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first_imgSynairgen shares: here’s why I think the stock could DOUBLE in 2021 See all posts by Nadia Yaqub Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. It seems the beast that is the coronavirus will not go away. In the UK, there is a new Covid-19 strain that has led to the government placing London and the South-East into a Tier 4 lockdown. Although Pfizer has released its vaccine for distribution, it is clear is that other drug firms need to follow.Synairgen (LSE: SNG) shares have recently come onto my radar. The stock started 2020 at 6p and, as I write, is trading at 148p. That is a return of 2360%.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With these stellar gains, I think Synairgen shares could double from current levels in 2021. Let’s consider the investment case.What does Synairgen do?Synairgen is an AIM-listed drug discovery and development company. It is a university spin-off firm that was founded in 2003 by three University of Southampton professors.Synairgen develops drugs for respiratory diseases including asthma and more recently, Covid-19. While the company is much smaller that the likes of GlaxoSmithKline, its treatment for the coronavirus, I believe, is likely to be game changing.SNG001 – Covid-19 treatmentThe reason why Synairgen shares are now on the radar for many investors is due to its SNG001 drug, which has been proven effective in treating Covid-19.It is still early days for SNG001 to be rolled out to the masses. The treatment is undergoing Phase II trails, which involves using the drug on a sample of patients and assessing the results. While there is no guarantee of SNG001 being successful in the subsequent phases, I am optimistic of the results generated by Synairgen so far.Synairgen shares have potentialIn July 2020, Synairgen shares shot up by 420% in one day. This was after it released positive results from a trial of SNG001 in hospitalised Covid-19 patients.This study involved 101 patients from nine specialist hospital sites in the UK. It showed that those who received SNG001 were twice as likely to recover to the point where their daily activities were not compromised through having been infected by Covid-19. In addition, the treatment significantly reduced breathlessness, one of the main symptoms of the disease.Latest developmentsIn December, Synairgen announced that its application to the US regulator, FDA, to evaluate SNG001 as a treatment for Covid-19 had been approved. This means that the company can conduct further trials in the US.The breaking news from the statement was that the FDA had also awarded SNG001 a fast track status, which means that the review timelines with the regulator will be shortened. Synairgen shares rallied on the back of this and I believe this is a milestone for the firm.  Acquisition targetIn recent months, Synairgen has successfully raised money to develop its SNG001 drug. Despite the capital boosts, it is still a small, loss-making company. I think Synairgen could get snapped up by a large pharmaceutical competitor.While the focus is currently on Covid-19, Synairgen’s research could also lead to developing drugs for other respiratory diseases.My viewSo would I buy Synairgen shares? Yes. I think the company has bags of potential and the fact that the FDA has fast tracked SNG001 speaks volumes. While Synairgen is still a risky prospect, I think the shares could double if its Covid-19 treatment continues to deliver positive results. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Nadia Yaqub | Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020 | More on: SNG Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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first_img 2014 Robust Extents House / ICONCAST “COPY” Houses Projects Robust Extents House / ICONCASTSave this projectSaveRobust Extents House / ICONCAST Architects: ICONCAST Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  CopyAbout this officeICONCASTOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSri LankaPublished on October 21, 2017Cite: “Robust Extents House / ICONCAST” 20 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Gihan Muthugala+ 17 Sharecenter_img “COPY” Manufacturers: Rocell Bathware, Spero, Tokyo SuperStructural Engineer:Wasantha KumaraArchitect In Charge:Gihan Muthugala, Nilooshi EleperumaCountry:Sri LankaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Gihan MuthugalaRecommended ProductsCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackText description provided by the architects. The simple geometry of the robust form was devised to merge with the developing sub-urban context of Koswatte, Battaramulla. The design attempts efficient and optimum use of land, space and its construction materials; built on a 12 perch block of land bordering a bustling road on two sides; the foot print of the house is contained in under 6 perches; excluding allowance for road and rear space reservations by regulation.Save this picture!PlansThe Living space and its adjacent garden are raised 4 feet from the existing ground level; allowing the eye-level to be above the boundary walls of the road; thus borrowing the visual space of the road and neighboring gardens at a higher elevation; permitting privacy. The living opens up to the garden through frameless glass doors and the entire width of the site is visible from any given spot of the Living space. The design of spacious volumes inside are formed by one large hall space on the first floor at the center of the mass shared by common activities of the home; the dining, pantry and TV lounge are all open to one another; visually and physically borrowing and sharing space with each other and the garden; resulting with free flowing space with the illusion of larger area despite the restricted footprint.Save this picture!