Measures of success

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first_img Previous Article Next Article S & N R’s Kim Parish has won a seat on the company’s board and israpidly becoming a national voice for people development issues. By LucieCarringtonKim Parish, HR director for Scottish and Newcastle Retail has just joinedthat rare breed of personnel professionals who have made it to the board. Butshe’s even rarer than most, for Parish forged a successful career in training,in and outside S&NR, before becoming a personnel supremo.”It’s a travesty that there aren’t more training people reaching thetop HR jobs, because it’s through delivery of training and development that wecan make the biggest commercial impact on a business,” Parish says.”And the best training people have a business edge to them.”In her current job, Parish is responsible for personnel strategy across the2,300 pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels that make up the retail division ofScottish and Newcastle, with its 45,000 employees.Her promotion to the board is partly the result of a massive upheaval in thebusiness. At the beginning of the year, S&NR announced that it would sell off 642of its smaller local pubs. The sale went through in June and has left S&NRoperating at the top end of the market with an average turnover of £12,000 aweek for each unit, up from £8,000 a week.People are important”By putting a dedicated HR professional on the board, we were sayingthat people are important,” Parish says.Her primary task now will be to help consolidate the restructured business.As far as training goes, she knows that the firm is in a fairly strongposition. “For the past eight or nine years, we have had in the business somevery clear planks and philosophies that have not changed. They have been therefor so long that people don’t question them any more,” Parish says. These philosophies include commitments to career-led training anddevelopment from within, to competencies and to internal training anddevelopment solutions. Controlling costs When the reorganisation was completed at the end of February, seniormanagers decided that the units about to be sold would not be able to embark onany new NVQs or modern apprenticeships. Like any firm about to sell off abusiness, it wanted to concentrate on controlling costs. But there was a backlash from unit managers who insisted training shouldcontinue. It was important to them and how they viewed their jobs as unitmanagers. “As a result, we saw an increase in training activity,” Parishsays. “It’s taken a while, but this showed that within the business, thereis a commitment to training from grass roots.” The disposal should make it easier to maintain this culture because S&NRis now a smaller, more focused business. But it’s not there yet, Parish points out, and like its competitors in thebar trade, it has the problem of combining brand-needs with the centralstrategy. S&NR’s approach to the problem is a mixture of structural and tactical.On a structural level, HR professionals, including training experts, have botha professional specialism and a brand or business role. They report directlyinto their business with a dotted line to Parish and her head office team. “That helps us to be sure that both the divisional and business levelinterests are being met,” she says. Tactically, some training is devised and delivered centrally and some isdelivered locally. But there is a strong emphasis on giving centralisedtraining a strong local branding. Parish cites a fairly recent revamp of bar staff training as an example ofthis. Business managers decided they wanted the training to be customised totheir brands, but Parish disagreed. She and her training colleagues got round the problem by having fourversions of the same programme that individual businesses could own. “Itwas a simple solution to what could have become a nightmare,” Parish says.Unusual career path Parish’s profile, both internally and externally, has almost inevitablycontributed to her rise to board-level director. Internally, she has made some fairly unusual career decisions – for example,moving from management development to business development, and then, a fewyears later, combining the training portfolio with compensation and benefits –usually regarded as “nerds’ corner” in personnel. Outside S&NR, Parish has taken on some fairly big roles in trainingorganisations such as City and Guilds, where she is a national councillor, andthe Hospitality Training Foundation, where she sits on a couple of committees. More recently, she has become the only HR professional to be involvedformally in the national Learning and Skills Council as a member of its youngpeople’s committee. “I believe, and S&NR believes, that as a large company in thissector we should take a broader role. It’s a fragmented sector and we haveresponsibility for improving its image,” Parish says. “We also know from experience that we have the ability to influencepolicy at a most senior level in government if we are prepared to stay informedand get involved.” It’s pretty good for Parish’s own personal development. “It’sstimulating and interesting and you can develop networks and learn about otherways of doing things,” she says. The importance of being in the policy loop is obvious when it comes toapplying NVQs and Modern Apprenticeships to the business. S&NR was one ofthe first firms in the sector to pilot NVQs and MAs, but Parish is concernednow that they are not what the business needs. The MA framework is still firstclass and can continue to deliver somestunning successes, Parish says. But, like other employers, she is worriedabout the impact of recent changes, including the introduction of technicalcertificates and key skills. She believes it is an attempt to impose aninappropriate academic model on workplace training. Getting concerns heard Rather than just bleating on about it, Parish is using her connections withCity & Guilds and the HTF to get S&NR’s concerns heard and keep her earto the ground. She smells success in the air. “There are some indications that theGovernment’s approach is changing and there is a recognition that you can’tdeliver vocational qualifications against an academic framework,” shesays. She is less optimistic about the future of NVQs at S&NR. The businesshas been offering them to staff since 1992/93 and up until the late 1990sParish says they were a good way of showing the wider world that it was abusiness where people could gain accredited training and a career. It was also a way of getting managers to monitor and record training anddevelopment activity to a given standard. “We got a lot of benefits from NVQs in terms of a commitment totraining,” Parish says. But things are changing, and S&NR is in the process of rethinking itsNVQ strategy. “Part of our rationale is that we can deliver somethingbetter internally that is not based on NVQs,” Parish says. Various changes in the business are driving her thinking. To start with,there is fallout from the National Minimum Wage. When it was introduced in 1999, it included an accreditation rate of £3.20an hour for employees who were given the opportunity to acquire NVQs and otherrecognised qualifications. “We believed in the accreditation rate as a way of drivingqualifications in our sector,” Parish says. But their competitors disagreed and offered the full minimum wage. Theaccreditation rate became devalued and instead of being seen as part of acareer path, became regarded as a way for firms to avoid paying the minimumrate. The knock-on effect was that the take-up of NVQs dropped as staff optedfor higher pay instead of training. NVQs were further diluted with the acquisition of the Greenalls estate in1999. Greenalls had not had a very good experience with NVQs, says Parish. Lower profile In addition, Parish feels that the profile of NVQs has dropped. TheGovernment does not seem really committed to them. “I don’t get anysignals that they are at the top of the agenda. I rarely hear people talk nowabout the contribution NVQs make to the economy,” she says. But the real clincher is the drive to push customer service standards everupwards. “In our sector and business, customers are increasingly demandingbetter service and becoming much more articulate about requesting it,”Parish says. “Local community pubs have a loyal customer base, but tradingin the high street is much more fickle.” NVQs don’t provide for this. Parish says, “They deliver competencies ina narrow framework, but that is not what we need in terms of improved customerservice, which is much more about behaviour.” One solution is to divide the workforce into two groups – those who justwant a job and those who want a career. In the meantime, Parish has had some tentative discussions with City &Guilds and the HTF about how to make NVQs more appropriate. S&NR is a long way off ditching NVQs and if it ever happens it will be aboard-level decision. “We are still halfway through the decision-making process,” Parishsays, but she admits to thinking that maybe NVQs have had their time. Career to dateApril 2001 Joined the S&NR board1998 HR director1994 Management development and training director1992 Business development director1991 Joined S&NR as management development directorEarly career with New Zealand employment department, Sutcliffe Cateringand the Hospitality Training Foundation Measures of successOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

VIDEO: Damen and Government of Bahamas Sign Vessels Contract

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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: Damen and Government of Bahamas Sign Vessels Contract Training & Education April 19, 2013 VIDEO: Damen and Government of Bahamas Sign Vessels Contractcenter_img Following a six-year acquisition program, the Government of the Bahamas has announced the signing of a Letter of Intent to acquire 9 vessels for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and construction work for their naval bases. The contract has been placed with Damen Shipyards Group, headquartered in Gorinchem, the Netherlands.In announcing the contract, the Minister of National Security, the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, stressed that his Government was determined to protect the security and economic well-being of the people of the Bahamas and this order was a powerful endorsement of this commitment.Naval base construction worksThe project will include the acquisition of a fleet of various vessel types and the upgrading and construction of three bases in the Bahamas. There will be additional dredging works to facilitate the new long range patrol craft and to provide the Defence Force with first class facilities.New fleetThe fleet of vessels includes a dedicated roll-on, roll-off landing craft (a Stan Lander 5612) which will be fitted with a 25 tonne crane and demountable disaster relief equipment. Special containers will be acquired to provide emergency relief, medical facilities, desalinated water and sanitary equipment which will rapidly be deployed in the event of a natural disaster. In addition, eight patrol vessels, four of the Damen Stan Patrol 4207 type and another four type SPa 3007, will join the Bahamas’ fleet.Damen Coastal and Offshore Patrol Vessels already operate for years in the coastal waters of the USA, Canada, Jamaica, Barbados, Mexico, Honduras, Cape Verde and the Netherlands.The specialised long range patrol craft are designed to operate in the shallow waters of the Bahamas and will help to plug the gaps in the security network while addressing the concern of local fishermen who have been demanding more protection for this vital sector of the economy.Bahamas Class upgradeIncluded in the contract is a mid-life upgrade of the Bahamas Class vessels that entered service in 1999. This upgrade will be undertaken in the Bahamas under Damen’s supervision and will extend the operational lifecycle of these vessels for several years.Partnership with Van OordDamen has been in business for over 85 years. In that time Damen has not only specialised in vessel design and shipbuilding, but also in the logistical and civil engineering challenges that often surround major new building projects. For the Royal Bahamas Defence Force project the company is partnering with one of the world’s largest dredging companies – Van Oord – to deliver the entire package in the shortest possible time frame, commencing in early 2014. The contract will include a spares and training package and great emphasis will be placed on skills transfer to ensure the vessels can be maintained and operated by Bahamians.Much of the work to be undertaken by Van Oord will be subcontracted to local partners and will enhance access to Matthew Town in Greater Inagua and Gun Point in Ragged Point. Additional works and marine assets are earmarked in Bimini and Grand Bahamas to ensure the northern zone is also fully protected.Damen Area Director Americas, Mr Sander van Oord, said:“Damen is a company that prides itself on the quality and performance of the ships we build.  We are delighted to welcome the Government of the Bahamas to our family and will strive to deliver this package on time and within budget. These are the hallmarks of Damen that have helped us become market leader in the Caribbean.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 19, 2013; Image: DAMEN Share this articlelast_img read more

Veterinary (Animal Health) Technology Adjunct Assistant Professor

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first_imgPosting Details Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note Posting NumberF00087P Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Work Schedule Conditions The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. Open ContinuouslyYes Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter Assignment Responsibilities How and where to apply Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. The Institution Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Total Hrs per Week/Day Closing Date SalaryPlease see LRCCD Salary Schedules Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. N/A Position Summary Job Posting TitleVeterinary (Animal Health) Technology Adjunct AssistantProfessor General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. Special Requirements Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentLetter of Recommendation 2 Work YearN/A 1. Have a bachelor’s degree AND two years of occupational and/orprofessional experience directly related to the assignment beingtaught OR have an associate’s degree AND six years of occupationaland/or professional experience directly related to the assignmentbeing taught OR the equivalent* OR hold a California CommunityCollege Instructor’s Credential in the discipline area. All degreesmust be from an accredited institution.2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*NOTES:● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attachdetails and explain how their academic preparation and/orprofessional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listedabove.● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualificationslisted above, you are requested to submit this equivalencystatement. Minimum Qualifications Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2723 Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College DistrictFaculty1. A completed Los Rios Community College District ClassifiedApplication (required).2. Resume (recommended).3. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date) (required if using education to meetthe Minimum Qualifications of this position). * (“graduate advisingdocuments and grade reports” will not be accepted as unofficialtranscripts) (Required). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).6. Certification and/or Licenses ( NOTE : list requirement withpositions with additional accreditation MQ)NOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents, listedabove, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as official transcripts.● It is the responsibility of Los Rios Community College Districtemployees to also provide official transcripts, if required in theminimum qualification for the position. (Within 60 days of the timeof hire, employees are required to submit official transcripts, ifrequired in the minimum qualification for the position).● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. Application Instructions Posting Date Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Physical Demands LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associate’sdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Beginning and/or Ending Dates Department Locationlast_img read more

Pretty Lights Live Announces NYE Webcasts Benefiting Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

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first_imgAfter Pretty Lights’ inaugural destination festival, Island Of Light, was canceled due to the mass destruction caused by Hurricane Irma and Maria this year, the DJ and producer has shifted many of his efforts to help benefit the Puerto Rican communities that were ready to take him and his fans in. In addition to other ongoing efforts, yesterday, Pretty Lights announced that all of Pretty Lights Live’s New Year’s Eve run will be webcast for free, with the option to donate to United For Puerto Rico—a non-profit that has been spearheading the hurricane relief efforts—on each streaming platform.These donation-based webcasts come in addition to the fact that $1 from all ticket sales for the upcoming New Year’s Eve run will also go to United For Puerto Rico. Previously, the group has run similar campaigns, with the group raising $55,238 for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts during their run at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Texas, on September 29th and 30th.Pretty Lights Live’s New Year’s Eve run kicks off tonight at The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan (10:15 pm EST). After setting up shop at Detroit’s Fillmore on December 28th and 29th and a detour through Minnesota’s Snowta on December 30th (no webcast), Pretty Lights Live will shift focus to their New Year’s Eve performance at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10:05 pm EST). Tune into Pretty Lights Live’s free, donation-encouraged webcasts on YouTube or Facebook. Pretty Lights Live 2017 New Year’s RunDecember 28: Detroit, MI – The Fillmore (w/ Too Many Zooz)December 29: Detroit, MI – The Fillmore (w/ SoDown)December 30: Minneapolis, MN – SnowtaDecember 31: Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore (w/ Jade Cicada) – SOLD OUT[Photo: Brittany Teuber]last_img read more

Dave Matthews Band Returns Without Boyd Tinsley, Welcomes Robert Randolph In Minnesota [Videos]

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first_imgOn Saturday night, Dave Matthews Band made a triumphant return after a yearlong hiatus. While the band played A Concert For Charlottesville–organized by bandleader Dave Matthews to raise funds for the victims killed and injured during the Unite the Right rally–the September 24, 2017 performance marked their first since the September 2-4 weekend at The Gorge Amphitheatre in 2016. While the Dave Matthews Band will resume full touring operations this May, the band started 2018 with a concert held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota to celebrate The Night Before Super Bowl LII last night. Since the news broke on Friday that longtime fiddler Boyd Tinsley would be taking a break from the newly-reunited band to focus on his family and health, speculation ran deep in wondering what the timing of the announcement meant. The band responded with support, and took the stage on Saturday night without Tinsley.The sold-out show went on with an impressive 21-song setlist, honoring two of the biggest performers that stole the Super Bowl Halftime show in previous years, Prince (2006) and Tom Petty (2008). The concert also included several bust-out originals, including “You Never Know”, which was last played on 7/26/14, “Alligator Pie”, which was last played on 7/13/13, “Time Bomb”, which was last played on 7/6/13, and their cover of Petty’s “Runnin Down A Dream”, which was last played on 9/7/13. About halfway through the set, Dave Matthews Band invited pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph to join the band for their original tune “Jimi Thing”, followed by Prince’s “Sexy M.F.” With the shock of Boyd Tinsley’s announcement the night before the show still tingling, Dave Matthews Band pulled through with an exciting set of music. Check out some fan-shot videos from Saturday night’s performance below…Jimi Thing with Robert Randolph[Video: Parker Harrington]Sexy M.F. with Robert Randolph[Video: DMoir5150]Runnin Down A Dream[Video: DMoir5150]You Never Know[Video: DMoir5150]Ants Marching[Video: Gregory Frank]Boyd Tinsley has been a Dave Matthews Band mainstay for more than a quarter of a century, first joining the band as a featured guest on an early demo for “Tripping Billies” in 1991 before signing on full-time in April of 1992 ahead of their 1993 debut, Remember Two Things. In addition to violin and some backup vocals, Tinsley has been a key contributor to the band’s songwriting process and has co-writing credits for several of the band’s songs, including “So Much To Say”, the band’s only GRAMMY-winner. We join the Dave Matthews Band in offering our support in Tinsley’s undoubtedly difficult decision.Setlist: Dave Matthews Band | Xcel Energy Center | St. Paul, MN | 2/3/18Don’t Drink the Water, So Much to Say, Satellite, Why I Am, You Never Know, #41, Granny, The Space Between, Alligator Pie, Jimi Thing*, Sexy M.F (Prince)*, Runnin’ Down a Dream (Tom Petty), Samurai Cop, When the World Ends, Time Bomb, What Would You Say, You & Me, Pantala Naga Pampa > RapunzelE: Grey Street, Ants Marchinglast_img read more

Ghost Light Announces Debut Album, ‘Best Kept Secrets’, Shares First Single [Listen]

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first_imgDate: Saturday, April 27th, 2019 (technically early AM 4/28)Artist: Live For Live Music & 8th Annual Nolafunk Series During Jazz Fest Present: GHOST LIGHTVenue: Republic NOLA – 828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130Tickets: Early-Bird – $20 (limited quantity) / Tier 1 – $22.50 (limited quantity / Tier 2 – $25Time: 2:00 AMFor more information, head here. Today, Ghost Light has announced the forthcoming release of their debut studio album, Best Kept Secrets, set to arrive on March 22nd. The album comes in the wake of a big first year for the new project, which features guitarists/vocalists Tom Hamilton and Raina Mullen, pianist Holly Bowling, bassist Steve Lyons, and drummer Scotty Zwang. Pre-orders for the new album are available now.“I think of this album like a bunch of abstract paintings,” says Hamilton in a statement. “We present the songs as a series meant to be experienced in a certain order, but at the end of the day, whatever that series makes you feel is totally up to you.”As the album’s announcement notes, Best Kept Secrets is a record that “transcends the sonic contributions and background of any single member, a collection that’s at once gritty and refined, sprawling and restrained, straightforward and psychedelic.”Hamilton and Mullen began writing the core of the album in the spring of 2017, focusing solely on instrumental arrangements at first as they chased new sounds and experiences with a little bit of chemical assistance. “We wanted to see what would happen if we opened up some new creative doors, so we got a whole bunch of LSD,” remembers Hamilton with a laugh. “Twice a week for a few months, Raina and I would eat acid and just work in the studio all night.”Hamilton and Mullen drew on seemingly incongruous influences (“What would it sound like if Sufjan Stevens made a Soundgarden album?”) and composed with a filmmakers’ eye, scoring the dynamic scenes in their heads with vivid detail and deep emotion. While many of the tracks would ultimately end up being fleshed out with lyrics, several tunes remained fixed as instrumentals even on the finished album.One by one, the rest of the band’s members began to visit Hamilton and Mullen to help flesh out the early demos. “It was kind of like working with a new medium or a new palette of paints and starting to figure out how the medium works and what it can do,” explains Holly Bowling. “Our understanding of each other as musicians and what we each bring to the band was falling into place at the same time each of these songs were taking shape.”Once the songs were finished, the band headed in to record the album, working out of a 4,000 square foot former Chrysler factory in Philadelphia. The sessions marked the first time all five members had ever been in the same room together, and they leaned into the spontaneous nature of the arrangement, setting up in a circle to record everything live. “We were chasing something perfectly imperfect,” explains Mullen. “I’ve always believed that the imperfections in any recording are what make it real.”“You look at the classic recordings that stand the test of time, and they’re all about the band,” adds Hamilton, who produced Best Kept Secrets. “It’s that human element that makes you feel what you feel when you’re listening. There’s a vibe and a mojo you can only get from musicians being present in the moment, creating together and reacting to each other.”On Thursday, in celebration of the coming release, Ghost Light premiered the first single, “Best Kept Secret”, on SiriusXM’s Jam_ON channel with Ari Fink. The song can now be heard in regular rotation. You can listen to the album’s first single, “Best Kept Secret”, below.Ghost Light – “Best Kept Secret”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>In the time since recording the album, Ghost Light has earned praise from music fans nationwide for their thrilling live performances. You can check out a list of the band’s upcoming tour dates below. For more information, head to the band’s website.Ghost Light Upcoming Tour Dates3/20 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews3/21 – Milwaukee, WI – Colectivo3/22 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club3/23 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop3/25 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown3/27 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall3/28 – Crested Butte, CO – Center for the Arts3/29 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre3/30 – Denver, CO – Cervantes4/2 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads4/4 – Austin, TX – Antone’s4/5 – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Company4/6 – Houston, TX – Last Concert Café4/9 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge4/10 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House4/11 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern4/12 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar4/13 – Covington, KY – Madison Live4/16 – Nashville, TN – Basement East4/17 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall4/18 – Charleston, SC – Pour House4/20 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre4/27 – New Orleans, LA – Republic NOLA5/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl5/24 – 5/26 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival6/6 – 6/8 – Wellston, MI – Camp Greensky Music Festival6/27 – 6/30 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival7/18 – 7/21 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit7/25 – 7/28 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music FestivalView Upcoming Tour DatesFans heading down to New Orleans during this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival can catch Ghost Light performing a late-night show on Saturday, April 27th (technically early-morning on April 28th) at Republic NOLA. The Ghost Light late-night will immediately follow Tom Hamilton‘s performance with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Mardi Gras World.Tickets for Ghost Light’s New Orleans late-night during Jazz Fest are available here.last_img read more

Harvard’s Birthday Cake

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first_imgHarvard University is celebrating its 375th birthday this year, and we needed a REALLY big cake. Joanne Chang (’91), the owner of Flour Bakery, obliged.last_img

New York State Police Looking For Missing 70-Year-Old With Dementia

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) ALLEGANY COUNTY – New York State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 70-year-old man with Dementia.Troopers say Bradford Forster was last seen on Cloverleaf Road in the Town of New Hudson in Allegany County at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.Police say Bradford was driving a 2001 dark blue Chrysler Sebring with New York registration HWL-5581 and he may be in the local area or traveling to Pennsylvania.In addition to Dementia, Forster suffers from a traumatic brain injury and may be in need of medical attention. If the public comes in contact with the missing man, they are asked to contact New York State Police at (585) 268-9600 or call 911.Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infolast_img read more

Watch Tony Winner Whoopi Goldberg Perform in Broadway’s Aladdin

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first_img from $57.50 James Monroe Iglehart & Whoopi Goldberg(Photo: ABC/Lou Rocco) View Comments Related Showscenter_img Aladdin Can your friends do this?! As previously announced, Aladdin Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart is Hamilton-bound. Though Major Attaway will be filling the pointy shoes, EGOT-er and The View host Whoopi Goldberg got her wish of taking the stage in the role on January 19. Iglehart showed her the ropes of mastering the boisterous role, and the audience could not have been more hyped up for Goldberg’s epic entrance. Take a look at Whoopi’s trip to Agrabah below, and be sure to catch the shining, shimmering, splendid Disney musical at the New Amsterdam Theatre!last_img read more

Pecan Trees

Posted on January 17, 2021Categories btyvtfheTags , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Pecan Trees

first_imgDicamba and 2,4-D herbicides, sprayed directly on trees at full rates, kill the plant material they touch, but they don’t travel through the tree or linger from year to year, according to a newly released University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan study. The study also found that drift from the herbicides does not hurt the trees.UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells and UGA Extension weed scientist Eric Prostko researched the effects of low and high concentrations of dicamba and 2,4-D herbicides on pecan trees at the university’s Ponder Farm in Tifton, Georgia. They studied 5-, 8- and 9-year-old ‘Desirable’ pecan trees. No data was collected on older trees.The application of high concentrations of herbicides injured the specific parts of the trees where the herbicides were applied. The team was surprised that the herbicides did not move to other parts of the tree.“At higher concentrations, whatever tissue the herbicide touched, it killed. But we also expected to see translocation of those materials in the tree, meaning if you spray it on one part of the tree, the material would move to another part of the tree. But we did not see that,” Wells said. “There could still be problems, but we feel a little bit better about it than we did initially.”The team also studied the effects of low-concentration applications and whether any of the dicamba or 2,4-D herbicides drifted onto neighboring pecan trees.Applying lower concentrations of herbicides, particularly given minimal drift, resulted in “very little damage,” which also surprised Wells and Prostko.“I went into this research project thinking, ‘If I spray dicamba directly onto a pecan tree, I’m going to kill it.’ That didn’t happen,” Prostko said.During the simulated drift situations, Wells and Prostko sprayed the herbicides directly onto the pecan trees for approximately 10 seconds. They also sprayed into the wind so the herbicides would drift onto the trees.“In Georgia, there’s a good chance you will have peanuts or cotton next to a pecan orchard, so the chances of off-target movement could be great, depending on what else is going on with the wind and the nozzles and everything else we talk about with off-target movement,” Prostko said. “This research alleviated some of the fears we had about dicamba’s or 2,4-D’s impact on pecan trees.”While the research encouraged Wells and Prostko, they still warn Georgia farmers to be wary of their surroundings when applying these herbicides.UGA Extension has made a concentrated effort to educate Georgia growers about the dangers of herbicide drift since 2014. One goal is to make sure that producers are aware of the impact certain herbicides may have on neighboring fields, gardens and other plants.Wells and Prostko collaborated on this project because there was no research data available for UGA Extension agents to distribute to pecan farmers. They wanted to determine how sensitive pecan trees were to these specific herbicides.The scientists have watched the trees since 2013 and have not observed any long-term effects.“Probably one of the biggest concerns that pecan producers have relates to the effects of dicamba the year after they get it in their trees,” Prostko said. “We’re doing this work to make sure there are no long-term effects.”For more information about Georgia pecans, visit Wells’ blog at site.extension.uga.edu/pecan/.last_img read more