Experimental rock musician Dave Harrington will be just one of the featured performers at the upcoming Freaks Ball XIX at The Bell House in Brooklyn, New York next month. The one-night event will take place on February 9th, with a portion of ticket proceeds going to benefit the Rodney Speed Scholarship Fund at the Berklee College of Music.Dave Harrington’s musical arrangement at the event is being branded as “Drums -> Space,” in relation to the highly psychedelic instrumental portion of Grateful Dead concerts back in the day. Drummer Kenny Wolleson (Sean Lennon, Norah Jones) and self-taught multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily will also take part in the experimental set, along with more artists to be announced closer to February 9th. The show will also feature late-night performances by local Afrobeat group Kaleta & Super Yamba Band, and Brooklyn-based western swing band Smokey’s Round-Up. Attendees who are hoping for more of a psychedelic experience to go with the night’s performances will be able to wander into the visual abyss with a light show courtesy of Macrodose.The Freaks Action Network has been one of the active leaders in utilizing live music and (mostly) jam-based artists to help raise awareness for good causes. Proceeds raised at the recent Freaks Action Network Holiday Jam in Brooklyn last month (which tied into a fan-friendly silent auction) went to benefit cancer research organizations including METAvivor and Cycle for Survival. Items which fans were able to bid on ranged from dinner with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Scott Metzger, to a “Let Oteil Sing” shirt signed by Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge.Speaking of Dave Harrington, the improvisational guitarist and his band shared a new single earlier this week with“Belgrade Fever”. The track will appear on their forthcoming studio album, Pure Imagination, No Country, which is scheduled to arrive on February 1st via Yeggs Records.Dave Harrington Group – “Bellgrade Fever” – Official Audio[Video: Various Artists]Inquiring music fans can click here to purchase tickets to the February 9th show.
Beautiful plants often don’t live up to their potential. Getting to the root of problems like disease and wilt sometimes starts with a look in the mirror, says University of Georgia experts. “A lot of how people grow their plants can lead to disease,” said Elizabeth Little, a UGA plant pathologist with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Improper siting and overwatering are the biggest issues we see… most of what I see can be alleviated by people making decisions that are better for the plant.”In order for disease to occur, a plant must be susceptible, the disease-causing pathogen must be present and the environment must be favorable for growth. Environmental factors like heat, drought, light and air circulation can affect a plant’s susceptibility to disease. “Disease is everywhere. It’s always present in soil and the atmosphere,” said Bob Westerfield, a horticulturist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “Disease clings onto something that is in a weakened state.” Stressed plants are more susceptible to disease. Before planting, get a soil test, and adjust the soil for optimum plant growth. Instead of crowding plants, use proper spacing to allow for air circulation and plant growth. Waterlogged or drought-stricken? “The most common occurrence of disease we see is through the mismanagement of water,” Westerfield said. “In most cases the soil was never prepared properly so it is soggy and doesn’t allow the water to drain off the roots.” Plants suffering from too little or too much water often exhibit the same symptoms: yellowing leaves, shedding of older leaves and wilting. Soil-borne fungi like Pythium, phytophthora and rhizoctonia are a few threats to wet soils. To lessen the odds of developing root rot and to increase drainage, add organic matter, install drains and don’t plant too deeply. Humid hostAnother common disease in Georgia is powdery mildew, characterized by white fungal growth on the surface of leaves, stems and flowers. The disease thrives in humid environments and is common on woody plants like roses, crape myrtles, dogwoods and oaks. Reduce humidity – and the likelihood of developing this disease – by increasing air circulation around the plant and removing plant debris. And irrigate cautiously. “If irrigating with a sprinkler, apply water once a week in the morning,” Little said. “If not, fungal or bacterial problems may set in.” Choose plants that work If trying to grow a non-native plant, help the plant adapt to the hot-dry Georgia climate by mulching around the base. Mulch will help hold moisture at the roots. “Gardening is a learning experience,” she said. “I’ve tried a lot of things I thought I could grow here to learn what to do.” Putting plants in the right place can limit the threat of disease, too. “People get off base on where a plant should be planted,” Westerfield said. “A plant like a Leyland cypress looks unassuming in a two-gallon pot, but when planted too close to the house, the tree can grow 20 feet in a few years, becoming stressed and crowded and susceptible to canker disease.” Too many chemicalsChemicals sprayed on lawns can drift and spread to trees, shrubs and flowers planted nearby and inadvertently kill them. “A lot of herbicides are being used in lawns, and we do get a lot of injury on plants from drift and uptake,” Little said. Little warns homeowners to use caution when applying chemicals to their landscape. “Homeowners assume chemicals are safe because they are being sold, and that is not the case,” she said.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA Board Member Mark McWatters, quoted in Credit Union Times, strongly criticized the agency for “asking for more regulation,” referring to NCUA’s push for third-party vendor oversight in testimony for a Senate Banking Committee earlier this month.McWatters said such authority would cause an NCUA budget increase and called the episode “embarrassing.”At the hearing, NCUA Director of Examination and Insurance Director Larry Fazio said obtaining examination and enforcement over third-party vendors – credit union service organizations and others – is NCUA’s “top legislative priority.”NAFCU continues to oppose giving NCUA direct authority over third-party vendors; it believes such authority is unnecessary since NCUA already requires credit unions to ensure the vendors with which they maintain working relationships provide reports directly to the agency.“What little political capital credit unions have on Capitol Hill was squandered by going to a regulatory relief hearing and asking for more regulation,” McWatters told CU Times. “Now, I know NCUA tried to say, ‘well, if you give us vendor authority, it will really decrease the regulations on individual credit unions.’ But, I don’t know anyone who really believes that.” continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As we enter the final fiscal quarter of 2019, the skies are darkening on the U.S. economy and I believe will only get worse as the quarter progresses.Key segments of gross domestic product, primarily business investment (not only capital spending but also in the hiring of labor) and government spending have been operating with a great deal of leverage. This leverage greatly enhanced GDP growth over the past two years and now will exacerbate economic decline. While I do not believe the Fed will ease at its Oct. 30 meeting, the board will all but say that it will ease at their Dec. 11 meeting. I think the 10-year Treasury will challenge its all-time low in yield of 1.36 (set July 2016) before the year is out.U.S. business capital spending had been strong up until the last few months. Much of this investment was supercharged by the sharp cut in corporate taxes at the end of 2017. Additionally, before 2017, there was historically cheap and plentiful funding for businesses, both investment grade and non-investment grade, afforded by the high yield bond and loan markets.Regarding the above mentioned cheap and affordable funding, the high yield leveraged loan market has ballooned to $1.3 trillion over the last three to four years. Rates have been historically low for non-investment grade credits and protective covenants, normally found in loans to lower-credit borrowers, have been loosened or abandoned all together. Covenants protect lenders by establishing triggers that warn lenders if cash flow or capital gets below established levels. If covenants are triggered, lenders can stop borrowers from embarking on additional expenditures. The lack of covenants increases the risk for the lenders.
It was on Friday evening, Jan 31, when the Health Ministry’s crisis center head Budi Sylvana received the order to join a rescue team to be dispatched to China’s coronavirus-hit Hubei province, just as he was leaving office that day.He said that, before he got the order, he had heard the announcement by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi about the evacuation of some 245 Indonesian nationals from Wuhan to be conducted within 24 hours but had not expected to be directly involved. Unlike Budi, Tony Wibawa from the Foreign Ministry’s directorate of citizen protection said he had worked on a plan for the evacuation since Jan. 23, when the Chinese government announced a lockdown in Wuhan.Since then, he said, the directorate had worked with the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing to collect data on citizens in Wuhan.“So, to a certain extent, we already had a plan once we received the order for the evacuation,” he said.On Jan 30, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ordered the immediate evacuation of all Indonesian citizens.On the ground, a so-called “team of five” consisting of embassy officials in Beijing was tasked with going to Wuhan to prepare the evacuation.One of the team members, Arianto Surojo, said the team went to Changsha on the morning of Jan. 31 and traveled to Wuhan by car.“After arriving in Wuhan, we immediately coordinated with the students, and that night we got the landing permit for the plane the next day,” he said.The biggest challenge was the fact that the students were widely dispersed, with some located as far as 500 kilometers from Wuhan.“We had to gather them all at the airport in the evening before leaving at night,” he said.He said the whole process was very fast because of the negotiations conducted at all levels, from the Foreign Minister to the director level as well as from the ambassador’s office in Beijing and with the foreign affairs office at the provincial level.“We were facing an abnormal situation and all of us needed to get permits, including a landing permit and flight clearance, while facing the lockdown situation on the ground,” he said.Retno said she had barely got any sleep for at least two nights before and during the evacuation, starting on Jan. 31 when the advance team went to Wuhan.“I get goose bumps just thinking about it now. When the team reached the border, I asked Ari how much further [before reaching Wuhan], and also when they finally met with the citizens in Wuhan. I called them to give them some encouragement, because they had to be fit for the evacuation,” she said.Meanwhile, two days before the evacuation, Batik Air captain Destyo Usodo was notified about the assignment, and he said he was very hesitant.“But I was reassured that all the mitigation and hazard identification had been assessed and that we already had a mitigation plan. I was also told that we would only bring the healthy citizens home, and that made me more confident,” he said.The plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Feb. 1 at approximately 1:10 p.m. Destyo said he had been in close communication with the mission controls of Batik Air and the Indonesian Air Force.“When I landed at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport, it was very quiet, even though the lights were all on, there was no activity in sight,” he said, adding that the only other aircraft was one from Air India, which landed 10 minutes after Batik Air for the Indian evacuation mission.In the end, the plane only carried 238 Indonesians and one foreign national home, as four people refused to be evacuated, while three others had high fever at the time of departure.“When we [finally] entered [Indonesian airspace], I welcomed all Indonesian citizens back to Indonesia, our beloved country,” the captain said.Topics : “I knew the whole system was already in place, so I was relaxed. I did not think I was going to be assigned to go to Wuhan, because we were only responsible for preparing the evacuation needs. At the last minute before I was going home, the Health Minister ordered us to go. As a human being and someone who understood the nature of the virus, I was really shocked,” he said at a welcoming event in Jakarta on Tuesday.Budi was among several officials on the team tasked with repatriating Indonesian nationals and one foreign spouse of an Indonesian citizen from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, as well as other cities in Hubei province, in early February.They all had to undergo a 14-day quarantine in Natuna from Feb. 2 to Feb. 15, and all have been declared free of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).The evacuation team consisted of 42 people, including nine cabin crew members, a pilot, a copilot and representatives of the Foreign Ministry, the Health Ministry and the Indonesian Military (TNI).
Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) has increased its exposure to real estate as it targets office and retail properties in established markets.In its 2013 results presentation today, the bank said investments for its real estate portfolio accounted for 1% of its fund at the end of 2013, up from 0.7% a year earlier.The mandate to invest in real estate was broadened from 1 January 2013 to include countries outside Europe – with the US first stop.A first property investment in the US was made at the start of last year via the $600m (€438m) acquisition of a 49.9% stake in a five-asset portfolio in Boston, New York and Washington. A further $684m was spent on a 45% stake in a New York office building in the fourth quarter, coinciding with the $238m purchase of a 47.5% stake in a Boston office building.The US now accounts for 18.7% of the bank’s real estate portfolio.The UK and France account for 27% and 22.5%,, respectively of investments made by NBIM.The investor has typically taken half stakes in the real estate it has acquired in both Europe and more recently the US.Last year, it paid €388m for 50% of two buildings in Germany.A 50% stake in a portfolio of 195 European logistics properties was bought for €1bn at the start of 2013.NBIM’s real estate investments returned 11.8% last year.Measured in local currency, rental income contributed 4.6% of the return, while changes to the value of properties and debt and currency fluctuations both contributed 3.8%.However, transaction costs for real estate purchases resulted in a 0.4% hit.Investment in property is, it added, being gradually increased to as much as 5% of the value of the overall fund.
Sharing is caring! Share 36 Views no discussions Share Pork Chops with Apple Rice PilafRice pilaf refers to rice that is seasoned by cooking it in broth with various spices, meats, and vegetables. In this recipe, pre-packaged wild rice with seasoning is baked along with sliced apples, vinegar, and browned pork chops. If pressed for time, skip browning the pork chops, and sprinkle the raw chops with lemon-pepper seasoning and paprika, and bake as instructed.Ingredients:6 pork loin chops, rib chops, or shoulder chops, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 1-3/4 pounds)1 tablespoon cooking oil or olive oilLemon-pepper seasoning1 6-ounce package long grain and wild rice mix1 20-ounce can sliced apples2 tablespoons vinegar1 cup waterDirections:1.Trim any separable fat from chops. In a 12-inch skillet brown chops on both sides in hot oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chops lightly with lemon-pepper seasoning.2.In a 3-quart rectangular baking dish stir together the rice mix and seasoning packet. Combine undrained apples, vinegar, and water; pour evenly over rice. Top with chops. Cover dish tightly with foil.3.Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until rice and chops are tender and juices run clear. Makes 6 servings.Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardens Share Food & DiningLifestyle Pork Chops with Apple Rice Pilaf by: – November 15, 2011 Tweet
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 13) – He hasn’t seen his name in lights yet but Chase Rudolf stole the headlines Friday night at the Duel In the Desert.The 17-year-old from Norwalk, Iowa, led every lap of the $500 to win qualifying feature for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.He’ll advance to Saturday’s $1,777 to win show along with fellow top six finishers Rick Diaz, Clay Money, Ryan Wolla, Nick Spainhoward and Adam Armstrong.The race ran caution-free and Rudolf stayed flawless up front, leading by a straightaway when lap 12 was scored. A flat tire took Michael Johnson out of a transfer spot with three laps left.Diaz took second well ahead of Money and Wolla.Qualifying feature results – 1. Chase Rudolf, Norwalk, Iowa; 2. Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif.; 3. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 4. Ryan Wolla, Williston, N.D.; 5. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.; 6. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; 7. Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.; 8. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz.; 9. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 10. Brian Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; 11. Nick Sylvester, Bakersfield, Calif.; 12. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif.; 13. Jordan Hagar, Bakersfield, Calif.; 14. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; 15. Brendon Frye, Taft, Calif.; 16. Luke Krogh, Dickinson, N.D.; 17. Todd Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; 18. Brian Roode, Brooks, Alb.; 19. Tony Konold, Clear Lake, S.D.; 20. Anthony Fierro, Cheyenne, Wyo.; 21. Michael Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 22. Shane Helton, Artesia, N.M.; 23. Jerry Hinton, Adel, Iowa; 24. Varion Hetle, Underwood, N.D.1st heat – 1. Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif.; 2. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz.; 3. Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.; 4. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 5. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; 6. Joey Yantis, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Scott Saunders, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 8. Ricky Saunders, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 9. Mark Odgers, Mariposa, Calif.; 10. Ricky Childress Jr., Bakersfield, Calif.2nd heat – 1. Anthony Fierro, Cheyenne, Wyo.; 2. Brendon Frye, Taft, Calif.; 3. Shane Helton, Artesia, N.M.; 4. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.; 5. Brenda Kirby, Lomita, Calif.; 6. Ryan Gilland, Beatrice, Neb.; 7. Marisa Odgers, Mariposa, Calif.; 8. Chuck Black, Phoenix, Ariz.; 9. Jason Wilkey, Batesville, Ark.; 10. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif.3rd heat – 1. Tony Konold, Clear Lake, S.D.; 2. Jerry Hinton, Adel, Iowa; 3. Todd Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; 4. Nick Sylvester, Bakersfield, Calif.; 5. Garrett Jernagan, Bakersfield, Calif.; 6. Rick Kreitschmann, Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; 7. Merl Fitzpatrick, Brooks, Alb.; 8. Anthony Giuliani, Morgan Hill, Calif.; 9. Rex Higgins, Bloomfield, N.M.; 10. Jesse Hoskins, Longdale, Okla.4th heat – 1. Chase Rudolf, Norwalk, Iowa; 2. Michael Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 3. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; 4. Brian Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; 5. Danny Concelman, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 6. Brenden Damon, Great Bend, Kan.; 7. Jason Nation, Bakersfield, Calif.; 8. Bill Ferguson, Norwood, Colo.; 9. James Cecil, Bakersfield, Calif.; 10. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz.5th heat – 1. Ryan Wolla, Williston, N.D.; 2. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 3. Jordan Hagar, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Jeremy Hoff, Copperopolis, Calif.; 5. Sean Tyson, Council Bluffs, Iowa; 6. Brian Roode, Brooks, Alb.; 7. Ron Tex Jr., Papillion, Neb.; 8. Chuck Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo.; 9. Billy Simkins, Bakersfield, Calif.; 10. Greg Larson, Kindred, N.D.6th heat – 1. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 2. Varion Hetle, Underwood, N.D.; 3. Luke Krogh, Dickinson, N.D.; 4. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif.; 5. Jared Schweitzer, Bakersfield, Calif.; 6. Austin Frye, Taft, Calif.; 7. Travis Poll, Green River, Wyo.; 8. Buddy Ray Jones, Council Bluffs, Iowa; 9. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.1st “B” feature – 1. Adam Armstrong; 2. Nick Spainhoward; 3. Joey Yantis; 4. Arie Schouten; 5. Scott Saunders; 6. Ryan Gilland; 7. Mark Odgers; 8. Chuck Black; 9. Marisa Odgers; 10. Ricky Saunders; 11. Brenda Kirby; 12. Jason Wiley; 13. Ricky Childress Jr.; 14. Gary Dutton.2nd “B” feature – 1. Nick Sylvester; 2. Brian Cooper; 3. Garrett Jernagan; 4. Danny Concelman; 5. Jason George; 6. Brenden Damon; 7. James Cecil; 8. Merl Fitzpatrick; 9. Rex Higgins; 10. Anthony Giuliani; 11. Jason Nation; 12. Rick Kretschmann; 13. Bill Ferguson; 14. Jesse Hoskins.3rd “B” feature – 1. Chris Toth; 2. Brian Roode; 3. Billy Simkins; 4. Jeremy Hoff; 5. Chuck Delp; 6. Travis Poll; 7. Shawn Harker; 8. Austin Frye; 9. Jared Schweitzer; 10. Ron Tex Jr.; 11. Sean Tyson; 12. Buddy Ray Jones; 13. Greg Larson.
E. Mitchell Evans, 83, of Greensburg passed away on February 1, 2020. He was born on October 24, 1936 in Greensburg, the son of Earl and Emma (Hacker) Evans. Mitchell was a 1954 graduate of Greensburg High School. He served in the United States Army from 1956-1958. On April 1, 1960 he married Edith June Collins, and she preceded him in death on August 8, 2005. Mitch was a member of: Union Baptist Church and served as a Deacon, Decatur County Farmers Mutual and served as Past President, Decatur County Realtor’s Association, and the Gideon’s Auxiliary.Survivors include: Daughter, Barbara (Lloyd) Roberts; Son, Bill Evans; Brother, Randy (Rosalie) Evans; Grandchildren, Elijah Stone, Luke Stone, Jacob (Mallory) Stone, Caleb Stone, Morgan Evans, and Sydney (Rashawn) Dawkins; Great Grandchildren, Bella-Dawn, Ambrosia, Willow, Keley, and two on the way. Mitch was preceded in death by his parents and wife.A visitation for family and friends will be held at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Funeral Services will be Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 10:00 am also at the funeral home. Rev. Steve Bell will be officiating. Burial will follow at the South Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Gideon’s. Online Condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com
NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) – Veteran seamer Kemar Roach inspired an incisive West Indies display to leave India rattled and searching for stability on a rain-hit opening day of the first Test here, yesterday.Opting to bowl first, West Indies grabbed early wickets through Roach, to reduce the visitors to 25 for three before Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 81 and opener KL Rahul chipped in with 44, to help lift their side to 203 for six at the close.Hanuma Vihari scored 32 and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was unbeaten on 20 when rain at 16:38hrs forced a premature end to play with 20 overs still remaining.The 31-year-old Roach was easily the best bowler on show, ending with three for 34 while new-ball partner Shannon Gabriel picked up two for 49.Exploiting the early movement in the surface at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Roach bossed the first hour as he went past the outside edge on several occasions before finally being rewarded when he removed right-handers Mayank Agarwal (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (2) in the fifth over.Agarwal nicked the second ball of the over behind to give wicketkeeper Shai Hope the first of his four catches. The decision was only given, however, after West Indies resorted to DRS.Shimron Hetmyer (right) embraces Shamarh Brooks who took the catch to dismiss India captain Virat Kohli cheaply, on the opening day of the first Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.Four balls later, Roach also found Pujara’s outside edge for Hope to take the catch moving to his right.It was Gabriel, however, who got the prized wicket of Virat Kohli for nine, roughing up the Indian captain with a couple of short-pitched deliveries before getting him to steer a short ball to debutant Shamarh Brooks at gully, after three-quarters of an hour’s play.Rahane then came to his side’s rescue in a composed innings that lasted 163 balls, just short of four hours and which included 10 fours.More importantly, he anchored two critical half-century stands, putting on 68 for the fourth wicket with Rahul and a further 82 for the fifth with Vihari.The stand with Rahul saw India safely to lunch at 68 for three and they flourished afterwards without dominating as West Indies persisted.Unbeaten on 37 at the interval, Rahul perished nearly an hour after the resumption when he feathered a leg-side catch to Hope off part-time off-spinner Roston Chase, after facing 97 balls in a shade over 2-½ hours at the crease and striking five fours.Vihari, who faced 56 deliveries and struck five fours, then combined with Rahane to stabilise the innings and they were together when rain forced an early tea at 134 for four.The right-handed Rahane reached his 18th half-century in Tests in the third over before the break when he punched ineffective pacer Miguel Cummins to cover for a couple, and pressed on following the resumption with boundaries on either side of the wicket off Chase.Vihari, on 18 at tea, lasted half-hour after the interval before Roach returned to have him caught at the wicket, squared up trying to defend one that swung at 175 for five.And five overs later, Gabriel removed Rahane with the batsman seemingly set for three figures, bowled after chopping on an attempted cut.West Indies are without first-choice wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich who was ruled out with an ankle injury.