Last night at Fort Collins, CO’s Aggie Theatre, new jam supergroup Katharsis featuring The Motet’s Dave Watts, RAQ/Electric Beethoven’s Todd Stoops, Dopapod’s Chuck Jones, and Digital Tape Machine’s Marcus Rezak played their third-ever performance in support of longtime laidback blues/soul Philadelphia born and bred act G. Love & Special Sauce.After playing what was going to be a one-off show this past May in Denver, the four members decided to ride the wave and hit the studio to record some tracks. What came out of that session was an album’s worth of material, which is being released as single’s over the course of several months. Last night, Katharsis showed off their chops with a four-song (Intro > Sex Chat, Rise Up Lights > Diabolical, Rip Chow), one-hour set of straight funky psychedelic rock. The improv game is strong with this newly founded quartet, and the future is bright moving into what is sure to be a bust-out 2018 for the group. They will end their 3-night Colorado run by headlining Denver’s Cervantes Other Side w/ Wabakinoset tonight (buy tix here).Listen to live audio excerpt from the show last night, via Soundcloud:25+ years into the game and G. Love barely looks as if he has aged a day, alongside the Special Sauce duo of drummer Jeffrey Clemens and bassist Jimmy “Jazz” Prescott. Their set was full of all the pickin’s from “Shooting Hoops” to “Baby’s Got Sauce” and the timeless “This Ain’t Living,” all from the 1994 self-titled classic album. The crowd was jamming the whole time, singing along, and just enjoying the 2+ hour set from G. Love. After a short break mid-set, G. Love came out for a short solo acoustic set, going off on the harmonica with some bluesy numbers, followed by a cover of The Beatles‘ 1968 song “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?” with the trio out in full force. The show ended with the song that put G. Love on the map, “Cold Beverages,” and left the Fort Collins crowd’s thirst fully quenched.Here is some more video from the night:
Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases such as oxygen and methane that only coexist if replenished by life. But those gases come from simple life forms such as microbes. What about advanced civilizations? Would they leave any detectable signs?They might, if they spew industrial pollution into the atmosphere. New research by theorists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) shows that we could spot the fingerprints of certain pollutants under ideal conditions. This would offer a new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).“We consider industrial pollution as a sign of intelligent life, but perhaps civilizations more advanced than us, with their own SETI programs, will consider pollution as a sign of unintelligent life since it’s not smart to contaminate your own air,” said Harvard student and lead author Henry Lin.“People often refer to ETs as ‘little green men,’ but the ETs detectable by this method should not be labeled ‘green’ since they are environmentally unfriendly,” added co-author Avi Loeb, Harvard’s Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science.The team, which also includes Smithsonian scientist Gonzalo Gonzalez Abad, finds that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) should be able to detect two kinds of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) — ozone-destroying chemicals used in solvents and aerosols. They calculated that JWST could tease out the signal of CFCs if atmospheric levels were 10 times those on Earth. A particularly advanced civilization might intentionally pollute the atmosphere to high levels and globally warm a planet that is otherwise too cold for life.There is one big caveat to this work. JWST can only detect pollutants on an Earth-like planet circling a white dwarf star, which is what remains when a star like our sun dies. That scenario would maximize the atmospheric signal. Finding pollution on an Earth-like planet orbiting a sun-like star would require an instrument beyond JWST — a next-next-generation telescope.The team notes that a white dwarf might be a better place to look for life than previously thought, since recent observations found planets in similar environments. Those planets could have survived the bloating of a dying star during its red giant phase, or have formed from the material shed during the star’s death throes.While searching for CFCs could ferret out an existing alien civilization, it also could detect the remnants of a civilization that annihilated itself. Some pollutants last for 50,000 years in Earth’s atmosphere, while others last only 10 years. Detecting molecules from the long-lived category but none in the short-lived category would show that the sources are gone.“In that case, we could speculate that the aliens wised up and cleaned up their act. Or in a darker scenario, it would serve as a warning sign of the dangers of not being good stewards of our own planet,” said Loeb.This work has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal and is available online.
Elina Pradhan was asleep in her Cambridge home in the early morning of April 25 when a friend phoned to tell her that a catastrophic earthquake had struck her native country of Nepal.After an anxious half-hour, Pradhan, a doctoral student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, managed to reach by phone her parents and sister in Kathmandu, and was grateful to find that they were safe in the still-standing family home.But shaken by the disaster that killed more than 8,000 people, injured more than 18,000, and left millions displaced, Pradhan has joined with Harvard’s approximately two dozen other Nepali students in leading a campus-wide effort to draw attention to the unfolding tragedy and bring help to the victims.After learning of the earthquake on April 25, Elina Pradhan (left) was able to reach her parents and sister in Kathmandu. She and fellow Harvard Chan School student Jigyasa Sharma attended Thursday’s vigil, which was preceded by a panel discussion held in conjunction with the Harvard Kennedy School. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerPradhan said that the students — part of a multicampus Students for Nepal group that sprung to life after the earthquake — are motivated by shock and grief at the scale of destruction wrought by the original earthquake, and a second one that struck on Tuesday.“It’s a feeling that you’ve lost more than 8,000 of your own,” she said. “It’s hard to communicate that loss and sense of urgency.”The shared impulse to turn anguish into action is helping strengthen bonds among Nepalis both at Harvard and in the community beyond, said Adarsha Bajracharya, a Nepali-born physician at Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance and a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School.“Everyone is thinking, how can we help in any way and give back to the country,” he said.“That’s been a common theme that has resonated with all the Nepalis I’ve met in Harvard and in the Greater Boston community.”Bajracharya said his family is safe but witnessed significant damage to homes in an older neighborhood near their Kathmandu home. The 17-year-old daughter of their driver was killed trying to protect her younger sister when their family’s home collapsed.Students for Nepal was launched the day after the first quake in an informal meeting at the Kennedy School, with Harvard, MIT, Tufts University, and New York University represented. It has since grown to include participants from seven other colleges and universities.Several Harvard Schools have their own chapters, all led by Nepali students. The groups focus on different tasks.The Chan School contingent has organized a panel discussion, submitted newspaper opinion pieces, raised funds, and created a short film. At the Harvard Graduate School of Design, students have contributed their computer mapping skills and held a “Nepal Earthquake Mapathon” to demonstrate them.Kennedy School students have played a convening role for the overall group, and worked to raise funds and public awareness.Harvard Medical School students have drawn on contacts in Nepal to help direct disaster aid to the areas that need it most. On the ground in Nepal as part of a Massachusetts General Hospital team, physician Bijay Acharya has been posting blog reports giving a firsthand view of the devastation that relief workers are encountering, as well as the resilience of the locals. One post described the scene in the hamlet of Singla:“The first quake wiped out nearly all the houses in the villages and the aftershocks crushed every old structures that remained standing. … All we saw was rubble: what remained of the houses was piled over one another. What used to be streets was now filled with debris and what filled people’s homes: torn clothes, shoes and books. Granaries lost, utensils crushed, latrines destroyed. A stench of decaying animals and human waste hung in the air.”At Harvard College, sophomore Saroj Kandel conducted an online fundraiser to support relief efforts.“Any citizen of Nepal should do it. The entire country is in pain,” he said.Harvard’s South Asia Institute has separately formed a Harvard for Nepal group. With the Chan School and the Kennedy School, the institute on Thursday hosted a forum on the earthquake, followed by a candlelight vigil.For some Nepali students, the efforts have helped ease a time of ordeal.Kumar Anuraj Jha, a student in the midcareer master’s in public administration program at the Kennedy School, said that members of his family, including his parents and two sisters, were in Kathmandu at the time of the earthquake, staying at the house of another sister who happened to be visiting him at Harvard. While they were unharmed, “everyone was just in a panic.”Jha said hearing of the trauma unfolding more than 7,000 miles away left him with feelings of “sadness and helplessness.” But he said he has been buoyed by the “huge energy” of the local Nepali community.
Stevens is best known as Matthew Crawley on TV’s Downton Abbey. He appeared on Broadway opposite Jessica Chastain in 2012’s The Heiress and his West End credits include Arcadia, The Vortex and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. Stevens’ additional TV and film credits include The Guest, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Hide, The Turn of the Screw, Dracula and Summer in February. View Comments Other stage and screen stars reportedly in negotiations to appear in the Disney flick include Luke Evans as the villain Gaston and Emma Thompson, who may take on the role of Mrs. Potts. Dan Stevens is in talks to take on the role of the Beast/Prince in Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Broadway alum and former Downton star may join the previously reported Emma Watson as Belle and more in the Bill Condon-helmed project.
Leslie Odom Jr. Leslie Odom Jr. & Phil Collins(Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images) Grammy Winner Joyce DiDonato Slated for RabbitIt’s opera sensation Joyce DiDonato’s turn to perform from that mysterious script! DiDonato will step into White Rabbit Red Rabbit on October 3. She joins previously announced stars like Tony winner Billy Porter, Justin Bartha and Stana Katic, who will perform on September 12, September 19 and September 26, respectively. Nathan Lane, Darren Criss and Ramin Karimloo are just a few of the faves who have already taken their turn at the Westside Theatre. Nassim Soleimanpour’s solo show involves a different actor every performance seeing the script for the first time just before they go on stage.Melissa McCarthy Joins Babs in the Recording StudioOur ears were blessed with Barbra Streisand’s Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway on August 26. Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Jamie Foxx are just a few of the starry friends Babs collaborated with for the album, but one star was particularly was surprised to be asked to record with Streisand: Funny girl Melissa McCarthy hit the studio with the stage and screen legend—and it’s clear she’s a fan (maybe not quite a Barbra-Streisand-candle-level fan, but one of us nonetheless). Enjoy their behind-the-scenes shenanigans below! Star Files Matt Bomer to Star in Transgender DramaAmerican Horror Story fave Matt Bomer has his next gig lined up, Variety reports. He will reunite with his The Normal Heart co-star Mark Ruffalo, who is producing the transgender drama Anything alongside Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve. Timothy McNeil will make his debut directing the feature film, which is based on his play of the same name. Bomer will take on the role of a trans sex worker who begins a relationship with fellow AHS actor John Carroll Lynch’s character, who moves to Los Angeles after the painful loss of his wife.Josh Groban Faces Off with James CordenHe’s just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake! Before Josh Groban makes his highly anticipated Broadway debut in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, the Stages singer visited 2016 Tony host James Corden on The Late Late Show. The two went head-to-head in a game of First Line, Every Line, in which each vocalist has to sing the first line of a song all the way through said song. Groban responded to Corden’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” (entirely sung as “Tommy used to work on the docks”) with Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Watch the hilarity ensue below! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed from today. Leslie Odom Jr. Performs with Phil CollinsDang, can these two serve! Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. joined chart-topping artist Phil Collins to perform at the U.S. Open’s kick-off ceremony on August 29 at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Collins began with his smash hit “In the Air Tonight” (which those of us at Broadway.com HQ have become obsessed with since American Psycho bowed on the Great White Red Way). Odom Jr. joins him onstage around 6:30 to smash “Easy Lover” if you’re not willing to wait for it. Enjoy the performance below! View Comments
By Dialogo July 05, 2011 In order to participate in the Military World Games, an athlete needs to be a member of the Armed Forces of his or her country of origin. However, an exception has been granted for this 5th edition. Haitian boxer Evens Pierre was invited by the Organizing Committee to compete in the Rio 2011 Games, even though his country of origin does not maintain an official military force. The organizers decided to invite him because he has used sports to help young people affected by violence. Born in one of the most violent slums in Haiti, “Cité Soleil,” on the outskirts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, Pierre saw in sports the chance to have a different destiny than the majority of people who grow up amid violence and poverty. After losing his home in the 2010 earthquake, the athlete continued to train with determination, thanks to the support of members of the Brazilian military. In Panama, with transportation offered by the Brazilian Army, the boxer became the Central American champion, winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) belt in the featherweight category, up to 61 kg. “My victories here serve to demonstrate to people that trading punches is better than trading bullets,” the boxer said. Even without an adequate ring, the fighter is not discouraged and aspires to serve as a role model for thousands of Haitian children. In an interview with Rede Globo television last year, Pierre showed his potential for influence in that part of the country.
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anca VoineaIn order to thrive and be relevant, small and medium sized credit unions will have to find new ways to pull resources where they can.Speaking at the World Credit Union Conference in Denver, Mollie Bell, chief engagement officer at the Filene Research Institute looked at the state of credit union collaboration in the US. The session also explored the “Network” credit union concept model.Filene has conducted a series of research studies that examined the notion of collaboration, not only among credit unions, but also between credit unions and the wider co-operative sector.One of the key challenges facing credit unions is embracing new technologies. By pulling resources, credit unions can achieve more. Ms. Bell explained how technological collaboration was easier than 20 years ago. continue reading »
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Stockland’s Project Director Andrew Astorquia and Director of Innovation House Darren Finlay pictured on the North Shore Innovation House project site. Picture: Shae Beplate.EXPRESSIONS of Interest for the supply of the latest and greatest home and garden products and materials for Townsville’s most futuristic house close next week.In the design phase, The Innovation Home Project will be built as part of North Shore’s newest display village, and will be a showcase of innovation and sustainable living. Stockland North Shore Project Director, Andrew Astorquia said that more than 30 local and national suppliers had already signed up to be part of the project.“This is a really exciting project as it incorporates cutting-edge design and technology products that are available now,” he said.“We are working with everyone from JCU researchers who are using plastic cuts from old nappies to create sustainable concrete, manufacturers of airconditioning systems that completely eliminate mould to electric vehicle charging and more. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“But what is more important is that much of the product and building materials that we incorporate are affordable for people to adapt to their own homes — and it helps them understand how to future proof their biggest investments.”Mr Darren Finlay, the creator of the Innovation House concept said the Innovation Home Project was increasing its scope to touch on all of the facets of sustainability including, design, water, energy, products, healthy house and technology.Project co-ordinator Rowan Blizzard said that over 1000 hours of research into best practice design has been invested by product suppliers to help create what will be the future of home building for the tropics. “Bunnings, Reece and many more local suppliers have put their hands up to be part of this exciting project,” he said.“Over 10,000 people are expected to visit the house once constructed so it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best and most innovative products on the market.“We encourage anyone who is developing sustainable and innovation projects to contact us to be part of this project.” Any suppliers interested in being part of The Innovation Home Project are encourage to contact Rowan Blizzard from Innovation House by calling 0412 997 754 or by emailing [email protected]
The fourth of Sweden’s state pension buffer funds has called on the country’s government to allow the funds to add unlisted direct investments to their portfolios.In July, the Swedish Finance Ministry proposed to amend the mandate for the AP funds. In a lengthy response to the consultation, AP4 said it welcomed the increased flexibility the new rules would give it to allocate between asset classes, but said allocation options should be accompanied by additional opportunities for unlisted direct investments.Niklas Ekvall, chief executive of AP4, said: “AP4 believes it is important that the increased allocation capabilities be supplemented with opportunities for direct investment in unlisted companies and credit.“The memo does not include this, which is unfortunate as it would allow more long-term and cost-effective investment rather than just investing indirectly in funds.” Including direct unlisted investments was also in line with prevailing market trends and practices, he said.Ekvall cited examples such as co-investments in unlisted companies alongside venture capital funds, major institutional owners or other investment consortia, and infrastructure companies. The latter should be possible in the same way as the AP funds currently invest in real estate companies, he said.These two asset types were very similar and adding infrastructure would give exposure to an attractive and socially-beneficial investment area in a cost-effective manner, Ekvall added.The CEO cited private credit as an emerging and socially important area of investment since the 2008 financial crisis.He also highlighted sustainability-orientated investment opportunities and initiatives, which were likely to increase in importance in the future. “Most of these are unlisted and therefore not investable according to the memo,” Ekvall said.AP4’s sister fund, AP6, was set up in 1996 to invest solely in private equity. Sweden’s government had proposed merging AP6 with AP2, but this idea – part of a wider restructuring proposal for the AP fund system – was rejected in 2015.Regarding the most recent investment guidelines proposals, the Finance Ministry’s draft of the amended mandate puts in place a new 40% ceiling on illiquid investments, replacing the current 5% cap on unlisted instruments.The 40% ceiling is to include real estate, an asset class that is not restricted under the current rules.Among other proposed changes to the mandate is a reduction in the minimum allocation to interest-bearing securities with low credit and liquidity risk to 20%, from 30%.