13-Year-Old Pianist Owen York Shares His First-Ever Original Composition [Watch]

first_imgJam fans have taken note of Owen York, as the 13-year old pianist first turned heads with a show-stopping four-hour performance in January for Umphrey’s McGee fans. The popularity for York’s mash-up piano medleys has only grown, and he even got to perform a cover of David Bowie on the floor of Madison Square Garden! Very cool.Today we’re delighted to share a brand new venture for York, as he debuts an instrumental jazz composition entitled “Lotos.” The three-minute piece sees the young pianist tackle an intricate composition in style. Accompanied by British drummer Matt Griffiths, “Lotos” showcases the skills that earned Owen York a seat as the youngest member of Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble, an elite group of musicians from New York and New Jersey.Watch the video of Owen York’s “Lotos,” taken in July at the French Woods Camp in Upstate New York.Be sure to check out York’s YouTube channel for covers and medleys of Radiohead, Grateful Dead, Beck, Steely Dan, Umphrey’s McGee, Phish, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, Gorillaz, Outkast, Mashups and more!last_img read more

The Era of Protecting by Enabling

first_imgIT managers today are on the forefront of information delivery services. Users are demanding highly available and secure data transfers that are flexible enough to serve them on the road and multiple devices. The days of traveling physically to a secure location to access a file are fast becoming extinct.Technology transformation has a major impact on how and where we share information, so it’s natural to expect it to also impact how we provide trust for that information. We stay connected across more devices than ever, in more places. It no longer makes sense to apply old methods of static controls and expensive locks, which mimicked our approach to security of physical locations, in a fast-paced, widespread environment. Traditional methods applied to modern data flows ultimately hinder even authorized processes and builds bottlenecks, which prompts users to seek out other service providers.That is why new and more complete enterprise solutions have been developed to meet the requirements of the end-user as well as IT and Security; they are flexible enough to enhance whatever users have, wherever they are, and make enterprise file sync and sharing (EFSS) easy yet trusted. Better service means more visibility and control while delivering automated and safe EFSS. Users gain the access they demand and IT reduces risk, once the following three key elements are present:Frictionless user experienceIndustry-leading security and compliance controlsFlexible and trusted storageFirst, a frictionless user experience means a convenient and integrated experience. This reduces the urge to seek unauthorized or unsafe paths to share information. How many times has an email server or a file server imposed limits that blocked an important business transaction? High performance with low overhead, as well as access online or offline, is critical for productivity in mobile and remote network environments. Productivity does not have to stop when working with large files, changing devices, or using various networks.Second, industry-leading controls means giving IT the features and tools they need to trust EFSS in large deployments. These include capabilities such as:Integration with a directory to enable automatic provision and removal of accountsGranular access policies, set by group and user, to control allowable devices, what and how much storage can be used, and file types that are permittedFile and usage tracking with continuous audit and reporting, to support risk analysis and response by the security teamPolicy-driven storage so IT can decide where files are stored, public cloud or on-premise, for privacy and compliance reasonsMultifactor authentication to control devices authorizationThird, flexible and trusted storage means using independently certified infrastructure that can handle disasters and business continuity events. EFSS can be provided from cloud arrays that scale rapidly while also providing the highest levels of availability. Or files can be stored on scalable network storage devices deep within an enterprise perimeter, while still providing secure access to nearly any device from almost any network.Ironically, sometimes the best way to secure a process is to not lock it down, but allow it to happen with the proper controls and IT reporting in place. Users today are sophisticated enough to get what they want by going around IT. That can effectively neutralize the investment IT is making in security and how they control information. When users go to consumer products, data is at risk and IT doesn’t even know about it. The ability to set granular policy controls and gain visibility into file sharing while providing a delightful experience is the only way IT can “manage the unmanageable.”last_img read more

Thirteen families near Mayfield will be getting bottled water from the city of Wellington

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Beginning May 1, the 13 families near Mayfield will be getting bottled water from the city of Wellington, after the council approved an agreement between the city and KDHE at a special meeting Wednesday.The city was told recently it had to stop letting people use untreated water from water lines, a practice that had been in place since the 1950s. Wellington has been pumping millions of gallons of water off these properties for the past 50 years, and part of the deal was, the people would get free water, though it was untreated.The rule apparently came down from the federal government to the state, and the state has handed it down to the cities. Talks have been going on for some time, but nothing was done until the deadline neared.The city council approved an agreement that Mayor Shelley Hansel had been given from KDHE earlier in the week. The council discussed this at its last meeting and passed a resolution saying it would not cut people’s water off until a solution could be reached.It seems KDHE agreed to that — to some degree. The city will have to supply people with water or drinking and cooking, and the people can still use untreated water for other things, like bathing, washing clothes and outdoor use.KDHE plans to meet with the city in the next 30 days to work out a plan to find a permanent solution.Hansel said the city likely won’t have to pay any fines if it does what KDHE said, and works out a plan with KDHE to get a permanent fix in place.Hansel said the point of the resolution last week was to make sure people did not get their water cut off, but she also said she wants to be sure everyone is getting safe water. She said after talking with KDHE this week, she realized this has been an ongoing issue for 10 years or so, and that the state also dropped the ball to some degree.The council directed the city manager to get a plan in place to provide bottled water to those 13 families by May 1. They may use a private water distributor if they can find one locally, as opposed to the city taking it out there or having those people come and get the water.There is no date yet, but the city will meet with KDHE in Wellington, probably in a work session meeting. It should happen in early May, and Hansel said she wanted to invite the people affected to have input as well.Of the 13 families, not all are using the water for their homes, city manager Roy Eckert said. Some are using it only for outdoor purposes, such as stock watering. He was going to contact KDHE and find out if those people would need to be given water as well. Either way, he said he would find a way to get them water by the first of the month.Council member Jim Valentine brought up the point that the city had planned to install  a water line, and in 2015 it was on the Capitol Improvement Project list.Apparently no official action was taken, but at the time the city thought it would cost about $150,000. City officials, like the city manager, later found out it would cost possibly twice that much, and the plan was put on the back burner.Eckert said they had decided it would cost less to get individual wells dug than it would to put in the water line.But that is why they will have the meeting with KDHE, to go over all the possibilities. The plan that is to be worked out will have to include whether to do a water line or to provide wells for individual homes. Both are still possibilities.The council has expressed its desire to take care of the people who are using the city line that pumps raw water to the city water plant. The city gets a sizable portion of its water from wells on those properties, which comes to many millions of gallons. The deal in place for the last 50 years was that the city would provide free water in exchange for the water they were getting from wells on those properties.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

It’s Ahoure or Gardner for 100m

first_imgK.C. Graham: All eyes will be on Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce today in the women’s 100m as there is speculation that she is not yet ready to compete with the big girls due to a toe injury.Lowe: She certainly isn’t ready and has said as much, noting yesterday that this is a test to see where she is. Still, she’s a fighter and will try her best I’m sure. However, after missing as much training as she has, it’s hard to see her winning here.K.C. Graham: And the field is a quality one as there are four sub-10.80 seconds athletes in the field although I do not expect much from Carmelita Jeter and it will be interesting to see how Blessing Okagbare runs here after being easily beaten by Elaine Thompson recently.Lowe: Fraser-Pryce won here last year in 10.81 but I doubt we’ll see that kind of time from anyone in this field today unless helped by wind. Nobody is in particularly great form and it might be an opportunity for another Jamaican, Simone Facey, who has gone 11.00 and 11.05 this year to make a good impression.K.C. Graham: I am really happy for Facey, who is making a big comeback this season and I expect her to improve on her season’s best of 11.00 seconds. However, I think they will all have to chase English Gardner, who likes this track and this is home for her as she has scored several wins in the past here including NCAA titles for Oregon. I think she could go sub-10.90.Lowe: She had a close win last year in the ‘B’ race over Elaine Thompson in 10.84 and like you said, loves to compete here in front of her fans from college days. She has also gone 11.04 this year too and has been bouncing around in the hotel and looking quite eager to step on the track.K.C. Graham: The race is going to be very close though as Barbara Pierre, the Indoor 60 metres champion, is bubbling with confidence while Ahoure and Bartoletta want to do well. I think Fraser-Pryce will just go through the motions here as coach Stephen Francis is a smart guy and is waiting for Rio but you know as a Nike athlete she has to show up for this meet.Lowe: I think she wants to do more than just show up here. She has missed several training sessions and is running out of time before trials. She won’t risk further injury – I don’t think, but she’ll certainly want to give herself and her coach a real opportunity to see just where they are at this point. I think Ahoure has this one covered. She’s been working well so far this season especially on the final phase. She wins a close one ahead of Gardner. A healthy finish will be key for SFP at this stage, a fast time would be a bonus and winning is not her primary focus here.K.C. Graham: You can take this trifecta to the bank my friend. It is Gardner from Ahoure from a fast finishing Okagbare for third.Lowe: Thank you but I’ll pass, my record so far speaks for itself so let me reiterate. Ahoure over Gardner. Third place is up for grabs.last_img read more