Trey Anastasio Gives New Insights On Ghosts Of The Forest, Baker’s Dozen & More In ‘Rolling Stone’ Interview

first_imgTrey Anastasio‘s new Ghosts of the Forest project is set to hit the road for their inaugural show on Thursday, which will be followed by the release of the group’s debut LP, Ghosts of the Forest, on Friday, April 12th. Trey recently caught up with Rolling Stone‘s Patrick Doyle to give his insights on the new project, Phish‘s illustrious year in 2017, coping with losing loved ones, and much more.Trey begins by discussing his lifelong friendship with the late Chris Cottrell, the inspiration behind Ghosts of the Forest’s inception. He explains,My friend Chris, who a lot of those songs kind of allude to, passed away at the end of February. He was a nature lover. He loved the mountains. He always would take me hiking. One of the things that was sort of extra sad about the loss was that he was my friend outside of all this — a long-before, boyhood friend. When we were a young band and we would drive out to Colorado from somewhere overnight, he would always grab me and make me hike up the Flatirons, or go skiing, or go fly-fishing, which I sucked at. He would always take me out of the tour. It just dawned on me recently that he was sort of my tether to childhood and to a life before Phish happened — somebody that kind of understood who you could talk to that didn’t work with me.Trey moves forward with some insight on Ghosts of the Forest’s live show configuration, noting,Are you’re familiar with the New York City theater scene? You know ‘Hadestown’? ‘Hadestown’ was written by some Vermont composers and interestingly enough it debuted at Higher Ground. It was like a nine-song folk record. The album sort of developed into a show. Now, that went on to be a Broadway show. This is a concert, this is not a Broadway show or anything like that, but it has definitely grown into something that feels really unique from anything else I’ve done at least in quite some time. It’s going to be completely based on the album, expanded greatly — a little scary, but it feels good to be letting this thing grow organically, and it’s only eight shows.Trey also expressed his thoughts on Phish’s illustrious year at Madison Square Garden in 2017 and how grateful he is for the fans that helped make it a success. He emphasizes,The Baker’s Dozen, people honored us with their presence. It’s hard work to go to all those shows. We really cared, and it was so much fun. But then it’s like, ‘Oh, four more nights for New Year’s,’ so we did 17 nights at the Garden that calendar year. I said, ‘We have to end the year with a new song,’ which was “Soul Planet,” with the pirate ship and all that. The reason was because they just came for 13 nights, and we owe everyone in a way. I mean, it’s our friends. It’s our family. It’s become, really, a family feeling, as you know. You’ve probably been there. That particular New Year’s Eve was designed as a specific message of, ‘Thank you. We’re on the boat, but we’re not driving it. The wind is blowing and the wind is the music and you are the ones who are keeping us afloat.’ That was the message.Head here to read the entirety of Trey Anastasio’s recent Rolling Stone interview.On Monday, Trey officially revealed the title track from Ghosts of the Forest’s eponymous debut album. He also revealed the full album tracklist. Ghosts of the Forest is set to be released on Friday, April 12th. You can listen to the first track from the album here.Trey’s new Ghosts of the Forest band features his Phish bandmate Jon Fishman, Trey Anastasio Band members Jennifer Hartswick, Tony Markellis, and Ray Paczkowski, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Celisse Henderson, who was featured alongside Hartswick as a backup singer at Phish’s 2016 Halloween performance of Ziggy Stardust. Tickets are still available for both Greek Theatre shows via Ticketmaster. For a full list of Ghosts of the Forest’s upcoming shows, see below.Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest Tour Dates:APRIL4 – Portland, ME – State Theatre5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Opera6 – Washington, DC – Anthem9 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum12 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre13 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre19 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre20 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC BerkeleyView Tour Dates[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Chronic condition

first_imgThe signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by President Obama on March 23, 2010 in no way ended the debate over health care reform, and the issue may be a big factor in the next presidential election.During a Harvard Kennedy School discussion Wednesday (Feb. 23), those points were underscored by predictions of action in Congress and the Supreme Court and disagreement among panelists over the impact of the legislation.“A year ago, it seems as though this country had reached some kind of resolution in this long and rancorous conflict over health care in this country,” said Paul Starr, professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-editor of The American Prospect. “But whether the legislation really resolved anything at all seems unclear. The conflict goes on and it’s as bitter as ever.”The panel, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, focused on one of the act’s least popular and most problematic aspects — the mandate that people buy health insurance.Starr said that the law should have allowed individuals to opt out of the mandate as long as it didn’t allow them to opt back in whenever they wanted. He suggests that a person could, for example, opt out if he or she waives the right to get back in for five years.“The mandate communicates the wrong message,” he said. “Many people simply do not understand why the government should fine them for failing to purchase health insurance when it does not require them to buy other products.”Yet if you don’t buy insurance, what will happen?“Actually nothing,” Starr said. The mandate is difficult to enforce, he said. A person might get a warning letter from the Internal Revenue Service, but “The IRS can’t garnish your wages; it cannot put a lien on your property. And there are no criminal penalties for refusal to pay.“The law ultimately relies on a norm of law abidingness,” he added.Still, the act is a “remarkable milestone,” comparable to the Social Security Act of 1935 and the expansion of Medicare in 1965, said Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology and co-author of “Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know.”Downplaying the impact of the individual mandate, which she called a “toothless tiger,” Skocpol said the act “sets up new rules of the game for private insurance industry, which says they can continue to make profits but must do so by expanding the ranks of patients they serve.”The act expands Medicare and Medicaid and delivers more care to more people. Liberals may lament the lack of a public option but the law is a major redistributive piece of social legislation, she said. Moreover, even if the mandate were eliminated, “the hatred of the law would still be there,” she said.A crucial element of the bill is that it requires states to set up exchanges on which private insurance policies will be compared and sold. States may complain about the law “but they are also taking the [federal] money to plan the insurance exchanges,” Skocpol said.Paul Starr: “The mandate communicates the wrong message. Many people simply do not understand why the government should fine them for failing to purchase health insurance when it does not require them to buy other products.”Panel moderator Amitabh Chandra, an economist and Harvard Kennedy School professor of public policy, said that while he supports the act, it does little to improve the actual quality of health care or to curb rising medical costs. “This is a fiscal train wreck waiting to happen,” he added.Chandra cited expensive medical technology that increases costs but which can’t be denied to patients under the act; to drive home the point, he showed a cartoon of patient bodies as human ATM machines for doctors.The panelists noted that academics are buzzing about possible action by the U.S. Supreme Court on the act, but Skocpol predicts the high court will shrewdly delay taking any action until after the 2012 election, saying, “They’re in a position to stall.”But Democrats, whether they like it or not, will be forced to defend the bill in the next election cycle, Starr said. On the other side of the aisle, Mitt Romney, a possible Republican presidential candidate who oversaw health care reform at the state level as governor of Massachusetts, will be hard-pressed to “attack Obama care when it is, in fact, Romney care,” Skocpol said.During the question-and-answer period, Arnold S. Relman, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, challenged panelists, saying the powerful health insurance lobby was critical in maintaining the mandate.Starr, however, countered that the health insurance industry did not support the act. In fact, the five largest companies spent $80 million through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to oppose it, he said.Skocpol said that the politics that lead to a law are not the same as politics that emerge from a law. “The Tea Party crowd and the insurance company crowd will come to blows” about the act, she predicted.last_img read more

