From July 6th through the 16th, music fans in LeBreton Flats, Ottawa will have a ton of great music to see! The RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest lineup has been released, and features a number of great artists, including headlining sets from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Muse and P!nk.The lineup continues with LCD Soundsystem, Flume, Toby Keith, 50 Cent, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Fetty Wap, Gary Clark Jr., Migos, LIVE, The Shins, Melissa Etheridge, Lil Yachty, Tegan and Sara, Brandi Carlile and so many more.Check out the full announcement below, and head to the official website for details.
Wyss-designed swabs enter human trials for COVID-19 Related Expects to have 1,000 face shields by end of week Five simple steps would tame COVID-19 Can be manufactured quickly to address the international shortage of swabs for testing and research Design School turns 3D printers into PPE producers “All of the designers, researchers, physicians, hospitals, and industrial partners that have been involved in these projects have been amazing,” said Weaver. “They committed time, effort, and resources into helping develop these face shields and ear savers, saying ‘yes’ when they could have easily said ‘no.’ And now millions of people can protect themselves while working essential jobs to get our country through the pandemic. I’m humbled to be part of that team.”One of the collaborators who said “yes” early on was Tod Woolf, the executive director of the Technology Ventures Office at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “The pandemic presented lots of complicated problems that needed an engineer’s mind and dedication to solve, and James was right there on the front lines whipping off prototypes, driving samples to clinicians, and coordinating with suppliers. At Beth Israel, we’re now trying to brace ourselves for a second wave of COVID-19 as cold weather arrives and the risk of transmission increases, and fortunately, the Lacerta shields are on the list of products we know we can buy when we need them,” Woolf said.Other members of the Wyss and Harvard face shield and ear saver R&D teams include staff engineer Tom Blough, 3D printing specialist Ted Sirota, research associate Sébastien Uzel, postdoctoral fellows Sanlin Robinson, and Daniel Reynolds, and Harvard Graduate School of Design student Lara Tomholt.“This effort exemplifies the proactive, collaborative, can-do attitude that defines the Wyss Institute and the culture we have created,” said Wyss Institute’s Founding Director Don Ingber. “When confronted with the problem of critical PPE shortages due to the pandemic, James and his teammates selflessly stepped up and created a solution that is helping to keep millions of people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We couldn’t be prouder of them for their creativity, drive, and perseverance in confronting this ongoing crisis.” Ingber is also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Bioengineering at SEAS. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe in early 2020, a new three-letter acronym spread with it: PPE, short for personal protective equipment, which was suddenly both in high demand and short supply. Lockdowns to curb the virus’ infection rate disrupted the worldwide supply chains that moved products between designers, manufacturers, assemblers, distributors, and customers, revealing that the global consumer economy was like a house of cards — structurally impressive, but fragile.Local labs, maker spaces, and hobbyists with access to 3D printers jumped into the fray, helping to fill the gap between PPE supply and demand by manufacturing face shields and other equipment for frontline health care workers. Multiple groups at the Wyss Institute used 3D printers and laser cutters to prototype and produce face shields that were evaluated at several Boston-area hospitals, and nearly 1,000 of them were then distributed to local hospitals and clinics.But a co-leader of that effort, James Weaver, knew they could do more.,“It was wonderful to see everyone coming together to make and deliver face shields so quickly, but as the pandemic continued to grow, it was clear that we weren’t going to be able to produce them in the lab at the volumes needed to sufficiently protect our health care workers,” said Weaver, who was a senior research scientist at the Wyss Institute at the time and is now a senior staff scientist at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).So, Weaver started talking to clinicians at local hospitals, asking what features they needed in a face shield that might offer improvements over more traditional designs. Due to ongoing supply chain problems and facing domestic foam and elastic shortages, he asked potential users whether it would be acceptable for the face shields to be made out of a single material that was easy to manufacture, rather than the separate plastic, foam, and elastic components that go into traditional designs. “The front-line medical workers we collaborated with were very enthusiastic about participating in the face shield design process, and the prototypes we came up with together offered new features that weren’t available in existing products. Learning how open they were to alternative materials and form factors completely changed how we approached this manufacturing effort, which was very exciting for all of us,” said Weaver.Local connections, national impactThe collaborative team co-led by Weaver and Wyss core faculty member Jennifer Lewis, ultimately grew to include researchers from Columbia University and Lacerta Group, Inc., a Mansfield, Mass.