Umphrey’s McGee continued their ongoing tour behind their 11th studio album, it’s not us, with a three-night stint at the unusually intimate (for them) Belly Up Aspen in Aspen, CO on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.Wednesday’s first frame started big with “Resolution” and continued to impress with a big mid-set “In The Kitchen” and a monster set-closing “Bridgeless” (video). Set two highlights included an opening “Phil’s Farm” featuring some Snoop Dogg teases, a top-notch “Booth Love” > “Nothing Too Fancy”, and more before a “Slacker” encore closed things down.Night two kicked off with “Mantis” (video) and “1348” followed by the first “Kabump” of 2018, which stretched to nearly 18 minutes in length and included a jam on The Roots‘ “The Next Movement”. After the “Half Delayed” that followed, Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger picked up acoustic guitars for “Gone For Good” and the it’s not us tune “You & You Alone”. Set two was packed with highlights, including a “Puppet String” jam that featured “Soul Food II” teases and found its way into “Yoga Pants” (featuring an extended “Drums” jam) and “Upward” before landing back in “Puppet String”. Other highlights included the enormous, 22+ minute “JaJunk” that closed the set and a cover of David Bowie‘s “Let’s Dance” that the band delivered for their encore.Finally, Umphrey’s McGee hit Belly Up for one final show on Friday night (video). After beginning with “North Route” and “Make It Right”, the band moved into a centerpiece “Draconian” that spanned more than 18 minutes in length. New tune “Whistle Kids” came next, followed by a big “Day Nurse” and a classic “Walletsworth”/”Bad Friday” combo to close the set. The final set was a mix of old and new, as it’s not us tune “It Doesn’t Matter”, 2015 semi-obscurity “Stinko’s Ascension”, and new heavy-hitter “The Silent Type” began the frame before favorites like “Wappy Sprayberry” and “Nothing Too Fancy” led into the big finish: The Who‘s “Baba O’Riley”.You can check out the setlists for each of the three shows and find the link to download the shows via UMLive below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Belly Up Aspen | Aspen, CO | 3/7/18Set One: Intro > Resolution, Room to Breathe, Looks, In The Kitchen > Cemetery Walk, BridgelessSet Two: Phil’s Farm, Booth Love > Nothing Too Fancy > Driven to Tears, Attachments, Remind MeEncore: Slacker unfinished with Gz and Hustlas (Snoop Dogg) teasesPurchase via UMLive: 03.07.2018, Belly Up, Aspen, COSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Belly Up Aspen | Aspen, CO | 3/8/18Set 1: Preamble > Mantis > 1348, Kabump, Half Delayed, Gone for Good, You & You Alone, Black Water, Speak UpSet 2: Dump City, Puppet String > Yoga Pants > Drums > Upward > Puppet String, Got Your Milk (Right Here) > Mantis, JaJunkEncore: Let’s Dance with The Next Movement (The Roots) jam with Brendan and Jake on acoustics with Soul Food II teasesNotes:with Everybody Wants You (Billy Squier) tease before Got Your Milk (Right Here)Purchase via UMLive: 03.08.2018, Belly Up, Aspen, COSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Belly Up Aspen | Aspen, CO | 3/9/18Set One: North Route > Make It Right, Draconian, Whistle Kids, Day Nurse, Walletsworth, Bad FridaySet Two: Doesn’t Matter, Stinko’s Ascension, The Silent Type, Mail Package, Wappy Sprayberry > Nothing Too Fancy, Baba O’RileyEncore: Much ObligedPurchase via UMLive: 03.09.2018, Belly Up, Aspen, CO
This year, I had the opportunity to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, which brought together over 3,000 leaders from business, government, international organizations, civil society, academia, media and the arts. I’ve attended the gathering in the past, and can say that this meeting was my favorite experience for a few reasons.First, the overarching sentiment of optimism among attendees was inspiring. There was a strong, positive feeling with regard to the economy, as well as the role that technology is playing – and will continue to play – in solving some of the world’s biggest problems.That said, it was recognized that technology alone can’t drive positive change; organizations across sectors and geographies must collaborate to realize the opportunities that technology presents. We’re all aware of how emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics is beginning to disrupt industries, economies and even day-to-day human interactions, as outlined in our recently released research on Realizing 2030. It’s going to take strong leadership and corporate commitment to shape a future that works for all, and it was clear that those in attendance agreed.This notion of collaborative partnership and collective responsibility was my second big observation, aligning with the conference theme of “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.” Throughout the week, actionable, measurable commitments were made by some of the largest corporations in the world in partnership with third party public sector organizations, particularly in the areas of sustainability and the circular economy. A great example was the unveiling of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), a public-private collaboration co-chaired by the CEO of Philips, and the heads of the Global Environment Facility and UN Environment.Dell Technologies was part of this coalition of forward-thinking leaders that pledged to accelerate the implementation of the circular economy. The principles of a circular economy, which seeks to design out inefficiencies and turn “waste” into a valuable resource, have long been employed by Dell as a key strategy to meet our Legacy of Good 2020 goals; most recently through our programs including ocean plastics and closed-loop gold. In the pledge that was announced at WEF, we committed to closing the loop on all used Dell equipment, including capital equipment that becomes available to us, by 2020.My third observation was with regard to the amount of open, honest discussion around diversity, gender and race. It was clear that every company sees diversity as a business imperative, but many are struggling with how to foster environments of inclusion, including managing negative sentiment such as aggression, bullying and tone. There isn’t a simple, one-size fits all solution to ensuring equality in the workplace and society, especially when you apply a global lens to the challenges various groups face across geographies. To make progress, the general consensus was that companies really need to examine their cultures and address issues head-on through strong leadership commitment and example – something I’ve always believed in very strongly. One of the ways we’ve approached this at Dell Technologies is through our early and strong participation in Catalyst’s Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) initiative, which aims to create a more inclusive workplace by engaging leaders in candid conversations about the role of gender in the workplace as well as topics such as unconscious bias.“I was so glad to hear that the Dell Technologies value proposition and strategy is resonating.ShareLast but not least, a real highlight of WEF was my engagement with our customers who also attended the conference. Throughout our conversations, I was so glad to hear that the Dell Technologies value proposition and strategy is resonating. We had a shared excitement of all the opportunity ahead to realize the digital future and drive positive change.While I walked away from Davos inspired and energized, there were also a few areas that have stayed with me. Areas where, as a global community, we need to invest more time, resources and expertise. One is with regard to the refugee crisis. I had the opportunity to participate in a simulated session called “A Day in the Life of a Refugee,” which was incredibly eye-opening to me personally, educating me on the magnitude of the opportunity we have for change. This crisis, which counts an unacceptable 65+ million men, women and children, represents a devastating loss of human life and potential.The second is around equality for women in society and the workplace, which I alluded to above within the broader conversation of diversity and inclusion. While the conference sent a strong message by having an all-female co-chair team this year, the crowd was still largely male-dominated, which our customers even noticed and flagged in our discussions. This is a reflection of the need for more women in leadership positions – across the private and public sectors, as well as government.I opened this blog discussing the amazing potential for technology to reshape economies, industries and lives. I’ll close with the notion that with great opportunity comes great responsibility. As the “Fourth Revolution” is upon us, we must anticipate what digital transformation means for labor forces of all ages and skill sets. We must be prepared to reskill the workforce for the digital economy, while at the same time encouraging the next generation to explore careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math). By remaining accountable and collaborative, optimistic and forward-thinking, I believe we will be able to capitalize on the tremendous opportunity that technology – and Dell Technologies – can bring to the world to advance human progress.
Directed by Scott Elliot, Intimacy takes an eye-opening journey with three families in a well-manicured, multi-racial American town. When secrets and sexual desires suddenly explode, pleasant neighborly relations take same shocking and transformative turns. Intimacy explicitly explores what goes on behind closed doors, between the sheets and sometimes even in front of the camera. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 8, 2014 The world premiere of The New Group’s Intimacy begins performances on January 14. Written by Thomas Bradshaw, the play stars Daniel Gerroll and is set to open January 29. Intimacy will play a limited engagement at Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre through March 8. Joining Gerroll, the rest of the cast includes Laura Esterman, Keith Randolph Smith, David Anzuelo, Austin Cauldwell, Ella Dershowitz and Dea Julien. The production includes set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Scott Elliott, lighting design by Russell H. Champa, sound design by Shane Rettig and video design by Olivia Sebesky. The associate costume designer is Kristine Koury. Intimacy Related Shows View Comments
Georgia saw a soggy June, with almost all counties receiving more rain than normal and a few cities seeing record-breaking amounts. Although the exact state average rainfall is still being calculated, it appears that this was the wettest June since 2005, when the state average was almost eight inches of precipitation. However, it is unlikely that this June will surpass the all-time June record of 9.34 inches set in 1900. The abundant rainfall helped small grains and forage growth, but impeded late planting and harvesting of wheat and hay. Diseases and pests driven by the wet conditions were observed in many areas of the state. Areas that received the most rain during June are expected to be more susceptible to flash flooding in July due to the widespread saturated soil conditions that prevent rainwater from soaking into the ground. Both Macon and Augusta had their highest total rainfall for June in 2013. In Macon, the rainfall of 12.25 inches washed out the old record of 9.91 inches set in 1923. Macon’s normal rainfall for June is about 4 inches. The city had the highest monthly rainfall totals in the state for the month of June, as reported by a National Weather Service station. In Augusta the rainfall of 10.83 inches dripped past the old record of 10.59 inches set in 2004. Atlanta had the fourth wettest June on record, Columbus the eighth wettest and Athens the 10th wettest for each of their periods of record. In Atlanta the rainfall of 4.14 inches observed on June 5 set a new record for a single-day rainfall in the month of June since records began in 1878. The previous record was 3.78 inches, measured on June 18, 1991. Daily rainfall records were also set in Columbus, Macon and Brunswick last month. In Columbus an observed rainfall of 1.11 inches on June 10 surpassed the old record of 0.98 inches for the same date, set in 1981. In Macon an observation of 1.63 inches on June 23 beat the old record of 1.29 inches from 1928. In Brunswick a rainfall of 1.95 inches on June 23 broke the old record of 1.04 inches set in 1956. The lowest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was in Columbus at 7.32 inches (3.6 inches above normal). Atlanta received 9.57 inches (5.62 above normal), Athens received 8.21 inches (4.03 above normal), Brunswick received 8.31 inches (3.47 above normal), Alma received 7.78 inches (2.4 above normal), Savannah received 8.28 inches (2.33 above normal) and Augusta received 10.83 inches (6.11 above normal). The highest amount of rainfall measured on a single-day by Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network observers was 5.31 inches near Martinez in Columbia County on June 6. An observer near Athens in Clarke County reported 4.46 inches on June 6. The highest monthly total rainfall was 15.47 inches, observed by the Martinez observer, followed by 15.34 inches measured near Watkinsville in Oconee County. In spite of rains across the state, some abnormally dry conditions were found in the far southwestern part of the state at the end of the month due to short-term dryness. Persistent cloud cover associated with the rain kept temperatures slightly below normal in most of the state. In Atlanta the monthly average temperature was 77.5 degrees F (0.2 degrees above normal). The monthly average temperature in Athens was 76.9 degrees (0.6 below normal), Columbus was 80.1 degrees (0.3 above normal), Macon was 77.9 degrees (1.0 below normal), Savannah was 80.3 degrees (0.5 above normal), Brunswick was 81.2 degrees (0.9 above normal), Alma was 80 degrees (0.3 above normal) and Augusta was 77.8 degrees (0.8 below normal). No temperature records were set in June in Georgia. Severe weather was reported on 20 days in June, which was mostly wind damage and small, scattered hail. The storms caused an estimated $50 million in insured losses and left 160,000 Georgia Power customers without service. Several people were injured by falling trees. Two EF-1 tornadoes were observed on June 13 in northmetro Atlanta. Both tornadoes moved in an unusual northwest to southeast track along a squall line ahead of a strong cold front, which moved through the area on the evening of June 13. This marks the end of the longest stretch of years since 1950 with no June tornadoes. Details can be found at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/?n=june13_2013.
