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  • Two Tropical Storms at Work in the Atlantic

    first_imgAfter a quiet couple weeks, two tropical storms are spinning over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean.At the moment, neither is expected to affect Ocean City in any substantial way.The five-day forecast takes Tropical Storm Gonzalo on a track off the East Coast of the U.S.As of Sunday evening, Hurricane Fay was about 300 miles northeast of Bermuda and moving away from the United States toward the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.Fay is expected to weaken, but relatively small surf swell (3-foot) could possibly reach Ocean City on Monday, according to some surf forecasts.Tropical Storm Gonzalo had sustained winds of 45 mph as it headed toward the Caribbean on Sunday evening, but the system is expected to reach hurricane strength by Tuesday morning.The projected track for Gonzalo takes the storm on a track off the east coast of Florida. The current forecast does not predict the path of the storm from there. The National Hurricane Center map shows the positions of Hurricane Fay and Tropical Storm Gonzalo.last_img read more

  • News story: Defence Secretary announces £400m investment for nuclear-armed submarines

    first_imgThe last vessel to carry the name HMS Valiant was the second Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine.Launched in 1963, she took part in the Navy’s first tactical exercise under the Arctic ice and played an important role in the Falklands War, deterring the Argentine surface fleet from closing the islands.The latest investment comes after £960-million worth of contracts were announced in May to ramp up the current phase of construction for the UK’s four nuclear-armed Dreadnought submarines.Submarine Delivery Agency Chief Executive Ian Booth said: The Academy for Skills and Knowledge is essential in developing the vast range of talent in Barrow and ensures that the workforce is equipped with the best possible tools needed to meet the ever-growing demands placed on the UK’s submarine construction industry. Next year marks half-a-century since British nuclear-armed submarines began patrolling the waters in response to the danger posed by the Cold War – and the world is again facing a raft of intensifying threats. This £400m investment will ensure the Dreadnought programme remains on track, so we continue to have a nuclear deterrent at sea for decades to come. Not only does today’s news see us safeguard 8,000 jobs right now, but I have also opened a brand new multi-million-pound facility to train Britain’s submarine engineers of the future. Today’s funding announcement comes a year after the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, which set out a long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK.It demonstrates how defence is building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure. This is a fantastic facility that will provide a unique environment in which to train our growing workforce. Our investment in skills will not only ensure we have a pipeline of world-class talent available to deliver our complex programmes, but will also positively contribute to the economic prosperity of the region and the UK’s engineering industry. The new academy will give our current and future workforce access to the very latest in learning and development, demonstrating our lasting commitment not just to our current employees but to those who will join our company in years to come. The planned funding release, which supports the building phase of the programme, came as the Defence Secretary unveiled a £25-million BAE Systems academy that will upskill employees to work on Royal Navy submarines for the next two decades.The £400-million investment will safeguard more than 8,000 jobs in Barrow and across the UK, which are all supported by the £31-billion Dreadnought programme and supply chain.The announcement was made during the Defence Secretary’s visit to BAE Systems’ site in Barrow-in-Furness, where he also named the second Dreadnought submarine as HMS Valiant.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: The Submarine Academy for Skills and Knowledge will provide around 2,500 people a month – including 600 apprentices from across industry and the Ministry of Defence – with invaluable skills and training to benefit the work carried out on the Dreadnought and Astute submarine programmes.Cliff Robson, Managing Director of BAE Systems Submarines, said:last_img read more

  • Businesses must ‘step up to the plate’ to cut food waste

    first_imgBusinesses in the retail and foodservice sector have been urged by the government to take ‘ground-breaking action’ to reduce the mountain of food waste produced in the UK.The call comes from the government’s food surplus and waste champion Ben Elliot ahead of a symposium called ‘Step up to the plate’, which he will host alongside environment secretary Michael Gove.Attendees at the event, which takes place at the London V&A Museum on Monday 13 May, will be expected to sign up to a number of commitments around measuring and reducing food waste, as well as inspiring others to do the same. The call extends as far as chefs and social media influencers.The pledge asks attendees to reduce food waste by:Setting an ambitious target to halve food waste by 2030 in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.Adopting the WRAP and IGD Food Waste Reduction Roadmap to have half of all 250 of the of the UK’s largest food businesses measuring, reporting and acting on food waste by 2019.Embracing a Food Conversation week of action in November 2019 to highlight the changes we can all make.Using their voice and profile to empower and encourage citizens, including the younger generation.Changing their habits as an individual to be Food Value Champion at work and at home, buying only what they need and eating what they buy.“Together, we must end the moral, economic, and environmental scandal of food waste. The UK is showing real leadership in this area, but I urge businesses to join me in signing the pledge so we can bring about real change,” said Gove.“Every year, around 100,000 tonnes of readily available and perfectly edible food goes uneaten. It’s time to join together and ‘Step up to the Plate’ to stop good food going to waste.”Elliot added that he hoped the symposium and pledge would “spark action, not just conversation”.The move has been welcomed by the UK Former Foodstuffs Processors Association (UKFFPA). “More and more people have been acknowledging the need to reduce food waste. We welcomed Ben Elliot’s appointment and see this latest initiative as another important step towards greater food waste reduction,” said UKFFPA chairman Paul Featherstone.“The work of UKFFPA – taking food that cannot be consumed by humans and putting it back into the food supply chain as animal feed – is a critical part of the ‘circular economy’ and makes a significant contribution to food waste reduction.”In addition, the government today (8 May) announced it had awarded £4m to four redistribution organisations across England to help overcome the barriers in getting food currently going to waste onto people’s plates.The successful bids came from Fareshare, Company Shop Group, The Felix Project and Food Works Sheffield.As part of the exercise, the organisations had to put forward proposals on how they would increase redistribution of food. Solutions included developing new supply routes from growers and local distributors, funding new lines and additional staff, as well as increasing capacity for repackaging and labelling.A further round of funding will focus on improving infrastructure for companies to redistribute even more of the estimated 100,000 tonnes of food that is edible and readily available, but goes uneaten. Instead, this food is currently sent away for generating energy, anaerobic digestion or animal feed.last_img read more

  • Tom Marshall Interviews The Guitarist Of Phish Tribute Band Runaway Gin On Podcast

    first_imgJust a couple weeks ago, we told you about an evening where renowned Phish lyricist Tom Marshall was called up on stage with the band Runaway Gin. At The 8×10 in Baltimore, MD, the band spelled out “Tom Marshall” with their first set,  and welcomed him for vocals on “Brian And Robert” in set two.It seems that the two entities did more than just play together, as Runaway Gin guitarist Andy Greenberg is featured on the newest episode of Under The Scales, Marshall’s new podcast. Just one week after interviewing Trey Anastasio (listen here), Marshall returns with a sharp look at the Phish tribute scene. RJ Bee of Helping Friendly Podcast also joins in the conversation.Listen to the new episode, streaming below.last_img read more

  • A Guide Through The First 10 Phish Festivals Ahead Of Curveball

    first_imgThis weekend, Phish fans from all over will converge on Watkins Glen, NY for Curveball, Phish’s 11th multi-day festival. Starting with The Clifford Ball in 1996, Phish festivals have taken on a mythology all of their own in addition to serving as the prototype for many of today’s larger music festivals. Check out a brief history of Phish festivals, #1–10.1. The Clifford Ball – August 16-17, 1996 – Plattsburgh, NYNamed after aviator event planner Clifford Ball (“a beacon of light in the world of flight”), the very first Phish festival, The Clifford Ball, was held at a former Air Force base about an hour outside of Phish’s hometown, Burlington, VT. With overhead aerial activity, on-the-ground carnival attractions, and seven sets of Phish, the concert brought a whopping 70,000 people and millions of dollars to the local economy.Phish brought in lots of musicians, including a classical violin quartet, a blues quartet, a choral quintet, guitar soloists, and the Clifford Ball Orchestra, who played some of Trey Anastasio’s favorite classical tunes. Phish played seven sets in total, including a 3:30 AM set on a flatbed truck in the middle of the parking lot.“Flatbed Jam”[Video: Phish]“The Lizards”[Video: Phish]2. The Great Went – August 16-17, 1997 – Limestone, MEJust one year later, Phish launched the sequel to The Clifford Ball, The Great Went. Over two days, Phish took over Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, ME, playing over 500 minutes of music across six sets and two encores.Some of the highlights of the festival: the world’s largest fire truck hosing down the audience, over 1,100 people posing nude for a photographer touring the country, another orchestra, one of the greatest “Bathtub Gin” jams you’ll ever hear, and the infamous disco set, where all four members of the band played keyboards/synthesizers for roughly an hour straight, beginning at 2 AM.“The Wedge”, “Beauty of My Dreams”[Video: silverchair97]“Bathtub Gin”3. The LemonWheel – August 15-16, 1998 – Limestone, MEReturning to the Loring Air Force Base in Maine, Phish brought back their festival back for a third consecutive year. Phish brought some theatrics with them this time around, orchestrating a long fuse setup that zig0zagged across the stage, leading along the perimeter fence until it reached a large elephant (reportedly) named Lee. Meanwhile, the band played “Baby Elephant Walk”, with Fishman on the trombone and Trey on the drums. The elephant hung around the festival grounds until at least 3 in the morning.The band also played an ambient instrumental set by candlelight in the wee hours of Sunday morning, improvising for nearly an hour. Listen below:“Ambient Jam”4. Camp Oswego – July 17-18, 1999 – Volney, NYPhish continued their summer festival tradition for the fourth summer in a row in 1999, bringing Del McCoury Band, The Slip, and Ozomatli out to the Oswego County Airport in upstate New York for Camp Oswego. Aside from playing five sets throughout the two days, Phish attempted to break a world record by coordinating a “Meatstick” dance with the ~65,000 in attendance. However, the Guinness Book of World Records (who were on hand) said that Phish did not break it. Check out a mini-documentary about the festival below:“A Trip To Oswego”[Video: thegreatboognish]5. Big Cypress –  December 30-31, 1999 – Big Cypress Indian Reservation, FLTo ring in the new millennium, Phish hosted largest millennium music performance in the world (more than: Sting, Barbra Streisand, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Eagles, Eminem, Jimmy Buffett, Kiss, Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Elton John), with 85,000 in attendance at Big Cypress National Preserve in southern Florida.The most notable achievement from the performance is the full seven-and-a-half hour set of music from Phish on New Year’s Eve, which lasted until sunrise on New Years Day. They even brought security guards to line the side of the stage, only taking breaks to use their onstage port-o-potty.Watch the magic unfold below:Big Cypress – The Long Set6. IT – August 2-3, 2003 – Limestone, METhe first festival in the ‘2.0’ era—and the band’s 6th festival overall—returned to the summertime, once again at Loring Air Force Base (the site of The Great Went and The LemonWheel). Once again, Phish was the only one at the festival, playing seven sets over the course of two days. They even played a 2:30 AM improv set at the top of an air traffic control tower, complete with dangling aerialists and a customized light show. The festival also featured all-time renditions of several songs including this epic “Chalkdust Torture” jam.“Chalkdust Torture”[Video: justin][Video: The Phish Jams]7. Coventry – August 13-15, 2004 – Coventry, VTCoventry was the infamous 2004 festival that marked what was, at the time, the end of Phish. The band brought between 65- and 68,000 fans for their final six sets of music, though the festival was plagued with disaster. Heavy rain throughout the preceding week left the festival grounds muddy and unmanageable, and many fans had to park along the highway. Some hiked over 30 miles to get to the festival. As a side note, the Phish organization paid for the entirety of the cleanup process, as fans inevitably trashed the local roads surrounding Coventry.The actual performances were remarkably sad, as the band handed out their trampolines during “You Enjoy Myself” and broke down crying during several songs, including Page McConnell tearing up during “Wading In The Velvet Sea.” Warning, this video is emotional.“Wading in the Velvet Sea”[Video: Bowa4141]8. Festival 8 – October 30 – November 1, 2009 – Indio, CAFortunately for all of us, the Phish story has a happy ending, as the band reunited five years later in 2009, and have been growing stronger and more innovative ever since. In their first year back, Phish announced a “save the date” for a mystery event, with states being removed individually from an interactive online map. Eventually, the location of California remained, and Festival 8 was held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, where Coachella hosts their annual event.As the festival surrounded Halloween, Phish delivered their customary musical “costume set,” covering The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street and calling on members of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings for the performance.Exile on Main Street Set[Video: highwaybill]9. Superball IX – July 1-3, 2011 – Watkins Glen, NYBack in the swing of things, Phish held another “3.0” festival at the Watkins Glen International, a racetrack near the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. It was the first musical event at the racetrack since Summer Jam at Watkins Glen in 1973, which featured The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and The Band.The festival featured seven full sets from Phish over the course of three days, in addition to one hidden set in a self-storage building with surround sound designed as part of an art installation. Check out this great montage from the event:Superball IX Montage[Video: 0619Sean]“Storage Jam”10. Magnaball – August 21-23, 2015In 2015, following a highly praised summer tour, Phish returned to Watkins Glen for their 10th festival, Magnaball. One of the strongest festivals in years, Magna featured a “Mock Song” with altered lyrics that referenced past Phish festivals (“Clifford, Super, Magnaball…I’ve known them all”), an impressive “Bathtub Gin”, an all-time great “Tweezer” > “Prince Caspian” jam, and much, much more. In addition, the festival grounds featured a massive drive-in screen with “Magnaball” displayed across the top. Late Saturday night, Phish performed a nearly hour-long improv session behind the screen, which displayed an intricate visualizer as they played.“Tweezer -> Prince Caspian”“Drive-In Jam”[Video: thegreatboognish]11. Curveball – August 17-19, 2018…Only one way to find out. See you in Watkins Glen!last_img read more

  • Dell EMC is Taking Azure Stack to the Tactical Edge

    first_imgThe promise of Microsoft Azure Stack is to make Azure services available on-premises as organizations are increasingly deploying hybrid cloud approaches. Imagine the power of running these same services where “on-premises” extends to being in the field and truly remote locations. Now you can put your imagination to work because Dell EMC just made this scenario a reality.Today we are excited to announce the Dell EMC Tactical Microsoft Azure Stack, a ruggedized and field-deployable product for Azure Stack which will be available beginning in the United States during the first quarter of this year. It will be sold and supported by Dell EMC and our partners, and availability will be extended to other countries throughout the year.Tactical Azure Stack is the first and only ruggedized Azure Stack product available for tactical edge deployments. Based on our proven all-flash Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, it brings an Azure consistent-cloud to operating environments with:Limited or no network connectivityFully mobile, or high portability (“2-person lift”) requirementsHarsh conditions requiring military specifications solutionsHigh security requirements, with optional connectivity to Azure Government and Azure Government SecretThis new offering demonstrates how Dell EMC leveraged our server design expertise and our exclusive partnership with Tracewell Systems to develop a new platform that expands Azure Stack use cases. For customers, it provides a familiar environment and consistent experience for Azure-based services in the field. In addition, Tactical Azure Stack incorporates Dell EMC features including automated patch and update capabilities, PowerEdge hardware management, and integration with Isilon, CloudLink, and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Customers also benefit with one call to Dell EMC for service and support of the entire hardware stack.The product’s core components are identical to our currently shipping all-flash Data Center Azure stack offering. For cloud operators, developers and tenants, there are no differences between the Tactical Azure Stack and Data Center Azure Stack. Our industry exclusive firmware update automation and Dell EMC services and support are all consistent whether you’re running in a comfortable data center or in a harsh, mobile, or forward deployed environment.The management case includes the hardware lifecycle host, 25GbE Top of Rack switches, as well as the baseboard management switch. Additional “core” transit cases, each holding two T-R640 scale unit servers can be added up to the full node limits of Microsoft Azure Stack. At just 41.5” high, and 25.6” operating depth, the Tactical Microsoft Azure Stack unlocks a wide variety of use cases for government, military, energy and mining applications. It can also be ideal in forward deployments and mobile environments in marine, aerospace and other harsh or demanding conditions.We are thrilled to be leading the way to the Tactical Edge in partnership with Tracewell Systems and Microsoft. For more information about how to join us in this exciting journey, follow Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack for more information and contact your Dell EMC account representative.last_img read more

  • University researchers use artificial intelligence to increase CT screening efficiency

    first_imgResearchers at Notre Dame are using artificial intelligence to improve CT screening efficiency and relieve the burdens of the radiologists in diagnosing patients with COVID-19. Yiyu Shi, a professor of engineering and computer science, is a principal investigator of this research project.“Essentially, it’s just an AI software program that computes based on an input, which is an [CT] image and it will produce an output, which is the prediction result being positive or not,” Shi said.  Weiwen Jiang, a postdoctorate in the department of computer science and engineering and co-principal investigator, said there were two main phases involved with developing the AI model.  “The first phase is called the training phase, where we use training datasets online to train our model,” he said. “After the training phase, we will go through the testing process which is the second phase. In this phase, we use the model to make predictions based on a CT image from a real case.”The shortage of PCR tests when COVID-19 first began motivated Jiang to improve the screening efficiency using his expertise in machine learning algorithms. “This pandemic made a very bad impact worldwide, so we would like to make some contribution to [combat] such a crisis,” Jiang said. Shi said he was inspired to start working on this research project after witnessing the complicated process of running a CT screening for radiologists. “In my research, I work extensively with doctors and radiologists at different hospitals, and one feedback I got from them with the coronavirus is that they’re overloaded with all the CT images to read from different locations and then see if it’s positive or not,” Shi said. “Those CT images are 3D and there are multiple slices, so then they have to look at each individual one to make a decision … to make a diagnosis and that takes a long time.” Shi and his research team has already finished the AI network, and are currently working to transfer the network to a flash drive. “We already have a network now that can give pretty accurate predictions,” he said. “We are just trying to put that network into a plug-and-play USB stick so that when a doctor needs to use that assistance, he/she can just plug the USB stick into a computer and then run the program, and it [the network] will give the results in just a few minutes.”The biggest challenge for Shi and his team has been trying to maximize the computational power of the algorithm while not encroaching on the privacy of patients. “Tthis whole network takes a lot of computation in order to get to the final prediction,” Shi said. “Now, if this whole thing can be put on Amazon Cloud, or cloud service, then it can be pretty straightforward and easy. But, the problem is that we don’t want any patient’s data to be uploaded to the cloud, which would cause a lot of problems. So ideally, the prediction needs to be done locally on a computer and that will have very limited computational power.”In addition to faculty and graduate students, five undergraduate students have also contributed to the research, Shi said. “They are in my computer engineering capstone design class, and they chose to use this project as their capstone project, which is great,” he said. “So it’s part of their coursework and at the same time, getting something very useful for the community.”Currently, the research team is working on perfecting the current design and making the model efficient.“We’re basically still working on compressing the model and we will make some adjustments next month,” graduate student Dewen Zeng said. Shi’s research team has been progressing fast on their timeline, and hopes to have the whole project ready for a wide release later this fall. “We expect that we’ll be able to run the program on the USB stick by the end of this month or maybe early October,” Shi said. “And we’ll spend maybe a month, or so, trying to optimize the performance and the computation on a USB stick to make it faster and make it more accurate on that USB stick where we have very limited resources. And hopefully, we’ll be able to release the results. It’s going to be open source. Anyone can use it when we release it in mid-November.” Tags: Artifical Intelligence, Computer Engineering, CT scanslast_img read more

  • Watch First Trailer of Benedict Cumberbatch-Led Hamlet

    first_img View Comments It’s not long now until the sweet prince will arrive in movie theaters around the world and we have our first trailer to whet our appetites (as if we needed it). We are of course referring to the Benedict Cumberbatch-led Hamlet, one of the most talked-about productions of the play in its 400 or so years in existence. The Shakespeare classic is currently running at London’s Barbican and those lovely folks over at National Theatre Live will be broadcasting the Lyndsey Turner-helmed show on October 15. Check out below as the Olivier winner and Oscar nominee teases us with those dulcet tones. What a piece of work is Benedict, indeed…last_img read more

  • 7 underrated work skills that will get you a raise

    first_img 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Hard work, negotiating prowess, teamwork: These are on every list of job skills that can help you get a raise. Hence, every one of your co-workers — the ones competing for that promotion you want — know about them, too.But there are many other, lesser-known and vastly underrated key skills that could help you make more money. Here are seven such skills, and how to get them.1. Concise CommunicationWe all know that many employers highly regard great communication skills, but being concise will put you at the top of the raise list, said Igor Kholkin, an operations manager with web design and marketing company Coalition Technologies.“People who can make a point in as few words as possible are terrific candidates for management positions,” he said. “They are time-efficient, and they can explain anything quickly.” continue reading »last_img read more

  • School Delays

    first_imgThere are a few delays in our area on Friday morning due to the weather. Click here to see if your school has a delay on Friday.last_img