Production begins from CNOOC’s Liuhua oilfield joint development project

first_img The project is expected to have a peak production capacity of 72,800bpd of crude oil. (Credit: Kristina Kasputienė from Pixabay) China’s state-owned offshore oil and gas firm China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has commenced production at the 16-2 oilfield / 20-2 oilfield joint development project.The project, which is located in the Eastern South China Sea, is part of the Liuhua cluster.The Liuhua oil fields project includes the joint development of the Liuhua 16-2, 20-2 and 21-2 oil fields. The three fields are located in the South China Sea in water depths ranging from 380m to 430m.Located at an average water depth of 410m, the 16-2 oilfield/20-2 oilfield development project includes one 150,000 DWT floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) and three underwater production systems.A total of 26 wells will be developed as part of the projectCNOOC said that a total of 26 development wells will commence production and development at the project site.The project is expected to have a peak production capacity of 72,800bpd of crude oil which is expected in 2022.CNOOC owns 100% interest in the Liuhua joint development project.In June, CNOOC started production from the Luda 21-2/16-3 regional development project located in Liaodong Bay of Bohai Sea. It lies about 39km north of Luda 10-1 oilfield.With an average water depth of about 25m, the project is 90km northwest of Suizhong 36-1 onshore terminal.The Luda 21-2/16-3 regional development project is anticipated to reach its peak production capacity in 2022, producing nearly 25,600 barrels of crude oil per day.It project includes one central platform, three wellhead platforms and one production adjective platform. A total of 69 wells are planned to be developed as part of the project. The 16-2 oilfield/20-2 oilfield development project includes one 150,000 DWT FPSO and three underwater production systemslast_img read more

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New Councilman Pledges ‘Open Door Policy’

first_imgThird Ward City Councilman Jody Levchuk is pictured with his daughters, Leni and Jordyn, and wife, Jill. (Photo courtesy Jody Levchuk Facebook page) By DONALD WITTKOWSKIOcean City residents Saturday urged newly elected Councilman Jody Levchuk to help ease flooding in their neighborhoods, repair deteriorated roads and to preserve a large tract of land in the midsection of town for open space.Levchuk, who was sworn in July 1 as the new Third Ward councilman, held a Zoom and teleconference meeting with residents to formally introduce himself and to listen to any concerns or suggestions from the public.In opening remarks, he told residents not to hesitate to call or email him or to stop by his house or his Boardwalk businesses to speak with him in person. His contact information is listed under the “City Council” tab on the city’s municipal website at ocnj.us.“I have an open door policy,” Levchuk said.Along with Ocean City’s three other ward councilmen, Levchuk plans to hold a series of meetings in coming months to speak with constituents in an open forum. His first meeting Saturday was held remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.After some early technical glitches with the meeting’s audio feed, Levchuk spoke of his background growing up in Ocean City, his love for the beach town, his family’s ownership of the Jilly’s Boardwalk businesses and his plan to hit the ground running as a new councilman.“I have a lot of things on my mind and a lot of things I want to accomplish in the next four years,” he said.The Third Ward represented by Levchuk stretches from the south side of 12th Street to the north side of 26th Street, a diverse area that includes residential neighborhoods, commercial areas and a large section of the Boardwalk.In the heart of the Third Ward is a full block of vacant property that runs along Haven and Simpson avenues between 16th and 17th streets next to the Ocean City Community Center.Formerly the site of the Perry-Egan car dealership, the city has been trying to acquire the property from the private owners to preserve it as open space instead of seeing it developed for housing.Prompted by a question from a resident about the site, Levchuk made it clear that “the last thing” he wants to see is the property turned into a housing project.He said he supports the city’s efforts to preserve it for open space. The strategically located parcel would help to create a corridor of public land stretching from 15th to 20th streets. It would connect the city’s Emil Palmer Park, the Community Center and other public facilities within the five-block area.The proposed housing site at 16th Street and Simpson Avenue is being sought by the city for open space.The city has voted to condemn the site and plans to seize it through its power of eminent domain. It has offered the owners just over $6.5 million for the land, but the final price is expected to be decided by the courts.Expressing confidence that the city will acquire the site, Levchuk indicated that it is just a matter of time before the price is worked out.“It just seems that everything is moving in the right direction,” he said.Other topics raised by residents during the ward meeting included flooding, the condition of some of the city’s streets, overbuilding in residential areas and concerns whether sediment buildup in the lagoons may be caused by the construction of a protective rock wall near a neighboring small island.Most of the concerns focused on flooding throughout the city. One resident, Warren Reiner, of 100 W. 17th Street, said he has been appealing to the city for eight years to solve flooding in his neighborhood.“It makes it impossible to get to or from our home,” Reiner told Levchuk of the flooding.Levchuk noted that he has been speaking with an Ocean City flooding committee about ways to mitigate stormwater.“I’m definitely on top of it,” he said.Another resident, Kathi Dwyer, of 2004 West Ave., complained that some of the streets in her neighborhood were in such “deplorable condition” that a woman fell down while walking along the road.“There are a lot of crevices and what not in the street,” Dwyer said.Flooding in Ocean City, seen here during the tropical storm on July 10, is a major concern of residents.Dwyer said she believes that neighborhood flooding has eroded the streets. She urged Levchuk to have the city repave the roads and alleys in her neighborhood.Levchuk told residents that he was taking notes and repeatedly assured them he would respond to their questions. They thanked him in return.To close the nearly hour-long meeting, Levchuk said he has been in almost daily contact with City Council President Bob Barr to discuss an array of city issues. He also thanked the members of Council for the warm reception he has received as a new member of the governing body.“I think we’re going to be a great team,” he said.last_img read more

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IAWS declares satisfaction with trading performance

first_imgIrish food giant IAWS Group said it is satisfied with overall trading performance in the year to date, as it held its Annual General Meeting on January 30.But chairman Denis Lucey said the company, which operates brands including Delice de France, Cuisine de France and Pierre’s, is only five months into its new financial year and it is too early to make predictions about the current year, particularly as over 60% of operating profit comes in the second half of the year. IAWS now distributes bakery and convenience food products to over 50,000 outlets in Ireland, the UK, France, the USA and Canada, he told shareholders. The company had a successful financial year to July 31, 2005, with food sales up by 22.6% to E892 million (£609m). Like-for-like sales were up 12.1% year-on-year. Mr Lucey said total operating profit was at a new high of E124.4m (£85.02m), which was an increase of 13.7% on the previous year. In the UK bakery business, product and concept innovation, together with greater market penetration, continued to be a driver of growth last year, IAWS said. This was a particularly strong performance given the challenging dynamics within the UK convenience retail category, according to IAWS. Foodservice performed very well in the period and recovered substantially from the business interruption experienced in London in November 2004, when its Delice de France depot caught fire, it said. In December 2004, the group made its largest ever acquisition, when it bought France’s Groupe Hubert. This firm contributed E7.4m to operating profits between December and the year-end, added Mr Lucey.IAWS will present its interim results on March 13.last_img read more

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Businesses wanted for MP ‘buddy’ scheme

first_imgThe Forum of Private Business (FPB) is looking for small businesses to take part in the ‘Business Buddy’ scheme, recently signed up to by the likes of business secretary Vince Cable.The scheme aims to give first-hand experience of life at a small business to MPs, during Parliament’s summer recess. Other MPs, including shadow Olympic minister Tessa Jowell, Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and shadow education secretary Andy Burnham, have also signed up. A number of MPs have already been matched up with placement businesses, but the FPB is looking for other businesses to take part in a couple of locations where none of its members are available. If any small businesses are interested in welcoming a work-experience MP, please email [email protected] Visit www.fpb.org/getbritaintrading for more info.last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Opens August Tour With Segue-Filled Kansas City Show

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee started their August run in Kansas City last night, bringing their progressive improv mastery to The Crossroads for a night of big time jams, fun segues, and a heavy-hitting setlist that packed a punch. With The Main Squeeze opening up the show, fans who hit the famed venue were in for a night of great music.After an awesome opening set from The Main Squeeze, Umphrey’s opened the night with the driving build of their intro track “Nipple Trix”. The band quickly moved from the intro into their raging first track from Anchor Drops, “Plunger”, which eventually wound its way into old-school fan-favorite “Slacker”. After the high-energy opening, Umphrey’s kept it going with back-to-back tracks from 2014’s Similar Skin, playing the album’s title track, and then a fun version of “No Diablo”. Umphrey’s then whipped out one of their classics, delivering a high-energy version of “Miss Tinkle’s Overture”. The band finished their first set with a run from the funky tune “Deeper” that landed on a perfect and fun cover of Toto‘s “Rosanna”.After a short break, Umphrey’s returned to the stage firing on all cylinders, kicking things off with a raging version of “Domino Theory”. The heavy rock vibes continued with an excellent take on “Puppet String”, which went unfinished as it eventually morphed into the raging multi-section instrumental track “Smell the Mitten”. “The Linear” came next, and the band used the song’s dance vibes to launch an impressive improv segment. Eventually, the familiar opening guitar chords of Umphrey’s masterpiece “Bridgeless” rang out, and the band segued into the fan-favorite with ease. Set two came to a close with a great pairing of the jazzy “Sociable Jimmy”, which masterfully wound its way into the disco-laden slow-jam “Booth Love”, which featured a pronounced “Another Brick In The Wall” tease.Umphrey’s opened their encore with a fun take on “2nd Self”, building up the energy one more time before dropping back into “Puppet String”, completing the song and bringing the epic show to it’s conclusion.Photos provided by Tara Gracer Design & Photography, and the full setlist and gallery can be seen below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at The Crossroads, Kansas City, MO – 8/3/2016Set 1: Nipple Trix > Plunger > Slacker, Similar Skin, No Diablo, Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Deeper > RosannaSet 2: Domino Theory, Puppet String > Smell the Mitten, The Linear > Bridgeless, Sociable Jimmy > Booth Love[1]Encore: 2nd Self > Puppet String[1] with Another Brick In the Wall (Pink Floyd) jam(Setlist courtesy of All Things Umphrey’s) Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Rock Domefest With 1-Song Set, Horns, Side Projects, & More [Video/Photo]

first_img[Videos: Rob Seymour/Jonathan Bowen]Hartford, Connecticut group McLovins rocked the main stage at 5:45 p.m. and played their lyrical “We Go Wild” while slipping into their upbeat track “Anxious.” Fans sang along as they performed Tom Petty’s “American Girl” and Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box.” Baltimore trio Deaf Scene played three, 30-minute sets throughout the night, dressed in sequined shirts and debuting a new song. Mungion owned their 7:45 p.m. set, performing tight transitions between rock, bluegrass, and jam songs where they showcased their high-energy personas. Their natural charismatic approach to music was shown through their playful a capella comedy song “Banana Man.”Mungion (Full Set)[Video:  Ben Factor]For Super Shiny Saturday, Greg, Jeremy, Alex, and Ben strode their way onstage clad in robotic, silver hooded shirts. Fans were pleasantly greeted with a healthy, mighty voice from Ormont thanks to nature’s finest medicine, honey, and after starting off with the instrumental “J-Town”, Ormont recited the lyrics to the popular “Melting Lights.” They slipped into a rendition of Moana’s “Shiny,” furthering featuring Ormont’s healed chords before they went into the playful “Penguins.” The band continued playing fan sing-a-long favorites including “Henrietta” and “Porcupine,” and ended the first set with the strong-willed “Fun in Funk.”To start up their last set of the weekend, Ormont stated the second set is “where you let it all hang out” as they drove right into the fast “Funk E. Zekiel” followed by a strong drum solo by Petropulos. They proceeded with The Lion King’s “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” and went into a grilled cheese sandwich of “Say Cheese,” where Ormont sang a hysterical ode to cheese and announced his dislike for feta cheese, cooked to perfection inside “Walk Outside.”“Say Cheese”[Video: Fipi Maceda]As if the night couldn’t get any better, the guys went into a sentimental progression of “Dome People” and tranced us with “Su Casa” before striking the opening chords to “Horizon”, and the Flock family exchanged thousands of hugs. To round out the sparkling night, a solid cover of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” was placed inside the spacey “White Night.”“Shine On You Crazy Diamond”[Video: swin_dle]Ormont finished off the set with his crazy blue eyes bursting full of energy in “The Liquid”. As the Flock hollered for another set, the guys returned and concluded their last Domefest set with the tropical tune “Julia,” mixed with the Super Mario theme song, Schon coming to the center stage to jam out full-force and celebrate the most successful Domefest yet.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Domefest | Bedford, PA | 5/19/18Set One: J-Town > Melting Lights > Shiny > Penguins > Funkijam > Skipjack, Henrietta, Porcupine, Couldn’t We All, Dawn A New DaySet Two: Funk E. Zekiel^ > Drums > Just Can’t Wait To Be King, Walk Outside > Say Cheese > Walk Outside, Dome People > Su Casa > Horizon, White Night > Shine On You Crazy Diamond* > White Night, The LiquidEncore: Julia > Super Mario > JuliaNotes: ^Unfinished | * First-time playedAsheville-based dance rock band The Fritz rocked the domies until 3 a.m. with their Talking Heads’ cover “Life During Wartime” and Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets”. Cleveland trio Vibe & Direct closed out Domefest 2018 and played until the sun rose up at 6 a.m., playing jam hits “Just a Taste (JAT)”, “Queens and Kings”, and slipping in a teaser of Gene Wilder’s “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.As the sun rose to a warm and sunny 80 degrees on Sunday, the Flock family woke up and looked at the hanging pallet sign that read “Celebrate, Celebrate, Celebrate the people you love.” The love was imminent throughout the weekend with the loving energy surging throughout the festival grounds as the Flock family helped those stuck in the mud get on their way. It’s truly inspiring and admirable to see the band put all of their energy and work into this festival every year. The success of Domefest wouldn’t be complete without Schon and Ormont’s dedicated work to the festival, as well as the volunteers and Zero Waste Event Productions, who aimed to divert 90% of the waste from Domefest and lighten our carbon footprint.Domefest is a special event where Pigeons Playing Ping Pong can work and party with their biggest fans for a weekend of fun and games and, of course, epic jams. Flock on Flockers! See you next year at the 10th annual Domefest!Photo: Domefest | Bedford, PA | 5/19/2018 |Credit: Matt Shotwell Load remaining images Pigeons Playing Ping Pong rocked out the ninth-annual Domefest on May 17th to May 19th for three nights of non-stop groovy tunes under the cloudy skies of Bedford, Pennsylvania. The festival saw its biggest crowd yet, made up of a sold-out crowd of 1,500 funky flockers, that overtook the muddy grounds of Fort Royale Farm for a weekend of boot-stompin’ jams.The festival grounds opened at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, and the festival began to quickly fill up with spirited flockers as the day went on. This year at Domefest, music was stationed at three different stages named the “Dome Stage,” “One Drop Stage,” and the late-night “Bamboo Eater Stage.” Attendees made their way down to the music through the brightly decorated woods and bridge as Albany-quartet Formula 5 kicked off Domefest at 5:15 p.m. on the Dome Stage with their electric-groove song, “Blue.”Boston boys Strange Machines appeared onstage at 7 p.m. and got fans to get down to the Blackstreet track, “No Diggity.” Progressive-funk band ShwizZ kept up the energy on the adjacent One Drop Stage, playing three separate 30-minute sets throughout the night, keeping it classic with a Beatles cover. The Magic Beans greeted their first set of the weekend at 9 p.m. with “Hanky Panky,” and heated up the stage throughout their hour and 40-minute set, throwing balls back and forth to the dancing crowd. Lead vocalist Scott Hachey’s glasses started fogging up as they slipped into the hot Prince cover “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, and the band ended with a bass solo by bassist Chris Duffy in “Here on Out.”Greg Ormont, Jeremy Schon, Alex Petropulos, and Ben Carrey appeared onstage at 11 p.m., adorned in flashy fuzzy hats for Throwback Thursday. Ormont started his banter commemorating the history of Domefest, remembering how far Domefest has come since its first year when Schon founded the event their senior year of college at the University of Maryland. The crowd broke into unison singing “Happy Birthday” to Schon before the band started off the weekend with their fun “Time to Ride”. They went into a fan-favorite “F.U.” before Ormont and Carrey played Timon and Pumbaa onstage in Disney’s “Hakuna Matata”.To fit the theme, the band went into the 2011-closeted, relaxed tune “Where Are We Going” to then completely take the crowd off guard in an amazing Sublime medley of “Badfish” > “54-46” (Toots and The Maytals cover) > “Caress Me Down” that decorated the versatility of Ormont’s vocals. The band threw it way back to the good ol’ days and sweetened fans with one of their first-written songs, “Candy”, and segued into a silly rendition of “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.” The righteous “Dutchmaster” made its first debut since 2011, honoring Mike Rudman, a longtime fan since Pigeons days as a college band who’s been chasing the song for years. Ending the night strong with “Ocean Flows”, the crowd brought the guys back onstage for a heady encore of “Zydeko” > “Tale As Old As Time” > “Zydeko”.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Domefest Night | Bedford, PA |  5/17/18Set: Happy Birthday, Time to Ride, Havana > Spacejam > The Hop > F.U., Hakuna Matata > Burning Up My Time > Where Are We Going*, Fun in Funk, Sublime Medley” > Offshoot, Candy^ > Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It > Dutchmaster#, Ocean FlowsEncore: Zydeko > Tale As Old As Time > ZydekoNotes: *Last time played 10/05/2011 | “Badfish, 54-46, Caress Me Down mashup | ^Last time played 5/09/2012 | #Last time played 7/13/2011Progressive rock piece The Mantras finished off the first night at the late-night Bamboo Eater Stage, kicking off their 1:15 a.m. set with their 2013 track “Before My Time,” and playing Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage/Eclipse” and the Beastie Boys’ “So Whatcha Want” and “Fight For Your Right.”Flower Power Friday was deemed the second day of Domefest and was definitely the wettest and muddiest day of the weekend, turning the festival grounds into a mud-puddle slashin’ adventure. Attendees were able to participate in various holistic workshops throughout the weekend, including Friday’s Appreciate Life speech by Deemster Porn founder Nick Heller. The day was jumpstarted by fellow Baltimore boys Headless Robot at 1 p.m. followed by flutist Mateo Monk and Philadelphia innovative rock trio Flux Capacitor. Female lead vocalist Erica T. Bryan of West End Blend gave Domefest a full dose of soulful funk starting at 4:30 p.m., playing hornful hits “Say Hey!” and “Attitude” and ending their set with the Sly & The Family Stone track, “I Want to Take You Higher.”Pigeons’ bassist Ben Carrey showcased his side livetronica project, Schwa, with electrical engineer and accompanying guitarist Owen Murphy. Carrey looped different electric and bass beats while throwing in a mix of electric drums while Murphy shredded his guitar projecting a layered dance combo. A steady rain came down as Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers rose onstage at 6:15 p.m. and opened their colorful set with “What It Feels Like to Drown”. The Michigan guys rocked the stage with their 2017 album Pluto hits “American Color,”, “Find Me”, “Crimson Line”, and “Catalyst.” They completed their set with an excellent funky rendition of the Thundercat cover “O Sheit, It’s The X” while frontman Hertler danced in his rainbow-feathered cloak to the closing song “Old Love”.Colorado rock trio Cycles took the One Drop Stage three separate times for their 30-minute sets, steadily showcasing their heavy Primus influence as bassist Tucker McClung slapped rippling bass grooves with guitarist Patrick Harvey and drummer Michael Wood. Cleveland quartet Broccoli Samurai introduced their new bassist Randy Nicklas and amped up the crowd with their fiery “Cockstruck” and popular cover of the Rick and Morty theme song.Rain ping-ponged on our ponchos as Pigeons strode onstage at 10 p.m. for their first set for Flower Power Friday. Dressed in colorful tie-dye and flowery printed outfits, Ormont exclaimed into the mic, “Hold onto your knickers!” before jumping into “Upfunk” and the Pizazz single “Too Long.” The guys took us on a rock ‘n’ roll ride in the psychedelic sequence “Poseidon” > “King Kong” > “Purple Haze” > “King Kong” while lighting master Manny Newman led us to a full peak with his spot-on lighting drops. The rainy weather slowed Ormont’s powerful voice, resulting in a remarkable leading singing debut by Petropulos in Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit”, propelling the crowd in a fiery, screaming cheer of “Let Gator Sing!” The band pulled West End Blend’s John Mundy on trombone and Mike Bafundo on trumpet for extra spice on their last remaining songs, including a powerful arrangement of “Schwanthem” > “Colors of the Wind” > “Schwanthem.”“White Rabbit”[Video: swin_dle]After a 30-minute set break, the guys returned to the stage, ready to trip us out to the flower power. Not a lyric or word was said throughout the hour-long second set as they jammed the deep-grooved bass in “Whirled.” Ormont was able to save his voice and put his full focus into propelling the improvisation-jam with leading guitarist Schon to create a truly epic and memorable night, ending with an intense performance of “Avalanche” for the finishing touches.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Domefest | Bedford, PA | 5/18/18Set One: Upfunk, Too Long > Totally, Poseidon > King Kong > Purple Haze > King Kong, White Rabbit^ > Schwanthem* > Colors of the Wind* > Schwanthem* > Fortress*, Doc*Set Two: Whirled%Encore: AvalancheNotes: ^Gator on vocals, last time played 3/06/2013 | *w/ West End Blend horns |% 60+ minute versionWhile it continued to pour, Magic Beans let us dance in the rain until 4 a.m. with a “Night Games” sandwich consisting of “Mission” from their newest album Casino Cabaret, “Dr. Bubbleman”, and the Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime.” The four dancing beans ended Flower Power Friday with their crazy dance songs “Jabu Jabu’s Belly” and “Saddle Hands”, as the domies went to rest their pedals for a couple hours before the Saturday’s sun rose.The people of Domefest shined themselves up for Super Shiny Saturday, and the sun finally shined through to dry up the grounds. Carrey hosted a poem sharing workshop, while lighting engineer Manny Newman gave attendees a behind-the-scenes look at how he dazzles up the stage. Baltimore natives Squaring the Circle sparked up the final day at 12:30 p.m. followed by Mateo Monk. Dressed in matching blue jumpsuits, Ohio funk band Ernie Johnson From Detroit took the main stage at 2:15 p.m. and provided hornful jazzy tunes to the crowd before Backup Planet strode onstage for their hour-and-15-minute set consisting of high-energy jams from their two most recent albums Reactions and Element.Still recovering from a scrambled voice, Pigeons’ frontman performed as his solo act, Scrambled Greg, without saying a word! Holding up signs that read, “I’m Scrambled Greg, I’m going to save my voice for tonight, so I’m just gonna jam,” Ormont showcased his guitar musicianship with his own jam session. He started into a little tap dance before putting on Jamaican-attire and drummed on the bongos. The psychedelic-comedian guru played a funny track “Deep, Obvious Thoughts with Greg” and then went into his non-speaking character of a mime on stage.Scrambled Greglast_img read more

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Where Were You When Artificial Intelligence Transformed the Enterprise?

first_imgWhere were you when artificial intelligence (AI) came online? Remember that science fiction movie where AI takes over in a near dystopian future? The plot revolves around a crazy scientist who accidentally put AI online, only to realize the mistake too late. Soon the machines became the human’s overlords. While these science fiction scenarios are entertaining, they really just stoke fear and add to the confusion to AI. What enterprises should be worried about regarding AI, is understanding how their competition is embracing it to get a leg up.Where were you when your competition put Artificial Intelligence online?Artificial Intelligence in the EnterpriseImplementations of artificial intelligence with Natural Language Processing is changing the way enterprises interact with customers and conduct customer calls. Organizations are also embracing another form artificial intelligence called computer vision that is changing the way Doctors read MRIs and the transportation industry. It’s clear that artificial intelligence and deep learning are making an impact in the enterprise. If you are feeling behind, no problem, let’s walk through strategies enterprises are embracing for implementing AI in their organizations.Key Strategies for Enterprise AIThe first step to embracing AI into your organization is to define an AI strategy. Jack Welch said it best “In reality, strategy is actually very straightforward. You pick a general direction and implement like hell.”  Designing a strategy starts with understanding the business value that AI will bring into the enterprise. For example, a hospital might have an AI initiative to reduce the time necessary to recognize patients experiencing a stroke from CT scans. Reducing that time by minutes or hours could help get critical care to patients and ultimately deliver better patient outcomes. By narrowing and defining a strategy, Data Scientists and Data Engineers now have a goal to focus on achieving.Once you have a strategy in mind, the most important factor in the success of artificial intelligence projects is the data. Successful AI models cannot be built without it. Data is an organizations number one competitive advantage. In fact, AI and deep learning love big data. An artificial intelligence model that helps detect Parkinson’s disease must be trained with considerable amounts of data. If data is the most critical factor, then architecting proper data pipelines is paramount. Enterprises must embrace scaled out architectures that break down data silos and provide flexibility to expand based on the performance needs of the workload. Only with scale-out architectures can Data Engineers help unlock the potential in data.After ensuring data pipelines are architected with a scale-out solution, it is time to fail quickly. YES! Data Scientists and Data Engineers have permission to fail but in a smart fashion. Successful Data Science teams embracing AI have learned how to fail quickly. Leveraging GPU processing allows Data Scientists to build AI models faster than anytime in human history. To speed up the development process though failures, solutions should incorporate GPUs or accelerated compute. Not every model will end with success, but will lead Data Scientists closer to the solution. Ever watch a small child when they are first learning how to walk? Learning to walk is a natural practice of trial and error. If the child waits until he/she has all the information and the perfect environment, they may never learn to walk. However, that child doesn’t learn to walk on a balance beam, it starts in a controlled environment where she can fail. A Data Science team’s start in AI should take the same approach, embracing trial and error while capturing data from failures and successes to iterate into the next cycle quickly.Dell Technologies AI Ready The journey may seem overwhelming. However, those forward-thinking enterprises who take on the challenge in AI will gain market share. Dell Technologies is perfectly placed to guide customers through their AI journey with services to help with an Artificial Intelligence strategy, to the industry leading AI solutions like the Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI and Reference Architectures for AI. These AI solutions give you informed choice and flexibility on how you deliver NVIDIA GPU accelerated compute complemented by Dell EMC Isilon’s high performance, high bandwidth scale-out storage solution which simplifies data management for training the most complex deep learning models.Click to watch my coffee conversation with SophiaLearn More About AI Ready to dive into how to architect solutions for AI and DL workflows? Learn more by watching my coffee interview (above) with Sophia the Robot and attending the our Magic of AI Webinar on Tuesday June 11th at 11:00 AM CST. During the Webinar Sophia the Robot and I will speak about the proliferation of Deep Learning and what the future hold for Artificial Intelligence. Be sure to tune in to learn more about AI about embracing AI in the Enterprise.last_img read more

