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USS George Washington Returns to Yokosuka

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington Returns to Yokosuka USS George Washington Returns to Yokosuka View post tag: Returns Share this article View post tag: Navy April 21, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Washington View post tag: Yokosuka View post tag: USS The aircraft carrier USS George Washington returned to its forward-deployed port of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Wednesday, nearly a mo…By Kyodo (japantimes)[mappress]Source: japantimes, April 21, 2011; View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Georgelast_img read more

Mayor Jay Gillian: Beach Update, New Eagle Scouts, Road Work

first_imgThe following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Dec. 18.Dear Friends, The three-legged CRAB (Coastal Research Amphibious Buggy) surveys the beach at Seventh Street on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Ocean City, NJ.I’m happy to report that the north end beach replenishment project could be complete as early as Saturday. We learned this week that 920,000 of a planned 999,000 cubic yards of new sand now has been pumped onto Ocean City beaches. The project area will end at 12th Street, and the rebuilt beach will be tapered to meet the existing beach at 13th Street. After pumping is complete, crews will remove equipment next week.By the New Year, Ocean City will enjoy wide beaches and a healthy uninterrupted dune system from tip to tip. A south end beach replenishment project was completed in September, and dune grass is now in place there.I’d like to thank all residents and visitors for their patience while these vital projects were completed.Please join me in congratulating four young men who recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Frank Sheppard Faverzani, Eric Tin Yao Lam, Evan William Megargee, and Tanner Jack Mitzel represent the spirit of volunteerism that has always defined Ocean City.Faverzani assembled and refurbished 15 skateboards and provided helmets with each to the Boys and Girls Club of Camden. Lam assembled and installed a locking key box for the Ocean City Public Works to organize all of its equipment and vehicle keys. Megargee painted and refurbished 158 feet of fence (black with gold spires) and the entrance sign at Lakeside Memorial Park on the 400 block of Wesley Avenue. Mitzel assembled and replaced two dilapidated osprey stands in the marshes near Merion Park, a project which the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce awarded its environmentally friendly award for 2015.These new Eagle Scouts deserve our thanks for their contributions to the community.Paving crews will be working next week on Wesley Avenue between 21st Street and 24th Street, on Ninth Street between Ocean Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, and on Ocean Avenue between Eighth Street and Ninth Street. Weather permitting, the work will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 22 and 23. Traffic will be restricted on Wesley and Ocean avenues, and the one block of Ninth Street will be closed during paving. Please use caution and seek alternative routes. The work should be done in time for Christmas.Our community lost a dear friend this week. I would like to express heartfelt condolences from my family, the City team and the entire community to the family.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

News story: Changes to benefits for mixed age couples

first_imgWhen single people reach State Pension age, they move from working age benefits to pension age benefits.Currently, couples can choose to make that transition when the older partner of the couple reaches State Pension age.In 2012, Parliament voted to modernise the system and change the rule for couples so that the transition takes place when the younger partner reaches State Pension age. This will ensure the younger partner is in the same circumstances as other people of the same age, regardless of the age of their partner.The government announced today that the change will be introduced from 15 May 2019.Mixed age couples with a partner under State Pension age already in receipt of Pension Credit or pension-age Housing Benefit at the point of change will be unaffected while they remain entitled to either benefit.If a mixed age couple claim working age benefits, the pensioner partner will not be subject to work-based conditionality. Any work-based conditionality for the younger partner will be tailored to meet their circumstances.Additional informationThe government laid the commencement order today (14 January 2019) that brings this change into force from 15 May 2019. The commencement order also sets out who will be exempt from this change.last_img read more

Classical Dance Music Band ‘Electric Beethoven’ Is Hosting An Acid Test In San Francisco

first_imgAfter teasing a major announcement for months, the Electric Beethoven band is finally bringing their jams to the people. Billed as the first-ever “Classical Dance Music” band, the new project is the brainchild of bassist Reed Mathis, and features a lineup that includes Jay Lane, Cochrane McMillan, Todd Stoops, and Clay Welch.The band was recently announced on the Catskill Chill lineup after being introduced to the world on the Jam Cruise lineup, but today the band has announced two shows coming up next week. The band will make their first-ever performance at the Phil Lesh owned Terrapin Crossroads venue on August 2nd, where they’ll debut “CDM interpretations of Beethoven’s finest works.” Tickets go on sale at noon, and can be found here.Just a few days later, Electric Beethoven will host the “Electric Beethoven Acid Test” as an official attraction in Outside Lands. The sold out festival will feature the band on the GastroMagic Stage next Saturday, August 6th, at 4:00 PM. The “Acid Test” theme is obviously a throwback to the Grateful Dead, who hosted these types of events in their formative period in the Bay Area as well.As the band says in their announcement, “Get on the Ludwig Van!”last_img read more

Listen To moe. Jam On “Recreational Chemistry” For Thirty Glorious Minutes

first_imgJust last week, moe. hit the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, NC for an unbelievable show! The band put forth some of their best jamming, keeping things loose throughout two great sets of original music.Though the show had many highlights – most of which are captured in this extensive review – one of the most memorable moments came during the band’s performance of “Recreational Chemistry.” Coming out of a set-opening “Rebubula,” the band flexed their jam muscles and unleashed a full 30-minutes of “Recreational.”Fortunately, thanks to taper Jeff Mitchell, a full audio recording of the show can be streamed! Tune in below.last_img read more

Think HPC Shops Just Have Supercomputers? Think Again

first_imgFrom supporting AI workloads to providing access to hybrid cloud services, today’s HPC shops are expanding the definition of high performance computing.For IT shops focused on delivering high performance computing services, the pace of evolution has accelerated in recent years. It’s in high gear as HPC shops have taken on roles and responsibilities that go far beyond the operation of supercomputers for limited numbers of scientists and engineers.In this new data era, many HPC shops now function as multi-cluster, multi-cloud HPC and AI operations. Versatility is the road here, as HPC shops expand into the domain of the cloud service provider and the general-purpose enterprise IT shop.Let’s look at some of the characteristics of these next-gen HPC shops — and do some rethinking along the way.Think that HPC shops don’t virtualize? Think again. In years past, HPC workloads have run primarily on bare-metal, unvirtualized servers. Today, these practices are changing, as IT leaders are recognizing the benefits of virtualization for even the most demanding HPC systems and applications.Here’s a case in point: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has implemented a virtualized infrastructure for its weapons simulation program. As a VMware white paper explains, with the virtualization of compute-intensive applications on the VMware vSphere® platform, the lab was able to more than triple the average utilization of its hardware, reduce costs due to more effective resource sharing, and run a more diverse set of applications.In another example, the HPC team at the University of Pisa virtualizes its Microsoft SQL Server environment with the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor. As a Dell Technologies case study notes, a virtualized software-defined storage environment makes it easier for the university’s IT Center to deploy, manage and scale storage for the SQL database.Think that HPC shops don’t have containers? Think again. Just as they have embraced virtualization, HPC shops are embracing the use of containers that bundle up software applications, virtualized operating systems, and all of the pieces and parts needed to deploy and run HPC and AI jobs. As Dell Technologies data scientist Dr. Lucas Wilson explains in an blog on the advantages of containers, the container approach simplifies the provisioning, distribution and management of the software environments that run on top of the virtualized hardware layer.Here’s a real-life use case: Data science teams in the Dell Technologies HPC & AI Innovation Lab are leveraging Kubernetes containers to streamline and accelerate the development of deep learning solutions. As data science systems engineering specialist John Lockman explains in blog on the power of Kubernetes, the lab uses Kubernetes containerization to speed up and streamline the production and distribution of deep learning training workloads to thousands of CPU and accelerator nodes in two supercomputing clusters.Think that HPC shops aren’t cloud service providers? Think again. The use of OpenStack, virtualization and containerization has helped HPC shops pave the road to hybrid cloud environments. In fact, many HPC shops now function as multi-cloud service providers that offer their users access to internal and external clouds, as well as centralized compute resources with multiple storage choices. Via self-service portals, these next-generation HPC shops streamline the path to infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and managed services.The Cloud and Interactive Computing (CIC) group at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, for example, operates multiple national-scale production clouds that provide self-service academic cloud computing capabilities. And on top of the lower-level IaaS offerings, the CIC group develops, deploys and administers higher-level cloud and interactive computing platforms, applications and tools.Elsewhere in the HPC world, the University of Liverpool provides public cloud bursting to  Amazon Web Services. And back in San Diego, the SDSC Research Data Services team offers its users access to both cloud storage and cloud compute options, along with a separate cloud storage system for data that needs to comply with PHI/PII or HIPAA regulations.Think that HPC has nothing to do with AI. Think again. HPC and artificial intelligence applications used to live in different domains. Not so anymore. Today’s AI workloads often require the compute performance and storage capacity of HPC clusters.As I noted in an earlier blog on the convergence trend, HPC shops are in the business of running AI training and inferencing workloads, along with traditional HPC workloads like modeling and simulation. And that makes sense, because these workloads often have similar infrastructure and performance requirements.Think HPC shops don’t function like a business? Think again.Whether they are in an enterprise or academic space, many of today’s HPC operations now function like businesses that recover their costs from their users. This is the case for the University of Michigan, where supercomputing investment decisions for campus-wide machines must factor in 100-percent cost recovery, along with exceptional performance, usability and management characteristics. As noted in an article in The Next Platform, we’re talking about an academic supercomputing site that operates under constraints similar to those of any ROI-driven enterprise.Let’s also consider the Triton Shared Computing Cluster at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego. This system is operated under a “condo cluster” model, in which faculty researchers use their contract and grant funding to buy compute nodes for the cluster. Researchers can also rent time on the cluster for temporary and shorter-term needs via a “hotel service” model. Sounds rather business-like, doesn’t it?Key takeawaysFor HPC shops, these are exciting times. We are in a new hybrid world that is blurring the lines between HPC, AI and more conventional IT services. As they navigate this changing world, HPC shops are opening their doors to a wider range of users and offering ever-larger menus of services to make sure people get what they need to do the things they need to do. From modeling complex systems to training machine learning algorithms, from delivering on-premises HPC clusters to enabling access to hybrid cloud services, HPC shops now do it all.To learn moreFor a deeper dive into the changing role of the HPC shop, check out the CIO.com blogs at Dell Technologies and Intel: Innovating to Transform. Learn more about Dell Technologies high performance computing.last_img read more

Watch Bernadette Peters and More in Amazon’s Jungle

first_imgCheck out this trailer for the new Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, which features Tony winner Bernadette Peters along with Gael Garcia Bernal, Malcolm McDowell, Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, Rock of Ages’ Constantine Maroulis, Jennifer Kim, Peter Vack, Bob Dishy and Joshua Bell. Based on Blair Tindell’s memoir, the series is an insider’s look into the secret and sexy (yes, sexy!) world of classical musicians. All 10 episodes can be streamed starting on December 23. Check out the teaser below for a taste of the Jungle! View Commentslast_img read more

We stand with credit unions through hurricane relief efforts

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The past weeks have been extremely difficult as multiple hurricanes hit the Caribbean, Texas, Florida, and other areas of the U.S. mainland.Recovering and rebuilding in the wake of these devastating hurricanes will require extraordinary amounts of time, money and resources.There’s also a human and emotional toll – which can’t be measured, but only understood and addressed with the utmost care. As Harvey, Irma and then Maria struck, confirming the safety and well-being of our staff and customers on the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic has been our top priority.To our colleagues, customers and your families: we are absolutely focused on getting you the care and assistance you need in the coming days, weeks and beyond. We will see this through with you, along with great resolve and resources. continue reading »last_img read more

Airborne flu viruses threaten health workers, expert says

first_imgSep 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A microbiologist who reviewed the evidence about how influenza viruses spread says that some official guidelines, including the US pandemic influenza plan, may not go far enough in protecting healthcare workers who take care of flu patients.Writing in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Dr. Raymond Tellier of the University of Toronto says there is good evidence that flu viruses often spread via tiny airborne particles, despite a common belief that they travel mainly in large droplets that quickly fall to the ground after a flu patient coughs or sneezes.Good protection from airborne particles requires the use of an N95 respirator. Yet the US, Canadian, and British pandemic flu plans advise healthcare workers to use simple surgical masks, which are much less effective, Tellier contends.”Compelling evidence in the literature indicates that aerosol transmission of influenza is an important mode of transmission, which has obvious implications for pandemic influenza planning, and in particular for recommendations about the use of N95 respirators as part of personal protective equipment,” he writes.”Airborne particles” are usually defined as particles about 5 microns or less in diameter, Tellier says. Particles larger than about 10 to 20 microns fall quickly to the ground, while those smaller than 3 microns essentially do not settle. Coughing and sneezing generate particles in a range of sizes, many of them small enough to stay airborne for a long time. Airborne particles can penetrate into the lungs, whereas the larger particles and droplets are more likely to be trapped in the upper respiratory tract.Experiments have shown that mice, monkeys, and human volunteers can be infected by exposure to aeorosol flu viruses, according to Tellier. In addition, various epidemiologic observations indicate that aerosol transmission is important. One example was a 1979 outbreak on an airliner with a defective ventilation system.Tellier says many guidelines and review articles state that large droplets appear to be the main vehicle for flu virus transmission, but they offer little supporting evidence. “Despite extensive searches, I have not found a study that proves the notion that large-droplets transmission is predominant and that aerosol transmission is negligible (or nonexistent),” he writes.Further, he says, infection control experts often argue that large-droplet precautions have proved adequate to stop flu outbreaks. But he contends that several factors cast doubt on the evidence for this view. For example, without laboratory diagnosis, what is believed to be a flu outbreak can be some other virus; serologic studies often are omitted, and asymptomatic flu infections in healthcare workers are probably missed; many people have partial immunity to seasonal flu viruses; and surgical masks provide some limited protection against aerosols.Tellier goes on to say that evidence suggests that current strains of H5N1 avian influenza predominantly infect the lower respiratory tract, which in turn suggests that airborne particles are involved, since large droplets don’t reach into the lungs.”Given the strong evidence for aerosol transmission of influenza viruses in general, and the high lethality of the current strains of avian influenza A (H5N1), recommending the use of N95 respirators, not surgical masks, as part of the protective equipment seems rational,” he states.The current US pandemic influenza plan, according to Tellier, “acknowledges the contribution of aerosols in influenza but curiously recommends surgical masks for routine care; the use of N95 respirators is reserved for ‘aerosolizing procedures.'”In contrast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) current infection control guidelines for healthcare facilities treating avian flu patients say that workers should use a fit-tested respirator at least as good as the N95 type when in a patient’s room.Bill Hall, a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spokesman in Washington, said today that the infection control guidance in the US pandemic flu plan is being updated. “We are conducting a rather in-depth process by which we’ll be reviewing the science that is available on masks and the various positions out there,” he told CIDDRAP News. “This journal article certainly adds one more data source to inform the decision-making.””There’s still a lot of debate on how flu is transmitted, whether it’s aerosol or large droplets,” Hall said. “The [pandemic] plan issued in November last year was based on current science and information at that point in time,” but it is subject to change, he added.Hall said HHS plans to cooperate with the Institute of Medicine to hold some workshops to discuss “community mitigation” in a pandemic, meaning measures such as closing schools, canceling public events, and recommending the use of masks. But no dates or other details have been decided.Tellier R. Review of aerosol transmission of influenza A virus. Emerg Infect Dis 2006 Nov;12(11) (early online publication) [Full text]See also:CDC interim guidance on use of masks to control influenzahttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/infectioncontrol/maskguidance.htmCDC interim infection control guidelines for healthcare facilities treating people with avian fluhttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/professional/infect-control.htmlast_img read more

Dubrovnik and Split, against the liberalization of the taxi market, want to bring order

first_imgDubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković said that the fact that the Law on Liberalization of the Taxi Market in the Republic of Croatia had strong effects: “It was initially conceived as a law that would first reduce congestion and then provide a more affordable service for the use of taxi transport for all citizens, but also for visitors. Neither effect happened in Dubrovnik or Split – two UNESCO-protected cities under enormous pressure from taxis. ” Franković pointed out and added that there are currently about three thousand taxis in Dubrovnik, and before liberalization there were about 220, but services are still too expensive. ROVINJ INTRODUCES SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR INSTALLATION OF ATMS IN THE OLD CENTER “Let others enjoy liberalization, we want to have our own autonomous ability to decide on the number and manner of using taxi services in our cities”Conclude the leading people of the city of Dubrovnik and Split. Introduction of communal order in Dubrovnik and Split A draft tender that should provide access to taxi stands in Split has been made, announced Krstulović Opara. “Chaos is created at bus stops, then we have drivers who do not know Split, and they came to make money. Let them make money, they will only work according to our rules – it is impossible for them to stop wherever they can think of, and they will enter the contact zone of the city only with our permission. In Split, we also have about three thousand taxis at the moment, which is too much, according to our first estimates, the optimal number is about 650. Traffic safety and our citizens must be a priority, far ahead of profits. pointed out  is Krstulović Opara. UNIQUE SMART PARKING SYSTEM LAUNCHED IN DUBROVNIK  DUBROVNIK: ATMs are leaving the old town  CITY OF SPLIT / Draft proposal of the Decision on conditions and manner of placing advertising objects and inscriptions in the area of ​​the City of Split Mayor Andro Krstulović Opara called on all his fellow citizens to get involved in the public consultation procedure on the draft Decision on Communal Order, which is also one of the steps towards returning public city space to citizens. Also, in the city of Split, a public consultation was opened through the Draft Proposal of the Decision on the conditions and manner of placing advertising objects and inscriptions in the area of ​​the City of Split.center_img Side dish: The mayors of Split and Dubrovnik, Andro Krstulović Opara and Mato Franković, agree that the current situation on the city roads of their cities is unsustainable, so it is necessary to amend the Road Traffic Act, which will eliminate the negative effects of taxi liberalization.   CITY OF SPLIT / Draft proposal of the Decision on communal order “By the end of August, we plan to have a draft text that we will send to the Parliament and the Government. Only my colleague Franković and I have been pointing out all these negative effects for two years now. Now, in the focus of the tourist season, all citizens, as well as those who will decide on changes to the Act, can also see and feel all the negativity. ”  Krstulović Opara emphasized. During today’s meeting, the mayors also touched on the communal order in the cities, especially the draft Decision on the communal order of the City of Split, which is currently under public consultation, and which was created in cooperation with Split and Dubrovnik and Venice. Speaking about the situation in Dubrovnik today and two years ago, Franković said that he found complete disorder and disrespect for the city, and with the consistent implementation of the Decision, the situation is much better today. The plan of the Dubrovnik city administration is to further reduce public areas for catering facilities on January 1, 2020. As both mayors concluded, they will continue to insist on changes together and will not allow such a law to continue to reduce the quality of life of the citizens of Split and Dubrovnik. Also, in their initiative, they point out that it is necessary to identify and single out UNESCO protected areas or sites and to treat them differently, ie as they propose, to allow local self-government units to have the opportunity to set limits, ie independent introduction of order into space. RELATED NEWS: Cover photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

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