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Derek Trucks Thinks An Allman Brothers Reunion Would Be “Pocket-Driven”

first_imgA recent interview with Derek Trucks revealed his lack of interest in reuniting with the Allman Brothers Band, as rumors swirl about that group’s return to the stage in 2017. A second interview with Ultimate Classic Rock digs a bit deeper into Trucks’ rationale for avoiding the Allmans in lieu of his own band, Tedeschi Trucks Band.Says Trucks, “Well, I get those group texts every once and while. But I don’t know how far down the road they are looking. I do know how far down the road I am. I’ve moved on.”When asked if he doesn’t want to reunite because it would be too hard to juggle both ABB and TTB, Trucks said, “My calendar will keep me busy. But it’s not even the calendar. I feel like we went out on the right note, and if anything is being put together, it’s probably not to enhance the legacy. It might be more pocket-driven, and I’m not interested in that. There’s enough cynicism in the world, and I’m not going to contribute to it.”He also reveals another motivation for focusing solely on the Tedeschi Trucks Band. “I figured out that when you’re doing these other gigs, like working with the Allmans or touring with [Eric] Clapton, you can only grow so much. If you’re playing a city with Clapton, the Allmans and your solo band you’re splitting things up. It’s not until you’re fully invested in one project that you can see how far you can go.”Fortunately for us, he’s been able to go quite far with Tedeschi Trucks Band. Trucks says the band really started gelling when bassist Tim Lefebvre joined in 2013, and they haven’t looked back since! You can read the full interview here.last_img read more

The un-dropouts

first_imgFor Ty Rocca, arriving back on campus for the start of fall term felt a bit like waking up from an unusual dream.Rocca ’18, a computer science concentrator, had left Harvard two years ago to work full time for Quorum, a legislative data analytics platform founded by Jonathan Marks ’15 and Alex Wirth ’15.After helping cultivate the startup to a point of business stability, Rocca and Leo Hentschker ’19, a math concentrator, Steven Kekacs ’18, Jake Seaton ’19, and Will Deuschle ’19, computer science concentrators, returned to the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences this fall, picking up their studies right where they left off.“The School has been very flexible, so it was a great time to take a risk,” Rocca said. “When we started this adventure, the worst thing that could happen is that we would fail and have to come back to Harvard, which wouldn’t have been such a bad thing at all.”The possibility of failure weighed heavily on the minds of Rocca and Kekacs in 2015 as they considered leaving School to work for Quorum.They had met Marks and Wirth through the swim team, and were drawn by the startup’s concept — using data analytics to help public affairs professionals at private companies, trade associations, and nonprofits streamline and strategize lobbying efforts.Quorum began as an algorithmic web application that could identify the most influential members of Congress on a particular topic, eliminating the costly, timely, and frustrating process of bouncing between many offices searching for the right legislator.Rocca and Kekacs built new features, such as a Google-like search across Quorum’s expansive database. Rocca, initially an economics concentrator, taught himself to code to help build out the company. The web application soon became a full-blown Congressional relations manager, enabling users to digitally store notes and share information with colleagues.“We realized pretty quickly that there are a lot of different, simple tasks that interns or legislative staff members spend enormous amounts of time on that we could automate instantly,” Kekacs said.Will Deuschle ’19 (from left), Steven Kekacs ’18, Jake Seaton ’19, Leo Hentschker ’19, and Ty Rocca ’18 are back on campus, picking up their studies right where they left off, after leaving Harvard to work full time for a legislative data analytics startup. Photo by Adam Zewe/SEAS CommunicationsAs the company grew, co-founders flew between Cambridge and Washington, D.C., for meetings while teammates balanced Quorum coding sessions with Harvard coursework. Relocation began to feel inevitable, so in spring of 2015, Kekacs, Rocca, Seaton, and Hentschker decided to take time off, move to Washington, D.C., and work for Quorum full time.Packed into a rented house on the outskirts of the nation’s capital, the team wasted no time. They worked 18-hour days, pushing out new features with breathtaking speed. They expanded Quorum to all 50 state legislatures, and added collaborative tools like meeting notes, automatic spreadsheet updates, and a data-driven outbox feature to efficiently send personalized emails to policymakers, stakeholders, and advocates.“We moved very fast,” Rocca said. “A client would say, ‘Hey, have you ever thought of doing this?’ and then by the next morning, we would have added that feature. That first summer was a very move-fast-and-break-things time.”It was also a period of team expansion; Deuschle joined as a summer intern in 2016 and then accepted a full-time position. And while the growing development team rolled out new features — Hentschker became nocturnal for a few weeks to manually run overnight algorithmic updates — the sales team doubled down, and the firm’s customer base and revenue slowly began to grow.“We were all doing everything we could to keep the company up and running smoothly,” Hentschker said.By the end of this summer, Quorum boasted more than 60 distinct data sets and had expanded to Europe. The team was able to move out of the house on the edge of Washington and secure a glitzy office space near Capitol Hill.Looking around the glittering, glass-walled office, Rocca felt gratified, but he and his peers decided the new office signaled the right time to return to Harvard. Though the adventure wasn’t lucrative — the team poured most of the revenue back into the hungry startup — the experience was invaluable, Rocca said.“I went from knowing nothing about programming to doing that as my major,” he said. “You learn not only how to code, but see the relevancy of coursework, how important those lessons on coding consistently or following style guides actually become in practice. What’s nice about taking off time is that now I can go back and focus on learning those things better.”Quorum’s future is bright, Kekacs said, and it is exciting to know they played a role in its growth. While it is fun to be back in class, he admits it hasn’t been easy to readjust to a world of lectures, problem sets, and exams.“The most jarring thing about being back on campus has been not waking up in the same house with these guys every day,” Seaton said. “It may seem ironic, but one of the things I’m looking forward to most about being back at School is working together.”last_img read more

