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Radiohead Announces First North American Festival Of 2016 With RHCP & More

first_imgWith a number of European and Asian festivals already booked, Radiohead will finally come to North America. Their name sits on the top of a stacked Osheaga Festival lineup, held from July 29-31 in Montreal, QC in Canada.The full lineup will also include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Disclosure, The Lumineers, M83, HAIM, Future, Cypress Hill, Leon Bridges, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Dan Auerbach’s The Arcs, and so many more.Tickets are on sale now and can be found here. Look below to view the entire festival lineup.last_img

The Journey to Rack Scale

first_imgThe Converged Infrastructure market today is an accelerating mainstream IT trend because it is the proven way to break down technology silos of compute, network and storage, while simplifying and transforming IT processes and operations.Within this backdrop, we are seeing the emergence of platform 3 applications that have different characteristics from the legacy client-server applications prevalent in today’s data centers. As client-server applications grew to be more business critical over the past decade, increasing levels of robustness and data services were built into enterprise storage arrays, Storage Area Network fabrics and compute blade systems to provide business continuity, disaster recovery and data protection capabilities. In contrast, platform 3 applications – which were born in the cloud and largely tied to the megatrends of mobile computing and social media – were conceived to incorporate composite micro-services that eliminate the need for complicated IT infrastructure.IT innovators and early adopters eager to explore platform 3 applications have often moved to public cloud for their platform 3 development projects. Others are adopting hyper-converged appliances created from industry standard servers with software defined storage, clustered together through high speed ethernet switches.Together, public cloud and hyper-converged appliances represent a decentralization trend, driven by the rise of individual departments inside companies striving to meet their departments’ unique requirements – usually without regard of the ramifications to rest of the company or the company’s overall IT strategy.The new reality now is the emergence of islands of hyper-converged offerings stacked together, and unmanaged public cloud consumption. Central IT, when they are unable to provide economical, scalable, easily provisioned resources to their departments, find they have decreasing influence with their lines of business. The result is cluttered, disparate collections of resources that can’t, and aren’t, shared across the company. It’s an inefficient use of budget dollars, as well as an inefficient use of the pools of resources that underpin the entire data center infrastructure.The industry really has not fully considered the ramifications of this ad hoc approach.But at VCE, we have. We believe you must design and engineer scalability upfront to plan for growth, and we have contemplated massively scalable, shared hyper-converged resources with independently scalable, industry standard based compute and software defined networking, all managed through a single interface. The next phase of evolution of CI is not simply the addition of hyper-converged capabilities, it’s hyper-converged at scale.Today, VCE expands its portfolio with the introduction of VxRack Systems, a hyper-converged rack scale system that fits seamlessly together with our Vblock portfolio within the VCE Vscale architecture.While the main focus for many large enterprises will continue to be the consolidation of mission critical applications into Vblock Systems and our recently announced VxBlock Systems, the next VxRack Systems represent the path to highly scalable platform 3 and XaaS for distributed tier 2 applications for those ready to deploy hyper-converged offerings that can start small and scale to many thousands of rack servers.Please click here to learn more.Treylast_img read more

SMC senior discusses anorexia

first_imgEating disorders can take on a life of their own, Saint Mary’s senior Christina Grasso said of her experiences battling anorexia. Grasso spoke during “Biting Back,” a lecture and panel discussion about eating disorders held Monday in Carroll Auditorium in Madeleva Hall. The event was part of the College’s Love Your Body Week. During the lecture, Grasso described her battle with anorexia. “You will stand in front of the mirror for hours, not out of vanity, but of disgust,” she said. Grasso said she began battling with body image when she was 7 years old. With her three main interests of dance, gymnastics and fashion, Grasso said she felt pressure to have the right type of body to pursue those interests. At seven, Grasso went on her first diet. At 13, she explained how she began struggling with anorexia. She continued to struggle throughout high school and reached the peak of her disease in college. “I based my entire worth on my appearance,” she said. Grasso said she had a skewed perception of herself, which caused her to continue to desire to lose more weight. “I had no accurate concept of what my body actually looked like,” she said. “Every mirror had a funhouse effect.” She said she desired food, but a voice inside her head hindered her. She described her experience studying abroad in Italy, and how she refrained from eating any pasta, pastries or pizza during her time there. “I wanted to eat. I wanted to live, but I felt powerless over my illness,” she said. Struggling not only with failing to eat, Grasso said she also over-exerted herself with exhausting exercise. In addition, she used laxatives to continue to lose weight. Grasso said the eating disorder didn’t just affect her body, but her mind and spirit as well. “Your fear of eating is literally eating you,” she said. With her heart rate falling to a mere 35 beats per minute during her illness, she said she knew the disease was slowly killing her. She explained that though she had many wake-up calls, she wasn’t ready to commit for treatment. “I never chose anorexia, and I never chose to get well,” she said. Finally, Grasso’s family became extremely concerned and forced her into rehabilitation. After a summer of treatment and support from her parents, Grasso began to eat again. “With their unconditional love paired with round-the-clock-care, I slowly began eating again,” she said. After spending the summer in rehabilitation, Grasso returned to the College and relapsed. She returned to treatment and has been better since. Grasso credits her recovery to her family, friends and doctors. Grasso still struggles with her eating disorder and said the disease may affect her for the rest of her life. “I may never recover completely, and I certainly will never forget,” she said. Grasso said eating disorders are about more than just body image. “I believe it is more important to emphasize that there is so much more to be lost with an eating disorder than just weight,” she said. At the end of Grasso’s talk, two experts in the field of eating disorders spoke briefly. Valerie Staples, coordinator of eating disorder service at Notre Dame, and Gwen DeHorn, of Sonego and Associates in Mishawaka, discussed eating disorders and their effects on individuals.last_img read more

In Closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant, a Concession That the Future Is Not Nuclear

first_imgIn Closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant, a Concession That the Future Is Not Nuclear FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ivan Penn and Samantha Masunaga for the Los Angeles Times:One of California’s largest energy utilities took a bold step in the 21st century electricity revolution with an agreement to close its last operating nuclear plant and develop more solar, wind and other clean power technologies.The decision announced Tuesday by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to close its beleaguered Diablo Canyon nuclear plant within the next decade runs counter to the nuclear industry’s arguments that curbing carbon emissions and combating climate change require use of nuclear power, which generates the most electricity without harmful emissions.Instead, PG&E joined with longtime adversaries such as the Friends of the Earth environmental group to craft a deal that will bring the company closer to the mandate that 50% of California’s electricity generation come from renewable energy sources by 2030.PG&E’s agreement will close the book on the state’s history as a nuclear pioneer, but adds to its clean energy reputation. California already leads the nation by far in use of solar energy generated by rooftop panels and by sprawling power arrays in the desert.“California is already a leader in curtailing greenhouse gases,” said Peter Bradford, a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “Now they’re saying they can go even further. That’s potentially a model for other situations.”Under the proposal, the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County would be retired by PG&E after its current U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission operating licenses expire in November 2024 and August 2025.The power produced by Diablo Canyon’s two nuclear reactors would be replaced with investment in a greenhouse-gas-free portfolio of energy efficiency, renewables and energy storage, PG&E said.Full Article: PG&E to close Diablo Canyon, California’s last nuclear power plantlast_img read more

Class Action Status Granted in Suit Against Cablevision for 2010 Fox Blackout

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A federal court in New York City has granted class action status to a suit filed on behalf of Cablevision subscribers demanding that the company give them credit for the two weeks in October 2010 that they couldn’t watch any of the Fox Network’s shows because of a service blackout stemming from a contract dispute between the cable company and the programming provider.On March 31, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Joanna Seybert ruled in favor of the plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, which was brought on behalf of Cablevision’s nearly 3 million subscribers in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. But only customers who had contracts with Cablevision prior to Oct. 16, 2010, when the blackout began, could be included in the suit if they so chose.The court rejected each of Cablevision’s arguments against the class certification and concluded that the plaintiffs had met all of the requirements for it. In one instance, Cablevision had contended that its contract with its customers precluded class action status because it had dutifully notified the subscribers about the service interruption.Two years ago, Judge Seybert rejected Cablevision’s contention that the Fox Television blackout was beyond its control.The affected channels, which were in the basic bundle and the “iO” premium package, included “Fox 5,” “My9 Channel,” “Fox 29”, Fox Business Network, National Geographic Wild and Fox Deportes. One of the biggest reasons for the customers’ displeasure at the time was that sports fans could not watch the World Series or the Giants football games during the service disruption, which lasted until Oct. 30, 2010, when Cablevision and News Corp., Fox Television’s owner, reached a new retransmission agreement.The plaintiffs’ attorneys—Todd J. Krouner in Chappaqua; Stone Bonner & Rocco LLP in Manhattan; and Chitwood Harley Harnes LLP in Manhattan—allege that Cablevision breached the contract with its cable customers by not giving subscribers a pro rata credit on their monthly subscriber fees or providing alternative programming on the Fox channels during the blackout.As Judge Seybert wrote in her decision, “At this stage, it is not the Court’s task to determine whether Plaintiffs are correct. Rather, the Court must only assess whether the claim presents common issues of fact and law sufficient for class certification.”That narrow interpretation was reiterated by Cablevision.“The Court’s ruling concerns class certification issues and does not address the merits of the plaintiffs’ lawsuit, which we believe is baseless,” said Lisa Anselmo, a Cablevision spokeswoman. “We will continue to defend against it vigorously.” And so the suit continues.last_img read more

Massapequa Pedestrian Fatally Hit by SUV

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 48-year-old Hempstead woman was fatally hit by an SUV while crossing Sunrise Highway in Massapequa on Sunday night.Nassau County police said Elzire Presume was walking across Route 27 when she was hit by a westbound Toyota Highlander at the corner of Louden Street at 8 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives performed a safety inspection on the vehicle and performed a sobriety test on the driver but found no apparent criminality.last_img

Predictive analytics empowers credit unions to “think globally, act locally”

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In order to continue thriving, the credit union industry must launch predictive analytics solutions to impact local initiativesby: Nate WentzlaffIn his 2007 book, Competing on Analytics, Thomas Davenport explains how analytics solutions have been implemented to give competitive advantage to companies throughout various industries.  The astronomical amount of data being collected and analyzed by large companies (financial and non-financial) threatens individual credit unions who currently rely on rearview reporting of historical data.  Therefore, a holistic approach to data that leverages predictive analytics is the key to the success of credit unions.  With predictive analytics, credit unions will be able to effectively cultivate the abundance of data available (from a variety of sources) to create innovate solutions that capture opportunities within their local community.  By utilizing public data (e.g. IMF statistics) along with their private data (e.g. core systems), credit unions will truly be able to “think globally, act locally”.Think Globally: Interconnected Financial SystemsCredit Unions are being impacted by global events now, more than ever before.  With the world’s widespread adoption of the internet, trade is traveling in seconds rather than days.  The world’s finances are more interconnected than ever.  A college student with a $1,000 online brokerage account in the United States can invest in a palm oil factory in Malaysia with the click of a mouse.  Political unrest in Hong Kong can cause the capital markets in London to destabilize with one governmental decision.  Like it or not, we are truly becoming the global village once envisioned in sci-fi novels.  With the amount of data being produced daily by world events, how does a credit union capture new opportunities out of this chaos?Credit unions, like people, will follow the crowd when they do not feel confident in their ability to predict the future.  An ability to build predictive analytics on pooled global data will give credit unions the ability to rise above the crowds to capture opportunities that others simply do not see. continue reading »last_img read more

New fixed assets proposal from NCUA

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Nicholas BallasyThe NCUA approved a proposal Thursday at the agency’s monthly board meeting that would remove any limits associated with the level of fixed assets.The NCUA received 36 comments on the original fixed assets proposed rule, which was approved at the NCUA board meeting in July of last year.“While most supported additional flexibility, many also said that neither the 5% aggregate threshold or the Fixed Asset Management process were needed,” NCUA Board Vice Chairman Rick Metsger said. “Today the board is taking those comments to heart by issuing a new rule incorporating both of those suggestions.” continue reading »last_img

Flag-raising at Binghamton City Hall marks Catholic Schools Week

first_imgA Seton Catholic Central flag was raised over City Hall to mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. Catholic Schools of Broome County currently have more than 1,000 students enrolled, and boast a 100% graduation rate. The week includes a variety of events, including mass at Seton Catholic Central and musical performances at the Oakdale Mall. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Local Catholic school students, joined by city officials, gathered at Binghamton City Hall on Tuesday morning. “The theme of this year’s nation-wide Catholic Schools Week is learn, serve, lead, succeed. Locally, our catholic school students exemplify that theme, and set a powerful example for others in the process,” said Binghamton Mayor Rich David.last_img

Offshore Wind Takes Lead Role in Sif’s 2018 Results

first_imgSif has reported that offshore wind accounted for approximately 83% of revenues and 69% of total contributions in the company’s 2018 financial year figures.Sif saw a 28% loss of revenue in 2018, amounting to EUR 235.1 million, and a 45% loss in contribution, amounting to EUR 74.3 million.The gap in the production schedule and logistic hurdles were significant reasons for the production decrease, SIf said, adding that total production was 138Kton compared to 232Kton in 2017.To limit underutilization effects Sif agreed with clients to move production for the Borssele 3&4 offshore wind project, initially scheduled for manufacturing in 2019, forward to 2018.The production for Borssele 3&4 was further delayed and partly shifted into the first quarter of this year, said to be mainly because of low water levels due to extreme drought in the summer of 2018 and production delays at the steel-supplier.“We cushioned the anticipated low utilization in 2018 by agreeing with our client to produce monopiles for Borssele 3+4 in 2018 instead of 2019. The agreement came at a discount. Delays in production of steel and hampered transportation due to low water levels in Moselle and Rhine, partly frustrated our plans,” said CEO Fred van Beers.“Sif took advantage of the relatively low manufacturing activity to gear up for changing market conditions. This implies gearing up for higher utilization of our production facilities. But it also implies gearing up for changing industry standards on product surface protection (coating) and on the use of steel (less wall thickness combined with larger diameters).”Sif reported that normalized EBITDA normalized was EUR 13.3 million in 2018 compared to EUR 57.1 million in 2017, mainly due to low utilization of production capacity and lower sales margins on projects.Cash flow from operating activities was EUR 5.5 million and operating working capital stood at EUR 14.2 million, compared to EUR 7.1 million at the end of 2017. CAPEX was EUR 4.6 million.Sif claims it had seen high tender activity in 2018 that resulted in the current 365Kton order book for the 2019-2021 period with still a few 2020 and 2021 projects due for final award somewhere during the next half year.Net debt at the end of 2018 amounted to EUR 30.4 million, compared to EUR 25.1 million at the end of 2017.For 2019, Sif expects earnings to recover after the first quarter. In regard to offshore wind after 2019, it is anticipated that virtually all or a large part of the production facilities’ capacity will be utilized. Sif thus announced an increase of staffing and expects to return to close to 600 FTE during 2019.The capitalization of leases will impact EBITDA positively by approximately EUR 3.5 million per year, SIf said, adding it will lead to an increase of the balance sheet with approximately EUR 30 million.last_img read more