Ween Hosts Marriage Proposal On Stage, Rocks Hard To Close Out Vegas Run

first_imgFor the third consecutive night, belovedly brown band Ween set up shop at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV for the finale of their run. Though there was no shortage of hits from Ween throughout the night, the set was marked by a unique event: a marriage proposal.About halfway through the set, the members of Ween called upon the happy couple and let the magic of romance in Vegas fill the air. The two diehard Ween fans had a bit of a mishap when they couldn’t find the engagement ring, but quickly sorted it out and celebrated the big occasion. It was a triumphant moment of Ween fandom for all to enjoy.On top of that, this Sunday show was one of the band’s best yet, with incredible versions of songs like “Fluffy,” “Polka Dot Tail,” “Voodoo Lady” and many more. You can check out a couple videos from the night, of “Albino Sunshine Girl” and “Put the Coke on my Dick,” courtesy of Fatah Ruark’s Live Music Archive. A few more videos can be seen below, courtesy of ikwil70. Check out the full setlist below, as well as a photo gallery from Erik Kabik.Setlist: Ween | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 2/19/17Set: She Wanted to Leave, Buckingham Green, Spinal Meningitis, Beacon Light, Learnin to Love, Albino Sunburned Girl, Voodoo Lady, Big Jilm, Ooh Vah Lah, Stroker Ace, Put the Coke on my Dick, The Grobe, Licking the Palm for the Guava>> Mushroom Festival in Hell, Laura, Bare Hands, Marriage Mishap>>Deaner>>Iron Man intro, Fancy Pants, Touch My Tooter, It’s Gonna be a Long Night, Ace of Spades, Fluffy, Polka Dot TailEncore: Poopship Destroyercenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Leon Bridges Announces Massive Tour With Khruangbin, Jon Batiste

first_imgLeon Bridges will embark on a 29-show tour that will bring him through much of the United States and parts of Canada. The young singer, whose sound draws heavily from early ‘60s soul and R&B, will be supported by special guests Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Khruangbin, and Masego.Ahead of his big outing, Bridges will treat his fans to a hometown show on June 9th in Irving, TX, just outside his native Forth Worth. Two months later, he’ll headline the picturesque Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on August 9th before hitting the road the next two months. The run will include two-night stands in Austin, TX and New York City.Bridges’ forthcoming tour will be in support of his sophomore album, Good Thing, which is slated for release on May 4th via Columbia Records. The singer has already put out two tracks from the new record—“Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” and “Bad Bad News”.Pre-sale tickets for Bridge’s tour are now on sale via his website.Leon Bridges – “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” Leon Bridges Tour Dates:June 9 – Irving, TX @The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory *August 9 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheater ^%August 27 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater %August 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park %August 29 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater %August 31 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheater %September 1 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater %September 2 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater %September 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre %September 5 – San Diego, CA @ Open Air Theatre %September 7 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre %September 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater %September 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre ^September 12 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl ^September 14 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu ^September 15 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield ^September 16 – Vancouver, BC @ PNe Ampitheater ^September 18 – Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewing Company ^September 20 – Saint Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre ^September 23 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion ^September 24 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom ^September 25 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre ^September 27 – Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach ^September 28 – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts – Wilfrid Pelletier Hall ^September 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore ^October 3 – Washington, DC @ Anthem ^October 4 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena ^October 5 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall ^October 6 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall ^*with Jon Batiste & Stay Human% with Masego^ with KhruangbinView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

NIH resumes funding stem cell research – for now

first_imgThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced that it is resuming funding embryonic stem cell research.“We are pleased with the…interim ruling” yesterday by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, ” which will allow promising stem cell research to continue while we present further arguments to the Court in the weeks to come,” the announcement states. It continues:“With the temporary stay in place, NIH has resumed intramural research and will continueits consideration of grants that were frozen by the preliminary injunction on August 23. The suspension of all grants, contracts, and applications that involve the use of human embryonic stem cells has been temporarily lifted. Human embryonic stem cell research holds the potential for generating profound new insights into disease, cell-based therapeutics, and novel methods of screening for new drugs.”Yesterday’s appellate court ruling has at least temporarily lifted a lower court ban on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research.However, the court warned that “the purpose of this administrative stay is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the merits of the emergency motion for stay and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits of that motion.”Told of yesterday’s court order, Doug Melton, co-director of Harvard’s programs in stem cell science, said “this is terrific news. I realize that this is a temporary order, but I am hopeful that the Court of Appeals understands the enormous potential this research holds, it’s promise for millions of patients, and will allow regular funding of the work to resume.”The three judges on the appellate panel are all appointees of either President George H. W. Bush or President George W. Bush.The U.S. Department of Justice is asking the court to lift an injunction issued by Royce C. Lamberth, Chief Judge of the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia, barring all federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research.Supporters of stem cell research, including Harvard President Drew Faust, have said that barring the research will delay the search for cures for a host of illness effecting millions of persons around the globe.In a statement issued Tuesday, Faust said that “this vital work is now in jeopardy…We hope that the temporary injunction will soon be lifted and that Congress will take the steps necessary to ensure that stem cell scientists can carry on their work vigorously and responsibly, in the interests of the millions of people who may someday enjoy itsbenefits.”Harvard has joined the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR) – a coalition of research universities and patient advocacy groups – in filing an amicus brief in support of the Justice Department’s appeal of the injunction.The Associated Press quoted Lisa Hughes, president CAMR, as saying that ”it is crucial that federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research be restored permanently and this stay is a step in that direction,” Hughes said in a statement. ”While this issue continues to be argued in the courts, we call on Congress to move swiftly to resolve this issue and secure the future of this important biomedical research.”last_img read more

UK vaccination drive expands as virus toll nears 100,000

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Britain is expanding a coronavirus vaccination program that has seen more than 6 million people get the first of two doses — even as the country’s death toll in the pandemic approaches 100,000. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that three-quarters of the U.K.’s over-80s have received a vaccine shot. He said three-quarters of nursing home residents have also had their first jab. More than 6.3 million doses of vaccine had been administered by Sunday. Health officials aim to give first shots to 15 million people, including everyone over 70, by Feb. 15. Britain’s vaccination campaign is a rare success in a country with Europe’s worst confirmed coronavirus outbreak. The U.K. has recorded 97,939 virus deaths, the fifth highest in the world.last_img

Boy George & Rosie O’Donnell Take in Taboo…Separately!

first_imgBoth Rosie O’Donnell and Boy George reunited with the cast of their Broadway-flop-we-love Taboo at 54 Below this weekend, but, like divorced parents splitting up time with their kids, they never actually appeared together. Instead, the duo arrived separately for the electrifying four-performance run, Taboo producer O’Donnell taking in the first show on February 7 and a goateed George, whose life and music give the show its beat and heart, popping in on February 8. The two mega-talents famously clashed during the difficult birth of the musical, but O’Donnell has recently spoken well of the pop icon, who reportedly cleaned up a nasty drug habit that made him a miserable collaborator at the time. Happily, Broadway.com photographer Bruce Glikas was on hand to capture both family portraits. Check back on Monday for more photo coverage of Taboo: 10 Years Later.  View Commentslast_img read more

Full Throttle.

first_imgDue to the oversupply of corn over the past few years, farmersgot low prices for their crops. But corn prices have the potentialto strengthen this year, Lee said.More corn was sold than produced in the United States last year.This reduced the oversupply stock and strengthened prices. Leesaid the trend should continue this year.Farmers had above-average production last year and still soldmore corn than they could grow. If this year is just an averageyear, the U.S. should again sell more corn than is grown. Thiswould further reduce the oversupply stock and strengthen prices.Better Prices at Higher Cost “The growers are facing a little better price environmentthis year,” Lee said. “But they’re having to spend alittle bit more money on growing the crop.”Nitrogen is the main fertilizer used in producing Georgia’s $84million corn crop. The price of natural gas, which is used tomanufacture nitrogen, has increased. So nitrogen prices have risen,too, by as much as 12 cents per pound.The nitrogen price increase will add as much as $30 per acre tosome farmers’ costs, Lee said. Though corn prices look betterthan last year, farmers still face a narrow profit margin on thecrop.Nothing Without Water To grow corn, you’ve got to have water. “Whether it comesfrom the sky or irrigation,” Lee said, “you’ve got tohave it.”The impending drought will cause problems for corn farmers. Droughtconditions have hit southwest and east Georgia severely. In thesetwo regions, a farmer has little chance of producing profitableyields without irrigation. In many cases last year, farmers abandonedentire fields of dryland corn, Lee said.Most irrigation systems use diesel fuel, he said. The increasein diesel fuel cost will add additional overhead to corn farmers.Planting About the Same Heavy rains fell over most of the state the first week of March.Some areas received as much as 3 to 4 inches. This timely rainfell as most corn farmers where planting their crop.Farmers who grow corn like to go ahead and get the corn crop inthe ground and fertilized before it’s time to plant cotton andpeanuts, Lee said. Sometimes they plant a little too early. Cornthat was planted in late-February runs the risk of freeze damage.Low temperatures in Georgia hovered around freezing in the firstweek of March. Any damage to the emerging corn crop is yet tobe determined, Lee said.Despite the encouraging rains and prices, Lee said corn farmersthis year will plant about the same amount of land as last year,about 350,000 acres. Georgia farmers face another year of severe drought, and the pricesof many major commodities remain low. But the long rows aheadlook a little better for corn growers, says a University of Georgiaexpert.Recent rains have corn farmers “full throttle” puttingone of this year’s first row-crops into the ground, said DeweyLee, an Extension Service agronomist with UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.Better Priceslast_img read more

Tax Covenants.

first_imgTo qualify for the CUV program, the property must be used for some agricultural purpose, such as: Qualifying May Be HarderMany county tax assessors feel many land parcels should not have been entered into early covenants. The main issue seems to be what constitutes a “bona fide agricultural or forest” operation on the land.In other words, many assessors feel this is the first chance they will have to correct mistakes made in the first year this tax relief program went into effect.In discussing why your property qualifies, it’s important to summarize the statute and regulations, as it applies specifically to your property under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 48-5-7.4.Qualifying elements of farm or forest property depend on the good faith production of the land. That includes subsistence farming and commercial production of farm products or timber.Application DeadlineApplications for CU assessment must be filed with the county board of tax assessors on or before the last day for filing ad valorem tax returns in the county. In most counties, that’s March 1.If the property is the subject of a reassessment, an application for CU assessment may be filed in conjunction with or in lieu of an appeal of the reassessment.No more than 2,000 acres will be accepted, even in more than one covenant in more than one county. If it’s accepted, the property must remain devoted to its qualifying farm or forest use.The owner must be a citizen, a beneficiary of a citizen’s estate or trust; a nonprofit conservation organization designated under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or a club organized for pleasure, recreation and other nonprofit purposes.Owners of fewer than 10 acres will be expected to show some type of evidence that they’re farming or growing trees.Factors in QualifyingFactors that may be considered in determining if the property is qualified may include the: Nature of the terrain.Density of the marketable product on the land.Past usage of the land.Merchantability of the farm or timber product.Use or nonuse of recognized cultivation, harvesting and like practices applicable to the product. The valuation methods for the ’93-style CU covenants are different. Some landowners in a few counties will see a substantial increase over their old ’92-style covenants.With a decade of experience behind county tax assessors and the Georgia Department of Revenue Property Tax Division, some landowners may find it harder to qualify for renewal under the ’93-style CU covenants. Georgia’s conservation-use valuation program saves qualified farmland owners more than $50 million each year on their property tax bills. The first of their 10-year contracts expire this year. But qualified taxpayers can renew their contracts after Jan. 1.More than 16,000 ’92-style conservation use covenants will expire Dec. 31. These covenants provide an average yearly savings of more than $550.Many qualified farm and forest landowners can earn tax savings through 10-year CUV. Holders of ’92-style covenants should consider, among other things: Growing, harvesting or storing crops.Feeding, breeding or managing livestock or poultry.Growing plants, trees, fowl or animals.Producing aquaculture, horticulture, floriculture, forestry, dairy, livestock, poultry or apiarian products. Get Started NowIf you have an expiring ’92-style covenant or would like to enter the CUV program for the first time, get started now. Contact your county tax assessor. Ask for help and details.Your county extension agent is a good source of information, too. You can find further property tax information on-line through the web pages of the University of Georgia Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources. Look in the information library section under economics and taxes.last_img read more

