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Grateful Dead Engineer & Marimba Lumina Inventor Don Buchla Has Passed Away

first_imgThe New York Times has confirmed that Don Buchla, a famed inventor of musical instruments and one-time sound engineer for the Grateful Dead, has passed away. He was 79 years old, and the cause of death was complications due to cancer.Buchla was an electronic music pioneer, primarily in the realm of synthesizer creation. Inventions like the Music Box or the Buchla Box were some of the first voltage-controlled modular synthesizers ever produced, allowing musicians to create sounds that were previously unheard. While he was mostly known for his instrument creation, Buchla spent time working with Owsley Stanley and the Grateful Dead to build their sound system. He would even help record a handful of their shows during this period by mixing it live.Some of his other reputable projects include work with NASA, hearing aids and navigation systems. His real accomplishments were in the field of music, creating new and exciting instruments that broke sonic barriers with every turn. One such instrument is the Marimba Lumina, a device that has been regularly employed by Phish in recent years. Between his new instruments, his modular synthesizers and more, Buchla was truly a mastermind of music technology.We are grateful for his work in all things musical. RIP Don Buchla.last_img read more

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Peruvian Armed Forces and SOUTHCOM Legal Officers Strengthen Ties

first_imgPeru is developing the branch of law that applies to Military operations. But the main challenge is “to bring to life the proposals submitted during the 1st Binational Conference for Armed Forces Legal Advisors so they benefit judicial officers in Peru and in the United States,” Lt. Cmdr. Huapaya said. “There are legal advisors who support operations, but not all of them work in this area, given that a legal advisor in the Peruvian Armed Forces usually rotates through different Military units where they cannot always practice in their area of specialty.” Officials with the Peruvian Armed Forces and the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) recently conducted a conference to strengthen ties between the countries’ Military legal professionals. By Dialogo February 01, 2016 The role of the Armed Forces’ legal advisor in the context of an operation is critically important to the effectiveness and legality of missions conducted in the ongoing fight against terrorism and organized crime. “For a legal advisor working in support of an operation, it is very important to learn about experiences in subjects including the fight against subversives, peacekeeping missions, social conflicts, transnational justice, and even organized crime, among other topics, so that the officer can provide advice to the respective commanders,” Lt. Cmdr. Huapaya added. Promoting the rule of law and human rights have always been important to the U.S. “Strong Military legal institutions help promote these principles within the Military, so partnering with the legal advisers goes a long way toward advancing this objective,” Lt. Col. Loertscher said. Senior officers from the three branches of the Military, the Armed Forces Joint Command (CCFFAA, for its Spanish acronym), and the Peruvian Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) conducted the presentations, which included describing the work of MINDEF’s judicial officers and the defense sector’s organizational structure. They also detailed the work of Military training centers, such as the Peacekeeping Training and Education Center and the International Humanitarian Law Center, according to a MINDEF report. Each country’s domestic laws regulate how its Military interacts with another nation’s Armed Forces, making cooperation crucial. “Each country must operate within the parameters allowed by its laws and coordination among the attorneys can help each country understand what legal requirements must be satisfied before the Militaries can work together,” Lt. Col. Loertscher explained. “The cooperation in security and defense that exists with the United States has been fluid and fruitful in these last few years. This has increased our ability to advocate for new levels of cooperation between the Armed Forces of both countries,” said Lt. Cmdr. Huapaya. Lt. Col. Loertscher gave a presentation about the duties of a judge advocate in the U.S. Armed Forces, highlighting the importance of maintaining close ties to Peruvian judicial officers. The information shared in the 1st Binational Conference “helped establish a connection and open communication between legal advisors from the two countries, with the short-term goal of achieving an exchange of experiences and training on different topics of law for operations, which will be provided by SOUTHCOM,” stated Peruvian Navy Lieutenant Commander Angelita del Rosario Huapaya Rueda, the MINDEF’s International Affairs Director, in an interview with Diálogo. During the conference in the Peruvian Army’s Headquarters on November 3rd, participants delivered presentations describing how each of the judicial corps works with the Military and how each handles legal matters. Eight Judicial Military officers from the Peruvian Army, Navy, and Air Force met with SOUTHCOM representatives, including U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Steven G. Loertscher, Chief of Operations Law for Air Forces Southern, and Air Force Major Jennifer M. Sánchez, Senior Defense Counsel for the Air Force Legal Operations Agency, in the 1st Binational Conference for Armed Forces Legal Advisors. SOUTHCOM requested the meeting “to help us better understand the Peruvian Military justice system, how the Peruvian Military uses its legal advisers to support its operations, and to lay the foundation for future collaboration between U.S. and Peruvian Military legal advisors,” Lt. Col. Loertscher told Diálogo. Military officers presented on the Armed Forces’ judicial system and discussed the training Military judicial officers receive, as well as their career options. Additionally, a CCFFAA legal advisor detailed the role of an operational legal advisor – an Armed Forces attorney who is familiar with Military operations and knowledgeable about the laws that apply to service members and human rights. They also evaluate intelligence and advise the commanding officer whether the Military conforms to relevant laws, according to the Peruvian government’s Military Police Forum website. The importance of cooperation Armed Forces’ judicial systemlast_img read more

