PBS is currently working on a new documentary project dubbed American Epic, a three-part documentary series, with Jack White, T Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford as executive producers. American Epic explores early recording technology from the 1920’s and how it captured the sounds of some of the first musicians formative to the genres of blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun, and folk music. Ahead of the premiere of the documentary series premiere on June 6th, NPR has shared a video of the Alabama Shakes.Brittany Howard and her band are led into the studio by Jack White, then perform “Killer Diller, a song originally recorded by Memphis Minnie in 1946.“In 1925, the first electrical sound recording system was invented. Only a few of these systems were ever made, and there is now only one in the world,” the video reads. “All of the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.”Watch the one-take performance below:This video comes second to Jack White and the legendary hip-hop artist Nas performing on a modernized version of Memphis Jug Band’s 1928 song “On the Road Again.” Watch that here.The series will also feature a full-length movie called The American Epic Sessions, during which various musicians come together to record on the primitive recording technology of the 1920’s. Artists to appear on The American Epic Sessions include Jack White, Beck, Elton John, Nas, Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Los Lobos and Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, and the film will be released on June 6th.
Read Full Story Nearly two-thirds of transgender Massachusetts residents have experienced discrimination in places open to the public such as hotels, restaurants, stores, parks, public transportation, theaters, health care centers, and bathrooms, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. And these discriminatory experiences are linked with adverse health outcomes.The study was published online July 29 in The Milbank Quarterly.Although since 2012 Massachusetts law has provided legal protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, public education, and business, those protections don’t extend to public spaces.The researchers surveyed 452 adults in Massachusetts and found that, between 2012 and 2013, 65% had experienced discrimination in at least one public setting; that discrimination was associated with greater risk of adverse emotional and physical symptoms; and that, because of discrimination, about 24 percent of those surveyed postponed routine medical care.“Passage and enforcement of transgender rights laws that include protections against discrimination in public settings, inclusive of health care, is a critical public health policy approach needed to move toward health equity,” lead author Sari Reisner, research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology, said in a press release from The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, where he is a research scientist.
Almost one year ago, Dell Technologies introduced the 2030 Progress Made Real goals – reflecting our core purpose as a company to drive human progress and create a positive and lasting impact on humankind and the planet.Progress Made Real has four core goals: advancing sustainability, cultivating inclusion, transforming lives with technology, and upholding ethics and privacy. It was a different world a year ago, but changing times do not change our focus. In fact, today’s challenges have only reinforced the enormous difference we can make by simply doing the right thing.The supply chain plays a critical role in Dell Technologies’ vision for progress. We embed sustainability and ethical practices in everything we do. Whether it’s protecting our planet, supporting the well-being of our team members, partners and suppliers, or providing a safe working environment where people can thrive, social and environmental responsibility is a paramount focus for our supply chain. Dell Technologies’ 2019 Supply Chain Sustainability Progress Report highlights this commitment.We are committed to creating a supply chain that values transparency, collaborative leadership, innovation, and empowerment. What are some of the ways we accomplish those goals? By implementing ethical recruitment practices; by utilizing audits and regular training to enhance the health, safety and knowledge of labor rights of our team; and by performing onsite consultations with both factory management and workers at supplier locations to highlight and resolve issues.These efforts are paying off on environmental issues, too. We are reducing our supply chain’s impact on the planet, including by limiting greenhouse gas emissions and partnering with our suppliers to save freshwater. In 2019, over 275,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions were reduced through energy consumption reduction projects at our supplier factories. And our supply chain saved nearly 30 million meters of freshwater and reduced wastewater discharge by 26.2 million meters.The guiding principles of our supply chain have been especially important as we address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the onset of COVID-19, we partnered with the Global Facilities and Environmental, Health and Safety teams to develop preventative safety protocols across all Dell Technologies sites. We are also partnering with suppliers to do the same for their facilities. These safety protocols were implemented early to protect our on-site heroes working tirelessly to keep technology flowing for the world in need.The bottom line: Our supply chain plays a vital role in making Dell Technologies’ 2030 Progress Made Real vision a reality.
Career-minded students should not shy away from a liberal arts education, professor Mark Roche says, because students educated in liberal arts will be just as well prepared for the real world as those who study business. Roche, former dean of the College of Arts and Letters, explored this theme in his book titled “Why Choose the Liberal Arts?” for which he received the 2011 Frederic W. Ness Book Award. He said he felt the need to express his support of such an education in a public forum. “Administrators often give abstract, brief and occasional speeches about the value of the liberal arts, but I give a fuller response,” Roche said. “My unease [was] with the sense that even though I was endorsing the practical argument, education was being reduced to the practical. We hadn’t set our sights lofty enough.” The Ness Award is bestowed annually by the American Association of Colleges and Universities to the book that best contributes to the understanding and further development of “liberal education,” according to the organization’s website. Roche said he was initially driven to explore the real-world applicability of an education in the arts and sciences because of the struggle to lure students from the perceived practicality of a business degree. “I wanted to make the case that students could pursue the liberal arts and succeed,” Roche said. Exploring which talents employers valued most, Roche said he found students of the arts and sciences are often considered ideal candidates. “The practical skills that you develop, especially communication skills both oral and written, are often the most important skills identified by employers,” Roche said. Roche said students also make the mistake of perceiving college as just a launch pad for future success, ignoring what they can accomplish during their time on campus. “There is a tremendous focus on college as a means to an end, but I wanted to stress another dimension: the value of learning for its own sake,” he said. Additionally, institutions should encourage students to be aware of the maturation process that takes place within the liberal arts classroom, Roche said. Roche said the liberal arts tradition at Notre Dame is unique because of the impact of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission. “Three things distinguish Notre Dame: the high number of requirements in a wide array of fields; the Catholic mission that manifests itself in a strong interest in integrating authors like Dante or Augustine in humanities courses, social justice questions and ethical applications and questions … and that we try to interweave teaching and research as an institution,” he said. Roche said the award is a testament to Notre Dame’s vision of a worldly education. “Part of what I’m saying is that Notre Dame has a certain vision of education that is to a certain degree transferable to other settings, but it has a very fertile home here,” he said.
By Terry KelleyUniversity of GeorgiaThe sky is filled with satellites, ones for weather, spying, communicating and even for ones for finding directions to the store. Many gardeners and farmers rely on a more ancient satellite – the moon. Farming and gardening by the signs, or phases, of the moon goes back to the days when dinosaur bones were tillage instruments.However, the practice of gardening by the moon, unlike those bones, has not become a relic. Planting by the signs is still popular among old-timers and newcomers. If you know the signs, you’ll know when to plant, cultivate, fertilize, water or harvest.The lunar month is divided into four phases or quarters. The light of the moon is the 14-day period (first and second quarters) when the moon is growing from the new moon to the full moon. The dark of the moon (third and fourth quarters) is the following 14 days – from the full moon to the next new moon.Some folks even like to get more specific and plant by the moon’s signs, which change every two and a half days.Almanacs are based on particular time zones. So, even with one, it may be hard to tell exactly when the signs change. Remember, they change every two and a half days. As a general rule, most people skip the first day of a sign just to avoid this confusion.So what are these phases and signs used for and how do you use them? The signs are associated with the zodiac. For instance, Leo is a barren sign. Cancer is a fruitful sign. Signs that are fruitful are used for such practices as planting. Those that are barren are used for such practices as cultivation.Soil preparation and cultivation are recommended during barren signs. Soil preparation should be done in the light of the moon and cultivation in the dark of the moon.But why should soil preparation be during the light of the moon in a barren sign? Well, the theory is that in the light of the moon, the moon is growing and this will cause the soil to remain loose and is easier to turn. Also, the barren sign indicates a period when weeds are vulnerable to attack and more easily killed.All fertilizer should be applied during a fruitful sign. Chemical fertilizers should be applied in the light of the moon and organic fertilizers in the dark of the moon.Irrigation is recommended during one of the water signs, Scorpio (the secrets) or Pisces (the feet). Always water in the light of the moon, this is when the moon is growing larger – since you also are watering to make your fruits and vegetables grow larger.It’s best to plant crops that produce fruit above ground in the light of the moon and crops that produce fruit below ground in the dark of the moon.The first quarter is best for planting crops which produce seed outside the fruit and the second quarter for crops which produce seed inside the fruit. The third quarter is best for planting crops that grow below ground. Avoid planting in the fourth quarter if possible. Plant during a fruitful sign.It is really quite easy to coordinate the signs and the moon’s phases to follow the proper timing for your farming or gardening practices. Whether you believe following the original satellite will help grow a better crop may be best decided after you’ve tried it.
-30- Northstar Vermont Yankee,The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will today be holding two public sessions to discuss the criteria by which it awarded the Vermont Yankee power plant its highest rating green. In its Annual Assessment Letter dated March 4, 2009, the NRC said that overall, Vermont Yankee operated in a manner that preserved public health and safety and fully met all cornerstone objectives.Brad Ferland, President of the Vermont Energy Partnership, which is comprised of over 90 business, labor, and community leaders, today issued the following statement regarding the NRC annual safety performance assessment report. The Partnership believes Vermont Yankee s continued operation is important for ensuring the state has a reliable and clean electricity supply so that the state s economy can recover and grow. Once again Vermont Yankee has faced intense scientific and engineering scrutiny and once again it has obtained high marks, following thousands of hours of inspections and review by the NRC in 2008. Congratulations to the hundreds of hard working employees of Vermont Yankee for the hard work they do in making safety priority number one. The NRC s determination is consistent with the positive findings of the state s Public Oversight Panel announced earlier this year, with the 2007 NRC assessment, and with countless other inspections. The Vermont Energy Partnership is confident that the skilled professionals of Vermont Yankee will continue to operate the plant in a way that inspires confidence in the plant s safety and reliability.The Vermont Energy Partnership is a diverse group of more than 90 business, labor, and community organizations and professionals committed to finding clean, affordable and reliable electricity solutions to ensure Vermont stays a great place to live and work. Its mission is to educate policy makers, the media, businesses, and the general public about why electricity is imperative for prosperity, and about the optimal solutions to preserve and expand our electricity network. Entergy, owner of Vermont Yankee, is a member of the Vermont Energy Partnership. Source: Vermont Energy Partnership. Brattleboro, VT/ April 16, 2009
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr No one wants to work in a bad office environment. As the leader of your organization, you set the tone and expectations for other managers and employees to follow. And even if you feel confident in the relationships you have with direct reports, it’s important to make sure that trickles all the way down.Leadership guru John Spence argues that culture is often “the biggest area for dramatic improvement, or failure.” It can also have a significant impact on your bottom line – if employees aren’t happy, they likely aren’t sharing good vibes with customers or working to their full potential.Here are three areas Spence says are sought after in a company’s culture:Safety. As leaders, we should establish a company culture that prioritizes employees’ ability to work independently and share opinions openly, and doesn’t look down on those who ask for help. This also means allowing freedom to try new approaches to solve problems – and even make mistakes – without fear of being fired for taking a risk. continue reading »
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Does $300 million in damages get your attention?That’s the total damages assessed against Wells Fargo by two separate Texas juries in two separate actions brought by USAA. These two actions alleged that Wells Fargo had willfully infringed on USAA’s remote deposit capture technology patents.Since early 2018, many credit unions started receiving demand letters from USAA, claiming that these credit unions’ RDC technology infringed on patents owned by USAA. Sent by a law firm representing USAA, the letters sought fees and licensing agreements for the continued use of the RDC technology by the credit union.The RDC technology most, if not all, of the credit unions were using was being provided through various vendors. Most credit unions immediately reached out to their respective vendors to attempt to resolve the claim. While this is the right approach for a credit union that finds itself in such a predicament, it can also be a time for angst if the credit union has not taken proper care in negotiating the vendor agreement at the inception of the relationship.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two New York City police officers from Long Island who were shot and wounded earlier this week while responding to a domestic dispute were discharged from hospital on Thursday in time to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families, the city’s police commissioner said.Joseph Murphy and Christopher Wells departed the hospital in the city’s Queens borough in wheelchairs and were greeted with cheers from dozens of their fellow officers, according to video released by the commissioner, Dermot Shea.“After being shot in the line of duty protecting a domestic-violence victim, Officers Wells & Murphy leave the hospital today to continue their recoveries at home with loved ones,” Shea wrote.Both officers had been rushed to the hospital on Tuesday, one suffering a gunshot wound to the upper thigh and the other to the hands. They were in stable condition and had been expected to recover.The incident started when the two officers accompanied a woman, who was not identified, to her house around midday after she filed the latest of several domestic violence reports at a local police precinct, Shea had said.Shortly after the officers and the woman entered her home in a neighborhood of modest houses near John F. Kennedy International Airport, the gunman appeared and started shooting, according to Shea.The officers returned fire and killed the suspect, who has been identified as 41-year-old Rondell Goppy. Goppy worked as a peace officer at City University of New York, had a firearms license and no criminal history, police said earlier this week. At least two handguns were recovered, they said.Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.
Terry McKiernan, the president of BishopAccountability.org, a watchdog group that tracks abuse in the Catholic Church, said more than 9,000 victims had come forward over the years, although he believed that number represented only a small fraction of those who suffered abuse in the church.Frank Spinelli was 11 years old on Staten Island when he joined the Boy Scouts in 1978. He said his scoutmaster, a police officer named Bill Fox, began to groom him, taking him out for ice cream, pressing to have Mr. Spinelli sleep at his home and turning their conversations toward sex. It ultimately led to three years of sexual abuse, Mr. Spinelli said. But even in the organization’s early years, abuse files maintained at the Boy Scouts headquarters detailed troubles. In 1935, the organization described having files on hundreds of “degenerates” who had served as scout leaders, according to a New York Times article from the time.Lawyers, including Mr. Mones, later pressed to release some of those files in a case in Oregon, where a 2010 jury verdict held the Scouts liable for $18.5 million in punitive damages. The Oregon Supreme Court later ordered that the case records be made public.Although many of the abuse cases occurred in decades past, some states in recent years have passed laws giving older victims a chance to pursue accountability in the courts. That includes New York, which approved a one-year window that opened last year, prompting a stream of new lawsuits with defendants from organizations such as schools, the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts.- Advertisement – From an early age, young scouts learn about obedience and loyalty, reciting an oath to stay “morally straight.” The organization has said that some 130 million Americans have gone through its programs over the years, including the likes of John F. Kennedy, the astronaut Neil Armstrong, the Civil Rights icon Ernest Green and the film director Steven Spielberg.While the Boy Scouts count some 2.2 million current members, those numbers have been on the decline from a peak of around five million in the 1970s. In 2017, the organization expanded to allow girls to participate, although that effort has frayed relationships with the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –