Watch Warren Haynes Play A Solo Set Outside Of A Netherlands Record Store

first_imgOn Sunday afternoon, Warren Haynes treated a small crowd of fans to a short solo set outside of PopEye Records in Hengelo, Netherlands. The outdoor performance came ahead of Gov’t Mule‘s show at Hengelo’s Metropool theatre later that evening. The guitarist treated those in attendance to a set of fan favorites, including “Spots Of Time” (off Mule’s 2015 release Ashes & Dust), “Endless Parade” (from 2006’s High & Mighty), and Haynes’ classic tune “Soulshine,” written for the Allman Brothers Band‘s ’94 LP Where It All Begins.You can watch the video of the set, courtesy of YouTube user Lamahs 19:Gov’t Mule will continue their European tour with a performance at Cleon, France’s La Traverse this evening. [Via JamBase]last_img read more

Diversity in religion

first_imgDecember is a challenging time when it comes to acknowledging and celebrating religious and nonreligious observances. So many are jammed into this month that people don’t always know what to say to each other: Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Kwanzaa, or something else?Lots of managers issue the universally accepted “happy holiday” and hold generic holiday parties, said Mark E. Fowler of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. Yet the party often happens in a room with the “big old Christmas tree” in the corner. Fowler said hosts should be cautious about symbols that may be associated with a specific religion, and added that it’s fine to say “Merry Christmas” or Happy Hanukkah” if you know the person celebrates the holiday. If you don’t know, he said, it’s OK to ask.Fowler shared his views at “Religious Diversity in the Workplace: Fostering Inclusivity and Engagement,” the second of three Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) diversity dialogues for this academic year. The goal was to promote respect, bridge religious differences, combat prejudice, and respectfully address religion when issues come up.As the country diversifies, the way religion shows up in the workplace will diversify, Fowler pointed out. For example, in 2011, he said, there were 41,000 Christian offshoots. “It would be a fool’s errand to try to figure them all out,” he said, so it’s important to look at religion holistically rather than narrowly.Religion can become most salient just when a manager may not expect it, Fowler said, such as when an employee asks to take time off for a religious observance. A manager cannot say “I don’t know that tradition,” or “Someone else of the same faith has not asked for time off,” but must take all requests seriously and provide reasonable accommodation for the employee, Fowler said.How can managers be more sensitive and respectful of different religions in the workplace? Fowler said to apply the “platinum rule”: Treat others as they would like to be treated. “Avoid assumptions, be curious, and ask questions respectfully, identify and debunk stereotypes, and acknowledge and apologize for mistakes,” he said.Fowler also suggested that managers engage in respectful communication, and “consider your own ‘lens’ toward religious diversity, and acknowledge the diversity among and within traditions.” In addition, he said to be sure to schedule events, meetings, and other activities sensitively. “Use the Outlook interfaith calendar, ask about colleagues’ conflicts, provide innovative solutions, and, if all else fails, provide ‘catch-up’ materials.”Finally, he added, be sensitive to dietary issues, and always ask colleagues about any restrictions. For a vegetarian, “it is depressing to go to a workplace function and be offered a tossed salad as the only vegetarian option.” Dietary accommodation is “low-hanging fruit,” an easy problem to solve, he said.Fowler said the University should survey managers annually to find out how many accommodations have been granted and how many have been denied, aggregate the data, and use it to make decisions in the future.“I was struck by the gap between how we perceive our own treatment of religious differences and how we feel treated by others in the workplace,” said Russ Porter, FAS administrative dean of science, one of about 100 people in a packed Thompson Room in the Barker Center. “This gap points out how essential it is to look for opportunities to engage in meaningful one-on-one conversations to ask ‘What is comfortable for you?’ instead of making assumptions.”The FAS Dean’s Office, FAS Human Resources, and the FAS Office of Diversity Relations and Communications are partners in the Diversity Dialogues.last_img read more

Beneath the surface

first_imgA dolphin is obviously not a golf ball. However, many scientists believed that the way one slips through the water and the other through the air owed to the same cause: similarities in surface texture and their effect on drag and locomotion.A groundbreaking new study published July 17 in the Royal Society Biology Letters Journal has upended some of that thinking, demonstrating that in regard to dolphins, at least, it is based on faulty assumptions and measurements. “How smooth is a dolphin? The ridged skin of odontocetes,” co-authored by Professor of Biology George V. Lauder, makes use of an innovative new technique to disprove the earlier supposition.The reasoning behind the older comparison was sound in terms of fluid dynamics. “Golf balls are dimpled,” said Lauder, who published the research with Dylan K. Wainwright, Ph.D. ’19, Frank E. Fish, Sam Ingersol, Terrie M. Williams, Judy St. Leger, and Alexander J. Smits. “That’s because if you have the right surface roughness, you can reduce the drag tremendously and the ball travels much farther.”This hypothesis grew out of research published in 1936 in which the British zoologist Sir James Gray posited what became known as “Gray’s paradox,” theorizing that only some special quality of a dolphin’s skin could allow it to swim as fast it did. However, Gray had been able to study only rigid models of the marine mammals, and his findings were based, in part, on “a flawed idea about how muscles generate force in swimming,” said Wainwright, a postdoctoral fellow and first author on the new paper.Earlier studies of dolphin skin appeared to support Gray’s idea, as most samples exhibited ridges, which were considered key to reducing drag. Many of those samples, however, had been removed from the marine mammals, which had caused the skin to wrinkle. Wainwright, Lauder, and their colleagues knew they would have to look closer at how skin actually functions — by studying it on a living animal.,“A lot of the prompting for looking at living animal skin was borne from thinking about what animals actually experience over their surfaces while swimming,” Wainwright said. “Although surfaces and skin are great barriers, their texture and roughness can be easily changed. Think about the surfaces of our fingertips when we are in water too long and get wrinkly — or ‘prune-y,’ as my mom says.” Lauder put it another way: Living skin is “under tension,” that is, stretched taut over muscle and fat, rather than left to shrink in on itself and wrinkle.“Even small differences in the surface of an animal can impact interactions with the surrounding fluid. This means we really want to capture surface texture in a lifelike state, using as precise and accurate a method as possible,” Wainwright said.To do so, the team used a new modeling technology, spreading a high-fidelity molding compound over a small patch of skin on a living animal, rather like a liquid Band-Aid or Silly Putty. Then they made a 3D model, via gel-based profilometry, mining data from surface measurements to create miniature topographic maps of those surfaces. An older study had looked at the skin on living dolphins but was not able to make such precise measurements or modeling.Collaborating with researchers at University of California, Santa Cruz, West Chester University, and SeaWorld, the group was able to model the skin of several bottlenose and white-sided dolphins, killer whales, pilot whales, and belugas, which all had been trained to come ashore briefly for routine veterinary care. The skin of these marine mammals (which were safely returned to the water) was compared with that of other swimmers, such as trout and manta rays. The conclusion was that while some sea mammals had some ridges, at least on parts of their parts of their bodies, most did not.“For the most part,” said Lauder, “dolphins are very, very smooth.”Why did it take so long for accurate measurements to be made? Popular beliefs about dolphins may have hindered research. “Dolphins are like magical creatures for people,” said Lauder. “They’re beautiful and friendly, and people want to think that they have special properties that enable them to swim so nicely in the ocean. One of those misconceptions was skin surface texture. But that’s wrong.”Dolphins and whales, he said, swim as well as they do for perfectly ordinary reasons. “They’re very muscular. They’re very streamlined. They have tendons in the tail that are arranged in a way that gives them a lot of thrust. It just doesn’t have much to do with the skin.“Nature,” Lauder concluded, “has found multiple solutions to moving rapidly through the water.”last_img read more

Software-defined Networking is an Essential Consideration for Successful IT Transformation

