John Legend is Artist of the Year

first_imgRecording artist, concert performer, and philanthropist John Legend has been named Harvard University’s 2012 Artist of the Year. A nine-time Grammy award winner, Legend was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. He will be awarded the Harvard Foundation’s most prestigious medal, which bears the signature of the University president, at the annual Harvard Foundation Award ceremony on Feb. 25 during the Cultural Rhythms Festival. More than 1,200 students are expected to attend.“The students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation are honored to present multi-platinum artist John Legend with the 2012 Artist of the Year award,” said S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation. “His contributions to music and distinguished history of creativity have been appreciated by people throughout the world, and he is greatly admired for his excellent humanitarian efforts through his Show Me Campaign, an initiative that uses education to break the cycle of poverty.”Legend launched his career as a session player and vocalist, contributing to best-selling recordings by Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Kanye West before recording his own unbroken chain of top 10 albums — “Get Lifted” (2004), “Once Again” (2006), and “Evolver” (2008) — each of them reaching No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts.Most recently, Legend and the band The Roots released “Wake Up!” (2010), a compilation of music from the ’60s and ’70s all with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement, and social consciousness, which won two Grammy Awards for best R&B album and best traditional R&B vocal performance.Throughout his career, Legend has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. He was awarded the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year Award, the CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change in June 2009, and the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare.“A champion for both social justice and quality education for all, Legend remains a true inspiration through his philanthropy work, and Harvard University is proud to honor his humanitarian efforts both domestically and internationally by awarding him with the Harvard Foundation’s Artist of the Year award,” Counter said.The Harvard Foundation, Harvard’s center for intercultural arts and sciences initiatives, honors the nation’s most acclaimed artists and scientists each year.  Previous Harvard Foundation awards have been presented to several distinguished artists including Shakira, Quincy Jones, Sharon Stone, Andy Garcia, Will Smith, Matt Damon, Halle Berry, Jackie Chan, Denzel Washington, Salma Hayek, Wyclef Jean, and Herbie Hancock.For additional information about the Cultural Rhythms Festival, including ticket information, visit its website.last_img read more

Dell EMC Introduces Availability of New and Updated Systems and Reference Architectures; Industry-Leading Benchmarks at SAP TechEd

first_img[2] The Dell PowerEdge R930 leads the industry in SAP BW-AML and Standard Application benchmarks [3] Certification number 2016043: [4] Certification number 2016040: [1] According to “Big Data Universe Beginning to Explode” center_img [5] Certification number 2016040: In today’s highly competitive business climate, immediate access to and analysis of operational data can determine the success of an organization. With big data and analytics at the forefront of many business leaders’ minds, data production is growing and analytics are becoming more crucial. In 2020, it’s estimated that data production will be 44x greater than it was in 2009, and the amount of high-value data worth analyzing will double.[1] With these customer needs in mind, Dell EMC and SAP are continuing their 10+ years of collaboration, and further streamlining advanced analytics processes to give customers quick access to actionable insights. This week at SAP TechEd, we’re proud to showcase industry-leading systems and expert services that help our customers stay competitive.Dell EMC Validated System for SAP HANA Edge, available next monthTo help mid-market companies make the most of their data analytics, Dell EMC is the first to offer customers a fully integrated appliance with the newly packaged SAP HANA Edge edition, advanced version and SAP Predictive Analytics. First announced at SAPPHIRE NOW 2016, the Dell EMC Validated System for SAP HANA Edge will begin its worldwide rollout in October.  The system speeds turnaround time for new reports and synchronizes data (regardless of the source) to dramatically reduce the cost of gaining business insights. The Dell EMC Validated System for SAP HANA Edge includes SAP’s predictive analytics libraries native to SAP HANA, SAP Predictive Analytics with advanced data modeler capabilities, and services from Dell EMC to deliver rapid time to value. The point-and-click interface makes it easy to use for business users, analysts and data scientists. Additionally, Dell EMC helps customers deploy, implement, migrate, support and train with Dell EMC ProDeploy, ProSupport and custom service offerings.Dell EMC Validated System for SAP HANA Scale-Out, Now on Intel Broadwell ServersFor larger enterprises, the newest release of the Dell EMC Validated Systems for SAP HANA v.4.1 is now running on the latest PowerEdge R930 server with the Intel®Xeon®Processor E7v4 Broadwell Product Family – the industry’s fastest server for running SAP workloads.[2] Designed and engineered for maximum performance, this system supports ongoing growth and system expansion with its modular scalability. The system supports real-time planning, decision making and continuous forecasting; end-to-end traceability; research & development; enterprise asset management; and business application acceleration. The latest update delivers more performance per node for analytics, as well as more capacity for SAP business applications and business analytics, new lower cost offerings for smaller environments and updated operating system support.  With its real-time analytics and insights, Dell EMC Validated Systems for SAP HANA can change the way a business operates and translate to a competitive advantage for customers.Leading the Industry in Speed and PerformanceDell EMC continues to develop industry-leading systems for SAP workloads, and the proof is in the numbers. The Dell EMC PowerEdge R930 server, running on the latest Intel®Xeon®Processor E7v4 Broadwell Product Family, holds industry-leading benchmarks in a number of categories, proving that it is the fastest server for running SAP workloads:SAP business warehouse edition for SAP HANA Standard Application Benchmark. Dell EMC is the first and only industry partner to complete a benchmark test in this new category, achieving in the 1.3 billion initial records category, the following results: 21,473 seconds runtime of the data load/transformation phase, 1,972 query executions per hour on 102,183,318,183 selected records, and 202 seconds total runtime of the complex query phase.[3]SAP BW-AML (Business Warehouse Advance Mixed Load) Benchmark at 2 billion records: Dell EMC holds the industry’s leading record in this category, coming in at 33,500 advanced navigation steps per hour. [4]SAP BW-AML Benchmark at 4 billion records: Dell EMC holds the industry’s leading record in this category, coming in at 18,440 advanced navigation steps per hour. [5]Enabling Predictive Maintenance for Manufacturers with Dell EMC, SAP and ifmSensors have had a presence on shop floors for decades, but in most cases, the data collected is limited, and often never analyzed to gain operational efficiency insights. Today, Dell EMC is unveiling a new reference architecture, designed in collaboration with SAP and ifm efector, inc., that aims to provide manufacturers with the insights they need to conduct predictive maintenance on their equipment, allowing them to avoid unnecessary maintenance or detrimental machine failures.This new reference architecture brings together ifm sensors to detect issues such as vibration, temperature, oil contamination, flow of lubrication, and humidity; Dell Edge Gateways and Edge Device Manager to collect, analyze, relay and act on that data;  SAP Dynamic Edge Processing and SAP IoT Intelligent Edge running on the gateway  to analyze the machine data in real time and send relevant events to the data center; and Dell EMC Validated System for SAP HANA running SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service (PdMS) to identify granular patterns that predict equipment failures earlier. As a reference architecture, this is a jointly engineered, fully validated and recommended configuration, but is flexible to meet a diverse set of customer needs.Dell EMC’s systems for SAP HANA are just one example of how the two companies’ unique partnership delivers orchestrated innovation, increased return on investment, and breakthrough results for our joint customers.  Dell EMC’s commitment to helping customers navigate SAP HANA goes well beyond providing products and solutions. With a focus on future-ready enterprises, in 2015, Dell built a Global SAP Center of Excellence in Germany to foster even tighter partnership and greater co-innovation with SAP. This heightened level of collaboration has led to a number of industry-leading benchmarks, purpose-built solutions, and exceptional customer results. Solving complex data center problems starts by partnering with an industry leader. With the broadest technology portfolio, Dell EMC delivers solutions for customers’ most complex challenges in every region of the world. To learn more about Dell EMC and SAP’s collaboration, utilize the resources below:Are you at SAP TechEd this week? Stop by booth #407 to talk with a Dell EMC expert, and visit this blog post for more information on Dell EMC’s presence at SAP TechEdFollow our Twitter handles @DellAlliances and @DellEMCSAP, and use #DellEMC #SAPTechEd for updatesWant to learn more about Dell EMC and SAP’s strategic alliance? Find more information hereLooking for customer case studies about Dell EMC and SAP? Visit our customer stories webpagelast_img read more

AES Gener begins work on largest battery storage facility in Latin America

first_imgAES Gener begins work on largest battery storage facility in Latin America FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Storage News:AES Gener has held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on a 112MW / 560MWh battery energy storage system project in Chile, Latin America.Multinational electric power generation and distribution company AES Corporation’s local subsidiary said the system, which can store power from nearby solar and wind facilities for up to five hours, is the biggest battery storage system in Latin America to date as well as being Chile’s first solar-plus-storage project.The batteries will be paired with 253MW of renewable energy generation, including the 180MW Andes Solar II B project in Antofagasta. Andes Solar II B will be built with 10MW of modular, prefabricated solar PV panels and 170MW of bifacial solar PV panels of the type AES Gener has already deployed in the 80MW Andes Solar II A project which has already begun construction.The solar energy to be integrated into the national electricity system with the batteries will be built on mountain ranges in Antofagasta in the Atacama Desert, enjoying a combination of high solar irradiance at relatively low temperatures. Meanwhile, the output of the 73MW Campo Lindo wind farm being built in the Bío Bío region in the central south of Chile will also be integrated using the storage system. Campo Lindo is the first phase of a total 480MW cluster of wind turbines being built in the region, near the city of Los Ángeles.Battery systems used will be supplied by Fluence, the energy storage technology provider co-owned by AES Corporation and engineering solutions company Siemens. Fluence said that its Sunstack modular battery storage solutions will be used – part of the company’s sixth generation range of energy storage systems launched earlier this year. AES Gener said the ability to store energy for five hours – and therefore charge the batteries for dispatch after the sun has set – will make the company’s energy supply “more competitive and resilient”.AES Gener also said that the new solar-wind-storage build-out, along with 709MW of energy projects that it has already begun building in Chile, the company is contributing to the creation of around 6,000 direct jobs in the country. In total, AES Gener is adding 2,300MW+ of renewable capacities and batteries to its portfolio in Chile by 2024 under its existing plans, the company said in a press release.[Andy Colthorpe]More: AES begins work on 560MWh ‘largest battery system in Latin America’ for solar and wind in Chilelast_img read more

5 morning routines that lead to success

first_imgMuch of our accomplishments each day are decided by our morning routines. If we continually hit the snooze button barely making it to the office on time, our days may look a little more chaotic. However, if we plan out our mornings – allowing time to enjoy the peace and quiet – we may find ourselves far more productive throughout our days.The New York Times’ Benjamin Spall reflects on the more than 300 successful people he’s interviewed about their morning routines and landed on five common themes. They include:Experiment with your wake-up time. Experimenting with what time you wake up shouldn’t solely rest on the time you need to get ready and out the door. Try building in some time to enjoy the morning and think through the day.Make time for whatever energizes you. For me, this includes a morning run on my treadmill while reading up on the day’s news. 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Long Island Snow Storm to Snarl Tuesday Commute

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter storm is forecast to dump two to four inches of snow Tuesday on Long Island, which is likely to snarl the rush hour commute, forecasters said.The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Nassau and Suffolk counties from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday.“Snow is expected to begin after midnight tonight and continue into the Tuesday morning rush,” the agency’s Upton-based meteorologists said in a statement. “Snow ends by Tuesday afternoon.”The storm is expected to cause slippery roadways and reduced visibility, creating hazardous travel conditions.Temperatures are expected to be 13 with wind chills as low as 5 and gusts up to 20 mph.Once the storm passes, there is another slight chance of snow on Wednesday, Thursday and this weekend.last_img read more

Suspect arrested, charged following high-speed chase Thursday

first_imgCHENANGO BRIDGE (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says one person was arrested following a high-speed chase that occurred early Thursday morning. ORIGINAL STORY: The sheriff’s office says two other occupants were in the vehicle with Frost. They were taken into custody but released without charges, they say. Police haven’t shared any information on possible injuries, people in custody, or what started the high-speed chase in the first place. Frost was taken to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office where he was processed on his charges. Authorities say the chase continued onto Airport Port, the city of Binghamton, Route 7 and eventually Route 88 where the chase ended with Frost crashing his vehicle. The New York State Police aided in the investigation. The sheriff’s office says 25-year-old Paul A. Frost of Johnson City was arrested and charged with criminal mischief in the 2nd degree, a class D felony. He was also charged with a misdemeanor and 31 vehicle and traffic violations, authorities noted. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office, Hillcrest Fire Department and State Troopers all responded to the scene.center_img The car caught fire and came to stop between Exits 1 and 2 on I-88 eastbound. (WBNG) — A high-speed chase early Thursday morning ended in a vehicle fire. 3:30 P.M. UPDATE: When 12 News crews arrived at the scene, the fire was already out, but they did see fire damage to the side of the car. They say his vehicle caught fire but was later put out by a deputy with an extinguisher. They say Frost was spotted travelling at a “high rate of speed” on Glenwood Road in the town of Dickinson. The sheriff’s office attempted to conduct a traffic stop but Frost did not comply, they say. This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more information.last_img read more

Floods in North Sumatra force hundreds from their homes

first_imgTwo-day torrential rain led to flooding in Merbau district of North Labuhan Batu regency, North Sumatra, on Sunday, causing damage to public facilities and forcing hundreds of residents from their homes.According to the North Labuhan Batu Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), the floods prompted around 600 families to seek shelter.“It was still raining this morning, so the floodwater has yet to recede, and residents are still staying with relatives and in safer places,” North Labuhan Batu BPBD logistics head Sukardi said on Sunday. The villages of Simpang Empat, Marbau Selatan, Belongkut, Lobu Rampah and Tubiran, as well as Marbau subdistrict, were heavily affected by the floods.Sukardi added that at least 80 houses and several vehicles had been damaged. Meanwhile, schools, houses of worship and village maternity wards were also affected by the disaster. The floods also killed some residents’ livestock, such as goats and chickens.“Some emergency kitchens have been established to help residents,” he said, adding that the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police had worked alongside the BPBD in the evacuation process.According to Simpang Empat resident Syahrief, floods happen every year during the rainy season. Syarief expressed his frustration at the government’s lack of prevention measures.“Thank God there were no casualties, but should we wait until someone dies of the disaster for the government to solve the problem?” he said. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Greensburg approves study to analyze railroad crossing opportunities

first_imgGreensburg, In. — A report from the Greensburg Daily News says the redevelopment commission there has approved a $100,000 expenditure for a feasibility study for a railroad overpass in the city.The report says Greensburg Redevelopment Commission member Jody Coffman says, “To me, it’s safety,” Coffman said during an April meeting. “So, No. 1, even though we have a second [fire] station built over the railroad, let’s say that there’s a fire called out on the north end of the county and a train comes through, and a fire gets called out on the south end of the county. Now, they’re all stuck on the north end of the county.”Governor Eric Holcomb recently unveiled a program to provide grants to municipalities safety enhancements and railroad overpasses. Batesville, Greensburg, Seymour, Franklin and Columbus all are searching for solutions to increased railroad traffic.Mayor Manus has expressed support for the plan, “I would like to see something happen as long as it’s feasible and we have the right spot, that’s what the study will tell us.”The study will provide an estimated cost and design options for officials to consider.The study is expected to be complete in July of 2018.“I think it’s good that they (the RDC) have talked about this,” said mayor Manus. “They’ve talked about this before, but when this grant came up it gave us a chance. We need to study this and make sure it’ll work.”The grants will be awarded in September of this year.last_img read more

Batesville Fire & Rescue Responds to House Fire with Fatality, 9 Displaced

first_imgBatesville, IN – Batesville Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a residential structure fire on Park Avenue around 1:15 am on Monday. Fire crews and law enforcement arrived within moments to discover the two-story home was fully engulfed in flames.While on the scene, firefighters were informed that a person was potentially trapped inside the residence. Firefighters immediately began search and rescue efforts which led to the discovery of the victim. As a result, there was one fatality reported from the fire. Batesville Fire and Rescue will not be releasing the name of the deceased at this time.  A total of nine residents of the home were displaced due to the destruction.The fire remains under investigation by the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office. Batesville Fire & Rescue was provided mutual aid by Morris Volunteer Fire Department and Oldenburg Eagle Fire Department and assisted by the Batesville Police Department, Sunman Area Life Squad, and the American Red Cross. Crews were on the scene well into Monday morning.last_img read more

Robben’s wife contracts coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Arjen Robben has revealed that his wife Bernadien contracted coronavirus and struggled to breathe during her battle with the deadly disease. The former Chelsea and Bayern Munich star opened up on the couple’s health fright, and highlighted that Bernadien had struggled to recover from the virus over a sustained period. Robben also hailed the invaluable support from their friends during the crisis, with the pair having been confined to self-isolation. The now-retired ex-winger shed further light on his personal encounter with Covid-19, which continues to reek havoc across the globe as governments struggle to fight back. Robben featured on a Bayern-centred podcast, via Bild, and said: “The worst thing for my wife was that she felt this pressure on her chest and had trouble breathing. That was absolutely not a nice feeling. “You also notice how long it lasts. It’s not as if you feel better after a day or two. I’m very glad that it didn’t get too bad.” And with Robben and his partner restricted to their home, friends of the couple fetched groceries for them and took their dog out for a walk every day. He added: “Fortunately we have very dear friends who helped us then. But that was a strange situation, you can’t go out at all. “There are purchases that are then placed in front of the door. You can bring that in later. “We also have a dog that we are not allowed to go to the forest with. Friends picked up the dog and went for a walk with it.” Bernadien has since fought off coronavirus, and Robben admitted his relief. “Fortunately, everything was still under control, but not nice,” he said. She felt really bad, but fortunately she has been tested negative now and is feeling better.Tags: Arjen RobbenBayern MunichBernadienCoronavirusCOVID-19last_img read more