Soul outfit Vinegar Mother continues to impress with their potent display of musicality, dominating their live performances with an undeniably raw and powerful energy. As the band has been making a name for themselves, they’ll be cementing this reputation with their debut EP, The Sunny Seat, due out on November 18th.The band’s natural chemistry is fully apparent in their music, mixing elements of soul, jazz, R&B and more to create something wholly unique. With the new album coming out next week, we’re honored to help build the anticipation with a brand new single. Titled “Slow,” the song starts off calmly before erupting behind Julia Zivic’s powerhouse lead vocals.Says Zivic, “‘Slow’ is a closer look into the lustful side of me; the more animalistic side that has a hunger to feel good with zero strings attached. As a hyper-emotional lady, this side of me was always so confusing. I wouldn’t understand why I would want to be closer to some of my romances. ‘Slow’ is a journey through my phases of lust, and how they make me feel so unlike myself. As the song goes, “then the thoughts come back around / memories of my delusion / I can’t think of my own name / I’m stuck in hallucination.” There’s a darker persona that lurks inside of me, and it’s definitely brought out by this awesomely dark sounding song.” Listen to “Slow” in the player below!The new album The Sunny Seat is due out on November 18th, and pre-orders will be launched via iTunes and Google Play on November 8th. Anyone who pre-orders the album will get instant access to download the song “Cat Call,” and the full release will be here before you know it! To celebrate, the band is hitting Radio Bean in Burlington, VT for their album release party, so don’t miss out.You can scope the band’s full tour schedule below, and head to their website for more information.Vinegar Mother Tour Dates11/8: Gold Sounds – Brooklyn, NY11/18: Radio Bean – Burlington, VT *Release Show*11/30: Pianos – New York, NY1/8: Pianos – New York, NY w/ The Solars1/28: Bitter End – New York, NY w/ Weird Winter[Photo via Jenni Walkowiak]
As someone who embraced both “the kitchen table and the avant-garde,” in the words of curator Dan Byers, Tony Conrad ’62 was never a gallery darling. Instead, the multimedia artist believed in making the creative process as accessible as possible — and ended up pushing the boundaries of film, sculpture, video, and music along the way.The artist’s work is being celebrated in “Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective” at Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (through Dec. 30) and MIT’s List Visual Arts Center (through Jan. 6).The description by Byers, the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of Carpenter Center, can be taken literally. The exhibit, which was organized by Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery, reveals all the humor that juxtaposition implies.On the lower level of the Carpenter exhibit (organized by Byers and List curator Henriette Huldisch), Conrad’s work “Pickled E.K. 7302-244-0502” is just that: celluloid loops fixed forever in Mason jars, a play on “film preservation” and a commentary on home arts and crafts. The third-floor display features impossible musical instruments — Conrad played violin — incorporating, among other items, a drill and a bathroom plunger.In some ways, Conrad, who died in 2016 at age 76, was an artist very much of his time. Coming of age as a filmmaker and musician in the 1960s, he was an original member of the drone-centered Theatre of Eternal Music, along with John Cale, and embodied both the experimental and minimalist movements of the day. His “Yellow Movies” series, for example, features paper painted with white paint, which would gradually yellow over time. “If you watch it for years, the plot or the narrative would be the yellowing of the paper,” explained Byers.,Although he did eventually show in galleries, using the funds raised to finish and restore some of his earlier works, he remained “very suspicious about the commodification of art.”,What this exhibit quickly makes apparent, however, is the social consciousness beyond the humor, the politics behind the pranks. From an early photo, which shows him protesting what his sign derides as “Snob Art,” through such works as “Loose Connection,” filmed using a rotating camera set in a repurposed baby carriage during a family grocery-shopping trip in New York, Conrad believed in art by, for, and of the people.Although he did eventually show in galleries, using the funds raised to finish and restore some of his earlier works (which explains the dual dates on many pieces), he remained “very suspicious about the commodification of art,” said Byers. Even “Bryant Park Moratorium Rally,” a seemingly straightforward sound piece, makes this point. Contrasting the crowd noise taped outside Conrad’s window during a 1969 anti-war rally with the delayed, somewhat subdued version that was broadcast over the television news a few seconds later, we hear “an event and its mediation put up against each other,” said Byers. “Two different windows on reality.”This ethos is most readily apparent in “Studio of the Streets.” Represented at the Carpenter Center by a one-room installation, this project was an ongoing artists’ collaboration created during Conrad’s time teaching at the University of Buffalo. From 1990–93, Conrad and his colleagues would spend roughly 70 minutes every Friday at Buffalo City Hall, taping conversations with people passing by. The group would edit the results over the weekend and air a 60-minute version on public access cable television the following Tuesday. Their manifesto, presented on one wall, reads in part: “Everyone has good things to say, hear how easy it is … Anyone can make good TV, look at how we do it.”The conversations are striking. The discussions of Anita Hill’s testimony at Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings could have occurred at last month’s confirmation hearings, for example. Bitterness over perceived police violence is timeless.“He was very invested in media education for the general public,” remembered Lindsey Lodhie.A Ph.D. candidate in film and visual studies and critical media practice in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Lodhie studied with Conrad while earning her master’s at Buffalo. “He saw it as a public service, in a way.”“He showed up to everything, and he instigated all these things,” said Byers. “He showed up.”From 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays (Nov. 16 and 30) at the Carpenter Center, a two-part program of Tony Conrad’s pioneering video work will be presented in collaboration with Harvard Film Archive. For more information about this and upcoming programs, visit the website.
This June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the historic event that led to the creation of Pride. Here at Dell Technologies, we couldn’t think of a better way to ring in Pride month than by celebrating and supporting our LGBTQ family.Diversity of thought unlocks innovation and fuels creativity. We’ve built an inclusive and respectful culture that lets every team member bring their authentic selves to work every day. Our passionate Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG) plays a key role in this mission with 3,000 team members across 20 countries. The ERG welcomes not only those who identify as LGBTQ, but also allies – straight peers who support, accept and advocate for equality and fair treatment. As a very proud ally, it is my honor to serve as an executive sponsor for the Pride ERG.We continue to provide LGBTQ employees resources to lobby in their local areas alongside team members and have added our name to numerous public policies to show our commitment to diversity & inclusion. We provide a variety of healthcare benefits to our LGBTQ team members including parental leave and adoption assistance. We support our transgender team members with a gender transition toolkit to better understand their needs and have established a transgender taskforce of team members who have transitioned themselves to help others along their journey.But providing internal resources for team members isn’t enough.Since 2002, Dell Technologies has been an active participant and sponsor of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, a global nonprofit organization that partners with Top Fortune 500 companies building resources, content and hosting events to help other companies around the globe make similar strides in LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion.For the 15th year in a row, Dell Technologies has proudly received a 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index – deeming us a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality. And just this year, we were named one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes.We celebrate our LGBTQ team members all year long and are proud of the amazing work they are doing here at Dell Technologies. Please join me this month in celebrating and recognizing our wonderful LGBTQ team members around the world.Happy Pride, everyone!
Back in March we launched our Top Adventure College Contest presented by ENO, where 32 colleges from all over the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic battled it out in a bracket-style competition for the honor of being named the top outdoor adventure college in the region.Once again, the votes poured in—this year to the tune of 150,000 plus—as many worthy adversaries went head-to-head over the course of five round. But at the end of the day only one school could reign supreme.For the fourth year in a row, that school was Western Carolina University, a university with an enrollment just under 11,000 and a campus that sits at the edge of North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains.For the fourth year in a row, Western Carolina University has won the Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Adventure College Contest.Whether it be mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, fly fishing or nature photography, outdoor recreation is all the rage at WCU, and their fourth year at the top of our adventure college contest heap is strong evidence of that fact.“Winning the top award for four straight years is confirmation that Western Carolina University’s location as the closest four year college to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway provide exceptional opportunities for living and learning in this beautiful area,” says Steve Morse, director of WCU’s Hospitality and Tourism Program.“Because of the exceptional location and natural resources available in the area, WCU’s academic programs have outdoor laboratories where professors and students can connect theory with real-world applications that are unmatched. Outdoor-minded students have the opportunity to become engaged with our sustainable natural resources in the area while studying a wide variety of subjects.”While we’re excited to recognize WCU’s fourth straight win, we also wanted to shine a light on the runner-up of this year’s Top Adventure College Contest, Sweet Briar College.A university that boasts a 3,250-acre campus in the foothills of the Virginia Blue Ridge, Sweet Briar swept through the small school portion of the bracket and made an impressive showing against WCU in the finals days of the contest.Sweet Briar director of outdoor programs Kate Macklin ’13 and Koda form the rear guard at Cole Mountain, a popular day hike in Amherst County.“It means a lot to win the Top Adventure College Contest in our category because it is recognition of the quality programming that we’ve developed over the years,” says Director of Media Relations Jennifer McManamay.“Even though we’re smaller than probably any other school in the competition, the Sweet Briar Outdoor Program offers students every kind of activity you could want, from hiking, backpacking, climbing, white water kayaking and canoeing to skiing, mountain biking, and caving. Outdoor programming is driven by student interest, and student instructors organize and lead most trips. We offer Wednesday evening trips almost every week and at least one trip per weekend.”During the month of May we will profile both of these outdoor-loving colleges individually, highlighting a few outdoor-obsessed students at both Sweet Briar and Western and the outdoor opportunities that those students enjoy at their perspective campuses. Stay tuned!
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Organizations representing banks and credit unions have expressed support for a revived effort to replace the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with a five-member commission.A bill to make that change, the “Financial Products Safety Commission Act,” was introduced this week by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, who announced his plans to sponsor the legislation at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Tuesday (March 3).“We believe that a five-member commission, as Congress originally intended, will better balance consumer access to financial products with the need to ensure a fair marketplace,” the bankers wrote in a letter on Wednesday (March 4). “In 2009, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), then-House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA), and Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) led passage of legislation in the House with strong Democrat support to create a five-member commission to oversee the CFPB which is nearly identical to what your legislation proposes to do.”The letter continued, “A commission would serve as a source of balance and stability for consumers and the financial services industry by encouraging internal debate and deliberation, ultimately leading to increased transparency. Moreover, a commission will further promote CFPB’s ability to make bipartisan and reasoned judgments; will offer consumers the protection they deserve and the industry the certainty it needs, which in turn will help strengthen the economy; and will avoid the risk of politically motivated decisions, which could result in harm to consumers.” continue reading »
It is a project funded by the Split-Dalmatia County within the Tender for financing projects from the program of development, protection and valorization of maritime heritage in the Split-Dalmatia County in 2019, and it is the first of its kind in Croatia, they announced. Split-Dalmatia County. The cultural and tourist guide to the underwater heritage of the Split-Dalmatia County presents 28 underwater sites and three museum collections with underwater archaeological finds. The guide is designed in such a way that the waters of the Split-Dalmatia County are divided into five geographical areas (the waters of Split and Kaštela Bay, the waters of the island of Brač, the waters of the island of Šolta, the waters of the islands of Hvar, the waters of Vis and Palagruža). World War II. All localities are approximately marked on the maps, and different colors indicate different depths of the site. A special section also deals with the Battle of Vis as the most important naval battle on the Adriatic and the three wrecks that took part in the battle as one of the most significant underwater finds on the Adriatic. During the preparation of the guide, care was taken to represent various types of cultural property from all historical periods, covering the entire area of the county (ancient architectural remains and shipwrecks, late medieval shipwrecks and the remains of modern wrecks and planes from World War II). In addition to historical and geographical information for each site, its depth and accessibility for visitors are also listed. The guide is written in Croatian and English. In addition to historical and geographical information for each site, its depth and accessibility for visitors are also listed. The guide is written in Croatian and English. In addition to historical and geographical information for each site, its depth and accessibility for visitors are also listed. The guide is written in Croatian and English. Source: Split-Dalmatia County Predstavljanjem ovog vodiča nudimo nešto što bi trebalo biti prepoznatljivo i to poglavito onoj klijenteli koja se neće isticati u kvantiteti stvaranja gužvi na cestama i terminalima, a njihov financijski potencijal je izniman. U tu svrhu podvodna baština naše županije ističe se kao dodatak vrijednosti naše turističke ponude. Kroz predstavljeni vodič, navedeni su gotovo svi lokaliteti naše županije sa svim uputama na kojoj dubini se nalaze i što je dozvoljeno na tim lokacijama raditi. Uz turizam, ovaj vodič služiti će kao zaštita tih prekrasnih lokaliteta. Vjerujem da će i preko Turističke zajednice Splitsko dalmatinske županije sa ovim lokacijama biti upoznati i svi oni turisti koji organizirano žele razgledati ove kulturno – turističke vrijednosti. Isto tako zahvaljujem se i autorima vodiča, kao i službama županije koji su napravili nešto izuzetno vrijedno i kvalitetno, said Prefect Boban. In the seabed of the Split-Dalmatia County there are more than 200 underwater archeological sites, from individual isolated finds of small artifacts to preserved shipwrecks with loads of amphorae and shipwrecks from the time of World War II. The aim of creating a cultural and tourist guide to the underwater heritage of Split-Dalmatia County is to promote underwater archaeological sites to get a complete picture of the richness, diversity and importance of the seabed, and further development of archaeological and diving tourism in Split-Dalmatia County. The tourist guide entitled “Underwater Heritage of Split-Dalmatia County was presented to the public these days, and its importance was discussed by County Prefect Blaženko Boban, Head of the Administrative Department for Tourism and Maritime Affairs Stipe Čogelja, and Director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board Joško Stella, and authors archaeologists Saša Denegri and Silva Kukoč and Tea Katunarić Kirjakov, archaeologist and art historian of the Academy of Arts, University of Split.
The new leader will also have to sort out simmering trade tensions between the United States and China and revive stalled trade talks.There are three African candidates, two from Europe, two from Asia and one from the Americas.Africa’s trio are former Nigerian foreign and finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Egyptian former diplomat Hamid Mamdouh; and Kenya’s former WTO General Council chair Amina Mohamed.Britain’s first post-Brexit international trade secretary Liam Fox and former Moldovan foreign minister Tudor Ulianovschi are the two from Europe. South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee and former Saudi economy minister Mohammed al-Tuwaijri are running from Asia, while Mexico’s former WTO deputy director-general Jesus Seade Kuri was the first to declare his candidacy. The eight candidates battling to become the next head of the beleaguered World Trade Organization make their pitches this week, with three days of auditions starting Wednesday.The contenders will make 15-minute presentations to the 164 member states’ representatives at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, before facing a 75-minute grilling over their plans for the global trade body.After a series of eliminations based on consensus, starting in September, the winner will take the WTO wheel in the midst of a global economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Serious problems Seade, Okonjo-Iweala and then Mamdouh are up first on Wednesday.Ulianovschi, Yoo and Mohamed take their turn on Thursday, while Tuwajiri and Fox go on Friday.”The WTO is in a serious crisis,” Seade told the UN correspondents’ association.He said the body had “very limited results” to show for its 26 years, its dispute settlement system was “in a serious state of disrepair”, while measures taken by countries to control the COVID-19 pandemic “have generated gigantic dislocation of international trade”.Since the WTO was created in 1995, three of its directors-general were from Europe, while one each came from Oceania, Asia and South America.Africa therefore fancies its chances, even though there is no regional rotation principle at the global trade body.”It is time that Africa took up her responsibility of serving at the helm of WTO,” said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.He called Mohamed “a uniquely qualified person, to lead the WTO at this critical time”, saying that “her leadership at the WTO will without doubt be a game changer”. Speedy search The WTO is staging a swift contest to replace outgoing director-general Roberto Azevedo.The campaign phase runs until September 7, after which the eliminations round will last up to two months.In a surprise move in mid-May, the Brazilian career diplomat announced he was ending his second four-year term 12 months early at the end of August for personal reasons.Former family doctor Fox, who entered the race on last Wednesday’s deadline, set out his diagnosis for revitalizing the organization.”If we want to keep the WTO relevant and vibrant our task is clear: update, strengthen and reform. We must ensure that global trade works for everyone,” he said. Topics :
In contrast to other countries the gender gap in pension income in the Netherlands has not shrunk during the past 30 years, according to the OECD.In its annual report Pension Markets in Focus, the organisation said the pension income received by women had consistently been 40% less that received by men. The gap was the same in Austria.Last year, the European Commission’s Pension Adequacy Report suggested that the difference was 45%, the largest bar Cyprus.However, the OECD noted that the outcome of surveys could vary due to the use of different sources of income data. The think tank found that the gender gap in Denmark had declined by 11 percentage points to around 10% since 1990, and that in the UK it had dropped by six percentage points. The pension income gap in Germany had decreased by eight percentage points to around 35%, whereas the difference in Italy had remained at around 30%, according to the OECD report.The OECD linked the large gender pension gap in the Netherlands to workplace pensions accounting for a large share of total pension income, with women entering the labour market late relative to other countries and there also being a pay gap.However, the organisation said it expected the difference in pension income to gradually decline over the coming decades due to a rising number of women receiving an occupational pension, a decreasing pay gap as well as men increasingly switching to part time jobs.It said the difference in accrued pension assets of the under-64 year-olds had already dropped to 25%.
Fugro has completed the first of three Malaysian seep hunting and geochemical campaigns for the provision of surface geochemical survey for domestic waters for Petronas. Fugro Equator; Source: Wikimedia; Author: Justin Baulch – under the CC BY 4.0 licenseAccording to Fugro’s statement on Friday, the first project, offshore Sabah, Malaysia, began on December 21, 2018, aboard the Fugro Equator vessel, which acquired geophysical data including multibeam echosounder (MBES) and sub-bottom profiler (SBP) data used to interpret geologic features and optimize target selection for geochemical sampling.Targeted coring operations and shipboard geochemical analyses started on January 6, 2019 aboard the Fugro Equinox vessel and was completed on March 20, 2019.Over 6,600 square kilometers of MBES data comprised of bathymetry, backscatter intensity, and water column, approximately 2245 line kilometers of SBP data and 281 geochemical cores were acquired. Shipboard geochemical results for headspace gas, total scanning fluorescence and extracted hydrocarbon gas chromatography (C15+) were carried out on more than 550 samples taken from acquired cores.Regarding the Sabah Project, Dr. Awang Sapawi Awang Jamil, Geochemist for Petronas stated, “The receipt of geochemical analyses from the vessel was very helpful in de-risking our area of interest and in accelerating our project timeline by allowing earlier identification of samples to be sent for advanced geochemical analyses.”The second seep hunting and geochemical campaign for Petronas began in May 2019 and is taking place offshore Sarawak, Malaysia whereas the third campaign will be focused off the Straits of Malacca, Malaysian peninsula in 4Q 2019.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.
Press Association Andy Carroll has revealed he is “absolutely devastated” that surgery on an injured ankle will see him miss the start of the season for the second year running. “Going under the knife tomorrow morning and absolutely devastated to be missing the start of the season!,” he tweeted on Thursday evening. The news will come as a major blow to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce as he looks to improve on the 13th placed Barclays Premier League finish in the last campaign. Allardyce had already identified the need to add extra firepower to his squad ahead of the new season before Carroll’s latest injury nightmare. Mauro Zarate is already on board and only a work permit application is keeping Ecuador’s World Cup star Enner Valencia from joining from Pachuca. But the 59-year-old may now go back into the transfer market for another forward, while questions will be asked as to whether Carroll can ever maintain a level of fitness for a prolonged period of time. Carroll had travelled with the squad for a pre-season tour of New Zealand but the club decided they would not risk him in either game, with reports now suggesting he could be out for up to four months. It would be a bitter pill to swallow for the former Newcastle and Liverpool man, who had spoken before his injury about the importance of keeping fit for the forthcoming campaign. “It’s a very important pre-season for me after I had a very bad season last year with injuries,” he said upon landing in New Zealand. “It’s important I stay fit and do everything right with the medical staff.” Without the injured Carroll in their side West Ham slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Wellington Phoenix in their first tour match – although Allardyce will be boosted by the fact Zarate scored a well-taken consolation. The Argentina forward will now compete with Carlton Cole for a starting role in Saturday’s friendly against Sydney FC, with the club hopeful that Valencia’s work permit will be issued by the time they return home. With Carroll likely to be out for some time, Allardyce may return to the transfer market for another forward to bolster his options ahead of a season-opening derby at home to Tottenham. The 25-year-old England international has featured just 16 times for West Ham since becoming the club’s record signing last summer and now faces more time on the sidelines with an ankle problem. A long-standing heel injury kept Carroll out until January and he scored just twice on his return. Now he will be absent once again.