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But there are few artists that stand the test of time. The English Beat, formerly known as The Beat, is one of those select few.Since they burst onto the musical scene in 1979 at the height of the Punk and British Two Tone Ska movement, The Beat has been going strong. Founding member, Dave Wakeling, has led the transformation from straight ska into a genre-blending musical experience. The band is set to debut their first studio album since 1982, “Here We Go Love,” near the end of 2016.In addition to polishing their album, The Beat has a full tour schedule. Luckily for us, Wakeling took a break between shows to chat about the enduring influence of The English Beat and their second concert at The Rose in Pasadena.“The Rose is a fantastic place and we’re thrilled to be back. Pasadena is a very artistic and erudite community and this is the first time we’ve had a proper crack at a real concert hall there,” said Wakeling.The Beat is known for their references to current events and issue of the youth as in “Stand Down Margaret”, “Get A Job”, and universal matters of the heart and soul, as in their classic hits “I Confess” and “Save It For Later”. Wakeling explains that the social and political tones of their songs come naturally.“It’s how I sort through current events. I reach for rhyming couplets to get through things,” he said.Wakeling describes these songs as psychological explorations that help him solidify where he stands on issues. The songs on The Beat’s forthcoming album take more of a macro-political approach and explore the legacy we are leaving for our children and the cyclical nature of violence.“You get the sense that, as a generation, we let people down,” said Wakeling. “I don’t do much other than write ironic songs that peak consciousness and, hopefully, leave the world a better place.”They will be offering a taste of the new songs on “Here We Go Love” at their upcoming concerts in addition to their classic hits, to appeal to their diverse fan base.“Every [concert] is a bit different but we see a handful of faces that are the same at each show,” he said.Wakeling adds that many new people come to concerts through word-of-mouth. He describes the audience as an interesting blend of the original crew – many of whom are empty-nesters attending the concert as a couple again – and people who discovered The Beat though the subsequent waves of ska .“It’s an interesting bland of people ages 21 to 60. What I like about it is that people don’t seem to be aware of their differences – they’re just there in the moment – to spend the evening with a few hundred people of a similar mind,” he said.Wakeling describes concert going as an almost transcendental experience where individuals drop their barriers and forget the arbitrary divisions that separate them to take part in a collective experience.“You start to see the crowd dancing in time with each other before they even realize it – that’s part of my job; to connect the moment – band to the song to the audience and back again – to create magic,” he said.A concert is more than just an opportunity to hear your favorite band perform live it’s a chance to connect with others and immerse yourself in the music.“For me, a pop concert is a small example – if only for an hour and a half – that we can feel like we’re all one and remember our basic connection to humanity. 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This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading » Branding in 2021 is not going to look massively different than branding in previous years…it will just be about a thousand times more critical that you get it right.In the current market environment, financial institutions need a lot to succeed. Dedicated staff, amped-up employee wellness and thoughtful leadership are a given. However, credit unions and community banks cannot afford to lose sight of the important role branding will play in their success next year.Your brand is the rock upon which your financial institution is built and the system to which it can always turn, even in the most challenging times (looking at you, 2020). With that in mind, consider the following keys to better branding in 2021.Reinforce your brand positioning and messageIf there was ever a time to double-down on your key brand identity, this is it. Your answer to the consumer question, “Why should I choose you?” is critical. You must continue to answer this question and honestly define why you exist and what you do best for consumers. They are looking for solutions and connection; these things come from your brand positioning and message (which we help you find in Phase Three of the CU Growth Accelerator™).
