Just in time for the New Years runs that are kicking off around the country, Ryan Stasik of Umphrey’s McGee and his team (consisting of Jody Litvack, Adam Feiner, and Matt and Danielle Hungerford) have officially launched their own fantasy setlist app. The app, Jamble, combines the mechanics of fantasy football with the shows of some of our favorite artists and is sure to create a perfect storm for passionate fans to celebrate jam bands, show off their band knowledge, and maybe indulge in a little pre-show competitive smack talk.Currently allowing players to craft their setlists for the upcoming NYE runs for Phish, Umphrey’s McGee, the String Cheese Incident, the Disco Biscuits, and STS9, the app lets players select their song choices for a given show while being provided stats about previous setlists and song probabilities. Once drafted, players can compete in private leagues against friends or in open leagues against other users, with users being ranked on leaderboards as shows go live.You can check out the app for yourself here, and start meticulously crafting your own fantasy setlists for the next few nights after creating a profile of your own.
In recognition of his historic gift to Harvard College, the School officially renamed its Financial Aid Office in honor of Ken Griffin ’89 on Thursday. This past February, Griffin made a gift of $150 million to the University, principally supporting need-based financial aid for undergraduates.University leaders, friends, alumni, and students gathered at 86 Brattle St. — outside the office now bearing Griffin’s name — to thank him and recognize the impact this gift will have for generations to come.“Ken Griffin’s extraordinarily generous gift will transform the lives of so many students at Harvard College,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “It will help underpin our long-standing commitment to making a Harvard College education affordable for any student, regardless of their financial means.”In 2004, Harvard established a program known as the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI) to bolster its existing financial aid offerings. HFAI helped ensure that a Harvard education was within reach of every admitted student by eliminating parental contributions for those whose household income was below a certain level (now at $65,000) and has been expanded in recent years. Currently, 60 percent of students receive some form of financial aid directly from the College and all undergraduates have the ability to graduate debt-free.“Simply put, my Harvard experience changed my life,” said Griffin. “My hope is that with this gift we will make it possible for the best and brightest in our nation and in our world to have the same experience that I had here.”Griffin is the founder and CEO of Citadel, a global financial institution that he started one year after graduating from Harvard. It now manages more than $24 billion in investment capital.In addition to the 200 Griffin Scholars his gift will support, the Griffin Leadership Challenge for Financial Aid will also contribute 25 percent of the cost of up to 600 additional undergraduate scholarships. The goal of the Leadership Challenge is to encourage others to support financial aid and stabilize the long-term fiscal requirements of Harvard’s leading financial aid program.Sally Donahue, the Griffin Director of Financial Aid, explained, “It is remarkable that our Admissions Committee is able to consider candidates based exclusively on their merits and achievement, without regard for their ability to pay college costs. In this way we are able to admit the best and brightest students from across the globe, and make it possible for them to come to Harvard with their financial need fully met. This is only possible because of the generosity of our donors and the commitment on the part of Dean [Michael D.] Smith and President Faust.”Griffin is a longtime supporter of financial aid at Harvard College. In fact, he made his first donation to the School the year after he graduated, and he has consistently supported efforts at the University ever since. In 1999, he established the Wayne R. Gratz Scholarship at the College in honor of his grandfather.“Attracting the best and brightest students is the foundation of Harvard’s excellence. That foundation is stronger, and will be for generations to come, thanks to Ken’s tremendous generosity,” said Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “I want to thank Ken for his inspirational leadership and for helping make a Harvard education available for any young person with the talent to take advantage of it.”Griffin added that the vision he shares with Faust, Smith, and College Admissions Dean William Fitzsimmons “is to make sure Harvard remains the world’s greatest meritocracy of the mind, open and accessible to the world’s most talented young people — young people who will change this world.”
Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont Troopers’ Association (VTA) President Michael O’Neil announced today that the Administration and the VTA have reached an agreement on a new labor contract, subject to ratification by the VTA membership. The new contract is designed to address problems in recruitment and retention that were highlighted by a study conducted by the parties last year. That study concluded the starting pay and pay scale for Troopers were no longer competitive with other law enforcement agencies in Vermont or other states in the Northeast. ‘These positions are critical for the safety of all Vermonters, and we need to be able to recruit the best and the brightest and make sure we retain them,’ Shumlin said. ‘This new Pay Plan should do just that.’ O’Neil agreed, adding, ‘I am happy that the parties were able to address a problem critical to the long term safety and security of Vermonters.’ The Pay Plan takes effect in the second year of a two year contract. In the first year of the contract, there are no across-the-board salary increases, and step increases remain frozen. The physical fitness incentive program and compensation for work-related duties integral to the job that are performed during off duty hours, which had been given up in the previous contract, have been reinstated in the first year. In the second year of the contract, in addition to the implementation of the new Pay Plan, step increases will resume and holiday benefits given up in the previous contract will be reinstated, with the lone exception of Columbus Day. The troopers also recently accepted an increase in their pension contribution to be deducted from their paychecks of 1.3 percent to help the solvency of their pension fund and reduce the amount contributed by the state.Source: Governor’s office. 5.5.2011
US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has won House and Senate negotiators’ approval of a 20-year extension of a pilot program in Vermont to move heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the state’s Interstate highways. It bill still needs full congressionial approval and the president’s signature. Leahy said, “This is a hard-won victory for Vermont’s towns and rural communities. No one thinks that overweight trucks should rumble through our historic villages and downtowns on two-lane roads, putting people and our state’s failing transportation infrastructure at risk. This extension will shift heavy trucks from overburdened state secondary roads, which wind through many downtowns across our state, to the state’s Interstate highways for decades to come. This will especially help Vermont businesses and communities that are struggling most from the large number of state and local roads heavily damaged by Irene.’ Current federal law restricts trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds from regularly using the nation’s Interstate highway system. But portions of the Interstate network in neighboring states allow higher-weight trucks to operate on those Interstates due to special circumstances, from tolling to grandfather clauses. Prior to Leahy securing the initial pilot program in 2009, these exceptions, combined with a state law that allows trucks over 80,000 pounds to operate on Vermont’s secondary roadways, have resulted in overweight truck traffic traveling through Vermont on some of the state’s smaller roadways, creating safety concerns and putting pressure on the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. Leahy said he hopes the extension will help transportation officials better understand whether or not the new option is helping to ease truck traffic in commercial and residential areas like Derby Line, where heavy trucks from Canada are forced to exit from Interstate 91 to take U.S. Route 5 South through Vermont. Leahy said he has heard similar stories of overweight truck traffic taking state routes along the Interstate from several communities, including in Burlington along U.S. Routes 2 and 7, in Brattleboro along U.S. Route 5, and in St. Johnsbury along U.S. Routes 2 and 5. Leahy and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) have been working with state and municipal officials across Vermont to find a solution to the problem of excessive numbers of overweight trucks rumbling through downtowns and villages. Sanders and Welch support the Leahy provision. WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Nov. 11, 2011) Leahy’s provisions for Vermont — and similar provisions for Maine, advocated by Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine — have now been agreed to by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ negotiators on the transportation budget bill. Leahy had included his provision in the annual transportation funding bill passed earlier by the Senate. The counterpart House bill did not have truck waiver provisions. Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its transportation subcommittee. The final bill is expected to gain final Senate and House approval next week, then it will go to the President to be signed into law. The final compromise extends Leahy’s Vermont waiver and the Maine waiver for 20 years. The earlier Senate bill would have made the changes permanent.
International Energy Agency Acknowledges Momentum in Wind and Solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:Renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar are likely to grab a bigger share of the market in the coming decades, generating more electricity than coal by 2040.That’s the conclusion of the International Energy Agency’s annual look into supply and demand, according to a report released on Tuesday in Paris. It estimates renewables will reap about two-thirds of $11.3 trillion in investment likely to flow to power plants over the period.The findings show cleaner forms of energy will increasingly become one of the cheapest ways nations can add electricity generators as the cost of wind and solar farms continues to plunge. The scale of the additional capacity is about the same as adding another China and India to the system today and will leave renewables supplying a quarter of the world’s of global generation by the end of the organization’s forecast horizon.“We have been seeing tremendous reductions for solar, for wind, for batteries,” said Laura Cozzi, deputy head of energy economics at the IEA. “That’s what’s going to keep happening more and more going forward. We are seeing growing electrification happening throughout the energy sector.”Electricity drew more investment than fossil fuel supply last year for the first time, marking a pivot to a future with more industry and buildings running on power instead of fuels. This trend is expected to accelerate to 40 percent of the growth in the final consumption of energy to 2040. That’s similar to the role that oil has played in the energy system over the past 25 years, the IEA said.
