Today, on the heels of their St. Patrick’s Day weekend run in the nation’s capital, Widespread Panic has announced the dates for their annual run at the storied Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, set to take place on June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2018. The band has a long history with the iconic venue, selling out more than 50 consecutive shows and counting at the beautiful natural amphitheater.Other than the Red Rocks shows, Widespread Panic’s current touring schedule is unusually sparse, with just a handful of festival dates on the calendar including two nights at Wanee Festival at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida (April 19th-21st) two nights at the inaugural Trondossa Music Festival in North Charleston, South Carolina (May 5th and 6th) and a Friday headlining set at LOCKN’ in Arrington, Virginia on August 24th.Tickets for Widespread Panic’s 2018 Red Rocks run will go on sale this Friday, March 23rd, at 10 a.m. MT. For more information, or to grab your tickets this Friday, head to the Widespread Panic website.
Good collaboration leads to better work. Giving artists the tools to collaborate is one of the ways of making the post-production workflow more manageable and predictable. This has been the Isilon story from the start and is highlighted in Dell’s recent work with Adobe and the new Productions workflow in Adobe® Premiere® Pro.Stories Best Shared Over a Cold BeverageNot all storage solutions for media production are the same and not all media applications address shared storage in the same way. Ask any SysAdmin or Broadcast Engineer for stories about media solutions working together (or not working together) and there are hours of stories to be shared over a cold beverage. Because of the need for interoperability, a big part of what we do is test and gather a lot of field data on solutions our customers are using to make sure everything works together. Understanding which under-the-covers API calls media applications use and how to efficiently leverage network shared storage across macOS and Windows is a nontrivial topic for another blog post. At the core of this, carefully testing and refining a joint solution is why our partnership with Adobe has delivered great results for both Premiere Pro and Isilon users alike.Collaboration Delivering Results Two requirements for any collaborative workflow are software that can enable a seamless experience and a high performance, rock-solid shared storage system. Building on our close partnership, we recently had the opportunity to test the new Productions feature of Premiere on an Isilon storage cluster and Dell Precision workstation in one of the editing suites at the Adobe office in Santa Monica.Once the Isilon cluster was up and running, a regular cadence of communication was established between the Adobe team doing the testing and Dell media solutions architecture. When issues came up, we worked together to figure out what was happening and get the setup right.Concurrently to the Productions testing, Isilon OneFS performance engineering and Premiere software development were also in communication. In fact, this resulted in an engineering visit to the Isilon media lab in Seattle.This, really, is the best sort of collaboration between partners. Both sides have a genuine desire to come together to build a best of breed collaborative experience.Technical WeedsGetting into the technical weeds a little bit, the Isilon cluster in Santa Monica was connected via multiple 40GbE links to a core switch, but Adobe only had 10GbE to their desktops. 10GbE ethernet has a theoretical maximum throughput of 1250MB/s, with real world performance of 1000MB/s being more typical. This is totally fine for compressed codecs but 4K uncompressed image sequences are regularly going to exceed this throughput: 53MB/frame * 30 FPS = 1590MB/s! LACP bonding of ethernet links provides redundancy but no extra throughout.Enter SMB3 multichannel… Windows can aggregate throughput of multiple ethernet links from a workstation to network storage. Of course, the network storage device must support SMB3 multichannel for this to work. It goes without saying that OneFS has supported SMB3 multichannel for years (way back to OneFS 7.1.1). It just works, really, really well.One of the fun things at Adobe was demonstrating this capability on a Dell Precision workstation connected via 2x 10GbE links back to the core switch. Premiere Pro was able to easily play back material that would have exceeded the capability of a single 10GbE link, no new infrastructure required!Ok, back to Productions…Now that Productions in Premiere Pro has been launched, we can confidently say the new feature set function flawlessly on Isilon shared storage. This is true of all the operating systems Premiere Pro supports, Windows, macOS, or a mixture of the two. See the links at the bottom of this blog post for the updated Isilon OneFS and Premiere Pro best practices whitepaper. For most users, no additional configuration on Isilon needs to be performed. If advanced users have changed some of the default file system change notification settings, guidance has been provided.The partnership between Dell and Adobe ensure our mutual customers can have rock solid predictable collaborative workflows. This is just the latest example of why our media team here at Dell values our deep ties with the team at Adobe.To find out more about our Dell Media solutions, webinars and tools visit our M&E resource page.Adobe Premiere Pro and Isilon OneFS Best Practices WhitepaperSMB Best Practices Whitepaper (with more information SMB3 Multichannel)
Willis’ extensive film career includes memorable roles in movies such as The Sixth Sense, the Die Hard series, Twelve Monkeys and The Fifth Element. He took home an Emmy and Golden Globe for his performance in the 1985 drama series Moonlighting. Additional screen credits include the Sin City and RED series, Last Man Standing and Armageddon. While Misery will mark his Broadway debut, he did appear off-Broadway early in his career in Heaven and Earth, Fool for Love and Bullpen. Marvel’s Broadway credits include Picnic, Other Desert Cities, Top Girls, Seascape and An American Daughter. Her screen credits include House of Cards, True Grit and Burn After Reading. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 Misery follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Willis), who is rescued from a car crash by his “Number One Fan,” Annie Wilkes (Marvel), and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads the manuscript to his newest novel and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new “Misery” novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and if he does not make her deadline, it will. View Comments Related Shows Goldman also adapted the best-selling 1987 book for film. The 1990 movie starred James Caan as Sheldon and Kathy Bates in an Oscar-winning performance as Wilkes. The Frears-helmed stage adaptation received its world premiere at Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Playhouse in November 2012, starring Daniel Gerroll and Tony nominee Johanna Day. The production will feature set design by David Korins, lighting design by David Weiner and sound design by Darron West. Bruce Willis will make his Broadway debut in a stage adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery. Elizabeth Marvel will co-star in the play, penned by two-time Oscar winner William Goldman. Directed by Will Frears, the production will play a limited engagement this fall at a theater to be announced. Misery
The long-in-the-works production of King Kong has run into another stumbling block: Marsha Norman, the show’s book writer, has left the production. “We exhausted the possibilities, I believe, of what I could do in writing a book where the main character doesn’t speak or sing,” the Tony winner told the New York Times, after penning nine drafts of the musical.”What has become evident throughout the process of readings and workshops is that King Kong—with its distinct physicality—doesn’t fit the traditional book musical format,” said Carmen Pavlovic, the show’s producer, in a statement to Broadway.com. “We are greatly indebted to everyone involved in this exploratory phase of the work…As a result of this earlier development we feel confident about the new structure we’ve found for the show. The next steps will be announced soon.”Norman replaced Craig Lucas on the project, while Jason Robert Brown was brought in to supply additional songs to those written by the original composer of the tuner, Marius de Vries. Directed by Eric Schaeffer, an industry-only reading of the musical took place earlier this year, starring Marc Kudisch, Robert Creighton and more.Set against the backdrop of bustling New York City in the 1930s, the show tells the story of the infamous ape and his encounter with aspiring actress Ann Darrow, megalomaniac filmmaker Carl Denham, Natural History Museum head Jack Driscoll and the people of NYC.No word yet on if or when King Kong will stomp on Broadway. Daniel Kramer was at the helm for the musical’s world premiere in Melbourne, Australia in June 2013. View Comments Marsha Norman(Photo: Bruce Glikas)
High School students and teachers from all over south Georgia gathered in Tifton earlier this month to learn more about invasive species and what to do if they see them.The Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System is a web-based system anyone can use to report and document invasive species. The teachers and students attended the first-ever workshop for the system in Georgia.The workshop was organized by Susan Reinhardt, the K-12 program coordinator on the University of Georgia campus in Tifton. Part of the Young Scholars program, the workshop showed them how to find invasive species, why they are harmful and how to report them using the EDDMapS mapping system. On a field trip, the participants saw and collected information on invasive plants firsthand. “My goal was to show them that invasive species are everywhere, even in their own backyard,” said Karan Rawlins, an invasive species coordinator with the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. “They were shocked as we found over a dozen invasive plants including mimosa, Chinese wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle, Chinese tallowtree, Japanese climbing fern, wild taro, and Chinese privet in a small area on (the Tifton) campus.”As the invasive species were found, the group took pictures of the plants and GPS coordinates to mark each plant. This information was later put into the EDDMapS. To learn more about EDDMapS or to report an invasive species, go to the website www.eddmaps.org.
Autumn in Chesapeake is magical. The air is crisp. Sunlight bounces off the water and people travel from far and wide for our farmers’ markets, wine festivals and art shows. Visitors and residents alike delight in some of the best kayaking and paddle boarding in the region – complete with 22 miles of waterways adorned in a rainbow of red, orange and gold. We’ve got corn mazes of every size to get lost in, a famous Ghost train in beautiful Northwest River Park (select weekends) – and eateries, craft beer and live music at every turn.The warm weather is perfect for hiking and biking your way through 8.5 miles of wildlife on the Great Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. You can even take an Adventure Kayak Tour through the sprawling Cyprus tree groves.Shoppers come to unearth buried treasure at an array of eclectic shops, while foodies imbibe on artisanal beers, fresh crab and more! And there’s an autumn event to suit every taste!Festive festivals:The Dismal Swamp Art FestivalOctober 27-28, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.At The Canal Trail of the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife RefugeFree AdmissionExplore our local art and fill up on Brunswick stew, craft brews, hot apple cider and a host of harvest-themed activities!The Great American Food FestOctober 3, 2018 | Chesapeake City Park | 3 – 7 p.m.The 39th Annual Great American Food FestivalHosted by Chesapeake Sheriff’s Department Charities Inc. and the South Norfolk Ruritan Club.Come hungry and ready to have fun at this all-inclusive charity event featuring live entertainment, BBQ, and beer.Chesapeake Virginia Wine FestivalOctober 13, 2018 | Chesapeake City Park | Noon – 6 p.m.This favorite outdoor event features wine from 20 premier Virginia Wineries as well as craft beer, specialty food vendors, and live entertainment. Get your tickets here: https://www.cheswine.com/Farmers Markets and Pick-your-ownNo matter why you love fall, Chesapeake has you covered!Fan of a farmer’s market?Chesapeake City Park and Battlefield Park South host Farmers’ Markets every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.How about working farms?There are a number of working farms open to the public that offer produce, fresh honey, and seasonal fun like corn mazes, and pumpkin picking.Bergey’s Breadbasket Bakery & More offers fresh, delicious homemade ice cream from their very own cows. Children are invited to see the animals, explore their giant corn maze, take wagon rides and play in their sunflower patch. The fun begins mid-September at 2207 Mount Pleasant Road, Chesapeake, VA, 23322.Greenbrier Farms hosts the Oyster & South Festival – and hayrides, pumpkin picking, hiking and horseback riding. 225 Sin Pine Road, Chesapeake, VA, 23322.Lilley Farms has an enormous and challenging maze as well as fresh produce for picking, including pumpkins and squash. 2800 Tyre Neck Road, Chesapeake, VA, 23321Mount Pleasant Farms offers fresh farm eggs, raw local honey, sweet corn, baked goods, fresh dairy, and lots of pumpkins, gourds and squash. There’s also a petting zoo, corn maze, straw pile and playground. And beginning in October, wagon rides through the orchard. 2201 Mount Pleasant Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322Gum Tree Farm also provides petting zoos, fresh produce and pumpkins for purchase. 1900 Pocaty Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322.This autumn, leave your cares at home – and let the moments begin in Chesapeake.
The Colombian Ministry of Defense will invest nearly $100 million over the next two years in regions where the Security Forces have been fighting FARC and ELN terrorists, announced the Deputy Defense Minister for Policy and International Affairs, Jorge Enrique Bedoya. “In regions such as Arauca, Cauca, Norte de Santander, Meta, Putumayo, Caquetá and others (…), we will create jobs and intervene to allow Colombians to have better conditions for development and prosperity,” the Deputy Minister pointed out during a Twitcam session on September 13. The jobs will be in 14 strategic areas, based on the comprehensive action plan developed by the Defense Ministry to include jobs like construction of rigid pavement in the main streets of San José del Guaviare; the rehabilitation of the airstrip of the Township Planadas, Tolima, to facilitate commercial flights and social transportation, and the construction of indoor sports in Convention, Norte de Santander, among others. “Integral action is a fundamental aspect in the drive for economic and social development of the regions of the country where the Police Force continues to be present and continues to act forcefully against all criminal organizations, but now with a component of social action in the hands of the community,” pointed out the Deputy Minister Bedoya. The official further warned, that this is a comprehensive component for the restoration of the legitimacy of the state and a foundation for the recovery of the areas where they have terrorist groups presence. By Dialogo September 14, 2012
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo October 24, 2018 The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), through the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S), amended protocols and procedures of the Program for the Suppression of Illicit Aerial Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, also known as the Air Bridge Denial program (ABD), as part of an effort to protect the Colombian airspace. Authorities carried out revisions for ABD, which counters narcotrafficking with different security operations from both nations, in FAC’s Air Operations Command in Bogota, Colombia, September 16, 2018. “We checked that procedures in the ABD program and the goal set by both nations were maintained to deny the illicit use of airspace,” FAC Lieutenant Colonel Oscar Jiménez, director of Air and Anti-missile Defense at the Air Operations Command, told Diálogo. “We also agreed to strengthen the program by adding highly qualified personnel and up-to-date technologies to confront threats more efficiently.” The agreement, signed in 2003, is reviewed yearly. The objective is to align intelligence and communications to counter threats to the security, integrity, and sovereignty of Colombia’s territory. “The efficiency of the ABD program relies on denying narcotraffickers the use of airspace,” Lt. Col. Jiménez said. Airspace violation Air routes to smuggle drugs in the Colombian airspace have nearly disappeared. Operations coordinated with the U.S. Air Force favor preventive actions against aircraft that attempt to use the airspace for illegal activities, FAC said in a press release. “Bringing the number down to zero doesn’t mean narcotraffickers stopped using the airspace for their activities. It means we must keep the agreement in force and be innovative to counter this scourge, as criminals get more creative to commit crimes,” Lt. Col. Jiménez said. “Denying the illegal use of airspace to transport drugs benefits both countries, because it affects the funding of [illegal] organizations and impacts the drug supply in the market.” When the program kicked off, the U.S. government trained Colombian crews to perform air surveillance operations, which are subject to Colombian norms and procedures. “Thanks to the air personnel’s professionalism, FAC [now] manages this training,” Lt. Col. Jiménez said. Military representatives of both countries renewed support to intelligence exchange. They also strengthened the use of platforms equipped to trace, detect, and record illicit aircraft activities. “We will make the necessary decisions in terms of operational capability,” Colombian President Iván Duque told the press. “The commitment to security is everything; it will be reaffirmed with the ongoing work of the Armed Forces.” Collaboration to close gaps FAC oversees the ABD program and coordinates its work with other participating institutions, such as JIATF-S, one of SOUTHCOM’s task forces to help ensure partner nation security. JIATF-S verifies compliance with the program’s procedures for monitoring air and land security. The program’s priority is to get illicit aircraft to land safely on the nearest airstrip under Colombian authority control. FAC has adequate procedures to avoid loss of life in the air and on land. “Collaboration is essential, because it allows us to complete the capabilities of some forces with those of others, which helps us close the gaps to counter transnational crimes not only with the United States, but also with other countries in the region,” said Lt. Col. Jiménez. “The ABD program is one of a kind, but there are other information exchange programs, as well as programs to hand over illicit flights in the region that seek to impact narcotrafficking in an efficient way through mutual support and joint capabilities.” Air and space control over the Colombian territory is FAC’s top priority. Authorities focus efforts on controlling and mastering aerial duties to support freedom of action in land, maritime, and air operations. “Colombia wants to strengthen bonds with the United States, because they share the same democratic values and the eagerness to counter narcotrafficking,” said President Duque. “We will go on focusing all efforts on illegal drugs,” he said.
“We learned a lot from one another, and we are grateful for the experience SOCSOUTH provided,” said Lt. Col. Murilo. “The door is always open for us not to lose this bond.” By By: U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alex Ramos, Special Operations Command South May 03, 2019 U.S. and Brazilian service members from Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) and the Brazilian Army’s (EB in Portuguese) Special Operations Command’s 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (1º B Op Psic, in Portuguese), participated in a subject matter expert exchange(SMEE), April 15-19, 2019, in Goiânia, Brazil. The event was designed to share information about the countries’ best practices and lessons learned to improve understanding and capabilities. “We, members of the only Psychological Operations (PSYOP) unit in Latin America, wanted to host an exchange with U.S. troops who do Military Information Support Operations because we have a great deal of respect for how the U.S. conducts business, and because we feel it would help us improve our efforts,” said Brazilian Army Lieutenant Colonel Sergio Murilo Pereira Da Silva, commander of 1º B Op Psic. “This isn’t the first exchange we’ve had with U.S. troops and hopefully it won’t be the last, as we look to continue to share best practices and improve our partnership.” U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Tracy Zimmerman, a PSYOP noncommissioned officer (NCO) at SOCSOUTH, described the success of the SMEE. “The mutual respect we share between our two militaries is directly responsible for the success of this engagement,” said Sgt. 1st Cl. Zimmerman. “We had representatives from two fully capable and operational forces that were able to learn from each other, increasing our ability to not only hone our craft, but also ensure a lasting and fruitful partnership.” The exchange started with an orientation of EB’s Special Operations Command, followed by an overview of EB’s PSYOP. SOCSOUTH followed the second day, with their overview of PSYOP, best practices, lessons learned, and other information. “That’s what it’s all about,” said U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes, Civil Affairs NCO at SOCSOUTH. “[It’s about] working with our partner nation, developing the relationship, and enhancing capabilities for joint information operations. We want to share as much as possible with our Brazilian counterparts and continue the relationship well into the future.” The third day of the exchange allowed the both teams to ask questions about events and best practices, and share how each other country manages operations. At the conclusion of the SMEE, participants exchanged gifts and friendly words to each other.
continue reading » A vexed federal judge issued an arrest warrant for a former credit union CEO who failed to show up at his sentence hearing Monday for bank fraud and attempted brank fraud.Sean Jelen, 35, the former president/CEO of the merged $227 million Valor Federal Credit Union pleaded guilty to bank fraud and attempted bank fraud in July 2016. He embezzled $718,000 to pay for credit card bills, college tuition, his spouse’s birthday party and a golf tournament sponsorship. He also tried to steal $1.1 million by creating a forged severance contract before the board of directors fired him in August 2015.Jelen was originally scheduled to be sentenced in November 2016, but the hearing did not take place, and it has been postponed ever since. It wasn’t until November 2017 when Jelen’s case was transferred to U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion in Scranton, Pa. who agreed to delay the sentencing date a few times. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr