No water for ICE!

first_imgFIRE (Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere) PDX held a demonstration and banner drop on Aug. 1 to demand the city of Portland, Ore., shut off utilities to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and sever all ties to the agency and its contractors. Members of the Portland branch of Workers World Party, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee and Occupy ICE PDX gave speeches after a banner drop from the Hawthorne Bridge and a march to City Hall.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

Surviving Mother Love Bone Members Reunite For 2nd Time Since Andrew Wood’s 1990 Death [Watch]

first_imgOn Saturday night, all four surviving members Mother Love Bone, the highly influential but long-defunct Seattle rock band, reunited onstage for their first performance in eight years. The group, comprised of Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Bruce Fairweather, and Greg Gilmore, came together as part of a benefit event for Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare, a.k.a. SMASH, at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, WA.In addition to benefitting SMASH, the performance served as a tribute to Mother Love Bone’s late frontman, Andrew Wood. Wood’s overdose death in 1990 stopped Mother Love Bone in its tracks. Late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who was Wood’s roommate when he died, would wind up recruiting Gossard and Ament for Temple of the Dog.Remembering The Tragic Death That Gave Life To Temple Of The Dog & Pearl Jam, This Day In 1990Ament, Gossard, Gilmore, and Fairweather tapped local vocalists Shawn Smith (Pigeonhead) and Ohm Johari (Hell’s Belles) to handle Wood’s vocal duties for the performance. Their five-song set saw them work through Mother Love Bone originals “Man of Golden Words”, “Bone China”, “Stargazer”, and “Stardog Champion”, as well as a cover of Argent‘s “Hold Your Head Up”.According to Consequence of Sound, the four surviving Mother Love Bone members last came together for a few songs onstage in 2010, which marked their first performance as a group since Andrew Wood’s death twenty years earlier. Of course, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard play together regularly in their capacity as members of Pearl Jam.You can watch a full fan-shot video of the mini-set below via YouTube user Taper Jeff:Mother Love Bone – 5/5/18[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Why da Vinci? Why now?

first_imgThis week, Dell Technologies released a special episode of our podcast series, Trailblazers. While the podcast typically covers stories of digital disruption in various industries, such as entertainment, healthcare, and air travel, this special episode focuses on one particular disruptor… a true master of technology. Leonardo da Vinci.Wait… what? Maybe you were expecting a different name. Maybe you’re thinking: Why da Vinci? Why Dell Technologies? And why now?The answer, simply, is that Leonardo da Vinci was himself, the ultimate trailblazer. His contributions and influence can still be felt five centuries after he lived. In his new book released today, Leonardo da Vinci, the host of Trailblazers and best-selling author, Walter Isaacson, tells the story behind da Vinci’s genius. We are so excited to help him tell his story just as he has helped us tell ours.Most think of da Vinci as painter of The Last Supper or Mona Lisa. We know him as the master behind the most famous drawing of all time, Vitruvian Man. But not everyone knows da Vinci was an engineer, designing macabre (yet beautiful) weaponry for Cesare Borgia. He was a mathematician, calculating the angles at which light rays enter the eye. He was an anatomist, dissecting the human skull and the still-beating heart of a pig. For da Vinci, there were no borders between art, science, and engineering. This way of viewing the world around him not only gave us masterpieces in the form of paintings and thousands of notebook pages, but also lasting lessons that we, as business leaders, can still draw from today.Certainly as a company that is passionate about building technology that enables human progress, we at Dell Technologies find da Vinci’s ability to connect technology and humanity inspirational. As Isaacson points out, “Innovation in technology comes from being able to connect engineering and the arts, by being able to connect the technology to beauty and our human emotions. That’s what Leonardo did, and that’s why he’s so relevant to today.”“It isn’t a question of people or machines. The magic is people and machines.ShareIn our world where artificial intelligence and robotics are increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives and everyday objects are becoming smart machines, this is particularly sage advice. And it cuts to the core of what we believe. As Michael Dell pointed out recently at the IQT Day event, “It isn’t a question of people or machines. The magic is people and machines. It’s the next era of human-machine partnership – a more integrated, personal relationship with technology that has the power to amplify exponentially the creativity, the inspiration, the intelligence, the empathy and the curiosity of the human spirit.”As the leader for Dell Global Brand and Creative, I’m particularly inspired by both da Vinci’s relentless curiosity and his ability to capture emotion. Those are things the best brands aspire to do every day: inspire curiosity and evoke emotional responses. That’s why Dell Technologies tells stories of the trailblazers who are transforming the way we work and live. In the “Leonardo da Vinci: The Great Trailblazer” podcast episode, Isaacson walks us through some of the most captivating tales behind da Vinci’s greatest accomplishments – and failures. And along the way, he pulls the lessons from those stories and da Vinci’s approach to life that we can aspire to apply today.Have a listen now, and subscribe to Trailblazers for more stories of some of the biggest digital disruptions of our time.last_img read more Summer Camp, Day 7! Liza Minnelli Hits Da Club

first_img WHY WE LOVE IT Oh, did you happen to miss Liza with a Z’s foray into dance music the first time around? Don’t worry, guys, it’s right here! If you’re searching for a passive-aggressive tune (“I know you carry on behind my back with your secretary” is one of the lyrics) to sweat to, look no further than Minnelli’s 1989 club track “Don’t Drop Bombs.” It’s angsty, it’s campy, it’s fabulous, it’s Liza! View Comments LOOK OUT FOR… 1:38, when Liza inexplicably changes into a rippling, sky-blue bolt of fabric. We’re gonna be honest: Things around the offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in!center_img OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 382 out of 382 high kicks. MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENTlast_img read more

