Load remaining images The 2016 installment of Lockn’ Festival was an obvious success, as our entire team set out to enjoy the weekend on Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA. With headliners Phish, Tedeschi Trucks Band, My Morning Jacket, and two sets from Phil Lesh with a rotating cast of characters, the four day event was jam-packed with unforgettable moments. We’ve already published our “2016 Lockn’ Festival Awards” and “Funniest Things Overheard at Lockn’ Festival” features, and now, we’ve got some of our favorite captured moments, as photographed by Sam Shinault.Enjoy these precious moments, with a full gallery at the bottom:When Theo Katzman Led A Vulfpeck Sing-A-Long:When The Sign Language Interpreter Got Down To Ween:The Moment the Stage Took Its Turntable Effect:When A Security Guard Handed You Water:When You Realize The Moon Is Real:When Your Crew Realizes The Best Way To Deal With The Sun Is To Just Embrace It:When Keller Brings A Grateful Gospel To Sunday:When Jim James Brought Tears To Our Eyes: When You Chilled So Hard In A Donut Blanket:When You Found Bliss On The Rail:When Ween Showed Off Their Poopship Destroyer:When Lettuce Brought The Rage To The Bowl:The Moment Your Favorite Band Takes The Stage, And You Get a Skin-Gasm:When Your Favorite Husband And Wife Blow You Away:When The Wailers Provided All The Feels:When the Hard Working Americans Played A Private “Steal Your Bass” set with Dave Schools, Phil Lesh, and Mike Gordon:Enjoy the full gallery!
The Association of American Geographers has named Peter Bol as its 2015 Honorary Geographer. Bol is the vice provost for advances in learning and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.In making its selection, the AAG recognized Bol’s leadership role and engagement with the AAG to build university-wide support for geospatial analysis in teaching and research at Harvard University, and the resulting establishment of the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, of which he was its first and extraordinarily successful director.AAG Executive Director Douglas Richardson will confer the 2015 AAG Honorary Geographer Award upon Peter K. Bol at the 2015 AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago during the “Launch of the AAG GeoHumanities Journal” session on Thursday, April 23. The session begins at 1:20 p.m. in the Gold Coast room at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Read Full Story
How can 5G accelerate manufacturing?With its increased speed, higher bandwidth and lower latency, fifth-generation wireless cellular technology, or 5G, has the potential to be a key enabler and accelerator of the next generation of smart manufacturing. Some advantages of this communications technology for industrial applications include:Higher Bandwidth – modern IIoT gateways and distributed edge compute architectures are creating an explosion of valuable plant data and 5G networks are ideally suited to keep up with this data delugeLower Latency – allowing devices to communicate more quickly and reliably is especially important for machine-to-machine communications to function effectivelyGreater Device Density – 5G has the potential to connect to more devices, up to 1 million per km2, critical for a factory full of sensorsDevice self-registration – time and costs associated with deployment, setup and commissioning will be greatly reducedIncreased Security – cellular networks are more difficult to hack than standard WiFi implementationsFewer Cells – cellular signals can travel farther than WiFi, requiring fewer cells vs access points in an equivalent networkLower Power – the NR (New Radio) specifications have the potential to reduce power consumption by up to 100xWhen will 5G accelerate manufacturing?But the ultimate future of widespread 5G deployments in factories is not necessarily a foregone conclusion. Initial investments in acquiring private spectrum, purchasing hardware and the associated costs with learning and managing a new technology will be significant, especially in the early stages. It will require a total workforce transformation.And while the initial rollout of 5G will be focused on an enhanced mobile broadband (eMMB) experience – mostly targeted at cell phones and tablets, the IIoT enhancements necessary for manufacturing deployments are not scheduled for the next “R-16” release. This includes the ability to use unlicensed spectrum, machine communication protocols (like eMTC enhanced machine-type communication and NB-IoT narrowband Internet of Things) and the lower latency improvements (eURLLC enhanced Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication) will not be available until late 2021. And the enhancements to the 5G radio for low power sensors and wearables is not expected until mid-2023. The transition to 5G is truly a journey and will not happen overnight.Scheduled Availability of 5G IIoT CapabilitiesWhat about technology we already have?Standard WiFi is not going away either. Newer technologies are on the horizon, offering improvements over existing wireless infrastructures. Following the well-known 802.11ac WiFi standard, the next generation will technically be 802.11ax, but will be known as WiFi 6. WiFi 6 will be up to four times faster in device-dense areas and offer much greater bandwidth than its predecessor.There is no shortage of interest and excitement around 5G for manufacturing, but the debate on its advantages vs WiFi will only intensify as the next generation WiFi 6 is released. Ultimately the market will decide which is the preferred technology to use, and most likely it will be a hybrid combination of the two. In any case, smart manufacturers know that this next generation of wireless connectivity will be enabled and accelerated by a modern infrastructure that includes distributed compute architectures to support the significant data streams being created.No matter the direction, Dell Technologies can help with the transition to whatever the wireless connectivity future holds. Enabling the transformational business outcomes promised by the IIoT will require a next generation digital infrastructure that only the Dell Technologies portfolio of companies and solutions can provide to build a truly integrated, converged, future-proof solution for all industrial customers.
A sewing circle today at the Snite Museum of Art will allow members of the Notre Dame community to contribute stitches to an art project spearheaded by contemporary artist Marie Watt. The project is part of the “Dreams Wiser than Waking: Recent Acquisitions of Native American Prints” exhibit, according to Cheryl Snay, curator of European art at the Snite. Watt, one of the exhibit’s featured artists, will lead the event from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. At the sewing circle, participants will contribute stitches to a set structure of blankets and fabric that Watt has created, which will eventually culminate into a greater piece of art, Snay said. No sewing experience is necessary, and everyone from the South Bend and Notre Dame communities is invited to join and receive a small silkscreen print from Watt. Snay said this is a great way to promote a welcoming atmosphere and extend the Snite’s outreach in the community. “We want people to come to the Snite and to think of the Snite as a warm and welcoming place where people can share stories and experiences,” she said. “Ultimately, we are trying to cultivate this kind of attitude, and there are many opportunities to participate in art in a variety of fashions.” Furthermore, this sewing circle is a way to tie together Notre Dame students with the surrounding community, Snay said. “This event was designed for all students, not just art students,” she said. “We also want to foster an environment where the general community can come in and interact with the faculty, staff and students. Everyone can benefit from these mutual experiences.” Watt’s idea that art should be participatory and community building is reflected in the nature of the project, Snay said, because everyone that adds a stitch to the structure is contributing to a greater work of art. “Watt considers someone’s stitches their signatures, so she will not change them,” Snay said. “She feels as if their stitches are their contribution.” After hosting the sewing circle at the University, Watt will bring the structure to another museum or campus where more people can add to the piece. While the sewing circle is just for today, the “Dreams Wiser than Waking” exhibit will stay at the Snite until Mar. 17. This exhibit, located in the Milly and Fritz Kaeser Mestrovic Studio, showcases Native American art that is interested in straddling two worlds, Snay said. “They question how they can negotiate between their culture and the “dominant culture,” this is a lot of what their art is about,” she said.
One message that state and federal officials want to share with those affected by the flood is to fill out and return your U.S. Small Business Administration application – don’t throw it away. Applicants who register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency typically receive a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Many think that these are for businesses or people who want to take out loans and push these applications to the side or patently discard them. “This is where people take themselves out of the process,” said Vermont Emergency Management Director Mike O’Neil. “If they don’t complete the paperwork, they miss out on FEMA aid beyond help with home repair or rental assistance.” Applicants should know: · Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair/replace real estate. · Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair/replace personal property with interest rates for residents as low as 2.688 percent and terms as long as 30 years. · Businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million at 4 percent interest to replace/repair damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets as well as covering economic injury.· Filling out the SBA application is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance. “If you received an SBA application but haven’t done anything with it, please take the time to fill it out,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Craig Gilbert. “Contact FEMA or SBA if you have any questions about the process.” The SBA also provides a Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 TTY or for people with additional speech or hearing needs, 800-877-8339, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. Help is also available via e-mail at: email@example.com(link sends e-mail) or online at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance(link is external).Homeowners, renters and businesses that suffered damage in Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans counties should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585 for those with additional speech or hearing needs or call 800-621-3362 if using 711 or using the Video Relay System.
Every financial services company wants to be innovative. Innovation brings new lines of business, increased revenue and decreased costs. But how can a bank or credit union encourage innovation amid the daily grind?By definition, most institutions can’t move their headquarters to Silicon Valley. Changing your dress code may not produce results. Starting innovation labs and appointing innovation czars may help, or may turn into expensive “innovation theater.”While these ideas may help to attract new talent, innovation truly begins with culture, and traditional banking culture works against innovation. That’s because innovative cultures accept that new ideas inevitably result in some failures — you might call it “the freedom to flop.” Innovative cultures embrace failure and the lessons it can teach, encouraging employees to try new ideas, take risks, and thus learn rapidly. Contrast this with most banking cultures — strongly influenced by regulatory, credit and operational risk management — and you can see the dilemma. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The House Thursday passed bipartisan legislation, on a 417-1 vote, to ease restrictions on how businesses use the paycheck protection program, expanding the terms of the loans. Also on Thursday, the Small Business Administration in partnership with the Treasury Department announced that $10 billion of the PPP’s round two funding will be set aside for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).“NAFCU appreciates the Treasury Department and the SBA allocating $10 billion in PPP funding to be lent exclusively by CDFIs,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “NAFCU has consistently advocated for more PPP funds to be set aside for CDFIs and MDIs to ensure low-income and underserved communities have the financial resources needed to weather the pandemic.“This decision will allow emergency capital to reach the communities that need it the most during this difficult and uncertain economic period. NAFCU will continue to advocate for additional CDFI funding,” Berger added.The agencies indicated CDFIs have approved more than $7 billion in PPP loans as of May 23, with $3.2 billion occurring during round two. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
COVID-19 has fundamentally changed member and employee expectations and will likely prompt transformation in the financial services industry for many years to come. By preparing to adapt to future challenges with strategic planning, your institution can avoid reactionary decision making and work toward solutions-based growth and positive outcomes.Revisiting your strategic plan with lessons from COVID-19 will help strengthen the resilience and agility of your business, as this crisis could be a catalyst for positive long-term improvements, including general business and IT strategies. Taking advantage of this opportunity to hone a resilient, flexible and scalable plan empowers you to adapt to the changing landscape but may also pay dividends when the virus is behind us.Key Strategies to EmployDo Good: With many people struggling, businesses and individuals have an opportunity and even duty to give back to their communities when possible. While the goal is to help those in need, doing good also promotes positive brand reputation during this event. This is especially critical now, as your institution’s handling of the crisis may be under heightened scrutiny.Protect Your Employees: Stress under these circumstances is as common as it is understandable. Be sure to check in with and provide resources and updates to your employees, members and vendors. In some instances, difficult but compassionate decisions may be appropriate.Look for Leaders: Leadership often emerges in times of tribulation, so look for people who step up to the challenge. Start by engaging everyone to seize opportunities to strengthen relationships. Whether they have not yet been given the opportunity, or didn’t know they had it in them, leaders who emerge now can likely take on greater responsibilities in the future.Provide a Rapid Response: In a constantly changing environment, urgency and rapid response to member and prospect needs is essential. By being strategic yet decisive when opportunities to strengthen member relationships or foster new ones emerge, you may win over prospects that have been vacillating up to this point. Creative approaches to finding growth opportunities within existing relationships will also help you balance your response and protect brand reputation.Communicate Strategically: Communication has become more critical than ever, due to constant change and uncertainty. But communication must be done from a strategic approach, as situations may be fluid and can develop rapidly. For this reason, refer to the authorized spokesperson designated in your business continuity plan (BCP) to communicate to media and members.Compose a Critical Issues List: Over the course of the pandemic, your institution may identify an existing process or policy in need of adjustment. An updated critical issues list can guide you in your next BCP revision. It might even facilitate solutions if you have an opening for a new security control, application process or service offering.Revise Business Continuity Plans: Since life adjusted to COVID-19 will change again in time, a clear plan for emerging from the pandemic can help you confidently plan for tomorrow. There will likely be lasting changes to financial institutions’ operational approaches, such as dramatic expansion of the work from home model which will in turn open multi-location operations and account for local talent shortages. Additionally, there may be multiple waves of the pandemic to account for, and an updated BCP will empower you to handle any eventuality and take on future challenges.Remaining Agile During the CrisisWhile it may be easier said than done, being agile and adaptable empowers you to make incremental strategic improvements. You may need to overcome roadblocks and embedded behaviors to instill effective planning. But in strengthening your agility and resilience by updating your strategic plan, you can be better prepared if a crisis such as this happens again. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Russell Furze Web: https://www.csiweb.com Details
The mall will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Oakdale Mall says it will open its doors to shoppers on Friday. The announcement was made on the mall’s official Facebook page Wednesday morning. Originally, the mall said it was going to open on July 20. However, due to difficulty getting air filters, it had to push back its reopening. Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated that malls could only open if they had an advanced HVAC filtration system.
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