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Photo of the Week: Bronze Sculpture in Cherry Hill Village

first_imgThis morning’s sunrise cast beautiful light on the bronze sculpture in Cherry Hill Village in my hometown of Canton, Michigan. Don’t you think the three children look like they’re shivering, with snow on their hair, arms, and legs? Unfortunately, the snow covered the statue information and my online search didn’t reveal any background. If you know the artist is or the name of the sculpture, share it in the comments. Otherwise, I’ll be waiting for the snow to melt. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Spring Flowers Bloom in January, in MichiganFreezing ice and snow showers in southeast Michigan today makes it hard to believe one day ago it was almost 50 degrees. Yesterday afternoon, ice sculptures slowly melted at the annual Plymouth Ice Festival. I saw groups of young adults playing disc golf near Bennett Arboretum at Edward Hines Park.…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: Canton Farmers MarketCanton’s Farmers Market in Canton, Michigan has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for fruits and vegetables, music, games, or a great pasta sauce.In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Sunny Tree TopThe blue color caught my eye as I walked down the sidewalk, on my way to lunch with family members at one of our favorite restaurants. I smiled as I looked up and saw bright bluebirds with yellow legs perched on the structure, peering out over the shopping center area.…In “Michigan”last_img read more

Columbus Catholic girls basketball blasts Granton

first_imgDons improve to 5-1By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic girls basketball team thoroughly dominated Granton on Thursday night, beating the Bulldogs 57-13 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division matchup at Columbus Catholic High School.The Dons led 28-5 at halftime and doubled their advantage in the second half.The Dons forced 31 turnovers and held Granton to 18 percent shooting (5 of 28).Kendra Baierl had 13 points, and Morgan Albrecht added nine points and five steals for Columbus (5-1, 3-0 Cloverbelt East).The Dons have a week off before returning to action Friday, Dec. 9, at Owen-Withee.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 57, Bulldogs 13Granton 5 8 – 13Columbus Catholic 28 29 – 57GRANTON (13): Alaina Strey 2-8 1-2 5, Cassidie Pontratz 1-2 0-0 2, Jaden Gardner 0-0 0-0 0, Makayla Kleiman 0-2 0-0 0, Rhiannon Reimer 1-5 0-0 2, Kayla Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Walfer 1-10 2-3 4. FG: 5-28. FT: 3-5. 3-pointers: 0-4 (Strey 0-1, Reimer 0-3). Rebounds: 18 (Walfer 6). Turnovers: 31. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: none. Record: 0-2 overall and Cloverbelt East.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (57): Taylor Tolppi 0-2 0-0 0, Annika Brown 0-2 0-2 0, Morgan Albrecht 4-8 0-0 9, Hailey Roehl 2-5 1-4 5, Baylie Neider 3-5 0-0 6, Maren Seefluth 0-2 2-2 2, Kendra Baierl 6-10 1-2 13, Addison Baierl 1-1 0-0 2, McKenzie Hansen 2-6 0-0 4, Katie Hall 1-2 1-2 3, Natalie Pospyhalla 0-6 1-2 1, Zoe Stratman 1-4 2-2 4, Marissa Immerfall 4-8 0-0 8. FG: 24-61. FT: 8-16. 3-pointers: 1-6 (Albrecht 1-1, Neider 0-2, Pospyhalla 0-3). Rebounds: 27 (Stratman 5). Turnovers: 9. Fouls: 8. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-1, 3-0 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Time travelling with William Kentridge

