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Alt-J And The Roots Perform “In Cold Blood” On The Tonight Show

first_imgAlt-J are gearing up for their third studio album, due out June 9th, 2017. Relaxer is to feature eight original tracks from the band, and is their first release since 2014. In support of such, the indie rockers made a stop at The Tonight Show to perform their first official single “In Cold Blood” alongside Questlove and The Roots.Watch the performance below:See posters detailing the new album art and forthcoming tour dates, below.last_img

Environmental awareness grows from peer-to-peer

first_img“Green living” comes naturally to Theodora Mautz ’19. She grew up in Portland, Ore., where her father composted the family’s food scraps to raise tomatoes in their backyard garden.To stay connected with environmental work, Mautz decided to get involved with sustainability on campus and joined one of Harvard’s oldest and most established sustainability initiatives, the Undergraduate Resource Efficiency Program (REP).REP employs approximately 19 students: one for each of the 12 Houses, three for the Yard, and four captains for the Yard and neighborhoods. According to its website, REP reps “educate their peers on issues such as energy, waste, water, food, and more through fun, personal, community-building events, competitions, and campaigns.” Building on REP’s success, graduate students are also engaged in peer-to-peer outreach programs at Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard University Housing.Since June 2014 Kelsey Grab has overseen REP as the residential program coordinator for the FAS Green Program at the Office for Sustainability (OFS). REP facilitates campaigns such as waste audits and the Green Cup competition, in which Houses vie to reduce energy and conserve the most resources.Living Lab In the Living Lab video series the Office for Sustainability takes a close look at what “Sustainability @ Harvard” means. Here students discuss the undergraduate and graduate peer-to-peer programs that educate and engage their peers in environmental issues. File video: Office for Sustainability But it is Green ’19 that has gained Mautz’s attention. The Class-specific campaign aims to implement sustainability programming in the Yard.“[Freshman year] is the time when everything is new and we’re all eating and living together, so it’s the perfect time to form good habits,” she said. “If we can form environmentally conscious habits now, hopefully it will stay with us for the next three years and beyond.” For Green ’17, for example, the Class campaign made such steps as securing composting in freshmen dorms.No longer a freshman but still passionate about resource efficiency is Mary Jiang ’17, who studies economics and has been a member of REP for three years, serving as Yard captain her sophomore year. From Austin, Texas, she is now the captain for the Quad and Adams House, where she lives. Like many reps, Jiang’s awareness of the necessity of sustainability began when she was young.“When I was a kid, my dad would read ‘Plan B’ by Lester Brown to me before bed and it scared me a lot, because I realized how limited our resources are and how important it is to manage them wisely,” Jiang said.Coming from an area of rural northwest China that often suffers from severe drought and pollution, the tangible effects of climate change are very real to Jiang. “Even if we don’t come from a place like that, there are things we can do to decrease our contribution to those larger issues,” she said.Highly dedicated to her peers’ education, Jiang said apathy is the biggest roadblock to positive change. Her ultimate goal is to increase awareness that turns into action.In the Houses, reps make their presence felt through simple things such as signs reminding students to recycle and reduce their food waste, facilitating dish returns, and providing Freecycle and Habitat for Humanity donation boxes. REP also has a dynamic online presence, offering videos, student news, quizzes such as the Recycling Challenge, infographics, and more to support undergraduates in the shared effort to live more sustainably.While REP has been thriving for more than a decade, it is just one of the many green organizations on campus. Sense & Sustainability is a student environmental blog; the Food Literacy Project aims to educate peers in all areas of the food system; the Harvard Community Garden offers internships in urban farming techniques; and the Environmental Action Committee is the undergraduate student environmental advocacy organization. Groups work together to approach issues of sustainability from as many viewpoints as possible, and student environmental leaders are brought together by OFS in the Council for Student Sustainability Leaders where they advise the University on its sustainability efforts.Mary Jiang ’17 maintains an optimistic outlook: “Overall, Harvard is doing really well in terms of its academics, speaker events, and opportunities. Our community is wonderfully diverse, and it’s exciting to see so many ways of being involved with sustainability. Kris Snibbe Harvard Staff PhotographerAs a REP member, Mautz is passionate disseminating information and initiating simple waste-reducing action. “I love seeing the different educational tactics REP uses to practically educate students about concrete actions we can take. I want to make sustainability something on people’s minds, so it’s correlated with everything else we do and translated into action.” She encourages her fellow students to be intentional about composting and recycling, “Separating our waste is an easy, feel-good thing we can all easily do, and it has long-lasting benefits.”Jiang, too, pushes her peers to be environmentally intelligent. “Read about these issues,” she said. “In Cambridge specifically, using reusable water bottles and recognizing that most of what we use is recyclable are great and easy steps to take to be more resource-efficient.”Although from vastly different backgrounds, Mautz and Jiang mutually value the awareness and action REP encourages and pursues on campus.Jiang maintains an optimistic outlook: “Overall, Harvard is doing really well in terms of its academics, speaker events, and opportunities. Our community is wonderfully diverse, and it’s exciting to see so many ways of being involved with sustainability.“If you want to get involved, everyone can make a difference,” she added. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkk3t5RBSts” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/fkk3t5RBSts/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Notre Dame crafts new scholarship for socioeconomically disadvantaged students

first_imgTags: fighting irish initiative, Hank Aaron, Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship Under-represented, socioeconomically disadvantaged students at Notre Dame will have the chance to be awarded a new scholarship, the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship, the University announced Friday.As part of the Fighting Irish Initiative for student aid, members of the Notre Dame family made the generous gift in honor of Aaron, a baseball icon who overcame racism in his career, according to a statement from the University. “The Fighting Irish Initiative reflects our steadfast commitment to ensure that the talented students admitted to Notre Dame can attend and find a supportive home here,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the statement. “Hank Aaron embodies the determination of all those who seek to fulfill their dreams, and we are grateful for the work he and his wife, Billye, have done — and are doing — to help so many young people pursue fulfilling lives.”According to the statement, the Fighting Irish Initiative goes toward the total cost of attendance for low-income students at the University, covering tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses, such as warm winter clothing, laptops and tickets to cultural and athletic events on campus.“The Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship will make it possible for us to enhance the support and services that we offer to our undergraduates through the Fighting Irish Initiative,” vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said in the statement. “I am extremely grateful for Hank and Billye Aaron’s leadership in helping our students achieve their dreams of a Notre Dame education.”last_img read more

Woman Charged With Hitting Child, Dragging Them Up A Stairwell

first_imgStock Image.BEMUS POINT – A Bemus Point woman is in county lockup after allegedly striking and dragging a child up a stairwell over the weekend.New York State Police allege Taija Pettit, 30, struck the minor victim approximately four times and then dragged her upstairs by her ear, all in the presence of a younger child.Troopers say when a third party attempted to interfere and stop Pettit from abusing the child, she allegedly struck him.When responding officers attempted to place Pettit into custody, they said she became disorderly and attempted to flee the scene but was placed under arrest after a brief struggle. Pettit was taken to Chautauqua County Jail and charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of second-degree harassment, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest.Troopers were assisted by Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies at the scene. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Credit unions cultural challenge is change

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What are three characteristics of a strong organizational culture?Beta Mannix, Ph.D., associate dean for executive MBA programs and a professor of management and organizations for Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business, cited these three during CEO Institute II this August:Values are agreed upon and shared by leaders and employees.The culture is aligned with the strategy of the company.The culture supports innovation, risk-taking and change.“Credit unions have very strong cultures and that helps you a lot,” Mannix said. “Where you get stuck is embracing some of the values around adaptation, risk-taking and change. Sometimes culture can get in the way.”To get better at supporting change and innovation, Mannix suggested that credit unions do the following:create a sense of urgency around solving a particular problem;create a vision, a large goal, that people can embrace; andbuild a guiding coalition that empowers people to act on the vision. continue reading »last_img read more

How to screw your members (and get away with it)

first_imgHow was your last visit to the DMV? Did you walk right in, waltz up to an open window, renew your license, and leave within five minutes? How about your trip to the prescription counter at your neighborhood drugstore? If you did, please forward me your secret. Forbes magazine lists shoddy customer service as #6 in the top ten of consumer complaints.You may not mean to screw your members.  In fact, you probably want just the opposite. But when you turn a blind eye to service standards and focus on growth despite poor service, that’s exactly what you’re doing. Your members have made a conscious decision: “Hey, I’m going to trust you with my hard-earned paycheck. I’m even going to do one of the most vulnerable things a human can do—share my finances with you—so I can borrow some of your money.”What do they often get in return? A loan officer who can’t be bothered to return a phone call. A teller who is too busy snapchatting. A team leader who is too task saturated to recognize there’s a problem with either one of those scenarios. How’s that for a “thank you” to those members who have chosen you above any of the dozen options within a few miles of your branch?Businesses are losing $62 billion per year due to poor customer service. (To put it in context, that’s up $20 billion since 2013 or a 210% increase in just four years.) Here’s some additional perspective for you:If a member follows up multiple times regarding the same issue, this is often considered “multiple problems” because it takes separate amounts of time to contact support and get a resolution.Bad service enables small single problems to turn into multiple larger issues. Too often the opportunity to fix the initial issue is missed. The risk of members leaving is already scary enough, but a large base of price sensitive (read: I’m totally in this for myself) mass transit to another financial institution is a given.When I was a radio DJ, statistics showed that no more than 2% of your listeners would pick up the phone and call in. The same holds true for unhappy members. Most of your members won’t bother contacting you when they run into an issue. Instead, they’ll sit in silence, holding a grudge. To make matters worse, they will not even consider you the next time they need a loan.A recent survey done by American Express found that while 46% of Americans say they always tell others about good service experiences, more people say they talk about poor service. In fact, 60% said they always share the bad experience. Plus, they tell nearly three times as many people. Good news: You’re getting that coveted “word of mouth marketing” for free. Bad news: It may be costing you dearly.What’s the true cost of turning a blind eye to poor service?86% of consumers said they’ve quit doing business with a company due to a bad customer experience.51% of consumers admitted they’d only try to contact support once before giving up on a purchase.When asked about why they’d given up on a company’s customer support, 73% of customers cited incompetent (and rude) replies as their primary reason.Loyal customers are cheaper to retain and are willing to spend more. 78% of them will recommend your product to others after a great experience.Think you’re doing great when it comes to service? While 80% of companies believe they provide a “superior customer experience,” only 8% of customers agreed.My advice is this: before you start budgeting for marketing in 2018, understand how much opportunity might be lost due to poor service. Does your member experience truly live up to what you think the experience is? So much focus is being put on growth at credit unions that current members are being overlooked. “But we already have them!” Yup. But do you have all of their business? Could you be earning more by treating them well and asking for additional ways to serve? Remember, you’re serving a member, not a life sentence. Learn how to enjoy your work. 99SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Detailslast_img read more

Bay Shore Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 48-year-old man was killed when he crashed his motorcycle on the Southern State Parkway in his hometown of Bay Shore on Wednesday morning.New York State police said Philip Hittel was riding a Harley Davidson on the Bay Shore Road entrance ramp to the westbound side of the parkway, when he rear-ended a Chevrolet Malibu at 8:15 a.m.Hittel, who was ejected from his motorcycle, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, where he died from his injuries shortly later.Police are continuing the investigation, and ask any witnesses to call them at 631-756-3300.last_img read more

Cadets among 22 dead in ‘shock’ Ukraine military plane crash

first_imgThe injured are in a “critical” condition, regional governor Oleksiy Kucher said on Facebook.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the crash as a “terrible tragedy” and said he would travel to the Kharkiv region on Saturday. “We are urgently creating a commission to investigate all the circumstances and causes of the tragedy,” he wrote on Facebook.The plane crashed at around 8:50 pm local time (17:50 GMT), two kilometers from the Chuhuiv military air base, the emergency services said.In photos released by the emergency services, firefighters in helmets and reflective clothing sprayed aircraft debris with jets of water.Read also: Human error caused Pakistan plane crash that killed 97: Initial reportTraining flight The body of the plane burst into flames on landing and firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze after an hour.The town of Chuhuiv is around 30 kilometers southeast of Kharkiv and 100 kilometers west of the front line where government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists.The presidency said that according to preliminary information the transport plane crashed during a training flight. The EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell sent his condolences on behalf of the bloc.”My thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives,” he tweeted.Several military planes have crashed in Ukraine during training flights in recent years.A pilot was killed in December 2018 after his Su-27 fighter crashed during landing in the Zhytomyr region.Two months earlier, the same model of fighter crashed in a neighboring region during the Clear Sky 2018 joint military exercises between Ukraine and NATO countries, killing the American and Ukrainian pilots on board.In 2002, a Su-27 fell into the crowd at an airshow in Lviv in the western Ukraine killing 77 people and injuring 165 others. The Antonov-26 is a light transport aircraft designed in Ukraine during the Soviet era.It is 24 meters long and has a wingspan of 29 meters and can fly at a cruising speed of 440 kilometers per hour.In 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was downed killing 298 people over an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists.Moscow has denied the findings of international investigators that a Russian BUK missile hit the Malaysian Airlines flight.Topics : Footage of the crash released by officials on social media showed the smoldering remains of the Antonov-26 transport plane.”Most of [the dead] were students” of the Kharkiv National Air Force University, the air force said in a statement.There were 27 people on board, 20 cadets and seven crew, it added. Twenty-two have been confirmed dead, two are injured and “the search for three more people continues”, the emergency services said. At least 22 people including military cadets were killed and two others were seriously injured on Friday when a Ukrainian air force plane crashed near Kharkiv in the east of the country, the interior ministry said.Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko confirmed the death toll to AFP, describing the incident as a “shock”, and saying that the cause of the crash was being investigated.last_img read more

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville blast David Luiz after his nightmare display for Arsenal against Manchester City

first_imgJamie Carragher and Gary Neville blast David Luiz after his nightmare display for Arsenal against Manchester City Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jun 2020 10:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link700Shares David Luiz was sent off after bringing down Riyad Mahrez (Getty Images)‘It’s happened so often before with him,’ Carragher told Sky Sports at half-time.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Concentration… maybe he thought it was easy to deal with when it came in.‘I know Kevin De Bruyne puts a good ball in. Maybe it’s come off the turf and it’s added an extra bit of pace.‘But it’s happened so often it’s no surprise why he’s on the bench. David Luiz’s error led to Raheem Sterling’s opening goal for Manchester City (Sky Sports) David Luiz’s woeful performance was capped by a red card in the 50th minute (Getty Images)‘As I said before the game, I don’t think there’s any future for David Luiz at Arsenal next season. That probably puts paid to that as well.’Speaking at full-time, Carragher added: ‘Whether you like David Luiz or not, the sad thing is I don’t think we’ll see him in the Premier League ever again, and he does provide us with entertainment, whatever you think.‘I don’t see how Mikel Arteta, after that performance, can put him back in under any circumstances, really. Certainly if they are out of the running for the Champions League.‘The mistakes he’s made tonight… put a kid in [instead]. I know they’ve got injury problems.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think that’s the last we’ll see. There’s no way he’s getting a contract. I think that’s possibly the last time we’ll see David Luiz in the Premier League.‘It’s unbelievable in some ways that he’s kidded so many people in football, he’s actually gone for £50 million, £60 million in transfer fees now.’Speaking after Luiz’s red card in the second half, Neville said: ‘I have no words really, I’ve said everything I’ve got to say.‘He never learns, he’s so rash.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement David Luiz had a game to forget as Arsenal struggled against Manchester City (PA)Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have slammed David Luiz after his nightmare display in Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City on Wednesday.The 33-year-old was surprisingly benched for the Gunners’ trip to the Etihad Stadium, with Mikel Arteta claiming that ‘a few things that happened in recent weeks’ led to his decision.However, Luiz was brought on after just 24 minutes after Pablo Mari suffered an injury.But the Brazilian struggled to get up to speed and his error led to Raheem Sterling’s opening goal as he failed to properly intercept Kevin De Bruyne’s pass.ADVERTISEMENTBut things got worse for Luiz shortly after half time after he gave away a penalty and was sent off for bringing down Riyad Mahrez inside Arsenal’s box. Advertisementlast_img read more

Wake up to gorgeous views from this riverside home

first_imgThe home at 2 Warburton St, Murrumba Downs.THIS four-bedroom home with entertainment deck and pool is on the North Pine River in Murrumba Downs.Owner Warren Marsden said 2 Warburton St was in the perfect location, tucked away in quiet street with views of the river.“The location is what really attracted me,” he said.“I like the serenity of being on the water and this home has a very relaxed feel, being in the position it is in.” The home at 2 Warburton St, Murrumba Downs.On the ground floor there is a living area, two bedrooms with built-in robes, a bathroom and separate toilet.There is also a study which could also be used as a bedroom, a laundry and double sliding doors that open to the patio and in-ground swimming pool.A timber staircase leads to the second level where there is a lounge room and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The big kitchen has plenty of bench and cupboard space and the open-plan area opens to the full length deck. The living area at 2 Warburton St, Murrumba Downs.Outside, there is a fenced in-ground saltwater pool with spa feature and river views.Mr Marsden said there was a back gate that opened to the riverside park area and a little beach area.“The council really maintain the park area and you can fish from the beach,” he said.Mr Marsden said the home would suit a family or someone who likes to entertain.The property is being marketed by David Merryweather, of REMAX Ultimate, for offers over $639,000.center_img The kitchen at 2 Warburton St, Murrumba Downs.“I often sit on the top deck and I have a barbecue there as well,” Mr Marsden said.“It’s a nice big deck with plenty of room for outdoor furniture and we get good views of the river.”Back inside, the master bedroom has a walk-in robe and an ensuite with dual basins.There is also a powder room on the second level.last_img read more

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