Celebrate Paul Barrere’s Birthday With Some Classic Little Feat Footage

first_imgBeloved Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrere celebrates his 69th birthday today, July 3rd, and we couldn’t let the occasion go unmarked. Barrere joined Little Feat in 1972, just a few years after Lowell George founded the band. Among his many contributions to the Little Feat sound, Barrere was a great songwriting, putting out classics like “Skin It Back,” “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now,” “Time Loves A Hero,” “All That You Dream” and so many more. Barrere continues to perform Little Feat tunes with Fred Tackett, and has enjoyed a prolific career that has included work with Jack Bruce, Taj Mahal, Carly Simon, Robert Palmer and so many more. The guitarist’s versatile style has come to define the Little Feat sound, working in elements of rock, folk, funk, cajun, and more.To celebrate Barrere’s birthday, we wanted to dig through the archives and lay down a great Little Feat concert from 1977. Held at the Rainbow Theatre in London, enjoy some great Little Feat grooves!As a bonus for the phans in the audience, here’s footage of Phish covering Barrere’s classic “Skin It Back” on this day in 2012. What a birthday tribute!last_img read more

VCE and VMware: Extending the VCE Experience to Strategically Scalable VDI Initiatives

first_imgVMware last week announced VMware Horizon™ 6 as a portfolio update to its application and desktop virtualization platform, which will enable tightly integrated joint virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions with VCE converged infrastructure. Through a single, unified platform, Horizon 6 delivers centralized management of any type of enterprise application and desktop, including physical desktops and laptops, virtual desktops and applications, and employee-owned PCs. VCE works closely with VMware to integrate its technologies into Vblock™ Systems, and Horizon 6 demonstrates another opportunity for how VCE and VMware can continue working together to enable business transformation for customers.VDI holds the promise of not only consolidating desktop computing into the data center for improved manageability, efficiency and security, but also supporting new services such as bring your own device (BYOD) and desktop mobility.  There are significant cost savings for enterprises that migrate to desktop virtualization, offering increased flexibility and productivity.The workspace can now be delivered to any endpoint device with the same look and feel of a traditional, corporate-owned desktop.  It also enables IT personnel to ensure data security, protect application data within the data center, and comply with regulatory policies while keeping operational costs down. VCE and VMware work closely to provide these end-user computing benefits while solving broader challenges in the data center such as management, data protection and the increased overhead of supporting virtual desktop users.Late last year, VCE introduced a new specialized system to solve many of these issues. The Vblock Specialized System for Extreme Applications is designed for running just that – “extreme applications” such as VDI that have unique data center requirements.  Integrated with VMware Horizon View, which is part of the Horizon 6 platform, this specialized system can deliver performance and responsiveness exceeding that of physical desktops, enabling a simplified VDI experience to end users while providing massive scalability for IT to easily manage thousands of user environments (up to 7,000 desktops per system).  In addition, this specialized system from VCE helps drive down the cost per desktop through integrated flash-based storage from EMC XtremIO – helping solve the storage complexity that can slow down VDI adoption.VCE and VMware together have partnered to offer a VDI solution that enables IT to transform their user environments in a world where providing anytime, anywhere access at a low cost is becoming the de facto standard for organizations.  With VMware Horizon 6, we’re taking our partnership to a new level in helping IT and their end users adapt to this changing and ever more mobile paradigm.last_img read more

Dutch schemes get reprieve from cuts as minister lowers funding floor

first_imgHe added that pension funds using the extension must explain why this would be a balanced approach for all their participants and pensioners.The minister suggested that stable pension contributions and ditto annual accrual would contribute to this aim.He explained his decision to avert looming cuts by citing the risk of social unrest and the risk of people losing confidence in the future of the Dutch pension system.“Calm and stability are required to properly flesh out the pensions agreement,” argued Koolmees.In the direct wake of the accord, he had already decided to temporarily lower the minimum required funding from 104.3% to 100% to avert cuts.However, pension funds’ financial situation had further deteriorated since then as a consequence of declining interest rates.Current funding is approximately 100% on average – down from 109% at 2017-end – and is predominantly affected by falling interest rates.However, the effect of the financial crisis, increasing life expectancy and an insufficient contribution level also played a role.What’s more, pension funds must use lower assumptions for future returns when calculating their recovery potential as of 2020.In the envisaged new pension contract, pension funds don’t have to keep large financial buffers, which must enable them to quickly raise or reduce pensions, the minister explained. Dutch social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees has granted most ailing pension funds a one-year reprieve from implementing cuts of pension rights and benefits.In a letter to parliament, he said that he would temporarily reduce the minimum required funding to 90%, pending the elaboration of the pensions agreement concluded between the social partners and the government in June.However, seriously underfunded schemes would still have to reduce pension rights, and must implement unconditional cuts in order to improve their coverage ratio to 90%.Pension funds would subsequently be allowed to further improve their financial position to the minimum required funding in a 12-year period, rather than the current legal period of 10 years, Koolmees said. Cuts, however, would be required if schemes’ coverage ratio were to drop below 90% in order to keep participating in a pension fund attractive to young workers, he added.Currently, a steering group of the social partners and the cabinet is elaborating the pensions agreement.The minister said he expects results to be published next summer, when drafting the necessary legislation would start.He reiterated that raising the discount rate for liablities to avert rights cuts would not solve schemes’ funding problems.It would cause a redistribution of pension assets that would ultimately come at the expense of younger generations, he contended.“If we abolished the principle of an objective market valuation, the discount rate would become a ‘continuing plaything’ of contrasting interests between the generations.“It could also put pressure on the current mandatory participation in a pension fund, as players could wish to no longer participate.”In his opinion, changing the rules wouldn’t solve, and merely camouflage, pension funds’ financial problems, and could lead to a further erosion of schemes’ financial positions.Koolmees emphasised that a collective approach, solidarity and mandatory participation would also be key in the new pensions system.The large metal sector schemes PMT and PME were facing rights cuts next year as they had been continuously underfunded for a five-year period.At October-end, their coverage ratio stood at 95.8% and 95.1%, respectively.ABP and PFZW – the pension funds for the civil service and the healthcare sector – would have to implement discounts in 2021 if their coverage ratio was short of the required minimum at the end of next year.Their funding rayios stood at 93.2% and 94.1%, respectively, at the end of October.last_img read more

Odegaard rejoining Real Madrid from Sociedad after Zidane request

first_imgRead Also: Joshua reveals why he visited Nigeria as a non-championThe Norwegian future is said to be linked in to that of Luka Modric in the first-team squad in the Spanish capital, with Odegaard tipped to be the Croatian’s successor in the starting XI.This news looks set to come as a significant blow for Real Sociedad, while it may be possible that Madrid reach an agreement with the club to compensate them for any breached agreement of a second loan season.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… It is claimed that Zidane believes the Norwegian star is ready to be incorporated into Madrid’s first-team straightaway and his return was his first request of this transfer request. Despite a reported agreement between club presidents Florentino Perez and Jokin Apperibay that the loan arrangement of Odegaard at the Basque club would last for a further season, he now looks set to be recalled to the Spanish capital.Odegaard netted seven goals for La Real last season, but the player still must activate the second year of that deal due to La Liga stipulations on loan agreements.center_img Martin Odegaard is set to rejoin Real Madrid from Real Sociedad after a request from Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane, report Marca.Advertisement Promoted Content6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least Once5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

Former Black Stars striker George Alhassan is gone

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club is sorry to announce the demise of one its most illustrious sons, George Alhassan whose sudden death occurred on the 26th of July, 2013 at the age of 72.The former Hearts of Oak striker, born on 9th September, 1941, led the line for the Phobians in the 1960s through to the early 1970s.His playing mates were Abeka Ankrah, Robert Foli, Joe Ghartey, Joe Dakota and others. George Alhassan, affectionately called “Ga Mantse” for his stint with Accra Hearts of Oak was a loyal servant of the Black Stars. The former Black Stars striker also played in the 1968 Olympics game where Ghana finished third in their Group behind Hungary and Israel respectively.George Alhassan was a thorn-in-the-flesh of arch-rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko, and he scored five times against the Porcupines in the league during his stint with Accra Hearts of Oak.The “Ga Mantse” scored in a classic 3-2 thriller win over Kotoko in Accra to end the Porcupine warriors’ unbeaten streak in the league in the 1963/64 season. He was also part of the Accra Hearts of Oak team that toured the United Kingdom for preseason in August, 1970.Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club expresses its profoundest condolence to the family of George Alhassan. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Fare thee well, our “mantse.”last_img read more

