Beloved funk band Galactic is bringing it home to New Orleans come October 29th, playing a Halloween show at the great Tipitina’s venue in the Crescent City. Anyone who’s experienced a Galactic show at Tipitina’s knows just how wild these shows can get, with the band often playing until 6 in the morning!With Voodoo Music + Arts Experience coming to NOLA during that weekend, there’s seriously no shortage of great music to be had for a Halloween celebration. Galactic will be throwing it down late night style, and Gravy has been announced as opening support. Be sure to get those dancing shoes ready, as this is sure to be a funk rager one will never forget.The show also comes just days before a major fall tour, which will see the band explore the Southeast of the country from November 3rd through the 19th. Tickets and more information about the Halloween show can be found here!
What do Post Malone, The Grateful Dead, and Vampire Weekend have in common? Well, not much. But in a new session on BBC Radio 1‘s Live Lounge, Vampire Weekend did their best to bring the worlds of all three artists together.For their second of two songs on the session, Vampire Weekend offered up a rendition of “Sunflower”—not the “Sunflower” that appears their forthcoming album, Father of the Bride, but rather the hit single of the same name by Post Malone and Swae Lee from the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack.At roughly 30 seconds into the track, yet another notable “Sunflower” rears its head: the recognizable guitar riff from the Grateful Dead‘s “China Cat Sunflower”. Later in the song, more guitar lines flirt with “China Cat Sunflower”, though not as explicitly as the lick in the intro.Though Vampire Weekend comes from more punk/indie/new wave roots, their newer material has drifted farther toward the psychedelic sonics of bands like the Grateful Dead. Frontman Ezra Koenig has never been shy about his love for the jams. On multiple occasions in recent months, Koenig has mentioned his affinity for Twiddle, even inviting the band’s guitarist, Mihali Savoulidis, to join him on his radio show, Time Crisis.You can watch Vampire Weekend’s cover of Post Malone’s “Sunflower” featuring a clever nod to the Grateful Dead’s “China Cat Sunflower” below:Vampire Weekend – “Sunflower” [Post Malone cover][Video: BBCRadio1VEVO]You can also listen to the original studio versions of Post Malone’s “Sunflower”, Vampire Weekend’s own “Sunflower”, and the Grateful Dead’s “China Cat Sunflower” below:Post Malone, Swae Lee – “Sunflower”[Video: Post Malone]Vampire Weekend ft. Steve Lace – “Sunflower”[Video: Vampire Weekend]Grateful Dead – “China Cat Sunflower”[Video: Grateful Dead][H/T Spin]
In his last collegiate match, Crimson wrestler J.P. O’Connor ’10 capped off a dominant season and career at Harvard by taking the 157-pound national title at the NCAA Championships in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday (March 20).The No. 1 seed, O’Connor wrestled his way into the final against Cal Poly’s (California Polytechnic State University) Chase Pami. Despite falling behind 2-0, the Crimson grappler dug deep, and came back against his seventh-seeded opponent to take the match and the title, ending his season a perfect 35-0.After being named an All-American as a freshman and sophomore, his junior season came to a disappointing end with an early exit in the NCAA Championships. But that was last year.“It’s always a battle and struggle,” said O’Connor in a press conference after the match. “You always have those negative thoughts, but this year I did a good job of keeping those thoughts out of my head. Having my coaches support me and how [hard] I worked, I felt no one could stop me.”O’Connor becomes only the second Crimson wrestler to be named All-American three times, joining Jesse Jantzen ’04 (2002-04), Harvard’s most recent national champion.“I was just trying to follow in the footsteps of former Harvard national champions, John Harkness and Jesse Jantzen, while creating my own path,” he said. “I looked up to Jesse; as great of a wrestler as he is, he is even a better person. I consider it to be an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence with him.”Starting the season ranked in the top five nationally at 157 pounds, O’Connor plowed through his competition, outscoring his opponents 51-10 overall to finish with 132 career wins — tying Jantzen for the most in program history. And with his 35-0 mark, the senior achieved something even Jantzen couldn’t do — complete a season undefeated.“I just had the fire and determination to win it this year. I truly believed that I could win it during my sophomore and junior years, but it just didn’t turn out that way, which was disappointing. I tried to turn it into a positive, and thought about it every day,” said O’Connor.It has been a tremendous career of firsts for the senior out of Oxford, N.Y. In addition to being Harvard’s first undefeated national champion, he also became Harvard’s first freshman All-American in 2007, and is the first grappler to win multiple Ivy Wrestler of the Year honors (2008, 2010). And there is being first all-time in wins. Not a bad career indeed.Although the grappler is hanging up his Harvard singlet for good, the human evolutionary biology major with medical school ambitions may not be done on the mat just yet. After achieving perfection in college wrestling, O’Connor has his eyes set on international wrestling.“I would love to continue my wrestling career,” O’Connor said. “It’s always been a dream of mine, and I can’t think of anything better to represent the United States.”With his résumé, he can do it. Med school can wait.
When Nicolau Sevcenko’s parents arrived in Brazil as political refugees — a destination chosen mostly because it was one of the few nations in the 1950s that accepted Soviet émigrés — they never imagined their newborn son would become perhaps the world’s leading authority on Brazilian cultural history.Sevcenko was born in the coastal city of Santos while his family was en route to São Paolo to escape the turmoil of Europe after World War II. Once settled in Brazil, however, Sevcenko’s parents were reluctant to integrate into the culture. Convinced that the Soviet Union would soon collapse and they could return home, they made no effort to learn Portuguese, or to teach it to their young son.The Harvard professor remembers sitting at the back of the classroom on his first day of school and not understanding a word that was said.“I came home and told my mother that she had made a mistake and accidentally sent me to a foreign school,” said Sevcenko, who joined the Harvard faculty last year as a professor of Romance languages and literatures. But he quickly learned that he, in fact, was the foreigner.Learning a new language and trying to navigate his position within Brazilian society were not the only obstacles Sevcenko faced growing up. He was born left-handed, but because left-handedness was considered a sin by his church, Sevcenko’s mother tied that hand behind his back, forcing him to become right-handed. Then, as a young adult, he was diagnosed as severely dyslexic.Adding to his confusion was his parents’ refusal to discuss the circumstances that had brought them to Brazil.“People would get very nervous if you ever mentioned the past or the word ‘communism,’ ” Sevcenko said. “It was very disturbing.”Sevcenko’s desire to surmount this secrecy and understand his family’s story contributed to his decision to become a historian, and he sees his scholarly interests as a means of filling in the gaps and coming to terms with his own national identity.“More than anything else, I wanted to know what Brazil was, what Latin America was,” he said.While Sevcenko was navigating a difficult childhood and adolescence, all of Brazil was facing the turmoil of the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985. This period was marked by severe censorship of books, movies, television shows, and music.Ironically, because of this censorship, young people of Sevcenko’s generation became particularly interested in avant-garde cultural forms, and Sevcenko was exposed to experimental writing at an early age. His 1983 book on Rio de Janeiro’s “Belle Époque” at the beginning of the 20th century attracted widespread attention, his access to underground networks of banned cultural materials allowing him to present a vision of social and cultural life that challenged the party line of the waning military dictatorship.Almost immediately after publication of this first book, Sevcenko rose to the status of public intellectual in Brazil. It’s a position he has maintained since: In addition to his academic writings, he has written for a number of newspapers and magazines on a diverse array of topics, ranging from theater and film to architecture and urban studies.Sevcenko is often recognized on the street when in Brazil and is asked to comment on issues of public debate. He admits to enjoying his newfound anonymity in Cambridge, which allows him to walk unimpeded all over the city.Sevcenko first came to Harvard, which he calls “the intellectual crossroads of the world,” as a visiting professor in 2004. Though he misses his wife, who remains in Brazil caring for his ailing mother and mother-in-law, Sevcenko expresses his delight at being at Harvard, not least because of the tranquility of Cambridge compared with São Paolo, a teeming metropolitan area of 20 million people.“It’s an urban inferno,” he said of the city in which he had taught since 1983. “Changing from that into little Cambridge is just coming into paradise.”
