Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are currently in the midst of an extensive 2018 Fall Tour tour which will keep them on the road through the beginning of December. During that stretch, the band will mount a four-night Halloween run with a very special theme: “Red Hot Sgt. Peppers,” a mashed-up tribute to the music of Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beatles interwoven with their own original material.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will bring their special “Red Hot Sgt. Peppers” themed show to The National in Richmond, VA on Halloween night and reprise the party the next night, November 1st, at Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, NC and the succeeding two evenings at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA (11/2 and 11/3).The Baltimore-native jam-funk quartet has built up a reputation for mounting cleverly-themed Halloween tribute sets. Notes the theme announcement press release,2015 saw the theme of “Dead Zeppelin” where PPPP mashed up the music of Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead. For 2016, they took on a more abstract theme, “A Tribute To The Letter P,” where the band performed covers of songs which began with the letter “P.” Last year’s theme for 2017 paid homage to those we’ve lost with the appropriately named “R.I.P.P.P.P. A Tribute to Musicians We Have Lost,” complete with music from Frank Zappa, The Allman Brothers, David Bowie, Notorious B.I.G. and more.As frontman Greg Ormont notes,We’re so stoked about this year’s Halloween run! We’ve been flirting with the idea of doing a Red Hot Sergeant Peppers theme for a couple years and I’m happy that we finally decided to do it while we’re back on the East Coast. It’s been an absolute blast putting our spin on the material, which is so well written and full of energy. Can’t wait to unleash RHSP on The Flock!” For a full list of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming shows, see below. To grab your tickets to their “Red Hot Sgt. Peppers”-themed Halloween run, head to the band’s website. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Tour Dates: 10/16 – Bozeman, MT – Rialto +10/18 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater +10/19 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater >10/31 – Richmond, VA – The National *11/1 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre *11/2 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse !11/3 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse *11/16 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living Arts #11/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living Arts <11/23 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live11/24 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live <11/29 – 12/1 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club @11/30 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club <12/1 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club>12/12 – 12/16 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Holidaze12/27 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East &12/28 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East **12/29 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater **12/31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE **1/26 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre+ w/ Andy Frasco & The U.N.> w/ Cycles* w/ The Kitchen Dwellers! w/ Orange Constant# w/ Hayley Jane & The Primates< w/ Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers@ w/ Goose** w/ The Magic Beans& w/Midnight NorthView Upcoming Tour Dates
Harvard University unveiled its initial design concepts for the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center during two open houses on Thursday and Friday.More than 80 members of the Harvard and Cambridge communities attended the viewings, curious to get a glimpse of renderings and initial plans for the 1960s building across from Harvard Yard. Representatives from the project team were on hand to answer questions, solicit feedback, and talk through ideas.Two more sessions are scheduled for the Harvard community on Feb. 2 and 4. An additional session will be scheduled for the Greater Cambridge community, also in February.“I am incredibly pleased at the turnout we had for our first open house. The ideas and feedback we’ve received have been — and will continue to be — invaluable as we develop the programmatic and design aspects of the building,” said Executive Vice President Katie Lapp. “Feedback from all members of the Harvard community is absolutely essential to ensuring that the Smith Campus Center fosters intellectual, cultural, and social experiences for all members of our community. I hope to see even more folks at the open houses scheduled for the next week.”Formerly known as Holyoke Center, the building was renamed in 2014 in honor of Richard A. and Susan F. Smith, who donated the funds for its renovation. The redesigned center is expected to provide a major boost to the University’s multiyear effort — through the Common Spaces Program — to create and improve locations that foster campus’s intellectual, cultural, and social campus experience for the Harvard community.An artist’s rendering of the proposed design for one of the renovated areas of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center. Courtesy of Hopkins ArchitectsA comprehensive set of renderings, depicting both interior and exterior images, were on display. One showed a new, transparent pavilion facing Massachusetts Avenue, which will provide a welcoming and vibrant entrance alongside a redesigned exterior plaza. Other renderings showed how the lower levels of the building are being reconceived as multi-level spaces for formal and informal gatherings, with food venues, flexible meeting spaces, landscaped courts, and roof terraces. The 10th floor will offer additional common spaces with magnificent views of the Charles River, Harvard Yard, and sections of campus beyond the river.Students, faculty, and staff have been engaged throughout the planning process. Community input has been garnered through public meetings in Harvard Square and at a community open house. Harvard planners conducted more than 25 focus groups and received nearly 6,000 responses to a campus-wide survey. The first two open houses, combined with the upcoming ones, are key steps in that extensive outreach process.