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Maddy O’Neal Drops Psychedelic Dance Hit With New Single “Wanna Know”

first_imgColorado-based producer Maddy O’Neal is getting ready to drop her sophomore EP, Parallels, but has given a little taste of what’s to come with her latest single, “Wanna Know.” The up-tempo, psychedelic dance track, which comes to us via Super Best Records, combines piano, electric guitar, and synth, making for the perfect addition to your summer playlist. The track also features Maddy’s brother, Evan O’Neal, as the two siblings deciding to collaborate while on a trip to California. There is plenty of synergy going on, with flourishes of Maddy’s obvious penchant for all things electro and glitch-hop.EXCLUSIVE: Maddy O’Neal Talks Personal Growth, Getting Big, And Girl PowerIn a recent interview with L4LM, O’Neal described the evolution of her sound, “The coolest part about the style of music I make is that it is so versatile and genre defying. I can really take it in any direction I want to, so I’ve been experimenting a lot with different styles and techniques within producing to carve out my own sound within it.” Take a listen to the latest from Maddy O’Neal, hew new track “Wanna Know” via Soundcloud below.Maddy just came off a tour with fellow Coloradoan’s, long-time friends, and collaborators SunSquabi. The producer and DJ is ready for a breakout summer with appearances at Sonic Bloom next weekend, Camp Bisco, Arise Music Festival, a set at Big Gigantic‘s Rowdytown VI at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and several appearances on the road with Pretty Lights including stops at Washington’s Gorge Amphitheatre and Chicago’s Northerly Island.For additional information on Maddy O’Neal, check out her website and Facebook page.MADDY O’NEAL TOUR DATES6/17/17 – Sonic Bloom, Rye CO7/14/17 – Camp Bisco, Scranton PA7/15/17 – Infrasound Music Festival, Highbridge WI8/4/17 – Arise Music Festival, Loveland CO8/5/17 – The Gorge w/ Pretty Lights – George, WA8/18/17 – Northerly Island w/ Pretty Lights, Chicago IL9/30/17 – Red Rocks w/ Big Gigantic, Morrison COlast_img read more

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Study: Competition from private schools boosts achievement and lowers costs

first_img Read Full Story New findings by Harvard Graduate School of Education Assistant Professor Martin West and University of Munich Professor Ludger Woessmann show that competition from private schools improves achievement for both public and private school students, and decreases overall spending on education.The study, which was featured in the August 2010 issue of the Economic Journal, systemically measured the causal impact of private school competition across countries. The researchers found that students in countries with higher proportions of children enrolled in private schools score higher on internationally comparable exams.“Our results suggest that students in public schools profit nearly as much from increased private school competition as do a nation’s students as a whole,” West and Woessman note. “Competition from private schools improves student achievement, and appears to do so for public school as well as private school students. And it produces these benefits while decreasing the total resources devoted to education, as measured by cumulative educational spending per pupil.”In order to determine whether competitive pressures from private schools increase the productivity of the school system as a whole, West and Woessmann analyzed Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) data on the mathematical, scientific, and reading literacy of nearly 220,000 students in 29 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. They also used PISA data on students’ background and the characteristics of each student’s school, including resource levels and whether the school is public or private.Read more about the study:last_img read more

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Why HPC Matters: Saving Lives

first_imgFrom enabling precision medicine to accelerating the development of new pharmaceuticals, high-performance computing is helping us take healthcare and life sciences to a new level.In today’s digitally driven world, healthcare and life sciences are increasingly dependent on advanced technology. And in this new era, the business of saving lives can require an enormous amount of computational power.In clinical settings, for example, high-performance computing (HPC) clusters are enabling precision medicine that allows physicians to tailor treatments to the unique needs of individual patients. Whether the caregiver is using genetic sequencing to discover gene mutations or running complex algorithms to enable narrowly targeted cancer treatments based on the patient’s genome, HPC is essential. None of this would be possible without the computational power of HPC systems, working in tandem with software applications, algorithms and lightning-fast storage and networking.Consider this finding: It took 13 years and $3 billion to complete the first human whole genomic sequence (WGS) in 2000. Today, a whole genome can be sequenced for about $1,000 in as little as 22 minutes.[1],[2] The credit for much of this leap forward goes to advent of faster and more affordable HPC clusters.As industry veterans Mahni Ghorashi and Gaurav Garg note in a Tech Crunch article, “Converting the raw data of the human genome into medically useful and understandable information has historically been a huge technical bottleneck, but over the course of the last decade, advances in compute, rather than laboratory processes, have driven the most dramatic time and cost reductions associated with WGS.”[3]Now consider the work being done by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders is helping researchers discover gene mutations with a fast, powerful HPC cluster based on the Dell EMC Genomic Data Analysis Platform, the predecessor of today’s Dell EMC Ready Bundle for HPC Life Sciences. This cluster, powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge™ servers with Intel® Xeon® processors, runs extremely complex algorithms that analyze terabytes of genetic and molecular data at speeds unimaginable in the past.TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders is confident that it can use its HPC cluster to facilitate new research going forward — and give new hope to patients and their families.“We have the ability to more quickly perform genetic sequencing and meet the demand for processing increasing data volumes, because of the Dell EMC HPC cluster,” says James Lowey, TGen’s chief information officer. “And this technology also helps us ask harder questions of the data, and hopefully answer those questions. We are committed to helping children with rare disorders, and we are better equipped to do that with this solution.”[4]It’s not just precision medicine that is getting a lift from HPC. Pharmaceutical companies now use HPC systems routinely to develop new drugs and therapies designed to prevent and treat disease. HPC systems make it possible to analyze massive amounts of data and ask and answer ever-harder questions, all in the interest of bringing life-saving advances to market in less time.On another life sciences front, the Beijing Genome Institute (BGI), a leading company in biological research, is working to bring down the cost of sequencing to make it more widely accessible, all while enhancing its own biological research capability. To do this, BGI’s strategic objective has been to continuously enhance the computing power of the HPC platform behind its sequencing activities.To drive toward this objective, the institute brought in a Dell EMC PowerEdge™ FX modular infrastructure solution to increase the platform’s capacity. Since deployment of the Intel® Xeon® processor-powered Dell EMC PowerEdge FX unit, BGI has taken a leading position domestically. This has allowed BGI to develop the gene sequencing system BGISEQ-500, a one-button sequencing technology that supports DNA sampling and delivers analysis results in just 24 hours.[5]Ultimately, precision medicine helps physicians gain a closer understanding of each patient’s genetic makeup and specific requirements for treatment. These insights open the door to customized healthcare and new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.And it’s all powered by high-performance computing systems — which is another reason why HPC matters.For a closer look at the work done by TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders, read the case study “Giving hope to children with rare disorders.”[1] Mahni Gorashi and Gaurav Garg, “The genomics intelligence revolution,” Tech Crunch, Jan 21, 2017.[2] Edico Genome, “Edico Genome Offers Bundled Ultra-Rapid Solution for Clinical Genomics and Research,” Jan. 4, 2017.[3] Mahni Gorashi and Gaurav Garg, “The genomics intelligence revolution,” Tech Crunch. Jan 21, 2017.[4] Dell EMC case study, “Giving hope to children with rare disorders,” 2016.[5] Dell EMC case study, “Using a modular architecture to understand the mysteries of life,” 2016.last_img read more

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Statue of Liberty Reopens Despite Government Shutdown

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Statue of Liberty to reopen despite government shutdown. (Photo credit: Statue of Liberty National Monument Facebook Page)The Statue of Liberty, a victim of the ongoing government shutdown, will reopen to tourists this weekend as part of a deal reached by New York State and the federal government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.Under the agreement, the state will pay the federal government for the first four days of reopening the iconic landmark with funding coming from the state’s tourism budget, Cuomo said. The state can keep the park open if the shutdown continues only if it gives the Department of Interior two days notice for every additional two days it is open.Reopening Liberty Island will cost the state $61,600 for each day the park is open.“Every day that Liberty Island is closed means we are losing visitors who would otherwise be spending at our local businesses—not to mention the employees who maintain the park and have been forced out of work,” Cuomo said. “As the shutdown continues, we cannot afford to lose the thousands of visits to the park each day.”“We will not allow this international symbol of freedom to remain closed because of the dysfunction and gridlock of Washington,” the governor added.Liberty Island National Park, popular among tourists, generated $174 million in 2011, according to National Park Service’s 2012 annual report. The park served 3.7 million people two years ago, with the average visitor spending an average of $35 for the ferry, food and souvenirs, the report said. The park also employs more than 2,000 people.“This majestic landmark was a welcoming sight to my grandparents when they arrived in this country from Greece,” said Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). “I am proud to work with my partners in state government to ensure that the Statue of Liberty is reopened to welcome tourists and new citizens, proving that even in the midst of this government shutdown in Washington, D.C., New York will continue to lead the way.”The state’s payments to the federal government will not be reimbursed unless Congress passes a law to refund individual states, officials said.Similar deals were reached to reopen Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.last_img read more

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Local teen competes in American Ninja Warrior Junior and World Finals

first_img(WBNG) — Building upon her background as a gymnast, 13-year-old Nevaeh Masso from Chenango Bridge, has become a Ninja Warrior. “I watched the adult show before the junior show and I was like wow, that’s cool,” Nevaeh told 12 News. “I hope they have a kids’ show. Maybe I could do it one day.” She loves giving advice to other athletes interested in becoming a Ninja Warrior. Through competing in American Ninja Warrior Junior, Nevaeh said she has learned from fellow kid and adult contestants and ninja warriors. She entered only one Ninja Warrior competition in Rochester before applying for the television show competition. In September 2018, she sent videos of her training in backyard courses and at the Warrior Factory Syracuse and Syracuse Ninja Barracks. After only four months of training, 12-year-old Nevaeh received the call from producers that she would be joining the show. “Make sure you want to do it. Put all your effort in it and have fun with it”, Nevaeh says. American Ninja Warrior Junior premieres Feb. 22 on Universal Kids. You can watch the episode Nevaeh competes in on May 2. In July 2019, she competed in the American Ninja Warrior Junior television competition. “I’ve learned physical things and mental things. Like breathe and have fun with the course. Don’t always rush. There’s some things (obstacles on the course) you can go fast on, some things you go slow on”, Nevaeh says. This weekend, Nevaeh will compete in the National Ninja League World Finals in Greensboro, N.C. Picture courtesy of American Ninja Warrior Junior. She will also be competing at the National Ninja League World Finals from Feb. 21 to 23. last_img read more

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Towers to dominate Reading’s skyline

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36 evacuated from China to France show virus symptoms: Minister

first_imgNine Belgians and three of their partners as well as 15 Dutch citizens and their two Chinese partners were isolated after travelling on from Istres to a military airport near Brussels, according to Belga news agency. However, 60 others from Mexico, Rwanda, Brazil and Georgia remained on French soil, Buzyn told reporters.Some of the returnees will be quarantined for 14 days while others would be allowed to head back to their home countries if they showed no symptoms of the virus, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told French broadcaster RTL.The first planeload of evacuees from China arrived on Friday and are in quarantine at a resort on the Mediterranean coast.Two passengers from that flight were identified as possible cases of coronavirus, but tests on them came back negative.Le Drian hailed the “remarkable” cooperation by the Chinese authorities which has allowed all the French nationals who wanted to return home to do so.The health minister assured that the arrival of more people from Wuhan presented no extra risk of contagion of the virus.France and its fellow G7 countries will discuss a joint response to the coronavirus epidemic, Germany’s health minister said on Sunday.So far in France, only six cases of coronavirus have been detected.Topics : Tests were carried out to establish whether they had the coronavirus and the results will be known on Monday, the health ministry told AFP.A further 16 foreign nationals displaying symptoms were flown back to their respective countries. The second evacuation flight was carrying people of 30 different nationalities, most of them European. Sixty five of the returnees were French. A total of 124 non-French evacuees swiftly travelled on to their home countries, according to military sources in Istres. Thirty six people aboard an evacuation flight from China that landed in France on Sunday showed symptoms of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 360 people, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said.In all, 254 people arrived in France from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the deadly virus was first detected, on the second such flight. “About 20 people who presented symptoms have stayed on the tarmac” at Istres airport in the south of France to undergo further testing, Buzyn told journalists. They included French and non-European nationals.last_img read more

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Budget cuts, furloughs inevitable for start-ups to survive pandemic: Investors