VERMONT PHYSICIANS TO RECEIVE GUIDES ABOUTDOMESTIC VIOLENCEBerlin, VT – A physician guide about domestic violence will be distributed to all Vermont primary care providers, emergency room providers and OB/GYNs as part of a New England-wide project, organizers have announced.The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, 4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health care services, according to a 2003 study by the CDC. The health effects of domestic violence are staggering. In addition to the immediate trauma and injuries caused by abuse, domestic violence contributes to a number of chronic health problems and can interfere with the management of other illnesses.This puts health care providers in a unique position to help victims of abuse if they know how to detect domestic violence and provide victims with referrals and support. This year Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has joined forces with the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans from across New England.To address this community need, a “physicians guide” will be distributed to all primary care providers (internists, family practitioners, and pediatricians) as well as Emergency Room providers and OB/GYNs in New England on October 14th in honor of Health Cares About Domestic Violence. 10,000 practitioners will receive guides and “victim safety cards” that outline safety tips for victims leaving a violent situation and the numbers to call for help. The guide is a joint production of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in New England states along with the individual state domestic violence support organizations.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)
Oboz Footwear knows that gifts are not just for the holidays, so they make the gift of trees everyday.For every pair of shoes the Bozeman, Montana-based outdoor shoe company sells, they plant one more tree through their partnership with Trees for the Future, which supports communities in need in East and West Africa with trees, seeds and the tools and know-how to ensure a sustainable future. The trees provide families and villages with an important source of income in the form of timber, fruit, and other products. These trees also reduce erosion, enrich the soil, provide shade, and provide shelter and breaks from wind. Trees for the Future’s motto—“Plant Trees. Change Lives.”—captures their passionate belief in the restorative power of trees. The charity has planted over 100 million trees since it was founded 1989. Tree planting is only a small part of their unique mission. The group also trains farmers about ‘forest garden’ practices that combine the benefits of trees with the productivity of agriculture, so that communities can use their gift of trees wisely for years to come.Photo Credit: Trees for the Future“Trees for the Future might be the coolest charity you may not have heard of,” said Josh Fairchilds of Oboz. “Their on-the-ground work directly improves livelihoods so every tree is like a gift.” All told, Oboz’ donations have enabled Trees for the Future to plant more than 500,000 trees. To put that number into perspective, Trees for the Future says that just 3,000 to 5,000 trees, planted in a dense forest garden, can give a large, impoverished family in the developing world just about everything they need to thrive.“Planting trees on degraded lands changes people’s lives in profound ways,” said John Leary, Executive Director of Trees for the Future. “And bringing degraded lands back into sustainable productivity requires a strong commitment. We, and the thousands of families and communities we serve, are grateful for Oboz’s continuous dedication to our tree planting projects over the years.”Oboz couldn’t plant a single tree without the support of its retail partners. Every year, Oboz applauds their efforts with a progress report on how many trees, they, too, helped ‘plant’ for Trees for the Future. Additionally, retailers such as Footsloggers, Mast General Store and Nantahala Outdoor Center team up with Oboz to create ‘One More Tree’ events at stores to help spread awareness of Oboz’ tree-planting mission. Real trees are part of the fun at those events; anyone who tries on a pair of Oboz takes home a seedling to plant at home or in their neighborhood.Who knew that one more tree—let alone thousands and thousands—can give so much, every day, for years to come?For more information on Trees for the Future, visit www.treesforthefuture.org or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt7SDcPFqh4 for its fascinating story as told by its founder Dave Deppner.
It’s often a chaotic world we live in – attention spans are low and expectations are high. That makes for a perfect storm for members to be at their most difficult.The good news is that there are ways to keep your cool, turn member experiences around, and even come out looking like a hero. Let’s take a look at eight of those ways!Don’t take it personally. Most of the time when a member complains it’s because they are unhappy with the account or maybe something at your Credit Union – not you as an individual. It might be NOTHING at all to even do with the experience. Maybe they stubbed their toe? Spilled their coffee? Woke up late. Stop before REACTING to another person’s emotions and think – is it me? If not, let that emotion GO.Give yourself credit. Remember all those mad skills you possess? The kind way you handle member requests? The serious mojo you have when it comes to hitting your goals? Keep all of those things in mind when someone turns surley and never let anyone else make you feel less than you are.Write it down. Want to make an impression? Write down the complaint. That shows the member that you are listening and genuinely intersted in resolving their issue. If you’re on the phone, let them know that you are writing things down in detail. People want to be heard and documenting a concern is a good way to illustrate your listening skills.Get a supervisor in on the action. Got a REALLY tough member on your hands and things feel like they are escalating? Invite a supervisor to join you and the member will notice you are treating them as important by seeking additional help.Debrief with a trusted person when you’re done. When the member leaves, it may be a good time to talk over the encounter with someone you trust in order to release the frustration, let go of any negativity and learn what can be done in the future should it happen again.Master stress management. There are so many amazing techniques you can learn to manage stress and stay the voice of reason regardless of raised voices or irrational customer behavior. By learning to breath deeply, focus on the positives and also ensure your body doesn’t carry stress, you will be able to handle whatever (or whoever) the world sends your way.Chalk it up. Here’s the thing: working with the public? There are going to be THOSE moments or sometimes even days where someone is focused on you because they can. Chalk it up to human nature, let it roll right off you and move on.Look for the lesson. Sometimes there’s a reason for the temperment, right? Maybe a system or process is off. A complaint can be a queue to take a look at what may need to be changed. Analyze the situation and see what can be done differently in the future for a better response.Don’t lash out. It’s easy in the heat of the moment to lash out to anyone who will listen if you’ve been mistreated by a member (or anyone for that matter). Use caution. Breathe. Think before you speak to others so that you’re not taking your bad experience and transferring it to everyone in your wake.Remember the big picture. Truth is, without members we have no Credit Union. Even when they are less than fun to work with – they keeps our doors open. Give people the benefit of the doubt that they don’t MEAN to be challenging, and treat them with respect and understanding like the mature and successful professional that you know yourself to be.The nice thing to keep in mind if you’re in the people business (and most of us are) – is that whatever the grievance, pressure, irritation, aggravation – any of it might be? It will done and gone before you know it. A blip on the screen. Handle it in the moment then move on to the next. Who knows? The next one on the phone or in front of you might be the coolest member ever! 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change. Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Details
One the same day as the latter he also won the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton with Sceau Royal, so there is no doubting his horses remain in excellent form.“You need the right ammunition for this race, bur Harambe won it last year and, together with Edwardstone, we go back with two solid chances,” said King.“Harambe had a run before he went there last year and though that has not been possible this time around, he has been moving very well and pleasing me at home.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Harambe has not been seen since the Betfair Hurdle in February when he was brought down at the final flight when still in contention.King told his website: “Harambe was brought down at the last at Newbury and was on the floor for a while. It has taken him a long time to recover, but he did his pre-training at AP’s (McCoy) and it is good to have him back in action here.”Edwardstone was beaten a neck in a Grade Two on heavy ground at Haydock before a respectable sixth in the Supreme in March last season and looks the right type for the race, although ground conditions could become a concern.- Advertisement – “He is an exciting prospect with untapped potential and though he can be a bit free in his races, he is beautifully relaxed at the moment, which is very encouraging,” said King.“He was a high-class novice last season and ran well in the Supreme at the Festival when our horses were not really firing. I hope the forecast rain does not materialise as he is more effective on better ground.“Both horses schooled on Monday and we’ve done as much as we can with them at home but while both would make lovely chasers, this is a great race in which to start back and I am very happy with them.”In contrast, top-weight Ballyandy would benefit from the forecast rain, according to his trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.“I thought he ran a cracker under top-weight at Ffos Las to split Sceau Royal and Buzz last time out and I’d love to run him in this, but he does want it a bit softer,” Twiston-Davies told William Hill.Jamie Snowden registered one of the biggest winners of his career last weekend with Ga Law and chases another with Pisagh Pike.“He’s a highly-progressive sort since we gave him a wind op in the summer and he’s won his two novice hurdles well,” said Snowden.“He just got touched off in a Listed race at Market Rasen which arguably he perhaps should have gone on and won.“He’s got a nice handicap mark so hopefully we can try to exploit in a big race like this.”Thinking is massively unexposed for David Pipe, having his first run since being bought from France over 800 days ago.“We’ve had him since he was a three-year-old,” said Pipe.“His owner (Nick Shutts) has been very patient. He picked up a tendon injury. He was actually due to run last year when the lockdown happened.“He’s got an engine. He’s rated 132 so he’s at the right end of the handicap but he wants soft ground.“We like him and hopefully he can repay the owner’s patience.”Dan Skelton’s Proschema is another lightly-raced type and jockey Harry Skelton is another who will be watching the skies.“I’m looking forward to him and the drier the ground the better. It’s a bit of a wet forecast which could be a bit of a problem, but I’m sure we’ll take our chance,” he said on Racing TV.“The better the ground the stronger his chance. He ran a nice race the last day at Wetherby and he’s come forward from that.”Paul Nicholls’ Thyme White, who was impressive at Chepstow, and Tom Lacey’s Sebastopol are other fancied runners. Alan King saddles last year’s winner Harambe and the ante-post favourite Edwardstone in Sunday’s Unibet Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham.King enjoyed a fruitful summer on the Flat with three Royal Ascot winners, a success on Champions Day with Trueshan and the November Handicap through On To Victory.- Advertisement –
The New Zealand tourism industry has joined forces to launch a major tourism initiative that encourages visitors to take care of their environment and unique nature. TIAKI VOW WHILE TRAVELING IN NEW ZEALAND AND WILL CARE FOR LAND, SEA AND NATURE, TREADING LIGHTLY AND LEAVING NO TRACETRAVEL SAFELY, SHOWING CARE AND CONSIDERATION FOR ALLRESPECT CULTURE, TRAVELING WITH AN OPEN HEART AND MIND “New Zealand is known for its warm welcome to guests and the Tiaki Vow is based on that fact and invites the world to stand by us so that future generations of Kiwis and visitors can enjoy the natural beauty”, Said England-Hall and added:”The vow reminds people to act responsibly towards the goods that New Zealand offers, and under that they are expected not to pollute the environment, drive carefully and be considerate of everything”. Under the motto “Tiaki – Caring for New Zealand”, the industry has launched the “Tiaki Vow” initiative, which actively encourages visitors to care for nature and respect New Zealand cultures in order to preserve the country for future generations. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis presented the initiative on behalf of seven key public and private sector organizations whose collaboration has helped implement the initiative. Find out more about the whole project HERE New Zealand CEO Stephen England-Hall emphasizes that everyone is responsible for caring for New Zealand, and the Tiaki Vow encompasses the connection of New Zealanders with their home. Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon said the initiative cares about the country but also the people. “In addition to seeking the support of our visitors to care for our country, we want to provide them with a safe journey, but also a fantastic experience”. The Tiaki Vow will promote all organizations participating in the initiative, but also beyond. The information is currently available in English, Maori, German and Chinese, but a number of foreign languages will be included over time.
The coronavirus pandemic has yet to peak in the Americas, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday, as it said global infections were likely to hit 10 million within a week.The WHO said the length and height of peaks would be determined by government actions, without which a lurch back towards lockdowns was unavoidable.The UN health agency also warned that at the current rate of new cases, a shortage of concentrators — devices that purify oxygen — to help critically-ill patients was looming. Topics : ‘Hard choices’ Patients with severe and critical COVID-19 struggle to get enough oxygen into their lungs, needing higher concentrations and support to prevent organ failure and death.Medical oxygen is produced using concentrators that extract and purify it from the air.”Many countries are now experiencing difficulties in obtaining oxygen concentrators. Eighty percent of the market is owned by just a few companies, and demand is currently outstripping supply,” said Tedros.”WHO estimates that at the current rate of about one million new cases a week, the world needs about 620,000 cubic meters of oxygen a day, which is about 88,000 large cylinders.”Meanwhile, the WHO backed Saudi Arabia’s decision to scale back the annual haj pilgrimage to only 1,000 people, down from last year’s 2.5 million.The haj is one of the world’s largest mass gatherings.”This is another example of the hard choices that all countries must make to put health first,” said Tedros. Latin America surge WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan warned that the virus was still raging in the Americas and raised the prospect of fresh nationwide lockdown measures, in the absence of ultra-vigilance.”It’s particularly intense in Central and South America,” he said.”We’ve seen a steady and worrying continuation of trend, with many countries experiencing between a 25 and 50 percent rise in cases over the last week.”Unfortunately, the pandemic for many countries in the Americas has not peaked,” he said, and was “likely to result in a sustained number of cases and continued deaths in the coming weeks”.The Irish epidemiologist said that without isolating and quarantining contacts, “the specter of further lockdowns cannot be excluded”.Alas, “the only way, in some circumstances, to avoid that now, is a very, very, very aggressive investment in our capacity to detect cases”, he said.After the United States, Brazil is the hardest-hit country, with more than 52,600 deaths from over 1.1 million cases.President Jair Bolsonaro has been fiercely criticized for comparing the virus to a “little flu”.”The numbers respond to response,” said Ryan.The height and length of the peak, and the trajectory downwards, “is everything to do with the government’s intervention to respond”, he said. “In the first month of this outbreak, less than 10,000 cases were reported to WHO. In the last month, almost four million cases have been reported,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference.”We expect to reach a total of 10 million cases within the next week.”This is a sober reminder that even as we continue research into vaccines and therapeutics, we have an urgent responsibility to do everything we can with the tools we have now to suppress transmission and save lives.”The novel coronavirus has killed at least 477,500 people and infected nearly 9.3 million since emerging in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.