April 15, 2021

The Muppets Band Dr. Teeth And The Electric Mayhem Performs Live At Outside Lands [Full Video]

first_imgOutside Lands just pulled off one of the best sets in major festival history. The acclaimed San Francisco, CA event booked Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, the band from The Muppets, as one of their main performers this year. After the under-appreciated primetime television series The Muppets aired on ABC this year, the band made their festival debut earlier today. The band played a short set that included The Mowgli’s “San Francisco,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s “Home,” The Band’s “Ophelia,” and a version of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” with the Oakland Tabernacle Choir. With short breaks for the puppeteers, the short but sweet was an incredible dose of musical fun for the music festival attendees.Watch Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Zoot, Lips, and Animal rock Outside Lands below, with full set video courtesy of Consequence of Sound.last_img read more

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The voice of reform

first_imgLiberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard Kennedy School alumna who at great personal risk played a key role in stabilizing and reviving a troubled nation that until recently was categorized as a “failed state,” will be the principal speaker at Afternoon Exercises of Harvard University’s 360th Commencement on May 26.“Over the course of her nearly 40 years in public service, President Sirleaf has endured death threats, incarceration, and exile, all the while challenging the inequality, corruption, and violence that defined life in Liberia for so long,” Harvard President Drew Faust said. “We are proud to welcome such a respected African leader and active proponent of democracy to speak on Commencement Day.”The first woman elected head of an African state, Sirleaf became her nation’s 24th president in the wake of the Second Liberian Civil War. She faced the daunting tasks of reconciling the country after two decades of strife, revitalizing its collapsed economy, reducing its national debt, and reforming its international reputation. Her work both nationally and internationally has earned her a reputation as a strong leader, an advocate for economic prudence, and an enemy of corruption. As a result, bilateral relations with several countries have been re-established, United Nations sanctions on Liberia’s diamond and forestry sectors have been lifted, substantial foreign direct investment has been attracted, and international support for the poverty-plagued nation has blossomed.“As Africa’s first female elected head of state, she stands as an example for a generation of girls in Africa and beyond of the ways in which education opens new frontiers,” Faust said.Raised in Monrovia and married at 17, Sirleaf came to the United States in 1961, studying at Madison Business College in Madison, Wis., and the Economics Institute in Boulder, Colo., before earning her M.P.A. degree as an Edward S. Mason Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1971.Sirleaf returned to Liberia in 1972 and served as assistant minister of finance, but resigned a year later in protest of government spending. In 1979 she was appointed minister of finance, but she was forced to flee the country after surviving a military coup in which President William Tolbert and all but four members of his cabinet were executed. Sirleaf returned to Liberia in 1985 to run for vice president. Her stances against dictatorial repression earned her prison sentences, and in 1986 she fled to the United States. She returned to Liberia to run in the 1997 general elections, placing second, but returning to exile soon after. In 2003, Sirleaf was selected to chair a governance reform commission, a position she left to run successfully in the 2005 presidential elections.“President Sirleaf is a prime example of an alumna who has embraced the ethic of public service and improved life for millions through her commitment to serving the public good,” said Robert R. Bowie Jr., president of the Harvard Alumni Association. “Her career is a reminder of the global reach of the graduates of Harvard and the importance of the University’s international engagement.”Sirleaf will speak during Commencement’s Afternoon Exercises, which serve as the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. The exercises will take place in the Tercentenary Theatre of Harvard Yard.last_img read more

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Unbeaten Smith stands firm on gusty opening day at Old Trafford

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Steve Smith continued his outstanding Ashes form, striking an unbeaten 60 as Australia recovered from a bad start to reach 170-3 at the close of the rain-affected first day of the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford yesterday.Rain caused a frustrating delay of over two hours after lunch but plans to extend play were abandoned after rain came in again during the break for tea and only 44 overs were bowled on the opening day.Gusty winds throughout, with the bails even taken off by the umpires at one stage, made it hard work for England’s seamers while the batsmen had the distraction of stray food wrappers and even a beach ball fluttering over the square, The stoppages and conditions, though, did little to disrupt Smith, who, returning from missing the last Test due to concussion looked like he had never been away as he made his eighth straight Ashes half-century.The series is tied a 1-1 with two Tests remaining and victory for the Australians would ensure they retain the urn. Smith and Marnus Labuschagne put on 116 for the third wicket before the latter was bowled by a beautiful delivery from Craig Overton for 67.It was a much-needed stand after England, on a high after their remarkable comeback win at Headingley, made a great start, bringing their supporters to their feet with just the fourth ball of the day, after Australia won the toss and opted to bat. Stuart Broad claimed the wicket of David Warner for the fifth time in this series with the left-hander caught behind as he made a belated decision to leave the ball but gave a thin outside edge to Jonny Bairstow.Australia slipped to 28-2 when Broad rapped the pads of Marcus Harris and, after some consideration, umpire Kumar Dharmasena raised his finger and his verdict was upheld by video review.Australia’s openers have averaged 15.14 – not since 1888 have their top two contributed less during an Ashes series.The departure of Harris brought the returning Smith to the crease after 38 minutes of play, the world’s number one-ranked Test batsman having missed the previous Test due to concussion as a result of being hit on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer.ANOTHER BOUNCERTo the delight of the crowd, Archer had the ball in hand and it took him three deliveries to attempt another bouncer.But with England sensing a chance to eat into the Aussie middle order before lunch, Smith and Labuschagne quickly settled and set about upping the run-rate as Archer found it hard to generate his customary pace.Labuschagne, retained in the side after replacing Smith as a substitute for the second innings at Lord’s and at Headingley, went on to make his fourth straight half-century. “It was tough to get used to (the weather) and get consistent with your movements because it was so windy and there were so many distractions around the ground,” Labuschagne told reporters.“It doesn’t really matter how you get the runs, it’s just about the score. It was important for us to dig in and get a first-innings score because there’s some spin out there and it’s really good for us,” he added.Ominously for England, Smith, who has two centuries and a 92 to his name in the series, looked unruffled as he calmly dealt with Joe Root’s attack. He brought up his fifty, lavishly driving Ben Stokes for four through cover but the Manchester weather ensured the prospect of a third ton in the series will have to wait.Travis Head was unbeaten on 18 at the close and England will need to make another positive start today, if they are to restrict the touring side. “Obviously, it was a frustrating day for us, conditions didn’t really suit running in to bowl but we stuck at it pretty well,” said Overton, who was making his home Test debut after being drafted in ahead of Chris Woakes.“We’re probably slightly behind … but we come back tomorrow, get a couple of early ones and we’ll be right back in the game.” SMITH CONTROLS…AUSTRALIA first innings M. Harris lbw Broad 13D. Warner c Bairstow b Broad 0M. Labuschagne b Overton 67S. Smith not out 60T. Head not out 18Extras (0nb 0w 8lb 4b) 12Total 170 for 3 (44.0 overs)Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-28, 3-144.Bowling: S. Broad 10 -2-35-2, J. Archer 10-0-28-0, B. Stokes 8-0-36- 0, Leach 6-2-18-0, C. Overton 10-0-41-1.last_img read more

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OtherLevels launches personalised real-time solution

first_img Share Submit Digital marketing and messaging platform, OtherLevels Holdings Limited, has launched its new real-time module which enables igaming operators to carry out in-play engagements.OtherLevels In-Play 2.0 will offer an automated, real-time solution that combines event feeds, live odds, condition evaluation, dynamic message content and smart segmentation which will be developed using historical betting data.Brendan O’Kane, Managing Director for OtherLevels, commented: “In-Play 2.0 is the flagship release of our world class real-time Intelligent Messaging strategy and enables iGaming operators to deliver personalised betting experiences, with real-time, event driven offers. “Personalised betting experiences in the form of relevant markets, odds and content are critical for modern sportsbooks, so as to reach the high value in-play segments, increase revenues and provide a compelling differentiated experience.”OtherLevels 1.0 demonstrated an 18 per cent increase in the number of bets placed per fixture, while the number of punters placing a bet grew by 22 per cent. With the new launch, OtherLevels In-Play 2.0 has been extended to include both American football and basketball alongside its current offering of football and tennis. O’Kane added: “We are very excited at the market opportunities for In-Play 2.0 in 2019, with existing operators in the UK and Europe, but also in the U.S post the regulatory changes in mid 2018. With New Jersey alone having more than 15 new online sportsbooks launched, or to be launched, the scale of the broader U.S. market opportunity is immense. “In-Play 2.0 is perfectly positioned to benefit, with market leading technology and IP, working autonomously at scale, across 100’s of fixtures per week, without the need for marketers to manually trigger messages from the trading floor. “Previously only advertising was able to select a best market offer in response to an ad-serve request, whereas with In-Play 2.0, operators can reach out to their existing audience directly across multiple channels, providing a 2x – 10x increase in live real-time audience engagement per fixture compared to paid advertising.”The new platform will integrate event data feeds from companies such as Opta. New data models that analyse historical betting data will now power smart segmentation. It will minimise integration and workflow, and setup scales easily across fixtures, leagues and sports which will improve the process for the marketer. Share OtherLevels lauds “great opportunity” ahead of #BOSWEEK September 12, 2018 Related Articles OtherLevels: Brendan O’Kane – Customer expectations will be the driving force for innovation March 19, 2019 Genius Sports Media & OtherLevels strike omni-channel marketing partnership January 23, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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