Borderland Music & Arts Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Gov’t Mule, Greensky Bluegrass, Mavis Staples, More

first_imgThe Borderland Music & Arts Festival has announced the lineup for their 2019 event, going down September 21st and 22nd at Knox Farm State Park in New York. The “festival beyond boundaries” will feature over 20 bands on three stages with a diverse mix of national and regional Americana and roots artists.2019 will host Gov’t Mule, Greensky Bluegrass, Shakey Graves, Mavis Staples, The Wood Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, a very special, first-time collaboration with Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass featuring Oteil Burbridge, along with The Infamous Stringdusters. Oteil will be returning to Buffalo after his debut performance with Oteil and Friends in 2018 at the inaugural Borderland.Other national acts include Rayland Baxter, The Sheepdogs, The Felice Brothers, and Ghost Light, as well as regional artists, Floodwood featuring Vinnie Amico of Moe. and Rochester artist, Mikaela Davis. Up and coming bands, Liz Cooper and the Stampede, Grant Farm, and Booty and the Kidd, as well as 8 local bands will also be performing at the Buffalo festival.In addition to the music, The Borderland Festival will celebrate the rich artisan history and renaissance of the Buggalo Niagara region, and showcase the burgeoning New York State craft industry by featuring craft beers, cider, and distilled spirits. Additionally, the historic stables at Knox will be converted to “Artisan Alley” where fans can engage with some of the most talented artists in the region. Local artists and craftsmen will offer hands-on exhibitions to provide festival attendees with a truly immersive experience.Tickets for the festival will go on sale on Friday, April 5th at 10 am EST here.last_img read more

