Neil Young, Beck, Dave Matthews Band Lead Stacked 2018 Festival D’été de Québec Lineup

first_imgToday, Festival D’été de Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival in English), announced the packed artist roster for their 2018 event. This year’s diverse crop of headliners is led by Canadian hero Neil Young, whose set is being billed as his only performance in his native country this year. Other headliners include Beck, Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Sturgill Simpson, John Butler Trio, Jethro Tull, The Weeknd, Jane Birkin, The Chainsmokers, Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Cyndi Lauper, Avenged Sevenfold, Future, and more.Other Quebec City Summer Festival performers scheduled throughout the event include St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Con Brio, Busta Rhymes Bella’s Bartok, Bonobo (Live), Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Soul Rebels, The War On Drugs, Greta Van Fleet, Car Seat Headrest, Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project, Tory Lanez, Gorgon City, The Funk Hunters, Phoenix, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Busty And The Bass, Brockhampton, Sum 41, and many more.The Festival D’été de Québec, hosted annually in Quebec City since 1968, is set to take place from July 5th-15th at 10+ outdoor and indoor venues throughout the city, with the main stage located at the historic Plains of Abraham in The Battlefields Park.According to a release from the event, Festival D’été de Québec promises “1,000 emerging and established artists and more than 250 performances.” The event has also made an effort to continue improving the fan experience with several new improvements, including expanding their front-of-stage audience zones by 1,500 seats, adding several new viewing screens, and beefing up the sound on their outdoor stages.Festival D’été de Québec’s 11-day festival pass, which grants access to all of the performances throughout the duration of the event, goes on sale March 8th. Despite the extensive lineup over the course of a week and a half, the pass costs just $80 U.S./$100 Canadian for the first tier, which lasts until Jun 6th. For more information, head to the festival’s website.[H/T Pollstar]last_img read more

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Roger Federer into Australian Open final after Hyeon Chung retires

first_imgRoger Federer made it through to a record seventh Australian Open final when South Korean Hyeon Chung retired in the second set of their semi-final.The Swiss, 36, led 6-1 5-2 when 21-year-old Chung called it quits, two games after being treated for a blister on his left foot.Defending champion Federer goes on to face Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.The world number two is seeking a sixth Australian and 20th Grand Slam title.More soon…last_img

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Kazazić and Turković Ready for Paralympics in Sochi

first_imgThe B&H Paralympics team will take part in the Winter Paralympic Games in the Russian city of Sochi.This will be the team’s second appearance at the Games, and two athletes will represent B&H, alpine skiers Ilma Kazazić, who will carry the B&H flag at the opening of the Games and Senad Turković.At the press conference, the President of the B&H Paralympics Team Mustafa Demir emphasized that a good result is expected of the B&H team.‘’We hope for good results from our athletes. Everything is ready for their travels and performances. The only problem until now has been the lack of snow, due to which they were not able to best prepare for this. However, we believe that the organizers of the Games in Sochi will create the best possible conditions’’, said Demir.Kazazić said that she will give her all to achieve a good result, but that the lack of snow on the mountains in B&H significantly impeded preparations for the Games.Turković said that he always goes to win, and will give his maximum in Sochi. Turković is the only competitor in Sochi with both legs amputated, and on 13 March he will compete in the Slalom, and in the Giant Slalom on 15 March. Ilma Kazazić will compete in the Giant Slalom on 16 March.The B&H Paralympics Team will depart for Sochi on 4 March.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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Targeted weed control improves irrigated farm land

first_imgThe RotoWiper, a revolutionary rotary wiper herbicide applicator, is available for rent to local landowners and land managers to help control weeds in and around Tehama County.The Resource Conservation District of Tehama County has made this tool available to the public for the last five years and encourages its use now and throughout the summer before undesirable pesky weeds carpet pasture and rangelands.Weeds take in moisture and trace elements from the soil that challenge the productivity …last_img

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Polar Bears and Grizzlies Hybridize

first_imgWhat do you get when you cross a polar bear with a grizzly bear?  It’s not a joke; look at the BBC News and see.  You get bears with mixed shades of fur and a blend of characteristics.  Live Science also commented on the BBC report.    Scientists have known that these species can hybridize, but the birth of mixed cubs in a German zoo allowed the first-ever study of them.  The blending of traits extends from behavior down to the individual hairs.    Only one hybrid is known in the wild; a few others have occurred in captivity.  The male hybrid appears to be sterile, but scientists are trying to determine if the female hybrid is capable of bearing offspring.Hybrids are common in plants and animals.  This is nothing all that unusual.  It attracts attention because of the large size of the animals and their distinctive colorations.  Creationists commonly believe that most bears are descendants of a single bear “kind” or baramin.  That’s not evolution in the sense Darwin used the word (common ancestry of all life by unguided processes of variation and selection).  It’s just a sorting out of traits.  The sorting persists according to adaptation to the local environment.  For instance, thick hair on Alaskan dogs helps them survive the cold winter, even though all domestic dogs are the same species.  That kind of “natural selection” is not controversial.  The genetic information was already present.  Coming up with a dog from bacteria is another issue altogether.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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How Far from Home? SA couple chronicle their wander list online

