Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer and King Crimson Has Passed Away

first_imgThe unfortunate passings of the music industry’s finest continue to stun as 2016 comes to a close. Yesterday, Greg Lake passed away. According to his manager Stewart Young in a Facebook post, “Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer. Greg Lake will stay in my heart forever, as he has always been. His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief.”At 69 years old, he was best known as the singer and bassist for King Crimson before becoming the bassist, guitarist, singer and lyricist for Emerson, Lake & Palmer. He was a staple member of both groups and remains a legend of progressive rock and roll. With Keith Emerson’s death earlier this year, 2016 has truly been a terrible year for fans of the famed trio.In memory of Greg Lake, let’s honor some of his greatest moments in music history:Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer performing “Lucky Man” at the California Jam in 1974:Emerson, Lake & Palmer perform “Fanfare For The Common Man” live in Montreal in 1977. This footage is from the “Works: Orchestral Tour”. Shot on August 26, 1977 at Montreal’s famed Olympic Stadium.Greg Lake In The Court Of The Crimson King Live 2005:“I Believe In Father Christmas” is a song by Greg Lake. Although it is often categorized as a Christmas song this was not Lake’s intention. Lake wrote the song in protest at the commercialization of Christmas.King Crimson – EPITAPH live In The Court of the Crimson King Steve Hackett & Greg Lake & WettonOur thoughts and prayers are with Lake’s friends and family.last_img read more

The New Reality for Retailers: Science Fiction No More

first_imgHow Dell Technologies is empowering retail surveillance with best-in-class AI and computer vision to capture brand new customer opportunities and maximize value. I want to ask you what may seem like a simple question.Why is surveillance so important for retail?Most people would immediately assume preventing theft and saving money. And up until now, these have precisely been the major driving forces behind the development and adoption of security and surveillance technologies. According to the “2018 National Retail Security Survey,” inventory shrinkage accounted for an average loss of 1.33% of retail sales last year. That’s a total loss of $46.8 billion. The financial impact of theft is considerable, but here’s some very good news: that loss is steadily declining.With the help of leading security and data experts like Dell Technologies, improving strategies and technologies like computer vision has helped retailers lower the average dollar loss to about half of what it was in 2016—a massive decline in lost revenue and a steady improvement that has continued for the past three years.This brings me back to my original question about the relationship between surveillance and retail. What if I said that these new innovations were changing the way we view and use surveillance technology—pushing it into a new era where the benefits (and profits) go much further than simple security and where ideas from science fiction are becoming a new reality for both consumers and retailers?When it comes to discovering new ways to leverage AI and IoT with surveillance, there have been many incredible advancements lately. In many cases, faster and smarter algorithms, cameras, and sensors are being revealed almost every week, and at Dell Technologies we’re spearheading several of these exciting new avenues, not just helping our enterprise partners go above and beyond their retail security needs, but also helping them and their customers achieve a new reality of personalized shopping.Computer Vision Is Reshaping How Retailers Do BusinessThese developments in computer vision don’t just save money and enable real-time potential-theft evaluation. They also give retailers a brand-new opportunity to better understand their customers. New implementations of hardware and software provide our partners with the tools necessary to learn how to better engage their customers and improve their shopping experiences, resulting in longer times spent shopping and more dollars paid into the store.For example, understanding how customers flow through the store and at what times of the day can allow the retailer to put more important items directly in their paths where the products can be more visible. Understanding flow can also help reveal why certain items are being skipped over or potentially picked up and put back. Or perhaps there are specific repeat customers or even areas of the store that result in more revenue being generated, where staff can be strategically positioned to assist customers. These few implementations are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how computer vision is helping to obtain personalized customer insights and knowledge of real-time and previous behavior that will improve retail profits. Due to the popularity of online shopping, it can be weeks or months before a customer comes back through the doors, so capitalizing on these in-store interactions is more important than ever.Computer vision is changing everything. The purpose of surveillance up until now was focused on saving money by deterring theft, but these breakthrough developments are revealing how going forward, the new focus will instead be on revenue generation.Next Steps to Adopting a Computer Vision Solution Deciding to bring on an advanced surveillance solution, however, can be daunting and often riddled with complexities. That is precisely why Dell Technologies has taken the necessary steps to simplify and streamline the process with an open, holistic, and integrated platform for both surveillance and computer vision based retail insights. Our IoT Solution for Surveillance, including computer vision and AI, is specifically designed for ease of use and especially consistent quality and performance.Considerations for the Supporting InfrastructureFrom an architectural standpoint, we understand how most retailers want to make real-time decisions at the store level. Cloud infrastructure and years of metadata are a strong and highly useful foundation for deeper analysis when needed, but when it comes to practical real-time decision making and per-store or even per-customer customization, that cloud-to-edge connection may not be the best option, and it can even handicap an architecture that requires that constant connection during an event such as a hurricane. Consider, for example, those businesses that are critical in helping their communities when disaster strikes—like some of the large home improvement stores that require access to their digital systems in order to adequately respond to urgent customer needs in any situation. The better option for these types of retailers is a resilient, on-premises infrastructure. For this reason, Dell Technologies has worked with several partners to develop a robust, integrated, and scalable in-store appliance optimized for visualized streaming data with right-sized storage for analytics.See It Live at NRF 2019Surveillance continues to save retail more and more money when it comes to preventing theft, but our computer vision, AI capabilities, and best-in-class computer technologies are changing the way retailers are going about saving money and building revenue. With new capabilities and quickly evolving AI, Dell Technologies is able to provide retailers with more personalized insights and tools that don’t just make more profits but bridge the gap between the store and the customer.While you can already experience several of these living examples of our vision and computing in retail stores throughout the country, come experience a deeper look at Dell Technologies’ computer vision in action live at NRF (VMware booth, #1057) on January 13-15.last_img read more

