Beloved String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth has announced a very exciting event in conjunction with SCI’s run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer. Called Kyle’s Brew Fest, Hollingsworth will both perform and curate beer selections for a benefit concert for Conscious Alliance.Taking place on July 14th at the Great Divide Brewing Company’s RiNo Location in Denver, CO, Hollingsworth will be on hand to perform with his solo project, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Tickets include the live performance, a limited edition drinking vessel, and the opportunity to sample wares from over 30 local craft breweries. String Cheese plays Red Rocks from July 15-17, so this will serve as a fun way to get the party started!Strange Brew: Inside The Unique Connection Between Bands And Their BeersTickets for the new event go on sale tomorrow, May 20th at 10 AM MST, and more info can be found on Kyle Hollingsworth’s official website.
Twenty Harvard professors are among 179 of the nation’s most influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors, and institutional leaders who were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at an Oct. 1 ceremony in Cambridge.Founded in 1780, the academy is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious learned societies, and an independent research center that draws from its members’ expertise to conduct studies in science and technology policy, global security, the humanities and culture, social policy, and education.“Induction recognizes extraordinary individual achievement and marks a commitment on the part of new members to provide fundamental, nonpartisan knowledge for addressing today’s complex challenges,” said the academy’s President Leslie C. Berlowitz.The 231st class includes winners of Nobel, Pritzker, and Pulitzer prizes; the Turing Award; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; Kennedy Center honors; and Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy awards. Foreign honorary members from Argentina, India, Israel, Japan, and the United Kingdom were also inducted.Inductee Farish Alston Jenkins Jr., professor of biology and curator of vertebrate paleontology; Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology; and professor of anatomy at Harvard, joined the 231st class.The fellows from Harvard follow:James Ireland Cash Jr., James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration Emeritus, Harvard Business SchoolTimothy J. Colton, Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian StudiesDavid Paul Corey, professor of neurobiology, Harvard Medical SchoolGeorge Q. Daley, professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology; professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical SchoolPhilip A. Fisher, Felice Crowl Reid Professor of EnglishJulio Frenk, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health; T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International DevelopmentAnnette Gordon-Reed, professor of law; Carol Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute; professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and SciencesDaniel Arie Haber, Kurt J. Isselbacher/Peter B. Schwartz Professor of Oncology, Harvard Medical SchoolRobert F. Higgins, senior lecturer of business administration, Harvard Business SchoolJay Harold Jasanoff, Diebold Professor of Indo-European Linguistics and PhilologyFarish Alston Jenkins Jr., professor of biology and curator of vertebrate paleontology; Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology; professor of anatomyAlex S. Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy; Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy SchoolFrances Myra Kamm, Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, professor of philosophy, Harvard Kennedy SchoolThomas Forrest Kelly, Morton B. Knafel Professor of MusicRobert E. Kingston, professor of genetics, Harvard Medical SchoolDavid Laibson, Robert I. Goldman Professor of EconomicsLouis Menand, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of EnglishW. Jason Morgan, visiting scholar, Department of Earth and Planetary SciencesMichael R. Van Valkenburgh, Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of DesignDaniel Martin Wegner, John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William JamesFrances Myra Kamm, Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, professor of philosophy, Harvard Kennedy School, was inducted on Oct. 1.
Disaster recovery is one of the most important aspects an organization needs to handle, not only for business continuity, but also for regulatory reasons. Not every business can or wants to handle the additional cost of a physical site for disaster recovery. The cloud seems to be the optimal solution for that.Dell EMC’s Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery is a solution that allows users to extend their on-premises data protection to the cloud, and orchestrate the disaster recovery of a protected machine on the cloud. The solution has been available since early 2017 and many customers are already using it for their disaster recovery. Cloud Disaster Recovery is also included in the Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA), which means that customers who are working with IDPA have by default, the ability to leverage the Cloud DR abilities.The Cloud DR process starts by copying data created on the on-premises by Avamar. Data is stored on Data Domain systems, including our integrated appliances (IDPA DP4400), or snap-based replication data created by RecoverPoint for VMs to an S3 bucket on your AWS account. This process is called protection and data is sent compressed over HTTPS/TLS 1.2, where it is stored securely and deleted by the cloud retention policy, which is configurable through the protection or replication solution (Avamar or RecoverPoint for VMs).After the data of a backup or a replication is available on the S3 bucket, the next backups can be incremental, meaning only new changes made to the machine will be sent to the cloud, so cloud storage usage and the billing are significantly reduced. When a machine needs to be recovered from the backup stored on the cloud, users have the ability to select a backup copy using the Cloud DR Server modern HTML 5 user interface and can recover in just a few button clicks.Leveraging VMware Cloud™ on AWS as a DR SiteIt’s been over a year since VMware™ Cloud on AWS was announced and it has gained popularity among organizations who seek the familiar VMware products and technology, without the hardware costs and complexity of building the entire infrastructure. It allows businesses to take advantage of the scalability the cloud can offer.The Cloud DR’s vision is to provide customers the opportunity and flexibility to work with different protection technologies and cloud platforms. Starting with the 18.2 release, which was available beginning in May 2018, Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery provides the ability to recover from an existing backup on the cloud directly to VMware Cloud™ on AWS.Cloud DR allows you to recover to VMware™ Cloud easily and intuitively. After configuring your software defined data center (SDDC) on VMware Cloud, you’ll be able to deploy a Cloud DR Add-on (CDRA) on the vCenter running on your SDDC. The SDDC doesn’t have to run all the time. You can configure it to run just for disaster recovery and continue with the CDRA deployment and configuration. This includes connecting the CDRA to your AWS account, and the vCenter on the SDDC. This process takes just a few minutes.During the configuration, make sure to enable the CDRA for direct failovers. Once this option is enabled from the CDRA, you’ll be able to use the Cloud DR Server (CDRS) to recover from a backup copy directly to the vCenter on the SDDC. Simply select a protected VM, any of its available cloud copies, and the target vCenter and CDRA (multiple CDRAs could be deployed on the same vCenter). After the recovery is initiated, the CDRA will create a new VM on the vCenter running on your SDDC on VMware Cloud, and that VM will retrieve the data that is stored on the S3 bucket.It wouldn’t take long to fully recover a VM to VMware Cloud, and the process is usually much quicker than a recovery to AWS because there is no data conversion process and because the internal connectivity between the SDDC and the resources on AWS. In internal lab qualifications, it took several minutes to recover a 150 GB Linux VM to VMware Cloud.You’ll can find several demos on Dell EMC’s YouTube channel, including the following:Recovery demo to AWS and to VMware CloudDeployment demoAdditional resources:Cloud Confidence eBook: Why Dell EMC Data Protection for VMware Cloud™ on AWSVideo: Overview of Dell EMC Cloud Disaster RecoveryVideo: Extend Disaster Recovery to VMware CloudLearn more: dellemc.com/cloudprotection@DellEMCProtect will also be discussing this in more detail at Dell Tech World in several different sessions including:Everything You Need to Know About Modern Data Protection for VMwareDell EMC Data Protection Portfolio Overview: Cloud-Enabled, Software-Defined, VMware IntegratedMoving DR to the Cloud – When does it make sense?
Source: Vermont Economic Development Dept. 9.9.9. The Douglas Administration is reminding people who may want to apply for an Act 250 permit that they can reduce the risk and upfront costs associated with the process by seeking to have the most problematic aspects of a project reviewed first. Rule 21 of Act 250, which allows a District Commission to conduct a review of less than all of a project’s Act 250 criteria in exchange for a minimum filing fee, has been on the books a long time, but is rarely used, officials said.“The economy is showing some signs of recovery, but in these uncertain times nobody wants to unnecessarily invest scarce capital without knowing the magnitude of risk involved in obtaining a reasonable return,” said Tayt Brooks, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development.“With this in mind, we’d like to remind anyone who is considering applying for an Act 250 permit that there is a rule in place to provide for partial reviews of proposed projects, thereby reducing the cost associated with risk,” he said.Under Act 250, the state’s development control law, proposed development projects must satisfy 10 criteria including impacts on the environment; traffic; local schools and services; and aesthetics.The fee for such projects generally is $4.75 per $1,000 construction cost, meaning a $100,000 project would cost $475, while a $1 million project would cost $4,750.But under Rule 21, an applicant can ask a District Commission to review a project against a particularly uncertain or potentially contentious criterion by paying only $150 instead of the standard fee.“This allows an applicant to avoid the risk – and cost – of preparing and submitting an entire permit application only to find out that one aspect of the project is going to be an insurmountable obstacle,” Brooks said.If project receives approval under the criterion or criteria, the rest of the proposal could be heard and the full application fee paid later, at which time the less contentious criteria would be reviewed. This would also allow developers to lay the groundwork for projects now, and then begin construction when the economic situation has become more favorable and financing more available.The partial findings and conclusions are valid for a period of time (usually up to five years) and are binding unless appealed within 30 days. “If the District Commission rules against an applicant, they can appeal the decision; modify the project; or decide the project was not worth investing any more funds, having lost only a minimal Act 250 fee and the cost of preparing a partial application,” Brooks said.For questions pertaining to Rule 21, interested parties may contact their local District Coordinator or Brooks at (802) 828-5218 or at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) -30-
Franklinand Nantahala are towns born from gem mining and agriculture that continue tohonor that history every year at the annual Folk Heritage Festival, celebratingAppalachian culture and its influence on the area. With nine active gem minesin the area, you can sit down with a bucket of dirt and sift for precious gemsand minerals that are still abundant to this day in the “Gem Capitol of theWorld.” Over the years, Franklin & Nantahala have transformed from those smallrural areas into outdoor adventure meccas, luring explorers of all ages to setout into the mountains and valleys of the Nantahala National Forest. Locatedin the southern Appalachian Mountains the communities of Franklin and Nantahalaare surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, the largest of the NationalForests in North Carolina. Franklin and Nantahala offer easy access to the GreatSmoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway and is an area brimming with outdooradventure opportunities for all ages. Hike to stunning waterfalls, search forsecluded paddling spots, and dig deep into the rich history of gem mining allin Western North Carolina. Franklinand Nantahala are home to some of the oldest mountains in world. Cuttingthrough the middle of the Nantahala Mountains, you’ll find the popularAppalachian and Bartram Trails. Gear up at one of our two local outfitters andhike to Siler and Wesser Bald for 360-degree views of the area’s most iconic landscapes. Experiencedpaddlers seeking rapids will find the whitewater of the Nantahala and CullasajaRivers to test your skills. Boaters looking for a quieter experience can enjoythe pristine waters of Nantahala Lake with its nearly 30 miles of undevelopedshoreline, you’re sure to find a quiet spot to enjoy. Cast a line in the world-classfly-fishing waters of the Nantahala River, or seek out a secluded spot alongthe Little Tennessee or Cullasaja Rivers. Settlein for the evening at one of Franklin’s two craft breweries where you’ll findlocal entertainment, friendly atmosphere, and locally crafted beer of course!If you’re looking for dinner and a show, check out the schedule at the SmokyMountain Center for the Performing Arts, where you’ll enjoy world classentertainment from genres of music including country, bluegrass, gospel, pop,contemporary Christian, and more. With the main focus on family entertainment,the SMCPA is a place to enjoy a good time with all that Franklin has to offer. Ifyou want the view of the mountains without the hike, take the scenic drive toWayah Bald. Sitting at nearly one-mile high in elevation, the short walk up thepaved path leads you to a captivating view in every direction from one of themost iconic structures in the Nantahala National Forest, the Wayah Bald LookoutTower. On a clear day, you can see the mountains from Tennessee to Georgia. Drivethe Mountain Waters Scenic Byway to visit the waterfalls of the