A second-year Wadham student narrowly escaped being hurt after the ceiling over her bed suddenly caved in during the early hours of the morning.Fortunately, Maleha Khan was working at her desk at the moment when the ceiling collapsed without warning.The cave-in littered her pillow with rubble and large chunks of plaster.Had she been in bed at the time, the Law student could have suffered severe facial injuries.“I didn’t really know what to do,” she explained, “I was really shocked, and couldn’t sleep. I stayed up until the next morning.”She rang the estate agents letting her the property in St Mary’s Road, Cowley the following morning, but the response she got was, “it’s an old property, what do you expect?”The agents sent contractors to inspect the large hole in the ceiling that afternoon, but Khan said that they were insensitive and rude, and asked them to leave.The workmen returned to finish the repairs the following day, only to leave Maleha’s room and possessions covered in dust and debris, forcing her to sleep elsewhere for several days.“They were just really rude and unsympathetic to my situtation,” said Khan. “They just stood on my bed whilst they were trying to fix the roof and didn’t even bother to lay down any protective sheets.“My clothes were just tossed into my cupboard and there was rubble everywhere, including on my printer, straighteners and handmade quilt.”The student added that she had subsequently sent a letter to the estate agents demanding compensation for her cleaning expenses and an exemption from this month’s rent.A spokesperson for the estate agents in question insisted that the company had “acted appropriately in a professional and timely manner” following the ceiling collapse on Thursday last week.The UK-wide letting agency who own the house added that as far as they were concerned there was no question of negligence.“The house was in perfectly reasonable condition for letting. No one has ever raised complaints before and it is inevitable to have cracks in old houses,” said a spokesperson.“The room was vacuumed and wiped down after the workmen left the property.”
“This was actually the first demonstration that the disease process early in Alzheimer’s could be slowed down. What we have now shown is that this protective effect of B vitamins is only found in people who have a good omega-3 fatty acids status… what we need to do now is a trial in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease) of a combination of B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.” Dr Clare Walton, Research Communications Manager at the Alzheimer’s Society, however, stressed that more funding is needed to pro- vide conclusive results. She told Cherwell, “The research surrounding the role of B vitamins in influencing memory problems has so far been inconclusive. Larger studies are needed to fully understand the role that vitamins and fatty acids may play.” The announcement comes at the same time as a separate study, also conducted at Oxford University, revealed that less than 1% of funding allocated to dementia and Alzheimer’s is spent on research. By contrast, over 10% of funding given to cancer is allocated specifically to research. This study has led to calls for increased funding for dementia and Alzheimer’s research. An Oxford University research team investigating new ways of slowing the advance of dementia has announced new findings amid calls for greater and better-targeted funding for dementia research. The team, led by Professor David Smith, found that the advance of brain atrophy – one of the most important and harmful symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s – is up to 70 per cent slower in patients with higher levels of B vitamins and omega-3. As part of the study, patients with high levels of omega-3 but lower levels of B vitamins in their blood showed marked improvement when supplemented with these vitamins. Health experts believe these findings could lead to updated medical advice on the treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia in the NHS, which has profound implications for patients. Professor Smith told Cherwell, “Our earlier work showed that just inadequate status (not frank deficiency) of certain B vitamins was asso- ciated with more rapid brain atrophy and that giving supplements of these vitamins could slow down the atrophy and also slow down memory decline in people with mild cognitive impairment.
