Harvest Moon: A Gathering Benefit Show To Feature Neil Young, Norah Jones, More

first_imgNeil Young and Norah Jones will perform at the upcoming Harvest Moon: A Gathering benefit show on Saturday, September 14th. The one-day event at Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes, CA will also feature performances from Father John Misty and African/Latin American fusion act Masanga.Related: Bob Dylan & Neil Young Collaborate On “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” In IrelandAccording to the event website, the proceeds raised at the concert located near the Los Angeles National Forest will go benefit The Painted Turtle, a non-profit providing children living with serious medical conditions a traditional camp experience free of charge, as well as The Bridge School, which provides free education to children with severe speech and physical impediments.Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, July 19th, starting at 10 a.m. PT. Head to the event’s official website for tickets and more info.last_img read more

‘Mick Fleetwood & Friends’ Peter Green Tribute Concert Film Gets First Trailer [Video]

first_imgOne of the last great shows before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the global concert industry took place at The London Palladium back on February 25th, where classic rock royalty spanning generations shared the staged to honor founding Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green. The one-night all-star performance was professionally recorded in its entirety for a live album and concert film, and the first trailer for which was shared on Tuesday.Organized by fellow founding Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, the lineup consisted of Green’s former bandmates Christine McVie and Jeremy Spencer, along with Steven Tyler, David Gilmour, Billy Gibbons, Pete Townshend, Kirk Hammett, Noel Gallagher, John Mayall, Zak Starkey, Bill Wyman, and many more. Green himself was not in attendance and neither were Lindsay Buckingham nor Stevie Nicks.Related: Chuck Leavell Doc ‘The Tree Man’ Explores Pianist’s Impact On Music, The Environment [Watch]Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green And The Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac was originally set for release in October but has now been pushed to April 30th, 2021. The film will also see a special one-night-only theatrical debut at some point in March on a date yet to be determined. The physical copies, available April 30th, will come in a variety of formats including a four-LP set, a two-CD/Blu-ray option accompanied by a 20-page photo book, and a Super Deluxe Edition that combines the other two options. The tribute concert, of course, now takes on an even deeper meaning in light of Green’s passing at age 73 back on July 25th.“The concert was a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music,” Fleetwood said in a statement about the concert film. “Peter was my greatest mentor and it gave me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I was honored to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician.”Watch a trailer for Mick Fleetwood & Friends below, and click here to purchase the film and for more information. Scroll down to see the full tracklist.Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate Peter Green And The Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac (Trailer)[Video: Mick Fleetwood And Friends Official]Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate Peter Green And The Early Years Of Fleetwood MacAct IRolling Man (feat. Rick Vito)Homework (feat. Jonny Lang)Doctor Brown (feat. Billy Gibbons)All Your Love (feat. John Mayall)Rattlesnake Shake (feat. Billy Gibbons & Steven Tyler)Stop Messin’ Round (feat. Christine McVie)Looking For Somebody (feat. Christine McVie)Sandy Mary (feat. Jonny Lang)Love That Burns (feat. Rick Vito)The World Keep Turning (feat. Noel Gallagher)Like Crying (feat. Noel Gallagher)No Place To Go (feat. Rick Vito)Station Man (feat. Pete Townshend)Act IIMan Of The World (feat. Neil Finn)Oh Well (Pt.1) (feat. Billy Gibbons & Steven Tyler)Oh Well (Pt.2) (feat. David Gilmour)Need Your Love So Bad (feat. Jonny Lang)Black Magic Woman (feat. Rick Vito)The Sky Is Crying (feat. Jeremy Spencer)I Can’t Hold Out (feat. Jeremy Spencer)The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown) (feat. Billy Gibbons & Kirk Hammett)Albatross (feat. David Gilmour)Shake Your Moneymaker (group finale)View Tracklist[H/T Brooklyn Vegan]last_img read more

North Korea Thaws Image with Series of Goodwill Gestures

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn another sign of North Korea striving to thaw its cold war image, regular traffic over the border between North and South Korea will be restored this week to allow the flow of goods from a joint industrial park that had been isolated since December.After its provocation earlier this year launching nuclear and missile tests, North Korea recently undertook a series of goodwill gestures toward its neighbor on the pennisula, and toward the West.The AP summarizes: “In August, the Pyongyang government freed two American journalists and a South Korean worker held for months in detention and set a date for the reunion of families separated during the Korean War. They also sent an official delegation to Seoul to mourn the death of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung,” a partner for North Korea’s Kim Jong Il during the 2000 Korean summit.Also, AP reported yesterday, “The two sides agreed Friday to hold a new round of family reunions in late September. On Saturday, North Korea released four South Korean fishermen seized in late July after their boat strayed into northern waters.” (Read more about the border crossing in SF Gate)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Police suspect woman jumped from bridge

first_imgAt approximately 4:13 a.m. Thursday the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded to a call relayed by Port Arthur Police Department of an abandoned vehicle on top of the Rainbow Bridge. A white male and a white female were located near the vehicle. Upon interviewing these two it was determined that a second white female possibly from the Orangefield area was with them and that she had jumped off the bridge, according to a press release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Both witnesses were taken to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office where they are presently being interviewed by investigators. Investigators are also at the scene where that portion of the investigation continues. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office marine unit is on scene attempting to locate the body along with the Coast Guard, Port Arthur Fire Department and the Bridge City Fire Department.last_img read more

Is non-QM the future?

first_imgLast week I wrote about the fact that we’ve now been under the new CFPB rules for 6 months and how Credit Unions should be considering making non-QM loans. The title of a recent article on the Housing Wire’s web site was “Is non-QM lending the future of housing? Lenders begin offering non-agency products.” You can read the full article here. The articles goes on to talk about how the non-QM market is still relatively small – only about $50 billion per year, but it is a market in need. Some lenders, such as Impac Mortgage (a publicly traded, non-depository) are starting to offer non-QM loans all with the name Alt-QM (remind you of anything).Further, the article suggests that non-QM loans will most likely be made to prime, high net-worth borrowers and that is the current standard today. In other words, people with lots of money are able to get non-QM loans.But what about the average American? Like the ones that Credit Unions serve. It doesn’t appear that there is much interest or demand among lenders for these loans.This is where Credit Unions should enter. We have lots of everyday folks who are members and are in need of home loans. These folks may not fit the tight credit box of non-QM lending for other lenders, but they should fit our box. We should be practicing the art of being memberlicious and looking for opportunities to create programs for near-QM loans. Loans that are not quite QM, but that are good solid credit risks and member friendly loans. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bragging as a strategy: What boasting buys and costs a candidate

first_imgShare Share on Facebook And with its multidimensional framework, the study goes much further in revealing more nuanced scenarios in which sometimes the best idea is to keep one’s mouth shut.Self-evaluation and others’ perceptionsTo do the research, Heck and Brown Professor Joachim Krueger conducted a series of online experiments involving a total of 400 volunteers over two main phases.In the first phase, participants read single-page descriptions of people who said they scored better than average on an ability test and people who said they did worse. For each one the volunteers also learned their test scores so they’d know whether any bragging — or self-effacement — was based in truth. Half the volunteers were told the tested ability was intelligence while the other half were told that the test was of morality.In every case the hypothetical subjects were male, to control for potentially confounding effects of gender.The volunteers were then asked to rate the competence and the morality of the four different categories of individuals — those who bragged and scored high, those who bragged but scored low, those who self-effaced and scored high, and those who self-effaced and scored low.The participants judged the people who bragged about their intelligence and scored high as the most competent. They were even judged as more competent than people who scored high but said they scored low, suggesting that when competence is the issue, it pays to advertise. But correct braggers were not seen as any more moral than people who self-effaced, whether the self-effacers were actually smart or not. In fact, those who claimed to be worse than average were seen as more moral than those who claimed to be better.Participants reserved harsh judgment for individuals who bragged about their performance but were proven wrong by the evidence. Such people were deemed significantly less competent and less moral than any other man. The same was true for undeserving braggers when the test was of their morality, rather than their intelligence.“In all cases, claiming to be better than average when the evidence shows otherwise is the worst strategic move you can make,” Heck said.In a second phase, half of an entirely new group of 200 volunteers did the same thing as participants in the first experiment, though now all the hypothetical men were all talking and testing on intelligence, not morality. Given essentially the same experimental procedure, these volunteers produced very similar results as the participants in the first phase, showing that the results could be replicated in a new group of volunteers.But the other half of the new second-phase group were given something different to consider. Some of them got information on the individuals’ test results, but didn’t know whether they bragged or self-effaced. Others learned who claimed to be better than average and who claimed to be worse, but didn’t see their test results. These volunteers were asked to judge the competence and morality of the different types of hypothetical men.Not surprisingly, people who scored high on the intelligence test were seen as more competent but not any more moral than those who scored low. But when scores were not known, they were caught in the humility paradox: those who bragged about their intelligence were believed to be more competent, but less moral, than those who said they didn’t do well.Combining the results, it was clear in the data that men who were smart and said so were perceived as more competent than men who were smart but didn’t say so, or men who said they were smart but for whom evidence wasn’t available.Meanwhile, self-effacers were perceived as less competent when their scores were not known than men who self-effaced when their scores were known, regardless of what the scores showed. In other words, just declaring oneself to be not particularly smart is worse for one’s perceived competence than being shown to be right about not being smart, or being shown to be smart despite one’s gloomy self-assessment.“This pattern holds an intriguing lesson for a person of low self-confidence,” Heck and Krueger wrote. “The winning strategy might be to abstain from making any self-related assessment unless objective results are at hand.”Scenarios and strategiesIndeed, the paper is rife with such guidance, Heck said. People who want to know whether to brag, to self-efface or to say nothing need to know whether their goal is to improve their perceived competence or morality, and whether the facts back them up, contradict them, or will never be known.“The answer depends on which aspect of your reputation you are concerned with,” Heck said. “If you are more concerned with your perceived morality — your likability, trustworthiness and ethics — the answer is simple: avoid self-enhancing claims, even if the evidence supports them. Here, humility is the best option.“If you are more concerned with your perceived competence — your intelligence or capability to get the job done — things are more nuanced,” he said. “Here, you should only claim to be better than average if you are sure (or fairly certain) that (a) the evidence will support this claim, or (b) supporting evidence will never be revealed. If there is a possibility that the evidence will invalidate your self-enhancing claim, the best option is to simply remain humble.”That can pose a problem for many political candidates, who rarely remain humble, even as they are subjected to fact-checks that don’t always go their way. LinkedIn Emailcenter_img Life is full of auditions in which it might seem advantageous, if not outright required, to describe oneself as above average. Think of job interviews, dating or running for president of the United States. A new study that measured how people judge those who made such boasts and those who didn’t, however, showed that making self-superiority or self-effacement claims is a strategy with considerable complexity and risk, often requiring a person to know whether evidence of their true ability could come to light.Probably the most intuitive result of the study is that there is a significant tradeoff, a “humility paradox,” in which individuals who claim to be of above-average ability will be perceived as more competent, but sometimes less moral, than those who remain humble. And once actual evidence of ability comes into play, those who unduly inflate their self-image pay the steepest price on both aspects of their character.“Our biggest theoretical contribution is that the paper casts the decision to claim to be better than others as a strategic choice,” said Patrick Heck, lead author of the study in Social Psychology and a graduate student in Brown University’s Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences. “It turns out that if you know the evidence isn’t ever going to show up, then your reputation as a competent person is in good shape when you claim to be better than others — but the opposite is true for your reputation as a moral person.” Pinterest Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Supporting your dog’s psychological needs can boost your own well-being and reduce distress

first_imgShare on Twitter LinkedIn Share Pinterest Share on Facebookcenter_img Email A study found that dog owners show heightened well-being not only when their pets meet their psychological needs, but when they make an effort to meet these needs for their pets, too. These findings were published in the Journal of Happiness Studies.Psychology literature has documented various ways that pet ownership can improve one’s quality of life – something called the “pet effect”. Researchers Yaniv Kanat-Maymon and associates propose that the pet effect can be partly explained by the giving and receiving of psychological support between pets and their owners.Research in humans has shown that the act of caregiving for close others has been associated with psychological wellness for the caregiver. “By extension, then,” the study authors say, “if owners perceive their dogs as close others, it is reasonable to assume that being attuned to what are seen as the dog’s important psychological needs can be need fulfilling for owners, and this, in turn, may be reflected in their enhanced well-being, reduced distress, and increased closeness.” A total of 104 dog owners between the ages of 16-74 took part in a 21-day diary study where they answered questions about their relationships with their dogs on a daily basis. As a measure of receiving need support from their dogs, participants rated items like, “I feel that my dog really cares for and loves me.” As an assessment of providing need support to their dogs, subjects rated items like, “When I interacted with my dog, I tried to show it that I really care for it.” The questionnaire included need support assessments that measured each of the three basic psychological needs outlined by self-determination theory: autonomy, competence, and relatedness.  Participants also provided assessments of daily life satisfaction, daily happiness, and daily psychological distress. Finally, they answered an adapted version of the Daily Relationship Quality Scale to measure their perceived closeness to their dog.Results showed that owners who gave more need support to their dogs had higher well-being and felt increased closeness towards their dogs. Additionally, they experienced less psychological distress. Modeling analysis further showed that the amount of need support given by dog owners predicted daily fluctuations in owners’ well-being, psychological distress, and relationship with their pets.As was expected, the level of need support that owners felt they received from their dogs was also associated with enhanced well-being and closeness, and less distress. However, the authors highlight that the effects of giving support were shown “over and above the effects of receiving need support”, suggesting that providing need support to a pet is a “unique source of need fulfilment in and of itself.”The researchers explain that pet owners tend to project human characteristics onto their pets and may, therefore, perceive their pets as having the same psychological needs as humans. “If dogs are perceived as having basic psychological needs, trying to support these needs can be beneficial to the care provider in the same manner as supporting the needs of close humans is beneficial.” The authors suggest that future studies should consider whether the extent to which people humanize their pets – known as anthropomorphism – might influence the benefits received from providing need support.The authors express that these findings add to researchers’ understanding of the pet effect, suggesting that simply owning a pet is not enough to boost well-being. “For instance,” they say, “having a dog for the purpose of intimidating burglars may have little to do with basic needs satisfaction and thus is less likely to have an impact on psychological wellness.” Rather, they add, “having a dog for companionship purposes is likely to involve both giving and receiving need support and will have well-being benefits.”The study, “The Benefits of Giving as well as Receiving Need Support in Human–Pet Relations”, was authored by Yaniv Kanat‑Maymon, Shira Wolfson, Rinat Cohen, and Guy Roth.(Image by Stano_design from Pixabay)last_img read more

Visteon Mourns Loss of Board Member Robert Teeter

first_imgDEARBORN, MI — Visteon Chairman and CEO Peter Pestillo today extended condolences to the family of Robert Teeter, a member of the company’s board of directors who died Sunday after an illness at age 65. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Teeter had been a director of Visteon since the company became independent in June 2000, and was re-elected to the board on May 12. He was president of Coldwater Corp., an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based provider of consulting and research services. Prior to Coldwater Corp., Teeter held several senior management positions including president of Market Opinion Research from 1966 to 1987. During that time he coordinated public opinion polls for several Republican presidents and political candidates. At the time of his death, Teeter also served on the boards of the Bank of Ann Arbor, Kaydon Corp. and United Parcel Service, Inc. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Bob Teeter, whose leadership, foresight and strategic counsel have been hugely important to Visteon,” Pestillo said. “On behalf of Visteon’s 72,000 employees around the world, I offer my condolences to his wife Betsy and their family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.” _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

Rehabbed Sea Turtles Released Despite COVID-Hardships

first_img Share New York Marine Rescue Center team-members release rehabilitated sea turtles on July 15. Independent/Courtesy New York Marine Rescue CenterDespite the pandemic, rehabilitation work at the New York Marine Rescue Center had to continue because a slew of sea turtles’ lives depended on it.On Wednesday, July 15, team-members released eight sea turtles rehabilitated from the 2019 cold-stun season.While the four species of sea turtles known to inhabit New York waters can strand for any number of reasons, including boat strikes and hook ingestion, the number one reason for rehabilitation is a phenomenon called cold-stunning. Starting in late October and early November, sea turtles can be found stranded on the beach, lethargic and buoyant, similar to hypothermia.The rescue center is the primary response team for marine mammals and sea turtles and also maintains the only facility permitted to rehabilitate both seals and sea turtles in the State of New York, according to Maxine Montello, the rescue program director. The facility is located at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.The organization received its first cold-stunned turtle report on November 9, 2019, what would be the first of 85 reported sea turtles strandings due to cold snaps on Long Island.Two sea turtles make their way to the ocean. Independent/Courtesy New York Marine Rescue CenterWhile the marine rescue center depends heavily on volunteers, the volunteer program had to be suspended on March 15 as coronavirus cases began to spike on Long Island. Only essential staff — two full-time and two part-timers — have been allowed onsite since, Montello explained. “This small team is responsible for managing the animals in the hospital while also responding to sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles in the field,” she said.Still, the staff remains dedicated to the preservation and conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles, she added. The eight sea turtles recently released locally are among a total of 30 animals released back into the environment this year.Sea turtle releases can occur when a veterinarian clears them medically. While many of the turtles, picked up November through January, are ready for release after only a few months of rehabilitation, the water temperatures are usually not conducive to a release. Ideal water temperatures are about 68 degrees.Some turtles are taken south for release, Montello said. Her team coordinates with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a network of partners to set up releases in the south. Sixteen turtles were transported out of state for a southern release.The eight recent releases were given the green light once East End waters reached the ideal temperature, which is usually late June.Campanelli before its release. Independent/Courtesy New York Marine Rescue CenterAmong them was “Pici,” a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle, that was the first cold-stunned turtle reported of the 2019 season, after a concerned citizen found it stranded in Southampton and called the center. The turtle was admitted with an internal temperature of 11 degrees Celsius and was missing a small portion of its front right flipper and underwent nine months of rehab.“Torchio,” a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle found stranded on November 16, 2019 near Southold, had an initial internal temperature of 4.8 degrees Celsius. This turtle received weekly shell treatment in which manuka honey was applied topically to help with some of the minor carapace damage.Then there was “Campanelli,” a juvenile Kemp’s ridley, found on Long Beach in Sag Harbor on November 21, along with three others. “Campanelli was very weak and had a heart rate of less than 1 beat per minute. A normal sea turtle heart beat is around 32 beats per minute,” the center said in a newsletter about each of the turtles. During the rehab, the turtle doubled in weight. Campanelli was returned to the ocean with one of its stranding mates.A turtle named “Zoodle” had its glucose monitored daily at the center after being found on Navy Beach in Montauk on November 23. Low glucose levels are common in cold-stunned sea turtles, and it was also provided various supplements and vitamins.“In addition to an increase in work-load, our organization has seen a decrease in daily donations due to the aquarium being closed, not being able to provide in-person educational programing and lastly not being able to hold our annual gala,” Montello said.“We still have another eight turtles in-house that are not ready for release but should be ready before the end of the summer and they will be released here in New York as well,” she [email protected]last_img read more

CGG eyes financial restructuring amid high debts

first_imgFrench geophysical services company CGG is planning to undertake financial restructuring to improve its balance sheet as the company’s debt level is ‘too high.’According to a statement by the geophysical company on Thursday, in a market that remains difficult, multi-client sales are estimated at circa $135 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, with a level of prefunding in line with the target, a prefunding rate above 80% on an annual basis, but an after-sales volume below expectations.At the group level, the company’s 4Q revenues are expected to be the highest quarterly revenues in 2016. Net debt should amount to circa $2.315 billion as at December 31, in line with the target to be below $2.4 billion at the end of 2016.CGG noted  that, given the difficult market environment, the company, as a protective measure, engaged in discussions starting December 9 with various lenders, French and US revolving credit facilities and the Nordic loan, and they agreed on December 31, 2016, to “disapply” the maintenance covenants at that date.Debt too highIn this context, with a market environment expected to remain similar in 2017 and to continue to weigh on its revenues, the company stated it considers that the group’s debt level is too high. The company further added it intends to start discussions with all the stakeholders in their various jurisdictions in order to achieve a financial restructuring.The objective of this restructuring would be to provide the company with a level of indebtedness and cost of debt that is substantially reduced and sustainably adapted to its revenues, CGG explained. To that end, the company said it will make proposals to its creditors and to its shareholders.CGG also said that, in order to facilitate discussions with all stakeholders, the company wishes to have the ability to request the appointment of an ad hoc representative, which requires the agreement of the relevant creditors, in accordance with the various credit agreements and bond documents.Jean-Georges Malcor, CEO, CGG, said: “After the effective execution of our industrial Transformation Plan and in market conditions that are expected to remain very difficult, our priority is now to improve our balance sheet and quickly restore financial flexibility to the company.”last_img read more