Switch Hitters, Featuring Wil Blades, Nigel Hall, Sput, & Nate Werth, Set To Tear Up Brooklyn Comes Alive

first_imgThe fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here. Brooklyn Comes Alive has always provided artists with an opportunity to try new things, to explore new musical bonds, and to show off new projects. At this year’s event, Wil Blades (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Adam Deitch Quartet), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), and Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note) will bring their newest side-project, Switch Hitters, to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the band’s first-ever show in the Northeast. The newly formed band gets its name because, as Nigel Hall explained on Facebook, “We like to commandeer each other’s instruments when the spirit moves us, hence Switch Hitters.”The Switch Hitters’ rhythm section is locked down by the formidable percussion duo of Sput and Nate Werth. Both have become icons of the modern drumming and percussion world, with both pioneering musicians earning critical acclaim—including Grammy Awards—for their work with Snarky Puppy, and, more recently, their new project Ghost-Note. Nigel Hall, the fan-favorite Lettuce vocalist and keyboardist, adds a soulful punch to the lineup, bringing his commanding and charismatic energy to the band. Wil Blades, the dynamic, virtuosic jazz-organist, rounds out the Switch Hitters lineup.The Switch Hitters’ presence on the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup is surely a tantalizing surprise but fits well into the ethos of the one-day music festival. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.In early 2018, The Switch Hitters made their debut in San Francisco, tearing up the iconic Boom Boom Room with a wild performance that wowed audiences. Following up this debut performance, The Switch Hitters headed to New Orleans in the spring, offering up a triumphant show at One Eyed Jack’s during Jazz Fest. While the group’s past performances are limited, the band has more than proved itself with its pedigree lineup, featuring renowned artists.As Werth noted, “Playing some of my favorite music with some of my favorite musicians. We are grown men having a blast on stage, and feeling SOULFUL! Every show is filled with surprises because we just follow the flow and do what we feel.”last_img read more

A new vice president

first_imgHarvard University announced today (Oct. 19) that Mark R. Johnson, a seasoned project manager with more than 20 years of experience in construction and architectural design, has been named vice president for capital planning and project management.“As our campus continues to evolve, we need a manager who can balance the nature of academia with the practicalities of planning and budgets,” said Executive Vice President Katie Lapp. “Mark’s successes with past projects, outstanding leadership skills, and strategic vision make him the ideal person for this position.”Johnson joined the University in 2002 as a senior construction project manager at Harvard Business School (HBS). There, he managed the Baker Library/Bloomberg Center project, completed in 2005, which added meeting facilities, faculty offices, and archival storage for the library’s one-of-a kind-collection of historical business materials. The project was finished on schedule and under budget.In 2005 he joined Harvard Law School (HLS) as director of major capital projects and physical planning, where he managed the Wasserstein/Caspersen/Clinical project. Slated for completion in 2011, this 570,000 square-foot, LEED Gold-rated complex will add state-of-the-art classrooms, offices, student commons, and underground parking to the Law School campus. Under his leadership, HLS was able to reduce construction costs for the project while maintaining design excellence.While at HLS, Johnson also refined and implemented the School’s campus master plan vision, authored its five-year capital plan, and managed its capital plan approvals process.“Since coming to Harvard, I have been able to work on some of the University’s most visible projects,” Johnson said. “I look forward to continuing this work in a broader scope and collaborating with people across the institution to meet the University’s capital planning needs for the future.”In his new role, Johnson will be responsible for long-term planning of the Allston, Longwood, and Cambridge campuses, charged with providing direction and support for the University’s growth with an eye toward solid planning principles, design standards, programming, and sustainability. He also will develop and implement a University-wide, comprehensive, multiyear capital program and manage all construction projects for Central Administration and, as requested, the Schools.Johnson will report to Lapp and will work closely with the University’s chief financial officer, Dan Shore, and the vice president for campus services, Lisa Hogarty.Johnson started his professional career at Kieran, Timberlake & Harris, Architects and Planners, and continued at William Rawn Associates, Architects, in Boston, where he was a designer for an award-winning performing arts and student center at Babson College. He also worked as a project manager for Linbeck Construction Corp. in Lexington. Johnson holds a certificate in management from Harvard, earned a master’s in architecture from Yale, and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton.last_img read more

