House seats, and 11 attorneys filed to run in 11 different Senate races. (All 120 House seats are up for election and half of the 40 Senate seats.) After the first primary, 10 attorneys have been elected to the House, either because they were unopposed or had only primary opposition. Another five have been elected to the Senate for the same reasons. Four attorneys are still in the running for Senate seats, as are 25 attorneys for House seats. (Six attorney-senators are in the middle of their terms.) For the 1998-2000 session, there were 27 lawyers in the House and 13 in the Senate.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This well-built Cape Cod with Tudor accents set on spectacular 2.45-acre property harkening back to a simpler time is listed for sale at 83 North Country Rd. in Setauket.Built in 1935, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is an oldie but a goodie with 1,500-square-feet of living space featuring oak floors, fieldstone fireplace, an open breezeway connecting the home to a two-car garage, winding driveway and views overlooking a serene pond.It comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, dining room, unfinished basement and attic space on the second floor. Outside it has a patio to soak of the views.The property is close to Gallery North, Frank Melville Park, and Emma Clark Library School. It’s about two miles from downtown Port Jefferson and the Port Jefferson Long Island Rail Road station. It’s located in the highly ranked Three Village School District.The asking price is $599,000, not including the annual property taxes of $13,235.The real estate agents listed for the property are Francine Saer and Alexander Goldenberg of Coach Real Estate Associates, who can be reached at 631-751-0303.
In the midst of Madison’s first snowstorm of the year, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team buried South Dakota on Saturday afternoon, 76-61, having never given up the lead.The Badger’s didn’t lose much heat from their ‘can’t miss’ attitude last Wednesday against N.C. State, finishing with 45.3 percent of shots from the floor in the bucket, including 38.7 from behind the arc.Point guard Jordan Taylor came within one assist from a milestone in UW basketball. Taylor finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, one helper away from the first triple-double in the program’s history. Nonetheless, it was still the junior’s first double-double of his career.Senior forward Jon Leuer led all players with 29 points, fueled largely by six three-pointers. Leuer also contributed another nine rebounds and four blocks.Despite changing their defensive scheme a few times in the game, the Coyotes couldn’t prevent the containment breaches of Taylor and Leuer.“A couple kids we could not contain,” said South Dakota head coach Dave Booth. “Taylor’s penetration, he got to the basket whenever he wanted to and Leuer, he was a just lights-out offensive player.”Wisconsin scored four 3-pointers within its first six shots on the floor, including three from Leuer to quickly jump out to a 13-2 advantage after four minutes.Wisconsin’s lead on South Dakota stretched and thinned throughout the first half as the South Dakota shot 46.7 percent from the field, including 45.5 from the arc, to keep up with the Badgers’ pace.From an offensive standpoint, SDU’s approach to the game didn’t surprise UW head coach Bo Ryan one bit.“You know if you watch South Dakota on film, you could have scripted this game yourself,” Ryan said. “This is how they play…. The pops, the stare stare-you-down-pull-up-let-it-fly – every game, whether it was Marquette, Wyoming, Illinois State.”The Coyotes also forced seven turnovers in the first half as well, mostly off of bad passes, and capitalized on those to keep it close. Wisconsin gained as much as a 15-point lead on South Dakota midway through the first half, but led by just five at the break.“That was their M.O., that they were going to come in and come in firing, they have a lot of guys that can do that,” Leuer said. “In hindsight, it would have been better to close out, maybe play some screens differently, but they were pushing in transition and coming down, maybe 25 seconds left on the shot clock, and just firing up threes.”That script changed just a little bit in the second half when South Dakota’s bombardment stopped falling in the basket, shooting about 28 percent from the field and from behind the arc as well.Although its three-point percentage took a bit of a dip, Wisconsin maintained its poise in the second half, while also cutting its turnovers to two. Slowly the Badgers began to separate themselves from the Coyotes.“Sometimes when you fill the middle and jam things up, a lot of those threes that we took were as a result to the ball touching the short corner, the baseline, or the post and on kickouts, traditionally, that’s the highest percentage three you can get when the ball goes to the post and then goes out,” Ryan said.“So when those are there you got to be able to hit them and we had just one little dry patch in there but other than that we have a pretty good system for threes. We had 36 points on 31 shots, that’s good. Anytime you get more points than shot attempts from three, it’s OK.”UW’s bench contributed 15 points, six of them coming from junior forward Rob Wilson, who failed to miss a shot on the day while also adding a rebound and two assists in just seven minutes of play.Wilson, who’s been working his way back into the lineup since injuring his hamstring early in the preseason, still needs to develop his play on defense before receiving more time on the floor, according to Ryan.“There are certain things we do, that we say, and when you don’t do it, you need to watch,” Ryan said. “It’s pretty simple, I have rules on defense. If guys aren’t playing as much against certain teams it might be because, defensively, they don’t handle certain things real well.”