Best chief ministers poll: Karnataka CM S.M. Krishna tops charts consistently

first_imgClick here to EnlargePoll January 2002Pluses: A suave administrator and a firm believer in teamwork, his modern outlook, openness and accessibility have helped put the sheen back on Karnataka’s image. Minuses: Considered too soft and sometimes indecisive. Still has to execute all that he has promised. Could face difficulties because,Click here to EnlargePoll January 2002 Pluses: A suave administrator and a firm believer in teamwork, his modern outlook, openness and accessibility have helped put the sheen back on Karnataka’s image.Minuses: Considered too soft and sometimes indecisive. Still has to execute all that he has promised. Could face difficulties because Karnataka’s finances are in a mess.Call it Krishna and the art of political consciousness. For he has a Zen like approach to his job – a calm and a detachment that are reassuring. He doesn’t sound embarrassed about admitting that he enjoys the good things of life.Popularity IndicatorThe Congress party’s overall popularity may have shrunk in the past six months but three of its chief ministers head the popularity charts in the states. A.K. Antony and Digvijay Singh are the laggards. For the BJP, its relatively new chief ministers, like Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh, have done well, as has its Punjab ally Parkash Singh Badal. But there is a problem with other allies, notably O.P Chautala. The Haryana chief minister competes with Tamil Nadu’s O. Paneerselvam and Bihar’s Rabri Devi for the status of unpopular chief ministers.It may not be politically correct to do so especially when you head a state whose 53 million people have a per capita income less than the national average.His sartorial sense is regal and his official bio-data even lists designing men’s clothes as his hobby. He jots down notes with his blue Mont Blanc and has discarded the dowdy Ambassador car for a pearly white Hyundai Sonata.advertisementIn Karnataka he is known as the “Western Gowda” in contrast to a predecessor who went on to become prime minister and made a fetish of his earthy roots.In two years and four months as chief minister, Somanahalli Malaiah Krishna continues to lead with elegance, clarity and efficiency that have for the second successive year seen him being rated as India’s best chief minister by the INDIA TODAY-ORG-MARG poll.What is his secret? According to Krishna, it is his ability to blend orthodoxy and conservatism with modernism. It means being a quintessential Congressman in white kurtas while dealing with party politics and sporting Saville Row suits and a Dallas accent-he studied law in Texas-to woo foreign investors.Click here to EnlargeWhat Krishna certainly has done is bring Karnataka back in focus as the state of the future-an image that had slipped in the 1990s as a succession of chief ministers (one an unabashed tippler)-whittled away its prosperity.Industry big daddies such as Infosys Chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy praise him for his “accessibility and openness to implement new ideas”. Software whiz Ashok Soota, CII’s president-designate, terms him the “feelgood” chief minister.Not one for getting embroiled in the nitty-gritty, Krishna sets targets and expect his colleagues to deliver. He also has set his priorities right, pushing for roads, jobs and houses for townsmen, irrigation schemes for farmers and drinking water for the poor.But Karnataka’s finances continue to be a mess, something he will have to answer for. He will turn 70 soon-the Old Turk he says derisively-but with tennis and yoga as pastimes Krishna appears fit to complete the remaining half of his term with panache.last_img read more

