While The Grateful Dead‘s 2015 50th anniversary shows were billed as Fare Thee Well, the spirit of the Dead has been as lively as ever over the last year, with solo projects like Bob Weir‘s solo Blue Mountain album and accompanying “Campfire Tour,” new iterations and rotating offshoots like Dead & Company and Phil & Friends, and various exciting collaborations (remember that time Bobby sat in with Phish?). Now, the band is commencing a new, large-scale reissue series.The first installment of this project–a deluxe release of the band’s eponymous 1967 debut album–will be available for purchase on January 20th. In addition to the original album, the set includes previously unreleased audio tracks from the Dead’s late-July 1966 Vancouver shows which are among the earliest live recordings of the band. The recordings capture the Dead’s early blues-y sound, before they kicked the psychedelia aspect into high gear toward the end of the decade.Today, the Grateful Dead shared audio of their performance of blues standard “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” from the July 29, 1966 Vancouver show, featuring harmonica and vocals from the late Ron “Pigpen” McKernan. Give it a listen below:We can’t wait for the Dead to continue to roll out classic gems like this one![via Entertainment Weekly]
Chicago-based electronic producer Manic Focus has announced The Star Sweeper Tour that will take him throughout North America with support from Artifakts, Marvel Years, and Russ Liquid.Riding the success of his 2017 Minds Rising release, and subsequently, last year’s guest-filled Minds Rising Remixes, Manic Focus’s upcoming live shows are not to be missed. The multi-genre producer has hit a new stride in his career, creating a resonating tone that’s entirely his own, graduating to larger venues, and inviting you all to join in for the ride. Having worked with GRiZ, The Floozies, Lettuce, Pretty Lights, Break Science, and more, you never know who else might be around to hop on stage.In addition to his previously-announced January dates–which include Florida stops at Tallahassee’s The Wilbury, Jacksonville’s 1904 Music Hall, Tampa’s The Orpheum, Ft. Lauderdale’s Culture Room, and Gainesville’s High Dive with Artifakts–Manic Focus aka John “JmaC” McCarten will spend the next few months hopping around the country.In February, he’ll hit Columbus, OH’s Dahlia (2/15), Los Angeles, CA’s The Roxy Theatre (2/22), and Tempe, AZ’s Shady Park (2/23), sharing select dates with fellow producer Marvel Years. Then, in March, Manic Focus will headline the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on March 1st, before heading to Virginia Beach, VA’s Peabody’s (3/2) and Greensboro, NC’s The Blind Tiger (3/22).Manic Focus will spend April traversing the Midwest, with shows in Indianapolis, IN’s The Vogue (4/5), Detroit, MI’s The Majestic (4/6), Louisville, KY’s Headliners Music Hall (4/11), Charlotte, NC’s Visulite Theatre (4/12), Fayetteville, AR’s George’s Majestic Lounge (4/18), St. Louis, MO’s Old Rock House (4/19), and Madison, WI’s Majestic Theatre (4/20), with another date to be added in the middle of the month.In May, the quest will continue with dates in Fargo, ND’s Sanctuary Events Center (5/2), Minneapolis, MN’s First Avenue (5/3), Iowa City, IA’s Blue Moose Tap House (5/4), Boston, MA’s The Middle East (5/18), as well as a previously announced performance at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL. There is a second TBA show in May that fans can anticipate.Russ Liquid will join the tour for select April and May dates, which you can see in detail below. Head to Manic Focus’ website for additional information on his upcoming tour and tickets.
