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

Achieving Public Cloud Agility with the Comfort of Private Cloud Resiliency and Security

first_imgChange is a constant and it is inevitable. This has never been more accurate than today with the movement towards the modern data center. The modern data center allows you to deploy architecture that delivers new services to businesses and customers alike. Inevitably, new applications arise and they demand changes in the infrastructure. For years people have called these changes disruptive, revolutionary or even evolutionary.IT transformational change is often a point of angst for many businesses. Aligning process and people with new technologies may appear to be a daunting task. We believe that software-defined data centers can offer IT organizations the means to transform at their own pace while not having to sacrifice the ability to advance their business.Last month in Jeremy Burton’s Reflections Blog, “The Pillars of the Modern Data Center”, he talked about the need for IT organizations to modernize their data center and how software-defined, one of the four pillars, can help organizations achieve this goal. Software-defined storage is an integral piece in this transformation. It offers a simpler, more agile and tailored data center, which can result in substantial cost savings.In the last few months, EMC has continued to expand and enhance our software-defined storage offerings – supporting all data types (block, object and file). In January, we announced the release of ECS 2.2, EMC’s software-defined cloud-scale object storage platform that simplifies storage for traditional as well as next-gen apps with global access and protection. More recently, we announced ScaleIO 2.0, a software-defined, scale-out, block storage server SAN solution. This release focused on enabling IT organizations with the powerful agility that comes with public clouds combined with the security and peace of mind expected from private clouds.So what does ScaleIO 2.0 release deliver?Enriched Security enabling IT organizations to utilize IPv6 addresses, integrate ScaleIO with their role-based user management platforms (AD/LDAP) as well as provide more granular access for those users.Enhanced Resiliency ensures data is always available and not corrupt using in-flight checksum. Expanded support options, read flash cache capabilities, as well as efficiencies when performing maintenance on ScaleIO servers are few others.Extended Platform Support for new OS platforms like Ubuntu and CoreOS in addition to Redhat, Windows and SUSE Linux and expanded OpenStack capabilities in addition to Mirantis, Docker and Mesosphere. By expanding the functionality of ScaleIO’s active GUI, IT organizations are able to streamline operations and simplify user experience.As a software-defined block storage solution, IT organizations have a wide range of choice in deploying ScaleIO – as a software, or as a storage-only or better still as a full turnkey VCE VxRack Flex 1000 hyper-converged system.Don’t take our word for it. Larry Lau, Director of Architecture and Infrastructure at Verizon Labs said, “With high performance and intelligent data management in mind, Verizon Labs turned to ScaleIO to help provide the resiliency and agility needed to serve Verizon customers.”These announcements are just the start. We firmly believe that software-defined storage will be at the heart of modern data center transformation in the coming years. At EMC World 2016, IT organizations will hear on topics ranging from flash, software-defined storage, converged infrastructure, and rack scale architectures to hybrid cloud and data lakes.While change is constant and inevitable, our mission is to empower you with the cutting-edge storage solutions needed to achieve your data center transformation.last_img read more

Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman to Host 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards

first_img Veteran theater producer Robyn Goodman will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Off-Broadway League also announced the addition of four acting categories, which will now honor performers in plays and musicals separately. The official end date of the 2013-2014 off-Broadway season is March 31, and nominations for the awards will be announced on April 1. View Comments The big winners at last year’s awards were The Whale, Dogfight and The Piano Lesson. Emmy winner Mullally is best known for her television work as Karen on Will & Grace. She has appeared on Broadway in Young Frankenstein, Grease and How to Succeed in Business… Offerman currently plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. Other screen credits include 21 Jump Street, Children’s Hospital, We’re the Millers and Sin City. Real-life husband and wife actors and comedians Megan Mullaly and Nick Offerman will host the 29th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards, which honor the best in off-Broadway theater. The duo are set to appear together in the New Group’s Annapurna off-Broadway starting April 13. The ceremony will take place on May 4 at NYU Skirball Center.last_img read more

Rice Genome

first_imgRice has been a staple food crop around the world for millennia, but little was known about the wild origins of the world’s most widely produced crop until the recent mapping of the genomes of 13 ancestral rice species.Scott Jackson, director of the University of Georgia Center for Applied Genetic Technologies (CAGT) in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, helped to map these genomes as part of the international Oryza Map Alignment Project (OMAP).The knowledge gained through genome mapping sheds light on rice’s evolution in the wild 15 million years ago and its domestication by farmers 10,000 years ago. It also allows plant breeders to incorporate resilience traits from wild rice species in the genus Oryza into cultivated varieties.The work will appear in the June 2018 issue of the journal Nature Genetics and is online now.Jackson, who recently helped to map the genome of cultivated peanuts in part by tracking the domestication and evolution of its wild relatives, has been working to decode the genomes of wild rice varieties since his work as a postdoctoral researcher in 2000. At UGA, he, postdoctoral researchers Moaine El Baidouri and Dongying Gao, and doctoral student Aiko Iwata worked on the international rice project.“I’ve been working on wild relatives of rice since I was a postdoc,” Jackson said. “Only when sequencing became cheaper and easier was it possible to sequence these genomes to uncover their histories as recorded in their genomes.”Recent breakthroughs in genome sequencing and a wide-ranging international collaboration with plant scientists in more than a dozen countries allowed the team to sequence 13 of rice’s 21 wild relatives and unlock the genetic history of today’s rice varieties.Through their work sequencing domestic rice’s ancestors, the researchers were able to pinpoint four separate domestication events in Asia and Africa, which means that the different types of rice the world enjoys today — sticky sushi rice, long-grain basmati rice, short-grain Arborio rice — were derived through multiple domestications from wild ancestors at different locations and times throughout history. When ancient people were selecting for their preferred sticky, long-grained or short-grained characteristics in rice plants, they were also selecting for increased yield and lack of shattering traits.Shattering is the process by which the plant spreads rice grains — its seeds — after the seed head becomes mature. Farmers wanted to harvest these grains before shattering occurred, so finding plants that didn’t shatter was key to domestication.Sequencing the genomes of precursors to domesticated rice will enable scientists to uncover beneficial traits that may have been lost in this process, Jackson said.Throughout their evolution, wild rice species have developed natural disease and insect resistance as well as drought and salinity tolerance. Some of these traits were lost in domestication, but they could be bred back into domesticated varieties to help farmers reduce their reliance on pesticides or cope with water shortages.The paper can be found on Nature Genetics online journal at read more

Coal-fired electric generation in Spain falls to record low levels

first_imgCoal-fired electric generation in Spain falls to record low levels FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享El País:It is not raining, there is less wind and the reservoirs are drying up. Summer is not a good time of year for renewables, and so the chimneys in the coal-fueled power stations of Spain should be belching out smoke right now as usual. And yet the use of this highly contaminating fossil fuel has hit a historic low. Not since the first official records began in 1990 has coal constituted such a small percentage of the electricity mix on mainland Spain.According to data from the Spanish Electric Network (REE), the use of coal to generate electricity has never been lower than the months of May and June this year. In May, coal-fired power stations contributed just 1.7% to electricity on the Spanish mainland and 2.1% in June. With the inclusion of the Canary and Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla, the percentage rose marginally to 2.3% in May and 2.5% in June, with May 8 the day the least coal-fired electricity was used – just 1.5%, a figure not recorded since 2011.The coal power station As Pones in A Coruña is the biggest in Spain but according to its owner, utility company Endesa, it has spent entire weeks idle since April. “This has never happened before,” says a spokesperson.For a power station using imported coal, this lack of activity was not part of the government’s vision. Like the rest of the power stations that burn imported coal in Spain, it had undergone decontamination modifications in order to continue to operate beyond 2020, according to EU regulations. In fact, the government’s current plans envision all power stations using imported coal continuing to operate for the next 10 years.But a number of factors are contributing to coal-generated electricity’s demise in Spain and in several other European countries too. On the one hand, the price of emitting CO2 in the European coal market is very high and now stands above €26 per ton released into the atmosphere. As coal power stations are the worst culprits, they are the most heavily penalized. Though natural gas power stations also release CO2, the emissions are less than half those of coal. In fact, natural gas is picking up the slack from the coal industry in Spain, which means the combined systems that have been underused for years are now feeding into the national grid at historic highs.More: Spain turns its back on coal, as use of the fossil fuel falls to historic lowslast_img read more

Gay adoption request sidelined for now

first_img Gay adoption request sidelined for now Family Law Section hopes to drum up greater supportSenior Editor Faced with the prospect it would be rejected as deeply divisive among Florida Bar members, two Bar sections have postponed their request for permission to lobby for the repeal of the state law that bans adoption by gays.The issue did not reach the full Board of Governors at its August 13 meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach. Rather, representatives of the Public Interest Law Section and the Family Law Section agreed to the suggestion of Legislation Committee members to delay their request until the board’s December meeting. That will give the sections time to demonstrate their claim that the issue is not potentially divisive among Bar members.That is a key issue because Bar policies — following rulings of the Florida Supreme Court — give sections wide latitude on issues on which they may lobby. But the policies prohibit them from acting on matters not within their purviews, that contravene Bar positions, or on issues that would likely produce deep, philosophical or emotional division among Bar members.The Public Interest Law Section sought a similar lobbying position in 1991, but it was rejected as it failed to meet the divisiveness test.Both sections also want to advocate for the creation of a “best interests” standard to determine who may adopt.Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, President-elect Alan Bookman, and board member Harold Melville told the Legislation Committee they had informally polled lawyers in their circuits (the Second, First, and 19th, respectively) and found them split on the issue.Johnson said the lawyers she quizzed responded, “‘I don’t have a problem, but I think it’s divisive.’ If you came to the board and you had [most of] the sections supporting you, that would be persuasive. . . . “I personally am in favor of the position you want to lobby for, but that’s not the test,” she added.Indeed, several committee members said the case presented by Family Law Section Chair Evan Marks, immediate past Chair Richard West, and Deborah Schroth, Legislation Committee chair of the Public Interest Law Section, was persuasive, but they had problems with the divisiveness issue. No one expressed a philosophical objection to the requested position.“It’s about half and half in my community,” Melville said, “and the views are very strongly held. It’s a lack of education.”He noted that the Family Law Section Executive Council had rejected the position earlier this year, before approving it unanimously during the Bar’s June Annual Meeting. Marks explained that he had brought the issue up with little preparation or backup in January, resulting in its rejection. He then launched an education campaign of council members, including showing that gay adoptions were supported by at least 11 mainstream groups, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.Melville said he thinks the Bar as a whole is philosophically where the section was in January. “The materials that are very persuasive. . . have not gotten to the membership as a whole,” he said. “I think the education process needs to go to the next step and go to the Bar as a whole.”Marks argued that while the position might be controversial, it did not rise to the deeply divisive standard. He also said the typical reaction was what President Johnson found: The individual lawyer was not opposed to the position but thinks it will rile up other Bar members.In addition, much of the opposition is based on using mandatory Bar annual fees to support the position. Marks said those members don’t understand that the section uses its voluntary annual dues to advocate, and no mandatory Bar fees are involved.He also noted that the Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct say lawyers may not discriminate based on sexual orientation — a provision adopted since the 1991 PILS request — and that the section and the Board of Governors itself have previously taken equally controversial decisions. That includes the board’s vote a few years ago to support referendums to have all trial judges appointed, instead of having some appointed and some elected in the current system.“We have gay and lesbian judges on the bench — it may shock you, but it’s true — and these gay and lesbian judges terminate parental rights, award custody, award visitation, grant adoptions, and yet cannot adopt themselves,” Marks argued. “Can you explain that to me?“Dr. Martin Luther King said, ‘It is always the right time to do the right thing,’” Marks added.Schroth argued the issue is not one of gay rights but of children’s rights. She noted a person convicted of first degree murder still has the right to file a petition to adopt a child and have that petition heard by a court, while a prospective gay parent does not even have the right to have a petition heard.The state has thousands of children in foster care, said Schroth, who represents abused and neglected children. There are not enough people willing to adopt, she said, and the state is a “hideous” parent for these children, many of whom are victims of abuse and many of whom are frequently moved, creating a lack of stability.“We do not have enough people in this state willing to adopt these children, and we have people in this state willing to adopt and we say no,” Schroth said. “It is in the best interest of every child that when there is a person or a couple willing to adopt that child, that that person be able to get past the bench, to be able to stand in front of the judge and say, ‘This is what I want to do and this is why it is right for that child.’”The proposed change would not be an automatic guarantee that gays could adopt, she said, but would merely allow their requests to be considered like other potential adopters.Marks said the two groups will ask other sections, at the Bar’s upcoming General Meeting, to also lend their support, and find other ways to show the position has broad support among Bar members.The board, meeting the next day, did approve six other legislative positions for three sections, including one for the Family Law Section. It has been several years since any section legislation position was denied by the board. Gay adoption request sidelined for nowcenter_img September 1, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Congress must act on data security breaches

first_imgHeadlines about huge data security breaches are so common that they almost seem like business as usual. Just a few weeks ago, Yahoo Inc. admitted that its 2014 data breach affected at least 500 million users. If that estimate is correct – and no one has contradicted it so far – that breach is now the largest on record, surpassing the MySpace breach that hit 427 million users a few months ago.The breach – like so many others – compromised numerous pieces of sensitive data, including users’ names, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, passwords and security questions. That doesn’t just put consumers’ email accounts at risk, but it makes their financial accounts vulnerable as well.We at NAFCU know that nothing will change until retailers and others step up to take responsibility for the security of their systems in the same way credit unions and financial institutions do.This continuing onslaught of hacks and data breaches erodes consumers’ trust and opens them to serious financial and identity theft risk. Furthermore, credit unions and other financial institutions are on the hook to pay for these events – replacing countless payment cards and making consumers whole again. Credit unions are taking care to protect their members’ sensitive information, but credit unions can’t control what Target or Home Depot does. This repeated process makes consumers justifiably nervous, and the increasing costs for credit unions make it more and more difficult for them to offer the excellent products and services they’re known for.Observers of Congress predict that lawmakers will consider data security legislation in early 2017. The NAFCU-backed “Data Security Act” (H.R. 2205/S. 961) would establish a strong national data security standard for retailers similar to what credit unions already follow under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. Introduced in the House by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, with Rep. John Carney, D-Del., as an original cosponsor, and in the Senate by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the bill would also establish strict disclosure rules – requiring retailers tell consumers when their information has been compromised – and protect consumers’ and financial institutions’ ability to sue retailers for financial and punitive damages.The Yahoo breach and others are making lawmakers sit up and take notice – not a moment too soon. As the 114th Congress nears its conclusion, NAFCU is urging lawmakers to act as soon as possible to make these standards a reality. The sooner retailers are made to take responsibility for their data security measures, the sooner consumers can have more peace of mind and credit unions can spend more time focusing on what they do best – serving their members. 72SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carrie Hunt Carrie Hunt is Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel for the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), and manages the association’s legislative, political, regulatory, compliance and … Web: Detailslast_img read more

How Eagle Community CU harnessed the power of social media for good

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Eagle Community Credit Union decided to participate in the CO-OP Financial Services-Yoobi 2018 National Back-to-School Backpack Drive to give back to their community – but discovered they also received on many levels.This is the second year CO-OP has partnered with Yoobi to offer the Back-to-School drive, and the second year Eagle Community CU has participated. For every $1,500 a credit union invests in the program, the cooperative receives 50 Yoobi backpacks and school supplies for students in need to donate to a school or organization of their choice.Eagle Community CU, based in Foothill Ranch, California, began their participation in July. The credit union added a unique element to the program – during August, they held a vote among their 20,000 members to determine what school or organization would receive the backpacks.“On August 1 we started by asking our members to nominate a worthy institution, and at mid-month we conducted a vote on the recipient,” said Erica W. Beach, Vice President of Marketing for Eagle Community CU. A total of 10 organizations were submitted to members for voting. By September 1 they had an overwhelming winner – Connecting Hands, of Placentia, receiving more than 2,500 votes, all through online and social media sharing. Connecting Hands was nominated by a member of the credit union who works for Goodwill and refers families to them. The non-profit organization helps financially distressed families with life necessities and counseling, serving about 1,500 families throughout Orange County.   The credit union promoted the August vote through emails to members, branch flyers and their social media channels – and the latter provided an unexpected benefit to the campaign. “We had a great deal of social media engagement during the Back-to-School drive,” said Beach. “We added to our following, we had a great deal of positive comments to our posts and many were forwarded by our members.”The campaign came to a conclusion on September 12 with two very gratifying team building exercises. First, credit union employees held a pizza party at their office to stuff the school supplies into the backpacks. Then, five employees – including President/CEO Scott Rains – delivered the backpacks to the children at Connecting Hands. The credit union also donated a $250 gift card so more supplies could be ordered.“We had a great time stuffing the backpacks and delivering them to Connecting Hands,” said Beach. “We met some of the kids and families who got to pick out their new backpack for school, and they were very cute and gracious.”“The CO-OP program is so well organized, and was very simple for us to give back in this way,” said Beach. “The campaign worked for us in several important respects – it added to our own ‘Helping Hands/Give Back Initiative,’ built team comradery and helped us to engage with members.”Consumers today are looking to do business with companies that not only provide good service, but also exhibit good corporate citizenship. The CO-OP-Yoobi Back to School Backpack Drive is part of CO-OP Purpose, a social responsibility program for credit unions that provides turnkey, impactful community initiatives to help credit unions advance their mission of people helping people. Under the CO-OP Purpose umbrella, CO-OP also offers CO-OP Miracle Match, a $1 million-annually philanthropic matching program that encourages credit unions to hold fundraisers for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  Gain unique access to carefully crafted partnerships that align with the credit union mission of “people helping people” through CO-OP Purpose. Learn more here.The delivery of 50 backpacks with school supplies took place at Connecting Hands in Placentia, California, on September 12. In addition to the students, a total of six adults are pictured, left to right (Eagle Community CU employees) Albert Herrera, Jessica Mares, Scott Rains, Tammy Perez and Karla Davis and (Connecting Hands Founder) Roxanne Day.last_img read more

Digital marketing best practices: Landing page or microsite?

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Wringer Former watermelon farmer Brian Wringer wears several hats for iDiz Incorporated, including Web Projects Manager, Wordsmith, and Big Idea Guy. He builds better credit unions by day and weird old … Web: Details When you’re creating and planning digital marketing, one of the simplest but most important questions is, “What, exactly, are we asking people to do? And what’s the best way to get them to do it?”There are tons of possibilities, and the right answer depends on your goals. We’ll discuss two very different directions: landing pages and microsites.What’s the difference?Landing PageA landing page is a special page you’ve created within your site with a clear path to action. You’ve got their attention and interest, so a landing page needs to quickly communicate the info they’ll need to make a decision and give them a super-clear and easy path (like a giant orange “APPLY NOW” button) to take action.MicrositeA microsite is a separate, special-purpose website with a different, but still on-brand look and interface. We usually set up a microsite on its own domain name, but it’s also possible to set these up as a section within a site using a different template. A microsite can be anything from a single page to an entire separate website.How do I choose between a landing page and a microsite?The right answer depends on the scale of your project, where your audience is in the decision-making process, and your overall goals.Landing pages are easy and fast (or they should be – if this is difficult on your website, may we humbly suggest an upgrade?). They also give access via your normal navigation to the rest of your site, so they allow people in the decision-making process to get more info. Depending on how active your marketing is, you might have a dozen or more landing pages live.The disadvantages are distraction and differentiation. With all the normal navigation, headers, footers, etc. in place, people entering your landing page might not spend much time on the message, or understand what they need to do next. You need a very clear and obvious call to action people can spot immediately, and make sure any other needed information is easy to find.A microsite can make a lot of sense in situations where the scale is bigger and you have a specific, very important function or message that needs an added dose of differentiation. For example, maybe you want to make a big splash (like a merger, anniversary year, or a big membership drive). A snappy, easy to remember domain name and a focus on one message will make more impact.Microsites can also be great for targeting a specific audience for a specific purpose. For example, here’s a one-page site we built for a specific audience (credit union CEOs and CFOs) with a specific message: Instead of a sell sheet or presentation, the benefits are pared to the essentials and a complex suite of services is presented in a clear, compelling way with motion, color, and video.If your audience is still in the earlier phases of decision-making, a microsite can be a more efficient way to make sure they get the most relevant, focused information organized in the way they need it.Get professional helpWhen you’re developing digital and traditional media marketing strategy, work closely with your website developers from the very beginning. That way, you can make the most of your marketing and website platforms and build compelling experiences for your members.last_img read more

Discovery Center seeks to help families with childcare conundrum

first_imgThe childcare program isn’t just the classic hands-on entertainment and activities fans of the center are used to. Learning nooks have been set up for each student to work on school work, attend courses and more. Families who have students remote learning to start the fall must face questions of how to make sure they get the help they need, while also heading back to work. Education director for the Center, Kristy Wales, said the program was originally intended just for families within the Binghamton City School District, but now is open to all families based on need. Starting in September, the Center will be offering full-day, school-age daycare to children ages 5-12. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — As schools, families, students and communities grapple with the reopening of schools, childcare has become a major conversation.center_img “We can’t take the place of the classroom in the school or the classroom teacher, but what we can do is provide a warm, supportive, kind environment that has adults who care about you and are willing to let you be successful,” Wales emphasized. “I think it’s really important to show that there is a community out there that supports you,” she said. “There’s a lot of uncertainty right now.” Now, The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier is stepping up to help.last_img read more