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Several High-Profile Musical Performers Added To 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards Show

first_imgAs the 60th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, January 28th in New York City draw closer, The Recording Academy, has announced the addition of several artists to the annual awards show’s bill of musical performances. The third and final round of artist additions include polarizing hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar, Irish rock and roll heroes U2, and beloved pianist/singer/songwriter Elton John to their bill of musical performances. According to the announcement, Elton John will perform “one of his classic hits” with help from pop star songstress Miley Cyrus. Two nights after the show, John and writing partner Bernie Taupin will be honored at the taping of  Elton John: I’m Still Standing –A Grammy Salute, a special set to air later in the year on CBS.Billboard reports that Lamar will open the show, just as he did at last year’s VMAs where he performed “HUMBLE.” and “DNA.” complete with a complex laser light show, sword-wielding dancers fully engulfed in flames, and warriors climbing a fiery trellis.In 2016, following the release of his widely-acclaimed album To Pimp A Butterfly, Lamar delivered a now-infamous performance at the GRAMMYs. After walking out as part of a chain gang, he performed “The Blacker The Berry” with his band locked inside jail cells.From there, Lamar lit into another controversial, politically charged anthem, “Alright”, which saw him perform the anti-police violence track in front of a raging bonfire.Watch video of Kendrick’s powerful performance at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards below:This performance followed his controversial “Alright” spectacle at the 2015 BET Awards, which caused FOX News personality Geraldo Rivera to take issue during a news broadcast. Lamar would later sample the audio of Rivera’s broadcast saying how hip-hop had hurt black youths in multiple tracks on his most recent album, DAMN., which is up for multiple honors at this year’s GRAMMYs.The Meters To Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement AwardLamar, John, and U2 will join an already-announced roster of performers for the evening which includes Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Kesha, Bruno Mars with Cardi B, “Best New Artist” nominees SZA, Alessia Cara, and Khalid, “Record of the Year” and “Album of the Year” nominee Childish Gambino, “Song of the Year” nominee Logic, “Best Pop Solo Performance” nominees Lady Gaga and P!nk, “Best Country Album” nominee Little Big Town, Broadway veteran Patti LuPone, and Ben Platt, who won a Tony Award last year for his portrayal of the titular role in acclaimed musical Dear Evan Hansen.You can see a full list of categories and nominations for the upcoming 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards here.last_img read more

Alan Turing at 100

first_imgIt is hard to overstate the importance of Alan Turing, the British mathematician who died in 1954. He was a hero in science, for one. Turing invented the concepts that underlie modern computers and artificial intelligence. And he was a hero in war: He was a vital part of the British cryptographic team at Bletchley Park that cracked the German Enigma code during World War II.Harvard is celebrating Turing’s centenary year with “Go Ask A.L.I.C.E.,” an exhibit of “Turing Tests, Parlor Games, and ChatterBots,” which opened Tuesday and will run through Dec. 20 in the Science Center, Room 252.Gerald Holton, professor of the history of science emeritus and Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, was among the first visitors to the exhibit, minutes after it opened. He stood in front of one of the interactive machines and asked no one in particular, “Can we break the Enigma code?”The exhibit is visually appealing, full of information, and even fun, said Holton, who is 90, and who said Turing’s work in computational science was “a turning point in modern civilization.” Then he looked down for a moment. “But I can’t help feeling some sadness at his demise.” Turing was only 41 when he died, an apparent suicide. Not long before, Turing had been convicted of “gross indecency” for being a homosexual. He lost his security clearance and in lieu of prison was forced to undergo hormonal therapy.“He was turned against by a country to which he devoted his every force,” said Joseph Pellegrino University Professor Peter Galison. “It still seems medieval to me.”But the exhibit takes a lighter touch. “We wanted some gestures to that part of the story without making it central,” said co-curator Stephanie Dick, a Ph.D. student in the history of science program at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.“Go Ask A.L.I.C.E.” is sponsored by the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, where Galison is director, and was funded by the David P. Wheatland Charitable Trust. Also co-curating the show are history of science assistant professor Sophia Roosth and department Ph.D. student James Bergman.A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym with at least 15 scientific and military meanings. But in Turing’s world, it stands for Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer Entity. “ChatterBot” is related slang, describing a program intended to allow computers to engage in small talk.The possibility of human-machine interaction was one of Turing’s most durable fascinations. (The exhibit calls it “the dream of a common language,” a Turing-inspired idea. It defied the notion that computers are intended only to process numerical data.)The exhibit traces Turing from his boyhood in colonial India and at two British boarding schools, through his landmark theories of the 1930s, and into his wartime science, when the Bletchley research helped to shape computers as we know them.  The show moves into the 1950s, when he conceived what most people associate with him: the Turing Test. It’s designed to gauge the likelihood of a machine having what could be described as intelligence. Turing introduced the test in a 1950 paper that began, “Can machines think?”All that Turing did was governed by “exchanges between people,” said Galison, and then he went in search of a way for machines to “respond indistinguishably” from humans. “The Turing Test was a way to take thinking out of the domain of the metaphysical and make it into a communication act.”But can communication happen without affect? The exhibit is designed to inspire questions like that, and to make people think about communication generally, said student and co-curator Bergman. For one thing, “We interact so often with machines now, and we often ascribe to them human qualities. We were able to drill down on a lot of history of this.”Turing’s question about thinking machines arose, in part, because of an earlier fascination: harnessing human computational power en masse in something he hypothesized in 1936 as the Universal Turing Machine. (The word “computer” did not apply yet.) The exhibit includes a well-worn bound copy of the original 1936 paper in the Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, as well as something Turing never saw in his own lifetime: a model by artist Mike Davey of what his machine might look like, with its 1s and 0s and its spool of tape “of indefinite length.”But if machines can calculate automatically and speedily, Turing thought, perhaps they could also communicate: to have textual exchanges with humans that simulate, in the words of the exhibit, “intuition, emotion, and consciousness.”“Go Ask A.L.I.C.E.,” with its several interactive stations, is designed to test that idea and to demonstrate its iterations through time. Viewers can sit down and take the Turing Test. Type a greeting, and you will get an answer. Is it from a real person at a computer terminal, or from a machine? You decide.Viewers can also take a close look at two on-loan Enigma machines, the stout steel-and-wood devices the size of hatboxes that almost defeated the Allies in WWII. “It seemed like a key object for us,” said Roosth, the professor and co-curator.Detail from a 1930s teletype machine.Viewers can handle punch cards, the heart of computation machines through the 1960s. (The categories “hole” and “no hole” were the equivalent of the binary “1” and “0”.) Visitors can read about natural language processing schemes that ease communication with computers, including LISP from 1962.And viewers can browse some of the ways that artificial intelligence was seen in the mainstream press, and in what the exhibit curators call the “fantasy, desire, and paranoia” of science fiction. In those realms, communicating machines can be helpful servants, like C3PO from the “Star Wars” trilogy. Or they can be enemies masquerading as people, like the bioengineered faux humans in “Blade Runner.”Servant, enemy — or fake? In one corner of the exhibit, Ben Kuhn ’15 wanted to find out. He turned on a Depression-era teletype machine of the type Turing had used. The C3PO-size machine warmed up with a deep hum, and Kuhn typed out a greeting on the clacking old keys. “Hi Alice.”An answer chattered back, typed in ink on a roll of paper: “The explanation is rather complicated.” Kuhn, who wrote the teletype machine chatterbot software, was gentle with his computer interlocutor. “Writing something to simulate a human is really hard,” he said.Alice did better with another question, “Why does the sun rise?” Logically, and from a firm dataset, Alice replied: “The Earth rotates.”Still, Turing had launched an idea: Develop human-machine interactions that sound real. The exhibit points to one such advance, the ELIZA computer program developed during the 1960s at what was then the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory by Joseph Weizenbaum (1923-2008). The concept was to simulate the responses a therapist might have in an intimate conversation. But Weizenbaum was dismayed when his secretary asked to be left alone with ELIZA so she could have a real conversation. “No one understands,” said a frustrated Weizenbaum later. “No one is there.” By the 1970s, he was a critic of the limitations of artificial intelligence.In his own day, Turing asked an even bigger question about communication, in part inspired by the death of a friend in childhood, and the longing for his company: Could there be human interaction without the human body — by the spirit alone? But he concluded there would be “nothing to do.” Turing’s rumination included a list of all the things missed in spirit-to-spirit communication, said Roosth. “Food and sex were foremost.”“Go Ask A.L.I.C.E.” is accompanied by two identical performances on Sept. 19 and 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Science Center 251. First, there will be live demonstrations of an Enigma machine and the Turing Machine. At 7 p.m., there will be an original theater piece using transcripts of human-computer dialogue. For more information.last_img read more

