Claire Dove has been named as the new Crown Representative of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE).Ms Dove, who succeeds Michael O’Toole, will work alongside government departments and the Crown Commercial Service to strengthen the sector, support the upcoming Civil Society Strategy, and encourage VSCE organisations to operate more commercially.Claire Dove VCSE Crown Representative, said: The Crown Commercial Service runs the Crown Representative programme across a number of business areas, of which the VCSE Crown Representative will be part Crown Representatives help the government act as a single customer. They work across departments to: Ensure a single and strategic view of the government’s needs is communicated to the market Identify areas for cost savings Act as a point of focus for cross-cutting supplier-related issues Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: It’s an honour to take on this role. Millions of people benefit from the work that charities and social enterprises do and I cannot wait to get started to ensure this sector continues to go from strength to strength. Claire will bring a lot of passion and experience into this role – having chaired Social Enterprise UK among other organisations. I am looking forward to working alongside her and the Crown Commercial Service to help support the VCSE sector and societies across the country. ENDSNOTES TO EDITORS:Claire Dove’s biography:Claire Dove OBE, DL, has been a key player in the social enterprise movement since the early 1980s and has led the award-winning Blackburne House Group, one of the leading providers of adult and community education in the country, since its inception.From December 2007 to January 2017 Claire was Chair of Social Enterprise UK (SEUK). She is a member of the Alder Hey Hospital Trust and, until recently, was a Board Member for the Charity Commission. She has chaired the Liverpool Fairness Commission on behalf of Liverpool City Council, is currently serving on the Liverpool Mayoral Development Board and is chair of the Society Advisory Board for the British Council.Claire was awarded an MBE for her work in the mid-nineties. She received an OBE in 2013 and was given the Queens Lifetime Achievement Award for Enterprise Promotion.Crown Commercial Service
Frozen food specialist Iceland is today (10 July) rolling out a new fresh Luxury Bread range to Iceland stores across the country, and extending the Millie’s Cookies bake-off range.The six-strong range – which includes loaves, crumpets and rolls – contains “high-quality” ingredients and uses a “slow dough method (typically know as sourdough) to create rich, intense flavours,” said the retailer.The range comprises:Luxury Amber Grain Crumpets, £1/six-pack: “These Amber Grain Crumpets are blended with oats, sunflower seeds, millet seeds, flax seeds and wheat, which are then infused with a sprinkle of sugar to add a touch of sweetness. Toast and serve while warm, with a knob of butter or with a spoonful of jam – simple.”Luxury Cheese Topped Rolls, £1/six-pack: “Giving a luxury twist to the classic bread roll, these cheddar-topped buns are made using Taw Valley cheddar cheese.”Luxury Five Grain Loaf, 800g, £1: “The best thing since sliced bread, the five-grain loaf is a combination of flecks of millet, flax seeds, toasted sunflower seeds and rolled oats, making this lightly grained loaf appealingly wholesome yet flavoursome.”Luxury Harvest Batch Loaf, 800g, £1: “The delicious malted grain loaf contains flakes of malted wheat, barley and rye flour, baked using slow dough for outstanding taste.”Luxury Slow Dough Loaf, 800g, £1: “This crusty, flavoursome bread is a welcomed staple in any home. Reliable and tasty, it makes the perfect toast – the nation’s favourite!”Luxury All-Butter Welsh Cakes, £1.50 for a pack of six: “A Village Bakery family favourite, these succulent griddle scones are made with real butter, finest Vostizza currants and carefully selected spices. Try them with Iceland British Mature Cheddar Cheese 400g – it really works!”Iceland is also extending its Millie’s Bake at Home range, which “go from frozen to freshly baked in 25 minutes”, with All Butter Croissants, Pains aux Raisins and Pains aux Chocolat. The Millie’s cookies range is expanding with new variants including a limited-edition Milk Chocolate & Toffee flavour, and a Party Pack. The new Millie’s products will be available in 580 Iceland stores.
On the heels of CID Entertainment being acquired by PrimeSport, the elite travel and VIP company has announced another all-inclusive event at the Barceló Maya resort in Rivera Maya, Mexico. Adding to the already-existing roster of Phish, LCD Soundsystem, Luke Bryan, and Mad Decent destination festivals at the Barceló, this newly-announced four-night event will feature Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds.The beloved acoustic duo will perform three sets throughout the event, which will take place February 23-25, 2017. Dave Matthews Band recently capped off their 25th anniversary tour and announced that they would be taking at least one year off the road, so this announcement must come as a welcome surprise for all DMB fans.More details about the newly-announced event can be found here.
