Men’s tennis not dwelling on success of last season

first_imgAnother series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Blake Grable ReddIt printComing off one of the best seasons in school history, the men’s tennis team will look to build on that success this season.The team enters the season as the No. 3 ranked team in the country.  Last season, the Frogs advanced to the final four for only the fourth time in school history and finished the year ranked No. 4.Assistant coach Devin Bowen said he doesn’t pay too much attention to national rankings but prefers to focus on getting his guys better each day.“We really do not discuss winning or losing or rankings,” Bowen said. “My own personal goal is to be the best prepared team every time we walk on the court.”Bowen said he doesn’t want to compare this team to last year’s team.“Last year’s team had an amazing run, and it will never be forgotten; but that was last year’s team,” he said. “I don’t think they want to be compared to that team, and I don’t want them to waste their energy worrying about what people think of them or expect them to do.”The Frogs have a young roster — they lost five seniors from last year. The team boasts four nationally ranked players, a group led by returning All-American sophomore Cameron Norrie (No.4).  Sophomores Guillermo Nuñez and Trevor Johnson are ranked No. 24 and No.73, respectively.  Junior Jerry Lopez rounds out the group at No. 109.Bowen said he believes his top players will play up to, if not exceed, expectations.“I think Nunez and Norrie are in great form, and I don’t see any reason they cannot light it up again this season,” Bowen said.The Frogs are also adding two highly recruited freshmen, including the No. 1 recruit in the nation, Alex Rybakov. Bowen said he believes he’s about to have a breakout year.“Alex Rybakov is going to have a huge year and is going to be tough to beat,” Bowen said.Bowen said the key for the season is to stay focused and to get better every day.“We tend to get pretty caught up in finding small edges everyday in practice… I cannot even remember the last time we discussed rankings, seedings or anything related to the NCAA tournament,” Bowen said.The Frogs host Oklahoma State, Harvard and San Diego State on Jan. 23-24 in a tournament that sends its winner to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Virginia, in February. TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Facebook Finding Trent Johnson’s replacement: A few names to consider Doctson impresses at NFL Combine Blake Grable Frogs fall to Dallas Baptist 9-1 Twitter Blake Grable ReddIt + posts Linkedin Blake Grable Linkedin Previous articleGreen wallet or green lawn?Next articleTCU police chief speaks on safety tips Blake Grable RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Blake Grable Twitter Men’s Tennis cruises past SMUlast_img read more

Cyber-security workshop held successfully, despite police harassment

first_imgNews April 22, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out more Held from 31 July to 2 August in a hotel on Cat Ba Island, 160 km east of Hanoi, the workshop consisted of training provided by DTD member Ton Phi in how to protect against viruses and the pro-government malware that increasingly targets activists.Uniformed and plainclothes police kept the three-day workshop under constant surveillance and repeatedly tried to interrupt it.“It is unacceptable that Vietnamese citizens who are not breaking any law should be spied on, harassed and threatened in this manner by the police,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“We urge the Vietnamese authorities to apply the constitution, article 25 of which guarantees freedom of expression and the media, access to information and the right to form associations. It is time to end the government crackdown on bloggers.”A group of policemen burst into the conference room on the first day and tried to end the workshop but gave up after participants protested and pointed that the police had no official document ordering its termination. One of the participants, Thuy Nga, filmed the police intervention: to go further Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Follow the news on Vietnam Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img Organisation News Thereafter around ten policemen, some of them in civilian dress, kept a close watch on the rest of the workshop. The police ordered the hotel’s owner to cut the Internet connection and to deny further use of the conference room, after which the workshop continued in the room of one of the participants.The police continued to harass them, carrying out an “administrative check” on the rooms of the activists in the middle of the night, during which they manhandled Nguyen Huu Vinh, a blogger known as JB who is a member of the Association of Vietnamese Journalists.The authorities meanwhile continue to intensify their crackdown on bloggers. The blogger Me Nam (Mother Mushroom) was attacked and detained for several hours by police on 25 July while on her way to a demonstration to demand the release of Vietnamese political prisoners.Trinh Anh Tuan, a blogger known by the pseudonym of Gio Lang Thang, was attacked and badly beaten by three individuals in civilian address a few days before that 40th anniversary on 30 April of the end of the Vietnam War. He said his assailants were police officers.Three bloggers – Le Thi Phuong Anh, Do Nam Trung and Pham Minh Vu – were given sentences ranging from 12 to 18 months in prison on 12 February for posting information on Facebook about an anti-Chinese demonstration by South China Sea oil rig workers.Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en August 7, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-security workshop held successfully, despite police harassment News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns repeated attempts by local police to harass and interrupt a digital security workshop that RSF and Defend the Defenders (DTD), a Vietnamese human rights group, successfully organized for 23 Vietnamese rights activists near Hanoi last weekend. VietnamAsia – Pacific last_img read more

