The final lineup for Mountain Jam 2017 is here! Today, the festival has announced a number of top notch additions to their lineup, which previously included headlining sets from Tom Petty, Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Gary Clark Jr. and more.The new additions include The String Cheese Incident, Amy Helm, The Head and The Heart, Matisyahu and more. The festival has also added Moon Hooch, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, TAUK, Nicole Atkins, Sinkane, Muddy Magnolias, Dan Bern, Ari Hest, Holly Bowling, Andy Frasco and the U.N. and many more.Check out the new lineup below and head to the fest’s website for details.
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Radiohead kicked off their 2017 World Tour last night at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, and they delivered a setlist filled with classic material and beloved rarities. The band continued the trend of their 2016 tour, opening the show with several songs from their instant-classic new album A Moon Shaped Pool, before moving on to a mix of songs from throughout their storied career.After opening with the aforementioned AMSP material (“Daydreaming”, “Desert Island Disk”, and “Decks Dark”), the band launched into “Airbag,” the opening track from their classic album OK Computer, which the band is slated to feature this year in their live show as they celebrate the record’s 20th anniversary. Next Up, “Morning Bell” was busted out for the first time since 2010, a song that surely pleased any hardcore fans in the audience. One of Radiohead’s most iconic live tunes, “Climbing Up The Walls,” followed, and it featured multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood showcasing his skills, mixing up guitar, slide guitar, and an analog radio to complete the song’s uniquely ominous sound.After quick runs through some of their most delicate material (“All I Need” and “Videotape”), the band continued with “Let Down,” another OK Computer song that, up until last year, hadn’t made its way on to a setlist for over a decade. Radiohead then busted out another “I Might Be Wrong,” which they performed for the first time since 2012. “Lotus Flower” and “Identikit” were up next, before the band delivered three of their most popular songs that fall on completely separate ends of the spectrum, the beat-centric “Idioteque,” the hauntingly beautiful “Nude,” and the ethereal “Weird Fishes / Arpeggi.” The band then finished their main set with the global-warming focused “The Numbers” and Kid A favorite “How To Disappear Completely.”For their first encore (the band traditionally performs two encores), Radiohead delivered a gorgeous “No Surprises,” before switching gears to the politically-minded “Burn The Witch.” After a take on In Rainbows‘ “Reckoner,” the band surprised the audience with “Fake Plastic Trees,” which was followed by the evening’s final bust-out, “The Tourist,” which was played for the first time since 2008.After a short break, Thom Yorke and co. returned to the stage with a badass combination of “You And Whose Army” and “Bodysnatchers” that ended the show on a high-energy note.Radiohead continues their tour tomorrow night with a show at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA. See below for full setlist details from last night’s show at the American Airlines Arena, courtesy of setlist.fm.
