Analog Son was clearly in a celebratory mood, as the band offered up a high-energy performance honoring the release of their brand-new album, Funky Mother, which came out on Friday. The band, which is led by sizzling guitarist Jordan Linit and SunSquabi bassist Josh Fairman, is a collection of sensational musicians from the Denver area, with the group welcoming out a number of collaborators from over the years to join them in the celebration. Obviously, music from the new album was on display across their set, highlighting the growth this band has seen over the years, though Analog Son was not afraid to deviate from their more classic catalog, with songs from The Beatles—”We Can Work It Out” and “Got To Get You Into My Life”—also making the cut. The band—also featuring guest percussionist, String Cheese Incident‘s Jason Hann, in addition to Devon Parker and Ashley Niven (vocals), Eric Luba (keyboards), George Horn (drums), Will Trask (percussion), Mike Chiesa (tenor saxophone), and Gabe Mervine (trumpet)—pulled out all the stops for the show, cementing them as a band to watch coming out of the Front Range.Analog SonCongo Sanchez was another delightful highlight of the evening. Led by Thievery Corporation‘s Jeff Franca, the band featured Franca on percussion alongside former Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Bird‘s guitarist Sasha Brown and two jaw-droppingly talented and mesmerizing MCs and vocalists, Flex Mathews and Halie Supreme. Sasha’s more shred-heavy sensibilities with his fiery guitar riffs surprisingly worked perfectly alongside the MCs’ performances, and Franca’s next-level rhythm keeping offered a rock-solid foundation on which the band could build. With Flex and Halie frequently jumping into the audience, it was one of the most crowd-interactive performances of the evening, and the audience lapped up the performance as it unfolded.Both Quantic, RECESS, and Nobide were also on hand on Friday night for DJ sets. Of note, Quantic’s crowd-pleasing performance ran through a diverse track list that ran the gamut through world music and more classic club-friendly hits. Often laidback, the DJs set would settle into deep house beats, allowing the crowd to glide on the easy rhythms before gracefully into more steady and propulsive tracks. The world-renowned DJ’s presence on the lineup also served as a palate cleanser, creating a perfect contrast to the high-energy funk championed by the other artists on the lineup.After Matador! Soul Sounds wrapped up with their headlining set in the Masterpiece Ballroom, fans flooded into the Other Side for the last set of the night: a performance from the Color Red All Stars. A perfect cap to the evening, the super jam brought back musicians from the varied bands on the bill for a final time. For this joyful celebration, members of SunSquabi, Thievery Corporation, and String Cheese Incident invited up friends and led the rotating all-star crew through more classic funk and soul fare, energizing the packed room and again highlighting Color Red’s dynamic stable of collaborators.If Friday night’s launch party is any indication, Color Red has situated itself as a true force in the Denver music industry and beyond. With an exceedingly talented cast of supported already behind the label, the sky’s the limit for Color Red, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the future hold for this new endeavor from Eddie Roberts. For more information, head to Color Red’s website here. Eddie Roberts has had a truly busy 2018. As the fan-favorite guitarist for the globally renowned funk project, The New Mastersounds, Roberts has toured the United States and Europe, with the English band returning to play the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer for the first time in over a decade. Furthermore, Roberts’ new project, Matador! Soul Sounds—a captivating funk-soul-jazz-fusion act led by Roberts and Soulive drummer Alan Evans and featuring keyboardist Chris Spies, bassist Kevin Scott, and vocalists Kimberly Dawson (Pimps of Joytime), and Adryon de León (Orgone)—has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame since debuting at Brooklyn Comes Alive in 2017, with the band debuting across Europe and dozens of new markets in the United States and releasing their first-ever studio album, Get Ready, in March.While these bands continue to captivate fans and earn critical praise around the world, Eddie Roberts has stayed hungry. As evidenced by his work with The New Mastersounds and Matador! (as well as his all-star tribute to Blue Note guitarist Grant Green), Roberts has proved himself as a force within the soul, funk, and jazz worlds. Now, Roberts is putting this expansive passion, talent, and knowledge to work, stepping into the role of producer and executive for a new record label and multi-media platform he’s launching in Denver dubbed Color Red.With Denver increasingly becoming a mecca for high-profile musicians, already, Color Red has made huge waves in the local Colorado music scene. While Roberts’ own Matador! Soul Sounds was the first artist picked up by the label, in the short time since launching, the label has worked with some of the best artists in Colorado and beyond, releasing music from a new project from Eddie, Robert Walter, and Adam Deitch called W.R.D.; Denver hometown funk heroes of Analog Son; and Sophistakits, yet another supergroup with Roberts, Eric McFadden, Miles Tacket, Wally Ingram, and Jeff Franca.To celebrate this massive achievement, on Friday night, Denver’s beloved independent dual-room music hall, Cervantes’, hosted Color Red’s official launch party, which also served as the record release party for Analog Son’s fourth full-length studio album, Funky Mother. With two rooms of non-stop music, the celebration was, by all means, a massive success, with Color Red showing off its roster of high-caliber collaborators and curating a truly special evening for fans and friends.One thing that stood out across the night was the virtuosic abilities of those tapped for the show, highlighting the truly wicked collection of talent on-hand for the launch. With both Cervantes’ Other Side and Masterpiece Ballroom hosting simultaneous sets, the crowds ebbed and flowed between both rooms (and the patio at the beginning of the night for the opening set from FreeBear, featuring Patrick McDevitt, Gabriel Mervine, and a number of other