Les Brers snuck into 2016 like it was no body’s business. But after a couple of mind-blowing sets at Wanee Music Festival and The Peach Music Festival, the secret is fully out. Led by original drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, along with former members Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quiñones, and Jack Pearson, the supergroup also includes Lamar Williams Jr., Pat Bergeson, and Bruce Katz.This all-star lineup recently announced a handful of September dates, and have since added five more shows to the middle of October. From the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC, to New Jersey’s Wellmont Theatre, Philadelphia’s The Fillmore, Lancaster’s Chameleon Club, and Wesbury’s NYCB Theatre, those fellow fans looking for a way to cherish the Allman Brothers Band on the East Coast are certainly lined up for a surprise visit. For ticketing links and more information, visit the band’s website.Les Brers Fall Tour:07 SEP THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE RIDGEFIELD, CT08 SEP CASINO BALLROOM HAMPTON BEACH, NH09 SEP HOUSE OF BLUES, BOSTON, MA10 SEP PARAMOUNT THEATRE, RUTLAND, VT12 OCT BROOKLYN BOWL, BROOKLYN, NY13 OCT WELLMONT THEATRE, MONTCLAIR, NJ14 OCT FILLMORE PHILADELPHIA15 OCT CHAMELEON CLUB, LANCASTER, PA16 OCT NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY, WESTBURY, NY
Learn more about / Future Ready / Dell Innovations for SAP. Get in contact with the Global SAP Center of Excellence – Dell’s Think Tank for SAP. While every SAP customer is considering a move to SAP HANA in the next few years – given the maintenance strategy of SAP for non-SAP HANA platforms on the one hand, and on the other hand the rising need of enterprises to gain real-time insights to drive smarter and faster decisions – a comprehensive view and evaluation of the required components to run a SAP HANA in-memory solution is key to success of the business adoption.SAP HANA stand alone as in-memory software platform for real-time and predictive analytics won’t deliver the great promises and benefits. This is only possible in conjunction with powerful infrastructure technologies that can process data-intensive workloads such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) especially S/4 HANA, supply-chain management (SCM), online transaction processing (OLTP), online analytical processing (OLAP), and data warehousing in-memory for rapid analysis. For this purpose Dell, Intel, and SAP have teamed to provide enterprises with a data-center solution that is highly agile and high-performing, and that supports the growth of companies.As a result enterprises can benefit from Dell PowerEdge R930 servers with the latest Intel Xeon E7-8890 V4 processors that recently set two new Dell SAP HANA world-record benchmarks* with a performance improvement of nearly a quarter compared to the previous R930 servers with Intel E7v3 processors (press release):The Dell-Intel SAP HANA performance leadership helps enterprises to accelerate performance across the data center, to deliver real insights with real value in real time for the largest workloads running on fast, high-performing infrastructure combined with faster transaction speeds and accelerated operationsRead the latest solution brief from Dell, Intel and SAP to learn more about real-time responsiveness, quick results, and increased productivity making smarter data center with leading technology to run SAP HANA in-memory analytics at its best.But what is Dell’s SAP HANA story beyond the PowerEdge Server? There is quite a lot more you can do – think about:Even more flexibility and scalability with Cloud Reference Architecture for SAP HANA Smart Connected Business for SAP using SAP HANA and Internet of Things technologiesOr special use cases in health leveraging the Dell Reference Architecture for SAP Connected Health powered by SAP HANA and how this solution can help creating opportunities for faster diagnosis and treatment, such as fighting against cancer. Video SAP TV: The Pulse – Precision Medicine. * Claim based on best-published four-socket SAP BW-AML* @ 2 billion initial records result submitted to/published at http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/bwaml-results.htm as of 5 June 2016. New configuration: 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® processors E7-8890 v4 (96 cores/192 threads) on Dell PowerEdge* R930 with 1536 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server* 11 SP4 for SAP Applications using SAP HANA* 1.0, SAP NetWeaver* 7.50. Benchmark: SAP HANA* (BW-AML) @ 2 billion initial records, Score: 29,560 advanced query navigation steps. Source: SAP Certificate #2016025, http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/bwaml-results.htm.Claim based on best-published four-socket SAP BW-AML* @ 4 Billion initial records result submitted to/published at http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/bwaml-results.htm as of 5 June 2016. 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® processors E7-8890 v4 (96 cores/192 threads) on Dell PowerEdge* R930 with 1536 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server* 11 SP4 for SAP Applications using SAP HANA* 1.0, SAP NetWeaver* 7.50. Benchmark: SAP HANA* (BW-AML) @ 4 Billion initial records, Score: 18,440 advanced query navigation steps. Source: SAP Certificate #2016026, http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/bwaml-results.htm.
Name brand buyers don’t want to have to reboot their servers, but when they do have to reboot, they want it to happen quickly (52%). Commodity buyers care less about this (39%). If you prize key business objectives, you will most likely gravitate toward the high performance and high functionality of a global name brand. And there are even differences among global brands. Dell EMC outranked commodity brands on almost all criteria. How did we measure this? On the Frost & Sullivan survey, survey participants were asked to indicate their preferred brand and rank how it stacked up to the competition. Categories ranged from reliable availability to information security assurance to scalable designs.Global name-brand players are where it’s at when it comes to crucial features like security. Dell EMC servers offer protection from threats ranging from malware injections to data breaches. Commodity brands simply don’t.Just as you might look for cutting-edge features when buying a new car, you might be looking for cutting-edge features in a server. Those features probably don’t exist in a commodity server. And if they do, they probably haven’t been tested.Read the complete Frost & Sullivan report here.To learn more about Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, visit dellemc.com/servers, or join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers. Frost and Sullivan, Hardware Does Matter: Global Server Brands Are Perceived as Superior for Driving Digital Business Do you think a server is a commodity? Frost & Sullivan found that most savvy businesses don’t think a server is a commodity. In fact, organizations with strategic business objectives place greater value on server characteristics that directly impact these outcomes. Buying a server is not like buying corn.Commodity brands are characterized by high-volume, low-price strategies. Name brands are characterized by a broad portfolio of products and services, and offer products vetted with testing and validation. Buyers of name-brand servers tend to be laser focused on business-related outcomes. They place a greater priority on factors like security and reliable availability. Buyers of commodity-brand servers are less concerned with strategic business benefits and more focused on purely with maximizing how far their dollars go. For example:Buyers of name brand servers value protection against hardware and firmware compromise more than twice as much as those who purchase commodity brands.
The Cushwa-Leighton Library will switch its collaborative system to the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) program, Catherine Pellegrino, a Saint Mary‘s librarian, said.“Saint Mary’s students will benefit by having access to the combined collections of all 24 PALNI libraries. … The service will be faster than our current interlibrary loan service, and the loan periods will generally be longer,” she said.Saint Mary’s and Bethel College were previously part of a group of four colleges which shared books but are now leaving to join PALNI, Pellegrino said. “[We‘ve] been aware of PALNI for a long time,” Pellegrino said. “They’re a very important and innovative group among Indiana’s academic libraries.” The current system of sharing between the colleges will end on April 2, and PALINI will replace it at the beginning of next year. Although Saint Mary’s is leaving its current book-sharing group, it will continue to loan to other schools in the community, Pellegrino said.“[Saint Mary‘s] will still lend books to the other schools in the South Bend area, and they will still lend books to our community,” she said.The new system will not take any additional resources out of the library. Pellegrino said the College’s librarians are “going to be working very hard through the rest of the spring, with the goal of launching the new system shortly after the end of the spring semester.” “This is a really, really big job for our librarians and staff,” she said.After the transition, Pellegrino said, the library system will be easier to use. “The behind-the-scenes things that library staff do with the system, like ordering and cataloging books, will be much easier,” she said.Pellegrino decided to make the switch as Notre Dame’s libraries began to consider implementing a different system.“As Notre Dame begins the process of considering a new library system, this was a logical time for us to think carefully about what our students, faculty and staff need from a library system, and whether staying with Notre Dame was the best choice for our community,” she said. “We considered the options carefully, and ultimately decided that PALNI’s innovative, collaborative model where we would be partnering with other schools like us — schools that understand the constraints but also the flexibility that go along with being a smaller library — along with the additional benefits of PALNI’s model of deep collaboration would result in better service and support for our community.” The many benefits that PALNI offers comes with one minor downfall in that Saint Mary’s “will be losing the flexibility of searching the catalog at Note Dame at the same time that we search our own catalog,” Pellegrino said. However, library staff is working to decrease the effects of this change, she added. The PALINI program will not affect the physical collection of the library in any way. “When [students] return next fall, the online catalog will be very different, and a lot better and easier to use,” she said. “We also think that you’ll find that requesting books from other PALNI libraries will be much more seamless than our current system. We’re very excited about this change, and we’re looking forward to sharing it with students as soon as we can.” Tags: Bethel College, Cushwa-Leighton Library, PALNI, Private Academic Library Network of Indiana
Solar Energy Progress in Nevada May Be a Harbinger for Other States FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享High Country News: Near the end of 2005, Louise Helton had one of those life-changing moments that usually only happen in Hollywood movies. Friends had invited her to join Nevada movers and shakers in an ostentatiously decorated Las Vegas casino ballroom to hear former President Bill Clinton speak. He challenged the audience to diversify the state’s economy, and to do so in a very specific way. Adopting a Southern drawl, Helton recalls the words that inspired her: “And he said, ‘If I were y’all, y’all would be the Saudi Arabia of solar.’ ” Clinton’s pitch made sense to the 51-year-old Helton. With its abundant sunshine, Nevada was well positioned to become a clean energy leader. Besides, the state lacks its own coal or natural gas reserves, so it has to import those conventional fuels, thus benefiting other states’ economies instead of its own. “There is no better or cheaper resource than the sun that is shining down on the sunniest place in the West,” Helton says.Clinton’s words percolated away inside Helton for a few years. Then, in 2008, she took the leap. Using savings from the two decades she spent working with at-risk kids, she opened her own company, 1 Sun Solar Electric. She kept costs down by melding it with her life partner’s successful tile and stone company, and in 2009, they started attaching solar panels to roofs in Las Vegas. Her timing was unfortunate; the recession hit Las Vegas especially hard and the impacts lingered, but Helton was able to keep her small crew working and her business in the black. By the time Nevada’s economy bounced back in 2014, the cost of solar panels had plummeted. Helton’s company was ready to ride the wave. “We were making a very good living and supporting a crew of folks who were able to support their families,” she recalls.Her business relied on a state law that required the monopoly electricity provider, NV Energy, to pay customers for power generated by their solar panels. For each unit of energy provided to the grid, NV Energy would give them a free unit. This one-to-one swap, called net metering, kept solar customers’ bills low and reduced the time it took to recoup their upfront investments.Big companies that lease solar panels, such as SolarCity and Sunrun, swooped into Nevada, hiring hundreds of people. In 2015, a record 24,564 people applied to be solar customers with NV Energy, according to the company. But near the end of that year, the Public Utility Commission of Nevada, the state’s utility regulators, crushed the nascent solar boom by increasing fees for solar customers and slashing reimbursements for the power they feed into the grid. That fundamentally altered the economics of rooftop solar. “It was stunning,” Helton recalls. “That’s how we found ourselves upside-down and backwards and almost out of business.”The Nevada regulators’ order was the most extreme example of a nationwide effort by corporate utilities — panicked about losing market share and profits — to roll back net-metering policies. It’s backed by the deep pockets of fossil fuel industrialists like the Koch brothers, conservative lobbying groups like ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the electricity industry’s own trade group, the Edison Electric Institute. But the Nevada regulators unexpectedly sparked a fierce resistance movement, comprised not only of environmentalists and clean-energy advocates, but also libertarians, small-business owners like Helton, and ordinary citizens who have installed rooftop panels or thought about doing so. It’s not just a battle between dirty and clean energy; it involves corporate profits, individual freedom and the appropriate role of government in incentivizing market shifts. And if the ultimate outcome in Nevada is any indication, the utilities have a tough fight ahead of them.Full article: Big Utilities Meet Their Match in Solar Scuffle
India to benefit from China solar reforms FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:India may be the biggest beneficiary of solar industry reforms in China that are poised to reduce prices for photovoltaic panels.China announced last week it was halting approvals of some new solar projects this year and cutting subsidies to developers to ease its pace of expansion. That’s expected to slow demand in the world’s biggest market, weakening prices, and force the country’s manufacturers to ship more panels overseas.Tariffs in India’s next solar auction scheduled for mid-June may fall below the 2.44 rupees per kilowatt hour record set May 17 last year, said Sanjay Sharma, general manager at Solar Energy Corp. of India, the agency responsible for implementing India’s renewable targets.“India will be a big beneficiary of a fall in module prices,” said Vinay Rustagi, managing director at solar research firm Bridge to India. “If China’s demand weakens as expected, module prices should come down dramatically in the second half of the year and into the next.”India is seeking to boost its clean energy generation as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to double India’s renewable power capacity to 175 gigawatts by 2022, a target second only to China, as part of his plan to spearhead global efforts to combat climate change.India’s maximum annual solar-cell manufacturing capacity is about 3 gigawatts while average yearly demand is 20 gigawatts, meaning the remainder needs to be procured on the international market, according to a December statement from India’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.More: India sees record low solar prices returning on China reforms
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:India’s government hit back at claims it is set to fall well short of its ambitious 2022 renewable energy targets, slamming them as “ill-founded” and issuing a lengthy rebuttal that ends with a pledge to not only meet, but beat the original goals.A clearly irritated Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) in a detailed statement says a note by ratings agency CRISIL predicting India will miss its 175GW headline renewable energy goal by up to 42% doesn’t reflect “the status on the ground and plans ahead”.The MNRE claims the report “lacks credibility in all respects as CRISIL did not even bother to consult this Ministry for its views”, over progress to the 2022 goals, which are a flagship policy for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who recently said the target should be raised in the longer term.India by September this year had built about 82.5GW wind and solar power plants, and has some 31GW “under various stages of installation”, with expectations 113GW will be installed by Q1 2021.MNRE said: “Besides this, around 39GW of renewable power capacity is at various stages of bidding which would be installed by September 2021, taking the percentage of installed capacity to over 87% of the targeted capacity. With only 23GW of renewable power capacity left to bid, India is confident that the target of installing 175GW of renewable power capacity will not only be met but exceeded.”The ministry offers a detailed list of measures it is taking to address the various issues raised as obstacles to the target, such as land allocation, tariff levels and payment to developers by distributors. MNRE said it also acted quickly to address the situation in Andhra Pradesh, where the state government caused uproar by retroactively changing power deals with projects.More: India slams renewable energy target miss claims as ‘ill founded’ Indian government renews commitment to 175GW renewable energy target by 2022
The Mountains to Sea 50K and 12 Mile Challenge is filling up fast! This trail race winds along a single-track hiking trail with rocks, roots, logs, critters, water and other obstacles.Time: 50k start 7:00am and 12-mile start 8:00amThe 12-mile is a point-to-point run starting at the end of Bayleaf Church Rd. and finishing at the Falls Lake dam.The 50-km is an out-and-back starting and finishing at Blue Jay Point Park and turning around at the Falls Lake dam.According to the group’s website, the race course follows beautiful single track of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) as it winds through the woods around Falls Lake near Raleigh, N.C. The MST, part of the NC State Park system, stretches 1000-miles across North Carolina from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smokies to Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks. More than 500 miles of the official trail are now complete, and with temporary connectors on back roads people can now hike across the state. Race proceeds benefit the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail who build and maintain the trail throughout the state as well as advocate and educate the importance of maintaining and securing our natural resources.Visit bullcityrunning.com for more information!
New ticks and germs identified The rate of Lyme disease, first discovered in Lyme Connecticut in 1975, has increased by 250 percent in the North-Central states and 300 percent in the Northeastern states. The CDC now recognizes 18 tick-borne pathogens in the U.S.– and more are being discovered all of the time. In 2017 the Asian longhorned tick was discovered in the United States for the first time. The tick has since been found in Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. While no harmful germs have been found in the Asian longhorned ticks collected by researchers in the U.S., the tick is known to make people and animals very ill in other countries. In the past 20 years, seven new tickborne germs that cause illness have been discovered in the U.S. Ticks, which were once confined to smaller geographic areas, have expanded their range in the past few decades. Take, for example, the lone star tick, whose bite causes ehrlichiosis, tularemia, and Heartland virus disease. This tick once lived only in the southeastern U.S. but can now be found in the Midwest and Northeastern states. The range of the blacklegged tick, responsible for Lyme disease, has more than doubled in the past two decades. While reasons for this expanding range are unknown, experts point to changes in land use such as suburban development and changing climate patterns. Ticks are small and their bites are painless so it can be hard to know when your health has been compromised. To help fight the tiny bloodsuckers, the CDC has pulled together a new resource just in time for tick season. Avoid areas with tall grass and leaf litter. When hiking, stick to the center of the trail.Spray yourself with an EPA-registered tick repellent such as one containing DEET or picaridin. Treat your clothing with permethrin. Treat your dogs for ticks. Not only can ticks make dogs sick, dogs can also bring ticks into your home.Shower immediately upon coming inside and do a full-body tick search. If any ticks are found, remove them right away.Run clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill any ticks attached to clothing. It’s tick season. Here’s what you can do to dodge the buggers As temperatures heat up and we take the fun outdoors there’s one teensy tiny arachnid causing some worry: ticks. Last year, nearly 60,000 cases of tickborne diseases were reported to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) by state health departments, a number that has, ahem, ticked steadily upward in the past 25 years and represents only a fraction of the overall number of people with tickborne illness. How to protect yourself The CDC advises the public to take the following steps to try to avoid tick bites: Tick ranges are expanding
Cocaine hydrochloride is a fine, crystalline powder similar in appearance to confectioner’s sugar. According to estimates by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, or UNODC, 1 hectare produces enough coca to generate more than 4 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride. This means that to produce 1 gram of cocaine hydrochloride, drug traffickers destroy approximately 6.5 square meters of forested area. According to the UNODC, the raw chemical materials used in processing cocaine hydrochloride destroy the ground cover of native plants, the ecological niches, the food chains, and the flora and fauna, drastically altering rainfall and weather patterns. The damage caused by illegal cultivation is “very dangerous because 1 hectare of illegal cultivation can destroy 3 hectares of forest in protected areas of Honduras,” said Gen. Walter López Reyes of Honduran Community Development. Nevertheless, the environmental impact of illicit cultivation cannot be measured solely in terms of the number of hectares or square kilometers affected, according to the Colombian Environment Ministry. The processing of drugs such as cocaine and heroin has a significant impact on the environment; that is, both coca and poppy are grown on a large scale in a process that involves deforestation, cultivation and the use of pesticides against weeds, insects and disease-causing organisms. “Although the total surface area used for these activities is relatively small, a high proportion of illicit cultivation and drug production occurs in remote areas near to, or in critical parts of, the biodiversity areas, something that certainly may happen in the region of La Mosquitia,” the general affirmed. According to a report by the Landscape Ecology and Environment Group of the University of Buenos Aires, or GEPAMA, refining coca into cocaine causes severe environmental damage because of the irresponsible disposal of the toxic chemicals used in the process. When illicit drug manufacturers dispose of the toxic residue, they often dump it indiscriminately into the nearest stream or river, where the damage increases significantly. “So, as in Colombia, it’s not going to be easy or quick to repair the damage caused by the production of illicit drugs in the woods and forests of Honduras if we don’t start to do something immediately,” Gen. López Reyes said. Disaster Mitigation After Hurricane Mitch led to landslides and floods that buried towns and destroyed more than 100 bridges in Honduras, the practices that had exacerbated the floods such as indiscriminate logging, cultivating only one type of crop and rapid urban expansion continued. The importance of protecting the forests lies in the fact that forests absorb, accumulate and release water, as well as protect the watershed from erosion caused by the winds and torrential rains of hurricanes. “Poorly-managed forests and drought conditions in Honduras have contributed to creating an environment in which the ecosystems are prone to forest fires,” said Rodolfo Stechmann Andino, a co-founder of Honduran Community Development. By Dialogo January 01, 2011