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Man pulled from St. Mary’s Lake, arrested after lengthy police chase

first_imgOn Dec. 22, Notre Dame students and staff received an email from the University reporting an incident that had occurred earlier that day on campus. The email reported that a suspect being pursued by Mishawaka police had been pulled out of St. Mary’s Lake and taken into custody by police.“Just before noon on Dec. 22, NDSP received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the [Hesburgh] Library [parking] lot, and upon investigation, officers learned that the vehicle was one that Mishawaka police had been pursuing,” Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) director Phillip Johnson said. “As officers from other agencies arrived on campus, NDSP dispatch center received a call reporting an attempt to steal a delivery truck near the Main Building. Officers arrived on the scene within one minute of the call reporting the attempted robbery.”According to a news release issued by the Mishawaka Police Department (MPD), the suspect was 23-year-old Joshua Ringle.Upon the arrival of NDSP officers at the library, Ringle fled, Johnson said.“The suspect ran to the lake and jumped into the water. The man claimed to be armed but no weapon was seen, and no weapon was found,” Johnson said. “This situation was contained within two and half minutes after receiving the call reporting the attempted robbery.“The suspect was rescued from the frigid water after about 30 minutes. Officers from NDSP, [St. Joseph] County Police and [the South Bend Police Department], using a [Notre Dame Fire Department] rescue boat, pulled the suspect to safety.”According to the MPD news release, Mishawaka police had tried to apprehend Ringle after he had violated a protective order several hours earlier, but Ringle fled.“Ringle, while fleeing police, entered a home on Lowell Wood, confronted the homeowner and took her gray Subaru Forrester. Ringle drove through the lowered garage door, refusing to stop for officers,” the news release said.Ringle then drove off with the Mishawaka Police in pursuit, the news release said. The officers lost sight of Ringle due to heavy holiday traffic, the news release said.“Officers were informed by dispatch that witnesses called, stating the gray SUV had been involved in a rollover crash at [the intersection of] Grape Rd. and Douglas. The gray SUV rolled over, ending upright on its wheels and left west on Douglas,” the news release said.Shortly after, officers were told a gray SUV and man matching Ringle’s description were in the library parking lot at Notre Dame, the news release said.“NDSP officers, along with Mishawaka, South Bend, and [St. Joseph] County Police worked in a coordinated effort to contain the suspect and establish a safe zone around the area of the St. Mary’s Lake,” Johnson said. “NDFD’s staff was alerted to be on standby for any emergency medical services and to provide a rescue boat for police.”After refusing officers’ orders to come out of the water, Ringle was safely pulled from the water by police and treated by fire department medics, Johnson said. Ringle was then taken to a local hospital to be treated for hypothermia, the news release said.Johnson said NDSP works with other local law enforcement entities in a unified command structure.“There was an incredibly rapid response by officers from all area agencies, and officers performed in an exceptional manner, working patiently and safely to resolve this situation without injury,” Johnson said. “I am extremely proud of the coordinated police and fire response to this incident.”The safety of all staff and students is the priority of NDSP in situations such as these, Johnson said.“The situation was very quickly contained and a perimeter was established around the scene to keep people at a safe distance,” Johnson said. “Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, we used the campus public address system (IPPA) to ask people to stay away from the area of the lakes.“When the suspect was rescued from the water, an all-clear message was broadcast.“Based on feedback — and we evaluate our response to all major incidents as part of continuous improvement — the ND Alert system using text, telephone calls, email messages as well as the public address system would have been more effective than the public address system alone.” Tags: John Ringle, lake, lake incident, Mishawaka Police Department, MPD, NDSP, Notre Dame Security Police, St. Mary’s Lakelast_img read more

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Vermont gets $1 million for drug task force, 21 towns get bullet-proof vests

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Friday announced that 21 Vermont communities and the Vermont State Police have been awarded federal grants to purchase bulletproof vests for officers working in the field.  The funding was awarded through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, a federal grant program authored by Leahy and administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.  At a press conference in Williston Friday afternoon, Leahy also announced that he has secured $1 million for the Vermont Drug Task Force.Leahy was a lead author of the 1998 legislation establishing the federal program that provides matching grants to state and local authorities to purchase bulletproof vests for officers on the street.  In the more than 10 years since the program began awarding grants, Vermont law enforcement agencies have received over $650,000 in federal grant assistance, which has provided for the purchase of over 2,800 vests.  Leahy most recently authored legislation extending the program through 2012.“The vests that these grants will purchase for officers in Vermont will help keep law enforcement officers safe,” said Leahy.  “At a time when towns have had to tighten their belts and make tough decisions about their budgets, these grants are even more important for communities in Vermont.”Leahy also announced Friday that the Vermont Drug Task Force has been awarded a $1 million grant through the Byrne Discretionary Grant Program.  Leahy has secured $9.25 million for the Task Force since 2000.  The funding has allowed the Task Force to increase efforts to combat the abuse, trafficking and violent crime associated with illegal drugs. The Vermont Drug Task Force is a statewide initiative comprised of state, county, and local law enforcement officers focused on substance abuse prevention and treatment programs, and anti-drug crime investigative work.  It is managed primarily by the Vermont Department of Public Safety.“The Vermont Drug Task Force is a model for states and communities across the country,” said Leahy.  “Combining the resources and expertise of town police, county sheriffs, the state police and federal law enforcement agencies, the Vermont Drug Task Force has effectively helped to reduce drug-related crime in Vermont.  This funding will help to keep the Task Force operating this year, fighting crime and keeping our streets and communities safe.”Vermont State Police Commander Col. Tom L’Esperance joined Leahy at a press conference to announce the funding at the Vermont State Police offices in Williston.  Earlier this year, Leahy invited L’Esperance to testify before a field hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Leahy chairs.  Leahy has held a series of field hearings in Vermont to hear testimony from local, state and federal officials, as well as law enforcement leaders, educators, experts in prevention and treatment, and concerned parents about the persistent problem of drug-related violent crime in rural communities.  The hearings spotlighted the crucial role of the Vermont Drug Task Force in coordinating local, state and federal law enforcement resources in combating drug crime.Source: Leahy. 10.1.2010last_img read more

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Trail Mix | Mandolin Orange

first_imgNorth Carolina duo Mandolin Orange – Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz – have been drawing acclaim from music critics and fans alike since the band’s inception in 2009.The band has earned high praise on it’s last two records, 2013’s This Side of Jordan and last year’s Such Jubilee, with Marlin and Frantz’s work described as “elegant,” “beautiful,” and “honest.” The songcraft that earned such platitudes is evident once again on Blindfaller, the new release that drops this week.I recently chatted with Andrew Marlin about the new record, which you can pick up on Friday, politics, and even charades.BRO – You wrapped this record up in just a week in the studio. Is there a better energy that develops from working at such a fast clip?AM – I am not sure it creates a better energy, necessarily, but it gives you less time to over analyze. I think you can definitely iron out too many imperfections and lose a lot of character.BRO – You tackle the contemporary political climate on “Gospel Shoes.” The current election seems great for songwriters but so bad for the citizenry. On an intrapersonal level, is that a difficult dichotomy to balance?AM – The current political state is not good for anyone, songwriters included. Songwriting provides me with an outlet for shaping internal feelings into something I can share. For me, the balance and the dichotomy is whether to view my songwriting as entertainment for others or something I can truly stand behind. Hopefully, it’s both.BRO – Is there a particular song on the record that just happened? One song that felt like it was meant to be and  you grabbed hold of it right of the gate?AM – “Wildfire” basically wrote itself. From the rough draft to the record, not a lyric was changed.BRO – Speaking of, we are featuring “Wildfire” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?AM – That song was born out of growing up in the South and being surrounded by subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, racism. Within that environment, I was very fortunate to have wonderful parents who instilled in me a belief that all people are inherently good. When I wrote “Wildfire,” I was thinking a lot about the current climate in our country and in our home state, where it feels like some people – and not the majority of the people – want to glorify an ugly history and push us into a regressive state of being. It’s frustrating and disheartening to see people be so antagonistic towards their neighbors.BRO – Some friends and I have a charades game where we have to act out band names. Do you realize how hard your name is to act out? AM – It’s great for Pictionary, though!Mandolin Orange will be out on the west coast this weekend to celebrate the release of Blindfaller. Fans can catch the band in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego this weekend before Mandolin Orange heads north to Washington and Oregeon next week.For more information on the band, tour dates, or how to order a copy of the new record, be sure to surf over to the band’s website. Also, take time to listen to “Wildfire” on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

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