local favorites), with fans hoping to catch as much of each act as possible. Frequently, the call to tear away from one room and check out another was exceedingly difficult, made all the more challenging given that each band easily distinguishing itself with vastly different performances while still falling in the funk- and soul-rooted sensibilities of the aesthetic curated by Color Red.Matador! Soul Sounds offered up a characteristic funk-fueled, energetic set. The all-star instrumentalists in the group have proven themselves as a force to be reckoned with, offering up tight-laced improvisations, explosive solos, and propulsive and contagious grooves. With the female vocal duo of Kimberly Dawson and Adryon de León at the band’s helm, the pair stunned the audience with their individual vocal acrobatics and wicked harmonies. Perhaps what could be considered the climax of the night, during the group’s headlining set, red confetti rained from the ceiling, driving the crowd into a frenzy, though never ceasing up as they continued to work through what have become fan-favorites off their new album, including an encore of the riotous “Covfefe”, named after 45’s Twitter blunder last year.Matador! Soul Sounds
Harvard Law School announced today that, with the support of Ravel Law, a legal research and analytics platform, it is digitizing its entire collection of U.S. case law, one of the largest collections of legal materials in the world, and will make the collection available online, for free, to anyone with an Internet connection.The “Free the Law” initiative will provide open, wide-ranging access to American case law for the first time in U.S. history. “Driving this effort is a shared belief that the law should be free and open to all,” said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. “Using technology to create broad access to legal information will help create a more transparent and more just legal system.”Harvard Law School’s collection comprises 40,000 books containing approximately 40 million pages of court decisions, including original materials from cases that predate the U.S. Constitution. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative database of American law available anywhere except the Library of Congress, containing binding judicial decisions from the federal government and each of the 50 states, since the founding of each respective jurisdiction. The Harvard Law School Library — the largest academic law library in the world — has been collecting these decisions for the past 200 years.Announcing Free the Law The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwlN_vhai84″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/kwlN_vhai84/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Harvard Law School, with the support of Ravel Law, a legal research and analytics platform, is digitizing its entire collection of U.S. case law, one of the largest collections of legal materials in the world. It will make the collection available online, for free, to anyone with an Internet connection. Digitizing these materials will make them broadly accessible to nonprofits, academics, practitioners, researchers, and law students — anyone with a smartphone or Internet connection. The material will be added to, and searchable through, Ravel’s platform, which uses data science, machine learning, and visualization to help people sift quickly through millions of legal rulings.In the Harvard Library Innovation Lab (part of the Harvard Law School Library), bound volumes are being scanned by high-speed imaging equipment that can handle 500,000 pages per week. After scanning, the text of each decision is then extracted into machine-readable files made available to Ravel Law and to Harvard — and ultimately the public at large.Case law for California jurisdictions will be online in November. The full collection of nationwide case law is expected to be digitized and searchable for free by mid-2017, and will be available through www.ravellaw.com. Harvard and Ravel have agreed to release the entire database for bulk use by anyone within eight years.“Libraries were founded as an engine for the democratization of knowledge, and the digitization of Harvard Law School’s collection of U.S. case law is a tremendous step forward in making legal information open and easily accessible to the public,” said Jonathan Zittrain, the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and vice dean for library and information resources.“The materials in the library’s collection tell a story that goes back to the founding of America, and we’re proud to preserve and share that story,” said Zittrain, who also holds appointments as professor of computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.Daniel Lewis, co-founder and chief executive officer of Ravel Law, said: “We share with Harvard Law School a common belief that increasing access to our country’s legal records through technology will help make our legal system more transparent and just. By collaborating together on this digitization effort, we hope to provide the public with unique and powerful ways to find and understand the law.” Nicholas Reed, co-founder and chief of everything else of Ravel Law, added: “As a company founded by lawyers, we understand firsthand the importance of access to legal information. The immense volume and complexity of the law creates challenges for anyone appearing in court, and through this collaboration, we seek to empower lawyers with an extensive database of American case law along with Ravel’s innovative analytics to help develop winning legal strategies.”Jim Sandman, president of Legal Services Corp., the largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans, said: “This is a great development. Making legal materials and analytical tools available for free will be of great value to nonprofit legal aid lawyers in providing essential legal services to low-income people.”Ralph Baxter, an adviser to both Ravel and the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession, said: “Technology is changing the legal landscape, and the law firm of the future will need to be more efficient, more agile, and more opportunistic in finding new ways to deliver legal services. The collaboration between Harvard Law School and Ravel Law offers a new and exciting resource that lawyers can deploy to improve how they practice law.”
LONDON (AP) — The Grammy-nominated Scottish disc jockey, music producer and recording artist Sophie has died at age 34 following an accident in the Greek capital of Athens. Her U.K. label, Transgressive, said Sophie died early Saturday morning after she had “climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell.” Tributes have poured in from across the LGBT community for an artist widely considered a music industry pioneer. Sophie began releasing music in 2013 and worked with the likes of Madonna, Charli XCX and Vince Staples. Her 2018 debut album “Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides” received a Grammy nomination for best dance/electronic album.
Hoping to open up a discussion on how to have ethical and and productive debates, the University Writing Program, the Higgins Labor Program, the Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy, the Snite Museum and the Young Americans for Freedom jointly hosted a panel Thursday night in the Geddes coffee house. John Duffy, associate professor of English at Notre Dame, began the panel by considering what is actually meant by the words “ethics” and “ethical arguments.”Duffy said there are three major philosophies through which one can interpret and ask questions about ethics. The first perspective, Deontology, assumes that there are actions which are categorically right and categorically wrong, and asks a person to consider what, in actuality, is the right thing to do. The second perspective, Duffy said, examines the consequences of actions. However, both of these philosophies can face difficulties when reviewing their practical values.“In [certain] case[s], there are some values that clash pretty dramatically, and so people begin to feel less secure,” Duffy said. “[These questions] can be much harder when we don’t know the answers.”Ultimately, Duffy said he “feels most compelled” by a third perspective: virtue ethics.“The question to ask here is what would a good person do … and what does it mean to be a good person?” he said.The answers to these questions can be found through qualities such as “truthfulness, accountability, generosity, compassion and courage,” Duffy said.Thus, ethical arguments are those which are guided by attributes that correspond with virtue ethics, such as truthfulness and courage. If arguments are gone about in this way, Duffy said, they can become an act of “radical humility.”“Every time we argue, we put propositions in front of others, and we ask them to judge us … In doing that, we are in a sense, inviting them to make an assessment of ourselves, and our ideas,” Duffy said. Elizabeth Capdevielle, assistant teaching professor in the University Writing Program, continued these thoughts by invoking the actions and works of figures such as Ade Bethune — an artist for the Catholic Worker Movement — and Martin Luther King Jr., and considered how the rationale behind these individuals could be used to foster more ethical communication in writing. “If we want to be part of powerful social change, we can take the road of non-violence, and communication can be our way of doing that,” Capdevielle said. Nathaniel Myers, also of the University Writing Program, then discussed what the writing program calls, the six rhetorical virtues — honesty, knowledge, virtue, tolerance, judgement and intellectual courage. “The three virtues that are especially helpful in strengthening our own claims and our ability to reach across the political divide … are honesty, knowledge and tolerance,” Myers said. Through the usage of these virtues, Myers said writers will be able to be less combative and more productive in persuasive pieces. Despite the usefulness of these virtues, there are limitations to these strategies, Myers said. “To engage virtuously in argument requires that both sides are seeking to engage virtuously … If you are the only one that’s obligated to use words responsibly … you’re already going to be in a losing position,” he said.Ending the panel, Patrick Clauss, of the University Writing Program looked back on an incident that recently occurred in his life where, while walking in his home while the lights were off, he ran into his couch. Though no one was there in his basement to hear his exclamations of pain, his reaction was still to shout.“We are evolutionarily programmed to use language. When something happens to us, we react.“When you feel attacked, do you willingly give up your position, or do you more tightly cling to your position?” he said. “ … When we feel attacked, we defend.” Tags: Debate, Higgins Labor Program, Notre Dame Young Americans for Freedom, Snite Museum, Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy, University Writing Program
View Comments Three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance won the Oscar on February 28 for Actor in a Supporting Role. His performance as Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies marks his first nomination. And while we didn’t get a signature Rylance prose poem acceptance speech (see below), we’re sure Broadway fans tuning in cheered for the stage favorite during what turned out to be one of the biggest upsets of the night.Rylance won Tony Awards for his performances in Twelfth Night, Jersualem and Boeing-Boeing. He has also appeared on Broadway in Richard III (in repertory with Twelfth Night) and Le Bête. He can currently be seen on the New York stage in Nice Fish, which he co-created with Louis Jenkins, at St. Ann’s Warehouse.Rylance was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Bridge of Spies, as well as for Wolf Hall. His additional screen credits include Bing, The Other Boleyn Girl and the upcoming The BFG.Another Broadway alum took home a golden statue from the 88th annual Academy Awards: Tom McCarthy, director and co-writer of Spotlight (featuring Something Rotten!’s Brian d’Arcy James), shared a win for Best Original Screenplay with Josh Singer. The film earned the top prize of Big Picture. Mark Rylance(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Public health experts are imploring Americans to avoid the kind of large gatherings that mark the holidays. But additional food waste may be an unfortunate byproduct of fewer people at the table, according to researchers at the University of Georgia. The key is some additional planning.Smaller households tend to waste more food, according to a study on household food waste and inefficiencies by faculty in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. Larger households have a greater potential for diversity of tastes, leading to greater opportunities for consumption of prepared foods.Waste is defined as the amount of unconsumed food, whereas inefficiency is the measure of unused food.The people who tend to be most efficient with food production are usually older, have more education or shop more often for food. Households where more than one person is responsible for meal preparation have greater food inefficiencies, likely due to coordination problems.Another factor — distance to the grocery store — showed that people who travel farther distances waste less food. “They might tend to plan more,” he said.Waste and inefficiency could be due to other issues such as scale efficiency — how good you are at ramping up operations, a type of inefficiency.“If you think about your time, some people who are better at cooking might take less time,” said the study’s lead author, Travis A. Smith, an associate professor in UGA’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.A growing problemAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, roughly one-third of food waste is at the retail and household levels in the U.S. Higher-priced items tend to get wasted less, but because food is relatively cheap, it’s more of an afterthought, according to Smith.Americans spent an average of 9.5% of their income on food in 2019 according to the USDA. Those who earned more spent a higher total amount on food, but less percentage of their paycheck compared to those with lower wages.Although copious research has been done on consumer food preferences, there is limited comprehensive data on household food shopping and consumption. The authors used data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nationwide Food Consumption Survey done in 1977-1978, a study that was later discontinued due to its burden and cost. They hope their findings may help spur further data collection and ultimately motivate industry or policy changes.Consumer uncertaintyOne uncertainty for consumers and potential policy option is the use of food labels. “There’s a lot of confusion about ‘use by,’ ‘best by’ and ‘sell by’ dates,” explained Smith. The ambiguity surrounding these commonly used phrases is because they revolve around food quality, rather than food safety. Only infant formula currently requires a date for food safety.The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service developed the FoodKeeper App to help consumers better understand storage to maximize the freshness and quality of food.One industry shift growing in popularity is offering various package sizes for consumers to plan a more finite amount of product, but there is still room for improvement, Smith said.“If you want to eat kale, you have to buy a huge bag and the rest might get thrown away [due to spoilage]. That’s something that could be addressed at the industry level,” he said.Read the full study published by Smith and co-author professor Craig Landry in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics along with a follow-up commentary about progress and challenges in food waste research.
The scheme, in partnership with climate-focused technology company, Chooose, provides passengers with the option to offset their journey by supporting trusted, high impact climate projects around the world.To account for their carbon emissions, passengers simply make a payment supporting a verified carbon offset and receive a certificate in return, recognising the emissions they have offset. Wizz Air is initially supporting two verified carbon-reducing projects; the International Small Group and Tree Planting Program in Uganda, an award-winning and longstanding reforestation project, and the Pichacay Landfill Gas to Renewable Energy Project in Ecuador, which recovers and repurposes landfill methane to produce clean electricity. – Advertisement – “Together with our modern aircraft fleet, variety of fuel saving initiatives, maximisation of passenger load factor, a network design which avoids unnecessary connecting flights and the lightest materials used in the cabin, we are ensuring that Wizz Air is the best and greenest choice passengers can make when they fly.” Wizz Air has launched a carbon offsetting scheme as part of its wider commitment to reducing emissions.The system enables passengers to calculate the environmental impact of a flight and offset the carbon emissions thereof. – Advertisement – Both projects are certified by the Verified Carbon Standard to measurable reduce emissions.Marion Geoffroy, chief corporate officer at Wizz Air, said: “We strive to be the greenest airline of choice as we work hard on continuously decreasing our environmental footprint. “Through a wide range of sustainability initiatives, we are proud to already have one of the lowest emission rates in the European aviation industry and are delighted to be working with Chooose to provide carbon offsetting to our passengers. – Advertisement – OlderTUI cancels trips to see Santa in Lapland – Advertisement –
US companies in China are increasingly fretful that trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies will drag out over years and nearly a third said their ability to retain staff had been affected, a survey showed.Half of the firms said they believe soured ties will last at least three years, up sharply from 30% in 2019, according to an annual business sentiment survey conducted by the American Chamber Commerce in Shanghai and consultancy PWC China.Of those, 27% said they believe tensions will last indefinitely, compared with just 13% last year. “US businesses in China would like to see the two countries resolve their outstanding issues quickly and reduce tensions. A workable cooperative framework for the next decade would be a good place to focus discussions,” Ker Gibbs, president of the business chamber, said in a statement.US-China tensions, already high after last year’s trade war, have further intensified this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak and as Washington blacklists or threatens to blacklist Chinese technology companies on national security grounds.With the US election approaching, President Donald Trump this week again raised the idea of separating the US and Chinese economies, also known as decoupling, suggesting the United States would not lose money if the countries no longer did business.Underscoring the worries about bilateral tensions as well as economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, only 29% of firms plan to increase their investment in China this year, down from 47% in 2019. But the proportion of companies with a pessimistic five-year outlook receded slightly, at 18.5% versus 21.1% in 2019.The improvement may be attributable to the Phase One trade deal, the report said, although it noted pessimism remained historically high. Until 2019, firms with pessimistic five-year outlooks had hovered at around 7% for several years.This year’s survey was conducted June 16-July 16 and garnered responses from 346 companies spanning sectors such as industrial manufacturing, automotive and pharmaceutical.More than 90% of respondents said they were committed to remaining in China, while 71% of firms that own or outsource production in China said they did not intend to shift manufacturing to other countries.Topics :
The €18bn pension fund of banc-assurer ING has seen its investments generate a 0.2% loss over the third quarter, largely due to negative returns on its fixed income portfolio.However, due to a rise of the euro, the scheme’s full currency hedge delivered a 0.2% return, leading to a flat quarterly result, the fund said.An increase in long-term interest rates of up to 0.2% caused a 1.2% loss on the pension fund’s 67% fixed income holdings, which include interest swaps.As the purpose of this portfolio is largely to hedge interest risks on liabilities, it has a long duration, which increased the pension fund’s susceptibility to interest-rate fluctuations. The 24.2% equity portfolio returned 2.5% during the third quarter, mainly thanks to the performance of European and developed-market equities, ING said, adding that the performance of low-volatility equity was negative.The Stichting Pensioenfonds ING attributed the 0.6% return on its 5.6% property portfolio in particular to its listed real estate holdings.It further made clear that, mainly due to a weakening US dollar, its 2.7% alternatives investments, consisting of private equity and hedge funds, lost 0.3%.The ING scheme said its coverage ratio, based on market value, increased to 122.8% as of the end of September, whereas the official funding – based on the three-month average plus the ultimate forward rate – rose to 126.8%.The pension fund has 72,910 participants.Following the European Commission’s decision that its sponsor must be divided up into a bank and an insurance company, as a consequence of government support during the financial crisis, the pension fund is also facing a split-up into two schemes.
By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – It’s nearly time to flip the page of the calendar to April. That means we’re well into the countdown toward opening night of dirt track racing action just more than two weeks away at Dodge City Raceway Park.The 2017 season kicks off at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile clay oval on Saturday, April 15, with a full slate of championship chase action including Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.The season opener will go green at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30.It marks the first of a dozen nights of championship chase action at DCRP before closing out the season with the return of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Oct. 27-28.The DCRP Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds will be in action over all 12 nights of championship chase action with the IMCA SportMods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks each getting in 10 rounds of competition.The season opener marks the first of two April events at Dodce City with Lewis Automotive Night featuring all five championship chase divisions to follow on Saturday, April 29. It also begins an action packed-season consisting of 14 overall nights of competition including several specials such as the $3,000 to win Lewis Automotive DCRP Sprint Car Nationals on June 16-17, the fifth annual Modified Stampede on May 6, the fourth annual SportMod Mayhem on Aug. 19, Driver Appreciation Night on July 28 and the fifth annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event on Sept. 16 before wrapping it up.For more information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.