NOLA’s ‘The Last Waltz’ Supergroup Tribute Concert Adds Second Date

first_imgLast week, we reported on a very special tribute to The Last Waltz, the final performance held by The Band in 1976 that featured an incredible array of guest musicians. Taking place in New Orleans on April 30th, during Jazz Fest season at the Saenger Theatre, the event will be led by Warren Haynes and will see performances from John Medeski, Don Was, George Porter Jr., Jamey Johnson, Dave Malone, Mark Mullins throughout the night.As tickets for the first show were snatched up quickly, the organizers of the event have decided to add a second date. The same lineup will also hit the Saenger on April 29th, in order to accommodate more fans eager to celebrate the music of The Band. Special guests are also expected to be added to the lineup as well, making this quite the exciting affair.The show will also serve as a memorial for Allen Toussaint, who was the horn section musical director during the original Last Waltz. Toussaint passed away on November 10th, 2015.Tickets for the April 29th show are still available, and can be found via Ticketmaster.last_img read more

The National Shares Collaborative Bob’s Burgers Animated Single, “Save The Bird”

first_imgFive-piece indie rock outfit The National have shared a new single, “Save The Bird”, in collaboration with Loren Bouchard’s hit animated comedy Bob’s Burgers. The Bob’s Burgers crew sent the “Save The Bird” lyrics to The National— inspired by the series’ recent Thanksgiving episode—and The National then went on to supply the accompanying music.Lead singer Matt Berninger shared in a statement,We’re honored to continue our Thanksgiving tradition with Bob’s Burgers with “Save The Bird,” which was recorded at Public Hi-Fi in Austin and in my secluded dojo in Los Angeles. It’s especially thrilling to have our brass section finally get credit for something. Also, I’d like to thank Tom for doing the dishes. Watch The National’s “Save The Bird” below:Bob’s Buskers Presents: The National – “Save The Bird”[Video: Behind Bob’s Burgers]For more information on ticketing and The National’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.Last year, the folks over at Bob’s Burgers unveiled a new project, The Bob’s Burgers Music Album, an album featuring 112 songs from the first six seasons of the show. The album’s expansive track list features a diverse line-up of appearances including tracks by comedians Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman, and Fred Armisen, in addition to the regular voice-acting cast responsible for bringing life to the Belchers. Former musical guests who made the cut include Cyndi Lauper and Carly Simon in addition to the five full-length Bob’s Buskers tracks, which are covers of songs from the show by musical acts such as St. Vincent, The National, Lapsley, and Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields.[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Achieving Proactive Asset Management through Predictive Maintenance leveraging SAP HANA and the Internet of Things

first_imgIn any industry that operates “machinery” such as manufacturing, transportation, construction, or any machine-heavy field, downtime and shrinking MTBF (mean time between failures) are the enemies, topped only by outright system failure. All three greatly increase overhead, and, combined with crisis maintenance, can result in significant losses for companies that need to be operating smoothly. How can organizations better handle their assets and ensure that operations are functioning and production is intact?The answer is predictive maintenance: the shift in maintenance practices from reactive to proactive, increasing productivity and reducing downtime. The benefits — lower costs, better-functioning machines, and consistent production and delivery — are obvious, but getting there can be challenging. IT can help the operations department by providing it with predictive analytics, whereby operations can collect and analyze information to identify risks and opportunities and ensure that predictive maintenance is a reality.Predictive Analytics: The Key to Proactive MaintenanceThe value of predictive analytics is that it empowers maintenance and operations decision-makers to “see” when an asset will need intervention well in advance of its failure. Predictive analytics provides the highest possible visibility of an asset by collecting and analyzing various types of asset data. To obtain excellent predictive maintenance, organizations must bridge the gap between information technology and operations technology. The way to do this is with the ecosystem of sensors, devices, and equipment known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Companies can transmit and receive IoT data for tracking, analysis, and action. But to do so, they need their IT organizations to manage, at a viable cost, the global deployments of technology that are necessary to enable 24/7 access to IoT data. In fact, some companies are already doing so: According to a recent survey report, “best-in-class” companies are increasingly using IoT to implement predictive maintenance models that address their top operational challenges to improve their use of assets.1 This report revealed that the benefits of predictive maintenance practices include:Reduced unplanned downtime by 3.5% – Amount of unscheduled downtime against total availabilityImproved overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) to 89% – Multiplying availability, performance, and qualityReduced maintenance costs by 13% year over year – including time and personnelIncreased return on assets (RoA) by 24% – Profit earned from equipment resources through improved uptimeA Comprehensive Dell Solution for Predictive MaintenanceWhile IoT is transformative, sensors alone do not transform operations, and data points without connectivity do not transform business activity. It takes expertise and a holistic perspective to put together a solution that embraces all of the benefits of predictive maintenance. It was with these benefits in mind that Dell collaborated with SAP on a Dell SAP IoT solution that brings predictive maintenance quickly to life in an operations environment.The solution combines Dell Edge Gateways for IoT with SAP HANA and SAP HANA Vora for real-time analytics and Cloudera Hadoop for unstructured data storage. SAP HANA enables the move from reactive to predictive maintenance and service by analyzing large volumes of operational and transactional data. It provides in-depth insight into asset history and trends to help predict maintenance and service needs.Dell Edge Gateway 5000, part of the Dell Edge Gateways for IoT series, supports best practices for predictive maintenance in several ways. It is an industrial-grade, scalable solution that works with a variety of critical protocols, data sources, and data types to enable the collection of the predictive data you need. To support the predictive analytics powered by SAP HANA, Dell Edge Gateway 5000 hosts SAP SQL Anywhere, which connects to other databases via Mobilink. This comprehensive remote data management system allows for full data synchronization to a consolidated database, even in large and complex environments. It also interfaces with OSIsoft for integration with SAP HANA.At the core, SAP HANA, deployed on a Dell PowerEdge R930 HANA Appliance, analyzes equipment performance data and uses predictive algorithms to forecast future performance failure. It uses predefined models to automate decision making and make maintenance recommendations. With the help of SAP HANA Vora, it enables data analytics on unstructured sensor data, combined with data from enterprise sources, to identify patterns that help predict failures with ample time to prevent them.Cloudera Hadoop enables distributed storage and distributed processing of very large data sets on a clustered platform. In this case, it acts as a persistent storage layer for the streaming of unstructured equipment sensor data. Dell’s Hadoop platform is thoroughly tested and validated for use in the acceleration of these big data deployments.Realizing the PotentialTrue predictive maintenance based on IoT has the potential to transform the industrial world — and organizations that understand and use this technology will have a competitive edge. Using IoT to link operations’ rich information stores with IT’s analytical power will be the key to gaining this competitive edge, and Dell’s predictive maintenance solutions for SAP systems now makes this more accessible.For more information on best practices for predictive maintenance, see Dell | SAP IFM Predictive Maintenance  Reference Architecture and the Dell Predictive Maintenance Blueprint “Six Steps to Using the IoT to Deliver Maintenance Efficiency”, and for more information about Dell innovative solutions for SAP systems, please visit  the Dell SAP website or contact the Global SAP Center of Excellence – Dell’s Think Tank for SAP.1 Aberdeen Group, “Analytics for the Internet of Things: Who, How, and Why?” (2015; http://aberdeen.com/research/11449/11449-rr-iot-analytics/content.aspxlast_img read more

Woman Arrested After Allegedly Fighting Police At Falconer Gas Station

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),That’s methed up File image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.FALCONER – A 28-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday after allegedly fighting with police officers responding to a shoplifting at the Falconer Kwik Fill.Town of Ellicott Police say Kayla Wiberg allegedly stole items from the gas station convenience store just after 11:30 p.m.While officers were attempting to take Wiberg into custody they say she allegedly began to fight them.Wiberg was taken to the Ellicott Police Station in Falconer, processed and released with an appearance ticket. Officers say she will appear in the Town of Ellicott Court at a later date.last_img

Community Service

first_imgGetting kids involved in community service is a great way to teach them about the world around them. To be successful, start by including children in activities that interest you, learning what they care about and connecting to other groups with similar interests, says a University of Georgia child development expert. “There is a natural tendency in young children for empathy,” said Diane Bales, a UGA Extension specialist with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “We see a pro-social behavior to do for others as children get older. Elementary school is a good time to expand on that natural desire.”When choosing an activity, go with the child’s interest. If your child is interested in helping fight hunger, organize a food drive. Have the child go to the store with you to pick out food for a family who needs it. “Children are very concrete,” Bales said. “Collecting money for things is the hardest thing for young children to understand. Collecting a physical thing is better for children.” Making thank-you cards for school workers can help children understand the importance of connecting with people and showing appreciation. Cleaning up a local park will educate them about litter and the natural world. Walking or running for a cause is something they can do to increase their awareness. “For very young children understanding something outside of their own experience is very hard,” Bales said. “They may not understand a life other than theirs. It is not a bad idea to expose them to it, but it may be difficult for them to take away.” Pick causes you are passionate about. Your excitement will spread to your children. In contrast, going along with something you are uncomfortable with could create a bad experience. “The kids will sense that you are nervous about the activity or not interested and it is likely to be less of a positive experience,” she said. “But, if the kids are passionate about it, you should try to find a way to make it happen.” Connect with community groups, agencies and non-profits to participate in community service. These groups will already have some structure in place and will make your project more successful. As in everything, personalities are different. Some children may be drawn to service, while others may not. Bales warns not to try so many different activities that children become burned out on the idea of service. “Children seem to be drawn to responding to crisis,” Bales said. “They see images and want to help the victims.” Collecting supplies for a cause is easier for children to understand. Filling a shoebox with toys at Christmas or books for a hospital are two ideas. Whatever activity you do, preparing children for what they will experience is a good idea. If you are headed to a children’s hospital, prepare them for what they might see. Describe the smell of a nursing home or explain that some of the patients may not understand who they are. “Describing what they can expect makes it a lot less scary when they are there,” Bales said. Have an activity planned for the visit. A craft project, singing songs or handing out cards are a few examples Bales suggests. Talk to children about their experiences after a service project. Helping someone else makes people feel good. “If kids recognize the positive feelings they have about doing something they are more likely to continue,” Bales said. “(Community service) is good for them. It gives them exposure to experiences they may not have had otherwise and it broadens their view of the world.”last_img read more

Guatemala and U.S. Plan to Supply Drinking Water to Remote Communities

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 23, 2017 The Guatemalan Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion (known as the Seabees), participated in the Water Well Drilling Course. The course was part of a training program for infrastructure projects that the engineering corps will carry out in August to provide drinking water to remote communities in Guatemala. Members of the Honduran Army and the Colombian Army also attended the course, held from April 9th to the 15th in Gulfport, Mississippi. U.S. specialists shared their knowledge and advanced skills on deep-well drilling for groundwater extraction. Participants learned how to operate high-tech equipment and well-drilling vehicles to collect pure water, as well as how to optimize resources for the purpose of achieving larger and better objectives using the fewest resources possible. “This course was a refresher for us mainly in the handling of rotary drilling machines. This is bigger equipment with greater capacity, and it’s more complex than the percussion drilling equipment that we have in our service organization,” said Second Lieutenant Alfonso José Jiménez Dubon, an engineering officer and commander of the Guatemalan Army Corps of Engineers’ Water Squad, who attended the training. During the course, service members shared information and experiences about the features of the area where the infrastructure projects in their respective countries will be implemented. For example, the Colombian Army will be working in a strategic desert area, the Honduran Army will be drilling wells in a mountainous area, and Guatemalan service members will be in a region that is close to the sea. In addition to fighting transnational organized crime organizations, drug trafficking, and gangs, the Guatemalan Army cooperates on supporting domestic development activities. In the 1970s this service branch started to explore underground hydrological resources through well drilling to supply Army units and civilian populations located farthest from these services. Since that time, the water table in Guatemala has dropped to approximately 520 meters. Before, underground water could be found at 130 meters, according to the report “Scarcity of Potable Water in Guatemalan Cities,” published by the Science and Technology Research and Forecasting Institute in 2015. In addition, the report “Water in Guatemala,” issued in 2014 by the social service foundation Archdiocese Charity of Guatemala, indicated that 90 percent of surface water sources are polluted and close to 40 percent of the population does not have access to potable water. “This has us in a bit of a bind because we only have drilling equipment that can reach 122 meters. Having modern drilling systems would help us revitalize all the water sources that we have and those that we opened up [years ago]. Currently, those wells aren’t in use because they are too deep to be useful to us,” Colonel Gustavo Méndez Morán, second commander of the Guatemalan Army Corps of Engineers, told Diálogo. “Because of the reduced supply of surface water and the pollution of many of more shallow aquifers, extracting underground water to provide clean water to the people is vital,” Col. Méndez added. During the second week of August, a Seabees detachment will travel to Guatemala to extract underground water through wells. To carry out drilling projects in the municipality of Puerto Barrios, in Izabal department, service members will take high-tech machinery that can drill to a depth of more than 305 meters and support equipment that will be transported on board a U.S. Navy vessel. In this assignment, both of the Guatemalan service members who took part in the drilling course will assist the U.S. experts in the infrastructure projects in Puerto Barrios. “We are ready for this assignment. Once again, we will have the opportunity to learn and to exchange knowledge with U.S. specialists in civil engineering and construction.” Second Lt. Jiménez noted that a well is not simply a hole that has been dug. It is a structure that must meet technical, environmental, economic, and health specifications, among others. It must have a durable, efficient, and high-quality infrastructure. “A couple of wells will provide potable water to outlying communities on the Atlantic coast of Guatemala and to the military unit [Marine Brigade] in Puerto Barrios. All of the water tables in that area are totally polluted,” Col. Méndez stressed. “This cooperation and training will really improve our capabilities as an engineering corps.” For years, the Guatemalan and the U.S. armed forces have cooperated on education, training, security, and defense matters. In 1999, officers from U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) documented the general situation with water resources in Guatemala, so they could provide accurate information to U.S. military researchers, plan various joint engineering exercises intended to provide humanitarian assistance to the civilian population, and help ensure that the Guatemalan government could maximize its use of water resources. “For Guatemala, the support we get from the different branches of the U.S. military means a lot. Thanks to their cooperation, we have taken a number of actions that contribute to community development in the most remote communities with major problems of the country,” Col. Méndez said. “According to the planning, the U.S. military group will work directly with the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense on two wells, and with other Guatemalan government agencies or municipalities on other [wells] around the country,” he concluded.last_img read more

Feravino exports to as many as 15 countries, and aims to increase the share of exports to 40 percent of total sales

first_imgNew labels of the Dika and Miraz lines, new wines, numerous international awards and revenue growth of 15 percent – in short, a great year for the winery from Feričanci.Apart from excellent results, last year in Feravin will be marked by the presentation of new labels for the Dika and Miraz lines, numerous awards, including gold at the international wine evaluation Emozioni dal Mondo: Merlot e Cabernet Insieme in Bergamo for the first coupage of the winery from Feričanaca – Cuvée Miraz, vintage 2015As Feravino winery points out, this significant increase in revenue is the result of a sales policy focused on wines of higher quality and value. “We currently export to 15 countries: Germany, France, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Estonia, Switzerland, Poland, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, the USA, Mexico and Japan. Exports accounted for just over 13 percent of our revenues, which is an excellent result considering that until two years ago, our share in this segment was only three percent.”, Says Luka Vrga and adds that from their cellars the world goes mostly Frankovka, a variety that has become a kind of trademark of Feravin.The winery from Feričani also plans to increase the share of exports to 40 percent of total sales, which is certainly a great success, so activities in foreign markets are in full swing, and the last was in Amsterdam on January 9 and 10 at the international fair Wine Professional, intended for experts and professional audiences. Every year, the well-known winery from the heart of Slavonia sells new wine, and in a few months it will present sparkling wine from a new plant prepared according to the Charmat (tank) method, of course the focus is on exports.Related news: CROATIAN WINES ARE INCREASINGLY RECOGNIZABLE IN EUROPElast_img read more