© Gihan MuthugalaThe steel and timber staircase with its lucid lines; rises from ground level to the second floor beside large glass openings to a marsh pond outside. The visual lightness of the stairs amplify the openness of space in the central volume while the connection with the outdoors turns the otherwise mundane task of climbing up and down the stairs a pleasant walk.Save this picture!© Gihan MuthugalaThe road facing façade to the West responds to solar orientation to cut down heat gain during the day; the façade is composed of blank brick walls, timber louvers and porous exposed brick avoiding the use of glass; incorporating cross ventilation and reducing thermal gain from direct sun. The ground and first floors are buffered from the West with thick foliage and all bedrooms avoid walls to the west and are offered North and South facing windows.Save this picture!© Gihan MuthugalaAll service pipes, except the storm water down pipes of the mono-pitched roof are concealed within the structure with minimum spatial interruptions allowing for an optimum lucid aesthetic, integration and comfort. The roofs down pipes however are unapologetic for their appearance on the front façade and double up as a feature framing the main entrance.Save this picture!© Gihan MuthugalaThe second floor is an open tranquil area with increased sky view and cross ventilation as it is unobstructed by neighboring structures that reach only up to first floor. It is in this release of space where the two family bedrooms are perched atop the floors below; with views across the distant vicinity. 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first_imgCovid-19 Voluntary Sector Impact Barometer Bond member survey Wood for Trees State of the Sector report About Charities CAF UK Giving Covid Special Report Bluefrog Fundraising donor attitude studies Fundraising beyond lockdown: a round-up of useful research Mark Phillips, Bluefrog Fundraising: Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Since March last year nfpSynergy has been running regular public polls to understand the public response to the pandemic and how this is impacting on charities, questioning representative sample of 1,000 members of the public. It has a handy online dashboard of its findings, accessible to all, where you can choose areas of interest, from attitudes to the outbreak, charitable engagement, giving and the outbreak, and more. Clicking on each topic provides access to the latest wave of research, plus the trend.  nfpSynergy also covers each wave in a blog. National Lottery Community Fund Community Research Project report Roger Lawson, About Loyalty: The Wood for Trees first annual State of the Sector report came out earlier this year, delving into the charity landscape across the UK in the wake of the pandemic. Compiled using real market data from Wood For Trees’ InsightHub Benchmarking reports, it provides insight into a number of key areas, including the impact of Covid-19 on fundraising activities and associated income, the impact of change on both product and channel, and shifts in subscriber profiles, behaviours, and recruitment. The results of Bond’s financial survey of its members were released in October and provide an insight into how NGOs fared last year, and their thoughts on their prospects going forwards. This includes what they perceive to be the biggest threats and challenges, and their chances of survival post-pandemic. “Alongside the positive upward trend in trust, our Donor Pulse research has shown a major shift to online giving (51% now prefer to donate online) and donating directly through a charity’s website (a 20% increase from the first respondents in the Spring 2020 edition to now). It’s important that charities take note of these habitual changes as lockdown continues to ease and partner with like-minded organisations to implement a strong digital fundraising strategy that complements their supporter’s preferred ways to donate.” Massive & JustGiving Virtual Fundraising Monitor LarkOwl’s ‘The Calm Before the Storm’ was released in 2020 and is an updated analysis of the average returns on investment for varying types of fundraising activities. It can be downloaded from the LarkOwl site, along with the 2019 benchmark for comparison. 2021 M+R Benchmarks Study AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Specifically on virtual events during the pandemic, mass participation agency massive in partnership with JustGiving released The Virtual Fundraising Monitor in November last year. The report examines data shared from 150 virtual fundraising events delivered since lockdown began along with publicly available figures. Focusing specifically on peer-to-peer fundraising activities, the report provides a picture of campaign activity and virtual fundraising event performance during this time and explores the opportunities open to charities, including insight and guidance. Donor Pulse launched last September and is a quarterly report from online donations, fundraising and events platform Enthuse. It looks at how donors and supporters are feeling about fundraising and giving, and examines the trends and behaviours.  