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Stream Flight Of The Conchords’ ‘Live In London’ Ahead Of Official Release

first_imgLast month, New Zealand comedic folk duo Flight of the Conchords announced a new live album, Live In London, due out on March 8th via Sub Pop. The duo comprised of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement recorded the forthcoming album during a series of shows at London’s Apollo Theatre which resulted in their recent HBO special, Flight of the Conchords: Live at the Apollo London.The Live in London album features seven new songs including “Iain and Deanna”, “Father and Son”, “Summer of 1353”, “Stana”, “Seagull”, “Back on the Road”, and “Bus Driver”. The album also features performances of fan-favorites “Inner City Pressure”, “Bowie”, “Foux du Fafa”, “Mutha’uckas – Hurt Feelings”, “Robots”, “Carol Brown”, and “The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)’. The latter tracks were edited out of the broadcast due to time constraints but appear on the live album as bonus content.Ahead of the release, you can listen to Flight of the Conchords’ Live In London via NPR Music’s First Listen series.Live in London will be available in 2xCDm, 3xLP and digital formats, and fans can pre-order the album now here.The duo developed a worldwide cult following after their BBC radio series was turned into a TV show on HBO in 2007, showcasing their unassuming yet hilarious blend of music and comedy. The eponymous series ran for two seasons and was nominated for several Emmys in both songwriting and overall comedic categories. After a relatively quiet few years, the group returned in 2016, announcing an extensive summer tour that marked their first U.S. shows since 2013.last_img read more

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Kennedy School supports bipartisan statement from freshman Representatives

first_imgIn landmark action to signal a renewed commitment to civil and effective government, freshman members of Congress have issued a statement prompted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP) Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress promising an effort toward collaboration and cooperation in solving the issues facing the nation.The 13 Republicans and 19 Democrats attending the IOP program held last week halted a panel on “Making this a Reform Congress” to caucus and discuss how to work across party lines. Their statement is available here.“We at the IOP hope to support this extraordinary freshman class’s commitment by arranging to work with these members next year and to bring them together for follow-up programs. Their unprecedented statement deserves encouragement from all Americans,” said Bill Delahunt, Interim Director of the IOP.In 2016, the biennial program was held Dec. 6–8 in collaboration with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Congressional Institute. The program is nationally recognized as the preeminent educational and preparatory program for newly elected Republican and Democratic Members of the House of Representatives. More than 700 current and former representatives from both parties have attended the program since its inception in 1972.last_img read more

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Student Senate approves secretary, discusses residential life

first_imgThe Senate met Wednesday evening to approve sophomore Mae Raab as the new Student Union secretary for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year and discuss recent announcements regarding housing changes.Student body president Bryan Ricketts nominated Raab for the position, citing her commitments to the Green Dot initiative and to fostering a “a safe and inclusive campus for all,” as a valuable addition to the administration. Raab will take the place of former secretary, sophomore Sibonay Shewit, who replaced senior Daniel Selhorst as student body chief of staff.“Mae’s communications will be an asset as she crafts the minutes for our various committees, but more importantly, she is in it for the team and values the interpersonal relationships that she is able to build wherever she goes,” Ricketts read from his letter, addressing the Senate.“I trust she will ably lend her skills to catalyze change on behalf of the student body,” Ricketts said.Raab previously served on the residential life and gender issues committees, where her efforts aided in the completion of Dorm Week and the It’s On Us campaign launch.Following the approval of Raab’s nomination, sophomore Rebecca Blais, director of internal affairs, resigned from her position, stating that her goals for the semester come into conflict with a stipulation of the Student Union Constitution that states, “Election Committee members may not campaign for any ticket while holding this position.”In a statement, Blais said, “One of the duties of Director of Internal Affairs is to serve as a non-voting member of the Election Committee; therefore, in respect of the duties of my position and the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body, I am formally resigning my position on Cabinet in order to pursue a position in the next term of Student Government.”Members of Senate proceeded to successfully vote on closing the previous semester’s discussion of Diversity Council leadership in order to move forward with other agenda items. The Diversity Council leadership had chosen not to attend the Senate meeting, according to Nidia Ruelas, student body vice president.“We will be talking to Diversity Council about moving forward, … talking and working through issues, in terms of discussion about what it means to be in leadership and the kinds of responsibilities that exist,” Ruelas said.The Senate proceeded to discuss recent announcements about future adjustments to housing, exchanging questions and giving feedback. Zahm House senator and sophomore John Julien addressed the rumors of removing common rooms from five-man rooms, which are often used as spaces for social gatherings, in order to accommodate overcrowding.Julien and sophomore Wilson Barrett, the Keenan Hall senator, raised concerns about the impacts such actions would have on tight-knit dorm communities. Others expressed worries about effectively targeting overcrowding in dorms and the lack of transparency in the announcement of the temporary dorm movements.Pangborn Hall is currently planning an open house for the residents of Walsh Hall, Badin Hall, and Morrissey Manor, according to Pangborn Hall Senator and sophomore Taylor Still.Tags: Bryan Ricketts, Nidia Ruelas, student senatelast_img read more

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01 Year-round gardening

first_imgVolume XXIXNumber 1Page 1 By George BoyhanUniversity of GeorgiaIn Georgia, particularly south Georgia, we’re blessed (or cursed)with the ability to garden year-round. During the winter, whenmost people think vegetable production stops, Georgia producessome of its most important vegetables.The most famous of these are Vidalia onions. Others — greens,collards, broccoli, cauliflower — are also grown during thecooler parts of the year.Bare-root transplants of onions and other cool-season vegetablesare available in local stores during late fall. You can buy manyin flats ready for transplanting, too. Or you can direct-seedthem.The spring and early summer are ideal for many warm-season cropssuch as peppers, tomatoes, watermelon and squash. Ironically, thehottest part of the summer is when we grow the fewest vegetablescommercially.Like, it’s hot!Part of this has to do with marketing, but a lot has to do withthe fact that crops like tomato and pepper actually don’t likethe hottest part of the summer. When night temperatures are above70 degrees Fahrenheit, they’ll drop their flowers before theydevelop fruit. The fruit that does develop can suffer fromripening and sunscald problems.If you can stand the heat, plenty of crops can grow successfullyduring the height of summer. Watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers,beans, and southern peas are a few.These crops will thrive in the heat. Of course, water iscritical, not just for these crops, but for you. Drink plenty ofwater, use sunscreen and wear a hat. The best time to garden inthe summer is just after sunrise and just before sunset when it’srelatively cool.Rough startFall gardens start in the heat of summer, usually in July orAugust. This can be a particularly hard time to garden.Insects have had all spring and half the summer to multiply andcan reach epidemic proportions at this time of year. Diseases,too, can be a problem. If there is little rain but high humidity,powdery mildew can be a serious problem. Rainy weather during anyseason can dramatically increase disease pressure.Each season has its challenge, but your reward can be ayear-round harvest.Of course, if you’re getting tired of gardening, plant a covercrop and put the garden to sleep. The garden will thank you withincreased organic matter and fertility for subsequent crops.(George Boyhan is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