We’ve talked previously about the role Dell Technologies will play in 5G transformation and the huge opportunity that the combination of 5G, the edge and IoT will deliver to business but what about the telecom industry, which is at the very heart of that transformation?New services and incremental revenue streamsWhile the edge is just one individual component, its inclusion in the telecom network changes some important fundamentals. Effectively, the telecom network now becomes a mobile platform with radio, core and IT workloads all running on a common infrastructure, capable of providing new services and delivering incremental revenue streams. And so, while 5G will turbocharge the intelligent edge revolution, I believe that the edge will also drive 5G adoption and help to create new and revolutionary communications platforms.Dell Technologies and Intel recently commissioned independent research on this very topic, entitled ‘The Edge Opportunity’, which presents a huge range of exciting, new market opportunities for telecom players. I’ve highlighted just a few of these below along with some of my own observations. Video caching and transcodingFor example, for operators, who provide video-on-demand services, the edge is an obvious location to place content caches. Reducing the latency in streaming video is great in its own right but by keeping popular content close to the subscribers and end-users, you can also reduce bandwidth and preserve network capacity. Of course, this is not a new concept, but commoditization of infrastructure supporting 5G will certainly simplify implementation directly into the mobile network.ComplianceAnother good example is copyright enforcement, which comes into play during concerts, plays and sports events when members of the audience are prohibited from transmitting the video via their cell phones. In this scenario, an edge application could either disable the upstream transmission completely or reduce the resolution to make the transmission compliant. With new data privacy laws, some data has to reside in a particular geography. Edge applications can enforce these laws, and add value by processing the data locally, within the appropriate jurisdiction.Virtualized Radio Access NetworksGiven the location of edge platforms, elements of virtualized 5G Radio Access Networks fit perfectly. For example, the BBU (Base Band Unit) as part of a CRAN solution can run on edge platforms, taking advantage of commodity platforms and flexible component configurations. Once commercialized, these virtualized networks will enable faster and more flexible introduction of new AI and IoT services.Third-party edge applicationsOn that note, I believe that the edge offers the perfect ecosystem to encourage third-party application developers to create new applications that can take advantage of the unique nature of the edge platform. Some of these new applications areas already enabling more immersive, real-time experiences like visual recognition and augmented or virtual reality. Other applications like gaming are also benefitting from the lower latencies near the edge, improving the real-time, online game experience.And of course, there are still environments with either intermittent, highly constrained, or no connectivity support. These include planes, mines, farms, oil rigs, trains, pipelines, wind farms, solar power plants, and power grids. Having a standardized edge platform in these places will undoubtedly enable new applications to be build out more cost-effectively.AnalyticsLooking at the bigger picture, IDC estimates a total of 41.6B IoT connected devices by 2025[i], including connected cars, medical devices, factories, hospitals, homes and cities. As that sprawl begins to happen, operators will need to figure out fast how to manage and optimize the network. In addition to analytics, I expect to see increased levels of automation with the ability to connect and disconnect devices remotely. Inevitably, we will also see machine learning and AI being deployed to help with security and the overall quality of customer service.Current trendsInterestingly, I am currently seeing two key trends in the marketplace. In large venues, like sports stadiums, some operators are converging elements of the network to create a single, consolidated platform for live replay instead of each operator installing its own infrastructure. Alternatively, some commercial companies like large enterprises, mining customers, airports and factories are actually installing their own private mobile network solutions for maximum security and bandwidth.Where is the Edge?This leads me to the next big question – what locations can be classified as the edge? Of course, there isn’t one edge, but multiple edges across a continuum but if we stick with the topic of sport, one of the most interesting examples has to be a venue like a sports stadium, where an edge application could, for example, allow the audience to watch a game from numerous perspectives.Imagine augmented reality, where you could use VR googles to view incremental information to complement the live replay on the pitch. The stuff of dreams for avid sports fans! Ultimately, it’s all about offering personalized, high-definition content without burdening upstream bandwidth.Practical considerationsIn practical terms, what do telecom operators need to consider when planning edge deployments? My customers tell me that they need tough, ruggedized products, resistant to shock, dust and vibration, capable of operating in temperature of up to 45 degrees C and certified for telecom usage, where failure is not an option.Space is often limited and so light-weight, small, compact products are important, with cabling and cooling designed in a ‘nonstandard’ (for IT) way. This is exactly why we offer shallow-depth servers and provide equipment enclosures and shelters. As access for maintenance is often challenging, the hardware platform should provide extended long-life and include tamper-detection capabilities.The right partnerDell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions provides hardware and software solutions that can play at every level from the edge to the core, to the cloud. Think scalable, secure, manageable and open infrastructure architecture, IoT, Edge, and big data expertise, the ability to customize, plus a sophisticated global support and supply chain.As Intel’s largest customer, we have early insight into technology roadmaps and offer a full ecosystem of wrap-around solutions and services including virtualization and security solutions through sister companies like VMware and SecureWorks as well as high-end from partners like Nvidia. To learn more about how we enable telecoms with embedded and edge solutions and to talk to a sales expert visit us online.Do join the conversation. I’d love to hear your thoughts on #Telecoms at the #Edge. Read ‘The Edge Opportunity – Platform Matters’ research report from AvidThink here. Follow us on Twitter @delltechoem and @ronatdell. Join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page here.[i] “Worldwide Global DataSphere IoT Device and Data Forecast, 2019-2023” https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS45213219
Notre Dame fans can wear The Shirt with even more pride than usual this football season, thanks to its new socially-conscious manufacturer, Alta Gracia. Alta Gracia is the only apparel manufacturer in the world that pays a living wage to its employees, “respects their rights” and “provides a safe workplace,” according to the company’s website. Senior president of The Shirt Project Andrew Alea and freshman designer John Wetzel paid a visit to the Dominican company’s headquarters from April 11 to 13. “We were down there for one day, where [The Shirt] is being sewn together, boxed and shipped,” Wetzel said. “We toured the factory … You could see how a lot of the people there who were usually jobless were happy to go to work every day.” Alta Gracia flew Alea and Wetzel down to the factory on an all-expenses-paid visit. Alea said the experience was enlightening, showing the pair the good the production of The Shirt does. “It was good will on their part to show us what good The Shirt will do,” Alea said. “It really is making a difference.” Wetzel said his experience as a design major was the primary reason he became involved in the organization. However, he said seeing the operation of the factory firsthand made his work all the more real. “[The workers] knew they had somewhere to go to work every day to earn money for their families,” Wetzel said. “One worker, who had only been with the company for two years, had already built himself a brand-new house with four bedrooms for his entire family.” Alea said The Shirt’s involvement with Alta Gracia is more rewarding now that he has seen the work being done in the Dominican Republic. “I have a whole new level of appreciation now that we got to see the outcome,” Alea said. “We saw the socially-conscious facility, and some of the workers who have been there for almost seven years.” Wetzel said the people who work at the factory contribute to the socially-conscious spirit of the company. “The workers are excited to be part of the progress, part of the change,” Wetzel said. “It’s obvious they enjoy what they do.” The 2012 edition of The Shirt will be revealed April 20 at the Unveiling Ceremony at the Hammes Bookstore from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Both Alea and Wetzel will represent the Shirt Committee, with Irish football coach Brian Kelly participating in the ceremony. For more information about The Shirt, visit theshirt.nd.edu, follow @theshirtnd on Twitter or “like” The Shirt ND on Facebook.
No more wasted milk”The prototype cooling system our students developed,” he said,”would allow them to cool their evening milk and double theirproduction.”Using funds from a U.S. Department of Agriculture Challenge Grantand the Engineering Information Foundation, Kisaalita has ledclasses of cross-disciplinary student teams for the past twoyears. During the spring-semester class, the students work onprojects like the milk cooling system.”First I identify a problem overseas that affects a largepopulation,” he said. “Then the capstone-class students work as ateam to solve the problem.”In this case, the problem affects small dairy farmers in Uganda,Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi. In Uganda alone, more than 2million farmers could benefit from the cooling system, Kisaalitasaid.”The problems farmers face in cooling their milk is very wellknown in these countries,” said Kisaalita, a native of Uganda.Small dairy farmers there milk their cows in the mornings shortlybefore the milk buyer picks it up. The problem is with theevening milkings.”The farmers’ evening milk isn’t picked up, and they have no wayof keeping it cool until the buyer comes back the next morning,”Kisaalita said. “These farmers are losing half of theirproduction.” Hand-driven, vaccum cooledAs a solution, Kisaalita and his students developed avacuum-driven cooling system. It’s hand-driven, and ice created undervacuum cools the milk.”We took the traditional, large, metal milk containers and builta second container that wraps around it,” he said. “Then thevacuum is used to create ice that lowers the milk’s temperature.”So far, the system has lowered the milk’s temperature by 5degrees centigrade and kept it there for 10 hours, he said.”The milk comes out of the cow at 37 degrees C,” he said. “If wecan drop it to 4 to 8 and keep it there, that would be afantastic feat.”The cooling system still has some kinks. “It hasn’t workedperfectly yet, but we’re working on it,” Kisaalita said. “Itshould take another year or two to make all the improvements weneed to make.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia engineering students have developed acooling system that could help farmers in developing countriesget more milk to the market.”Small dairy farmers in countries like Uganda and Kenya areliterally throwing away half of their milk because they don’thave the means to get it to market,” said William Kisaalita, anengineering professor with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. Unit would quickly pay for itselfOnce completed, the cooling system should cost around $800.Kisaalita says the system would pay for itself through increasedproduction in eight months to a year.”If a farmer couldn’t afford a unit on his own, he could partnerwith two or three nearby farmers and they could share the cost,”he said. “Or there are milk buyers who are willing to lend thefarmer the money to buy the system. Then the farmer pays themoney back in milk.”Kisaalita says the UGA project has attracted interest from bothHeifer International and Land O’ Lakes, Inc.”These groups are very supportive of the project and have voicedinterest in helping fund future work,” Kisaalita said. “And thefarmers I have spoken with are eager for us to finish. They saythey wish we had it ready for them now.”Besides its use with milk, Kisaalita sees other applications forthe cooling system.”It could be used to carry perishable vaccines into villages,” hesaid. “And there are vendors who would like to use it to coolfresh fruit juices.”In the United States, the system has much more competition.”We haven’t found a market for it here because there are manymore economical options,” he said. “But I could see a specialinterest group, such as people who like to conserve energy, beingattracted to it.”
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By Dialogo October 07, 2010 Mexico and Costa Rica are seeking to speed up the Pacific Corridor project, a roadway that is expected to reduce land travel time from Mexican territory to Panama from almost eight days at present to two-and-a-half days, the foreign ministry announced Tuesday. The announcement was made following a meeting between the Mexican foreign minister, Patricia Espinosa, and her Costa Rican counterpart, René Castro, who is on a working visit that will conclude on Thursday. In their meeting the ministers talked about “the importance of making progress on speeding up the Pacific Corridor, which will make it possible to reduce travel time from Mexico to Panama from 190 to 59 hours,” the Secretariat of Foreign Relations said in a statement. Both governments emphasized their commitment to the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project, specifically in the transportation area, work on which is led by Costa Rica. The foreign ministers also exchanged perspectives on Mexico’s preparations for the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in November in the beach resort of Cancún (in eastern Mexico).
By Dialogo January 22, 2014 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The United States and the British Royal navies recently made separate narcotics seizures, marking continued success for Operation Martillo, an international mission that gathers 14 partner nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. On Jan. 13, the U.S. Navy announced it seized 313 kilograms of cocaine in the eastern Pacific in late December. The USS Rentz launched a helicopter that caught a go-fast boat carrying the shipment, which was worth an estimated US$10.4 million. Three suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure and handed over to Ecuadoran authorities. The Rentz’ bust was its fourth in recent months, as it has confiscated about 3,000 kilograms of cocaine. “Overall, this mission has a high operational tempo. It’s up to us to keep the pressure on,” Cmdr. Lance Lantier, the USS Rentz’s commanding officer, said in a prepared statement. “The success of [our most recent] operation reflects our continued commitment to countering the flow of illegal narcotics while maintaining a forceful presence.” On Dec. 26, a British Royal Navy ship seized a huge shipment of marijuana from a dilapidated fishing vessel in the Caribbean. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight, a British ship carrying U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Navy personnel, boarded the shipping vessel – called the Miss Kameney – after an overnight chase. Aboard the vessel, officers recovered about 250 kilograms of marijuana hidden in sacks and a crew of five suspects, who were detained and turned over to U.S. authorities in the Dominican Republic. Officials estimated the shipment’s value at more than US$1.5 million. “The operation, successfully conducted when most of us were enjoying a Christmas break, is testament to the hard work of our service personnel and of the demanding tasks we ask them to carry out,” Great Britain Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said in a prepared statement. “I am proud of the work of RFA Wave Knight and the role her crew has played in stopping these drugs reaching the streets.” The bust was the second major marijuana seizure in the year for the Wave Knight, which has been deployed in the Caribbean as part of Operation Martillo. In September, the crew aboard the Wave Knight seized 1,276 kilograms of marijuana from a small fishing vessel in the central Caribbean, south of Jamaica. In that case, seven suspects were detained. The drugs and the suspects were turned over to authorities in Jamaica. In remarks about the bust, Capt. Duncan Lamb, commanding officer of the RFA Wave Knight, recognized the strength of the international effort, which also includes Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama and Spain. It’s led by the U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South. “The entire ship’s company – Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Navy and US Law Enforcement Team – as well as [headquarters] and prosecuting staff ashore in mainland USA are delighted with this result,” he said. “It has been a truly international team effort. … This operation is a notable disruption to the regional drug trade.” The Royal Navy said the Wave Knight took part in several operations in 2013 that seized or stopped three tons of drugs from being shipped. The ship worked alongside the HMS Lancaster, which seized 1.2 metric tons of marijuana and 400 kilograms of cocaine in the region before returning to Britain, the Royal Navy said. The Royal Navy’s success in the region is among the highlights of Operation Martillo’s successes. Launched two years ago in January, Operation Martillo (Spanish for hammer) brings together countries throughout the Americas and in Europe to better patrol maritime channels against drug traffickers. The operation is aimed at shutting down routes through Central America, but it has also yielded results in the Caribbean, which drug traffickers are increasingly using to move illicit drugs to the United States and Europe.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As Tropical Storm Barry hits the Gulf Coast, the NCUA urged credit unions in its path to be safe and take precautions. There are a number of resources available to credit unions and consumers affected by natural disasters; NAFCU stands ready to help credit unions in need of assistance as they and their members recover from the storm.These resources can also be used by credit unions that were impacted by recent earthquakes in California and Washington state.NAFCU has prepared specific resources and information for credit unions affected by disasters – including a guide for credit unions to support disaster relief.The NCUA also has resources available on its Hurricane and Disaster Information page. The agency’s Credit Union Resources and Expansion office can provide urgent need grants of up to $7,500 per year to low-income credit unions that experience sudden costs to restore operations interrupted by a disaster.The CFPB has available a financial management guide to help those consumers preparing for, recovering from or rebuilding after a natural disaster.
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ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NCUA officials are refusing to discuss reports that they are preparing to auction off as many as 3,500 taxi medallions that were used as collateral for loans.Crain’s New York Business, citing anonymous sources, last week reported that the agency was getting ready to auction off taxi medallions from New York City and Chicago.In the past, NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood said the agency was attempting to work with taxi drivers who were hit hard by declines in business. He added that effort had to be balanced with the need to maintain the Share Insurance Fund.New York Credit Union Association President William Mellin and Democratic members of Congress also had urged the NCUA to be flexible in negotiating with drivers.
First of all, you can’t own a bazooka or a RPG or a .50 caliber machine gun. And yes, those are laws on the books, and yes, there are reasonable limits. If law enforcement would follow the laws on the books, there would be a lot fewer problems. The FBI and the sheriff’s department didn’t follow the laws in Florida. We have strict background checks here in New York — I have no problem with that. If anyone thinks it’s easy to get a gun permit, try getting one.You can get one, but it’s not easy. We have to remember criminals will always find a way to get a gun. It’s the law-abiding people who care what the law says.Also, I would like to commend Don Kingsley on his very good letter of March 19 letter.Tony MontePrincetownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In regards to Glenn Gray’s March 19 comments on guns: If you are an anti-gun person, please know the gun laws before you write an opinion.