first_imgCreative couple Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger have given up ad agency jobs and careers to travel the world and, as they go, chronicle the journey online through writing, illustration, design and photography. Joburgers Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger mark off how far from home they are by writing the kilometres on a board, on their around the world trip. They started their boards in Joburg. (Image: Supplied) • Clive Rice: South African cricketing icon dies at 66 • South African foodies cooking up a storm • Comedian David Kibuuka joins The Daily Show as writer • The Wayfaring Loner: Elvis Goes Country in Africa • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR Priya Pitamber Many dream of giving up their nine-to-five jobs to travel the world, but two Joburg advertising executives have done more than dream. On a trip from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean coast, with Asia and Oceania next, they are creatively charting their journey online. At significant destinations they snap a photo of their progress, holding a board showing how many kilometres they are from South Africa’s City of Gold.For 10 years Chanel Cartell (30) and Stevo Dirnberger (29) worked in the ad industry as a creative and art director, respectively. They now call themselves “creative experientialists” and are chronicling their “How Far from Home” journey on their blog and Instagram account. “It’s always been something we’ve strived towards, but constantly found ourselves saying ‘one day,’” they said.As the couple explained to Ad Week, the challenge is both geographic – to see how far they can get from Joburg – and personal: to see how far they can test and push themselves creatively.Cartell enjoys design, and Dirnberger loves to illustrate, so they combine these skills with their passion for photography on their blog – where they experiment with creative writing – and an Instagram account.It all started at the 2014 Design Indaba when they attended a talk by Stefan Sagmeister called “The Power of Time Off”. Cartell described Sagmeister’s presentation as life-changing.“In it he explained how he closes his New York design agency every seven years to take a creative sabbatical,” she said. “After hearing the talk, we both agreed it was time we turned ‘one day’ into something tangible.“We loved his idea that you should spread your retirement years throughout your lifetime, and after having been in the branding and advertising industry for nearly a decade, we figured it would be a good time to take our first creative sabbatical.”Their wander listGiving up their lives in South Africa was a long process. “Yes, even we procrastinated our dream,” Cartell confessed.They compiled their “wander list” – their version of a bucket list – and started to pool their savings and make small sacrifices to turn the dream into reality. “We stopped going out as much, and placed all disposable income into a separate account.”Dirnberger had already been diligently saving for five years, while Cartell started to save about 15% of her salary in 2014. Selling their furniture and appliances helped with extra cash.In their year of preparation they stayed motivated by reading extensively, including James Wallman’s Stuffocation and Miki Agrawal’s Do Cool Shit. Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger visit Norway on their adventure. (Image: Supplied)And off they goIn March, the couple they boarded a plane to Salzburg. Their time in the old Austrian city was one of their strangest experiences, Cartell said, because they had to unlearn the hustle and bustle of Joburg.“We adapted to the odd feeling of being completely independent, and created a new seven-to-nine routine,” she explained. “Our time was filled exploring the town of Salzburg, taking classes on Skillshare and creating art.”Time to experiment and create art is one thing they love about their journey. They also enjoy exploring cities and new cultures. They have met new people, learned new skills and made new friends.They have stuck to their wander list, which currently highlights the European countries where they both have family.“We’ve explored most of Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), some of central Europe (Austria, Germany), are currently in southern Europe (Greece, followed by Italy), and plan on heading south to Australia and Thailand later this year.”One-of-a-kind experiencesThe travelling couple have done things they would not and could not have done in Johannesburg. Highlights include going to the Arctic Circle and living with – and looking after – 70 huskies. An evening road trip in northern Europe was taken under the midnight sun.They summited the Untersberg in the Austrian Alps and cooked a 12-course meal with a top chef in Norway. Waking at 3am to take scenic drives along lakes in central Sweden, spotting fox cubs, reindeer and moose was another memory. Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger travel through Sweden. (Image: Supplied)Some of the best food they have eaten is all 19 courses at Noma, the acclaimed two-Michelin-star restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark.But they did not enjoy eating whale meat in Norway: it “was tasty, but we felt odd eating it”. Traditional fish butter in Salzburg was also less than desirable. But the Austrian beer Stiegel got the thumbs up.Pitfalls on the journeyWithout regular salaries, the budget has been a challenge. “We’ve already spent more than we intended to, so things will get interesting when we run dry,” Cartell said. But she was hopeful and positive because she reckoned creativity should help them solve any issues.Another problem was the language barrier – they did end getting a little lost. Ultimately, she said, it was about balance – “balancing the high highs of having all the freedom in the world, with the low lows of demotivation and occasional doubt”.South Africa’s lureThrough it all though, there are things about South Africa they miss – Dirnberger craves boerewors rolls and biltong while Cartell misses original rooibos tea.“We also get really excited when we hear the South African accent,” she added. “We recently crashed a wedding in Athens and were very happy to hear South Africans and South African music. Mandoza is a hit at Greek weddings, it seems.”The two plan to return to South Africa in February 2016 for a wedding and a meeting. “But besides those two commitments we have no plans. We quite like the unknown and have learnt to go with the flow, so only time will tell.”You can do it tooThey believe that humans were born to explore and create, and that money spent on travel should be seen as an investment in personal growth. “Experiences and memories are worth so much more than the ‘stuff’ we accumulate with money we make, and it’s not what our hard-earned money and time should be spent on,” she added. “No matter how, everyone should make a concerted effort to explore and create daily.”Taking the plunge is the toughest part and they advise that if you are brave enough to leave everything behind, it is best to enjoy the journey once you are on it. “There will be moments of struggle and doubt, but the important thing is to reflect constantly, reminding yourself why you went on the journey in the first place,” Cartell said.It was also important to learn something new and to get out of your safe and comfortable routine. “Talk to locals and give yourself creative briefs to complete.”Staying true to themselves has allowed Cartell and Dirnberger to travel 24 567km from home so far. “We have a final number in mind, but let’s see!”last_img read more

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USDA designates 14 Ohio counties as primary natural disaster areas

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 14 Ohio counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Adams, Belmont, Champaign, Clark, Guernsey, Highland, Madison, Miami, Monroe, Noble, Portage, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull counties who suffered losses due to excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Jan. 1 through Sept. 4, 2019, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.Producers in the contiguous Ohio counties Ashtabula, Brown, Carroll, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Darke, Fayette, Franklin, Geauga, Greene, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Logan, Mahoning, Medina, Montgomery, Morgan, Muskingum, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Tuscarawas, Union, Washington, and Wayne, along with Lewis and Mason counties in Kentucky; Crawford and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania; and Marshall, Ohio, Tyler, and Wetzel counties in West Virginia, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is June 3, 2020.The Secretary previously announced several Ohio counties as primary natural disaster areas. A listing of all disaster designations can be found at fsa.usda.gov.FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at farmers.gov/recover.last_img read more

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Upcoming Webinar | Sexualized Behaviors in Children & Youth

first_imgiStock-686658416 was purchased from iStock.com by Military Families Learning Network under Member ID 18347305 on 28 September 2018 and was edited to include wording. Return to article. Long DescriptionHow do we address sex and sexual behaviors with children and youth? Talking about sex can be especially difficult for parents, as well as for teachers or other professionals who work with children and youth. Yet discussing sex and sexuality is very important for families and professionals when implementing strategies to keep kids safe during childhood and their youth. By normalizing sexual behaviors and having open, honest communication about sex with children and youth, it can make sexual development less of a taboo and build trust where children and youth can better express themselves.An additional issue that can make these talks even more difficult is when instances of child sexual abuse have occurred. How do we tell the differences between typical sexual behaviors and sexual behaviors that can be problematic? This fact sheet entitled, What We Can Do: Understanding Children and Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors from the National Children’s Alliance, breaks down these differences and provides red flags to watch out for. They also go into risk factors and protective factors, appropriate use of language when talking about these behaviors, and effective treatments.To continue the conversation on understanding typical as well as problematic sexualized behaviors, MFLN Family Development is pleased to announce our upcoming webinar, “Sexualized Behaviors in Children & Youth,” which will take place on May 22, 2019 at 11am EST. In this webinar, Dr. Shelley Martin, a Colonel in the US Air Force and a licensed child abuse pediatrician, will review her work on sexualized behaviors expressed by children and youth.This webinar will also provide opportunities to receive FREE CEUs! If you are unable to attend the live event, this webinar will be archived on our website for viewing at your convenience. CEUs will be available for this webinar until May 22, 2021.Additionally, if you are interested in this topic, we have an ongoing Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth Series that will continue throughout 2019. Within this series will be future webinars, podcast episodes, and other additional resources on this topic. Be sure to RSVP for all the upcoming events here!*Revised on 9/10/19 to reflect series title changeReferencesNational Children’s Alliance (2015). What We Can Do: Understanding Children and Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors. Retrieved from: http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2017-PSB-Fact-Sheet-Overview-3.pdfThis post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Learn more about us at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-development, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page.last_img read more

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Former Manipur University guest lecturer seeks PM’s intervention in his removal

first_imgA former guest lecturer of the Delhi University’s Hindu College has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in his “arbitrary removal” as the guest faculty of Manipur University (MU) allegedly because of his political ideology.The MU had on August 6 terminated the service of Ningombam Bupenda Meitei as the guest lecturer in the Department of Philosophy much before his six-month agreement was to end. The university had appointed him on June 26.The Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations had condemned the “arbitrary termination” of Mr. Meitei’s service who “was asked to clarify whether he was a member of a political party throwing all academic freedoms to the wind”.Mr. Meitei has been associated with the Congress in Manipur.In a letter to the Prime Minister submitted online, Mr. Meitei said that he was disgracefully and arbitrarily removed as a guest faculty despite having been recommended for appointment by the MU’s selection committee.Three conditionsHe said that the MU Vice-Chancellor or administrator had stated only three conditions while making the offer — his term as guest faculty would be for six months, he would be given an honorarium of ₹1,500 per lecture subject to a maximum of ₹ 50,000, and he should not claim regular appointment.“My nature of engagement with the university was not non-academic,” Mr. Meitei said, outlining a few ordinances related to the appointment of the MU’s academic staff that made it clear he was neither an employee nor were the rules binding on him.Since he was not bound by these ordinances, Mr. Meitei said that a rule of the university barring an employee from taking part in politics and elections did not apply to him. He said that the university had asked him to clarify on his political affiliation but he did not reply to the queries “as I was answerable to only the three stated conditions mentioned in the administrator’s offer letter”.“Unfortunately, my genuine right to remain silent – by not replying to any irrelevant query or queries – was officially concluded as ‘amounting to disobedience to his superior authority’. The administrator was neither my superior authority nor was I his subordinate,” he said.Mr. Meitei said he was a primary member of the Congress and its designated spokesperson in Manipur. “As I respect your philosophy and ideology towards our nation and our people, I also do expect you to have the same honour for my philosophy and my ideology towards our nation and our people,” he said in the letter.“As our Prime Minister, I strongly believe that you would look into the matter raised here on whether the action of the administrator Jarnail Singh (Manipur’s former Chief Secretary), in the capacity of the Vice-Chancellor of the university, removing me by breaching the terms of the three stated conditions was justified or not,” he added.last_img read more

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Teasing out a neural net exchange format

first_img “Very interesting. Have you read some of the comments on similar topic at http://www.eng-tips.com?“ Machine learning with deep neural networks has become a hot topic as these techniques surpass human performance in numerous areas. The enthusiasm already has spawned several approaches to handle the training and inference stages of deploying a neural network.Training and cloud inference typically make use of similar hardware, mostly GPUs although there are cloud based inference-only engines such as Google’s TPU. By contrast, inference on edge devices depends on highly optimized hardware accelerators, mostly DSP based, that share very little in common and present unique optimization challenges.The wide variety of inference engines is matched by the variety of training frameworks, all of which have their own capabilities and output formats. The growing fragmentation is very likely to be harmful to the growth of mobile intelligent systems.The Khronos Group has decided to step in given its mission to connect software to hardware. Khronos produces open standards that abstract hardware details so that software developers can deal with a single platform. For example, its OpenVX standard provides a graph-based API for accelerating computer vision hardware, including neural network-based systems by allowing the import of trained networks as nodes in a graph.Now Khronos is readying a standard interchange format to map training frameworks to inference engines. The Neural Network Exchange Format (NNEF) is an open, scalable transfer format that allows engineers to move trained networks from any framework that supports the cross-vendor format into any inference engine that can read it. It’s a sort of PDF for neural networks.The NNEF standard is still in definition, so in keeping with Khronos practice its details are still confidential. Once ratified the details will be made fully available so that anyone, not just Khronos members, will be able to produce NNEF exporters and importers.  textA high level look at how the upcoming NNEF can be used.  Image: Khronos The most typical use case for NNEF will be to move networks between a framework such as Caffe or TensorFlow and a proprietary inference engine, optionally using OpenVX. The document is likely to be machine generated but NNEF has been designed to be human readable so that it can also be used as the source code for creating new networks that are hierarchical and very compact. For example, the structure of GoogleNet, takes about twenty lines to describe.The first version of NNEF is primarily aimed at loading trained networks for inference. Because one of the group’s aims is to enable efficient execution on low power machines, the standard will include the ability to quantize, reinforce and retrain via any tool that can understand the format. This feature is expected to enable third party tools to optimize and retrain networks originally trained in floating point for inferencing at much lower, power-efficient precisions.Work on the standard is at an advanced stage and the working group is expected to have a final candidate for ratification in just a couple of months. At that point, extensive testing and industry comment will be needed to ensure the ratified standard is both robust and useful.Consequently, Khronos is extending an invitation to data scientists and engineers to take part in an NNEF advisory panel, especially people working on non-standard and novel network inferencing architectures. Participation does not require a Khronos membership and will give interested companies and individuals an opportunity to contribute and provide feedback to this important work. If you would like to take part, send an email to .–Peter McGuinness ( @PeterMcGuinne55) is the chairman of the Neural Network Exchange Format working group at Khronos and a veteran of Inmos, STMicroelectronics and Imagination Technologies. Originally published on Embedded’s sister site, EE Times: “Neural nets need some translation.” Log in to Reply 1 thought on “Teasing out a neural net exchange format” May 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm Continue Reading Previous Road trip to VolteraNext USB 3.x – Feeling the need for speed EvaEngineer says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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