Keller & The Keels, “BarnTronica” And Classic Bluegrass For Strings & Sol Day Three [Gallery]

first_imgThe Strings & Sol festivities continued last night, December 11th, with an enormous lineup of musicians. Taking place at the Sapphire Now resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, the third day of the destination event featured a number of top notch and unique performances along the coastline. The day began with Greensky Bluegrass, who played poolside to get fans in the mood for some bluegrass fun.After Greensky, fans headed over to the main stage for a performance from Yonder Mountain String Band. Keller Williams came next, reviving his collaboration with The Keels for the occasion. Finally, it was Railroad Earth who closed out the main stage music, but the party wasn’t over just yet! After RRE, fans could make their way down for the late night jam session hosted by Danny Barnes. Dubbed “BarnTronica,” the late night set at the Palapa kept everyone dancing until the wee hours of the morning.Check out a gallery of images from Strings & Sol below, courtesy of Dave Vann. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Jay Peak restores wetlands ahead of EPA deadline

first_imgThe Jay Peak ski resort has been ordered to restore wetlands and streams that were harmed when the resort discharged dredged and fill material into the waters during construction of its golf course in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Jay Peak has agreed to the terms of EPA’s order and recently completed all restoration work prior to the order’s October 2010 deadline. The US Environmental Protection Agency last month ordered Jay Peak Resort, Inc to repair the damage done between 2004 and 2006 when it was building its golf course and discharged material without a required permit. According to EPA,the construction company working for Jay Peak Resort placed dirt, sand and rocks into numerous wetlands and streams, affecting a total of 2.15 acres.This case was brought to the attention of EPA by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the spring of 2008. Since then, the Corps and EPA have worked together in pursuing this case.The affected streams on the site flow into Jay Branch Brook, which flows into the Missisiquoi River, and then into Lake Champlain.The resort was ordered to restore the wetlands and streams in order to restore wildlife habitat, sediment trapping, and nutrient removal and transport functions. Wetlands provide valuable habitat for many species of wildlife. They also help to protect the health and safety of people and their communities. They filter and clean water by trapping sediments and removing pollutants, and they provide buffers against floods by storing flood water. Wetlands also store and slowly release water over time, helping to maintain water flow in streams, especially during dry periods.Source: EPA. 10.12.2010last_img read more

3 ways you might be letting the minutes slip away

first_imgI’m not exactly sure what Steve Miller meant when he sang “time keeps on slipping into the future,” but that sounds a lot like wasting time. Time is precious and sometimes your time is wasted in ways you don’t realize. When you’re at the office, you have to be mindful of the time you let slip away. I mean have you seen “The Office”? Here are a few ways you could be wasting time at work…Your processes are letting you down: Every workplace has processes that are less than efficient. It’s like putting tape over a hole in your roof. It’s not going to be the right solution. Find solutions that are going to get down to the root of the problem and not cause you or your team to have to waste any additional time fixing it later.Too much attempted multi-tasking: Multi-tasking sounds great in theory. But it definitely doesn’t work well for everyone. If you can keep your brain focused on one task at a time, you’ll get through each task as efficiently as you possibly can. Don’t let your to-do list keep you unfocused all day. Make a list and knock it out one item at a time.Your meetings need to be combined: Some meetings are good meetings. But how many times have you left a meeting and then thought to yourself: “That could have been a very short email.” Before you schedule a meeting, make a list of everything you want to cover and exactly what you want to say. At that point, you can decide if it really calls for a meeting. You might end up being the hero who saves everyone’s time. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Bell Elementary in Kirkwood raises $2,800 for cancer patients

first_imgFor this years’ campaign the students raised $2,838.71. KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — Bell Elementary in Kirkwood held an assembly on Friday, culminating a three week long Pennies for Patients fundraising campaign. The fundraising campaign benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Over the last 12 years, the campaign raised over $15,000. Last year bringing in over $3,000 alone. “We always say small change can make a big difference, so I think its important for kids to know that even though they are a child they can make a big difference in the world, and a big difference in someone else’s life” said Meghan Leonard a classroom teacher and student council advisor at Bell Elementary. Inspired by a former Bell student who suffered from childhood leukemia, the fundraising drive has become a tradition at Bell Elementary. “So even if they can give one penny, that’s one penny more that is going to help those in need,” she said. At Friday’s assembly, multiple raffles took place, including one for a 39″ TV. As a fun “punishment” for reaching their goal, the class president had to run the gauntlet of kissing a mystery animal, take a pie to the face, and have a balloon of slime dropped on them.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Urge feds to support tick bill

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionKay Hagan didn’t get out in public much in recent months.In June, the former U.S. senator from North Carolina helped dedicate a new air traffic control tower at a local airport.Crippled and confined to a wheelchair, she smiled and acknowledged well wishers at the event. Her ability to speak was limited, slow and labored, although her husband Chip said she could comprehend what people were saying.On Oct. 28, the 66-year-old lawmaker died, two years after contracting a brain inflammation from the Powassan virus, a rare but increasingly prevalent disease caused by the bite of an infected tick.In her honor, her colleagues in the U.S. Senate have named a new bill after her that’s aimed at fighting tick-related illnesses, including Lyme disease.In 2017, the number of tick-borne diseases reported to U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) rose 22%, to 59,349. The actual number of cases was likely much closer to 300,000 to 400,000, officials say, due to underreporting. Here in New York, the state saw a 16% increase in tick-related illnesses from 2017 to 2018.As such illnesses have increased in recent years, it’s clear the state and federal governments need to devote more attention and resources to identifying them, treating them and preventing them.The Kay Hagan Tick Act (S1657) and its companion bill in the House of Representatives, the TICK (Ticks: Identify, Control, and Knockout) Act (HR3073), are designed to provide federal assistance to address the escalating burden.Among the bill’s provisions are the creation of an office of oversight and coordination at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategy for the expansion of research, improved testing and affordable treatment.For taxpayers, the bill comes at a relatively small price, given that Lyme disease alone now costs Americans an estimated $75 billion per year, according to bill would provide $10 million a year for the next five years to create regional centers for excellence. These centers would coordinate efforts among academia and public health agencies for surveillance, prevention and outbreak response, as well as provide training and other services to help pubic officials deal with the outbreak.The bill also would authorize $20 million per year for the next five years through the CDC for grants to help states and communities promote awareness, early detection and treatment.Local Reps. Antonio Delgado and Elise Stefanik are two of the House bill’s cosponsors. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have yet to sign on.Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are now a national problem.It’s time for the national government to lead the fight against them.Contact Schumer, Gillibrand and other members of Congress to ensure they support and promote this vital legislation.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