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Brazil Enters Partnership with New York National Guard

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo May 22, 2019 On March 14, 2019, the New York National Guard and Brazilian Armed Forces signed a joint declaration formalizing the State Partnership Program (SPP) between both institutions. The program links U.S. state national guards with armed forces of partner nations. “This partnership reflects a U.S. offer to participate in SPP. The capabilities and operational readiness of units from various U.S. national guards motivated this accomplishment,” said Brazilian Navy Rear Admiral Guilherme da Silva Costa, deputy director of Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Defense. Rear Adm. Silva Costa signed the declaration alongside U.S. Army Major General Raymond F. Shields, commander of the New York National Guard and adjutant general of New York, in a ceremony on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, in Manhattan, New York. “The New York National Guard is looking forward to a constructive relationship with Brazil which allows us to learn from each other,” said Maj. Gen. Shields. U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and U.S. Air Force General Joseph L. Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, attended the event. Adm. Faller recalled the historical values that unite Brazilian and U.S. security and defense institutions. “As the hemisphere’s two largest democracies, our relationship has been built on an enduring promise to one another: to be steadfast, committed, and co-equal partners that work together to achieve a cooperative, prosperous, and secure hemisphere,” he said. On February 7, 2019, Adm. Faller announced to the U.S. Senate committee that a Brazilian general would join SOUTHCOM’s structure that same year. A few days later, February 10-13, Adm. Faller visited Brazil and participated in several meetings to discuss cooperation and bilateral agreements in the defense and security areas. Future developments Activities have yet to be scheduled as the SPP is recent. Both parties will identify mutual training interests to promote the gradual development of activities within the partnership. Activities must take place within U.S. or Brazilian military organizations, “always trying to maximize the opportunity to exchange experiences,” said Rear Adm. Silva Costa. On the Brazilian side, the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Brazilian Armed Forces’ Foreign Affairs Office will establish contacts. On the U.S. side, the U.S. Embassy liaison in Brazil will mediate dialogues. SOUTHCOM will coordinate program activities, as per the SPP. Rear Adm. Silva Costa clarified that the formalized partnership will consist of exchanges between members of the New York National Guard and the Brazilian Armed Forces. “Both sides have vast experience and renowned expertise, thus the expectation is for a meaningful knowledge, professional, and operational exchange, in the various areas of activities they have in common,” the officer said. Partnership history The U.S. National Guard SPP has been building relationships for 26 years. Brazil is the 83rd country to enter the partnership that seeks to promote security cooperation through long-standing relationships with nations within the program. In South America, Ecuador and Kentucky, and Peru and West Virginia, are the longest partnerships, dating back to 1996. Bolivia and the Mississippi National Guard partnered in 1999, while Uruguay and Connecticut, as well as El Salvador and New Hampshire, began in 2000. The New York National Guard is also linked with the South African National Defence Force through an SPP, since 2003. Both institutions carried out their most recent activities in 2018, in South Africa, when 38 service members and two aircraft from the New York National Guard’s aerial component joined the U.S. contingent at the biennial Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo that included air shows. Such events and exchanges may be part of the series of activities developed between the United States and Brazil.last_img read more

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5 crucial lessons teens need to be taught about credit

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Sean WilliamsWhether we want to admit it or not, teens are playing an increasingly important role in the U.S. economy. According to PBS, teens are expected to spend up to $155 billion in 2014, a 55% increase from the $100 billion they spent in 2009. Retailers are certainly doing what they can to reach this free-spending group of consumers, but so are credit card companies.Teens and credit cards: a dangerous comboAs I recall my first year of college following my 18th birthday, I received no less than two credit card offers a week for months on end. Credit card companies understand that credit is a practical necessity these days for teens because the probability of walking up to a homeowner and buying a home with $300,000 in cash is pretty slim. Without credit large purchases could be difficult, if not impossible, to attain, while landing a job or renting a home or apartment could be tough since your credit history can factor into the decision-making process.However, the fact remains that teens are pretty naive when it comes to credit cards. A 2011 survey from Charles Schwab noted that while more than two in five teens already have a credit card (either a student credit card or perhaps one in their parents’ name), just 35% felt confident that they understood how credit cards worked. Furthermore, one in four teens believed a debit card acted as a credit account with the bank rather than a bank card linked to their checking account.Key credit lessons to teach teensThe importance of teaching teens good credit habits simply can’t be overstated. With that in mind, here are the five crucial lessons we should be teaching teens to set them up for success when using credit. continue reading »last_img read more

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What credit unions can learn from online dating

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anne Legg Anne Legg, founder and principal of THRIVETM Strategic Services THRIVE works with credit unions to develop transformational business strategies from their business insights to grow in a competitive, highly regulated … Web: https://www.anneleggthrive.com Details Online dating has grown significantly in recent years. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, one in five Americans aged 25-34 have used online research. This growth is attributable to the increasing acceptance of this method to meet people as well as the touted success from online dating services. And the key to building these successful “matches” comes from data.Most online dating sites claim their proprietary compatibility algorithms are the magic behind delivering ideal candidates for successful relationships. Credit Unions are also looking to create successful relationships with their members. They know that the more the products and services a credit union member uses, they more loyal and profitable they are. The question, it seems, for credit unions is how build “compatibility algorithms” to create successful relationships? To answer this, lets take a closer look at the algorithms.In online dating, two kinds of algorithms are used. They are matching and behavior algorithms. Matching algorithms work by collecting like responses to a survey. Then matching the responders who answered the survey question in the same way together. In a behavior algorithm, data is collected based off of action and intent responses to create trends and ultimately profiles. In online dating this can be a little trickier as what person may say they want may not reflect what they do (actions).Bringing this back to credit unions, matching algorithms can be used slightly differently. Let’s look at successful relationships within the organization. In credit unions, a successful relationship can be defined as a new auto loan. To understand why the member opened the auto loan, may tell us why other, like members may open auto loans as well. To gather more information, lean into the core processor/MCIF where you can find out a plethora of information about the members who recently opened auto loans. You and find out how old the members are, where they live, how close they are to the branch/atm, what other products and services they use as well as if they use online banking (and mobile) as well as social media. You can also see their income and credit score and what method they chose to complete the loan application (online or offline.)All of this data will create a “success” profile for you. You will be able to see the auto loan holders in terms of those who have successfully engaged with you. How do you match this data to new auto loans? Simply run a report of all your members who fit the success profile but who do NOT have an auto loan with you.Of these prospects, see if they have auto loans at another lender. Determine how you can acquire these loans. If they do not have an auto loan, pre-approve them, send them information showing them how much the auto loan with your organization is better for them and their wallet. And of course make the loan application channel as simple as possible to apply, approve and get funded.In regards to using behavior algorithms, these can be tricky for credit unions. Think about how many times you have surveyed members and they respond opposite of what they actually do.   This being said, try the matching algorithm first and consider monitoring online member sentiment to evaluate trends and build a case study to use in the future.Happy data digging & translation– I wish you much success!last_img read more

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Digital transformation: Card innovation can no longer wait

first_imgThe past year has brought a tidal wave of change to banking and digital-first cards have come to the forefront of the new standards being created. Large financial institutions were already heavily investing in digital, but now there’s also a new segment of players on the banking field — Big Tech.Big tech companies see an opportunity in banking to provide the experiences that consumers have become accustomed to in other areas of their lives. A triple threat arises when you combine the dollar spend from big banks, the power of big tech and the ongoing pandemic. Regional and community card issuers must make digital a focus to retain and attract new cardholders.The necessity for innovation hasn’t been lost on smaller issuers, but their focus has often been hazy. They know digital is important, but for many banks and credit unions the urgency has been on other types of advancements — not on cards.Yet payment cards have become the primary focus of innovation in digital banking transformation. A few reasons why:Cards are the most frequent and important interaction financial institutions have with their account holders. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Biden Plans as Trump Holds Out

