Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the entire 11-piece horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 album Revelator (which won a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2012), and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, Diddy, Musiq Soulchild, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, The Mood due out March 2017, Brown has released his latest single “Destination Hope,” featuring singer Chris Turner and spoken word poet J. IVY. It’s a jazzy, soul-infused number with straight hip-hop beats that will keep your head swaying even after the track ends.Brown tells us about the track: “Destination Hope represents a place of encouragement & inclusion in place of resentment & division, a place where there is no racism or discrimination. A place where people have respect for one another, their communities and the environment. It’s very easy to get caught up in the negativity & that leads to hopelessness. In these trying times, I sought to create a mood that would uplift people and give them a sense of hope. The destination is in the journey to get there; to actively & compassionately stand up for something better for ourselves & future generations is to cultivate hope.”Take a listen below:
If you’ve been researching hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), you’ve surely noticed that it comes in a variety of flavors. Differentiators for consideration will include things like integration with VMware’s software stack, choice of hypervisor, workload uses cases and integrated networking.The last one in the list is a hot topic of conversation because it is what often sets most solutions apart. So how do you decide if integrated networking is for you?Basically it comes down to your overall IT strategy and consumption model preference. If you have the staff, time and desire to build and maintain a network then an appliance, like VxRail or XC Series, is for you. This option gives you maximum control and choice to implement or leverage an existing networking system of your choosing.If you are looking to go all in on software-defined transformation (which is a much bigger undertaking but delivers high value and low risk) and anticipate a need for extreme scalability, then a solution with integrated networking like VxRack would fit the bill. It’s a turnkey system with all of the components accounted for – you buy everything pre-assembled and call it a day.One option isn’t better than the other, the reality is that it depends on what your needs are: scale, SDN, IT staffing requirements, budget, consumption preference, etc.So now that we’ve laid the groundwork, let’s say that you’ve decided that integrated networking is the path you want to take. Let’s take a closer look at the crucial role that networking plays.A recent IDC report described networking as such: “In an HCI environment, the network effectively provides the interconnected nervous system for the applications that ride over it… Integrated networking moves data into and out of the system. In a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) system, however, it also provides the inter-node fabric over which all the software-defined components communicate to deliver the virtualized compute, storage and network services. This inter-node fabric becomes more critical to application performance as the SDDC systems scale.” It comes down to this: the reliability, availability and scalability of the network is what determines the overall performance of the HCI system in your datacenterBecause I love analogies, here’s another way to look at it: It’s like buying a high end sports car (your HCI), but then driving it on an old dirt road. You’re not going to get the speed, agility and handling that the car is capable of when you’re spinning your wheels in the mud and hitting pot holes, you need a smooth race track (in this case your network architecture) to hit peak performance. Your HCI’s performance is dependent on how well-maintained and up-to-date your networking is. Some companies have the staff and knowledge in-house to ensure this. For others, networking can be an after-thought or a crucial component that is overlooked.If you’re in the camp of wanting a vendor to ensure your smooth race track, then what are some of the integrated networking attributes you should be looking for in an HCI solution? Here are some snippets from IDC:A solution that integrates compute, storage, networking and software tightly together to operate as a single entityAn architecture that provides the same level of network performance as dedicated, physical devicesA fully validated, end-to-end network that is optimized for HCI workloads and software-defined storage and hypervisor flows.If an HCI solution with integrated networking sounds like the right choice for you, you can read the full IDC White Paper to learn more: The Importance of Integrated Networking to HCI.
Your daily outdoor news bulletin for August 19, the day the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909 to much fanfare, only to be closed following the first race when two drivers, two mechanics, and two spectators were killed by the poorly paved surface:Chattanooga Wins IRONMANThat is, Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been selected to host an IRONMAN race in 2014, and every year after through 2018. Chattanooga becomes one of 11 United States cities that will host an IRONMAN, joining cities such as Boulder, CO, Kailua-Kona, HI, Lake Placid, NY, and Lake Tahoe, CA. Much like a bid for the Olympics, the Chattanooga Sports Committee and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitor Bureau worked on a proposal and beat out two other cities in the Southeast: Asheville, NC, and Hilton Head, SC. According to the Times Free Press, the race could bring in $40 million over the five year contract, making it the most profitable sporting event in Chattanooga since at least 1992, when the Sports Committee was formed. The Chattanooga IRONMAN consists of a 2.4-mile open-water swim (to take place in the Tennessee River), a 112-mile bike race (that may include Raccoon Mountain), and a 26.2-mile run (the marathon will wind through downtown, Southside, Riverview, and the North Shore. All stages are set up to be spectator friendly. IRONMAN Chattanooga will have a purse of $25,000, will qualify 50 for the 2015 IRONMAN World Championships in Hawaii (the one you see on TV), and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America will be the official charity partner.WNC Gets Bike PatrolThese are not your typical bike cops. Actually, they are not bike cops at all. Working with the North Carolina and U.S. Forest Service, the Pisgah Area Southern Off Road Bicycling Association has instituted a couple of volunteer bike patrols in are mountain biking hot spots. The first patrol was rolled out (get it?) in DuPont State Recreational Forest in June, and the latest in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest at the beginning of August. Bent Creek is one of the most popular mountain biking areas in the region, with 35 miles of mixed use trails. The patrollers will have no actual law or rule enforcement authority, they will be on the trails to “assist, educate, and inform,” providing basic mechanical assistance, talking to riders about responsible use of trails, trail etiquette, Leave No Trace, and providing basic first aid and CPR with the ability to call in more medical assistance if needed. The patrol will be out mainly on weekends and evenings, and you will be able to spot them by their black and red National Mountain Bike Patrol jerseys.Telethon Raises $200K for Friends of the SmokiesBy all accounts, the 19th annual “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon was a rousing success. The annual event raised a whopping $201,423 for the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the park’s main fund raising organizations aimed at assisting the National Park Service in generating donations, raising public awareness and providing volunteers for projects. Sugarland Cellars, along with sponsors Dollywood, Mast General Store, Pilot Corporation, and Smartbank, plus hundreds of callers provided the funds. Sugarland alone presented a $20,000 check to the organization during the broadcast. Since 1995, Friends of the Smokies telethons have raised more than $2.9 million, a much needed supplement to the park, especially given the hit the whole park system took from the Sequestration.Donations can still be made at http://www.friendsofthesmokies.org/
48 Views no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews Hidden treasure and a pearl of great price by: – July 25, 2011 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Photo credit: askgramps.orgJesus continues his teaching on the kingdom in today’s gospel. The parable, begun last week along one line (imagine a sower going out to sow, with the seed falling on different types of ground), goes along another line today (imagine a merchant finding buried treasure or a precious pearl).Before I explore today’s meaning, a word about parables themselves. Jesus, we know, did most of his teaching in parables. He used other forms at times, e.g. the Sermon on the Mount, but his preferred way was to use parables, i.e., teaching through certain kinds of stories.The stories are imaginary, as stories often are. They immediately take us away from everyday ‘reality,’ to another world. That’s the source of their appeal, of course – as all children know. You have only to say ‘Once upon a time,’ and a child is away from bed and bedroom to a different, more captivating world.Jesus was obviously convinced of the intrinsic power of stories. They taught in their indirect and powerful way, without being didactic. A parable is also an open-ended story. It is the listener who decides what it means. Jesus never tells you. The listener must see his or her own face in the story; they must feel themselves confronted by questions posed from within the parable itself. Jesus doesn’t do the confronting.That’s how parables ‘operate.’ Many people have the erroneous view that parables ‘have a point,’ something you can ‘take’ from them at the end. But this is not how stories work. Again, every child knows this. If, for instance, I start telling a child, “Once upon a time, a big giant lived in a forest in house made of the most aromatic biscuits. The animals in the forest were continually trying to sneak up at night and eat parts of the house. To cut a long story short, one day the giant…” The child would stop me immediately, and ask what kind of biscuits were they… Were they chocolate ship…Did the animals ever eat any…” And so on. In other words, the child knows, better than most adults, that the point of a story is not something you subtract from it or something you get at the end; the point of a story is the story itself in all its details.Now to our parable. A merchant stumbles one day upon buried treasure. What he finds without setting out to find is treasure that’s buried. Jesus’ listeners would have known from this detail that many people – in a time without safety deposit boxes – used to bury their valuables. If you came upon such a treasure, it could be the find of a lifetime. You would note where it was, map the coordinates in your brain, and come back later with some servants to dig it up.Again, he said, imagine a merchant who finds a precious pearl. Again Jesus’ listeners would have known that in terms of rank among jewels pearls were the best of the best. Their value corresponded to what diamonds mean to us. The merchant would be so happy with his discovery that he would sell everything to buy it.For Jesus the treasure or the pearl meant a possession so valuable that you would want to possess it at all cost. It represents what you most deeply desire and can make your own.Every human heart has certain hungers. Everybody wants a nice home, great opportunities, good relationships, security, respect, and love. Everybody wants these things. They represent what enhances our lives and makes them worth living.It’s important to realize that the gospel never says or implies that we have to choose between God and all or any of this; as if everything was really dispensable in comparison with God. There is no ‘either/or’ here. God knows that God is not the only thing we need in life. As the hymn put it, we should seek the Kingdom of God first and the rest shall be added unto us. Not seek only, but seek first…Sometimes, however, we see or read about people whose seeking first made them give themselves wholly to what comes first. Those people we call saints. It’s unfortunate that the standardized picture of a saint remains by and large a person with joined hands and upturned eyes, who hardly seems to need the earth for anything. The false picture has done enormous harm to the best in religion.Saints come in all sizes, colours, races and cultures. In their incredible variety, there is one constant. The anthropologist Joseph Campbell once wrote a famous book called The Hero with a Thousand Faces. His thesis was that heroism displays an enormous variety – the hero has a thousand faces, but the story (and the question that consumes the hero) is always the same: ‘To what will I surrender my heart? What will have my most complete allegiance?’ You can say the same thing of the saint. Sometimes possession will clash with other commitments or allegiances, and the result can be tragic. I think for example of St. Thomas More saying at the end of his life, to the great sadness and dismay of his family: “I remain the King’s loyal servant, but God’s first.’ On the other hand, there is often no clash whatever, just a matter of joyous surrender. I think here of the thirteen martyrs of Uganda, all under 25, the youngest only 13, joking and singing hymns on their way to their place of execution.The consequences of choice may not be ours to control, but we are not confronted essentially with choosing, just with prioritizing. The Kingdom is a treasure, Jesus says, a treasure we should not seek only; just seek first…By: Father Henry Charles, Ph. d
THE Georgetown Football Association’s (GFA) STAG Premium League will continue tomorrow with three round-two matches at the Georgetown Football Club ground, beginning at 16:00hrs.The feature game from 20:00hrs brings together joint points (three points) leaders Santos and first round losers Pele, while the opening game will see GFC, who secured a walkover victory from Flamingo in round one, take on Black Pearl who lost by a 1-4 margin to Beacon when the tournament got underway last Sunday.The second game which is scheduled for an 18:00hrs start will see Riddim Squad, who lost by a 1-4 margin last Sunday in a round one fixture, face joint points leaders Beacon.In their opening game of the competition, Santos humbled Northern Rangers by a 3-0 margin through a double from William Europe in the 22nd and 31st minutes and one other goal off the boot of Orin Yarde in the 47th minute.Pele, on the other hand, in their 1-2 loss to Camptown secured their lone goal from Lloyd Anderson in the 85th minute.In Beacon’s 4-1 win against Black Pearl last Sunday, Devon Bowen netted a brace in the 25th and 45th minutes while his team mate Quacy McAulay also scored a double in the 32nd and 50th minutes. Jason Clarke had pulled one back for Black Pearl in the 56th minute.GFC, on the other hand, had secured a walkover victory from Flamingo.At stake in the tournament is $1M for the winning team, while the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will earn $500 000, $300 000 and $200 000 respectively.