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5 Reasons Not To Miss The Inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival In Days Between Jazz Fest

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first_imgThe inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival runs during the days between Jazz Fest, from April 25th through the 27th. The fest brings together all the elements of a perfect party: Awesome music, delicious food and plenty of refreshing beer. With music fans everywhere descending on New Orleans for beloved music festival, the city is gearing up to show the world why it’s known as one of the greatest places to party on the planet. While there’s no shortage of fun to be had during Jazz Fest itself, there is a three day lull in between weekends that cried out for a party, and those pleas were answered by the NOLA Crawfish Festival. Situated in the “Daze Between,” the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when Jazz Fest is resetting itself, the NOLA Crawfish Festival is giving local fans and visitors to the Crescent City alike a way to let the good times keep rolling.Here’s the top five reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on this incredible opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime combination of authentic New Orleans tunes, food, friends and fun.1. The MusicThe musical legacy of New Orleans will be on display for all three days of the NOLA Crawfish Festival, with appearances by local legends like The Meters George Porter Jr., Dumpstaphunk‘s Ivan Neville, Anders Osborne, The Radiators’ David Malone, Papa Mali, Papa Gros and many more in a series of incredible, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions. Gathering so many gifted improvisers together and turning them loose guarantees that, wherever the music flows, the players will be ready for whatever they throw at each other. There are also a few of Nawlins stalwart bands on the bill, including Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives, Honey Island Swamp Band, Colin Lake, Mike Zito & The Wheel, and Johnny Sansone who will be delivering sets of home grown funk to the lucky attendees.  2. The FoodThe NOLA Crawfish King himself, Chris “Shaggy” Davis, will be on hand to feed the crowd with his world famous crawfish boil. No stranger to music events, Shaggy has earned a reputation as the “Go to” source for anyone who wants to bring the spirit of New Orleans to their shows across the country. Ever since a fortuitous accident brought him to the city decades ago, Shaggy has worked to unite the community through his lovingly prepared boil.  Using the freshest ingredients and an on-site boiler system, Shaggy will be overseeing the preparation of thousands of pounds of tasty crawfish and fixings for the crowd.  The best part?  The incredible feast is included in the ticket price, and you’ll find yourself bellying up to the buffet tables next to fellow fans and musicians alike.NOLA’s Crawfish King Is Cooking Up A Whole New Festival3. The BeerThanks to the NOLA Crawfish Festival host, the NOLA Brewery, there’s no worries about running out of tasty beverages to wash down all that scrumptious crawfish boil. The NOLA Brewery has earned a strong reputation for crafting a wide selection of year round offerings like ales, IPAs, stouts and special, seasonal concoctions that reflect the ingredients available during the different stages of the year. To help wash down all the wonderful food, there’s nothing better than an ice cold, hand crafted beer, and The NOLA Brewery is even crafting a special, limited edition signature brew to help wash down all the wonderful food that crowds will enjoy.4. The LocationThe city itself is more than just a backdrop for the NOLA Crawfish Festival; its laid back demeanor and round-the-clock celebration is the very ground on which the event is built. New Orleans is a hodgepodge of building styles that reflects the diverse heritage of its citizens. Countless homegrown legends have emerged from the Crescent City in nearly every genre, from funk to jazz to rock and beyond. And of course, there’s the city-wide commitment to gather together for practically any excuse to party at the drop of a hat! 5. The TimingThe saddest sounds you’ll ever hear in New Orleans during Jazz Fest are always the last notes of the night. The three days in-between the official event weekends usually leaves diehard music fans adrift during the daytime hours, with nothing to feed their cravings until the night-time shows.  With the arrival of the NOLA Crawfish Festival, those three days are a shining oasis of revelry.With all the wonderful reasons to attend, it’s hard to imagine a better way to spend the days between Jazz Fest weekend than listening to some of the finest in New Orleans music, bellying up to tables laden with some of the best crawfish boil in the world, and  washing it down with a variety of locally made craft beers. With the addition of the NOLA Crawfish Festival to the Jazz Fest season, it’s possible to spend ten straight days going around the clock in a magical musical marathon. Join the fun and get your tickets while they last HERE.You can enter to win tickets below!last_img read more

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OFA awards 8 students for artistic excellence

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first_imgThe Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) and the Council on the Arts at Harvard, a standing committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, have announced the recipients of the annual undergraduate arts prizes for 2011.The awards, presented to more than 100 undergraduates over the past 28 years, recognize outstanding accomplishments in the arts undertaken during a student’s time at Harvard.The 2011 OFA student prize award winners follow:Charlie Albright ’11 is the recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts. The prize recognizes outstanding artistic talent and achievement in the composition or performance of music, drama, dance, or the visual arts. This prize honors the sum of a student’s artistic activities at Harvard.Julia Rooney ’11 and Katherine Tygielski ’11 are recipients of the Council Prize in Visual Arts. The prize recognizes outstanding work in the field of visual arts.Liz Krane ’11 received the Louise Donovan Award. The award recognizes a Harvard student who has done outstanding work behind the scenes in the arts (e.g., as a producer, accompanist, set designer, or mentor and leader in the undergraduate arts world).Bridget Haile ’11 is the recipient of the Radcliffe Doris Cohen Levi Prize. The prize recognizes a Harvard College student who combines talent and energy with outstanding enthusiasm for musical theater at Harvard and honors the memory of Doris Cohen Levi, Radcliffe ’35.Kevin Shee ’11 and Elizabeth Walker ’11 are recipients of the Suzanne Farrell Dance Award. Named for the acclaimed dancer and former prima ballerina of the New York City Ballet, the prize recognizes a Harvard undergraduate who has demonstrated outstanding artistry in the field of dance.Garrett McEntee ’11 is the recipient of the Alan Symonds Award. The award, administered by OFA and given by the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players (HRG&SP) in honor of Alan Symonds, HRG&SP alumnus and former technical director for Harvard College Theater, recognizes outstanding work in technical theater and commitment to mentoring fellow student technicians.For more on the prize winners and their achievements.last_img read more

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Empowering discussions at GEM12

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first_imgPolicy makers, development experts and academics gathered at the Harvard Kennedy School in late October to develop “Trillion Dollar Ideas to Build Prosperity,” which was the theme for this year’s Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM12), sponsored by the Center for International Development (CID).The fifth in a series, GEM12 continued last year’s discussions on new strategies for accelerating growth and unlocking the economic potential of developing countries. It offered a platform for engaging new ideas while promoting direct interaction between those who create the ideas, and the implementers and supporters necessary to give the concepts “legs.”Meeting topics ranged from “Building a State Capability: The PDIA Approach” to “Emotion, Reason and Moral Progress.” Each expert presented a synopsis of their ideas and the sessions concluded with an open discussion between panelists and audience members.last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s students celebrate Senior Week

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first_imgIn the week leading up to Commencement, seniors had the opportunity to participate in different activities to celebrate the traditions and sisterhood fostered at Saint Mary’s.The week is a time for students to have one more chance to spend time together as a class, senior class president CoCo Craig said.“It’s time for memories,” Craig said.According to Craig, the week began with a senior formal Sunday, followed by the Alumnae-Senior Champagne Brunch, yoga and scavenger hunt Monday.Senior class vice president Lindsay Rzepecki said the Class of 2016 participation in the Class Gift Campaign — in which each class tries to achieve 100 percent participation in raising money for Saint Mary’s — will be revealed, and the class’s gift will be presented to College President Carol Ann Mooney on Monday.Domerfest 2.0 and Babetostal were held on Tuesday, and the class took a trip Wednesday to Chicago for a Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field.The main events of the week took place Thursday, Craig said, when students painted handprints in the underground tunnel that connects Le Mans Hall and the Saint Mary’s Student Center and participated in the Saint Mary’s tradition of Opening of the Circle. Additionally, they received their letters from the Letter Writing Project, had a party on the island in Lake Marian and had their final walk down the Avenue.“The Opening of the Circle is a tradition where the president of the class reads a script that basically prepares to send us off, but reminds us we are always welcome to come home,” Craig said. “The Letter Writing Project is a genius idea the Class of 2015 started. Friends, faculty and family write letters to students about the positive impact they have contributed.”The Opening of the Circle will be a time of reflection for the graduates, Rzepecki said.“Opening of the Circle will surely be a sentimental moment for all of us graduating seniors, as we participated in a very similar ceremony [Closing of the Circle] on our first day at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “We will reflect in prayer and join hands with our classmates.”Rzepecki said the week aimed to make memories for students to “carry with us as we move past the comfort of Saint Mary’s.”“Each memory, person, hardship and celebration has made our own personal Saint Mary’s story,” she said. “These unique and precious gifts are something we will not be able to relive, but they will live on. This is the opportunity to celebrate those memories with just us, and only us — the Class of 2016. It’s a time of celebration, and we certainly deserve it.”Senior Isabella Gagnon said in an email she was excited to spend her final days at Saint Mary’s with her classmates.“Senior Week has really allowed me to hang out with girls that I may not usually hang out with, that aren’t in the same major or clubs that I am,” Gagnon said. “It’s also an extra week that we get to pretend we aren’t about to be real adults. We can just … bond with our fellow Belles all week without the stress of finals.”Gagnon said she is looking forward to the Senior Letter Writing Project, as well as other events during the week.“I am excited for taking our final walk down the Avenue,” she said. “I’m pretty sure this is the part where I will start crying uncontrollably. … I want to get as much out of my Saint Mary’s experience as possible. I think it’s important to go to yoga classes and handprint paining to really do that. I’m not doing every Senior Week event, but I will make the best out of the ones I do go to.”Tags: Commencement 2016, saint mary’s, Senior Weeklast_img read more

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Humility: The oxygen of strong leadership

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first_imgManagement and leadership have many areas of overlap, but not every function is the same. In our work, we spend a lot of time thinking about management. Our concerns revolve around the day-to-day – we think about things like an upcoming audit or the employee who called out sick on a busy day. Management is the function of processes, systems and performance measures. Management is critical. Leadership is the people function. Leadership is the function that is concerned with inspiring and motivating people rather than directing them. Leadership also matters. Leadership’s objective is to develop the full potential of the team, and the individuals that make up the team. A good manager is also a leader – it is the person who keeps their eye on both the processes and the people with a genuine concern for both. In the best case scenario, the highest level of management leads the team, and the executives are chosen for both their leadership traits and management abilities. In other cases, an organization’s real leader is not the top manager, or even in a management role at all. One of the greatest conflicts between the two functions is the attribute of humility. Humility is a trait that leaders exhibit, which includes a willingness to put others over themselves.  This Harvard Business Review article indicates when a person is promoted to a management position, they become less likely to receive negative feedback.  This reality, coupled with the power that comes with authority can inhibit managers from exhibiting humility necessary to become true leaders. Humility is also misunderstood.  It’s easy to confuse humility with traits that have negative connotations, and people overlook humility as a key leadership characteristic because it is a quiet trait in our loud society. It is the characteristic that makes others willing to follow because the follower knows that the leader has their best interest in mind. A leader also has a team with the potential to become strong leaders individually, because people are encouraged to live up to their individual potential. Here are a few definitions of what humility is and is not. Humility is not self- deprecation.  This is the area where humility most takes on a negative connotation. Humility is often defined as not thinking of yourself above others. However, a humble person can still have strong confidence and take decisive action. A humble person is not someone who thinks poorly of themselves. A humble person is only one who does not place their importance above others, particularly those with fewer resources, influence or authority. Humility is owning mistakes and weaknesses.  A humble person already recognizes their ideas might not be the best and are ok with the reality that they are wrong at times. They also recognize (and hire!) those under them who have strengths in areas they do not. A humble person can apologize to someone junior to them when things do not go well and they are at fault. Humility recognizes the strengths in others. Humility is letting others be who they are. Letting others be who they are goes deeper than being open to new ideas.  A team or department is diverse by nature, and there is complexity in relationships that goes deeper than the things we see on the surface.  A humble leader still manages people by disciplining when necessary, and giving feedback on areas for growth. However, they also let people have their own unique strengths and voice. Humility includes other’s ideas. Because of the reasons listed above, the ideas of others, and not just the person with formal authority, have the opportunity to rise to the top. And this is what makes leaders great. A group of people working with unity can accomplish great things, and when people’s voices matter and the best ideas have the opportunity to flourish the team performs. And often the leader gets the credit, but a good leader gives the credit right back to the team. 186SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall is a consultant in the credit union industry, and can be reached for partnership and speaking opportunities through Your Credit Union Partner. Her background in community development includes … Web: https://yourcupartner.org Detailslast_img read more

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Why the SBA Paycheck Protection Program will change business lending forever

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first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ian Lampl Ian Lampl is CEO & Co-Founder of LoanStreet Inc., an innovative online platform that helps financial institutions share, manage, and originate loans.Prior to launching LoanStreet, Ian served as Deputy … Web: https://www.loan-street.com Details Until this March, your typical small business owner could run their entire life from their smartphone.  The one exception: their business banking relationship. That experience had not changed since the advent of email and, in some cases, the fax machine. If that small business needed to apply for credit, update financials, or make a draw request, then fax, email, or physically showing up at a branch was the primary and most effective method. No other part of their life worked in this fashion. That all changed with the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program.The COVID crisis and the urgent PPP opportunityThe combination of urgent needs and social distancing requirements made many of the antiquated procedures associated with business lending impractical, if not impossible. Business members needed those loans immediately, and credit unions needed a means of receiving online applications, performing online reviews, and issuing credit online, while working remotely at speed and scale. Many credit unions responded to this crisis by putting into place tools, technologies, and procedures that enabled them to meet this member need. Given the narrow scope of the PPP combined with the digital knowledge that already supported modern consumer banking experiences, for many credit unions this crisis-response entailed only a small investment in specialized PPP software.Once credit unions modernized their lending processes for PPP loans, their small business members could submit online applications, deliver supporting documentation, and information into online datarooms (with audit trails), all the while allowing various credit union staff members to review applications and fund loans — all of it performed online, remotely and efficiently at scale with information and timely updates being communicated to members. This SBA PPP experience was fundamentally different from all prior business lending experiences with their credit union even if natural and expected in the consumer world for these business members.No going back…Business members that have experienced this online solution are not going to understand why they need to return to antiquated ways of doing business banking once the crisis is behind us. Rightfully so, they will expect that if a credit union can execute in an all-online environment during a crisis, provide strong member communication, and have access to information in real-time, then surely a credit union can do the same during normal times.Credit unions that want to win business banking and grow will have no alternative but to provide small business borrowers with a modern digital experience for originating and servicing loans. The inefficiencies that were tolerated in large part due to inertia, as well as an excessively cautious approach to modernization, will no longer suffice. Simply put, the question of whether credit unions can deliver a modern digital commercial lending experience has been answered. Now, credit unions will need to rise to the occasion across all commercial and business banking. PPP cannot be and will not be a one-off experience. There is no going back.What this means for credit unions moving forward…Credit unions now enter the future having demonstrated that their organizations are ready to deliver a fully digital lending experience, knowing that small businesses will expect it. What’s still required is investing in enabling technologies that can support that process for a wider variety of commercial loans. Given the positive economics of small business lending, this technology decision will receive renewed attention. Gone will be the status quo bias and inertia that can frequently delay investments. Even capital constrained budgets can leverage SaaS-delivered solutions with volume-based pricing that integrate easily, and at low cost, with any technology stack. Once such new software is adopted, credit unions will immediately be able to efficiently deliver a modernized commercial lending experience to their small business members, gain greater market share and grow just as they successfully accomplished during the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program.last_img read more

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A house in Brisbane sold for $151,000 over the weekend

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first_imgAt least it’s dry. All you need is a sympathetic renovation. Back yard.The price paid over the weekend was $254,000 less than the median house price in the Rocklea area, where 44 houses sold in the past 12 months and prices rose 5.2 per cent in the past year.Agents Matt Holloway and Geoff Sellars of Ray White Annerley had marketed the home as a fixer-upper in a suburb that was “fast becoming one of Brisbane’s most affordable suburbs within 10kms of the CBD”. 8 Darnley Street, Rocklea Qld 4106NO, that’s not a typo – a two bedroom house inside the 10km ring from the CBD has sold for a ridiculous $151,000 over the weekend.The house at 8 Darnley Street, Rocklea – which sold at auction – admittedly needs some serious elbow grease to get it up to scratch.But even if the new owner spent as much on the renovation as they paid for the property, that would still mean landing a house for $302,000 – a rare feat in the current market. Front yard. Upstairs veranda.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago I take it back, this kitchen has to go.“It may not look like much now but think of what it can be with a bit of effort and imagination,” was how they described it.“This property has the potential to create a beautifully renovated cottage to live in or rent. The structure looks to be solid with steel support beams, the timber is in good condition and the framing is done, all you need to do is finish it off.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

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AP7 to report fossil fuel divestment hoax to police

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first_imgSweden’s AP7, the SEK674bn (€64bn) default fund for the premium pension system, said it intends to file a report to police after being targeted yesterday by a sophisticated hoax, in which an unknown party purporting to be the fund itself distributed false information to media outlets.Fake news that the fund had taken a decision to divest from all fossil fuels and become carbon neutral by 2030 was then reported by IPE, one Swedish website, the French news agency AFP, and many international news outlets redistributing the AFP story.Johan Florén, AP7’s head of communications and ownership, told IPE: “We are going to try to make a report for the police. We are investigating this and and hopefully everything will become clear and we will then look into all the options.”IPE removed the false story from its website yesterday after being contacted by Florén to say the story was not true. The unknown perpetrators of the prank emailed journalists using the format of a press release closely resembling a genuine release from AP7, with the announcement also carried in English and Swedish on a website impersonating an official AP funds website.While the pension fund is taking action to remove remainders of the false information on social media and elsewhere online, Florén said there was a limited amount that could be done to guard against such attacks.“With this kind of online fraud, it’s very difficult to do anything about it. Often the perpetrators are hidden behind servers in other countries, for example,” he said.Asked who could be responsible for yesterday’s disinformation, Florén speculated the perpetrators could be environmental activists.“The AP funds have been subject to other attacks linked to the issue of sustainability, both online and physically,” he said.Two years ago, Swedish state pension buffer fund AP3 was targeted by activists from campaign group Greenpeace, which included one of their meeting rooms being occupied by protesters.Yesterday’s fake press release incident echoes the case in early 2019 when a spoof letter on climate change pretending to be from BlackRock founder Larry Fink was reported by the Financial Times and other media.last_img read more

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Chevron budget ‘down for the fourth consecutive year’

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first_imgU.S.-based oil major Chevron has announced a 2018 capital and exploratory spending program of $18.3 billion, which is down for the fourth consecutive year. This amount includes $5.5 billion for the company’s share of expenditures by affiliated companies, Chevron said on Wednesday.“Our 2018 budget is down for the fourth consecutive year, reflecting project completions, improved efficiencies, and investment high-grading,” said Chevron Chairman and CEO John Watson, who will retire from the company on February 1, 2018, after 37 years of service, including eight years as chairman and CEO.About a year ago, Chevron  reduced its capex for 2017 to $19.8 billion, a reduction of 42 percent from 2015 outlays.Watson continued, “We’re fully funding our advantaged Permian Basin position and dedicating approximately three-quarters of our spend to projects that are expected to realize cash flow within two years.”“With production currently exceeding guidance in the Permian, our 2018 plan should deliver both strong production growth and solid free cash flow, at prices comparable to what we’ve seen this year.”In the upstream business, approximately $8.7 billion is forecasted to sustain currently producing assets, including $3.3 billion for the Permian and $1 billion for other shale and tight rock investments. Approximately $5.5 billion of the upstream program is planned for major capital projects underway, including $3.7 billion associated with the Future Growth Project at the Tengiz field in Kazakhstan.Global exploration funding is expected to be about $1.1 billion. Remaining upstream spend will be for early stage projects supporting potential future developments.Approximately $2.2 billion of planned capital spending is associated with the company’s downstream businesses.last_img read more

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Pakistan LNG floats tender for six May-June cargoes

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first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Pakistan LNG)State-owned Pakistan LNG launched a tender seeking the supply of a total of six liquefied natural gas cargoes for delivery in May and June. According to Pakistan LNG’s tender document dated February 6, the delivery is split into six slots, four of which will be in May and two in June.Cargoes are to be supplied on a delivered ex-ship basis to BW’s FSRU BW Integrity with a storage capacity in excess of 170,000 cubic meters and a peak regasification capacity of 750 million standard cubic feet per day.Cargo volumes requested to be at 140,000 cubic meters of chilled fuel, the tender document shows.Interested bidders are called to submit bids by March 11. LNG World News Stafflast_img

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