NL Rookie of the YearLeader: Some years, the competition for the rookie of the year award is less than stiff. That’s not the case this year. Pete Alonso gets the nod for the moment. He’s been an impact bat for the Mets from the very start of the season — in a year like this, that’s very important — he’s tied for second in the NL with 23 home runs and has a 151 OPS+, 53 RBIs and a 2.6 bWAR. He leads his club (or is a close second) in most every important offensive category. Contending: We have some rookies putting up incredible numbers in short sample sizes. The Braves waited to call up Austin Riley, and he’s produced 11 homers in his first 30 MLB games. His teammate Mike Soroka didn’t make his season debut until mid-April, and he has a 1.92 ERA in 11 starts. Fernando Tatís Jr., was hitting .300 for the Padres when he landed on the IL with a hamstring issue; he’s batting .436 in his first 10 games back, lifting his season average to .338, to go with a 1.018 OPS. Bryan Reynolds, who was part of the trade that sent Andrew McCutchen from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, is batting .361 in 51 games for the Pirates. Alex Verdugo has a .827 OPS in 67 games for the Dodgers and Harold Ramírez is batting .325 30 games for the Marlins. Worth a mention: We’ve also seen the season debuts of guys who figure to be big-league regulars for a long time, but this is a tough year to compete for the rookie award. Still, Keston Hiura (Milwaukee), Nick Senzel (Cincinnati), Brendan Rodgers (Colorado) and Víctor Robles (Washington) are making an impact, too. We are roughly 70 games into a 162-game baseball season, which isn’t a third (33 percent) of the way through, or half (50 percent) of the way through or any simple fraction. We are, depending on how many games your team has played, 43 percent of the way through the season, so I know you’re not expecting an update on where the award races stand.But we’re doing them now anyway, because we can. On June 17, it’s the NL. On June 20, it’s the AL. I’ve had the honor of voting for six BBWAA awards (three Cy Youngs, two manager and one MVP) in my time as a Sporting News baseball writer, and I can promise you one thing: I spent more time on those real postseason award ballots (weeks of agonizing decision-making) than I did on this little exercise. But I can promise I used the same principles when picking the favorites. I just didn’t go nitty-gritty between, let’s say, fifth place and off my Cy ballot.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNAnyway, let’s jump in. NL MVPLeaders: At this point, it’s clearly a two-man race between Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich. Though, we should point out that last year at this point, Yelich wasn’t really part of the MVP conversation and he wound up winning the award, so keep that in mind. For now, let’s look at the amazing seasons these two are putting up in 2019.The similarities are kind of incredible this year. Bellinger has the narrow edge in these categories: average (.355 to .343), on-base percentage (.451 to .444), RBIs (58 to 57) and WAR (4.9 to 4.5 at FanGraphs and 6.0 to 4.2 at Baseball-Reference).Yelich has the advantage in homers (26 to 23), OPS+ (201 to 197), runs (56 to 54), wOBA (.469 to .462) and stolen bases (16 to 8). They’re tied in doubles (13 each) and wRC+ (both 192). Yelich is an excellent outfielder, but Bellinger has been just as good in the field as he’s been at the plate. Bellinger leads NL outfielders with 20 DRS (defensive runs saved); nobody else in the NL has more than 11, and his UZR/150 of 33.8 is easily best in the NL, too (though 2 1/2 months is not a great sample size for that stat).However, Bellinger and Yelich are going in different directions at the moment. Bellinger is batting .244 with an .882 OPS in June, while Yelich is hitting .472 with a 1.438 OPS over the same span. Still, though, when you factor in Bellinger’s defensive other-worldliness over the course of the season, I’d give him the edge at the moment. By the time July rolls around, though, who knows?Worth a mention: There are some familiar names in the conversation again this year:— Nolan Arenado is doing Nolan Arenado things again for the Rockies this year, and eventually he’ll win one (more more) of those MVP trophies (and his teammate Trevor Story has been excellent, too).— Anthony Rendon has been a star (1.075 OPS, 16 homers) in an otherwise disappointing season in D.C.— The Braves lead the NL East, and both Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña, Jr. are posting memorable campaigns.— Javy Báez has been outstanding for the Cubs.— In Arizona, Ketel Marte (20 homers after hitting a career-best 14 in 153 games last year) has been amazing, as has his Diamondbacks teammate Eduardo Escobar.— Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong is fourth in the NL in WAR, 3.1 (both fWAR and bWAR).— Josh Bell has been great for Pittsburgh, too. NL Cy YoungLeaders: In his past six years, here are the Cy Young finishes for Max Scherzer: First, fifth, fifth, first, first, second. If not for an incredible season by Jacob deGrom last year, Scherzer would have easily taken home his fourth Cy Young. Thing is, at the moment, he’s squaring off with another historic season, this one by Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers.Ryu’s ERA is a microscopic 1.26 through 14 starts, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 17:1 is unprecedented in the modern era. In 1875, Candy Cummings — famed as the inventor of the curveball — struck out 82 and walked only four in 416 innings, a K/BB ratio of 20.50. But, y’know, 1875. The modern-era record is held by Phil Hughes, at 11.63 in 2014. So far this year, Ryu’s 17.00 is the result of 85 strikeouts and only five walks. Scherzer is having another Scherzer season. He’s striking out 12.3 per nine (a career best), leads the NL with a 2.28 FIP and has allowed only eight homers in 99 1/3 innings.His K/BB ratio of 6.80 is outstanding but not close to Ryu’s. With those strikeouts, though, his WAR is ahead of Ryu’s, both by the FanGraphs calculation (3.8 to 3.1) and Baseball-Reference (3.9 to 3.7). If forced to choose, Ryu would get the top spot on my ballot, just ahead of Scherzer. Worth a mention:— At 35 years old, Zack Greinke is having his best season in a Diamondbacks uniform, with a 2.65 ERA and 0.884 WHIP.— Luis Castillo is showing why smart baseball people have long thought he has ace potential, fashioning a 2.20 ERA and 10.6 K/9 for the Reds.— Jacob deGrom has had a couple hiccup starts, but he’s having another strong season.— Atlanta rookie Mike Soroka has a 1.92 ERA, but with only 11 starts and 70 1/3 innings, he’s got catching up to do. — Walker Buehler has been excellent, and right-handers German Márquez, Stephen Strasburg and Zach Elfin have been All-Star-worthy, too.
By The Nelson Daily SportsSaturday’s West Kootenay Peewee Rep playoff game between Nelson and Rossland/Trail at the Cominco Arena ended in controversy after the referee disallowed a game-tying goal by the visiting Leafs.Rossland/Trail went on to win the game 4-3 and the first-team-to-four point series 4-0.“I never seen anything like this before . . . not even on television,” said Nelson coach Ron Podgorenko.“Maybe on Johnny Carson,” he added.The controversy happened with less than a minute remaining in the game and Rossland/Trail clinging to a 4-3 lead.The puck was shot into the Rossland/Trail end. The play should have been whistled for icing but the game officials missed the call. Nelson’s Matt Brind’Amour, with his second of the game, tied the game during a scramble in front of the Rossland/Trail goal.With Nelson celebrating, the Rossland/Trail coach protested vehemently to the official that icing should have been called.The on-ice referee agreed and waved off the goal.Podgorenko immediately protested the decision following the game.“The game should have ended in a tie,” he said. West Kootenay officials are expected to rule on the protest by Tuesday. If Nelson wins the protest a third game will be played this week at the NDCC Arena with Rossland/Trail holding a 3-1 series lead.Merissa Dawson and Everett Hicks also scored for Nelson. Curt Doyle was solid between the pipes for Nelson.Rossland/Trail won the opening game of the series in Nelson 6-5.The winner advances to the B.C. Peewee Rep Tier II Provincials next month in the Fraser [email protected]
ARCATA >> Ask Ja’Quan Gardner about what allows him to do what he’s able to accomplish on the ground, and it won’t take too long before he’s talking up his offensive linemen.So, in that case, it’s fitting that both Gardner and the Jacks’ top offensive lineman have both been recognized before the 2016 season has even began.Gardner, the Jacks’ dynamic junior running back, and junior offensive lineman Alex Cappa have been named preseason All-Americans by D2football.com, it was announced late …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held at Preble Shawnee High School.The Job Interview Career Development consists of designing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, performing an interview, and composing a typed follow-up thank you note.Emily Beal competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 2nd in the district. She earned a plaque sponsored by the District 5 FFA Chapters. There were 22 participants.Katie Bodenmiller competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 12th in the district. There were 16 participants.Emily Thimmes competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest and placed 5th in the district. There were 21 participants.Kyle Elifritz competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 13th in the district. There were 19 participants.
