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Court rules against city of Hoboken regarding Monarch waterfront development; says…

first_imgHOBOKEN – Mayor Dawn Zimmer said this week that the city will continue its litigation over the Monarch development proposal for the city’s northeastern waterfront. The Monarch residential development was proposed by Shipyard Associates, a longtime Hoboken developer who’s already built the luxury Shipyard project on the waterfront.On Aug. 2, the Superior Court of NJ Appellate Division ruled in favor of Shipyard, approving their plan. The ruling followed past decisions in favor of the project.Zimmer said on Thursday, “Despite this setback, I am directing our legal team to continue the legal battle by requesting certification from the Supreme Court to hear this matter,” stated Zimmer in an email to the public.The court said that the city waited too long to sue, and complained that in general, “local governments should not give developers the runaround.”More specifically, the court stated, “The two principal statutes on which our decision rests… represent the Legislature’s considered policy judgment that land use applications should be heard promptly and local governments should not give developers the runaround…In this case, implementing those two statutes requires automatic approval of Shipyard’s application.”The developers of the project want to build two 11-story towers near Sinatra Drive and Shipyard Lane, with 78 residential units. The city, the Fund for a Better Waterfront, and the Tea Building Condo Association are involved in litigation to hold the development to a 1997 plan that included three tennis courts and a tennis pavilion on the North Pier.According to the court, the plan changes were automatically approved after the Planning Board failed to hear the developers’ application and come to a decision in a timely manner.“If there is a lesson to be learned from this case, it is that the rule of law is paramount and cannot be sidestepped to avoid deciding unpopular land use applications,” the court added. “As here, failure to follow the law may insure the success of an application that local objectors vigorously oppose… [The] Planning Board was obligated to hear Shipyard’s application, no matter how controversial it was…But, because the Planning Board yielded to public pressure, and refused to hear Shipyard’s application, the result is automatic approval of the application.”The court additionally noted that the developers will have to provide a public waterfront walkway, as is part of state law requiring all waterfront developers in Hudson County to contribute a segment of a walkway from Bayonne to the George Washington Bridge.“We are pleased with the New Jersey Appellate Division’s opinion today to uphold previous court decisions and recognize Shipyard Associates, L.P.’s legitimate rights under zoning law to pursue development of The Monarch project in Hoboken,” said Kevin J. Coakley, the developer’s attorney. “Our client looks forward to completing The Shipyard development.” ×last_img read more

Peter’s gets pies into Charlton Athletic

first_imgPeter’s pies will now be enjoyed by football fans visiting Charlton Athletic Football Club, which has started stocking its products.Peter’s Food Services, based in Caerphilly, Wales, already stocks a number of its pies at football grounds across the UK and has also recently launched a new range of premier pies, pasties and sausage rolls. The company spent two years and 100,000 on the new Premier Pie range, which, it said, “has already proven popular”.“Pies and football are synonymous with each other, and after increasing pie sales at other grounds by 33% this year, we are confident of achieving something similar at Charlton through our focused approach to marketing and product experience in stadiums,” said James Osgood, marketing director at Peter’s.Paul Ellison, Charlton AFC food and hospitality manager, commented: “We are very pleased to start a partnership with Peter’s based on great products and service and are looking forward to developing new ways of serving our fans at The Valley.”last_img read more

