EXCLUSIVE: Swift Technique Premieres New Music Video For Latest Single, “Reason To Be”

first_imgSwift Technique, Philadelphia’s self-described “fiery funk extravaganza,” is sprinting into their ninth year at full speed. With the powerhouse vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava and Nik Greeley backed by the group’s bombastic horns, thunderous bass and drums, and driving guitar and keys, Swift Tech’s live performances are unmatched in energy, musicianship, and pure feel-good fun. Plus, with their recent appearance on the award winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, Swift Technique is commanding national attention.PREMIERE: Swift Technique Defines Contemporary Funk With “Lucky Bump” Music VideoIn the last year, the nine-piece outfit’s unique blend of funk, soul, rock, and hip-hop, along with their relentless showmanship including more dance moves than you can shake a booty at, has propelled the group into their most successful period to date. The band has already made waves with the release of their single “Lucky Bump” and the Soul Train-style music video that came along with it.Recently, the band also a second single, “Reason To Be,” off their latest studio effort. Says trombone player Ian Gray, “‘Reason To Be’ is an inspirational soul anthem with vocal performances that will surely uplift your spirit and put a smile on your face. Never getting too far from their roots, the tune also features the band’s signature tight horns and heavy funk-rock riffs. The message of this track can’t be denied and fits right alongside all the classic soul songs it draws influence from.”Today, Live For Live Music is excited to premiere the new video for Swift Technique’s “Reason To Be.” You can check out the video below. You can see a list of upcoming Swift Technique tour dates below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website. Plus, keep an eye out for Swift Technique’s upcoming New Year’s and 10th anniversary plans, which will be announced in coming weeks.Upcoming Swift Technique Performances:7/28 Camden, NJ – XPonential Music Fest8/12 Fairfield, CT  – The Warehouse at FTC *8/26 Boston, MA  Rocks – On Concert Cruise10/7 King of Prussia, PA – KOP BeerFest Royale* – with Lettucelast_img read more

Portugal scrambles for virus beds; health system threatened

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — A January pandemic surge has stretched medical services in Portugal to its breaking point. By size of population, Portugal has been the worst-hit country in the world for more than a week in terms of daily new cases and deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Portugal is now facing an alarming problem: as soon as new beds come available, they are quickly filled and more are needed. And while extra beds and new wards are relatively quick to produce, trained medical staff aren’t. Experts predict Portugal’s surge will peak only in mid-February, raising the specter of a collapse of the country’s health care system.last_img

‘Chronicles of Narnia’-themed, Lenten lecture series to begin

first_imgFor many Catholics and Christians, the final day before Lent is a time to eat as much food as possible in preparation for the fasting of Ash Wednesday. For the McGrath Institute for Church Life, however, it is the time to kick off a new lecture series, “‘Chronicles of Narnia’: A Spiritual Journey from Lent to Easter.”The first two lectures will be delivered Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium. A one-credit course is being taught concurrently in order to offer students a chance to read C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” and engage in deeper conversations about the themes of the novels. Although the course is not open to the general public, everyone is permitted to attend the lectures and join the spiritual journey.Theology professor Leonard DeLorenzo — who is teaching the corresponding course — said the lecture series will provide an opportunity for people to connect and reflect.“Our idea here was to allow people to get together and take something of a literary pilgrimage during the liturgical season [of Lent],” he said. “People are invited to read along, and we bring in speakers who can draw out the theological themes [and offer] some spiritual reflection on the works that we are reading.”Theology professor David Fagerberg will be delivering the first lecture in the series, which will offer an overview of the “Chronicles,” and how Lewis came to write them. Following Fagerberg’s talk, DeLorenzo will present the second lecture focusing on the “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” the first novel in the series.DeLorenzo said he wants his lecture to convey the importance of being truly engaged in the story.“I have read the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ many times … but it was in the experience of reading these stories to my 5-year-old that I came to a deeper appreciation of the real treasure here, which is to be actually engaged in the story,” he said.He explained the goal of reading the texts should not be analysis, but rather immersion.“[You should] allow yourself to be drawn in and surprised. Children do that most naturally. … They don’t ask about the author’s intention [like] we adults do,” DeLorenzo said. “For us adults, there’s something really refreshing [about] allowing ourselves to be led by children into a story like this. [My lecture] is about engaging this particular story, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,’ in that [childlike] way.”Fagerberg echoed the importance of reading a story that was intended for children as an adult.“I was pulling material together, and Lewis says in one place that, ‘[The ‘Chronicles’] would be a bad story if it was only read by children, and a bad story if it was not read more than once,’ so I think that we are trying to bring people back to reading the ‘Chronicles’ again,” he said.Fagerberg said the importance of reading these stories during the Lenten season — as the Christlike qualities of the story’s hero, Aslan — can offer a deeper reflection on one’s image of God.“There is an exchange between Aslan and Lucy in the second chronicle … and he says, ‘Each year you grow older, you will find me bigger,’” he said. “Aslan is Christ, and as you grow older, you find Christ bigger. Most of us are stuck with a very small and childish picture of God … and that’s what [we] want to talk about … and give an opportunity to do: to encounter face-to-face the mystery of Aslan.”Recorded versions of the lectures will be available online. A full schedule of the lecture series is also available on the McGrath Institute’s website.Tags: Lent, McGrath Institute for Church Life, spirituality, The Chronicles of Narnialast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Get a Sneak Peek of Sara Bareilles’ Waitress & More

