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The Motet Shares New Single “Whacha Gonna Bring” & Announces Free Halloween Webcast

first_imgColorado’s groove-centric funk act The Motet recently announced their new upcoming studio effort Death Or Devotion, due out on January 25th, 2019. The Denver, CO seven-piece consisting of Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keys), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Drew Sayers (sax) and Parris Fleming (trumpet) has shared a new single, “Whacha Gonna Bring”, ahead of their upcoming album’s release.Since The Motet’s inception in 1998, they’ve released eight full-length albums and toured the country relentlessly, playing hundreds and hundreds of shows from coast-to-coast. Death Or Devotion will mark the first Motet studio effort in which Lyle Divinsky, Drew Sayers, and Parris Fleming were all involved with all aspects of the upcoming record, from writing to recording, and finally mastering and preparing for release.As Divinsky explained in a statement:The essence is always going to be the groove, but we wanted to expand the idea of what a funk album could be. Of course, you want a driving backbeat. However, with the division that’s going on in this country and the world, I think it’s every artist’s responsibility to create a conversation. That conversation doesn’t have to be political either. It can be about love or an introspective journey. I think the commentary should be on what it’s like to be alive today. By drawing on funk, we create a fun, palatable musical vehicle for the message to go down. Our goal is for you to recognize we’re all dancing on the same dance floor-even though our steps may look a little different.The Motet released “Whacha Gonna Bring”  in conjunction with voter registration non-profit HeadCount‘s Get Out The Vote Campaign. Divinsky adds, “The song is as much a deep pocket heavy groove as it is a reminder that each and every individual has the opportunity to make their voice heard, not only by voting but by bringing positivity and joy to the table.”HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein adds, “The Motet is a longtime HeadCount partner and has always been a band we consider to be ‘family’. We are touched that they thought of us when releasing ‘Whacha Gonna Bring,’ and the song’s message truly resonates.”Listen to The Motet’s new single, “Whacha Gonna Bring”, below:The Motet – “Whacha Gonna Bring”[Video: Various Artists – Topic]The Motet has also announced that Relix will be streaming a free webcast of their upcoming Halloween show featuring special guest Jennifer Hartswick, from the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Fans should tune in for the free webcast Wednesday, October 31st, at 11 p.m. (PST) below:The Motet w/ Jennifer Hartswick Free Halloween Webcast[Video: Relix][H/T Jambase]last_img read more

European Investment Bank could guarantee ELTIF-backed projects, suggests PensionsEurope

first_imgThe European Investment Bank should be encouraged to work with managers behind the European Commission’s long-term investment vehicle, offering capital guarantees and its own expertise in evaluating projects, PensionsEurope has said.A position paper published by the European pension association also said the European executive should consider relaxing guidelines around the use of derivatives in its proposed European Long-term Investment Fund (ELTIF), allowing investing pension funds to continue with “sound” risk-management strategies.The association further argued in favour of a broader list of eligible assets, speaking out in particular for the inclusion of listed small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and said the vehicles should be also be able to exceed 30% leverage.The draft ELTIF regulation, published by the Commission last June in the wake of its long-term investing Green Paper, currently does not allow the vehicles to use commodities, engage in securities lending or borrowing, or use derivatives “unless these instruments are used for hedging purposes”. However, the association argued that the limitations on derivates should be reconsidered.“We wish that the use of derivatives would be allowed to hedge against risks associated with all ELTIFs investments and not only against interest rate or currency risks,” the paper said.“This would allow institutional investors such as IORPs to have a sound risk management strategy.”It also suggested that the current maximum leverage threshold of 30% should be reconsidered, “especially for funds mainly composed of equities”.“Indeed, we consider the investor to be aware of the risk attached to these types of funds,” it said, arguing that the threshold be raised to 50%.PensionsEurope also suggested that, to make the mutual funds more attractive to the core audience of small to medium-sized pension funds, the European Investment Bank should offer guarantees for some of the investments made through the ELTIF.“The EIB’s Project Bonds Initiative and other similar activities should be directly linked to the ELTIF,” it said, “with the EIB assuming riskier tranches and providing guarantees.“This would reduce the risks inherent to these kinds of investments, and investors would see the ELTIF as a secure investment vehicle.”It also recommended the EIB and other national bodies “actively cooperate” with asset managers and investors involved with the ELTIFs, as smaller pension funds could not be expected to possess the resources to assess infrastructure projects.However, despite suggesting several amendments, PensionsEurope said it was broadly in favour of the funds.“Pooled investment vehicles are important for smaller IORPS so they can invest in long-term projects without jeopardising the diversification of their asset allocation,” it said.“Furthermore, by pooling existing knowledge, institutional investors may profit from each other’s expertise in different areas so that all of them stand to gain from a pooled investment vehicle.”,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to PensionsEurope’s position paper on ELTIFLink to European Commission’s current draft regulation on ELTIFlast_img read more

ALBA Economic Space will benefit Dominica

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews ALBA Economic Space will benefit Dominica by: – February 7, 2012center_img Tweet 8 Views   no discussions Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has hailed the 11th ALBA Summit a tremendous success.The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) summit was held over the weekend in Caracas and Prime Minister Skerrit says a number of important decisions were taken.He said member states took a decision for the creation of the economic space of ALBA.“This is the promotion of trade among and between ALBA nations. Critically what this calls for is an analysis of each country’s economy and to look at areas they can develop on in so far as industry is concerned, in order to export to ALBA nations,” he said.According to Mr. Skerrit, Dominica spoke about its water resources.“All of us know that we have tremendous capacity in so far as our water resources are concerned. The challenge that we are having is getting a private sector company to export large volumes of water. We have placed this project on the agenda,” he said.The Prime Minister said through the trade agreement, Dominica can export (water) to ALBA nations.“We are not saying that we will build a completely new factory. There are already existing companies and if they are so inclined, we can engage them as our primary vehicle towards realization of the optimum, in so far as the volume required for supplying the market,” he said.Mr. Skerrit said CARICOM would have to be consulted and engaged on the matter.“We have indicated to our other colleagues in ALBA that we have already had arrangements within our own space and due note should taken in terms of engaging CARICOM. One of the very critical aspects of our membership in ALBA is not to set aside our already strong arrangements within CAIRCOM and OECS, so there is no decision that we will ever take that will go contrary. It will not affect the existing single market or economic union at CARICOM and OECS respectively,’ he added.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

New cookie boosts inspiration from the Gil Scouts

first_imgWednesday, Indiana Girl Scouts started selling their cookies. They will be taking orders and selling at retail locations. New this year on the menu are the ‘Lemon-Ups.’ They are crispy lemon cookies with inspirational messages.You’ll also be able to pick up some of your other favorites like Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, and Tag Alongs. A box of cookies will cost you $5. The money goes back into area Girl Scout troops to help pay for activities and trips. Girl Scouts will start delivering cookies on January 22.last_img read more

Jordan Spieth surges into contention with sparkling 63 in Shanghai

first_img Spieth began the day 10 shots behind halfway leader Kevin Kisner, but carded nine birdies and no bogeys to close to within three shots of his fellow American, who carded his first bogeys of the week in a third round of 70. At 16 under par, Kisner held a one-shot lead over 2013 champion Dustin Johnson, China’s Li Haotong and Scotland’s Russell Knox, who chose not to play the final hole due to darkness after earlier weather delays. Jordan Spieth has a return to world number one and a first World Golf Championship title in his sights after surging through the field with a brilliant 63 in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Press Association The final group of Knox, Kisner and Branden Grace were asked by a tournament official on the 18th tee if they wanted to play the par five, with Grace making a birdie to finish 12 under and Kisner a par as Knox looked on. England’s Ross Fisher played his last eight holes in five under par to card a 65 and join Spieth and his Ryder Cup partner Patrick Reed on 13 under, Reed recovering from a double bogey on the fifth to shoot 68. Spieth had expected to be rusty after his longest lay-off for 10 years, going two weeks without touching a club after helping the United States retain the Presidents Cup in Korea last month. That showed with 10 birdies and six bogeys in opening rounds of 68 and 72, but the FedEx Cup winner was close to his best on Saturday, even though he felt a number of good opportunities went begging. ” This will be the first and only time I would say this, but I was not expecting myself to be in this position come Sunday when the week started,” said the 22-year-old, who needs to finish in the top 13 to reclaim top spot from the absent Jason Day, whose wife is due to give birth to their second child. “I came in with very little confidence in my trust of what I’m trying to do in my swing. “On the range (on Saturday) I found an easier way to get the club in the position I’ve wanted it to be in the whole week. It freed me up to be able to not think about impact position and just swing through the ball. ” I’ve struggled to shoot lower than two or three under on this golf course in the past couple years, but (Saturday) was the day to do it with ball in hand, very little wind and some gettable pins. “For whatever reason (on Friday), I put some higher expectations (on myself) than what I’d said coming into this week. I shot four under the first day, figured maybe I could do that again. Yesterday’s conditions were tough and I lost a few shots because of it. “(On Saturday) I came out knowing that it was a gettable golf course. I missed four putts inside eight feet – I’m not going to complain about the round but I felt like the way I played could have been 10 or 11 (under), for sure.” Knox, who was initially seventh reserve for the event and only found out he would be making his WGC debut last Friday, believes he made the right decision not to play the 18th. “Branden and Kevin wanted to get done, but it was awfully dark,” the 30-year-old from Inverness said. “It was into the wind and I was like, maybe I’ll just wait until the morning and see if I can catch it downwind or no wind. “I was happy with my decision. My caddie didn’t want me to play the last and I think all in all, they (Grace and Kisner) maybe shouldn’t have but got away with a birdie and a par, so good on them. “I’m going to have to wake up a lot earlier, starting at 7.45 and I won’t tee off again until probably 10.45. I t’s going to take the best round of my life tomorrow, so I’m going to have to go for it. Pars are not going to win this tournament. I’m going to shoot at the pin.” Like Knox, Kisner is seeking his first PGA Tour title after losing out in three play-offs this year, including to Sergio Garcia and eventual winner Rickie Fowler in the Players Championship. ” Experience always helps,” Kisner said. “Going against the best players in the game in a few of those play-offs, it’s always going to help me in building confidence. There’s so many guys within a couple shots of the lead. It’s going to be a dogfight tomorrow no matter what.” Li lost a play-off to Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the Shenzhen International in April but played down his chances of a massively popular win on home soil on Sunday. ” This tournament is so big, it’s too big,” the 20-year-old said. “I know that on the final day a lot of people are going to be hitting a lot of birdies. But that’s why I thought that my target, my goal in this tournament would be making the top 10, because doing that will already be a highlight and a milestone for my short career.” World number three Rory McIlroy rued a number of missed chances after a 68 which left him eight shots off the lead, but at least felt better after a severe bout of food poisoning on Tuesday. ” I was glad to be back to 100 per cent healthy and could give it my all out there. I felt like I played well from tee to green. I gave myself a lot of chances but again I didn’t really make anything on the greens. That 68 really felt like a 73 or a 74. ”I needed to go a little bit lower to give myself a chance going into (Sunday), but I’ll try to finish off the tournament with a good score and get myself into the top 10 or the top five.” last_img read more

‘Dangerous’ school reform?

first_imgACCORDING to officials at the LAUSD, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s school-takeover plan isn’t just misbegotten or ill-considered, it’s “dangerous.” That’s how Kevin Reed, general counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District, described AB 1381 before a state appellate court panel last week. Should the bill go into effect, he warned, it will “open the door for really any entity that the Legislature decides is – like the mayor, a decent guy with a lot of charisma and a lot of passion for what he wants to do – to put that individual in charge of schools.” Horrors! Imagine that: If the state’s elected leaders could put someone with passion for education reform in charge of the schools. Why, we could get – shudders – education reform. Most Angelenos, we suspect, wouldn’t be horrified about this prospect. Indeed, it would be a big improvement. Because if there’s one thing that the LAUSD most clearly now lacks, it’s passion for reform. A case in point is the district’s plan for breaking up its way-too-large campuses, which, like its plan to reduce dropouts, is, on paper, a lot like the mayor’s. But that’s where the similarities end. Whereas the mayor has gambled his political career on fixing things at the LAUSD, the district’s plans for small learning centers and reducing dropout rates are rather late, lackluster efforts. Having ignored the need for reform for 25 years, officials – facing Villaraigosa’s challenge – now say they want to make big changes, but the pace of their efforts strongly suggests otherwise. It’s not “dangerous” to push for rapid change of a failed enterprise. What’s dangerous is the LAUSD’s lack of a sense of urgency, and its willingness to fiddle with long-standing problems rather than fix them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Magheroarty Rescue: Heroic cousins praised for saving lives

first_imgUpdated: 2.30pmThree local men are being hailed as heroes for saving the lives of 11 students during the rescue at Magheroarty Beach.Cousins Daniel Ferry, Eugene Ferry and Christopher Mc Garrigle rushed to help after 15 Gaeltacht students and staff were swept out by a riptide on Tuesday evening. A tragedy was avoided thanks to the young fishermen, who used a surfboard to save 11 of the students from the water.Christopher, who was home from Canada for the week, and his cousin Donal went out on a boat when the emergency signal came from Malin Head Coast Guard. Meanwhile, Eugene sped to the students’ aid on a surf boat.Daniel Ferry, Eugene Ferry and Christopher Mc Garrigle pictured at Machaire Rabhartaigh following the rescue on Tuesday 13th August. Photo: Anna Ni FhearraighThe swimmers had been in the water for some time as emergency services and the Rescue 118 helicopter scrambled to the scene.“The quick actions of these local men undoubtedly saved lives,” said Anna Ni Fhearraigh, who was at Magheroarty after the emergency. “Rescue services arrived on the scene very quickly after being contacted and did a fantastic job of transporting those rescued to Letterkenny for medical assessment.”The students were all discharged from hospital on Tuesday night, while college principal Rory MacManus was kept in overnight for treatment for water ingestion. Mr MacManus was not part of the swimming group, but he had entered the water to help when the alarm was raised. He returned to work the following day.Antoine Ó Coileáin, Chief Executive of Gael Linn, which runs the summer college, also paid tribute to the local heroes of the day.Ó Coileáin visited the college in Machaire Rabhartaigh on Wednesday, where all students are back in class.“I would like to pay tribute to the local boat men and surfers who successfully took the swimmers from the water. The assistance of the Irish Coastguard  and Rescue 118 is gratefully acknowledged. The college staff responded magnificently to the alarm and took the greatest care of students,” Mr Ó Coileáin said. “The local community, particularly the mná tí, have given massive support to everyone affected by the dramatic rescue.“We thank God that everything worked out so well,” Mr Ó Coileáin said.This near-tragedy has sparked widespread calls for a lifeguard to be stationed at Magheroarty.Daniel Ferry said: “There’s an urgent need for a lifeguard during the summer months. “Thankfully a tragedy was avoided here, however it doesn’t deflect from the matter that a lifeguard is needed.”Magheroarty Beach is not a life-guarded area as it is not a Blue Flag beach. However its popularity, particularly during Gaeltacht summer courses, has led members of the community to say that a lifeguard is vital.“Does the colour of the flag suggest the importance of the people in the water?” Daniel said.Magheroarty PierCllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has raised the matter with Donegal County Council.He said: “I believe that such a busy beach like Machaire Rabhartaigh, with all the students and all those that swim, should have a full-time lifeguard. The community has asked for this.”Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig is also raising questions over the emergency response on Tuesday. He is calling for an investigation into why the Mulroy Coast Guard was tasked to the scene instead of the local crew at Bunbeg.“We know that minutes, if not seconds is a matter of life and death. To my understanding, the Bunbeg response time from launch would have been 15 minutes, from Mulroy it is half an hour. There is concern about why Bunbeg wasn’t called and I have asked for an investigation into why,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said.Magheroarty Rescue: Heroic cousins praised for saving lives was last modified: August 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAELTACHTMagheroartyWest Donegallast_img read more

TNT’s Reggie Miller & Chris Webber chime in on the Warriors’ success, free agency speculation & Stephen Curry’s ankle injury

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!Through the NBA’s 82-game schedule that spanned nearly seven months, the Warriors had a season-long soap opera that featured some complacency, some injuries, some infighting, some rampant free-agency speculation and some learning curve on integrating five All-Stars.All of those issues may have left some dirt on the Warriors’ shoulder. But just like Jay-Z, the …last_img read more

Dark Matter as an Escape

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Employing exotic unobservable entities such as dark matter may be an escape from scientific rigor in more ways than one.Recently, the notion that most of the universe is composed of dark matter took an evidential hit.  Live Science said, “A sprawling collection of galaxies and star clusters surrounding our own Milky Way is challenging long-standing theories on the existence of dark matter, the mysterious substance thought to pervade the universe.”  According to a survey of satellite galaxies of the Milky Way conducted at the University of Bonn, dark matter theories fail to account for the arrangement of matter in a region spanning 10 times our galaxy’s diameter. The astronomers extended the impact of their findings to the entire universe:“Our model appears to rule out the presence of dark matter in the universe, threatening a central pillar of current cosmological theory,” said study team member Pavel Kroupa, a professor of astronomy at the University of Bonn. “We see this as the beginning of a paradigm shift, one that will ultimately lead us to a new understanding of the universe we inhabit.“The statement also implies that previous “understanding of the universe” was misguided or absent.Last month Ker Than, reporting for National Geographic News, quoted an astronomer who said the finding of a huge structure of satellite galaxies surrounding the Milky Way puts cosmology “basically in a shambles.”  He referred to his other National Geographic article two weeks earlier that also questioned the existence of dark matter because it wasn’t detected where needed to explain the Milky Way’s halo.  That finding “could provide ammunition for skeptics who argue that the invisible substance is just an illusion,” he said.  About the same time, though, another National Geographic reporter claimed that dark matter particles hit the average human once a minute.Growing questions about dark matter’s existence may be giving rise to a proverb called the “dark matter argument.”  In another context, Maggie McKee at New Scientist reported doubts that the star Fomalhaut has a planet.  A bright spot imaged in a dust disk surrounding the star, imaged by the Hubble Telescope in 2004, had been hailed as a direct observation of an extrasolar planet.  Astronomers were encouraged at the time by the fact that it appeared in a gap in the dust dusk, suggesting that the planet had cleared a path for itself.Now, however, a new study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has shown that the bright spot might be a dust cloud, not a planet.  Furthermore, simulations shown in a computer animation within the article indicate that gaps in dust disks – even with sharp edges – can form without the presence of a planet.A JPL scientist used the occasion to joke about the escape hatch dark matter theories provide:“I call it the dark matter argument,” says Wladimir Lyra at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “There is something you are seeing that you cannot explain, and you blame the gravity of something you cannot see.“Dark energy has also come under scrutiny.  National Geographic asked, is it a kind of “reverse gravity” as usually described?  Perhaps not.  The pressure leading to accelerated expansion of the universe might come from normal old antimatter, well characterized in earth-based detectors.These appear to be dark days for dark matter theories.Philosophers call appeals to unseen, unknown entities “occult phenomena.”  Like spiritually occult things, they are placeholders for ignorance.  But given a name, these placeholders take on a reality of their own, used by scientific shamans to tell the peasants why things are the way they are.For too long, dark matter has been a rhetorical flubber to impress laypeople while escaping scientific rigor.  It’s time to call astronomers to account.  Account for dark matter, or turn on the light.last_img read more

American Agri-Women Partners with Ohio Corn & Wheat on ‘Drive Across America’

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, is celebrating 40 years of advocating for agriculture with its “Drive Across America,” a five-month educational and advocacy tour. Ohio Corn & Wheat, a market development, education and political advocacy group for the state’s grain farmers, is a sponsor of the Drive.Ohio Corn & Wheat works to create opportunities for long-term Ohio corn and small grain grower profitability through two checkoff based organizations and one legislative entity, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. The Ohio Corn Checkoff and Ohio Small Grains Checkoff work to develop and expand markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and wheat, respectively. Working with its national counterparts, the National Corn Growers Assn. and the National Assn. of Wheat Growers, the state group works to advocate for supportive public policy and engage with consumer audiences at a grassroots level to ensure a climate for grower success.“Grassroots advocacy is among the best ways to influence change because it focuses on personal connections and shared experiences. We appreciate the work of Ohio Corn & Wheat in influencing policies that promote the future of agriculture. We are so pleased to have them as a sponsor of our Drive Across America,” says AAW President Sue McCrum.“Ohio Corn & Wheat is proud to support the American Agri-Women as they continue to advocate for agriculture and help lead our nation’s agricultural industry,” said John Hoffman, chairman of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff. “We congratulate them on their 40th anniversary and look forward to their visit to Ohio for this weekend’s Preble County Pork Festival.”McCrum and other AAW leaders and members are driving in a specially wrapped pick-up truck, participating in educational, network and advocacy events hosted by AAW’s more than 50 affiliates. The Drive will finish at the 2015 annual convention in Portland, Maine.last_img read more