Warren Haynes Says Butch Trucks’ “Mission In Life Was To Serve The Music”

first_imgAs this day progresses, the community continues to honor the fallen drummer of The Allman Brothers Band with words, stories, music, videos and so much more. The legendary Butch Trucks passed away yesterday at the age of 69, leaving behind a beautiful legacy of music with the Allmans and beyond.One of the many lives that Trucks inspired is that of Warren Haynes, who cut his jib with the Allmans before branching out into Gov’t Mule and other projects. Haynes shared his sentiments on the loss of Butch Trucks through social media, posting an emotional status about his bandmate. You can read Haynes’ words below.“After all the devastating losses of 2016 I can’t believe it. I’m still in shock. I am truly honored to have played music and shared life with Butch for over 25 years. He was one of a kind-as a drummer and as a human being. Butch was part of what is unfortunately now a dying breed of musicians who served with honor like soldiers. He put 110% of his self into every song he played. He was the Lou Gehrig of rock drummers. I’ve seen him play many times when he was injured or sick and most people would have bailed or phoned it in. Not Butch. He would play with the utmost intensity till he was about to fall over with no regrets. He was very proud of the fact that up until our last shows in 2014 he was the only member of the band who had never missed a show. His mission in life was to serve the music. And serve the music he did. Butch considered the Allman Brothers Band music to be reverent and each performance to be of the highest level of importance and he drove that “freight train” like no other could. We miss you Butchie.”We sure do. RIP.last_img read more

Patrick Dewes Hanan, 87

first_imgAt a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Oct. 4, 2016, the following Minute was placed upon the records.On April 26, 2014, Patrick Hanan passed away. He was a gentle man and a gentleman “of the old school,” in the very best sense of that worn phrase. He was also the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Chinese Literature, Emeritus, at Harvard University and the former Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute (1987–1995). He was one of the founders of the field of vernacular Chinese literary studies outside of East Asia and taught generations of students, who have now gone on to teach their own students.He was scholar of vast erudition and “invention,” the term he fondly linked to his favorite writer, the inventive humorist Li Yu (1611–1680). Professor Hanan’s patent virtues of patience, kindness, and scholarly soundness were enlivened by an undercurrent of wit and the imp of humor. His work is still a joy to read, both the translations and his mature scholarly work. His students often say that they can still hear him speaking in those pages.It has been sometimes observed that non-native scholars of Chinese humanities have often come from most unlikely beginnings. Patrick Hanan was born on Jan. 4, 1927, in Morrinsville, New Zealand, which now has a population of about 7,000. From there he moved to a farm in roughly the same region of North Island. He rode a horse to a one-room primary school, which reminds one of how far distant, in many ways, that world was. Primary schools are no longer built with attached barns or pastures. He was later sent to a boarding school in Auckland and from there entered Auckland University, where he studied English literature and graduated with an M.A.Pat Hanan then went on to the University of London, with the initial intent of continuing his study of English literature. There he became interested in Chinese by reading translations and took it in mind to do another B.A., in Chinese. He entered the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and graduated in 1953. He did not report the reaction of his parents, but in that generation such a decision might have occasioned considerable anxiety in those who hoped that their offspring could be gainfully employed. He next moved on to the graduate program at SOAS and took up the study of the seventeenth-century novel Jin Ping Mei, translated now as The Plum in a Golden Vase. There was very little scholarship on this novel when Pat Hanan began his work, and he did his apprenticeship by comparing editions, looking for consistency of authorship, and tracing the sources. Now there is a vast ocean of scholarship on this novel, which all looks back to the foundations he laid.In 1957 he went to China and Japan to do research, by his own account spending most of his time in the great Beijing libraries. He had the opportunity to consult the Chinese scholars who had been instrumental in founding the field of Chinese vernacular literature as an academic discipline.Professor Hanan completed his dissertation in 1960 and received his doctorate in 1961. Within a few months he received a call from Donald Shively, inviting him to a half-year visiting position at Stanford. This turned into a full-time appointment in 1963. When Professor Shively moved to Harvard, he soon recruited Pat Hanan in 1968.After his dissertation was published in 1960 as A Study of the Composition and the Sources of the “Chin P’ing Mei,” Hanan turned his attention to pre-modern Chinese short stories. Over the course of two books, Hanan moved from composition and dating to a beautifully written overview of the art of the Chinese short story, The Chinese Vernacular Story (1981).Finally, he focused on Li Yu, whose stories he had treated in The Chinese Vernacular Story. He chose Li Yu because Li Yu was a humorist; because of his fiction—several story collections and a novel; and because he had what the Chinese call a “literary collection,” with poems, letters, prefaces, and a body of classical Chinese writing that gives us access to a historical person behind the writer of fiction. The scholar who began by comparing very different editions, looking for traces of multiple (if unknown) authors, and tracing the reconfiguration of earlier sources found in Li Yu the kind of “author” who would satisfy a one-time scholar of English literature. Li Yu believed in originality and stamped everything he wrote with his identity as a historical person. The Invention of Li Yu, from 1988, playing on Li Yu’s “self-invention” and his inventiveness, is a wonderful book.It is hard to write a book in English on your favorite author when that author’s work is not available in English. This brings us to the final phase of Pat Hanan’s career. In 1990 and 1992, he gave those inclined to read the works of Li Yu, whose literary biography was so attractively presented to us in 1988, translations of the novel and two story collections. The translator made them as enjoyable as the scholarly monograph had led us to believe they would be. In his last years, before and after his retirement in 1998, Pat did a remarkable series of translations, primarily of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Chinese fiction; he ventured into less well-known territory, including late Qing sentimental fiction and Republican “Mandarin Ducks and Butterflies” fiction. His was a splendid career, awaiting only the last translation, posthumously recovered from his hard drive, the early Pingyao zhuan, which he described as the Chinese novel least modified in transmission and closest to the origins of the Chinese novel.Pat Hanan is survived by his daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. The Chinese often think of scholars in terms of lineages. Pat Hanan clearly founded a lineage of younger scholars as he helped found a field. Those who “found” him as their teacher think of him always with affection and reverence—as a presence that has shaped a new, now senior generation in the field.Respectfully submitted,Edwin A. CranstonDavid WangStephen Owen, Chairlast_img read more

