Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces Extended Run Of West Coast Tour Dates

first_imgIn support of their new release Let Me Get By, the beloved Tedeschi Trucks Band has announced a brand new series of tour dates! The band will hit the West Coast through much of September, starting in San Diego on 9/3 and working their way up the coastline. The new dates feature stops in California, Oregon and Seattle, giving the Pacific coast a much needed dose of soul from TTB.You can see the full tour schedule below, and head to the band’s website for details. Pre-sale tickets for all shows will be available tomorrow, April 19th, at 10 AM Pacific.Tedeschi Trucks Band West Coast Tour DatesSep 3 – San Diego, CA – Copley Symphony HallSep 4 – Avila Beach, CA – Avila Beach Golf ResortSep 8 – Oakland, CA – Fox TheaterSep 9 – Oakland, CA – Fox TheaterSep 12 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt FestivalsSep 13 – Bend, OR – PEAK Summer NightsSep 14 – Seattle, WA – McCaw HallSep 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Orpheum TheatreSep 17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Orpheum Theatrelast_img read more

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What does a biostatistician do?

first_img Read Full Story Victor De Gruttola, chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), recently answered three questions about the role of biostatistics in public health.What does a biostatistician do?A biostatistician’s work is driven by questions relating to the health of people—as individuals or members of population. For example, how might the benefit of a treatment vary based on an individual’s characteristics, such as genotype or exposures? Every research question poses a unique challenge. Biostatisticians consider the nature of information available from sources such as genomic studies or large medical discharge records databases, and then how the information was collected and what populations it represents. They also must consider whether the question can be answered with currently available methods or if new analytical methods are required, for example, to account for missing data or a complex interaction among the genes being observed. In close consultation with subject experts such as cancer biologists and infectious disease specialists, as well as those responsible for collecting the data, biostatisticians develop a study designs, advise on study contact, and apply quantitative methods to analyze the resulting data. Not only will research results be reported to the scientific community, but also new methods or software may be developed for application to future studies.last_img read more

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Brazilian Air Force Skydiving Team Stands Out in Latin America

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo January 23, 2018 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) ended 2017 with its best freefall performance in recent years. For the first time ever, its Falcons team earned Brazil the title of Latin American skydiving champion, winning the competition held in Córdoba, Argentina. The FAB service members—four gravity-defying paratroopers and one cameraman—won the 4-Way Freefall Formation category, competing against athletes from Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, and Ecuador.According to FAB Major Diego Gabriel da Silva, head of the Falcon team, patience made the difference during the competition. “We arrived in Argentina with a recent adjustment on the 4-way jumping team, and we knew we’d face some difficulties with the athletes’ formation at times,” he said. “Remaining calm at that moment and waiting for the right time to make certain movements and enhance our visual communication in the air was essential.”FAB’s military athletes scored 146 points in 10 rounds, beating the other teams. Training and dedication contributed to the successful outcome. “Before any competition, we always review the basic points of a discipline to prevent failures. We also pay attention to the rules for each competition, whether civilian or military,” Maj. Gabriel said, adding that their win is a milestone for the Falcons and for FAB’s sporting history.HistoryFAB’s participation in military skydiving championships goes back to 1976, but the Falcons team is only 10 years old. The team is made up of 30 service members, including athletes and support staff. “In the Air Force, service members aren’t devoted to just one thing, as is the case for the freefall teams of the Brazilian Army and Navy. The Air Force Sports Commission (CDA, in Portuguese) summons them and they deploy from their units to training sites,” Maj. Gabriel explained.To join FAB’s freefall team, service members must express interest to their superiors and go through training. “The CDA’s vice president reviews entry approvals. Then, the athlete goes through training and performs jumps under observation for fitness and development. When the need arises to add new members to the team, the Falcons’ technical committee extends a formal invitation to the military applicant to join the team for one year. If the command gives authorization, the service member gets into the team,” Maj. Gabriel said.According to Maj. Gabriel, athlete training is a two-step process. In military units, athletes receive aerobic and anaerobic training. They strap on a device suspended by a bungee cord to practice repeated steps on an electronic plate, simulating parachute landings in the Accuracy Landing style. “During their mission, athletes perform Accuracy Landing, Freefall Formation, and Style jumps from sunrise to sunset. Every other day, after finishing their jumps, they run at a medium pace for about 25 minutes,” Maj. Gabriel said.Each member of the team prepares to perform a specific function. “The Front or Point is the one who flies slightly higher than the rest of the team, fitting into the formations, most times outfacing to form vertical rotating block sequences with the Outside Center. This one [the Outside Center] performs more complex movements and defines the center for most formations, with infacing and outfacing movements. The Inside Center keeps the pace, makes grips that are usually infacing, and signals most of the formation members. The infacing member forms a rotating vertical block sequence with the Rear Center. The Rear Center flies slightly lower than the rest and fits into the formations,” Maj Gabriel explained.The Falcons participate in demonstrations at military and civil events in Brazil, and also represent the country at major national and international championships. The team has participated in military world championships since 2013 and is a member of the High-Performing Athlete Program (PAAR, in Portuguese) under the Brazilian Ministry of Defense.High-Performing Athlete ProgramAccording to information from the Ministry of Defense, PAAR—a partnership between the Ministries of Defense and Sport—currently includes 652 athletes, 552 from the temporary corps and 75 career service members. Skydiving is one of seven specifically military sports, such as cross country skiing, lifesaving, orienteering, and military, aeronautical, and naval pentathlons. However, PAAR includes 41 sports, of which 34 are Olympic sports, such as track and field, badminton, football, gymnastics, swimming, and synchronized swimming.Brazilian military athletes currently train for the 7th Military World Games in 2019 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As such, the Department of Military Sport (DDM, in Portuguese) at the Ministry of Defense promotes Brazil’s military participation in high-level sporting events. “Since 2008, we’ve been more systematic in our efforts to support Brazilian sports, and much of that was seen at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with Brazil winning 13 of the 19 medals,” Brazilian Marine Corps Lieutenant General Paulo Martino Zuccaro, director of DDM, said in a statement on the Ministry of Defense’s website.last_img read more

