Umphrey’s McGee Probably Tested New Virtual Reality Technology At Last Night’s Show

first_imgWe’re cool with that. Check out the setlist from last night, courtesy of All Things Umphrey’s:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at House Of Blues, Houston, TX – 4/20/16Set 1: Miami Virtue > Domino Theory, Mad Love, FF > Conduit, Driven to Tears > Mail PackageSet 2: Puppet String, Attachments, Much Obliged > Resolution > Hindsight, Rocker, Girlfriend is BetterEncore: Go to HellSupport: TAUK Beloved jam rockers Umphrey’s McGee hit the House of Blues in Houston, TX last night, resuming their spring touring with support from TAUK. Umphrey’s brought the heat on “4/20,” delighting fans with some fiery treats of their own.The show featured mostly UM originals, including an opener of “Miami Virtue” and classics like “Puppet Strings,” “FF” and more. The second set even featured a cover of Talking Heads’ “Girlfriend Is Better,” and a “Go To Hell” encore capped off a great show.As the headline suggests, the band’s manager, Kevin Browning, tweeted about some virtual reality technology that was retweeted by the band. While Browning’s comment didn’t 100% confirm the use of the technology, it stands to reason that the band wouldn’t have posted it at all were it not true. Perhaps they don’t want to commit to VR without testing it out first, but, considering the Grateful Dead guys just used it in Santa Clara, it stands to reason that VR technology might be the future direction for live concert footage.last_img read more

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3 Secrets to Fast Tracking Your IT Priorities

first_imgSmall and medium businesses know that the road to success is filled with distractions and roadblocks. According to IDC, the three major IT priorities for small and medium businesses are improving efficiency, improving revenue growth, and reducing expenses.1 Most small to medium businesses don’t have dedicated IT personnel on hand to tackle these priorities.You are a business owner and already wear too many hats. And when it comes to IT, that hat is often worn by either you or the most technical individual on your team.Luckily, you can put your IT hat back on the shelf with the entry-level PowerEdge T140 and PowerEdge T340 tower servers. These servers are specifically built for your small and medium businesses’ everyday needs. Here’s how they help you accomplish your three major IT priorities. Easy efficiencyPowerEdge tower servers are built to process and transmit data quickly. This will enable your everyday business applications to run faster and reduce the amount of interruptions. They simplify team collaboration, giving you peace of mind that you are working on the latest revision. They also save data automatically, reducing the threat of re-work.PowerEdge towers are ideal for on-site, remote, and branch office use. By managing multiple remote servers via one intuitive platform, you can save a trip across town, states, or even countries, depending on your office locations. Additionally, you can choose to conveniently receive alerts and access hardware remotely anytime and anywhere, saving you time and money.With the ProDeploy suite of services, you can let Dell EMC do the heavy lifting while you focus on your business. Simply tell Dell EMC what applications you’d like to run, and we’ll configure and deploy the server in your office. Set up as much as 66% faster with our ProDeploy suite of services.2 Our team is here to answer any questions and help you plan for your future growth.PowerEdge towers offer automated proactive and predictive support technology. Resolve potential issues with up to 72% less IT effort using ProSupport Plus and SupportAssist.3 This technology can automatically notify Dell EMC of a potential threat to get a jump start on a solution. Revenue growth made easierYou run critical business applications that enable you to connect with your customers, prospective customers, and your team. The PowerEdge towers are ideal for most business applications such as file and print, point of sale, collaboration/sharing, databases, mail, and messaging.PowerEdge towers enable business applications to run quickly with powerful computing capability. These tower servers enable multiple team members to work on the same file and print multiple documents efficiently. The servers also enable faster and reliable payment processing with a secure infrastructure. It allows you to collaborate and connect quickly and efficiently with customers and colleagues around the world.Time is money. As a business, you never want any of your business applications to stop working. PowerEdge servers are reliable and can reduce the risk of downtime with a hot plug drive option. This would enable your server to work while being serviced. This will keep your business operating around the clock, allowing you additional opportunity to drive your business. The easy choice for expense reductionOne of the key IT business priorities is to reduce expenses. Among many important things to consider while reducing expense, IT security is imperative. It’s important to not take IT security for granted given all the recent data breaches. One of the best ways to keep expenses down and customer loyalty up is to avoid a security breach.The average total cost of a data breach in the United States is $7.9 million. The global average total cost of a data breach increased 6.4% from the previous year to $3.86 million.4 With the purpose of protecting our customers, every PowerEdge server come with built-in security. Simply bolting security on after the fact doesn’t work. PowerEdge towers can protect your server from malicious changes with iDRAC9 Enterprise Server Lockdown mode. You can also have peace of mind that your data is backed up automatically.PowerEdge tower servers can be safer and cheaper than public cloud alternatives. As a matter of fact, Independent research commissioned by Dell EMC uncovered that over 50% of midmarket organizations that have moved a workload from a public cloud service back to on-premise infrastructure cited security and/or cost as a reason for this decision.5Additionally, PowerEdge tower servers help with future expense reduction because they are made to grow with your business over time. As you continue to scale your business with more demanding business applications, more customers, and more employees, your servers’ will also be able to scale with you.If you are a small business that requires an easy to use and affordable server for everyday business applications like file and print and point of sale, explore the PowerEdge T140 tower server and associated services. If you are a growing business or have remote/branch offices that require reliability and scalability for your everyday business applications like collaboration/sharing and databases, take a look at the PowerEdge T340 tower server and associated services.Focus on your business. We’ll handle IT.1 IDC, SMB Digital Transformation: Attitudes, Priorities, and Assessment in Seven Countries, 2018.2 Based on a November 2017 Principled Technologies Test Report commissioned by Dell EMC comparing in-house deployment vs. Dell EMC ProDeploy for Enterprise deployment service for Dell PowerEdge R730 servers, Dell Storage SC9000 and SC420 and networking components. Actual results will vary.3 Based on June 2018 Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Save time and IT effort resolving server hardware issues with ProSupport Plus and SupportAssist”, compared to Basic Warranty without SupportAssist. Actual results will vary. Full report: http://facts.pt/olccpk.4  Independently conducted by Ponemon Institute LLC, 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview, July 2018.5 ESG Master Survey Results, Tipping Point: Striking the Hybrid Cloud Balance, September 2018.last_img read more

