A programmable borehole measurement system was deployed in hot water drilled ice holes during the ‘Bed Access and Monitoring of Ice Sheet History’ (BEAMISH) project to drill to the bed of the Rutford Ice Stream in West Antarctica. This system operates autonomously (no live data) after deployment, and records borehole diameter (non-contact measurement), water column pressure, heading and inclination. Three cameras, two sideways looking and one vertical, are also included for visual inspection of hole integrity and sediments. The system is small, lightweight (~35.5 kg) and low power using only 6 ‘D’ cell sized lithium batteries, making it ideal for transport and use in remote field sites. The system is 2.81 m long and 165 mm in diameter, and can be deployed attached to the drill hose for measurements during drilling or on its own deployment line afterwards. The full system is discussed in detail, highlighting design strengths and weaknesses. Data from the BEAMISH project are also presented in the form of camera images showing hole integrity, and sensor data used to calculate borehole diameter through the full length of the hole. These data are used to show confidence in hole verticality and subsurface cavity development and connection.
“For those of you who don’t know me, I go by the alias Defunk. I’m born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and proudly Canadian. I began to teach myself the basics of bass and acoustic guitar when I was around 16 and ever since have had a burning desire for writing music. Through various bands and musical projects, I eventually found myself writing and composing electronic music while bringing in some of the influences I had gained throughout my childhood and high school years. From my humble beginnings, this little Canadian has trekked around the world playing small tours in England, Australia, festivals in Costa Rica, large amphitheaters in the United States and magical festivals around North America. I’ve met so many amazing people along the way and had my music shared and played by some of my biggest inspirations. I gave up great stability to pursue the musician life for years on end because it was the only thing I could imagine myself doing.”As Defunk continues to garner an international fanbase, the time has come for him to create a new album. Titled Stepping Out Part II, Defunk has launched a new Indiegogo campaign to support the new release, as well as a very important cause. Proceeds from the campaign will go to The Little Giant Acorn Foundation, set up in honor of the late Nick Pumpkin Alvarado.To get the fans excited, Defunk has released the very first track from Stepping Out Part II. Listen to the new single, “Electric Body”, streaming below.Defunk guides us through the new Indiegogo campaign:“Donations will be used to buy proper studio equipment, pay for the costs involved with Stepping Out Part II, purchase better live instruments, and invest in a touring stage production. Lastly but not least, part of the donations raised will also be going to a charity to help kids pursue a life in music!Not only are you helping my vision of the future live experience, but the money also helps to cover the cost of this release, Stepping Out PT II. All of these things will be made possible with your help, and the more you donate, the more you will get as a thank you!Finally, I’ve made it a priority to take some of the money raised to give back to a charity involved with providing music education to kids and those eager to learn. As a musician going on 14 years, I believe that music has changed and pushed me as a person in a multitude of ways, and I would really like to start giving back to help others pursue their dreams. The Little Giant Acorn Foundation memorial fund has been established to help children who want to pursue a career in music or performing arts that otherwise couldn’t afford to. It was started in honor of Nick “Pumpkin” Alvarado, and while he is sadly no longer with us, his spirit lives on through his music and the thousands of people he touched over the years. Part of this donation campaign will therefore ensure Nick’s spirit continues to shine bright while also helping to inspire the next generation of little acorns.”Donate here, and be sure to follow Defunk for all updates on Stepping Out Part II.
Setlist: Dead & Company | Fenway Park | Boston, MA | 6/18/2017I: Samson & Delilah, Brown Eyed Women, Big River, Candyman, Let It Grow, Friend of the Devil (Acoustic), Dark Star v.1 (Acoustic), Ripple (Acoustic)II: Truckin’ > Fire On The Mountain, St. Stephen > Drums/Space > Dark Star V.2, Days Between, Not FadeawayE: Brokedown Palace After a successful first night at Fenway Park, Dead & Company explored new territory for the second show in Boston. The past few dates on this tour have been particularly triumphant for the six-piece Grateful Dead ensemble, with Dead & Company kicking into high gear as they tear through their summer tour with eyes set on their Wrigley Field dates ahead of 4th of July. On Sunday night, the band continued their impactful stride with two surprise-filled sets.The first set opened with guitarists and vocalists Bob Weir and John Mayer trading leads on songs like “Samson & Delilah” and “Candyman,” inviting the crowd to join in a beautiful Sunday night. After five songs of Grateful Dead magic, the band went fully acoustic for a trio of “Friend of the Devil,” an incomplete “Dark Star,” and “Ripple.” While Bob Weir & The Campfire Band debuted an acoustic “Dark Star” earlier this year, this was the first time Dead & Company performed it this way.The second set featured a memorable “Fire On The Mountain,” with bassist Oteil Burbridge taking a rare turn a lead vocals. The Weir and Mayer-led “St. Stephen” featured an extended jam that ultimately led into “Drums>Space.” Within those dark corners of the universe, the second half of “Dark Star” emerged. The second set closed with the full band participating in “Not Fadeaway,” before again returning for a “Brokedown Palace” encore.You can watch pro-shot video from both sets below:
Saint Mary’s hosted its 12-hour Dance Marathon on Saturday in the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex. The money raised from Dance Marathon benefits for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.Saturday’s event was the culmination of a year-long planning effort by various committees at the College.Sophomore Caitlyn McKevitt, a committee member of the morale team, said, “We all have our personal page for the Dance Marathon so we reach out to people that we know. We also helped work a lot of events too and we had girls go around the dorms and collect trash from girls room for change or any donations that they would offer us.”With all of the donations and fundraising that the committee members and event attendees contributed, the event raised a total of $173,331.87.Dance Marathon drew many students from all over the tri-campus community and many first-timers as well.“I knew a lot of people who attended the event,” sophomore Anna Abel said. ”My friends and I were upset we didn’t do it last year because we saw how fun it was and we were excited to take part in it this year. As soon as the info came out for it, we made sure we signed up.”While some attended Dance Marathon for the first time, others — like McKevitt — were veterans of the event, having attended back when it was held at Holy Cross College.“I participated in Dance Marathon last [year] and this year we were able to host it in Angela, a gorgeous space to be in,” she said.The change in location contributed to a more seamless event with greater participation from Saint Mary’s students overall, McKevitt said.“I think it went a bit smoother than last year because it was on our campus,” she said. “More girls probably wanted to do it here because it’s on the heart of our campus.”McKevitt also said that the event was not something exclusively for Saint Mary’s students.“It is a tri-campus event so we had some girls from Notre Dame and Holy Cross on my committee and I know that they have certain committee members for outreach,” McKevitt said.The event centers around donating to the children at Riley Children‘s Hospital and Abel credited this philanthropic aspect as helping foster connections among committee members.“As a nursing major … I love to see how much of a difference this event makes in the lives of those families and I hope that I’ll be able to help more people in the next years to come,” Abel said.While other, like McKevitt, may not have such a personal connection, that does not stop them from enjoying the day.“I have three favorite parts of the day,” McKevitt said. “Showing the entire crew the dance, hearing the stories because it’s honestly so touching every time you hear it and you sit back and think my money and all this hard work that we put in is going to these amazing families and they deserve it so much. And obviously, I like the end because it’s so rewarding to see the grand total right in front of you on those big posters.”The day ended with a lot of money being raised for Riley Children’s Hospital and with many happy children, McKevitt said.“I believe the kids had a lot of fun. It was just great the energy was just there. The kids were able to come up with their families and they tell their stories and you actually see who it’s impacting,” she said. “Many tears were shed, for sure.”Tags: #BellesOfSaintMarys, fundraising, Riley Children’s Hospital, Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon
The Anthem Go Outside Festival will be celebrating its eighth year this October 13-15 and there is an overwhelming amount of cool stuff to try. There are more than 150 free activities, demos, clinics, shows, and events for you to participate in on site, so deciding what to cram into your action-packed weekend can be tough.Here is a list of some of our favorite “must try” activities. Check out our full mobile-friendly schedule of events to build your own perfect weekend of adventure at www.roanokegofest.com/schedule.Alley cat ride: It’s a scavenger hunt on a bike. Test your riding and navigation skills with fun antics and shenanigans featured at stops along the way.Ultimate Air Dogs: Watch dogs compete in categories like “longest jump” or enter your pup to jump. In 2015, a world record was set at GO Fest, by a black lab named Storey.Cast a line: Learn to fly fish or perfect your tying or casting technique with the pros at the Orvis Fishing Village.Get in the pool: Test drive a kayak or learn to stand up paddleboard (the water’s not that cold).Chill in an ENO: Take a break in an ENO hammock at the amazing Lotus Lounge (it’s the perfect reward after a race or ride). The lounge will also feature a Silent Disco and DJ at different times throughout the weekend.Huffy Toss: See how far you can throw a kid-sized bike (and earn bonus points for style). Competitors battle for bragging rights, prizes, and the craziest trophies you’ve ever seen.Perfect your downward dog: From first-timers to seasoned practitioners, the outdoor yoga class is the perfect spot to breathe. New for 2017 is a goat yoga session. (It’s all the rage!)Join the Walkabout Outfitter Wild Gear Chase: Go on an urban scavenger hunt that ends in a giant gear tent. Runners are ranked by the place they finished and number of check points completed, and get to enter the giant gear tent every 30 seconds to frantically select an item from $15,000 worth of outdoor gear. Everyone is a winner in this popular event.Participate in a race: Pick a competitive event and give it your all! From the family- and dog-friendly Superhero 5K to the new Strava based King and Queen of the Mountain Challenge, there is something for every fitness level.Keen Lumberjack Show: Over the top antics from logrolling to climbing are a fan favorite.No matter who you are, the Anthem Go Outside Festival has something for you. Even if you don’t want to try anything new this year (we won’t judge), you can always just grab a delicious craft beer, sample food from 15 regional food trucks, and sit back and enjoy the show.Festival entry, tent camping, and shows are all 100 percent free to the public thanks to our amazing sponsors.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A federal grand jury indicted a third reputed MS-13 gang member for his alleged role in killing a fellow gangster they suspected was an informant in Miller Place last year, authorities said.U.S. Marshals apprehended 19-year-old Milton “Diabolico” Contreras, a member of the gang’s Brentwood chapter, in Kansas City, Kansas, where he was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit murder in-aid-of racketeering, murder in-aid-of racketeering, obstruction-of-justice murder and firearms offenses.“The prosecution of these three defendants is a part of the office’s ongoing commitment to dismantle MS-13,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, which intends to extradite Contreras to Long Island.Prosecutors said the 19-year-old suspect and two other alleged gang members lured Sidney Valverde, a fellow MS-13 member who was also 19, to Miller Place Beach under the guise of conducting business there, when they allegedly shot him in the back of the head on Feb. 25, 2014.Investigators believe that the gang killed Valverde because they suspected him of cooperating with federal law enforcement, authorities said. A beachcomber found his body two weeks after he was slain.Byron “Viruz” Lopez, the 23-year-old alleged leader of a Queens chapter of the gang, was previously accused of ordering the murder. He has pleaded not guilty to the same charges as Contreras. Also pleading not guilty to the same charges was the third suspect, Oscar Wellman Espinoza-Merino, also known as “Speedy” and “Petey,” a 32-year-old member of the gang’s Brentwood chapter.The arrests were the result of a joint investigation involving Suffolk County police, New York City police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms.If convicted, all three face up to life in prison.