BNI to pay Rp 3.85t in dividends, appoints Agus Martowardojo as top commissioner

first_imgThe bank projected that this year’s NPL would be steady at between 2 percent and 2.2 percent, already factoring in internal and external dynamics, including the negative impact of the coronavirus, Anggoro said.Read also: Indonesia undertakes monetary, fiscal measures to fight effects of virus“We will prepare a strategy for the worst-case scenario. We are still going to expand, but in the sectors [affected by the coronavirus outbreak], we will be very prudent,” Anggoro said, referring to the sectors of manufacturing, health and pharmaceuticals, tourism, aviation and hotels as those affected by the outbreak.In the shareholders meeting, the publicly listed bank also appointed former Bank Indonesia governor Agus Martowardojo as its new president commissioner, replacing Ari Kuncoro, who was appointed deputy commissioner at state lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI).“With Pak Agus Martowardojo’s experience in the banking world, we hope to be able to cooperate with the directors and make BNI an even bigger state-owned bank,” State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir said in a written statement on Thursday. The shareholders also appointed Pradjoto as the bank’s vice president commissioner, replacing Hambra. On its board of directors, shareholders promoted its previous vice president director, Herry Sidharta, as the new president director, replacing Achmad Baiquni. Herry’s previous position as vice president director was filled by Anggoro Eko Cahyo. BNI is the third bank to announce its dividend payouts this week, following BRI and Bank Mandiri.\Read also: BRI to pay Rp 20.6 trillion in dividendsBRI announced on Tuesday its plans to distribute Rp 20.6 trillion in dividends, equal to 60 percent of the bank’s profit, to its shareholders. The ratio exceeds the 50 percent dividend payout of 2018.Bank Mandiri announced on Wednesday it was going to distribute Rp 16.49 trillion to its shareholders under a similar dividend payout ratio as BRI, notably higher than the 45 percent payout of 2018.With BNI, Bank Mandiri and BRI having conducted their annual shareholders meetings this week, the SOE minister’s plan to shake up executives at the three state-owned banks, which he announced last week, has been concluded. The shakeup is part of Erick’s efforts to improve the performance of Indonesia’s SOEs.Read also: Bank Mandiri to pay $1.2b dividends, appoints Chatib Basri as top commissioner “BNI proposed 25 percent, because we foresee that we still need room to grow. With dividends at 25 percent, the retained capital will be bigger,” newly appointed BNI vice president director Anggoro Eko Cahyo told a press briefing after an annual general shareholders meeting in Jakarta on Thursday. The bank’s retained capital at 75 percent of last year’s profit amounts to Rp 11.54 trillion. Anggoro added that the new PSAK 71 accounting standard would affect the company’s capital adequacy ratio (CAR) by approximately 2 percentage points, so its CAR of 19.7 percent would likely decrease to 17.7 percent. The new standard requires a larger loan loss provision so that banks could cover both good and bad loans as opposed to only bad loans in the past.The publicly listed bank’s net profit grew 2.5 percent to Rp 15.38 trillion in 2019 from Rp 15.01 trillion in the previous year, marking a significant slowdown from the 20.1 percent expansion recorded the year prior. The nonperforming loan (NPL) ratio rose to 2.3 percent last year, a 40-basis point increase from an NPL ratio of 1.9 percent in 2018. State-owned lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), will distribute Rp 3.85 trillion (US$281 million) in dividends to shareholders and has appointed former central bank governor and ex finance minister Agus Martowardojo as its president commissioner. The dividends are equal to 25 percent of the bank’s 2019 profit of Rp 15.38 trillion, an unchanged ratio from the previous year. BNI’s shareholders will receive a dividend of Rp 206.45 per share, an increase of 2.57 percent from last year’s dividend of Rp 201.28 per share.The state, which holds 60 percent of the bank’s shares or a total of 11 billion shares, will receive a dividend of Rp 2.31 trillion. center_img Shares of BNI, traded at Indonesia Stock Exchange under the code BBNI, closed at Rp 7,925 on Thursday, 1.93 percent higher than the previous trading day. The bank’s stocks have fallen 8.02 percent in the past year, in line with the broader benchmark Jakarta Composite Index’s (JCI) 9.3 percent fall. (ydp)Topics :last_img read more

Classy Queenslander with a modern touch

first_imgThe bedrooms has hardwood floors.Mrs Welsh said due to the layout of the home, it would suit a number of buyers. “Either a family similar to us with older children, a family with young kids or older parents who live with them, or even a young couple who might use the downstairs space as a home office,” she said. Outside 6 Lamette St, Holland Park“We liked the traditional Queenslander character look of the home, and the fact it was two-levels meant it had growth opportunity which would suit our family’s needs in the future,” she said.“From a location point of the view, the area was also a big plus.”The two-level property sits on a 635sq m block.On the main level, there is a sunroom, two bedrooms — including the master suite with walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite — formal living and dining rooms, and an open plan living, dining and kitchen area which opens out on to the enclosed deck that overlooks the pool.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMrs Welsh said this was where the family spent most of their time.“The upstairs deck and living room gets a lot of use,” she said.“Because the deck can be fully enclosed, we use it all year round.“We’ve had lots of Christmas parties out there, lots of friends over. “It’s got such a nice aspect.”On the ground floor there is a large media room or office space, dining and living room area, bathroom and separate toilet, covered patio and three additional bedrooms. Take a look at the kitchen.“It can cater to any number of buyers.”center_img 6 Lamette St, Holland ParkOWNERS Michelle and Daniel Welsh purchased the property at 6 Lamette St, Holland Park, in early 2000 after moving from central Queensland. Mrs Welsh said the couple were looking for a home that would suit the young family into the future. last_img read more

Bay Denesse Restoration Project Underway

first_imgDucks Unlimited is working to restore 2,550 acres of coastal marsh approximately 2.5 miles northeast of Buras, Louisiana. The project will combine coastal restoration techniques of marsh terraces and crevasses to optimize sediment capture from the Mississippi River.Wetlands adjacent to the Mississippi River have suffered extensive deterioration over the past century.Historically, the Mississippi River had many distributary channels that connected nutrient and sediment rich waters of the river with marshes of the Barataria and Breton Sound Basins. The river also overtopped its banks during flood events, which helped nourish the surrounding marshes with sediment.Due to flood control and navigation needs, federal efforts to contain the river with levees were initiated in the late 1800s and continue to this day.The containment of the river, coupled with other sources of wetland loss (i.e., subsidence, shoreline erosion, salt water intrusion, etc.), have had detrimental impacts to the marshes flanking the river.This project area is located south of the Mississippi River flood control levee system and is still hydrologically connected to the river. Thus, it is an ideal location to enhance river water distribution to create wetlands.This project will restore and enhance 2,550 acres by converting open water into various habitat types, including mud/sand flats, shallow water ponds, aquatic vegetation beds, and emergent marsh.It will also nourish existing marshes within the project area.last_img read more

Badgers look for victory on road against Michigan State

first_imgKarel and the Badgers will try to get back on track Sunday against Michigan State.[/media-credit]Following a devastating overtime road loss to Penn State, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team will have to regroup quickly Sunday as they travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on the Michigan State Spartans.“We know we’ve got a challenge ahead of us,” head coach Lisa Stone said following the Badgers’ victory Sunday over Illinois. “It’s very, very important that we go out there and take care of business.”The Badgers knew their current road trip would be difficult, but they probably never imagined the first game would go the way it did. Despite leading by as many as 17 points, the Badgers allowed the Nittany Lions to reel off 19 unanswered in the second half, eventually sending the game into overtime.In the extra period, junior guard Tyra Grant — who led all scorers with 32 points — hit a jumper in the lane as time expired to give Penn State the 58-56 victory.Wisconsin (14-6, 4-5 Big Ten) will look to rebound from Thursday’s loss against one of the conference’s best teams in Michigan State.Despite finishing the non-conference season with just a 7-4 record, Michigan State has impressed so far in Big Ten play, winning three of its first four conference road games.“I think the conference is wide open, I really do,” Stone said. “I think as we go into the last 10 games of the season, the teams that start to really get it — that take care of the ball and find help from the bench or continue to play consistent — are going to be the teams that are going to be there in the end.”Michigan State (13-6, 6-2) is led offensively by forward Aisha Jefferson, a redshirt junior, who averages 12.2 points per game. Against Big Ten opponents, junior center Allyssa DeHaan has emerged as the team’s leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points per game in conference play.MSU ranks third in the Big Ten in both scoring offense and scoring defense, averaging 67.4 points per game while allowing just 56.1 points. UW is one of two teams above MSU in scoring defense, but the Badgers’ offense falls far short of the Spartans, averaging just 58.6 points per game.Aside from Alyssa Karel, who leads the team with 13.2 points per game, Wisconsin will look for another strong game offensively from junior guard Teah Gant, who has emerged recently as a significant scoring threat for UW.Gant, best known for her defensive play, has used her ability to drive to the hoop to relieve pressure from Karel and junior forward Mariah Dunham, the Badgers’ second leading scorer with 9.2 points per game.“I think I just take what’s given to me, and you know, if you have Alyssa [Karel] on the wing getting denied, then that opens up a space for me to drive,” Gant said.Not only has Gant emerged as another scorer for Wisconsin, but her presence on the court and ball-handling skills give the cardinal and white another option at point guard, something crucial in the tight games the Badgers have played lately.“Teah is a calming force for us; she really is,” Stone said. “I think everybody would admit that she really keeps us patient and takes care of the ball and handles it very well.”After an emotional loss against the Nittany Lions, the Badgers will need to put the game behind them and focus solely on the task at hand.“The biggest thing is that we kind of forget what’s behind us, our success [and] our failures,” Karel said. “We can’t dwell or get too high on our wins or our losses. We’ve just got to keep looking forward.”last_img read more

USG presents resolution for addition of a fall break

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government presented a resolution to create a fall semester break for students on Tuesday night in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.Andrew Menard, USG president and one of the resolution’s principal authors, spoke out on the urgency of having a fall break.“This is something that students have advocated for a long time and really that advocacy has inspired us to continue working on this project,” Menard said. “We’re coming to a time when this fall break is more important than ever, as problems of mental health, stress and anxiety across college campuses are higher now than ever before, and are particularly amplified at intense academic institutions like USC. So this proposal in the most important one we’ve working on this year and will have the most positive impact on the largest number of students.”Another of the resolution’s authors, USG chief of staff Hassaan Ebrahim, mentioned that this proposal comes amid troubling health surveys of USC students. These studies show that 88.7 percent of domestic and 73.4 percent of international students report feeling “overwhelmed by all they had to do,” and that 6.4 percent of domestic and 2.5 percent of international students report having  seriously considered suicide.Hassan and Menard also highlighted that 24 of the top 30 universities in the U.S. News and World Report have at least one day off in the 11-week period between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. USC, however, is not among them.“When you go to USC, you’re competing with the smartest people in the world every day; so in order to help increase your academic performance, you need a break to recharge your batteries, and this is statistically proven,” Menard said.Menard said that there is an imbalance between the fall and spring semesters. During the fall semester there are 11 weeks of uninterrupted academic instruction, whereas during the spring semester the longest period of continuous instruction is 6 weeks.Menard also described the many academic, professional and interpersonal possibilities that a fall break would allow students.“You can take a biology trip to Catalina. You can do interviews for work and not miss class to do so, because on top of the pressure of your classes you also have the pressure to find an internship and a job,” Menard said. “Also, most of our students don’t get an opportunity to see their family until Thanksgiving or even until the holiday break.”The resolution’s authors stressed the significant popular support behind a fall break. According to one survey, 93 percent of USC students responded that they would “personally benefit from a fall break” and 96 percent responded that a fall break would promote mental health by allowing students to rest.Menard, who sits on the Academic Calendar Committee, also recounted the administrative support behind the resolution and the next steps involved.“We brought this up during the first semester and the majority of us voted for the proposal. Now, that proposal goes to the provost for an ultimate review. It doesn’t happen automatically, but it is our recommendation that he approve it,” Menard said.He further explained that the resolution should easily pass through the USG Senate but the final decision falls into the hands of either the interim provost or the future provost elect.“The resolution, without a doubt, will pass through the Senate, and then it will be delivered to President Nikias, the Interim Provost Michael Quick and the chairman of the academic Board of Trustees. It is unclear whether the current provost or the one that is about to be selected will decide, but the students and the academic calendar committee are behind it.”Menard concluded by stating one the primary hurdles in the approval of the resolution. He said that the biggest concern is over the fact that most faculty members do not want to have to submit grades so close to winter break.“The well-being of our students needs to be the primary concern. USC exists for its students. Does a two-day break solve everything? No, but it is a good start and it will definitely have a positive impact.last_img read more