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Dozens Dead After Electrical Fire At Warehouse Party In Oakland

first_imgOn Saturday morning, the nation woke up to some truly tragic news out of Oakland, CA. Late Friday night, a fire broke out at a warehouse party. As the fire engulfed more and more of the building, dozens of patrons were trapped inside, perishing in the flames or asphyxiating on the thick black smoke.Emergency workers said they arrived to find the building filled with heavy smoke and flames. According to Chief Teresa Deloach Reed of the Oakland Fire Department on Saturday, bodies were found on the second floor of the building. “In my career of 30 years,” she said, “I haven’t experienced something of this magnitude.” Even without a full accounting, the fire was one of the deadliest in the United States in many years.On Saturday morning, the event’s Facebook page said admission to the show was $10 for those who arrived before 11 p.m. and $15 after that. By the end of the day, the pricing had disappeared and the page had turned into an emergency message board, as dozens of friends and family members posted about missing loved ones. People have distributed a spreadsheet listingidentifying information — age, height, weight, hair color, tattoos — and contact numbers for many of those who are still unaccounted for.The tragedy brings to light an underlying fear for many in the underground music scene, where this sort of warehouse party is commonplace. The building, known as the Ghost Ship, in the Fruitvale neighborhood, was the site of an event featuring a variety of experimental electronic music, performed by a synth musician drawing from the “black, queer diaspora” and others, as well as a visual installation. The makeshift, two-story venue, described by one attendee as “a dim and cluttered area with a maze of furniture, canvas paintings on the walls and papier-mâché hanging from the ceilings”, had only two exits and no ventilation.Diego Aguilar-Canabal, 24, a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Berkeley and plays guitar in a band called the Noriegas, explained to the New York Times that he had been to three dozen house and warehouse parties over the past two years. “The basic idea is people want to do loud things late at night, and industrial space is really good for that because there aren’t many neighbors to complain,” he said. “There’s a lot of anxiety about income inequality and class warfare, and a lot of these artists are trying to do the best they can to have a community.”As of the time of publication, the death toll has been reported at 24, though the search for bodies is ongoing and will likely take several days to complete. If you are from the San Francisco/Oakland area, be sure to contact your loved ones and let them know you’re OK, as we wait with heavy hearts for responders to complete their search. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.[Photo via @Oaklandfirelive]last_img read more

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Taking HCI to Extremes

first_imgRugged build and rigid cover to withstand sudden shocks ​– certified to withstand 40G of operational shock and for operation at up to 15K feet of elevationProviding even more platform flexibility, we are also announcing a new VxRail E Series model based on, for the first time, AMD EPYC processors. The single socket, 1U nodes offer dual socket performance making them ideal platforms for desktop VDI, analytics and computer aided design. As our second lightest and second shortest depth chassis (only the D560 is lighter weight and shorter depth) with a high efficiency dual redundant power sipping 550W power supply, this an ideal option for edge deployments.Extreme Performance and Operational EfficienciesMore than ever, new workloads require extreme IO and graphics performance, and we continue to provide new ecosystem options to meet those demands while at the same time continuously enhancing our VxRail HCI System Software to deliver extreme operational simplicity.The addition of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory to the E560 and P570 platforms offers high performance and significantly increased memory capacity with data persistence at an affordable price. VxRail is the first, fully integrated VMware HCI system to support Intel’s new groundbreaking technology innovation, Intel Optane persistent memory.Our testing showed VxRail with Intel Optane persistent memory in app direct mode delivers 90 percent lower latency and 6x higher IOPs for small I/O workloads compared to those same VxRail models with NVMe, making it ideal for in-memory intensive workloads and use cases such as SAP HANA.We have also added the latest NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 6000 and 8000 GPUs to the V570F bringing the most significant advancement in computer graphics in over a decade to professional workflows. Designers and artists across industries can now expand the boundary of what’s possible, working with the largest and most complex graphics rendering, deep learning, and visual computing workloads.VxRail continues to set the pace in delivering operational simplicity with our HCI System Software, the core differentiation of VxRail regardless of your workload or platform choice. Our integrated, value added software extends VMware native capabilities to deliver a seamless, automated, operational experience, including automated  full stack lifecycle management that keeps the infrastructure in continuously validated states to ensure workloads are consistently up and running. In our latest software release supporting vSphere 6.x – VxRail 4.7.510 – we continue to add new automation and self-service features enabling customers to schedule and run upgrade health checks in advance of upgrades to ensure clusters are in a ready state for the next upgrade or patch, and offer more flexibility in getting all nodes or clusters to a common release level.Extending the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform to New ExtremesThis launch is jam-packed. In addition to new platforms, the Dell Tech Cloud Platform, VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail, now enables extreme simplicity so IT can enable developers of modern applications and extreme flexibility with an entry level cloud configuration.Furthering our commitment to supporting the latest VMware technologies, customers can now run vSphere Kubernetes on the Dell Tech Cloud Platform, VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 on VxRail 7.0.VMware recently introduced the highly anticipated vSphere 7.0. In keeping with our synchronous release commitment, we introduced VxRail 7.0 with support for vSphere 7.0 in late April – within 30 days of VMware’s release. VCF 4.0 on VxRail 7.0 delivers a simple and direct path to Kubernetes at cloud scale with one complete automated platform. Unique integration across the stack enables developers and operators to quickly and easily support modern application development with infrastructure managed as a single automated private cloud.Additionally, VCF 4.0 networking advancements have made it easier than ever to get started with hybrid cloud. With a more accessible Consolidated Architecture, Dell Technologies Cloud Platform can now be deployed starting with a 4-node configuration, lowering the cost of entry level hybrid cloud.Enabling IT to Deliver Extreme ResultsAs you can see, we never stop innovating. Whether you are accelerating data center modernization, extending HCI to harsh edge environments or deploying an on premises Dell Tech Cloud platform to create a developer-ready Kubernetes infrastructure, VxRail delivers a turnkey experience, extensive platform configuration options, automation, orchestration and consistent hybrid cloud operations to address the broadest range of traditional and modern workloads across the core, edge and cloud- taking HCI to Extremes.We miss getting the chance to see everyone face to face; however, we have some great virtual platforms that you should check out — you can attend our virtual launch event and crowd chat, visit the post event page to watch the event replay, register for deep dive Meet the Expert Q&A breakout sessions, or interact with our VxRail augmented reality virtual tour (it’s a super cool way to look under the hood of a VxRail without needing a screwdriver!). Admittedly, I miss the opportunity to get out and meet with customers to discuss how they are using VxRail and share our latest innovations and roadmaps. However, I am beyond impressed by how IT organizations have stepped up to enable organizations to remain productive. Our goal is to continuously innovate to empower IT and I am excited that  our team has come up with some great ways  to share all of our VxRail announcements, and engage everyone in our VxRail – Taking HCI to Extremes virtual launch.The launch covers how VxRail brings the power of HCI to the extreme edge with a rugged version that can withstand the harshest conditions, how new platforms and eco-system enhancements deliver extreme performance for demanding workloads and how software upgrades continue to deliver extreme operational efficiencies. We will also touch on how our latest Tanzu enabled hybrid cloud helps deliver extreme modern applications to the market. Here’s a quick review of all of the exciting announcements.I’ll cover some of the highlights of our announcements, spanning new hardware platforms, ecosystem options as well as the latest in software innovations for use cases across the edge, core and cloud.HCI at the Extreme EdgeWe are introducing two new platforms to meet the demand for more compute, performance, storage and more importantly operational simplicity- at the edge and remote locations. First, we are excited to announce a brand-new Dell EMC VxRail Series – the most extreme yet – the D Series. The D560/D560F is a ruggedized, durable platform that delivers the full power of VxRail for workloads at the edge, in challenging environments, or for space-constrained areas. ​Bottom line, you can’t just put a device built for a data center in extremely harsh environments — from manufacturing plants to oil rigs to submarines — in remote locations where dust is blowing or in sub-zero temps, and expect it to operate. We built the D-series to go to the extremes — extreme heat, extreme cold, extreme altitudes — so customers can get the power and simplicity of VxRail no matter where they need it.Resilience to extreme heat, sand, dust and vibration​ – VxRail D Series is certified to take heat up to 45C/113F and can even go up to 55C/131F for up to 8 hours, and have a certified cold start down to -15C/5F Light-weight, short depth, durable form factor that allows for flexible deployment options​ — at only 20” deep, it’s our smallest form factorlast_img read more

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Patrick Henry O’Connor

first_imgPatrick Henry O’Connor Sr., age 67, of Osgood, passed away peacefully at his daughters home on Friday July 22, 2016.  Patrick was born in Warsaw, KY on September 18, 1948, the son of the late Joseph Henry and Florence (Beck) O’Connor.  Patrick had attended grade school at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora,  and still possessed his strong Catholic faith.Pat met the love of his life Jacqueline (Mathews) in Aurora and they united in marriage on June 22, 1968.  To this marriage they were blessed with 3 children, daughters Louquetta (John) Spinner, Irma (late Brad) Hill, and son Patrick O’Connor Jr. of KentuckyPat worked originally as a steel worker at Barnes Jackson in Aurora.  They decided to move the family west to Oklahoma, where he drove a truck and put himself thru law enforcement school.  After completing school he became employed by the sheriff department of Muskogee County, Oklahoma and retired from this position.He returned after this to call Osgood home for remainder of his life.  Patrick was proceeded in death by wife Jacqueline, his parents, sisters Louise Sheldon, Marcialla Wilson, and Maggie O’Connor, brother William O’Connor, and son-in-law Brad Hill.  He is survived by both daughters of Osgood, his son Patrick of Kentucky and numerous grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, along with sisters Alice Wilson of Carrollton, Ky, Mary Butts of Osgood, Jenny Kimberley of Georgetown, Oh.Grave side services will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Perseverance Cemetery in Osgood.  These services will coincide with son-in law Bradley Hill.Memorials may be given to the family in care of Neals Funeral Home in Osgoodlast_img read more

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WDFW Announces Tentative Razor Clam Digs Through April

first_imgFacebook86Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeState shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled razor clam digs on ocean beaches for dates through April. “We have lots of razor clams on area beaches this year, and we’re releasing a tentative schedule to give people plenty of time to make plans to get out and enjoy them,” said Dan Ayres, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish manager.Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.WDFW typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Ayres.The tentative razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches, are listed below.Digging is not allowed before noon for the March and early April digs where low tide occurs in the evening.March 6, Friday, 4:11 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 7, Saturday, 4:59 pm, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 8, Sunday, 6:43 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 9, Monday, 7:25 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 10, Tuesday, 8:06 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 11, Wednesday, 8:46 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 20, Friday 5:27 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 21, Saturday, 6:07 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival)March 22, Sunday, 6:41 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 23, Monday, 7:12 pm, 0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 3, Friday, 3:41 pm, 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 4, Saturday, 4:37 pm, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 5, Sunday, 5:27 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 6, Monday, 6:12 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 7, Tuesday, 6:55 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisNo digging is allowed after noon for April digs — listed below — where low tide occurs in the morning.April 8, Wednesday, 7:26 am, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 9, Thursday, 8:14 am, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 10, Friday, 9:01 am, -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 11, Saturday, 9:50 am, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (Long Beach Razor Clam Festival)April 12, Sunday, 10:42 am, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 13, Monday, 11:39 am, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 22, Wednesday, 7:08 am, 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 23, Thursday, 7:41 am, 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 24, Friday, 8:15 am, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 25, Saturday, 8:49 am, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 26, Sunday, 9:26 am, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 27, Monday, 10:07 am, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 28, Tuesday, 10:54 am, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 29, Wednesday, 11:48 am, 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksIn order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing.Two razor clam digging weekends, in particular, should not be missed, said Ayres.  “The Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival on March 21 and 22, and the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival on April 11 are long-running events that celebrate the unique contribution of razor clams to Washington’s culture and coastal communities.”All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from some 600 license vendors around the state.Ayres reminds razor clam diggers, that anyone gathering clams in April will need a new 2020 license to participate.  Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.“Abundant razor clam populations on beaches are allowing for more digging opportunity this year,” said Ayres. “But, it is important that razor clam diggers be sure to only dig where it is allowed.” Razor clam diggers can find detailed beach maps that indicate locations and local names for beaches on WDFW’s website.WDFW is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities. WDFW razor clam digs support outdoor lifestyles and coastal economies.last_img read more

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