Before turning the tassel, a look back

first_img(above) Houghton Library celebrates Babar with an exhibit including a commissioned piece by author Laurent de Brunhoff, who visited with his wife, Phyllis Rose, Radcliffe ’64. With a gift from the Hutchins Family Foundation, at the direction of Glenn Hutchins ’77, J.D./M.B.A. ’83, the Winthrop House courtyard is named for the late James F. Rothenberg ’68, M.B.A. ’70, University treasurer and longtime benefactor.July 2016Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography and chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture, is named dean of arts and humanities.Harvard Law School (HLS) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society announce a $15 million gift from Michael R. Klein, LL.M. ’67. In recognition, the center is renamed the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.Katherine O’Dair is appointed dean of students at Harvard College.Harvard and Berklee College of Music announce a dual degree program that will let students earn a bachelor of arts degree at Harvard and a master’s degree at Berklee in five years.Martha Tedeschi begins as the new Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums (HAM).Michelle Williams, S.M. ’88, Sc.D. ’91, begins as dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). “I know she will approach her new role with the intelligence, dedication, integrity, and humane spirit that she brings to all she does,” says Harvard President Drew Faust.August 2016Three Harvard Divinity School (HDS) students reach No. 2 on the iTunes Podcast charts with “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text,” which started as a class at the Humanist Hub.Ahead of a 2019 exhibition celebrating the Bauhaus centennial, HAM debuts a digital gallery of more than 32,000 objects related to the famed art school.President Faust calls HDS a “pinnacle of pluralism” in welcoming remarks at HDS’s Convocation, which also marks the start of the School’s yearlong bicentennial celebration.Photo by Lori Sanders(above) The 3-D-printed “octobot,” developed by a team of SEAS researchers, is the first autonomous, entirely soft robot powered by a chemical reaction controlled by micro fluidics instead of electronics, paving the way for a new generation of machines.Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and Harvard Business School (HBS) announce the launch of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a collaboration to advance leadership, management, and innovation in cities all over the world.September 2016Jackie Lender ’16 kicks off the Harvard Presidential City of Boston Fellowship, which places a recent College graduate at Boston City Hall to work with Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his team for one year.A $10 million gift to HSPH from an anonymous donor is announced to support financial aid for students in the School’s Nutrition and Occupational Health Sciences programs and Doctor of Public Health Program.Louis Menand, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English, receives the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama, recognizing his contributions to the study of cultural history.Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife, reporter Yeganeh Salehi, join Harvard as Nieman and Shorenstein fellows, respectively. Rezaian spent 543 days in an Iranian prison on dubious espionage charges before his release in January 2016.William G. Kaelin Jr., a professor in the Department of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School (HMS), wins the 2016 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, widely regarded as America’s most prestigious biomedical honor.Hannah Zurier ’17 discovers a new species of truffle fungus on the grounds of the Arnold Arboretum, naming it Tuber arnoldianum.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer(above) Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar and a Nobel laureate, receives the Harvard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year award.The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Gates Foundation name 10 Harvard scientists fellows of a new funding initiative.Harvard announces that the Smith Campus Center, currently under renovation, will now include the Moise Y. Safra Welcome Pavilion, a new common space for community members and visitors when the center reopens in 2018.President Faust convenes the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging to examine ways to help the University thrive as a place where all members of its increasingly diverse community feel they belong.October 2016Drawing from approximately 1.5 million items in the Polaroid corporate archives, HBS’ Baker Library launches the first of three planned exhibits on the iconic company, from its startup days to the release of the Polaroid Land Camera Model 95 in 1948.Steven Hyman, M.D. ’80, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, wins the 2016 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for his work on the treatment and understanding of mental illness as a biological disease.The Graduate School of Design (GSD) establishes the Richard Rogers Fellowship, a residency hosted at the Wimbledon House, the landmark London residence designed by Lord Richard Rogers.The Hutchins Center honors Ursula M. Burns, David L. Evans, Pam Grier, Lana “MC Lyte” Moorer, David Simon, Jessye Norman, and the 1966 Texas Western Miners men’s basketball team with the Du Bois Medal for their work making a difference for African-Americans and for cultural understanding.Winslow Homer’s “Summer Night” (1890), a masterwork on loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, goes on long-term view at HAM.HSPH Dean Michelle A. Williams and Professor Karen M. Emmons, dean for academic affairs, are elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in health and medicine.Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer(above) Oliver Hart, Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics, wins the 2016 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.Harvard researchers make the first entirely 3-D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing. Built by a fully automated, digital manufacturing procedure, the organ can be quickly fabricated and customized, allowing researchers to collect reliable data easily.Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin ’10 announces a $1 million gift to support undergraduate financial aid and renovations to Lavietes Pavilion, the College’s basketball arena.The Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library hosts “Righting the Record: Conservatism and the Archives,” about the importance of academic libraries maintaining greater ideological diversity in their collections of political materials.The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is the newest addition to the growing portfolio of innovation facilities on Western Avenue in Allston. Made possible by a gift from Judy Pagliuca, M.B.A. ’83, and Steve Pagliuca, M.B.A. ’82, the lab will offer shared space for high-potential life sciences and biotech startups founded by Harvard faculty, alumni, students, and postdoctoral scholars.November 2016Speaking at the inaugural Harvard Women’s Weekend, President Faust cites the succession of milestones that have marked the growth of opportunities for women at Harvard and the trailblazing students and faculty who helped achieve them.“Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning” opens at HAM, featuring works by the artist known for sculptures and public installations that honor, acknowledge, and mourn individuals lost to civil violence.ROTC celebrates its 100th anniversary at Harvard as Harvard Library debuts a new exhibit, “To Serve Better Thy Country: Four Centuries of Harvard and the Military.”Five Harvard College students are among this year’s 32 Rhodes Scholars from the United States The scholarship covers up to three years of study at Oxford.HKS reaches a milestone in its campus transformation as it completes the exterior construction of its three new buildings.A team of undergraduates at SEAS uses synthetic biology to tackle marine micro-plastic pollution. Their solution, Plastiback, wins a gold medal at the annual iGEM competition, beating more than 300 student teams from dozens of nations.President Faust addresses the concerns of Harvard’s undocumented students, reaffirming the University’s “clear and unequivocal support for these individuals, who are part of the fabric of University life.” She is one of 200 college and university presidents to sign an open statement in support of maintaining and expanding the DACA immigrant program.A generous gift from Jeff C. Thomas to the HLS Animal Law and Policy Program goes toward improving quality of life for farm animals.Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer(above) Danielle Allen is named the James Bryant Conant University Professor, Harvard’s highest faculty honor.Peter Berman, professor of the practice of global health systems and economics at HSPH, receives the 2016 Carl Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award in International Health from the American Public Health Association.Wendy Jacob RI ’05 debuts “Calm. Smoke rises vertically,” an exhibition designed for the sighted, sightless, and hearing-impaired, at Radcliffe Institute’s Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery.Harvard loses The Game in football for the first time in 10 years, falling to Yale 21-14 at Harvard Stadium.Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy, receives an award for lifetime service from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and Health Systems Global.The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology kicks off the celebration of its sesquicentennial.To honor his retirement at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs dedicates its Warren and Anita Manshel Lecture in American Foreign Policy to one of its former directors, University Distinguished Service Professor Joseph S. Nye Jr.Alumni and friends gather at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin for Your Harvard: Germany to celebrate the alumni community in Europe.December 2016HAM announce a $1 million donation from Ken Hakuta, M.B.A. ’77, nephew of artist Nam June Paik, to establish the Hakuta Family Endowment Fund and create the Nam June Paik Fellowship.Naomi Oreskes, professor of the History of Science, receives the Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication.ClassACT, a nonprofit initiative of the Harvard-Radcliffe Class of 1973, establishes an international leadership program in memory of their classmate Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan.Three Harvard College students are named Marshall Scholars. The scholars are invited to study for up to two years at any university in the United Kingdom.Credit: Harvard Office for Sustainability(above) Harvard University achieves the ambitious climate goal set in 2008 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation gives Harvard a $506,000 grant to establish a Summer Institute for Technical Studies in Art, designed for graduate students from art history programs across North America to broaden their experience with object-focused technical inquiry, methodologies, and instruction.Harvard joins the American Talent Initiative, a coalition of 30 elite colleges and universities, with the goal of recruiting students from backgrounds and means who are often underrepresented in the student rolls.Thirty-five new representatives convene at the Institute of Politics for the Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress, hosted biennially at HKS since 1972. Members discuss a wide range of policy areas and receive advice on practical issues relating to their work in Washington.Thomas C. Schelling, a major figure in shaping HKS, dies at age 95.HMS geneticist Stephen Elledge is awarded the 2017 Breakthrough Prize for his research into cell life, death, repair, and recycling.Ten Harvard students and alumni are selected to attend Tsinghua University in Beijing as Schwarzman Scholars.Tommy Amaker becomes the Crimson’s winningest men’s basketball coach after notching his 179th victory.January 2017HLS Dean Martha Minow announces she will step down at the end of the academic year. “Martha Minow has devoted herself to making HLS stronger and better, more inclusive, and more intently focused on the quest for fairness, equality, opportunity, and respect for the rule of law,” says President Faust.Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers develop a customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment options for people with heart failure.New Harvard Management Company head N.P. Narvekar announces a major reorganization of Harvard’s endowment management arm, including investment strategy shifts, staff reorganization, and changes in how compensation is calculated.Photo by Silvia Mazzocchin(above) Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer is honored as Hasty Pudding’s 2017 Woman of the Year.William Sisler, Harvard University Press director who led the publisher through an era of major transitions, announces he will retire at the end of the academic year.Nearly a century after it was theorized, Harvard scientists say they have produced metallic hydrogen, a breakthrough that could help answer fundamental questions about the nature of matter.George Q. Daley, a leader in stem cell science and cancer biology and a longtime member of the HMS faculty, is named dean of the Faculty of Medicine.Architectural historian and scholar of Renaissance architecture James Ackerman, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus, dies at 97.Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies opens its first overseas field office in Tunisia with support from Hazem Ben-Gacem ’92.With renovations complete, staff moves back into Memorial Church as Sunday Services and Morning Prayers return to the building for the first time since May 2016.Winthrop House renovations are completed ahead of schedule, enabling all 400 residents to return for the 2017 fall semester.February 2017“Next of Kin,” an exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, brings an artist’s eye to the ongoing extinction crisis affecting the planet.Actor Ryan Reynolds is honored as Hasty Pudding’s 2017 Man of the Year.In a visit to a turnaround public school, Miami Northwestern Senior High School, President Faust joins Shaunte Butler ’14, a Miami Northwestern graduate, to tout what’s possible through higher education. Faust later joins hundreds of alumni at the city’s Faena Forum for Your Harvard: Miami.At Global Food Plus, 24 scholars from Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Boston University, Tufts, Cornell, Bard, and the University of Vermont present seven-minute live-streamed talks on research at the nexus of food, agriculture, health, society, and the environment.Harvard receives a record 39,494 applications for the Class of 2021, up 1.2 percent from 2016.Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer(above) Harvard men’s ice hockey team defeats Boston University for its 11th Beanpot title and first since 1993.Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, wins the 2017 Erasmus Prize for her dedication to social science research and her influential work on how diversity and minority well-being bene t society.Khizr Khan, LL.M. ’86, father of Capt. Humayun Khan, who died fighting in Iraq, speaks on civil liberties and democratic values at the JFK Jr. Forum.The Harvard Foundation awards Grammy-winning artist Robyn Rihanna Fenty the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award for her work supporting education for Caribbean students in the United States and health care initiatives in Caribbean countries.In conjunction with HarvardX, GSD launches its first massive open online course (MOOC). The course invites learners from around the globe to consider architecture as a form of cultural expression.March 2017In a new pilot program, HLS announces it will accept the GRE or the LSAT for admission to the three-year J.D. program.Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates delivers the keynote address to a capacity crowd at “Universities and Slavery: Bound by History,” a conference hosted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and President Faust.Seven research projects led by scientists, historians, economists, and public health experts from five Harvard Schools are awarded a combined $1 million in the third round of grants from the Climate Change Solutions Fund.Plans are unveiled for the renewal of Lowell House, including the establishment of the new Senior Common Room and social spaces in Otto Hall, named in recognition of a gift from Alexander Otto ’90, M.B.A. ’94.The Office of the Vice Provost for Research announces a new University-wide Data Science Initiative. Francesca Dominici, professor of biostatistics at HSPH, and David C. Parkes, George F. Colony Professor and area dean for computer science at SEAS, will lead the initiative, which will unite efforts across the University to develop cross-disciplinary methodologies and discover new applications.Jonathan Moore, who helped create the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at HKS, dies at age 84.President Faust travels to Singapore to join hundreds of alumni at a Your Harvard event, and then to Vietnam to speak to national education leaders, Harvard alumni, and schoolchildren about the opportunities education can bring.Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer(above) Ashton “Ash” Carter, former U.S. secretary of defense, is tapped to head the HKS Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and lead a new initiative on technology and global affairs. He succeeds Graham Allison, who will continue to teach at the School.The family of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, J.D. ’60, donates his papers to the HLS Library.Viola Davis is awarded the Harvard Foundation’s 2017 Artist of the Year medal during the 32nd annual Cultural Rhythms Festival.Elena Kramer, chair of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Martin Nowak, professor of mathematics and biology and director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, are named the 2016 recipients of the Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.SEAS researchers find that thinning Arctic sea ice may be responsible for frequent and extensive phytoplankton blooms, potentially causing significant disruption in the Arctic food chain.Thirteen local nonprofits are selected to receive Harvard Allston Partnership Fund grants. The program, established by Harvard University and the city of Boston in collaboration with the Allston community, was created to support nonprofit organizations providing neighborhood improvement, cultural enrichment, and educational programming.David Rockefeller ’36, a business leader and generous benefactor to Harvard who once headed the Board of Overseers, dies at 101.University Choir celebrates the reopening of Memorial Church and debut of the new Student Oasis with a special concert of American music and a new piece by Memorial Church resident composer Carson Cooman,’04.Mary Maples Dunn, a historian and advocate for women’s education who presided over Radcliffe during its merger with Harvard, dies at age 85.Harvard releases new data highlighting its role in helping Massachusetts thrive as an engine of entrepreneurship. The findings show that Harvard is a vital part of the innovation ecosystem that drives discovery and fosters economic growth.Mark Zuckerberg, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Facebook is selected to speak on Commencement Day.April 2017Civil rights attorneys Nicole Merhill and William McCants are named Harvard’s Title IX officer and director of the Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Dispute Resolution, respectively.The culmination of the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging’s initial “listening phase,” students and staff share their experiences and ideas for making Harvard more inclusive at the “Afternoon of Engagement on Inclusion and Belonging” in Sanders Theatre.Neil Gorsuch, J.D. ’91, is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.Samantha Power, former ambassador to the United Nations, is named the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy with a joint appointment at HKS and HLS.Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer(above) Kicking off the 25th anniversary of Arts First, award-winning actor and Arts First founder John Lithgow ’67, Art.D. ’05, receives the 2017 Harvard Arts Medal. “A Celebration of Harvard Artists” marks the anniversary of the festival and Harvard’s ongoing commitment to supporting the study and practice of the arts across campus.Meir Stampfer, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at HSPH, receives the American Association for Cancer Research–American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention.Harvard is well represented in 2017’s Pulitzer Prizes, with honors for sociologist Matthew Desmond in general nonfiction, David Fahrenthold ’00 in national reporting, Colson Whitehead ’91 in fiction, and composer Du Yun, a Harvard Ph.D., for music.Thanks to generous support from Penny Pritzker ’81 and Rose Pritzker Traubert ’16, a transformed Science Center atrium and Cabot Science Library reopens as renewed study and common space, with the addition of Pritzker Commons.Former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, M.P.A. ’84, is named the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at HKS.Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey ’92 is elected chief marshal of the 366th Commencement ceremonies.The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announces the election of 228 new members, including 13 Harvard faculty.President Faust joins the presidents of Stanford and Ohio State universities at the 2017 Higher Education Panel in Washington, D.C., to emphasize the importance of federal funding to maintain equal access to education and innovation in science and technology.HKS hosts the John F. Kennedy Centennial Symposium to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late president, a 1940 graduate of the College.Joe Biden, former vice president and six-term U.S. senator from Delaware, is selected to deliver the annual Class Day address to the Class of 2017.May 2017“NewsHour” co-anchors Judy Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill are named Radcliffe medalists for their journalistic influence and integrity.“A New Light on Bernard Berenson: Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti,” featuring illustrated Persian manuscripts and detached folios collected in the early 20th century, opens at the HAM.Scott A. Abell ’72, past president of the Harvard Alumni Association, is elected president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers, and Tracy P. Palandjian ’93, M.B.A. ’97, is named vice chair of the board’s Executive Committee for the academic year 2017-18.Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva(above) Three student ventures and three runners-up are recognized at the 2017 President’s Innovation Challenge awards, splitting $310,000 in prizes.The steel framing of the new Science and Engineering Complex begins to take shape on Western Avenue in Allston.David Cox and Lorgia García Peña win the 2017 Roslyn Abramson Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.Dan Byers is named the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. June 2016Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Language and director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, wins a Humboldt Research Award for his extensive work in the humanities.Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) researchers demonstrate the first at lens that works with high efficiency within the visible spectrum of light, with exciting potential in wearable optics for virtual and augmented reality.A cross-disciplinary Harvard team creates a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels, converting solar energy to biomass with 10 times the efficiency of the fastest-growing plants.Astronomy Professor David Charbonneau wins a Blavatnik Award for his pioneering discoveries of exoplanets, most notably an Earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star that is considered the best target for future exploration.Courtesy of Houghton Librarylast_img read more

