Bob Weir, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, & More Tapped For ‘Across The Great Divide’ Benefit

first_imgOn Friday, October 19th, a number of music legends will come together in Los Angeles to perform at Across The Great Divide, a benefit for The Americana Music Association and The Blues Foundation. Scheduled at the historic Ace Theatre, the night will see performances by Bob Weir, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, and Joe Louis Walker in addition to younger artists like Shemekia Copeland, Doyle Bramhall II, Larkin Poe, and Tash Neal. Jimmy Vivino, the leader of the house band for Conan, will similarly serve as the musical director and band leader for the house band at Across The Great Divide.“The Blues Foundation is most appreciative of UpperWest Music Group and Greg Williamson for creating an evening to celebrate the ties between The Blues and Americana music,” noted Barbara Newman, President and CEO of The Blues Foundation. “Each of our organizations and the genres we represent are intricately linked. While The Blues Foundation and the Americana Music Association have had a strong working relationship behind the scenes for many years now, I am especially excited for this opportunity to publicly spread the word of our missions together during what I know will be a unique and special night of music.”Added Greg Williamson, concert producer and founder of UpperWest Music Group in a statement, “It’s an honor to have a small part in helping the Americana Music Association and The Blues Foundation. … These two organizations represent some of the most significant artists in American music.”“The intersection of Americana and the Blues is a place of integrity, passion and love of American roots traditions. We are so grateful for Greg Williamson and UpperWest Music Group for their support and passion for the music we love. It’s a perfect partnership,” explained Jed Hilly, the Executive Director of The Americana Music Association.A pre-sale for Across The Great Divide will start on Thursday, August 23rd, at 9 a.m. (PT) via On Friday, August 24th, tickets will go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. (PT).last_img read more

Former admin claims discrimination

first_imgDr. G. David Moss, former assistant vice president of academic affairs, filed a lawsuit in federal court in South Bend against the University and Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann-Harding, in response to alleged discrimination he faced from the administration.  Moss, who now works as an administrator with the South Bend Community School Corp., sued because he was demoted following his condemnation of two incidents of racial discrimination at the University in the spring 2012 term.  The complaint alleges Moss pursued a promotion from his position as assistant vice president of student affairs to associate vice president of student affairs. Subsequently, the complaint asserts Hoffmann-Harding demoted Moss to the post of senior consultant while attempting to arrange his further demotion or termination. Hoffmann-Harding indicated to Moss that she was considering terminating his employment from summer 2012 until August 2013, the complaint claims. Moss supervised the Call to Action movement, an African-American student group, in the spring of 2012 as part of his job duties, the complaint alleges. During this time, the complaint asserts someone or a group of people targeted the group, leaving pieces of fried chicken in the organization’s mailbox on two separate occasions. Moss responded comprehensively and vocally to these racial stereotyping actions on campus, the complaint asserts, and his actions earned significant publicity both on and off campus. His response included supporting the Call to Action movement, calling for investigation of the incidents and planning ways to “address the underlying racism on campus that caused them,” the complaint alleges. Moss sought promotion after his public involvement with the movement, and the complaint alleges Hoffmann-Harding’s subsequent actions in demoting and threatening Moss with termination were motivated by race and in retaliation for Moss’s contributions to the Call to Action student group.  Moss is seeking monetary damages and a judgment that proves the University’s actions were unconstitutional and violated federal employment statutes.  University spokesman Dennis Brown said the University is investigating the complaint. “We are examining the complaint, which we just received, but we’re confident that Mr. Moss was treated fairly during his employment, and we reject the claim that we discriminate,” Brown said. “We also want to make it clear that the incidents that occurred in February 2012 were unacceptable. We have taken them very seriously and – as evidenced by the committee on diversity appointed by [University President] Fr. Jenkins earlier this year – we continue to make every effort to ensure that our campus is welcoming to all.” Brown said the town hall meeting called by the University in response to the discriminatory incidents has been employed as a way to train staff. “The town hall meeting sponsored after the event in 2012 was videotaped, and has been used extensively in training of student affairs staff, including hundreds of residence hall staff and each department within student affairs,” Brown said. “In addition, in collaboration with student leaders and at the suggestion of students, diversity training has been added to freshman orientation and with campus safety officers.” Moss also filed a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). After investigation of his claim, the commission reported that it is “unable to conclude that the information obtained establishes violations of the statutes.” Thomas Dixon, Moss’ attorney, did not respond to requests for comment.  Contact Nicole Michels at nmichels@nd.edulast_img read more

