The long-running Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival has announced its first wave of artists for 2018. Taking place October 5th through 7th in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the free music festival hosts over 100 bluegrass and folk acts, both veteran and up and coming. The festival has confirmed 20 artists appearing at this year’s incarnation.Hinted through two previous medlies posted on Hardly Strictly Bluegrass’s Android and iOS apps, the festival has confirmed the following acts for 2018: The Greyboy Allstars, Emmylou Harris, Jeff Tweedy, Rodney Crowell, I’m With Her, Ani Difranco, Andrea Gibson, Roky Erickson, Aki Kumar, Robyn Hitchcock: Electrospective, Tim O’Brien, Gregory Alan Isakov, Howlin’ Rain, Courtney Marie Andrews, Darlingside, Gomez, JD Mcpherson, Evolfo, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Four Year Bender.Today, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will share a third medley through their Android and iOS apps, and fans are encouraged to share their guesses for the next wave of artists announced on the festival’s Facebook.
Experimental electronic producer Flying Lotus has announced the upcoming release of his latest album, Flamagra, his first LP since 2014’s Grammy-nominated You’re Dead! The new album is set to arrive on May 24th via Warp.Flamagra is set to feature an all-star cast of guest contributors including George Clinton, Anderson .Paak, Solange, Tierra Whack, Thundercat, Little Dragon, Toro Y Moi, Shabazz Places, Denzel Curry, and more.Related: George Clinton Dubs Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar “The New Generation Of Funk Musicians”Along with the album’s announcement, Flying Lotus (a.k.a. Steven Ellison) shared a new music video for the concept album’s first single, “Fire Is Coming”, which features renowned filmmaker David Lynch.As FlyLo explains in a statement, “I’d been working on stuff for the past five years, but it was always all over the place. I’d always had this thematic idea in mind—a lingering concept about fire, an eternal flame sitting on a hill. … Some people love it, some people hate it. Some people would go on dates there and some people would burn love letters in the fire. Then I went to this party and heard David Lynch saying the words that he wound up saying on the record. And I was like, ‘that’s it, we’re just going to go in that direction.’”Both the resulting song and its accompanying video is just as strange and surreal as you’d expect a collaboration between the two eccentric artists. You can watch the new video for “Fire Is Coming” below:Flying Lotus ft. David Lynch – “Fire Is Coming” [Music Video][Video: FlyingLotusVEVO]The new album will also feature two songs, “Thank U Malcolm” and “Find Your Own Way Home”, that pay tribute to the late Mac Miller. As Flying Lotus notes in a statement,This album has been a refuge for pain and trying to make the most out of that pain. Music can heal and in the wake of that tragedy it reminded me what I’m here to do. As we get older, we start to figure out what our purpose is and embrace it and I want to do good things with my work. I want it to be able to help people through tough times and inspire them to be creative. Flying Lotus – Flamagra – Album Teaser Video Flying Lotus – Flamagra – Tracklisting01 Heroes02 Post Requisite03 Heroes in a Half Shell04 More [ft. Anderson .Paak]05 Capillaries06 Burning Down the House [ft. George Clinton]07 Spontaneous [ft. Little Dragon]08 Takashi09 Pilgrim Side Eye10 All Spies11 Yellow Belly [ft. Tierra Whack]12 Black Balloons Reprise [ft. Denzel Curry]13 Fire Is Coming [ft. David Lynch]14 Inside Your Home15 Actually Virtual [ft. Shabazz Palaces]16 Andromeda17 Remind U18 Say Something19 Debbie Is Depressed20 Find Your Own Way Home21 The Climb [ft. Thundercat]22 Pygmy23 9 Carrots [ft. Toro Y Moi]24 FF425 Land Of Honey [ft. Solange]26 Thank U Malcolm27 Hot Oct.View Tracklisting[H/T Pitchfork]
Agriculture is the biggest industry in Georgia, and it’s only continuing to grow. Although situations vary for different commodities, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) economists were optimistic about the coming year. “Overall, when you look at agriculture for the state of Georgia, this is a good place to be and a good time to be here,” said CAES Dean J. Scott Angle, at the college’s 2015 Georgia Ag Forecast, an annual economic outlook series for farmers and agricultural business leaders. “For the most recent years, agriculture has an impact of $13.3 billion on the economy. By the time the food gets to your plate or the clothes get on your back—and forestry is included in that—agriculture has an impact of $72.5 billion, which makes it, by far, the largest industry in Georgia. It generates about 400,000 jobs across the state.” Agriculture’s