Press release: Trucker making mobile card payment caught by HGV supercabs

first_img We need to improve road safety – there’s a small minority of drivers whose actions endanger other road users often with tragic consequences. Operation Tramline is an invaluable initiative to help police catch the drivers putting themselves and others at risk. Other footage captured using the cabs in their first year included a van driver who was spotted with no hands on the wheel as he used one hand to change gear and the other to hold his mobile phone. The incident happened as he travelled along the A38 near Derby, even though he pulled into a service station to stop just a few seconds later.Van driver with no hands on wheel on A38The driver of a pick-up truck was also filmed without his hands on the wheel as he travelled along the M60 near Eccles in Greater Manchester. The footage shows the driver with both hands on his phone as he writes a text message.Pick-up truck driver uses both hands for text message on M60Tom Cotton, Road Haulage Association’s head of licencing and infrastructure policy, said: The trucker, who was seen holding his credit card and phone in each hand, was among over 3,000 dangerous drivers filmed by three unmarked HGV ‘supercabs’ in the past year to improve safety on England’s high-speed roads.View the footage below:Trucker uses both hands for credit card payment on M40The cabs, which are funded by Highways England, have travelled thousands of miles since they first took to the road 12 months ago and police offers inside the vehicles have recorded over 3,500 offences.All three cabs are now being used for a week of action on the M1 to improve safety on England’s most used motorway.Highways England’s traffic officers will also be joining forces with the emergency services from today (Monday 13 May) to provide free tyre checks and safety tips to drivers at motorway services by the M1.Richard Leonard, Head of Road Safety at Highways England, said: The three Highways England supercabs patrol motorways and major A roads across England, and have been used by 29 police forces over the past year in a safety initiative known as Operation Tramline.They allow police officers to film evidence of unsafe driving behaviour by pulling up alongside vehicles, and drivers are then pulled over by police cars following a short distance behind.The supercabs have a de-restricted speed limiter which means they can travel at speeds up to the national speed limit, and flashing lights have been installed for use by police forces in an emergency.National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: Hundreds of thousands of drivers use our roads every day and the vast majority are sensible behind the wheel but some are putting themselves and others at risk. We introduced the three new HGV supercabs last year to help keep the roads safe and tackle dangerous driving by people who have either got into bad habits or are simply ignoring the law. The cabs have helped to identify over 3,000 unsafe drivers over the past year, and we hope our week of action on the M1 will encourage everyone to think about what more they could do to improve how they drive. Around one in three of the drivers filmed breaking the law by the supercabs had someone in their vehicle not wearing a seatbelt, despite statistics showing that one in four people killed in car crashes in 2017 were not wearing seatbelts.Drivers illegally using a mobile phone while driving was the second most common offence captured by the cabs, with the latest figures showing that mobile phone use is a factor in one death on the roads every 12 days.The most common offences included: Operation Tramline is a successful collaboration between the police and Highways England. We remain committed to tackling those who take unnecessary risks with their own safety and the safety of others on our roads by allowing themselves to be distracted while driving. The consequences of these actions are often devastating. We will continue to work alongside Highways England on Operation Tramline and will prosecute drivers who ignore the risks. not wearing seatbelt – 1,195 using mobile phone – 1,062 not in proper control of vehicle – 262 speeding – 118 Police officers issued 462 penalty charge notices and filed 2,533 traffic offence reports – usually requiring drivers to attend a driver education course. There were also 73 prosecutions for more serious offences.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

M&S lunch for the Queen

first_imgMarks & Spencer (M&S) has created a picnic hamper containing pork pies for guests attending The Patron’s Lunch in honour of the Queen’s official 90th birthday.Crafted by bakers who have made pork pies since 1824, the Mini Piccalilli snacks form part of a hamper lunch that will be served to 10,000 people in The Mall this Sunday (12 June) as part of the milestone celebrations.Baked in Melton Mowbray, each pie is made with 100% British pork, encased in a hot water crust pastry and finished with a piccalilli and a pastry crown.The exclusive wicker hamper also includes British Windsor Apple Juice, Pembrokeshire Chicken Salad, Scottish Smoked Salmon Mousse, Pimm’s, water, a plate, cutlery set, wine tumbler and napkin that guests can take away.“We’ve worked closely with our farmers and producers to ensure we showcase the very best of British produce at The Patron’s Lunch and we’re looking forward to seeing guests enjoying the picnic on The Mall,” said Sandra Ziles, head of M&S product development.The retailer recently launched an in-store picnic range, inspired by the official Patron’s Lunch Hamper, encompassing sandwiches, pork pies and cupcakes.last_img read more