Sustaining agriculture’s future through conservation practices will be the focus of an upcoming workshop in Lyons, Ga. on Thursday, Feb. 13.The Conservation Tillage Production Systems Training Conference/Workshop will be held at the University of Georgia Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center. The workshop is designed to educate farmers on the potential benefits conservation tillage can bring to their day-to-day operations.“Conservation tillage practices have become increasingly popular by farmers over the last 20 years. A lot of farmers use conservation practices, to some extent,” said Chris Tyson, the UGA Extension agent in Tattnall County. “I’d say more and more people are doing some type of conservation practice. They may just be running a strip-till rig through winter weeds that they kill off, or they may be planting a cover crop like a wheat cover crop. Or they may be using something like a heavy rye cover crop.”Tyson will lead inside and outside field day demonstrations at the fourteenth annual event. “What we’re doing at this year’s workshop is focusing more on back to basics; very basic stuff in conservation tillage. Why are they important? Why it’s important to conserve water or prevent erosion?”Farmers will see a rye crop planted adjacent to the Vidalia Onion Research Lab where the conference will be held. Tyson will point out the process used in growing the rye and explain the benefits.UGA Extension faculty members will discuss various conservation practices. Gary Hawkins, a UGA Extension water resource specialist, will cover how to conserve soil and water resources. In his study of conservation tillage, (caes.uga.edu/topics/sustainag/contillage), Hawkins describes the technique as a process of preparing land for crops with the focus of enhancing aspects of a healthy soil. One way this is done is by planting a row crop, like rye, during the winter months. The rye is planted but killed prior to planting cotton. As a result, limited tillage is needed during cotton planting. This reduces the amount of disturbed soil. If this process is repeated every year, residue left from the winter cover crops builds the soil’s organic matter, reduces erosion and runoff and improves soil quality and water quality. For a list of the system’s benefits, see caes.uga.edu/topics/sustainag/contillage/benefits.UGA Extension weed specialist Stanley Culpepper will discuss weed management issues and UGA Extension ag economist Amanda Smith will focus on the economics of conservation systems.“From an economic standpoint, conservation tillage farmers make fewer trips across the field because they’re not having to disc or plow the soil. So there’s a savings from the standpoint of machinery and equipment with lower fuel, labor and repair costs as well as time,” Smith said. “Some farmers have found that if they use conservation tillage practices, they can actually expand their acres. They’re spending the same amount of time in the fields, but farming more acres.”Yields from conservation tillage compare to those from conventional tillage, she said. However, farmers who practice conservation tillage enjoy non-monetary benefits that result from limited tillage of farmland.The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. with registration and welcome and conclude at 2 p.m. Registration is free, but interested participants are asked to register at ugatiftonconference.org/calendar.
CONYERS – The University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI), supported by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, has teamed up with local law enforcement, public health officials, non-profit organizations, and other advocates to form the Child Passenger Safety Misuse Task Force. The task force aims to combat traffic-related childhood injuries through a high-visibility information campaign that addresses improperly restrained children. The campaign will be followed by focused law enforcement, when citations may be issued for misuse. Parents and caregivers in Rockdale County have free access to a number of local organizations that teach correct installation and use of car seats before the March enforcement begins.When used properly, car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Car seat, booster seat, and seat belt misuse rates vary from 74 percent to 90 percent, according to NHTSA.“Car crashes are a leading killer of young children,” said Don Bower, GTIPI project director. “Parents want to transport their kids safely, but car seats and belt systems can be complicated. A quick check can identify and correct some serious misuse.”Parents and caregivers seeking education from a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) should refer to the following agencies:Conyers Police Department, 770-483-6600, by appointmentRockdale County Fire and Rescue, 770-278-8422, by appointmentGeorgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, 678-413-4281, by appointmentSafe Seats 4 Kids—Newton Medical Center, 770-385-4396, contact Missy BradenRockdale County Health Department, 770-785-4345, monthly classes offered for families demonstrating financial need During the checkup, a CPST will fill out a checklist addressing selection, position, installation, harnessing, expiration, and potential recalls for the car seat. This one-to-one education typically takes 20-30 minutes and will help ensure the caregiver is comfortable using the seat correctly.For more information about child passenger safety, visit www.safercar.gov/parents. To learn the specifics of Georgia’s child restraint law, check www.ridesafegeorgia.org or www.gahighwaysafety.org.
By Iris Amador/Diálogo September 28, 2017 Way to go guys Not even two hours had passed since a 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico on September 19th, when the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, extended an offer of assistance to the Mexican government and its people. “Honduras is making 36 members of the Katrachos USAR [Urban Search and Rescue] available to provide assistance to our Mexican brothers and sisters,” the president announced. The next day, a contingent of 39 Honduran rescuers departed from Hernán Acosta Mejía Air Force Base in Tegucigalpa, headed for Mexico City. The delegation was made up of members of the Honduran Standing Committee on Contingencies (COPECO, per its Spanish acronym), Firefighter Corps, and Military Police, all specialists in providing assistance in these kinds of disasters. “Honduras is sending Mexico a highly trained, multidisciplinary team with vast experience; a team that is capable, agile, and self-sufficient in its work and in its stays abroad, given that the objective is to aid that nation and not represent any burden to it,” Lisandro Rosales, the national commissioner of COPECO, told Diálogo. “The group was ready to leave on the same day of the earthquake, with all of the logistics needed for the difficult but proud work of aiding our Mexican brothers and sisters.” The Honduran team took sensors, video cameras, and high-frequency microphones, to use them where there might be signs of survivors. They packed picks, shovels, saws, generators, and satellite phones, as well as first-aid supplies, field tents, water, and all of the provisions necessary for a one-week stay in Mexico, but ready to stay longer if the Mexican authorities needed them to. Urban rescuers “We’re going out for seven days, but the mission can be extended if Mexico considers it necessary,” General Jaime Omar Silva, the commander of the Firefighter Corps and the chief of the humanitarian brigade, told Diálogo. “The first 72 hours are golden for getting people out alive, and we’re going to assist them as much as we can.” Katrachos USAR personnel are certified to carry out search-and-rescue operations in collapsed structures and in confined spaces. This group includes engineers who are specialized in assessing structures, medical personnel, electronic search experts, and dangerous materials specialists, who regularly train together with homologouspartner nation fire brigades and military specialists during internationalexercises such as CENTAM SMOKE. Members of the canine battalion complemented the team. It was their first time abroad for Taco, a German Shepherd, and Capitán, a Belgian Sheepdog, who were trained to detect buried persons. “The dogs can find people dead or alive,” an emotional Juan José Flores, of the Military Police, told Diálogo as he held one of the dogs by its leash. “Our hope, of course, is to find them in time.” “There are always pockets of life in these disasters,” Gustavo Bonilla, an officer in COPECO’s Urgent Rescue Unit and part of the team that Honduras sent to Haiti in 2010, stated. “We’re going to search those spaces between the rubble where someone still might be able to survive.” At the epicenter Once in Mexico, the Honduran contingent divided up to work simultaneously in Zacatepec and in Jojutla, in the state of Morelos. The latter is a town of approximately 57,000 residents to the south of Mexico City that suffered huge devastation due to being located some 12 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake. They worked at the same time in both municipalities, under the direction of the local authorities. The teams managed to rescue three older adults alive and they recovered the body of a 25-year-old woman from among the rubble of what had been a market where local residents had told them there was no one. “In communities across the state, the aid given by the Honduran team was the first they had received in the hours following the earthquake,” Sergio Ramírez, the commander of the Morelos Fire Department, stated. “The canine teams were essential for ruling out the presence of victims in those places.” The Katrachos distributed packages of essential supplies and carried out damage assessments to determine the safety of the buildings and recommend whether they could be restored or needed to be demolished and rebuilt. The Honduran group was in Morelos when the heavy aftershocks hit on September 23rd. They were at the stadium and they had to evacuate. “But it was worth the effort. For us, it was worthwhile being there at the right time to help,” rescuer Gustavo Bonilla told Diálogo. The gratitude of the people of Morelos was immediate. They approached the Katrachos to give them gifts of cake, water, and fruit. “When we drove by in our cars, they shouted to us from the street: ‘Thanks, Honduras, we carry you in our heart!’” Bonilla recounted. Present and attentive “We had to show our solidarity,” Commissioner Rosales said near the end of the mission. “We’re left with the satisfaction of having come through for Mexico on the responsibility we had as Latin Americans”, he added, stressing the support the Aztec nation gave after Hurricane Mitch [October 1998] severely battered Honduras. Back in Mexico City, the Katrachos USAR had the opportunity to meet with Mexican Secretary of State Luis Videgaray, who went out to their camp to bid them farewell. “This has been—and is—an extraordinarily hard and very painful and very difficult moment for the Mexican people. The Honduran people are friends who made themselves present here immediately and effectively,” Secretary Videgaray said. “Many thanks to President Hernández, who has been present and looking out for us from the first moment. Thanks to this great team that is in Mexico today. We are very grateful. Thanks for bringing us your capacity, thanks for bringing us your experience, at difficult times like this; but above all, thanks for bringing us hope.”
CUNA came into 2018 with a bold, new advocacy agenda and saw historic victories this year as a result of unparalleled engagement and 360-degree advocacy. Execution of this agenda in the legislative, regulatory and judicial arenas helped ensured credit unions and their members are well-positioned going into 2019, said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan.“The CUNA/league system delivered historic victories for the credit union system in 2018, hard-fought wins that helped us meet the goal we set at the beginning of the year: to revolutionize the operating environment for credit unions,” Donovan said. “It’s because of our 360-degree advocacy, exploring opportunities from every angle, that our 2018 saw us remove regulatory barriers, expand credit union powers and protect the credit union tax status. We’re excited with the momentum we’ve got, and with continued support from our leagues, credit unions and members, we’ve got high hoped headed into 2019.”Victories CUNA and state credit union leagues helped achieve in 2018 include:Removing Regulatory BarriersCongress enacted and President Donald Trump signed into law the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155), which included several credit union priorities, including important Dodd-Frank amendments, a charter enhancement provision to allow more member business lending, a provision that requires NCUA to hold an annual budget hearing and a provision that protects credit union officials that report suspected elder financial abuse; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Sweden’s AP7 pension fund, which manages the default option within the state Premium Pension System, has launched a search for external managers to run up to SEK20bn (€1.9bn) of active alpha managed assets.In an EU tender notice, the fund — which currently has a total of SEK423bn of pension assets in its equity and bond funds — said it foresaw creating between six and 10 mandates.The pension fund said: “The objective of the tender is to render discretionary asset management services for active alpha management.”AP7 has been preparing for this tender for almost a year, with the new mandates part of the diversification effort that has been happening in the equity fund since 2017, as CIO Ingrid Albinsson told IPE back in February. The tender is divided into five lots including four for long-short equities management.The equities mandates cover four regions: US, Europe, Japan and global/multi-region.The fifth lot is for currency management, according to the EU tender notice.AP7 said it only envisaged inviting between one and three candidates for each of the five lots.The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 26 December at 5pm Swedish time. The procurement process is being run by the Swiss firm PPCmetrics.The mandates will last for 36 months, after which there will be the option of two extensions of two years each, according to the notice.AP7 said all information about the tender was provided in the procurement guidelines, and instructions as to how to request the documents were on its website.