Grateful Shred 2019 Tour DatesFeb. 19 – Ithaca, NY — The HauntFeb. 20 – Rochester, NY — Flour City StationFeb. 21 – Buffalo, NY — Buffalo Iron WorksFeb. 22 – Ferndale, MI — Otus Supply at Parliament RoomFeb. 23 – Chicago, IL — Chop ShopFeb. 24 – Cleveland, OH — Beachland BallroomFeb. 26 – Somerville, MA — Once BallroomFeb. 27 – Port Chester, NY — Garcia’s at The Capitol TheatreFeb. 28 – Washington, DC — Gypsy Sally’sMarch 1 – Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn BowlMarch 2 – Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn BowlMarch 3 – Ardmore, PA — Ardmore Music HallView All Tour Dates Los Angeles-based Grateful Dead cover band, Grateful Shred, have announced their plans to return to the eastern U.S. next winter. The band will begin their 12-show North American tour on February 19th, and will be joined throughout the run by New Jersey jam band Garcia Peoples, and MAPACHE, with the latter being more of a folk-based act made up of Grateful Shred members Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch.The three-week tour will start out with a trio of performances across New York state in cities including Ithaca, Rochester, and Buffalo. It’s worth noting that Ithaca, New York is where the Grateful Dead played one of their most famous shows back on May 8th, 1977 at Cornell University’s Barton Hall. Other stops on the winter 2019 tour include scheduled shows at the Chop Shop in Chicago, IL (2/23); Once Ballroom in Sommerville, MA (2/26); Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY (2/27); two nights at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY (3/1 and 3/2); And the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA (March 3), just to name a few. The 2019 winter tour will look to keep the energy going from their upcoming December tour, which starts this Wednesday with a show at Colorado’s Belly Up Aspen.The predominantly west coast group has earned plenty of recognition over the past year as one of the more notable emerging cover bands within the Grateful Dead universe.Pre-sale for the shows at Brooklyn Bowl will begin on December 5th at 10 a.m. EST with the access code, “SHREDRELIX”. General on-sale will follow two days later beginning Friday, December 7, at 10 a.m. EST, and can be found by visiting the band’s website. Until then, fans can click here to read up on what happened the last time Grateful Shred played the Ardmore Music Hall back over the summer.
Plan your next big adventure and travel in style with these road trip essentials.1. Carhartt Acadia JacketFor every road trip adventure, one thing is certain: you’re gonna get rained on. When the skies open up in the middle of your hike, make sure you’re wearing the waterproof Acadia. The ripstop nylon is durable but lightweight; it can compress into a fist-sized ball that’s barely noticeable in your pack. Though it’s waterproof, it still breathes, keeping water out while allowing body heat to escape. $84. carhartt.com2. Revo WindspeedThe lightweight, scratch- and impact-resistant polarized lenses on these titanium-framed shades, make them not only the most stylish glasses for travel but also up to the rugged task of hitting the road. $209; revo.com3. PrincetonTec ByteThe best travel headlamp is one you pack down at the bottom of your bag until you need it. Meet the Byte. It’s just 5 ouncesand rings in cheap. $16; princetontec.com4. Tern Eclipse S11itIt’s a bike in a box. But not some chintzy little toy bike. This aluminum framed cycle moves into James Bond (or at least Portland hipster) territory with 24-inch wheels, disc brakes, and an internal 11-speed Shimano Alfine hub. All that weighs in at 32 pounds and packs down small enough to cart around the world. $2,300; ternbicycles.com 5. Gregory Savant 58The ultimate travel backpack needs to serve double duty as both pack and suitcase. The Savant does just that thanks to easy-to-access compartments for travel, and an advanced suspension system ideal for true backpacking when you reach your destination. $199; gregorypacks.com 6. Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure KitElectronic devices die at the worst possible time. But simply stuff this palm-sized pack in your pocket and you can either use the four AA batteries directly or charge up through a USB plug on the pack. Then charge the batteries back up with the solar panel. $160; goalzero.com 7. Redington Crystal Waters SkirtThe skort is the apparel of choice for active women these days, and this one gives all the benefits of both skirts and shorts underneath without looking like it belongs on a road bike racer. $70; redington.com 8. Boardworks Badfish Stand-Up Paddleboard The good news when it comes to inflatable SUPs is that it’s easy to take them anywhere. The bad is they usually lack guts. Not so in the latest from Boardworks. This inflatable uses a new multi-chamber inflatable technology (MCIT) to create a board that’s more rigid and features tapered rails for better handling. That’s something you won’t find in those other blow-up dolls. $1,500; boardworkssurf.com
The PPAML program is scheduled to run 46 months, with three phases of activity from 2013 to 2017. Fisher believes a successful solution will involve contributions from many areas, including statistics and probabilistic modeling, approximation algorithms, machine learning, programming languages, program analysis, compilers, high-performance software, and parallel and distributed computing. By Dialogo April 03, 2013 “Our goal is that future machine learning projects won’t require people to know everything about both the domain of interest and machine learning to build useful machine learning applications. Through new probabilistic programming languages specifically tailored to probabilistic inference, we hope to decisively reduce the current barriers to machine learning and foster a boom in innovation, productivity and effectiveness.” Email spam filters, smartphone personal assistants and self-driving vehicles are all based on research advances in machine learning. Unfortunately, even as the demand for these capabilities is accelerating, every new application requires a Herculean effort. Even a team of specially-trained machine learning experts makes only painfully slow progress due to the lack of tools to build these systems. “We want to do for machine learning what the advent of high-level program languages 50 years ago did for the software development community as a whole,” said Kathleen Fisher, DARPA program manager. To familiarize potential participants with the technical objectives of PPAML, DARPA will host a Proposers’ Day on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. For details, visit: http://www.solers.com/BAAinfo-reg/ppaml. Registration closes on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. ET. The Probabilistic Programming for Advanced Machine Learning (PPAML) program was launched to address this challenge. Probabilistic programming is a new programming paradigm for managing uncertain information. By incorporating it into machine learning, PPAML seeks to greatly increase the number of people who can successfully build machine learning applications and make machine learning experts radically more effective. Moreover, the program seeks to create more economical, robust and powerful applications that need less data to produce more accurate results – features inconceivable with today’s technology. Machine learning – the ability of computers to understand data, manage results, and infer insights from uncertain information – is the force behind many recent revolutions in computing.
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18 October 2011The African Infrastructure Investment Fund 2, which focuses on infrastructure equity investments in sub-Saharan Africa, has announced its final close with commitments of US$500-million (approximately R3.6-billion) secured from institutional investors.The fund is promoted and advised by African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), a joint venture between the infrastructure and real assets business of Australia’s Macquarie Group and South Africa’s Old Mutual Investment Group.The fund, which reached its first close of $320-million in March 2010, targets core infrastructure investments in areas such as roads, airports, power, telecommunications, rail, ports, social infrastructure and other capital-intensive developmental assets.“The strong investor support for [the fund] demonstrates that Africa is climbing up the agenda of investors,” AIIM chief executive Andrew Johnstone said in a statement last week. “We have a strong pipeline of potential opportunities under detailed review, primarily in the transport and energy sectors, and we are pleased that [the fund] has already committed 24% of its capital to investments in the transport sector.