A new album titled Forever Words is set to be released via Legacy Recordings on April 6. The collaborative album will function as a way to publish Johnny Cash’s previously unrecorded lyrics and poems, with the words set to music by the likes of the late Chris Cornell, as well as other big names like Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, John Mellencamp, Robert Glasper, Elvis Costello, Brad Paisley, and others.After Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash both died in 2003, Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, was left with a huge number of personal items, including handwritten letters, poems, and other writings of the legendary musician. Many of them were included in Forever Words: The Unknown Poems, a book that contained Johnny Cash’s unpublished writing.Conceived as a sort of “musical companion” to the book, John Carter Cash took on the role of Forever Words’ co-producer, alongside Steve Berkowitz, inviting the all-star crew of musicians, including Johnny’s daughter Rosanne Cash and step-daughter Carlene Carter, to create new music to accompany Cash’s words.As stated by Variety, John Carter Cash had this to say about Forever Words, “Determining the artist for each song was truly a matter of the heart. … I picked the artists who are most connected with my father, who had a personal story that was connected with Dad. It became an exciting endeavor to go through these works, to put them together and present them to different people who could finish them in a way that I believed that Dad would have wanted.”Johnny Cash: Forever Words Tracklist:Forever/I Still Miss Someone – Kris Kristofferson and Willie NelsonTo June This Morning – Ruston Kelly and Kacey MusgravesGold All Over the Ground – Brad PaisleyYou Never Knew My Mind – Chris CornellThe Captain’s Daughter – Alison Krauss and Union StationJellico Coal Man – T. Bone BurnettThe Walking Wounded – Rosanne CashThem Double Blues – John MellencampBody on Body – JewelI’ll Still Love You – Elvis CostelloJune’s Sundown – Carlene CarterHe Bore It All – Daily and VincentChinky Pin Hill – I’m With HerGoin’, Goin’, Gone – Robert Glasper featuring Ro James, and Anu SunWhat Would I Dreamer Do? – The JayhawksSpirit Rider – Jamey Johnson[H/T Variety]
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are looking for suspects after armed robbers stole a woman’s car then threw her 1-year-old son out of the vehicle. The crime happened around 3 a.m. Sunday. Police say a 22-year-old woman was sitting at a stoplight with two men and her child. Three men armed with handguns came up to the car and ordered everyone to get out. Police say the woman pleaded with the men to take her son out of the car. One of the robbers grabbed the child by his coat and threw him toward his mother. The child hit the ground. Police did not say if he was hurt.
The 86th Blue-Gold Game will be held at LaBar Practice Complex this Saturday, marking the end of the spring football season.The Blue-Gold Game is a football scrimmage between Notre Dame’s offense and defense. John Heisler, senior associate athletics director, said the game is the last of Notre Dame’s 15 practices permitted during the spring and serves as a way for coaches and fans to see how the team is doing.“In the past, it’s been a great opportunity for families to bring their kids and see how our football team is coming along,” Heisler said. “For our fans, young or old, it’s an opportunity to see some players that they haven’t seen before. This is kind of the first look into next season, in terms of the personnel.” Michael Yu | The Observer Graduate student Quarterback Everett Golson, pictured in red, looks to pass during last year’s Blue-Gold Game. Saturday, members of the football team will compete in a friendly matchup in preparation for the 2015 season.Sophomore receiver Justin Brent said he is excited for his family to be able to come watch him play football again.“There’s only one time in the spring when our families get to come see one of the main reasons we’re here at Notre Dame,” Brent said. “I’m excited for them to see all the hard work we’ve been putting in. It’s a time for my teammates and I to really display everything we’ve been working on this spring.”Heisler said a unique scoring system is designed for the game to award points for both offensive and defensive plays.Sophomore Nick Jones said the Blue-Gold Game represents the start of a new Notre Dame football season for fans.“While it doesn’t carry the clout of an actual football game, the scrimmage gives those who want it a look at new players, formations and plays,” Jones said. “For those who don’t care for football strategy, it’s a reason to cheer and be excited about the upcoming season.”“It’s a really cool way to see where the team’s headed and who’s playing what position,” freshman Mary Shea Kelly-Buckley said. “I think Notre Dame is for sure going to win this one.”Heisler said this year’s game had to be moved from Notre Dame Stadium to the team’s outdoor practice facility, LaBar Practice Complex, because of Campus Crossroads construction. This change of venue significantly limits the number of people able to attend the game.