Reed Mathis’ Electric Beethoven To Make Colorado Debut Next Week

first_imgReed Mathis’ Electric Beethoven recently came on the scene and has been taking the jam world by storm as of late. With re-imagined workings of the classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven‘s 3rd and 6th Symphonies, Mathis, along with keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ), drummer Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog), and guitarist Clay Welch, go on improvisational explorations to the deepest depths of each individual movement.Getting To Know Electric Beethoven: An Interview With Reed MathisThe CDM (Classical Dance Music) quartet will be making their Colorado debut next week, with a pair of shows at Denver’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Nov. 12th and 13th, followed by a performance at Fort Collins’ Hodi’s Half Note on Nov. 14th. Expect to go on a musical journey.Coming off of two major performances at Brooklyn Comes Alive and a marathon of a show at New York City’s DROM last week, Mathis and company are primed and ready to blast off. This is not the type of performance you see everyday, so do yourself a favor and check this project out. This is jam on a whole other level.Purchase tickets to the Cervantes shows here, and Hodi’s Half Note here.Cervantes FB Event Page for updates and additional info.Hodi’s Half Note FB Event Page for updates and additional info.Check out “Finale” from the group’s Brooklyn Comes Alive performance:last_img read more

Change Your Oil & Tune-Up Your Data Center

first_imgPeace of MindThat’s what VCE users say about this process.   This keeps their converged infrastructure stabilized (by continuously fixing bugs) and optimized (by regularly adding performance and functionality improvements) – without the risk and time-sink of traditional, siloed infrastructure upgrades.So remember my uncle Bill’s advice, and change your oil.Take ActionSee this short video   of VCE Vision Management software.Download the analyst white paper,  that includes VCE Customer interviews about the process.Down the VCE white paper that outlines the process. My uncle Bill called engine oil “the poor man’s mechanic.”  And he was right: refresh the oil every several thousand miles and your engine will perform better and last a lot longer.  Admit it:  you’ve put it off.  (I have.)  Now how about that 30K, 45K and 60K mile maintenance?  Hmmm, maybe you can delay that too.  The dealership will surely charge you big bucks for that tune up.How punctual you are depends on the cost-benefit analysis you do in your head:  Do you have the time?  Do you want to part with the cash?  The car is running fine right now.  So why bother?  Put it off.We play the same mental game when it comes to upgrading and patching infrastructure.  It gets more complicated too, when IT environments are siloed (say, versus all-in-one converged infrastructure systems).Meeting with an enterprise IT team recently, I asked the CIO, “How do you handle upgrades and patches for all layers of infrastructure?  Is it a big issue?  The CIO said, “not really a problem.”But one of his top managers replied, “I don’t mean to contradict my boss, but keeping infrastructure upgraded with new releases is our biggest nightmare, our biggest time-sink, when we get around to it.”The Complications“When we get around to it.”  Sound familiar?Based on my conversations with IT Operations teams (on average, for three different businesses per week), upgrading is one of the most hated IT tasks.  They avoid it all costs.  And the costs can be big.Here are some examples:“If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Performance is okay, so why drop other projects to plan and do an upgrade?  We have too many other priorities”“If it ain’t broke, why risk it? Why upgrade and risk an outage?  We don’t have the time or the money for enough lab equipment to test new release interoperability across all the connected infrastructure.”The ImplicationsMany organizations either get so far behind in upgrades that it gets them in trouble.Here are some examples:“We had an outage, and I called my equipment vendor as we were trying to find the root cause. They said that couldn’t help us because we were several releases behind.  And there wasn’t any one-hop upgrade to get us up to the current firmware level before they could really help us.”“We just don’t do upgrades — even for years. We just wait until the system gets so out of date that we retire the hardware. It’s easier that way.”I really heard someone say that.  He must have an unlimited CAPEX budget.Monitoring software like VCE Vision, allows you to track your components and let you know when it is time to upgrade.The SolutionThe VCE philosophy is to have the compute, storage and network firmware and hypervisor release upgrade process engineered right into its converged systems. This includes:Ongoing system documentation of the required release level upgrade (the VCE Release Certification Matrix)Scheduled delivery of pre-tested releases, whose interoperability are validated by hundreds of hours of regression testingDeliver of patches to address new security vulnerablities or discovered technical glitchesManagement software (VCE Vision Intelligent Operations) that:Assesses infrastructure to tell you what needs to be upgraded with the new releasesDownloads the new pre-tested releases and patchesValidates that you correctly and thoroughly upgraded all the componentslast_img read more

Multi-Million Dollar Gold Cargo Found in Chilean Ship Sunk South of Argentina

first_imgBy Dialogo June 24, 2009 Five years after its first outing, the “Dinosaurs of Argentina“exhibition has arrived Serbia, at the Continental Hotel in New Belgrade. In the middle of the most attractive exhibits are the complete skeletons of seven dinosaurs, including a 14-meter-long giganotosaurus from the Cretaceous period and a 17-meter long rebbachisaurus, an herbivore from the similar period. Buenos Aires, 23 June (EFE).- A search ship confirmed that the cargo of 9.5 tons of gold and silver carried by the Chilean fishing boat Polar Mist remained in its hold, five months after it sank in the Atlantic, off the southern coast of Argentina, the Buenos Aires press reported today. The discovery put an end to suspicions that the shipment, valued at around 19 million dollars, had been stolen shortly before the mysterious sinking of the fishing boat at the eastern entrance to the Strait of Magellan, some forty kilometers from the Argentine coast. A submersible with video cameras operated remotely from the ship C-Sailor determined that the Polar Mist was around eighty meters down, without major damage, and with its cargo intact, sources connected to the recovery operation told Clarín and La Nación daily newspapers. They indicated that the Vanuatu-flagged C-Sailor had been working in the area of the shipwreck for the last week and that an operation with divers and equipment was now being prepared to recover the shipment of gold, which belongs to mining firms of South African, Canadian, and Argentine ownership. The Polar Mist is “on its belly” on the ocean floor, with all its compartments closed and with light damage attributable to the impacts suffered upon sinking, the sources indicated. The search ship is crewed by personnel from the Dutch recovery firm Mammoet, contracted by the London insurer Lloyds, and members of the coastal police of the Argentine province of Santa Cruz, who are acting as observers. The Chilean fishing boat, which had been refitted to carry cargo, ran aground in unexplained circumstances on January 18, following a storm at the entrance to the Strait of Magellan, which joins the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at the southern tip of the American continent. Two days later, the Chilean tugboat Beagle found the Polar Mist without visible damage and took it under tow in order to bring it to Río Gallegos, the capital of Santa Cruz, but had to release it once it became evident that the ship was starting to sink. The Polar Mist’s eight Chilean crew members were safely rescued by an Argentine naval helicopter and taken to Río Gallegos. Almost two months ago, an expedition that planned to recover the shipment was frustrated after the insurance company and two Argentine maritime unions failed to agree on the amount of money that would be paid as a reward. Cerro Vanguardia, controlled by the South African firm Anglo Gold with minority participation by the Argentine state firm Formicruz, had filed a claim for the payment of 16.4 million dollars for the loss of 6.9 tons of the gold shipment that the Chilean ship was carrying. Another 2.6 tons of ingots of unrefined gold and silver belongs to Triton Argentina, a subsidiary of the Canadian firm Pan American Silver, which also has Formicruz as a minority partner.last_img read more

Leadership “DON’Ts” from Major League Baseball

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details As an avid baseball fan, I’d hoped for more this year out of my Atlanta Braves. While definitely still in “rebuilding mode,” it would have been nice to see a little more progress towards regaining their former glory. As the playoffs are now underway (without the Braves), most of the league is already focusing on next year. For those teams who missed out on the playoffs, it’s time for leaders to regroup and figure out how to improve on this season’s performance. Here are a couple of leadership DON’Ts you can take from this year in Major League Baseball.DON’T break the rules: At this moment, the Atlanta Braves are lacking a General Manager. Why, you ask? It’s simple, really. When you break the rules, you have to pay the consequences. Former Braves General Manager John Coppolella and Head International Scout Gordon Blakeley were forced to resign last week after being investigated by MLB for their involvement in what the Braves called “a breach of MLB rules regarding the International player market.” While all the details are still unknown, this drama can’t help but make me think of the scandal involving Wells Fargo that has been playing out over the last 14 months. While not nearly as damaging to their customers, the Braves issues prove once again that if you don’t play by the rules, someone will be held accountable and jobs will be lost.DON’T lose control of your team: On Wednesday morning, the Boston Red Sox announced that they would not be retaining manager John Farrell. In 5 years as Boston’s skipper, Farrell led the Red Sox to 3 playoff appearances, including a World Series Championship in 2013, his first year as coach. While winning 93 games each of the last two seasons, including becoming the first manager in Red Sox history to lead his team to back-to-back AL East titles, early playoff exits in those two seasons were only part of the reason John Farrell lost his job. The Red Sox clubhouse dealt with plenty of leadership issues this season, both in the clubhouse and with the media, and never found anyone to replace the guidance of the freshly retired David Ortiz. There seems to be an unhealthy culture in Boston right now, and they badly need someone to step up and take charge. It’s important that you have a healthy culture in your workplace, and have a team full of employees that are ready to step up and become leaders when needed.last_img read more

Groups call for pandemic flu vaccine ‘master plan’

first_imgOct 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Public health and infectious disease experts today called on the United States to develop a “master plan” for development of pandemic influenza vaccines in order to translate scientific advances more rapidly into improved pandemic preparedness.The recommendation was one of seven pandemic policy suggestions made by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit public health advocacy group, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).”The United States must expand and accelerate research efforts and ensure we rapidly translate scientific breakthroughs into real-world practice to prepare for a possible pandemic,” Kathleen Maletic Neuzil, MD, coauthor of the report, said in a news release. She is chair of the IDSA’s Pandemic Influenza Task Force and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.The two organizations also called for streamlining the licensing process for pandemic flu vaccines, developing a nationwide system to track the use and effectiveness of seasonal flu vaccine, and relieving states of cost-sharing for the nation’s stockpile of antiviral drugs, among other measures.The recommendations are part of a 26-page report, “Pandemic Influenza: The State of the Science,” released by the two groups today. The report discusses the threat posed by H5N1 and other avian influenza viruses and outlines the status of efforts to develop vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic techniques for pandemic flu.”An effective US vaccine research and development strategic program must be much larger in scale than current funding permits, in addition to being multinational in scope,” the report states. It describes current vaccine development efforts as a “patchwork” that may not produce rapid progress.The groups called for a “Pandemic Vaccine Research and Development Master Plan to systemize and greatly enhance the current U.S. and international vaccine research and development strategies, bringing together the knowledge of government and private industry scientists.”The master plan should include an inventory of all relevant issues and all activities already under way, the report says. The plan should state which sectors are responsible for completing each activity, list funding needs, and provide benchmarks for measuring progress.The vaccine effort would require a “substantial” increase in funding, the groups say. But in a news teleconference today, TFAH Executive Director Jeffrey Levi declined to name a figure, saying the plan must be developed before its cost can be estimated.”We recognize that Congress over the last year has invested more than $5 billion toward improving pandemic preparedness,” but that is only a starting point for vaccine development and production, Levi said.In response to questions, Levi said he was uncertain if any legislation would be needed to pave the way for the suggested master plan. In working on HIV and AIDS, he said, “Government found a way to convene the academic community and patients and the private sector to talk about issues and share information without violating intellectual property rights.”Levi and Neuzil were asked if they could say which vaccines now in development are most promising. Neuzil responded that it’s difficult to assess the vaccines, because many vaccine trials have been described only in press releases so far, and even scientific journal articles don’t always give full technical data.”From my perspective it’s a bit like comparing apples and oranges, because the data I have on each vaccine are in no way equivalent,” said Neuzil.But what is clear, she said, is that “with H5N1 it’s likely we’ll need more than one dose of vaccine, and we’ll need either a high concentration of antigen or we’ll need an adjuvant” (a general stimulant of immune response).The two groups endorse the US government goal of stockpiling enough doses of antiviral drugs to cover about 25% of the population (81 million treatment courses), but they take issue with the funding mechanism. The federal plan calls for buying 50 million treatment courses, but making the states responsible for buying the other 31 million courses, with a 25% federal subsidy.Levi said the federal government should pay for all 81 million courses. “We need to make sure that every state has the right amount, and not every state is going to be able to afford that,” he said. “We believe this is a federal responsibility, and therefore the federal government should purchase it and stockpile it.”The TFAH-IDSA report also makes the following recommendations:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should implement a nationwide, real-time system to track flu vaccine efficacy, distribution and redistribution, uptake, and impact.The United States should boost surveillance for novel flu viruses by expanding working relationships with other countries, especially in Southeast Asia, through the World Health Organization.The nation should embrace policies to increase seasonal flu vaccination in order to reduce the toll of flu and to stabilize vaccine manufacturing capacity. This should include developing “standardized templates for conducting mass vaccinations and countermeasure distribution.”The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should streamline the licensing process for pandemic vaccines, using a different approach than with season flu vaccines.The FDA should adopt criteria for accepting foreign clinical trial data for registering flu vaccines in the United States.An additional recommendation, listed in a news release but not in the full report, is that Congress pass the proposed Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act to improve public health capabilities and support private-sector innovation.The report was written by Levi and Neuzil with Marlene Cimons, an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.In preparing the report, they drew on interviews with 14 leading experts on flu, pandemics, and infectious disease, including Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The group also included Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site.See also:TFAH-IDSA news release TFAH-IDSA report read more

Pizza the action

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Counterterrorism measures: Changing of the guard

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Linklaters advises on Coral South FLNG financing

first_imgThe London-headquartered law firm, Linklaters, has advised Eni and its Area 4 partners, CNPC, ENH, Galp and KOGAS on the project financing for the $8bn Coral South floating (LNG) project in Mozambique.According to the law firm’s statement, it is the largest project financing in Africa to date and the first project financing of an FLNG facility.The floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) unit will have a capacity of around 3.4 million tons per year. It is expected to be East Africa’s first floating LNG production project.The Coral field, discovered in May 2012, is located within Area 4 and contains approximately 450 billion cubic meters (16 TCF) of gas in place.In October 2016, Eni and its Area 4 partners signed an agreement with BP for the sale of the entire volumes of LNG produced by the Coral South project for a period of over twenty years.Eni is the operator of Area 4, through its participation in Eni East Africa (EEA), which holds a 70 percent participating interest in the concession while Portugal’s Galp Energia, South Korea’s Kogas and Mozambique’s Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), each hold 10 percent stake.Eni holds 71.4 percent shares of Eni East Africa with China’s CNPC holding 28.6 percent, however, in March 2017 Eni signed an agreement to sell 50 percent of its shares in EEA to ExxonMobil.last_img read more

Kate Cormack: All laws impose moral limits on our choices & bodily autonomy

first_imgBeing pro-life isn’t about tyranny, it’s about the exact oppositeStuff 3 June 2019Family First Comment: Boom! Kate Cormack destroys the arguments of ALRANZ’s American lobbyist Terri Ballamak..“No law can ever rightly be called a just law if it denies one group of human beings their fundamental human rights simply because they are deemed to be unwanted by another bigger and stronger group of human beings.”#chooselifeOPINION: In her latest opinion piece (published on Stuff, May 30), Terry Bellamak, head of the NZ abortion lobby group ALRANZ, has come out swinging against MP Alfred Ngaro. She even goes as far as to suggest that pro-lifers are promoters of tyranny.What Bellamak seems to be forgetting in the midst of her emotive hyperbole is the fundamental truth that all laws impose moral limits on our choices and bodily autonomy.I can’t consume excessive amounts of alcohol, get behind the wheel of a car, while claiming that any law intended to stop me from doing this is somehow a form of tyranny against my bodily autonomy.Nor can I assault another person in the street, and then claim that tyrants are forcing me to make unwilling sacrifices to cede to their moral demands if they intervene to try to bring an end to my actions.In fact, this same basic principle is true of all abortion laws as well. They too are based on a moral framework, and place limits on when, where and how abortions can legally take place.Or is Bellamak advocating we adopt an extreme approach to this issue? Does she envisage a New Zealand where there are no laws at all regarding abortion? That we should be free to abort anyplace, anyhow, and at anytime we like before the unborn child has left the birth canal?The important principle that she seems to have missed is that just and humane laws always balance personal choice against the common good of the wider community.No law can ever rightly be called a just law if it denies one group of human beings their fundamental human rights simply because they are deemed to be unwanted by another bigger and stronger group of human beings.Being pro-life isn’t about the promotion of tyranny, just the opposite in fact.* Kate Cormack is a media spokeswoman and educator for Voice for Life New Zealand.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more