Inaugural WonderBus Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: The Revivalists, Trombone Shorty, Ben Harper, More

first_imgA new two-day music festival, WonderBus Music & Arts Festival, is set to go down on August 17th and 18th at The Lawn at CAS in Columbus, OH.The inaugural festival recently revealed their 2019 lineup, with Walk The Moon, The Revivalists, Bishop Briggs, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Chelsea Cutie, Parachute, Morgxn, Magic Giant, Future Generations, Effee, Clubhouse, The Floorwalkers, and Voilà scheduled to perform on Saturday, August 17th. The following day, on Sunday, August 18th, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, X Ambassadors, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Jenny Lewis, Mt. Joy, Red Wanting Blue, Flora Cash, Ashe, Ripe, Castiecomer, MNQN, Weathers, and Rebounder will offer up performances.The festival notes that WonderBus Festival will promote and benefit the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health.Early-bird tickets are currently on sale here. Regular ticket prices will go into effect this Friday, April 5th.For more information on WonderBus Music & Arts Festival, head to their website.last_img read more

Vellidis Professorship

first_imgGeorge Vellidis, professor in the department of crop and soil sciences in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been named University Professor, a title bestowed on those who have had a significant impact on the university in addition to fulfilling their normal academic responsibilities.Vellidis’ research focuses on water resources and precision agriculture. He applies principles of engineering and the sciences to measure, model and manage the interaction between agricultural production systems and the environment. Vellidis is located at UGA’s Tifton campus, where he serves as director of academic affairs for the campus.Fostering students to have a positive impact on Georgia has long been a goal of Vellidis. In 2001, he began conducting surveys and market research to determine if there was a demand for an undergraduate major at the Tifton campus, located 200 miles from UGA’s main campus in Athens.His research showed that there was a significant demographic who wanted a degree from UGA but could not leave south Georgia for one reason or another. Vellidis was one of two leaders who helped establish the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences teaching program on the Tifton campus. Graduates of this program now populate many of the agricultural companies that provide precision agriculture and laboratory services in south Georgia. Vellidis was also one of the leaders who developed the Dual Master’s Degree in Sustainable Agriculture between UGA and the University of Padova in Italy. Eighteen graduate students have participated in this program since its inception in 2018.“Dr. Vellidis’ career at UGA exemplifies the spirit of the University Professorship,” wrote Samuel Pardue, dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, in his nomination letter. “While at UGA, he has become an internationally recognized researcher in precision agriculture, but he has also contributed significantly to the university in many other ways.”Vellidis was a principal investigator for grants totaling $3.6 million used to construct the $8 million National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory facility in Tifton. He also played a key role in securing $1 million to fund the NESPAL Technology Development Center addition, a joint effort between UGA and the Tift County Development Authority.Among Vellidis’ numerous awards are the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research, the International Society for Precision Agriculture Pierre C. Robert Award and the UGA Richard F. Reiff Internationalization Award.University Professors receive a permanent salary increase of $10,000 and a yearly academic support of $5,000. Nominations from the deans of UGA’s schools and colleges are reviewed by a committee, which makes a recommendation to the provost.last_img read more

Thule’s Technical Backpacks Raise the Figurative Bar

first_imgThule has just released news of a new collection of technical backpacks, and as evidenced by other recent bag and hardgood introductions by the company, they’ve pulled out all the stops.First in the new line for Spring ’15 is the Thule Guidepost Trekking — billed as a “deluxe gear hauler,” it is highly customizable with a lid that can be transformed into a 24L summit pack for a two-in-one solution. The Guidepost is the top-level option in the technical collection. The medium range Capstone Hiking Backpack is a little smaller but just as feature-laden as the Guidepost, and also customizable. Last but not least is the Sapling Elite Child Carrier. An adjustable cockpit, belt pockets, and the customization options of the other packs in the series make it easier to bring the little ones on hikes and treks.The focus of Thule’s new technical packs seems to be the emphasis on customization. With gender specific design, two suspension systems, and the ability to adjust torso length on the fly, you can zero in on the perfect fit for your experience every time you hit the trails.The new technology developed to accomplish this is pretty innovative:TransHub Suspension SystemAn aluminum and steel wire spring frame distributes the weight of your pack evenly onto your hips and legs to preserve your back for longer hikes, and allows for 150mm of adjustment to the torso length of the pack to fit your body comfortably. This system features on the flagship Thule GuidePost series backpack.Capstone_w40L_Slate_04_Prelim_4MicroAdjust Suspension SystemJust like the TransHub system the MicroAdjust evenly distributes your pack’s load to your hips and allows for a wide range of adjustments for your perfect fit. You can expect to see this system on the Capstone Hiking backpack.Thule_Capstone_22L_Men_Roarange_207304_207404_4 (1)Gender Specific DesignMale packs are designed with a more generous cut around the neck line and the hips, and female packs feature shoulder straps designed for a slender neck and curved chest. Additionally, female hip belts have a gender specific contour for improved fit.Guidepost_65L_Potion_05_Prelim_4QuickFit Shoulder YokeThis system allows you to adjust the width of the shoulder straps to fit your specific body. Thule has even provided a handy fit guide which will allow you to quickly find the optimal fit based on the circumference of your neck.Capstone_w40L_Slate_01_Prelim_4The minds behind these new technologies include Graham Jackson, the project manager for Thule’s Technical Backpack line and an avid outdoorsman from the Rocky Mountains; Anders Lundgren, Thule Group’s chief engineer; and the Thule Design Team made up of Henrick Kax, Sky and Trisha Wookey, and Damian Kelly.Henrick Kax leads the Design Team responsible for the new Technical Backpacks. You might know Sky and Trisha Wookey from Wookey Backpacks. Founded in 1996 they’ve gone on to win several prestigious and highly acclaimed awards over the years. In 2012 their Mile High Mountaineering Salute 34 backpack was voted one of the “top 100 products of 2012” by Men’s Health Magazine. Damian Kelly brings experience from projects for Mountain Hardwear, Sitka Hunting, and Timbuk 2 to the Thule Design Team, with a focus on preserving everything you love about Thule in the face of all the innovation taking place, especially with their emphasis on packs and bags.Thule Technical Backpacks come with a 25 year warranty and will be available from specialty retailers February, 2015.last_img read more

Trail Mix – Andy Thorn

first_imgBRO – We are featuring “Star of St. Elmo” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind this instrumental? BRO – There is a definite sense of eco-awareness on multiple tunes on the new record. Are you confident that we can get this whole thing turned around? In true festavarian fashion, Andy’s summer schedule is piled up with Leftover Salmon festival dates. You can catch him with Vince and the rest of the Salmon gang at the aforementioned Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Weiser River Music Festival, High Sierra, Floyd Fest, and many, many more. AT – Most of the new songs were written on our deck at 7.300 feet, just above Boulder. It’s not hard to find inspiration up here. And the players are some of my oldest musical buddies. Jon Stickley, Bobby Britt, Andrew Marlin, Miles Andrews, and I learned bluegrass together when we were teenagers, so having them on the record feels about as natural as it could be. AT – It’s hard not to think about climate change in Colorado and the rest of the West, where forest fires and droughts are a constant threat. I don’t claim to know how to deal with the situation, but it seems like the first step is to stop being in denial as a country. The Green New Deal is a great first step. We need massive changes. Writing songs to raise awareness can’t hurt. For more information on Andy Thorn, the new record, or where you can find him on the road, be sure to check out his website. BRO – How does the new record represent your own new musical frontiers? And, of course, be on the lookout for that Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band set at Telluride. But Thorn’s musical mission doesn’t begin and end with Leftover Salmon. This month, he has released his first solo record in nearly a decade, Frontiers Like These, which he laid down during a return visit to his native North Carolina and which features some his of oldest music minded friends. AT – I’m insanely pumped. This has been a long time coming. I remember wading across the creek to sneak into the campground at Telluride with Anders, Travis, Stickley, and Robin fifteen years ago! We’ve all come a long way. It’s not easy to align the schedules of The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Town Mountain, and Jon Stickley Trio. It’s a miracle it’s finally happening, and y’all aren’t going to want to miss it. Since studying jazz guitar at the University of North Carolina, Thorn has played with some of the most influential progressive bluegrass pickers in the business. Thorn’s banjo mastery has been sharpened during his tenure with, among others, Larry Keel, The Emmitt-Nershi Band, and Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band, a short lived Colorado based bluegrass collective whose members soon dispersed to form some of the most significant bluegrass bands currently touring. AT – Hah! I’m glad I didn’t have to take that approach. I was lucky to find a banjo at my neighbor’s yard sale when I was twelve years old. When you’re young, you have the time and patience to sit around and practice for hours a day without the distractions of adult life. It’s definitely never too late to start, though. For people starting out I would encourage them to get out and go to jams, rather than sit around and practice by yourself all day. Bluegrass is a very social music, and getting out and playing with other folks will only encourage you to get better. BRO – Later this month, you will be reuniting with your buddies in Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band. Stoked? AT – St. Elmo is one of Colorado’s coolest ghost towns. It’s way up a dirt road past Mt. Princeton Hot Springs. Tyler Grant and I used to hang around up there while camping in the area. After spending a full moon night wandering the town, we felt the spooky vibe, and I wrote the tune the next day. It’s kind of a spin on an old Irish tune called “Star of Munster,” so we called this one “Star of St. Elmo.” And be sure to take a listen to “Star of St. Elmo,” along with other great new tunes from The Lark & The Loon, The Iveys, Frankie Lee, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix. I recently caught up with Andy Thorn to chat about climate change, the new record, and getting back together with his mates in Broke Mountain. This new collection of songs cements Thorn’s place, alongside stalwarts like Noam Pikelny and Chris Pandolfi, in the vanguard of great contemporary banjo players. BRO – A friend once told me that locking oneself in a room for a dozen years was a good start in learning the banjo. Accurate? Andy Thorn was destined to claim the banjo gig with genre bending acoustic legends Leftover Salmon.last_img read more

Ridge Man Kills Girlfriend, Shoots at Officers, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man has been arrested for allegedly killing his 36-year-old girlfriend outside of their apartment in Ridge and then shooting at officers responding to 911 callers reporting gunfire, Suffolk County police said.Officers arrived at the couple’s home at Brookwood at Ridge Garden Apartments on Village Drive, where they found Kimberly Sellitto lying dead of an apparent gunshot wound on the front lawn at 11:40 a.m. Sunday, police said.Emergency Service Section officers and the Hostage Negotiation Team responded and talked Jose Rodriguez III into releasing his two children that were in the apartment with him before he allegedly fired shots from a rifle at investigators, police said.The bullets struck an armored police vehicle, but no officers were injured. Officers returned fire at Rodriguez, who was also not injured, before he surrendered after a two-hour standoff.Sellitto was pronounced dead at the scene.  The two children, who were not injured, were released to the custody of their mother.Homicide Squad detectives charged Rodriguez with second-degree murder and attempted aggravated murder. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

School Bus Hair Pulling Led to Shooting, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged gunman has been arrested for allegedly shooting a North Amityville man because the suspect believed that the victim’s grandson pulled the suspect’s daughters hair this week, Suffolk County police said.Anthony Franklin, 28, of Amityville, was charged Wednesday with assault.“Franklin was upset that his 6-year-old daughter had her hair pulled by another student on the bus ride to school,” police said in a news release. “Franklin went over to the residence of the boy he believed was involved on the bus.”Police said the suspect shot Wilson McWilliams twice after confronting the victim inside the victim’s Albany Avenue home and then fled the scene shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday.McWilliams was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was in stable condition.Franklin will to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

In tourism 75% drop in turnover, 25% write-off of liabilities

first_imgUntil the price increase, the flat tourist tax in the D class was HRK 150,00, in the C class HRK 210,00, in the B class HRK 255,00 and in the A class HRK 300,00 per bed. With the increase in price in 2020, the lowest tourist tax becomes the one that has been the highest so far. From the beginning of this year until the last weekend in June, not a single tourist overnight stay was realized in a good part of the accommodation capacities. This means that the largest minimum increase in the tourist tax will now be 5 kn per night, ie it will increase from 5 kn in the “D” class to a single, minimum 10 kn. That is a 100% increase. The total increase in the tourist tax from 2018 to 2020 will be 125%. As far as family accommodation is concerned, the income tax is forgiven at the level of 25% of the total indebtedness, although the deficit of physical turnover is already greater than 70%. And while the income tax has mostly remained at the level of 2019, so the reduction can be viewed as a 25% write-off, with the tourist tax is not the same case. According to the same data source, the situation at the hotel is not much better. Out of a total of 1.171 hotels, some traffic was realized only at 622 hotels, ie in 50% of facilities. Traffic in hostels is even scarcer. Out of 355 registered hostels, traffic was recorded in only 21% of them, ie in 78 facilities. Benefits come payable In a total of 33,4% of households, some, albeit minimal, number of overnight stays was recorded. Of course, the total number of overnight stays compared to last year is lower than this percentage. This means that the price increase for D class is double. Thus, by reducing the fee due to extraordinary circumstances in 2020, accommodation capacities in D class will reach the level of 2019. Since the tourist classes have been abolished, the tourist tax has risen in price for all types of accommodation facilities of the former B, C and D classes. In addition, the period of the highest fee has been extended since 1.4. to 30.9. unlike the previous “peak” which lasted from 1.7. to 31.8. 50% of the accommodation capacity is not yet operational Big price increase before small reduction.Let us remind you: the sojourn tax for 2019 has been increased from 8 to 10 kn in the main season and from 6 to 8 kn in the pre- and post-season in “A” class, in “B” class from 7 to 9 and 5 to 7 kn, in “C” class from 5,5 to 7 and 4 to 5 kn and in “D” class from 4,5 to 5 and 3 to 4 kn. As a rule, this is an increase of about 25%.center_img Thus, according to eVisitor data, as many as 67% of households did not have the opportunity to host tourists, ie out of a total of 107.633 households, at least one overnight stay was recorded in 35.958 households. For which day we will enter July and the main tourist season, the benefits that have been postponed as well as those that are “timed” for the main season are not due. The situation is similar with the tourist membership fee, with a much higher price increase. Principle – raise prices and give a discount  The current average turnover of tourist traffic is at the level of 25-28% compared to last year at the same time. Due to all the above, we can conclude that measures to help accommodation in households and family farms would be felt only if the principle of equal percentage reduction of liabilities was applied, as well as the percentage drop in turnover. The highest possible amount is again twice the stated increase in the double room as early as 1.4. amounts to almost 6 euros, or 40,00 kn for the highest increase, or 3 euros or 20 kn for keeping the lowest amount. So far, that percentage is between 70 and 75% in physical traffic and 80-85% in financial traffic. Nedo Pinezic, www.nedopinezic.comlast_img read more

Concealed carry laws are unsafe

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Rep. Elise Stefanik is a co-sponsor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which allows someone with a concealed carry permit issued in their state to carry such weapons across state lines, regardless of stricter requirements in other states.  The shooter in the New Mexico High School killings on Dec. 7, 2017, legally obtained his 9mm Glock handgun (New Mexico is a so-called “shall-issue state), and had no criminal or mental health record. He was another in a long line of disgruntled young men (he reportedly said “Life sucks.”) who have committed mass shootings.The Violence Policy Center has documented 29 mass shootings since 2007 where the perpetrator was a licensed concealed carry permit holder. Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health, as well as recent research by the National Bureau of Economic Research (June 12, 2017, published paper), have found significantly higher violent crime rates in “shall-issue” states compared to “may-issue” states like New York, where the process to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon is discretionary. The 2015 CDC statistics on firearm mortality showed New York as the third-safest state (4.2 deaths per 100,000 population), while “shall-issue” states are much more unsafe. (New Mexico had 18.6 deaths per 100,000 population, for example.)Stefanik’s proud legislative accomplishment would, for example, let a 17-year-old walk around our cities with a concealed loaded handgun. And there’s nothing law enforcement could do about it, thanks to Stefanik.Richard HoffmanEastonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Protect her precious pension

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UK COVID-19 death toll topped 38,000 as of early May: Official data

first_imgThe United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll topped 38,000 as of early May, including suspected cases, by far the worst official toll yet in Europe, according to official data published on Tuesday.The Office for National Statistics said it recorded 34,978 COVID-19 related deaths as of May 1 in England and Wales.Adding previously released data from Scotland and Northern Ireland, the toll stood at 38,289 as of May 3, according to Reuters calculations. Topics : While different ways of counting make comparisons with other countries difficult, the figure confirmed Britain was among those hit worst by a pandemic that has killed more than 285,000 worldwide.Ministers dislike comparisons of the headline death toll, saying that excess mortality – the number of deaths from all causes that exceed the average for the time of year – is more meaningful because it is internationally comparable.The figures on that front painted a grim picture, albeit improving slowly.The ONS said it recorded 17,953 deaths from all causes during the week ending May 1. While a decrease for the second week running, this was 8,012 more than average for the time of year. last_img read more