Royal Blood Announces U.S. Tour & New Album, Shares First Single

first_imgBritish rock band Royal Blood have announced a new album How Did We Get So Dark? due out June 16, 2017, via Warner Bros. Records. In support of this, the duo have shared the album’s lead single “Lights Out” with an accompanied music video. They’ve also announced a slew of United States tour dates, kicking off June 2 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA and will extend through August 16 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, with festival appearances at The Governors Ball in New York City, Glastonbury, Eden Sessions, and Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival.Watch “Lights Out” below:Tickets for all dates will be available for purchase starting at 9:00 AM local time on Friday, April 28th. See the full schedule below:Royal Blood U.S. Live Dates2ndJune – Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA2ndJune – 4thJune – Governor’s Ball, New York, NY6thJune – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC7thJune – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA9thJune – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI10thJune – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH11thJune – Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN31stJuly – Upstate Concert Hall, Buffalo, NY3rdAug – Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH5thAug – Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL8thAug – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC9thAug – Showbox, Seattle, WA10thAug – Roseland Theater, Portland, OR12thAug – Outside Lands, San Francisco, CA13thAug – The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA15thAug – The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA16thAug – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CAlast_img read more

Australian police find no crime in Vatican money transfers

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police say they have found no evidence of criminal misconduct in money transfers from the Vatican that a financial agency mistakenly inflated by almost $1.8 billion and fueled corruption speculation. Australian Federal Police investigated the transfers to Australia that the country’s financial intelligence agency, Austrac, reported to the Senate in December amounted to $1.8 billion over six years. Austrac last month revealed it had vastly overstated the sums, blaming the miscalculation on a computer coding error. The Vatican said transfers to Australia since 2014 amounted to $7.35 million and were for legitimate expenses including running its embassy and contractual debts.last_img

Scholarship Selection

first_imgUniversity of Georgia food science graduate student Ikechukwu “Ike” Oguadinma, 27, has been awarded the Food Safety Auditing Scholarship from the Food Marketing Institute Foundation in partnership with the Safe Quality Food Institute.Oguadinma is one of 15 students who received the award at the SQF International Conference held last October in San Antonio, Texas. Each student received a $3,000 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to attend the conference with more than 850 food safety professionals.A native of Nigeria, Oguadinma came to the U.S. to study food science after earning an undergraduate degree in biochemistry. He selected UGA after researching leading food science teaching and research programs in the U.S.“I discovered that UGA has one of the best programs in food science in the country, boasting of esteemed food-safety researchers such as (Distinguished Research Professor) Dr. (Larry) Beuchat and (Regents Professor) Dr. (Michael) Doyle. These are very remarkable people and I knew to work with them and current outstanding faculty in the UGA food science department would teach me a lot and enable me to grow in my career,” he said.Before deciding on UGA, Oguadinma also reached out to UGA food science Distinguished Research Professor Casimir Akoh, also a native of Nigeria.“After learning of his remarkable work on synthetic infant milk fat formula and enzymatic transesterification of lipids, I knew I could translate my degree in biochemistry into food science; a world of possibilities was opened up to me,” Oguadinma said. “The science of food will be here forever because humans need the energy to survive. Today, people have become more aware of what they eat and have become smarter about their food consumption. Now more than ever, safe and healthy food is in high demand.”Oguadinma also appreciates the university’s culture.“I knew UGA was in the South and I have always heard about the South and its hospitality,” he said.Oguadinma came to the UGA Athens campus in 2017 and moved to the UGA Griffin campus in 2018 to conduct research under the guidance of UGA professor Ynes Ortega, a world-renowned parasitologist, at the UGA Center for Food Safety. His work with Ortega focused on two major parasites (Cyclospora cayetanensis and Cryptosporidium parvum) on parsley and cilantro. The parasites can contaminate herbs and fresh produce and cause severe diarrhea in infected individuals.“We looked at how well these parasites survive on these herbs in the field. Cilantro is hugely consumed in a lot of global cuisines, and herbs overall are widely known to be beneficial health-wise,” Oguadinma said. “You want them to be as safe as possible and this research was in response to a need in the food industry.”After completing his master’s degree in food science in fall 2019, Oguadinma began his doctoral studies with UGA Center for Food Safety microbiologist Govind Kumar. His project focuses on antibiotic resistance in microbes, like E. coli and Salmonella; their susceptibility to antimicrobials; and their behavior on different food matrixes.In addition to knowledge in food science and food safety, Oguadinma has learned a lot about leadership and communication at UGA. He serves as the president of the UGA-Griffin Student Advisory Council and is widely involved with on-campus activities.He credits his communication skills to growing up helping his mother, a pharmacist who owns and manages a retail pharmaceutical practice in Nigeria.“I learned to talk with people one on one — older people, young people, people who are patient, people who are not patient, a wide berth,” he said.The oldest of four children, Oguadinma misses his family back home in Nigeria and certain foods he can’t get in the U.S. but, despite cultural differences, he says the quality of life in the U.S. is much better than that of many other countries. “There are other cultural differences, like our predominantly communal way of life, which is different from the strong culture of independence here in the United States. Here on the UGA Griffin campus, you can meet people from a wide range of countries. The diversity is just amazing,” he said. “I’m learning so much in the U.S. and, in the long run, I want to get as much knowledge as I can about the food industry. I’ve learned so much in the few years I’ve been here and I know that I have so much more to learn.”To learn more about the UGA food science program, go to foodscience.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

LeCOUNT Inc. is the International Business Council Exporter of the Year

first_imgLeCOUNT Inc., a White River Junction tool manufacturer, has been named Exporter of the Year by the Vermont International Business Council (VIBC), a standing committee of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. LeCOUNT expanding mandrels and hydraulic workholding tooling are purchased by gear manufacturers in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, India, Japan, Canada, and China. The company is named after Charles W. LeCount, who patented his expanding mandrels in 1847.Presented to a company that has contributed significantly to Vermont’s international trade stature, the Exporter of the Year award recognizes the hard work, innovation, and vision displayed by companies competing in the global marketplace.LeCOUNT’s realization that it must compete in the global manufacturing market led management to develop a variety of foreign relationships, including exclusive distributor relationships, private label distribution agreements, and partnerships with much larger manufacturers to establish worldwide sales relationships. Chip Brettell, LeCOUNT Chief Executive Officer, noted: “The key to success is finding the right liaisons and supporting those affiliations in a proactive and efficient manner.”The Exporter of the Year award is given in recognition that flexibility and proactive marketing are keys to success in a global export market that is highly competitive and vulnerable to worldwide economic trends. Curtis Picard, Vermont Chamber Vice President of International Trade, remarked: “LeCOUNT sets the gold standard for the true test of a company’s success, measured by the ability to bring marketing, technical, and business ingenuity to the marketplace.”The VIBC’s mission is to advocate the use of international trade as an economic tool for Vermont businesses, and to encourage Vermont businesses to stimulate their economic well-being by participating in the global marketplace.Exporters honored in years past include Tubbs Snowshoes, Rock of Ages Corporation; Saint Michael’s School of International Studies; and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. LeCOUNT Inc. will receive the Exporter of the Year award at the May 27 International Trade Event featuring U.S. Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci. The international trade celebration is part of the Chamber’s Vermont Business and Industry EXPO. For more information about the International Trade Event or other EXPO special events, please log on to www.vtexpo.com(link is external).FACTSHHET: VERMONT INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COUNCIL EXPORTER OF THE YEARLeCOUNT, Inc.White River Junction, Vermont“Tooling Solutions Worldwide”LeCOUNT, Inc. is a tool manufacturer based in White River Junction, Vermont. The company’s expanding mandrels and hydraulic workholding tooling are purchased by gear manufacturers in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, India, Japan, Canada, and China.The Vermont International Business Council honors LeCOUNT, Inc. with the Exporter of the Year Award because:• It recognized early on that is needed to see the world as its marketplace;• It has developed and maintained quality sales channels around the world despite language, paperwork, legal, and cultural challenges;• It has proven that a small company in a rural state can compete with much larger companies on a global basis;• It has utilized state and federal resources in an efficient and timely manner;• It encourages others in its industry to understand the need to export in a shrinking United States manufacturing environment; and• LeCOUNT, Inc. and the jobs it provides would not exist if it were not for export sales.LeCOUNT, Inc. Highlights• The company is named after Charles W. LeCOUNT, who patented the expanding mandrel in 1847.• Founder and Chief Executive officer Chip Brettell worked for AT&T after receiving a BSME degree from the University of Vermont, and accomplished graduate work in the field of computer integrated manufacturing at Brigham Young University.• In 1990, Chip Brettell bought the assets (including early 1960’s-vintage machines) of a company called Tool Tech Corporation, where he had spent summers working as a teenager.• LeCOUNT, Inc. employs six people in the fields of sales and marketing, process engineering, assembly and inspection, engineering, accounting, and machining.• Gear manufacturers and end-users purchase LeCOUNT’s tooling, including makers of cars, jet engines, tractors, trucks, motorcycles, hand-held power tools, printers, exercise machines, airplanes, and machine tools.• The company manufactures a more precise version of the original LeCOUNT expanding mandrel, patented in 1847, as well as “special order” parts like hydraulic arbors, chucks, and chuck systems.• LeCOUNT, Inc. attends or is represented at tradeshows worldwide, including JIMTOF, a major machine tool exposition held in Japan; as well as shows in China, Brazil, and Germany.• Vermont Chamber of Commerce international trade specialists Curtis Picard and Chris Barbieri, as well as Susan Murray of the U.S. Department of Commerce Montpelier office, have assisted and advised LeCOUNT, Inc. in their efforts in Asia and the Pacific Rim.• Currently LeCOUNT, Inc. derives well over 50% of its annual revenue from export sales, enjoying a growth rate of about 5-7% per year over the past 4 years.last_img read more

How to Replace Cracked and Peeling Grout in 60 Seconds

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content by Alure Home ImprovementsFew things are more annoying around the home than having to stare day after day at cracked or missing grout in your bathroom tiles. Those problems are right there, practically glaring at you, taunting you.But you know what? You don’t have to take that abuse another second. Because in this informative episode of our ongoing series, “The 60-Second Fix,” Doug Cornwell, the chief operating officer of Alure Home Improvements, shows us how to fix these unseemly flaws like a pro—all in a matter of minutes.“Grout is that funny kind of material that fills the spaces between the tiles,” explains Doug, in a recent episode titled “How to Replace Cracked and Peeling Grout in 60 Seconds.” “Every now and then, through contraction or expansion, some of that grout may actually shrink away or fall out from the tile.”Step one is to make sure you match the existing grout with the new grout you get from your local hardware store. There aren’t that many choices to choose from so it’s not too hard to get the proper color. Just make sure you go to the store with the right hue in mind, whether it’s dark, antique white, creamy white or bright white. If you’re uncertain, take in a sample or a photo on your smart phone.Before you start to fill in the cracked grout yourself, Doug advises that you squeeze a little of the new grout into a paper cup. Then add just enough water to give the mixture the consistency of toothpaste. As you can see from the video, Doug stirs it around a bit with a plastic spoon so he can dispose of the spoon later once he’s done with the repair job.Next, dip your finger into the mixture in the cup and put a dab on your fingertip. This way you have the greatest control over where you want the new grout to go.Spread the grout smoothly over the cracked or missing area on the tile. Pack it right into the trouble spots. Then wipe away any excess from the tile borders with a disposable rag or a paper towel so only the new grout is left where the grout belongs. You don’t have to worry about being too messy with the application because the new grout will only adhere to itself, not the shiny tile surface. But you don’t want to let it go unattended because the streaks won’t look nice on the tile and they’re easier to wipe off before the grout has dried.Click here for more information on Alure Home ImprovementsSo, after you have tidied up the new grout, wait a few minutes.“In about five minutes it will haze over again,” Doug advises.This is your cue for one more go-round.Take a damp cloth or a moist paper towel—or even a wet sponge, but not soaking wet—and rub it over the newly repaired area. The point of this process, as Doug puts it, is to introduce a little bit more moisture to the grout so it will settle in firmly and securely.There you have it. You can face your bathroom tile with your pride restored.“Problem solved!” says Doug proudly. And he ought to know.last_img read more

Nothing happens until something is sold

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Schneider Jeff Schneider joined SWBC in 2004 as Account Vice President providing service in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. A graduate of Central Michigan University and The American College, Jeff … Web: www.swbc.com Details Are you a salesperson? Are you involved in sales? Oh, you’re not?  Well, I hate to break it to you, but we are all in sales. Nothing happens until something is sold. Let me repeat that: “nothing happens until something is sold!” Sales has received a bad reputation over the years; perhaps it has been warranted at times. Ask someone how they feel about car salesmen, insurance salesman, or even a kitchen knife salesmen, and you will probably see their nose turn up or a grimace appear on their face. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard,“Oh my goodness, I hate sales!  There is no way I would ever consider selling!”Nothing happens until something is soldIf you’re reading this article on a laptop, desktop computer, hand-held device, iPad or even on paper, someone had to engage in a sales situation to deliver the medium that is allowing you to read these words! Someone had to purchase the technology, services, hardware, and storage space from a salesperson in order to publish this article. Sales was a central component in providing this communication opportunity.I hate to tell you so early in this article, but you are also involved in sales. Each one of us is selling something every day. What are you selling? Think about it; even if you aren’t selling products or services, each day you get up and you sell yourself! You have a monopoly on the market with this product. Wow, what an opportunity to sell! Why did your current employer hire you? You probably did a great job of selling yourself at some point during the interview, right? When you first got your driver’s license, did your parents let you take the car out for the first time because they like you, or did you sell them on the fact you’re trustworthy and would bring it back in the same shape as when you drove off?Each one of us is unique in our own way—your smile, appearance, voice, energy, belief, values, and ability! Every day you’re selling one or more of these traits to someone. “First impression is a lasting impression.” I love that statement. Before you go to bed at night, think about you—and the product of you. How will you deliver and sell yourself tomorrow as you go through your day? The first impression of your product—YOU—with the monopoly you hold in your daily life, should be sold with a passion. Will you advance your personal position based on someone buying your smile, appearance, voice, energy, belief, values and ability?Plan your work, and work your plan! Nothing happens until something is sold. Remember when you start your day to sell your value! If it is your smile, personality or action, sell it! You might not realize it, or maybe you do now, but you’re a salesperson! What a great opportunity you have each day to sell and have a positive impact on your surroundings! Heck, maybe you should consider a sales profession as a career!When it comes to sales, are you a 50s traditionalist or an 80s rockstar? Take our quiz to find out what decade your sales style channels!last_img read more

Public health worker shortage could imperil terrorism preparedness

first_imgJan 14, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) says the present is an excellent time for states to prepare for the next influenza pandemic and has issued a report to help show the way.Although 47 states are working on or have completed draft plans for coping with a “flu” pandemic, the United States is not prepared for a event like the 1918 Spanish flu, which killed at least 550,000 Americans, according to the ASTHO document.Now is the right time to prepare, because a pandemic is inevitable and because federal grants for public health infrastructure and planning have greatly increased in response to terrorism worries, according to ASTHO. The group’s recently published report is titled “Preparedness Planning for State Health Officials: Nature’s Terrorist Attack: Pandemic Influenza.”The report says an influenza pandemic may cause far more harm than a bioterrorist attack: an estimated 89,000 to 207,000 deaths, 314,000 to 734,000 hospitalizations, 18 million to 42 million medical visits, and 20 million to 47 million additional illness cases. State health officers must take the lead in planning because, in a pandemic, the public, governor, and legislature will look to them for “significant leadership to mobilize and sustain private and public healthcare resources.”The public health resources needed to cope with bioterrorism overlap substantially with those needed to deal with a flu pandemic, the report states. “The overlap demonstrates why state health officials have an unprecedented opportunity, using their bioterrorism assessments and plans as scaffolding, to help create strategies that will improve their states’ response to future pandemics.”Pandemics occur when a wholly new subtype of influenza A virus emerges, the document explains. “There is no way to predict when the next pandemic will occur, but most experts agree that it will happen.” After the 1918 Spanish flu, pandemics occurred in 1957 and 1968, causing a total of 104,000 deaths.When a pandemic comes, it will probably bring two waves of cases, separated by between 3 and 9 months, the report says. Thus health officials should be prepared for a pandemic period lasting longer than a year.The United States has a National Pandemic Influenza Plan prepared by agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services, the report says, but ASTHO does not comment on the adequacy of that plan. In addition, 12 states have completed draft preparedness plans, and another 35 states are working on such plans, ASTHO reports. Some public health experts say those plans identify the major issues in a pandemic but don’t spell out specific steps for responding to such an event, says the report.The likelihood of vaccine shortages is a key reason for each state to have its own plan, according to ASTHO. Because it will take an estimated 6 to 8 months to produce an effective vaccine, there will probably be severe shortages or even a total lack of vaccine in the early stages of a pandemic.Consequently, “There is a need to identify priority groups (i.e. high risk individuals, health care workers, law enforcement) that should first receive the influenza vaccine,” the document says. “Although this has been discussed at the national level, there is no definitive guidance that identifies the priority groups. The CDC Pandemic Influenza Planning Guide for State and Local Officials offers a default list for use in planning activities until decisions are finalized.”The report notes that states may want to link their pandemic flu vaccination plans with their smallpox vaccination plans, which were developed after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines last September.Other issues discussed in the document include the use of antiviral drugs, quarantine and containment, laboratory protocols, provider and workforce shortages, use of volunteers, facility and equipment needs, and communication with the public. The report includes detailed checklists regarding legal and policy issues, authority, vaccination/antivirals, surge capacity; communications and education, and laboratory surveillance.The ASTHO report was funded by the CDC and researched and written by Lara Misegades, MS, ASTHO’s senior analyst for infectious disease policy.See also:Full text of report on the ASTHO sitehttp://www.astho.org/Programs/Infectious-Disease/Emerging-Infectious-Diseases/Pan-ASTHO-Pandemic-Influenza-2002/last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia’s sharia finance gains traction amid pandemic: OJK

first_imgLog in with your social account Facebook Indonesia’s Islamic finance has gained traction amid the coronavirus pandemic as the industry’s assets rose significantly and sharia banks recorded a jump in corporate profit, signaling a growing industry previously plagued with low demand.The assets of the country’s sharia finance industry reached Rp 1.639 quadrillion (US$111.1 billion) as of July this year, an increase of 20.6 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Financial Services Authority (OJK), with the industry’s market share now at 9.68 percent of the Indonesian financial industry.“This reflects how sharia finance has a remarkable resilience and a great spirit to support the acceleration of the national economic recovery,” OJK chairman Wimboh Santoso told a virtual discussion on Monday. “We should use this pandemic as an opportunity to revive sharia econ… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Google Topics : Linkedin islamic-finance sharia-bank OJK Financial-Services-Authority BRI-Syariah Bank-Syariah-Mandiri BCA-Syariahlast_img read more

Surprising number of people will tolerate streets with funny names

first_imgBonar Street in Morningside. Photo: Google MapsMs Mulholland said she had never encountered a buyer who rejected a home based on the street name, though when she worked on the south side of Brisbane many Asian buyers would avoid the number four and flock to the number eight. She said on the peninsula, the more serious buyers ignored the potentially funny side of certain names, while those with more of a sense of humour would have a giggle and move on. “People from outside of the area tend to pause before saying certain names or they’ll try to describe where it is near or refer to a building name,” she said. “But it doesn’t stop them inquiring about properties on those streets.” Even Google Maps thinks Bald Knob Road in Peachester is a little risqué.BRISBANE is home to some giggle-inducing street names but sellers need not worry with a new survey showing most homebuyers wouldn’t be turned off by an unappealing address. That’s good news for the residents of Bald Knob Rd, Gross Ave and Weenah St. The Finder.com.au poll found only 4 per cent of Queenslanders, and 16 per cent of Australians, would forego a home because of an embarrassing street name, while a quarter of those surveyed would avoid a dodgy suburb name. Woodcock Street in Scarborough. Photo: Google MapsWhen it comes to renters, 14 per cent would avoid a funny street name and 28 per cent would steer clear of suburbs with unappealing names. Ray White Redcliffe real estate agent Loren Mulholland is no stranger to tricky names with the Redcliffe peninsula home to such gems as Hornibrook Esplanade, Dix St, Woodcock St, Humpybong Esplanade and Silcock St. “I try to keep things professional but when you first hear some of the names, you do have a bit of a laugh,” she said. “I’ve been on the peninsula since 2009 so I’m a bit desensitised now and I think most locals are the same.“Phallic-related names get the most giggles — like Cox St and Woodcock St — and anything at number 69 gets a laugh.” center_img Humpybong Park in Redcliffe. Photo: Google MapsMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe Finder survey of 2010 Australians found street appeal was thing that turned off the most buyers (53 per cent), while only 5 per cent would avoid a home due to a street number.Bessie Hassan, Money Expert at finder.com.au, said while sellers couldn’t do much about a terrible street or suburb name, they could make sure the house looked good from the street.“If they are already uncertain about the street name, you don’t want to detract or put off potential buyers if they arrive to find overgrown garden or broken garage door,” she said. “Updating the front of the home and garden could make the property more enticing to many more buyers.” The southeast’s funniest street names Bald Knob Rd, PeachesterBonar St, MorningsideBottomley St, BrassallButland St, Bracken RidgeButt St, HarristownChubb St, One MileFanny St, AnnerleyGross Ave, HemmantHornibrook Esplanade, ClontarfHumpybong Esplanade, RedcliffeHiscock Rd, Woodhill Wanka Rd, Cecil Plains Weenah St, Bracken RidgeWoodcock St, ScarboroughWoodcock St, Paddington StWoollybutt St, New AucklandWoodswallow Ct, Greenbank,last_img read more

Brussels calls on member states to support ‘collective’ pension savings

first_imgEuropean Union member states must promote “collective” pension savings vehicles, the European Commission has urged.Releasing its annual growth survey, the European executive also praised efforts by a number of countries in reforming their first-pillar pension systems, arguing that a majority of member states had amended systems to “better withstand” the impact of increased longevity.It noted, however, that the reforms could result in further “challenges” and insisted that, to ensure the success and continued support of state pension reforms, steps needed to be taken to maintain retirement income levels, extend working lives or provide other sources of income through “complementary” pension savings vehicles.“Member states,” the report continues, “need to support the development of collective and individual pension plans to complement public pension schemes, including by removing obstacles at European level.” Social partners, it says, also have an important role to play, depending on the circumstances.The reference to collective and individual pension plans is likely to be an attempt to present both second and third-pillar pension saving as viable ways of increasing income on retirement.Olivier Guersent, the most senior civil servant within the Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union directorate general, recently suggested the pan-European pension product developed by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) could play an important role in developing pension saving where occupational systems were not in place.At the same event, EIOPA chairman Gabriel Bernardino suggested there was space for a pan-European occupational defined contribution system.The Commission’s report comes only a few months after social affairs commissioner Marianne Thyssen argued in favour of greater supplementary savings, while acknowledging the “limited” ability of many households to contribute to such systems.last_img read more