Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven To Play Last-Minute Performance For Free, Tonight

first_imgThe exciting new band Electric Beethoven makes their way throughout the East Coast in the latter part of 2016, kicking things off with an exciting set this weekend at Catskill Chill. With only a few live shows under their belt, not to mention the complex task of turning the music of Beethoven into live, improvised dance music, the band has announced a free show in the Bay Area tonight.In an announcement, bandleader Reed Mathis says:If you’re in the Bay Area, you’re invited to join us — for FREE!! — at an open rehearsal tonight in the East Bay. Make your way to the Ivy Room (minutes from Berkeley), by 8pm and watch as we lift the kimono and show you the process behind loading two complete Beethoven symphonies with improvisational CDM (“classical dance music”) jams. After this, we load up the Ludwig Van and head east for our maiden journey… come wish us Bon Voyage!The show will take place at the Ivy Room, and more information can be found here. Be sure to catch Electric Beethoven at Brooklyn Comes Alive in October! More details here.last_img read more

Translating nine pounds of poetry

first_imgStephen Owen doesn’t understate the intellectual stamina required to maintain a healthy relationship with the Chinese poet Du Fu.“If you’ve got to be stuck with someone for eight years, you want it to be someone you enjoy, who can sustain your interest,” said the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard, who recently published “The Poetry of Du Fu,” the first complete English translation of the great Tang dynasty literary figure.A monumental undertaking (the prolific Du Fu left 1,400 extant poems), Owen spent nearly a decade working on the translation, which resulted in a 3,000-page, six-volume book that weighs in at nine pounds.“I didn’t believe it until I held it in my hand,” he said. “There’s something to having the physical copy.”Owen, a sinologist who has written extensively about Chinese literature, counts “The Poetry of Du Fu” as his 13th published effort, and he expects the substantive book, which is free to download but retails as a hard copy for $210, to find its way into academic libraries and the homes of Chinese-American parents who want their children to grow up familiar with some of the work of the poet, who is considered “the Shakespeare of China.”“This is for general readers and scholars, but mostly for those who know some Chinese, but not enough to read Du Fu. This is to help them,” said Owen.Poetry and commitmentProfessor Stephen Owen reads from “The Poetry of Du Fu,” the first complete English translation of the Chinese poet, which took eight years to complete.Like the Bard of Avon, Du Fu’s writing is layered and shows immense range. The elusive poet wrote in a wide variety of styles and registers. Inside the green-bound volumes are acclaimed verses such as “Moonlit Night” and “View in Spring,” but Owen argues that Du Fu “is a lot more fun when you get out of the well-known ones.” Sitting in his office with shelves and tables stuffed with books, he reflected on the poet’s habit of traveling — always accompanied by all of his poems and his personal library.“He’s a quirky poet. When he moves to Chengdu with his family, he has to set up house and writes a poem to people asking for fruit trees and crockery. No one had ever done this kind of poem. He has a poem praising his bondservant Xinxing for repairing a water-piping system in his house. It’s a wonderful poem about the joy and discoveries of living in the real world instead of living in the rarefied poetic world,” Owen said.Du Fu tackles the subject of war extensively, but there is also a poem about bean sauce and another about taking down a gourd trellis in which Du Fu compares the challenging, if mundane, task to the fall of the Shang dynasty.“He’s forgotten what you can and can’t do in poetry, and 30 years later poets looked back and said, ‘This is the greatest poet we have,’” Owen said.In its simplest form, Chinese poetry is not easy to translate. It doesn’t have tenses and rarely uses pronouns. There is no easy way to tell whether a noun is singular or plural. If the characters read: “bird fly sky,” Owen says, that can be interpreted as either “A bird flies in the sky” or “Birds fly in the sky.”“You read the title — that’s the most important thing,” he said, adding, “Of course, it’s maddening.”Frustrating moments aside, the project was a long-in-the-works dream, born of a 2005 Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award, which gave Owen $1.5 million to fund this and other projects. “The Complete Poetry of Du Fu” will inaugurate the Library of Chinese Humanities, an accessible series of pre-modern Chinese facing-page texts and translations published by De Gruyter. Owen expected the Du Fu translation to take three years, but teaching responsibilities and speaking engagements set him back numerous times.“It owns you. I got teaching relief for a couple of semesters, and I worked on it and I worked on it. It wasn’t that I was lazy,” he said. “You see the territory that has to be done. You have to plow the south 40, and have plowed the south 28, and see what still has to be done.”Owen, who is 69, worked primarily alone, allowing a graduate student to go over the work only after it was complete.“Du Fu’s a great person to translate, but there goes eight years of your life. Finally it’s done,” he said.last_img read more

Jenkins announces progress on efforts to combat sexual assault in the Catholic Church

first_imgAfter announcing plans for Notre Dame to address the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, University President Fr. John Jenkins provided an update on the University’s efforts in an email to the campus community early Thursday morning. In the email, Jenkins listed the recommendations of the two task forces he appointed last year in regards to working against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.His first recommendation was to “initiate prominent, public events to educate and stimulate discussion.”In March 2019, Jenkins announced that the Church crisis would be the subject of the 2019-2020 forum, entitled “Rebuild My Church.” In 2019, the University hosted two events as part of the forum— one of them a panel which dissected various aspects of the Church crisis. One of the panelists, Archbishop William Lori, had a controversial past, as he allegedly led efforts to block transparency in the Catholic Church’s response to the crisis.Jenkins announced in the email that on March 4-6, the McGrath Institute will host a panel titled “Called and Co-Responsible: Exploring Co-Responsibility for the Mission of the Catholic Church.” The panel will “bring together distinguished lay and clerical leaders to explore the responsibility lay people and clergy share for the Church and its mission,” Jenkins said in the email.Jenkins also said the University offered Presidential research grants which have funded 11 proposals in different fields to help address the crisis.The University is working to “to create a culture of accountability and transparency on Notre Dame’s campus” by implementing a staff leadership training program entitled “Living Notre Dame’s Values: Strengthening a Culture of Candor, Integrity and Respect.” This program seeks to encourage faculty and staff to speak up about ways to improve discourse on campus and voice their concerns, Jenkins said in the email.In addition, Jenkins said the Master in Divinity program will continue to train leaders in techniques to prevent and respond to sexual abuse.“For the Church institutionally, but perhaps for all of us in some way, there is the possibility for greater humility, greater solidarity with all who suffer, greater transparency, greater honesty about our failings and a deeper commitment to repentance and reform,” Jenkins said in the email.Tags: Archbishop Lori, Fr. John Jenkins, Office of the President, Rebuild my Church Forumlast_img read more

Georgia 4-H Dairy Competition

first_imgTwenty-one youth participated in the 2020 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest on July 14. Sponsored by the Ina Hopkins-John W. Cook Memorial Fund, the Carole Williams-Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation and the Pam Krueger-Milk Check Off, the competition was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“Though not an ideal way to view cattle, this tremendous group of young people took it all in stride,” said Jillian Bohlen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension dairy specialist and professor of animal and dairy science at UGA. “Sorting through five classes of animals, each competitor worked diligently to find those that best fit the ideal for dairy cattle. Our senior competitors excelled in their justification of placings in reasons that were among the best, collectively, I have heard. I applaud each youth member that competed on their dedication to this program and their work in the contest. I would also like to thank Dr. Bill Graves, professor emeritus, for his assistance in officiating the contest.”The annual evaluation competition is a major event for the Georgia 4-H Livestock Program. Youth participating in the Dairy Judging Program acquire a better knowledge of dairy-related topics and learn to demonstrate their knowledge in a competitive environment. The contest also encourages youth to enhance their skills in decision-making, critical thinking, problem solving and social skills as a team member.In the virtual format, senior participants, from ninth through 12th grade, reviewed videos to place five classes of cows and heifers into specific classes and submitted two videos providing reasoning for their placings. Junior participants, grades four through eight, will reviewed five videos for placement.Each county may enter up to 20 senior and 20 non-senior participants. The youth competed individually for high individual and as a team through the combination of the top county individuals.All participants received an award pin for participation. A team plaque is presented to the top participating teams. The senior high individual and the winning senior team earned Georgia 4-H Master status.This year’s winners at the 2020 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest include:Seniors:First place team: Emma Newberry, Lexi Pritchard and Neely McCommons — Oconee CountySecond place team: Michael Whitlock, Colton Swartz and Bella Fisk — Coweta CountySenior High Individual: Noel Pickel — Morgan CountyJuniors:First place team: Andrew Gardner, Maggie Harper and Landon Gardner — Morgan CountyJunior High Individual: Sarah Morgan Sapp — Burke CountyGeorgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit or contact your local Extension office by visiting read more

Climate risk prompts judge to halt oil and gas drilling projects in Wyoming

first_imgClimate risk prompts judge to halt oil and gas drilling projects in Wyoming FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:In the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account.Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis.The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate and limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from future oil and gas projects.The agency “did not adequately quantify the climate change impacts of oil and gas leasing”, said Rudolph Contreras, a US district judge in Washington DC, in a ruling late on Tuesday. He added that the agency “must consider the cumulative impact of GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions” generated by past, present and future BLM leases across the country.The decision is the first significant check on the climate impact of the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda that has opened up vast swaths of public land for mining and drilling. Environmental advocates are praising the move, with Jeremy Nichols, WildEarth Guardians’ Climate and Energy Program director, calling it a “triumph for our climate”.“This ruling says that the entire oil & gas drilling program is off the rails, and moving forward illegally,” said Nichols.More: US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change rulinglast_img read more

Coram Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 29-year-old Coram man was killed in a motorcycle crash in North Bellport on Friday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Dayquon Boykins was riding his motorcycle southbound in the northbound lanes of Station Road while passing other motorists when he crashed into a Honda Odyssey minivan that was making a left turn into a parking lot near the corner of north of Woodside Avenue at 4:18 p.m.The victim was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Honda and her 11-year-old daughter were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for treatment of minor injuries.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

A sales culture is not the answer

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Ron ShevlinWhat is it with banks’ and (in particular) credit unions’ obsessions with developing, or instilling, a sales culture?Every so often, I run across articles that purport to teach bank and credit union execs  how to create a sales culture in their organization. Interestingly, the articles always presume that the reasons why an FI should have a sales culture is understood and accepted.My take: You don’t need a sales culture. Why not?1) It will take more time and money than you have. Are you so delusional to believe that, after a few training sessions, your employees will magically become, not just good sales people, but sales-driven? Are you so delusional to believe that you can turn a 50-something year-old person into something he or she is not and doesn’t want to be?If you’re committed to instilling a sales culture in your organization, the process will take years as you will need–not might need, but will need–to replace much of your staff. You’re going to have to come to grips with the fact that Betty and Sally who have been with your organization for 30 years now (and who are known and loved by many of the members) are simply never going to adopt nor endorse a sales culture. continue reading »last_img read more

The banker will see you now

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Walking into a credit union branch can be a gamble for members. Will it be crowded? Will the person working the teller line be able to handle a particular request? Will the time spent be worth it?Enter in-branch queuing and online appointment scheduling, which are eliminating one of the biggest pain points prevalent in the legacy branching experience: the unknown.Digital Federal Credit Union($9.0B, Marlborough, MA) implemented online appointment scheduling four years ago; and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union($4.5, East Lansing, MI) aims to launch in 2020. By partnering with third-party vendors that specialize in these technologies, credit unions are giving members the power to bank where they, when they want, and with whom they want.Here, leaders from Digital and MSUFCU discuss the in-branch capabilities of this new technology, member response, and lessons learned along the way.last_img read more

Putin says he’s not a ‘tsar’ after 20 years in power

first_imgWhen asked what he foresees past 2024, Putin deferred to the perspective of “people’s sentiments… what they want.””The primary source of power is the people,” he said. “It’s very important for me to feel and understand what people want.””A tsar is one who just sits there, looks down from above and says: ‘They will do as I order,’ while he just tries on a cap and looks at himself in the mirror,” Putin said. “On the contrary, I work every day.”Topics : Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed comparisons to a tsar on Thursday, arguing he “works every day” and listens to what people want.”Well, this is not true,” Putin said when asked about being described as a Russian imperial-era ruler.”Maybe someone else can be called a tsar. But in my case, I don’t reign, I work every day,” he told the state-run TASS news agency. The interview aired on Thursday as part of a series rolled out by TASS this month to mark 20 years since the 67-year-old Putin took the helm of Russian politics. It was not clear when the segments were recorded, but the series began airing before Putin said this month that he wants an opportunity to run for president again, as part of his constitutional reforms.The reforms proposed in January include granting more power to parliament and strengthening the role of the State Council. An amendment approved last week would allow Putin to run for another six years in the Kremlin in 2024 and again in 2030. The reforms will be subject to a public vote.last_img read more