STS9 Adds Five New 2019 Tour Dates

first_imgToday, STS9 has added five new April 2019 tour dates. The new batch of dates comes in addition to their previously announced winter run.On April 9th, STS9 will open up the brief run at Tulsa, OK’s Cain’s Ballroom before making stops at Dallas, TX’s House of Blues on April 10th and Houston, TX’s House of Blues on April 11th. Sound Tribe will conclude their April run with a pair of shows at Austin, TX’s ACL Live on April 12th and 13th.A fan presale is currently underway here. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 16th at 10 a.m. (CST).The new batch of 2019 shows comes on the heels of another recently announced set of dates, which will see STS9 play a two-night run at Los Angeles’ The Wiltern on January 18th and 19th before heading inland for a two-night run at Lake Tahoe’s Monbleu on January 22nd and 23rd. The five-piece will then head to San Francisco’s The Warfield for two nights on January 25th and 26th before concluding their brief winter run with a three-night stand at Chicago’s House of Blues on February 15th, 16th, and 17th.Next up for STS9 is a two-night Thanksgiving weekend run at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, GA (11/23–11/24) followed by performances at Holidaze in Puerto Morelos, MX (12/12–12/16) and the Emerald Cup in Santa Rosa, CA (12/15–12/16). Then, to close out 2018, STS9 will mount a four-night Denver New Year’s run spanning from December 28th through December 31st at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium (12/28, 12/29, 12/31) and Summit (12/30).For more information or for ticketing information, head to STS9’s website.last_img read more

Three diplomatic women

first_imgAmerican foreign policy has never been more complicated. As the country faces key concerns involving globalization, terrorism, climate change, nuclear proliferation, and cybersecurity, there is no agreement among U.S. presidential candidates about when and how the nation should engage with the world militarily, economically, and philanthropically.As technology makes nations more intertwined than ever, the United States has had to recalibrate its global role away from John Wayne the sheriff and toward Henry Clay the consensus-builder.“I don’t think we should always lead. There’s a limit on how much capacity we have and where. I think the difference is Americans often have a desire to make things happen, to get things done, but I don’t know that our leadership is always the right voice,” said Ambassador Kristie Kenney, strategic adviser on foreign policy to Secretary of State John Kerry as counselor of the department. “Our world is a lot bigger, and I don’t think America can go it alone — [and] I think that’s a good thing.”While its input and leadership is still important, the United States doesn’t “always have to be in the front row” on every issue, she said during a talk about diplomacy Wednesday with former Ambassadors Wendy Sherman and Swanee Hunt.As undersecretary of state for political affairs before her retirement last fall, Sherman was the State Department’s lead negotiator on the historic Iran nuclear arms deal. She is now a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Professor of Public Policy and founder of the Women and Public Policy Program at HKS. She was U.S. ambassador to Austria from 1993 to 1997.The trio spoke candidly with HKS students who plan to enter the Foreign Service about their experiences, and both the advantages and difficulties they’ve faced as women representing the United States around the world.While technological advances have made communication, the lifeblood of diplomacy, faster and easier, that has come at a price, putting greater time demands on State Department staff and leaving their work facing rising risks from hackers. That’s a worry Sherman regularly warned her staff to be mindful of at all times “because it can all be on the front page of The Washington Post tomorrow, and we’re all going to have to live with that.”“On my State Department BlackBerry, I communicated lots of things because the speed of time and the demands of Washington required me to write things on my email back to Washington that in previous days I might not have,” said Sherman, who noted that speed was so essential during the Iran deal negotiations that “the only way” she could communicate with her Iranian, European, Chinese and Russian counterparts was through unclassified email. Some material was likely classified after she retired, she added, an indirect reference to the controversial email practices of Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state.“We need to think through the norms for the use of our BlackBerries and iPhones as diplomats, and we really haven’t had all of the dialogue we need to have about those norms,” said Sherman.Asked how gender affected their interactions, particularly with leaders from countries where women did not hold positions of power or were not as visible in the public sphere, all three women said there are certainly some challenges to being treated as an equal or in overcoming stereotypes.Being well-informed and prepared, showing respect for and a willingness to work with people who may not share your views, making an effort to develop and maintain relationships, and advocating for yourself are all vital, said Kenney, who served as ambassador to Ecuador and was the first female ambassador to Thailand and the Philippines.But their gender also offers some advantages, they said, such as greater freedom to say things that would be received far differently if uttered by a male colleague or to use traditional social conventions of dinners and galas to gain better access to world leaders.“Madeleine Albright taught me a very important lesson years ago when she was ambassador to the United Nations, and that was that when you sit at the table, you are the United States of America. And so it mattered less that I was a woman than that I was the United States of America,” said Sherman. “Having understood what power that brought to the table, I made every use of it.”For students, hearing directly from such accomplished female diplomats was inspiring.“I must say, every single time I meet with a distinguished member of the Foreign Service, I’m more confident that this is the right decision I’ve made in my life,” said Abdulaziz Said, M.P.P. ’16, who organized the panel. “As a man, I left this conversation with a shared responsibility for uplifting women and girls around the world.”“Everyone who’s come to speak to us from the Foreign Service has been a senior male and can’t really relate to the struggles of being a woman in these positions or having to run a family at the same time,” said Tracey Lam, M.P.P. ’16, who will enter the U.S. Foreign Service after graduation. “It’s such a rare occasion to be able to sit with three senior, strong women and know that it’s possible.”last_img read more

