On September 14th, the Louisville Orchestra performed at the Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, KY for a free night of classical music. Louisville Orchestra conductor Teddy Abrams is known for his skill as a composer, having premiered a prodigious amount of material since he took over in Louisville. Abrams is also known for his unique collaborations, having worked with Béla Fleck in the past, as well as My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James on a Muhammed Ali-inspired project called “Float Rumble Rest”.During the show at the Iroquois last week, Abrams led his Louisville Orchestra through a rocking cover of My Morning Jacket’s “One Big Holiday”. MMJ is from Louisville originally, so this tribute to the city’s musical heroes is a fitting one. The arrangement is definitely fun, showcasing the song’s rich, melodic layers, with the horn section playing a prominent role in replacing the track’s normal wailing guitar parts.Check out the awesome cover below thanks to Stacy Owen, a fan and radio programmer in Louisville, who recorded a few minutes of the performance for our viewing pleasure.
I have a confession to make. I can do my job just about anywhere — but I’m even more effective when I have access to my beloved coffee-spill-impervious-state-machine session, aka Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).How much do I enjoy my VDI? I even mention my beloved VDI in my email signature.“Sent from my VDI Session on a VCE Vblock”As you can see, my preferred way to experience VDI is when it is hosted on a VCE Vblock System.I think if you have access to VDI today then you probably cannot imagine having to go back to reliance upon a legacy physical traditional desktop computer. VDI is just that good. VDI can be just about anywhere, anytime, and from just about any device you have handy (that hasn’t yet met with a cup of coffee).Notebook computer after coffee accidentNew location? New device? No problem for VDI.VDI has an almost magical quality for end users. VDI is almost always more updated than a traditional desktop. VDI lets you pick up where you left off, just like when you close the lid on your laptop. Best of all, VDI isn’t prone to degradation from spilling a cup of coffee on it. What’s not to love?Of course, the growing use of VDI means a great deal more to teams that deliver IT. So, if VDI is great for the end-users, what makes delivery of VDI great for those teams that deliver IT?First, consider converged infrastructure. Converged infrastructure cost-effectively simplifies IT and accelerates business performance. Solutions built on converged infrastructure are perfect for virtually every enterprise use case — SAP, application development, mixed workloads and more — and what IT organizations gain is tremendous. Converged solutions eliminate technology silos, so one person can centrally manage storage, compute and virtualization. IT staff can shift their focus from “keeping the lights on” to projects that drive innovation.Okay, great — what about VDI?With VDI, IT can dramatically simplify management of desktop applications and user accounts as end-user devices continue to proliferate. According to an IDG Research Survey released today, respondents cited three top reasons they are now choosing VDI:Improving security through centralization of the desktop environment – 49 percentImproving end user satisfaction –47 percentImproving efficiency (reducing IT staff time on maintenance and upgrades) –46 percent** Does not break when coffee is spilled on it – 120% (yes, this is a fictional bullet point I created … but you get the point)There is also good news for teams that deliver VDI to end-users. For example, VCE converged solutions answer the two most commonly cited challenges associated with VDI — potential OS and application performance issues (44 percent) and the lack of skill sets and knowledge internally to deploy VDI solutions (40 percent). Because VCE Vblock Systems and VCE VxRack Systems are pre-engineered, pre-tested and validated in factory environments, VCE removes the complexity long associated with VDI. Enterprises gain a low-risk path for deployment and can provide performance at scale for the most demanding environments. In fact, VCE customers have been able to deploy applications in 66 percent less time.About 30 percent of survey respondents indicated they have current VDI implementations on converged infrastructure and 41 percent noted they prefer a converged approach for new VDI solutions. Three out of five respondents said they’re making the move to VDI expecting to achieve increased flexibility, improved agility to meet security and compliance requirements, and reduced OPEX with the first 12 months of their VDI deployment.I think the decision is especially compelling when you combine those benefits with how VCE converged infrastructure accelerates business outcomes. Customers in an IDC study identified they achieved 518 percent return on investment over a five-year period, 41 percent less time was spent keeping the lights on, new services/products got to market 4.4 times faster, and they experienced 96 percent less downtime!Think of how much coffee that would buy that won’t be spilled on and ruin a legacy desktop! read more
HOUSTON (AP) — Judge bars U.S. from enforcing 100-day ban on deportations, dealing an early blow to President Biden’s immigration plans.
The University of Georgia just welcomed another exceptional class of students to campus to kick off the new school year. The UGA Class of 2023 has an average weighted high school GPA above 4.0 and a record average of nine Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. Plus, 82% of incoming students are Georgia residents representing 91% of Georgia’s counties.While those are great statistics that the university should be proud of, for many promising students in Georgia, it creates an often-false impression that they don’t have an opportunity to become a Bulldog.That’s not always the case.I frequently remind high school students that there is more than one road to get to Ag Hill on the UGA campus. And that path doesn’t have to be a straight line. Many students perform better and stretch their available college funding further by spending a year or two close to home at a smaller University System of Georgia institution before transferring to UGA.But you do have to apply to get accepted.We have too many counties in Georgia where no students even apply to UGA. And, over the past five years, there are 10 Georgia counties who have had no students enrolled in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.However, this past spring, CAES did have students from 139 of Georgia’s 159 counties. Not surprisingly, the counties with the highest number of students in the college were the metro-Atlanta counties that have the largest student populations, closely mirroring the student body of the university as a whole.When we look at the five-year trend of top 10 Georgia counties with students enrolled in the college, it’s pretty much the same. That list includes Clarke, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Houston and Oconee.However, when you look at the same list and adjust for population, it looks a little different: Decatur, Franklin, Irwin, Madison, Miller, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Seminole and Stewart round out the college’s top 10 feeder counties.While these statistics show we are doing a pretty good job of attracting students from across Georgia, we continue to look for ways to do better. It is incumbent upon us to develop and train students from across the state to be leaders and innovators, who will live and work in every corner of Georgia to build and promote prosperity and to make a difference in their communities.Over the past decade, some rural Georgians have indeed struggled to gain admission into UGA. Others may have had a difficult time adjusting to the size and scope of the university once they made it to campus.To help improve rural student success, UGA introduced a new scholarship for exceptional students from rural Georgia as a part of the ALL Georgia program. This program provides a network of resources available on campus ranging from rural student focused events, summer camps and RISE Scholars, a yearlong leadership and academic program to enrich student connections and improve student retention and graduation rates.CAES was recently ranked the No. 3 college of agriculture in the U.S. by Niche.com, an organization that ranks schools and colleges across America. Our students enjoy one of the highest employment rates at graduation among all UGA colleges, one of the highest percentage of graduates accepted for graduate or professional programs, and the third-highest average starting salaries among their UGA peers.Agriculture remains the primary economic engine in Georgia, and hospitality, one of our most promising new majors, is also booming. Georgia needs a well-educated workforce and some of our brightest, most innovative minds living and working in rural America to keep the economy growing and to help the state maintain its status as the best place in the country in which to do business.If your heart is in agriculture and you dream of being a part of the Bulldog Nation, don’t let lofty statistics scare you away. Let us help you build a path that’s right for you and will put you on the road to success.Sam Pardue is dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Federal prosecutors rested their case Monday against Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh, whose defense attorneys began calling witnesses of their own in the ex-correction lieutenant’s theft and fraud trial.After the prosecution rested, the defense asked Judge Arthur Spatt to acquit Walsh of the charges, arguing that prosecutors did not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, but Spatt dismissed the motion.“I will let the jury decide this case,” Spatt said as the trial entered its third week at Central Islip federal court.Federal prosecutors charged Walsh with theft and wire fraud for allegedly being paid $200,000 for hours when he was golfing, gambling and politicking between 2011 and 2014. Attorneys for Walsh, who retired shortly before the trial began so he could collect his pension, have argued that he was free to come and go as he pleased and make up the hours later.Brian Baisley, the lieutenant investigator who’s the commander of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s internal affairs unit, was the first witness to take the stand for the defense. He testified that the U.S. Secret Service analyzed Walsh’s office computer hard drive.“Is it a fair statement that nothing criminal was found on Ed Walsh’s hard drive?” Walsh’s defense attorney, Leonard Lato, asked Baisley, who replied, “no.” Baisley clarified that nothing criminal was found with respect to the charges for which Walsh is on trial.Lato then questioned Baisely about whether he, at the direction of Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, told two correction officers who were subpoenaed to testify for Walsh’s defense, that they would not be paid for their time at court. Under cross-examination by the prosecution, Baisley clarified that it was a union issue that was researched by the county and the officers were later told that they would be paid when they take the stand. Baisley added that he was unaware that one of the officers was secretly recording audio of the conversation about the pay issue, which Baisley and prosecutors suggested could lead to charges.Ed Walsh leaving court on Monday, March 21, 2016. (Timothy Bolger/Long Island Press)Also testifying were several correction officers, the correction officers’ union president, a former court officer supervisor who dealt with Walsh, and the manager of the Hampton Hills Golf Course, the country club three minutes from Suffolk jail. The manager testified that the course times may not have been accurate on receipts of Walsh’s golf cart rentals—records prosecutors compared to Walsh’s time sheets to show he was golfing on county time. But, under cross-examination, prosecutors had the manager show in 10 instances that when Walsh signed in at the golf course, his golf cart rental receipt was entered with the correct time.The defense is expected to rest their case Tuesday. Closing arguments will then follow on Wednesday or Thursday before the judge gives the jury their instructions on how to deliberate which he’s expected to do by the end of the week. read more
Jul 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – To help consumers figure out whether they have bought potentially contaminated food, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it will name retail stores that received meat and poultry products involved in high-risk product recalls.The move, long sought by consumer groups, comes more than 2 years after the USDA formally proposed it in March 2006. But today’s announcement immediately drew criticism from at least one consumer group for covering only Class I recalls, those involving foods posing the most risk.”The identity of retail stores with recalled meat and poultry from their suppliers has always been a missing piece of information for the public during a recall,” Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said in a USDA news release.”People want to know if they need to be on the lookout for recalled meat and poultry from their local store and by providing lists of retail outlets during recalls, USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service [FSIS] will improve public health protection by better informing consumers,” he said.The FSIS will post on its Web site a list of retail stores that receive products subject to Class I recalls, generally within 3 to 10 business days of issuing the recall release, the USDA said. Class I recalls are for foods that pose a “reasonable probability” of causing serious health consequences or even death, according to the FSIS.The agency will list only retail stores, not distribution centers, institutions, or restaurants, since they serve food for immediate consumption without identifiable packaging, the agency said. The new rule will take effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register. That will happen sometime next week, according to a report today by Meatingplace.com, an industry publication.Until now, the USDA has announced the names of businesses issuing recalls along with the reason for the recall, a description of the products, any identifying product codes, the recall classification, and contact information for the company involved.The leader of Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit consumer rights group based in Washington, DC, welcomed the USDA announcement but said the agency should list retail stores involved in all classes of recalls.”After years of bureaucratic delay, we are encouraged to see that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has finally decided to disclose the names of retailers where meat and poultry products subject to Class I recalls are sold,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of the group, in a statement.”But unfortunately, due to pressure from the White House, the new rule stops short of the changes necessary to fully protect consumers,” she added. “The rule does not include Class II and Class III recalls—recalls that FSIS views as less urgent based on the agency’s estimate of the health threat posed by the product.”Hauter noted that the massive Westland/Hallmark beef recall earlier this year—issued because the company had processed disabled (“downer”) cattle into food, violating a federal ban designed to protect against bovine spongiform encephalopathy—was a Class II recall. “Consumers would have remained in the dark about where the products from that recall were sold had this rule been in effect at that time,” she said.Class II recalls are those in which the probability of harm from eating the food is considered “remote,” according to the FSIS. Class III recalls involve foods that are not considered dangerous to eat.The Meatingplace.com report said the Westland/Hallmark recall—the largest in US history at 143 million pounds—strengthened the push for the naming of retail stores involved in recalls.Richard Raymond, USDA under secretary for food safety, told reporters the agency would rely on meat processors to identify which distributors, wholesalers, and retailers received their products, according to Meatingplace.com. Processors have generally provided such information voluntarily, but the USDA has statutory authority to require it if necessary, the report said.See also: Jul 11 USDA news releaseMar 7, 2006, CIDRAP News story “USDA may name retailers in meat recalls”Jul 11 Food and Water Watch statementFeb 18 CIDRAP News story “Animal-cruelty probe leads to US’s biggest meat recall” read more
Edu is Arsenal’s new technical director (Picture: Getty)The BBC report Edu held a meeting with the Rennes president and a representative of Koscielny’s, to discuss a possible agreement.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal and Koscielny are working to resolve the current standoff, but the Gunners want around £9million for their skipper.Koscielny is out of contract in the summer of 2020 and has reportedly already agreed personal terms with Rennes. Comment Coral BarryTuesday 30 Jul 2019 1:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link465Shares Advertisement Koscielny is determined to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal technical director Edu sat down with Rennes president Olivier Letang in London on Monday to discuss the potential sale of Laurent Koscielny, according to reports.Earlier this summer, Koscielny refused to travel on Arsenal’s pre-season tour of America, shocking the club as he demanded to be sold.The captain wants to return to France and was also reportedly left furious with how his return from a long-term injury was managed last season.A host of Ligue 1 clubs are vying for Koscielny’s signature and Edu met with one such suitor.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Laurent Koscielny doesn’t expect to play for Arsenal again as Edu meets Rennes president Koscielny refused to go on Arsenal’s pre-season tour (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have enjoyed an excellent pre-season despite the absence of their captain, suffering their first defeat in normal time to Lyon on Sunday.The Gunners have also been boosted by the news they are poised to sign Lille forward Nicolas Pepe.The 24-year-old goalscorer is in London to complete his move, with Arsenal beating Napoli to the £70m-rated attacker.MORE: Arsenal stars Alexandre Lacazette and William Saliba drop Nicolas Pepe transfer hints on InstagramMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City read more
HealthLifestyle Panama to improve health services in indigenous and rural areas by: – September 2, 2011 Share Flag of Panama. Photo credit:crwflags.comWASHINGTON, USA — Panama will revamp its primary health care system and improve maternal, neonatal and chronic disease care with a loan of up to $50 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The project is expected to increase the number of people served by the country’s primary care network to 184,000 annually by 2016 from the current 78,000, and to improve quality of health services. This will contribute for a reduction in maternal and infant mortality rates as well as the prevalence of chronic malnutrition among children under the age of five in indigenous and rural communities.The IDB loan will finance the redesign and establishment of health care networks, a payment and a performance-based system for health care providers as well as the introduction of new services aimed at child nutrition, reproductive health, and dental health. The project will help Panama to address the double burden of chronic and infectious diseases by supporting the acquisition of supplies for screenings to detect chronic disease risk factors and spot-test equipment; training to improve the management of chronic diseases and medications.The IDB will also support measures to better connect the country’s primary and secondary levels of care, implementing integrated operations management systems that improve the resolution capacity of the health services and guarantee continuity and quality of care for the target populations. The Bank will finance the purchase of basic equipment, supplies, and materials for secondary care and computer services and equipment to build a system of patient registry.The project is expected to increase the use of family planning services, the percentage of women receiving prenatal checkups from skilled personnel, and the percentage of children receiving a complete supplementation and immunization package. Moreover the project is also expected to lead to an increase laboratory services for the treatment of communicable diseases and non-communicable chronic diseases and in the number of women receiving institutional birth care.Caribbean News Now Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 16 Views no discussions Share read more
Mourners embrace during the funeral of Chief Messias Martins Moreira, 53, of the Kokama ethnic group, who died of COVID-19, at Parque das Tribos settlement in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, Thursday, May 14, 2020. AP PHOTO/EDMAR BARROS Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s repeated promotion of developing the vast Amazon has for months prompted indigenous activists, celebrities and agents on the ground to sound the alarm. In the face of a spreading pandemic, they warn inaction is enough to wipe out many indigenous people. The Associated Press spoke to four agents who work with indigenous peoples in the farthest reaches of Brazil’s Amazon, and they were unanimous in their conclusion: The national Indian foundation, known as FUNAI, is hardly doing anything to coordinate a response to a crisis that could decimate ethnic groups. (AP) SAO PAULO – As COVID-19 reached remote indigenous lands in Brazil’s Amazon, the government agency responsible for protecting native people brushed off calls for action, focusing instead on waging ideological battles, according to agents from the institution itself and others. read more
Garnett Francine “Wanda” Reamer, 71, of Aurora, IN, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born Saturday, February 24, 1945 in Madison, Indiana, daughter of the late Ruby Jones and the late Hazel Harrison Jones.She worked as a laborer for Campbell Hausefeld, with 8 years of service.She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Aurora. Wanda used to enjoy walking, watching television, BINGO and going to yard sales. She was an avid Elvis collector, also collected baby dolls and enjoyed arts and crafts. She especially enjoyed time with family.Surviving are sons, Larry (Sherry) Ballard of Huntington, WV and Melvin (Jenny) Ballard of Aurora, IN; Sister, Barbara (late James) Couch of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Kara (Christopher) Hansell, Annie Ballard, Chrystal Ballard Pelfrey; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Cory, Karleigh and Canaan; several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by significant other, Truman Morrison, son, Bryan and great, great grandson, Colten.Friends will be received Noon – 2:00 PM, Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 2:00 pm with Pastor Charles Hill officiating.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com read more