Middle schoolers in three Massachusetts communities are peering deep into the night skies this year, controlling robotic telescopes on their own to observe the moon, the planets, and the stars.The children are part of a unique after-school partnership between Harvard University and the communities of Cambridge, Lynn, and Fall River, Mass. Called ITEAMS, for Innovative Technology-Enabled Astronomy for Middle Schools, the program is funded by the National Science Foundation and aims to use astronomy to introduce students to subjects central to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It also aims to keep them engaged in math and science at a time in their academic lives when some students are turning away from those subjects.“Astronomy is intrinsically interesting to everyone,” said Bruce Ward, senior research associate and ITEAMS manager at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “This [astronomy] becomes a wonderful hook to get kids to see the value of STEM.”The program is run by science educators at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), whose researchers probe fundamental questions about the universe, such as its probable creation in the big bang, its expansion afterward, and what conditions are like on planets circling other stars.Through an online interface, the students can give instructions to three robotic telescopes located on the CfA’s roof in Cambridge and at the Whipple Observatory in Arizona. The short, boxy telescopes rely on the same CCD technology to take images that is employed in millions of digital cameras. Images taken of the night sky are e-mailed to the students the next morning for processing and discussion in class.Ward said the program was originally designed for 60 kids across all three towns, but twice that many showed interest, causing organizers to expand it. About half of the students are beginning their second year in the program, Ward said, allowing them to move on to more sophisticated imaging.“The kids are voting with their feet, and really coming,” Ward said.At the students’ instructions, the telescopes point at distant objects in the sky, from the familiar moon and nearby planets, such as Jupiter, to mysterious spiral galaxies and interstellar clouds of gas and dust called “nebulas.” Because the telescopes follow the students’ instructions, Ward said, the images they take can be imperfect: over- or underexposed, off-color, or blurry. By correcting their mistakes, students learn not only about the objects they’re targeting, but also about light and color, distance and perspective.“The most important factor is that you learn from your mistakes. That’s an article of science, you learn more from your mistakes than from your successes,” Ward said. “We want kids to go down blind alleys. You don’t take a 30-second exposure of the moon. They get guidance, yes, but not controlling guidance.”Students also go on field trips and visit the telescope on the CfA’s roof at least once to see it. During an October visit to Cambridge by Fall River students, students not only met their robotic partner in the ITEAMS endeavor, but they also got to see a bit of U.S. astronomical history, visiting telescopes it shares roof space with, including the Great Refractor, built in 1847, which for 20 years was the nation’s largest telescope.During their day at Harvard, the students also visited the University’s Earth and Planetary Sciences Visualization Lab and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and participated in class exercises whose aim was to help them better understand the concepts of distance, size, and scale.The students, from the Matthew J. Kuss School in Fall River, were shepherded by science teachers Sarah Chapin and Sandy Sullivan, who said they are beginning a research project focused on Jupiter and its four biggest moons.“Getting to use the telescope is very exciting for the students and myself,” Sullivan said.Lin Tucker, coordinator of science and engineering at the Benjamin Banneker Public Charter School in Cambridge, said that, as an after-school program, ITEAMS gives teachers flexibility to cover topics that are of interest to students that may not show up on required tests.“It lets us play around with some ideas that are not on MCAS but which are inherently interesting to kids,” Tucker said, adding that ideas introduced during ITEAMS sessions can make their way back to the regular classroom. “Student [mental] models of what space is, how objects in space are — their size, how they relate to each other — is very fuzzy.”Ward said the program is aimed at underserved communities and seeks to increase the awareness of opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math for girls and in Hispanic and African-American communities.Science teacher Laurie Ferhani, who runs the ITEAMS program at Amigos School in Cambridge, said that before ITEAMS there was no way for students to do hands-on astronomy. She said two students from last year’s program come from family backgrounds where it’s unlikely they’d have similar opportunities without such a program. The students, she said, have since moved on to ninth grade but have remained interested, asking her whether there are similar programs for older students.Annie and Jaylin, both Banneker fifth-graders, were enthusiastic about their after-school program, which is run by Tucker and Barbara Brothers, Banneker’s head of after-school programs. Annie said she enjoys seeing the stars and constellations in the night sky and wanted to see Jupiter up close. She also instructed the telescope to take a picture of the pinwheel galaxy, because she thought it looked similar to our own Milky Way.ITEAMS involves not just teachers, students, and science educators, but also community volunteers from the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston and a group of retired Raytheon engineers from the Retirees’ School Volunteer Association. To assess effectiveness, students are tested before and after the program. The effort is in the second of three years.Though ITEAMS is an after-school enrichment program, its Internet interface is available to students even from home computers, allowing them to work independently once they know what they’re doing.Jesse, a sixth-grader at Cambridge’s Amigos School, hit the ground running after beginning the program this fall, exploring the MicroObservatory Web site at home and taking a few pictures.“She immediately got on the computer,” said Jesse’s mother, Laurie Rothstein. “I knew she was really excited about it. This is making a connection to the real world.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 63-year-old woman and her dog were rescued on Valentine’s Day from a small island in Abets Creek in East Patchogue after the woman went to rescue her dog who ran away, Suffolk County police said.Merry Locurto had gone on the frozen creek behind her home around 3 p.m. after her dog, Blueberry, ran onto the ice, police said. At one point, Locurto fell through the ice but managed to find a small island in the creek where she got herself to shore.Blueberry was rescued when a Good Samaritan in a kayak pulled the dog from the ice and brought the dog to the island. Suffolk County Marine Bureau officers were notified and pulled Locurto, Blueberry and the Good Samaritan onboard their vessel and returned to shore, police said.Locurto received treatment at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, police said, and the Good Samaritan took the uninjured pup back home.
