Guitar prodigy Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer is the busiest 13-year-old you know. Along with a constant stream of sit-ins with the likes of Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, George Clinton, Gary Clark Jr., The Neville Brothers, The Nth Power, Twiddle and more, TAZ currently plays Zach in the Tony-nominated Broadway production School of Rock: The Musical, impressively covering lead acting and guitar playing duties.In celebration of Independence Day, School of Rock has posted a video of TAZ (rocking a red white and blue bandana) shredding a solo rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix’s iconic sunrise performance of the national anthem at Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969.Check out the video of Brandon’s “Star Spangled Banner,” as well as Jimi’s version, below: Happy Fourth of July!
Baltimore-based jam quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has announced the theme for their upcoming 2018-2019 New Year’s Eve celebration. On December 31st, the band’s show at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA is billed as a special “New Year’s stEve” performance, with the art indicating a full-on tribute to the incredible Stevie Wonder. The show will follow three nights on the road to close out a successful 2018.On December 27th and 28th, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will begin their New Years 2018 run in Nashville, Tennessee at The Basement East. Midnight North will serve as support on the first night in Nashville, while Magic Beans will join the party on night two. PPPP and Magic Beans will stick together through the remainder of the run, hitting the Madison Theatre in Covington, Kentucky before heading to Pittsburgh, PA to close out the year. Unlike the band’s Halloween run, during which they maintained their “Red Hot Sgt. Peppers” theme throughout the run, the “New Year’s stEve” theme is reserved for those who choose to ring in 2019 with the band on 12/31. Tickets are still available for purchase here.Find a full list of upcoming Pigeons Playing Ping Pong dates below, including the recently announced May 3rd and 4th, 2019 performances with The String Cheese Incident at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, LA during New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.For more information on Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming performances, head to the band’s website here.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Tour Dates:11/23 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live %11/24 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live <11/29 – 12/1 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club @11/30 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club < 12/1 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club>12/12 – 12/16 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Holidaze12/27 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East &12/28 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East **12/29 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater **12/31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE **1/24 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony *1/25 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony *1/26 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre1/30 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater ^1/31 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa2/1 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel ^2/2 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre ^2/5 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House ^2/6 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall2/7 – Orlando, FL – The Social ^2/8 – Tampa Bay, FL – The Orpheum2/9 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room2/13 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House *2/14 – Bloomington, IN – The Bluebird *2/15 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall2/16 – Grand Rapids, MI – he Intersection *5/2 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre !5/3 – New Orleans, LA – Mardi Gras World Ballroom #5/4 – New Orleans, LA – Mardi Gras World Ballroom #% w/ lespecial< w/ Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers > w/ [email protected] w/ Goose** w/ The Magic Beans& w/ Midnight North* w/ Mungion^ w/ The Fritz! w/ Twiddle & Kitchen Dwellers# w/ The String Cheese IncidentView All Tour Dates
Read Full Story The founding director of the Shorenstein Center and Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Marvin Kalb spoke to the Shorenstein Center about the war powers of U.S. presidents and how the lack of congressional support has impacted military policy.Drawing on the example of Vietnam, Kalb argued that “the word ‘commitment,’ when uttered by a president of the United States, almost becomes policy.” President Truman’s attitude toward Vietnam “changed dramatically” during his term, said Kalb. At first he didn’t see Vietnam as a threat, but by the end of his presidency, Vietnam was “within the national security interests of the United States.” Regarding Korea, Truman, who years before said that “if he ever had to send American troops anywhere in the world, it would only be with the approval of the U.S. Congress,” bypassed Congress and instead sought approval from the U.N. for war with Korea. The threat of communism advancing into the free world was such a direct threat, Kalb pointed out, that action was needed immediately.This pattern of keeping Congress out of the approval process on military action continued through the presidencies of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, up to present day, Kalb said. But the pattern was disrupted with the recent development in Syria, he said, when after making statements about a U.S. strike, Obama instead went to Congress to seek approval.Listen to the audio on SoundCloud
