Weakening Dean makes landfall on Mexican coast

Weakening Dean makes landfall on Mexican coast

Tuesday July 4th • Uncategorized Category

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

After gaining strength in the western Caribbean last night, Hurricane Dean made landfall as a Category 5 storm on Mexico’s Yucatán coast at about 4:30 a.m. this morning (EDT).

The storm struck just north of Chetumal, the capital of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. However, hurricane-force winds were felt over 60 miles (~100 km) away from the center of the storm, and tropical storm conditions impacted areas 175 miles (280 km) away.

The Mexican government ordered the deployment of over 4,000 troops, and declared a state of emergency in the state of Campeche. Some areas braced for up to 20 inches (510 mm) of rain.

Dean made landfall as a category 5 storm, before being downgraded hours later to a category 3 storm. Later Tuesday afternoon, Dean was downgraded to a category 2 storm. Currently, the storm maintains category 1 status, with top sustained winds at 85 mph (137 km/h).

The hurricane moved towards modern oil installations of the Yucatan Peninsula, prompting evacuations of offshore oil rigs that produce most of Mexico’s oil and gas.

Forecasters warn the storm could pick up strength as it crosses the Bay of Campeche and turn into an even more destructive hurricane before making a second landfall on Wednesday.

A hurricane warning remains in effect along the Gulf Coast of Mexico from south of Progreso to Tampico.

Forecasters do not believe it presents a threat to the United States.

Dean is being blamed for 13 deaths already.

Vestas occupation continues; left-wing political parties voice support

Vestas occupation continues; left-wing political parties voice support

Tuesday July 4th • Uncategorized Category

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Morale is “fine” inside the Vestas plant in Newport, Isle of Wight, England, as an industrial occupation of the wind turbine factory finished entered its fourth night, says one of the occupiers.

“Mark,” who prefers not to give his last name for fear of management reprisals, spoke to Wikinews and gave an update on the situation inside the plant, where 30 of the 525 workers whose jobs are slated to be lost at the end of July occupied management offices on Monday evening and issued a call for the British government to nationalise the plant.

A double fence now rings the plant, surrounded by police in riot gear. Five people have been arrested for attempting to enter the plant grounds. According to Mark, while police are now letting food onto the plant grounds, Vestas’ private security have been halting it at the gate; food for the occupiers is now being provided by Vestas management after the occupiers accused Vestas in the press of violating the Human Rights Act; commenting on the quality of the food, Mark said “it’s not been that good”. According to the BBC, the content has been mostly sausage rolls, pasties and crisps.

The occupiers were informed yesterday that if they did not leave the plant by 10:30 p.m. on July 22, they would be fired. They have since been served with papers charging them with aggravated trespass and are seeking legal representation; the court papers give them until July 29 to vacate, but according to Mark, the occupiers have no plans to leave: “we’re going to be in here for a while”.

Vestas has given no comment to the press about the occupation.

Political parties in Britain have begun responding to the Vestas situation, with the Green Party adding its support to the occupation following the early declarations of support, previously reported here, by the Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party. Green Party Leader Dr Caroline Lucas MEP gave her “full support”, and said in an online statement, “We should be seizing the opportunity to create a renewable energy revolution through a favourable policy environment and massive investment in the new technologies that can see us through a transition towards a more environmentally and economically stable economy. The Government can make a genuine start along this road by pledging financial aid to help keep the Isle of Wight’s Vestas plant open for business”. The Greens held a demonstration in London supporting the Vestas workers on July 22. Environmentalist protesters have established a climate camp with dozens of people outside the perimeter of the fence and a mass demonstration is planned for Friday evening in Newport’s St Thomas’s Square.

In parliament, meanwhile, five MPs of the ruling Labour Party have signed a motion protesting the Vestas plant’s closure and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg stated, “This closure exposes the hollow truth of Labour’s climate change strategy”. Labour Party left-wing veteran Tony Benn is expected to appear with RMT general secretary Bob Crow and address a rally at the factory Thursday night. Opposition leader David Cameron of the Conservative Party has not yet commented on the Vestas situation, but Conservative MP Andrew Turner, who represents the Isle of Wight, held a confidential meeting with Vestas management, after which he said that nationalisation was “not on the table”. Earlier in parliament, Turner said that he found Vestas’s lack of negotiations with its employees “totally unacceptable”.

Late on Thursday, Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Minister, published an editorial in The Guardian, writing:

[W]e have to win a political argument that environmentally and industrially, onshore wind is part of the solution. In the meantime, there must be a strategy for the Isle of Wight to do all we can to help and there is. Not just support for the workers who are losing their jobs, but a strategy to work with Vestas.

Milliband went on to promise £120 million in government investment in offshore wind power production and £60 million in marine manufacturing.

Vestas attributes its pullout from the UK to difficulty in obtaining planning permission for wind farms. The Independent quotes a senior company executive as saying, “We needed a stable long-term market and that was not there in the UK. We have made clear to the Government that we need a market. We do not need money.” Vestas’s income is up 59% in the last quarter, although its stock has dropped 4.4% on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange since the occupation began.

Meanwhile in the United States, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick cut the ribbon at the opening of a 300-turbine, 800-megawatt capacity wind farm built by Vestas in Holden, Massachusetts. Vestas is a finalist in a multi-million dollar government contract to build a new offshore wind farm to be constructed in Nantucket Sound by 2012.

Girl killed by falling tree

Girl killed by falling tree

Monday July 3rd • Uncategorized Category

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Sydney, Australia –A 16 year old Sydney student was killed when a 10 metre gum tree fell on the tent in which she was sleeping.

Another girl sleeping beside her was unharmed.

The accident occurred at 1:30am AEDT at a campsite near Wombeyan Caves. The girl was participating in an overnight leadership camp with Sydney’s private Queenwood School for Girls.

Severe storms have lashed the east coast of Australia for the past few days.

Human remains in mass grave confirm Argentina secret death camp

Human remains in mass grave confirm Argentina secret death camp

Monday July 3rd • Uncategorized Category

Friday, December 12, 2008

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During a seven-month search, the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) on Tuesday, confirmed more than 10,000 charred human bone fragments were unearthed between February and September, in a pit at Pozo de Arana, a former La Plata, Argentina secret government detention center. The Arana prison or police station was used to torture prisoners during the so-called Argentina “Dirty War,” and was one of 300 used to interrogate Argentine prisoners.

The war refers to the state-sponsored violence against Argentine citizenry from roughly 1976 to 1983 carried out primarily by Jorge Rafael Videla’s military government. The exact chronology of the repression is still debated, as trade unionists were targeted for assassination as early as 1973. Isabel Martínez de Perón’s “annihilation decrees” of 1975, during Operativo Independencia, have also been suggested as the origin of The Dirty War.

The official record reveals that up to 13,000 people disappeared, while 30,000 were killed during this time. Argentine security forces and death squads worked hand in hand with other South American dictatorships in the frame of Operation Condor. An Argentine court would later condemn the government’s crimes as crimes against humanity and “genocide”.

EAAF president and forensic scientist Luis Fondebrider said that “in 25 years of searching, this was the first time that human remains were found at a former detention cente; the magnitude of what the team has found where the Clandestine Center of Arana was located, merits that sometimes they show partial results.” He further noted that “the bodies had been burned inside graves along with tires, combustibles and other material; and the possibilities of identifying some of these remains is low because of the state they are in.” Fondebrider concluded that “this scientifically confirms the testimonies of the detained, the hundreds of survivors who have said for years that authorities tortured, killed and burned the bodies of political opponents.”

The anthropological discovery further reveals that a wall with more than 200 bullet marks or holes and an “important quantity” of used ammunition shells on the ground nearby, were found adjacent the mass pit grave. As evidence of executions, they were marked with red paint by forensic scientists. The team, however, failed to determine how many bodies the fragments represented.

Maria Vedio, 47, legal chairwoman for the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights La Plata said that ” this is the first time there is proof that Arana wasn’t only a detention and torture center, but also a center of elimination.”

Sara Derotier de Cobacho, secretary of human rights for Buenos Aires said, “I ask the forgiveness of family members, because I can imagine what the mothers and all who are gathered here will feel, but what we are about to show is not to detail the genocide but so that we have proof for the trials that are to come; but let us not forget, that behind every clandestine center there were the names of the repressors. … so it is very important for all citizens to know those names; we are looking for the truth so we can attain justice and construct, from there, the memory of our 30,000 ‘desaparecidos’.”

Some of those responsible for the mass killings have been charged and meted life or death sentences. They include Miguel Osvaldo Etchecolatz, a senior Argentine police officer, who worked in the Buenos Aires Provincial Police during the first years of the military dictatorship known as the National Reorganization Process. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2006, on charges of homicide, kidnapping, and torture. The tribunal, besides handing the sentence, stated that Etchecolatz’s committed “crimes against humanity in the context of the genocide that took place in Argentina”. But the principal complainant, who was detained at Arana, has since disappeared.

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The songs that are sung for praising gods are called Bhajans or Kirthanas or Devotional Songs. Temporary freedom of mind and body is the thing that is wanted by everyone. If a person is in need of peace of mind, he has to listen to devotional songs.

If one is upset or in a bad mood because of the problems in family, friends or at the workplace, just listen to bhajans can really help to make him calm. It helps to relax your mind and bring back your body temperature or heartbeat to normal. And it also helps you to concentrate in your work and get more dynamic. The reason why most of the old age people divert themselves to religious and listen to more devotional songs is to get peace of mind and relax them.

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You can hear in most of the houses that bhajans are been played in the early morning, this helps all the members of the family to get good thoughts the whole day. The chanting of mantras creates positive vibrations, which will be used to get positive thoughts and confidence.

Not only Devotional songs relax your mind, melodious film songs can also be heard. Now-a-days lots for gadget have come for hearing songs, when in mobile. These are helping people to get peace of mind. Music Directors like Illayaraja, A.R Rehman had composed lot of melodious songs. The mesmerizing voice of yesudass and S.P Balasubramanium(SPB) are considered to be the greatest treasure in both Indian devotional & kollywood songs.

In research, it is been proved that music therapy promotes health. It is been proved that the music creates a profound effect on your body and even mentally.

Those who follow the music therapy are found to be benefited in using music to aid cancer patients, kids with ADD, and others, and even the hospitals are beginning to use the magic of music and music therapy to help with the pain management, to help in getting ride of depression, to encourage movement, to cool patients, to relieve muscle tension, and for many other reimbursement that music and music therapy can bring.

Those who follow the music therapy are found to be benefited in using music to aid cancer patients, kids with ADD, and others, and even the hospitals are beginning to use the magic of music and music therapy to help with the pain management, to help in getting ride of depression, to encourage movement, to cool patients, to relieve muscle tension, and for many other reimbursement that music and music therapy can bring.

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Spelbound declared winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010

Spelbound declared winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010

Wednesday June 28th • Uncategorized Category

Monday, June 7, 2010

An acrobatic group known by the name of Spelbound has been declared as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010, a televised variety talent show competition broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom. As the winning act of the show, Spelbound have won £100,000 (US$144,580, 120,313, A$175,079) and a place at The Royal Variety Performance, an annual gala evening that is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family.

In no particular order, the top three acts were revealed to be two dancers known by their stage name of Twist and Pulse, gymnastic group Spelbound and Kieran Gaffney, whose act involves playing on the drum kit. After Kieran Gaffney was revealed to be in third place, Anthony McPartlin, who hosts Britain’s Got Talent with Declan Donnelly, said to Kieran: “Well done Kieran. Kieran, you’re a star, you came back, you got all the way to the final. I know you’ve loved this. You’ve loved this, haven’t you?” In response to this, Kieran Gaffney stated: “Thank you very much. Thank you, everyone for supporting me. Thank you.”

Shortly afterwards, on the episode that was broadcast live on ITV1 on Saturday, Anthony announced: “After tens of thousands of auditons, five semi-finals and an amazing final, this…this is it. One of you is about to walk away with £100,000 and a place at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010 is…Spelbound!” Glen Murphy from Twist and Pulse commented about finishing in second place, stating: “Yeah, it’s amazing. I can’t even believe it. I can’t believe it at all.”

Alex Uttley, a 24-year-old member of Spelbound, commented on the gymnastic group’s victory, commenting: “Oh, my god. This is unbelieveable. We just want to say thank you to everyone out there. It just shows that all our hard work has paid off.” One of the coaches of Spelbound, named Neil Griffiths, stated about Spelbound: “Oh, they’ve worked so hard over the last few weeks. Um, since the semi-final, we…we really had to pull out the stops to try and up the game. They’ve not known they’ve worked in the gym from six in the morning till twelve…twelve o’clock of the night. I couldn’t have asked for more. Um, it’s a team of coaches. I don’t take all the credit myself. There’s, uh, two people up there that know who they are who’ve been fantastic.”

Spelbound consists of 24-year-old Alex Uttley, Nicholas Illingworth, aged 24, Adam Buckingham, aged 21, 20-year-old Adam McAssey, 19-year-old Douglas Fordyce, 18-year-old Edward Upcott, 18-year-old Leighanne Cowler, 17-year-old Katie Axten, 17-year-old Lauren Kemp, 15-year-old Jonathan Stranks, Abigail Ralph, aged 15, 13-year-old Hollianne Wood and Amy Mackenzie, aged 12. Bookmakers had previously predicted that Spelbound would be the most likely act to become the winner of the series.

The running order for the final started with Twist and Pulse. The second act to perform was Liam McNally, a 14-year-old singer. The running order subsequently continued with 40-year-old impressionist Paul Burling, singer Christopher Stone, aged 28, Tina & Chandi, a woman and dog dancing act, Connected, a five-piece singing group, Kieran Gaffney, aged 12, 22-year-old Tobias Mead, a dancer, 80-year-old singer Janey Cutler and Spelbound in that particular order.

Earlier on in the final, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has stated to Spelbound: “We are hosting the 2012 Olympics and I think ‘what a brilliant opening act’.” Fellow judge Piers Morgan also commented that “[t]he purpose of this show is to identify hidden great British talent. You are that act.” After Spelbound won in the final, another judge, named Simon Cowell, stated that “the right boys and girls won on the night” and that he could “only say on live TV that that was one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen. Seriously.”


David Tennant announces exit from Doctor Who

David Tennant announces exit from Doctor Who

Tuesday June 27th • Uncategorized Category

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Actor David Tennant made an announcement Wednesday at the National Television Awards in the United Kingdom that he will end his time portraying the Tenth Doctor on the long-running BBC science fiction drama Doctor Who in 2009. The announcement came as part of Tennant’s speech accepting the outstanding drama performance award at the program.

Tennant, 37, is currently portraying the lead in a production of Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and accepted the award by videolink. He was up against Doctor Who co-star Catherine Tate, who portrayed his companion Donna Noble. Doctor Who was recognized with the award for most popular drama program.

I love this show so much that if I don’t take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you’ll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair.

“I love this part, and I love this show so much that if I don’t take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you’ll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair,” said Tennant in his address to the audience in attendance at the Royal Albert Hall. “TARDIS” refers to the time machine and spacecraft operated by Tennant’s character known only as “the Doctor”, and stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space.

Tennant will again inhabit the TARDIS as the Tenth Doctor for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Next Doctor“, and will portray the Doctor in four additional specials set to air in 2009. A new actor will play the Doctor for the program’s 2010 series.

Tennant had initially been interested in portraying the Doctor in the 2005 series, but that role went to Christopher Eccleston. The series had previously been dormant since 1996, with Paul McGann in the lead role. Tennant has said that it was his childhood dream to play the Doctor. This is not his first time being recognized at the National Television Awards for his role as the Doctor. In 2006 he received the award for most popular actor, and again in 2007. In 2006 Tennant beat out actor Tom Baker as the favorite doctor, in a survey of readers of Doctor Who Magazine.

The Doctor comes from a race of Timelords, and has the ability to “regenerate” and change appearance when his health is failing. Actors including Russell Tovey, James Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph, John Simm and David Morrissey have been mentioned in the media as possibilities to portray the 11th incarnation of the Doctor.

I’ve been lucky and honoured to work with David over the past few years.

Russell T. Davies, the program’s current executive producer, commented to BBC News on the end of the Tenth Doctor and his work with Tennant: “I’ve been lucky and honoured to work with David over the past few years – and it’s not over yet, the Tenth Doctor still has five spectacular hours left! After which, I might drop an anvil on his head. Or maybe a piano. A radioactive piano. But we’re planning the most enormous and spectacular ending, so keep watching.” Steven Moffat will replace Davies as executive director of Doctor Who in 2010.

Tennant began his work as an actor with roles in theatre, and progressed to starring roles on television programs including Blackpool and Casanova. He has recently returned to theatre roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has received praise for his work in Hamlet and Love’s Labour’s Lost.


News briefs:February 04, 2008

News briefs:February 04, 2008

Tuesday June 27th • Uncategorized Category


  • 1 Wikinews News Brief February 04, 2008
    • 1.1 Introduction
  • 2 Events of worldwide notability, military action, disasters etc.
    • 2.1 Tribunal considers role of Canadian minor in alleged war crimes
    • 2.2 Tadi? re-elected President of Serbia
    • 2.3 Egypt seals border with Gaza after 11 days
    • 2.4 Sentences handed down over Paraguay’s worst fire
    • 2.5 At least 30 killed by earthquakes in Rwanda and Congo
    • 2.6 Drug-resistant flu rising, says WHO
  • 3 Non-disastrous local events with notable impact and dead celebrities
    • 3.1 Church of Scientology: ‘”Anonymous’ will be stopped”
  • 4 Business, commerce and academia
  • 5 Arts and culture
    • 5.1 Fall ’08 styles at New York Fashion Week: the miniskirt is back again
  • 6 Frivolities and trivia
  • 7 Footer



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Monday June 19thRisk Management Category

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Database Storage

There are three distinct options available for an installer of an Oracle database. Those available storage options for database files are File Systems, Oracles Automatic Storage Management (ASM), or Raw Devices. Each of these storage options are defined further in the Installation Guides for the particular operating system supported. The Installation Guide should be read to determine how to take advantage of the storage option chosen.

File Systems

File Systems are what most DBAs are familiar with and have extensively used. For instance, File Systems can reside on disks through locally attached disks internal to a server, through a Logical Volume Manager (LVM) or Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) that are on some form of attached storage device such as a Storage Area Network (SAN). Regardless of the form, these file systems are mounted on the host server and when Oracle storage is required to create objects or store data Oracle will make use of physical files in some form of predefined directory structure. These physical files can either be named by an Oracle DBA or can be automatically generated by Oracle. The Installation Guides provided by Oracle should be consulted for your particular operating system to determine how to place database files on a File System and how to follow Oracles Flexible Architecture (OFA) to ensure a reliable and manageable installation.

Automatic Storage Management (ASM)

Automatic Storage Management (ASM) is Oracles proprietary storage solution for Oracle databases that simplifies and removes most of the need for traditional disk management tools. A DBA no longer needs to lay out or create database directory structures. ASM handles all underlying disk usage. ASM is able to manage all forms of database files, provide redundancy, and handle disk corruption and failures. ASM is another Oracle instance that communicates with a database instance through Oracle Cluster Synchronization Services (CSS). One or more disk devices are allocated to an ASM instance and then placed in ASM Disk Groups that in turn are referenced by the database instance. The Installation Guide provided by Oracle for your particular operating system should be read to determine how to install and configure ASM, and then enable use with an Oracle database.

Raw Devices

Raw devices are nothing more than disks that have not been formatted with a file system. When data is written from Oracle it bypasses the operating system file system layer and writes directly to the partition or volume. Because of the complexity to manage, Oracle does not recommend using raw devices. As such, this paper will not present additional information about raw devices and is merely here as a placeholder to let the reader know they are available.

Flash Recovery Area

Oracles Flash Recovery Area is an allocated disk storage location where all backup and recovery related files are stored. The Flash Recovery Area can be pointed to a File System or Automatic Storage Management (ASM) disk group. All database related files required for recovery can be backed up and stored in the Flash Recovery Area. These files include the control file, online logs, archive logs, flashback logs, control file auto backups, control file copies, data file copies, and backup pieces.

The Flash Recovery Area is tightly integrated within the Oracle database and is an opportunistic area for performing disk-to-disk backups. With the use of RMAN and the Flash Recovery Area, assuming it has been allocated enough storage, a powerful mechanism can be created to provide faster, simpler, and automatic recovery of an Oracle database. Oracle also manages and keeps the Flash Recovery Area clean by storing only what is necessary and automatically removing obsolete files that might would not be needed for a recovery scenario, are redundant copies, or have been backed up to another storage device such as tape.

The Installation Guide provided by Oracle for your particular operating system should consulted to determine how to configure the Flash Recovery Area. It is as easy as setting two init.ora parameters. Those being: DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST (location of Flash Recovery Area) and DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST_SIZE (Amount of disk available for Flash Recovery Area) and then all RMAN backups, archive logs, control file auto backups, and data file copies will automatically be written to the specified file system or ASM group.

The Flash Recovery Area can also be tailored to meet any databases needs. It can be large enough to keep full, incremental, and archive logs available, as large as the database itself so a complete backup can be done, or small enough to just keep archive logs around. Flash Recovery Area should be taken advantage of if for nothing else than archive redo logs, online redo logs, and control files. These database structures already take up disk space and thus there is no real advantage to not having them within the Flash Recovery Area. Moreover, administration of recoveries becomes much easier with added features that would not normally be available.

Integration of Flash Recovery Area

Archive log destinations are directly written to the Flash Recovery Area as well as handling online redo logs. Also, but not shown on the figure, control files may be stored in the Flash Recovery Area. Backups through RMAN are also written to this area.

When configuring database storage, keep in mind that the same storage option is not required for database or recovery area. File Systems may be used for the database while the Flash Recovery Area might be ASM. The only unsupported file type would be raw devices for the Flash Recovery Area, thus another reason to stay away from raw devices.

Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN)

Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) is an Oracle utility used for backups and restores to an Oracle database. Its use has been widely accepted in the Oracle community for the ease and efficient method with which it can be scheduled, determining backup and recovery needs, as well as finding corruption down to the database block level. Under best practices, the RMAN environment consists of a dedicated RMAN instance, which can be directed at any number of target database instances for backup and recovery needs.

With the reduction in cost of many disks coupled with the simplicity of RMAN and the plain fact that many storage vendors are unable to keep pace with Oracle technology, Oracle suggests that disk to disk (D2D) backups should be done using the RMAN utility. The intuitive nature of RMAN and the fact that RMAN is tightly integrated with the Oracle database makes this a strategy that should be seriously thought of. Plus, many database need to be near real time, which can only be accomplished if disk to disk backup and restores have been implemented.

As noted earlier in this paper, RMAN can use the Flash Recovery Area to make backups of a target database. This type of backups is inline with Oracles suggested strategy for full and incremental backups as well as the keeping of archive and online redo logs. The tight integration of RMAN with the Oracle kernel and its knowledge of what resides in the Flash Recovery Area, and what needs to be backed up or recovered makes it nearly the only choice for optimal management of Oracle databases to circumvent disaster. There is no comparison when placed side by side with user-managed backups and no backup strategy should be considered that does not take advantage of RMAN in some form or fashion. For instance, RMAN is able to detect block-level corruption that is not available in most alternative backup solutions. RMAN also contains a catalog that keeps information about each backup and aids in the recovery process.


Availability will often dictate the backup and recovery device actually required. However, for database environments that need to be available as much as possible there is no comparison when confronted with the question of tape or disk.

Backups in themselves do not necessarily hinder the availability of a database because an Oracle database can be continually available while hot backups are being done. The real determining factor for disk over tape is the recovery time. Recovering a database from tape can, very conservatively, take in excess of 10 times the amount of time it would from disk. Compound this with the time required to reassemble the individual pieces of Oracle, an Oracle database could be down for hours if not days depending on how large the database is and what pieces are actually going to be restored.

The advantages to disk based backups and restores can easily be seen in the following:

Decreasing cost of high-volume low-cost storage such as SATA drives

Decreased backup window by using multiple I/O streams

Decreased recovery time by using multiple I/O streams

Increased availability of backups

Increased protection through RAID technology

Increased usage and viability of backups through SANtricity Premium Features

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Third union separates from AFL-CIO

Third union separates from AFL-CIO

Monday June 19th • Uncategorized Category

Saturday, July 30, 2005

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union broke away from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), making it the third union to split from the AFL-CIO this week over disagreements about how to revive labor’s diminishing influence.

The departure of the UFCW, along with two other unions, theTeamsters, and Service Employees International unions from the AFL-CIO means it is losing more than 4 million of its 13 million members.

Union membership in the U.S. has been declining for many years, and the breakaway unions want to commit more money to recruiting members. They complain that the AFL-CIO has spent too much money on backing political candidates, particularly Democrats, instead of organizing labor.

UFCW President Joe Hansen wrote to AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney saying: “Tradition and past success are not sufficient to meet the new challenges.”

AFL-CIO spokeswoman Lane Windham responded, saying “The UFCW leadership decision to leave the AFL-CIO, especially when working people are up against the most powerful, anti-worker corporate and governmental forces in 80 years, is a tragedy for working families. Only unions’ enemies win when unions split our strength.”

“The unions that split from the AFL-CIO now face the challenge of having to work together to maximize the power of labor,” predicted Harley Shaiken, a professor of labor issues at UC Berkley.

Their clearest difference is in how they want a national labor organization to operate, Shaiken said. The breakaway unions favor a more authoritative federation that can compel member unions to act on its directives.

The departure is part of the biggest rift in organized labor since 1938, when the CIO split from the AFL.

When the groups merged to form the AFL-CIO in the 1950s, one of every three private-sector workers belonged to a labor union. Today, fewer than 8 percent of private-sector workers are unionized.