Video: Sauter’s patience pays off

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Watch Billy Strings Crush Garcia & Grisman’s “Dreadful Wind & Rain”

first_imgBilly Strings and his stellar band finished their set last night at the Suwannee Spring Reunion with a blazing jam to a massive crowd before taking a well-deserved bow and leaving the stage. The crowd cheered for more, as they almost always do after such a wonderful experience, with one significant difference—there was still a half-hour to go in the scheduled show! Strings and his band had been misinformed about their set length and were stopped as they made their way off stage, then set back out to the audible delight of the audience.While some artists might have been embarrassed at the mistake, Billy Strings and his band were all smiles, clearly excited to have more time to play their brand of fiery, psychedelic-tinged bluegrass. Watching the astounding speed with which he picks and hearing the melodic fills he fits in to the tightest of spaces will make even the most stodgy of bluegrass fans sit up and take notice. The packed crowd at the beloved Suwannee Amphitheater stage was laid back and totally ready for Strings’ first appearance at Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park and got more than they could have imagined.We have the supposed “set closer” captured on video for you below, including a stellar cover of the Jerry Garcia and David Grisman classic “Dreadful Wind And Rain.” Caution: these clips are explosive!Set Closer, Part 1“Dreadful Wind And Rain”With three days of the Suwannee Spring Reunion left to go and sets from The Infamous Stringdusters, Dar Williams, Donna The Buffalo, and many more yet to come, there is still plenty of fun to be had. If you’re in the area you should be on the way to the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park for a weekend of great music, loving friends and family, and the most gorgeous place to see live music in the world!last_img read more

A platform for rapid innovation

first_imgWhen Regina Dugan, Facebook’s vice president of engineering and head of Building 8, spoke at Harvard, she described the discipline and architecture required for a company or institution to sustain “a hot cauldron of activity,” producing innovations of lasting impact.Common to the greatest innovations in history is a shared passion for advancing “use-inspired basic research” — which is to say, “audacious science and an application that matters” said the former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) during her Nov. 7 talk.Affirming the essential value of transformative research in shaping the future, Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) has established a collaborative research agreement with Facebook. It establishes a platform on which Harvard faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers can quickly and easily pursue joint or sponsored research projects with Facebook, bringing both academic and product-driven perspectives to bear on scientific questions of mutual interest. Harvard is among 17 academic institutions that have signed on to Facebook’s Sponsored Academic Research Agreement (SARA), announced today.Computer scientists, social scientists, and electrical engineers from Harvard routinely attend the same conferences as Facebook’s internal researchers, each presenting innovative discoveries that inspire new lines of inquiry. The new agreement facilitates the type of interactions and collaborations that naturally arise from this intellectual cross-pollination.“When curiosity strikes, with this new agreement in place, Harvard researchers can initiate new projects with scientific colleagues at Facebook almost immediately,” said Isaac T. Kohlberg, Harvard’s chief technology development officer and senior associate provost. “Technological advancement poses urgent challenges and opportunities in fields such as computational science, artificial intelligence, privacy, computer vision, augmented and virtual reality, and advanced materials and manufacturing. This agreement with Facebook recognizes that the most significant, transformative solutions will be informed by university science.”The University has similar agreements, typically known at Harvard as strategic research alliances, with companies including BASF, Evotec, UCB, Charoen Pokphand, and a group of Tata companies, among others. The alliances foster long-term scientific partnerships that can advance discovery in a broad area of science, drawing on strengths from across the University.last_img read more

PR Insight: Why your credit union should run regular crisis drills in 2019

first_imgAt any given moment, a crisis can occur, often without warning and leaving long-lasting effects that can impact an organization’s reputation. From handling data breaches and growing cybercrime to scandals proliferated through social media, crisis communication planning is critical for your credit union and an integral part of the overall public relations function.But having a plan is only half the battle.Practice, Practice, Practice Typically, a crisis will only last a few days, but those few days can permanently damage your credit union’s reputation, making it crucial that you not only have a plan in place at all times, but that you practice that plan through regular drills and simulations.Consider the emergency fire drills we all practiced during our grade school years. Most of us probably never experienced a real school fire, but we were certainly prepared. The same principles should be applied to any organizational crisis—have a plan, and then practice, practice, practice. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NAFCU estimates up to $150M in SIF distributions