-based plastic food packaging manufacturer.“Early on, when COVID-19 first hit, Lacerta received requests through friends and family for face shields. Working with James and the team from the Wyss Institute, within days we were able to design and produce face shields, and we ramped up production capacity within a couple weeks to meet the needs of the medical community,” said Craig Muldrew, vice president of sales and marketing at Lacerta.Lacerta provided materials to Weaver’s team for testing and design optimization based on feedback from clinical users, and by early April they had started manufacturing them at an industrial scale. Today, they’re being produced at a pace of up to 400,000 per day, and over 7 million face shields have been shipped both locally and nationally for use in the health care, food service, manufacturing, and academic research communities. This effort has been a labor of love for Weaver, who has personally driven thousands of miles across New England over the past few months to meet with clinical collaborators and deliver boxes of face shields to customers.To meet the diverse needs of different users, the collaborative team came up with a series of anti-fogging face shield designs ranging from the more traditional “Lacerta Shield” to the full-coverage “Dome Shield” that provides additional protection, all of which are made of food-grade materials in Lacerta’s FDA-approved manufacturing facility in Massachusetts. The face shields range from 40 to 75 cents each (about 1/5th the price of their closest mass-produced alternatives), and are available from www.Lacerta.com or www.Dome-Shield.com. The team has also donated face shields to support several local, regional, and national humanitarian efforts, and the designs have been very well received by the local communities.“A well-designed, affordable face shield, like the Dome Shield, protects the wearer’s face and contain coughs, greatly reducing community transmission if widely used,” said Eli Perencevich, a professor at the University of Iowa who was an early promoter of the Dome Shield. “Since March, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have distributed face shields to all employees in order to create a safe healthcare environment, and we have been encouraging face shield use in the community to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help with containment.”Because the Dome Shield is made of only one material, which Lacerta makes in-house, its production does not compete for the same strained supply chains on which most other manufacturers rely. As a result, the face shields can be manufactured at a much greater scale than university-led PPE production efforts. Lacerta also internally recycles its leftover and excess material into new products for an efficient, zero-waste manufacturing process.“As the country’s economy reopens and people start to go back to work, many of the companies and organizations that temporarily switched to manufacturing PPE are going back to producing whatever it is they usually sell. We are confident Lacerta can take on increased demand for our face shields as a result of that shift,” said Muldrew.Ear savers for life saversLacerta isn’t the only manufacturer with whom Weaver has connected about PPE manufacturing needs. He is also working with Cromwell, CT-based ACT Group to mass-produce an ergonomic accessory for surgical masks called “ear savers” that relieves the ear discomfort caused by wearing a face mask with elastic ear loops for hours on end. “Medical professionals typically don’t wear their masks for 12 hours a day, multiple days in a row, and now there are millions of people doing exactly that to stay safe. Those masks simply weren’t designed for long-term comfort,” said Weaver.The collaboration has leveraged ACT Group’s state-of-the-art additive manufacturing expertise and built on existing designs developed within the global maker community. The high-throughput 3D printing techniques employed as part of this collaboration were critical for producing the quantities needed within the required timelines.Ear savers attach to the straps of a conventional surgical mask and relieve pressure on the ears during prolonged use, keeping workers comfortable and encouraging them to wear their masks correctly.“ACT Group has been involved in developing and producing various PPE designs for the scientific and medical communities to address COVID-19,” said Emily Turcan of ACT Group. “When James Weaver reached out, there was no question we were going to help, and our durable, yet flexible nylon material turned out to be a perfect match for the ear savers project.”To date, over 30,000 of these accessories have been distributed to doctors in the Boston area, and more are being printed daily. ACT Group stands ready to increase production or aid in the tool-up required to switch from additive manufacturing to injection molding, depending on demand. The trick is getting a splintered America to act as one, Fauci says
The Times They Are a-Changin’The speed at which our data is growing doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. We’ve seen the predictions – a digital universe of 40 ZB by 2020 (according to IDC), the prevalence of cloud, and our industry moving to a data centric world. The dynamic nature of our industry requires our data centers to be extremely flexible or “software-defined” so that we can easily program compute, network and storage resources to meet the needs of each tenant application. But to truly build this type of agile and adaptive data center, it requires a software solution that can virtualize each component of the data center from its underlying hardware.It is the value of virtualization —from ease of management to the efficient use of resources. When it comes to compute, virtualization is well understood and it is already transforming the industry landscape. With the recent advancements by the network community, virtualization of network is already underway. Unfortunately, virtualization of storage continues to lag – because storage is heavy – and it’s hard to virtualize.As storage has evolved through the past few decades, it has adequately met the requirements of new application workloads by providing arrays with distinctive characteristics. This approach has led to the development of a diverse set of powerful storage arrays, each with its own unique value. While needs have been met, it has created massive complexity for storage administrators – turning them into storage managers who spend most of their time simply managing the storage arrays instead of optimizing information storage for their business.To meet these challenges, the storage industry has to fundamentally rethink how storage is managed and delivered. The industry needs to develop a true Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solution that addresses storage challenges in the same way that we address compute and network challenges.Enter Software-Defined StorageSDS is a term that’s used a lot these days – and people sometimes define it the way they like. Is it about delivering a storage solution on commodity hardware? New appliances? Or is it about lightweight, extensible, open software that’s easy to implement and easy to use – that delivers higher value to the business?When “defining” SDS, we need to take a holistic view of storage – across all vendor arrays and across all commodity hardware – to provide a complete solution that meets the requirements of the Software-Defined Data Center. SDS separates the storage management services (or control plane) from the storage infrastructure (or data plane) while still retaining and extending the unique value, characteristics, and intelligence of each vendor array(s). This approach provides choice and flexibility to enterprises – so they can run their business with the necessary speed and agility required to be successful in today’s world.In our view, SDS has the following characteristics:Simple: Policy-driven AutomationSDS creates a single pool of storage from a heterogeneous set of storage arrays (commodity hardware and multi-vendor) and allows storage administrators to construct virtual storage arrays via policy. A virtual storage array can span multiple physical arrays and may be more powerful than the underlying physical arrays as new software capabilities can be added to the virtual array. Once storage is extracted into a pool of virtual storage arrays, storage administrators can then manage at the virtual layer according to automated policies. Storage administrators define various Virtual Storage Pools that represent storage performance characteristics and capabilities suited for particular workloads. With SDS, storage administrators can also provide users with instant, self-service access to storage. This gives users immediate access to storage instead of waiting days (or even weeks). It also frees up the administrators time to focus on the business.Extensible: Adding new array capabilities in softwareAdding new capabilities (i.e., a data service such as object on file) to each multi-vendor storage array is a time consuming, tedious and costly process (as only the array vendor can add new capabilities to their array). Instead, SDS provides a platform on which new data service capabilities can be built once and used by all arrays under its management. SDS also provides access to resources through a uniform set of APIs that can be used for the development of new data services.Open Environment: Building a CommunitySDS is designed as an open platform where it is easy to add support for new arrays or add new capabilities to the storage infrastructure through data services built in software. Therefore, all management functions are exposed through APIs enabling SDS to integrate with any management stack, VMware, OpenStack, Microsoft, etc. Similarly, SDS exposes APIs so any storage array can be added to SDS by its vendor or 3rd party, and also provides APIs so any data service can easily build in software by anyone.SummaryWith the rate of data growth in the data-centric world of today, it requires a new holistic approach to storage. One that allows customers to leverage and extend existing investments while applying the advancements of cloud technology and the many years of R&D that both EMC and VMware have together invested. Software-Defined Storage is about choice, business agility, and valuable communities – all delivered and accessed in a very simple, extensible and open way!
Saturday night after the lights go out in the stadium, 291 Saint Mary’s students and 150 students from the United States Naval Academy will gather in the Angela Athletic Facility for the Navy Social, sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), Residence Hall Association, Student Activities Board and the Class of 2017 board.Junior Emma McCarthy, an SGA mission co-chair, said the event celebrates the heritage between the Navy and the Sisters of the Holy Cross.“During the Civil War, there was a need for nurses to cater to the sick and injured on both sides and the Sisters of the Holy Cross responded to this call and became the first Naval nurses,” McCarthy said. “This established a special relationship between our two schools and is why the social has continued to occur.”The event was called Navy Ball when it was last held in 2013, but has since been changed to Navy Social because the event will not be held in a formal facility that would denote the need for participants to dress in formal attire, McCarthy said.“It is merely a social event between students from Saint Mary’s and the United States Naval Academy to get together and celebrate our longstanding traditions between our two campuses,” McCarthy said.She also said the event is different than two years ago because participation has increased.“It is very exciting to see that there has been a renewed interest in the social desire to continue the positive relationship between our two campuses,” she said. “The event will still be a great opportunity for students from both campuses to mix and mingle and enjoy a fun night together.”McCarthy said a lot went into planning such a big function. Coordinating volunteers, sending emails and attending planning meetings and were necessary to plan the social.“Working with administration is crucial to having a successful event and making sure that every last detail has been accounted for,” she said. “There are a lot of key players that all have to be involved in order to have a successful event, so it is a great opportunity for student leaders to gain the experience of planning and executing events.”Wednesday night at 6 p.m., Saint Mary’s students began lining up to get tickets. Once ticket sales started at 8 p.m., 291 student tickets were sold in 12 minutes, McCarthy said.The goal is for this to become a traditional event after the Navy game, she said.“Nothing has been officially decided but if student interest continues the way that it has, it can be anticipated that the tradition will continue,” McCarthy said.“We’re super excited that the event is happening this year and are thrilled with the amount of interest that has been demonstrated thus far during our ticket sales and we look forward to the same energy and excitement continuing on Saturday night,” McCarthy said.There will be a DJ, light snacks and refreshments provided.Tags: Navy, navy social, saint mary’s
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The much anticipated moves by big tech firms into banking took center stage in 2019. Apple partnered with Goldman Sachs to offer a no-fee credit card embedded in the Apple Pay mobile wallet. Later, Google partnered with Citigroup and Stanford Federal Credit Union to offer checking accounts that can be accessed via the Google Pay app.In between, Facebook announced its plans for its Libra cryptocurrency and Calibra digital wallet, followed later by several less controversial Facebook Pay enhancements. JPMorgan Chase, meanwhile, has developed an e-wallet product it is offering to Amazon, Lyft, and other e-commerce platforms.These partnerships make strategic sense for both the tech giants and the banks. Goldman Sachs, for example, gets to grow credit card balances, accelerate loan growth, and solidify its foray into retail banking, while Apple gets to offer consumers a way to finance purchases while minimizing capital and risk exposure.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An ex-Hempstead village housing official was indicted on federal conspiracy and bribery charges for scheming to steal more than $500,000 in kickbacks by steering contracts to crooked contractors, prosecutors said.Cornell Bozier, the former chairman of the Hempstead village housing authority, pleaded not guilty Thursday at Central Islip federal court to charges of federal program bribery and conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud.“The corruption and betrayal of the public trust detailed in the indictment was compounded by the fact that the defendant allegedly orchestrated this scheme to line his pockets with money stolen from a federal program that provides low-income families with safe and affordable housing,” said Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said the 56-year-old North Baldwin man recruited conspirators to submit fraudulently inflated bids on construction projects partly funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.The suspect and his co-conspirators allegedly split the overpayments. Five other suspects previously charged in connection with the scheme have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Bozier faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.