“We’re really excited about the available collaborative space. We’re working on making an entrepreneurship hub on this side of the river. And for us, the ability to be able to reserve a space to work, meet, or do projects is really key,” said Eric Ouyang ’17. “It will be so nice to have something like this campus center that’s so inclusive and so centrally located.”Harvard has also prioritized sustainability in the project and is using an integrated approach for design and construction, with a goal of creating a space that visually and symbolically represents Harvard’s commitment to sustainability. The design process is driven in accordance with the Harvard Green Building Standards, as well as the University’s five-year sustainability plan, which lays out goals and priorities for building and operating a healthier, more sustainable community.The design is still preliminary but is expected to include green roofs and walls, plentiful natural light, rainwater collection and reuse, a high-performance glass facade that maximizes energy efficiency, an interior garden for the arcade, and healthy-building materials.“We’re really excited to see these plans, especially since they’ve incorporated so much green space,” said Lacey Klingensmith, a student in the sustainability and environmental master’s program at the Extension School. “Right now, there is such a scarcity of open space with natural light, and we think this will be great for students.”The project will roll out concurrently with a project focused on cleaning and restoring the facade. The greater Cambridge community and the public will continue to be welcome in the building.Additional open houses for the Harvard community are scheduled for Monday from 4 to 6 p.m., and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the second floor of the campus center. (Attendees should use the 1344 Massachusetts Ave. entrance, which is to the left of the main entrance.)As with the first events, attendees are welcome to have their questions answered or engage with project planners.After gaining input on the project, the Cambridge Historical Commission, the Cambridge Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Harvard Square Advisory Committee will have to give their approvals. That permitting process will begin later this year.
Vermont Yankee reported late Monday afternoon that two of the new monitoring wells the nuclear power plant just installed have tested positive for the radioactive isotope tritium. The three new monitoring wells were installed to complement the three drilled in 2007. Confirmed analysis from the new wells show tritium concentration is at 70,500 picocuries per liter in the nearest new well about 75 feet to the south of the well where tritium was first noted several weeks ago.At a new well about 100 feet further south, the tritium is at a much lower concentration of 1,840 picocuries per liter. Two other monitoring wells to the north, and one to the south, show no elevated levels. The purpose of the monitoring wells is to characterize the tritium concentrations in the ground water to aid in the investigation. Yankee spokesman Robert Williams issued a statement saying this is useful information that will help engineers working to identify the source of tritium in the plant’s groundwater. Engineers are planning six more wells around the plant buildings to gather further data on the location of the highest tritium concentration and to focus the investigation on the possible source. Williams said that while the multi-disciplined technical team continues to investigate the source of the tritium, he said it is important to note that there has been no elevated tritium level found in any drinking water well samples or in Connecticut River water. The existence of tritium in such low levels does not present a risk to public health or safety whatsoever, he said.Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen that occurs naturally and is also a byproduct of nuclear plant operation. The Environmental Protection Agency has set safe drinking water levels of tritium at 20,000 picocuries per liter.The Vernon plant is seeking approval from the state to relicense the plant another 20 years beyond 2012, when it is scheduled to be decommissioned. The Legislature must first approve the license extension before the Vermont Public Service Board ultimately rules on the case. Vermont Yankee owner Entergy is also seeking to spin the plant off, with five other older nuclear power plants, into a new company called Enexus.Source: Vermont Yankee. 2.1.2010
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC),The Sustainable Energy Partnership, led by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), has been selected by the District Department of the Environment to create and operate the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) in Washington, DC. The SEU will help families, businesses, and institutions in the nation’s capital save money and energy, and support local job creation and economic development, by offering programs that spur investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy. With funding of approximately $7 million in fiscal year 2011, the SEU will operate under a seven-year performance-based contract with aggressive goals in job creation, energy savings, renewable energy deployment, and a significant level of targeted spending for low-income housing. Funding comes from the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund, established by the Council of the District of Columbia as part of the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008. ‘VEIC is excited by this opportunity to lead a world-class partnership that will help District of Columbia residents and businesses build a clean energy future for their community,’ said Scott Johnstone, Executive Director of VEIC. ‘Through our operation of Efficiency Vermont, we have shown how investments in energy efficiency are good for the bottom line, good for the environment, and good for the economy. We look forward to putting this expertise to work in the nation’s capital.’ Residential and commercial energy consumption in buildings is the largest driver of greenhouse gas emissions in the District of Columbia, with 15% of emissions coming from residences and 52% from commercial and institutional sectors. The District of Columbia estimates that it currently spends approximately $79 million each year on energy use in public buildings alone. The SEU will help address the challenge of reducing that energy use, while also providing new ‘green jobs’ employment opportunities for District of Columbia residents. SEU services will begin to launch in May, with three ‘quick start’ programs for residential and commercial customers. The SEU offices will be located in Washington, DC, with necessary technical and support services provided from VEIC’s Vermont office. More information is available at www.dcseu.org(link is external).VEIC’s work for the SEU represents a continued diversification of its activity outside Vermont. In 2010, VEIC was selected to start up and operate Efficiency Smart, an energy efficiency initiative that currently serves 47 communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. About VEICThe Vermont Energy Investment Corporation is a mission-driven nonprofit organization, founded in 1986, dedicated to reducing the economic, social, and environmental costs of energy consumption through cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.VEIC has consulted in 28 states, 6 Canadian Provinces and 7 countries outside North America to design programs that reduce energy use through energy efficiency and renewable energy. In addition, VEIC operates Efficiency Vermont ‘ the nation’s first statewide energy efficiency utility ‘ as well as other implementation services across the country. For more information: www.veic.org(link is external) April 22, 2011; Burlington, VT ‘
By Dialogo January 27, 2014 MINUSTAH presence to be reduced Hard work is recognized Ninety military engineers with the Armed Forces of Ecuador recently completed a series of reconstruction projects in Haiti, part of the ongoing effort to rebuild the country following the major earthquake which devastated the Caribbean country on January 12, 2010. The earthquake registered at 7.3 on the Richter scale, killed as many as 316,000 people, and destroyed or severely damaged 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings, according to Haitian authorities. The recent effort was the fourth such mission completed by Ecuadorean engineers since the earthquake struck. On May 21, 2010, the Ecuadorean government declared it was mobilizing the Armed Forces to provide humanitarian assistance to Haiti. Each of the three branches of the military – the Army, Navy, and Air Force – were mobilized. Ecuador also donated heavy equipment worth $10.4 million. Including building materials and the value of the labor of the soldiers and volunteers, Ecuador contributed about $30 million to the reconstruction effort. The reconstruction work was carried out under the framework of the South-South Cooperation, an ongoing exchange of technology, equipment, and military resources between countries in the global South. The Army Corps of Engineers led the effort, in which members of the three branches of the military repaired or constructed dozens of schools, bridges, and sewage systems, which benefitted 150,000 Haitians. Ecuadorean Maj. Marco Navas led the humanitarian mission. Civilian volunteers from Ecuador, including some government employees, also went to Haiti to help with the repairs and construction. The first Ecuadorean military reconstruction mission to Haiti, known as Marhec 1, began in the summer of 2010. The Ecuadorean military and volunteers completed the final mission, Marhec 4, in December 2013. Overall, 330 Ecuadorian military engineers were deployed to Haiti to participate in the four missions, officials said. In addition to repairing and constructing buildings, roads, and sewer systems, Ecuadorean military engineers also taught Haitian soldiers courses in surveying, soldering, and using heavy construction equipment. Providing such education empowers Haitians as they continue to rebuild and recover from the earthquake, said Daniela Bermeo Torres, a sociologist who is also the commercial director of the coast region of TECHO in Ecuador. TECHO is a group which organizes volunteers who work on projects to improve communities throughout Latin America. “It is important that the work done in Haiti is accompanied by training, empowerment, and in the case of military institutions, training and workshops so that Haitians themselves continue the reconstruction of their country,” Bermeo Torres said. “Probably the most important thing that can be achieved in Haiti is to ensure relevance in the efforts and resources invested in the empowerment of Haitians to continue weaving their way to reconstruction.” Bermeo Torres served as Director of Funds for TECHO Haiti in 2011 Ensuring access to education Just before they left Haiti in December 2013, representatives from the Ecuadorean military held a ceremony at Ségure National School, which Ecuadorean soldiers and volunteers helped rebuild. “Children have access to a better education with the remodeled facilities,” said Carine Luberisse, the director of the school. The Ecuadorean military rebuilt classrooms, restrooms, and constructed an outdoor multi-purpose sports court. The military also built a security fence around the school. Ecuadorean Defense Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa expressed gratitude for the work of the military engineers and the soldiers and volunteers they directed. “We deeply appreciate it because we know the intensity of the work carried out in adverse, very difficult conditions, away from their families,” Espinosa said when the military engineers, soldiers, and volunteers returned from their mission in Haiti. The Ecuadorean contingent carried out the most recent mission in the province of L’Artibonite, located in the center of the Caribbean island. The Ecuadorean military completed a number of construction and renovation projects: • The repair of two bridges and the construction of 80 kilometers of roads. • The construction of a building for kindergarten students, and the renovation of two other schools which had been badly damaged by the earthquake. • The construction of three new health centers. • The repair of 48 kilometers of irrigation canals for agricultural use. • The construction of access roads to more than 300 schools and houses. U.N. peacekeeping missions The Armed Forces of Ecuador is also participating in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). In 2013, Ecuador also sent 14 officers of the Armed Forces as observers or staff members to U.N. peacekeeping missions in Africa. Empowering the people of Haiti UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to present options for MINUSTAH’s reconfiguration by March 2014. The stability provided by MINUSTAH peacekeepers is crucial as Haiti develops its own police force, according to Carl Meacham, director of the Americas program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a Washington, D.C. think tank. “(MINUSTAH) was formed in June 2004 to restore public order after the ouster of [former president] Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and played a key role in stabilizing Haiti following the earthquake. MINUSTAH’s main task continues to be maintaining order and the rule of law.” Meacham said. The incidence of homicides in Haiti is by far the lowest in the Caribbean — 6.9 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). While MINUSTAH has helped improve public safety in Haiti, security forces must remain vigilant, Schneider said. “There’s no question that MINUSTAH’s presence has resulted in reduced gang activity in Haiti. Secondly, the violence that comes along with gang activity has dropped. By going after the gangs, you significantly reduce that,” Schneider said. MINUSTAH currently has 6,270 peacekeeping troops, including 2,425 police officers, in Haiti. Its peacekeepers come from 19 countries, mainly Latin America, and its police officers hail from 41 countries. The largest “blue helmet” contingent is represented by Brazil, which has 1,700 peacekeepers in Haiti. Other key contributors to the MINUSTAH mission are Ecuador, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. A UN Security Council resolution adopted in 2013 calls for cutting troop levels by 1,249 by June 2014. MINUSTAH’s operational budget will fall from $648.4 million in 2012-13 to $576.6 million for 2013-14.
CUNA expressed appreciation to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Wednesday for its reasonable approach to implementing the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. CUNA strongly advocated for the FAST Act, which passed in December 2015 and required the CFPB to eliminate the unnecessary and outdated compliance burden of providing annual privacy notices if two conditions are satisfied.After passage of the FAST Act, CUNA urged the CFPB to provide credit unions clarity through regulation.Under the new requirements, if a credit union does not share nonpublic personal information about members (except as described in certain statutory exceptions), and does not change its policies and practices, then it can be exempt from sending out an annual notice.Previously, many credit unions were unable to use the 2014 exemption because of the overly complex conditions that had to be satisfied, but the FAST Act addressed this by simplifying the ability to qualify for an exemption to sending the annual privacy notices. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Department of Justice The Justice Department has filed its first case against two individuals following the start of its inquiry into the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) paycheck protection program (PPP). Investigations into whether the program was protected against fraud or if banks did not process PPP loans on a first-come, first-serve basis as the SBA had advertised have begun to pop up after the program reopened late last month.Federal officials charged two men with making numerous false claims in multiple loan applications. One man made false claims in a loan application for more than $438,500, stating that he would use the money to pay for dozens of employees at three restaurants. However, officials stated in the charges that two of the establishments weren’t open at the time of the pandemic and the other was not found to be associated with the individual.The second individual applied for a $105,381 loan to pay seven full-time employees at a company he owned, but the DOJ reported no tax records existed showing any wages paid and several of the listed employees interviewed by FBI agents said they did not work for the company.Both men discussed the fraud schemes via email and were charged yesterday “by way of a federal criminal complaint with conspiracy to make false statements to influence the SBA and conspiracy to commit bank fraud,” specified the DOJ in a press release. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
continue reading » Policymakers at the Federal Reserve, after some initial optimism that the Covid-19 slump would be deep but confined to the second quarter of this year, now seem braced for a more prolonged recession marked by high unemployment and a rising risk of corporate bankruptcies.Top officials have launched what appears to be a coordinated shift in tune in public remarks over the last couple weeks, particularly as the prospect of a worsening second wave of infections that could deal yet another blow to an already fragile economy becomes reality.Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said during a webinar this week that economic activity appears to be “leveling off at a level lower than we were pre-crisis, which might suggest there is going to be some loss or that the time required to recover might be quite a bit longer than we might have otherwise expected.”The Fed’s June meeting minutes said a number of officials feared “a substantial likelihood of additional waves of outbreaks, which, in some scenarios, could result in further economic disruptions and possibly a protracted period of reduced economic activity.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The actor’s Avengers costar Mark Ruffalo also tweeted, “Bro, while [Donald] Trump is in office there is NOTHING you could possibly do to embarrass yourself. See… solving lining.”Chris Evans as Ransom Drysdale in ‘Knives Out.’ Claire Folger/Lionsgate/Kobal/ShutterstockTwo days later, the Massachusetts native addressed the incident, tweeting, “Now that I have your attention …. VOTE Nov 3rd!!!”The Captain America star later spoke out about the flub on The Tamron Hall Show. “Look, it was an interesting weekend full of lessons learned, a lot of teachable moments,” he said at the time. “Things happen. It’s embarrassing, but you’ve gotta roll with the punches. I will say, I have fantastic fans who came to my support. That was really nice.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Breaking out an old favorite! Chris Evans wore his iconic Knives Out sweater while he cuddled Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman‘s puppy during a doggy play date.The Gifted star, 39, and his dog, Dodger, joined Raisman, 26, and her pup, Mylo, over the weekend. Evans shared a clip via his Instagram Story on Sunday, November 14, of himself holding Mylo while wearing the famous white sweater from the 2019 thriller. In the video, Raisman calls for Mylo as Evans holds him close.Chris Evans Courtesy of Chris Evans/Instagram- Advertisement – In September, Evans made headlines again when he posted and then quickly deleted a video from his Instagram Story of himself and some friends playing the game Heads Up! The recording featured a shot of his camera role, which apparently included a black-and-white photo of his penis.Evans received plenty of celebrity support with Jamie Lee Curtis tweeting, “My boy! Proud of him. Got MY attention!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Too bad his charm didn’t work on me,” the Avengers: Endgame star captioned the post.The sweater went viral in November 2019 after fans swooned over Evans wearing the fashion item while playing the character Ransom Drysdale. One month later, Evans even gifted his dog a miniature version of the sweater for Christmas and posted the photo via Twitter.“YOU SAID IM GONNA GIVE TWITTER EVERYTHING THEY WANT,” one user wrote while another posted, “Chris bless you for this picture.”- Advertisement –
Among the numerous panels this year, “Going green: How we can participate in saving the planet while at the same time adding value to our guests”, Where the director of sustainable business of BC Hospitality Group and a tireless advocate of sustainable solutions will Mireille Jakobsen with many years of experience in implementing CRS strategies in the hotel and MICE industry along with Robeta Kimpton, a member of the global hotel team at Schneider Electric, responsible for global hotel innovation, marketing and hotel strategies in an organization whose great passion is sustainability and energy management in the hospitality industry to discover all the challenges they have faced in their business. Besides them, Luc Gesvert, Vice President of Sales, Distribution, Revenue, Loyalty and Marketing Accor Group for Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS Countries will hold a presentation on “Guest experience, loyalty, personalization” where he will share his rich experience in the field of hospitality, but also indicate what challenges he faces in his work. Today’s travelers are looking for a different attitude towards them as customers, and although the hotel business seems to be changing a lot, some industries, such as retail, have gone far beyond knowing their customers. Gesvert will reveal his views on this and other topics in an interview, immediately after the presentation. Early bird sign up for Hotel Operations Weekend Festival they are still open and lasting until June 16th 2019, and participants with interesting panel discussions and workshops are expected this year as well team building and large party. More information at https://www.howfestival.com/ The only festival in Europe dedicated to hotel operations, Hotel Operations Weekend / HOW / Festival this year from 16 to 18 October bring together numerous international and regional experts from the hotel and related industries, and the first confirmed names coming to the festival are Mireille Jakobsen, Robert Kimpton i Luc Gesvert. The goal of this festival, which has positioned itself as the largest hotel conference in the region in the last two years, is to present international trends in hotel operations and examples of good practice, facilitate the implementation of new products, but also connect all visitors and industry experts.