• Running Out Of Steam

    first_imgAthlete live at the Carling Academy, OxfordBoth papers sniggered at Athlete in their listings section last week, the full weight of Oxford snobbery crushing down on their mainstream success. When taking this review I was determined to counterattack; this article would be a spirited defense of the popular, how a band could be great without being controversial. Thus, I was left disappointed when they didn’t give me that chance. Still, it feels rather unfair for me to blame them for that, since it was in fact a good gig, well played and engaging. Nonetheless, it did live up to the stereotypes. Take the audience: middle-aged couples predominated, and I’m pretty sure I saw someone taking a gig pic on a Blackberry. A group of eleven year olds at the barrier drew singer Joel Pott’s attention (odd considering it was an over-18s event). ‘Did your dad sneak you in?’ he asked, ‘Thats the kind of dad I’m gonna be’.Support act Boy Kill Boy acquitted themselves well, providing perhaps more energy than the headliners with their heavier sound more suited to live performance. Athlete divided their time between tracks from the latest album Beyond The Neighborhood and their previous work The Tourist, which was a No.1 album in 2005. The Tourist tracks sounded fuller and went down better with the crowd, ‘Wires’ and ‘Yesterday Threw Everything At Me’ being highlights for me and everyone else. The band’s oldest material didn’t get much of a look in. When an audience memeber shouted a request, Pott was unimpressed. ‘I don’t think we’d remember how to play that.’ The audience didn’t really seem to have paid money to listen to the band’s older material at all, and the band played hit song ‘Beautiful’ more or less for their own benefit.New song ‘Rock Scene’ was a popular number, but I couldn’t really work out why apart from the annoyingly memorable lyics. Athlete’s new album has fared less well than its predecessor, and the most recent single ‘Tokyo’ charted at an embarrassingly low 198. It seemed to me this was a group already past its peak. The band made the unusual decision of finishing on a song no-one seemed to know, ‘Flying Over Bus Stops’. It wasn’t a bad song, but it was hardly a rousing finale. Last night was a good show and everyone (including me) seemed to enjoyed themselves. It was just a shame it turned out to be so predictably mediocre.– Michael Bennettlast_img read more

  • O.C. Police, PBA 61 Serve Up Free Restaurant Takeouts

    first_imgThe Ocean City Police Department and PBA Local 61 come up with a plan to help local restaurants during the coronavirus crisis. (Photo courtesy Ocean City Police Department Facebook Page) By MADDY VITALEThe Ocean City Police Department and PBA Local 61 have joined forces to help out businesses in the community in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.Local 61, the police union, will donate $200 every weekday for the next two weeks to a local restaurant to cover $200 worth of takeout/delivery orders that day. It began Monday.The PBA and OCPD will randomly pick an Ocean City restaurant each day and work with the owners in selecting customers for free meals courtesy of Local 61.“Thanks to a generous donation from Ocean City PBA Local 61, we will treat some lucky customers to a free meal,” according to Ocean City Police Department’s Facebook page.The department is seeking photos of the winners as they tag @ocnjpd and follow the department on its Facebook page, Instagram and on Twitter.Ocean City Police Department Lt. Pat Randles, who is in charge of public information, said of the PBA’s donation and the giveaway, “The OCPD is grateful for the relationships we have with our citizens and local businesses. The successes we have achieved as a department are directly related to the successes of those we serve.”He explained what the donation means to the police department and the union.“This project is a way for us to help both the customers and businesses. The hope is the project also reminds everyone to support our local businesses during this time of need,” Randles emphasized. “O.C. PBA 61 shares that same spirit. Their hard work and generosity made this project a success. We couldn’t have done it without them.”Ocean City police and PBA Local 61 hope that by helping restaurants, more people will support the local businesses.PBA President Rich Wilent, an Ocean City Police Department detective, said his hope is that this is one of many events and giveaways the PBA and the department can do together to help out a community he grew up in during this difficult time.“The businesses and communities have helped support the PBA. A couple of members came to me, the chief (Jay Prettyman) and Pat (Randles) with this idea and we decided it is only right to help the community that has been so good to us,” Wilent noted. “We are a non-profit. All the money goes back to the community.”He said the plan is to create other ways to help businesses suffering the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak.“We might go to the restaurants down the road and give them sizable tips,” he said.Wilent said to start, the PBA and police department will work with about 10 restaurants and may expand it to others down the road.The union and police department members spoke with some of the restaurants and said they were pleased with the idea of the giveaway to help boost business.“We are looking at bringing in other restaurants, and also helping the wait staff out,” Wilent said.He said the PBA is strong and is a key part of the fabric of the tight-knit community of Ocean City.“The members before us made this union, and it is our job to build on it and continue. This is the stuff we hold dear to us. We watch out for the community,” he said. “This is for them. We want everyone to do as well as possible.”The meal giveaway is seen as one way to help the community join together during the coronavirus outbreak.“We are hoping to just bridge the gap, get through these hard times and get back to some type of normalcy,” Wilent said.Anyone seeking donations or who needs assistance from PBA Local 61 during the COVID-19 crisis may reach out to Wilent via email at [email protected] the number of coronavirus cases in Cape May County continues to grow, police and the PBA union are looking at ways to help the community. (Image courtesy of American Hospital Association)last_img read more

  • In the BB archives:

    first_imgIt is not uncommon practice for a family baker who runs short of bread to obtain some from a fellow-baker to tide him over in an emergency. An instance of this came to our notice a few days ago, and it was not necessary for the fact to be pointed out to us. In place of the excellent and appetising bread usually on sale, we saw a few good loaves and a considerable number of loaves that were nearly as hard as bullets and dead-looking; loaves of which no good baker could have pretended to be proud. We felt sorry for the customers who paid their money and took their choice and wondered whether they could fail to notice the difference between the bread to which they were accustomed and that which they were about to eat.So the problem is: Should one shut up the shop as soon as one’s own supply is exhausted or turn to a baker friend, whose bread one knows is inferior?last_img read more

  • Winning Powerball ticket purchased in northwestern Indiana about to expire

    first_img Pinterest Twitter Google+ Twitter Facebook WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp (“Powerball” by Travis Wise, CC BY 2.0) A winning Powerball ticket purchased in May 2020 is set to expire on Thursday.A $50,000 winning Powerball ticket was purchased in at Speedway gas station #8335 on Calumet Ave. in Hammond ahead of the May 9 drawing.The winning ticket must be claimed no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.The May 9, 2020 winning numbers are 12-18-42-48-65 and the Powerball number is 19.The winning ticket matched four of the five winning numbers and the Powerball number.The ticket holder should put the ticket in a secure place, consider meeting with a financial advisor, and contact Hoosier Lottery customer service at 1-800-955-6886 for specific claim instructions. Google+ Previous articleSouth Bend Schools working on winter sports COVID-19 protocolsNext articleGuilty plea from suspect in South Bend gas station shooting death Network Indiana Facebook Pinterest By Network Indiana – November 5, 2020 0 957 Winning Powerball ticket purchased in northwestern Indiana about to expirelast_img read more

  • Press release: Prime Minister vows to deliver a Brexit that unites the UK

    first_img Today, one year until the UK leaves the EU and begins to chart a new course in the world, I am visiting all four nations of the Union to hear from people across our country what Brexit means to them. I am determined that as we leave the EU, and in the years ahead, we will strengthen the bonds that unite us, because ours is the world’s most successful union. The UK contains four proud and historic nations, but together we amount to so much more than the sum of our parts and our Union is an enormous force for good. We see that on the global stage, where the UK stands up for liberal and democratic values and leads the world in international development action. And we see the enormous benefits of our Union at home too, as we face challenges together, freely pooling and sharing risks and rewards as one united people. As we leave the EU, powers will return from Brussels to the parliaments and assemblies of the UK, closer to the people we all serve and with greater ability to deliver for their needs. Each of the devolved nations will see an increase in their decision-making powers. Make no mistake, this government is absolutely committed to the devolution settlements as we have demonstrated beyond question with landmark pieces of legislation over the last few years. But as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I have an absolute responsibility to protect the integrity of the United Kingdom as a whole. That means ensuring that no new barriers are created within our common domestic market and that the UK is able to meet its international obligations in the future. No Prime Minister could leave these things to chance, because they are absolutely crucial to our success as a country in the future. The government is taking action to benefit the whole UK, from supporting the security services that keep us all safe and pursuing a modern industrial strategy which will deliver jobs and economic growth in every community, to pursuing an international trade policy which will open up new markets for our world-beating exports around the world. I am determined that our future will be a bright one. It’s a future in which we trade freely with friends and partners across Europe and beyond. Having regained control of our laws, our borders and our money, and seized the opportunities provided by Brexit, the UK will thrive as a strong and united country that works for everyone, no matter whether you voted Leave or Remain. During her tour across the UK, the PM will outline her determination to deliver a Brexit deal that works for every community and protects the integrity of the Union.The Prime Minister will travel around the country talking to a range of people and emphasising that, regardless of whether they backed Leave or Remain, what is important now is making Brexit a success for everyone.Kicking off in Scotland, the Prime Minister will visit textile workers at a factory in Ayrshire, before travelling to Newcastle to meet with a local parent and toddler group. She will have lunch with farmers near Belfast before travelling to Barry to host a roundtable with Welsh businesses. She will finish the day in West London where she will have tea with a group of Polish citizens who have made the UK their home.Speaking ahead of the visit, Prime Minister Theresa May said:last_img read more

  • Foundation Bakery opens first shop

    first_imgA new social-enterprise bakery firm is looking to open up to two more retail sites in the next 12 months, and target festivals as part of its future business, British Baker can reveal.Foundation Bakery, a Christian-led organisation based on the Isle of Wight, has revealed the newsafter launching its first standalone retail premises, which opened on Pyle Street in Newport around two weeks ago.The site consists of a 60-seater café and an open-plan kitchen producing a number of bakery goods including cakes, traybakes and cookies, with local bakery business, the Island Bakery, also supplying the outlet with a number of bread products.Andy Hinton, managing director of Foundation Bakery, told British Baker: “Our ambition has always been to have our own site and operate town centre cafés because of the customer-facing experience we wanted to provide for our trainees.“We now have our own hub, but we will look to open other outlets on the island, as well as mainland UK in due course, so that people can visit our bakery cafés where they can purchase products made from locally-sourced and natural ingredients. Our profits will fund our expansion, so hopefully as the business becomes profitable we can put money towards establishing the next few sites.”Foundation Bakery, which helps to support former substance abusers, ex-prisoners and people with mental illness by offering practical work-based training and support, currently employs three full-time members of staff, as well as three trainees and a couple of volunteers.Discussing the performance of the new bakery-café site, Hinton explained: “We are happy with progress so far. Obviously businesses like this take a while to get going, but we have had a great response from customers so far who are liking the concept, as well as the food.”He added that Foundation Bakery is exploring other markets to target the business at, including the potential launch of a mobile unit, which will be utilised at local music events, such as the Isle of Wight festival and Bestival.Foundation Bakery was formed two years ago following the demise of a charity and cake producer called Not Just Enterprises in 2010. It operated from a kitchen in Chessell Pottery Café up until last year, after which it moved to a new site located in Colemans Farms.last_img read more

  • Aqueous Covers Radiohead and Steely Dan With Members of Umphrey’s McGee [Videos/Photos]

    first_imgIt was particularly electrifying to watch Jake Cinninger and Aqueous guitarist Mike Gantzer perform together, with the two guitarists trading licks for the better part of an hour and all the while smiling ear-to-ear. While, predictably with Cinninger and Cummins on deck, the combined group picked up at moments an Umphrey’s-esque sound while still retaining Aqueous’s groovy, energized vibe. However, another large factor in last night’s larger-than-life sound was bassist Evan McPhaden’s contributions across the night, who was a really strong presence throughout the show. After Cinninger and Cummins took their leave, Aqueous embarked on their final stretch of songs for the night. A “Random Company” sandwich ended the set, with “Numbers and Facts” positioned squarely at its center. For the encore, at the request of a fan, Aqueous laid down “Origami” to totally close out the night.You can check out photos of last night’s show below, courtesy of Chris Cappaci (Capacity Images) and Stephen Olker.Setlist: Aqueous | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY | 7/7/2017 | Set: Skyway, Uncle Phil’s Parachute*> Don’t Do It*%> Highline Jam%, Booth Love^%, National Anthem#%, Strange Times%, Kid Charlemagne+%, Random Company> Numbers and Facts> Random CompanyEncore: Origami*unfinished %Ft. Jake Cinninger and Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee^First time played, Umphrey’s McGee cover# Radiohead Cover+ Steely Dan cover[Photo: Capacity Images] Pro-Shot Video Of Aqueous, Joel Cummins, And Vinnie Amico’s “Kid Charlemagne” From SCAMPFollowing “Booth Love,” the group moved into a cover of Radiohead’s “National Anthem” ahead of “Strange Times,” which featured particularly energetic jam segments. For Cummins, Cinninger, and Aqueous final number together, the six moved into a cover of Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne,” which served as the climax of the show. With smiles abounding, the “Kid Charlemagne” jam featured teases of Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But A G Thang,” and offered one last number for the crew to show off their collective chops. The cover was not completely out of left field, however — on Thursday night of this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival, Aqueous welcomed Joel and moe.’s Vinnie Amico for a rendition of the Steely Dan tune.Kid Charlemagne Load remaining imagescenter_img After Umphrey’s McGee and Aqueous hit the Central Park Summer Stage in New York City last night, Aqueous kept the party going with a special after-party at New York’s Highline Ballroom. At the after-show, the Buffalo-based quartet was joined by Jake Cinninger and Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s for the majority of the performance. With Cinninger and Cummins on deck, Aqueous was ready to bring their A-game to the Highline, putting on a dialed-in show with a major focus on extended improvisation throughout the night.Despite a lack of pre-planning or rehearsal, the augmented Aqueous line-up sounded particularly solid as a unit. Cinninger and Cummins were brought out in the middle of the “Don’t Do It” jam at the beginning of the night, making for a non-traditional, albeit spectacular, welcome for their special guests. From there, the six musicians became more exploratory for the “Highline Jam,” testing the limits of the other musicians on stage and their combined abilities as an ensemble. The crew came out of the extended jam straight into “Booth Love,” marking Aqueous’s debut of the Umphrey’s McGee number and serving as a true welcome to both Cinninger and Cummins.Booth Lovelast_img read more

  • Keep Focus on Workloads with a Future-Proof Infrastructure

    first_imgWhen you have the reassurance that your IT infrastructure investments are protected, you can worry less about the critical workloads that keep your organization running. So far in our Direct2DellEMC series on optimizing your infrastructure for critical business workloads, we have been discussing how selecting the right technology provider can make the difference in organizations delivering superior outcomes. Today we will take that conversation one step further and explore the benefits of a total package – advanced technologies, coupled with guarantees, offers and assurances.Our advice is to center your decision-making around the use cases, applications and databases that have a most direct impact on your organization’s strategic differentiation. By keeping focus on the performance and simplicity required by the workloads that drive the unique capabilities your business relies on for differentiation, you can optimize your infrastructure with each investment. But before you take your next step in infrastructure modernization, consider if the strategy you are following is future-proof.As IT leaders have learned throughout their careers, eliminating unknowns increases the likelihood of positive outcomes down the road. The best way to sleep at night is to know that your investments are protected.In addition to our full stack of IT solutions and the services offered by our experts, we know organizations turn to Dell Technologies because of our establishment as a leader in the industry. And we remain one of the most trusted technology providers around the globe because in addition to helping your IT staff enact modernization efforts, we ensure that your satisfaction is guaranteed.To bring you that further peace of mind, we have made a set of promises through our Future-Proof Program that guarantee our resilient storage, data protection, networking and hyperconverged products deliver value throughout their lifespan. The program is designed to help you optimize the IT lifecycle through a series of guarantees, offers, and assurances. Future-Proof provides support from beginning to end by guaranteeing outcomes, maximizing investments and helping you navigate the future of IT.Future-Proof guarantees outcomes by going above and beyond expectations with guarantees that our world class technology capabilities will deliver as promised. Because we stand firmly behind our solutions, we hope you can plan to support your workloads confidently, assured that you will neither over- nor under-provision for your business needs.Future-Proof maximizes your investments by ensuring that you can easily purchase, exchange, and upgrade IT solutions to seamlessly modernize technologies today and into the future. Future-Proof also helps you to navigate IT futures with technologies and features designed to flexibly operate on premises or in the cloud, today and in the future. By eliminating future cost uncertainties for acquired solutions, you will be able to better budget for new IT needs as your workloads demand.Don’t forget that our advanced offerings across the infrastructure stack are available with flexible payment options through Dell Technologies On Demand, which includes value-added services with ProDeploy, ProSupport and Managed Services. These services can be bundled effortlessly and paired with all the financial consumption models and with the Future-Proof program.Dell Technologies has the right technology and programs to provide your IT staff with the peace of mind that 2020 demands. And the Future-Proof program enables customers to focus on critical business needs while Dell Technologies handles the rest. By delivering the performance, scalability and resiliency you require across our powered-up portfolio of infrastructure, we help ensure your IT investments will successfully support the workloads that your business depends on to grow.For more on this topic, please visit here.Past entries:https://www.delltechnologies.com/en-us/blog/optimize-your-infrastructure-for-critical-business-workloads/https://www.delltechnologies.com/en-us/blog/pamper-workloads-with-powered-up-performance-from-powermax/https://www.delltechnologies.com/en-us/blog/ease-workload-management-with-trusted-simplicity-from-powerprotect/last_img read more

  • Twitter limits access to Turkish minister’s LGBT tweet

    first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Twitter has limited access to a tweet by Turkey’s interior minister, who referred to students protesting the appointment of a government loyalist to head their university, as “LGBT perverts.” Students and faculty at Istanbul’s Bogazici University have been demonstrating for weeks against the appointment of the rector who is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party. Over the weekend, police arrested a group of students over a poster depicting Islam’s most sacred site with LGBT flags. Interior Minister referred to the protesters as “LGBT perverts” prompting Twitter to hide his tweet behind a warning that said his message violated the social media platform’s rules about “hateful conduct.”last_img read more

  • Officials appoint new University librarian

    first_imgUniversity officials appointed Diane Parr Walker to the position of University librarian, according to a Thursday press release. Walker is currently deputy university librarian at the University of Virginia. She will begin her position at Notre Dame on June 25. “Diane Walker is a superb administrator who has the experience, vision and leadership skills to transform the Hesburgh Libraries into a model research library of the 21st century,” provost Tom Burish said in the release. “She is a proven innovator who understands how to manage the complex challenges imposed by rapidly changing technology and the demands of traditional scholarship.” Walker has worked at the University of Virginia library for 26 years and has been in her current position since 2003, the release said. “It is an honor to be invited to lead the libraries at this time of high expectations and of great opportunity,” Walker said in the release. “I look forward to joining the community and together with them building the Notre Dame library for the future.” The University librarian is responsible for the administration, well-being and development of the University Libraries, its faculty and staff, collections of books, manuscripts, research materials, services and other activities, according to Section 11 of the Academic Articles governing the University. Walker will take over for assistant provost Susan Ohmer, who was named interim University librarian on May 18. Former University librarian Jennifer Younger left at the end of the 2009-10 school year for a position with the Catholic Research Resources Alliance, according to a March 22 University press release. “I am grateful to assistant provost Susan Ohmer for her skillful and dedicated service as interim director of libraries, as well as for the hard work of the search committee that identified, recruited and evaluated candidates for the position,” Burish said. Ohmer said she likes Walker for the position. “I can say that the libraries of the University of Virginia are models for us and that we are very excited to have someone who was important to their success coming to the Hesburgh Libraries,” she said. “I am enthusiastic about the choice.” David Morris, a graduate student and one of the principal organizers of the student petition for library improvements, said Walker would be a positive addition for the library. “This appointment appears very promising,” he said. “Diane Parr Walker’s record at the University of Virginia — involving renovation projects and the building of a new special collections library — indicates an ability and willingness to advocate for the library that has been lacking in previous Notre Dame library directors.” Morris said her liberal arts background is also helpful for her new position at a research university. “It is important for library administrators to know first-hand the research needs of the professors and students who use their facilities,” he said. “This is another important difference from her predecessors.” Walker will need to work out the logistics for possible library renovation, he said. “I believe that the most pressing need remains an on-campus depository because the main library is running out of space for books, and we will need a place to keep the collections if and when we do renovate the building,” Morris said. Morris said the library needs more money in order to expand. According to Morris, the library currently receives between $20 million to $25 million a year. He said it needs closer to $40 million a year to improve. “To put that in context, Notre Dame spends $75 million a year on athletics and over $150 million a year on administration and business operations. We dropped $50 million on a new hockey arena,” Morris said. “So $40 million a year for the library, the heart of our academic life, shouldn’t be too much to ask.” Walker has played a role in several initiatives at the University of Virginia, according to the press release. She has helped with the planning and construction of a new special collections library, a major renovation of the school’s science and engineering library, opening a café in the lobby of the main library and planning the renovation for the 70-year-old main library, among other projects. According to the press release, Walker earned a master’s degrees in musicology from the University of Iowa and library and information science from the University of Illinois. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music literature from MacMurray College. She served for five years as music cataloguer and reference librarian at the State University of New York at Buffalo before coming to the University of Virginia as their music librarian, coordinator for humanities and social sciences branch libraries and associate university librarian for user services, the press release said.last_img read more