Gatorade apologizes over LeBron-related tweets

first_imgMiami Heat forward LeBron James watches action against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gatorade apologized Friday for comments posted to the company’s Twitter feed after Miami Heat star LeBron James cramped up and had to leave Game 1 of the NBA Finals.The tweets were also deleted.James needed intravenous fluids after the game, during which temperatures inside San Antonio’s AT&T Center were measured at nearly 90 degrees afteer the arena’s air-conditioning system failed. The Spurs won the game 110-95, pulling away in the final 3:59 after James left the game for good with cramps ravaging his left leg.“Our apologies for our response to fans’ tweets during (Thursday) night’s Heat vs. Spurs game,” Gatorade said in a release. “We got caught up in the heat of the battle. As a longtime partner of the Miami Heat, we support the entire team.”Gatorade has a long business relationship with the NBA. James is an endorser of Powerade, a Gatorade rival.One of the now-deleted tweets, in response to someone who directed a message toward the sports drink’s feed, read that, “We were waiting on the sidelines, but he prefers to drink something else.”He may be paid by Powerade, but it appeared James was drinking Gatorade at least once during Game 1 of the finals. Video and photos taken of James on the Heat bench during the second half showed him holding what appeared to be a Gatorade bottle with the label removed, as has been the case on many other occasions.The only tweet that Gatorade left on its feed related to the matter Friday had been posted late in Game 1, saying, “With a game this hot, we’re right at home.”The Spurs said a power outage was to blame for the air-conditioning failure.last_img read more

I went to Cape Town during March

first_imgI arrived there on Saturday at about 11, went to the hotel.At the hotel when I was at reception, there was an Indian man who was talking about how he’s in Cape Town for 2 days because the ship he came on (he’s in the Navy from India) and how all he really wants to see are penguins and other animals – he’s never been on African Soil before.Prize-winner! This was our first prize-winning story. Congratulations, Welma!He wants to do something really exciting like go to a game reserve, bungee jump off Table Mountain, just anything really amazing. So there I was just standing there listening to him speak and thinking what on earth have I done that is absolutely exciting in Cape Town.I am a Jo’burg girl – had been to Cape Town twice before (first when I was 10 – school trip, then again when I was about 20/21 – for work). I don’t remember much about Cape Town. I had plans to just go to the Waterfront and shop (okay buy one expensive thing then call everyone I know to tell them how expensive everything in Cape Town is).So there we areSo there we are standing at Reception (me waiting to check in, and him hoping to find something exciting to do). Then the receptionist suggests that for only R390 he can go on a half-day tour of the city. So I had to jump in, because at that moment I realised how boring my trip would be if all I did was visit shops that exist in Jozi. (I can always buy in Joburg).So okay – I have cash on hand, I’m going on a tour bus. I’m completely South African (I’ve never even been out of the country, nor do I own a passport), and I really don’t know my country and in any case it just sounds exciting.I’ve just made a new friendI’ve just made a new friend (the Indian guy) and at 13:30 we are going on a tour around the city. Our tour-guide is a gentleman from Chicago – USA. So no! I feel completly embarrassed, but really who cares; that was my first adventure around a city I didn’t know.He knew all there was to know about Cape Town – the history, the names of the mountains, who Vasco Da Gama is (History Standard 6 or 7 – or even before, the name sounded familliar, but God knows I didn’t remember a thing about him).The tour went via Muizenburg, Simons Town (it was Navy Week – I didn’t know there was such a thing until we went through that town), The Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, etc.I am so proud of myselfI am so proud of myself for having taken that enlightening tour it’s not funny.I have never had so much fun in my life – travelling with an Indian man (who enjoyed seeing things that I thought were normal – I mean the animals), my tour guide from Chicago (who was just a great guy who I’m embarrassed to admit knows my country’s history so much better than me it hurts), and my camera (full of pictures of everything – flora and fauna I couldn’t name if you paid me, I just love knowing that I saw all those things).That is my story about my trip to Cape Town. And since then, my first ever trip alone, I am now planning to go on a tour bus to Mpumalanga in July (alone or with my cousin) and one to the North West (okay not the whole province just Sun City – with my friends).Taking the Sho’t Left challenge …Story submitted to SAinfo on 9 April 2008last_img read more

Nation Brand Forum speaker profile: Martyn Davies

first_imgSouth Africa has as many global companies as South Korea, but the world doesn’t know this, says Martyn Davies. For South Africa to be recognised as a global business leader, he believes its people need to share the same national values. He will be speaking at Brand South Africa’s 2017 Nation Brand Forum on 5 October. Catch economic analyst, Martyn Davies, at the 2017 Nation Brand Forum being held at Summer Place, Johannesburg on 5 October. Davies will discuss ways of improving South Africa’s standing on the global economic stage. (Image: Shamin Chibba)A 2010 World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, Dr Martyn Davies currently leads global firm Deloitte’s Emerging Markets and Africa division as well the Africa firm’s China and Japan Services Group.Davies has led the World Economic Forum’s Mining and Metal Industry Group and has been awarded a WEF Dangote Fellowship for young Africans, an honour bestowed to those who show outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments and commitment to society.He was previously ranked the number one analyst in South Africa in the Other African Economies and Markets category by the Financial Mail in its annual Analysts of the Year awards.Beyond working with a third of all companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, he has advised governments including those of Botswana, Ghana, South Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK and South Africa.Davies completed his PhD at Wits University and went on to study in South Korea, Harvard and Oxford universities. He is a visiting professor at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. He believes that South Africa does not get the credit for its business acumen, and has often pointed out that the country has created a similar number of globally competitive corporations as South Korea, a country hailed for its economic miracle.He believes that until South Africans begin to see the bigger picture and understand and embrace its role in the world, the country will not fulfill its potential. “We need to forge a nation and we are not doing enough to forge a nation state…I think that one of the negatives of South Africa is that we still need to see similar, true values – political, national values – being created and instilled in people for us to truly progress as a nation.”Married, with three children, he was awarded national colours in cycling for South African Universities. An avid reader, Davies himself has published articles in accredited journals, including Asian Economic Policy Review, the Review of African Political Economy, and the South African Journal of International Affairs. He has been a commentator for the Financial Times and The Washington Post, BBC, Al Jazeera and AFP.last_img read more Presents: World Wide Flash Mob

first_img[Editor’s note: English and German subtitles available by clicking the CC button][vsw id=”kyCrnSL72uM” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Watch Presents: World Wide Flash Mob (WWFM) for a look inside this geocaching phenomenon. The 9th geocaching WWFM is just over a week away. On June 9, more than 300 WWFM events are already planned in 31 countries. Those who attend WWFM IX will walk away with great memories, a smiley, and receive a custom WWFM Souvenir on their profile. The Souvenir will be awarded within 72 hours of the WWFM.WWFM in GermanyAt least 10,000 geocachers are expected to attend WWFM IX events on June 9, 2012. Find an event near you by exploring the WWFM IX Bookmark list.Check out this blog post for advice if you plan to attend a WWFM.Subscribe to the official YouTube channel to be one of the first to see new videos about the evolving world of geocaching. Watch the more than 50 videos produced by on our video page.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related2012 World Wide Flash Mob ApproachingMay 22, 2012In “Movie References”Fastest 15 Minutes in Geocaching – WWFM XApril 15, 2013In “Community”The Fastest 15 Minutes in Geocaching: WWFMMay 5, 2014In “Geocaching Info”last_img read more

BlindType: Touchscreen Typing for the Maladroit

first_imgmike melanson Related Posts Worry not, you of the short and stubby fingers, you who lack a bit of dexterity in the digits, you who can’t seem to type on your iPhone and Android for the life of you – there is hope. No longer will you have to be angered that your attempt to type the letter “M” resulted in a backspace or “A” turned into a capital letter. BlindType, an input system currently in development for the iPhone and Android platforms, works to predict not only the word you intended to type, but the letters themselves.While we’d never recommend trying to type on your phone while driving, there are plenty of other situations where this app could be immensely useful. From sitting in the back of a bouncy bus to simply trying to type faster than the miniscule touchscreen keyboard normally allows, the app gives a much larger margin of error by not only using predictive text, but also adjusting the keyboard to the user’s “‘perceived’ keyboard and typing style”. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As you can see in the video, the keyboard is not static, but rather entirely relative to how the user types. The keyboard itself is even unnecessary, as the relative touch points are enough to predict the intended words. It can move on the touchscreen, adjust to different orientations and even change in size. While Kostas Eleftheriou was hesitant to describe exactly how this all worked, he told us that the system adjusts dynamically with every word typed, not just in the long term. “The average user will probably want to have their keyboard ‘locked’ into a fixed position, so the scaling and rotation that you see would be happening behind the scenes in order to provide industry-first prediction rates,” Eleftheriou told us in an email. “While the system offers many different settings, it will be totally ready to go out of the box without having to tinker with anything first.”While Android users may be able to enjoy the full potential of this app, on the iPhone it will unfortunately suffer the same fate (at least initially) as Opera Mini – a secondary interface that cannot be made default. We asked BlindType’s creators about this, and they admitted that Apple does not allow its keyboard to be replaced, as with Android, but that they will offer BlindType for both platforms “if nothing else to put pressure on Apple to finally allow this kind of thing.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Amazon#web last_img read more

