The Gartner Data Center Conference opened this morning and over the next three days, I’ll get to know a number of EMC customers better, learning about where their IT operations are heading over the next few years.Gartner conferences attract some of the industry’s most forward-thinking CIOs and data center managers. While their IT organizations are at different stages, they all have one thing in common: a desire to transform IT efficiency and effectiveness.These managers are facing some familiar challenges: exploding data growth, mounting pressure to cut operational costs, and increasingly complex regulatory requirements and security threats. Other challenges have cropped up recently, like the emergence of mobile computing and the need to access data anywhere at any time.I’m sure there are people here to learn how they can address many of these challenges simultaneously. Personally, I can’t wait to get down to details of EMC’s “three pillars” approach with storage solutions at the infrastructure layer, VMware’s hypervisor and software-defined data center tech at the virtualization layer, and Pivotal for big and fast data applications on top.But I know IT leaders will be looking for more than just product specs. They also want to know:how to tailor this tech to their own unique use cases,how to automate processes that have cost thousands of man-hours already,how to position IT as a service broker for their business instead of a roadblock.This is where things get more complex – and even more interesting. What I’m hearing from customers is that the rapidly changing face of IT has created a pronounced skills gap within IT organizations. While an event like this is ideal for helping close those gaps, what if you want more? And what about educating an entire IT staff?Education and technical expertise are essential to deploying today’s tech effectively and making IT transformation a reality. That’s why EMC offers a host of cloud and data science education programs running independently from strategic events like Gartner Data Center.If you are at the show, join me in discussing these topics in greater detail during my session, “The Role of IT in Creating an Agile, Predictive Enterprise” on Tuesday, December 10th at 1:45-2:30pm PT in Veronese 2404.Better yet, stop by the EMC booth.While I would love to share our story with you in person, I’m actually a lot more interested in hearing yours.
This post is co-authored by Rakshith Vasudev, Software Engineer, Dell EMC HPC & AI Innovation Lab.The new NVIDIA Clara AI Toolkit enables developers to build and deploy medical imaging applications to create intelligent instruments and automated healthcare workflows.In today’s hospitals, medical imaging technicians are racing to keep pace with workloads stemming from the growing use of CT scans, MRI scans and other imaging used in the diagnostic processes. In a large hospital system, a relatively small number of technicians might be hit with hundreds or even thousands of scans in a single day. To keep up with the volume, these overworked technicians need tools to assist with the process of analyzing complex images, identifying hard-to-detect abnormalities and ferreting out indicators of disease.Increasingly, medical institutions are looking to artificial intelligence to address these needs. With deep-learning technologies, AI systems can now be trained to serve as digital assistants that take on some of the heavy lifting that comes with medical imaging workflows. This isn’t about using AI to replace trained professionals. It’s about using AI to streamline workflows, increase efficiency and help processionals identify the cases that require their immediate attention. Hospital IT needs to strategize to make their infrastructure AI-ready. NVIDIA and American College of Radiology have partnered to enable thousands of radiologists to create and use AI in their own facilities, with their own data, across a vast network of thousands of hospitals.One of these AI-driven toolsets is NVIDIA Clara AI, an open, scalable computing platform that enables development of medical imaging applications for hybrid (embedded, on-premises or cloud) computing environments. With the capabilities of NVIDIA Clara AI, hospitals can create intelligent instruments and automated healthcare workflows.The Clara AI ToolkitTo help organizations put Clara AI to work, NVIDIA offers the Clara Deploy SDK. This Helm-packaged software development kit encompasses a collection of NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) containers that work together to provide an end-to-end medical image processing workflow in Kubernetes. NGC container images are optimized for NGC Ready GPU accelerated systems, such as Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 and PowerEdge R740xd servers.The Clara AI containers include GPU-accelerated libraries for computing, graphics and AI; example applications for image processing and rendering; and computational workflows for CT, MRI and ultrasound data. These features leverage Docker and Kubernetes to orchestrate medical image workflows and connect to PACS (picture archiving and communication systems) or scale medical instrument applications.Fig 1. Clara AI Toolkit architecture The Clara AI Toolkit lowers the barriers to adopting AI in medical-imaging workflows. The Clara AI Deploy SDK includes:DICOM adapter data ingestion interface to communicate with a hospital PACs systemCore services for orchestrating and managing resources for workflow deployment and developmentReference AI applications that can be used as-is with user defined data or can be modified with user-defined-AI algorithmsVisualization capabilities to monitor progress and view resultsServer Platforms for the ToolkitFor organizations looking to capitalize on NVIDIA Clara AI, Dell EMC provides two robust, GPU-accelerated server platforms that support the Clara AI Toolkit.The PowerEdge R740xd server delivers a balance of storage scalability and performance. With support for NVMe drives and NVIDIA GPUs, this 2U two-socket platform is ready for the demands of Clara AI and medical imaging workloads. The PowerEdge C4140 server, in turn, is an accelerator-optimized, 1U rack server designed for most demanding workloads. With support for four GPUs, this ultra-dense two-socket server is built for the challenges of cognitive workloads, including AI, machine learning and deep learning.In the HPC and AI Innovation Lab at Dell EMC, we used Clara AI Toolkit with CT Organ Segmentation and CT Liver Segmentation on our GPU-accelerated servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For these tests, we collected abdominal CT scan data, a series of 2D medical images, from the NIH Cancer Image Archive. We used the tools in the Clara AI Toolkit to execute a workflow that first converts the DICOM series for ingestion and identifies individual organs from the CT scan (organ segmentation).Next, the workflow can use those segmented organs as input to identify any abnormalities. Once the analysis is complete, the system creates a MetaIO annotated 3D volume render that can be viewed in the Clara Render Server, and DICOM files that can be compared side by side with medical image viewers such as ORTHANC or Oviyam2.Fig 2: Oviyam2 Viewer demonstrating side by side view of Clara AI Processed vs Original CT ScanClara AI on the JobWhile Clara AI is a relatively new offering, the platform is already in use in some major medical institutions, including Ohio State University, the National Institutes of Health and the University of California, San Francisco, according to NVIDIA.The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and NVIDIA scientists used Clara AI to develop a domain generalization method for the segmentation of the prostate from surrounding tissue on MRI. An NVIDIA blog notes that the localized model “achieved performance similar to that of a radiologist and outperformed other state-of-the-art algorithms that were trained and evaluated on data from the same domain.”As these early adopters are showing, NVIDIA Clara AI is a platform that can provide value to organizations looking to capitalize on AI to enable large-scale deep learning for medical imaging.Fig 3: Ailments on segmented liver identified by Clara AI ToolkitTo learn moreExplore these resources for a closer look at the capabilities of NVIDIA Clara:Clara AI Toolkit Download pageTechnical Developer BlogDeveloper NewsNVIDIA Clara Platform___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________About the co-authorRakshith Vasudev is an AI software engineer in the HPC & AI Innovation Lab at Dell EMC, where he focuses on scalable and high performance deep learning workloads using Nvidia GPUs.His work revolves around building deep learning models, optimizing throughput, running benchmarks, using containerized orchestration with Kubernetes. Rakshith has a master’s degree in software engineering.
The seizure has an estimated value of $10,000 to $12,000. Detectives say the drugs would likely have been sold on the streets in Jamestown.Image by Jamestown Police.Robinson, Mitchell and Page are all charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police say as the investigation continues additional charges are expected.Anyone with information on the illegal trafficking and sales of narcotics in Jamestown is asked to contact the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force at their anonymous tip line: 483-TIPS. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),You mean seize? WNY News Now Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Police say three people are behind bars after officers seized a large quantity of cocaine during a traffic stop Monday afternoon on North Main at Lamont Street.Officers pulled over a vehicle for several alleged traffic violations just after 3 p.m.Through investigation, Kori Robinson, 22, Islandah Mitchell, 20, and Bruce Page, 25, were allegedly found in possession of 3.5 ounces of powder cocaine and 4.7 ounces of crack cocaine.
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continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Community financial institutions are a quintessential part of Main Street USA, CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan wrote in Credit Union Journal Monday, and when local banks close it is a loss for the community. Those bankers take their commitment to the community serious, Donovan says, which is why many of them turn to credit unions when it comes to sell their banks’ assets.“[Banks selling to credit unions] allows their customers retain a local financial partner and reap the benefits that credit unions provide — better loans, fewer fees and the understanding that the members, not bank shareholders, are the center of the business,” Donovan wrote. “Selling the bank to a Wall Street bank rather than a credit union would basically be turning over the keys to a stranger with very different motives.”Donovan points out that credit unions have a proven track record of opening and retaining local branches which appeals to community bankers looking to ensure continued access to financial services within their community. Credit unions opened more than 1,500 branches since 2004, while banks closed more than 4,700 in that same time period.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Sandy McIntoshThe three of us—Albert, Tom and me—were seated on the steps of the Academic Building at New York Military Academy, reminiscing about our school days there in Cornwall 50 years ago and our friendship with Donald Trump. In the shade of the summer sun, we speculated about the possible near-future, when Donald might win the presidency and take up residence in the White House.“When we were in school,” Tom said, “John F. Kennedy had just been elected president. There was a big to-do about the transformation of the White House from Eisenhower’s day.”“When Ike and Mamie were there,” Albert said, “the high point of their day seems to have been TV dinners on little trays in front of the television.”“But when the Kennedys arrived, that changed,” I said. “They called the Kennedy White House ‘Camelot.’”“Jackie Kennedy could speak French, I think.”“She hired museum people to redecorate the White House.”“The place was full of culture.”“But then Kennedy died and Johnson set up a spit in the Oval Office and roasted a hog. Didn’t he?”We didn’t think so. Not quite.“So what will the Trumps do when they’re in the White House?” I asked.“First thing, they’ll put up the big TRUMP sign on the White House roof, right? So big and shiny you’ll be able to read it from Mars!”“I don’t think they’ll let him do that.”We sat for a while, the sun slowly setting behind us.“You don’t think he’ll try to redecorate the White House in the style of his casinos? Faux Greek statuary everywhere, and everything made of gold?”We groaned.Related: “Culture of Hazing: Donald Trump, Me, & The End Of New York Military Academy”“Maybe they’ll work at creating a Trump Camelot. I mean, JFK had his famous PT-109 rescue, and his book, Profiles In Courage, to build on.”“But what does Donald have to build a myth on?”“Mar-e-Lago, Maureen Dowd said. That’s not in bankruptcy yet.”“But that’s slim pickings, for a myth, I mean.”“Let’s think about it. He’s still a handsome guy, hair and tan aside. And his family is beautiful!”“I saw a picture of them at a Sunday dinner in his condo. All of them dressed to the nines. The kids so neat. It took me back to our family dinners in the 1960s. Something so retro.”“And they all have such white teeth.”“Yes. Shining. Reflecting the sunlight.”“Perfection!”“Don’t get carried away,” said Albert.“Well, Trump’s White House won’t be Camelot,” I said.“What will it be?” said Albert.“I got it,” said Tom, clearing his throat. “Not Camelot. More like Ken and Barbie’s Dream Castle!”“Ah!” one of us sighed. But we all saw the vision: the little plastic people on the White House lawn. And Vladimir Putin, perhaps, a snotty kid sitting there kicking the pieces around, creating his own little dream worlds, showing us how it’s supposed to be done.Related: “For Artists and Poets, the East End Is No Dead End—Just Another ‘Hole in the Ocean’”———–Sandy McIntosh first met Donald Trump at the Atlantic Beach Club in 1961. They spent the next four years together as military school cadets. He’s written about these formative experiences for the Long Island Press and The Daily Beast, and subsequently been interviewed by Le Figaro (France), Die Zeit and Zeitungsverlag (Germany), Jyllands-Posten (Denmark), Politico and The Washington Post, as well as Israel’s Channel 10, German Public Television’s ZDF, and for an upcoming Frontline program set to air on PBS Sept. 29, 2016. He is the author of 13 books. He has taught creative writing at Hofstra University and Long Island University. His A Hole In the Ocean: A Hamptons’ Apprenticeship was published in February 2016 by Marsh Hawk Press.
This year, the Blue Lagoon and Istraturist employed a total of more than 3.000 workers, of which about 1.100 permanent or permanent seasonal workers and almost two thousand seasonal workers.The average gross salary in the Blue Lagoon is HRK 8.779, which is 9,5% more than the average salary in the Republic of Croatia and 14,2% more than the average salary of accommodation providers. “The company’s strategic commitment is stability and job security, so preparations for 2018 in terms of employment have already begun in early September. At the level of the Plava laguna group, a total of 311 new contracts on permanent cooperation for an indefinite period of time were offered, 439 contracts for permanent seasonal jobs lasting three years, as well as 862 letters of intent on employment at the group level for 2018.”, Emphasize the Blue Lagoon Administration.Thus, these are permanent employment contracts, permanent employment contracts for permanent seasonal jobs (minimum 9 months of work each following season), three-year employment contracts for permanent seasonal jobs and employment certificates in the next tourist season. Thus, Plava laguna and Istraturist have already offered jobs to their employees for the next season, ie for an indefinite period of time. Also, these days the workers of the season have been announced, where the best employees could be nominated by their colleagues, and as many as 600 workers have been nominated, and the reward for the announced workers of the season is a bonus of 2.000 kuna.When we look at it, plus the fact that this year the basic salary of all workers has been increased by 3 percent, and that the previously agreed permanent payment of Christmas in the Blue Lagoon of 2.500 kuna net, seasonal incentives and recourse, but also free accommodation and three hot meals seasonal workers who are in accommodation, we can say that these are above-average conditions for Croatian conditions, conclude from the Blue Lagoon.
This special monopile was made for Ørsted’s Borssele 1&2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. The 752MW offshore wind farm is scheduled to be operational by the end of the year. Sif is producing 47 monopiles for the project, with EEW SPC, the parent company of EEW OSB, delivering the other 47 pieces. Sif stated it is currently in the final phase of the project and is planning to complete the works in early April. Borssele 1&2 will comprise 94 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines located some 23km off the coast of Zeeland. The company produced its first monopile in 2002, which was destined for the Horns Rev offshore wind farm. Dutch offshore foundations manufacturer Sif has reached a milestone with the production of its 2,000th monopile.
South Africa plans to leave the International Criminal Court. The announcement came Sunday during the ruling ANC’s National General Council. Earlier, the ruling party had said it believes the court serves no purpose.The South African government faces criticism for ignoring a court order to arrest Sudan’s president when he visited the country earlier this year.Obed Bapela said the ICC had “lost its direction” and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) wanted to withdraw the country from it.The Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, who has been accused of genocide and war crimes, visited South Africa in June and was allowed to leave despite a court order to detain him.Last week the government asked the ICC for more time to explain why it allowed this. But this weekend the ruling party resolved to leave the court.Bapela said powerful nations “trample” human rights and pursue “selfish interests”. He added: “South Africa still holds the flag of human rights, we are not lowering it.”Parliament will now debate ICC membership. The ANC commands a comfortable majority in the legislature, with more than 60% of the vote.African Union (AU) has termed the International Criminal Court as biased against prosecuting Africans and therefore commending South Africa for taking the initiative to withdraw from the court.AU has made it clear that it is up to individual nations to make the decision to withdraw or not, with at least 30 African countries being members of the ICC
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