A line on string theory

first_imgA Harvard theoretical physicist has discussed with scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland the possibility that they may discover a theorized “stau” particle, with a lifetime of a minute or so, that could provide the first experimental confirmation of string theory.String theory, developed in the late 1960s and early ’70s, is a theoretical physicists’ multitool, explaining in one model all four of the universe’s main forces: gravity, electromagnetism, and the two that operate inside atomic nuclei, the strong force and the weak force.Without string theory, physicists need two theories to explain how the universe works. General relativity explains gravity, while the other three basic forces are explained by the “standard model.” Moreover, gravity has been very difficult to reconcile with quantum theory, a problem for which string theory offers a solution.A major problem with string theory, however, is that it has never been confirmed experimentally, which is where Donner Professor of Science Cumrun Vafa and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) come in.Several years of work with graduate student Jonathan Heckman, who graduated in June, and other colleagues, has led Vafa to suggest that a particle whose properties are predicted by string theory may be detectable at the energy levels produced by the LHC.The LHC is the world’s largest particle collider, located in a 16.8-mile-long underground ring that runs from Switzerland under the border into France and back. Once it is fully operational, it should be able to smash beams of protons into each other with an energy of 14 trillion electron volts, seven times more powerful than the current highest-power collider, the Tevatron at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois.After glitches and equipment failures marred the LHC’s start last year, operators are trying again this month. In late October, scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, were celebrating the first particles to enter sectors of the accelerator since it was shut down.Operators expect a gradual ramp-up of activity, first circling beams, then creating low-power collisions, and slowly increasing the collisions’ energy. Vafa isn’t the only Harvard faculty member eagerly anticipating the LHC start-up. Harvard experimental physicists have lent a hand to build ATLAS, one of the two main detectors there. Other theoretical physicists, including Lisa Randall, the Frank Baird Jr. Professor of Science, and Howard Georgi, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, also await the light that the LHC will shed on their work.Most physicists expect the LHC will discover the elusive particle known as “Higgs,” which is the origin of mass for all known particles. One major remaining question is what else the LHC might discover.Vafa traveled to CERN in late October to discuss with teams of scientists at the two main detectors on what else they might see. If the assumptions that he and Heckman make in the context of string theory are valid, Vafa said, the two lightest of the new particles are the gravitino and the stau. The gravitino, however, is so weakly interactive that it is hard to produce directly, Vafa said. A stau particle, however, is easier to produce and should be semi-stable, lasting as long as a minute. And it should leave a signature track — unexplainable by any of the already-observed particles — as it streaks across the LHC’s detectors.“It would be the smoking gun for our stringy models,” Vafa said.While Vafa and Heckman’s work predicts there is a good likelihood of generating a stau particle, there is also a less likely possibility that a semi-stable neutral particle will be generated. If the particle proves neutral, it won’t manifest itself in a way that the LHC’s detectors would see. It could still be found, but indirectly. If the particle is created and escapes the accelerator, it would manifest as missing energy and could be located as scientists tally their experimental results.Vafa and Heckman came up with their stau conclusion by winnowing the many possibilities in string theory. One difficulty of the theory, Vafa said, is its flexibility. String theory has hundreds of variables, which he described as “dials” that physicists can turn up and down to generate innumerable possible universes.While that is interesting to theoreticians, Vafa said, it can also muddy the theoretical search for one universe: ours.Vafa and Heckman devised two constraints that greatly narrowed the possible string universes. First, they assumed that gravity does not have to play a role in the unification of the other three forces. And second, they assumed that one property of string theory, called supersymmetry, is present at the energy levels generated by the LHC.If string theory is correct, our universe is made up not of particles, as has been generally taught, but of tiny vibrating strings. The different vibrations manifest themselves as the familiar particles and forces that students learn about in physics class.In addition to string theory’s ability to encompass gravity and the other forces in one framework, it can also fill a second important theoretical gap in understanding the universe, by explaining all the missing matter.The known constellation of particles under conventional theories — electrons, quarks, neutrinos, and the like — can only account for about a sixth of the matter in the universe. The rest of it is made up of theorized “dark matter,” whose form remains unknown.Dark matter is explained in string theory by the concept of supersymmetry. Supersymmetry, which was first discovered in the context of string theory, holds that for each known particle there is a corresponding particle of different spin. At the time of the big bang, the theory says, the paired particles had similar properties such as mass and charge, but as the universe cooled off, the symmetry got broken. Now, according to the theory, in our broken-symmetry universe, the supersymmetric particles have much higher masses than their known partners. This higher mass also would explain why scientists haven’t seen them yet, since particle colliders must generate more energy than they have been able to do to create them. In the stringy models of Vafa and Heckman, the gravitino, which is predicted to be about 100 times more massive than the electron, comprises the bulk of the dark matter.With the start-up of the LHC, Vafa said, science may be on the threshold of energies needed to create new supersymmetric particles, and of gaining a new understanding of the universe.“I think it’s probably the most exciting experiment we’ll see in our lifetimes,” Vafa said of the LHC. “We’ll be excited by whatever they find — whether or not they confirm our predictions — because it’s the truth of nature, and it will teach us about the fundamental ways nature works.”A Harvard theoretical physicist has discussed with scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland the possibility that they may discover a theorized “stau” particle, with a lifetime of a minute or so, that could provide the first experimental confirmation of string theory. A Harvard theoretical physicist has discussed with scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland the possibility that they may discover a theorized “stau” particle, with a lifetime of a minute or so, that could provide the first experimental confirmation of string theory.String theory, developed in the late 1960s and early ’70s, is a theoretical physicists’ multitool, explaining in one model all four of the universe’s main forces: gravity, electromagnetism, and the two that operate inside atomic nuclei, the strong force and the weak force.Without string theory, physicists need two theories to explain how the universe works. General relativity explains gravity, while the other three basic forces are explained by the “standard model.” Moreover, gravity has been very difficult to reconcile with quantum theory, a problem for which string theory offers a solution.A major problem with string theory, however, is that it has never been confirmed experimentally, which is where Donner Professor of Science Cumrun Vafa and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) come in.Several years of work with graduate student Jonathan Heckman, who graduated in June, and other colleagues, has led Vafa to suggest that a particle whose properties are predicted by string theory may be detectable at the energy levels produced by the LHC.The LHC is the world’s largest particle collider, located in a 16.8-mile-long underground ring that runs from Switzerland under the border into France and back. Once it is fully operational, it should be able to smash beams of protons into each other with an energy of 14 trillion electron volts, seven times more powerful than the current highest-power collider, the Tevatron at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois.After glitches and equipment failures marred the LHC’s start last year, operators are trying again this month. In late October, scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, were celebrating the first particles to enter sectors of the accelerator since it was shut down.Operators expect a gradual ramp-up of activity, first circling beams, then creating low-power collisions, and slowly increasing the collisions’ energy. Vafa isn’t the only Harvard faculty member eagerly anticipating the LHC start-up. Harvard experimental physicists have lent a hand to build ATLAS, one of the two main detectors there. Other theoretical physicists, including Lisa Randall, the Frank Baird Jr. Professor of Science, and Howard Georgi, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, also await the light that the LHC will shed on their work.Most physicists expect the LHC will discover the elusive particle known as “Higgs,” which is the origin of mass for all known particles. One major remaining question is what else the LHC might discover.Vafa traveled to CERN in late October to discuss with teams of scientists at the two main detectors on what else they might see. If the assumptions that he and Heckman make in the context of string theory are valid, Vafa said, the two lightest of the new particles are the gravitino and the stau. The gravitino, however, is so weakly interactive that it is hard to produce directly, Vafa said. A stau particle, however, is easier to produce and should be semi-stable, lasting as long as a minute. And it should leave a signature track — unexplainable by any of the already-observed particles — as it streaks across the LHC’s detectors.“It would be the smoking gun for our stringy models,” Vafa said.While Vafa and Heckman’s work predicts there is a good likelihood of generating a stau particle, there is also a less likely possibility that a semi-stable neutral particle will be generated. If the particle proves neutral, it won’t manifest itself in a way that the LHC’s detectors would see. It could still be found, but indirectly. If the particle is created and escapes the accelerator, it would manifest as missing energy and could be located as scientists tally their experimental results.Vafa and Heckman came up with their stau conclusion by winnowing the many possibilities in string theory. One difficulty of the theory, Vafa said, is its flexibility. String theory has hundreds of variables, which he described as “dials” that physicists can turn up and down to generate innumerable possible universes.While that is interesting to theoreticians, Vafa said, it can also muddy the theoretical search for one universe: ours.Vafa and Heckman devised two constraints that greatly narrowed the possible string universes. First, they assumed that gravity does not have to play a role in the unification of the other three forces. And second, they assumed that one property of string theory, called supersymmetry, is present at the energy levels generated by the LHC.If string theory is correct, our universe is made up not of particles, as has been generally taught, but of tiny vibrating strings. The different vibrations manifest themselves as the familiar particles and forces that students learn about in physics class.In addition to string theory’s ability to encompass gravity and the other forces in one framework, it can also fill a second important theoretical gap in understanding the universe, by explaining all the missing matter.The known constellation of particles under conventional theories — electrons, quarks, neutrinos, and the like — can only account for about a sixth of the matter in the universe. The rest of it is made up of theorized “dark matter,” whose form remains unknown.Dark matter is explained in string theory by the concept of supersymmetry. Supersymmetry, which was first discovered in the context of string theory, holds that for each known particle there is a corresponding particle of different spin. At the time of the big bang, the theory says, the paired particles had similar properties such as mass and charge, but as the universe cooled off, the symmetry got broken. Now, according to the theory, in our broken-symmetry universe, the supersymmetric particles have much higher masses than their known partners. This higher mass also would explain why scientists haven’t seen them yet, since particle colliders must generate more energy than they have been able to do to create them. In the stringy models of Vafa and Heckman, the gravitino, which is predicted to be about 100 times more massive than the electron, comprises the bulk of the dark matter.With the start-up of the LHC, Vafa said, science may be on the threshold of energies needed to create new supersymmetric particles, and of gaining a new understanding of the universe.“I think it’s probably the most exciting experiment we’ll see in our lifetimes,” Vafa said of the LHC. “We’ll be excited by whatever they find — whether or not they confirm our predictions — because it’s the truth of nature, and it will teach us about the fundamental ways nature works.”last_img read more