first_imgTopics : Investors have advised start-ups to start cutting their budgets, furloughing some employees and even laying off others to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, which will likely hit the economy hard.According to Dimitra Taslim, an investor at California-based global venture capital company GGV Capital, start-ups could begin with slashing perks such as travel allowances and free food while opting for furloughs instead of a headcount reduction.“Furloughing doesn’t always mean putting everyone on a leave of absence. It could mean putting employees on a three-day workweek and working less,” he said during a webinar on start-ups’ survival in 2020 on Wednesday. A headcount reduction, he went on to say, should always be the last option in budget cuts. Furthermore, there should be a team consisting of the company’s CEO, CFO, head of human resources and a legal team to formulate the lay-off scenario.Layoffs might be inevitable for some companies, especially when budget cuts are not sufficient to keep them afloat until at least mid-2022.“I think if start-ups have a runway until the first or second quarter of 2022, this can put them in a rather good position,” he said.The start-ups should opt to raise funds from existing investors because venture capitalists (VCs) have raised their bar in accepting new portfolios, so start-ups looking for new investors should be prepared to accept a suboptimal deal, Taslim added. He also advised expanding funding sources beyond venture capitalists, such as getting bank loans.Read also: Indonesia’s e-signature start-ups gain traction amid pandemicBRI Ventures CEO Nicko Widjaja expressed a similar view, saying a venture capitalist would be more cautious when looking at new investment opportunities but still want to do funding as usual.“The venture capital funding trend is going down for new or early-stage investments,” he told the press on a different occasion on Wednesday. “However, unicorns are still getting funded. Venture capitalists would still continue to fund start-ups with a good track record.”Meanwhile, Indonesian venture capital firm VC East Ventures cofounder and managing partner Willson Cuaca previously told The Jakarta Post his company would focus on helping start-ups in its portfolio and halt funding for new start-ups in the meantime.A recent survey by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and SurveySensum revealed that business players expect business situation to normalize within the next five months or around August.The survey further stated that the COVID-19 pandemic had brought down the revenue of businesses, with 76 percent of respondents saying the pandemic had “severely disturbed the daily activities of businesses.”Tourism and hospitality have been struggling because of the pandemic. Hotel chain RedDoorz is even working on a zero revenue assumption until next year while having to do major hiring and marketing costs.RedDoorz CEO Amit Saberwal said the company had to let go of some employees in both its core and non-core markets, delaying its appraisal by three months and either putting other employees whose positions did not allow them to work from home on leave without pay or furloughing them with a small allowance.“Reducing salaries and letting people go is all very painful to do and I think it’s difficult to cut costs without affecting the company’s morale,” he said on Wednesday.Read also: Ride-hailing apps rely on deliveries during pandemicHowever, he added that the period right after COVID-19 was a “good time” to be a start-up because there would be access to capital as well as an ecosystem that would support their business ideas.Meanwhile, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending start-up UangTeman CEO Aidil Zulkifli said that while the company experienced a 30 to 40 percent increase in loan applications last month, it would want to be more prudent in approving them.“We need to make sure our borrowers can pay back loans to their lenders or the lenders would lose their trust in us,” he told the Post recently, adding that the P2P lending platform would be cautious in funding businesses that required face-to-face interactions, such as restaurants and hospitality companies.P2P lending is one of the sectors that are reportedly doing well and remaining optimistic during this pandemic, even though most of their borrowers are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which are expected to be one of the hardest-hit businesses. Editor’s note: This article has been revised to state GGV Capital investor, Dimitra Taslim, view that start-ups can be in a rather good position if they have a runway until the first or second quarter of 2022. The spread of COVID-19 has disrupted economic activity globally as the pneumonia-like illness infects people all around the world, hitting demand and putting a halt on various business sectors, such as tourism and manufacturing.Read also: Five more months to business as usual: Business playersIndonesia is projected to see its economy grow by a sluggish 2.3 percent this year, the slowest since 1999, and even contract by 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario, according to government data.However, Taslim added that further budget cuts would depend on what sector the start-ups were in. For example, a start-up offering a human resource management software might want to cut its marketing and sales budget because other companies were placing their employees on leave or furloughing them.last_img read more

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Riyadh, Doha enter rival bids to host 2030 Asian Games

first_imgSaudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut all ties with Doha in 2017, accusing it of backing “terrorists” and being too close to Iran — charges Qatar denies.Talks to mend the rift have stalled, after a flurry of diplomacy late last year raised hopes of a breakthrough.Doha hosted the Asian Games in 2006 but Saudi Arabia has never organized an OCA multi-sport event, the statement added.The OCA had invited bids for the 2030 Games from its 45 members by Wednesday. “The OCA is delighted to receive two strong bids for our Asian Games in 2030,” OCA president Ahmad al-Sabah, said in the statement.”It further enhances our reputation of hosting world-class sporting events on a major scale.”The host city will be selected at the OCA General Assembly meeting in China on November 29. Gulf rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar are competing for rights to host the 2030 Asian Games, the Olympic Council for Asia said Thursday after receiving bids from both countries.”Doha, capital of Qatar, and Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia, submitted official bids to host the 21st Asian Games,” the OCA said in a statement.”The bid document from the National Olympic Committee of each country was accompanied by letters of support from the city and respective governments.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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