Fans of Bruce Springsteen were heartbroken in 2011, when longtime saxophonist Clarence Clemons passed away after complications from a stroke. Clemons joined The E Street Band in 1972, and remained a vital component of Springsteen’s sound up until his 2011 death. Just a few days ago, Springsteen released a new live album which pays tribute to Clemons’ legacy.The new album features the saxophonist’s final performance with Bruce and co. Taken from a Buffalo performance on November 22nd, 2009, the newly released audio also features a full performance of Springsteen’s 1973 debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. The 34-song setlist is filled with classics from the Boss’s catalog, including an opener of “Wrecking Ball” and tracks like “Thunder Road”, “Rosalita” and so many more.The show can be found on Bruce Springsteen’s website, with options to purchase digitally or on CD. Enjoy this powerful performance by following the link here. You can see the setlist below.Setlist: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band | HSBC Arena | Buffalo, NY | 11/22/09Wrecking BallThe Ties That BindHungry HeartWorking on a DreamGreetings from Asbury Park, N.JBlinded by the LightGrowin’ UpMary Queen of Arkansas (First performance since 2002)Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?Lost in the FloodThe Angel (First performance since 1996)Play VideoFor YouSpirit in the NightIt’s Hard to Be a Saint in the CityWaitin’ on a Sunny DayThe Promised LandRestless Nights (Live debut)Surprise, SurpriseGreen Onions (Booker T. & The MG’s cover)Merry Christmas, Baby (Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers cover) (First time live since 2004)Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Harry Reser and His Orchestra cover)(I Don’t Want to) Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes (Chuck Willis cover) (Sign request)Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker cover) (Sign request)My Love Will Not Let You DownLong Walk HomeThe RisingBorn to RunTenth Avenue Freeze-Out (Not on written setlist)Encore:I’ll Work for Your Love (Tour debut)Thunder RoadAmerican LandDancing in the DarkRosalita (Come Out Tonight)(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson cover)Rockin’ All Over the World (John Fogerty cover)
Butch Trucks, the legendary founding drummer of the Allman Brothers Band, was born on May 11, 1947, leaving an indelible mark on the music community before tragically passing away in December of 2017. Trucks had been an active musician for 50-plus years, helping to start the Allmans in 1969 and remaining a vital part of its lineup and tradition until his death.One of the most fun crossover moments for fans of the jam scene came in 1995, when Phish visited Trucks’ hometown of West Palm Beach in Florida. Phish was really making a name for themselves around this time, and they’d garnered a strong reputation within the musician community.When the band arrived at the West Palm Beach Auditorium, they invited Mr. Trucks up on stage at the end of the second set, entreating him to keep down the rhythm for “Possum”. Fortunately, video of this sit-in exists, and we can watch it below.[Video: IkoIko95]This sit-in would kick off a long, albeit sporadic, relationship between Phish and the Allman Brothers. Trucks would again sit-in with Phish in 1996, and members of Phish have sat in with the Allmans over the years. You can watch a rendition of “Franklin’s Tower,” played by the Allman Brothers with Trey Anastasio, here.R.I.P. Butch.
Folks have a lot of feelings about technology this year. Since March, it’s been a binding force as we reshape how we work. We face video conferencing fatigue, dropped connections, and the missed human contact that we individually and collectively need.With technology experiences in mind, we began a study at the beginning of this year, when work was still a physical place we went. Our first-ever Brain on Tech study captures the relationship between technology, our productivity at work and how we feel.So how do you measure the impact of technology on people? With technology, of course! This first-ever neuroscientific research experiment by Dell used brain sensing headsets to monitor the brainwaves of participants. By monitoring activity and responses to specific situations, we could measure how technology affects our ability to work and its impact on our overall well-being.Insights from the study show where companies can take immediate action to help employees be more effective – that’s what I call happy and productive – and reduce employee burn out. From planning employee onboarding with HR, to IT saving the day in emergent situations – our customers work hard to get the right experiences to their people, and we want to help with that.Be Effective at WorkToday employees navigate multiple places of work, with different experiences and protocols according to their location and connectivity. In these situations, failing technology can quickly escalate a stressful situation, especially without easy face-to-face access to IT. Our research revealed:Having challenging technology was more than twice as stressful as using good tech to achieve an equivalent task. The increased stress level was even higher than an unwilling person being asked to sing an unfamiliar song in public.However, the study also discovered significant decreases in stress once participants received and used better functioning technology.It seems obvious that good is good and bad is bad, but when you’re making choices about technology, there are very specific things that haunt employees on an ongoing basis. These include password changes, system lockouts and network connectivity. Unifying the end-user experience can help. Centralized reporting and administration across a variety of devices – corporate and user owned – can help.“…when you’re making choices about technology, there are very specific things that haunt employees on an ongoing basis”ShareAt Dell, we do this by delivering solutions that work best in mixed ecosystems and enable secure and productive work from anywhere. Our approach to employee-centric IT begins with Workforce Persona Consulting Services, where we match employees with stress-free devices, peripherals, apps and experiences that best fit their roles and workstyles. With Dell Technologies Unified Workspace, IT managers can deploy, secure, manage and support those devices regardless of where the employee chooses to work. We can provision devices and deliver new hardware right to an employee’s door, providing them with a seamless technology experience before they even power up.Even Little Experiences MatterHigh and low points in technology use have an extended impact on how employees feel.In Brain on Tech, we studied the password log-in experience to gauge the specific impact of the universal “I cannot log in and work” experience. What we found:Password log-in malfunctions to access the computer under time pressure increased stress by 31 percent within five seconds. This stress seemed to carry over into tasks that the user performed afterwards, preventing users from calming down.How do you keep it simple with passwords? To ensure employees have seamless and frictionless experiences during log-in attempts, Dell created Express Sign-In, a feature that will lock your device when you’re away from the computer, and then unlock it automatically when you come back to it – all using biometric technology. Marry that to contextual access and simplified password resets via Dell Technologies Unified Workspace, and your end-user computing experience just got a whole lot more end-user friendly.Stay Fresh to Ensure the BestAn age-old deliberation among IT folks is Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). We know today that increased management and security capabilities help IT make the case for refreshing hardware more often than not; but how do you quantify employee productivity and happiness?Companies that invest and provide good technology to their workforces reap benefits that give them a competitive edge. This marriage of productivity and happiness can be yielded via good technology. The Brain on Tech research revealed:Another word about security: Beyond the impact it has on employees, outdated technology is more vulnerable to cyberattacks. We recommend businesses avoid extending the use of technology (hardware/software) beyond a three-year lifecycle to keep up with the rate of innovation, which is consistently providing faster, more secure devices. Businesses can also guard against silent attacks at the BIOS level with Dell SafeBIOS.Intelligence: “Thanks, I didn’t know I needed that.”Do you want to give your end users more options, or do you want to solve problems for them that they didn’t know were solvable? In today’s multitasking world, PCs are filled with applications and software that enable employees to triple-task between responding to emails, working on a project and communicating with colleagues