Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir kicked off his brief, country-spanning “Campfire Tour” last Friday, and stopped at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA for a great performance last night. Weir recently released Blue Mountain, his first full batch of solo songwriting in over 30 years. The album itself paints a beautiful picture of cowboy living, but the music truly comes to life witnessing Weir with a guitar in hand.At times Weir would play by himself, at others he would perform with his newly-arranged ensemble that includes Steve Kimock, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, Jon Shaw and Josh Kaufman. While the show focused on the music of Blue Mountain, there were plenty of treats for Weir’s longtime fans. He even opened the show with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” and included “Big River,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Bird Song,” “Cassidy,” “Ship Of Fools,” “Standing On The Moon” and “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” throughout the performance. The encore saw Weir and his band play “Ki-Yi Bossie” and “Peggy-O,” closing out the night with the emotional two-song pairing.Thanks to YouTube user gridlifeTV, we can watch a handful of videos from the performance, including the great 14-minute version of “Bird Song”. Tune in below and enjoy.GonesvilleBird SongKi-Yi BossieThe full setlist can be seen below. [Photo courtesy of mattbusch28 // Instagram]
Although they may seem disparate at first glance, crises like the Catholic Church clergy sex-abuse scandal, investor Bernie Madoff’s multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme, and the 2008 global financial meltdown all have at least one commonality: For years, some very smart people failed to notice or act on critical information that could have limited the damage.More recently, executives at the Veterans Administration and General Motors have been criticized for failing to see and cure corrupt organizational cultures that led to accusations of criminal harm done to patients and consumers by negligent employees.So why didn’t the leaders of these organizations, or others in similar straits, identify key problems and act before things turned catastrophic?“They don’t want to see, they can’t see, the organization isn’t designed to see, and there’s other people who are doing their best to keep us from seeing,” said Max Bazerman, the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and co-director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership,Social scientists have long identified our tendency to overlook bad news when it suits us as “motivated blindness,” a term that refers to a systemic failure to notice unethical behavior in others when it’s not in our interest to do so. The condition affects virtually everyone. Even leaders who have gained tremendous success through focus and application in one arena sometimes lack the self-awareness to routinely question whether information on which they’re basing decisions is reliable.“Research in the field of behavioral ethics has found that when we have a vested self-interest in a situation, we have difficulty approaching that situation without bias, no matter how well-calibrated we believe our moral compass to be. We want to think the best of our kids and spouses and we’re disinclined to speak against those with influence in our offices and occupations,” Bazerman writes in his latest book, “The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See.”Even with his expertise in behavioral psychology, Bazerman only recently realized that his own noticing skills were “truly terrible.” Hired a few years ago as an expert witness for the Department of Justice in what was to be the largest-ever lawsuit against the tobacco industry, Bazerman says that just before he was due to testify, he felt pressured by the government to water down written testimony he had submitted to the court in which he recommended structural changes to the tobacco industry.While the request seemed odd and vaguely unsettled him, Bazerman, distracted by other stresses and uncertain whether the request was corrupt, didn’t act on those feelings at the time. It wasn’t until six weeks later, after reading that another expert in the case said that he too had been pressured to alter his testimony, that he realized he had failed to notice that the gravity of the situation ― possible witness tampering ― had called for decisive action.“We see something that we don’t quite know what to make out of it, we don’t know how to interpret it, we’re already very busy, we don’t think that we would actually be happier if we learned some bad news and we just don’t learn more,” he said about why people tend to brush off difficult information. “So the question is, did I not notice or did I notice and not act? I think that the answer’s often somewhere in the middle.”The failure to anticipate and then head off what Bazerman calls “predictable surprises” until after trouble has reared its head, as demonstrated by the U.S. airline security breakdown of 9/11 or the New Orleans levee failures during Hurricane Katrina, often stems from a mix of cognitive, organizational, and political causes. A leader may be overconfident in his or her ability to understand and fix a problem, or deliberately ignore warning signs because of financial or political expediency.One way leaders can overcome a tendency to miss critical clues, Bazerman said, is developing a “noticing mindset,” frequently asking themselves and others inside and outside their organizations, “What are the critical threats and challenges that we’re ignoring?” Another is designing internal systems, such as auditing or human resources or sales, to deliver the most useful and accurate data.“I think lots of organizations make the mistake of hiring a McKinsey or a Bain or a [Boston Consulting Group] and they keep on hiring the same old people over time,” he said. “If you’re going to use outside consultants, don’t allow them to become insiders. One of the things you want from them is to be outsiders, so after a fairly limited amount of time … there may be some wisdom of getting rid of them and bringing in a different consultant for the next project so that you maintain that fresh outlook or perspective.”