One Person Injured In Jamestown Shooting

first_imgShare: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) UPDATE: Police Say Argument Likely Led To Thursday ShootingJAMESTOWN – One male was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital Thursday following a late morning shooting at 707 Jefferson St.A heavy police presence remains on scene as of 1 p.m. Police are currently speaking with residents, while also canvassing the area for evidence.In addition, there are multiple bullet hole punctures in the house.There is currently no word on if anyone is in custody. Jefferson Street between West Seventh and Eighth Streets remains closed to traffic.We will continue to follow the story.last_img

Vermont second best in new report using cash flow data as indicator for economic health

first_imgCortera, a premier provider of collections and credit insight for commercial enterprises, today released compelling data that assesses the overall economic health of a region based on how well companies are paying their suppliers. Cortera’s database tracks 18 million public and private companies in the United States based on thousands of trade payment contributors and contains over $250 billion in accounts receivable information. This analysis, which can be accessed at http://www.cortera.com/stats(link is external), revealed the following:Top 10 Best States (% of A/R Past Due)MontanaVermontWyomingNew HampshireMaineSouth DakotaWest VirginiaLouisianaNorth DakotaOklahomaTop 10 Worst States (% of A/R Past Due)NevadaCaliforniaArizonaMinnesotaColoradoIdahoWisconsinMichiganOregonIllinoisAccording to Cortera CEO Jim Swift, “We’re seeing regional trends in tightening cash flow track closely with high unemployment, so it isn’t surprising that six of the ten worst states have higher unemployment rates than the national average. As companies increasingly turn to their suppliers for working capital needs, the ensuing cash crunch can affect the supplier’s ability to make payroll and ultimately lead to layoffs. By publishing monthly statistics on this topic, we hope to identify trends such as a reduction in late payments as an indicator of an economic upturn.”To help companies of all sizes improve their cash flow, Cortera has launched its new Collections Priority Rating — CPR(SM), designed to assist commercial collections departments in evaluating customer portfolios for signs of delinquency, changes in payment behavior and indications of internal and external events that could affect future payment behavior. Unlike a credit score which is typically based on rolling averages, CPR is based on immediate and relevant data that at any given time, can determine a company’s ability to pay. Cortera CPR(SM) also provides a unique segmentation feature that clusters accounts based on overall payment risk. This can assist customers in prioritizing their collection efforts. To learn more about Cortera CPR, visit http://www.cortera.com(link is external).About CorteraIn a sea of business information providers, Cortera is different. Cortera provides a fresh perspective on business information and offers innovative tools to improve corporate intelligence. With its robust database containing virtually every private and public U.S. company, innovative analytics about each of those companies and advanced workflow software, available at http://www.cortera.com/products/(link is external), Cortera helps credit & collections professionals know more than ever before about their prospects, customers and partners. Cortera also offers free company profiles on millions of companies at http://start.cortera.com(link is external). More information about Cortera can be found at http://www.cortera.com(link is external). BOCA RATON, Fla., March 2 /PRNewswire/SOURCE Corteralast_img read more

Nassau Pol David Denenberg Admits to $2M Fraud

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A longtime Nassau County lawmaker has admitted to charging a client of his former law firm more than $2 million worth of legal services that he never performed over an eight-year span.Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) pleaded guilty Wednesday at Central Islip federal court to a felony charge of mail fraud. After surrendering to FBI agents last month, he had initially pleaded not guilty before being released on $500,000 bail. He resigned from office shortly before changing his plea.“I want to apologize to my family, my friends, my supporters and my constituents for all that’s transpired,” Denenberg told reporters while flanked by supporters outside the courthouse. “I would like to think that no one fought harder.”Prosecutors said in court documents that the eight-term legislator defrauded a Port Washington-based company while he served as the Intellectual Property Law department chief for Davidoff Malito & Hutcher LLP between November 2006 and June 2014.Earlier this year, Denenberg left the law firm, which filed a lawsuit in September against him seeking to recoup the money, for which he has since paid restitution. Denenberg, who was running for a New York State Senate seat at the time, dropped out of the race later the same day. His would-be rival, Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), went on to win the race.“Denenberg used his license to practice law to steal, billing for phamtom work to steal money from a client who trusted him,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement. “Today’s conviction should serve as a reminder that no one is above the law.”The disgraced lawmaker’s attorney, Jason Russo, said that he expects Judge Joanna Seybert to give a “fair sentence” at his next court appearance in May.Following Denenberg’s resignation, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will have to set a date for a special election to fill the vacant seat in the Republican-controlled legislature.“Today is no doubt a hard day for our caucus in learning of the resignation of Legislator Denenberg,” Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said in a statement. “We are personally saddened for Dave and his family but are respectful of the judicial process and its outcome.”Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) echoed the sentiment.“This is a very sad day for Mr. Denenberg’s family as well as the Nassau Legislature,” she said in a statement. “I will personally do all that I can to make sure the residents of Legislative District 19 are properly represented until the Legislative seat is filled.”last_img read more

Matz wants streamlined community FOM approvals

first_imgNational Credit Union Administration Chair Debbie Matz announced Thursday that she will seek to streamline the agency’s community charter process. Matz addressed the matter while the board considered an expansion request from Charlotte Metro FCU of Charlotte, N.C. during its monthly meeting.“The Office of Consumer Protection will decide on expansion requests, and if a request is denied, the credit union can appeal to the board,” Matz said, adding that she expected this action could reduce the application process by as much as two months.The change would affect federal credit unions serving communities with more than one million residents. Those credit unions must currently receive approval from the NCUA board for an expansion.CUNA praised the NCUA for addressing the area of regulatory relief.“We thank the agency for streamlining the process for gaining agency approval for field of membership expansion requests,” said Elizabeth Eurgubian, CUNA’s deputy chief advocacy officer. “This is an important first step in modernizing the field of membership process.” continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Norwegian cuts 1,600 jobs as government rejects funding plea | News

first_img“Recently government-imposed travel restrictions have effectively stifled any hope of a stable and progressive recovery, Norwegian has been hit from all sides by factors outside of our control,” said Norwegian chief executive, Jacob Schram. “This is a sad day for everyone at Norwegian and I sincerely apologise to all our colleagues that are now affected, but there is no other alternative.”He added: “Prior to Covid-19, Norwegian employed more than 10,000 people, but the coming months there will be only 600 colleagues employed. – Advertisement – Norwegian argues its operations are unsustainable in light of travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic which actively discourage passengers from travelling. The consequences of the government-imposed travel restrictions are critical and Norwegian needs to keep its running costs to a minimum, while the company continues to work on solutions to survive.“Following the disappointing announcement from the government, we have no choice but to furlough an additional 1,600 colleagues and park 15 of the 21 aircraft we have operated the past months. – Advertisement – OlderServiced apartments weather Covid-19 storm in Europe “Our goal is to keep six aircraft on domestic routes in Norway, and I expect that Norwegian will also receive route support from the ministry of transportation, as previously announced.”Norwegian will continue to operate a small number of routes, from Oslo to Alta, Bergen, Bodø, Evenes, Haugesund, Kirkenes, Molde, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim and Ålesund.Flights will also operate on the Tromsø-Longyearbyen route.center_img Norwegian has furloughed a further tranche of employees and announced new reductions in capacity.The decision follows a move by the government of Norway to deny the low-cost carrier further financial support yesterday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Classic charm retained in Queenslander renovation

first_imgThe home at 40 Fanny St, Annerley is new to the market.A CHARACTER property on the market in Annerley has been transformed into a modern four-bedroom home while maintaining its heritage feel.Paul Pitman, of Pitman Properties, bought the home at 40 Fanny St and gave it a complete makeover. “The bones of the house were really good and the floor was OK but the roof had to be redone and we probably replaced three quarters of the house,” he said. The home has three bathrooms.The home sits next to a second character home that Mr Pitman converted into apartments.“We worked hard to maintain the heritage feel of both properties,” he said. “We’re very proud to do that.” Both properties have white picket fencing and are close to the Brisbane CBD. The property is being marketed by Jarrod Perry from Class Real Estate Bulimba for offers in the mid to high $800,000s. The home has traditional features such as stained glass windows.The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite and the second bedroom has a built-in robe. “We created a very nice internal glass entry going to downstairs,” Mr Pitman said.“Downstairs is completely new with a couple of bedrooms, a bathroom and study. “There’s also three garage car parks and a large storeroom.”center_img Polished timber floorboards feature throughout the home.“We’ve restored the veranda and brought it back to its former glory with period balustrade. “We haven’t changed the layouts of upstairs — we’ve maintained the hallway with classic features. “We restored all the original leadlight in the main bedroom and front door, we conserved the decorative archways, all living room floorboards were restored, and we replaced all the window and door fittings with older-style fitting while enabling security.”The new kitchen has a modern feel with Smeg appliances and granite benchtops and the open-plan living and dining area opens to the balcony. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020last_img read more

A classic beach house with a modern twist was constructed in a speedy 12 weeks

first_imgMrs Burgess said the original home had good aestheticsAt the top of the couple’s list was “easy living”.“We wanted to live on one level and the architect Gary was able to enhance that through a split-level design,” Mrs Burgess said. Shell chandeliers are paired with modern bathroom finishesThe couple, who have combined their experience in development and design, said it had to be in Palm Beach.“We moved from Dubai in 2013 after spending five years living there,” she said.“We always wanted to end up on the Gold Coast. My husband Ben is a developer and he has always had an obsession with Palm Beach.” 73 Third Ave, Palm Beach.She said the original home came with fantastic original features such as high-raked ceilings.“We put in a long curved wall that goes throughout the whole house,” Mrs Burgess said.“Its wave shape is really unique.” The couple have mixed Scandinavian with Coastal for a perfect beach house effectMrs Burgess said the couple battled it out at auctions until they secured the right home.“We were outbid three times and we were getting a bit frustrated but then we found this place,” she said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoLife’s a beach at 73 Thrid Ave“It needed some fixing up and it would have been cheaper to rebuild but we admired the home’s aesthetics and the architecture. “Our family are big lovers of the ocean and the beach and we wanted a lifestyle where we could take a dip in the ocean every morning.” The couple said the 12-week transformation involved peeling the home back to a skeleton and taking out two main walls. 73 Third Ave, Palm Beach.THIS stunning Palm Beach property could have come straight from the pages of a lifestyle magazine with its picture-perfect beach style. It all began in 2014 when Ben and Ginny Burgess set out to create a quintessential beach house with a modern twist.center_img Living is sprawled out on a split-level design“Most people are building two-storey homes to try and take advantage of more space but we wanted to achieve that on one level.” The couple saw the potentialArchitecturally redesigned by Garnett Gary J & Associates, the home is described by the couple as a modern interpretation of a classic beach house. “We gave the architect a huge brief of what we wanted,” Mrs Burgess said. The home has an indoor-outdoor designThe seaside abode seamlessly connects indoor and outdoor areas while creating multiple living zones.last_img read more

Hymans questions UK government’s notion of pension board ‘expertise’

first_imgIt also raised concerns that many of those deemed to have sufficient experience could be excluded by virtue of being elected members, who would not be allowed as scheme member or employer representatives.“Whether through guidance or the regulations,” the response continued, “we would like to see the definition of experience and capacity worded in such a way so as to strike the balance between ensuring people of suitable ability are appointed without setting so onerous a threshold such that administering authorities are unable to populate their boards.”However, a second response warned that time was of the essence in clarifying all required details, as the proposed LGPS (Amendment) Regulations 2014 are set to come into effect from 1 October.Lauren Jackson, associate at law firm Sackers, said clarity from the DCLG would be required soon.She said that while the draft regulations said pension funds would be able to convert the existing pensions committees into the new boards, all such conversions would require approval from the secretary of state for communities, Eric Pickles.“We do not currently know what this is going to mean in practice, and also how easy it will be to get agreement,” Jackson said.“It may be that this issue will be addressed in more detailed guidance, but, until it is, it will be difficult for administering authorities to make decisions.“Given the potential challenges of getting arrangements in place before 1 April 2015, time is running out.” Regulation proposing UK local authority pension board members possess the requisite experience for the role could prove problematic, Hymans Robertson has warned.The consultancy said proposals for new board members of local government pension schemes (LGPS) to have the “capacity and expertise” for the role was proving “unpopular in some quarters”.While arguing that it would view both requirements as welcome when considering appointments, it raised concerns about the lack of definition as to what would make an appointee experienced.“Clearly, some experience of pension schemes would be useful for a pension board member, but if the expectation is set too high, it will make it impossible to fulfil,” the response to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said.last_img read more