Sul Ross professor honored with ASCAP award, authors book reviews in Choral Journal

first_img Previous articleGUEST VIEW: Sign up now for working lands conservation programNext articleJail expansion hits short delay admin Facebook By admin – February 14, 2018 Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Sul Ross professor honored with ASCAP award, authors book reviews in Choral Journal Local News Pinterest Facebook Sul Ross Logo ALPINE Donald Callen Freed, Sul Ross State University professor of music, recently received a $1,100 award for choral and vocal compositions from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).The award covers compositions written, performed and published for the years 2016-17. Freed was notified that an ASCAPLUS award will be presented in this month and a distribution to writers. He has received 16 ASCAP awards since 2001.ASCAP, headquartered in New York City, is an organization founded by Irving Berlin and others. ASCAP is one of the largest national organizations of composers, authors and publishers.In addition Freed, Sul Ross State University professor of music, authored two book reviews in the February 2018 issue of Choral Journal.Freed reviewed “Voice Secrets: One Hundred Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer,” by Matthew Hoch and Linda Lister, published by Rowman & Littlefield; and “Conducting Technique Etudes: Laban-Based Etudes for Class or Individual Practice,” by James Jordan, with exercises by Blake Henson and Gerald Custer. GIA Publications is the publisher. Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Legislation, Not FHFA’s Administrative Actions, Should Drive Housing Policy, Analyst Says

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Mortgage Portfolio Expands for Seventh Time in Last Eight Months for Freddie Mac Next: DS News Webcast: Thursday 5/28/2015 About Author: Brian Honea  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Tagged with: American Action Forum Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac GSE Reform Housing Policy American Action Forum Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac GSE Reform Housing Policy 2015-05-27 Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Home / Daily Dose / Legislation, Not FHFA’s Administrative Actions, Should Drive Housing Policy, Analyst Says Housing policy has largely been driven by administrative actions on the part of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) since the crisis, a practice that Washington, D.C.-based non-profit think tank American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin says needs to change.Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, wrote on the American Action Forum’s blog, “The Daily Dish,” earlier this week that logic would dictate large reforms to the housing finance system following the crash, yet no such large reform has taken place. All legislation aimed at achieving those reforms – particularly to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – have failed to clear either the House or the Senate.Instead, the FHFA’s administrative actions have dictated housing policy, sometimes using Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as the vehicle, Holtz-Eakin said.”In the end, this is no substitute for bipartisan legislation that reforms the GSEs and efforts should be made to achieve — or at least not impede — such reforms,” Holtz-Eakin said.He said that while Dodd-Frank made some important changes to underwriting policies, such as adopting standards for a qualified mortgage (the “QM” rule) and qualified residential mortgages (QRM), “[t]hese rules have been the source of some concern regarding their impact on a housing market that continues to struggle.” He points to the fact that original lenders are not required to take on any of the risk with securities composed entirely of QRM.Holtz-Eakin cited the bill proposed by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), the “Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015” as a sensible step toward achieving housing policy reform. The bill passed in the Committee last week along party lines by a 12 to 10 vote. The first step the bill takes toward reform is preventing Congress from using increases in the guarantee fees for Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-backed mortgages to cover expenses that are not part of the GSEs’ business or housing reform. Second, the sale of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s preferred stock by the Treasury Department is prohibited unless Congress approves it or directs it, which “ensures that legislation, not administrative action, determines the future of the GSEs,” Holtz-Eakin wrote.The bill also calls for the GSEs to take on more risk sharing, which must increase by 50 percent per year. Some of that risk sharing must be “front” loaded, according to Holtz-Eakin, which forces FHFA and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make better use of private capital, not taxpayer money, as a backstop for mortgages. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago May 27, 2015 1,297 Views Legislation, Not FHFA’s Administrative Actions, Should Drive Housing Policy, Analyst Sayslast_img read more