The first edition looked at the changing habits and attitudes towards charities, fundraising and donating during and after lockdown, and surveyed 1,002 members of the UK public. All editions can be found on its site. “A year ago when the pandemic was really taking hold, there was a strong sense of hope and togetherness. Our Sentiment Tracker told us people felt good about communities coming together. And what’s more, the data shows a clear relationship between people’s happiness in seeing communities come together and levels of giving. However, over the last 12 months this has been all but lost, the community markers in our weekly tracking have fallen steadily, and this will have had an impact on empathy and how people feel about those most in need. This community goodwill has been good for people, communities, and charities, and so the challenge now is how to rekindle this. Blackbaud’s Charitable Giving Report includes a section on the UK, and tracks giving to approximately 300 organisations. Amongst the findings, it reveals the growth in online giving, with how much of their total fundraising these UK organisations received from this. ACEVO Charity Healthcheck WPNC Online Giving Report Charities Aid Foundation releases an annual UK Giving report and last year’s was a Covid special, based on research conducted between January and August 2020, and including responses from more than 9,000 people across the country. The report sets out the impact that the pandemic has had so far on people’s giving behaviours, and the outlook for the coming months. nfpSynergy public polls “One of the key changes we’ve noticed in donor attitudes is an increase in trust and support for the third sector since the start of the pandemic. Every quarter since then, we have seen more than a third of the public state that they view the sector and its work more positively, and support for the whole sector has grown as a result.  916 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Loyalty has an ongoing weekly Covid-19 Sentiment Tracker based on a sample of 2,000 charity donors. It aims to help charities learn rapidly how the pandemic is affecting attitudes, impacting giving, and how and when that is changing, and covers sentiment towards Coronavirus and the way the government, local councils, charities, media and brands are dealing with it. Late last year, the National Lottery Community Fund conducted research among just over 7,000 UK adults to find out how they felt about their communities, as well as about community groups and projects, volunteers and charities during the pandemic. The results can be found in its Community Research Project report. Of course, there is also a lot of research from the past year on charities and how they have fared. Here’s a selection of resources. Integrated agency WPNC analysed anonymised data gathered from gifts totalling more than £40m made through its online donation platforms including goDonate to compare findings with its previous study, published in April 2020. Its report looks at value of donations and also covers trends in both one-off and regular giving, as well as donor behaviour across the board: covering geography, seasonality, day of the week, and time of day. Joe Saxton, nfpSynergy: Melanie May | 12 May 2021 | News Tagged with: COVID-19 research Status of UK Fundraising report Much has changed since March 2020 and keeping their eye on the shifts in giving behaviour and donor views have been numerous organisations, from About Loyalty with its Sentiment Tracker, to Enthuse’s quarterly Donor Pulse, and Bluefrog Fundraising’s qualitative studies. Here is a round up of many of these resources, which can provide useful support to fundraisers as we look beyond lockdown. “From our research, one of the biggest challenges we see for fundraising coming out of lockdown is that many people will have got out of the habits of doing good: sponsoring friends and families, taking part in fundraising events, volunteering to help with street collections or at their local charity shop. It may take a while for the rhythm of fundraising to return for both the charities and their supporters. The good news is that many people will have saved considerable amounts of money during the last year – and hopefully a portion will be willing to give some more to charity as a result.” Bluefrog Fundraising has conducted qualitative studies into donor attitudes throughout the pandemic, having in-depth conversations with donors to explore how they feel about giving, and charities, and how this has changed. Each release of data has included insights as well as actionable takeaways and a shareable webcast. Parts one, two and three can all be found on the website, and the research is also covered on Queer Ideas – MD Mark Phillips’s blog, with part four here. Blackbaud & Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s annual Status of UK Fundraising report shares insights on sector performance, trends and peer opinions. The 2020 edition saw nearly 