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Listen To Jim James, Charles Bradley & More Cover The Grateful Dead For Tribute Album

first_imgWe’re less than one month away from the release of Day Of The Dead, the massive, 59-track tribute album to the Grateful Dead curated by alternative rockers The National. The album is due out on May 20th via 4AD, and so far six of the 59 tracks have been shared. Among them, covers by Phosphorescent & Jenny Lewis, Courtney Barnett, Bruce Hornsby, The War On Drugs and The National have us thoroughly optimistic for the new release.Five Amazing Singles From The 59-Track Grateful Dead Tribute Album Have Been ReleasedDay Of The Dead Tribute Shares Spellbinding Rendition Of ‘Terrapin Station’ [Listen]Today, five new singles have been released, including versions of songs by Jim James, Charles Bradley, Perfume Genius, and more! Check out all five, streaming below:Jim James & Friends – CandymanCharles Bradley & Menahan Street Band – Cumberland BluesUnknown Mortal Orchestra – Shakedown Street Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends – To Lay Me Down Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends – Rubin & CheriseTo pre-order the release, head here.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Christmas is Coming Early for Idina Menzel & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Christmas is Coming Early for Idina MenzelIt will soon be that most wonderful time of year thanks to Broadway superstar, If/Then’s Idina Menzel. Really soon. Her previously reported Christmas album will be released on October 14. Entitled Holiday Wishes, it will feature classics such as “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” That’s right. One of our favorite Judy Garland numbers of all time. We can’t wait to hear Menzel’s take on it!Norm Lewis Will Guest Star on NBC’s The BlacklistBroadway favorite and former Scandal guest star Norm Lewis is set to appear on NBC’s The Blacklist’s upcoming season. According to TVGuide.com, he’ll play J.P. Laskin and disagree with his business partner, Red. You can currently, of course, get Lewis to drop a chandelier on you in Phantom on the Great White Way.Superstar’s Ben Forster Will Appear in London’s EvitaWhat’s the buzz, Ben Forster? The U.K. star, who played Jesus in the U.K. and Australian arena tours of Superstar and had been set to appear on the canceled U.S. leg, will guest star in the upcoming West End production of Evita in the role of Agustin Magaldi. The classic tuner is set to begin performances on September 16, with Madalena Alberto in the title role and Marti Pellow as Che.  Idina Menzel Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Sita to revamp govt systems

first_img1 December 2003The State Information and Technology Agency (Sita) is to “recondition” the core IT systems of six government departments by adding new features to old software.The project, which is aimed at raising the standards of service delivery, has already been implemented on the department of social development’s software, SocPen, which is used to process social grants.The agency said it planned to follow up on the success of the SocPen project by implementing similar “reverse-engineering” projects in other departments, including transport, home affairs, housing, health, and trade and industry. All these departments interact extensively with citizens.The agency said it would use data from the various departments’ applications, which described how, when and by whom a particular set of data was collected, to enhance the applications, make them operate as one, and add in Web functionality, in order to deliver interactive e-government services.Many government systems, including SocPen, have been built using the same database technology, namely Adabas/Natural.“Most government departments use this, so once we have reverse-engineered SocPen, it will be a lot easier to reverse-engineer others because they are based on the same technology,” said McKay Motshabi, Sita’s general manager for research and development.The project, said Motshabi, is being run parallel to Sita’s Master Systems Plan (MSP) that is currently being piloted in various government departments as MSP-in-a-Box.MSP-in-a-Box is aimed at assisting the government to standardise specific hardware and software architectures, as well as upgrade and replicate solutions across different departments.Motshabi said that in addition to being used within government, the MSP methodology will be given to external consultants to evaluate and assess.The MSP methodology, according to Motshabi, aims to provide a level of standardisation in terms of evaluating ICT requirements within government and to provide better uniformity and control.“Until now, different methodologies have been used, depending on the private sector’s preferences or on specific government departments,” he said, adding that the result had been a lack of cohesion and comparable results.“The aim is therefore to create a standard methodology that can be used by industry and Sita alike, producing output that is evaluated on an equal basis.”For this reason, Motshabi said, the government would eventually be able to provide services to citizens through a single Web portal or central call centre, providing a single point of access to services for citizens.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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The Dark Side Of The Online Struggle Against Plagiarism

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Tags:#E-Learning#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img College students are under a lot of pressure, what with classes, resident activities, helicopter parents and a none-too-rosy job market waiting for them after graduation. Add the ease of cut-and-paste to the need to grab the almighty A and it’s no surprise that many students turn to plagiarism. Unfortunately, I’ve seen that the technological war against plagiarism can do more harm than good.As a college instructor, I have seen students with otherwise strict ethical codes panic and turn in work that doesn’t belong to them, just because something in their world blew up and they thought getting something in on time was more important than doing their own work.The Weapons Of WarPersonally, plagiarism is not especially hard for me to detect. Years of professional writing and editing experience makes it pretty easy for me to detect a sudden change in voice. And in my current class there’s not a lot of written assignments, so keeping up with the workload is not that hard.But for my colleagues in other parts of the college, I know that is not the case. Essays and theses are more prevalent, and grading them can be very time consuming part of the job. Which is why online plagiarism checkers look very attractive to many professors.Search-and-comparison engines are relatively common at the class, department or even school level at various global institutes for higher learning. The basic premise of these tools – such as Turnitin, PlagTracker.com and Dustball’s The Plagiarism Checker – is the the same: a teacher uploads the document and the program checks the results against the vendor’s database of submitted works and online sources. If a paper has passages that were also found somewhere else, it flags those passages for the teacher to deal with appropriately.Sounds good, right?Perhaps, but not everyone is convinced.The Problems With The SolutionFirst, there is the cost. Turnitin, which is widely acknowledged to have the most extensive database, does not post its prices, using a private quote system instead. But anecdotal evidence can be found on the Internet: the Financial Times most recently pegged the cost at $2 per student per year. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but if I were to use this service for all the sections of the class I co-teach, that’s $1,400 peracademic year for one class.Dustball’s Premium service is $8 per month, for 50 uses, with each additional use costing $.25. Back to my class, assuming one essay per semester, that’s a more manageable $246 per year, with subscription costs. Three essays per semester would run $311.PlagTracker.com? Free of charge, at least for now. Presumably the Ukrainian-based service is building up its content database for monetization later.There’s also an ethical issue with plagiarism checkers – the questionable use of students’ work as a money maker for these services. Sort of like Facebook, Turnitin and the other services are making money off of content that they did not create. Perhaps worse, unlike Facebook where the content owner typically uploads it willingly, students have no say in whether their paper is uploaded by the teacher to the plagiarism checker.Many students and teachers are less than thrilled by this idea. Turnitin has specifically claimed fair use in defense of its use of this content, and in 2008 Turnitin’s parent company iParadigms won a lawsuit brought against the company by four students claiming copyright violation. In its ruling, the court agreed that the content’s use was indeed fair.“It is clear that iParadigms’ use of the Plaintiff’s works has caused no harm to the market value of these works,” Judge Claude Hilton ruled at the time.That has not stopped faculty and students from having qualms about the use of students’ papers in a for-profit enterprise.Setting Up For FailureThe final issue is the atmosphere of distrust that routine use of plagiarism checkers can create. Assuming all students are guilty until proven innocent is not a healthy start to the student-teacher relationship. It might actually encourage an adversarial environment that pushes sneakier students towards getting more creative with their plagiarism while alienating students that never had any intention of plagiarizing.“While some plagiarism detection software is conceived as helping students identify their own peccadilloes – as if committed inadvertently – the technological campaign to monitor and root out plagiarism is reminiscent of the war on drugs, where a large investment in cameras and dog-squads yields negligible returns in expunging the abhorred dependency,” wrote Robert Nelson, Associate Director Student Experience at Monash University, Australia. “We chase students as if they are crooks instead of looking at why students are tempted to plagiarise.”Is There A Better Way?Nelson’s point echoes strongly with me. I am no naif, and I am fully aware that there will be cheaters every once in a while in my class. I live in a world where essay mills like this one exist; how could I not know bad choices are getting made?When I approach my students’ works, though, I don’t go in thinking about catching a cheater. If there is an issue, it’s usually that something jumps out at me and then I start checking.I have the Honor Code conversation with students at the start of every semester, and I always try to separate ethical concerns from the conversation, just to shake them up. Even in an amoral situation, there’s no long-term percentage in cheating. By skipping the work, all they might get (if they aren’t caught) is a decent grade. But the thoughts they might have had if they had done the work on their own? Never happened.That’s a much greater loss than getting a bad grade.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Odisha to strictly enforce ban on single-use plastic

first_imgAfter it faced strong opposition over implementation of the amended traffic rules a few weeks ago, the administration is taking no chances before strictly enforcing the ban on single-use plastic in Odisha.The administration has launched an awareness drive in all the urban areas, including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri and Berhampur, in a big way to make people aware of the threats plastic bags, polythene and single-use plastic pose to the environment.Though raids are being conducted in different areas, a period of one month has been given to traders in Bhubaneswar to make necessary arrangements to cope with the ban on single-use plastic. Cases will be registered against repeat offenders, an official said.Although the decision to ban single-use plastic was announced by Chief Minister in July last year, it came into effect in all urban areas of the State on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday.The awareness drive was launched in a big away on Gandhi Jayanti day when pledge was administered to students and their parents in various government schools and Anganwadi centres to shun single-use plastic. Noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik had created a sculpture on the Puri beach recently with the slogan “say no to single-use plastic” to create awareness among the people.After banning single-use plastic in urban areas, the State government has planned to enforce it in the entire State in phases over the next two years.While the Housing and Urban Development Department will enforce the ban in the municipal corporations and urban local bodies, the Panchayati Raj Department will enforce it in rural areas of the State.last_img read more

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Got A Question For Louise Winchester?

first_imgWhether it be a question about the 2011 World Cup, her role as coach of NSWCCC, or anything else you would like to know, send in your questions and we will ask her. Send in your questions to [email protected] or post a question on the TFA Facebook or Twitter pages and her answers will be filmed and will feature on the Touch Football Australia (TFA) YouTube page. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships, go to www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com. Don’t forget to follow Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the following links: www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Touch Football Australia’s YouTube Channel will also be updated regularly throughout the event with highlights and interviews from the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships. To view the Channel, please click on the following link: www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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Human Error a Factor in Both US Navy Collisions

first_imgzoom Investigations into two separate collisions involving US Navy vessels have revealed that multiple failures by watch standers contributed to the incidents.The navy released a report on November 1 detailing the events and actions that led to the collision of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and Philippine-flagged containership ACX Crystal, operated by Japan’s NYK Line, off the coast of Japan June 17, and the collision of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and Liberian-flagged tanker Alnic MC on August 21.“Both of these accidents were preventable and the respective investigations found multiple failures by watch standers that contributed to the incidents,” Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), said.The report showed that the collision between Fitzgerald and Crystal was avoidable and resulted from an accumulation of smaller errors over time, “ultimately resulting in a lack of adherence to sound navigational practices.”Specifically, Fitzgerald’s watch teams disregarded established norms of basic contact management and, more importantly, leadership failed to adhere to well-established protocols put in place to prevent collisions. In addition, the ship’s triad was absent during an evolution where their experience, guidance and example would have greatly benefited the ship.The second collision, between John S. McCain and Alnic MC, was also avoidable and resulted primarily from complacency, over-confidence and lack of procedural compliance, the US Navy said.A major contributing factor to the collision was sub-standard level of knowledge regarding the operation of the ship control console. In particular, McCain’s commanding officer disregarded recommendations from his executive officer, navigator and senior watch officer to set sea and anchor watch teams in a timely fashion to ensure the safe and effective operation of the ship.With regard to procedures, no one on the Bridge watch team, to include the commanding officer and executive officer, were properly trained on how to correctly operate the ship control console during a steering casualty, according to the report.These collisions, along with other similar incidents over the past year, indicated a need for the Navy to undertake a review of wider scope to better determine systemic causes. The navy’s completed its Comprehensive Review of Surface Fleet Incidents on October 23, 2017.last_img read more

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Marty Stuart Talks To MusiCares About Late Night Jam