“We’re going from an 80,000-seat venue to something we’ve kind of built from scratch around our practice fields because there really is no permanent seating there,” Heisler said. “We’ve managed to build some temporary seating for about 4,000 people to be utilized by the University and the football departments. That’ll be the biggest difference about this year’s game.”The University considered hosting the game at a variety of venues, including some off-campus locations, but ultimately decided to use LaBar Practice Complex in order to minimize expenses, according to Heisler.“We looked at some other options, but if you go somewhere else there’s obviously some potential significant costs involved,” Heisler said. “Maybe it’s not perfect because we aren’t able to offer the public the access that everybody’s used to, but it just seemed to make the most sense in terms of what we could do in terms of the event itself.”Heisler said this year’s Blue-Gold Game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network as in years past. Additionally, a live telecast of the game will be shown in Purcell Pavilion for football fans on campus that are unable to watch the game in person.Jones said he was disappointed he would not be able to attend this year’s Blue-Gold Game.“While I understand that the new construction makes the stadium an impractical venue for the Blue-Gold Game, I wish that they had chosen a venue that allowed students and fans the opportunity to attend the game, such as Soldier Field in Chicago, as had been rumored earlier this year,” Jones said.Brent said the game will be different without most of the student body.“It’s not as fun as being on the practice fields, of course, but it’s for a good cause because they’re trying to expand the stadium,” Brent said. “I know a lot of people want to go and be a part of the game. I feel bad for them, but hopefully we’ll get this out of the way, play on the practice fields right now and return to the stadium where all the students can enjoy it.”Heisler said he is not sure if Campus Crossroads will affect next year’s Blue-Gold Game.“We certainly knew this was going to likely be the situation based on these several years of construction,” Heisler said. “We could be facing the same decisions a year from now. There are no guarantees what will happen.”Heisler said he hopes fans will show their support for other Notre Dame sports teams this weekend, almost all of which will have free admission.“There’s a lot happening on campus this weekend,” Heisler said. “We’ve eliminated admission charges for most of the home events. With the understanding that the general public isn’t really going to have access to the Blue-Gold Game, we’re thinking maybe people will watch it in Purcell in between attending other Irish athletic events.”An email sent to students Thursday night said there are a limited number of tickets for the Blue-Gold Game. Tickets will be distributed on Friday beginning at 9 a.m. at the LaFortune Information Desk and Box Office.Tags: Blue-Gold Game, Campus Crossroads Project, Football stadium, Notre Dame football
JAMESTOWN – The first part of the upcoming week will be a bit cooler, but by mid week the heat and humidity will begin to return. For Sunday, partly cloudy with a very slight chance for a shower or two. Highs in the upper-70’s.Heading into Sunday night we will be mostly cloudy with comfortable temperatures with lows in the upper-50’s.For Monday, partly cloudy with a chance for a few showers or storms and highs in the mid-70’s. High Pressure begins to build in Tuesday which will allow for plenty of sunshine and highs near 80.As mid to late week approaches the heat and humidity will return as highs for the second half of the week will approach the mid to upper-80’s. Another heatwave could be in the works for the 3rd week of July. This will be something to keep an eye on as time gets closer.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
By Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo April 07, 2020 Peruvian Minister of Defense Walter Martos Ruíz inaugurated the headquarters of the Armed Forces Joint Command’s Cyber Defense Operational Command (COCID, in Spanish) in Lima, in late January 2020. The command’s mission is to plan and carry out cyberspace operations to counter attacks against national security.“The unit is equipped with cutting-edge technology and infrastructure for cyberspace protection,” Peruvian Air Force Major General Augusto Calderón Sandoval, COCID commander, told Diálogo. “The war conducted in the fifth domain is asymmetrical and subject to constant threats that affect digital security, information systems, telecommunications, and critical national assets.”COCID’s capabilities include the protection of different technological platforms and information systems from attacks, their recovery in the event of total or partial failure, threat detection, and blocking the use of cyberspace to adversaries, the Ministry of Defense told the press.“Although COCID’s integration and the Cyber Defense Act’s approval are recent, the digital dimension in the Peruvian military dates back many years,” Jorge Serrano, an academic at the Center for Higher National Studies in Peru, told Diálogo. “The operational command has unique capabilities to obtain, process, filter, and interpret vast outputs of information, and then turn it into useful intelligence and share it with anyone who might need it, to neutralize any threats.”Peru is the second most affected country from spyware in Latin America, just behind Mexico, said the Slovakian IT security company ESET. The most frequent attacks include data and banking passwords theft, as well as cryptocurrency mining, ESET added. Between April and September 2019, Peruvian companies suffered more than 3 billion attempted cyberattacks, said the Peruvian economic newspaper Gestión.“COCID works with the private sector to protect critical assets such as basic services [health, water, and electricity] for the population,” Serrano said. According to The Global Risks Report 2020 from the World Economic Forum, cyberattacks are among the 10 main global risks of 2020.“One of the most important activities in the fight against online threats is joining efforts and training personnel continuously in digital security such as information technology and communications,” said Maj. Gen. Calderón. “COCID’s main challenges are to find vulnerable points in the system and to protect access, use, and contents in the virtual arena.”
One of the most common questions I hear from Credit Union CEOs is, “How do I know if my IT staff is doing a good job. How do I measure the team’s leadership or the staff’s effectiveness?” I have probably been asked this at least 100 times in the past five years. In general, it is quite difficult to:A) Find good IT talent B) Understand what the IT team is doing C) Align IT with business goals D) Ensure that IT is meeting said goals Why is this so difficult? Well, IT, especially Credit Union IT, is hideously complex. Credit Union technology professionals often spend 85-90% of their time (or more) on basic blocking and tackling and are generally just trying to keep the lights on. The IT team commonly faces many challenges:Managing disparate technologyManaging old technologyManaging cutting edge technology Dealing with perceived vs. real IT Regulatory risk And the IT team must somehow manage all of these challenges and still try and make the technology look like Amazon. Often times, the IT team’s objectives and the Credit Union’s objectives are not aligned. So even if you have confidence and trust in your IT team, the IT team may speak a different language and have very different motivations. In my experience, there are roughly nine or ten different ways to solve every IT problem. This is, of course, a gross generalization, but I do believe it works out to about that many. Three of these ways are good solutions, three are okay solutions, and three are downright bad. The bad solutions are usually the short cuts and Band-Aids that occur when the IT person gets boxed in. Hard short deadlines often result in the IT person sacrificing long term stability, supportability, and/or capabilities to meet a short term objective. I personally like to mitigate this issue by choosing to focus on identifying the three good strategies first, and then allowing the IT Team to pick between those. That way, the IT team has a say in the methodology and process and they are choosing between more ideal solutions at the start.But how do you know if your Credit Union technologist is doing a good job? The answer is actually very simple. If every time the business owners ask your IT professional for something new or a change and the IT professional explains the nine steps that must be done before they can deliver, then you have a problem. If there are more than five steps, then you have a situation where lots of short cuts, skipped procedures, cheap solutions and/or short-sighted choices have been made. If there are one or two steps, then your technology strategy, platform, budget to capability alignment and efficacy are probably pretty good. So, keeping all of the above in mind, go back and ask yourself this: How many things did my IT team have to fix in order to give my members the experience I wanted the last five or ten requests? Did they have to rework a whole host of things or make a few simple tweaks? Answering that simple question will help you gauge the effectiveness of your IT staff. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Drake Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations … Web: www.ongoingoperations.com Details
