moe. Heats Up Northampton To Close Out Northeast Portion Of Winter Tour [Watch/Setlist]

first_imgLast night, moe. hit the Calvin Theatre to close out the Northeast segment of their winter tour. After smoking shows in Pennsylvania on Thursday and Vermont on Friday, the band was dialed in for last night’s performance in Northampton, MA.The first set kicked off with “Defrost,” which dropped directly into “Punchline.” “Prestige Worldwide,” a fairly new tune that was debuted this December at The Capitol Theater followed this set opener. To close at the first set, the band moved through “Four” into “Seat of My Pants” with a massive and masterful transition, before finishing off the set with “McBain.” While the band could have kept going and were tuned in with beautiful segues for the end of this set, Rob Derhak ultimately pointed to his watch at the end of “McBain,” and the band left for set break following this song.The second set was fiery and a nonstop assault from moe. The first half contained a massive “Pit” sandwich, with the band opening with “The Pit,” then moving into “Deep This Time,” and back into the “The Pit.” Keeping going on with this theme, moe. immediately dropped into “Recreational Chemistry” before finishing off the five-song “Pit” sandwich with the third and final “The Pit” of the evening. With another skillful transition, the band hit “Tubing The River Styx” before “Assfinger” and closing out with “Brent Black,” during which Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin shared Jim’s set up for a portion of the second set’s closing number. As a send-off for the evening, the band opened the encore with “Letter Home” before ending the performance and this leg of their winter tour with “New York City.”You can watch videos of “Seat Of My Pants” > “McBain” (in two parts) below via the band’s Facebook page, as well as fan-shot clip of “Prestige Worldwide” via YouTube user the ruff:“Seat of My Pants” > “McBain” “Prestige Worldwide”[Video courtesy of youtube user, the ruff]Setlist: moe. | Calvin Theatre | Northampton, MA | 4/2/2017 [courtesy of Marc O’Shea]Set 1: Defrost > Punchline, Prestige Worldwide, Four > Seat of My Pants > McBainSet 2: The Pit > Deep This Time > The Pit > Recreational Chemistry > The Pit > Tubing the River Styx > Ass Finger > Brent BlackEncore: Letter Home, NYCThe band will pick back up on February 17th at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works to kick off a southern run. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Memorial service for Leon Kirchner

first_imgA memorial gathering in remembrance of Leon Kirchner, the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music Emeritus, will be held on Apr. 8 (7:30-9:30 p.m.) at John Knowles Paine Concert Hall.The service will be sponsored by the Harvard Department of Music. Family members, former students, colleagues, and friends, are welcome to attend.last_img