Cheikhou Kouyate says West Ham have to keep working hard

first_img The Irons were seconds away from suffering a third home defeat in four league games when they trailed Norwich 2-1 deep into stoppage time. However, a free-kick from Dimitri Payet resulted in a scramble in the six-yard box following John Ruddy’s deflected punch-out before Kouyate lashed the loose ball home as Upton Park erupted. Slaven Bilic’s men remain in third place, above Arsenal on goal difference. West Ham have two away matches next, at struggling Sunderland and then London rivals Crystal Palace, where they will look to follow on from victories at the Emirates Stadium, Anfield and Manchester City. Bilic highlighted the need for his players to match the energy of teams like Norwich, who had taken an early lead through Robbie Blake before Diafra Sakho levelled and then looked to have snatched a late winner following a fine strike by substitute Nathan Redmond. It is an approach Senegal international Kouyate wants everyone to take on board. “All the players wanted to win the game, but it was a very difficult game. Norwich played well and with very good organisation,” Kouyate said on West Ham TV. “Third (place) is not bad. We just need to keep working hard. “We need to stay humble, work hard and go to Sunderland to battle for the points. “I know Sunderland have not had good results (so far this season), but this is a very dangerous match.” Press Association Norwich, who had not won at the Boleyn Ground since 1989, are now unbeaten in three Premier League matches as they aim to re-establish themselves back in the top flight having come up through the play-offs. With on loan West Ham winger Matt Jarvis not available, Norwich manager Alex Neil rejigged his starting XI at Upton Park, pushing Brady into a more attacking role on the left in front of Sweden international Martin Olsson. The 23-year-old Republic of Ireland international, a summer signing from Hull, made the most of his opportunity, latching onto a stray pass from Irons skipper Mark Noble to put Norwich ahead on nine minutes. While the Canaries were disappointed not to have been able to hold on following Redmond’s fine strike with just seven minutes left, Brady is confident they have enough to compete at this level. “It keeps our good run going, but it is frustrating at the same time,” Brady told Norwich City TV. “It is obviously good to take a point from places like this and Anfield (last week). Hopefully we can keep picking up results to get ourselves safe. “The lads were excellent, so if we can iron out the mistakes then we will be fine.” Midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate knows West Ham cannot allow their work-rate to drop if they are to build on a positive start to the Barclays Premier League season. last_img read more

Mets, Marlins walk off field after 42-second moment of silence honouring Jackie Robinson

first_imgLast Updated: 28th August, 2020 13:54 IST Mets, Marlins Walk Off Field After 42-second Moment Of Silence Honouring Jackie Robinson The New York Mets and Miami Marlins boycotted their game by walking off the field after a 42-second moment of silence that honoured Jackie Robinson. FOLLOW US 1 week ago Mets blow deGrom’s lead, rally in 8th to beat Marlins 5-4 WATCH US LIVE After other baseball games were postponed after Jacob Blake’s shooting, the Mets arrived late and did not submit a lineup to the umpires. The starting pitchers refused to throw warmup pitches, and the teams waited near the dugouts in uniform till 7:10 PM, when the first pitch was scheduled. Players stood silent, removed their caps and returned. Mets outfielder Dominic Smith led the team onto the field. On Wednesday (Thursday IST), Smith, who knelt during the national anthem as a sign of protest, wept while talking about the shooting. Jacob Blake, 29, was shot in the back seven times in broad daylight in Wisconsin, while his children waited in the car. Though Blake survived, he might not be able to walk again. Also read | Black Lives Matter over Tennis? Naomi Osaka amazes netizens with US Open warmup withdrawal Devika Pawar SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV 2 weeks ago Mets to return Tuesday with doubleheader against Marlins The New York Mets and Miami Marlins walked off the field during their games on Thursday, August 27. They observed a 42-second silence to honour Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the MLB and wore No. 42 jerseys. The Mets and Marlins walked off the court after, with a Black Lives Matter t-shirt draped over the home plate.Also read | Donald Trump labels NBA a “political organisation” after boycott over Jacob Blake shootingNew York Mets, Miami Marlins boycott their MLB game while honouring Jackie Robinsoncenter_img Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson said he knew that boycotting the game was the correct thing to do. “The words on the shirt speak for themselves, just having it in the centre of everything, just knowing that both teams are unified, and that we agreed to do this,” Brinson explained. Mets outfielder Michael Conforto also spoke about Smith’s emotional statement after the Mets 5-4 victory against the Marlins. “It really touched all of us in the clubhouse, just to see how powerful his statements were, how emotional he was,” Conforto said. The players are all willing to stand with their teammates, and the boycotted game was only one example. Before deciding to sit out, both Mets and Marlins met with Conforto, Brinson and Marlins’ Miguel Rojas, player representatives for their respective teams. After walking out, Rojas stated that both teams wanted to do something special. Also read | LeBron James, other NBA players firm with call to boycott playoffs for Black Lives MatterThe teams’ decision to honour Robinson will be followed by the annual Jackie Robinson Day, which was scheduled for a day later. Usually held on April 15, the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brinson added that supporting the Black Lives Matter movement cannot be a one-time thing, and needs to be “ongoing” to spark change. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen featured in a video message two hours before the game, revealing that their players chose to not play. The MLB’s boycott comes after NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks chose to sit out their playoffs first-round game against the Orlando Magic. The Wisconsin-based team chose to protest Blake’s shooting and released a statement saying that no one was able to concentrate on basketball considering the unrest in their home city. Along with the NBA, the WNBA and Major League Soccer also chose to postpone their games. Also read | Kyrie Irving proved right as NBA players opt to boycott season after Jacob Blake shooting(Image credits: AP) Written By 2 weeks ago Subway Series postponed after Mets’ positive COVID tests COMMENT 2 weeks ago Rojas returns after being sidelined by Marlins’ outbreak WE RECOMMEND First Published: 28th August, 2020 13:54 IST 2 weeks ago 2 positive tests in Mets organization; 2 games postponedlast_img read more