impact on the state economy and Georgia’s influence on agriculture nationwide is only projected to increase as production of some crops moves from water-strapped areas out West to states like Georgia, where the climate, knowledge base and resources can support expanded agricultural endeavors, according to Angle. “We are becoming the bread basket of the world,” Angle said. “California agriculture is starting to go out of business because of lack of water, but the world’s population is growing… A lot of what happens here in the Southeast—but particularly in Georgia because we are the largest state—is going to be critically important… This is the most important place to be in agriculture right now.” One of the factors positioning Georgia to lead the nation agriculturally is the state’s groundbreaking research into agri-technology at both UGA and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Doug Britton, program manager for the Agricultural Technology Research Program at Georgia Tech, told the crowd gathered at this year’s Ag Forecast that engineers at Georgia Tech are working together with agricultural specialists to generate new technologies that will transform agriculture. “Real innovation starts at the intersection of [our] disciplines,” he said, addressing the 2015 Georgia Ag Forecast. “Bringing together the specialists in the agricultural sector and the specialists in the engineering sector, that’s when that overlap is really powerful… Leveraging technologies from across the country and developing new technologies specifically for agriculture is what is going to position Georgia as a thought leader in this space.” From micro-drones that will allow farmers to build 3-D models of each bush in their berry farm to ground-roving robots that will scout for signs of disease before symptoms arise, agriculture is on the cusp of a technological revolution. However, the outlook for this year’s agricultural landscape has a lot more to do with global grain stocks and domestic economic conditions than robotics. While projections for all sectors are favorable for producers, meat producers will have an especially good year with feed prices expected to stay relatively low and consumers’ discretionary income on the rise, economists said. Pork and beef prices are expected to stay relatively high through 2015, but may start to slip as we approach 2016 and farmers continue to build their herds. Poultry prices will remain relatively stable, despite a ban on U.S. poultry imports in China and a possibly forthcoming ban from India. Growing domestic consumption and low feed prices should allow U.S. poultry growers to stay profitable despite the loss of China as a market. As for row crops, UGA economist Don Shurley projects that farmers will be shifting land from corn and cotton to peanuts and soybeans this year. China has built up stocks of cotton over the last several years, and the result is very depressed prices for cotton, Shurley said. The price of cotton fell more than 25 percent over the last year. “We all knew this was coming; we just didn’t know it would happen this quickly,” he said. “We’ve gone from 80-cent cotton to 60-cent cotton in just the last few months.“Shurley believes that farmers will cut the amount of cotton they plant this year by as much as 15 percent and that increasing demand—brought on by lower prices—will start to drive prices a little higher in 2015, perhaps to between 65 and 75 cents. “If we can get production and demand back into a much closer balance, then we will start to see prices firm up and things will get a little bit better,” Shurley said. Similarly, large global stocks of corn and a leveling off in demand for corn as an ingredient in ethanol have combined to drive down the price of corn. On the other hand, lower corn prices are increasing the amount of corn that’s being used as animal feed. With reduced acreage and increased demand for animal feed, Shurley feels that prices will settle around $4.50 a bushel. Prices of peanuts and soybeans, however, will remain relatively stable, he said. “We’ve gone through some very good years for grains in terms of prices,” he said. “We’ve had $12 or $13 a bushel for beans and $5 or $6 for corn. We’ve still got very good prices, but, as you can see, we’ve come down a notch. We’ve still got $4 for corn and almost $10 for beans, but that’s not quite where we’ve been over the last few years.“ The Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series is organized by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This series is made possible through the Georgia Farm Bureau Land Grant University Lecture Series Endowment and is supported by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. For more information about the 2015 Ag Forecast, visit www.caes.uga.edu/events/agforecast/.
