It’s always a good day when GRiZ releases a new track. Less than two weeks after dropping “Before I Go”, featuring pianist Leo Napier, the funk/electro-soul sax master has another single to share, “Can’t Hold Me Down,” featuring guitarist Tash Neal of the London Souls.Leaning more toward the rock and roll side of things, this collaboration highlights the sheer brilliance of both artists. It makes perfect sense that they’d make this track together, though one wouldn’t have guessed the two to work together in a world outside the jam scene.Explains GRiZ of the new track, “Politics, the news, senseless deaths… got me feelin’ pretty helpless recently… I wrote ‘Can’t Hold Me Down’ as a piece of motivation for those who are feelin’ down and struggling in their lives. I saw a live performance video of Tash playing and knew instantly we had to work together. I wrote the demo and sent it his way. What I got back was magic.”“Can’t Hold Me Down” will appear on GRiZ’s upcoming album, Good Will Prevail, out on September 23. Have the first listen below via Consequence of Sound:
The U.S. federal government has awarded more than $28 million to Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Center for Brain Science (CBS), and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology to develop advanced machine learning algorithms by pushing the frontiers of neuroscience.The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) funds large-scale research programs that address the most difficult challenges facing the intelligence community.Intelligence agencies today are inundated with data — more than they are able to analyze in a reasonable amount of time. Humans, naturally good at recognizing patterns, can’t keep pace with the influx of new information. The pattern-recognition and learning abilities of machines, meanwhile, still pale in comparison to even the simplest mammalian brains.IARPA’s challenge: figure out why brains are so good at learning, and use that information to design computer systems that can interpret, analyze, and learn information as successfully as humans. To tackle this, Harvard researchers will record activity in the brain’s visual cortex in unprecedented detail, map its connections at a scale never before attempted, and reverse-engineer the data to inspire better computer algorithms for learning.“This is a moonshot challenge, akin to the Human Genome Project in scope,” said project leader David Cox, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology and computer science. “The scientific value of recording the activity of so many neurons and mapping their connections alone is enormous, but that is only the first half of the project. As we figure out the fundamental principles governing how the brain learns, it’s not hard to imagine that we’ll eventually be able to design computer systems that can match, or even outperform, humans.”“This project is not only pushing the boundaries of brain science, it is also pushing the boundaries of what is possible in computer science.” — Hanspeter PfisterThese systems could be designed to detect network invasions, read MRI images, drive cars, or anything in between.The research team tackling this challenge includes Jeff Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Hanspeter Pfister, the An Wang Professor of Computer Science; Haim Sompolinsky, the William N. Skirball Professor of Neuroscience; and Ryan Adams, assistant professor of computer science; as well as collaborators from MIT, Notre Dame, New York University, the University of Chicago, and Rockefeller University.The multi-stage effort begins in Cox’s lab, where rats will be trained to visually recognize various objects on a computer screen. As the animals are learning, Cox’s team will record the activity of visual neurons using next-generation laser microscopes built for this project with collaborators at Rockefeller, to see how brain activity changes. Then, a substantial portion of the rat’s brain — 1 cubic millimeter in size — will be sent down the hall to Lichtman’s lab, where it will be sliced ultra-thin and imaged under the world’s first multi-beam scanning electron microscope, housed in the Center for Brain Science.“This is an amazing opportunity to see all the intricate details of a full piece of cerebral cortex,” says Lichtman. “We are very excited to get started but have no illusions that this will be easy.”This difficult process will generate over a petabyte of data — equivalent to about 1.6 million CDs worth of information. This vast trove of data will then be sent to Pfister, whose algorithms will reconstruct cell boundaries, synapses, and connections, and visualize them in three dimensions.“This project is not only pushing the boundaries of brain science, it is also pushing the boundaries of what is possible in computer science,” said Pfister. “We will reconstruct neural circuits at an unprecedented scale from petabytes of structural and functional data. This requires us to make new advances in data management, high-performance computing, computer vision, and network analysis.”If the work stopped here, its scientific impact would already be enormous — but it doesn’t. Once researchers know how visual cortex neurons are connected to each other in three dimensions, the next task will be to figure out how the brain uses those connections to quickly process information and infer patterns from new stimuli. Today, one of the biggest challenges in computer science is the amount of training data that deep-learning systems require. For example, to learn to recognize a car, a computer system needs to see hundreds of thousands of cars. But humans and other mammals don’t need to see an object thousands of times to recognize it — they only need to see it a few times.In subsequent phases of the project, researchers at Harvard and their collaborators will build computer algorithms for learning and pattern recognition that are inspired and constrained by the connectomics data. These biologically-inspired computer algorithms will outperform current computer systems in their ability to recognize patterns and make inferences from limited data inputs. Among other things, this research could improve the performance of computer vision systems that can help robots see and navigate through new environments.“We have a huge task ahead of us in this project, but at the end of the day, this research will help us understand what is special about our brains,” Cox said. “One of the most exciting things about this project is that we are working on one of the great remaining achievements for human knowledge — understanding how the brain works at a fundamental level.”The Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) symposium on the Future of Computation in Science and Engineering will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in Science Center Hall B, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge. It will focus on the converging fields of neuroscience and computer science and machine learning. For more information, visit IACS.
