Last year, an ensemble called the Rockin’1000 made an impassioned rock and roll plea for the Foo Fighters to come to Cesena, Italy on their tour of Europe. The video naturally went viral and wound up being successful, as the Foos added a performance at Carisport on their Sonic Highways tour.When you have a thousand musicians already assembled, the next step is to put on a performance with all of them. That’s just what the Rockin’1000 did, when they hosted the “That’s Live” performance at Orogel Stadium last weekend. The band, split up into singers, guitarists, bassists, and drummers, performed a revue of rock and roll history.Among that revue was the song “Rebel Rebel,” played as a tribute to the late great David Bowie. Watch the video of that tribute below, as shared by the band.
This week Gartner established VCE in the Leaders’ quadrant of the first Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems.[footnote] Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems, Andrew Butler et. al., 16 June 2014.[/footnote] As you might imagine, this is big news for us at VCE!“Click to Tweet: @VCE was recognized as a Leader in the @Gartner Magic Quadrant! Learn more bit.ly/1rpCNnk“Download the reportShareThe Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems serves as a tremendous validation for us in that converged infrastructures can help customers transform the economics, agility and profitability of their infrastructures as they transition to cloud-enabled business models.What’s more, our leadership position is a testament to VCE’s focus on exceptional customer experience, groundbreaking innovation and simplifying the journey to the cloud.While all of us at VCE are thrilled that the Vblock true converged infrastructure is being recognized by one of the world’s leading analyst firms, we’re even more proud of the numerous customer success stories that have fueled Vblock System adoption across the globe.Sure, Vblock Systems provide seamless integration of best-of-breed data center technology – along with our own unique technology innovations through the VCE Vision Intelligent Operations software. But as much as customers want the best technology, they want results.“Customers want solutions that extend beyond incremental benefits. CIOs are seeking transformational solutions to help them gain agility and efficiency to serve the business.ShareAnd that’s what the VCE experience is all about.The Vblock System technology is only part of what makes VCE special. There’s a lot that goes into delivering a true converged infrastructure experience – from engineering to manufacturing to support to management and beyond. And while we live and breathe this philosophy every day, what gets us really revved up is when our customers understand and embrace this idea.Fox Sports Australia is a great example. This a company that broadcasts 23 hours of live sports to 2.3 million homes every day, and one that must move fast to capture market share in live sports programming, while reducing the risk inherent in deploying and operating a very visible production environment.The company adopted VCE Vblock Systems for a new datacenter infrastructure, and almost immediately saw results – IT support calls reduced by 75%, operational costs reduced and core applications had better performance. In the words of Michael Tompkins, Fox Sports Australia’s CTO, “consumers actually receive coverage faster through the Vblock System on the Internet than they do on their TV at home.”Another great story is how Eclipse Aerospace transformed its data center into an agile, highly efficient virtualized environment by working with VCE. The process consolidated the three computer rooms of data center equipment into three racks with excess capacity on the Vblock System. They significantly saved on power, air conditioning and space, as well as reserved room to grow.Every industry relies on IT resources for services and applications that keep their businesses running. By focusing on the customer’s experience and needs, we simplified the operation and management of IT resources, helping customers get back to what really matters – delivering innovative technology to drive business value and advance their company’s mission.With dramatic improvements in agility, availability and reliability, we’ve transformed how enterprises manage, operate and understand IT. But we’re just getting started! Incredible things certainly happen here!
The Problem for Coal and Nuclear: ‘Capital, With Its Lust for Growth, Continues to Migrate Elsewhere’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg Businessweek:U.S. electricity demand has stopped growing over the past decade, partly due to recession but more a reflection of structural changes in the economy and rising efficiency.Its tough to make the economics of a new nuclear or coal-fired plant work. By the time they are permitted and built, it can be many years after the initial proposal before such plants generate any electricity (and revenue). That was less of a problem in decades past when, even if initial budgets proved optimistic, ever-increasing demand meant that the capacity would be needed at some point and therefore produce cash flow.Even if you can justify plowing billions into a giant new plant pushing more supply into a flat market, gas-fired plants can be built more quickly, as can renewable-power sources such as wind-turbines and solar arrays.The latter do require high upfront capital. But, crucially, they can be built more easily in increments rather than big, one-off projects. Moreover, at least for now, capital for newer forms of energy technology doesn’t seem to be in terribly short supply, if Tesla Inc.’s latest bond issue is anything to go by. And once built, their fuel costs are zero, which means that, when they run, they switch on first and tend to suck revenue away from traditional plants.Hence, the argument for nuclear plants, and even coal-fired plants, has shifted of late toward less straightforwardly economic grounds, such as job security or even — a real sign of desperation — national security.In the meantime, the facts on the ground continue to change in ways unfavorable to the incumbent power sources. Focusing in on recent history, and the near future, it is clear which technologies are now battling it out for a bigger share of America’s electricity demand:America’s coal-fired and nuclear plants aren’t about to switch off en masse, just as plenty of gas-guzzlers will continue to be driven off dealer lots for a while yet. But capital, with its lust for growth, continues to migrate elsewhere. Ignoring that fact isn’t a realistic strategy.More: The Energy Market’s Facts Of Life
It’s been a decade and a half since BRO started covering regional festivals. Accordingly, here’s a look at some of our favorite artists who have ascended from side stage upstarts to prime time headliners, as well as newer acts on the rise.Old Crow Medicine ShowBack in 2004 Old Crow Medicine Show released its breakout album, O.C.M.S., which contains the ubiquitous sing-along “Wagon Wheel” among the riveting set of high-octane old-time romps and heartfelt country rambles. The acoustic outfit was an early force in a revivalist movement that yielded many young bands that infused traditional string-band music with rock energy. While trends flare and fizzle, Old Crow has remained a steady favorite among its hardcore fan base and, despite line-up shuffles, continued to write songs that always feel relevant in the present tense of Americana.The band’s April-released album, Volunteer, was produced by hot-handed Nashville studio workhorse Dave Cobb. Breakneck boot-stompers like “Flicker and Shine” and “Shout Mountain Music” prove the string-busters haven’t lost velocity, while the honky-tonk swagger of “Dixie Avenue” will fit right in on big Southern stages this summer. The sextet is making the festival rounds this year, performing at DelFest, Papa Joe’s BanjoBQ, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, FloydFest, and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion.Kindred Spirit: Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, a shaggy hard-plucking outfit from Wisconsin, delivers a similar front-porch rawness that will please fans of Old Crow. The group is touring behind new album The Ode, the first release from the Infamous Stringdusters’ new label, Tape Time Records. The hard-touring crew will appear at DelFest, Hoopla, and FloydFest.Photo Niel KrugFirst Aid KitSix years ago this Swedish sister duo turned heads in the roots world with the sweetly harmonized “Emmylou,” a melodic folk tune that affectionately named-dropped country music legends. A few years later Klara and Johanna Soderberg brought that song’s namesake, Emmylou Harris, to tears when they sang a version of her iconic “Red Dirt Girl” at an awards ceremony. The siblings, now well established and making records for Columbia, have expanded their sound on the January-released Ruins, which angrily comments on the recent revelations of systemic sexual assault and harassment through the distorted punk stomper “You Are the Problem Here.” Catch them at Bonnaroo.Kindred Spirit: Nashville’s Caitlyn Smith has penned tunes for Meghan Trainor, Lady Antebellum, Dolly Parton, and Garth Brooks, but earlier this year the songwriter for the stars decided it was time for her own turn in the spotlight. Throughout the new record, Starfire, Smith shares her way with words through her own powerful voice, poignantly singing about the emptiness of chasing Music City dreams in “This Town is Killing Me.” Performing at the Lockn’ Festival.Jason IsbellWhen BRO published its first festival guide 15 years ago, Isbell was working the circuit as a member of Drive-By Truckers. The story of his departure from the band amidst alcohol dependency and his redemptive rise through sobriety has been well told, and now, after notching multiple Grammys for his recent solo work, Isbell is a roots music hero continuing to cement his place as one of Nashville’s most authentic voices. By touring relentlessly with his backing band the 400 Unit, which on the best nights includes his wife Amanda Shires, Isbell has also developed a tight, dynamic live show that emphasizes his honest lyrics through just the right mix of rock, soul, and twang. Festival appearances: Papa Joe’s BanjoBQ, Gears and Guitars Festival, Sloss Fest, Forecastle Festival, and FloydFest.Kindred Spirit: Kentucky tunesmith Tyler Childers continues to sell out increasingly larger venues behind his Sturgill Simpson-produced record Purgatory. Festival season will be an optimal time to catch him, as he heads to some of the region’s biggest bashes including Bonnaroo, Hoopla, and FloydFest.Mavis StaplesGospel and soul icon Mavis Staples has continued her late-career comeback, releasing her third straight Jeff Tweedy-produced album, If All I Was Was Black, last fall. Full of heartfelt, activist sentiments that recall Staples’ efforts during the Civil Rights movement, the record delivers a sweet-spot combination of the singer’s golden voice and the gritty alt-country that Tweedy has perfected and contorted throughout his own career. At 78, Staples has a hearty slate of tour dates ahead of her this summer. In addition to regional shows this month in Charlottesville, Va., Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga., she’ll also perform at Bonnaroo in June.Kindred Spirit: The hair-raising vocals of husband-and-wife duo Michael Trotter and Tonya Blount-Trotter propel the burgeoning gospel-folk group the War and Treaty. Known for delivering fiery performances with foot-stomping tent-revival fervor, the band will get crowds moving this summer at Shaky Knees Festival, Papa Joe’s BanjoBQ, Bonnaroo, Red Wing Roots Music Festival, and Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion.Photo: David James SwansonJack WhiteAfter a three-year break from the road, Jack White is back at it, touring behind the ambitious new album Boarding House Reach. Throughout the effort, the former White Stripe’s garage roots are still in the mix, but he takes them on a wild ride into retro funk, dramatic rock, and electro chaos. White always puts together interesting backing bands, so these songs should be smoking live at festivals like Shaky Knees.Kindred Spirit: The best parts of 70s rock have been reborn in rising band Greta Van Fleet. Led Zeppelin comparisons have been abundant for the young Michigan quartet, and it’s easy to hear why. Guitarist Jake Kiszka has Jimmy Page’s shredding blues riffs down pat, while his twin brother Josh has a wailing howl that makes him sound like the spawn of Robert Plant. Despite the similarities, Greta Van Fleet doesn’t come off like a tribute act; instead they possess an authentic ability to reboot a sound many people have been missing. Festival spots: Shaky Knees, Carolina Rebellion, Hangout Music Festival, and FloydFest.
The Fourth of July is known for fireworks and explosions, but the last thing we think of when celebrating the birth of our fine nation are deadly explosives in our local swimming holes.The device was found underwater at 1 p.m. on the West Fork of the Pigeon River near the Sunburst Campground on Lake Logan Road. Local authorities were unsure if the device was a threat to the public, but took no chances when detonating it, which had been submerged for an unknown amount of time. No one was harmed and the scene returned to normal by 6 p.m. that day.“Deputies were met on the scene by responders from the U.S. Forest Service, North Carolina Highway Patrol, NCDOT, and the Asheville Police Department’s Hazardous Device Team” reported The Mountaineer, a Waynesville, N.C. based publication.With dozens of swimming holes, miles of hiking trails, and incredible fishing, the Pigeon River is a popular destination in Western North Carolina. Making its way toward Tennessee, the river cascades over waterfalls, into deep pools, across shallow runs, and around massive boulders. It’s beautiful, easy to get to, and the last place you would expect to find a dangerous explosive device. We are currently awaiting a response from the U.S. Forest Service for more information.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.