Football players attend hearing in Fulton County Court

first_imgThree of the five Notre Dame football players arrested on Aug. 19 — senior Max Redfield, sophomore Te’von Coney and freshman Kevin Stepherson — appeared in court Tuesday morning for their preliminary hearings. All three entered pleas of not guilty on the charge of possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. Redfield also entered a not guilty plea on the Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of a handgun without a license.The other two players, sophomores Dexter Williams and Ashton White, filed motions to waive their initial hearing and proceed directly to pre-trial conferences. According to court documents, Coney was also found with a counterfeit Illinois driver’s license, though he was not charged for synthetic identity deception. Additionally, 12 tablets of prescription drugs were found in White’s possession, though he was not charged with possession of a prescription drug. According to the account provided in the probable cause affidavit, a “significant amount of green plant material” was found loose in the front area of the vehicle, on the center console and both of the front seats. The same green plant material, which later tested positive for the presence of marijuana, was also found in two clear plastic bags on the rear floorboard of the car. A 9mm handgun, loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition, was also found in the backseat of the car, according to the affidavit. When questioned by the officer at the scene, all five men said the handgun was not theirs, though they did acknowledge they were in possession of marijuana. Irish head coach Brian Kelly addressed the topic at Tuesday’s press conference, saying he is aware of who owns the handgun found in the car. “I didn’t know at that time,” Kelly said. “Yeah, we ended up finding out.”While Redfield was dismissed from the team after the arrest, Kelly said he did not ever consider suspending the other four players found in possession of marijuana. “The other four guys, we’re talking about possession of marijuana and me dealing with that situation. … I’ve never suspended a player for a game for a first defense in this instance,” Kelly said. Several of the player’s lawyers at Tuesday’s arraignment filed discovery motions to see the video recording of the traffic stop. Redfield and Stepherson are due back in court Oct. 19 and Coney is due back Oct. 13 for their respective pre-trial conferences. Court dates for Williams and White have not yet been set.Tags: Ashton White, Brian Kelly, Dexter Williams, Fulton County, Kevin Stepherson, Max Redfield, Notre Dame football, Tevon Coneylast_img read more

