Members of The James Brown Band To Pay Tribute To The “Funky Drummer” Clyde Stubblefield

first_imgOn February 18th, the world of music lost one of its brightest shining stars, the inimitable Clyde Stubblefield. The “Funky Drummer,” as he was affectionately known, laid down the rhythmic foundation for some of James Brown‘s biggest hits, adding drums to the albums Cold Sweat, I Got the Feelin’, It’s a Mother, Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud, and the groundbreaking Sex Machine record. His drumbeat on the track “Funky Drummer” was so influential that it has become one of the most sampled segments of music of all time, and is heavily featured in classic hip hop tracks by legends like Run-D.M.C., N.W.A., Beastie Boys, and more.With Stubblefield’s unfortunate passing on February 18th, fans of the funk and hip-hop pioneer have been searching for a way to pay their respects to one of the most important musicians of the modern era. Thankfully, an all-star cast of musicians will assemble at American Beauty NYC on Friday, March 10th for “The Funky Drummer: An All-Star Tribute To Clyde Stubblefield!” (purchase tickets here). Former James Brown Band member Fred Thomas will hold down the bass, while Daru Jones of Jack White‘s band, and Eric Kalb of Eric Krasno Band will hold down the rest of the rhythm section. Marcus Machado and Chris Rob will add guitar and keys, respectively, and the horn section will be made up of Justin Stanton of Snarky Puppy, V. Jeffery Smith, and Smair Zarif. The band will also be joined by some surprise special guests throughout the evening, which will center on Stubblefield’s contribution to James Brown’s catalog.This is sure to be an amazing evening of music and celebration, all in honor of the “Funky Drummer” himself. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate the life of an artist who made such a huge impact on the world around him. See below for full details and art for “The Funky Drummer: An All-Star Tribute To Clyde Stubblefield.”– SHOW INFO –Artist: “The Funky Drummer: An All-Star Tribute To Clyde Stubblefield.”Venue: American Beauty NYC – 251 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001Price: $15adv / $20dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 8pm / Show 9pmAges: 21+last_img read more

Jenny Lewis Announces New Solo Album ‘On The Line’, Spring 2019 Tour Dates

first_imgIndie rock singer and guitarist Jenny Lewis has announced her plans to return with new music and a spring headlining tour in 2019. The former Rilo Kiley member will release her follow-up studio effort to 2014’s The Voyager this spring with On the Line, an 11-track album scheduled to arrive sometime next spring, although the official release date wasn’t revealed.According to Pitchfork, her first solo album in five years will feature contributions from Beck, Ringo Starr, Ryan Adams, Wolf Bros bassist and producer Don Was, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and drummer Jim Keltner.Fans can assume the new album will arrive sometime ahead of, or during the spring months, as that is when Lewis will head back out on the road for a run of North American shows which are scheduled to begin in late March. The 25-date headlining tour starts on March 26th in Bloomington, Illinois and continues over the next two months before wrapping with a show in San Diego on May 26th. Notable stops on the spring tour includes scheduled shows at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL (3/30); Canton Hall in Dallas, TX (4/5); Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA (4/12); Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA (5/11); Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO (5/16; And Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA (5/21), just to name a few. The full list of spring tour dates can be referenced below.Lewis had previously worked with Ryan Adams on producing her Voyager LP, which would go on to crack the top 10 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart in the U.S., peaking at number nine. Lewis would also make a point to hit the North American festival circuit in the months that surround its July release that summer, so fans should be on the lookout for her name to appear on major festival posters when lineups begin arriving in the coming months.In the years since her Voyager album cycle, Lewis also teamed up with Au Revoir Simone‘s Erika Forster and The Like‘s Tennessee Thomas to form an all-female rock trio named Nice As F*ck. The trio released their debut, self-titled LP in June of 2016. Lewis also appeared on a St. Vincent single in 2017 titled “Pills”.Tickets for Lewis’ newly announced spring tour will be going on sale starting December 7th at 10 a.m. local time, and can be found on the tour page of her official website.[Image: Jenny Lewis]Jenny Lewis Spring 2019 Tour Dates:March 26 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle TheatreMarch 27 – Madison, WI – The SylveeMarch 29 – St. Paul, MN – Palace TheatreMarch 30 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera TheatreMarch 31 – Nashville, TN – Ryman AuditoriumApril 2 – Iowa City, IA – Mission Creek Festival at Englert TheatreApril 4 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones AssemblyApril 5 – Dallas, TX – Canton HallApril 6 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody TheaterApril 7 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music HallApril 9 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity TheatreApril 10 – Jackson, MS – Duling HallApril 12 – Atlanta, GA – Variety PlayhouseMay 10 – Las Vegas, NV – House of BluesMay 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood PalladiumMay 13 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto TheatreMay 14 – Albuquerque, NM – KiMO TheatreMay 16 – Denver, CO – Ogden TheatreMay 17 – Bellvue, CO – Mishawaka AmphitheatreMay 18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth RoomMay 20 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore BallroomMay 21 – Seattle, WA – Moore TheatreMay 22 – Portland, OR – Crystal BallroomMay 25 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont TheaterMay 26 – San Diego, CA – House of BluesView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Driving Digital Access for the One and the One Billion