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U.S. economy is flying high

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions are in the “best sector” of a robust economy, Wall Street guru Peter Ricchiuti tells attendees at the CUNA CFO Council Conference in Orlando.“We’re adding 200,000 jobs a month,” he says. “Consumer confidence is at a 15-year high. Loans are rising. You are in the best sector of the economy.”Other highlights from Ricchiuti’s presentation:• Investors are hot and cold on the Trump administration. They like cuts to corporate tax rates, deregulation, and increased infrastructure spending.But they’re not keen on protectionism, import tariffs, and immigration restrictions, which make it hard to fill key jobs and limits innovation.• Unemployment is below 5%, which is considered to be full employment. “There’s very little slack in the economy right now, Ricchiuti says. “If the economy improved any more we really don’t have [enough] workers.”In fact, he says, 89% of manufacturing job losses are the result of improvements in efficiencies, automation, and robotics. “That’s good news for American robots,” he says.last_img read more

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Working remote: Coping with COVID-19 in positive ways

first_imgBefore this whole COVID-19 situation, my daily routine was flawless. I’m talking: lather, rinse, repeat – knowing what to expect, and being ready for action. Sure, there was the occasional off-day, but looking back, I think I can say (like everyone else) that I took normalcy for granted.Now I am still adjusting to the new normal (whatever that may be), trying to get back to “business as usual” both at work and at home, all while managing the challenges that unfortunately come with the package.As an employee of CO-OP, I wasn’t really sure how my company would adapt to the new situation and how that might impact my daily life. After all, it’s not easy to migrate hundreds of employees into a remote working setting and still maintain the collaborative team culture that I love about CO-OP.I know I am not alone in thinking that it’s really important for every company to recognize the emotional impact that COVID-19 is having on their employees. And while I can’t speak for every company, I am really happy with the way CO-OP has quickly addressed the needs of their employees and proved to be a stabilizing force in a whirlwind of chaos. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Foundation collaborates on state level response to disasters

first_imgThe National Credit Union Foundation has been working closely with state credit union foundations and leagues, specifically with the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, Louisiana Credit Union League, and the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation to evaluate the disaster relief needs of credit union employees and volunteers In response to the California Wildfires and Hurricane Laura.One of the three pillars of the Foundation’s work is responding and providing aid in the wake of a natural disaster. Due to the significant damage of the wildfires and Hurricane Laura, the Foundation has been connecting with the states affected to gain an understanding of their individual needs and has made available funds from the Foundation’s disaster relief fund.“We are working closely with the leagues and foundation’s aforementioned to ensure that the immediate needs of credit union employees and volunteers impacted by these disasters are being met,” said Hannibal L. Brumskine, CFOO at the Foundation. “From our conversations, California and Louisiana have the greatest need for financial assistance and we are able to meet that need through cash reserves currently held in the Foundation’s disaster relief fund. We are working with the leagues and state foundations to get credit union employees back on their feet so they can continue serving members when they need it most.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Welcome awards presented – for excellence in tourism in Zadar County

first_imgAs part of the Welcome project – an award for the best renters in Zadar County, awards for excellence in tourism were presented. Welcome awards for the best renters in Zadar County is a project of Zadar County which aims to encourage and emphasize the importance of a quality approach in managing family accommodation. The aim of the project is to raise the quality and enrich the offer of family accommodation in the Zadar County.  In the “rooms” category, the first prize was won by Ana Katalinić from Starigrad, the second place went to Darija Longina from Zadar, while the third place was won by Nada Baranović from Kožino. By the way, a couple of years ago, the Zadar County launched the Family Accommodation Loan Program Welcome, through which it provides financial support to renters whose facilities are holders of quality labels Welcome, specifically by co-financing the interest rate and securing favorable loans. The award for the best holiday home went to Sandra Sudinja from Sukošan, while Neda Šimović from Poljica came in second with a silver kuna plaque. The best in the “apartments” category was Katarina Bakija from Pakostane, the second was Senka Otavijevic from Sutomiscica, while the third was Davor Keran. Prizes are awarded in three main categories of accommodation: rooms, apartments / studio apartments and holiday homes.  Thus, hosts in family accommodation can use a loan in the amount of HRK 30.000,00 to HRK 150.000,00, with a loan repayment period of up to 5 years, a grace period of one year and a fixed interest rate of up to 5% per year. However, for hosts in family accommodation who are or will become part of the Welcome family, Zadar County subsidizes interest on approved loans with four (4) percentage points for investments in the islands of Zadar County (except the islands of Vir and Pag) and rural areas counties that do not have access to the sea) so that the interest for end users can ultimately be 1% per year. “Our county is visited by an increasing number of tourists every year. But the numbers are only part of the story. What we have to work on is raising the quality of accommodation, services, offers, all with the aim of attracting the highest quality guests. We see the project of rewarding the best renters as an additional incentive to all those who systematically invest in quality and try to follow the requirements of guests every day and keep up with trends in tourism.”, Said Bozidar Longin, Zadar County Prefect.last_img read more

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It’s all about the location of this Gold Coast home

first_imgIt’s all about the waterfront location for 44 Cocos Cres, Broadbeach Waters. IT may have a blue bathroom and 70s kitchen but this Broadbeach Waters property’s waterfront location is sure to entice buyers.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 44 Cocos Cres, which was once destined to become a RSL prize home, is on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years.Agent Luke Henderson of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach said the vendor purchased the home in 1980. 44 Cocos Cres, Broadbeach Waters.He said the 803sq m property would be a water lover’s paradise.“You could enjoy the lights of Broadbeach while dropping a line in the water from the jetty bynight and during the day you could take your boat or jet ski out for cruise,’’ he said.“There’s plenty to do in the neighbourhood because there is a great park close by and it’s only a short stroll to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.“The location is so good the new buyer might even be able to entice their children to get offtheir iPads.”The property is on the market at offers Over $1.3 million. 44 Cocos Cres, Broadbeach Waters. 44 Cocos Cres, Broadbeach Waters. “The home was intended to be an RSL prize home but the builder encountered some cash flow problems so it was not completed on time,’’ Mr Henderson said.“As a result the Webb family bought the home for $92,000 and they have owned it ever since.”Mr Henderson said the home had north-eastern views over the canals to the city skyline with a 19m frontage to a “pretty waterfront bay” just off Nerang River.“The home has been well maintained, is very liveable and has great potential for the nextMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoowners to put their own design stamp on it,” he said. 44 Cocos Cres, Broadbeach Waters.last_img read more

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Charity Commission needs more powers, say MPs

first_imgIn its report on the draft law, the committee said abuse – distinct from honest mistakes and persistent mismanagement – is rare in the charity sector.But it said, when such abuse does occur, the financial costs and reputational damage to the charity sector can be considerable.The committee supports the proposal to introduce a power for the Charity Commission to issue a statutory warning to a charity where there are regulatory concerns, as a useful tool that falls in between issuing guidance and the opening of an inquiry.It also supports extending the list of offences for which conviction would automatically disqualify a person from acting as a charity trustee, to include terrorism, money laundering and perjury.But it called for an extra provision to prevent individuals disqualified from trusteeship from assuming another position of power within a charity, and a power allowing the Charity Commission to prevent or restrict trustees from taking certain action.In addition, the committee expressed concern over the desire by both government and Charity Commission to include a power to disqualify someone who has been found not “fit and proper” by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in relation to a charity.It said there were significant misgivings over the move to apply tax law, and recommended that, before finalising any provision on a “fit and proper person” test, there should be further discussions between the Charity Commission, HMRC and the Cabinet Office, which published the Bill.William Shawcross, chairman of the Charity Commission, said: “I am delighted the joint committee has given the draft Bill its vote of confidence and has supported our calls for additional powers to be added to the legislation.“The Bill will help us deal more effectively with charities that are at risk of deliberate abuse or the negligent action of trustees.”Shawcross added: “The committee noted the unusual consensus behind these proposals – its endorsement underlines the importance of the draft Bill becoming law swiftly.”A Cabinet Office spokesman said it would be for the new government elected in May to decide whether and when to introduce the legislation to Parliament. The Charity Commission – the regulator for foundations and charities in the UK – needs more powers to ensure effective regulation of the sector, an influential committee of MPs has said.But the joint committee on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill – draft legislation published in October 2014 – said effective safeguards must be in place to ensure charities and their trustees are treated fairly by the Commission.Lord Hope, chair of the committee, said: “Much of what is proposed, including extending the scope of offences that would disqualify someone from being a charity trustee to include money laundering and terrorism offences, is designed simply to close loopholes.“But there are areas where it can be improved further before the government introduces a Bill in the new Parliament.”last_img read more

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A step closer to a ban on smacking

first_imgThe Connexion 2 July 2016Family First Comment: This is interesting. In France, they’re thinking about banning smacking – BUT…“The measure… is seen as symbolic. The ban comes with NO criminal penalties, but it ‘sets a clear principle, which is intended to be repeated to fathers and mothers, and inform their future behaviour’.”FRANCE has moved a step closer to an outright ban on smacking after MPs voted in favour of an amendment prohibiting ‘the use of physical violence’ against children.The amendment to the Equality and Citizenship bill, adopted on Friday, included a clarification of parental authority in the Civil Code that specifically excludes ‘any cruel, degrading or humiliating act, including any use of physical violence’.The measure, which must be approved by the Senate before it becomes law, is seen as symbolic. The ban comes with no criminal penalties, but it ‘sets a clear principle, which is intended to be repeated to fathers and mothers, and inform their future behaviour’, said MPs Marie-Anne Chapdelaine, François-Michel Lambert and Edith Gueugneau, who proposed the amendment.Minister for Families, Laurence Rossignol, said she welcomed the amendment as an ‘indispensable tool for the prevention of child abuse’.Last year, the Council of Europe warned that France is violating the European social charter because French law does not prohibit parents and others from corporal punishment of children in a sufficiently clear manner.Earlier this year, the government sent a 16-page leaflet to all couples who were expecting a baby offering advice on parenting that warned against the use of corporal punishment.http://www.connexionfrance.com/france-mps-ban-smacking-corporal-punishment-view-article.htmllast_img read more

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