Ryan Adams Fulfills Lifelong Dream Of Hosting Weather Forecast [Watch]

first_imgAfter lobbying ABC’s Denver7 News to let him fulfill his dream of hosting an on-air weather forecast in the most creative way possible, Ryan Adams’ fantasy became a reality when he got to do just that on Wednesday evening. Don’t you just love a happy ending?Earlier this week, Adams, who is set to headline Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater on Thursday night, released a song in which he more or less begged the station to let him do the weather. Fortunately for the acclaimed country-rocker, the folks at Denver7 were more than willing to accommodate him.According to Consequence of Sound, Adams wrote the song as part of a deal with Denver7 anchor Shannon Ogden, who told him she’d help him score the weather gig if he wrote her a song. The folks at Denver7 even put together a goofy animated music video for the number, which was titled, “Denver7 (Piece of Heaven)”.As promised in his song, Adams arrived at the studio wearing a Batman t-shirt and flannel. After a few minutes of behind-the-desk banter with the Denver7 anchors, Adams got a crash course in proper green screen techniques from chief meteorologist Mike Nelson. What followed was a highly-entertaining, though technically subpar, weather report from the famously aloof singer-songwriter.Check it out for yourself:Ryan Adams does the weather[Video: Denver7 News]last_img read more

Good, but never simple

first_img Toni Morrison named Radcliffe Medalist Renowned author to receive award, give keynote at annual Radcliffe Day luncheon Nobel Prize-winning novelist to give six talks at Sanders Theatre Related Morrison’s first Norton Lecture set for March 2 Toni Morrison silenced the audience in Sanders Theatre on Thursday afternoon, not with one of her own stories, but with a tragic tale from real life.The author, the recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1993, recounted the “mindless horror” of the 2006 murder of five Amish girls in a one-room Pennsylvania schoolhouse by a gunman who then committed suicide, and the shocking reaction to the tragedy. Instead of demanding vengeance, the community comforted the killer’s widow and children.Their behavior “seemed to me at the time characteristic of genuine goodness, and so I became fascinated, even then, with the term and its definition,” Morrison said. Above all it was the community’s silence, its refusal “to be lionized, televised,” she added, “that caused me to begin to think a little bit differently about goodness as it applies to the work I do.”Morrison expanded on the theme of goodness for the Harvard Divinity School’s (HDS) 2012 Ingersoll Lecture on Immortality. In a talk titled “Goodness: Altruism and the Literary Imagination,” she explored how authors illuminate concepts of good and evil. She also examined the treatment of goodness in her own novels.“Expressions of goodness are never trivial in my work, they are never incidental in my writing. In fact, I want them to have life-changing properties and to illuminate decisively the moral questions embedded in the narrative,” she said.“It was important to me that none of these expressions of goodness be handled as comedy or irony, and they are seldom mute. Allowing goodness its own speech does not annihilate evil, but it does allow me to signify my own understanding of goodness: the acquisition of self-knowledge. A satisfactory or good ending for me is when the protagonist learns something vital and morally insightful and mature that she or he did not know at the beginning.”A true exploration of goodness demands a thorough examination of its opposite, Morrison argued. The author, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988, said that she has never “been impressed by evil,” and that she is “confounded by how attractive it is to others and stunned by the attention given to its every whisper, its every shout.”“Evil has a blockbuster audience,” she said, “goodness lurks backstage.”With a few notable exceptions, the 19th-century novel made sure goodness triumphed in the end. Writers such as Dickens, Austen, and Hardy mostly held to a formula that left their readers turning the final page “with the sense of the restoration of order and the triumph of virtue.”But there was a “rapid, stark” shift away from such endings in the wake of World War I, as writers confronted a catastrophe “too wide, too deep to ignore or to distort with a simplistic gesture of goodness.” In Faulkner’s “A Fable,” which tells of trench warfare between German and American forces, “evil grabs the intellectual platform and all of its energy,” said Morrison.Goodness hasn’t fared well since. Through portrayals of grief, melancholy, missed chances, and personal happiness, authors depict their versions of evil. “It hogs the stage,” said Morrison. “Goodness sits in the audience and watches, assuming it even has a ticket to the show.“Many of late and early 20th-century heavyweights – Norman Mailer, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth – are masters of exposing the frailties, the pointlessness, and the comedy of goodness,” she added.But in Morrison’s work virtue is a force, and it takes various forms, including the instinctual form of a mother desperate to save her child.  In “A Mercy” (2008), which revolves around slavery in the United States in the late 1600s, one of the main characters gives her child away to a stranger in order to save her.The mother’s compelling motive, “seems to me quite close to altruism, and most importantly is given language,” said Morrison, “which I hoped would be a profound and literal definition of freedom.”For the past three months, members of the Harvard community have met weekly at HDS to explore the religious dimensions of Morrison’s writings. The working group was convened by Harvard’s Davíd Carrasco (pictured) and Stephanie Paulsell.In the mother’s words, Morrison read: “To be given dominion over another is a hard thing. To wrest, or take dominion over another is a wrong thing. To give dominion of yourself to another is an evil thing.”Many in the crowd arrived well prepared. For the past three months, members of the Harvard community have met weekly at HDS to explore the religious dimensions of Morrison’s writings. The working group, convened by David Carrasco, Harvard’s Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, and Stephanie Paulsell, Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies, brought together scholars from across the University.Earlier Thursday the group met for the final time, with Morrison in attendance. “We are grateful to Toni Morrison for creating this extraordinary body of work,” said Paulsell. “We could swim and swim in it for several more semesters and never reach its depth.”The guest of honor was ready to engage with an eager group that included avid readers and fans. In response to one question, Morrison expanded on the intersection of the divine and the human. “This is really what art is for … whether it’s music, or writing, or dance … that’s what it does in the best of times.” Morrison talks race and genderlast_img read more

Israeli military chief warns of new plans to strike Iran

first_imgTEL AVIV (AP) — Israel’s military chief is warning the U.S. against rejoining the Iran nuclear deal even if the Biden administration succeeds in toughening it. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi also told a think tank in Tel Aviv on Tuesday he’s ordered his forces to step up preparations for possible offensive action against Iran during the coming year. Kohavi says rejoining the deal would be a “bad mistake” strategically and operationally because the deal would again allow Iran to enrich uranium and spark nuclear proliferation across the Middle East. Under President Trump, the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord, a move supported by Israel’s leaders.last_img

FreshTracks Capital Announces the Launch of its Second Venture Capital Fund

first_imgShelburne, Vermont, June 2, 2008&.FreshTracks Capital announced today that it has closed on $14,000,000 of subscribed capital for FreshTracks Capital II, L.P. (the Fund). The limited partners of this fund include a mix of individual investors, family offices and institutions including; Middlebury College, Vermont Public Radio, the Vermont Community Foundation and Merchants Bank. FreshTracks Capital II focuses on venture capital investments in emerging Vermont growth companies. The Fund also makes select investments beyond Vermonts borders.We have already completed four investments in exciting growth companies of our second fund, said Cairn Cross, Co-Founder and Managing Director of FreshTracks Capital, These companies include: NEHP, Inc. of Williston, VT, which manufactures and installs patented process piping solutions for the semi-conductor, bio-pharma and solar industries, ISIS of Burlington, VT, a womens outdoor active wear company, NativeEnergy of Charlotte, VT, a leading U.S. carbon offsets intermediary business, and SolarOne Solutions, Inc. of Framingham, MA, a manufacturer of proprietary photo-voltaic solar/LED lighting solutions for commercial and municipal applications.FreshTracks Capital also manages FreshTracks I, an $11,000,000 venture fund founded in 2001 with investments in 14 companies including EatingWell Media Group, Vermont Teddy Bear, M2S and Brighter Planet. We focus on investing in early stage opportunities, commented Lee Bouyea, Managing Director of the Fund, These are companies earning between $1MM and $5MM in trailing twelve month revenue. We target investing $1MM in each company over the life of that investment, and prefer working with other institutional co-investors to syndicate rounds larger than this size. This allows us to bring more capital to each portfolio company, as well as additional management and advisory expertise to the Board level. We are seeing excellent deal-flow right now, with a wealth of opportunities right here in Vermont, said Tim Davis, Managing Director of the Fund, There are some very innovative Vermont companies that fall right in our investment criteria sweet spot. The entrepreneurial ecosystem of Vermont is stronger than ever before, with a number of vital resources available to these young companies, including the Digital Bridges program at Middlebury College, the Vermont Center for Emerging Technology at UVM, the Vermont Venture Network, and Champlain Colleges Bring Your Own Business program. In addition, there are more early-stage capital resources available today for young Vermont companies than ever before from groups such as the North Country Angels, UVM Ventures, the Vermont Investors Forum and Peak Pitch.Vermont entrepreneurs seeking capital from FreshTracks are encouraged to submit an executive summary of their business plan. We like to work with entrepreneurs from very early on in a business formation. Even if a company is still pre-revenue, we prefer