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Coming Home

first_imgI was taken a little aback on a recent A.T. hike when I passed a group of individuals who did not look like hikers. Some had rucksacks; others carried a blanket under one arm, a plastic bag in their hands, or nothing at all. They weren’t wearing name brands or outdoor gear. In fact most of them wore combat boots or worn out sneakers on their feet and bulky, heavy coats to keep warm—a far cry from my lightweight capilene layers and micro-puff down jacket.Their leader—a young man named Brian with a dark, manicured beard and a Marmot rain jacket—smiled at me and explained that his group was made up of mostly homeless folks from Haywood Street Ministry.“Members of the un-housed community are expert campers, expert hikers, and expert survivalists,” Brian explained to me later. “It’s important for them to feel proud of their skills, and it’s even more important for the individuals whom we pass to recognize their ability.”I was put in my place. My self-righteousness had been exposed like a backpacker’s rear end on National Hike Naked Day.Brian went on to tell me how many un-housed “hikers” walk five to ten miles a day to receive meals, a shower, services, and occasional shelter, and how most of the folks in his circle have spent more nights under the stars than even the most experienced backpacker.One of the hikers in Brian’s group was David. On his first hike he weighed 348 pounds. “Because of backpacking,” David said, “I’m now down to 239.”David and I talked and laughed about how we both tried to take too much on our first backpacking trip. We compared notes on our favorite local day-hikes and we bonded over a shared love for Grayson Highlands in Southwest Virginia. Then we both recounted the difference that the trail had made in our lives.“One of the best parts about the trail,” David said, “is that nobody’s gonna tell you that you can’t be out there. It’s a place we all belong. No one on the trail tells you, you can’t have this because you didn’t do that. Out there, it’s common ground.”The trail is there for people who need to be healed. But it is also there for people who need to be broken. Hiking can literally lift up the people who feel undervalued and help them have a mountain top experience, but it can also take the proud into a desolate valley. The trail is an equalizer. And as David put it, “To Mother Nature, everyone has the same self-worth. “It is amazing what happens when you overcome whatever it is that hems you in and get out on the trail. Regardless of whether you start the journey housed or un-housed, haughty or humble, once you take that first step you are a hiker. And you are home.last_img read more

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Berger talks fintech with lawmakers

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger discussed the role of fintech companies in today’s financial marketplace and explained why any company that engages in core banking functions should be regulated the same way as credit unions on a panel yesterday before Democratic members of the House Financial Services Committee.Also on the panel were the CEOs of the American Bankers Association and Independent Community Bankers of America.NAFCU agrees that fintech produces real benefits to consumers, including increased speed, convenience and new product offerings that make it easier for them to manage their financial lives. Fintech also offers the possibility of bringing banking and financial products to underserved communities and the underbanked. However, flexibility within a regulatory regime must be tempered with concern for overall sector stability and competitive equality.The association has outlined three principles that it believes should guide regulators as they assess fintech participation in the financial marketplace, including: continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Plenty of reasons for mass shootings

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Feb. 14 letter, “Guns don’t up and kill by themselves”: James Homan gives a good, but fictional illustration that guns are inanimate tools that are only a problem when they get into the wrong hands. It takes a furious, unstable and/or innocently ignorant human being to pull the trigger. A gun can’t fire by itself. Suicide, accident or mass murder — the difference is basically a matter of numbers and publicity. Killing others is wrong, no matter how many bodies are involved. The Feb. 19 editorial cartoon was spot-on. Many persons and agencies dropped the ball regarding the Parkland high school shooter. The FBI didn’t follow up on several clues to his state of mind. Local law enforcement was called by his own mother and went to the home, but didn’t take further action. The school administration didn’t report expelling the young man for repeated aberrant behavior, in violation of the Florida state law that requires notification to authorities. Neighbors, for their own reasons, failed to report careless shooting of squirrels and their chickens in their own yards. Really, there was plenty of blame to go around, but none of it should fall on the rifle. It was merely the tool of demented destruction. Recent murders in our own region have been committed with: a hammer, a bath towel, a house fire and bare hands.Choice of weapons varies with plan, timing, convenience and motivation or state of mind. The AR-style or modem sporting rifle is one of the most popular firearms in the country, largely due to its ease of mastery. This reason, plus a relatively lower cost of manufacture, is why they were developed for the military. In spite of the rhetoric from over-zealous or ignorant media personnel and ambitious, unscrupulous politicians, the over-the counter AR is not an assault weapon. The real fault in Parkland and in many other cases is lack of communication, cooperation and proper enforcement of many existing laws, along with lazy, inefficient prosecution of unlawful firearms traffickers who are violating U.S. federal law and are allowed to plead to lesser state or local laws.Peter HenningsonSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Panoramic views and bags of potential

first_img510 The Panorama, Tallai.IT looks like a wedding venue but this stunning Tallai property has been home to Mark and Elissa Thomas for the past 10 years.The pair said they were used to having strangers knock on their door and ask to renew vows in the their backyard. And it’s not hard to see why.510 The Panorama, Tallai.The sprawling property captures breathtaking views of mountains, the Hinze dam and the glitz and glamour of the Gold Coast skyline.“My wife and I are incredibly blessed to have spent a long time living here,” Mr Thomas said.“We had a young couple approach us about using the property for a wedding venue.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago510 The Panorama, Tallai.“I have spent a lot of time and effort getting the gardens to look the way they do so we had to say no unfortunately, but it is definitely an option for the future owners. It would make a magnificent wedding venue.”Mr Thomas said he and his wife spent more than $150,000 on upgrades when they first moved in.“We saw the vista and we saw the that the house had immense potential so it wasn’t hard to say yes to buying the house,” he said. “It has been a peaceful retreat.”510 The Panorama, Tallai.The home has a classic style with marble, high ceilings and large picture windows.“We will absolutely miss the view but we have been living on acreage properties for the past 20 years, 10 of them have been spent here.”The family plans to move closer to the Coast and travel.510 The Panorama, Tallai.last_img read more

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Norwegian oil fund divests 73 companies on environmental risk grounds

first_imgIn the foreword of NBIM’s second responsible investment annual report, chief executive Yngve Slyngstad said it expected companies to address a “broad array of risks” in its business plans.“We urge the companies we invest in to think long term,” he added. “They should build sustainable strategies and business models that are profitable over time.”As part of its engagement efforts, NBIM voted on more than 112,00 resolutions during 2015 and had 3,500 company meetings.It also noted a victory for its attempts for improved proxy access to US companies, saying that approximately one-quarter of its US equity holdings had amended by-laws allowing for proxy nominations for alternative board candidates.Coming alongside the publication of the responsible investment report, NBIM also detailed its approach to human rights, and how it expected companies in which it invested to tackle the matter.The document added: “Boards should ensure the company has a policy to respect human rights and that relevant measures are integrated into corporate business strategy, risk management and reporting.” The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund divested 73 companies last year due to environmental or governance concerns, with a company’s level of carbon emissions responsible for the largest share of equity sales.Arguing that companies with high carbon emissions, either as a direct result of their operations or due to activities of their supply chain, were at greater regulatory risk than lower-emitting companies, the NOK7.1trn (€733bn) Government Pension Fund Global sold its stakes in 42 firms.The divestment brings to 66 the number of companies sold due to their carbon footprint and sees the category account for more than one-third of the 187 companies excluded by Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) on risk grounds.Companies were also excluded due to their business activities leading to deforestation, or the business model being exposed to the risk of increasing water prices, while the risk of corruption led to the exclusion of five companies.last_img read more

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A.D.H.D. Seen in 11% of U.S. Children as Diagnoses Rise

first_imgNew York Times 31 March 2013Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children. The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 41 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis. “Those are astronomical numbers. I’m floored,” said Dr. William Graf, a pediatric neurologist in New Haven and a professor at the Yale School of Medicine. He added, “Mild symptoms are being diagnosed so readily, which goes well beyond the disorder and beyond the zone of ambiguity to pure enhancement of children who are otherwise healthy.” And even more teenagers are likely to be prescribed medication in the near future because the American Psychiatric Association plans to change the definition of A.D.H.D. to allow more people to receive the diagnosis and treatment. A.D.H.D. is described by most experts as resulting from abnormal chemical levels in the brain that impair a person’s impulse control and attention skills.A.D.H.D. has historically been estimated to affect 3 to 7 percent of children. The disorder has no definitive test and is determined only by speaking extensively with patients, parents and teachers, and ruling out other possible causes — a subjective process that is often skipped under time constraints and pressure from parents. It is considered a chronic condition that is often carried into adulthood.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/health/more-diagnoses-of-hyperactivity-causing-concern.html?_r=0last_img read more

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