first_imgBy Alexandra Dodd27 February 2015Quick quick. Tick tock. The time has come. It is 8:25 pm. Wine must be gulped and put aside at the door as we file in to the hall and take our seats in rows of old metal-framed, fold-down chairs with wooden armrests. The dress rehearsal for the South African debut of William Kentridge’s immersive multimedia chamber opera, Refuse the Hour, is about to begin.The faded Edwardian grandeur of Cape Town’s City Hall forms an ideal backdrop for the Constructivist stage set with its archival hues and didactic slogans: “argument against authority”; “give us back our sun”; “talking against thinking”. The giant pipes of the old organ rise up over an assembly of musical contraptions, bicycle wheels and megaphones, mechanised drums and other mysterious paraphernalia. We have entered the laboratory of the mad professor in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and we are about to witness an unorthodox experiment.It begins with drumbeats from above – a theatrical flourish, the primal heartbeat, relentless knocking on an unopened door. It begins with a story inside a story; an eight- year-old boy is travelling on a train with his father. His father tells him a tale. It is the myth of Perseus and it has a cruel ending. It is unjust, but inevitable, irreversible. It sets in motion a lifetime of fevered questioning – interrogations concerning the nature of being in time and the inescapable pressure that time exerts on the living. The boy is William – the man we know as Kentridge. And so begins 80 minutes of ecstatic journeying inside the frenetic mind of a creative titan.Sonic and visual languageThe project grew out of a series of ongoing conversations with Peter Galison, a Harvard professor in the history of science and physics, and wrestles with the idea of time moving in a single direction. For physics it can go both ways. The production explores these ideas about the reversal, compression and repetition of time in sonic and visual language.The auditory aspect is a revelation – transporting the archival bent in Kentridge’s oeuvre into the realm of the futuristic. The ether is abuzz with strange sonic glitches and blips, as echoes are compressed, words reversed, emitted sounds sucked back in on themselves. We are caught somewhere between frequencies on an old transistor radio, picking up the spatial feedback of the universal archive.Of course, the stars and cosmos have always been there in Kentridge’s work, but now an electrifying outward-bound sense of the Russian space station accompanies his backward gaze at the failed utopian thrust of the Constructivists. There is this sense of moving both back and forward – no risk of nostalgia.Each scene introduces a new thought, a fresh philosophical proposition, and each deserves its own chapter. One such goosebump-inducing moment is the dialectical duet between opera singer and member of the Soweto Gospel choir Ann Masina and sonic glitch artist Joanna Dudley, who is from the Berlin contemporary modernist music scene. There is nothing to prepare one for this strange, alluring dialogue about the birth and death of sound and other things.Gifted shapeshifterRefuse the Hour is a deeply collaborative, multi-vocal production with many layers, many actions and images colliding on the stage at once. It includes dance, performed and choreographed by gifted shapeshifter Dada Masilo, an original score by Philip Miller (who takes to the stage in one hauntingly tender scene, blowing into a plaintive melodica or mouth organ), video by wizard cutter Catherine Meyburgh, mechanical sculptures made in collaboration with Sabine Theunissen, vocal performance and narration.If you returned to see it several times, each time you’d emerge having resonated with different aspects of the performances, previously unseen shards of the action. Its themes are timeless and also, somehow, pressingly of this moment, triggering a panoply of associations.Some of the connections it called to mind were Achille Mbembe’s meditations on the postcolony as an “interlocking of . multiple durees made up of discontinuities, reversals, inertias and swings that overlay one another”; photographer Cedric Nunn’s current exhibition, Unsettled: One Hundred Years War of Resistance by Xhosa Against Boer and British; the time catastrophe, tidal-wave scene in the film, Interstellar (2014); the brilliant androgynous vision of linked lives across time in the filmic adaptation (2012) of David Mitchell’s novel, Cloud Atlas (2004) – but, most presciently, the paradoxically generative idea of the all-consuming force of the black hole which is also at the centre of The Theory of Everything, the Stephen Hawking biopic for which Eddie Redmayne has just taken home an Oscar.From cropped Soviet haircuts to screenprinted aprons, overalls, workerist denim dresses, Cape minstrel fezzes, and the bold black-and-white lines of Xhosa dress design, the costumes by Greta Goris are a swoon-worthy evocation of this mesmerising postcolonial account of time.‘Perceptive by feeling’Refuse the Hour has aptly been described as “an aesthetic and philosophical stage dream”. The word “aesthetic” was appropriated into German in the 18th century and adopted into English in the early 19th, from the Greek aisthētikos, which means “perceptive by feeling”. But the term has had a contested history in Western philosophy, coming, ironically, to be applied to the disinterested, distanced, rational act of good judgment about art and the beauties of nature. Phansi to that!Refuse the Hour is a profoundly “aesthetic” production in the original sense of the word in that it gives audiences an immediate, pulsing physical sense of what it feels like to perceive – to know by feeling, to understand through and by the senses. It hijacks the term back from its aloof Kantian deployment and gives it back its social, economic and political potency – its potential for human awakening. Every idea, no matter how complex, is explained, transmitted, made real through the beating, flickering, thumping and soaring effects of sound and light. It is a work made by bodies to be felt and understood in the body – both in the intimacy of our own bodies and in the charged political spaces between them.This review originally appeared on the Design Indaba website. It is republished here with kind permission.Refuse the Hour is a theatrical accompaniment to a five-channel video installation, The Refusal of Time (made in collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison), presented by the Goodman Gallery at the Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town from February to June 2015.last_img read more