“We are now building on the momentum of this successful fund-raising and will look to launch a parallel fund initiative in West Africa.”Macquarie and Old Mutual Investment Group are established infrastructure investors, and fund builds on this experience in Africa.Catalysing infrastructure developmentThe lack of investment in infrastructure is considered one of the more serious impediments to improving the economic growth trajectory of African economies.The fund is expected to catalyse infrastructure investment activities on the continent, by mobilising equity capital, and access to global experience of successfully delivered, sustainable infrastructure assets. It will invest in development-stage, greenfield and brownfield projects, as well as the rehabilitation and restructuring of existing assets.“Many international institutions have been keen to participate in [the fund], and we are very pleased that AIIM has raised a significantly sized fund despite the difficult fundraising environment,” said Old Mutual Investment Group’s head of alternative investments, Paul Boynton.AIIM has established offices in Lagos, Nigeria, and in Nairobi, Kenya, and expects fund capital to be directed largely at West and East Africa, in addition to Southern African Development Community countries, where there is an enormous need for infrastructure that will facilitate economic growth.“Our experience investing on the African continent – outside South Africa – has shown that these projects make a real difference to the economies and welfare of people in sub-Saharan Africa.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) decided to allow AquaBounty Technologies, an American company, to commercialize its genetically engineered AquAdvantage Salmon in the U.S. market.The AquAdvantage Salmon was developed by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies. It is genetically engineered to reach its market weight in half the time of conventionally raised salmon while using 25% less food and contributing to more sustainable aquaculture systems.“We are taking another important step by deactivating a 2016 import alert that prevented GE salmon from entering the U.S. The FDA’s approval of the application related to AquAdvantage Salmon followed a comprehensive analysis of the scientific evidence, which determined that the GE Atlantic salmon met the statutory requirements for safety and effectiveness under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. However, in 2016, Congress directed the FDA not to allow into commerce any food that contains GE salmon until it issued final labeling guidelines for informing consumers of the GE salmon content in the food. The FDA complied with this requirement by implementing an import alert in 2016 that prevented GE salmon from entering the U.S.,” said Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner. “With Congress’ enactment of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was charged with implementing a mandatory standard for disclosing whether a food is ‘bioengineered’ and FDA was divested of its authority over voluntary labeling to indicate the presence of GE content in human foods.”With the FDA’s deactivation of the import alert, AquAdvantage Salmon, including salmon eggs used to grow the fish, can now enter the U.S. for commercialization.“With the deactivation of the import alert, AquAdvantage Salmon eggs can now be imported to the company’s contained grow-out facility in Indiana to be raised into salmon for food,” Gottlieb said. “As was determined during the FDA’s 2015 review, this fish is safe to eat, the genetic construct added to the fish’s genome is safe for the animal, and the manufacturer’s claim that it reaches a growth marker important to the aquaculture industry more rapidly than its non-GE farm-raised Atlantic salmon counterpart is confirmed.”The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) was pleased with the announcement by FDA.“While long overdue, this milestone paves the way for future innovations that contribute to a more sustainable food supply for a growing world population and lessen the impact on our environment,” BIO said in a statement. “Going forward, BIO will continue to work with FDA to support greater clarity in the regulatory process and an efficient, predictable pathway to product approval. By implementing a transparent, science-based and risk-appropriate regulatory path, the United States and American companies can lead the way in developing biology-driven solutions to society’s biggest challenges.”
Actor Tom Hiddleston has just returned home from his trip with UNICEF UK to Guinea in West Africa, and has blogged about his trip.“When I started writing this blog, I talked of life in Guinea as a “jigsaw puzzle, one where the pieces keep moving or changing shape, which in turn alters the picture. You might be looking at it from a different angle, or at a different time of day”. On my first night, Julien had suggested an idea of reality in Guinea as “open to interpretation”. In so many respects, that is true of all life. The view always changes with the viewer. That’s the law of relativity.“Here’s what’s not open to interpretation. Every year in the world more than two million children die of hunger. It shouldn’t be like this. Children in Guinea start life at a severe disadvantage. Those that are malnourished may survive in the end. If they are caught in time. If their mothers respond to symptoms early enough; if they make it to the centre de santé, which is often miles away; if they respond to the therapeutic peanut paste, and special therapeutic feeding milk. If their parents are able to grow crops and feed them with enough nutritious foods so they can keep healthy. If they win the fight against malaria. If they live near a good school. If they can get work. If their parents can protect them from exploitation by the military. If they are lucky. Previously malnourished children can make it. It sounds paradoxical to say it, but they are the lucky ones.“Malnourished children grow up at a disadvantage. They will be physically smaller, possibly with diminished intellectual capacity. Their brains and bodies won’t develop in the same way. Of course, there is always a chance that through hard work, education, training, and strength of will any individual can and will progress to great achievement. But these children start so far behind. The race of life – the race for life – is infinitely longer and infinitely harder. Every day there are challenges to their survival and development. Context is important. I’ve been privileged enough to have seen that context at first hand. They live in the middle of nowhere. There is no water. There is poor sanitation. There is a shortage of food. There is lack of education. Conditions are inconceivably hard: they are incredible, until you have seen them with your own eyes, until you have lived in their midst, even for the shortest while.“What I learned in Guinea is that we are all responsible for the state of our world. The world – and the system by which we trade, share, cooperate and conflict – is clearly not working. We are only as strong as our weakest members. UNICEF is run at every level by strong, relentlessly energetic, deeply capable people who use that strength, energy and capability to help those who need it most: the weakest, most disadvantaged women and children of our world. All I can do now is help make people aware of what is happening, of what they are doing. That is all that I can do. For now.”To read the full blog post, click here.
05Mar Rep. Sheppard celebrates reading with local elementary students Categories: Sheppard News Lawmaker visits local schools in March to encourage readingState Rep. Jason Sheppard is visiting local elementary classrooms and reading to hundreds of area students during March is Reading Month to foster a love of reading in the 56th District.“One of my favorite books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, a story about giving of yourself to make someone else’s life just a little bit better,” said Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance. “It’s a great lesson for people of all ages, and I try to keep that selflessness in mind every day in Lansing as I represent our community.”The southeast Michigan representative has already read to students at New Bedford Academy, and will be reading to many more classrooms at Monroe Road, Jackman Road and Douglas Road elementary schools. Administrators and educators interested in scheduling a time for Rep. Sheppard to read are encouraged to contact his office.“Visiting Michigan students and encouraging them to engage with books will prepare them for successful futures,” Rep. Sheppard said. “As we all know, reading is fundamental to a child’s long-term success, so I also encourage adults to read daily to the children in their lives.”Rep. Sheppard’s office can be reached by phone at 517-373-2617 or via email at [email protected]
LANSING – Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, was proud to host Jeff Jennette, the superintendent for the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District, during tonight’s State of the State speech at the State Capitol.“I was pleased to have Superintendent Jennette as my guest as we listened to Gov. Snyder’s speech,” said Rep. Potvin. “We have worked together on a number of initiatives, including snow day flexibility and job training legislation. Currently, House Bills 4750 and 4751, which would expand to ISDs – such as Wexford-Missaukee – their ability to provide education and job training programs for local job providers. Education and jobs training are crucial to growing the local economy and building the future of the state of Michigan.” 19Jan Rep. Potvin hosts Wexford-Missaukee ISD official for Gov. Snyder’s speech Categories: News,Photos
State Reps. Julie Calley and Thomas Albert today praised Gov. Rick Snyder’s plans to end privatized food service at Michigan’s state prisons, returning the duties of preparing food to state workers.Ionia County corrections facilities will hire new workers to complete the transition.Today during his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, Snyder announced he plans to invest $13.7 million in the Department of Corrections (DOC) to place prison food responsibilities under state employees. DOC officials announced that it will remove Trinity Services Group this summer and hire 350 state employees to do the work.“The move to privatize food services has proved to be a failure,” said Albert, of Lowell. “I am very supportive of the governor’s decision to place public safety and food quality ahead of cost savings.”Calley, of Portland, said people who worked in the prison kitchens prior to privatization did a remarkable job, and she is pleased to see the duties will revert to local residents.“Privatization caused a number of challenges,” Calley said. “Poor food service adversely affected inmates’ behavior and resulted in additional burdens for our officers to mitigate. It’s time to make a change.”