The beloved Long Island arena Nassau Coliseum closed down in 2015, with the promise of new ownership and major renovations. Well, that promise has been fulfilled, as the Coliseum has now announced it’s first post-renovation concert, a sure-to-be awesome evening with hometown hero Billy Joel on April 5th. Joel actually played the venue’s final show when it closed last year, bringing along Paul Simon, Kevin James, and Governor Andrew Cuomo for surprise appearances in front of an excited but emotional audience.Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which runs the highly successful Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, will lead the charge on the venue’s grand re-opening. CEO Brett Yormark promised to take a similar approach with the new Nassau Coliseum, saying “[t]he first couple of months we really want people to sample all the different types of programming that will take place — whether it’s world-class concerts, obviously, boxing, MMA, family shows and the like. We’re really going to showcase the diversification of our programming mix and give people a lot to think about. That was pretty much how we opened Barclays Center, and we’re going to do the same out there.”The new-and-improved Nassau Coliseum will seat 14,500 for concerts, 13,500 for basketball games and 13,000 for hockey games. Interestingly enough, the venue is will be versatile in its ability to host events of all sizes, with different configurations ranging from 4,000 to 16,000 people, depending on the event. Another intriguing piece of information is the Coliseum’s new “All Access Pass” membership program, which provides subscribers with lower-level seats to every event at the venue, along with a VIP entrance and a private club in the arena.Tickets to Billy Joel’s show on April 5th can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com Friday, October 14th, with a pre-sale for American Express holders starting on Thursday the 13th.In honor of the venue’s reopening, check out a few clips from a few of the many classic concerts that took place at the old Nassau Coliseum. Included below are full sets from Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and the Grateful Dead, with some Billy Joel and Phish thrown in there for good measure. Welcome back Nassau Coliseum! [Story via Newsday // Photo via Billboard.com]
University of Queensland highlights potential of ultrasound to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s diseaseThe University of Queensland is modeling possible treatments for some of the most debilitating illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. The Queensland Brain Institute, the University’s neuroscience research institute, is using its high performance computing system to model the behavior of ultrasound using an analysis technique called Finite Element Method (FEM).The modeling calculates what happens to each element of the brain when an ultrasound is passed through the skull. It is hoped that ultrasound can be used to temporarily allow direct delivery of therapeutic drugs to the brain, something not currently possible due to the presence of a blood-brain barrier. The team also hopes to activate cells that can digest the plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. The promising results will now be confirmed in a sheep study, an animal with similar skull properties as humans, and may be instrumental in developing treatments that stop or reserve degeneration, rather than just relieving symptoms.I am inspired! And it’s Dell Technologies customers like the University of Queensland who give me hope for our future.The University of Queensland (UQ) is consistently rated as one of Australia’s premier research-intensive universities by independent third parties. For example, UQ was awarded five out of five stars for research grants and research intensity by the Good Universities Guide. And the influential Academic Ranking of World Universities places UQ at 55th globally. To maintain these world-class rankings, UQ strives to empower its faculty with leading-edge high performance computing (HPC) systems. The latest example is the Wiener system, an HPC cluster designed in cooperation with Dell EMC to accelerate discovery and innovation.Niche supercomputing for cutting-edge microscopyThe university’s Research Computing Centre (RCC) is tasked with managing HPC resources. The RCC has developed a strategy for broadening the HPC infrastructure base, built on the theory that it’s more cost-effective to serve different application types with different machines.Launched in 2018, Wiener is the first ever dedicated GPU-accelerated supercomputer in an Australian university. It was designed specifically for imaging-intensive workloads generated by the University’s microscopy facilities and its world-class Lattice Light Sheet Microscope based at the University’s Institute of Molecular Bioscience. Wiener was developed and paid for with strategic funding from UQ and a consortium of the University’s various cutting-edge microscopy facilities.The RCC worked in close partnership with Dell Technologies to develop the system’s capabilities. This groundbreaking project was completed in two phases. The first used Dell EMC PowerEdge R740 Servers as building blocks for processing data sets across 15 compute and analysis nodes, along with two additional nodes for visualization. The visualization nodes were included to provide processing power for a fully interactive experience to researchers viewing 4D data sets in real time at the edge of the scientific instruments throughout the university campus.The second incorporated 15 Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 Servers, each with two Intel® Xeon® Gold 6132 Scalable processors with 28 cores per node, 384GB of DDR4 RAM, four NVIDIA SXM2 Tesla 32GB V100 GPUs, 1.6TB of Dell EMC NVMe flash storage, and 100-Gbps Mellanox® EDR InfiniBand® networking.The complete system includes 32 Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and 527,360 NVIDIA® Tesla® GPU cores distributed across the compute and analysis nodes. UQ wanted a system with multiple GPUs for parallel processing massive amounts of computational tasks such as those involved in data visualization and machine learning.The supercomputer also leverages an open‑source, parallel‑cluster file system, designed specifically to manage I/O‑intensive workloads in performance‑critical environments. Both phases of the system are backed by Dell EMC ProSupport Plus for 24×7 technical support and assistance.Half a million GPU cores in actionThe Wiener supercomputer has a total performance of 11.3 petaFLOPS. Because the system has more than a half-million CUDA cores along with the parallel file system, it can easily handle multiple workloads, some of which generate 70–80 TBs of data per day. Researchers can process a single file at 105Gb/s, with up to 15 million IOPS.“For the scale of machine learning to take place with the CPUs we previously had on campus, in some cases what we have now is 100 times faster,” says Jake Carroll, chief technology officer at UQ. “It’s literally untenable to run on CPUs [alone].” He continues, “The machine has become a plethora of massive machine learning and deep learning capabilities in the organization. It’s the focal point of AI computing at the University of Queensland.”The cutting edge of accelerated technologyWith the accelerated computing power of the Wiener supercomputer, UQ researchers can solve pressing global challenges while helping maintain the school’s status as a top research university.“Given demand for the system is still going up, it is our intention to work with Dell Technologies to stay on the cutting edge of accelerated technology,” Carroll says, “and we would like to be the first in the Asia Pacific to deploy whatever technological leap in this area comes next.”To learn moreRead the case study, “Accelerating research breakthroughs.”Read the press release, “The University of Queensland Uses Dell Technologies Supercomputer to Pioneer New Alzheimer’s Disease Breakthrough.”Read the Weiner supercomputer technical specifications.Learn about technologies for HPC/AI at DellEMC.com/HPC.
Cats, featuring a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway. It won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Based on Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the tuner tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer.” Broadway.com attended the London production’s opening night in December and spoke with Lloyd Webber; check out the video below where the legendary composer told us he believes Scherzinger is “one in a million.” His latest leading lady has sold 50 million records with the Pussy Cat Dolls and 16 million records as a solo artist. Scherzinger recently served as a judge on the U.K. X Factor and won the U.S. Dancing With the Stars in 2010. Stage credits include Maureen in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Screen acting credits include How I Met Your Mother, Men in Black 3, Half & Half, My Wife and Kids and Love Don’t Cost a Thing. Looks like the memory will live again on Broadway! Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed to The Guardian that his Tony-winning musical Cats will return to the Great White Way and that he “greatly hopes” Nicole Scherzinger will star in the show. The former Pussy Cat Doll is currently appearing as Grizabella in the recently extended revival in London’s West End. No word yet on dates or theater, but the production will not be able to play at its former Main Stem home, the Winter Garden Theatre—Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock will begin performances there on November 2. View Comments
Share Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Bishop Micheal Daniel. Photo credit: dominicacentral.comDominica is host country for the Pentecostal assemblies of the West Indies annual regional conference currently underway.Host Bishop Michael Daniel says the meeting which began at the Garraway Hotel this morning will seek to assess the progress the assemblies has made over the past yearsThis meeting brings together all of the district bishops of the islands in the West Indies where we have churches and we will be discussing the forward movement of the fellowship, accessing the work that is being done by the organization…” he said.Bishop Daniel says a symposium will follow the two day meeting.He says all PAWI members will congregate at the Peoples auditorium in Goodwill Sunday for a rally to bring the conference to a close.PAWI Dominica currently has 26 churches and 24 pastors. The organization is over 100 years old.Dominica Vibes News 75 Views no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews PAWI conference currently underway in D’ca by: – June 22, 2011
San Jose, May 15: The squad to represent Costa Rica in the 2018 World Cup witnessed very few changes from the unit that reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament in Brazil.“There are players with characteristics for certain moments. The coming friendly matches will be tough and that will be the way to bring the lads toward the intensity we need,” coach Oscar Ramirez told the media on Monday. The core of the roster is the starting 11 from 2014: goalkeeper Keylor Navas; defenders Oscar Duarte, Johnny Acosta, Giancarlo Gonzalez and Cristian Gamboa; midfielders Yeltsin Tejeda, Christian Bolaños, Celso Borges and Bryan Ruiz, and forwards Joel Campbell and Marco Ureña.Ramirez said he expects the 2018 World Cup, set to begin a month from now in Russia, to be a competition “of much dynamism”.He pointed to Spain, defending champions Germany, France, Brazil and Argentina as the pre-tournament favourites. IANS
No. 6 USC will attempt to brush off a disappointing loss to No. 13 UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday as it hosts No. 9 UCLA in a crosstown rival showdown.The Trojans will enter this weekend’s match after falling 2-1 to UCSB in a game characterized by well-hit balls falling the wrong way. Redshirt junior Bobby Stahel went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored the only Trojan run of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning on a wild pitch.USC and UCLA met earlier this season at the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic, in which the Trojans won 8-4 in the final game of the weekend. Eight of nine Trojans in the starting lineup had a hit in the victory, with five having multihit outings.Currently, the Trojans hold a 25-7 overall record, 15-3 at home and 7-2 in the Pac-12, good for third place. The Bruins have a 23-6 overall record, an 8-1 record on the road and a 10-2 record in the Pac-12. The Bruins are in first place in the Pac-12, though the Bruins have played one more series than the Trojans.Looking more closely at UCLA, the team is led by redshirt junior Kevin Kramer, who holds a .387 batting average, as well as three other players hitting well above .300.Defensively, the Bruin bullpen is one of the toughest in the conference, led by senior David Berg and sophomore Grant Dyer, with a 1.21 ERA and a 1.61 ERA, respectively.USC head coach Dan Hubbs believes that strong offensive starts remain key this weekend to combat the talented UCLA bullpen.“If we can get the lead through the first six or seven innings, that will be really key for us,” Hubbs said. “The way Dyer and Berg have been pitching at the end of games, they’ve been really tough on teams and shutting it down. That’s something we want to focus on — getting aggressive early, getting on the board early and forcing them to have to come back, as opposed to us needing to come back. We want to have the lead and have them trying to force a comeback and trying to do different things.”In terms of statistics, the Trojans have a team batting average of .305, while the Bruins maintain a .286 batting average. Also, USC has a 2.70 team ERA as opposed to UCLA’s 2.22.Hubbs feels that both teams match up well, but the Trojans could have the advantage.“I think we’ll have a bit of an edge because we’re pretty offensive and can throw strikes,” Hubbs said. “We’re two good teams with two good pitching staffs and two good offenses, so I think it’s gonna come down to who makes a big pitch and who makes a clutch hit in a big spot. Like anything in our conference, that’s what it comes down to. We’re confident that we match up well against them. We’ve played them tough in the past couple of years, so we just have to continue to do that.”Now more than halfway through the season, this weekend could prove to be significant and relevant in addition to the automatic rivalry associated with this series, as both UCLA and USC want to emerge on top and move on to postseason play.“Both teams are in the top 20, and that’s kind of what predicts postseason bursts, so I think putting yourself in a position not only for finishing first in league but being able to host a regional or possibly be a national-type seed,” Hubbs said. “I think all those things, when you’re playing another team that’s at the top in the country, come in to play when you’re making decisions.”In spite of the mounting pressures, Hubbs feels that if the Trojans play clean baseball both offensively and defensively, they will be in a good position to win.“We just need to be able to mix pitches and get ahead in the count, and if we can do that, I think we’ll be in good shape,” Hubbs said. “I think we need to pitch well against them and not make mistakes. Their pitching staff is really good, and when you play a really good staff you have to hit the ball well and just plain play good baseball. I think if we do that, we can beat them and anyone else in the country.”The first pitch in the crosstown rivalry is scheduled for today at 3 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.
Captain Barrington Irving landed in Lauderdale Lakes on Friday for the unveiling of a plaque in his honor at Barrington Irving’s Bridge of Educational Excellence which connects the Vincent Torres Park with Park Lakes Elementary School.Captain Irving is renowned for becoming the youngest pilot to fly alone around the world in a single-engine airplane at the age of twenty-seven in 2007. He flew 30,000 miles in the plane named “Inspiration.” Captain Irving was inspired by a Jamaican airline pilot (who became his mentor) and decided to pursue a career in Aviation. He has since become a motivation for young students who aspire to be in the aviation field and those who have dreams that may seem impossible to obtain.Marching band and water saluteStudents from Boyd Anderson High School Marching Band played for the Captain during his arrival with Mayor Hazelle Rogers while Lauderdale Lakes Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Department provided a water salute. After the unveiling, Mayor Rogers accompanied Captain Irving to Park Lakes Elementary School, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School and Central Charter School within the city. “Need role models like Captain Irving,” Mayor Rogers“The children were so excited to be visited by the Captain,” said Mayor Rogers. They were fully engaged and excited and also full of questions. These are the strong young professional that we need to become mentors to our youth and I’m so proud to have Captain Irving in our city.” “Awesome visit,” IrvingIrving interacted with kids in their science classes and engaged them just like “The Flying Classroom” where instructional activities make learning content easier. “Today was an awesome visit for me!” said Captain Irving. “With today’s technology moving so fast, we are certainly in need of more professionals in so many different fields like aviation, marine biology and agriculture. These children represent our future.”
Nicolas Anelka has called on the Football Association to lift the charge against him for his ‘quenelle’ gesture.The West Brom striker faces a minimum five-match ban if found guilty of making an “abusive” sign.”I ask the FA to lift the charges that have been held against me,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “And I repeat, I am neither anti-Semitic nor racist.”It comes as news that several of West Brom’s sponsors are considering their relationships with the club.More to follow.