John Mayer Shares The First Four Songs From “The Search For Everything” Album

first_imgNew music from John Mayer is here! Though the long awaited The Search For Everything is being released in four track waves, Mayer and his cohorts Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan have shared the first wave of new music today.Recently, Mayer told fans that he would be releasing tracks from The Search For Everything in fours, such that four tracks would be released every month until the album was completed. Though there was no indication of how many months this plan would last, it certainly ensures prolonged attention for Mayer’s anticipated solo release.Without further ado, check out the first four songs below!last_img read more

Linking libraries, museums, archives

first_imgThe archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, says that one of the core challenges facing today’s librarians, archivists, and museum curators is the need for them to work across disciplines to deliver the integrated, seamless level of service that tech-savvy users are increasingly coming to expect.“We are all in the same business: protecting, collecting, and allowing the use of information,” he told a packed audience during a “Harvard Library Strategic Conversation” on integrating libraries, archives, and museums (an initiative referred to as “LAM”) held Monday at Longfellow’s Askwith Hall.Ferriero, previously director of the New York Public Library (he also held the top position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Library), spoke of the necessity of understanding exactly how users interact with information as the foundation of LAM integration.“We need to focus on user behavior. We don’t know enough about how they use resources,” he said, but “users expect to be able to span the scope of knowledge in seconds.”Ferriero, who grew up in Beverly, described his motivations for pushing LAM integration at the National Archives, where he oversees 44 museums and  archives, three of them in Massachusetts. He is working to maintain relevancy with researchers and visitors, and “has a mandate from President Barack Obama” to increase transparency, collaboration, and public participation.Ferriero, along with other speakers, highlighted the challenges to creating an interdisciplinary LAM structure. For example, he referred to the growing difficulty of collecting and archiving electronic records, mentioning that “only” 8 million of them were archived from President Ronald Reagan’s administration, while 70 million were collected from President Bill Clinton’s, and a jaw-dropping 210 million were collected from President George W. Bush’s tenure.Following Ferriero’s presentation, Professor Holly Witchey of Johns Hopkins University, interim director of the Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts, offered her perspectives on LAM integration from the museum curator side of the triangle. She emphasized the obstacles to LAM integration, including the lack of interdisciplinary standards for organizing collections, the geographic distance typically separating LAM collections, and interdisciplinary rivalries about which agency should take precedence.“Our job as curators is LAM integration, but we all do it so idiosyncratically,” she noted. Witchey described a split among museum curators dividing those who prefer the old, idiosyncratic systems of organization and those who recognize the value added by integration. Most of all, Witchey noted, “Our audiences simply expect integration,” and there’s no escaping it.Ferriero and Witchey were joined in the conversation by Günter Waibel, director of the Smithsonian’s digitization program, and Tom Hickerson, vice provost of libraries and cultural resources at the University of Calgary in Canada. After each panelist had spoken, moderator Waibel initiated a discussion among the panelists and audience about the opportunities and obstacles presented by LAM integration.Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, asked about the obstacles to translating “the power of the object” — that is, how artifacts that may have a more visceral appeal (rather than just an informational one) can be portrayed accurately in a digitized format.Ferriero acknowledged the challenge, one that technology may never be fully able to answer. “Working in Washington,” Ferriero responded, “I watch people lining up to see the Declaration of Independence all the time. Yes, you can find it online, but you can’t replace the emotional experience of standing in front of it.”What came across clearest during the discussion is that user expectations are driving the movement toward LAM integration, and that professionals in all three disciplines are accelerating their efforts to make it happen.last_img read more

Harvard, in the background

first_imgYou have permission from Harvard Public Affairs & Communications for usage of the images for video conferencing virtual backgrounds. Images of identifiable staff, students, or faculty are for academic use only, and may not be used for promotional or marketing purposes without written consent. All of these images are Copyright © President and Fellows of Harvard College and are protected by Harvard Public Affairs & Communications. You may not use, reproduce, archive, or alter any of the images without the prior written permission of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Campus has been empty for about three weeks now. While it will be awhile before you can return to wander the stacks of Widener Library or have lunch on the grass in the Yard, many of your favorite places can adorn the backgrounds of conference calls and virtual meetings. We offer 10 images taken by Gazette staff photographers for this purpose.To Download Backgrounds:Click the “Download” link, right click on the image, and choose “Save Image As” to add it to your computer. Open your Zoom meeting, click the up arrow next to “Stop Video” and select “Choose Virtual Background.” Click the + symbol next to Choose Virtual Background to upload your image and set your new background. Uncheck the “Mirror My Video” option under Video Settings.,Download image,Download image,Download image,Download image,Download image,Download image,Download image,Download image,Download imageDownload top image (of John Harvard Statue)last_img read more

Colombian Defense Industry Increases Capacity with Private-Sector Alliances

first_imgBy Marian Romero/Diálogo September 20, 2016 With the goal of establishing coordinated work between the private sector and the defense industry, Colombia’s Ministry of Defense implemented an “Alliance for Productive Transformation” event in association with National Planning Department (DNP, for its Spanish acronym). The event, which was held on August 24th-25th in the city of Cartagena, brought together both civilian and military representatives of over 400 companies from the aerial, maritime, and land transport sectors of various countries. The stability of the industry and its potential in Colombia was what attracted so many interested parties to the event, which had 952 attendees, surpassing previous attendance by 120 percent. Members of military institutions and companies attended from Germany, Brazil, Spain, and the United States, among others. One hundred and fifty-seven international companies participated, including Airbus, Lockheed Martin, and Lloyd’s Register. During the two-day event, 18 agreements were signed between the Colombian defense industry and private companies. The initiative came out of a rethinking of the work and opportunities for the military industry in the post-conflict period. Because of the conflict situation that the country lived through, the Colombian Ministry of Defense’s Social and Business Defense and Wellbeing Group (GSED, for its Spanish acronym) has had a lot of growth over the past 15 years. In 2014, it became the ninth largest business group in Colombia. According to the DNP, Colombia has invested over $82 billion in the defense sector over the past 15 years. In addition, Colombia has the highest level of defense spending in the region, at 3.4 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Between 2002 and 2015, Colombia grew its security forces by 45 percent, becoming the largest force in the region after the United States. Meanwhile, with the National Training Center’s 23 specialized schools and the National Police Operations Center’s 14 specialized schools, Colombia is the main country to offer South-South cooperation for training military and police personnel. It has trained armies and police forces from over five countries in the region and has won the Special Forces Games for eight years in a row. Taking these numbers into consideration when evaluating the importance of productively using past investments, the DNP and the Ministry of Defense decided to strengthen existing capacities in the country in order to broaden them and put them on the industry’s global map. This event was the first step towards accomplishing that goal. Air Force General José Javier Pérez, GSED Deputy Minister of Defense, said that this is an important step in the continuing development of the Colombian Armed Forces. “This is the first time that the GSED is opening its doors to the private sector with the goal of dovetailing with national industrial policies, and it is aligning with the requirements of private international companies to become a hub for technological development. The historic moment that the country is going through allows for the possibility of strengthening the defense capacities built during the years of conflict. Today, the aim is to create productive linkages that will drive technological and commercial processes and contribute to the country’s progress.” Colombian defense industry capacities During the past three years, the defense sector’s operating income has increased by an average of 7.25 percent, with exports of over $13 million between 2013 and 2015. However, the five defense sector companies are net importers, meaning there is a huge opportunity for local vendors. Colombia has five state industries in different sectors, all of which are certified internationally. In 2015, their operational income was close to $500 million. INDUMIL – a military industry manufacturer Positioned as the main supplier for the Colombian Police and Armed Forces, INDUMIL is a manufacturer of arms, explosives, and munitions that also develops products for civilians. With revenues of $158 million, the manufacturer has a blasting agent capacity of 4,515 tons and blasting accessories of 10 million meters. It also develops civilian products, of which 49.6 percent are designed for open-pit mining, 21 percent for civil works, and 11.5 percent for gold mining. Naval shipyard COTECMAR The Science and Technology Corporation of Naval, Maritime, and Riverine Industry Development, known as COTECMAR, is a Colombian naval shipyard that develops projects for the construction and repair of Colombian Navy ships as well as for third parties. It has revenues of $108 million, and has the capacity to repair 16 projects (dock and pier). It is currently producing maritime interdiction vessels and amphibious landing ships, like the ones that allowed for the transport and supply work in Ecuador after the earthquake. In the near future, it will be selling an ocean patrol vessel, amphibious landing boats, and river patrol boats to the Honduran government for over $65 million. Aeronautical manufacturer CIAC Colombia’s Aeronautics Industry Corporation produces military planes and also repairs and maintains aircraft for the Colombian Air Force. In 2015, it was certified by the United States Federal Aviation Administration to provide maintenance services for avionics equipment, accessories, and non-destructive testing. This year, it was also certified by Airbus Defense & Space as a Maintenance Repair and Operations service center for some of its aircraft. The CIAC manufactures parts and accessory components for aircraft and helicopters. It has revenues of $ 47 million. High-tech Corporation – CODALTEC With the goal of reducing the digital divide in the Colombian defense industry sector, CODALTEC is charged with appropriation and generation of knowledge , as well as developing technology by integrating the public and private productive sectors, universities, and the state. With revenues of $1 million, it has seven types of projects, including the creation of simulators and software. Armed Forces Logistics Agency Its goal is to provide logistical solutions focused on supply and infrastructure for the Colombian Armed Forces and other state entities, as well as to develop capacities for the management of other goods and services. Notable among its capacities are the supply of 14 million liters of fuel and the distribution of 800,000 field rations for soldiers in jungle areas and in hostile conditions in places where no other company has been able to go. It has revenues of $175 million. Taking advantage of defense sector industry capacities Over the past few years, indicators in the area of security have been very encouraging in Colombia. According to the DNP, the homicide rate decreased by 26 percent in the 2010-2014 period, in which 482 municipalities were declared homicide free and 89 percent of municipalities were declared free of terrorist attacks. In addition, security forces thwarted 864 violent acts, and 93 percent of municipalities are now free of subversive acts. All of these achievements have allowed for thinking about the possibility of effectively using the capacities of security forces, including not only security but productive development as well. “The role of the Armed Forces in the post-conflict period doesn’t mean a budget reduction or a reduction in their duties. The immense amount of effort that the defense sector has made for decades should be put to use in Colombia’s development,” said Deputy Minister Pérez. “Once their extensive industrial capacities have been tested, it is important to have a broad discussion on the role of the Armed Forces and its contributions to economic development in the post-conflict society.” DNP Director of Justice, Security, and Government Gabriel Cifuentes says that the idea of establishing coordinated tasks between the defense and private sectors came out of the analysis of the macroeconomic impact of investment in defense sector companies. Currently, Colombia has an installed capacity of 68 percent, creating 9,500 jobs (5,500 direct and 4,000 indirect), and that has a total effect of 0.12 percentage points on GDP. A 100percent, installed-capacity scenario could have an effect of 0.2 percentage points on GDP and generate 11,789 jobs. “Colombian defense industry activity has an effect on the economy which is greater than just fourth-generation highway construction projects. Making investments and including the GSED industry in the country’s productive development policies is very much worth it, as it is one of the most sophisticated markets which generates the highest returns,” stated Cifuentes. “For every peso that is invested in GSED, the demand and economic contribution generated is 1.5 pesos. That is to say, it is multiplied by 1.5 times,” he added. “It also creates productive chains, jobs, human capital and leaves installed capacity inside the country. These coordinated tasks could definitely become an important driver of the Colombian economy.” There are different clusters associated with the defense sector in Colombia. Thanks to coordinated work between the defense and private sectors, these clusters can have a lot of growth. According to the DNP, labor productivity of defense-related sectors rose by 53 percent between 2008 and 2014, while industrial productivity in general fell during the same period. These defense companies are very solid. “Although there are several defense sector events every year, this is the first time that a massive invitation is being sent out to private specialized companies to present our capacities in terms of technology,” said Deputy Minister Pérez. “This is also the first time that there is a commitment from the government for the defense sector to have a direct effect on the country’s economy. This is about a business vision for the defense sector,” he concluded. The challenges created by the coordinated work of the defense and private sectors have to do with tariff issues, quality standards, human capital formation and regulations for government-to-government sales. “Change always means challenges, but, in this case, we are very prepared to achieve a total strengthening of the defense industry sector starting now until 2030. The dovetailing of this initiative with a policy of development is new, and so it requires assistance and changes in various sectors. This is about a vision for the country leading towards productivity and quality,” concluded Cifuentes.last_img read more

This is what separates the most and least money savvy states

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Virginia and Kansas serve as a microcosm for the chaotic nature of financial education in this country. Virginia ranks in the top 10 and Kansas the bottom 10 of states with a financially astute population, according to new research. As it happens, the two have diametrically opposing views on financial lessons in the classroom.Virginia just graduated its first high school class with a required course in personal finance. The state also requires an economics course, and it tests for achievement. “Virginia’s class of 2015 enters the real world with a comparative advantage,” Nan Morrison, CEO of the Council for Economic Education, told me this summer.Kansas, on the other hand, has no such requirements and does not even dictate that an economics or personal finance class be offered as an elective. In a statehouse showdown last year, opposing lawmakers derided financial education as an unfunded mandate that infringed on the rights of individual school districts. To make their point, these lawmakers argued that kids would be better off learning a confident handshake—and succeeded in adding that to a bill that would require such instruction. continue reading »last_img read more

How mobile technology can help divorced parents manage financial obligations

first_imgChildren and childcare expenses can often force divorced parents to stay in communication with each other when would rather not, sometimes resulting in uncomfortable exchanges and disputes over who owes what. The complications involved in tallying and balancing receipts add yet another tense layer to the dissolution of a marriage.Child-related expenses must be addressed despite former partners’ communication barriers, however. Parents need to make a variety of purchases for their children – new clothes, braces, summer camp and more – but handling these budgeting matters is difficult, even among partners who have divorced amicably. Such matters become even more complex as parents remarry and bring additional caregivers into their children’s lives.It was for this reason that Laura MacMahon co-founded Family Plan, an app that facilitates expense sharing between divorcees. MacMahon, who is also the president of the company, stated that the app’s design keeps payment services swift, streamlined and professional. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

The townhouse that kicked off Di Bella snapped up at first inspection

first_imgLeasing agents have found that townhouses that are pet friendly are seeing strong demand.“There are a lot of two bedrooms in the area but when townhouses come up, especially when they allow pets that’s what you see demand rise.”The townhouse rented at $520 a week at the first open home when six different groups inspected the property. Philip De Bella in the Di Bella roasting room at Albion. He started out bagging beans in his garage at New Farm. Picture: Campbell Scott.THE townhouse that kicked off the Di Bella coffee empire has been snapped up by a keen tenant on its very first inspection.Funnily enough, the new resident had no idea that Philip Di Bella used to stack bags of coffee beans in the garage when he started his coffee business.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoBrisbane coffee king Phillip Di Bella sold the New Farm townhouse for $661,000 last month.Leasing agent Eadan Hockings of Living Here Cush Partners said “the person who bought it knew that and was pretty chuffed”, but the tenant was driven by the property’s pet friendly status. The Brisbane CBD is less than 4km away.last_img read more

Garvin George sentenced to 14 years imprisonment

first_img Share 15 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Garvin George sentenced to 14 years imprisonment by: – February 27, 2012 High Court Judge Bernie Stevenson-Brooks has sentenced Garvin George to serve an imprisonment term of 14 years for the murder of Julien Junior Joseph on February 5th, 2010 at Calibishie.George who is twenty-two years old was found guilty of murder by a nine member jury on the 23rd of November, 2011.Justice Stevenson-Brooks in rendering her verdict said although the murder did not fall into the category of a premeditated or brutal murder, a young man’s life was taken “unnecessarily” and the Court must send a clear message to the public that this behavior is unacceptable.She further noted that the incidents of violence with the use of scissors; as was used in this case, knives, cutlasses and other lethal weapons are very prevalent within society and must be eradicated.Justice Stevenson-Brooks explained that she considered the fact that the Defendant was a first offender who had no criminal record, the social welfare report which indicates that the Defendant’s actions were “out of character” and that he took up the responsibility of assisting his mother in caring for his eleven siblings and grandmother.She also stated that the Social Welfare report also indicates that the Defendant was described by people in his community as a “cool” person and that he was very cooperative during the interview.However, Justice Stevenson-Brooks highlighted the fact that the Defendant was involved in a “senseless killing”, his willingness to continue fighting even after he was cautioned by his uncle, that he pursued the deceased even after he fled the scene and used his scissors to inflict stab wounds on him.She further highlighted the law which indicates that murder is one of the most serious offenses that holds a mandatory prison sentence and sentenced him to 14 years in prison.The Defendant has already served 2 years at the State’s Prison and this according to Justice Stevenson-Brooks will be taken into consideration.She commended the lawyers; the Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina with Clement Joseph and Arthlyn Nesty and Defence attorney Wayne Norde.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

Amnesty urges probe into over 70 bloody Kingston deaths.

first_img Tweet Share 60 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Amnesty urges probe into over 70 bloody Kingston deaths. by: – May 25, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Amnesty International has again expressed alarm at the number of extrajudicial killings in Jamaica.KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday May 25, 2012 – On the second anniversary of a bloody military operation in West Kingston that claimed the lives of some 70 civilians and two members of the armed forces, the human rights watchdog Amnesty International is pushing for an inquiry.The violent upheaval unfolded when security forces clashed with individuals loyal to then-fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke who were attempting to block his arrest.Now, two years after the deadly clash, Amnesty is backing calls by the public defender and other civil society groups for government to get the inquiry underway.“As Jamaica commemorates the second anniversary of the proclamation of the state of emergency, it is time for the Government of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to appoint an independent commission of inquiry with a broad mandate and powers. This will be a decisive step to ensure that investigations into the allegations of human rights violations during the 2010 State of Emergency are completed and that these investigations result in justice and remedy,” Amnesty stated in a press release.The human rights watchdog cited the case of Paulette Wellington, mother of Sheldon Gary Davis, who was allegedly killed by security forces during the first week of the State of Emergency after reportedly being arrested at his home on May 30, 2010 in Denham Town, West Kingston.Four days later, after searching frantically for him, Wellington received confirmation that he was dead. A policeman told her that another officer shot him when he tried to take a soldier’s gun.According to Amnesty, however, other men who were in custody with Davis said they saw a police officer put him under a mango tree and shoot him.Wellington and others with relatives who died in the incident are still waiting for justice and a chance to find out how their loved ones died, Amnesty said.“Two years have passed since the two-month-long state of emergency was declared, during which time several other people like Sheldon Gary Davis were suspected of having been unlawfully killed by the security forces and hundreds of others are believed to have been unlawfully arrested,” the release said.The human rights watchdog also drew attention to an interim report from Public Defender Earl Witter, based on 1,000 civilian complaints about the conduct of the security forces during the State of Emergency, which is to be presented to Parliament. The report is expected to outline the initial findings and what Government support is required to conclude the investigations.Amnesty indicated that the delay in publishing this report was because of the government’s forensic inadequacies.“Shortcomings in the forensic services are one of the reasons for the long delay in the investigations. In particular, the resources available at the ballistics laboratory were deemed to be inadequate to deal with such a high number of cases, especially given that the laboratory already had a backlog of 2,000 requests in October 2010 for cases prior to the state of emergency,” said the group.Among the many families awaiting answers about the circumstances of their relatives’ deaths during the state of emergency is that of businessman Keith Clarke, who was killed at his upper St Andrew home by a special joint forces team during the manhunt in May 2010.But, according to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewelyn, her office had not been able to rule on the case.In a release, Llewelyn said that she had appointed a team, comprising two deputy directors and two Crown Counsel, to review the huge file on the investigations into the killing which sent shockwaves through the country.But despite its voluminous nature, the file lacked critical information.“Having considered all the statements and other material on the file, it was discovered that there is need for further and better particulars touching and concerning an important aspect of this matter that is still to be furnished by the investigators. Having consulted with my team, I am therefore of the view that a ruling cannot be rendered at this time,” the DPP stated.Llewelyn said her office wrote to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) on May 9, 2012 requesting that this outstanding material be furnished as soon as possible so that she can complete the review and render a ruling in the matter.Meanwhile, Amnesty International has again expressed alarm at the number of extrajudicial killings in the country.“The number of people killed weekly by police officers in dubious circumstances in Jamaica continues to be unacceptably high. In the first six days of March 2012, the killing of 21 people by police officers spiked a wave of criticism against the way the police conduct its operations in marginalised inner-city areas,” the human rights advocate group declared.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Boris Becker’s estranged wife Lilly ready for a showdown

first_imgFormer tennis icon, Boris Becker, is not enjoying his peace as his estranged wife Lilly is spoiling for a showdown. According to The Sun of UK, Lilly hit out at the tennis icon’s new girlfriend and pleaded with her to “step away from my son”. Lilly Becker, 44, blasted Boris’ new girl Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro after she was spotted with her son Amadeus. Model Lilly and tennis legend Becker separated in 2018 after nine years of marriage and had son Amadeus in 2010. Three-time Wimbledon champ Becker was snapped relaxing by the ocean with his new squeeze and ten-year-old son in Ibiza this week. The 52-year-old clearly has a type after going from Lilly to Lilian but the loved up photos did not go down well with his estranged spouse. Lilly fired off a warning shot to her husband’s new partner in a now-deleted Instagram post. She said: “Let me put it his way so you understand: during the period of #corona! “You’re the 2nd girl within 7months to make breakfast – pizza- pancakes for my son! “No girl – as a mother please respect my son and go take pics with @borisbeckerofficial in your cute bikini and your fabulous body but I beg you step away from my son!” Lilly had a particular problem with Lilian touching young Amadeus and asked her to “take Boris hand” as she continued her online rant. She begged: “B won’t tell you! But I will otherwise you won’t get the message! “Have a fab holiday – without touching my kid! He’s off limits! Period!!” Boris was also joined on his Ibiza trip by 20-year-old son Elias, also a model like his mother Lilly. The ex-tennis pro was previously dating model Yoana Montero after being linked with another catwalk star in 32-year-old Layla Powell last year. read also:Boris Becker lays out Jurgen Klopp’s future career path The former world No1 has two further children with two different women – eldest Noah, 26, with ex Barbara and daughter Anna Ermakova, 20, with Angela Ermakova. Boris and Lilly spent 13 years together before going their separate ways two years ago and are thought to be close to finalising a divorce. It is not the first time the pair have been caught up in a row over son Amadeus after reaching an agreement in 2019 after a family court dispute. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Largest Cities In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsWhich Celebrity Endorsement Deals Were Worth The Most?Top 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Nowcenter_img Loading… last_img read more