first_imgMembers of Australian psych-rock powerhouse King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are spending today celebrating the release of their 14th studio album, Fishing for Fishies. The nine-track project released via Flightless Records acts as the popular rock band’s first since they released a mind-blowing five full-length albums in 2017.Related: The Black Keys Announce ‘Let’s Rock’ LP, Share New Single, “Eagle Birds”The new album includes the previously-released singles, “Cyboogie” and “Boogieman Sam“, in addition to six other tracks which will surely kickstart your way into the weekend.The band’s singer Stu Mackenzie recently spoke about the band’s efforts in the studio on what kind of direction they wanted their latest project to go in.“We tried to make a blues record,” Mackenzie told Rolling Stone. “A blues-boogie-shuffle-kinda-thing, but the songs kept fighting it — or maybe it was us fighting them. Ultimately though we let the songs guide us this time; we let them have their own personalities and forge their own path. Paths of light, paths of darkness. This is a collection of songs that went on wild journeys of transformation.”The arrival of Fishing for Fishies on Friday will give the hard-hitting rock band a fresh batch of new material to take on the road, when they head on out their North American headlining tour this summer beginning on August 13th in Los Angeles.Fans can head over to the band’s website for ticketing info to their upcoming performances. Fans can also hit play on the Spotify player below to hear some of the fresh new material on Fishing for Fishies.King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Fishing for Fishieslast_img read more

first_imgHarvard University announced today its intention to create a social choice fund. Donations to the fund will be invested in one or more external mutual funds that take special account of social responsibility considerations. The fund will be established as of Harvard’s next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2013.The Harvard social choice fund will be managed separately from the endowment. Income from the fund will be dedicated to supporting financial aid for students across the University.“I have heard from many students and alumni who have asked for additional avenues to support both the University and broader social interests,” said President Drew Faust. “This fund will offer donors another way to support Harvard’s financial aid program and the transformational opportunities it offers our students.”Contributions to the new fund will be invested in one or more mutual funds selected and approved by the Corporation Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (CCSR). It is anticipated that there will be no minimum gift amount, and that each year 20 percent of the fund’s beginning market value will be made available to support financial aid.Over the coming months, the University will review the experiences of other colleges and universities that operate similar funds, and will receive advice from the Harvard Management Company and others.“In addition to their excellent track record as investors, Harvard Management Company has considerable expertise in due diligence processes that rigorously evaluate investment opportunities on a number of levels, including sustainability, governance issues, and other factors,” said Faust.Operational details of the social choice fund will be worked out by the end of the current fiscal year, and the University plans to review and assess the fund’s performance within five years.Contact:Kevin Galvin617-495-1585kevin_galvin@harvard.edulast_img read more

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Black Students Association (BSA) held its inaugural convocation for first-year students earlier this month.Freshmen, upperclassmen, and graduate students filled Memorial Church on Sept. 2 for an event that celebrated diversity, inclusion, and culture while addressing the challenges many minority students say they face on campus.While the majority of attendees were members of the Class of 2021, the convocation event brought together graduate students who have a unique purview, as they provide wisdom and guidance for undergraduates as resident proctors, mentors, and advisers.Freshmen, first-year, and graduate students gathered at the Memorial Church earlier this month for the inaugural Black Students Association convocation. Photo by La’Toya Princess Jackson“It serves as a symbol of how far the University has come in the ethnic diversity of the student body,” said BSA President Hasani Hayden ’19 of the event’s goal, which was to welcome black-identifying, first-year students to campus.Aric Flemming, vice president of the Harvard Graduate Council, called the event a timely symbol of hope and healing not just for black students, but all students, staff, and faculty.Flemming is a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School in the master’s of divinity program and also serves as a resident proctor and graduate assistant for Harvard College.“At this time, we upheld black culture and history while moving to solidify a seat at the table,” Flemming said.Organizer Najya Williams ’20 said she wants every black first-year student to feel welcome at Harvard, and she said she hopes to engage the graduate community in future events as supporters, resources, and examples.Amanda Gorman ’20, National Youth Poet Laureate and one of the speakers at the convocation said, “It was beautiful to witness a myriad of black identities — from Jamaican to Afro-Latin — represented at the event.“This speaks to Our Harvard, its inclusion, and the unity of a diverse black population,” she added.By La’Toya Princess Jackson is vice chair for communications for the Harvard Graduate Council, which is the official student representative body for Harvard’s 12 graduate and professional Schools. last_img read more

first_imgThe development of our Dell EMC PowerScale and ECS platforms was informed by the challenges the enterprise faces when scaling distributed systems like Hadoop. As data teams continue to scale their Hadoop and analytics systems, the need increases for flexible compute and storage. Data teams are processing more data than ever before, but with the growth of data comes significant management challenges. To address these issues, many data teams pivot to architectures that allow for independent scaling of compute and storage in both Object and HDFS for Hadoop. At Dell Technologies, we have helped our customers work through these challenges for many years.Since our partnership with Hortonworks and Cloudera began in 2015, Dell Technologies has engaged in joint engineering and validation efforts to bring our leading edge file and native HDFS storage product Dell EMC PowerScale and distributed object storage product Dell EMC ECS to both Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Cloudera Data Hub (CDH).Extending the PartnershipWith the release of the Cloudera Data Platform (CDP), the Cloudera team is enabling IT to deliver easier, faster, and safer self-services analytics experiences. Today, we are announcing our partnership with Cloudera in validating and certifying CDP with PowerScale OneFS and ECS. Our new partnership is built on the base of many years of QATS certification for both CDH & HDP platforms with our unstructured data solutions.“As customers continue to expand their Machine Learning workloads and the storage requirements evolve, we’re excited to partner with Dell Technologies to bring to market solutions backed by its leading-edge unstructured data storage offerings like PowerScale and ECS,” said Nadeem Asghar, VP of Solutions and Partner Engineering at Cloudera. “Dell Technologies shares our commitment to ensuring our customers can always stay ahead of industry and technology trends and we look forward to delivering solutions to our customers for years to come.”  Benefits for Data TeamsThis new three-year investment strengthens the Dell Technologies and Cloudera partnership, allowing us to:Continue to support our existing joint customers on existing and future hardware and software releases.Bring shared storage model at scale with innovative and fully validated end-to-end platforms to support the growing Hadoop ecosystem.Over the course of next few months, we are contracted to work jointly with Cloudera to certify PowerScale as the primary HDFS store for CDP-Private Cloud Base 7.1.x. In the same timeframe, we also plan to certify Dell ECS through QATS as the S3 object store for CDP 7.1.x.Building a Solid Data Foundation for AnalyticsFinally, PowerScale’s capability for data consolidation that can manage data for several Hadoop distributions simultaneously enables us to offer phased migration services from CDH or HDP to CDP. This simplifies the process and significantly minimizes business risk in migrating to the new Hadoop distribution. At Dell Technologies, we plan to launch these migration services as CDP-Private Cloud Base becomes available for on-prem deployment.You can find more information about Data Analytics and Hadoop solutions built using PowerScale  here and Apache Spark on PowerScale here. For the technically inclined, you can find technical details on Hadoop with PowerScale here. If you have questions or feedback on our Hadoop offerings, please reach out to your local Dell Technologies account executive.last_img read more

first_imgWhile many students occupied their time this past semester studying abroad, working an internship or balancing homework and other extra-curriculars, one Saint Mary’s student spent the last several months living out her dream as a singer. Sylvia Yacoub, a Saint Mary’s sophomore, took the year off to pursue her aspirations of becoming a professional singer when she auditioned for “The Voice,” an NBC reality television show where participants compete on teams coached by successful musicians. When singers are selected to participate on the show, they have the option to choose to be coached by one of four artists: Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green. Yacoub chose Aguilera and said the opportunity to work with her has been an unforgettable one. “Getting the chance to work with [Aguilera] and perform with her has been incredible,” she said. “She has been my idol since I was a little girl and to know that she knows who I am personally is awesome. We connected so easily both artistically and emotionally.” Throughout the rehearsals and performances, Aguilera acted as a mentor to Yacoub, coaching her during her time on the show. In addition for the chance to learn under Aguilera, Yacoub said she especially enjoyed getting to know her coach’s personality and work ethic. “She’s a strong woman and stands for what she wants – and I love that about her,” Yacoub said. “You have all these ideas about how great your idol is and to meet Christina and to have her exceed all of my expectations was really cool. She was probably the most real person [at “The Voice”], and she was always herself. That is something I respect.” Though Yacoub received coaching and advice from Aguilera throughout the competition, she was also able to hear the other coaches’ opinions about her performances. Yacoub said she really enjoyed that aspect of “The Voice” and was grateful to hear additional feedback on her singing. “It was awesome,” she said. “Not everyone gets coached by their idol, let alone four different amazing singers. [They] are all really different artists and that feedback really helps you grow because you realize ‘Well this group thinks this, so I need to improve on this.’ It was great.” While the comments and advice from Aguilera and the other three coaches were extremely helpful to Yacoub, she said she also benefited greatly from the support of the Saint Mary’s community and her hometown of Muskegon, Mich. “Everyone’s support means the world to me,” she said. “Friends, and even people I don’t know and alumni are all reaching out to me. The support has been impeccable and I personally feel I had one of the best hometown and school backings [on “The Voice”]. It feels great to know so many people support me.” The support from all of her fans helped Yacoub push through some of the more stressful parts of her time on the show. She said the experience of rehearsals, performing and competing was an “emotional rollercoaster.” “I think I cried more on the show than I have in my entire life,” she said. “You just spin through so many different emotions. You go so quickly from excitement to being nervous to ‘I could go home tonight’ to ‘Oh my gosh, America saved me’ – it was crazy.” After making it onto the show after the blind auditions and advancing past the knockouts into the top 10, Yacoub was voted off of the competition last week after her performance of Alicia Keys’s “Girl on Fire.” While Yacoub is disappointed she is no longer on “The Voice,” she said she was expecting the elimination. “I kind of had a feeling I would go home,” she said. “I had mentally prepared myself and got it all out of my system the night before. I just had this gut feeling. But I was really happy with my last performance – it had a message I think is really important and the coaches were happy with it, too.” While her time on “The Voice” is over, she said her plans to return back to Saint Mary’s are still  being finalized. Because she is still under contract with NBC and “The Voice,” she is unable to make any definite plans right now. “I definitely will come back to Saint Mary’s and visit,” she said. “There is a possibility I will be back next semester to finish the year but everything is still up in the air. It all depends on my career and me moving forward with my singing.” Despite her uncertainties at the moment, Yacoub said she is confident in her career and hopes others take inspiration from her success on the show. “I’ve opened a lot of doors by being in this competition and making it to the Top 10, so expect more coming from me,” she said. “I hope my experience shows that someone with literally no connections can make it and that I’ve given people the drive and push to shoot for what you want.”last_img read more

first_img Les Miserables One day more! Nothing says “Happy Graduation” like the aftermath of the June Rebellion of 1832. This clearly homemade (but very fun) Les Miz cake uses pretzel rods as barricades, and features Enjolras in what appears to be football shoulder pads. Mamma Mia! We don’t know many six-year-olds who would request a Mamma Mia! birthday cake, but hey, let’s get her started on the Broadway path early. This cake evokes the Greek Isles, and—damn it, now we’re going to have “Super Trouper” stuck in our heads for the rest of the day. Thanks a lot, Crystal. June is a time for celebration, and with Broadway fans all over the country getting married, graduating, celebrating Father’s Day, having impromptu barbecues and of course, making parole, we think you deserve a sweet treat. After hours of internet research, is highlighting the most impressive, silliest and weirdest Broadway-themed cake creations we could we could find. Check ’em out! Newsies How adorable is this Newsies birthday cake adorned with teeny papes? This obviously homemade treat gets an “A” for creativity—although we wish it included some edible photos of Jeremy Jordan and Corey Cott. The Book of Mormon Show your Book of Mormon-obsesed pal you care with this clever sheet cake. (If you’re thinking of sneaking into the kitchen and binge-eating the whole thing yourself, just turn those cravings off like a light switch.) View Comments The Phantom of the Opera Cakes featuring the Angel of Music are pretty basic stuff—what, you didn’t have a Phantom cake for your 12th birthday party? Don’t lie. But this treat by Toronto’s For the Love of Cake featuring a very smiley masked man really takes the, uh… You know.center_img The Lion King He’s gonna be a mighty king! What three-year-old wouldn’t want this delicious bug-covered ode to The Lion King? Pumbaa looks a little squished down there, but hey, he’s just gonna get devoured anyway. Aladdin Four-year-old Anissa is one lucky girl—she got a gorgeous Aladdin cake for her birthday! We wonder if a tap-dancing, Tony-winning James Monroe Iglehart comes out of that magic lamp when you rub it. Chicago Celebrate your release from jail with this delectable and sexy Chicago creation. It’s got everything: metal bars, legs, inexplicable poppies… This looks illegally delicious. Kinky Boots Sex isn’t in the heel—it’s in the frosting in this cake by Ron Ben-Israel. There’s only one problem: We’re not exactly sure how you slice a piece of this gorgeous dessert and eat it. Lola? Help! Wicked Although we’re not sure how much this Elphie looks like Idina Menzel, she certainly defies gravity in this three-tiered treat by Anne Arvin. Created for a Wicked fanatic’s 21st birthday, the bottom tier is decorated with flying monkeys and decorated with green icing flowers.last_img read more

first_imgWhile 2013 gave Georgians a break from the state’s usual sweltering summer temperatures, summer 2014 is shaping up to be more of a standard-issue Georgia scorcher. June’s temperatures were near to slightly above normal for the entire state. No temperature records were set.June temperaturesIn Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 78.2 degrees F (0.9 degrees above normal); in Athens it was 79.7 degrees (1.2 above normal); in Columbus it was 80 degrees (0.2 above normal); in Macon it was 78.6 degrees (0.3 below normal); in Savannah it was 81.1degrees (1.3 above normal); in Brunswick it was 80.3 degrees (0.0 above normal); in Alma it was 80.1 degrees (0.4 above normal); and in Augusta it was 78.9 degrees (0.4 above normal). While temperatures were near normal across the state, rainfall totals varied significantly. The wettest conditions were in the northwest corner of the state and the driest conditions were in the southwest. South of Macon, much of the state received less rainfall than normal. June rainfallThe highest monthly total rainfall reported by National Weather Service observers was 11.64 inches in Savannah (5.69 inches above normal), and the lowest was in Augusta at 2.27 inches (2.31 inches below normal). Atlanta received 5.1 inches (1.15 above normal); Athens received 3.74 inches (0.44 below normal); Macon received 5.65 inches (1.59 above normal); Alma received 3.16 inches (2.22 below normal); and Brunswick received 4.76 inches (0.08 below normal).Two daily precipitation records were set in June. On June 23, Columbus set a daily record of 2.17 inches, surpassing the old record of 1.10 inches set in 1980. On June 24, Savannah reported 6.65 inches, more than doubling the old daily record of 3.29 inches set in 1884. This also surpassed Savannah’s all-time June daily rainfall record of 6.6 inches set on June 29, 1999. It was also the thirteenth wettest calendar day on record for Savannah.Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers reported their highest daily rainfall from Garden City in Chatham County on June 24 with 4.97 inches. Two other Chatham County observers, one in Pooler and one just north of Savannah, reported 4.72 and 4.71 inches, respectively, on the same day. The highest monthly total rainfall was 10.14 inches, observed 10 miles north of Ellijay in Gilmer County, followed by 9.77 inches measured west of LaFayette in Walker County and 9.60 inches set east-northeast of Helen in Habersham County. Severe weatherSevere weather occurred in Georgia on 21 out of 30 days in June. Most severe weather reports involved wind damage associated with scattered thunderstorms. But, on several days early in the month, organized systems of storms called derechos blew into Georgia from northwest towards the southeast, causing widespread damaging winds. Observers documented one EF-1 tornado on June 8 in Troup County. It moved from northwest to southeast and damaged trees, cars and a greenhouse. The National Weather Service report on this storm can be found at across the state generally did well in June, and progression of most crops was similar to last year. Regions that were wetter experienced more foliar diseases. By the end of the month farmers in some regions were concerned about the lack of rain and dryness in soil moisture, particularly at the surface. July has an increased chance of warmer than normal temperatures, but equal chances for above, near or below normal rainfall. For more information, see the University of Georgia Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Department’s “Climate and Agriculture” blog at Please feel free to share the ways that weather and climate are impacting your crops or garden with the blog by emailing read more

first_imgIt is often said that farmers are faithful, optimistic people. It takes a special kind of person to put a seed in the ground, help birth a calf or watch a chick hatch from an egg – to knowingly start down the path to turn that small beginning into food and fiber for the world.This week we held our annual Georgia Ag Forecast seminars across the state. This long-running partnership between the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Georgia Farm Bureau, Farm Credit of Southwest Georgia and Georgia Department of Agriculture, with support from Georgia Agribusiness Council, is part of our commitment to get the best information from the university to farmers, ranchers and green industry producers so they can make the best planning, planting and production decisions.Farming is always an uncertain enterprise. The year past was and the year ahead will be no different. Even with the best available research in hand for planning, farmers find themselves at the mercy of the weather, the markets and nature. This year alone, our farmers faced low commodity prices, a hurricane and severe drought.And then there’s the ever-changing policy element to factor in.In the year ahead, Congress will begin to hammer out a new national farm bill that will guide our agricultural policy for the next five years. It’s a daunting task that involves everything from crop insurance to commodity programs, from rural development to the nation’s nutrition programs.This year, Georgia is fortunate to have tremendous leaders in Washington in key positions. President Donald Trump named former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as his secretary of agriculture nominee. U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, is chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit. U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Columbus, was named ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. Former Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duval is now president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.In addition, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, serves on the Senate agriculture committee and U.S. Reps. David Scott, D-Smyrna, and Rick Allen, R-Augusta, serve on the House agriculture committee. These appointments prove that Georgia is fertile ground for growing strong national leaders in agriculture.UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has worked hand in hand with these leaders for many years to ensure that Georgia agriculture continues to be a major part of the U.S. food system, providing the needed research and education to keep our industry strong and our food supply secure.While nature and economics will always be fickle, our commitment to Georgia’s faithful farmers remains strong. The forecast is indeed bright.last_img read more

first_img‘Four Pinocchios’ for President’s Claim of a Turnaround in West Virginia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Post:Even though Trump claims he has “turned West Virginia around,” the trends aren’t expected to last. The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University estimated the state’s GDP growth to average 1.0 percent per year over the next five years and employment to grow 0.7 percent — well below national projections.Additionally, the coal industry still has a way to go to recover from its losses. In 2008, the state produced nearly 158 million short tons of coal, and by 2016, that number had plummeted to 80 million, according to a report by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research.John Deskins, co-author of the report and director of the bureau, cautioned that while increased coal production is projected to remain stable, the state still has a long road to economic recovery.“West Virginia has no short-term solution for its economic problems,” Deskins said. “We need industrial diversification and investment in human capital. But with the state’s poor education system and really bad drug epidemic, the human capital gains are a major challenge.”Trump takes credit for West Virginia’s economic gains, but it’s undeserved. For one, when the first quarter ended on March 31, 2017, Trump was just two months into his presidency. While he was quick to do away with several regulations on energy production, many of the new policies have yet to take effect. The state’s recent growth is due to increased mining production and a rise in prices for coal and natural gas.Taking credit for economic advances where no credit is due seems to be a habit for Trump. He should be more careful not to overstate the effect of his administration’s policies when praising economic gains across the country.  For trying to capitalize on the hard work of West Virginians, Trump earns Four Pinocchios.More: President Trump’s claim that he ‘turned West Virginia around’ by cutting regulations on mininglast_img read more

first_imgTop five mistakes most new climbers make, and how you can avoid them.[1] Forgetting your feet “Most beginners try to muscle up a route, using all upper body and dragging their feet up the rock,” says Ryan Beasley, owner of Rock Dimensions, a climbing guide and instructional service. “But if you use your feet well and keep your hips in balance, you’ll be able to climb longer and more efficiently.”Avoid It: During your climb, place two foot moves for every one hand move.[2] Reaching for the stars“Beginners have a tendency to reach for holds way above their head with every move,” says Seneca Rocks climbing guide Alan Goldbetter. “This puts a lot of emphasis on the upper body and can lead to injury.”Avoid It: Find an easy route and climb it without raising your hands above your head.[3]  Overtraining your hands“I see climbers with those squeeze grips all the time. They look cool, but it’s easy to overdo it on hand exercises,” says Greg Perry, co-founder of Atlanta Rocks Climbing Gym. “Your hand is made up predominantly of tendons and ligaments, not muscles.”Avoid It: You need hand strength, but you’ll get it naturally by climbing. Ditch the squeeze balls.[4]  Sacrificing safety for gloryIt’s easy to get in over your head when climbing. If you’re too gung-ho, you might find yourself on a climb that’s out of your league with suspect anchors and knots that aren’t keeping you as safe as they should.Avoid It: “There’s a progression to climbing,” says Swis Stockton of Granite Arches. “Climb smaller rocks first, learn some technique, then move on to bigger rocks.”[5]  Faking an anchor“There are plenty of people out there setting up anchors that don’t have enough knowledge,” Ryan Beasley says. “A lot of times, they’ll just try to replicate what they saw other people do, but they don’t have the core concepts of anchor building down. Every site is different, requiring a different approach to the anchor.Avoid it: After taking the appropriate anchor building and top roping classes, you’ll want to start climbing on your own. How do you know when you’re ready? Ask a guide or mentor to brutally assess your anchor-building and knot-tying skills. Spending an extra day or two working on the fundamentals is better than risking injury by climbing with uncertain technique.last_img read more