The Disco Biscuits are having one of their best years in quite awhile, and it continued this past weekend in Chicago. With the band playing a special North Coast Music Festival late-night performance at the Concord Music Hall on Saturday, and a Sunday night headlining spot at the Festival on Sunday, this was a big weekend for the Biscuits.Saturday night got off to a solid start with a cover of Frank Zappa‘s “Pygmy Twylyte”, with the highlight of the first set going to a sandwich of “Aceetobee > Catalyst > Aceetobee.” It was clear early on that the Biscuits were locked in and ready to provide a late-night to be remembered. It’s pretty astonishing to witness the comfort level of the band right now, as they have seemingly settled into a place in which they are all finally at peace with the direction they are headed.The second set was ridiculous, from beginning to end. “Highwire” led into the beginning section of “Spraypaint”, which segued seamlessly into an inverted “Save the Robots” (beg/end). As the ending of “Highwire” came out of “Robots”, the Biscuits dove right into what may have been the most impressive segment of the show with “M.E.M.P.H.I.S. > Basis For A Day.” This was simply off the charts, with patient builds, dirty drops, and everything in between. It was exactly why you see this band. An encore of “Mirrors” ended the show properly, as we all walked out into the streets attempting to pick our jaws up off of the floor. [cover photo courtesy of North Coast Music Festival and Phierce Photos]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL – 9/5/15Set One: Pygmy Twylyte-> Spectacle, Aceetobee-> Catalyst-> Aceetobee, Jamilia-> Wet, LadiesSet Two: Highwire-> Spraypaint-> Robots (inverted)-> Highwire, MEMPHIS-> Basis for a DayEncore: Mirrors
Emergency trauma technicians store their gear bags at home so temperature-sensitive supplies stay warm, she said. $850,000 GRANT Point Lodge owner Victoria Paulson said she sees the community building as a big benefit for remote emergency responders and to the community that relies on their training. Lacking a fire hall, public safety building or other community space, Lake Louise residents are hoping the borough Assembly will back their request for a heated community center on 17 acres of borough land. Along with storing firefighting equipment and maintenance tools in a central spot, Matthews said, the building would house the Lake Louise ambulance. A Community Development Block Grant in 2004 paid just over $276,000 for a six-bed teen transitional living home in Wasilla for the group Kids Are People Inc., now part of Alaska Family Services, Graham said. It also provides funding for an ongoing homeowner s rehabilitation program that makes needed repairs like plumbing or new roofs or windows for low-income Valley families. The Matthews are part of a growing group of residents who live at the lake year-round. The Assembly was poised Tuesday to consider a resolution supporting the grant request. POPULATION OF 89 The minute we see we have a problem, someone goes and starts up the ambulance, Matthews said. This emergency safety facility would be such a help. We could keep the equipment we have in better shape, Lake Louise Community Non-Profit Corp. president Beverly Matthews said by phone Friday. Borough planner and grant writer Pam Graham is applying on behalf of the community for a state grant of up to $850,000 for a two-bay garage, generator, locked storage area and stove. She said she would know how much money is needed for the project when the site plan is finished later this month. It s a lot of work to respond to emergencies in an environment like this. Things have to go well and it doesn t always, Paulson said. Having an opportunity to store things in an organized manner, you can imagine the benefit. LAKE LOUISE, Ak. — Little tasks like cleaning nozzles on fire hoses can be a noteworthy event in the small, mostly recreational community of Lake Louise, Alaska, the easternmost spot in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Many of the year-round residents are trained to respond to fires or emergencies, Farmer said. Lodges share the responsibility for housing community equipment: a snowmachine trail groomer is stored at the Point Lodge, a grader that maintains community roads is kept at Lake Louise Lodge and the ambulance at Wolverine Lodge. State census data puts the Lake Louise population at 89. Farmer said he could count nearly 80 who live there most of the year, although the number is always changing. It already approved $125,000 in matching funds for the project, some of which is being used for the site plan, Graham said. Like many in that group, both are retired. The lodges also share the benefits, such as sharing hosting duties for events like annual community council meetings, yearly fundraisers for the snowmachine club and frequent community council board meetings. That stuff gets a little more scattered than it needs to be, said Robert Tree Farmer, owner of the Wolverine Lodge, by phone Monday. Farmer said the ambulance is typically stored at his lodge. He makes sure it is always plugged in and parks it inside his shop when he can. Matthews is one of 12 emergency trauma technicians who live at Lake Louise. She and her husband, Corky, live year-round on an island and, according to several community members, are a driving force in what goes on there. But before getting their gear in working order, volunteer firefighters must gather hoses and gear from various cabins, round up tools and find a spot in which to work.
As Sept. 11 approached, this week’s Justice Friday installment, presented by Saint Mary’s junior and Justice Education Social Relations Officer Alex Shambery, served as a way to promote social awareness for Homeless U.S. Veterans.Shambery began by sharing statistics she found through the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) website.“Eleven percent of homeless adults are veterans,” she said. “Of those 11 percent, 51 percent have disabilities and 50 percent have serious mental illnesses. Seventy percent have substance abuse which ties into mental illness issues.”In the bigger picture, Shambery said 1.4 million veterans are at risk of living in poverty.“About 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night,” she said. “America’s homeless veterans have been in World War II, the Korean War, The Cold War and Vietnam.”According to Shambery, one-third of the veterans who are homeless were directly in these war zones, although she added these numbers are approximations.“There’s no way of getting a very specific number,” she said. “It’s usually based on average and information they get from homeless shelters.”All of these statistics raises the question as to why these veterans are homeless. Shambery said the main reason is due to a lack of support.“Mainly because of an extreme shortage in affordable housing and a lack of family and social support,” she said. “You train to go over there and dedicate your life to try and save your country and then you come back and people tell you that your experience won’t help you find a job in America.”Saint Mary’s junior Alex Morales said she recently talked to someone who found himself in a similar situation after being deployed.“He said it almost felt like what would happen if you would die,” Morales said. “He said you lose all of those connections. It’s a weird gray area. I think it just spirals from there.”Justice Education president and senior Caylin McCallick agreed with Morales.“The training in the military isn’t necessarily transferring,” McCallick said. “When I was in ROTC, one of my military instructors was a captain in the army. He was an army ranger, but he couldn’t get a job better than working in a factory.”Shambery said it is the duty of students to reach out through volunteering at homeless shelters. In South Bend specifically she suggested the Center for the Homeless and the Robert L. Miller Senior Veterans Center.“A lot of people think the government is going to take care of it, but it’s all of our issues,” Shambery said. “Make a donation. If you can’t make a financial donation you can always donate your time. They’re going overseas to fight for us. An hour a week is nothing compared to what they’ve done for us.”Justice Education vice president and senior Katie Dwyer said spreading awareness among the community is key in helping the veterans.“I think it’s out of sight out of mind,” Dwyer said. “I think the first thing we should do is spread more awareness about it.”“[Veterans]need basic physical health care, counseling, job assessment, training, placement and assistance,” Shambery said. “But a top priority is a secure, safe, and supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol.”Justice Education secretary and junior Morgan Matthews said students can help give veterans part of the supportive environment they need by merely spending some time with them.“They are coming from a life style that is hectic,” Matthews said. “Then they come to a life of boredom in comparison.”“I think that’s where we as students should come in,” Shambery said. “We’re not family members, but we can provide that support for them — at least the social support aspect.”“I think also what needs to be established is veteran-on-veteran support,” Matthews said. “You can sit with a veteran for as long as you want and try to understand, but I think in some cases it might not be enough compared to veteran on veteran.”Since 2005, Shambery said the number of homeless veterans has been reduced by 70 percent since 2005, but she emphasized that this is not good enough.“We need to get all our homeless vets off the street,” Shamberry said.Tags: Justice Fridays, Saint Mary’s College, Veterans
PreSonus has released the Ampire High Density Pack, the first add-on for Ampire, PreSonus’ acclaimed amp modeling and effects plug-in. The new add-on includes a collection of three State Space Modeled iconic amps and six unique stompbox effects suited for guitarists looking for high-gain sounds and exotic effects. Also included are three new impulse-response-based cabinet models chosen to complement each amp. State Space Modeling is a mathematical method of transferring each component of an analog circuit into the digital domain, while maintaining the unique sonic characteristics of the original hardware.The new amp models include: the Metal Machine +, a high-gain British tube amp with 120 watts of raw power across two channels; Painapple #4, an all-tube British amp featuring a three-band EQ and four stages of high gain; and the Gazoline EMC2, a versatile German amp with two channels and a three-way mode switch. The six new State Space Modeled pedal effects are compatible with both Ampire and Pedalboard plug-ins and include Blue EQ, a versatile 10-band graphic EQ; Wildrive, a screaming overdrive to create heavy, crunchy tones and harmonics; Dual Comp, a British rarity with a cult following among bassists around the globe; Space Reverb, a boutique classic with a shimmer that has made it a favorite among guitarists and Ambient synth fans alike; Pitch Shifter, a Canadian favorite most popular for its dramatic “dive bomb” effect; and Demolition Drive, an overdrive for extended low range players.Ampire High Density Pack is compatible with the latest generation Ampire plug-in included in Studio One 5.1.1 or later, as well as the VST3/AU/AAX edition, and is available for $39.95.
SRS Real Estate Partners has welcomed Brad Balbo as senior vice president in the Phoenix office. A well-known individual in the Phoenix industry with an established reputation, he specializes in the leasing, valuation, and operations of retail shopping centers and excels in all things restaurant related. He will focus primarily on landlord and tenant representation and investment sales alongside the Phoenix team.Balbo brings more than 21 years of experience to SRS and started his career with Trammell Crow Company in in early 1990s. Balbo was a top producer and launched that into a successful career of leasing, development, and investment sales. During the 2000s, he joined Pacific Capital Investments as Director of Leasing and Principal. Based in California at that time, he helped grow the investment portfolio to more than $800 million, and managed a team of brokers across the Western U.S.He most recently worked with a boutique firm in Scottsdale, where he was a top producer. Balbo comes highly recommended by individuals in the industry and is known for his integrity, passion, positive attitude, leadership and creative marketing strategies.Balbo has a pre-law degree from the University of North Texas. He is an avid golfer and sports fan. He enjoys traveling, reading and traveling with his wife, Julie.“Brad is a highly respected and well-established professional in the Phoenix retail real estate industry,” said Ed Beeh, EVP and market leader in the Phoenix office. “We are very lucky to have him join us in Phoenix.”
NPR: Has the recession made you fat?To the long and growing list of risk factors known to increase the risk of obesity, scientists recently added a new one: scarcity.People given subtle cues that they may have to confront harsh conditions in the near future choose to eat higher-calorie food than they might do otherwise, a response that researchers believe is shaped by the long hand of evolution.Evolutionary biologists have long speculated that in prehistoric times, when the blueprint of modern human behavior was created as our ancestors struggled for survival, gluttony may have been a useful response to scarcity: If you knew — or feared — a famine was coming, it made sense to tuck away as many calories as possible to prepare for it.Read the whole story: NPR
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Shell on Thursday contracted Sodexo Australia to provide offshore facilities management services for the Prelude Floating LNG facilities.Under the agreement, Sodexo will oversee the accommodation management, waste management, housekeeping and laundry services for the 600,000-tonne facility, a statement by the Melbourne-based company reveals.Sodexo will also provide commissioning support in Geoje, South Korea, ensuring the living quarters are comfortable and to Australian safety standards.It will also provide technical services and administration support as well as ensure health and well-being of personnel.Once completed, the FLNG facility, that is currently being built at Samsung Heavy Industries’ Geoje Island shipyards in South Korea, will be located at the Prelude gas field some 475 kilometres north-northeast of Broome, Western Australia. LNG World News Staff; Image: Shell
State-imposed control of the internet is ‘inevitable’ if the conflict between the right to privacy and a free press is ever to be resolved, lawyers and journalists suggested last week at a Law Society public debate. They also warned that the current press regulator is toothless in a ‘culture without moral boundaries’ and where ‘public interest’ was a viable defence in less than 10% of privacy cases. The occasion was the second in a series of Law Society public debates, for which the Gazette is media partner. The panel comprised media and privacy law silk Hugh Tomlinson QC; London firm Schillings media litigator Gideon Benaim; Index on Censorship editor Jo Glanville; and Guardian newspaper investigations executive editor David Leigh. The meeting also heard that the media should not panic over injunctions and super-injunctions – there have been fewer than 100 in the last decade – and that printed newspapers will be extinct within a decade. Tomlinson began by saying that current media and privacy laws work ‘up to a point’, but that ‘parliament should specifically address the issue so that the law has democratic legitimacy’. Benaim agreed, saying that a ‘regulator with teeth’ would make journalists more cautious about what they wrote and how they got their stories. Glanville asked him: ‘But how could the Press Complaints Commission, even with teeth, have stopped the hackers when the police and Crown Prosecution Service were unwilling to act?’ Leigh said that no amount of regulation would control the work of ‘citizen journalists’ to whom freedom of speech was inviolable. Tomlinson said that this was why state regulation of the internet was ‘inevitable’. He added: ‘But there are dangers – think of Assad in Syria.’ Leigh blamed ‘canteen culture and peer pressure’ for fostering the tabloid attitude that ‘anything goes’ when a good story was in the offing. The culture was allowed to develop because of the ‘political power of one media group that frightened the politicians’, Leigh added. The panel agreed that online media and falling advertising revenues meant print journalism was a ‘dying world’ and would be extinct in 10 years’ time. But Tomlinson concluded: ‘A tabloid that can explain complex issues in a comprehensible form is a good democratic resource.’ ‘Privacy, Free Press and the Public Interest’ was chaired by Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson.