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first_imgUmphrey’s McGee has announced three new dates in New York! On October 20 & 21, the Chicago rockers will get comfortable at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. They’ll be joined by Sinkane on October 20. From there, they will head to the Brooklyn Bowl on October 22 for an intimate weekend closer. After an exciting performance at the Central Park SummerStage earlier this summer, the Big Apple can’t wait to get Umphrey’s back! Additionally, Umphrey’s McGee has revealed plans for Halloween, with a two-night run at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN on October 27 & 28, 2017.Pre-sale tickets and umVIP members will get access tomorrow, July 26, with an official on-sale on Friday, 7/28. More information can be found on the band’s website.[cover photo by Phierce Photo// IG: @phiercephoto]last_img read more

first_imgA recent report by IDG Research Services commissioned by EMC demonstrates the close connections between hybrid cloud computing and digital business. The report pegs hybrid cloud as the “great enabler of digital business”, but it’s more than a proven enabler. Hybrid cloud can accelerate progress and amplify the benefits of digital business initiatives. There’s a benefits “multiplier effect” when companies put more workloads in hybrid cloud and put the agility of hybrid cloud to work.It probably goes without saying that digital business is high on corporate agendas (90% of respondents to the global IDG survey count it among their top business priorities) and, therefore, high on the agendas of CIOs and IT organizations. Consumer technologies and the Internet have altered forever the expectations of consumers and commercial customers. People and organizations expect to do business quickly, easily, anytime and anywhere. To remain competitive, companies must further digitize their processes and interactions – and deliver engaging customer experiences.How does hybrid cloud play a role? It’s today’s best infrastructure for digital business. It has the necessary underlying characteristics for keeping pace in a fast-changing digital economy: speed, flexibility, reliability, scalability, cost effectiveness. And it enables digital business in specific ways. Hybrid cloud supports rapid testing, deploying, and scaling of new applications by enabling businesses to leverage public and private cloud applications and services together seamlessly. New mobile apps can integrate with core systems so a company can bring all of its capabilities into play.But the hybrid cloud value proposition goes further. The IDG survey showed that hybrid cloud adoption reduces IT operating expenses by a remarkable 24% on average. That’s a big number, both as direct savings and as opportunity to reinvest. But the real kicker is that the surveyed companies put around 40% of their savings into new business and technology initiatives.Then there’s the multiplier effect. The more aggressive adopters – those with a significant number of workloads in hybrid cloud – enjoy the biggest gains. They are three times more likely to be achieving their digital business goals and achieving infrastructure readiness than non-adopters. Their IT operating expense reduction increases to a whopping 29%.  This translates into an even greater opportunity to reinvest savings. Hybrid cloud is, indeed, the great enabler.For more on the story of hybrid cloud and digital business, read the press release here. For more on hybrid cloud and IT cost take-out, check out this new video as well. Digital business is a corporate imperative, and supporting – or even driving – digital business is the most important business contribution that IT can make today.Hybrid cloud sets the stage.With help from EMC, it’s now simpler than ever to make progress towards digital business and get in on hybrid cloud. The Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud is an engineered solution that combines best-in-class technologies, professional services and one call support. It gets organizations up and running quickly to help drive business agility and reduce costs by automating delivery of secure, always-on infrastructure and IT-as-a-Service for traditional enterprise applications.last_img read more

first_imgBasilica of the Sacred Heart rector Fr. Peter Rocca said he wanted to be a priest from a very young age — ever since he started playing the organ at his local parish Mass in elementary school. “I became really close with the priests because of Mass. I got to know the liturgy very well, I became very familiar with Gregorian chant and I just became sort of immersed in the liturgy,” he said. “And it was something I really loved and [was] fascinated by, and by the fourth grade, I was pretty much thinking, ‘I would like to be a priest.’”Rocca’s ambition would begin to come to fruition as early as his high school years, when he attended the now-closed high school seminary formerly located on Holy Cross Hill. After his year as a novice, he attended the University of Notre Dame, also earning a master’s degree in theology from the University. Rocca then left South Bend to be closer to his dying mother, serving as pastor at St. Ignatius Martyr in Austin, Texas. After the death of both his mother and father, Rocca left Texas to pursue graduate studies at the Catholic University of America, where he received master’s degrees in both liturgical studies and liturgical music. Rocca then was asked to return to Notre Dame. “In 1980, I was assigned to live at Moreau Seminary, where I had two duties,” Rocca said. “One to work in formation — working with seminarians — and the other to be director of liturgy and music for the house. I have been doing that since 1980, to this day.”Previous to his current position, Rocca worked as the assistant vice president for student affairs in the Office of Student Affairs. All of his experiences would culminate in his appointment as rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in 1997. “In 1997, my classmate … Fr. Daniel Jenky, was rector of the then Sacred Heart Church,” Rocca said. “He was made a bishop in 1997, and he invited me to become rector of the church. He talked it over with the then-director of campus ministry, Fr. Richard Warner, and both of them invited me to become rector, and I thought about that request for about a millionth of a second … and I thought 12 years in student affairs, that’s a good time — one year for each apostle. So, I was very happy to be invited and I decided I would accept their offer. I just thought it would be a good fit.”Rocca said that though being rector of the Basilica is a job with a lot of responsibility, his favorite part is the simple act of celebrating the Mass. “For me, celebrating the liturgy is really the most wonderful thing that I experience at the Basilica,” he said. “As Catholics, we believe that the Mass is the source and the summit of our life as Christians. It’s at the Mass that we come together to truly celebrate our redemption in Christ and we are strengthened by the word of God, nourished by the Eucharist and from there we go forth to live the Christian life. So, it’s really the event of the week, every Sunday.”Despite the fact that the Basilica is ornate with detail, Rocca said he tries to focus on making sure that the basic parts of the Mass are executed well. “My little mantra is, ‘Nothing fancy, just the Roman Rite’ … if we do the Roman Rite well — if lectors proclaim the word well, if servers serve well, if the musicians perform well, sing well, if the presider leads the community prayerfully and well, then, that allows all the people there to really enter into that spirit of prayerfulness because everything they see is prayerful,” he said.Fr. Brian Ching, assistant rector of the Basilica, said Rocca’s dedication to making the celebration of the liturgy a prayerful experience is one of his most admirable qualities. “I think the best part of working with Fr. Rocca is probably his enthusiasm and knowledge of the liturgy, and his zeal for wanting to do the liturgy well,” Ching said. “It’s evident that he cares really deeply about wanting to make sure people have the best experience and most prayerful experience that they can at Mass or anytime they’re at the Basilica and that energy is really infectious.”  John Zack, University sacristan, said Rocca’s commitment to serving Notre Dame through worship extends far beyond the walls of the Basilica.“I admire Fr. Rocca’s dedication to his vocation,” Zack said in an email. “He is first, above everything else, a priest and teacher. He says Masses all over campus, hears confessions, performs weddings and baptisms. He subs for other priests as well.”Rocca said that one of his most memorable experiences as Basilica rector was the planning and celebration of the life of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh. “Probably the most wonderful funeral I’ve ever celebrated was the funeral of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh,” he said. “I have never seen a funeral like that ever in my life, but I attended 10 meetings about the funeral, along with a whole host of other people. So it was a whole team that worked together to provide that funeral for a priest who was legendary.”Zack echoed Rocca’s sentiment, saying that one of his best memories with the rector was Hesburgh’s funeral Mass.“My best memories with Fr. Rocca are all of the many, many services we’ve worked together but the one that especially comes to mind is the funeral of Fr. Hesburgh,” he said.Ching will be stepping into Rocca’s role as Basilica rector beginning July 1. Ching said that he is excited for the opportunity to care for one of Notre Dame’s most treasured places.“I’m looking forward to just being of service to the Notre Dame community,” he said. “I recognize that the Basilica is a very special place for a lot of people — both our students, our faculty and staff, our alumni and our guests. And they all come to the Basilica for a variety of different reasons, and it’s kind of a big responsibility that very special place on our campus and in our history is well taken care of — is open, is welcoming, is hospitable and continues to be a place of spiritual nourishment for all who visit it.”As for Rocca, he said even though he will be retiring as rector, he will continue to devote time to his many other jobs and commitments at Notre Dame, including teaching classes in the Master of Divinity curriculum, serving as chaplain for the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and more. “See, I’m really not retiring, I’m really stepping down from being rector,” he said. “But I have a whole host of other things that I do … I won’t be sitting around twiddling my thumbs.”  Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Father Peter Rocca, Masslast_img read more

first_imgAfter 36 years with Saint Mary’s, Interim President Nancy Nekvasil’s term came to an end Friday. Nekvasil stepped into the role of interim president following the abrupt resignation of former President Jan Cervelli in October 2018. Nekvasil previously held the roles of Provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs since 2017, before which she worked as part of the faculty in the biology department.Highlights of Nekvasil’s tenure as interim president include the changing of the academic calendar to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, filling the year-long vacancy of a Belles Against Violence Office coordinator and signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shandong Women’s University to pursue research collaborations and exchange programs. “The most rewarding part of this experience was just being able to work with individuals across the College — students, faculty, staff and the sisters — toward a common goal,” Nekvasil said. “I really love the holistic approach to what we do.”From the moment she stepped into the position, Nekvasil said she felt like those in the campus community were all “linking arms and moving forward together.”“It was this collaboration to operate on all of the best parts of the College that made my experience so rewarding,” she said.Holding a leadership position such as the president of the College comes with great decision making responsibility. Nekvasil said her biggest challenge was making decisions she did not feel she knew enough about to make. “In those situations where I felt uncertain, I had to rely on other people who had been in leadership positions or whatever positions they were in, to trust their expertise and trust them to advise and make the appropriate decisions,” she said.Nekvasil will officially be on sabbatical for the 2020-2021 academic year before officially retiring in May 2021. She is looking forward to using this time to declutter her home of 32 years and preparing to move to Tennessee to be closer to her son, daughter-in-law and four granddaughters, she said. Although this chapter of her life may be coming to an end, Nekvasil has been approached for other opportunities which would allow her to get back in the classroom and engage with students. When asked to summarize her term in one word Nekvasil described her time as “blessed.”“I just want the community to know how deeply grateful I am for everyone’s openness and their trust in me,” Nekvasil said. “I know that couldn’t have been easy and yet they took the chance to trust me and that‘s true for students all the way through to the Board of Trustees. Being welcomed into this role and in this position gave me the confidence to know — even if someone wasn’t necessarily in agreement with the decision — that they were giving us and the leadership the benefit of the doubt that we were making the best decisions for the community.”Katie Conboy will officially begin her term as the 14th College president Monday. Tags: Administration, Interim President Nancy Nekvasil, Katie Conboy, Saint Mary’s Board of Trusteeslast_img read more

first_img Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical is a journey through the history of the world’s most famous record label. With a score that includes over 50 beloved hits from the Motown catalogue, the show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to big-time record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance. Motown The Musical currently stars Tony nominees Brandon Victor Dixon and Charl Brown, as well as Bryan Terrell Clark, Ryan Shaw and Raymond Luke Jr. The show opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14, 2013. Valisia LeKae Krystal Joy Brown View Comments Signed, sealed, delivered, she’s yours! Big Fish alum Krystal Joy Brown will begin performances as Diana Ross in Motown The Musical beginning January 23. The actress takes over the role of the iconic diva in the Broadway production from Felicia Boswell, who stepped in when Tony nominee Valisia LeKae departed the show upon discovering she has ovarian cancer. Brown made her Broadway debut in Hair, and was most recently seen as Josephine Bloom in Big Fish. She also originated the role of Ornella Sturdevant in Leap of Faith. Her TV credits include Castle and Storyforia.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 Star Files Motown The Musical Related Showslast_img read more

first_img Source: The Broadway League UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill ($556,091)* 4. Once ($499,598)  3. Rock of Ages ($340,633) 2. Violet ($327,327) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me (266,984) FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,431,017)** 2. Wicked ($1,966,367) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,817,551)** 4. Aladdin ($1,542,832) 5. Kinky Boots ($1,314,190) The Tony-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder exceeded capacity for the fourth consecutive week as it continues to inch toward joining the millionaire’s club (coming in this week at $957,145). Two other big hits of the season, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, broke box office records once again at the Belasco Theatre and Stephen Sondheim Theatre, respectively. Meanwhile, Daniel Radcliffe and the cast of The Cripple of Inishmaan took their final bow on July 20 as scheduled. In their final week, the show brought in its highest gross of the 14-week run ($740,711). The Tupac tuner Holler If Ya Hear Me also shut its doors on July 20, but not before seeing its highest weekly gross (over 56% more than its previous record) and a considerable boost in attendance. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 20: View Comments FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.34%)* 3. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (101.23%) 4. Matilda (100.77%) 5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.76%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Once (78.97%) 4. Holler If Ya Hear Me (76.04%) 3. Cinderella (72.99%) 2. Rocky (68.71%) 1. Bullets Over Broadway (66.91%) *Number based on 7 regular performances ** Number based in 9 regular performanceslast_img read more

first_imgSeed grant fundedThey’re using a seed grant of $21,857 from the UGA Poverty andthe Economy Faculty Research Grants Program.”Persistent poverty exists in Georgia and in Spalding County,”Jordan said. “Since the UGA Griffin campus is here, we want toreach out and help the local community.”More than half of the CRMS students receive free or reducedlunches, Jordan said. And of the students who are chronicallyabsent, 85 percent come from low-income homes.The UGA team decided to focus on the eighth grade because of thedrop in high school student numbers. Of the Spalding students whoenter high school, 54 percent don’t graduate.”We have to find a way to get these students to school, keep themin school and keep them motivated,” Jordan said. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWorking with a pilot school in Spalding County, University ofGeorgia researchers hope to improve poverty-level students’educational success through service-learning projects.”Poverty breeds low education levels and vice versa,” said JeffJordan, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences and the originator of the project idea.Over the next year, Jordan and Lew Allen and Kathy Thompson ofthe UGA College of Education will work with the administrationand eighth-grade social science teachers at Cowan Road MiddleSchool in Griffin, Ga. Increasing graduate numbersStudies show that high school graduates earn at least 40 percentmore than nongraduates. “Improving that alone will … positivelyaffect the poverty level,” he said.Thompson assured teachers the project won’t make their jobsharder. “This initiative will be directly tied to the statesocial studies curriculum,” she told them. “What will change isthe way you teach and the way the kids learn.”As UGA elementary and social studies education faculty members,Allen and Thompson have seen firsthand the success of similarprojects. “Students get excited when they see a connectionbetween their academic work and real-life issues,” Allen said.CRMS is already known as a community-minded school, Jordan said.”We want the students to be actively involved in the communityand see firsthand how their efforts can reduce poverty,” he said.Jordan said the project isn’t just community service.”Our goal is to connect what they’re learning in the classroomwith the activity they’ll do in the community,” he said. “Theprojects will link back to the school curriculum.”Allen said the researchers, teachers and students will developthe project. “We don’t have a prescription of steps to follow,”he said. “We want the students to develop projects based on theneeds they see in their community.”center_img Student input essentialTeachers polled the students on poverty in the community.”They’re concerned over the look and appearance of where theylive,” said CRMS assistant principal Laura Jordan. “And they wantjobs to be available by the time they’re old enough to work. Theywant jobs because their families need for them to work, notbecause they want material things.”Several students wanted something to do in their free time.”They need something to focus on so they stay out of trouble,”she said. “Many want to go to the public library. Buttransportation isn’t available, and it’s too far away for them towalk there.”The school’s administration fully supports the project.”We’re excited about this project because it could open a lot ofdoors and avenues to help our students be more community-minded,”said CRMS principal Hoby Davenport. “I hope we find a link toimprove attendance and student CRCT scores.””The big vision is to have the school become a beacon for otherschools,” Allen said. “This project is a seed, and hopefully moregood seeds will grow from it and we can share our efforts acrossthe state. We’ll also be creating better citizens, as they’ll bemore aware of the community around them.”last_img read more

first_imgEnel completes work on 497MW Roadrunner solar project, largest in Texas FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Enel Green Power has completed the 245MW second phase of the Roadrunner solar plant, which now increased its capacity to 497MW to become the largest PV facility in Texas.Located in Upton County, the plant has 1.2 million bifacial panels capable of generating approximately 1.2TWh annually.Completion of the project now means Enel Green Power, the clean energy arm of Italian utility Enel, has an operating portfolio of more than 6GW of renewable capacity across the US and Canada.Roadrunner will sell its energy through a 70MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with cleaning products manufacturer The Clorox Company and a 65MW PPA with Cadbury owner Mondelēz International. The Clorox deal represents about half of the company’s 100% renewable electricity goal in its operations in the US and Canada.Enel Green Power operates more than 70 renewable energy plants in North America and has plans to install some 1GW of new utility-scale solar and wind projects each year until 2022.The firm recently broke ground on the Lily solar storage project in Kaufman County, Texas. It will combine 146MWac of solar PV generation with a 50MWac/75MWh battery storage system and is due for completion by next summer.[Jules Scully]More: Enel starts operations at Texas’ largest solar projectlast_img read more

first_img MIAMI – U.S. and Colombian Navy vessels intercepted a speedboat carrying nearly 2,200 kilograms (4,850 pounds) of cocaine in the western Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Martillo on May 6. The cocaine had a street value in excess of US$59 million. Partner nations are participating in Operation Martillo, a joint effort of Western Hemisphere and European nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection P-3 Orion aircraft initially detected the speedboat, “El Kike,” and then turned over the tracking to a helicopter from guided missile frigate USS Nicholas. The chopper, from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 42 Detachment 9, tracked the go-fast vessel until the ship was in position to make a coordinated approach with the helicopter. The vessel then stopped, jettisoned about half of its cargo, then turned and headed toward Colombia at top speed. By Dialogo May 09, 2012 The USS Nicholas adjusted its course while contacting nearby forces – USS McClusky and the Colombian Navy ship ARC 20 de Julio – for assistance. A helicopter from HSL 49 Detachment 8 attached to McClusky maintained surveillance of the go-fast boat and diverted it into Colombian territorial waters where it was intercepted by the Colombian Navy. “With the help of some friends, we accomplished what we set out to do – disrupt the drug trade,” said Cmdr. Stephen Fuller, commanding officer of Nicholas. “Interdictions are challenging, but with the help of McClusky, Customs, and the Colombian Navy, we executed a successful operation.” Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in Operation Martillo, which started in the middle of January 2012.last_img read more

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