Electric Forest has become one of the most innovative music festivals of our time. In the past, the festival has announced its highly anticipated lineup in non-traditional formats, like in 2016, when they mailed out envelopes with names of artists to select fans and let social media do the rest. After expanding to two weekends last year (which demanded a more traditional announcement), Electric Forest is back with another unorthodox lineup announcement for 2018.Electric Forest’s New ‘Wish Machine’ Can Grant Your Festival “Wish” In Exchange For Charity WorkAs detailed by a Reddit thread, on Sunday night, Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Club Necto hosted a special pop-up event put on by the Electric Forest folks, which culminated in a performance by Space Jesus. Electric Forest used the event as a means to begin revealing the artists on its 2018 lineup, transforming the club into a puzzle room of sorts. As told by redditor /u/Supersighs, “Throughout the venue there [were] many posters were on the wall saying “Performer” is playing Electric Forest 2018. There was a special bar menu with clues to different acts playing. A little burlesque show that revealed some acts. There was a different number on each Men and Women bathroom mirror that if you called, had an artist saying they’re excited to be playing EF2018. The toilet paper had a word scramble all over it revealing an act. There was also a word search projected on the building also revealing some acts.”The folks over at Reddit have been keeping tabs on the artist revealed at last night’s pop-up show. Here’s their list of artists confirmed for Electric Forest 2018 (though keep your eyes peeled for more announcements, as there are still upwards of 100 artists left to be announced!):Everyone OrchestraSpag HeddyNonameXavier RuddRufus Du SolKarl Densons Tiny UniverseManic FocusChromeoHayden JamesSodownSunSquabiFruitionClozeeBoogie TLouis the ChildMisterwivesGryffinCookie MonstaG JonesBukuPenguin PrisonYookieEpromJody LitvackSpace Jesus[H/T YourEDM; Photo: Adam Straughn]
Veteran guitarist Steve Kimock has announced a special Steve Kimock & Friends Northeast run in celebration of the group’s 25th anniversary. The lineup for the upcoming 2019 fall run with feature longtime collaborators from throughout Kimock’s impressive career, including keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, bassist Reed Mathis, Steve’s son and drummer John Kimock, along with unannounced special guests.Steve Kimock & Friends will open up the run at Ridgefield, CT’s Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, September 25th, followed by performances at Beverly, MA’s Cabot Theatre (9/26); New York City’s (Le) Poisson Rouge (9/27); and Ardmore, PA’s Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday, September 28th.The show announcement notes that the band will also share some new music throughout this run, along with a plethora of material from Steve’s extensive catalog.Head to Steve Kimock’s website to grab your tickets now!Below, you can get a taste of what’s to come with a video of Steve Kimock & Friends performing “Five Before Funk” at Sweetwater Music Hall earlier this year. Subscribe to Kimock’s YouTube page for more new video content coming soon.Steve Kimock & Friends w/ Jeff Chimenti, Reed Mathis, John Kimock – “Five Before Funk”[Video: Steve Kimock]
How much of your business is run in the public cloud?You’ll probably say somewhere between none and all. Only a tiny fraction of businesses run either all on-premises or all in the public cloud. For the most part, IT departments just aren’t at the extremes. They run a hybrid infrastructure – a mix of on-premises and public cloud compute. But, why?Some businesses run a hybrid infrastructure because they choose to.They don’t listen to hype like “the data center is dead.” They rationally looked at their environment, their industry, their business, their objectives, and their workloads to decide what’s best for them. They discovered that a hybrid IT model provides them with the most of many things. Things like flexibility. The most control over things like security and costs. If you were to ask, they’d tell you they run a hybrid infrastructure because certain workloads are more suited for running on-premises, while others are better suited for the public cloud.Some businesses run a hybrid infrastructure because they have