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Victor Wooten Is Now Part Of A Progressive Metal Band Called Octavision

first_imgRenowned bassist Victor Wooten has worked in a lot of musical settings, but nobody could have predicted this. Wooten is apparently the bassist for a new project called Octavision, which describes themselves as “progressive rock/metal.”The band, who recently shared a preview of their first track “Three Lives,” features Wooten as part of a five-piece ensemble with keyboardist Steve Weingart, keyboardist Ara Torosyan, drummer Roman Lomtadze and guitarist Hovak Alaverdyan. According to Hovak, the band will release their debut single soon, and follow that up later with a full album.Watch the preview for the band’s first track, “Three Lives,” streaming below.While joining a metal band is certainly unexpected for Wooten, it’s not a total surprise. In his 2006 book The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music, Wooten talks about how becoming more open-minded allowed him to accept a role playing in a bluegrass-influenced band. That group, of course, is Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, and their unique fusion of bluegrass and jazz proved to be one of Wooten’s most well-known roles.As for Octavision, we’re liking what we see from Wooten already. To learn more about the band, we fortunately have a recently-shared note from guitarist Hovak Alaverdyan, who goes in-depth on the band, their origins, and their future plans. Read it below:Hello Everyone,First off, thank you all SO much for the kind words about what you have seen thus far. It’s very exciting for me to see such a positive reaction to just the teaser! I’m humbled and thankful. Secondly, I’d like to briefly introduce myself and the band. My name is Hovak, I am the guitarist, founder and primary composer of Octavision. Octavision is a project bringing together many different influences, elements, and styles of music from around the world. I am also humbled and honored to be part of a band that has some of the best musicians in the world, each brining their own unique individual performance style and virtuosity to the table. With that, I am happy to announce that the music video for our first single, “Three Lives”, will officially be released tomorrow, September 13th, 2016, at 6:00 pm pacific time on YouTube. The song will also be available for purchase tomorrow on CdBaby.com first, and then across all digital distribution channels such as iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, for purchase and streaming next week. Stay tuned to this page for more news. And lastly, for those wondering if this is a one-off project or not, I’d like you to know that this is a real project and there are more songs and releases to follow. So thanks again for all the great feedback and kind words and stay tuned for the official release of our first single for now and more music in the future. – HovakWe can’t wait for more from Octavision! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the band’s debut single…last_img read more

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IoT Solution for Surveillance at VMworld Europe

first_imgDell Technologies recently announced the Dell Technologies IoT Solution | Surveillance at VMworld in Las Vegas. The solution will also be highlighted at VMworld Europe in Barcelona and discussed in a breakout session by Frank McCarthy, Dell EMC CTO for Surveillance Solutions.The IoT Solution | Surveillance is the first Dell Technologies branded IoT solution to hit the market.  The solution set is built with a hyper-converged, high performance, ingest storage tier and a dense secondary storage tier, designed to meet multi-petabyte storage requirements.  The hyper-converged ingest storage tier is engineered to handle the most demanding enterprise video ingest performance requirements needed for surveillance applications. This hyper-converged system allows customers to reduce the amount of compute and storage hardware for large scale deployments and seamlessly scales out as the system requirements increase. This addresses the need for a surveillance infrastructure to accommodate  the increasingly higher resolution cameras that customers are deploying while maximizing performance and keep the hardware footprint to a minimum.  The second tier of high-density storage can provide even greater scale and can be deployed as private and/or hybrid cloud storage.  Both storage tiers are software defined, utilizing Dell EMC appliances that have been designed and sized specifically for the surveillance workload.The IoT Solution | Surveillance is an engineered solution that was tested, designed and validated in the Dell EMC Surveillance Labs in collaboration with Dell Technologies companies and business units.  This innovative solution is an example of the collaborative spirit that exists within Dell Technologies to combine best of breed products into a solution that addresses the challenges our customer face in the surveillance industry.Future versions of the IoT Solution | Surveillance will allow for analytic application support, heterogenous surveillance camera management capabilities and end to end system orchestration of the entire system.To learn more about the IoT Solution for Surveillance check out the following link :https://www.delltechnologies.com/iot-surveillance-solutionAlso, plan to attend the breakout session with Frank McCarthy on Thursday 11/8 at VMworld Barcelona.Frank McCarthy s the Global CTO of Surveillance Solutions at Dell EMC. For the past 12 years he has been responsible for all facets of solution development and rationalization of Dell EMC’s products for the surveillance industry. The Surveillance team published Dell EMC’s first surveillance reference architecture in 2006 and they have helped propel Dell EMC to an industry leading infrastructure provider in surveillance. Frank and his team designed, engineered, and performed the validation testing for the Dell Technologies IoT Solution | Surveillance.  Frank has 28 years’ experience as an IT professional and is committed to ensuring that Dell Technologies solutions are designed and tested to handle the surveillance industries most demanding requirements.last_img read more