SMC hosts weekend for younger siblings

Over the weekend, Saint Mary’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted Little Siblings Weekend — an opportunity for the younger siblings of Saint Mary’s students to participate in activities and to become more integrated in the Saint Mary’s community.The weekend included an array of Olympics themed events, both on and off campus. Beginning with an Opening Ceremony on Friday, attendees took pictures in a photo booth and participated in Olympics-themed games and crafts. On Saturday, students were able to take their siblings off campus to Strikes & Spares, a local bowling alley that also has facilities for mini golf, bumper cars and arcade games. As other options, attendees could skate at the Compton Ice Arena and throughout the weekend, RHA hosted crafts, games and movies on campus.Bridget McKinnon, who served as a co-chair of the event, said the annual event helps bring students’ families into the College community.“The reason we have Little Sibs Weekend is so that all of our younger siblings or family friends are given the chance to experience what Saint Mary’s is like,” she said. “It’s a great chance to show off our campus and have a great time with our sibs while doing so.”First year Molly O’Neill said she enjoyed spending time with her two younger cousins in kindergarten, Mara and Fiona. “I loved everything they had planned for us, especially the bus that went to the bowling alley and the ice skating rink,” O’Neill said. “It was nice to see how my cousins would get excited over the smallest things, especially staying in the dorm and eating in the cafeteria. They loved every second and repeatedly said how happy they were, and how they couldn’t wait to tell their friends.“Even though they’re young, I hope they can appreciate this beautiful campus and maybe become a part of it when they’re older.”Julia Veome, also a first year, spent time with her younger sister during Little Siblings weekend. “I’m the oldest so my siblings haven’t been around the college scene too much,” Veome said. “My sister stayed with me and she loved it because she got to feel grown up and hang out with some of my friends. Sleeping in the dorms seemed cool to her and was fun for me.”For the past four years, senior Bridget Enright’s younger siblings have participated in Little Siblings Weekend.“It’s always been a lot of fun sharing Saint Mary’s with them and letting them get a glimpse of the college experience,” Enright said. “I have six younger siblings, so it’s always a blast when we’re all together. It’s my favorite weekend of the school year.”Tags: Little Siblings Weekend, Residence Hall Association, saint mary’s, SMC read more

The Spoils Will Receive London Premiere

first_imgJesse Eisenberg & Kunal Nayyar in ‘The Spoils’Photo: Monique Carboni The Spoils, written by and starring Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg, will play a limited run at London’s Trafalgar Studios. Joining him is Kunal Nayyar; the two also appeared in the show’s off-Broadway premeire last year. Performances will run from May 27 through August 13, with opening night set for June 2.Eisenberg received an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Social Network. He also wrote and appeared in The Revisionist and Asuncion off-Broadway. His additional screen credits include Adventureland, Zombieland and Batman v Superman. Nayyar is best known for his work as Raj Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory. He is also the voice of Vijay on the Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig.The play follows Ben (Eisenberg), who’s been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money and bullies everyone in his life—including his Nepalese roommate Kalyan (Nayyar). When he discovers that his former crush is marrying a banker, he is determined to destroy the relationship and win her back.Additional casting will be announced at a later date. The production features set design by Derek McLane, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen and projection design by Olivia Sebesky. View Commentslast_img read more

$30 billion Senate bill will ease Vermont businesses access to capital

first_imgThe US Senate Tuesday narrowly broke a months-long Republican filibuster by voting 61-37 to advance a small business jobs bill that will boost commercial lending and provide tax relief to small businesses in Vermont and nationwide.US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who voted in favor of the bill, expects the Senate to give final approval to the bill on Thursday.The Small Business Job Creation Act modernizes the application process for US Small Business Administration (SBA) lending programs; it targets tax relief to America’s 27 million small businesses; and it creates a $30 billion lending fund for healthy Main Street banks to boost capital access to small firms needing an injection of funds to grow their businesses and hire new workers.Leahy said the fully-paid-for bill would directly benefit small business job creation in Vermont, where the SBA estimates that a $2.2 million backlog in small business loans would immediately be relieved if the bill were enacted. The bill increases the size of SBA guarantees, reduces SBA mandated fees and lifts the maximum dollar figure of SBA loans.The bill also includes $1.5 billion to bolster state small business lending programs, such as loan participation programs, loan guarantee programs, and collateral support programs, which would provide the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) with an additional $13.5 million to support lending activities across the state.‘Small businesses are the backbone of Vermont’s economy and an important engine in our economic recovery efforts,’ said Leahy. ‘Some small businesses in Vermont are still struggling to find the working capital they need to grow their businesses and invest in new jobs. This bill will open new commercial lending doors by reducing red tape and expanding loan programs at the SBA, by providing tax relief to businesses that invest in new jobs and equipment, by creating a new $30 billion lending fund specifically for small businesses, and by investing in proven economic development programs like VEDA.’VEDA CEO Jo Bradley said, ‘VEDA’s Financial Access Program has been a very successful tool for helping small business. The additional capacity we may be able to access from Treasury would allow us to expand this important program.’ Kenneth Gibbons, President and CEO of Union Bank in Morrisville, said, “I think overall the bill will be helpful to small business and banks. However, we (Union) probably will not need to draw on the additional capital as most banks are well capitalized in Vermont. Therefore, they have not been as strained as banks in other parts of the country, where this legislation will provide access to capital for banks which have had losses due to the effects of the economy in their regions.”I want to read the final version before I really commit to what the overall effect will be in Vermont,” he said.This is the latest step that Congress and the president have taken since the economic meltdown of 2008 to smooth small business lending across the country.In April Leahy organized a free conference for small businesses in Vermont to learn more about the variety of commercial lending options available through local banks, credit unions, nonprofits, state entities, and the federal government.Over the past two years, Congress and the Obama Administration have enacted a wide variety of small business tax relief and tax incentive measures, including allowing firms a bonus depreciation to immediately write off half of the cost of depreciable property; extending the carry-back on net operating losses from two years to five years; and implementing a new payroll deduction for businesses that hire new workers.Last year’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) made several changes to the SBA lending process, which are extended by this new bill, which gives SBA an additional $375 million for new loan guarantees. The bill also extends the maximum loan guarantee level, which was raised in ARRA to 90 percent, and continues ARRA’s elimination of processing fees for small businesses. The economic recovery act also created a new type of SBA relief loan for previously profitable businesses seeking temporary and targeted capital. These widespread changes to SBA programs have supported nearly $30 billion in new loans so far.The economic recovery act also contained $100 million in added resources for the Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund, which brought $6 million in new CDFI funds to Vermont organizations. These groups are using the money to leverage millions more in private investment for economic development and housing projects across the state.Source: Leahy. WASHINGTON (Sept. 14, 2010) ‘# # # # #last_img read more

3 surefire ways to make employees feel valued

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details When you’re unappreciated at work, it’s hard to stay positive and easy to become unproductive. When you’re doing good work and you feel like nobody cares, you start to feel less attached to your position. If you don’t want your employees to look for work elsewhere, here are a few ways you can make them feel valued.Be thankful: When you tell your employees that you’re thankful for the work they do, it gives them a sense of worth. Anytime you hear positive things about an employee, pass that information along. You don’t have to throw them a parade, but hearing that you’re doing good work means a lot. It means even more when you find out it came from a coworker or a client.Find out what makes them tick: Each one of your employees is driven by different motivations. By getting to know your employees on a personal level you can help them work towards their goals and dreams. Use this information to help each employee grow in a way that will give them value and help fulfill their career aspirations.Give them trust and respect: Employees who have shown the ability to handle responsibility should be given the opportunity to make decisions on their own. Help your employees take ownership in the company by investing in their development, and growing them into future leaders of the company.last_img read more

Hurricane Florence: Are you covered?

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Hurricane Florence What you don’t know about your homeowners insurance may cost you when disaster strikes.According to the Insurance Information Institute, you can count on the majority of homeowners’ policies to cover the structure of your home, personal property, detached units and any living expenses. Everything else may require special policies or may be excluded.Take natural disasters like hurricanes. To limit their exposure to catastrophic losses from these events, insurers offer deductible plans that, depending on the state, will determine the level of hurricane, windstorm or wind/hail deductibles.The III says there are two kinds of wind damage deductibles: hurricane, which covers just damage from hurricanes, and wind/hail, which exclusively covers wind damage. In general, these are percentage deductibles, which can range from 1% to 5% of a home’s insured value.So if your house is insured for $300,000 and has a 5% deductible, you’re responsible for the first $15,000 of your claim. You’ll find details of hurricane deductibles on the declarations page of your homeowners policy.Believe it or not, while the National Flood Insurance Program reports that 90% of all natural disasters involve flooding, you won’t find flood coverage in standard homeowners’ or renters’ policies. You’ll need a separate policy for that from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program and/or a few private insurers.NFIP offers up to $250,000 to cover your home’s structure and $100,000 for your personal property. According to FEMA, it’s not just homes in flood zones at risk. In fact, more than 20% of flood claims come from properties outside high-risk federal flood zones.Need more incentive to do your homework instead of skimming your policies? NFIP flood insurance policies may cover up to $1,000 spent to protect your property like sandbags or water pumps. The III advises homeowners to keep copies of all receipts and time spent to do the work so it’s easy to ask for reimbursement.last_img read more

Students give back by making blankets

first_img“How to sew, how to sew a straight seam, evenly all the way across, how to start and stop the machine, and how to close it up after you were done,” said Virginia Okrasinski of Apalachin. “I love it because we can help the community,” said third grader Lauren Kotski. “It made us feel really happy that other kids in the hospital were really happy to have blankets for Christmas and to be able to feel comforted during Christmas time,” said fifth grader Christian Monell. Blankets were distributed throughout Broome and Tioga counties, not only providing warmth, but providing comfort. “Teaching and learning is more than just about academics, it’s more about your community, your holistic learning and giving back to your community. And selfishly that feeling feels really great so hopefully they can just pass it on to other people and they can grow up learning how to serve other people, and give to those who need their help,” said teacher and club leader Tessa Pozzi-Morgan. For more information on Project Linus, click here. APALACHIN (WBNG) — More than two dozen students from third, fourth, and fifth grade are a part of the community service club at Apalachin Elementary School. “We learned how to hand sew so you had to weave and weave and then with the sewing machine you just had to turn and sew, and watch it,” said one student. Recently the club partnered with the local chapter of Project Linus, an organization that provides handmade blankets to kids in need. And even though this lesson took place outside of the classroom, the students learned a lot. “I feel really good about giving people that don’t really have things for Christmas when they’re in the hospital,” said third grader Colleen Denton. First, they had some learning to do. Some members of the community, like grandparents of the students involved, came in to help. “Most of all, I like to help children in community service,” said Kotski. “It kind of inspired everyone to like work as a team and it took a lot of teamwork to do some of the projects,” said fourth grader Lillie Kneller. In this case, they made them for children in the hospital.last_img read more

