first_imgThe Allman Brothers Band were broken up for most of the 1980s. The band fizzled out in 1982, two years after firing beloved original drummer Jaimoe, and no one knew if they’d see the famous band play together again. That all changed in 1986, when the band were invited by the Charlie Daniels Band to play at their annual Volunteer Jam, which took place that year at Starwood Amphitheater in Nashville, TN.Daniels himself introduced the band, before Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe took the stage, flanked by Dan Toler and Chuck Leavell, as well as Bruce Waibel and Jerry McCoy. The reunited Allman Brothers Band then turned in an electric sixty-minute set that marked their first performance as a band in over four years.The night turned into a veritable greatest hits show, opening with their classic cover of “Statesboro Blues” before performing gorgeous versions of “Blue Sky” and “One Way Out”. They took on the exploratory “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”, before the dream set continued with “Ramblin’ Man” and “Jessica”. The night concluded with a raucous take on the band’s traditional show-closer, “Whipping Post”.Thanks to Music Vault‘s dedicated Allman Brothers YouTube channel, you can watch this set below, in all of its glory. The band are still young and full of energy, with Betts standing out for his absolutely incredible guitar playing. Check out the video below, and enjoy the 1986 reunion of the Allman Brothers!last_img read more

first_imgIn this annual manifesto of studio work, theses, exhibitions, and conferences, Felipe Correa, an assistant professor of urban design, offers a lively look into the Harvard Graduate School of Design.last_img

first_imgAt 81, Frederick Wiseman is the American dean of the documentary genre known as direct cinema. Since 1967, he has made nearly a film a year — documentaries meant to reveal the diversity of experience, including tragedy, humor, humiliation, humdrum, and even horror.Wiseman, peppery and lean, was at Harvard on Dec. 1 to deliver a witty, illustrated primer on how to shoot, edit, and “read” a documentary. He spoke before a packed audience at the Radcliffe Gymnasium, delivering the Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in Art and the Humanities, sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.You can’t get advanced training in filmmaking in an hour and 24 minutes, the time Wiseman took at the podium. But you can gain insights. For starters, don’t expect to hear any pronouncements in the language of film criticism, which he professes not to understand.“There’s an enormous amount of (expletive deleted) about documentary film,” he told one questioner, “and I try not to participate in it.”Wiseman was equally dismissive of his career before films. Speaking of his time at Yale Law School, he said, “I was physically present.”But it was the law that, in a way, led him to make his first documentary film, “Titicut Follies,” a journey of relentless shocks. The title refers to a talent show put on by the inmates of Bridgewater (Mass.) State Hospital, a correctional institution that in 1967 housed the criminally insane — some of them kept naked and ranting in cells. It was a place where Wiseman would take his Boston University law students, a field trip designed to show them the fate of some of their clientele.His films since then have been about institutions both dark and light, including one that he called a logical follow-up to a film about a place for the insane: a high school. He has also plumbed a zoo, a park, a hospital, a police precinct, a welfare office, and a public housing complex. But don’t call him one-sided, or a chronicler of the downtrodden, said Wiseman. He’s after the complexity, ambiguity, and diversity of impressions you might derive from a play or a novel — art forms to which he compares his films.“I show up at a place,” Wiseman said in a summary of his technique. “The analogy for the process is Las Vegas. It’s a crapshoot.”But Wiseman’s talk wasn’t long on personal history; it was long on technique. How, exactly, do you make a documentary film? How do you research, shoot, and edit a product meant to give the viewer an illusion of actual experience in a certain place?His idea of research is nonconformist, and might involve a day or a half-day. “The shooting of the film is the research,” said Wiseman, who prefers showing up at a school or an office or a hospital knowing very little about it. At the end of the day, he watches silent rushes, and lets the structure of the story and its characters emerge from the reality of what he sees. “I show up at a place,” he said in a summary of his technique. “The analogy for the process is Las Vegas. It’s a crapshoot.”But Wiseman knows how to throw the dice. He uses a small crew (he handles the sound, and by instinct names the shots he wants). Working alone, he lets the rushes reveal a story. And postproduction is slow and long. Shooting might take a few weeks or a month. Editing can take a year.“Part of the fun of doing it is the surprise,” said Wiseman of his instinctual shooting and slow editing. In the end, he added, the intention is to create “a dramatic structure out of ordinary experience.”That ordinary experience — captured in the film clips he used to illustrate his talk — can be troubling. In “Law and Order” (1969), a burly police officer is pictured choking a prostitute during an arrest. (Wiseman, alert to ambiguities, refused to condemn him.) The scene is proof, he said, that a camera does not change behavior, and that “most of us think our behavior is appropriate for the situation we are in.”That ordinary experience can also be mesmerizing, as in the six-minute “night crawl” scene in “Basic Training” (1971). Faced with five hours of rushes, Wiseman had to compress what was literal about the training — camouflage, silent communication, traversing barbed wire — and what abstractions it evoked. He chose the metaphor of dance. The music score was dual: the sound of crickets, and then the sound of machineguns.The ordinary experience that Wiseman honors can be wistful and funny too. He used the opening sequence of “Welfare” (1975) to illustrate both the continuity of his shots and a needed lesson at the time: that public benefits go to a variety of races, not just one. We see clients getting their welfare mug shots and a visual medley of people waiting, most of them well dressed. In the first “talk sequence,” said Wiseman, a man has a loud complaint that eases into a conversation, which shows how public offices can include moments of private human intimacy. Then a homeless couple’s plea for help becomes a comic riff on marriage. “Any documentary filmmaker,” Wiseman said later, “runs into a lot of funny material.”And that ordinary experience can be both visually gorgeous and suggestive of tedium. In “Belfast, Maine” (1999), a film about a sardine factory, little fish in silvery streams slip and flush through stainless steel troughs. It’s a trip to death, snipping, and being sealed into cans. With them in the noise and the steam are the workers, steady and grim-faced, and wearing hairnets. “You begin to feel,” said Wiseman, “what it’s like to work there.”After the talk, you begin to feel what it is like to make documentary films. And along the way, Wiseman offered related wisdom for filmmakers. Permission? Just ask. Video or film? It doesn’t matter, said Wiseman, who has shot two recent films on HD, his first foray into the digital realm. “It still takes me a year to edit a film.”Along the way, he added, stay organized. Wiseman enters each shot into a log, along with every camera roll, sound roll, and edge code. “It’s the only area of my life I’m meticulous about,” he said.The elderly Wiseman said he had reached a point “where I can hardly remember my name — but I remember all my rushes.” He ended with a story from making “Near Death” (1989), a film about an intensive care unit. It required Wiseman to visit the morgue, where he became friendly with a supervisor. On his last day of filming, Wiseman thanked the supervisor for helping. The morgue director replied, “See you soon.”last_img read more

first_imgUniversity of Georgia horticulturist Bodie Pennisi doesn’t just study herbs in her research garden in Griffin, Ga. She also grows them at home to add flavor to her food.“I grow herbs because I use them in my kitchen,” she said, “and I do quite a bit of cooking. I use them fresh, and I use them dry, so I have to know which will grow in containers [and] in the ground, how to preserve them and use them the best.”Her general message is to “eat more herbs,” she said. “Using herbs in the kitchen is a dietary way to help yourself in not eating too much salt and increasing the flavor in your food.”All herbs like well-drained soils, so she’s found it easiest – and better for the plants – to grow them in pots. The exceptions are rosemary and thyme, which can be planted as ground cover in sunny areas. Sage can also be grown in the ground, but Pennisi has found, “in my view, it likes the pot a little bit better.”Because herbs grow well in pots, they are easy to transport indoors and back outdoors depending on the weather. “You can grow just about anything if you put it in the house,” she said, “but you have to give it a lot of sun. A southern-exposure window is the best. But, you’re never going to get the good growth you get outside.”Both dried and fresh herbs can be found at most grocery stores. Dried herbs usually come in bottles. Fresh herbs can be found in the produce section, usually bunched, in a bag or enclosed in a tube. But Pennisi prefers hers grown at home. And in the winter when fresh isn’t readily available, she’s prepared.“It’s a lot better if you grow them yourself,” she said. “And dry them yourself, but don’t hold them dried for more than a year. I dry my own lemon balm and mint for tea. It’s not hard.”To dry herbs, she uses an inexpensive plastic dehydrator. In the summer when the air inside her house is dry due to the air conditioning, she hangs them in her kitchen.Below are a few of Pennisi’s favorite herbs and a few tips for growing them.• Basil. “You can start from seed or purchase it in plant form,” she said. Basil can vary from the most common – a wide-leafed variety – to the small-leafed lemon basil and purple opal basil, which has dark maroon-purple leaves. It should be grown in full sun and well-drained soil. As soon as its flower heads appear, these should be pinched back to prevent the plant from going to seed.• Thyme. There are more than 400 varieties of thyme, with English thyme being the most common. For the South, Pennisi suggests growing lemon thyme, caraway thyme and mother-of-thyme. Thyme varieties that creep make an excellent ground cover.• Sage. A perennial plant, sage varieties can be used interchangeably in cooking. Once it is established, it usually does well in well-drained soils. One particular variety of sage, known as pineapple sage, can be used to flavor drinks, chicken dishes, cheeses, jams and jellies.• Rosemary. Rosemary can be enjoyed year-round from the garden, because it too is a perennial plant. The shrubby plant can grow to between 3 and 5 feet tall. It’s drought-resistant after it’s established, but should be planted in full sun. “If you see that the plant is not growing vigorously, it’s a sign that it’s not getting enough sun,” Pennisi said.• Mint. Mint should always be grown in a pot, she said, because once it’s planted in the ground, it can take over. “The same goes for oregano and marjoram,” she said. “They’re a little too happy to grow.” The invasive mint can tolerate partial shade. Pennisi likes to grow peppermint and spearmint varieties to add to her tea.• Winter and summer savory. Winter savory has smaller, darker green leaves, a stronger flavor and is a perennial. It grows best from cuttings. Summer savory grows more easily from seed. Both require full sun.• Chives. Chives are a member of the onion family. “It’s basically your onion,” she said. “Onion chives are planted each year. The garlic chives have flat leaves, and they’re perennial.” They are easy to grow, but require a balanced fertilizer to grow well. Onion chives have pink flowers, while garlic chives have white flowers.• Lemon balm. “I like lemon balm for tea,” she said. Lemon balm is a perennial that can spread up to 3 feet. It will grow in partial shade.last_img read more

first_img This post is currently collecting data… 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Doug Falvey Doug Falvey is Senior Vice President at Allied Solutions. Doug’s responsibility at Allied includes overall responsibility for the Loan Servicing Products Division (LSPD).  LSPD encompasses all aspects of operations … Web: https://www.alliedsolutions.net Details This is placeholder text center_img According to The Financial Brand, online banking usage jumped up to 30% in March and April during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. While a shift to digital is not a new trend, stay-at-home orders during this year’s pandemic accelerated digital adoption for both credit unions and borrowers alike as everyone learned to maneuver a volatile, uncertain economy. Borrower behavior pivoted to leveraging more mobile and digital options for contactless service transactions from businesses.Tools such as text, email, and online portals enable self-service options that offer convenience for the borrower and enhanced efficiencies for financial institutions to gather information and mange requests in a timely manner. Adaptable, Convenient Self-Service Investing in digital channels offers your members a convenient way of communicating and additional preferences for exchanging and receiving information. With more channels, borrowers can choose, whether that be: text, email, chat, or phone. These solutions can be utilized for: Borrower communicationService notifications Insurance verification Payment remindersAccount management and self-serviceFinancial institutions implementing additional communication channels notice improved service operations with a reduction in inbound and outbound calls, providing borrowers with various ways to take action on their own. This becomes especially important as online and mobile usage continues to increase. Email remains a go-to, cost effective communication channel for businesses seeing high customer engagement and return on investment. However, there’s a lot of noise to compete against in borrowers’ inboxes which can result in low response rates. Texting is an informal way to reach people in a channel they are familiar and receptive to, and is rapidly growing as an alternative communication channel that can quickly prompt a response: It’s estimated approximately 96% of Americans own a cellphone80% of cellphone users own a smartphone device 90% of text messages are opened within the first three minutes80% of cell phone users report that they open every text message they receive (according to Pew Research Report)  How can digital tools integrate with a CPI program?Traditionally, the insurance tracking process involved sending letters when a borrower’s policy lapsed. These letters, although necessary for compliant disclosure, can lead to negative responses or confusion from the borrower in how to proceed with next steps. Digital communication through email and text can be a quick and familiar way for borrowers to immediately respond and update their policy. By focusing on proactive communication and notifications before lender-placed coverage is needed, credit unions can reduce borrower noise, enhance member experience, and minimize penetration and false placement rates. At Allied Solutions, we’ve found approximately 8% of borrowers have not provided proof of physical damage insurance on their collateral. However, on average, only 1 to 3% will remain uninsured after being informed of their requirement to maintain coverage. Finding a successful method to communicate with borrowers while also prompting an action is a challenging balancing act. Digital communication channels can be an unobtrusive, but effective, way to obtain necessary information, such as verifying insurance with proof of coverage. Looking Forward to a Digital FutureAt Allied, we have implemented texting as a communication channel in our insurance monitoring and payments operations in addition to our other channels: email, automated web verification, and mail. Our borrower text messages act as instant, convenient notices to remind your borrowers of their insurance requirements and invite them to verify insurance through our self-service website, MyInsuranceInfo.com. To date, we’ve seen a success rate of 43% in receiving insurance via text messaging. Texting as part of a collateral risk management program empowers your borrower to self-verify important loan information and lets them know if insurance is received and if additional action is needed. Digital tools provide self-service opportunities for borrowers to engage and take action. These communication channels demonstrate a shift towards more automation and digital tools to help effectively keep your borrowers protected and informed.last_img read more

