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Watch Chick Corea Join John Mayer Trio For “After Midnight” In 2014

first_imgThe John Mayer Trio is truly awesome, and we can’t wait for them to return this fall. The band will be reuniting on October 27th to play a benefit concert at the Apollo Theater, and, if the rumor of a new album is true, we can’t wait to see what Mayer, bassist Pino Palladino, and drummer Steve Jordan have in store.With that in mind, let’s take a look back at this awesome performance from 2014. The John Mayer Trio came together for a special performance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, and Mayer invited some jazz icons to play with them. Manolo Badrena joined the band on percussion, Wallace Roney played trumpet, and, of course, the legendary Chick Corea added piano and synthesizer. The band turned in a bluesy, jazzy rendition of JJ Cale’s classic “After Midnight” that really soars. They were able to pack three impressive solos into the short four-minute-and-thirty-second frame allotted. Mayer seems at home on stage when he’s surrounded by icons, as we’ve seen in his time with Dead & Company, and hearing him solo after Roney’s beautiful trumpet solo and Corea’s note-bending synth solo is truly special.Check out the video below, and experience the awesomeness for yourself!last_img read more

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CIFs give feedback to faculty

first_imgThe surest sign of the semester’s end comes when the Course Instructor Feedback (CIF) reminder email is sent out to each student’s inbox. For the faculty members under scrutiny at the end of the semester, these evaluations mean more than a simple reminder that summer is near. Political science professor and department chair Ruth Abbey encourages her students to spend time filling out the CIFs and to understand how professors use feedback. “CIFs aim to measure student evaluation of faculty teaching,” Abbey said. “The faculty is very aware of importance of the CIF mechanism, but many students are unaware.” Abbey said faculty members are able to see their CIF scores only after they post final grades, and the feedback results often matter more than just arbitrary suggestions that professors can utilize or ignore.  “CIFs feed into pay increases and tenure decisions,” she said. “They are considered during faculty three-year reviews and when a faculty member is applying for promotion.” Abbey said the University’s commitment to undergraduate teaching is exhibited through the amount of tenure track and tenured faculty members. “Notre Dame takes teaching very seriously and CIFs give student feedback on the quality of teaching,” she said. “It is very reassuring that Notre Dame employs so many tenure track and tenured faculty members to teach undergraduates.” Currently, the primary incentive to complete CIFs is the ability for students to see their final course grades six days earlier than they otherwise could.  General responses to certain questions are shown on the class search function through InsideND, helping students with the course selection process.   Abbey said the feedback system shifted in 2008 from Teacher Course Evaluations (TCEs) completed during class to the current online CIF setup. “The CIFs are very convenient because professors don’t have to allocate class time for them to be completed,” she said. “However, now there is no dedicated time or space to fill them out.” Abbey said the convenience of online feedback may compromise the quality of student response. “Students must know how significant these CIFs are and fill them out in a thoughtful and responsible way,” she said.  “I’m not suggesting that students shouldn’t be critical of faculty, but they should realize CIFs are a major way in which students’ voices are heard. It’s not the only way, for some professors win teaching awards [from student votes], but CIFs are a powerful way, and they are fed through to the highest levels.” Abbey said she believes many students are unaware of the importance of CIFs, and she encourages all the students she teaches to fill out their CIFs thoughtfully. “Students need to know the role their CIFs play, and I would like to see the University inform students better.” Contact Catherine  Owers at cowers@nd.edulast_img read more

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Pageant Gets a New Host: John Bolton Will Join Cast

first_img View Comments Conceived by Robert Longbottom, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions, the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Unlike some (though possibly not all) beauty pageants you’ve seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night. The show is penned by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell and Frank Kelly and features music by Albert Evans. Pageant: The Musical Bolton joins a cast that includes Nick Cearley, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Seth Tucker, Curtis Wiley and Nic Cory. Broadway alum John Bolton will join the cast of Pageant: The Musical off-Broadway. He will assume the role as the host beginning July 6, taking over for Emmy winner Kevin Meaney. Preview performances began on June 29 at the Davenport Theatre, where it will run on Sunday and Monday evenings through September 1. Opening night is set for July 14.center_img Bolton most recently appeared on Broadway in A Christmas Story. His additional credits include Curtains, Spamalot, Contact, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Damn Yankees. On screen, he has been seen in TV series including Gossip Girl, The Good Wife and Boardwalk Empire. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 26, 2014last_img read more

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Watch Leslie Odom Jr. Croon in His Latest Music Vid

first_imgLeslie Odom Jr. Star Files from $149.00 Velvet smoke has struck again. Hamilton Tony winner and Broadway.com vlogger Leslie Odom Jr.’s voice is straight up swoon-worthy, and his music video for “Autumn Leaves” from his self-titled solo album exudes both swanky jazz club cool and fairytale love gone wrong. Adorably enough, his wife (and fellow performer) Nicolette Robinson makes a stunning appearance in the vid as his lady love; the two have a spat on the steps of Lincoln Center. (We’ve decided we only ever want to have verbal duels at this romantic New York hot spot in ball gowns and sleek suits—it looks so cool!) Before you get sad about watching these first rate actors spar, know that love rules out in the end. Watch Leslie Odom Jr. croon in the full vid below! Related Showscenter_img View Comments Hamilton Leslie Odom Jr.last_img read more

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Vermont Community Foundation gets $104,000 for VTDigger.org

first_imgThe Vermont Community Foundation recently received a three-year, $104,000 grant to build the capacity of public policy journalism in Vermont. The Foundation will partner with VTDigger.org, a nonprofit news website that provides in-depth coverage of statewide issues affecting Vermonters. The funding will allow VTDigger.org to hire a full-time investigative reporter to cover health care and energy issues in Vermont. It will also allow Founder and Editor in Chief Anne Galloway the chance to extend her energies beyond reporting.‘VTDigger.org has grown from a very low-budget, all-volunteer operation to a funded news organization with paid staffers in just two years,’ says Galloway. ‘This generous grant will enable us to deepen our coverage of key issues that affect the daily lives of Vermonters and make it possible for us to focus on building the long-term sustainability of VTDigger.org.’ The grant was awarded by the John S. and James L Knight Foundation as a part of its Knight Community Information Challenge. The challenge is a five-year, $24 million initiative that helps community- and place-based foundations support news and information projects that inform and engage residents. The Vermont Community Foundation is one of only 19 foundations throughout the country that was selected to receive a grant this round and will match Knight’s grant dollar-for-dollar with contributions from their funds and larger supporting organizations. If the challenged is fully matched, the funding will be worth $206,000, with $2,000 set aside for conferences, Galloway said.‘Strong democracy depends on strong journalism and informed debate,’ said Vermont Community Foundation President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. ‘Vermont stands out as a state with very high levels of citizen engagement, but we still need good information. We’re thrilled that the Knight Foundation has identified our proposal as worthy of funding.’VTDigger.org first launched in 2009 when a group of concerned citizens and journalists, led by Galloway, came together to create a platform for fact-driven reporting and open debate on key issues impacting Vermonters. Now with 50,000 readers a month, VTDigger.org publishes daily stories on Vermont politics and public policy matters and serves as a critical resource for lawmakers and community leaders tracking down information on key issues. When asked what sets VTDigger.org apart from other news sources, Galloway says: ‘Our total focus is on politics and public policy, and we tend to write frequently and relentlessly about a given topic. Traditional papers tend to cover the end game of lawmaking, not the process.’ Galloway cites their extensive coverage around health care, broadband infrastructure, and campaign finance reform as particular points of pride for the nascent organization. This summer, VTDigger.org also launched Tipster ‘ a virtual, public newsroom with the functionality of a social networking site like Facebook. Designed to facilitate interaction among readers and journalists, Tipster users can suggest questions and post tips and source materials for reporters. ‘Official sources tend to drive the information in the news,’ says Galloway. ‘Tipster is about bringing a more grassroots voice to the surface.’ In November 2010, VTDigger.org combined operations with The Vermont Journalism Trust (VJT), an organization dedicated to the funding of investigative reporting that provides scrutiny to under-covered issues and helps Vermonters make civic policy decisions based on informational integrity. ‘VTDigger.org is the ideal platform on which to build out Vermont Journalism Trust’s commitment to expanding quality journalism in all media,’ said VJT Founding Director Doug Clifton at the time of the merger.‘The Vermont Community Foundation and others like it are part of a growing number of community and place-based foundations working to ensure residents have the information they need to make important decisions about their communities,’ said Trabian Shorters, Knight Foundation’s vice president for engaging communities. ‘Ultimately, our democracy will only thrive if we have informed and engaged communities.’The Vermont Community Foundation is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Started in 1986 with a mission to grow philanthropy in Vermont and ensure that Vermont nonprofits have the resources they need to be effective, the Foundation has grown to include more than 600 funds established by individuals, businesses, and organizations for a broad range of charitable purposes. It awards approximately $10 million dollars a year in grants, thanks to the donors who work under its umbrella. Additionally, the Foundation offers planned giving, nonprofit agency endowment management, and other services that help charitable partners achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external). VTDigger.org is a statewide news website dedicated to coverage of Vermont politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy. Created in 2009, VTDigger.org publishes original news reporting, video, audio and photos, in addition to raw information in the form of press releases and government documents whenever possible. New content is published six days a week, Monday through Saturday.The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. The Knight Foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more information, visit www.knightfoundation.org(link is external).  # # #last_img read more

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New York expects incentives to yield 1.8 gigawatt-hours of energy storage

first_imgNew York expects incentives to yield 1.8 gigawatt-hours of energy storage FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Energy storage companies now can apply for $280 million in incentives allocated by New York’s state government.Gov. Andrew Cuomo made energy storage a key pillar of his strategy to secure 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040, because it can replace fossil-fueled plants to deliver power on demand. So far, grid battery projects in the state have appeared as pilots or one-offs; a thriving, sustainable business environment has not emerged with today’s market rules and battery project pricing.New York leaders hope the new “bridge incentive” will fix that. The theory is that the funding will monetize some of the value of storage that companies cannot get compensation for yet. By supporting the early growth of the market, the bridge will get the industry to a sustainable place, phasing out as deployments grow.The scale and structure of the targets were published in March, but the funding went live during the week of Earth Day. Though the numbers are not new, their sheer size demands attention.“At a minimum, this funding will support 1.8 gigawatt-hours of additional storage by 2025 across all three segments [residential, commercial and utility-scale], and thus will be integral in supporting New York’s storage target of 3 gigawatts by 2030,” said Brett Simon, senior energy storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.The program divides the funds between two categories. “Bulk” projects, which are bigger than 5 megawatts and serve the wholesale market or distribution services, receive $150 million. “Retail” projects, smaller than 5 megawatts and sited among customers, get $130 million. The applications are available online via the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).More: New York’s energy storage incentive could spur deployment of 1.8GWhlast_img read more

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Italy struck by deadliest day as virus prompts industry shutdown

first_imgAfter overtaking China as the most deadly center of the outbreak, Italy has alarmingly reported 793 deaths on Saturday, raising the total to 4,825 as hospitals overflow and health-care workers die. The country is fast running out of solutions — social and economic — to contain the catastrophe.It’s not alone: The death count in the UK and Spain also surged.Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was initially reluctant to embrace a large-scale shutdown, warned Britons they can’t expect to be spared: “The numbers are very stark, and they are accelerating. We are only a matter of weeks — two or three — behind Italy.”With no end in sight to the carnage, Europe is increasingly on a war footing after restrictions on society that would have seemed outlandish just weeks ago failed to bring down death rates. Italy, a founding European Union member that’s survived its share of political and financial crises, is once again on the brink in an EU beset by its latest crisis. Conte’s measures to contain the spread of the virus mirror initiatives taken by the Lombardy region, the epicenter of Italy’s outbreak and its economic heart. Regional leaders have urged the central government to take tougher action, often imposing their own measures before officials in Rome acted.As the human toll mounts, governments are increasingly throwing out the rulebook to counter the economic impact. Germany, long a holdout on deficit spending, pledged new debt worth almost 4.5% of its economic output. Unprecedented UK measures include helping pay people’s wages. The US administration is floating about $2 trillion in stimulus.As during Europe’s debt crisis a decade ago and the politically divisive influx of refugees that began in 2015, unified leadership has been in short supply. Helmed by an inexperienced team of EU commissioners in Brussels, the bloc did agree to close its outside borders as a way to protect visa-free travel within the EU.This weekend’s focus turns to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor with debt-crisis experience whose government is holding emergency talks on Sunday that look set to end years of balanced budgets.Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said Germany is pledging more than 150 billion euros ($160 billion) in new debt to help small companies cover overheads and aid to low-income earners. Merkel is considering a state of emergency, which would allow her government to ask parliament to the German constitution’s limits on public debt.Merkel also has prepared Germans for the possibility of sweeping shutdowns like those imposed in Italy and Spain, telling them “you need to take it seriously.”Berlin, the capital, on Saturday joined Bavaria and other German states in announcing further restrictions on public movement ahead of Sunday’s meeting.With cafés, bars and pubs now closed, the UK government is falling in line with the trend toward restrictions on social gatherings to curb the spread of the virus. But in the economic sphere it is going much further than its cohort with a radical set of measures that include the state paying up to 80 percent of a worker’s wages.In Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned the nation on Saturday to expect a further increase in deaths. The country is entering the second week of a state of emergency that has confined most people to their homes with police patrolling the streets to enforce the lockdown. Reported deaths rose by 324 on Saturday to 1,326, about twice the pace recorded the previous day.Most people in Spain “have never had to face something as harsh this,” Sanchez said in a address.Topics : Italy suffered its worst day of coronavirus deaths and shut down almost all industrial production for 15 days, with the pandemic dealing blow after blow across an entire European continent in lockdown.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said late Saturday that Italy will temporarily halt all non-essential business activity as the country of 60 million faces its biggest challenge since World War II. Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and post offices and other essential businesses will stay open, he said.”Stay home, we don’t have a choice,” he told Italians in a televised address.last_img read more

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4 persons hurt in road crash

first_imgThe 60-year-old Segundito Segador; 43-year-oldRhea Estrella; Jeff Geolagio and his 11-year-old sister Liza sustained injurieson the body, police said. The suspect was in the custody of the Guimbalpolice station. He vowed to pay for all the hospital expenses of the victims./PN The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. onTuesday. The driver of the pickup was identifiedas Zaldy Torrechante, 49, of Barangay Atabayan, Tigbauan, Iloilo. ILOILO City – The tricycle they wereriding crashed against a pickup truck in Barangay Nanga, Guimbal, Iloilo. last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Battle Lady Spartans

first_imgThe 8th grade Lady Bulldogs came out with a win last night against Connersville 31-16.They played great Defense and worked well together. They set goals for the game, and they worked on getting them accomplished. Scoring for the ladies were:Catherin Raab 8, Denise Davalos 7, Chloe Saler and Paige Oldham both with 5, Katie Brewer 4, and Shalee Harrington 2. Great job girls! Coty and I are very PROUD of you.They will be in action again on Thursday at home. Come out and support the girls as they finish up the regular season.The 7th grade lost in overtime 32-28.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Horn.last_img read more

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Fletcher has surgery on ankle

first_imgSunderland striker Steven Fletcher has undergone surgery to address the ankle injury which ended his season prematurely, the club have confirmed. The 26-year-old Scotland international had an operation on Monday and is now targeting a swift as possible return to ensure he is available for the start of the new campaign. Fletcher, a £12million summer signing from Wolves, remains the club’s leading scorer for this season but has missed the last three games after damaging ankle ligaments on international duty last month. The Black Cats are yet to reveal details of his recovery period. News of Fletcher’s absence for the remainder of the season was announced on the same day as skipper Lee Cattermole was ruled out with a persistent knee problem, and represented a major blow to then manager Martin O’Neill with the club fighting for Barclays Premier League survival. O’Neill revealed at the time that he was hopeful Fletcher would not need surgery, but admitted it was a possibility if the ankle did not settle down with treatment and rest. The Ulsterman was replaced by Paolo Di Canio on March 30 with the newcomer well aware he would be without the man most likely to fire the Black Cats out of trouble. In the circumstances, he challenged the rest of his players to come up with the goals to keep them in the top flight, and received the perfect response on Sunday when Stephane Sessegnon, Adam Johnson and David Vaughan struck to secure a famous 3-0 derby victory at Newcastle. However, Sunderland remain only three points clear of the relegation zone with five games to play despite Wigan’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday night, and the Latics still have a game in hand on their fellow relegation contenders. The Black Cats entertain high-flying Everton at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, when anything other than three points could dissipate the euphoria of their heroics on Tyneside. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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