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Lettuce Travels Through Time And Space In New Video For ‘Crush’ [Watch]

first_imgIn 2015, Lettuce blew funk fans away with their new album release, Crush. The album featured everything we love about Lettuce in one place, the high powered energy and mind-altering psychedelia, dripping with the band’s patented brand of sexy funk jamming. As Lettuce continues to crush in the live setting, the band has shared a new otherworldly video today that tells the story of their whole album.The new video has it all – spaceship parties, traveling through the universe, and so much more. Of course, it’s all fueled by the cosmic grooves of Lettuce and company. The band is on a roll, never sounding fresher.Watch the new video for Crush, streaming below via the Billboard premiere. For fans of Lettuce, you won’t want to miss Eric “Benny” Bloom, Jesus Coomes, Adam Deitch, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and Ryan Zoidis, performing alongside members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Dopapod, Soulive, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy and so many more at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive – in the heart of Williamsburg – with over 50 artists spanning three venues in just one day: October 22nd. [Get tickets here]last_img read more

HSPH program fills training gap for nutrition researchers in India

first_imgIndia is poised to join the list of countries suffering from a dual burden of both infectious and chronic non-communicable diseases, many of which have their roots in diet and nutritional status. While poor maternal and child health is marked by high rates of anemia, undernutrition, and infectious diseases, obesity and diabetes are also rising in incidence. The need for nutrition researchers in the country is great, but few options exist for graduate-level training.For the past four years, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Tufts University have been working to bridge that gap through the Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC), a program which includes educational exchanges, distance learning, and a two-week course in nutrition research methods. The most recent course was held January 21-February 1, 2013 at St. John’s Research Institute in Bangalore.The course, which is held annually, provides substantive knowledge and methodological skills in nutrition research, with topics including research ethics, nutritional epidemiology, biostatistics, survey design, proposal development, and body composition analysis. Junior faculty and students from dozens of institutions throughout India attended the most recent session, in addition to several attendees from Uganda, Nepal, and other countries.“The skills we teach help fill a gap in the students’ training,” said Christopher Duggan, associate professor in HSPH’s Department of Nutrition, who leads the program. “The vast majority of them have gone on to write a paper, submit a research grant, or otherwise advance in their academic home institution using what they’ve learned.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Productivity Gets Reimagined when Mobile is the Design Baseline

first_imgWhy bother with 6AM conference calls and 14-hour flights? Because we are at the early beginnings of an era where imaginative thinkers are changing everything in sight – from thermostats to software.I’m talking specifically about design shifts in mobile enterprise software, the likes of which one day we will look back upon with awe. These past few weeks, I saw it in spades, as we launched Syncplicity’s mobile apps.What’s different now?In the first wave of mobile software development, incremental innovation simply brought old functionality to a new device. In the process, fundamentals were often missed.How frustrating to see a document for review on your mobile screen, yet be unable to edit it? Design was simply your desktop basic functionality, brought awkwardly to your smartphone.The second wave brought mobile on par with the desktop. Functionality was refactored amidst the new memory and added capabilities of our favorite gadgets. Fewer and fewer R&D teams argued if a mobile version of their software was next.But such design was still a parallel effort, a passenger alongside the driver of monolithic application development. SharePoint is now in the cloud? Interesting, but it doesn’t solve my problems.The reality is that mobile itself is the new design baseline, cleanly isolated and independent of any lingering PC notions. Mobile is the superset form factor, under which all functionality must be derived and considered.This third wave of design is what ignites our imagination and makes us want to drive 24/7 to brilliant new productivity solutions.Once we unleash imagination, it’s only a matter of time before the way we think about “productivity” will change in thrilling ways. Remember what “taking pictures” used to mean?It was a time-consuming and disparate routine of carrying camera equipment with you, buying film, configuring the camera settings, and at last, waiting to process the film.By rethinking “taking pictures” as “sharing moments,” however, those inefficiencies not only disappeared, but new worlds opened up. Ubiquitous devices brought image capture to the masses. Apps made photos easy and addictive to share. And social created a place where all the people to share photos with are constantly present.The same thing will occur as we rethink “productivity” from the mobile perspective. Many attributes of mobile are barely tapped today: proximity, location and personalization, for example.And already we see new segments quickly embracing the third wave as inklings of what’s to come:retail workers processing credit card payments without the customer ever waiting in line,flight attendants logging meal orders as they walk the aisle with their devices,citizens never bothering with the red tape to turn on a “land line” for making phone calls.It’s time to think: how else can we eliminate knowledge workers’ wasted time, speed their transactions, and heighten their ability to share value?Yes, mobile itself offers rich new design inspiration. But imaginative designers will rethink it all – the meaning of “productivity” included.last_img read more

Concert to feature collegiate a capella groups

first_imgThis Saturday at 8 p.m. in Leighton Concert Hall of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Undertones, a subset of the Notre Dame Glee Club, will present the ACA, an all-a cappella concert that will feature collaborations with a cappella singing groups such as Indiana University’s Another Round and the Tufts University Beelzebubs.  Photo courtesy of Billy Raseman Undertones president, senior Billy Raseman, said inspiration for the show stemmed from the recent surge in the popularity of a cappella singing.“With shows like NBC’s ‘The Sing-Off,’ ‘Glee’ and the movie ‘Pitch Perfect,’ the popularity of a cappella music has shot through the roof, and with this newfound popularity, the genre is changing faster than ever,” Raseman said. “We wanted the chance to see what other college groups are doing and show them what Notre Dame has to offer to the a cappella community. That’s where ACA was born.”Raseman said the groups began developing the concept of the concert in spring 2013.“We have been planning this since August and we’ve been talking about the idea since the spring semester of last year,” Raseman said. “Finding the venue, inviting groups, making a marketing plan, buying new attire for the group and all the various other work that has gone into ACA has been a year-long process.”The Undertones extended invitations to participate to singing groups with prestige, Raseman said. He said member junior Jamie Towey judged prestige through research of collegiate a cappella groups online.“Jamie Towey, our music director, decided which groups to invite,” he said. “There were some groups that we invited based off of their reputation for excellence — groups like Indiana University’s Another Round and the Tufts Beelzebubs have shaped college a cappella into what it is today.“Next, Jamie looked to the results of the ICCA — International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella — competitions from the past few years and scoured YouTube videos searching for the best. We found a lot of innovative groups, but the G-Men from Michigan and the Vanderbilt Melodores stood out among the rest.”The show will feature a diverse range of music and performance from each a cappella group, Raseman said.“There is a huge range of genres that are going to be covered, including hip hop, folk/country, electronic, R&B, rock, pop, and there may even be a boy band song in there,” Raseman said. “… As far as movement [on stage] goes, some groups may just sing in an arc and let their songs speak for themselves, while others may have intricate choreography to have an added layer to their performance.”Raseman said the show will offer a cappella and music fans an excellent show. He said he is most excited for the show’s finale.“I can’t wait for the last song of the concert where we will all get to share the stage,” Raseman said. “This song will feature soloists from each of the groups and will add a unifying element to the performance.“All the groups coming are going to be phenomenal, and each one brings something new to the table,” he said. “I am not only excited to hear their sets, I can’t wait to talk to each group afterward and learn how they operate.“We all come from completely different backgrounds so it’ll be an awesome learning experience for everyone involved and just a lot of fun.”Tags: a cappella, ACA, DPAC, Music, Undertoneslast_img read more

Book Sales Fall As Impact Of Coronavirus Increases

first_imgShare: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) Credit pixabay.comNEW YORK — The number of physical books sold dropped 10 percent from the previous week, the latest sign of the effect of the coronavirus on the publishing industry.NPD BookScan , which tracks around 85 percent of physical sales, reported big drops in children’s fiction and adult nonfiction books. The biggest gains were in nonfiction books for kids, notably workbooks purchased by parents whose children are now home from schools that have been closed.The BookScan numbers were released at a time when tours were being called and some of the country’s top independent sellers, among them Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, and the Tattered Cover in Denver, were laying off employees. Barnes & Noble has been cutting back its hours and closing some stores, but otherwise is reporting “relatively strong sales considering the situation, both in our stores and online, especially of kid’s books and fiction, including notably home study aids,” according to a statement Wednesday.Such traditional spring events as the PEN World Voices festival and the Mystery Writers of America awards dinner have been canceled. And the country’s largest publisher, Penguin Random House, announced Wednesday that it would not attend the BookExpo national convention in late May in Manhattan. A spokeswoman for BookExpo said an announcement on the convention’s status would be made early Thursday. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.last_img read more

Tix Now Available for Falsettos, Starring Christian Borle

first_img Related Shows Christian Borle(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Falsettos View Commentscenter_img Tickets are now on sale for the eagerly anticipated Broadway revival of Falsettos. Led by two-time Tony winner Christian Borle, co-book writer James Lapine will direct the revival, which is set to begin previews on September 29 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for October 27; the limited engagement will run through January 8, 2017.The musical by Lapine and William Finn follows Marvin, who struggles to create a “tight knit family” out of his eclectic array of core relationships, including his ex-wife, his new boyfriend, his adolescent son, his psychiatrist and his neighbors. Amidst a series of life changes, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility and what it means to be a man.The starry cast will also include Stephanie J. Block, Andrew Rannells, Brandon Uranowitz, Tracie Thoms, Betsy Wolfe and Anthony Rosenthal. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017last_img read more

Rise in renewable generation pushes U.K. carbon emissions to record-low levels

first_imgRise in renewable generation pushes U.K. carbon emissions to record-low levels FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:British carbon emissions fell to just 97 grams per kilowatt-hour (kWh) on Sunday June 30, its lowest ever carbon intensity and meeting for the first time ever the UK Committee on Climate Change’s 2030 target of 100 g/kWh for a whole day.This new record – which breaks the previous record of 104 g/kWh set during the country’s last summer – plays into a larger trend which, according to British electrical power generation company Drax, which published the analysis of carbon emissions on Tuesday, is seeing British power stations produce 100 million tonnes less CO2 per year than they were at the start of the decade.June 30 was a big day for the British electricity sector in more ways than one, as it was also the first day ever when more than half of the country’s electricity was supplied by renewable energy sources – with 39% coming from wind energy, 9% from solar, 8% from biomass, and 1% from hydroelectricity.“Britain’s power system is decarbonising at a faster rate than any other country in the world,” said Imperial College London’s Dr Iain Staffell, who worked independently via Imperial Consultants to analyse Drax’s Electric Insights data. “We have spent more than half the summer without a single coal power station turned on, and renewables are breaking new records all the time.“As a result, our power stations are producing 100 million tonnes less CO2 per year than they were just six years ago. The amount of carbon saved is equivalent to taking every single car and van off the UK’s roads, or what would be produced if every single person in the UK flew to Beijing and back.The records are, obviously, all intertwined, as it is the increase in renewable electricity generation which is helping to reduce emissions. Drax, the UK’s biggest renewable power generator, recorded a 52% reduction in its emissions over the first half of 2019 compared to the same period a year earlier, with 94% of the power produced at Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire being renewable.More: Britain emissions fall to record low as renewables deliver half of supplylast_img read more

Mexico Arrests Synthetic Drug Manufacturer Fugitive from U.S. Justice

first_img On February 14, the Mexican Security Secretariat announced the arrest of a producer and distributor of synthetic drugs with ties to the Sinaloa cartel and who is a fugitive from U.S. justice. Jaime Herrera Herrera, alias “el Viejito” [“the Little Old Man”], was arrested on February 13 in Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa, in the northwestern part of the country. He was identified as “one of the chief producers and distributors of synthetic drugs working for” the cartel led by Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán. “Herrera is a fugitive from the U.S. authorities, since he has a record in several states in relation to his criminal activity,” the secretariat specified in a statement. The secretariat specified that he had been arrested in the neighboring nation in the 1990s, but while free on bond, he escaped to Mexico, where in 2002, “he established his center of operations in Culiacán in order to produce drugs, which he sent by land to Los Angeles, California.” “According to the investigations, he acquired supplies of chemical precursors coming from China and Guatemala in 2008. At that time, he possessed three small planes with which he transported the synthetic drugs” to the United States. Currently, he was using two rural properties near Culiacán to produce methamphetamines, the bulletin added. Another member of his group was arrested along with him, and 147 packages containing a total of more than 200 kilos of methamphetamine were seized. Last week, the Mexican authorities announced a “historic” blow against drug trafficking when they seized more than 15 tons of methamphetamines and substances for manufacturing synthetic drugs in Jalisco, in western Mexico. The discovery took place at the same time that the UN Office on Drugs and Crime warned that the cartels are directing their efforts toward the production of synthetic drugs, since they appear to be a more attractive business than cocaine. Since 2006, 646 laboratories for producing synthetic drugs have been dismantled, and more than 45 tons of methamphetamines have been seized, according to an announcement by the Military in early February. By Dialogo February 16, 2012last_img read more

Alleged Local Operator of Norte del Valle Cartel Captured in Nicaragua

first_imgBy Dialogo August 07, 2012 The Nicaraguan police captured Bismarck Jirón Lira on Aug. 4. Lira is suspected of being an important operator for the Norte del Valle cartel in Colombia, and the police stated that they seized close to $ 1 million he had hidden in a luxurious residence in Managua. Jirón was “the main operator in Nicaragua for this cell”, stated the Nicaraguan police spokesman, Fernando Borge to AFP. Thirty-nine-year-old Jirón, was also wanted by the International Police (Interpol) and was detained in his vehicle while with his girlfriend, Ana Ponce, after a police chase in Las Sierritas de Santo Domingo, a residential area in the southern outskirts of the Nicaraguan capital. The suspect was wanted by Interpol since 2011, and operated the logistical support base for the Norte del Valle cartel in Nicaragua. After his arrest, the antinarcotics agents searched his residence in Las Sierritas, where they seized $901,770, according to Borge. They also seized six checkbooks, three vehicles, a building and three firearms, indicated the statement issued by the police hours later. The note stated that Jirón would send narcotics through the Pacific Rim of Nicaragua to alleged drug trafficker Javier Cachiro, who supplies the Mexican cartels. Jirón’s network was in charge of obtaining vehicles and houses to stash the narcotics and to offer resting locations for the criminals, as well as providing boats, communications and other equipment to the members of the cell, stated Borge. The alleged drug trafficker was captured in the framework of Operation “Cumbre” which the Nicaraguan police is implementing in tribute to the 33rd anniversary of its founding. Within the past year, the Nicaraguan police have detained more than 20 alleged local drug traffickers who served as support to international cartels operating in the Pacific and Caribbean regions of Nicaragua.last_img read more

6 reasons your credit union should be offering non-prime auto loans

first_imgBecause of the risk associated, after all costs and expenses you can expect to make two to four hundred percent more than you would on the average prime auto portfolio.3.  These people are in need Once up and running, you will be able to integrate your non-prime lending practices into normal loan application processing.5.  Not everyone offers non-prime right now First a crash course on what exactly a non-prime loan is, as the prospect of anything other than an ideal loan makes many financial professionals uneasy. Often confused with sub-prime lending near or non-prime lending focuses on individuals who fall just under the standard qualifications to receive a loan. These are the people that are in the greatest need, have the fewest options and are often, regrettably, denied a loan for barely failing to qualify. Finding ways to make loans to these higher-risk members can not only benefit your credit union’s bottom line, but help improve loyalty with the member in need.1.  Less risk than you thinkAs the lender you have control on all credit decisions. You are still able to choose just how much risk you are willing to take on, and decide how you plan to balance it with required rate.2.  Much larger ROAs Those who need this service have very few options for getting the help they need. Studies have shown that families that have reliable transportation have a higher average household income.4.  It’s easier than you think Providing more loans outside of your prime lending guidelines obviously has its own advantages.Helping your members and earning higher yields at the same time, while not taking on any more unnecessary risk is the dream of any financial institution. Lenders Protection provides your credit union with the ability model your specific overhead and funding costs to ensure a profitable auto loan portfolio while carefully managing the risks. 57SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This gives you a unique opportunity to offer something to your members that they would normally have to find elsewhere. Keeping everything in-house will increase profitability while improving customer relations.6.  Significantly increase your vehicle lending volumeslast_img read more