In West Philadelphia….DJ Jazzy Jeff recently performed a fire set for Boiler Room. The online music broadcasting platform came to Philadelphia for the first time, and who better than one of the city’s best known turntablists to grace the program? The two-hour set featured a heavy session of mixing between hits from hip-hop, R&B, and house genres, among others.Some cuts that made the session include War‘s “Low Rider,” Aaliyah‘s “Are You That Somebody,” Outkast tracks like “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” and “So Fresh So Clean,” as well as some Lionel Richie, A Tribe Called Quest, Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Eminem, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, TLC, Toto, Tears for Fears, Will Smith (of course!), and much much more. It’s the perfect set for a house party. Take a listen to the full set below:[via Okayplayer]
Category: ccxrosefwsbskgoz Glimpses of paradise
For Tim Laman, mornings in the rain forest started early, before the night was truly done.Laman, an affiliate of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, typically woke well before dawn to search the tropical forests of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Australia for some of the world’s most spectacular creatures: birds of paradise. During 18 expeditions over eight years, he rose in the dark, hiked in the dark, and even climbed trees in the dark, all in order to get in place before the birds started the elaborate courtship displays for which they are famous.Photographer Tim Laman and a colleague set out to document all 39 birds of paradise species. Their work resulted in a book published by National Geographic. A link at the bottom of the story provides a time-lapse video of Laman unpacking the immense amount of equipment necessary to do the job.Laman, who received a doctorate in biology from Harvard in 1994, teamed with colleague Edwin Scholes of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology to document all 39 species of bird of paradise. The birds, related to crows, evolved into an array of very different species, with striking plumage and elaborate courtship displays that have drawn attention from legendary naturalists, including Harvard evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr and 19th-century British explorer and naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace.“Tim has just accomplished what so many ornithologists — including myself — can only dream about — to actually observe and record the behaviors of the entire diversity of birds of paradise,” said Scott Edwards, a professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, and curator of ornithology in Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. “This is a truly extraordinary feat, and the fruits of his labor will be a great benefit to both scientists and the general public.”Laman, who began photographing the rain forest during his doctoral work, first shot the birds in 2004 on an assignment from National Geographic magazine. It took several field seasons to complete the article, which was published in 2007. When it was done, Laman said, he and Scholes, the field scientist he’d been working with, decided to push on and try to document every bird of paradise species.A male red bird of paradise performing the practice of plumage display at a tree-top lek, where the males gather. The two central tail feathers, which are black and ribbonlike, have a plastic feel.“It’s striking how little research was going on about them,” Laman said.The two received funding from National Geographic, which this year published a book on their efforts, “Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World’s Most Extraordinary Birds.” The book, complete with full-page photographs, shows the dazzling variety of color, shape, and texture in the birds’ plumage, from the almost impossibly long tail feathers of the ribbon-tailed astrapia, to the hairlike tail feathers of the twelve-wired bird of paradise, to the puffy yellow cloaklike plumes of the greater bird of paradise.The variety, mainly seen in males, is thought to be driven by sexual selection by females, whose plumage is less spectacular, and by the isolation of different species on smaller islands and in the valleys of the large but ruggedly mountainous island of New Guinea.“Ducks all kind of look like ducks, but birds of paradise have this incredible variety of forms,” Laman said.Though the project was driven by photography, Laman and Scholes recorded several scientific firsts, documenting the courtship displays of two species that had never been seen and making both audio and video recordings that may be of use to future researchers. Laman, who spoke Monday evening at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, said that in addition to the book, the two are preparing a half-dozen scientific papers for publication.A male blue bird of paradise foraging. One of its most unique characteristics is its upside-down courtship display.Each expedition took four to six weeks, Laman said. He typically rose before dawn so it would still be dark when he reached a blind near a site where males displayed regularly. He’d observe and photograph the males’ displays for several hours before heading back to camp. He’d return to the blind in the late afternoon to catch the evening displays before wrapping up for the night and returning to camp for dinner, a wash in a nearby stream, and a chance to download photos to his laptop.“The type of resource that Tim is collecting — high-quality digital photographs and video — will rapidly become as essential to integrative biological inquiry as traditional museum specimens have been,” Edwards said. “These are the collections of the future and like all collections need to be curated with care.”To view a time-lapse video of Tim Laman unpacking and repacking all of the gear necessary to complete his work in the field, visit his website.