This solution seemed like it was designed with her requirements in mind. It would allow the remote office to be standardized, to not be a separate management silo — to not be snowflakes.It was clear to her the VCE VxRail Appliances were the right solution for her. However, she thought, they don’t need to know that. Let’s call VCE and a few of others and have a bakeoff.——–Today, EMC and VMware jointly announced the VCE VxRail Appliance family developed with this and other stories from VPs of Infrastructure in mind. A key design goal is to provide standardization to parts of the infrastructure that lacked them, without creating siloes of management and processes.VCE VxRail Appliances are the only integrated and jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliances for VMware environments. The VxRail Appliance family lets IT architects design standard solutions for virtualization and end-user computing that leverage and extend their existing IT tools and processes in departmental, regional and branch office deployments. VCE VxRail Appliances also provide a platform to deploy the latest VMware solutions, such as NSX and Horizon Air Hybrid Mode.If you are VP of Infrastructure or you know one, and want to learn more about VxRail Appliances read the press release here. We were thinking of you when we developed this hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family. The VP of Infrastructure was at her desk trying to make a decision. She needed to finalize the plan to refresh the company’s remote offices before the evening was through.This project had more visibility than she was used to. While very few people have the impact on the business like she does, her colleagues usually take her and her team’s work for granted. They build “systems” that are composed of information technology, processes and people. Systems that run the business enable rapid decision-making, and IT innovation. The business runs without anyone necessarily knowing who is behind the systems they’re using. Unfortunately when something breaks they suddenly remember….The good news is that for the past five years she diligently maintained a standard way to deploy systems so things don’t often break anymore. She was early to adopt virtualization and just as early to standardize her VMware infrastructure into modular building blocks her team designed and built.The remote office project was different. Too often the remote offices made people think about her and her team. Each of the company’s 50 offices was a snowflake – they were all unique – each had slightly different configurations and capacities. And as a result they each require a significant amount of upkeep and remote attention from IT staff.Vendors had lined up to pitch her the best storage, best server, best network, best converged infrastructure, best hyper converged infrastructure, best storage software, a private cloud solution, a public cloud solution, a hybrid cloud solution. Every offering was agile, transformative, innovative – one of them even called theirs invisible!It shouldn’t be this complicated. She just needed new virtual infrastructure for her remote offices. One that took the guesswork out of the remote office deployments and one that did not require unique skillsets for each location. One that didn’t require her to abandon the VMware virtualization tools and processes that had allowed her enterprise colleagues to forget about her. At the same time the solution needed to have a low entry cost, predictable non-disruptive scaling, configured exactly as needed and purchased only when required.With that in mind she started going through her options one more time, and realized that the list was shortened quickly until there was one left.“A turnkey, easily scalable appliance for the modern, innovation-focused data center or branch office”“Lets architects design standard solutions to add datacenter or remote office capacity”“Seamless integration with existing VMware tools and a platform to deploy the latest VMware solutions”
While even Midwestern Irish fans might come for a few home games each year, usher Paul Matthew journeyed 15 hours from Ottawa to South Bend for each and every one of Notre Dame’s home games this season. A volunteer usher since 2002, Matthew recently signed on as a full-time usher. He said he has seen a positive progression on the field and in the stands in recent years. “The team’s come so far – if we don’t do it this year, the future looks very bright,” Matthews said. “I think this year I’ve noticed the crowd’s been louder more often, but the odd thing about Notre Dame is the Stadium is always packed. Other schools have successful years but then during the unsuccessful years the crowds don’t come – not so at Notre Dame. The smiles just got a little bit bigger this year.” Matthew makes a significant trek to see those smiles throughout the season. After a three-hour drive to Syracuse, N.Y., he boards a 12-hour, overnight Amtrak train ride