After weeks of hurricanes, and now wildfires, it’s more important than ever for credit unions to be prepared for disasters. Federally insured credit unions are required to have disaster recovery and business resumption plans to address all types of disruptions.These disruptions can range from a power outage to a natural disaster physically destroying a credit union’s premises.Per NCUA, a disaster preparedness program should:Be commensurate with the institution’s complexity of operations;Minimize interruptions of service to members and maintain member confidence in times of emergency; andBe reviewed at least annually, and address changes in the credit union’s operations.NCUA’s Catastrophic Act Preparedness Guidelines (NCUA’s Part 749, Appendix B) provides recommendations for developing and maintaining a disaster recovery program with the oversight and approval of the board of directors. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
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The bid was announced after a Saudi-backed consortium withdrew its offer to buy Newcastle in late July, after months of waiting for Premier League approval.”We are already negotiating the term of our acquisition of Newcastle Football Club. We are at the advanced stage of the purchasing,” a Bellagraph Nova Group spokesman told AFP.Bellagraph Nova Group was co-founded by Singaporean cousins Nelson and Terence Loh and their business partner Evangeline Shen in 2008.The Lohs are former investment bankers at JP Morgan, and are known to be keen sports fans who sponsored Singaporean racing driver Yuey Tan as well as the national muay thai team, the Straits Times newspaper said. Topics : Three Singaporean entrepreneurs behind a Paris-based conglomerate are in “advanced” talks to buy English Premier League football club Newcastle United, the company said Monday, just weeks after a Saudi-backed bid was withdrawn.Bellagraph Nova Group, which operates across 100 countries in fields ranging from finance to sport, healthcare and luxury goods, said it has given Newcastle a letter of intent and proof it has funds for the purchase.The company also said it had “enlisted the help” of former England captain and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer, along with fellow former player Michael Chopra. Singaporean businessman Peter Lim already owns Spain’s six-time La Liga champions Valencia.Bellagraph Nova said it sent a letter of intent and “proof of funds” to Newcastle on August 10.The company’s founders “have declared their willingness to massively contribute to the development of the club through their solid and international structure and a combined business/sport devoting mindset”, it added.Bellagraph Nova Group said it oversees 31 business “entities” worldwide, with a group revenue of $12 billion in 2019 and 23,000 employees.In its proposal, the company said it has “the necessary experience and resources to accelerate Newcastle United’s growth and realize its full potential”.The Saudi-backed consortium, which included the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), PCP Capital Partners and billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben, had reportedly struck a £300 million ($391 million) deal to buy the club from unpopular owner Mike Ashley in April.The PIF, chaired by Prince Mohammad bin Salman, had been set to take an 80 percent stake under the proposed deal, which was criticized by human rights groups.
“It felt like a dead end. But through everyone’sefforts and prayers, I’m finally on my way to full recovery. I may be down, butrest assured that I will come back and once again battle at the frontlines –stronger and maybe a little bit more careful than before,” the residentdoctor of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital added. “To all my fellow frontliners, I pray you all remainsafe as this pandemic continues to wreak havoc. We still have a long way to go,but I hope we can all stay healthy as we try to defeat this virus,” Fuentebellasaid./PN The doctor is now excited to return to work. She alsoencouraged her fellow frontliners to stay strong and continue the fight againstCOVID-19. She is now slowly recovering from the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) weeks after she contracted it. “It felt like a dead end. But through everyone’s efforts and prayers, I’m finally on my way to full recovery. I may be down, but rest assured that I will come back and once again battle at the frontlines,” says doctor Carmina Fuentebella. She celebrated her birthday yesterday while battling coronavirus disease 2019. CARMINA FUENTEBELLA According to her, the “past couple of weeks” have beenreally tough, but she was grateful to those people who were there with her,especially her doctors and nurses for giving their all to see if she was stillbreathing, for staying up countless nights to make sure she was still mentallyokay, for enduring with her through every step of the hardship, and for all thethings they had been doing that she was too sick to even know. Fuentebella, who turned 27 yesterday, was intubated andreceived plasma treatment during her battle. She added: “To my friends and to everyone whogenerously offered me their love and countless prayers, I may not be able topersonally thank every single one of you, but please know that I am eternallygrateful for the overwhelming support you all have given me.” MANILA – Doctor Carmina Fuentebella, whose father isDepartment of Public Works and Highways-Aklan District Engineer NoelFuentebella, received her best birthday gift yet. “I celebrate my 27th birthday with probably the bestgift yet – the gift of life,” she said on a social media post.