Fans of The Wood Brothers finally have a wonderful way to relive their concert experiences, thanks to the band’s powerful new release Live At The Barn. Choosing to record their performance at Levon Helm’s legendary Woodstock barn made for a simple but accurate representation of the love the band lays down every night. Since their debut, listeners have been astounded at how well the sweet, nasal vocals and speedy guitar work of Oliver Wood fit with the aggressive and wide ranging bass work of brother Chris. What emerged from the sibling collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix was a robust and hard charging blend of Americana and soul that is both widely accessible and completely distinctive.Though anything is possible in a studio, Live At The Barn perfectly captures the deceptively powerful and inescapable catchiness of The Wood Brothers’ tunes. It doesn’t hurt that the recording is so perfectly done that never once is the listener shaken free from the rapturous hold that the music places them in by production issues. Opening track “Mary Anna” sets the tone right off the bat with brother Oliver’s every-man lyrical acceptance of blame and hope for forgiveness from the titular beauty. Mixing tempos from verse to chorus helps make his pleading for a second chance seem all the more earnest and real.With the vibe set, they quickly move on to some of their most beloved tunes, with the disjointed percussion intro of “I Got Loaded” giving way to the borderline confessional tone of the tune. The small but exuberant crowd helps to sing of past and future benders, bringing everyone together in a glorious testament to the power of over-indulgence. With the crowd firmly behind them The Wood Brothers slow things down for a couple of tunes, “Tried And Tempted” and “Trouble In Mind.” Utilizing a wide variety of instrumentation, from melodica and harmonica to chilling acoustic slide guitar work give both tracks a slower and darker timber that takes the show vibe in a weightier direction.Chris Wood adroitly disengages his more improvisational skill set to show off his ability to follow script with style on bass, while peppering in some serious harmonica chops as well. Boisterous cheers from the audience clearly show the crowd is ready to party, and tracks like “What The Devil” and “Wastin’ My Mind” give them plenty to hoot and holler about. Keenly aware of their location, The Wood Brothers make sure to pay tribute to their dearly departed host as they launch into an impressive, extended take on “Postcards From Hell.” As the song slowly builds towards a remarkable sky high jam their decision to allow the song to meander organically to that crescendo imparts a very natural, from the heart sentimentality that fits the dedication perfectly.Unable to resist one last homage to Helm, The Wood Brothers take on one of The Band‘s most memorable tunes, “Ophelia,” to near perfect effect. Though well outnumbered by the song’s creators, this new take on the classic never feels anything less than a loving acknowledgement of the lasting mark left on the genre by Helm and his legendary bandmates. A “by-the-numbers” version would have been perfectly understandable, but doing anything less than whole-hardheartedly making the tune their own is simply not in the Wood Brothers’ musical make-up. What results is a truly uplifting send off for the lucky ticket holders and the listening world.Equally adept at speaking from the heart and getting listeners up on their feet and dancing, this stellar trio have firmly established themselves as a must see band. For the first time their enthralling and jubilant in-concert vibe has been captured for fans to experience in their own homes. The true message of Live At The Barn is a simple one: if you like having your spirit lifted and heart filled with joy, then don’t miss The Wood Brothers when they come to your town. You won’t be sorry.
This September, the annual Grand Point North Festival at Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vermont, will return, and they’re bringing quite a crew of musicians along for the ride. With Grace Potter heading the lineup as the host of the festival, Grand Point North will also see performances by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Magpie Salute, Mt. Joy, Caroline Rose, Darlingside, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Greg Holden, Seth Yacovone Band, West End Blend, Harsh Armadillo, Clever Girls, Juptr, Julia Caesar, and Miku Daza.Grand Point North Festival will return to Burlington this fall, spanning two days on September 15th and 16th. Tickets and more information about the festival are available on Grand Point North’s website.
