Top Stories[Breaking] SC Curtails Summer Vacations; Period Till June 19 Notified As Regular Functioning Sanya Talwar15 May 2020 5:40 AMShare This – xTaking note of the restricted functioning imposed by COVID-19 lockdown, the Supreme Court on Friday decided to curtail the summer vacation, and decided to have regular functioning till June 19. The top court conducted a full court meeting through “circulation of views” which was of the view that work should continue as much as possible, at least till June 19, 2020.A full court…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginTaking note of the restricted functioning imposed by COVID-19 lockdown, the Supreme Court on Friday decided to curtail the summer vacation, and decided to have regular functioning till June 19. The top court conducted a full court meeting through “circulation of views” which was of the view that work should continue as much as possible, at least till June 19, 2020.A full court meeting through circulation of views took place and the Chief Justice SA Bobde, in concurrence with Judges, decided not to avail summer vacation at least till June 19. This means that the summer vacation will be restricted to two weeks, instead of the usual approximately 45 days of Court Vacations every year.As per calendar, the top court was set to go into summer recess from May 15 to July 6.Earlier, the SC Bar Association had appealed to the CJI to cancel the summer vacations in view of the loss of normal working days due to COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown.The SC had been functioning in a restricted fashion since March 13, taking up only urgent matters.After the declaration of nationwide lockdown on March 24, the Court moved to hearings via video conferencing.Live Law also reached out to sources who suggested that the Court may notify five benches from May 18 for taking up all kinds of matters. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
For fans of funk in Denver, CO, this weekend Cervantes was the place to be. Joey Porter, keyboardist extraordinaire, assembled his all-star ensemble, Joey Porter’s Shady Business, for a two-night run at the Other Side. Joined by fellow Motet members Lyle Divinsky on vocals and Garrett Sayers on bass, Joey Porter rounded out the supergroup with Robert “Sput” Searight of Snarky Puppy on drums, Nick Cassarino of the Nth Power on guitar, Dom Lalli of Big Gigantic on saxophone, and Natalie Cressman and Jen Hartswick of the Trey Anastasio Band on vocals and the trombone and trumpet, respectively.If this was not enough, Dave Watts, Ryan Jalbert , Drew Sayers, and Gabe Mervine sat-in as special guests on Saturday night, and together with Joey, Garrett, and Lyle threw a surprise performance with the full Motet line-up to open up the second set. The two songs they busted out marked the first time the Motet has ever played the Other Side, much to the delight of members of the audience who are unlikely to see the Motet perform such an intimate venue again in the near future.The dual-venue event also featured Moon Taxi, the popular indie-prog rock band from Tennessee, headlining the Masterpiece Ballroom both nights. Saturday night was supported by Colorado funk band, Analog Son, who threw down to a packed house and primed the audience for the rest of the evening with their high-energy performance. Guitarist Jordan Linit was frequently featured throughout, engaging the audience with his masterful and shreddy guitar solos. Of the band’s set, standout songs included “Black Diamond” and “Stomp and Shout,” two crowd favorites that got the ballroom grooving and getting down.From the start of the few songs kicking off Friday night, Joey Porter’s Shady Business established that they were ready to throw down for the weekend. “Everything Is Everything” kicked off a high-energy funk groove led by Joey that afforded the horns and Garrett Sayers each the space to show off a little and tease what could be expected from them for the rest of the weekend. The ladies of the Trey Anastasio Band took centerstage for the next two songs, with Jen Hartswick stepping into the role of Chaka Khan for a cover of “You Got The Love,” showing off her unreal vocal abilities followed by Natalie Cressman leading the vocals for “If I Ever Lose This Heaven,” a beautiful and sultry cover of the Average White Band.Lyle Divinsky, singer of the Motet, emerged toward the end of Friday’s first set, proving himself as not only a great hype man when fronting the Motet but, rather, whenever he steps foot on stage. The vocals he laid down in “Kissing My Love” and “What Is Hip?” to close out the first set were impressive to say the least, and his energy contagious as always. He also made sure to show love to the other players on stage, looking just as visibly stoked on others’ playing throughout the night.For the second set of Friday, Joey Porter, who had been primarily hanging back and letting others take the spotlight for the first set, truly shined. Leading the vocals on the talk box for “Love Having You Around,” Joey also took extended solos on the keys throughout the second set, bringing the entire night to a climax with his percussive culminating solo in “Blame It On The Boogie” to close out the night.While on Friday, the horns were stand-outs of the evening, on Saturday, Joey, Garrett, and Nick Cassarino were given more of a focus with extensive solos, particularly in the case of Nick Cassarino. Nick regularly stepped out from behind the horns to quite literally take center stage, often showing off his shreddy guitar stylings during “Footsteps in the Dark” and “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” as well as often taking the lead on vocals in tunes such as “Jupiter,” “Serpentine Fire,” and “Spanish Joint.”However, of the notable moments that occurred on Saturday, perhaps most exciting was the second set open because of its surprise factor as all the members of the Motet walked out post-set break. In addition to Garrett, and Lyle who were already established on the line-up, Joey welcomed Dave Watts on drums, Drew Sayers on sax, Ryan Jalbert on guitar, and Gabe Mervine on trumpet to join him, and the band then proceeded to bust out “Getting To Know You” and “Just Around the Corner,” two classic Motet tracks which were both played during the first night of the band’s Hometown Hustle at the Ogden Theatre last month. While the various members of the Motet have made appearances at Cervantes regularly, the band itself has not played the Masterpiece Ballroom in years nor the smaller stage on the Other Side ever, which made it a truly special, albeit brief, performance.Throughout the weekend, Grammy-Award winning artist Robert “Sput” Searight of Snarky Puppy kept it locked down on drums. His extensive features during Herbie Hancock’s “Actual Proof” on Friday and Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “Yearnin’ Learnin’” on Saturday were pristine. However, perhaps his greatest moments were during the weekend’s final encore, as he playfully accompanied Nick’s and Garrett’s final solos with technical expertise and grace.Joey Porter was able to assemble an unreal group of artists of the highest caliber musicianship this weekend in Denver. While initially established under the moniker “Shady Business,” assumingly as a reference to the first iteration of the group which featured Lettuce and Soullive’s Shady Horns, Porter’s group has taken on a life of its own, bringing together hyper-talented musicians from Colorado and beyond.Upcoming dates for the Motet can be found on their website. More information about and future shows of Robert “Sput” Searight can be found on the Snarky Puppy website. For more information about Nick Cassarino, check out the website for the Nth Power. Information about future Big Gigantic shows with Dom Lalli can be found here. Both Natalie Cressman and Jen Hartswick have their own websites which can be found here and here. To find out more about Analog Son, information can be found here.Setlist: Joey Porter’s Shady Business | Cervantes’ Other Side | Denver, CO | 12/2/16Set I: Everything is Everything, You Got The Love, If I Ever Lose This Heaven, Love the Life You Live, Across 110th Street, Kissing My Love, What Is Hip?Set II: Yearnin’ Learnin’, I Feel For You, Actual Proof, Love Having You Around, Slippin’ Into Darkness, That’s the Way of the World, Blame It on the BoogieSetlist: Joey Porter’s Shady Business | Cervantes’ Other Side | Denver, CO | 12/3/16 Set I: Steppin’ In It, Jupiter, Love Will Bring Us Back, Higher Ground, Blame It On the Boogie, Footsteps In the Dark, Hang Up Your Hang UpsSet II: Getting To Know You, Just Around the Corner, Remember the Time, Spanish Joint, Knock Yourself Out, Time Is On Your Side, Don’t Leave Me, You Haven’t Done Nothin, Serpentine Fire
In the first two blogs in this series we discovered what a programmable fabric is and what it looks like. Now we are ready to dive deeper into programmable fabrics and discover Network Function offload.Telecom communication service providers need to provision Network Functions (NFs) in their infrastructure in order to run the network. NFs like a BNG (Broadband Network Gateway) for terminating fixed access subscribers or UPF (User Plane Function) for terminating 5G wireless subscribers. These NFs have been evolving from physical boxes to virtual network functions and their disaggregation is key to being able to truly scale and grow the network.However, the evolution of NFs to date has been fraught with performance and scaling problems as legacy BNG and UPF vendors looked to quickly virtualize their NFs without taking advantage of newer technologies and architectures. Programmable fabrics is one such technology that could potentially help scale NFs by allowing their user plane portions (the most I/O intensive portion) to be “offloaded” into the network.Figure 1 – Network Function OffloadCUPS (Control User Plane Separation) is the terminology used to describe the separation of the control plane part of a network function (NF-c) and the user plane portion of the network function (NF-u). This separation of control and user planes allows them to be scaled independently and for the user plane to be pushed down into the programmable forwarding engine of the SmartNIC or Switch (see diagram below). This frees up the server CPU cores from doing mundane packet processing and all the performance and tuning problems that this normally brings in a DPDK environment (i.e. Hugepages, NUMA balancing, CPU pinning, etc).Stand alone mode: where the NF-c will use the standardized DP interfaces (i.e. P4 Runtime, gNMI and gNOI) to communicate directly to the Data Plane nodes. This is useful in the early stages of a programmable fabric implementation where the coming together of the PFE pipelines into a single data plane node is premature and not practical (i.e. the early implementations are more likely to implement separate BNG, UPF and Fabric Management pipelines on separate SmartNICs and switches). Figure 1 – Network Function OffloadFabric Controller mode:where the NF-c will use the standardized Fabric Controller interfaces to configure and manage the NF user plane (NF-u) function in the PFE pipeline in the data plane node. While this is probably the optimal future state it will take clearly defined Fabric Controller interfaces and appropriate policy and collaboration from all NF applications.Figure 3 – NF-c in Fabric Controller modeNF-u PipelineThe user plane portion of the network function (i.e. NF-u) is pushed down into the programmable forwarding engine (i.e. SmartNIC or Switch) into what we call the “pipeline.” The pipeline is basically the set of functions that get applied to each and every packet as it comes into the SmartNIC or Switch. We use a network domain specific programming language called P4 to describe this pipeline.When NFs need to be added to a single P4 pipeline this can then complicate the pipeline and requires some coordination of access to the individual P4 tables as can be seen in the addition of the BNG functional block to the general fabric pipeline depicted below.Figure 4 – P4 pipelineThe ONF Stratum project is used to provide the Data Plane Agent (DP-Agent) and provides standardized northbound interfaces (P4 Runtime, gNMI & gNOI) for the NF control plane (i.e. BNG-c) and integrates south bound to the Intel PAC N3000 FPGA SmartNIC.ONF’s Stratum is also integrated into other switches, with both programmable and fixed pipelines and more will be integrated over time. This then allows the hardware integration to Stratum to be done once and then leveraged by many different NF vendors rather than each vendor needing to do a customer integration to a SmartNIC or Switch. More information on the ONF Stratum project can be found here.Network Function offload is a very interesting use case for Telecommunication providers as it will allow them to truly scale their NFs, while freeing up server CPU cores to do other edge use case processing (IoT aggregation, Augmented Reality, Content Delivery, and so forth). Dell Technologies is committed to helping our customers build out the next generation Telco Edge using open standards where possible like our Open Programmable Service Edge architecture.
The Thematic Option Research Conference took place on Tuesday and will continue on Wednesday at the University Club in King Stoops Hall.Steven Lamy, vice dean for academic programs and professor of international relations, gave the keynote address to introduce the event. He talked about the limitations of the current world due to our present-day globalization crisis.“We have to be willing to do that when the situation arises,” Lamy said. “It means to stand up to hate, to stand up to violence.”Each year since 1998, Penny Von Helmolt, the Thematic Option program director, and Richard Edinger, the student program advisor, have worked together to figure out a theme for the year’s conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Something Must Be Done.”“Every year, Rich and I dance in a circle, going, ‘What is the right title for this conference? What does it need to be about?’” Von Helmolt said. “No matter what the topic is, the students find creative ways to write interesting things about it.”To do this, Von Helmolt and Edinger try to choose a topic that will resonate with students rather than professors.“We want the students to pursue what they think is important, not what we think is important,” Edinger said.This year, the idea of doing something to create change jumped out.“I think a major part of it was trying to capture the sound of the zeitgeist. I think that there is a vibe out there that something must be done,” Edinger said. “We’re seeing this through a lot of movements in the world.”This year, the majority of the freshman class will be able to vote.“There are a lot of people who are thinking ‘Where do I belong? Will the person I vote for move the country in the direction that I think it should be?’” Edinger said. “This is the moment where there is the highest amount of energy about this.”For both conference days, 100 students present their papers to an audience, and Von Helmolt noted how important this segment is to the image of the event.“This is very much a personal conference about the student performance,” Von Helmolt said. “There will around 300 total people. There are a lot of people who come.”Edinger further talked about how he feels Thematic Option works to create a diverse community that integrates the deeper relevance of ideas and their implications.“The writing classes all have a theme, but the panel is mixed from different courses,” Edinger said.Edinger also talked about the skills students learn, such as communicating with others in a comfortable environment of peers and faculty.“It is a really great translatable skill to have. Most jobs ask you to talk to other people,” Edinger said.Students such as Marianna Shakhnazaryan, a freshman majoring in international relations, agreed that Thematic Option has enhanced their academic careers.“I really feel that I have gotten a chance to hone my writing,” Shakhnazaryan said. “I am not nervous about it because I know that the audience consists of my peers. It’s a really low stress situation. It’s people who really want to support me.”
Former Ghana goalkeeper Abubakar Damba says Fatau Dauda deserves to start in post for the Black Stars ahead of Stromsgodset Adams Kwarasey at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.The Ashgold goalkeeper has been on top of his game in the Ghanaian top flight and his performance in Ghana’s 3-0 victory over Egypt won him more admirers.Norway-based Kwarasey has been the number one choice for the Black Stars since Richard Kingston’s stint with Ghana ended in September, 2011.Most pundits in Ghana as well as top officials of the Ghana FA have mentioned that the two goalkeepers are almost on the same level.This is different from what happened in the past when Kingston was seen as miles ahead of the local ones.“Looking at the trend and Dauda’s performances, especially in the local league, I think he has come of age and really prepared for the challenge,” Damba told Radio XYZ. “If you look at the Egypt game, he kept a clean sheet and was very confident in post.“For me, I think Fatau Dauda is the best now and should be a starter for Ghana at the 2013 Afcon,” Damba who until last week was goalkeeper’s trainer of Accra Hearts of Oak said.The Black Stars will leave Abu Dhabi on Wednesday for South Africa ahead of their opening Group B game against Congo DR on Sunday.