The implementation of the project Tourism Sector and the Role of Social Dialogue was successfully completed, which aimed to increase the efficiency, sustainability of results and continuity of social dialogue in Croatia, and improve the quality of social dialogue by developing and strengthening administrative and professional capacities of social partners internationally, nationally, regionally. local and sectoral level. The project Tourism Sector and the Role of Social Dialogue was funded by the European Union with funds from the European Social Fund (ESF), Operational Program Effective Human Resources for the period 2014-2020, Strengthening social dialogue – phase III. In order to increase the efficiency of human resources in partner organizations, 18 educational workshops were held over 7 months to learn about social dialogue in Croatia and Europe, and representatives of partner organizations were awarded certificates after the training. As part of the conducted trainings, in-depth analyzes of the current positions of the sector in relation to industrial relations, destination management and collective bargaining were performed, and based on them, proposals for future activities and actions were determined. The idea of the project, which brought together the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services and a leading association in tourism, came from listening to the need of the profession for unified communication standards with the intention of encouraging and strengthening the voice of social partners and employers and the profession. together they could offer proposed solutions for selected sectoral policies. As part of the last project activity – public social dialogue with representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Employment Service, the Institute for Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board – three studies from the project were presented: industrial relations, tourist destination and the role of negotiating skills for social dialogue. condition analyzes spawned and defined space for action. “At the same time, this project brought us closer and identified common interests and needs that we will tackle together in the upcoming, apparently, challenging period for Croatian tourism. “, Concluded Ivana Maltar, director of UHPA. Referring to the activities of ECTAA in the context of dynamic business conditions of travel agencies, Russe stressed the importance of coordinated action of stakeholders who share common goals, while welcoming the initiative of Croatian associations and unions on this project. Social dialogue as the foundation of European social policy helps to create decent working conditions, improve labor legislation and develop social partnership as a tool to achieve common goals such as job creation, better living standards and economic growth. Also, as part of a study trip to Brussels, the project partners met with representatives of leading EU associations in tourism and participated in a round table with the aim of establishing a single communication platform between national and European stakeholders. Representatives of EYCA (European Youth Card Association), EFCO & HPA (European Federation of Campingsite Organizations and Holiday Park Associations) and ECTAA (European Travel Agents ‘and Tour) gathered at the Brussels headquarters of the umbrella hoteliers’ association – HOTREC. Operators Association). At the invitation of UHPA, the workshop was also attended on behalf of ECTAA by the Deputy Secretary General of ECTAA, Ms. Christina Russe. Project “Tourism sector and the role of social dialogue” in which the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) participated as one of the partners began implementation in October 2018. with the intention of educating the social partners in the tourism sector for social dialogue. “The Tourism Sector and the Role of Social Dialogue project not only met but also exceeded our expectations. In addition to the successful implementation of all project activities we have set ourselves to improve the quality of social dialogue in Croatia, a unique communication platform has been established that will contribute to quality and, I believe, long-term cooperation with our partners, leading tourism associations and the Croatian Tourism and Services Union. pointed out Ivana Maltar, director of UHPA. As part of the project, a round table was held with representatives of the public sector, in which representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, the Croatian Employment Service and the Institute of Tourism also participated. Participants welcomed the initiative of associations and the need to open key issues of common interest to the sector and stressed the importance of the tourism sector for the entire economy. The project leader was the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services (STUH), which brought together leading associations in the tourism sector: the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA), the Croatian Hotel Entrepreneurs Association (UPUHH), the Croatian Camping Association (KUH), the Croatian Holiday and hostel association (HFHS) and the National Association of Family and Small Hotels (OMH). Tourism sector and the role of social dialogue The value of the project was 1,4 million kuna, and it was financed through a grant from the European Social Fund, within the program “Effective Human Resources 2014-2020.”
SERENA Williams underlined why she is the Australian Open favourite with a rapid first-round win, while world number one Ashleigh Barty overcame a scare to reach the second round.Williams, chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0 6-3 in just 58 minutes.Australia’s Barty recovered from a poor start against world number 120 Lesia Tsurenko to win 5-7 6-1 6-1.Defending champion Naomi Osaka also advanced on the opening day.Third seed Osaka started slowly against Marie Bouzkova, before winning 6-2 6-4.While Williams claimed a convincing victory over her Russian opponent, there was an even faster win for seventh seed Petra Kvitova, the 2019 runner-up, demolished fellow Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-1 6-0 in 51 minutes.Former champion Caroline Wozniacki got her final tournament before retirement off to a good start with a 6-1 6-3 victory over American Kristie Ahn.However, 2017 US Open champion and 24th seed Sloane Stephens was beaten by China’s Zhang Shuai.The American served for the match in the second set but then lost seven games in a row as she fell to a 2-6 7-5 6-2 defeat.Britain’s Johanna Konta was due to play on the first day but her match was one of 32 rescheduled for Tuesday because of rain.Top seed Barty won the Adelaide International on Sunday but struggled for rhythm in a patchy match.Ukrainian Tsurenko, who reached the 2018 US Open quarter-finals, was playing just her second match after injuring her elbow but initially held firm against an error-strewn Barty.Barty was broken in the opening game of the match, silencing the packed Rod Laver Arena, and Tsurenko ultimately served out the set after Barty sent an easy forehand long.The Australian made 19 unforced errors in the opening set but was able to take advantage of a fading Tsurenko, whose served crumbled as the match progressed.The 23-year-old won 14 of the final 16 games to close out the match and will play either Polona Hercog or Rebecca Peterson next.Barty, who claimed her first Grand Slam singles title in Paris last year, said: “It’s all good. This is the moment I’ve been looking forward to the most throughout the off season.”The tournament started as scheduled on Monday after air quality improved in Melbourne, although matches were later postponed because of heavy rain.Last week’s qualifying event had been disrupted by delays because of the air pollution caused by widespread bushfires.Williams, who had a pulmonary embolism after giving birth in 2017, said she had been concerned about what conditions might be like during her match.“That is still a concern for pretty much everyone. Every day all the players and the tournament make sure that all the players are updated on what the play conditions would be like,” said the American.“It’s literally every day, we are just waiting every day to see how the air quality would be. Today, it seemed normal. Yeah, it seemed pretty good.”Eighth seed Williams, who won her first WTA title in three years in the run-up to the opening Grand Slam of the year, will play Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek next.The 38-year-old was made to work harder in the second set by 18-year-old Potapova, who broke in the third game of the second set after a double-fault by Williams.But Williams immediately broke back and pulled away to victory.(BBC Sports
With the news of Doug Marrone accepting an offer to coach the Buffalo Bills breaking in the early morning hours on Sunday, it was through social media that many of the current and former Syracuse players became aware of the situation.Marrone has agreed to a deal in principle to become the next head coach of the Bills, as first reported by ESPN. It means he will leave Syracuse after four seasons, two trips to the Pinstripe Bowl and two bowl victories.The Daily Orange reached out to several current and former Syracuse players on Sunday, and here is a compilation of their reactions to the news.Former Syracuse defensive tackle Andrew Lewis, Class of 2011“Sad day in Orange land. I never thought he would leave.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I would hate to lose Coach Shafer. Oh my god. That would be devastating. That’s just a shame because the program is turning around. It seems like once it was on the right track it’s kind of gotten derailed with Marrone leaving.”“When Marrone first talked to us, he was telling us how — I’m frustrated right now if you can’t tell. I’m more frustrated for the guys. In the middle of them enjoying the bowl game celebration and beating a rival, a rival that I know how many times we’ve lost and how many times they’ve crushed us. To turn around not even a week later after your bowl game, you can’t even enjoy it.”Current Syracuse linebacker Cameron Lynch“I was in the bed sleeping and my mom came in the room and told me. I’m happy for his promotion, going up to the next level. But to be honest, I don’t even know what to think. It’s a shock.”“I know he was in the league before. I’m sure he had aspirations to go back to the league. I don’t really know. It’s been kind of strange because after freshman year my linebacker coach got changed.”“Wish him the best of luck. I don’t really know what to think.”Current Syracuse linebacker James Washington, who was unaware of the news before speaking to The Daily Orange“He has to support his family. It’s unfortunate, very unfortunate. I loved him as a coach. It’s going to suck having to adjust.”“I think the seniors will help because that’s basically all it is. You can’t let nothing like that get you down. It’s life. He had to do what he had to do.”Former Syracuse punter Rob Long via text:“I am very happy for coach Marrone and his family. I think he did what was the smart thing for him and landed a tremendous job. I believe Syracuse will be just fine and we cannot dismiss that this program (talent, facilities and awareness) are far better than 4 years ago. This is a much more attractive place for coaches and recruits and it is still a great university. I believe the program with the right hire will continue the upward trend.”Current Syracuse guard Rob Trudo:“I woke up to about 15 different text messages from my teammates saying Coach Marrone is leaving, everything, a bunch of group chats and everything, a lot of things going on through text messages from the team. And just when I woke up at 10:15 this morning I had no idea what was going on.“I’m not technically, like, mad at Coach Marrone for doing what he did. Anytime you get the opportunity to be a head coach for an NFL team, that’s a testament to what you did, especially what he did at Syracuse. And that’s why he was able to get a lot of guys to believe in what he was doing, his philosophy and everything.“We really don’t know what’s going on at this moment as far as who’s going to be leading us out and everything. So right now, especially with not knowing who it is, everybody’s just waiting, just waiting to see what’s happening. I’m sure we’re going to be ready to work hard this offseason, Coach Hicks and all them, to get bigger, stronger and faster for the ACC, and we’re going to be ready to play next year.”Former wide receiver Marcus Sales (Class of 2013):“I just wish Coach Marrone the best of luck.“There was a lot of rumors going around but it definitely surprised me. You got to expect that, when he has the season that he’s had this year and in the past he’s had a lot of success. He’s a great coach. Everybody wants a great coach right now and right now he’s real good at rebuilding programs.“I didn’t really talk to (current players) about it but I talked to Chris Clark one time, I told him you’ve got to work hard and get ready for next season no matter who’s coaching”We will continue to provide updates as the story progresses. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 6, 2013 at 11:51 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13
FIFA coach of the year 2012 Vicente Del Bosque, coach of Spain winners of EURO 2012 and FIFA World Cup 2010 held a press conference at the conclusion of the CAF Symposium for the analysis of 2012 and 2013 Orange CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo. The conference was also attended by Herve Renard, coach of Zambia Champions of 2012 AFCON.Del Bosque praised the development of African football in the few recent years, and said Nigeria; AFCON 2013 Champions could reach the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup semi final next month in Brazil. Nigeria is drawn in Group B besides Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti. The Spain coach said he cannot single a team to be the best in Africa, but he believes Nigeria deserves the title after managing to win the last edition of the Cup of Nations.The symposium guest of honor said big African teams that missed the recent events, namely Egypt should work on younger players and prepare them to be brought into the senior team in order to get back to the continental theatre. Del Bosque refused to advice Egypt’s manager Bob Bradley, saying the later knows better about his team.Del Bosque answered a question regarding his future after leaving Spanish national team mission, saying that he hasn’t decided yet whether he’ll renew his contract with Spain after the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil or not. He confirmed that he will not coach any other team after finishing his career with Spain, saying that he won’t get the Real Madrid manager job back even if he was offered the post.Del Bosque refused to evaluate Real Madrid’s coach Jose Mourinho, saying he is not the place to do that. He said Spanish teams did well in this year’s UEFA Champions League, despite being eliminated in the semi final. On the other hand Herve Renard said he was happy attending the symposium that benefited him a lot with his job. He expressed his pleasure with meeting Del Bosque as the best coach in the world currently. Renard also chose Nigeria as the best African national team now and Al Ahly as the best club in the continent as they are the current CAF Champions League holders. He said he’s committed to his contract with Zambia and will do his best with his team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifications.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Late Friday evening, there is still no telling what this weekend has in store. Of the Sumner County teams which chose to play tonight, only the West Elk-Oxford game was completed.West Elk beat Oxford 68-22.Here is what we have as far as football games.Caldwell at Argonia-Attica has been rescheduled until 5 p.m. Saturday.Conway Springs led Wichita Independent 14-6 at the half. They will resume play at 6 p.m. Saturday.There is no word on South Haven at Flinthills.There is also still no word on the Wellington Cross Country Invitational. But it isn’t looking good!Remember, Wellington is scheduled to play at El Dorado at noon tomorrow at BG Stadium.The box score for the Oxford-West Elk is as follows:Â West Elk Â 14 Â 32 Â 22 Â X Â 68Oxford Â Â Â 8 Â Â 14 Â 0 Â X Â 221st QuarterOxford Vaughn 27 yard TD Run, Silhan PAT.WE Miller 20 yard TD run, Miller PAT.WE Miller 4 yard TD run, PAT Fail.2nd quarterWE Vandergrift 54 yard TD, VAndergrift PAT.Oxford Vaughn 64 yard TD run, PAT Fail.WE Silvy 30 yard TD run, Vandergrift PAT.Oxford Vaughn 79 yard Kickoff return TD, PAT fail.WE Vandergrift 50 yard TD run, Miller PAT.WE Vandergrift 19 yard TD run, Vandergrift PAT.3rd quarterWE Miller to Cannon 60 yard TD pass, PAT Vandergrift.WE Miler 55 yard TD run, PAT Miller.WE Miller 25 yard TD run.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments