The New Shovels & Rope Album Is Currently Streaming, And It Totally Rocks [Listen]

first_imgThe daring duo otherwise known Shovels & Rope have molded together in their most recent work Little Seeds. After taking some time off from the road to raise their firstborn child, the husband and wife took their diligence into their own home studio, and have justifiably proven just how rock and roll they really are.This thirteen-track collection touches upon musical dilettantes, killers on the run, Alzheimer’s disease, the 2015 massacre of nine people in a Charleston church, the loss of a dear friend, among other emotionally dark subjects. Keeping with their Americana folk roots, the album also explores rock and roll in a dimension that exceeds previous exhibitions from the Southern duo.Little Seeds is set for an official release on October 7th, but can be streamed exclusively through NPR’s First Listen in the system below:last_img read more

Patent Trolls Stifle Innovation and Business Investment

first_imgIn late 2013, I had the opportunity to testify before the Judiciary Committee of the United States’ House of Representatives about pending legislation focused on improving the country’s patent system. H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, was subsequently passed by the U.S. House but was never voted on by the U.S. Senate. The abusive patent litigation that prompted activity in the U.S. Congress continues to stifle many young businesses and affect overall business growth for companies of every size.EMC has a keen interest in seeing that the U.S. patent system is rational, fair, and evenly balanced. We create many innovations and look to the patent system to protect our intellectual property (IP) and the jobs it creates. We currently have more than 4,000 U.S. patents.In my 20 years in the field of IP law and licensing, I have seen abusive patent litigation sweep the country – diverting billions of dollars from economic growth and innovation to battling frivolous suits filed by patent assertion entities (PAEs) or “patent trolls.”EMC doesn’t settle frivolous patent suitsSince 2005, EMC has been sued by patent trolls over 30 times and we have never been found to have infringed any patents. As a matter of principle we don’t settle frivolous suits, but defending those suits has cost millions and caused business disruption because it requires our employees to shift attention from designing new products and growing the business to sitting in depositions or going to court.For us, a typical PAE suit involves a shell company created solely to file suits. The PAE often sues dozens of companies, including EMC, in separate suits that get consolidated together. This causes each independent company to lose due process rights, and forces it to waste time and money coordinating lawsuits based on unrelated products.Furthermore, patent trolls attempt to pressure us into settling by demanding that thousands of documents and emails be provided pre-trial, most of which are irrelevant to the suit and costly to produce.To get a decision on the merits of a case, we typically have to wait two years, spend millions, and endure massive business disruption. Meanwhile, the PAE has nothing to lose with a steady income stream from defendants who settle along the way. This is often the fate of small and mid-sized companies who do not have the funds or bandwidth to hold their own in the face of this immense pressure.Academics reveal economic impact of PAE activityThe Computer & Communications Industry Association commissioned a study by MIT Professor Catherine Tucker. Upon release of her paper, Professor Tucker said: “Some protection of intellectual property can lead to more innovation. However, more patent litigation does not imply more innovation. In fact, it implies less innovation. My analysis showed that litigation by patent trolls did not foster entrepreneurial investment at all. It is instead associated with significantly reduced venture capital investment in entrepreneurship, preventing startups from developing and suppressing job growth.”Among the economic impacts discovered in Professor Tucker’s research, she found that “frequent patent litigators” (PAEs) led to a loss of at least $8.1 billion in venture capital that would have been otherwise invested in American business enterprises over the course of five years.James E. Bessen, Jennifer Ford & Michael J. Meurer of Boston University School of Law also published a paper concluding that PAEs caused $29 billion in direct costs in 2011 alone. That number does not factor in broader costs, which have been estimated at $80 billion per year.Looking forwardI believe that patent litigation reform is urgently needed. Litigation initiated by PAEs is exacting a major toll on EMC and other productive companies, both large and small. Failure to act on the abuses of the litigation system has resulted in the problem growing worse, with more industries falling prey to the tactics of the PAEs.Legislation designed to reform our patent system will restore accountability and put balance back into the system, thereby alleviating some of the unfair legal tactics that are used against hardworking companies of all sizes that are the life-blood of the economy. Abusive patent litigation is a costly and rapidly-growing problem that is stifling American innovation and job creation each and every day.last_img read more

Oregon looks at ban on using tear gas against crowds

first_imgSALEM, Ore. (AP) — Tear gas, pepper spray and other impact munitions have been deployed by police for months during protests in Portland, Oregon, enveloping neighborhoods and even a school yard. Now, an Oregon lawmaker is seeking to ban the use of the chemical agents in one of the most sweeping police measures in the country regarding crowd control. A legislative subcommittee on equitable policing heard a parade of witnesses this week describe the harm caused by the chemical agents. One woman who suffers from asthma said she couldn’t breathe and felt like she was dying after a crowd was gassed by police.last_img

More transparency in school spending

first_imgThe Jan.21 editorial about state Education Department’s proposed review of the five largest school districts’ budgets to help district administrators and board members allocate state monies more appropriately is interesting.The editorial’s realistic insistence that starting the process this year would be a burden on district staff when they must depend on legislators to pass the budget on time. Another burden on school districts would be to establish a budget proposal to be reviewed by the state and the local voters in accordance with existing voting rights.The necessity to establish new rules and regulations governing state monies seems to be based on several years of state attorney general investigations and state comptroller’s audit findings of various school districts. One attorney general’s investigation discovered food management services provider Compass Group USA, Inc. improperly overcharged 39 New York schools and school districts statewide.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The comptroller office’s audit findings indicate administrative policies and procedures of many school districts allow fraudulent contracts and the misuse of their unrestricted funds.I think it is important to protect education services for children from greedy individuals willing to steal from children and taxpayers. If a more appropriate time frame for reviewing school budgets is established by the state budget, then the voters may get a more transparent budget process to know what to vote on.Maybe increasing school districts’ transparency will enhance expansion of the Farm to School Program to improve nutritious food supplies for students and local agricultural development. Maybe the district school board would consider Cornell Cooperative Extension Services coordinating with science teachers to expand agriculture and environmental justice programs in classrooms.The state Education Department may improve school board procedures and technical assistance to improve transparency of their use of money. This will enable parents and taxpayers to understand how democracy can prevent the misuse of money for children’s education.Michael McGlynnWatervliet More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Man United and Arsenal submit enquiries to sign Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina

first_imgMan United and Arsenal submit enquiries to sign Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina Comment Advertisement Mario Lemina is free to leave Southampton this summer (Picture: Getty)Manchester United and Arsenal are among a host of clubs interested in signing Mario Lemina from Southampton this summer, according to the Daily Mail.The 25-year-old has been made available for transfer this summer by Ralph Hassenhuttl and along with striker Charlie Austin was left out of Southampton’s pre-season squad to Austria.Although the Gabon international has shown flashes of his ability since joining Southampton in an £18m deal from Juventus two years ago, his time on the South Coast has been dogged by injuries.Lemina missed four months of last season due to an abdominal injury which coincided with Hassenhuttl’s arrival as manager and the Austrian is happy for him to move to another club.ADVERTISEMENT Lemina missed four months of last season with an abdominal injury (Picture: Getty)Both United and Arsenal have submitted enquiries to Southampton about Lemina while Leicester City and Atalanta, who finished third in Serie A last season, are also reportedly interested.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt remains to be seen whether Leicester are still in the running to sign Lemina after they completed a club-record £40m deal for reported Manchester United target Youri Tielemans.Speaking about his future last week, Lemina said: ‘I still have another three years of contract, but it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seeing something else.‘The last four months have not been easy for me, with my injury. The coach put his team together. I want to start afresh. So why not leave?‘We have very good discussions with the club. We are in agreement. If I don’t feel good in this project, I can leave. They are giving me the opportunity to be able to go elsewhere.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOle Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add at least one central midfielder to his ranks this summer and could be in the market for another depending on whether or not Paul Pogba is sold.Unai Emery is also on the hunt for reinforcements at Arsenal after his side also missed out on a top-four place last season although he is working with a budget of just £45m this summer.Lemina, who also counts FC Lorient and Marseille as his former clubs, has made 52 appearances for Southampton scoring two goals.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterMonday 8 Jul 2019 9:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link953Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool

first_imgBrighton v NorwichNorwich have been on the end of some devastating defeats recently but they drew their last away match and I can see them getting a point at Brighton.Dimitar’s prediction: 0-0 Comment Advertisement Betfair Exchange odds Everton 15/8, Tottenham 13/8, The Draw 13/5 Manchester City v SouthamptonAfter Southampton were thumped by Leicester last time out, I could see this one being embarrassing for the away side. They’ll put in an improved performance but City will have too much for them.Dimitar’s prediction: 3-0 Betfair Exchange Odds Bournemouth 12/5, Manchester United 5/4,  The Draw 11/4 Betfair Exchange Odds Aston Villa 17/2, Liverpool 4/11, Draw 9/2 Betfair Exchange Odds Arsenal 4/5, Wolves 4/1, The Draw 3/1 1 min. story Betfair Exchange Odds West Ham 10/11, Newcastle 7/2, The Draw 14/5 Everton v TottenhamSpurs cannot be happy about being 11th in the table and a win at Everton on Sunday would be very important for them. But Goodison Park is a horrible ground for away teams because the fans are close to the pitch, always in your face and trying to bully you. Everton are in a mess though, languishing just two points off the relegation zone. Every season is supposed to be the one when they kick on but it never happens. Both teams desperately need a win but I think the points will be shared.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-2 Dimitar BerbatovFriday 1 Nov 2019 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link932Shares PLAY Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool Betfair Exchange Odds Brighton 4/5, Norwich 4/1, The Draw 16/5 Crystal Palace v LeicesterLeicester are on fire and, even though Palace showed a lot of character to come from behind and drew at Arsenal last weekend, the excellent Jamie Vardy can fire the Foxes to another win.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-2 Betfair Exchange Odds Manchester City 1/10, Southampton 37/1, The Draw 13/1center_img Aston Villa v LiverpoolLiverpool won’t have everything their own way against Villa, who have been steadily improving and kept Man City at bay for 45 minutes last weekend. As well as their talent, however, Jurgen Klopp’s men keep finding ways to win matches. The fixtures are starting to pile-up but the away side have enough character to dig in and get an important win here.Dimitar’s prediction: 0-1 Sheffield United v BurnleyThe Blades have been excellent this season, Bramall Lane is becoming a fortress and I expect another home win on Saturday.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0 Full Screen Betfair Exchange Odds Sheff United 11/8, Burnley 13/5, The Draw 12/5 Watford v ChelseaI like the way this Chelsea team play. Frank Lampard is giving chances to young players and, even though they lost to United, it’s paying off. Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and the rest of this Blues team are playing good football. Watford, on the other hand, are in trouble. Since returning as manager, Quique Sánchez Flores has tightened up the defence and made them more competitive, but they still desperately need to get their first league win of the season. I don’t think that’ll happen on Saturday and Chelsea will continue their form at Vicarage Road.Dimitar’s prediction 0-2 Bournemouth v Man UtdThe hosts haven’t won since September but Eddie Howe’s men are always well organised and, even though they’ve struggled to score recently, they’re still in the top half of the table, just two places below seventh-placed United. Momentum is so important in football. It can get a team over the line for a narrow win even if they’re not performing at their best. Of course, pundits are fickle and, as soon as United lose, they will say that nothing has changed and the club are doomed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, so United have to keep winning. I think they’ll edge this tricky game.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-2 MORE: Mesut Ozil ‘unhappy’ with Arsenal situation, reveals Sead KolasinacMORE: Jurgen Klopp hails Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli as a ‘talent of the century’ Betfair Exchange Odds Watford 9/2, Chelsea 4/6, The Draw 7/2 Betfair Exchange Odds Crystal Palace 13/5, Leicester 6/5, The Draw 5/2 Video Settings Advertisement Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov previews the weekend action for (Picture: REX/ an astonishing round of midweek Carabao Cup action the Premier League is back on the agenda this weekend with some potentially explosive fixtures to look forward to.All eyes will be on Unai Emery’s team selection for the visit of Wolves with Granit Xhaka under the microscope and Mesut Ozil pressing to make a first league start since September following his eye-catching perofmrance at Anfield in midweek.Liverpool face a test of their unbeaten run with a trip to improving Aston Villa, while Manchester United’s mini renaissance could come unstuck at Bournemouth.Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Bebatov reviews the action exclusively for…AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v WolvesArsenal have problems, as we saw in the 2-2 draw with Palace last weekend and it remains to be seen if Unai Emery will retain Granit Xhaka as captain and restore Mesut Ozil to his Premier League line-up. Wolves are solid, counter-attacking team who stunned Man City last month but I think Arsenal can win this one and keep a rare clean sheet.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0 About Connatix V67539 West Ham v NewcastleTwo unpredictable teams meet here, but the home side are the stronger, as their league position suggests. I have a feeling, though, that this will be one of those days when the Magpies raise their game.AdvertisementAdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 2-2last_img read more

Wolf Administration Seeks Applicants to Fill State Veterans Commission Member-At-Large Positions

first_imgWolf Administration Seeks Applicants to Fill State Veterans Commission Member-At-Large Positions SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 04, 2020center_img Press Release,  Veterans Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is seeking veterans to apply for two member-at-large positions on the State Veterans Commission.“Members of the commission play an important role serving Pennsylvania’s nearly 800,000 veterans by advising the adjutant general and the DMVA on all matters about the status, employment, welfare, benefits and support of veterans and veterans’ programs in the commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said. “I appreciate and value their service to our veterans and our commonwealth.”At-large-members serve a four-year term.“Pennsylvania boasts the fourth largest veteran population in the nation and members of the State Veterans Commission play a vital role in advocating for our commonwealth’s veterans,” said Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “Commission members have first-hand knowledge of the issues veterans are facing throughout our communities and can provide valuable suggestions for improving programs, services and supporting veteran-focused legislation.”The application process begins Sept. 4, and the deadline for submission is Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. All submissions are to be done by email.The application and more information about the member-at-large position are available at learn more about the DMVA, visit us online at or follow us at or read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgAXA Investment Managers – Ian Smith and Paul Birchenough have been appointed by AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) as co-managers of the AXA Framlington Emerging Markets fund. They will work with Julian Thompson, head of the emerging markets team, as part of a core emerging markets portfolio management team. Thompson, previously manager of the AXA Framlington Emerging Markets Fund, will continue to manage the offshore equivalent of the fund and be responsible for segregated emerging market mandates. Alex Khosla is also joining the team as an emerging markets equities analyst, arriving from UBS Investment Bank. Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry – Denise Voss has been appointed as chairman of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) in a role that will initially run for two years. She is conducting officer of Franklin Templeton Investments and has worked in the financial industry in Luxembourg since 1990. She has worked at ALFI for many years, having been vice-chairman for international affairs at ALFI since 2011 and a member of association’s board of directors since 2007. Voss is also chairman of the European fund and asset management association’s (EFAMA) investor education working group. Mercer – Willi Thurnherr, head of retirement at Mercer in Switzerland, will be leaving the consultancy on 30 September, having been in the position since 2007. Mercer is looking within and outside the firm for a replacement, but in the meantime, Catherine Schoendorff, chief executive at Mercer Switzerland, will head the retirement business on an interim basis. Amundi – Vincent Mortier has been hired by French asset manager Amundi as deputy CIO. Mortimer has been a long-standing senior manager of Société Générale, having most recently been CFO of the global banking and investor solutions division at the bank. He will join Amundi’s executive committee. Macquarie Investment Management – Austin McBride is joining Macquarie Investment Management (MIM) as head of UK wholesale, based in London. He was most recently head of UK wholesale at Ignis Asset Management, and before that worked at Lazard Asset Management, Janus International and Henderson Global Investors. Muzinich & Co – Sander van de Giesen has been hired by corporate debt firm Muzinich & Co as sales and marketing director. It is the firm’s first Netherlands appointment. Van de Giesen was most recently director of business development at bfinance in Amsterdam. Mirae Asset Global Investments Group – Fredric Niamkey is joining Mirae Asset Global Investments Group as head of sales for French-speaking Europe. He comes to the firm from Aberdeen Asset Management, where he headed up the Aberdeen Geneva office, having been senior business development manager there since 2009. Before that, he worked at Credit Suisse Asset Management, UBS Wealth Management and OVB (Suisse). Insight Investment – Joshua Kendall has been appointed by Insight Investment to the newly created role of ESG analyst. He previously worked for MSCI in a similar role, having joined in 2012, and before that, was communications manager for the UNPRI. Kendall joined Insight in May this year, and reports to David Averre, head of credit analysis. Rory Sullivan is also to join Insight, as a strategic adviser on a consultancy basis, giving advice on the integration of ESG issues into Insight’s investment processes, across asset classes. Sullivan was head of responsible investment at Insight until 2009, when he became an independent consultant.Manulife Asset Management – Claude Chene has been appointed by Manulife Asset Management in the new role of global distribution head. He will be based in London and report to Kai Sotorp, president and chief executive of Manulife Asset Management and global head of wealth and asset management for Manulife. Chene will join the firm’s executive committee.KNEIP – Tony Buche has been appointed head of relationship management at KNEIP, based at the regulatory reporting and investor disclosure firm’s headquarters in Luxembourg. He will report to Renaud Oury, chief sales and marketing officer. Before taking on the new job, Buche worked at Société Générale Securities Services in Luxembourg for nearly a decade, heading the custodian services department, and as sales director. SPP, SSgA, Standard & Poor’s, GSAM, AXA Investment Managers, Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, Franklin Templeton Investments, Mercer, Macquarie Investment Management, Ignis Asset Management, Amundi, Société Générale, Muzinich & Co, bfinance, Mirae, Aberdeen Asset Management, Insight Investment, MSCI, Manulife Asset Management, KNEIPSPP – Sarah McPhee is to step down as chief executive after seven years at the Swedish pension insurer. McPhee, who joined in 2008 after four years as CIO at AMF Pension, is to be succeeded by the current chief executive of Storebrand Asset Management, Staffan Hansén, in July. Hansén was CIO at Storebrand Life for two years before assuming overall responsibility for its asset management division. Hansén’s promotion will not see McPhee depart SPP immediately. Instead, the American will stay on as a senior adviser before retiring in 2016.State Street Global Advisors – Elliot Hentov has been appointed by State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) as head of policy and research for its official institutions group (OIG). He will be based in London and report to Louis de Montpellier, global head of OIG, which has been in operation for more than 10 years. Hentov comes to SSGA from Standard & Poor’s, where he was a director in the sovereign ratings team. Before that, he worked at the United Nations as a specialist in political and economic issues for the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General. Goldman Sachs Asset Management – Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) has named Hugh Lawson as leader of its ESG efforts for its Investment Management Division (IMD) globally. He will collaborate with the company’s portfolio management and client-facing teams across IMD in the development of its ESG strategy, capabilities and product offerings. Lawson will continue to lead GSAM’s Institutional Client Strategy team. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 and was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2012. last_img read more

FA Cup: Arsenal legend urges Arteta to remove three players

first_img read also:Arsenal keeper: I would be successful at the club “Some players need moving out of the door, [Mesut] Ozil, Sokratis, [Shkodran] Mustafi – these players have to move on, and Arsenal need to freshen things up. “The defence is key to the rebuild, they have been rebuilding for seven, eight years, this period in particular has been awful for Arsenal fans, but I think Arteta knows the right path to take.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal legend, Charlie Nicholas, wants manager Mikel Arteta to remove three players from the first team squad. The Gunners boss is rebuilding the team in his image as he prepares for an FA Cup final, and then a defining first full season in charge next term. And Nicholas says it is imperative for Arteta to clear the “deadwood” at the club. He said on Sky Sports: “This has been a tough test for Mikel Arteta, but I think Arsenal have realised they have got to go all out and sort the defence out. If the defence is sorted, they can start moving up the table.Advertisement Promoted ContentWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Museum To Rihanna’s Glory Could Soon Be Opened7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennycenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Double injury blow for Tigers

first_img Hull Tweeted: “Nikica Jelavic (knee) & Michael Dawson (ankle) will both be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with injuries suffered last weekend.” There was also confirmation that goalkeeper Steve Harper has suffered a torn right bicep. The 39-year-old was already deputising for Allan McGregor, meaning third choice Eldin Jakupovic – who came off the bench at the Emirates – is in line to start against Liverpool on Saturday. “Scans of Steve Harper’s shoulder injury have confirmed the club medical staff’s diagnosis of a torn bicep tendon,” added Hull. “Steve will undergo further investigation once the swelling has settled.” Jelavic’s absence opens the door for the likes of Sone Aluko and Tom Ince to return after being pushed to the fringes in recent weeks, while Alex Bruce and Paul McShane are the defensive cover for Dawson. Jelavic, the Tigers’ four-goal joint top-scorer, injured his knee during the warm-up of Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Arsenal, while Dawson was forced off late on with an ankle injury. Both players underwent scans on Monday and the prognosis is that they will miss at least a month of action. Hull pair Nikica Jelavic and Michael Dawson are set to miss up to six weeks with injuries sustained at the weekend.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more