Composted Leaves

first_imgAs the shorter days of winter approach, the leaves on the trees turn from green to fall colors of gold, bronze, red, orange, brown, yellow and crimson. In a few short weeks, deciduous trees and shrubs in landscapes and natural areas will have lost all of their leaves and prepared themselves to face the rigors of a cold winter. Home gardeners will be faced with a choice about what to do with the fallen leaves. Do we rake them from our lawns and flowerbeds? Do we put them in bags and leave them for pickup? Do we rake them into piles, set a match to them and let them slowly smolder? Can we make compost or just leave them where they lay? Don’t throw leaves awayBagging fallen leaves and sending them to the landfill doesn’t make sense for long-term environmental sustainability. It makes sense to remove the leaves so they don’t limit the growth of turfgrass species by obstructing light or creating conditions that favor disease.Leaves that fall on to areas that are used to grow shrubs or trees may be ignored and left to benefit the soil. Trees and shrubs evolve in environments where no one removes leaves every autumn. In fact, the leaves contribute several beneficial functions including adding mineral nutrients, organic matter and mulch. When the organic matter covering the soil surface in the woods is disturbed, a keen observer will notice old leaf litter that is extensively colonized by fungi and other microorganisms that live in the soil. Decomposed organic matter adds a rich dark color to the top few inches of soil. The layers of decomposing organic matter provide habitat for many soil insects and water and nutrient holding capacity for plants. This natural mulch layer is just part of nature’s way of recycling carbon and other mineral elements in the leaves. Compost boosts soil and plantsPerhaps the best way to mimic nature in managed landscapes is to turn leaves into compost. When applied back to the soil, compost provides many of the benefits that are enjoyed by plants in natural environments. To compost leaves, gather them and make piles that consist of a layer of leaves about four-inches thick followed by a 1- to 2-inch layer of soil supplemented with organic kitchen wastes. These wastes can include items like vegetable peelings, food scraps (without meat or fat) and any sort of waste plant matter or grass clippings. Add another four inches of leaves followed by another layer of soil and kitchen waste and repeat. Your new compost pile can be as large or small as you like, but a pile 4x4x4 feet will have enough mass to remain warm and allow decomposition to take place throughout most of the winter. Make sure the pile is well watered and moist. The pile can be covered with an old tarp to prevent cooling off. Now leave the pile to decompose naturally. Natural decomposition will take place as a result of the actions of organisms that are present in the soil. These organisms include fungi and bacteria that will grow and multiply on this rich source of natural, organic matter. The result is organic soilThe pile will create some heat and reach high temperatures that may cause steam to come from the pile on cold winter days. It may need to be turned once or twice to increase oxygen concentration. Turning the pile will also prevent any anaerobic decomposition that might lead to unpleasant odors. When you return to the compost pile in the spring you will discover that the volume has decreased by half. You will now have dark-colored organic soil of a crumbly consistency. When spread over the surface of the soil, this new organic matter will provide a source of nutrients to plants.Many soil scientists believe soil productivity is limited by the loss of organic matter. Anything you can do to return organic matter to the soil is in the long-term best interest of the stability and productivity of our soils. And, you will see the direct benefit in a larger harvest from your vegetable garden.last_img read more

Utilities see no changes in coal plant retirement plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Electric and municipal utilities that own coal-fired generation in the U.S. are applauding President Donald Trump’s proposed replacement for the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, but there is no initial indication these companies will re-evaluate their planned coal plant retirements.An analysis of S&P Global Market Intelligence data shows more than 23,700 MW of coal-fired capacity scheduled to be retired from 2018 through 2032 and more than 36 coal units set for retirement before 2020. But instead of touting the new EPA proposal as a lifeline for existing coal units, utilities outlined how they are significantly reducing carbon emissions and boosting clean energy investments in line with the previous rule.AEP said it is focused on modernizing the energy grid, expanding renewable energy resources and reducing its carbon-dioxide emissions. “That strategy will not change,” [spokeswoman Melissa] McHenry said.Dominion Energy Inc. said it is “committed to a greener and cleaner energy future” with more solar and wind, along with reduced coal generation. Dominion Energy Virginia, known legally as Virginia Electric and Power Co., still plans to retire its Yorktown coal units once the 500-kV Skiffes Creek transmission line is complete in order to address the reliability needs of the Virginia Peninsula.Duke Energy Corp. welcomed the new replacement for the Clean Power Plan, which the company said “raised significant legal and implementation questions.” Duke Energy, however, also said it remains “committed” to its planned investments, which include retiring the 384-MW Asheville coal plant in western North Carolina in November 2019 and replacing this generation with the 560-MW Asheville combined-cycle natural gas plant.In addition, Duke Energy subsidiary Duke Energy Carolinas LLC plans to retire all five units at the 1,161-MW G.G. Allen coal plant in Gaston County, N.C., by December 2028. Duke Energy Florida LLC plans to retire the two oldest units at the 2,222-MW coal-fired Crystal River plant in Citrus County, Fla., in December 2018 as the new 1,640-MW Citrus County combined-cycle gas plant comes online.More ($): Despite new EPA rule, utilities steadfast in coal generation retirement plans Utilities see no changes in coal plant retirement planslast_img read more

The New Yakima SUPPup Paddle Board Carrier – The Widest SUP Rack on the Market

first_imgLooking for the easiest way to get your SUP or surfboard from home to the water? Look no further than the Yakima SUPPup Paddle Board Carrier.This simple rack keeps your SUP or surfboard out of the trunk and safely secured to your vehicle’s roof using your existing Yakima cross bars. Initially, I was impressed with how easy it was to install the rack on my existing bars and then equally impressed with how easy the carrier is to use. SUPPup Image 1Loading and unloading your boards is now a breeze.The carrier comes with paddled cradles that protect the board as well as guide straps that keep the board secure, which is especially important for longer trips or travel at highway speeds. Another benefit is that the rack can accommodate multiple boards — meaning that you can carpool with your crew without having the boards sticking out the back of your Subaru.The adjustable feature of the rack means that it is also able to easily accommodate boards of various widths — up to 34 inches, the widest rack on the market.Yakima has once again found a way to make sporting life easier and more convenient, thanks to the SUPPup Paddle Board Carrier. If you are frustrated with trying to shoe horn your board into your vehicle, consider this rack to reduce the hassle and up the fun.This carrier also fits most round, square, aero and factory-direct bars. (MSRP $159)last_img read more

What is the wake your credit union strategic plan is leaving?

first_img“When you get an entire organization that’s mindful of its wake, some pretty incredible things can happen.” —Kip Tindell, CEO, The Container StoreIn his book Uncontainable, Kip Tindell, CEO of The Container Store, talks a great deal about the importance of wake. By wake, Tindell refers to those waves and ripples of consequences that follow our every action.So what is the wake your strategic plan is leaving?Every action you take in your long-range planning session will impact your credit union or bank. It will leave a wake. And not just directly, but indirectly as well. Those ripples can be positive or negative.With every decision you make you must consider its effect on at least three key areas. Keep in mind the following items when it comes to your plan’s ripples. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Markers do a nice job of showing us that change is a constant

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anthony DemangoneEvery once in a while, you see something that highlights that things have changed. A marker.Like the time I first had a sunburn on top of my head. Ouch.Like the first time a twenty-something-year-old called me sir. Ouch.Yep, time waits for no man or woman. And things change. These markers, though, show how much.Like this…Facebook is now worth more than General Electric. continue reading »last_img

Race will go to a runoff, Warnock advances

first_imgThat runoff election would be set for Jan. 5.One of two fierce 2020 races for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats, the special election pitted several candidates against each other to replace retiring Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson.Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp chose businesswoman Loeffler in late 2019 to temporarily replace Isakson after he retired due to “health challenges” with three years left in his term. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Since Isakson had so much time left, his seat is up for election both this year in the special contest to finish the current term and again in 2022 for a regular, six-year Senate tenure.On the Democratic side, support had mostly consolidated by November behind Warnock, a pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Warnock’s church is known across the country as where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor in the 1960s.Warnock’s principal opponent on the left was Matt Lieberman, son of former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. Lieberman faced widespread pressure from fellow Democrats to drop out of the race out of fear his presence on the ballot could jeopardize the party’s chances to qualify for the runoff.Notable demographic changes around Georgia’s major cities such as Atlanta have slowly put the historically Republican state in play for Democrats on the national stage.On the Republican side, Loeffler faced a tough reelection challenge from Collins, a fierce supporter of President Donald Trump.Loeffler became the second woman to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate in January and marked a controversial pick for Kemp, who resisted Trump’s calls to nominate Collins. Other Republicans worried that Loeffler, who once supported political maverick and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, simply wasn’t conservative enough.Loeffler was quick to bolster her conservative resume throughout 2020 in the hopes of fending off attacks from Collins, who had for months argued that he has a more consistent political track record. Asked during a debate in October to name one thing Trump has said or done that she disagrees with, Loeffler said “No.” Instead, she trumpeted her several months of voting with the president.For his part, Collins for months touted what he believes is his more consistent adherence to conservative values and attacked Loeffler for “shady” stock trading earlier in the year.Loeffler, the wealthiest member of Congress, came under fire in the spring after it was revealed that she and her husband had sold up to $3 million worth of equities. Those stock sales came right before a massive drop in the market in reaction to the spread of Covid-19 in the United States. Adding to the scrutiny, Loeffler is married to Jeffrey Sprecher, the chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, the company that owns the New York Stock Exchange. The couple’s combined net worth is about $520 million, according to The Washington Post.The regular election for Georgia’s other Senate seat between incumbent Republican David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff is also extremely competitive. Kelly Loeffler, Raphael Warnock, Doug Collins, candidates for Georgia SenateReuters; Getty Imagescenter_img The hotly contested Georgia special election is projected to go to a runoff, according to NBC News, with Democratic nominee Raphael Warnock advancing against a Republican challenger who remains unclear.Two Republicans — Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins — have fought fiercely in the election, with recent polls of the race showing support split relatively evenly between them.With no candidate projected to reach more than 50% of the vote, special election rules state that the top two finishers will compete in a critical January runoff election that will help determine which party takes control of the U.S. Senate. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Fears of virus second wave as China battles fresh outbreak

first_imgAdding to the concern, Italy is fighting new outbreaks of its own, Iran and India have reported worrying increases in deaths and infections and the pandemic is gathering pace in Latin America.Beijing has carried out mass testing after 36 of China’s 57 new cases on Sunday were linked to a wholesale food market in the capital.The city has raced to quash the new outbreak, issuing travel warnings, closing the market, deploying paramilitary police and putting nearby housing estates under lockdown.More than 10,000 people have already been tested in the area, with another eight cases diagnosed on Sunday. “I went to Xinfadi market, so I want to confirm that I am not infected,” a 32-year-old woman surnamed Guo said as she queued at a stadium for a test. ‘It isn’t weakening’The Middle East’s hardest-hit country, Iran, reported its own grim uptick on Sunday, recording more than 100 new virus deaths in a single day for the first time in two months.And there have been two new outbreaks in Rome, with 109 infections including five deaths diagnosed at a hospital and 15 cases detected at a building inhabited by squatters.”It means the virus hasn’t lost its infectiousness, it isn’t weakening… we shouldn’t let down our guard,” World Health Organization deputy director Ranieri Guerra told Italian journalists.”Such micro-outbreaks were inevitable, but they are limited in time and space. And today we have the tools to intercept them and confine them.”More than 430,000 people worldwide have died from the respiratory illness, nearly halfway through a year in which countless lives have been upended and the global economy ravaged.The pandemic is now spreading most rapidly in Latin America, threatening healthcare systems and sparking political turmoil.Brazil now has the second-highest number of virus deaths after the United States, and the Chilean health minister resigned on the weekend amid a furor over the country’s true number of fatalities.In the US, more than a dozen states — including populous Texas and Florida — have in recent days reported their highest-ever daily case totals.The rise comes as huge anti-racism protests rage across America and the world, with thousands stretching a human chain across Berlin on Sunday — while keeping a safe distance. ‘They don’t care’ Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that Russia had been more successful at handling the coronavirus than the US.”We are exiting the coronavirus situation steadily with minimal losses, God willing,” he said in a televised interview. “In the States it isn’t happening that way.”More than 1,000 new infections are being recorded every day in India’s capital, exposing a dire shortage of hospital beds.”They don’t care whether we live or die,” said Kashish Jain, whose father died from coronavirus in the back of an ambulance as his family raced around Delhi, pleading with hospitals to take him. Hospitals in neighboring Pakistan are also turning patients away, with the government warning the country’s cases could peak at more than a million by the end of next month.The crisis has also led to immunization programs being suspended, and polio has been detected in areas of Afghanistan previously declared free of the life-threatening disease.The news has been better in Europe, which has mostly seen caseloads steadily fall in recent months.Germany, Belgium, France and Greece will open their borders to EU countries from Monday, with Austria to follow the next day.Spain said it will reopen its borders to EU countries — except for Portugal — on June 21.In a speech Sunday, President Emmanuel Macron said that France had marked its first victory in the fight against the pandemic, although he warned the battle is not over.From Monday, France will go into a “green zone” of a lower state of alert starting Monday, meaning cafes and restaurants can open in full, instead of just the terraces.In another joyful return to semi-normality, football superstar Lionel Messi took to the pitch again in Spain as Barcelona resumed their La Liga title challenge and mauled Real Mallorca 4-0 in an empty stadium on Saturday.center_img Topics : China reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in months on Sunday, triggering fears of a second wave of infections as more European countries prepare to reopen their borders.The shock resurgence in domestic infections has rattled China, where the disease emerged late last year but had largely been tamed through severe restrictions on movement that were later emulated across the globe.It also gives a bleak insight into the difficulties the world will face in conquering COVID-19, coming as many European countries prepare to welcome visitors from elsewhere on the continent starting Monday.last_img read more