2,000 people working in non-profits across the UK contribute, and reveals how charities have responded to the pandemic and how they’re adapting, covering topics including voluntary income, adapting to virtual fundraising and working from home. Covid Charity Tracker A joint venture of Open and Freestyle Marketing, Charity Benchmark’s Covid-19 Impact Monitor looks at the impact of the pandemic on the sector, through interviews with sector leaders and the data behind over £1.5bn of fundraised income. Charities can participate to receive tailored reports into their performance and the Monitor also highlights which activities have been negatively, and in some cases positively, impacted by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Chester Mojay-Sinclare, Enthuse: Blackbaud Charitable Giving Report LarkOwl The Calm Before the Storm Throughout the past year, Pro Bono Economics, Charity Finance Group, and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising have conducted a weekly Covid Charity Tracker to monitor how charities are being affected as the pandemic progresses and the pressures being faced. The results can be found on the Pro Bono Economics site. “If there has been one common thread that has run through every tranche of our Covid-19 research amongst donors, it is an absolute frustration that charities have been so quiet. Donors, particularly wealthier ones, have remained bemused at why charities have not been sharing their plans for tackling the pandemic and asking donors to give. Even now 14 months on, we still hear the same thing from donors, “What do they want me to do?”. Donors know that fundraising has been disrupted, they know that charities have had to dig deep, they know they, as donors, can help. They just need to be told exactly what is required of them.” Already well established in the US with more than 200 US charities taking part last year. 2020 saw Rally and M+R announce that they were bringing the Digital Benchmarks Study to the UK, and 55 UK-based nonprofits joined in. They key findings can all be read here. Last year saw ACEVO and the Centre for Mental Health running the Charity Health Check: a composite score measuring the financial health of the sector, month on month. Respondents complete a short questionnaire asking whether their organisation is performing better, worse or the same across a number of financial measures. Some of the findings can be read here. About Loyalty Covid-19 Sentiment Tracker “As we approach 17 May and further lockdown easing, people are increasingly and understandably eager to re-connect with friends and family. But if communities and charities are not currently part of that picture, how can charities, with authenticity and without ‘guilt’, remind people that life is still a significant struggle for many people? The challenge will be to find that sweet spot where ‘what people want’ and ‘what charities can offer’ come together in a positive and mutually reinforcing way.” Enthuse Donor Pulse To explore the impact of the Covid pandemic on the VCSE sector, NCVO, Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam have been running a monthly barometer survey, Respond, Recover, & Reset: the Voluntary Sector & Covid-19, with the project due to run until this November. On the project site, the most recent insights from the survey can be found, along with a dashboard with a real-time overview of the health of the sector. It’s also possible to take part, with a link posted on the site when a new round opens. Charity Benchmarks Covid Impact Monitorlast_img read more

first_imgAffecting all population sectors in the U.S., the costs of prescription medicines are skyrocketing, fueled by the pharmaceutical industry’s greed and monopoly control of the market.The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging released on Dec. 23 a 130-page report detailing how four pharmaceutical companies enriched themselves by acquiring drugs with patents that had expired decades ago and then drastically increasing the cost to consumers, just because they could.The four companies — Retrophin, Rodelis Therapeutics, Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International — invested nothing for research or development. They had no real increase in the cost of production or distribution. However, all four drastically spiked the cost of their drugs to consumers — from 310 percent to an incredible 5,000 percent.The study noted that the four companies were able to take advantage of the U.S. health care system to enrich themselves, often at taxpayers’ expense. While private insurers have restricted reimbursements on many drugs in recent years, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides reimbursement for any medication covered by Medicare Part D.The study concluded that more pharmaceutical companies need to be ­investigated.One in 10 seniors cannot afford drugsIn the richest country in the world, 1 in 10 seniors cannot afford prescription medicines. In 2015 the average cost for a year’s supply of a brand-name drug in the U.S. was around $5,800, with seniors on average taking 4.5 different prescriptions.Half of all people on Medicare make $24,150 or less a year, while one in ­seven survive on income below Supplemental Poverty Measure thresholds. Basic Medicare does not cover prescription drugs — you have to purchase Medicare Part D. Without that coverage, seniors needing to buy 4.5 prescriptions would on average pay $26,100 — considerably more than their annual incomes.Quantifying the scope of this crisis, the AARP Public Policy Institute reported on Dec. 14 that the “retail cost of brand-name drugs most commonly used by older Americans rose more than 130 times the rate of inflation between 2006 and 2015.” While the AARP study concentrated on brand-name drugs, there is also growing concern about huge price increases for many generics.Generic drugs, which account for 80 percent of all prescriptions, used to be considered one of the few health care bargains. But an August 2015 AARP study found that around 27 percent of generic prescription drugs were also experiencing serious price increases.Decreased competition fuels price spikesThe reports found no change in production costs to account for these sudden and in many cases drastic price spikes. But they did find a growing number of mergers and acquisitions in the drug industry that decreased competition.For example, when the number of manufacturers of one heart medication fell from eight to three, the drug’s cost soared by 637 percent. A record $724 billion worth of pharmaceutical company mergers and acquisitions took place in 2015. (, June 3)One particularly scandalous example was the August 2013 acquisition of Turing Pharmaceuticals by former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli, which resulted in an drastic overnight spike in the price of a 62-year-old drug considered the standard of care for treating a life-threatening parasitic infection. Shkreli raised the cost of Daraprim from $13.50 per tablet to $750 — an increase of over 5,000 percent. He was arrested in December 2015 on allegations that he had plundered his own companies in a Ponzi-like scheme.A recent scandal involved a drastic increase in the price of the EpiPen, a life-saving injection device containing medication for people with severe allergies. Mylan Pharmaceutical acquired it in 2007 and raised the price from less than $100 for a two-pen set to over $600 last May.EpiPen commands over 90 percent of the market. There is no real competition. Allergy patients are advised to carry two EpiPens at all times. Depending on expiration dates, the injectable drug needs to be replaced annually.Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, while defending the sharp increase in the Epi-Pen’s cost, saw her own annual salary grow from around $2.5 million to more than $18 million. Martin Shkreli offered to raise funds to defend Bresch.More people die from curable diseasesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in May that across the U.S. hepatitis C now claims more lives than HIV/AIDS, despite the existence of drugs that can cure the disease. The CDC found that by 2013 “hepatitis C-related mortality surpassed the total combined number of deaths from 60 other infectious diseases, including pneumococcal disease and tuberculosis.”Globally, from 350,000 to 500,000 people die every year due to complications stemming from untreated hepatitis C. These deaths did not have to happen.In 2013 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the new, direct-acting antiviral drug Solvaldi with a 90 percent cure rate. In 2011 Gilead Sciences acquired this drug through a takeover of Solvaldi’s developer, Pharmasset. While initially charging $84,000 ($1,000 per pill) for a 12-week course of treatment, in 2013 Gilead introduced a slightly modified version called Harvoni, with a 95 percent cure rate, at the increased cost of $94,500 per treatment course. Gilead’s profits skyrocketed.At the 2016 Glasgow HIV Congress, Dr. Andrew Hill reported a 1,000-fold mark-up in the price of drugs for HIV, HCV and cancer in high-income countries, including the U.S. Hill also cited the wide disparity between the production cost of new antiviral drugs for hepatitis C — only about $57 per treatment course — and their astronomical market price in the U.S. (The Body Pro, Oct. 24)Next: Abundant gov’t investigations but no end to crisis.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgThe exceptional sea-ice retreat and advance that occurred in the Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica during August 1993 was the largest such winter event in this sector of the Antarctic during the satellite era. The reasons for this fluctuation of ice are investigated using passive microwave satellite imagery, ice motion vectors derived from the satellite data, in-situ meteorological reports and near-surface winds and temperatures from the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) numerical weather prediction model. The ice edge retreat of more than 400 km took place near 80degreesW from approximately 1-15 August, although the southward migration of the ice edge was not continuous and short periods of advance were also recorded. Between 16 August and 2 September there was almost continuous sea-ice recovery. The rate of change of the ice edge location during both the retreat and advance phases significantly exceeded the southward and northward velocity components of ice within the pack, pointing to the importance of ice production and melting during this event. During the month, markedly different air masses affected the area, resulting in temperature changes from +2degreesC to -21degreesC at the nearby Rothera station. ‘Bulk’ movement of the pack, and compaction and divergence of the sea ice, made a secondary, but still significant, contribution to the observed advance and retreat. The ice extent fluctuations were so extreme because strong meridional atmospheric flow was experienced in a sector of the Southern Ocean where relatively low ice concentrations were occurring. The very rapid ice retreat/advance was associated with pronounced low-high surface pressure anomaly couplets on either side of the Antarctic Peninsula.last_img read more

first_imgAfter conducting a national search, the University of Evansville has named Michael Austin as the University’s executive vice president of academic affairs. He will begin his new duties on July 1.The search process was extensive. Four finalists were chosen from a large pool of candidates. Each finalist visited campus and interacted with a faculty, staff, administrators, and a group of University of Evansville trustees. The search committee surveyed those who had met with the candidates and then made the recommendation to offer the position to Austin.“The University of Evansville is an excellent school with the reputation of having outstanding academic programs and a strong liberal arts foundation,” said Austin. “I’m looking forward to becoming part of that tradition.”Austin earned his PhD in English literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He earned his MA and BA degrees in English from Brigham Young University.Austin has 15 years of experience in higher education administration at both public and private liberal arts institutions. He comes to UE from Newman University, where he was provost and vice president of academic affairs and a professor of English. During his career, Austin has also served as dean of graduate studies at Shepherd University, and chair of that school’s English and modern languages department.He has written several books, including Useful Fictions: Evolution, Anxiety, and the Origins of Literature, That’s Not What They Meant! Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America’s Right Wing, and Re-Reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem.“We are very excited that Michael has agreed to become our new executive vice president of academic affairs” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “He brings with him a strong background in liberal arts education and collaborative team building. He has a passion for education, and a proven ability to bridge the gap between liberal arts and professional programs.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleOcean City’s After Prom Committee is celebrating a milestone – 2019 is the 25th year that it will host an event for teens to enjoy a safe, entertaining, drug and alcohol free alternative to post-prom partying.And it is all thanks to the work of volunteers, including parents, school faculty and staff and students, who have worked tirelessly to offer the special night for Ocean City High School students, organizers said.While many school districts have similar events after high school graduations, few have them after the prom.The free event is May 18 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Each year it is organized by Amy Holmes, of Upper Township, and her husband Bill, and Jennifer Bowman, of Ocean City, and her husband Charles, all OCHS grads.Each year more than 600 students attend After Prom. Food, music, games, photo booths, and inflatables transform the high school into a theme park. Students have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the night.The theme last year was “Aloha.” This year the theme is “A Magical Celebration.”“This lasting event is a true testimony to what Ocean City is founded on as a dry town that embraces family, friends, and fabulous memories made together,” Amy Holmes noted. “In this current age of teen parties, we feel this night draws hundreds of our students to attend a night free of the temptations of underage drinking.”A mechanical bull is just one of the many fun rides at After Prom in 2017.To make the night a success, the organizers look to volunteers for setup, the event itself, and cleanup. They also rely on donations of food and supplies from local businesses and organizations.Jennifer Bowman, co-chair of the event with Amy Holmes, said the community has always been so supportive of the event.“It’s just so humbling every year how the community comes together to feed and entertain over 600 OCHS students,” she said. “Our local businesses, organizations and individuals continue to give year after year, showing how much they care for our OCHS students.”This week begins their fundraising efforts.“It could not happen without the support of our local community. We are extremely grateful to the many businesses, non-profits, and people who donate money, prizes and food each year,” Holmes said.There are 16 committed volunteers so far. More are always welcomed, organizers said.Holmes said that the After Prom committee is grateful to the 150-plus “sleepless adult volunteers” who chaperone the event.Planning for this year’s After Prom began a month after last year’s celebration.Volunteers meet throughout the year and from this month, leading up to the event, they will meet weekly so that everything is ready for the big night.Hundreds of prizes and financial gifts are donated to After Prom each year. Donations from the Miss Night in Venice Committee each July help make the event possible, Holmes said.Other notable contributors include the Ocean City Board of Education and Sea Isle City Board of Education, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and Playland’s Castaway Cove.Other local businesses, restaurants, and families give gift cards, prizes, and donate food.“We simply cannot provide the celebration without the generosity of the OCHS community,” Holmes said.This week the After Prom Committee will mail out about 250 letters in hopes of getting support. The committee needs to raise about $20,000 to make the event a success, Holmes said.Here are some of the prizes at the 2018 After Prom.In addition to raising funds to offer activities, a $1,000 prize is given to a senior. Other prizes include TVs, bikes, standup paddle boards and luggage.“We gave away thousands of dollars in cash while playing ‘Minute to Win It’ games,” Holmes said of last year’s After Prom.Laser Tag, karaoke and a new Escape Room are also planned for this year.“The teenagers truly tap into their inner child as they bounce from game to game, snacking, dancing, and laughing the whole night long,” Holmes said.Volunteers stuff about 250 envelopes with gift cards for the attendees. They call it a treasure chest. Each envelope holds gift cards for things such as miniature golf tickets, free slices of pizza, ice cream, coffee, car washes and surf shops.“We owe it all to the people who recognize how important it is to show our students how much we care about their lives,” Holmes said of the donations and financial support. “The Ocean City After Prom is a fun, safe environment filled with friends creating memories that will last a lifetime.”For more information about Ocean City High School’s After Prom to learn about the mission, volunteer or donate, visit www.ochsafterprom.orgAfter Prom Committee members in 2018 from left, Sarah Lee (Games Coordinator) and Co-Chairs Jennifer Bowman and Amy Holmes get ready for a huge family friendly night. Bianca Brasslett, Jake Lamonaca and Kaitlyn Healey enjoy Ocean City High School’s After Prom in 2018, complete with its Aloha theme.last_img read more

first_imgUPDATE: This news has been confirmed, thanks to a huge story that just ran in Rolling Stone. The Cornell ’77 release is one part of Get Shown The Light, an 11-disc set that includes shows on May 5th, 7th, and 9th, as well as the famed 5/8/77 performance.In the article, archivist David Lemieux says, “Since the moment that the board tape of Cornell began circulating in the late 1980s, its legend was instantly created. Although plenty of Grateful Dead shows have been called their ‘best ever,’ in the case of Cornell this statement is rarely contested. It’s long been a dream of everyone in the Grateful Dead organization to release the definitive version of Cornell, drawn from the master tapes, and we’re as thrilled as the fans are that this show is finally being released.”Why Is 5/8/77 Considered The Grateful Dead’s Best Performance?Listen to the “Morning Dew” from this release below, and head to the Dead’s website for more information. It seems as though the Grateful Dead‘s May 8, 1977 performance will be available soon on vinyl! In celebration of the 40th anniversary of their legendary performance at Barton Hall on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Bull Moose lists the 5LP set available for pre-order, with the artwork matching the new look of The 5/8/77 performance has been noteworthy since the recordings started circulating years ago, but it’s been said that the source tape has been missing since the date of performance.In 2013, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux told Relix, “I do not know specifically but I have heard from many people that they know where it is and they know who has it and that’s fine. We’ve certainly made a note that we’d love to have it back as we would with any master Grateful Dead tape that we don’t have in the vault. But there’s really nothing we can do about it. We’re not going to pay for our own tape. That’s one thing I don’t think we’d ever do is to pay to buy them back and I don’t think they’ve been offered to the band in a long, long time. They know where we are, we’re easy to find and I think it has been made clear that we would love to have them back. Some people would just rather have the tapes in their closet than in the vault, but that’s fine. It is what it is. Again, there’s nothing we can do, we don’t lose sleep over it, but it is as it is.”It seems that the source tape has been recovered and restored by Rhino Records, according to a representative from the Bull Moose vendor. Though no formal announcement has come from the Dead, the detailed listing and matching artwork do seem to verify this exciting release! According to the sale page, the recording will release on 5/5/17.For now, listen to this recording, as uploaded by Jonathon Aizen, and reflect on why 5/8/77 is considered the Grateful Dead’s best with this essay.last_img read more