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SMC prepares for student body presidential elections

first_imgTickets for student government “Big Board” and Class Board elections at Saint Mary’s were in full campaign mode Thursday following Wednesday’s student body president and vice president campaign speeches, assistant director of Student Involvement and  Multicultural Services Graci Martsching said.“Elections are a vital part of the Saint Mary’s experience,” Martsching said. “Nearly every aspect of a student’s Saint Mary’s experience is impacted by the people who are elected to the Big Boards, which include Class Boards, Student Diversity Boars, Student Activities Board and Residence Hall Association.”The students elected to each position will choose campus events, the students’ educational experiences and the initiatives to push in residences halls, Martsching said.Current student body president Kathleen Sullivan said voting will officially take place from 12:01 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. She said each ticket must win a majority vote, and the candidates-elect will be notified of results next Friday.“It is interesting observing these elections because I can tell that all candidates are passionate about the positions they are running for,” Sullivan said. “My advice to these candidates is to keep the fire burning. Your passion for Saint Mary’s is electric. If you’re excited about what you’re doing, chances are the student body will be excited as well.”Sullivan said she has loved working with an organization of almost 50 members while helping contribute to the betterment of the College during her time as student body president.“I’m very proud of the work we have done this year, and I look forward to seeing what future administrations accomplish,” she said.Lauren Osmanski said she and Tori Wilbraham, candidates for president and vice president of the class of 2015, promise to give back to Saint Mary’s by serving both their class and the campus community as a whole.“Saint Mary’s has given us so much,” Osmanski said. “We love the class of 2015 and believe that we can make this year our best year yet.“We want to unite our senior class in creating memories for year to come. This is something the both of us have wanted to do for a long time, and since it is our last year we want to seize the opportunity.”Osmanski said a main goal for her platform is to involve and integrate the class of 2015 in every decision made under her and Wilbraham’s leadership..“As the voice for our senior class, our main goal is to take the traditional events and make them personal for our class,” Osmanski said. “We want to embrace all the relationships that have been made and create events to celebrate these special bonds.”Also running for the president and vice president of the class of 2015 are junior nursing majors and roommates Chloe Deranek and Emily Getz. Deranek said she and Getz saw a need for change in how every student is represented in her class.“We wanted to run because we saw a need for a change, and we really want to give every single person in our class a voice and also keep events down to a minimum cost-wise,” Deranek said. “We saw a need for it in our class, a need to make a change and have a good senior year.”Sullivan acknowledged the importance of addressing a variety of issues and initiatives on campus and said she looks forward to seeing the candidates’ plans come to fruition.“It’s important for students to realize that they have a voice,” she said. “As a student body, we chose who represents Saint Mary’s.”Tags: elections, saint mary’s, Saint Mary’s College, SMC, student bodylast_img read more

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4 ways to save money during football season