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“Everyone should focus on holding the event next year — we’re on the same page.”He said International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach was “not looking for” a Games held without any fans, but acknowledged smaller audiences might be possible.”He may be thinking about a limited number of spectators with full consideration of social distancing,” Muto said.”We must build an environment where people feel safe. Athletes and the IOC family may require testing before/after entering Japan and (we need) strong medical systems around accommodation and transportation plans,” he added. Next year’s coronavirus-postponed Olympics could be held in front of a “limited number of spectators” to prevent the spread of infection, Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto has said.The Tokyo 2020 games are now scheduled to open on July 23, 2021, after a historic postponement forced by the global march of the pandemic.Muto told BBC Sports that organizers were committed to holding the event in 2021, with no discussion of cancelling or postponing it further. Japan currently bans visitors from more than 100 countries in a bid to limit the spread of the virus and Muto said it was “too optimistic to assume all restrictions will be gone, so we must think of other ways.”With just under a year to go until the postponed Games, Japanese citizens have expressed skepticism about whether the Olympics can or should be held.Two polls in July found the majority of Japanese think the Games should be postponed again or cancelled altogether.And several medical experts have suggested the Games will not be viable without a proven treatment or vaccine for the virus.Muto said a vaccine would be “a benefit… [but] not a precondition.”Chairman of the Tokyo Co-ordination Committee John Coates sounded a positive note by saying the Games would go ahead with or without a vaccine.Organizers were “going ahead on the basis there won’t be a vaccine,” Coates told the Australia newspaperHe added that they were prepared “under whatever scenario we have to face, which will become clearer at the end of the year.”Japan has so far seen experienced a comparatively small coronavirus outbreak, but infections have been on the rise, particularly in the capital.Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, speaking to Japan’s Kyodo news agency on Wednesday, warned that “containing the new coronavirus inside the capital is a prerequisite” for holding the Games. Topics :
Folksam, AMF and AP3 are among Swedish pension funds investing in a five-year “blue bond” issued by the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB), its first such instrument. The proceeds of the Nordic–Baltic Blue Bond will go to support the bank’s lending to selected water management and protection projects, NIB said.Launched as a SEK2bn (€195m) deal, the issue’s final order book reached over SEK3.2bn, with 21 accounts participating, the bank said.Some 48% of the issue was taken up by pension funds, and 89% of all investors subscribing were from Sweden, according to data from NIB. It said: “The transaction attracted strong interest from dedicated green investors and committed mainstream accounts such as AMF, AP3, Captor, Cliens Kapitalförvaltning, Handelsbanken, LF Jönköping, LF Treasury, SEB Investment Management, WWF and Öhman Fonder.”Folksam Group was also mentioned as an investor in the issue.Michael Kjeller, head of asset management and sustainability at the Folksam Group, said: “Sustainability, not least in relation to the Baltic Sea, is something very close to our clients’ hearts.“We welcome the efforts from NIB to enable this type of bond,” he said, adding that with this investment, Folksam was taking yet another step towards a sustainable world.The blue bond is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, and the lead manager is SEB.PRI signatory growth The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) had 2,232 signatories at the end of 2018, a 21% increase on the previous calendar year, it reported yesterday.Growth in the signatory base was particularly strong across US and Canada, as well as in the UK and Ireland, it said. Newcomers included the corporate pension funds of Novartis in Switzerland and National Grid in the UK, the Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii, the Government Pension Fund of Thailand, and insurance groups AG2R (France) and Swiss Life (Switzerland).”Despite concerns over loss of momentum around issues such as climate change — as noted in the recent Global Risks Report by the World Economic Forum — investors are becoming aware of the risks and the opportunities around ESG factors,” said the PRI.“Continued growth in demand from global investors, their clients and beneficiaries for investment products and solutions that consider ESG issues, as well as stronger regulatory guidance on responsible investment in many countries, especially within the EU, is also fuelling signatory momentum.”According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) report, global risks were intensifying ”but the collective will to tackle them appears to be lacking”. Prepared by the WEF with Marsh & McLennan Companies, a global professional services company, and Zurich Insurance Group as strategic partners, the report includes the results of an annual survey on global risks perception. Environmental risks continued to dominate, according to the latest report, this year accounting for three of the top five risks by likelihood and four by impact.“Extreme weather was the risk of greatest concern, but our survey respondents are increasingly worried about environmental policy failure: having fallen in the rankings after Paris, “failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation” jumped back to number two in terms of impact this year,” the report noted.The February edition of IPE magazine will include a special report on green finance, with a tinge of blue to it