Let’s go behind the scenes with Jerky Bot

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#Chef’s Cut#David Ortiz#drones#featured#Ford#Internet of Things#IoT#Jerky Bot#ThinkModo#top#Uber Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Sometimes we sit back at ReadWrite, take in the overwhelming opportunities and challenges of this thing we call the Internet of Things and realize sometimes we just want to have a little fun while we discover something awesome.Enter JerkyBot:We had a debate on this here at ReadWrite. There’s no way this is real. A flying chopping board? A jerky drone? David Ortiz? Come on now. Ok, it looks cool, I said, let’s get it up on Facebook.Millions of hits later — what can I say, people love jerky on demand — we wanted to know more.A few months ago, the viral video geniuses at Thinkmodo got a call from the jerky pros at Chef’s Cut.“They challenged us to come up with a fun and original viral video concept that would get people talking about the brand online,” said Thinkmodo co-founder Michael Krivicka. “A few beers later, we came up with the idea of creating a flying snack tray.”Of course.A fun shoot — and Jerky Bot 2.0?A few months later, and the first fully tested prototype ready. Krivicka said our skepticism wasn’t unusual. “Lots of people question whether the JerkyBot is real or not  — many think it was CGI — but it is 100% real. We made a number of them already. It flies. It carries the snack.”Andy Shen of Shen Drones — featured in the video — was involved in the design and testing. Randy Slavin of Yeah Drones worked on the mechanics, and other technicians helped bring Jerky Bot to life.It’s taken off – literally and figuratively. “We have been getting a bunch of requests for the JerkyBot since we posted the video on Facebook a week ago, so there is definitely a demand there,” said Krivicka about the exciting possibility of an Amazon drone delivering you a new Jerky Bot drone to play with sometime soon. “The next step is to perfect the prototype which can take months,” said Krivicka.And this is where we come back to what Readwrite readers know best: solving the tech challenges. “Things to consider are extending battery life, reducing weight, and most importantly the close-to-person autonomous function. There are a bunch of autonomous drones out there already, each using different tracing technology, so for us it’s now figuring out what will work best,” he said.See also: Of course machine learning can help you sort cucumbersSo the team at Chef’s Cut and Thinkmodo have a challenge that Uber, Ford, Tesla, Google and many other automakers are facing right now. “The autonomous part is something that still needs a lot of work, so we will be doing more experimenting with that for the next few months,” he said. “We are still in the early stages with this but the idea is to mass produce it one day and make it a fun but safe consumer product.”He added that they’re now looking for more drone experts to team up with and do more testing and experimenting. And Big Papi? He owns part of the jerky company and so “was happy to be in the video.” Shot about a month ago in Boston, Krivicka says the shoot was “all pure fun.” And it sure looks that way.And let’s get serious again, if for just a moment — you know that a new technology, like drones, has true bite (get it? get it?) when it goes beyond the “Can you believe it?” stage and shows up in a great, goofy setting for a smart ad campaign. What that really means is the concept has enough currency with the public to be memorable and deliver the message.This new connected world is already here; it’ll be amazing to see where it takes us. It all seems very satisfying…but will we bite off more than we chew? (Ok, seriously, that was my last one).center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Trevor Curwinlast_img read more

Ohio State Football: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Was Back At It With The Photobombing At The NBA Finals Last Night

first_imgUrban Meyer shows excitement during the cavaliers game.Urban Meyer CavsOutside of coaching college football, photobombing is probably Urban Meyer’s best skill. He’s great at it. And the 50-year-old coach – perhaps unintentionally – was at it again last night at the Cleveland-Golden State NBA Finals game. Urban is #ALLinCLE. @OSUCoachMeyer @cavs (photo via @GavinRBlair)— Niraj Antani (@NirajAntani) June 10, 2015Urban Meyer, photo-bomber extraordinaire, strikes again.— Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) June 10, 2015When you thought your conversation was private but you get put on blast…— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 10, 2015Photobombing is getting a little dated, but when you’re a national championship-winning head coach, you can do whatever you want.last_img read more

Photos: Syracuse Will Wear Awesome “Pearl” Warm-Up Shirts Tonight

first_imgPearl Washington shirts for Syracuse.SYRACUSE, NY – DECEMBER 17: General view of the back of a Syracuse Orange warm up shirt to honor former player Pearl Washington prior to the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome on December 17, 2016 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)This week, Syracuse fans began raising money for former Orange star Pearl Washington, who is battling a brain tumor and needs significant, round-the-clock medical care. There’s also a website “Prayers for Pearl” where people can purchase shirts and donate to the cause. Tonight, Syracuse basketball is getting in on the act, and the team will be wearing special “Pearl” warm-up shirts before taking on Notre Dame. The shirts are very cool, featuring Pearl’s No. 31 and his name written in the same vintage script that appeared on the ‘Cuse jerseys in the 1980s. These are awesome. Kudos to Syracuse and our continued best wishes to Pearl.last_img read more