OXFORD, England — “Studying at a place that has been around since before the Black Death is humbling and awe-inspiring,” said Alexander Diaz ’14.A Rhodes Scholar from 2014–15, Diaz was intrigued by the University of Oxford, where some buildings go back more than 300 years before Harvard was founded. Diaz was captivated by meandering through the grassy meadows of Magdalen College, where J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis once strolled. He even visited the bench where many claim Tolkien sat when saw the two tall buildings that inspired his book “The Two Towers.”“Oxford is full of wonderful treasures like that,” he said.A recent trip to the world’s oldest English-speaking University revealed similar enthusiasm among current Rhodes Scholars from Harvard. A new U.S. Rhodes Scholar class will be announced on Saturday (Nov. 18).The photo of the two twin towers, framed through the darken archway, is All Souls College.“It was really magical,” said Garrett Lam ’16 of one of his first nights at Oxford, when he and a friend found themselves on the grounds of Magdalen, one of 38 constituent colleges at Oxford, feeding chestnuts out of their hands to a herd of deer.Seated on a bench in the well-manicured, walled-in garden of the Rhodes House, the headquarters of the scholarship program, Lam said that Oxford is fascinating for having so many unusual spaces, from Gothic colleges to ornate dining halls to fields where deer laze. “Living at Magdalen College last year, I would open my door every morning, and there were 50 deer grazing on the grassland. It was a wonderful way to begin a day.”Hassaan Shahawy ’16 believes the different pace at Oxford allows more time for soul-searching and late-night talks. He stands in the quad of his college, Pembroke, which was founded in 1624.For Hassaan Shahawy ’16, the scenic wonders are also the perfect backdrop for engrossing discussions. Studying for a D.Phil. in Islamic studies, Shahawy remembered stimulating talks with students while strolling along the Thames on sunny days, while rowboats glided down the gently winding river. He believes that compelling conversations can come easier at Oxford than at Harvard, where the academic pace is more bustling.Enjoying dinner in a teeming downtown Lebanese deli where animated conversation swirled, Shahawy said that while half-hour discussions seemed long in a Harvard dining hall, at Oxford 90-minute talks are common. “My conversations in Oxford have given me the opportunity to really get to understand one person, to understand where they come from, what they think, and why they think that way.”All Souls College provides one of the University of Oxford’s more iconic views.Shahawy said this might be because in many colleges in the U.S. a student’s time is regulated by weekly assignments, frequent exams, and strict reading obligations. At Oxford, he said, the academics are looser: Term papers are not formally graded, and deadlines are rarely enforced. Additionally, final exams are held at the end of a program, which for some students could be at the conclusion of two years of study.Consequently, Shahawy said, Oxford allows more time for soul-searching, late-night talks. He remembers one dinner conversation with fellow Rhodes scholars that posited: Would you rather live forever or die tomorrow? Shahawy said four people said that they would like to live forever, but the other half argued that they would rather die tomorrow because only mortality gives life meaning and value.Grace Huckins ’16 focuses on a combination of neuroscience and women’s studies. Huckins is on famous Turl Street, where some of Oxford’s oldest colleges, including Jesus College and Exeter College, are located.Asked how he answered, Shahawy laughed. “I don’t really remember,” he said, scratching his beard and taking another bite of eggplant. “I think I kind of came out in the middle, but I do know that I enjoyed the conservation — and it wasn’t the only time we had it.”Grace Huckins ’16, focusing on neuroscience and women’s studies, recalled interesting conversations at Oxford, but added that she has also been moved by the important thinkers and shakers who taught or studied there in the past, like Erwin Schrödinger, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and fellow at Magdalen College in the 1930s. “Having studied physics and admired Schrödinger’s work, I was overwhelmed by the idea that he might have sat and ate in my same college dining hall.”Oxford provides many avenues of interest for Harvard Rhodes Scholars, including the historic and picturesque cobbled Merton Street.A fan of Tolkien’s books since childhood, Huckins said she was also awed when she visited the room in the famed Eagle and Child pub, where Tolkien and Lewis met regularly with fellow writers to give each other feedback on their work starting in the 1930s.“Having experienced something like that, it can’t help but show you what your own
[UPDATE 6/25/18]Congratulations to the finalists!We are pleased to announce our two finalists for the first-ever Dell EMC AI Challenge:Cognitive Scale – AI-based Patient Scheduling AdvisorUniversity of Florida – A Heterogeneous Computing System POC for High Energy PhysicsWe are very excited for them and wish them the very best as they leverage the powerful HPC cluster to showcase their innovative ideas.The winner of the Dell EMC AI Challenge will be announced on November 12 at Super Computing 2018.Itching to solve a technical or business problem using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies like machine learning and deep learning? The Dell EMC AI Challenge is your chance to get noticed—and maybe even get your innovation off the ground through the Dell EMC Global Solution Center.Abstracts and proposals will be accepted through May 31, 2018, and will be reviewed according to the following three criteria:Most innovative use of AI technologyBiggest economic or social impactHighest potential for commercializationAfter careful consideration by a panel of experts—including Michael Jones, senior director of Strategy at Halliburton; Matt Hall, CEO & founder of Agile Scientific; and Matt Grover, principal technical architect at Walmart—five finalists will be selected between June 24 and June 26, 2018. All five finalists will receive exclusive remote access to a Dell EMC HPC and AI Innovation Lab cluster, powered by a Dell EMC PowerEdge servers that include C4140, to prove out their ideas.At the end of September each of the five finalists will complete their testing and prepare a presentation for the judges describing their hypothesis, results achieved, what they learned and what the next steps are. Following a final round of judging, two awards will be made on November 12 at SC18 https://sc18.supercomputing.org/.The Dell EMC AI Innovation Award will go the entry that demonstrated the highest overall levels of innovation, economic or social impact and commercial potential. The winner will receive 200K core-hour access to a Dell EMC Top 500 Supercomputer and a guest blog on the Dell EMC HPC website, in addition to a spotlight in Dell EMC’s booth at the SC Conference.The Global Industries AI Innovation Award will go to the entry that demonstrates the highest commercial potential in one of Dell EMC’s six global industries—energy, healthcare, video surveillance, automotive, financial services, and manufacturing. The winner of this award will receive a route to commercialization and/or joint go-to-market plan developed jointly with the Dell EMC Global Industries Group, access to Dell EMC Labs for solution testing and validation and will be a featured solution at a relevant industry conference or event.To enter and get more information about the Dell EMC AI Challenge, please visit www.InsideHPC.com/AIChallengeWe’re looking forward to helping you bring your innovative ideas one step closer to reality.NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Contest ends 5/31/18. For Official Rules and prize descriptions visit www.InsideHPC.com/AIChallenge.Sponsor: Dell Marketing, L.P., One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682.
Pipette, check. Lab coat, check. A sense of scientific curiosity, double check.It’s not your typical gear list for summer camp, but it covers just what Georgia high school students needed while they participated in this summer’s University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Young Scholars Program.For almost three decades, the CAES Young Scholars Program has paired the college’s researchers with high school students to foster students’ love of science and introduce them to the breadth of study that forms the foundation of agriculture, Georgia’s largest industry.During the Young Scholars Program, students are paid to work as research assistants in laboratories across the college to complete real research projects alongside their faculty mentors.This year’s 59 Young Scholars represent more than 35 high schools from across the state.“Each year, we are pleased with the level of research students are able to accomplish in six weeks,” said Victoria David, director of the CAES Office of Diversity Affairs. “Many Young Scholars alumni who got their initial exposure to science in this program currently work in labs across this campus and in industry.”The students worked in some of the most advanced laboratories on UGA’s Griffin, Tifton and Athens campuses during the six-week program. They assisted in actual research projects led by UGA faculty and, at the end of the program, they presented their findings in a research symposium. Some students may be listed as co-authors on these studies when they are published in academic journals, which is rare for students who have not completed high school.Twelve graduating Young Scholars will have the opportunity to continue their research work when they attend CAES in fall 2018.Doug Bailey, CAES assistant dean for academic affairs, urged all of the Young Scholars gathered for the program’s closing ceremony on July 13 to consider careers in science and to consider starting those careers at CAES.“I hope, again, that you take away the value of science and that science can be fun and so interesting,” Bailey said. “My parting words would be to never stop learning. Keep that energy and enthusiasm that you’ve showed these last six weeks, and you’re just going to have a blast in life.”Promoting science for 29 yearsThe Young Scholars Program began at UGA-Griffin in 1989. The program was originally intended to provide a collegiate experience to students who were not planning to attend college.Since then, the program has expanded to include scientists at UGA-Athens and UGA-Tifton. Students selected for the program are truly ready to engage in real-world research. They are matched to projects of potential interest.Because of this experience, many Young Scholars continue their research careers while attending UGA as students through the college’s undergraduate research program.For more information about the program, visit www.ysp.caes.uga.edu or email David at firstname.lastname@example.org.The application period for next year’s program will run from October 2018 to January 2019.This year’s Young Scholars:UGA-AthensRobert Anderson, North Oconee High SchoolWalter Avila, Cedar Shoals High SchoolSamantha Ayoub, Jefferson High SchoolCatrina Chamberlain, Woodland High SchoolKasey Daniels, Druid Hills High SchoolMakenzie Driggers, Effingham County High SchoolKristen Dunning, North Paulding High SchoolCole Ehlers, Clarke Central High SchoolKorbin Fears, North Springs Charter SchoolMikayla Frierson, Buford High SchoolMegan Groomes, Collins Hill High SchoolSong Khaing, Cedar Shoals High SchoolMatthew Li, Adlai E. Stevenson High SchoolMarin Lonnee, Oconee County High SchoolBen Mathis, Oglethorpe County High SchoolHaley McMillan, Archer High SchoolAdonis Merritt, Alcovy High SchoolAmi Patel, Dutchtown High SchoolPaul Paterson, North Oconee High SchoolSabar Prasad, North Oconee High SchoolAndres Reyes, North Oconee High SchoolJenny Sanchez, Cedar Shoals High SchoolZaharia Selman, Rockdale Magnet SchoolJordan Shepard, Dutchtown High SchoolPaige Walcott, Prince Avenue Christian SchoolMadison Walker, Grayson High SchoolSkyler Walker-Harris, Ronald E. McNair High SchoolCatherine Wang, Cedar Shoals High SchoolUGA-GriffinWilliam Anong, Starr’s Mill High SchoolSamuel Cross, St. George’s Episcopal SchoolJoshua Duffey, Locust Grove High SchoolAustin Duncan, Whitewater High SchoolTamara English, Dutchtown High SchoolMary Grace Johnson, Flint River AcademyMaddox Jordan, Spalding High SchoolTaaseen Khan, The Heritage SchoolYuheon Lee, McIntosh High SchoolLauren Moyer, Dutchtown High SchoolSheilendria Rawls, Spalding High SchoolMeghan Rogers, CrossPointe Christian AcademyJolie Ryff, Whitewater High SchoolEmily Shi, McIntosh High SchoolMartha Sikora, Spalding High SchoolSarah Smyly, Spalding High SchoolMelanie Wagner, Whitewater High SchoolRobert Wall, Strong Rock Christian SchoolDean Watson, Locust Grove High SchoolCaroline Zhang, McIntosh High
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Cardholders will get higher interest rates on any outstanding balances, if their FIs choose to increase their rates.FIs may have to pay more when borrowing money to support growth.The Government is impacted by any resulting economic changes such as slowdowns in spending or housing growth.The Economy may dictate future rate changes based on how it responds to current rate changes. continue reading » In mid-December last year, the Federal Reserve raised its Prime Rate from 3.25 percent to 3.5 percent. This was a widely anticipated change many financial institutions (FIs) have already responded to by raising their own interest rates.Consumers and FIs alike can expect to hear more from the Fed in 2016. Already, the Fed is gearing up for additional Prime Rate increases, citing continued economic growth as a catalyst. Some analysts predict as many as four federal rate changes this year. In order to effectively respond to these changes, FIs should know, understand and remember the following six things:Who is affected by Prime Rate increases?
