first_imgIn November 2015, essential Brooklyn DIY venue Cameo Gallery closed its doors for the last time. Cameo was a hotbed for up-and-coming talent, and was a home for young musicians like in Williamsburg, as well as a favorite for local artists whenever they wanted to play an intimate show.  Varied acts such as Turkuaz, The Juan MacLean, Eric Krasno & Chapter 2, and Frankie Knuckles all graced the stage at one point or another. Perhaps no band was as intertwined with the rise of Cameo Gallery as The London Souls.  The Brooklyn rockers performed at Cameo an estimated 25+ times, and spent many a long night using the space for rehearsals, recordings, and more.  They felt a true connection with the space, so it was fitting when The Souls were tapped for the gallery’s celebratory final show in Novermber 2015.The Souls have just released raucous pro-shot footage of them playing “The Sound” from this final show at the venue where they cut their teeth.  Check out the video below, and RIP Cameo Gallery!last_img read more

first_imgJamtronica favorites Lotus have confirmed details of a new album! Titled Eat The Light, the new release is the band’s first to feature vocals on every track. With guest singers ranging from male to female, indie to rock, soulful to electronic, the band’s new offering looks to be one of their more diverse.“I wanted Eat the Light to be a celebratory album that people could sing along to while driving down the California coast,” said Luke Miller in a press release. “This is the sound of summer that makes you want to dance and raise your hands to the sky.” The album is due out on July 15th.So far one track premiered earlier this year, a grooving single called “Eats The Light.” With Gabe Otto on lead vocals – aka the singer who led the band’s Talking Heads tribute – the song has a real 80’s pop/rock vibe. You can stream it below.The album features tracks like “Move Too Fast” with Johnny Fissinger, “Anti-Gravity” with Oriel Poole, “White Light Fadeaway” with Steve Yutzy-Burkey, and more! Check out the full tracklisting below, and head to the band’s website for more information.Lotus Eat The Light TracklistFearlessI’ve Been a Fool (Toy Guns)Eats the LightMove Too FastSleep When We Are DeadWhite Light FadeawayAnti-GravitySuntanWhen Our Nerves No Longer TwitchSodium Vaporlast_img read more

first_imgWhile many students were savoring the dwindling days of relaxation before the spring semester’s grind, Harvard freshmen Josh Palay and Andrew Mauboussin were back on campus last week, already putting in long hours of work.The two were designing a new, unofficial, online interface for Harvard’s Q Guide, the website where students can find evaluations of Harvard courses written by past students in the class. While the site is a good resource for students considering taking a course, it contains data that’s not easily accessible, such as a comparison of course evaluations over several years, according to Palay. Palay and Mauboussin want to put that information at students’ fingertips.“I felt kind of frustrated with the original interface,” Palay said. “We’re making it easier to find courses, nicer to look at. We’ve added charts to view [instructional] trends.”Palay and Mauboussin formed one of 17 student teams participating in Hack Week, an intense, immersion-style incubator for student computer science projects. Sponsored by the Harvard student group Hack Harvard, the “week” was held over 10 days, from Jan. 18-27, mixing 21 seminars on topics intended to help students advance their projects, visits to area technology companies, and work sessions to push projects to completion.Held at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), students regularly worked until 1 or 2 a.m. and pulled at least one all-nighter, Friday night’s “hack-a-thon” — a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. push to help students finish their projects in time for “demo day” on Sunday.Josh Palay (left) and Andrew Mauboussin talk about their collaboration during Hack Week.Hack Harvard’s president, Lexi Ross, and Zach Hamed, a member of the group’s organizing board, said the purpose of Hack Week is not just to push students to finish projects, but also to get them thinking about how to get the projects out to the real world, to consider not only software issues, but also business plans, financing, and the steps needed to take a project from the dorm room to Main Street.Hack Harvard began two years ago with the first Hack Week, Ross said. Today, the group hosts events throughout the year, with weekly Hack Nights featuring a speaker from the computer technology community, periodic Hack-a-thons lasting from several hours to several days, and the annual Hack Week.“It’s an incubation program to turn student projects into startups,” Ross said. “It’s an intense week for computer science students, particularly first- and second-year, and gives them a taste of being an entrepreneur.”Hack Week draws back alumni from previous sessions, including senior Peter Boyce, who was a founder of the first Hack Week and served as a mentor this year. Boyce, who with Hamed and five students from other colleges began a startup called Rough Draft Ventures, offered a seminar on how to become part of the Boston tech scene.“It’s really important to share my experience, having been part of a startup,” Boyce said. “All this stuff thrives on the pay-it-forward model.”Projects selected for Hack Week include the Q Guide redesign, video games, health and fitness programs, and a project to enable instant in-store communication between retailers and their customers.The last project, worked on by freshmen Nithin Tumma and Neel Patel, is creating a way for businesses to push a variety of content — maps to a store, discount coupons, and the like — to customers’ mobile phones. Customers, in turn, can live chat with store personnel if, say, they need help in an aisle where no clerks are available.For example, Tumma and Patel said, a grocery store could push out a coupon giving discounts on produce that, while still fresh, isn’t moving as quickly as it should. It could reach customers who were shopping in the store at the time and prompt them to make a purchase. The businesses would also be able to harvest analytics from the system to learn more about their customers.By midweek, Tumma and Patel had the basic infrastructure designed. Once completed, they hope to test it with local businesses.“It lets businesses address customers’ needs within the store,” Patel said. “The Hack Week support, just being around people working on similar projects, is awesome.”last_img read more

first_imgA rape was reported to a University administrator Friday, according to Monday’s Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) crime log.The alleged rape occurred January 16 in a Notre Dame residence hall, according to the entry.Students did not receive an email crime alert from NDSP alerting them that a report had been filed with the University, due to the fact the University did not identify the report as a timely threat, in accordance with the Clery Act regulations.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP).Tags: Clery Act, NDSP, NDSP crime log, sexual assaultlast_img

first_imgAndy Mientus & Michael Arden(Photo: instagram.com/andymientus) View Comments Surely no one’s doing sadness today. Broadway favorites Andy Mientus and Tony nominee Michael Arden celebrated their wedding on August 18. The two got engaged in June 2014.According to the Instagrams of Broadway faves such as Fiddler on the Roof’s Alexandra Silber (a longtime friend of Arden), the wedding was held at Babington House in Somerset, England.Mientus played Hanschen in the Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening, which Arden directed. The former Broadway.com vlogger’s additional credits include Les Miserables and Carrie on stage and Smash on screen.Arden received a Tony nomination earlier this year for his work on Spring Awakening; as an actor, he appeared on Broadway in Big River and The Times They Are A-Changin’. He also headlined The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla and Paper Mill Playhouse and directed Baystreet Theater’s current production of My Fair Lady.Congratulations to the happy newlyweds!center_img Mister and Mister.— Michael Arden (@michaelarden) August 18, 2016last_img read more

first_imgLeaders of four diverse business organizations in Vermont have found general agreement over some of the most important economic issues facing the state, including on nuclear power and health care access.  The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Business Roundtable and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility communicated their shared policy goals around energy, health care, and telecommunications infrastructure in a joint statement released Wednesday.It comes as no surprise that all four organizations support broadband and mobile telecommunications coverage across the entire state. But they were also able to agree that nuclear power could be a source of electricity in what they see as a diversified energy solution, which would also include renewables. And they agreed that the health care system should be reformed to the extent that a solution would include universal access. VBR President Lisa Ventriss told Vermont Business Magazine that the nuclear piece was not an endorsement of Vermont Yankee. What VBR is saying, she said, is that, “Nuclear power is a clean, affordable, sustainable source of electricity.”LCRCC supports the relicensing of Vermont Yankee and VBSR, for one, does not. In effect, the groups are at the very least not rejecting nuclear power, Ventriss. Nuclear power, for instance, could be part of the mix of sources in a system contract a Vermont utility might sign with an out-of -state entity.Andrea Cohen, president of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility said, “VBSR does not support the relicensing of Vermont Yankee.” But, she added, her organization is “not expressly opposed to nuclear.”The same broad sort of common interest among the four groups was found with health care. All four want to find a way to reduce costs while making it available to everyone. Here, Cohen said that VBSR specifically supports universal access, ability to pay and a decoupling from employment. Neither she nor the group at large made a statement specifically about the single-payer plan making its way through the Legislature.Speaking first for the group in the prepared statement, Roundtable Chair, Steve Voigt, CEO of King Arthur Flour, said ‘Our four organizations have found common agreement on some of the most pressing issues facing Vermont today. Our aim is to work collaboratively toward faster, smarter and better policy outcomes in the legislative arena to benefit our companies and employees.’On the energy front, all four business organizations endorsed a diversified electric energy supply portfolio to meet increased demands for electricity that includes biomass, hydro, solar, wind sources, and nuclear. Referring to recent conversations with ISO-New England regarding transmission reliability, Jeff Beer, Co-Founder of Select Design and Chair the of Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, said, ‘it is incumbent upon business to speak with a collective voice of the critical need for transmission reliability; especially as we move towards a diversified energy future.’Health care reform is of great interest and critical importance to the business organizations. Recent surveys by the business organizations cited concerns primarily aimed at improving cost containment and reducing the current downward drag on business competitiveness. Julie Lineberger, Owner of LineSync Architecture and Chair of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, said, ‘The cost of healthcare is the greatest obstacle to the success of many Vermont businesses; we must find a way to provide affordable health care to all Vermonters with financing that is equitable and sustainable.’ On the economic development front, telecommunications infrastructure is recognized as the threshold issue for expanding existing companies and enabling new businesses to locate in Vermont. Steve Terry, Co-Founder of Worth Mountain Consulting, and Chair of Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, said ‘Vermont urgently needs a universal, high-speed, affordable broadband and mobile connectivity system so we can compete with the world.’ The various organizations will be working throughout the summer on these issues to continue building consensus and broader stakeholder agreement around more granular policy recommendations.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo March 09, 2011 United States and Dominican Republic security forces will be conducting a military exercise named Fused Response 2011 from March 7-11. Fused Response is a Chairman-Joint Chief of Staff (CJCS)-approved, U.S. Southern Command-sponsored military exercise conducted by Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). The exercise will involve a joint contingent of U.S. and Dominican Republic military personnel with approximately 250 security personnel participating in the event. Training conducted in Fused Response will consist of staff planning, reconnaissance, and other Special Operations training intended to improve interoperability and skills necessary to combat terrorism and illicit trafficking. The Dominican Republic and the United States military frequently train together and enjoy solid working relationships.last_img read more

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Debbie Matz Debbie Matz was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the eighth board chair of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). After confirmation by the U.S. Senate on … Web: www.ncua.gov Details Starting in May of each year, NCUA begins the rigorous process of developing the following year’s budget using a zero-based process.Some people have asked me what zero-based budgeting means:It means every position and every expense must be individually justified.It also means our budget is developed from the bottom up.Zero-based budgeting at NCUA begins with a field-level review of every credit union to determine the number of workload hours that will be needed for the upcoming year. Field staff recommends the number of hours to supervise each credit union based on asset size, complexity, and financial trends.Workload estimates are then refined by each level of management in the field, until the budget proposal is forwarded to NCUA’s Central Office for extensive review and analysis.The 15 offices within NCUA headquarters are also rigorously evaluated to ensure resources are allocated efficiently toward priority needs. We don’t just carry over amounts that were budgeted or spent in the prior year. We require every office to explain the merits of every line item, the specific needs for every spending category, and the basis of developing every cost estimate.Throughout the budget process, the Executive Director and the Chief Financial Officer brief each Board Member multiple times on budget proposals that are submitted, updated, and recommended. So the budget is thoroughly vetted at every level of the agency.Lowest Budget Increase in 7 YearsAs a result of the intense analysis, scrubbing, and reviews, I am pleased that NCUA’s 2015 budget includes the lowest increase in seven years.The 4.2 percent increase ensures that we have the resources to efficiently do our jobs—protecting the safety and soundness of credit unions and being a vigilant steward of the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund—in a manner that recognizes our operating costs are borne by the credit unions we regulate and insure.Cutting the Budget Is Not an OptionI know there will always be those who argue that NCUA should cut the budget—and that any increase is too big.Cutting the budget, however, is not an option. Like all businesses, this agency faces non-discretionary costs that tend to increase each year, such as:Health care;Travel and hotels;Telecommunications;Leased and owned property;Hardware and software; andMaintenance and repairs.So the only way to materially cut the budget would be to substantially cut staff.Reducing Staff Leads to Higher LossesLet me remind you: NCUA made the mistake of cutting staff in the years leading up to the Great Recession. NCUA cut 71 full-time equivalent staff (FTEs) between 2001 and 2008. To keep costs down, the agency employed a smaller exam force, cut back to 18 months between exams, and had fewer office staff analyzing Call Reports.The result was that NCUA was unable to identify many credit unions’ problems soon enough to save them from losses.Another argument some stakeholders make is that NCUA should reduce staff each year as the number of credit unions declines.However, that argument has a fatal flaw: Most of the insured shares and troubled assets from those credit unions do not disappear; they are acquired by other credit unions.So the remaining credit unions are growing larger and more complex, posing greater concentration risk to the Share Insurance Fund.Specialists Support New Credit Union PowersLarger, more complex institutions require more examiners with specific specialties in certain operations—from sophisticated investments, to specialized lending, to cutting-edge technology.In addition, credit unions have requested new powers—like derivatives and asset securitization—which require enhanced supervision.I have often said that NCUA needs to keep up with the industry that we supervise. So, our budget is intended to ensure that NCUA’s supervisory expertise will keep pace with credit unions’ expanding business opportunities.Specialists are critical to identifying and resolving traditional risks such as interest rate risk, credit risk, and concentration risk, as well as new and evolving operational risks including cybersecurity threats. To address these risks with a heightened focus on efficiency, this budget would reallocate 18 existing regional staff from generalists to specialists in capital markets, real estate and business lending, and information systems.The 2015 budget will also achieve other important goals and objectives of NCUA’s Strategic Plan:Developing financial literacy and consumer protection programs;Providing guidance to small credit unions; andStrengthening cybersecurity within the agency and throughout the credit union system.It’s important to note: The nine new positions for 2015 will be offset by eliminating five general examiner positions. That’s how we arrived at a net increase of only four FTEs.NCUA Is a Leader in Budget TransparencyStakeholders may be surprised to learn that NCUA discloses considerably more information about our budget and spending than independent federal financial regulatory agencies are required to make available to the public. NCUA even provides more financial information than credit unions are required to provide to their own members.This year, although we are not required to do so, we are providing even greater detail on the NCUA budget:Our publicly posted Board Action Memorandum is twice the length it was in previous years and contains a much greater level of budget detail.For the NCUA website, we’ve disaggregated the top five budget categories that are rolled up in the Board Action Memorandum and broken down each category for all 21 NCUA offices—something we have never done before.Also for the first time, we are posting five fact sheets about the NCUA budget.The fact sheets go beyond the numbers:The first sheds light on transparency; it includes links to all the information posted on NCUA’s budget, as well as NCUA’s spending throughout the year.The second outlines the budget development process in even more detail.The third describes the Information Technology Prioritization Council—the panel I created to weigh the costs and benefits of all proposed IT projects before they are included in the budget.The fourth outlines NCUA’s procurement process, which explains how we use contractors where appropriate rather than hiring permanent FTEs.The fifth will describe major line items where we achieved budget savings for 2015.The bottom line: The 2015 budget is not only more transparent; it will cost-effectively provide NCUA with the necessary resources to achieve the agency’s mission as both regulator and insurer. The budget is designed to protect the safety and soundness of America’s federally insured credit unions and to ensure that no credit union member will lose a penny of their federally insured deposits.last_img read more

first_imgWhat would you do if you knew the following information:The make, model, and competition for member’s next vehicle.Where members shop, buy their groceries, fast food, and gas.Identify what members are most likely to watch, read and listen.Identify who is currently disrupting your business.And, if you knew all this, how would you change your products, channels, staff and marketplace position to increase the value to your members? Fortunately for the industry, credit unions have robust amounts of data that can be connected to gain insights to help them better understand their members and improve their lives.Here is how Our Community Credit Union, (Asset size $350 Million) located in the Pacific Northwest, was able to connect their data, create insights and improve their member value. They engaged with OnApproach M360 data warehouse solution and THRIVE Strategic Services to connect their data and build strategy. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe Department of Revenue announced on Saturday that the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns is extended to July 15. Taxpayers will have an additional 90 days from the initial deadline of April 15 to file. For the daily COVID-19 Report, visit here For all press releases regarding coronavirus, please visit here. Find the latest information on the coronavirus here. Photos of the state’s lab in Exton are available for download and use here. Coronavirus and preparedness graphics are available here near the bottom of the page: hereCommunity preparedness and procedures materials are available here. For an updated map with the number of cases, visit here. Updated coronavirus links: The Department of Revenue will also waive penalties and interest on 2019 personal income tax payments through the new deadline of July 15. This new deadline applies to 2019 tax returns and payments as well as estimated payments for the first and second quarters of 2020. HARRISBURG, Pa. (WBNG) — Pennsylvania gave an update on the coronavirus in the state on Saturday. All non-life-sustaining businesses must close to slow the spread of COVID-19Pennsylvania k-12 schools closed with guidance providedPostponing in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United StatesDiscretion for religious leaders in holding servicesNo visitor policies at all State correctional facilities and nursing homes to ensure the safety of inmates, residents, staff and visitors Restricted visitor policies in state centersRestricted visitor policies in assisted living and personal care homes For more coverage of the coronavirus, click here.center_img The Wolf Administration has announced: For more information, visit www.revenue.pa.gov, where you can find free tax forms and instructions. You can also visit the department’s pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for additional information. There are 3,766 who have tested negative for the virus, but with commercial labs being the primary testing option for most residents, data cannot be release on how many tests are pending. There have been two deaths statewide. The Pennsylvania Department of Health said in a press release that as of March 21, there are 103 additional positive cases of the coronavirus and one additional death in Allegheny County. The statewide total adds up to 371 positive cases, spread across 28 counties. Due to the high volume of business waiver requests, the Wolf Administration is delaying the order saying that all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close to slow the spread of COVID-19. The revised time of enforcement is Monday, March 2 at 8:00 a.m.last_img read more