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Drive Hydrated with BottlePro

first_imgPicture this. You’re driving along with your large water bottle by your side, but it doesn’t fit in your cup holder so you put it on the seat next to you. Most times it shifts side to side, reacting to the twists and turns of the road. Suddenly the light in front of you turns yellow and you slam on your brakes, only to see your bottle fly off the seat and smack against the glove compartment. You spend the time at the light trying to reach your water bottle, but it’s out of reach. Oh well…who needs water anyways?For many owners of Hydro Flasks, Nalgenes, Klean Kanteens, and other large bottles, it’s not difficult to picture this scenario because they live it almost every day.  It’s not only inconvenient, but it’s also a safety risk when bottles go flying.A new product is making it easier to drive hydrated. BottlePro is a cup holder adapter designed specifically for large water bottles, such as 32oz Nalgenes and 40oz Hydro Flasks, and it’s taking the outdoor industry by storm.  With more people using large water bottles than ever before, it’s about time there was a cup holder adapter to help make things more convenient while driving.Each BottlePro comes with an adjustable base design that allows it to work with the majority of vehicles out there.  But with thousands of cup holder designs, BottlePro certainly won’t work with every single vehicle.  The company openly states that, but they back up their product with a rock-solid return policy.  If BottlePro doesn’t work out for any reason whatsoever, the company will issue a full refund and even pay for return shipping.So if you own one of these larger water bottles and wish it were easier to keep it close by while driving, this product may be what you’ve been waiting for.  Detailed specifications are available on their website.  Check it out!Website: www.BottlePro.netlast_img read more

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Colombia Trains Guatemalan Marines

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 07, 2019 Guatemalan service members concluded the Amphibious Assault Course Colombian Navy instructors taught at the Guatemalan Marine Corps Naval Training Center (CANIM, in Spanish), in Puerto Barrios, Izabal, March 11, 2019. The objective was to improve marines’ response capabilities to counter transnational crime. “For 30 days, the joint training, [where] five Colombian instructors and 22 Guatemalan marines participated, helped improve students’ tactics, techniques, and procedures to respond to different transnational threats,” Vice Admiral Juan Randolfo Pardo Aguilar, commander of the Guatemalan Navy, told Diálogo. “It also improved relations between countries that are part of the plan, strengthening CANIM.” According to the officer, any training support increases personnel capabilities to improve operational results, share and update procedures, and operate with foreign units. Since 2012, Guatemala has received training courses under the U.S. Colombia Action Plan, a regional security cooperation program of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). The training took place in two different environments: water and land. The final practice included high-performance strategic phases, tactical movement, countering enemy fire, water infiltration, riverine night movement, military swimming in open waters, and securing a beachhead. The instructors, all Colombian service members and police officers, effectively fight against terrorist groups such as remnants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army, as well as criminal gangs. Their training with SOUTHCOM helped them gain experience in managing strategic local operations and national security. Maximum benefit “The amphibious assault program can be summarized in two lessons: [The first,] self-control to conduct operations under any circumstances, and [the second] is the importance of teamwork,” Guatemalan Navy Ensign Elvis Hurtado García, CANIM instructor, told Diálogo. “No matter how small the action of every element in the unit, it has a positive or negative impact on all the elements and on mission success.” The training is specific and requires preparation to ensure that students obtain the maximum benefit. “Preparation allows marines to conduct operations to fulfill the assigned mission effectively and efficiently, with the security aspects they learn in training,” said Vice Adm. Pardo. The navies of Colombia and Guatemala conduct exercises in riverine, lake, and coastal areas with similar characteristics. Both share similar training doctrines and techniques that facilitate training development and yield important results. Combined training Once the preparation concludes, the Guatemalan Navy will choose one of 22 students to continue their learning in the Narcotrafficking Assault Course, with Colombian instructors and in coordination with SOUTHCOM. “Cooperation enables the three countries’ forces to get to know each other. Due to its geographical position and the type of transnational scourges that threaten Guatemalan territory, the Marine Corps must be versatile enough to work in combination with several armies and respond to air, land, and sea defense,” said Ensign Hurtado. According to Vice Adm. Pardo, the combined training is a first step in developing CANIM toward marine training with tradition and a sense of belonging to the Guatemalan Armed Forces’ special unit. “We coordinate with the Guatemalan Naval School, so that CANIM can have its support, coordination, and supervision, and serve as an extension for marine personnel training and instruction,” Vice Adm. Pardo concluded.last_img read more

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Bank of America is no bank of Americans

first_img continue reading » Here’s this week’s life lesson: Bank of America does not equal Bank of Americans.Last week, Bank of America announced it is eliminating free checking for account holders who maintain low balances. Presumably, people who don’t have much in their checking account don’t have much money. So, instead of helping them improve their financial well-being, Bank of America is essentially implementing a poor tax.In an article about the fee and consumer response, CNN reports:“All customers with eBanking accounts have been moved to Core Checking, which carries a $12 monthly fee. Customers can avoid that fee if they make a monthly direct deposit of at least $250 or maintain a balance of $1,500. Students and customers in a rewards program are also exempt.” 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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PRO14: Wins for Ulster and Edinburgh | Rugby Union News

first_img– Advertisement – The Fiji prop and hooker David Cherry crossed the line in each half as the Edinburgh pack did the damage.The fog made visibility extremely difficult for the majority of the second half but Edinburgh had built a commanding lead before the conditions deteriorated.Richard Cockerill’s side lost their first three games of the Guinness PRO14 season before bouncing back to beat Scarlets last week and they made it a Welsh double as Cardiff suffered a third consecutive defeat following their flying start to the campaign. John Cooney scored 15 points in Ulster’s win – Advertisement – Michael Lowry takes on the Glasgow defence Michael Lowry takes on the Glasgow defence

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UK FRC blasts IASB ‘wholly inadequate’ prudent accounting standards

first_imgMcLaren continued: “Investors rely on financial reporting to hold management to account – to assess the delivery of the business model and the creation of long-term shareholder value.“By describing prudence merely as taking a cautious approach to accounting, the IASB has missed the point – prudence requires a greater readiness to recognise losses than profits.”She said it was “particularly odd” the IASB acknowledged that this was reflected in current accounting standards yet omitted it from its draft Framework.The IASB launched its project to update and finalise its conceptual framework – the building blocks of its standard-setting activities – in 2011.Since then, it has issued a discussion paper and, more recently, an exposure draft.The framework defines the objective of general purpose financial reporting and details the two fundamental qualitative characteristics of useful financial information – relevance and faithful representation.Sitting below these characteristics are four so-called enhancing qualitative characteristics – comparability, verifiability, timeliness and understandability.The notion of prudence was originally in the 1989 iteration of the framework. The board removed it in 2010 but now proposes to reintroduce due to pressure from some investors.In the UK, an investor coalition that includes the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, Threadneedle Investments and the UK Shareholders’ Organisation, has demanded that the IASB bring back prudence as an overriding accounting principle.The investor group recently wrote: “Prudence should be restored as the overriding accounting principle so that capital and performance are not overstated. The breakdown of realised and unrealised income should be visible to all.“They [IASB] are developing standards that suit the profession, but they are not setting standards with any consideration as to how they might be audited.“These changes are not just vital for effective stewardship by executives, directors and shareholders – they are necessary to bring the accounting framework back into line with existing legal requirements for capital protection as originally set out in the EU’s second directive.”The IASB tentatively voted to remove prudence from the framework during a May 2005 board meeting when it seemed likely the US would adopt IFRS as the reporting basis for public companies.A staff meeting paper from that meeting read: “Reliability is said, in FASB Concepts Statement 2, to comprise representational faithfulness, verifiability and neutrality, with an overlay of completeness, freedom from bias, precision and uncertainty.“It is said in the IASB Framework to comprise faithful representation, substance over form, neutrality, prudence and completeness.”The staff added that, although “the inclusion of neutrality [was] a non-issue”, it clashed with the accounting traditions of prudence and conservatism.Meanwhile, a decade on, the FRC now wants the IASB to make an explicit reference to “asymmetric prudence” – or a lower threshold for the recognition of liabilities and losses than for assets and gains – in the main framework text.The FRC said: “The effect of these changes is significant. In the 1989 text, the avoidance of understatement of assets, etc, was a check on the exercise of prudence—which naturally we would support.“But, in the text proposed in the Exposure Draft, it is placed as part of prudence itself. The result is that the idea of prudence loses any sense of direction and is indistinguishable from the idea of neutrality.“However, it is perverse to accept that a concept plays a role in accounting standards while omitting a discussion of it from the Conceptual Framework.“To do so is to accept that the Conceptual Framework is incomplete and that the IASB will have recourse to undefined and unspecified ideas in the future development of accounting standards.”This latest hard line from the FRC has left some IASB critics unconvinced.Leading UK accounting academic professor Stella Fearnley told IPE: “We don’t need statements or mantras about neutrality or bias.“A simple definition of prudence is all that is required so that assets are not overstated and liabilities are not understated.“Equally, profits should not be booked until they are realised, and losses should be booked as soon as they are expected.“From a public policy perspective, you have to ask why has it taken the FRC as long as it has to even get this far. We have the second-largest capital market in the world, and yet we seem unable to address this issue.”LAPFF chairman councillor Kieran Quinn added: “The Opinion of George Bompas QC is clear and covers the specific purpose of accounts, for which the correct model of prudence is the appropriate method to get the numbers right.“The standard setters are failing. Until the standard setters get the purpose right, they force an unnecessary debate about different version of ‘prudence’ when we believe there is clarity.” The UK accountancy and audit watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), has slammed the International Accounting Standards Board’s (IASB) position on prudent accounting as “wholly inadequate.”Long-standing critics of the UK’s accounting establishment have, however, dismissed this latest salvo in the war of words over the standard setter’s conceptual framework project as mere semantics.In a hard-hitting attack, Melanie McLaren, the FRC’s executive director with responsibility for codes and standards, said: “We have consistently made clear to the IASB that stewardship, prudence and reliability are fundamental to financial reporting.“Although the Exposure Draft goes further than the IASB has previously in recognising their importance, significant further development is essential if we are to be confident that future IFRSs are to be of high quality.”last_img read more

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Belize poultry farmers on alert for Bird Flu.

first_imgMajor outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Mexico puts Belize on national alert.BELMOPAN, Belize, Thursday July 5, 2012– Poultry farmers in Belize, especially in border areas near Mexico, are being asked to step up their biosecurity measures as the Belize Agricultural Health Authority has placed a national poultry health alert following Mexico officially reporting a major outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N3 Avian Influenza (“Bird Flu”).The outbreak has hit three commercial poultry layer farms in the central Mexican state of Jalisco and Belizean authorities have announced that precautionary measures are being taken and border controls along the Belize/Mexico border are being strengthened.However, in a bid not to create panic and drive down sales, authorities are sending the message that poultry products are safe for human consumption.“The disease rarely affects humans and requires direct contact with sick birds. In humans, the disease causes conjunctivitis and mild flu symptoms. The outbreak in Mexico started on June 13, 2012. In total, over one million birds are believed to be susceptible across the three farms and over 200,000 have already died from the outbreak. A further 60,000 have been destroyed. The sick birds showed signs of weakness, poor alertness, difficulty in breathing, were lying on their side and had drooping wings prior to death,” stated officials.Other countries in the region, Guatemala in particular, have also called national alerts and are strengthening their surveillance and diagnostic programmes for Avian Influenza.Control measures being applied in Mexico include: movement controls on poultry and poultry products; official sampling in commercial poultry farms, backyard poultry farms, and poultry markets; assessment of biosecurity and good livestock practices; and depopulation of affected farms.This outbreak in Mexico is considered a threat to Belize and the region due to a previous major outbreak in Mexico (in the period 1993 – 1996) where the disease became endemic and also spilled over into Guatemala and El Salvador.The International Regional Organisation for Health is working with the veterinary services of its member countries to harmonize preparedness and response measures in the face of this outbreak. The Belizean public has been requested to assist increased surveillance by not importing poultry products and reporting any importation to the authorities.Caribbean 360 News Share 55 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Belize poultry farmers on alert for Bird Flu. by: – July 5, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

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Drug-rob suspect shot to death

first_imgIntelligence monitoring indicate Lizzomay have been actively selling illegal drugs, said Bonilla. Robbery suspect Johnny Lizzo dies on his electric tricycle loaded with several cases of soft drinks. Gunmen peppered him with bullets early evening on Jan. 18. BCPO Responding policemen recovered from thecrime scene six spent bullets shells and six deformed slugs of a .45 caliber.Bonilla said these will undergo ballistics examination. As for the suspect’s background, Bonillasaid Lizzo was charged with robbery in August 2017 and with theft last year. Bacolod City Police Office spokespersonLieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico said it was still too early to say what thegunmen’s motive was. But probers have not discounted the possibility that itmay have stemmed from a drug deal gone wrong./PN Police Station 6 commander PoliceCaptain Elmer Bonilla said Lizzo died instantly.center_img Lizzo was also listed a drug suspect bythe Police Station 6. He turned himself in, said Bonilla. Johnny Lizzo, a resident of Barangay 40,was driving an electric tricycle loaded with several cases of soft drinks whena sport utility vehicle stopped and opened fire at him then sped away. Probers found a piece of paper atLizzo’s e-trike showing a picture of the victim with the words, “Drugs forsale, Marijuana pa more.” But they could not yet confirm if Lizzo was carryingthe paper or if it was left by the assailants. BACOLO City – A robbery and drug suspectwas gunned down by unidentified assailants on Mabini Street, Barangay 30. last_img read more

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Ebola Patient With Indiana Ties Expected To Leave Hospital

first_imgDr. Kent Brantly graduated from IU School of Medicine in 2009.ATLANTA – An Indiana native who contracted the Ebola virus while working in West Africa has recovered and will be released from an Atlanta hospital Thursday, officials said.Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, is a 2009 graduate of IU School of Medicine and current resident of Texas. He was a on a two-year mission treating Ebola patients in Liberia when he was diagnosed earlier this summer.He received treatment in Africa before being flown to Emory Hospital in Atlanta where he remained in isolation since early August.Brantly is expected to be discharged from the hospital Thursday following a news conference.More than 1,300 people have fallen victim to the deadly virus.last_img read more

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