to South Bend, arriving early Friday morning. While he maintains a full-time job at home, working as a statistical analyst for the Canadian government, Matthew said his trips to Notre Dame do not complicate his working life. “From a work standpoint, it doesn’t affect work[ing for the government,]” Matthews said. “I get five weeks of vacation each year, and I’m there for seven games – that’s fourteen days. I still have three weeks of vacation time, and because it’s only two days at a time I still have three work days in between.” Matthew said his interest in American college football is not the norm for Canadians. “To the Canadians this is all a foreign concept, college football,” Matthews said. “When I first started doing this it was a true culture shock, and then I realized it was a pretty cool gig.” Despite his usual Friday-morning arrival, Matthew said his responsibilities typically don’t begin until early Saturday. “We have a meeting [Saturday morning] to find out what’s going on that day, how many people to expect on the sidelines, who is coming, who will help with the players’ entrance: What’s happening in the stadium that day,” Matthews said. Matthew is usually stationed near the north end zone by the tunnel and helps control the crowd and facilitate the entrance of the team, coaches, media and notable fans. “A lot of the work is pregame: Some people who have tickets to the game get access to the field, some people just have the pregame pass that allows them to be on one side of the tunnel until just after the Irish football team enters the game, some people have field passes and are allowed on the field for the entire game in a different area,” Matthews said. “You also have to separate recruits … they go on the side with the Irish and get to hang there during the game.” While he does not have much direct communication with those on the field, Matthew said he has gained a new appreciation for all the people working behind the scenes for the football program. “They have a job to do, so I’m an observer,” Matthews said. “There’s some minimal dialogue, very minor small talk … but I have developed a perception of the network behind the team: the trainers, coaches, doctors, the people who tape and retape the players when they get hurt.” Matthews said he has been awestruck by some of the people who have passed through the tunnel. “[Basketball legend] David Robinson was coming down the tunnel because his son was coming to Notre Dame … I made sure I was the person who said ‘Welcome to Notre Dame, Mr. Robinson,’” Matthews said. “He stopped, turned around and stepped towards me, offering me his hand to shake … I had to calm down after that; that was a personal highlight.” Matthews said he was thrilled to meet the Canadian Olympians during the tribute to the Notre Dame Olympians earlier this season. “I knew about the women’s basketball player [Natalie Achonwa], but I didn’t know about the two women on our soccer team [Melissa Tancredi and Candace Chapman],” Matthews said. “They stopped and introduced themselves to me – famous Canadians introducing themselves to me, an unfamous Canadian.” Matthews said the unpredictability is one of his favorite parts of the job. “That’s the beauty of the job: you never know who’s going to show up that day,” he said. “All I can do is to try to take it in stride and do my best … I have a job to do.”
The Vermont Agency of Transportation reports that the State owned rail lines have sustained heavy damage from Tropical Storm Irene. All of the railroad bridges in the affected area have been inspected for damage and for safety. Five bridges on the State system have incurred major structural damage and need major repairs before the rail can be open for freight traffic. On the Green Mountain line (GMRC) there are three bridges that have been compromised: bridges #114 and #121 in the Town of Chester; and bridge #130 in the Town of Cavendish. On the Vermont Rail South (VTR) bridge #62 in the Town of Arlington had its abutment undermined. In the Town of Hartland on the Connecticut River Line bridge #541 had one of the middle piers settle more than six feet from its proper location. The Hartland bridge presents a potential safety hazard and VTrans has deployed contractors to stabilize the bridge as quickly as possible. One of the largest cranes in New England is being mobilized to this bridge location today to stabilize the bridge and allow work crews to install a temporary shoring to allow freight traffic to be reopened. Engineering and construction crews have been dispatched to all of the damaged bridges on the State owned system. Of the State owned rail lines, the Green Mountain rail line (GMRC) and the Vermont Rail South (VTR) experienced the greatest damage to the rail bed and bridges. Damage includes washouts, culvert failures, bank slides and erosion of the rail bed. Vermont Rail Systems have been out in force since the event began both assessing damage and conducting repairs. ‘In 