– Marisa Frydman (@musicalmarisa) Shavo Odadijian, bassist of System Of A Down, says that the band has begun working on new music for the first time in 10 years. In an interview with John Golden of Madcap Music Daily, the bassist answered that the band has in fact been in the recording studio together. We’ve already gone. We’ve written some songs. We’re keeping it to ourselves. We’re getting back to the bullshit of being together.” The band’s last release was their LP Hypnotize, back in 2005. The statement from Odadijian adds fuel to the fire of speculation for a potential new album release from the band. Earlier this year, frontman Serj Tankian stated in regards to the idea of creating new music with System Of A Down, “There has been talk. We are going to play this tour, come back and we’re going to see where we are. If we have songs that work for System, if I have them and Daron (Malakian, guitarist) has them. The openness is there to work together, but we haven’t made any particular plans that we can announce.”This news comes on the heels of their “Wake Up The Souls” tour, announced late last year. In the coming weeks, System Of A Down is set to kick off their upcoming tour in London on April 10th and it will culminate in the band’s first ever show in their homeland of Armenia, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. For more tour and ticket information, check out the band’s website.
Meridian Trust FCU made a big impact when it opened a new branch.When $289 million/22,200-member Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union, Cheyenne, Wyo., opened a new branch in Scottsbluff, Neb., in October 2013, the entire credit union worked to make it a success.This is how we did it:We contacted the local newspaper about doing a special news story on the opening. The result was a nice article.We staged a Facebook campaign that had people “guess” where our new office was going to be, and providing hints over a series of several days. We gave away prizes, including a hammock for the top prize, to the winners.We sent direct mail to existing members near the new branch (based on their ZIP codes) to have a sneak peak and gave away special prizes just for them. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Winner: Rachel Kelly from Maree; The Runner Up was Niamh Forkan from Roscam.U10 Boys:Winner: Dylan Waterson from Barna; The Runner Up was Ross Moran, from Roscam.U12 Girls:Winner: Alannah Monaghan from Maree; The Runner Up was Laura Turner, from Tuam.U12 Boys:Winner: Seamus Fallon from Maree; The Runner Up was Shane Heffernan, from Tuam.U14 Girls:Winner: Amy Connolly from Maree; The Runner Up was Emma Dillon from Barna.U14 Boys:Winner: Sean Connolly from Maree; The Runner Up was Kaelen Zipoli from Barna.The Dempsey Cup winner for Sportsmanship was awarded to Laura Turner from Tuam Tennis Clubprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email U10 Girls: The Parks Tennis Finals are the culmination of a month long series of coaching camps at eight different venues around the county with the winners qualifying for the finals that were held today at Galway Lawn Tennis Club. Finals were held in Boys and Girls competitions from under 10 to under 14.
Seven Connacht Players have been named in the squadand are Kaitlin Bourke (Ballina), Hannah Coen (Creggs), Hannah Johnston(Sligo), Nina McVann (Ballina), Faith Oviawe and Ivana Kiripati (Buccs) andMegan Walsh (Connemara). The Ireland Under-18 Women’s 15s squad, sponsored by PwC, to travel to Scotland for a training weekend has been selected. Twenty four players will travel to Largs in Scotland for a unique training weekend with the Scotland Under-18 side. This weekend will be a mix of education workshops and training which will culminate with a training game against the Scotland U-18s on Sunday. Brian McClean is the coach and John Mulligan spoke to him ahead of their trip to Scotland. They also talked about the potential that exists in Womens Rugby that exists in the country.IRELAND UNDER-18WOMEN’S 15s Squad (Training Weekend, Largs, Scotland, February 21-23, 2020):Mya Alcorn (Letterkenny/Ulster) *Katelyn Bourke (Ballina/Connacht)Ciara Brennan (Wicklow/Leinster)Hannah Coen (Creggs/Connacht)Courtney Duhig (St. Mary’s/Munster)Marlise Flynn (Carrick-on-Suir/Munster)Eileen Gleeson (Nenagh Ormond/Munster)Nina Hjalmers (Dundalk/Leinster)Ava Jenkins (Wicklow/Leinster)Hannah Johnston (Sligo/Connacht)Erin King (Naas/Leinster)Vicky Elms Kinlan (Wicklow/Leinster)Ivana Kiripati (Buccaneers/Connacht)Toni Macartney (Larne/Ulster)Nina McVann (Ballina/Connacht)Caoimhe O’Callaghan (Dundalk/Leinster) *Faith Oviawe (Buccaneers/Connacht)Taryn Schutzler (Donaghadee/Ulster)Sarah Shrestha (Dungannon/Ulster)Chisom Ugwueru (Ennis/Munster) *Aoife Wafer (Enniscorthy/Leinster)Megan Walsh (Connemara/Connacht)Katie Whelan (Enniscorthy/Leinster)Dara Yore (North Meath/Leinster)* Denotes capped player at Under-18 Sevens levelIRELAND UNDER-18WOMEN’S MANAGEMENT TEAM:Brian McClearn – Head CoachNiall Neville – Assistant CoachAlice O’Callaghan – Team ManagerNiamh Connolly – PhysioBeth Smith – Strength & Conditioning CoachEimear Flannery – Programme Managerprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
