New Orleans favorites Galactic have shared a new single from their forthcoming new album, Already Ready Already, due out on Friday, February 8th via Tchoup-Zilla Records. The new song, “Going Straight Crazy”, features a fellow NOLA standout: vocalist Princess Shaw. “Going Straight Crazy” is an upbeat, sing-along jaunt that begs to be blasted from your car stereo with the windows down on a sunny day. You can listen to the new song below.Galactic ft. Princess Shaw – “Going Straight Crazy”[Video: Galactic]Galactic Releases Official Statements After Purchasing New Orleans’ Tipitina’sProduced by the band’s Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman, Already Ready Already marks Galactic’s 10th studio LP. In addition to Princess Shaw, it features guest appearances from Miss Charm Taylor, David Shaw (The Revivalists), Nahko, Erica Falls, and Boyfriend. Already Ready Already sees Galactic taking a more contemporary approach, connecting elements of modern rhythms and electronic instrumentation with their Crescent City funk roots.“Trust me, I loved having Macy Gray and Mavis Staples on our last record,” Mercurio says. “It was an honor to work with them. But there’s something fun about making music with someone not everybody has heard of and end up getting a great reaction to it. There are no preconceived thoughts as to what the song should be like because the listener doesn’t know the artist as well.”Luckily for fans, the recent recording sessions that yielded Already Ready Already generated enough material for another LP due later in 2019, one which Ellman described in the album’s announcement as “possibly more of a throwback thing,” but which will almost certainly morph into something new and wonderful via Galactic’s evolutionary musical vision.“I’ve never been able to put a label on what we do,” Ellman says. “I could say it’s funk or I could say it’s R&B or jazz or whatever else, but really, it’s all of that.” Added Robert Mercurio, “It’s not that we’re always trying to push boundaries, but we definitely take influence from our hometown and try to do something new with it. We tour all around the world and we’re exposed to tons of elements that filter their way into our consciousness and come out through our music.”For more information on Galactic’s upcoming release and tour dates, head to the band’s website.
In the midst of a debate about Obamacare’s impact on the U.S. economy, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) faculty say that it’s important to focus not only on the potential economic drag of the health reform law but also on its much-needed emphasis on lower costs and greater efficiency in the health care system.Obamacare’s economic impact became a hot topic after a Congressional Budget Office analysis released February 4, 2014 found that more than two million Americans who would otherwise rely on a job for health insurance will either quit working or reduce their hours because of new health benefits available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).David Cutler, professor in the Department of Global Health and Population, said in a February 8 New York Times article that while it’s true that a slowdown in the health care sector can hurt the economy in a recession, it still wouldn’t have made sense to keep the old, “clearly bloated” health care system and “make that sector stay bloated.”Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics, told the Times that it’s a mistake to focus on the pain caused to workers in the health care industry rather than the benefits to everyone else. “If you could get [health care] with fewer resources, that would be better for everyone,” she said. Read Full Story
Read Full Story The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of 175 writers, scholars, artists, and scientists. This year, two Harvard professors were awarded fellowships.Architect Dilip da Cunha of Philadelphia is a lecturer in urban planning and design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and an adjunct professor of architecture at Columbia University. His 2019 book, “The Invention of Rivers: Alexander Eye and Ganga Descent,” makes the case that the river is a product of design made possible by the drawn line separating land from water. He is currently working on a sequel and an exhibition titled “The Ocean of Rain,” which presents rain as an alternative moment of design to river landscapes.Gwill E. York Professor of Physics Andrew Strominger is a founding member of the Black Hole Initiative. Recently, Strominger has discovered an exact equivalence unifying three disparate phenomena which have been separately studied for the last half-century: quantum field theory soft theorems, asymptotic symmetries, and the memory effect.This year’s fellows were drawn from 53 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 78 academic institutions, 31 states and Washington, D.C., and two Canadian provinces. About 60 fellows have no full-time college or university affiliation. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen through a rigorous peer-review process from almost 3,000 applicants in the foundation’s 96th competition.Since its establishment in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted more than $375 million in fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, poets laureate, members of the national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Turing Award, Bancroft Prize, National Book Award, and many other internationally recognized honors.Created by Sen. John Simon and Olga Guggenheim in memory of their son, the Guggenheim Fellowship program remains a significant source of support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers. In addition to the support of Simon and Guggenheim, new and continuing donations from friends, trustees, former fellows, and other foundations have ensured that the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation will maintain its historic mission. A bequest in 2019 from the estate of American novelist Philip Roth, a fellow in 1959, is providing partial support for the writers supported by the foundation.
With the summer time in full swing, most of us are thinking about vacation, beaches, and finding ways to escape on our next adventure. My idea of an adventure is embedding myself in nature by going on a nice long bike ride.It’s important to spend time with nature to remind us of its beauty, fragility and our responsibility to protect it. Advancing sustainability is a key focus for our 2030 vision. We have a responsibility to protect and enrich our planet together with our customers, suppliers and communities, and to embed sustainability and ethical practices into all that we do.Addressing the fastest growing domestic waste streamFor our part, we are focused on addressing the growing challenge of electronic waste. For those not familiar, e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams on the planet. Estimates show approximately 50 million tons of e-waste is generated worldwide, but only 29% of it is recycled properly. Unfortunately, the other 71% is typically stockpiled in household garages, handled informally, or thrown into the landfill.We do our part to enable our customers to recycle responsibly, and this time last year, we shared news about a new partnership with the Basel Action Network (BAN) introducing an asset tracking pilot program to use technology utilized by BAN to provide greater transparency into our own US electronics recycling programs.1 year later: What have we learned? Well, for starters, we learned GPS-based asset tracking works, and we learned that the majority of our downstream recycling processes are operating as we expect. But the pilot program did expose some early vulnerabilities which helped us quickly take corrective action and addresses the operational gap.Additionally, the pilot has led to us making global tracking technologies part of Dell’s existing electronics disposition partner audit program. As I just shared, e-waste is a significant issue. The numbers above justify how we need more innovative solutions to meet the increasing challenge of recycling electronics. BANS’s e-waste tracking service is one way we are tackling the problem.Ensuring responsible recycling is only one piece of solving this problem.The bigger opportunity is to think circular from the very beginning and remove waste from the entire process. When waste becomes a design principle and an input into our manufacturing process, e-waste goes away. The most recent example of this is a collaboration with suppliers Seagate and Teleplan (a storage device recycling/recovery specialist). Together we’ve created a new closed-loop process to recover the rare earth magnets from recovered enterprise equipment. The magnets are then reformed for reuse in new hard-disk drives – most notably the Dell Latitude 500 series laptop. Not only is this a winning example of circular economy, but it’s finding ways to reuse rare earth metals, which have serious environmental and health consequences if not properly managed.As we embrace a new 2030 vision: Progress Made Real, our success will be dependent on new business models and new ways of partnering with customers, suppliers, manufacturers, or NGOs. This is where the innovation happens and how we will get the scale to make progress real.
Ah, the sweet smell of Betrayal! Harold Pinter’s drama starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall went out with a bang with a whopping $17.5 million cumulative gross for its limited engagement playing to 100 percent capacity at the Barrymore Theatre. The Mike Nichols-directed production proved that the people do come out for plays when 007 takes the stage (and his real-life Oscar winning wife helps!). The usual suspects of Wicked, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots took the top spots joined by Spidey himself, who made his final swing through the Great White Way before heading to Las Vegas. Read below to find out who was on top and who was not for the week ending January 1: FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Twelfth Night/Richard III (101.82%) 3. Matilda (100.77%) 4. Mamma Mia! (100.34%) 5. The Lion King (100.02%) * Number based on 7 preview performances ** Number based on 4 preview performances UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Rock of Ages ($408,678) 4. A Night with Janis Joplin ($369,944) 3. Macbeth ($362,880) 2. Machinal ($126,078)* 1. Outside Mullingar ($116,334)** UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. The Glass Menagerie (77.68%) 4. After Midnight (68.01%) 3. Macbeth (65.88%) 2. Machinal (62.41%)* 1. A Night with Janis Joplin (62.16%) FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. Wicked ($2,454,630) 2. The Lion King ($2,332,390) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,948,385) 4. Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark ($1,782,904) 5. Kinky Boots ($1,781,938) View Comments
Northstar Vermont Yankee,In a letter dated March 21, 2011, US Nuclear Regulatory Senior Project Manager Robert Kuntz notified Michael Colomb, Entergy Vermont Yankee Site Vice President, that the nuclear power plant in Vernon had been issued a renewed operating license for another 20 years.This action was expected after the last official objection before the commission had been rejected March 10. However, the official approval had been put off as the NRC dealt with issues concerning the nuclear power plant in Japan, which was severely damaged by the tsunami on March 11.The local reaction to the license renewal was also expected.Entergy released the following statement: ‘Entergy is pleased that the NRC issued the extension of the operating license for Vermont Yankee through March 21, 2032, as announced on March 10. Today’s action comes after five years of careful and extensive review and confirms that Vermont Yankee is a safe, reliable source of electricity and capable of operating for another 20 years.’Meanwhile, Governor Shumlin, who has insisted as governor and previously as a state senator that the plant be closed when its license expires on March 21, 2012, said: ‘In light of the on-going crisis at the 40-year-old Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan that has prompted other states and nations to review their nuclear power issues, today’s decision by the NRC to issue an extension of Vermont Yankee’s license is puzzling. Fortunately, Vermont has taken steps to close down the aging Yankee plant, and I have urged other states with older nuclear facilities to follow our example and take control of the lifespan of their plants.’Vermont’s congressional delegation also weighed in on the relicensing. In a joint statement, Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Representative Welch wrote:‘It is hard to understand how the NRC could move forward with a license extension for Vermont Yankee at exactly the same time as a nuclear reactor of similar design is in partial meltdown in Japan. We believe that Entergy should respect and abide by Vermont’s laws and the MOU signed with the state in 2002, which require approval by the Vermont Legislature, and then the Vermont Public Service Board, for the plant to continue to operate beyond 2012.’The Japanese plant is the same General Electric model boiling water reactor as Vermont Yankee.However, the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board must also approve the relicensing. It is doubtful the Legislature, which voted last year to reject the renewal, would do so at this time. It is possible the case could wind up in federal court. Entergy officials have chosen not to speculate on what action they might take if the Legislature does not vote in favor of renewing the license by the time lawmakers adjourn this spring. Vermont Yankee is scheduled to purchase a new fuel supply by the end of June. The plant is scheduled to be refueled by the end of this year. Vermont Yankee officials have said they are working on a new power purchase agreement, which is expected by the end of March or early April. It is likely that new contract proposal will feature electric rates lower than the rates Vermont utilities and Hydro-Quebec agreed to last year. AttachmentSize VYLicenseRenewal.3-21-2011-1.pdf968.32 KB
The government did not respond to a request for comment on the reasons for Ortega’s absence, his health or whether he is alive.However, a government official close to Ortega said he was alive, speaking on condition of anonymity.Over the years, the former guerilla has suffered two heart attacks and developed high cholesterol and other ailments, said the official. Since then, the president has been increasingly protective of his health, said the source.Ortega’s last public appearance was on March 12, in which he spoke briefly via video from a living room. “He has always fled from problems; no wonder he is absent in the midst of the coronavirus crisis,” said Dora Maria Tellez, a former minister in Ortega’s first government in the 1980s who later broke with the president.Ortega also disappeared for several weeks in 1998, after his adopted stepdaughter accused him of abuse, which he denied.During his current absence, Vice President Rosario Murillo, his wife, has spoken publicly every day, fueling speculation that Ortega will eventually emerge to oversee a campaign to defeat the coronavirus.So far, Nicaragua has not encouraged social distancing or other measures against the virus, even as neighboring Honduras and nearby El Salvador implement tight restrictions.Nicaragua has registered seven coronavirus cases and one related death, but experts question the numbers because the government has not revealed how many tests have been conducted.Ortega’s health has often been a closely guarded secret. Elected president in 1984, Ortega was voted out of office after a single five-year term as the economy floundered. He eventually won re-election and returned to office in 2007.After orchestrating a constitutional change to allow for re-elections, his current term is due to end in 2022.Topics : During Nicaragua’s devastating civil war in the 1980s, youthful revolutionary Daniel Ortega toured every town in the Central American nation, clad in his green Sandinista uniform.Now in his second stint as president, the 74-year-old leftist leader has disappeared from public view for nearly a month, raising questions about his health and whereabouts as the world reels from the spread of the coronavirus.As in 2014, another time he dropped off the map, his absence has even prompted speculation he may have died.
Germany’s Evangelische Bank is seeking to widen the range of its customers with the launch of a sustainable investing subsidiary.The bank, which has so far primarily serviced institutions linked to Germany’s protestant churches, has set up EB – Sustainable Investment Management (EB-SIM).In a statement announcing the launch, the Evangelische Bank cited its 30-year track record of integrating sustainability criteria into its investments.At its launch on 1 December, EB-SIM had €4bn in assets under management, the vast majority housed in Spezialfonds and retail funds, and spread over 90 mandates. EB-SIM said it wanted to become “one of the leading sustainable asset managers and wealth managers in the German-speaking area”. Hans-Jürgen Schäfer, EB-SIMThe new company is headed by Hans-Jürgen Schäfer as chairman of the board, who joined the Evangelische Bank in January this year as head of asset management.The board consists of Schäfer alongside Helmut Kotschwar, formerly head of portfolio management at the Evangelische Bank, and Ulrich Nötges, who also has an asset management background.EB-SIM is based in Kassel, in central Germany, and has roughly 20 employees. It is to offer environmental, social and corporate governance themed products as well as impact investing strategies to Pensionskassen, Pensionsfonds, Versorgungswerke and other institutional investors in the German-speaking area.
Share Share FaithLifestyle NZ deconsecrates quake-hit Christchurch Cathedral by: – November 9, 2011 Share Tweet 23 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Church leaders only recently detailed plans for Christchurch Cathedral’s partial demolitionDozens of New Zealanders have attended an emotional ceremony deconsecrating Christchurch Cathedral, which was wrecked in February’s earthquake.The ceremony paves the way for the building to be partially demolished, and for a new cathedral to be built.Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews told worshippers that the community had suffered “real loss”, but urged people not to give up hope.Much of the region is still struggling to recover from the 22 February tremor.Some 165 people were killed in the 6.3-magnitude quake, and much of the centre of Christchurch was destroyed.The city’s shattered cathedral with its broken spire became one of the most striking images after the quake struck.The city has been sectioned off into colour-coded zones, with the red zone – including the cathedral – still largely off-limits.About 300 worshippers were bussed in for the ceremony, which took place outside the cathedral.According to local news website the Press, Bishop Matthews told the ceremony: “Today we look upon a building that has meant so much for so many.“We give thanks for it and we cherish our memories, but we hear God’s voice saying it is time, for a while, to move on and allow it to be made safe and part of it to be taken down.”Officials say it is likely to cost NZ$4m (£2m; $3.2m) to demolish the parts of the cathedral that cannot be saved, and another NZ$30m to build a new structure.Church leaders said they hoped to have a temporary cathedral in place in time for next Easter.BBC News
UWF Basketball Double-Header Tuesday Night in the UWF Fieldhouse Nov. 26, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida men’s and women’s basketball teams will try to get back on the winning track tonight as they play at home in a double header at the UWF Fieldhouse. The Women host Albany State for a 5:30 game, and the men follow at 7:30 with a game against William Carey. In both cases, the Argonauts split with their opponents last year, so the match ups should be good.The West Florida men started this year 2-0, but fell last Tuesday to Nova Southeastern, and take a 2-1 record into tonight’s game. The Women lost their home opener to Florida Southern, then won two in a row, but lost two road games this weekend, including one in overtime to Arkansas Tech in Russellville, Arkansas. The women are now 2-3 on the season.The West Florida men are led in scoring by Josh Jackson and Ryan Henry at 12 points per game. Charles Bouie is the leading rebounder, and he also has seven blocked shots in the first three games. Junnior Point Guard Deondre Boynton has 22 assists already in the first three games. Meanwhile, the women are led by freshman Chelsea Patterson, who is scoring 16 points per game.The West Florida men suffered their first loss of the season this past week, falling to Nova Southeastern by a 73-61 score. The first half was a three point shoot out, and the Argonauts raced out to a 21-11 lead, thanks to 3-pointers from Josh Jackson and Ryan Henry. Nova would rally back for a halftime three point lead, thanks to hitting 7 of their final 10 three point shots of the first half. Nova connected on 8 three pointers, and the Argonauts 7, in the first half. However, West Florida cooled off in the second half and only managed one more three pointer the rest of the game, and fell short to the Sharks. The Argonauts will have a chance at redemption when the two teams play again in Ft. Lauderdale on Dec. 19th.The West Florida women were 1-2 this week, and played two overtime games. They started the week with a 74-70 win in overtime at home vs. Mobile. Laura Davis hit the game winning basket with 1:29 to play in overtime, and Tara Russ sealed the win with a late basket. Freshman Chelsea Patterson led the Argonauts with 27 points. West Florida traveled to Russellville, Arkansas to play Arkansas Tech and Ouachita Baptist this past weekend. The Argos fell behind by 17 points to Tech, and rallied in the second half, and took the lead on a basket by Amy Drake with 25 seconds remaining. However, Tech tied it with 4.3 seconds left on a runner by Rachel Brazell, and then outscored West Florida 12-0 in overtime. The Argonauts had a near repeat the next night against OBU. Falling behind by as much as 16 points, they played catch up all game and closed it to 66-64 with 59 seconds to play on a driving layup by Davis, which followed a three pointer from Patterson. However, OBU hung on for the win 71-64. Tara Russ had a season high 17 rebounds, but OBU was 18-21 from the Free Throw line to hold off the Argonauts.Last season, the West Florida Men defeated William Carey 85-69 in Pensacola, as Barry Durosier scored a season high 31 points. However, William Carey defeated the Argonauts 87-73 in Hattiesburg, in a game that point guard Deondre Boynton missed because of the flu. The two teams play home and away games this year also, as the Argos will travel to Hattiesburg next Monday for the second game.The West Florida women lost to Albany State at the start of last season in Albany, Georgia by a 55-52 score, as Laura Davis led the Argonauts with 14 points. UWF would recover from that loss, and defeat the Rams in Pensacola two weeks later by a 60-44 score, as Davis scored 15 points and Abena Bosia had 16 rebounds. Albany State is coming off a loss to #5 Delta State on Saturday, but was picked to finish 3rd in the 15 team Southern Intercollegiate Athletic conference. Print Friendly Version Share