Designing things as a reflection of our personality is by far nothing new in the fashion industry. Here’s a unique combination: traditional Bavarian outfits with colorful African print fabrics. The first Dirndl à l’Africaine that my sister Marie Darouiche designed was the starting point for our label NOH NEE, which is Swahili for “gift of god.” We base our ideas on the classic style of the dirndl of the 1950s, while our fabrics feature wax prints from Ghana and reflect the unique colors of Africa. It is how we envision combining these colors. I don’t think that it’s only our collections that tie together two vastly different cultures in an exciting way. Fashion and technology can also be an unbeatable team. Basically, my sole tool here in Munich is my Dell XPS 13 notebook. It’s the ideal portable computer for me: When we discuss a collection, the displayed images radiate the colors of our fabrics as vividly and colorfully as they would in nature. I can communicate via conference call with my team, some of whom work in other parts of the world while maintaining absolute flexibility over where I work. The XPS 13 is extremely practical and easy to carry anywhere. The borderless display maximizes the screen size. It’s something you wouldn’t expect from a notebook of this size. I definitely don’t need an additional monitor.Dell Technologies provided us with a second XPS 13 for our Project Justine. Every year we travel to Africa to find new fabrics for our creations. Nevertheless, we also wanted to make a difference locally and contribute to a fair and transparent production chain and better working conditions. With further support, we have created an educational and meeting place in Benin, West Africa, according to the “train the trainer” principle. Young people will be trained and educated there, and they can then pass on what they have learned to others. Justine, the project’s namesake, has earned a degree in tailoring and completed her master craftswoman training with us during several stays in Munich. The project started with training as a tailor, with further disciplines to follow. We make it possible for the tailors to secure a livelihood through the sale of the products in Germany.I am just as proud of a project that we are currently planning with the support of the non-profit organization Engagement Global, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. If everything goes according to plan, we want to organize a youth exchange program next year and invite young people from Benin to Germany so they can pursue an internship or attend training, thus granting them prospects for the future.It is important for us to empower women and young people, in particular, with NOH NEE and to enable them to lead a more self-determined life. These two notebooks from Dell Technologies are a great help for us.
For most Notre Dame students, leaving home for college means adjusting to independent living, a Midwestern twang and colder weather. For about 900 international students, however, the transition is far more abrupt. Freshman Rena Multaputri said the close-knit community at Notre Dame made leaving Indonesia more manageable. “I went to a Mass in the Basilica on my first day here at Notre Dame and I saw people hugging each other during mass and singing the Alma Mater proudly at the end of it,” Multaputri said. “It opened my eyes to the tight community that the University has to offer, and I am grateful to be a part of it.” Multaputri said she had always had a desire to study away from home. “I had always known I was going to pursue my education somewhere else outside Indonesia because my family had always put importance on education for both me and my sister,” Multaputri said. “After I got my acceptance letter, I tried to find more information about Notre Dame and the other schools that I got accepted into … the more that I knew about Notre Dame, the stronger my desire to come here.” Though she plans on working in the U.S. immediately after graduation, Multaputri said she plans on eventually ending up back in Indonesia. “I have never put much thought on what I am going to do after I graduate, but most probably I will stay for a few years to find some working experience and then go back to Indonesia after that,” Multaputri said. Sophomore Pedro Suarez, originally from Brazil, said his greatest challenge was adjusting to American food. “It’s a cultural thing. We’d sit down for long dinners and long lunches,” he said. “I eat really slowly because at home I’m used to meals being events that bring people together, but here it’s so different: people just eat fast, whenever it’s convenient.” Suarez said though he loves