Radiohead and legendary film composer Hans Zimmer have teamed up to score the soundtrack for the BBC’s natural history series Blue Planet II. The collaboration, which they call “(ocean) bloom,” is a reinvention of Radiohead’s 2011 King Of Limbs “Bloom.” Today, the track reveals itself in a five-minute prequel to the Blue Planet II series. The track, featuring new vocals by Thom Yorke, was inspired by the sounds of the sea, and recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Radiohead’s original “‘Bloom’ was inspired by the original Blue Planet series so it’s great to be able to come full circle with the song and reimagine it for this incredible landmark’s sequel,” explains Yorke in a recent press release.“It sort of seeped into my subconscious. I found myself dreaming of these creatures quite a lot,” Yorke explained in a BBC interview. “When we came to do all those weird recordings for The King of Limbs, it must have been in there. It started with Colin [Greenwood’s] bassline and ‘Open your mouth wide.’”Zimmer, who composed the scores for The Lion King, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Interstellar, and so many more added, “In a funny way, I was trying to be respectful and not ruin the song, if you know what I mean. If somebody hands you somebody else’s work, there’s responsibility and respect that comes with it.”James Honeyborne, executive producer of the documentary, said the collaboration is “an incredibly powerful companion to the scenes we’ve spent [four] years capturing.” The new series will once-again feature Sir David Attenborough as the narrator, and will include footage of newly discovered and never-before filmed creatures, including a new species of crab with a hairy chest – “nicknamed the ‘Hoff crab’” after Baywatch star David Hasselhoff.You can listen to the full, uninterrupted track here at the 51:22 mark. You should also watch Hans Zimmer and Thom Yorke’s “(ocean) bloom” in the new prequel to Blue Planet II below:
The 2018 NAFCU Report on Credit Unions is now available online. The report shows, among other things, that the credit union industry continues to strengthen and see membership growth, although compliance burdens have led to industry consolidation.“Our 2018 NAFCU Report on Credit Unions shows that credit unions play a critical role in the economy to the tune of $16 billion annually and continually work to meet the needs of their local communities and members,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “The credit union industry remains well-capitalized, financially sound and committed to its members – which is why the industry saw over 4 percent membership growth during the past year.“More than 114 million Americans are members of a credit union, where 300,000 credit union employees work daily to provide them with the best service possible. However, regulatory and compliance burdens still weigh heavily on the industry’s ability to serve its membership. That’s why it’s so important to NAFCU – the industry’s Washington Watchdog – to ensure that the interests of the nation’s 5,500 federally insured credit unions are effectively represented,” Berger added. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In appreciation of the important work that state employees perform for Pennsylvania and its residents, Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed today, May 4, as ‘State Employee Recognition Day.’“Today, we thank our fellow Pennsylvanians who have chosen careers in public service,” Governor Wolf said. “They are the people who plow our roads in the winter, care for our sick and vulnerable citizens in their times of need and put their lives on the line to protect our communities.”In his proclamation, Wolf gives examples of the many duties state employees fulfill, such as protecting public safety and health, caring for the less fortunate, maintaining safe roads, enforcing laws, safeguarding the environment, licensing professionals and businesses, preserving our historical, natural and cultural resources.The governor also lauded state employees for their generosity through the annual State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA), which raised over $3 million for charitable organizations last year, as well as the annual Holiday Wish Program, which donates gifts each year to hundreds of families in need.“It is important that we recognize the many things that state employees do that make our lives better each day,” said Wolf. “Through our GO-TIME initiative, we are working to engage state employees at all levels in ways to make government work better for those we serve.”PROCLAMATIONSTATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAYMay 4, 2016WHEREAS, commonwealth employees are dedicated public servants who perform their jobs with professionalism, compassion, and pride; andWHEREAS, commonwealth employees are responsible for protecting public safety and health, caring for the less fortunate, enforcing laws, safeguarding the environment, building and maintaining roads, promoting economic growth, licensing professionals and businesses, and preserving historical and cultural resources; andWHEREAS, millions of Pennsylvanians benefit from the services provided each day by commonwealth employees; andWHEREAS, commonwealth employees support Government that Works in Pennsylvania by serving as responsible stewards of taxpayer funds and engaging in efforts to improve operations and enhance service delivery throughout state agencies; andWHEREAS, many commonwealth employees support the well-being of their communities through acts of volunteerism and charity, including contributing millions of dollars to nearly one thousand worthwhile organizations through the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) and donating hundreds of gifts to families and seniors through the Holiday Wish Program; andWHEREAS, on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, it is with great pride that I recognize the contributions of commonwealth employees as part of national public employee appreciation efforts during the first week of May.THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 4, 2016, as STATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAY and I encourage all citizens to express gratitude to our state employees for their dedication to public service.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Proclaims May 4 as ‘State Employee Recognition Day’ SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 04, 2016
Image source: USACEThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, hosted a public meeting at the Carolina Beach Town Hall in Council Chambers yesterday to gather public input for the Carolina Beach nourishment study.USACE is currently authorized for beach nourishment projects in Carolina Beach through 2020.They are now preparing a Carolina Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management Beach Renourishment Evaluation Report with an integrated environmental assessment.Completion of this study and subsequent federal authorization could allow continuance of cost shared periodic beach nourishments through 2029 (subject to funding).Comments and concerns raised at this meeting will be considered during the preparation of the study and environmental assessment.[mappress mapid=”24950″]
Update on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.NFL-BUCCANEERS-BRADY Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONEDVirus forces postponement of Summer OlympicsTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee has decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The announcement was a nod to the reality that training and qualifying schedules have been ruptured beyond repair as the coronavirus spreads.Next up for the organizers is picking a date when it might be safe again to hold such a massive event. They’ll also have to rearrange the 2021 global sports calendar.TOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONED-ATHLETESAthletes have big adjustments to make March 24, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — It’s time for Olympic athletes to stand down, relax those diet rules and dial down the training. The 2020 Tokyo Games won’t be opening in July as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Delaying the Olympics to 2021 has come as a relief to some athletes but it also brings new challenges. Swimmer Federica Pellegrini has to delay her retirement to aim for her fifth Olympics while other athletes have concerns about how they will make ends meet financially.Qualifying is another issue. Only 57% of qualifying places for the Olympics had been decided before the pandemic started affecting sporting events around the world.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKTrack world championships could be delayed a year Six-time Super Bowl champ Brady looking forward, not behindTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady says one day he’ll have time to reflect on a historic 20-year run with the New England Patriots.Right now the six-time Super Bowl champion and newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is focused on the challenge of helping the Bucs end the NFL’s second-longest playoff drought.The 42-year-old quarterback declined during a conference call to discuss specifics about his decision to leave the Patriots. Instead he reiterated that while he cherishes what he accomplished in New England, he’s just as committed to helping Tampa Bay be successful.NFL-NEWS As expected, Panthers release NewtonCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Cam Newton era is officially over in Carolina. The Panthers have released the quarterback after nine seasons.The move became a formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton, giving him permission to seek a trade before agreeing to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.In other NFL moves:— The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a contract with free-agent linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. Reynolds played in 15 games with Cincinnati in 2019. He is expected to add depth and contribute on special teams. Associated Press The Big East Conference school announced the death Tuesday without identifying a cause. The New York Post quoted former teammate and friend Lamont Middleton, linking Green’s death to the coronavirus.Green was with St. John’s from 1991 to 1994. He played his first season under Lou Carnesecca and his final two for Brian Mahoney.Green was from New York City. He was 49 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Hurricanes sign brother duoRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to entry-level contracts with brothers David and Jason Cotton. The team announced deals Tuesday with the forwards who closed college careers this season. The 22-year-old David Cotton was a sixth-round selection of the Hurricanes in 2015. He went on to play four years at Boston College. He received a two-year deal along with a signing bonus of $185,000. The 25-year-old Jason Cotton received a one-year deal with a $25,000 signing bonus. He played three seasons at Sacred Heart.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER AND COACH OF THE YEARToppin, Grant bring top honors to DaytonUNDATED (AP) — Dayton’s Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated Press after leading the Flyers to a No. 3 final ranking. — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Oday Aboushi to add depth. Aboushi started two games and was a backup in five other games last season in Detroit.— The Seattle Seahawks have made a significant addition to their wide receiver group by agreeing to a one-year deal with Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett addresses another need for Seattle, providing depth and additional speed on the outside for quarterback Russell Wilson. — The San Francisco 49ers have officially announced a deal to re-sign safety Jimmie Ward to a three-year contract. The sides came to an agreement on the deal worth a reported $28.5 million last week but the team had to wait until Ward passed a physical before announcing.— Journeyman cornerback Rashaan Melvin and the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $2.25 million. Melvin had 68 tackles and 11 pass breakups in 13 games for Detroit last season.— Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has agreed to free-agent contracts with defensive end Noah Spence and XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols. Spence was a 2016 second-round draft choice by Tampa Bay and returns to the Saints after joining New Orleans for three regular season games and one playoff game last season. — The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a one-year contract with Jordan Ta’amu, the highest-rated quarterback during the abbreviated XFL season. He will compete with veteran Chad Henne for a backup job next season.— Case Keenum has reunited in Cleveland with the coach who brought out the best in him. The veteran quarterback signed a three-year, $18 million free agent contract with the Browns. He’ll again be working with coach Kevin Stefanski. The pair spent 2017 together in Minnesota.— Receiver Isaiah McKenzie has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Buffalo Bills. His agent made the announcement on Twitter.— The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year deals with offensive lineman Max Garcia and safety Charles Washington.NHL-HURRICANES-COTTON BROTHERS Toppin was voted the AP men’s college basketball player of the year. Grant is the AP coach of the year. They led the Flyers to a program-record 29 victories.Toppin won the player award with 34 votes from AP Top 25 poll voters. Iowa’s Luka Garza was runner-up with 24 votes.Grant won the coaching honor with 30 votes in his third season at his alma mater. Baylor’s Scott Drew was second with 13 votes.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-GREENNEW YORK (AP) — A former St. John’s basketball player has died, reportedly of the coronavirus. Lee Green was a defensive standout who played on two NCAA Tournament teams.