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Back in March, Vulf Records released a six-track EP under a new moniker The Fearless Flyers. The new band—comprised of Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart, guitarist Cory Wong, drummer Nate Smith, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri—have released four music video-supported tracks from the self-titled EP so far, with the rest of the tracks available for purchase/download here.In addition to the previously released “Aces of Aces”, “Under the Sea / Flyers Drive”, and “Barbara“, Vulf Records has shared the music video for their sped-up, jammed-out, funkified rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, featuring guitarist Blake Mills and gospel performer Sandra Crouch.Watch “The Seal Team 6 of funk” take on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” with special guests below:[Video: Vulf]The new-ish project—which is produced, composed, and mixed by the “Vulfmon” himself, Jack Stratton (bandleader/multi-instrumentalist of Vulfpeck)—is seemingly a “2.0” version of the original Vulfpeck lineup. Basically, any musical group under the Vulf Records establishment will resonate with fans of Vulfpeck, as the brain and tools behind the music will all come from the same place. The Vulf Compressor, indeed, continues its legacy.The full record is available on Bandcamp and features all sorts of musical nuggets. “Introducing the Fearless Flyers” showcases the tight musicianship between the four players, providing the style of playing that fans of Vulfpeck crave from the band’s earlier days. A secondary version of “Barbara” also appears on the record, featuring Sandra Crouch again on the tambourine, as a follow-up to Vulfpeck’s 2012 Vollmich version of the song. There’s also a “kids” version of The Little Mermaid‘s “Under The Sea”.The six-track presentation closes with “Bicentennial”, a clear continuation of the closing groove from Vulfpeck’s “Grandma” track from Mr. Finish Line. Vulfpeck’s soulful original version of the song features Antwaun Stanley on vocals, David T. Walker on guitar, and James Gadson on drums and closes with a 45-second groove that left fans wanting more in 2017. The Fearless Flyers’ “Bicentennial” is the extension of that groove and it features Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Elizabeth Lea on trombone and the voice of Jack Stratton as the “sibilant announcer.”You can own a copy of The Fearless Flyers today for $6, if you didn’t already reserve a copy of the vinyl, here.
On Friday, San Diego-based dub rockers Slightly Stoopid offered up a special “Acoustic Roots Set” at Redondo Beach, CA’s inaugural BeachLife Festival.BeachLife Festival Combines Best Of California Coastal Culture To Create Promising Music PlatformToward’s the end of Slightly Stoopid’s set, the band invited up guitarist Bob Weir to lend an extra hand on a cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “Franklin’s Tower” and Tom Petty‘s “You Don’t Know How It Feels”. The unexpected collaboration doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Bob Weir and Slightly Stoopid have collaborated in the past. In April 2016, Weir hosted a simulcast event at his TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA, with music performed by Slightly Stoopid. Among the many highlights from the live webcast was a reggae-influenced cover of Prince‘s “Purple Rain,” with Weir joining the band on guitar, as well as saxophonist Karl Denson joining the mix for a funky rendition of “Franklin’s Tower”.BeachLife also saw performances by Weir’s Wolf Bros, Willie Nelson and Family, As The Crow Flies, Blues Traveler, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Jason Mraz, Steel Pulse, and many more.Watch video of Bob Weir joining Slightly Stoopid at BeachLife Festival below:Slightly Stoopid w/ Bob Weir – “Franklin’s Tower” / “You Don’t Know How It Feels”[Video: Freakflagflyer]Last week, Slightly Stoopid announced their return to Rivera Maya, MX’s Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya for their sixth annual Closer To The Sun destination event, set for December 5th-9th, 2019.Closer To The Sun’s 2019 lineup is highlighted by three nights of music from Slightly Stoopid, in addition to scheduled performances from Dirty Heads, Stick Figure, SOJA, Stephen Marley, Toots & The Maytals, Tribal Seeds, Don Carlos with The Soul Syndicate Band, Fortunate Youth, Chali 2na, and Cut Chemist.For more information and a detailed list of ticketing package options, head to Close To The Sun’s website.
Dell Technologies World conference breaks records, educating and entertaining 14,000 in Las Vegas.Dell hit the jackpot last week, hosting a record-setting 14,000 attendees (and an additional 35,000 via live streaming) at the first annual Dell Technologies World conference in Las Vegas. In the midst of the Venetian Hotel’s ringing slot machines and faux-Italian arches, customers, press and analysts from around the globe experienced a wealth of new ideas and state-of-the-art tech.The event was massive, and from a Commercial Client Solutions perspective, it gave us a golden opportunity to join in important conversations about artificial intelligence (AI), the future of work, and the changing scope of digital security. We celebrated a new portfolio of commercial PCs announced just last week, in addition to commemorating the 25th anniversary of OptiPlex desktops. We also spent time engaging with customers and experts in deeper ways during specialized thought leadership technical track sessions.On the expo floor, we featured our latest and most innovative products and solutions purposefully designed to keep workers productive. Visitors explored new realities with experiential activations including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and AI. Mike Libecki, National Geographic Adventurer and VR filmmaker exhibited his documentaries in 360 degrees. Amateur pilots flew drones through an obstacle course and dropped impressively resilient Latitude Rugged tablets from varying heights.On the opposite end of the convention center, a vertical crop display by AeroFarms provided a glimpse of the future of farming. Organizations like AeroFarms are an important part of Dell’s focus on thoughtful progress. We’re committed to a circular economy, a sustainable product lifecycle, and promoting promise and possibilities for people in every region of the world.“…now is the time where big data, blockchain and emerging technologies will combine for real transformation.ShareWestworld-star Jeffery Wright, actor Ashton Kutcher, indie-band Walk the Moon, and hall-of-fame rocker Sting all graced the main stage. Alison Dew (above), recently named Dell’s CMO position, began the conference on a high note, telling the crowd that “now is the time where big data, blockchain and emerging technologies will combine for real transformation.”At his keynote, Michael Dell presented a strong vision for the future, telling the massive crowd that, “reimagined process and industry has the power to change the world for the better.”But beyond the main event, in a plethora of sessions around the hotel, in-depth discussions about the future of tech and work took place.Real Talk about Artificial IntelligenceThe biggest buzz of the week belonged to AI and machine learning, which seemed to come up in some form or another on every panel. Most experts seemed optimistic that AI can work with a new generation of educated workers, rather than replace them.“AI is going to become an active member of every team, every boardroom, every corporate activity, to bring information and analysis,” said Danny Cobb, vice president of Global Technology Strategy. “It will empower employees to be more effective in their work lives.”In a session about the ‘Future of Work’, John Battelle, editor-in-chief of NewCo, said, “A lot of people consider AI a threat because they don’t understand it yet. As machines take over automated jobs, it will give us time to focus on teaching and taking care of other humans.”Ed Ward, Dell’s senior vice president of Engineering, echoed Battelle’s optimism. “More time will be allowed for thinking and artistic expression – things that humans are good at.”Making the PC More Personal At a panel discussion on Tuesday morning about the ‘Evolution of the Personal Computer,’ Jay Parker, president of Dell’s Client Product Group, wondered aloud, “Why can’t I just open up my laptop and find my emails up, and already be connected?”New performance optimization programs are already saving battery life and utilizing processing power in smarter ways. Now, AI-assisted innovations are learning how individual users work. “It can save five minutes by predicting my habits. That’s going to be the key to being more flexible and productive,” Parker said.Another huge talking point at the conference revolved around remote working. New freedoms provided by lighter, more powerful tech and ubiquitous Wi-Fi have radically changed where and when we work.According to Brett Hansen, general manager of Data Security at Dell, “Sixty percent of users are now working from home, and two-thirds are working off hours.”While this brings up a number of security and logistical issues for today’s companies, it also has benefits.“Remote work can help companies view their recruiting strategies differently, and hire a more diverse workforce,” said Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. “That means women who have left the workforce, military spouses who have to travel, and other overlooked groups.”Celebrating the Past and Looking ForwardFreshly unveiled products like new Latitude laptops, Precision mobile workstations with built-in AI and Wyse 5070 thin client made big splashes at the conference, but among employees and desktop enthusiasts, the biggest fanfare was for OptiPlex’s 25th anniversary.For a quarter of a century, OptiPlex PCs have revolutionized and empowered the way people work. Next to an ice sculpture with ’25 years’ etched into it, Jeff Clarke, vice chairman of Products and Operations, reminisced. “OptiPlex was one of the very first PC brands I worked on as a product manager early in my career,” he said. “I’m excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary with the team here at Dell Technologies World.”To mark the milestone, Dell is releasing a whole new line of OptiPlex, created to fluently adapt to today’s more flexible workers. “We’ve shipped over 235 million OptiPlex units, more than any other product in Dell history,” Parker added. “Here’s to twenty-five more years of innovation.”After four days of interaction and exploration, attendees left with a refreshed view of Dell.“I believe technology can be a source of social impact, and there was a great focus on inclusion and diversity at Dell Tech World, which was great to see,” said Dr. Sally Eaves, a member of the Forbes Technology Council. “This conference is incredible. It’s all about supporting people through the evolution of work.”Did you miss this year’s Dell Technologies World? Watch our recap video here:
Georgia 4-H organized the 2020 state horse educational competition for 55 youth in a virtual format this year. This competition was previously linked with the Georgia 4-H state horse show hosted at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Georgia, which was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.During the event, youth competed in various educational contests such as individual demonstration, public speaking, photography, painting, drawing and essay. Participants are divided into grade divisions to compete against their peer groups. Seniors include grades nine through 12, juniors include grades seven and eight, and Cloverleaf includes grades four through six. All educational competitions were judged online by a committee of industry experts and youth development professionals.“Going through the process of researching, planning and creating the various presentations for competition are life skills worth refining and facilitates success in many areas of life,” said Julia McCann, equine outreach coordinator in the University of Georgia Department of Animal and Dairy Science. “We are proud of all the youth entered in the 2020 educational contests.” Through Georgia 4-H’s horse program, youth learn life skills including leadership, teamwork and problem solving. In addition, they develop character traits of responsibility, discipline and respect. For this competition, horse ownership is not a requirement.The winners of the 2020 4-H state horse educational competition are:Individual Demonstration Contest Senior — Sophia Merka, Madison CountyJunior — Avery Pruett, Coweta CountyCloverleaf — Nate Albertson, Elbert CountyPublic Speaking Contest Senior — Katherine Muldrew, Bulloch CountyHorse Drawing ContestSenior — Juliette McKinley, Paulding CountyJunior — Emma Bayer, Cobb CountyCloverleaf — Claire Lummus, Coweta CountyHorse Painting ContestSenior — Katherine Muldrew, Bulloch CountyJunior — Emma Bayer, Cobb CountyCloverleaf — Brooklyn Castillo, Carrroll CountyHorse Essay ContestSenior — Katherine Muldrew, Bulloch CountyJunior — Emma Bayer, Cobb CountyCloverleaf — Elise Wilson, Pulaski CountyHorse Photography ContestSenior — Emma Albertson, Elbert CountyJunior — Avery Pruett, Coweta CountyCloverleaf — Claire Lummus, Coweta CountyFor more information about Georgia 4-H’s horse program, visit georgia4h.org/horse.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office by visiting extension.uga.edu/county-offices.
U.S Forest Service turns to Cow PowerRUTLAND, VT. – The U.S. Forest Service, seeking to reduce its environmental impact, has enrolled its Rutland headquarters in CVPS Cow Power(tm), the nation’s first manure-based farm-to-consumer energy program.”We work hard to improve the environment every day, so it’s natural that we’d want to lessen our environmental impact through Cow Power,” said Forest Supervisor Meg Mitchell. “As we looked at ways to reduce the impact of our energy usage, enrolling in CVPS Cow Power(tm) had a great impact. We are supporting a working landscape, helping to improve water quality and removing methane from the atmosphere.”Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE-CV) President Bob Young praised the Forest Service, which will pay approximately $2,100 more for electricity per year due to its enrollment. The funds, paid through a 4-cent premium on 25 percent of the Forest Service’s electrical usage, will go to farm-producers who supply renewable energy, other renewable products, or incentives to help more farms get into the energy business.”The Forest Service’s enrollment makes a bold statement,” Young said. “We hear a tremendous amount about green energy, sustainability and the environment, but the Forest Service and other Cow Power enrollees are backing up their talk with concrete action and funding that actually helps expand renewable energy development in Vermont.”The impact of enrollment is clear. Based on the Forest Service’s energy usage, CVPS Cow Power(tm) will provide substantial benefits. By capturing methane on Vermont farms and producing enough electricity for the Forest Service’s enrollment, the air emissions impact will be equivalent to removing 30 vehicles from the roads for a year. Put another way, it would take a 114-acre pine forest to capture and store carbon dioxide to have the same environmental impact.”The environmental effects from our enrollment are dramatic, but equally important, we want to set an example for our employees and the general public,” said Mitchell.The Forest Service joins 4,000 other CVPS customers in the program, which is expected to add its fifth farm producer within three weeks.The Cow Power process is simple: manure and other agricultural waste are held in a sealed concrete tank at the same temperature as a cow’s stomach, 101 degrees. Bacteria digest the volatile components, creating methane and killing pathogens and weed seeds. The methane, which is roughly 20 times more harmful than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere, fuels an engine/generator.CVPS customers can choose to receive all, half or a quarter of their electrical energy through Cow Power, and pay a premium of 4 cents per kilowatt hour. It goes to participating farm-producers, to purchase renewable energy credits when enough farm energy isn’t available, or to the CVPS Renewable Development Fund. The fund provides grants to farm owners to develop on-farm generation. Farm-producers are also paid 95 percent of the market price for all of the energy sold to CVPS. For more information, visit www.cvps.com/cowpower(link is external).CVPS Cow Power(tm) has been repeatedly honored since its creation in 2004. The program won the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2005-2006 and the Finalist’s Commendation in the 2007 Edison Electric Institute’s annual Edison Award competition, named for Thomas Edison. In January, “Power Magazine” named CVPS Cow Power(tm) one of five “Top Plants” worldwide.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Have you seen this suspect?Suffolk County police released a sketch Friday of suspect that authorities said is wanted for sexually assaulting a woman in Brentwood last week.Police said the man in the sketch began speaking to the victim in Spanish while she was walking on Grouse Drive at 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.The woman ran away, but fell on ice in the roadway. The man then sexually assaulted the woman and fled the area, police said.Investigators described the suspect as a Hispanic man, 5-feet, 6-inches tall, chubby, between 30 and 40 years old with a full black mustache and thinning black hair. He was wearing a brown Carhartt jacket with blue jeans and work boots.Third Squad detectives ask anyone with information on this incident to call them at 631-854-8352 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man and woman were killed when their vehicle was rear-ended by a driver who was allegedly high on drugs in their hometown of Lynbrook on Monday night, Nassau County police said.John Aniano, 25, was speeding in his Mercedes Benz westbound on Sunrise Highway when he crashed into the back of a Toyota, which then veered into the opposite lane of traffic, where it collided with another vehicle at 8:13 p.m., according to investigators.The driver of the Toyota, 42-year-old John Jones, was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, where he died. His passenger, Sharon Rene Long, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the third vehicle was treated for non-life threatening injuries.Aniano, who is also from Lynbrook, was taken to a local hospital for a leg injury. Homicide Squad detectives alleged that he was found to be under the influence of drugs and two prescription bottles were found in his vehicle, police said. Detectives impounded the suspect’s vehicle while the investigation is continuing.Aniano was charged with two counts second-degree manslaughter, two counts second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired. He will be arraigned as soon as medically practical, police said.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The owners and operators of a Commack rental complex allegedly discriminated against African American rental applicatnts by misrepresenting the availability of apartments in the predominantly white community, according to a federal lawsuit.The superintendent of the 107-unit Mayfair Garden Apartments allegedly discouraged African Americans from renting apartments by misrepresenting the availability of apartments, not showing available apartments and misrepresenting the dates apartments were available to rent, the suit claimed. Such practices are known as “redlining.”“When white testers inquired about apartments, they were provided assistance, encouragement, and accurate information,” said Fred Freiberg, executive director of the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), a Manhattan-based nonprofit advocacy group that is one of the plaintiffs. “In contrast, African American testers were greeted with a mélange of misrepresentations to discourage and exclude them.”FHJC and Syosset-based ERASE Racism filed the complaint against Empire Management America Corporation and Square Realty Group at federal court in Manhattan, where the two companies are based. It also names the complex superintendent, who was unavailable for comment. Attorneys for the companies could not immediately be reached for comment.The companies are accused of racial discrimination in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act and the Suffolk County Human Rights Law. The plaintiffs are seeking future compliance with fair housing laws, unspecified monetary damages and attorney’s fees.The plaintiffs jointly funded and sponsored the investigation, in which several teams of comparably qualified African American and white testers posing as prospective renters inquired about apartments at the complex last year. The suit is the latest in a series of such cases that the advocacy groups have filed using the technique.“Discrimination is not an idea of the past,” said Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism. “As I stand here today, in 2015, we are still engaged in a fight to overcome discrimination and make fair housing a reality on Long Island, the 10th most racially segregated metropolitan region in the country.”
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr My three younger boys are in Boy Scouts. They have a plan for the scout badges they earn and how to apply those badges in daily life. Recently, they learned CPR and how to safely start a campfire. Our dinner topics include conversations on how to apply all of what they are learning to who they are becoming as 11-year-olds and how to connect the dots between today’s experiences and their unfolding personal lives.Today’s leaders have many learning challenges that are not singular episodic events. Once learned, then done—not really! We earn a “badge” (recognition, acknowledgment) because of a developed level of competence in a knowledge area. Blending the knowledge from multiple badges and diverse applications is the growing challenge in complex environments. Three badges are on my mind recently: the badges of humility, competence, and experience.The badge of humility: this badge is unique because it is antecedent to effective socialized leadership. Credit-union leadership is a form of socialized leadership. A socialized leader is self-effacing with stimulation, suggestion, and inspiration. A sense of self is required in a multitude of diverse contexts in order to prevent excessive self-focus. Simply put, the humble leader: continue reading »