A school telescope, through the Internet

first_imgHarvard scientists are creating a group of interstellar “ambassadors” who are helping to explain the universe in school classrooms through a web-based program that lets students soar through space to view planets, stars, and the gassy clouds where the latter are born.The Worldwide Telescope Ambassadors Program is the brainchild of astronomy Professor Alyssa Goodman, who has been working with Microsoft programmers for several years on their Internet-based Worldwide Telescope, a free program. Goodman has worked with its creator, Curtis Wong, at Microsoft Research, suggesting updates and changes that have added functionality useful to researchers.Through the main interface, users can zoom “through” the universe to explore. A click of the mouse will call up links to research databases, putting the current knowledge about a particular stellar body or region at the user’s fingertips. For more-basic users, there are also a series of “tours” — guided introductions to specific astronomy topics — to get them started.The ambassadors program, cosponsored by Microsoft Research and WGBH, is run by Patricia Udomprasert out of Goodman’s Viz-e-Lab. The lab was founded earlier this year to develop ways that researchers can visualize and manipulate large data sets. The lab emphasizes low-cost, affordable technology and has developed a 3-D interface with the Worldwide Telescope, using a standard high-definition, flat-screen television and Microsoft Kinect, an add-on to the software giant’s Xbox 360 system that lets users control games with their bodies. The result is that users can navigate the 3-D universe not only with a mouse and keyboard but, at least in the Viz-e-Lab, by standing in front of the screen and moving their arms to swim closer to or further from an object.Goodman says that the technology, though still experimental, is just one example of new ways to interact with the large sets of data accumulated by projects affiliated with the lab, such as the Dataverse, Seamless Astronomy, and High Dimensional Data Visualization and Interaction. While data in the past has typically been displayed in charts and graphs, technology in recent years has enabled the collection of such large volumes of data that traditional display methods are inadequate. By displaying the data in three dimensions or by interacting with it graphically, researchers may be able to not only better explain what they’ve found but also understand it better themselves, Goodman said.The ambassadors program takes that same approach to teaching astronomy. The ambassadors themselves are astronomy-savvy individuals, such as retired astronomers, astronomy hobbyists, researchers seeking to add an educational component to their work, and even Harvard undergraduates interested in the subject.In one year, the ambassadors program has grown from several ambassadors working with 80 students in one school to a dozen ambassadors and 400 students at two schools, Lexington’s Clarke Middle School and Prospect Hill Academy in Somerville, Udomprasert said. Goodman and Udomprasert said they hope the program will continue to expand as funding becomes available.“People learn with this in a different way than they do with books,” Goodman said.Michelle Bartley, a sixth-grade science teacher at Clarke Middle School, where the program kicked off last year, said the traditional curriculum required students to do projects on subjects covered in class, like constellations and the life and death of a star. The Worldwide Telescope not only engages this generation of video-savvy kids better, it allows them much greater freedom to explore the universe on their own and to pick astronomy projects that follow their interest.As Bartley taught the year’s astronomy lessons, ambassadors were there to help, working one-on-one with students, helping them if they got stuck with the software, and allowing them to move ahead with their projects.“They’re phenomenal,” Bartley said of the ambassadors. “They’re there from day one, walking around the class and talking with the kids. The program really gets kids excited about astronomy.”Dick Post, a retired businessman and member of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston, worked with Bartley and other Clarke teachers two days a week this spring. He said that with 20 kids in a class working on the software, it’s critical that someone other than the instructor be there to help.“Even if you know the program, the kids will do something you’ve never thought about,” Post said. “This age group is amazing. You can’t believe how fast these kids learn.”last_img read more

High formaldehyde exposure linked with ALS

first_imgMen exposed to high levels of formaldehyde on the job—mostly funeral directors—may have triple the death risk from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, as men with lower levels of exposure, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study was published in the July issue of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Researchers looked at a national dataset of 1.5 million U.S. adults that included job information, along with criteria that estimates formaldehyde exposure for various occupations. They then matched that information with ALS-related deaths from 1979-2011.The research “really suggests that we should do a study of [the funeral] industry,” said lead author Andrea Roberts, research associate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, in a July 13, 2015 article in TIME. “The bottom line is we know almost nothing about what causes ALS, so any clue that we can get might be relevant, and hopefully would be relevant not just for people in this profession but for other people as well.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Police shooting sets off fiery protests in southern Chile

first_imgSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The shooting of a street juggler has set off protests over alleged police violence in southern Chile, where several buildings were set ablaze and an officer held in custody for investigations. Local news media showed about 10 buildings set ablaze following Friday’s shooting. Police say 27-year-old Francisco Martínez Romero resisted officers at a routine identity check. A video circulated on social media showed an officer shooting toward the feet of the man, who waved what appeared to be two blunt machetes used in his performance. He then rushed toward the officer. Several shots were fired and the man collapsed in the street.last_img

U.S. Marines and Seabees Honored in Guatemalan School

first_imgBy Dialogo January 17, 2012 A rural school in Puerto San José, Guatemala, hosted a recognition ceremony to honor the Seabees, U.S. Marines and Guatemalan Military construction specialists on January 11. The ceremony was held in appreciation of the completion of a 12-day construction project as part of High Speed Vessel-Southern Partnership Station 2012 (HSV-SPS 12). “I would like to thank all the people involved, especially SPS-12 on behalf of the children in this community,” said Byron E. Anavisca Sandoval, community president. “We are looking forward to this year because our children will get to enjoy the rewards of education because of the work done here.” The project was led by project manager, Marine Staff Sgt. Mario Vargas, whose family emigrated from Guatemala to the U.S. The team of two Marines, 18 Seabees and 12 Guatemalan Military construction specialists demolished and replaced the school and bathroom roofs and installed more than 300 feet of fencing and security wire. “My father and family are from Guatemala and it has been an especially great experience for me,” said Vargas. “I put everything in my heart into this school so the children here are able to learn as my children are able to learn.” The team also replaced the school’s water purification system and painted the facility. The improvements will allow the school to reopen after a flood forced its closure last year. More than 70 people, including the school’s parents, teachers, and children, as well as the Seabees, Swift service members, and representatives from the Guatemalan Pacific Naval Base attended the ceremony. “When I was a student, I remember sailors coming and doing what they are doing here,” said Guatemalan Pacific Naval Base Captain Carlos Luis Sanchez. “To the children of public schools, this will give you the opportunity it gave me. Because of this, you will be able to reach your dreams.” This is the first of two construction projects in Guatemala, where the Seabees and Marines have been working closely with Guatemalan partners to renovate local schools.last_img read more

Fintech success driven by (not in spite of) financial institutions

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Innovative financial technologies, such as Venmo, NerdWallet and LendingClub, have taken the financial-services spotlight. Those technologies, more commonly known as fintech, show little chance of fading to the background. Instead, they seem primed to give financial institutions (FIs) a literal run for their money.Industry headlines can be deceiving, however. The growing popularity of fintech has not sounded the death toll for the traditional FI model. In fact, fintech owes a significant portion of its success to FIs. Participation and cooperation from reputable FIs can give fintech the boost it needs to have staying power in the industry.As fintech companies work to stay relevant in the marketplace, they should consider partnering with FIs, not competing with them for the following reasons:History goes a long wayConsumers have been turning to credit unions and community banks for the services they offer for centuries. There is an established familiarity with these institutions, which fintech firms will find difficult to win on their own. As the newcomer to the financial services scene, fintech should consider tapping into the consumer loyalty FIs currently boast. continue reading »last_img read more

Church Pension Board reports 18.6% return on return-seeking pool

first_imgThe CEPB runs a number of pension schemes, with more than 35,000 current or future beneficiaries, including clergy and church workers.Benefits for pre-1998 service are provided by the Church Commissioners’ £6.1bn endowment fund.In its annual report, the CEPB said 2013 was a year of very good returns for equities, with only emerging markets posting a disappointing performance.Major fixed interest markets were flat over the year, as they were in 2012.At end-2013, the return-seeking pool was made up of 65% global equities, 20% UK equities and 8% property.As in 2012, overseas equities – which returned 23% for the return-seeking pool – outperformed UK stocks, which returned 20.7%.The report said: “Emerging market equities have been disappointing, losing 6.1% over the year, but the allocation to global small-cap equity has worked very well indeed, returning 37.7% in 2013.”The property allocation, managed by CBRE, was increased in spring 2013, while the geographical balance was shifted to 50:50 UK versus overseas holdings.Property will make up 10% of the return-seeking pool once the new commitment has been drawn down by CBRE.The allocation to infrastructure, standing at 1% at end-2013, will reach 8% once commitments have been drawn.During 2013, 8% of the return-seeking pool was reallocated from actively managed global equity to two new high-conviction equity mandates managed by Edinburgh Partners and Longview Partners.These seek high returns from conventional large-cap equities by taking relatively concentrated portfolio positions.The CEPB said it spent much of 2013 investigating emerging market debt and other forms of debt investment for the return-seeking pool.But with the onset of the US Federal Reserve’s tightening, or at least ‘tapering’, of US monetary policy towards the middle of the year, it decided to hold back from investing, although it is following the asset class during 2014.At end-2013, the liability-matching pool was split 77% in index-linked government bonds and 23% in corporate bonds.The CEPB invests ethically, with its policy and practice shaped by the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG).During 2014, the EIAG is continuing its major review of policy recommendations on climate change and investment.It will also advise the CEPB on the use of pooled funds, publishing a policy this coming autumn.Last summer, the Church Commissioners were found to have invested in controversial payday lender Wonga, via a venture capital partnership.Meanwhile, the tri-annual valuation of The Church of England Funded Pensions Scheme (CEFPS) – the largest pension scheme run by the CEPB – was completed in 2013 and showed a deficit of £293m, compared with net assets of £896m.Contributions have been raised from 38.2% to 39.9% of pensionable stipend as from 1 January 2015.In addition, because of the scheme’s increasing maturity, the fund’s de-risking strategy continues, moving the fund from being 100% invested in return-seeking assets to a 60:40 split between liability-matching assets and return-seeking assets, to be achieved linearly by end-2029.The fund’s recovery period runs for 12 years from 1 January 2014. The £1.6bn (€2bn) portfolio of the Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB) made 18.6% on its return-seeking investments in 2013, outperforming the benchmark’s 17.6% return, according to its latest accounts.The average annualised return on the £1.4bn return-seeking pool for the three years to 31 December 2013 was 8.5%, outperforming the benchmark return of 7.5% over the same period.Over five years to the same date, the return was 11.2% per annum, with 11.1% for the benchmark.The fund’s £210m liability-matching pool also outperformed its benchmark by 0.1% with a return of 0.6%, while its performance over three years at 7.6% equalled its benchmark.last_img read more

