Particle Rages Post-Phish In NYC [A Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Jamtronica outfit Particle continues to impress with their innovative approach and execution. The band seamlessly blends their trancey jam rock for audiences across the country, and settled in New York City for a post-Phish rager on December 28th at American Beauty, just blocks from Madison Square Garden. The packed show saw the group work through material new and old, as the band has been out on the road in support of their recent release Accelerator.Check out a gallery from the night, as provided by Capacity Images.last_img read more

Biotech Leader Gains a Sweet Competitive Advantage Through Storage Capacity and Performance: SESVanderHave

first_imgIf you like sweet treats (and who doesn’t?), you’ve probably got sugar beets to thank, since they’re responsible for producing sucrose, or table sugar.And those sugar beets are likely to have started from a seed developed by Belgian biotech leader SESVanderHave. With an R&D lab that tests more than one million new genotypes and grows more than 10,000 plants in its research plots each year, SESVanderHave is on the cutting edge of the sugar beet industry.It also generates a lot of big data. Consider that a single bioinformatics project involving next-generation sequencing can generate nearly 150 terabytes of data over the life of the research.SESVanderHave’s challenge was that its legacy block storage wasn’t designed for such big data. Yet researchers kept adding large DNA files until the storage capacity ran out and the file server crashed. This significantly slowed researchers’ ability to complete new projects that were critical to maintaining the company’s market leadership.In response, SESVanderHave selected Dell EMC® Isilon® scale-out storage as the exclusive environment for its biotech researchers. The efficiencies that SESVanderHave has recognized with Isilon are significant:With Isilon, SESVanderHave has reduced the time to analyze a 20 gigabyte DNA file from one and a half days to three to four hours;Projects that could take more than a year now complete in less than three months.As a result, SESVanderHave can deliver a broader range of customized seed varieties to meet specific market needs ranging from environmental conditions to production yields. Additionally, SESVanderHave gained storage capacity and performance to accelerate its genomic research projects and bring new sugar beet seed varieties to market faster. This translates into a powerful competitive advantage.Kurt Bellen, SESVanderHave’s system team leader, says, “Our researchers can process more data, which allows our research department to stay ahead of the competition.”Isilon enables researchers to run multiple analysis tools to complete entire projects more quickly. “Now, projects which contribute to producing disease-resistant plants can be completed in a few months compared to a year before.” said Bellen.SESVanderHave’s IT organization has also benefited from Isilon by eliminating storage silos. Previously, scientists had to find space for their research results wherever they could because the company’s shared block storage wasn’t designed for big data. Now SESVanderHave has a single big data environment dedicated to biotech research.Bellen concludes, “The amount of data our biotech researchers process now compared to before helps them come up with more solutions for increasing sugar yields and overcoming threats from diseases and insects that could limit sugar beet production. This will help us maintain our global leadership for years to come.”Click here to read more about Dell EMC’s work with SESVanderHave in this customer profile.last_img read more

Chicago schools extend talks with union over in-person class

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools leaders have extended remote learning for two more and called for a “48-hour cooling-off period” amid negotiations with the teachers’ union. They’re citing progress but not a full agreement on COVID-19 safety plans for returning to schools. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says teachers would not be locked out of teaching platforms for failing to show up in person “as a gesture of good faith,” walking back an earlier threat that had prompted union officials to entertain a strike.  Both sides have have been negotiating for months on a safety plan.last_img read more

Strategic speed

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » When credit union leaders could finally take a step back and consider all the changes made in short order to serve members and protect staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they may have surprised even themselves with the agility and flexibility demonstrated in that response.The challenge moving forward is how to apply the same adaptability to confront competition and disruption in the financial services sector and to seize new opportunities. Given the tendency among some credit union leaders “to hang their hats on stability and conservatism,” the nimble response to the pandemic across the industry could be a dramatic watershed moment that facilitates more acceptance of the ongoing need for organizational agility, says John Oliver, principal with CUplanner, Palm Springs, California, and lead faculty of CUES School of Applied Strategic Management™.“Strategic agility is what markets are demanding. The notion that we might have to reinvent ourselves is tough to deal with, but the pandemic has pointed [out] that need even more,” Oliver says. “I hope the mentality has shifted with the realization that we can innovate and serve people in different ways, especially with the speed of evolution in shifting consumer behaviors likely to be a permanent trend.”last_img read more

The Peto principle

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‘Watershed moment’ in fight against terrorism welcomed

first_img 30 Views   no discussions (L-R): Jamaica’s deputy prime minister, Dr Kenneth Baugh; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; OAS Secretary General José Miguel InsulzaNEW YORK, USA — The death of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind some of the world’s most notorious terrorist attacks, represents a “watershed moment” in the fight against the scourge of terrorism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday.United States President Barack Obama announced on Sunday night that bin Laden – the founder and head of Al-Qaida – was killed by US forces at a compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, which is located close to the capital, Islamabad.Speaking to reporters at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Ban said it was “a day to remember the victims and families of victims, here in the United States and everywhere in the world.”Bin Laden claimed responsibility for the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people. He is also believed to be responsible for organizing or funding many other attacks, including the 1998 bombing of two US embassies in East Africa, the 1995 bombing of a Saudi security training centre in Riyadh and numerous attacks inside Afghanistan.Ban described bin Laden’s death as “a watershed moment in our common global fight against terrorism. The crimes of Al-Qaida touched most continents, bringing tragedy and loss of life to thousands of men, women and children.”In a statement he voiced relief at the news and commended “the work and the determined and principled commitment of many people in the world who have been struggling to eradicate international terrorism.”The secretary-general stressed that the UN would continue to lead the global campaign against terrorism, drawing from the counter-terrorism strategy adopted by the General Assembly.His remarks were echoed by General Assembly President Joseph Deiss, who said that the UN’s fight against terrorism is “undertaken in the name of all victims. Terrorists must know that there will be no impunity for their barbaric and cowardly deeds.”Deiss stressed that terrorism remains unacceptable, regardless of what form or purpose it takes.Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency this month, read out a presidential statement in which the 15-member panel welcomed the news that bin Laden “will never again be able to perpetrate such acts of terrorism.”The statement urged all countries to remain vigilant and intensify their efforts to defeat terrorism, including by working together to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of terrorist attacks.“The Security Council stresses… that terrorism will not be defeated by military force, law enforcement measures and intelligence operations alone, and can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving the active participation and collaboration of all States, and relevant international and regional organizations and civil society to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and to impede, impair, isolate and incapacitate the terrorist threat.”Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), noted that the huge number of lives lost around the world as a result of the activities of Al-Qaida.Welcoming Sunday night’s news, he stressed that nevertheless “there remains significant work in addressing terrorism, including tackling conditions that lead to or facilitate terrorism and building the legal basis needed to work against this threat to human security in a humane and effective manner.”Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, congratulated the US president, and the government and people of his country, for the important blow dealt to the criminal organization behind the worst terrorist attack in the history of the Americas.The successful operation of May 1, which culminated with the death of the head of Al Qaeda, constitutes a fundamental step in the global fight against international terrorism, he said.“Terrorist violence undermines the values and principles of the inter-American system, and democratic institutions, the rule of law, and the freedoms promoted by and established in the Charter of the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Democratic Charter,” Insulza said.“The OAS reiterates its perennial commitment to continue to promote and develop inter-American cooperation to prevent, fight, and eliminate this threat, which constitutes a serious danger to life, wellbeing, and the fundamental freedoms of all peoples, a threat to peace and international security,” the secretary general added.Jamaica’s deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, Dr Kenneth Baugh, called the death of the leader of the terrorist Al-Qaeda network “a triumph not only for the United States but for people everywhere who cherish peace, freedom, and democracy.”The government of Jamaica said it is satisfied that justice has indeed been served by the execution of Osama Bin Laden by US Special Forces and commends the US government and military for their resolve and tenacity in the fight against international terrorism.“The events of 9/11 represented the most egregious terrorist assault, killing thousands of innocent citizens of the United States and many other nations, including Jamaica. We were united then in our resolve to overcome this scourge and we remain even more vigilant in view of the possibility of retaliatory action from the terrorist cells spawned by Bin Laden,” Baugh said.Jamaica remains committed to the fight against international terrorism in all its forms and maintains its firm support for united international efforts to foster peace and security around the world, he added.by Global News StaffCaribbean News Now NewsRegional ‘Watershed moment’ in fight against terrorism welcomed by: – May 3, 2011last_img read more

Villarreal hold on to Chukwueze’s magic touch against Granada

first_img Javier Calleja’s side trail fourth-placed Atletico Madrid with five points, and Real Sociedad and Getafe by three. Chukwueze was brilliant in the midweek win over Real Mallorca, and could retain his place in the team when they face Granada in ninth.Advertisement Six points from six for Villarreal, coupled with the failings of the teams above them, has put the Yellow Submarine in the mix to end in the Champions League spots or at least secure a place in Europe. Success for the seventh-placed Villarreal could see them leapfrog either Sociedad or Getafe if the duo falls to losses against Real Madrid and Eibar respectively. read also:Golden Boy 2020:  Saka, Anjorin listed, Osimhen Chukwueze out Since coming back from the break, Granada have beaten top four contenders Getafe and miraculously tied Betis. After they face us, they get Leganes and Eibar while we face Sevilla and Valencia. Losing is not an option. A draw would still put us in a bind. This has to be a win. Granada is 8th in xG differential but gives up more than a goal per match on average. We ought to get on the score sheet if we can find a way to get our striker consistently involved. They aren’t particularly prolific on offense but as we mentioned above our defensive situation ain’t great. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

Northern Ireland secure qualification for Euro 2016 with 3-1 victory over Greece

first_imgNorthern Ireland are heading to their first ever European Championship after captain Steven Davis and Josh Magennis kicked off celebrations 30 years in the making at Windsor Park. The nation has not been seen a major tournament since the 1986 World Cup but that will all change in France next summer after an unforgettable 3-1 victory in Belfast. Michael O’Neill’s men knew three points would be enough to make history and, when Davis stabbed home Stuart Dallas’ 35th-minute cross, the promised land moved a mighty step closer. Press Association Northern Ireland began with bristling intent, with three corners in the first five minutes and one rasping shot into the side-netting from Oliver Norwood. The febrile fans soon had something significant to celebrate – a Faroe Islands goal 11,000 miles away in Budapest. Regardless of the result in Belfast, anything less than a Hungary win would be enough for O’Neill’s men. In the end, Hungary’s comeback win was an irrelevance. Northern Ireland thought they had a vital breakthrough in the 24th minute, Dallas gliding past Vasilis Torosidis on the left before cutting the ball across goal. It trickled just behind the advancing Magennis, but he swiftly repositioned and hooked a shot goalwards from eight yards. Vangelis Moras did brilliantly to get a healthy deflection on it and instead of nestling in the corner it rolled to safety. Jamie Ward tried his luck from 25 yards as Northern Ireland surged again, but his shot was a fraction high and a fraction wide. The visitors were being penned back by an industrious front three of Magennis, Dallas and Ward but it took a moment of vision from Corry Evans to crack things open. The Blackburn midfielder, only playing because of Hughes’ injury, appeared to have few options available when he spotted Dallas on the move and pinged a precision pass from left to right. The winger took a clean first touch and sent a measured ball across goal, where Davis was on hand to fling himself forward and stab home. The reaction was electric, on and off the pitch, with Davis pointing to the skies. Greece almost spoiled the script in first-half stoppage time, Kostas Mitroglou striking the post seconds after a brave block from Norwood. But by the start of the second half French tricolours had begun to pop up in the crowd. If it is bad luck to tempt fate, somebody forgot to tell Magennis. The 25-year-old looked to be in no position to steer home Norwood’s corner but he arched his neck and sent a looping header past the despairing Orestis Karnezis. A first international goal was followed by a huge, all-consuming bear hug for O’Neill, the manager who had handed him the opportunity. It was job done – in terms of qualification at least – but Davis was not finished yet. Just before the hour mark another corner exposed Greece’s dreadful marking, Davis netting his seventh Northern Ireland goal with a looping header home from the edge of the area. The green shirts congregated in a touchline huddle around their inspirational skipper, united in joy and relief. With matters settled so emphatically, the last 20 minutes were little more than an elaborate lap of honour. O’Neill went to his bench three times to allow Liam Boyce, Niall McGinn and Luke McCullough a taste of the stellar atmosphere. Greece finally gained a consolation three minutes from time, though Christos Aravidis’ close-range finish barely merited a reaction from either side. This was Northern Ireland’s night, after three long decades of waiting. But this was not a night when the Green and White Army would squeak home – this was a party. Kilmarnock forward Magennis – a converted goalkeeper who had never scored an international goal before – made it two with a deft header and the inspirational Davis nodded in his second just before the hour mark. The Southampton midfielder was just a year old when Billy Bingham’s boys went to Mexico and, having described this match as the biggest of his career at his pre-game press conference, he was a fitting figurehead. So too Magennis, whose low profile and unique back story epitomise the spirit in this squad. He would not have been on the pitch had Kyle Lafferty not been suspended – nor if he had made it with the gloves at Cardiff as a teenager. Northern Ireland were without not just Lafferty but also the banned Chris Baird and Conor McLaughlin and the injured Jonny Evans and Aaron Hughes. Their resources were tested to the limit, but the likes of Magennis, Paddy McNair and Corry Evans were not found wanting. Their nerveless showing was met with unfettered delight by 11,700 frenzied fans – a number curtailed by construction work but including local hero Rory McIlroy and IBF superbantamweight champion Carl Frampton. last_img read more

Tip leads police to nurse home struggling with amount of dead bodies

first_imgThe Andover Police department in New Jersey says a tip about a possible body in a shed, has led them to find that one of the states largest nursing homes has been struggling to deal with the amount of deceased people in their care.The discovery was made on Monday at the Andover Subacute and Rehab Center II.Police say when they arrived to the location they did not find a body in a shed, however, they did find that the facility only built to handle four deceased people at a time, had at least 17 bodies.Each of the bodies were found in the building’s morgue in a body bag that identified each person.Authorities say they were asked to assist medical staff in relocating 13 of the bodies to a refrigerated trailer at Newton Medical Center.Four of the bodies remained at the morgue.“The staff was clearly overwhelmed and probably short-staffed,” Andover Police Chief Eric Danielson, one of the responding officers, told CNN. “The residents were expiring. Why? We’re not sure if it’s from Covid-19 or from other diseases, but we tried our best to ease the burden.”Danielson went on to say that he has never seen so many bodies at once in a nursing home:“It is by far one of the most bodies at one time that I’ve experienced in terms of a nursing home. Based upon the pandemic and the numbers we saw coming out of the facility, I don’t know if I’m necessarily shocked about that. It’s an unfortunate situation altogether.”While the center has been linked to around 68 cases of the coronavirus with 28 deaths, it is unclear if any of the 17 deceased was affected by the virus.The 2,543 licensed beds, making it one of the largest nursing homes in New Jersey, however, the facility was rated “much below average” by Medicare in March according to Danielson.last_img read more

Asa Goldstock returns as SU’s starting goaltender after doubt-ridden season

first_img Comments When Syracuse’s season came to an end in double-overtime against Princeton in the NCAA tournament last year, starting goalkeeper Asa Goldstock was on the bench. She’d been pulled from the goal midway through the first half by SU head coach Gary Gait after stopping just four of the Tigers’ 11 shots.For the first time in her career, Goldstock became skeptical about her play. Previously the top-ranked goalie at Niskayuna (new york) high school’s class of 2016, Goldstock didn’t know how else to react, other than cheer for Hannah Van Middelem, who replaced her in net.“I’d never experienced that prior to coming to Syracuse,” Goldstock said. “I think I wish I did, so I’d have the better ability to deal with those emotions.”The junior started every game for the Orange last season but faced the pressure of knowing Gait had little patience for her letting up goals — she allowed 10 or more goals 11 times in 2018. Her ability to regroup and refocus wasn’t where it needed to be, and that affected her play. Since Syracuse’s loss to Princeton, Goldstock’s worked on her mental toughness through meditation, visualization and positivity. In practice, she worked with the attack, improved her agility and often met with defenders to improve SU’s defensive chemistry. Now, after a season in which she doubted herself for the first time, Goldstock is back in net as No. 11 Syracuse’s (2-0) starting goalie.“She’s playing outstanding right now,” Gait said. “She’s a very talented goalie and if she gets it all together mentally and physically she’ll be outstanding.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorGoldstock was benched in favor of then-freshman Van Middelem three weeks before watching SU’s season end from the sidelines. In the Orange’s 21-12 ACC tournament loss to North Carolina, Goldstock lasted just six minutes before Van Middelem took her spot.Goldstock cheered for her team when Van Middelem was inserted into the game, but the positivity lacked in terms of her thoughts about her own play. She’d immediately run to a coach or a fellow goalie and ask them what she specifically did wrong to earn a benching. Goldstock’s roommate, Julie Cross, gave the goalie reassurance in her game that Goldstock didn’t have in herself.“There was never any doubt in her game for me personally,” Cross said. “I think having that confidence and telling her how I feel about her playing and I think that definitely helps her boost her confidence on the field for the next game.”While some of her results during games didn’t match her expectations, Goldstock saw her failures as chances to improve. In practice during the season, she’d pull players aside to practice by letting them shoot on her.That continued into the summer, when Goldstock ran more to improve her short distance speed. Although she said she’s “not a big runner,” the additional training made her faster and allowed her to move with the ball quicker. Then, during fall ball, Goldstock “grinded” to leave no doubt in Gait’s mind that she should start in goal during SU’s first game against Connecticut.“I think sometimes a lot of players get complacent and I think that’s where it really hurts us,” Cross said. “(But) she would pick up her energy in practice and I think that led to the great games that she would have.”Her mental improvement was furthered when SU worked with a sports psychologist that focused on meditation. He showed them the proper way to meditate, which included visualizing positive events.Like most athletes, Goldstock always envisioned herself having success on the field. But last season, her positive attitude prior to games didn’t carry into games. After each goal that she allowed, the positivity would wear away.“I do a lot of visualizing before games,” Goldstock said. “It’s more just about being positive and staying positive when we’re going into a game, and in a game, if I get scored on.”On Friday during Syracuse’s season-opener, Goldstock listened to the final buzzer from the same place she ended last season: the sideline. But this time, it was because the junior gave up just four goals in over 48 minutes in a Syracuse blow out win.When she was replaced, instead of going off the field with her head down, Goldstock’s jog was full of energy. The first person she high-fived once she got back to the bench was Cross, who greeted Goldstock’s smile with one of her own.“I realized I only have two more seasons left, and I’m not gonna get these years back,” Goldstock said. “So there’s no point in dwelling on anything. I’m just excited to be positive out there…and positivity will hopefully lead to success.” Published on February 13, 2019 at 11:21 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more