PREMIERE: Tropidelic Offers Exclusive Stream Of New Album, ‘Heavy Is The Head’

first_imgTropidelic is a six-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio, with the band’s individual members repping truly diverse musical tastes ranging from hip-hop, metal, funk, reggae, and more. While these genres may seem at odds to some, collectively, the group is tight, offering an eclectic and compelling sound that fuses these disparate elements into one cohesive sound. Underlying it all is Tropidelic’s desire to keep things fresh and original while still maintaining the freedom that comes from remaining grounded and keeping things fun. Led by charismatic frontman and vocalist Matthew Roads, the band—also composed of James Begin (trombone/vox), Bobby Chronic (guitar), Darrick Willis (drums), Pags (bass), and Derek McBryde (trumpet)—has become known for its sincere vocals, powerful horns, and their high-energy live shows that leave attendees grinning from ear to ear.On Friday, November 10th, Tropidelic will release a brand new album titled Heavy Is The Head via Law Records. “A lot of our songs are upbeat and funky,” said lead singer Matthew Roads about the new album. “It’s very eclectic, which is what all of our albums have been, but this one even more so. We combined our efforts more than we ever have in the past for this record. The album features songs written by several members. We did more refining and filtering on this record than on any other in the past.” When asked, what’s the story behind the album’s title Heavy Is The Head, Roads says, “The title is a direct reflection of the sacrifices, struggle and pain endured en route to the top, or when you reach the top of whatever it is you’re after.”Ahead of Friday’s release of Heavy Is The Head, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a stream of Tropidelic’s new album ahead of its official release. You can take a listen for yourself below.Tropidelic has also earned a name for itself as one of the hardest working bands in the business, consistently touring across the country and having shared the stage and supported acts like Slightly Stoopid, 311, The Dirty Heads, Pepper, and The Wailers. Over time, the band has also picked up a number of high-profile festival gigs, playing festivals such as Electric Forest, Werk Out, Surrounded By The Sound, Night Lights, and more. To catch the group live, check out their tour dates below or on Tropidelic’s website.Tropidelic Upcoming Tour DatesNOV 10 The Mousetrap Indianapolis, INNOV 11 Lamasco Bar and Grill- Evansville, INNOV 17 Mohawk Place- Buffalo, NYDEC 08 Clazel Entertainment- Bowling Green, OHDEC 09 The Livery Microbrewery- Benton Harbor, MIDEC 30 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PADEC 31 The Grog Shop Cleveland, OHFEB 07 Tellus 360- Lancaster, PA (w/ Badfish)FEB 10 Newport Music Hall- Columbus, OH (w/ Badfish)FEB 13 City Winery Nashville- Nashville, TN (w/ Badfish)FEB 14 Mercury Ballroom- Louisville, KY (w/ Badfish)FEB 15 Bogarts- Cincinnati, OH (w/ Badfish)FEB 16 Pops Nightclub- Sauget, IL (w/ Badfish)FEB 17 Concord Music Hall- Chicago, IL (w/ Badfish)FEB 18 The Intersection- Grand Rapids, MI (w/ Badfish)last_img read more

A gold star for going green

first_img Sustainability celebration marks Harvard’s accomplishments Related Harvard makes climate pledge to end fossil fuel use A decade on, a goal met; now, next targetscenter_img Leaders of task force explain how they arrived at ambitious energy goals for campus Since Harvard’s successful 2008 pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016, the University has continued to strive for sustainability. Now, it’s being commended for its efforts and commitment to the environment.At the Climate Leadership Conference in Baltimore on March 21, the University received the Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal-Setting Certificate).A new climate action plan was launched last year, spearheaded by former University President Drew Faust, and included a long-term goal to be fossil-fuel-neutral by 2026 and fossil-fuel-free by 2050.In the past five years, only one other university has been recognized at the Climate Leadership Awards: The University of California, Irvine, in 2014. In addition to Harvard, this year’s winners of the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal-Setting Certificate) also include IBM, MasterCard, Microsoft, and Shire, now part of Takeda.Jaclyn Olsen, associate director of the Office for Sustainability, and Peter Kelly-Joseph, air compliance program manager from Environmental Health and Safety, both attended the conference and awards dinner, and accepted the award on behalf of the University.“Harvard is honored to receive this Climate Leadership Award recognizing our University-wide ambitious climate goals, which are grounded in science and meant to inspire solutions that improve human lives today and in the future,” said Heather Henriksen, managing director of the Office of Sustainability. “Now the hard work begins to go beyond our 30 percent absolute emissions reduction toward a fossil fuel-free future. We are especially looking forward to the educational and research opportunities that will arise as we strive to achieve our goals and advance solutions that benefit society.”Bloomberg Philanthropies again served as headline sponsor of the Climate Leadership Conference, having replaced long-time sponsor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which announced in 2017 it would discontinue its support.“American businesses are proving that bottom-up climate action isn’t just possible — it’s happening right now,” said Antha Williams, head of environment programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies. “From innovations in energy efficiency to bold commitments to cut carbon emissions, the Climate Leadership Award winners highlight the potential for bottom-up climate action to drive progress toward our national climate goals and create sustainable jobs for a sustainable future.”last_img read more