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first_img“So they are constraining our ability to change our allocation to a considerable degree, and today, there is a general consensus in the country that these regulations are outdated. Everyone agreed we needed to change them, because they are outdated and our risk taking should be controlled in a more nuanced way, but since that reform didn’t happen, this change didn’t happen either,” Fahlin said.Representatives from the other AP funds in the buffer fund system would, he said, have the same view.In late 2015 Sweden’s government abandoned a controversial plan to merge away two of its buffer funds, including private equity specialist AP6, and overhaul the funds’ governance structure. The AP funds were all broadly opposed to the move, but were more positive towards additional proposals – also abandoned in 2015 – to relax investment restrictions.InsourcingIn its developed market equities allocation, AP2 has almost totally moved away from market capitalisation-based benchmarks, and now uses a range of smart-beta type benchmarks that are risk-based, equal-weighted, and value-based, Fahlin said.Besides asset diversification, a second area of focus for AP2 has been its exercise to insource investment management. This will continue in the summer with a move from passive to active management for emerging markets local currency bonds.At the half-year stage in 2016, AP2 managed 83% of its assets in-house.“I think there may be a few percentage points here and there that we may do in the future but for the most part, the big insourcings have already happened.”“The way we do it is to set up a team, manage the asset class passively, and while we then make sure the operations work well, we slowly start activating the active side,” he said.“We still have 5% of our assets in [passive] emerging markets local currency bonds, but we will start managing that actively in the summer,” he said.The CIO added: “If you think about insourcing an asset class like that and doing it in a traditional way, then you would need substantial resources, people on the ground and so on, but if you have a model-based process you can do it quite effectively from here.”Is it possible for AP2 to take the insourcing any further?“I think there may be a few percentage points here and there that we may do in the future but for the most part, the big insourcings have already happened,” he said.However, Fahlin said the pension fund still had a lot of work to do on its model-based investment process.“The active model for global corporates is at its ‘1.0 stage’, and the active risk taking is limited, so we are working very hard on adding additional factors,” he said.SustainabilityAP2 is continuing its work on sustainability within investments, Fahlin said, which the pension fund sees as an important factor in its ability to recruit well.“Clearly the world is changing in that all our stakeholders have much more concern about sustainability than in the past — and so do we,” he said. “It is also a part of being able to recruit bright young people.” For several years, AP2 has aimed to integrate sustainability into its portfolio management processes, according to Fahlin, rather than have it as a separate slice of the portfolio or as an overlay.“We have been looking at our climate risk, and have divested some the energy companies and quite a few oil exploration companies,” he said. “In addition, we have divested electricity producers that have a high reliance on fossil fuels. In all of this, we look to see whether the valuation of the asset reflects the risks — is the pricing credible?”In its hunt for climate-friendly technologies to invest in, however, AP2 once again runs up against its investment restrictions, because this exposure can often be best gained through infrastructure assets.“In these cases we are very constrained by not being able to invest more in private assets,” said Fahlin.Another area of focus for AP2’s engagement policy is diversity. This is not only about the male-female balance on company boards, he said, although that has been the focus so far.“We work very actively in our governance initiatives to challenge corporates in terms of the diversity of their board composition,” Fahlin said.For more on AP2’s investment process, see IPE’s 2016 interview with chief investment strategist Tomas Franzén “But we are quite constrained by the regulation which stipulates we can only have 5% in private assets, except real estate, and we need to hold 30% of our assets in investment-grade fixed income.”AP2 was pushing up against those limits, the CIO added. The shelving of major plans to reform Sweden’s pension buffer fund system at the end of 2015 was largely welcomed by the funds themselves, but losing proposed changes to investment restrictions left the four funds unable to get the asset allocation they really need, according to the investment chief of AP2.Hans Fahlin, CIO of the SEK300bn (€31.7bn) Gothenburg-based national pension fund told IPE: “We are struggling with our own regulation.”In the last few years, the pension fund has been focusing on increasing diversification in its portfolio, and since the financial crisis has been very keen to lower its exposure to developed market equities as the fund’s primary source of risk.“We have increased our allocation to emerging markets, and we have started investing in China, and alternative assets,” Fahlin said. “We’ve been increasing our exposure to real estate, and have started to invest in forestry and agriculture. last_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Image via: newson6.comThe Dominica Police Force through its Public Relations Officer Sergeant Kenth Matthew has informed Dominica Vibes News that an investigation has been launched into the discovery of skeletal remains in Checkhall, Massacre.A civilian apparently stumbled upon the remains and alerted the police who have since verified the information.“On the 24th of November, 2011 information came to us of the discovery of human skeletal remains in the heights of Checkhall, Massacre. The authenticity of the information was verified and on Friday 25th November, 2011 the police retrieved certain skeletal remains from that area and took them to the Princess Margaret Hospital where a doctor ascertained that they were in fact human remains and pronounced whoever those bones belong to dead.”According to Sergeant Matthew, the skeletal remains have been secured at the Princess Margaret Hospital Morgue pending further investigations and a Coroner’s Inquiry.The Police Force is also making a special appeal to members of the public whose relatives or friends who have been missing recently and have not heard from them to contact them as this can enable them to identify the skeletal remains found.Dominica Vibes News will provide further details on this news item as they become available.Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Investigation launched into discovery of skeletal remains in Massacre by: – November 26, 2011 Share 5 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

first_imgThe Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) will use this weekend’s all-comers competition to select the first set of athletes that will qualify for its first Classics competition which holds in Ado Ekiti at the end of the month. Loading… Brown Ebewele, the technical director of the Federation disclosed that a certain number of athletes will qualify either by position or time for the classics while the all-comers that will come a day before the Ado Ekiti event will be used to get the remaining set that will complete the line-up for each classics event. ‘We are re-introducing a model that worked perfectly for us in the past where athletes will qualify to run in the classics. We will have four athletes who will qualify from a classics event while the remaining four that will make up an eight-lane event will be selected at an all-comers event that precedes each meeting,’ said Ebewele. ‘What this will do is that it will engender competition among athletes as you will need to qualify for the Classics before you can be entitled to accommodation and transport subsidy. This is in addition to the prize monies on offer for each event,’ explained the AFN technical supremo. ‘It was during that time we got home-based athletes running very fast and world-class times.I remember Deji Aliu ran 10.02 seconds in Bauchi in one of the legs of the event in March 1995. Davidson Ezinwa completed a sensational sprint double in January 1990 in Bauchi where he ran 10.05 seconds over the 100m and 20.30 seconds in the 200m. There was so much competition then and this present board of the AFN wants to bring it all back.’ Ebewele is confident this weekend’s all-comers competition will be of great help to the athletes who have been training so hard without having an opportunity to gauge how far they have gone with their training, what needs to be corrected and how ready they are for the new season, especially the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival which will be used to select athletes for the first phase of camping for both the African Championships in Algeria this June and the Olympic Games in Japan in July/August.center_img The AFN technical director advised athletes not to participate in the competition(s) not sanctioned by the AFN under the leadership of Honourable Olamide George. He also advised states not to allow their stadium to be used to organise events not sanctioned by the federation, especially events fraudulently organised in the name of AFN. ‘There is only one AFN recognised by the Federal Government and only known to Nigerian laws,’ said Ebewele saying article one of the AFN constitution made it abundantly clear that the AFN is one of the 38 sports associations under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development. Ebewele reminded state associations that they must be in good standing with the AFN before they can be allowed to participate in AFN events. Read Also:AFN board members reject Ogba’s resignation, ready to probe $150,000 IAAF grant  The AFN All-Comers competition holds on Friday and Saturday at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.The athletes will arrive on Friday while the event proper takes place the next day. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

first_imgJohn J. Klenke, of Sunman, was born on June, 3, 1925 in Norwood, Ohio a son to John J. and Elvira Scheibaum Klenke, Sr.  He married Mary Rita Mergenthal and together they raised three children.  John was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and enjoyed farming and singing.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and singing at nursing homes.  On Monday, June 22, 2020 at the age of 95, he passed away at Brookville Healthcare. Memorial contributions can be directed to St. Peter’s building fund.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal memory please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of John Klenke. Those surviving who will cherish John’s memory include his children, Clara (Ron) Moody of Sunman, Ron (Karla) Klenke, and Tom (Jane) Klenke, both of Brookville; nine grandchildren, Mandy Thomas, Veronica Mullins, Jon Moody, Travis Gillman, Aaron Klenke, Abby Coffey, Curtis Gillman, Trevor Klenke and Jason Klenke, and 19 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; an infant daughter, Mary; two sisters, Vera Kramer and Anne Dieckman as well as one brother, Melvin Klenke.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Friday, June 26, 2020 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with a Mass of Christian burial at 1:30.  Burial will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery.last_img read more