Dave Matthews, Graham Nash And More Stand With Standing Rock At Benefit Show

first_imgLast night, as demonstrators continued to stand their ground in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) on Standing Rock Indian Preservation, a group of musicians came together in Washington, D.C. to host a benefit concert to raise funds for the resistance effort. Billed as “Stand for Standing Rock,” the event at DAR Constitution Hall was hosted and headlined by Dave Matthews and featured performances by R&B artist Ledisi, Neko Case (The New Pornographers), Graham Nash, and frequent Matthews collaborator Tim Reynolds.In addition to the evening’s famous performers, Matthews invited many members of tribe to perform and speak, including 23-year-old Kendrick Eagle, who shared his experiences meeting President Obama on a few occasions. “He told us he had our backs as long as he’s in office. And now we need him more than ever, and that’s why I’m here.”After introducing the evening’s various sets of music and speaking on several occasions, Matthews and Reynolds finally took the stage for their headlining set. Easily a highlight of their performance, Matthews told a story about his experience visiting the protestors’ camp at Standing Rock: “The whole experience at the camp exploded my brain and I don’t know what to do about it” said the singer/guitarist. He then debuted a new song about that experience entitled “Song For Billijo”. You can watch fan-shot footage of the debut of “Song for Billijo” below, courtesy of YouTube user dmb4041:Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds also brought out Graham Nash during their set, playing a rendition of the classic song “Teach Your Children” together. Watch the performance below, courtesy of DMB4041.In such a divisive and tense political climate, it’s inspiring to see artist like Matthews and company standing for important causes like this one. #NoDAPLSetlists:Ledisi Setlist:“A Change Is Gonna Come” (by Sam Cooke)“A Bridge Over Troubled Water” (by Simon & Garfunkel)“Trouble in Mind” (by Richard M. Jones)“Come Together” (by The Beatles)Neko Case Setlist:“Vengeance Is Sleeping”“Middle Cyclone”“Man”Graham Nash Setlist:“Military Madness”“Just a Song Before I Go”“Wasted on the Way”“Chicago”Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Setlist:“Don’t Drink The Water”“Satellite”“One Sweet World”“#41”“The Maker” (with Neko Case)“Tangled Web We Weave” (Tim Reynolds solo)“Little Thing”“Samurai Cop”“Oh”“Crush”“Teach Your Children” (by Crosby, Stills & Nash; with Graham Nash and Shane Fontayne)“Song for Billijo” (original, debut)“Two Step”[h/t – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Responding to the Stress of Change

first_img“What does it mean for me?”That’s the unspoken question underlying today’s technology conversations. From CIO to line administrator, everybody wants to know where the disruption we’re seeing with the emergence of cloud, big data, and mobile will leave them.Everybody is feeling unprecedented levels of stress. We’re at the confluence of three massive technology waves, in which each wave’s architecture optimizes for different workloads:Traditional storage-centric services – IT builds the application infrastructure by stitching together best-of-breed storage, servers, network, virtualization, and backup.Converged infrastructure-centric services – IT builds the application infrastructure with increasingly integrated components, so they spend less time and effort connecting pieces.Cloud-centric data services – Either IT or an external vendor provides standard, simple application infrastructure without exposing any traditional components.We’re also facing new consumption models. For decades, IT infrastructure transactions have focused on buying physical equipment.  At the end, you owned something tangible.  Now, however, there are new options: hybrid cloud, public cloud, and virtualized (as in a software-defined data center).Companies have to choose both the right architectural and consumption model for their workloads. The result: more stress.Faced with these changes, IT’s role and responsibilities are changing. I’ve seen two reactions to this new reality. The first is to resist the change. These teams talk about the new models as not providing “true X” (where ‘X’ is whatever service they provide), that they’ll just absorb the new technology into their existing tools, and that they’re just too busy running the business and cannot be distracted. These teams face constant reorganization until they respond to the change or cease to exist. The second approach is to embrace the change and improve their service to the business. This may seem like a simple intelligence test, but human beings complicate the issue.IT transformations happen when organizations change in response to technology. IT teams change one person at a time – either when an individual redefines his/her role or when management replaces a team member.I’d like to see IT professionals grow their careers. There are three ways that I’ve seen IT administrators successfully expand their role:Introduce disruption – Disruption eliminates legacy technology and the administrators that manage it. If an administrator wants to remain hands-on in their technology area, they must drive the technology disruption (e.g. introduce all-flash storage to replace traditional storage).Learn new layers of technology – As the lower layers of technology simplify and converge, there are new opportunities at the higher layers of the stack. Technologists must gain proficiency in these new areas (e.g. OpenStack, Hadoop, Cloud Foundry).Connect to the business – IT administrators can expand their careers by connecting technology with the business. There is always a need to translate the needs of the business to the capabilities of technology and vice versa. The business-inclined IT member must help meet business needs (e.g. cloud) or deliver unexpected layers of business value (e.g. big data).The disruption in IT infrastructure can overwhelm organizations and people. IT organizations must dive into the new world or they risk marginalization. Organizations, however, transform only as their people do.Successful IT administrators answer “what does change mean for me” with one word: Opportunity.last_img read more