The Neave Society, a Merton College debating group, hosted a debate on the topic of “genetic selection” on Tuesday, under heavy criticism from members of their JCR.The event was held a week after a St Antony’s debate on eugenics was cancelled amid heavy backlash from students. The Neave Society’s original event description read: “Did you want to go to the debate at St Antony’s on eugenics before they decided that it was too controversial for you to hear? No problem, come to Neave!“Little or no knowledge of eugenics, come and take part!”The proposed debate topic was “This House Believes that we should legalise genetic selection of human embryos.”A post advertising the event on the Merton JCR Facebook page received many comments from students protesting the controversial debate topic.One student wrote: “Oh of course, if an event gets banned at another college (for a damn good reason), then it definitely seems like a great idea to run the same event….“There is no debate about eugenics. If you think there is, you clearly don’t understand the difference between genetic engineering and eugenics. If you want to have a debate about genetic engineering, have one, but don’t use something so deeply rooted in hatred to try and get attention.“It’s cheap and frankly disgusting.”[irp posts=”112822″ name=”St Antony’s ‘eugenics’ debate cancelled amid backlash”]Another student wrote: “Ah yes, free speech always ends bad ideas and intolerance – that’s why Western liberal democracies with free speech are paragons of modernity, humanity and have absolutely no remnants of any intolerant or hateful ideas. “Or maybe it’s that giving extreme ideas like these the oxygen of publicity and legitimacy lets them take hold with even more power.”Very few students attended the event, with only six students having marked “going” on the event page.The Society changed the event description after its negative reception by the JCR. The new description read: “We will be debating ‘This House Believes that we should legalise genetic selection of human embryos.’ Little or no knowledge on the subject, come and take part!”Merton JCR President, Jules Desai, told Cherwell: “The Neave Soc intended to have a debate about genetic selection, a subtly but crucially different topic to eugenics.“Some confusion and miscommunication may have occurred, meaning that the event details were not entirely accurate, however as soon as this was realised, the society amended any confusion and made it clear the debate was on genetic engineering and selection only and not the wider topic of eugenics.”In defence of their topic choice, The Neave Society President, first-year Lewis Hart, replied to comments on the page: “The Neave Society debated no-platforming and we voted that we were in favour of free speech. If you feel strongly against the concept of eugenics come and speak about it.”The Neave Society Treasurer, first-year Conor Ó Síocháin, added: “Obviously no racism/sexism will be tolerated, but we hope we can have an honest debate where people can share their views.“If a view is intolerable then it will (I hope) be properly dismantled in an argument.”When contacted for comment, The Neave Society told Cherwell: “Tuesday’s Neave Society debated the motion ‘This House Believes that we should legalise the genetic selection of human embryos.’“It was not to do with eugenics and we did not intend any suggestion of a link between the two.”
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The Indiana University men’s and women’s swimming teams finished the dual meet season on Friday afternoon at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind., earning a split in a top-25 matchup on Senior Day.The No. 4-ranked Indiana men finished the dual-meet season 11-0 with a 195-105 victory over No. 7 Louisville. The undefeated year for the Hoosiers is the first for the men’s squad since 1981. The No. 14 Hoosier women finished the dual-meet season with a 7-4 mark, falling to No. 10 Louisville, 171-129.The IU men’s team got off to a fast start with a victory in the men’s 200 medley relay. The team of Bob Glover, Ian Finnerty, Vini Lanza and Ali Khalafalla won with IU’s second-fastest time this season – 1:26.98.On the women’s side, the team of Kennedy Goss, Lilly King, Gia Dalesandro, and Ali Rockett just got out-touched at the wall by .06 seconds, earning a runner-up finish with a mark of 1:39.76 – also the second-fastest time by the IU women this year.Marwan Elkamash was terrific in the men’s 1000 freestyle, winning with a season-best time of 9:01.98 that ranks as the sixth-fastest time in Indiana history. The time also puts Elkamash as the third-fastest performer in the event at IU. Also for the IU men, Jackson Miller took third place with a time of 9:14.15, while Adam Destrampe was