[Photo: Dave Vann] The annual Dominican Holidaze celebration continues on this week, taking over the Breathless Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Given the nature of the destination getaway, Dominican Holidaze has already hosted a number of special moments and sit-ins, including members of The Motet teaming with both The Disco Biscuits and TAUK on Saturday night.PHOTOS: The Motet Members Join Both Disco Biscuits & Tauk On Dominican Holidaze Day 2Last night, the collaborations kept on unfolding, with Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss joining the Disco Biscuits on a cover of Prince’s “Controversy”. The cover of the title track of Prince’s 1981 album came during the Biscuits’ first set of the night, in the middle of a “Sweating Bullets” sandwich coming out of set-openers “The Very Moon” and “Voices Insane”.You can check out video of this stacked “Controversy” cover below, courtesy of The Disco Biscuits’ Facebook page.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/3/2017Set I: The Very Moon-> Voices Insane-> Sweating Bullets-> Controversy (Prince; with Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee)-> Sweating Bullets, And the Ladies Were the Rest of the NightSet II: Morph Dusseldorf-> Basis for a Day-> Catalyst-> I Feel Love-> Orch Theme-> Basis for a Day“Controversy” with Brendan Bayliss
Sally Martin has taken courses in dance, literature, and science as a student at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement (HILR). But a computer science class? Martin was dubious about that.“Truthfully, I asked my son if he thought I’d like it,” she revealed. “And he told me it looked like fun.”Martin was one of a large group of HILR students who took a seat in a computer lab Tuesday (Aug. 31) to learn Scratch, a basic programming tool created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that allows users to produce interactive stories, animations, games, music, art, and more.Teaching Scratch was a group of teaching fellows and course assistants from CS50: “Introduction to Computer Science I,” a popular Harvard course taught by David Malan, a lecturer on computer science.“CS50 historically starts each year with a training week for its teaching fellows and course assistants, and though we both discuss and practice teaching during that week, we decided to create as real-world an experience as we could for the team, so that their pre-term teaching wasn’t wholly simulated but, rather, very much real,” said Malan.“As luck would have it, in the HILR we have a wonderfully enthusiastic student body, many of whom haven’t yet tried their hand at programming. And so we thought we’d bring the groups together for the day to teach and learn together.”The class teaches a fundamental understanding of computer science and culminates in a presentation of the students’ original work.“Scratch imitates a programming language with these puzzle pieces you put together instead of dealing with syntax,” said teacher Ana Roda ’12. “You can do lots of fun little things with it.”HILR student Betty W. Stone hoped to do just that. “I’m teaching a course on Bauhaus at HILR this semester, so I thought I’d learn Scratch so the students could use it to draw with and really see what the artists were up to,” she said.Scratch begins with an avatar called a sprite, which is by default an orange cat. Users can paint their own unique sprites or pick from a template of characters.“With these commands, you can make the sprite move, give it dialogue, make sounds,” Robert Nishihara ’13 explained to his HILR partner, Rita Colella. Together, they dragged a series of basic commands that resulted in the sprite moving forward 10 steps and uttering, “Hmmm….”“Oh, there it goes,” laughed Colella. “What else can I do with this?”Victoria Jones took to Scratch right away. First, she made her own sprite, “Devil Cat,” called so because of its red horns. Then, she programmed it to ask her how she was doing. Jones’ response? “I’m hot!” Indeed, it was warm in the upstairs computer lab.Her teacher, Punit Shah ’12, immediately sensed her potential. “Now we can teach it to make a decision based on what you’ve just said,” he suggested.“I’m making a storyline here!” she said, and with that drew two new sprites, the orange cat in a flattering teal swimsuit, with sunglasses, and another in a gray winter coat.“Now we’re ready to write the program,” said Shah.Using tools she’d learned in under an hour, Jones programmed her sprite to switch costumes, depending on the season.Jones, a former documentary producer who continues to do freelance work, was working for the Obama campaign when someone recommended she check out the HILR and its lifelong educational offerings.“Just like anything else that isn’t used, your mind rusts,” Jones said. “Just like you exercise your body, you have to exercise your spirit, your mind. You never stop. You never stop.”
Moving to an 18-month examination cycle would require significant technological improvements, the National Credit Union Administration told the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA) last week. Larry Fazio, director of the NCUA’s Office of Examination and Insurance, responded to CCUA President/CEO Paul Gentile’s August recommendation that the NCUA move to an 18-month exam cycle.Fazio said the agency’s Automated Integrated Regulatory Examination System (AIRES) would need to be updated in order for the agency to better use data to analyze trends without being on-site at a credit union.“The platform AIRES is built on is at the end of its life cycle. Therefore, NCUA must invest in updating this platform to maintain its functionality, and for the past year has been identifying the requirements and specifications to achieve this,” Fazio wrote. “In updating AIRES, we can leverage new technology and techniques to make the exam process more efficient and effective. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Advertisement Koscielny played on despite a nasty injury (Picture: Getty)Laurent Koscielny played on against Manchester United despite sustaining a three-inch gash in the final part Arsenal’s victory at the Emirates.The Arsenal captain went down injured in the second half and needed treatment before returning to action.Club officials claim Koscielny suffered a nasty three-inch cut that needed to be clamped while he was on the pitch.Club officials say Koscielny played with a three-inch gash in his leg for the final part of the game, which got clamped together on the pitch when he was down for treatment.— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) March 10, 2019 Laurent Koscielny played final part of victory over Manchester United with nasty gash on leg Advertisement Comment Koscielny had a cut clamped (Picture: Getty)Arsenal bounced back from a disastrous defeat to Rennes in the Europa League last Thursday and Emery praised his players after the result.‘They (United) were in a good moment after one result against PSG but we had a big performance and we are in a good moment in the Premier League,’ Emery said.‘To take three points and get a good position for our target is very good and I’m happy for the players.‘We can use different systems and different players and today we changed the system, after two matches away.‘For us it is very important that every supporter helps like they did today.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Arsenal saw off United 2-0 at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)‘Being competitive like today for 90 minutes can give us a stronger mentality.‘We are going to think of the next Premier League match, against Newcastle here but that is in three weeks and now our focus is the Europa League on Thursday.‘That is a very important match after what happened away [losing 3-1 to Rennes in the first leg].‘I hope a lot of supporters come here and make the stadium full to create this atmosphere.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves ADVERTISEMENTKoscielny’s commitment was indicative of a powerful display from Arsenal, who kept United at bay to move ahead of the Red Devils into fourth place in the Premier League.Arsenal became the first side to beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the league since the United caretaker manager took over in November.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnai Emery’s side is now in the driving seat in the race for top four with just eight games left to play. Coral BarrySunday 10 Mar 2019 8:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, UK National Association of Pension Funds, Pensions Infrastructure Platform, Kames CapitalDeutsche Asset & Wealth Management – Astrid Manroth has been appointed managing director and head of Environment and Social Capital within the Sustainable Investments platform of Alternatives and Real Assets in Europe. Based in Frankfurt, she joins from the World Bank, where she has held a number of senior roles over the last 11 years. Before then, she spent six years at JP Morgan in London as head of the Credit Rating Advisory in the Emerging Markets Debt Capital Markets group.UK National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) – Mike Weston has been appointed chief executive of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP), shortly after his departure from the £2bn (£2.5bn) Daily Mail General Trust (DMGT). In his role at the PIP, Weston will be responsible for developing an investment programme, building an internal team and increasing the fund’s investor base to help reach the target size of £2bn.Kames Capital – Adrian Hull has joined the fixed income team as a product specialist. He joins from Mizuho International, where he was head of sterling trading and sales. Before then, he was at Nomura International in a similar role, and was previously head of UK sales at ABN Amro Bank.
Oxford University has announced measures to strengthen its fossil fuel investment policy but stopped short of full divestment.The measures follow a review in response to students’ calls to divest from the fossil fuel industry.Council, the university’s governing body, said it consulted on the issue and concluded that robust mechanisms were already in place to ensure environmental factors were considered when investment decisions were made.It said there were thorough screening and due diligence processes designed to select investments that produced long-term high returns but also avoided high social and environmental risks. But it has now called for the level of engagement and public reporting on these issues to be strengthened, given the importance of carbon emissions and climate change.The university’s £2bn (€2.7bn) in endowment funds are run by Oxford University Endowment Management (OUEM) on behalf of the university itself and collegiate investors.OUEM is a member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.Council has asked OUEM to continue to:Avoid direct investments in coal and oil sands companies, of which it currently has none, and also avoid investment in sectors with high social and environmental risksInclude a range of other energy investments with the Oxford Funds, where financially prudent. The council’s investment committee, which sets policy for OUEM, will report annually on OUEM’s voting decisions and engagement with fund managers across all sectorsImprove reporting and communicating on its investment strategy, including in its annual report and on its website. This will include publishing a full breakdown of sector exposures, including the energy sectorThe university’s policy on socially responsible investment states that it is committed to ensuring its investment decisions, including those taken on its behalf, take into account social, environmental and political issues to maintain its ethical standards.However, there is little detail on specific investment criteria.But the university has revealed that the Oxford Funds hold no direct investments in coal and sand, nor do they have any direct investments in the energy sector.As at 31 December 2014, the Oxford Endowment Fund – the permanent endowment segment of the Oxford Funds – stood at £1.7bn, with around 3% in the wider energy sector, more than half of this in exploration and extraction.Professor Andrew Hamilton, vice-chancellor at Oxford University, said: “Our investment managers take a long-term view and take into account global risks, including climate change, when considering what investments to make.“The university believes that approach to be the right one, and today’s decision reinforces it by encouraging greater engagement and reporting on this crucial issue to the environment and all of society.”While campaigners against fossil fuel investing welcomed the move, some pointed out that the decision only applies to directly owned shares and does not commit the university to divesting from all fossil fuels. Meanwhile, as part of the regular review of its policy on investment responsibility, Cambridge University has established a working group to explore the university’s position in the light of developments in the understanding of the integration of environmental, social and governance aspects in investment decisions.
Scheme recovery periods had already been extended from three to five years, he said, while the definition of cost-covering contributions had been stretched. The Dutch capital-funded pensions system must be adapted to cope with a low interest rate environment, according to Klaas Knot, president of financial regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).In a discussion with parliament about the effects of the ECB’s quantitative easing policy on the Netherlands’ pension funds and economy, he said that adjustments should have been made 10 years ago.“We must accept that interest rates will be low or even negative for a very significant period,” he told MPs. “As the adjustments have failed to materialise, the now looming rights cuts will hamper the transition to a new pensions system, which is still necessary.”Knot continued that, in his opinion, postponing the required reductions to pension payments and accrued benefits would be a bad idea “as the boundaries for cuts have been stretched continuously”. Klaas Knot, DNB president“Sometimes, relaxing the rules, such as allowing pension funds a one-off increase to their risk profile at the introduction of the new financial assessment five years ago, turn out to be counterproductive,” he contended.“At the time, the fear was that pension funds would miss out on the benefits of rising interest rates,” Knot added. “However, schemes that increased their interest rate risk have incurred additional damage.”During the same discussion with parliament, Peter Borgdorff, director of the €217bn healthcare scheme PFZW, explained that his pension fund was facing several rights cuts in the coming years if the current rules remained unchanged.Meanwhile, the Dutch Pensions Federation reiterated its earlier warning that the system faced either a series of cuts or pension contributions increases ranging from 10% to 30%.Alternatively, annual pensions accrual could be reduced from the current tax-facilitated level of 1.875% to 1.3-1.5%, or less, it said.‘Sticking to capital-funded system still sensible’ ‘We should refrain from changing the rules every time they become uncomfortable’ – Kees GoudswaardElsewhere, Kees Goudswaard, the former chair of the Social and Economic Council’s select committee for the future of the pensions system – now abolished – stood up for the capital-funded concept.Despite looming rights cuts at many schemes as a consequence of low interest rates and disappointing returns, a capital-funded system “was still sensible”, he said.Speaking at a conference in Utrecht on Tuesday, he pointed out that the future of an alternative pay-as-you-go system did not look good, as returns were being eroded by a shrinking working population and declining labour productivity.“Although both interest rates and returns in the current capital-funded system are under pressure, they are still positive,” he said.“Moreover, the fact still is that the amount of paid-in contributions triple over time,” added Goudswaard, a professor of economics at Leiden University, who has been involved in pensions reform research for 10 years.A solid comparison between the two systems would take a long time, he said, adding that the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis would investigate the issue.Goudswaard, however, also noted that low interest rates would reduce the costs of the planned transfer from the current average pensions accrual to a degressive accrual system, as part of the Netherlands’ planned pension reform.Total costs of compensating affected older workers – initially estimated at up to €100bn, depending on the degree of compensation – had decreased to less than €55bn, he said.He added that degressive pensions accrual would also offer more opportunities for tailored pensions, including combining pensions accrual with paying off a mortgage.The professor supported Knot’s view on rights cuts at pension funds.“We should refrain from changing the rules every time they start to become uncomfortable,” he argued.
