While Waits’ appearance onstage was a rare occurrence for the 67-year-old singer, Staples has been ramping up her productivity in recent months. Last week, she announced the pending release of a brand new album co-written with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco (out November 17th), and shared the album’s first single, “If All I Was Was Black,” for which Tweedy added the music to Staples’ lyrics. That same day, Mavis also announced a full Fall Tour with the great Bob Dylan. The 20+ date national tour will begin in Southern California on October 13th, and wrap up on November 16th in Boston. For a full list of tour dates, head to Dylan’s website.https://bobdylan.com/on-tour/You can listen to Staples’ new single, “If All I Was Was Black,” below via Staples’ YouTube page:Bob Dylan w/ Mavis Staples 2017 Fall Tour Dates10/13 Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center @ Valley Center, CA10/14 The Cosmopolitan Hotel – The Chelsea Theatre @ Las Vegas, NV10/17 Eccles Theater @ Salt Lake City, UT10/18 Eccles Theater @ Salt Lake City, UT10/21 1st Bank Center @ Denver, CO10/23 Century Link Center @ Omaha, NE10/24 Stephens Auditorium @ Ames, IA10/25 Xcel Energy Center @ St Paul, MN10/27 Wintrust Arena @ Chicago, IL10/28 Van Andel Arena @ Grand Rapids, MI10/29 IU Auditorium @ Bloomington, IN11/1 Fox Theater @ Detroit, MI11/3 EJ Thomas Hall @ Akron, OH11/5 Palace Theater @ Columbus, OH11/6 Peterson Events Center @ Pittsburgh, PA11/8 Nassau Coliseum @ Uniondale, NY11/10 Coliseum @ Richmond, VA11/11 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA11/12 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA11/14 The Anthem @ Washington, DC11/16 Agannis Arena @ Boston, MA[h/t – Consequence of Sound] Last night, renowned singer-songwriter Tom Waits marked his first live appearance in over two years when he joined Mavis Staples onstage at a Lagunitas Brewery location in California. The famously gravelly-voiced singer duetted with Mavis on The Staple Singers‘ 1972 Grammy-winning soul classic, “Respect Yourself. Until the sit-in with Staples, Waits had not given a live performance since he visited The Late Show in 2015 ahead of then-host David Letterman‘s departure from the show.You can watch an assortment of crowd-shot videos from Tom Waits’ surprise guest appearance with Mavis Staples below:Crowd-shot video via Facebook user Richard Zeno:
Boost Performance and Capacity of SC Storage with Free OS UpgradeEvery IT customer wants maximum value from their storage infrastructure at the lowest cost at the time of purchase and over the full lifespan of the product. And why not? They should! But the reality is that not all vendors can deliver on this commitment. Most storage products become slower and overburdened over time, use obsolete technology, and require a short-term replacement. What if a vendor provided no-cost upgrades to their customers, adding substantial new features and functionality with each release, dramatic performance gains, and tools to reduce the management overhead? Now, that would be game-changing.At Dell EMC, we’re taking a different approach than most vendors. We recognize the investment customers have made in the SC Series platform, and we’re taking bold steps to ensure the platform provides compelling value time and time again, at the lowest cost and complexity. I’ve yet to meet a customer that doesn’t need more performance from their storage system. We’ve optimized the internal code top to bottom, extracting every ounce of performance wherever we could, and the results are truly amazing.Affordable Flash Arrays, Now 2X FasterDell EMC today announced the new SC Operating System 7.3, a free upgrade for customers with an active ProSupport agreement that offers major performance gains, plus a variety of new management capabilities. With this release, the SC Series offers an astounding 2X increase in maximum IOPS for every current array – from our largest to our smallest models.1Three SC platforms now exceed 1 million max IOPS – and SC9000 tops 2.2 million.1 Dell EMC tests show real-world applications such as VDI and SQL OLTP perform 33%2 to 54%3 faster on SCOS 7.3 – all for no cost, and virtually no effort.But it’s not only performance. SCOS 7.3 also makes SC easier to manage with the new “Unisphere for SC” HTML 5 web interface (same look and feel across SC Series and Dell EMC Unity platforms), introduces data-in-place upgrades for the popular SC4020 array, enhances our Live Volume feature for reduced latency and network traffic in high availability environments, increases maximum array capacity up to 2×4, and adds support for 100Gb and 25Gb iSCSI networking.Best of all, current customers of either our SC All-Flash or SC Hybrid arrays can easily upgrade their firmware to experience an overnight performance boost, while continuing to benefit from the leading economics of our sophisticated tiered storage architecture and intelligent data placement.All in a Day’s WorkThis release highlights a guiding philosophy of the Dell EMC Midrange storage team. With programs such as the Future-Proof Loyalty Program, which gives customers and partners guaranteed satisfaction and investment protection for their future technology changes, we’re working to ensure customer satisfaction over the long haul. The new SC Series continues our tradition of adding great value through new features with no hidden costs to the end user.Compression and deduplication – No-charge data reduction on both SSDs and HDDs gives customers more usable capacity (for example, up to 50% savings in VDI environments)Increased performance – No-charge upgrades (such as this release) accelerate workloads and delay future hardware expenseEnhanced management – No-charge for tools and 3rd-party integration/interop to ensure SC stays in sync with diverse application and ecosystem needs.Multi-array federation – No charge for increased system scale, flexibility and availability, now supported by the entire family of SC productsCustomer ReactionIt’s not surprising customers and partners alike are responding favorably to the way SCOS 7.3 allows them to move ahead quickly with new solution strategies. Here’s what some of them had to say:“The 7.3 release will free up additional time for IT departments,” said Donald Weaver, President of Weaver Technologies. “Instead of having to replace [hardware] with new gear, now we can use existing gear and attain more IOPs and more capabilities, without having to do a physical upgrade. This will essentially be like getting a [new] array for free.”————“The SC Series is a staple in our Dell storage portfolio and has been for a number of years,” said Scott Winslow, President, Winslow Technology Group, LLC. “It’s a time-tested platform, and our customers have benefited from the way Dell provides significant new features over time. Dell EMC has shown a steady, regular cadence for innovation that allows current and new customers to get more out of their existing system. “We’re really excited about this release, as test results show a 2X increase in maximum IOPS across every current platform in the SC Series. The very idea that a free software download can give this level of improvement is a rarity in the IT industry. We’re big fans of the SC Series, and with performance gains like these, it really helps us. More importantly, it really helps our customers.”There’s simply a lot to love about this release. I encourage you to contact your Dell EMC representative or authorized partner to learn more. To our existing customers, thank you for the opportunity to ensure we meet and exceed, your expectations. We know you’ll be delighted with SCOS 7.3. For those customers running VDI, SQL, or any other databases, we’re confident you’ll see the difference in performance. And if you’re not a customer yet, we welcome you to join our SC Series customer family.1 – Based on internal tests performed in February, 2018 on SC9000, SC7020, SC5020 and SCv3020 arrays running 7.3 vs. 7.2 firmware on 100% sequential reads with 4K sector transfer size. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.2 – Based on internal tests performed by Dell EMC on an SC9000 with 7.3 vs. 7.2 firmware. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.3 – Based on internal tests performed by Dell EMC in February 2018 running TPC-E like workloads (95% reads, 8K sector transfer size) on an SC9000 with 7.3 vs 7.2 firmware. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.4 – SCOS 7.3 increases the maximum raw capacity for SC9000, SC7020 and SC5020 arrays. SC9000 increases from 3PB max to 6PB max, assuming 2MB page sizes.
Public Discourse 29 June 2016A new study released earlier this month in the journal Depression Research and Treatment contributes to mounting evidence against the “no differences” thesis about the children of same-sex households, mere months after media sources prematurely—and mistakenly—proclaimed the science settled.One of the most compelling aspects of this new study is that it is longitudinal, evaluating the same people over a long period of time. Indeed, its data source—the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health—is one of the most impressive, thorough, and expensive survey research efforts still ongoing. This study is not the first to make use of the “Add Health” data to test the “no differences” thesis. But it’s the first to come to different conclusions, for several reasons. One of those is its longitudinal aspect. Some problems only emerge over time.Professor Paul Sullins, the study’s author, found that during adolescence the children of same-sex parents reported marginally less depression than the children of opposite-sex parents. But by the time the survey was in its fourth wave—when the kids had become young adults between the ages of 24 and 32—their experiences had reversed. Indeed, dramatically so: over half of the young-adult children of same-sex parents report ongoing depression, a surge of 33 percentage points (from 18 to 51 percent of the total). Meanwhile, depression among the young-adult children of opposite-sex parents had declined from 22 percent of them down to just under 20 percent.A few other findings are worth mentioning as well. Obesity surged among both groups, but the differences became significant over time, with 31 percent obesity among young-adult children of opposite-sex parents, well below the 72 percent of those from same-sex households. While fewer young-adult children of same-sex parents felt “distant from one or both parents” as young adults than they did as teens, the levels are still sky-high at 73 percent (down from 93 percent during adolescence). Feelings of distance among the young-adult children of opposite-sex parents actually increased, but they started at a lower level (from 36 percent in adolescence to 44 percent in young adulthood).To be fair, life in mom-and-pop households is not simply harmonious by definition. It is, however, a recognition that it is not just stability that matters (though it most certainly does). It’s also about biology, love, sexual difference, and modeling.READ MORE: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/06/17255/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
ICJ Border controversy case– after Venezuela fails to file counter-memorialThe Guyana Government will be moving to have the International Court of Justice (ICJ) go ahead with the proceedings after Venezuela failed to submit its counter memorial on jurisdiction within the court-imposed deadline.The International Court of JusticeBack in March 2018, Guyana went to The Netherlands-based World Court to confirm the validity of the Arbitral Award of October 3, 1899, which fixed the land boundary between the two neighbouring countries.Last year, the ICJ found that it would be appropriate to determine whether it has jurisdiction over the case before considering its merits.To this end, Guyana submitted its written Memorial on Jurisdiction back in November, demonstrating that the Court has jurisdiction to decide on the validity of the Arbitral Award and the resulting boundary.As a result, the ICJ had fixed April 18, 2019 as the date for Venezuela to submit a Counter-Memorial on Jurisdiction in response to Guyana’s submission. However, the troubled Spanish-speaking state has failed to make a submission on that date, and according to a statement for the Guyana Foreign Affairs Ministry on Thursday, Venezuela has indicated in a letter from its Foreign Minister that it had chosen not do so.“In consequence, Guyana has decided to ask the Court to proceed directly to the holding of oral hearings, at the earliest possible date, to determine its jurisdiction over the case. Guyana is confident that the Court will agree that it has jurisdiction, and then proceed to decide on the merits of Guyana’s suit,” the missive on Thursday stated.Guyana submitted the case to the Court after the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) determined, pursuant to his authority under the Geneva Agreement of 1966 – to which Guyana, Venezuela and the United Kingdom are parties – that the dispute over the validity of the Arbitral Award, and the resulting boundary, must be decided by the Court. That constitutes a sufficient jurisdictional basis for the Court to proceed.According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry release, Guyana regrets that Venezuela, notwithstanding its obligations under the Geneva Agreement and the Secretary General’s decision to refer the matter to the Court, has chosen not to participate in the case.However, as the Court itself has made clear, the door remains open to Venezuela to join in the proceedings, which will continue to a final and legally-binding judgment, pursuant to the Court’s rules, whether Venezuela participates or not.“Guyana takes note of the Venezuelan Foreign Minister’s recent tweet that, at some point in the future, it will supply the Court with “information” about the case to assist it in the exercise of its judicial functions. If this is a first step toward Venezuela’s full participation in the case, Guyana welcomes it.At the same time, Guyana has reserved its right to object to any submission by Venezuela that violates the Court’s rules or is otherwise prejudicial,” the missive added.The next step going forward now, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, will be for the Court to schedule the dates for the oral hearing on jurisdiction.