to.They are on a journey to move everything to the public cloud. But not everything is movable, yet. So they are stuck. The number of applications running on-premises is dwindling, but they still have to keep the data center operational. These businesses spend a big chunk of their effort trying to abandon their on-premises infrastructure.Why are some businesses planning to move everything to the public cloud?For some, the public cloud’s sweet siren songs about things like unlimited capacity and scalability are irresistible. Others see the public cloud as a cure for what ails their on-premises data center. It’s important to remember that an all-in public cloud approach doesn’t immunize you from all the problems plaguing your on-premises environment.Changing people, process, and technology in current on-premises environments is hard. It can be really hard with outdated IT equipment and no upper-management support for investing in the data center. So, they opt for a clean slate to draw their future.Regardless of the reason, if this is you, or if it’s your company’s strategy, here are 3 things you really say when you move everything to the public cloud.“We don’t need a workload placement strategy.”Public clouds have amazing capabilities and you should take advantage of them. However, with an all-in public cloud approach, you are guaranteeing that no other environment is better for a particular workload. Governance, risk management, and compliance analysis may suggest that running an application on-premises is optimal. Maybe service quality can be improved with infrastructure closer to home. With an all-in public cloud approach, you don’t get to make those assessments. You don’t need a workload placement strategy because nothing is run on-premises.“It’s actually better to put all our eggs in one basket, because we get more out of it.”It’s true that it’s much easier to learn one technology and deal with one vendor. You’re able to go deep and take advantage of a lot of features. But, it’s rarely advised to give anything or anyone too much power or control. No one wants to be vulnerable to a supplier driving up prices. The tech industry has largely moved away from proprietary technology as customers try to avoid lock-in. With an all-in public cloud approach, you put all your eggs in one basket. To get the most out of a move to the public cloud, you select a primary public cloud vendor and use as many of their key services as possible. These key services are proprietary and the cost to switch to another public cloud or back on premises is high.“Deploying compute or having data repositories at the edge won’t be necessary.”The use cases for the edge are just now coming into focus for business. IoT and 5G are driving much of this. Some experts predict that edge intelligence will be so massive that it will usher in the end of cloud computing. Who knows? What’s clear is that the edge is still a little fuzzy for businesses to predict exactly how it will affect them. Edge deployments of compute and data repositories will make the most sense in many cases. For instance, sending huge amounts of data to the cloud for processing may take too long. Instead, data is collected and analyzed locally, in real-time, and only the resultant data is sent to the cloud. With an all-in public cloud approach, all use cases at the edge aggregate data and move it to the cloud for processing and analysis.The businesses who choose to run a hybrid infrastructure think of their data center as an investment, not a cost. They maximize their placement options for each workload without sacrificing flexibility, agility, or scalability. In many cases, they actually gain from running the workload on-premises compared to the public cloud.Maybe it’s time to rethink your journey to 100% public cloud. Maybe now is the time to change course from feeling burdened by a hybrid infrastructure model to being empowered by it. IDC considers the hybrid approach to be the most pragmatic and effective in the short and long terms.Dell Technologies can help you navigate how to do hybrid well. Start by downloading and reading the ebook, Developing an Effective Workload Placement Strategy. It’s a guide to help you choose where to run your workloads – in the public cloud or on-premises. Source: Workload Placement Separates the Winners from the Losers in IT, an IDC White Paper Sponsored by Dell EMC, 2019.
View Comments Mark Rylance is Spielberg’s BFG Three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance has been tapped by Steven Spielberg to lead his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel The BFG. “As I witnessed on stage, Mark Rylance is a transformational actor,” said the legendary director in a statement. While we wait for a first look at Rylance’s Big Friendly Giant, we’ve got his upcoming star turn in Wolf Hall on the small screen to look forward to. Emma Stone’s Bedroom Practice Emma Stone has been opening up about stepping into the iconic role of Sally Bowles—and turns out she’s been practicing Cabaret’s title song for some time. “I’ve been singing it in my bedroom or in my head for 16 years,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “I don’t really know yet where it will land or how it will all end up, but it’s just the coolest, coolest thing, and I’m really happy and excited.” We’re happy to see you on Broadway, too, Ms. Stone! The star begins performances at the Kit Kat Klub on November 11. Related Shows Is Clinton, The Musical, Eyeing 2016 Run? Since a certain former Secretary of State seems to be eyeing a 2016 run, it makes perfect sense for this show to as well! Tony Nominee Kerry Butler (Xanadu) will play Hillary Rodham Clinton opposite Tony Nominee Alan Campbell (Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard) as WJ Clinton in a workshop of NYMT hit Clinton, The Musical. The industry-only presentation will take place on November 6 and 7 and also feature Duke LaFoon, two-time Emmy Winner Judy Gold, Kevin Zaks, Veronica Kuehn, Darren Bluestone, Josh Lamon and Kara Guy. Cabaret Watch Pan Tease Us Some More Good News! The trailers for Peter Pan Live! are getting slightly longer. We now have a 30 second teaser for the telecast, which involves glimpses of Allison Williams and Christopher Walken in costume while dramatic music plays in the background. Hopefully we’ll get a sneak peek of what Broadway faves Christian Borle, Kelli O’Hara and all those Newsies will be getting up to on December 4 soon! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015
Experian, State of the Automotive Finance Market, Q1, 2017.Edmunds, More Car Shoppers Are Underwater on Their Trade-Ins Than Ever Before, November, 14, 2016. Black Book, Vehicle Depreciation Report, February, 2017. Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) provides valuable protection for credit union members by allowing them to cancel the difference between an insurance settlement and their loan balance if their vehicle is stolen or totaled in an accident.However, a “perfect storm” of economic factors and auto trends has converged, increasing the number of total loss declarations filed and pushing GAP claims to record highs. Some of the factors contributing to this unprecedented rise in GAP claims include: Extended loan terms: In Q1 of 2017, lenders reported record-high averages on auto loan terms: almost 69 months for new cars and 64 months for used cars1. Longer terms make payments more affordable, but they also extend the length of time borrowers must pay, leading to many owing more than their vehicle is worth.Higher loan amounts: With the loan-to-value ratio on the rise, many borrowers find themselves under water, longer on their loans (sometimes even for as long as they own their vehicles). In fact, in the first three quarters of 2016, a third of car buyers were still making payments on their trade-ins, with an average of $4,800 in negative equity2. Typically, lenders will add this balance to the next loan, which widens the gap between the loan principal and the value of the vehicle securing the loan.Faster depreciation: Vehicle values have depreciated more quickly in recent years3, extending the length of time during which a borrower owes more than their car is worth. Even slight depreciation can have a big impact on GAP. Higher repair costs: Today, cars are built to last and keep us safe. But these advances come with a price. Higher-cost features, safety mechanisms, and modular components cost thousands of dollars to repair. Minor fender-benders are a thing of the past; the likelihood that a damaged car will be considered “totaled” has risen, which in turn increases the frequency of GAP claims4.More cars on the road and more collisions: Lower unemployment and rising consumer confidence have led consumers to purchase more vehicles. Additionally, reasonable gas prices have encouraged car owners to drive more. Unfortunately, increased traffic means more collisions, especially with drivers distracted by their smartphones and dashboard screens. This “perfect storm” of trends is impacting GAP providers across the industry. Given the steep rise in costs, it is more important than ever for credit unions to work closely with their GAP providers to maintain their competitive advantage, while helping members protect their sizable investment whenever they head out on the road. (View this infographic to see more information on the trends that have led to the rise in GAP claims).Sources: CCC information Services, Inc., What’s Driving Total Loss Frequency?, November, 13, 2015. 70SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Isaacson Jay Isaacson is the vice president of P&C Solutions and International Division for CUNA Mutual Group. In this role he leads commercial insurance underwriting, which includes credit union … Web: https://www.cunamutual.com Details CORP-1876013.1-0817-0919©2017 CUNA Mutual Group, All Rights Reserved.
