Phish To Perform David Bowie Tonight For Their Ninth Halloween Musical Costume

first_img[Photo by Jay Kocyla] The news is out! The doors have opened at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for Phish’s fourth and final night at the venue, and the first Halloween Phishbills have been distributed, meaning that this year’s musical costume is now public knowledge. Without further adieu, tonight’s musical costume will be The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie. WOW! When the doors opened, the Internet exploded. Tonight is going to live out the dreams of many!The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is David Bowie’s most iconic album. It is a concept album about about a hyper-sexual, egotistical alien rock star. The album features several of Bowie’s most iconic songs from his glam era, with “Suffragette City”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, “Moonage Daydream”, “Ziggy Stardust”, and “Starman” all appearing on the eleven-song record.The album has been one of the most wished-for albums for the band’s musical costume over the years, so fans at the MGM Grand will be pinching themselves to make sure they aren’t dreaming. Phish will finally deliver The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars tonight during the second set of their three-set Halloween show.With this announcement, Phish have brought back their traditional Halloween cover of a classic rock album. After their Wingsuit Halloween in 2013 and the remarkable Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House in 2014, the band will once again re-create a classic album this Halloween. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is an incredible album that should make for an extremely awesome night in Phish history! We can’t wait to hear the their take on the album during tonight’s second set! See below for the full track list from The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.Five YearsSoul LoveMoonage DaydreamStarmanIt Ain’t EasyLady StardustStarHang On To YourselfZiggy StardustSuffragette CityRock ‘n’ Roll Suicide.Enjoy!last_img read more

Running his buns off

first_imgHarvard students are a pretty passionate bunch. The campus is home to a staggering variety of orchestras and dance troupes, political clubs and debate societies, newspapers, and satirical rags. For instance, we just celebrated Housing Day, in which students passionately defend and promote a residence hall into which they were randomly assigned.Like other Harvard students, I have my passion. Burgers. I love them. Beef. Turkey. Veggie. Extra pickles. Caramelized onions. Double tomatoes. Hold the mustard. Nothing picks up my day like a well-made burger.But the passions that we have for everything from chamber music to Big Macs are not just endearing quirks. They create incredible energy that can be channeled toward other ends. And when you look at certain intractable problems that face American society, these energies seem like a vast potential oil field with no wells, possibly lucrative source of ideas and inspiration that can be leveraged into resources.This spring, I’ve teamed up with Citizen Schools and the Harvard Square restaurant b.good burgers to channel my passion for burgers to help kids. Citizen Schools is a nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children across the country. It engages volunteers to share their energy and expertise with middle schoolers who are thirsty for fun, engaging learning projects. Every Thursday, I work with 12 sixth-graders at the Edwards Middle School in Charlestown who are designing an addition to b. good’s menu.Teaching a class like this makes you see the power of channeling the energy and passion of citizens to help kids. And that’s why I’ve started a movement to inspire others to do the same. That’s why I’ve become Burgerman.You see, in addition to burgers, I also love running. Having experienced the power of channeling my love for burgers to help kids, I wanted to tap into my passion for running as well. And wouldn’t it be doubly powerful, I thought, if I tapped into both of these passions at the same time?On April 19, Burgerman will run the Boston Marathon in a burger suit to raise $100,000 for Citizen Schools.The campaign seems improbable? How can a 22-year-old from Baltimore come up with $100,000?The answer comes in the words of Robert F. Kennedy: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls.”These ripples are already starting to spread. Christi Morrissey, a senior from Hawaii, has signed up to run the marathon in a fry suit and raise $10,000 by mobilizing Delta Gamma sorority chapters around the country. The Harvard Outing Club has engaged national chains REI and L.L. Bean to donate a bike and a boat to be raffled off among outing clubs throughout New England.Sehe Han, a high school senior in Duluth, Ga., heard about our movement on Facebook from a post by her high school friend. She will tap into her passion for music and hold a concert in April to raise funds.What are you passionate about? I am challenging you to channel that passion and energy to help inspire middle school students and your fellow citizens.If you’d like to learn more, send me an e-mail at [email protected], or visit the Burgerman site.When people get together, they can access the greatest untapped resource to aid education in America: the energy of American citizens.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please e-mail your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected]last_img read more

Expect the Exceptional with Dell EMC VxRail

first_imgIDC recently completed a study on The Business Value of Dell EMC VxRail and VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail  and the findings are impressive. Not only does it quantify many of the benefits our customers have seen, but it confirms VxRail has become a backbone for data center infrastructure. Regardless of the size or vertical, companies with revenue from $100M to $15B in Healthcare, Finance, Government and Entertainment industries reported that on average 79% of their revenue was tied to applications running on VxRail.¹ These customers also realized a 452%, 5-year Return on Investment (ROI) and 10 months to payback.¹We launched VxRail almost five years ago. At the time it was the first – and remains the only – jointly engineered hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution with VMware. Continually setting and raising the bar for reliability, performance and operational simplicity with features like single click upgrades and synchronous releases with VMware HCI software has made Dell Technologies #1 in HCI.²We are excited to showcase the proven ROI and payback results,  extraordinary productivity gains  and unique business advantages that our customers have achieved with what we call the VxRail Advantage. While this blog provides an overview of the exceptional results our customers have come to expect, there was simply too much material to include it all. So much, in fact that we decided it deserved its own website.Exceptional Business ResultsFrom day one, VxRail has been a catalyst to accelerate IT transformation. Whether our customers are accelerating data center modernization, deploying a hybrid cloud, creating a developer-ready Kubernetes platform, or running applications in harsh edge environments, VxRail delivers a turnkey experience that delivers operational and business results.IDC said it best in the study: “IDC’s research demonstrates the value proposition for interviewed organizations of VxRail and VCF on VxRail as a cost-effective, efficient, reliable, and high performing infrastructure for many of their most critical business applications.” ²IDC found that the average customer experienced a 68% improvement in IT staff efficiency and 72% operational savings when considering infrastructure cost, IT staff efficiency and unplanned downtime, proving that VxRail has delivered on the promise of operational simplicity. In our customer’s words, “VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail has allowed us to effectively triple our staff without adding any headcount.”²Exceptional Productivity for IT TeamsThe proven resiliency, unique HCI System Software, and single call support separate VxRail from the pack and enable IT Teams to spend more time focusing on value added business activities instead of day-to-day operations and maintenance.IDC found that implementing VxRail resulted in 92% less unplanned downtime than previous solutions. ² Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai noted: “We wanted to be more resilient. Having the Dell EMC VxRail foundation has given the business more confidence in IT. We’re having fewer interruptions and when they do occur, they’re much shorter.” ²Our unique VxRail HCI System Software extends VMware native capabilities to deliver a seamless, automated, operational experience and enable one-click automated updates. This means customers spend less time planning for, scheduling or recovering from upgrades gone wrong, helping implement new features sooner and taking advantage of software and hardware improvements. Combined with our award-winning support, with over 1,800 VMware-certified Dell EMC support professionals resolving 98% of all VMware cases in house, our customers can quickly resolve issues from hardware to hypervisor.³“We’re getting a lot more hours back with Dell EMC VxRail because we don’t have to worry about interoperability and compatibility issues during upgrades.” – US Insurance CompanyShareExceptional Business AdvantagesWe all know that IT teams are no longer a cost center, they are now a revenue-generating, dynamic part of the business strategy. In one of the IDC study’s most interesting and important parts, our customers described how VxRail helps put them a step ahead of their competition.Businesses reported better performance for key critical applications with 32% faster transactions and 39% faster queries improving productivity and internal customer satisfaction and development teams reported 114% more new applications along with 32% faster development lifecycle, getting new tools and features to their business faster. ² As the City of Amarillo, Texas observed, “Dell EMC VxRail has made us more agile and responsive to business demand. Our team has eight developers that are saving a lot of time. It must be about 80 hours a month, collectively. It’s been huge for them because they can spin up environments in minutes.”I want to thank all our customers who have provided the abundance of new proof points and customer stories showing the exceptional value our customers see with VxRail. To discover more customer stories, value assessments and analyst studies and learn how 10,000 VxRail customers Expect {and receive} Exceptional outcomes from VxRail, please visit here.¹ The Business Value of Dell EMC VxRail and VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail, December 2020 #US47005920² IDC WW Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, Vendor Revenue (US$M) Q2 2020, September 17, 2020³ Based on internal analysis of all service requests from February 1 to October 31, 2019last_img read more

Cover Girl! Idina Menzel Is One of NYC’s Most Powerful Women

first_img View Comments Star Files Related Shows Idina Menzel We always knew If/Then star Idina Menzel was a woman of power, but Variety made it official in their newest issue! The Tony winner is looking sleek and professional in a white blazer on the cover of the April 22 issue. Inside, she talks about her summer camp A Broader Way, which takes a group of girls from urban areas to the Berkshires in Massachusetts to act and write songs and poems. “It’s about using the arts to help girls find their own voice,” Menzel explains. “There’s a lot of young women who don’t know how to use their voice literally and figuratively. These girls get to be the authors of their own life.” Starring on Broadway, topping the Billboard charts and making the world a better place? Bravo, Idina! Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Thenlast_img read more

New legal problems for owner of Powder River Basin mines

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star-Tribune:The CEO that obtained Wyoming’s Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines last year is being sued for alleged unpaid royalties in Appalachia, the second lawsuit that Jeff Hoops’ West Virginia-based company, Revelation Energy, is facing in under a year.Hoops formed Blackjewel LLC, a sister company to Revelation, to take over the Wyoming mines in 2017. The latest lawsuit is one of a number of troubles the Eastern businessman has encountered since becoming one of Wyoming’s coal producers.According to court documents filed in the Western District of Virginia, Pocahontas Resources LLC is seeking nearly a half million dollars in royalties and interest from Revelation based on allegations Hoops’ firm committed fraud.Pocahontas asserts Revelation is being underhanded in its reporting of coal sales. It has asked for a slew of documents from Hoops’ company to prove its claim, much of which the company has refused to provide. Pocahontas filed a request to compel Revelation to release that information earlier this month. The judge had not responded as of Tuesday.Hoops has hit a few snags since arriving in the Powder River Basin.Blackjewel was delayed in obtaining leases for Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr until Hoops addressed outstanding environmental offenses at his Eastern coal mines. Blackjewel has yet to obtain permits to mine in Wyoming, though Hoops said Blackjewel has the required reclamation bonds in-hand and would seek permits this week, a claim he also made in an email to the Star-Tribune in February.The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has not yet received those applications, a spokesman for the department said Monday.More: Second lawsuit entangles Wyoming’s newest coal producer New legal problems for owner of Powder River Basin mineslast_img read more

US, Caribbean Security Leaders Join Virtual Forum, Table-Top Exercise on Regional Mechanism to Mitigate Impact of Natural Disasters in a COVID-19 Environment

first_imgBy U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) June 05, 2020 Defense and public security leaders from 13 Caribbean nations and four territories participated in the 2020 Caribbean Security Conference (CANSEC) June 2-3, hosted virtually for the first-time by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).At the beginning of hurricane season, this year’s CANSEC focused on regional mechanisms to mitigate the impact of disasters in a COVID-19 environment.The conference included virtual briefings and moderated discussions on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the region’s preparedness for the hurricane season, which began June 1 and continues through November 30. The participants also took part in table-top exercises, led by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with scenarios involving simultaneous regional responses to hurricanes and pandemics.The participating Caribbean countries included Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as Trinidad and Tobago.Representatives from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos also participated.Five regional organizations took part in the virtual forum, including the Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM, Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), CDEMA, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and Eastern Antilles’ Regional Security System (RSS).Security leaders from the Inter-American Development Board, Canada, France, Mexico, the Royal Netherlands, and the United Kingdom also contributed to this year’s conference.The participants were joined by leaders and security experts from SOUTHCOM, the U.S. Department of Defense, National Defense University, U.S. State Department, U.S. Northern Command, as well as adjutant generals from Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C.U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of SOUTHCOM, welcomed CANSEC’s participants and addressed the importance of sharing lessons learned during the ongoing pandemic that prompted the need to host it virtually. “COVID-19 has swept the globe and affected all of us,” he said, “It’s the norm, and it will be the norm until we can inoculate and immunize the globe.”He described the COVID-19 assistance SOUTHCOM has provided to its partners in the Caribbean, Central America and South America as “robust,” consisting of “some 200 projects that have been very flexible and rapid” totaling approximately $2 million.“Overall, the U.S. government response into the region for the COVID [efforts], principally through USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development], has been close to $100 million,” he added.He commended Caribbean countries for developing regional approaches to security challenges.“We have the right mechanisms,” he told them, referring to CARICOM, IMPACS, RSS, CDEMA, CARPHA, and the Multinational Caribbean Coordination Cell in Barbados. “We have all those structures in place. We’ve got to make them work.”last_img read more

Foster innovation at your credit union

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Creating a digital conduit to connect with employees and encourage them to share and critique business ideas can counter two creativity-killing factors that often plague growing companies, suggests a Stanford business professor.Two enemies of creativity and productivity—anonymity and bystander apathy—may surface as organizations grow, unless leaders take steps to engage employees, build trust and design systems to foster good ideas and discard bad ones, says Hayagreeva “Huggy” Rao in “How to Engage Your Employees’ Digital Imagination” on YouTube.Rao, a Stanford Graduate School of Business professor of organizational behavior and human resources and co-lead faculty for CUES’ Strategic Innovation Institute™ II, shares these principles and practical ideas:Provide a forum for employees’ ideas and concerns. At Pulse, a technology start-up that began as a class project at Stanford and was later sold to LinkedIn for $90 million, employees were encouraged to respond to three questions every Friday: What do I like about working at Pulse? What do I wish was here at Pulse? What am I wondering about? These free-form questions helped to reinforce a positive orientation among staff, surfaced ideas for changes to improve productivity, and allowed executives to respond to rumors about the company’s future, Rao notes. continue reading »last_img read more

Government redirects state capital injections as COVID-19 hits businesses

first_img“One thing is for sure, the 35,000-MW project is still going on despite the slowdown caused by the pandemic, as we want to anticipate a spike when the economy rises again,” he said on Wednesday.The government has allocated Rp 17.73 trillion (US$1.06 billion) for state capital injections this year, as it expected state-owned companies to help drive the country’s economic growth. The funds were initially to be disbursed to several state enterprises, such as utility company PLN, construction company PT Hutama Karya, secondary mortgage company PT Sarana Multigriya Finansial (SMF) and microfinancing company PT Permodalan Nasional Madani (PNM).University of Indonesia (UI) SOE expert Toto Pranoto further explained that the government’s refocusing strategy meant that state-owned companies would still receive capital injections, as long as they were working on strategic projects.“This allows the government to refocus its capital injection budget and use it to fight the COVID-19 pandemic impacts in Indonesia,” he told The Jakarta Post, adding that the government had also signaled a reduction in capital injections this year.“This way, the capital injections can create a multiplier effect and stimulate higher economic growth once this ordeal is over,” said Toto.Topics : State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir explained on Wednesday that the new regulation opened ways for the government to refocus its budget on state-owned firms that are working on strategic projects.“We’re currently mapping which strategic projects must keep going and which ones can be delayed,” he said during an online press conference.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedPreviously, Erick had explained that the ministry would discuss the issue with the Finance Ministry, as several projects were deemed important to stimulate the economy, one of which was state-owned electricity firm PLN’s 35,000-megawatt electricity generation project. The government is altering the focus of capital injections for state-owned enterprises as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts business activities and batters the country’s economy.A newly enacted government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) allows the government to use funds initially intended for capital injections to finance its efforts to fight the impacts of the pandemic as well as to face threats to the national economy and financial system stability.The regulation, Perppu No.1/2020, also grants the government the authority to inject state capital as part of a national economy recovery program. The program aims to protect, maintain and improve the economic ability of businesspeople in the real sector and financial industry.last_img read more

Rare Saudi resistance hits futuristic megacity project

first_imgBut Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s dream project hit a new roadblock last month when a member of the local Huwaitat tribe was gunned down after he refused to give up his land for the project.Before the shootout, Abdulraheem al-Huwaiti posted a series of scathing videos in which he likened the forced displacement of his sprawling tribe, based in the northwestern Tabuk province for generations, to “state terrorism”.He presciently claimed his opposition would get him killed.Saudi Arabia’s state security agency said the “wanted” man died in an exchange of fire with state forces after he resisted arrest, adding that a cache of weapons had been recovered from his house. ‘Crown jewel’ “What happened in NEOM was the tragic death of a resident of a village that is being relocated,” Ali Shihabi, a member of the NEOM advisory board, said on Twitter.”Similar to the concept of ’eminent domain’ used in Western law, the government is taking ownership of private land to use for the project… This happens all the time, all over the world when roads, train tracks or dams are built.”But forced evictions could backfire as economic pressures grow, observers warn.”The combination of record-low oil prices and mounting demographic pressures poses significant challenges to Prince Mohammed’s (MBS) future plans in Saudi Arabia,” said the Soufan Center, a think tank.”The high-tech city in NEOM is the crown jewel of MBS’ future vision for Saudi Arabia, but it remains unclear how a prince’s pet project will help the kingdom deal with its youth bulge.”The government will have less cash to dispense as patronage to assuage Saudi citizens. The erosion of the social contract between the rulers and the ruled will lead to serious problems, especially in a tribal society.”But as part of his grand ambition to pivot the economy away from oil, Prince Mohammed looks set to press ahead with NEOM, billed as a regional Silicon Valley whose marketing slogan is a “bold and audacious dream”.”The economic fundamentals have turned further against this fantastical project, but I don’t expect MBS to give it up,” said Kristin Diwan of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.”It’s the touchstone for everything he wants to achieve.” ‘Deep cuts’ The government is preparing emergency plans to slash spending as crude prices drop, with Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan warning of “painful” measures and an “extremely long” list of affected budget items.He did not specify whether NEOM will be among them. Even before the crisis, the project — first announced in 2017 — has struggled to attract investment.”I will be surprised if cuts are not made — deep cuts in capital expenditure for NEOM,” a Saudi source associated with the project told AFP. “Given the sums required, it cannot but be delayed in many aspects.”The source added that the government is offering “generous compensation in cash” to those displaced by the project in addition to “new properties” within the kingdom.In a bid to placate the community, NEOM has also launched “social responsibility programs” including university scholarships and vocational training programs, the source said.Several Huwaitat tribesmen have rejected what they call “vague” compensation offers, activists told AFP, even as state-run media have published a pledge of loyalty by the tribe to Saudi rulers.The campaigners say NEOM is designed to be a liberal expat enclave in a conservative nation that is unlikely to benefit local residents. A rare revolt by a Saudi tribe has spelt fresh trouble for a planned Red Sea megacity, a linchpin of the crown prince’s economic vision already beset by low oil prices.The $500 billion NEOM project, set to be built from scratch along the kingdom’s picturesque western coast, is billed as a futuristic cityscape evocative of a sci-fi blockbuster — with everything from flying taxis to robot-maids.Economic analysts have long questioned its viability in the era of cheap oil.center_img Many other members of the Bedouin tribe, who commonly own guns, were detained for spreading anti-displacement slogans and refusing to sign relocation documents, multiple activists said.It exposes a rare domestic clash with the government that has a reputation for crushing dissent, while it grapples with the twin economic blow of historic low crude prices and a coronavirus-led shutdown.NEOM has said 20,000 people would need to be relocated to clear room for construction as it presses ahead with its target to complete its first sites by 2023. Topics :last_img read more

CEO of €7.6bn Scottish public sector pension fund to exit

first_imgClare Scott, outgoing CEO of Lothian Pension Fund“We expect the role will attract a lot of interest,” it said, “especially as the fund has established a position as one of the leading LGPS funds in the UK.”The fund had “an attractive platform from which a new CEO can address future challenges,” it added, noting that it had a strong-in house investment capability with regulatory authorisation and “collaboration activities with other LGPS funds”.Lothian Pension Fund works with the pension fund for the neighbouring council of Falkirk on investments, having so far made collaborative private market investments in infrastructure and private debt. The pension fund for the council of Fife has now also joined the collaboration. The chief executive of Lothian Pension Fund, Scotland’s second largest local authority pension fund, is to step down at the end of the year.Clare Scott has been working for the local government pension scheme (LGPS) since 2005, rising through the ranks from pensions administration manager to investment officer to chief executive.Scott trained as an actuary at Norwich Union – now Aviva – and then worked as an investment consultant for many years at Hymans Robertson. In a LinkedIn post yesterday, Scott said she had thoroughly enjoyed her time at Lothian Pension Fund and was very proud of the fund’s achievements, but that “it’s time for me to move to pastures new”. According to her post she does not have a new position lined up, but will be “using the next few months to look at… options”.The £6.7bn (€7.6bn) multi-employer pension fund, which is administered by Edinburgh Council, said it had started the search for a new CEO.last_img read more