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SweetWater 420 Festival Welcomes Disco Biscuits, Ben Harper, Roots & More [A Gallery]

first_imgDay Three: Sunday, April 24th Last weekend, the SweetWater 420 Festival was held over three days in Atlanta, GA from April 22-24, 2016. The festival featured headlining sets from Kid Rock, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Bastille, Ludacris, The Disco Biscuits, The Roots, AWOLNATION, and Cypress Hill, along with dozens more. With artists like Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rebelution, Atmosphere, The Word (ft. Robert Randolph, John Medeski, and the North Mississippi Allstars), Pepper, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Zoogma, Leftover Salmon, Nahko & Medicine for the People, People’s Blues Of Richmond, The Mantras and more, it was clearly a great weekend for all in attendance!Thanks to photographer Dave Vann, we now have a full gallery from the festival, with stellar images from all three days of music. Peek in at some of the highlights below:Day One: Friday, April 22nd Check out Dave Vann’s full Gallery below: Day Two: Saturday, April 23rd Load remaining imageslast_img read more

The Infamous Stringdusters Tap Drive-By Truckers, Sam Bush Band, & More For Their Festy Experience

first_imgThe Festy Experience ~ First Half of 2017 Lineup:The Infamous StringdustersDrive-By TruckersSam Bush BandThe Travelin’ McCourysJerry DouglasCabinetBilly StringsLove CanonCarl AndersonThe 8th Annual Garrettgrass Gospel HourMore TBA in June! The Infamous Stringdusters and their annual Festy Experience have confirmed plans for the 8th annual festival, happening October 5-8, 2017 in the Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia. The lineup comprises a carefully curated blend of national and local roots music acts, featuring the Drive-By Truckers, Sam Bush Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Jerry Douglas, Cabinet, Billy Strings, Love Canon, Carl Anderson, and The 8th Annual Garrettgrass Gospel Hour. And this is just half of the artist lineup. The next installment of artists is forthcoming!This will be The Festy Experience’s second year at Infinity Downs Farm, a 387-acre property in Arrington, VA, located in the Nelson County Preserve at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia adjacent to the site of LOCKN’ Festival. The property features outdoor amphitheaters, open fields, campgrounds, hiking, and over 7 miles of biking trails. The Festy is fortunate that Infinity Downs Farm has been investing in extremely rare infrastructure (fencing, power, roads, water, internet) that will provide a sturdy foundation for The Festy Experience to continue its mission of long-term sustainability. It is conveniently located just 35 miles south of Charlottesville and 30 miles north of Lynchburg. This new location has proven itself the perfect place for the Festy Experience!Tickets are on sale here and there are plenty of camping options.last_img read more

Blurring the lines among science, art, and design

first_img Read Full Story Nature has a knack for producing things that seem to be perfectly designed for their place in the world: the sticky pads on geckos’ feet that help them grip slick surfaces, the way sunflowers turn to ‘follow” the sun throughout the day, the shape of snakes’ scales that allow them to grip the ground when flexed and slither over it when relaxed.The growing recognition that the natural world is a source of nearly boundless inspiration for design is the basis of “Nature — Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” an exhibition that opens today simultaneously at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York and the Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. Featured among the more than 60 exhibits are five designs that represent Wyss Institute projects ranging from multi-scale molecular animations to a soft robotic glove to a new medical-grade adhesive, all of which take their cues from nature.“Evolution has created exquisite solutions to the many challenges that life faces in its attempt to survive a changeable, sometimes extreme environment, and both scientists and designers can gain a great deal of insight from looking at natural systems and structures that have arisen over millennia of trial-and-error, selection, and optimization,” said Wyss Institute Founding Director Donald Ingber.The Design Triennial series, inaugurated in 2000, looks at new developments in design as they surface in a variety of fields around the world. This year’s event features innovative projects that highlight the ways designers are collaborating with scientists, engineers, farmers, environmentalists, and nature itself to design a more harmonious and regenerative future.The works featured span various design disciplines, including architecture, urbanism, product design, landscape design, fashion, communication design, and healthcare that enhance and reimagine humans’ relationship to the natural world. The exhibition seeks to inspire ideas, collaboration, and dialogue to address the most significant and consequential environmental and humanitarian issues of our time.The exhibits are displayed in both museums, and are organized into groups based on different ways humans can interact with nature: understand, simulate, salvage, facilitate, augment, remediate, and nurture.last_img read more

Dell EMC Data Protection – Two Decades of Leadership in the Gartner Magic Quadrant

first_imgAt the Dell Technologies Summit, Michael Dell unveiled a hugely ambitious moonshot goal to deliver better health care outcomes to one billion people around the world by the year 2030. Turning this near utopian dream into a reality will require dramatic, transformational changes with how health care is administered and delivered; and at the ticking heart of this program lies data – and lots of it.Like all industries, the challenge in healthcare isn’t the lack of data, but rather the inability to consistently and efficiently protect, secure, share and ensure its compliance as it proliferates across increasingly distributed, multi-cloud computing environments.And with organizations increasingly relying on their data to fuel advancements across every sphere of human endeavor – health care, agriculture, energy, education, transportation, manufacturing, etc. – it is imperative to safeguard information in all its forms, wherever it is located, efficiently, predictably and reliably.That’s why we continue to double down on our investments in innovation so that we can deliver the data protection solutions our customers need to protect their critical data now and into the next decade. In recognition of our innovation and leadership in the data protection market, Gartner once again placed us in the leaders quadrant of the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions! We have been awarded this highly coveted distinction in every Gartner MQ since 1999.While we earned our placement in the leaders’ quadrant for our track record of consistently delivering a comprehensive suite of physical, virtual and multi-cloud data protection solutions, this latest MQ did not take into account the groundbreaking announcements we made this past April – the launch of PowerProtect Data Manager and our next generation PowerProtect X400 appliance.As a software-defined data protection solution, PowerProtect Data Manager provides support for VMware, SQL, Oracle and file systems workloads, and will soon be delivering support for container-based workloads deployed on Kubernetes.PowerProtect Data Manager can be leveraged with our new PowerProtect X400 appliance along with our Data Domain and PowerProtect DD appliances, to deliver the efficiency and scalable performance (scale up and scale out) our customers need to meet their multi-cloud data protection requirements.And since we moved completely to agile software development, we will be releasing quarterly updates to PowerProtect Data Manager – ensuring our customers get the best-integrated user experience possible from the Dell EMC innovation engine.Best of all, our existing customers can take advantage of our Path to Power program to transition to PowerProtect Data Manager over time at a pace that is non-disruptive to their business while ensuring the protection of their existing investments in Dell EMC data protection technology.As the end of the decade rapidly approaches, we’d like to express our deepest thanks to our customers for continuing to place their trust in us to safeguard one of their most precious commodities – their data. We look forward to great things ahead as we move into 2020 and beyond.Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions, Nik Simpson, Santhosh Rao, Chandra Mukhyala, October 10, 2019.Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Cohesity.GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Biker Group Condemns Reckless Riders

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Long Island motorcycle advocacy group is condemning bikers recently busted for alleged reckless rides.A Long Island-based motorcyclist advocacy group is condemning two groups of bikers busted last month for riding recklessly in Suffolk County, saying such behavior gives all motorcyclists a bad name.Members of the nonprofit American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE), lobbies for legislation benefiting motorcyclists, organizes charity events and hosts rider education forums, said reckless riders make up only a small percentage of the motorcycle community.“Most riders are law abiding citizen enjoying the fresh air with friends,” said former Suffolk County Legis. Jack Eddington, one of ABATE’s 750 members. “Please don’t categorize all bikers as law breakers.”Suffolk police arrested several bikers on various charges—more than two dozen of whom were cited for trespassing—last week and seven others following a wild ride on the Long Island Expressway in early October.The two groups were nabbed followed a high-profile incident in which a gang of motorcyclists attacked the driver of an SUV in Manhattan.ABATE’s LI chapter is one of 25 statewide that organizes, among other events, Toy Runs, Poker Runs, Family Picnics, letter-writing campaigns and classes for new riders.last_img read more

Proposal would have lenders accept private flood insurance

first_imgThe joint agency proposal on flood insurance slated for action in Thursday’s NCUA Board meeting would require lenders to accept private flood insurance on a discretionary basis and subject to certain restrictions.The NCUA Board is expected to vote to issue this proposal during Thursday’s open board meeting, with comments due 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.The proposal would fulfill the private flood insurance provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. It is being released jointly by the NCUA, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve, the FDIC and the Farm Credit Administration. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Parents grapple with e-learning as schools stay closed in China

first_imgEric Yang, founder of the Shanghai-based iTutorGroup, said the number of online classes taken on its platforms was three times more than the previous year during the first ten days of February. Growth was especially rapid in smaller mainland cities where more students already relied on offline tutoring classes, he said. The company is controlled by China’s biggest insurer, Ping An Insurance Group Co.“The coronavirus is redefining the online education sector,” Yang said. “I expected online classes would surpass physical tutoring businesses in three years, but now I think the turning point will come much earlier.”Shares of China’s education companies surged this month as the virus spread. Two of the most prominent — TAL Education Group and New Oriental Education and Technology Group — were up 17.2% and 13.3% at the close of trading Thursday, respectively. Expats Flee Hong Kong After Double Whammy of Protests, Virus Ivan Au, 48, works in the city’s insurance industry. With the mainland border largely closed, no Chinese clients are coming across these days, he said, turning him into a full-time educator for his five-year-old daughter and more tired than when he was working full-time.“When she’s learning, I am the teacher,” he said. “When she’s playing, I need to accompany her. When she goes to sleep, I need to prepare for the next day’s teaching materials. I get no rest at all.”Au was relieved when the kindergarten scheduled a session with live instruction from a teacher on video conferencing platform Zoom last week.“My daughter really looks forward to meeting with other kids online after staying at home for weeks. She was excited and took many pictures of the video meeting with her Polaroid camera,” he said.‘Not Stable’There are hurdles to making an online education as impactful as real-life interaction — even for teachers who, too, must remain home with their kids.Hu Bing, 44, a physics teacher in Beijing, steeled herself as her 16-year-old daughter restarted classes last week from home, using an e-platform to continue studying for next year’s all-important college entrance exam.“Every so often our internet cuts out; it’s not stable,” she said. Another foreseeable problem is the additional time it make take to cover class material when students aren’t convening in person.The boost to online learning platforms may also ebb away quickly after the epidemic passes.“There’s no guarantee the this short-term boom can be turned into long-term growth,” said Yvette Chan, Hong Kong-based managing director at consultancy Alvarez & Marsal. “Companies need to have high-quality learning platforms to keep students in the virtual classrooms.”And the virus’ impact could lead to an over-saturation in the market, as companies from new start-ups to China’s tech giants like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. are jumping into the fray, said Chien Wong, founder of Envolve Group, an education-focused investment company.Tencent, Alibaba Apps Find Fans in Virus-Affected SchoolsAlibaba’s DingTalk, now the most downloaded free app in China’s iOS App Store, rolled out new features for classroom settings, including live-streamed lessons for upwards of 300 participants and an online testing and grading system. At least 50 million students from elementary to high school had signed up for its online teaching programs as of Feb. 10, according to the group.For kids already steeped in the digital age, the addition of one more screen to their daily lives might be more seamless than for their bedraggled parents.Lu Yan, a 39-year-old university lecturer in Sichuan province, signed up for English classes for herself and her 10-year-old son via iTutorGroup.“Personally I still prefer to talk to my students in a physical classroom. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last decade,” she said. “But I won’t be surprised more and more classes will be moved online, because our kids were born and growing up with the internet.” The weeks-long closure of schools over virus fears across China and Hong Kong is testing kids — and their parents.Working mom Chen Yan has taken to installing a surveillance camera at home to see what her 12-year-old son is up to during the day while she’s at the office in the mainland city of Shaoguan, in Guangdong province.So far, she’s caught him doing everything but studying, including napping while live-streamed lessons play in the background. “We can’t hear a single sentence from the teacher smoothly given the slow Internet,” she said. “And I’m sure the teacher won’t notice if my son is listening in a 60-student class.” China’s novel coronavirus outbreak has infected more than 70,000 people and shut down large parts of its economy since emerging in Hubei province in December. It’s also forced millions of parents across the mainland and Hong Kong to share space with their children schooling from home as campuses from the elementary to university level extend closures through March.It’s been an unexpected boon for one industry: online education, which now must figure out how to engage students accustomed to classroom interaction. While parents are suffering, Chinese online education companies are stunned at their good fortune. What was a fiercely-competitive, cash-burning market segment is now one of the few business winners from the health crisis. Moving onlinecenter_img ‘Reasonable compromise’Hong Kong entrepreneur Ben Chu, 42, has a nine-year-old daughter studying at an international elementary school that’s using education app Seesaw and Google Classroom to assign tasks, share materials and collect homework.“Learning online is a reasonable compromise at this special time,” Chu said. “But it will never be a replacement for a classroom, for face-to-face learning experiences.” Coronavirus forces world’s largest work-from-home experimentThe market share for online education in China’s 463 billion Yuan (US$66 billion) after-school tutoring business was just 6.5% in 2018. That figure could jump to 35.7% by 2023, according to business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.Some two million Chinese students have enrolled in online classes in the short-term due to the coronavirus, Citigroup analyst Mark Li said in a note this month. Topics :last_img read more

New research ‘quantifies’ long-term investment premium

first_imgInvestors with a long-term investment horizon could reap a premium of between 0.5% and 1.5% a year, according to new research – but a major shift in mindset and expanded skillsets are needed to do so.The size of the net long-term investment premium depends on investors’ governance, asset size, mindset and investment processes, according to the Thinking Ahead Institute.Tim Hodgson, head of the Thinking Ahead Institute, said: “In the investment world, where there are very few universal truths, it would be hubristic to claim that we and our members have proven the existence of the long-term premium.“However, we are more certain than ever that the costs of developing the mindset and acquiring the skillsets to address long-horizon investing challenges are substantially outweighed by the return enhancements. As such we believe this is ground-breaking research because it provides sufficient evidence to answer – with a confident ‘yes’ – this perennial, billion-dollar investment question.” Liang Yin, senior investment consultant at Willis Towers Watson and lead author of the report, said capturing the benefits of long-horizon investing would probably require “a major shift of mindset and significantly expanded skillsets by investors”.“It is reasonable to assume the long-horizon premium exists precisely because it is so hard to capture,” he said. “In fact, 80 years ago, Keynes wrote a whole chapter on how hard long-term investing was and clearly nothing much has changed since then.”The institute came up with the net premium from long-term investing on the basis of a case study of two hypothetical pension funds using a combination of what it identified as eight “building blocks” of long-horizon investment value.It split these into strategies that provided return opportunities and those that led to lower long-term costs and/or mitigated losses.The return opportunity strategies are:active ownership and investing in long-term oriented companies;liquidity provision;capturing mispricing effects via smart beta or factors;capturing an illiquidity risk premium; andthematic investing.The institute attributed potential gains to the strategies, for example arguing that engagement on average generated positive abnormal returns of 2.3% in the year following the initial engagement with an investee company.The strategies or actions that could create a drag on returns are:firing and replacing managers (“round-trip decisions”);forced selling; andtransaction costs.The institute again quantified the costs entailed in these strategies, for example saying that forced selling could reduce returns by 1.5% to 2% per annum.Not all of the building blocks were independent, and some were contradictory, it said.In the case study, the smaller pension fund focused its long-horizon efforts on avoiding costs and mistakes, while the larger pension fund, with better governance and financial resources, was able to consider all available options for capturing premia.The institute’s next phase of research is to find out how to successfully implement a long-term investment orientation across the industry.The Thinking Ahead Institute was set up by Willis Towers Watson.The research can be found here.last_img read more

Bongbong Marcos wants history textbooks revised; critics raise howl

first_img“Naisng mga Marcos na ibaon na lang salimot ang mga pag-abusong nangyari noong panahon ng diktadurya kung saanlibo-libong Pilipino ang pinatay at pinahirapan at bilyon-bilyong piso mula sakaban ng bayan ang nakulimbat,” he said. (With ABS-CBN News/PN) “The decision of Sandiganbayan todismiss the cases was solely based on the technicality that the PresidentialCommission on Good Government did not use original documents as evidence,contrary to the Best Evidence Rule,” CHR spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guiasaid in a statement. Marcos’ family and supporters have beencriticized for painting a rosy picture of the strongman rule, even as killings,human rights abuses and plunder during that time have been proven in courts.  The Marcoses have been acquitted inseveral graft and malversation cases and as of 2019, the Sandiganbayan and theSupreme Court have dismissed at least 20 of the 43 civil and forfeiture casesagainst them. Another human rights lawyer and one ofthe authors of Republic Act 10368 Erin Tañada also blasted Marcos’ call torevise history books as a “desperate attempt by the Marcoses to erase thememory of the horrors of martial law and absolve the sins of their father.” “What has beenproven wrong is essentially what they continue to contend in the textbooks ofour children. Essentially you are teaching the children lies,” Marcos stressed Marcossaid in a news forum in Manila on Friday, saying the dismissal of the severalforfeiture cases against his family is enough proof that the allegationsagainst them were lies.“‘Yungkanilang sinasabi na ninakaw namin, naginawa namin, hindi lahat totoo.Pa’no ko nasasabi ‘yun? ‘Yan ang desisyon ng korte. There was no evidence,”he added.The government lost at least five ill-gottenwealth cases against the Marcoses in five months last year, including aP200-billion civil forfeiture case that was dismissed only last December.“I can call anyone a murderer, I can call anyonea thief, but I have to prove it,” Marcos said. “Kung hindi, salita lang ‘yan. That’s just hot air coming out of mymouth. And it turns out even in their case it was only propaganda.”Marcos said that his family has been calling forthe revision of history textbooks for years. He added that the revision taskshould be given to history professors and not to political appointees.center_img MANILA – Formersenator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said history books must be revised,claiming the decades-old criminal accusations against them were proven to befalse. Defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. calls to revise history textbooks as an effort to twist the truth and hide the numerous human rights violations during the regime of his father. ABS-CBN NEWS These include a P1-billion civil case inOctober last year and a P200-billion civil case in December 2019. But the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)said these are not proof the Marcoses are innocent.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger praises Arsenal for standing up to the “Stoke battle”

first_imgArsene Wenger saluted Arsenal for emerging from another Britannia Stadium battle with a point that lifted them back to the Barclays Premier League summit. The Gunners arrived at Stoke with just one win in Staffordshire in the Premier League era for another instalment of a rivalry that was spawned by Wenger’s dislike of the Potters’ tactics under Tony Pulis. Mark Hughes has promoted a more aesthetically pleasing brand of football since succeeding Pulis, yet Wenger felt their hosts still presented a physical challenge that they were forced to overcome in a 0-0 draw. Stoke boss Hughes was perplexed by Wenger’s insistence they had to contend with a robust approach. He said: “I don’t think there was a yellow card, was there? “I don’t know why the physical aspect of the game needs to be mentioned. I thought it was a good football game, with both teams trying to win a key Premier League game. That’s certainly what we were doing.” Having already beaten both Manchester clubs and Chelsea at home in the league this term, the Potters’ hopes of defeating Arsenal on their own patch too were thwarted by Cech’s second-half brilliance. He followed up a one-handed save from Joselu by denying Bojan from the rebound before using his feet to repel Joselu again late on to record the 172nd Premier League clean sheet of his career. “I didn’t think there was too much between the two sides,” Hughes added. “From our point of view, that shows how far we’re progressing this year – we’re prepared to go toe to toe with every team in the Premier League and see where it takes us. “We’ve added Arsenal to Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd, teams that are elite teams in the Premier League and Europe and found it very, very difficult to get positives results. I’m sure Arsenal and Arsene are delighted that they’ve come here and got a point out of it.” In a clash that featured few chances and no yellow cards, goalkeepers Jack Butland and Petr Cech took centre stage with brilliant saves from Olivier Giroud and Joselu in either half. “Overall it was a battle, an old-fashioned Stoke battle,” Wenger said. “They made the game very physical, the crowd were up for it, the players were up for it. They went for a very direct game and we had to show physical response, solidarity, fighting spirit, togetherness – which is what we did. “We lacked a bit of creativity to force the way through and on top of that we missed two or three good chances. They were really up for it, they really tried from the first to the last minute. “We of course wanted to win the game but, looking at the history we have here, it is a positive result. Looking at the results of the other teams that play at the top, it’s a positive result. But, overall we missed two points today.” Although Butland produced a terrific stop to smother Giroud before the break, the visitors struggled to create too many chances without injured playmaker Mesut Ozil. The German was watching on television instead because of a foot injury and illness, yet Wenger expects the man leading the Premier League in assists to be back against Chelsea on Sunday. “Yesterday morning he was not very well,” Wenger revealed. “He already was not 100 per cent at Liverpool so I decided to leave him out. I think he should be back for next Sunday.” Press Associationlast_img read more