first_imgIn many areas around the world, the lack of reliable, affordable electricity has been one of the biggest barriers to providing technology access to students. In some cases, schools cannot keep the lights on and power a computer lab simultaneously.One program that Dell Technologies has initiated to help break this cycle is our Solar Learning Labs, which seek to close the learning gap by partnering directly with Computer Aid International to deliver computer labs built in converted, well-ventilated shipping containers, powered by solar panels and our technology. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:00Loaded: 8.26%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.This is a modal window.RestartShare We launched the first Solar Learning Lab in Nigeria in 2014 and currently have 20 labs in six countries (South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya, Mexico, and Colombia) providing nearly 17,000 students with access to digital technology. This does not include the countless members of the local communities who also have access to the labs. More about the Solar Learning Labs:The labs use a combination of solar power, energy-efficient Dell Wyse technology and air-cooled servers. Our team members volunteer to work onsite at these labs to install equipment and provide training to teachers.Under the instruction of Dell Technologies’ local youth learning partners, the Solar Learning Labs teach students basic computer skills, graphic design, robotics, and coding, in addition to life skills and entrepreneurship in some communities.These labs not only impact local students, but also benefit whole communities by giving them access to quality learning experiences, reliable power, and a local internet service, which is paid for and maintained by Dell Technologies.Earlier this month we announced our Progress Made Real 2030 plan which is grounded in the belief that technology and data combined with the human spirit are the positive forces capable of creating change. The plan includes moonshot goals which will help us propel our social impact commitments over the next decade. As the vice president for global strategic giving and social innovation, I was personally invested in the creation of our Transforming Lives moonshot goal which is this: With our technology and scale, we will advance health, education and economic opportunity initiatives to deliver enduring results for 1 billion people by 2030.When talking about our work with initiatives such as the Solar Learning Labs – it’s important that we do not forget about the one in one billion. So how do these labs help the one? Providing technology access to one young person will give them the skills they need to seek out job and life opportunities. If you look at the multiplier effect of nearly 17,000 students with these increased opportunities, the impact of that access will be passed on, supporting their families, becoming active members of their communities and ultimately helping to grow their local economies.Now, what if we could grow these labs from 20 to 100? This ambitious thought led us to work with Computer Aid International on a crowdfunding approach to scale the program and help them deliver 100 Solar Learning Labs by 2030. Dell will continue to provide the technology required for each lab, but in order to deliver digital skills on this larger, more wide-reaching scale, we will need to engage others to support the expansion of this proven program.Today is Giving Tuesday, a generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities. Put simply, it’s a day that encourages people to do good. On this day, as our team members look for ways to give back, they can support this crowdfunding initiative by donating to Computer Aid to ultimately scale the Solar Learning Labs. And through our employee match program, in which Dell will match donations to eligible charities up to $10K USD per year per employee, they can make an even bigger contribution to helping to scale the Solar Learning Labs and support digital access for underserved youth and communities.We know that getting to one billion is an ambitious goal. We also know we can’t get there alone. It requires strategic collaboration with nonprofit groups like Computer Aid, local and national governments, our partners and customers, and others who share our values and sense of purpose. It’s a tall order but one we’re ready for. We truly believe technology has the power to transform lives. Please join us.For more information on contributing to Computer Aid, please visit www.solarlearninglabs.org.last_img read more