Nick Cordero & More Tapped for Waitress on Broadway

first_img Sara Bareilles Casting to pie for! Broadway fave Nick Cordero and more have been enlisted for Sara Bareilles’ Waitress on Broadway. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus and starring Tony winner Jessie Mueller, the tuner will begin performances on March 25 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for April 24.Cordero, who was Tony nominated for Bullets Over Broadway and will soon appear in Paper Mill’s A Bronx Tale: The Musical, is set to play Earl, Jenna’s (Mueller) hubby. Rounding out the cast will be Thay Floyd (A Christmas Story), Molly Hager (Heathers The Musical), Aisha Jackson (Beautiful), Ragan Pharris (Waitress at A.R.T.) and Ryan Vasquez (Wicked).Waitress is based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly and features a book by Jessie Nelson. It follows Jenna, a small town waitress stuck in a loveless marriage. As a nearby baking contest approaches, she’s torn between her commitments and—thanks to her pie-making expertise—a chance at freedom.Previously announced cast members also include Drew Gehling, Keala Settle, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, Christopher Fitzgerald and Kimiko Glenn.Check out’s exclusive interview with the creator and stars at a photo shoot for the new musical’s ad campaign below. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Waitress Star Filescenter_img Jessie Mueller Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Trade group says European wind investment could total $111 billion through 2021

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:European investment in the wind industry could accelerate to 100 billion euros ($111 billion) in total over the next three years, breaking records along the way.That injection of capital would translate to an extra 53 gigawatts of wind power capacity being added by 2021, according to research from Brussels-based trade association WindEurope. Europe currently has about 190 gigawatts of wind power installed.Last year, a record 65 billion euros was raised for the building of wind farms, refinancing, project and company deals as well as money from public markets.Investment in new onshore wind projects hit 16.4 billion euros in 2018, representing almost 40 percent of all new power investments in Europe. Northern and western Europe accounted for 35 percent of all new financial investment decisions last year, WindEurope said.More: European wind industry investment could hit $111 billion by 2021 Trade group says European wind investment could total $111 billion through 2021last_img read more

Brazilian Army Invests in Cyber Defense

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo May 12, 2017 The Brazilian government’s priority for cyber defense and protection from cyberattacks has led to the emergence since 2016 of a new unit within the Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym): the Cyber Defense Command (ComDCiber, per its Portuguese acronym). This new command plays a part in the National Defense Strategy, and in April it completed its first year of operation. ComDCiber’s main purpose is to plan, coordinate, direct, integrate, and supervise cyber operations in the defense area. The creation of ComDCiber is one of the actions taken under the Cyber Defense Program in National Defense. According to information released during LAAD Defence & Security 2017 in Rio de Janeiro in April, the project is valued at about $104 million and includes the development of hardware and software solutions, and the procurement of supercomputers and digital research materials to foster the growth of this field in Brazil. Brazilian cyber defense has evolved over the course of large events hosted by the nation, such as the World Cup in 2014, and the Olympics in 2016. According to ComDCiber, there was a huge preparatory effort made by the Brazilian Armed Forces in the periods leading up to those large events, including personnel training and technology investments in the sector. ComDCiber projects According to information from ComDCiber, several projects are being developed by this new unit, including the creation of a National Cyber Defense Academy. The academy’s purpose is to train civilian and military human resources so they can act effectively against cyber threats. Another project is the Cyber Defense Products Standardization and Certification System, which will create a viable structure for certifying products (hardware and software) for use in the cyber sector. ComDCiber is also working to establish a Cyber Defense Observatory and Cyber Defense Talent Management to incentivize research and development in Brazilian technology. The partnerships established by the Ministry of Defense and the Army Command are another method used by ComDCiber to update its staff’s technical knowledge. “Our service members attend courses, expos, and international exercises that allow them to gain expertise on directing exercises like these in Brazil,” stated the command in a press release. The unit will be organizing the Second International Cyber Defense Internship in May. In addition to the Brazilian public, representatives from various partner nations, including Latin American countries, will also be taking part in this event. Integration among the Armed Forces ComDCiber’s major distinction is its potential to integrate the three branches of the Armed Forces. The unit, under the command of Lieutenant General Angelo Kawakami Okamura, has a Joint Chiefs of Staff directed by a rear admiral, a Department of Management and Instruction led by a major general, and a Cyber Defense Center (CDCiber, per its Portuguese acronym) led by a major general. According to information from EB, the synergy between the forces allows for joint improvement. “The budgeting of human and financial resources, experiential exchanges, and procedural standardization, as well as the compartmentalization of information on cyber threats and security events, strengthen our defense institutions,” the EB reported in a press release. Navy and Air Force line officers assumed their duties on April 25th. That was the first time in the history of the Brazilian Armed Forces that line officers had taken on a role in another service branch. Brazilian Navy Rear Admiral Nelson Nunes da Rosa assumed the lead role of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) Major General Mauro Fernando Costa Marra took the position of head of the Department of Management and Instruction. Command of the Cyber Defense Center will pass to Major General Jayme Otávio Queiroz on May 22nd. His new role will be challenging due to the degree of importance that cyber defense has achieved within the National Defense Strategy. “We are living in an increasingly connected environment. Cyber threats are real and can cause damage remotely. We need to always be ready,” Maj. Gen. Jayme said. In addition to the joint work done at ComDCiber, each service branch has its own teams, or Network Incident Response Centers (CTIR, per their Portuguese acronym), as set forth by the Brazilian Security Incident Research and Response Center. Colonel Robson Luís Lopes dos Santos, head of the Aeronautics Computation Center in Brasília (CCA-BR, per its Portuguese acronym), is responsible for coordinating one of these centers. He explained that there is a relationship of technical cooperation formally established between CCA-BR and ComDCiber. “Incidents detected by a CTIR or a FAB unit are shared with ComDCiber,” he said. For Col. Robson, ComDCiber has fostered cooperation between the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense in the handling of issues related to areas of interest in cyberspace. “The involvement of CCA-BR technicians in working groups coordinated by ComDCiber is important for establishing a shared knowledge base,” he highlighted. Cyber protection in aviation According to Col. Robson, in addition to the incident response, CCA-BR also does cyber defense within the Aviation Command (COMAER, per its Portuguese acronym) for the purpose of raising cyber situational awareness on critical Information Technology assets such as systems and hardware, for example. CCA-BR technicians monitor incidents from the standpoint of network anomaly detection using selective triage. They analyze incidents, attempting to identify the origin and the vulnerabilities associated with them, and they are able to take actions to resolve the problem detected. “Active defense is also done using measures to prevent malicious activities in cyberspace,” the head of CCA-BR said. The work done by CCA-BR prevents events in cyberspace, which could potentially be harmful to COMAER, from occurring. “Currently, threats in cyberspace can have serious consequences for the operational and administrative capabilities of this institution,” Col. Robson warned. He explained that one effective defense measure has a direct impact on maintaining the FAB’s operational capacity to carry out its mission. “Without this measure, the Air Force’s resources would be left completely exposed to cyber threats.” For the head of CCA-BR, the evolution of cyber threats requires continually upgrading equipment and retraining technicians involved in cyber defense. “The great challenge is keeping up awareness, across all of COMAER’s units, as to its responsibility in applying preventive and defensive measures,” Col. Robson concluded.last_img read more

A Mind of Winter

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Mind of WinterBy Shira NaymanFrom Shanghai to England to Long Island, the lives of three characters, all restless and tortured in their own way, are intricately meshed together and their souls laid bare in A Mind of Winter by Shira Nayman. The book begins with a brief introduction from Oscar, who tells the reader he is accused of war crimes. We don’t know why or by whom or when this happened or if he’s guilty—and we won’t know until the last pages of the book—but this compelling introduction pulls the reader into this haunting tale immediately. Oscar, a mysterious Gatsby-like Englishman lives in a North Shore mansion and hosts glamorous parties every weekend, but little else is known about him. Christine is an opium addict who hits rock bottom and ends up on the fringes of society in Shanghai. Marilyn, a photographer who spent the 1940s in England, moves into Oscar’s mansion to work on a book of wartime photography, sorting through her inner demons by carrying on an extramarital affair and developing haunting photos. Divided into three parts, the narratives of these characters weave three seemingly separate stories into one complex whole, each one filling in the others’ blanks. The stories, bouncing from past to present and back to past again, intertwine seamlessly. Maybe it’s because Brooklyn author Shira Nayman has a background in clinical psychology or maybe it’s because she grew up in Australia in a community of Holocaust survivors, but this novel touches upon the innermost depths of its character’s souls, those dark and shadowy corners that many writers stop just before reaching. Resounding with the beauty and elegance of a Victorian novel, this page-turner touches on everything from the horrors of war to prostitution and addiction. This is a book that will make you think deeply. It may even make you uncomfortable at times. While some may be turned off by some violent scenes, they serve a purpose. They aren’t merely put there for shock value but lead the reader to a deeper understanding of the character experiencing them. These characters, and the darkest moments of their lives, are crafted with such tender care it seems Nayman has been molding them for decades. There is a lot of darkness in these pages, but there is also light. By the last page of the novel, you realize that one can’t exist without the other, and together they make a beautiful shade of gray…or winter.[colored_box color=”blue”]Click to purchase A  Mind of Winter[/colored_box]last_img read more