first_img continue reading » NAFCU’s award-winning research team has released an updated analysis of the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF). Based on its forecast through the end of 2018, NAFCU believes the fund will finish the year with enough equity to provide credit unions with a distribution in the range of $100 million to $150 million. Actual results may differ as this estimate is based on assumptions about share growth and insurance losses in the fourth quarter.The updated analysis takes into consideration the merging of the fund with the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund (TCCUSF), changes to loss in reserves, the $736 million distribution given to credit unions in February 2018, and the failure last year of several credit unions with concentrated taxi medallion loans.NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long also notes that the NCUA revised the NCUSIF’s normal operating level (NOL) in 2018 to 1.38 percent from 1.39 percent, which was the level set after the merger of the NCUSIF and TCCUSF. NAFCU continues to fight for a lowering of the NOL back to 1.3 percent so credit unions can realize the fullest distribution possible. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chinese tycoon and Xi critic jailed for 18 years for corruption

first_imgOutspoken The Communist Party’s disciplinary watchdog launched an investigation into Ren in April, and the trial opened at a Beijing court on September 11 with a handful of supporters outside and a heavy police presence.One supporter told AFP they backed Ren because he “dares to speak the truth”.Ren’s essay from earlier this year, which criticized Xi, has been scrubbed from China’s internet — which regularly censors content that challenges the authorities — but was shared online outside China.”This epidemic has revealed the fact that the Party and government officials only care about protecting their own interests, and the monarch only cares about protecting their interests and core position,” Ren wrote, without naming Xi.His influential blog on the Twitter-like Weibo platform attracted millions of followers before his account was closed by authorities in 2016 after he repeatedly called for greater freedom of the press.The son of a former vice-commerce minister and a Communist Party member for decades before he was expelled in July, Ren was well connected with party elites.He wrote in his memoir that he had been friends with vice-president and former anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan since they were teenagers, when Wang was assigned by their school to mentor the younger Ren.He is also a controversial figure, particularly over his defense of China’s soaring house prices — once telling Chinese media that people who had been unwilling to invest in real estate before the boom “now deserve to be poor”. A Chinese real estate tycoon and outspoken critic of President Xi Jinping was jailed for 18 years on Tuesday for corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds, a court statement said.Ren Zhiqiang — once among the ruling Communist Party’s inner circle — disappeared from the public eye in March, shortly after penning an essay that lambasted Xi’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.His outspokenness had earned the former chairman of state-owned property developer the Huayuan Group the nickname “Big Cannon”. Beijing has stepped up its crackdown on civil society since Xi took power in 2012, tightening restrictions on freedom of speech and detaining hundreds of activists and lawyers.Tuesday’s verdict claimed that Ren also “abused his power” in his role at Huayuan Group, which caused more than 116 million yuan of losses to the state-owned holding company and more than 53 million yuan worth of property losses for the group. Tuesday’s verdict said Ren embezzled almost 50 million yuan ($7.4 million) of public funds and accepted bribes worth 1.25 million yuan, according to a statement from the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court.It said the 69-year-old “voluntarily and truthfully confessed all his crimes”, and would not appeal the court’s decision.He was also fined 4.2 million yuan ($620,000).Rights campaigners accuse Xi and the Communist Party of using corruption charges to silence dissent. Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion’s $3.5 million sale cemented

first_img49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. 49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. MORE NEWS: Want to live like and AFL star? “Being in the sun for most of the day, coupled with the architecture, was what stood out to them,” he said.“Being able to spend six months of the year here and enjoy winter was what really appealed.”“It’s a magic position – one of the widest parts of the river due north with skyline views of Surfers Paradise.”Mr Williams said the new owners planned to do minor renovations. 49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.The house hit the market in April 2017 and was taken to auction by Kollosche Prestige Agents in May, where it was passed in at $3.4 million.Michael Kollosche, who marketed the property alongside Jordan Williams, said the Melbourne buyers could not go past its north aspect.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE NEWS: Renovated castle has ‘secret’ roomcenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p400p400p320p320p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNovember 6: Prestige listings04:19 49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.THE ink has dried on the multimillion-dollar sale of a riverfront mansion that could give the Jetsons’ family home a run for its money.Melbourne buyers snapped up the Monaco St residence in a $3.5 million deal, which settled last week.The property’s futuristic technology has been likened to that in the popular ’60s television cartoon The Jetsons.It features “self-cleaning” glass, an integrated sound system, keyless entry, electric blinds and windows and sensor taps. 49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.“They’re renovating to their taste,” he said.Among the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home’s standout features are a black marble water feature in the courtyard, electric awning for extra shade over a riverside alfresco area, 14m pool and temperature-controlled wine room.Sellers Trish and Paul Robinson had an architect design and build the home, where they lived for more than a decade.They asked for plenty of windows to admire the river views but also lots of wall space for artwork.Mrs Robinson told the Bulletin this year the architect went above and beyond to make it unique as well as versatile.last_img read more

Bomb threat reported at Batesville High School

first_imgBatesville, In. — (Updated 12:10 p.m.) Batesville Police chief Stan Holt says the bomb threat was recieved at about 8:24 a.m. Wednesday via telephone. An “all clear” was issued following a thorough search of the building. Investigators beleive the call came from out-of-state.***************** ****************** ********************** ********************Original Story:The Batesville High School was placed on lock down Wednesday after school officials received a threat. The nature or method of discovery of the threat has not been released.An official from the Batesville Police Department says no injuries were reported and the matter remains under investigation.last_img read more

Nominations for ‘2018 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation’ accepted now

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau welcome nominations for the 2018 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation. The award recognizes the preservation and continued agricultural use of historic farm buildings in Indiana.Anyone, including farm owners, can submit a nomination for the Arnold Award, which will be presented during the Indiana State Fair in August 2018. The nomination asks for:A brief history of the farm and description of its significant historic structures and features, such as the farmhouse, barns, agricultural outbuildings, and landscape elements.A description of how the farm’s historic agricultural structures are used in day-to-day farming operations, and how they have been preserved or adapted.High-res digital photographs of the farm and its preserved historic features. The award winner receives a handsome outdoor marker, a vehicle pass to the Indiana State Fair, and overnight accommodation in Indianapolis for the presentation.Indiana Landmarks named the award in memory of John Arnold (1955-1991), a Rush County farmer who successfully combined progressive architectural practices with a deep respect for the natural and historic features of the rural landscape. The John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation honors those who share a similar commitment to preserving the landmarks and landscape of rural Indiana.The Arnold Award for Rural Preservation nomination form is available at, or by contacting Tommy Kleckner at Indiana Landmarks, 812-232-4534, [email protected]  Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., June 15, 2018.last_img read more

All roads lead to Boone for Sept. 7-12 Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Boone Speedway becomes the center of the dirt track racing universe for the Sept. 7-12 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Drivers from more than 20 states and Canada are already registered for IMCA’s centennial season Super Nationals. They’ll chase shares of a purse that exceeds $275,000 and more than $60,000 in contingency awards at the 33rd annual version of America’s Racin’ Vacation.“We continue to pride ourselves on the total purse paid out and contingencies awarded to drivers at Super Nationals and rightfully so,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “We’re looking forward to celebrating our 100th year at Boone Speedway during the biggest and the best race of the season.”A very driver and fan-friendly format will be continued as racing begins at 2 p.m. each day of Super Nationals.The first champion of 2015 will be crowned on Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day. The Late Model feature is part of the Deery Brothers Summer Series. The entire Sport Compact program is on Tuesday, Sept. 8.Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod qualifying is Monday and Tuesday; Modified and Stock Car qualifying completes race programs the next three nights.The $1,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is on Friday, Sept. 11.Following last-chance events for the Modifieds and Stock Cars, the Saturday, Sept. 12 program boasts race of champions and main events for the Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods, Stock Cars and Modifieds.The Modified champion earns a minimum of $2,000, plus another $100 for each of as many as 50 starts made during the weekly point season. That adds up to a potential $7,000 payday.The Late Model feature pays $3,000 to win, with another $1,500 possible in bonus money. The main event for Stock Cars pays $1,000 to win, along with a bonus of as much as $2,500.Northern SportMods race for $1,000 and Hobby Stocks for $600 to win, with another $1,250 in bonuses possible in each division. Sport Compacts vie for $250 to win, plus $5 for each of as many as 50 starts.Drivers can still call the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201 to pre-register.IMCA.TV will broadcast live from Boone Speedway throughout the week of Super Nationals, beginning with the 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 practice session.Daily broadcasts begin at 2 p.m. each day Monday through Saturday. Detailed pricing and other information is available at read more