The Texas jury in a second lawsuit brought by USAA against Wells Fargo also determined that Wells Fargo had willfully infringed on USAA’s remote deposit capture (RDC) technology patents. The first lawsuit – with a different jury – resulted in $200 million in damages; this most recent decision orders Wells Fargo to pay an additional $103 million in damages.The first lawsuit dealt with autocapture technology, while this one dealt with broader patents, including the technology that reads the check to verify the routing/account numbers and the information submitted by the consumer.While Wells Fargo has not formally requested an appeal in either lawsuit, the bank in December filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas asking the court to stay the judgement in the first case pending any post-judgment motions. While the bank still has not indicated whether it will appeal that decision, in another sealed motion, Wells Fargo has asked for a new trial in the first case. No motions have been made in the second case.NAFCU is also monitoring a request from the vendor that provides Wells Fargo, and thousands of other financial institutions, with RDC technology for a federal judge in California to issue judgment that its technology does not infringe on USAA’s patents. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
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September 04, 2019 It’s On Us PA, Press Release Slippery Rock, PA – Governor Tom Wolf visited Slippery Rock University today to talk with students and administrators and highlight efforts to combat campus sexual assault. The governor launched It’s On Us PA over three years ago as the nation’s first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault on campuses.“I commend Slippery Rock University, and schools across the commonwealth, for working to change campus culture and make schools safer,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The risk of sexual assaults increases at the start of the fall semester. The It’s On Us campaign is encouraging these conversations and is increasing awareness, education and resources to combat sexual assault.”It’s On Us is a national movement started by the Obama administration to fight against sexual assault on college campuses for both men and women. Over the past three years, the Wolf Administration has invested nearly $3 million in competitive grants to dozens of 2-year and 4-year institutions in every corner of the state. The grants support programs on campuses to stop sexual violence.In addition to grants, the governor championed two major laws that he signed in June. One law requires post-secondary institutions to offer online, anonymous options for students to report sexual assaults. The other law protects students reporting sexual assault from being disciplined for violating school drug, alcohol, or other policies.“We must never tolerate sexual assault on our campuses or a culture that allows it,” said Governor Wolf. “We can all be proud that Pennsylvania is a national leader on this issue. This movement is fueled by students, parents and administrators demanding that all students are safe at our colleges and universities.”During the visit, the governor met privately with student leaders and administrators to learn about Slippery Rock University’s It’s On Us initiatives to protect students.“Slippery Rock University is committed to providing a safe, welcoming environment free from all forms of coercion and harassment for students, employees and guests,” said William Behre, president of Slippery Rock University. “This commitment includes education, prevention and, if necessary, punishment for all forms of harassment. We have zero tolerance for behavior that violates our community values; values that expect people to demonstrate mutual respect and appreciation of all persons regardless of age, creed, disability, ethnic heritage, gender, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status in academic and extracurricular endeavors, in the working environment, and in the daily life of the University community.“We are grateful for the support of grants like Gov. Wolf’s ‘It’s On Us’ initiative that provide essential funding to help us in our work to achieve our goals.”The first several weeks of the fall semester is commonly referred to as the “Red Zone” when sexual assault increases, especially among freshman women.Governor Wolf invites everyone to take the It’s On Us PA pledge and play a role in ending sexual assault. Gov. Wolf Joins Slippery Rock University in Fight Against Campus Sexual Assault SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The share of global assets managed through passive strategies has grown from 17% to 22% in this year’s Top 400 Asset Managers survey carried out by IPE.However, the share of ‘passive’ global assets is still below its high point of 26% in 2016.Global active and passive assets (%)Chart MakerActively managed global assets are growing at a higher rate, according to the IPE survey. The compound annual growth rate of ‘active’ global assets for the past five years was nearly 7.9%, compared with a rate of 5.2% for passive assets. IPE Top 400 Asset Managers: Your source for institutional market intelligenceIPE offers unrivalled intelligence on over 400 global asset managers covering over 100 categories of products, strategies, asset classes, and key data areas. The data set is available to buy with a variety of purchase options.For more information please contact [email protected] Further readingTop 400 Asset Managers 2019: Cultures Change Is asset management a technology business, a people business, or both?Artificial intelligence: Let me tell you what you really think How are managers deploying natural language processing to analyse management sentiment in earnings calls? At a European level, 80% of institutional assets managed were through active strategies, according the survey. This was down from 83% last year, indicating that passive strategies are gaining ground among European institutional investors.European institutional active and passive assets (%)Chart MakerThe growth rate of passively managed institutional assets in Europe for the past five years was 6.3%, compared with a 7.5% rate for actively managed assets.In this year’s IPE Top 400 survey, the ratios of active and passive assets were calculated from the total figures for actively managed and passively managed assets across the whole universe of managers that were surveyed. This means the sample varies slightly year-on-year due to mergers between managers and other events.Passive assets, 2015-19 (€trn)Chart MakerClick here to download the complete Top 400 table
Offshore drilling company Seadrill has won a contract for its West Carina drillship with Thai PTTEP.West Carina – Image source: SeadrillThe contract is expected to begin in January 2020 and last until June. The drillship will work for PTTEP in Malaysia, and the oil company will have options to extend the contract further, Seadrill.According to remarks made during Q3 2019 earnings call last week, Seadrill CEO Anton Dibowitz said the contract for the 2014-built drillship was for four firm wells plus six optional wells.Dibowitz said that the contract “fits nicely with a five-year classing currently underway in Malaysia.”Per the call transcript by the Motley Fool, the CEO said the dayrate secured demonstrated the continued strengthening of the high specification floater market; however, he didn’t say what the dayrate for the West Carina was.Related: Seadrill: Offshore drilling market recovering, but at ‘lower pace’Asked by an analyst about the clean dayrate for the West Carina, Dibowitz said that while Seadrill was working with clients to get them on board with disclosing dayrates publicly, customers had their reasons to be sensitive around it so that he couldn’t comment more on that.He did say that reports out there issued by brokers and analysts regarding the West Carina dayrate were fairly accurate. Norway-based rig broker Bassoe Offshore has estimated the dayrate to be around $230,000.This is an increase compared to the rig’s previous contracts with Petronas in Brunei and Malaysia, which, according to Bassoe, had dayrates of $175,000, but it’s still much lower compared to a deal the rig had had with Petrobras between 2015 – 2018. According to Bassoe Offshore, this contract had a dayrate of $481.000.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.
Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleTravel Jamaican high commissioner wants air passenger duty scrapped by: – March 25, 2011 Photo credit:imagenewsletter.comBy Andrew ClunisLONDON, England (JIS) — Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Anthony Johnson, has called for a total scrapping of Britain’s Air Passenger Duty (APD).Johnson said on Wednesday that, while the British government’s decision to delay the increase in the duty represented temporary relief for travellers to Caribbean destinations, scrapping the tax would have a more significant impact on Caribbean tourism.Britain’s Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne, confirmed on Wednesday that the increase, which was due to take effect next month, has been frozen by one year. He however warned that the delay could mean a bigger increase next year.APD is an excise duty paid by airline passengers using UK airports. Caribbean governments are concerned about anomalies in how the APD is structured, such as flights to the Caribbean attracting higher tax than flights to parts of the United States which are farther away.Caribbean tourism and government officials, including Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding, and Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, have had meetings with British ministers on the matter.Although the tax has not been taken off the books, as was hoped by some campaigners, the delay will allow time for a review.“We hoped we could replace the per passenger tax with a per plane tax. We have tried every possible option, but have reluctantly had to accept that all are currently illegal under international law,” Osborne explained.He added that his government would work with others to try to get the law changed. In the meantime, he said that they are consulting on how to improve the existing “and rather arbitrary” bands that appear to believe that the Caribbean is further away than California.“We will also seek to bring private jets, which pay no duty at all, into the scope of taxation. The wealthiest should not escape the tax the ordinary holidaymaker has to pay,” the Chancellor said.He also noted that the decision to delay this year’s increase was based on cost pressures being faced by families, following last year’s hefty rise.Johnson said he hoped that the delay in the tax rise would help to keep Jamaica’s tourism sector buoyant.“This is good news for tour operators, and all players in our tourism sector. Significant increases in airfares, at this time, would have hurt the industry. It is also good news for the UK Jamaican Diaspora. Families travelling home to Jamaica have already been feeling the strain, and this decision will keep the pressure off, for a while,” he said.He suggested that what was important now, was to continue the dialogue, and move forward towards a permanent solution that is fair and equitable, and will make travel to Jamaica and the Caribbean a more affordable experience.Source: Caribbean News Now! Share Tweet Share 28 Views no discussions