Step into your members shoes & make a difference

first_imgIn 2014, there were 46.7 million people in poverty. This is up from 37.3 million in 2007. The number of low-income people is near the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty statistics have been published.Wow. It’s not just folks in poverty either scraping by. Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency, even those considered “middle-class.”These are your members. People in your communities. Maybe friends or family even? Credit unions exist to improve the financial well-being of our members, so this is a big opportunity to be a trusted partner for those struggling to make ends meet.The first step is understanding the issue, most importantly, your staff understanding the issue. This has been an important issue to us at the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) for years, particularly through our REAL Solutions program. In fact, about five years ago, the Foundation started holding the first “Poverty Simulations” (now Life Simulations) for credit union staff across the country. The simulation is designed to help sensitize credit union organizations to the financial needs of low-wage working families.The Life Simulation experience is designed to help credit union employees, volunteers and leadership begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month.  You’ll have the experience and tools to develop products, services and resources to assist with the daily struggles that your members, neighbors, and friends may be facing each day.Until recently, Foundation staff would conduct the simulation for credit union organizations, but now credit unions can also order a “new and improved” simulation kit from the Foundation. We recently made it available as a comprehensive kit that includes over 1,000 pieces of material. It has been created to include the most up-to-date scenarios, including complex family dynamics, current issues facing members such as pay day lenders and medical debt, as well as other everyday financial hardships that members may face.Walking in another’s shoes is a far more effective way to sensitize others to the needs of immigrants and other low-wage working families than from traditional diversity or classroom learning. We’ve found that the Life Simulation is such an eye opening experience that will change the lives of your credit union staff, and ultimately the lives of your members. 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christopher Morris Christopher Morris is currently an engagement consultant at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), providing specialized attention to broad and diverse stakeholders throughout the Midwest Region. Previously, Christopher was a … Web: Detailslast_img read more

South Dakota nurse talks about dying patients who still believe COVID-19 is a hoax

first_imgIn the interview, Doering explained that she really hadn’t expected her tweets to go viral like this and was not blaming the victims of this virus or making a political statement. She was just reporting on some of what she was seeing. She explained she just became so sad thinking about the many patients she has seen who are in such denial and so angry that they are missing out on what is in many cases their final chances to speak with their families before passing away. And because Doering is an adult and a professional, she held CNN’s Alisyn Camerota’s hand to explain to her that she didn’t take the anger of her patients personally. “I think it’s just a belief that it’s not real and nursing happens to be on the receiving end of that. And that’s okay. That’s where we’re there for. It’s just, in the bigger picture, when you try to reason with people, can I call your family, your kids, your life, your friend, your brother? And they say, no, because I’m going to be fine,” it really hits hard.She said that since they first started seeing cases of COVID-19 in March, while they have gotten better at treating and alleviating some of the cases, they cannot defeat the surges in the virus and the political bullshit that comes with fighting against basic public health protections like social distancing and wearing masks. Asked about Gov. Kristi Noem’s insistence in pretending that people should not wear masks if it makes them happier to do so, Doering explained that this wasn’t political: “I think it’s frustrating as a health care provider, because the last thing that we ask anyone when they see care is how they voted or if they’re a Democrat or a Republican. The last thing we ever think about is that. What we think about is how can I help you?”- Advertisement – South Dakota is under one of the most worthless governors in the history of the planet. Republican Noem’s inability to show real leadership and mitigate the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in her state—which may arguably end up having been the largest superspreader event for the COVID-19 virus in the entire world—has led to thousands upon thousands of more deaths and illnesses, as well and billions in healthcare costs. Noem seems mostly interested in fundraising for her reelection campaign and thinking about ways to make money for her campaign, while her state and the country suffer from her terrible decisions and cowardly, ignorant abuses of power. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Lunar New Year – Celebrating the Year of the Dog

