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Brendan Bayliss & Jeff Austin To Bring 30db Side Project To Milwaukee

first_imgA few years ago, Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee and Jeff Austin–at the time a member of Yonder Mountain String Band–formed a new musical project called 30db. The project was a great outlet for the two songwriters, even if it only lasted for a short period of time. After unofficially parting ways in 2012, the pair has performed under the 30db moniker a handful of times since 2015 for one-off shows in Chicago, with their most recent show taking place at Martyrs’ in December of 2017.In addition to their previously announced show on Friday, May 11, at Martyrs’, the duo added another one-off at The Miramar Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 9. A somewhat out-of-left-field announcement given that the duo normally performs in the winter in Chicago, the show is a welcome surprise for fans of both Bayliss and Austin–especially as it might indicate the duo might have more plans to expand beyond the Chicago area.This is sure to be a special night of music from two of the scene’s best songwriters, as they are expected to mix songs from their only album, 2010’s One Man Show, as well as covers. For more information and to purchase tickets to the show, click here.last_img read more

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Class project raises more than $40,000 for World Bicycle Relief

first_img Read Full Story When Myra White issued a charity challenge to the 13 student teams in her Managing Virtual Teams spring course, asking them to raise money for World Bicycle Relief (WBR), she never expected them to raise $40,000 in less than two months.Each semester, groups of five or six students compete in a series of challenges, with the final challenge of raising money and awareness for a charity. This year’s chosen charity, WBR, empowers individuals, families, and communities in remote areas of Africa by providing them with bicycles. With such transportation, children no longer have to walk hours to school, and communities can access medical supplies with greater efficiency.Outlining a clear fundraising strategy through the Get Involved page on WBR’s website, the students enlisted corporate matching and grants from their employers, created Facebook pages, and used Twitter to raise funds. The funds from a virtual race alone, which allowed participants to find sponsors for a 5K at a location of their own choosing, raised $7,000 – enough for WBR to buy 52 bicycles. The students’ efforts raised WBR to new donation records, raising funds from individuals on six continents; only Antarctica was missing.Even though the semester has ended, the students are still raising money for WBR – a phenomenon that White says often happens. “Students find that helping others enriches themselves as well as the people they help,” White said. “It shows them that they can have a positive impact on the world.”last_img read more

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At New EMC-Pivotal Dojo, App Developers Learn by Doing

first_imgThere is a secular shift at play within the IT industry. Traditional markets are eroding rapidly. As organizations seek to innovate using new digital business mediums, many are moving their infrastructures to the cloud. A major challenge they find is that building cloud apps not only means a whole new set of tools, but also a new mindset. To truly embrace any new way of doing things requires a commitment to learn by doing, which is why we are proud to announce the official opening of the new EMC-Pivotal Dojo in Cambridge, Massachusetts.The Dojo is “the place of the way,” the new way that we develop software in today’s world. It’s where we contribute to open source Cloud Foundry. It’s where we work with customers to build software.  It’s where we practice lean software development and continuously innovate to solve customer needs.Building Software for the CloudThe cloud is a relatively new delivery model, but customers still need to maintain the same rigorous quality, security and up-time SLAs expected in the on-premise world.  Cloud Foundry represents the best-in-class technology that customers can trust to run their businesses in the cloud.  More than just technology, it is a development platform supported by lean practices and methodologies that lead to high quality and continuous rapid innovation.Why Open a Dojo?The new EMC-Pivotal Dojo is our response to today’s rapidly changing world.  EMC has established an East and West coast presence to contribute to open source software (OSS), specifically Cloud Foundry.  We know firsthand the transition to devops and the cloud is not easy.  Visitors to our Dojo can see all of the steps involved in this new way of software development. They can see lean methodologies in practice every day. We employ XP (extreme programming) and TDD (test-driven development) to support continuous delivery. This enables us to innovate fast and learn quickly.  This rapid innovation and quick delivery is exactly what is needed to achieve a competitive advantage, and keep it.Helping Customers Learn by DoingEverything is different in this new world of IT, from the way software is built, to the way it is deployed, to the way it is consumed.  “OSS offers customers a different way to focus on their core value proposition as they pursue meeting the needs of the business.” Enterprises that embrace a lean approach to software delivery – and consequently innovate continuously, deliver quickly, and accelerate time-to-value – increase their chances of winning.  Those that don’t, risk being outpaced by the competition.  At the Dojo we act our way to new thinking and learn by doing. We are leading the way for pair programming, lean development, and open source at EMC.Come join us!Want to be a part of the Dojo? EMCers and customers alike can engage with us in three ways:Enroll in the Cloud Foundry Dojo program and earn committer statusGet involved in a Pivotal Labs customer engagementCome sit with us and learn by doing!Learn more about becoming a Cloud Foundry committer by visiting the following links:https://www.cloudfoundry.org/community/contribute/dojos/last_img read more

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St. Louis Zoo plans habitat for endangered wolf breed

first_imgO’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Zoo plans to use land it owns in a rural area of Missouri as habitat for a wolf breed on the verge of extinction. Only about 20 American red wolves remain in the wild due mostly to illegal hunting, vehicle strikes and habitat loss. Plans announced Monday call for wolves to live and breed on the Sears Lehmann Jr. Wildlife Reserve southwest of St. Louis, which was donated to the zoo in 1993. About 20 acres will be set aside for 12 mating pairs of wolves that will arrive from other conservation organizations in 2022. The site will not be open to visitors.last_img

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Saint Mary’s announces 2019 commencement speaker

first_imgEditor’s note: A version of this story appeared in the print edition of The Observer on Jan. 16. Saint Mary’s alumna Kelly Grier, from the class of ’91, will deliver the class of 2019 commencement address in May, the College announced in a press release Wednesday morning. Grier is the EY US financial services firm chairman and managing partner, and managing partner of EY Americas. She will also be receiving an Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree at commencement Saturday, May 18. Grier was elected last year to a four-year term, making her “the first woman to lead the giant accounting and professional services firm in the Americas,” according to the release. Grier has spent the last 28 years at EY and now leads more than 72,000 people in 31 countries, the release said.“As a Saint Mary’s alumna, it’s an honor and a privilege to be chosen to deliver the commencement address to the class of 2019,” Grier said in the release. “I’m inspired and encouraged by these bright young women, who will no doubt have a significant impact on our future working world.”Grier, who studied accounting during her time at Saint Mary’s, also has been a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the release said. Grier was also recognized by the World Economic Forum as a “Young Global Leader” in the past, and was named to Fortune Magazine’s 2018 Most Powerful Women in Business list, according to release.“Kelly Grier’s career accomplishments speak for themselves, and she has excelled as a leader,” Saint Mary’s Interim President Nancy Nekvasil said in the release. “The example of her life and work is a powerful message in itself, and we’re thrilled that the class of 2019 will have the opportunity to draw inspiration from Kelly as they embark on their careers. It is always such a privilege to invite alumnae back to campus, and having the opportunity to also celebrate an alumna who has made a difference with her life is a true joy.”Saint Mary’s will also be awarding an honorary degree to Sister Maureen Grady, a senior lecturer with the department of nursing science. Grady has a nursing degree from Loyola University Chicago, and in 2015 was given its Spirit of Ignatius Award, recognizing her commitment to the school’s mission, “Care of the Person.” Grady also has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Christian Theological Seminary, the release said.“Sister Maureen embodies compassion and courage,” Nekvasil said in the release. “Her ability to connect with people on a personal level while addressing complex issues, whether an individual’s health or a community’s scars of war, represents the highest ideals we strive for at Saint Mary’s. There are few people I know who have the gift of welcoming anyone and everyone into their sphere like Sister Maureen.”According to the release, Grady also spent 20 years in war zones in the Middle East as chief operating officer for the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. In her role there, Grady worked with war victims and supported the restoration of various social services in Lebanon and Syria. For her efforts, Grady was granted Lebanese citizenship and given the National Order of the Cedar Officer badge. The Holy See also awarded her with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal in recognition of her devotion to the Catholic Church.Tags: 2019 Commencement, EY, Kelly Grier, Saint Mary’s Commencementlast_img read more

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Meet Les Miz Star Cliff Saunders!

first_img “I love playing the villain, but it’s also nice to be one of the few people in the show who gets laughs. The audience needs a reprieve from all the crying! Keala [Settle, as Mme. Thenardier] and I seem to blend very well; we know when it’s OK to go over the top.” Hometown: Born and raised in Canada’s Ottawa Valley; now based in Toronto “My wife is an actress, Elizabeth Saunders. We met doing a horrible piece of poo, but I always say if that dodgy script wasn’t out there, our daughters [now 17 and 14] wouldn’t exist. Separations can be tricky, but there’s an understanding of what the other is going through.” “I wanted to be a carpenter when I was young, but there was a waiting list for carpentry school when I was finishing high school. My friends said, ‘Go to Hollywood!’ They seemed to think I was funny, so I applied to theater arts school—and here I am on Broadway.” “I’m standing in the hallway of my [NYC apartment] building on the 41st floor looking down at Ramin [Karimloo] doing yoga on a seventh floor rooftop patio. He’s doing downward dog as we speak. I just do ‘Dog Eat Dog,’ my song in the show.” View Comments “People are obsessed with this show. I had never seen it, so I wondered why, but there’s something about the story of this man [Jean Valjean] trying to do the right thing. It tugs the heart and touches on something deep within. People come from all over the world to see it, again and again.” Stage Cred: Saunders made his Broadway debut in 2008 juggling dozens of characters in the hit thriller The 39 Steps. At home in Canada, his credits include The Lord of the Rings, Spamalot and Beauty and the Beast, as well as two seasons with the Stratford Festival.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Related Shows Les Miserables “I look at plays as a recipe. Each one takes many different ingredients, and it helps to know what ingredient you are. I’m lucky because there are parts out there for character actors like me. I’m the burst of flavor when you’re eating the meal.” Age: 51 Current Role: Scheming innkeeper Thenardier, the self-proclaimed “master of the house” and comic relief in Les Miserables.last_img read more

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Chief Justice asks lawyers to consider running for office

first_img April 1, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News Chief Justice asks lawyers to consider running for office Mark D. Killian Managing EditorBe they Democrats or Republicans, the state needs more lawyer-legislators, according to Chief Justice Charles Wells.Addressing the Board of Governors in Tallahassee in March, the Chief Justice said lawyers — especially young lawyers — have the talent and expertise necessary to effectively serve the state and their communities.“The important thing is that we have people who are truly oriented toward public service,” Chief Justice Wells said. “What is increasingly clear to me is that the legislature is where the decisions of this state have to be made in the entire spectrum of the quality of life in Florida.”More lawyer-legislators would not just advance the interests of the profession or the judiciary, but benefit the state as a whole, Wells said.“I know that there is a lot of public sentiment or comment that people don’t want lawyers in these offices, but I don’t think that is really true,” he said. “I think that if lawyers are willing to make the sacrifice to perform that kind of service — especially young lawyers, lawyers in their 30s, and law firms that have talented people who could perform that type of public service in office — Florida truly needs that type of talent in the legislature.”There are currently 31 lawyers in the 120-member House of Representatives and 13 of 40 senators are lawyers.Wells said lawyer-legislators are needed now more than ever “because the passage of laws in all sorts of areas just demand there be technical expertise by people who are trained in the law.”Wells said he is encouraged by the fact that a number of young lawyers were elected to the legislature in 2000.“But we need more lawyers, and more lawyers that would see that serving in the legislature is something that would really benefit their communities and this state,” he said. “I think there can be really no substitute, and the time is now that we get members of the legal profession actively involved in the legislative process.”Wells asked the members of the board to go back to their communities and recruit lawyers to run for state office. Chief Justice asks lawyers to consider running for officelast_img read more

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Adventures in stock photos – Act 3: Believe Dave Klavitter

first_imgI will treasure this photo for the rest of my life. It came on a day when my heart was heavy from everything breast cancer has taken from my wife, from me, and from our daughters – sleep, peace, health, comfort, financial stability, Karla’s hair now, her fingernails next, more of her soon. She has two final chemo treatments this month, then surgery and radiation early next year. Pain and uncertainty await.Then this photograph arrives, so sincere in its encouragement and so filled with hope that my mourning has no choice but to surrender to joy.For it to bless my wife and family at the precise moment I’m writing about the power of real people, real connection, and real emotion in photography proves that nothing in this broken and beautiful world happens by accident.And the subject line, which will forever serve as the photo’s caption?“From Your CP Family”Perfect.Priceless.Believe me. Dave Klavitter, 2017 Disruption Conference (c) Andy Janning Writing this article brought me to tears. Please read to the end to understand why.I’ve been quite vocal about replacing stock photo libraries with images of real members and employees. All of my Community articles this year have supported this assertion with as much data and conviction as I can muster.All of my keynote and breakout sessions this year have included this quote, inspired by the central point of the articles: “If we reduce members and employees to cheap, generic, and disposable abstractions in our narrative, members and employees will do the same to us. And we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.” Many readers, audience members, and friends have agreed with me. A few, though, have questioned my motives.A professional photographer telling credit unions to hire a professional photographer to take photos of real members and employees is self-serving, one critic told me privately. You want that pro to be you, the critic opined, even if you don’t come right out and say it.There is no small amount of enlightened self-interest in this subject for me. I love working with state leagues, trade associations, and individual credit unions as a photographer to help them tell better stories about their work and impact.These skills help me support my wife Karla as she battles stage 2 breast cancer and the two teenage daughters we cherish above all else. If that’s how my critic defines self-serving, then I’m guilty as charged.I wanted another perspective on the power of real photos, so I contacted my friend Dave Klavitter, Chief Marketing Officer of Dupaco Credit Union in Iowa. Dupaco (not one of my photography, speaking, or consulting clients) switched from stock to real photos for some of the best reasons and results I’ve ever seen (emphasis mine):“We wanted to create a stronger Dupaco brand.Dupaco is an authentic and transparent brand. What you see is what you get. Real stories, if told well, can be powerful drivers of brand. Photography, if done well, is a powerful medium to communicate an idea or evoke emotion. A great photograph and well-written caption are priceless. Real photographs can convey potential vulnerabilities; for a brand to throw it all out there, to be real, conveys a huge amount of trust. Members not only trust Dupaco with their money, but to act in their best interest. I think this is largely responsible for nearly 10% net member growth last year.”Want 10% net member growth? Trust your members. Tell better stories about them. Use real photos of them. Don’t just believe me. Believe Dave.PostscriptAt 9:32am on Friday, December 6, 2019, I was halfway through composing this article when I received an email from Jessica Kaiser at CP Federal Credit Union.Ever since I keynoted their all-employee celebration on President’s Day 2017, the team at CP Federal, led by CEO Chrissy Siders, has held a special place in my heart.CP Federal learned about Karla’s breast cancer and did something that broke me into tears when I read it, and even now as I write about it. From Jessica’s email:I am writing you today to share a photo that we took this Wednesday at the Main Office. We had a special ‘dress down’ just for Karla! We wanted you to know we are all praying and thinking about her and your family during this difficult time.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andy Janning Andy Janning is a popular keynote speaker at events across the country, a national award-winning expert in talent development, the host of NCUF’s Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, and a … Web: https://www.andyjanningphoto.com Detailslast_img read more

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In policy shift, US offers to lift Venezuela sanctions in power-sharing deal

first_imgBut it will be no easy task to draw Maduro onto a path of political reconciliation with opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by the United States and more than 50 other countries as the legitimate interim president.Maduro has held onto power despite repeated US efforts to oust him and shown no willingness to seriously negotiate an end to his rule. As such, Tuesday’s announcement could be seen as a bid by the administration to cut its losses and move on.The initiative comes less than a week after the US government took a more confrontational tack, indicting Maduro and more than a dozen other current and former top Venezuelan officials on charges of “narco-terrorism,” accusations he dismissed as false and racist.Maduro’s staying power has become a source of frustration for President Donald Trump, US officials have said privately. Maduro retains the backing of the military as well as Russia, China and Cuba. But the Trump administration hopes an energy dispute between Russia and Saudi Arabia that has contributed to the plunging price of oil – Maduro’s main financial lifeline – and the growing coronavirus threat will help make Maduro and his loyalists more pliable.”The regime is now under heavier pressure than it has ever been,” US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams told Reuters earlier. “Maybe this pressure will lead to a serious discussion within the regime.”The US proposal, which Abrams said was approved by Trump, calls for Maduro to “step aside” and for the opposition-controlled National Assembly “to elect an inclusive transitional government acceptable to the major factions.” Under the plan, Guaido would also step down during the transition.Though the administration has never wavered in public about its support for Guaido, he has struggled to maintain the street protests of his first few months as the opposition’s main leader, and ordinary Venezuelans have increasingly expressed disappointment at his failure to achieve a change of government.A council of state would govern until it oversees elections, which Pompeo said the United States hoped could be held in six to 12 months.Questions about Maduro’s future But in what appears to be a softening of tone toward Maduro, Abrams told Reuters the plan did not call for him to be forced into exile and even suggested that he “could theoretically run” in the election.Pompeo insisted that “Nicolas Maduro will never again govern Venezuela,” but said the administration hoped he would take the US proposal seriously.”If the conditions of the framework are met, including the departure of all foreign security forces,” Pompeo told reporters, “then all remaining US sanctions would be lifted.”Venezuela’s information ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.With experts deeming OPEC member Venezuela among the countries that could be hardest hit by the coronavirus, Guaido proposed over the weekend the formation of an emergency government of members across the political spectrum.The US plan seeks to build on the effort by Guaido as well as a failed round of negotiations between the two sides in Barbados last year, which the Trump administration dismissed at the time.The proposal represents a significantly less bellicose tone from the administration’s pronouncements since January of last year, when Guaido invoked the constitution to assume a rival interim presidency, arguing that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was a sham. Maduro calls Guaido a US puppet.Asked whether the new proposal indicated the United States was backing away from Guaido, Pompeo said the administration remained “supportive of the work that the rightful president of the Venezuelan people, Juan Guaido, is engaged in.”But the success of the plan, which calls for power-sharing between the Guaido-led opposition and Socialist lawmakers, would ultimately hinge on Socialist leaders turning on Maduro, the same strategy that Guaido has been unable to execute.Socialist legislators are again considered unlikely to go along with the new US plan.Saul Ortega, a Socialist legislator, called the US proposal a “dangerous escalation against our people” as battles the coronavirus and said it had an “electoral stench” given Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.A fresh offer of step-by-step sanctions relief, however, seeks to persuade them to peel off from Maduro, whose immediate reaction, Abrams said, “will be to reject this.”  The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed lifting Venezuela sanctions in exchange for a power-sharing deal, with members of the opposition and President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist Party forming a transitional government in the run-up to early elections.With the South American nation squeezed by low world oil prices, a spreading coronavirus pandemic and a US economic pressure campaign, Washington shifted to a more toned-down approach aimed at promoting fair elections as soon as this year to end the political crisis there.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally announced the administration’s “Democratic Transition Framework” for Venezuela, which offers for the first time a “sequenced exit path” from tough US sanctions, including on the vital oil sector, if Maduro and his allies cooperate.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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India restarts factories, farming in rural areas even as coronavirus cases rise

first_imgSome shops and businesses opened in rural India on Monday as part of a staggered exit from a weeks-long lockdown that has left millions out of work and short of food, while coronavirus infections rose by more than 1,500 over the previous day.India’s 1.3 billion population has been under one of the world’s toughest lockdowns with people forbidden from stepping out of their homes except for food and medicines until May 3.But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government said some activities, including factories and farming, would be allowed from Monday in the hinterland which has been less-hard hit by COVID-19. Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers fled the big cities for their homes in the villages, unable to pay for food and rent, after Modi announced a 21-day lockdown last month which he extended by another 19 days.Even before the pandemic, India’s $2.9 trillion economy was growing at its weakest pace in over a decade, but now it is expected to slow to even zero growth in the fiscal year that began on April 1, private economists say, putting further pressure on jobs.”The focus is on select industries and farming, and rural employment guarantee program,” said Punya Salila Srivastava, a joint secretary at the home ministry which is managing the re-start of the economy.India had 17,264 cases of coronavirus infections as of Monday and more than 60 percent of these were from five of India’s 28 states. Such an uneven spread allows health officials to focus their efforts on the top affected areas, or red zones, such as Delhi and Mumbai, while allowing other states to re-start activities, another official said.Around 4,000 factories resumed operations in western Gujarat, one of the country’s most industrialized regions, the chief minister’s office said.These included small, medium and big firms in sectors such as chemicals, engineering, textiles, plastics, packaging and automobiles, said Ashwani Kumar, Secretary to the Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani.Modi’s critics have said he should have better planned the lockdown to lessen the impact on the economy and that India had no choice but to ramp up its testing for the coronavirus.”The one-size-fit-all lockdown has brought untold misery & suffering to millions of farmers, migrant laborers, daily wagers & business owners,” said Rahul Gandhi, leader of the main opposition Congress, said in a tweet last week.”It needs a ‘smart’ upgrade, using mass testing to isolate virus hotspots & allowing businesses in other areas to gradually reopen. “On Sunday, India tested 27,824 samples, the highest so far, but still some way off the target of 40,000 a day which officials want to eventually raise to 100,000.Here are official government figures on the spread of the coronavirus in South Asia:* India has reported 17,264 cases, including 543 deaths * Pakistan has reported 7,638 cases, including 143 deaths * Afghanistan has reported 933 cases, including 30 deaths * Sri Lanka has reported 248 cases, including seven deaths * Bangladesh has reported 2,144 cases, including 84 deaths * Maldives has reported 34 cases and no deaths* Nepal has reported 30 cases and no deaths * Bhutan has reported five cases and no deaths Topics :center_img Small businesses reopened in the rural parts of most populous Uttar Pradesh after the lockdown in late March but police were deployed to ensure people maintained social distancing.Ramkumar Sharma, a carpenter on the outskirts of Lucknow, the state capital, said he had opened up for business again and that he would take precautions going forward.”This is a great relief to be able to work,” he said.A small group of construction workers showed up a labor center nearby hoping to get hired for day jobs, only to be dispersed by police.last_img read more