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Arsenal offered Atletico Madrid two players during unsuccessful Thomas Partey talks Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 5 Sep 2020 8:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14.1kShares Advertisement Arsenal are still keen to bring in Thomas Partey (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal offered both Matteo Guendouzi and Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico Madrid in an attempt to strike a deal for Thomas Partey but the Spanish side were not interested.The Gunners have been pursuing the Ghanaian midfielder over the summer but have failed to make a breakthrough in discussions for his signature.Partey has a £45m release clause in his Atletico contract and the club is insistent that Arsenal must meet that price if they want to sign him.Money is tight at Arsenal, especially after the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes for £27m from Lille, and they are unlikely to stump up the £45m, so have been trying to negotiate a deal that involves swapping players.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGuendouzi, who became something of an outcast under Mikel Arteta towards the end of the season, and Lacazette were both offered in exchange for Partey, but Atletico did not take the bait, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.‘For sure they spoke with Atletico Madrid,’ Romano said on Lee Gunner’s YouTube channel. ‘It was during the meeting they had for Thomas, the first time it was in July.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘They spoke about Matteo Guendouzi and they spoke also about Lacazette, but at the moment, Atletico Madrid was not going for Lacazette.’A deal for Partey is not entirely dead, but Arsenal must either come up with the funds or players that Ateltico are actually interested in to manage a swap deal.The pressure is building as both Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan have now been credited with an interest in the midfielder and either could be willing to meet his release clause.MORE: Yaya Toure axed from Soccer Aid for offering to hire sex workers for team-matesMORE: ‘Never any doubt’ – Dani Ceballos explains why he rejected Real Madrid offer and opted to return to ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment
Sverre Thornes, chief executive, KLP“This means we are in a position to pay out a significant dividend to our customers,” Thornes said.KLP posted a NOK5.7bn (€584m) profit for its public-sector occupational pension customers, of which NOK2.9bn would go into the premium fund. The remaining NOK2.8bn would be used to boost supplementary reserves, the company said.According to KLP’s annual report, long-term bonds produced a 3.7% return in the collective portfolio in 2018, property investments generated 7.3%, while equities ended the year with a 3.6% loss.Underlying growth in the premium reserve had been stable, KLP said, adding that that the ongoing Norwegian local government reforms had not yet resulted in any major changes.The reform involves several local authorities merging with neighbours to form larger entities, which means some pensions business leaving KLP as municipalities opt to join an independent pension fund.Thornes said KLP was “well prepared” to meet increased complexity as a result of regulatory changes and any new competition that might emerge.“New pension regulations will provide greater freedom of choice to the individual, but will also create a greater need for information and advice,” he said.The changes in pension schemes for public-sector employees in Norway will take effect from 1 January 2020.KLP took in premium income of NOK39bn in 2018, up from NOK32bn in 2017, while total assets grew to NOK675.6bn in 2018 from NOK652.2bn the year before. Values were realised from previous good years, which ensured a book return of 0.4% during the fourth quarter, and 3.5% for the year as a whole, he said. Norway’s public sector pension fund gained 1.5% on its collective portfolio in 2018 despite losses in the fourth quarter.Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) posted the return on a value-adjusted basis even though equity market declines resulted in a 1.4% investment loss in the final three months of the year.Property and long-term bonds made positive contributions to the overall result, partially offsetting equity losses, the country’s largest municipal pensions provider reported.In KLP’s 2018 results statement, chief executive Sverre Thornes said: “Troubled equity markets and rising interest rates in Norway and abroad characterised the result for 2018.”