Twiddle kicked off their run of winter tour dates on January 30th with a headlining show at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Vermont-native quartet made sure to make the tour’s opening performance a memorable one, as they filled their two sets (plus an encore) with a mix of 14 total covers and originals themed around the great state of Arkansas. You can finally listen to the full show audio below, or download it here on nugs.net.The show started with a performance of “Apples”, inspired by the official Arkansas state flower, the Apple Blossom. The opening tune transitioned into a disco-friendly cover of “Funkytown” before returning back to “Apples”. Next came one of their newer songs, “River Drift”, followed by a rendition of “Invisible Ink” that segued into John Denver‘s “Country Roads” and, finally, back into “Invisible Ink”. The first set continued with more Arkansas-inspired performances including “Milk” (the official state beverage) and “The Fantastic Tale Of Ricky Snickle” in which the song’s title character was born in the state’s capital of Little Rock.Related: Twiddle Adds Northeast Spring Tour Dates With Lespecial And Gatos BlancosThe second half of the show opened up with “Gatsby the Great”. The Gatsby mentioned in the song’s title was inspired by keyboardist Ryan Dempsey‘s pet duck, which obviously relates to the fact that Arkansas is home to the World Championship Duck Calling Contest. “Gatsby” transitioned into “Polluted Beauty” (and back into “Gatsby”) before continuing with “Honeyburst” and “Beehop”, pulled from the fact that the honey bee is Arkansas’ official state insect. Next came “Second Wind”, followed by a rendition of the Grateful Dead‘s “Eyes of the World” (with a tease of “Gubb Dump” during the solo) to close the set. Twiddle’s night finally came to a thrilling end with an encore cover of Tears for Fears‘ “Mad World”.Twiddle – 1/30/2019 – Full Show Audio[Audio: edmund.edwards]Fans can head over to the tour page on the band’s website for ticket info for all upcoming Twiddle shows.Setlist: Twiddle | George’s Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville, AR | 1/30/2019Set One: Apples (%) > Funkytown (Lipps Inc. cover) > Apples > River Drift, Invisible Ink > Country Roads (John Denver cover) > Invisible Ink, Milk (&), The Fantastic Tale Of Ricky Snickle (@)Set Two: Gatsby the Great (!) > Polluted Beauty > Gatsby, Honeyburst (?) > Beehop (?), Second Wind (Darryl Worley cover) > Eyes of the World* (Grateful Dead cover)Encore: Mad World (Tears for Fears cover)Show Notes:* “Gubb Dump” tease during solo% The Apple Blossom is Arkansas state flower& Milk is Arkansas state [email protected] Ricky Snickle was born in Little Rock Arkansas! Arkansas is home to the World Championship Duck Calling Contest? The Honey bee is Arkansas state insect
The students, faculty, and staff of Harvard Kennedy School will amplify John F. Kennedy’s call to “ask what you can do” during the School’s Fall Public Service Week (Oct. 12-17). During a year in which HKS is celebrating the 50th anniversary of JFK’s presidency, public service week will include a panel with current and former Peace Corps leaders, a student-organized Special Olympics event on Oct. 17, and numerous activities and talks on topics ranging from corporate social responsibility to education to development.“Public service is not only our mission, but the driver behind all that we do,” says HKS Dean David T. Ellwood. “While we at HKS undertake public service all year, Public Service Week gives us a chance to focus on and to celebrate what inspires us.”The Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. is sponsored by the Institute of Politics and will include three former Peace Corps directors: Elaine Chao, Mark Gearan, and Gaddi Vasquez, as well as the current director, Aaron Williams. The event will be moderated by HKS Academic Dean Mary Jo Bane, who was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia in the 1960s.The student-organized Special Olympics event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17, at Harvard Soccer Field. Dean Ellwood and the Harvard football team will be among volunteers who will check in athletes, support the awards ceremony, and cheer on the participants.“Public Service Week is more than a chance to work face-to-face in the community,” says Rachel O’Leary, co-chair of the HKS Student Public Service Collaborative. “It’s an opportunity to transform our good words into good deeds.”