Brazil’s Ronaldo opens up on rivalry with namesake Cristiano

first_img In the latter tournament, he was famously left out of the starting XI when the team sheets were handed in but eventually started the game after recovering from a mystery injury. But his side were beaten by Zinedine Zidane’s France with Ronaldo unable to have a meaningful impact on the match. Both Ronaldos have played for Real Madrid but Cristiano won more trophies including four Champions League titles. The Portugal captain has managed to stay fairly injury-free during his glittering career, a fortune that did not come to Brazil’s Ronaldo who suffered from recurring knee problems. read also:Brazil’s Ronaldo better than Cristiano – Vieri The Juventus player shows no signs of slowing down at the age of 35 with 21 goals in 22 games in Serie A this season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAP7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least OnceThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… Brazil’s Ronaldo won FIFA’s World Player of the Year three times before the age of 21 but was eventually surpassed by his Portuguese namesake. In an Instagram interview with Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro, the Brazilian spoke about being referred to as the ‘real Ronaldo’. He commented: ‘For Cristiano, it must be boring to hear that I am the real Ronaldo. ‘People cannot be compared. Cristiano will remain in football history for the goals and for the continuity he has achieved. He will remain one of the best, like Messi.’ The Brazilian won the World Cup in 1994 and 2002 and was runner-up in 1998.Advertisement Distinguishing between football’s two Ronaldos has been a problem since the emergence of Cristiano as one of the world’s greatest players.last_img read more

Waterman lands Lee County Speedway opening night win

first_imgJeff Waterman was the IMCA Modified feature winner on opening night at Lee County Speedway. (Photo by D&M Racing Photography) Friday’s 20-lap Budweiser IMCA Modified main saw Dennis LaVeine and Dakota Simmons draw the front row. LaVeine took advantage of his spot to jump out into the lead over Andrew Schroeder and Simmons.  While LaVeine worked the bottom of the track, Waterman used the top to try and wrestle the lead away. Coming off turn four on lap nine, Waterman used his momentum off the top to edge LaVeine at the line to take over the top spot.  By Brian Neal  DONNELLSON, Iowa (April 12) – Jeff Waterman began his pursuit of another Lee County Speedway track title with the opening night IMCA Modified feature victory. center_img Other winners were Jeremy Pundt in the Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars, Brayton Carter in the Roberts Tire Center IMCA Northern SportMods and Jake Houston in the Discount Tire & Service IMCA Sport Compacts. Schroeder looked under LaVeine over the next five laps, before the first caution of the race appeared. On the restart, LaVeine jumped back out front with Waterman, who started ninth, coming from fifth to second.  Waterman maintained his advantage following a lap 10 restart as Schroeder and LaVeine battled for second. The final half of the race would go caution free, which allowed Waterman to pull away. LaVeine was second and John Oliver Jr. took third. last_img read more