Dickey Betts Compares Himself To Tiger Woods In New Promo Clip From ‘The Big Interview’ [Watch]

first_imgAllman Brothers guitarist and singer Dickey Betts stars as the interview subject in a forthcoming episode of The Big Interview, where he’ll sit down with journalist Dan Rather to discuss his return to performing following his 2014 retirement, amongst many other topics. The first clip from the pre-recorded interview was shared on Wednesday and shows an optimistic 75-year-old Betts comparing himself to Tiger Woods of all people.“I missed it,” Betts confidently tells Rather about picking up the guitar again. “I’d just done it so long, you know. [I was] 70 and I thought ‘I’m just going to play golf and go fishing,’ you know, enjoying myself.”Betts co-founded the Allman Brothers in 1969 and was even fired from the group in 2000 as a result of his alcohol abuse. In addition to forming the band, Betts also wrote some of their most well-known songs during his time in the famous southern rock group, including “Jessica” and “Ramblin’ Man”. The past two years, however, have been tough for Allman Brothers fans, as drummer Butch Trucks and guitarist Gregg Allman both passed away, while Betts suffered a stroke back in August. Betts was again admitted to the hospital after suffering a freak head injury at his Florida home just a few weeks after the mini-stroke. He’ll be celebrating his 75th birthday on Wednesday at his home in Florida while he continues to regain his full strength.“I feel kind of like Tiger Woods you know,” He continued saying in the interview clip, which can be watched below. “Coming back after four-and-a-half years, I’m really trying to play par.”The full interview between Betts and Rather will premiere on AXS TV next Tuesday, Dec. 18th at 9 p.m. EST.Devon Allman and Duane Betts also recently announced the formation of a new group, The Allman Betts Band. The band will release their debut album next spring to go along with a world tour. Both Devon and Duane are currently on the road through February 2019 as The Devon Allman Project, with the younger Betts as the special guest. Tickets for the ongoing 2018-2019 tour for those shows can be found here.Dickey Betts and Dan Rather – The Big Interview – Teaser Clip[Video: AXS TV]last_img read more

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When science is unreliable

first_imgNicole C. Nelson, Radcliffe’s Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow, examines scientists’ assumptions about the natural world and how they play into their research. This year at Radcliffe, the assistant professor of science and technology studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will delve into the scientific reproducibility crisis, a recent phenomenon in which subsequent scientific investigation has found many supposedly stable findings to be difficult to replicate.Nelson will give a talk about her research titled “The Truth Wears Off? The Reproducibility Crisis in Historical Perspective,” on Feb. 6 as part of the Radcliffe Institute’s Fellows’ Presentation Series.Q&ANicole C. NelsonRADCLIFFE: What is the reproducibility crisis, and how did you become interested in it?NELSON: The reproducibility crisis is a recent phenomenon wherein scientists have found themselves unable to reproduce results that they thought were well-established. A study published in 2012 by the pharmaceutical company Amgen reported that its in-house scientists could replicate findings from the published literature on cancer in only six out of 53 cases (11 percent). That study got the attention of a lot of people in the biomedical community, including me.RADCLIFFE: What have been your methods for studying discrepancies in scientific results?NELSON: I’ve been doing oral histories with scientists to uncover the moments when they began to realize that the discrepancies they were seeing were part of a larger problem. Inconsistent results happen all the time in science, but there’s a tendency to dismiss these as just problems with a particular method, or with a particular lab. With my research partners, I’ve also been assembling a large database of opinion pieces, editorials, review articles, and newspaper articles, which we’ll analyze to identify key moments when the conversation about reproducibility starts to shift from a series of isolated events into something more systemic.RADCLIFFE: What are the ramifications of such widespread scientific inconsistencies?NELSON: One of the potential ramifications of the reproducibility crisis is that it might erode public trust in science. The public image of science has long been out of sync with the reality. We like to think of science as giving us truth and certainty, but what it actually gives us is a way to challenge our beliefs and weed out the predictions that don’t align well with what we see in the world. That’s a harder message to communicate, but I think it’s becoming increasingly obvious that we need to stop relying on the science-truth shorthand. Otherwise, nonscientists get the misleading impression that science is broken when they see findings being challenged and overturned.RADCLIFFE: Who are your heroes?NELSON: I’ve long had an academic crush on Anne Fausto-Sterling. Her research is hard to categorize. She works at the intersection of biology and gender studies and moves back and forth between humanistic and scientific methods, which is why I like her so much.RADCLIFFE: Which trait do you most admire in yourself?NELSON: That I can get myself to do things that I fear (most of the time, at least).RADCLIFFE: Who is your muse?NELSON: Enigmatic people or counterintuitive events really get my brain going. I love the feeling of gradually coming to understand something that at first seemed inscrutable to me. It’s a useful trait to have for doing ethnography, but I probably occasionally annoy people in my personal life by needling them with too many questions.RADCLIFFE: What inspires you?NELSON: Scholars who build communities that are rigorous, inclusive, and supportive. There’s a tendency in some corners of academia to assume that rigor means delivering devastating critiques, which can make academia feel isolating. I think the feminist science studies community does an especially good job of making sure that supporting each other and taking each other’s work seriously are not mutually exclusive.RADCLIFFE: What is your greatest triumph so far?NELSON: I’m enormously proud of my first book, “Model Behavior,” which explores what laboratory science looks like when researchers go in with the assumption that the phenomena they’re studying are complex. That, and my Radcliffe fellowship!RADCLIFFE: What is your fantasy career?NELSON: If I weren’t an academic, I might try my hand at teaching sewing or designing sewing patterns. I remember how transformative it was for me when I first realized that I could make clothes to fit my body rather than trying to remake my body to fit into off-the-rack clothes, and I’d love to share that feeling with others.RADCLIFFE: What is the most challenging aspect of being a Radcliffe fellow?NELSON: There’s very little that’s difficult about being a Radcliffe fellow! All the staff at the Institute put so much work into making it an ideal place to do research. Right now I have a three-minute commute to my office, dozens of interesting people to talk to, and all the (decaf) espresso I can drink — what’s not to love?This interview was edited for length and clarity.last_img read more

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Alex Gaumond Replaces Rufus Hound in London’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

first_img Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened in London in February 2014 at the Savoy Theatre, starring Hound and Robert Lindsay. The comedy follows two conmen competing for the riches and the heart of a young impressionable heiress. Along with Lindsay as the French Riviera’s chief conman, Lawrence Jameson, the cast currently includes Gary Wilmot as Andre Thibault, Beaumont-Sur-Mer’s Chief of Police and Lawrence’s sidekick and partner in crime, Bonnie Langford as Muriel Eubanks, a glamorous divorcee looking for love and Katherine Kingsley as Christine Colgate. View Commentscenter_img London will have a new conman in town. Alex Gaumond (Matilda, Legally Blonde, We Will Rock You) will replace Rufus Hound as Freddy Benson in London’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels from November 11. According to The Daily Mail, an understudy is taking on the role for the time being, with conflicting reports from illness to another engagement being cited as the cause for Hound’s departure from the production.last_img read more

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Citizens Bank Foundation makes $10,000 grant to Champlain Housing Trust’s financial fitness counseling program

first_imgCitizens Bank,The Champlain Housing Trust announced today that the Citizens Bank Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to help create a new program that provides financial fitness counseling to applicants of its rental housing. CHT has long provided home buyer education counseling, post purchase counseling, delinquency intervention and foreclosure prevention services.‘Thanks to the Citizens Bank Foundation, we are able to expand our services and to try a new approach,’ explained Chris Donnelly, Director of Community Relations at CHT. ‘Because of poor credit or other solvable issues, we have to turn away some rental applicants. We have found that with guidance, people can start to repair credit or set themselves on a more stable path. So instead of saying ‘No’ to these people, we want to be able to say ‘Yes, but only if you work with us.’‘‘We are thrilled to be able to provide this support to improve the financial fitness of low and moderate income households,’ said Brigitte Ritchie, VP, Community Investments at Citizens Bank. ‘The Champlain Housing Trust has a proven track record and we are happy to help them expand their program.’The education and counseling curriculum is currently under development and in the next few months CHT will begin to provide rental applicants with the opportunity to participate in the program. The expectation is that as many as 200 people will benefit from the counseling in 2011.About the Champlain Housing TrustThe Champlain Housing Trust, founded in 1984, is the largest community land trust in the country. Throughout Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties, CHT owns or manages more than 1,500 apartments, stewards 485 owner-occupied homes in its signature shared-equity program, provides services to five housing cooperatives, and offers affordable energy efficiency and rehab loans. In 2008, CHT won the prestigious United Nations World Habitat Award, recognizing its innovative, sustainable programs. More information is available at www.champlainhousingtrust.org(link is external).About the Citizens Bank FoundationCitizens Bank Foundation is a subsidiary of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, which is a charitable contributions vehicle of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. The foundation’s support is focused on housing, community development and basic human needs. CFG’s website is citizensbank.com.last_img read more

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Vermont SHIP awarded a $296,500 grant by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

first_imgThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the first installment of funding to the Vermont State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to help Medicare beneficiaries in Vermont receive information and counseling about their health care choices. These grants are available to the 54 SHIP organizations in the United States and its territories for the funding year that runs from April 1, 2011, through March 31, 2012.The Vermont State Health Insurance Assistance Program will receive $296,500, part of the nearly $46.5 million being distributed to SHIPs today as part of the total $50 million that is available to SHIPs in 2011 for direct grants and support contracts. Performance awards will be distributed to SHIPs in September.‘With these funds, SHIPs will provide counseling to beneficiaries encouraging them to use the new annual wellness visit and other preventive services that the Affordable Care Act provides at no cost to beneficiaries,’ said CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D. ‘SHIP educational services also help beneficiaries to identify and report suspected Medicare fraud, enhancing the anti-fraud tools provided by the Affordable Care Act.’SHIPs are expected to increase their efforts to provide outreach and assistance to current and newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers, reach people who are most likely eligible for Medicare’s low-income subsidy and may be able to benefit from lower prescription drug costs, beneficiaries with disabilities, and diverse racial and ethnic groups, particularly those individuals with limited English proficiency.Teresa Niño, director of CMS’ Office of External Affairs and Beneficiary Services said, ‘We all know that early detection and preventive services are an investment in our health. Now, with the Affordable Care Act, we’re supporting that knowledge by making healthcare accessible to those who are often less likely to receive preventive care. SHIPs and other CMS partners with grassroots connections will use creative methods to inform Medicare beneficiaries, their families and trusted representatives about these services.’The Vermont State Health Insurance Assistance Program will use grant funds in part to increase outreach to organizations which serve the disability community and expand the number and scope of ‘Savvy Senior’ presentations to educate Medicare beneficiaries about health care errors, fraud and abuse.CMS will continue to support the SHIPs with training and technical assistance. This will help to ensure that the community networks remain fully capable of accessing and using CMS’ 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) telephone information line and regional office resources, as well as the online tools at www.medicare.gov(link is external) and www.SHIPtalk.org(link is external) to provide assistance to Medicare beneficiaries.###last_img read more

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U.K. Company in 300-Turbine U.S. Wind Project for Northern Indiana

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A British-based energy company is working on plans for a wind farm with perhaps more than 300 turbines in parts of three northern Indiana counties.Officials with Renewable Energy Systems are looking at locations in Cass, Fulton and Miami counties for the project.Company development director Brad Lila tells the (Logansport) Pharos-Tribune that plans are in their early stages and possible placement of the turbines hasn’t yet been decided. Factors include property owner participation, topography and transmission grid capacity.Aaron Ault of a Fulton County property rights group opposing the project says allowing the wind farm would be a permanent mistake that would hurt property values and cause noise problems.Cass County Commissioner Ralph Anderson says the project would help with energy production and boost the county’s property tax base.British Company Planning Northern Indiana Wind Farm U.K. Company in 300-Turbine U.S. Wind Project for Northern Indianalast_img read more

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Seabees, Marines Kick Off Southern Partnership Station 2011 Honduras Mission