first_imgTrump talked with advisers in the Oval Office yesterday.Drudge drags Trump.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – On Politics is also available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.Is there anything you think we’re missing? Anything you want to see more of? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at onpolitics@nytimes.com. We spoke to Tiffany about the evolution of Trump and Drudge’s relationship, and why it appears to have gone south.When Donald Trump entered the Republican primary race via escalator in 2015, he was seen as a heterodox conservative, an outsider and a pot-stirrer — not unlike the persona Matt Drudge has cultivated online. What do you think Drudge saw in Trump?It’s more what they saw in each other. Matthew Lysiak, who published his book “The Drudge Revolution” this year, wrote that Drudge “had long known that Donald Trump translated into page views” and that “no one in the Republican primary better understood the extent that Matt controlled the conservative echo chamber better than Donald Trump.” They knew from the get-go that there was a mutually beneficial relationship to be had.- Advertisement – We wrote to you in this space yesterday about how Trump has fallen out of favor with Rupert Murdoch, whose news outlets — including Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post — have begun to accept the reality of Biden’s victory.There’s another influential conservative media impresario who has soured on Trump — albeit a far more insurgent one. That’s Matt Drudge, who has aggregated news articles on the home page of his influential website, Drudge Report, since 1995.He had been a Trump enthusiast from the early days of the 2016 campaign, but he appears to have turned on the president well before Trump lost the election to Biden, as our media reporter Tiffany Hsu writes in a new article.center_img Biden names a chief of staff as his lead only widens — but still Trump insists, “WE WILL WIN!” It’s Thursday, and this is your politics tip sheet. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. – Advertisement – You wrote about how crucial Drudge’s support was to Trump’s rise. Twenty-five years after he started drudgereport.com, how strong does his influence remain today?He has more than half a million Twitter followers and just one tweet. Several conservative news sites emerged recently that mimic the look and voice of Drudge Report. This is clearly a guy who holds substantial sway, though data suggests that his readership has declined in recent months.When does Drudge appear to have turned against Trump? Do we have any idea why?People really started to notice the rift in the summer of 2019, when Drudge Report posted a headline about the slow progress on Trump’s border wall. Lysiak reported that Drudge has a habit of cutting ties with people in his life, including falling out with Ann Coulter in 2017 and ignoring Laura Ingraham when she started a website in 2015.Maybe Drudge is used to relationships ending. Maybe he wanted to generate attention by breaking with Trump. It’s unclear.last_img read more

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Preference for accommodation capacities in individual clusters 2017

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board published an analysis of accommodation capacity preferences in individual clusters in 2017.As pointed out by the CNTB, given the specific structure of tourist accommodation in Croatia, which is dominated by accommodation in households with a small share of hotel accommodation and different habits of tourists in terms of duration of stay in certain accommodation facilities, it is necessary to observe at the same time and arrivals and overnight stays of foreign tourists by type of accommodation capacity, as knowledge of one measure (arrivals) does not necessarily reflect the proportional value of another measure (overnight stays).For example, accommodation in campsites results in a higher number of overnight stays with fewer arrivals than hotel accommodation. Side dish: Preference for accommodation capacities in individual clusters 2017 The analysis provides an overview of the turnover by type of accommodation capacity for each of the clusters, and then an overview from the position of each of the major emitting markets. Only commercial accommodation capacities were included in the analysis, and indicators related to non-commercial accommodation were not analyzed.last_img read more

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Regional administrations want greater role, authority to combat COVID-19

first_imgRegional administrations are stepping up measures to prevent a potential community spread of COVID-19 as concerns heighten over the central government’s lack of transparency in handling the health crisis.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, for instance, have requested to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests independently.“Jakarta can do [the test] but we have limited authority. We have sent a letter to the Health Ministry, asking it to give our city laboratory the authority to help test [suspected COVID-19 patients],” Anies said in popular weekly talk show Mata Najwa on Wednesday. The patient was the eighth suspected COVID-19 patient who had the results of her throat culture announced after she had succumbed to the disease.Critics say similar incidents keep occurring because the government has a monopoly on COVID-19 testing. Indonesia, which already has 69 confirmed cases as of Friday evening, only allows one lab run by the Health Ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes) to test swab samples of suspected COVID-19 patients.On Friday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ordered Health Minister Terawan Agus Puteranto to allow other agencies such as the Airlangga University in Surabaya, East Java, and the Eijkman Institute in Jakarta to also conduct PCR testing.The ministry has complied, announcing that Eijkman would be able to test suspected patients starting on Monday.It is unclear, however, if regional administrations could conduct testing, too. Achmad Yurianto, the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, argued that regional hospitals did not have a Type 2 biosafety level (BSL) license, which means they are not equipped to conduct testing.“BSL-2 is a research lab; we’re talking about a type of lab that is usually owned by higher educational institutions,” Yurianto said on Thursday. Despite their limited authority, some regional administrations have taken their own measures to prevent a wider contagion. Jakarta, for example, has restricted public gatherings. “We decided to be proactive as it is our responsibility to prevent residents from contracting COVID-19,” Anies said on Wednesday.The administration, Anies said, had been inspired to take action by policies taken by Singapore, Vietnam and New Zealand.It has set up a special team to review the permits of events that are slated to take place across the city and decide whether they could go on with additional requirements, be postponed or be canceled altogether.   “[By reviewing their permits], we aim to limit public interaction to prevent the transmission of [COVID-19],” he said.The administration has already canceled the Jakarta E-Prix, the capital’s first-ever Formula E race initially set to take place on June 6, and Car Free Day (CFD) on Sunday and March 22.According to corona.jakarta.go.id, the administration is monitoring 486 people in both homes and hospitals and closely observing 238 people at hospitals for showing COVID-19 symptoms and having traveled to countries with high infection rates. Most are in South Jakarta, where 190 people are being observed, followed by 112 in East Jakarta, 102 in West Jakarta, 97 in Central Jakarta and 74 in North Jakarta. The remaining 112 are outside of the capital.The central government has refused to reveal the locations of suspected COVID-19 patients, triggering a barrage of criticism from the public, arguing that the policy would deprive them of crucial information to avoid contagion.   Unofficial data from the city administration on Tuesday showed that 14 people who tested positive of COVID-19 are Jakarta residents. On the same day, the central government announced a total of 19 cases but refused to disclose where they live.Syahrizal Syarief, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, demanded that the central government improve its coordination with regional administration to have greater control of the virus.  He also slammed the government for concealing the location of COVID-19 patients, which he believed was not a privacy violation.“I regret the fact that the central government refuses to disclose information on the geographic location of confirmed cases — for whatever reason. Without such information, how can the regional administrations prepare themselves? How can the public assess the risks they are taking in their daily lives?” He added that regional administrations should be given a greater role in preventing the spread of COVID-19, but the central government must first provide a standard operating procedure and set official protocols.“Tracing the movements of diagnosed patients, monitoring them — this needs to be done by the regional administrations,” he said. “However, they must be careful not to make any decisions that could lead to controversy.” (dfr) Topics :center_img These test results, which would come out faster if done in Jakarta, would allow the city administration to act quickly in tracing the movements of people declared COVID-19 and, therefore, better contain the spread of the virus.Ridwan Kamil has made a similar request, saying that relying on a single institution for testing would be time-consuming.“Please allow us to do the tests. If a result is positive, we will not announce it to the public but communicate it to the central government in accordance with protocols,” Ridwan said on the same occasion.Speaking at a different occasion, Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo shared a similar concern on Friday after a COVID-19 patient died during isolation in Moewardi Hospital in Surakarta, Central Jakarta.last_img read more

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Office cluster pushes Tokyo coronavirus cases to 1-1/2-month high: NHK

first_img“Clusters in the workplace have become a big problem lately” as people have emerged from the capital’s ‘Stay Home’ initiative, she told reporters earlier.”Businesses like eateries are taking steps to create partitions and such, but it’s difficult to see what kind of precautions are being taken at offices,” Koike said.”The latest case tells us that offices can become clusters too, so we’d like everyone to think again about what a new normal for the workplace should look like.”Koike said that in addition to the latest results from the office, more than 10 cases emerged from group testing in Shinjuku – an area known for its nightlife – on Wednesday.Still, Tokyo – like the rest of Japan – has been spared the kind of explosive outbreak seen elsewhere, with some 5,800 coronavirus cases and 323 deaths so far.In all of Japan, about 18,000 have tested positive and 965 have died so far from the COVID-19 illness. Globally, more than 9.26 million people have tested positive and some 475,880 have died.  Tokyo’s new coronavirus cases climbed to 55 on Wednesday, public broadcaster NHK said, the highest tally in 1-1/2 months after a cluster of infections was found at an unnamed office in the Japanese capital.The metropolis, with a population of 14 million, has sought to keep new cases below 20 a day after Japan lifted a state of emergency on May 25. Tokyo has said it could re-impose restrictions if the figure crept up to 50 or more – something that last happened on May 5.Speaking before the latest figure was reported, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike had warned of a “large number” on Wednesday as more positive test results followed a cluster of seven infections previously found at the office. Topics :last_img read more

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