The Disco Biscuits Announce 2018 Four-Night NYE Run In Philly

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits have announced their plans for the approaching New Year. On December 28th through 31st, the jamtronica pioneers will return “home” for a four-night run at the Fillmore Philadelphia.Last year, The Disco Biscuits celebrated New Year’s Eve at New York City’s PlayStation Theater following the previous year’s move to The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia. Having only opened in October of 2015, The Fillmore Philadelphia is quickly becoming a favorite of the 23-year-old band and is the home to some of their greatest jams. In April, the venue even honored the band with a banner at the end of a three-night 4/20 run, celebrating the fact that they’ve played the venue the most out of any other act, with nine plays under their belt.Four-day passes are available via the run’s pre-sale, which starts today, and will also be available during the general on sale, which starts this Friday. Single day tickets will also be available starting Friday. For more information, head to the band’s website.To celebrate their return, The Disco Biscuits put together a ridiculous “holiday gift box” for the most hardcore fans: the four-day pass holders!THE “BECAUSE YOU’RE HARDCORE” GIFT BOX INCLUDES:• Entry to a late afternoon, pre-doors set of pure, unadulterated, balls to the wall improv from The Disco Biscuits — exclusively for 4-day ticket holders on Saturday, December 29 (That’s right, an extra set of music, because you’re hardcore!)• A limited edition, Disco Biscuits New Year’s Run winter hat — 4 nights in Philly over New Year’s week? You’re gonna need a winter hat with this 4-day pass. It’s on us.• “Appy Hour” with the Biscuits: appetizers on us, and cash bar, during the exclusive improv set. That’s right, we are gonna feed your mind AND feed your belly! Perhaps the guys will feel like joining you for some delicious grub as well.• Free audio streams for each of the four shows on the Nugs.net app…all four nights at your fingertips!• Expedited entry through a separate dedicated lane, solely for 4-day pass holders!The BiscoTix request period is now open through Wednesday at 5 p.m. (ET) right here.last_img read more

Leadership lessons from Harvard’s president

first_imgDo the right thing, even when it’s hard. Invest in the success of those around you. And never underestimate the persuasive power of reframing controversial questions.Those were the take-home messages Wednesday from Harvard President Larry Bacow, who, despite having led both Harvard and Tufts and having been MIT’s chancellor, said he still considers himself something of an “accidental president.”Bacow, who appeared on a webcast of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Voices in Leadership program, responded to questions from Chan School Dean Michelle Williams that spanned everything from his personal experience of leadership to controversies and challenges along the way to tips for students who hope to lead someday.Bacow said he claims the “accidental” mantle because for the first two decades of his career on MIT’s faculty he studiously avoided the leadership ladder, happily focusing on his research and teaching.That ended when he was asked to become MIT’s dean of faculty. Bacow felt he couldn’t turn the appointment down because he saw it as helping his faculty colleagues. When he left that post he returned to his faculty duties for only a short time before he was tapped to be MIT’s chancellor, another position he viewed as service to the institution where he’d been — except for graduate work at Harvard — since his undergraduate days.The chancellorship raised Bacow’s visibility and brought offers for several open positions as university president, most of which he turned down. That process highlighted for him, he said, that some of the best career decisions are jobs you don’t take. There are some simply bad jobs out there, he said, as well as jobs that would be a poor match, or are badly timed, or might not point you where you want to go in life.“I didn’t think I wanted to be a university president. I liked doing what I was doing,” Bacow said. “When I talk to people who are thinking of taking a job like this, I say, ‘Ask yourself what you want to get done. Take a job because you have an agenda, not because the job is just there.’”A leader should approach a new organization with the same mindset as a cultural anthropologist, as someone who doesn’t speak the local language and is ignorant of everyday life there, Bacow said. As an example, he joked that both decentralized Harvard and top-down MIT have reputations for excellence, yet “organizationally and culturally, they’re identical — only with a sign change.”Their differing cultures, Bacow said, illustrate that there isn’t just one path to success, an important thing for leaders to recognize.,“That just speaks to the fact that there’s more than one way to organize an institution,” Bacow said. “And you just need to be cognizant of … the traditions and what people know and understand and are comfortable with. And [think about] how do you get them to understand that there might in fact be something different?”He suggested that one way to be an effective leader is to “surround yourself with good people, and really help them achieve what they would want to do.”Bacow called the current times “interesting and challenging” for higher education. He said he can’t recall another period when people questioned whether sending their children to college was worth the cost, when lawmakers doubted universities’ motives enough to tax them despite their nonprofit status, and when segments of society wondered whether higher education was still a force for good in the country.“My highest priority is to try to change this narrative about higher education,” Bacow said. “I think that people are casting a critical eye to institutions like Harvard … because they think that we’re elitist. They think we’re far more concerned about making ourselves great than the world better. They think that we’re incapable of controlling our own costs, [and] there’s a lot of public anger at just the breathtakingly expensive cost of college education these days. And then I think there’s concerns over whether institutions like ours are as truly open to new ideas or ideas from across the ideological spectrum as we claim to be.”Despite those questions, Harvard graduates have a long history of service to the country, Bacow said, as evidenced at the highest levels by the number of presidents and Supreme Court justices among its alumni. In the current Congress alone, 14 graduates are serving in the Senate, and more than 40 in the House.The opportunity to participate in service, Bacow said, should include all students. At a time when the University is working to ensure that a larger portion of its student body is drawn from families with lower means, it’s important that students who have to think hard about giving up summer jobs for unpaid internships, travel, or volunteer posts are able to take advantage of those opportunities.Another challenge, Bacow said, has been the court fight over campus diversity. The University’s current case, Bacow said, shows the power of reframing a question, particularly a controversial one. The president said when he is asked about the lawsuit, he highlights the importance of diversity in a College education and how dull the campus would be if everyone came from the same place, studied the same thing, embraced the same extracurriculars, and had the same career goals.“It would be a far less interesting place if that were true,” Bacow said. “We learn from our differences.”He said he also asks questions intended to shift his inquisitors’ perspectives. The suit argues that students should be admitted based largely on test scores and academic qualifications, so he asks how many in the room would ever hire someone purely on the basis of grades, without an interview, without checking references, and without checking work products.“The answer is all of us are more than our grades and our board scores,” Bacow said. “Leadership involves framing, but it also involves teaching and helping people to understand and see issues from your perspective.”last_img read more

High-ranking NPA rebel surrenders

first_imgTubungan mayor Roquito Tacsagonpersonally facilitated the surrender of his “kasimanwa” with the assistance ofSenior Fire Officer 3 Russell Gotera of the Bureau of Fire Protection.  He said that he trusts the governmentand he is at ease that the local government will assist and help him.  Authorities facilitate the surrender of New People’s Army (NPA) member “Cardo” (3rd from left) at Camp Monteclaro, Barangay Igtuba, Miag-ao, Iloilo on Feb. 22. The surrenderee was under the NPA’s Southern Front, Komiteng Rehiyon-Panay, which operates in Tubungan, Iloilo. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Lieutenant Colonel JoelBenedict Batara, 61IB commanding officer, only identified the surrendereeas a certain “Cardo,” 49 years old, a resident of Tubungan and was a high-rankingofficer of NPA’s Southern Front, Komiteng Rehiyon-Panay. “But that accusations were absolutelyfalse and the terrorists were absolutely wrong,” Cardo added. ILOILO City – A high-ranking member ofthe New People’s Army from Tubungan, Iloilo voluntarily surrendered to the PhilippineArmy’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB) yesterday at Camp Monteclaro, BarangayIgtuba, Miag-ao, Iloilo.center_img Realizing that this is for thebetterment of his life and his family, Alias Cardo surrendered himself to thegovernment.  He has doubts at first since he wasindoctrinated by his leaders in the movement that once he surrenders, the armywill torture him and that his life will be in great danger, he added.  Batara is grateful to the localgovernment unit’s (LGU) efforts together with the partner stakeholders in thisharmonious collaboration to help those members of the NPA terrorist tosurrender and have a normal life. The Army’s 61IB will assist Cardo to beenrolled in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP). Hewill also receive assistance from LGU’s Project ROKIT./PNlast_img read more

New Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. wishes he could face Mavs this season

first_imgHe recorded a triple-double for the Mavs in a commanding win over the Knicks on Jan. 30. Little did he know it was his final game with Dallas, as he was dealt the next day in the blockbuster trade with New York.Selected ninth overall in the 2017 draft, Smith averaged 14.5 points and 4.9 assists in 103 games with the Mavs. In his first two games with the Knicks, the 21-year-old averaged 16.5 points and six assists.The Knicks (10-43), who have now lost a franchise-record 15 consecutive games at Madison Square Garden, face the Pistons (24-29) again on Friday. Dennis Smith Jr. would have loved for the Kristaps Porzingis deal to go down sooner.Following New York’s 14th straight loss Tuesday against the Pistons, the new Knicks guard was candid with reporters when asked about the trade that sent him from the Mavericks to the team with the worst record in the league. Related News “I just want to play them,” Smith said, via The Athletic . “They wanted to package me, DJ, and Wes and send us over here. I just wish they would’ve did it before we didn’t play them anymore.”It’s hard to blame Smith for wanting a shot at his former squad. Dennis Smith Jr. wows David Fizdale in Knicks debutlast_img read more

Leicester ready for big party

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Leicester’s players are getting ready for another big party – and this time the fans are invited.Images of the Leicester squad celebrating its unlikely Premier League title triumph in Jamie Vardy’s house on Monday night were posted on social media and went global. Wes Morgan, Leicester’s captain, was filmed being spun around the kitchen floor while jubilant teammates danced around him, savouring one of the greatest-ever sporting stories.On Saturday, Morgan will have the honour of lifting the Premier League trophy in front of more than 30,000 fans at Leicester’s atmospheric King Power Stadium. Add Morgan’s name to the likes of Manchester United’s Roy Keane, Arsenal’s Tony Adams and Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, some of the other inspirational captains to have got their hands on English football’s biggest prize.FEEL-GOOD TALESThe Leicester story is rich with feel-good tales, notably Vardy’s rise from playing non-league football to being English champions in the space of five years. Morgan’s backstory is also one to gladden the heart, too.The 32-year-old centre back was released by Notts County as a youngster and also had to start again in the non-leagues. He got another chance in the professional ranks, this time with Nottingham Forest in 2001, but was overweight and was worked extra hard by the club’s fitness staff.He became a mainstay of Forest’s team for a decade before moving to Leicester in 2012, and only got his first taste of top-flight football at the age of 30. He was error-prone in the early stages of last season but is now a commanding presence in the defence alongside fellow centre back Robert Huth.Leicester will be presented with the trophy after tomorrow’s match against Everton, which will be as much a celebration as a game of football.”I’m just going to try and hold back the tears,” Morgan said. “I think it’s going to be very emotional. It’s the biggest moment of my life. I can’t wait to lift the trophy and get my hands on it.”There’s another treat for Leicester fans tomorrow: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing before the game, honouring a commitment he gave to Ranieri in a conversation six weeks ago if Leicester went on to win the Premier League.Leicester, 5,000-1 long shots for the title at the start of the season, have achieved the unthinkable with two games still to play. For many other teams in the Premier League, there’s still plenty at stake.RACE FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUELeicester and second-place Tottenham are already guaranteed to be playing in the Champions League next season. There is a massive scrap behind them for the other two berths in Europe’s top club competition, and some big teams are going to miss out.Arsenal and Manchester City currently occupy third and fourth place, and they meet at City’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday. A loss for City could leave the team in danger of being caught by Manchester United and West Ham, who are fifth and sixth, respectively and have games in hand on Arsenal and City.last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former Premier League striker Jason Euell to talk about the scrap for survival in the Premier League – the former Charlton, Wimbledon and Blackpool striker tips Newcastle United for the drop having confirmed that John Carver will stay on as manager. The Magpies take on West Brom this weekend.The former Arsenal winger Adrian Clarke is predicting that Chelsea will ‘throw caution to the wind’ against Liverpool now they’ve been confirmed as Champions – and says that Brendan Rodgers is the right man for Liverpool.Elsewhere, talkSPORT Sports Breakfast presenter and former Ipswich & Manchester United striker Alan Brazil picks his ‘three to watch’ and Martin Devlin from Radio Sport New Zealand plays the predictor game ‘Tom Against The World’.last_img read more

No takers for Taarabt

first_imgChelsea have reportedly been told they can land Brazillian superstar Kaka for a cut-price £22m.QPR await offers for Taarabt. Again.The Daily Star say Real Madrid are ready to sell the midfielder and that his move to Stamford Bridge could be partly funded by the sale of Florent Malouda to Russian club Anzhi for £6m.Metro say Serbia winger Milos Krasic has emerged as Chelsea’s top attacking transfer target after being told he has no future at Juventus.Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror suggest Fulham are leading the race to sign Chris Gunter from Nottingham Forest.Blackburn and Norwich are also believed to be interested in buying the Wales defender.A transfer window wouldn’t be a transfer window without Adel Taarabt being linked with a host of top clubs only for not a single bid to materialise.And the Daily Mail say QPR are struggling to drum up serious interest in the Moroccan, who was said to be close to a move to Paris St Germain.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

A Day of Passivhaus Immersion in New York City

first_imgAlthough the idea does have a certain appeal, for most of us it would be impractical to tour all of the approximately 40 completed or in-progress Passivhaus projects in New York. But a one-day symposium focused on a selection of these projects would be easily manageable and, it turns out, is already on the calendar.On Saturday, June 23, New York Passive House, a nonprofit based in New York City, will play host to the 2012 Passive House Symposium – a detailed look at nine retrofit projects and nine new-building projects. While some of these projects are in the city (a hotbed of Passivhaus retrofit activity), the locations of others range from Long Island to upstate New York. The configurations include row houses, multifamily projects, and commercial and institutional buildings.The presenters offer an impressive level of expertise – most are architects, many are builders and certified Passive House consultants. All have extensive experience applying the Passivhaus standard in New York’s climate zones.Symposium detailsThe event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sciame Auditorium, 141 Convent Avenue, at the City College of New York’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. (click here to register). The admission fee – $40 for the public, $20 for NYPH members, $50 at the door – includes lunch and beverages. Building professionals licensed in New York State can earn 5.5 hours of professional education credits by attending the symposium.NYPH has summarized the schedule of events as follows:MORNING SESSIONSPassive House: a global standard: Tomas O’Leary, founder and director of Brooklyn-based Passive House Academy, will describe the latest developments at the Passive House Institute and Passivhaus activities generally in Europe, and how New York fits in in the emergence of the standard.Certified Passive House: Architect Bill Ryall (Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects) and Passive House consultant David White (Right Environments) will present their completed project, Orient Point, a new building on Long Island recently certified by PHI.Project roundtable: Architects Andreas Benzing, Julie Torres Moskovitz, Jeremy Shannon, and Chris Benedict will each explore different aspects of working toward the Passivhaus standard in a variety of projects.Lunch, which will include a showing of Passive Passion, a 20-minute documentary on Passive House, by Brooklyn-based documentary producer-editor Charlie Hoxie. The documentary features (See the trailer here.)AFTERNOON SESSIONSCertified Passive House: Architect Stephanie Bassler (North River Architecture + Planning) will present details about Omega Institute, an upstate institutional new-construction/addition that was certified in fall of 2011.Project Slam: Four PechaKucha 20×20 presentations: Stas Zakrzewski (Z+H Architects): “PH in France, and what construction there can show us here”; Wendy Ing (certified Passivhaus consultant): “Facing thermal bridges in an upstate home”; Ken Levenson (475 High Performance Building Supply): “Row house, multifamily, and country house”; and Chris Steffens (Lightmill Design): “Data collection in PH buildings.”Project roundtable: Architect Sam Bargetz (Loadingdock 5): “Brooklyn projects: variations”; builder Gennaro Brooks-Church (Eco Brooklyn): “Radical sustainability”; and engineer Jordan Goldman (ZeroEnergy Design): “New England PH: commonalities and differences.”PH going forward – projects on the boards: Architect Paul Castrucci (Red Industries) on “ABC NoRio: PH, a tight urban site”; Brooklyn-based Architect Greg Duncan on “Commercial PH in Brooklyn: concerns beyond residential buildings”; and engineer Lois Arena (Steven Winter Associates), who will discuss “The process of PH enclosure assembly in upstate housing.”last_img read more

De Boer fired by impatient Palace after only 4 games

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Facing yet another fight to avoid relegation from the world’s richest league, Palace seems destined to lurch back to survival mode. That likely means regressing to the style of play that Allardyce and Pulis developed, namely being more obdurate at the back and hitting teams on the break.The well-travelled Hodgson does not have a definitive preferred playing style, although his time with England from 2012-16 was marred by dull and cautious performances at major tournaments. He hasn’t coached since leaving the England job after the country’s elimination by Iceland at last year’s European Championship, and his last job as a club manager was at West Bromwich Albion from 2011-12.Arriving on a three-year deal , De Boer had ambitions of making Palace entertaining to watch and integrating more youth-team players. Parish and the club’s American owners — David Blitzer and Josh Harris — backed this bold vision.They have acted decisively, though maybe prematurely, in removing De Boer. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Sunday Sept. 10, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)The impatience and short-term thinking in modern-day soccer was highlighted Monday when Frank de Boer was fired by Crystal Palace only four Premier League games into his task of changing the ingrained playing style of the English team.Hours after Palace chairman Steve Parish called for “some sense” regarding the speculation surrounding De Boer’s position, the club’s board decided to end the Dutchman’s 77-day stint in charge and thanked him for his “dedication and hard work.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Palace has lost all four of its league matches under De Boer, without even scoring a goal. The last team to make such a start in England’s top flight was Preston in 1924.Still, it was undeniable that De Boer needed time to implement a more expansive and entertaining style of play requested by the club’s hierarchy, which is a giant leap from the pragmatism, directness and counter-attacking favored by two of Palace’s three most recent managers — Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn terms of games played, De Boer’s tenure is the shortest of any permanent manager in Premier League history.Palace lost to Huddersfield, Liverpool and Swansea before the international break, and then 1-0 to Burnley on Sunday despite an improved display at Turf Moor which showed that De Boer’s methods might be starting to take effect. De Boer spoke after the game of having “hope for the future,” but he won’t be part of it. British media reported that former England coach Roy Hodgson, who is 70, was in line to take over at a club where he was a youth-team player in the 1960s.While De Boer was gaining plenty of sympathy for his plight, critics of the decision to fire him placed the blame on those who hired him in the first place. Why ask a manager to implement a new playing approach and not give him a decent opportunity to see the change through, especially after only one transfer window when De Boer was unable to bring in the kind of attacking players to suit the new style?“You try to ask a bit of time for your work,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said Monday, when asked about Palace’s decision. “To finish this experience after only four games, I’m sorry for him.”De Boer was in charge of Inter Milan in his previous job for just 84 days before being fired early last season. He didn’t even last that long in his first foray into English soccer.As a former player and coach at Ajax and also a former Barcelona player, De Boer is wedded to a philosophy of possession and fluidity generally favored by the Dutch. It got results at Ajax — he won four straight league titles — but he has found it difficult to transfer that abroad.ADVERTISEMENT Surprising start to season: Madrid struggles, Barcelona thriveslast_img read more

Frommhold Royce Johnson might be the future of Ohio State field hockey

At the end of this season, the Ohio State women’s field hockey team will lose four players, including its top three scorers, but the future seems to still be bright. Three women are playing in their first year at OSU — sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold, freshman midfielder Emma Royce and freshman forward Peanut Johnson. — two of whom lead the team in minutes on the field. Growing up and playing field hockey in Berlin, Frommhold received multiple awards. She was named the best defensive back in 2006 and 2007 at the German indoor championships and the best player at the championships in 2006, 2008 and 2010. She is also a member of the U-21 Germany National Team . As a freshman, Frommhold played in Germany and then transferred to OSU. She said her biggest transition to playing here was combining school and her sport. “We don’t have a college league, we only play in club. The practice between the classes is different than Germany to here,” Frommhold said. Since the first game of the 2012 season, Frommhold has stepped into a starting role. She has started all 17 games, is fourth on the team in goals with six and has tallied four assists. She also has the second most playing time on the team with 1,197 minutes. Frommhold described one lesson she learned from this season so far. “Prepare to have a lot of practice, not only two times per week,” Frommhold said. “Everyday be prepared to practice.” Hailing from Kingston upon Thames, U.K., Royce has played in all 17 games this season and following the season opener has been part of the starting lineup. She has scored two goals and leads the team in playing time with 1,203 minutes. The mental toughness required by players is the biggest lesson Royce said she would take from her first season of college play. “People underestimate how much work and effort and strength you need,” Royce said. “I’m certainly going to prepare myself mentally for not just playing good teams but playing great teams.” Coach Anne Wilkinson said the biggest adjustment for the two international players would be the frequency OSU plays games. “There’s no time to let down … in international (leagues) they don’t, maybe, play three games a week. They’re not used to that grind here … going day in and day out,” Wilkinson said. When it came to Johnson, a Dayton native, Wilkinson said what she learned was “the physicality of the game.” The season opener was the only game Johnson has not played. Since then, she has started six games, come off the bench to play in ten other games and has scored five goals and three assists. Johnson also described the lessons she’s learned from her freshman season. “How much work you put forth as a whole team, like you have to have a common goal and make sure you are on the same page when you are going into the season and each game, and I think that will carry into next year as well,” Johnson said. read more

Commentary Reds Indians need more from All Stars to make run at

Courtesy of MCTMajor League Baseball’s All Star Game featured both up-and-coming players making their first appearance in addition to veterans who have been there many times before. This year’s Mid-Summer Classic saw a pair of Cleveland Indians who had never been invited to the game before and a trio of Cincinnati Reds that have been the part of festivities multiple times. The American League defeated the National League 3-0 Tuesday night, to earn home-field advantage in the World Series.Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has made an incredible turnaround after a tough start to the season. At the end of April, there was probably not a single Tribe fan who believed he would get invited to the All Star Game. With a batting average hovering around .200 at the beginning of May, it was difficult not to think 2013 may be a long season for Kipnis.However, the second baseman solidified his spot on the American League All Star roster with a terrific month of June, hitting a scorching .419 and posting an on-base percentage of .517, both of which led the AL. Kipnis leads the Indians in hits, RBI, batting average and on-base percentage at the break, and if the they have any chance of making the playoffs they are going to need more of the same from him.Aside from Kipnis, Justin Masterson is Cleveland’s other All Star. Also making his first appearance in the game, Masterson has been the one pitcher for Cleveland that the team has received consistency from during the first half.For the Reds, first baseman Joey Votto seemingly has cemented himself as a member of the All Star Game since winning NL MVP in 2010. He leads the National League with a .434 on-base percentage and is seventh in the league with a .318 batting average. The Reds star leads the league in on-base percentage because his plate discipline is something like we have never seen before, and he refuses to swing at pitches out of the zone.Three-time Gold Glove winner Brandon Phillips typically earns a trip to the All Star game due to his defensive abilities, but his bat is also a good reason he played in New York Tuesday. Phillips’ 74 RBI is second in the NL, and that kind of production from a second baseman can be attributed to him consistently hitting fourth in the lineup, a spot that is designated for driving in runs. Reds manager Dusty Baker has put Phillips in the leadoff or second spot in the lineup in years past, but leaving him to bat after Votto is where he really thrives.Aroldis Chapman made his second appearance at the Mid-Summer Classic Tuesday night. Known as the “Cuban Missile” across baseball for his fastball that tops out over 100 miles per hour, the Reds’ closer is on pace to finish the season with over 40 saves. If it were not for the bullpen in front of him blowing leads prior to the ninth inning, Chapman would easily have another five saves to his name.Kipnis doubled in a run in his only plate appearance Tuesday night, and Masterson was not sent to the hill by manager Jim Leyland. Votto and Phillips both went 0-2, and Chapman was able to show off his skills in the seventh inning as he struck out Adam Jones to end the inning.Regardless of each players production Tuesday night, it’s clear that both Cleveland and Cincinnati need their All Stars to keep playing like All Stars as they push toward the playoffs. read more

White Gray Support Final Council Budget With Reservations

first_imgThe council members with the highest percentages of Blacks in the District of Columbia supported the budget that the city’s legislative body passed recently but voiced some concerns with it.On June 13, the D.C. Council unanimously passed the nearly $14 billion fiscal year 2018 budget on its second and final vote. Despite the unity, D.C. Council members Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) and Trayon White (D-Ward 8) did have issues.Trayon White, who represents Ward 8 on the D.C. Council, said he supported certain parts of the 2018 budget, including funding for farmer’s markets in Ward 8. (Courtesy photo)Gray primarily complained about the lack of total funding for completion of the streetcar line on H Street-Benning Road, N.E. to Minnesota Avenue., N.E.“The $54 million cut to the streetcar line is an affront to the residents of the East End,” Gray, who served as the District’s mayor from 2011-2015, said in a statement. “The purpose of the line was to connect Ward 7 to Georgetown not Union Station. The vision was at some point to connect the street car line to the Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road metro stations.“It seems that the residents of the east end have to wait longer to get service while other parts of the city are included in this budget.”Gray said was not pleased that the United Medical Center, located in Ward 8 near the border with Prince George’s County, had $136 million cut from its budget and said “that facility is already on the ropes.”Nevertheless, he was satisfied with the $300 million for a new medical center that will be located on the campus of St. Elizabeths East in Ward 7 and thanked D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) for working with him to secure the funding.White, who is the council’s newest member, said that his ward is the one that needs the most help from the city.“We have falling incomes in the city and a lot of income inequality,” he said in a statement. “More residents are migrating east of the Anacostia River because of the high cost of housing. Residents in my ward have issues with access to health care, child poverty and high level of unemployment.”White noted that the budget process wasn’t easy and singled out crime fighting initiatives and efforts to eliminate food deserts in his ward. “I am happy that $75,000 was allocated to the NEAR [Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results] Act,” he said. NEAR attempts to fight crime by using public health tools instead of law enforcement.White praised the council for funding grocery store options such as farmer’s markets in a ward that only has two full-service supermarkets for about 70,000 people. Funding for businesses in Wards 7 and 8, $11.9 million in building and supporting recreation centers and increasing money for those enrolled in the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) were also praised by White.D.C. Council member Robert White (D-At Large) said he supports the budget in terms of returning citizens and tenant programs while D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) said she supported the 10 percent increase in the D.C. Office of Aging and senior citizens in general.“This budget is supportive of seniors,” Bonds said in a statement. “What I hope we can do next time is to work on increasing the size of senior wellness centers.”D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) expressed approval at establishing the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program’s funding that included extending the age of eligibility to 24 years of age, permanently.“I supported this because the people wanted it,” Silverman said in a statement. “This is the city’s largest job employment program. Many young people told me that this was there only employment option and we as a city must do something to help young people to increase their employment options whether it is through programs or mentoring.”The budget will go to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) where she will likely sign it and it will be transmitted to the U.S. Congress for a 30-day review. If the Congress takes no action, the budget will go into effect on Oct. 1.last_img read more

Cops save errant biker after mishap while evading nakachecking

first_imgKolkata: Days after a policeman was injured while intercepting an errant biker, two youths met with an accident at Moulali crossing on Tuesday night, while trying to evade naka-checking.According to sources, on Tuesday night traffic police personnel from Sealdah traffic guard were conducting naka-checking. At around 11 pm, police saw two youths on a bike coming from Sealdah towards Moulali crossing. When the bike got near the police, the rider noticed that checking was in progress. Seeing police trying to stop him, the biker then reportedly tried to take a left turn to avail CIT Road. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, he lost balance after the front wheel went over the slippery tram track and fell on the road. Behind the bike, there was a taxi, which was going towards Mallik Bazar. Seeing the two youths fall, the driver applied sudden brake and was able to stop the taxi. But situation turned worse after a goods vehicle, which was coming behind the taxi, failed stop in time and rammed into the back of the taxi. Due to the impact, the taxi started moving and it hit the bike and the two youths. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSeeing the collision, one of the police personnel dragged away a youth who was close to the taxi. Later, both the youths were detained and the bike was temporarily seized. Later, the rider was prosecuted for dangerous driving and driving without helmet and released as per the provisions of the law. On Monday night, a traffic police constable was seriously injured while intercepting an errant biker riding without a helmet. The police- man identified as Tapan Oraon had tried to stop the two-wheeler by holding onto the grab rail. Seeing Oraon trying to detain him, the errant biker increased the speed all of a sudden, due to which Oraon lost balance, fell on the road and received multiple injuries.last_img read more

From Steven Tyler to Steve Wozniak The Woman Rocking The Silicon Valley

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Warning to residents of the Waterloo region of Ontario: for the next four days, things are going to get really loud. The inaugural FUZEnation technology and music summit has kicked off, bringing together visionary business leaders, tech innovators and the most forward-thinking artists in music.On the eve of opening day, I spoke with co-founder Rebecca (Lambrecht) Warfield about the festival and what attendees can expect.Beacher: In a nutshell, what is FUZEnation?Warfield: Conceptually, FUZEnation is the celebration of music and technology, and a partnership between our company FUZE and Live Nation. It’s a multi-day event featuring brilliant minds talking about tech breakthroughs and a celebration of electronic music. I am one of the co-founders and one of the executive producers of the event. This area of Ontario is called “The Silicon Valley of the North.” The technology industry is just booming here and this event truly is a passion project of mine. I worked for years in management in the music industry, and you can’t be involved in music and not be involved in tech. The two go hand in hand. JB: Can you talk a little bit about your background and how it influenced your involvement with this project? RLW: I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. As a kid I was always trying to make stuff that someone would buy. I started my career as a talent producer for shows like the American Music Awards and the Golden Globes and the Country Music Awards. Each of these shows would have 25 musical performances and presenters, so I was constantly working with performers, publicists, producers — everyone involved with making these shows happen. It was this incredible mix of A-list artists and upcoming artist in all genres. I worked with Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie. Alicia Keys was always an amazing collaborator. I joined the Britney Spears team on the Circus Tour, which was the biggest tour that ever went out at the time.Eventually, I left and formed my own company, the Chicane Group, which focuses on management, consulting and producing. I’m partners with Larry Rudolph at Maverick, managing Steven Tyler on all of his Aerosmith and solo projects, and his philanthropic efforts. Related: How Jeff Beacher Turned Madness Into MillionsJB: I know your work with Steven has meant a lot to you.RLW: The most touching and feel-good project was his first-ever charity, Janie’s Fund, to provide hope and healing for abused and neglected girls. We researched the best way to go about it and partnered with Youth Villages. In the past nine months, we’ve raised $1.8 million for the programs and have provided 300 girls with 18,000 days of care over the next year. Steven had wanted to start this charity ever since he wrote “Janie’s Got a Gun” in 1989, and to be a part of the launch and to make it happen is by far the most rewarding experience over the last couple of years. JB: How did the festival come about?RLW: I was working with a concert promoter a couple years ago in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and he came to me with a new idea about an EDM contest and concert. We brought in a local marketing and branding expert, Shevaun Voisin, who is very dialed into the booming tech industry in the area. We started brainstorming. I always loved the interactive portion of SXSW but wanted to do something sleeker. I have a talent producing company, Proven Talent, with Colleen Grillo and I knew we could book a great lineup. I sold the concept to Live Nation who gave us the green light for financing and we partnered with them to create the first of what we hope will be many global events right here. JB: Who will be performing?RLW: Kygo, Adventure Club, Keys N Krates, The Him, Kaneholler. The first few days will feature iconic speakers like Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit. Then we have an amazing panel with local game changers and disrupters. We’re kicking it off with music, A-Trak, legendary turntablist will perform. Related: Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian ‘Building a Business Mostly Isn’t Fun’JB: Talk about the connection between music and tech.RLW: Inventors are the new rock stars. They take an idea from their head and follow it from start to finish. And I think that creative process can be very similar for musicians. It might be using the other side of the brain, but it is essentially the same: bringing a thought to life, often with a lot of trial and error and setbacks along the way. The spark of creative passion is the driving force in bringing a product to market or a work of art to the public. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 28, 2016last_img read more

NSW strengthens trade ties with Singapore and Malaysia

first_imgStuart Ayres with Campbell WilsonMinister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres has returned from a four-day mission to Singapore and Malaysia where he met with investor groups focusing on financial technology, urban redevelopment, tourism and hospitality.“Both Singapore and Malaysia are priority markets for NSW which is why we were in-country spruiking NSW as a great place for investment,” Mr Ayres said.“We are well positioned to make the most of the opportunities available in south-east Asia but we have to work for it. It is a highly competitive market and Australia is a draw card, but we want to bring them specifically to NSW.”In Singapore, Minister Ayres signed a two-year agreement between the NSW Government’s major tourism and events agency Destination NSW and low cost airline carrier Scoot. The partnership includes multiple marketing campaigns to increase inbound tourism from Singapore to Sydney and across Regional NSW.“We will continue the strategic relationship the NSW Government has enjoyed with Scoot over the past four years to increase visitation to our State,” Mr Ayres said.He also met with the Singaporean Minister for Trade and the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry to talk about opportunities for further collaboration.“Singapore is Australia’s fifth largest trading partner and Malaysia is Australia’s fifth biggest source of foreign direct investment in Asia,” Mr Ayres added.“The meetings revealed how highly these countries view the investment possibilities in NSW, with our expertise in financial and professional services and Triple A credit rating.“Both countries are signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will provide further opportunities for NSW business over and above our existing free trade agreements.” Destination NSWSource = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter In early 2014 Six S

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >In early 2014, Six Senses Laamu, in collaboration with Ocean Dimensions, launched a partnership with The Manta Trust and became a valuable supporter of its flagship program – the Maldivian Manta Ray Project. The Manta Trust was formed in 2011 to coordinate global research and conservation efforts for mantas, their close relatives and their habitat.While on site at Six Senses Laamu, The Manta Trust team dives twice daily at the nearby dive site – Hithadhoo Corner – where they monitor the atoll’s unique reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) population’s cleaning, courtship and mating behavior. By simply photographing black and white spot patterns found on the belly of every manta, the team can identify each individual – just as we do with fingerprints.Since surveys began, 100 different mantas have been found and identified in Laamu Atoll – and the number is still growing. Even more exciting news is the recent discovery of Laamu’s first ever oceanic manta ray (Manta birostris) that was named William by a lucky Six Senses guest who spotted this gentle giant during his dive.Resident reef manta rays can be found regularly at Hithadhoo Corner, or commonly known as Manta Point. Less than a ten minute boat ride from the resort, this site can give divers the unique opportunity to see these majestic creatures almost all year round – something that cannot be offered by any other seasonal dive sites around the Maldives.Since diving at Hithadhoo Corner can be challenging, it is recommended that guests visiting this site are experienced divers. Prior to each dive, The Manta Trust team gives a briefing on how to dive sustainably with mantas, how to photograph them, and how to ID each individual. For those wishing for a full day experience, these guests have the opportunity to join The Manta Trust team for all their dives and become a “Researcher for the Day”. Guests fortunate to ID a new manta ray are invited to name their newly found mantas – another distinctive experience offered by Six Senses Laamu.Beth Taylor, manager of The Manta Trust’s Laamu project, says, “Reaching 100 identified individuals is a very exciting milestone for the Laamu project. During the ten months of research, we have encountered many amazing sightings including plenty of courtship behavior, nine pregnancies, Laamu’s first baby manta, Baby Maya and now William, the first ever oceanic manta ray. As the season continues, we are excited to see what new discoveries we can make with guests here at Six Senses Laamu and how many new members we can record in the Laamu population.”Moving forward, the Manta Trust’s Annie Murray has designed a brand new PADI specialty course, The Maldivian Manta Ray Conservation Specialty, which will be offered at Six Senses Laamu. This specialty course is made up of two dives at Hithadhoo Corner, following in-depth training in manta biology, global threats, behavior, photo-identifying and image cataloguing, while directly contributing to The Manta Trust research.“This unique new specialty course provides divers with a fantastic opportunity to learn in detail about the lives of these majestic animals in an ideal and beautiful location. With the largest recorded population of manta rays in the world, the Maldives really is a manta sanctuary providing divers with some of the best encounters they can find. The skills which they will gain through the course can be applied when diving all over the world and will provide divers with the tools needed to contribute directly to the science being conducted by the Manta Trust,” said Adam Thol’hath, assistant manager of The Manta Trust’s Laamu project.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more