40 years of the railroad business I have seen all kinds of damage to rail infrastructure but I have never seen anything quite like this both in how widespread it is and the severity of the damage,’ said David Wulfson, President of Vermont Rail Systems. ‘I’m happy to report that the VTR is open for freight traffic from Burlington to Rutland and on into Whitehall New York and the Ethan Allen Amtrak passenger rail service resumed yesterday with some speed restrictions,’ Wulfson stated. ‘Our worse bridge is #114 in Chester, it should take two weeks to repair if we don’t receive any more damage from the flash floods that are expected in the weather forecast,’ continued Wulfson. ‘I really appreciate the quick response from VTrans putting people to work quickly and I want to thank my customers and vendors both of whom have been amazing. It has been heartwarming to see the reaction all throughout Vermont from the State workers to the quarry owners who have kept their facilities open 24/7 to help rebuild, everyone is just working so well together,’ said Wulfson. In addition to the five bridges that received major structural damage, on the VTR South, bridges #69, #80, #88 and #94 need to be re-inspected since the water level has dropped and more of the structure can now be inspected. VTrans bridge and rail line inspection crews will be back out on the GMRC tomorrow inspecting culverts and other hydrological infrastructure for blockages, failures and other safety issues. The Vermont Rail Systems restored freight traffic on September 1from Burlington to Rutland to Whitehall New York. Vermont Rail Systems estimates three to four weeks for the GMRC to begin moving freight, barring any unforeseen circumstances or additional damage from flooding.
Among the variety of new construction and improvements at Vermont’s resorts, one theme unifies. These snow-centric businesses listen to their guests and year after year, strive to create the best possible experience for their extended family of skiers and riders.Here is the latest update from the Vermont Ski Areas Association, Ski Vermont:BOLTON VALLEY RESORTAccording to Bolton Valley Resort President George Potter, skier visits, which included lift ticket and season pass sales, were up more than nine percent last year from the previous season. Ski and snowboard school participation also increased from the previous year, an indication that Vermonters still turn to their local mountains to either learn to ski or ride or to improve their skills. Headed into 2011-2012, Potter and his team continue to run full steam ahead preparing for a December opening with an increase to the resort’s snowmaking efficiency and the addition of a new groomer. The resort will continue to expand its retail inventory.BROMLEY MOUNTAIN RESORTIn advance of the new KidsRule Mountain Camps program, Bromley plunked close to $1 million into a brand new, 3,000 square foot kids facility and gave the Learning Area a top-to-bottom makeover. The resort added a ‘Kids’ Cabin’ for bathroom breaks and warming up and installed a fully enclosed carpet lift.To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Bromley has also added a new trail named ‘Orion,’ a black diamond glade located between Havoc and Pushover on the East Side. Developed in close coordination with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and the Green Mountain National Forest, the goal of the new trail is to not only provide great new terrain, but to ensure a sustainable forest both in and around the expanded terrain.BURKE MOUNTAINAs the home mountain to more than 50 Olympians, Burke has had its share of exciting winters, but this season may top them all. After much anticipation, a new high-speed quad will carry guests to the summit in one-third the time of the Willoughby Chair. Skiers and riders will enjoy more time on Burke’s winding trails or deep in the 100+ acres of glades. Burke also added five trails at the summit and a new wind turbine to help offset the energy consumption of the new lift and other resort services. At Mid Burke, the resort is breaking ground on some of the East’s most energy efficient and affordable ski-in/ski-out single family homes; this new construction represents Burke Mountain’s first mountain-run real estate. There’s plenty happening up north this season and it’s just the beginning.JAY PEAK RESORTWhat happens when you give a group of delightfully insane resort marketers a quarter of a billion dollars and ask them to invent a weather-proof ski vacation? Well, you get Jay Peak’s Pump House waterpark. This season Jay Peak will open the Pump House, a 50,000-square foot indoor waterpark ensconced in glass that guarantees happy memories, no matter what the weather. The park features a 50-seat bar overlooking the rides, a slide that drops its passenger into a free-fall and then shoots him or her upside down, and the Double Barrel Flowrider’a standing-wave ride that will allow visitors to ‘surf’ in Vermont. And when the sun shines and the mercury heads out of the chill zone, the Pump House’s retractable roof will bring the outside in. Should folks be having so much fun they want to spend the night, the attached new Hotel Jay has space for more than 700 guests.KILLINGTON RESORTThe 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour returns to Killington Resort, January 19-22, 2012.The removal of the existing Peak Lodge with the new Peak Facility anticipated to open Christmas 2012.A new lift served Tubing Park.Olympic Gold Medalist Donna Weinbrecht joins Killington Resort this winter to teach women’s clinics and mogul clinics.Snowmaking upgrades across the six mountains with the purchase of several hundred new low energy snow guns along with new hydrants, valves and thousands of feet of snowmaking pipe.Four Prinoth snowgroomers will join the resort’s fleet arrive this fall.In the spring of 2012, The K-1 Express Gondola guest drop off area is being renovated and the loading area will be upgraded with a heated walkway and an overhead cover.Additionally, Tropical Storm Irene updates include a new deck and Meissl Umbrella Bar, named the ‘Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar,’ new carpeting in all five of Killington’s base lodges and new landscaping around all five base lodges.Full capital improvements details can be viewed at: www.killington.com/company/media/pressrelease.html?pressrelease=pressrel…(link is external).MAD RIVER GLENOver its 15 years of co-op ownership, Mad River Glen has invested more than $4 million in capital improvements, in keeping with Mad River’s goal to maintain and preserve the mountain experience. Both the skier-owners and the management understand that skiers come to Mad River for the unique combination of legendary terrain, sense of community, low skier density and intimate atmosphere. ‘We don’t want to mess with a winning combination,’ President Jamey Wimble explains. The ability of Mad River Glen to consistently reinvest in the mountain’s infrastructure is a testament to the success of the cooperative. Co-op share sales are always important. New shareholders will know that their support will enable the co-op to fulfill its mission of protecting and preserving Mad River Glen’s unique ski experience for future generations.MAGIC MOUNTAINMagic Mountain continues to invest in what it is known for and defined by; its exciting and challenging terrain, situated in a southern Vermont ski community. For the 2011-12 season, Magic will feature expanded off-piste tree-skiing, enhanced snowmaking on the legendary expert-only west-side; the addition of a new Bombardier snow cat to lay down consistent ‘corduroy,’ a fresh-look for the ‘no wind holds’ Red Chair, and expanded aprÃ¨s ski offerings at Goniff’s Den, the social hub for ski-lovers since the 1960s. Magic was important in creating the Vermont ski culture in its earliest days and is celebrating 50 years since the first skiers descended the peak of Magic. This skier-first community is dedicated to keeping that legend alive for enthusiasts to enjoy for another 50 years.MOUNT SNOWSince Peak Resorts purchased Mount Snow in 2007, the company has invested more than $18 million in capital improvements, including the installation of America’s only high speed detachable six-passenger bubble chair lift, the Bluebird Express, expected to be on-line for the start of the 2011-2012 winter season. The Bluebird Express provides base to summit access in seven minutes. The bubbles provide similar weather protection as a gondola cabin with the comfort and convenience of keeping skis and boards on guest’s feet. Every night the bubble chairs will be stored in a climate controlled barn, increasing the efficiency of getting chairs back on the line after inclement weather. Other major lift improvements like new chairs with footrests and restraining bars can be enjoyed on a handful of the resort’s lifts.In an effort to relay real-time information to guests on trail and lift status, many large LCD monitors will be installed throughout the resort. These monitors eliminate the need to distribute paper snow reports throughout the day. 1900’ Burger is Mount Snow’s newest eating and drinking establishment with a menu of gourmet Certified Angus Beef burgers, hand-cut fries, unique grilled cheese sandwiches and some of your favorite beers. Located in the former Timber House, 1900’ Burger is expected to be an instant favorite.OKEMO MOUNTAIN RESORTIt was a busy summer for Okemo Mountain Resort operations staff. Okemo’s new Adventure Zone was the primary focus as crews built an 18-hole miniature golf course, a four-station bungee trampoline attraction, a new snack bar, picnic area and other summertime enhancements around Okemo’s Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, a four season roller coaster ride that winds through trees and follows the contours of the mountain for a thrilling alpine experience.Winter visitors will also see a number of improvements around the resort. Upgrades to Okemo’s snowmaking system will include 15 new HKD Genesis guns, rebuilt pumps and motors, plus miles of new pipe. Okemo is investing $125,000 in new alpine and Nordic equipment for its rental fleet. The Clock Tower ticket plaza has received a makeover with some repairs and the creation of additional green space. New technology upgrades around the resort include: equipment upgrades for Ski Patrol, new computers, an improved ticketing system, plus integrated services to create efficiencies in Okemo’s existing technology systems. Visit Okemo’s Online Press Kit for more information.SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH RESORTSmugglers’ has been working with Vermont’s Burton Snowboards to develop the next generation of the Burton Riglet Park, an on-snow play area on the resort’s Sir Henry’s Learning Hill with fun terrain features designed for introducing young children to snowboarding. The park’s focal point is a ‘treehouse,’ an elevated platform with ramps that children can ride down, a balance area inside the treehouse and a lift chair that swings to help kids practice getting on and off the lift. Playing in the park on small rolling hills, miniature box-style rails, pyramids and a mini-halfpipe allow children to gain the necessary balance and muscle memory to begin sliding and making turns on sloped terrain.Smugglers’ Notch Resort is expanding its group lesson experience to two hours, increasing the value for skiers and riders of all levels by allotting additional time for learning, feedback and practice with the resort’s Snow Sport University teaching staff. Daily two hour group lessons are included in the resort’s classic and summit vacation packages. For more details, visit www.smuggs.com(link is external).STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORTStowe Mountain Resort has replaced the FourRunner chairlift on Mount Mansfield with a new high-speed detachable quad. Originally installed in the ‘80s, the FourRunner has been Stowe’s most popular lift, uploading more skiers and riders than any other lift in the resort’s history. Now, amidst its premiere winter experience, access to some of the greatest terrain variety east of the Rockies will become even more seamless with a new state-of-the-art quad on Vermont’s highest peak. The new lift will debut this ski and ride season.‘Our goal is to provide the very best experience possible for all of our guests,’ states Robert McEleney, CEO and President of Stowe Mountain Resort. ‘The terrain on Mount Mansfield is the heart and soul of the resort. This brand new detachable quad lift will provide superlative lift service to the very best alpine terrain in the East.’Visit http:/stowe.com/media/flash/1112/ for more media info.STRATTON MOUNTAIN RESORTThis year, Stratton Mountain Resort honors its 50th birthday with a season-long celebration of its heritage, tradition and progression reflected through five decades of innovation. As Stratton commemorates its Golden Anniversary, every step taken towards the future builds on its pedigree. The 2011-2012 season will add new energy efficient snowguns and equip the gold medal grooming team with an expanded fleet that includes two new snowcats, together bolstering Stratton’s ‘Great Snow Guarantee.’ As the resort and Burton celebrate the 30th anniversary of the US Open, a Vermont Chamber Top 10 Vermont Winter Event, Stratton is excited to announce the launch of Burton’s pilot Experience Snowboarding program, a 360 degree approach to learning snowboarding ‘ the sport and lifestyle. Stratton will also be expanding its terrain this season, cutting four new trails in the Sun Bowl and adding an additional terrain park to Big Ben.SUGARBUSH RESORTSugarbush starts the new season with a complete Lincoln Peak base area. Designed in the Vermont vernacular, the space provides guests with an ultra-convenient and memorable winter vacation experience: slopeside lodging, shopping, specialty dining, instruction for skiers and riders of all abilities and ‘ of course ‘ access to some of the best terrain on the East Coast. The Schoolhouse, designed to resemble a traditional Vermont schoolhouse and decorated with murals and play spaces by celebrated local artists, serves as an all-inclusive home for children’s ski and ride programs.Visitors to Sugarbush will notice a foods menu crafted under the guidance of new Food & Beverage Director Gerry Nooney, who moves on up from his role as executive chef. Nooney’s keen on making local foods a cornerstone of the Sugarbush experience ‘ from cheeses and beef to beers and desserts.TRAPP FAMILY LODGETrapp Family Lodge is proud to announce that on our 2,500 acres we’ve identified 40 km of perfect back country territory for laying tracks on un-groomed snow. The lodge offers a selection of back country equipment along with lessons and guided tours. Head for the back country! www.trappfamily.com/activities/backcountry(link is external).
