Last night at the Islington Assembly Hall in London, England, guitarist Dave Davies surprised the audience by welcoming his brother, Ray, out onto the stage. The two have not performed together in nearly 20 years, and reunited for The Kinks classic song, “You Really Got Me.”Thanks to fan Andy Barnes, we have footage of the brothers jamming together:The Davies brothers toured in 1996, but had not performed together until last night. Dave Davies has remained optimistic for a full fledged reunion, though Ray seems less interested in reforming The Kinks. They have been working together on a biopic film project, however.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA dog and his owner have been reunited after the animal was found under a pile of rubble more than a week after a tornado ripped through Washington, Illinois.He was found to be malnourished, but without any major injuries, 3 floors below where their apartment used to be.(READ the story from the Seattle Times)File generic photo – Thanks to Julia Frerichs, LMT for submitting the link!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Football team goes to BCS National ChampionshipAfter years of mediocre football at Notre Dame Stadium, the storyline changed dramatically in 2012, when the Irish posted a perfect regular season en route to a BCS National Championship Game loss to Alabama. A lights-out defense, led by Heisman Trophy runner-up linebacker Manti Te’o, propelled the Irish to the title game, but Notre Dame failed to mount a challenge against Alabama in Miami, falling 42-14 to the Crimson Tide on the season’s biggest stage.First official LGBT student organization formedIn 2013, Notre Dame’s campus saw the first meetings of PrismND, Notre Dame’s first official organization for LGBT students. Students had been attempting to start such an organization for decades, and after a months-long review of resources for the LGBT community at Notre Dame — resulting in a pastoral plan — PrismND was approved.University starts new construction projectsThe past several years have seen heavy construction and renovation. Campus Crossroads, a $400-million project that added academic departments and student spaces to the football stadium, began construction in 2014 and was completed for the 2018 Spring semester. In 2015, Hesburgh Library began a renovation which gave several floors a more open plan. Two new dorm buildings, Flaherty and Dunne Halls, were built for the 2016-2017 academic year, as was McCourtney Hall, a research building. Jenkins-Nanoivic Hall, which will house the Keough School of Global Affairs, opened in Fall 2018.University creates new college for the first time in decadesIn 2014, the University announced the creation of the Keough School of Global Affairs, which offers academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, work with Notre Dame’s centers abroad and other internationally-focused institutes and offer a new Masters in Global Affairs.University adjusts Notre Dame Core CurriculumEvery 10 years, the University reviews its Core Curriculum, the set of courses that every student must take. The process began in 2014, briefly sparking fears that the University theology requirement would be reduced or eliminated. A Core Curriculum committee solicited ideas and feedback from the Notre Dame community and in November 2015 released its recommendations, proposing a revision that would reduce the total number of core courses and require students to take classes in broader categories such as “quantitative analysis” and “aesthetic analysis,” as opposed to math or fine arts. The University released a final report of changes to be implemented for the freshman class of 2022 in the fall of 2018.PE course replaced with Moreau First-Year Experience For decades, Notre Dame required its freshmen to pass a swim test or take swimming lessons, as well as complete a physical education course. For the incoming class of 2019 those requirements were eliminated to some controversy. The replacement was the Moreau First-Year Experience, a one-credit class that addressed aspects of wellness, cultural competence and student life.Fr. Theodore Hesburgh dies in 2015 During Hesburgh’s 30-year presidency, women were admitted to the University and laypeople to the board of trustees, and Notre Dame’s national profile rose. The Holy Cross priest — who was photographed arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King Jr. and said a Mass in the then-Soviet Union, was a campus institution — students considered it an honor to visit his office on the 14th floor of the library named after him. When he died at 97, U.S. presidents and Nobel Prize winners offered condolences. He left a legacy of civil rights activism and academic freedom in Catholic education, as well as a premier Catholic research university.University in national spotlight over sexual assault cases In 2015, CNN released a documentary titled “The Hunting Ground” which examined how colleges and universities mishandle sexual assault cases. Featuring Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, the documentary highlighted multiple cases where the University and the College failed to respond to reports by Saint Mary’s students who accused Notre Dame students of sexual assault. The documentary inspired activism by students, faculty and alumni to urge the College and the University to change their practices regarding sexual assault. In 2017, “The Hunting Ground” producer Amy Ziering spoke on campus at a Student Union Board event.University involved in legal battles In 2012, the University sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeking an exemption from the Affordable Care Act requirement that employers provide contraceptive access. The suit and its appeals were ultimately unsuccessful. In 2015, ESPN sued the University for access to police records on student athletes accused of crimes. An appellate court sided with ESPN, saying NDSP was a public agency subject to open records laws, but it is unclear which records the network will get and when. As a result of the suit, a bill was introduced in the Indiana state legislature intended to clarify open records laws, but was vetoed by then-Governor Mike Pence.Biden, Boehner receive prestigious Laetare Medal amid outcry The Laetare Medal is considered one of the most prestigious awards for American Catholics and is awarded by the University at graduation each year. The 2016 medal was jointly awarded to then-Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner, a gesture by University President Fr. John Jenkins to encourage bipartisan dialogue. The award sparked an outcry among students, alumni and conservative groups, who criticized the decision to award the pro-choice Vice President and the pro-death penalty Speaker. Both politicians attended the 2016 commencement ceremony and received the medal.Vice President Mike Pence speaks to 2017 graduates, students walk out in protestRather than hosting the sitting president as Notre Dame’s Commencement speaker during his first year in office — a decision that ignited controversy when Barack Obama spoke in 2009 — the University invited current Vice President and former Governor of Indiana Mike Pence to be its 2017 Commencement speaker. The selection of Pence as Commencement speaker was met with widespread protest across campus. Students cited Pence’s record on LGBT issues as a particular point of contention and organized a rainbow pride flag drive to show solidarity against Pence. These flags, a symbol of the LGBT community, were hung from windows throughout campus. During the Commencement ceremony, approximately 100 graduates stood and exited Notre Dame stadium as Pence began his address.University announces changes to contraceptive coverage policyAfter the Trump administration repealed the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandates requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage, the University announced on Oct. 27, 2017 it would no longer cover contraceptives through its third party, government-funded insurer. On Nov. 7, 2017, the University reversed these changes and said its third-party insurers would continue to provide contraception at no cost to those under its health plan. Then, on Feb. 7, 2018, Notre Dame announced it would abandon its third-party contraceptive coverage, as this plan included abortifacients. Instead, the University would pay for coverage of “simple contraceptives” through its own health plan. Tags: Barack Obama, Campus Crossroads Project, Contraception, Core Curriculum, ESPN lawsuit, Fr. 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Northern Reliability,Northern Reliability, a growing power solutions provider based in Waitsfield, has reported that the company closed over $1.3 million in Q3 sales. A combination of new and repeat business has the company deploying its solar obstruction lighting and stand-alone solar power systems throughout North America.Returning customer, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), one of the largest combined electric and gas companies in the U.S., has relied on Northern Reliability to provide proven Solar Obstruction Lighting Solutions (SOLS) as the utility modernizes their grid to better serve customers.’We are very pleased that the tenets we have built our company on’speed, reliability, environmental impact, and data security’are powering our growth and our customers’ businesses,’ said Jim Iversen, CEO of Northern Reliability.‘Northern Reliability’s power solutions were integral to our project,’ said Randy Koncelik, Senior Project Manager at PSE&G. ‘We had challenging deadlines and site limitations, but their highly skilled team worked closely with us to help meet our goals.’In total, PSE&G purchased 35 SOLS units for its Susquehanna Roseland Transmission Line Project. PSE&G’s new power line is being built to maintain the reliability of the electric grid for millions of people in the Northeast while providing over $200 million in savings for its customers.New customers such as DeTect, an applied radar technology company, are benefitting from Northern Reliability’s Solar Power System (SPS) series of products which provide continuous, reliable, low maintenance power for off-grid applications. Northern Reliability’s SPS products are deployed throughout North America to power telecom networks, relay and MET towers, monitoring equipment and military applications.Northern Reliability’s core slate of products for on-grid, off-grid and microgrid applications’Power Systems (SPS Series), Solar Obstruction Lighting (SOLS Series), Controllers and Remote Monitoring (SC Series), Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS Series) and Analytics’create real energy solutions for utilities, telecommunication providers, government applications, remote and island communities and for disaster preparedness needs.About Northern Reliability, Inc.Northern Reliability (www.northernreliability.com(link is external)) is a distributed generation company that engineers, procures, and constructs stand-alone electric power systems for customers needing reliable continuous power for their business or community. Our systems provide renewable energy for off-grid applications, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and provide energy security and independence from conventional energy sources. Northern Reliability’Delivering Power, Anywhere.Source: Northern Reliability 9.4.2013
Vermont Business Magazine Secretary of State Jim Condos reminds all Vermonters to register to vote for the August 9th Primary by this Wednesday, August 3rd at 5 pm. Voters can register by mail, in their town clerk’s office, or online at https://olvr.sec.state.vt.us/ (link is external)Registered voters are welcome to vote anytime in the next two weeks by requesting an early or absentee ballot. Early voting is a wonderful program for busy Vermonters who may not be able to make it to the polls on August 9th. Simply go to your town clerk’s office to vote early, call your town clerk to request a ballot, or request a ballot online at https://www.mvp.sec.state.vt.us/(link is external)“Many Vermonters have already utilized early voting,” states Secretary Condos. “This election, 14,489 voters have requested an absentee ballot and 6,850 of those have been returned. These numbers exemplify how beneficial early voting programs are for ensuring busy Vermonters get their voices heard in the election.” Voter registration applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than 5:00pm on August 3rd.Absentee ballots must be requested by August 8th and returned to your Town/City Clerk by 7:00PM on August 9th.
Clients work out in the freshly renovated former postal service space that now houses 20|20 CrossFit in Prairie Village.After a month-long clean up and renovation and a few weeks of a soft opening with existing clients, 20|20 CrossFit is officially open to the public in the 73rd Terrace facility previously occupied by the Prairie Village Post Office.Owner Jon Rowley, who lives just a couple of blocks from 20|20’s new home, said his staff and clients were excited to be in a large, dedicated space. Rowley started the company in his in-law’s garage nearly three years ago before moving to a temporary facility near 75th and Metcalf. When the 7,000 square foot postal facility became available, Rowley quickly jumped on the opportunity that would allow him to accommodate more clients.“It’s kind of the perfect space for what we do,” he said. “Really all we had to do was clean it up and put in our flooring.”20|20 started offering classes to existing clients in the space Oct. 6. After a few weeks of getting operations in the new facility ironed out, he says the company is now accepting new clients there. Rowley stresses that the 20|20 CrossFit program is open to people at all fitness levels.New 20|20 clients go through a five-session “on-ramp” program that teaches the fundamentals of crossfit training. Clients then sign up for training program that allows them to attend group training sessions whenever they want.“Our focus is to instruct proper movement patterns that enable individuals to train safely and take those skills with them into their daily lives,” Rowley said. “We’re all about getting people more fit in the gym but the real reward is enabling our clients to do all the things they want to do outside the gym.”You can find out more about 20|20 CrossFit here.
Housing affordability has become a bigger and bigger issue in Johnson County in recent years.A few weeks ago, we asked our readers to submit suggestions for questions they’d like to hear the candidates running for seats on the Overland Park city council address.Based on the input we received, we’ve developed the five-item questionnaire below and sent it out to the candidates competing in the following races:Council Member Ward 1Terry Happer Scheier (incumbent)Holly GrummertCouncil Member Ward 2Roger TarbuttonPaul Lyons (incumbent)Council Member Ward 3Tom CarignanStephan GlentzerCouncil Member Ward 4Dan OsmanFred Spears (incumbent)Council Member Ward 5Faris Farassati (incumbent)Phil BresslerCouncil Member Ward 6Rick Collins (incumbent)Scott HamblinWe’ll be running the candidates’ responses to these items starting Monday, Oct 14.Question 1Neighboring cities give residents access to “open mic” time where they can make comments on any issue during city council and/or committee meetings. Should Overland Park offer this opportunity to its residents? If so, how would you like to see this implemented?Question 2The ForwardOP vision calls for the community to be “welcoming,” where people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds are engaged in the community. What policies would you enact to realize this vision for Overland Park to be a welcoming city?Question 3Living expenses in Johnson County have seen double digit increases in the last 4 years. Home ownership is becoming a challenge for people working in a number of professions such as teachers, firefighters, and police officers in Johnson County. Costs for individuals, including those on fixed incomes, who own their home without a mortgage have continued to rise. How would you address the need for more varied priced housing options in Overland Park? (This question was submitted by the Johnson County Health Equity Network, which is focused on housing affordability, stability and safety).Question 4Should Overland Park adopt a city-level non-discrimination ordinance with legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals? Why or why not?Question 5In recent months, city officials from across the metro area have been coordinating on ideas that local governments can take to address climate change. Do you support the idea of city government taking steps to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Why or why not?
NPR:March madness means NCAA brackets, along with brackets for practically everything else, from Star Wars characters to grooming products to public radio shows. What makes brackets so appealing?Barry Schwartz has spent a career studying the psychology of choice at Swarthmore College.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >
wbur: BOSTON — Up on the 12th floor of a nondescript concrete building in Cambridge, about a dozen Harvard University researchers spend their days trying to crack the code on something that’s eluded scientists for decades.“We’re really lacking in our ability to accurately predict suicidal behavior and to prevent it,” says psychology professor Matt Nock, who runs the so-called Nock Lab, which is focused entirely on suicide and self-harm. “We are really struggling with identifying which people who think about suicide go on to act on their suicidal thoughts and which ones don’t.”Nock demonstrates a computer-based exercise he’s using in his research, known as the Implicit Association Test, or IAT. The test asks patients to quickly classify words related to life or death — such as “thriving” or “suicide” — as being like them or like other people.Read the whole story: wbur More of our Members in the Media >
Five Caribbean Governments get Complementary Climate Funding improvement of access to potable water, by installing water purification equipment at community water supply points in Madame Bernard and Baleraze and monitoring of water quality and availability; OAS-Chile Partnership Programme Announces Full Scholarships… Sep 28, 2020 increased access to efficient, affordable electricity for households, businesses and public administrative services, through the installation of a mini-grid system in Madame Bernard. (CDB Press Release) May 29, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Caribbean Ministers of Agriculture Explore Funding Options… enhancing capacity to develop and implement a sustainable fisheries and coastal ecosystem management programme, including planning for viable livelihoods options and employment opportunities for the residents of Ile-à-Vache; formulation of a disaster risk management-climate change adaptation plan; a climate-resilient spatial plan; an early warning system; and a public education and awareness programme; Jun 9, 2020 March 12, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – On Friday March 3, 2018, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Haiti launched a project to improve climate resilience and disaster risk management on Ile-à-Vache, an island off the country’s southern peninsula. The Building Capacity for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience Project is being funded through a CDB grant of USD5.5 million (mn), which includes a contribution of USD 896,000, from resources provided to CDB under the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union-CDB-Natural Disaster Risk Management in CARIFORUM Countries. The island of Ile-à-Vache has five main villages and a population of approximately15,000, and is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes. Speaking at the launch, Monica La Bennett, Vice-President (Operations), CDB, noted that the project has the potential to transform the lives of the people of Ile-à-Vache. “Recurring floods and storms that affect the island, damage the livelihoods of persons who depend on fishing and agriculture. This project aims to increase the resilience of Ile-à-Vache residents to natural hazards and impacts caused by climate change. This is key to social and economic development, and the systematic reduction of poverty. It is part of broader efforts by the Government of Haiti to make investments that increase the resilience of all the people of Haiti and improve their life chances,” said La Bennett.[su_box title=”Caribbean Development Bank” style=”soft” box_color=”#54c0f0″]The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and promoting economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region (Article 1 of the Agreement establishing CDB). In the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CDB is recognised as an Associate Institution of CARICOM[/su_box] Minister of Environment for Haiti, H.E. Pierre Simon Georges, noted that the project will also directly benefit the population through multi-sectoral interventions. He said that the Government of Haiti was keen to ensure that the project is implemented in the shortest possible time. He noted that Ile-à-Vache, with a population of 15,000 people, is particularly vulnerable to climate change. The Minister added that, within the framework of the project, the island will benefit from investments in in electricity, potable water and fisheries management, which must all be strengthened to increase resilience to climate change. Key project components include: World Bank Provides US$159M for Regional Air Transport… Jun 22, 2020 You may be interested in… CDB officially opens office in HaitiThe Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on September 21 officially opened its Country Office in Haiti, the first outside its Headquarters in Barbados. To commemorate the occasion, Dr. William Warren Smith, President of the Bank, hosted an inauguration event, which First Lady of the Republic of Haiti, Her Excellency Martine Moïse;…September 22, 2018In “CARICOM”CDB and PAHO sign agreement to support mental health in aftermath of natural disastersJune 14, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) have signed an agreement to enhance capacity for mental health and psychosocial support in disaster management in the Caribbean. “Despite the high vulnerability of the Region to these types of events, too…June 14, 2018In “CARICOM”CDB champions call for more resilient energy sector at 2018 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum(Caribbean Development Bank Press Release) – Improving the resilience of the Region’s energy sector, especially when it comes to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change, must be a priority for all countries in the Caribbean. The theme of resilience was brought into focus during the Caribbean Development Bank’s…November 14, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp