It’s been nothing but an upward trajectory for BIG Something, the six piece rockers based out of North Carolina. The band continues to make a name for themselves with high energy performances, uniquely crafted setlists, and sensational songwriting abilities, fusing influences of rock, funk, jazz and more for a sound wholly their own. As the band continues to take the scene by storm, fans were recently treated to the good news that BIG Something would be releasing a new album, Tumbleweed, in early 2017.Due out February 24th, the new album will be the fourth release from this exciting six-piece group. The album itself takes on a darker tone than the band’s previous works, as singer Nick MacDaniels mentions in his discussion of the new release. “Tumbleweed is a post apocalyptic desert trip. It’s a little darker and heavier in tone and subject matter than our previous albums, but there are also a few bright spots and upbeat moments too. With all eight tracks having been ‘road tested’ for the past couple years, it’s a really nice snapshot of our sound and catalogue.”To get fans excited about the new release, BIG Something has offered Live For Live Music the first taste! We’re delighted to premiere the album’s title track “Tumbleweed,” which you can stream in the player below.“‘Tumbleweed’ is the album’s title track and inspiration for the cover art,” says MacDaniels. “The name tumbleweed refers to the main character of the song who is fumbling aimlessly through a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland hallucinating on peyote. He’s telling himself to just keep moving in order to survive.” The band’s drummer Ben Vinograd adds, “I love this song because it showcases the dynamic all the players in our band can bring to the table. From the opening line on, everyone has a chance to shine.”The whole band has a chance to shine on Tumbleweed, including Ben Vinograd (drums), Doug Marshall (bass), Josh Kagel (keys, trumpet), Casey Cranford (saxophone, EWI), Jesse Henlsey (lead guitar), and Nick MacDaniels (vocals, guitar). Recorded at the beloved Echo Mountain Asheville studios with Grammy-nominated producer John Custer, we can’t wait for the new album to be released!BIG Something’s new album Tumbleweed is due out on February 24th, 2017, and you can pre-order the disc here. Check out the band’s upcoming tour schedule below, and head to their official website for any information you need!BIG Something Tour Dates12/29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club12/31 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre1/18 – Key West, FL @ Green Parrot1/19 – Key West, FL @ Green Parrot1/20 – 1/25 – Jam Cruise 151/26 – Savannah, GA @ Barrelhouse South1/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Old Bar1/28 – Greenville, SC @ Independent Public Alehouse2/2 – Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room2/3 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay2/4 – Nashville, TN @ 12th & Porter2/10 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern2/11 – Boone, NC @ The Local2/15 – New York, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery2/16 – Bridgeport, CT @ The Acoustic2/24 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger (CD Release Party)2/25 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger (CD Release Party)3/1 – Columbus, OH @ Scarlet & Grey3/9 – Jackson Hole, WY @ Pink Garter3/10 – Sandpoint, ID @ The Hive3/11 – Sandpoint, ID @ The Hive3/14 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre3/17 – Steamboat Springs, CO @ Schmiggity’s3/18 – Frisco, CO @ Barkley Ballroom3/21 – Avon, CO @ Agave3/22 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre3/23 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater3/24 – Telluride, CO @ The Sheridan Opera House3/25 – Telluride, CO @ The Sheridan Opera House3/26 – Winter Park, CO @ Ullrs Tavern5/5 – Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater7/27 – Floyd, VA @ FloydFest7/28 – Floyd, VA @ FloydFest
Students digging for Harvard’s earliest roots in the Yard this summer have uncovered evidence of a group invisible in the public image of the male-dominated institution that Harvard was in the 1800s: children.Students participating in the biennial Archaeology of Harvard Yard Summer School course unearthed a fragment of a doll’s head, one of the first indications of the presence of children at what, in the 1800s, was an institution where male students were taught by male faculty.But class instructors Diana Loren, instructor in anthropology and associate curator in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and Christina Hodge, senior curatorial assistant at the Peabody, said that women were an important part of the Harvard community, albeit in support roles — cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry — so it makes sense that children were here as well.With just a fragment to go on, though, the two said it’s impossible to know the doll’s exact history. While it might have belonged to the child of a woman working at Harvard, it could have just as easily belonged to a faculty member’s child or even to a child from the community playing in the Yard. Still, they said, it highlights the importance of archaeology as a way to understand not just the myth of Harvard, but the reality of the place for those who lived here every day.“It’s unusual; we didn’t have anything related to children here,” Loren said. “That’s the untold story of 19th century Harvard.”The course is the first part of what will be two classes digging in the Yard this year. The summer’s finds were displayed Wednesday (Aug. 3). After Summer School wraps up, Harvard College students will resume digging during the fall term. The ultimate goal is to reach the remains of what appeared to be a foundation trench of the Indian College uncovered during the last dig, in 2009.The Indian College was among Harvard’s first buildings and an early fulfillment of the College’s original charter, dedicating the institution to educating colonial and Indian youths alike.Students digging this summer uncovered a variety of items, including glass fragments, a door latch, building materials such as brick and slate from a roof, and more evidence of smoking on campus in the form of pipe stems and bowls.Though the students’ limited time allowed them to dig only to layers dated to the 1800s, some of the materials uncovered were much older, including a pipe bowl dated to between 1620 and 1660, which likely became mixed with younger material during building activities on the site. In fact, Loren said, there is evidence of what was likely a trash pit on the site, since the soil is more lightly colored and artifacts and building materials appear to be jumbled in that location.Students said they enjoyed the summer experience, which included research in the Harvard archives for a midterm paper about the life of a student from the 1700s or 1800s.Colleen Skipper, who works in computer support at Harvard, said the class was the first time she had conducted archaeology. She enjoyed both the fieldwork and the archival research. The student she wrote about was at Harvard during the “butter rebellion,” a student protest during the 1700s over rancid butter served at meals.“I thought it was brilliant,” Skipper said of the class experience.Julia Boshyk, a student from McGill University, said she came to summer school at Harvard to get some hands-on experience, which, as an anthropology major, was particularly valuable to her.“It’s a good introduction to field work,” Boshyk said.Kathleen Milster, a medical technologist at Tufts Medical Center, said she is intrigued by both the history and by the personal stories that they’ve uncovered. During her archival work, she wrote about a student named John Page, whose diary she found in the Harvard archives.“I love the stories, and I love the evidence of the people,” Milster said.
More than a century ago, when botanists and naturalists were in the field collecting plant and animal specimens, they couldn’t have imagined that scientists would one day be able to extract DNA from samples to understand how plants and animals are related to one another.They couldn’t have imagined that their collections could one day shed light on the effects of global climate change, or the emergence and spread of pathogens, the spread of fungal-driven amphibian extinction, or the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing pollution in the U.S.And the fact that they couldn’t have predicted those uses, said Emily Meineke, a postdoctoral researcher working in the lab of Charles Davis, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and director of the Harvard University Herbaria, shows exactly why such collections need to be preserved for future generations.“In 200 years, we have no idea what technology will be available and what people will be able to use these specimens for,” she said. “They contain a wealth of hidden data that we might not even understand exists in our lifetime, so there’s a practical element to keeping and preserving them.”That’s precisely the argument Meineke, Davis, T. Jonathan Davies from the University of British Columbia, and Barnabas Daru from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, are making in a Nov. 19 special issue of Philosophical Transactions B.The four served as co-editors of the issue, which is dedicated to exploring the creative ways in which researchers have made use of biological collections around the world and to advocating for their continued preservation.“The main theme of the issue is using museum collections to understand global change,” Meineke explained. “The idea is that a growing number of studies use museum specimens for this sort of thing, but we’re still at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what we can do. “[The collections] contain a wealth of hidden data that we might not even understand exists in our lifetime, so there’s a practical element to keeping and preserving them.” — Emily Meineke “We want to make the argument that these collections basically bookend the Anthropocene,” she continued. “So I think the ideal outcome would be for each person who reads this — from fundamental biologists who are asking questions about the history of life on Earth to people who are on the ground working in conservation — to think about how collections might be used to move their field forward, because I think these really are a gold mine that we haven’t tapped into yet.”In an example from the series of papers in the issue, Daru described a novel method to study microbial diversity from museum collections.