It’s Time to Open Up Your RAN

first_imgDell Technologies and partners Red Hat, Altiostar, and NEC and Netcracker have joined forces to accelerate open vRAN deploymentsTechnology is always evolving, which is exciting and frustrating for any organization trying to keep up with, adapt to, and anticipate new changes. Communication Service Providers (CSPs) have it particularly hard.  A case in point: The evolution to 5G requires  upgrading your radio access network (RAN), which is no small feat given the tens of thousands of cell towers you’re responsible for. Of course, it’s very likely that your existing RAN is built on proprietary technology, which means it’s inflexible and expensive.This is why many CSPs are recognizing the potential of open and virtualized radio access networks (vRAN).  An open vRAN allows you to disaggregate hardware from software to choose your own components. This way, you aren’t locked into any one solution and have the freedom to modify your RAN based on specific needs.It also brings powerful automation to help you easily deploy and manage hardware and software across geographically distributed areas. Imagine the time saved from significantly fewer truck rolls to each of those cell towers.  Instead, accelerate deployment and manage the entire lifecycle from a central location. At the same time, set yourself up for the future — beyond 5G — with a software-based solution that’s not going to require an exhaustive overhaul next time around.Open vRAN offers incredible potential. So, what’s holding you back?It’s true: A disaggregated model built with hardware and software from different vendors can add complexity and risk. How do you integrate all of them? What if they don’t work together?Fortunately for CSPs, industry leaders are coming together to help reap the benefits of an open, vRAN model.   For instance, Dell Technologies has joined forces with three of its valued partners to design an open vRAN reference architecture (RA) — built on best-in-class components — that integrates the stack for you.It starts with a solid hardware foundation.  Dell EMC PowerEdge 740xd servers with support for accelerator technologies such as the Intel® Programmable Acceleration Card (Intel® PAC) N3000, form the compute layer for your vRAN.  Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform are added to automate and simplify hardware configuration and management while also supporting Altiostar’s Open vRAN software.   Altiostar’s software opens up your RAN, making disaggregation possible, and radically speeds deployment to those tens of thousands of cell towers. And finally, NEC and Netcracker bring the entire RA together for you with systems integration and end-to-end orchestration.  With expertise in both IT and radio networks, they have the keen knowledge and skill sets needed to deploy and manage your open vRAN.Get started now with a validated reference architecture that avoids vendor lock in, reduces risk and speeds your time to market.Dell Technologies, Red Hat, Altiostar, NEC and Netcracker have done the integration work for you to accelerate your network migration and simplify the evolution of your network.To learn more about this validated reference architecture for open vRAN, read our solution brief.last_img read more

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro Extends Off-Broadway

first_img The cast also includes George Abud, Alma Cuervo, Malcolm Gets, Maggie Lakis, Megan Loomis, Paul Lincoln, Jane Pfitsch, Randy Redd, Ed Romanoff and Jessica Tyler Wright. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro, starring Claybourne Elder and Elizabeth A. Davis, has extended its off-Broadway run through December 14. Directed by John Doyle, the production had been set to play a limited engagement through December 7. Opening night is scheduled for November 19 at Classic Stage Company. View Comments Allegro was Richard Rodgers’ and Oscar Hammerstein II’s third collaboration and first premiered on Broadway in 1947. The musical chronicles nearly four decades in the life of an Everyman, Joseph Taylor Jr. (Elder), from cradle through a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about. The saga takes us from Joe’s birth through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his career; from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 Allegrolast_img read more

Catch Anna Kendrick & More in New Trailer for Pitch Perfect 2!

first_img View Comments We are so ready to get pitch slapped once more. Pitch Perfect 2 has released another trailer, and it takes Rebel Wilson just 20 seconds to pull off one of the most magnificent wardrobe malfunctions in cinematic history. Take a look as Into the Woods star Anna Kendrick, fellow Anna/Broadway alum Anna Camp and more make the Bellas global. The only downside of the below is that it contains a mere glimpse of our Broadway boys Skylar Astin and Ben Platt. We’ll just have to wait until we can spend some proper time with them on the big screen on May 15!last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: The Present Burns Bright at the Box Office

first_img Broadway entered a winter slump this past week—which is to be expected following a string of shows closing in early January. Ten shows have shuttered in 2017, leading to a dip in grosses that will likely last until the spring season picks up. Until then, a few shows are keeping crowds fired up, including the explosive The Present. The Chekhov adaptation, starring Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, joined the Millionaire’s Club during the week ending January 15, taking in $1,030,574. Two Tony-winning productions took their final bows on January 15: The Humans, which ended its run on its second-highest gross, and Jersey Boys, which concluded eleven years on Broadway by hitting seven figures for seven consecutive weeks. Holiday Inn also closed shop, wrapping up its limited engagement by grossing $535,622.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending January 15:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($2,451,260)2. The Lion King ($1,800,719)3. Wicked ($1,668,863)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,450,027)5. Aladdin ($1,425,694)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Oh, Hello ($762,605)4. Chicago ($612,371)3. Holiday Inn ($535,622)2. In Transit ($326,234)1. Jitney ($285,870)*FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.56%)2. Hamilton (101.78%)3. Dear Evan Hansen (101.52%)4. Oh, Hello (99.95%)5. Jersey Boys (99.44%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Chicago (83.76%)4. Cats (82.86%)3. Kinky Boots (81.63%)2. The Phantom of the Opera (72.81%)1. On Your Feet! (70.00%)*Number based on eight preview performancesSource: The Broadway League View Comments Cate Blanchett & Richard Roxburgh in ‘The Present'(Photo: Joan Marcus)last_img read more

MANRRS conference

first_imgBy April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaThe National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, NaturalResources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) will have its 18th annualnational career fair and training conference March 27-29 inAtlanta.About 1,200 students and professionals are expected to attend theevent at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. The program will focus onleadership, scholarship and service.Tommy Irvin, Georgia commissioner of agriculture, and GaleBuchanan, dean of the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences, will speak in theopening session. The UGA CAES diversity relations office iscoordinating the event.Symposium, tours, workshopsThe conference will have a high school symposium, local tours,mobile workshops, a career fair and motivational speakers. Itwill include workshops on leadership, financial management,agriculture, food science and career development.MANRRS promotes minority involvement in agriculture and relatedsciences. It has a national office, 50 chapters at U.S. collegesand universities and 1,200 members. Among them are undergraduateand graduate students and professionals of diverse backgrounds.To learn more about the program or to register, exhibit orsponsor, visit the Web site (www.manrrs.org).last_img read more

National financial expert to speak in Vermont on kids and cash

first_imgVermont youth are part of an increasingly influential consumer group. A 2010 Harris Interactive Poll reports that today’s 8 to 24 year olds in the U.S. spend approximately $239 billion annually. However, despite this spending power, the same poll reports that among the top worries of this age group are not having enough money and concern that their parents will lose their jobs. How can parents and teachers help youth reconcile their spending habits with a challenging economy? That question and more will be addressed as part of the 6th annual Vermont Jump$tart Coalition personal finance conference for teachers and parents on March 17 in South Burlington.The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization of individuals, organizations, and businesses who work to improve the personal financial literacy of Vermont’s youth. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Conference Center. The cost is $30 for the full conference or $20 for lunch and the keynote address. Registration information is available at www.VtJumpStart.org(link is external)  or by calling toll-free in Vermont (877) 242-8550. The deadline for registration is March 11.The keynote address will be delivered by Janet Bodnar, the editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. She is a recognized expert in the field of children’s and family finances. Her book, ‘Raising Money Smart Kids,’ was a finalist in the personal finance category of the Books for a Better Life awards. In her lunch-time address, Bodnar will discuss simple and effective ways in which adults can teach kids how to manage money.‘I have learned from more than 15 years of writing about kids and money that, no matter how old they are, kids will always come to their parents for advice,’ explained Bodnar. ‘Nothing a parent tells them is too basic. A little information goes a long way.’Conference participants may choose from nine breakout sessions. The day will conclude with a conference-wide program demonstration of a Concert for Financial Literacy, a personal finance school assembly program featuring live musicians and offered by Vermont’s credit unions.The conference is financially supported by People’s United Bank, VSAC, VSECU, and Community National Bank.‘Today, more than ever, we need to advance financial literacy among Vermont youth,’ said People’s United Bank Director of Marketing and Community Services Kathy Schirling. ‘We are pleased to again partner with Vermont Jump$tart to bring educational opportunities to teachers and parents, both whom are key groups in teaching our children personal financial skills.’The conference breakout sessions are organized within three tracks: Personal Finance, Communications, and Innovations. In the Personal Finance track, a series of workshops are offered that are aimed at building personal financial knowledge and skills. In ‘Money Personalities,’ participants will learn how personality traits impact how we each handle money. ‘Improve Your Credit Score!’ will give attendees a primer on how credit scores are calculated and how to build healthy money management habits. In the final session, ‘Making Money and Making a Difference,’ participants will learn about socially responsible investing and review core investment concepts.Workshops featured in the Communications track will give educators and parents a look at a range of programs and topics that allow for better communication and understanding of personal finance. In ‘Fund Your Passion,’ attendees will hear from a seasoned fundraiser about how to raise money for an educational finance project or cause. ‘Money Matters,’ will present ideas for communicating to children about money. The final workshop offering in the track, ‘Money Amalgam,’ gives attendees a quick overview of a range of financial literacy competitions and some new investor education programs.The third track, the Innovations track, focuses on school-based programs teachers can use to teach students personal finance. In ‘Leveraging Volunteers for Financial Literacy,’ participants will learn how to start a Junior Achievement program in their schools and the role of parents and community volunteers. ‘Performance Based Learning’ examines the National Endowment for Financial Education’s High School Financial Planning Program and the applied learning approach emphasized throughout the program materials. The final presentation, ‘Financial Fitness for Life,’ examines the latest financial literacy program for grades K-12 offered by the Council for Economic Education.‘The day provides participants with a wide variety of workshop choices, along with the opportunity to talk with others who have an interest in personal financial education,’ said Gregg Mousley, Vermont Jump$tart President.Teachers participating in the conference will receive five hours of continuing education credit. For more information, visit the Vermont Jump$tart web site.last_img read more

FDA offers guidance to make fresh-cut produce safer

first_img Processes such as slicing, peeling, coring, and trimming increase the risk of bacterial contamination of produce by breaking the skin, the FDA noted. Examples of fresh-cut products include shredded lettuce and cabbage, peeled baby carrots, broccoli and cauliflower florets, cut celery stalks, and sliced melons. The story said the guidelines were developed with the help of the produce industry. Hank Giclas, an official with the Western Growers Association, told the newspaper, “It’s a document we’ve been asking for for some time, so I’m happy to see them get it out on the street.” Oct 18, 2004, CIDRAP News story “FDA lists plans for making produce safer” Many companies that market fresh-cut produce report they already are using many of the practices recommended in the guidelines, according to a report published today in the Monterey County Herald, in California’s Salinas Valley, a major produce-growing area. Dec 1, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Produce linked to more disease cases than poultry” The FDA said the document recommends that produce processors encourage their partners throughout the supply chain to use safe practices, including requiring workers to report illnesses and training supervisors to recognize signs of infectious disease and not allow sick employees to work until they have been treated. See also: Mar 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week proposed voluntary guidelines to help food processors reduce the risk of pathogenic contamination of fresh-cut produce such as bagged salads and sliced pineapple. In releasing the draft guidelines, Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach said in a news release, “Fresh-cut produce is the fastest growing sector of the fresh produce industry. This document should help to improve safety by providing clearer guidance on how to reduce health hazards that are potentially introduced during the production process.” Mar 1 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2006/ucm108610.htm Remarking that he had seen produce operations in facilities that were “one step up from a barn,” Schwartz said Dole would like to see the FDA turn the guidelines into requirements. Last December the consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said that contaminated fruits and vegetables had caused more illness cases in recent years than any other food group. The guidance document, titled “Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Fruits and Vegetables,” offers recommendations in five areas: personnel health and hygiene, personnel training, building and equipment, sanitation operations, and production and processing controls (such as packaging, storage, and transport). Eric Schwartz, president of Dole Fresh Vegetables, told the newspaper his company is already following 90% of the guidelines. “I think most of your big players are doing something very similar now,” he was quoted as saying. The FDA is taking comments on the proposed guidelines for 60 days. (See news release link below for details on how to comment.) Fresh produce has been blamed for a growing share of foodborne disease outbreaks in recent years, and in October 2004 the FDA announced an action plan for reducing disease risks linked to produce. The Monterey County Herald report said the FDA wrote a “scathing letter” last November urging fresh-cut produce companies to do more to protect consumers from foodborne pathogens. In releasing its produce-safety action plan in October 2004, the FDA cited an estimate that at least 12% of illness cases in outbreaks in the 1990s were tied to fresh produce. The action plan focused mainly on providing more information to produce growers, processors, transporters, retailers, and consumers, rather than on regulations. Between 1990 and 2003, produce and produce dishes were linked to 554 outbreaks totaling more than 28,000 illness cases, according to the CSPI analysis. Poultry was second, with 476 outbreaks totaling more than 14,000 cases.last_img read more

Soon no visas and double taxation with the US?

first_imgMinister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejčinović Burić met with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Washington.The meeting opened two important topics. The first is the conclusion of a double taxation agreement and the abolition of visas for Croatian citizens who want to visit the United States.”For Croatian citizens, two specific issues in relation to the United States are extremely important: the abolition of visas and double taxation. On both the Croatian and American sides, there is the will and energy to finally find a solution and for Croatia to receive the same status as other members of the European Union. “, Said Pejčinović Burić, reports HRT.This would certainly be a big step forward, which would support another better economic cooperation between Croatia and the United States, especially for the development of investment, tourism and trade between Croatia and the United States.Also, recently, in cooperation with Dubrovnik Airport and American Airlines, a direct flight between Dubrovnik and the USA was announced, which will connect Dubrovnik with the American city of Philadelphia three times a week. Thus, after 28 long years, the Republic of Croatia will again be directly connected to the United States via Dubrovnik Airport.Read more about this topic in the attachment.Related news:  FROM 2019 DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM DUBROVNIK TO THE USAlast_img read more