The “Yin and Yang” of credit union reporting/analytics software: 3 factors to consider

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Paul AblackAs a veteran of the Business Intelligence (BI) industry, which is now being eclipsed by Big Data and Analytics, I have witnessed many organizations looking for the “perfect BI software”.For at least a decade now, BI software companies have been striving for leadership in the coveted Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence. The Magic Quadrant evaluates BI software vendors on two dimensions: (1) Completeness of Vision and (2) Ability To Execute. While these two dimensions do provide very good insight into the capabilities of each vendor’s product offering, they don’t tell the whole story.Many IT departments over the years that have gone through the process of acquiring expensive BI software because they were led to believe by the BI vendors that the software was a “Silver Bullet”. Rather than making reporting & analytics easy and accessible across the enterprise, the promise of the Silver Bullet never materialized and it was often relegated to the class of “Failed IT Implementations”.If you have been charged with the responsibility for choosing the right Reporting/Analytics (R/A) software for your credit union, here are three key factors that must be considered before making a purchasing decision and setting expectations within your credit union. continue reading »last_img read more

Credit union industry disruption: NACUSO 2015 – Part 1

first_imgby: Paul AblackI had the opportunity to attend NACUSO 2015 in Orlando last week. NACUSO is a great conference to interact with other thought leaders in the credit union industry to make valuable business connections. It is the essence of the “credit union movement”, a group of talented industry leaders looking for ways to collaborate to make the industry stronger.From the perspective of addressing the competitive issues facing the industry, I think last week’s conference will go down as one of the best yet. There were two themes that featured prominently for most of the folks that I had a chance to talk to: Credit Union Industry Disruption and Predictive Analytics (The FICO Score is Dead).  To adequately cover both of these themes, I have created a two part series. This first part will focus on industry disruption.John Lass, Lass Advisory Services ( gave a presentation on Disruption: Are We Next? in which he highlighted “game changers” in history.  These “Innovative Disruptors” overtook or completely eliminated industry leaders in a matter of a few years. Lass stated that we typically see the full effect of game changers, “not when a concept or product is invented, but when it is broadly adopted- that’s when things really change.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Berger calls for reg relief on Dodd-Frank anniversary in new op-ed

first_imgOn the 10-year anniversary of the signing of the Dodd-Frank Act, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger penned an op-ed in Credit Union Times calling on policymakers to reduce the regulatory burdens credit unions face as a result of the legislation as well as the challenges they are confronting amid the coronavirus pandemic.“While it was important Congress acted quickly to reign in the egregious practices of the big banks, credit unions – which have been heralded for not contributing to the financial crisis – were caught in the crosshairs unnecessarily,” wrote Berger. “As a result, credit unions and their members have long paid the price of over-regulation.”Berger added that “we have a new crisis that credit unions have been facing – how to help their members during the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis has shown that we need deregulation now more than ever.”Outlining several legislative and regulatory policy requests, Berger called on policymakers to consider: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

H5N1 hits birds in Vietnam, Ghana, Pakistan

first_imgMay 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – H5N1 avian influenza has continued to flare up in poultry on two continents this week, with Vietnam, Ghana, and Pakistan all confirming new outbreaks in the past 2 days.In Vietnam over the weekend, more than 2,000 ducks died, and another 6,000 were culled in various areas affected by outbreaks of H5N1, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported yesterday. The ducks had not been vaccinated.Five provinces have been affected since the beginning of this month, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. They are Quang Ninh, Son La, and Nam Dinh in the north, Nghe An in the central region, and Dong Thap in the south.UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative Andrew Speedy told AFP that rather than trying to wipe out the virus, which is believed to be widespread in Vietnam’s bird population, efforts will focus on vaccination campaigns, which have proved highly effective.”We are now convinced that it’s pretty much endemic and that the vaccinations will be required for the foreseeable future, although there will be an attempt to find an exit strategy at some point,” Speedy said.The Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Animal Health said 119 million birds in 60 cities and provinces nationwide have been vaccinated this year, Xinhua reported.This year’s second round of nationwide vaccinations is now starting, AFP reported.Ghana reported its second outbreak of the virus on a farm in Sunyani, about 250 miles north of the capital, Accra, according to a Reuters report published yesterday. Gary Quarcoo, the agriculture ministry’s head of veterinary services, said veterinary officials have culled thousands of birds in the area and destroyed animal feed and farm equipment.Ghana’s first outbreak H5N1 was detected on a farm near the port city of Tema in April.In Pakistan, officials said today that more than 5,000 chickens were culled after an outbreak that killed about 6,000 chickens was confirmed on three farms near Islamabad, according to another AFP report. The country’s last outbreaks occurred in April in the northwest and in the southern city of Karachi, the story said.last_img read more