first_img Star Files Related Shows View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Get a Sneak Peek of Sara Bareilles’ WaitressCurious about what Sara Bareilles’ new Broadway musical Waitress will be serving up? Well, the five-time Grammy nominee will perform a special album release show for one night only, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress, on November 5 at New York City Center. We’re sure it’ll be to pie for. (Sorry.) Waitress, starring Tony winner Jessie Mueller, will begin previews on March 25, 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Rockettes’ Spectacular New NameNew York Spring Spectacular will be renamed Rockettes New York Spectacular. This makes perfect sense, bearing in mind the new production will run June 15, 2016 through August 7, in other words not in the spring. We’re still waiting for cast and creative team for next year’s incarnation—2015’s was led by Laura Benanti and Derek Hough. Interestingly, producers are hinting that Rockettes New York Spectacular “is poised to become a perennial favorite to complement the long running and beloved Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” If so, the Tony Awards may be finding a new permanent home.Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Gift to Public SchoolsAfter “Sticking it to the Man” with that 360 video, Andrew Lloyd Webber is continuing to make us smile. The legendary composer will provide $150,000 toward musical instruments for 20 public middle schools across New York City as part of a new program called Rock the Schools. In a statement, Lloyd Webber said that his foundation “has pioneered a scheme in problem public schools in Britain where every child receives a free musical instrument and free music tuition for their entire school career. 3,000 children are now part of this scheme and their academic achievements as a result have been transformed.” Empowering kids through music is the core message at the heart of Lloyd Webber’s upcoming new Broadway show, School of Rock—The Musical, which is set to begin previews on November 9 at the Winter Garden Theatre.Joel Schumacher Moves From Screen to StageSpeaking of Lloyd Webber, one of his former collaborators, Joel Schumacher, has an interesting project in the works. The director of The Phantom of the Opera movie will stage Jennifer Haley’s Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom off-Broadway. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the play, about the collision of virtual and real worlds, is set to begin previews at Tribeca’s Flea Theater on November 9 and officially open on November 16.Revolting Children Charm Will & KateIt pays to be a little bit naughty! A performance of “Quiet” in Mandarin from Matilda The Musical was the highlight of the Society of London Theatre’s presentation at a creative showcase on October 21 for the President of The People’s Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping. Other notable attendees included Their Royal Highnesses The Duke And Duchess of Cambridge (aka Will and Kate). Check out below an adorable photo of West End cast member and magical maggot Anna-Louise Knight with one or two dignitaries you might recognize… Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016center_img P.S. Manhattan Theatre Club’s fall benefit will honor two-time Tony winner Christine Baranski. Scheduled for November 2 at 583 Park Avenue, the evening is set to feature appearances by Baranski friends and colleagues including Nathan Lane and Meryl Streep. NY Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes Sara Bareilleslast_img read more

SOUTHCOM Provides Night Vision Goggles to Uruguayan Air Force

first_imgBy Dialogo February 13, 2013 The U.S. Military provided 15 new Night Vision Goggles and related accessories to the Uruguayan Air Force. The devices – delivered by the Office of Defense Cooperation in Montevideo – were funded through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) to enhance the Uruguayan Air Force’s night mission capabilities in support of United Nations forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. GPOI was established in 2004 to address major capability gaps in international peace support operations and aims to build and maintain capability, capacity, and effectiveness of peace operations. With 2,200 troops and observers deployed, Uruguay is the world’s largest per capita contributor to United Nations peacekeeping operations and the seventh largest contributor globally, according to UN statistics. The Uruguayan Air Force is currently the only international force conducting night flight missions in the Congo. The unit is assigned Search and Rescue missions, among other responsibilities.last_img read more

‘Bank of Mom and Dad’ would be 7th biggest lender in US

first_img continue reading » The Bank of Mom and Dad (BoMaD) isn’t new as kids have been borrowing or receiving gifts from parents for years. But a new study by Legal & General, a U.K.-based financial services firm and global investor with $1.27 trillion in assets, has found a new twist, one that “hurts” parental retirement savings.The L&G study found that one in five U.S. homeowners received gifts or loans from family to help them buy their home “supporting the purchase of $317 billion worth of property across America in 2018.” The study states that if BoMaD were a real lender, it would be the seventh largest in the United States. In fact, the total amount loaned out by BoMaD is estimated to be  $47.3 billion, just less then fifth-ranked U.S. Bancorp.The average sum given as a gift or interest-free loan is $39,000 per loan. Parents are “giving until it hurts — putting off retirement or accepting a lower standard of living in their golden years to help the next generation,” the study finds. This amount doesn’t include other loans or gifts, usually dealing with college. Those loans averaged roughly $41,500. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Battle rages over green belt building

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Weekly Update: Protecting Students, Creating Jobs, and Expanding Broadband Access to All Pennsylvanians

first_imgWeekly Update: Protecting Students, Creating Jobs, and Expanding Broadband Access to All Pennsylvanians Thanks to two court decisions today, Pennsylvania now has a fair congressional map. This is great news for our democracy — we can now move forward from the days of partisan gerrymandering and ensure that Pennsylvania voters are heard at the polls. pic.twitter.com/83fOryUX1j— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 19, 2018 March 26, 2018 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog,  Weekly Update Expanding BroadbandLast week, Governor Wolf announced a new initiative that will expand broadband access to businesses and households in Pennsylvania, ensuring that every Pennsylvanian has access to high-speed internet by 2022.“High-Speed Internet access is essential to growing our economy, expanding educational opportunities for our children, increasing access to modern healthcare, and improving the safety of our communities,” said Governor Wolf. “For Pennsylvania to succeed we must close the digital divide ensuring every citizen and business has the access it needs to connect to the ever-expanding digital world in which we live and work.”The governor announced the Pennsylvania Broadband Incentive Program which will offer up to $35 million in financial incentives to private providers bidding on service areas within Pennsylvania in the Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming Connect America Fund Phase II Auction.Fighting the Opioid CrisisOn Thursday, Governor Wolf announced that synthetic fentanyl-related substances are now classified as Schedule I drugs, making them illegal substances. This move is one of many made by the Wolf Administration to combat the opioid epidemic. Earlier in the week the governor unveiled the PA Overdose Information Network, which is a centralized location where police, public safety, and healthcare professionals can track overdoses, naloxone administration, and investigative drug information. This network allows individuals on the front lines of this epidemic to better track and share all types of information related to opioid abuse in their communities.Jobs that PayLast week the governor announced that Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania will create 38 new jobs by expanding its operation in Reading, Berks County. He also announced on Friday that SUPERVALU selected Harrisburg for its new facility, creating 350 new jobs.“Any time a large employer like SUPERVALU chooses to expand in Pennsylvania, not only is it fantastic news for our workers, but it’s more evidence that Pennsylvania has the workforce and business climate that makes companies want to grow here,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration is looking forward to building on our efforts to support our business climate in the years ahead so companies like SUPERVALU can continue to thrive. I applaud SUPERVALU for choosing to expand in the commonwealth.”Gun SafetyOn Friday, the governor sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation praising recent gun safety measures in the federal omnibus bill and pushing for further action, including banning military-style weapons like the one used in the Parkland shooting tragedy.The letter states, “Law enforcement officials throughout the commonwealth support these bans. They know that ending the sale of these weapons will make our communities safer. Had Congress not allowed a ban on these weapons to expire in 2004, the deaths that have occurred in Orlando, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook or Parkland may have never happened. These tragedies are becoming far too common. You must act to prevent another town being added to this list.“I know that these measures will not prevent all tragedies. However, we cannot use that as an excuse to not act to protect our constituents.”The governor also proclaimed Saturday, March 24, “March for Our Lives Day” in Pennsylvania with many local events planned in the commonwealth in support of the Washington D.C. march. March for Our Lives supporters are primarily young people asking their representatives to make their safety a priority and address gun violence in our schools and communities.Earlier this month, Governor Wolf and Auditor General DePasquale launched the school safety task force, bringing together community members to talk about improving school safety and security.Governor Wolf’s Week, March 18, 2018 – March 24, 2018Monday, 3/19/18• Governor Wolf Announces New Initiative to Expand Broadband Access• Wolf Administration Unveils PA Overdose Information Network• Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on New Congressional Map Staying in PlaceTuesday, 3/20/18• Governor Wolf Announces Funding Increase for Municipal Road Projects• Governor Wolf Applauds PA Senate Action on Domestic Violence Legislative Package• Governor Wolf Announces New Jobs in Berks County Through Expansion of Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania• Wolf Administration Monitoring Potential Impacts from Snowstorm Forecast for Parts of Pennsylvania• Governor Wolf’s Statement on the Confirmation of Health, Human Services and Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretaries, Insurance Commissioner• Governor Wolf Announces PEMA to Activate Commonwealth Response Coordination Center in Response to Ongoing Winter StormWednesday, 3/21/18• Governor Wolf Provides Storm Update on Visit to Philadelphia PennDOT Maintenance Facility• Governor Wolf: Attempt to Impeach Judges is Undemocratic• Governor Wolf Announces Extension of Tri-State Shale Coalition Agreement to Maximize Benefits of Natural Gas Resources• Governor Wolf and PEMA Provide Storm UpdateThursday, 3/22/18• Wolf Administration Takes Step to Help Law Enforcement Combat Synthetic Fentanyl• Governor Wolf Announces Approval of 11 Projects to Assist Local Governments with Municipal Planning and Shared Services• Wolf Administration Previews 2018 North Central Region Construction Season, Highlights Projects• Governor Wolf Appoints Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick Acting State Police CommissionerFriday, 3/23/18• Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Fallen Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony• Governor Wolf Pushes Congress on Gun Safety, Proclaims “March for Our Lives Day” in Pennsylvania• Governor Wolf Announces New SUPERVALU Facility in Dauphin County, Creating Approximately 350 Jobs• Wolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community EventHighlights from the Blog:• Governor Wolf Announces Initiative to Expand Broadband Access (Round-up)• March for our Lives Day, 2018Highlights from Twitter:For PA to succeed, we must close the digital divide and ensure every citizen and business has the high-speed internet access they need to connect to the digital world in which we live and work. https://t.co/2cfbasH67r— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 19, 2018last_img read more

People moves: CalPERS CIO to exit; Beckers joins Avida

first_imgCalPERS – Ted Eliopoulos (right) will step down as chief investment officer of the US’ biggest pension fund at the end of this year for family reasons. He has led the investment operations of the $350bn (€296.4bn) California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) since 2013 when he was made interim CIO. He took the job on a permanent basis in 2014.Eliopoulos joined CalPERS in 2007 as senior investment officer for real estate and real assets. As CIO he has led a major overhaul of the portfolio, including reducing the number of external managers from 400 to 140 as part of CalPERS’ Vision2020 plan to simplify its operations and reduce costs. CalPERS, Avida, PLSA, Generali, Hymans Robertson, XPS Pensions Group, KPMG, Lombard Odier IM, Credit Suisse AM, Neptune, First State, Majedie The fund’s CEO, Marcie Frost, said: “Under Ted’s leadership, the investment office has greatly reduced the cost and complexity of the investment portfolio and increased transparency around fees. Because every dollar we save goes back into the fund, our members will directly benefit from those cost savings for years to come. Ted has always been guided by our fiduciary obligation to our members and the fund.”center_img Stan BeckersAvida International – Stan Beckers has joined Avida International’s advisory board. He is also an executive fellow and non-executive chair of the AQR Asset Management Institute at London Business School, and non-executive director and chair of the risk committee at Rothesay Life in London.Until April 2017, he was CEO of NN Investment Partners. Previous roles include managing director and co-head of BlackRock Solutions EMEA, head of the Scientific Active Equity Group Europe at Barclays Global Investors, and CIO at Kedge Capital. Beckers has also served as a member of the investment committees of several pension funds and on the supervisory boards of KAS BANK and Robeco in the Netherlands. He has taught at several universities and published more than 50 papers in various academic journals. He said: “It is a pleasure and an honour to be part of the advisory board of Avida International at a time when the asset management industry finds itself at the cross-roads of increased transparency, ever more demanding regulatory reporting, cost pressures, technological change and business consolidation.” Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) – The UK pension fund association has appointed Simon Sarkar as head of research and Tiffany Tsang as policy lead within the governance and investment team. Sarkar previously worked at the Financial Conduct Authority for over 13 years within the research team. In his new role at the PLSA, he will manage the association’s research programme.Tsang is an economist and pension policy specialist with over 15 years of public policy experience. She was previously a policy adviser for the Association of British Insurers. At the PLSA she will work issues relating to defined benefit pensions and the Local Government Pension Scheme. Generali Group Investments – Antonio Tedesco has joined Generali as the head of group asset liability management and strategic asset allocation within Generali’s investments, asset and wealth management business unit. He reports to the head of group investment management solutions, Bruno Servant.Tedesco joins Generali from PosteVita, where he was head of asset management and head of capital management, and previously the head of finance. Before this he held senior positions at JP Morgan Chase Bank in New York and London. Hymans Robertson – The pensions and risk consultancy has promoted Susan McIlvogue to head of its trustee defined benefit (DB) business. She took over the role from Calum Cooper, also a partner, who will continue to work within trustee DB at Hymans Robertson. McIlvogue joined Hymans Robertson in 2014. Before that she was at Mercer for 19 years, advising a wide range of trustees and sponsors and holding a number of leadership roles. Xafinity Punter Southall/XPS – Simeon Willis has been appointed chief investment officer at Xafinity Punter Southall, the UK consultancy group. He joins from KPMG where he was a director and head of investment strategy. He will be responsible for the group’s strategic asset allocation advice, manager research, and investment research.The newly merged UK consultancy group – formed when Xafinity bought parts of the Punter Southall Group earlier this year – today announced that it had rebranded as XPS Pensions Group.KPMG – The audit and consultancy giant has appointed two staff to senior research roles. Ajith Nair is the company’s new head of asset class and manager research, having worked as a principal investment consultant for more than seven years. Calum Brunton Smith has been named head of investment strategy research – he was also previously a principal investment consultant.Lombard Odier IM/Credit Suisse AM – Juan Mendoza is to move to Lombard Odier from Credit Suisse as part of an agreement between the two Swiss asset managers. He runs the €236m Credit Suisse Global Prestige Equity fund, which will transfer into a new Lombard Odier fund once it is launched next month. Mendoza has run the high-conviction luxury goods strategy since 2009.Neptune Investment Management – Theodora Zemek has been hired to the newly-created role of head of fixed income strategy at UK boutique Neptune. She was previously global head of fixed income at Axa Investment Managers where she oversaw major growth as the company recovered from the financial crisis. Before Axa, Zemek was head of fixed income at New Star Investment Management, and CIO and global head of fixed income at M&G Investment Management.She is currently a non-executive director of BlackRock Global Investors UK and a council member of Goldsmiths University. Zemek has also held fund management roles at James Capel Fund Managers, the United Bank of Kuwait Investment Managers, Orion Royal Bank, the Swiss Bank Corporation, and Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb.First State Investments – The UK subsidiary of Australian fund manager First State has hired Nick Grant as director of infrastructure investments within its European direct infrastructure team. He was most recently CEO of water supply company Severn Trent Services for the UK, Ireland and Italy, a role he held since 2014. He has also worked for major UK utilities companies Centrica and British Gas.Majedie Asset Management – The UK-based equity boutique has hired two former BlackRock fund managers to replace Chris Reid, manager of its UK Income fund, who is leaving the firm to pursue a Masters in Finance degree. Mark Wharrier will replace Reid on the Majedie UK Income fund. He left BlackRock last year having previously managed its UK Income fund. He currently works at Troy Asset Management.Imran Sattar was previously a co-manager on BlackRock’s UK Focus fund, and will replace Reid as co-manager on the Majedie UK Focus fund alongside James de Uphaugh, Chris Field and Matthew Smith.last_img read more