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PHOTOS: The Marcus King Band At Gramercy Theatre In NYC 12/29/17

first_imgOn Friday night, The Marcus King Band hit Gramercy Theater in New York City, NY for a Phish late-night party. The band operates within the fiery American roots music that is influenced by soulful psychedelic southern rock, creating a musical environment seductive of fans old and new. King is known for his rough-hewn vocals, soaring guitar work, and heartfelt songwriting. The Marcus King Band broadens their sound, by touching upon multi-genres of funky R&B, southern soul, and Americana. Ever the multitasker, the 21-year-old musician bounces between several instruments, handling electric and acoustic guitar while soulfully driving each track home with his explosive voice. King is joined by a group of masterful musicians in their own right who stack the songs with blasts of swampy brass, a lock-step rhythm section and swirling organ. Together, the band is becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts.The Marcus King Band heads to the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY tonight with Twiddle, and will close 2017 at the Baltimore Sound Stage in Baltimore, MD.Check out a gallery from Friday night’s show below, courtesy of Eric Gettler.Marcus King Bang | Gramcery Theatre | NYC | 12/29/17 | Photos by Eric Gettler Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Songwriter carries more than one tune

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Nima Samimi knew early on that everything’s in a name — except identity. Growing up, the first-generation Iranian immigrant boy often wondered who he would be if his name sounded more American.It was driving determination cloaked in self-doubt that led him on a path of discovery to understand his cultural history and ultimately to a symbolic stage name, Muhammad Seven.Now 41, he will walk Commencement with the appreciation of Middle Eastern culture he earned in November with his master’s of liberal arts degree from the Harvard University Extension School in hand, and a name reflecting a deeply felt expression of identity through music.Samimi was born in Boston to an American mother and Iranian immigrant father, who came to the United States in 1975. On his mother’s side, his grandparents were Catholic and Protestant. His father’s parents were Muslim and Jewish.His parents separated when he was a year old. While growing up, Samimi and his mother moved frequently throughout predominantly white towns in Greater Boston while she worked hard to break away from public assistance. His father had relocated to Buffalo, N.Y., leaving Samimi without the presence of Iranian community in his life.“Buffalo has a blue-collar community of Iranians, but I was raised by my mother apart from that,” he said. “I also have a very mixed religious heritage. I show up in the world as an Iranian-American Muslim, but almost all of my father’s family stayed in Iran, so I didn’t have that strong cultural connection.”His mother had a strong sense of justice, Samimi said, and she taught him the value of hard work, determination, and the search for meaning. When he was 14, he and his mother worked for 10 weeks in an orphanage in Nicoresti, Romania, shortly after the fall of the Communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu.Two years later, he spent his junior year as an exchange student in Alsace, France, where he became fluent in French. At 17, after graduating from Weston High School, he moved to London and attended Steiner Waldorf teacher training, but soon developed a passion for the culinary arts working in area restaurants. Since then, Samimi has held more than 40 different jobs, including baker, waiter, carpenter, landscaper, farmer, and even assistant building manager at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Student Center, where he attended the university’s honors program, and graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in history.“I was raised in unusual circumstances, and I’ve done a lot of odd things. It really was a story of self-discovery,” Samimi said.While growing up, Samimi regularly visited his father in Buffalo and cultivated a deep knowledge of his Iranian history. But that never changed his shy, self-conscious nature born of a complex identity. Making friends was a struggle, partly, he thinks, because of his name, Nima. Plus, he looked decidedly different from most of his American peers.“From a young age I was very self-consciously Iranian,” Samimi said. “For most immigrants there is major motivation to assimilate, and as a boy I was so bad at assimilating that I quickly gave myself over to the alternative, which was really try to understand what it meant to be both Iranian and American.”To do that, he clung to his passion — music. He wanted to be a songwriter as long as he could remember, and at age 14 taught himself to play guitar. But Samimi said he could not figure out how an Iranian could have a voice as a songwriter in the United States because he saw no examples of anything that looked remotely like that.“When I was young, I desperately wanted to be a songwriter and felt pretty inadequate about myself. I would work hard at improvement, then just collapse, crash and burn basically in self-doubt,” he said. “I repeated this cycle honestly, for the better part of 20 years, but just wouldn’t give up.”Samimi released his first album — created on his cell phone when he had the surprise opportunity to tour with folk singer Chris Sand — at age 30. That “crash course” of songwriting and performing was enough exposure to boost his confidence. Not only did that venture inspire his stage name — Muhammad Seven — and eventually a second album, it led to a profound path of self-discovery, one deeply drawing on his Middle Eastern heritage. His focus homed in on something very close to his heart — the Middle Eastern poor and working people’s movements for social justice.Samimi took a job at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University that allowed him to continue his education in the Middle Eastern Studies program at Harvard. His role as a gardener — a misleading title for the man who is the outdoor maintenance custodian, trash collector, and shop steward at the 281-acre botanical and research institution — gave him plenty of brain space to contemplate his studies, which he said have transformed the way he looks at the world.“My program has so many inspired individuals dedicated to thinking critically about so many real, tangible, important issues about the Middle East, and it wildly informed my perspective,” he said.Samimi also wrote two screenplays while in the A.L.M. program, one about Middle Eastern restaurant workers in Boston during 9/11.“It’s easy to have a narrative in my head that a 41-year-old person should not be doing what I’m doing — following my heart, making a record, pursuing my dreams, and picking up trash,” he said.David Hunt, a UMass Boston professor who has a Ph.D. from the Harvard Kennedy School, said Samimi was an exemplary student with a “cosmopolitan” sophistication, but at the same time a “neighborhood kind of guy.”“Nima came across as a young man who had been everywhere and with a keen understanding of what he had lived and seen. This was combined with a modest and unaffected air,” Hunt said. “One day he told me he counted up all the jobs he had had in his life. There were 46, including the Fornax [Bread Company] in Roslindale, where my family shops every day. I think of Nima every time I’m strolling through the Arboretum and am glad to hear he is being recognized by his peers.”It took Samimi 10 years to finish his master’s degree. That journey, for him, reflects his passion for a better world, and for his wife and their son, Rostam, who began kindergarten this year. This achievement also culminates with the release of his deeply felt new album, what he calls a love letter to the working class. Drawn from his life as an immigrant working person and as a self-conscious investigation into his roots, it’s a significant symbol of his identity.“I am Muhammad Seven, my band is Muhammad Seven & The Spring,” he said. “The spring is a metaphor for many things — for rebirth, for the Arab Spring, for a spring of water where ideas, hope, and life spring forward.”last_img read more