A collection of MRE code repositories, the MRE Code Hub is designed to host open-source software tools developed by the national laboratories, as well as the broader MRE community. A set of toolboxes with functions to supplement existing software languages, as well as public repositories, MHKiT Matlab/Python fills an important gap, offering the data processing and visualization toolboxes that might otherwise be unavailable to the wider MRE community. The MHKiT software offers these tech trailblazers three diverse types of tools: A Better Bottom Line Pinpointing Needs, Gaps in MRE Measurement and Testing Specifically, PRIMRE serves as a clearinghouse for information on engineering and technologies, resource characterization, device performance, and environmental effects of MRE projects. The MHKiT team is continuing to fine-tune and improve this innovative software suite, “developing tools to standardize data formats and process data in near real-time, which will enable developers to easily set up a standardized data processing pipeline,” Fao said. And not only is MHKiT improving by the day, but you can help, too! Essential to the development of new technologies are the tools and software required to model and validate them. MHKiT is helping to fill this need in the MRE industry. It features U.S. Department of Energy-developed codes for data acquisition, data processing and visualization, simulation, and modeling, as well as resource analysis. And because it mirrors other Git-based software sites, the code hub serves as a one-stop shop for finding a wide range of open-source MRE software tools. The marine renewable energy (MRE) community is stepping it up several notches thanks to recently launched open-source software called the Marine and Hydrokinetic Toolkit (MHKiT). PRIMRE Code CatalogMRE Code HubMHKiT Matlab/Python. It Takes a Village…To Test a Toolkit “MHKiT reduces project cost and timelines by providing the data processing tools developers and researchers would otherwise have to develop themselves,” Fao said. Tools in the Box The repository allows innovators to build on past successes to advance the adoption of future MRE technologies. Ultimately, improved data collection and processing can pave the way to the marine energy innovations of tomorrow. The software is collaborative, allowing for active community engagement and feedback to further shape its functionality. Automated software and standardized data streamline the entire process as well. MHKiT can also inform on performance, design optimization, and other key aspects of the technological development of marine energy devices. The project convened a workshop of MRE stakeholders in early 2017 to discuss the instrumentation and data processing needs of the industry. The workshop was complemented by a literature review to identify gaps in MRE measurement and testing technologies, and the MHKiT framework was a key output of this process. The MHKiT team is actively soliciting feedback, as well as contributors, from those in the broader MRE community. If you have code that may be relevant to the wider MRE community, please submit it for consideration, and your code could be included as part of this open-source tool. In January 2020, NREL launched the first version of MHKiT. A multilab partnership between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratories, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, MHKiT was born out of the Marine Hydrokinetics Performance Measurement and Instrumentation project, a several-years-long U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office project, led by NREL. The PRIMRE Code Catalog is a searchable online software discovery platform and knowledge base. It allows users to perform targeted searches to identify software tools, codes, and other software products they can employ in MRE-related tasks. The code catalog also links to the MRE Code Hub. MHKiT 1.0 boasts several exciting features, services, and tools, including data processing, data visualization, data quality control, resource assessment, and device performance. Offering previously unavailable tools for data processing and handling, the searchable online software discovery platform and knowledge base is currently available on Github, as well as the MHK Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMRE). Geared to render marine and hydrokinetic research and development a breeze, MHKiT supports all modeling, design, and validation activities associated with MHK research and development, including wave, river, and tidal energy converters. “MHKiT provides standardized data processing tools that can be used across the MRE industry for rapid data processing, quality control, visualization, and reporting,” said NREL Researcher Rebecca Fao. The third piece of the MHKiT software is the MHKiT Matlab/Python. NREL has led the development of MHKiT-Matlab, as well as the power quality and loads modules, which will be released later this fiscal year. NREL researchers collaborated with Sandia and PNNL to develop wave, tidal, and river modules, as well.
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Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub Ever6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Loading… He said it strengthened the IOC’s confidence the Games could be organised “with certain safety restrictions” and ensuring the safeguarding of the health of everyone involved. “Human lives take precedence over everything, including the staging of the Games,” Bach wrote. “The IOC wants to be part of the solution. “Therefore we have made it our leading principle to safeguard the health of everyone involved, and to contribute to containing the virus. “I wish, and we all are working for this, that the hope so many athletes, NOCs and IFs from all five continents have expressed will be fulfilled: that at the end of this dark tunnel we are all going through together, not knowing how long it is, the Olympic flame will be a light at the end of this tunnel.” The Olympics are currently scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9. The Paralympic Games will follow from August 25 to September 6. International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons has backed the IOC’s decision, describing the four weeks as a “window of opportunity”. “The next four weeks will provide time to see if the global health situation improves, while giving a window of opportunity to look into different scenarios should the dates of the Games need to be changed,” Parsons said. World Athletics have also expressed their intention to support the IOC to find an alternative. The governing body are due to hold their World Championships in Eugene next August, which could clash with a potentially rescheduled Olympic Games. “World Athletics welcomes discussions with the IOC to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and wrote to the IOC earlier today to relay this feedback from its Area Presidents, Council and athletes. “We stand ready to work with the IOC and all sport on an alternative date.” Support has also come from IOC TOP Sponsor Coca-Cola, with the company’s Head of Global Sponsorships, Ricardo Fort, backing the decision. “The IOC is taking the right steps to proper evaluate their options,” he tweeted. “Whatever decision they make, it will be based on facts (and not on the pressure of any one Federation in any one country, no matter the Federation or the country). The British Olympic Association (BOA) welcomed the statement, but called for the IOC to have rapid decision-making. Read Also:Olympics Amidst Covid-19? Count us out BOA tells IOC “However, we urge rapid decision-making for the sake of the athletes who still face significant uncertainty,” said Sir Hugh Robertson, BOA chairman. “Restrictions have removed the ability of athletes to compete on a level playing field and it simply does not seem appropriate to continue towards the Olympic Games in the current environment.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 An IOC Executive Board meeting took place by teleconference. The four week window is expected to allow the IOC and Tokyo 2020 the chance to study different options regarding a postponement of the Games. The IOC said the scenarios will involve either modifying existing operational plans, which would allow the go ahead on 24 July. Changes to the start date of the Games will also be considered. The time frame provided by the IOC follows mounting pressure from athletes and National Olympic Committees over the fate of the Games, due to the coronavirus pandemic. IOC President Thomas Bach admitted for the first time earlier this week that alternative scenarios were being considered by the organisation. A postponement has now been acknowledged openly for the first time. The IOC repeated that cancellation of the Games “is not on the agenda.” “A decision about a postponement today could not determine a new date for the Olympic Games because of the uncertain developments in both directions: an improvement, as we are seeing in a number of countries thanks to the severe measures being taken or a deteriorating situation in other countries,” Bach said in a letter to athletes. “Contrary to other sports events, to postpone the Olympic Games is an extremely complex challenge. “A number of critical venues needed for the Games could potentially not be available anymore. “The situations with millions of nights already booked in hotels is extremely difficult to handle, and the international sports calendar for at least 33 Olympic sports would have to be adapted. “These are just a few of many, many more challenges. “Therefore, further the study of different scenarios, it would need the full commitment and cooperation of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Japanese authorities, and of all the International Federations (IFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and all stakeholders of the Olympic Games. “It is in light of the worldwide deteriorating situation, and in the spirit of our shared commitment to the Olympic Games, that the IOC Executive Board has today initiated the next step in our scenarios. “Together with all the stakeholders, we have started detailed discussions today to complete our assessment of the rapid development of the worldwide health situation and its impact on the Olympic Games, including a scenario of postponement. “We are working very hard, and we are confident that we will have finalised these discussions within the next four weeks.” Bach claimed there had been “significant improvements” in Japan regarding the coronavirus outbreak. A final decision on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be reached in four weeks by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with the postponement of the Games set to be assessed.