first_imgBehind every great band is a great drummer, and maybe none more so than Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham. Affectionately known as “Bonzo,” his hard-hitting, earth-shattering drumming style and incredible feel for the groove have cemented him as one of classic rock’s most prolific drummers. His untimely death 37 years ago left an inescapable void in Zeppelin and the rock world at large. Zeppelin guitarist and universal guitar god Jimmy Page characterized his death as “a massive loss to everyone,” noting that any kind of reformation of the band would have fallen short of the Londoners’ vision.He told Metal XS that “Led Zeppelin wasn’t a corporate entity. Led Zeppelin was an affair of the heart. Each of the members was important to the sum total of what we were. I like to think that if it had been me that wasn’t there, the others would have made the same decision. And what were we going to do? Create a role for somebody, say, ‘You have to do this, this way?’ That wouldn’t be honest.”But, to be fair to Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones, they were never going to be able to rekindle the incredible sound that John Bonham brought to the band. He is perhaps one of the most irreplaceable musicians in history. In honor of one of the most ferocious individuals to ever step behind a kit and bang on the skins, here is a classic Bonham performance at the Seattle Kingdome (7/17/77), with Bonzo starring and unleashing an absolutely mammoth drum solo that seems to go on for forever. Enjoy!last_img read more

first_imgFifty years after presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first proposed the idea of sending American civilian volunteers to nations in need across the world, current and former directors of the Peace Corps gathered at the Kennedy School Tuesday night (Oct. 12) to discuss how the Corps has impacted generations of young people and societies both home and abroad.The panel discussion, titled “50 Years of the Peace Corps: Answering President Kennedy’s Call to Service,” is one of many events scheduled to commemorate Public Service Week at the School.Current Peace Corps director Aaron Williams told the audience at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum that the spirit of service that inspired the Corps’ establishment remains very much alive today.“The Peace Corps allows Americans to engage in different cultures, learn another language and to promote world peace and friendship,” he said.Other participants on the panel included former Peace Corps directors Elaine Chao (1991-92), who later served as U.S. labor secretary; Mark Gearan,(1995-99), now president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges; and Gaddi Vasquez (2002-06), who is now vice president of public affairs at Southern California Edison. Mary Jo Bane, academic dean and Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management, who served in the Peace Corps in Liberia from 1963 to 1965, moderated the discussion.“As I look back on that experience in my own life, I can say that without question it changed my life,” Bane said. “It expanded the world for me. It introduced me to public service.“I think we were pretty good ambassadors for the United States of America. We certainly went in with the idealism to change the world,” she said.The forum was sponsored by the Institute of Politics.last_img read more

first_imgIn an unprecedented and arguably illegal move, President Donald J. Trump has announced that he will substantially reduce the boundaries of two national monuments in the state of Utah.At a rally in Salt Lake City yesterday afternoon, Trump told a crowd of supporters that he will shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a parcel of public land with major recreational and archeological significance that has become a rallying cry in the outdoor industry’s battle to protect public lands, by 1.1 million acres, a total 85 percent.Courtesy of the Wilderness SocietyHe also announced plans to whittle away some 800,000 acres of the Grad Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which amounts to about 46 percent of the monument’s overall acreage.Not only is this move the largest reduction of public land protection in United States history, but it is the first time that a sitting president has attempted to modify any existing national monument in more than half a century.The national monument classification system was brought about in June of 1906 when President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law. The act gives the President of the United States authority to protect swaths of federal land with significant natural, cultural, or scientific features.One major catalyst for the Antiquities Act was the continued looting and desecration of important architectural sites in the Southwest such as Chaco Canyon and Cliff Palace.Many national monuments, including the Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Bryce and Zion just to name a few, have gone on to become national parks.But Donald Trump views the protection of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante as an overreach of federal authority, and he used his Salt Lake City rally as a way to pander to supporters who share his belief.“I don’t think it’s controversial, actually, I think it’s so sensible,” he said in his speech.He went on to claim that the designation of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase as national monuments had impeded the ability of Native Americans to use the land for long-held, sacred traditions.In reality, the local tribes comprise some of the loudest voices calling for the continued protection of Bears Ears. In fact, the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, made up of five area tribes, now plans to sue Trump for what they perceive as an illegal usurpation of federal power, and they’re not alone in their resistance.Reaction from the outdoor industry has also been swift. Patagonia—one of the first companies to withdraw from the formerly Salt Lake-based Outdoor Retailer trade show before plans were announced to relocate the event to the more public land-friendly state of Colorado—is sporting a bold statement on it’s website, informing patrons of what it perceives as an outright act of theft by the Trump Administration.Environmental and conservation groups have condemned the move across the board. According to Wilderness Society, which will also be filing suit, “the reductions (of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase) are widely assumed to be a way to open more of these priceless landscapes to mining and drilling.”Backcountry Hunters and Anglers CEO Land Tawney, called yesterday a ” dark day” for the nation’s hard-earned conservation legacy.“America’s conservation legacy defines us and is the envy of the world,” he said. “Today is a dark day for that legacy. Roosevelt is shaking his fists! Undermining one of our bedrock conservation laws and selling out to industry flies in the face of T.R. (Theodore Roosevelt), who President Trump said he wanted to emulate.”The Sierra Club also came out strong against Trump’s controversial announcement.“Today’s announcement is a disgrace,” Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said. “It’s an insult to tribal sovereignty, centuries of Latino heritage, and to people across the country who love and care about our great outdoors. Yet again the Trump administration has sold out the American people and our special places—all to benefit the fossil fuel elite.”Ensuing law suits will inevitably argue that Trump lacks the authority under the Antiquities Act and the United States Constitution to rescind previously designated national monuments. But some environmentalists worry that if Trump wins his court battles, it could set a troubling precedent of using the presidency to transfer federal lands to the states.last_img read more

first_img“Ask Our Friendly AI!” Your credit union’s website is excitedly promoting their new chat bot, there to answer questions 24/7. “Cool, so how can it help me save money or time?” Whether they admit it or not, that’s what your members will be thinking. In some cases, such tech is fielding member requests without burdening traditional staff time. And their resolution rates can be similar to human representatives. What are you waiting for? Get Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and friends to every CU! (HAL is not welcome, sorry)It’s not that simple. “AI” support agents are uniquely programmed to understand financial world terminology. Plus, computers don’t excel at interacting like a person, since we learn and process the world in a different way. One day, I’m certain this will no longer be the case, and all systems will talk to each other in the background, so you could ask Siri (remember that post?) to transfer money from one account to another, explain the tax implications of your specific IRA contributions, and what the score is for your favorite team. But we’re not at that point…yet. And look who spoke too soon…we’re actually getting awfully close.Readers know my passion (that’s 3 links!) for the “AI Revolution”. With its arrival, a lot of ideas are being thrown around on best use. Right now, the most common answer is: Everywhere!!! continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgStill, in an extraordinarily unpredictable year, Mr. Tillis benefited from some late developments that shook up the race. After the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in mid-September, he moved swiftly to capitalize on the election-season court vacancy to reassure conservatives skeptical about his candidacy.Mr. Tillis immediately said he would vote to confirm whomever Mr. Trump nominated, and as a member of the Judiciary Committee, he had a highly visible public stage to showcase his role in helping install Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, cementing a conservative majority that Republicans have made one of their top priorities.Another break came in early October, when it was revealed that Mr. Cunningham had carried on an extramarital affair, including during the campaign. Details were not particularly steamy by contemporary standards, but the United States Army Reserve opened an investigation because Mr. Cunningham was an officer, and The Charlotte Observer, the state’s largest paper, scrapped plans to endorse him after his evasive response.- Advertisement – Mr. Tillis and a cavalry of outside Republican groups spent the duration of the campaign hammering Mr. Cunningham on the airwaves for his conduct. Mr. Cunningham apologized and said he took “complete responsibility,” but he had staked his campaign on his character and his military service, making the revelations all the more damaging. His decision to hunker down and avoid questions about the scandal only fanned the flames.“Veterans know we can’t trust Cal Cunningham,” said an unnamed veteran in one ad run by Mr. Tillis’s campaign. As Mr. Trump’s own standing with voters dropped, Mr. Tillis was in a difficult position. He toiled to appeal to independent voters who had become disillusioned with the president, but also could not risk further alienating Mr. Trump’s base. The result was a jumble that pleased no one. Mr. Tillis sponsored a bill to protect Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, and initially opposed using Pentagon funds for the border wall, Mr. Trump’s signature campaign promise.But fearing a backlash from the president’s loyal supporters, Mr. Tillis reversed himself on the wall and voted to uphold a national emergency declaration by Mr. Trump that allowed the president to siphon millions of dollars from North Carolina military installations to build the structure. Mr. Cunningham called it a betrayal of his own state.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgDoes our struggle make sense?I am from Dalmatia. After fulfilling all the criteria of nonsense, as I like to say, achieving everything that society expects and supports (achieving a career and financial independence) I felt the need to do something for the country. I quit my job and the life I had known until then and set out on my journey, giving up money in Lent, believing that our country, despite all the force of negative thoughts we are sprayed with on a daily basis, has good.Believing that a country stuck in the definitions of the past, in its deep nonsense where we talk on a daily basis about who took how much from the box office, who looks wrong when when he shakes hands with his left hand and kisses his right cheek, has his good side . I see that there are good and noble people in itthe system as we know it today is not complete, which has not been trampled by that beautiful fighting and creative human spirit. The will for a better tomorrow.I worked in tourism and marketing for years. Last summer, when I saw vultures taxi drivers, obviously unaware of the better way, standing next to the bus and pulling tourists by the sleeve in the hope of skinning them or just taking them over, I had a so-called aha moment. This is not the tourism I learned about. This is not the tourism I look into. What went wrong? We have the most beautiful country in the world, the cleanest sea and a beautiful history. A history that, apart from the part tainted by territorial wars, abounds in legends and myths, stories that many others would not be able to invent in their wildest imagination. Customs and traditions. And we allowed the whole world to discover it before us. Every year, hordes of people rediscover everything that our country hides, and we sit on a chair with the inscription zimmer fry, waiting for them to spit on another euro. Not knowing the right answer to the question why, looking only at the next investment. And so it goes round and round.Hand on heart, there are tourism workers, my colleagues, who give themselves the idea to break another record in the arrival of people on the coast, however I am not sure they know why they are doing this. I refuse to believe that the reason is pure profit. Figures. I had been selling land to foreigners for years, and I had no idea what I was selling to them. For yearsI’m talking about the pre-season and the post-season, because we’re already shooting at the seams during the season, without moving further than my Zadar camp. I don’t want that anymore. I no longer want to do tourism whose definition is to skin or sell for money without experience. I don’t want to be part of an industry that no longer has its soul. I do not want to sell them a little, in addition to all the material that my Dalmatia now abounds in, which is why I love this country. I don’t want to sell them my soul. For the money.I set off from Zagreb on a journey through the country. The journey that ends at the end of Lent in Zadar (when I will make the biggest party in the history of this country for 0 kuna, if I survive this dangerous country without a single penny in my pocket), the city where I grew up and learned to do tourism. A city that until recently I completely felt, and stopped when I realized that it now has its price that counts in money. And in theory. No more in the experiences that created me as a man from Dalmatia.Earth, that’s us. These are people. The earth is in us, not on paper, not in law. And that’s why I went on my way to meet people. I was surprised at how many wonderful legends we have. In just a few days of my journey, I met people from different segments of society; homeless Stefica, a drunk on my beer bus Bob Dylan, a group of young legends of caterers who want something better for themselves and see that they can, even though they were told otherwise, people who leave the country because it makes sense, Biancawho lives with the homeless until she gets along and finds some decent job with which to pay for college, a tram controller Charlie who despite his stain his uniform wears doesn’t take the smile off his face, David a bad blue boy who hates and has no idea why he hates, young entrepreneurs who have been killed by the papers in their dream, but who do not give in to nonsense but continue to walk the beaten path in the hope that one day they will be better, people in suits of which only suits remain.I experienced ice. I’m not talking about the cold. I’m talking about the feeling when you have nowhere to sleep, when your feet are burning from the ice, when it’s warmest and only logical to be in a tram that heats up. When you pass by a church whose doors are closed even though there is no one in it, which has heating that you pay for, and which is purposefully used only on Sundays. Empty, and so many people could warm up if she did what that same God they wholeheartedly want wants. Just good.Everything is a lie!Photo: Person XPhoto: Person xI was in Slavonia. It is not true that she is poor. Everything I know about Slavonia is a pure lie. It is true that half of Slavonia left its region. It is true that there are fewer and fewer young people. But it is far from the truth that Slavonia is poor. My Dalmatia is the one that is poor. Because when your eyes go crazy and become greedy, and when you start renting a dog house, while living in a container just to earn a little more, you are poor. How else to explain that animal urge forearnings and extra money. How do you explain when you never have enough? How do you explain that you sell yourself and yours for another night in an apartment to some drunk Swabian for 23 euros? And you didn’t show him what he was buying, you didn’t tell him good afternoon in Croatian, you didn’t show him where you went out when you were young or where the old team gathered or why cards were played in every canton (if that’s still the case) works). My Dalmatia is poor. She no longer has a soul. Honor exceptions, but theirsthe soul slowly disappears towards those who vultures pull the walking euros towards themselves.Slavonia does not have much money, but it has nature. He has a soul bigger than anything. He has a spirit, he has himself. Man was created to work and be useful, but the work we understand him today is working in a company of 7-3 or 9-5. If you don’t work within that framework, you’re a moron who failed. You’re a moron who doesn’t know any better. But that is not true. When I get fed up with being one of those people who thought like that, I feel bad. I am ashamed of myself and the image I have created in my head about the normal. It’s not normal to work towards a horse for a year and then go to some Indonesia or Australia for 3 weeks to live a little. It’s not normal to suffer in order to live, no matter how much you convince yourself that the work you do is actually great. It’s not. Life is great, we just forgot to live it. We have complicated it so much that we no longer know what life is for. And it’s basically so lip and so simple. Only when you are not a slave to matter. Slavonia is grateful. That’s a lesson I had to learn. Not everyone can be grateful, you don’t get it, you are not born with it. You have to experience that. You have your warm apartment and your warm bed, but only when you don’t have it and when you don’t have the option but to be on the ice, only then do you learn to be grateful for the warmth. Which you did until yesterday, he takes for granted. Like your country, like your life, your family and yourself.For granted. When you don’t have much, you know how to be grateful for a little. It’s a fucking skill. You are fed up with the war. But don’t get fed up with it just by how they shot at us and how we died. You are fed up with war so that it makes sense today, greater than the very bitterness that still remains in us. Get fed up, you who can, how much was the food worth to you then? How much the news was worth to you that your brother is alive and well. Get fed up with how we were together. You are fed up with that gratitude for your life, which for some reason you still have today, unlike others.Croatian joy? Photo: Person XNot to speak at length and at length, I will jump to the point of this story. I have an idea. When I was riding the train from Zagreb to Pakrac, I was sitting in a compartment with some wonderful people (Domagoj, Marina, Elizabeta, her German partner and another quiet withdrawn guy) with whom I came up with a wonderful idea. Imagine if HŽ (Hrvatska Žalost) became HR (Hrvatska Radost). Imagine if she gave us only one train, which would depart from Split (or from where there is already a railway that we have been pampering with our money for years) to Slavonia (to Osijek, Vukovar, irrelevant). Imagine if all our Dalmatians boarded that train of joy and set out to deliver a dose of youth and joy to this Slavonia of ours, which was left without youth and joy. Imagine when all these Dalmatians in Slavonia would receive their dose of gratitude, when they would experience it. Imagine seeing what it means to work around the house, to help old people who do not have young strength, and still have their own strong Slavonian spirit. Imagine when you would exchange joy and gratitude? Woof.Dear Croatian Railways, person X writes to you. I want you to give us a train. Which will go for free from Dalmatia to Slavonia. I don’t care what the train will be like. I don’t care if the seat is clean or if the toilet smells of pine trees or stinks of pee. I don’t care if there will be compartments or there will be cars without seats. I want you to think about it. If the problem is to pay the driver, I have a solution. I personally will go to evening school (I learned from your driver that this is also possible) to become a driver byby your standards. And then I’ll drive people for free, you don’t even have to pay me. Dear person in charge of recognizing ideas, please recognize this idea before the people realize that this one train I am asking of you is actually theirs, ours. Dear person who makes decisions about projects worth mentioning, please find me before the people get angry because you are thinking about one seemingly very simple and meaningful idea. Let’s combine green and blue. To bring back joy and show gratitude. To experience this our country for which we have fought for so many years, with others and with ourselves.Dear Croatia of Sorrow, please become Croatian Joy. Please, before it’s too late. I may not have the money, but I have an idea. And I’m very willing to talk about her. Find me. Meet the person you work for. Express your interest and take action towards me. I would love to hear what you think of the idea. It would be logical for me to leave you my contact details so that we can realize the idea faster if you see the meaning in it. But often what is logical is not true. So I want you to make an effort to find out who I am. Find out the way to me. And I peek, just as I peek into this country of ours and the people who still live in it and with it, that you will find me. I am not ashamed of myself or my roots, I just want you to find them in me.Restore faith to this people in a system that they have been consciously or unconsciously supporting for years. Or don’t. It’s your decision.Author: Person XNote: Information about the author is known to the editorial staff of the portallast_img read more

first_imgThe new government was thrashed out earlier this month in a reshuffle seen by analysts as a bid by Macron to improve his reelection chances in 2022.Critics say the government is still way too big — and the official photographer would have struggled to fit in all the ministers plus Castex and Macron spread out on the grass with a one-meter gap between them.They do not wear masks in the photo, but did put them back on upon leaving the Elysee Palace, with ministers keen to set a good example amid concerns of a new rise in cases.”The French expect concrete results from us. This is what we are committed to! Let us continue change to build a better economic, social, environmental and cultural future,” Macron tweeted with the new portrait. France’s new cabinet posed for its official photograph Wednesday, standing in an unusual, spaced formation to observe social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.Rather than the traditional shoulder-to-shoulder group shot, the portrait is taken from afar to fit President Emmanuel Macron’s new 43-member team into the frame on the Elysee Palace’s lawn.The 30 ministers and 12 junior ministers under new Prime Minister Jean Castex appear tiny, their shadows long in the empty space between them, and their faces almost indistinguishable in the photo dominated by large trees in the far background. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsenal and Man Utd eye January transfer move for Juventus defender Merih Demiral Merih Demiral has been deemed surplus to requirements by Juventus (Picture: Getty)Arsenal and Manchester United are keeping a close eye on Merih Demiral ahead of the January transfer window with the Juventus defender having been deemed surplus to requirements.The Serie A champions paid Sassuolo €18million for the 21-year-old in the summer but he has been unable to win over his new manager Maurizio Sarri, who has used him on just one occasion this season in all competitions.According to Tuttosport, Juventus are looking to make a quick profit on the Turkey international and would consider a bid in the region of €40m once the transfer window reopens in January.Despite a serious injury suffered by Georgio Chiellini, Demiral has been unable to force his way into Sarri’s first team plans with former Arsenal transfer target Daniel Rugani, as well as Matthijs de Ligt and Leonardo Bonucci, the former Chelsea manager’s preferred options.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal tempted Juventus with a loan offer for Rugani in the summer which was knocked back, before they turned their attention to signing David Luiz. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Nov 2019 12:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link380Shares Arsenal tried to sign Daniel Rugani in the summer from Juventus (Picture: Getty)The presence of the experienced Brazilian has done little to rectify Arsenal’s defensive issues with Unai Emery’s side having 17 goals this season with only Burnley having shipped more of the teams currently in the top half of the table.United, meanwhile, have shown significant signs of defensive improvement this term following the additions of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer but, according to Tuttosport, both clubs have sent scouts to watch Demiral in action for Turkey recently.Demiral has made 10 senior appearances for the Turkey national team and regularly partners Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu.Will Arsenal make any signings in JanuaryYes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe home at 9 Kintail Place is on the market in Narangba.THIS two-storey Queenslander style home is on the market in Narangba. The home at 9 Kintail Place has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a downstairs retreat and a fenced swimming pool — all on a 800sq m block. Phil and Rebecca Abbott bought the property eight years ago with their three children in mind. “We liked the Queenslander style of the property and the elevated position — you get the ocean breezes and nice views,” Mr Abbott said. “It was just such an open and relaxing home.” The rotunda is a great place for barbecues.Downstairs there is the retreat area with bathroom that would be perfect for teenagers. Mr Abbott said the home was tucked away from the road on a battle axe block.“It’s very private and quiet and it’s on a nice street with lovely neighbours,” he said. The property also has a double lockup garage, solar panels, water tanks and a garden shed. The yard is fully fenced and the pergola and timber deck are next to the swimming pool. Mr Abbott said the home could easily be set up for dual living. The home has open plan living spaces.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019In the time they have owned the property, the Abbotts have built in downstairs, adding a rumpus room, bedroom and bathroom, and put in a swimming pool, pergola and deck. Upstairs the home has high ceilings and an open plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens to the veranda through french doors. There is timber flooring in the living space and the master bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite. Mr Abbott said the wraparound veranda was a great place to sit and relax and the rotunda was perfect for family barbecues and get-togethers.last_img read more

first_imgThe £17bn (€23.6bn) National Grid UK Pension Scheme has appointed Philips Pensioenfonds CIO Rob Schreur as chief executive.Schreur will take up his new role at the UK pension scheme for the privatised electricity network operator in the autumn.He is to head up the executive team, which will report to the scheme’s trustees, advising on asset-manager monitoring, investment strategy and liability management.The National Grid Pension Scheme recently placed its in-house investment manager up for sale. National Grid wholly owns Aerion Fund Management, which controlled around 75% of the pension fund’s assets, but, as the scheme matured and sought to shift towards a more complex liability-driven investment (LDI) strategy, it decided to offload the asset manager.The sales process is still ongoing.Schreur leaves Philips Pensioenfonds after more than 15 years.At the €18bn Dutch scheme, he was responsible for the overall investment strategy, asset-liability management (ALM), asset allocation, risk management and oversight.Nigel Stapleton, chair of National Grid scheme trustees, said Schreur’s experience in ALM and European best practices would be invaluable.last_img read more