Queen’s Brian May Will Premiere First Single In Two Decades From NASA’s Mission Control On New Years Day

first_imgQueen guitarist Brian May will release his first new single as a solo artist in over two decades when a track titled, “New Horizons”, arrives on New Year’s Day. The famous classic rock musician teamed up with English lyricist Don Black for his first new entirely single recording since his Another World solo album arrived back in 1998. The most notable part of May’s announcement on Wednesday however, is that the guitarist plans to give “New Horizons” a world premiere directly from NASA Control Headquarters in Maryland to start 2019 on a good note, literally.According to the announcement shared from May’s Facebook, the guitarist both recorded and completed mixing/mastering the single just this month, which should be good for launch for when it hits the universal airwaves beginning precisely at 12:02 a.m. EST on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. The song is themed around one of May’s passions, space exploration, as he’s also a Doctor in Astrophysics. The genius musician wrote the song as a tribute to the 12-year journey of NASA’s New Horizons mission, which will achieve the most distant spacecraft flyby in history when it encounters Ultima Thule, a remote Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) located past the dwarf planet Pluto on the far edges of our solar system on January 1st. Talk about space rock.The single will also include a pre-recorded message from late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who will be heard congratulating the New Horizon team on their successful rendezvous with Pluto back a few years ago when the famous scientist was still alive. John Miceli plays drums on the recording, while Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson helped co-produce the song with May. Both Shirley-Smith and Fredriksson also worked with May on the soundtrack to the recent Queen biopic hit film, Bohemian Rhapsody.“This project has energised me in a new way.  For me it’s been an exciting challenge to bring two sides of my life together – Astronomy and Music,” May said in a statement to go with Wednesday’s announcement. “I was inspired by the idea that this is the furthest that the Hand of Man has ever reached – it will be by far the most distant object we have ever seen at close quarters, through the images which the spacecraft will beam back to Earth. To me, it epitomizes the human spirit’s unceasing desire to understand the Universe we inhabit.”May has been teasing out brief clips of the song’s audio through his Instagram over the past week, which features both 80’s-sounding MIDI notation to contrast the bright and natural distortion of May’s guitar. Another audio-based clip is expected to be shared later this week.May and his surviving Queen bandmates have returned to the mainstream headlines in recent weeks thanks to the global success of Bohemian Rhapsody. Last week it was even announced that one of the band’s most beloved singles for which the film is titled after has become the most streamed song of the 20th century.last_img read more

Baker’s Half Dozen – Episode 1: Is Cloud a Place? Or Are We All Missing the Premise?

first_imgHuman Machine PartnershipsItem 6 – Pivotal Labs and U.S. Air ForceFast Company: The U.S. Air Force learned to code—and saved the Pentagon millionsProject Kessel RunItem 6.5 – Brain benderSatoshi NakamotoTechnological singularityCloseArgue with Matt using #BakersHalfDozen Episode 1 Show Notes:Introduction with Matt BakerItem 1 – Cloud is an operating modelPremise vs PremisesItem 2 – Is the data center dead?Gartner: The Data Center is DeadKarmaItem 3 – Cloud repatriationsMichael Dell: It’s Prime Time For Public Cloud RepatriationItem 4 – Data transit pricesTechnology Policy Institute: Cloud Computing: Co-Invention for the MassesFLOPSItem 5 – Unrealistic expectations of AIThe Guardian: ‘The discourse is unhinged’: how the media gets AI alarmingly wrongFear of TechnologyThe TerminatorHAL 9000 It seems like there’s a new trend every day in the technology industry leaving us with loads of questions around what comes next. Not surprisingly, many of those thoughts end up on social media just waiting to be addressed. Well, we decided it’s time for someone to address them…or at least attempt to anyways.Introducing Baker’s Half Dozen, a monthly video series starring Matt Baker. Matt is the SVP of planning and strategy at Dell EMC, but more importantly for us, he’s all over Twitter sharing his point of view on topics across the board. Each month, we’ll bring 6 and a half of those items to the surface for Matt to dive into. And having been around the industry for over 20 years, he knows a thing or two about IT and where it’s headed. But don’t take our word for it. This month Matt dives into the future of the data center, cloud repatriations and…the Terminator. Check it out on the first episode of Baker’s Half Dozen. Have a question of your own? Tweet at @mattwbaker using #BakersHalfDozen.last_img read more

Innocence project on verge of collapse

first_img June 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Innocence project on verge of collapse Jan Pudlow Senior Editor An October 1 deadline looms on testing DNA evidence to prove innocence.More than 700 cases from inmates asking for DNA testing are piled high.One overwhelmed lawyer at the Florida Innocence Initiative in Tallahassee struggles to handle it all. Only $11,000 is left in the bank that will cover only two months of expenses.“It’s dire. It’s grim. It’s wrong,” said Florida Innocence Initiative Director Jenny Greenberg. “We are working on direct mailings to those who might be concerned and write us a check.”Meanwhile, on the heels of the legislative session that did nothing to extend the DNA testing deadline or fund a mechanism for innocence efforts, Greenberg said, “We are evaluating our options at the moment. We obviously need assistance beyond this office in order to mount another Florida Supreme Court effort.”Sandy D’Alemberte, on the board of directors, said, “I think it is really critical right now. Jenny has been out trying to raise money. We all have. If we can make it until next year, we have some money promised for next year. Now it is a day-to-day thing.”The “scariest thing,” Greenberg said, is to make sure evidence is preserved for future DNA testing, in cases where people were convicted prior to four years ago and claim they are innocent.“The only uniform mechanism for preservation is the operation of the DNA statute. When there is any lapse, the evidence does not have to be retained. While we know there are evidence custodians in local jurisdictions concerned, and they are honorable and ethical people, we also know we would be foolish if we didn’t recognize the danger. Already, we have found the destruction of evidence, even after we have a court order to test.”Options being considered, Greenberg said, include:• Approaching Gov. Jeb Bush and Attorney General Charlie Crist.• Going to each of the 20 circuits and asking each elected state attorney to forge agreements on preserving DNA evidence.• Petitioning the Supreme Court and asking for another extension of the deadline.“We need to put together a good litigation team to help with that,” said Greenberg.D’Alemberte said he hopes his lawsuit on behalf of Wilton Dedge, the first exoneree in Florida because of DNA testing (see story, page 6) could address the need to eliminate the DNA testing deadline.“It seems to me to be fundamentally wrong to have a deadline on proving innocence,” D’Alemberte said. “I believe if that question ever gets put squarely before the court, the court will find there is no such deadline.”In cases of actual innocence, D’Alemberte said, he views it as “a denial of due process to deny people the right to evidence that would exonerate them from a crime—particularly if the evidence used against them in a case was not capable of being tested with DNA testing at the time. It really is a re-examination of evidence based on later-developed scientific techniques.”If the legislature wants to put a deadline on DNA testing, D’Alemberte said, it should fund the office that is trying to make that deadline. D’Alemberte said he had suggested $300,000 for five years to fund the Florida Innocence Initiative, and got interest in the Senate, but not in the House.“A number of people at the legislature said they would make an attempt to get something done, but they are not the people at the fulcrum of power,” D’Alemberte said.Greenberg said there are at least 700 cases, plus some absorbed from the closing of the Innocence Project at Nova Southeastern University.“What is very critical to me, before we go under, if that’s what occurs, is preserving the evidence, deleting the deadline, and getting through as many of these case as we possibly can,” Greenburg said.Thankful for last year’s contributions from the Florida Lawyers Association for the Maintenance of Excellence (FLAME) funds and The Florida Bar Foundation, Greenberg acknowledges that fundraising is not her strength. A mail-out to lawyers asking for help last year did not garner enough contributions to cover postage.As part of the pitch for extending Florida’s DNA testing deadline was the ability for Florida to apply for a portion of federal Justice for All Act, which provides $34 million a year for the next five years. Part of that money could go toward DNA laboratory improvements and postconviction DNA testing.“We are going under. That’s how it looks to me,” Greenberg said. “I am trying to get the deadline extended and the evidence preserved. That is what I morally and ethically must do.” For more information, contact the Florida Innocence Initiative by e-mailing Jenny Greenberg at jgreenberg@ innocenceproject.org or calling her at (850) 561-6768. Innocence project on verge of collapselast_img read more

Central Islip Woman Killed Infant, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ruiz SolanoA 26-year-old Central Islip woman has been arrested for killing her newborn baby and dumping the victim’s remains in the trash this week, Suffolk County police said.Santos Elena Ruiz Solano gave birth to a girl at 3 a.m. Sunday at a house on Shoal Drive in West Islip, where she was employed as a live-in housekeeper, police said.The baby suffered traumatic injuries shortly after her birth and died at the scene, according to Homicide Squad detectives. The suspect allegedly placed the baby in a plastic bag and left the home, police said.Ruiz Solano went to a nearby hospital for treatment of complications of child birth.Authorities said the infant’s body was recovered from a nearby garbage can and given to hospital personnel, who called police.Ruiz Solano was charged with second-degree murder. She will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

EasyJet will keep 11 lines to Croatia in October

first_imgThe same is true at Zadar Airport. The last flight to Zadar will be operated by EasyJet this Saturday (September 19) on the route from Luton, while the route from Gatwick ended with traffic last Saturday. EasyJet also operated towards Pula and Zadar in previous years, but this year it will not happen. By the end of September, EasyJet will cancel two lines to Split: from Belfast and Amsterdam. The following lines remain in operation: Dubrovnik – Bristol (until 28.10.),Dubrovnik – Edinburgh (until 24.10.),Dubrovnik – Gatwick (until 31.10.),Dubrovnik – Manchester (until 24.10.). The company will cut off traffic on two routes to Pula, from Bristol and London Gatwick, by the end of September, while the line from London Luton made its last flight last Saturday (September 12th). The company will also operate on these routes once a week through October, and further cancellations are also possible, depending on the booking for each individual flight, Croatian Aviation concludes. British EasyJet has made changes to its flight schedule for October. Split – Basel (until 24.10.),Split – Bristol (until 24.10.),Split – Geneva (until 24.10.),Split – Glasgow (until 25.10.),Split – Gatwick (until 31.10.),Split – Luton (until 24.10.),Split – Manchester (until 27.10.).center_img The traffic on the mentioned lines will be modest in October, the company generally announces one flight a week. As for Durovnik, EasyJet will cancel only one line by the end of September, Dubrovnik – Geneva, and the following will remain in traffic: Lines to Zadar and Pula Numerous lines announced for October will now end operations by the end of September, but the company will keep 11 lines in October to Croatia, mostly with a minimum number of weekly operations, reports from Croatian Aviationa. Lines to Split and Dubrovnik Unfortunately, Croatia is still on red list in the UK, and to return from Croatia requires self-isolation for 14 days.last_img read more

Just how much could your property earn you on Airbnb?

first_imgPotential yields for properties rented out on Airbnb. Source: finder.com.auBessie Hassan, Money Expert at finder.com.au, said earning an average of 12.74 per cent on any investment was significant — although there were risks.Slow or wet holiday seasons could mean no income at all.“Generating high yields from Airbnb requires the property to be turning over guests one after the other, and this requires more property management than traditional permanent leasing,’’ she said.And the properties need to be furnished and have appliances, so there were costs to clean and maintain, that you wouldn’t get with a permanent rental.For an apartment near the Brisbane airport the average rental return was $1045 a week. with a 13.11 per cent return Near the Brisbane CBD the average rental return was $971 a week with a yield of 11.13 per cent. Renting out Surfers Paradise accommodation via Airbnb could be a good return for owners. Picture: SuppliedWE’VE all heard that renting your property on Airbnb could earn you some extra cash, now the experts have crunched the numbers to tell you just how much.Analysis by finder.com.au, looked at returns near airports and capital cities as those were the areas most likely to be rented out by tourists through Airbnb.Two-bedroom units in all these locations averaged $583,592 to buy. The average Airbnb rent charged per two-bedroom unit per week was $1357 — that’s a yield of 12.74 per cent.Far higher than what many normal investment properties rented out full-time achieved, which was about 3.6 per cent.Surfers Paradise was the top place for solid yields if rented out via Airbnb with a 21.48 per cent return.Popular areas for Airbnb accommodation, such as Bondi, did not offer such a good return because to buy a property there was so much more expensive the return was significantly diminished.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Potential yields for investment properties rented on Airbnb. Source: finder.com.aulast_img read more

Netherlands roundup: Douwe Egberts, Ortec transfer schemes to APFs

first_imgAmsterdam, NetherlandsNN and Delta Lloyd to merge low-cost DC vehiclesDutch asset manager and insurer Nationale Nederlanden (NN) has announced that its low-cost DC vehicle (PPI) would merge with BeFrank, the PPI of Delta Lloyd. NN bought an 80% stake in Delta Lloyd earlier this year.In a presentation of the integration plan, David Knibbe, NN’s director for the Netherlands, said that the merged product would continue under the BeFrank brand, because of its innovative participant portals and the fact that BeFrank had attracted different clients than NN and Delta Lloyd.The merger would lead to a €2.3bn vehicle with 154,000 participants in total, which would make it the largest in its market.Pensioen Pro, IPE’s Dutch sister publication, estimated the market at €5bn in total, with 425,000 participants.Currently, NN and Delta Lloyd together receive 38% of the total of €6bn of premiums for insured DB and DC pensions.Knibbe pointed out that the integration of collective pensions would be completed by 2020.He said that the company would focus on the growth of “capital light” DC pensions at the expense of capital intensive DB contracts.Currently, NN and Delta Lloyd have combined DB liabilities of €70bn, for which they must keep €3.5bn in reserve under Solvency II rules. If all currently known planned transfers to Stap were to go ahead, the general pension fund would have €4.7bn of assets under management next year.Elvin van den Hoek, director at Douwe Egberts’ pension scheme, explained that it had opted for the APF as this would provide better benefits from the pension fund’s relatively high funding ratio.The Douwe Egberts pension fund has a coverage ratio of 121%, whereas PGB’s funding stood at 104.7% at October-end.Ortec scheme to join general pension fund Volo Meanwhile, pension fund consultant Ortec Finance is also transferring its pension scheme to an APF. From 1 January 2018 its average salary plan and additional pension accrual on top of this will be implemented by Volo Pensioen, the general pension fund set up by PGGM.The APF will take over all existing liabilities as well as the €64m of assets of Stichting ORTEC Pensioenfonds, which has 1,400 participants in total.Ortec is Volo’s second client, following the transfer of the closed €265m Pensioenfonds Jan Huysman .Volo has set up a new collective compartment for Ortec with an average risk profile for investments, which is also open to new entrants.In addition, it has opened a compartment dedicated to Ortec’s defined contribution plan for additional pensions accrual, which is known as “excedent” arrangements.The APF is already running a compartment focusing on defensive investments for the Jan Huysman scheme.Gerrit Timmer, chairman of the Ortec Pensioenfonds, said it was important that the current pension arrangements could be continued at Volo.“Placing it with Volo relieves us from the worries and workload of running the scheme ourselves, without appreciable concessions to the desired pension plan and investment beliefs,” he said.Volo said it would, in consultation with Ortec, start actively searching for pension funds interested in joining its two new compartments. The €1.8bn pension fund of coffee maker Douwe Egberts is to transfer its legacy pension assets to Stap, the general pension fund (APF) set up by insurer Aegon and its subsidiary TKP Investments.The pension fund is to liquidate, having previously transferred future accrual to the €24bn multi-sector scheme PGB.At Stap, the assets of Douwe Egberts’ 10,000 deferred participants and pensioners will be managed in a single-client compartment.The Douwe Egberts scheme is Stap’s largest client. It has already welcomed the €1.5bn pension fund of Holland Casino, which transferred earlier this year despite a disagreement with unions and employer representatives .last_img read more

Unusual water feature takes centre stage in Gold Coast mega-mansion

first_imgThe Sanctuary Cove residence at 5691 Anchorage Tce has an unusual feature at its heart.IMAGINE walking into a waterfront mega-mansion and seeing a shower in the middle of the foyer.Once the initial shock wears off, it quickly becomes clear the unusual attraction inside the Sanctuary Cove residence is actually a water feature but that won’t stop you from doing a double take.The waterfall-like feature is surrounded by a miniature garden, which offers a splash of colour against the house’s white interior.A dome skylight above it offers a natural spotlight to make sure it is the centre of attention at all times.The eye-catching design is a standout feature of the Anchorage Tce house, which has hit the market with a $5.95 million price tag. MORE NEWS: The rudest place names on earth The house was a labour of love for the Japan-based owner, who owned the property next door a few years ago, but Mr Phillis said the time was right for him to say goodbye to the holiday home.“He’s building a beach house in Japan now,” he said.The four-bedroom house is on a sprawling 1200sq m block with 22m of water frontage that can accommodate a 68ft boat.An infinity edge pool with spa, waterfront entertainment terrace, tiered home theatre and billiards room are among its luxury inclusions. A shower-like water feature is certainly not what you’d expect to see after walking inside the mansion. It was designed to make the most of the views.Self-titled agency head Alex Phillis, who is marketing the property with Zack Tanti, said the owner incorporated the feature into the house’s design when building it.“It was included in the design to have that wow factor when you come in,” he said.“He wanted a standout feature as you come in but not something that blocked the views.”Mr Phillis said house hunters would either love or hate the feature, which included artificial plants to ensure it looked the part year round.“You can have LED lights that run and you can change the colour of them,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago The perfect spot to relax. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58center_img MORE NEWS: Where you should have bought 10 years agolast_img read more

Sammy remains optimistic but concedes difficult task

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share NewsSports Sammy remains optimistic but concedes difficult task by: – April 29, 2011center_img Share 40 Views   no discussions CASTRIES, St Lucia, CMC – Despite losing their second straight One Day International against Pakistan here Sunday, West Indies captain Darren Sammy remained upbeat his new look side could stage a fightback, though he conceded the task would be difficult heading into the third match on Thursday.The West Indies lost by seven wickets at the Beausejour Cricket Ground Monday having gone down by eight wickets in the first match at the same venue Saturday.“It might be difficult but it is not out of our hands. We had a much better improved bowling performance in the second game. If we could put more runs on the board, it will give us a better chance to win,” Sammy told CMC Sports in a one-on-one interview after the match.Cana Newslast_img read more

OECS leaders and Trinidad PM to discuss CLICO

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 21 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews OECS leaders and Trinidad PM to discuss CLICO by: – May 24, 2012 Share Prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Denzil Douglas BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — Prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas is hoping to meet with his Trinidad and Tobago counterpart, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, next month to thrash out details of an agreement in relation to the CLICO financial debacle.Douglas, who was in Barbados on Monday, is reported by the Nation newspaper of Barbados as saying that he and other leaders in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) had met with Persad-Bissessar at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia and had agreed that Trinidad would “definitely meet the commitments that were previously identified when Patrick Manning was in office.”Douglas said this needed to be clarified to some extent and consolidated.The Manning administration had made efforts to establish a new insurance company, Newco, which was supposed to have brought together several investors, including Trinidad and Tobago with an investment of US$100 million and Barbados investing US$5 million, but that hit a snag following the change of government in Trinidad and Tobago in 2011.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more