Library expands collection to include passes to local YMCA

first_img The library also holds passes to the Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center. The collection includes objects like umbrellas, tool kits, chargers, games and calculators available to check out. Outside of the Library of Things, library-card holders can use their cards to get into the Sciencenter.“One of our focuses here (at the library) has been removing barriers and expanding access,” Schlossberg said. “That’s both here in the library, with our fine-free policies and changing policies on how to get library cards, but also expanding access to other things outside of the library.”Related: Tompkins County Public Library goes fine freeThe Library of Things was started at TCPL approximately 12 years ago with a collection of nontraditional print materials like e-readers, Schlossberg said. She said people started asking for resources like phone chargers and reading glasses and that’s when the library staff decided to create an official collection. Museum and park passes followed next.Schlossberg said the main issue was figuring out how to make nontraditional objects like passes secure for travel but that the library works to broadening its collection on request, sometimes in creative ways, such as using a VHS tape case to house a calculator and a book-on-CD case for charging cables.“Libraries are really geared for handling books and tapes and CDs and when you start handling other materials, it starts to get a little weird,” she said.Schlossberg said that libraries can get entrenched in traditional practices instead of focusing on new ways to serve the community.“We really try to listen to what our patrons are saying,” she said. “The previous (library) director, Susan Curry, said, ‘If you can put a barcode on it, you can circulate it.’”Schlossberg said the push to widen the Library of Things is part of the public library’s mission to level the playing field in the community. She said the library is a place where community members receive the same resources regardless of socioeconomic status and that the Library of Things extends the scope of that mission to outside of the physical library.“You can check out one of these great passes and go to the Museum of the Earth and you have the same experience as someone who paid to get in,” she said. “We’re the great equalizer in our community. I feel like that’s our purpose.” Tagged: library of things, tompkins county public library, ymca of ithaca and tompkins county Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Becky Mehorter is an intern at the Ithaca Voice. She is a rising senior at Ithaca College with majors in journalism and Spanish. More by Becky Mehorter Becky Mehorter ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Public Library has added a couple of new passes to its Library of Things — a collection of items the public can rent out free like museum and park passes, tool kits, and umbrellas. Now, members of the public can check out family and individual passes to the YMCA.With the passes, individuals or families receive full use of the YMCA’s facilities, including entry to the pool, fitness center and classes. The passes are one way to expand access to people within the community, said Gregg Houk, the membership director for the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County.He said the passes give community members a chance to go to places, like the YMCA, that they might have otherwise not visited. After visiting, he said, people can decide if they’d like to make a bigger commitment to places like the YMCA by purchasing a personal membership.“They can get to state parks, get to the Y, to these other opportunities they might not be able to get to,” he said. “It gives them the chance to experience that and potentially pursue having regular access to those services.”Check it out: These were the most checked-out books from TCPL in 2018Related: Creativity shines at new Makerspace at Tompkins County Public LibraryThe library chose to partner with the YMCA because the two organizations have worked together in the past and because the YMCA is a community-based organization, said Jennifer Palmer Schlossberg, head of access and circulation services at the Tompkins County Public Library.Schlossberg said including the YMCA passes in the Library of Things will give the community more options to be healthy. “There are a lot of great programs offered at the Y that we were interested in,” she said.The Library of Things has other passes and objects in its catalog, too. Library card holders can check out a New York Empire pass, which allows individuals to park their cars at most forests, beaches and trails operated by New York State Parks and State Dept. of Environmental Conservation.(Becky Mehorter/The Ithaca Voice)last_img read more