Monophonics are officially back! Today, the band announces their upcoming Mirrors EP and a supporting tour through the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. Mirrors–the band’s first release since 2015’s Sound of Sinning, available now to pre-order–is comprised of six rare covers, fusing the complementary and explosive soul, rock, and funk influences of the Bay Area’s psychedelic soul sound. The first single, “My Heart Cries”, featuring Tiffany Austin, is available today.“We wanted to do a couple songs that were more familiar to people and then shine some light on groups we’re big into,” lead singer, keyboardist, and co-producer Kelly Finnigan explained in a press release. “Not only are these great songs, but these are artists that we listen to and are influenced by.” He continues, “It’s not about making records that sound old, it’s about making records that sound cool.” Even the familiar tunes receive a fresh treatment as instrumentals on Mirrors, despite their ubiquity as vocal songs.As a press release detailed, here is a rundown of Monophonics’ upcoming Mirrors EP:The EP opens with a ‘tip of the cap’ to The Main Ingredient’s version of “Summer Breeze” before the band unfolds a hazy, mellow-funk opus worthy of inclusion on a Bob James CTI album. The next four songs, all featuring vocals, range from the lowrider soul ballad, a cover of the The Invincibles’ “My Heart Cries” with a pleading and plaintive vocal by Nicole Smith, to the psychedelic blues stomp, “Lying,” originally by the archetypical psychedelic soul band nearly signed to Motown, Black Merda. Add in Kelly’s monster vocal take on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Northern Soul classic, “Beggin” (to be released as a 7” single with an instrumental version on the b-side), and the deep-funk pop-soul of Nu People’s “I’d be Nowhere Without You” with backup vocals by Jeanine Jones and Veronica Johnson, and you have a highly-entertaining, toe-tapping, backbone-slipping, masterclass in deep funk and soul. The final tune is the band’s singular take on the Mamas and the Papas hippie standard, “California Dreaming,” as an explicit and heartfelt tribute to their fans in Greece. The discerning music lovers of Greece fell in love with Monophonics after their 2012 hit “Bang Bang” resulting in multiple tours of the Mediterranean, where these native Californians imbibed on the fine ouzo, good vibes, and Grecian hospitality. Gifted a prized bouzouki (a traditional Greek guitar) by a local fan, Monophonics’ guitarist Ian McDonald and band infused this classic pop song with a soulful cinematic air and Mediterranean flavor, evoking a tune from an imagined Fellini film with a soundtrack by David Axelrod.Listen to “My Heart Cries” below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Check out this previously-released music video for “My Heart Cries” by The Invincibles, featuring vocals by Nicole Smith:Catch the band on the road this spring to hear some of these songs, favorites, and new tunes from their forthcoming EP. Get hyped with this tour video, followed by a complete itinerary, below.MONOPHONICS TOUR DATES02-06 @ HiFi Music Hall – Eugene, OR02-07 @ Volcanic Theatre Pub – Bend, OR02-08 @ Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA02-09 @ Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR02-10 @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA02-11 @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA02-16 @ Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA02-17 @ Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA02-18 @ Crystal Bay Club – Crystal Bay, NV02-21 @ The Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT02-22 @ Rialto Bozeman – Bozeman, MT02-24 @ Animas City Theatre – Durango, CO03-02 @ Schmiggity’s Live Music Dance Bar – Steamboat Springs, CO03-03 @ Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, CO03-08 @ Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO03-09 @ Paradise Theatre – Paonia, CO03-10 @ Sheridan Opera House – Telluride, COEnter To Win A Pair Of Tix To Denver + A Copy Of Mirrors On Vinyl!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
Last night, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh closed out their six-date “Bobby & Phil Duo” tour with a spectacular, sold-out final performance at the Chicago Theatre. As the did the previous night, the Grateful duo welcomed Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, as well as tour percussionist Wally Ingram, for the entirety of the second set. The show’s setlist, heavily geared towards pre-hiatus Dead material, was comprised almost entirely of songs that had been played in New York or Boston. However, what the show lacked in surprises, it thoroughly made up for in execution.The first set opened with a bouncy “Cumberland Blues”, followed by “Tennessee Jed”. The first “Alabama Getaway” of the tour came next, as one of the Dead’s most radio-friendly rock-n-roll songs was uniquely interpreted by the duo. The other highlight of the first set was the set-closing “Cassidy”. This version was masterfully stretched out, and when they finally reeled the jam back into the last chorus, they had generated plenty of vigor to power the “flight of the seabirds.”The second set was filled with vintage, pre-1974 Grateful Dead numbers with Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, and Wally Ingram in tow for the duration. “Crazy Fingers” opened the second set, followed by a chugging “New Speedway Boogie”. As the crowd sang along with the band, “this darkness got to give”, Phil responded with a smile and an approving nod.The rest of the set saw one seamless stretch of music, with each successive song flowing into the next. A spacey “Mountains of the Moon” slowly morphed into “Cryptical Envelopment”. From there, “Let It Grow” built up plenty of energy before once again slowing down and moving into “The Other One”, which rainbow spiraled round and round for north of ten minutes before melting back into the end of “Cryptical Envelopment”.Uncle John’s Band was perfectly played, harkening back to the album version which predominantly features acoustic guitars. Finally, the band ended the set with an emotional “Days Between”. This really has become a song in which Bob has mastered over the last couple of years, and as he sang the poignant lyrics one could hear a pin drop in the theater. The beautiful performance on this song, in particular, as well as the show and tour as a whole did not go unnoticed by the two founding Dead members, who shared a hearty embrace upon finishing the tune.Smiles were everywhere but the biggest ones were shared by Bob and Phil. If the music wasn’t enough, for almost the entirety of the second set there was a little boy running, crawling, and wiggling back and forth on the stage behind Wally. It was fairly entertaining when the band finished the set and it was Phil who, instead of taking a break, took to running and chasing down the toddler, fulfilling “grandpa” duties.With one final encore to play, the duo started just as they began: No frills, no gimmicks, just Bob on guitar and Phil on bass. “Brokedown Palace” always fits perfectly in the encore slot, and this beautiful rendition by the two founding Dead members was uniquely moving. One can only hope that this won’t be the last time these gentlemen play together in this format.Check out videos from the Bobby & Phil “duo” tour finale below, and see a gallery of photos from the show below via Daniel Ojeda.Bob Weir & Phil Lesh – “Cumberland Blues” – 3/11/18[Video: Scott Sigman]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh – “Lazy River Road” – 3/11/18 [Video: Scott Sigman]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Crazy Fingers” [Pro-Shot] – 3/11/18[Video: Nugs.tv]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “New Speedway Boogie” – 3/11/18 Photo: Daniel Ojeda Photography Load remaining images [Video: Scott Sigman]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Uncle John’s Band” – 3/11/18[Video: Scott Sigman]Bob Weir & Phil Lesh w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Wally Ingram – “Let It Grow” – 3/11/18<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Video: Scott Sigman]Setlist: Bob Weir & Phil Lesh | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 3/11/18Set One: Cumberland Blues, Tennessee Jed, Alabama Getaway, Loose Lucy, Lazy River Road, The Maker, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, CassidySet Two: Crazy Fingers, New Speedway Boogie, Mountains of the Moon, Cryptical Envelopment > Let It Grow > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Uncle John’s Band > Days BetweenEncore: Brokedown PalaceSet two featured Wally Ingram, Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, and Teresa WillaimsBob Weir & Phil Lesh Duo w/ Wally Ingram | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 3/11/18 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda Daniel Ojeda
Today, Chaka Khan, the Queen of Funk, has released her first new collection of music in 12 years, Hello Happiness, via Diary Records/Island Records, the new label formed by Major Lazer founder and Grammy-nominated producer Switch and artist/songwriter Sarah Ruba Taylor. The new release—her first since 2007’s Funk This—comes on the heels of this week’s announcement that Chaka Khan will head out on an extensive co-headlining tour with Michael McDonald this summer.As the album’s announcement press release notes, “Hello Happiness is an album which sets Chaka Khan’s timeless vocal to an empowering collection of songs with cutting-edge production. With an eye on the future and a respect for the past, Chaka Khan has delivered an album with the contemporary edge to entice newcomers to her world class talent and the quality to excite long-term fans.”Jam fans will also notice a familiar name on the album’s songwriting credits. Dopapod keyboardist Eli Winderman is credited as a co-writer on Hello Happiness track “Don’t Cha Know” for the organ, synth, and clavinet work he contributed to the recording.You can stream Chaka Khan’s new album below:Chaka Khan – Hello Happiness – Full Album Khan first collaborated with Switch and Ruba Taylor as a potential featured artist on a different project. Inspired by the power of both her voice and personality, the duo suggested working on an original Chaka Khan album—something which she didn’t have in mind. However, she was soon convinced when she heard some of Switch and Ruba Taylor’s songs, which coincidentally were influenced by Chaka Khan but written for their own project.Khan released the album’s first single, “Like Sugar”, in June of last year as a limited edition release for 2018’s Record Store Day. The Kim Gherig-directed music video that came along with it received extensive acclaim and nabbed two recognitions at the U.K. Music Video Awards. You can watch the music video for “Like Sugar” below:Chaka Khan – “Like Sugar”[Video: Chaka Khan]For more information about Chaka Khan’s new album and upcoming tour dates, head to her website here.
The language we speak may influence not only our thoughts, but our implicit preferences as well. That’s the finding of a study by Harvard psychologists, who found that bilingual individuals’ opinions of different ethnic groups were affected by the language in which they took a test probing their biases and predilections.“Charlemagne is reputed to have said that to speak another language is to possess another soul,” said the paper’s co-author, Oludamini Ogunnaike, a Harvard graduate student. “This study suggests that language is much more than a medium for expressing thoughts and feelings. Our work hints that language creates and shapes our thoughts and feelings as well.”Implicit attitudes, positive or negative associations that people may be unaware that they possess, have been shown to predict behavior toward members of social groups. Recent research has shown that these attitudes are quite malleable, susceptible to factors such as the weather, popular culture, or, now, by the language people speak.“Can we shift something as fundamental as what we like and dislike by changing the language in which our preferences are elicited?” asked co-author Mahzarin R. Banaji, the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard. “If the answer is yes, that gives more support to the idea that language is an important shaper of attitudes.”Ogunnaike, Banaji, and Yarrow Dunham, now at the University of California, Merced, used the well-known Implicit Association Test (IAT), where participants rapidly categorize words that flash on a computer screen or are played through headphones. The test gives participants only a fraction of a second to categorize words, not enough to think about answers.“The IAT bypasses a large part of conscious cognition and taps into something we’re not aware of and can’t easily control,” Banaji said.The paper appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.The researchers administered the IAT in two settings: once in Morocco, with subjects who spoke Arabic and French, and again in the United States, with Latinos who spoke English and Spanish.In Morocco, participants who took the IAT in Arabic showed greater preference for other Moroccans. When they took the test in French, that difference disappeared. Similarly, in the United States, participants who took the test in Spanish showed a greater preference for other Hispanics. But again, in English, that preference disappeared.“It was quite shocking to see that a person could take the same test, within a brief period of time, and show such different results,” Ogunnaike said. “It’s like asking your friend if he likes ice cream in English, and then turning around and asking him again in French and getting a different answer.”In the Moroccan test, participants saw “Moroccan” names (such as Hassan or Fatimah) or “French” names (such as Jean or Marie) flash on a monitor, along with words that are “good” (such as happy or nice) or “bad” (such as hate or mean). Participants might press one key when they saw a Moroccan name or a good word, and press another when they saw a French name or a bad word. Then the key assignments are switched so that “Moroccan” and “bad” share the same key, and “French” and “good” share the other.Linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf first posited in the 1930s that language is so powerful that it can determine thought. Mainstream psychology has taken the more skeptical view that while language may affect thought processes, it doesn’t influence thought itself. This new study suggests that Whorf’s idea, when not caricatured, may generate interesting hypotheses that researchers can continue to test.“These results challenge our views of attitudes as stable,” Banaji said. “There still remain big questions about just how fixed or flexible they are, and language may provide a window through which we will learn about their nature.”Ogunnaike, Dunham, and Banaji’s work was supported by Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Mellon Mays Foundation.“Can we shift something as fundamental as what we like and dislike by changing the language in which our preferences are elicited?” asked co-author Mahzarin R. Banaji, the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard. “If the answer is yes, that gives more support to the idea that language is an important shaper of attitudes.”
Ranks #1 for Combined Computer Categories; Ranks In World’s Top 5 Across All Industries Alongside Google (#1), Apple (#2) and Facebook (#3)Most people believe that Steve Jobs will be remembered as one of the world’s greatest innovators. Jobs is known for purportedly saying that, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Having spent the majority of my career around innovation and intellectual property, I agree.In my role at EMC, I follow the world of patents closely; and it is a great honor for me to announce that IEEE’s Patent Power 2015 Scorecards has recognized EMC’s patent portfolio as being one of the very best. IEEE’s Patent Power 2015 Scorecards, their annual roundup of who has the most valuable patent portfolios, was posted on November 30, 2015. IEEE derives their Pipeline Power score by benchmarking the patent portfolios of more than 6,000 leading commercial enterprises, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies worldwide. They take the size of an organization’s patent portfolio, as measured by the number of U.S. patents it has been granted in the most recent full year, and weight it based on a number of other metrics that reflect the growth, impact, originality, and generality of the organization’s patent portfolio.For Computer Software, Computer Systems and Computer Peripherals & Storage categories combined, EMC is ranked #1 – ahead of HP, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.When viewed across all industries and all geographies, EMC stands in rare air as well with the global elite. EMC ranked #5 overall – in good company alongside Google (#1), Apple (#2) and Facebook (#3).My hat is off to EMC’s engineers who continue to innovate in extraordinary ways and our patent attorneys who continue to obtain high-quality patents at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and in patent offices worldwide. Looking at the numbers, EMC has approximately 5,900 patents issued by the USPTO, of which EMC Information Infrastructure owns approximately 5,000. EMC has approximately 4,500 U.S. patent applications pending as well. These numbers are a reflection of the great team effort.This gives EMC an incredible competitive advantage in the ability to develop and deliver consistently the best technologies to our customers to help them with their digital transformations and journeys to the hybrid cloud.What might be overlooked in all this achievement is worthy of a closing mention. EMC’s reputation for attracting the best and brightest talent in a highly competitive market has a direct lineage to a relentless, company-wide focus on and investment in innovation. These IEEE Scorecard rankings are further proof that EMC’s innovation engine is robust and thriving.
The second floor of LaFortune Student Center is home to Notre Dame’s own Student Union Board, or SUB for short. In a large room with walls decorated with posters from SUB’s past events, from “Dogs and Donuts” to “Cuddles and Cocoa,” students plan free events taking place on campus. SUB’s mission statement is to “enhance undergraduate student life by providing undergraduate student services and social, intellectual and cultural opportunities” for students on campus, but this year their main goal is to focus on diversity and inclusion, executive director Eric Kim said. Kim, a senior, said the inclusion aspect is especially important to SUB going forward. Photo courtesy of Eric Kim Students gather on North Quad for a movie screening, one of the many free events hosted by Student Union Board (SUB) last year.“We try to really try to incorporate the themes of diversity and inclusion,” Kim said. “Many people get confused … the idea is that it’s great to have a diversity of events, but people forget about the idea of inclusion. We want to make sure that all of our events have intentionality behind them, and we want to make sure that everyone feels included in all events, because our all our events are for the student body, and not just specific people.”In the last year, SUB provided a packed audience with a talk by Karamo Brown, one of the stars of hit Netflix series “Queer Eye.” The group partnered with PrismND to sponsor Brown’s event. Kim said SUB wants to continue these partnerships in the upcoming year, in order to give students unique perspectives.“[Brown] does provide a really interesting perspective that I would say a majority of the student body would benefit from,” Kim said. “We want to continue bringing that theme to this year, and providing a different perspective that a majority of students could benefit from.”This is director of operations Siena Gruler’s first year working in SUB.Gruler, a junior, said she and Kim want to brand SUB in a more recognizable way. “It’s my first year in SUB, and I didn’t really know what it was before I applied,” Gruler said. “We want the whole student body to know it. I’ve had people ask me like, ‘Oh, what do they do besides the concerts?’ So we want to expand that, and we want people to know what we are besides just the concerts.” Although SUB does host similar events yearly, Gruler said they do try to change up the kinds of events offered. “We try to make sure that they’re different from semester to semester from year to year, just to appeal to a different group on campus,” Gruler said. “We don’t want it to be too repetitive, even if we are programming the same types of events.”SUB differs from other student groups such as the Student Activities Office (SAO) in that SAO primarily offers activities during the weekend that act as an alternative to partying, Kim said.SUB is already beginning the year with a ‘Standup Bash,’ a free event showcasing different comedians and featuring LeClerc Andre, Tyler Boeh and Gina Brillon this Friday night. Aside from their unique events, SUB also hosts reliable events that happen weekly and monthly — including Acousticafé every Thursday night in Duncan Student Center and movie screenings in Debartolo Hall. Although the fall concert has not been announced yet, Kim and Gruler said plans have been in the works since this summer. “Usually, if it’s a bigger name and event, like the concert, speakers, comedians, magicians and others, we work that out two to four months in advance,” Kim said. Kim and Gruler urge students who have suggestions or ideas to contact SUB directly. “Ultimately, we want to do our job,” Kim said, “We want to make sure our jobs done correctly and efficiently. That can only be done through student input, so if students have ideas, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] We’re more than willing to listen to whatever it is, because these events are for them.”Tags: Karamo Brown, Student Union Board, SUB
Photo: CDCLITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County received its first positive COVID-19 case Friday. Officials say the case was reported in the northwestern region of the county. Thirteen people remain in precautionary quarantine while 58 are in mandatory quarantine.The county has administered 126 total tests, with 108 coming back negative.WNYNewsNow is attempting to learn more information on the specifics. That can be found here when it becomes available. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)