the community at Notre Dame, he misses his close-knit family in Brazil. “People in Brazil are very attached to their families … My friends are all living with their families as they’re going to college and to them it’s a very alien notion to think of living on their own, doing their own laundry and getting their own food,” Suarez said. “I think it’s hard for a lot of Brazilians to study abroad because of their attachments to their families, regardless of what opportunities may have presented themselves.” Although American life is vastly different from what he was accustomed to, Suarez said the move was not too difficult. “I’ve always grown up in a fairly American environment, I even went to an American school,” Suarez said. “It was still weird to transition from primarily talking in Portuguese to talking in only English, but I got used to it pretty quickly.” Junior Jonathan Faubert said the language change was a formidable adjustment, but one he was well prepared for. “I’ve been to so many different countries that I don’t really get culture shock anymore,” Faubert said. “I’m used to living in different places, and meeting different people in different environments … so for me the differences between Mexico and Notre Dame were not a huge shock.” Faubert said the Notre Dame fascination with football seemed alien to him at first. “[On the Hesburgh Scholars Weekend] they gave us private tours of all the facilities on campus … we actually saw Brian Kelly’s first practice,” Faubert said. “We all thought, ‘This is fun,’ but we didn’t understand why it was such a big deal … now I get it.” Junior Nathalia Conte Silvestre said she immediately adopted the football obsession. “The football culture is so awesome … to a degree it’s the same as soccer back home,” Conte Silvestre said. Other elements of the Notre Dame experience also made her feel at home, Conte Silvestre said. “The religious appeal and how very accepting of faith in the students are is very appealing to me,” Conte Silvestre said. Conte Silvestre said she chose Notre Dame because it afforded her the greatest degree of academic flexibility. “I chose Notre Dame – and going to college in the States in general – because there is no liberal arts higher education in Brazil, and because I had a good idea of what I wanted to do with my life but wasn’t totally sure,” Conte Silvestre said. “The possibility of coming here as one major but still being able to explore other fields attracted me to Notre Dame … I was an [architecture student] first semester and then fell in love with design here.” The sense of community on campus was equally important, Conte Silvestre said. “I’m so attached to my family, and if I had gone to a school that didn’t have such a community feel like Notre Dame I wouldn’t have been able to survive,” Conte Silvestre said.
At Wednesday night’s meeting, the student Senate voted against a series of recommendations by the Diversity Council that will be submitted to the offices of Student Affairs, Auxiliary Affairs, and the Provost concerning diversity. Last week, senior and chair of the Diversity Council Luis Llanos and junior and student government liaison to the Diversity Council Carolina Ramirez presented the recommendations for fostering an environment of inclusion on campus. The recommendations represented what minority students said would improve their on-campus feelings of inclusion. The final clause in the resolution, a subject of a heated debate, reads: “Resolved, that the Student Senate supports the efforts and recommendations of Diversity Council.” After the Senate discussed adjustments to the resolution, the group an amendment proposed by O’Neill Hall senator Kyle McCaffery. “Resolved, That the Student Senate supports the efforts and recommendations of Diversity Council, and that the discussion of recommendations be continued by the offices of Student Affairs, Auxiliary Services, and the Provost, so that any ambiguities in the resolution will be clarified.” This version of the Senate’s resolution was the one that was up for discussion and final vote during yesterday’s meeting. The objections about the original statement stemmed from the statement’s implication that the Senate as a whole supports the recommendations of Diversity Council. Duncan Hall senator Bob Pak said, “I don’t feel as though most students would enjoy having [a cultural enrichment requirement] stacked on – if you put students in a situation where they’re being forced to talk about openness and diversity, they’ll be less invested.” Carroll Hall senator Joe Kelly took objection to another recommendation. “I don’t support having rectors becoming more involved in Frosh-O staff selection. I would appreciate changing the language to say we ‘support the spirit’ of the recommendations.” Alumni Hall senator Juan Jose Daboub proposed the following amendment: “Resolved, That the student senate supports the efforts and recognizes the hard work of the diversity council.” Fisher Hall senator Michael Lindt said, “I feel like that wording makes it sound like we’re saying ‘good job,’ but that’s it.” Siegfried Hall senator Rohan Andresen said, “These recommendations are coming from a group within our community, and the Diversity Council has heard their complaints. I think it would be unfair to our constituents – especially the ‘silent minority’-to just push them away.” During the final discussion, Club Coordination Council [CCC] president Maggie Armstrong said, “in adding the ambiguity clause, I think we essentially negate showing our support.” When her resolution went up for final vote, it failed to pass by a margin of one vote. Senior class president Carolina Wilson, who penned the original resolution, voted against the amended version. “I felt that the word ‘ambiguities’ in the amendment of the final clause means that it would not be in full support of the recommendations that Diversity Council has put forth and I am in full support and trust in the recommendations they have come up with,” she said. The resolution and recommendations of the Diversity Council will still be submitted in the coming weeks, and, should someone propose it, a new resolution in support of Diversity Council’s recommendations could be voted upon by the Senate. Contact Margaret Hynds at [email protected]
Setback to Kinder Morgan’s Canadian Oil Sands Pipeline Project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:British Columbia will not allow Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd to begin work on public land for its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion until it “meaningfully” consults aboriginal communities, provincial officials said on Thursday. The $5.5 billion project through British Columbia, which secured federal government approval last year, would almost triple the capacity of the current Trans Mountain pipeline. The project’s prospect has become more uncertain after a left-leaning government took power in British Columbia in June, although the administration has since softened its rhetoric. British Columbia Environment Minister George Heyman told reporters in Vancouver it is unlikely that Kinder Morgan can begin work on public land by its September construction target. British Columbia will also seek to participate in court cases against federal approval of the project, Heyman said. Kinder Morgan said in a statement it takes the British Columbia government’s comments seriously and remains willing to meet with provincial officials. The company, which has scheduled most major work for next year, said Heyman’s announcement will not affect its timeline for Trans Mountain construction. But shares in Kinder Morgan Canada and Houston-based parent Kinder Morgan Inc fell soon after the minister’s comments and ended down 3.7 percent and 1.8 percent respectively.More: British Columbia throws wrench in Kinder Morgan pipeline plan
The Mountains to Sea Trail is a 1,000-mile path stretching from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Jockeys Ridge in the Outer Banks. Many sections of the trail are complete, but some still require connections along the shoulders of paved roads. In the mountains, the last segment of the MST around the Cherokee reservation is nearly finished.To help complete the Mountains to Sea Trail, the Friends of the MST have launched a specialty Mountains to Sea license plate. They need 300 people to purchase the plate by the end of the year. If you’re looking for a holiday gift that keeps on giving, an MST license plate could go along way toward completing North Carolina’s premier hiking trail. Visit ncmst.org for more info.
continue reading » Advancements in technology and changes in consumer expectations have prompted many a retailer, including more than a few credit unions, to redouble their efforts toward improving the customer experience.At conferences, during roundtables, and in strategic planning sessions with credit unions across the country, leaders at Callahan & Associates have noted several recurring themes that the firm has identified as opportunities for 2019. One of those themes: How can credit unions reduce friction in their member experience?Why Does Friction Matter?Members compare their credit union experience to all the unrelated, best-in-class service providers they interact with on a regular basis. When a member expects an Amazon-like experience, even the slightest perception of friction with the credit union can have a dramatic impact on the relationship. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » NAFCU member credit unions have until March 1 to submit their entries for the association’s 2019 Annual Awards Competition, which recognizes association member credit unions, professionals and volunteers for their dedication and achievement within their institutions, communities and the industry.“Credit unions continue to live up to their mission of serving the needs of their members and communities, and there are many that go above and beyond,” said NAFCU Awards Committee Chairman Jim Kenyon, president and CEO of Whitefish Credit Union (Whitefish, Mont.). “It’s great to be able to recognize the industry’s top performers and share some of the ways that make our industry successful through the Annual Awards Competition.”This year’s competition will honor the Credit Union of the Year, CEO of the Year, Professional of the Year and Volunteer of the Year in each of two asset-size categories: $250 million or less, and more than $250 million. Each award competition application must include information on the nominee’s 2018 accomplishments. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr