Timberwolves fire head coach Tom Thibodeau

first_imgJanuary 7, 2019 /Sports News – National Timberwolves fire head coach Tom Thibodeau FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Reaves/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Tom Thibodeau has been let go as the president of basketball operations and head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team announced on Sunday.The shakeup came following Minnesota’s 108-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday. League sources told ESPN Thibodeau had no idea he was going to be relieved of his duties.“We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward.”Along with Thibodeau, the Timberwolves also fired assistant coach Andy Greer.Assistant coach Ryan Saunders will step in as Minnesota’s interim head coach for the remainder of this season, the team said, while Scott Layden will stay put as general manager. However, sources tell ESPN Layden’s future with the team remains uncertain.Nearly halfway through the season, the Timberwolves are in 11th place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 19-21.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Delivering enterprise capable OpenStack clouds

first_imgCloud Sessions @ Dell EMC World Visit the session catalog here to build your Dell EMC World schedule with these cloud sessions.Realize the benefits of OpenStack without the challengesCloud trends and the Dell technologies point of viewFederal: Cloud-based solutions for mission-centric operationsThe business imperatives driving cloud adoptionCritical cloud considerations for your applicationsDeveloping the Perfect Cloud – How to make your enterprise cloud ready and cloud efficientExecuting Your Cloud Strategy: Managing your organization’s Digital transformationPublic, Private or Hybrid Cloud – Where should your apps live?Go Cloud Native in as little as 2 days Ed. Note: This blog was authored by John Terpstra, Director Cloud Architecture and Software EngineeringThe Dell EMC Validated Solutions Organization is pleased to introduce the jointly engineered Dell EMC Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Solution based on Red Hat OpenStack Platform (OSP) 9, available in early November.This offering continues to deliver on our commitment to be first to market with Red Hat OpenStack software releases and to provide an enterprise-capable, highly flexible and simple to deploy OpenStack solution that captures and leverages the innovation created in the OpenStack eco-system. In this release, we are enhancing deployment automation, automating in-service updates and providing options to implement containers as a service with Red Hat OpenShift 3.3, which is based on Kubernetes and Docker.Additionally, Red Hat CloudForms 4.2 has been validated as an optional extension to provide multi-cloud management and usage metering for show back/chargeback. Dell EMC Deployment Guides will be available for rapid deployment of OpenShift and CloudForms. Visit Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Solutions at Dell Tech Center for the latest updates.We use an automated test harness that extends the OpenStack Tempest toolset to help ensure that each OpenStack component, alone and in enterprise-class combinations, can be deployed with confidence. Open source advocates will appreciate that all enhanced enablement tools and utilities created by Dell EMC and Red Hat to support system testing and validation have been released in public open repositories such as GitHub under the Apache2 license. This release, like previous solution releases, is fully open source and free from any form of proprietary code.This latest release uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 and is powered with the latest generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge R430, R630, R730 and R730xd servers and Networking. The core architecture is documented in a reference architecture and designed to scale from less than half a rack to a three-rack cloud infrastructure solution capable of supporting up to 2,500 VM instances or up to 8,000 container instances.Join us at Dell EMC World 2016 and OpenStack Summit EMEA to learn more about Dell EMC Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Solutions. OpenStack Summit EMEA 2016 OpenStack Summit heads to Barcelona Spain, Oct 25-28, where you can network, skill up and plan your OpenStack cloud strategy. Check out the Dell EMC session and register today!Dell EMC Sessions @ OpenStack Summit Hello World for Murano – end to end process in a Docker container and moreThe Good, Bad and Ugly: OpenStack Consumption ModelsAutomating your manual test suite using a Tempest plugin, Scenario tests and RallyHadoop on OpenStack Cloud: The Elephant can fly!Cinder Project UpdateAnalyzing Performance in the Cloud : solving an elastic problem with a scientific approachBuild the Artificial Intelligence Cloud – Provision and Manage Tensor Flow cluster with OpenStackTroubleshooting Neutron: Physical and Virtual NetworksGetting the Most Out of Rally for Improving Scaling Behaviorcenter_img Dell EMC WorldDell EMC will host business and IT leaders from around the world Oct, 18-20, for the biggest enterprise technology event of the year. Join us for a different type of technology conference – Austin style – where the city’s most delicious food comes on trucks and the country’s best musicians play live every night!last_img read more

Concerns over unfair practices, law enforcement cloud digital tax implementation

first_imgRead also: Indonesia taxes tech companies through new regulationTax office spokesperson Hestu Yoga Saksama said the Finance Ministry was now drafting a regulation to implement the Perppu’s provisions. The regulation will allow the government to instruct the digital companies, such as streaming giant Netflix and Swedish music streaming platform Spotify, to collect, pay and report charged value added tax (VAT).“We have started communicating with some of their [digital companies’] representatives in Indonesia. We hope that it [tax collection] will start taking effect in several months,” he told The Jakarta Post recently, citing the examples of similar practices conducted in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.In Singapore, starting from Jan. 1, customers subscribing to overseas digital services have to pay a 7 percent goods and services tax after the Goods and Services Tax Act was passed in November 2018. The government’s move to roll out the legal basis for imposing taxes on digital companies operating in Indonesia might just be the beginning of its struggle going forward, with concerns surfacing over perceived unfair practices and the enforcement of the regulation.Government Regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 issued last week serves as the legal basis for the government to tax foreign companies with a “significant economic presence” that provide digital services and intangible goods from outside the country.The significant economic presence will be determined through the companies’ gross circulated product, sales and/or active users in Indonesia, the regulation reads. Indonesia has yet to gain significant state revenue from mushrooming digital companies offering and selling services in the country to date. One of the main reasons is that many of the digital companies operate from abroad, with no legal entity in Indonesia.The home screen for the Netflix Inc. original movie Two Popes pictured in this undated photo. (Bloomberg/Gabby Jones)Under the Perppu, the government is able to declare digital companies with a significant economic presence as permanent establishments, obliging them to comply with domestic tax regulations.Yoga confirmed the high state earning potential from the digital tax, which is expected to increase in the future. He, however, declined to give specific details with regard to potential income.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said recently that the government decided to tax the digital companies because their sales soared during the pandemic.“They will be the government’s tax base, especially such as today when we use Zoom or Netflix. The companies are not present in Indonesia so they can’t be taxed. But their economic activities are huge,” Sri Mulyani told a teleconferenced briefing.Netflix recorded US$20 billion of revenue globally in 2019, up by 31 percent from the previous year, of which more than $1 billion came from the Asia Pacific region. Meanwhile, Spotify clocked up $1.85 billion in 2019 globally, up by 24 percent from the previous year.Data website Statista has estimated Indonesian Netflix subscribers to number around 481,000 in 2019, a figure that has not been confirmed by Netflix. Statista also estimates the number of music streaming users in Indonesia to be 26.7 million, a 3.3 percent increase from the previous year.“Ultimately, it’s for governments to decide the rules on tax – and in every country in which we operate, Netflix respects those rules,” Netflix has said previously. “Taxation is an important and much-debated issue in Indonesia – and we’ve had conversations over the last few months with the tax authorities.”Read also: Indonesia accelerates tax reforms, cuts corporate income tax in COVID-19 playbookHowever, the upcoming digital tax has been met with caution by both digital service users and experts. Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) expert Andry Satrio Nugroho voiced concerns about a level playing field in the digital business landscape after the tax was imposed.“The government needs to establish a similar level playing field and convince business players that the government as a regulator will not use a regulation to hinder specific parties from competing,” he said, citing state-owned telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia’s (Telkom) decision to block Netflix services on its internet network.Telkom has contended that Netflix does not yet fully comply with Indonesian regulations regarding media content.“If the government plans to impose the tax on OTT [over the top companies], the government needs to also grow trust in the digital sector that discriminatory practices will not be not used by the regulator or state enterprises,” he stressed.Meanwhile, Indonesia ICT Institute executive director Heru Sutadi highlighted the concern over sanctions in the case of noncompliance by OTT companies in the future. “It’s not very easy to enforce the rules if the OTT headquarters are elsewhere,” he said.Read also: State revenue to contract 10% as businesses suffer, tax incentives take effect: Sri MulyaniBased on the Perppu, the sanction for tax regulation noncompliance could be a block on access to the digital service, after a warning. The Finance Ministry has pledged to work with the Communications and Information Ministry and Statistics Indonesia (BPS) in supervising the data exchange and employing sanctions.Heru also questioned the government’s coordination among ministries on enforcing the digital tax sanction, especially with the recent $1 million partnership between Netflix and the Education and Culture Ministry.“The strategy of foreign OTTs in Indonesia is always like that. If there is an institution that presses them, they will go to another institution to collaborate,” he said.Topics :last_img read more