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Rootwire Seeks To Transform Mind, Body, And Soul Through Music And Art

first_imgFind tickets, additional festival information and an in-depth look at all RW2K17 has to offer at www.RootwireFest.com. Check out Rootwire’s Facebook page at this link. For a full list of artists, check out the festival banner below: This year’s Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival is proving that a music festival can truly be a transformative affair in all facets. Set to take place July 20th-23rd at Wisteria Campground in Pomeroy, OH, this year’s Rootwire not only features some of the most progressive acts on the scene today such as The Polish Ambassador, Phutureprimitive, Govinda, Spiritual Rez, David Starfire, Manitoa, Clozee, and a rare festival appearance from RJD2, but it also puts just as much emphasis on the unique Workshops, Classes, and Visual Arts aspects of the festival.Community and Collaboration is the central focus of Rootwire, with all of the music and non-music related activities and presentations never being compromised by overlapping. The point is to give everybody in attendance the opportunity to take part in each of the equally important aspects of the event as a whole, and not be concerned with missing one thing for the other. No other festival allows for this complete and utterly inclusive vibe, which makes Rootwire a truly unique experience unto itself, leading the way in what a festival can actually be and achieve.Listen to a Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival playlist, via Spotify, below:Featuring two giant main stages, complete with Live Art and Performance Collaboration Platforms, there will undoubtedly be some stunning visuals created by various artists to go along with the next-level music being put out into the universe by the musical acts on stage.  Along with the musical, visual, and performance art, the multitude of workshops featured at Rootwire is nothing short of astounding. Various workshops featured include Yoga, Meditation & Spirituality, Sustainability & Permaculture, Healing Arts, Leadership, and much more, led by speakers and leaders from each area. If change and evolution is what you seek, this is your opportunity to take the necessary steps in that direction, and to actually walk the talk. A collective mindset is at the Root of the Wire!For the amount of music, art, and community you receive at Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival, full fest passes are at an extremely competitive price of $125. If you are a person that enjoys some reflexology, massage, and sound healing, your pass also includes Free Body Work from a variety of Masters that will be in attendance at the festival.last_img read more

Arsenal chase possible Aubameyang replacement with £50m

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Will Gabon international and Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang say bye to the Gunners after the lockdown or stay put amidst pressure from some quarters that he leaves for good to win laurels? That is one naughty issue that is still on the table even as the covid-19 lockdown continues. However Arsenal appear to be avoiding being taken unawares as plans are reportedly on to seek a possible replacement for the striker who has so far netted 49 goals for the Emirates landlords in 75 appearances. Arsenal are reportedly considering a £50m swoop for Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno this summer, should captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave the club. Arsenal’s Aubameyang will he quit or stay after covid19 lockdown? Rodrigo, who has progressed into one of LaLiga’s most proven marksmen in recent years, has a £110m buyout clause at Valencia but could be allowed to leave for less than half of that figure. The report in The Mirror details that Valencia owner Peter Lim could let the 29-year-old leave the Mestalla, especially given the economic ramifications of the coronavirus crisis for football clubs. A deal to bring the Gabonese forward to Barcelona did not materialise in January, but the Catalans could come back in for him this summer. Manchester United are interested in Arsenal’s top scorer as well, for £50m also, according to The Sun. Aubameyang’s contract at the Emirates runs out at the end of next season and he is looking unlikely at the moment to sign a new deal. Rodrigo, however, could move to the Premier League where he spent one season at Bolton Wanderers in 2010-11 on loan from Benfica. Read AlsoGabon FA boss sets post covid-19 target for Aubameyang He was also linked with a move to Barcelona in January, as well as moves to Everton and West Ham last summer. The 29-year-old scored 15 goals in all competitions last season but has only netted five times in 28 games in all competitions during this campaign. Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

Helping kids shine at school – in their own language

first_imgFounder and director Maurita Glynn Weissenberg reads to a group of pupils, developing their reading skills. The happy smiles attest to the success of improved reading skills for these children. (Images: The Shine Centre) MEDIA CONTACTS • Linda Codron Manager, Communications, The Shine Centre +27 21 762 4320 RELATED ARTICLES • Instilling a love of reading • Storybook sparks love of reading • Why we need a literate nation • Reading to boost our self esteem Lucille DavieLiteracy is crucial for long-term success in today’s world, and a love of reading is vital for children’s long-term happiness at school and life beyond the classroom. The Shine Centre, based in Cape Town, is giving children that love of reading.It brings volunteers into schools to give children one-on-one help with reading. “Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. Once children have our attention we will have theirs, and then we can share our love of books with them,” says Maurita Glynn Weissenberg, the founder and director of the centre, where the slogan is “Words can change worlds”.Established in 2000, the centre has given some 5 000 children a better start in life by taking them out of the classroom and giving them extra attention. There are seven satellite centres in Cape Town, with an eighth to be opened next year. There are also five Shine Chapters, or social franchises, in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth; in Johannesburg, there are nine Shine-inspired independent Literacy Centres.Four-prong approachWeissenberg’s model, which has a four-prong approach, is being used by others too: she has trained orphanage teachers and after-school centres in the method.The Shine Centre supports children in grades two and three. At the end of Grade 1, every child in a Shine-supported school is assessed, and those at risk of not coping are given weekly two-hour sessions with a trained volunteer in Grade 2 in Shine’s Literacy Hour Programme. On average, depending on class sizes and schools, approximately 40% of children assessed will need to attend the programme. By the end of the year, however, a very small percentage will need to attend the following year.The children have a refresher course, in which they are given the basics of reading again. These involve a volunteer sitting with them, helping them to read, and building their confidence and self-esteem in the process. “The children quickly make up when they are paired with a volunteer,” says Weissenberg. She emphasises that the work is done at the pace set by the child.The next step is paired reading, where, if the child falters, the volunteer strives to reduce anxiety by slowing down the reading. The emphasis is on language acquisition, vocabulary and general knowledge. Then games are introduced, in which the child’s reading speed is improved. These also concentrate on phonics, encouraging the child to perfect the pronunciation of words. At this level, comprehension of sentences and concepts is strengthened.The fourth stage is called “have-a-go” writing, in which the emphasis is on spelling and handwriting, with the aim of getting the child to write with confidence. Along the way, the child is assessed every six months, to get a fix on his or her progress. These tests include eye assessments, and glasses are supplied, if necessary. These are usually provided by optometrists as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes.Other programmesWeissenberg, who is a primary and remedial teacher with 20 years’ experience, has drawn on other programmes to create Shine: the Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnerships in the UK, combined with the Paired Reading and Storybook Reading method, 36 bespoke games, and the Have a go Writing method. She has worked with specialists in the field too.The principles of the Time to Think programme have also been incorporated: creating a physical environment where each individual matters; affirming the children’s importance; listening with respect and without interruption, and no hurrying of the child; giving them undivided attention; treating each other as thinking peers, and learning from each other, regardless of age, qualification or race; “ease creates, urgency destroys”, in other words, creating an environment that encourages children to work at their own pace; and, to practise the art of appreciation, with a lot of praise and encouragement for the children.An element of this is involving the parents in their children’s reading. All the schools where Shine operates are given a parent workshop for parents of children in grades R and one. “Our aim is to help parents see that just a little bit of positive support using basic literacy skills such as reading stories to the children, telling stories to them, engaging with them by really listening to them, asking them questions, asking their opinion,” explains Weissenberg.Shine has the backing and support of the Western Cape education department. “They like the fact that we have a set programme, formal training for our volunteer tutors, assessments every six months from Grade 1 to Grade 3, and set outcomes.” She adds that literacy and numeracy levels have risen in all the schools in which they work, except for one, where the school is plagued by crime, gangsters and drug abuse, “that affects the children deeply”.Buddies programmeThe Shine Centre also has a Book Buddies programme, in which older children have the opportunity to read to younger children. It has advantages for the readers, who gain more fluency reading aloud, while they become aware of expression and vocalisation. And for the younger children, they gain comprehension by talking about the stories to their mentors.“Children will begin to understand that reading can be enjoyable while they improve their reading skills and foster a lifelong love of reading,” indicates the website. There are other spin-offs. It is a chance to build friendships by learning from one another. It gives older children the chance to be role models, thus boosting their confidence and self-esteem.And, older children are less likely to be bullies, as they appreciate the needs of younger children, and at the same time learn constructive behaviour and social skills. It’s a win-win for everyone. “Relationships built between children of different ages benefit the entire community. The older children feel needed by their peers and empowered with knowledge and responsibility. The younger children feel supported and nurtured with the ability to confidently take on new challenges,” reads the website.Shine reinforces this work with workshops for communities and organisations to “empower them to be a proactive part of the school community and support children’s learning outside of the school environment”.Xhosa versus EnglishA problem Weissenberg has encountered is that children are largely Xhosa-speaking but urban schools are usually English medium. They are taught for two years in Xhosa, and switch to English by Grade 3, a language with which many are unfamiliar. “This means that most are learning in a second language. Every child should read in their mother tongue.”This means, says Weissenberg, that by Grade 6 less than 1% are coping at school.Getting books suitable for the children’s reading age is also a challenge. Books in the classroom are not always suited to their reading age, which is often below the standard for their grade. Shine buys its books from Cambridge and Oxford Press, but also uses the Talking Stories readers, which are printed in Xhosa and English. They also use the Biblionef books, which aims to have story books printed in all 11 official languages. “We buy their books in English and Xhosa so that the children have the best of both worlds,” says Weissenberg.New Shine centresWeissenberg and her team also facilitate the establishment of new Shine centres, called Shine Chapters, a social franchise, and reading clubs. They provide training to prospective franchisees, to help them set up around the country.“I attended Shine’s formal seminar about setting up a literacy centre. It was a privilege to be among people of such integrity and competence,” writes Margi Bashall on the website. “Their standards are uncompromisingly high, their system is professional and their commitment to education is absolute.” She has helped set up nine independent literacy centres in Johannesburg. “I know this work is healing.”Weissenberg has some 500 volunteers working in Shine’s centres and chapters around the country. By 2016, she hopes to have reached 16 000 children through reading clubs in faith-based organisations, after-care clubs, community reading clubs and Shine Chapters. The most rewarding part of her role as director, she says, “is witnessing the impact a love of reading can have on children”. Her top tip for encouraging children to read is to first gain their trust.Shine sponsors include DG Murray Trust, Sanlam, UK and US foundations, Rotary, School Aid in the UK, and individual sponsorships and family trusts. The Shine Trust is part of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising scheme, which raises money for schools, charities and environmental organisations.last_img read more