first_imgIn a recent IDC report IT decision makers believe 75% of enterprises applications will use AI by 2021. Artificial Intelligence is not a new solution in fact we have seen various cycles of excitement followed by lulls. What makes this cycle any different? Two words: Deep LearningWhat is deep learning?The early stages of World War II brought about many challenges. Aerial warfare left the historically safe areas vulnerable to attacks from the air. Building a bigger wall or using the ocean as a barrier strategy was quickly deemed useless. In Thomas Rid’s Rise of the Machine: A History of Cybernetics he walks through how learning machines were born out the necessity to create capable anti-aircraft machines. By combining man and machine the anti-aircraft guns were more dynamic at repealing aerial attacks thus the dawn of man and machine began. Over the years those learning machines have advanced from simple pattern recognition to neural networks allowing machines to self-drive automobiles, drones, and trains.Many of the advances in learning machines has been made possib le by Deep Learning. Think of Deep Learning as a subset in Machine Learning where algorithms learn much like the human brain. In Machine Learning, algorithms are programmed with a defined set of features. For example, trying to identify car types with Machine Learning require to predefined  features like size, spoiler, wheelbase, etc. However Deep Learning allows for the Neural Network to define the features from the data feed through the input layer.Why Deep Learning Now?The mathematics and research for Deep Learning may have been around for decades but only recently has the true potential begun to be realized. The key to the rise of Deep Learning is in the Data. Stanford Professor and one of the foremost experts on Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning Andrew Ng attributes the rise of deep learning to improved algorithms and rise in data. As Data Scientist and Machine Learning Engineers use better algorithms and larger data sets the accuracy of the models improve. Insights gleaned from Deep Learning still fall in the Big Data Maturity Model but are of a higher order of maturity.  Reporting like that seen with Descriptive Analytics don’t require complex deep learning algorithms or large varied data sets. However, as businesses move up the maturity model, like teaching an automobile to drive itself through the busy streets like Nashville or San Francisco, they require more complex algorithms, varying data types, and vast amounts of data.Data is Key to Better ModelsThe improved accuracy shows Data Scientist Teams that the key to creating the best model is using better algorithms and neural networks, but the technology is only part of the equation. In fact, I would argue the neural networks are the easy part. Look at the biggest implementors of Deep Learning like Google & Facebook. Both have been driving the open-source versions of their Deep Learning solutions to the public in the form of Tensorflow & Caffe.  Why would Facebook risk doing that? Couldn’t a rival or startup build models to predict what ads our friends and families maybe likely to click on? The problem for that challenger is they couldn’t come close to the accuracy because they wouldn’t have anything close to the Data Capital Facebook has. Data is the real differentiator not the algorithms which is why companies open-source their deep learning frameworks.Ready for Data Capital Data Capital has moved beyond a theory and it seen as a law for all industries disrupting the market. The data businesses hold is their accelerant to innovation and will decide who the winners and loser of tomorrow. Data is the great equalizer in deciding if the next application or project your business undertakes will be successful. No longer do we have to rely on gut decisions hoping we made the right call. We can now reduce our risk by letting the data tell us what to do. Now the challenge lies in how we are collecting, protecting, cleansing, and giving access to our data. Tomorrow’s disruptors understand the real risk is not having a strategy for managing Unstructured Data at Scale. To continue this conversation further, both Dell EMC and I will be at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence event next week in San Francisco.  Contact me on Twitter @Henson_TM or stop by the Dell EMC booth in the expo hall.last_img read more

first_img Related Shows The ensemble stars of ‘The Great Comet'(Photos: Matthew Murphy) Photos: Matthew Murphy | Photography Assistants: Evan Zimmerman & Turner Rouse | Styling: David Withrow | Hair & Makeup: KeLeen Snowgren & Nicolette Gold | Shot at The 1896 Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 3, 2017 Whether you’re a diehard The Great Comet fan or new to the stunning piece, one cannot deny how enchanting the musical is. Stars Denée Benton and Josh Groban are pitch perfect, the design team pulled out all the stops and creator Dave Malloy’s score is get-stuck-in-your-head good. However, it’s the show’s ensemble teamed with Sam Pinkleton’s choreography that truly makes the production an immersive party that transports audiences to the height of Russia’s aristocratic social scene—or to a Brooklyn warehouse party. Photographer Matthew Murphy captured The Great Comet’s ensemble is a stripped-down space that shows off their sweet moves. Take a look at the gorgeous shots!VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERY Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 View Commentslast_img read more