The Southern Belles Detail Extensive 2017 Fall Tour

first_imgThe Southern Belles have been having a big year thus far. On August 5th, The Southern Belles independently released their third studio album dubbed In The Middle Of The Night, and the group has been touring heavily in recent months in promotion of their latest studio endeavor. While In The Middle Of The Night showcases The Southern Belles’ thoughtful and enthralling songwriting, the southern-style psychedelic rock group has earned many dedicated fans through their patented high-octane performances. Composed of Adrian Ciucci (guitar/vocals), Tommy Booker (keys/vocals), Aaron Zarrow (drums/vocals) and Mikey Sellemi (bass/vocals), The Southern Belles in a live setting put on a can’t-miss show, with its members’ natural and charismatic individual stage presences and tight on-stage chemistry truly bringing their songs to life for a live audience.The Southern Belles Add Layers Of Originality To Their Sound On ‘In The Middle Of The Night’Today, The Southern Belles have announced additional dates for their fall tour, which sees the band touring heavily on the heels of In The Middle Of The Night. While some dates were released previously in August, now, The Southern Belles full 2017 schedule is in the books, and there will be ample opportunity for fans new and old to check out the band on the road. The end of 2017 will see the group traveling across the South and Northeast, covering most of the ground from Connecticut down to Florida. The Southern Belles kick off this new leg of their tour on September 13th with a show at Silk City in Philadelphia, eventually ending their tour three months later in Macon, Georgia on December 16th.It also doesn’t hurt to mention that The Southern Belles are in their prime right now. It’s clear that both fans and musicians alike are excited about their new album, and this energy has been translating to the stage. Their excitement of their latest record is tangible during their live performances, plus the contents of In The Middle Of The Night are a welcome addition to the Belles catalog. As guitarist Adrian Ciucci noted about the album, “This is by far some of the best music we’ve ever recorded. Our style has developed, our song writing has grown tremendously, we sound better and stronger than we have on other records. And I really think the whole thing is just a great story, I hope everyone digs it.”You can check out the full dates for the tour on the poster below, which features artwork from Leslie Herman. You can also head over The Southern Belle’s website to check out the dates and order their latest studio effort, or stream In The Middle Of The Night below. The Southern Belles Upcoming 2017 Tour Dates9/13 – Silk City – Philadelphia, PA, with ShwizZ9/14 – Sprout Music Collective – West Chester, PA, with ShwizZ9/15 – Alfred House – Washington DC9/16 – Main Pub – Manchester, CT9/21 – 622 North – Blacksburg, VA9/22 – Preservation Pub – Knoxville, TN10/6 – The Brown Hotel – Indiana, PA10/7 – Bullfrog Brewery – Williamsport, PA10/12 – The Acoustic – Bridgeport, CT10/14 – Carpe Noctem 4 – Lehighton, PA10/25 – 8X10 – Baltimore, MD10/27 – Alfred House – Washington DC11/3 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA, with Groove Fetish11/4 – The Pour House – Raleigh, NC, with Groove Fetish11/9 – The Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC, with Emma’s Lounge11/10 – The Local – Boone, NC11/11 – Barrelhouse South – Savannah, GA11/17 – Dunedin Brewery – Dunedin, FL11/18 – Guanabana’s – Jupiter, FL11/30 – Alfred House – Washington DC12/1 – Melody’s – Beckley, WV12/2 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA12/7 – Doc Taylor’s – Virginia Beach, VA12/8 – Martin’s – Roanoke, VA12/9 – Abbey Bar – Harrisburg, PA, with Dr. Slothclaw12/14 – Preservation Pub – Knoxville, TN12/15 – Clyde’s – Chattanooga, TN12/16 – The Hummingbird – Macon, GAlast_img read more

Pharr honored by Japan Foundation

first_imgSusan J. Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, has been honored by the Japan Foundation for her contribution to the study of the island nation and its international ties.Recognized for her “richly balanced and fair stance of understanding for Japan and for her humble and sincere character,” Pharr will receive her Japan Foundation Award at an Oct. 18 ceremony in Tokyo, to be presided over by Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida.“It’s deeply gratifying to receive this recognition,” said Pharr, who called the prize of 3 million yen (about $29,500) “totally unexpected.”“It’s a privilege to be a part of one of the world’s great centers for the study of Japan and Asia,” she added.Pharr described her initial interest in Japan as “happenstance.” As a first-year graduate student at Columbia University, she took a recreational judo class with Japanese black belts. The friendships she made in the class led to sushi dinners, and, ultimately, courses on Japanese society and politics. She has been on the faculty at Harvard since 1987, and traveled in 2010 to Japan with President Drew Faust.Pharr’s research has examined gender and politics, foreign policy, political corruption, and the role of media in politics. The illustrious honor puts her in the company of past winners such as Sen. William Fulbright, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and novelist Haruki Murakami.last_img read more

Brevard Celebrates Locals Only Project Award

first_imgNative Eyewear visited mountain towns across the country, including outdoor meccas like Boulder and Bend, but it was the North Carolina hamlet of Brevard that won last year’s Locals Only Project. Each year, Native Eyewear selects the very best outdoor towns to highlight in their catalogs and to feature in special town-focused videos.Native Eyewear spent a month in Brevard this summer where the brand worked with local folks to gather photos, interview the locals and to take breathtaking videos of the Great Smoky Mountains.  The footage was then captured in the 2014 Native catalog, on the Native website, and in an exclusive paperback publication created to celebrate Brevard’s outdoor culture and lifestyle.Celebrate with Brevard and Native Eyewear on Saturday, February 8, from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Lumber Yard at 200 King Street in downtown. Native will show the video and debut and distribute the paperback at the party. Beverage and appetizers will be provided with tunes of the local band Spencer and the String Ticklers serving as the backdrop.last_img read more

The Inter-American Defense Board Transforms in Face of New Challenges

first_img Diálogo: What are you doing to strengthen capacity in the region? Brig. Gen. González Ávalos: The Board is made up of three bodies. The Council of Delegates is the highest representative body of the Board, where all the countries are represented by their delegates, and the Secretariat, which is the standing administrative body. As all international organizations, it has a Secretariat. In this case, it is a standing body. Other organizations have pro tempore secretariats, and their responsibility is to provide administrative services to the rest of the organization. And finally, the crown jewel is our Inter-American Defense College. Representatives from the 28 countries comprising the members of the Board make up the Council of Delegates. Diálogo: In other words, there was a change of mission beginning in 2006? Diálogo: Why does the IADB participate in conferences such as CENTSEC every year? Brig. Gen. González Ávalos: With respect to Board membership, to date we have 28 member states, and six observer states. Six countries in Central America are part of our membership and make up 20 percent of the member states. This somehow allows us to focus on initiatives related to the underlying problems in this region. We aspire to include all the OAS member states as members of the Inter-American Defense Board, and we are working toward that while also respect that there may be legal decisions at play. Brig. Gen. González Ávalos: Our mission was changed completely. Now, we provide advisory services on issues related to Military and defense matters in the hemisphere to comply with the Charter of the Organization of American States. It is a specific mandate of the General Assembly of the OAS that tasks us with taking into account the vulnerabilities of the states that are more likely to be impacted by emergent threats, which we are currently studying. This new resolution changes the structure of the Board and gives us a more technical role to play. In this sense, it makes us work more against emerging threats, without neglecting our fundamental role in defense. Furthermore, an additional resolution of the OAS gives us an enabler role to establish close coordination with all bodies of the Inter-American Defense System that operate in the hemisphere. In this way, we are working to establish coordination to try to strengthen the efforts against new threats, looking for efficiencies and synergies, and sharing our experiences. Diálogo: Could you explain a little bit better how the membership works? Representatives of the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB), along with Military leaders from regional partner nations, have confirmed the importance of cooperation as a tool to face emerging threats, and that is why they attend conferences like the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) to analyze emerging threats and the potential solutions to confront them. Brig. Gen. González Ávalos: First, in academic terms, we offer a master’s degree in Inter-American Defense and Security and a certificate program with the same name at the Inter-American Defense College. It has been in place since 2014, when we received the accreditation for a master’s degree from the United States Education authorities. In both courses, we study the hemisphere, not a particular country. There is no cost to students, and the course is for Military officers, civilians or for law enforcement officers. The curriculum focuses on multidimensional security. We have a permanent faculty, a modern campus, and the benefits of the EDU system, as a result of our master’s degree accreditation with post-graduate studies. We are proud to include three presidents, three heads of state, 31 ministers of different cabinets, and hundreds of high-ranking officers of the three Military branches of many countries among the IADC alumni of 2,669 and 54 graduating classes. The current class our 55th one, made up of 67 students, nine of whom are women, from 13 countries in the hemisphere. An average of 17 or 18 percent of IADC students in the last five years come from Central America. So the invitation is open to all countries, because we provide advisory services to the 35 or 34 countries –if we exclude Cuba– that belong to or that are active members of the OAS. Diálogo: What are the main functions of the IADB? Representing the IADB at CENTSEC this year was Mexican Army Brigadier General Jaime González Ávalos, vice-chairman of the organizations’ Council of Delegates. Diálogo took advantage of his participation at the regional exchange in Costa Rica at the beginning of April to talk to him about the organization’s new direction in light of the new threats in Latin America. Brig. Gen. González Ávalos: In the informal education modality, we are developing seminars, panels, and roundtables about the topic. In November, we held the Annual Traditional Meeting on Demining; in December, we had a roundtable about Islamic terrorism. We had a panel on hemispheric cooperation on cyber threats and security in February. We also had a roundtable about humanitarian demining with the authorities of the United Nations, and we are planning to present and conduct exercises in the topic of complex threats, that is, natural disasters, climate change, environmental impact, organized crime, cyber defense, and human rights. By Dialogo May 12, 2016 Brig. Gen. González Ávalos: The only requirement is to be a member state of the OAS. All that is required is a country letter addressed to the Chairman of the Council of Delegates to become part of our organization. There are no fees, and there are several modes in which active presence on the Board can be maintained, whether with a Military, law-enforcement, or civilian delegation. The countries that have not joined our organization yet are practically the Caribbean countries. Costa Rica is part of the founding countries of the 1942 organization. And we have three island nations: The Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Haiti, which, at one point, left and later rejoined. Last month, Granada joined the Inter-American Defense Board. As of now, the inclusion of Bahamas, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia is still pending. Diálogo: Could you speak a little about the history of the IADB? Diálogo: What are the requirements to become a member? Diálogo: And outside the academic arena? Diálogo: Speaking specifically of Central America, what are the common themes that the IADB identifies as threats? Brig. Gen. González Ávalos: Basically, security. Security in the hemisphere is affected by transnational threats, which require a response from the public sector and the private sector in coordination with civil society. For this reason, the Military, security, and defense forces are involved in the fight against these obstacles; in most cases, in a subsidiary capacity, but they are participating and trying to limit them. Therefore, the Board, directly or indirectly, is providing those advisory services to the OAS and its member states through information sessions, drafting proposals about those topics, and carrying out coordination and cooperation activities. Brig. Gen. González Ávalos: The Board turned 74 years old on March 30th. It was created in 1942, in the midst of World War II, with the mission to prepare for the joint defense of the continent. But as a result of the Special Conference on Security held in Mexico in 2003, the concept of security changed in our continent, and new directives were issued to restructure the hemispheric system. Thus, in 2006, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) passed a statute, and we joined OAS as an entity of this hemispheric organization. This statute establishes that our mission is to provide advisory services and no longer plan for the defense of the continent. Diálogo: What is the organizational structure of the Board? Brig. Gen. González Ávalos: To provide technical, consulting and educational advisory services for many topics, especially in humanitarian aid and assistance in case of disasters, and search and rescue. We interact with all the entities in the Inter-American system; we prepare studies; we control the development, confidence, and security measures existing in the continent. We update weapons inventories; we keep the institutional memory of the Conference of Ministers of Defense; we provide advisory services on issues related to defense policy to countries that so request it, pursuant to our statutes; and we provide advisory services in the management, safeguarding, and destruction of arsenals. At this time, we are actively participating in the comprehensive action against mines. As to advisory services related to education, we offer advanced studies in topics related to defense, and defense and Military issues, the Inter-American system, and related topics and subjects. Brigadier General Jaime González Ávalos: Because it is an opportunity we have to learn a little bit about how much the region has advanced in the fight against the new challenges we currently face. And it is an honor for the Board to be given this opportunity to speak on the topic, since just like CENTSEC, the Board will continue to fight to keep peace in the region, where the security-development binomial interacts in a balanced way to maintain peace in all its countries. last_img read more

AP7 calls two-product plan for premium pension ‘counterproductive’

first_imgBut under the new plan, investment risk in the disbursement phase is to be lower than in the savings phase, and the traditional insurance currently managed by the Swedish Pension Agency (Pensionsmyndigheten) is to constitute the default’s payment option.AP7 said it agreed with proposals that an overall goal should be formulated for the whole of the default alternative, and that the investment rules should be broadened.But given that an overall goal was needed, the pension fund went on to say it was “counterproductive and surprising” that the plan involved breaking the default option into two separate products with two different principals.“This will lead to fragmentation that complicates the holistic approach and long-term view that an effective default solution needs,” AP7 said.“This will lead to fragmentation that complicates the holistic approach and long-term view that an effective default solution needs”AP7On top of this, the fund said, deciding to abandon a functioning product for an alternative where neither the parts nor the whole had been worked through entailed unmotivated risk-taking.“Risk-taking between the savings and the payment phase must be balanced and the total risk-taking needs to be adjusted to the system’s overall goal of clearly exceeding the development of the income index,” AP7 said.Splitting up the different management phases risked leading to sub-optimal decision making with insufficient regard for the whole, it said.“The consequence will then be that future pensions will be lower and that pension savers will be exposed to unnecessary risks through an abrupt transition from the savings phase to the payment phase,” the fund said.Meanwhile, the Swedish Pensions Agency, which currently manages the premium pension system’s funds platform as well as running the traditional insurance payout phase of the default alternative, said in its response to the consultation that it approved of the plan to let AP7 invest in alternatives for the first time – although the proportion of these assets suggested was too high.But it did not agree with having an overall target for the default option in the premium pension system, because in practice, it said, there would be two state default products with different purposes and designs.“We, therefore, propose two different goals that are adapted to the purpose of the saving and disbursement phase, which provides better conditions for control and follow-up,” the authority said.In other feedback, the pensions agency also said it was positive about the idea of transferring default option savers to traditional insurance automatically before disbursement.However, funds which were switched in this way should then be transferrable back to unit-linked insurance, it said.“Otherwise, the proposal entails unreasonable lock-in for pension savers,” the pensions agency said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The largest of Sweden’s national pension funds has warned against a key element of the transformational plan to modernise its role as the default option in the premium pension system.In its response to the consultation on a proposal to reform the default provision in the first pillar system of individual accounts, AP7 said the idea of splitting the product into separate savings and payout phases risked losing sight of the whole – and ultimately reducing pensions.The memorandum “Förvalsalternativet inom premiepensionen” was published in February, and is based on a government-commissioned proposal drawn up by pensions expert Mats Langensjö.As things stand, the SEK670bn (€63.4bn) pension fund’s balanced Såfa pension product – automatically allotted to people making no active provider choice in the defined benefit premium pension – can continue from savings to payout phase.last_img read more

WindEurope: 10-20MW Turbines to Help EU Meet Its Energy Objectives

first_imgWindEurope CEO Giles Dickson has said that developing 10-20MW offshore wind turbines will be key to unleashing Europe’s offshore wind energy potential and will help the EU meet its Climate and Energy objectives. WindEurope’s central scenario projects 70GW of offshore wind energy in Europe’s energy mix by 2030, which would meet 9.7% of electricity consumption. Photo: WindEuropeDickson stated this on 21 February, as he addressed representatives from the European Commission at an event marking the conclusion of the INNWIND.EU project, which sought to develop the conceptual design of beyond-state-of-the-art 10-20 MW offshore wind turbines and hardware demonstrators of their critical components.Giles Dickson urged the Commission to develop a robust research strategy for Europe going forward, stating that projects like INNWIND.EU will help solve Europe’s Energy and Climate challenges.To unlock the offshore potential of 70GW by 2030, the wind energy sector must prioritise research and innovation on larger offshore wind turbines, Dickson said, explaining that this is largely because of the need for cost reduction in offshore wind. The industry has made significant strides towards lowering the LCOE in offshore wind – but the market will need to deliver 13MW to 15MW turbines to achieve the cost reductions necessary to unleash Europe’s offshore wind potential.“We need to mobilise the European research capacity of universities and public research institutes to help industry develop competitive technology and keep our edge over China, the US and India,” Giles Dickson said.During the five years of dedicated research, the INNWIND.EU project has developed several innovative rotor designs, drivetrain components and fixed and floating substructures that reduce the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) of offshore wind turbines of be­tween 10MW and 20MW capacity.last_img read more

Forecasters eye weekend weather system

first_imgWilmington, Oh. — Forecasters from the National Weather Service say a low pressure system will move into the area on Friday. The system will bring a potent mid-level disturbance and the possibility of accumulating snow, some models show from 3 to 5 inches.Meterologist Brian Haines says forecast variables will decrease as the weekend approaches allowing for a more accurate estimate. Currently, the primary areas of concern are Batesville, Connersville, Cincinnati and Wilmington.He says a partially stationary upper-level low will move into the area by Tuesday that will bring temperatures into the 60’s.last_img read more

Taco Bell customer gets doused with gasoline and lit on fire

first_imgTallahassee Police Department(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A suspect who poured gasoline on a Taco Bell customer and then set them on fire is being hunted by Florida police for attempted murder after the victim was left with serious injuries.The incident occurred on Wednesday at approximately 6:18 p.m. at a Tallahassee Taco Bell restaurant when the suspect entered the establishment, doused the female victim with gasoline and then lit them on fire.The suspect has been identified as Mia Williams, 32, “who identifies as a black female,” according to a statement released by Officer Rachel Denmark of the Tallahassee Police Department.Williams fled the scene of the crime on foot and police are currently looking for her whereabouts.“Williams was last seen wearing a black shirt with white writing, tan capri styled pants, and a red wrap on her head. Williams also had several necklaces around their neck,” the statement read.The victim, who currently remains unidentified, was taken to hospital by helicopter after suffering serious injuries.Investigators don’t yet know if the suspect knew the female victim involved in the attack or if it was done at random.Tallahassee Police Department spokesman Damon Miller told the Tallahassee Democrat: ”At this time, (investigators) are on scene trying to basically solve this puzzle, to figure out why this heinous crime was committed.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Annenberg Media promotes wellness through new desk

first_imgAnnenberg Media will launch a wellness desk next semester to focus more coverage on campus mental health issues after it received a grant through the Kaleigh Finnie Memorial Endowment to pursue the project. (Daily Trojan file photo) A new wellness desk, will be added to Annenberg Media next semester to encourage students to report on mental health and wellness and improve the mental health of the news staff. “What we are doing is to lay out the foundation, lay out this system and logistics and everything,” Yuan said. “And hopefully, in the future generations … [and in] future classes, people will keep developing this desk and make it helpful to both [the] newsroom and USC community.”  In the announcement posted to Annenberg Media, Toomey encouraged people to contact Annenberg  Media reporters over social media or email to talk about mental health.  Toomey said the desk is modeled after an initiative by The Denver Post, which piloted off-the-record community conversations about mental health around Colorado. The Post received a grant from Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism to support initiatives for the project.  As an adviser for the wellness desk, Annenberg Media Center Director and professor Christina Bellantoni said she hopes the desk can help student journalists learn to cover sensitive issues.  The endowment is a merit-based fund that provides scholarships and awards to Annenberg undergraduate and graduate students who contribute to the conversation around mental health. Toomey applied and received the funding.  The initiative followed coverage of major scandals last year, which was particularly taxing for Daily Trojan editors, as many skipped classes and lost sleep to cover them, Bettendorf said.  Yuan, a senior majoring in journalism, experienced firsthand what it means to report on difficult topics and the effects these events had. In two years, he covered both the Thousand Oaks shooting in 2018 and the Santa Clarita shooting in November. He covered a fire, a robbery, a murder trial and a story on financial aid difficulties in a four-week period last spring.  Next semester, Annenberg Media executive editor Ruby Yuan and managing editor for culture and outreach Dan Toomey will hire student editors for the desk who will oversee a group of reporters.  Yuan mentioned the Daily Trojan’s wellness initiative as another way to support student newsrooms on campus. The paper also added a wellness initiative this year, directed by associate managing editor Natalie Bettendorf.  Yuan said the desk will also educate staff members about reporting on mental health and wellness topics and help improve their own mental health as they cover difficult topics.  “This sounds very industry-talk, but journalism at the end of the day is a service, right?” Toomey said. “I really do believe that by telling these stories, we are doing a service. We are helping people understand that it’s OK to share these stories, and we want people to do that so we understand the changes that need to happen.” Yuan wishes there were more school-specific or industry-specific mental health counselors, either at Engemann Student Health Center or at each school.  “I always stress to every student I ever meet that you are a human first, and it is OK to be human and to have feelings, even while making sure you’re getting the full story and talking to all sides and all those things,” Bellantoni said. “Pretending you aren’t part of the equation is not a wise formula.” Toomey said the initial idea came from the Kaleigh Finnie Memorial Endowment. The endowment was started by the Finnie family to honor the life of their daughter, who was a USC student, and support students interested in exploring issues related to mental health.  Over the summer, Bettendorf met with Engemann professionals to figure out ways to better support editors and other staff members. The initiative now includes monthly check-ins with all the editors, giving writers and editors more days off, channels for feedback from staff members and ensuring more mental and physical health coverage in the paper.    “It opened up this conversation that I thought that we were just having in our campus, in our newsroom,” Bettendorf said. “But to realize that it’s happening in newsrooms across the country, —specifically colleges and universities — that was just mind-boggling to me. I didn’t realize how people are having these same kinds of conversations of how we can take better care of student journalists? I think that was the most striking thing for me.”last_img read more

Syracuse rises to No. 1 spot in rankings

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (11-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) moved from No. 2 to No. 1 in the latest NFHCA Coaches poll Tuesday morning to top the national rankings for the first time since 2012. The Orange is coming off a 2-0 weekend in which it outscored opponents Monmouth (3-9) and Cornell (5-4, 1-1 Ivy) by a 14-1 margin.“60 days from now, it’s going to mean a heck of a lot more,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “We’d probably be the happiest people in the world,” Bradley said. “For today, it’s a reward of the work we’ve done but it means nothing at this point in time.”SU earned 915 points and 15 first-place votes to overtake the only other undefeated team in the country — No. 2 Connecticut (11-0) — who earned 894 points and 25 first-place votes. The Orange began the season ranked No. 4, climbed to No. 3 in the first poll and moved to No. 2 the following week before finally passing the Huskies.The first-place ranking rests on the undefeated record coupled with six wins over ranked opponents, including then-No. 2 North Carolina, then-No. 4 Virginia, then-No. 6 Stanford, then-No. 11 Boston College, then-No. 17 Boston University and then-No. 18 Massachusetts.Syracuse faces a pair of road matches this weekend when it visits No. 11 Louisville (7-4, 0-4 ACC) Friday at 6 p.m. and Indiana (6-5, 2-1 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on October 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edulast_img read more