“We’ll need to find our legs quickly on Saturday night and play a smart, disciplined game if we’re going to beat a very good opponent.”The 12-0 Saints have faced SFU once this season, charging out to a five-goal lead on the road on November 3rd and holding on for a 5-3 victory.That win ended the Clan’s 25-game home unbeaten streak, so there’s no doubt that SFU will be motivated to return the favour. With a victory on Saturday night, the Saints would set a new BCIHL record for consecutive wins with 13.Selkirk tied the existing 12-game record when they defeated the University of Victoria in their final game of 2012 in early December.Dubois said that one benefit of the long break was the chance for players to rehab injuries and return to the ice fully healthy for the stretch drive of the regular season.“With the exception of Stephen Saretsky, who hasn’t played yet this season, we’re 100 percent healthy and ready to go,” Dubois explained.”We may make some choices based on what we see from the guys this week in terms of their conditioning, but it’s good to have all our guys available for this first time since early in the season.”SFU is led offensively by forwards Ben Van Lare and Jono Ceci, who finished first and second in BCIHL scoring last season.The dynamic duo is joined up the Clan’s top line by three-year WHL product Brenden Silvester, who joined the team at Christmas and has already scored five times in two appearances. There’s no easing into the second half of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League regular season for the Selkirk College Saints.The Saints play host to second-place Simon Fraser University Clan Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.However, before the Clan can ready themselves to knock off the undefeated Saints, the Burnaby-based club must take to the road Friday for a date south of the 49th parallel against the Eastern Washington Eagles in Cheney, Wash.“SFU certainly had the jump on us in terms of getting back onto the ice, and they’ll be playing their sixth game since Christmas while we’ll be playing our first,” said Selkirk head coach Jeff Dubois.The Clan sit just three points back in the league standings at 10-1-1.“That adds to the challenge for us, but it’s not going to be used as an excuse,” Dubois added.
– As President Sirleaf calls on WATRA to take the interest of consumers into accountPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged delegates who attended the West Africa Telecommunications Regulatory Assembly (WATRA) conference in Monrovia last week to seek and promote the interests of consumers.The President made the appeal recently at the official opening of a two-day WATRA conference in Monrovia, which brought together delegates from ECOWAS Member States under the auspices of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA).The President called on ECOWAS Member States not to only focus on urban areas, but also the rural parts of the sub-region to protect the interests of students, small businesses, farmers, and ordinary people.According to President Sirleaf, ECOWAS is transforming from a Community of States to a Community of Peoples, and emphasized that ECOWAS is taking practical steps to meet the collective socio-economic needs of its people.She challenged the delegates to facilitate inclusive growth and progress among its people, which she believes is one of the key strategies of the implementation process.The President named telecommunications, transportation, energy, agriculture, security, commerce, and trade as programs in progress to meet the general objectives of WATRA. She then expressed her satisfaction “with the level of developments that have taken place over the last few years in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector of ECOWAS.She commended the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly, especially the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), for the conference and called for healthy deliberations.Meanwhile, the chairperson of LTA, Angelique Weeks, said access to the internet has grown from 1.3 to 30.8 percent, while the percentage of citizens with telephones has also increased from 24 to 84.6 percent over the years.Since the adoption of the regulatory guidelines on access to submarine cables and landing stations in West Africa, many positive things have happened in the country, the region, and Member States, Madam Weeks added.“These are examples of some of the good things that we as national regulatory authorities (NRAs) can accomplish when we collaborate to harmonize policies and regulatory frameworks in the supreme interest of our respective countries. I am sure that many such examples can be found in each of your respective countries,” she noted.Weeks revealed that the average monthly price of wholesale international E1 capacity link from Monrovia to Europe was reduced from US$8,000 to US$750, while the monthly retail price of 1 megabyte (Mb) to access internet services has fallen from US$1,200 to $450.E1 is the European format for DS1 digital transmission.“It is in this regard that I urge each delegate to be tolerant and courteous as we engage in deliberations over the next two days to discuss ways and means to improve the manner in which we steer the affairs of WATRA and interact as national regulatory authorities,” she added.Also speaking, the outgoing chairman of WATRA, Gaoo Gomes, said based on past experiences, it is difficult to protect the interests of consumers in the sector, adding that WATRA’s main objective is to fight for the improvement of the sector with a view to protecting the interests of consumers.He noted that WATRA was established in 2004 to address the telecommunications network problems in the West Africa sub-region.Gomes commended President Sirleaf for her continued support to the sector by creating the enabling environment to improve the sector in Liberia and other parts of the region.The opening ceremony was attended by senior government officials including Dr. Frederick Norkeh, Minister of Post and Telecommunications; Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, chair of the Senate Committee on Telecommunications; Grand Kru County Representative Nimene Bartekwa, chair of the House’s Standing Committee on Telecommunications; and a representative from Liberia’s GSM operators.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
2 April 2014International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is in Brussels where she is leading a South African delegation to the 4th Africa-European Union (EU) Summit.According to the Department of International Relations, the summit affords Africa and Europe the opportunity to further strengthen political and socio-economic cooperation between the two continents.High on the agenda of the two-day event, starting on Wednesday, will be peace and security, trade and investment, human development and the future institutional and financial arrangements of the Africa-EU Partnership.Leaders from the two continents are also expected to use the opportunity to stocktake what has been achieved over the past three years, as guided by the Africa-EU Action Plan 2010-2013. The action plans was adopted at the 3rd Africa-EU Summit in Libya in November 2010.Issues concerning the financing of priority projects aimed at meeting the developmental challenges of Africa will also be addressed.Agreements that are due to be signed during the meeting include the Brussels Declaration of the Heads of State and Government, which is the main outcome document for the 4th Africa-EU Summit; the Africa-EU Roadmap; and the Declaration on Migration and Mobility.Nkoana-Mashabane is expected to hold bilateral consultations with her counterparts from Africa and Europe on the sidelines of the summit. South Africa’s delegation includes Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Source: SAnews.gov.za
ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa – Day3 Session6 – Philippines’ John Vincent Pangga defeated United Arab Emirates’ Saif Al-Kharoosi at the flyweight (50kg). PHOTO FROM ASBC FACEBOOKPuerto Princesa—John Vincent Pangga and Kenneth dela Pena hurdled their respective opponents on Friday, assuring the Philippines of at least two bronze medals in the ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships here.Pangga beat Saif Alkharoosi of the United Arab Emirates by RSC (Referee Stops Contest) in the first round of their flyweight duel to barge into Sunday’s semifinals against Kazakhstan’s Talgat Syrymbetov.ADVERTISEMENT After drawing a bye in the first round, De La Pena, dominated India’s Selay So, 5-0, in the pinweight class to advance against Chinese Taipei’s Yu Chen-Ching.Syrymbetov beat Bhutan’s Tanding Wangchuk by RSC in the third round and, with his solid credential as Kazakhstan national junior champion, should give Pangga a tough fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnother Filipino, Norlan Petecio, bowed to Uzbekistan’s Sherzod Kodirboev, 5-0, in the lightweight division, leaving Pangga and Dela Pena to carry the fight for the host country in the event confined to 15 and 16 year olds.Criz Russu Laurente lost to Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabyrkhan by the same score in the light flyweight category on Thursday. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Though they will be pitted against internationally seasoned opponents, Pangga and Dela Pena promised to give it their best shot in the five-day competition organized by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines headed by Ricky Vargas.The tournament took a break Saturday and will conclude on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Silver lining Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
An international coalition of media outlets on Sunday published what it said was an extensive investigation into the offshore financial dealings of the rich and famous, based on a vast trove of documents provided by an anonymous source.The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, said the cache of 11.5 million records detailed the offshore holdings of a dozen current and former world leaders, as well as businessmen, criminals, celebrities and sports stars.A co-founder of the Panamanian-based law firm where the documents originated confirmed the authenticity of the papers being used in articles published by more than 100 news organizations around the world. Ramon Fonseca told Panama’s Channel 2 television network that the documents were obtained illegally in a hacking attack.The German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung said it first received the data more than a year ago. The Munich-based daily was offered the data through an encrypted channel by an anonymous source who requested no monetary compensation and asked only for unspecified security measures, said Bastian Obermayer, a reporter for the paper.The data concerned internal documents from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca. Founded by German-born Juergen Mossack, the firm has offices around the globe and is among the world’s biggest creators of shell companies, the newspaper said.Ramon Fonseca said most of the people being named in news reports about big offshore accounts were not the firm’s direct clients, saying the accounts were mainly established by financial intermediaries. He also said the firm did not engage in any wrongdoing.advertisement”We are not responsible for the actions of a corporation that we set up,” he said in the TV interview.Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela issued a statement saying his government would cooperate “vigorously” with any judicial investigation arising from the leak of the law firm’s documents. He said that the revelations shouldn’t detract from his government’s “zero tolerance” for any illicit activities in Panama’s finance industry.ICIJ said the law firm’s leaked internal files contain information on 214,488 offshore entities connected to people in more than 200 countries and territories. It said it would release the full list of companies and people linked to them early next month.Obermayer said that over the course of several months Sueddeutsche Zeitung received about 2.6 terabytes of data more than would fit on 600 DVDs. The newspaper said the amount of data it obtained is several times larger than a previous cache of offshore data published by WikiLeaks in 2013 that exposed the financial dealings of prominent individuals.”To our knowledge this is the biggest leak that journalists have ever worked on,” Obermayer said.The newspaper and its partners verified the authenticity of the data by comparing it to public registers, witness testimony and court rulings, he told the AP. A previous cache of Mossack Fonseca documents obtained by German authorities was also used to verify the new material, Obermayer added.Among the countries with past or present political figures named in the reports are Iceland, Ukraine, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Argentina.The Guardian newspaper, which took part in the investigation, published a video on its website late Sunday showing an interview with Iceland’s prime minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson. During the interview with Sweden’s SVT television, the prime minister is asked about a company called Wintris. He responds by insisting that its affairs are above board and calling the question “completely inappropriate,” before breaking off the interview.In Russia, the Kremlin last week said it was anticipating what it called an upcoming “information attack”.Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that the Kremlin had received “a series of questions in a rude manner” from an organization that he said was trying to smear Putin.”Journalists and members of other organizations have been actively trying to discredit Putin and this country’s leadership,” Peskov said.The office of Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, confirmed on Sunday that the business group owned by his family set up Fleg Trading Ltd., an offshore company based in the Bahamas. But it said Macri himself had no shares in Fleg and never received income from it.Macri’s office commented after La Nacion, an Argentine national newspaper, reported that he and his family had links to Fleg.Mexico’s tax office announced late Sunday that it would check on any Mexican resident or company mentioned in news reports on the leaked documents to see if there was any wrongdoing was involved.The ICIJ said the documents included emails, financial spreadsheets, passports and corporate records detailing how powerful figures used banks, law firms and offshore shell companies to hide their assets. The data spanned a time frame of nearly 40 years, from 1977 through the end of 2015, it said.advertisement”It allows a never-before-seen view inside the offshore world providing a day-to-day, decade-by-decade look at how dark money flows through the global financial system, breeding crime and stripping national treasuries of tax revenues,” the ICIJ said.According to the media group’s website, global banks including HSBC, UBS, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and others have worked with Mossack Fonseca to create offshore accounts.”The allegations are historical, in some cases dating back 20 years, predating our significant, well-publicized reforms implemented over the last few years,” HSBC spokesman Rob Sherman said in an emailed response to an AP request for comment.”We work closely with the authorities to fight financial crime and implement sanctions,” he said.UBS, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Also Read:Panama Papers name Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai among 500 Indians with hidden assetsPanama Papers list Putin’s aide, Nawaz Sharif, hundreds of Indians: 10 things to know
What better way to celebrate the #AustraliaDay weekend than the Yass Valley Touch Football Knockout way!The 29th Yass Valley Touch Football Knockout, the largest of its kind in Australasia, was held last weekend 28â€“29 January. A final 112 teams were confirmed to compete for the $15,000 prizemoney: 44 mixed, 40 menâ€™s and 28 womenâ€™s teams with several teams on standby due to capacity, such is the huge demand year-on-year!Walker Park Yass transformed into a camping fun park with players from across the world and the country camping out under the Southern Cross and stars and enjoying the social and fun side of our great sport. The BBQs, music and Aussie flags were in full swing with the odd mini pool and ice tubs to take the edge off the warm conditions.View the 29th Yass Touch Knockout Review and Image Gallery – bigger and better each year with the big 3-0 next year!Congratulations to all the winners and participants on a great tournament. Please see the results below. Related Files2017_yass_ko_flowcharts-pdfRelated LinksYass Knockout