HR: We Can Help Solve the Youth Unemployment Challenge

first_imgJoin us in ensuring that more youth get that proverbial foot in the door. Do you remember your first job? The skills and lessons you learned? The excitement of that first paycheck you earned? Those early work experiences helped develop your work ethic, grow you professionally and take the first steps along a career path. But today, millions of young people are missing out on this critical opportunity.In the U.S., nearly 3 million youth are being left behind, even as the overall unemployment rate falls. SHRM and other business leaders on a B20 taskforce also identified youth unemployment as one of the top challenges to global economic growth. Being out of work at such an early stage has long-lasting effects on these young people and far-reaching effects on business and society.   Moreover, the millions of unemployed young people in this country represent a tremendous pool of untapped talent.This is why SHRM is proud to partner with Jobs for Americas Graduates (JAG) to make sure our nation’s youth get the opportunities they need today to succeed as citizens, workers and leaders tomorrow.And today we joined 100 thought leaders across business, government and the nonprofit sector to come up with solutions to the youth unemployment challenge. SHRM is doing its part. For example, we supported the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act as it moved through Congress, and gave feedback to the Department of Labor on how to get to a workforce development system that better meets the needs of employers. We are also exploring ways to advocate and promote work-based trainings for youth, including through the new Global Apprenticeships Network, because we know that internships, apprenticeships and other job-related opportunities improve the odds of young people. This is the kind of work happening at the macro level.But perhaps what is most exciting and holds the most promise to move the needle on youth unemployment, is what‘s happening on the ground at the local level. Across the country, SHRM members are finding creative ways to find, hire and skill up fresh talent.·         In Wichita, Kansas, when SHRM member and HR and safety manager Kathy Jewett found that candidates were falling short of the job requirements for open positions at her company, she partnered with a local community college to develop a curriculum that better prepared graduates to meet her needs as an employer. ·         In South Central Michigan, SHRM member and HR manager Angela Grissom is working to connect youth to employment and education at one of the state’s one-stop job centers. Her organization funds wages, provides résumé-writing help and eases the paperwork burden on employers so that some of Michigan’s most at-risk young people get on a solid pathway to employment.·         In Seminole County, Florida, SHRM member and HR Director Ann Speak developed a comprehensive one-year internship program at her organization, complete with rotating assignments, to give students exposure to her industry and build a pipeline of future talent.It’s clear that the HR profession has a lot to offer—and much to gain—when it comes to solving the youth unemployment challenge. Our nation’s young people get the career experience they need and our organizations get the talent we need to succeed now and in the future.last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: June 2, 2017

first_imgBystanders help detain credit card theft, vehicle burglary suspectSeveral bystanders helped deputies hold down a man Riverside County sheriff’s officials say used a credit card that had been stolen in a series of vehicle burglaries in Menifee, California. Ramon Daniel Aguayo, 32, of Moreno Valley was near the entrance of the Target store when deputies approached him the evening of May 26, according to a new release. “Aguayo fought deputies’ attempt to detain him,” the release said. “Several citizen bystanders came to the aid of deputies and he was ultimately arrested.” The deputies had been summoned by Target store asset protection, who suspected that Aguayo may have made a fraudulent credit card purchase, the release said. Authorities learned the credit card belonged to someone whose vehicle had just been burglarized in the parking lot of a gym less than 2 miles from the Target, officials said. It was one of three vehicles in the gym parking lot that had been broken into. Investigators found items taken from the vehicles inside Aguayo’s car, along with a loaded Glock 9mm handgun that was reported stolen out of a vehicle in Los Angeles County.Aguayo was out on $10,000 bail following a recent arrest on suspicion of purchasing or receiving a stolen vehicle, court records show. He also had an active felony warrant for his arrest out of Los Angeles County for auto theft and evading, the sheriff’s release said. Aguayo was booked at the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of resisting arrest, evading and petty theft with priors, all felonies, jail records show. He remained in jail Thursday, with bail set at $65,000. Charges have not been filed in the Target incident or the case in which he was out on bail. Sheriff’s officials asked anyone with information regarding this case or who may have been a victim to contact them at 951-210-1000 or [email protected]  [For more: The Press-Enterprise]New Jersey man stabs clerk during shoplifting attemptA 46-year-old man is charged with stabbing a Dollar Deal store employee while attempting to shoplift from the North Olden Avenue shop, Ewing police said. Police were on the way to the store at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday for a reported shoplifting when the subject pulled a knife, police said. Officers were then informed from police dispatch that the suspect was being held down. Officers arrived to find Kenneth Reyes, of Trenton, being detained and a store employee suffering an injury to his arm, from the suspect stabbing him, police said. The employee refused medical attention. Reyes is charged with robbery and weapon possession charges.  [For more:]- Sponsor – [text_ad use_post=’128086′]Shoplifting suspects threatened employee with needleHobbes, New Mexico, Police are looking for two people who made a shoplifting spree scary. Police say a man and a woman tried to take more than $600 worth of items from the Hobbs Walmart. They say when loss prevention associates confronted the woman she pulled out what looked like a hypodermic needle and threatened employees with it. The couple then took off in a red Chevrolet Impala. Police tried to pull them over at a one point but they fled. If you recognize the suspects, you are asked to call Hobbs police.  [For more: KRQE News 13]Five ways to lead through a data breach crisisAt no time are CISOs and more tested, and in danger of losing the confidence of the C-suite, than in a breach crisis. As the headlines continue to pile up in the wake of the global WannaCry ransomware attack, now is a good time to remember that CISOs who resign themselves to “surviving” a breach are at great risk of losing influence, and possibly even their jobs. In contrast, CISOs who cultivate their role as business leaders are often seen as part of the solutions team, not a victim, when a breach occurs.In the course of hundreds of incident response engagements annually (700+ in 2016), SecureWorks has observed some common denominators among client CISOs who were successful in leading through a breach. Not surprisingly their success had a lot to do with the groundwork they laid ahead of time. I’m a firm believer that it’s never too late to get started on the rest of your career, so here are five ways you can take action now to ensure you’re positioned to lead through crisis. #1 Manage expectations in the boardroom Boards often look back on cybersecurity reporting post-incident to determine whether the CISO adequately managed the company’s expectations. Get off on the right foot today by driving consensus on the top business risks, e.g. “what would happen to us ‘if’,” and “what is our tolerance for those risks?” #2 Forge good partnerships and keep them at the ready Talk to anyone who’s been through the fire and they’ll agree: “The worst time to negotiate an incident response contract is in the midst of crisis.” #3 Insist on a dynamic incident response plan Simply having a plan in place doesn’t ensure that you’ll have control when a breach becomes a crisis. Incident response plans should be dynamic, or adaptable, to the needs of the business. Engage the whole business. Without buy in from all parties, it’s unlikely a plan will be executed as intended.  If a plan can’t be executed, it’s not a plan. It’s just an idea. 
#4 Lead with the “right” (The right information, to the right people, at the right time) In a crisis situation, security leaders must be prepared to get facts as quickly and accurately as possible in order to manage the message, timing and chain of command from the get-go. #5 Apply Lessons Learned What we learn makes us stronger, and a sign of true leadership is when a CISO leads the charge to apply what company learned through the breach crisis (or breach simulation) back into the company. [For more: SecureWorks]LP Worldwide: Tesco lays down gauntlet to Amazon with one-hour food delivery by robotTesco has laid down the gauntlet to technology giant Amazon after delivering a grocery order within an hour using a robot. The supermarket giant delivered a basket of goods using a six-wheeled machine as part of its wider Tesco Now one-hour delivery trial. Now Britain’s biggest retailer is mulling a wider roll-out of robot deliveries following the successful pilot in London. Tesco has linked up with hi-tech firm Starship Technologies to deliver the service, according to The Grocer.The robots are able to carry items within a three-mile radius, taking goods to customers’ homes either from stores or special delivery hubs. The machines are fitted with anti-theft protocols so that, if someone attempts to tamper with or steal the robot, a human operator can take control, talking to the culprit and sending police to its location. Customers can also monitor the progress of the robots via smartphone. A Tesco spokesman said: “We are always looking at new ways to improve the shopping experience for our customers. “We carried out a one-off trial as part of our Tesco Now initiative in partnership with a technology company. “We learned a great deal from this trial and we’ll be reviewing feedback before deciding our next steps.”The supermarket giant began testing the Tesco Now app in central London in April, promising delivery within an hour on orders of 20 products or less. It is currently listening to feedback from that broader trial. [For more: RetailWeek]US bill seeks tougher penalties for counterfeiting medsA bill introduced in the US seeks to strengthen the pharma supply chain by increasing penalties for counterfeiting. Introduced by Republican Leonard Lance in May, the new bill looks (HR 2376) to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act so that the penalties dished out to common counterfeiting medicines are on a par with criminals who divert legitimate drugs. Currently there is a discrepancy between the two crimes. If a person is found guilty of producing and distributing counterfeit drugs in the US they can expect to receive no more than a year in prison with fines up to $1,000. In contrast, diverting US-made drugs for foreign markets back into the US can carry a 10-year prison sentence with fines reaching $250,000. Meanwhile, cases where drugs are manufactured overseas and destined for foreign markets but which get diverted to the US are treated leniently with individuals slapped with a simple misdemeanor.According to the new bill, dubbed the Drug Diversion and Counterfeit Crackdown Act of 2017, there is no grounds for differing penalties. “There should not be unequal treatment of counterfeiting and diversion, enabling criminal enterprises to exploit statutory loopholes and jeopardise patient and consumer safety without fear of significant penalties,” the bill says, calling for the penalties against counterfeiters to increase to 10 years to match the penalties for diversion.”Counterfeit drugs are flooding into the US and too many Americans are falling victim to knock-offs that have infiltrated the US supply chain,” Lance said in a statement.Meanwhile, some states in the US have taken legislative measures into their own hands to crackdown on counterfeit opioid drugs. Florida, for instance, has passed a bill that adds fentanyl and other synthetic opioids to the state’s drug trafficking statute as schedule I controlled substances, which will result in stricter punishment for dealers, including 25 years behind bars for possession, along with a fine of between $50,000 and $500,000, and a first-degree murder charge in the case of an overdose death.  [For more: Retail Gazette UK]Data loss prevention and cybersecurity: A Practical GuideCybercrime has become a focal point of national security and a frequent topic in discussions of risk management. News about major corporate and government breaches affirms that no organization or public agency is immune to a persistent, skilled attacker. Critical infrastructure is also increasingly becoming an attractive target for criminals due to its growing reliance on technology. Adapting and responding to evolving cyber threats and protecting critical infrastructure and proprietary business assets are essential for both government agencies and businesses. Postmortem analyses of breaches offer a treasure trove of lessons learned and reveal attack tactics, techniques and procedures.Cyber criminals leverage technology vulnerabilities and trickery to exploit the human-technology gap, by targeting sensitive passwords, data and applications regularly used by staff. Data theft is the goal of most recent breaches. Cyber criminals typically break into vulnerable systems and pivot between systems using stolen credentials or posing as a third-party contractor to gain access to valuable data. Targeted confidential data comprises personnel records, public billing information, credit card numbers, financial or health records and more. The theft of your city’s legally protected data can result in significant regulatory fines, loss of public trust and damage to the city’s reputation. estimates that in 2016, the cost of data breaches averaged $4 million dollars or $158 per record. Medical history, credit card data and Social Security numbers have the highest cost per stolen record at $355.No amount of funding or technology tools can prevent all data breaches. However, cities can significantly reduce the risk of data breaches by raising employee awareness through cybersecurity awareness and data hygiene training, creating strong policies around PII data, scanning and removing outdated and duplicate data and implementing protocols to
prevent data from leaving the agency.  [For more: USA Today] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Woman Wanted for Shoplifting $20K in Merchandise [Viral Video]

first_imgDallas police released surveillance images and video of a woman investigators said grabbed $20,000 worth of merchandise off the counter of a Northwest Dallas clothing store. Police said the crime happened on May 28, 2018 around 6:30 p.m., at a clothing store in the 6100 block of Sherry Lane.Police said the woman wandered around the store as if she was shopping before grabbing the merchandise and running out of the store. According to reports she was observed leaving in a black Chrysler 300. Anyone with information on this case or this suspect can contact Detective K.D. Janse at 214.671.8066.   [Source: DFW CBS Local] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img

Google Taps Maps Data For Project Sunroof

first_imgLeveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Tags:#alternative energy#Google#Project Sunroof#solar power Related Posts The latest Web app out of Mountain View, Calif. wants to tempt people to go green by showing them how much money they could save with solar energy. Google’s new Project Sunroof draws from aerial imagery from Google Maps and Google Earth, along with the angle of the sun, surrounding shade and even local weather conditions. Google describes Project Sunroof as a “treasure map of solar energy”: Type in your address to see how much sunlight hits that spot per year, and you get a heat map along with information on the amount you could potentially save. (Input your usual electric bill for a more precise figure.) Ready to dive in? The online tool can also give you resources to connect with a local solar panel installation firm. See also: Why We Need Battery Innovation—NowAccording to JWT Intelligence, eco-friendly initiatives and practices are a hot business trend this year [.PDF], and many “green” startups have already hit the scene or plan to soon. Although it’s not clear whether the company will give other parties access to the data, companies in this sector would do well to keep an eye on the project for developments. Opening The SunroofProject SunroofIn the official blog post announcement, Google’s Carl Elkin explains how he came up with the idea: “As a volunteer with the Boston-based solar program Solarize Massachusetts and a solar homeowner myself, I’ve always been surprised at how many people I encounter who think that ‘my roof isn’t sunny enough for solar,’ or ‘solar is just too expensive’,” he wrote. “Certainly many of them are missing out on a chance to save money and be green.” Elkin dreamed up Project Sunroof as part of his “20 percent time” at Google, an allotted chunk of work hours that employees can devote to side projects. See also: Tesla Might Be Getting Into The Home-Battery Business—Or Something Else EntirelyIt’s the sort of problem that Google is perfectly positioned to solve: Tapping into vast databases to pull out useful information in a friendly format. Right now the searchable database only covers the San Francisco Bay Area and Fresno in Calif. and the Greater Boston area, but its inventors say the project will roll out to the rest of the United States “pretty soon.” Given Google’s search prowess, it seems natural for the company to add it to results, whenever someone searches “is it worth installing a solar panel on a house in Fresno?” Project Sunroof also ties in nicely with Google’s (or is that Alphabet’s?) commitment to green energy sources: Many of its data centers use renewable energy and the company has also invested in Africa’s largest solar plant. Google has a track record for making tools and information available, so others can build on them. If Google opens the gates for more Sunroof resources—just as it makes its search-trends data available and distributes Maps and Earth APIs for third-party developers—then the tech giant could wind up adding fuel to the business of alternative energy. Images courtesy of Google These Mistakes Can Derail a Legacy Software Con…center_img Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… david nield How AI is Learning to Play with Wordslast_img read more

Off the Shelf or Custom Tailored Compute?

first_imgBy Rob Hayes – Intel VP, Data Center Group, GM, Data Center Group Strategic PlanningCommon off the shelf, general purpose computing solutions deliver increasingly faster performance and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to fixed function appliances.  Intel continuously improves the performance per TCO of general purpose computing through our investments in Moore’s Law and we have “perfected” the concept of designing a great processor and manufacturing millions of them (per day!) exactly the same.  As more industries have been attracted to general purpose computing on Intel Architecture, the system requirements and workload attributes have grown more diverse, creating tension with the general purpose “one size fits all” model.Historically, enterprise IT consumed the majority of server CPUs – driving a specific set of requirements.  More recently, developers of public cloud services, high-performance computing applications, and telco services also seek to benefit from the standard high-volume economics of Intel’s ecosystem and gain the agility of quickly deploying software-based services.  These new applications have differing requirements for performance, I/O, security, manageability, etc. making it difficult to serve all user needs with one product line.  The challenge is how to enable great performance for a range of workloads and the ability for customers to integrate their unique value into IA platforms without sacrificing the economic benefits of common off the shelf silicon.To address this challenge, Intel has been building new capabilities to tailor our general purpose products into workload-optimized derivatives with various combinations of processor cores, accelerators, I/Os, and custom logic.  Some examples: These capabilities allow Intel and our partners to leverage the IP building block designs and manufacturing processes from our general purpose product line to create workload-optimized and custom products on Intel Architecture that provide optimal performance for the desired application.  The best of both worlds.This blog originally appeared on The Data Stack. Cores:  Intel has designed a family of processor cores that are each optimized for different types of workloads – integer and floating point, scalar and vector, latency sensitive and high-throughput processing.Accelerators:  We created a variety of workload accelerators to offload the CPU of routine functions like compression, encryption, graphics, media transcode, packet inspection and filtering, and others.I/Os:  We offer a broad range of standard interfaces such as PCI-Express, Ethernet, SATA, DDR, USB, etc. as well as proprietary high-speed and memory-coherent interfaces for tight integration with the processor.Custom logic:  For customers who want a custom-tailored product, we can integrate their unique value into custom CPUs and/or ASICs through our SoC design methodology and Intel Custom Foundry design tools and manufacturing services.last_img read more


first_img(Reopens DES-8)(Reopens DES-8)The skiing slopes of popular adventure sports destination Auli in Chamoli district were covered under sheets of snow.The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam resort as well as most of the hotels were overflowing with tourists, GMVN sources said. With the MeT department predicting well in advance heavy snowfall in most places above 2000 metres, tourists had already arrived in places like Mussoorie and the neighbouring Dhanolti, Surkanda, Nagtibba and Suvakholi to spend the weekend. Hordes of tourists were seen frolicking about in snow in these popular spots. PTI ALM RCJlast_img

Letter warns Christians after yoga studio set to open in Manitoba community

first_imgBOISSEVAIN, Man. – Lindsay Alvis was excitedly preparing to open up the first yoga studio in the small southwestern Manitoba community she calls home when a letter showed up in the mail boxes of some of her neighbours.“PLEASE DON’T DO YOGA” the letter began.The typed letter left in mailboxes around Boissevain cautions people in the community of about 1,500 not to do yoga because of its Hindu roots, before closing with a dire warning for Christians.“If you do yoga or are thinking of joining a class, prayerfully search your heart.”The letter, which warns about “yoga missionaries” and that “no part of yoga can be separated from the philosophy behind it,” is only signed with the name “Marie.”Alvis was astounded and disappointed that it was being circulated just as she was preparing to teach her first class at Soul Worx Yoga and Fitness.“If you don’t like yoga don’t do yoga,” Alvis said.“(If yoga) doesn’t fall within your beliefs then don’t do it, but I don’t think you need to send out a letter warning people of dangers, telling people not to do yoga and saying it in response to a yoga studio opening in your town.”Alvis was born and raised in the former town, not far from the border with North Dakota. She ended up moving to Alberta, living there for 13 years, before she came back so her husband could take over the family farm two years ago.“I know religion is big in Boissevain but, when I decided to open the studio, I only had positive feedback,” Alvis said. “I never intended to offend any religion and I don’t believe that yoga is any sort of religion, especially like in my yoga studio.”She teaches Buti yoga, a cardio-intensive version of the traditional practice which involves stretching and dance. It was created by a celebrity trainer in the United States. Alvis said it’s far removed from having any religious overtones.While her studio will be the first yoga-dedicated location in Boissevain, yoga has been in the community for a while. Alvis previously taught classes through the local municipality.“It went very well in town. So it was kind of a first for me hearing about this,” said recreation director Samantha Dyck.“Since I’ve been here, I’ve never heard any issues with yoga with regards to religious beliefs.”Calls to local churches were not returned.Ken Warkentin, executive director of Mennonite Church Manitoba which represents one of the churches in Boissevain, said he understands that some people may be “opposed to yoga as a spiritual discipline of Hinduism.” But he said it’s important to have meaningful discussions with people of other religions and beliefs.“By and large, we would continue to value a conversation around those things and try hard not to become overly judgmental,” he said.Avis said she won’t let the letter dampen her excitement over the studio opening.While a few people may share the letter’s sentiment, she said a lot more have reached out to show their support.“I just want a great thing for the community,” she said.— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in WinnipegNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version called the studio Soul Work Yoga.last_img read more

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