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first_imgJam season is at full swing on Summer Camp Music Festival Day Two! The day featured a full roster of great bands, including festival hosts Umphrey’s McGee and moe., and stalwarts like STS9, The Nth Power, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The London Souls, McLovins, Ripe, Earphunk, Shook Twins, Jimkata, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Late Night Radio, Aqueous, Keller Williams, Lettuce, TAUK, Greensky Bluegrass, The Russ Liquid Test, Rising Appalachia, Turkuaz, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and so many more.Fortunately, Phierce Photo was on hand to capture highlights from the festival. Check out some of his stunning images below. Check out some setlists and a full gallery of Phierce Photo‘s images, below. Setlist: moe. at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL – 5/27/16I: Stranger Than Fiction, Waiting For The Punchline, Haze >(nh) Water, Zed Naught Z, Blue Jeans Pizza > Mexico, Low, St. AugustineSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL – 5/27/16Set One: Gurgle > Plunger > Wife Soup, Miami Virtue > Roctopus, Syncopated Strangers, DivisionsSet Two: Stinko’s Ascension, Ocean Billy, 2×2 > Speak Up > 2×2, In The Kitchen, Hurt Bird BathSetlist: STS9 at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL – 5/27/16Set One: Totem, STS9, Vapors, Rent, Awesome > The Unquestionable Supremacy Of Nature, Looking Back on Earth, Ramone & Emiglio, When The Dust Settles Load remaining imageslast_img read more


first_imgWith their impromptu performance at Governors Ball interrupted by storms, the supergroup Prophets of Rage have announced an intimate performance at the Brooklyn club Warsaw to be held tonight, June 5th. Prophets of Rage only first came into the public eye recently, when three of the four Rage Against The Machine members teamed up with B-Real and Chuck D to create the new supergroup.After two performances in the Los Angeles area, the band announced yesterday that they would be performing at Governors Ball today. When GovBall cancelled due to inclement weather, the supergroup rebounded with an announcement of a performance at Warsaw. The 1,000-person room should make for quite the intimate audience.For details, check out the band’s post on Facebook:See you there!last_img


first_imgThe Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has announced that David L. Evans; Leila T. Fawaz, A.M. ’72, Ph.D. ’79; and Joseph J. O’Donnell ’67, M.B.A. ’71, will receive the 2020 Harvard Medal.First awarded in 1981, the Harvard Medal recognizes extraordinary service to the University in a variety of areas, such as teaching, fundraising, leadership, and innovation. Alumni, former faculty and staff, and members of certain organizations affiliated with the University are examples of individuals who may be eligible for consideration. Traditionally awarded at Commencement, the HAA has made the decision to defer the presentation of the 2020 Harvard Medals until a later date when it is safe to bring people together.Jon Chase/Harvard file photoDavid L. EvansHaving served Harvard with distinction for over five decades, Evans will retire as senior admissions officer this summer. Known for his effective communication and humor, Evans has acted as a mentor, advocate, and friend for Harvard students since he began his career on campus.Evans’ tireless recruitment efforts have reinforced Harvard’s mission of excellence and helped to create a more inclusive and diverse College. Participating in the selection of 50 Classes, Evans has recruited from California to Connecticut, ensuring that students from all backgrounds gained the same chance at higher education.Raised in Phillips County, Arkansas, Evans earned degrees in electrical engineering from Tennessee State University and Princeton University. While working in Huntsville, Ala., on the Saturn-Apollo project in the late 1960s, Evans began recruiting African American high school students for admittance into some of the nation’s top universities. The media attention his work garnered led Harvard College Admissions to offer him a job in 1970.Evans has served as an adviser to the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations since its inception in 1981. At the Harvard Alumni Association Black Alumni Weekend in 2003, the David L. Evans Scholarship Fund was announced — its original $250,000 target soared to over $1 million within three years. In 2016, referencing Evans as “the best of Harvard,” the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research awarded him the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.Leila T. FawazFawaz has been unwavering in her dedication to Harvard. As a member of the Board of Overseers from 1996 to 2012 — including a term as president — she demonstrated an ability to build consensus, serving on its executive committee, chairing the social sciences committee, and leading the subcommittee on visitation. A former Carnegie Scholar, Fawaz was also a member of visiting committees at the College, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.Photo by George EllmoreFrom 2009 to 2016, Fawaz was an Overseer member of the Harvard Alumni Association Committee to Nominate Overseers and Elected Directors, chairing the committee in 2016. In 2014, the