fourth with a mark of 9:16.77In the women’s 1000 freestyle, the Hoosiers finished 1-2, with Stephanie Marchuk taking the win with a time of 10:02.50. Freshman Cassie Jernberg was right behind her in second, touching the wall in 10:07.54.The Hoosier men had another great showing in the 200 freestyle, with Pieroni taking the win with a NCAA B cut time of 1:35.28. Mohamed Samy continued to impress, posting a career-best and NCAA B cut time of 1:36.43 to place second. Samy’s mark ranks him as the 13th-best performer in the event at Indiana. Anze Tavcar was fifth for IU in 1:38.67 For the IU women, Goss led the way in second place with a time of 1:49.68, while Delaney Barnard was sixth in 1:52.06.Ali Rockett took home first place in the women’s 100 backstroke, touching the wall with a NCAA B cut time of 54.71, while Dalesandro was right behind her in second with a NCAA B cut mark of her own – 54.90. Rachel Matsumura placed fourth with a time of 55.51.On the men’s side, Glover took second place in the 100 back with a NCAA B cut mark of 47.75, while Wes Duke placed fourth with a time of 50.32. Wilson Beckman was fifth with a mark of 50.49.King continued her domination in the women’s 100 breaststroke, as the reigning NCAA and Olympic champion in the event won with a NCAA B cut time of 1:00.39. Laura Morley was fifth in 1:04.08. For the Hoosier men, Finnerty also placed first in the 100 breast, touching the wall with a NCAA B cut time of 54.47. Levi Brock placed fifth with a mark of 56.82.Lanza had a great showing in the men’s 200 butterfly for Indiana, winning the event by over two seconds with a NCAA B cut time of 1:45.51. Brian Valedon was fourth with a mark of 1:51.14.In the women’s 200 butterfly, Reagan Cook led a trio of IU women who scored, placing third with a time of 2:00.58. Dalesandro took fourth in 2:01.21, while Oliva Barker touched fifth in 2:02.92.IU took the top-three spots in the 50 freestyle, with Khalafalla winning with a NCAA B cut time of 19.68. Pieroni was second with a personal best and NCAA B cut mark of 19.76, ranking him tied for eighth on IU’s all-time performer list in the event. Tavcar placed third with a time of 20.23. For the Hoosier women, Rockett placed fourth in 23.55, while Shelby Koontz took fifth place with a mark of 24.16.Michal Bower earned the victory in the women’s 3-meter dive, placing first with a NCAA qualifying and personal-best score of 342.83. Bower now ranks as the 11th-best diver in the event in IU history. Jessica Parratto finished right behind her teammate in second with a NCAA qualifying mark of 326.85.The Hoosier men flexed their muscle in the 1-meter dive, taking the top-four spots all with NCAA qualifying scores. Michael Hixon won with a total of 447.98, while James Connor was second with 411.98. Cody Coldren was third with a score of 324.68, while Joshua Arndt was fourth with a total of 313.65.The Indiana men’s sprinters showed out in the 100 freestyle, taking the top four spots. Pieroni won his second individual event of the day, touching first with a NCAA B cut time of 43.18, while Tavcar took second with a NCAA B cut mark of 44.08. Samy was third with a personal-best and NCAA B cut of 44.11, while Khalafalla was fourth in 44.52. For the IU women in the event, Koontz placed fifth in 51.76, while Barnard was sixth in 52.07.Goss earned the victory for IU in the women’s 200 backstroke, winning with a NCAA B cut time of 1:57.71. Matsumura was fourth in 1:59.83, while Drozda was fifth with a mark of 2:02.20. On the men’s side, Glover placed third to lead the Hoosiers with a time of 1:49.71, while Wyeth Brock was fourth in 1:50.84. Beckman finished fifth in 1:50.95.In the women’s 200 breaststroke, King earned the victory, touching the wall with a NCAA B cut time of 2:12.09. Morley was fifth for IU with a time of 2:18.73 On the men’s side, Finnerty took second with a mark of 2:01.05, while Jack Kucharczyk was fifth with a time of 2:05.95.Elkamash continued his impressive day, winning the men’s 500 freestyle with a time of 4:25.04, while Miller came in third with a mark of 4:29.35. Matthew Anderson took fifth with a time of 4:32.63. For the IU women, Goss led the charge, placing second with a time of 4:55.08, while Jernberg was third with a mark of 4:56.60. Marchuk took fifth with a time of 4:59.03.Lanza completed his sweep of the butterfly events, winning the 100 fly with a NCAA B cut time of 47.30. Oliver Patrouch was fourth with a mark of 49.48. For the IU women, Dalesandro took second with a NCAA B cut time of 54.06, while Christine Jensen was fourth with a mark of 54.81.The diving dominance continued for Indiana, as Hixon and Bower both completed their sweeps. For the IU men, Hixon won with a season-best score of 464.56, while Connor took second with a total of 425.85. Arndt placed third with a score of 384.91, while Coldren was fourth with a total of 354.83. All four scores were NCAA qualifying marks.For the women, Bower beat out her teammate Parratto by just 1.15 points, winning with a NCAA qualifying score of 298.51. Parratto was second with a NCAA mark of 297.36.In the women’s 400 IM, Sam Lisy led the way for the Hoosiers, placing second with a time of 4:21.34, while Matsumura was fourth with a mark of 4:25.70.Finnerty capped his great day with a victory in the men’s 200 IM, touching first with a NCAA B cut time of 1:48.40. Lanza was third with a mark of 1:49.75, while Samy took fourth in 1:49.93.The Hoosier men ended the meet in style, winning the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Tavcar, Khalafalla, Patrouch and Pieroni touched the wall with a time of 2:56.11. On the women’s side, the team of Koontz, Rockett, Maria Paula Heitmann and King took third with a time of 3:24.77. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
“A VIEW FROM THE OUTSIDE” BY GAIL RIECKEN(Former Representative Sits The Record Straight About Tech-Evansville Being Part Of The IU Medical School)Dear Friend,If you are a supporter of Ivy Tech-Evansville being part of the IU medical school complex, then this letter is especially for you.And, if you heard that Ivy Tech really isn’t a part of the IU medical school complex and never was, then please read further.From the medical school’s inception, Ivy Tech was included as an integral part of the goals, purpose and prospects that having a medical school in our community would bring.Mr. Jeff Fanter, Ivy Tech, is just wrong in his statement to the Courier&Press he made in January. In a recent Comments section of the City County Observer, Courier&Press reporter John Martin included the quote from Mr. Fanter discussing the lack of endorsement for Ivy Tech in the present budget cycle.“Asked if the Downtown Evansville project would be submitted by Ivy Tech for a future General Assembly’s consideration, Fanter said in an email: “Prior to each legislative session, all of the capital projects will be reviewed and prioritized to determine which will be a part of our capital request.” NOPE, Mr. Fanter! That answer should have been ‘Absolutely, we are committed to Ivy Tech in the medical school complex’.There are 1100 or more Ivy Tech students projected to use that opportunity for training in the first year. Without Ivy Tech, there will be 400 to 500 students projected from the other institutions.Evansville and communities around us only benefit from more opportunities for its youth to enter the health profession. Our youth need opportunities, and our community needs more health care providers.The taxpayers of Evansville benefit from higher student numbers closer to what we were promised for the investment we, as taxpayers, are making.It is true Ivy Tech was denied funding in the last budget cycle. But, the reason Ivy Tech was excluded is history.Ivy Tech leadership in Indianapolis angered legislators. They inflated state growth rates and graduation rates, and as punishment, all Ivy Tech projects were excluded from the budget that cycle.Ivy Tech has new leadership and this is a new budget cycle. IU should take a public position and confirm its continued commitment to Ivy Tech. It is not too late.And, it is not too late for all of us to get involved. Here’s how.A legislator on the Senate Appropriations Committee still has time, although precious little time, to bring an amendment to HB1001. It might be as dramatic as taking some other institution’s money; or it could be finding additional monies somewhere in the budget. But, whatever the source, March 30th looks like the absolute deadline in the Appropriations Committee.Don’t let this opportunity for a better future for our youth disappear; don’t let those in charge of the medical school complex get away with the millions in tax dollars for one-third the students promised.Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann, in a conversation with me over the lack of her endorsement of Ivy Tech in the complex this budget cycle, never said that she did not support funding. She said, if legislators could find more money, she had no objection.Please, if you care, call your legislator now to help.As one from the outside, I see opportunity and hope for a better future for our children compromised in the name of politics and self-interest, state and local.I see that unless we all stand up and be counted, this project will move on without Ivy Tech. I’ve said this to as many individuals and groups I have spoken to and now I ask one more time “Stand up”!Remember that 69 wasn’t built without a lot of hard work from Evansville citizens. My favorite example, French Lick Casino wouldn’t have happened, if the people of Orange County hadn’t stormed the statehouse in their orange shirts!This is “My View From The Outside” as of March 22, 2017.Regards,Gail RieckenFormer Member of District 77 House of RepresentativeEditors Footnote: To voice your opinion about this issue please call Indiana House of Representatives at (317) 232-9600 or (800) 382-9842 or the Indiana Senate at (317) 232-9400 or (800) 382-9467.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
On a cold, slushy Wednesday night in Brooklyn, amid a week marked by both heartbreaking ends and exciting beginnings, Tedeschi Trucks Band made their way to Brooklyn Academy of Music‘s Howard Gillman Opera House to celebrate the release of their fourth studio album, Signs.Marking their first release since 2016’s Let Me Get By, Signs was created as a reflection on the various devastating losses experienced by the group and its extended musical family over the last several years. Since late 2016, Tedeschi Trucks Band grappled with the deaths of mentors Leon Russell and Col. Bruce Hampton (whose cosmic curtain call is examined in Signs closing track “The Ending”) as well as Derek Trucks‘ uncle and original Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks and, soon after, Gregg Allman. As the band noted in a statement, “Signs reflects on the losses suffered by the band in the past few years while still finding cause for hope and celebration in the beauty of life and nature.”“How their passing affected me,” Derek told NPR ahead of the album’s release, “was that there was the wanting to do it right and wanting to carry on whatever parts I learned from them that I could carry on. The music they made was of a special time and place. I’m never going to recapture that stuff, but I’ve certainly been able to take the lessons I learned from them.”The events surrounding last Friday’s release of Signs added an extra layer of poetic melancholy to the album’s already bittersweet theme. The album’s confrontation of loss and heartbreak was compounded when Kofi Burbridge, the band’s longtime keyboardist and flautist, passed away at the age of 57—on the day the record was released. That night, Tedeschi Trucks Band played through the pain of this latest loss, in his hometown, performing the album in near-entirety in celebration of Kofi and his final release.In the days since, countless fans and fellow musicians have voiced their love, appreciation, and pain at the loss of Kofi Burbridge. By the time Tedeschi Trucks Band took the stage for their official album release celebration in Brooklyn, the love and appreciation they’d experienced in the wake of Burbridge’s passing had strengthened what remains. While still reeling, the band channeled Kofi’s memory—and the memories of all the losses that inspired Signs—to deliver an emotional performance clearly colored by the lessons learned from these recent hardships.With flowers and a portrait of Kofi adorning the stage, the core of the band began the night with a rendition of Willie Nelson‘s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces”, a new addition to their repertoire that echoes their recent heartbreak (“Somebody pick up my pieces; I’m scattered everywhere; And put me back together; Put me way over there; Take me out of contention; I surrender my crown; Somebody pick up my pieces; It’s just me comin’ down”).From there, the band started into material from the new album, performing weighty takes on “Signs, High Times”, “I’m Gonna Be There”, and “When Will I Begin”. Next, Mike Mattison stepped to center stage to lead the band on with soulful sorrow through Bob Dylan‘s “Down In The Flood”, during which Trucks’ first mesmerizing solo of the night truly soared.Signs lead single “Hard Case” followed, rounding out set one’s selections from the new LP. The band closed the first frame with hard-hitting takes on go-to numbers “Bound For Glory” (featuring some spellbinding vocal work from Alecia Chakour), “The Sky Is Crying” (complete with excellent blues soloing from Susan Tedeschi), and a stellar “Idle Wind” featuring a Derek-led jam on “Rastaman Chant” and a delicate yet powerful drums segment.Following a brief intermission, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the stage with their pared-down 6-piece core for a rendition of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’”. “Don’t Know What It Means” came next before flowing into covers of The Box Tops‘ “The Letter” and Leonard Cohen‘s “Bird on a Wire”.The Signs numbers continued with “Walk Through This Life” and a powerful reading of the album’s tour de force, “Shame”, featuring an extended solo by interim bassist Brandon Boone. The “Midnight In Harlem” that followed was even more beautiful than usual, the crowd clearly connecting with the added emotion of this wistful rendition. Finally, the set reached its climax with the gospel-inflected one-two punch of Sleepy John Estes‘ “Leaving Trunk” and Rahsaan Roland Kirk‘s “Volunteered Slavery”. By the end of the set, the audience had their hands in the air praising the gospel of music as the tribal sounds coming from the stage kept the venue’s heartbeat intact.When the band returned for their encore, Susan made note of the hard week the band and its fans had endured but beamed with gratitude at the “outpouring of love” they’d felt throughout this fateful week and relished the opportunity to spend the evening connecting with their loving fans. Mark Rivers then stepped forward to take lead vocals on Joe Tex‘s “Show Me” as Derek directed the horn section with unusually animated enthusiasm.It was a heavy evening for everyone both on and off the stage. While the latest loss hung over the celebration, Tedeschi Trucks Band did what they do best—honor the memories of their friends and loved ones and use the lessons learned from them to forge a path forward.Below, you can watch a selection of videos and view a gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Eric Gettler.“I’m Gonna Be There”[Video: Evan Pragliola]“Bound For Glory”[Video: HotF’nTuna]“The Sky Is Crying”[Video: HotF’nTuna]“Idle Wind” (with “Rastaman Chant” Jam)[Video: HotF’nTuna]“The Letter”[Video: HotF’nTuna]“Bird on a Wire”[Video: HotF’nTuna]“Walk Through This Life”[Video: Evan Pragliola]View VideosNext up for Tedeschi Trucks is the second half of their four-night, two-weekend run at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd. For a full list of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s upcoming shows, head to their website here.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Brooklyn Academy of Music | Brooklyn, NY | 2/20/19Set One: Somebody Pick Up The Pieces, Signs, High Times, I’m Gonna Be There, When Will I Begin, Down In The Flood, Hard Case, Bound For Glory, The Sky Is Crying, Idle WindSet Two: Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Don’t Know What It Means > The Letter, Bird on a Wire, Walk Through This Life, Shame, Midnight In Harlem, Leaving Trunk > Volunteered SlaveryEncore: Show MeTedeschi Trucks Band | ‘Signs’ Album Release Show | Brooklyn Academy of Music | Brooklyn, NY | 2/20/19 Load remaining images
In mid-April, Trey Anastasio and his new Ghosts Of The Forest offered up a performance at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre before rounding out their east coast tour with a pair of performances at the stunning United Palace in upper Manhattan.Trey Anastasio Discusses Plans For Ghosts Of The Forest Live Album On SiriusXMDuring a chat with SiriusXM JamOn host Ari Fink, Trey announced a special live recording plan for Ghosts of the Forest’s New York City shows. He explained,This has been in place all along, but, the idea was to take the two nights and record the shows as a live album at the United Palace Theatre. It will almost be like a regular recording session, with two passes at the shows. For example, when Aretha Franklin was famously recording a record she would do two passes and that was it. Everyone had to play live. So for us, this is like we get two takes at the United Palace Theatre, but most importantly, the full picture of the Ghosts of the Forest document will have our community members and family in the audience. The recording will end up being a live album.Although Ghosts of the Forest’s NYC shows are the only performances set to be included in the forthcoming live album (as far as we know), Anastasio continues to release live video footage from different shows throughout the brief tour. On Friday, after sharing “Ghosts of the Forest”, “Drift While You’re Sleeping, and “Friend“, Anastasio rolled out pro-shot video with “Sightless Escape” from Boston, which you can watch below:Ghosts of the Forest – “Sightless Escape” – 4/10/2019 (Pro-Shot)[Video: Trey Anastasio]Trey Anastasio Band (which features Ghosts of the Forest members Ray Paczkowski, Tony Markellis, and Jennifer Hartswick) is gearing up for a run of shows in late May before Trey and Ghosts of the Forest drummer Jon Fishman turn their attention back to their main project for Phish‘s 2019 summer tour, beginning with a two-night run at St. Louis, MO’s Chaifetz Arena on June 11th and 12th. For a full list of upcoming dates, head here.Setlist: Ghosts of the Forest | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 4/10/2019Set: Intro, Ghosts of the Forest, Drift While You’re Sleeping, Friend, Sightless Escape, Halfway Home > If Again, In Long Lines, There’s a Path Above, About to Run, The Green Truth, Beneath a Sea of Stars Parts 1 & 2 > Mint Siren Dream, Stumble Into Flight, Ruby Waves, Shadows Thrown By Fire, Wider, A Life Beyond The Dream, In This Bubble > Beneath a Sea of Stars Part 3 (blue)Encore: Brief Time, Pieces in the MachineThe Intro that debuted at this show was the fourth prerecorded piano intro played over the PA to debut on the Ghosts of the Forest tour.
Republicans scored a significant victory on Election Night, winning control of the Senate and extending their majority in the House. The results could be seen as a referendum on GOP policies, but also as a rebuke to President Obama. David King, a senior lecturer in public policy, provided his perspective on the outcome in a Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) interview. HKS: What message did the voters send Tuesday night? Which issues resonated the loudest?KING: I was surprised by the size of the Republican wave on Tuesday; if we think of Congress as a ship, the thing has been rocking wildly side-to-side.President Obama had strong majorities in Congress after the 2008 election. Then voters sent Democrats home in 2010 as the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party swept into Congress. In 2012 the voters repudiated Republicans across the board and returned President Obama to the White House. And now this — voters must have seasickness.I do not think there were substantive issues that resonated loudly. Yes, there was fear in the air — an anxiousness about ISIS and Ebola and the economy — but the bell that rang loudest had an anti-Obama clapper.Maybe we should stop calling these “midterm” elections and talk about short-term elections, because the American voter does not seem to have a long-term sense of where the country should be going or how we should get there.HKS: What do the Republicans hope to accomplish with control of both the House and Senate for the first time since 2006?KING: It will be difficult for either party to enact major changes, because Democrats in the Senate are perfectly capable of stopping bills from passing. Procedurally, it is unlikely that President Obama will be signing many Republican “stand-alone” bills, and he’ll be ready to use his veto pen. So the most likely path forward for Republicans will be to tack “policy” bills onto a handful of must-pass spending bills. This is possible because non-germane pieces of legislation are allowed to be amended onto spending bills in the Senate — but not in the House. If Alabama’s Richard Shelby becomes the next chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee — and that’s likely — then he will be in an especially strong position to control the fate of legislation.There will be some easy wins. President Obama likes the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement. Senate Democrats got in the way last year, and it should be much easier with Republicans in charge of the Senate.HKS: How can and should the president work with Congress in his final two years in office? Is there any common ground on which to compromise on major policy issues?KING: President Obama has shown little capacity to compromise. He did not seem to like the U.S. Congress even when he was a member of it, and he has kept his own party leadership at arm’s length for six years. That is unlikely to change. Instead, President Obama will issue executive orders with abandon and attach signing statements to bills that he does sign. He will almost certainly work to support and defend his signature accomplishment — health care reform — while giving the program more time to work. The economy is getting stronger. Health care reform — as long as it’s not called “Obamacare” — has been much more popular than most people expected, and at this stage the president may want to take care of his legacy.HKS: How do yesterday’s results affect the ground rules for the 2016 election?KING: This election was a harbinger of big money — for both parties — flowing into campaigns. More than $4 billion was spent on the Congressional elections alone, much of it from non-candidate groups, and that will look like chump change two years from now. That would not be a bad thing if the money were spent on strategies to increase turnout across the board, but negative advertising diminishes turnout among moderate voters, alienates young voters, and rallies the core supporters of the parties.HKS: Any other thoughts to offer on the election?KING: We need to remember that political parties and candidates are not in the business of promoting or protecting democracy. They use democratic rules and institutions to get power, certainly, but candidates live in fear of mobilizing the “wrong” voters. Frankly, democracy is too important to be left up to the parties and the candidates. We need to encourage better people to run at all levels of government. We need to do all that we can to balance the power of big money with the power of big ideas.
I love talking to customers. I find that I always gain the most amazing insights and hear some great stories. Here’s a classic example. “Hello, my name is Jordan. I’m the CEO of Hark. I assumed back in 2016 that designing and shipping hardware was good for us. That assumption was dumb.”Hardware time anyone?I don’t know about you, but I admired Jordan’s honesty and wanted to learn more! For those of you who are unfamiliar, Hark Systems has a mission to build innovative energy management solutions to remedy real-world challenges.Jordan explained that Hark’s decision to enter the hardware area was driven purely by practical reasons. Quite simply, the company wanted to build hardware infrastructure to run alongside its cloud-based software. And so, Hark’s decision went something like this, if you want something done well, the only way is to do it yourself. As Jordan said, “We’re technical people and being accomplished software developers, we assumed hardware design would be relatively straightforward.”A horse of a different colour As Jordan admitted a couple of months later, while it had been an interesting journey, hardware design was way more complicated and costly than originally envisaged. ” Everyone thinks they can buy a CPU board or Raspberry Pi and off you go but there’s a lot involved. Selecting the right prototype platform, waiting for samples, the cost of moulding, resolving hardware bugs all take time, expertise and money.”Even when issues are resolved, it’s not easy to scale up to volume manufacturing. And as Jordan says, “There’s the whole regulatory side, where you need to gain certification to ship to different countries. That requires time and expertise.”Stick to what you’re good atThis is where yours truly gets to feature. When I heard the story, I interjected, “Hey, Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions has something you could use.” And the rest, as they say, is history – a partnership was born. Hark and Dell Technologies have now partnered on a number of successful retail projects including a major IoT win with a top four UK supermarket. More on that in a follow-on blog!Lessons learntDespite the challenges encountered, Jordan doesn’t regret the journey. “Designing hardware has made us even better at designing cloud software that talks to hardware. However, we quickly realized that we needed a partner like Dell to scale up. We needed a partner like Dell for supply chain, logistics and to manage regulatory certification. We needed Dell to take the complexity away, reduce lead-times, manage the certification process and allow us to focus on our own IP.”As Jordan says, “We built hardware because we needed to, we didn’t necessarily want to be a hardware company.”A two-way partnershipOf course, it’s not a one-way street. While Dell Technologies offers an amazing set of building blocks, we don’t make energy management solutions like Hark does. We might be one of the biggest IT infrastructure companies in the world, but we need partners like Hark with specialist expertise across a whole range of industries.Like our other partners, Hark is successfully disrupting the market, making solutions affordable and linking legacy, proprietary-based analogue systems with new platforms, which means customers don’t have to rip and replace existing, expensive infrastructure. This specialist expertise is hugely beneficial, allowing us to credibly enter key vertical markets and enabling our sales team to close projects quicker and more efficiently.Here to helpHark’s experience shows why a partnership with Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions pays dividends. The moral of the story is clear – stick to your core competencies and pick the right partners for the rest.On that note, allow us to take away the headache of handling the hardware and integration-related complexities that can drain your resources, wreck your head and cause delays in bringing your IP to market. We can help you select the right compute power for your solution, the appropriate system to optimally run your IP, certify it to industry standards or regulatory requirements, customise it, build it and ship it. And, of course, we can share some great stories together along the way!Learn more about Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Learn more about Hark Systems Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @delltechoem and @mikehfay. Join our LinkedIn OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page here.