36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Abner Brian Abner is Chief Economist and Vice President of Market Strategies for LEVEL5. In his position he reviews market economics throughout the United States resulting in business growth strategies for … Web: www.level5.com Details In the 21st century it’s imperative that financial institutions understand the nature of technology, branch formation and/or transformation, and service excellence. The problem is many institutions have been caught in the transition. For example, Retail Insight industry benchmark report, 94% of retailers, suppliers and logistics firms surveyed haven’t executed a long term Omni-channel strategy, and 37% don’t even have one. So how do you determine the best approach for the needs of your business and more importantly your customer? Infomercials are selling widgets, gadgets, and doodads claiming to guide your business into the next millennium. Which channel or technology is the best solution for your business? Is your message clearly understood? Are you sure?Is there a method to the new millennium madness? Well, yes! Yes there is. First off, don’t jump head first into the technological abyss. Financial institutions are being bombarded with new innovation, new technology, and new retail delivery methods every day. Now don’t get me wrong, innovation is important; however the right combination is essential to communicating the institutions culture, customer expectation, and desired service enhancements. It actually comes down to a combination of integrated components that determine the best solution for your business case. “Bolt-on” attempts to improve service and provide expertise in many cases don’t meet the expectations given by those infomercials discussed earlier. Imagine that!Clearly, it is human nature to jump onboard bandwagons like Omni-channel because well, everyone else is and you don’t want to be left behind! I get it; these are very important innovative solutions when looking for better ways of engaging your customer. No matter what channels you use whether branches, online, or mobile banking the challenge of creating a consistent customer experience and providing a single view of products and services remains.It is essential to remember who you are by demonstrate the business’s core values in connecting effectively by driving solutions in support of customer expectations. So first, develop a strategic plan! It’s imperative to identify the strategic plan that best suits the organization’s goals. Who is your target customer? What adaptations are required to meet customer expectations? Do you know the unique qualities that garner new relationships?Once you look past all the bells and whistles, it comes down to functionality which supports the business plan. The plan must be rooted in good market research to improve efficiency and enrich the customer’s experience. What makes you different in a time where consumers see all retail delivery as the same? Your businesses personality!Here are a few questions to consider.What is the core value for the business? Who are you really?How is the business visualized by consumers living in the markets you serve? Do they know who you are?Operationally, what will it take to create the optimal products, service suite and deliver it to your market?Is the business running on a fully charged battery? Are there areas that need “charging”?What is the target markets personality? Who is the business serving and why?In reviewing the branch footprint which location should be closed, relocated or renovated to enhance market appeal, for better community visibility while meeting customer expectations?Is the business developing the right channels of engagement? Will the community accept the new experience? Is the business seen as the expert…really?As you plan to jump into the 21st century several questions such as those listed above come to mind. A well thought out strategy is the key to creating an affective environment, enhancing customer loyalty, creating brand awareness, and becoming a vital part of the community. It takes knowledge and expertise to implement the right strategy that will engage your market. What’s the old adage? We don’t plan to fail; we fail to plan.
Three foundational building blocks must be optimized to consistently deliver engaging member experiences over the phone: people, processes and leadership. Our journey of nine articles will cover each in detail. After hiring the right people for your call center, you need to train and coach them to perform at a top level.If you want to most effectively manage employee performance, setting clear expectations is critical, starting with the interview process, on through your onboarding program, and reinforcing the expectations as the employees begin to take calls.The challenge comes when agents either don’t have clear objectives or when expectations are equated with sales goals. For example, Sam has to sell x checking accounts within the next 90 days. While the expectation is there, the process to reach that expectation is unclear. Therefore, simply having a sales goal as a performance metric for a call center agent is not a sustainable approach. What if Sam met his quota, but provided only average service to several members along the way because he wanted only to speak with members who did not already have a checking account?That’s why it’s imperative to coach your employees on the fundamentals of excellent customer service, and not just on the outcomes. Duke head coach Mike Kryzyzewski’s book “Leading With the Heart” makes clear that he never sets a goal to achieve a specific number of wins in a given year. Instead, he believes that if you teach and coach the right fundamentals, the desired outcomes will follow. This strategy has helped him become one of the most winning coaches in college history. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
One local greenhouse, Schaefer’s Gardens, has been around for a number of years and they can’t remember a time like the one we’re in now. Along with flowers, they are growing some early spring vegetables, and they anticipate this spring to be a good one no matter how things unfold. “Everyone is always ready for spring and I think this year more so than ever. So, we’re just going to keep running and hope that everything goes excellent,” said Co-Manager Vicky Schaefer. TOWN OF TRIANGLE (WBNG) — Greenhouses, flower shops, this is typically the time of year when they’re at their busiest and growing the most plants. So, how are things going of late and how can you potentially still get some color in your home? Most of their sales come wholesale, which means large quantities to events, businesses, and retail stores that sell flowers. Thus far, the pandemic hasn’t impacted them in an extreme way and they continue to remain busy growing their crop. Though the Schaefer’s mainly sell wholesale, they say most of the shops they sell to are still selling flowers and have options on how you can get some in your home or yard if you want to pick up gardening as a new hobby. So call your local garden center or flower shop. They may still have options for you to pick up different flowers, like a colorful dahlia, to bring some color to your home this spring.
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