to meet the management team, review their business plan, provide advice, and track the companys progress over time, noted Bouyea. ISIS, NativeEnergy and NEHP, are all examples of businesses we tracked for many years before completing an investment. Many times we can help an entrepreneur refine their business model, introduce them to sources of seed capital and help distill their investment pitch, thereby increasing a business chance of success.About FreshTracks Capital:Founded in 2001, FreshTracks Capital (www.freshtrackscap.com(link is external)) is a venture capital firm based in Shelburne, VT with an $11MM first fund and a $14MM second fund under management. The Fund focuses its investments in private growth-oriented businesses, primarily companies in close geographic proximity to Vermont. FreshTracks has made investments in companies operating industries including software, media, carbon management, alternative energy, advanced materials, semiconductor & bio-pharma technologies and consumer products. FreshTracks is an affiliate fund in the Village Ventures national network of funds, which collectively have more than $500 million in capital under management, directed by some 35 venture professionals in 14 distinct funds. For further information contact: 802-923-1500 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Waterbury Medical Associates re-opens at south main street location

first_imgJudy Tartaglia, CVMC president and CEO is pleased to announce that Waterbury Medical Associates will return to their facility at 130 South Main Street in Waterbury on Monday, January 23.The temporary office on CVMC’s Berlin campus and the satellite office in the Thatcher Brook Inn will both be closed as of Monday, January 23.‘We want to thank all of our patients who were so understanding and flexible with us during the aftermath of the flood’ noted Dr. Cove, Waterbury Medical Associates medical director. ‘We also want to thank everyone who was involved in cleaning up and restoring our practice building, the parking lot and grounds.’Waterbury Medical Associates will be open regular hours, Monday to Thursday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday: 8:00 am – 12 noon(by appointment only). The phone number remains 802-244-7874.For those in the area looking for primary care, Waterbury Medical Associates is accepting new patients.There will also be a couple of additions to the Waterbury Practice in the near future. A branch of Central Vermont Women’s Health will be located there including an OB/GYN physician and a midwife.Everyone is invited to visit Waterbury Medical Associates during their Open House on Friday, February 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Berlin, VTlast_img read more

NCUA updates policy on audit report access for examiners

first_img continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA has updated its policies on how and when examiners will review a credit union’s audit reports that are prepared by an external auditor, specifying that newly completed audits be sent directly to the examiner from the auditor.This change affects all federally-insured credit unions.The NCUA states that in addition to obtaining the audit report directly from the external auditor, an examiner can also obtain the information by using a secure portal or by conducting a physical inspection of the audit report at an agreed upon time and place.During a NAFCU webcast in February, NCUA Deputy Director of the agency’s Office of Examination and Insurance Tim Segerson provided credit union viewers with an in-depth analysis of what credit unions should expect during an examination and said the agency would be providing additional guidance on this process. A NAFCU Compliance Blog post in February also addressed this topic.last_img read more

West Nusa Tenggara to manufacture, market vocational school’s electric ATV

first_imgHe added that the electric ATV, which was designed to transport waste, would be distributed to villages to “strengthen their village programs” after it enters mass production.The 2.4-meter-long, 1-m-wide 3,500 watt ATV is to be equipped with five 80Ah batteries and be able to achieve speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour. The vehicle needs about eight hours to fully charge the batteries.Irwan Arditia Jaya, the school’s technology development coordinator, said that the idea to develop the battery-powered ATV came because of the alarming pollution and global warming issues caused by burning fossil fuels.”This electric motor is a part of our efforts to address pollution and global warming problems,” Irwan said. (vny)Topics : The West Nusa Tenggara administration plans to put an electric four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle (ATV), the prototype of which was created by SMKN 1 vocational school students in Lingsar, West Lombok, into mass production to meet local demand for alternative transportation.The testing of the prototype vehicle, which was named the “Lingsar”, took place at West Nusa Tenggara Governor Zulkieflimansyah’s office compound on Tuesday. “The innovation has made us proud. We will further develop the prototype by involving small and medium-sized automotive enterprises, which will be supervised by SMKN 1 Lingsar itself,” Zulkieflimansyah said.last_img read more

COVID-19: Vacant roads, little activity mark first day of PSBB implementation in Jakarta

first_imgThe amount of activity around Jakarta has reportedly been down on Friday, the first day of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), with roads quiet as people choose to remain home despite the long weekend holiday.The first day of the restrictions has coincided with the public holiday of Good Friday, which typically sees heavy traffic on toll roads as people travel outside the city.The Jakarta Traffic Police’s Twitter account @TMCPoldaMetro reported that traffic was light on several roads in the city as well as the Cikampek and BSD toll roads. The capital’s main thoroughfares of Jl. Jendral Sudirman and Jl. Gatot Subroto have also been almost totally deserted, pictured with only one or two vehicles passing through.In Tebet, South Jakarta, the traffic on Friday morning was not dissimilar to previous days, although it has been far less crowded since the coronavirus outbreak was first detected.Read also: From MRT to Transjakarta, here’s how services have adjusted to citywide transport restrictionsThe scenes around Tebet railway station were also quiet, although some still passengers were waiting for trains. The station has seen far fewer commuters after work-from-home and study-at-home guidelines were issued last month.Meanwhile, despite the discussions over the PSBB, some road users appeared unaware of the new regulations. In Palmerah, West Jakarta, traffic police officers had to stop ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers that were still carrying passengers.09:56 Polri Patwal Ditlantas PMJ menghimbau Ojol terkait pemberlakuan PSBB agar tidak mengangkut penumpang di Stasiun Palmerah . pic.twitter.com/p9aY63wkSF— TMC Polda Metro Jaya (@TMCPoldaMetro) April 10, 2020According to Jakarta Gubernatorial Regulation No. 33/2020 on PSBB, ojek drivers are permitted only to carry goods.“A Jakarta Traffic Police officer informed an app-based ojek driver about the implementation of the PSBB [and told him] not to pick up passengers around Palmerah Station,” @TMCPoldaMetro tweeted on Friday. Read also: Jakarta will impose stronger mobility restrictions on Friday. Here’s what you need to know.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan will impose the PSBB for 14 days from Friday until April 23 in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 after the capital became the epicenter of the outbreak in the country.Many residents have taken to social media to describe the scenes they saw on Friday.A photo posted on Instagram by @jktinfo showed the usually packed Jl. Casablanca in South Jakarta totally empty. The regularly congested street in front of Kuningan City Mall was also quiet.center_img Topics :last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf on Fighting Pennsylvania’s Heroin Epidemic (VIDEO)

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Videos In 2014, nearly 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. With one in four families in the Commonwealth suffering with the disease of addiction, Governor Wolf has already enacted several initiatives to fight Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic and save lives, in addition to including an additional $9 million in funding in the compromise budget for efforts to combat the Pennsylvania heroin epidemic spread across three agencies.Since his inauguration, Governor Wolf has worked with his administration to provide real solutions not only to save lives but also to help addicted individuals and their families get the treatment they need to live long, productive lives. Such actions taken by the Wolf Administration include:Physician General Rachel Levine signed two standing orders that made naloxone, a medication that safely reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, available initially to all first responders and, later, to all Pennsylvanians. In addition, since police began carrying naloxone late last year, they have reversed more than 550 overdoses across the state.A “warm hand-off” process is being developed whereby overdose survivors would be taken directly from the emergency department to a licensed drug treatment provider.Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program focuses on preventing diversion and abuse of prescription drugs by helping communities properly dispose of unused prescriptions. To date, approximately 40,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been taken back and destroyed. There are more than 400 police stations across Pennsylvania where drug take-back boxes are located. (See https://apps.ddap.pa.gov/GetHelpNow/PillDrop.aspx to find a location near you.)DOH is leading an effort to build upon the prescribing guidelines already created, including guidelines to address emergency department pain treatment with opioids, opioids in dental practice and opioids to treat chronic non-cancer pain. These guidelines give healthcare providers direction for safe and effective pain relief practices, with greater emphasis on non-opioid therapies and greater caution to prevent addiction and diversion.Governor Wolf’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act has expanded access to drug and alcohol treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.DOH is working to establish Pennsylvania’s prescription drug monitoring program, Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions. The ABC-MAP program will help to ensure prescription drugs are not being overprescribed in an effort to curtail drug addiction and curb the supply of excess drugs that can be used illicitly.Working with the Pennsylvania Medical Society, Pennsylvania is developing continuing education programs to help healthcare providers better understand addiction, intervention and treatment.DDAP and DOH are working with Pennsylvania’s medical school deans to ensure medical school students are properly trained about responsible pain prescribing and how to identify and help those suffering with addiction. BLOG: Governor Wolf on Fighting Pennsylvania’s Heroin Epidemic (VIDEO) December 23, 2015center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

Manunda unit sells for $40,000 less than it was bought for in 2009

first_img >> SIGN UP NOW: GET A FITBIT WITH THIS CAIRNS POST SUBSCRIPTION 7 Webb Cr, East Innisfail $80,000Ray White Rural Innisfail 28 Birdwing St, Craiglie $705,000LJ Hooker — Port Douglas The unit comes with a shared laundry.With a tenant paying $170 per week and body corporate fees coming in at $1779 a year, the unit in the secure Canopy Apartments development sold at a $40,000 loss.It was last sold in 2009. On the top floor, the upgraded studio apartment has a new kitchen with double hotplates and fridge, new vinyl flooring, a dining setting and double bed with a new mattress. There is airconditioning but tenants share a laundry on the ground floor. MID (week ending November 5, 2018) Inside has been freshly renovated.“The buyer was a young investor, a first time investor trying to getting her foot in the door,” he said.“It was no surprise at all it sold for that much, that’s where the market is at right now. Some have sold for just below $50,000 in that block.“It’s a good buy, it gets good rent. You had to be a cash buyer though, it was too small for banks to be lending on it.” 2/10 Shore St, Wongaling Beach $275,000Tropical Property — Mission Beach 9/6 Chester Ct, Manunda$55,000Professionals Cairns South More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago14 Atherton Street, Whitfield 3 Newport Cl, Kewarra Beach$357,000Ray White Cairns Beaches CAIRNS AND SURROUNDS SALES ANALYSIS 14 Atherton St, Whitfield$750,000Twomey Schriber Property Group MID 28 Birdwing St, Craiglie The front of the unit complex.“There are a few owner-occupiers in the complex. It’s a nice complex, it has been well looked after,” Mr Ryland said.With a covered carport, a swimming pool and a short walk to Raintrees shopping centre, Mr Ryland said the property was great buy.He has sent other prospective buyers information about 15/33-35 Bruce Highway, Edmonton, which is in a similar price range. 2/10 Shore St, Wongaling Beach CHEAPEST TOP Unit 9, 6 Chester Court, Manunda sold for $55,000 on October 31, 2018.Professionals Cairns South agent John Ryland was flooded with inquiries about the studio apartment at 9/6 Chester Court before is sold last week for just $55,000.It was the city’s cheapest sale last week, according to CoreLogic data. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe top 5 Love It or List It makeovers from season 100:54THE owner of a new Manunda apartment might not have been able to get a loan but she will be the envy of all her friends when it gets out just how much she paid for a home three kilometres from the CBD. 3 Newport Close, Kewarra Beach TOP CHEAPEST CAIRNS SALES ANALYSIS (week ending November 5, 2018) 7 Webb Cr, East Innisfaillast_img read more