Mining for Gold in Worldwide Centers of Excellence

first_imgWith the ever-growing flood of data hitting today’s enterprises, we’re in the midst of a new gold rush. To twist around a line from a Mark Twain character, you might say “there’s gold in them thar hills of data.” But this is true only for those organizations that can put high-performance computing systems, data analytics and artificial intelligence to work to capture nuggets of business value from streams of data.So how do you get started down this path? Mining value from business data is, arguably, a lot more complicated than panning for gold in mountain streams. To be successful, you need a clear view of your business use cases, the help of experts who have been there and done it successfully, and hands-on experiences with the tools of the trade.This is where Dell EMC HPC and AI Centers of Excellence enter the picture. These worldwide hubs for innovation and expertise help your organization jumpstart efforts to put the latest technologies to work in order capitalize on data. The centers provide a place where people come together to experience thought leadership, test new technologies, and share research findings and best practices.People are a big part of the CoE equation. Our HPC and AI Centers of Excellence cultivate local industry partnerships and provide direct input to a wide range of Information Technology creators. Through collaborative efforts, the Centers of Excellence open the door to the vast know‑how and experience in the community, including that of technology developers, service providers and end-users. Even better, the technology companies in the CoE community are eager to incorporate your feedback and needs into their roadmaps.Let’s get more specific. In Dell EMC HPC and AI Centers of Excellence, you can gain a closer understanding of topics like these:High speed data analytics that help you discover new ways to process, visualize and predict future needsAI, machine and deep learning expertise, best practices, testing and tuning on a wide array of the latest technologies to optimize resultsVisualization, modeling and simulation of complex data sets using a range of high powered visual computing solutions across multiple locationsPerformance analysis, optimization and benchmarking to help you find the right technology for the right application and optimize application performanceSystem design, implementation and operation together with monitoring and I/O benchmarking to help avoid performance bottlenecks, decrease power and cooling needs, and address reliability and resilience issuesAdvancing blockchain research at a CoEFor an example of the groundbreaking work being done at Dell EMC Centers of Excellence, look no further than the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The Center provides HPC computational resources, services and expertise to accelerate AI research and discovery in academia, industry and government. At this CoE, professionals from Dell Technologies are working with staff from SDSC, industry companies and academic partners to run a blockchain research lab called BlockLAB.In this hands-on research lab, participants are developing strategies to explore and implement the principal technologies and business use cases for blockchains, distributed ledgers, digital transactions and smart contracts. Among other outcomes, this research is expected to yield a state-of-the-art, end-to-end solution based on a VMware© blockchain stack in a hybrid cloud environment that leverages Virtustream Enterprise Cloud.[1]That’s the kind of leading-edge research that takes place every day at Dell EMC HPC and AI Centers of Excellence around the world — from North America and Europe to Africa, Asia and Australia.To learn moreFor a closer look at the work taking place in our CoEs, visit the HPC and AI Centers of Excellence site. To explore technologies that help your organization capitalize on the power of HPC, data analytics and AI, visit And for a more technical view, check out the performance benchmarks at[1] Dell EMC, “Dell Technologies Advances Blockchain Research Through BlockLAB,” September 25, 2018.last_img read more

Tree planting time

first_imgMake a planWhen planting trees, advance planning and research can go a long way toward avoiding problems later. Many home landscapers rush out and buy a tree only to get home and discover there is no ideal spot for it in their landscape.When selecting a tree species, evaluate the space in which it will be placed. Most trees should be planted at least 25 feet from the base of your home. Some should be planted up to 50 feet away, depending on their eventual height and width. Other things to consider about your planting site are sun exposure, soil drainage and proximity of septic systems and utility lines (above, below and nearby). Do a thorough site assessment and call 811 (the Call Before You Dig hotline) several days before you begin your installation. They will mark your underground utilities for free and assure a safe digging experience. Consider you purposeOnce you have evaluated your site, ask yourself a few questions and consider your needs and wants. Do you need a large shade tree? If you have plenty of space and sunlight consider a Yellow Poplar or Sycamore. Are you looking for a small specimen tree? If you have full sun, consider a Vitex (Chastetree) or for a shady spot select a Redbud. Do you want an evergreen tree that will provide color year round? Southern Magnolias and Hollies may fit the bill. If you prefer a deciduous tree with showy flowers in the spring and brilliant color change in the fall, try a Red Maple or a Golden Raintree. If you seek screening for privacy, try and evergreen like Cherry Laurel, Holly or Wax Myrtle. Trees to avoidSeveral trees should be avoided due to their tendency to have weak structure, be messy in the landscape, prone to disease problems or just generally weedy. These include: Ailanthus, Boxelder, Bradford Pear, Chinaberry, Leyland Cypress, Mimosa, Paulownia, Siberian Elm and Silver Maple. Plant it wellProper planting technique can mean the difference between a flourishing tree and one destined to die. A common mistake is planting the tree too deep. This can result in root rot and a slow death. Tree roots tend to spread out, more than down, so it is best to dig a hole that is about the same depth and at least twice as wide as the root ball. Once the tree is placed in the hole, pack native soil firmly around the root ball. Add mulch around the base of the tree out to the drip line to prevent water loss. Expand the mulched area as the drip line expands each year. This will help with moisture retention in the root zone, prevent weed growth and protect the tree trunk and roots from mechanical injuries that can be caused by mowing or using a weed trimmer too close to the base. Water your new tree and give it special attention for the first year. Fertilizer is unnecessary and can cause stress to the tree in the first year. Arbor Day isn’t until February, but now is the ideal time to add new trees to your landscape.Trees planted in November and December have time to produce new roots before having to supply water to lots of thirsty leaves next spring. Planting now will mean lower maintenance time for the trees when spring does arrive. If you are transplanting a small tree, fall planting is especially important since inevitably roots are damaged and lost when the tree is moved. By transplanting trees now, you assure the roots have adequate time to grow and repair themselves for spring. That strong root system increases your odds of successful transplanting.last_img read more


first_img BriefsTHE T.J. REDDICK BAR ASSOCIATION recently held its 16th Annual Scholarship Banquet in Hollywood. The theme this year was “The Law, The Future, The Passion of Youth,” with keynote speaker Dennis Archer, the immediate past president of the ABA. The bar also honored Holland & Knight, The Life Program of H.A.N.D.Y., Inc., and B.J. Smith of Lauderhill Boys and Girls Club for their “tremendous contribution to improving the quality of life for children.” The T.J. Reddick Bar Association is a private volunteer association of African American lawyers who are dedicated to promoting the professional excellence of African American lawyers in Broward County, increasing the enrollment of minority students in college and law school, and promoting the general welfare of all citizens in Broward County. The money raised at the event goes to provide academic scholarships to students at local law schools and magnet high school pre-law programs. MELLON UNITED NATIONAL BANK in Miami recently helped fund an Equal Justice Works fellowship through The Florida Bar Foundation that represents low-income Haitian immigrant women and children who are victims of domestic violence. THE INAUGURAL CONSTRUCTION Law Certification Committee recently gathered in Tampa. Lawyers certified in construction law deal with matters relating to the design and construction of improvements on private and public projects including construction dispute resolution, contract negotiation, preparation, award and administration, lobbying in governmental hearings, oversight and document review, construction lending and insurance, construction licensing, and the analysis and litigation of problems arising out of the Florida Construction Lien Law and the federal Miller Act. Approximately 150 lawyers have signed up to take the first construction law certification exam. For more information about becoming board certified in construction law contact Mustafa at (800) 342-8060, ext 5768 or [email protected] THE PUERTO RICAN BAR ASSOCIATIONof Florida recently held its Second Annual Dinner and Gala in Hollywood, featuring keynote speaker Federico Costales who serves as Miami District director of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Costales joined other featured speakers, including Florida Bar President-elect Alan Bookman, Jimmy L. Morales, Judge Rosa Rodriguez, and Judge Lilliana Torreh-Bayouth in praise of the recent achievements of the Puerto Rican Bar. The Puerto Rican Bar Association is a rapidly growing organization of attorneys linked by heritage, who are committed to promoting a strong commitment to civil responsibility, development of youth, and creating lasting relationships with other voluntary bar associations. The group is working with The Florida Bar, and with several other organizations statewide, on the issue of diversity in the legal profession. THE DADE COUNTY BAR Young Lawyers Section’s eMentoring Program began its fourth year recently with a luncheon at the Hard Rock Café in Bayside. Over 75 attorneys and students from Miami Senior High School’s Legal & Public Affairs Magnet Program attended the opening event. Health Law Section hands out awards The Bar’s Health Law Section has awarded its William Trickel, Jr., Memorial Writing Awards for 2004 to three law school students. The first prize of $5,000 was awarded to Marissa Martin, a student at the University of Houston Law Center, for her paper titled “In re Schiavo: Social, Legal and Ethical Perspectives.” The second prize of $2,500 was awarded to Douglas Helling, who attends Florida State University College of Law, for his paper “Hospital Vicarious Liability: Independent Contractor Status May No Longer Be an Effective Risk Avoiding Strategy.” The third place prize of $1,000 was awarded to Diana Mangsen of Suffolk University School of Law for her paper titled “Artificial Insemination by Donor: Lessons From Adoption.” The William Trickel, Jr., Memorial Writing Award was established by section to honor William Trickel, Jr., a health law attorney and former section chair, and to recognize excellence in authorship of scholarly writing in the field of health law. All student papers are original works and are available as a resource to section members and for publication. Ohio Northern U. law students raise funds for Hurricane victims Ohio Northern University’s Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity and the Sports Law Society recently sponsored a flag football tournament to raise money to support disaster relief efforts in the wake of this past summer’s Florida hurricanes. The fraternity rased $163.10, which it gave to the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, which turned the funds over to the Attorney’s Charitable Trust to aid victims of Hurricanes Charley, Francis, and Ivan. Gulfcoast Legal Aid celebrates 25 years Gulfcoast Legal Services hosted an awards dinner to commemorate the completion of 25 years of providing legal aid in Pinellas County. Spirit of Justice Awards were presented to Judge Myra Scott-McNary of Pinellas; Jane Walker, executive director of Daystar Life Center; Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc.; and Stetson University College of Law in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Gulfcoast and the Pinellas community. FAWL creates Mattie Belle Davis Society The Florida Association for Women Lawyers has created the Mattie Belle Davis Society to honor the late Judge Davis and her lifelong commitment to FAWL and women lawyers. On June 30, 1951, Mattie Belle Davis and 26 other women lawyers from around the state gathered in Miami Beach to form the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. Judge Davis attended every meeting of the association in its early years, served as a director on the board for several years, and then became FAWL president in 1957-58. “Judge Davis’s commitment to FAWL did not ebb after her presidency, but rather continued throughout her life until her death on July 3, 2003,” said FAWL’s Wendy S. Loquasto. “As the sole woman judge on the Metropolitan Court of Dade County beginning in 1959, and continuing for many years thereafter, Judge Davis provided a role model for generations of women lawyers in Florida who came to know her through FAWL.” creating the society, FAWL honors Judge Davis for her lifelong commitment to FAWL and her pursuit of equality, justice, and the promotion of women in the law, Loquasto said. FAWL invites all lawyers to become founding members of the “MBD Society” by making an annual $100 contribution to FAWL. To become a founding member, call (850) 894-0055 or visit FAWL’s Web site at What is your voluntary bar up to? Information needed for new Voluntary Bar Events Calendar The Florida Bar wants to help publicize voluntary bar associations’ activities and events by posting them on the Bar’s Web site on its new Voluntary Bar Events Calendar. “The activities of your voluntary bar association are important to The Florida Bar and we want to share information about those activities with the legal community and the public,” said Toyca Williams, the Bar’s Public Information Department’s voluntary bar liaison. “Many voluntary bar associations have already taken advantage of this new opportunity.” The concept for this calendar emerged from the Member Outreach Committee, created by Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson. The committee came up with this idea as a way to stimulate communication from voluntary bars to Bar leadership about their events and activities of general membership interest. Voluntary bar leaders may e-mail information about their voluntary bar association to the Public Information Department. The e-mail should contain the following information: • Title of the event. • Date of the event. • Time of the event. • Location of the event. • A brief description of event. • The deadline for registering for the event and contact information (name, e-mail, cost, and phone number). Events must be sponsored by the voluntary association and should be of general membership interest. To submit events for posting on the Voluntary Bar Events Calendar send the information to: [email protected] To view the calendar, visit and click on “Bar Calendars.” For more information about the Member Outreach Committee, contact [email protected] Hook to lead W. Pasco Bar The West Pasco Bar Association recently swore in Joan Nelson Hook as its president. Other new officers include President-elect Stephen Doran, Vice President Randall Love, Treasurer Sallie D. Skipper, and Secretary Michael Beam. Hook also is a past president of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys and of the Florida State Guardianship Association. Military law program slated for January The Bar’s Military Affairs Committee will host the 2005 Military Law and Legal Assistance Symposium January 22 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami during the Bar’s Midyear Meeting. The Bar’s Military Affairs Committee will also present its 2005 Clayton B. Burton Award of Excellence at the event. The symposium includes a full program of Florida law CLE topics to help practitioners meet the challenge of providing first-rate legal service to Florida military personnel and their families. Special attention is given to the needs of military lawyers new to the state. The aim of the program is to bring civilian and military lawyers together to promote cooperation and exchange of information and resources. The cost of the event, including lunch, is $100. For more information call Maria Johnson at (800) 342-8060, ext. 5811 or e-mail [email protected] Briefs December 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Personal finance has everything and nothing to do with money

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr On the surface, personal finance seems to be primarily about money: getting rich and optimizing your investments and so on. It’s definitely about all of that stuff, but in a larger, more important way, it has nothing to do with money at all. It’s more about using it to optimise your values and priorities.Learn to Manage Your Money So It Doesn’t Manage YouMy dad used to say, “Money isn’t the problem; the lack of it is.” And it’s true: money doesn’t buy you happiness, but not having enough of it can be a pain. And the level of pain varies, depending on your situation.Growing up, my parents had a hard time making ends meet, at least for a few years. They wanted to move to a better neighborhood with better schools, but that wasn’t going to happen. Others have it even worse. In Scarcity, Why Having Too Little Means So Much, authors and researchers Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir describe study after study that shows a lack of money affects our decisiveness, well-being — even our politeness. The authors write: continue reading »last_img read more

Big Tech stocks soar as results still come in from nail-biter election

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – NBC News has not yet projected the presidential election results, as several states remain uncalled. Democrats, meanwhile are projected to hold control of the House, while it’s unclear how the Senate race will play out.Some investors also viewed the potential for Republicans to hold onto the Senate as a positive for tech stocks, since higher capital gains taxes from a Democrat congress could have weighed on the sector.Subscribe to CNBC PRO for access to the livestream of CNBC’s continuous election and business news coverage.center_img Shares of the major tech-related companies jumped early Wednesday as investors flocked toward Microsoft and the FAANG family, comprised of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google parent company Alphabet, while the U.S. waited for a clear presidential winner.Facebook stock was the biggest winner of the morning, as shares jumped more than 6%. Apple traded up nearly 3%. Amazon stock jumped more than 3.5%. Netflix traded more than 3% higher, while Alphabet’s stock was up more than 3.5%. Microsoft also traded up more than 3.5%. The moves were part of a broader market jump.Investors attributed the move in tech to a number of factors, including the group’s consistently solid returns and safety appeal in times of uncertainty. The group also factored in the possibility that Congress could remain split, which would making sweeping legislation against Big Tech harder to pass.- Advertisement – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2017.KENZO TRIBOUILLARDlast_img read more

PLN to dispatch meter inspectors during PSBB to prevent bill fiasco

first_imgState-owned electricity firm PLN will continue sending meter inspectors to Jakarta homes during the second reinstatement of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to prevent household power bills from skyrocketing.The company had stopped sending inspectors in April, when Jakarta first entered lockdown, which caused household electricity bills to jump over the following months, triggering public outcry and a government investigation.“This is done to ensure that customers’ electricity bills match with their electricity consumption,”  PLN spokesman Agung Murdifi said of the new decision on Monday evening. However, PLN will not send inspectors to closed-off neighborhoods and locked homes, he added. These homes will need to report their power consumption – expressed as a kilowatt hour (kWh) on each electricity meter – via instant messaging service WhatsApp between the 24th and 27th of each month.Read also: Charged exchange: PLN electricity billing confusion enters third monthPLN warned that it would use a new bill calculation method — the direct cause of the bill spikes — for such inaccessible homes that do not report in time.The company previously conceded that 1.93 million homes received unfairly high power bills in June due to the new calculation method. PLN had resumed fully dispatching inspectors by that month, including for Jakarta, which had entered a looser, transitional PSBB period.Jakarta reentered a two-week PSBB period starting on Monday to contain the spread of COVID-19, which has killed 1,418 residents, the second-highest provincial death toll behind East Java.Topics :last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania National Guard Commitment Comes with Great Sacrifice, Foreign and Domestic

first_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Weather Safety PA Guard Stands Ready for Hurricane Season Governor Tom Wolf today recognized the incredible sacrifices made by members of the Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) during recent responses to support severe weather and COVID-19 emergencies in the commonwealth.“As the second largest National Guard in the country, Pennsylvania is an extremely active Guard that often serves abroad protecting our borders from foreign aggression, but also plays an extremely important role serving domestically,” said Gov. Wolf. “The level of commitment by our Guard is only surpassed by the personal sacrifice these men and women make by being away from loved ones and putting themselves in harm’s way to protect others.”The PNG routinely responds to domestic emergencies, sometimes in other states, but often right here in Pennsylvania. The responsibilities of the PNG during these emergencies include: search and rescue; distribution of food, supplies and equipment; transporting critical health care workers to health care facilities; assisting with evacuating and transporting citizens to shelters; clearing roads of debris; and prepping for post-storm recovery.Most recently, members of the PNG on the Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART) helped to rescue two motorists stranded in rapidly rising water in Berks County during flooding caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. In addition to the rescue, a Pennsylvania Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter and crew members accompanied by PA-HART members helped search for a missing person in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. A total of 100 PNG members responded during Isaias.The PNG also found itself in a very different kind of domestic emergency in recent months, standing side-by-side with Pennsylvania first responders and health care providers to help keep people safe during COVID-19. While most of Pennsylvania was social distancing during the pandemic, hundreds of PNG members were deployed throughout the commonwealth to help with an array of emergent needs, including nursing home staffing and PPE training; assisting at county testing sites; standing up medical stations; and working at food banks.“At a time of uncertainty, facing a whole new kind of enemy, the Pennsylvania National Guard lived up to its slogan ‘We live here, we train here, we serve here,’” said Gov. Wolf. “Pennsylvania called and without hesitation, the Guard answered, leaving behind family and putting their careers on hold. Thousands of Pennsylvania citizens are healthy and safe thanks to this selfless sacrifice.”Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania National Guard Commitment Comes with Great Sacrifice, Foreign and Domestic August 21, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Food for thought on how to feed our kids and fight poverty

first_imgStuff 31 August 2019Family First Comment: “…while it is not hard to see the sense in supporting these children and doing something to break the chains of poverty that bind them, neither is it unreasonable to accept the concerns of people like Bob McCoskrie. The Family First NZ director is supportive of the plan but calls it a “micro response to a macro problem”.The Government has struggled with how to change poor eating habits feeding our obesity epidemic; free school lunches will allow it to have an impact that might otherwise seem too “nanny state”.But while it is not hard to see the sense in supporting these children and doing something to break the chains of poverty that bind them, neither is it unreasonable to accept the concerns of people like Bob McCoskrie.The Family First NZ director is supportive of the plan but calls it a “micro response to a macro problem”.Forty-five million dollars is hardly micro, and it will be less so as the Government extends the programme to 120 schools in 2021. At that point, as the cost rises to potentially hundreds of millions of dollars, we may ask if one meal a day is the most effective way to spend taxpayer dollars on tackling poverty.Overseas research suggests that a free meal a day can only feed so much change. Children from lower socio-economic areas do better but are still often outperformed by kids in wealthier suburbs attending wealthier schools.A free meal is fine and worthy, but factors at home remain more influential: Is family life stable or under stress? Are parents able to support homework? Is there enough money to pay for uniforms, sports and other interests?McCoskrie is right that providing free lunches is an easy, if not quite free, hit. Influencing how those children are fed, clothed and supported at home would be the harder change, but have more impact.That’s a no-brainer.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

UPDATE: Robbery at Paix Bouche Credit Union

first_img Sharing is caring! 23 Views   no discussions Share Share LocalNews UPDATE: Robbery at Paix Bouche Credit Union by: – July 5, 2011center_img Share Photo credit: shenzhen-standard.comPolice Public Relations Officer, Inspector Claude Weekes has confirmed that the Paix Bouche Credit Union has been robbed by a masked individual.According to Inspector Weekes, a masked man entered the Credit Union around 10:30 this morning and shot the security officer Mr. Joseph Audain of Penville in his left leg and proceeded to the clerks and stole an undisclosed sum of money.Mr. Audain has since been hospitalized as a result of his injury.The suspect has not yet been captured by the police and they are therefore asking the general public to report any information which they may have on this matter as their investigations continue.Dominica Vibes News Tweetlast_img read more

‘Pusher’ busted in San Dionisio

first_imgWhen frisked, he yielded two moresachets of suspected illegal drugs. Detained in lockup cell of the municipalpolice station, the suspect faces charges for violation of Republic Act 9165,or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Dela Cruz was nabbed after he sold asachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P1,600 on March 11, thereport added. ILOILO City – Police nabbed a suspecteddrug pusher in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Dogman, San San Dionisio,Iloilo. He was 30-year-old Quinhill Dela Cruz ofBarangay Tobli, San Dionisio, a police report showed. last_img read more