Tedeschi Trucks Band Delivers 2nd Stellar Show In A Beacon Run “Bound For Glory” [Videos]

first_imgLast night, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the storied Beacon Theatre for the second of seven shows in their annual fall residency at the storied Manhattan venue. The 6-night run marks the seventh consecutive year of the band’s annual Beacon residency, and October 11th’s TTB & Friends show will celebrate the band’s 25th performance in the beautiful Upper West Side theater. The run’s first night marked the return of Kofi Burbridge after his hiatus following a heart attack earlier this year, and featured a variety of other notable guests, including supporting act The Greyhounds and sit-ins from both John Medeski and Burbridge’s summer stand-in Carey Frank. But night two–the first of  three “Evening With”-style performances scheduled during the residency–was all about the Tedeschi Trucks Band as a unit. The full “starting lineup” was finally together once again and doing what they do best, on one of their favorite stages. This was the Tedeschi Trucks Band, back in action, bound for glory, and ready to rock.Tedeschi Trucks Band Welcomes Back Kofi Burbridge, Invites John Medeski In NYC [Full Show Audio]The band worked their way through two beautifully crafted full sets, expertly balancing material from their critically acclaimed 2016 album Let Me Get By (“Just As Strange,” “Anyhow,” “Don’t Know What It Means” and “I Want More”), staple live covers (like Paul McCartney‘s “Let Me Roll It,” Derek and the Dominos‘ “Keep On Growing,” Elmore James‘ “The Sky Is Crying,” John Prine‘s “Angel From Montgomery,” Grateful Dead‘s “Sugaree,” etc.), live debuts (the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Please Call Home” and Toots & The Maytals‘ “Sailing On”) and more.A two-song encore featuring an powerfully emotional Susan/Kofi duet on Leon Russell‘s “A Song For You” and an extended, high-voltage “Bound For Glory” finally sent the sellout crowd back out onto Broadway buzzing. Tedeschi Trucks Band is whole again, and in keeping with tradition, they’re in the process of turning the Beacon Theatre into an October clinic on masterful musicianship. Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2017 Beacon Theatre residency rolls on this week with a Tuesday performance with special guests The Wood Brothers. The Wood Brothers toured with the band all summer as part of the 2017 edition of TTB’s “Wheels of Soul” tour, and members of the bands collaborated on several occasions throughout the run. If this summer (or the quality of the first two Beacon shows) is any indicator, Tuesday’s performance is shaping up to be a can’t-miss affair.You can check out fan-shot footage from night two of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2017 Beacon Theatre residency below, via YouTube user Sean Roche:“Let Me Roll It”“Please Call Home”“Angel From Montgomery” > “Sugaree”“Leaving Trunk” > “Volunteer Slavery”“How Blue Can You Get”“Bound For Glory”For more information on TTB’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.SETLIST: Tedeschi Trucks Band | The Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 10/7/17SET ONE: Let Me Roll It, Keep On Growing, Just as Strange, Sailing On, The Sky Is Crying, Midnight in Harlem, Leaving Trunk, Volunteered SlaverySET TWO: Anyhow, Get What You Deserve, Don’t Drift Away, Rollin’ and Tumblin’, Please Call Home, Don’t Know What It Means, How Blue Can You Get?, Angel From Montgomery, Sugaree, I Want MoreENCORE: A Song for You, Bound for GloryTedeschi Trucks Band Remaining Beacon Theatre Dates:Oct 10 – Beacon Theatre (with The Wood Brothers)Oct 11 – Beacon Theatre (TTB & Friends – 25th Beacon Show Celebration ft. North Mississippi Allstars)Oct 13 – Beacon Theatre (An Evening With TTB)Oct 14 – Beacon Theatre (An Evening With TTB)[Cover photo via Instagram user @dataharvest]last_img read more

Gorillaz Release “Fire Flies” From ‘The Now Now’ [Listen]

first_img[Videos: Gorillaz]In addition to all this, Gorillaz have announced new tour dates, including arenas in Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chicago, before returning to Los Angeles for their first-ever American Demon Dayz Festival, which will feature sets by Erykah Badu, The Internet, DRAM, Little Simz, Kilo Kish, Ana Tijoux, Tony Allen, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Las Cafeteras, and Chulita Vinyl Club. Head to the band’s website for more information.The Now Now Tracklist:01. Humility (feat. George Benson)02. Tranz03. Hollywood (feat. Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle)04. Kansas05. Sorcererz06. Idaho07. Lake Zurich08. Magic City09. Fire Flies10. One Percent11. Souk EyeView TracklistingGorillaz 2018 Tour Dates:06/01 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock Im Park06/03 – Mendig, DE @ Rock Im Ring06/09 – Dublin, IE @ Malahide Castle06/15 – Barcelona, ES @ Sónar Festival06/21 – Chiba, JP @ Makuhari Messe07/05 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/06 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival07/07 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival07/11 – Bern, CH @ Gurtenfestival07/12 – Lucca, IT @ Lucca Summer Festival07/14 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live07/19 – Nyon, CH @ Paléo Festival07/21 – Carhaix, FR @ Vieilles Charrues07/22 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris07/25 – Kiev, UA @ U-Park Festival07/28 – Moscow, RU @ Park Live Festival08/09 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival08/11 – Ovington, UK @ BoomTown Fair08/16 – St. Pölten, AT @ Frequency Festival08/17 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *10/09 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *10/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *10/13 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center *10/14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #10/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Demon Dayz Festival* = w/ The Internet# = w/ Little DragonView All Tour Dates Animated hip-hop group Gorillaz had a very busy year in 2017. The band released their first studio album since 2010, Humanz, and have continued to tour the world in its support. Earlier this month, the band officially rolled out the details of their sixth studio effort, entitled The Now Now, which is due out June 29th via Warner Bros. Records. Four songs and one music video have been released so far, the latest being “Fire Flies”. On top of that, they’ll be touring North America.Produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford—who most recently worked with Arctic Monkeys on Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino—the new Gorillaz album features three special guest contributors: George Benson, Jamie Principle, and Snoop Dogg. The latter two, Jamie Principle and Snoop, appear together on the track, “Hollywood”. Recorded at London’s Studio 13 in February, Gorillaz have shared the album’s art and tracklisting, which you can see below.Described by Damon Albarn as a “summer record”, The Now Now mostly focuses on his own vocals. “I thought I should make a record where I’m just singing for once,” he explained. “It’s pretty much just me singing, very sort of in the world of 2-D… I feel really good about it. I feel really really good about it.”Listen to the new “Fire Flies” track with the visualizer below:Watch the official music video for “Humility”, featuring George Benson and starring Jack Black. You can also stream “Lake Zurich” and “Sorcererz” from the new release below.“Humility”“Lake Zurich”last_img read more

From the lab to COVID front lines

first_img Facing a pandemic, Broad does a quick pivot Aldatu was established as a public benefit corporation — which puts public benefit on a par with profits in the corporate mission — with the aim of providing easy-to-use, low-cost diagnostics for resource-poor areas.They distributed tests for HIV in Botswana and developed a diagnostic for Lassa fever, another viral disease. In early March, as the lack of COVID-19 testing became acute, Rowley contacted MacLeod and asked whether PANDAA could be used for the disease. They developed the diagnostic in a matter of days and, by the time regulatory guidelines changed on March 16 to let private labs begin testing, they had already begun working with BIDMC to validate the test using blinded patient samples provided by the state.“We had already, over the last six years, developed experience with assay development and applying that test development to infectious disease and working with viruses in outbreak concern areas,” Raiser said. “We were well-positioned to move quickly on the COVID-19 pandemic.”A week later, Aldatu was not just providing kits to BIDMC, its officers were in conversation with other hospitals about doing the same and preparing to provide COVID-19 testing to partners in sub-Saharan Africa with whom they had been working.“We’re trying to cast a wide net and fill gaps in testing access and capacity quickly wherever we can do so,” Raiser said. Related How the institute converted a clinical processing lab into a large-scale COVID-19 testing facility in a matter of days This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.As Massachusetts rapidly ramps up COVID-19 testing, a technology born in the lab of Harvard AIDS pioneer Max Essex and nurtured by entrepreneurship resources on campus has played an important role in providing the needed reagents and kits that are driving a surge in testing.At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which by Tuesday had conducted more than 3,000 tests, the first kits that fed the hospital’s rapid increase in diagnostic results since it started doing them in mid-March came from Watertown-based Aldatu Biosciences. [The Broad Institute also has made rapid, large advances in testing.] The nine-employee company was formed to commercialize this diagnostic technology developed at Harvard and was based at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab in Allston until January 2019.Jeffrey Saffitz, chief of pathology at BIDMC and Mallinckrodt Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, said the hospital’s lab has four high-volume testing machines, but had a shortage — as did other labs in the state — of the customized reagents needed to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.While BIDMC awaited additional supplies from its regular commercial vendors, Aldatu worked with the hospital’s pathology staff to develop diagnostic kits and get them to the hospital. Saffitz said the rapid increase in COVID testing — as of Tuesday, they’d found 487 positives — was in part thanks to Aldatu’s nimbleness and to the efforts of hospital staff, including clinical microbiologists, laboratory technicians, lab managers, and others. By late last week, Saffitz said the hospital was ready to perform as many as 1,500 tests per day — an amount equal to an entire season’s worth of flu tests.Test kits from Aldatu Biosciences in Watertown went to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which by Sunday afternoon had conducted almost 2,500 tests, the most by a hospital-based lab in the state.“Our machines were able to accommodate the Aldatu test kits. When this happened there was an incredibly effective partnership between our clinical microbiology teams and the Aldatu folks,” Saffitz said. “We worked together to advise them in terms of what they needed to do to make the test kits usable on our machinery. … We did all the validation studies of the test kit to prove that it actually worked, and it worked beautifully. And we were able to run the Aldatu test kits initially at a time before we had received test kits from the major supplier.”Aldatu’s roots lie in Essex’s long-running Botswana-Harvard Partnership, established in 1996 to fight AIDS. In 2008, infectious diseases physician Christopher Rowley, then a research associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was joined there by a postdoctoral fellow, Iain MacLeod. Rowley was working on HIV drug resistance, a continual problem in treating patients with antiretroviral drugs. Frustrated by the cumbersome existing process to determine whether a patient harbored resistant HIV strains, the two developed the PANDAA genotyping platform (Pan Degenerate Amplification and Adaptation), which provided rapid, low-cost HIV genotyping.“Iain and Chris developed the PANDAA platform for PCR testing of drug resistance for HIV,” Essex said. “The goal was to develop a test that would be cheap enough for widespread use in low- and middle-income countries, where drug resistance testing was often not available.”Rowley went on to a clinical post at BIDMC, where today he is an assistant professor of medicine and an infectious diseases physician, while MacLeod, interested in developing the technology further, went to Harvard’s Innovation Lab (i-lab).Founded in 2011 as a way to support student entrepreneurs, the i-lab offers students working space, an entrepreneurial-minded community, and expert advice. At an i-lab workshop, MacLeod met David Raiser, a doctoral student in genetics and a technology assessment fellow at Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD), where he was learning commercialization and marketing strategies for emerging innovations. The two first talked about PANDAA’s potential while waiting outside the i-lab for the shuttle to Harvard’s Longwood campus.David Raiser (pictured) and Iain MacLeod met at a Harvard i-lab workshop. They later set up Aldatu, which went into full-time operation in 2015. “We were well-positioned to move quickly on the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Raiser.“David had an intuitive sense that this was a valuable technology with great potential to benefit the public,” said Grant Zimmermann, OTD’s managing director of business development, who worked with Raiser and MacLeod to set up Aldatu. “This was never just a money-making goal for David. He has a genuine desire to help people.”The two created a business development strategy for Aldatu in 2014 and worked with Zimmermann to develop a license structure to support the company — a step that became official two years later.“I’m immensely proud of the Aldatu team for being among the first to step up to make testing broadly available,” said Isaac Kohlberg, Harvard’s chief technology development officer and senior associate provost. “The ultimate impact of a new discovery may be difficult to fathom at the outset, but the Aldatu example shows why it’s so important to get promising technologies into the hands of passionate entrepreneurs who can advance and scale up an innovation for the public’s broadest benefit.”In 2014, Aldatu received additional financial support in the form of the $40,000 Bertarelli Foundation Grand Prize in the Harvard Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge. The team also won a $1.5 million small-business grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which let them begin full-time operation in 2015. The two moved to Kendall Square’s LabCentral in 2016, then returned to Allston to become an early tenant in Harvard’s Life Lab. In January 2019, the company moved into its own facility in Watertown.“I’ve said for a few years now, Aldatu is a true i-lab story,” Raiser said. “We built very strong and meaningful and valuable relationships out of our time at the i-lab and the Life Lab.” A multipronged attack against a shared enemy Designing a coronavirus vaccine New tool will help leaders make informed decisions as hospitals prepare for COVID-19 patients Harvard scientists take various approaches in the race for a treatment for the deadly coronavirus Researchers prepare for next year and beyond App predicts hospital capacitylast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Zachary Quinto Will Star Opposite James Franco & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Comments Another Success for Skylight This is some achievement. The acclaimed West End production of the Broadway aimed Skylight has managed to recoup its investment within five weeks of opening. David Hare’s play, which stars Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, will run through August 23 at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre. Star Files Broadway Supports Sandy Hook The 12.14 Foundation, a non-for-profit organization formed following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will produce two shows at the Newtown High School for its summer season incorporating 200 children from the Newtown area. Michael Unger and Eric Svejcar’s A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream will star Broadway alums Marla Mindelle and Clarke Thorell, along with Saum Eskandani. The regional premiere of Dodie Smith’s The 101 Dalmatians Musical will feature Kristine Zbornik as Cruella, and more than 100 Newtown children as the Dalmatians. For more information about these and other events, please visit 1214foundation.org. Annie Potts, Becky Ann Baker & More to Appear in Steel Magnolias Laughter through tears is our favorite emotion, too! Great White Way vets Annie Potts, Becky Ann Baker, Deirdre Lovejoy and Sarah Stiles are heading to the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta to star in Steel Magnolias. Helmed by Judith Ivey and also featuring Mary Pat Gleason and Zoe Winters, the show will run October 22 through November 9, with opening night set for October 29. Zachary Quinto Will Star Opposite James Franco Broadway alum Zachary Quinto will star alongside Of Mice and Men’s James Franco in the movie Michael. Variety reports that the film, which also stars Emma Roberts, follows the story of an anti-gay pastor who used to be gay himself. Directed by Justin Kelly, Quinto will play the ex-boyfriend of Franco’s character. Zachary Quinto James Francolast_img read more

Armadillos burrow north

first_imgSteadily traveling northArmadillos north of the gnat line?”They used to be primarily a south Georgia animal,” said MelissaCummings, a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of NaturalResources-Wildlife Resources Division. Armadillos now have been reported as far north as Gainesville,Ga., Cummings said.At first, Dowdy didn’t take action against the armadillo. Shedidn’t know what to do. Then the evil excavator took upresidence under her porch”My grandkids could hear him scratching under my home’sfoundation,” she said. “That’s when I called for help.” Attract and trapA DNR agent told her she needed sardines, rotten fruit and a trapto catch him. Her local animal control office loaned her a trapand offered to haul it off once she caught him.Homeowners aren’t breaking any state laws by disposing ofarmadillos that damage their landscapes. They aren’t a protectedspecies, Cummings said. But she recommends checking with yourlocal law enforcement officers.”Make sure you aren’t breaking any city or county ordinancesfirst,” she said.But Dowdy’s trap didn’t work.The armadillo continued to burrow through her yard, and steeredclear of the baited trap.South Georgians are accustomed to fighting armadillos in theiryards. In Calhoun County, 30 miles west of Albany, Ga., PaulWigley, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension countycoordinator, says they’re a “genuine nuisance” in his area. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaFrom the sight of the freshly-dug burrows in her lawn, BettyDowdy knew she had a critter problem. But living in Georgia’sPiedmont, she’d never have guessed the culprit was an armadillo.”I started noticing holes in my yard and my little dog is not adigger,” said Dowdy who lives in Jackson, Ga. “When I took my dogout for his morning walk, we came eye-to-eye with an armadillo.” Bye-bye critter problemEight days into her armadillo showdown, Dowdy and her dog againcame face-to-face with the unwanted guest. But this day, Dowdywas armed with frustration, hostility and a neighbor with aweapon.”He brought over his shotgun,” she said. “I don’t have anarmadillo problem any more.”Dowdy’s neighbor gave the armadillo to a friend who dressed andate the animal.”Some people do eat them,” Wigley. “I’ve eaten it before, butI won’t eat it again. It’s greasy like opossum. That’s whythey’re called ‘possum on a half-shell.” Holes a safety hazardAside from lawn damage, Wigley says, armadillos can causephysical damage, too.”The holes they dig are safety hazards, especially to the youngand the elderly,” he said. “An older citizen can easily fall ifthey twist their ankle in a hole and don’t catch their balance.”Wigley has trapped 17 armadillos this year in the permanent trapon his one-acre lawn. Two 16-foot pieces of plywood in a v-shapeat the entrance help guide them into the trap. He recommendscovering the trap with burlap.”This makes it blend with the environment,” he said. “He’ll thinkhe’s moving into another armadillo’s nest.” Some homeowners take drastic measures to remove or deterarmadillos from entering landscapes, Wrigley said.Electric fences with wires set 3 inches and 6 inches above theground will stop armadillos.”But then an electric fence doesn’t know the difference betweenan armadillo and you, or your cat or dog,” he said.last_img read more

Vermont Tech Employee Named Vermont’s Outstanding Older Worker

first_imgVermont Tech Employee Named Vermont’s Outstanding Older WorkerRANDOLPH CENTER, Vt – A Vermont Technical College employee has been honored as Vermont’s Outstanding Older Worker for 2008. Awarded to a single older employee in each of the 50 states, the Outstanding Older Worker program recognizes the important contributions of America’s working seniors while providing numerous positive examples of productive aging.This year’s Vermont recipient, James J. McNichol of Essex Junction, is a Learning Partner at Vermont Technical College who works with IBM, helping the company capture and transfer knowledge to a global internal audience.The Outstanding Older Worker program is part of Experience Works, a national, charitable, community-based organization that helps seniors get the training they need to find good jobs in their local communities. McNichol, who was associated with IBM for more than 35 years before joining Vermont Tech, has made significant contributions to the company in the areas of e-learning, engineering, and computer technologies.”I am both delighted and humbled to win this year’s Vermont OOW award,” McNichol said. “I have always been interested in education and I have been fortunate to be able to blend this interest in education with my industrial experience – in the midst of rapidly evolving technologies I might add – while working for Vermont Technical College.”Started in 1965, Experience Works is a leader in providing training, job placement and community service for America’s older workers. It offers programs designed to help mature individuals enter the workforce, secure more challenging positions, move into new career areas, and supplement their incomes.The Technology Extension Division (TED) at Vermont Technical College was established in 1991 to meet the education and training needs of Vermont employers. Drawing on the resources of the Vermont State Colleges and nationally recognized training vendors, TED provides educational and training programscredit, non-credit and onlinein supervision and management, health care, computer technology, and other content areas.last_img read more

Study finds solar much more manageable than critics contend

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Modern solar power plants can be operated flexibly to respond to dispatch instructions, and they should be used to provide essential grid reliability services so less conventional fossil-fueled generation is needed for that purpose, according to a new study.The Energy and Environmental Economics Inc., or E3, study, which was sponsored by First Solar Inc. and released Oct. 24, found that solar resources can be incorporated into a utility’s real-time dispatch decisions. Incorporating solar in such a way reduces fuel and maintenance costs for conventional generators and cuts air emissions, and those advantages grow as the level of solar penetration increases, the study, entitled “Investigating the Economic Value of Flexible Solar Power Plant Operation,” said.Utility-scale solar facilities typically are designed and operated to deliver the maximum amount of electricity in real-time as “must take” resources, which means all the energy they produce is used as it becomes available. When operated in that way, solar must be balanced with other resources, notably gas-fired plants, from which energy output is dispatched or curtailed as needed to meet load requirements.“The study confirms our intuition that solar can provide the most value to the system if grid operators fully utilize the flexible dispatch capabilities of solar power plants, especially under increased solar penetration levels,” E3 Senior Partner Arne Olson said in a news release announcing the study’s conclusions. “Utilities and grid operators should stop thinking of solar as a problem to be managed, and start thinking of it as an asset to be maximized.”E3 used an energy model to simulate generator unit commitment and dispatch on Emera Inc. subsidiary Tampa Electric Co.’s system in Florida. TECO was an active participant in the study and provided data on its system, which has a generation portfolio that is 86% gas-fired.Traditionally, control of solar output is not considered in generator scheduling and economic dispatch. However, many modern solar power plants have the technical capabilities to precisely control their output. Such plants, referred to as flexible or dispatchable solar, can be called upon by a grid operator to meet system requirements.More ($): Solar can be flexibly dispatched with other plants, research concludes Study finds solar much more manageable than critics contendlast_img read more

The Comeback: How Running Saved Keith Connolly’s Life

first_imgHe sits slumped in his seat, delirious, slurring words before passing out. The speeding car, driven by his frantic wife, rushes to a hospital in Laramie, Wyoming. It’s a heart attack, and doctors soon find 94% blockage in an artery nicknamed the “Widow Maker.” In goes an 18mm stent followed by a list of medications the doctors say he will be on for the rest of his life. He will prove them wrong.Keith Connolly was just thirty-six when Kendra drove him to the emergency room that day. And, as his somewhat puzzled doctors described him, “a poster child for the American Heart Association.” He appeared fit, a muscular, six-foot-two, 195-pound man who didn’t smoke and who ate a mostly healthy diet, but with a few burgers and fries and sodas tossed in. Nor was there any history of heart disease in the family, his nearest relatives having lived into their nineties. Perplexed, five cardiologists ascribed Keith’s heart attack to a less-than-scientific explanation when a more formal etiology eludes them – “bad luck.”Keith and KendraKeith and KendraBut Keith decided to turn his luck around. He and Kendra moved to Minnesota, and it was there that he discovered trail running. “One day I decided to go for a hike, having heard about a trail that was fourteen miles. I was wearing a pair of old army fatigues. About a mile in, I just started to run, not stopping until I logged the whole trail. I remember feeling so alive and not wanting to stop. I was hooked.”‘Hooked’ is a good word for it. Keith and Kendra began training for and competing in Spartan races, even seeking the perfect place to develop a lifestyle based on running, yoga, calisthenics, strict veganism, and a deep faith in God. They settled on Black Mountain, North Carolina and, as Keith puts it, “I fell in love with the trails, and knew I had to live here.”Well over three years have passed since the heart attack and Keith, now forty, is living proof of the positive benefits of healthy living. Gone are the drugs that the doctors once said he would have to take forever. In their place is a daily regime of diet and exercise that both he and Kendra do together. “We both went fully plant-based,” Kendra comments. “Our bodies feel clear of fog and crud. Our exercising and running have gotten stronger and we recover faster. We love it!”Keith agrees. “My cardiologist in Asheville told me my blood work came back absolutely perfect and is evidence of the impact of exercise and a plant-based diet.”The Sandbag CarryKeith’s race results are impressive, too. In the Asheville Spartan Sprint of July 2017, Keith finished 20th overall out of 2,028 runners, and – a month later in West Virginia – took 1st overall in another Spartan Race. Last October, before having to bow out with knee issues, Keith bagged fifty miles of the formidable Pitchell Challenge, the nearly 70-mile mountain trail running challenge from the summit of Pisgah to the summit of Mitchell. “I plan on taking the Pitchell Challenge again this spring,” Keith says, “to get my redemption.”But man shall not live by trail running alone, and Keith is set to make his living as a vegan chef, graduating in February 2018 from culinary school. “My plan is to open a restaurant that teaches people how to cook and eat a delicious, plant-based diet!”The heart attack nearly killed him, but Keith is thankful for the experience. “It caused us to completely rethink our lives,” he recalls. “It was a trying season in our relationship, but one that brought us closer together and made us best friends and lovers. I thank God every day. If the series of events had not happened, we wouldn’t have such an amazing life together.”last_img read more

Engage employees with creative compensation programs

first_imgTo lay the foundation for better employee retention, illustrate a rewarding career path during the employee onboarding process, advises Carolyn White, training manager at $650 million asset SESLOC Federal Credit Union in San Luis Obispo, Calif.That includes crafting and presenting creative compensation packages, and touting the value of flexible scheduling—tools that allow your credit union to compete with other employers.“People don’t come to credit unions to make tons of money, but they need to make enough to be happy with what they’re doing,” White says.The improving economy has created more job opportunities, which has led to increased turnover at many credit unions.The 13% industry-wide churn in 2014 among credit unions with $50 million or more in assets represents a slight increase from the previous year, according to CUNA’s 2015-2016 Turnover and Staffing Report. But turnover rates are much higher in certain job areas: annual turnover rates member service representative hover between 25% and 30%. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Speaker Puan Maharani claims House ‘transparent’ in deliberating every bill

first_imgHouse of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani claimed on Tuesday that lawmakers maintained transparency when deliberating bills, amid criticism questioning the legislative branch’s transparency in the deliberation of some bills.”Being transparent, accepting criticism and input are our commitments so that we are able to have quality legislation products,” Puan said in her speech during a plenary session at the legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician said the House had tried to maintain that commitment despite the COVID-19 pandemic, adding it had 248 bills in the 2020-2024 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) and 37 on the priority list. “Six bills have been passed into law, 10 bills are in the deliberation process and 19 bills are being drafted,” she said without specifying the titles.The House, however, has repeatedly found itself in hot water, with critics lambasting it for lack of transparency in deliberating some bills.Civil society groups have called on the House to repeal problematic articles in the revision to the 2011 Constitutional Court Law, arguing that they contained conflicts of interest that could compromise the court’s independence and impartiality.Read also: House set to endorse revision of Constitutional Court Law They criticized the swift deliberation of the bill, which was conducted behind closed doors between the House and the government during the ongoing pandemic. They also raised suspicions that the bill was being used as a “political swapping” tool, as many new controversial laws were being challenged at the court, such as the State Spending and Financial Relief Law, the Mining Law and the omnibus bill on job creation.The Indonesian Parliament Watch (Formappi) described the House’s performance during the sitting period as the same as during the New Order Era, as it had rushed some bills’ deliberations and dismissed public participation.Formappi researcher Lucius Karus said the House did not carry out the checks and balances function properly, adding that the legislative body seemed to only act merely as a “rubber stamp” and a “tool of legitimacy” for the government.”The House now looks almost the same as it did in the New Order Era, acting merely as a tool of legitimacy for the government,” he said.“Many bills were made through speedy deliberations.”Topics :last_img read more