Jamila Woods, Chance The Rapper Help CHI Students Challenge Grim Depictions Of Their City With “LSD”

first_imgChicago native musicians Jamila Woods and Chance The Rapper have released a new music video and a “making of” mini-documentary for Woods’ dreamy track “LSD” from her recently re-released debut LP, HEAVN. The song’s official music video seeks to flip the script on the current prevailing narrative of Chicago, a narrative that predominantly paints the city as a dangerous wasteland of guns, drugs, and gang violence.Chance The Rapper Debuts Original Poem, Covers Stevie Wonder In NPR Tiny Desk Concert [Watch]While Chicago does, without a doubt, suffer from the ills for which it’s become known, the two Windy City-native artists seek to illustrate that those struggles don’t fully negate the innocence and beauty that exists within the fray. The “LSD” music video highlights the layers in Chicago’s identity with scenes of children, families, and loving, vibrant communities. “LSD” is an homage to Lake Shore Drive, the scenic waterside thoroughfare that runs through the city. In addition, as Woods explains, the song is a sort of nod to “tripping off the happiness of being in Chicago in the summer with our family and friends.” You can watch the official video for “LSD” by Jamila Woods featuring Chance The Rapper below: As NPR comments, “LSD” “distills summertime into backyard barbecues and colorful, reflective moods.” An equally immense amount of love and care went into the making of the video, which was directed in collaboration with students of Chicago Public Schools, for whom Chance has done so much over the last year.Chance The Rapper Makes A $1 Million Donation To Chicago Public SchoolsAn accompanying making-of-the-video documentary details how students from the same school system to which Chance donated $1 million earlier this year submitted their own “treatments” and worked alongside VAM Studio filmmakers to “portray a Chicago of their own telling, that speaks to the good and not the bad aspects of their community. The resulting contrast, full of plastic-cup parties, walks by the beach, dreamy selfies and selfless neighbors (with Chance manning the grill) illustrates what happens when marginalized communities get to shape their own story.” You can hear the stories of Woods and all the students involved in making the video in the making-of documentary for Jamila Woods and Chance The Rapper’s “LSD” below:[h/t – NPR]last_img read more

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Mobile World Congress 2014: What a Difference a Year Makes

first_imgI just returned from Barcelona, Spain where the largest service provider event of the year was held: Mobile World Congress 2014. A year ago, not long after joining EMC, Paul Maritz and I attended MWC2013 based on a view that the service provider and off-premise ecosystem would become increasingly important to the EMC federation of businesses (EMC, VMware, Pivotal and RSA). We met with most of the major telecom companies in the world and, universally, they recognized the value of the EMC focus on driving cloud technology and our new focus on building a platform for big data, analytics and modern applications. As I mentioned last year, we left exhausted but excited by the validation of our EMC focus.This year the activity level was an order of magnitude higher. EMC, VMware and Pivotal were all present. In addition to Paul Maritz and me, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and EMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci also attended.On Wednesday, Joe gave a keynote address that covered the shift to the third platform and how this will result in hundreds of billions of connected devices, the Internet of Things, and millions of new applications. The enabling trends are Cloud, Social, Mobile and Big Data. A key takeaway was that this is inevitable and will disrupt industries.Beyond sharing our view, Joe invited the industry to establish a portable and agile cloud experience by joining the Cloud Foundry community. On Monday, Pivotal announced that Cloud Foundry has moved to a true, open source foundation with the initial members including IBM, HP, Rackspace, and SAP. Many global service providers are already engaged, including NTT, Swisscom, Centurylink, Verizon, and CSC. Joe’s message was clear: the industry needs cloud portability, agility, and an open cloud operating system. Cloud Foundry is the best way to achieve this critical objective.One of the most tangible examples of the traction we are making in the service provider’s future was Joe’s discussion of the Real Time Intelligence (RTI) solution Pivotal has created. We had an early prototype of this offering at MWC2013 and were looking for service provider partners to work with in moving it to reality. We ended up with a long list of operators looking to engage and we began that process. The leading partner for this effort was Vodafone. Fast forward to 2014: we now have the RTI system in Vodafone’s live wireless networks and it has been productized.RTI is a new kind of real time big data platform for a wide range of environments including telecom operators. The RTI system is based on the Pivotal One technologies and provides the ability to access and reason over large, diverse data sets ranging from subscriber databases to billing systems and network information. We then add the Pivotal in-memory real-time analytics to the system to be able to capture and process huge volumes of events coming from the carrier infrastructure. In the Vodafone example, the system ingests over a million events per second collected from the signaling stream of the wireless network. Finally the RTI system is organized as a platform that allows rapid development of new big data applications.In fact, in the Vodafone booth, their Spanish operation wanted to show RTI being used to track and model people and traffic flow over Barcelona in real time. Since their RTI platform was already in place, a new application was developed and deployed in only a few weeks. The system worked by tracing the Vodafone ES employees as they moved throughout the city. You could see in real time how they moved and where they clustered, visualized against 3D maps of the city. In one very interesting view you could see when anonymized employees showed up at the MWC venue and how many were present at any time in the specific halls and sub areas of the site. You could also see where they came from, what parts of the city they passed through, and, given a large enough data set, even visualize population flow in real time to better understand congestion and transportation performance.The key difference between RTI and the existing operator solutions is that RTI creates a common way to collect, manage and reason through your big data and real time data via a modern platform that is optimized for new application development and diverse data sources. We know of hundreds of use cases that RTI can be leveraged to address (from churn management to NPS score visibility and network optimizations)… as a single uniform platform with each use case just means a new application. From concept to product in a little over a year was pretty good progress and exciting to see.Joe closed out by highlighting the EMC progress in building clouds, driving the evolution of storage to accommodate cloud models, and evolving the mobile technology space. He showed off our mobile file sync and share collaboration technology, Syncplicity. Unlike consumer oriented offerings, this system not only provides slick, mobile friendly integration of the user experience but also allows for customer choice of where to store the data (in the cloud, in their data center, hybrid, etc.). In addition to Syncplicity, Joe highlighted VMware’s announced acquisition of Airwatch, which gives VMware the leading technology in Enterprise Mobility management and adds to the already broad end user computing capability within the VMware portfolio. Finally, he told the audience how EMC is helping them manage data at Exabyte scale. It took 26 years to ship a total of 1EB of storage. Last year, EMC shipped that much in a month. Now, we are seeing some individual deals that approach an Exabyte in size.What a difference a year makes! We believe that IT and Telecom are coming together and that EMC technical capability is at the core of this new environment. Mobile World Congress 2014 and the significant visibility of the EMC federation certainly reinforce this.last_img read more

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$1.3 million granted to Vermont schools for safety projects

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation today announced that 22 schools received a total of $1.3 million in Infrastructure Awards through the Agency’s Safe Routes to School program.Safe Routes to School is a federally funded safety program that is administered through VTrans. The program, which supplies money for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, has a goal of increasing the number of students who can safely walk or ride bikes to school.‘Safe Routes to School is about kids walking and biking to school regularly, routinely, and safely,’ said VTrans Secretary David Dill.  ‘The program is an opportunity to have schools and communities work together to solve some of their pressing safety, environmental and health challenges.’Competition for funding was stiff, as VTrans received 31 applications for a total request of $2.8 million.  The Agency was able to provide $1.3 million that will aid 19 projects.  Awards were granted to safety projects that include sidewalks, improved crossings, school zone signs, and traffic calming.A complete list of schools and awards is provided below.Seventy schools across the state have participated in the program since the 2006/2007 school year.  Efforts include student and parent surveys regarding transportation behavior and attitudes, as well as safety education.   Schools have also encouraged students to walk and bike to school through the use of chaperoned ‘Walking School Busses’ and regular ‘Walking Wednesdays’ that offer incentives like water bottles and T-shirts.  Participating schools work in partnership with their local governments to identify infrastructure needs on the routes to school.Source: VTrans. 7.14.20102010 Grant Receiving SchoolsSchool NameCityProject DescriptionTotal Guilford Central SchoolGuilfordFeasibility Study$26,500Chamberlin SchoolSo. BurlingtonFeasibility Study$20,000Jericho Elementary SchoolJerichoSidewalk connecting sidewalk on VT 15 to School entrance$175,000Warren SchoolWarrenRadar feedback signs and feasibility study51000Warren SchoolWarrenFeasibility Study$35,000Moretown Elementary SchoolMoretownInstall radar signs, upgrade signage and crosswalk markings$42,000Weathersfield ElementaryWeathersfieldUpgrade signs and radar speed sign$12,000Readsboro CentralReadsboroFunding for construction of additional sidewalk and curbing on VT 100$27,809Barre Town ElementaryWebstervilleUpgrade School Zone signs and erect radar speed feedback sign$33,500Middletown Springs Elementary SchoolMiddletown SpringsConstruction of sidewalk along School House Road$196,000Rutland Middle School & Rutland Intermediate SchoolRultandSign and pavement marking improvements to intersection around School Complex$10,607Saxtons River Elementary SchoolSaxtons RiverConstruction of sidewalk from school to village and bus drop off lane$209,000Champlain ElementaryBurlingtonFeasibility Study$24,000Champlain ElementaryBurlingtonUpgrade signs around school and radar speed sign$23,000Dothan Brook SchoolWhite River Jct.Feasibility study$27,000Waitsfield ElementaryWaitsfieldUpgrades to school signs, radar feedback signs, and intersection improvement near school.$141,000Poultney Jr. Sr. High SchoolPoultneySign upgrade, 4 radar signs$67,100Poultney Jr. Sr. High SchoolPoultney6 foot wide sidewalk, curbing 300 linear feet near jr/sr high school, retaining wall$149,200Malletts Bay SchoolColchesterMulti-Use path to access mallets bay school – small sections and crosswalks$31,537 $1,301,253 Total Awardlast_img read more

