Jack White Pens His First-Ever TV Theme Song For New Maya Rudolph/Martin Short Show

first_imgIt’s hard to imagine Jack White breaking new ground in his music career, but that’s just what he’ll do tonight, May 31st, when his song premieres on the brand new television show Maya and Marty. The new NBC variety show will be hosted by Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, and the show’s theme song was written and produced by White himself.According to Third Man Records, this is the first time that Jack White has written music specifically for a television program. The song features White on drums, with Dean Fertita, Dominic Davis, Lillie Mae Rische and Fats Kaplin comprising the band.Listen to the Maya and Marty theme song below.last_img read more

In Ireland’s recent history, a model for clean growth

first_imgClean economic growth is not just a pipe dream — it happened in Ireland between 1990 and 2010, when emissions dropped 10 percent even as the country’s economy grew 265 percent, the leader of that country’s Green Party said Monday.“Ireland … is one of those countries you can point a finger to and say, ‘You can de-carbonize an economy and still develop,’” said Eamon Ryan.Ryan acknowledged that the growth came in relatively green industries, such as medical devices, finance, and digital technology. But he also said that even in a much slower economy, investment in clean energy continues to pay dividends. Today, Ireland generates 20 percent of its power through wind energy; on windy days as much as half the nation’s power can come from renewable sources.“We can actually change the energy system,” said Ryan. “It takes time, but what amazes me is how quickly you can start to change.”Ryan presented Ireland’s story in Mallinckrodt Hall, speaking as part of the Center for the Environment’s “Future of Energy” lecture series. Ryan, who served as energy minister from 2007 until the Green Party was ousted from power in 2011, was introduced by the center’s director, Daniel Schrag, the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and a professor of environmental science and engineering.One of the lessons from Ireland, Ryan said, is the importance of political consensus around clean energy. While he was energy minister, the parliamentary debate on wind power was more about how much than yes or no.Ireland had many factors favorable to wind power, Ryan said. The country was highly dependent on foreign fuel, with more than 90 percent of its energy coming from imported fossil fuels. Wind was not just a solution to environmental issues, it also provided the nation with greater energy security.Also a factor was agreement across Europe that something had to be done on climate change. To address the problem, Ryan said, power has to be de-carbonized — by linking fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage technology, by increasing nuclear power, or by boosting renewables.For Ireland, heavy use of renewables has been the way to go, Ryan said. The nation has set a goal to get 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, a target it will likely meet, he said.Integrating energy systems across Europe will play a key role in increasing the proportion of renewable power, Ryan said.Other important steps include pushing to increase the use of electric vehicles, particularly since housing development over the last 20 years has doubled the length of the typical commute. Ireland has already moved to reduce carbon emissions in transportation, taxing vehicles based on carbon emissions rather than cost, a policy that has led to more fuel-efficient cars.Ireland has also adopted energy-efficient building standards and is working to retrofit existing buildings, with some 250,000 upgraded so far. The nation passed a carbon tax, which allowed a cut in personal income taxes, a change that Ryan said showed the public that the government has its priorities lined up properly. The carbon tax brings in about 1 percent of overall revenue.Ryan said he believes the next wave in reforming the energy system will focus on eliminating waste. He also said a new energy economy has to offer things, not just take things away.“The new alternative economy has to be a better economy,” Ryan said. “If we’re going to stop people from going from A to B, you have to have a C.”One area that needs improvement, he said, is communication on climate change. Advocates for measures to address the issue should admit scientific uncertainty where it exists, admit that the changes — though worthwhile — may be costly, and engage with opponents in a constructive way.“We need everyone involved. We should stop telling people what to do and start asking people for their help,” Ryan said.last_img read more

Data Advantage: How to Innovate and Create New Value

first_img“The second trend is having cloud and edge computing in place. We are seeing the emergence of the as-a-service economy – I can simply go to a company for services so I can store and process all of this data [in real time].” Big Data and the IoT “This is closely linked to the connectivity trend… using augmented and virtual reality to provide more immersive experiences. With 5G and mobile headsets, you can take customers anywhere – they will be able to sit on a bus somewhere and have amazing VR and AR experiences.”For more insights from the many other leaders who attended the event Data Advantage: How to innovate and create new value, such as author and management consultant Geoffrey Moore, Mark Kramer from our customer EDAG, as well as Matt Baker and myself from Dell Technologies, please access the session on-demand. “The fourth and most important technology trend is artificial intelligence and machine learning – the most powerful technology humans have ever had access to. This again enables us to automate more of our business processes, but also to automate some of the insights we’re generating from our data. Instead of having a pull factor where people have to find the data, analyse it themselves, identify patterns and make better decisions, in the future we’ll have more of a push factor – intelligent algorithms actually monitoring your data and saying ‘ok, it looks like this customer segment is less loyal than others, you might want to have a look at this.’” Extended reality Smart robots “Big Data, especially from the Internet of Things (IoT), is being generated in huge volumes from our smart devices, smart products and connected machines. Having access to this data and being able to use it will be key.” Resilient next-gen connectivity “We are now seeing more intelligent robots in the manufacturing process and across the supply chain with self-driving cars, trucks, ships and drones. White-collar robots that use Robotic Process Automation – especially the latest versions that apply machine learning – will also be very important in really monitoring what people are doing and helping them to perform some of those tasks.” Cloud storage and edge computing AI and ML for data insights Last month, Dell Technologies and AMD hosted the virtual event Data Advantage: How to innovate and create new value, in which top executives and technology experts shared best practices for turning data into a competitive edge for businesses.As one of those panel speakers, I was pleased to discuss the key innovations businesses should consider to create new value. Joining the discussion was Bernard Marr, international best-selling business author, futurist, keynote speaker and strategic advisor to companies and governments. He gave his view on six key technologies to watch in 2021. Let’s look at what he said: “The fifth trend is having more resilient networks – especially when we look at the rollout of 5G. This will be a massive enabler that gives us all of the connectivity we need in mobile devices, anywhere, so we don’t have to worry about having a Wi-Fi connection for fast internet speeds. I’m talking to companies like Nokia about the sixth generation of mobile networks already, so this this is extremely important.”last_img read more

New advertising resolution passed

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) worked on finishing this academic year’s issues at the second to last meeting before turnover on April 1. “There is always the chance that next year’s administration will throw out what we do,” Megan Griffin, SGA vice president, said. “But, we can’t let that stop us from making decisions and doing everything we can right up ‘til the end.”   Hoffman said the SGA sponsors a large number of the events that take place on the campus but are not recognized.  A particular issue the conference will be dealing with is child prostitution. McDonagh said they will be showing a documentary film on the subject, called “Very Young Girls.” The event will be open to the campus and public.  The board also gave funding to two clubs during the meeting. It is sponsoring a political science event that will take place on April 7. The club will be showing the film “Frost/Nixon” concerning post Watergate issues and is open to all students.  Next week’s meeting will be the last of this administration, and the last chance for clubs to receive funding for this academic year, Hoffman said. “Students wonder what their SGA board is doing for them,” Hoffman said. “So we are passing this resolution that events sponsored by SGA have to state so.” center_img As one of its final acts, the board passed a resolution concerning the advertisement of SGA. Jennifer Hoffman, SGA president, brought the issue before the board. She said many people on Saint Mary’s campus have no idea what SGA does.  Many board members said it was important for students to know what SGA has done for them, so that they will know what it can do for them. The resolution declares any group receiving funds for an event from the board must say “Sponsored by Student Government Association” on all advertisements for the event.  Sophomore Cassie McDonagh,   said the group is holding a conference aimed at studying and deconstructing the social norms of beauty. SGA also sponsored an event hosted by Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies honor society. last_img read more

Forecast: More Snow for Long Island This Week

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Heavy machinery was brought in to plow a parking lot in Bay Shore on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.Nearly 10 inches of heavy snow that canceled school, business and travel Monday on Long Island is forecast to freeze overnight before another snow storm could bring 4-to-8 more inches this week.The wet, slushy snow that tapered off after sundown is expected to turn to ice once temperatures drop into the 20s or below at night, making for a slippery Tuesday morning commute, forecasters said. The National Weather Service also issued a winter storm watch for Nassau County from Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon.“The next one is even trickier,” said Joey Picca, an meteorologist in the agency’s Upton office. “As we go through the night time hours, then what we’re looking at is the snow start to mix with freezing rain and sleet.”Just like the storm that hit Monday, the forecast is likely to change before arrival, but is expected to be “significant” nonetheless. A half inch of ice is expected to coat the snow this time.After that storm breaks, there’s a growing chance of another storm capable of significant snowfall moving in from the south this weekend, although that is far from set, Picca said.The storm Monday downed tree branches and power lines, causing more than 4,000 homes and businesses to lose power at the worst point, PSEG Long Island said. Most of those were restored by evening.The Long Island Rail Road was mostly running on time on a normal schedule and major roadways appeared plowed, but air travelers in town for the Super Bowl were reportedly stranded at New York City airports overnight until flights resume Wednesday.Unofficial snowfall amounts as of mid-day Monday topped out at 9.9 in Centerport, 9.3 in Mattituck and 8 inches even in Saint James with North Merrick and Albertson tied for the highest amount in Nassau at 8.8 inches..last_img read more

Long Island Staged Car Crash Insurance Scam Ring Busted

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State authorities said they busted a group of scammers on Long Island, where five suspects are accused of fraudulently collecting more than $100,000 in insurance by staging vehicle crashes.The alleged ringleader, 35-year-old Jean Guilberto of Wyandanch, staged three crashes in which rented U-Haul trucks intentionally crashed into cars packed with suspects, who were treated for fake wounds at a Freeport clinic in 2010 and 2011, authorities said.“Breaking up staged automobile accident rings means safer streets and safer communities,” New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.Guilberto was charged with insurance fraud and grand larceny. Facing the same charges are 32-year-old Troy Russell of Amityville, 38-year-old Alecia Holland of Wyandanch, 46-year-old Larry Henley of Uniondale and 27-year-old Jahmari Monroe of the Bronx.Prosecutors said that Guilberto recruited the U-Haul drivers and the occupants of the second vehicle with promises of cash payments or lucrative personal injury lawsuit settlements. The suspects allegedly lied to responding police officers by pretending that the crashes were real.The fake injuries were treated at Freeport Medical, where the suspects allegedly filled out insurance forms that included false information about the crash and their made-up injuries. The clinic billed insurance carriers more than $25,000 for each crash.Guilberto faces up to 21 years in prison and the others face up to 7 years in prison, if convicted.last_img read more

Dubrovnik-Neretva County has made a decision on the amount of tourist tax for 2021

first_imgAt the session of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Assembly, the Decision on the amount of the tourist tax and the amount of the annual lump sum of the tourist tax for cities and municipalities in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for 2021 was adopted. Source: Dubrovnik-Neretva County Attachment: Decision on the amount of tourist tax for 2021 in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County / Source: Dubrovnik-Neretva County In the City of Korčula in 2012, the tourist tax will amount to 14 kuna in season and 10 out of season, while the annual lump sum will be 500,00 kuna. Please find attached the Decision on the amount of tourist tax per person per night and the amount of the annual lump sum tourist tax for cities and municipalities in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for 2021. center_img For the area of ​​the City of Dubrovnik, the fee per person from April 1 to September 30 will be 20 kuna, and for the rest of the period 14 kuna, while the annual flat rate tourist tax for accommodation in the household per accommodation unit will be 500 kuna. (Cities of Ploče, Metković and Opuzen, and municipalities of Blato, Dubrovnik littoral, Janjina, Kula Norinska, Konavle, Lastovo, Lumbarda, Mljet, Orebić, Slivno, Pojezerje, Smokvica, Ston, Trpanj, Vela Luka, Zažablje and Župa Dubrovačka) Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

Belt and braces

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Governor Wolf Announces New Pennsylvania Investments to Stimulate Small Business Development and Create Jobs

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces New Pennsylvania Investments to Stimulate Small Business Development and Create Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Jobs That Pay Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the state is investing nearly $5.5 million through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program to help spur statewide development and create and retain 79 jobs.“These loans are another example of our commitment to assisting small businesses in their efforts to expand their operations which will deliver economic benefits to their communities,” said Governor Wolf. “By investing in these diverse projects, we continue to show other small businesses that they too can take steps to make themselves more profitable and make positive impacts on their neighbors.”In 2017, PIDA has approved $15.2 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $25.6 million in private investment and supported 443 created and retained full-time jobs.Over the last month, PIDA approved a total of $5,453,750 million in low-interest loans for seven projects in Berks, Cumberland, Erie, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Tioga counties that will generate nearly $6 million in private investments.The following loans were approved during the last month:Berks CountyThe Greater Berks Development Fund was awarded a $1,930,000, 15-year loan at 3 percent for the first seven years to acquire a 22-acre parcel at the intersection of Routes 61 and 73 in Ontelaunee. The parcel will be subdivided and marketed to small, mid-size manufacturing and industrial operations, and commercial users. Total project cost is $2,621,720.Cumberland CountyThe Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation was awarded a $227,500, 15-year loan at 4 percent on behalf of Eleven Oaks Farms, LLC, to purchase 98.2 acres to expand the family-owned farming operation which markets Wagyu Beef and Heritage Breeds of hogs. Because of the uniqueness of this product, the USDA has awarded a $250,000 grant to Eleven Oaks Farms for assistance in marketing their products. Total project cost is $455,000.Erie CountyEnterprise Development Center of Erie County was awarded a $596,250, 15-year loan at 4 percent on behalf of Beaumont Technologies, Inc. to acquire a 40,466-square-foot building on 6.63 acres located at 6100 West Ridge Road in Erie. The company is a global supplier to all industries that manufacture and produce plastic components. The company anticipates retaining 28 full-time jobs and creates 15 full-time jobs within three years. Total project cost is $1,336,925.Lancaster CountyEDC Finance Corporation was approved for two loans at the May meeting:A $400,000, 15-year loan at 3 percent for the first seven years on behalf of Jeffrey and Debra Landis for the construction of two free range egg laying houses to be located on their 68.5-acre farm in Manheim. Each house will hold approximately 20,700 birds with an estimated production of 742,000 dozen eggs per year. The total project cost is $1,500,000A $400,000, 15-year loan at 3 percent for the first seven years on behalf of Brad and Shanna Byers to construct two, 32,400-square-foot broiler houses to be located in Quarryville. Total project cost is $1,150,000.Montgomery County Montgomery County Development Corporation was awarded a $1.5 million, 10-year loan at 4 percent on behalf of Skyline Emissions, Inc. located at 103 A Park Drive, Montgomeryville, for the purchase of equipment to manufacture emission replacement components for heavy duty diesel vehicles. The company will retain 18 full-time jobs and create 18 additional full-time positions in the next three years. The total project cost is $3 million.Tioga CountyNorthern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission was awarded a $400,000, 15-year loan at 3 percent for the first seven years on behalf of Drew and Lisa Remley to construct a 9,600-head hog guild nursery facility. The new facility will be located at their 27-acre farm in Roaring Branch. Total project cost is $1.3 million.PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The Authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital line of credit loans, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.Qualified applicants are eligible to select either a reset rate of 4.00 percent for the first seven years or a fixed rate of 2.25 percent for real estate financing, 4.00 percent fixed rate for equipment loans, 4 percent fixed rate loans for a 12-month period for working capital and accounts receivable lines of credit, and 2 percent fixed rate for pollution prevention and energy efficient loans. Rates will be in effect for loan applications received through June 30, 2017.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov.center_img May 03, 2017last_img read more

What’s the Craziest, Stupidest Thing You’ve Done For Love?.

first_imgLifestyleRelationships What’s the Craziest, Stupidest Thing You’ve Done For Love?. by: – July 29, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! 43 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Tweet -Faye Brennan, BettyConfidential.comIn photo: couple in grass smiling. Photo credit: Banana StockCrazy. Stupid. Silly. Weird. Wild. Love makes us act in ways we never thought we would. Unlike any other emotion, it drives us to take matters into our own hands–whether that means risking our reputations or even our lives–to let our one and only know how we feel.In the spirit of Crazy, Stupid Love, which opens in theaters this Friday, we asked our readers to share with us their stories of the craziest, stupidest things they’ve done for love.Here are some of the best:“I’m a touring musician, so sometimes it’s hard to find stability when you are in a different city every night. However, I fell in love at first sight with my girlfriend when in Huntsville, AL. We stayed in touch by texting and calling, and I sent letters and postcards from every city I performed in. When I finally got back home to Portland, I had to find a way to see her in the opposite corner of the country. My best friend worked at an airline company and got me tickets to see her. However, since there were no direct flights, each trip I took to see her required two flights, a 45-minute taxi ride, and then a 2-hour bus trip! I made the trip every other week until she finally moved to Portland to be with me!”-Simon T., 30, OR“My bride and I remarry in a different state or country every year. This year, number fourteen, we went to New Mexico and got remarried in a hot air balloon! Our other crazy weddings have been in a 500-year-old windmill in Germany, swimming with the dolphins (Best mammal and Brides mammal), at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, and in Las Vegas as King and Queen at Excalibur.” -Evan Money, 26, CA“In 2008, a month after I got my Master’s of Social Work in nonprofit administration, I quit my job as the second in command at a rapidly growing nonprofit organization that I’d worked at for five years to move to Calcutta, India for two years in order for my husband to do research for his Ph.D. The jury is still out on whether the story has a happy ending for my career. However, there’s nothing like living in an excruciatingly hot developing country for two years with no air conditioning to really make or break you — and in my case, the experience really solidified the bond my husband and I have.”-Mandy Van Deven, 31, NY“About 7 years ago I met a guy on a Greyhound bus. He was a fast talker and I was desperate! Within weeks, he had come to my new hometown to tell me that he was a professional shoplifter, taking back from the corporate world what they ‘don’t deserve to keep for themselves.’ Yep, he was crazy. And I was crazy in love with him. So, I dumped my apartment and my job and joined him on his cross-country campaign to cripple corporate America. Of course, I just ended up hurt and homeless and abused… Needless to say I wouldnt recommend dumping your ENTIRE LIFE for a guy!”-Elise A., WATell us: what’s the craziest, stupidest thing you’ve ever done for love?last_img read more