CSLC introduces language element to Humans Vs Vampires

first_imgBeginning today, Notre Dame’s campus will be the site of an epic battle between humans and vampires.Tuesday marks the first day of the annual Humans vs. Vampires game, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC). According to Joachim Castellano, technology and administrative program manager for the CSLC, the game will run through Saturday and ends with an awards ceremony Sunday.“Basically, it’s a game of tag,” Castellano said. “There are two teams, the Humans and the Vampires, and every student who participates will be assigned to one team. [Each team] has to kill each other. There are five missions throughout the games that take place at night, so [students] will see a lot of people running around shooting NERF guns at each other.”According to Castellano, this is the second year the CSLC has sponsored the event. Before the CSLC took over the event, it was sponsored by the Student Activities Office (SAO), he said.Denise Ayo, assistant director for academic programs for the CSLC, said after the center took over the game, they began to incorporate foreign language elements into game play.“For example, [players] receive clues or directions in, for example, German or another foreign language offered at Notre Dame,” Ayo said. “Last year, they had [a mission] where you had to take a big heavy box of dirt across campus. When the humans arrived to figure out their mission, the person there to describe the mission only spoke Korean. So they were sitting there talking in Korean. Also, there are hidden items that will help [members of the team] and give [players] immunity, but the riddles to find [these items] will be in a foreign language.”Originally Humans vs. Zombies was played on Notre Dame’s campus, Ayo said. However, after the CSLC became involved with the game, the center changed the game to Humans vs. Vampires, as Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” is one of the most widely translated texts in the world.“You can find ‘Dracula’ in Catalan, German, French — all the languages we teach and have instructors here that speak the language,” she said. “That’s why we made the switch from zombies to vampires.”According to Ayo, the “Dracula” aspect of the game and the foreign language aspect of the game intersect throughout play time and during the awards ceremony.“[The game] culminates in a public reading of Dracula in the various languages, which is really exciting,” Ayo said. “It’s the biggest event where students can really interact with the professors. We have professors reading from the texts, we have peer tutors reading from the text, we have foreign language teaching assistants reading from the texts. It’s a great way to integrate students who don’t come into [the CSLC] normally and they come to get their awards and pizza and talk about the game and then they are exposed to foreign language.”Castellano said the main goal of the CSLC is to get students involved with foreign languages. Though the foreign language requirement varies depending on a student’s college, the CSLC wants to engage all students in the study of languages, and this game is a way for the CSLC to reach out to every student, regardless of their language requirement, or lack thereof.“We want students to be passionate about learning a foreign language, so we try to expose students to learning and practicing a language outside of the classroom,” Castellano said. “For anyone who really takes up a foreign language, there are a lot of opportunities to fall in love with it when you are using it in real life. It becomes less of an academic exercise and more like something that is part of everyday life.”By incorporating elements of foreign language into a fun game, Castellano said he believes the center can reach more students.“This event creates a space to use languages in a game-like environment, and we are basically trying to say to Notre Dame students that learning a language is a lot of fun — it is more than what you do in the classroom, and it can open up your world to different opportunities in your life,” he said. “It might start with a Humans vs. Vampires game, but hopefully it will inspire students to study foreign language more deeply and it may lead them to a future career or future life.”Tags: CSLC, Dracula, German, language, vampires, zombieslast_img read more

Year in Review: 2018-2019

first_imgFormer President Jimmy Carter, television host David Letterman visit University for opening ceremony of Work Project — Aug. 26, 2018Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former late-night television host David Letterman visited Notre Dame to commence their annual home building endeavor, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The project — which runs through Habitat for Humanity — gathers a group of workers of spend a week building houses in a different geographical region of the U.S. each year. In 2018, the former White House couple, along with volunteers and future homeowners, helped to build a total of 22 new homes in Mishawaka. During the ceremony, Rosalynn said the Carters held a long-term friendship with former University President Fr. Theodore Hesburgh. “When Jimmy was president, there were refugees in Thailand coming from Cambodia, I think,” Rosalynn said. “I went to see them, and when I got home I had a phone call from Fr. Ted saying, ‘Let’s raise money and help those refugees.’ And of course, I was thrilled. And we raised a lot of money and became very close friends with Fr. Ted.”US Poet Laureate visits Saint Mary’s — Sept. 5, 2018United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith visited the College in September to speak at the annual Christian Culture Lecture. Smith spoke on the connection between poetry and spirituality, seeing both poetry and Christianity as a way to navigate the world. In the lecture, she said she recognized both creative pursuit and faith require submission to something greater than oneself and living outside the confines of logic. Smith read from her Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry, “Life on Mars,” along with some excerpts from her other works. She said poetry is one of the most powerful ways she connects with spirituality and her faith. “Poetry, like the language of belief, puts us in touch, if we let it, with our eternal selves,” Smith said. “Spiritual belief has given us a vocabulary for wonder, for the miraculous and indescribable. In so doing, it has argued compellingly for the necessity of metaphor as a means of making familiar and intimate what we otherwise could not comprehend.”Jan Cervelli resigns as president of Saint Mary’s, files civil suit against College — Oct. 5, 2018Board of Trustees chair Mary Burke announced then-Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli’s resignation in a letter to the College community Oct. 5. Burke said Cervelli resigned for personal reasons and former provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Nancy Nekvasil would assume the position of interim president. On March 12, 2019, Cervelli filed a civil suit against the College alleging Saint Mary’s failed to honor her employment agreement and breached a settlement agreement that stated she could continue working at Saint Mary’s as a tenured professor. In the suit, Cervelli claimed she was forced out by members of the Board of Trustees, including Burke. On March 22, the College filed a counterclaim to the suit that stated Saint Mary’s was not in breach of contract and acting within its rights as an institution. The legal proceedings and the search for a permanent replacement for Cervelli are ongoing. University announces it will revoke McCarrick’s honorary degree, forms task forces to address Church crisisIn response to the sex abuse scandal, University President Fr. John Jenkins created two campus task forces — the Campus Engagement Task Force and the Research and Scholarship Task Force — on Nov. 1, 2018. The Campus Engagement Task Force, led by director for the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights and associate professor of law Jennifer Mason McAward and Fr. Gerry Olinger, University vice president for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, hosted a series of listening sessions about the abuse crisis in November, in which students, faculty, staff and Notre Dame community members were invited to share their thoughts about the crisis. In a March 4 press release, Jenkins announced further University plans to address the crisis: making Church reform the focus of the 2019-2020 Notre Dame Forum, offering up to $1 million in research grants to “to fund research projects that address issues emerging from the crisis” and adding sexual abuse prevention and education to ministry formation programs. Jenkins announced Notre Dame would revoke a 2008 honorary degree of laws awarded to former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick on Feb. 16. The decision was made after a Vatican canonical trial found McCarrick had broken his vows as a priest and sexually abused minors and adults. A report the Archdiocese of New York received brought forth allegations of sexual abuse against McCarrick more than six months earlier in June of 2018, and an archdiocesan review board found the allegations to be “credible and substantiated” following an investigation. Still, the University held off on rescinding until the Vatican announced its verdict. The University received national attention for holding off on revoking the degree. In a November letter to The Observer, a Notre Dame law student criticized Jenkins for comments he made regarding the nature of McCarrick’s abuse in an interview with Crux Magazine. Jenkins personally responded to the student’s criticism in an Observer letter to the editor later that month. The decision follows a precedent set by the University on April 26, 2018, when Notre Dame waited to revoke comedian Bill Cosby’s 1990 honorary degree until his conviction.Saint Mary’s hosts 175th anniversary celebrations2019 marked the 175th anniversary of Saint Mary’s founding. Anniversary celebrations began in January of 2019 and will extend throughout the rest of the year. Festivities kicked off Jan. 20 with service events, an opening Mass and dinner to commemorate the Feast of Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The events aim to remind students of Saint Mary’s core values of learning, community, faith and spirituality and justice established by the Sisters of the Holy Cross 175 years ago.Jenkins announces Columbus murals will be covered — Jan. 20, 2019In a Jan. 20 email to the student body, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced Notre Dame’s decision to cover the Luigi Gregori’s Christopher Columbus murals in the Main Building. The murals had long been the subject of controversy on campus for what some view as historically inaccurate depictions of Native Americans. Still, the University’s decision to cover the murals was met with national backlash from those who believe the murals to be of high artistic value and integral to Notre Dame’s Catholic identity. The decision sparked student activism on both sides of the controversy that would last for weeks. On Feb. 14, Jenkins announced the members of a committee which would advise the University on how to display the murals “in the appropriate context, as well as on related issues,” according to a Notre Dame press release.Tri-campus community closes due to extreme weatherThe tri-campus community canceled class the week of Jan. 28 in one of the most severe cold fronts to hit the Midwest in years — the “Polar Vortex.” Amid temperatures that neared -20 degrees, Notre Dame closed from 6 p.m. Jan. 29 to 1 p.m. Jan. 31. Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross closed Jan. 29 through Jan 31. During the closure, Holy Cross experienced a power outage from approximately 6:25 a.m. to noon Wednesday. During this time, on students were evacuated to North Dining Hall at Notre Dame. After the University reopened, there were also several pipe leaks across campus — in Duncan Student Center, the Main Building and Fitzpatrick and Cushing Halls of Engineering — caused by the extreme temperatures.University announces new men’s dorm will be named Baumer Hall — March 6, 2019The University announced in a March 6, 2019 press release Notre Dame’s newest residence hall will be named Baumer Hall in honor of John and Mollie Baumer, graduates of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, respectively, who donated the $20 million which made the new men’s residence hall possible. Baumer will first serve as the temporary home for the residents of Dillon Hall, which will be undergoing extensive renovations throughout the 2019-2020 school year, prior to beginning its own community in the fall of 2020. Located just south of West Quad, next to Ryan Hall, Baumer is set to become Notre Dames 31st residence hall and will be joined by a new women’s residence hall currently under construction on east of Dunne Hall set to open in 2020.Condoleezza Rice, John Kerry speak at Notre Dame — March 19, 2019 Former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and John Kerry visited Notre Dame on March 19, 2019. Rice — the 64th secretary of state who served under President George W. Bush and graduated from Notre Dame in 1975 — and Kerry, the 66th secretary under President Barack Obama, were brought to campus by the Common Ground Committee, a non-profit that invites leaders to discuss national issues in public settings. The two diplomats discussed and debated public policy issues such as climate change, North Korea and voter suppression, among other topics. Kerry said the only way to change politicians’ tendency toward “the hard policy of orthodoxy thinking” was through voting for more moderate representation, and Rice ended the panel by calling the audience to “own your democracy.”Office of Residential Life announces residential life updates, incentives for seniors to stay on campus — April 11, 2019The Offices of Student Affairs and Residential Life released a list of changes to Notre Dame’s residential policy an email to the student body April 11, 2019. In an April Observer article, vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding called the changes a “bookend” to the University’s six-semester policy rolled out in fall of 2017. In the email, Hoffmann Harding and associate vice president for residential life Heather Rakoczy Russell announced plans to provide stipends for seniors who stay on campus, new meal plans, free laundry for on-campus residents, the elimination of the $500 occupancy fee for singles and improvements for kitchen facilities in residence halls. A final update will bar off-campus residents from certain on-campus activities, including attending dorm dances and participating in interhall sports. The decision was met with dissent of many in the Notre Dame community — on April 12, over 1,000 students gathered to protest the policy outside of the Main Building. Hoffmann Harding met with student senate April 30 to discuss the policy updates further.Mayor Pete announces official bid for presidency — April 14, 2019South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg announced his decision to run for president of the United States in an April 14, 2019 rally at the Studebaker building in downtown South Bend. Buttigieg, who has been mayor of South Bend since 2012, launched his exploratory committee Jan. 23. In his official announcement speech, Buttigieg said his presidency would focus on promoting ”freedom, security and democracy.” In this speech, he focused on several contested issues, including climate change activism and electoral college reform. If elected, Buttigieg would become the youngest president to hold office, as well as America’s first openly gay president.University announces leprechauns for 2018-2019 school year — April 16, 2019On April 16, 2019, Notre Dame announced the students chosen to represent the University as the official leprechaun mascots for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Notre Dame cheerleading program called the lineup the “most diverse roster” ever, as junior Samuel Jackson and sophomore Lynnette Wukie will be the second and third African Americans to hold the role, with Wukie becoming the University’s first female leprechaun. Sophomore Conal Fagan, returning for his second year as a leprechaun, is also the University’s first native Irishman to hold the position.Tags: Commencement 2019, year in reviewlast_img read more

March Freeze Hits Georgia Crops Hard

first_imgA month after a bitter early-February freeze, Georgia farmers have taken it on the chinagain. Another deep freeze and damaging winds blasted the state’s vegetable, fruit andgrain crops March 8-9.”Every county, every field and every stage of Vidalia onions have been hurt,”said Rick Hartley, Toombs County director of the University of Georgia Extension Service.”The total impact to Georgia’s economy could exceed $100 million in losses.”Hartley said freeze itself may not have badly damaged Vidalia onions.”The onions are alive but suffered extreme damage to their leaves,” he said.”The wind and sand caused more physical damage than the cold, but the cold damagewon’t be visible for several weeks.”Even onions that stay healthy may be lost in the end, Hartley said.”March temperatures of 20 degrees and a chill factor of zero degrees generallytrigger the reproductive mechanism in Vidalia onions,” he said. “This causesthem to flower,” he said. “And onions which flower aren’t consideredharvestable.”Vidalia onion farmers “could lose as much as $50 million,” Hartley said, ifthe seed stems show up as growers fear. “They’ve already lost half of a 14,000-acrecrop.”Terry Kelley, an Extension vegetable specialist in Tifton, agreed that the seed-stemthreat is Vidalia onion growers’ main concern from the latest freeze.”But I’m still concerned that it may have hurt us worse than we think,” hesaid. “I don’t think we’ve seen all the damage yet from the February freeze.”The freeze hit other vegetables hard, too.”Much of the mustard and turnip greens were replanted after the last freeze,”Kelley said. “As young and tender as these plants were, we could see someproblems.”Collards, cabbage and kale crops were also damaged, he said, but not as much as themustard and turnips. Like onions, collards and cabbage may have problems with floweringlater.”We’re going to have a later crop of just about every winter vegetable,” hesaid. “We just haven’t had the temperatures for development.”The state’s peaches will be hard-pressed to appear as more than a shadow of a normalcrop.”What percent of a crop we’ll have, we don’t know,” said M.E.”Butch” Ferree, an Extension peach specialist in Fort Valley. “Somevarieties are totally wiped out, and we can find buds on others.”Assessing the peach crop damage is tough, he said.”It’s not easy to see. We have to look at a tiny flower,” he said. “Andit’s a miracle that we’ve got something to look at, with the weather we’ve had.”It will be a few days before we can know the damage any better,” he said.”And then we’ve got four more weeks of weather that could hurt us. We don’t feel likewe’re out of the woods until Easter.”Brooks County Extension Director Johnny Whiddon, whose farmers are among the state’stop peach growers, said losses would likely be heavy.”We really won’t know until the blooms that were killed fall off and we can get abetter look at it,” Whiddon said. “But the best projection we can make right nowputs (Brooks County) losses at 75 percent to 80 percent.”Dewey Lee, an Extension grains specialist in Tifton, said the state’s wheat cropappears to have been damaged.”We won’t know for several more days exactly how much of the crop was hurt,”he said.Wheat plants with grain heads eight to 10 inches above the soil were most affected.”It’s most likely the grain heads froze,” he said. Once they freeze, they die.But wheat is able to make up for lost grain heads. “Just because we lose, forexample, 80 percent of the grain heads from freezing,” he said, “doesn’tmean we’ll lose the same percentage of our yield.”last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: John Spence – Communication is key (#24)

first_imgWelcome to episode 24 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of Today’s guest is John Spence is a consultant and coach to organizations all over the world. He works with startups and businesses in the Fortune 10. He’s been named as one of the top 50 leaders to watch by the American Management Association. He is committed to making the complex, Awesomely Simple. John and I discuss the importance of communication in all areas of life, but especially in business. John also walks us through the 5-steps to creating a culture of accountability. Communication is nothing if there is no accountability. In brief, clarity, managing expectations, agreement, track and post, coach, mentor, train, support, and celebrating success all lead to strong communication and strong, capable teams. Bonus! John reveals his four moments of truth: they are different for every organization. We discuss the food service industry. The food is amazing, the prices are reasonable, but the bathroom is disgusting, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? You look at a financial institution, your customers want it done right, it should be easy, they want to be treated well, and the whole thing should be easy!Listen today to learn how communication and accountability are the keystones to success in any business but especially in credit unions and banking. Deal decisively with mediocrity and you will inspire excellence. Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find John:John SpenceAuthor, Speaker, Consultant and coach to startups and the Fortune [email protected] Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | YouTubeShow notes from this episode:Book mentioned: Awesomely Simple by John SpenceShout out: Dan Berger and Anthony Demangone at NAFCUShout out: Jack Welch, CEO of GECompany mentioned: Rockefeller FoundationTheory X – Leadership mindsetTED Talk: John SpenceBook mentioned: Good to Great: The Three Circles of the Hedgehog Concept by Jim CollinsApps mentioned: EvernoteJapanese word for hoarding books: TsundokuBook mentioned: The Prophet by Kahlil GiibranBook mentioned: A Strategy for Daily Living by Ari KievBook mentioned: Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor FranklShout out: Richard BransonPrevious guests: Dan Berger, Jill Nowacki (and episode 18)You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[00:06] – Welcome back to the show! Randy introduces John Spence this episode’s guest.[02:45] – Communication – the lynchpin of John’s beliefs in business and life.[03:29] – 3 words to define communication: open, honest, and robust![04:10] – Single most important thing that people look for in a leader – They ask great questions![05:08] – Life Hack – If what you’re about to say won’t add any value to the conversation, don’t say it.[06:35] – The biggest problem with companies is a lack of accountability and execution.[07:47] – Just because you can measure something, doesn’t mean you should![08:32] – “Ambiguity breeds mediocrity.” one of John’s favorite quotes![11:11] – How do you hold people accountable in your organization?[11:46] – 5-Steps to Creating a Culture of Accountability[16:25] – John shares his four moments of truth.[17:50] – John shares his path to his current success and breaking through his introversion.[20:34] – Ambiverts: people with the ability to soak through their shirts and love other people at the same time.[21:37] – Making organizations stronger keeps John motivated. He loves opening the door.[23:35] – John recounts his biggest mistake was causing a bottleneck by wanting to make all of the decisions and feeling like he was always right.[24:45] – Leadership has changed dramatically over the years — we discuss the history of leadership practices.[26:02] – “You become what you focus on and like the people you surround yourself with” – TED talk.[27:12] – John recounts his most memorable failure while at Rockefeller Industry.[29:04] – What was the basis for the three accountability steps he implements in his training?[31:30] – Messaging — value versus vision.[33:33] – Fly-fishing is what recharges John’s batteries[34:07] – First time John got into memorable trouble? Wrecking his car at 16![35:20] – John’s daily routine involves eggs and news.[36:04] – How does John keep up with study and action steps?[37:14] – Most impactful album — anything by Sister Hazel[38:13] – Recommended books — The Prophet by Kahlil Giibran, A Strategy for Daily Living by Ari Kiev, and Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl[39:07] – John’s links to 50 business books he recommends[39:25] – Japanese word for hoarding books: Tsundoku[40:00] – What’s most important and least important for John as he gets older?[41:20] – First person John thinks of when he thinks of success — Richard Branson[41:56] – John’s version/definition of success.[43:20] – John’s final thoughts for the world – Check out the podcast and his newsletter 62SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Water advisory issued for village of Endicott residents

first_imgIn a Facebook post, the village said due to a malfunction within its radial well, residents may experience brown water. If residents have brown water, they are advised to run cold water until it clears. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The village of Endicott is alerting residents that their water may be brown Monday.last_img

‘Southern Charm’ Cast Predicts Who Will Get Married, Have a Baby Next

first_img– Advertisement – Spilling the sweet tea! Southern Charm’s Shep Rose, Craig Conover and Leva Bonaparte weighed in on which of their castmates could tie the knot first in Us Weekly’s “Southern Charm Confessions” video.The trio exclusively told Us who they’d pick to get married next among the Bravo cast — pointing to Shep and Craig as frontrunners.- Advertisement – The Bourbon and Bubbles co-owner added: “Craig’s getting into adulthood. He’s spreading his little wings.”When it comes to who will have a child next, the Sewing Down South designer picked former costar Thomas Ravenel, before switching to Austen Kroll.“I would like to say me, but I think it’ll end up being Kathryn [Dennis],” Leva, who has a 2-year-old son with husband Lamar, explained.- Advertisement – The trio also revealed their choices for best dressed cast member over the years with Shep, 40, and Craig both pointing to the Delaware native.“I say Craig is kinds of stylish. I don’t agree with some of his style choices, but I think he’s pretty stylish,” the Shep Gear creator said.Leva, for her part, identified Kathryn, 29, as the worst dressed … at times.Southern Charm Cast Predict Who Will Get Married Have Baby Next“Kathryn’s a hit or miss. Sometimes she’s like glorious and other times you’re like, [woah]. That’s here thing,” she told Us. “She’s like a Sour Patch Kid, you never know what you’re going to get.”Leva continued: “She’s very authentic with her fashion, because you never know what you’re going to get. You’re in the nail salon and she’s in a dominatrix outfit and you’re like, ‘What’s happening?’”For more Southern Charm cast confessions, including which cast member is the life of the party, check out Us Weekly’s video above. Plus, see which Bravo show each reality star would want to do a crossover with and which Housewife they’d date.Southern Charm airs Thursdays on Bravo at 9 p.m. ET.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! “Somehow it might be Shep, which is crazy. A full reversal,” Craig, 31, said. “I would pick Shep.”Shep, however, admitted he doesn’t know who will walk down the aisle, joking, “I hope no one.”Southern Charm Cast Predict Who Will Get Married Have Baby NextLeva Bonaparte, John Pringle, Kathryn Dennis, Shep Rose, Austen Kroll, Madison LeCroy and Craig Conover John Valkos/Tommy Garcia/BravoLeva, who is new to the cast in season 7, picked Craig, noting that she’s met his “current woman friend” and she’s “really sweet, really beautiful, very quiet.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump cuts ties with WHO as pandemic grips Latin America

first_imgUS President Donald Trump said he is severing ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the death toll from the disease spiked again in the United States and Brazil.Trump’s move signals an end to hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to the United Nations agency just when it needs it most, with outbreaks in many parts of the world yet to reach their peak.Countries in Latin America are bracing for difficult weeks ahead, especially Brazil, where the death toll shot up by 1,124 on Friday and there were a record number of new infections. “The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency,” Trump said.Beijing has furiously denied US allegations that it played down or even covered up the threat from the virus after it was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, insisting it has been forthcoming.Read also: Twitter attaches disclaimer to Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence”Living in fear’ The pandemic has since claimed almost 364,000 lives globally and the number of cases is nearing six million.Populations are now learning to adjust to life with the long-term threat of infection as the virus continues its march around the globe and a vaccine remains elusive.As the disease spreads across South America, the poor have been hit hard in countries like Brazil, which now has the second highest number of cases in the world after the United States.Lockdowns have interrupted the meager services many depend on, such as school lunches for hungry children and water deliveries.”In 26 years, I’ve never seen so many people living in fear, so many people going hungry,” said Alcione Albanesi, founder of charity Amigos do Bem, which distributes supplies to communities in the hot, dry and impoverished Sertao region of Brazil’s northeast.”Everything has ground to a stop. But hunger doesn’t stop.”Chile also logged another record number of deaths on Friday, pushing its total to almost 1,000. The surge in the Americas comes as the number of infections continues to fall in much of Europe, which is pressing on down the path to economic re-opening after months of crippling lockdowns.Italy’s iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa is set to open Saturday, cinemas will reopen in Austria, and parks are scheduled to throw open their gates in Paris.Tourism-dependent Greece said it will restart its two main airports for arrivals from 29 countries from June 15 as the summer travel season picks up. But some European nations hard hit by the virus are not on the list, such as France, Spain, Britain and Italy.In Austria, hotels were on Friday allowed to take in tourists again under special guidelines, provided masks are worn.”It’s of course a lot more effort now. But the most important thing is that guests return,” Gilbert Kratschmann, marketing manager at the Das Triest boutique hotel in Vienna, told AFP.Turkey too moved ahead with easing its restrictions as mosques opened for the first time in months, drawing hundreds of worshippers in masks for mass prayers in Istanbul.And Denmark said it would reopen its border to visitors from Germany, Norway and Iceland from June 15, although Britain and the rest of the European Union will have to wait a few more months for access.Across the Atlantic, the US capital Washington resumed outdoor dining with social distancing precautions in place, and in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state was “on track” to begin reopening in the week of June 8, even as the death toll in the US spiked again by 1,225 on Friday.Disney World in Florida said it will be up and running again from July 11.The economic damage from weeks of lockdowns continues to pile up, with Chile taking out a two-year $24 billion credit line with the IMF Friday to tackle the virus fallout.India’s economy grew at its slowest pace in two decades in the first quarter, and Canada and Brazil also said their GDP figures shrank.Germany and the European Commission meanwhile reached agreement on a giant Berlin-funded rescue plan for virus-hit Lufthansa, a commission spokeswoman and a source close to the negotiations said.But there were signs of progress in the sporting world, with England’s FA Cup final set to take place on August 1, football authorities announced, and competition in Spain’s La Liga will resume on June 11.Topics : Trump initially suspended funding to the WHO last month, accusing it of not doing enough to curb the early spread of the virus and being too lenient with China, where the virus emerged late last year.On Friday he made that decision permanent in a major blow for the UN agency’s finances, as the United States is by far its biggest contributor, pumping in $400 million last year.”Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization,” Trump told reporters.The Republican leader said the US would be redirecting WHO funds “to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”last_img read more

MORE redeploys Evopod tidal device

first_imgThe Marine Offshore Renewable Energy (MORE) team from the University of Algarve has redeployed the Evopod E1 tidal energy device off Portugal.The redeployment operation was completed in the last week of September at Ria Formosa, a coastal lagoon in the south of Portugal.One week after the deployment, the MORE team informed they conducted a data capturing campaign with load cells that measured drag from E1 while extracting energy.The 1:10 scale Evopod E1 unit, leased from the UK-based tidal energy developer Oceanflow Energy, underwent maintenance following the initial deployment in June 2017.The device has been fitted with two new load cells on its mooring lines, and two batteries to be charged with two new solar panels fitted on the device.The team said this ensured that the batteries are charged under neap tides, to ready them for use when the logger is needed.The deployment is part of SCORE project whose aim is to examine the behavior of small-scale tidal current turbine in a shallow-water estuarine environment.last_img read more