and clients. Failures in the midst of one’s workflow can substantially impact employee performance and attitude.Have you ever freaked out over a lost file? The thought of losing work gives me an elevated heart rate as I type. The pain is real, put into numbers via Our Brain on Tech measurements. For example, employees that suffered a loss of spreadsheet data experienced a 17 percent increase in stress levels in just 8 seconds.In response to the universal problem of balancing application and device performance, Dell created Dell Optimizer, a built-in, AI-based optimization software that learns and responds to the way employees work. Dell Optimizer is designed to automatically improve application performance, battery run time and audio settings in the background — so employees have a seamless experience with fewer disruptions.And continuing in the realm of things that automatically make technology better, Dell also has SupportAssist, our AI-based automated and predictive support technology. SupportAssist can monitor and repair your fleet, proactively alerting you and Dell if an issue is detected so that the resolution processes can begin.Every day we focus on delivering technology for humans, and Our Brain on Tech research gives us new ways of looking at the benefits of improved experiences for you and your people. For our team at Dell, we’ll continue upping our game when it comes to technology experiences and innovations. They matter more than ever before. The Experiment MethodologyIn early 2020, Dell and EMOTIV developed a custom experiment to measure the reactions of users of various ages and computer literacy levels as they completed cognitively challenging tasks under time using both good and bad PC technology. EMOTIV’s EPOC+ wireless Brainwear® headsets were used to collect participants’ brain data in a work environment. Levels of stress, focus, excitement and frustration were assessed in real-time leveraging EMOTIV’s proprietary machine learning algorithms.EMOTIV researchers studied adult users representative of a modern workforce, including mixed gender, ages, computer literacy and familiarity with computerized workplaces. Participants in a work environment were required to complete cognitively challenging tasks under time pressure with the prospect of a reward tied to the level of completion of the tasks.Two conditions were tested in a block design using similar task loads. In the “Bad Computer” experimental condition, users were provided with a unreliable laptop with planted bugs, while during condition “Good Computer”, users were provided with high-performing computers and screens which streamlined the user experience.EMOTIV also recorded brain activity during various baseline, rest and recovery control conditions and provided happy and stressful videos in order to benchmark responses against known experiences and to measure recovery times.***Research participants used identical Dell Latitude systems and accessories; “bad tech” users had bugs introduced which replicate the common system and software failures. These failures included insufficient bandwidth, memory, security failure, OS update failure. All research participants completed a series of including drafting and sending emails, creating documents and spreadsheets, connecting to wireless networks, changing passwords, configuring their SSO and attending virtual meetings.
Notre Dame students will have an opportunity to provide a lifesaving resource while also besting a rival during next week’s Notre Dame versus USC blood drive competition. James Mancino, blood drive coordinator for the Notre Dame Red Cross Club, said the club is partnering with the St. Joseph County Chapter of the American Red Cross to organize a series of three blood drives. The drives will take place on Monday from noon to 5 p.m. in LaFortune, Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a Red Cross bus outside the Joyce Center and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pasquerilla Center. “It’s always good to compete against USC in any way, shape or form, and this has the added bonus of being life-saving,” Mancino said. Mancino said USC would have five drives throughout the week, so the winner will be judged by average units of blood per drive. Mancino said there is no physical reward for the winning school, though they hope to eventually have a trophy. “We tried to get a trophy to go back and forth, but we don’t have one yet,” he said. “For now it’s about bragging rights – and a good cause and healthy conscience.” This is the first time the Red Cross Club has hosted such an event, but they hope to make it a tradition, he said. “We usually have one drive per semester, so this was a way to establish something a little more permanent,” he said. “We’re working to start a new tradition and establish our club a little more.” Mancino said USC has held a similar annual competition with UCLA for several years, but this year UCLA was unable to participate. This prompted the president of USC’s Red Cross club to call the president of Notre Dame’s club over the summer and begin planning this year’s competition, he said. Mancino said the club hopes to repeat the competition next year and beyond. In the future, he said the club hopes to be able to offer free T-shirts and to expand the event to match USC’s five blood drives in order to compete on the basis of total units of blood collected. To register, go to http://www.redcross.org/. Walk-ins