first_imgPrimus recently announced a new album The Desaturating Seven, due out September 29th via ATO Records. The new record marks the first since the band’s 2014 Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, the first original material since 2011’s Green Naugahyde, and their ninth LP together. Today, they release their second single, “The Scheme.”“This record hearkens back to our prog roots — Rush, Yes, [King] Crimson, all those things,” bassist and frontman Les Claypool tells Billboard. “It’s a little heavier than the last record, more intricate than anything we’ve done in a while.” Listen to the new track below:The inspiration for The Desaturating Seven comes from a 1978 children’s book, The Rainbow Goblins. The book’s “vibrant and intense and eerie and somewhat creepy” artwork impressed Claypool (while reading it to his children) to the point of making it into music. “I remember being incredibly impressed with the artwork and the storyline and the content and the message, and I thought, ‘Wow, this would make a great piece of music,’” Claypool recently told Rolling Stone. “As I’m getting older, I’m realizing I need to start knocking some of these things off my list. So we did the Willy Wonka soundtrack a couple years back, and this was a project I wanted to do.”He continues, “I would look at the artwork and read the lyrics, and it’s very difficult to sing about goblins and rainbows and not have it come off being a little cornball…So I was tiptoeing the line of not necessarily being literal, but referring to elements of the story and using it more as a metaphor, when I could.”Much like their Primus & The Chocolate Factory tour, Primus will reincarnate the book’s rainbow imagery on their upcoming tour, which will begin October 20 in San Antonio and extend through November 11 in Miami. The show will consist of two sets: the first set will sift through their entire catalog, and the second will play through The Desaturating Seven in its entirety. The album’s vinyl edition will also be produced in “seven-color green splatter format.”Listen to the previously released “The Seven” track below:Primus – The Desaturating Seven Track List1. “The Valley”2. “The Seven”3. “The Trek”4. “The Scheme”5. “The Dream”6. “The Storm”7. “The Ends?”Primus “The Desaturating Seven” Tour DatesOctober 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken GardensOctober 21 – Houston, TX @ White Oak LawnOctober 22 – Austin, TX @ ACL LiveOctober 24 – Nashville, TN @ War MemorialOctober 27 – Albany, NY @ Palace TheaterOctober 29 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol TheaterOctober 31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn SteelNovember 2 – Akron, OH @ Goodyear TheaterNovember 3 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Taft TheaterNovember 4 – Louisville, KY @ Palace TheaterNovember 5 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody TheaterNovember 7 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee TheaterNovember 9 – Atlanta, GA @ TabernacleNovember 10 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock HotelNovember 11 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore MiamiNovember 13 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic TheatreDecember 29, 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wilternlast_img read more


first_imgAs usual, just before kickoff, the Notre Dame marching band played the national anthem at the start of Saturday night’s football game against Florida State. This time, however, as most of the crowd stood with their hands over their hearts, part of the student section refused to rise.Instead, as the marching band began their performance of the national anthem, at least 60 students at the front of the junior student section knelt to show solidarity with victims of police violence and to protest racial profiling of African Americans. ANDREW CAMERON | The Observer At least 60 students kneel during the national anthem at the Notre Dame-Florida State football game Saturday night. The move was intended to signal solidarity with victims of police violence and to protest racial profiling.The organizers of the protest, juniors Mary Katherine Hieatt, Durrell Jackson, Shawn Wu, Nicholas Ottone (Editor’s Note: Nicholas Ottone is a Scene writer for The Observer) and Brian Gatter, claimed to be continuing the movement started by ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked controversy when, beginning in 2016, he sat, and in later games knelt, during the national anthem played before his games.“We’re doing a protest,” Jackson said. “It’s known as the national anthem protest, but we’re not really protesting the national anthem. We’re taking a stand against social injustice and police brutality. The movement was started by Colin Kaepernick.”The idea for the protest began when Wu noticed Jackson and other African-American friends of his sitting during the anthem at an earlier game in the season, Wu said. Taking inspiration from his participation in the ‘Realities of Race’ seminar he took last spring, Wu contacted Jackson. Together with Hieatt and fellow seminar participants Gatter and Ottone, the group decided to gauge interest by making a Facebook event. On the evening of Nov. 4, the five organizers created the private Facebook event “FSU Game Kneeling in Solidarity.”“The decision that this was going to happen was contingent on how much support it had on the Facebook page,” Ottone said. “We realized the effectiveness of any kind of display would really depend on how much of a response we could get. Really, that turning point was Tuesday or Wednesday.”The event description instructed participants to enter the stadium as soon as the gates opened, to fill the front of the junior student section and to kneel, holding hands with neighbors and crossing arms for the duration of the anthem. The description of the event on Facebook included that the goal of the protest was “[t]o visibly kneel in solidarity with victims of systemic racial injustice.”Several of the organizers expressed dissatisfaction with student complacency and unwillingness to make political demonstrations on campus. Wu said part of the effectiveness of the form of the protest was its visibility.“Oftentimes we can have these events that talk about race or diversity, or that challenge them, and oftentimes these events don’t reach people or people don’t go outside of their way to put themselves into these spaces,” Wu said. “I think one of the special things about this protest is that everyone sees it and everyone is going to consider it.”Since Kaepernick’s kneeling began making national headlines in 2016, kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest has been widely criticized, including by former Notre Dame football head coach Lou Holtz, who said kneeling players were “hurting the sport.” Asked how he would respond to criticisms that kneeling showed disrespect for the flag and for the military, Jackson said the protest was in line with American values.“The troops fight for our right to protest, and that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “I respect the troops and everyone here in this stand respects the troops because we know they’re fighting for us. They’re not just fighting for our country to be protected, they’re fighting for our country to be better. It’s the part of the people who are here, who are not risking their lives every day, to fight for what’s better.”Some students in the student section did not see or notice the demonstration, among them senior Matthew Piwko.“I truly didn’t notice at all,” Piwko said. “I wasn’t paying very close attention but it wasn’t very obvious on the whole, even for someone who was looking for it.“I think people can express their opinion any way they want. I don’t necessarily agree with it but it’s their right to kneel if they want to.”Junior Loyal Murphy entered the student section early and stood near the kneeling students but did not participate. He said he saw the demonstration, but did not think it was very noticeable.“When people are thinking about the Florida State game, they’re not thinking about the protest,” he said. “It didn’t make a big impact in my life. I didn’t really care. I was just like ‘Oh cool, well at least if they think they’re doing something, I guess that’s a good thing.’“You could tell it was a section that went down on one knee, but I think it was too small and I don’t feel like it had any true impact to the game or to the issues in general.”Junior Gregory Wall, who participated in the protest, described the demonstration as a success.“I think on such short notice, it was successful, especially being able to convince 80 people to come an hour and 45 minutes early when it’s 35 degrees out and almost snowing and on the last game of the season, when everyone’s tailgating and everyone’s enjoying themselves, to be willing to go out and fight for what you believe in,” he said.Tags: Colin Kaepernick, Kneeling, national anthem, police brutality, protest, racial injusticelast_img read more


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg Businessweek:As President Donald Trump prepares to pay failing coal plants to stay open, several states are hatching plans to gently put them to sleep. One solution gaining steam among lawmakers, environmentalists, and policy experts can be found in an unlikely place: the bond market.For utilities, getting out of the coal business can be costly. They have to pay to dismantle generators, and they don’t want to miss out on future revenue by scrapping still-productive assets early. Plus, coal-plant workers will need to be retrained for other jobs. To pay for all that, states could allow utilities to issue special bonds at low rates. While the plan has yet to be implemented, Colorado, New Mexico, and Missouri are among the states where legislation has been debated.“If there’s a no-cost option available to the state, I think it would be absurd to not do it,” says Jacob Candelaria, a Democratic state senator in New Mexico. Candelaria sponsored a bill that failed to pass and plans to reintroduce it next year. No tax dollars would be spent for such bonds, he says, but the debt would be backed by ratepayers. That means the utility can add a special charge to customers’ bills to cover the payments. The predictable cash flow means the bonds can carry lower rates. For years, coal’s been losing out to cheaper natural gas and cleaner renewables such as wind and solar. Coal-fired facilities accounted for more than half of U.S. electricity from 1949 through 2005, according to the Energy Information Administration. Since then, its share has declined to less than one-third of the U.S. total.Strategies for managing the transition vary. The operators of New England’s power grid have instituted a plan, sometimes called “cash for clunkers,” that includes—as a side effect to making room for new clean energy sources—paying old plants to retire. Trump, who has struggled to fulfill a campaign promise to help the coal industry, announced on June 1 that he was ordering Energy Secretary Rick Perry to stem the tide of closures. The government would establish a “strategic electric generation reserve” and compel grid operators to buy electricity from coal and nuclear plants. The administration says this is to protect national security. Still, many state and local authorities—and even a lot of utilities—see coal-plant shuttering as inevitable. Almost two dozen coal plants, with a combined capacity of more than 16 gigawatts, are scheduled to close in 2018, according to data compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance from the EIA and the Sierra Club. Another 30 gigawatts’ worth of plants are slated to follow suit by the end of 2025.It’s just a question of how the process unwinds. Candelaria estimates his legislation would have allowed utility PNM Resources Inc. to issue bonds that would pay 1 percent to 3 percent, as long as the proceeds were spent on shutting a coal plant. If PNM had to issue bonds on its own to do the same thing, it might have to pay interest of 6 percent to 8 percent, the lawmaker says. The exact rates would depend on a variety of factors, but “we’re talking about real money,” Candelaria says. Ron Darnell, senior vice president of public policy for PNM, calls the strategy “an equitable way to facilitate the transition to newer, cleaner energy resources.”More: Buy Bonds, Kill Coal States turn to bond market to fund decommissioning of coal plantslast_img read more


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Natural gas-fired and renewable generation increased across the U.S. in July while generation from coal continued to fall.According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” released Sept. 24, utility-scale generation net of hydroelectric pumped storage fell 0.4% year over year in July to 411.6 million MWh.Natural gas’s share of July generation was 42.3%, up from 40.5% in July 2018, while coal’s share fell to 24.5% from 27.9%.Renewable output climbed 12.0% year over year to 60.4 million MWh as growth among renewable resources was mixed. Conventional hydro generation saw a 4.6% decline, while generation from solar and other renewables climbed 19% and 27%, respectively.Year-to-date through July, utility-scale generation declined 2.0% to 2.38 billion MWh, with coal supplying 24.0% of the nation’s power and natural gas at a 36.6% share. So far, renewable generation has supplied 18.6% of the nation’s power, compared with 18.2% a year earlier.Over the same period, coal-fired generation declined 13.1% year over year to 571.1 million MWh, while gas-fired generation climbed 5.7% to 871.3 million MWh. Renewable generation declined 0.3% to 442.4 million MWh.More ($): Natural gas, renewables combine for 57% of US generation in July EIA: Coal generated 24% of U.S. electricity through July, renewables at 18.6%last_img read more


first_imgDamascus, Virginia is a well-loved outdoor mecca in southwest Virginia which serves as a popular hub for several trails including the popular 34+mile Virginia Creeper, the Iron Mountain trail, Trans-America National Bicycle Trail, and of course the famous Appalachian Trail which literally lies atop the town’s Main Street.  It has long been regarded as one of the most welcoming communities along the famous footpath and celebrates both the trail and the thousands of annual thru-hikers during its popular Trail Days festival which has been held every May for over 30 years.We attempted to contact Hey Joe’s for comment, but the number that the restaurant lists on Facebook has been disconnected. Hey Joe’s, a restaurant in the Appalachian Trail town of Damascus in southwest Virginia, is reportedly closing its doors after the owner and his brother were caught on film on Monday, October 23 hurling anti-Semitic remarks at a man in the street.“You should get in a f*cking Jewish oven and die like your ancestors,” one of the men can be heard saying on the video.The victim has been identified as Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Craig Johnston.WARNING: The video below contains violence and highly offensive racial slurs. Immediately after the racist remarks are made, the owner, wearing a striped shirt in the video, appears to strike Johnston. The two then turn and walk away, continuing to spout racial insults while threatening more physical harm to the individual filming.“You better be careful when you’re walking around,” one of the men can be heard saying, as they leave the scene.According to a statement from the Damascus Police Department, the two men—Joseph E. Killian and Henry Oscar Killian II—have been arrested and are being held without bond at the Abingdon Regional Jail.Damascus Mayor Jack McCrady posted a statement on his personal Facebook page which can be read in full below.“Seems like our wonderful Town has yet again been placed under the scrutiny of bad press. As with most issues, there is controversy. For those who viewed the hideous anti-Semitic video, nothing can justify the statements, it certainly doesn’t represent our community. The individual assaulted isn’t completely innocent of any wrong doing either. By his own admission, he went there in an attempt to purchase illegal drugs, the transaction soured inside the business and then spilled out into the streets, resulting in the videoed portion of the altercation. The victim didn’t press charges, but instead chose to vent on social media. The Town has pressed charges, and the two men from the business are being held in the regional jail without bond. Nothing can justify the hideous statements made by those involved. This behavior does not represent Damascus or our citizens. The business was due to permanently close at the end of the month, but due to current circumstances is now closed.”McCrady later told the Bristol Herald that the men are not from Damascus originally but moved to the area from Charlotte, North Carolina.“There is no justifying this behavior,” said fellow Damascus business owner, Joe Bridges. “I know that it is not accepted in any way by the town, and the community immediately railed against them and their actions. I’m a Jewish resident of Damascus, and I haven’t experienced any kind of antisemitism since moving here in July of 2015. I also own and operate a bakery/juice bar around the corner from Hey Joe’s.”The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which administers stewardship of the trail along its 2,200-mile path, has issued a statement on Twitter.last_img read more


first_imgThe waters off the Atlantic coast are as much a highway as I-95, with leisure, commercial, and marine life traffic in constant motion up and down the Gulf Stream. Countless animals call this area home, including the extremely endangered North Atlantic right whale. Driven to near extinction before whale hunting was banned in 1935, the whale population slowly fought its way back to roughly 500 around 2010, but increases in ship strikes and entanglements in fishing equipment have started to reverse that trend. To make matters worse, a new threat has emerged in the form of the Navy’s new Undersea Warfare Training Range.For years, litigation swirled around the 500-square-mile area off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, selected in 2009 as the site for the range. In 2010, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) led a suit against the Navy to halt construction, arguing that it was too close to the only known calving and nursing grounds for right whales and did not include adequate safeguards for them as an endangered species. Ultimately, the courts decided the Navy was taking sufficient protective measures, and construction began in October 2014.The NRDC, however, is not convinced. Ship strikes are already a major concern, with four whales dying in U.S. waters this past summer, and sonar could pose an even greater danger. While the range doesn’t directly overlap the critical habitat designated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), studies of sonar and comparable sounds “have shown whales fleeing [up to] 150 miles away,” says Taryn Kiekow Heimer, Senior Policy Analyst with the NRDC. The latest research estimates that whales entangled in fishing equipment may burn as much as 25,000 extra calories per day engaging in normal activities. That alone is often enough to starve a whale to death, without adding the stress and physical exertion of disorientation or fleeing.Sonar is turned off if whales are spotted in the blast range, but unfortunately, “any marine mammal observer—not just Navy—only spots [right whales] about 5% of the time,” says Heimer. They are dark, stay very close to the surface, and have no dorsal fin, she explains, making them “a sitting target for unintentional ship strikes.” Furthermore, the Navy has not adopted the only mitigation measure that Heimer believes would be effective at this point, which is to refrain from running exercises during the critical calving and nursing period, from November to April.Construction of the range isn’t taking place during these months, but training exercises will. The Navy expects the range to be operational in the Fall of 2019, with full-scale training operations beginning Summer 2023. If training exercises led to any strandings or trauma, the Navy would certainly investigate the incident thoroughly, but with the population already so low, Heimer and others worry that even one incident could put the species over the edge.last_img read more


first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Quentin FottrellMany older workers are holding on to their jobs instead of retiring — and that’s causing a logjam in the labor market.After reaching a historic peak in 2000, the labor force participation rate — the sum of workers and those who want to work as a proportion of the working-age population — “drifted gradually downward,” says Patrick O’Keefe, director of economic research at CohnReznick, an accounting and advisory firm. The decline accelerated with the 2008 recession and the rate fell to a 36-year low of 62.8% at the end of 2013 and, he says, “has hovered around that level since.” The rate was at 62.9% in January 2015.There’s been a sharp decline in labor force participation among younger workers (aged 16 to 24) and prime-age working adults (aged 25 to 54), according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, while older workers have been holding on to their jobs. “Coincidentally, a larger share of baby boomers, an exceptionally large cohort, continues to participate at historically high levels,” O’Keefe says. “Fewer Americans have or are seeking jobs and that has long-term implications for the U.S. economy and economic policy.”In the fourth quarter, the labor force participation rate of younger workers was just 55.5% after holding steady at about 66% from 1998 to 2000, and participation by the prime earning group (ages 25 to 54) was unchanged at 80.8% after peaking at 84.4% in early 2000. However, participation among those approaching retirement had slipped only slightly from the mid-2010 post-war record rate of 65.3% to 64.3% in the most recent quarter and was 18.6% for those 65-plus, just shy of a two-year high of 19%. continue reading »last_img read more


first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council yesterday released two statements informing financial institutions on ways they can identify and avoid cyberattacks that compromise user credentials or use malware and how institutions can prepare for and respond to such threats.The FFIEC noted that cyberattacks over the past couple years have often involved the theft of credentials used by customers, employees and third-party vendors seeking to access a business’ systems. It also said cyber criminals can install malware on systems through email attachments and via external devices such as USB drives; or by stealing credentials and placing the malware directly on the systems itself.FFIEC encouraged financial institutions to “securely configure” systems and services and “review, update and test incident response and business continuity plans,” among other things. The council also highlighted various resources with information on how to strengthen user safety regarding online practices. continue reading »last_img read more


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first_imgArsenal set to re-attempt efforts to terminate Mesut Ozil’s contract early ahead of January transfer window View 5 comments Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 1:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link893Shares Arsenal want to get rid of Ozil again (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are set to re-enter discussions with Mesut Ozil in an attempt to terminate the midfielder’s contract ahead of the winter transfer window, according to reports.The German hasn’t played for the Gunners since Marcj and was left out of their Europa League squad for the upcoming campaign.Although boss Mikel Arteta remarked before the new season that every player would ‘start from zero’, Ozil has not featured in any matchday squad so far this term, while fellow outcast Matteo Guendouzi was shipped out on loan to Hertha Berlin. Arteta has taken a no-nonsense approach to managing his squad (Picture: Getty Images)The 31-year-old’s contract isn’t due to expire until June 2021 and he has previously insisted that he plans to stay until the ‘last day’ of his deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to the Daily Mail, over the last two weeks, Arsenal unsuccessfully approached Ozil over ending his contract early.However, they are prepared make another offer to the midfielder in the hopes that they can remove his mammoth £350,000-a-week paycheck from their wage bill in January.The report states that an agreement is unlikely to be reached before the winter window and Ozil is said to want almost all of the remaining £13 million on his contract paid up.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEarlier this week, the playmaker offered to pay the wages of Gunnersaurus, after the club mascot was effectively made redundant as part of staff cuts to deal with the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.Arsenal quickly responded to Ozil’s gesture, with a club spokesman telling ESPN: ‘Gunnersaurus is not extinct and will return to action when fans are allowed back at matches.’MORE: Kevin Campbell explains the two positions Thomas Partey can play at ArsenalMORE: Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf rates Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chancesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more