Vaccine vacuum

first_imgPublic immunization efforts may be much more sensitive to small changes than previously realized in the perceived costs or risks of vaccination, scientists at Harvard University report this week. In some cases, the spread of vaccine avoidance via social networks can make the difference between a minor, localized outbreak and an epidemic four times as large.The finding, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, comes amid one of the worst pertussis outbreaks in 50 years, in which 1,500 Californians have contracted whooping cough. Public health officials have cited reduced vigilance in vaccinating against the disease, which sickens 90 percent of those exposed to it.“People sometimes say that voluntary vaccination is doomed to fail because of the ‘free-rider’ problem, in which people assume they will be protected by other people’s immunity,” said co-author Daniel I. Rosenbloom, a graduate student in Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, led by Martin A. Nowak. “We find that’s not true, as a population of self-interested people can defeat an epidemic. But the trouble is, success is sensitive to small changes in perception of a vaccine’s costs – in terms of money, time, inconvenience, or perceived side effects.”Together with lead author Feng Fu, Rosenbloom and Nowak are the first researchers to incorporate epidemiological data into modeling of how vaccination spreads by imitation in a social network. They found that increasing vaccination cost prompts more free-riding and leads to larger epidemics.“Herd immunity in a social network is fragile,” said Fu, a postdoctoral researcher in mathematical biology at Harvard. “As public perceptions of vaccine side effects change, a population can rapidly switch from high vaccination and herd immunity to low vaccination and a larger epidemic.”The good news, the authors say, is that the sensitivity of vaccination to perceived costs cuts both ways, meaning it’s easy to get a population back on track with voluntary immunizations in the wake of an outbreak.The Harvard team found epidemics are amplified when individuals mimic others in their social network, such as by avoiding immunizations during vaccine scares. Behavior driven by “strong imitation” — reliance on anecdotal information from social contacts in deciding whether or not to immunize — could cause up to a 14 percent decline in vaccination rates, and a fourfold increase in the size of a flu-like epidemic.“It’s possible to be too clever for your own good in dealing with risk,” Fu said. “These ‘strong imitators’ chase unwise risks, and their behavior exacerbates the fragility of herd immunity, causing it to break down more easily. Those in our model who ignored friends’ outcomes and stuck with their own decision ended up better off, on average.”Fu, Rosenbloom, and Nowak’s modeling also showed that in an epidemic, individuals who are hubs in a social network are likelier to choose vaccination than their less connected peers. However, this outcome emerges primarily from self-interested behavior – the desire to avoid sickness – rather than altruistic behavior to protect friends and family.“Altruistic behavior could certainly lead to increased vaccination of hubs, but we find that it’s not required. Self-interested behavior suffices,” Rosenbloom said.This work builds on the tradition of evolutionary game theory, where researchers construct simple mathematical models to explore human behavior in social dilemmas and scenarios where people can cooperate for the common good. While this study specifically modeled influenza, the results apply to a wide variety of diseases, and are consistent with data from past epidemics.Fu, Rosenbloom, and Nowak were joined in this research by co-author Long Wang at Peking University. The work was funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, J. Epstein, and the China Scholarship Council.last_img read more

Moving Beyond Proof of Concept: Optimizing AI Infrastructure for Large Scale Production Deployments

first_imgA few weeks ago I was interviewed by Roger Magoulas, VP of O’Reilly Media, at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference in San Jose. Our conversation focused on moving beyond the Artificial Intelligence buzz – how organizations can actually design and deploy the optimal IT infrastructure for different AI use cases as they try to move their proof of concept AI work into real production environments. With initiatives of this nature, it’s important to consider how AI drives the demand for higher processing power and throughput. I’ve embedded the video of our interview below.<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>As I discussed in the video, there are two main categories of AI use cases: Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL). The use case processing characteristics are quite different, each requiring specific compute and storage envelopes of performance and scale, as highlighted in Figure 1 below.Figure 1: Compute and Storage requirements of ML and DL use casesML pipelines are typically comprised of semi-structured data fed by machines (servers, mobile phones, IoT sensors, etc.) with datasets ranging in size from tens to hundreds of terabytes to maybe even a petabyte or two. ML workloads can be adequately serviced by hundreds of servers up to a few thousand servers. However, it’s a wholly different scenario with DL. These datasets are predominantly unstructured data such as images, video and audio content typically expanding to multiple petabytes, requiring many thousands of compute clusters for processing and may justify GPU investment to cut down on the data center cost and footprint.The location of an organization’s data must also be considered carefully while designing production deployment architecture for AI platforms. In general, it’s my recommendation that you build your AI platforms in the same location as your data. If the majority of your data is generated in the cloud, then it may make sense to run your AI workflows there too as you’d likely face substantial data egress charges to move data on-prem. On the other hand, if your data resides on-prem, then you may deploy AI platforms on-prem. This minimizes the cost of managing the data and the latency in accessing it as well as the need to run data migration projects as a precursor to data analytics.What are other key considerations as you move from PoC to production for your ML and DL workloads? In my work with customers across many industries, I see these common themes:Data Consolidation – it is cumbersome to do analytics with data scattered across an organization. It is a better practice to consolidate the data ideally in one location but more practically in just a few.Decouple compute from storage – an organization’s data may not change significantly over time. However, the applications and tools used to analyze it can change. Therefore, it makes sense to separate compute and storage. Doing so allows you to point evolving server-based applications and tools to where the data is located without moving data around as your compute needs change.Storage Scaling – as data matures, its value may change. This is especially true for historical data. Capacity scaling should design for this dynamic in order to remain cost-effective.Data Governance – as AI becomes more prevalent, the need for protecting and securing the data also gains importance. Data quality, security, protection, lineage and metadata tracking, as well as considerations taken for granted in the Business Intelligence world, are key in the AI world as well.Today, data consolidation paradigms have shifted to the concept of a Data Lake. We define Data Lake as an architectural paradigm that enables us to consolidate enterprise data, enabling storage to scale independently from compute with the ability to support Analytics and AI applications with varying IO signatures, performance requirements and data governance capabilities delivered out of the box. With our industry-leading Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS platforms, we’ve been driving this idea for some time now as a way to store and manage exploding volumes of unstructured data. However, to us Data Lake is not just a marketing buzzword. We put real architectural structure and requirements behind it. One key requirement in building a Data Lake is the ability to support multiple access protocols and applications with differing characteristics, real-time or batch mode, and with varying latency needs. Another is the ability to easily and efficiently access data with differing temperatures, whether it is “hot” or “cold.” To transparently archive data for AI platforms, we also offer Dell EMC ECS – our flagship distributed object store.Dell Technologies has helped many customers around the world to unlock the value of their Data Capital for Digital Transformation. With our broad AI platform portfolio, I’m certain we can assist your organization in its journey to AI.Want to learn more about key infrastructure decisions to contemplate as you move forward in your AI journey? View the Moor Insights & Strategy report: Enterprise Machine & Deep Learning with Intelligent Storage.last_img read more

Two Hands, Two Beers

first_imgFirst, the bad news: Deschutes is scaling down its plans for their Roanoke brewery. The Bend, Oregon-based brewery is still going to purchase the land, and will likely still build an expansion brewery there, but isn’t sure about the scope of the project given the recent market conditions. Green Flash, which was in the process of building an expansion brewery in Virginia, is in foreclosure.That’s a bummer all around. I was looking forward to both the Deschutes and Green Flash East Coast breweries. But here’s the good news: Deschutes still operates a tasting room in Roanoke, and they’re still making great beers that most of us can get our hands on. They’ve even started canning some of their beers (thank God!).So let’s look at a couple of new beers from Deschutes, because I’m a “silver lining” kind of guy.I don’t know that I’ve ever eaten a passionfruit. I’ve probably had some passionfruit juice, like at a tropical hotel breakfast buffet, but I’ve never seen one in person. After doing a Google image search, I’d probably run the other direction if I saw one in person. They’re not pretty. This new Passion Fruit IPA from Deschutes, on the other hand, is downright gorgeous. It’s part of Deschutes’ new “Just Tapped” series, which puts experimental pub brews into larger circulation. As the name implies, this IPA is a fruit bomb. You get loads of passionfruit on the front end of the sip, but instead of coming off too sweet or letting the bitterness of the hops provide balance, there’s a slightly tart finish that sweeps the fruitiness away. Put it all together and you’ve got a crisp, refreshing IPA that works wonders on a hot summer day.Speaking of hot summer days, Deschutes is releasing another new beer for the season, Twilight Summer Ale. Okay, Twilight isn’t new. They’ve been making it for more than a decade, but it’s only available during the summer, so you’ve got to jump on it while you can. And you should jump on it, because it’s easily one of my favorite summer beers. It’s a golden ale with a robust dosing of Amarillo hops. It has some elements of a pilsner (crisp and bright) and some characteristics of a pale (hop bit, malt backbone). It’s damn good.Ideally, you’ll grab a six-pack of each of these new beers. You could even drink them simultaneously if you were ambitious. God gave you two hands for a reason, right?last_img read more

The 5 most effective marketing strategies for financial services

first_imgDeveloping marketing strategies for financial services means considering a range of elements which include:Your organization’s goals & objectivesTarget marketsNew & emerging marketsYour organization’s strengths & weaknessesResources availableHowever, no matter what your goals or the financial services you provide, effective marketing strategies can help you to focus efforts so that you can better reach targets and goals.These 5 financial services marketing strategies are a good place to start for many: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Binghamton seeks public comment on pedestrian improvement projects

first_imgThe sites are focused on 10 locations that are nearby schools, churches, hospitals and community centers. Including Theodore Roosevelt Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Elementary, West and East Middle School, UHS Binghamton Hospital and more. To have your voice heard, click here. The project is scheduled to begin later in 2020 and is expected to be completed in Spring 2021. Construction for the projects include improvement to sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks and signage.center_img The mayor’s office says projects at 22 sites across the city will cost around $518,000 according to estimates. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David says the city of Binghamton is looking for public comment on pedestrian safety improvements.last_img read more