The massive cooling towers are receivinga bright and colourful makeover.(Image: MaOblata Bloemfontein) “The Suncatcher” by the late Father FransClaerhout, a Bloemfontein-based RomanCatholic priest, is one of the subjects shownin large scale and glorious colour.(Image: MaOblata Bloemfontein) The Soweto towers are a popular culturaldestination, and one that is also soughtafter by crazy thrill-seeking visitors.(Image: Soweto Towers )Janine ErasmusBloemfontein, the City of Roses, is looking even more cheerful these days. The city’s cooling towers are receiving a facelift and will soon be covered in vibrant home-grown artwork, courtesy of First National Bank (FNB), one of the country’s major banking groups. FNB is a major sponsor of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and in line with its sponsorship of the much-anticipated event, is transforming the skyline of one of the host cities.Bloemfontein, also known as Mangaung (place of the cheetahs), is a city rich in cultural heritage and has played a significant role in South Africa’s growth as a nation. Many of the city’s most acclaimed citizens and distinctive features will be immortalised in the gigantic works of art that are soon to completely clothe the vast surfaces of the cooling towers.Two of the four towers, which belong to a currently decommissioned power station, will carry FNB’s 2010 Fifa World Cup branding. The other two will take on a bright and colourful depiction of the area’s heritage and are expected to become a source of community pride.Sieg Maier, who heads up FNB’s Free State division, said that the company is proud of its investment. “The physical and psychological landscape of Bloemfontein will be transformed into a more positive and vibrant place that beams with hope,”The artworks are reproduced on canvas – about 12 800m2 of it – and the wraps weigh between 700 and 900kg each. The project, which is not yet complete, is expected to consume 12 000l of paint, while the artistic team will take about 720 hours each to complete their sections. Each tower is 60m high with a circumference of 120m at the bottom and 70m at the top.A city of pioneersBloemfontein is something of a pioneering city, and its residents are responsible for many notable milestones and inventions both at home and abroad. Among them are Olympians Ryk Neethling, a member of the first South African swimming team to win a gold medal, and record-breaker Zola Budd, who was the first Olympic athlete to run barefoot.The significance of the city goes back much further than that, though, and the area abounds with rock art paintings that show the lifestyle of the San people, its first inhabitants. Later the city, after its establishment in 1912, became an important military base with both an army and air force presence. The Rooivalk (Afrikaans for “red kestrel”), South Africa’s attack helicopter, is based at Bloemspruit air force base.Bloemfontein is renowned as a centre of learning and literature, as well as science and engineering. J.R.R. Tolkien, renowned author of The Lord of the Rings, was born in Bloemfontein in 1892. The city is the judicial capital of South Africa, and the country’s current ruling party, the African National Congress, was founded in Bloemfontein in 1912.In 1955 the first parking meter in Africa was installed in the city, and later Fred Brownell, who went to school in Bloemfontein and became the State Herald, was the principal designer of the new South African flag. The flag made its début on 10 May 1994 at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically-elected president, and is the only six-coloured national flag in the world.There are two international astronomical observatories within the city limits – the Boyden Observatory and the Lamont-Hussey Observatory, which is now a cultural venue known as the Observatory Theatre. While the latter was still in operation it housed the imposing 27-inch Lamont refractor which at one time was the largest refractor in the southern hemisphere.Soweto towersIn 2003 FNB performed a similar feat on the cooling towers of the mothballed Orlando power in Soweto. The two towers can be seen for miles around and have become cultural landmarks in the area. A number of contemporary artists lent their talents to the initiative, which is now an important tourist attraction in the area.Not only conventional, but also adventure tourists are keen to visit the site, because the Soweto towers have been transformed into a popular vertical adventure centre. The centre, which opened in July 2008, boasts a 100m-high viewing platform at the top of the west tower with a 360 degree view of Soweto. The platform leads to a power swing and a tandem swing, both of which allow thrill-seekers to plunge downwards for 40m and then swing between the two towers – either alone or with a friend. The towers are also used for base jumping, rap jumping and abseiling.FNB commissioned a mural that would depict slices of life in Soweto. Notable features, in much larger-than-life size, are a smiling Nelson Mandela, who lived in Soweto’s Vilakazi Street, famous singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the Madonna and child, which is a symbol of Soweto’s Regina Mundi Catholic church, a football stadium, a female vendor selling her wares, taxis, and many other iconic images of the bustling township.The other tower bears the FNB branding. The mural, which took six months to complete, is said to be the largest in Southern Africa – but soon it will have competition.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksMangaung local municipalityFNBSoweto towersBloemfontein towers
Microsoft announced Windows Live Profiles today, which takes some lessons from social networking sites and FriendFeed. The new profile page provides a central hub for all your online activities on Windows Live. More interestingly, your profile can also aggregate updates from other services, such as your Twitter account, your blog feed, reviews from Yelp, or photos you have posted on Flickr. You can also feed any standard RSS stream into your profile. While Microsoft doesn’t state this explicitly, these new profiles really tie all of the new and old Live Services together into a social networking site.PrivacyYou can choose the amount of personal information you want to display in your profile and Microsoft gives you very granular control over what parts of your profile you want to share with others. You can, for example, choose to share your last name and location only with friends, but make information about your relationship status and hometown public. You can also choose to make some items only available to a small sub-set of your friends.FavoritesLive Profiles also allows you to create an annotated list of favorite books, movies, and music. One of the nice features here is that Microsoft matches your text entry with images from its Zune catalog or Amazon’s book store, and links to both stores directly, which gives this feature more depth than just a simple list of favorite things in Facebook or other social networking sites. Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#NYT#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic... A Little Bit of Facebook, Twitter, and FriendFeedOverall, it seems that Live Profiles and the new Windows Live Homepage will tie Microsoft’s Live Services together into a very comprehensive social network. While it doesn’t have widgets that let you poke your friends, it does have a broad set of applications like Photos,Spaces, Contacts, Groups, Calendar, and Events that can all be integrated into your Live Profile. You can also post Twitter-like messages (Microsoft calls them ‘notes’) to your profile that will then appear in your friends’ accounts as well.While Microsoft isn’t directly marketing it as such, Windows Live is, in reality a formidable challenge to other social networks. frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai... Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Learning from Puma’s Environmental Profit and Loss StatementPuma is one company that thinks this is an important issue. While all companies have to develop profit and loss statements, Puma is the first to develop an environmental profit and loss statement. The company valued the environmental impact of its operations and supply chain in 2010 at about $190 million, factoring in impacts like water use, greenhouse gas emissions, land use conversion, air pollution, and waste. The company is now using this statement as a way to drive environmental initiatives, which it views as key to its long-term commercial survival. Puma’s environmental profit and loss statement is helping employees, shareholders, and suppliers understand the magnitude of the company’s environmental impacts, prioritize which ones to tackle first, and incorporate this information into decision-making.Evaluating Externalities to Drive SustainabilityAs the World Resources Institute reports in its recent working paper, Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability: Stories from Industry, other companies are also finding ways to value the cost of environmental impacts to drive sustainability and growth. For example,Natura, the Brazilian cosmetics company, is reducing the environmental impact of its supply chain by including in its supplier selection criteria the estimated cost of various suppliers’ environmental footprints. Natura estimates the financial cost of purchased products’ impacts, such as carbon dioxide emissions, waste generation, water use, and more. By reflecting these impacts into product costs, the company is able to select the suppliers that not only deliver the most cost-effective product, but have the lowest environmental impact. This helps Natura keep costs down and meet its commitment to sustainable sourcing.Greif, an industrial packaging products and services company, does not price environmental impacts directly, but does take a lifecycle view of its products’ footprints in its business planning. For example, Greif expanded its business to include re-manufactured and re-conditioned shipping containers, after finding them to have a lower environmental impact while better meeting the needs of customers. Using Policy to Account for Environmental CostsWhile some companies are taking the lead in developing their own ways of factoring environmental impacts into financial decision-making, public policies that put a price on environmental impacts would help all companies account for environmental externalities. These policies include those that put a price on greenhouse gas emissions or water use, as well as policies that create demand for more efficient products like vehicle fuel efficiency standards or building codes.While the impact of policies like this will vary across businesses, some companies are already benefiting. Environmental regulations, high energy prices, and a price on carbon in Europe, for example, have helped Siemens grow its portfolio of environmental products, including things like wind turbines, highly efficient combined cycle power plants, and efficient trains. Siemens has not only helped its customers reduce 332 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions—equivalent to about 40 percent of Germany’s annual emissions—but it generated $44.6 billion in revenue from its environmental product portfolio in fiscal year 2012.Alcoa is another example. The aluminum manufacturer found that the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards are driving demand for lighter vehicle materials. The company is well-positioned to provide these materials as result of its R&D investments. It recently invested $300 million in an Iowa facility in order to provide lightweight aluminum for the 2014 vehicle model year.Factoring environmental impacts into business decision-making is critical in helping companies minimize their footprints in commercially smart ways. It’s encouraging to see corporate leaders starting to account for environmental externalities, but to really mitigate environmental and financial risk, we need more action. We look forward to tracking the innovations that help more companies incorporate environmental costs into their financial and product planning.LEARN MORE: Tune in for our blog series, Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability, every Thursday. For more information, download WRI’s full report, “Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability: Stories from Industry.” Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability Blog SeriesRead other installments of our five-part blog series, "Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability."4 Barriers to Overcome in Achieving Corporate Environmental SustainabilityFinding the Money: How Businesses Can Fund Environmental Sustainability ProjectsFactoring Sustainability into Financial Decision-Making This post also appears on Greenbiz.com.This is Part Four of a five-part blog series, Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability. Each installment explores solutions to help businesses overcome barriers that prevent them from integrating environmental sustainability into their everyday operations. Look for these posts every Thursday.David Roberts at Grist, the online environmental news organization, commented on Twitter last week that “people talk about ‘externalities’ like they are just bad vibes or something. But that money is real money. Those costs are real costs.” How real is that money? Dr. Pavan Sukhdev, author of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity and Corporation 2020, claims that these “externalities”—or costs to society from carbon emissions, water use, pollutants, and other byproducts of business activities—are more than $2 trillion.Putting a financial value on these environmental costs can help businesses make better informed decisions about how they manage their environmental risk. Not all companies recognize this—and even fewer actually know how to value these externalities correctly. But a few corporations are starting to show us the way.
Chelsea tracking PSV prospect Mohamed Ihattarenby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are tracking PSV Eindhoven prospect Mohamed Ihattaren.The 17 year-old has been a revelation for PSV Eindhoven this season, scoring one goal and producing three assists in seven appearances in the Eredivisie.Calciomercato.com says the teen is attracting interest from Chelsea.Ihattaren is tied to PSV until 2022.Chelsea, dependent on appeal, cannot buy new players until next summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say