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My Morning Jacket and Gary Clark Jr. Announce One-Off Show At Historic Forest Hills Stadium

first_imgMy Morning Jacket has officially announced their first tour date for this summer. It’s been known for some time that the band would be headlining weekend one of the beloved Electric Forest festival, but, outside of that one event, the Jacket hadn’t announced any other tour dates. Well, this morning, MMJ announced that they would bring their explosive and unparalleled live show to New York City for a performance at the historic Forest Hills Stadium in Forest Hills, Queens.The show, which will take place on Saturday, July 15th, marks My Morning Jacket’s first gigs in NYC since their four-night run at the Beacon Theatre back in November 2015. Joining them for this awesome evening of music will be psychedelic blues guitar master Gary Clark Jr., making for what’s sure to be an epic night of pure rock music.Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 27th at 10:00am at this link.last_img read more

Free PCs

first_imgDonate your old PCIf you’re interested in donating a computer, it must have atleast:* A Pentium III processor* 256 megabytes of memory* 20 gigabytes of hard drive space* A Windows 98 or later operating system.Computers should include a 15-inch or larger monitor, keyboardand mouse. They should be Internet-ready, but don’t have to havemodems.”We want the students to be able to use the computer to accessthe Internet,” Varnadoe said. “Modems are inexpensive, and manycounty offices have generated local funds to buy modems for theirwinning student.”For more information, or to apply for the 2006 Need-a-Computerprogram, see the program’s Web site, www.georgia4h.org/public/edops/techteam/default.htm. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaPersonal computers topped the Christmas wish list of manystudents this season, and, thanks to a Georgia 4-H program, 14 of them got their wish. Santa didn’t have to a pay a dime.The Need-A-Computer Program began six years ago as the brainchildof Rachel McCarthy, a 4-H member in Walton County. She and herfather Jim refurbished donated computers for needy 4-H’ers in herhome county. When she graduated, her sister Amanda inherited theproject.Program goes statewideIn 2003, the Georgia 4-H Youth Technology Leadership Team tookthe project to the state level. The team awarded 20 computersthat year and 11 more in 2004.”This year, we had 14 computers donated, primarily from GeorgeWalton Academy in Monroe,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, a University ofGeorgia Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist and the technologyleadership team’s coordinator.The team accepts computer donations all year and stores them in aroom donated by Storage Mart. In early December, they refurbishthe computers for the winning applicants. This includes loadingthem with licensed software programs.”Most of the computers are two or three years old,” Varnadoesaid. “We don’t accept older computers because we want to givethe students computers that will be capable of running theirprograms and pulling up the Internet.”To apply for a free computer, students must be a 4-H member and afifth- through eighth-grade student. The student must fill out an application and write an essay detailing why they want and need acomputer. They submit letters of reference from their teachers,pastors and community leaders.This year, the tech team got 50 applications for the 14computers. They reviewed and ranked the letters before selectingthe yearly winners. Finally, the week before Christmas, theydelivered the computers.The winning students also write thank-you letters to the programdonors and the 4-H technology leadership team. Touching lives, helping studentsScanning the thank-you letters, Varnadoe reads notes that unveileach student’s story.”Amanda from Fitzgerald says she’s always wanted a computer andis deeply honored that she was chosen,” Varnadoe said. “Kevinfrom Alma feels fortunate to have been selected and says hiscomputer is ‘the coolest.’ Jackson from Walton County saysgetting his computer is a dream come true, and he promises totake care of it so it will last for years.”Varnadoe said one computer went to a student whose single mothershares a household with another single mother. Between the two,they’re raising eight children without fathers.”One child’s parent is disabled,” she said. “Another’s parent ismentally challenged.”Last year, the technology team awarded a computer to a blindstudent. The local Lions Club donated the equipment needed toconvert the computer to a braille system.Members of the 4-H technology team or collegiate 4-H’ers deliverthe computers to the local UGA Extension office. The 4-H agentthen takes it to the student and helps him or her set it up.”Jim McCarthy also volunteers his time to serve as thestudents’ personal tech support,” Varnadoe said. “This way, they havea troubleshooter they can call for help.”last_img read more

Head of Swedish buffer-fund inquiry joins Lombard Odier IM

first_imgMost recently, Langensjö was chief executive at Brummer Life Insurance Company, and head of clients at Brummer & Partners in Stockholm. He has also held senior roles at companies including Unicredit Group, Aon Consulting Worldwide, Mercer and Goldman Sachs. Swedish pensions industry heavyweight Mats Langensjö has been hired by Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM) to develop the advisory business for its insurance and pensions industry clients.Langensjö – who was special adviser to the Swedish Ministry of Finance and headed the much-debated AP Funds inquiry in 2012 – is based in London in the new role and will report to Hubert Keller, chief executive of LOIM and a managing partner at Lombard Odier.The company said Langensjö would “help meet the changing demands of insurance and pensions industry clients”.He will start the job officially on 1 December and focus on the Nordic region.last_img read more

Nobel laureate discusses astrophysics, cosmology

first_imgMany scientists now believe that the universe is expanding at an accelerating pace, but this phenomenon was first discovered by Adam Riess, a Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist. Riess spoke at Bovard Auditorium on Monday about measurements of distant supernova that led to his discovery as part of the USC Dornsife Irene McCullouch Distinguished Lecture series.“The reason I got into this field was to answer profound questions like when did the universe begin,” Riess said. “I wanted to devise and perform real science experiments to answer these.”Riess has held the Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship, the Thomas J. Barber Professorship of Physics and Astronomy and the Krieger-Eisenhower Professorship of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. He is also a senior member of the science staff at the Space Telescope Science Institute.Along with Brian Schmidt and Saul Perlmutter, Riess received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for providing evidence that supported the phenomenon. The scientists were also awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and shared the $1 million Shaw Prize in Astronomy in 2006. Along with his other awards, Riess was also honored with the Albert Einstein Medal in 2011 and the 2008 MacArthur Fellowship.According to Riess, one of the most important unsolved problems in cosmology and astrophysics is understanding the unexplained and mysterious nature of dark energy. While discussing the discovery of the accelerating universe, Riess explained that the farther away a galaxy is from us, the faster it will appear to recede.“The key is to measure how far away the galaxies are and how fast they recede from us,” Riess said. “In particular, measuring distance is the hardest thing to do in space.”The distances on earth are measured using various methods such as parallax, lighthouses, foghorns and objects of known size. However, these methods involve human creations, so in space, distance measurement uses the standard candle approach.“A galaxy has millions of stars that have known luminosity and can be used as standard candles,” Riess said. “When one of these stars explodes, it could be as bright as 4 billion times the luminosity of the sun. In addition, the inverse square law states that intensity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source of that physical quantity.”The other property that Riess and his team needed to measure is the speed at which the galaxies are rushing away from the earth. They did so by looking at the nature of the light coming from distant objects.“A supernova emits light at known wavelengths, and because of the expansion of space, the wavelengths are stretched [and] it gets redder,” Riess said. “This redshift measures the apparent recession velocity of the galaxies.”The Hubble Constant, H0, which is the measured slope or the linear relation between the velocity and distance, gives the present expansion rate of the universe. If the universe would contract instead of expand, then this slope would be negative.According to Riess, we can measure that expansion rate by using the Hubble Constant. By taking the inverse of the rate, the approximate age of the universe can be calculated.“It is not very likely to stare at one galaxy and find a supernova,” Riess said. “However, if you stare at 100 galaxies for one year, you are likely to see a supernova, and if you stare at 1,000 galaxies, you will see 10 supernovae in a year.”Riess studied four supernovae in his thesis. He discovered accelerating expansion and dark energy in 1998 and confirmed it with more distant supernovae from the Hubble telescope. In 2009, they could find tens of supernovae at greater distances.“The supernovae slowly showed us that the universe was decelerating before it slowly started accelerating,” Riess said. “So we removed both models that we thought we were choosing between and ended up with this new model when the universe began to accelerate five billion years ago.”The reason for the acceleration of the universe remains unknown. Riess and his team have hypothesized that the source is vacuum energy, also known as the cosmological constant, dynamical dark energy or modified gravity. They also expect to learn more about the nature of dark energy in the next decade from a spate of different measurements, including a refurbished Hubble Space Telescope.last_img read more

Old Trafford Holds no Fears for Guardiola

first_imgGuardiola, however, refused to use that form guide as a reason for confidence, although he accepted a trip to Old Trafford was not as daunting as in previous years.“I don’t make theories about what happened in the past for what is going to happen in the future,” Guardiola told reporters yesterday.“Every game is completely different. The reason why is the fact this club in the last decade grew a lot and it is not scary to go there.“Before it was maybe more difficult. The players Manchester City had in the last decade made this game a little bit more equal.”Man City can move one point clear of title rivals Liverpool at the top of the table heading into their final three games of the season with victory over United.This latest derby takes place against the backdrop of United’s woeful 4-0 loss away to Everton on Sunday, a lacklustre display that was roundly criticised.Guardiola, however, did not expect the Goodison Park performance to have a major bearing on the derby.“A little bit, yeah but even a good result, the confidence will be higher,” said Guardiola when asked if United’s defeat by Everton made his task harder.“It is a derby and all the times we play against United, the derbies are always special games and the players do their best for the fans, the club.”The Catalan boss added: “I saw the game, I imagine what will happen against us. The game against Everton is over.”City will visit Old Trafford without inspirational playmaker Kevin De Bruyne who suffered a hamstring injury in the weekend win over Tottenham Hotspur that came just days after a dramatic Champions League semifinal loss to Spurs ended hopes of a quadruple.It is the latest problem to hamper the Belgian in a campaign that has seen him plagued by knee trouble and Guardiola said De Bruyne would required a concerted training programme ahead of next season.“Muscular problems, he had two or three,” recalled Guardiola.“In England you don’t have time to make a preparation.“You play every three days that is not the best way. You have to make a good pre-season. Now he has to pay attention, the little details, see if he can play one or two more games this season and next season make a good pre-season.”Meanwhile Guardiola denied claims that winger Riyad Mahrez – the club’s £60-million record signing from Leicester last season – is unhappy at his lack of first-team opportunities and keen to move on from City.“Riyad will be with us for the next season here and the next one and the next one,” he said.“I don’t need to speak with him. He will be with us next season,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss added. “He is a player for us. We are delighted with him and the way he plays.“He is happy we are here. Everyone knows the competition we have here. He came last season to stay longer. It is not necessary to speak to him.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said Old Trafford is no longer a “scary” place to visit ahead of tonight’s derby at the home of Manchester United.Victory for City in the Premier League clash will keep the reigning champions on course to become the first team in English football history to win a treble of all three major domestic trophies in the same season.Man City boast an impressive run of five wins and a draw in their last seven league visits to Old Trafford – a sequence that includes 6-1 and 3-0 victories.last_img read more

Two Franklin County men facing meth dealing charges

first_imgHANSELL — North-central Iowa authorities have arrested two men as part of a drug investigation in Hansell.The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department says they along with the assistance of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, the Mason City and Clear Lake police departments, North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement executed search warrants on Friday in Hansell at 213 2nd Street and 110 Walnut Street. Authorities say multiple pounds of ice methamphetamine and firearms were recovered, with the estimated street value of the meth being at more than $60,000.40-year-old David Fielding of Hansell and 56-year-old Martin Rodriguez of Hampton were arrested and taken to the Franklin County Jail. Both were charged with possession of meth with the intent to deliver, a Class B felony, as well as a drug tax stamp violation. Rodriguez was also charged with possession of a firearm as a prior federal drug felon.Authorities say this case is ongoing and anybody with information about the case should contact the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department at 641-421-3000.last_img read more

What to look out for on IAAF World Championships Day 4 – Monday

first_imgAries Merritt could provide the fairytale that the championships need after Justin Gatlin denied Usain Bolt his golden farewell in the 100m.London, United Kingdom | AFP | Day four highlights for the IAAF World Championships on Monday:Men’s 110m hurdles finalAries Merritt could provide the fairytale that the championships need after Justin Gatlin denied Usain Bolt his golden farewell in the 100m. The 31-year-old American safely negotiated the two rounds on Sunday and is one outstanding performance away from repeating his Olympic winning feat on the same track in 2012 and just two years after a kidney transplant. Slightly alarming for him was he felt his hamstring prior to the semi-final. His biggest threat will be Jamaica’s Olympic champion Omar McLeod who looked to be in ominously good shape and is determined to break Merritt’s world record in the final.Women’s triple jump finalThis should be an engrossing duel between the undisputed queen for the past few years, Colombia’s 33-year-old Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen and the pretender to her throne Yulimar Rojas, who could bring some much-needed cheer to Venezuela. However, if Rojas the Olympic silver medallist thinks she can seize the world crown from the Colombian then she has another thing coming for Ibarguen is keen to win her third successive world title. “There are no doubts,” said Ibarguen. “I am aiming for a third world championships victory in London. Winning in Rio was great but I am still hungry for more.”Women’s 1500m final The moment of truth for Caster Semenya, South Africa’s defending double Olympic 800m champion and two-time world gold medallist aiming for an audacious middle-distance double. Although her career has been mired by arguments over her elevated levels of naturally occurring testerone, Semenya is happy to focus on her performances on the track.Men’s 200m heatsUsain Bolt will not defend his 200m crown, one he has held since setting a world record 19.19 seconds in Berlin in 2009. That has left the field open for a new gold medallist after Bolt’s run of four. It could well come down to a battle between South Africa’s world and Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk and Botswanan rival Isaac Makwala, both seeking a first 200/400m world double since Michael Johnson in Gothenburg in 1995.Women’s 400m semi-finalsAmerican athletics great Allyson Felix will bid to take another step towards a 10th world gold when she bids to safely negotiate her way into the 400m final. The 31-year-old said: “I feel good, peaking at the right time.” But standing in her way will be Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the Bahamian who denied her Olympic gold last year and looked in sublime form as she posted a faster time in her heat of 50.97sec.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more