Marine Energy Event (Photo: Navingo)Marine Energy Event, held on October 11, 2017, as part of Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) 2017 in Amsterdam, gathered a great number of industry experts who discussed the latest in marine energy with a focus on conditions for commercial success which was also the topic of this year’s event.The Marine Energy Event started with an introductory address, delivered by the chairman of the event, and MET-CERTIFIED Project Manager, Peter Scheijgrond, with an overview of research and development, testing, certification, insurance, and financing, as well as the trends and export markets for the marine energy sector – all of which was due for discussion during the event.R&D and testing updateMarine Energy Event, organized in cooperation with Dutch Energy from Water (EWA) and Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC), continued with an update on research and development, and ongoing open sea testing activities that were presented by Antonio Jarquin Laguna, Researcher Offshore Renewable Energy at Delft University of Technology, and Oliver Wragg, Commercial Director at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).Jarquin Laguna gave the audience an overview of the research and testing activities taking place at TU Delft related to marine renewable energy. He also mentioned some ocean energy courses available to students at the University.“It would be good for ocean energy industry to really identify where the scientific challenges in the problems that they are facing lie. Whether it is a specific aspect of the technology, or the need for development of some innovative solutions – we are very interested to collaborate with the industry,”said Jarquin Laguna.Oliver Wragg talked about open sea testing of marine energy devices at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), access to public funding, as well as FORESEA funding support program for ocean energy developers.When it comes to testing challenges, and where the sector needs to increase the reliability, Wragg said that doing that for the power take-off systems, specifically in tidal turbines, is essential.Wragg emphasized other critical points for the sector that could lead to cost reduction which are, in his opinion, the installation and retrieval methodology for marine energy devices, and the development of subsea connectors for wave and tidal developments as those available are mostly from the oil & gas sectors which are not easy to operate in wave and tidal environments.Wragg said: “Testing at EMEC is not the end-goal – it is a stepping-stone to commercialization. Proving performance is important because it builds confidence and it also helps to attract investments to move forward.”In terms of FORESEA and its broader impacts in the future, Wragg spoke about targeted support plan to attract more technology companies that may apply for the project, and ongoing infrastructure review to look at the different test facilities to see where additional investments are required to facilitate testing activities under the project.Wragg also mentioned the creation of a roadmap for North West Europe that would identify where the region could assist the sector more, as well as an investment plan that would aid various governments in continuing their investments in the sector.Ocean energy certification and risk reductionCertification and risk reduction, and what this precisely means for the marine energy sector, was clarified in a session that hosted Olivier Benyessaad, Offshore Business Development Manager at Bureau Veritas, who talked about standardization and certification, reflecting on the work being done under IEC TC 114 and MET-Certified initiatives.Benyessaad said: “Feedback from the ocean energy industry is very important for developing standards. The idea is to compare the standards that have been developed against testing and verification – so we need to be sure that we didn’t waste time to produce ‘paper for paper’ but that it is also relevant to the industry – and that it assists it to develop and commercialize products.”Benyessaad added that certification is done mainly on voluntary basis, stressing however that it helps in building up investor confidence, and increases chances to access commercial funding.“Standardized way of producing devices builds confidence from investors and insurance companies, and it also applies for the whole supply chain,” said Benyessaad.Alain Padet, AXA Corporate Services spoke about the conditions for insurance of marine energy projects, and the elements for project insurance assessments which include the very important factor of experience in project leadership and site management, as well as the location of the project and the significance of proven and certified equipment.“The cost of project insurance typically amounts to between 1.5 to 2% of total project cost,” said Padet.Financing marine energy projectsThe day proceeded with the views on the most challenging aspects for the development of the marine energy sector – the financing – delivered by tidal and wave energy developers with active projects worldwide.Joost Holleman from Twin Valleys gave a brief overview of what is available for ocean energy developers in terms of European funding options currently, and in near future.Holleman provided an example of Tidal Technology Center Grevelingendam (TTC-GD), the test center located in the southwestern part of the Netherlands, and how it was funded, reflecting on the €4.1 million secured from the Dutch government last year as well as other EU and regional grants.In order to secure funding for their projects, Holleman advised the following to the emerging developers: “The first step is to go to your regional authorities for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ask for 35% grant for innovation. The other 65% could partially be financed by the company itself, but there are also loans and guarantees regionally available to fund your innovation along the way.”Wave energy project financing was discussed in greater detail by Marcella Askew from the Swedish-based wave energy developer Seabased, which is closing in on its commercial deals by the end of the year, according to Askew.Askew said: “My advice to people starting especially in the R&D focus of this, is the more you math-out along the way to help answer the questions regarding project size, output, cost, longevity and operation and maintenance in the R&D stage, the easier and the shorter your final stages will be.”Eric van den Eijnden from Tidal Bridge, a joint venture of Strukton International and Dutch Expansion Capital (DEC), talked about the floating tidal energy bridge in Indonesia, and the ways it was funded – highlighting the importance of showcase and demonstration projects.He also pointed out that combining tidal energy generation with other infrastructure developments like bridges could decrease the costs associated with the project.Van den Eijnden announced the turbine suppliers for the 23MW project in Indonesia will be Tocardo Tidal Power, Schottel Hydro and Fish Flow Innovations.“We find it more important to get this project done – to have a kind of a reference project which is also large and presents a good basis for more development – than just making a profit,” said van den Eijnden.Ton Fijen, Tidal Lagoon PowerTidal lagoons financing and project development was discussed by Ton Fijen, from Tidal Lagoon Power.Fijen talked about the future energy needs of UK and the necessity for additional power supply sources, and how building tidal lagoons could help provide the country with clean power.He spoke about Tidal Lagoon Power’s so-called pathfinder Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project, and the delays regarding the project’s subsidy agreement with the UK government.Fijen said: “We wouldn’t mind if the UK government at least would come forward and start the discussion with us. Finalizing the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon agreement would open a way to a whole host of projects – not just in the UK, but internationally.”Marine energy is not a niche marketMarine Energy Event panelistsThe day was wrapped-up with an interactive closing panel on the opportunities for the future in marine energy, moderated by Britta Schaffmeister, Director at DMEC. The closing panel featured seven speakers of the event, who agreed that the technology will be developed over time to be part of the mix of technologies that will satisfy the growing global energy needs.Also, one of points made at the panel was that marine energy sector is not a niche market – it is a huge market that will be confirmed by doing projects, especially large ones as it is expected that 10% of all electricity will be produced by marine energy.Some of the key messages delivered by the speakers can be read here.The event was wrapped up with the closing statement by Piet Ackermans, Chairman of the Dutch Energy from Water Association (EWA), who summarized everything said during the day, with the message that the sector is showing great progress year on year basis.Piet Ackermans delivering a closing statementCommenting on the event, one of the attendees, Tony Lewis, Principal Investigator in Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI) and Professor Emeritus at the University College Cork (UCC), said: “It’s the first time I’ve been here and it’s good to see what’s going on in the Netherlands. There are certainly some interesting projects underway, including the R&D ones at Delft University exploring the future possibilities going forward.”Peter Scheijgrond said: “I’m very impressed with progress that we’ve been making over the last five years. At this event, we’ve been growing from the small set up from one or two hours of technical sessions to real international event with international speakers and global-scale projects.”This article was originally posted by our sister site Tidal Energy Today.