Nuclear weapons, primal fears

first_imgFeeling relaxed today? Well, consider a few facts recounted during a Harvard panel discussion: There are 23,000 nuclear weapons in the world, and enough enriched uranium and plutonium to make 100,000 more. Officially, nine countries have such weapons, but 30 possess the basic ingredients to make at least a crude bomb.And size is not a limiting factor. The enriched uranium needed to detonate such a weapon would fit into a six-pack of beer, said Graham Allison, one of a coterie of analysts at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) who specialize in security and nuclear terrorism. Shielded in a lead container, he said, such a weapon could be smuggled into the United States “in a bale of marijuana.”Allison, who directs the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, moderated a panel on the future of nuclear weapons on Wednesday (Dec. 1) at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, a venue sponsored by the Institute of Politics.The gist: There is real reason to fear because, given that there are thousands of bombs, global terrorists could exploit a security gap. “All we’re talking about is just one,” said Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a senior fellow at the Belfer Center who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 23 years. “We’ve got to be right all the time [about security]. The terrorists only have to be right once for us to fail.”There also is reason to hope. No nukes have been used for aggression since 1945, and in the last 10 years nuclear stockpiles have been made more secure.“Don’t give up hope, and get involved,” said panelist Matthew Bunn, an HKS associate professor of public policy and co-principal investigator for the School’s Project on Managing the Atom. He said that getting involved means studying the issues and contacting lawmakers in Congress — even joining a group that advocates dismantling all nuclear weapons.One such group is Global Zero, an international movement launched two years to stop the spread of nukes, secure bomb-ready materials, and ultimately eliminate all nuclear weapons. “It’s not going to happen next Tuesday,” said panelist and former CIA covert operative Valerie Plame Wilson, who supports Global Zero. “But we have to start somewhere. … This is the issue for the 21st century.”During the Clinton administration, Allison worked on reducing the former Soviet Union’s nuclear arsenal. He also is the author of “Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe” (2004), in which he outlines the “Three Nos”: no loose nuclear weapons, no new ones, and no new nuclear-weapons states.Just say “no” or “none” was the panel’s ultimate message, but there is a lot of work to do on the issue, and a lot to worry about.Fear was the main message of “Countdown to Zero,” a 90-minute documentary released this year that warns of the likely use of nuclear weapons in a terror-shaken world. Allison and the three HKS panelists all appear in the film, which was made by Participant Media and producer Lawrence Bender, creators of the Al Gore climate-change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”As a warm-up to the panel, the audience watched 12 minutes of the film, including archival footage from what could be prophetic acts of terror: in Madrid, London, Mumbai, Nairobi, Buenos Aires, Oklahoma City, and New York on Sept. 11, 2001.But terrorist leader Osama bin Laden has vowed “to kill 4 million Americans,” said Graham in the film. “You’re not going to get to kill 4 million people by hijacking airplanes and crashing them into buildings.”On screen, Mowatt-Larssen said there are three ways for terrorists to get a nuke: steal it, buy it, or build it —and the last option “startled” him.  He also said that any nuclear materials captured on the black market so far were “caught by luck.”In the film, Bunn recounted one incident of nuclear-materials theft in Russia, then quoted a prosecutor as saying: “Potatoes were guarded better.”Wilson was a CIA officer whose job was to track the world’s black market in nuclear materials. But she finally realized that she was just “delaying the inevitable,” telling the audience that the only real solution was to be a public advocate “for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.”The sense of the “inevitable” is still there, said Allison, who fears most of all that nuclear materials will be smuggled out of Pakistan, despite improved security there. And the threat of catastrophic attack goes beyond nukes. He quoted a recent report that said by 2013, chances are “better than half” that terrorists will deploy a large-scale nuclear or chemical-biological weapon somewhere in the world.Be ready, said Mowatt-Larssen. “We’re going to face that … one day,” he said of a catastrophic attack on U.S. soil, but how we handle it afterward “will challenge our very way of life.” Worst of all, said Mowatt-Larssen, would be an overreaction — a reckless military strike, or an abrogation of governance and civil liberties.“We have to live with the prospect” of such an attack, he said, and start talking about the aftermath now “so we survive it, maturely.”Even just one “dirty bomb,” an explosive that disperses radioactive material over a wide area, could “evaporate” American civil rights, said Wilson. A dirty bomb is more a “weapon of mass disruption” than destruction, said Bunn, though the costs could still be high, and the materials to make one are available in any Western hospital.Even making a crude conventional nuclear weapon would not require a well funded or lengthy Manhattan Project, he said — just enough enriched material to slam together, creating fission, and a nuclear chain reaction. Such a weapon, though “unreliable and unsafe,” said Bunn, “might fit in the back of a truck.”Eliminating nuclear weapons would require tools that are not yet available, said Mowatt-Larssen, including a “global intelligence capacity,” along with the willingness of nations to share information, and better technology for detecting smuggled nuclear materials.Currently, said Wilson, detectors have to get within inches of hidden enriched fissionable materials that are shielded by lead.Maybe the answer to nuclear disarmament is just to get close to the goal, said Bunn. He offered one proposed scenario among many: Reduce each nation’s stockpile of nuclear weapons to 50, all of them disassembled and guarded by U.N. overseers. “We’ve got to think harder,” said Bunn, “about what we think of as zero.”last_img read more

SMC dual degree program grows

first_imgThe enrollment in college engineering programs around the nation has reached its highest level in 30 years, according to the American Association of Engineering Education, and Saint Mary’s College is no exception. The Engineering Dual Degree Program at Saint Mary’s has grown since its establishment in 1977. Four students completed the program within a period of 13 years between 1993 and 2006, but most recently, in the three-year period from 2007 to 2010, three students completed the program, Dr. Toni Barstis, Saint Mary’s Chemistry professor and engineering program director, said. Currently, there are six fifth-year students finishing the program at Notre Dame and 25 second through fourth-year students in the program. The number of first-year students who have shown an interest is about 17, Barstis said. “We are increasing the number of female students in each graduating engineering class at Notre Dame by 10 percent,” Barstis said. Barstis attributes part of the growth of the program to her collaborative efforts with Cathy Pieronek, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of the Women’s Engineering Program in the College of Engineering, to promote the program, advise students and provide support through the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Other key factors were the support of the students for each other as well as the growing awareness of young women for the opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, otherwise known as STEM fields. The Engineering Dual Degree Program is designed as a five-year joint program through Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame in which students earn a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s in four years and finish their fifth year at Notre Dame with a second bachelor’s degree of science in engineering. The majority of students enrolled in the program major in mathematics — computational or standard — or chemistry; however, one student majored in philosophy, Barstis said. Junior Taylor Chamberlain, a chemistry and chemical engineering major, said she was drawn to the program for the opportunity of a small college experience while offering the engineering major available at larger universities. Chamberlain believes the growth in the program has to do with the changing attitudes of women towards engineering. “I think you have to take into consideration that more women in general are realizing that, yes, engineering is something they can do and enrollment is up for engineering programs across the country,” Chamberlain said. “It’s just more noticeable with [Saint Mary’s] because we are a much smaller program. Where six to 10 more girls might go unnoticed in a larger school, four to five is a big deal for us.” Not all students who initially show interest in the program complete it fully, but those statistics are not yet available, according to Barstis. After being encouraged as second- and third-year students to explore the engineering field through classes, a few students who find they are not passionate about engineering decide to leave the program. A smaller number of students are unable to continue with the program due to insufficient grades. “Due to the amount of work required to earn two degrees from two institutions, it is simply too much unless the student is 100 percent dedicated and committed to the program,” Barstis said.  The course load for the program is intense as the students are working for two bachelor degrees. “I think probably the most challenging part of the program is the class schedule,” Chamberlain said. “In order to finish two technical science degrees in five years, we have to take a lot of classes very close together that might have usually been more spaced out.” The Engineering Dual Degree program’s success may be another reason for the growing interest — 99 percent of the students who reach their fourth year in the program graduate continue the program to graduate from Notre Dame with a B.S. in Engineering. One hundred percent of students of the program have obtained a job within the first few months of graduation, Barstis said. Mary Zahm, a 2010 Saint Mary’s graduate who is currently continuing her education at Notre Dame, is not surprised that the program is growing. “It’s a gem of a program,” Zahm said. “It’s great that other girls are learning about it and seeing it as an opportunity for them to pursue their interest in engineering.” Chamberlain agreed. “It’s truly an amazing program and we’re all glad that it’s growing the way it is,” Chamberlain said.last_img read more

Marizanne Kapp retires hurt with elevated heart rate in Women’s Big Bash League | Cricket News

first_imgThe 30-year-old missed the rest of the match on medical grounds and went to hospital for tests as a precaution.In her absence, Sixers succumbed to a five-wicket defeat despite posting 137-4 – a total that included an unbeaten 62 from Elysse Perry, off 52 balls.Perth eased to victory with five balls to spare on the back of an unbeaten 75 off 64 balls from Beth Mooney, with Nicole Bolton (18) and Megan Banting (17) the next top-scorers.- Advertisement – Marizanne Kapp walks from the field after retiring hurt against Perth Scorchers
Marizanne Kapp walks from the field after retiring hurt against Perth Scorchers

Valamar Excellence: Valamar is launching an educational platform in cooperation with five Croatian faculties

first_imgAs a leader in Croatian tourism, Valamar is the first to launch the V-Executive business education, with which it will develop the best talents from the company into future leaders with leading educational institutions and academic experts.  Namely, Valamar, the largest tourist company in Croatia, and five higher education institutions in Croatia signed an Agreement on Cooperation in the Improvement and Development of Educational Programs.  The V-Executive program will feature more than 25 lecturers from key academic institutions, Valamar managers and leading experts from many fields.  The two-year V-Executive business education will offer participants a complete set of knowledge and skills needed to develop a successful career in tourism and hospitality, and as they point out from Valamar is based on modern academic knowledge and practical experience of lecturers and enables professional and personal development.  Cover photo: Valamar, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr Vatroslav Škare, associate professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb and director of the V-Executive program added: “Tourism is one of the most important industries in Croatia, but the changes that are daily in this industry represent a great challenge for managers in tourism. The special feature of the V-Executive program, as a combination of academic knowledge and business practice, is the answer to this challenge, and that is top knowledge. Through this program, managers will gain specific knowledge from specific areas and respond to all future challenges”. Željko Kukurin. Photo: Davor Puklavec / PIXSELLcenter_img The V-Executive program is part of the umbrella educational platform Valamar Excellence, a program of lifelong learning and acquisition of knowledge through education and training for business in tourism and hospitality, which offers all Valamar employees a constant opportunity for personal and professional development.  V-Executive contains 27 modules divided into eight main thematic directions, and each direction deals with specific topics related to business in tourism. The number of participants at the module level is limited to a maximum of 40.  “Caring for employees is a key strategy for managing guest satisfaction. The knowledge and skills of employees are the key competence of service excellence. With these beliefs, Valamar has developed a V-Excellence education and training program that will be implemented in cooperation with the best experts and institutions in Croatia. We are especially proud of the development of the V-Executive training program, where we will provide our talents with management training modeled on numerous executive programs of business schools around the world, using the best academic and business practice in Croatia.” said Zeljko Kukurin, CEO of Valamar Riviere. Depending on their own preferences and work experience, participants will be able to choose the entire program or individual thematic areas and modules related specifically to their job position or desired area of ​​training. The program starts in January 2020. The contract was signed by Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera, Jurica Pavičić, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb, Robert Zenzerović, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Tourism Dr. Mijo Mirković in Pula, Dora Smolčić Jurdana, Dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management Opatija and Maja Fredotović, Dean of the Faculty of Economics in Split. The University of Dubrovnik will also join the cooperation on educational projects.last_img read more