Dredging Operations in Manila Bay About to Start

first_imgThe Philippines’ Public Works and Highways Secretary, Mark A. Villar, has announced that the dredging operations are set to begin in Manila Bay, following the completion of data gathering activities of the DPWH-Bureau of Equipment.“Our Bureau of Equipment has conducted bathymetric or depth measurement survey, water quality test, and ocular inspection at Manila Bay and Navotas River. The result of these surveys will be the basis of dredging activities in the coming weeks,” said Secretary Villar.Citing a report from DPWH-BOE Director, Toribio Noel Ilao, Secretary Villar said that dredging will be the major mechanism for the removal of the accumulated pollutants in Manila Bay and the bathymetric survey is necessary to estimate the amount of material to be removed and specify the areas that must be given focus during the clean-up.To achieve the dredging goals, DPWH will use the following equipment: amphibious excavators, dumping scows, dump trucks, debris segregator, street sweepers, and vacuum sewer cleaner that will be strategically deployed starting by the last week of February to the first week of March.DPWH will also procure this year additional spider excavators and trash skimmer to assist in the rehabilitation efforts.last_img read more

Vonnie Mae Mayes

first_imgVonnie Mae Mayes, age 93 of New Point, Indiana passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Morning Breeze Healthcare Center in Greensburg, IN.  The daughter of John William and Minnie Belle (nee: Haynes) Allen was born on October 24, 1923 in Benton County, Tennessee.On March 1, 1945 Vonnie married Troy B. Mayes in Parsons, TN.  Vonnie retired from K.B. Specialty Co. in Greensburg in June 1988.She is survived by her son Robert (Norma) Mayes of Batesville, two daughters Helen (the late Richard) Williams of Batesville and Betty Mollaun of Murray, KY; two grandsons, five granddaughters, 15 greatgrandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Alice Marie Mayes who died as an infant, two grandsons, her sisters Ruby Boyd, Carloda Conrad, Gladys Baugus & Helen Tubbs and brothers Covie, Jessie, Wilson, Patterson, Lexie & Edward Ray Allen.Visitation will be Friday, September 1, 2017 from 1-3pm with funeral services immediately following at 3pm, all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Pastor Dan Wolford officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rossburg Cemetery in New Point, IN.last_img read more

Solskjaer challenges Pogba to show leadership for Man Utd

first_img The three-month coronavirus suspension has also allowed England international Marcus Rashford to recover from his back injury. United are unbeaten in 11 matches and pushing for Champions League qualification as well as FA Cup and Europa League glory. The Norwegian manager said the break had been good for Mason Greenwood, 18, who has scored 12 goals in 36 appearances during his breakthrough season. Read Also: Premier League restarts as players take knee in racism protest “Sometimes earlier on you could see he was a kid,” he said. “Now in training he can use his strength better and he has done really well over the three or four weeks we have been training now.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Paul Pogba to show leadership at Manchester United as the midfielder seeks to put a wretched season behind him. Paul Pogba could play a key role for Manchester United after the coronavirus lockdown The World Cup winner has managed just eight appearances in all competitions due to foot and ankle problems and has not played since December. United’s record signing could make his long-awaited return when their Premier League campaign resumes at Tottenham on Friday, where Pogba would face former boss Jose Mourinho. United manager Solskjaer said he was confident that Pogba, linked with a move away from Old Trafford earlier this season, would recover his best form. “Paul is one of the best midfielders in the world, so of course we expect him to gradually improve as he gets more and more game time,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s 45 minutes this time, is it 60, is it… so gradually over these next few months we can work him up back to his best. “Paul has had a very, very good career. Of course he is a World Cup winner and we want to have that leadership on the pitch as well.” United’s midfield has improved markedly since the 27-year-old last played due to the January arrival of Bruno Fernandes, and the potential of the pair playing together is an intriguing prospect. Loading…last_img read more