Amir Hussain, professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, said American Muslims have profoundly impacted American society in a lecture Tuesday titled “Islam and the Building of America.”The lecture was hosted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and took place in the Hesburgh Center for Peace Studies.Hussain highlighted the significance of various Muslims — both famous and obscure — to American history.“They’ve contributed something, and some things that I think are quite crucial, as you start peeling back the layers of the sports, of the activism, of, for me, the music,” he said.Central to any discussion of Islam’s impact on America, Hussain said, is the understanding that Muslims have been part of American history since its conception.“The rhetoric that one gets these days is that Islam is a new religious tradition in America and that it is somehow alien, foreign to American values,” he said. “And I’m going to turn that on its head and say, ‘How has America been influenced by Islam and by its Muslim population?’”Indeed, Hussain said Muslims have constituted a significant percentage of the American population even before America declared independence in 1776. He said at least 10 percent of the slaves brought to America from West Africa were Muslim.A clear example of Islam’s longstanding influence in America is in New York City, Hussain said, where the African Burial Ground National Monument is the final resting place for many Muslim Americans.“For much of American history, Muslims have come to New York seeking freedom and opportunity, like every other group of immigrants that comes to New York,” he said.But beyond the fact that Muslims have always been part of American history, Hussain said Muslims have made a lasting impression on American politics and culture. He said the life of Thomas Jefferson provides evidence of the pervasiveness of Islam in American thought.“How many of us are aware that in 1765, Thomas Jefferson — in 1765 before America is America — purchases a Koran?” Hussain said.Moreover, Hussain said in areas such as music, entertainment, architecture and popular culture, Muslim Americans have helped shape American society.He referenced numerous examples of prominent figures in each industry, including Fazlur Rahman Khan, the structural engineer who designed the Hancock and Willis Towers, and Ahmet Ertegün, the founder of Atlantic Records, the record company that signed the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Ray Charles.The presence of Muslims has been particularly strong in the sports arena, Hussain said, where athletes such as professional boxer Muhammad Ali or National Basketball Association (NBA) player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have greatly contributed to the legacy of American sports.“I would argue that perhaps Muhammad Ali is the most famous person in the world,” he said. “And what does that mean, that the most famous person in the world is yet again an American — in this case another African-American —Muslim?”Although Hussain said it is important not to overemphasize the influence of Islam in American history, he also said America would not be what it is today without the presence of its Muslim inhabitants.“Can you imagine an America without Muhammad Ali? Can you imagine the contributions that people like Ali have made to what it means to be American, really rethinking that kind of thing?” he asked the audience.Tags: American society, Hesburgh Center, Islam, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Muhammad Ali, Muslim
WNY News Now File Image.FALCONER – The Falconer Central School District has elected to move to complete online instruction through October 13 for grades three through six after another student tested positive for COVID-19 at Harvey C. Fenner Elementary School; the third positive case in the district.In a statement related on the districts website, the student who tested positive was last in school on Wednesday, September 23 and since has been isolated. School officials have contacted the Chautauqua County Department of Health who have now started identifying and contact-tracing individuals identified as close contacts to the student.On September 25, the district reported two students had tested positive for COVID-19. One case was a student at Harvey C. Fenner Elementary and the other at Falconer Middle School. According to officials, those students have not been in school since Friday, September 18.“We are working with the health department and are taking all the recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff” the statement said.“These individuals and any others identified by the health department as being close contacts will be expected to follow quarantine and isolation guidelines and will not return to school until they have completed all procedures for COVID-19, as directed by the Chautauqua County Department of Health.”Per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Health Insurance Portability & Accounting Act requirements, the district cannot release any further details about the student.Officials have stated they will provide further updates if additional steps will need to be taken by the District. Officials also remind parents to continue to monitor their children for symptoms and have them stay home if they are sick. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
By Dialogo May 03, 2011 At 3:34:14 a.m. local time on Saturday, 27 February 2010, a little over a month after a strong earthquake devastated Haiti, another quake, this one 8.8-magnitude, struck Chile. The Chilean government called on the Armed Forces to provide vital relief support, and this operation profoundly changed the relationship between the military and the Chilean people. Army Gen. Juan Miguel Fuente-Alba Poblete, who has occupied the post of commander-in-chief of the Chilean Army since a few days (10 March 2010) after the earthquake, visited the U.S. Southern Command, where he granted Diálogo the following interview. Diálogo: Do you have a special, different project for the Chilean Army under your command? General Fuente-Alba: In general, the Army’s projects take quite a long time to be executed, and our plan to modernize and transform the force practically began in 2001-2002, to have the Army profile that we have today. For this reason, what’s being done today is the final part, the part in which projects underway are implemented. Now, with the experience obtained as a consequence of the 2010 earthquake in Chile, we’re going to develop a line of units with a higher degree of flexibility, in order to be able to collaborate in civil-protection plans like those in which the government is engaged. In the short term, we’re going to develop an operational area that we’re lacking in our armored brigades, and we’ll work on the general conception of units of that kind, which is to have helicopters that accompany the armored brigades. Those aircraft will have a simultaneous double purpose for peacetime operations, that is, one fundamental task and one subsidiary task, to phrase it somehow. At base, however, the Army today is following a set path. It has to consolidate its definitive infrastructure. The Army changed its structure between 2002 and 2005; it changed from being a basically territorial army deployed throughout the territory to an army better described as functional, with more complete and more flexible structures. That demanded and still demands a different kind of structures, infrastructure, installations, such as housing for officers and career soldiers, their recreation facilities. All that is a work in progress. Command of the Army is a four-year post, so you can’t assume that in these four years, this is going to be done, and then in the next four years, something else is going to be done. These are works in progress, in which the authority in command of the Army takes on those same projects and continues implementing them. Diálogo: General, could you speak a bit about the lessons learned from the earthquake in Chile and about the international aid that Chile provides to other countries? General Fuente-Alba: After the earthquake on 27 February 2010, I would say – and I’m referring exclusively to the Army – that there were three periods that characterized the use of the military for aid and collaboration in the situation resulting from the earthquake. At first, it was basically humanitarian, an immediate, localized collaboration involving the various garrisons or military installations in the affected area. That lasted approximately forty-eight hours. After the first forty-eight hours, a constitutional state of emergency restricting individual liberties was declared, in this case what is called a “disaster” state of emergency, giving the military a set of authorities and powers enabling it to act with greater legitimacy and legal backing. That constitutional state of emergency lasted thirty days, during which the military was in command of the jurisdictional area within which it was given authority to act. In that period, the Army basically had to use its resources to be able to provide order and security in the different areas where the earthquake struck, because the population’s behavior was between nervousness and, in a certain way, disturbance in matters relating to security at different commercial installations, fuel sales, etc. For that reason, it was necessary for our forces to deploy and approach the situation in a specific way. In that regard, you have to understand that given Chile’s political history, the fact of sending the military into the streets, in a difficult situation like the one that some regions were going through – vandalism, theft, looting of supermarkets, etc. – and using the military to prevent that, we had to be very careful how we went about it so as not to have to lament someone’s death as a result of providing the security that was needed. As a consequence, it was necessary to issue very explicit regulations on this subject, very clearly specifying the rules of engagement for our forces, to prevent excesses in that regard. Merely as a side note, within forty-eight hours the Army needed to move around sixteen thousand men to the affected area, and in the case of a disaster like this one, moving and posting sixteen thousand Army personnel to an area and not causing additional problems in that area, in terms of logistical supply – I’m referring to fuel, water, food, all the relevant sanitation matters, etc. – meant equipping those sixteen thousand people with all the logistics to enable them to support themselves for a period that might last a month or two. Diálogo: Was the second period to which you are referring the one decreed by the president of the Republic at that time, Michelle Bachelet, through a constitutional state of emergency? General Fuente-Alba: Yes. Afterward, once the constitutional state of emergency had ended, came the period of humanitarian aid strictly speaking and being able to collaborate in rebuilding the most affected areas. That was the last of the three periods, which was going to last four months, but actually lasted around six months. In this period, the Army found itself obliged to take on two large tasks: continuing military training in the units that were not going to be used in this process, and on the other hand, building a structure to function and carry out our work during the length of time that the rebuilding and humanitarian aid lasted. I’m focusing on the latter, since we’re talking about the earthquake; I’m not talking about those who continued carrying out their normal military activity and continued normally with the projects underway. I’m referring solely to the emergency. For that purpose, it was necessary to stop – I would say – the military activity of two divisions, the divisions located in the center of the country, and shape a force capable of reaching the different communes and places most affected by the earthquake, a total of 117 communes, which are territorial jurisdictions administered by a mayor, to use a more international terminology. That meant maintaining an average of around ten thousand men in the disaster area, focused on health care, repairing roads, demolishing buildings, constructing emergency housing, etc. Independently of those ten thousand people, who were Army personnel, a program was implemented with the administration, with the Labor Ministry, in which an organization that is part of the Chilean Army, the Military Work Corps, which basically carries out road engineering projects and is governed by a special law, could contract individuals to collaborate in clearing roadways, in clearing rainwater drainage systems, etc. Diálogo: In a certain way, did this end up being a good experience for the Chilean Army? General Fuente-Alba: In several senses. First, the realization that the Army as a structure, as a military organization, is capable of doubling its capacity with a degree of flexibility and dedicating itself to two completely different tasks. Rapidly organizing structures capable of managing an activity different from its usual one, without prejudice to its usual activity. That’s something very important. The second is that – I don’t want this to sound arrogant – this situation, as painful as it was, generated a very interesting opportunity for the Army from a sociological perspective. The individuals who make up the Army reacquired very close ties with the population. For every one of those people, there was someone from the Army who came to be with them, to solve their problem of the moment, to have a squad of people who built their emergency housing, to collaborate with the health sector, set up hospitals that provided care for the sick and the elderly. This degree of closeness enabled us to make a leap forward in recovering a very important dialogue of harmony with the people. Probably, that would have come with time, but this painful situation accelerated it. That was a tremendous experience for our people. I visited the affected areas, inspecting the work that people were doing, and one of the things that struck me was hearing from young officers, a captain, a major, a lieutenant, that one of the most marvelous things that had happened to them in their lives since joining the Army was how the people were thankful and grateful for the support the Army was providing in those localities, without it being a strictly military activity. The other thing that was an experience for us was being able to rely on a force of engineers located in the areas with the highest population density in case of a disaster, a capacity that we lost in abandoning our territorial presence and becoming an organized and deployed force. We should have a force with the capacity to split itself and be able to rapidly reach any area where aid and humanitarian support are needed in favor of the civilian population. The other interesting thing was that in one of the regions of the country, another disaster took place, a very intense major snowstorm that lasted three days without stopping – in southern Chile – in which roofs caved in, etc., a series of problems due to the intense cold. A significant part of the resources of our forces in that area had gone to collaborate in the response to the earthquake situation in the center of the country, and it was necessary to send them back in order to be able to collaborate in the response to this other disaster. Our experience, as a consequence, is that it’s necessary to have degrees of flexibility in different locations in the country where disasters commonly occur, such as flooding from rivers or lakes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, seaquakes, winter at high elevations with large avalanches, landslides in the mountains, etc.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Long Islanders were among a dozen suspects arrested for their alleged roles in a sophisticated crime ring that stole $12 million in electronics and ink cartridges from stores in 28 states and then sold the stolen goods online, prosecutors said.Kevin Cerrato, 22, of Elmont, and 53-year-old Roger “Captain Rog” Ringhiser of Long Beach were charged Wednesday in Manhattan court with enterprise corruption, money laundering, criminal possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Investigators dubbed the 10-month probe culminating in a 41-count indictment “Operation Sticky Fingers.”“Retail theft is becoming increasingly organized, with crime rings preying on businesses and creating a vicious cycle that ultimately harms consumers, when the costs are passed on in the form of higher prices,” New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, calling the case “one of the largest-ever busts of a retail theft ring.”Authorities said they seized more than 5,300 stolen electronics and ink cartridges and more than $7.7 million from the defendants’ homes, financial institutions and Amazon and PayPal merchant accounts. The crews targeted Staples, Office Depot, BestBuy and other retailers for over 20 years and resold the stolen items for up to half their retail price, according to investigators.The crew mapped out their often daily thefts in advance and used custom-made vests known as “bazookas” that concealed large amounts of merchandise, prosecutors said. They also used “kryptonite” devices to deactivate security alarms at store exits, authorities said. In addition, they allegedly monitored store security personnel by using short-wave radios.The crews then shipped the goods to the alleged ringleader’s home, where investigators tracked shipments, Schneiderman’s office said. While investigators were executing a search warrant, five packages of stolen merchandise arrived, authorities added. The crews were also caught on surveillance videos, prosecutors said.The suspects face between eight and 25 years in prison, if convicted.
Credit card portfolios can be a credit union’s most lucrative asset, generating up to a quarter of the cooperative’s net income. However, dormant card programs are an all too often occurrence.When left in a status quo position, credit card portfolios cannot reach their full potential. A portfolio review can uncover illusive information to help credit union card teams maximize their return-on-investment and build best-in-business card programs.As demonstrated by examples that follow, credit unions undergoing a portfolio review discover:Small changes that yield big resultsHidden opportunities for growthResources to get their cards to front-of-wallet positioningSmall Changes Yield Big ResultsIowa-based Financial Plus Credit Union’s credit card products remained unchanged for years. President and CEO Dave Cale could see the potential for the program to provide even more value to members, so he engaged TMG, the credit union’s credit-card processing partner, in a portfolio review.TMG portfolio experts showed Cale how even small tweaks could both lessen necessary man hours and create a more compelling card program. “We were excited to see that some small changes could yield positive results,” said Cale.In addition to making program tweaks, the credit union’s product suite will change as it explores the addition of an affordable rewards card and the consolidation of other products that today require too much management for little benefit. “I would recommend every credit union take the opportunity to undergo a performance review,” said Cale. “It’s a valuable process to either confirm you are headed in the right direction or to make adjustments.”Hidden Opportunities for GrowthSAC Federal Credit Union engaged in a review of its dormant credit card program after its agent issuer left the credit card business. At that time, the portfolio was at just over $9 million, and roughly 3 percent of the credit union’s membership were cardholders. Julie Bruning, the credit union’s vice president of consumer lending, was confident she and her team could grow the portfolio and turn it into a profitable asset.And she was right. The program today sits at nearly $13 million and has penetrated 9 percent of the cooperative’s membership.In addition to setting forth an intense internal marketing and growth plan, Bruning engaged TMG in a review of its program to reveal other opportunities for achieving the cooperative’s growth goals.TMG’s portfolio review revealed opportunities for enhancement in the cards team’s compliance strategy. The review also noted that the portfolio may benefit from loosening its underwriting criteria.In each area, simple steps the credit union could implement were outlined. Bruning referred to the changes as a small investment for a significant reduction of risk.A credit card portfolio review can seem like an overwhelming task given all the other duties you and your team manage day-to-day. The review itself will take time, as will understanding the tweaks – or 180-degree turns – your findings necessitate. For this reason, some issuers find it helpful to ask a partner or advisor outside the credit union to take a look. Consider investing in an outside perspective, one that can take your card program from good to great.To learn more about optimizing credit card portfolio, download the white paper “Getting the Most Out of Your Credit Card Program.” 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Davis Davis is vice president of SmartGrowth™ for payments processor TMG, which offers clients across North America a full-suite of products from credit, debit and ATM to prepaid and digital wallet … Web: www.tmg.global Details
Jan De Nul has completed the installation of all 20 turbine foundations at the Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind farm in Taiwan.Seaway Yudin began installing the foundations at the beginning of June at the project site some 6km off the west coast of the Miaoli district in the Taiwan Strait.Germany’s EEW SPC produced the monopiles and Thailand’s CUEL Limited manufactured the transition pieces.According to Jan De Nul, the monopiles range from 752t to 1230t, with a maximum diameter of 8.4m and a length ranging from 60.1 to 79.5m, while the transition pieces weigh 465t and consist of five internal platforms, an external platform and boat landing.To remind, the company won a contract for the design, procurement and installation of the turbine foundations, as well as scour protection and cables, in May last year.The 120MW Formosa 1 Phase 2 will comprise 20 Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines scheduled to be operational in 2020.
LifeSite News 12 June 2013The mayor of a small town in France’s Basque region has announced his refusal to carry out a “marriage” between two men who reside in his jurisdiction, becoming the first mayor to defy the country’s new law that applies the name and rights of “matrimony” to couples of the same sex.Jean-Michel Colo, a conservative who heads the town of Arcangues in the southern Basque region of Pyrenees-Atlantiques, faces the possibility of a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of 75,000 euros (100,000 USD), according to French media sources. However, he appears to be unafraid of the consequences of his stand, telling the media that he will “go all the way to the gallows” to oppose the law.“I don’t give lessons, I’m not inciting other mayors to follow my example, but I won’t enforce an illegitimate law,” says Colo. “My seven councilmen and I are completely in agreement in saying that we will not participate in this charade.”The mayor’s stand is expected to be only the first of many that are likely to occur under the new law, which went into effect on May 28. In addition to the town council’s support, Colo says he has received 1,500 messages of support to date.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/french-refuses-to-marry-homosexual-couple-risks-years-in-jail
Also during his interview, Cassano revealed that, prior to Messi moving to the top of the list, he believed Brazil striker Ronaldo – a former Madrid team-mate – was the game’s greatest. “We were losing 1-0 at home,” Cassano recalled. “The whole stadium was whistling, especially him [Ronaldo]. “In the locker room the coach removes Ronnie to put [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy on, but he [Ronaldo] stops him and says ‘no, you take me off in 15 minutes if I haven’t scored two goals’. “Minute 15: 2-1 and two goals from Ronaldo. I said that if there is a football god, it is Ronaldo. Then I discovered that Messi is above him.” Read Also:COVID-19: Messi look-alike replaces Barca star on French news bulletin However, Ronaldo’s former team-mate Cafu believes Brazilian superstar Neymar has more technical ability than Messi. The Selecao legend was adamant his countryman was the best in the world currently when it comes to skill on the ball. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Lionel Messi has “ousted” Diego Maradona as Argentina’s greatest number 10, according to former Italy international Antonio Cassano. Messi’s consistency over such a long period has made him the finest player Argentina has produced according to Cassano, who has called for Maradona’s fans to accept that the Barcelona talisman deserves to be recognised as the best. Cassano helped Real Madrid to the 2006-07 La Liga title at the expense of Barca and Messi, but that success in Spain has not altered his opinion on the forward. “Maradona did something never seen before for four or five years, but Messi has done the same things for 15 years,” he said in an interview with Corriere dello Sport. “He has made 710 goals and 300 assists. When he plays you start with a 1-0 lead. “The ‘Maradonians’ have to accept it: there is someone who has ousted him.” Goal’s recent Mythbuster series looked into the theory that Maradona was better than Messi because he singlehandedly won the World Cup for Argentina at Mexico 1986.Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Play7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayOnly Those Who Live In 1980s Know What It IsA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith