An Inside Look At The Rehearsal For ‘Hampton 70’ [Photos]

first_imgFondly called the “Granddaddy of the Jam Scene” for decades, Col. Bruce Hampton is a legend in jam music whose impact on the scene is insurmountable. From his beginnings with the groundbreaking avant-garde group the Hampton Grease Band to the seminal Aquarium Rescue Unit, his idiosyncratic blend of improvisational space rock has an influence that reaches far beyond Atlanta’s music clubs. As reported earlier in the day, Col. Bruce Hampton is celebrating his 70th birthday with a huge concert at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.Thus far, Widespread Panic members John Bell, Dave Schools, Duane Trucks and Jimmy Herring, Peter Buck of R.E.M, steel-guitar-man Darick Campbell, renowned saxophone player Karl Denson, Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Jon Fishman of Phish, banjo-shredder Rev. Jeff Mosier, guitar god Warren Haynes, Drivin’ N Cryin’ front man Kevn Kinney, Atlanta jazz-staple Johnny Knapp, Chuck Leavell of The Allman Brothers Band and The Rolling Stones, Athens rock-troubadour T. Hardy Morris, 13-year old guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, John Popper of Blues Traveler, funk bassist Kevin Scott, keyboardist Matt Slocum, Denny Walley of Frank Zappa fame, gypsy- metal guitarist Emil Werstler, Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers, the Colonel’s Sling Blade co- star and Oscar- award winning actor Billy Bob Thornton plus Cy Young winner Jake Peavy are all set to make appearances at “Hampton 70: A Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton” tonight to pay tribute to Col. Bruce.All proceeds for Hampton 70 will go to the Fox Theatre Institute and other music-based charities near and dear to Col. Bruce. Photographer Dave Vann was on the ground in Decatur, Georgia, last night for the show’s rehearsal at the Vista Room. You can check out his photos below, which give us a sneak peak at what to expect tonight. For those unable to make it to the Fox for the epic birthday party, will be streaming the show live from the Fox. The webcast is currently available here, with proceeds going to benefit various charities including the Fox Theatre Institute. Load remaining imageslast_img read more


first_imgBy Sandi MartinUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s OK to smooch under the mistletoe. Just don’t eat it.Kissing under the mistletoe may be a holiday tradition – its seasonal significance goes back centuries and spans several continents – but University of Georgia tree experts warn that the plant can make you dangerously sick. The green plant with white berries is particularly tempting to pets and small children, said Kim Coder, a professor of tree health care with UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Ingesting it, he said, can result in “great digestive problems.”“It’s not something you should nibble,” Coder explained. “It doesn’t even taste good.”The physical ramifications of eating the pretty but sickening plant depend on the person. Coder said some fortunate mistletoe eaters feel no ill effects at all from ingesting the bitter, waxy plant, but it’s far more common to suffer from “tremendous tummy ache.” Some are even unluckier: They can suffer seizures, and if they’re allergic to the plant, it can even prove to be fatal.The holiday staple harms not just humans and pets. Mistletoe is incredibly damaging to trees, Coder said. Unlike Spanish moss, which grows on tree surfaces without damaging it, mistletoe “is a true parasite,” Coder said. “It works its way in, and the tree grows around it, causing structural and biological problems.” It takes water from the tree, which can be quite damaging during a drought, Coder said. “You’d remove a parasitic tick from your pet, so you should remove mistletoe from your trees,” he added. “This is the time of year to say ‘no’ to helping mistletoe and ‘yes’ to helping your trees.” If left unchecked, this parasitic plant “will cause stress and death to your tree,” Coder said.There are hundreds of varieties of mistletoe that grow over a wide range of trees all over the Western Hemisphere. Just one species is found in Georgia, unlike the myriad varieties found as you head west into Texas and beyond.American mistletoe has big leaves about the size of your thumb and small white berries. Coder said that when pressed between your fingers, mistletoe berries have a sticky, glue-like substance inside with little strings attached to its seeds. That glue-like substance allows seeds to stick to other surfaces, spreading the plant. Birds often transport mistletoe to other, uninfected trees, Coder said.Do your tree a favor and clean off the mistletoe before it’s too late. Seek the help of a certified arborist.(Sandi Martin is a public relations coordinator for the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.)last_img read more

Nicaragua, Bolivia: Strategic Partners for Russia

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo March 29, 2019 Amid its obsession with reconfiguring world order, Russia seeks to increase its bonds with other Asian and Latin American countries through weapons, economic, and political connections. In addition to Venezuela—Russia’s main partner—Nicaragua and Bolivia help the Kremlin increase its influence in the region. There is also renewed interest in reviving relations with Cuba. “Russia doesn’t bet on a regime, but on a position,” Armado Rodríguez Luna, research fellow at the Collective for Security Analysis with Democracy, based in Mexico, told Diálogo. “Due to its proximity to the United States, Latin America represents a geostrategic scenario for Russia.” The Russian government will favor countries that can bring economic and security benefits to Moscow and those offering leverage to help the Kremlin become a tactical player in the world. Russia is on a global quest for opportunities. “Since Vladimir Putin took office as the Russian president, he seeks to show that Russian power is as strong as it was in the days of the Soviet Union,” Jorge Serrano Torres, professor and advisor of Strategic Intelligence at the Center for Higher National Studies in Peru, told Diálogo. “He insists on strengthening partnerships and establishing new bonds with some Latin American countries to satisfy their strategic, economic, and even nuclear needs.” Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales, the Castro regime in Cuba, and Putin not only share the same political view of the world, but also cling to power. “Bolivia and Nicaragua help Russia extend its influence in the region, so as to remain in power in the face of their Venezuelan partner’s downfall,” Serrano said. In light of the Venezuelan and Nicaraguan crises, Putin is trying to revive ties with Cuba. Nicaragua and the domino effect Nicaragua and Russia revived their bond in 2007, when the Sandinista National Liberation Front made a comeback and Ortega became president again. More than a decade ago, Russia started sending military tanks to Nicaragua, where it installed the Global Satellite Navigation System, or GLONASS, in 2017. Russia also sent patrol boats, missile warships, fighter and training aircraft, and air defense systems to modernize the Nicaraguan Armed Forces and strengthen their response capabilities. Russian cooperation includes the construction of the Central American Counternarcotics Military Training Center. According to a March 2019 report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), weapons imports in Central America and the Caribbean increased 49 percent between 2014 and 2018, compared to the previous five years. The report indicates that Russia is one of the main exporters of weapons and military equipment. “Nicaragua is an important bridge for Russian strategic positioning, when it comes to having military leverage in the region,” Rodríguez said. “It’s also a linking platform for Moscow to access information on transnational organized criminal networks in Latin America, especially Central America, to create a base for intelligence operations.” Rodríguez and Serrano agree that Russia’s actions in the Central American country are not intended to get Nicaragua “armed to the teeth,” but to show Russia’s repositioning capabilities and “power game.” They also think that Russia’s military connection helps exhibit some Nicaraguan military power, because the country doesn’t have a defense policy as such. “Putin is aware that the Latin American reality changed, and he knows that he won’t be able to set up military bases in Latin America. However, he is bent on increasing his influence in the region,” Serrano said. “Nicaragua will fall like a domino after Maduro’s dictatorship comes to an end.”​​​​​​​ The Bolivian case Morales was the first Bolivian president to visit Moscow and bet on Russia. In July 2019, Morales will visit the Kremlin to review the bilateral agenda and sign new strategic agreements with the Russian president. The two countries have signed technical military agreements as well as trade and energy agreements. Since Morales took office in 2006, he pushes to modernize the Armed Forces by updating military equipment to improve defense capabilities. In November 2018, Bolivia announced it would obtain training helicopters for its Air Force. “For years, the Kremlin sought to spell out trading projects concerning military weapons with Bolivia,” Serrano said. “In their next meeting, Putin and Morales will discuss this issue, as well as Maduro’s imminent demise, as Bolivia will be isolated in the region, lacking strategic, political, or economic support.” Technical military cooperation between Bolivia and Russia focuses on tactical training and instruction for Bolivian officers, since China is Bolivia’s main weapons provider. The Asian country has donated armored vehicles, communications systems, and funding for helicopters. “In this context, Russia is unlikely to depend on a country like Bolivia to position itself in the region. Bolivia doesn’t have Venezuela’s resources,” Rodríguez said. “Fragile economies can’t afford to purchase conventional military weapons and keep up a maintenance system for this kind of purchase.” Bolivia is important to Russia because of its natural reserves, Serrano said. Since 2016, Russian public and private companies are involved in gas and oil exploration projects in different Bolivian sites. The Kremlin also supports La Paz in building the Nuclear Technology Research and Development Center, which will open in El Alto before 2019 ends. Since 2000, Russia has made more than 43 state visits to Latin American countries. Half of these, Serrano said, were to countries of the so-called Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, comprising Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Cuba.​​​​​​​ Wild cards “Latin America isn’t a strategic priority for Russia or China,” Rodríguez said. “Nicaragua and Bolivia are ‘wild cards’ for these countries that play to move and disrupt other nations’ geopolitical interests.” For Rodríguez and Serrano, far from being the major source of weapons for Latin America, Russia wants to remain within the trading system, as it provides access to many defense and security networks and information on the region. “Moscow seeks to diversify its sources to get repositioned in Latin America and become a strategic player in the world,” Rodríguez concluded.last_img read more

3 ways to keep your colleagues from getting you down

first_img 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details Sometimes it’s hard not to let others’ attitudes influence you in the workplace. A colleague who’s perpetually down in the dumps can easily overshadow your professional accomplishments. Keep your head up and consider these three ways you can keep your coworkers from getting you down.Take it slowIf an employee at work makes an inappropriate comment or is rude to you or someone else, before your emotions take over, take a minute to compose yourself. The less reactive you are, the better you will feel in the end. Take things in stride and try not to let every little thing bother you.Be an exampleThere are certain habits that the most likeable people tend to have in common. When you are poised, polished, and considerate, others will catch on and will gravitate toward you. Instead of letting negativity at work get you down, show your colleagues how being positive and happy can make a difference in workplace morale.Always empathizeIt’s important to have your own opinions because being assertive at work will serve you well. But, don’t forget the value in appreciating opposing views. Put yourself in your coworker’s shoes and try to understand why they feel the way they do. Viewing issues at work from others’ perspectives can lead to healthy debate that can in turn encourage innovation.last_img read more

Dani Alves willing to join Arsenal on £200,000-a-week deal

first_imgDani Alves willing to join Arsenal on £200,000-a-week deal Dani Alves is reportedly keen to join Arsenal on a free transfer (AFP/Getty Images)Dani Alves wants to join Arsenal and is willing to accept a pay cut to secure a move to the Gunners, according to reports.The Brazil international is available on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer.The 36-year-old has attracted interest from several clubs including Manchester City, Tottenham and Inter.But according to The Sun, the prospect of linking back up with Unai Emery at Arsenal ‘appeals most’ to Alves.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Jul 2019 3:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link227Shares Comment Dani Alves was a key player for Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain (AFP/Getty Images)The report also claims that Alves is willing to take a pay cut in order to join Arsenal but the right-back is demanding a deal worth £200,000 a week, which is less than the £230,000-a-week contract he was earning at PSG.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlves has already played under Emery for one season at Paris Saint-Germain and helped the club win the domestic treble during that campaign.Alves is currently on holiday after winning the Copa America with Brazil earlier this month.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnd when asked about his future, Alves insisted he is keen to win more trophies.‘Now I’m free, but I still have a lot to accomplish in my career,’ said Alves.‘The only thing that I can say is that the club that sign me will sign a true champion.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania to Receive $55.9 Million for Opioid Epidemic Fight

first_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania will receive a $55.9 million State Opioid Response (SOR) grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant was sought aggressively by Wolf’s administration and awarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), which will administer the grant.“I’m incredibly proud of the work Pennsylvania is doing to battle the heroin and opioid epidemic and this grant will help significantly as we continue that fight, allowing us to increase the types of initiatives we implement and expanding our reach for prevention, treatment, and recovery,” Gov. Wolf said.“Pennsylvania is focusing its energy and resources to attack the epidemic of opioid use disorder, knowing that we need to remove the stigma of the disease of addiction and increase the programs we have in place, and build new ones to provide more treatment, more access to community supports, and more success stories to ultimately win this battle. It will take time and persistence, and Pennsylvania is in it for the duration.”SOR funding is used for practices and services that have a demonstrated evidence-based approach and are appropriate for the populations of focus. The Wolf Administration plans to announce details of how the grant will be used in the coming weeks. September 20, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania to Receive $55.9 Million for Opioid Epidemic Fightlast_img read more

Wolf Administration on SNAP Rule Change: Invest in Removing Barriers, Don’t Make Life More Difficult for Vulnerable Pennsylvanians

first_img National Issues,  Press Release The Wolf Administration today responded to the final rule released by the United States Department of Agriculture that limits states’ ability to waive work requirements based on local unemployment rates.Today’s announcement from the Trump Administration jeopardizes food security for at least 78,000 people in Pennsylvania who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to afford food. SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is the most important anti-hunger program because it helps some of our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians make ends meet.“Despite so much wealth in America, too many of our citizens are struggling to make ends meet and even put food on the table,” Governor Wolf said. “Food insecurity is a crisis in our country. Today’s decision will simply hurt those already suffering.“We can be smarter about government spending without hurting our most vulnerable residents. We can invest in programs that remove barriers to family-sustaining jobs and make it possible for low-income Americans to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. But this is not that. Instead, this will only make life more difficult for low-income people and place greater constraints on state budgets.”Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller said:“We want all Pennsylvanians to have the opportunity to achieve a vibrant, productive life and the self-sufficiency that can come from employment. We also know that this isn’t easy for everyone, and many people and communities experience barriers such as lack of job training and transportation and a stagnant minimum wage that keep people unemployed and underemployed. This rule change does not invest in programs that help people find a job and succeed in employment. On the contrary, this counterproductive rule change will perpetuate the cycle of poverty and health inequity.“In Pennsylvania, we are investing in employment and training opportunities to help people along their path out of poverty. DHS has collaborated with Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges since 2005 to help more than 15,300 people access post-secondary education and training that open doors to success in the workforce. Participants in the Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS) program qualify for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or SNAP. As they pursue higher education, KEYS participants remain in compliance with federal work requirements and receive assistance with school supplies, transportation, and child care.“DHS also supports 17 SNAP 50/50 partnerships across the commonwealth that provide job training and create pathways to employment for people who receive food assistance through SNAP, and is actively looking to grow the number of partnerships around the state.“The Wolf Administration is also exploring opportunities to expand access to education, training, and supportive services for single-parent families experiencing economic challenges through the Parent Pathways initiative.“Each of these programs is designed to break the cycle of poverty for Pennsylvanians who want to support their families without depending on public assistance.“A work requirement is not an investment in programs that help people succeed in work and only perpetuates the demand for public assistance programs because it forces struggling people into a revolving door of low-paying, dead-end jobs.” Wolf Administration on SNAP Rule Change: Invest in Removing Barriers, Don’t Make Life More Difficult for Vulnerable Pennsylvanians SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img December 04, 2019last_img read more

Two-level Coorparoo home sells at auction for a great price

first_img544 Cavendish Road, CoorparooA five-bedroom Brisbane home, on the market for the first time, has sold for a price which far exceeded the owners expectations.The property, at 544 Cavendish Rd, Coorparoo, sold for $1.37 million under the hammer on Saturday to a middle-aged couple with three kids.544 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Inside 544 Cavendish Road, CoorparooHarcourts M1 Coorparoo agent Conrad Leisemann said the two-level home featured an original fireplace, ornate cornices, ceilings and picture rails.“The auction was a great success,” Mr Leisemann said.“It’s a great price for a main road and far exceeded the owners expectations.“They were absolutely thrilled and more than a few tears were shed by all.”544 Cavendish Road, CoorparooHe said the new buyers planned to renovate the home and restore it to its former glory.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Mid century marvel02:03 Related videos 02:03Mid century marvel01:50A walk back in time03:19Billionaire donates architectural gem01:14Thurlow house added to the heritage register01:211960’s time capsule with Hollywood history02:57Hope estateMr Leisemann said the auction opened at $1 million, which was a surprise to everyone.“Two buyers went at each other from around the $1.25 million mark up to the $1.37 million mark,” he said.He said there were eight registered bidders and a crowd of more than 100 people at the auction.last_img read more

EEW OSB Wraps Up Borssele TP Tests on Completion

first_imgEEW Offshore Structures (Britain) has carried out the final Test on Completion for Ørsted’s Borssele contract.The Teesside-based company was tasked with manufacturing and delivering a total of 35 transition pieces for the 752MW Borssele 1 + 2 wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. ALE Heavy Lift is providing the transportation services which are currently ongoing.The Borssele 1+2 offshore wind farm will comprise 94 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines installed some 23 kilometres off the coast of Zeeland. The wind farm is scheduled for commissioning by the end of 2020.Denmark’s Bladt Industries is in charge of manufacturing and delivering the remaining 59 transition pieces.EEW SPC, the parent company of EEW OSB, will deliver 47 monopiles for the wind farm. Dutch offshore foundations specialist Sif Holding will produce the remaining 47 monopiles.The monopiles, transition pieces, and anode cages built in the UK, Germany, and Denmark will be transported to  Maasvlakte 2 in the Port of Rotterdam, where they will be assembled and prepared for offshore construction.last_img read more

Bulldogs And Cardinals Middle School Golf Team Results At South Decatur

first_imgThe Batesville golf team had their first match of the season and came out victorious over South Decatur and St. Louis.The Bulldogs were led by Drew Wagner shooting a 47 for match medalist honors. The 6 man team was rounded out with Sam Bowman and Chase Cummings both scoring 55, Brett Wagner 58, Dean Campbell 61, and Sarah Ronnebaum 66. Other scores for the Bulldogs included Kyler Daulton 57, Austin Pohlman 62, and Clay Grunkemeyer and Maddie Hanley both with a 64.BMS golfers are looking forward to the Madison Invitational this Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Pam Moorman.The St Louis Middle School Golf Team started their season Tuesday evening at Wyaloosing Golf Course with Batesville and South Decatur schools. St. Louis came in second place with a team score of 378.Leading the was was Evan Voglesang with a 52 followed by Jacob Deutsch with a 59. As for the rest of the team: Aaron Weber had a 67, Zeb Streator a 64, Brandon Imel a 68, Abe Streator a 68, Thomas Raver a 62, Cayden Pohlman a 66, and Cody Mohr with a 71.The next match for the team is this Saturday at the Cozy Acres golf course.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Randy Streator.last_img read more