Farmers Market Safety

first_imgBuying locally grown produce at the farmers market is a great way to ensure your family is getting the freshest food possible, but it doesn’t guarantee that the produce is safer. Just like any food, locally grown food must be handled safely on the farm and in the markets to make sure it is safe wheIn it lands on the diner table. That’s the message that University of Georgia Extension Food Safety Specialist Judy Harrison has been sharing as she meets with farmers market organizers and vendors throughout Georgia. Harrison is wrapping up a 3-year, multi-state, USDA-funded project to study the food-safety practices used by growers and market managers and to create a food-safety curriculum to help teach farmers and small farmers-market managers the best practices to keep food safe. “We are trying to get them to focus on good, common sense, food safety practices,” Harrison said. The curriculum she produced, with the help of Julia Gaskin, sustainable agriculture coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Extension specialists from Virginia and South Carolina, offers farmers and market managers checklists, so they can evaluate their own farms and markets. It also includes a correlating series of factsheets that that will provide them with more information on the best way to tackle particular food safety issues. The program — now being used by a group of county Extension agents in all three states — has two goals: keep consumers safe and help protect Georgia’s burgeoning local-food movement from suffering the crippling effects of a health scare. “Food safety is just good marketing,” Harrison said. “Even if your product is not involved in an outbreak, your sales still can be affected … It only takes one scare to ruin the market.” She points to an E.coli O157:H7 outbreak in 2006 that was traced back to a specific California spinach field. Despite the fact that the E.coli outbreak was traced back to only one of the many spinach fields in California, it took several months for the sales of baby spinach to return to normal levels nationwide. The same thing could happen to Georgia’s growing farmers-market scene if even one outbreak was linked back to a farmers-market vendor, Harrison said. Not to mention that even the most well-meaning farmer can be held liable if someone gets seriously ill from their produce, and one law suit can quickly shut down a small farming operation. “People just don’t think about some of the issues,” Harrison said. “But we know there can be food-safety issues with locally grown food just like there can be problems with food that is shipped here from other places if the food is handled in a way that contamination occurs.” Some basic practices Harrison advocates are: Testing the irrigation well or pond water that farmers use for disease-causing bacteria, properly composting manure, following National Organic Program guidelines for appropriate waiting periods between raw manure application and harvesting, keeping animals out of growing areas, using water that is safe for drinking to wash produce and keeping produce cool after it’s harvested. For farmers-market managers, Harrison recommends having food-safety standards in place that keep pets out of the market, keep conditions in the market clean and sanitary and make sure that food displayed for sampling is handled safely. Farmers and market managers who are interested in the food-safety training, “Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce,” should contact their county Extension office for more information or email Dr. Harrison at [email protected]last_img read more

Argentine Armed Forces Strengthen Aerial Capacity in Joint Exercise “Larus 16”

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo July 19, 2016 Troops from the three branches of the Argentine Armed Forcesstrengthened their aerial capabilities in the “Larus 16” exercise, conductedbetween May 23rd and June 3rd at the Comandante Espora Naval Air Base in theprovince of Buenos Aires. “Larus 16” is part of the annual exercise plan organized bythe Training and Enlistment Command (CAA, for its Spanish acronym) of theArgentine Air Force (FAA), which is responsible for airspace defense tacticsand strategies. “The goal of Larus is to train and evaluate qualifiedpersonnel from the institution in air defense tasks such as close-fire airsupport, aerial resupply, and combat interception procedures,” CommodoreCésar Grando, head of the FAA’s Institutional Communications Department, toldDiálogo. To improve the capabilities of the FAA’s weapons systems,the Larus 16 exercise included the participation of units from the ArgentineArmy (for air drop and paratrooper missions) and Navy (for search and rescue ofcrew members, and air drop and paratrooper missions). “The exercise allows us to integrate the diversecapabilities of the armed services, encouraging joint military action andstrengthening mutual knowledge for fast and accurate decision-making,”Cdre. Grando said. Exchange among the Armed Services On the morning of May 23rd, Commodore Fernando Rubio,director of the Larus 16 exercise, welcomed participants to the ComandanteEspora Naval Air Base. Among them, were members of the FAA Special OperationsGroup; the Air Space Surveillance and Control Group; and Air Brigades I, II,III, IV, VI, VII, and IX . The Army’s 4th Paratrooper Support Company and Navalinfantry also took part. The service members also used the IA-63 Pampa traineraircraft from the Sixth Air Brigade, based at Tandil in the province of BuenosAires, the IA-58 Pucará twin-engine turboprop from the 3rd Air Brigade, basedat Reconquista in the province of Santa Fe, and the C-130 Hercules tanker fromthe First Air Brigade, based at El Palomar in the province of Buenos Aires. The A-4AR Fightinghawk attack aircraft, the Bell 212transport helicopter, the Fokker F-27 twin-engine turboprop passenger aircraft,and the DH6 Twin Otter utility aircraft were also used in the exercise. Training Assignments The service members completed various assignments during thetwo-week exercise. “The IA-63 Pampa and the IA-58 Pucará fighter aircraftsquadrons carried out fighter aircraft runs simulating attacks on groundtargets,” Cdre. Grando said. He added that the fighter planes alsoperformed training for air-to-ground and air-to-air firing. “Using the Hercules C-130, we did drills dropping theAir Force Special Operations team, simulating situations in which crews areejected,” Cdre. Grando said. “We also practiced resupply by droppingmaterials and supplies for the participating forces and by droppingair-transported troops from the Army and the Marines.” The Larus 16 exercise also put into practice direct aerialdefense, employing a mobile radar and interceptor aircraft responsible fordefending a specific material target, Cdre. Grando said. Meanwhile, the Army’s 4th Paratrooper Support Companytrained in supporting paratroopers from the Rapid Deployment Force, an Armyunit that operates in emergency situations. “The Company was also responsible for preparation andair supply with A22 containers, as well as dropping heavy air cargo, includingartillery ammunition platforms and a 12-foot platform for a Mercedes Benz 230G-Class SUV,” the Argentine Army reported in a statement. “After the drop, paratroopers jumpedusing the manual release [modality].” In addition, the Army mobilized the following units to lendsupport to Larus 16: the Army’s 3rd Division, the 603 Commando Company, theSchool of Airborne Troops and Special Operations, the Army Transport Company,and the 4th Air Transport Brigade. Mission Accomplished On June 3rd, various military authorities arrived at theComandante Espora Naval Air Base for the closing ceremony of the Larus 16exercise. Brigadier Major Oscar Charadía, Commander of the CAA; andBrigadier Pedro Girardi, chief of staff of the CAA, were present at asearch-and-rescue assignment carried out by the Fokker F-27 in the area ofBahía Blanca. They also observed a bombing exercise carried out by the IA-58. At the conclusion, Cdre. Rubio praised the efforts of the participants incompleting their assignments. “This is an experience for everyone, fromthe gunsmith to the pilot and the fire controlman,” he said, according toan FAA statement. Brig. Maj. Charadía also congratulated all the participantsfor the activities. “I bring you greetings from the chief of the Air ForceStaff [Brigadier Enrique Víctor Amrein] for the work you’ve done,” hesaid. “As commander, I am proud of everything you have accomplished.”last_img read more

PR Insight: Speak Up!

first_imgHow credit unions can secure effective speaking engagementsSecuring a speaking engagement can be a very valuable tool for credit union executives when they are trying to increase their exposure and position themselves as thought leaders throughout the financial industry. However, being selected to speak at an esteemed trade show or conference is a highly competitive process that can often deter organizations from entering if they are not fully prepared. By planning, using their PR team and working effectively with their conference directors, a credit union can turn a daunting task into an engaging way to promote their success.PlanningAt the beginning of each year, it is important to make note of each conference and trade show in which your credit union might be considered a potential guest speaker. Deadlines for speakership nominations are typically six to 12 months in advance of the show, and decisions on speakers are typically made four to six months prior. Getting a head start on this process reduces stress and gives you plenty of time to think of a creative way to make your topic more engaging to target audiences. You will also have more time to incorporate co-presenters if desired.Use Your PR TeamIf speaking engagements are a priority, talk to your PR team immediately. Their job is to increase a credit union’s exposure, and speaking engagements can be an important part of that effort. The PR team can assist in finding a topic, choosing guest speakers and completing the nomination process. They can also promote your speaking opportunity by sending out a media advisory prior to the conference if your nomination is chosen. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more