Watch Bruce Hornsby & Bon Iver’s Soulful Bonnie Raitt Cover In Richmond

first_imgBruce Hornsby and Bon Iver collaborated once again last night during a performance at Richmond, Virginia’s The National. Bon Iver’s frontman Justin Vernon and the former unofficial Grateful Dead keys player teamed up for Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” as well as the Bon Iver original “Beth/Rest”. Ahead of “Beth/Rest”, Vernon told the crowd, “This is a song that’s coming from all my Bruce listening over the decades.”Watch Bruce Hornsby And Jenny Lewis Sit-In With Bon Iver At CoachellaHornsby and Vernon have collaborated in the past, with Vernon being featured in “Over The Rise,” a song by Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers that was debuted last year. Hornsby also sat in with Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner during their special Grateful Dead tribute, Day of the Dead, at Wisconsin’s Eaux Claires festival last summer for a cover of “Black Muddy River”, as well as during Coachella this year. Vernon has been open about his admiration for the legendary keyboard player, noting to Pitchfork last year that most of the material he was working on for his self-titled EP “sounds like a Bruce Hornsby song.”You can watch video of Bruce Hornsby and Bon Iver’s collaboration at The National in Richmond, Virginia, below, courtesy of C. T. B.“I Can’t Make You Love Me” “Beth/Rest” [H/T Jambase; Photo: Jenny Dove]last_img read more

Uncovering an ancient world

first_img Framing the Caspian Sea Tourists eager to envision the glories of the Roman Empire can take in the ruins of the Colosseum or the Forum in the Italian capital. Those searching for remnants of the empire’s Eastern hub, Constantinople, can visit Istanbul, where the Column of Constantine still stands, erected by the emperor in 330 A.D. But what’s left of the original seat of the Eastern Roman Empire from 286 to 324, often described as a magnificent urban landscape?For centuries it was lost, until a devastating earthquake in 1999 leveled much of Izmit, Turkey, the industrial city that had grown up around it. From the rubble, pieces of Nicomedia emerged. For the past 20 years researchers, mainly from the Kocaeli Museum, have been carefully excavating the site in the Çukurbağ district of modern Izmit, piecing part of the ancient city back together and preserving it for future generations. Among those committed scholars is Tuna Şare-Ağtürk, the Hilles Bush Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study whose current book project documents the treasures unearthed at what some originally considered nothing more than a pile of ancient marble trash.“This find is so important, not only for our field — for archaeology and the classics — but for the world cultural heritage,” said Şare-Ağtürk, an associate professor of archaeology and art history at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey and director of the Çukurbağ Archaeological Project since 2013. Despite the challenges posed by an urban excavation, including looting and a narrow dig site surrounded by modern buildings, Şare-Ağtürk and her team have helped uncover a set of monumental stairs and a lavish imperial palace decorated with statues and intricate reliefs. The complex was built by the Emperor Diocletian (244–311 A.D.), who famously introduced the division of power among Roman rulers — initially the diarchy or “rule of two” and later the tetrarchy or “rule of four” — a savvy political move that stabilized an empire plagued by civil wars and imperial turmoil.“This is the most extensive archeological discovery ever found about this lost capital, ancient Nicomedia,” said Şare-Ağtürk, “and all of these representations on the reliefs shed new light on the sociopolitical history of the city.”Much of Şare-Ağtürk’s work has involved recovering, analyzing, and restoring the 72 monumental marble relief blocks that adorned the complex. Taken together they form a 50-meter-long frieze panel filled “with an astonishing combination of mythological, imperial, and agonistic representations.” Many of the reliefs document life in the ancient city and depict theatrical performances, games, and regal events, as well as a triumphant procession featuring Roman victors and their captives. They also shine a light on Diocletian’s political prowess.,PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen Şare-Ağtürk discusses the panel depicting Medea’s slaughter of her own children.,PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen Exposure to light and air took its toll on this frieze detail of the head of an imperial figure, the first photo taken in 2009 and the next in 2017.,PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen Photographer documents the region through the lens of the area’s natural resources Related In the largest section of the frieze the two emperors of the diarchy — Diocletian, the ruler of the East, and Maximian, the ruler of the West — can be seen reaching for an embrace. But what appears to be a simple gesture of greeting, explained Şare-Ağtürk, is in fact laden with meaning. The work is an early example of “diarchic propaganda,” she said, intended to promote the narrative of the unrelated rulers as loving brothers united for a common cause. The intimate imperial embrace motif reappears in the Tetrarchic period, and was meant to convey notions of brotherhood, similarity, and harmony among the four rulers.The Nicomedia relief also represents an important artistic shift. The heads of the embracing rulers are shown in profile instead of in the traditional, front-facing portraits typical of the era, said Şare-Ağtürk, marking a turn from the classical art that incorporated more natural depictions of the human form toward the more abstract and rigid interpretations of the Byzantine period. “The style and iconography of this particular section of the reliefs anticipates the birth of late antique and medieval art,” said Şare-Ağtürk. “These reliefs fill a real hole and mark a significant turning point for art history.”They also add to the scholarship that has proven pure white marble works so often associated with the ancient monuments and sculptures of Greece and Rome were actually anything but.Şare-Ağtürk’s findings include some of the best-preserved pigment ever found on art from the ancient world, supporting earlier research that has shown Roman artists painted their works in vibrant hues. Using X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF), infrared and ultraviolet light, Şare-Ağtürk and her team developed an even richer picture of how Nicomedia’s dynamic reliefs originally appeared. When hit with an infrared beam, the metal objects depicted on the Nicomedia reliefs, such as spear heads or arrows, began to shimmer, indicating they were originally coated in Egyptian blue, a synthetic pigment that sparkles under infrared light. When examined with XRF, another section of the work was found to contain gold, indicating it was once gilded.The pigments aren’t just aesthetic highlights. The colors also help researchers with artistic forensic work. For example, anyone wearing a purple garment would have been royalty, said Şare-Ağtürk, since purple was considered “an imperial hue.”Şare-Ağtürk hopes her work, backed by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and funded by a grant from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, will help lead to the creation of a new archaeological park and an exhibition hall in Izmit where many of the ancient works can be displayed.“For the first time the Eastern Roman Empire has a defining monument,” she said, “and it needs to be preserved.” Artist Willie Cole uses everyday objects like ironing boards to ‘reveal the spirit’ within In the clip above, Şare-Ağtürk talks about the significance of the largest section of the Nicomedia frieze, which shows two emperors embracing.,PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen Seeing beauty in the mundane Details of three captive barbarians with different hairstyles and color.last_img read more

Mexican migrants sent home a record $40 billion in 2020

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s central bank says money sent home by Mexican migrants rose 11.4% in 2020 to a new high despite the coronavirus pandemic. The banks said Tuesday that migrants sent home a record $40.6 billion in 2020, including $4 billion last March alone, which was a new high for a single month. The record flow for 2020 compared to $36.4  billion sent by Mexican migrants in 2019. The rise was much better than other countries, which have seen drops in the money flowing home from their migrants because of job losses or reductions in hours due to the pandemic.last_img

New Green Mountain Coffee plant welcomed in Tennesee

first_imgKNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An empty 334,000-square-foot building and an eager workforce explain only in part why Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (Nasdaq: GMCR) chose the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley of Tennessee for a major expansion site that eventually will employ 300 workers.”The central location makes us more efficient, reduces our transportation and distribution costs and shortens delivery lead times of our products,” according to Jon Wettstein, Green Mountain’s vice president for supply chain operations.But he says a well-coordinated economic development community also helped seal the deal.The Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley economic development partnership between the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Knoxville Chamber, Loudon County Economic Development Agency, Oak Ridge Economic Partnership, the Roane Alliance, and Tellico Reservoir Development Agency, Wettstein says, “provided an incredibly efficient process.”Quality of life considerations also played a major part in attracting the socially-conscious coffee roasting and distributing company. Knoxville has fared well in recent polls by Forbes, Inc. and Site Selection magazines.”The skilled workforce, the prospects for continuous learning, the opportunities for us to partner with the community, the quality of life for employees and the physical beauty of the area all were important factors in our decision to locate here,” Wettstein said.For their part, Innovation Valley officials welcome Green Mountain’s progressive business model. RO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com have recognized Green Mountain as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.”We think they’ll be trendsetters in corporate and social responsibility – both locally and internationally,” said Doug Lawyer, director of economic development for the Knoxville Chamber.Because nearly 100 million people work in the coffee industry worldwide – many of them in developing countries – Green Mountain has ample opportunity “to distribute value more equitably through the supply chain and support sustainability in coffee-growing communities,” said Mike Dupee, the company’s vice president of corporate social responsibility.Dupee said Green Mountain also places a high premium on human capital at home, has aggressive plans to reduce waste and minimize energy use, and continues to increase the percentage of its fair trade products.”In the workplace, a chain reaction occurs when employees are safe, have the opportunity to learn and grow, and have meaningful work: ideas and innovation flow among coworkers, customers are happier with our products, profits grow, and then we have more human and financial capital to invest in sustainable business practices,” he said.SOURCE Innovation Valley Inc.last_img read more

Credit unions can elevate credit card offerings with rewards

first_imgIn a recently released white paper, my colleague Brian Day, director of digital strategy, partnered, with Karan Bhalla, managing director for data analytics firm and TMG strategic partner IQR Consulting, to discuss the value of adding rewards to a credit card offering.Specifically, the paper, “Yes, Credit Card Rewards Really Are Worth It,” emphasizes six ways rewards take credit cards from good to great. I’ve highlighted those factors below.Improved consumer experience — Cardholders like to be rewarded for their loyalty, particularly when they have so many credit card options. Additionally, a rewards program — especially one that can be customized or that offers a number of options — adds an air of personalized service.More competitive cards — Consumers — particularly those who have the “pick of the litter” when it comes to issuing FIs — have come to expect rewards. In a recent study, 52 percent of consumers said they selected a new card for a better rewards program. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Trade war rhetoric should prompt equity rethink, say advisers

first_imgEuropean pension funds should re-evaluate their equity holdings in the light of US president Donald Trump’s escalating war of words with China over trade tariffs, commentators have warned.Markets around the world tumbled earlier this week following president Trump’s announcement that he was considering adding tariffs on a further $200bn (€170bn) of Chinese goods following China’s retaliatory imposition of levies on $34bn of US goods.On Tuesday, the Dow Jones closed down by almost 300 points – wiping out any gains over the year. Asian markets rallied on positive US housing data, having seen the main markets in Singapore and Japan fall by 1% and 0.8% respectively a day earlier.“This is certainly something that pension fund investors should be aware of and concerned about,” said Alastair George, chief investment strategist at Edison Investment Research. George has advised caution “for some time”, he said, not just because of the burgeoning trade dispute but because markets were likely to trade sideways following moves by the US and Europe to wind down monetary stimulus programmes.“At this stage you’re talking about running a defensive portfolio position – not that you fear a calamity, but because you have relatively little upside,” he said. How US, Chinese and European equities have performed this year. (Total return, priced in dollars)Source: FE Analytics“If the markets trade sideways, then whether you are worried about a trade war or a peak in the economic cycle your response would be broadly similar in terms of your equity allocation: avoid globally traded commodities, the resources sector and emerging markets.”Last week, the US president announced a 25% tariff on $50bn of Chinese products ranging from cars to agricultural products, taking effect from 6 July. The US has also threatened imposing tariffs on products imported from Canada and the European Union.China, meanwhile, has threatened a 25% tariff on imports of US coal, oil and gas.“Europe is very exposed as it is very open [to trade],” said Tapan Datta, head of global asset allocation at Aon. “There are a lot of European industrials that would be impacted – but at the margin the move will boost some US stocks.“Over the course of these things, there will always be some winners and it is likely that some US stocks will win [over the short term].”Datta added a note of optimism, however: “It is still too early to get alarmist that the markets will tank.”In a note published on Wednesday, State Street Global Advisors lauded the “stellar first quarter results” of S&P 500 companies, which were now on track to “post a nearly 25% increase in earnings compared to last year”.The S&P 500 is approximately 4% up year to date.Pal Sarai, managing director and head of client consulting for EMEA, Australia and Asia at consultancy Bfinance, said the events unfolding in Washington and Beijing could prove to be a “major geopolitical risk that may derail the nascent global economic recovery”.Insuring against equity risk has come to the fore recently, he added: “There has been a trend in recent months towards strategies that may protect against equity market falls, and this could support the continuing appetite for such strategies.”Two UK public sector schemes – for the counties of South Yorkshire and Worcestershire – have employed significant equity protection strategies in recent weeks.Ultimately, the escalation of the trade dispute between the US and China should “have investors worried”, added Seema Shah, senior global investment strategist at Principal Global Investors.“Recall that the original tariffs on about $50bn-worth of Chinese imports motivated sharp declines in equity markets, despite not being expected to have a meaningful impact on the global economy,” she said. “The latest ratcheting up in the trade dispute may trigger even more severe market turmoil.”Trading blows: Who said what, and when, in the war of wordscenter_img US president Donald Trump and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 gathering earlier this monthJanuary: US imposes tariffs on steel products from India and ChinaFebruary: Anti-dumping duties levied on iron and aluminium from ChinaMarch: US adds to tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminiumApril: China retaliates, imposing tariffs on US products such as cars and aircraft; Donald Trump threatens more tariffs on $100bn of goodsMay: “Ceasefire” announced by China and US8 June: Trump criticises France and Canada over trade ahead of G7 meeting in Quebec15 June: US imposes 25% tariff on $50bn of Chinese goods; China retaliates with levies on $34bn of US products19 June: Trump threatens 10% tariff on additional $200bn of US goods; China said to consider levying oil, gas and coal importslast_img read more

Hadan is RPM Auto Racing Promoter of the Year

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 17) – The last of the pictures were being taken this morning and promoter Roger Hadan was already being asked what made Eagle Raceway so successful.Hadan received the Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award for 2013, given by Racing Promotion Monthly, during RPM’s Speedweek national workshop in Daytona Beach. “Racing is something I’m passionate about. Receiving this award is a huge privilege,” said Hadan, who has operated the eastern Nebraska speedplant with wife Michelle since 2006. “The people who make their living running a race track are the real heroes. They do something 99 percent of other people can’t do.” Eagle is the longest tenured IMCA track in Nebraska, sanctioning the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds since 1985. Hadan has since added IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Mach-1 Sport Compacts and, most recently the IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars to regular weekly shows.Saturday programs at Eagle have some of, if not the highest weekly car counts in the country. The track is also home to the Sprint Car Super Nationals, which featured drivers from nine states at its inaugural running last year. “We made a major change last year with the RaceSaver Sprint Cars. It made the class more affordable for more drivers,” Hadan said. “I think you have to have affordable classes of racing and that goes back to IMCA, sanctioning with them and using their rules.” The Hadans’ daughter Racine is now part of the management team at Eagle with duties that include social media. Hadan believes that staying connected with fans, drivers and local sponsors has become part of the foundation for the track’s success.He’ll find a place at Eagle to display both the national ARPY and Great Plains Region awards. One of six nominees again in 2013, he’d also won RPM’s regional award in 2011. “This is a group award. It’s not really for one person,” Hadan explained. “Some tracks have employees. We have people who are committed to the sport.”“As all of us at IMCA had hoped, Roger, Michelle and the entire staff at Eagle are really getting recognition they deserve,” said IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root. “We couldn’t be more happy for them and to be associated with Eagle Raceway.”last_img read more

Hunt, Gulley display Syracuse’s success in zone-read running in loss to Maryland

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ If there were any offensive bright spots in Syracuse’s (2-1) 34-20 loss to Maryland (3-1) on Saturday afternoon, they were the legs of Terrel Hunt and Prince-Tyson Gulley.The Orange offense collected 589 yards of total offense — which were nullified by poor red-zone execution and a host of penalties — and Hunt and Gulley combined for 294 yards on the ground. The pair mostly ran out of the zone-read offense, with Hunt either faking to Gulley and running in the other direction or feeding to Gulley if there was room in front.During training camp, offensive coordinator George McDonald said that Syracuse was a run-first team and he reiterated that after the loss. But Hunt’s ejection against Villanova rendered the running game ineffective and SU’s steamrolling of Central Michigan disguised any definitive offensive scheme.That leaves the two-touchdown loss to the Terrapins as the Orange’s offensive barometer, and it hinted to what SU could lean on when it faces No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday.“I was just playing the game. Sometimes I would read something and if it wasn’t open, I’ll hitch out,” Hunt said. “I knew they were blitzing from a certain side so they were weak on that side so I just took off and tried to make something happen.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn Syracuse’s 40-3 win over the Chippewas, Hunt was successful with his arm and legs and the running game was highlighted by freshman Ervin Philips and senior Adonis Ameen-Moore.But Gulley took a bulk of the carries and Hunt ran almost as often as he threw against the Terrapins, with the quarterback finishing the game with 23 rushes for 156 yards and two rushing touchdowns.“It’s part of being a quarterback. If you can run, why not run,” Hunt said. “If I can help my team out in any way, try to help us win, if I rush for 30, pass for 400, either way, a win is a win. I don’t care.”With 14 carries, Gulley was the only other SU player to rush more than 10 times. Ameen-Moore ran nine times for 68 yards. Gulley ran for 138 yards and 9.9 yards per carry with a 39-yard-long run mixed in.Senior offensive tackle Sean Hickey said that Gulley is easy to block for because he hits holes quickly. It’s his fast first step and small-space explosiveness that led to a 19-yard rush on Syracuse’s first scoring drive, and the 39-yard run that helped move Syracuse into the red zone before the half.“We thought we paved the holes pretty well and he just goes right through it,” Hickey said. “When you give backs like that that space, they make those plays.”Syracuse didn’t give up any sacks, committed no turnovers and had fewer penalties against Villanova and Central Michigan. Each issue surfaced when the competition got tougher on Saturday.McDonald said that Syracuse won’t always be the most athletic team on the field. And with the Maryland game as a more realistic sample size — Syracuse ran 51 times and threw 28 — the offense, successful or not, is reliant on the ground, especially with games against Notre Dame, Louisville and Florida State in the next three weeks.Said McDonald: “At the end of the day we’re always going to be a running team.” Comments Published on September 22, 2014 at 12:11 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

AFCON 2013: Ghana drawn in Group B

first_imgThe Black Stars of Ghana have been drawn in Group B for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations alongside Mali,Niger and DR Congo.Tournament host South Africa are in Group A with Cape Verde, Morocco and Angola.Meanwhile, fellow top seeds and pre-tournament favourites Ivory Coast head Group D, which also contains Togo, Algeria and Tunisia.Defending champions Zambia, are in Group C, arguably the easiest of the draw, which will see Chipolopolo square off against minnows Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, although the group also contains big hitters Nigeria.2013 Africa Cup of Nations Groups:Group A: South Africa, Cape Verde, Morocco, Angola Group B: Ghana, Niger, DR Congo, MaliGroup C: Zambia, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, NigeriaGroup D: Ivory Coast, Togo, Algeria, Tunisialast_img

Angels Notes: Six-man rotation could prompt search for defensive flexibility

first_imgLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — While the Angels are still debating whether to use a six-man rotation to accommodate Shohei Ohtani in 2018, they are also preparing for the ripple effect that could have on their position player roster.General Manager Billy Eppler said Monday at the Winter Meetings that the Angels are still planning to have seven relievers, which would mean a 13-man pitching staff if they have six starters. That is one more pitcher than normal, which means one fewer position player.“It’s made you kind of reorder the names of different positional categories,” Eppler said. “Which one of these names has more positional flexibility in their back pocket. The ones that do might stand out a little more.”Among the players the Angels still need to acquire are a backup shortstop, a fourth outfielder and a right-handed hitting corner infielder to share time with left-handed Luis Valbuena. The Angels have had discussions this winter with Mike Moustakas, who is the top third baseman on the market, according to a baseball source. The talks aren’t believed to have progressed to any advanced stage. While Moustakas is a natural fit for the Angels, there are few teams looking for an everyday third baseman, so it’s possible the Angels are just waiting for the price to drop. If the Angels could find one player who can fill two of those roles, that would obviously be attractive.“I always put a premium on flexibility, but it might be a little bit more now,” Eppler said.Free agent infielder Eduardo Nuñez or Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis, who is on the trade block, could both be fits for the Angels. Nuñez is primarily a third baseman, but he can also back up at short. Galvis can play second or third, too.Eppler said the Angels will decide before the start of spring training if they are going to use a six-man rotation. He also said there’s a hybrid scenario in which one of the Angels relievers makes regular spot starts. That would seem to be a job for JC Ramirez.ALSOThe Angels signed outfielder Rymer Liriano to a minor league deal. Liriano was considered a top-100 prospect in 2012 and 2013, but he has not lived up to that promise so far. Liriano, 26, has hit .220 in 167 major league plate appearances, in 2014 with the Padres and 2017 with the Chicago White Sox. “He was a pretty notable prospect,” Eppler said. “We still feel there’s some ability to resuscitate that.” Liriano could make the team as a fourth outfielder. …center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more