“It is increasingly appreciated that plant microbiomes can influence key aspects of plant biology, but we know so little about the historic distribution of microbes associated with plants,” Daru explained. “This limits our understanding of how microbial diversity responds to global change. Herbarium records are an underused resource that hold the promise of aiding our understanding of how microbial communities respond to the rapid shifts in climate due to human activity. These plant microbes play key crucial roles for plants, including the promotion of plant growth and protection from herbivores.”,In their article, the researchers show that their findings have the potential to unlock an exciting historical resource — that is, the holdings of plant microbes in herbaria worldwide.Despite their value, Meineke said, biological collections are threatened in a number of ways.Earlier this year, a fire tore through Brazil’s National Museum, destroying millions of specimens, and last year budget problems forced the University of Louisiana in Monroe to announce plans to dispose of millions of fish and plant specimens unless a new home could be found. While dozens of institutions stepped up to ward off the collections’ destruction, Meineke said both stories point to the challenges of maintaining such specimens.“Especially in the age of digitization, we can take images of a specimen and transcribe its metadata about where and when it was collected, and so then you have this online representation of specimens, so institutions may feel they can get rid of these collections in favor of investing space and money elsewhere,” she said. “When something like the tragedy in Brazil happens, having digital representations of specimens is great — you still have at least some of the data that was available. But digitization doesn’t preserve DNA or all the intricate measurements you can make of the morphology of an organism, so we are trying to make the argument for the centrality of the physical specimen as the thing we need to focus on and preserve.”Working with biological collections isn’t always easy, Meineke said — it requires understanding and overcoming collector biases, ensuring proper coverage
Awards season is hotting up! We now know who will receive the 2016 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater. Broadway.com has confirmed that vocal coach Joan Lader, costume shop owner Sally Ann Parsons and Laywer Seth Gelblum will take home the prize, which is set to be presented at a reception on June 6.The award honors members of the Broadway community whose work wouldn’t be recognized in the competitive awards categories.For more than 30 years, Lader has provided vocal training and rehabilitation for those who use their voices professionally. Her clients have won countless Tonys, Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, and more, and while she has trained people whose names are above the title, she has trained innumerable performers in the chorus of just about every Broadway show in the last thirty years, as well. Lader is a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia University, the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, the Pacific Voice Foundation in San Francisco, NYSTA, Berklee College of Music and the Commercial Voice Conference at Vanderbilt University.Parsons and her husband, James Meares, founded Parsons-Meares in 1980. From squatting in an abandoned school building, the business grew to become one of the premier costume shops in New York City, producing costumes for, among others, Sophisticated Ladies, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, Will Rogers Follies, Victor Victoria, Guys and Dolls, Wonderful Town, Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wicked, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Aladdin, and most recently Hamilton. Since James’ death in 2008, Sally Ann has been the sole owner, often with more than 50 dressmakers, craftspeople and artists working on a single project. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of costume technology, she received the 2009 TDF Irene Sharaff Artisan Award.Gelblum is a Partner and Chair of the Theater department at Loeb & Loeb LLP. His clients include producers, directors, playwrights, composers, performers, music publishers, designers and investors for Broadway, off-Broadway, touring and foreign live stage productions, as well as theater owners, motion picture studios for live stage matters, not-for-profit theaters and licensing agencies. He also represents writers and directors of motion pictures and television, documentary filmmakers and entertainment executives.Nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards will be announced on May 3; the ceremony will take place on June 12, hosted by James Corden. View Comments Joan Lader, Sally Ann Parsons & Seth Gelblum(Photos courtesy of Slate PR)
Column: Changes in LNG market could undercut plans for new Japanese coal plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The collapse in the spot price of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Asia is a short-term phenomenon that may well end up having a longer-term impact, especially on thermal coal.The spot price dropped to $2.95 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) for the week ended Feb. 7, the lowest price in records stretching back to 2010. It has lost 57% of its value since the pre-winter peak of $6.80 per mmBtu in mid-October, and is down 74% from the peak price in 2018 and 86% from the all-time high from February 2014.While it’s unlikely that spot LNG prices will stay at the current depressed levels indefinitely, the trend toward structurally lower prices appears sustainable. There is still no shortage of LNG projects being built, with 17 million tonnes of capacity due to be commissioned this year alone, and considerably more likely in the next five years, as projects from Russia to East Africa start to come online.This supply surge is likely to have two impacts on prices. Firstly, it will ensure that spot prices remain under downward pressure, and secondly, it will likely accelerate the shift away from long-term, oil-linked contracts to shorter-term, more flexibly priced deals.This change in the way LNG is priced should give pause for considerable thought to any would-be developers of thermal coal power projects based on imported fuel in Asia, especially Japan. As a country that relies on imports for virtually all its energy, Japan has long prioritized security of supply and diversity in its energy mix. But perhaps the sands have shifted enough to lead to a re-think.It would in all likelihood be possible to sign long-term or medium-term LNG supply pacts that are not linked to the price of crude oil, but rather to other instruments such as U.S. Henry Hub natural gas, or European gas prices, or even seaborne thermal coal costs. This could give Japan the security of supply it desires, but virtually eliminate the problem LNG has always had, its high cost relative to thermal coal.[Clyde Russell]More: Structurally cheaper LNG should displace coal from Japan, and broader Asia: Russell
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The credit union industry has long been a target of cyber criminals, but in recent years, it’s the smaller credit unions that have come under the greatest number of attacks. Smaller credit unions and banks (less than $35 million in assets) accounted for 81% of hacking and malware breaches in the financial industry during the first six months of 2016, a 54% increase over 2015.1 Malware is a broad term used to describe all sorts of malicious software including viruses, spyware, trojans, worms, and more. It is up to credit unions to stop this trend by putting into place measures that thwart these attacks. Here are 5 implementations credit unions should consider to protect themselves from malware:Web Filtering: This is commonly the first line of defense against web-based attacks. Malicious or hacked websites, a primary vector for initiating attacks, trigger downloads of malware, spyware, or risky content. A good web filtering service will block risky sites, as well as prevent malware downloads from hacked websites.2 While web filtering is important, it is not enough to detect all types of malware or block silent attacks of deployment malware in corporate environments.Firewalls: General firewall protection blocks unauthorized access at the server level while permitting outward communication. They act as a filter between your network and the internet and are a great level of defense. However, firewalls do come with their own set of complications. Many financial institutions struggle to find an equilibrium in their firewall configurations that allows for a functional and open work environment while still blocking all malicious traffic. continue reading »
Collections plays a critical role in your institution’s financial health. While delinquency rates can be cyclical, rising and falling as the economy shifts, for lenders, it’s critical to keep themselves in a position to be able to manage both increases and decreases in delinquency efficiently.Limited resources, personnel, and time are common denominators for many collections departments. Do the following challenges seem all-to-familiar as your team works delinquent accounts?Lack of automation creates additional work for your collectorsCollectors experience difficulty communicating through workflowsCollectors using multiple programs to complete daily tasksFrustration with queuing capabilitiesHeavy dependency on IT department to execute pertinent changes within the collections application in a timely mannerIf you can relate to any of these challenges (or others) know that there is hope! Embracing change through the deployment of technology and integrated solutions can help you overcome many of these challenges. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Stuff co.nz 19 July 2018Family First Comment: Businesses start responding to ‘the people’ – (and not a ‘complaint from Family First’ as suggested by Foodstuffs!!) Businesses have withdrawn advertising from TVNZ 2 during controversial dating show Naked Attraction.The show, which airs at 9.30pm on Friday, sees people choose someone to date based solely on their naked body. The pair then share a date in the nude, in front of the show’s cameras.Lobby group Family First said in a press release that Lighting Direct, Carpet Court, Warehouse Stationery, Foodstuffs, Electrolux and Kitchen Things have all withdrawn advertising.A spokesperson for Carpet Court confirmed their withdrawal, saying: “We have advised TVNZ that Carpet Court advertising should not air within this show in the future, and have asked for clarification as to how this regrettable decision was made without consulting us first.”Acknowledging that they’d received a high volume of complaints following the ads, they clarified that “Any adverts played were placed by TVNZ as bonus time without our knowledge.”Foodstuffs confirmed it also had put its ads on hold during Naked Attraction after two complaints from what it thought were concerned customers, but later turned out to be Family First.“We would have preferred Family First approached us in a professional manner to discuss the issue, and we would ask that they consult us in future if they want to reference our brands in their press releases,” a spokeswoman Antoinette Laird said.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie first started the #BoycottNakedAttraction campaign during season one, where he Fonterra, Lotto, Emirates and The Warehouse Group agreed to remove advertising during the show’s timeslot.McCoskrie says the swiftness of which business’ have abandoned the show has been mirrored this time round.“Within a couple of hours, six companies had said immediately, ‘No we don’t want to be associated with it’ and told their media managers to remove it.”A spokeswoman for TVNZ said the broadcaster will “respect advertisers right to decide what’s best for them”.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/105592249/Advertisers-withdrawing-from-TVNZs-Naked-Attraction?cid=app-iPhone
By Curtis BerleueSODUS, N.Y. – The CRSA Sprints presented by Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment are proud to announce their tentative 2017 schedule. The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car tour has 22 race nights slated, and another three dates to be announced.The standard purse sees a minimum of $325 paid to win and $140 to start. National and New York or Pennsylvania state points will be awarded for CRSA events through Sept. 22. The first-ever Allstar Performance State Champion New York state champion will be crowned in the IMCA RaceSaver division this season.The traditional kick-off of the 2017 season will once again be at the New York State Fairgrounds for the 31st annual Gater News Motorsports Exposition and Trade Show on Saturday and Sunday March 12 and 13. Cars will first hit the track on April 22 at Fonda Speedway, the first of three visits to the Track of Champions on the season.The tour then moves south to Orange County Fair Speedway on April 29. That event will be followed by a doubleheader weekend that includes a trip to Afton Motorsports Park on May 12 and a return to Orange County Fair Speedway on May 13.Another doubleheader weekend is on tap for May 19 and 20, as visits are made to Penn Can Speedway and the lone appearance of the CRSA Sprints at Thunder Mountain Speedway.Drivers make the trek west to the Woodhull Raceway for a much-anticipated return of IMCA RaceSaver Sprints to The Highbanks on June 10. The remainder of June and the month of July see return trips to Penn Can, Utica Rome, Orange County, Afton and Fonda.Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Albany-Saratoga Speedway both host one CRSA Sprint event in 2017, on July 21 and Aug. 11, respectively.To finish out the month of August, after many years being off the schedule, the tour will make a visit to Skyline Raceway on Aug. 25.The month of October will see three special events to cap off the 2017 season.First up, on Oct. 6, Afton Motorsports Park with the Brett Deyo Promotion will host a 40-lap Top 5 Money Rotating Bonus Race. Then on Oct. 14, the CRSA Sprints will be a part of the annual King of the Can weekend with a $500 to win event. The 2017 series will conclude Oct. 21 at the Orange County Fair Speedway with a $1,000 to win event as part of the 56th annual Eastern States Weekend.CRSA Tour owner and president Mike Emhof is a former modified, sprint car and mini-sprint driver, and also owns the Mike Emhof Motorsports high performance parts distributorship in Sodus as well as 360 Patriot Sprint Series and Central New York Mini-Sprint Series.Tour Director is Greg Hixson.2017 CRSA Sprint Car schedule – Saturday, April 22 at Fonda, N.Y., Speedway; Saturday, April 29 at Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, N.Y.; Friday, May 12 at Afton, N.Y., Motorsports Park; Saturday, May 13 at Orange County Fair Speedway; Friday, May 19 at Penn Can Speedway, Susquehanna, Pa.; Saturday, May 20 at Thunder Mountain Speedway, Center Lisle, N.Y.; Saturday, June 10 at Woodhull, N.Y. Raceway; Friday, June 16 at Penn Can Speedway; Sunday, June 18 at Utica-Rome Speedway, Vernon, N.Y.; Saturday, June 24 at Orange County Fair Speedway; Friday, June 30 at Afton Motorsports Park; Saturday, July 1 at Fonda Speedway; Friday, July 14 at Penn Can Speedway; Saturday, July 15 at Orange County Fair Speedway; Friday, July 21 at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Fultonville, N.Y.; Friday, Aug. 4 at Afton Motorsports Park; Friday, Aug. 11 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, N.Y.; Friday, Aug. 25 at Skyline Raceway, Cortland, N.Y.; Friday, Sept. 22 at Fonda Speedway; Friday, Oct. 6 at Afton Motorsports Park; Saturday, Oct. 14 at Penn Can Speedway; Saturday, Oct. 21 at Orange County Fair Speedway.
RelatedPosts Aramide Oteh joins Walsall on loan Notts County hopeful on Ameobi FA Cup semi-finals: Gunners to battle winners of Bradford City, Reading Promotion-chasing Bradford stretched their unbeaten run to seven games with a 1-0 win over Morecambe at Valley Parade. Substitute Aramide Oteh, on loan from QPR, scored the only goal 10 minutes from time when he forced home Connor Wood’s cross from close range. It had been a poor game up to that point, with Morecambe having the best chance when Steven Old headed Luke Conlan’s free-kick against the Bradford bar. James Vaughan flicked a Jake Reeves cross on to the top of the net as Morecambe frustrated the home side. Ritchie Sutton shot wide from a corner for the Shrimps before Oteh made the breakthrough. And Bradford came close to a second when fellow substitute Zeli Ismail sent a half-volley crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area.Tags: Aramide OtehBradfordMorecambe