Northfield Savings Bank donates $165,000 to help fight hunger in Vermont

first_imgNorthfield Savings Bank,During 2010 Northfield Savings Bank will donate more than $165,000 to fight hunger in Vermont. To help Vermonters who need short-term emergency food relief, Northfield Savings Bank donates to the Vermont Foodbank, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, and several other food pantries. To help build long-term solutions for a hunger-free Vermont, the NSB Foundation continues its partnership with the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger.Northfield Savings Bank was founded in Northfield, Vermont in 1867 by a schoolmaster and haberdasher who believed a local community bank was needed. More than 143 years later, the Bank continues this community-minded tradition, and has grown to become Vermont’s second largest bank headquartered in the State. Also known for its role as a corporate citizen, Northfield Savings Bank proudly donates 10% of profits to Vermont community organizations, which is expected to total more than $400,000 in 2010. Northfield Savings Bank operates 13 branches throughout central Vermont and Chittenden County. Member FDIC. www.nsbvt.com(link is external).Photo Caption: (left to right) Marissa Parisi, Executive Director of Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger; Tom Pelletier, President and CEO of Northfield Savings Bank; Maisie Howard, Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger; Anne Gould, NSB Foundation Board member.Source: Northfield Savings Bank. November 19, 2010 (Northfield, VT) –last_img read more

‘It’s not a political statement’

first_imgU.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters about efforts to confront the coronavirus diisease (COVID-19) pandemic after meeting with members of his “Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board” in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 9, 2020.- Advertisement – “I want to be very clear: The goal of mask wearing is not to make your life less comfortable, or to take something away from you,” Biden said Monday. “It is to give something back to all of us, a normal life.”Biden also said he will ramp up the availability of rapid diagnostic testing across the country. The Trump administration has substantially increased testing since the beginning of the outbreak, but some public health specialists say the administration should have invested more in testing. Proponents of more widespread testing say that it helps identify infectious people, who can then quarantine and cut off chains of transmission before they balloon into outbreaks.In addition to testing, Biden said he is “building a corps of contact tracers who will track and curb this disease.”Contact tracing is the process whereby trained personnel contact people who have tested positive for the virus and identify others who might have been exposed and infected. It’s long been used to contain infectious diseases like tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases, but it’s never been implemented on the scale demanded by the pandemic.World Health Organization officials have repeatedly called on countries to scale up their contact-tracing infrastructure along with the ability to test broadly for the coronavirus.Infectious disease specialists from Johns Hopkins University and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials proposed a plan in early April to ramp up a national test and trace effort. It would require a workforce of 100,000 people, the proposal said, and cost $3.6 billion. This is breaking news. Check back here for updates. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday urged Americans to wear a mask to help the country bring the coronavirus pandemic under control, to save lives and to enable communities to reopen schools and businesses.“It doesn’t matter who you voted for, where you stood before election day. It doesn’t matter your party or your point of view,” he said. “We can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months.”- Advertisement – Biden’s comments come as the coronavirus is surging across the country. Epidemiologists and medical experts are warning that the worst days of the pandemic are still ahead. The country reported more than 105,900 new cases on Sunday, bringing the seven-day average up over 108,700, an increase of more than 33% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.“Please, I implore you, wear a mask,” Biden said. “Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbor. A mask is not a political statement, but it is a good way to start pulling the country together.” Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Biden’s remarks stand in stark contrast to that of President Donald Trump, who resisted wearing a mask in public for months at the start of the pandemic.Top health officials, including Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have said masks are one of the best ways currently available to control the spread of the virus. But the wearing of masks has become a political flashpoint across much of the U.S., with debate raging over local and state mandates to wear a mask in public.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Mikel Arteta reveals why new Arsenal signing Thomas Partey was his priority transfer target

first_img Comment Mikel Arteta reveals why new Arsenal signing Thomas Partey was his priority transfer target Arteta is delighted with Partey’s arrival (Picture: Arsenal)Mikel Arteta has admitted Arsenal were a ‘little bit short’ in midfield, and new signing Thomas Partey will fill that void with his strong personality and tactical versatility.The Gunners activated Partey’s £45 million release clause on deadline day to bring Arteta’s top priority target in from Atletico Madrid.The 27-year-old enjoyed five years in Atletico’s first team, getting to the Champions League semi-finals in 2015-16 and coming third in La Liga last season. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 5:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link208Shares Advertisement Advertisement Partey arrives with plenty of experience behind him (Picture: Getty Images)With just Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and loanee Dani Ceballos the only other central midfielders in the squad, the Ghana international was a much-needed acquisition.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhen asked why he was so keen on Partey, Arteta told the club’s official website: ‘We identified him a few months ago and we have been following his progress, and obviously the more you know about the squad, you know more about where you think you can improve it.‘We believe he has the right qualities, with his character and his personality and as well with his technical qualities and positional options that he can give to the team.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit in within those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing to have in a squad where, in midfield, I think we were a little bit short.‘I have a few things in mind that I want to start to train with the team and [Partey’s signing] is going to give us a little bit more adaptability and more balance in defending and attacking transitions and the way we have to set up certain structures to attack better in certain moments of the game.’MORE: Edu reveals how Arsenal’s owners reacted to Thomas Partey transfer moveMORE: Arsenal set to re-attempt efforts to terminate Mesut Ozil’s contract early ahead of January transfer windowFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more

Governor Wolf Meets with 4-H Students to Discuss His Commitment to Agriculture

first_img March 09, 2016 Governor Wolf Meets with 4-H Students to Discuss His Commitment to Agriculture Budget News,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – This afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf met with 4-H students to discuss his commitment to agriculture and to the land grant system in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget includes a five percent increase, or an additional $2.4 million, for the Agricultural College Land Scrip Fund. This is the largest increase for Penn State’s Ag Sciences and Extension since 2012 when the Republican-controlled legislature cut land scrip funding by 19 percent. With this proposed funding, the governor has offered the resources we need to protect animal agriculture in the commonwealth, which means a safer food supply. The land grant institutions are a commonwealth asset.The Governor’s Office released the following statement:“Governor Wolf supports funding for these important agriculture programs and he is ready to sign the bi-partisan, compromise budget that is balanced, fixes the deficit and makes historic investments in education as well as agriculture programs.“Unfortunately, Republican leaders sent the governor an irresponsible budget that was unbalanced by $500 million, would have grown the already multi-billion dollar deficit and made a $95 million cut to education. The governor used his line-item veto power to ensure the budget was balanced and because Republican leaders did not provide revenue to pay for their budget.“The governor looks forward to working with Republican leaders to pass a real, bi-partisan budget that includes the revenue necessary to fix the deficit, invest in education and fund important areas like agriculture programs.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

First Caribbean calls for more participation in Unsung Hero program

first_imgLocalNews First Caribbean calls for more participation in Unsung Hero program by: – April 18, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share The First Caribbean Bank is calling for more participation in its Unsung Hero program.The Bank launched its Unsung Hero initiative last week.Branch Manager Marie Therez Winston Charles said new strategies have been adopted in an effort to improve the program.She said the program needs greater attention.“The number of nomination received year on year has fluctuated and in order to reach out to a wider community ordinance we have had to adopt new ways which include greater engagement of groups within communities across the island. We believe that the program deserves greater attention…” she said.Meantime Coordinator of the Unsung Hero programme Rhonna Lawrence says a new feature has also been added to the activity.She said not only will the hero will benefit from the program but the person nominating the hero will also receive an award of $500.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet Share 23 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Stanton wins Hobby Stock thriller at Marshalltown

first_imgBy Jeremy Fox MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (May 30) – Eric Stanton was the winner in a 12-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock thriller Friday evening at Marshalltown.Rookie Andy Hick led lap one. Just after the completion of that lap, Brice Udelhoven, Austin Luellen and Steve Fricke got together in turn two. Hick appeared to be no rookie as he got a great restart but Stanton chased him down and took the lead with one to go. Stanton went on to take the win while John Watson finished second. Hick, Gary Pfantz and last week’s winner Dustin Elliott finish third through fifth respectively.Adam Larson led the last 13 of 20 circuits in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main. Jay Schmidt caught Donavon Smith late in the contest to earn the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers.Jenae Gustin won her second local Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods feature of the season, regaining the lead from Clint Luellen on the final circuit. David Moorman led start to finish in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main and Charlie Brown was the mod-lite winner.last_img read more

Taffin Khan leads at GAICO Construction Grand Prix chess tournament

first_imgROUND four of the GAICO Construction Grand Prix Chess Tournament will continue today from 17:00hrs at the National Racquet Centre as the country’s top players battle for supremacy. Following the completion of three rounds of fighting chess over the weekend, former National champion Taffin Khan, along with Loris Nathoo, is on top so far with three consecutive wins, while their junior counterparts, former junior champion Joshua Gopaul, Ethan Lee and Samirah Gobin scored two wins apiece.Former National senior champion Wendell Meusa, back after a long break from competitive chess, and senior player Glenford Corlette, are closely trailing Khan and Nathoo on two and a half points each.The opening rounds of the competition, which attracted 28 chess players, saw senior and junior players face each other over the chess board in tense battles of the mind.The tournament is the first in a series to attract the best chess players to represent Guyana at the 2020 Chess Olympiad in Russia.Reigning senior champion Anthony Drayton has automatically qualified for the Guyana team by virtue of his current status.last_img read more

Mohammed opts out of strong Windies side for England series

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Vice-captain Anisa Mohammed has opted out of an otherwise full strength 18-member squad announced Wednesday for the bio-secure five-match Twenty20 International tour of England starting next month.Regular captain Stafanie Taylor will lead the side which includes the likes of Hayley Matthews, Deandra Dottin and Shemaine Campbelle, and will fly out of the Caribbean by private charter on Sunday after being tested for COVID-19.A Cricket West Indies (CWI) statement said Mohammed, an off-spinner who has played 100 matches in both limited overs formats, had “declined the invitation to travel to England.”“All players were given the option to decline selection for any COVID-19 related concern. CWI fully respects her decision to choose to do so,” CWI said.The tour marks the first international women’s series since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the halt of all cricket globally last March, and follows on the heels of the West Indies men’s three-Test rubber in England last month.Like that series, the women’s one will be played against the backdrop of the pandemic, which has been particularly devastating in the United Kingdom with 329 000 confirmed cases and already over 41 000 deaths.CWI’s director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, said the tour represented a great opportunity for the regional side, especially following a long period of inactivity.“CWI is pleased to be restarting its international women’s program with a tour to England, where the standard of women’s cricket has grown tremendously” Adams said.“We thank the ECB for their invitation and the added opportunity to travel with a larger squad affords us the chance to introduce a few younger players to this level of the game, and fast track their development.“With so much uncertainty surrounding cricket scheduling currently, this is a timely opportunity for our women to resume competitive cricket at the highest level.”The squad includes two uncapped players in Kaysia Schultz, a 23-year-old left-arm spinner who bats right-handed, along with 21-year-old Guyanese counterpart Cherry-Ann Fraser who was part of the squad for this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia but failed to play a game.Chief selector Ann Browne-John said the expanded squad allowed for greater development of players.“The larger 18-member squad also gives an opportunity to have young developing players involved, like the two players from Guyana – left-arm bowler Kaysia Shultz and all-rounder Shabika Gajnabi,” said Browne-John.“It also gives the opportunity to the young Trinidadian off spinner Karishma Ramharack to get some international experience.”Gajnabi has played 10 matches since making her debut last year while Ramharack has featured in eight, following her debut also last year.West Indies Women will be placed in a bio-secure bubble on arrival and will play all five matches at the Incora County Ground in Derby from September 21-30.SQUAD – Stafanie Taylor, Afy Fletcher, Hayley Matthews, Aaliyah Alleyne, Cherry Ann Fraser, Natasha Mclean, Shemaine Campbelle, Shabika Gajnabi, Chedean Nation, Britney Cooper, Sheneta Grimmond, Karishma Ramharack, Shamilia Connell, Chinelle Henry, Kaysia Schultz, Deandra Dottin, Lee Ann Kirby, Shakera Selman.last_img read more