Dave Matthews Band Announces 25th Anniversary Hometown Celebration

first_imgCome May 11th, the Dave Matthews Band will embark on a major tour that spans the entirety of the summer. The group formed in 1991, thus this year marks their 25th anniversary. Eager to honor the milestone, DMB recently released some classic archival footage of some very early live performance. Now, their new announcement takes the celebration to the people.On May 7th, just days before the tour proper, the band will hit the John Paul Jones Arena in their hometown of Charlottesville, VA for a special 25th anniversary celebration. The band aims to raise over $1 million, the entirety of which will go to local charities in the Charlottesville area, as organized by the band’s own Bama Works Fund. The charitable organization helps raise money for local charities, and has raised over $40 million since its foundation in 1999.Tickets for the newly-announced anniversary celebration will be released via pre-sale from March 23rd through the 28th, and the general on sale begins next Friday, April 1st, at 10 AM Eastern. You can visit the DMB website for more show information.last_img read more

What and who is driving innovation?

first_imgby: Shazia ManusInnovate or die. That’s a recurring message for financial institutions (FIs) today. There’s no doubt innovation is a buzzword, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t incredibly important. In my latest white paper “Reimagined Banking in the Age of the Consumer,” I share why innovation is the key to our evolutionary quest for financial market relevance.The excerpt below explores who is disrupting the financial services ecosystem, including the bottom billion, uber-wealthy activators and do-it-yourself engineers.The financial services industry doors are wide open to disruptors. Peter Diamandis, an international pioneer in the field of innovation, talks about healthcare, education and financial services as the three sectors likely to experience interference from outside forces in the near term.These three fields, Diamandis insists, are vulnerable because of the way their leaders are trained, namely to become proficient in one specialty. Meanwhile, the world around these specialized finance professionals, physicians and educators is changing. Innovations in computing, artificial intelligence and data analytics, for example, all become layered over their expertise, disrupting even long-held principles of the specialty. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Long Island Off-Shore LNG Port Plan Debate Heats Up

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York City police officers broke up a heated argument Wednesday night during a public hearing on a proposed liquefied natural gas import facility being considered off the South Shore of Long Island.The spat briefly halted the hearing at the Hilton Garden Inn’s JFK Airport hotel in Queens, where most speakers voiced opposition to the plan during the otherwise civil, lone New York hearing on the proposal’s draft environmental impact statement. No arrests were made but tensions remained high.“The preferred proposed project location….is literally smack-dab in the middle of the proposed location for the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Project,” said Andrea Leshak, legal fellow with the Natural Resources Defense Council, to federal officials at the hearing. “It would be the height of irony—and a damaging energy policy—to privilege the construction of a fossil fuel import facility over a much-needed and overdue renewable offshore wind facility.”The U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration will decide whether to approve the LNG deepwater import facility license application by Liberty Natural Gas, a company based in Jersey City, for the proposal known as Port Ambrose, which is named for the New York shipping channel. It would be anchored in water more than 100 feet deep about 20 miles south of Long Beach in the Atlantic Ocean.Critics include environmentalists opposed to fossil fuels, South Shore residents worried about potential accidents impacting their homes and fishing groups that don’t want to see their fishing grounds become off limits. Supporters are mostly unions seeking jobs for their members.Read More: Long Island’s Offshore LNG Port Proposal’s Critics Fear Fracking Exports on Horizon The company behind the proposal said that the port would not take away the proposed wind farm. “There is plenty of room for wind farm development to coexist with Port Ambrose,” Liberty Natural Gas said on their website promoting Port Ambrose.Critics also remain concerned that—if approved—Port Ambrose would seek regulatory approval to export from the facility, tying the issue into the debate over the controversial natural gas drilling practice known as fracking, which was recently banned in New York.Roger Whelan, Liberty’s CEO, has told the Press: “There is no truth to the claim.”But Sean Dixon, a former attorney for Clean Ocean Action, has said that federal law doesn’t always require hearings for deepwater port license amendments, making the switch from import to export easier than the current process.Federal officials overseeing the hearing—who repeatedly reminded the crowd that they have not already made up their minds on the application—have extended the written public comment period through Feb. 10. The public can submit comments here. If the process continues moving forward as planned, two more public hearings would occur later this year, officials said.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have the power to veto the proposal, but have yet to weigh in on the Port Ambrose plan.last_img read more

Bangladesh stun Aussies to claim historic maiden Test win

first_img… Warner ton in vain as Australia fall shortDHAKA, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Bangladesh pulled off a fairytale maiden Test victory over Australia yesterday as cricket witnessed a second triumph for the underdog in as many days with the Ashes protagonists both on the receiving end of surprise losses.Less than 24 hours after Shai Hope’s second century of the match secured a series-levelling victory for West Indies against England at Leeds, the Shere Bangla National Stadium on the outskirts of Dhaka became the venue of another upset.Playing his 50th Test, local talisman Shakib Al Hasan lit up the stadium with his all-round brilliance to script a famous 20-run victory that gives Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.David Warner’s fighting ton was all in vain.Australia tried their hardest to dampen home hopes when a 130-run partnership between David Warner and Steve Smith revived Australia’s bid to chase down the 265-run target and salvage a win after being outplayed for the greater part of the match.Warner tempered his natural aggression but did not altogether abandon it, as was evident from the 16 boundaries and one six in his belligerent 112.The southpaw conquered his spin demons to register a 19th Test century, and second in Asia, but he fell just short of guiding Australia home on the fourth day of an enthralling encounter.Skipper Smith led a charmed life at the other end, spilled at mid-on by Tamim Iqbal, but Australia’s most assured weapon against Bangladesh’s rampaging spinners could not make the most of his reprieve.Shakib sent back Warner and Smith, who made 37, in the morning session when Australia lost five wickets.The left-arm spinner then snuffed out whatever realistic hopes Australia had of making it five straight wins over Bangladesh by dismissing Glenn Maxwell with the first delivery after lunch break.Pat Cummins, the lone paceman to taste success in the spin-dominated contest, blasted an unbeaten 33 down the order to inject some late excitement but was left stranded as Australia folded for 244.Shakib claimed 5-85 and was the obvious man-of-the-match choice for his first innings score of 84 and a 10-wicket haul.HOME STRENGTHYesterday’s win came five months after Bangladesh secured their first Test win over Sri Lanka and a month before the first anniversary of their maiden triumph over England in the longest form of the game.Seventeen years since granted the Test status, there are still whispers whether Bangladesh belong in the elite group but skipper Mushfiqur Rahim remains satisfied with the progress the team has made under his leadership.“If you look at our home performance, it has been pretty consistent,” he said. “Against England also, we were very close in the first Test and beat them in the second Test. That’s the belief we have.”Shakib articulated that belief in a pre-series media interaction where he said Bangladesh were capable of winning both the Tests against Australia and the opening triumph has filled Mushfiqur with similar optimism.“Hopefully we’ll come harder at them in the next Test and hopefully we’ll seal the series,” the captain said.Counterpart Smith believed Australia paid the price for a poor first-innings display, especially since they had to bat fourth on a track where the ball both bounced unpredictably and turned viciously.“It was a great Test match, credit to Bangladesh the way they played,” Smith said.“We probably let ourselves down in the first innings with the bat, probably we should have made a few more there. It was pretty difficult batting here in the second innings and I thought we did pretty well to get 240 in the end.”Bangladesh’s three-pronged spin attack claimed 19 of the 20 Australian wickets to fall with Usman Khawaja’s run-out in the first innings the only victim to elude the slow bowlers.Australia will slip one place to fifth in the Test rankings even if they level the series by winning the second Test in Chittagong from Monday. A second defeat would see them drop another place.BANGLADESH 1st innings 260 (S. Al Hasan 84, T. Iqbal 71) AUSTRALIA 1st innings 217 (S. Al Hasan 5-68) BANGLADESH 2nd innings 221 (T. Iqbal 78; N. Lyon 6-82) AUSTRALIA 2nd innings (Target: 265 runs)D. Warner lbw b Al Hasan 112M. Renshaw lbw b M. Hasan 5U. Khawaja c T. Islam b Al Hasan 1S. Smith c Rahim b Al Hasan 37P. Handscomb c Sarkar b T. Islam 15G. Maxwell b Al Hasan 14M. Wade lbw b Al Hasan 4A. Agar c&b T. Islam 2P. Cummins not out 33N. Lyon c Sarkar b M. Hasan 12J. Hazlewood lbw b T. Islam 0Extras: (b-7, lb-2) 9Total: (all out, 70.5 overs) 244Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-28, 3-158, 4-171, 5-187, 6-192, 7-195, 8-199, 9-22.Bowling: Mehidy Hasan 19-3-80-2, Nasir Hossain 3-2-2-0, Shakib Al Hasan 28-7-85-5, Taijul Islam 19.5-2-60-3, Mushfiqur Rahim 1-0-8-0.last_img read more