Axar Patel credits Virender Sehwag after snaring first hat-trick of IPL 2016

first_imgHat-trick hero Axar Patel, who joined forces with his new skipper Murali Vijay, to help Kings XI Punjab take the first step towards reviving their disastrous Indian Premier League campaign, credited mentor Virender Sehwag for his good showing on Sunday. (Full Coverage|Points Table)Kings XI were forced to axe South Africa star David Miller as skipper mid-way this IPL season. Led by Test specialist Vijay, Punjab stunned table-toppers Gujarat Lions yesterday to register their second win of this season. (Also read: Kings XI Punjab skipper Murali Vijay confident of reviving fortunes) Punjab, who were put into bat, were given a solid start by Vijay and Marcus Stoinis. However, Suresh Raina’s men struck back with regular wickets and restricted Punjab to a below-par total of 154. (Also read: Murali Vijay floored by Axar Patel’s ‘incredible’ bowling performance) The 155-run target had looked like a walk in the park for Gujarat. Destructive opener Dwayne Smith, after chasing a 180-run target against Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier in the season, had boasted of the team’s firepower.  However, on Sunday, the home team was stunned and was handed a thrashing. Thanks to Axar, who joined a legion of greats with a hat-trick against the Lions.The 22-year-old left-arm spinner dealt the death blows to derail Gujarat’s chase after Punjab pacer Mohit Sharma struck twice in the first six overs. Patel’s victims included Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja.The young left-armer said he was thankful to Sehwag for helping him detoxify his thought process. “Sehwag asked me to do my own bowling analysis after every game. He wanted me to understand if my bowling style has changed over the years,” Axar told MumbaiMirror. advertisementNot many would have seen this coming from the youngster who had had a poor season before the game against Gujarat. From six matches, Axar managed only four wickets and leaked aplenty. On Sunday though, Patel was in his elements and was ably backed by skipper Vijay. Patel didn’t try to anything fancy but stuck to bowling arm-balls that has worked for him all these years.Axar said Sehwag had helped him understand his strengths and had asked him not to crib about what he wasn’t able to do. “Since every bowler is unique, he stressed that I shouldn’t ache to be what I am not. He felt I must not stress over deceiving batsmen in flight or change my trajectory too often, which is not my style anyway,” he said.The youngster chose yesterday’s spell as his best in T20 cricket. The young spinner said he was trying to do what he did in season 7 of IPL, in which he was named the ’emerging player of the tournament’ for picking up 16 wickets at a tidy economy of 6.22.”This has been my best bowling performance. I was just trying to do what I did in IPL-7. I was focusing on bowling in the right areas as that is something that had worked for me earlier. I had never taken a hat-trick in my career before, so it feels really special that I got the milestone at this level. The fact that we won the game and my efforts have resulted in a win makes it even more special,” Axar told iplt20.comAxar, who had played 22 ODIs and 4 T20Is, said he was focussed on getting back into the national team. “Now that I have bowled well, I will look to carry this confidence forward. If you feel confident about your game and your bowling, it opens more doors for you and ultimately you can win your place back,” he said.last_img read more