Steps to keep palmer amaranth out of your operation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As of the end of 2016, Palmer amaranth had been found in 18 Ohio counties, and the majority of it is resistant to both glyphosate and ALS-inhibiting herbicides (site 2) based on OSU greenhouse screening.Not all of these “finds” represent problem infestations, and in some cases the potential for a few plants to become an established patch was remedied by timely removal and subsequent monitoring. There are however a number of fields where Palmer became well-established and effective control has since required extremely comprehensive herbicide programs combined with removal be hand. This past growing season, three soybean fields were so densely infested with Palmer that they had to be mowed down in early August. At that point, the only recommendation we could make was mowing to prevent the production of massive amounts of additional seed, in order to at least limit somewhat how bad future infestations were going to be (photos of this on our blog at u.osu.edu/osuweeds). These infestations obviously started prior to this year, and were ignored, allowing them to continue to increase to the point of disaster. This scenario is of course what occurred in many fields in the southern United States as Palmer spread and took over fields. In this article we cover the relative importance of the various paths of Palmer amaranth introduction in to Ohio fields so far, and the steps growers can take to prevent infestations from becoming established.1. Use of cotton feed products from the south by animal operations, and subsequent spread of manure from these operations onto crop fields has been responsible for most of the infestations in Ohio so far. Palmer is widespread in cotton fields in the south so the cotton harvest byproducts that are shipped to Ohio for use as feed have a high potential to contain Palmer seed.Action items: a) avoid use of these feed products, b) educate animal operations in your area about this issue; c) if still using these feed products, find out whether the supplier has taken any steps to remove Palmer seed prior to shipping them here; d) if possible, store manure in pits for a period of time prior to spreading, which may reduce the seed viability at least somewhat.2. Field to field spread by local equipment has occurred in a few areas of the state, primarily via combines that are used in Palmer-infested fields without subsequent complete cleanout (and it’s impossible to get all Palmer seed out of a combine anyway).Action items: a) if hiring custom harvesters, find out whether the combine has previously been in fields infested with Palmer; b) ask the custom harvest operator what his philosophy is with regard to harvesting very weedy fields or those infested with Palmer — does he avoid these fields, are cleanout procedures used?3. Purchase of used equipment that came from the south is known to be the source of several infestations in one area of the state. In this case a used combine was purchased from a local equipment dealer, but apparently originated in Georgia.Action items: a) when purchasing used equipment, especially combines, know the full history; and b) avoid purchase of combines from Palmer-infested areas.4. Contamination of seed used for establishment of cover crops, CREP and similar areas, pollinator areas, wildlife areas, etc. We should say at the outset here that as far as we know this has been the source of only two infestations of Palmer amaranth in Ohio — one in Scioto County that may have started in about 2007, and one in Madison County several years ago that was torn up to prevent future problems and so did not turn into an established infestation. However, a pollinator seeding program in Iowa this year resulted in many new introductions of Palmer amaranth due to the contamination of pollinator seed with Palmer seed.Much of this type of seed is produced farther west (Kansas, Texas, etc), orin the south in the case of warm-season grasses, in areas that can be abundantly infested with Palmer amaranth. Palmer amaranth is not a noxious weed in the western states at least. The Catch 22 is that while seed sold for use here is not supposed to contain seed of Palmer amaranth or other weeds designated as noxious in Ohio, the fact that Palmer is not a noxious weed where the seed is produced means that the seed tag does not have to show whether Palmer seed is a contaminant. If you are thinking, “Well that doesn’t make any sense,” you’re not alone. Programs of state and federal agencies have been relying on seed tags for the most part, although they are encouraging growers to have seed tested. One county FSA office apparently does mandate testing of all seed. Pheasants Forever appears to have a more proactive approach in place. They contract with only one seed vendor each year. Prior to being shipped from the Kansas vendor, seed is first screened for the presence any pigweed, and then also Palmer amaranth if necessary.Action items: a) Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will screen any seed of this type for the presence of all Ohio noxious weeds. We recommend having this done prior to planting. Contact the ODA Grain, Feed, and Seed Program at (614) 728-6410. They have to pick the seed up, it cannot be mailed or dropped off.Other possible mechanisms of introduction include movement of seed on animals or migratory birds or with floodwater, all of which are out of one’s control. Keep in mind that the residual herbicides we are using to control marestail and ragweeds also have activity on Palmer amaranth. The early-season control of Palmer that they provide allows for a fighting chance to scout and remove Palmer plants later in the season, before they have been able to produce viable seed. There was no use of residual herbicide in the fields that were mowed down this year (nothing except glyphosate actually).We need to have a zero tolerance attitude toward Palmer amaranth in Ohio. An important component of this, in addition to the steps outlined above, is scouting of soybean fields in mid- to late-season for the presence of Palmer plants that have escaped all prior herbicide treatments. This can be accomplished a number of ways: driving by or around fields and scanning with binoculars, use of a drone, etc. Any Palmer plants found should be first checked for presence of mature seed — small black seed upon shaking or crushing of seedheads. If there are none, cut the plants off just below the soil line, remove from field and burn or compost. They can re-root and re-grow enough to still produce seed if left in the field. Where plants have mature seed, our suggestion would be to first cut off and bag seedheads on site, prior to removal of plants. Or possibly drive into the field, and put them gently into the bed of a vehicle. Avoid dragging plants with mature seed through the field. We assume that Palmer plants would not be evident in corn fields until seen from a combine cab during harvest. When in doubt, get help with identification and avoid contaminating combines with Palmer seed, rather than just harvesting through anything and hoping for the best. Contact us at any time for help with identification or management advice.last_img read more

Another Blackberry Outage: A Historical Look

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Blackberry users had a bit of a surprise this morning. Email was down. It came back up around 11 a.m. PST but in comparison to prior outages, this was a big one.The Blackberry email outage spared most business users as enterprise servers were not affected. First problems were reported around 2:30 a.m. PST. By mid-morning, the Twittersphere was a buzz with questions about their Blackberry service.We thought it might be useful to show a history of Blackberry outages and reflect on their significance compared to today’s outage.In 2007, RIM had a major outage. CEO Jim Balsillie said the outages would never happen again.At the time, Balsillie did not have too much to worry about. They had a pretty tight grip on the market. The iPhone had been introduced in January but it was of little concern at the time. The biggest issue was making sure the company instituted some safeguards for government agencies and big enterprise customers.In February 2008, RIM had another serious outage.The outages ignited concerns but no real harm seemed to come of it.Now comes today’s outage. The market is a far different place than one or two years ago. According to comScore, more people use the iPhone than Microsoft devices. The Blackberry is still in first place with more than 14 million users.But how long can the lead last for Blackberry with major outages like the one today? The enterprise may be a different story but the lead there is not guaranteed. It’s not just email anymore. Apps are all the rage. So when email goes down for Blackberry, you know it has some real affects. Email is RIM’s crown jewel. If its reliability is questioned than it raises more interest among users in competing devices such as the iPhone or the Android. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts alex williamscenter_img Tags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Premier cites Financial Policy as biggest feat so far says major spending

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 20, 2017 – Now over the halfway mark of the ‘first 100 days’, the PDM Administration is counting its work on the budget their biggest achievement so far since taking office.In a one on one with Magnetic Media on Saturday during the Middle Caicos Valentine’s Day Cup, Premier and Finance Minister, Sharlene Robinson revealed that work had stopped on the country’s budget due to General Elections but that on Friday, the Fiscal Strategic Policy Statement (FSPS) was sent to London and that the new budget year will have a late start.“We had a very little time to actually put our fullprint on it, but we made sure that with our capital projects, people will feel a PDM government.  And also in the recurring expenditure that’s what I had said earlier that we will be looking at National Security.  So we had a very short time to prepare the budget, because we have to be time sensitive it’s going be late, we intend to bring it to the house May, we have to bring it before July.”A cry of the public had been that they were not feeling the spending.  Magnetic Media asked the Premier if the budget will live up to the change her party touted; she says it will:  “So you can look forward to feeling it, you can feel us in this first budget.  What you’re going to see is a lot of projects still continuing, and we want to continue those projects that we thought are in the best interest of the people.”Bigger ticket items in the allocation of funds will support national security said the Premier.  “Our priorities will certainly be in National Security, anything to do with National Security we’re going to be responding as much as we can in this budget.  What they’re also going to see from us is a controlling of expenditure in terms of putting it in the right place.  And that’s what we have to do, we have to use our resources smartly.”#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

Trump Signs Two Bills to Help Veterans

first_imgPresident Donald Trump last week signed two bipartisan bills to help communities address unemployment and homelessness among veterans and ensure GI Bill housing payments. Congress passed the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act and the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act in December.Military Times outlines how the bills will support veterans, transitioning service members and communities. ADC AUTHORlast_img

AMD ROCm GPUs now support TensorFlow v18 a major milestone for AMDs

first_imgAMD has announced the support for TensorFlow v1.8 for their ROCm-enabled GPUs. This includes the Radeon Instinct MI25. ROCm stands for Radeon Open Compute and it is an open-source Hyperscale-class (HPC) platform for GPUs. The platform is programming-language independent. This is a major milestone in AMD’s efforts towards accelerating deep learning. ROCm, the Radeon Open Ecosystem is AMD’s open-source software foundation for GPU computing on Linux. Mayank Daga, Director, Deep Learning Software, AMD stated: “Our TensorFlow implementation leverages MIOpen, a library of highly optimized GPU routines for deep learning.” There is a pre-built whl package made available for a simple install similar to the installation of generic TensorFlow in Linux. They also provide a pre-built Docker image for fast installation. AMD is also working towards upstreaming all the ROCm-specific enhancements to the TensorFlow master repository in addition to supporting TensorFlow v1.8. While they work towards fully upstreaming the enhancements, AMD will be releasing and maintaining future ROCm-enabled TensorFlow versions, like v1.10. In the post, Daga stated, “We believe the future of deep learning optimization, portability, and scalability has its roots in domain-specific compilers. We are motivated by the early results of XLA, and are also working towards enabling and optimizing XLA for AMD GPUs.” Current CPUs which support PCIe Gen3 + PCIe Atomics are: AMD Ryzen CPUs AMD EPYC CPUs Intel Xeon E7 V3 or newer CPUs Intel Xeon E5 v3 or newer CPUs Intel Xeon E3 v3 or newer CPUs Intel Core i7 v4, Core i5 v4, Core i3 v4 or newer CPUs (i.e. Haswell family or newer). The installation is simple, First, you’ll need the open-source ROCm stack. Then, install the rocm library needs to be installed via APT: sudo apt updatesudo apt install rocm-libs miopen-hip cxlactivitylogger And finally, you install TensorFlow itself (via AMD’s pre-built whl package): sudo apt install wget python3-pipwget http://repo.radeon.com/rocm/misc/tensorflow/tensorflow-1.8.0-cp35-cp35m-manylinux1_x86_64.whlpip3 install ./tensorflow-1.8.0-cp35-cp35m-manylinux1_x86_64.whl For more details on how to get started, visit the GitHub repository. There are also examples on image recognition, audio recognition, and multi-gpu training on ImageNet in the GPUOpen website. Read next Nvidia unveils a new Turing architecture: “The world’s first ray tracing GPU” AMD open sources V-EZ, the Vulkan wrapper library Sugar operating system: A new OS to enhance GPU acceleration security in web appslast_img read more