+123 456 7890 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043

Celebrate Bass Wizard Joe Dart’s 27th Birthday With These Flashback Fool’s Paradise Performances

first_imgJoe Dart is becoming one of the preeminent bassists on the scene, with his punchy bass lines serving as the funky backbone for Michigan’s Vulfpeck. It also just so happens that it’s Joe Dart’s birthday, and we’re so happy to honor the bass virtuoso X funk-possessed human bobblehead turning 27 (yes, you read that correctly.). To celebrate Dart’s lap around the sun, we’re throwing it back to the inaugural year of Fool’s Paradise, when Vulfpeck laid down two incredible sets during their first-ever festival performance. Throughout the weekend, the group had a bunch of special guests sit-in, and Vulfpeck more or less stole the festival spotlight.You can watch performances from across that fateful weekend that solidified Mr. Joe Dart and the rest of his compadres in Vulfpeck in our hearts and ears, plus check out some performances featuring the likes of Cory Henry, Antwuan Stanley, Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno, and Ryan Zoidis from the weekend.Thanks to YouTube user Lins Hurst, you can watch some of the weekend highlights below:“Beastly” feat. Adam Deitch“Rango II” feat. Eric Krasno on keys, then guitar“Open Your Eyes” feat. Cory Henry“Conscious Club”“Wait For The Moment”“Outro” feat. Ryan Zoidis“1612” > “Wait For The Moment” with Antwaun Stanley“Up On Cripple Creek” with Cory Henry on drums“Funky Duck” with Antwaun StanleyThanks to taper Butch Almberg, you can stream Saturday’s full set below:last_img read more

Read More »

The Charlie Archive documents a global response

first_imgHow does a library capture a global debate about freedom of the press? The attacks on the Paris headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in January 2015 by Islamic extremists provoked a worldwide conversation through all forms of media. Harvard librarians are collecting and organizing a diverse array of visual and textual materials such as blogs, cartoons, tweets, banners, and graffiti that represent the multiple viewpoints articulated in the aftermath in a digital archive. The Charlie Archive at the Harvard Library will be open and available to all Harvard Library users in January 2016, and is soliciting submissions via its website.The Charlie Archive includes a diverse range of materials containing opinions on ethics and satire, religious intolerance, and the political and social role of the media expressed in different languages. More than 1,000 individual items have been collected so far from donors from all over the world. In addition to the donations, librarians in the Western Languages Division at Widener are actively identifying materials to be added to the collection, which is growing every day. Its formation represents an opportunity to preserve unique, ephemeral materials such as social media content and all other types of fleeting print and digital output that otherwise would not be saved for the future.The response from the people of France has been enthusiastic. Several articles published in well-known French media outlets have resulted in a flood of donations. “The French people are very happy that an American university, and Harvard in particular, is building an archive around the slogan ‘Je suis Charlie’/ ‘Je ne suis pas Charlie’ [translation from French: ‘I am Charlie’/ ‘I am not Charlie’],” said Lidia Uziel, head of the Western Languages Division at Widener Library. “They hope that the archive will contribute to a better understanding in North America of what Charlie Hebdo stood for and the significance of ‘press freedom’ in France.”last_img read more

Read More »

Merkel named Harvard Commencement speaker

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of the world’s most influential leaders since ascending to her country’s highest office in 2005, will be the principal speaker at the Afternoon Program of Harvard’s 368th Commencement on May 30.“Angela Merkel is one of the most widely admired and broadly influential statespeople of our time,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “Over her four terms as Germany’s chancellor, her leadership has done much to shape the course not only of her nation, but also of Europe and the larger world. She continues to play a central role in confronting some of the great challenges of our era, and I very much look forward to welcoming her to Harvard next May and to hearing what is sure to be a memorable address.”Born in Hamburg, West Germany, in 1954 to a Protestant pastor and a Latin and English teacher, Merkel (née Kasner) and her family moved to the small East German town of Templin when she was 3. In 1978, she graduated from the University of Leipzig with a degree in physics and physical chemistry, and in 1986 she obtained her doctorate in quantum chemistry from the German Academy of Sciences. Early in her career, Merkel worked as a chemist at the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin, where she was one of only a few female researchers.In 1989, inspired by the Peaceful Revolution, which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Merkel joined the political movement and political party Demokratischer Aufbruch (Democratic Awakening), which later merged into the political party the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). “Angela Merkel is one of our era’s most globally respected leaders, a statesperson of formidable intellect, commitment, empathy, and principle.” — Margaret Wang, president of the Harvard Alumni Association Since 1990, she has been a member of the German parliament, the Bundestag, assuming a series of leadership roles for the CDU and also serving stints as Federal Minister for Women and Youth and Federal Minister for the Environment. In 1998, Merkel was elected secretary-general of her party, a position that would ultimately pave the way for her election as Germany’s first-ever female chancellor, in 2005. She is also the first East German to hold the office.Often referred to as the “de facto leader of Europe,” Merkel is the longest-serving head of government in the European Union and the most senior leader within the G7 group of nations, having been elected to her fourth four-year term as chancellor in 2017. Earlier this fall she announced that this would be her last term in office.Throughout her tenure Merkel has been a staunch proponent of the EU and has done much to steer its course. She is credited with leading her nation’s robust economic recovery following the recession of 2008, and with shepherding negotiations between Greece and its fellow EU member states in order to preserve the Eurozone. Her tenure in office has also been characterized by advocacy for environmental sustainability and green energy, by leadership in the international response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and by continuing efforts to address contentious issues of migration in the wake of the refugee crisis fueled by conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, and beyond.,Merkel’s many honors include the Charlemagne Prize for “work done in the service of European unification,” and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to her by President Barack Obama in 2011. She was Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2015 and has repeatedly topped the Forbes magazine list of the world’s most powerful women.“Angela Merkel is one of our era’s most globally respected leaders, a statesperson of formidable intellect, commitment, empathy, and principle,” said Margaret Wang ’09, president of the Harvard Alumni Association. “As a defender of democracy and human dignity who has stood by her beliefs and worked to promote stability and peace, she will engage our graduating students, our alumni, and our entire community. I am thrilled she will join us at this year’s Commencement and look forward to her address during this time when we seek inspiration from our global leaders.”Past Commencement speakers have included U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who gave last year’s address; former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; entrepreneur and talk show host Oprah Winfrey; former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and author J.K. Rowling. Three German chancellors have delivered the address: Helmut Kohl, in 1990; Helmut Schmidt, in 1979; and Konrad Adenauer, in 1955. German President Richard von Weizsäcker was the speaker in 1987.As principal speaker at the Afternoon Program, Merkel will address the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, held in Harvard Yard’s Tercentenary Theatre between Widener Library and the Memorial Church. She will also be awarded an honorary degree.For a full schedule of Commencement Week events, visit the Commencement Office website.last_img read more

Read More »

Celebrate America’s Birthday With Broadway!

first_img America’s birthday is almost upon us which means it’s time for beers, barbecues and Broadway! In addition to the Main Stem being fully open for business over the weekend, there’s Sutton Foster, the company of On Your Feet! and Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson headlining A Capitol Fourth, along with Waitress’ Sara Bareilles performing at the 40th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. To get you into the holiday mood, check out below Waitress’ Drew Gehling and Chris Fitzgerald’s patriotic version of “I Love You Like a Table” and School of Rock’s Brandon Niederauer shredding the “Star Spangled Banner” Jimi Hendrix style. Have a rocking weekend! View Comments Drew Gehling & Christopher Fitzgeraldlast_img read more

Read More »

Wyandanch Shooting Leaves 2 Men Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two 24-year-old men were shot and wounded in their hometown of Wyandanch on Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.The victims were standing with a group of people on Davidson Street near the corner of Troy Avenue when they were hit by the gunfire shortly before 1 p.m.Both men drove themselves to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. One of the men was shot in the arm and went to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. The other man was shot in the shoulder and went to St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage.First Squad detectives ask anyone with information on this shooting to call them at 631-854-8152 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Read More »

Are robots coming to a credit union near you?

first_imgTechnology like artificial intelligence sounds futuristic, but changes in technology move a lot faster than it seems. ATMs took 18 years to become ubiquitous. Nothing moves as quickly as it feels, but when you look back it seems like it just happened overnight. We still hear that mobile is the future, but really mobile is today – there are more mobile phones on this planet (7.19 billion) than there are humans. It won’t be long before artificial intelligence is integrated in our lives. This was the topic of a presentation by VISA Global Head of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships Jim McCarthy at CSCU’s annual conference. Jim described an example that’s already in place today – Blackrock, the world’s largest equities asset manager, is replacing human stock pickers with artificial intelligence. Robots are now managing mutual funds.What’s driving the need for machines to do our thinking for us? The sheer volume of data that is being created each day. Smartphone cameras and voice input is producing gigabytes of unstructured data (meaning non-text-based data that is nearly impossible to find by typing in a google search box), and this data has been growing my leaps and bounds over the past few years. Humans can’t keep with the amount of data being generated on a daily basis, but machines have the raw computation power to ability to make prediction.McCarthy gave the example where Visa is working with elevator manufacturer Kone to detect passengers using biometrics (when the passenger presses the floor button) or via facial recognition, and combining with purchasing profile data to instantly serve up ads on monitors in the elevator that are relevant to the passenger(s). continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Read More »

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Brian Branch – Global exposure (#83)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 83 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.Across the globe, credit unions have stepped up to serve their members and communities throughout this pandemic. On this week’s show, I’m talking with Brian Branch, President and CEO of the World Council of Credit Unions or WOCCU, about the leadership role credit unions have to make changes both in the U.S. and around the world going forward. Brian and I also discuss some of the success stories he’s seeing on the global stage. During the episode, Brian and I also discuss some of the struggles we’ll all likely feel from a global recession. He shares how his team is adapting to further engage with the global credit union community and keep conversations going. Brian also shares his thoughts on why US credit unions must be active in the global credit union community, and why he believes our current crisis is an opportunity for credit unions to build loyalty and grow their membership. In the leadership and life hacks portion of the show, we learn about Brian’s 30-year tenure with WOCCU and how the inspiration has changed with time on the job. He tells us about developing the ability to make difficult decisions, how mentors have helped shape his career, and what people can do to get involved with WOCCU. Brian also shares a big win from early in his career with WOCCU when he helped change the credit union model in Latin America.We learn in the rapid-fire section that Brian wanted to be a paleontologist when he grew up. We also find out that a trip to Mexico in high school inspired Brian’s love of traveling. Brain shares that he loves riding his bike or walking when he has a day off and that his favorite album of all time is Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones. If you have ever wondered about the global credit union community, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.Find the full show notes on cuinsight.comSubscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Brian:Brian Branch, President and CEO of [email protected] | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | YouTubeShow notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you! Check out all the outstanding work that Brian and his team at WOCCU are doing here. Shout-out: George OmbadoShout-out: African Confederation of Cooperative Savings and Credit AssociationShout-out: CUESShout-out: CUNA’s Governmental Affairs ConferenceShout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: Lois KitschShout-out: Bill CheneyAlbum mentioned: Sticky Fingers by The Rolling StonesBook mentioned: Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity by Norman WirzbaShout-out: Mahatma GandhiShout-out: Martin Luther King, Jr. Previous guests mentioned in this episode: George Ombado, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82), Lois Kitsch, Bill CheneyIn This Episode:[02:21] – Welcome back to the show, Brian![04:20] – Brian shares some success stories he sees from the global community.[07:25] – They speak about people working from home and those who don’t have that opportunity.[09:20] – Brian discusses how his office is communicating and assisting global offices during the pandemic.[12:30] – Why is it important for US credit unions to be involved with the global credit union community?[14:25] – Brian shares what he will be most proud of that his team has accomplished a year from now.[15:50] – What inspired you to take the position at WOCCU?[16:35] – Brian shares that the inspiration hasn’t changed in the years he has been at WOCCU.[17:11] – Make a difference. It is something his team hears him say all the time.[18:04] – Brian says that he had to cultivate the ability to make hard decisions.[19:33] – How have mentors helped you build your career?[20:02] – Brian shares how to get in contact with his office if you want to get involved with the global community.[21:20] – Brian speaks about how the golden rule treats others as you would like to be treated and has served him well over the years.[21:41] – Brian discusses what a regular workday looks like now and what a perfect workday would be.[23:18] – Brian shares a big win he had early in his career.[24:40] – What do you do to recharge when you have a day off?[26:00] – Brian wanted to be a paleontologist when he grew up.[26:40] – What is the best album of all time?[27:08] – Is there a book you think everyone should read?[27:34] – Brian shares that time with his family has become more important and doing things that have less impact has become less important.[28:33] – Gandhi, Martin Luther King, are the two people who come to mind when he hears the word success.[28:59] – Brian shares some final thoughts.[30:25] – Thank you for being on the show, Brian! 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Read More »

Kuwait swears in new emir after death of ruler

first_imgHe pledged to “serve the nation” in the address before lawmakers, who sat socially distanced and in masks, in line with coronavirus precautions.The remains of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah are expected to arrive in Kuwait City later Wednesday, on a flight from Minnesota where he had been undergoing treatment in hospital since July.According to the royal court, the funeral will be “restricted to the emir’s relatives” — a move likely designed to avoid large crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic. The country has already begun a 40-day period of national mourning.Sheikh Sabah earned a reputation as a shrewd, unshakeable leader who helped steer his country through the 1990 Iraqi invasion, crashes in global oil markets and upheavals in parliament and on the streets. World leaders and Kuwaitis alike have hailed the legacy of the late emir, architect of the nation’s modern foreign policy and mediator in some of the worst crises to grip the Gulf.”This man was the safety valve of the Arab world, not just for Kuwait,” Bandar al-Dahani, a Kuwaiti citizen, told AFP. “God willing, that goodness will be in Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf and he will follow the emir’s path.” Kuwait on Wednesday swore in its new emir, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and prepared to receive the body of his half-brother, the late ruler Sheikh Sabah who died in the US at the age of 91.Sheikh Nawaf was visibly emotional as he addressed the National Assembly a day after the death of the emir, an acclaimed diplomat and mediator who ruled for 14 years.”The precious confidence that the people of Kuwait have entrusted in us will be guarded with our lives,” the 83-year-old said after taking the oath of office. Topics : Generational transition looms Sheikh Nawaf, who has held high office for decades, takes over with Kuwait facing the repercussions of the coronavirus crisis, which triggered a sharp decline in oil prices and severe economic consequences for Gulf states.The elder statesman, who was named heir apparent in 2006, served as defense minister when Iraqi troops rolled into the oil-rich emirate in 1990, and also as interior minister in the face of challenges from Islamist militants.The new leader is popular within the ruling Al-Sabah family and is reported to have been a consensus choice for ruler. He also enjoys a reputation for modesty and has largely maintained a low profile.Major policy changes are not expected during his reign, even after the Gulf underwent a seismic shift with Kuwait’s neighbors, the UAE and Bahrain, opting to establish relations with Israel.Normalization with the Jewish state is highly unpopular among the Kuwaiti public, which largely supports the Arab world’s historic position of demanding a resolution of the Palestinian cause before giving diplomatic concessions to Israel. Despite expectations for a smooth succession, there could be more spirited debate over who the new crown prince should be.Kuwait’s constitution stipulates that the ruler should be a descendant of the nation’s founder, Mubarak al-Sabah, but the throne has alternated between the descendants of his sons, Salem and Jaber, for four decades.Contestants for the newly vacated role of crown prince include Sheikh Sabah’s son and former deputy prime minister Nasser Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, a Kuwaiti political heavyweight.”Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed should be viewed more as a caretaker than as a watershed new leader,” said Cinzia Bianco, a research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.”Behind the scenes, however, younger princes would likely continue to compete to succeed him.”last_img read more

Read More »

Seven surfers occupied this beach shack before it was transformed into an American summer house

first_img8 Seagull Avenue Mermaid Beach“It is one of those houses that seem bigger on the inside,” Mr Pitt said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We have had a few comments about the space inside so when we were renovating it we decided to put in four bathrooms. Every bedroom has its own bathroom.”Mr Pitt said the porcelain tiles were imported from China and the brush nickel taps were from the States. “Everything is as rustproof as possible,” Mr Pitt said. “We wanted it to last.” 8 Seagull Avenue Mermaid BeachWITH its Cape Cod-inspired renovation, this beautiful beach home has given Mermaid Beach a taste of an American summer house. The chic, colonial-style fitout was five years in the making for owners Johnathan and Hayley Pitt who bought the property 14 years ago. Originally from Sydney, the pair considered themselves among the luckiest people in the property market when they found the Mermaid Beach shack. 8 Seagull Avenue Mermaid Beach 8 Seagull Avenue Mermaid Beach“There were seven surfers living in it when we first inspected it,” Mr Pitt said. “Back then it was a typical old fibro shack with peeling wallpaper, windows painted shut and six different colours of paint on the walls.“Those surfers really counted on a good breezy day too, because there wasn’t any airconditioning.” After a long time planning and saving for a renovation, the couple said they knew exactly what they wanted to do with the property. 8 Seagull Avenue Mermaid Beach“We planted the tree in the front yard when we first bought the house and now it’s grown perfectly to filter the sun in the morning where we have our coffee.” Located two blocks from the beach, the home has views of Magic Mountain. A plunge pool, patio and cubby house are among the outdoor features. The couple recently bought another beach house in the area. 8 Seagull Avenue Mermaid BeachRaked ceilings feature in the open-plan home while pops of black and blue interiors bring the white colour palette to life. A timber splashback in the kitchen is paired with a stone island bench and pendant lighting. The pool continues the same colour palette with black and blue mosaic-style tiles. “My wife is very talented at design,” the father-of-three said. “She loves the bath and huge wardrobe in the main bedroom. 8 Seagull Avenue Mermaid Beach“We bought another home a bit further up the road, one that is closer to the beach,” Mr Pitt said.“We have the same renovation idea for the new house and my wife has already drawn up some designs. It might take us another five years.”last_img read more

Read More »

IPE Views: UK pension industry needs to gear up for significant change

first_imgDalriada’s Adrian Kennett looks at what’s to come after the government’s ‘clear statement of intent’ on reformEarlier this week, the UK government gave its response to the consultation paper ‘Freedom of Choice in Pensions’, which signals a clear statement of intent to the UK pension sector that big changes are on the way.  The response from government is effectively saying it’s “full steam ahead” in terms of implementing the proposed changes initially set out in the chancellor’s Budget in March.Trustees and employers must now get their houses in order quickly, as this clear response enables them to finally start to prepare for the upcoming changes in 2015 with a degree of confidence. Defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC) transfers will remain possible in the private sector and funded public sector, subject to members taking regulated independent advice  – if they have a pot size of more than £30,000 (€38,000). Planning for the forthcoming changes needs to cover a number of aspects, including communications. If they have not yet been contacted, members approaching retirement should be notified of the increased flexibility. Overall, communications should start to be considered for all members over 55, as well as those nearing that age.Data-gathering issues are another important consideration that should raise challenging questions for scheme managers such as what proportion of their deferred membership are over 55 or are approaching 55 in the near future; how big are their funds; what proportion will be able to take advantage of the revised trivial commutation limits.A potentially significant number of transfer out quotations may be sought from DB schemes next year, so scheme managers must also assess if they are suitably geared up for this in administrative terms and whether they have the capability to handle such volumes. Do they have all the data, including AVC fund information, to enable them to do so?  Trustees must also consider the Guidance Guarantee. Though this is provided by external parties, they will be duty bound to signpost the availability of the guidance and need to put in place the required administrative procedures to cover this.Given that the time horizon over which a proportion of members will receive their benefits will change, it is likely to have a material impact on investment strategy, and revisions may need to be considered. A significant amount of cash may be required next year, for example, as the block of those aged over 55 suddenly become able to take their benefits flexibly. Finally, scheme managers need to take a watching brief as to whether the consultation will ultimately provide flexibility through DB schemes rather than necessitating a transfer out to a DC scheme beforehand. Keep an eye out for product developments in the provider market that emerge in response to new legislation such as the flexibility to take cash from a pension at any point following the purchase of an annuity rather than having to wait until retirement as required by the current rules.Adrian Kennett is director at Dalriada Trusteeslast_img read more

Read More »