first_imgLunar New Year – Celebrating the Year of the Dog By: Tiffany Chang Lawson, Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Asian Pacific American Affairs,  The Blog Today marks the start of the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated in Pennsylvania and around the world by individuals of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan, and Vietnamese ancestry. The Lunar New Year is one of the most prominent and celebrated festivals in the world. In China, for example, the sheer number of people working in large urban areas who return to their hometowns to celebrate Lunar New Year festivities accounts for the largest annual mass human migration in the world.Here in Pennsylvania, many Asian American families herald the beginning of the traditional lunisolar calendar by giving their homes a thorough deep cleaning. Families gather for a traditional meal, and exchange beautifully packaged red envelopes containing money to signify good luck and prosperity for the year to come.My mother’s family is originally from Mainland China – my grandmother was born and raised in Beijing, China; my mother was born and raised in Taiwan, and I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. Throughout my family’s journey, we have always cherished celebrating Lunar New Year as generations of our family have before us. These traditions honor our heritage and connect us with new neighbors and friends.If you’d like to learn of a celebration near you, please refer to the Commission’s February newsletter here for a detailed list of events happening across Pennsylvania.On behalf of Governor Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, we wish you a Year of the Dog filled with peace, prosperity, health, and joy!Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 16, 2018last_img read more

MN CEO: Climate change offers investment opportunities

first_imgClimate change not only poses risks but also investment opportunities in infrastructure, impact investments and possibly even private equity, according to René van de Kieft, chief executive of the €123bn asset manager MN.Commenting on a recent paper published by the Sustainable Pension Investment Lab (SPIL), a Dutch thinktank of which he is a member, Van de Kieft gave several examples of immediate investment opportunities.San Francisco’s sea defences could be strengthened and smart technologies could be adapted for clean energy generation, he said. Developers were making progress in areas such as climate control and energy-efficient lighting, Van de Kieft added, citing the development of an energy-efficient ice-skating rink in the Dutch town of Heerenveen.Large family-owned firms could also play an important role, the chief executive said, citing a firm that was developing a waste-powered electrical industrial dryer for food and fodder, to replace current gas-guzzling ones. “Investments in sustainable technologies could get a boost through these players,” he said.In Van de Kieft’s opinion, infrastructure and property projects also offered investment opportunities for pension funds, pointing at plans to improve sewerage systems to deal with increasing rainfall as a result of climate change.He also mentioned investments in “truly sustainable offices in London and Paris with excellent prospects for returns”.MN’s CEO forecasted that large pension funds, which already invest in these kind of projects, would further ramp up their allocation.He said he agreed with Deutsche Asset Management’s recent observation that small- and medium-sized pension funds insufficiently appreciated important immediate climate risks, such as the impact of hurricanes and flooding on production facilities.The SPIL report reiterated that no pension fund could ignore climate risk, especially after supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank indicated that schemes’ climate policy was to become part of its supervisory framework.Earlier, the regulator indicated that pension funds were more suscepticle to climate risk than insurers and banks, but that they also had more potential to benefit sooner from the upward potential of some investments.The SPIL paper concluded that a quick start to a gradual and orderly transition to a sustainable economy would be best for pension funds.The longer they waited until the physical impact of climate change was visible, the more difficult it would be to remove climate risk from their investment portfolio, it said.Citing figures from the Economist’s Intelligence Unit, SPIL said worldwide there would be $4.2trn (€3.6trn) of value at risk at the end of this century if global warming continued at current trends.This amount could increase to $13.8trn if global average temperatures were to rise by 6°C rather than 2°C.Van de Kieft emphasised that climate risk would affect all sectors and asset classes.Newton IM joins investor climate groupIn other news, Newton Investment Management has joined the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC). IIGCC is a forum of 146 “mainly mainstream” investors with over €21trn of assets uner management, including nine of the top 10 largest European pension funds or asset managers.On the occassion of the recent round of UN climate change negotiations in Bonn (COP23), the IIGCC confirmed it was building a new programme focussed on investor practices and disclosure of climate risk. Speaking at the COP23 in Bonn, Peter Damgaard Jensen, CEO of Danish pension fund PKA and chair of the IIGCC, said the investor-focussed programme completed its existing programmes of engagement with policymakers and shareholder engagement with corporates. The new programme would allow asset owners and managers to ”share best practice around assessing, managing and reporting climate risk and investing in the opportunities that support a smooth transition to a low carbon economy,” he said.last_img read more