Listen To The Debut Song From Alan Evans, DJ Williams & Darby Wolf’s Newest Project, Agent 3

first_imgWe always love when our favorite musicians come together for new exciting fusion. That’s why our attention piqued when we learned of Agent 3, a new project that features Soulive/Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe drummer Alan Evans, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe guitarist DJ Williams, and Rubblebucket keyboardist Darby Wolf.The trio announced their debut on YouTube, where they released the debut track “Agents From Below.” The newly formed group also announced plans to release their debut album in November, and will hit DROM in New York, NY on November 3rd (with more tour dates to follow). Additionally, a bio of the band reads “On stage, Agent 3 is a band that tours the world playing music for adoring fans….Off stage Agent 3, operating under Management, is a band of spies that surgically eliminates secret governments, terrorist groups, corrupt politicians and evil spy organizations.”Check out the band’s debut track, “Agents From Below,” streaming here.For fans of these kinds of funky collaborations, don’t miss Alan Evans’ upcoming performance at the exciting Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on October 22nd in Brooklyn, NY. Featuring over 50 musicians at three venues in one day, Evans will be featured as part of the debut performance of the All Brothers Band with Neal Evans (Soulive/Lettuce), Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), and Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band). The festival features members of The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Snarky Puppy, and so many more! Find out more by heading here.[via Jambands]last_img read more

COVID-19 vaccine theft charge dismissed against Texas doc

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — A judge has dismissed a theft charge against a Houston area health department doctor who had been accused by prosecutors of stealing nine doses of coronavirus vaccine from a damaged vial and administering them to family and friends. Authorities had alleged that Hasan Gokal, who worked for Harris County Public Health, stole a vial of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine while working at a vaccination site at a suburban Houston park on Dec. 29.  But County Court-At-Law Judge Franklin Bynum on Monday found there was no probable cause to charge Gokal with theft. Paul Doyle, an attorney for Gokal, said his client’s name was disparaged and he was fired without cause. Prosecutors did not have immediate comment on the dismissal.last_img read more

Student body presidential candidates: Alex Kruszewski and Julia Dunbar

first_imgWho they are:Running for president on the ticket is junior Alex Kruszewski, a junior from Erie, Pennsylvania, majoring in finance and peace studies and living in Dillon Hall. Kruszewski has previously served in student government under the Blais-Shewit administration as Executive Controller, where he worked with administrators on financial matters, including tuition and club funding.Junior Julia Dunbar joins Kruszewski on the ticket, running as vice president. Dunbar, a Fairfax, Virginia, native and resident of Howard Hall, is majoring in neuroscience and behavior. Throughout her time at Notre Dame, Dunbar has been engaged in various projects at Notre Dame aimed at improving mental health on campus, serving as the director of the department of health and wellness in student government during her sophomore year.Top priority: Putting a plan in place to decrease student tuitionThe centerpiece of the Kruszewski-Dunbar agenda is decreasing student tuition, a project Kruszewski has been working on for the past year, developing a plan administrators had supported in the past, he said in an interview with The Observer on Saturday. Kruszewski — who cited similar models at European universities such as Oxford and Cambridge — claimed tuition could be cut in half in the next 15 years by creating endowments for yearly expenses which are currently included in tuition. If they assumed office, Kurszewski said he and Dunbar would set this plan into motion by launching a fundraising campaign among alumni.Best idea: Creating a multicultural student centerIn an attempt to fill empty spaces left by many campus partners moving to the Duncan Student Center, Kruszewski and Dunbar have proposed filling these empty spaces with a multicultural student center, which will help bring together underrepresented student groups and connect them with resources and faculty mentors. Dunbar said this center would create something good out of now-abandoned spaces. Worst idea: Bringing a Chick-fil-A to Eddy StreetOne of the eight centerpieces of the Kruszewski and Dunbar campaign is bringing a Chick-fil-A restaurant to Eddy Street with continued development south of campus. While there are certainly students who would be in favor of this plan, there are no signs that administration and developers would consider this idea after ignoring student input on the idea for the Duncan Student Center, a development project which student government actually did have the opportunity to influence. Focusing on this project would likely divert time and resources away from issues which could directly benefit students on campus.Most feasible: Completion of Callisto implementationThe ticket’s plan to deal with deal with sexual assault and reporting consists of several steps. Kruszewski and Dunbar proposed completing implementation of Callisto, a new software for reporting assaults and an initiative the Blais-Shewit administration has been making progress on for a year. Additionally, the ticket proposes a plan to establish a definition of consent in DuLac, where it does not currently exist. Dunbar said creating this definition would lead to easier and better-defined resolutions of cases of sexual assault reported to the University.Least feasible: Repeal three-year housing requirement While there are certainly feasibility problems with the ticket’s plan to decrease tuition — primarily that it in part relies upon donations in the beginning and requires complete administrative cooperation — there is less of a chance the University repeals the three-year housing requirement, as it has already passed approval of the Board of Trustees. Kruszewski and Dunbar proposed opening up a dialogue with administration on the issue, a strategy which is unlikely to change policy. Bottom Line: Experience and big, hard-to-achieve goalsThe key skill Kruszewski and Dunbar bring to the table is experience working in student government, whether it be Kruszewski’s financial experience or Dunbar’s background in mental health causes. This experience would help the ticket achieve many of its more reasonable goals, like the creation of a multicultural student center. That being said, many of the ticket’s bigger ideas — decreasing tuition and repealing the three-year housing requirement — seem hard to accomplish without complete administrative cooperation, which is by no means a guarantee. Tags: 2018 Student Government Insider, Alex Kruszewski, dulac, Julia Dunbar, Student governmentlast_img read more

Guatemalan Mayas Set Up Bilingual Educational Internet Portal

first_imgBy Dialogo August 13, 2009 Leaders of the K’iche’ indigenous community, one of the twenty-two Maya communities in Guatemala, have activated an educational internet portal with content in Spanish and in their native language, with support from a U.S. company and the U.S. government. “The Skoool portal ( will offer online lessons, as well as digital teaching materials in both Spanish and K’iche’,” according to a statement issued by the portal’s general director, the vice president of sales and marketing for U.S. company Intel, Steve Dallman. He specified that the internet site is intended for students between nine and fourteen years old and was developed within the framework of the programs offered by the Central American country’s Ministry of Education. Dallman said that the portal will serve to strengthen intercultural bilingual education and was created under a cooperation agreement with Intel and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The objective is to integrate “technology and facilitate the Guatemalan educational community’s access to digital resources,” he indicated. The Minister of Education, Ana Ordóñez, commented that the portal’s launch seeks to “promote access to technology with sustainable educational approaches.” The K’iche’ make up 42% of Guatemala’s thirteen million inhabitants.last_img read more

WHINSEC Leaders Help Paraguay with Medical Training Course

first_imgBy By U.S. Army Capt. Juan M. Almonte and Lee Rials, WHINSEC Public Affairs October 15, 2018 Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez issued an order establishing a new Emergency Medical Response course after a successful presentation of the course. Three observer/evaluators from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) participated, along with six Paraguayan instructors who taught the initial course to 68 Paraguayan medics. The Joint Peace Operations Center of Paraguay (CECOPAZ-Paraguay, in Spanish) sponsored the course which provided fundamentals of tactical medical treatment with emphasis on giving aid under combat conditions. One WHINSEC instructor was present at all training; first was U.S. Army Captain David S. De La Fuente, followed by Colombian Army Master Sergeant Oscar A. Vera and U.S. Army Captain Juan M. Almonte. The institute instructor role was to observe and provide feedback and if requested, provide recommendations on the execution of the course. Each WHINSEC instructor remained in Paraguay for about 13 days, providing different approaches in teaching methodology, techniques on operation of medical equipment, and techniques on casualty management during combat operations. Observations of the WHINSEC instructors were provided to the course director and his instructors to suggest different methods on how to carry out the implementation of the course to which the instructors were given the opportunity to make modifications to their course following the information provided to them by the U.S. instructors. The course offered both didactic and hands-on training focused on basic anatomy and physiology, hemorrhage control, treatment of respiratory dysfunctions, treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, managing cardiac arrest victims, head and neck injury treatment, casualty evacuation techniques, and patient triage. That was the medical part—the medics also had to learn basic tactical movement in an area of suspected danger, identifying and responding to threats to personnel and casualties, and reaction to enemy contact. Students were evaluated with a series of written and hands-on evaluations culminating in a final written exam and a final practical exercise. Among the instructors was a surgeon who provided all lesson plans and material required for the didactic portions and provided lectures on human anatomy and basic functions of the human body when exposed to trauma. Two medical specialists with emergency medical experience in northern Paraguay where military personnel are in conflict instructed on injuries commonly sustained there. Two other medical specialists, one a paramedic and the other a Paraguayan special operations medic, provided detailed information on treatment of injuries sustained in emergency situations, reaction to contact, and tactical movement with emphases on defense of oneself, the unit and the casualty.last_img read more

Top 10 Most-Read Long Island News Stories of 2014

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s always striking how right after the Press staff painstakingly ranks the most significant Long Island news stories of the year, we find few of those stories are among the most read.What follows, dear readers, are the top 10 local news articles that you clicked on the most throughout the span of the last 12 months—some of which are more predictable than others.As always, thanks for reading, folks!10. Long Island Slammed With a Foot of RainRoads turned into rivers. Homes far from shore flooded. More than 13 inches of rainfall in and around the Town of Islip within a few hours, shattering records. All thanks to a freak storm Aug. 13 that fell short of causing enough monetary damage to secure Federal Emergency Management Agency clean-up aid for those affected.9. Ronald Bower Released on Parole After 23 YearsIt’s a story we’ve been following for a decade. Ronald Bower, the man who a growing number of law enforcement officials believe was falsely convicted of heinous sex attacks in Nassau and Queens, was freed from prison. Now, his family sets their sights on clearing his name, and ultimately, exoneration.8. Missing Syosset Woman Committed SuicideAn intense search was launched when 22-year-old Jasmine Joseph of Syosset was reported missing in February after telling her parents that she was studying at New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus library. While many feared that she was a victim of foul play, the investigation came to a tragic end when police determined that she took her own life in her Nissan Altima. It turned out that she had stopped attending classes months earlier.7. Shooting at Garden City Lounge Wounds 2It’s not hard to see why this shocking crime got so many clicks. A shooter fired a shotgun into a crowd of people at Mint Restaurant & Lounge outside Roosevelt Field Mall in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 16, and when the smoke cleared, two men were wounded. Emmanuel Barnett, 21, of Cambria Heights later died of a gunshot wound to the head. Police later apprehended the suspect, Tyshaun Phillips, also 21, of the Bronx, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and is awaiting trial. The incident came after a gunman shot two people, killing one at a lighting company near the same mall six months prior, and a falling display rack at the mall on Christmas Eve 2013 sparked scares of a shooting.6. Ex-Freeport Principal Admits Having Sex With TeenThis one is beyond disturbing. A former middle school principal, John O’Mard, met a 16-year-old boy on Grindr, a dating app for men, and had sex with the teen. Later, the principal is found to have lied about having prior criminal convictions on his job application.5. New Documentary Takes Standardized Testing Common Core Battle to Big ScreenStandardized: Lies, Money, and Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education by filmmaker Daniel Hornberger brought out a cast of characters that included two Long Island teachers, Lace to the Top founders Kevin Glynn and Anthony Griffin. The film captured how the standardized testing industry has corrupted public education in the wake of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, funded by President Obama’s Race to the Top initiative. Some recognizable LI faces in the film included Bellmore mom and advocate Jeanette Deutermann, East Islip mom GiGi Guiliano and Oceanside teacher Marla Kilfoyle, a founding member of BATs, aka Badass Teachers.4. News12 Journalist Sean Bergin Suspended Over On-air RemarksNews 12 Long Island and fellow Cablevision-owned Newsday didn’t bother reporting on the controversy stirred up when then-News 12 reporter Sean Bergin was suspended for comments he made on air while broadcasting about a suspect gunning down a New Jersey police officer. Bergin surmised that the “underlying cause” of anti-cop sentiments is “young black men growing up without fathers.” He said that his former employer later offered him one day of work weekly doing light features and no hard news. He declined.3. 2 Long Island Hospitals Designated for Ebola TreatmentSince campaign season is over and no more Americans have been infected, it’s been a while since there has been much attention paid to the largest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history. But, back in October, at the height of the panic, readers were hungry for news about the fact that New York State officials designated eight hospitals to handle potential Ebola patients—including two on LI. They include Stony Brook University Hospital and North Shore LIJ.2. News12 Anchor Judy Martin Found DeadWhen the 49-year-old Emmy Award-winning News12 Long Island journalist was found dead in her Halesite home earlier this year, the sad news unleashed a wave of grief from her fans, colleagues and sources. The accredited yoga instructor, who founded WorkLifeNation, taught business professionals how to reduce stress on the side. She was later determined to have died of natural causes.1. How Long Island is Losing its War on HeroinDespite authorities repeating years ago that LI could not arrest its way out of the deadly heroin epidemic, both arrests and overdoses continue to rise—same as comparable stats have nationwide. In Nassau, where lawmakers passed a law in 2008 requiring police to post a database alerting the public of the location of heroin arrests, that task went unfulfilled for three years. And despite efforts aimed at treatment and prevention, complacency has allowed the scourge to continue claiming young lives.last_img read more

Leveraging self-service technology with an eye on the future

first_imgToday’s consumer expects speedy, seamless digital experiences at every turn. And tomorrow’s consumer will expect even more. To serve members, credit unions need to invest in the right self-service platforms and strategies to cater to a breadth of requirements now and in the future.“ATMs have been around for decades, so members are very accustomed to banking through self-service channels,” said Nathan Rogers, Senior Manager of Product Marketing for CO-OP Financial Services. “What’s happening today is that the technology is quickly evolving to both enhance the member experience and fit in tighter in-branch spaces with a much smaller footprint.”The Impact of MobileWhile ATMs and kiosks continue to serve as the primary self-service platforms in the branch, new, emerging technologies are guiding the direction of this technology. According to Rogers, the most important technology impacting self-service banking today is mobile.“Mobile is in everyone’s hands now,” he said. “People expect to do things at the speed of their mobile devices, and this has implications for the way members perceive technology in the branch.”As new mobile technologies such as Apple Pay and other digital wallets gain mainstream acceptance, Rogers expects self-service platforms to advance along with them. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Whoa. One. Bad. Day.

first_imgIt is a tight job market out there. You likely don’t need me to highlight that fact.With that in mind, something caught my eye. It was a startling statistic from the Addison Group.  They completed a survey on job satisfaction. Here’s what they found.While 72% of those surveyed reported being happy in their current role, 8 out of the 10 respondents reported being likely or very likely to job search after one bad day at work. (Emphasis added) While employers used to aim for employee retention, today’s market demands aiming for even higher than that, taking time to assess what causes those “bad days” at work that can cause employees to look elsewhere, and how to address issues before they occur.Whoa. One. Bad. Day.I think their advice is spot on.So, here are two questions:When you have a bad day, what causes it? Chances are that the things that negatively affect you also affect others.Do you know what causes bad days for those that work for you? 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Generation Z most environmentally conscious when traveling, a digital leader in connecting travelers to the largest selection of unique accommodations, offering attractions that travelers should not miss and offering comfortable travel options, has conducted a global survey in 29 countries, including Croatia, to find out the views and the ambitions of this young generation when it comes to travel. Research confirms that travelers of all generations accept environmentally friendly travel, and Generation Z is no exception. Members of this generation also want to be environmentally aware and do something good for the community they visit with the goal of protecting the planet. More than half of all passengers worldwide (51%) would choose to limit the distance they plan to cover and thus reduce their carbon footprint, which is what 54% of passengers from Croatia think. For Generation Z from Croatia, this number is even higher – 63% of them in the destination would choose a more environmentally friendly transport option, such as renting electric / hybrid cars, public transport, walking or cycling. Although there is rapid progress when it comes to sustainable travel, the older generations are better again – 75% of Baby Boomers from Croatia and 75% of Generation X from Croatia would choose the option that is more environmentally friendly when planning a trip. A generation that wants to leave a positive impact Generation Z wants to do something good and most of all generations are interested in volunteering as part of the travel experience (37% compared to the global average of 31%). 55% of Generation Z members from Croatia who have not volunteered so far are willing to volunteer for the next trip (64% women and 45% men), and almost a third (33%) said it was important to do something for the local community during the trip. More than half of Generation Z travelers (56%) have good intentions because when booking accommodation they try to find an accommodation facility that is environmentally friendly. But that percentage is the lowest if other generations are taken into account – Generation X from Croatia is first with 72%, and Baby Boomers and millennials share second place with 62%. Volunteer tourism When planning a trip, members of Generation Z think about our planet and the impact of their decisions on it. More than half (51%) of Generation Z members in Croatia believe that the impact on the environment when traveling is an important factor to consider when traveling. Half of the Generation Z passengers from Croatia (50%) would visit a lesser-known destination instead of a popular one if it meant that the impact on the environment would be smaller. Generation Z from point A to point B Although Generation Z members have good intentions and are aware of the impact of their travels on the environment, they will have to work hard to replace the older generations as research has shown that older travelers are nevertheless more aware of some aspects of sustainable travel. Many predict that members of Generation Z (young people aged 16-24) will be more aware of the state of society and the environment than generations before them. But will these young travelers manage to meet what is expected of them? And to what extent will it follow those who have already turned to an environmentally conscious life? You can find more about Generation Z travel habits HERE. Surprisingly, Generation Z is a little worse than other generations in this regard. When it comes to overdeveloped tourism, 50% of Generation Z members from Croatia would consider not going to a destination threatened with destruction due to too many tourists, so Baby Boomers (55 years or older, 56%) are Generation X (40-54 years old). , 60%) and millennials (25-39, 53%) are still better than them. Photo: Booking.comlast_img read more

US orders China to close Houston consulate as tensions soar

first_imgThe United States has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston and accused it of ramping up spying operations, dramatically escalating diplomatic tensions between the feuding superpowers.Wednesday’s announcement infuriated Beijing, which vowed to retaliate as the two countries squabble over a slew of issues ranging from trade to the coronavirus pandemic — and China’s policies in Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the South China Sea.”We have directed the closure of PRC Consulate General Houston in order to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told reporters during a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Denmark. She added that under the Vienna Convention, states “have a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs” of the receiving state, but there were no further details about the reasons behind the decision.In another statement, the State Department said China has engaged in massive spying and influence operations throughout the United States for years.”These activities have increased markedly in scale and scope over the past few years,” it said.Before the news emerged, firefighters and police were called Tuesday evening to the consulate building in Texas on reports that documents were being burned in trashcans the courtyard, according to local media. The Twitter feed of the Houston police force said smoke was observed, but officers “were not granted access to enter the building”.In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said China was told Tuesday that the consulate would have to close, calling it an “outrageous and unjustified move which will sabotage China-US relations”.”China urges the US to immediately withdraw its wrong decision, or China will definitely take a proper and necessary response,” Wang said at a press briefing.”It is a political provocation unilaterally launched by the US side, which seriously violates international law… and the bilateral consular agreement between China and the US.” The Chinese Consulate in Houston was opened in 1979 — the first in the year the US and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations, according to its website.The office covers eight southern US states — including Texas and Florida — and has nearly one million people in the area registered there.There are five Chinese consulates in the US, as well as an embassy in Washington.State-run tabloid the Global Times launched a poll on Twitter in English asking people to vote for which US consulate in China should be closed in response, including the ones in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Chengdu.Twitter is blocked in mainland China. The US has an embassy in Beijing, plus five consulates in mainland China and one in Hong Kong.The order to close the Houston consulate came the same day that the US Justice Department indicted two Chinese nationals for seeking to steal coronavirus vaccine research.The two men, who are believed to be in China, acted in some instances “for their own personal gain” and in others for the benefit of China’s Ministry of State Security, Assistant Attorney General John Demers said at a news conference.China rejected the allegations as “slander”.The Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday warned its citizens studying in the United States to be “on guard” as US law enforcement agencies “have stepped up arbitrary interrogations, harassment, confiscation of personal belongings and detention” of Chinese students.More than 300,000 Chinese study in the US.President Donald Trump’s administration has ramped up pressure on China on a wide range of issues, imposing sanctions on Chinese officials over policies in Tibet and Xinjiang.The United States has led denunciations of the treatment of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, a far west region where an estimated one million Uighurs and other ethnic groups are believed to have been held in re-education camps. The US has also downgraded relations with Hong Kong after China implemented a new security law which Washington says is in violation of Beijing’s promises of autonomy for the territory.In addition, last week Washington formally declared Beijing’s pursuit of territory and resources in the South China Sea as illegal, explicitly backing the territorial claims of Southeast Asian countries against those of China.Washington has also infuriated Beijing by banning telecom giant Huawei and seeking the extradition from Canada of top company executive Meng Wanzhou.Pompeo urged the “entire world” to stand up to China during a visit to Britain Tuesday.Topics :last_img read more