– Advertisement – The How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days star explained the origin of the remark in a 2011 interview with George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. He was not even supposed to work the night he filmed the iconic scene, but director Richard Linklater put him in at the last minute, forcing McConaughey to ad-lib.“I’m nervous. First scene ever on film,” he recalled during the sit-down. “Right before we’re about to shoot, I’ve got friends in the car. I’m going, ‘All right.’ I’ve been listening to this live Doors album, and in between two of the songs, [Jim] Morrison goes, ‘All right, all right, all right, all right.’”Rory Cochrane and Matthew McConaughey in ‘Dazed and Confused.’ Universal/Gramercy/Kobal/ShutterstockMcConaughey used the recording as motivation for his character’s development. “So right before we’re about to go, I’m like, ‘What is Wooderson about? What’s he about?’ And I go, ‘Man, he’s about four things. He’s about his car, he’s about getting high, he’s about rock ‘n’ roll and picking up chicks,’” he detailed. “I go, ‘I’m in my car, I’m high as a kite, I’m listening to rock ‘n’ roll.’ ‘Action.’ ‘And there’s the chick. All right, all right, all right.’ Three out of four.”- Advertisement – He wouldn’t be Matthew McConaughey without a little “all right.” The actor is proud of his catchphrase decades after he first uttered the words on the big screen.McConaughey, 51, made the phrase “all right, all right, all right” famous when he starred as David Wooderson in the 1993 film Dazed and Confused. Since then, the Oscar winner has used the fan favorite line during acceptance speeches at major awards shows and in interviews here and there.Matthew McConaughey attends the ‘Serenity’ film premiere on January 23, 2019 in New York City. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock- Advertisement – The Serenity star admitted in a 2018 interview with Men’s Journal that the line never gets old. “Look, ‘all right, all right, all right’ has become a national sort of moniker,” he said at the time. “People say it all the time, and they want me to say it. I’ve got no trouble giving it back to them. For me, it’s original and genuine because they’re the first three words I ever said in a job that I got, that hell, I didn’t know if it was gonna be a hobby. It could have been my only gig. It ended up being a career.”Watch the video above to relive McConaughey’s best deliveries of his catchphrase!Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!- Advertisement –
The shuttering of the US economy due to the coronavirus pandemic is a shock of historic proportions that will likely push the national unemployment rate to 16% or higher this month and require more stimulus to ensure a strong rebound, a White House economic adviser said on Sunday.”It’s a really grave situation,” President Donald Trump’s adviser, Kevin Hassett, told the ABC program “This Week.””This is the biggest negative shock that our economy, I think, has ever seen. We’re going to be looking at an unemployment rate that approaches rates that we saw during the Great Depression” of the 1930s,” Hassett added. Lockdowns across the United States to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus have hammered the economy, shuttering businesses and sending unemployment skyrocketing.A record 26.5 million Americans have filed for jobless benefits since mid-March, and retail sales, homebuilding and consumer confidence have all cratered.The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts US gross domestic product will contract at nearly a 40% annual rate in the second quarter, with unemployment cresting at 16% in the third quarter. But even next year, the CBO sees the jobless rate still averaging above 10 percent.Before the pandemic struck, the US jobless rate had been hovering at a 50-year low of 3.5%. “I think the unemployment rate is going to jump to a level probably around 16 percent or even higher in the next jobs report,” due on May 8, providing April employment statistics, Hassett told reporters at the White House.Hassett added that the second-quarter drop expected in the nation’s GDP would be a “big number.””I think the next couple of months are going to look terrible. You’re going to