Israel Folau’s fight for religious freedom leaves behind ugly mess

first_imgShare on Messenger The Israel Folau dispute is set to become a test case for religious freedom in Australia with ramifications that will potentially go way beyond the confines of rugby. Rugby Australia chief-executive Raelene Castle announced Folau’s $4m contract had been terminated after an independent panel found he committed a high-level breach of the code of conduct for posting religiously inspired, anti-gay, comments on social media.Folau has three days to appeal the decision, but there was strong speculation he will by-pass an appeal and take the matter straight to the Supreme Court. He confirmed he was “exploring his options” but there is not much point in Folau appealing. Even if a new three-person panel was appointed to hear an appeal, it is highly unlikely Folau would escape without any sanction at all. Topics Share on Twitter Play Video Rugby Australia terminates Folau’s contract – as it happened Share on Facebook Unlike the US, Australia has no constitutional or statutory bill of rights that protects religious freedom. Section 116 of the Australian Constitution precludes the federal parliament from making laws that prohibit the free exercise of any religion, but does not stop the states from making such laws. But the Federal Fair Work Act prohibits discrimination on the ground of religious belief or activity in employment contexts as do laws in all states except NSW and South Australia. Read more Australia sport Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Israel Folau sacked by Rugby Australia: here’s why – video report Reuse this content RA stated Folau was entitled to his religious beliefs, but had to express them more “respectfully”. If ever laws required clarification, it is those relating to religious freedom in Australia.While Folau fights for the right to religious freedom, what about the state of the game he is leaving behind?RA is not flush with funds. There is a report that RA has already spent more than $350,000 in attempting to sack Folau. Could it afford a protracted and costly legal battle it is not guaranteed to win? Going from a code of conduct hearing to a court-room would be a whole new ballgame.Folau’s controversial social media comments have divided the community and the game. Some of Folau’s former teammates at the Wallabies and the NSW Waratahs have publicly criticised his comments, but many are Pacific Islanders who share his religious beliefs and may feel resentment at the way he has been treated.The Waratahs’ season has been adversely affected by Folau’s absence. They have won only one of four games since he was suspended and will struggle to make the playoffs. And, of course, rugby is now without the services of one of its best players in a World Cup year.There will be a lot of soul-searching about how rugby arrived at this point. Is there anything RA could have done to prevent it? Were there missteps along the way in handling the issue? When Folau posted his first anti-gay comment a year ago, RA simply could have stated that Folau’s views were his own and did not reflect those of the organisation and left it at that.Did Rugby Australia pursue Folau over the matter to uphold its policy of inclusion or was there commercial pressure from sponsors? Or a combination of both? Or was this matter always going to end up in court no matter what RA did or did not do?If Folau takes legal action and is successful, it be a victory for religious freedom across Australia, particularly in workplaces, and if he fails, he will become Australia’s first sporting religious martyr.center_img 1:45 Australia rugby union team Israel Folau sacked over social media posts after panel rules in favour of Rugby Australia Israel Folau Share via Email Read more And given Folau believes he has done nothing wrong, it would be hard to see him accept a suspension or a fine. For Folau it seems the issue is not just about saving a multi-million contract, but a crusade for the right to express his religious beliefs without discrimination. Folau believes he has a “duty to share God’s word.”Folau, 30, has steadfastly rejected overtures to end the dispute, which re-ignited on 10 April when he posted that Hell awaited homosexuals and an array of other sinners if they did not repent.Folau could have saved his career by taking down his offensive posts, but did not do so; he reportedly knocked back an offer of $1m to settle the matter before the code of conduct hearing, but rejected it out of hand. He has dismissed mediation as a possible solution.All of this leads to the conclusion that the matter was always heading to a court of law where it will almost certainly become a test case – a legal action whose purpose is to set a precedent. There has certainly been nothing like the Folau dispute in the history of Australian sport, perhaps even workplace relations in general, where contract law is pitted against freedom of religion. features … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Rugby union Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

TAS to Host SSA National Championships

first_imgProspect Park in Launceston will be the venue for the 2008 School Sport Australia National Touch Championships hosted by Touch Football Tasmania.In excess of 300 participants from all States and Territories will contest the ONLY truly National competition in the sport, from Monday 20th – Friday 24th October in 12 & Under and 15 & Under divisions.Trials are set to commence in Hobart on Sunday 18th May for Tasmanian teams being selected to represent in their home state, in boys and girls for both age divisions. For more information visit the Touch Football Tasmania websitelast_img

25 days agoCleverley calls on fans to ‘stick with’ struggling Watford

first_imgCleverley calls on fans to ‘stick with’ struggling Watfordby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Cleverley wants everyone associated with Watford to stay patient as they attempt to climb out of a hole.The Hornets have yet to win a game all season, while they only have two points from their first seven league games.It puts them rock bottom, four points off safety. But Cleverley does not want a knee jerk reaction from players, fans or management.”Stick with us,” he said to reporters when asked what he would like to tell fans.”It’s not a work rate issue, hopefully they can see that. Maybe at times, there’s been a lack of quality and maybe a lack of intensity defensively but stick with us, we’ll keep putting the work in and we’re working for our performances to improve.”As players, we just have to be accountable for our own performances, take responsibility and work as hard as we possibly can until it gets better.”We’re a team with two points out of seven, low on confidence, it’s not clicked. “The new signings have both started today and maybe we need a little bit of time to bed in, but you’ve just got to be accountable for yourself and that’s what I’m going to do until we’re out of this little lull we’re in.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more