Dear Mountain Mama,I’m training for a marathon and I thought I’d lose weight. But the scales refuses to budge, and I’m weighing in pound for pound my pre-training weight. What gives?Yours, Frustrated by the ScaleDear Frustrated on the Scale,My own hopes for shedding pounds as I upped my mileage were dashed the last time I stepped on the scale. I weighed one hundred forty pounds before I started my first training run. And over three months into training for a marathon, I weigh exactly the same.Bummed that I hadn’t lost a pound, I sent a text to my best friend. She wrote back, “But do your pants fit better?”I smiled, realizing my jeans were loser and I could wear suits I hadn’t worn in years. After doing some research, I realized that the scale isn’t the best measurement of our fitness gains. Muscle weighs more than fat so as we crank up the miles we build muscle and burn fat, which might actually result in gaining weight. The silver lining is that when we replace fat with muscle, we are substituting low density fat tissue for high density muscle tissue, hence our clothes fitting better.Another reason that the scale is a terrible measure of the gains we’ve made by running is that our bodies store more water as we train more. Our bodies store more water to repair damage to muscle fibers and to break down and store glycogen. Considering that drinking a gallon of water would result in a 8.3 pound weight gain, water can really add extra weight. Instead of hopping on the scale, measure progress by body tone, body fat percentage, and energy level.And while my pants were a little less snug and my body seemed more toned, I also knew that I’d been stopping by the Krispy Kreme drive-thru for raspberry filled donuts more often than I did pre-marathon training. After reading up on weight loss, I was stunned to find out that a 3600 calorie deficit was required to lose one pound. On average, a runner expands 100 calories per mile. That meant I would have to run 36 miles, maintaining my pre-running diet, in order to lose even one pound. I realized that I was telling myself “hey I ran five miles today, I deserve a splurge.”Even worse, on my double-digit runs I drink sports drinks and energy gels, which are high in calories. Refueling in runs is an essential ingredient in going the distance, however, those drinks and gels mean that I’m burning even fewer calories than I thought. When you think about your post-run refueling needs, remember to factor in whatever you consumed during the run.Not only was I eating too much to compensate for my runs, I was eating the wrong types of food. Fatty, overly processed foods like donuts can set off chemical reactions including cravings, sleepiness, and never feeling full. In order to stabilize blood sugar levels, we should aim to eat real foods, ones that are grown or packaged food with recognizable ingredients on the label. Our meals should include fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in order to keep us feeling full for longer. These days my shopping list includes oatmeal, kale, bananas, salmon, and sweet potatoes.Frustrated by the scale, don’t let numbers demoralize you. Don’t get discouraged if the needle on the scale hovers over your pre-training weight. Running won’t automatically result in weight loss, but as long as you aren’t eating too much to compensate for your calorie output, your clothes will fit better, you’ll feel stronger, and you’ll have more energy.Happy Trails!Mountain Mama
By Dialogo February 20, 2009 The level of violence related to drug trafficking and drug abuse has continued to rise in Latin America, despite all government efforts to combat it, According to an annual report published in Vienna by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), no countries in the region are free of drug problems, even though there are prominent differences related to production, commerce, and consumption. In this report, the Andean countries of Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru are still considered the main producers of coca crops and cocaine, which is sold mainly to the United States and Europe by land, air, and sea routes through Central America, and increasingly through Africa. The report states that, in the three Latin American countries, the total area used for illegal coca crops rose 16%, up to 181,600 hectares, in comparison to 2007. Only in Colombia, which is still the main cocaine supplier, the area used for illegal crops reached 99,000 hectares, up 27% from 2006. The INCB, an autonomous entity of the UN, emphasizes in this document the increasing professionalization of South America’s drug trafficking networks. These networks have established a system of cooperation between some operations, which “employ specialists” as chemists, ship captains, pilots, and financial analysts for the diverse activities that their criminal business requires. In Central American countries, which mainly serve as drug routes from south to north, the principal concern is the involvement of criminal organizations called “maras” or street gangs. “About 5,000 gangs from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras work in Mexico,” composed of young people recruited by drug dealers based in Mexico, the report states. The INCB also warns that “the increase in deportations from the United States during the last three years has forced many gang members to return to their countries.” Consequently, 75% of Central American gangs maintain relations with other criminal groups in the United States, which strengthens international criminal associations. “Corruption, a judicial system short on resources, a lack of public trust, and weak acts of the law” are factors that still hinder the struggle against drugs in the countries of this region. On the other hand, in Mexico “drug cartels have responded with unprecedented violence” to the authorities’ efforts in combating them, and the number of police officers assassinated has doubled in 2007 and 2008. As regards consumption, the first comparative study on the use of illegal drugs in six countries in South America named Argentina as the main cocaine consumer, followed by Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. Argentina also has the highest number of young consumers, since 25% of them are under 16 years old. Another concern is that posed by “date rape drugs,” substances that criminals give their victims to enable them to commit various offences.