The largest bank in the U.S., JP Morgan Chase, says that it will stop financing new coal-fired power generating plants in this country, putting more pressure on the industry and pointing to what one analyst calls a “downward shift that is permanent.” The New York Times reports that JP Morgan’s announcement follows similar statements from the Bank of America, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley that they also are backing away from coal.Chiza Vitta, a metals and mining analyst with the credit rating firm Standard & Poor, told the newspaper: “There are always going to be periods of boom and bust, but what is happening in coal is a downward shift that is permanent.”Coal remains an important source of energy, especially outside the U.S., so JPMorgan’s decision on coal-fired power plants here won’t stop the bank from lending for plans in the developing world. But in the U.S., tougher environmental regulations aimed at limiting carbon emissions, along with cheaper natural gas and other the rise of other energy sources, are making coal look like an increasingly bad bet for financiers.Three of the country’s big coal companies have filed for bankruptcy protection, and last week Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal company, said that it also might have to do the same, The Times reported. Peabody had been trying to sell mines in Colorado and New Mexico, but the deals apparently have foundered over the buyer’s difficulties in lining up financing. Coal is still an important source of powerDespite growing troubles in the industry, coal still generates more power than any other single energy source in the U.S., according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, amounting to 39% of the U.S. electricity supply in 2014. Natural gas was a relatively distant second at 27%. (Wind and solar together were less than 5%.)U.S. financial institutions may be backing away from King Coal, but the move won’t happen overnight. An abrupt retreat would not only threaten the financing that coal companies need to keep their thousands of workers employed, but it could also threaten the industry’s ability to pay for mine reclamation in the future, The Times said.That helps explain why financial institutions are backing away gradually. Deutsche Bank, for example, is signaling an end to financial support for mining that involves the removal of mountaintops, but isn’t giving up on the industry altogether.Dialing back financial support also can be difficult for U.S. bankers who have been serving the coal industry for years.“It put them in a difficult position to say to the companies they have worked with for years, ‘We are pulling back,’ ” Bank of America’s James Mahoney told The Times. “It runs counter to everything we do as a client-focused company.” Move away from coal is a ‘structural shift’According to the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI), which describes itself as a nonprofit think tank, the decline of coal is part of a fundamental shift in U.S. power generation.In a report published last year, the organization said that power generation remained the same between 2005 and 2013 even as the mix of energy sources underwent significant change. Over that eight-year span, the amount of energy from gas-power plants rose 8.7% and renewables were up 4.1%. Energy from coal-fired sources, however, dropped 10.5% and electricity derived from oil was down 2.3%. Even in China, coal showed a 2.9% drop in consumption in 2014.“The Dow Jones Total Market Coal Sector Index is down 76% over the last five years, compared to the Dow Jones Industrial Average that is up 69% over the same period,” the report said.At the time the report was written, more than two dozen coal companies had gone into bankruptcy.One problem in the coal industry, CTI said, was that company executives were unrealistically betting on an upswing in prices and demand that never happened.The report noted: “The largest coal producer in the U.S., Peabody Energy, appears to treat the signals that have led to such huge financial pain as an aberration, rather than the new normal. In their quarterly report for 2014, Peabody reveals their expectation that in the U.S., ‘utility coal usage is projected to increase 10 to 30 million tons over 2014 levels.’ Furthermore, Peabody expects ‘global coal demand to rise 500 million tonnes by 2017… [with] an estimated 8 to 10% increase in seaborne thermal coal demand.’ There are few signs that suggest that either forecast will come close to fruition.”The prediction seems to have been borne out with an announcement last week from Peabody that its ability to operate as a “going concern” was in doubt, Bloomberg reported.Peabody shares have lost 97% of their value in the last year.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles’ subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday.The deployment of the portable scanners, which project waves to do full-body screenings of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down, will happen in the coming months, said Alex Wiggins, who runs the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s law enforcement division.The machines scan for metallic and non-metallic objects on a person’s body, can detect suspicious items from 30 feet (9 metres) away and have the capability of scanning more than 2,000 passengers per hour.“We’re dealing with persistent threats to our transportation systems in our country,” said Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske. “Our job is to ensure security in the transportation systems so that a terrorist incident does not happen on our watch.”On Tuesday, Pekoske and other officials demonstrated the new machines, which are being purchased from Thruvision, which is headquartered in the United Kingdom.“We’re looking specifically for weapons that have the ability to cause a mass-casualty event,” Wiggins said. “We’re looking for explosive vests, we’re looking for assault rifles. We’re not necessarily looking for smaller weapons that don’t have the ability to inflict mass casualties.”In addition to the Thruvision scanners, the agency is also planning to purchase other body scanners — which resemble white television cameras on tripods — that have the ability to move around and hone in on specific people and angles, Wiggins said.“We really want to be effective and we need the ability to have a fixed field of view, but we also need to be able to move that field of view as necessary,” Wiggins said. “Deploying these technologies together gives us that accuracy and minimizes any delays.”Wiggins would not say how many of the machines were being purchased, but said they would be rolled out in subway stations in the “coming months.” Employees and police officers first have to be trained on how to use the equipment.Signs will be posted at stations warning passengers they are subject to body scanner screening. The screening process is voluntary, Wiggins said, but customers who choose not to be screened won’t be able to ride on the subway.But some passengers saw the screening as an added layer of security.“I guess it is a good, precautionary thing,” Andrea Kirsh said, a 22-year-old student from Corvallis, Oregon, who was travelling through Los Angeles’ Union Station on Tuesday. “It makes me feel safe. As a civilian I think we often don’t know what to look for or what we would be looking for.”Passengers who rode down an escalator to ride the Metro Red Line at Union Station in Los Angeles on Tuesday were screened as Pekoske and other officials looked on. But after the news conference and media demonstration, officials packed up the equipment and carted it off.The TSA tested body scanners in New York’s Penn Station in February and has also conducted tests at Union Station in Washington, D.C., and at a New Jersey Transit station during the 2014 Super Bowl.In December, a Bangladeshi immigrant injured himself by setting off a crude pipe bomb strapped to his chest in a subway passageway near Times Square in New York City.Metro has previously tested several different types of body scanners, including airport-style screening systems where passengers walk through a scanner. The pilot program was meant to evaluate the accuracy and capacity of the portable machines.About 150,000 passengers ride on Metro’s Red Line daily and the subway system counted more than 112 million rides last year, officials said.___Follow Michael Balsamo on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1 .
New Delhi: A Rs 10,000 crore scheme to subsidise sale of electric and hybrid vehicles as part of efforts to curb pollution is welcome, but the government is missing out on low-hanging fruits like Auto LPG, that can have an immediate impact on urban air quality, Indian Auto LPG Coalition (IAC) said.The association urged that the government should provide a level playing field to other cleaner gaseous fuels like Auto LPG as well. Rather than subsidies, the government should provide simple policy-level interventions like lowering GST for Auto LPG, it said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We are certainly missing the larger picture here. Larger picture does not necessarily mean only looking 25 years hence. In today’s context, it should have meant allowing each clean fuel to play a role, particularly in the context of its feasibility and the necessity of providing our country with solutions that can be implemented effectively today. “With Indian cities continuing to be amongst the world’s most polluted, there is a dire need to provide solutions for today,” IAC director general Suyash Gupta said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn a statement, IAC said the government has decided to put its thrust only on electric vehicles (EVs), ignoring other more readily available alternatives. “Almost 65 per cent of Indian power is still sourced from fossil fuels while EVs as a realistic alternative is almost two decades away. Do we not need solutions today? Can we wait for 20 more years for cleaner urban air? The answer, unfortunately, is a no,” he said. Under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME)-II scheme, subsidies would be offered based on the battery capacity of the vehicle, ranging from buses and cars to three-wheelers and motorbikes costing less than Rs 15 lakh. Auto LPG association contends that it does not need any subsidy allocation from the government — just a level playing field through policy interventions such as lowering GST on Auto-LPG from 18 per cent to 5 per cent, reducing GST on conversion kits from 28 per cent to 5 per cent and a quick reform of the anomalous type approval norms governing the retro fitment industry, the statement said.
ALGIERS – The Algerian army killed four armed Islamists overnight in an ambush south of the capital, the defence ministry announced Thursday.“During an operation carried out by a unit of the ANP (Algerian army)… four terrorists were eliminated at around midnight, during an ambush” on a road near Berrouaghia, in the Medea region, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Algiers, the ministry said.Weapons recovered by the soldiers included a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Simonov semi-automatic rifle and two grenades. Last week, the ministry said two jihadist militants were killed in a mountainous part of Medea, which was a heartland of the Islamist insurrection during the devastating civil war of the 1990s.Violence attributed to Islamists has declined considerably in recent years.But groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb continue to attack strategic targets in the eastern Kabylie region, around the capital and in the south, where around 40 hostages were killed during the siege of a remote desert gas plant one year ago.