Cullasaja Riverand Nantahala Gorges as you wind through hardwood forests. Take a walk underthe most popular waterfall in the area, Dry Falls, where you can stand beneaththe 60-foot waterfall and in many places, not get wet! Enjoya walk down Main Street in Franklin and follow the Women’s History Trail, theonly one of its kind in North Carolina and learn about influential women inpublishing, public service, and business at various stops along the way. Stopin at the Scottish Tartans Museum, the only one of its kind in the UnitedStates, the Gem & Mineral Museum and the Macon County Historical Museum,all within walking distance of one another. Stop in to the many shops andstores along the way and discover local artisans carrying on the traditions ofarts and crafts. Ifdry land adventure is your focus, grab your mountain bike and head to the TsaliRecreation Area for miles of singletrack trails with views of Fontana Lake whilesurrounded by the Nantahala National Forest. Younger and less experienced riderswill enjoy the Little Tennessee River Greenway, a 5-mile paved path that windsalong the Little Tennessee River in the heart of downtown Franklin. Whetheryou’re looking for an action-packed experience or you want to disconnect fromthe hustle of everyday life, the Franklin and Nantahala area is a perfect blendof adventure and relaxation. Get to know your mountain side in Nature’sParadise!
Gov. Wolf Vetoes Unnecessary Bill, Provisions Would Risk Spreading COVID-19 September 21, 2020 Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed House Bill 2787, which would have mandated that school fall activities be under the sole jurisdiction of local school districts. This bill is superfluous given that local school governing bodies already have authority but it restricts state and local officials’ ability to respond to health concerns and potential outbreaks as we enter this year’s particularly risky flu season.The bill would have done nothing more than create legislation for something that already exists. Instead of drafting bills such as this the legislature should be focused on bills that protect the health and safety of our children in their learning environments, minimize exposure to COVID-19 and prevent the spread of this deadly virus.Gov. Wolf’s HB 2787 veto message:“We have been confronting extraordinary challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue the fight against COVID-19, we need to continue to prioritize the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians and minimize public health risks. However, this bill does nothing to promote public health or ensure that our children have a safe learning environment. As we reopen our schools, we need to continue to be vigilant and take precautions to keep ourselves, our communities, and our children healthy. These mitigation efforts not only help keep our children, teachers, and staff healthy, they also help keep our schools open.“This bill is entirely unnecessary. While I recommended against holding school sports before January 2021, it was a recommendation and neither an order nor a mandate. Local school governing bodies have maintained the authority to decide how extracurricular activities, including school sports, proceed at the local level. Furthermore, to the extent COVID-19 cases may rise and spread during the fall and through the upcoming cold and flu season, the Department of Health must maintain the critical authority to limit exposure to COVID-19. Minimizing this exposure is paramount.“This bill also has constitutional infirmities as it attempts to take away executive authority during the 2020-2021 school year. Instead of unnecessary legislation, we need to focus on providing schools the tools and resources they need to be successful in educating our children and we need to help people impacted by the pandemic with legislation such as funding for small businesses and child care, and paid sick leave for employees.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
In the UK, the company’s three DB schemes – which were acquired through takeovers – began offering pensioner members a pension increase exchange.The incentive exercise, which is strictly controlled by a mandatory industry-led code of conduct, see retiring members receive a higher starting pension, in exchange for no, or limited, increase in the payable pension.TUI schemes will now only offer statutory increases to members that opted for the increase, which reduced liabilities by £33m.In a statement, the company said: “The level of acceptances reduced the present value of future pension liabilities. The credit is taken to the income statement under IAS 19 (revised), as it represents a change in plan benefits.”TUI and its schemes had previously taken measures to plug the deficit among its three funds by holding its sponsor’s brand names as collateral value.In an innovative arrangement in 2011, the scheme was the first in the UK to hold intangible assets as collateral over its sponsor aimed at deficit reduction.At the time, the scheme had deficit of more than £400m, but used the Thomson and First Choice travel brands to generate an annual £33m payment into scheme via royalties. TUI Leisure has continued its push to de-risk its European pension schemes by conducting a pension increase exchange in the UK, and closing its defined benefit (DB) offering in Norway.The UK-based leisure company, with operations across Europe, had previously closed its DB scheme in the Netherlands.It was replaced by a defined contribution (DC) vehicle and reduced balance sheet liabilities by £14m (€17m).It has now confirmed the closure of its Norwegian DB offering, adding another £4m in saved liabilities, and a replacement DC offering.
Varma and Ilmarinen, the two largest pension insurance companies in Finland, are almost neck-and-neck in terms of assets under management following the latter firm’s acquisition of Etera, third-quarter results have shown.Ilmarinen is to merge with the smaller pensions insurer Etera at the beginning of next year, in a move which is closing the gap between the two earnings-related pension giants.At the end of September, Varma reported its investment portfolio had reached a market value of €45.4bn, while Ilmarinen revealed its assets had grown to €38.9bn.Interim figures released by Etera, meanwhile, showed its investments were worth €6.3bn at the end of the third quarter reporting period. This means the combined assets of Ilmarinen and Etera were €45.2bn – just €200m less than Varma’s total pot.In the third-quarter results, Varma reported an investment return of 6.2% between January and September – gaining €2.7bn – up from 3.1% in the same period in 2016.Meanwhile, Ilmarinen generated a return of 5.5% on its investments. Etera reported a 4.4% return on its investment portfolio, up from 3.6% in the same period last year.Varma said in its interim report that it had done well in the latest round of account transfers between earnings-related pension companies, concluded at the end of September.According to the statistics of the Finnish Pension Alliance TELA, the contributions to be transferred to Varma totalled €48m.The figures published by TELA showed that Ilmarinen and Etera both suffered net transfers out in the period, of €17.5m and €15.5m respectively.Risto Murto, Varma’s president and chief executive, said: “Varma’s financial situation has further improved this year. Our solvency and investment assets are at a record high level.”He said the successful transfer round had supported an increase in premium income, amounting to €200m in the past five years.However, Ilmarinen said its customer acquisition had been “excellent” in the third quarter of this year.“Measured in premiums written, net customer acquisition was €96m since the beginning of the year,” the company said.
Oslo-listed SeaBird Exploration has signed a partnership agreement with Norway’s MultiClient Geophysical (MCG) to conduct a 6,000km multi-client 2D Deep Imaging Campaign on the Norwegian continental shelf, including cross-border lines to UK continental shelf.Harrier Explorer; Source: SeaBirdSeaBird informed on Monday that the acquiring vessel will tow a single 12,000-meter streamer with a powerful source, to image the oceanic and continental crust, for new conceptual geological understanding and improved interpretation of large-scale tectonics.For this survey, which is estimated to have a duration of approximately two months, the Harrier Explorer vessel will be used. With this, Seabird has three vessels booked for most of the third quarter.This leads to an enhanced understanding of the regional geology and may reveal new play models, the company explained.According to SeaBird, the survey is cash neutral through pre-funding and cost recovery. SeaBird will be entitled to 50% of all future revenue stemming from sales of the acquired data.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia accepted Orola’s resignationletter in the presence of the members of the media. Leonardia meanwhile said he haverequested Orola to serve as the city consultant for trade industry,tourism and other field of special concerns. “I strongly feel that I will be able togive more of myself to the city, if I focus and devote my time helping you andyour administration in the areas of tourism, housing investments, jobgeneration and other special concerns of the Mayor in my private capacity,” headded. Orola, for his part, said his job as theCity Administrator has been very fulfilling. BACOLOD City – City Administrator and lawyerJohn Orola has resigned from his post city effective yesterday. Leonardia appointed former city councilorEm Ang to assume Orola’s post effective today. “We feel that his expertise and experiencein this field can still be of great value in this administration, and we areworking to process his appointment,” the mayor added./PN