first_imgIf you love football like I do, you’re pretty excited when this time of year rolls around. As fun as it is, it can be expensive. Here are a few things you can do to enjoy yourself and save a few bucks.1. Fund your football addictionIf you’re going to spend a lot of money this football season, try figuring out a way to raise some dough before the season starts. Having a yard sale could be a great way to raise some pocket cash for a ticket you want or that party you want to throw. Have an old guitar or piece of workout equipment you don’t use anymore? Throw it up on Ebay or Craigslist and turn it into cash.2. Go big or stay homeWe all love the big games, especially when our team is involved. When those weeks roll around, do it big! If you’re throwing a party, grill it up and stock up on beer. Having a big event is always fun. If you’re going to the game, plan out an exciting tailgate and do it up right. When your team is in a less exciting matchup, watch your game, but keep it light and try not to spend any more cash than you would on a non-football Saturday.3. Split those season ticketsFeel the need to be at the stadium as much as possible? Trying splitting those season tickets with a buddy. You can go to games together or divide the games and take other friends and family. Even that way, you’ll get to see 3 or 4 games for a decent price.4. Involve everyone in your party plansIf you love to constantly have people over on game days, just make sure you’re not footing the bill every weekend. Make it a potluck and get your friends to all contribute to the spread. It’s a lot easier to have a great party week after week if it’s not costing you hundreds each Saturday. 233SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Someone’s got to tell Trump he lost, but Republicans are loath to raise their hands.

first_imgThirty-one former Republican members of Congress — many of them outspoken critics of the president — on Monday denounced Mr. Trump’s allegations in an open letter that called on him to accept the election results. “Every legal challenge must be heard,” Mr. McCarthy said. “Then and only then does America decide who won the race.”- Advertisement – President Trump’s iron grip on his party has inspired love for him among some Republican lawmakers and fear among others. Neither group will tell him it is time to concede his loss — or at the very least, to stop spreading claims about the integrity of the nation’s elections that are contrary to considerable evidence.The dynamic helps explain why, days after Joseph R. Biden Jr. was declared the winner of the election, even Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, was unwilling to recognize the result. Instead, senators have tiptoed around — or in some cases blindly run past — the reality of Mr. Trump’s loss, and the lack of evidence to suggest widespread election fraud or improprieties that could reverse that result.- Advertisement – By Monday evening, only a few Republican senators known for their distaste for Mr. Trump — Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — had acknowledged Mr. Biden’s victory.The Republican House leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, insisted that Mr. Trump was right to contest the results of the election. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Carwiz expands despite global crisis: Contracts signed with new global franchise partners

first_imgCarwiz has thus entered into a partnership with Leos Groups of Companies, which has been in business since 1983, whose mission is to be the most professional car rental company in Cyprus by offering full service and developing relationships with customers and suppliers based on trust and honesty. By the way, Carwiz rent a car is a Croatian company which, after opening the first branches on the Croatian market, soon started to conquer the global market through a franchise business model. Although this crisis has hit them hard, Cariwz is still expanding and with its own franchise model they are present on as many as four continents, ie 20 countries with more than 60 branches. Although the rent a car industry, like all economic entities, and above all those operating in the travel industry, is facing a challenging and difficult year, Carwiz rent a car has proven that it is still possible to continue expanding its business. Although there are relatively few of them on the market compared to other tourist branches, about 15 rent a car companies in Croatia generate a total of over one billion kuna in annual revenues and are responsible for the purchase of 25 new vehicles a year. The loss of financial income in the car rental industry is 90 percent Despite everything, Carwiz is expanding with a new franchise partnership in Cyprus and expanding the franchise network to eastern Mediterranean! Any authentic brand, and Carwiz certainly is, who cares about its customers and business partners can maintain the strength of the brand even in a crisis, provided it reacts quickly, accepts change and has a real team of people behind it who follow trends and accept change. When asked how to gain trust around the world that results in partnership and global expansion at a time when the world is increasingly closing and every country and business is focusing on the domestic market, Carwiz gave a concrete answer with their example. A difficult year for the entire tourism sector, including the car rental industry, which is directly dependent on tourism. The car rental industry is an important part of the mosaic of the Croatian tourist offer, especially in the context of air traffic, extension of the tourist season and raising tourist consumption. center_img “Their brand strength fits perfectly into Carwiz’s mission and vision even during a crisis as the new franchise partner operates in every major city in Cyprus including the Larnaca airport branch ” points out Krešimir Dobrilović, director of Carwiz.  The importance for the tourism sector is clearly shown by the fact that more than 90 percent of users of the car rental industry in Croatia are foreign tourists. “It is very important to change the way of doing business, educate and keep a clear direction of business. For business in crisis, it is important to establish stability and efficiency of business, adjust the service and offer, and meet new needs and desires of customers. Most of the responsibility is certainly on the sales teams, but it is very important to consider how to reorganize the entire business in order for it to maintain its success in the short and long term, given the uncertainty that the crisis brings us.”  they say in Carwiz. Find out more about the Carwiz franchise model in the attachment: CARWIZ BECAME A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT! THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL IT IS EXPANDING TO THE GLOBAL MARKET It is strong brands that have the trust of customers, the crisis continues to communicate and have visibility, deliver added value, will recover first and foremost as soon as the recovery of the economy and the tourism sector begins. Brand power Although we do not yet know the long-term consequences of the crisis caused by the coronavirus, one thing is certain – business needs to be adapted, embrace new ways of doing business and prepare the company for crisis business. last_img read more

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First Lady Frances Wolf Outlines Waterway Protection Efforts Under Way at Governor’s Residence During Earth Day Gathering

first_imgFirst Lady Frances Wolf Outlines Waterway Protection Efforts Under Way at Governor’s Residence During Earth Day Gathering Environment,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – With the expansive waters of a challenged Susquehanna flowing directly behind her, First Lady Frances Wolf today told a gathering of students and top environmental leaders protection of the iconic waterway is an ongoing priority at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.Two days after Governor Wolf proclaimed Earth Day 2017 on April 22, the First Lady announced plans are under way on the residence grounds at 2035 North Front Street, Harrisburg, to lessen storm-water runoff by installing and maintaining a rain garden and additional rain-collection barrels, and enhancing existing green features.“Taken alone, none of these steps is monumental, but collectively they reflect the will and the theme of Governor Wolf’s Earth Day proclamation — ‘The Difference YOU Can Make,’” said the First Lady. “We have some of the state’s top environmental leaders gathered here today, but they can accomplish only so much without an individual environmental commitment by all of us.”Mrs. Wolf publicly commended the 30 students and several teachers from nearby St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, noting they have demonstrated environmental awareness by participating in the residence event and dedicating this week to Earth Day 2017-related field trips.“You have demonstrated your commitment to our state’s wealth of woods and waters at a young age, and I commend you,” the First Lady said. “Feel free to ask questions of the environmental leaders gathered here today about what you see and hear. Hopefully, some of you will be inspired to follow in their footsteps.”Joining the Harrisburg school group and First Lady Wolf were Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn; Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell; Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper; and Harry Campbell, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Office, Chesapeake Bay Foundation.“These enhancements of the residence grounds are directly in line with DCNR’s ongoing efforts to protect our waterways, such as expanding forest buffers along streams and rivers,” said Dunn. “When properly installed and maintained, all are indicative of what individual home and property owners can do to curb runoff into waterways; control erosion; and improve the quality of our wealth of waterways, such as the nearby Susquehanna River.”“Pollution from storm water runoff is the next great challenge to our streams and rivers. Reducing it is one of DEP’s highest priorities,” said McDonnell. “As citizens step up to make a difference, DEP is working with municipal leaders to do the same with comprehensive storm water management plans.”“During Governor Wolf’s Administration, the commonwealth has taken many steps towards jumpstarting the restoration of Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams, said Campbell. “The Governor and First Lady are clearly demonstrating that here at the governor’s residence, on the banks of the Susquehanna River, which is the largest source of freshwater entering the Chesapeake Bay. As every Pennsylvanian has a stake in having clean water, the rain garden, rain barrels and enhanced green features at the governor’s residence set the example that we all can contribute. We commend Governor and Mrs. Wolf for their leadership and commitment to clean water.”Penn State student Zoe Roane-Hopkins will join DCNR’s Landscape Design Section as an intern this summer to oversee planning, design and maintenance of the residence rain garden.Residence staff will provide materials, funding for plantings and equipment assistance for preparing and planting.DCNR plans to conduct an analysis of the site, looking at drainage, soils, solar orientation, and utilities, and determine the best area for a rain garden.  Areas with drainage issues or wash-outs would be likely locations.Details on the benefits of rain gardens and rain barrels, suggested plantings and other information can be found at http://www.iconservepa.org/.Built on the Susquehanna River, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence is a two and one-half story Georgian Style home. Designed by architect George Ewing and completed in 1968, the 28,600-square-foot building has 32 rooms. It has served as home to eight governors and their families.The first floor of the residence serves as a museum, housing both temporary and permanent art exhibits, decorative art, and artifacts reflecting the rich history and cultural heritage of the commonwealth. The second floor historically served as private living quarters for the Governor and First Lady.American and Pennsylvania flags were first raised at the executive mansion in February 1969, and the first tour-day was in June of that same year. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 24, 2017last_img read more

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Kalmar, Yara Team Up on World’s 1st Fully-Digitalized Cargo Solution for Yara Birkeland

first_imgKalmar and Yara have entered into an agreement in which Kalmar will deliver fully autonomous equipment, software and services for a fully digitalized container handling solution at Yara’s Porsgrunn facility in Norway.This means that all the necessary operations related to the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel Yara Birkeland will be conducted in a fully autonomous and cost-efficient manner, with zero emissions, as explained by the two companies.The delivery is scheduled to be completed during the second quarter of 2020.“With this agreement, Yara Birkeland is not just the world’s first electric and autonomous container vessel; it is the world’s first fully digitalised and electric supply chain, with all operations, including loading, unloading and sailing conducted in a fully autonomous manner with zero emissions,” Tove Andersen, EVP Production, Yara, commented.Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara last year announced a partnership with technology company Kongsberg to build the world’s first fully autonomous, battery operated container vessel.Yara Birkeland is expected to reduce emissions and improve road safety by removing up to 40,000 truck journeys annually in a densely populated area of Norway. The vessel will transport fertilizer from Yara’s Porsgrunn plant via inland waterways to the deep-sea ports of Larvik and Brevik, a journey of 31 nautical miles.Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will provide the autonomous loading and unloading solution for Yara Birkeland, as well as transportation between the fertilizer production facilities and the quay. The solution will be implemented in phases, with the level of automation gradually increased over time. The end result will be a fully autonomous, mixed-traffic and zero-emission solution in an industrial environment, according to the duo.Kalmar will also support Yara’s operations with a full-scale service contract. Furthermore, Kalmar personnel will provide operational, automation and software support for the whole solution.“We are very excited to work with Yara on this unique groundbreaking project. The project involves several firsts for us, including the first fully automated RMG for vessel loading, unloading and container storage management. Furthermore, the Kalmar FastCharge AutoStrads will drive along the public roads in the Porsgrunn industrial park, which is also used by normal road traffic. We are working closely with local authorities and other parties to ensure the safety of passengers and vehicles at all times,” Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects, Kalmar, said.Image Courtesy: Yara/Kalmarlast_img read more

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Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project Kicks Off

first_imgFederal, state and local leaders joined together on August 28 to break ground on the first phase of construction of the Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project.“When completed, this project will provide flood protection for residents, businesses and farming areas of southern Santa Clara County,” said Norma Camacho, Chief Executive Officer of Valley Water.Funds for this multi-year $180 million project derive from voter approved Measure B, the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, as well as other state and federal sources.Extending 13 miles from Buena Vista Avenue in Gilroy to just beyond Llagas Road within the City of Morgan Hill, the project protects hundreds of properties susceptible to flooding during storm events.The multi-benefit project includes channel modifications, replacement of road crossings, and habitat enhancement providing flood protection to more than 1,100 homes, 500 businesses and 1,300 acres of agricultural land.last_img read more

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GATE LNG terminal’s nine-month throughput rises

first_imgImage courtesy of GATE LNGLiquefied natural gas (LNG) throughput volumes at the Dutch Gate terminal have gone up in the first nine months of the year as European consumption of gas produced in the Atlantic region jumped. The facility located in the Dutch port of Rotterdam recorded a throughput of 5.49 million tonnes in the first nine months of 2019, 46.4 percent above the 3.75 million tonnes recorded in the January-September period in 2018.The Port of Rotterdam noted in its report that the European consumption of as produced in the Atlantic region was higher during the period under review. Previously, this gas was often sold in Asia.Gate terminal, owned by Gasunie and Vopak, is one of Europe’s largest LNG terminals. It consists of three 180,000-cbm storage tanks and has an annual regasification capacity of 12 Bcm – equal to around 180 cargoes per year.last_img read more