Watch The Avett Brothers Perform “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth” On Colbert

first_imgThe Avett Brothers had the distinct honor of performing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last Friday, January 20th, just hours of President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated into office. The controversial moment in American history has been met with all sorts of reactions, but most musicians have taken on a message of peace and love in the face of intolerance.With that in mind, The Avetts decided to perform a cover of George Harrison’s “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth” for their spot on the late night program. Check out the heartwarming video below.last_img

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Tickets Now Available for B’way’s The Audience, Starring Helen Mirren

first_imgAlways wanted to be in the presence of Her Majesty? Tickets are now on sale to see Peter Morgan’s The Audience, starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II. The show will begin previews on February 17, 2015 and play a limited engagement through June 28. Directed by Stephen Daldry, opening night is set for March 8 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional—sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign to today. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 View Comments The Audience The production will also star Geoffrey Beevers as the Queen’s equerry, with Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. All are reprising their roles from the acclaimed London production. Further casting will be announced later. Related Showslast_img read more

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FEMA’s 160 workers fill temporary employment gap

first_imgSome Vermonters saw their homes and cars swamped by this spring’s heavy rains and floods, while others saw their jobs or businesses swept away. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping put the state’s economy back on track, not only by providing financial assistance to families and businesses, but also by hiring residents in Vermont to help with the recovery efforts and spending money in the local economy.The agency has hired 10 Vermonters in various positions around the state, according to FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Craig Gilbert, who noted that the roughly 150 workers at the agency’s Joint Field Office in Burlington are the equivalent of a large business locating there. “The positions are short-term temporary jobs working in numerous areas of the recovery operation, but they are critical to our efforts and to helping the state get back on its feet,” Gilbert said. “We take our responsibility to hire local people very seriously, and we’re delighted with the quality of workers we’ve found.”Vermonters have been hired to perform tasks ranging from inspecting damaged homes to performing administrative duties to reaching out to and signing up residents for assistance. “We really want to put local people to work, not only to help Vermont’s economy but to take advantage of their knowledge of the communities in which we are operating,” said Vermont Emergency Management Director Mike O’Neil.Bristol’s Kate Ash, hired as a Voluntary Agency Liaison Specialist, has been employing her local knowledge to assist community organizations, faith-based groups and voluntary agencies in communities affected by the flooding.  Ash, a 22-year-old graduate of the University of Vermont in 2010, was an intern in U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s office before coming to FEMA. In the senator’s office, she worked with the Vermont Council on Rural Development among other groups.Now she is working with other nonprofit and voluntary groups, including the Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, AmeriCorps, American Red Cross, Vermont 211, United Methodists, and Southern Baptists to help with the recovery efforts statewide.”Our primary goal is to help establish community-led groups who will be able to assist survivors with any disaster-related unmet needs long after federal teams have left the state,” she said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to use my local contacts and for the experience to promote the work of both local and national recovery groups throughout Vermont.”The Burlington Joint Field Office is expected to pump roughly $3.7 million into the local economy, which according to many standard economic models that use an $8 multiplier for every dollar spent, will result in nearly $30 million of local economic impact.”We not only purchase supplies and services, but our staff rent cars; stay in hotels; shop in stores and eat in local restaurants. They have their families come to visit them,” said Gilbert. “That adds up to a tremendous economic impact.”FEMA personnel have been in Vermont since late June, and are expected to remain in the state until late September or through October, though the number of people will be declining as work is completed.last_img read more

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Easy does it

first_imgTwo steps forward, one step back. This old saying has much merit in a well-thought training plan for a race. How one achieves the two steps forward progress is predicated upon making sure you have recovery runs built into your weekly running regimen.Recovery runs become even more important if you run high mileage (6-7 days a week), do one or two speed workouts a week and have one long run per week. Most training plans incorporate some or all of these components. Perhaps, what can often be overlooked are the recovery runs, which for me is really an extension of all the harder efforts. The need for some recovery runs usually start 10-12 weeks out from a goal race. The timing of the mileage ramp up, addition of speed and the long run is also determined by your current fitness level and skill level. To get stronger and faster one must do some tearing down (one step back) through the speed work and long runs. Building in recovery runs or cross training days is how you achieve the two steps forward, so you are ready for the next hard effort. Recovery running is not to be confused with rest days. Sometimes you do need to build in a day or two off of no exercise but recovery running is a way to keep your mileage up, while prepping for the next hard effort.I’m speaking about this through my own trial and error and having been coached to understand the importance of recovery running. I have often learned the hard way that each day of running has its own purpose. Recovery runs are just as important as the speed workouts and long runs. Unfortunately they are over looked because they are usually boring and not as glamorous. A recovery run does not make great water cooler talk or Facebook posts. Much too often runners run by feel. If they feel good even the day after running hard, they then push the pace on the next day’s recovery run because everything seems great. This can come back to bite you rather quickly usually though an injury. Once you have incorporated all the necessary core run elements in your training plan, you are walking a balance beam. Once you fall off, it is hard to get back on that beam. Bottom line don’t get suckered into someone else’s pace or think faster recovery runs equals getting in bonus shape.   1 2last_img read more

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Traveling Exhibition of Replicas of Argentinean Dinosaurs to Tour Europe

first_imgBy Dialogo February 18, 2009 For the next two years, the “Gigantic Argentinean Dinosaurs” exhibition, which opened ‎today in Buenos Aires, will tour various countries in Europe with original fossils and ‎exact replicas of the dinosaurs that inhabited Argentina, some of which have never been ‎shown abroad.‎ This exhibition, the result of a collaboration of seven museums of Natural Sciences ‎coordinated by The National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina ‎‎(CONICET), is the most significant one that this country has presented.‎ Among the dinosaurs reproduced in the exhibition, made possible by remains found in ‎various parks in Argentina, is “Argentinosaurus Huinculensis,” which at 38 meters long ‎is the largest known dinosaur in the world, and “Giganotosaurus Carolinii,” the largest ‎known carnivorous dinosaur.‎ Edgardo Romero, director of the Argentinean Museum of Natural Sciences in Buenos ‎Aires, said in his presentation that, for the first time, a replica of “Panphagia,” the oldest ‎ancestor of the sauropods, which were the largest dinosaurs that inhabited the Earth, will ‎be exhibited.‎ In his statements to Efe, Romero emphasized that the importance of this exhibition is that ‎it contains material “of international significance;” every item was selected for its ‎scientific interest.‎ ‎“The exhibition proves to the world that Argentina is a very important country for ‎paleontological studies, because it shows that there is sediment containing fossils of very ‎different ages which can document much of the history of dinosaurs,” and therefore ‎Argentina possesses “a paleontological community trained for research,” said Romero.‎ The head of the Paleontological Division of the Museum, Alejandro Kramarz, stated that ‎this exhibition is “unprecedented,” and reflects the wealth that Argentina possesses in this ‎field, with “fabulous” pieces which, in his view, have surprised the entire international ‎scientific community.‎ The exhibitions will be sent to the city of Rosenheim, Germany, where they will be ‎shown from April 29 until October 25, after which they will continue their journey ‎through Europe until late 2010, when they will return to Argentina.‎last_img read more

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3 ways to help employees adjust to change

first_img 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Companies experience change on a constant basis. Whether the change is tiny or huge, it can be difficult for your staff to adjust. Sometimes change can be scary, and as a leader it’s your job to help your employees understand and adapt to the changes. Here are three ways you can help your team succeed during this adjustment process.Feedback: When change occurs, it can be overwhelming. Your employees may immediately have a million questions, but sometimes there can be a lot confusion. Seek feedback from every member of your team and to make sure everyone is on the same page. Giving your team detailed explanations to their questions will hopefully lead to more discussion that will eventually lead to clarity and understanding.Training: When new processes and products are launched, make sure the training required is adequate and thorough. The last thing you want is for your team to feel like they’re running around like headless chickens. Make sure each and every employee feels confident, prepared, and ready to perform their new responsibilities with excellence.Availability: Just because training is completed, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that your transition will be smooth sailing. Even if your staff is prepared, there will be bumps along the way. Check in frequently at first and be more encouraging than critical. Your team wants to adjust and be able to handle things on their own, but they’ll definitely need you to be supportive along the way.last_img read more

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Senate overturns new rule allowing class-action suits against banks

first_img continue reading » U.S. consumers are on the verge of losing the right to sue their banks and credit card companies through class-action lawsuits.Vice President broke a 50-50 Senate tie Wednesday night, narrowly approving the repeal of the rule that blocked financial companies from requiring consumers to resolve disputes via individual arbitration proceedings.The Senate vote followed earlier House approval and now goes to President Trump for expected signing. The action hands Wall Street and the financial industry a victory while dealing a defeat to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal watchdog that approved the rule in July.The bureau is headed by Richard Cordray, an Obama administration appointee who has been targeted for removal by some congressional Republicans. Created as a new safeguard after the national financial crisis, the watchdog agency had moved to ban most mandatory arbitration clauses found in the fine print of agreements that consumers typically agree to automatically and often unwittingly when they open a checking account or get a credit card. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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General Electric mulls launch of cross-border IORP

first_imgExxonMobil was also considering a move to Belgium.Den Bakker said the Dutch sponsor and employee representatives were now considering future options for the Dutch fund, which has €290m in assets.She added that the sponsor was awaiting a decision from employee representatives, and that, once their stance became clear, the fund’s future would be evaluated.The move comes after the Dutch fund suffered a decline in membership – nearly halving from 1,034 at the end of 2013 to around 650 – after GE sold off part of its Dutch business and moved production out of the country.Plans to transfer the pension benefits of employees at GE Artesia Bank, a provider of trade finance, to the main GE scheme were abandoned after they proved infeasible, Den Bakker said.GE Artesia Bank was recently revealed as one of the firms discussing the launch of a new ‘general pension fund’, or APF, covering companies within the financial sector.GE Pensioenfonds had close to 2,000 members at the end of 2014.As of late June, its policy coverage ratio stood at 105.6%.GE declined to comment when approached by IPE sister publication Pensioen Pro. General Electric is considering the launch of a cross-border pension fund based in Belgium.The plans, mentioned in the Dutch GE Pensioenfonds 2014 annual report, could see future accrual for several European countries shift to a Belgium-domiciled vehicle, according to pension fund chair Yvonne den Bakker.GE is the latest company to consider the launch of a cross-border fund for its Dutch scheme.Aon Netherlands recently angered employees after deciding to establish a vehicle in Brussels despite its workers’ council still debating the move.last_img read more

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NEW: Comprehensive 2020 Report on Results of Legalisation of Cannabis Overseas

first_imgThe Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) NZ Coalition which is leading the NO vote against cannabis legalisation in the upcoming referendum has released a new report “Lessons From Cannabis Legalisation 2020”, a comprehensive study of the data outcomes in ‘legalised’ marijuana states in the U.S., and recent developments since legalisation in Canada and Uruguay, the only two countries in the world who have legalised recreational cannabis use.This study, validated by researchers from institutions such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins University, and using governmental data and the latest peer-reviewed studies, finds that the U.S. states that have legalised marijuana are witnessing rising use rates, thriving black markets, and harms among disadvantaged communities. This is also the early evidence from Canada and Uruguay.This report which has almost 250 references will serve as an eye-opener for the New Zealand public and gives very persuasive evidence for voting no in the referendum. The legalisation of marijuana has had significant costs both fiscally and in terms of social and health harms. It is clearly evident that cannabis legalisation is a failed policy.The report highlights research showing that cannabis – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades – is addictive and harmful to the human brain, especially when used by adolescents. In U.S. states that have already legalised the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes, youth marijuana use, costs that far outweigh tax revenues from cannabis, and sustained marijuana arrest rates. These states and also Uruguay and Canada have seen a black market that continues to thrive, and tobacco company investment in cannabis.This report moves past the spin from cannabis industry proponents who want to normalise and profit from drug use in our communities. At a time when New Zealand’s mental health system is bursting at the seams, why would we go and legitimise a mind-altering product which will simply add to social harm?The report is produced by the SAM-NZ Coalition, in conjunction with research from Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) in the U.S.Smart Approaches To Marijuana NZ (SAM-NZ) is an alliance of community organisations and leaders in New Zealand (including ex-addicts, educators, ex-police, addiction counsellors, health professionals and community workers) who oppose any attempt to legalise cannabis, based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety.DOWNLOAD THE REPORTlast_img read more

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P36-M evacuation center urned over to Bacolod LGU

first_imgDelfinado said the RECs would serve astemporary shelters of those displaced by calamities such as volcanic eruption,flooding, landslide, storm, etc. DPWH Region 6 director Lea Delfinadoled the turnover. Mayor Evelio Leonardia received the symbolic key. BACOLOD City – The Department ofPublic Works and Highways (DPWH) turned over yesterday to the city government aP36-million Regional Evacuation Center (REC) in Barangay Vista Alegre. The evacuation center is the fifth inNegros Occidental, said Delfinado. The others are in San Enrique town and inthe cities of Sagay, Bago and Kabankalan. The RECs have the same design. Theyare made up of eight buildings with beds, separate male and female toilets andbath, generator rooms, pump rooms, laundry areas, materials recoveryfacilities, offices, and infirmaries. The budget for the construction camefrom the national government, said Cong. Greg Gasataya. The evacuation center here sits on a3,000-square meter lot owned by the city government./PNlast_img read more

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