German coronavirus cases jump, economic nervousness rises

first_imgHe said the carmaker was “gradually ramping up” production again in China after the Chinese New Year stoppage that had been further lengthened by coronavirus. But the disease would have an impact on company results.”We can’t yet say what the impact will be, but it is clear that both production and sales will be affected,” he added.Lufthansa, Europe’s largest airline group by fleet size, on Friday announced that it was slashing by half the number of flights it would operate in coming weeks as a result of the sudden slackening in demand.While the government has so far resisted calls for direct economic stimulus to counter the effects of the slowdown, saying only that it has the resources to do so if necessary, more targeted measures are being contemplated.Handelsblatt newspaper reported that the parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition were discussing ways to make it temporarily easier for companies to shorten employees’ working hours by letting them off some of the cost of social security benefits.And with panic buying triggering pictures of empty supermarket shelves on social media, transport minister Andreas Scheuer recommended that a ban on deliveries on Germany’s sacrosanct Sunday be lifted to ease restocking.At a European health ministers summit on Friday, Health Minister Jens Spahn advised against trips to affected regions both abroad and at home, mentioning specifically the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, where there are 346 cases.  The number of coronavirus patients in Germany jumped to 684 on Saturday, with concern growing at the economic impact of the spreading epidemic on one of the world’s most trade-dependent economies.The number of patients recorded by the Robert Koch Institute had risen by 45, with large clusters in the west and south, where one initial outbreak centered on a car supplier with a unit in Wuhan, where the infection was first detected.The total is more than 10 times larger than it was a week ago. There were 66 cases in Feb. 29. Western Europe’s most populous country, Germany has the second largest number of registered cases on the continent after Italy.So far, no deaths have been reported, though the RND newspaper group reported that a transplant patient with a depressed immune system and who had contracted coronavirus was in a critical condition.With concern growing at the vulnerability of long international supply chains to such an epidemic, Ola Kallenius, chief executive of Mercedes maker Daimler, warned against a return to economic nationalism.”These events show how fragile global supply chains are,” he told Der Spiegel magazine. “But a world without global work sharing would be less successful … We should protect [that success] while checking for vulnerabilities where we can bring more security into the supply chain.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Environmentally sustainable building a city showstopper

first_imgEnjoy the views from inside Monterey at Kangaroo Point.Mr Caulfield said he had received a lot of interest in the development, with a couple from the US looking for Brisbane property.“They were maybe in their 40s to 50s, they wanted an apartment in Brisbane to live in for three months of the year and then leave it vacant,” he said.“They ended up purchasing a two-bedroom apartment.”Construction on Monterey is expected to start soon, and will feature a pool, a rooftop gym, yoga and barbecue area. An exterior shot of Monterey at Kangaroo Point.Set to appeal to downsizers and upsizers, Mr Gardner said Monterey would be the tallest residential cross laminated timber (CLT) building in Kangaroo Point. “CLT is a renewable resource which sequesters carbon, enhances thermal properties (can be associated with heating and cooling energy reductions), has very low embodied energy, resulting in a unique environmentally sustainable building,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoMr Gardner said the name Monterey paid homage to the radiata pine used to build many of the historic timber houses that give the city its character.“Monterey California is one of the only places where monterey pine naturally grows. The use of radiata pine in the CLT method is an innovative wood product developed in Europe over 30 years ago. “Award-winning architects Hayes Anderson Lynch bring to life a design that complements the riverside lifestyle. This elegant design embodies sustainable principles which truly encompasses Brisbane’s vision for ‘buildings that breathe’.”Place Estate selling agent Simon Caulfield said most of the apartments were larger three and four bedrooms, with a penthouse on the top level.“There are a few one and two bedroom apartments. And apartments are priced from $499,000 to $2.7 million, for the penthouse,” Mr Caulfield said.“Monterey really is the jewel in the crown.” Monterey at Kangaroo Point.Brisbane’s skyline will soon be home to another stunning development, Monterey – a 10-storey building with 32 apartments.Developed by Gardner Vaughn Group, director Guy Gardner said the “real heart” of Brisbane was Kangaroo Point.“We’ve always wanted to be here, (it’s the) last remaining north-facing site,” Mr Gardner said.“It’s in close proximity to everything but when you come home you forget that you’re right next to the city. It’s been a path of uniqueness that we saw years ago that we wanted to be part of.”last_img read more