Office of Governor Tom Wolf Statement on SB 984 Concerning Ride Sharing

first_imgOffice of Governor Tom Wolf Statement on SB 984 Concerning Ride Sharing November 24, 2015 Statement Harrisburg, PA – The Office of Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the passing of Senate Bill 984 concerning ride sharing:“Governor Wolf supports ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, and he wants these companies to grow in Pennsylvania to offer as many options as possible for riders.”###Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

Asian themed garden lands Queensland home $1.82m

first_imgThe bedroom opens up to the elements. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThe home has two-acre lake. With so much privacy, why not have an outdoor bath or shower? The Asian-inspired property took 10 years to mature.The Sydney-based owner wanted “a retreat style oasis where one could escape the city humdrum”, according to the listing by agents Linda Shore-Perez and David A. Perez of Villa Prestige Properties – Noosa Heads.“Designed by Phillip O’Malley with strict guidelines, the garden had to be low maintenance due to the commuting back and forth from Sydney. This he delivered upon. Now that the hard work has been done, it takes very little care to keep the property looking beautifully manicured.” 317 Dath Henderson Road, Tinbeerwah, Qld 4563IT has just two bedrooms but this Asian-inspired home in the Noosa Hinterland is worth every dollar of the $1.82m it has just sold for because of its gardens.The Amanpuri “Place of Peace” Estate at 317 Dath Henderson Road, Tinbeerwah, was a decade-long labour of love for the sellers.The entire property which has two bathrooms and eight parking spots centres on the Asian-inspired garden. The owners made good use of marble.undefinedcenter_img The owner wanted a getaway that would be low maintenance.The estate covers 20 acres with low maintenance, level gardens. It also has a two acre lake. The original cottage was rebuilt last year and its large bedroom ensures you can really get back to nature with a private deck that comes complete with outdoor bath and shower. Items like this large figurehead are dotted through the gardens. The folded back glass doors frame the garden like a painting. 317 Dath Henderson Road, Tinbeerwah, Qld 4563last_img read more

New CYF complaints authority

first_imgNZ Herald 11 Oct 2012Complaints against social workers could be handled by a new independent authority by 2014.The change is one of the possible outcomes of a review into best practice that has been planned in the Government’s White Paper.At present, complainants can ask the Ministry of Social Development to take their complaints, made directly to the ministry, to an external advisory panel.The panel is meant to give an impartial review and report recommendations to the ministry’s chief executive.An independent body would receive and process complaints rather than going through the ministry.According to the White Paper, an independent review would recommend the best practice for handling complaints next year, to be put into place by the end of 2014.Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said the review would consider whether Child, Youth and Family needed something similar to the Independent Police Conduct Authority to consider complaints about it.The White Paper also sets out a goal to improve CYF’s workforce.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10839713last_img read more

Bid to reopen bottle shop near school sparks anger

first_imgStuff.co 6 August 2013Opponents of a planned Porirua liquor store have told of the harm alcohol has caused in the area.Plans for a new bottle store across from Waitangirua’s Russell School – on the same site as a previous outlet – have unleashed a fresh wave of anger.About 100 people marched in Porirua yesterday against the proposal, before a Liquor Licensing Authority hearing.Empty cans were strewn about, vandalism was common, and children could not play barefoot because of the danger of broken glass, said Russell School board of trustees chairman Matt Crawshaw.“It has been an absolute injustice for our children to grow up with this liquor store across the road from their school.” Last year, his family’s pet chicken was killed by people who were drunk and hungry – “an example of the damage and harm we endured in our neighbourhood” before Thirsty Liquor closed at the end of April when the lease for its Fantame St store was terminated.Russell School principal Sose Annandale had concerns about the safety of students and staff. Abuse was common, as was graffiti, and they often found bottles with alcohol still in them.“This continued until April this year.”Porirua police alcohol harm reduction officer Senior Sergeant Steve Sargent said that since the previous store’s  hours were cut and it was closed, crime had dropped by 31 per cent in the Fantame St area.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9005014/Bid-to-reopen-bottle-shop-near-school-sparks-angerlast_img read more