Nile Rodgers Shares Previously Unreleased 1982 “Let’s Dance” Demo For David Bowie’s Birthday [Listen]

first_imgIn honor of what would have been David Bowie‘s 71st birthday today, January 8th, 2018, a previously unreleased demo of his worldwide hit “Let’s Dance” has been shared online. As Bowie’s collaborator and producer on the track/album, Nile Rodgers (Chic), says of the unearthed recording in a statement,”This demo gives you, the fans, a bird’s eye view of the very start of it.” In the recording, the horns, percussion, reverb, Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar solo, and signature Bowie sonic shimmer for which the song is known have yet to be added. Both Bowie’s vocals and Rodgers’ signature funky rhythm guitar style are pushed way up in the mix, giving the song a more organic sound.You can listen to the early “Let’s Dance” demo bel0w via YouTube user David Bowie – Topic:For comparison, listen to the completed studio version of “Let’s Dance”, as released in 1983:Bowie and Rodgers recorded this stripped-down version of the hit single on December 19th – 20th, 1982 at Montreux, Switzerland’s Mountain Studios. As Nile explains of the collaboration, “I woke up on my first morning in Montreux with David peering over me. He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, ‘Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!’” Bowie was so excited about the new song and eager to record it that he pulled together a band of local musicians to get it laid down. There is no record of who played the second guitar or drums on this one-off recording session. As Rodgers muses, “If you played 2nd guitar or drums, let us know who you are.”The demo concludes with Bowie exclaiming, “That’s it! That’s it! Got it,” a remarkable snippet that shows how quickly the artist was aware that they had something truly special on their hands. 35+ years later, the world is still dancing to “Let’s Dance”.[h/t – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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Aqueous Shares Full-Show, Pro-Shot Video From Stanley Hotel Performance [Watch]

first_imgAqueous has shared the pro-shot, full-show video from their recent performance at Estes Park, Colorado’s Stanley Hotel back on February 16th. The performance that evening was the second of five Colorado shows (and seventh show overall) as part of the rock quartet’s ongoing winter tour alongside BIG Something.Related: Aqueous’s Mike Gantzer Recaps 2018 Highlights, Prepares For All-Improv SetThe night’s performance began with the band grooving into “Weight of the Word”, an original tune off their 2018 Color Wheel LP. The opening song of the night heard Dave Loss hammering away on his keyboard while Mike Gantzer eased into the tune on guitar before starting into the vocals. The set continued with a funk-filled “Origami” followed by “The Median”, showcasing some excellent guitar work from both Loss and Gantzer on the latter. The band then went into “Random Company”, a hard-hitting but spacey tune from their 2016 Best In Show EP, which continued right into a cover of Gorillaz‘ “Clint Eastwood” with Loss on vocals. To add to the band’s rendition of the Gorillaz hit, the Aqueous fellas welcomed BIG Something’s Nick MacDaniels to the stage to perform the song’s rap verse in fine fashion before returning to “Random Company”.The show continued with a high-energy performance of “Aldehyde” before closing out with “Half In, Half Out”. Fans can watch the video below to relive that night’s entire performance in full.Aqueous – Stanley Hotel – 2/16/2019[Video: Aqueous]Aqueous continues their run of winter shows with the next performance scheduled for Friday, March 15th, at Anthology in Rochester, NY. The performance will see the band playing three full sets, including one comprised of complete group improvisation for the first time ever. Fans can head to the tour page on Aqueous’ website for tickets and info to upcoming shows.Setlist: Aqueous | Stanley Hotel | Estes Park, CO | 2/16/2019Set: Weight of the Word, Origami, The Median, Random Company > Clint Eastwood* (Gorillaz cover) > Random Company, Aldehyde, Half In, Half Out^* w/ Nick MacDaniels of Big Something on vocals^ “Enter Sandman” (Metallica) teaselast_img read more

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American Utility Giant Earmarks $1.8 Billion for Renewable Generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:American Electric Power (AEP), one of the United State’s largest power companies and one that owns a disproportionate share of coal assets, announced that it will invest $1.8 billion in new renewable energy projects during the 2018-2020 timeframe. This is nearly five times the company’s current investment in renewable energy generation by dollar value.This $1.8 billion will represent around 10% of the company’s planned capital outlays during the period, 72% of which will go to its transmission and distribution businesses. While AEP still owns 60 power plants totaling 26 GW of capacity (47% of which is coal-fired generation), in the past 10 years the company has taken a sharp turn in strategy away from investing in generation towards its transmission and distribution.Details in an AEP press release and a conference presentation are sparse. But while it appears that most of this will be wind, among the 5.57 GW of renewable energy projects identified for completion through 2025 under to serve its regulated utility businesses the company is looking at 1.37 GW of solar.AEP has also revealed that among the $1.8 billion for renewables it plans to invest $1.3 billion in projects under power contracts. These investments will be split over its AEP Onsite Partners and AEP Renewables subsidiaries, with Onsite Partners owning distributed generation and selling the power to schools, municipalities, hospitals and other commercial and industrial customers. In addition to distributed solar, Onsite Partners plans to build and own both energy storage and substations.The capacity of wind and solar assets owned by these companies are much smaller at present, together representing investments of less than $400 million. AEP Onsite Partners holds 31 MW of solar in operation and 42 MW under construction, and AEP Renewables currently owns three utility-scale wind and solar projects totaling 116 MW. The latter includes the 62 MW Boulder Solar 2 project.AEP characterizes its approach to these contracts as looking to develop fully contracted assets with strong credit counterparties, with the aim of seeking long-term, predictable cash flows. This will include specific requirements on project returns, and what it calls a “measured” approach to project risks.More: AEP to invest $1.8 billion in renewables over the next three years American Utility Giant Earmarks $1.8 Billion for Renewable Generationlast_img read more

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Leverage the data advantage

first_imgCredit unions are awash in data, but until recently there were few options for leveraging this data for better decision making. That has changed with the emergence of two major innovations.First, the data integration challenge has been solved by products like OnApproach M360 Enterprise, which has the capability to bring all the data from a credit union into a centralized platform. Where in the past, valuable credit union data was locked up in various “silos”, now data across the credit union’s systems portfolio can be brought together in an easily accessible repository.Second, there has been an explosion of data analytics and visualization products that connect to the centralized platform. Previously, these products were hobbled by the necessity of corralling the required data from the credit union’s source systems. This added significant cost and time to projects since each data integration effort had to be done from scratch. Now, with standardized connectors to the centralized platform, these products can be implemented in a fraction of the time at a lower cost.With these two innovations, credit unions finally have a data advantage. In other words, the data and tools to use the data can now be at their fingertips. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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‘Unprecedented’ mental health issues seen in Hong Kong amid virus fears

first_imgAs Hong Kong tries to contain the coronavirus outbreak, medical experts say many in the Asian financial hub are reeling from increased anxiety and an unprecedented level of mental health issues.The SARS-CoV-2 epidemic came after months of tumultuous anti-government protests that had already led to a sharp increase in depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they said.It also touches on fears of the 2003 SARS epidemic, which killed nearly 300 people in the city. “Hoarding tissue, bags of rice, are measures to cope with the anxiety rather than fulfilling needs of daily life. They are hoarding way beyond their only needs,” said Eliza Cheung, a clinical psychologist at Hong Kong Red Cross.Hong Kong has about 100 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and has reported two deaths.A mental health hotline the government opened in January has received about 25,000 calls, authorities said, while voluntary groups have sprung into action to help counsel people, particularly those quarantined at home.”We have everyone calling from the entire spectrum, elderly from the nursing home to teenagers. We are just trying to hang onto each day as it is at the moment,” said Karman Leung, chief executive of Samaritans Hong Kong, a local non-governmental organization that assists people in distress.Low-income residents have been particularly hurt by a deepening slowdown in Hong Kong’s economy, battered by protests and the Sino-US trade war.The Society for Community Organization (SoCO), a local organization that works on poverty alleviation, said 70 percent of poor families can’t afford masks and disinfectant.Authorities have pledged cash handouts to residents and tax breaks to businesses. Last week, the city’s finance secretary unveiled measures to allocate “sufficient resources” to help with mental health problems.Some residents remain optimistic.”This virus, I thought it came at a good time, where we are so divided. Hopefully it will bring us together again. Each one of us hopefully trying to fight this disease,” said Derek Au, 46, a Hong Kong resident. “Hong Kong is in a unique position, due to changes to our routine, previous months of social unrest and deep memories of SARS,” said Carol Liang, an executive at Mind Hong Kong, a mental health charity in the former British colony.A University of Hong Kong survey found that a third of adults in the special administrative region reported symptoms of PTSD, up from 2 percent in 2015, while 11 percent reported depression, up from 2 percent during the Occupy protests in 2014.Since January, tens of thousands have been working from home, many cooped up in tiny apartments, while the stockpiling of basic food and cleaning products has become common.Children stuck at home must grapple with online learning while many families, particularly the poor, are unable to get protective gear.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Czech court ups sentence for Kvitova knife attacker

first_img After suffering the cuts, Kvitova offered him money to leave the flat, which he accepted. Last March Zondra was sentenced to eight years in prison by a regional court while serving a prison term for another crime. Loading… A Czech court said Wednesday it had raised the prison term for the man who had attacked two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova with a knife at her Czech home to 11 years from a previous eight. “We have changed the crime classification from serious battery to a serious case of burglary with a longer prison term,” Stanislav Cik, spokesman for the High Court in the eastern city of Olomouc, told AFP. A Czech court raises to the prison term from eight to 11 years for a man who launched a knife attack against tennis star Petra Kvitova. “The ruling is legitimate,” he added. The attacker and the prosecution had appealed against the original sentence. The 29-year-old world number seven Kvitova suffered career-threatening injuries to her playing left hand as she fought off the intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December 2016. Police said the attacker, identified as 34-year-old Radim Zondra, did not know whose flat he was entering after pretending to be a technician checking boilers.Advertisement Read Also:Nadal insists Federer Slam record not on his mind Kvitova, who has identified the attacker, is currently playing at Brisbane International tournament in the run-up to the Australian Open where she reached the finals last year. Despite grim forecasts by doctors, who even warned she might lose her fingers, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion has recovered and continued her successful career. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature LookThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

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Clippers land Morris for playoff push at NBA trade deadline

first_img Loading… The Los Angeles Clippers, pushing to improve at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, obtained power forward Marcus Morris from New York on a busy day of dealmaking for league clubs. Trade information was all from multiple media reports as clubs worked to make deals involving several teams or decided not to change the roster with just over two months remaining until the playoffs. New York reportedly traded forward Marcus Morris, one of the NBA’s top 3-point shooters, to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, one of several deals makde at the NBA trade deadline The Clippers, powered by 2019 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kawhi Leonard who left Toronto to join his hometown club, swung a three-team deal to land Morris, averaging a career-best 19.6 points with the Knicks this season. “They gotta dog in Hollyhood,” Morris tweeted. “LAClippers lets gets it.” Morris gives the Clippers the NBA’s fifth-ranked 3-point shooter, hitting 43.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc, to add an outside threat alongside Leonard and Paul George. Under terms of the deal, as reported by ESPN and The Athletic websites, the Clippers obtained Morris and Isaiah Thomas from Washington, sent Moe Harkless and a first-round pick in June’s NBA Draft to New York and dealt guard Jerome Robinson to Washington. The Clippers are expected to release Thomas, making him a free agent. He averages 12.2 points and 3.7 assists a game with the Wizards. The Denver Nuggets, chasing the Clippers and the Western Conference leader Los Angeles Lakers, landed guard Jordan McRae from Washington for Shabazz Napier, according to the Washington Post. The Lakers, who didn’t make any deadline deals, are looking at free agent guards J.R. Smith and Darren Collison, according to the New York Times. Read Also: Howard returns to Slam Dunk event at NBA All-Star Game Andre Iguodala was sent from Memphis to Miami with Minnesota sending Senegalese center Gorgui Dieng to Memphis for James Johnson as part of the trade deal. Philadelphia reportedly landed guards Alec Burks and Glen Robinson III from Golden State and sent forward James Ennis to Orlando for a second-round NBA Draft selection. Haitian center Skal Labissiere was sent from Portland to Atlanta for cash, where he figures to back up newly obtained Clint Capela from Houston, which according to ESPN landed a reserve big man in Brazil’s Bruno Caboclo. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldcenter_img The Clippers are also reportedly looking at Collison while the Lakers would reunite Smith with former Cleveland teammate LeBron James if they sign him. Smith and James were on the Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA championship squad. Detroit center Andre Drummond, the NBA’s top rebounder with 15.8 a game as well as 17.8 points a contest, is being sent to Cleveland, with the Detroit Free Press saying guard Brandon Knight, center John Henson and a second-round pick are going to the Pistons. D’Angelo Russell is being sent from Golden State to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins in a deal ESPN and the Star Tribune newspaper report, with two draft picks also going to Minnesota and Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman also going to the Warriors. Clippers land Morris for playoff push at NBA trade deadlinehttps://t.co/JarjPpBDhj#[email protected]@[email protected] pic.twitter.com/pEKSaNzEIV— fastbreak (@FastBreakPHNews) February 7, 2020last_img read more

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FIFA vows to deliver carbon-neutral 2022 World Cup

first_imgFIFA and the State of Qatar have jointly launched a sustainability strategy for the 2022 World Cup, headlined by a commitment to deliver carbon-neutrality across the event’s operations. FIFA President Gianni Infantino The 22-point strategy states that carbon-neutrality will be reached “before the tournament kicks off” and that FIFA will apply for ISO 20121:2012 and the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard certifications ahead of time. It commits FIFA and its partners across Qatar to design and construct sites in ways which minimise their energy, resource and carbon impact across both operations and embodied materials. While it stops short of committing to any certification for sites, it binds all constructors to sourcing local materials and talent. As for operational emissions from the tournament itself, FIFA and the State of Qatar have pledged to “measure, mitigate and offset” all emissions related to match-day events. This includes energy-related emissions for sites as well as team transport emissions. The bodies have not confirmed the extent of their plans for offsetting or provided details about their plans to “mitigate” emissions, such as which technologies and systems they will invest in to decarbonise the event’s most-emitting activities, and when emissions benefits of these investments will be realised. FIFA first promised a carbon-neutral World Cup for the 2006 tournament. Since then, the event’s footprint has grown considerably – the 2018 World Cup in Russia generated 2.17 million tonnes of emissions, of which 98.6% were classed within Scope 3 (indirect) emissions. At every iteration since 2006, international travel has accounted for the greatest proportion of the World Cup’s Scope 3 emissions. In 2018, the proportion stood at 57%. In 2014, the Brazilian Government’s launch of an offsetting scheme to reduce emissions from travel using a voluntary cancellation of carbon credits drew much excitement. But it was later denounced as “hot air” by the Environmental Defense Fund. In a bid to address the challenge differently, FIFA began offering free carbon offsetting to ticket holders for the 2018 event, incentivising uptake with a prize draw for tickets to the final. While this ultimately generated more impact than the 2014 project, the scheme was capped at 34,500 fans out of the three million who attended. Away from carbon, the sustainability strategy for the tournament outlines environmental targets across air pollution, waste generation and water use. On air pollution, the strategy promises training sites for staff, which will offer practical advice on minimising the air pollution impacts of construction and site operation. It also binds FIFA to working with local public transport providers in order to maximise efficiencies and reduce particulate emissions. The waste pledge is somewhat less concrete – it simply states that event operators will “minimise waste sent to landfill”, without setting a percentage target or outlining where and how diverted waste will be processed. The water pledge is similarly non-numerical and not time-bound. “[We will] minimise water use during the construction and operation of FIFA World Cup 2022 sites and promote water conservation in related sectors,” it states. Environmental targets form one pillar of a wider five-pronged approach, also covering social sustainability, human impact, governance and economic targets. “The FIFA World Cup offers us a unique opportunity to bring about positive change – one that FIFA and Qatar cannot, and will not, let slip away,” FIFA’s secretary-general Fatma Samoura said. FIFA and the State of Qatar claim the strategy, in its entirety, is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. Targets are matched up to one or more of the SDGs on the strategy document, with the exception of SDGs 1, No Poverty; 2, Zero Hunger; 5, Gender Equality and 14, Life Below Water. With recent research revealing that as much as $12trn and 380 million jobs could be generated by 2030 if the SDGs are placed at the heart of global economic strategies, FIFA is not alone in using the Global Goals as a framework. As of May 2019, 193 countries, more than 10,000 companies and investors with more than $4trn in assets have pledged their support to the SDGs. 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State Road 56 chip & seal planned for Monday

first_imgMadison, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to chip seal the 7¼-mile segment of State Road 56 from just beyond Madison’s east limits to Shirks Hollow Road at Brooksburg, weather permitting, on Monday, July 2. Flaggers will direct traffic around pavement preservation operations on the scenic highway between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.INDOT’s current schedule calls for a fog seal to be applied on Thursday, July 12.Chip seals coat the existing pavement with liquid asphalt—sealing cracks and protecting the roadbed from harmful ultraviolet rays.  This extends service life and lowers maintenance costs.  Small chips of limestone are used to cover the asphalt—choking it from spraying vehicles or sticking to tires.  The aggregate chips also restore surface friction for improved skid resistance and driver safety.Fog seals are light sprays of liquid asphalt that lock in the stone and further overcoat the highway with sealant protection.These chip and fog seals are extremely cost-effective.  Experience shows that every $1 spent on these kinds of surface treatments saves $6 to $14 in taxpayer expenditures “down the road”.last_img read more

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Lady Wildcats Defeated By Lady Trojans

first_imgFC was not able to pull out a Conference win tonight against EC 25-6, 25-13, 25-12. The team is working hard but I see a few changes coming. They are wanting to get back on track and it’s time we make those tough decisons to get there. Anna Sacksteder had 2 blocks and Kaitlyn Obert had 1 block. Jalynn Rogers lead the team with 9 digs. Rachel Bischoff added 4 digs. Layne Steele and Meredith Bohman each had 1 kill. The Lady Cats will host Rushville at 5 PM on Wednesday. We are FC!!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.Tonight was a huge win for the Freshman Wildcats! We beat East Central in 3 hard fought sets 23-25, 25-18, 15-10 and are currently undefeated in the EIAC! All of the girls played an awesome game and played so well as a team! Saige Mergenthal led the team in kills with 3, with Alex Gillman, Kaitlynn Brunemann, and Jenna Bruns each with 2. Saige also had 2 blocks, with Meredith Hoff and Jenna with 1. Kylie Lea and Saige each had 3 aces, and in total the team had 14! I’m so proud of how well they all played and fought hard for the win! Keep up the good work ladies!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jessica Baker.last_img read more

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