first_imgMarty Stuart, a five-time GRAMMY-winning country music singer/songwriter, has hosted his Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium for MusiCares in Nashville, Tenn., since 2001.MusiCares recently sat down and talked to the legendary country star to talk about the event.You’ve been a longtime supporter of MusiCares; can you describe why you feel so strongly about MusiCares?Well, the stories come from our time working together with MusiCares. One experience is when the flood hit Nashville in 2010. I cannot think of a greater example of a natural disaster, wiping so many people out — whether it’s no rent due to lost gigs, losing instruments, jobs, buildings, or homes. I know for a fact that MusiCares was at the forefront of providing vital and immediate help to people in our industry who needed assistance. You can’t ask for a greater example than that.How have you seen MusiCares help those in need?Everybody thinks that since we sing, have records and are on TV, that everybody has a lot of money. There was an old country music hero of mine [who] gave and gave during the good years of his life. He came off the road, got old and diabetes set in. He lost a leg and that was unthinkable, but he weathered through. He began receiving rehab and then the unimaginable happened: he lost the other leg. After another round of hell, he finally got home and the first round of prescriptions was $4,500. I remember calling you and, in less than a week, he had his medicine.Another thing that happens from time to time is drugs and alcohol take over and that’s a hell that I understand. It was a part of my life for a long time. Sometimes we get too close to the fire and we don’t know how to get out and we have to go to the side and ask for help. I know so many instances when MusiCares has been that entity that stepped up and confidentially took care of people and their situations. The bottom line [is], MusiCares saves lives.What inspired you to create the Late Night Jam?The great truth of the matter is, CMA Week, which used to be fan fair, the first one I was ever a part of was in 1973. When the show moved, things changed. At the time when I started my band, the Fabulous Superlatives, we didn’t have a record deal for a brief period of time, which meant we couldn’t play the big stage. I thought, “Well, I’ve been a part of this since 1973 and I don’t want to be relegated to a lesser stage because I don’t have a hit at the moment,” so I thought, “We have to go beyond this.” So, Tony Conway helped me approach the Ryman Auditorium and we set up the first Late Night Jam 13 years ago.To date, through the Late Night Jam, you’ve raised more than $200,000 for MusiCares to support our emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery programs. How does that make you feel?It makes me feel like I’m doing the right thing. As entertainers and creative people, we are so blessed and we have so many gifts at our disposal and to be able to give a little part of that back is the bottom line.I was pumping gas recently and some guy came up and shook my hand — he knew I hosted the Late Night Jam annually. He said to me, “MusiCares saved my life and I thank you for all you do for them.” I replied, “That’s what we do and it’s what we are supposed to do.” So, doesn’t that say it all right there? It’s like the old mission — if you’ve helped one soul, it’s been worth the whole journey.To read the full interview, visit Grammy.org.last_img read more

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Womens soccer Ohio State picks up pair of victories over weekend

In the 52nd minute, OSU senior forward Nichelle Prince was fed a ball through Purdue’s defense to face off 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper, ultimately resulting in a score for the Olympian.  This upped the Buckeye’s lead to 3-0.  Two minutes later in the 54th, Prince’s shot again found the back of the net, making it a 4-0 lead.  Strong defense continued throughout the game, but ultimately could not be perfect, as Purdue senior midfielder Milaro Gianna snapped the shutout, scoring Purdue’s only goal of the day.OSU prevailed with a 4-1 victory in the end. The Buckeyes hit the road Thursday, first traveling to College Park, Maryland to face off against the 4-9-1 (1-5-0 Big Ten play) Terrapins.  OSU began with a powerful and quick attack, where senior forward Lindsay Agnew scored the first goal in the first minute to propel the Buckeyes to the lead.  Less than a minute later, junior midfielder Emma Firenze netted her first goal of the season, doubling the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-0. Quick goal-scoring was a common theme on the weekend, as the Buckeyes had a fiery start again versus the Boilermakers, with a goal in the eighth minute by Edwards.  This marked her third goal within the two weekend matches.  Near the end of the first half, senior midfielder Nicole Miyashiro assisted a goal by redshirt senior forward Morgan Wolcott to put the Buckeyes up 2-0. OSU’s shots doubled that of Purdue’s at the end of the first half, with 10 shots to five.   The Buckeyes improved to 9-4-2 on the season (3-2-2 Big Ten play), recording a total of eight goals in two games while maintaining strong defensive play, only conceding one goal.  OSU’s next game is against the Indiana Hoosiers at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Thursday. OSU senior defender Nicole Miyashiro battles a Northwestern defender for the ball on Oct. 1, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Aaron Tomich | Lantern reporterA week of practice that constantly emphasized finishing offensive attacks led to a frenzy of goal-scoring this weekend for the Ohio State women’s soccer team.   OSU entered the second half versus Maryland having nine shots against 5.  Agnew created multiple scoring opportunities, including two crosses connecting with junior forward Sammy Edwards, both resulting in goals.  This put the Buckeyes up 4-0 after 58 minutes.  The Buckeye defense held strong, closing the game with a shutout over Maryland, earning the team’s eighth win on the season. Sunday, OSU made its way to West Lafayette, Indiana, to play the 3-10-1 (1-6-0 Big Ten play) Purdue Boilermakers.   read more