US BOEM’s Gulf of Mexico lease sale yields more than $93m

first_imgA total of 22 companies have participated in the lease sale round and submitted $108.5m in total bids for 71 tracts US BOEM’s Lease Sale 254 included 14,594 unleased blocks in the federal waters of Gulf of Mexico. (Credit: Pixabay/D Thory) The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), an agency within the US Department of the Interior (DOI), has announced the region-wide Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 254 generated more than $93m in high bids.A total of 22 companies have participated in the lease sale round and submitted $108.5m in total bids for 71 tracts covering 397,285 acres in Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.Lease Sale 254 included 14,594 unleased blocks located from three to 231 miles offshore, in the Gulf’s Western, Central and Eastern Planning Areas in water depths ranging from 9 to more than 11,115ft.The lease sale, however, excluded blocks that are subject to the congressional moratorium established by the Gulf of Mexico Security Act of 2006; blocks that are adjacent to or beyond the US Exclusive Economic Zone; and whole blocks and partial blocks within the boundaries of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.Lease sale was sixth under the 2017-2022 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing ProgramThe latest lease sale was the sixth offshore sale held under the 2017-2022 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, which includes 10 region-wide leases with two lease sales to be undertaken annually for the Gulf.US BOEM Gulf of Mexico Office regional director Mike Celata said: “The development of oil and gas assets in the Gulf of Mexico is a highlight of the Outer Continental Shelf.“The continued presence of large deposits of hydrocarbons in the region will draw the interest of industry for decades to come.”Spread in an area of about 160 million acres, the OCS is estimated to hold about 48 billion barrels of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and 141 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered technically recoverable natural gas.last_img read more

GD NASSCO Wins USS Somerset Fitting-Out Deal

first_imgGeneral Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co.(NASSCO) has received a $12.1 million worth contract modification to exercise the option for the fitting-out availability of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, the USS Somerset (LPD 25).The contract includes engineering, planning, management, labor and material in support of the fitting-out availability.Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by December 2014.Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the amphibious transport dock Somerset (LPD 25) to the U.S. Navy on October 18th. The DD 250 document officially signifying custody transfer of the ship was signed by officials on the ship at the company’s Avondale facility.The 24,900-ton Somerset is 684 feet in length, has an overall beam of 105 feet, and a navigational draft of 23 feet. Four turbo-charged diesels power the ship to sustained speeds of 22 knots.The LPD incorporates both a flight deck to accommodate CH-46 helicopters and MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, and a well deck that can launch and recover landing craft and amphibious vehicles.Somerset will provide improved warfighting capabilities, including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased lift-capability in vehicle and cargo-carrying capacity and advanced ship-survivability features. The ship is capable of embarking a landing force of up to 800 Marines.Somerset is the ninth ship in the San Antonio (LPD 17) class of ships, slated to commission into service with the US Atlantic Fleet in 2014.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 21, 2013; Image: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today GD NASSCO Wins USS Somerset Fitting-Out Deal November 21, 2013 GD NASSCO Wins USS Somerset Fitting-Out Dealcenter_img Share this article Industry newslast_img read more

Former bakery boss disqualified from running a business for five years

first_imgA former director of The Royal William Bakery in Plymouth has been disqualified from running a business for the next five years after failing to pay more than £130k in tax bills.Clive Cobb, who is from Dorset and was born in October 1947, is the second director of Our Bakery Number Two Ltd, which traded as The Royal William Bakery, to be disqualified in two years.Another former director, Alexander Charles Eugene Quan, who is from Exeter and was born in October 1972, was disqualified for four years for failing to ensure payment of taxes, which became effective in November 2016.An Insolvency Service investigation found that Cobb and Quan were responsible for the company failing to pay VAT, PAYE and NIC from at least May 2013. This led to arrears of £130,361 with the total amount owed in unpaid tax when the company went into liquidation in October 2015 coming to £142,666.“These actions have resulted in honest taxpayers losing out,” said Sue MacLeod, chief investigator at the Insolvency Service. “If you run a business in a way that is unfairly detrimental to any of its creditors, including tax authorities, the Insolvency Service will investigate you, and you may find yourself disqualified from acting as a director.”On 17 October 2017, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategyaccepted a disqualification undertaking from Cobb, effective from 7 November 2017.Our Bakery Number Two incorporated in August 2011 and traded for five years.last_img read more

HD Video Of Umphrey’s McGee With The Shady Horns In Boston Has Emerged [Watch]

first_imgOn Friday night, Umphrey’s McGee played Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, welcoming a few very special guests. Lettuce’s The Shady Horns, comprised of saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom, joined in for some expansive versions of “Speak Up”, “Headphones & Snowcones”, and “Example 1” to end set one with a serious bang. The Shady Horns returned for set two with a funky version of “I Got Love” then returned to the stage for a pulsating encore version of “Bad Friday”, bringing the energy to an all-time-high. Thanks to YouTube user mk devo, we can enjoy these special moments below:Speak Up w/ The Shady HornsI Got Love w/ The Shady HornsBad Friday w/ The Shady HornsYou can also stream the full audio from the show, courtesy of taper opsopcopolis, below:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Blue Hills Bank Pavilion | Boston, MA | 8/12/2016Set One: Gents > White Mans Moccasins > Ringo > Miss Tinkles Overture, 2×2, Speak Up, Headphones & Snowcones, Example 1Set Two: Dump City, Cemetary Walk 1, Day Nurse > Divisions, Wizard Burial Ground, I Got Love, Woman Wine & Song.Encore: Bad Friday[Photos by ATS Photography,last_img read more

Mountain Jam Annonuces Move To Bethel Woods, 2019 Lineup: Gov’t Mule, Willie Nelson, JRAD, Revivalists, More

first_imgToday, Mountain Jam has announced their 2019 lineup and their new location: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. As you may recall, Bethel Woods once played host to another well-known music festival: Woodstock.Mountain Jam co-founder Gary Chetkof tells The Poughkeepsie Journal that leaving Hunter Mountain is “actually very emotional for me,” but resolves that Bethel Woods “is like going to the Taj Mahal of sites. It’s all about being on an amazing piece of land. What could be more amazing than Bethel Woods and the home of the Woodstock festival… It was really just a matter of going to the promised land.”As far as the lineup goes, Mountain Jam made good on their promise to shift their focus “back to the jam” for their 2019 event. This year’s festival will feature performances by Gov’t Mule (2 sets), Willie Nelson & Family, The Avett Brothers, The Revivalists, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (2 sets), Dispatch, Alison Krauss, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Twiddle, Toots & The Maytals, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Mandolin Orange, Karl Denson‘s Tiny Universe, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Amy Helm, The Allman Betts Band, Marco Benevento, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Dusbowl Revival, The Nude Party, Tyler Ramsey, Mo Lowda & The Humble, The National Reserve, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Consider The Source, Mikaela Davis, Hollis Brown, Wild Adriatic, Balkun Brothers, The Big Takeover, Stephen Lewis & The Big Band of Fun, Bella’s Bartok, and Sweet Marie. In addition, the festival notes that an additional headlining act will be announced this spring.The 2019 lineup is an exciting return to form for the festival, which began as a jam-oriented event but moved toward more mainstream rock acts in recent years. In particular, this year marks the return of Mountain Jam co-founder Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule) to the lineup for the first time since 2016. Haynes had performed at every Mountain Jam from its inception through 2016, so his return to the lineup is a welcome change for the festival’s longtime patrons. As Chetkof explains to The Poughkeepsie Journal about last year’s lineup, “I thought the music was amazing …We just didn’t have the right balance. We went a little too younger and a little too hipper than we should have. We learned a lot.”As Haynes notes in a press release, “Having been there for the foundation and development of Mountain Jam including the curation of artists and music over the first 12 years and headlining with Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends and sitting in with countless others, I am pleased to be returning for the festival’s 15th anniversary. Mountain Jam is changing its home, but going back to its roots. And I am happy to say that myself and Gov’t Mule will be returning as well. See you in June.”This year’s Mountain Jam Festival will feature a yoga program each morning with a special class held by Michael Franti on Sunday. There will be on-site attractions including a Ferris wheel to provide fans the opportunity to take in the beautiful views of the original Woodstock site and Catskill Mountains while watching the music. The Museum at Bethel Woods will be opened exclusively for festival attendees free of charge. A wide variety of food (from gourmet and organic fare to comfort food), arts & crafts vendors, and artist encounters will be available. Craft beer and premium wines will once again be featured.Mountain Jam kicks off Thursday, June 13th with a pre-party for 4-day pass holders featuring musical performances by Twiddle, Marco Benevento and more followed by three full days of music. General Admission and a variety of VIP packages will be available beginning Friday, February 8th at 10 a.m. Beginning this year fans can enjoy car-side camping packages including GA camping, Glamping, RV Village & VIP Camping. For further information on ticketing, camping, travel packages, and more, head to the festival website.last_img read more

Live from DockerCon: It’s All About the Containers! Introducing ECS 2.0 Web-scale Cloud Storage Software

first_imgECS 2.0 is a significant update to the ECS software and introduces compelling new features and functionality:New user experience, rapid installation and deployment – ECS features an entirely new user experience with an updated GUI and simple, intuitive workflows and element management. The installation runs from a single ECS node and no longer relies on a separate ViPR Controller for element management and provisioning.Improved geo-capabilities – ECS features automatic failover in the event of a temporary site outage, maintains access to buckets and objects during a temporary site outage, and automatically synchronizes sites when all zones are re-connected. ECS can quickly recover from network outages at scale.Improved multi-site performance – ECS integrates geo-caching at the array level to improve data access from a secondary site.Simple multi-tenancy, metering and quota management – ECS 2.0 features simple, secure multi-tenancy with improved Tenant and Bucket views. Users can easily add and remove quotas and set thresholds and notifications. Enterprises and service providers can deliver cloud storage services on day one.New monitoring & diagnostics – ECS 2.0 now includes key storage engine and geo replication metrics, graphics and trend lines charts. This increases system visibility to measure usage and provide reports to tenants. Hello from DockerCon! New today, EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) 2.0 is now generally available, breaking new ground in Software-Defined Storage with a range of new features and functionality, designed to improve the user experience. EMC is also making ECS available as a fully containerized download for test and development. ECS now joins ScaleIO, ViPR Controller and CoprHD as free & frictionless software-defined storage downloads.There is more to software than its processing speed; architecture can now be a key to success. Commodity hardware doesn’t vary much—that’s the point—but storage software differs greatly. The right software architecture and features can transform commodity components into a resilient, exabyte-scale cloud storage platform. The architecture matters—and we’re delivering on that philosophy with ECS 2.0. ECS is ideal for modern, Web-scale cloud applications. Built using cloud principles and modern development frameworks. ECS is fully containerized and features a unique, layered software architecture that delivers hardware-independence. ECS software has several key elements that make it unique in the industry such as its modular “Lego” architecture, comprised of robust building blocks that act as independent units of scale, and its Software-Defined infrastructure which allows ECS to reduce, scale out and abstract data.In addition to adding new features, EMC is making ECS available as a Docker container download that can run on any operating system or hardware for development and testing. The ECS download features unlimited capacity and no time limits for non-production environments.ECS is a leap forward for object storage. No other object-based cloud storage platform combines the performance, scale and efficiency of ECS 2.0. Plus, EMC is extending its open source commitment by embracing containers and making EMC’s industry-leading object-based cloud software available as a free and frictionless download. A new era in software-defined storage is here, and ECS 2.0 is leading the pack.Learn more about ECS 2.0 at DockerCon! Here are all the ways to engage with EMC at the show:EMC Birds of a Feather session: Monday, 6/22 at 11:55am-1:30pm & Tuesday, June 23 @ 12:00pm-1:10pm, Golden Gate BallroomEMC Partner Tutorial Session: Monday, June 22 from 1:30pm-2:10pm, Yerba Buena 14-15EMC Booth # P4 during exhibit hoursLive on the Cube, Monday, June 22 at 4pm PTSee you there!last_img read more

Morocco’s king kicks off country’s virus vaccination drive

first_imgRABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has received a shot against the coronavirus to officially kick off his country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign. The monarch got jabbed in the arm on Thursday at his palace in Fez. ,Morocco received its first vaccine shipments in recent days from China’s Sinopharm and Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca. The North African kingdom is first vaccinating health care workers, security forces, and people over age 75. Morocco has one of Africa’s most advanced vaccination programs, though the continent remains well behind richer countries in inoculating residents against the virus. Morocco has reported more than 468,383 confirmed cases, including 8,207 deaths.last_img read more