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Thought leadership – Faster payments? Or same day ACH?

first_imgSame Day ACH payments are on the way and are expected to have huge impact on how payments are made in today’s environment. Same Day ACH is planned to move payments and payment related information quicker to ensure any ACH payment can reach anyone, anywhere across the country regardless of which credit union or bank is used.On September 23, 2016, phase one of the Same Day ACH 3-year planned roll-out becomes mandatory for financial institutions in the U.S. This means that credit unions and banks (and other third-party financial institutions) will be required to accept credit transactions that are assigned the current day’s effective date, and settle on the same day. Prior to this change, settlement for credit transactions has been 1 to 2 business days. FIs have until Sept 2017 before being required to support same day debit ACH. A fee of 5.2 cents per same day transaction is assessed by the originating FI and passed through to the receiving FI. It is yet to be seen whether the originating FI will pass on these charges to its customers or absorb them as a cost of doing business.Largest CU’s to offer same day originations by end of the yearWhile credit unions and banks must be ready to receive same day ACH, not all will be originating. It is believed that the largest credit unions and banks will offer same day originations by the end of the year, primarily those FIs that offer payroll services or have merchant acquiring portfolios that may want to offer their merchants a speedier settlement to help with cash flow. However, it does require extra effort on the part of the receiving institution. They need to understand the schedules for receiving same day ACH and posting the transactions; their vendors need to be prepared to process those transactions in the required windows. And as volume dictates, some level of automation may be needed to meet the requirements. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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NAFCU-sought RBC delay bill introduced in Senate

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., introduced a NAFCU-sought bill Thursday (S. 3750) that would delay the NCUA’s risk-based capital (RBC) rule an additional year – moving its implementation date from Jan. 1, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2021.The NCUA in October approved of a one-year delay of the rule – moving it from Jan. 1, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2020 – and Rounds’ bill would provide credit unions with an additional year to ensure proper compliance. The agency, in its action, also amended the definition of a complex credit union from $100 million to $500 million – exempting an additional 1,026 credit unions from the rule – a change welcomed by NAFCU.“On behalf of our membership and the entire credit union industry, we thank Senator Mike Rounds for supporting credit unions and introducing legislation to delay the NCUA’s RBC rule an additional year,” said NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler. “While NCUA’s delay was extremely welcome, we believe additional study is needed – particularly as relates to ensuring that credit union capital requirements are no more stringent than those required of the banking industry.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Basingstoke offices and industrial: Rising to the occasion

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Jobs gone, investments wasted: Africa’s deserted safaris leave mounting toll

first_img“It hasn’t moved since the day we bought it,” said Hlongwane, who has been forced to stop paying the salaries of his five employees. “We could’ve been using that money to survive right now.”From Kenya’s Masai Mara to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, rural communities that depend on safaris for income are seeing their livelihoods and dreams shattered. Hundreds of thousands of people rely on the sector, not to mention their dependents.A slump in tourist dollars has hit conservation projects hard. And even as countries around the world loosen lockdowns, game parks, lodges and travel agencies face a grim future.The safari industry generates some $12.4 billion in annual revenues for South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania Uganda and Zambia – Africa’s top wildlife tourist destinations – according to an estimate by SafariBookings. When Khimbini Hlongwane spent most of his small safari tour company’s savings on the deposit for a new minibus in February, it seemed like a safe bet.His revenues had doubled in the previous year. And bookings by American, British, and Brazilian tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of elephants, giraffes and lions at South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park were up.Now, with borders closed and airlines grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa’s multi-billion-dollar safari industry is unraveling and he can no longer afford the payments on the new 21-seater, which sits collecting dust in the parking lot. But a survey of over 300 tour operators conducted by the online safari travel platform this month showed that almost 93% reported a drop in bookings of at least 75% due to the pandemic. Cancellations have also spiked, the majority of them said.’How long can we carry on?’Leon Plutsick’s Distinctly Africa lodge on the Manyeleti private game reserve bordering the Kruger National Park had been full in March.Today, his employees are sitting at home and baboons have ransacked his unstaffed kitchen.”We’re getting to a point where we have to ask ourselves how long do we carry on?” he said. “A lot of us are living on reserves just to survive.”Plutsick is not alone.A survey of close to 500 businesses in the Kruger Lowveld district – South Africa’s safari heartland – conducted by the local tourism agency last month, found 90% believed they would not survive even if international borders opened immediately.Over two-thirds of them have laid off employees.The lack of tourist dollars is forcing wildlife projects across Africa to make cuts, and beyond the human cost, conservationists worry that growing desperation in rural communities hit by COVID-19 could fuel a wave of poaching.Three popular game parks in South Africa recently dehorned dozens of rhinos as a preventative measure, hoping that it would make them less attractive targets for poachers.In Mabarhule, a community on the edge of Kruger National Park, roughly half of residents were already jobless before the pandemic.Freelance workers like Sipho Nkosi – a tour guide and father of four who typically makes around 550 rand ($33) per tour – have found themselves without a safety net.”We’d saved some money. But its running out, so we’ll start starving,” said Nkosi, standing outside a half-completed community hall that was being built using tourist donations.’A bigger hole?’The Madilika Craft Centre sits so close to the boundary of the Kruger National Park that lions can sometimes be heard roaring in the distance.A layer of dust now coats the pink walls of the women’s cooperative, which shut when the private game lodges where it sold its traditional Xitsonga beaded jewelry closed down in March.Now, with her income gone, co-founder Jane Mashele is hoping the sweet potatoes and spinach in her garden will be enough to feed her four orphaned grandchildren.”We started the center because we were tired of sitting at home with no jobs,” she said. “This is terrible.”In South Africa, which has recorded the most COVID-19 cases of any African nation, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane warned parliament last month that up to 600,000 jobs were at risk if the sector remained shut until September.Governments’ relief initiatives – like South Africa’s offer of 50,000 rand ($3,000) one-time grants to small tourism businesses – will do little to staunch the losses, some operators said.In the face of looming financial calamity, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa – the industry’s lobby group – is pushing for international tourism to resume as early as September.With the pandemic’s peak on most of the continent still predicted to be months away, that appears unlikely.South Africa’s government has instead said regional and international tourism are only expected to resume next year.Kenya, Namibia and Rwanda also remain closed to international visitors, while in Zambia tourists are permitted but face a two-week quarantine upon arrival. Tanzania has dropped quarantine requirements and is welcoming foreign guests.One East African tour operator said even if restrictions were eased, international travellers could be discouraged by the possibility of quarantines when they return home.In the meantime, South Africa, for one, hopes domestic visitors can drive the first phase of a recovery. South African national parks are now opening for self-driving safaris.But overnight visits and travel across provincial borders remain banned under current restrictions. Even when permitted, some operators worry that local visitors will not be enough to save their businesses.”To open for two or four or six people, is it actually worth it?” asked lodge owner Plutsick. “I’ll just be digging myself a bigger hole.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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BLOG: What Self-Driving Cars Could Do For Pennsylvania

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Leslie S. Richards, Secretary of Transportation Infrastructure,  The Blog,  Transportation For years we’ve heard about and imagined transportation technology that would improve safety, help the environment and increase travel efficiency. This technology is arriving faster than many of us could have imagined, and this week I joined state and private-sector representatives to announce our steps to put Pennsylvania at the forefront of their safe, innovative development.Autonomous and connected vehicle technologies, which encompass everything from self-driving cars to infrastructure and vehicles talking to each other, hold huge potential. And their testing and development is already occurring in Pennsylvania, which is why we marked the state’s latest steps at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where they already developed their own autonomous vehicle.First, we held the first meeting of a newly established Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy Task Force that will collaboratively develop guidance that PennDOT will use when drafting autonomous vehicle policy. PennDOT is chairing the task force, which is comprised of state, federal and private-industry officials such as the Federal Highway Administration, AAA, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Uber Technologies. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf June 01, 2016 BLOG: What Self-Driving Cars Could Do For Pennsylvania Additionally, state lawmakers joined me to explain legislation they’re sponsoring in the state Senate and House to establish Pennsylvania as a national leader in autonomous vehicle testing.The legislation would:Provide for controlled automated vehicle testing, not operation;Allow flexibility to adapt to changing technology;Require companies interested in testing to submit an application and provide proof of $5 million in general liability insurance; andAllow support for in-vehicle and remote-operator testing, considered the “Full Self-Driving Automation” level, the fourth and highest level of automation as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.These developments mean exciting progress for Pennsylvania. Various studies and research have pointed to autonomous and connected vehicles as having environmental and travel benefits in addition to reducing human error in driving. Vehicle functions such as maintaining more consistent speeds, communicating with infrastructure or other vehicles, and allowing highway officials to eventually to invest less in engineering solutions related to human behavior (such as rumble strips) are examples of potential benefits of expanding these technologies.At the state level, these steps could quickly bring additional economic opportunities as automotive and technology companies, encouraged by the legislation, could establish themselves in the state.While our daily mission of maintaining a safe transportation system continues, we are also looking to bring the future here, using the state’s rich history of innovation to establish us as a national leader in these technologies.last_img read more

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The insane backyard pool every kid wants

first_img The magnesium pools provide plenty of space for a family and some friends to relax.“We’ve had a lot of interest from families, as you might expect,” Mr Wagstaffe said.“The kids all want to stay by the pool while the parents look at the house.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe pool is attracting its share of attention online too — the property has been viewed more than 4700 times making it one of the most-viewed residential properties in Queensland this week on realestate.com.au. Water is also a standout feature for another residence in the state’s Top 10 most-viewed — property pervs have been eyeing off a lavish Sovereign Islands mansion listed for $45 million. There’s endless summer fun on offer at 7 Sharscay Close, Burleigh Heads.“It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” said marketing agent Tyler Wagstaffe of JW. Estate Agents — Burleigh Heads.“It really is something special.” Not one, but two pools and a spa.The elaborate creation is the work of the current owner who set about building the backyard water feature shortly after buying 7 Sharscay Close in 2015.The pools have recently been nominated for the Queensland Swimming and Spa Association Awards in the category of best pool between $50,000-$100,000.But the pools are soon to be the source of endless summer fun for a new family with the 701sq m property now on the market for offers over $789,000. Kids are drawn to the rock slide at 7 Sharscay Close, Burleigh Heads.It’s the pool every family would love to have in their backyard.While the parents are chilling in the magnesium rock spa, the kids can cut loose in the main pool and the secondary kids pool with its own built-in slide.center_img You can swim year-round at 132 Port Jackson Blvd, Clear Island Waters. The pool is also a feature at 26-32 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands.Also on the Gold Coast, a 10m indoor pool is the showpiece on the ground floor of a Clear Island Waters mansion which is set to be auctioned. last_img read more

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Stephen Keshi sacked as Nigeria football coach

first_imgStephen Keshi has been sacked as coach of Nigeria and replaced by Shaibu AmoduStephen Keshi has been sacked as the coach of Nigeria’s national team the Super Eagles.The Nigeria Football Federation’s disciplinary Committee took the decision on Saturday, following investigations into why he applied for the Côte d’Ivoire job, when he was secured in his job as the Super Eagles head coach.The 53-year-old was fired on Saturday night for breach of contract. he had two years left on his deal with the Nigeria Football Federation. Keshi was into his second spell as the Super Eagles coach, after holding the reigns from 2011.He won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles, but has been on a battle lane with the federation since then.last_img

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