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Chaka Khan Drops First Single Off First Album In 11 Years, Collaboration With Major Lazer’s Switch

first_imgChaka Khan has released the first song from her upcoming album. “Like Sugar” marks the Queen of Funk’s first release since her 2007 studio album, Funk This. The new song sees Khan team up with Major Lazer founder and Grammy-nominated producer Switch (M.I.A., Beyoncé, Rihanna), with funky bass lines, dance-driven beats, and an energetic chorus that highlights the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-nominated singer’s fiery vocals. The release is the first to come out of Switch’s new record label, Diary Records.While a timeline and title have yet to be announced, Universal Music promised the details on Chaka Khan’s new album “will be announced soon.”Listen to Chaka Khan’s first new song in over a decade below:last_img read more

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John Palfrey to lead MacArthur Foundation

first_img Read Full Story John Palfrey ’94, J.D. ’01, a respected educator, author, legal scholar, and innovator with expertise in how new media is changing learning, education, and other institutions, will serve as the sixth president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, effective Sept. 1, MacArthur Board Chairman Dan Huttenlocher announced March 5. Since 2012, Palfrey has served as head of school for Phillips Academy Andover.Before coming to Phillips Academy, Palfrey served as the Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and vice dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. In that role, he expanded the library’s reach and services, finding innovative ways to use digital technologies to enhance the school’s scholarship and teaching.Palfrey, who also served as faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, is the author or co-author of nine books, most focused on new media and learning, including “Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces: Diversity and Free Expression in Education.” “Born Digital: How Children Grow Up in a Digital Age,” and “BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google.”“I am honored to lead the MacArthur Foundation during such a critical time, when challenges facing people and our planet can seem insurmountable, but the tools of social change are evolving to be even more powerful,” said Palfrey. “I am an optimist, who believes that creativity, rigor, and selective disruption can make outsized social impact possible. I look forward to working with MacArthur’s talented and dedicated Board, staff, and grantees in Chicago, across the nation, and around the world.”In the nonprofit sector, Palfrey was executive director of the Berkman Center from 2002 to 2008, when it received MacArthur support. The organization seeks to explore and understand cyberspace. He was the founding board chair of the Digital Public Library of America, which leverages technology to help ensure that knowledge and information are broadly accessible to all for free. And he served as board chair at LRNG, a nonprofit launched and supported by MacArthur, which aims to help close the equity gap by transforming how young people access and experience learning and connect to the world of work.Since 2014, Palfrey has been board chairman at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which seeks to foster informed and engaged communities with a deep focus on transforming journalism in the digital age. Knight has assets of approximately $2.5 billion and pays out approximately $125 million in grants annually. He joined the Knight Board in 2011.  He served as a judge for the inaugural round of MacArthur’s 100&Change competition, as a member of the confidential MacArthur Fellows Selection Committee, and as a member of the foundation’s Science Advisory Committee.Palfrey holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and an A.B. from Harvard College.Palfrey, 46, is married to Catherine Carter, who teaches at a public elementary school in Cambridge. They have two children and a golden retriever. The family will move to Chicago this summer.Additional information is available at www.macfound.org.last_img read more

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VxRail: Driving the Future of HCI at the Edge

first_imgFor customers that have adopted a cloud operating model running our Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail, the recently introduced remote edge cluster support provides consistent cloud operating model across the hybrid cloud, including remote edge locations.Configurations optimized for the edge VxRail continuously expands and optimizes its platform and ecosystem offerings to address a broad range of use cases, vertical markets and modern applications across the core, edge and cloud. Highly configurable to meet any workload, VxRail provides customers the flexibility to choose the best platform to meet performance, storage, graphics, IO and cost requirements. The following platforms are ideal for edge locations:VxRail E Series is a low-profile, cost-effective platform for core to edge deployments. It comes with a choice of Intel Xeon Scalable or AMD EPYC processors and optional NVIDIA GPUs. The E Series is ideal for remote or branch office locations where space is at a premium.VxRail D Series is a ruggedized, short-depth platform for workloads at the edge, in extreme environments and space-constrained areas. The D Series models are MIL-STD certified and designed to be temperature resilient, shock resistant and portable.<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Simple, flexible consumption optionsAs always, Dell Technologies aims to simplify the purchasing experience with a breadth of consumption models and financing options. With the introduction of instance-based configurations for DTCP (VCF on VxRail), we’ve simplified the way customers size and order on-premises and edge cloud resources. Customers can now subscribe to instances designed for their workloads in a few clicks through Dell Technologies Cloud Console—and get it deployed in as few as 14 days. This enables customers to focus on innovation instead of infrastructure procurement.Learn more and have fun at Dell Technologies World experienceSpeaking of “edge,” our VxRail sessions at Dell Technologies World this week will have you sitting on the edge of your seat—don’t miss them, or our new VxRail edge video. And we’ve just launched a new game for mobile: Data Center Sim. This game tasks you with managing a data center—you’ll need to balance your budget, staffing, and capacity in order to address the needs of the business and edge out the competition (see what I did there?). It’s a lot of fun– and a great way to experience the real-life benefits of VxRail. You can download it by searching “Data Center Sim” in your app store of choice.In summary, while we have a number of customers utilizing VxRail at the edge today – from large retail and home improvement chains to global logistics organizations and financial institutions – our continuous innovation in driving operational efficiency at scale and our broad range of platform configuration and consumption options enable customers to optimize edge clusters for their workload requirements while addressing space and power constraints… so more and more customers can rely on VxRail to drive the future of HCI at the edge.¹Source: IDC — 2019²2020 Edge Study Commissioned by Dell Technologies³ IDC Business Value Snapshot sponsored by Dell Technologies and Intel: The Business Value of Dell EMC VxRail and VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail, October 2020. Actual results may vary. Enabling business at the edge is a key theme at Dell Technologies World this year. For organizations that need to extract value from their data at the edge, Dell Technologies offers unrivaled choice in edge solutions built on industry leading technologies, services, and consumption models while seamlessly integrating with your public and private clouds.Exponential growth at the EdgeJust as with “cloud” in the early days, many people have different definitions for “the edge.” From the perspective of Dell Technologies, the edge exists wherever the digital world and physical world intersect, and data is securely collected, generated and analyzed to create new value. Really, our focus is on helping customers realize that business value, which will become increasingly critical as more business moves out to the edge. IDC predicts there will be an 800%¹ increase in the number of applications at the edge, creating vast amounts of data, and our own Dell Technologies sponsored study shows that 55% of all of that data will need to also be analyzed at the edge.²This drives a need for greater compute, denser storage and perhaps most importantly, operational simplicity, that hyperconverged infrastructure – and in particular VxRail – is uniquely positioned to address.Game changer: VxRail extends automation to the Edge – at scaleThe rapid evolution of business at the edge will demand the agility, operational simplicity and flexibility that VxRail provides for customers to optimize business value. VxRail – the only jointly integrated HCI system with VMware – delivers a curated, turnkey experience, including our HCI System Software that enables automated, full stack lifecycle management. The benefits are clear in a newly published IDC Business Value snapshot which found VxRail customers have 72% lower operational costs due to less IT staff time, lost productivity, and unplanned downtime.³“The rapid evolution of business at the edge will demand the agility, operational simplicity and flexibility that VxRail provides for customers to optimize business value.ShareWe have now extended this automation to the edge and at scale. Whether customers are deploying standard VxRail clusters across the edge or have implemented VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail and are extending the cloud operating model to remote clusters, here are two new ways to extend the value of utilizing VxRail at the edge:Our unique VxRail HCI System Software with new SaaS active multi-cluster management ensures clusters in remote locations are in a continuous validated state. It automatically determines which components need to be upgraded and then can automatically execute full stack upgrades on each individual cluster, further automating the LCM process. Imagine the operational efficiencies when there are tens or hundreds of sites.last_img read more