Harvard Arab Alumni Association presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes alumni who have made “distinctive achievements in promoting cultural, scientific, social, economic, or political development in the Arab region.”Born in Sudan to Greek-Orthodox Lebanese parents and raised in Lebanon, Fawaz studied history at the American University of Beirut. She continued her studies at Harvard, receiving an A.M. in 1972 and a Ph.D. in 1979, and joined the Tufts University faculty. In 1994, she became chair of the history department, and from 1996 to 2001, she was the dean of arts and humanities and associate dean of faculty. Fawaz is now the Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts. In 2012, she was named a Chevalier in the French National Order of the Legion of Honour.Jon Chase/Harvard file photoJoseph J. O’Donnell O’Donnell has been referred to as a “Harvard treasure” and one if its most inspiring volunteers. His Harvard tenure includes service as a member of the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers, where he served on and chaired numerous committees, and as elected director of the HAA Board of Directors.When the Harvard Campaign was launched in 2013, O’Donnell was tapped to co-chair what would become the largest capital campaign in the history of American higher education. O’Donnell has also demonstrated his commitment to the University in his role on the Harvard College Fund Executive Committee and as honorary co-chair of the Harvard Graduate School of Education campaign. In addition, O’Donnell has served on the Allston Work Team and chaired many College and Harvard Business School (HBS) reunions.For over three decades, O’Donnell has also dedicated his philanthropic efforts to cystic fibrosis research, establishing the Joey Fund in 1986 after losing his own son, Joey, to the disease.Growing up in Everett, Mass., O’Donnell enrolled in Harvard College in 1963 on a full scholarship and excelled in football and baseball. He would later go on to endow the baseball coach position and fund what is now known as O’Donnell Field.Upon earning his M.B.A. in 1971, O’Donnell joined HBS’s administration as associate dean of students before establishing a food service management company for sports and entertainment venues. O’Donnell now serves as chair of a nationwide leader in the food service industry, while continuing to serve Harvard in numerous ways.last_img read more


first_imgDell’s most powerful 15” and 17” Precision mobile workstations – redesigned to be thinner, lighter and Ready for VR – are now also available pre-loaded with Ubuntu Linux 16.04. This follows the initial announcement back in May, when the Dell Precision 3530 mobile workstation with Ubuntu Linux 16.04 became available.When it comes to pure power, these machines are unmatched. Both feature 8th generation Intel® Core® and Xeon™ Processors with up to 6 cores as well as AMD Radeon™ Pro and NVIDIA® Quadro® professional graphics. And the 17” 7730 is the first Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning mobile workstation available.“Of particular note is the increased core count and memory,” said Project Sputnik leader Barton George on his blog.“In fact, the maximum memory has doubled to 128GB which helps with cloud developer local workloads. In the case of the 7730, which is the perfect platform for AI developers, it supports up to 8TB of PCIe NVME storage, the most PCIe storage on the market today..”Project Sputnik began back in 2012 when George came up with the idea to load our super sleek Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu to give developers the essentials they want. Guided by input from the community the Sputnik team then tailored this system to specifically meet developers’ needs. From there forward it’s been the continued input and feedback from the developer community that has made Project Sputnik a long-term success.“Canonical have been part of Dell’s Project Sputnik project since Day 1, and over five years later we are excited to see continuous innovation in open source computing solutions,” James Donner noted on their blog. “Canonical’s engineers have collaborated with the team at Dell to guarantee a first-class Ubuntu experience out of the box.”Our complete Precision mobile workstation portfolio first became available globally with Linux pre-loaded in 2016. To get to the Ubuntu option, simply click on the “Customize & Buy” button on the system you wish to purchase, then click on “more” to see and select Ubuntu Linux in the operating system section.These newest systems, which represent the fourth generation of the Precision developer editions, have also been Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.5 certified.“That being said, the AMD and NVIDIA drivers that come with 7.5 are inbox drivers,” said George. “We will be posting drivers for both graphics cards that will include professional features not included in the inbox drivers. Stay tuned.”Stay tuned also for the developer edition of our thinnest, lightest and smallest 15″ mobile workstation – the Dell Precision 5530. But today, the uber-powerful 7530 and 7730 are now live on dell.com:Dell Precision 7530 Mobile Workstation, developer editionDell Precision 7730 Mobile Workstation, developer editionlast_img read more


first_imgBobby Hidy / CC BY-SA 2.0BUFFALO – Restrictions that barred non-essential travel between the U.S. and Canada border due to the COVID-19 public health crisis have been extended.Sunday was supposed to be the first day of non-essential travel between the two countries, however, officials announced at the last minute that the border will stay closed until the end of July.The restrictions first went into place in March.Supply chain services, including trucking, are not impacted by the measure. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img


first_imgU.S. Lawmakers Devise Legislation to Require Coal Companies to Honor Employee Pensions and Benefits FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Naomi Jagoda for TheHill.com:The leader of a union for coal industry workers on Tuesday urged senators to act quickly on legislation that would help retired miners and their families who are in danger of losing their pension and healthcare benefits.“I think the coal miners in this country have been promised these benefits, these coal miners in this country have earned these benefits,” Cecil Roberts, international president of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), said at a Senate Finance Committee hearing.Coal industry employees and their beneficiaries are provided retirement, disability and survivors benefits through the UMWA 1974 Pension Plan, which is federally guaranteed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Retired coal miners can receive retiree health benefits through one of three multi-employer plans.But the program is approaching insolvency due to losses during the financial crisis and the wave of bankruptcies in the coal industry. Roberts said that 21,000 people could lose their health benefits by the end of the year if Congress doesn’t act.A bill introduced last year by West Virginia Sens. Joe Manchin (D) and Shelley Moore Capito (R) would transfer excess funds from the Abandoned Land Mine Fund to the pension plan. It would also allow some retirees who lose health benefits because their former employer have become bankrupt or insolvent to join one of the multi-employer health plans. Similar legislation has been introduced in the House.The legislation has bipartisan support. Both Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are in favor of it.Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who is a co-sponsor of the bill, said coal miners are “hard working guys who deserve better than their getting from their pensions.”The Washington Post reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) prevented a fix for the pension and health benefits issue from being included in the spending package enacted in December.“Senator McConnell has been and remains committed to helping ensure the retirement security of our nation’s coal miners as well as other retirees, and discussions are ongoing on how best to address this challenge,” McConnell’s office told The Hill.“He continues to believe this is a very important issue that deserves open, transparent debate through regular order. To that end, he appreciates the Senate Finance Committee holding a public hearing today to examine a number of challenges in the multi-employer pension world, including how to help current and retired coal miners.”The problems facing the miners are part of a broader trend of multi-employer pension plans being severely underfunded.When multi-employer plans default, the PBGC pays pensions to retirees up to a certain amount. But a default from the UMWA plan and others could lead to the PBGC itself to go bankrupt.In 2014, Congress passed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA), which was included in a spending bill. The MPRA allows plans that are headed toward insolvency to reduce benefits if they get approval from the Treasury Department. These cuts would still allow retirees to receive more than they would from the PBGC.Already, the Central States Pension Fund, which benefits Teamsters, has applied to Treasury to make cuts. Rita Lewis, a widow of a retired Teamster from Ohio, testified that the proposed cuts to the Central States plan could reduce pension benefits by as much as 40 to 70 percent.Full article: Miners union pleads with senators for pension fixlast_img read more


first_imgDouglas Tompkins, co-founder of The North Face outdoor apparel line and noted conservationist, died yesterday after suffering severe hypothermia sustained during a kayak outing in Patagonia. He was 72 years old.According to Outside Online, Tompkins was kayaking with a group of outdoor industry professionals, including Patagonia founder and Tompkin’s long-time friend Yvon Chouinard, when powerful winds producing waves up to nine feet caused six of the boaters to capsize.Some sought refuge by swimming to a nearby island, but Tompkins was life flighted to a Chilean hospital before ultimately succumbing to hypothermia.Tompkins founded The North Face in 1968 not long after his infamous accent of Patagonia’s Cerro Fitzroy, a journey that was memorialized in the popular adventure documentary 180° South. The experience, which Tompkins enjoyed alongside Yvon Chouinard, inspired the two men to create their respective outdoor gear companies and launch them both on a quest of protecting Patagonia’s natural beauty forever.3391014734_56d6a426da_zPatagonia’s Fundo Vodudahue in the Tompkins-owned conservation area.Since retiring from The North Face in 1989, Tompkins, an avid climber, paddler, and mountaineer, worked tirelessly to preserve and protect natural lands around the world, particularly the stunning stretch of Patagonia that he called home.In 1990 he began purchasing millions of acres in this remote and rugged section of South America and had hopes to protect it permanently by forming 12 national parks.“Doug was a passionate advocate for the environment,” said The North Face in a statement. “His legacy of conservation will help ensure that there are outdoor spaces to be explored for generations to come.”Tompkins’ mission will live on with his wife Kristin Tompkins, a former Patagonia CEO who founded Conservacion Patagonia, an organization with the express mission of  creating national parks in Patagonia while saving and restoring its wildlands and wildlife.last_img read more


first_img—- The mayor’s news conference will be held at 2 p.m. and it will be streamed on the 12 News Facebook page. Police say no one was hurt, but one shot was fired. A weapon was recovered from the scene. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David will hold a news conference Wednesday regarding an attempted murder arrest. 12 News will be live from the press conference on its Facebook page. Mayor David’s office says the arrest is a part of a Sept. 11 investigation in Johnson City.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton officials have confirmed the news conference is directly related to the arrest made in Johnson City on Sept. 11. On that day, at the intersection of Hudson Street and Park Place, the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force made an arrest with the help of a K9 unit. UPDATE: The task force is made up of officers from the Binghamton, Johnson City, and Endicott police departments as well as the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more


first_img– Advertisement – U.S President Donald Trump returns to the White House after news media declared Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden to be the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Washington, U.S., November 7, 2020.Carlos Barria | Reuters Still, analysts say that the outlook for the yuan isn’t purely strength gained on optimism for the Biden administration, but includes a myriad of factors, including geopolitical motivations, a weaker dollar and China’s economy. The Trump effectEven before Biden’s win, China has been advocating for greater use of the yuan globally.ANZ Research’s Raymond Yeung, chief economist for greater China, attributed that to the Trump effect.“The Trump administration has taught China a lesson in economic security,” he said in a report late last week. “This concern covers not only the supply of chips for Huawei but also the ability of some entities to transact in the USD-centric financial system.”The trade spat between both countries has expanded into technology, as Washington increasingly targets Chinese tech giants, from phone maker Huawei to video-sharing app TikTok. The attitude toward China in Washington is unlikely to change much with a Biden administration. While Biden has slammed Trump’s trade war with China for hurting businesses, he has also said that the U.S. must “get tough on China.” Under the Trump administration, the U.S. moved to restrict Chinese companies from listing on American exchanges, fueling concerns about financial decoupling as tensions continue to rise.Analysts have said China has been seeking to reduce its reliance on the dollar to manage its risk. Many companies have corporate debt denominated in the dollar, making them highly exposed to the greenback. Beijing has gradually reduced its purchase of U.S. Treasurys and pushed for much of its trade and other cross-border settlements to be conducted in the yuan — using its Belt and Road vehicle to do that.Yeung noted that the share of global trade that’s being settled in the yuan has gradually increased since Trump took office. Around the beginning of 2017, more than 16% of global trade was denominated in yuan and by the middle of this year, that figure jumped to nearly 22%, according to Yeung.With more U.S.-listed Chinese companies flocking back home to Shanghai or Hong Kong to launch secondary listings, a “significant portion” of those flows have been conducted in the yuan rather than the dollar, according to ANZ Research.Overall, cross-border settlements using the renminbi (RMB) — another name for the yuan — amounted to 19.67 trillion yuan ($2.97 trillion) in 2019, increasing 24.1% from the previous year, according to a 2020 report by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC). In 2019, the RMB settlement between China and countries in its mammoth Belt and Road initiative accounted for 13.9% of total global settlement – a year-on-year jump of 32%.The report said that, by the end of 2019, China had signed bilateral local currency swap agreements with 21 countries as part of its Belt and Road initiative. The ambitious project aims to build a complex network of rail, road and sea routes stretching from China to Central Asia, Africa and Europe. It is also aimed at boosting trade.Yuan strength will depend on weaker dollarThe strength of the yuan will also depend on the performance of the dollar, which has weakened in the past few months.“This is very much going to be determined by how the U.S. dollar behaves over the next 6 to 12 months,” said Wayne Gordon, senior investment analyst at UBS Global Wealth Management. The Chinese yuan, which has steadily strengthened this year, spiked even further in the days leading up to and after Joe Biden’s projected election victory.Analysts have flagged that a Biden win is likely to be more bullish for the Chinese currency. And indeed, investors seem to think so.As Biden’s victory seemed to grow increasingly likely last week, the offshore yuan rallied to below the 6.60 mark. It hit a 28-month peak on Monday after he became the projected winner and appreciated even further after.- Advertisement – “Generally speaking, you would expect the dollar would start to weaken on the back of stronger global growth, and emerging market growth begins to recover. Obviously, people start to look for higher yields elsewhere,” he told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Tuesday.The record spreads between Chinese and U.S. treasury yields have been flagged as bullish for the yuan. With Chinese treasury yields higher as compared to those in other major markets. That could draw investors to Chinese government bonds, leading to an inflow into the yuan, which would bode well for the exchange rate.But volatility from uncertainty may linger after the U.S. election, and the dollar — a safe-haven currency — could reverse direction, according to Mizuho Bank’s Varathan.“So it stands to reason that despite the conditions for an underlying weak USD trend lining up, the potential for outbursts of USD strength from haven demand cannot be dismissed lightly; especially as US political uncertainty takes time to unpack,” he said. The Trump administration has taught China a lesson in economic security.Raymond YeungANZ Research’s chief economist for greater China “Ostensibly, (offshore yuan) reactions suggest that a Trump victory is deemed to be far more negative for China, in contrast to a Biden Presidency, seen to lend some semblance of stability and interim relief,” Vishnu Varathan, head of economics and strategy at Mizuho Bank, wrote in a note late last week.He noted U.S. President Donald Trump takes a “unilateral, zero-sum game approach that has turned increasingly antagonistic and unpredictable.”While Biden shares concerns about the geopolitical and technological threat that China poses, the former vice president is “likely to adopt multilateral and rules-based engagement,” Varathan wrote.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgJan 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in the United Kingdom today announced that samples from three mute swans found dead at a swan sanctuary in Dorset County on England’s southwest coast tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza.The birds were found and tested as part of a routine surveillance program, according to a statement today from the UK Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The site where the birds were found, Abbotsbury Swannery, is home to about 600 swans, according to a report today from BBC News.Established by Benedictine monks in the 1040s, the swannery is a tourist attraction that boasts the world’s only managed colony of mute swans, according to the Abbotsbury Tourism Web site.A wild bird control and monitoring area that has been established around the swannery includes Chesil Beach, an 18-mile stretch of English Channel coastline, and a nearby island called Portland Bill, according to the DEFRA statement. Bird keepers in the area are required to house their birds or isolate them from contact with wild birds. Officials have also restricted bird movements and banned bird gatherings in the area.The H5N1 virus has not been found in domestic birds, and a wild bird surveillance program is underway. “There will be no culling of wild birds because such action may disperse birds further and would not aid control,” DEFRA said.”While this is obviously unwelcome news, we have always said that Britain is at a constant low level of risk of introduction of avian influenza,” said Fred Landeg, DEFRA’s acting chief veterinary officer.John Houston, a representative of Abbotsbury Swannery, said the establishment is working with the UK Health Protection agency to ensure that the staff and public are protected, the BBC reported.In March 2006, a dead bird that was first reported to be a mute swan washed up on a beach in Scotland and was found to be infected with H5N1, signaling the UK’s first H5N1 finding, according to previous reports. The bird was later identified as a wild whooper swan, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The virus has also turned up in mute swans in other European countries, including France and Hungary.Last year England had two H5N1 outbreaks in Suffolk turkey farms, one at the Bernard Matthews farm in February and another at two Redgrave Farms sites in November.See also:Jan 10 DEFRA statementhttp://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100401103043/http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/latest/2008/animal-1001.htmAbbotsbury Swannery sitehttp://www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/swannery.htmNov 29, 2007, CIDRAP news story “UK: H5N1 outbreak may be linked to wild birds, lax biosecurity”last_img read more