Pula on the list of cities with the most cultural and creative potential according to the European Commission

first_imgThe Mayor of Pula, Boris Miletić, said that he was immensely pleased with this recognition, which once again confirms the extremely valuable cultural potential of Pula, but also recognizes the continuous efforts invested in the development and enrichment of the city’s offer: “Our main goal is to continuously encourage the development of new facilities and enrich the overall cultural and tourist offer of the city, such as the Museum of Istrian Olive Oil and the Memo Museum. Pula organizes and offers visitors more than 1,000 cultural and artistic events every year, and among the most visited are the famous Pula Film Festival, Pula Marathon, Spectacvla Gladiatoria in the Arena and a rich Advent program called “December in Pula” and I believe it is one of reasons why today we have taken our place in the elite society of the 100 most sustainable destinations in the world and why we are among the best ‘city break’ destinations”- said the mayor of Pula Boris Miletic. There are several defining criteria for participation in this project, and they are exclusive that the city exceeds 50 thousand inhabitants and that it has credible statistical and other data needed for evaluation. The survey thus covered all cities, 67 of which have been or have been nominated for European Capitals of Culture since 1985. The next 64 cities were selected according to the criterion that they are part of the UNESCO protected cultural heritage, and finally another 59 cities according to the criterion that they hold at least two international cultural festivals a year. Among these 190 cities, five are from Croatia (in alphabetical order): Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Split and Zagreb. The city of Pula is the most successful Croatian city with the most cultural and creative potential, according to a study by the European Commission, published in early October, as part of a project called “Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019” (C3 Monitor). Among the 190 European cities included in the research, as many as five are from Croatia, and according to numerous quantitative and to a lesser extent qualitative indicators, the cultural and creative potential of the cities were assessed, reports the portal gradonacelnik.hr. Photo :. City of Pula You can find the whole research HERE. According to the European Commission, cultural and creative potential is extremely important for the overall potential of the city (s), and thus the entire EU, and is the driver of economic progress and social cohesion. Namely, according to the European Commission, the Cultural and Creative Industry (CCIs) employs more than 12 million people at the EU level, which accounts for 7,5% of total employment and accounts for more than 4% of total GDP.center_img In the most numerous S and M groups, a total of 87 cities were evaluated, among them four from Croatia. The best result was achieved by Bern with an index of 46,9. Of the Croatian cities, Pula achieved the best result with an index of 25,6, ranking 27th, and Pula has the best result in the field of Intellectual Property and Innovation, where the indicator Three-year average of ICT patent applications has an index of 84,1. The overall winner, and thus of course in the group of cities with more than a million inhabitants, is Paris with an overall index of 66. In group XL, the winner is Copenhagen with an index of 46,8, and Zagreb with an index of 21 is 32nd out of 41 cities in this group. In Group L of 42 cities, the winner is Zurich with an index of 49,3, followed by Florence, Karlsruhe and Venice. There are no our cities in this group. Cities are, according to the number of inhabitants, divided into four groups (up to 250 thousand inhabitants – S and M, 250-500 thousand – L, 500 thousand – million – XL, and cities with more than a million inhabitants – XXL). 29 indicators relevant to nine dimensions are assessed, reflecting the three main areas of cultural and creative vitality of cities. The three main areas to be assessed are cultural vibrancy, the creative economy and a stimulating environment. Source / photo: City of Pula; Pixabaylast_img read more

Tourism giant TUI to slash 8,000 jobs over virus crisis

first_imgThe world’s biggest tourism group TUI said Wednesday it planned to slash 8,000 jobs in a bid to cut costs as the industry struggles to stay afloat with travel severely curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.”We are targeting to permanently reduce our overhead cost base by 30 percent across the entire Group,” said TUI of the cuts affecting one in ten jobs. “This will have an impact on potentially 8,000 roles globally that will either not be recruited or reduced.” Highlighting the impact of the crisis, the group reported a net loss of 763.6 million euros for its second quarter to March.To halt transmission of the coronavirus, many countries have slammed borders shut and banned tourism, leaving planes grounded and cruise ships idle at ports while hotels are left empty.To survive the crisis, TUI had sought a lifeline from the government, signing a deal in early April for a 1.8 billion euros state-guaranteed loan to keep it afloat.It is one of the biggest examples of German companies making use of a huge government rescue package aimed at cushioning the impact of the pandemic on Europe’s top economy.The German government has promised “unlimited” credit to help companies weather the coronavirus storm.Topics :last_img read more