Category: ccxrosefwsbskgoz Simple assault reported to University
An individual reported multiple instances of simple assault to a University administrator Monday, according to Tuesday’s Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) crime log.A simple assault is defined as an instance when “a person knowingly or intentionally touches another person in a rude, insolent or angry manner,” University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email.This definition is part of Indiana code, Brown said, and differentiates the crime from other types of assault such as aggravated, domestic or sexual assault or battery. The alleged assault occurred multiple times in a Notre Dame residence hall, according to the log entry. The incident was classified as a Title IX offense in the log, which Brown said was because of who received the initial report.Students did not receive an email from the University alerting them that a report had been filed because the crime was not deemed a timely threat based on the information available at this time, Brown said. This is in accordance with the Clery Act regulations.Tags: Clery Act, NDSP, NDSP crime log, simple assault, Title IX
Category: ccxrosefwsbskgoz Spend Smart
The holiday shopping season starts earlier every year. Long before Thanksgiving dinner has been reduced to leftovers, shoppers will be looking for bargains.Serious bargain hunters get excited about all the sales the day after Thanksgiving. To make the most of the big day, they sort through advertisements and go online to compare prices. They plan to hit stores for time-specific sales and map out routes to cut down on time wasted in traffic or looking for a parking spot.Many others avoid the chaos by shopping early or online, and still others get caught up in the moment, joining the spending frenzy with no plan or shopping list.While shopping smart is important every month, the stakes are especially high after Thanksgiving. Starting holiday shopping early helps. With a little forethought, even procrastinators can benefit from these shopping tips.Spend SmartDevelop a spending plan for the holidays. Economic conditions are improving, but piling up a lot of holiday debt is never a good idea. Know how much money you can reasonably afford to spend by making a budget. To avoid financial problems in 2016, limit spending to the cash that’s set aside for the season.A holiday spending plan is not just about the gifts. Remember to include parties, greeting cards and postage, charitable giving, clothes to wear to holiday functions and other things that make the holiday season joyful.Be creative. Belt tightening is in, wasteful spending is out. Remember, the thought is what counts. Homemade gifts, whether it be food, clothing or crafts, may be appreciated more than something purchased at the local big box store. Gifts of time for babysitting, car washing or house cleaning may also be well received.Think carefully about each and every purchase. At the store, keep the spending plan and shopping list in hand. Avoid deciding on an item in the spur of the moment. Take time to think about needs and spending limits.Use ads to plan purchases. Compare offerings from different stores to find the best deals. Once a particular item is selected, compare features, quality, prices, installation charges, delivery and service. Sometimes the cost to use and maintain an item makes selecting a more expensive model the cheaper option.Conserve gasoline. Avoid running from store to store. Instead, use the phone and Internet to find information. Particularly for gifts to be sent out of town, ordering the desired item for direct shipment to the recipient may be cheaper than the sender paying to ship it.Shop online to locate special or unique gifts. Use a secure browser, shop with known companies and keep your passwords creative and private. Pay particular attention to shipping charges. Be sure to print out and keep records of purchases.Wait for last-minute price cuts for items that are not in short supply. Retailers will roll out holiday items earlier than ever this year. Sales may also start earlier as retailers clear out merchandise. That means plenty of bargains, but be careful shopping to find them. The best deals may come late in the season.Examine factory seconds and irregulars carefully. These items have flaws or imperfections. Find the flaw and decide if it will make a difference. Look in your newspaper classified ads for items too. Buying person-to-person often saves money.Expect to pay a fair and reasonable price for goods and services. Bargains that sound too good to be true are usually just that. Read labels, seals, tags and instruction booklets. Ask questions.Get the facts before purchasing. Find out what is promised, who stands behind the promises and what is required to benefit from any warranty. Return a purchase that is damaged, did not provide reasonable wear or did not otherwise live up to the guarantee.Overspending can ruin the holidays and the months that follow. Plan ahead and stick to the plan. Spending only as much as you can afford will make the holidays better for all.
Category: ccxrosefwsbskgoz Welch introduces bill to provide dairy farmers access to workforce program
Representative Peter Welch, along with Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), introduced legislation this week to help dairy farmers meet their labor needs. The H-2A Improvement Act of 2011 (H.R. 1720) would allow dairy farmers access to the H-2A visa program, which other sectors of agriculture currently use to hire foreign workers.‘Vermont’s dairy farmers are hanging on by their fingernails,’ Welch said. ‘Every day they struggle with multiple challenges to survival, including high energy costs, unstable milk prices and a shortage of workers. This legislation will help take one challenge off their plates by ensuring they have an adequate labor supply. I look forward to working with Rep. Owens and Sen. Leahy to pass this bill into law.’The H-2A visa program allows farmers to hire foreign workers when domestic labor is unavailable. H.R. 1720 would allow foreign dairy workers, sheepherders and goat herders access the program. The U.S. Department of Labor issued rules in 2010 excluding the dairy industry from the H-2A agricultural worker visa program. While sheepherders and goat herders currently have access to the H-2A program, H.R. 1720 would make this access permanent.As a founder and co-chair of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus and member of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Welch is a strong advocate for Vermont dairy farmers. He has introduced legislation that would stabilize the dairy prices for farmers and will be a key player in writing the next Farm Bill in this Congress. In the fall of 2009, Welch worked successfully with Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders to provide $350 million in emergency assistance to dairy farmers.H.R. 1720 is a companion bill to S. 852, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Leahy.Source: BURLINGTON, VT ‘ Rep. Peter Welch.
Category: ccxrosefwsbskgoz Loan Zone: Tapping your credit union team’s expertise
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Lately I’ve had a Steve Jobs quote pinned up on my virtual wall, so to speak: “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”There are a precious few quotes like this one from the famous founder of Apple that are more applicable to the way loan origination software, and technology in general, should be administered. The most powerful loan origination system becomes truly valuable when placed in the hands of good and smart people.Throughout my 15 years in the financial industry, I’ve seen numerous examples of how the lending business unit is not only technologically capable enough to administer the software, but also in many ways better equipped to implement system modifications than their pure technology counterparts. This is because of their insider’s knowledge of the lending department. While information technology definitely plays an important role in the maintenance and stability of the credit union’s systems, business administrators hold a unique position as technologists within the business unit.So what happens when you combine the skills of an undercover technologist with the experience of an expert lender? The possibilities are endless. continue reading »
Category: ccxrosefwsbskgoz Rare point position on the market at Broadbeach Waters
106 Clear Island Rd, Broadbeach Waters.A HUGE Broadbeach Waters property is expected to attract attention from savvy developers as demand for large land heats up on the Gold Coast. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe 1229sq m block at 106 Clear Island Rd overlooks some of the widest canal junctions on the Gold Coast. Kollosche Prestige Agents managing director Jordan Williams said the size of the block was rarely seen in the suburb.“As land continues to become smaller in size this close to the beach, we are expecting to attract the attention of developers as well as those looking to create the ideal family home,” he said. A four-bedroom home currently sits on the land. It is on the market at $1.8 million.
Category: ccxrosefwsbskgoz Renovated Queenslander sells under the hammer for bargain price
“There are not many houses like that for sale on the market in the area.”Ms Munro said the vendor’s change in situation required the property to sell.“The sale is an opportunity for the owner to move forward,” she said. “I think it is the reality of the real estate industry and he needed to sell.” Ray White Agent Julie Munro who sold the house said it shows homeowners in Currajong what they can do with their properties.“45 Goodwin street is a representation of what owners can achieve in the suburb,” Ms Munro said. This eye-catching house at 45 Goodwin Street in Currajong was snapped up at auction for $490,000.A FAMILY has purchased this six-bedroom renovated Queenslander for $490,000 under the hammer, revealing an opportunity for buyers to snag a beauty in Townsville’s Currajong. The house was on the market for about eight weeks and was renovated in 2013 to accommodate a growing family. MORE NEWS The hardest place in QLD to sell a house With its charming heritage features revealing character, the home also boasts a luxury feel and has a large in-ground swimming pool surrounded by glass fencing.This property at 45 Goodwin St in Currajong, sold for double the median price of $227,000 for a house in the suburb.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Corelogic data shows Currajong is Townsville’s fourth cheapest suburb to buy a house in alongside Heatley. Restored Queenslander snapped up after amazing transformation MORE NEWS
Category: ccxrosefwsbskgoz Now all Americans can go to Cuba – legally!
Share NewsRegional Now all Americans can go to Cuba – legally! by: – July 1, 2011 Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 17 Views no discussions Photo credit: destinationscaribbean.comNEW ROCHELLE, (USA) — For the last 50 years, most Americans have been prohibited from traveling to Cuba. Now they can start packing!As of Wednesday, Insight Cuba, the leading provider of legal people-to-people travel to Cuba has been reauthorized by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to send Americans to Cuba.When the Obama administration reversed the previous administration’s policy and posted new travel regulations allowing people-to-people educational travel, Insight Cuba was among the first to submit its application for a new license.“We’ve been preparing for this day for seven years,” said Insight Cuba Director Tom Popper. “Now that we have the license in hand, anyone and everyone can reserve their spot on one of our carefully crafted travel programs to Cuba throughout 2011 and 2012. We’ve created six exciting new experiences, which can be found on our website, providing unique access to people and places the average traveler rarely sees.”Insight Cuba emerged as a pioneer in people-to-people travel to Cuba in 2000 and sent the largest number of Americans to Cuba under a specific license since 1963. However, in 2004, US travel restrictions were tightened, eliminating most US travel to the island nation. Despite the new limitations, Insight Cuba continued to strengthen their relationships and reputation in Cuba, confident that one day they would be able to return. As a result, they are now known as the industry expert in US travel to Cuba.Insight Cuba hand picks exclusive experiences for its groups, which are kept small (maximum 16 participants). With an in-country host/escort, modern explorers can expect frequent serendipitous experiences. The comfort level is high, with four- and five-star hotels and all meals included. Prices (per person, double occupancy) also cover ground transport, domestic flights in Cuba (where required), all entry fees, professional guide services, US Treasury Department license and Letter of Authorization, and travel insurance. There are six new itineraries with over 100 departures through April 2012.Caribbean News Now
Category: ccxrosefwsbskgoz Moyes reveals Ronaldo wish
Moyes watched Ronaldo’s awesome performance for Portugal in their World Cup play-off victory over Sweden in Stockholm on Tuesday on TV. Like everyone else who witnessed the winger’s hat-trick, the United boss was spellbound by the talent Ronaldo displayed so regularly during his six seasons with the Red Devils. Indeed, there was intense speculation during the close season Ronaldo was intent on heading back to his old club, with United eager to make a marquee signing to herald the arrival of Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor. It did not happen. And now he has signed a five-year contract with Real Madrid, and declared his intention to remain at the Bernabeu for the remainder of his career, it seems highly unlikely it ever will. However, maybe clinging to the most slenderest of hopes, Moyes is not giving up completely. “Everyone at Manchester United would tell you he is the best in the business anyway,” Moyes told MUTV. “I have not been fortunate enough to work with him but there is still hope some day it might be possible.” Press Association Manchester United manager David Moyes has not given up on the possibility of working with Cristiano Ronaldo one day.