BHP: Thermal coal investments not in company’s future plans

first_imgBHP: Thermal coal investments not in company’s future plans FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:BHP says it has no appetite for new investments in thermal coal, regardless of how lucrative those investments may be, but has also signalled it is unlikely to invest in commodities like lithium and cobalt.The hardening of BHP’s attitude toward the type of coal used for power generation was revealed in a slide pack published ahead of a strategy briefing by chief financial officer Peter Beaven.The presentation declares that the decarbonisation of the energy sector will see thermal coal ”phased out, potentially sooner than expected”. BHP then added that it had “no appetite for growth in energy coal regardless of asset attractiveness”.”Our energy coal exposure is just three per cent of our asset base. But it is made up of two very high-quality mines which generate high margins. Our focus will be on maximising value to shareholders, whether we are long term owners or not,” Mr. Beaven told analysts on Wednesday morning.The comments come after Deutsche analyst James Gurry said this week that he expects BHP to exit its thermal coal assets, which comprise the Mt. Arthur mine in New South Wales and a stake in the Cerrejon business in Colombia. Mr. Gurry said in a note that he valued BHP’s thermal coal assets at more than $US2.5 billion ($3.6 billion).More: BHP dark on thermal coal’s futurelast_img read more

Get under the hood with your funding sources

first_imgRegulatory pressure around liquidity is palpable for the first time in a long time. As a result, we are having funding discussions multiple times a day at CMS with credit unions of all sizes.  In a recent conversation with a credit union, I was surprised at how little emphasis was given to the source of funds.  Heavy emphasis was given to the duration and the cost, but little to no attention was given to the most important component: Source.Not all sources are the same based upon market conditions. Some funding sources perform better than others depending upon the shape of the curve and the anticipated of rates in the future. The FHLB will perform differently versus other sources as rates fluctuate. Brokered CD platforms and rate listing services all have specific market conditions that provide favorability. All of these data points should be discussed as you further develop a well-diversified liability policy.  Still, I think the most important data point is perhaps being overlooked. What is the source the liquidity you are utilizing?Consider for a moment how many sources completely revolve around just credit unions – credit unions as the issuer of funding and credit unions as the investor in those offerings.  Aggregate 5300 data supports that many credit unions have already played the investment portfolio liquidation card. That said, will credit unions continue to be a viable/reliable source of funding prospectively? Maybe, but I think most are unwilling to pin the success of raising non-member deposits from other credit unions on a maybe.  Hope is not a strategy. That is exactly what strikes fear into regulators. Sources that served us well historically may not be able to support us going forward. This is not due to poor management or a bad business model. It’s simply due to the ever-changing balance sheet composition within the credit union space. Robust loan growth provides wider margins, which is a benefit to field of membership. As fixed income portfolios continue to shrink, credit unions will become less reliable as CD investors, and thus less reliable as a source of funding.  What are we to do? We have to get under the hood and understand where our funding is ultimately derived and how that distribution source will react in various markets. Additionally, you should be supporting CUSO efforts to open other channels not previously available to credit unions. Many of you may have noticed brokered CD issuance among low-income designated credit unions has increased dramatically in the last six to 12 months. CUSOs like ours participate in that marketplace with regularity. One big push for CMS in 2018 is to establish meaningful retail distribution for the credit union movement.Our FDIC insured counterparts have enjoyed retail distribution for 20-plus years. This is a huge marketplace with more than $600 billion outstanding, providing liquidity across the entire curve. Large retail wire houses, as well as thousands of downstream broker dealers, utilize this supply chain to source FDIC insured CDs into mom & pop retailers, corporations, trust departments, endowments, foundations and municipalities. This is a completely different source of liquidity than those that focus on just credit unions and municipalities. The $600 billion FDIC insured market, with its deeps roots into almost every natural investor in CDs, will react very differently in times of stress than underdeveloped or overconcentrated markets.How will your sources react when you need them most? Do you have not only availability but efficiently priced availability on the point of the curve that makes sense for you balance sheet? These are the hard questions that must be raised. Our discussion needs to include pricing and duration, but it also must include the source of the liquidity being utilized. Credit unions over the next three to five years could find themselves with robust loan demand. If that occurs even on a small scale, how reliable will they be as a source of liquidity? 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeremy Colvin Jeremy Colvin is a Managing Director for Olden Lane. Jeremy has over 20 years of institutional sales experience. Prior to joining Olden Lane, Jeremy was a Managing Director with BNY … Web: https://www.oldenlane.com Detailslast_img read more

How smaller institutions can grab credit card business back from megabanks

first_img continue reading » When it comes to credit card marketing, regional banks and credit unions are mostly missing the mark when it comes to attracting existing customers and prospects to their products. Now is a good time for banks and credit unions to reexamine their credit card marketing strategy because historical data tells us people re-evaluate their credit cards during difficult economic times.In 2011, for example, the Federal Reserve released a post-recession credit participation study showing that 68% of consumers with credit scores below 660 had an average of 3.3 credit inquiries in 2010, and around 30% of those in the top credit bracket (780+) were also evaluating their credit, with slightly under two credit inquiries taking place in the same time frame.These credit inquiries show that people were increasingly looking for credit solutions during the peak recession years. And, according to Federal Reserve data from 2007-2009, as mass employment, reduced wages and other financial pressures forced many Americans to purchase everyday necessities with credit cards, consumer use of credit spiked nearly 20%. These examples demonstrate that people are likely looking at maximizing rewards, taking advantage of cash back and reducing risks with interest-free financing and other benefits from credit cards today as we experience another economic downturn. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ronaldo returns to Turin after coronavirus lockdown

first_imgTopics : Juventus are leading Serie A, one point ahead of Lazio, as they target a ninth consecutive Scudetto.The club has not yet given an official date for a return to training.Juventus began carrying out tests on their players at the club’s medical center in Turin on Monday.The first to arrive were Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado, Carlo Pinsoglio, Leonardo Bonucci and Aaron Ramsey, all wearing face masks.Juventus are also waiting the return to Turin of Dutch center-back Matthijs de Ligt and midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who returned to France after recovering from the virus.Gonzalo Higuain remains in Argentina where he returned to be with his sick mother. Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo flew back to Italy on Monday after almost two months in coronavirus lockdown in his native Portugal.Ronaldo and his family landed in Turin Airport just after 10.20pm local time, according to media reports in Italy.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner arrived by private jet from the Portuguese island of Madeira and will spend two weeks in quarantine.center_img The 35-year-old played Juventus’s last Serie A game, a 2-0 win over Inter Milan behind closed doors at the Allianz Stadium on March 8, before the Italian football season was suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has killed over 29,000 people in the country.Ronaldo returned to Madeira after the Inter Milan match to be close to his mother Dolores who had suffered a stroke.Juventus have recalled their 10 overseas players as Serie A clubs were given the green light to return to individual training on Monday.The Italian interior ministry’s go-ahead for players to return to club training facilities two weeks ahead of schedule has offered fans hope that the 2019-20 season might yet be salvaged.last_img read more

Emmanuel Petit reveals what Matteo Guendouzi will be thinking about Mesut Ozil

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Feb 2019 10:04 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link277Shares Comment Advertisement Ozil has failed to impress (Picture: Getty Images)‘I’m sure Guendouzi has huge respect for Ozil and what he did in his career, he’s a world champion.‘But I’m pretty sure that somewhere in his mind he is thinking I don’t want to be like him at the end of my career, when you are not angry anymore, when you don’t want to eat food anymore and you are not starving anymore.‘I hope Guendouzi keeps this motivation and this commitment until the end of his career. It’s going to be hard and it’s going to be difficult, but he is so very important for Arsenal’s squad in terms of spirit. Lucas Torreira as well, those players are so important.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalShould Arsenal sell Mesut Ozil?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Does Guendouzi really think this about Ozil? (Picture: Getty Images)Matteo Guendouzi has impressed Emmaunel Petit since joining Arsenal but believes the young Frenchman will be cautious of his career following the same path as team-mate Mesut Ozil.Petit praised the energy and desire shown by the 19-year-old following his arrival from Lorient – an attitude he views as a stark contrast to Ozil’s outlook.The Germany international has underwhelmed this season under Unai Emery and has only featured twice in an Arsenal shirt since Boxing Day.Petit believes that, despite a distinguished World Cup-winning career, Ozil has lost the fire in his belly and continues to meander through games as his professional life begins to peter out.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Emmanuel Petit reveals what Matteo Guendouzi will be thinking about Mesut Ozil Petit hopes Guendouzi keeps the fire in his belly (Picture: Getty Images)And the France 1998 world champion has a strong suspicion that Guendouzi will be using his colleague as a cautionary tale and be thinking ‘I don’t want to be like him at the end of my career’.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Matteo reminds me of the days back at the start of my career,’ Petit told football.london. ‘The energy on the pitch the desire, the anger. He wants to show to everyone that he is worth it.‘I make a comparison with Mesut Ozil. When I finished my career with Chelsea because of the big injury sometimes I was missing motivation, but because of injury. At the end, when you are always injured, it kills your mind because the pain is always there and you can’t perform like you used to. Advertisementlast_img read more

Violent video games incite kids to crime

first_imgDaily Telegraph 6 August 2012Knife crime is soaring among youngsters because brutal video games that reward players for murder, rape and theft have made violence seem acceptable, the state’s top cop said yesterday. Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione believes young people are being desensitised by spending hours acting out deadly scenarios on their computer screens. “The thing that’s concerning me is the prevalence of people who are at this stage not just prepared to carry a knife, but prepared to use it,” Mr Scipione said. “That has increased significantly.” He said he had reached the conclusion that there was “nothing more potentially damaging than the sort of violence they’re being exposed to, be it in movies, be it in console games they’re playing.” “How can it not affect you if you’re a young adolescent growing up in an era where to be violent is almost praiseworthy, where you engage in virtual crime on a daily basis and many of these young people (do) for hours and hours on end,” he said. “You get rewarded for killing people, raping women, stealing money from prostitutes, driving cars crashing and killing people. That’s not going to affect the vast majority but it’s only got to affect one or two and what have you got? You’ve got some potentially really disturbed young person out there who’s got access to weapons like knives or is good with the fist, can go out there and almost live that life now in the streets of modern Australia. That’s concerning.”http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-news/violent-video-games-incite-kids-to-crime-says-scipione/story-fn7y9brv-1226443402160Nonviolent videos better for preschoolers’ sleepReuters 6 Aug 2012Preschoolers seemed to sleep better when their parents were encouraged to cut kids’ exposure to violent or age inappropriate videos throughout the day, in a new study. Researchers found that within months after urging parents to switch their children’s viewing to nonviolent and age-appropriate videos, those children were about 20 percent less likely to have a sleep problem than kids whose parents didn’t receive the same advice. “One of the things that’s exciting for me is that if families want to make these changes, it doesn’t require going to the doctor’s office or going to a person’s home,” said Michelle Garrison, the study’s lead author from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Previous research has suggested a link between the kinds of media young kids see during the day and sleep problems at night.http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/06/us-nonviolent-videos-idUSBRE87505J20120806last_img read more

Euthanasia advocate fined $7500 for importing drug her friend used to take her own life

first_imgPentobarbital is commonly used by vets in New Zealand to euthanise animals.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/euthanasia-advocate-fined-7500-importing-drug-her-friend-used-take-own-life Austen faced a two week long trial in the High Court in Wellington. She was found not guilty on February 23 on the charge of assisting Anne Marie Treadwell to commit suicide, but guilty on two charges of importing the Class C drug. TVNZ One News 11 May 2018Family First Comment: Good decision. Assisting suicide should always be a crime.www.Protect.org.nzThe woman who was put on trial for the assisted suicide of her friend has today been sentenced for providing the drugs she used to take her life.Susan Austen was found not guilty for aiding the suicide of Anne Marie Treadwell, but was found guilty for importing the Class C drug Pentobarbital at a trial in February.She’s today been sentenced and fined $2500 for the first charge and $5000 on the second charge, of importing the drug.center_img The judge in the case declined a discharge without conviction.last_img read more

First Caribbean International Bank assists Social Center

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsPrimary First Caribbean International Bank assists Social Center by: – August 19, 2011 68 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Photo credit: caribbeanhotelassociation.comThe students at the Social Center Model Preschool will return to classes in September in better learning environment thanks to the generosity of the CIBC First Caribbean International Bank. The bank funded the building of desks, cubbyholes and cupboards under what its Adopt-A-Cause programme. On Saturday last week, staff members of the bank assisting in painted the items at the school. The project which was undertaken by the bank targets schools and the award is made on the recommendation of staff members.  This is the first such project for the year and it is expected that others schools will benefit as well. According to Rhona Lawrence the Business Support Officer of the bank this is the banks way of giving back to the community it serves.  She says that the project will help to make for a more child friendly atmosphere and therefore more conducive to learning.Norma Cyril Director of the Social Center thanked the bank for assisting the Center in the remodeling of it Model Preschool saying that the assistance will go a long way in making the school environment more pleasurable for the children; which is a key component in early childhood education.Other areas to have benefitted recently from the CIBC First Caribbean Bank’s Adopt-A-Cause project are the playground at Stock Farm, the Dominica State College and the Soufriere Preschool.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more