are also welcome. Contact Christian Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite some bone-chilling days with single digit lows, Georgia’s winter was about average in both temperature and precipitation. This winter, which climatologists define as Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, was actually the 57th coldest out of the past 119 winter seasons. This means that 56 years were colder than the 2013-2014 winter season and 62 were warmer. This places it just about right in the middle. Georgia’s winter precipitation was ranked 67th out of 119 years, which means that 66 years were drier and 52 were wetter. The near-normal average temperatures this year were the result of a combination of the scattered days with above normal or record-high temperatures that some parts of the state experienced and the periods of frigid weather that brought very cold temperatures to northern parts of the state. This was the first time that such cold temperatures have been observed in Georgia since the winter of 1995-1996. Periods of very cold weather were more frequent in the 20th century than in recent years. The winter conditions provided plentiful chill hours for peaches across Georgia. The fruit should be in great shape as long as a late frost after blooming does not hurt the development of the peaches this spring. Cold conditions have reduced the average size of Vidalia onions this year as well as cut stands by up to 25 percent. Overall, however, supplies are considered to be very good. Lawns in north Georgia with warm-season grasses like centipede may see some damage due to some of the extreme low temperatures. Some insect pests may have been cut back by the cold weather, but many are well adapted to shelter in the coldest conditions and the rapid swings in temperature may not have provided long enough cold conditions to cause a significant dent in their populations. Other impacts from this winter’s weather include the damage to timber in the mid-February ice storm. The ice caused widespread power outages and tree damage to north central and eastern Georgia, particularly in the Augusta area. While the state is starting to shake off the chill of the last few months, Georgians can expect cooler and wetter than normal conditions across Georgia for the next two weeks, based on predictions from the Climate Prediction Center, NOAA. Gardeners should also remember that a late frost is still possible and perhaps more likely than in other years because the state is in a neutral weather pattern — one not affected by La Nina or El Nino.
EIA: Coal-Fired Electricity Generation in the U.S. Off by 24.2% in First Three Months of This Year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Everett Wheeler for SNL:The latest government figures have coal’s share of U.S. power generation at a significant deficit to that of natural gas through the end of the first quarter as coal-fired generation fell by nearly one-fourth year over year. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal provided 279 million MWh, or 28.7% of the nation’s electricity through the end of March, down 24.2% from the prior year. Meanwhile, natural gas provided 311.8 million MWh, up 6.7% versus the prior year, to account for 32.1% of the nation’s electricity.Year over year, the quarter’s total electricity production was down 5% to 971.1 million MWh.Electricity generation from renewables was up across the board, providing 16.9% of first-quarter power production and helping to offset coal’s declining share of utility-scale generation. Hydroelectric generation climbed 6.5% to 76.9 million MWh to account for 8.9% of the nation’s electricity production. Solar power production climbed 31.4% to 6.7 million MWh, while production from all other renewable sources climbed 22.3% to 80.4 million MWh.As domestic coal production has tracked at roughly one-third below year-ago levels all year, it has helped to keep March’s 5.3 million ton coal stockpile build in line with the 5.4 million ton 10-year average for the month. According to the EIA, power-sector coal stockpiles totaled 194.3 million tons at the end of March, 24.7% above the 10-year average. Given that stockpile level, the government agency estimates days of burn at 24.7% and 40.1%, respectively, above the five-year average for bituminous and subbituminous coal.Even as the government projects the largest domestic coal production decline on record through the end of the year, analysts say elevated stockpiles are hampering the coal market’s recovery, and some coal executives say the industry will never return to its former size. The industry blames environmental regulations, but government analysts see the coal industry in decline whether or not more stringent limits on carbon emissions are enacted.($) Q1 US coal generation down nearly 25% as it cedes market share to gas, renewables
26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions are on the rise, as indicated by the NCUA in the second quarter of 2015. Last week the NCUA reported that the total number of credit union members had surpassed the 101 million mark, and overall lending was up as of the close of Q2.According to the credit union regulatory body, membership in federally insured credit unions grew to 101,084,138, as of June 30th. This is a significant jump of more than three million members since the same period in 2014. Membership continues to grow across the country for individual credit unions as well. For example, Navy Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in the U.S. by total assets, now serves more than 5.6 million people. They reported a 4.56 percent membership growth rate for Q2, up from 2.76 percent in Q1, according to Sageworks Bank Information.Additionally, the NCUA’s quarterly recap of the industry noted that total loans have continued to grow along with membership. Total lending at federally-insured credit unions reached $745.2 billion in the second quarter of 2015. This is an increase of 3.2 percent from Q1, and 10.6 percent from a year earlier.Auto lending has been an area of growth for credit unions over the last several quarters. The NCUA stated that new vehicle loans grew to $92.8 billion, up 3.9 percent from the previous quarter. Year over year, this area of lending has grown 19.5 percent. continue reading »
This post is currently collecting data… The theme for this year’s International Credit Union Day, “Inspiring hope for a global community,” is especially fitting. It has been a challenging year, with the unexpected emergence of COVID-19, the pandemic’s severe economic repercussions and the difficult transition to navigating the “new normal” (that feels anything but normal). Communities everywhere can certainly use some hope.International Credit Union Day is an ideal time to reinforce to members that credit unions are there for them during these tough times, and the assistance CUs provide is heartfelt thanks to the movement’s “people helping people” philosophy. However, this message doesn’t have to be limited to a single day. Credit unions should consider extending this theme throughout the rest of the year, executing a communication campaign that shares success stories mixed with relevant financial advice. Such a campaign can position your institution to meaningfully engage with members and amplify the message of International Credit Union Day, ending a difficult year on an optimistic note.Celebrating Wins (However Small)With the turmoil and stress of the last six months, it’s easy for the bad to overshadow the good. However, many credit unions stepped up to the plate to profoundly help consumers and businesses in their communities. Year end is a great time to recognize these instances of hope and success that might have otherwise gotten lost in the shuffle. This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
This year we are witnessing various absurdities in our tourism and various events, which we can characterize as a general madness in the race for money and the destruction of our so valuable resource – tourism.We are witnessing, as every year, how tourists “reserve” their part of the beach with towels. We are witnessing a chronic lack of parking in our tourist destinations. We are witnessing how suddenly, now that we are finally famous and full of tourists, some tourists and their behavior no longer suit us. It’s great when we have a lot of money from tourists, but we wonder because they have to play music and party so loudly during the evening.Yes, it is best for tourists to just send us money, and not even come!The mentioned problems, as well as various others, are just another proof that we do not care about tourists and tourism and that we do not deal with tourism, but it still happens to us. Yes, all these problems stem from one sad fact, even though we have been in tourism for decades and still do not develop strategically.If we cared about tourists, and we should because we live from them, as well as if we cared about the long-term and strategic development of tourist destinations, we certainly would not have the mentioned problems. Is it really that hard to bring order to “book” a beach with towels. Is it really hard to hire a communal warden to buy towels in the morning and in the evening and throw them in the trash. Or better yet donate them and recycle them to get new value. Is it really that hard to clean the beaches every day, set up enough trash cans, arrange promenades, clean hedgehogs out of the shallows so children don’t step on it… Let’s not forget to talk here about the sea and the beach which is the main resource and motive for coming.Photo: Jutarnji.hrNudity and punishmentIf a tourist destination is strategically developed, then it is known what profile of tourists we want and expect, and accordingly we form a tourist product, prices, offer, content, infrastructure, etc.… Simple, right?But the problem with us is that every destination would like to have everything – from luxury tourism, families with children, retirees, young people looking for fun, etc.… Such an approach is impossible, it’s pears and apples. Each profile of tourists has its own requirements and expectations, which are totally opposite to others. For example, it is certain that families with children want something completely different from young people who attend festivals. Also, the tourists were great to us when they discovered us and started coming. We rubbed our hands and shouted just come and leave the money, not caring about long-term and sustainable development. We’ve snatched, and we’re still snatching money ourselves and not looking at what will be tomorrow. We did not develop tourist destinations and accordingly we did not set rules of conduct.Tourists behave the way we let them and the way we taught them. If I can walk around Hvar naked and get drunk for years in Novalja all night, who is to blame? Tourists or tourist destination? Of course, how can the English not behave like that in London, and the answer is very simple – because they are not allowed and it is punishable. We allowed them to do that and taught them that way because we didn’t care about the development of tourism and the destination, but we looked only at short-term interest and grabbed money from year to year. Of course, such behavior of tourists is not good and how it should be regulated and put in certain frameworks, but again with strategic planning, education and action. And don’t immediately fine them during the peak season. What message are we sending?Now we need to re-educate tourists, and this is an ongoing process, but once tourists are already there, let’s educate them for next year. Let’s communicate with travel agencies the rules of conduct, first warn once, then if necessary a second time and only then a fine. We have gone too far and some destinations have turned into real Sodom and Gomorrah not by chance, on the contrary, consciously because they have not developed strategically.The problem has been screaming for years, and no one cared. Money, money and just grab money – who cares about tomorrow.Photo: vijesti.rtl.hrParkingIf we care about our guests, shouldn’t we care where they will park their vehicles, ie will they be able to park in the destination at all? We are still primarily a destination where most tourists come by car. Now, if someone travels five to ten hours to our destination and knows that it will be difficult to find parking at the start we have a big problem.If we talk about destinations that develop primarily through tourism – living from tourism, especially those in Dalmatia whose space is further cramped due to the highway, why none of these destinations such as Vodice, Biograd na Moru, etc. kup bought and secured land above the highway and provide tourists with parking? If we are talking about destinations that have money, live from tourism and tourists, shouldn’t that be in their interest? Secured parking would solve a big problem for tourists because they would know that they do not have to look for parking after “ten” hours of driving to the destination, which is extremely frustrating. It is clear to you that tourists when they finally come to the destination, all they want is to settle down and refresh themselves in the sea, especially if you are traveling with children.Secured parking would show that you care about tourists, would employ four or more employees, would reduce the crowds in the destination, guests would descend to the destination by electric vehicles. If there was no problem with parking, guests would use their cars more often without fear of having to look for parking again, and they would visit the surrounding destinations by car and thus have a better experience of the whole region, which would further encourage tourist spending.Win-win, right? But first we have to care about tourists and tourism development.Photo: http://www.llog.eur.hrStrategic development of tourist destinations All these problems are so absurd and have been repeated for years, and it is interesting how precisely because of one such absurdity in a row in our tourism, I first started writing a blog, and later started the portal HrTurizam.hr.Tourism is extremely dynamic, complex, heterogeneous, multidisciplinary and connects various industries vertically and horizontally. That is why it is complex and must not be developed by inertia or accident, but only strategically and sustainably. We have to ask ourselves what do we want and which tourists do we want? What is our tourism product? How do we see a destination in 5-10 years? How many destinations can receive guests daily, weekly, monthly? What is our infrastructure like? We need to start dealing with tourism, strategically, sustainably and in the long run. Tourism is a synergy of all stakeholders, and in our country, unfortunately, the opposite is true – dispersion. Everyone, with some exceptions, looks at themselves and their interests in the short term.Lots of questions, but there are answers to all those questions, of course only if we care about strategic and sustainable development. We are destroying destinations and resources, we are turning into a three-star destination for mass tourism, we are breaking records every year, we are currently in trend…. Everything is great and great, right?I wonder: Then why is tourist spending getting smaller and smaller? That is why young people move from “developed” tourist destinations? Why are fewer and fewer locals participating in the tourism product? Why do we have a labor shortage problem?This is just one small cube of our tourist mosaic and issues. He could write a book about all the problems and implications, both bad and positive. I must also mention the WiFi charge, as well as the operation of the air conditioner per hour. How far can we go and exploit tourists, charge them taxes on the air they breathe? Yet our air is clean and special. There is no end to absurdities… It just doesn’t matter that we have been draining sewage into the Plitvice Lakes National Park for years and destroying such a valuable resource, the only thing that matters is that money comes from tourists! Sad, but true, but the saddest thing is that the problem has been known for years and no one cares. The absurd is a mild word for it, but it is a picture and an opportunity of our tourism.Smart enough.
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