The Dell EMC Forum is a multi-format event experience designed for IT decision makers and executives seeking insights to cloud solutions and opportunities to engage with peers.“Realize your Digital Future”, this year’s Dell EMC Forum theme is all about helping IT become the business. Featuring executive keynotes and breakout tracks that cover Digital Transformation, Best of Breed Infrastructure, Converged Systems, Cloud Strategy and Workforce Transformation, the Dell EMC Forum offers something for everyone.Upcoming events in North America include: New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Montreal, Dallas, Vancouver, Seattle, Houston and St Louis. Register for the free event at www.dellemc.com/forumAaron Chaisson (@AaronChaison), VP Global Portfolio Messaging, was the Keynote Speaker for Minneapolis, MN. I caught up with Aaron in the field level suite of US Bank Stadium right after his keynote; that interview, and the full Keynote address is in this week’s Dell EMC The Source Podcast.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comDell EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini
Second surge As governments pray for an end to the economic strangulation of shutdowns, the race to develop a vaccine has been buoyed by experiments on monkeys that offered hope that humans can develop immunity to the virus. The US also pumped an additional $1 billion into the British pharmaceuticals group AstraZeneca to help fund the production of a vaccine.In the meantime, governments are testing ways to live with the dangers despite fears of a second wave of infections. Already a common sight in Spain, masks were officially made mandatory Thursday for anyone over the age of six in public places where social distancing is not possible.”The more tools we use, the better,” said Miguel Domingo, a 49-year-old architect talking his two dogs for a walk in Madrid, which is emerging from one of the toughest lockdowns. But the director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Andrea Ammon, warned it was not a question of if there will be a second surge of infections but “when and how big”.”I don’t want to draw a doomsday picture but I think we have to be realistic. That it’s not the time now to completely relax,” she told Britain’s Guardian newspaper. The warning will be a tough pill to swallow for governments whose easing measures appear to have slowed the economic fallout from the pandemic, which has now “likely bottomed out” in the eurozone according to a survey by IHS Markit.In Denmark, the exit from lockdown picked up pace as museums and zoos began reopening Thursday and health officials said the spread of the virus was slowing.Cyprus also bounded into its second stage of de-confinement, lifting curfews and allowing outdoor restaurants, barber shops and beaches to open on the Mediterranean island, though airports and hotels remain closed. In reopened cafes, customers were seated outdoors with spacing between tables, while some ate with plastic face shields still on.Yet some experiments in adjusting to the new normal have gone awry.Not everyone was amused in Singapore by a yellow robot dog deployed to patrol a city park and monitor social distancing. The remote-controlled hound uses cameras to estimate the number of visitors and blasts out a message to remind joggers and walkers to stand at least one meter apart. “I think it’s really going to be chilling in a way — something is looking around and I’m not sure how it’s going to react to me when I go near it,” local resident Simon Neo told AFP. China’s ‘victory’ Trump, for his part, insists the US is “Transitioning back to Greatness” as states reopen at different speeds.His optimism was in sharp contrast to the bleak health situation in the country, which leads the world in cases and deaths.While daily death tolls are no longer on a steady incline, the losses are still punishing with more than 1,500 additional fatalities reported in 24 hours on Wednesday, bringing the total number in the US to more than 93,400.On the economic front, the latest figures out of the US showed the rate of unemployment slowing — but the total number of jobs lost since mid-March stood at an eye-watering 38.6 million. Trump, who is desperate to boost his political fortunes ahead of November elections, has also doubled down on his finger-pointing at China, who he blamed for “this mass Worldwide killing”. Beijing hit back, warning it would retaliate if the US goes forward with a sanction’s threat.Republican US Senators proposed legislation last week that would empower Trump to slap sanctions on China if Beijing does not give a “full accounting” for the outbreak that emerged in Wuhan late last year.”It is neither responsible nor moral to cover up one’s own problems by blaming others,” said China’s parliament spokesman Zhang Yesui.We “will make a firm response and take countermeasures based on the deliberation of these bills”, he said. Despite criticism of its initial handling of the virus, Beijing is determined to project a narrative of strength and success in reining in its own outbreak and coming to the aid of countries who have been hit far harder. Domestic cases are now down to a trickle, according to its official figures. In the latest symbol of normalization, the country held an opening ceremony Thursday for its biggest political event of the year — the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) — after months of delay over health concerns. Analysts say the gathering’s sessions will officially start Friday and be a chance for the party to reaffirm its “victory” over the virus. Global infections from the novel coronavirus passed five million on Thursday as cases surged in Latin America, signs of normal life returned to parts of Europe and the US and China kept up their blame game over the pandemic. The grim milestone comes after known cases of COVID-19 doubled in just one month, according to AFP data collected from official sources, with the death toll now topping 328,000 worldwide. While many hard-hit European countries have significantly curbed the contagion, Latin America is becoming a new hotspot with cases on the rise. Topics : In Brazil, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro continues to scorn experts’ advice on curbing the contagion as he presses regional governors to end stay-at-home measures. And like US President Donald Trump, he has promoted the use of anti-malaria drugs against the virus despite studies showing they have no benefit and could have dangerous side effects. Brazil logged the third-highest number of cases in the world after the US and Russia. Peru, Mexico and Chile have also seen steady increases in infections, with nurses in Lima warning that the health system is on the brink of collapse after cases and deaths tripled over the past three weeks. “It’s like a horror film,” Miguel Armas, a nurse at the Hipolito Unanue hospital in the capital Lima, told AFP.”Inside it seems like a cemetery given all the bodies. Patients are dying in their chairs [or] in their wheelchairs.”
COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation said it has signed a supplemental agreement with Dalian Shipbuilding to use LNG-fueled power for its VLCC on order at the shipyard. The 2020 global sulphur limit imposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will take effect from January 1, 2020, onwards, placing a limit on theamount of sulphur in fuel oil used on vessels.Further, phase 3 of the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) standards imposed by the IMO on new vessels will take place from 2025 onwards, placing more stringent requirements on the carbon dioxide emission of new vessels, COSCO Shipping said in its filing to the stock exchange.In light of the foregoing, the company and Dalian Shipbuilding agreed that VLCC shall be a dual fuel crude oil carrier which can utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as its principal fuel.Pursuant to the supplemental agreement, corresponding adjustments have been made to the capacity, speed and fuel oil consumption of the VLCC, and the technical specifications in relation to the LNG consumption of vessels have also been added.Under the new agreement, the order value has been increased by a further $6 million.Due to the changes agreed, the delivery of the vessel has been pushed back from March 31, 2021, as initially agreed, to December 31, 2021.