Greensky Bluegrass has begun adding dates to their 2019 summer tour schedule beyond previously announced performances at their own Camp Greensky, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, 4848 Festival, The Peach Music Festival, and a three-night Red Rocks Amphitheatre run in September.The newly added dates with see Greensky perform at Portland, OR’s Oregon Zoo Amphitheater on June 29th, Seattle, WA’s Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheater on June 30th, and New York City’s The Rooftop at Pier 17 on August 2nd.A fan pre-sale for Greensky Bluegrass’ newly added summer dates begins this Tuesday, February 26 at 10 a.m. (PST). Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 1st.For a full list of Greensky Bluegrass’ upcoming tour dates and more information, head to the band’s website. read more
Among the top Harvard stories of 2011 was the return of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) to campus after an absence of 40 years. In March, the University signed an agreement with the Navy. By September, offices had opened in Hilles Hall for the Naval ROTC’s Old Ironsides Battalion.ROTC was banned from campus in 1971 during the Vietnam War protest — though starting in 1976 Harvard ROTC students could train at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. By the mid-1980s, antiwar fervor at Harvard had been replaced by disappointment that gays and lesbians could not openly join the Armed Forces, a circumstance that kept ROTC from campus for decades more. That changed on Sept. 20. When the U.S. policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” expired, the doors of the military were opened to sexual diversity. Harvard captured the moment, thanks to initiatives begun years before by President Drew Faust, a Civil War historian and the daughter of a World War II veteran.ROTC students at Harvard, present and past, are grateful that the military is back. “Every one at Harvard is serving their country in some way,” said Catherine Philbin ’14, midshipman third class with the Naval ROTC. “This is just the way we’re serving.”Harvard’s “long crimson line” of military service stretches back to the 17th century, and includes 17 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the most of any university outside the service academies. Harvard’s relationship with ROTC dates to 1916, the year Army ROTC was established. The University’s “Harvard Regiment,” mobilized that year with 1,000 students, was among the first ROTC units in the country.– Corydon Ireland read more
That’s what we asked organizations worldwide – and the results are in…Achieving success in digital transformation is predicated on your data capital. It’s the foundation of your future: how you manage and protect it is essential to deriving value.We recently conducted a global survey to gauge the data protection readiness of organizations. In the Dell EMC Global Data Protection Index study, over 2,000 IT decision-makers were interviewed in both public and private organizations of 250 or more employees, across three global regions, 18 countries and 11 industries. The results show a challenging landscape for organizations looking to get the most from their data.Recognition vs. realityData is now regarded as an asset for most companies, with 92% of them seeing its potential value, and 36% of them recognizing it is extremely valuable and currently monetizing it. This has resulted in companies keeping substantially more data.Worldwide, data is growing at a phenomenal rate: the Global Data Protection Index reports that between 2016 and 2018, the volume of global data rose from 1.45PB to 9.70PB. This has created a challenging landscape for data protection, as organizations struggle to keep up with data growth.Protecting data against data loss is proving to be even more important than the threat of downtime. While more organizations experienced downtime than data loss in the previous 12 months (41% versus 28% respectively), the average cost per data loss incident was much higher – in fact, at an average cost of $996,000, nearly double than of unplanned systems downtime.But has this recognition resulted in robust data protection measures? The answer seems to be: not for enough people. Almost two-thirds of respondents (63%) said they weren’t very confident they could meet their own service level objectives to fully recover their systems and data, while 84% think their current data protection solution will not enable them to meet all future business challenges.Leaders and laggardsThe Dell Global Data Protection Index grouped respondents into four categories, from Laggards, through Evaluators and Adopters, to Leaders. On average, Leaders have 18 times more data than Laggards, and are seven times more likely to be monetizing it. This explains why, for Leaders, the threat of data loss is so much greater: the average cost of data loss for them is almost 12 times higher than it is for Laggards.In short, while Leaders are in better shape to avoid incidents, they are also more exposed, because their operations are more reliant on data.Who’s in front?The Global Data Protection Index ranks countries on the maturity of their approach to data protection, awarding organizations in each country more points for shorter recovery times, confidence in their infrastructure, modern data protection systems, and the extent to which they saw value in their data.So – which countries came out on top? The answers may surprise you. To find out more, read the Dell Global Data Protection Index Ebook here. There is also a handy infographic – and a set of nurture emails for you to send customers. read more
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org March 23, 2011 In the end, the House Dems, despite the best persuasive efforts of a Progressive and an independent representative, were good foot soldiers who did the speaker’s (and the governor’s) bidding: They refrained from straying too far outside the box they were given to work in.The threat of a minor insurrection, in the form of income tax increases on upper-income Vermonters, was handily put down at the Statehouse on Tuesday ‘ apparently long before the legislation in question, the miscellaneous tax bill, was brought to the House floor.Lawmakers, largely along party lines, voted 90-47 to raise $24 million in taxes on health care providers and increased the statewide property tax rate by one penny.The Ways and Means proposal deviated from Gov. Peter Shumlin’s revenue plan via one crucial tradeoff ‘ instead of raising $3.66 million through a provider tax on dentists, lawmakers increased cigarette taxes by 27 cents a pack to generate the same amount of money.In a press conference the same day, Shumlin criticized the move. ‘It seems illogical to me to ask factory workers to pay 27 cents more for cigarettes, then to tell dentists who refuse to serve Medicaid patients they’re off the hook,’ the governor said. He argued that the dental tax would have been used to reimburse dentists at a significantly higher rate when they take Medicaid patients .The miscellaneous tax bill, which goes to third reading on Wednesday, includes $7.25 million in taxes on hospitals, $2.81 million on nursing homes, a $140,000 increase in levies on home health agencies and a 0.8 percent ($10.72 million) claims tax on all health insurers ‘ self-insured companies and the state’s three major insurance companies, Cigna, MVP and BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont. House Republicans oppose the ‘provider tax’ and say it will drive up health care premiums for insured Vermonters.Most of the afternoon session on Tuesday was devoted to a handful of amendments to the bill, only one of which passed. Lawmakers struck a $1 million giveback provision to taxpayers in supervisory unions that met the Challenges for Change targets. Several representatives said the measure was unfair because it rewarded schools that cut budgets at the expense of the rest of the school districts.THE SURTAX LEAD BALLOONThe small group of lawmakers who openly planned to float an amendment for an income tax increase on Vermont households that earn more than $137,301, only garnered 23 votes. The initiative would have raised about $27.7 million in revenues that supporters wanted to use to shore up human services programs for the elderly, developmentally disabled and the mentally ill that have seen funding reductions at a time when caseload pressures are up.Rep. Paul Poirier, I-Barre City, and Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington, initially formed a beachhead of support among a group of liberal Dems, but that base eroded in part as a result of a bait-and-switch tactic that pulled critical support away from the tax amendment and gave party members who had supported the surtax an opportunity to save face with the leadership.Lawmakers were told that the House Ways and Means Committee would be offering an income tax restructuring bill, based on the recommendations of the Vermont Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission, later in the session, and that then would be the time to present income tax increase proposals.‘We have a governor who has taken a no-tax pledge, but I as a legislator didn’t take a no-tax pledge. Is it too much to ask (the richest Vermonters) to pay 1.5 percent more? That’s the question before us.’ ‘ PoirierBut such a bill, lawmakers, lobbyists and other statehouse mavens said, is unlikely to make it out of House Ways and Means this session, and it would be even more difficult to pass a bill that shifts the income tax structure from taxable income to adjusted gross income if the measure included a tax increase.If that prediction bears out, lawmakers who said in remarks on the House floor that they would vote for an income tax increase associated with such a bill are unlikely to get a chance at a second bite of that apple.Tomorrow, meanwhile, two amendments will surface on third reading of the bill. Rep. Suzi Wizowaty, D-Burlington, will propose a $1 per-pack increase on cigarette taxes, and Pearson will pitch an 27-cent per gallon extraction tax on bottled water that could raise as much as $27 million (about 99 million gallons of Vermont water is sold out of state).Neither amendment is expected to pass given the current party entrenchment on the issue.On Tuesday Poirier and Pearson regaled the House members with statistics about stagnating income growth for low-income and middle class Vermonters; 70 percent increases in real household income for the wealthiest 5 percent over a 30-year period; the $190 million in tax breaks the state’s richest 5 percent will receive in fiscal year 2011 thanks to the extension of the Bush era tax cuts; the $263 million in state budget cuts over the last three years; and the 10 percent reduction in the state workforce since 2008. To no avail.‘We’re at a point where there are no more low hanging apples left in the tree, and we’re standing on step ladders,’ Poirier said. ‘We’re down to people issues, and people look to the Democratic Party and the Progressive Party to protect them. I know this is hard. We have a governor who has taken a no-tax pledge, but I as a legislator didn’t take a no-tax pledge. Is it too much to ask (the richest Vermonters) to pay 1.5 percent more? That’s the question before us.’Pearson told lawmakers that human services budgets have been cut for four years and that further reductions in programs are ‘unconscionable.’‘I believe it’s important that we begin to ask how much more we can cut,’ Pearson said. ‘In trying economic times, it’s appropriate for us to have a discussion about where you draw the line, and I think it’s appropriate to ask neighbors to help out to protect programs in these tough times.’The surcharge proposal would have affected the top three income tax brackets. An additional 1 percent tax (a total of 8.8 percent on taxable income ‘ after deductions) on joint filers with incomes of $137,000 would have cost those families $264 more on average; a 1.5 percent increase on taxable incomes above $209,000 (a total of 10.3 percent) would have cost those families $1,593 more on average; a 2 percent surcharge to taxpayers married filed jointly who earn more than $373,100 a year (a total tax of 10.95 percent) would have cost those households $14,469 more on average.The response from the chairs of House Ways and Means, House Appropriations and the Speaker? Now is not the time.‘The right time to take up that issue is when we look at income tax restructuring,’ said Rep. Janet Ancel, chair of House Ways and Means. In the Democratic caucus held before the vote, Ancel said she has sympathy for the income tax increase proposal, and she said she supported a surcharge bill that passed the House two years ago that was altered in the Senate.Ancel’s committee has taken extensive testimony on the Vermont Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission’s recommendation to broaden the tax base and lower tax rates, but it has yet to shape a bill of its own, and it’s anyone’s guess whether legislation will emerge in this session. Ancel said, ‘I can’t say for sure we’ll vote it out of committee.’House Speaker Shap Smith points to the looming federal cuts to the Low-Income Heating Assistance Program as a reason for delaying passage of an income tax hike now. He says it would be imprudent for the state to raise taxes before leaders know how big the hole is going to be. He said when Congress is set to meet the next Continuing Resolution deadline (April 8), the state should have a better handle on the scale of the federal funding reductions. He acknowledged that there could be ongoing CRs through the summer. ‘We don’t really know what challenge is in front of us,’ Smith said.Federal cuts would come on top of a Vermont Joint Fiscal Office budget gap estimate of $35 million for fiscal year 2013. Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.org read more
The second day of fencing competition at the 26th Parachute Infantry Battalion gym was closely contested. At the end of the men’s epée competition, the duel between the Venezuelan Ruben Limardo and Italian Andrea Vallosio was even. Limardo even opened a five-point lead on the scoreboard (5-0), but the Italian managed to come back and make it 10-9. The Venezuelan then went on the attack and finished winning with a score of 15-10. At the end of the match, Limardo, who is competing in first Military World Games celebrated the win. “The competition was very tough, with very strong fencers. Since I saw the list of all the athletes in the field, I knew that the competition was going to be tough. Fatigue and heat hurt me a little, but I stayed focused, continued to attack, and it obviously proved successful,” Limardo said. In fencing, the athletes compete on a strip that is fourteen meters long by two meters wide. The goal is to touch the opponent to score points, and at the same time, to not be touched oneself. There are individual and team competitions in this sport, and there are three different types of weapons: epée, foil, and sabre. By Dialogo July 22, 2011 read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man was sentenced Thursday to 16 years in prison for trying to kill his 2-year-old daughter with toxic chemicals in a botched murder-suicide try in Lawrence three years ago.Khemchan Sulaiman had pleaded guilty last month before Nassau County Court Judge Christopher Quinn to charges of second-degree attempted murder, assault, criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child.“The crimes in this case are shocking – especially given that the victim was a young child that was completely unable to protect itself,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.Police had said at the time that the 48-year-old man doused himself and the toddler with ammonium chloride, which is commonly found in fire extinguishers, and a pesticide known as Sevin while in a vehicle parked behind a business on Central Avenue on Oct. 3, 2011.A passersby discovered Sulaiman and the girl unconscious inside the vehicle and called police, who found both in respiratory distress, authorities had said. They were hospitalized in critical condition and the girl has since recovered.The father was arrested the next day after investigators found ammonium chloride in the toddler’s bottle and Sevin on a car seat. read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hofstra University medical students and faculty recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of launching a free clinic in Queens to provide basic care to uninsured patients in a joint venture with Northwell Health.The clinic—the first of its kind for Northwell Health—offers annual physicals, sick visits, blood work, electrocardiograms and more, including referrals at no cost to uninsured and undocumented residents ages 18 and older.“In a number of cases, patients have not seen a doctor in many years,” said Delia Kristol, the clinic’s co-chair and a third-year medical student at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. “One patient recently told us he hadn’t seen a doctor since he was in high school, and he’s now significantly older.”The student-run facility follows in the footsteps of a free clinic established in the Far Rockaways after Superstorm Sandy by Doctors of the World in partnership with the School of Medicine.Students said they hope to become the primary care physicians for the patients, who often return weekly for help managing chronic conditions. Faculty members said the clinic is a win-win.“The clinic is not only a great benefit to the community, but also to our students,” said Dr. Mitchell Adler. “They obtain hands-on experience with clinical tools, hone their knowledge and listening skills, and also learn how to run a medical practice—an important reality of medicine that can’t be taught in the classroom.”The clinic is fully integrated into Northwell Health, which provides administrative and clinical support for the effort, including a call center for scheduling, medical records management, lab services and referral sources. It is open 6-9 p.m. Mondays, except holidays.The clinic is located in the Northwell Health Multi-Specialty Medical Group, 95-25 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, Queens. For more information about the free clinic, email [email protected] To make an appointment, call 631-393-5650 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. read more
42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr By all accounts, the “fourth industrial revolution” is upon us. Everywhere you look there are smart and increasingly integrated technologies which are becoming a major part of our lives. The Fourth Industrial Revolution builds on the Digital Revolution, with technologies that are redefining how people think, act, drive, work and more. Not only through emerging technology breakthroughs in the fields of AI, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, and cars that drive themselves, but in the financial world. FinTech is a part of this revolution as innovation in the financial marketplace is enhancing member experience and streamlining financial services.To this point, investment in FinTech has seen huge growth over the past decade, from an estimated $1.8B spent globally in 2010 to $19B in 2015, and reaching $24.7B in 2016. Additionally, in a report offering an early summation for 2017, an estimated total of $150B will be spent on financial technology investments globally. With all this new financial technology influencing and driving the marketplace, having a platform and a credit union core system that can readily integrate information and data, while working transparently with these cutting edge products, is a necessity.Experts in the FinTech industry have offered a few insights on what lies ahead for the future of the FinTech marketplace. As consumers, we need to recognize that our information is continually collected, helping to formulate a picture of each of us and our purchasing patterns. Each time use our credit card, search on our smartphones, make a purchase with a certain store card, or travel to a store (GPS tracking,) this data is collected and being analyzed. With all this sharing of information, its easy to feel exposed or that privacy has been compromised. Providing robust security measures, especially surrounding financial data, has to be a high priority. Members need to feel that while you’re offering cutting edge products, you also have their well-being in mind. Experts also predict, among other things, that mobile banking technology will continue to evolve, loan decisioning will incorporate purchasing behaviors and habits, not just be based on FICO scores, and cautions that the financial market needs to prep better for Gen Z. continue reading » read more