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Two Australia states push ahead with green energy purchases

first_imgTwo Australia states push ahead with green energy purchases FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Australia’s Victoria state on Tuesday agreed to back six new wind and solar farms to help meet a target of getting 25 percent of its power from renewables by 2020, just weeks after a year-long attempt at crafting a national energy policy collapsed.The announcement came the same week as South Australia, the state most reliant on wind and solar energy, said it would invest A$100 million ($71 million) to help households buy battery storage from Germany’s sonnen, which will link the batteries into a “virtual power plant”.The two states are forging ahead on their renewable energy programs, providing some certainty to investors who have been asking the federal government for stability in the national energy policy after more than a decade of turmoil.The conservative federal government last month scrapped its National Energy Guarantee (NEG) plan – which aimed to make the grid more reliable, cut emissions and lower prices – yielding to pressure from politicians wanting more coal-fired power.The Australian Industry Group, which had been pressing the for a national policy rather than uncoordinated state policies which have led to power outages on the grid, said the new generation in Victoria will help energy users. “With national uncertainty inhibiting needed investment, even second-best options are frankly welcome,” Australia Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said in a statement.Victoria sought bids last November for 650 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy last November, but attracted so much interest that on Tuesday it chose projects that will deliver 928 MW of capacity at a combined cost of A$1.16 billion. The wind and solar farms will generate about 6 percent of the state’s power.More: Australia states power ahead with renewables after national policy collapseslast_img read more

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Pentagon to resume mandatory anthrax shots for some

first_img “It is clear nobody likes getting shots if they don’t have to,” Winkenwerder said, as quoted in an Oct 17 Los Angeles Times story. “We have been sending a signal that it is not as important as we believe it is.” In January 2005, the FDA granted a Pentagon request for emergency authority to restart the vaccination program, but said the shots had to be voluntary. DoD has been giving the shots on a voluntary basis since April 2005. Dec 19, 2005 CIDRAP News story: “FDA reaffirms worth of DoD anthrax vaccine” Zaid said, according to the AP, that he would file a new lawsuit “as soon as needles start going into arms.” Oct 16 DoD news releasehttp://www.defenselink.mil/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=10083 Under the voluntary policy, about 50% of the affected service members have accepted anthrax vaccination, Winkenwerder reported in the DoD news release. He commented, “This rate of vaccination not only put the service members at risk, but also jeopardized unit effectiveness and degraded medical readiness.” In December 2005, the FDA completed a final investigation of the vaccine and reaffirmed its earlier finding that it was safe and effective. An Oct 16 Department of Defense (DoD) news release said that “military personnel, emergency-essential DoD civilians, and contractors” in those areas will be required to receive the vaccine. The program also will include units involved in “homeland bioterrorism defense,” the statement said. The mandatory vaccination program has been the subject of a long legal battle. Soldiers concerned about the vaccine’s side effects sued to stop the program several years ago, arguing that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had never specifically approved the vaccine for preventing inhalational anthrax. In December 2003 a federal judge in Washington, DC, ordered the program stopped. Winkenwerder said “several hundreds of thousands” of troops will receive the vaccine, according to an Oct 17 United Press International story. The story said that about 140,000 troops are stationed in Iraq, 30,000 in Korea, and tens of thousands in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and other Middle Eastern countries. An Oct 17 Reuters report put the number of troops in Afghanistan at 21,000. Another vaccine critic is the National Vaccine Information Center, a nonprofit advocacy group. Its president, Barbara Loe Fisher, told the AP, “The [DoD] has a moral duty to fully disclose anthrax vaccine risks, as well as benefits, to soldiers and allow them to make an informed, voluntary vaccination decision.”center_img “This is a vaccine that is unproven, unnecessary and has the potential to jeopardize the health of a service member where little benefit will be derived,” said Mark S. Zaid, an attorney who first challenged the vaccination program, as quoted by the Associated Press (AP) yesterday. “It’s always been a public relations program and nothing more,” he added. The announcement of the program’s resumption is generating renewed resistance. The FDA quickly responded with an affirmation that the vaccine was safe and effective for all forms of anthrax disease, and the judge then lifted his injunction. But in October 2004 he stopped the program again, ruling that the FDA had not followed proper procedures in issuing the new approval. “The vaccine has been thoroughly reviewed by several independent outside groups” and the FDA, Winkenwerder said in the Times story. “In all the studies we have performed, looking very, very thoroughly at the vaccine, there is no increase in mortality, there is no increase in morbidity, there is no increase in hospitalizations.” “The anthrax vaccine will protect our troops from another threat—a disease that will kill, caused by a bacteria that already has been used as a weapon in America, and that terrorists openly discuss,” said Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, in the DoD release. Critics of the program have said the vaccine—Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed—can cause problems like infertility and autoimmune disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and lupus, according to the Los Angeles Times story. The article also said some soldiers died after being vaccinated, but the Pentagon said that no causal link to the vaccine was established. Oct 19, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Pentagon announced this week that it will resume, after a 2-year hiatus, mandatory anthrax vaccination for troops and other personnel stationed in the Middle East and South Korea. See also: The mandatory vaccination program should restart in 30 to 60 days, according to the DoD release.last_img read more

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NU, Muhammadiyah call for postponement of regional elections over COVID-19 concerns

first_imgRead also: Group files lawsuit demanding KPU, Bawaslu postpone Medan elections“For the sake of the nation’s safety and proper implementation [of the regional elections], the KPU should postpone the 2020 elections until the situation has improved.”Muhammadiyah also urged members of the public to practice discipline and abide by the government’s COVID-19 protocols, as well as to refrain from producing and/or disseminating false information regarding the current state of affairs so as to prevent any conflicts.“We urge every member of Muhammadiyah to comply with the central board’s instructions in regard to religious, social and education affairs, as well as other public activities,” the organization said.The two prominent Muslim organizations also advised the public against participating in Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) earlier this year over COVID-19 concerns.It was previously reported that the government was set to draft a regulation to restrict mass gatherings during the upcoming regional elections in an effort to prevent COVID-19 transmission.Home Minister Tito Karnavian said he would propose either a revision to the existing KPU regulation or a specific government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) for the matter.Tito emphasized that COVID-19 health protocols had to be enforced not only on voting day but at all stages of the electoral process, including during campaign events. Indonesia’s largest Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, have urged the government to consider delaying the upcoming regional elections amid heightened concerns over the COVID-19 crisis.As reported on NU’s official website, the organization has called on the General Elections Commission (KPU), the government and the House of Representatives to postpone the major political event, set to take place on Dec. 9, until the health crisis has abated.“Crowds are inevitable, regardless of stricter health protocols,” the organization said in a statement on Sunday. Topics :center_img Furthermore, NU said postponement was a sensible call considering the public’s penchant for festive mass campaigns ahead of the elections, which would only increase the risk of coronavirus contagion among the public.“NU suggests that the government reallocate the elections budget to the [mitigation] of the health crisis and its real social impact on society,” the statement read.Similarly, Muhammadiyah said in a statement on Monday that public health and safety should remain the top priority during the present emergency, given that coronavirus cases had continued to mount across the country.“Regarding the 2020 elections, the central board of Muhammadiyah calls on the KPU to specifically reconsider […] the elections and campaign rules that entail the gathering of many people,” the statement, signed by chairperson Haedar Nashir and general secretary Abdul Mu’ti read, emphasizing that the KPU should coordinate with the Home Ministry, the House and other related departments regarding the issue.last_img read more

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Gabriel Martinelli names the Arsenal youngster who has Brazilian qualities

first_img Comment Joe Willock has scored four goals in 15 appearances for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)‘He has personality, he doesn’t keep his head down, he always drives forward. He takes the ball and tries to dribble one player, then another.‘He doesn’t hide away in games. He’s always searching for the best options. I think his style is similar to the Brazilian way.’Martinelli’s adaptation process has undoubtedly been made all the easier for the presence of David Luiz, his fellow Brazilian who joined the north London club from Chelsea on transfer deadline day.‘I began admiring him for his work, mentality, his football, and his desire to learn every day,’ Luiz said when asked for his first impressions of his new teammate.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I’ve had the chance to meet many players, many young talents from several different countries, and Gabi has something different.‘If he keeps it up, he will experience great things in football. I think that is what has surprised me so far.‘I met his parents, it’s not a coincidence that he has been successful. His upbringing had education, purpose, and it’s a great pleasure to be here with Gabriel.‘He welcomed me here, he was here before me. We try to have the best possible relationship, we help each other out.’Should Martinelli start against Southampton?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Lee Dixon tells Arsenal players to confront Unai Emery over his baffling tacticsMORE: Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker eager to work with Mikel Arteta again as Unai Emery sack rumours mount Gabriel Martinelli has made a stunning start to his Arsenal career (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s emerging star Gabriel Martinelli has hailed fellow youngster Joe Willock and believes he possesses many Brazilian qualities.The form of the summer signing from Ituano, who has scored seven goals in nine appearances, has represented one of the more encouraging aspects of a disappointing season so far for Unai Emery’s side.The 18-year-old was the least heralded of the five signings the club made during the close season but he has made a significant impact and is pressing for a regular first team place having left the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United kicking themselves for not buying him when they had the opportunity.AdvertisementAdvertisementWillock has also caught the eye this term, enhancing his reputation as an all-action goalscoring midfielder and Martinelli has been impressed with the England Under-21 international.ADVERTISEMENT‘I think Joe Willock [has the most Brazilian style],’ Martinelli said in an exclusive Q&A on Arsenal’s Facebook page. Gabriel Martinelli names the Arsenal youngster who has Brazilian qualities Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 20 Nov 2019 1:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.3kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Saint-Nazaire Offshore Wind Project Launch Set for Friday

first_imgFrance’s minister for ecological transition, François de Rugy, will launch the 480MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind project in Saint-Nazaire on Friday, 14 June.Minister de Rugy will launch the project at GE’s Montoir de Bretagne factory accompanied by Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of EDF Group, and Hugh Bailey, General Manager of GE France.As reported last week, the Conseil d’Etat dismissed the appeal against the operating permit for the wind farm, allowing EDF Renewables, a subsidiary of EDF Group, and Enbridge to move forward with securing the financing and reaching the final investment decision on the project.The wind farm will feature 80 Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines manufactured in France and installed some 12 kilometres offshore the Loire-Atlantique. The commissioning of the wind farm is planned for 2022.EDF Renewables and Canada’s Enbridge are developing the project through the company Eolien Maritime France (EMF). EMF also won the competitive bidding for the Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fécamp offshore wind projects with a combined capacity of almost 1GW.last_img read more

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South Dearborn Schools address enrollment decline

first_imgAURORA, Ind. – South Dearborn Community School Corporation is looking for ways to combat declining funding and enrollment.A meeting was held last week among school officials, a special committee and school board members. Discussion was primarily focused on declining enrollment numbers the corporation is facing, the Dearborn County Register reports.Retired Jac-Cen-Del superintendent Steve Gookins told attendees that declining enrollment is a trend around the area. With exception to Batesville, Greensburg and Lawrenceburg all the schools near South Dearborn are dealing with student losses.Gookins analyzed several aspects including corporation boundaries, free and reduced lunch recipients, student transfers and state funding.South Dearborn Superintendent Dr. John Merle reassured that there are no current plans to close a school. Another committee meeting is scheduled for late January. The corporation is asking for community input on the issue.last_img read more

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Senator Leising talks about helping kids with

first_imgIndianapolis, in. — This session, the General Assembly took big steps to help students with dyslexia.Students who have dyslexia and related conditions struggle to identify and match letter sounds with letters, have difficulty with phonics and struggle to read. It affects reading, writing, spelling and comprehension.Without aid, these children can struggle in school and fall behind in the classroom, potentially risking the chance of a successful future.Diagnosing dyslexia can be difficult, as poor reading and writing skills are frequently mistaken for other disabilities. Sometimes teachers are unable to identify and distinguish dyslexia, which results in dyslexic students being placed in remedial classes instead of getting intervention that can help them cope with their dyslexia.To assist our students with dyslexia and help teachers better identify the disorder, lawmakers passed Senate Enrolled Act 217 this year, which was recently ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb.SEA 217 requires school corporation and charter school reading plans to include indicators to screen for dyslexia risk factors. If a student is determined to be at risk for dyslexia, the school will administer a simple dyslexia screening test, which will identify whether the student needs to be referred for further testing and/or a diagnosis.Each school corporation and charter school is also required to employ at least one authorized reading specialist trained in dyslexia, no later than the 2019-20 school year, and the Department of Education is required to employ at least one reading specialist trained in dyslexia.Click here to watch a brief video explaining our efforts to help students with dyslexia.last_img read more

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