If You Love The Beatles, You Should Read ‘Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin’

first_imgThere’s no question that The Beatles introduced new styles of writing, performing, and especially recording music in the early 1960s. Much of their success comes from the hands of George Martin, the record producer who crafted the inimitable sound of The Beatles. Otherwise known as the “fifth Beatle,” Sir George Martin was the first producer who helped shape the Beatles’ incredible body of work over the course of seven years. A new book by Kenneth Womack, Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, traces the early life and career of Sir George Martin, and is currently on bookshelves today as Martin’s first-ever biography.It was in the summer of 1962 that the Beatles pulled up to EMI on Abbey Road with their beat-up gear, shaggy hair and Liverpool accents to play for the record label. This was the recording session where Sir George first heard the songs “Love Me Do,” “P.S. I Love You” and “Ask Me Why.” Although George wasn’t exactly impressed with their musical skill and quickly became exasperated with the band’s seeming lack of studio professionalism, he was instantly charmed by their wit and charisma. That day in June marked the beginning of a groundbreaking partnership that would influence popular music for years to come.Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin is the first volume of the first full-length biography of Sir George Martin. Kenneth Womack, author and Beatles scholar, provides readers with a detailed account of Martin’s collaborative work with “the fab four.” It traces George’s working-class childhood in North London, where he lived with his parents and his older sister Irene, his early years as a scratch pianist, his life in the Fleet Air Arm during World War II and his groundbreaking work as the head of Parlophone Records, when Martin saved the company from ruin after making his name as a producer of comedy recordings. These popular recordings established George as an incredibly innovative A&R leader.Maximum Volume takes readers behind the scenes and reveals George’s painstaking efforts to prepare the Beatles’ unique sound for the British music marketplace. From his unlikely discovery of the band in 1962 to the production of the landmark album Rubber Soul, this captivating biography shares how George’s humble beginnings and his musical influences shaped his career as the producer behind the band’s sound. Now, more than 50 years later, Sir George’s singular stamp remains on popular music as successive generations discover the magic of the Beatles.Kenneth Womack’s books include Long and Winding Roads, The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles, The Beatles Encyclopedia, and New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles. He delivers some 50 invited Beatles talks a year to audiences across the nation, while sharing his insights with media of all stripes, including NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Voice of America. Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin is available in bookstores everywhere and can also be purchased online here.last_img read more

Members enjoy benefits of Minnesota Club

first_imgAnnie Plachta, a sophomore and co-vice president of the Minnesota Club at Notre Dame, has a hard time deciding what her favorite thing is about her home state. She can start, however, with the strong Minnesota presence on campus at Notre Dame. The Minnesota Club is one of only four state clubs on campus and has roughly 250 to 300 members. “The club puts on a lot of really great events,” Plachta said. “We work with the Minnesota Alumni Club every August to put together the freshman send-off, so pretty much everyone that attends that is already in the club.” This year’s freshman class from Minnesota is the largest in history. 81 freshmen came to campus this August from the state. “We just put on fun events, and try to have an event every month or so,” Plachta said. The club puts on the annual “Flannel Formal” in the early spring semester every year, collaborating with the Texas Club to host the event. Other events planned include a Minnesota Night at the Compton Family Ice Arena, in which the club will attend a hockey game. “The club is all about spreading ‘Minnesota Nice,’” Plachta said. “During finals week we organize goody bags for our members. We fill the bags with Frappuccino coupons and candy bars, for example, and deliver them door to door.” The club hosted an event last Thursday called the Northern Lights 5K run. Runners were given glow sticks and completed the run completely in the dark. The proceeds went to orphanages and promoted education for children in Africa, a cause advocated by another club officer. “We had about 50 people come out, which was great considering it was the first year we have had the event,” Plachta said. “We are hoping it will grow over the next few years.” Another perk of being a part of the Minnesota Club includes a strong connection to the Minnesota Alumni Club. The alumni and campus clubs “have a really good connection,” Palchta said. “They provide a bus home for fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring breaks, and they also sponsor tailgates for us. Anyone is allowed to come,” she said. In addition to connecting to students during their four years here, the Minnesota Alumni Club also provides a unique opportunity to members through the Go IRISH program. This program is designed to help members connect with jobs and internships. Members submit an application to one source and their application circulates to various offices around the Twin Cities area. “The program is a great resource for our members,” Plachta said. “The best part of the club is meeting other Minnesotans. We have a special bond and love putting on events that make Minnesotans feel almost like they are back home.” As for club membership, Plachta said that it is open to anyone who wants to join as well as anyone who wants to celebrate their love for Minnesota. “You don’t necessarily have to be from Minnesota,” she said.last_img read more

I Can’t Sing! For Now! X Factor Musical Delays Previews

first_img View Comments The West End’s new musical comedy and fictional X Factor spoof I Can’t Sing! has delayed previews due to technical issues. Previously scheduled to begin performances at the London Palladium February 27, the show, starring Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman, Cynthia Erivo and Alan Morrisey, will now start on March 1. Opening night remains set for March 26. Along with Harman, Ervio and Morrisey, the show will also star Ashley Knight, Victoria Elliot, Simon Bailey and Billy Carter.center_img Directed by Sean Foley, I Can’t Sing! features music by Steve Brown and a book and additional lyrics by British comic Harry Hill. The production tells the story of Chenice (Erivo), who lives in an ITV blackspot because her grandad’s iron lung interferes with the signal in her caravan—she’s the only girl in the world who has never heard of The X Factor. When she accidentally stumbles into an audition with her talking dog, she starts a journey to both stardom and love. I Can’t Sing! goes beyond the microphone and under the judges’ desk to reveal the (not necessarily accurate) story of heartache and laughter that keeps millions tuning in every week.last_img read more

Carmen Ruby Floyd Begins Performances in Chicago on Broadway

first_img from $49.50 View Comments Broadway’s Chicago has a new Countess of the Clink! Carmen Ruby Floyd will step into the role of Matron “Mama” Morton on September 29, taking over from Carol Woods. Related Shows Floyd has been seen on the Great White Way in After Midnight, Porgy and Bess, Avenue Q and The Lion King. Other theater credits include Cotton Club Parade, Little Miss Sunshine, Little Ham, Crowns and Blind Lemon Blues. She has appeared on screen in Law & Order, Rubicon, Mercy, One Life to Live and Coach. Chicago The current cast of Chicago also stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as Billy Flynn and Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart.last_img read more

Charter One Sets Course for Next Phase of Online Banking

first_imgCharter One Financial, Inc. (NYSE: CF) announced that it would be migrating its consumer and small business online banking applications to Corillian’s Voyager platform.Charter One also announced that it has formed a new partnership with Cash Edge to integrate account aggregation and bank-to-bank transfer functions into the Corillian product. Charter One has also reaffirmed its partnership with Centerpost to provide voice, email and wireless alerting within the application.Charter One said it has spent the last several months determining future needs for its highly successful online banking business and determined that it would be best served with Corillian’s product. “We’re thrilled to be entering into this next phase of web development with the recognized industry leader,” said Mark Grossi, Charter One’s executive vice president and chief retail officer. “Corillian has demonstrated its ability to scale to millions of users and also to bring product to market quickly – the two things we need to maintain our leadership position.”The new technology is currently under development and will be implemented in two phases. Beginning in January 2004, Corillian will provide upgrades for Charter One’s consumer online users. The application, residing on the Voyager platform, will feature a new look and feel, more personalization options and enhanced user-controlled password reset and user ID modification applications. A check register component will allow users of PFMs to utilize the Charter One application as an alternative. The second phase, set to roll out in March 2004, will include the integration of account aggregation, bank-to-bank transfers and a pay anyone service that will leverage an expanded Corillian and CashEdge partnership.“In just three years, we’ve gone from not offering online banking to being seen as an industry leader,” said Mike Dobbins, senior vice president, Charter One. “We see the value of this channel and are confident that Corillian will help us take online banking to new levels.”As part of the agreement, Charter One has agreed to an annual co-development budget whereby Charter One and Corillian will partner on new technologies, including the integration of third-party software into the Corillian application.In addition to the enhanced consumer banking site, Charter One has also signed agreements to transfer its small business banking application to Corillian – expanding its current “one size fits all” application by providing two tiers of small business online services. The basic version of the current application will be enhanced to include the addition of account aggregation, bank-to-bank transfers and pay anyone technology. The advanced version will use Corillian’s business banking applications to offer items traditionally found in cash management services and will include Wires and limited ACH for use in payroll and tax file creation.“We are thrilled about being selected to implement Charter One’s next-generation online services platform,” said Alex P. Hart, Corillian’s president and chief executive officer. “Charter One is one of the most visible names in online banking with a reputation for strong innovation and customer focus, and the advanced functionality and open architecture of the Corillian Voyager platform will enable Charter One to accelerate the development of new and innovative services for its customers. We’re confident that our combined abilities will lead to amazing new developments in the years ahead.”Charter One’s online banking service was introduced in December 2000 and has consistently been rated as one of the top Internet banking sites in the U.S. by Gomez, Inc.Charter One has $44 billion in total assets, making it one of the 25 largest bank holding companies in the country. The Bank has more than 550 banking center locations in Ohio, Michigan, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and entered Indiana in August 2003. The Company’s diverse product set includes: consumer banking, indirect auto finance, commercial leasing, business lending, commercial real estate lending, mortgage banking, and retail investment products. For additional information, including press releases, investor presentations, committee charters, and reports filed with the SEC, investors are directed to Charter One’s web site: www.charterone.com(link is external).last_img read more

Couchmaster® CYWORX ergonomic lapboard has supportive cushions & better balance » Gadget Flow

first_imgThere’s nowhere as comfortable as your sofa, which is why the Couchmaster® CYWORX ergonomic lapboard is so great. Unlike a traditional lap desk, it has supportive cushions that keep it balanced and in place. You don’t have to worry about your computer or tablet wobbling on your lap. Comfortable for use with a console, laptop, tablet, or PC, it encourages ergonomic posture to prevent tension and pain. Not only that, but it also has supportive palm rests for comfort. What’s more, it has a special ventilation grill that ensures optimal cooling for your notebook—and it suits devices up to 17 inches in size. Made from fabric and ethically sourced, fast-growing bamboo, the CYWORX maintains a light and durable design. Finally, designed with spots for your power supply, remotes, mouse, tablet, and other accessories, this ergonomic lapboard keeps you organized. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Kiwi pair survives 19 days lost in ‘Mines of Moria’ national park

first_imgHe said a helicopter flew within 50 meters at one point but failed to spot them, prompting the pair to light a fire to signal future searchers.The tactic paid off about a week later, when another chopper saw the column of smoke and found them.Reynolds said he and O’Connor, both experienced hikers, never gave up hope, although he admitted that at times during the ordeal it was difficult to remain optimistic.”It was a surreal experience, trying to keep positive and keep hope up,” he said.”Jess and I would wake up in the morning and say ‘if it’s not today [rescue], it’s tomorrow’, we were lifting each other and we’d make sure neither of us was going to break down.”He said one of the helicopter crew gave him a snack as they flew out of the wilderness, describing it as “the best chocolate bar I’ve ever had in my life”. The pair had only minor injuries suffered during falls as they desperately searched for water, with Reynolds twisting his ankle and O’Connor wrenching her back.Reynolds said they became lost in fog that lasted three days, and boiled water from “a little rocky puddle” to drink as their food supplies dwindled.”We were very lost at this point,” he told Radio New Zealand, saying they eventually decided to make camp and “wait out our injuries”.”It was 13 days with no food but the saving grace was that two minutes’ walk across the gully was a fresh mossy stream that was nice and clean for us to drink — that’s what kept up alive.” Two New Zealand hikers survived 19 days in a rugged national park home to the shooting location for the “Mines of Moria” in the Lord of the Rings films, drinking puddle water to stay alive, they said Thursday. Dion Reynolds and Jessica O’Connor, both 23, set off on a five-day camping trip in Kahurangi National Park on the South Island on May 8 but became disorientated in heavy fog.A military helicopter rescued them on Wednesday after a huge search operation in the area, which was the shooting location for Frodo and the Fellowship’s escape from the grim Mines of Moria in Peter Jackson’s blockbuster Lord of the Rings films.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Rundown cottage lands inner-city price 15km away from CBD

first_imgThe home has an attachment that’s used as a powered workshop. A land bankers dream. The workshop. Close to three acres of land come with the property.“An attached section with shower/toilet/sink, massive steel garage with powered workshop and laundry functionality, additional shed and double carport are also present. The chamferboard and corrugated iron roofed house also boasts VJ interior walls, timber breezeways, high ceilings, split system airconditioner, ceiling fans and solar panels plus electrical inverter.”It was all about the land after all. The house is circa 1920.The area is still zoned rural residential and but the “vast allotment of just under 3 acres” was close to new amenities and residential estates.“The circa 1920s home has witnessed better days but may be revived into a respectable abode again and currently accommodates two bedrooms, workable kitchen, lounge room and enclosed, front sunroom. The sleep-out looks like it hasn’t been slept in years. This is not the kitchen you’d expect in a $770,000 two bedroom home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThis one was located around 15km from the Brisbane CBD, where the median house price has been flat in the past three months on $485,000.The property was taken to auction by the Office of the Public Trustee in Brisbane which refused to accept any offers before it went under the hammer.It was marketed as a property with the “prospect to redevelop or revive in (an) emerging locale” because of its substantial land holding of 9,611sq m — more than enough to cause a twinkle in the eye of a medium term developer or land banker. 39 Fleming Road, Hemmant, Qld 4174THIS dilapidated worker’s cottage is nowhere near the inner-city and yet it has landed an eyewatering price for its condition.The rundown two bedroom, single bathroom cottage at 39 Fleming Street, Hemmant, fetched $770,000 under the hammer midweek.In the inner-city similar homes have been landing million-dollar plus prices but that’s in rapidly gentrified suburbs like New Farm and Paddington, mere strolls from the Brisbane CBD. Seems quite untouched.last_img read more

ESG roundup: New COVID-19 bill to provide legal certainty about AGMs [updated]

first_imgThe UK government has introduced legislation that stands to provide legal certainty to companies about annual general meetings (AGMs) and shareholder communication in light of social distancing needs linked to the coronavirus, it has been said.Introduced in parliament yesterday, the bill consists of insolvency and corporate governance measures to address challenges faced by companies resulting from the impact of the coronavirus.One of the measures, which is temporary, is to allow businesses to hold closed AGMs and conduct business and communicate with members electronically; filing deadlines have also been extended. The bill provides for the temporary measures to be retrospective.Andrew Ninian, director of stewardship and corporate governance at the Investment Association, said: “AGMs provide a vital forum for shareholders to hold companies to account and for companies to get the required approvals from their shareholders. “This bill will provide legal certainty to companies that have held or are due to hold their AGMs allowing them to respect the social distancing measures currently in place.“We would continue to encourage all companies to consider how they can engage with their retail and institutional shareholders in lieu of the physical AGM,” he added.Simon Rawson, director of corporate engagement at responsible investment campaign group ShareAction, said the bill was helpful in that it clarified that companies could lawfully hold virtual AGMs even if their articles of association didn’t permit them, but “unhelpful in that it doesn’t discourage ‘closed door’ AGMs”.According to Gareth Sykes, lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills, the legislation would allow companies to hold fully virtual AGMs via an app but also puts “on a firmer footing” the approach that most companies have been taking in the past couple of months of discharging the AGM business with the minimum number of shareholders required to make up the quorum.This can be only two or three directors, with the bill making clear that they could discharge the AGM business over the telephone or via Skype rather than having to meet at a physical venue.Sykes said the legislation made it very clear that shareholders do not have a right to attend the AGM in person and are only entitled to participate in voting.The article was updated to add comments from Gareth SykesMSCI makes more ESG metrics publicMSCI has made public more environmental, social and governance (ESG) information, having today announced it has done so for ESG fund ratings for 36,000 mutual funds and ETFs, and ESG metrics for all of MSCI Limited’s EU-regulated equity and blended indices covered by the EU Benchmark Regulation.The ratings and metrics are available as part of two new search tools available to anyone on the MSCI website.The index-level search tool was launched to comply with a new EU regulatory requirement for benchmark administrators, also providing information about whether the EU-regulated equity and blended indices include ESG metrics. It said it would disclose ESG metrics for its fixed income indices in the coming weeks.The index-level metrics being provided are based on recommendations in the final report of the technical expert group advising the European Commission on sustainable finance, as the relevant final regulations have not been implemented.In November MSCI released ESG ratings of over 2,800 issuers.Remy Briand, head of ESG at MSCI, said: “We are proud to provide investors and industry stakeholders with publicly available ESG metrics for tens of thousands of funds, companies and indexes, helping to drive awareness, educate the market and raise ESG disclosure standards.”Folksam pumps SEK2.5bn into municipal green bondsSweden’s Folksam invested SEK2.5bn (€237m) in a SEK5bn green bond issue from Swedish local government debt agency Kommuninvest, it has announced.The SEK442bn pensions and insurance group said that after buying the bond, which has three years to maturity, it now has a total of around SEK30bn of its assets invested in green bonds.Michael Kjeller, Folksam Group deputy chief executive officer and head of asset management and sustainability, said: “This investment contributes to pension money providing double benefits to savers, by allowing the local transition to continue while pension money grows.”The firm said Kommuninvest issued green bonds to finance schemes by Swedish municipalities that contributed to climate mitigation, adding that the tally of such green projects had increased significantly to number 329 at the end of last year.Folksam said it was dividing the investment across its subsidiaries, with municipal pensions subsidiary KPA Pension taking SEK1.2bn of the issue, the group’s life insurance arm investing SEK1.1bn and general insurance division Folksam Sak investing SEK200m.According to Kommuninvest, the green bond issue 1.6 times oversubscribed, with 15 investors participating.LAPFF lays down COVID-19 corporate governance expectationsThe UK’s Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has said it will “demand the highest standards of corporate governance from company boards as they tackle the fallout from COVID-19”.Councillor Doug McMurdo, chair of the LAPFF, said: “Responsible investors always need to be sensitive to the varied and variable operating markets that companies inhabit.“However, this does not mean giving companies a free pass in hard times, which would be self-defeating. It is time now to double down to protect sustainable business practices and long-term shareholder returns in the downturn and lay the foundations for their growth in the recovery.”LAPFF is an association of 82 UK public sector pension funds and six asset pooling vehicles iwth combined assets of around £300bn.S&P Global launches ESG scoresS&P Global has followed up its acquisition of the SAM ESG ratings and benchmarking business units from RobecoSAM in January with the launch of proprietary ESG scores for more than 7,300 companies, representing 95% of market capitalisation.The scores are based on the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), a widely recognised annual evaluation of companies’ sustainability practices that came with the acquisition of SAM earlier this year.The scores will be made available to investors through S&P Global’s flagship data feed management solution.Martina Cheung, president of S&P Global Market Intelligence, said: “We are seeing more and more decision-makers across all segments leverage the benefits of Xpressfeed to accelerate data integration and analysis for their business strategy.“The S&P Global ESG Scores are backed by 20 years of SAM’s comprehensive assessments enabling market participants to optimize their portfolios and allocate capital towards positive ESG performance.”“Simply asking companies questions without providing feedback and encouraging improvements would not be classified as an engagement”UBS Asset ManagementUBS engagement trackingUBS Asset Management has published a new metric to keep track of progress made during meetings with companies that meet its definition of engagement.Last year the asset manager introduced an “enhanced” internal tracking system to assess progress against defined engagement objectives, and in its recent stewardship report it disclosed the metric resulting from that for the first time.It said that since introducing the system, 23% of engagements it has undertaken “showed progress against identified areas for improvements to manage risks and take advantage of new opportunities”.“As this is a new metric and for some of our engagements formalised engagement objectives have only recently been introduced, we expect future reporting to record increased numbers in terms of engagement progress,” it said.The asset manager held more than 1,400 meetings with prospective or investee companies last year, but only counts a quarter (358) of them as amounting to engagements.“Corporate engagement implies a two-way dialogue between investors and companies,” it said. “Simply asking companies questions without providing feedback and encouraging improvements would not be classified as an engagement.”UBS asset revealed that from this AGM season, its proxy voting policy allows it to vote against the board of directors of a company due to poor dialogue and progress on climate change risks and opportunities.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

UK’s Harry, Meghan to drop titles, retire as working royals

first_imgLONDON – Prince Harry and his wifeMeghan will no longer be working members of Britain’s monarchy and they willpay their own way in life as they embark on an independent future, BuckinghamPalace said on Saturday. Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leave Canada House in London, Britain on Jan. 7. REUTERS/TOBY MELVILLE/FILE PHOTO “Harry, Meghan and Archie will alwaysbe much loved members of my family,” Queen Elizabeth said in a statement issuedby the palace, referring to the couple’s baby son.   They will also no longer use their“Royal Highness” titles, the palace said in an announcement that sought to endturmoil in the monarchy sparked earlier this month when the couple announcedthey wanted to reduce their official duties and spend more time in NorthAmerica. Harry will remain a prince and thecouple will keep their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they begin a newlife split between North America and Britain, but they will not take part inany future ceremonial events or royal tours.(Reuters)last_img read more