As college tuition costs continue to rise, parents and students are left struggling to find ways to pay.The first step every future college student should take is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. According to FAFSA.gov, that form offers access to some $150 billion in federal financial aid, from grants and work-study programs to federal student loans.Don’t let common misperceptions regarding FAFSA hold you back from tapping financial aid. Here’s what you need to know about FAFSAs.Don’t assume: Surveys reveal that the number one reason cited for not completing the FAFSA is the belief that they won’t qualify for aid. That could be a costly mistake. Even if you don’t think you’ll need assistance to pay for college, should anything unexpected come up at least you’ve already completed the first step.Be prepared: This is a time investment of about an hour or so. It helps to have everything you need on hand, including: Social security number, driver’s license number, banking statements, W2 forms, tax returns and the name of at least one school. You can even apply on your mobile device with the myStudentAid app. In addition, an IRS Data Retrieval Toolwill automatically populate all of your tax information into the form. Making time for an hour now will pay off later.File early: Schools use the FAFSA to determine financial aid award packages. Depending on the type of financial aid, funding is usually on a first-come, first-served basis. FAFSA applications can be filed starting Oct. 1 through June 30 of the calendar year before students plan to attend college. Some colleges and university also use information on FAFSAs to determine nonfederal financial aid, so be sure to check if the schools you’re applying to have their own deadlines.File annually: This is not a one-and-done activity. Things can change from year to year so mark Oct. 1 as FAFSA application submission day on your calendar. The good news is once you’ve filled out an application on FAFSA.gov, you can automatically input information.Review your Student Aid Report: The Student Aid Report provides a detailed summary of your information and eligibility. Correct any errors you find online. Schools will use this information to create a financial aid package. Look for these package award letters around the same time as admission letters start rolling in. 259SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details
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‘Significant step’ But Germany, which has cautiously begun allowing shops to reopen, offered another glimmer of hope when it announced that human trials for a vaccine will start by next week.The trial, only the fifth to have been authorized worldwide, is a “significant step” in making a vaccine “available as soon as possible”, the country’s regulatory body said.With several months to go before a viable vaccine can be rolled out, more than half of humanity remains under some form of lockdown.Singapore extended its confinement order for a month to June 1, as the Asian city-state — which managed to keep its outbreak in check early on — has been hit by second-wave infections.The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also warned Americans to prepare for a more challenging second round of outbreaks, should it be mixed with seasonal flu infections.”There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” Robert Redfield told The Washington Post.On Wednesday, Redfield urged Americans to “embrace the flu vaccine with confidence, as mitigating its effects would help the overall health battle.In South Africa, more than 73,000 extra troops were sent out to enforce a shutdown as authorities struggled to keep people indoors — particularly in overcrowded townships. With businesses shuttered and millions of jobs lost, the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) said the virus crisis would hit the least privileged the hardest.It said the number of people suffering from acute hunger was projected to nearly double to 265 million this year.Standing in line in Bangkok’s historic quarter for food donations of rice, noodles, milk and curry packets, Chare Kunwong, a 46-year-old masseur, said: “If I wait for the government’s aid, then I’ll be dead first.” Health experts in the world’s biggest economy warned it could face a complicated second coronavirus wave if it dovetails with the seasonal flu this winter, as some US states moved to reopen select businesses.Nations around the world have been scrambling to fight the pandemic — which has killed more than 180,000 people and infected nearly 2.6 million worldwide — while desperately seeking ways to limit the devastating economic fallout.As some countries have moved to lift lockdown restrictions that have upended daily life around the globe, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a sober warning. “Make no mistake: we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time,” Tedros told a virtual press conference. Topics : The World Health Organization on Wednesday warned that the coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon, with many countries only in the early stages of the fight, as the global death toll surpassed 180,000.The pandemic has sparked not only a health emergency, but a global economic rout, with businesses struggling to survive, millions left jobless, and millions more facing starvation.US President Donald Trump — with an eye on widespread unemployment and his re-election prospects in November — signed an executive order suspending the issuance of green cards for 60 days. ‘Wrong and unjust’ In the United States, Trump said Wednesday his order to suspend the issuance of green cards would “ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens.”The US recorded a further 1,738 deaths on Wednesday — fewer than the day before, but bringing its total number of fatalities since the outbreak began there to 46,583, by far the most of any country.It has also reported nearly 840,000 infections, and health care infrastructure, especially in hotspots like New York, has struggled to cope.”We must guard against a dangerous rebound” of the coronavirus “after all this death”, Trump told reporters.Protesters took to the streets again Wednesday — this time in Virginia’s state capital Richmond — to demand that stay-at-home orders be lifted so people can get back to work.But that demonstration came as experts revealed that the country’s first virus-related death came in February, weeks earlier than first reported. ‘Now they die alone’ Among those hardest hit economically during the crisis are millions of migrant workers who toil abroad to send money back home to their families.Remittances are expected to plunge by about 20 percent globally this year, the biggest decline in recent history, the World Bank said in a report on the money transfers that are lifelines to millions of families.The pandemic shutdowns mean even the bodies of some migrant workers cannot be sent home, and are instead being buried or cremated in the country where they die — often without any loved ones present.”Nobody comes anymore, nobody touches, nobody says goodbye,” said Ishwar Kumar, manager of a Hindu cremation ground in Dubai.Before the pandemic, people would come “to grieve and bring flowers. Now they die alone”. “Most countries are still in the early stages of their epidemics. And some that were affected early in the pandemic are now starting to see a resurgence in cases.”Worst-hit region Europe saw its death toll climb to another grim milestone of 110,000, while fatalities in Italy, the hardest hit country behind the United States, topped 25,000.Finland said it would maintain a ban on gatherings of more than 500 people through July.In Spain, which reported a slight increase for the second day running in the number of COVID-19 deaths, the government said it did not expect to lift its strict lockdown until mid-May.”We must be incredibly careful in this phase,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.
Newstalk ZB 5 September 2013A bill aimed at reducing gambling harm has passed through Parliament, but opposition parties believe it will cause more problems than it solves.Te Ururoa Flavell’s Gambling Harm Reduction Bill is the first Maori Party bill to successfully make it through Parliament.It passed 63 votes to 55 last night, under a conscience vote.Labour MP Trevor Mallard is outraged at how much the bill was watered down.“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.“This bill has been absolutely gutted at the Select Committee process by a government majority.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/2013362211-gambling-harm-reduction-bill-a-win-for-maori-party
Euthanasia: How is it done, and what’s it like putting down something you’ve vowed to care for?Stuff co.nz 5 April 2017Family First Comment: Supporters of euthanasia compare euthanasia to putting animals down (which the SPCA probably does every day, including mongrel or aggressive dogs), but… “Questions over whether pets would need to be euthanased as frequently if quality palliative care existed, were incomparable to a subsidised public health system, she said.”Exactly. Comparing apples with oranges. #rejectassistedsuicideIt’s not uncommon for a distraught a pet owner, standing by Rover as he’s put down in a veterinary clinic, to lament “I wish we could have done this to Grandma,” MPs investigating euthanasia have been told.Parliament’s Health Select Committee is nearing the end of its inquiry into euthanasia, and its MPs requested for specific evidence to be given on the mechanics of the process by leading veterinarians and an anaesthetist.While they had sat through months of public submission hearings on the moral, legal and ethical points around euthanasia, little evidence had been given on the process itself and what it felt like for the clinician performing it.Dean of Massey University’s Veterinary School Jenny Weston said it was difficult to draw too many parallels between animals and humans, but few vets would prefer to prolong suffering rather than put an animal down.As a profession, we don’t have a compulsory requirement for a debrief as there are in other professions – where you can go and unburden your soul about what might be troubling you.“I think there would be almost no veterinarians, who when there is a sick animal that’s in pain, and there is no treatment available, would have any concerns about it,” she said.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/91236530/euthanasia-how-is-it-done-and-whats-it-like-putting-down-something-youve-vowed-to-care-forKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.