The rumors floating around the Summer Camp Music Festival of a possible moe./Twiddle acoustic set turned out to be true, as the merchandise tent filled to capacity on Saturday for a special “In-The-Round” jam session. Considering their upcoming collaborations at the returning moe.down Music Festival and upcoming collaborations at Red Rocks and the Boulder Theater, elements of each band gave delighted fans an epic sneak preview of some sure-to-be-excellent shows.After word of the potential surprise got out, it spread like wildfire. The tent was besieged with muddy fans who slogged through a small, quickly-drying lake that had formed after the torrential downpour that soaked the festival earlier in the day. After the cancellation of their afternoon set due to inclement weather, moe. had a surprise up their sleeve in the form of an acoustic jam with Twiddle’s .Twidddle’s Zdenek Gubb and Brook Jordan joined moe. drummer Vinnie Amico and guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey for a four-song mini-set that eventually turned into a surround-sound experience for the lucky fans in attendance. Luckily, our own Rdex Thomson, the mayor of moe.down himself, was on hand to capture the amazing goings-on up-close-and-personal! Check out the tunes from The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley and Johnny Cash below!“Stir It Up” — Bob Marley “Rocky Raccoon”– The Beatles “Friend Of The Devil” — The Grateful Dead“Folsom Prison Blues” — Johnny CashThere is still time to get tickets and get to upstate New York for three days of moe., Twiddle, Blackberry Smoke, Fishbone, Railroad Earth and many more. With that much talent on the bill there are sure to be more incredible collaborations like the ones included here! You won’t want to miss all the fun, so get your tickets soon, they’re going fast! Tickets for moe.down are available HERE.Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Passes + Meet & Greet To moe.down Below!
Fans at LOCKN’ Music Festival were treated to another huge surprise last night, as Joe Russo’s Almost Dead midnight set welcomed Grateful Dead guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir for a total of five songs. On Friday night, the Grateful Dead-inspired quintet–Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, and Dave Dreiwitz–delivered a stellar showcase packed with curveball surprises, including special guest performances from Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Nicole Atkins. It was an undeniable highlight of Friday’s lineup, next to Bobby and Phil Lesh‘s reunion with the Terrapin Family Band earlier in the night. Super VIP attendees were treated to a surprise set from Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and Joe Russo on Saturday, but the collaborations between the musicians were thankfully extended for all fans to see at the Relix Stage.LOCKN’ Sees Led Zep & Dead Covers, Powerful Collaborations, And More On Day 2 [Photos]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead relied heavily on the Grateful Dead catalogue on Saturday night, welcoming Bob Weir for “Black-Throated Wind,” “Good Lovin,” and “Jack Straw” early on in the set. He returned for a set-closing “Samson and Delilah” before a “One More Saturday Night” encore. The Grateful Dead guitarist has shared the stage with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead once before in Oakland at The Fox Theatre on 11/12/16 for a number of acoustic collaborations. Thanks to YouTube user monihampton, you can watch the videos from LOCKN’ below: We’ll be back with a full Saturday recap, as the party continues on the grounds of LOCKN’ with sets from Phil.moe, The Avett Brothers with Bob Weir, The Revivalists, and more, later today. For a complete schedule, head to the festival website.For fans who can not attend the festival, a free LOCKN’ stream is available, courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s, Airstream, and YouTube, in conjunction with Relix and Headcount. Viewers are encouraged to make a donation, with proceeds going to the Heal Charlottesville Fund. Funds raised will go towards assisting local residents seeking trauma counseling, supporting victims involved in the car attack who need help with their medical expenses, and towards helping law enforcement to prevent future attacks. Click here for more information regarding donations, as well as how to link up to the live stream.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | LOCKN’ | Arrington, VA | 8/26/17Althea, Black-Throated Wind*, Good Lovin’*, Jack Straw*, The Wheel, Bertha, Throwing Stones, He’s Gone, Playing in the Band, Samson and Delilah*E: One More Saturday Night**w/ Bob Weir[photo by Whitney Wangsgaard]
Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent with CNN and anchor of the daily interview program “Amanpour,” has been selected as the 2010 Senior Class Day speaker. She will address Harvard College graduates and their guests on May 26 at 2 p.m. in Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard.“Christiane has reported from every major crisis of our generation,” said Nworah Ayogu ’10, first marshal of the Class of 2010. “Based on her life experience and perspective, we are extremely excited for her speech. The Class of 2010 is honored to have one of the greatest journalists of our time as our Class Day speaker.”Senior Class Day is a student-focused, somewhat informal celebration that takes place the day before Commencement. In addition to a featured speaker selected by the Senior Class Committee, the exercises include award presentations and undergraduate orations.In her work as an internationally renowned journalist, Amanpour has covered stories on the Gulf War, the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina. She has reported on crises in the Palestinian territories, Pakistan, Somalia, and Rwanda.Throughout her career — which has spanned a quarter century — Amanpour has interviewed many world leaders, including Iranian presidents Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and the presidents of Afghanistan, Sudan, and Syria. She was the first international correspondent to interview British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac, and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after 9/11.In recognition of her coverage of the Bosnian war, the city of Sarajevo named Amanpour an honorary citizen in 1998.Amanpour has received nine news and documentary Emmys, four George Foster Peabody Awards, three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, an Edward R. Murrow award, and an inaugural Television Academy Honor. She has received honorary degrees from the American University of Paris, Georgetown University, New York University, Smith College, Emory University, and the University of Michigan.Amanpour started her career at CNN in 1983. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She lives in New York City.For more information on Harvard’s 359th Commencement, including its schedule.
BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan shopkeeper convicted of inciting separatism based on his comments in a New York Times documentary has been released after serving a five-year prison sentence. Tashi Wangchuk’s release Friday was reported by the writers group PEN America and the International Campaign for Tibet. There was no official comment and his lawyer did not answer calls to his cellphone. Tashi was detained in 2016 after his comments appeared complaining about the erosion of Tibetan culture and language in the tightly secured region. PEN America said Tashi never received a fair trial and was a victim of a “broader campaign of Chinese authorities cracking down on ethnic minority rights.”
County and city officials in the Southeast spend millions of dollars each year to combat mosquitoes. But those costs are only a fraction of what Southeastern families spend to keep their furry family members safe from mosquito-born parasites. Each year Georgians spend between $9 million and $14 million treating heartworms in their dogs, said Elmer Gray, an Extension entomologist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Dog owners across the country spend about $1.2 billion on heartworm prevention, and Gray estimates that about $40 million of that amount is spent in Georgia. Those price tags dwarf the $7 million cities and counties in Georgia spend to keep mosquito populations under control and make heartworms the largest mosquito-related expense in the state. “It really is the most expensive cost associated with mosquitoes,” Gray said. Heartworm-related expenses are sometimes left out of studies calculating the economic impact of mosquitoes, but Gray believes these costs should be included. “If it wasn’t for mosquitoes, there would be no dog heartworm problems,” Gray said. ”So consequently, the cost associated with heartworms – in my mind – is directly attributed to mosquitoes, thereby adding to the cost of dealing with this insect.”He estimated the cost of prevention and treatment of heartworms with data provided by the UGA College of Veterinary Sciences and from Merial, a company that makes heartworm preventatives and other pharmaceuticals for animals. The cost of preventative heartworm medicine is about $15 a month, and the cost of treating a heartworm infection can vary from between $600 and $1,000. There are at least six species of mosquitoes that can transmit the heartworm parasite in Georgia. The flying insects pick up young heartworms, called microfilariae, when they feed on the blood of an infected animal. The microfilariae spend about two weeks maturing into larvae inside the mosquito, according to the American Heartworm Society.When the mosquito takes its next meal, the larvae are deposited into the new host animal where they will mature into adult heartworms over the next six months.< \p> Without treatment, the worms congregate around the right side of the heart and the arteries of the lungs where they can eventually cause heart failure or liver failure. Dogs, cats and even humans can all be infected by heartworms, but the infections are most serious and most prevalent among dogs. While cities and counties will continue to battle mosquito populations in Georgia, there is no way to reduce populations enough to prevent dogs and other animals from being infected with heartworms without medication. “It would be impossible to prevent heartworm infections by controlling mosquito populations,” Gray said. “However, treating dogs with the proper preventative medicine is 100 percent effective at preventing the disease.” Southeastern states have the greatest prevalence of heartworm infections, and there’s an almost 100 percent chance that a dog living Georgia will have the disease by age 5 if its owners don’t give it monthly preventive treatment, Gray said.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Talk about an “Electric Youth”! Deborah “Debbie” Gibson burst “Out of the Blue” when she was barely 17 with a string of hits on the Billboard charts such as “Foolish Beat,” “Only in My Dreams” and “Shake Your Love” that made this extraordinarily talented Long Island teenager the favorite of music fans everywhere and established her forever in America’s pop pantheon.Gibson scored nine Top 40 Hot 100 hits between 1987 and 1991 and remains the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a number-one single, according to Billboard.Though born in Brooklyn, she grew up in Merrick, and Gibson credits her early experiences performing in musicals at churches and temples and the Long Island Teen Repertory Theater, as well as the WINGS program at Camp Avenue Elementary School and her teachers at Sanford Calhoun High School as helping propel her career.“Long Island has always been great for the arts,” she says. “There was always somewhere to go perform.”Debbie Gibson performing (Photo credit: Gene Kublanov)On June 8, Gibson will be performing at the Long Island Pride 2013 festival in Huntington’s Heckscher Park. For her, it was a no-brainer.“I could not say no!” she says. “It is a smaller Pride in relation to, let’s say, Chicago or Denver or many others I have done, but come on! It is Long Island! I fully expect my hometown peeps to out-Pride and be louder than anywhere I have previously performed!”She remembers winning contests on WPLJ when she was a teen and listening to Z100 and especially Hot 97, which broke her first hit, “Only in My Dreams.”“They were all faves,” she says fondly. “I was influenced by everyone from Mozart to Madonna, Elton John and Billy Joel, as well as Broadway performers.”Indeed, it was her wanting to be cast as “Annie” that brought her and her family regularly into Manhattan for auditions. In 1992, she played Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway—the first of many theatrical performances on and off The Great White Way.Though she now makes her home in L.A., she still has close ties to the Island, referring to her aunt, uncle and cousins, such as Buddy, her choreographer, and her hometown friends Dee Snider, Ron Luparello and Mike Provenz. She also still regards Galleria Pizza on Merrick Avenue as “the best!”Who would dare to argue with that? Back in the day, she supposedly had a rivalry with another young pop phenom, Tiffany, but that was just media high jinx.“There was no divide—ever!” she says. And to prove it, the pair did do a “crazy” Syfy original movie together later in their careers called “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid,” and have toured together.“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” she insists.Gibson competed in last year’s season of The Celebrity Apprentice, is about to become a judge on ABC TV’s upcoming Sing Your Face Off, and has begun working on a new album.Now 42 years old, the former teen sensation is in a good place these days, she says.“I am super-private, having grown up in the spotlight,” she admits, “But let’s just say at long last I have found balance!”Debbie Gibson will be performing at the Long Island Pride 2013 festival on Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. in Huntington Village’s Heckscher Park. For more information visit www.LIPride.org.
I hear a lot these days about the on-going changes that our industry is facing. But far and away the biggest concern seems to be how technology is affecting every aspect of service delivery – from deposits to account management to lending – and what it takes for a credit union to successfully transition from traditional service delivery to mobile and omni-channel strategies.There is no denying that mobile banking is changing the way consumers access and utilize financial services. According to research by Aite, practically every usage category for mobile is expected to more than double over the next couple of years. Some are expected to grow three to five times over the next four years. Aite projects that the number of U.S. consumers using a mobile device to access their bank account will increase from 33 million to 96 million this year.I learned first-hand recently about the real challenge web-based banking services pose for traditional financial institutions when a young relative tried to get a car loan from her credit union. As a recent college graduate, she didn’t have much work experience. As is often the case in this situation, her credit union couldn’t help with the loan. The car dealer suggested that she check out an online lender that he had worked with before. So, she went to the website and within a short amount of time she was able to secure the loan – at a favorable interest rate as a bonus.With mobile and omni-channel products and services opening new opportunities for consumers, financial institutions are feeling pressure to develop technology-based strategies to keep up with the rapidly growing demand.But, “How,” I am often asked, “do you balance the transition from brick and mortar to technology while maintaining adequate staffing, and how do you manage your investment without blowing the budget?”Take a hard look at your situationNow is a great time to take a look at your internal structure. You must make sure you have the right number of facilities and adequate staffing to maintain your traditional service delivery systems while you plan your strategy – if you haven’t started – or fine-tune your plans for providing new service options for your current member base and potential market.Then determine how much technology you anticipate it will take to meet the current and future needs of your account holders. And while you may be tempted to base this on generally-accepted assumptions that Millennials are the primary users of mobile technology, I have seen plenty of evidence that Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are tuning in to the convenience and flexibility that mobile banking provides.Don’t leave it to assumptions to make this important decision. Make sure your front-line staff has the training necessary to obtain this information from your account holders. How often do they visit a branch? Do they use an ATM? Do they access their account on a mobile device? Do they rely on the credit union as a resource for financial advice? If they don’t currently use mobile banking services, might they use them in the future?Another important consideration is the demographics of your institution’s future account holders. While you may have a mix of service preferences with existing account holders, planning for future needs now will save you time and help with budgeting over the long-term. In addition to the cost to implement new technology, don’t forget to factor in the cost of employee training and member communications materials.Communication is key to a successful transitionJust remember, any major change in your operational structure will impact your staff as well as the quality of service provided to your members. You can lessen any negative impact this might have by making sure all employees are well-informed throughout the process and have an opportunity to provide input into how the changes will affect their work environment.Plus, your front-line, member-facing employees can provide a great deal of valuable input on what your account holders want and need. They can also serve as important ambassadors to promote the products and services you offer, and explain the benefits they provide to account holders.Is your current branch structure making you less competitive?A branch profitability study can help you to determine if you have the right products and fee strategy in place to maximize your potential income, as well as to meet your members’ current and future product and service needs.A review of your existing non-labor and non-interest expenses can also help to make sure you aren’t paying too much for your service contracts. This can help you find the resources you need to invest in new technology, and provide the new programs and services necessary to grow your institution and remain competitive in your market. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Roe Prior to joining JMFA, Mark was a sales manager in the Texas market for a major bank with headquarters on the West coast. His experience also includes managing the accounting, … Web: www.jmfa.com Details
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How do we make decisions? What should we do?In Miami, I had the treat of listening to Drew Dudley. He’s famous for delivering one of the top 10 talks on leadership for TED. In Miami, Drew tackled that question.How do we make decisions? What should we do?Rather than delivering a long, complicated answer, Drew said something simple.“Imagine the person that is the type of leader you want to become. Ask yourself what that person would do. And then do that.” continue reading »
On April 29, Karen Cookson invited thoughts about her Thomas Jefferson column. Truthfully, I’m sick of the pedantry and moral preening involved in opinions that Thomas Jefferson — and by extension 12 of our first 18 presidents who held slaves — is somehow “morally unfit to be president.” I sincerely wish those who espouse selective historical analyses would cease, for two reasons.First, there’s no moral test for the office of president. Do we have the right to question the electors from the Electoral College of another age? Or the successive Congresses that failed to impeach and remove “morally unfit” presidents from office?Refusal to acknowledge that human history is complicated, filled with contradictions and inconsistencies, is adolescent puffery. Was Abraham Lincoln “morally unfit” because he thought that “blacks and whites” shouldn’t have “social and political equality?” Was JFK “morally unfit” because he was a sexual predator? Such oversimplifications have the effect of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, since all made positive contributions to our republic.Second, I worry there may be a hidden agenda involved in these high-toned revelations of past behavior. I worry that those who incessantly pick away at our Founders have as their real plan the debasement of the esteem in which Americans hold their Founders who, while not saints, did give us the most liberating system of government in the history of mankind. Those who wish to discard our Constitution must first make Americans ashamed of their Founders.Rob DicksonClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li… Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
239 Hulcombe Rd, HighvalePrivately positioned to the rear right of the house is the main bedroom, complete with a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite with twin vanities and a separate shower and bath, and access to the back patio.Other features of the residence include ducted reverse-cycle airconditioning, a ducted vacuum system, aluminium powder-coated security louvres, hardwired and interconnected smoke alarms, plantation shutters and ceiling fans throughout.There is also a solar-powered remote control entry gate with video intercom and release control from the house, a tractor shed and additional parking for four vehicles, while the residence is pre-wired for a security system. 239 Hulcombe Rd, Highvale ENJOY picturesque north to north-easterly views over Samford Valley and Mt Glorious from the living spaces of this five-bedroom house.Designed by Mancorp Quality Homes, the residence offers hinterland-style living on a 10,000sq m block, with cooling mountain breezes, soothing bird songs and the ever-changing colour of the surrounding landscape making every moment at the house a delight.A patio surrounds the single-level design, with the main entrance leading to an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area. 239 Hulcombe Rd, HighvaleMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The modern cooking space includes a walk-in pantry, stainless steel appliances, a gas cooktop, dishwasher and water filtration system, while sliding glass doors in the adjoining dining area open to the rear of the patio.To the left of the front door is access to a double garage, powder room and bedroom, with three more bedrooms to the right.These bedrooms include built-in wardrobes, with two looking to the front patio. A bathroom and laundry are nearby. 239 Hulcombe Rd, HighvaleFurthermore, the property is environmentally conscious, with concrete in-ground rainwater tanks, a biocycle waste water treatment system and a bespoke cubby house made of recycled hardwood and featuring a green roof.Agent James Gwynne said with its rural locality, uninterrupted mountain views and fertile land consisting of established avocado, citrus, banana, fig and olive trees, the property offered perfect potential for those seeking a tree change or lifestyle shift.