Conducting to Perfection

first_imgImagine how difficult it is to master an instrument. It takes long hours of tedious practice to make each note sound just right. Now consider how difficult it must be to make 100 instruments play together in a perfect rendition of a Prokofiev or Brahms masterpiece. It’s just as hard as making a datacenter operate smoothly.If you had a chance to see one of the performances of the Boston Symphony Orchestra while they were on tour in Europe this summer, I hope you looked closely at Andris Nelsons, their musical director.  It isn’t hard to be jealous of the way the musicians respond to his leadership and wish that the components in your datacenter were just as responsive and obedient.Current technology trends are not making things easy on the CIO. The digital orchestra in the datacenter is gaining new components, systems and subsystems every day that all need to work together seamlessly. The slightest change in one part will make a great difference to the ‘sound’ of the whole, and every element in your infrastructure needs to stay in tune all the time. Making things even harder is the geographic dispersion of your ‘instruments’: cloud computing has made storage and compute tasks fulfillable anywhere in the world.No False Notes in the Data CenterOrchestration is crucial in the workings of the software-defined datacenter. Even if all the instruments play flawlessly, a mediocre conductor will not succeed. The talent of an orchestra director stems from the ability to harmonize each individual musician into a complete sound system. As we have seen over time, the role of the CIO is also becoming that of a broker, bringing together onsite elements with cloud services.The role of “orchestration software” cannot be overestimated. Finding the right orchestration software can make the difference between delivering average services to the customer and blasting away the competition. This is especially the case for service providers, with huge datacenters that need to cater to the needs of hundreds of clients. Operations in such an environment have to run as if on a metronome and follow a set of rules as strictly as a cello player follows the conductor.Guiding the PerformanceOrchestration is a pain for most datacenter operations. While some parts may be fully automated, it is much more difficult to get storage, compute, and networking to work together.  This makes many datacenters sound like an orchestra where the string section is great, but the percussion seems to be playing a different score.Standardization and simplification of datacenter architecture are only part of the answer here. Installing common processes and tools to run in both cloud and on premise scenarios will reduce complexity and improve IT staff productivity. But orchestration needs to go further, proactively adjusting in real time to absorb spikes in capacity or meet performance requirements, while keeping a holistic view on the stability of the entire system. Hyper-converged infrastructure and a software-defined datacenter can help a great deal here. The EMC Federation also offers technologies and management solutions that enable this kind of high-level overview.And isn’t that what the conductor does too? He or she stands on the rostrum, looks out on all the musicians, guiding the performance while ensuring that string, woodwind, brass and percussion are all in sync.Our data centers really are not that different from the symphony halls around the world.EMC Corporation was the exclusive sponsor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first European tour since 2007.last_img read more

SMC students describe summer study abroad experiences

first_imgAs Saint Mary’s students return to campus for the academic year, one group of Belles is returning from much further away. Every summer, the College sends students across Europe to pursue academic, personal and cultural discovery. Sophomore Taylor Murphy spent her summer in Angers, France, a university town near LeMans, the founding site of the Holy Cross Congregation. Students participating in this program enroll at Université Catholique de l’Ouest for four weeks in July, completing an intensive language and culture course, earning five French credits and taking day trips in the Loire Valley region.Murphy said she chose to study abroad through the Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership summer program with specific goals in mind.“I went abroad to learn French better and to experience the culture,” Murphy said in an email. “I learned to adapt to different situations and to express myself in a foreign language.”Murphy said she especially enjoyed spending time exploring and getting to know the city in which she was living. “I loved visiting the Chateau d’Anger because I learned more about the castle located in the middle of the city I went to school in,” she said.Murphy said she still keeps in touch with the new friends she made through the experience.“In fact, we plan on taking a trip to see each other again soon,” she said.Junior Mila Medich traveled to Rome, Italy for her study abroad experience, spending a summer term at John Cabot University.“I am so glad I studied abroad because I genuinely met some of my best friends and had the opportunity to see such significant history in person instead of just reading about it,” Medich said in an email. “I met some of the most amazing people abroad, and of course, it was nice to be able to become closer with the girls from my own school as well.” Medich traveled to roughly 14 cities while living in Europe, but said Rome was her favorite because it quickly began to feel like home.“Every weekend, our group of friends would pick somewhere to travel and we would hop on a train or plane and go to a new city or country,” Medich said. “Sometimes there were up to 11 of us traveling together at a time and we would rent an apartment for the weekend and just explore and wander around wherever we landed.”One of her favorite memories from the program, she said, was the day she and others traveled by train towards the Amalfi Coast. “We were planning to go to Positano, when one of our friends turned and told us to get off of the train now,” she said. “We got off at this really tiny town on the coast where there were no tourists, no one who spoke English, and it ended up being the most spontaneous and amazing day.”Both Medich and Murphy said everyone offered the opportunity to study abroad should take it.“It was a major check off my bucket list,” Murphy said.Tags: CWIL, European summer study abroad, France, italylast_img read more

Eight New COVID-19 Cases Reported Easter Sunday

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported Easter Sunday in the area.In Cattaraugus County, seven new cases were reported bringing the total to 26, with 21 active. A total of five people have recovered, officials said.One new case was reported in Chautauqua County, bringing the total there to 24 with eight active cases.A total of 13 people have recovered there. “Once identified, our department notifies the close contacts of their potential exposure to COVID-19 and they are placed under mandatory or precautionary quarantine to monitor for symptoms,” said heath officials. “If you do not personally hear from a public health nurse, you are not a close contact of an individual who has been confirmed to have COVID-19.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New bank policies make financing coal plant projects in Southeast Asia increasingly difficult

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Lenders backing away from coal financing have tipped the scales against the dirtiest fossil fuel in Southeast Asia, raising the prospect that many new power plants will never be built, according to BloombergNEF.About half of the proposed 41 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity in Indonesia and Vietnam haven’t secured funding, and plans by banks in Japan, South Korea and Singapore to exit the sector increase the risk they never will, BNEF said in a report Tuesday. The two Southeast Asian countries have the largest pipeline of coal-fired projects globally after China and India.The research highlights the pivotal role financial institutions play in the fight against climate change. In recent years, Asian banks have joined their European and American counterparts in recognizing the need to transition away from coal. Factors driving the move include cheaper renewable energy, and increasing risks of stranded assets and environmental costs.Last year “marked the biggest exodus of Asian financial institutions from new thermal coal investments,” said BNEF analyst Allen Tom Abraham in Singapore. This affects “the viability for many new coal power projects in Southeast Asia, since it would be difficult to find experienced investors and cheap capital to build these projects.”Regional banks including DBS Group Holdings Ltd., Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group are among those that announced plans last year to stop funding new coal power projects. Some Japanese and South Korean lenders said they would stop lending to low-efficiency plants.It isn’t the end of the fossil fuel in the region seen as one of the last bastions of new coal power plants. About 20 gigawatts in the pipeline in Indonesia and Vietnam have achieved financial close, with $38 billion in capital committed to build these projects.[Dan Murtaugh]More: Banks shunning coal financing bodes badly for new plants in Asia New bank policies make financing coal plant projects in Southeast Asia increasingly difficultlast_img read more

Leagues, credit unions take breach-effect message local

first_imgWith last week’s news that yet another national retailer experienced a data breach, credit unions continued to hammer home the message that retailers must share the responsibility of costs incurred as a result of losses experienced in such instances.Women’s retailer Bebe Stores Inc., with 200 stores nationwide, confirmed a data breach hit its payments system between Nov. 8 and 26 ( Fortune Dec. 5).The attack may have included illegal access to cardholder data, including account numbers, expiration dates and verification codes.The attack comes a little more than a year after the Target breach, the which was the beginning of a spate of attacks on retailers–and placed a new level of awareness on the need for new data breach standards for merchants.“2014 was definitely a turning point,” Jody Dabrowski, assistant vice president of risk management at $531 million-asset Community Choice CU in Farmington Hills, Mich., told Click on Detroit (Dec. 4.) continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PREMIUMTraffic jam: Jakarta roads remain one of world’s most congested

first_imgGhiffari, 21, an engineer at an online accommodation company, has to take a 20-minute trip by motorbike from his home in Palmerah, West Jakarta, to his office in Gambir, Central Jakarta. Oftentimes, it takes him 15 to 20 minutes longer because of heavy traffic.“The traffic is very irritating,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “My work sometimes requires me to move from one place to another.”Ghiffari’s longer travel time is an example of Jakarta’s decades-long traffic issue, with the city failing to show any improvements in its congestion rate since 2018, according to a report.The TomTom Traffic Index, an annual report published by Dutch location technology company TomTom, shows in its 2019 report that Jakarta’s traffic congestion rate stagnated at 53 percent between 2018 and 2019. The city’s congestion rate had improved by 8 perce… Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Log in with your social account Google Topics : Linkedin TrafficCongestion TrafficJam traffic travel Greater-Jakarta bappenas Transportation East-Kalimantan capital-city-relocationlast_img read more

Have no fear, Indonesia’s Spider-Man will clean up your trash

first_imgTopics : Many parts of Indonesia suffer from having little in the way of organized public services to deal with trash, with plastic waste in particular often ending in rivers or in the oceans.Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, generates 3.2 million tons a year of waste, with nearly half ending up in the sea, a 2015 study in the journal Science showed.Hartono usually collects waste as Spider-Man before his cafe work begins at 7 p.m. and his efforts have helped put a spotlight on the waste issue nationally. He has been interviewed by newspapers and appeared on television chat shows dressed in his Marvel Comics super hero costume to explain his motivation.Initially, he admits, he bought the Spider-Man outfit simply to amuse his nephew, before others in his town took notice. “We need a creative role model to foster society’s active engagement in protecting the environment,” said Saiful Bahri, a resident of Parepare in southwest Sulawesi.With a population of around 142,000, Parepare produces around 2.7 tons of unmanaged waste per day, according to data released in 2018 by the ministry of environment and forestry.Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, is estimated to be the world’s second-largest producer of plastic pollutants in the oceans after China, the study added.Hartono said he hoped the government would throw more weight behind efforts to clean up trash and tighten rules on waste management including on single-use plastic bags.”Minimizing plastic waste is the most important thing to do, because plastic is difficult to decompose,” he said.center_img Indonesian cafe worker Rudi Hartono struggled to persuade residents of his small coastal community of Parepare to follow his example and pick up rubbish strewn on the streets and beaches — until he dressed up as Spider-Man.”At first, I did the same activity without wearing this costume and it did not attract the public’s attention in order for them to join and help pick up trash,” said the 36-year-old Hartono, wearing his red and blue Spider-Man costume.”After wearing this costume, it turns out the public’s response was extraordinary,” he added.last_img read more

Pandemic an opportunity for reforms in Indonesia: Sri Mulyani

first_imgIndonesia is aiming to capitalize on the coronavirus crisis to roll out sweeping reforms in education, health care and social safety nets, says Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, calling the pandemic a “short-term challenge” to the country’s vision.Sri Mulyani told The Jakarta Post in a live broadcast interview on Wednesday that proper education, health care and social safety systems were required to develop a strong future generation, and that human capital was central to development progress.“For a country to become a great country – [since] there is no great country without great people – is always [a] human-centered [task],” Sri Mulyani said during the Post webinar series Jakpost Up Close: “Reimagining the future of Indonesia’s economy”. After his reelection, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo rolled out the Golden Indonesia 2045 vision, which envisions Indonesia as a developed country with Rp 270 million in annual per-capita income. Then, the pandemic hit, forcing the government to redirect funds into COVID-19 containment measures.“We will use all of our policy instruments to face this short-term challenge without losing sight of what is really important, such as human capital, infrastructure, an efficient bureaucracy and the ease of doing business,” said the finance minister.Read also: Indonesia aims for structural reforms as pandemic poses ‘short-term challenge’ to economyWorld Bank lead economist for Indonesia Frederico Gil Sander said the country would indeed need to invest more in its social protection and healthcare systems to address future shocks. Despite years of progress in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, he went on to say, more investment would also be needed in health care and infrastructure. “Going forward, having a robust social protection system will help Indonesia address a lot of shocks, such as natural disasters or a future pandemic,” Gil Sander said. Millions are at risk of losing jobs and falling into poverty as the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to shave growth to near zero percent, the government has estimated.The government, he added, would need to raise tax revenue to pay for the much-needed investments, otherwise it may hurt the country’s competitiveness.“As the economy recovers, it will be important to have a roadmap of how Indonesia can raise more revenue […] to sustainably pay for these important expenditures,” Gil Sander said.Former finance minister Chatib Basri also said that the government would need to spend stimulus funds for social aid more quickly, adding that that would boost household demand, which was needed to revive the economy.Read also: Indonesian urban consumers more optimistic than global peers: Survey“The only spending that can achieve quite a significant level of absorption is social aid, not tax incentives,” he said during the same webinar, adding that the government should be more “pragmatic by allocating funding in which the government could spend the money”.“The government should focus on cash transfers and extend it to the middle class” rather than maintaining the current tax incentives, he went on to say. “If there is no economic activity and companies are running losses, they don’t pay tax anyway.”The government has only spent Rp 151.25 trillion (US$10.23 billion) of its stimulus budget totaling Rp 695.2 trillion, according to data from the Finance Ministry as of Aug. 6, five months after the outbreak began in Indonesia.President Jokowi has asked to pour out the money through the economy, but “pouring it out isn’t just like flushing it down the toilet. You really have to spend [the money], and somebody is going to audit you,” Sri Mulyani said, referring to the role of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK).Read also: Indonesia looking at near-zero growth as govt struggles to spend budget, Sri Mulyani saysThe finance minister said a lack of population data and red tape were among the main factors holding up budget fund disbursement, adding that several new ministers were finding it hard to reprioritize and cut their budget allocations amid the ongoing crisis.“The current budget priority is not to increase output but for survival,” said a special advisor to the finance minister, Masyita Cristallin, during the webinar, adding that the government was planning to expand the country’s tax base and undertake structural reforms.“We are looking at different solutions, such as changing the tax rate on some regressive tax, so that tax may become progressive […]. This can stimulate the economy and be good for equality,” she said. “The government is undertaking reforms to develop downstream industries and increase the value [of products]. This may also improve revenue collection.”Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) vice chairwoman Shinta Widjaja Kamdani said structural reforms, including those formulated in the omnibus bill on job creation, would create much-needed jobs in the country.“We can’t create enough jobs at the moment, so this is why the omnibus bill plays a very important role to create jobs by driving investment into the country,” she said, adding that attracting investment would need a government that could cut red tape.For the private sector, the pandemic has shed light on the future of Indonesia’s economy, in which technology will play an important element, said Shinta and other representatives of the private sector in the webinar, Sequoia Capital (India) managing director Abheek Anand, Prudential Indonesia president director Jens Reisch and OVO president director Karaniya Dharmasaputra.center_img Topics :last_img read more