first_img1 ESG Research Insights Paper, ‘Research Proves IT Transformation’s Persistent Link to Agility, Innovation, and Business Value’, March 2018.2 ESG Research Insights Brief, ‘The Network’s Foundational Role in IT Transformation’, May 2018. Making the switch to software-defined networking delivers significant business benefits and plays a key role in IT Transformation.In the fifth of a series of blogs inspired by influential research published by industry analyst ESG, we discover the impact that software-defined networking can have on an organization’s IT Transformation efforts. With both data and IT users being more distributed than ever in a typical enterprise, the network connectivity between them is increasingly important and relevant to business success. Modernizing the IT infrastructure is a fundamental step in any company’s journey towards IT Transformation – and software-defined networking is an essential consideration. Why should your prospects and customers be thinking about it? Because software-defined networking (SDN) is a modern data center technology that can measurably affect an organization’s IT maturity.The advantages of a more agile networkThere are three different ways an organization could adopt SDN, each using a different technology. Importantly, however, they are all open networking solutions.Because an open network is more programmable, flexible and automated, it delivers more agile, centralized administration capabilities. Network provisioning is no longer a bottleneck, so adopting a cloud service delivery model becomes easier, application deployments become faster and VM recoveries can be achieved sooner, minimizing application downtime.A more agile network with centralized admin allows IT staff to focus less on routine network management and more on strategic-level IT advancement. It also enables higher levels of scalability, by allowing the network to meet traffic demands of workloads as they grow and fluctuate over time.So when your customers are considering and transitioning to SDN, they should always opt for open networking technologies, instead of locking themselves into proprietary vendor solutions.How does software-defined networking affect IT maturity?New research shows that the implementation of software-defined networking can play a key role in increasing an organization’s operational agility as well as its ability to achieve full IT Transformation.Earlier this year, ESG conducted a survey of 4,000 IT executives from private- and public-sector organizations across 16 countries to evaluate their progress in embracing IT Transformation1 – and rank them as ‘Legacy’, ‘Emerging’, ‘Evolving’ or ‘Transformed’.Almost all (97%) of the ‘Transformed’ companies surveyed by ESG reported that they are committed to software-defined data center (SDDC) technologies, including SDN – and 77% of them have already begun implementing those technologies. In contrast, just 1% of the ‘Legacy’ organizations have implemented SDDC technologies such as SDN.These statistics are detailed in ESG’s Research Insights Brief on the foundational role that a modernized network plays in IT Transformation2.Software-defined networking accelerates IT TransformationOverall, the ESG research found that making the switch to software-defined networking delivers significant operational and wider business benefits.Compared with ‘Legacy’ organizations, the ‘Transformed’ organizations in the study – those companies that are users of SDN – are typically:5X more likely to be significantly ahead of their competitors in time to market (49% versus 13%).Nearly 2X more likely to execute most of their application deployments ahead of schedule (42% versus 22%).Nearly 2X more likely to typically recover VMs in less than 30 minutes (32% versus 18%).5X as likely to have made excellent progress enabling a rapidly elastic data center environment (46% versus 18%).More than 3X as likely to report excellent progress in virtually pooling their infrastructure resources (50% versus 17%).As well as detailing the operational advantages that a more agile network delivers, the ESG report highlights the particular relevance of SDN for organizations preparing for Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives, those connecting to the cloud and businesses that need to offer a positive digital experience to end users via their websites, online storefronts, and mobile applications.Do you have customers and prospects like this? If so, they will almost certainly be interested in the competitive edge that SDN can give them…Read and share the full ESG Research Insights Brief >>Discover how software-defined networking can help to improve operational performance and speak to prospects and customers to discuss their specific needs. You can also use the free ESG online assessment tool with them to demonstrate the opportunities and value of IT Transformation.Explore our dedicated IT Transformation campaign and marketing tools >>last_img read more

FOCUS facts

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaProject FOCUS is a three-hour service learning course that is offered every semester at the University of Georgia. It aims to foster the community’s understanding of science, and it has a secondary bonus of helping UGA students realize the importance of teaching.“There really is no profession that we as upcoming society will enter into that will not involve teaching in some way – as a boss, a team leader, a doctor, a professor, a therapist,” Project FOCUS student Becky Cafiero said. Cafiero, from Savannah, is double-majoring in biology and psychology and has been accepted to the Medical College of Georgia for 2006’s fall semester.David Knauft, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences professor, is now accepting Project FOCUS students for the spring 2006 semester. Project FOCUS students must have 12 hours of science credits and at least a 2.5 GPA. They must also devote a minimum of six hours per week to teaching activities – three hours in the classroom and three hours towards planning, preparing, commuting and facilitating. This includes the hour-long reflection session with other Project FOCUS students.“Seeing the children’s excitement to learn is refreshing, and knowing that I am a part of their future is an unparalleled [aspect of the program],” said Becky Rahn, a junior psychology major from Augusta who plans to become a physician’s assistant. “Also, personally, the interactions with the students that I have every week provide me with hands-on experience related to topics that I learn in other classes.”The program is also good for students considering teaching as a career because it gives undergraduates time in the classroom as sophomores or juniors. Usually, most education students don’t have this opportunity until they are seniors and about to start student teaching.“One thing we didn’t anticipate was that about 25 percent of our Project FOCUS students have decided that they want to go into teaching,” Knauft said. “Children are naturally curious about the world around them. They’re natural scientists, and it’s fun being able to cultivate that interest in science.”For more information, contact Knauft at (706) 542-2471 or [email protected] or Anna Scott at 706-542-2108 or [email protected]last_img read more