SF says border counties are being ignored under National Jobs Plan

first_img HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week By News Highland – January 29, 2014 Pinterest News Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Sinn Fein says certain regions are being left behind by the Government’s Action Plan for jobs.The party’s spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, David Cullinane, welcomed this morning’s announcement of 30 new jobs in Cork, but warned that many counties continue to be forgotten by Government, particularly in the border regon and the South East..Sinn Fein will launch it’s political reform proposals later this morning.Senator Cullinane, says there needs to be a dedicated focus on job creation outside of the major urban centres……………[podcast][/podcast] Previous articleMinister promises action as Derry suicides are raised in StormontNext articleMc Conalogue claims government has an agenda to close small schools News Highland Facebookcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Twitter SF says border counties are being ignored under National Jobs Plan PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

‘Leave wildlife wild’ officials warn after moose defends its territory against woman

first_imgMatt Dirksen/iStock(NEW YORK) — A moose stood its ground against a person who attempted to pet the wild animal and officials used the incident as a teachable moment for others. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department shared a video on Twitter of a person who was seen approaching a large moose near a snowy crosswalk, before they leaned too close for the animal’s comfort. The moose stood on its back legs and lunged its front hooves forward towards the person as onlookers could be heard saying “get away.” Oh, do we sound like a broken record? Sorry but we’re not sorry.LEAVE WILDLIFE WILD.DO NOT FEED OR PET.*this person was cited for harassing wildlife: Anna— Colorado Parks and Wildlife (@COParksWildlife) March 2, 2020“Oh, do we sound like a broken record? Sorry but we’re not sorry. LEAVE WILDLIFE WILD. DO NOT FEED OR PET,” the organization wrote. The agency also said that the person seen in the video was later “cited for harassing wildlife.” The 20-second video has racked up over 30,000 views since it was first posted Monday on Twitter. The unidentified person did not appear to be injured by the animal. CPW has previously warned the public that “moose are very protective of their territory and their young,” adding that the animals will defend themselves “aggressively.” “Moose have very few natural enemies in the wild and, as a result, do not fear humans as much as most other big game species,” CPW said on its website. “Moose tolerate humans longer and at closer distances.” The agency has a guide for residents and visitors with safety tips for watching moose here.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Net and e-mail policies must be thought through

first_imgHigh-profilemonitoring issue must be handled with care by employersHRmanagers are finding the disciplinary fall-out from monitoring staff e-mailsand Internet use at work an extremely contentious area to regulate. Get itwrong and HR can end up with egg on its face. And,given the huge public and media interest, whatever happens the company will endup splashed all over the press.Asurvey of 2,000 companies (with a 10 per cent response rate) carried out by usat law firm Klegal gives some useful indications of what needs tochange as use of e-mail and the Internet grows and throws up some surprisingfindings (News, 23 January).Itshows, for example, that more care needs to go into the definitions of grossmisconduct and the disciplinary process if some damaging messages are not sentround organisations and to the outside business world. Itappears from the survey, however, that use of the Internet and e-mail is lesswidespread than one might imagine. There is still a tendency to limit use ofboth to senior and middle management. Thesurvey shows that a third of the companies restrict Internet access to seniorand middle-management and a quarter did the same for e-mail. Also less than halfthe firms allowed all office-based staff to use e-mail. A high proportion havea policy governing use of both e-mail and the Net and these generally allow for”reasonable” levels of personal use, much as in the case of telephonecalls. Firsta complete no-no: of those who monitored staff using e-mail and the Internet 20per cent appeared to be doing so secretly. Most of the returns received werecompleted just after the drearily entitled and over-bracketedtelecommunications (Lawful Business Practice Interception of Communications)Regulations came into force in October last year. Even interceptions madelawful under these controversial rules require all reasonable efforts to bemade to inform all users that there may be monitoring going on. Toput it mildly, it is a touch surprising that one in five employers may bespying on their staff. Of course all statistics are fallible, but suppose itwas one in 10 would that make you feel a lot better? Asit is so easy to get this right with an appropriate sentence in the policy, itshould make employers pause for thought. Guilty parties should get their acttogether fast. To be sued for such an act or to fall flat in a tribunal becauseyour unlawful surveillance rendered a dismissal unfair would be mighty embarrassingand the damage to the working environment does not bear thinking about.Giventhe tabloid attention it gets, maybe it is not surprising to have discoveredthat the easiest way to get dismissed misusing the Internet or e-mail is todownload pornography. By a huge margin it was found to be the most widely andheavily-punished offence, easily ahead of wasting time, defamatory messages,improper jokes and sexual and racial harassment.  Isit healthy that unlawful racial and sexual harassment should be easier to getaway with at work than ogling inappropriate, but quite possibly legal,photographs? It would be sensible to regard this finding as no more than apointer to prevailing attitudes. Even on that basis, however, it would indicatemore care needs to go into the definitions of gross misconduct and thedisciplinary process if some very insulting messages are not to be communicatedwithin organisations and to the world outside the business.Itis obvious from all of this and from the continuing outpouring of press storiesthat HR managers are finding this a difficult area. The answer is to think thepossibilities through well in advance and then draft policies accordingly.After that it is a matter of training and implementation. ByStephen Levinson,  a partner and head ofemployment law (UK) at Klegal, the law firm associated with KPMG Previous Article Next Article Net and e-mail policies must be thought throughOn 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

WPX Energy completes acquisition of Delaware Basin operator Felix Energy

first_imgAt the time of closing of the transaction, the Felix Energy acreage was producing approximately 60 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoe/d) WPX Energy completes acquisition of Delaware Basin operator Felix Energy. (Credit: Pixabay/Adam Radosavljevic) US-based oil and gas company, WPX Energy has completed the acquisition of a Delaware Basin operator, Felix Energy.The transaction follows an agreement signed to acquire Felix Energy in December last year, in a cash-cum-stock deal worth $2.5bn .At the time of closing of the transaction, the Felix Energy acreage was producing approximately 60MBoe/d (70% oil).WPX chairman and CEO Rick Muncrief said: “I want to thank the Felix team for working with us to complete the transaction a month ahead of schedule while still hitting our expectations for production at the time of closing“We remain absolutely convinced about the accretive nature of the transaction and the outstanding quality of these assets.“They overlie a tremendous resource that clearly gives us the means for accelerating our ability to achieve our five-year targets for shareholders.”WPX currently produces more than 150,000 barrels per day of oilWith the acquisition of Felix Energy’s assets, WPX currently produces more than 150,000 barrels per day of oil from its operations in the Delaware and Williston basins.For the sale of assets, an entity controlled by EnCap Investments, which is Felix’s financial sponsor, has received about 153 million shares of WPX stock and $900m in the form of cash.Muncrief added: “We’re excited to add Marty and Doug to our board. Their considerable experience in industry and their private equity backgrounds adds a unique perspective to WPX and how we can further create value as a company.”WPX is an independent energy producer with a major presence in the Permian and Williston basins. Through acquisitions of RKI Exploration & Production, Panther Energy and Felix Energy, the company has expanded its position in the Permian basin.last_img read more

John Mayer Returns With Four New Singles From “The Search For Everything”

first_imgJust as he promised, guitarist John Mayer has been releasing songs from his new album, The Search For Everything, at a pace of four per month. After gracing fans with four songs in January, Mayer has doubled the length of the album with four additional releases.Fans can now stream “Still Feel Like Your Man,” “Emoji of a Wave,” “Helpless,” and “Roll it on Home” from Mayer’s new album! Check it out in the Spotify player below.“It’s beyond a break-up record,” John Mayer told Rolling Stone. “It’s about my impression of loss. It’s about the ghost in the room. Proudly, it is, as my therapist says, a study into the metaphysics of absent love.” He continues, “I actually, for the first time in my life, believe I recorded exactly what I was feeling,” describing his 2014 break-up with Katy Perry. “It was the only time in my life that sadness was like a lucid dream, like, ‘Oh, I’m here. I got no business trying to get out of this, because it won’t work.’ It was like learning to live in the wilderness.”About the new track “Still Feel Like Your Man,” he explains: “This is my little engine that could” because “the title itself had lyrics blowing out of it from every corner.” For this tune, the lyrics came first and the music after – his favorite being “I still keep your shampoo in the shower, in case you want to wash your hair.”About the funkier “Helpless,” he goes on: “Pino is so inventive without trying that this track is his track. You get disco overtones but it’s all implied.” Mayer describes the tune as “wish fulfillment recording,” because “it straddles a lot of different vibes at once,” allowing him to go in any direction from playing the song.“Emoji of a Wave” is “about sitting in a feeling.” He continues,”There are two levels to the song. One of them is the beautiful destination I go to whenever I hear it, which is Santa Barbara on a rainy, cold day. The other level is just about this part of life and love that my brain doesn’t understand: wanting to act to resolve a situation but knowing there’s no resolution.”“Roll it on Home” is inspired by The Murray Bar in Livingston, Montana – “that’s the room I’ve always pictured this playing in.” He continues, “It’s like the singer in the jukebox is putting their arm around you, like, ‘You did not get what you wanted tonight. Tomorrow’s another chance.’” H notes, “It’s supposed to be like a worn-in pair of jeans. It reminds me of JJ Cale or Eric Clapton, and those unsung great records like Clapton’s ‘Promises,’ which sounds like it’s performed in a reclining chair, with a cigarette burning in the headstock of the guitar.” Read more about the four new tracks here.Later in the day, he announced 32 new dates in North America. See below for full schedule:John Mayer Tour DatesMarch 31 – Albany, NY @ Times Union CenterApril 1 – Montreal, QC @ Bell CentreApril 3 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada CentreApril 5 – New York, NY @ Madison Square GardenApril 6 – Washington, DC @ Verizon CenterApril 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo CenterApril 9 – Boston, MA @ TD GardenApril 11 – Chicago, IL @ United CenterApril 12 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein CenterApril 14 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint CenterApril 15 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy CenterApril 17 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers PlaceApril 19 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers ArenaApril 21 – Inglewood, CA @ The ForumApril 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile ArenaMAY 3 – Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam, NetherlandsMAY 5 – Jyske Bank Boxen – Herning, DenmarkMAY 7 – Ericcson Globen Arena – Stockholm, SwedenMAY 8 – Oslo Spektrum Arena – Oslo, NorwayMAY 9 – Royal Arena – Copenhagen, DenmarkMAY 12 – The 02 arena, London – London, United KingdomJuly 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta AmphitheaterJuly 19 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi CenterJuly 21 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge AmphitheatreJuly 22 – Portland, OR @ Moda CenterJuly 25 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda CenterJuly 27 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 CenterJuly 29 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline AmphitheatreJuly 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The ForumAugust 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort ArenaAugust 3 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T CenterAugust 5 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines CenterAugust 6 – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell PavilionAugust 8 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone ArenaAugust 9 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King CenterAugust 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood AmphitheatreAugust 12 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T CenterAugust 13 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie ArenaAugust 15 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music PavilionAugust 16 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music ParkAugust 18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T PavilionAugust 19 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts CenterAugust 20 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY TheatreAugust 22 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview AmphitheaterAugust 23 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach TheaterAugust 25 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube LiveAugust 26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music CenterAugust 27 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake AmphitheaterAugust 29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser StageAugust 30 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music CenterSeptember 1 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music TheatreSeptember 2 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino AmphitheatreSeptember 3 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Centerlast_img read more

INTERVIEW: Derek Trucks Talks New Album, 2017 Losses, & The New Generation

first_img[Video: Jar-Jar]SH: And it was against the Titans too! Maybe you can perform the national anthem on guitar for a game this year.Derek Trucks: That would be fun, man. We’ve talked about it. I have to think about the right way to do it. It’s a tough one. I’ve heard so many bad versions on guitar that I’d really have to get my head right for it.SH: What are you most excited about for a tour like this, especially in regards to being on the road with the same bands, the Drive-By Truckers and Marcus King Band, throughout?DT: This is kind of the first time we’ve gone on the road with the Drive-By Truckers. We’ve done a show or two with them years back with the Allmans, but I don’t really know them that well. It’s more being an admirer from afar and just knowing them by reputation and through their songwriting and reading an article or interview here and there and feeling like it’s going to be a good fit. I’m excited for it.We’ve gotten to know Marcus pretty well the last handful of years from playing on his record and sitting in and being a part of shows together. I’ve never really seen his band do its thing, so I’m excited for that. I know how talented he is and what he can do.It’s always nice to get out on the road with groups for a month or so. You really get to see what people are capable of. You see the growth as it goes. I’ve noticed on this tour especially that it’s always brought out the best in each band. You watch one do their thing and they’re just lighting it up and everyone in the band goes, “Oh, shit. We better serve it up tonight.”It just puts a fire under all the other bands. I feel like our band has the ability to do that, too. It brings the best out in everybody. It’s never a competitive thing. You just do what you do. It does add a little edge to the thing and it makes you want to pull out more tunes and just do your thing. This tour we always look forward to for that reason. I feel like it brings out different parts of what the band can do.SH: These days you’re NOT the young talented guy looking up to everyone else, is it strange for you to see someone else on the road, in this case Marcus King, in that spot you were once in? DT: It totally is. It’s a strange thing. For the longest time, I was always the youngest guy in the room and the youngest guy in the band by a decade. Then all of a sudden, you’re like, “Oh, that’s done. That’s not the case. You have kids that are almost their age now.” Yeah, it’s a different feel. This band was the first time I was ever in a band with somebody younger than me.That was the first time it dawned on me that I wasn’t a child anymore. But yeah, having Marcus out, there’s definitely, there’s some of that. It’s I think the same feeling I had when I was his age is you find people you connect with. For me, it was people like Jimmy Herring and Doyle Bramhall and a few other people where you’re just instant friends.You feel like you grew up together and you’re contemporaries. I feel like with Marcus, he’s probably of that mindset, too. You can still respect somebody who’s playing and look up to them and admire them. You don’t feel like you’re worlds apart. At a certain point, you’re all just in it trying to make it happen. I feel like that’s where we are and I know that’s where he is.SH: Are there any other younger players besides Marcus King you admire or would like to be a help to? Or already enjoy helping out?DT: There’s guys that I certainly admire. There’s that guy Blake Mills who I met through Eric at the Crossroads. Not that he needs my helping out. He’s a full-on producer and crushing shit out there. I think he lives on the West Coast. He’s a really interesting player, just the way he hears things, and he’s an amazing producer. I feel like he’s a bit younger. I met him when he was even younger. He’s great.I just got a chance to play with Taz for the first time when we were in Atlanta. That was a good hang. I’ve known him for a long time, but that’s the first time he ever sat in with us. I feel like with him, especially through the Colonel, we’re forever connected. We’re all part of the same alumni at this point. That was fun. I look forward to seeing what he ends up doing.Tedeschi Trucks Band With Taz – “Statesboro Blues” – SweetWater420 Festival 2018 Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul tour kicked off over the weekend in Jacksonville, Florida—hometown of band leaders Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. 2017 had its share of lows for Derek Trucks personally and professionally: The passing of Gregg Allman, the passing of Derek’s uncle and Allman Brothers bandmate Butch Trucks, and the passing of Colonel Bruce Hampton, a guiding light, musically and spiritually, to Derek and several of Tedeschi Trucks Band members. Bandmate of nearly 20 years, Kofi Burbridge, had a serious health scare. Kofi has since made a recovery, rejoined touring with the band, and is making key contributions to the band’s upcoming album.However, 2017 also had its share of high points as well. Last year, TTB gave birth to a psychedelic free-jazz side project: Whose Hat Is This? featuring TTB drummers Tyler ‘Falcon’ Greenwell and JJ Johnson, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and saxophonist Kebbi Williams. Tedeschi Trucks Band had a successful summer tour; epic stands at legendary venues such as Red Rocks, The Ryman, and six nights at the Beacon Theatre, culminating with a legendary sit-in from Phish’s Trey Anastasio.TTB has wasted no time in 2018 with a run at the Chicago Theater in January featuring some of the band’s best playing yet and a full spring tour. All the while, Derek has been overseeing the creation of the band’s forthcoming album. I had a chance to speak with Derek Trucks about the band, the Wheels of Soul tour, the album, honoring the memories of loved ones, and more.Scott Horowitz: First things first. How’s the new album coming along? How far into the process are you?Derek Trucks: We’ve been writing and working towards this record for probably close to a year now. In between tours, you try to get a few days here and there just to throw down ideas and write, and then you work towards it. Some of the tunes we started playing live—”Shame” and “All the World” and there’s a few others that we’ve tried—you want to save most of the tunes because once everyone’s heard it, if you release a record, nothing feels new. I think the band’s chomping at the bit to hit them, but we’ll save it ’til the release.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Shame” – Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ – 2/13/2018[Video:  Sean Roche]SH: Are you working with a producer on this one?Derek Trucks: We brought in Jim Scott, who worked on the first few records with us. This is the first one we’ve recorded everything to 24-track two-inch tape. We’re just going about it a little differently. It feels pretty amazing. The sounds feel right. It feels warm, and it’s a slower process, but it certainly feels like the right way to go.SH: Where have the songwriting contributions for the album come from?DT: It’s all in the band. Mike had a few tunes, and Susan had a few tunes. Some of them were songs that Kofi or the band came up with in rehearsal or sound check. Me and Doyle wrote a few tunes together. Oh, and Oliver Wood. He came down for a day and me, Sue, and Oliver wrote one tune. There’s probably 16 or so tunes that we wrote and recorded, and we’ll probably trim it down to a dozen or so that will end up making the record.We just had Kofi down the last two days, and he wrote these amazing string charts. We had a string quartet from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra come over yesterday, and we recorded them. That was pretty special getting to see Kofi out there with his conductor’s hat on. Oh man, it was so good. He has such amazing ears, and he has the knowledge and the ability to articulate exactly what he wants to hear. It was a cello and a viola and two violins. They sounded just amazing.It was great to hear ideas that he had come up with on a program on his laptop with these shitty string sounds. Then you hear it right, and it’s a pretty beautiful thing. You could feel it. It was a proud moment for Kofi. He was out there in his element, and it’s not something you get to do very often. It was a special day. It was. There were a lot of smiles in the studio.SH: Its rare for a band of four or five people to stay together for more than several years. Tedeschi Trucks Band has 12 members, the roster has stayed consistent for several years, and the majority core of the group has been the same from the very start. How does that happen, and how do you keep the momentum going? DT: It has to be a personality fit, first of all. You got to be able to survive and function in tight quarters with a lot of people. With a band this big, it has to be a selfless thing. Everyone has to step back at times. And a lot of it is just chemistry. Everyone’s lives, you’re dealing with different things. Some people are in their twenties, and they can just float around and do whatever they want. There are other people in the band that have children—teenage children or young children. Being on the road as much as we are, it can be stressful.With any group, at least a group that’s on the up, you’re constantly trying to figure out what’s going to make it better musically and what’s going to make it feel better. We’ve spent a lot of our time together, and you want to really enjoy it. You want to show up to work and see people that want to be there. You do everything you can to make that happen. We’ve been incredibly fortunate. To have a group this big and even to have the small amount of turnover that we’ve had has been pretty amazing; that it’s been as steady as it has. The group now is a pretty amazing place.SH: And how about the band within your band: ‘Whose Hat Is This’?DT: Oh, yeah. That’s fun! When we were in Berlin, they had a gig on one of the off days. Me and Susan went and saw them. I’ve been down to the 55 Bar in New York City when we do the Beacon Run to see them. It’s a great outlet for those guys. Any time you get full Kebbi, it’s a good day. I’m always happy to see him do his thing. When you get Kebbi in his element, there’s nothing quite like it.SH: The Wheels of Soul tour is kicking off in Jacksonville Florida at the Daily’s Place Amphitheater, as it did last year and was the venue’s first concert. Though that must have been exciting opening up a hometown venue, it was also the day Gregg Allman passed away. What was that day like for you and what’s bringing you back to the venue?DT: When we did Daily’s last year for the first time, I didn’t really know what to think. I mean, the idea of a theater connected to a football stadium. I’m a Jaguars season ticket holder, I love it down there, but it didn’t fully make sense to me. It was such a good show and such a good audience. But yeah, it was a tough day. When we found out Gregg passed, there were mixed emotions, but it was a pretty magical gig. It sounded really good in there. You never know until you set up and play how a room’s going to sound. It felt really good. We had such a good feeling there last year, we thought it’d be a good place to kick off the run this year and maybe turn that into a tradition. We’ll see.SH: I’m a Jaguars season ticket holder too, so I have to ask: are the Jags winning the Super Bowl this year or what?DT: Man, I got my fingers crossed and a small wager placed on it.SH: Maybe Susan can help? The Jaguars are 2-0 when she sings the national anthem DT: I know. She has a good track record. 2 and 0 here. One of the games that she sang for, it was the only home win of the season. That was heavy lifting that time.Susan Tedeschi Sings “The National Anthem” [Video:]SH: What did you learn from those you leaned on when you were younger that you’ll be sure to pass down to the next generation? Do you go out of your way to dispense wisdom, or do you just make yourself available in case someone wants to reach out?Derek Trucks: It’s a little bit of both. With someone like Jimmy Herring, he felt like a sibling, even when I was a kid, but in the best sense. There were certain things that I learned from him, just straight musical things. He’s a great teacher. Any questions you had musically, he would answer without it ever feeling condescending. He was always wide open and still, Jimmy’s just a wealth of knowledge and a total badass.I think, for me, it was Colonel. He was the teacher. He was to everybody in a lot of ways. When I see someone like Marcus or I see Taz, he’s the one I always think about—the lessons that I learned from the Colonel when I did and just about making sure your head’s on right and you’re listening to the right stuff. Your intention is right, always asking why are you doing it. Why are you making music? What are you trying to convey to people? Just making sure you keep things in check.I think what would the Colonel’s one-liner be, or what would his general sense of things be? In a lot of ways, he’s the musical moral compass for a lot of us in this band. Certainly, I know Falcon from playing with him for years and Susan and me. The Colonel is very much our compass and is pointed at a true Hampton. North is H.SH: When you’re thinking about Colonel Bruce and missing him or other recently departed loved ones like Butch Trucks or Gregg Allman, what are ways you feel best honors your memories of them? DT: I think the most direct way is the way you play and the way you protect the integrity of what you try to do. When I think about Butch at his best, I think about him on the drum kit, just giving it every ounce that he had. To me, that’s him at his best. Just wide open, totally tapped into the thing and just giving it. He would just as soon drop on stage. That’s the feeling I always got from him.Gregg just had that thing, man. He was a part of this Southern gothic story. He kind of was the keeper of the mojo in a way. When he went, it was kind of the last chapter in a lot of ways. He was such a gentleman. He was a quintessential rock star in a lot of ways, and there’s thousands of stories about him, but I think about the way he was with my kids on the tour bus when they were young, and the way he always was around my wife or the way he was around my mom. He was always such a gentleman.The Colonel’s thing is more all-encompassing, where you just think about certain things with a certain kind of depth. It’s uncompromising. I’ve known him so long, and he was such a part of the family that when I think of him, it’s his presence and just his humanity. When I think of him, that’s the feeling I always get where you just miss him. There’s the outlandish stuff certainly, when you first meet him or when you’re around him, the things that just kind of blow your head open. There’s tons of those, but it’s really all the stuff underneath that that I really think about all the time.Those are the things that when I think about those guys, you try to implement those things. You try to carry those parts of them, the best of who they were. You try to keep that stuff intact. When you do, if you do play their music, you try to do it with the right amount of gravity. You want to make sure that you mean it and you’re not doing it because the crowd wants to hear it. You just never want it to be cheap. I feel like anytime you touch certain things, there needs to be some reverence. It always needs to have that whiff of sacred, and I don’t want to ever overdo it. I feel like that gets done more often than it should a lot of times. But, yeah, it’s an ongoing thing, it’s not a picture you can put on your amp or something. You got to mean it. It’s a practice.SH: I’ve heard you mention before that one of the more important things Colonel Bruce turned you onto was the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti. What is it about Krishnamurti’s teachings you value so much, and what is the common ground between him and someone like the Colonel? DT: I think the thing that originally struck me about Krishnamurti, and still does when I jump back into it, is he never lets you off the hook. There’s never this thing you can do and then you’re just fine, you go about your business. You have to constantly be on it, and you have to constantly be present and in the moment. You have to constantly reinvent yourself. You can’t get hung up on whatever it is, status or any part of it.I feel like his thing was just setting fire to all the dogmas, and everything that a lot of people end up basing their life on. I feel like with almost any religion, any great music, there’s this seed that gets you into it. There’s these moments that you have, these great epiphanies, and it’s really pure in the beginning. And then you just hang your hat on the fact that that’s there. You get further and further away from the whole point, you don’t realize the piece of shit that you turned into.I feel like with Krishnamurti and with the Colonel and those people of that mindset, you’re never realized. You always have to do it. You’re not a good guy and then you’re always good. You have to work at it. I appreciate that sentiment. You got to get up every day and you got to make it happen every day. You have to re-tap in.With a band, you have to think about that all the time. There’s times where this band gets to a place where you know it’s really good, but you can’t just assume that it’s going to remain that way. You have to change it up. You got to shake it up. You got to do things here and there. It’s constant work. You have to remind yourself that doesn’t stop. If it did, well, you can tell when that happens. You can feel when people throw in the towel.SH: Shifting gears a bit, last year, Trey Anastasio sat in with TTB at the beacon. How did that come about, and what prompted choosing a mammoth tune like “Mountain Jam” for the occasion?DT: He’s always been great to be around and just a super, super humble guy. I remember when he sat in with the Allman Brothers, it was a good hang. When we talked about having him come and sit in at the Beacon with us, I think we had the notion of doing “Mountain Jam” early on. I was just waiting to pick out the right time to do it. He seemed into the idea. Knowing his pedigree and what he does and knowing he had just gone through the Grateful Dead ringer and all that stuff, it felt like it’d be the right guy to step in and do it. I knew he’d give it a hard listen and give it the respect it deserved.It was fun. We rehearsed maybe parts of it at sound check and just let it fly. That was a pretty special show and definitely that moment was great. We thought about breaking it back out again, but I feel like that’s one you got to pick and choose. Like we were talking earlier, you got to be ready for it and you got to mean it. He certainly showed up.Tedeschi Trucks Band With Trey Anastasio – “Mountain Jam”center_img [Video: TTBFromTheRoad]SH: Finally, what music have you been listening to and loving lately? Derek Trucks: I think the last six months, we’ve been so far down the making-a-record rabbit hole that I’ve been listening to that pretty exclusively. When I do step away from it, it’s been a lot of classical music just for a change of pace in melody and sound. There’s some pretty amazing stuff. Any of the Mahler Symphonies, especially 4 and 5 are great. I’ve been listening to a lot of the masses. There’s a Schubert mass that’s just beautiful.Really, any of the great composers, they usually wrote a few masses. For some reason, that’s some of my favorite stuff. I guess it’s a little more languid. It’s religious—those guys were trying to stay employed—but they were just writing great melodies. Some of that stuff is amazing, man. That’s what I’ve been listening to the last handful of months when I have to step away from this. They’re worth checking out for sure.last_img read more

When should you consider buying organic?

first_img Read Full Story When buying vegetables and fruits, it can be challenging to know when it’s worth spending more for organic products over conventionally produced options that generally have more chemicals. Scientists have linked pesticides in foods to fertility issues and other adverse health effects.A helpful tool for identifying products likely to have more pesticide residues is the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) annual list of produce ranked by the number of pesticides in them, called the Dirty Dozen. The group also provides a list called the Clean Fifteen. The lists are based on thousands of produce samples collected by the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Strawberries ranked among the worst on the Dirty Dozen list. More than 98 percent of strawberry samples had pesticide residue and a single sample had 20 pesticides. Spinach ranked second, having double as much pesticide residue by weight on average than other crops.A Jan. 25, 2018 Men’s Health article discussed these issues, giving advice on how to navigate the supermarket to avoid some of these exposures in the produce aisle.  In the article, Gary Adamkiewicz, assistant professor of environmental health and exposure disparities at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, provided some framing on these issues, but brought the discussion back to the bigger picture.  “Organic agriculture makes a lot of sense for the environment and for health. This extends to livestock-derived foods, even though we don’t have a lot of studies that show differences in chemical residues between organic and conventional milk specifically,” he said, adding that he personally buys organic milk.Read the Men’s Health article: 17 Foods You Should Always Buy OrganicLearn moreTalking sustainability with Dr. Gary Adamkiewicz (Part 2) (Harvard Chan School’s The Nutrition Source)Health benefits of organic food, farming outlined in new report (Harvard Chan School feature)Pesticides in produce linked with reduced fertility in women (Harvard Chan School news)The Future of Food: Feeding the Planet During Climate Change (Harvard Chan School Forum)last_img read more

Real-World Impact of Smart Surveillance to be Revealed at ISC West

first_imgIntelligent, integrated surveillance is helping provide the security vital for a safer, smarter world, — and you can experience it live at the International Security Conference & Exposition on April 10-12, 2019. With more than 200 billion connected devices forecasted to be in existence by 2020,[1]l it’s no surprise to find that security, surveillance, and IoT solutions are evolving at a pace faster than the ability of most businesses to adapt. Whether due to rapid technological advancements, overly complex and inefficient systems, changing regulatory requirements, or government initiatives, it’s far too easy for organizations to be left behind. The result—failed or faulty surveillance—not only compromises the company or organization’s security investments but also threatens to jeopardize the safety and security of those they’ve committed to protect.We’re excited about the momentum Dell Technologies is making to solve these real-world challenges for our surveillance customers aligned with our robust partner ecosystem. Just in the past year, we’ve more than doubled our investments in this critical industry as we work toward our vision to create a safer and smarter world from the edge to the data center to multi-cloud.At ISC West, we’ll be showcasing our edge-core-cloud-enabled surveillance solutions at Booth #17115, including technical demonstrations and theater presentations on our new IoT Solution for Surveillance and IoT Connected Bundles. Built on the world’s leading cloud infrastructure, Dell Technologies designed the IoT Solution for Surveillance to transform and simplify how surveillance technology is delivered to help businesses improve security, better protect their people, and more quickly realize value from their investments. It’s an engineered, pre-integrated solution that combines validated workloads, hardware (cameras, sensors, etc.), and machine intelligence in a single, cohesive system.Why do we believe so firmly in this foundation-to-roof approach? As Carrie MacGillivray from IDC pointed out, “Organizations are looking to integrated IoT solutions that bring together the storage, security, network, and management and orchestration. Companies need to find a partner that understands these requirements and can help provide the piece parts to build out a holistic solution. Dell Technologies’ holistic portfolio of key IoT solutions and go-to-market options make them a solid partner for your IoT journey.”Difficulties with system integration, poor performance, and an inability to leverage back end analytics are resulting in failed surveillance implementations for many—not to mention, the underlying technology, from sensors to AI, continues to evolve at a blistering pace. Our goal is to create new solutions that not only simplify these complex environments, but also tailor the entire infrastructure to each business, readying it for what’s to come while reducing risk and improving efficiencies.From cameras and computers to storage, servers, and the cloud—Dell Technologies has partnered with top names in technology, security, surveillance, software, and hardware to create the number one name in surveillance and IoT solutions, and the most integral and complete end-to-end infrastructure leveraging orchestration, automation, and virtualization.Our commitment to this standard of essential infrastructure encapsulates every part of the implementation, including continuous support from the industry’s only full-time validation labs with locations across all major regions of the globe. This reach means that we are uniquely positioned, more so than any other company in the industry, to be more responsive to customer opportunities and partner support while scaling validations. These facilities are entirely focused on supporting, testing, validating, and documenting deployment of surveillance systems that reduce and minimize customer risk and liability, while increasing efficiency and performance at every step.Our goal is to develop safety and security solutions that transform the industry by bridging security, IoT, and IT to help businesses and organizations around the world scale into the future. Here is an example of an organization that is actively leveraging our essential infrastructure:“At the University of Southern Mississippi’s National Sports Security Laboratory, we are developing trusted practices for IoT and surveillance to support our forward-thinking 2025 initiative,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). “Our goal is to enhance better safety to millions of spectators who attend sports and entertainment events. The new IoT Solution for Surveillance is designed specifically to reduce the complexity of building, scaling, and managing these complex venues. We are excited to have the opportunity to test several case studies that might prove to be game changers for security in the future”No matter where you are in your surveillance strategy, we look forward to seeing you at ISC West, Booth #17115, April 10-12, 2019, where you can learn more about our surveillance solutions to help create a safer and smarter world.For more information, visit:[1] read more