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney Begin Performances in Oh, Hello

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 22, 2017 Related Shows Nick Kroll as Gil Faizon & John Mulaney as George St. Geegland in ‘Oh, Hello'(Photo: Christian Frarey) Some hilarious geezers are headed for the Great White Way. Comedy dream team Nick Kroll and John Mulaney start performances in Oh, Hello at the Lyceum Theatre on September 23. Under the direction of Alex Timbers, their delightfully crotchety alter egos Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland will gab about politics, tuna and the water on the top of yogurt packets in a both scripted and spontaneous performance. Opening night is set for October 10, and the limited engagement will run through January 8, 2017.Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney) are outrageously opinionated, 70-something, native New Yorkers that Kroll and Mulaney first began performing on the alternative comedy stages in NYC. Honed for over a decade, the fictional duo garnered a cult following and found their way onto a Comedy Central special, viral videos and late night couches everywhere. Oh, Hello on Broadway is Gil and George’s “memoir for the stage”—a laugh-a-minute two-man tour-de-force that’s totally unprecedented.”The show is filled with references to theatre,” Kroll told “It’s really George and Gil’s love letter to Broadway.””And a stalker’s note scrawled in lipstick on a mirror,” added Mulaney.Buckle up and get ready to laugh. Check out go On the Scene with Oh, Hello below!center_img View Comments Oh, Hello on Broadwaylast_img read more

Professor chosen as fellow for Congressional research

first_imgA professor of public ethics and citizenship at USC’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development has been elected as a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration, a national organization that assists in Congressional research.Professor Terry Cooper will be formally inducted into the academy on Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C.Making connections · Professor Terry Cooper teaches citizenship and ethics at the School of Public Policy, Planning, and Development. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan The NAPA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that was established by a Congressional charter in 1967. The organization’s research and projects are mandated and funded primarily by Congress. It is not a government agency but rather an independent body with discretion.“It allows Congress to have connections to people that can help with projects,” Cooper said.With expertise from its 680 fellows, the academy provides key insight into issues of public administration and the workings of public organizations, in addition to serving an advisory role to government agencies.The academy’s members are chosen from thousands of practitioners in fields of and related to public administration and political science.As a fellow, Cooper will sit alongside other prominent figures, such as former and current presidential cabinet members, governors, city managers and deans of colleges and universities.Cooper’s notoriety in the fields of ethics and civic engagement, which he considers his primary interests, earned him the credibility that contributed to his election as a fellow, said Jack Knott, dean of SPPD.“He has written what I think is the most prominent book for public administrators. … His work is of value in both the public and private sectors,” Knott said. “It is an extremely important topic as we’ve recently learned with the Bell scandal.”The scandal involved eight city officials from Bell, Calif., who were arrested for using public funds to inflate their own salaries.Cooper is currently working on the sixth edition of his book, The Responsible Administrator, which is used in countless ethics courses around the world and SPPD’s own Citizenship and Public Ethics (PPD 240).“It [became] required reading for all master of public administration programs in China in 2000.  … There are now over 100 [programs there], and this book is one in a set of core readings,” Cooper said.Cooper is also particularly well known for his work with citizen participation and the democratic process, Knott said.“He has a reputation both nationally and internationally, having done work here in Los Angeles looking at the roles of communities and neighborhoods and also some work in China with housing and other local issues,” Knott said.Cooper’s performance as a professor is equally impressive, said Claire Feeney, a senior majoring in urban planning who has taken two classes with Cooper.“He basically invented [PPD 240], because he literally wrote the whole book,” she said. “He likes class discussion that’s more driven by the students. … He really [values] student input and involvement.”Cooper said he is primarily focusing on continuing the kinds of issues around which he has already built his reputation. In his capacity as a fellow, he will be looking closely at how the federal government handles ethics.“The U.S. Office of Government Ethics, from my point of view, is not about ethics. It’s all about laws, and I would like to see them doing more with regard to cultivating [ethical behavior among] professionals,” he said.Cooper said he is looking forward to having the opportunity to learn from a variety of academy colleagues in a manner that he believes reflects the interdisciplinary spirit of SPPD.“One of the advantages of being in the academy is you get pulled into projects you might not otherwise do,” he said.After his induction in November, Cooper will participate in a discussion about future academy projects in which he might be interested in participating.Cooper has worked with NAPA before, participating in a research panel funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.Knott said he believes Cooper’s successes in academia will provide notable contributions to the national academy.“Given the scale of news media and the size of political jurisdictions, it’s easy for neighborhoods and citizens to feel disconnected from the political process. [Cooper] has been a real leader in addressing this very issue,” Knott said.last_img read more

Latest: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 0 – Begovic keeps Reds at bay

first_imgLiverpool made the early running at Anfield with Blues keeper Asmir Begovic called into a couple of early saves.Begovic, brought into the side after Thibaut Courtois fell ill, dived to his right to beat away Adam Lallana’s shot on the edge of the box, before gathering a weaker effort from Phillipe Coutinho.At the other end, Bertrand Traore got away from Kolo Toure inside the penalty area but couldn’t find the power in his shot to trouble Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.Roberto Firmino stabbed into the side netting under pressure from Nemanja Matic, while Daniel Sturridge, against his former club blazed over.Eden Hazard came to life with a fierce shot from the edge of the box but Mignolet was equal to it.Traore started up front in place of Diego Costa, who has a hamstring injury, while a defensive reshuffle was necessary with Branislav Ivanovic (groin) and skipper John Terry (suspended) both ruled out.John Mikel Obi again started at centre-back, having played there in the win over Bournemouth, while Baba Rahman and Pedro also came into the team.Meanwhile, academy products Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Kasey Palmer are among the Chelsea substitutes.Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.Subs: Bogdan, Skrtel, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Ojo, Benteke.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Mikel, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore.Subs: Amelia, Tomori, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Palmer, Pato, Abraham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The top five reasons to outsource your payroll

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. RavencraftPayroll… it is a task that sneaks up on you, and as soon as you take care of it, it seems like it is time to do it all over again. No matter what the industry or how large the operation, many business owners find it advantageous to rely on an outsourced accountant to cut their payroll. From accounting firms to payroll companies, many options are available to you so you can spend more time working in your business, instead of crunching numbers and cutting checks. This month, we look at the top five reasons to give an outsourced payroll solution a shot: 1. Reliability and security of your financesThe last thing you want, as a business owner, is to be penalized by the IRS. Alleviate those penalty pains and worries by picking up a reliable, fully-trained accountant to handle your small business finances. An outside professional is contractually obligated to be completely liable for the entire undertaking, that way, in the off-chance that something goes awry, the outsourced team will pick up the foul, not you. 2. Cost EfficiencyOutsourced payroll services are perfect for small businesses who don’t have the budget to handle the task in-house. Simply put, why hire a full-time accountant to handle your finances and contribute to rising overhead costs when you could have a team of professionals take care of it for a lower cost? Take a look at how much money goes into the function of your accounting department. If you’re running a smaller operation, the hiring of an dedicated accounting professional may be the most optimal path to take. 3. Professional insightKeeping yourself in charge of payroll duties is a great way of staying in touch with the financial forecast and current standings of the company. However, with a transparent accounting team, you can keep that inside look with the immense added value of years of accounting experience and knowledge on your side. You’re dedicated to your craft. Accountants are dedicated to organizing finances. They’re able to spot problems before they arise and compile the best solutions. They are well-versed on all IRS requirements, withholding rates and regulation changes so you don’t have to be. 4. Financial information protectionWhen it comes to your internal finances, some things are best kept a secret from the competition. Hiring an outsourced accountant eliminates the risk of a disgruntled ex-employees walking out on the company with important information at hand. This circumstance is an unfortunate one, but can be protected against ahead of time. 5. Free up time and energyWhen it comes down to it, the old adage reigns true: time is money. Don’t waste your most precious resources. If you’re working at max capacity, running on all cylinders, your team may be best served with you controlling the direction of the operation. Do your company justice by leading — not sticking behind a desk, stressing over numbers and figures. Leave those tasks to a trained accountant and relieve yourself of the burden.As always, I am here to help. Should you have any questions about securing an outsourced payroll solution, please feel free to contact me. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through read more

Miami Trolls Duke With “Shrug” Emoticon Following ACC’s Suspension Of Referees

first_imgSunday afternoon, the ACC issued an official statement on the end of Saturday’s Miami vs. Duke contest, which featured great controversy. The league has chosen to suspend the entire officiating crew two conference games after it was determined that four mistakes (two of which were crucial to the outcome) were made during the final play of the game. For those unaware, Miami returned a kickoff for the game-winning touchdown as time expired.Well, Miami, which benefited from the errors, has responded to the news on Twitter. Duke fans won’t like what they see.¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) November 1, 2015And this is the Hurricanes official Twitter account moments after that statement was released:— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 1, 2015That, for those who don’t use social media often, is a “shrug” emoticon. It basically translates to “oh well.”It does not appear that the ACC is going to change the outcome of the game. It’s a tough break for Blue Devils fans.last_img read more