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It might not have taken the path forecasters expected, but post-tropical storm Hermine finally made its presence felt Tuesday on Long Island, spawning strong wind gusts, coastal flooding and some power outages. Wind gusts of 35-50 miles per hour were recorded on LI Tuesday morning and there were reports of downed trees and more than 500 PSEG Long Island customers without power as of 9:45 a.m. Coastal flooding was reported at high tide early Tuesday in some areas. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Suffolk County but was lifted Monday in Nassau County.The slow-moving storm was about 90 miles south of Montauk as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to move west at 8 mph and lose speed as the day progresses.“Hermine will likely become nearly stationary by [Tuesday night],” the weather service said. Forecasters predict Hermine will turn northeast Wednesday and head back out to sea by Thursday.The weather service said there is still a threat of minor coastal flooding across low-lying areas. The most intense winds will be felt on the East End of Long Island, the weather service said.Hermine made landfall in Florida last week as a hurricane but was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm before churning across Georgia and the Carolinas. It then stalled in the Atlantic before continuing its northward track.On Saturday, officials from both Nassau and Suffolk counties warned residents to prepare for the worst as the impending storm approached. Suffolk County declared a state of emergency and Nassau remained on high alert from dangerous storm surges reminiscent of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.With concern growing, some Suffolk County residents Saturday received an erroneous message from a federal emergency management service warning of a mandatory county-wide evacuation. The county quickly corrected the message, which was that the evacuation was voluntary and only for Fire Island. That voluntary evacuation was also delayed and then lifted after less than a day when the storm appeared to have spared the region.While the threat of the storm was widely blamed for dampening business in oceanfront communities over the Labor Day weekend, the latest forecast suggests that LI isn’t out of the woods yet.
Four in five institutional investors are expecting an impact on operations from Brexit, according to a survey conducted by State Street.The company quizzed 111 asset owners and alternatives managers from around the world about their attitudes to the UK’s expected departure from the EU.The survey forms the basis for State Street’s new Brexometer study – a quarterly gauge of views and strategies relating to Brexit.Almost one-third of those surveyed said they would require more help to navigate the regulatory implications of Brexit. Jeff Conway, chief executive for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at State Street, said investors expected Brexit to hit “a range of operational issues”.“Many appear well prepared for Brexit and are proactively putting strategies in place to mitigate any ensuing impact,” Conway added.While almost two-thirds (63%) of investors said they planned to maintain their existing investments in the UK, almost half (48%) said they expected the overall level of investment in the UK economy to fall in the next quarter.Longer term, 31% of respondents said asset owners would cut the amount of risk in their portfolios over the course of the next 3-5 years.However, one-quarter said asset owners were likely to increase risk.Michael Metcalfe, head of global macro strategy at State Street Global Markets, said a weak currency had aided inflows into UK assets in the six months since the UK voted to leave the EU.“Foreign institutional equity investors are particularly strong buyers of UK equities of late,” he added.The FTSE 100 gained 19.5% between 24 June and 13 January, when it hit a record close of 7,337.8.The FTSE 250, which is more domestically tilted, gained 15.8% in the same period.A Fidelity survey of its own regional analysts revealed that 60% believed Brexit would have a “moderately negative” impact on their companies.Almost half (49%) of the company’s European analysts said their companies were “less willing” to invest in the UK over the next two years while the Brexit negotiations took place.This week has seen UK prime minister Theresa May give her first public speeches about her hopes for Brexit negotiations with Europe.EU leaders have warned that discussions will be difficult, and that the UK cannot expect to be better off outside of the union.
Aker BP and Framo have entered into a long-term contract for seawater lift pumps maintenance which covers all of the five field centers where Aker BP is the operator.This is a continuation of the pilot contract signed by Aker BP, pump supplier Framo and technology company Cognite during ONS in 2018.In 2018, the two companies and Cognite, a global AI software company, set up a digital pilot effort for predictive maintenance of the seawater lift pumps on the Aker BP-operated Ivar Aasen field.According to Aker BP, the new contract represents a huge step within digitalization and predictive maintenance.Going forward, algorithms and sensor data will help Aker BP to increase uptime and reduce maintenance on its seawater lift pumps.The new ‘smart’ contract has a duration of six years, with an option for an additional six years.“Cooperation with Cognite, along with sharing of data, have been essential in arriving at both algorithms, digital boards and an incentive model that ensures value for both Aker BP and Framo. This way of working is in line with Aker BP’s strategy where we create added value together with strategic partners,” says Kjetel Digre in Aker BP.“Basing contract models on real-time data has been uncharted territory. With the release of these data flows, Framo has been able to predict the condition of equipment, foresee what will happen with the pumps in the future, and in turn plan effective maintenance. Together with Aker BP, we have altered the traditional approach to maintenance. We are now continuing this cooperation into the future and over to the other fields,” says Trond Petter Abrahamsen, managing director in Framo Services.