Errata

first_img February 1, 2004 Errata Errata The story in the January 1 Bar News on proposed multijurisidictional practice rules erroneously said that non-Bar members who handle matters in Florida must register with the Supreme Court. The story should have said that those lawyers who come into the state to handle trials and arbitrations (except for international arbitrations) are required to notify the Bar, which will enter that into a database. Those handling trials would file a copy of the motion to appear and those handling local, state, or national arbitrations would file a statement with the Bar. Lawyers who are handling transactional work (such as a real estate closing) do not have to notify the Bar. Erratalast_img read more

Florida credit union’s Eco-friendly branches flourish

first_imgFlorida’s largest credit union has reinforced its commitment to energy conservation by opening a sixth eco-friendly branch.A new branch at $6.3 billion asset Suncoast Credit Union in Tampa features geothermal air conditioning and heating systems, 40-kilowatt solar power panels, high-efficiency interior and exterior lighting, roof foam, and block wall insulation.While building an environmentally friendly branch costs between 8% and 10% more than traditional construction, Suncoast believes the investment will pay off.The credit union—which serves 17 counties and more than 641,000 members—expects to save up to $1,200 a month in electrical costs because the branch uses 80% less electricity annually than a standard building.“Broadening and diversifying our energy sources will help Suncoast operate more efficiently—and we believe it makes good business sense as well,” says Earl Brendle, vice president of facilities. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Conference boosts global will to fight pandemic threat

first_imgNov 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Concluding a major conference on avian and pandemic influenza today, health officials reported a new level of international agreement on the need to confront the threat and released a list of key steps to do that.”There’s consensus. There’s clarity. There’s cash,” said David Nabarro, the United Nations’ special coordinator on avian and pandemic flu, as quoted in an Associated Press (AP) report from the meeting at the World Health Organization (WHO) offices in Geneva.WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook echoed Nabarro in closing remarks, as published on the WHO Web site. “The international solidarity to confront these threats is clear,” he said. “The urgency of acting now is felt by us all. Precise recommendations have emerged. Equally, precise offers of help and support have been put forward, by both developing and industrialized countries.”More than 600 delegates from over 100 countries agreed on the “urgent need” to assist countries affected by or at high risk for avian flu and “to identify and respond to a human pandemic the moment it emerges,” the WHO said in a statement.The preparedness steps outlined by the WHO include conducting a “global pandemic response exercise,” among others. As for the cost of the campaign, the World Bank estimated it may take $1 billion over the next 3 years to combat poultry outbreaks in Asian countries already affected or at high risk.A WHO statement outlined the preparedness measures as follows:Improving veterinary services, emergency preparedness plans, and control campaigns, including culling, vaccination and compensationAssisting countries to control avian influenza in animal populationsStrengthening early detection and rapid response systems for animal and human influenzaBuilding and strengthening laboratory capacitySupport and training for the investigation of animal and human cases and clusters, and planning and testing rapid containment activitiesBuilding and testing national pandemic preparedness plans, conducting a global pandemic response exercise, strengthening the capacity of health systems, training clinicians and health managersDeveloping integrated national plans across all sectors to provide the basis for coordinated technical and financial supportTo support all of the above, factual and transparent communications, in particular risk communication, is vital.Nabarro said the conference has already improved international coordination and will increase the energy that countries devote to the pandemic threat, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. “I think we’ll be much quicker to control avian influenza as a result and if a pandemic starts there’s a pretty good chance it will be smaller as a result of the work we’ve done in the past three days than it would have been otherwise,” he said.According to the WHO statement, the World Bank estimated that the needs of affected countries may amount to $1 billion over the next 3 years, but this doesn’t count the cost of human or animal vaccine development, antiviral drugs, or compensation for farmers whose flocks are culled.The WHO estimated it would cost another $500 million over 3 years to develop and produce a pandemic vaccine and to research new antiviral drugs, according to an AP report today. For comparison, President George W. Bush last week proposed spending $1.2 billion to buy enough doses of an experimental H5N1 vaccine for 20 million people.The meeting supported an urgent request for $35 million to fund high-priority actions by the WHO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) over the next six months, the WHO said. That was a down payment on $80 million the three agencies need for early efforts, AFP reported.Dr. Bernard Vallat, head of the OIE, said the top priorities are to assess and strengthen veterinary services and laboratory and surveillance capacity in affected and at-risk countries.A financial conference for donor countries is scheduled for Jan 17 and 18 in Beijing. US delegates said they hope that better estimates of the cost of the strategy will be available by then, according to an AP report.For contributions, the Asian Development Bank said it could provide $300 million for poorer Asian countries, on top of $170 million already earmarked, AFP reported. In addition, France pledged 10 million euros ($12 million), mainly for Africa.See also:WHO news release on results of Geneva meetinghttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2005/pr58/en/index.htmlClosing remarks by WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wookhttp://www.who.int/dg/lee/speeches/2005/closingremarks_avianflu/en/index.htmllast_img read more

An opportunity to live alongside the Gold Coast’s Millionaire’s Row

first_img“Mermaid Beach has always been regarded as an exclusive residential enclave as opposed to a holiday hotspot, so Mahala has been designed to cater to owner occupiers,” he said. >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< Want to live by the water? You might not have to go as far as you think “It gives them the opportunity to live alongside the Gold Coast’s Millionaire’s Row.”Mr Roubicek said a major driver of interest was Mahala’s proximity to the light rail service, Pacific Fair and the local dining precincts. Residents of the new high-rise would also benefit from a rooftop solar farm to help lower energy bills. Apartments include two parking bays and shared entertainment spaces with a pool, barbecues and private dining room. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe proposed view from Mahala.“We received in excess of300 inquiries (ahead of the launch) for Mahala’s 94two, three and four-bedroom large owner occupier-style apartments, with interest predominantly stemming from residents in surrounding suburbs,” Mr Roubicek said.“Mahala’s position overlooking Hedges Ave has strong appeal to purchasers. Pindan Group’s luxury apartment project Mahala was officially launched to the market on October 27 — the resident’s lounge leading out to the pool. At Mermaid Beach, Pindan Group’s luxury apartment project Mahala was officially launched to the market today, but has already turned heads, despite early works on construction having only just started.Colliers International residential director Andrew Roubicek said most of the potential buyers were locals looking to downsize on property, but super-size on luxury. MORE: Artist impression of Mahala, a 25-storey high-rise tower by developer Pindan which is planned for Peerless Ave, Mermaid BeachPindan director of development management Nick Allingame said the development tailored itself to the surrounding beachside suburb. GLITTER STRIP: Mahala apartment project at Mermaid Beach provides an opportunity to live alongside the Gold Coast’s Millionaire’s RowThe Gold Coast glitter strip has long been the territory for tourists, but now suburban downsizers are moving in, looking for their slice of paradise. Sydney developer’s plan for West Endlast_img read more

Ordained Ministers told Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail (US)

first_imgThe Daily Signal 18 October 2014For years, those in favor of same-sex marriage have argued that all Americans should be free to live as they choose. And yet in countless cases, the government has coerced those who simply wish to be free to live in accordance with their belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.Just this weekend, a case has arisen in Idaho, where city officials have told ordained ministers they have to celebrate same-sex weddings or face fines and jail time.The Idaho case involves Donald and Evelyn Knapp, both ordained ministers, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel. Officials from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, told the couple that because the city has a non-discrimination statute that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, and because the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the couple would have to officiate at same-sex weddings in their own chapel.The non-discrimination statute applies to all “public accommodations,” and the city views the chapel as a public accommodation.On Friday, a same-sex couple asked to be married by the Knapps, and the Knapps politely declined. The Knapps now face a 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding.http://dailysignal.com/2014/10/18/government-ordained-ministers-celebrate-sex-wedding-go-jail/last_img read more