first_imgBy Dialogo March 09, 2011 High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) Public Affairs Sailors and Marines supporting Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2011 kicked off their partnership and engagement mission with the Honduran military by beginning a construction project at a school in San Lorenzo, Honduras, Mar. 2. Seabees assigned to detail Bravo of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 28 and Marines assigned to 2nd Marine Logistics Group (MLG) partnered with Honduran soldiers at Escuela Eneas Alvarado for a week-long subject matter expert engagement constructing a southeast Asia hut (SEA hut). “Basically we just wanted to hit the ground running on our first full day in country,” said Lt. Rama Mutyala, NMCB 28 detail Bravo officer-in-charge. “These engagements and partnering efforts with our allies are essential to fostering our relationships, and it also gives us the opportunity to help the children who attend this school.” “It’s always fun when we jump right in on an assignment, he continued. “During this construction project, we’re looking forward to learning from our joint military partners and sharing some of our knowledge with them,” said Marine Sgt. Peter Lawrence, assigned to 2nd MLG. The SEA hut being built will be a 16-by-32-foot wood-frame structure with a metal roof, extended rafters, and screened-in areas, which can be partitioned and used as two classrooms for students at the school. This is one of many subject matter expert exchanges SPS 2011 service members will participate in during their mission in Honduras. “We plan to conduct a variety of engagements with the Honduran government in the areas of construction, plumbing, electrical engineering and welding,” said Mutyala. “The time here will be mutually beneficial and a great learning opportunity for everyone involved.” The overall military engagement in Honduras will consist of cross-training ventures related to physical security, medicine, construction and engineering. The SPS 2011 team conducted a series of similar subject matter expert exchanges and humanitarian relief efforts in Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti and Peru prior to arriving in Honduras.last_img read more

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Aligning your team

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How often have you worked with a team that just isn’t on the same page? This common work situation of being misaligned is not the team’s fault but the responsibility of the leader/manager.What Elements Make Up Team Alignment?1. Purpose2. Culture3. ValuesWhen any of these three elements are out of alignment, the result is loss of efficiency, loss of productivity, loss of motivation and an unacceptable work product. Team alignment is a critical success factor found in high performing teams. If you find your team is out of alignment your “job one” is to realign.Steps to Contextual Alignment1. Diagnosis – before starting any corrective action, you’ve got to understand what is broken and where. Look at the team holistically and then in parts. continue reading »last_img read more

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On Compliance: The strangling of overdraft protection

first_imgHistorical, recent and expected new rules may eventually kill these programs.Credit union overdraft protection programs have endured a long, slow strangling for years. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent grip on overdraft programs is sure to squeeze these programs further. Is it time to just return NSF items and abandon member convenience and protection? Not yet, but credit unions will continue to feel increased regulatory and legal pressure that will cut off consumer benefits and diminish fee income. This article examines the historical and recent regulatory and legal pressures that are slowing killing these programs.Interagency GuidanceSince 2001, the federal banking agencies have expressed concerns about overdraft programs. At that time the agencies, acting individually, issued letters or guidance to their regulated institutions. The agencies chose not to issue regulations for overdraft services; rather, they opted to issue guidance, which then was truly voluntary. With interest rate margins crushing institutional profits, fee income from overdraft programs was a lifeline. Consequently, consultants and providers heavily marketed analytical software and overdraft programs to maximize credit union overdraft fee opportunities.By 2005, the regulatory agencies began to collaborate on the common compliance issues and risks of the industry. They became more concerned with misleading marketing, weak disclosures and questionable overdraft features. For the first time, they issued interagency guidance on overdraft practices. This guidance identified historical and traditional overdraft programs, and addressed (1) safety and soundness concerns, (2) legal risks, and (3) best practices. The best practices provided positive examples of how overdraft program features should be marketed and communicated, as well as disclosure and program features. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Remember your WHY when strategic planning

first_imgAs many credit union executives and volunteers congregate around board tables this fall for their all-important strategic planning meetings, I wanted to share some brain food from one of my favorite authors, Simon Sinek. He said, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.”Yes, our business function might be the buying and selling of money in its basic form. Yes, there may be as many different financial services providers doing exactly what you do as there are stars in the sky. Yes you may have a lot of competition for your own members’ money and financial services business.But remember this important point above all else as your team discusses and makes plans for this fall…there is not a single other credit union or financial services provider exactly like yours. Not another one with your employees who uniquely deliver a one-of-a-kind brand experience to your members. Not another one with your specific group of members, and especially core group of raving fans who are your brand army. Not another one who makes the same impact on your given community as you. Not another one who does it how you do it.  So if you find yourself without a definitive answer to what you believe as a credit union, ask yourself as a team, “why do we do what we do and why do we serve the people we serve?”Mission and vision statement reviews have always been a checkbox to mark off during the strategic planning process. But answering this vital question of why will help direct all of the strategic efforts of your credit union from your goals to your budgets and everything in between. Tactics and everything else are secondary to the core beliefs of your credit union, which will drive everything you do. 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Detailslast_img read more

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