Trump has many accomplishments

first_imgYear One list: 81 major Trump achievements, Too many to list. Eleven Obama legacy items repealed.Passage of the tax reform bill providing $5.5 billion in cuts and repealing the Obama care mandate; Increase of the GDP above 3 percent; Creation of 1.7 million new jobs, cutting unemployment to 4.1 percent; Saw the Dow Jones reach record highs; A rebound in economic confidence to a 17-year high; A new executive order to boost apprenticeships; A move to boost computer sciences in Education Department programs; Prioritizing women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.President trump also killed several job-stifling regulations: Signed an Executive Order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one created. He beat that big and cut 16 rules and regulations for every one created, saving $8.1 billion; Signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts; Withdrew from the Obama-era Paris Climate Agreement, ending the threat of environmental regulations; Signed an Executive Order cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals; Eliminated an Obama rule on streams that Trump felt unfairly targeted the coal industry.On fair trade, he made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. My hat is off to President Trump. Yes, he sticks his foot in his mouth. That’s because he was brought up on the streets of New York and he talks like we normal people do.Tony MontePrincetown More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsLocal movie theater operators react to green light Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump has many accomplishmentsHere is a list of things President Trump did in his first year. The news won’t tell you this and I’ll be surprised if The Gazette prints it.last_img read more

Indonesia must continue to engage with US ahead of November elections

first_imgIndonesia must continue to closely engage the United States regardless of who wins the US presidential elections in November, diplomats and foreign policy experts say, as it seeks to rekindle its partnership with a superpower largely preoccupied with its rivalry with China.With the race to the White House picking up speed, Indonesia must decide on how to best anticipate two possible scenarios: preparing for a change in US leadership or bracing for more of the same.Americans are expected to head to the polls on Nov. 3 to vote in President Donald Trump for a second term or to let former vice president Joe Biden steer the US into a different direction. “If elected, Biden will be the most ‘foreign policy prepared’ president. But how bold and different his foreign policy will be depends on whether the Democrats could rule the Senate,” Dino said of the former member of the US Senate foreign affairs committee.The Foreign Ministry’s director for America (I) affairs, Zelda Kartika, said that if Biden was elected, more nonconventional security issues could be raised in discussions, such as human rights, democracy, immigration, environment and labor issues, in contrast to a Trumpian foreign policy that focuses more on trade and investment and sanctioning.Meanwhile, chief country representative of the US-ASEAN Business Council in Jakarta, Landry Haryo Subianto, said Indonesia must anticipate shared concerns with the US in the coming years, including on issues such as climate change, health, technology and trade and investment.Landry added that the US-China trade war under a Biden presidency would likely be more sophisticated and with less censuring toward China.Weary of its hefty trade deficit with Beijing, Washington declared a trade war in March 2018. It quickly escalated with tit-for-tat punitive duties on hundreds of billions of dollars of bilateral trade, disrupting global trade.Trump’s fixation on the trade war has other countries scrambling to benefit from the fallout from two superpowers, and Indonesia is no exception.The government has formed a special task force to attract companies leaving China. In June, seven foreign businesses, including US-based light product maker Alpan, confirmed their relocation plans to Indonesia.Indonesia must take the opportunity to persuade as many US companies seeking to move out of China and relocate their production facilities to Southeast Asian countries, said Siswo Pramono, the Foreign Ministry’s head of policy analysis and development.He said the trade war would continue regardless of who would be elected the new US president later this year.“Biden wants to boost domestic manufacturing while taking a hard line on China’s alleged steel dumping and intellectual property infringement. Meanwhile, Trump will continue to attack China, encourage US companies to avoid offshoring and slap tariffs on Chinese goods,” he said.Even though Trump has arguably dragged US leadership down by retreating from global forums, introducing policies deemed unfavorable to many nations including US allies and dismantling former president Barack Obama’s achievements, foreign views of the US remains generally favorable, according to a Pew Research poll in January.“Despite low confidence in Trump, there are still high expectations for US global leadership among the international community, including from Asia-Pacific,” said Syafiah Muhibat, head researcher on international relations at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).Also, many US voters still feel represented by Trump despite the lack of trust in him globally, said international law expert Hikmahanto Juwana of the University of Indonesia.As such, he said, Indonesia should prepare for both scenarios.“If Trump wins again, forget that bilateral trade will run smoothly before Trump manages to bring back US jobs. Besides, we must also think about how to reduce tension in [Southeast Asia] because under Trump, the escalated trade war might turn the region into a battleground,” he said.Syafiah of CSIS said the most important yet still unanswered question was what changes could either US presidential candidate offer to ASEAN.“Trump is known for his ‘tit for tat’ or transactional policy, which often undermines multilateral interests. The undecided policy toward ASEAN leaves a challenge to Indonesia, that is how to contribute in regions to uphold multilateral partnership,” said Shafiah.US ties with Indonesia and ASEAN has been lacking in recent years, with Washington focusing most of its resources on its rivalry with Beijing. The US ambassadorships to Indonesia and to ASEAN are currently vacant, with ad interim officials without much sway in policymaking left in charge of relations.Topics : Either way, experts agreed during a virtual discussion this week that the result of the election would affect Indonesia’s foreign policy stance vis-a-vis the US, as well as Washington’s relations in the Asia-Pacific in general.On the one hand, former Indonesian ambassador to the US Dino Patti Djalal was especially confident that Trump would lose on account of unanticipated job losses and other challenges wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.“Throughout history, US voters are known for being punitive toward leaders who govern when the state is in distress,” he said on Tuesday.Indonesia must start figuring out a partnership strategy beyond trade and investment to anticipate inevitable changes post-election, especially if candidate Biden outvotes Trump, said the founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI).last_img read more

Premier League transfer window given closing deadline by UEFA

first_img Comment Premier League clubs will go through a very unusual transfer window this summer (Picture: Visionhaus)UEFA have asked all member associations to close their summer transfer windows this year on 5 October, meaning the Premier League’s window could run well into next season.The European governing body want all transfers to be completed before the registration date for UEFA competitions next season, which lands on 6 October.Therefore they have asked all countries to go with the same closing date for their transfer windows – 5 October.A UEFA statement read: ‘The deadline for player registration for the group stage of the 2020/21 UEFA club competitions has been set to 6 October 2020.ADVERTISEMENT‘As a result, the UEFA Executive Committee called on all member associations to adopt a harmonised end date to the upcoming summer transfer window, with this date set as 5 October 2020.’AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Premier League has confirmed nothing as yet, with the opening date of the summer window also unnanounced.The 20 Premier League shareholder clubs will be represented at a meeting next Tuesday where they will likely decide when the transfer window will open.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPremier League chief executive Richard Masters has said that the window will not open before the end of the current season on 25 July, although a new FIFA regulation has made an early opening a possibility.FIFA stated: ‘associations following a dual-year calendar are permitted to commence the “first registration period” for the 2020-21 season prior to the completion of the 2019-20 season, subject to conditions.’The Premier League clubs may still choose to run a shorter transfer window than usual from the start of August till 5 October.MORE: Rescheduled Premier League fixtures for Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool confirmedMORE: Premier League pays tribute to Black Lives Matter and NHS as season restartsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 2:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link423Sharescenter_img Premier League transfer window given closing deadline by UEFA Advertisementlast_img read more

China to increase LNG import capacity in Guangdong

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Guangdong Dapeng LNG)China is lining up the construction of new LNG import facilities while also expanding its existing LNG terminal in the Greater Bay area. The area includes the cities of Hong Kong, Macau and nine other neighboring cities in the Guangdong province, with the government looking to transform it into an economic center, the state-owned news agency Xinhua reports.China, the world’s second-largest importer of LNG, is continuing to boost its imports of the chilled fuel and has reached a new record high as it is pursuing its strategy for cleaner air.China imported 53.7 million tonnes of LNG in 2018, a rise of almost 38 percent compared to 2017 when China has surpassed South Korea as the world’s second largest LNG importer. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more