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Amid the usual back-to-school shuffle this week, something else was brewing: a rally on Thursday that was equally a protest against Common Core as well as a campaign pit stop for Zephyr Teachout, who is challenging Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9. On the lawn in front of the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, approximately a hundred anti-Common Core, pro-Teachout protestors gathered to voice their opposition to Andrew Cuomo’s education policies, and by extension, his governorship. Organized by Rockville Centre principal Carol Burris, speakers included Teachout, Lace to the Top’s Kevin Glynn, Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association President Beth Dimino, Long Island Opt-Out’s Jeanette Deuterman, Adam Yuro, the past president of the Bedford Teachers Association, and Michael Lillis, president of the Lakeland Teachers Association.These speakers have been working this circuit for over a year, voicing their accusations about the Common Core initiative, and everything from funding to the lack of scholarship and research behind it to the hours of instructional time lost to testing and prepping for the high-stakes standardized state tests – linked to what they describe as curriculums that lack empirical evidence, thereby invalidating results, setting kids up to fail, and for using these scores to rate teachers’ performance.Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, who was named 2010 Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators’ Association of New York State, spoke passionately about her love of “a wonderful institution called public education,” that she believes had been under attack by the Cuomo administration. “But because of our collective voices, things are starting to turn around,” she said into a microphone, as supporters held signs that said “Dump Cuomo” and “Vote Teachout and Wu.” “One of the reasons I believe they are starting to turn around is because of courageous people like Zephyr Teachout.” Burris painted the candidate as someone “courageous” who “stands firmly for public education and its values.”An invigorated Teachout, a Fordham Law professor, took to the mic to decry the “old boys’ network” she says that makes up New York’s highest office. “People are very excited about the idea of the first woman governor of the state of New York!” she boomed.She went on to describe how both she and running mate Tim Wu are “both products of public education.” She spoke of her early years as a teacher’s aid in a special education class and about how that experience helped to shape her views on education policy.“I will tell you that children thrive when you have small class sizes, when teachers are trusted, and when every child can be seen for who they are,” Teachout professed. “And schools and children suffer when you have overcrowded classes, when teachers are treated like suspects, and when children are treated as if they are made of the exact same material. I am so proud to be here with kids, teachers, parent, and community members to say I think we need to pay the six billion dollars that we owe to our schools back to our schools.”Her speech was met with robust applause and shouts of “Cuomo Out! Teachout In!” overtook the crowd.
Advantages of a single payment processor.As a credit union, you are competing for your members’ business every time they visit an ATM, swipe a card or sign on the dotted line. To make sure payments are fast, easy and secure for members, you rely on a complex array of processing technologies.And if you have a proven track record with different vendors for debit, credit and ATM payment processing, you may be reluctant to “mess with success.” However, maintaining this multi-vendor paradigm may be holding you back.According to Lynn Kneebone, director of national sales for CO-OP Financial Services (www.co-opfs.org), credit unions don’t typically contract multiple payment processors by design. More often than not, it is a dynamic that occurs over time.“As a financial institution, you may have first rolled out a PIN-based solution, then added signature processing with a different vendor, and eventually upgraded your ATM fleet with a third,” she says. “While all three solutions may be operationally sound, managing the complexities of these disparate systems can negatively impact both your service to members and bottom line.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 70-year-old man was fatally hit by an SUV while crossing a road in his hometown of Bay Shore on Wednesday evening.Suffolk County police said Arquimides Barrera was walking across Fifth Avenue when he was struck by a southbound Jeep Cherokee near the corner of Jensen Road at 5:45 p.m. The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead. The driver was not injured and remained at the scene.Third Squad detectives impounded the Jeep, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8352.
“The decline in passenger numbers is part of an effort to reduce crowds and prevent further spread of COVID-19,” Irawati said, adding that the fall in the number of passengers indicated that the strategy to reduce people’s mobility to stymie the virus had been successful.As of Friday afternoon, Indonesia’s death toll from COVID-19 had risen to 32 while the number of infected people had reached 369. Jakarta has recorded the highest death toll in the country with 18 fatalities.Adita explained that the ministry had also ordered transportation operators to carry out frequent thorough cleaning using disinfectant, provide hand sanitizers and masks for sick passengers and measure the body temperature of employees and passengers before they board any means of public transportation.She said the ministry had imposed other measures on public transportation such as keeping distance between passengers and limiting the number of passengers on board to only 50 percent of capacity. To support the government’s policy in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Transportation Ministry has been coordinating with regional transportation agencies. Complying with the top officials’ call for social distancing, the Jakarta Transportation Agency has also issued a public statement for city public transportation operators to raise alarm against the transmission of COVID-19. Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo told the Post that passenger numbers on Transjakarta buses had decreased by about 50 percent to 501,126, as recorded on Thursday. Transjakarta buses usually transport over 1 million passengers a day.The number of LRT passengers dropped to 1,246 on Thursday from the usual 4,000 passengers per day.PT MRT president director Jakarta William Sabandar also reported that the number of passengers on the MRT had nosedived to 28,000 people a day, a drop of around 72 percent from the usual 100,000 passengers.PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) also suffered a decline after the COVID-19 outbreak hit the city. KCI’s spokesperson Anne Purba said the number of passengers on the city commuter train had dropped up to 50 percent.”We only transported approximately 550,000 passengers on Thursday, fewer than the usual 1 million passengers a day,” she told the Post. (trn)Topics : The effect of social distancing and the work-from-home policy has created a significant decrease in the number of public transportation passengers, the Transportation Ministry reported.”There has been a drop of about 40 to 70 percent,” the ministry’s spokesperson, Adita Irawati said in a written statement published by the ministry on Friday.The statement said the ministry had followed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s call for social distancing, by applying such measures in airports, seaports, railway stations and bus terminals.
The Blog, Weekly Update On Monday, Governor Wolf was joined by families, advocates, and lawmakers to celebrate the one-year anniversary of legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.Making sure that all Pennsylvanians have access to healthcare is a priority for Governor Wolf. This week, the governor joined Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards to host a discussion on the importance of ensuring access to women’s healthcare programs and the devastating effects proposed federal cuts would have on these services. Governor Wolf also released a statement of support for advocates who gathered in Harrisburg to rally for the protection of women’s health services.In January 2016, Governor Wolf launched the “It’s On Us PA” campaign to address and combat sexual assault on college campuses. On Tuesday, Governor Wolf hosted a press conference to announced six new pieces of proposed legislation that will continue and strengthen the fight against sexual violence in Pennsylvania.On Friday, Governor Wolf hosted an event with the Department of Banking and Securities and the Department of Aging to encourage seniors to protect themselves from financial fraud.Governor Wolf’s Week, April 16, 2017 – April 22, 2017Monday, 4/17/17Governor Wolf Announces State Clean Energy Grant InvestmentGovernor Wolf, Families, Advocates Celebrate One-Year Anniversary of Legalizing Medical MarijuanaGovernor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Join Pre-K for PA to Host Easter Egg Hunt at the Governor’s Residence, Highlight the Need to Invest in High-Quality Early Childhood EducationTuesday, 4/18/17Governor Wolf Urges Congress to Support Miners Protection ActUpdated: Governor Wolf’s Statement on Pennsylvania State Police Pursuit of Steve StephensGovernor Wolf Statement on Capitol Rally to Protect Women’s Health ServicesGovernor Wolf Announces “It’s On Us PA” LegislationWednesday, 4/19/17Governor Wolf Announces $39 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in Nine CountiesWolf Administration Statement Opposing Senate Bill 383Governor Wolf Statement on Eric Frein ConvictionThursday, 4/20/17Governor Wolf Announces Opening of First of 29 Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Stations Under Public Private PartnershipsGovernor Wolf Encourages Teens to Enroll in State Police Summer CampGovernor Wolf and Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards Hold Roundtable to Discuss Devastating Effects of Proposed Federal Funding CutsFriday, 4/21/17Governor Wolf Urges Seniors to Protect Themselves Against Financial FraudGovernor Wolf Announces 79 Projects to Receive DEP Environmental Education GrantsHighlights from The BlogMedical Marijuana One-Year Anniversary Celebrates People and ProgressWhat Medicaid Means to Xavier’s FamilyHighlights from TwitterThank you to the brave @PAStatePolice troopers for their vigilance in pursuing the Facebook killer. Thankful no one in PA was hurt. https://t.co/GN5i6jkcuI— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 18, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 21, 2017 Governor Wolf’s Week, April 16, 2017 – April 22, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Medical marijuana legalization is changing PA families’ lives. Retweet to show support for this important program. pic.twitter.com/YCYsJ0H1Ac— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 17, 2017