The gloss-finished, solid alder body guitar sports a 25.5″ scale maple neck with 22-fret, 7.25″ radius rosewood fretboard, and Mayer’s signature single-coil pickups. As the guitar’s product description on Musician’s Friend notes:More than two and half years in the making, the Silver Sky is a vintage-inspired instrument that is at once familiar but also newly PRS through and through. This model was based off of Mayer and Smith’s favorite elements from 1963 and 1964 vintage instruments, resulting in an idealized version of a vintage single-coil guitar. The attention that was paid to every detail sets this guitar apart.Some of the more distinctive specifications include the headstock shape, tuners, neck and fretboard, bridge, and pickups and electronics. The headstock shape is based on PRS’s trademark design, but inverted to both accommodate Mayer’s playing style and also to keep a consistent length of string behind the nut, which makes staying in tune easier. The tuners are a traditional vintage-style, closed-back tuner, but with PRS’s locking design. The neck shape was modeled after 1963/1964 vintage instruments, and the fretboard has a 7.25” radius. The moment your hand grabs this neck, it just feels right.Like the tuners, the steel tremolo takes a classic design and incorporates PRS’s trem arm and Gen III knife-edge screws. The bridge on the Silver Sky is setup flush to the body in the neutral position so that the tremolo bridge only goes down in pitch. By keeping the bridge in contact with the body, the guitar itself is acoustically louder, which improves the signal to noise ratio of the single-coil pickups. The 635JM single-coil pickups are very round and full, with a musical high end that is never “ice-picky” or brash.Other high-quality specifications include a bone nut, a molded metal jack plate that is curved and makes plugging and unplugging a guitar cable hassle-free, retooled knobs, fretwire that is slightly smaller than what you’d find on most PRS electric guitars, and PRS’s double action truss rod (accessible from the front of the headstock for ease of use).Of course, even those with a cursory knowledge of guitars will notice the PRS John Mayer Silver Sky’s resemblance to Fender‘s iconic Stratocaster. Mayer has played a Strat throughout most of his career, and in the early 2000s, he partnered with Fender to make his own John Mayer Signature Stratocaster Series, released in 2005.As Reverb explains, The John Mayer Signature series became a mainstay of the Fender Artist series lineup. Many customers particularly praised the “Big Dipper” single-coil pickups that came standard with the Mayer model Strats, as they sold for a premium on their own.However, Mayer had a falling-out with Fender in 2014 due to his perception that the quality of their products had declined. In a pair of tweets, he explained,Heads up to anyone thinking about owning my signature Fender Stratocaster, they’re no longer being made and I’m no longer a Fender artist. … I love Fender guitars and will continue to play them, but the fact is that the company as it is today isn’t the same one I started with.Mayer gave the world an early taste of his custom PRS build during his solo tour stop in Boston last spring. You can see/hear Mayer in action on his new PRS model below:John Mayer – “Moving On and Getting Over” – 4/9/17[Video: Matt Frazier]The PRS John Mayer Silver Sky is available now in Onyx (black), Tungsten (silver), Horizon (red), and Frost (white) finishes. You can purchase one here. John Mayer and Paul Reed Smith have officially released the “PRS John Mayer Silver Sky” for public consumption. The new custom-model electric guitar is the result of an extensive collaboration process between the multiple Grammy-winning solo artist/Dead & Company guitarist and the renowned master luthier.
Editor’s note: Throughout the 2018 midterm election season, The Observer will sit down with various student organizations and professors to discuss political engagement and issues particularly pertinent to students. In this fourth installment, Notre Dame College Democrats discusses its plans to help Democrat politicians get elected.With the 2018 midterm elections drawing near, the Notre Dame College Democrats is ramping up operations to help make the Democrat “blue wave” in Congress a reality.Co-president of College Democrats senior Jack Grogan said following the Democratic Party’s lack of success across the board in 2016, members of the club are especially motivated to go out and work to help Democrats win.“I was working in field for the congressional candidate in 2016, and it was easily the most depressing night of my life when we lost that race and every race that night in Indiana, to say nothing of the presidential race, obviously,” Grogan said. “I guess the motivation is pretty high for those of us who’ve been around for that long not to see that happen again.”Grogan said the primary campaigns of interest for the club are Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly’s re-election campaign and Mel Hall’s campaign for Indiana’s second district — Notre Dame’s district.Junior Sheila Gregory, the College Democrats’ Chair of Volunteer Outreach, said Democrats hope to learn from the mistakes of the last election and do all they can to find victory in November.“A lot of people complained after 2016 about what happened … but a lot of people didn’t go out and do anything about it,” she said. “They didn’t knock on doors, they didn’t canvas and then they were shocked when things didn’t go in their favor. So, our biggest push is to be like, ‘Let’s do everything to be sure that we try to get the results that we want, and even if we don’t get the results that we want, then we know that we did something about it. We didn’t just sit there and talk about how we don’t like what’s going on with the current administration. We actually took measures into our hands to affect the change that we wanted to see.’ That’s our biggest priority right now.”Though 2016 may not have delivered the results Democrats were hoping for, Grogan said the resulting political climate of 2016 brought much more interest to the normally-quieter midterm elections.“The big difference [from 2016] obviously is that it’s not a presidential year and is a midterm year, so sometimes that makes it harder to generate interest,” Grogan said. “I’m not sure how much that’s true this year. I think the interest, at least among our core club members, is probably just as high, and the challenge is going to make everyone else care as much as we do.”Gregory said the club’s primary method of supporting Democratic candidates is going door-to-door in the surrounding communities to talk to people about the election — a method known as canvassing.“Our huge effort is getting people out there and knocking on doors because … Indiana, especially in this area, [went] Democrat in 2008 .. but swung really hard for Republicans in 2016,” Gregory said. “Studies show that the best way to get turnout, and especially turnout in your favor, is to get out there and have personal conversations with voters by knocking on doors.”Interest in canvassing amongst volunteers has risen since the 2016 election year, Gregory said.“I was a freshman on 2016, and I was probably one of six people that volunteered to do canvassing in the 2016 election,” she said. “Now on just [last] Sunday alone, we [had] about 25 people signed up to canvas, which is ridiculous. Not only [did] we have 25 people committed to Sunday, we have about 50 people committed to volunteering at least one day a week and that’s including weekdays after class. … That sort of effort is not something we saw at all last [election year].”Grogan said other events planned in preparation for the November elections include policy discussion nights and phone call campaigns. In the end, however, what really matters to the College Democrats is how many Democrats win their race, he said.“Obviously success on a broad level is winning top to bottom,” Grogan said. “I’d probably say Joe Donnelly’s re-election is top of the list. If we can achieve that, it’ll be a big night.”Tags: 2018 midterms, blue wave, College Democrats, Election Observer, Notre Dame College Democrats
By Dialogo April 27, 2009 Mexico’s government is trying to stem the spread of a deadly strain of swine flu as a new work week begins by urging people to stay home Monday if they have any symptoms of the virus believed to have killed more than 100 people. Officials have already closed schools in three states and canceled hundreds of public events. But as the number of suspected cases and deaths rose again Sunday — and millions returning to work Monday — they looked to other measures to control the outbreak. Labor Secretary Javier Lozano Alarcon said employers should isolate anyone showing up for work with fever, cough, sore throat or other signs of the flu. Fear of the disease caused most residents of Mexico’s capital to hunker down at home on Sunday. The cardinal said Mass in a shuttered cathedral. Football teams played to empty stadiums. A television variety show filled studio-audience seats with cardboard cutouts bearing broad smiles on their faces. For the first time in 300 years, the cathedral in Mexico City’s main plaza pulled an icon of the Lord of Health from storage, and worshippers placed it on the principal altar. The Rev. Cuauhtemoc Islas said it would remain there until the medical emergency is over, Mexico’s government news agency Notimex reported. But the bad news kept coming. Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said late Sunday the number of suspected swine flu cases in Mexico had climbed to 1,614, including 103 deaths. Authorities were trying to confirm how many new cases were caused by the virus, which has been confirmed or suspected in at least a half-dozen other countries and has caused the U.S. to declare a health emergency. But even as Mexican officials urged those with flu symptoms to seek medical help, some complained of being turned away. In Toluca, a city west of the capital, one family said health authorities refused to treat a relative Sunday who had full-blown flu symptoms and could barely stand. The man, 31-year-old truck driver Elias Camacho, was even ordered out of a government ambulance, his father-in-law told The Associated Press. Paramedics complained that Camacho — who had a fever, was coughing and had body aches — was contagious, Jorge Martinez Cruz said. Family members took him by taxi to a public hospital, but a doctor there denied Camacho was sick and told the trio to leave, Martinez said. “The government told us that if we have these symptoms, we should go to these places, but look how they treat us,” Martinez said. Camacho was finally admitted to the hospital — and placed in an area marked “restricted” — after a doctor at a private clinic notified state health authorities, Martinez said. Jose Isaac Cepeda, who has had fever, diarrhea and joint pains since Friday, said he was turned away from two hospitals — the first because he isn’t registered in the public health system, and the second “because they say they’re too busy.” The streets of the capital were largely deserted Sunday. The city canceled its weekly cycling day, in which major boulevards are closed to cars. The city’s two main chains of movie theaters announced they were closing temporarily. Restaurants and bars were empty. “We normally get 200 diners over the course of the day,” said waiter Eduardo Garcia, wearing a surgical mask as he presided over empty tables of an Italianni’s restaurant in the Zona Rosa neighborhood. “Today’s pretty bad. Nobody’s coming out of their houses.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lissa HarrisAll over social media I saw complaints about Sunday night’s episode of The Walking Dead. Some called it a “snoozefest.” Others said that it paled in comparison to last week’s episode, which was arguably the most violent of the series. And that’s saying something.But I beg to differ. Anyone who thought this last episode was boring doesn’t understand what this show is trying to achieve. Let me take a stroll down the memory lane of past episodes to explain why “Here’s Not Here” was so important to the series.From season one, we are told that walkers are not the only ambulatory bodies to fear. Humans can be downright terrifying when put into situations of high danger and imminent threat to their safety and well-being. That is why there’s “road rage.” The world of TWD is “road rage” multiplied by a googol. Here, tensions are ramped up so high that anyone would jump a mile at the sound of a loud fart. In this situation some people adopt a kind of kill or be killed attitude seemingly out of necessity. Case in point, the Stanford prison experiments conducted in 1971 in which two groups of people were placed in a fake prison where some were arbitrarily made guards and the others were inmates. As the experiment continued, some guards became increasingly cruel. After only 36 hours, “experimenters reported that approximately one-third of the guards exhibited genuine sadistic tendencies.”In this show, Merle Dickson is the first character to cause concern, making several violent threats to some other members of the group. Merle is a racist, a misogynist, and a sadist, all bound up in a white trash wrapper. He is a bad guy chained to a rooftop and left to die, but not on purpose. T-Dog went back for him when the walkers started swarming but he dropped the handcuff key down a grate before he could set Merle free. Problem solved, at least temporarily, and no one had to get Merle’s blood on their hands because killing the living, even nasty ones, is morally wrong.Or is it?Season two fine-tuned this philosophical debate by pitting the two main protagonists, Rick and Shane, against each other. Shane thinks Rick is too soft to keep the group safe because he lacks the grit to make the hard decisions. Rick believes Shane is a dangerous man who has gone down a path of destruction and violence that will rob him of his very soul. Enter the good hearted. Hershel is a peaceful farmer who has no idea how violent the world has become. He’s trying to save walkers for a future cure. He even prohibits guns on the farm. Dale tries to convince the group to spare a young prisoner they’ve captured from a violent gang.In this season, Shane sacrifices Otis to get medicine to save Carl. OMG, where are the norms and mores of this model society? What are we supposed to believe about the rules now?Seasons three, four, five, and six have continued to challenge all we hold dear. We are introduced to the power hungry Governor and the cannibals at Terminus, characters who are high on the threat scale. Then we meet Joe and his group who are about to rape Carl when Rick kills them. And we come face to face with characters Aiden, Father Gabriel and Nicholas who endanger our protagonists by allowing their fear to direct their bad decision making.At last, we finally understand that there is no other way but to kill those who pose a threat to the group’s survival. We even start to root for the death of those who are merely weak, like the throw-away character Carter, who gets bitten by a walker. Rick immediately snuffs him out to prevent Carter’s cries of pain from attracting more walkers.Then there’s last week’s episode—and Glen, oh Glen! Are you dead, Glen? Rick may have blood on his hands, but others remain who’ve never killed the living, proving that it was possible for us all to survive without losing our humanity in the process. We know what the death of Glen would mean. It would mean the end of everything pure and good. The end of forgiveness and love and anything that is still decent and pure in this cesspool of a world. It would mean the end of compassion, the end of human connection.Or would it?Finally we get to Sunday night’s episode, “Here’s Not Here.” It’s peaceful in tone, slow in tempo, and lit as if the sun is either just coming up or just going down. It is Morgan’s backstory, what he has been doing since Rick and Michonne left him in Georgia crazy and muttering to himself.Enter Eastman, who finds Morgan trying to steal his goat and puts him in an unlocked cell for days before convincing him to stay as his companion. Eastman killed even before the world went to hell. He slew the murderer of his wife and two children by starving him to death over the course of 47 days. And yet Eastman tells Morgan that his revenge killing brought him no peace. He is responsible for Morgan’s new tag line, “All life is precious,” as well as his newfound skills with a bamboo bo staff.This was no filler episode. This was the show-runner’s way of once again messing up our sense of right and wrong as we watch this new world that makes no goddamn sense to us. Eastman is a new breed; a man who is trusting but ready to defend himself in very lethal ways. He will no longer kill another living thing. He was surviving with love and compassion.But the episode turns us around again! We realize that Morgan has been telling his story to a captured member of the “Wolves” gang who has the darkest eyes and brownest teeth I’ve ever seen. This prisoner reveals that he has been bitten and will probably die. But if he survives, he insists he will kill every man, woman and child in Alexandria without hesitation. Morgan locks the prisoner in his cell, proving that he is still struggling with Eastman’s peaceful way.This philosophical debate has finally reached the point where both sides have become almost completely fused together in some grotesque grafting. And my prediction is that it will continue to volley us back and forth emotionally and intellectually until we are so sick and dizzy we won’t know whom we should root for.Most boring TWD episode ever? No way. This was time for reflection.(Photo credit: The Walking Dead/Facebook)
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions announced a deal Tuesday that will allow the trade group to develop a common core processing platform for member CDCUs.The deal, with the Birmingham, Ala.-based software CUSO EPL Inc., will produce a processing platform that accommodates ongoing innovation, facilitates collaboration and shared services, and increases the impact of CDCUs, the National Federation said.Earlier this year, Dedagroup SpA, an Italian firm with a history in core processing, purchased a majority position in EPL and refinanced the CUSO. continue reading »
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Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta convinces Granit Xhaka to stay at Arsenal after one-on-one talks with Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka is set to stay at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka has made a u-turn on his Arsenal future after being convinced to stay at the Emirates by Mikel Arteta.The Swiss midfielder had been intent on leaving the Gunners after a miserable start to the current campaign.Xhaka was named club captain under Unai Emery but was dropped after telling supporters to ‘f**k off’ after he was jeered following a substitution against Crystal Palace in October.The midfielder had been keen on a move to Hertha Berlin and wanted to complete a move to the Bundesliga club in time for their mid-winter training camp last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Xhaka had been keen on signing for Hertha Berlin (Picture: Getty)But Arteta made keeping Xhaka a priority when he was appointed Arsenal boss and Goal claim he’s convinced the midfielder to stay put until at least the end of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta has made an immediate impression on Arsenal, losing just one of his first four matches in charge.Xhaka has started three of those and missed the only defeat; a 2-1 loss to Chelsea in late December.Arteta claims Xhaka was high on Manchester City’s transfer wishlist when he first joined the club in 2016 but the Borussia Monchengladbach ace opted to join the Gunners while City went after Ilkay Gundogan.MORE: Cesc Fabregas names Steven Gerrard as the toughest opponent he faced Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jan 2020 5:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares
The new bank, to be called Williams & Glyn’s – the branch network’s previous name, dropped in 1985 – will act as a “challenger” bank to the major players, with a focus on ethical standards and servicing the needs of retail and small and medium-sized enterprise customers.As at 30 June, the business had total assets of £19.7bn, customer deposits of £22.2bn and risk-weighted assets of £13.3bn.It made an operating profit of £168m for the first half of 2013.The Church Commissioners’ stake equates roughly to 1% of its £5.5bn portfolio, which is used to finance Church activities and fund pensions for pre-1998 service.This is its first direct co-investment in private equity, which forms 3-5% of the overall portfolio.The first private equity investment was made in 1997.Tom Joy, director of investments for the Church Commissioners, said: “This represents a good investment opportunity, so we are comfortable with the risk/reward trade-off.”He added that the stake was not seen as an impact investment – i.e. one which supports businesses furthering the investor’s mission, while returning the capital invested, often with an added financial return. “First and foremost, it would have failed as an investment idea had it not met our return hurdles,” Joy said. “It is not our intention to sacrifice a certain level of return.”The Church Commissioners have the right to appoint an independent director to the board of Williams & Glyn’s, and the intention is to be proactive investors, particularly since the bank is intended to operate as a “good bank” operating to the highest ethical standards.According to Joy, this includes treating customers fairly and not getting involved in non-core activities such as investment banking or proprietary trading.“We were the instigators of good bank principles, and they formed part of the bid documents,” he said.Joy said the stake was seen as a long-term investment, although this will be reviewed if and when an initial public offering takes place.Even so, the present intention is that the shares will not be sold, although they would then be classified as UK equities.The Commissioners’ investment objectives are a return on investments of inflation (retail prices index) plus 5%.Over the past 10 years, the returns from their private equity holdings have outperformed the returns from the portfolio as a whole, at 14.9% per year compared with 9.1%.However, private equity only returned 2.9% over the year to 31 December 2012, compared with 9.7% for the total portfolio.The investment policy includes ethical guidelines drawn up by the Church’s own Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG).The Church Commissioners engage with all the banks they invest in. In particular, they have had discussions with Barclays Bank on concerns over the LIBOR-rigging scandal, and the mis-selling of payment protection insurance.In June, the EIAG’s 2012-13 annual review said: “We have been encouraged by the determination of the bank’s new leadership to turn a corner and foster a more ethical culture.” The Church Commissioners – the Church of England’s investment arm – have won the bid to buy more than 300 UK bank branches from RBS, in partnership with other investors.The Church Commissioners have a 10% stake in the £600m (€720m) deal and are the largest investors after the consortium leaders, investment company Centerbridge Partners and Corsair Capital, a private equity firm specialising in global financial services.Other investors include RIT Capital Partners and, reportedly, Standard Life.RBS – 80% owned by the UK government – had been forced by the European Commission to sell its 308 branches in England and Wales and six NatWest branches in Scotland as a condition of its bailout by the state.