Introduction: Pete Downing

first_imgHello!  My name is Pete Downing!I joined Citrix in December 2006 with over 10 years of experience in technology.  With a diverse background in IT, desktop management, networking, virtualization, server based computing, application deployment, profile management, Microsoft Active Directory and systems administration, I bring a vast knowledge of the industry to my role as Principal Product Manager.Starting out in IT, I worked a full time job while in college as a systems administrator for a Boys and Girls Club located in Fall River, Massachusetts.  Also while in college I worked various jobs with the campus networking team.  Post college I worked for a medium size biotechnology company TKT (now Shire) as an IT systems administrator.  From IT, I decided to enter the software world, joining ManageSoft (now Flexera Software) as a Pre-Sales Engineer.  After almost three years with ManageSoft, I decided to move on and join Ardence as a Senior Pre-Sales Engineer.  In December of 2006, Ardence, Inc. was acquired by Citrix and during the transition I took on the role as a Senior Product Manager thus beginning my career as a product manager.Currently I am involved with Citrix’s cloud computing initiatives working specifically on the Citrix OpenCloud Bridge, the Citrix OpenCloud On-Boarding Solution stack and other key strategic cloud initiatives.last_img read more

Kiefer Ravena ‘very excited’ to play for Guiao at NLEX

first_imgKiefer Ravena surveys the floor during a scrimmage at the PBA Draft Combine at Gatorade Hoops Center. PBA IMAGESAfter giving it much thought, Kiefer Ravena feels that the timing is just right for him to enter the PBA.“I really thought about this with my family and a decision that really took so much time. Once I submitted my papers, I knew my future is already here,” Ravena said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ READ: Guiao eyes Standhardinger, Ravena as NLEX’s draft pick“If ever NLEX picks me, I’m excited to be under coach Yeng. I’ve been under a fiery coach before such as coach Jamike (Jarin), and I guess that was a good practice for me. But I don’t think coach Jamike is anywhere close to how coach Yeng is,” said the 23-year-old guard.“I’m very excited and I’ve talked to coach Yeng a couple of times prior to the combine, so hopefully everything pans out. If ever I go number two, I’ll be with him in NLEX.”Ravena cleared he will give his best effort to whichever team picks him.“For us, as long as we get our foot inside the PBA, we’ll control what we can control which is how we play, and that is giving 110 percent for the team that will pick us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse chargescenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Standhardinger says he will be at PBA Draft after missing combine Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups One of the most sought after prospects in the game today, Ravena believes that joining the draft is the culmination of all of his work back from his days playing for Ateneo.“It’s all for this. We look forward to this day since we all started playing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRavena, who is projected to go second after Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, said he’s more than ready to play for whichever team he suits up for.But he admitted that the possibility of playing for coach Yeng Guiao at NLEX, which holds the No. 2 pick, makes him giddy.last_img read more

Highprofile murder retrial underway in Costa Rica for US expat Ann Patton

first_imgRelated posts:UPDATE: CNN seems to have bumped special on US man’s mysterious death in Costa Rica Costa Rica court finds US expat Ann Patton not guilty in third murder trial Guilty of murder: Costa Rica court convicts expat Ann Patton of killing husband in 2010 Costa Rica appeal of Patton ‘not guilty’ verdict would have little to stand on, legal experts say Facebook Comments Ann Maxin Patton, 43, was in court again today in San Isidro de El General for a retrial on charges that she murdered her husband, U.S. financier John Felix Bender, 44, in a bizarre incident at their jungle mansion in 2010.Patton, born in Brazil, has always claimed Bender’s death, the result of a single gunshot wound to the neck, had been a suicide. A Costa Rican court had cleared her once of the charges, but an appeals court tossed out that verdict and ordered a retrial.Upon entering the courtroom Monday morning, Patton said, “I hope justice in Costa Rica does its job, as it did the first time. I must trust this country’s justice system. My husband committed suicide and that’s what happened. All this is very painful to relive.”Costa Rican prosecutor Edgar Ramírez, however, insisted Patton killed her husband as he slept. “We will demonstrate that there is convincing evidence, scientific proof that is irrefutable, “Ramírez said.Asked by the court on Monday about her relationship with Bender, Patton described how the two met, how their relationship evolved and how it ended on a fateful night in January 2010.Patton said she met Bender on March 15, 1998 at 4:30 p.m. “On that day it was love at first sight for both of us,” she said.For the next two weeks she visited Bender where he was living, on a farm in the U.S. state of Virginia.“Besides love at first sight, what made us such good friends, such good partners, were primarily our love for animals, a love for conservation, a love for any and all things that were conservationist in ethics and in action,” Patton said.In the U.S., Bender worked from home as a hedge fund manager, and Patton became his personal assistant as he worked 18 hours a day, six days a week.“This was John’s trust in me, and he seeing in me someone that he felt to be intelligent, useful, valuable, was an amazingly beautiful thing for me, just at a time when I needed it most,” Patton testified.“After we met and fell in love I remember something that John told me, that he had never expected that it would happen to him. He had felt that he would never meet someone that he would want to spend the rest of his life with,” Patton said.“Between when we met and when we decided to come to Costa Rica for the first time for me, which was November of ’98, over the course of that time we realized in our discussions the way we were living together, how successfully we were able to live and work together 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception of when we had doctors appointments or the like,” she added.According to Patton, at 30, Bender decided he would continue working a few years and then move to Costa Rica, where he planned to establish a wildlife refuge.In March 2000, the couple moved to Costa Rica permanently, where they settled into 5,000 acres of land in the Southern Zone. They met and hired a lawyer, who also would become a fiduciary for the land deals in Florida de Barú, Pérez Zeledón.In previous statements to the press, Patton has said the couples’ lives together began to change one year after moving to Costa Rica. She claimed they were attacked by corrupt police who had been hired by another U.S. citizen, who had sued Bender. To protect themselves, they bought firearms and allegedly obtained firearm permits.They continued their plan of building a jungle paradise home and retreat, and in October 2004, construction of the Boyacarán wilderness refuge was complete.But Patton testified that Bender’s estate trustee said he was quickly running out of money, and the death of some animals on the estate led Bender to believe he had failed at in his conservation efforts. Patton said her husband’s frame of mind quickly deteriorated and he became depressed. He also had a history of depression and bipolar disorder, she said.Patton’s version of the events on Jan. 8, 2010 has remained consistent with her past statements: Her husband committed suicide and she fought with him that night in an unsuccessful attempt to wrestle the firearm away from him. Prosecutors, however, say she shot him.In January 2013, a Costa Rican court agreed with Patton’s version of events, and the case was thrown out. But in August 2013, an appeals court in Cartago, east of the capital, annulled the previous ruling and ordered the court in Pérez Zeledón to schedule a new trial.According to the appeals court, the penal court that first heard Patton’s case failed to correctly review evidence and alleged inconsistencies in Patton’s testimony.Prosecutors say that when Bender died, he was wearing earplugs, had three pillows under his head, and his legs were flexed in a sleeping position. They claim it is illogical that he would shoot himself in that position. They also say there were no signs of gunpowder residue on Bender’s hands, while Patton allegedly wiped her hands with napkins after the shooting. Those napkins revealed traces of gunpowder, prosecutors claim.Patton has Lyme disease, and to alleviate symptoms she took intravenous morphine, she testified, along with an anticoagulant and antibiotics. She also is bipolar, and takes clonazepam and alprazolam.The trial is expected to last a week.The case is featured in a special CNN investigation titled, “Love & Death in Paradise.” Watch a trailer here:last_img read more

Representative Johnson announces March office hours

first_img Categories: Steven Johnson News State Representative Steve Johnson invites local residents to join him during office hours:Monday, March 13thKent CountyKentwood City Hall4900 Breton Road SE5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Monday, March 27thAllegan CountyWayland City Hall103 S. Main Street5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.“Meeting with people and listening to their ideas and concerns helps me better represent them in the state legislature,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “I am committed to keeping in touch with residents because I genuinely value their input concerning state government.”No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to call Rep. Johnson’s office at 517-373-0840, email or visit his website at 22Feb Representative Johnson announces March office hourslast_img read more

German public broadcasters and cable operators are

first_imgGerman public broadcasters and cable operators are engaged in a struggle over the former’s growing reluctance to pay retransmission fees, ANGA Cable attendees heard this morning.Karola Wille, managing director of regional public broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) told attendees at the opening panel session at the congress that it was not normal in other countries for broadcasters to pay cable operators for carriage. There were now multiple distributors of content and cable operators had to compete for content, she said. “We think this is a good point in time not to pay fees to the cable operators any more,” she said.Kabel Deutschland chief operating officer Manuel Cubero retorted by saying that cable operators were an inexpensive infrastructure option for public broadcasters. ARD and ZDF paid €2 per home for access – much less than for satellite carriage or to use the digital-terrestrial platform. “We think we are the perfect partner for public broadcasters [and others],” he said. Pubcasters benefited from their enormous market power and from the imposition of must-carry rules, he said. Cubero said he was optimistic an acceptable deal could be reached, but cable was not willing to see this revenue stream disappear. “We hold the view that we are willing to negotiate,” he said. “Public broadcasters take enormous capacity in our network. They take 30% more capacity than private broadcasters taken together.”Wille said that satellite and terrestrial platforms were different because there were no subscriptions from which platform operators could make money. All platforms received HD channels from public broadcasters and benefited from their content, she added.Speaking on the same panel, Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries said that his company remained open minded about the issue. He said there were ways to renegotiate the business arrangements so that both cable and broadcasters were happy. He said that feed in fees were not unusual in other countries.Conrad Albert, head of legal, distribution and regulatory affairs, ProSiebenSat.1 Media, said that it was not acceptable to have different regimes for public and private broadcasters and that any relaxation of retransmission fees for public broadcasters would mean that commercial players would be entitled to seek similar terms.last_img read more

The number of TVs connected to the internet is exp

first_imgThe number of TVs connected to the internet is expected to reach 596 million by 2017, up from 212 million this year and 105 million at the end of 2010, according to forecasts from Digital TV Research.The US contributed 48 million to the 2010 total, or 45% of the global total, and is expected to grow to 78 million in 2012, or 37% or the global total, and 147 million by 2017 – by this time only 25% of the global total. China will have 93 million connected TVs by 2017, up from two million at end-2010.Connected TV sets will represent 21.4% of global TV sets in 2017, up from 4.7% in 2010, according to Digital TV Research.last_img read more

Anne Sweeney Former DisneyABC Television presiden

first_imgAnne SweeneyFormer Disney-ABC Television president Anne Sweeney has joined the board of streaming service Netflix.Sweeney was in chargeof The Walt Disney Company’s television operations when it scored a major original production deal with Netflix in October 2013, and now joins the SVOD platform’s board.Sweeney exited Disney in January after 11 years running its cable, broadcaster and international channels. She has more than 30 years’ experience in senior posts at TV firms, including a run as CEO and chairman of FX Networks and 12 years at Viacom-owned Nickelodeon.Netflix wants to use her experience to guide its international roll-out, with the plan to be in more than 200 territories by end-2016 well underway already.Microsoft’s executive VP and general counsel, Brad Smith, is also joining the Netflix board, which now totals nine executives.“We look forward to benefitting from Brad and Anne’s perspective as we continue to build ourglobal internet TV network,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and chief executive.Ben Sherwood has replaced Sweeney at the top of Disney-ABC.last_img read more

A significant decrease in orders for access networ

first_imgA significant decrease in orders for access network products and companies kicking off with plans to implement distributed access architecture solutions dented Finnish broadband technology outfit Teleste’s half-year results. However the company’s top line received a strong boost from video security and information solutions as well as improved productivity in the services business in Germany and a successful sales launchin the US cable market, according to CEO Jukka Rinnevaara.Teleste posted net sales of €124.5 million for the first half, an increase of 4%. Operating profit stood at €4.3 million, down 9% thanks to a goodwill impairment and restructuring provision for the services business in Germany totalling €9.3 million.Rinnevaara said that the prior period had included significant orders for DOCSIS 3.1 network updates. He said that net sales of access network products in 2018 would be lower than in the previous year, but that operators’ investments in distributed access architecture will enable growth in upcoming years.last_img read more

Advances in artificial intelligence threaten privacy of peoples health data

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 4 2019Advances in artificial intelligence have created new threats to the privacy of people’s health data, a new University of California, Berkeley, study shows.Led by UC Berkeley engineer Anil Aswani, the study suggests current laws and regulations are nowhere near sufficient to keep an individual’s health status private in the face of AI development. The research was published Dec. 21 in the JAMA Network Open journal.The findings show that by using artificial intelligence, it is possible to identify individuals by learning daily patterns in step data, such as that collected by activity trackers, smartwatches and smartphones, and correlating it to demographic data.The mining of two years’ worth of data covering more than 15,000 Americans led to the conclusion that the privacy standards associated with 1996’s HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) legislation need to be revisited and reworked.”We wanted to use NHANES (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) to look at privacy questions because this data is representative of the diverse population in the U.S.,” said Aswani. “The results point out a major problem. If you strip all the identifying information, it doesn’t protect you as much as you’d think. Someone else can come back and put it all back together if they have the right kind of information.””In principle, you could imagine Facebook gathering step data from the app on your smartphone, then buying health care data from another company and matching the two,” he added. “Now they would have health care data that’s matched to names, and they could either start selling advertising based on that or they could sell the data to others.”According to Aswani, the problem isn’t with the devices, but with how the information the devices capture can be misused and potentially sold on the open market.Related StoriesAI technique helps produce high quality CT images at lower dosagesMachine learning can be a modern approach in cognitive brain health assessmentArtificial intelligence can help accurately predict acute kidney injury in burn patients”I’m not saying we should abandon these devices,” he said. “But we need to be very careful about how we are using this data. We need to protect the information. If we can do that, it’s a net positive.”Though the study specifically looked at step data, the results suggest a broader threat to the privacy of health data.”HIPAA regulations make your health care private, but they don’t cover as much as you think,” Aswani said. “Many groups, like tech companies, are not covered by HIPAA, and only very specific pieces of information are not allowed to be shared by current HIPAA rules. There are companies buying health data. It’s supposed to be anonymous data, but their whole business model is to find a way to attach names to this data and sell it.”Aswani said advances in AI make it easier for companies to gain access to health data, the temptation for companies to use it in illegal or unethical ways will increase. Employers, mortgage lenders, credit card companies and others could potentially use AI to discriminate based on pregnancy or disability status, for instance.”Ideally, what I’d like to see from this are new regulations or rules that protect health data,” he said. “But there is actually a big push to even weaken the regulations right now. For instance, the rule-making group for HIPAA has requested comments on increasing data sharing. The risk is that if people are not aware of what’s happening, the rules we have will be weakened. And the fact is the risks of us losing control of our privacy when it comes to health care are actually increasing and not decreasing.” Source: read more

Rate of HPV infection high among sexual minority men despite availability of

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 4 2019The rate of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is high among young minority gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men despite the availability of a vaccine that can prevent the infection, a Rutgers School of Public Health study found.The study appears in AIDS Patient Care and STDS.”The lack of HPV vaccination in sexual minority men is a missed prevention opportunity,” said lead author Perry Halkitis, dean of Rutgers School of Public Health. “We are already witnessing higher rates of HPV-related cancers in older gay and sexual minority men, which is completely avoidable and preventable in more recent generations. Additionally, we know that those living with HIV are much more likely to be impacted by HPV infection and HPV-related cancers. Given that sexual minority men are also at highest risk for testing positive for HIV, there is an urgency in ensuring HPV vaccination before these young men engage in sexual behavior.”Related StoriesNanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccineNovel vaccine against bee sting allergy successfully testedVaccine drama on display in California’s CapitolThe study, conducted at Rutgers Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies, examined the prevalence of HPV exposure, HIV infection and HPV vaccination in this population whose average age was 23 and predominantly members of ethnic or racial minority groups. The researchers found that over 58 percent of the participants were infected with the virus but only 18 percent had received the full dose of the HPV vaccine.The team also found that HIV was associated with HPV oral infection and vaccine-preventable HPV, whereas both neighborhood poverty and HIV infection were associated with anal HPV.”The HPV vaccination was recently expanded to include men and women between ages 27 and 45; previously, it was only approved for men and women ages 9 to 26,” said Halkitis. “With the uptake of the HPV vaccine incredibly low in the United States, there is an urgent need for outreach to at-risk and underserved populations.”last_img read more