Wells Fargo Bolsters National Mortgage Servicing Association Representation

first_img About Author: Brianna Gilpin Home / Daily Dose / Wells Fargo Bolsters National Mortgage Servicing Association Representation The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Previous: One for the Record Books Next: How Many Borrowers Can’t Afford Their Mortgage? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Wells Fargo Bolsters National Mortgage Servicing Association Representation  Print This Post 2017-07-18 Brianna Gilpin Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA) announced that Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (WFHM) SVP and Head of Servicing Change Delivery Gui Kahl has joined the organization. Kahl succeeds J.K. Huey, who retired in May, as one of two representatives from Wells Fargo.“We are proud to welcome Gui Kahl to the National Mortgage Servicing Association,” Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute said. “The level of leadership and expertise that he brings will serve the important work of the organization in the years to come.”Kahl, who holds Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, master’s degree in Consumer Banking from the Consumer Banking Association, and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Transportation Logistics from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, has a long history in banking.Before his return to Wells Fargo in 2016, Kahl was the global head of process e-engineering and management at American International Group (AIG). Previously, he spent seven years in Wells Fargo’s Expense Management group leading the Global Solutions Strategy and Governance team. Prior to this, Kahl was with Bank of America building and growing the company’s global delivery capabilities for three years.Throughout his career, Kahl has also had experience in the computer, aerospace, and oil industries holding leadership roles in marketing, operations, vendor management, and product development. Now, he oversees and is responsible for a number of things in WFHM Servicing, including all change delivery activities across the servicing organization and business transformation through the optimization of people, process, and technology.With a membership comprising more than 80 percent of the mortgage servicing market, the NMSA is a nonpartisan organization driven by top-level executive representation from the nation’s leading mortgage servicing organizations for the purpose of effecting progress and change on the key challenges that face the mortgage servicing industry. By bringing together decision making executives from across the nation, the NMSA drives the conversation on shaping the American housing industry for the benefit of homeowners.“I’m honored for the opportunity to work with the leaders of our nation’s leading mortgage servicing organizations to effect progress and change on the key challenges that face the mortgage servicing industry,” Kahl said. “Together, we look forward to improved and sustained homeownership by helping our industry become more efficient and effective.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago July 18, 2017 1,212 Views Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Minister urged to help fill LKG haematologist vacancy

first_img By News Highland – January 14, 2010 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Minister urged to help fill LKG haematologist vacancy Twitter Facebook Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Twitter Google+center_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week There are calls for high level intervention to source a consultant haematologist for Letterkenny General Hospital.Letterkenny GeneralThe hospital has been without haematology services since the departure of the previous consultant at the end of December.Haematology services are vital for the diagnosis and treatment of  blood related illnesses including leukaemia and while this position is vacant Donegal patients with suspected blood diseases must travel to Dublin and Galway.Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh is calling on Health Minister Mary Harney to become directly involved directly in having the vacancy filled:  [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/14joe.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Google+ Previous articleCouncil re-open reservoirs but supply may return slowlyNext articleFianna Fail Councillor questions calls for Donegal by-election News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

Massive lines at New York City airport amid worries about government shutdown, TSA callouts

first_imgKatie DenDaas/ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hundreds of frustrated travelers were stuck on snaking lines inside the Delta Airlines terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York City Sunday afternoon, as a handful of airport employees tried to keep calm amid increased callouts by TSA agents during the government shutdown.The massive lines at the airport happened as the partial government shutdown entered its third week and callouts by agents with the Transportation Security Administration ticked up, according to statistics from the agency.Passengers seemed to be feeling the effects on Sunday, as airport employees who showed up tried to manage the endless lines.“Please, everyone, have patience with the officers who came to work,” a Delta Airlines employee pleaded with travelers surrounding her. “Please.”The airline declined to comment about the delays and the possible effects the government shutdown may be having on travel.Other passengers said the delays at LaGuardia, which is under a massive rebuilding construction project already, reached a new low.“I’ve never seen the line in LaGuardia that bad,” said John, a frequent business traveler who asked that his last name not be used. “And I probably take the shuttle 40 to 50 times each year, 25 round trips.”It was impossible to determine the exact impact the shutdown had on Sunday’s delays.But the shutdown, which has left roughly 800,000 federal employees without pay, has affected a wide range of professionals, from members of the Coast Guard to air traffic controllers.Negotiations between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration to reopen the government have stalled over the president’s demands for border wall funding. Jan. 11 is the first scheduled payday that will be missed for federal employees in affected roles since the shutdown began.At airports across the country, TSA workers were reportedly calling out sick at higher rates than normal.James Gregory, the deputy assistant administrator of public affairs for the TSA, said the agency is “not seeing any significant increases in average wait times or callouts.” He added that it was a “normal occurrence” at this time of the year.“It’s also worth reporting that we are grateful for the more than 51,000 agents across the country who show up to work, remain focused on the mission and are respectful to the traveling public as they continue the important work necessary to secure the nation’s transportation systems,” he said.Michael Bilello, the agency’s assistant administrator for strategic communications and public affairs, said staffing levels at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport were slightly down.On Friday, the callout rate was 5.5 percent of workers, compared to 3.5 percent on a “normal” day, Bilello said.When asked by ABC News what the slight increase can be attributed to, he said it “could be anything.”“Could be transportation, kids are home from school for the holidays,” he added. “But, you know, there probably are some folks in there that perhaps are not coming in because they’re frustrated or because they’re looking for other jobs.“That’s the reality of it,” he continued. “But, I don’t see anything that shows that it’s coordinated or that its certainly having any impact on operations to date.”Still, wait times at the airport never exceeded 25 minutes, he added, precheck travelers never waited longer than 8 minutes. Of all of the travelers at TSA checkpoints Friday, more than 90 percent of them waited less than 15 minutes, he said.On Thursday and Friday, more than 4 million travelers nationwide were screened, Bilello said. The vast majority — in the 90th percentile — didn’t have to wait more than 15 minutes, he said.At other airports in big cities like Houston and Chicago, delay times seemed to be normal. And Bilello disputed reports that more than 150 TSA agents called out sick at JFK International Airport in New York.Bilello attributed the delays to normal slowness at the end of the holiday season.“While call outs have increased nationwide, right around this time of year, right around Christmas that’s not unusual,” Bilello said. “These numbers are certainly not extraordinary.”Whatever the effect, flyers seem to be factoring in the shutdown and the threat of TSA agents calling out sick into their travel plans.Debbie Jacob, who was flying to Rochester with her mother and daughter, told ABC News she came to the airport “several hours earlier than our flight was to depart.”“Because we wondered if there would a long line at security,” said Jacob, who thanked the TSA workers who came to work Sunday. “We were here with plenty of time.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Woman gunned down in her driveway in ‘monstrous’ attack caught on video

first_imgHarris County Sheriffs Office(HOUSTON) — After a young woman was gunned down in her own driveway in a crime caught on surveillance video, Houston authorities are pleading for help to get her “callous killer off our streets.” Elizabeth Barraza was setting up a garage sale when she was attacked on Friday, Jan. 25, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a Wednesday news conference. At about 6:55 a.m., the killer drove up to her home, walked up the driveway and engaged Barraza in conversation before pointing a pistol at her and shooting her multiple times, the sheriff said. Barraza was hospitalized and died the next day, the sheriff said. Barraza’s killer — a “coward” — drove up just after Barraza’s husband left for work, her father, Bob Nuelle, said at Wednesday’s news conference. Barraza was a “kind and generous person” and married to an “amazing man,” Nuelle said. She was holding a garage sale to make extra cash for her fifth wedding anniversary trip with her husband, Nuelle said. “She had such a big heart,” Barraza’s husband, Sergio Barraza, said at the news conference. “I’m just so happy that the last words I got to say to my beautiful wife was, ‘I love you,’ and she said, ‘I love you, too.’” Elizabeth Barraza died in the same hospital where the couple had devoted so much time to volunteer work, Sergio Barraza said. “Why someone would be so monstrous to commit an act like this… I had to trade our fifth anniversary for her funeral,” Sergio Barraza said. “I ask if anybody knows anything to please come forward. … We need justice for Liz.” The crime and the suspect’s car were caught on surveillance video. Barraza’s killer could be a man or a woman, Harris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael Ritchie told reporters. “We are almost certain” that the suspect’s car is a black, four-door Nissan Frontier truck, Ritchie said, adding, “these trucks are not very common.” Authorities have received several tips, Ritchie said. A reward up to $20,000 has been offered for any information.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Press release: UK to innovate new life-saving treatment and diagnosis technology

first_img There is no other programme in the world with the scale and ambition like that of our Accelerating Disease Detection challenge. Backed by government investment, we are aiming to use 5 million volunteers to discover new methods to tackle devastating illnesses before they take effect – and even before symptoms occur. The business and charity investment expected alongside ours shows our modern Industrial Strategy in action, working alongside industry to ensure the UK remains a world-leader in medical discoveries that will save lives and benefit our economy. Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to play a part in this landmark cohort and harness this incredible resource to make breakthroughs possible for people with dementia. Today, we diagnose dementia causing diseases after symptoms show, but to ensure people get the greatest benefit from future treatments, we must be able to diagnose them as soon as possible. Alzheimer’s Research UK is working to revolutionise how diseases like Alzheimer’s are identified and uniting the best minds in digital data and technology to draw on the full potential of the Accelerating Detection of Disease cohort. The programme – Accelerating Detection of Disease – has the potential to transform the way people are treated, supporting the NHS to continue to deliver the highest quality care for UK patients. Not only will this programme save thousands of lives, it has the potential to support developing industry in artificial intelligence, healthcare and diagnostics.Business Secretary Greg Clark said: Sara Hiom, Director, Early Diagnosis and Health Professional Engagement at Cancer Research UK, said: Diseases could be detected even before people experience symptoms, thanks to a pioneering new health-data programme as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.Businesses and charities are expected to jointly invest up to £160 million, alongside a £79 million government investment, as part of the Accelerating Detection of Disease programme. The project will support research, early diagnosis, prevention and treatment for diseases including cancer, dementia and heart disease.The pioneering initiative will recruit up to 5 million healthy people. Volunteered data from the individuals will help UK scientists and researchers invent new ways to detect and prevent the development of diseases.Prime Minister Theresa May said: Cancer Research UK sees great potential in the Accelerating Detection of Disease programme, not only as a platform for research to further our understanding of the prevention and earlier detection of major diseases such as cancer, but as a way to engage the public more fully in their own health, increase their awareness of risk factors for disease and support our great health service. Last year, I set out a mission to use data and AI to transform the diagnosis of chronic diseases and create a future where thousands more survive cancer; where a diagnosis means treatment and survival, rather than having to simply manage the condition. Today’s announcement is another positive step forward in achieving this, as we work towards identifying more intelligent approaches to preventing disease and transforming the lives of patients and their families. The Accelerating Detection of Disease programme will put the UK at the forefront of global research into early diagnosis and help us shift the standard in healthcare forever. We have a vision to live in a world where you prevent disease rather than treat it too late. The ability to identify people at risk or suffering from early forms of disease with greater precision will have a profound impact on how we develop diagnostics and new ways to treat disease. I am delighted that this challenge will bring together the NHS, charities and industry to develop a truly world leading resource.center_img This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to support the NHS by participating in health research. The programme will lead to new ways to prevent diseases or detect them at an early stage when they can be treated more effectively. UKRI Challenge Director Fiona Watt said: The British Heart Foundation is pleased to see the government confirm its commitment to the Accelerating Detection of Disease Challenge. This initiative could not only lead to exciting developments in detecting diseases at earlier stages, when they may be more amenable treatment and cure, but also better ways of preventing them. For heart and circulatory disease such as coronary artery disease, heart failure and vascular dementia the advances from this project could be game-changing and the BHF are delighted to be supporting and be part of this major initiative. Public endorsement, engagement and involvement with this project will be crucial and we also hope to support this aspect. Today’s business investment is an important step in delivering the AI and Data Grand Challenge mission to use data, artificial intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030. The programme is led by Professor Sir John Bell and brings together the NHS, industry and leading charities including Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Alzheimer’s Research UK.Leader of the programme Prof. John Bell said: The programme was a key commitment in the second Life Sciences Sector Deal and its use of genomics will change the future of health and medicine in a new era of precision healthcare. Putting genomics at the heart of this globally-leading initiative, delivers the government’s commitment to develop a genomic volunteers programme and contributes to our UK-wide ambition to sequence five million genomes by 2023 to 2024, maintaining our global lead in this field. Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: Businesses and charities back Industrial Strategy challenge to develop life-saving disease detection technology with an expected co-investment of up to £160 million investment will support the recruitment of up to 5 million healthy volunteers to develop new diagnostic tests using AI in the largest ever study of its kind announcement is part of biggest boost to R&D in UK history through the government’s modern Industrial Strategylast_img read more

David Byrne To Release ‘True Stories’ Complete Soundtrack For First Time Ever

first_imgToday, David Byrne has announced that he will release the complete soundtrack to his 1986 foray into feature filmmaking, True Stories, for the first time ever. In addition to Byrne, True Stories stars John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, Spalding Grey, Annie McEnroe, and more. True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack will be released on Friday, November 23rd, via Nonesuch Records.David Byrne starred in and directed the film, which is based on real stories from tabloid newspapers. He once described the film as being “like 60 Minutes on acid.” Predominantly comprised of music by Byrne’s band, Talking Heads, several songs from the film went on to be featured in the Talking Heads album of the same name, which was released later that same year. Byrne also went on to release Sounds From True Stories: Music For Activities Freaks, which features a small selection of cast recordings from the film alongside several instrumental tracks.The forthcoming True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack will mark the first time the music from True Stories will be released as it appears in the film. As Byrne notes in a tweet about the coming release, “I always imagined that the music written for True Stories should be heard as it is in the film. It makes the most sense this way.”The complete True Stories soundtrack will feature 23 songs from the acclaimed film, collected in one package in film sequence. The complete soundtrack set includes cast performances of “People Like Us” by John Goodman and “Dream Operator” by Annie McEnroe, among many others.David Byrne True Stories Complete Soundtrack Announcement Video[Video: David Byrne]To find out more information on David Byrne’s upcoming release of the complete True Stories soundtrack, or to pre-order the album, you can head over to his website here.last_img read more

Ruth Simmons to deliver principal address at Harvard celebration for Class of 2021

first_imgRuth Simmons, Ph.D. ’73, president of Prairie View A&M University, president emerita of both Brown University and Smith College, and one of the nation’s foremost leaders in higher education, will be the principal speaker at Harvard’s celebration of the Class of 2021 on Thursday, May 27.“I am delighted to announce that Ruth Simmons will deliver our principal address,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow in a message to the Harvard community today in which he announced the virtual celebration, calling her “among America’s foremost advocates for higher education.”“Having led a women’s college, an Ivy League research university, and a historically Black university, she has a unique perspective on how very different types of institutions contribute to the fabric of our nation” said Bacow. “She has also defended with great passion the possibility of improving our society by learning from our differences. I very much look forward to hearing her remarks later this year.”A native of Grapeland, Texas, and the 12th child of sharecroppers, Simmons began her career in academia with a scholarship to Dillard University, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1967. She then continued on to Harvard, where she earned her Ph.D. in Romance languages and literatures in 1973.After several years teaching as a professor of French at the University of New Orleans, Simmons entered university administration, and went on to serve in various academic leadership and faculty roles at California State University, the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College.In July 1995 she was chosen to be the ninth president of Smith College. During her groundbreaking tenure there, she focused on expanding access and breaking down academic barriers, perhaps most notably by establishing the first engineering program at a women’s college in the U.S.Her six-year tenure at Smith ended in 2001, when she was appointed the 18th president of Brown University, and the first African American to lead an Ivy League institution. She was beloved by the Brown community, and her time there was marked by an expansion of need-blind undergraduate financial aid, faculty expansion, enhanced curricula, and new facilities.Simmons also helped Brown begin to grapple with its historical connection to slavery and the slave trade, establishing the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. In her charge to the group, she asked that they “organize academic events and activities that might help the nation and the Brown community think deeply, seriously, and rigorously about the questions raised,” acknowledging also that the University’s history has given it “a special obligation and a special opportunity to provide thoughtful inquiry.” Today, the committee’s report continues to serve as a blueprint for other institutions reckoning with their own histories of injustice.Simmons left Brown in 2012 for what she thought was her retirement from leading institutions of higher education. That changed in 2018, when she accepted the presidency of Prairie View A&M University in her native Texas. In taking the reins of the historically Black college, Simmons saw another opportunity to continue opening doors for a new generation, just as Dillard had done for her in 1963.“How could I turn away from doing for other young people what was done for me?” she said during her inaugural address at Prairie View A&M.Simmons’ work toward equal educational opportunity also continues outside of the halls of Prairie View. In 2018, she testified on Harvard’s behalf in a lawsuit challenging Harvard College’s right to consider race as one among many factors in the admissions process.“The beauty of higher education in this country is that it’s very differentiated. We have women’s colleges. We have male colleges, very few, but we have some. We have African American institutions. We have religious institutions. And then we have great research universities like Harvard,” she said in an interview with the Gazette about the lawsuit. “Preserving the flexibility of institutions to create these classes, with very different students coming together, learning from each other, intensifying the environment for learning, both in and outside the classroom, preparing for leadership, is critical.”Over half a century of distinguished service in higher education, Simmons has received many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, a Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, the Foreign Policy Association Medal, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 1997, she received the Centennial Medal from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and in 2002, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University. In 2013, she was named Chevalier in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor, the highest decoration bestowed by the French government.Bacow also announced today that the Harvard community once more would gather virtually in May to award degrees, due to public health and safety concerns related to the ongoing COVID pandemic.“The delay of our Commencement Exercises for two years running is deeply disappointing, but public health and safety must continue to take precedence,” wrote Bacow. “Though circumstances may well improve by spring, it takes months of planning to prepare for our usual festivities, which draw to campus and to Cambridge thousands of people from around the world. Right now, the risk posed by that possibility is too great, but please know that one day we will welcome the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 back to campus for an unforgettable — and unforgettably joyous — Commencement.”Past Commencement speakers have included Washington Post executive editor Martin “Marty” Baron, the late Civil Rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, entrepreneur and talk show host Oprah Winfrey, and Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Simmons will be the sixth president of another university to deliver the address.last_img read more

IT Architecture Building Blocks for Artificial Intelligence Prototypes

first_imgAbout a year ago I wrote a blog on the emergence of Artificial Intelligence in the enterprise. Since then we’ve seen a steady increase in the numbers and types of organizations starting to use AI to unlock the value in their data. Indeed, we are in the midst of a continuing deluge of data so it’s no surprise that AI/DL initiatives are kicking off across all sectors of our economy.This is great news, as the technology has matured immensely and the costs to entry have lowered. However, there are a number of steps to be considered as you look to start your AI journey in a sandbox environment. And because it can be a complex undertaking there are lots of questions too. The most important one being “where to start?”The first step is the planning phase. A couple months back I was talking with a customer from the manufacturing sector who wanted to bring a more data-driven approach to their business. The business leaders were concerned that they were falling behind industry competitors in the digital transformation race. The business needed to quickly build and accelerate a data first strategy and he was eager to get going. So, they setup an AI focus group to consider ways to incorporate Machine Learning and Deep Learning into their business lines. The group had executive sponsorship and met monthly over a year however the effort stalled before moving to production. Although the project began with a plan and intent the teams were stymied by the sheer number of available use cases and technology options. At this point they were reaching out to Dell Technologies as an experienced partner, one with a broad and deep solutions portfolio, to move the Proof of Concept (POC) along. Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence  The customer had the right idea with an internal cross functional team focused on AI, aka an AI Center of Excellence. To be successful the team should be comprised of lines of business leaders, developers, engineers, data architects, data scientists and IT staff. In my experience having a diversity of skills and perspectives from different areas of the business, along with executive sponsorship, is key to success. The executive sponsorship is extremely important because you need someone with budget and the authority to make decisions along the way. Once the foundation is laid the team must consider the use cases. They should be both quantifiable and time bound, perhaps reachable in three to six months. As an example, for manufacturing the team might identify a use case to reduce unscheduled machine maintenance by 15 percent. Reducing unscheduled maintenance would save millions by lowering machine down times and reducing energy costs. Another use case might be to reduce defects on the assembly line by 3 percent, which would also have a positive revenue impact.Focused Deep Learning Proof of ConceptNow that our AI Center of Excellence team has their use case it’s time to scope out a proof of concept. To level set expectations, moving from AI idea to production can be intimidating but that’s why experiments are conducted. Just as scientists build experiments to test their hypotheses the business uses prototypes or POCs to test their AI ideas and algorithms. However just because the prototype phase is seen as an experiment doesn’t mean that IT Architecture best practices should not be followed. In fact, it’s just the opposite. By focusing the prototype build-out with production in mind organizations can more quickly transition from sandbox to monetization. Many successful organizations use their POCs to deploy critical foundational elements that will scale. It makes no sense running a POC that takes years to successfully implement. More so, if you’ve deployed a solid IT foundation it’s easier to replicate another one when new use cases and models arise.In the prototype phase architecture plays a critical role. By building a prototype environment with the same building blocks as the scaled-out production environment you will accelerate the time to monetization for each model. However, AI workloads can be tricky. Here are a couple rules they tend to follow. First, our digital world provides an unlimited amount of data points so much so that AI applications must scale with the demand for unstructured data (Petabyte Scale). Second time is an essential factor necessary to answer your AI question so accelerated compute is a must. Therefore, while your solution may start small you need an architecture that can process unstructured data quickly and scale to keep up with the growing unstructured datasets.Entry Level AI Solution Beginning an AI journey is challenging from a business perspective, but the technology doesn’t have to be so. As a proof point we just published a reference architecture for an entry-level AI solution. It includes the world’s most powerful workstation, the Dell Precision 7920 Data Science Workstation, which provides ultimate performance and scalability to grow alongside your AI initiatives and data. It’s coupled with Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS  to give data science teams the ability to share massive amounts of data while providing high performance, reliability and seamless access from multiple operating systems. And without the need for costly and time-consuming data migration as you move to production. Dell EMC Isilon hybrid storage platforms, powered by the OneFS operating system, use a highly versatile yet simple scale-out storage architecture to speed access to massive amounts of data, while dramatically reducing cost and complexity. The hybrid storage platforms, such as the H400 used here, are highly flexible and strike the balance between large capacity and high-performance storage to provide support for a broad range of enterprise file workloads. The H400 delivers up to 3 GB/s bandwidth per chassis and provides capacity options ranging from 120 TB to 720 TB per chassis.Your journey to AI can take many paths. Choosing the one that begins with a solid plan, use cases and an affordable yet scalable AI prototype is the best route to success. Let Dell Technologies help you navigate: the Entry Level AI Solution referenced here is a great way to get started and to grow.If you want to learn more then please see the Dell Precision Data Science Workstation with Isilon H400 whitepaper. You’ll find the complete reference architecture with reproducible benchmark methodology, hardware and software configuration, sizing guidance and performance measurement tools.last_img read more

07 New fruit trees

first_imgThe new Attapulgus fruits are Sunsplash nectarine and WhiteRobin, Gulfking, Gulfcrest and Gulfprince peaches. Apricotvarieties are being developed, too. Plant breeders hope to have acommercial variety in about 10 years.The breeders’ emphasis is on the early season, so fruit farmerscan harvest for a better market window. But the peach andnectarine varieties are excellent for both home and commercialorchards.They’re a good fit in the home garden because early-ripeningvarieties require much less spraying for bugs and blight thanmid- and late-season varieties.Fewer spraysFor early-season peaches, sprays of an insecticide-fungicidecombination when the flower petals drop off and about 10 dayslater will often be all you need in your home orchard. It may notgive you picture-perfect fruit, but most home gardeners can livewith that.You may need another fungicide spray for brown rot close toharvest, a peach tree borer spray in September and two oil spraysfor scale during the winter.See your University of Georgia Extension office for a moredetailed spray guide, prepared by the UGA fruit insect anddisease specialists.The new fruit varieties come from a cooperative peach andnectarine breeding program between the U.S. Department ofAgriculture, University of Florida and UGA.Breeders’ resultsBreeders from those institutions have been developing new peachesand nectarines since 1991. While their work benefits homegardeners, the project’s aim is to benefit the agriculturaleconomy of south Georgia and north Florida. The results so far:Sunsplash nectarine blooms in lateFebruary and ripens inmid-May. It produces a sweet fruit of medium size.White Robin peach blooms in lateFebruary and ripens in mid-May.It bears a sweet, white-flesh peach with melting flesh. It’srecommended for home gardens, local sales and distant shippingwith careful handling.Gulfking peach blooms in mid tolate February and ripens in earlyMay. It has yellow, nonmelting (firm flesh) fruit with red skinand good flavor and size for a very early-season peach. It’srecommended for both home garden and commercial orchards.Gulfcrest peach is similar toGulfking, but blooms and ripensabout a week later. It has more red in the flesh and is slightlysmaller.Gulfprince blooms in mid to lateFebruary and ripens in late Mayand early June. It has high yields of medium-large, yellow,nonmelting-flesh fruit with a red-blushed skin color. It’srecommended only for home garden and local sales, not for distantshipping.The nonmelting-flesh peaches we’ve tested are excellent for homecanning and freezing, since the flesh is much firmer thanmelting-flesh types. We think the finished product looks muchbetter, too.Most people like the nonmelting-flesh texture as fresh fruit, butsome prefer the melting type. Besides the fruit, the beautifulpink flowers of these peaches are a real treat.To get these varieties, see your local nursery, or call theFlorida Seed Foundation at (850) 594-4721 for a list of nurseries.(Gerard Krewer is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) By Gerard KrewerUniversity of GeorgiaNew peach and nectarine varieties from Attapulgus, Ga., areadapted to the mild winters and humid summers of south Georgiaand north Florida. They may make life easier in home orchards. Volume XXXNumber 1Page 7last_img read more