see numbers as bad as anything we’ve ever seen before,” Hassett said, referring to US economic data.”We’re going to need really big thoughtful policies to put together to make it so that people are optimistic again,” Hassett added.Trump’s advisers want to hone a list of five or six ideas to present to Congress to help clear the economic carnage, Hassett said.”I’m sure that over the next three or four weeks, everybody’s going to pull together and come up with a plan to give us the best chance possible for a V-shaped recovery,” Hassett told ABC. “I … don’t think you get it if we don’t have another round of really solid legislation.”A “V-shaped recovery” is one in which an economy bounces back sharply after a precipitous decline.Tensions on Capitol Hill The US Congress has already approved $3 trillion in coronavirus relief in a show of bipartisan support for laid-off workers and an economy in free fall.Lawmakers are now poised for a battle over federal assistance to state and local governments whose budgets have been shattered by a plunge in tax revenue even as they have had to take extraordinary measures during a pandemic that has caused a US death toll approaching 55,000.New York City needs $7.4 billion in federal aid to offset economic losses from the coronavirus, its mayor said on Sunday.”If New York City is not [made] whole, it will drag down the entire region, and it will hold up the entire national economic restart,” Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, said on the Fox program “Sunday Morning Futures.”Like de Blasio, many of the nation’s governors – Democrats and Republicans alike – have pressed the Trump administration and Congress to come forward with a sizable relief package.”We will have state and local (aid), and we will have it in a very significant way,” House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.””The governors are impatient,” Pelosi added. “Their impatience will help us get an even bigger number.”Trump has shown a willingness to support aid for cities and states, but some fellow Republicans – including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – have voiced wariness, citing a mounting federal debt load.McConnell, in remarks that have drawn sharp rebukes from various governors as well as Democratic lawmakers, has suggested that states should declare bankruptcy instead.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, asked whether Trump would support providing hundreds of billions of dollars to the states, said any further relief would have to receive support from both parties.”This is a war. We’ll win this war. If we need to spend more money, we will, and we’ll only do it with bipartisan support,” Mnuchin told “Fox News Sunday.” Topics :
Milan, In. — The Milan United Methodist Church will hold a Fat Tuesday free will offering pancake dinner on Tuesday, March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome.
LED by an all-round performance from Kevlon Anderson, Lower Corentyne Secondary School whipped Chase Academy by six wickets to reach the final of the National Secondary Schools Cricket League.Playing yesterday at the Albion Sports Complex, Anderson led from the front in an excellent bowling effort to first restrict the City-based team to 107-8 off their allotted 30 overs.Invited to bat first, Chase Academy batsmen could not adapt to the pitch and conditions, with only Dwayne Dick (32) and Garrick Persaud (27) offering any meaningful support. Anderson picked up 2-11 from his six overs, while Vijay Gopilal took also had 2-26.In reply, Lower Corentyne were led by Anderson, with an attractive 61 from 76 ball, while Junior Sinclair contributed 33.Lower Corentyne will now meet West Demerara Secondary in the final next Friday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground from 11:00hrs.Meanwhile, at the Tuschen ground Bartica-Wakenaam Combine batted first but could muster only 113 all out in 27.5 overs of their allotted 50 overs. Bowling for East Bank Essequibo-Leguan, Azim Mohammed grabbed 4 for 24 off 7 overs, and Chandrashakar Narine 3 for 10 from 4 overs.In reply, East Bank Essequibo-Leguan Combine reached their target in 23.1 overs to end with 116 for 6. Batting for East Bank Essequibo-Leguan Sukhdade Singh made 23 and Malcolm Caesar 22.