Umphrey’s McGee returned to Charleston, SC last night, for the second night of their own Chucktown Ball. The southern city event started as a series of benefit concerts in Charleston last year, after a hometown mass shooting stirred band members who live in the city. This year, the band took the Ball to the next level, bringing on special guest musicians in a larger venue, the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center. You can listen to Friday night’s performance here.Saturday night’s concert-goers were treated to an extreme evening of music, with electronic duo The Floozies kicking things off as the night’s support. When UM took the stage, fans were treated to an all-original set of music, including an extensive “Miami Virtue” into “Mad Love” jam. The first set closed with a fan-favorited “2×2” rocker, which featured teases of Eye of the Tiger’s “Survivor”, Pink Floyd‘s “Another Brick in the Wall”, and John Coltrane‘s “A Love Supreme”.The second set opened with a stand-out version of “Life During Exodus”, a mashing of Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” and Bob Marley’s “Exodus,” with Frank Zappa’s “City of Tiny Lites” and Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.” The mashup is featured on their upcoming album, ZONKEY, which comes out this Fall. Sticking to the tease-heavy theme of Saturday night’s setlist, the band’s performance of “Bad Friday” included teases of Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean.”Toward the end of the set, the Chicago-based jam greats busted out “Rock The Casbah” for the 11th time in their nearly twenty year career. The Clash cover has not been performed by the sextet since September of 2015 at the Forest Park in St. Louis, MO. The Casbah classic led into a “Drums” jam, and then into the “Hurt Bird Bath” set closer, which incorporated teases of Bach‘s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, before Umphrey’s McGee returned to the stage for a “Puppet String” encore.Come November 11th, Umphrey’s McGee will release ZONKEY, a new studio album that features recordings of the band’s famed mash up tracks. Having already released versions of “Life During Exodus” and “National Loser Anthem”, which features a mash-up of Radiohead, Beck, and Phil Collins, last night’s performance was pure indication that this release will be full of surprises.Following last night’s show, keyboardist Joel Cummins announced from the stage that the band will return to Atlanta, GA for a three-night stand at The Tabernacle over Martin Luther King weekend in January. He confirmed this statement with a tweet earlier today: Umphrey’s McGee @ Chuck Town Ball, North Charleston Coliseum North Charleston, SC 9/24/16:Set I: October Rain > Speak Up, Miami Virtue > Mad Love, Higgins, Preamble > Mantis, 2×2*Set II: Life During Exodus^, All In Time > Prowler > All In Time, Bad Friday^^, Rock the Casbah > Drums > Hurt Bird Bath^^^Enc: Puppet StringNotes: *with Eye of the Tiger (Survivor) jam and Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd) and A Love Supreme (John Coltrane) teases^with 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago) tease^^with Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) tease^^^With Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) tease[Setlist via AllThingsUmphreys]
Driving innovation through modern applicationsIn addition to getting up and running quickly, driving innovation also means leveraging software and giving developers the tools they need to create modern applications. However, the challenge is how to modernize the application portfolio to include both cloud-native together with traditional applications?DTCP ships with VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 – which includes VMware Tanzu™ Kubernetes Grid integration with vSphere 7. You now have a single platform to drive this journey of innovation, with support for both modern, cloud-native applications as well as traditional, virtual machine-based instances. This enables you to reduce TCO and streamline operations by 47% compared to a similar public Cloud solution.²When it comes to purchasing, simplicity and flexibility rulesWhen it comes to consuming IT infrastructure, it’s about having the freedom of choice between CapEx and OpEx models to better align costs with business objectives and growth. This allows you to grow different parts of your business at varying rates.With subscription pricing, we made it simple to buy hybrid cloud environments—for as low as $70/node per day.³ We are now introducing the option of upfront (CapEx) purchase, in addition to subscription, for fixed configurations of select VxRail node and rack options. All delivered in as few as 14 days.The speed of your business is determined by your ability to build scalable infrastructure while keeping overhead costs low. With DTCP, you now have a platform that allows you to do both.¹ Applies to select fixed node configurations, contact your sales representative for details. Customer credit approval, site survey and configuration workbook must be completed before order is placed. Excludes orders over 24 nodes, VMware NSX configuration, vRealize (vRA, vRO) components, and some other features. Product availability, holidays and other factors may impact deployment time. US only.² IDC White Paper, sponsored by Dell EMC, Benefits of the Consistent Hybrid Cloud: A Total Cost of Ownership Analysis of the Dell Technologies Cloud, April 2019. Results based on U.S. costs of the Dell Technologies Cloud deploying common cloud environment workloads over a five-year period v. a leading native public cloud service provider. Actual results will vary.³ Based on a 3-year term with the minimum starting configuration (4 x 1M1s.small + 3 x 1G1s.sm) and an average monthly price of $2104 (USD). Pricing for DTCP with subscription may vary depending on the number and type of nodes in your configuration. For details on pricing, consult your account manager. Every year, the speed of business continues to increase. Companies must do whatever it takes to stay relevant, because the competition is always pushing harder, moving faster. If you can’t keep up and move quickly, your competitors surely will.We also live in an age of near-instant gratification, where people expect speed—across product and service delivery, support, and every other area they interact with. In the race to meet these expectations, standards haven risen overall, making speed even more crucial. No longer can it take months to get up and running, which significantly hurts your competitiveness.The industry’s fastest hybrid cloud deployment¹With the world speeding up, simply being fast isn’t enough. You must be faster than everyone else; accelerate until you’re first and keep going to stay there. To do so, you need to leverage IT to help innovate your business or be left in the dust. It doesn’t matter if you’re a media firm, a retail company, or a bank—it’s an easy calculation. Either you innovate, or your competitors will.To help our customers accelerate their IT projects, earlier this year we launched Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (DTCP) with subscription pricing (offered via fixed configurations of select VxRail node and rack options). With the launch we also made our customers a promise. We’ll deliver and deploy a hybrid cloud in under 2 weeks, which includes standardized installation and configuration of HW/SW components.With the agility to get hybrid cloud environments up and running quickly, as well as rapidly scale, you can now innovate at a higher rate.
By Yolima Dussán/Diálogo May 02, 2018 In a special session held on March 24, 2018, in Tulcán, home base of the Ecuadorean Army’s 31st Andes Brigade, authorities from Colombia and Ecuador agreed to intensify military coordination along their shared border. The agreement includes closer cooperation on intelligence operations to thwart attacks from illegal armed groups in the area. Aníbal Fernández, Colombia’s Vice Minister of Defense for International Policies and Affairs; Felipe Vega, Ecuador’s Vice Minister of Defense, and top military members from both nations resolved to implement new mechanisms to exchange information. Authorities also opted to heighten the combined presence of military units at critical points along the border. “Through this exercise, we reaffirm the excellent relationship between Colombia and Ecuador on security and defense matters, building on cooperation, instruments, and mechanisms we’ve strengthened over the years,” said Vice Minister Fernández at the end of the session. “Our analysis of the situation along the border allowed us to decide to establish more combined operations and exercises, resulting in greater security for the region.” Terrorism in the borderlands The Binational Border Commission (COMBIFRON, in Spanish) convened following a terrorist attack on March 20th, in the Ecuadorean province of Esmeralda, just across the border from the Colombian department of Nariño. Narcotraffickers and dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) carried out the attack that left four service members dead and seven wounded. A patrol of marines implementing surveillance and control operations was attacked with an explosive device near a naval detachment in the Mataje River area of the San Lorenzo district, along the northern border with Colombia. “The Ecuadorean service members responded to the attack, which led to a confrontation,” reported the office of Ecuador’s Secretary of Communication. Terrorist attacks have been on the rise in this area since the start of 2018. On January 27th, a car bomb exploded in San Lorenzo, wounding 28 people. Since then, there have been six other incidents of armed aggression against Ecuadorean security forces and civilians. “We established a series of agreements to deploy more security troops to the border area,” said Vice Minister Vega. “Today’s work will result in coordinated actions from the armed forces to redouble security in the areas most impacted by conflict.” Specific exercises Authorities prioritized COMBIFRON’s decisions in line with the analysis of the region’s security situation. Police forces from both countries agreed to send Ecuadorean officers to Tumaco to be briefed on Colombia’s operations. An Ecuadorean intelligence officer will also be part of the combined information center’s staff to be set up in Ipiales, in the Colombian department of Nariño, for ongoing communication exchanges on matters like illegal mining, human trafficking, fuel smuggling, and money laundering. In a combined press conference, Army General Alberto José Mejía, general commander of the Colombian Military Forces, and Air Force General César Merizalde, head of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces Joint Command, committed to implement new mechanisms to exchange information and ramp up military presence in Nariño, Esmeraldas, and Carchi. They also laid the groundwork for collaboration between the two armed forces on combined civic operations to work with the communities and create a secure environment with government presence. “The recent violent events along the northern border generated unease among our fellow citizens,” said Gen. Merizalde. “Especially for those living in provinces that border Colombia.” The Colombian Military Forces increased operations in the area with the Hercules Task Force, a unit consisting of 9,000 personnel from the Army, Navy, and Police to bolster security and law and order in border municipalities. The mission is to protect 16,000 square kilometers in the border area, 116 km of oil pipelines, 640 power line pylons, and the Espriella-Río Mataje road project, which connects the ports of Tumaco and Esmeraldas. “This became a high-risk area because of the presence of armed criminal and narcotrafficking groups from Colombia that use Ecuadorean territory to carry out part of their illegal activities,” said Gen. Mejía. “We are aware of our nation’s problems, like illegal crops and narcotrafficking. It’s the inherent responsibility of our country and the Military Forces, and that’s why we deployed a force like Hercules”. Criminal groups in the border between Colombia and Ecuador strive to control coca growing lands and drug trafficking routes. A particular nemesis to locals is a FARC splinter group under Guacho’s command, a former guerrilla fighter whose criminal activities pose a threat to the security of both countries.