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Aaron Neville Announces New Album With Eric Krasno, Listen To The Debut Track

first_imgFunk master Aaron Neville is returning with a new album, titled Apache, on July 15th. The New Orleans legend recruited a number of New York R&B players for the release, including members of The Dap Kings horn section and guitar aficionado Eric Krasno to both produce and play guitar on the release. Other musicians on the album include Adam Deitch, Peter Levin, Adam Smirnoff, Jesus Coomes, Ryan Zoidis, Eric Benny Bloom, Alicia Shakour, Nigel Hall.Today, Neville has shared the first track from the new release. Titled “Be Your Man,” the funky new jam features Neville, Krasno, and a whole lotta soul! Listen to the new jam, which premiered on WSJ, below.Neville has a number of summer tour dates on tap, including a 75th birthday concert at The Apollo Theater on August 4th. Check out the Apache tracklisting below.1. “Be Your Man” 2. “All of the Above” 3. “Orchid in the Storm” 4. “Stompin’ Ground” 5. “Heaven” 6. “Hard to Believe” 7. “Ain’t Gonna Judge You” 8. “I Wanna Love You” 9. “Sarah Ann” 10. “Make Your Momma Cry” 11. “Fragile World”last_img read more

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Finance expert Gordon Donaldson dies at 87

first_imgGordon Donaldson, an influential Harvard Business School (HBS) professor, mentor, researcher, and administrator from 1955 to 1993, died on Feb. 12 in Parkland, Fla., at the age of 87. An expert in corporate financial management, Donaldson was the Willard Prescott Smith Professor of Corporate Finance Emeritus at HBS.Born on July 1, 1922, in Winnipeg, Manitoba and a graduate of the University of Manitoba at the age of 19, he earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Toronto. In the midst of World War II, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving as an instructor to flight crews from England, Australia, and New Zealand. At the end of the war, he decided to come to the United States to resume his studies.Donaldson took courses at Harvard Business School in 1950-51 before returning to his native Manitoba to teach and work on his doctoral dissertation. He was invited to join the HBS faculty in 1955, even before completing his doctorate in commercial science in 1956.Donaldson’s pedagogical reach extended across Harvard Business School’s M.B.A., doctoral, and executive education programs, and his involvement in executive education included two stints in the School’s middle management programs, a year as head of a program for senior managers that then took place in Switzerland, and a six-year assignment in the Owner/President Management Program for entrepreneurs that ended upon his retirement in 1993.“Gordon Donaldson was a great clinical researcher and a wise mentor to many young faculty members attempting to navigate their way through the promotions process at HBS, a process he led for many years,” said Baker Foundation Professor William E. Fruhan Jr. “He possessed remarkably good judgment and always had a balanced point of view. Over the years, his advice was sought out by successive deans on matters of great importance to the School. He was a pillar of the institution.”Donaldson is survived by two daughters, Mary Louise Meier of Parkland, Fla., and Patricia Donaldson Smith of Bolton, Mass.; two sons, Richard E. Donaldson of Gorham, Maine, and Robert G. Donaldson of Brunswick, Maine; and six grandchildren. In addition to his wife, a brother, Desmond, also predeceased him.In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that friends and colleagues consider a donation to organizations that were of special interest to Donaldson, such as the Salvation Army, the Humane Society, or any conservation group. A memorial service celebrating his life may be scheduled in the spring.To read Donaldson’s full obituary, visit the Harvard Business School Web site.last_img read more

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Island Adventure: How One Teacher Found Connection With the Planet & Her Classroom

first_img“We looked for harmful algal blooms – and we learned about how this is happening because of people and climate change. Fish eat these algae. Sea lions eat the fish. Scientists are seeing how harmful algae is affecting neurochemicals of the sea lions’ brains – and that was a memorable lesson for me,” says Clara Herrera, a fifth-grade teacher at Clayton Elementary School in Austin, Texas.Herrera is excited and descriptive when she talks about her recent five-day research expedition as a JASON Learning Teacher Argonaut. Herrera was selected as an Argonaut and in September, she joined a group of students, educators and scientists from around the United States in a weeklong trip on Catalina Island – one of the eight Channel Islands off Southern California.Since 1989, the JASON Argonaut program has provided hands-on, scientific field work to more than 1,000 students and educators worldwide, many of whom have gone on to pursue degrees and careers in science. Each year, JASON’s Argonaut program sends selected students and educators on one of several expedition opportunities to work directly with the world’s leading scientists and engineers. Past Argonauts have studied the rainforests in Peru, volcanoes in Hawaii, ecosystems in Florida, and much more.Herrera and her students are now looking at water in a whole new way. They are studying it – and even recycling their unused, clean water after their science experiments into a homemade sifting bucket and pouring it into the earth to feed the Edwards Aquifer that surrounds their school.Herrera’s students are true water conservationists – and Herrera is an impressive citizen scientist, equipped with real-world experience to teach her students these sustainability skills after her Argonaut experience.Dell and JASON work together as part of Dell’s Youth Learning program. The partnership has provided free access to JASON’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning materials to students of the Greater Austin Area’s public schools – including digital labs, content and activities, to utilize in the classroom and on their own. Dell’s support also included the sponsorship of two Austin area Argonauts to enter this year’s Argonaut program.Herrera was selected for one of these spots after submitting a personal essay, reference letters and a personal video profile as part of the application process. An enthusiasm for science is key in the selection process as well.Herrera says she has always loved science. She credits her Argonaut experience for strengthening her appreciation for water.“I was always conserving water, but I’ve come back from this trip in a whole new way,” she says. “My mind has been spinning on how important water is – globally and where we live. I’m talking to my students about what I’ve learned – like how ocean plant life produces more than half the world’s oxygen!”The strong connection between people and the planet was a focus of Herrera’s Argonaut journey. This year’s Argonauts helped on a project named “Conserving Marine Life Along Catalina’s Coast,” in partnership with Earthwatch and hosted at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Catalina Island features stunning coastal scenery and nine Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – which function by setting boundaries that exclude extractive activities from occurring in special marine places, much like nature reserves on land. By doing so, they protect more than just one or two species, but all the important organisms and linkages within those ecosystems.“We counted animal life and recorded our data into the online system. This was added to a global data bank and seeing that was remarkable,” Herrera says.By documenting the daily activities and conditions of Catalina’s MPAs, Herrera and her fellow scientists helped gather critical information as part of a larger study on the influence of climate change on MPAs. The work by Herrera and her co-Argonauts will help scientists tell the story of the critical role that MPA’s play in coastal conservation and the health of our coasts amidst a changing planet. They hope their work will inspire policies to help safeguard our coastlines.Back at home in Texas, water conservation is a hot topic for Herrera and her community as drought conditions worsen, and new water sources are scarce as the population grows.Herrera believes hands-on learning prepares students for the real-world – and helps them understand the reality and urgency behind environmental challenges. She is grateful for how her three sons – ages 20, 17, and 14 – support her appetite for adventure and her passion for the environment.“I’m trying to show my children and my students what you can achieve on your own,” she says.Herrera recently completed a fellowship to study at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Coastal Systems Teacher Institute, and she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro after helping raise money and awareness for the need for clean water wells in Africa through the Austin-based charity Water to Thrive.All Argonauts are encouraged to be peer role models for their students and teachers back home.“There’s this pervasive belief that the only people allowed to ‘do science’ are the academic elite, and only after decades of study and degrees. Our Student and Teacher Argonauts show that everyone can contribute to the scientific process, and that it can be fun, engaging, and inspiring,” says Patrick Shea, executive vice president of JASON Learning.Herrera learned about quadrants, and how to use this tool, from the scientists at the Wrigley Marine Science Center.Herrera will share her Argonaut experience with her students and their parents by inviting them to hear more about her trip and by building their own quadrats for her classroom. These are made of PVC piping and used to study a specific area out in the field. Once placed on the school grounds, students can monitor the racks and study environmental changes over time.“Teaching is hard work and it helps in the payoff when you can consider the joy of teaching. I encourage other teachers to try for these opportunities and get out and experience things to avoid the burnout,” she says. “It means a lot to feel that you can teach something because you actually experienced it. I can say to my students, When I was with scientists I saw this! That is exciting to kids. This experience has helped me to recharge.”Explore more information on the JASON Learning Argonaut program. Learn more about Dell’s Youth Learning program at dell.com/youthlearning.last_img read more

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Baxter State Park Officials Scold Jurek for A.T. Celebration

first_imgThere has been no shortage of fanfare and support from the running and outdoor communities in the wake of Scott Jurek’s historic, record-setting performance on the Appalachian Trail. Nearly every major media outlet has covered the incredible feat, and social media has been ablaze for several days with congratulatory comments from well wishers.But there is another perspective on Jurek’s capture of the A.T.’s new “fastest known time.” Purists say he missed the point, that he rushed through a trail that’s meant to slow hikers down and put them more in touch with the natural world, all in the name of gamesmanship and competition.Others have gone a step further, essentially accusing Jurek of bastardizing the Appalachian Trail in pursuit of commercial gain. The most authoritative member of this camp is Maine’s Baxter State Park, which houses Baxter Peak and the Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the A.T.In a Facebook post published this morning, park officials accused Jurek of littering, drinking alcoholic beverages in public places, hiking with an oversized group, facilitating non-permitted media coverage within the state park boundaries, and drew attention to the help he has received from his corporate sponsors.Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 5.20.21 PMThe following a verbatim statement pulled directly from the official Baxter State Park Facebook page. To view this statement on their Facebook page click here. Ultramarathoning in Baxter Park – another perspective.Our Facebook page is a great place to celebrate the nature of Baxter State Park. On occasion, we need to use this platform for serious discussion.Scott Jurek’s recent completion of the Appalachian Trail in the shortest time on record is a remarkable physical accomplishment. With all due respect to Mr. Jurek’s ability, Baxter State Park was not the appropriate place for such an event.Let’s be clear and concise, Scott Jurek’s physical abilities were recognized by corporations engaged in running and outdoor related products. The race vehicle used to support Scott in his run, as well as Scott’s headband, clearly displays these corporate sponsors. The sponsors are providing money and equipment to support Scott’s run in exchange for advertisement and engagement that they expect will protect or increase their market share and improve their profits. Included in this exchange are media companies such as “The Game Changers, LLC” of Laguna Beach CA, who were hired to capture video and photographic coverage of Scott’s run to enhance the opportunities for commercial benefit from his run.When Scott arrived at Baxter Park to complete his run at the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, he brought all of this to Baxter Peak, in Maine’s largest wilderness.Mr. Jurek and the corporate sponsors were careful not to mention in the media coverage that one of the unfortunate outcomes of the celebration party at Baxter Peak at the completion of the event were the three summons issued to Mr. Jurek by a Baxter Park Ranger for the drinking of alcoholic beverages in public places (BSP Rule 7 and Maine State General Law), for littering (BSP Rule 4.5) and for hiking with an oversize group (BSP Rule 2.2). In addition, media personnel were issued a summons for violation of a commercial media permit which prohibited filming within 500′ of Baxter Peak. Not much to be proud of there.An additional discouraging observation. The Appalachian Trail provided the challenge and backdrop for this event and consequently, provided the conduit for this event to land in Baxter Park. The profile of the AT is large enough to attract the corporate sponsorship necessary to support and carry such an event. The AT is apparently comfortable with the fit of this type of event in its mission. The formal federal designation and authority of the Appalachian Trial does not extend into Baxter State Park. The AT within the Park is hosted at the consideration of the Baxter State Park Authority. The Authority is currently considering the increasing pressures, impacts and conflicts that the Appalachian Trail brings to the Park and if a continued relationship is in the best interests of Baxter State Park.Thousands of people, including Mainers and others from all over the world, visit Baxter Park and hike in the Park’s wilderness, including a climb to Baxter Peak. People celebrate their accomplishment, often with their families and often many times over, quietly and with appreciation for this precious gift left to us in perpetuity by Percival Baxter. These “corporate events” have no place in the Park and are incongruous with the Park’s mission of resource protection, the appreciation of nature and the respect of the experience of others in the Park. We hope for the support of the AT and BSP communities to help us steer these events to more appropriate venues in the future.How do you feel about Baxter State Park’s response to Jurek’s post record-setting celebration? Let us know in the comments below. Photo Courtesy of Luis Escobarlast_img read more

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Costa Rica seizes record tons of drugs

first_img SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Costa Rican police confiscated 19.2 tons of cocaine from January to Dec. 15, making it one of the leading countries in drug seizures in the region, according to the Public Security Ministry. The achievement was reached through a strategy of shielding the country’s borders against the drug trade, Public Security Minister Mario Zamora said. “Costa Rica [is one of the leaders] in Central America in dismantling structures that are engaged in the sale and trafficking of drugs, preventing other consequences such as the crimes connected to these types of activities,” Public Security Vice Minister Celso Gamboa said. An investment of US$1.2 million in 2013 allowed the Public Security Ministry to improve police training through the National Police Academy and bolster the country’s Air Surveillance, Coast Guard and Border Patrol services. The money also was used to acquire vehicles and boats to combat drug trafficking, which involved collaborating with the United States and Colombia. “The Police Academy had serious infrastructure problems,” Zamora said. “We were able to establish a site for the provision of basic police instruction. Another measure involved extending the police course from six to 10 months, which has improved the quality of our human resources.” The ministry acquired 326 new police cars, ending 2013 with a fleet of 500 vehicles patrolling the streets nationwide. It also received two high-speed interceptor boats to reinforce its work in the Pacific. The Public Security Ministry built three new coast guard stations along the Atlantic Coast and strengthened its operations from the Pacific central base of Cuajiniquil, 250 kilometers north of San José. Costa Rica ranked fourth – behind the United States, Colombia and Panama – in cocaine seizures in the Americas in 2013, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). By Dialogo January 02, 2014 In 2012, Costa Rica seized 15.5 tons of cocaine. According to the “Costa Rica Situation Report 2013: Drug Trafficking and the Threat of Organized Crime,” published by the Judicial Investigation Department (OIJ) and the UNODC, cocaine is the most prominent drug being transported in the country, as it moves from the Andean region – which is where it is primarily produced – toward North America, particularly the United States. “Costa Rica is the victim of perverse geopolitics,” Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said on Dec. 19. “We can’t move from the neighborhood. We’re in the middle of one of the regions hardest hit by organized crime, but that doesn’t mean that we should resign ourselves to this. We’ve been doing a lot and the message that these criminal groups are receiving is that it isn’t easy for them in Costa Rica.” The Drug Control Police also has dealt serious blows to the production, importation and distribution of marijuana nationwide. The consumption of marijuana in Costa Rica has increased 260% since 2006, making it the most consumed drug in the country, according to the Institute for Alcoholism and Drug Dependency. The police sized 2.8 tons of marijuana in 2013 after confiscating about three tons in 2012. Chinchilla has asked the public to continue collaborating with police and report any suspicious activity in their communities by dialing 1176, which is a hotline provided by the Public Security Ministry, or through the website of the Public Force of Costa Rica. “The drug trade needs to understand that Costa Rica has closed ranks – from the president to the ordinary citizen – and we’re not willing to let these groups operate in our neighborhoods and steal the well-being and health of our children,” Chinchilla said. Zamora pointed out that in 2013, authorities seized about 70,000 crack rocks and 11,209 ecstasy pills. The drug trade also lost US$3 million and $193 million Costa Rican colones, as well as a plane that was used to transport cocaine.last_img read more

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Almost Annual Crappie Derby on thin ice this year

first_img“There’s three inches of ice here and we need 12 for the Crappie Derby and we have to make that decision by a week after Monday so doesn’t look good,” said Chairman Chuck Sweet. The Crappie Derby is set for February 15, but whether it happens or not depends on the next couple of weeks. WHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — The Dorchester Park ice fishing event that happens *almost* every year is at risk of being cancelled this year due to the lack of ice. center_img The event was cancelled last year due to thin ice.last_img read more

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Zoom agrees to step up security after New York probe

first_imgNew York state’s top prosecutor on Thursday announced that the company Zoom would improve security measures, after flaws were detected as the video conferencing platform soared in popularity amid the coronavirus pandemic.The agreement wraps an investigation launched in March by New York Attorney General Letitia James into vulnerabilities in the California-based company’s software.In a statement, James said Zoom would institute new security measures for the millions of users using the platform, including enhanced privacy controls. Topics : The company also agreed to conduct regular risk assessment and software code reviews to detect vulnerabilities.The number of daily video meetings on Zoom skyrocketed from 10 million in January to more than 300 million at the end of April.But a “Zoom-bombing” phenomenon sparked warnings about lax security, as virtual intruders interrupted religious ceremonies, remote classes and other Zoom gatherings. In some cases, pornographic images popped up.center_img James said Zoom would take steps to prevent those breaches as well as end its user data-sharing partnership with Facebook.The platform is to improve privacy controls for free accounts — users avoid a monthly fee for meetings 40 minutes and under — along with education accounts for K-12 students.All hosts will now be able to control access to conferences with a required password for those attempting to access a meeting.”Our lives have inexorably changed over the past two months, and while Zoom has provided an invaluable service, it unacceptably did so without critical security protections,” James said in the statement. “This agreement puts protections in place so that Zoom users have control over their privacy and security.”last_img read more

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Arsenal set date for Matteo Guendouzi contract talks to secure midfielder’s future

first_imgSeveral Arsenal players have responded well to Mikel Arteta’s arrival (Picture: Getty Images)The club are willing to propose a substantially increased wage in line with the France Under-21 international’s senior role in the squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementSince being brought in for just £7.2million by former Gunners head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, Guendouzi has made over 54 league appearances.The promising youngster’s contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2022, but a higher salary may convince him to commit his future to the Gunners.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe former Paris Saint-Germain academy player has been the subject of interest from the French champions since his move to north London.Mikel Arteta’s side have been maligned for letting players run down their contracts and leave for free, such as Welshman Aaron Ramsey who joined Serie A side Juventus last season.MORE: Maurizio Sarri makes Aaron Ramsey admission amid speculation Juve are willing to sell former Arsenal starMORE: Chelsea and Manchester United urged to sign Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard by Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas Guendouzi has been a stalwart in the Arsenal midfield (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are preparing to sit down with highly-rated youngster Matteo Guendouzi over an improved contract to keep him at the Emirates Stadium.The 20-year-old was a near ever present under former manager Unai Emery, and has continued to get minutes under new boss Mikel Arteta.According to Football.London, the Gunners are planning to discuss terms with the midfielder at the end of the season.Guendouzi is currently on the £40,000-a-week deal offered when he joined from French second division side FC Lorient in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Arsenal set date for Matteo Guendouzi contract talks to secure midfielder’s future Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 12 Feb 2020 4:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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​Dutch government announces new financial assessment framework

first_imgThe Dutch government has unveiled a new financial assessment framework (FTK) for pensions that is much less ambitious than originally planned and mainly corrects widely criticised elements of the current system.Pension funds will have more time to implement the new FTK than originally envisaged and be permitted to apply the existing FTK to determine the contribution rates and indexation for 2015, even though officially the new FTK takes effect as per 1 January 2015.Funds will have until 1 July 2015 to meet the requirements of actuarial rules for financial crisis planning, investment and indexation policy.Those with a shortfall will have an extension of three months to submit a recovery plan. However, pension funds must still apply the amended ultimate forward rate (UFR) and the new parameters for calculations for the Dutch regulator, the DNB, by the beginning of 2015.Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs and Labour, announced the changes in a letter to Parliament outlining the implementation of the new FTK legislative proposal.The Cabinet approved the changes on 20 June.The government has shied away from a wide-ranging reform of the FTK and instead focused on light-touch amendments.Among other changes, funds may spread the impact of financial shocks over a longer period.There will also be clear rules regarding indexation, and the impact of market volatility will be dampened.Also, buffer requirements have been raised, and schemes must outline ahead of time how they intend to deal with windfalls or setbacks they might encounter in future.The Council of State, in its advice on the impact of the proposal, said it “merely amends the existing FTK within the current framework of a nominal pension contract to make the management of pension assets more stable and contribute to a more equitable distribution of risks among the affected groups … in the management of assets”.The Council of State emphasised that the FTK proposals were independent of a wide-ranging consultation exercise on the future of the Dutch pension system, which has just been started.last_img read more

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Woman, 33, electrocuted

first_imgILOILO City – A woman got electrocutedin Barangay Aripdip, San Rafael, Iloilo. The 33-year-old resident Jane Nobelodied, a police report showed. Officers of the San Rafael policestation ruled out foul play in the incident./PNcenter_img Police investigators said the victim accidentallytouch an exposed live wire inside their house around 10:30 a.m. on Monday. last_img

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