East Northport Senior Housing Proposal Sparks Heated Debate

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York About 400 people packed Huntington Town Hall to speak out at a public hearing Tuesday night on a controversial proposal to build 360 senior-housing condos on Elwood Road in East Northport.The Garden City-based developer, the Engel Burman Group, described the project, known as The Seasons at Elwood, as an “active lifestyle community offering resort-style living limited to homeowners who are 55 years of age and better.” The original proposal, submitted two years ago, called for 482 condominium units to be built on the 37-acre site currently occupied by the Oak Tree Dairy, between Burr and Cedar roads.According to a town official, 116 people signed up to testify at the public hearing, the first one scheduled by the town to consider the zoning change that would allow the retirement community. Given a limit of two minutes per person, they began speaking at about 7:30 p.m. and, with an intermission around 9 p.m., continued until nearly midnight.“We are a single-family residential community,” Wendy Stranieri, an Elwood resident for 25 years with two children in John Glenn High School, told the Press. “We want senior housing but it has to be done responsibly.” In order for her to support the project, she said it would have to be “significantly smaller…like small ranches, three per acre.”After scaling back the project in consultation with the town and Elwood residents, the developer said the density would be 9.75 homes per acre. But, opponents of the project complained that it was still “too dense” while supporters extolled the virtues of the planned community and the crucial need for senior housing on Long Island.Supporters of the project ranged from the developer’s representatives citing the economic benefits to town residents eager to downsize their homes and remain in the area. The condos would vary in price from $435,000 to $700,000. According to Engel Burman, The Seasons would generate an additional $2.8 million in annual real estate tax revenue, which would benefit the Elwood Union Free School District. To mitigate the increased traffic on Elwood Road, already one of the busiest north-south arteries in East Northport, the developer would invest $1 million in “infrastructure upgrades,” such as adding new sidewalks, a left-turn lane at the entrance and synchronizing the traffic lights.Michael McCarthy, an attorney representing the developer, the Engel Burman Group, lays out their case for the project’s approval. (Spencer Rumsey/Long Island Press)Asked about the developer’s claim that The Seasons would add money to the school district, Stranieri called it “a lie.” Other opponents also scoffed at the claims made on behalf of the project, even disputing The Seasons’ age-restriction, arguing that the covenant could be amended to allow parents with school-age children to live in the new development. Supporters of the project stressed the lack of alternative housing for seniors on LI, which has been driving retirees to move away to Virginia and North Carolina.“I too am very interested in this project,” said Peter Wunsch, president of the Commack School Board, who’s been an East Northport resident for 32 years. “As I am retiring soon, I am looking at the possibility of moving to a facility like the one being proposed of which there are minimal options if I want to remain here on Long Island, which I do.” He said the Elwood School Board opposition to the condo project was “extremely short-sighted.”Wunsch stressed that he wasn’t speaking for his Commack board but for himself, a “school board member who is aware of all the issues.” The Elwood crowd, which occupied about a third of the chamber, loudly expressed their displeasure.Another objection to the rezoning repeatedly noted at the hearing focused on the contaminated soil found at the site that would require remediation before the development could proceed. Other people alleged that Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson were biased in favor of the project because they’d accepted campaign donations from the Engel Burman Group. Neither Petrone nor Cuthbertson responded to the criticism.A sign posted along Elwood Road near the dairy praised Councilman Eugene Cook, who had run as a Republican for the supervisor’s seat in 2013 and lost, for “having our back” regarding their opposition to the housing project. At one point during the hearing a resident at the podium warned the town council that “we will kick you all to the curb come the next election” if they approve the rezoning.Petrone had said at the beginning of the hearing that there would be no vote that night. The town reportedly has 90 days to approve the project. Otherwise, it has to hold another public meeting.last_img read more

Three ways to prevent communication breakdown in your credit union

first_imgMental health professionals say communication problems are the main reason marriages end in divorce. If poor communication can sever even the bonds of love, imagine what havoc it can wreak between organizations and their employees.Communication breakdown may be most keenly felt by those working remotely. In the 2018 State of Remote Work report, which surveyed 1,900 people who telecommute, the two biggest grievances were interlinked: loneliness (21%) and difficulties with communication and collaboration (21%).Now is the time to nip this in the bud, because—as demands for flexible working rise—the modern workplace is becoming more and more distributed. Silos can form among branches, teams and individuals, leading to disengaged employees and contributing to staff attrition.But there are three hugely effective things you can do to stop this from happening: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Increasing efficiency with RPA

first_imgRobotic process automation, or RPA, is technology that utilizes computer software programs, or “bots” to perform actions that a human would traditionally do, then reproduces and integrates those actions within digital systems to execute a specific business task.RPA bots are able to capture data and perform certain actions based on that data incredibly effectively and efficiently. They can interpret information, integrate with or “talk to” other systems, and respond to complex commands that allow them to perform essential duties that are often time consuming and monotonous for humans.You can think of a software robot as a person on your team—a person who never makes mistakes! Take a repetitive, rules-based task, map out the business process needed to accomplish that task, and assign the “bot” to manage it for you. Check out our infographic below to learn more about how RPA technology can increase business efficiency. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Residential: Oceans apart

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A ray of hope

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PGB introduces dynamic equity risk management

first_imgDutch multi-sector scheme PGB has extended its dynamic investment policy with the introduction of dynamic equity risk management.In its annual report for 2018, the €26bn pension fund said the new tool was aimed at limiting downside risk during falling equity markets through selling or buying index put options.However, it said that, in order to save costs, it would only buy these options if there was a higher risk of equity prices falling, no extreme market drops had occurred recently, and if costs were acceptable.The pension fund reported an overall loss on investments of 2.3% for 2018, chiefly due to declining equity markets in the last quarter. This marked the first time it had incurred an annual investment loss since 2008. “This development highlights how volatile the market climate is and how changeable the pension prospects are,” said Ruud Degenhardt, the scheme’s chairman.PGB’s funding stood at 108% at April-end, well above the minimum required level of 104.3%.Alternatives were the scheme’s best performing asset classes, with property and private equity generating 12.9% and 17.3%, respectively. Infrastructure gained 4.8%.However, these positive results were more than offset by an overall loss of 9.6% on the scheme’s equity allocation.PGB attributed this result largely to underperforming active managers in emerging markets, as well as value-driven and momentum-driven factor funds.It added that the 7.5% loss on alternative fixed income – comprising emerging market debt – was chiefly the result of badly performing active positions, and that it had subsequently sacked the manager.The multi-sector scheme said its combined holdings of German and Dutch government bonds, interest swaps and interest futures had gained 10.4%.Bonds had performed much better than euro-denominated swap rates following Brexit developments and tensions between the EU and Italy about the latter’s budget, PGB said.The scheme’s portfolio of euro-denominated credit lost 0.2% as a consequence of rising premiums for credit risk. The pension fund’s mortgages holdings delivered 2.1% due to falling interest rates for long-duration loans.The pension fund said it had benefited from the lack of a full hedge of the dollar “as the US currency had appreciated relative to the euro”. Its cover of the dollar exposure stands at 50%.PGB also said it was prepared for a no-deal Brexit, and that its existing investments in UK-domiciled investment funds would not be affected.Supervisory board chair exitsThe annual report also revealed that Nico Meeuwisse, chairman of PGB’s supervisory board (RvT) had prematurely resigned at the start of this year, following a dispute with the pension fund’s board about a reassessment of strategy and governance.A spokesperson for PGB attributed the issue to a lack of clarity about the demarcation of responsibilities between the scheme’s board and its governing bodies, adding that new arrangements had been made since.Currently, PGB’s supervisory board comprises Alfred Slager and Orpa Bisschop.The pension fund reported administration costs of €176 per participant, and that it had incurred asset management and transaction costs of 0.32% and 0.1%, respectively, last year.PGB has 244,000 workers and 78,000 pensioners, affiliated with 2,555 employers.last_img read more

Kraken Subsea Wins Kriegers Flak Contract

first_imgVattenfall has awarded Kraken Subsea Solutions with a contract for employer’s representation for the inter-array cable installation at the Kriegers Flak offshore wind project.The French engineering and consultancy company will provide supervision services to Vattenfall during the offshore installation operations at the 605MW wind farm, which will take place from July 2019 to November 2020.Kraken will be involved in all of the installation operations for the inter-array cable package, including boulder picking and clearance, pre-trenching, pre-survey, cable pull-in, laying and burial, as well as termination and testing.JDR Cables will manufacture more than 70km of aluminium core inter-array cables and provide a range of termination accessories for the Krigers Flak project, under a contract it secured in March.In November 2016, Vattenfall won the tender to build the wind farm with the lowest ever bid of EUR 49.9 per MWh, 58% below the original cap of EUR 120 per MWh.The 605MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm will comprise 72 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines scheduled to be fully commissioned before the end of 2021.last_img read more