Stevie Wonder will make his Red Rocks Amphitheatre debut on Monday, June 24th as part of SeriesFest‘s benefit event to celebrate international television and music.SeriesFest is a non-profit organization dedicated to “championing artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling”. For its annual event in Denver, Season 5 Benefit, A Celebration of TV & Music will feature “six days of in-competition screenings, panels and workshops from June 21 to 26. The program will also feature never-before-seen sneak peeks and television premieres,” according to Billboard.Tickets for SeriesFest’s Season 5 will go on sale starting at 10:00 a.m. MT on Friday, March 29th here.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.NEW YORK — An appeals court should let a June 23 primary election in New York state proceed without voters and poll workers being forced to risk exposure to the coronavirus to vote for a Democratic candidate for president when the race is essentially over, lawyers for the state said Friday.The written arguments were filed by Attorney General Letitia James and Senior Assistant Solicitor Judith N. Vale after a judge ordered the state to include the presidential race on the ballot even though former Vice President Joe Biden is essentially running unopposed.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has scheduled oral arguments for next Friday.On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres said it was unconstitutional to eliminate the Democratic presidential primary after delegates for withdrawn candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang complained that doing so weakens their standing at the Democratic Convention. She noted that a primary for contested races across New York state was occurring June 23 anyway and said the state had enough time to figure out how to safely carry out the election.But James and Vale said in their papers filed late Friday that more than 4,600 additional election workers will have to work the presidential primary in a state where three elections employees have already died from the coronavirus.They said many election workers also have health issues that make them vulnerable to the sometimes deadly illness.They said county election boards are already severely understaffed because of workers with COVID-19 related issues and the boards also face significant challenges in creating sufficiently safe polling sites and in hiring, retaining, and protecting poll workers.They said eliminating the presidential primary was not unconstitutional because the state legislature switched rules several weeks ago to allow the change.They also noted that Sanders and Biden were negotiating the issue of delegates, and they said Sanders or Yang could have remained in the race if they wanted to be in the primary.In the papers, the lawyers said 18 of New York’s 62 counties contain subdivisions, such as cities, towns, or election districts where no election will be necessary without the Democratic presidential primary. And seven counties would require no election at all.Messages seeking comment were left with lawyers for delegates for Sanders and Yang.
Opening night is set for February 24. Lives of the Saints Directed by John Rando, the comedy will feature Arnie Burton, Carson Elrod, Rick Holmes, Kelly Hutchinson and Liv Rooth. Tickets are now on sale for Lives of the Saints, a collection of humorous short plays (including three new pieces) by David Ives. Performances will begin on February 3, 2015 at The Duke on 42nd Street, where it will run through March 27. View Comments Related Shows The Primary Stages mounting will feature scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design and original music by John Gromada. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 27, 2015
By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaFood prices are climbing. But gardeners can cut costs by turning a corner of their yard into a personal produce stand, says a University of Georgia expert. “If you don’t factor in the labor, you’re paying less than a quarter of what it costs in the store if you grow your own vegetables,” said Bob Westerfield, a UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist. “In the store, you’re paying transportation and storage cost, plus the cost of produce.”Deciding what to plant and how much of it is up to individual taste and what will grow well in a particular space, he said. Bell pepper will be a money-saving garden crop this year. “It’s one of the easiest vegetables in the world to grow,” he said. “And the prices are very high in some grocery stores.”Homegrown sweet corn will be another good deal. But it needs space to grow. Zucchini and squash will produce most of the summer, he said. Three or four plants of each will supply a family.“Plant a couple of hills, then wait two or three weeks and plant a couple more. That way you have a steady supply of fresh produce,” Westerfield said.Half a dozen tomato plants will produce enough for a family.“Look for indeterminate varieties that will produce all season,” Westerfield said. “They are best for fresh eating.”Determinate varieties put out most of their harvest at one time, making them ideal for canning and freezing. Don’t forget to include one cherry tomato plant. “They are indeterminate and will produce all season,” he said. “One plant will put out a tremendous harvest and supply a family all season.”Westerfield says Sweet 100 is a good cherry tomato variety, Big Beef and Better Boy are good indeterminate varieties and Celebrity and Rutgers are good determinate varieties.The biggest cost for a garden is fertilizer, which is expensive right now, he said. But the average small garden may need only $20 worth.For those with limited space to garden, raised beds or containers work well in tight places. Soil in raised beds and containers can be mixed to help plants thrive, grow better and yield more, he said. “You can live in an apartment complex and grow a pretty good harvest on your back porch in containers,” he said. “You just need a sunny spot that gets a minimum of six hours of sunlight — eight to 10 hours are better.” Many commercially grown tomatoes and peppers aren’t flavorful because they are picked before ripe and treated to prevent rotting before reaching grocery stores. Homegrown produce doesn’t have to be picked until it is fully ripened, giving it a higher sugar content and fresher taste.“There’s nothing like growing your own vegetables when it comes to taste,” he said. “With some vegetables, it’s hard to tell the difference, but when it comes to corn, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, there’s nothing like the taste of those you grow yourself.”Other than saving money, backyard gardeners can control what’s on their food, too. Chemicals can be used if needed, he said. But gardeners can often just pick off pests they see or use an insecticidal soap.“It’s a lot of work if you have a plot,” he said. “So be ready to work in it, but it’s worth it.”
To help spark a more substantive conversation about genetically modified crops, the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative hosted a panel discussion on Sept. 26 after the public film screening of “Food Evolution,” a 2016 documentary on the issues surrounding GMOs and their promise for building a more food-secure world. The Sustainable Food Systems Initiative is a faculty group from across the University of Georgia campus that focuses on inter-disciplinary solutions to food system problems. Faculty from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) led this initiative.The panel included UGA agricultural communications professor Abigail Borron, Wayne Parrott of the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, Pablo Lapegna, UGA sociology professor and author of Soybeans and Power: Genetically Modified Crops, Environmental Politics and Social Movements in Argentina and UGA CAES sustainable agriculture coordinator Julia Gaskin.Lapegna, who has studied the social and environmental impacts of genetically modified crops, pointed out it’s not just the safety of genetically modified crops that should be studied. GMO technology, or the commercialization of GMO crops, can have impacts beyond what can be measured by life sciences.“This idea that there is a scientific consensus on GM crops is simply not true,” Lapegna said. “It’s true if you’re just talking about the life sciences, in the United States. In many parts of the world there are people who engaged in the life sciences and have different views. Science is not only life sciences. When you release GM crops into the environment, you cannot ignore the social sciences or people in the life sciences who have alternate views [of] GMOs.”Parrott, who has made a name for himself as an advocate of genetically modified organisms, agreed that scientists have ignored the social impact of genetically modified crops as they were released but argued that scientists from across the globe have established their safety.“More than 63 national and international health agencies agree that these things are safe,” Parrott said. “All of the academies of sciences on Earth and the majority of geneticists agree that they’re safe. There are some non-geneticists who disagree with them. Rosanne Barr disagrees with them but this is as close a consensus in science as anything.”UGA Cooperative Extension specialist and CAES sustainable agriculture coordinator Julia Gaskin —a soil scientist who advocates for no-till or low-till agriculture — works with both organic and conventional farmers. She told the panel’s audience that the debate over GM crops needs to move beyond dogma and focus on the fact that genetic engineering is one tool that farmers have to produce more sustainable produce.“The film made the point that this is a tool, and a tool can’t really be good or bad,” Gaskin said. “It’s all in how you use it … Really what we need to be doing is using more cover crops and other types of systems to help us deal with weeds. I will tell you it’s not an easy battle … so I feel like we need to use the tools that we have to suit particular situations.”This was the first time CAES has participated in this type of multifaceted public discussion on genetically engineered crops. The event attracted about 100 students and faculty members from across the UGA campus and the community. More than 300 people watched at least some part of the panel discussion via Facebook live feed.To watch the entire panel discussion visit the videos tab at www.facebook.com/UGACAESstudents/. To find out more about the documentary Food Evolution visit www.foodevolutionmovie.com.
During my first weeks working for CUNA back in 2007 I was given extensive education on the history of credit unions. Initially, I was surprised to learn that movement founders Dick Ensweiler and Jim Blaine were still active in the industry!! Joking aside, as I did more research I heard the stories about Alphonse Desjardins, Roy Bergengren and Edward Filene and their influence on the credit union industry as we know it today. The website www.mycreditunion.gov, has a great timeline page that outlines the global history of credit union development starting with Friedrich Raiffeisen in 1849.Fast forward and just a few weeks ago, my older brother was visiting our ancestral hometown of Sobotište, Slovakia when he sent me this partial photo with a note saying, “Visiting Sobotiste the Slovak town where Micas originated from we discovered in the museum that the very first credit union in the world was organized here!!!” This of course sparked a flurry of research about this Samuel Jurkovic fellow and his so-call, first credit union.What I learned is this. In February 1796, Samuel Jurkovic was born in Brezova, Slovakia roughly 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the town of Sobotiste. He became an educator, author of textbooks, cooperative organizer, and community leader in his home region. In 1845 Jurkovic founded Spolek Gazdovsky in Sobotiste, considered the first credit cooperative in Europe and the first cooperative in Slovakia. In 1995 the Slovak government even issued a stamp commemorating Samuel Jurkovic and the 150th anniversary of European credit cooperatives.Now, I recognize that I am biased toward my Slovak brethren and the impact that his life had on the development of credit unions. However the facts seem to be the facts. Perhaps there are cooperative and credit union historians out there that would like to provide additional insight and comment on this, what I consider to be a fantastic historical finding!! Go Slovakia! Go credit unions!! 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Daniel Mica Dan Mica, former head of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), established The DMA Group as a means to combine a myriad of experience into a one-stop consultancy. Elected in … Web: www.dmagroupdc.com Details
May 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An international team of scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) arrived today on Indonesia’s Sumatra island to investigate the largest cluster to date of confirmed human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, according to news services.In addition, the WHO reported today that a 75-year-old Egyptian woman died of H5N1 infection, becoming the sixth fatality in Egypt.In a news release about the Indonesian cluster today, the WHO said the source of infection was not yet known for any of the cases. “The possibility of limited human-to-human transmission cannot be ruled out,” the agency said.”A cluster is always serious,” the WHO’s Thomas Grein told Bloomberg news today after visiting North Sumatra. “This one by its sheer size and that it has occurred in an area where there have been no confirmed outbreaks is of course of interest.”In its statement today, the WHO gave some details on the cases in six extended family members from Kubu Sembelang village in the Karo district of North Sumatra—five of whom died—as well as on another Indonesian woman who died of avian flu in Surabaya in East Java. Her death was reported by news media yesterday.In North Sumatra, the outbreak may have begun Apr 27 when a 37-year-old woman contracted a respiratory disease, which took her life May 4. However, no specimens were obtained from her body for confirmatory testing, but the WHO said she is considered the initial case in the cluster.Her relatives, according to the WHO, constitute the six who tested positive for H5N1. The woman’s 15-year-old son died of avian flu May 9, her 17-year-old son died May 12, her 10-year-old nephew died May 13, and her 28-year-old sister died May 10. The sister’s 18-month-old daughter died May 14. In addition, her 25-year-old brother tested positive for H5N1 but is still alive.These latest WHO confirmations raise Indonesia’s case total to 40 (23 in 2006), with 31 deaths (20 in 2006), according to WHO data. Indonesia has reported by far the most cases and fatalities this year. Egypt has the second-most cases with 14 (6 deaths), and China has the second-highest death rate, with 7 deaths in 10 cases.Although the WHO release about the cluster states that “If human-to-human transmission has occurred, it has not been either efficient or sustained,” officials are concerned about the lack of an identified source for the virus.”The source of exposure for the initial case is still under investigation, with exposure to infected poultry or an environment contaminated by their faeces considered the most plausible source,” the agency said.”The likely source of infection for the additional cases has not yet been determined,” the statement continued. “Multiple hypotheses are being investigated. Apart from living in close proximity to each other, the cases in this cluster are known to have participated in a family gathering around 29 April. The cases may have acquired their infection from a shared environmental exposure yet to be identified.””We have not yet found any evidence of the ongoing transmission among chickens in that area,” said Shigeru Omi, WHO director for the Western Pacific region, as quoted in the Bloomberg story today. However, the story quoted Indonesia’s agriculture minister as saying that 10 of 11 pigs tested in the district had antibodies to avian flu in their bloodstream, and about half of the 400 households in Kubu Sembelang raise pigs, chickens, and ducks.Although the presence of antibodies in the pigs could signal a previous infection, “If the virus is in pigs, that would be a major concern,” said Ton Schat, professor of virology and immunology at Cornell University, according to Bloomberg. Pigs are susceptible to both human and avian strains of influenza, and simultaneous infection with both types could allow viruses to trade genetic material, potentially giving rise to a hybrid that could spread among humans.According to the WHO, instances of human-to-human H5N1 transmission have occurred, but in no case has the virus spread beyond people who have had close contact with an infected person, like family members.In a Washington Post story today, Sari Setiogi, spokesperson for WHO’s Indonesia office, said, “We are taking this very seriously. The good news is that, from our investigation to date, there’s no evidence of further spread of the virus beyond the family.”Egyptian caseIn Egypt, WHO officials confirmed that a 75-year-old woman became Egypt’s sixth death among 14 human cases of avian influenza, an AFP article said today.The woman, from Al-Minya in southern Egypt, contracted the disease from infected birds, according to WHO regional health regulation officer John Jabbour. “She was admitted into the hospital yesterday, and she died today,” Jabbour said in the AFP story.See also:WHO Indonesia reporthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_18b/en/index.htmlWHO Egypt reporthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_18c/en/index.htmlMay 17 CIDRAP News story “WHO confirms avian flu case cluster in Indonesia”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/may1706indo.html
By Stefano Santoni – Product & Market Manager, Wind Energy & Heavy Duty Division – DAVI.According to the report of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the global offshore wind market experienced a growth of 4.49GW of new capacity in 2018. The Global Wind Report acknowledges that nowadays there’s a total of 23GW of offshore wind capacity installed (20% more than 2017).Listening to what Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said, 2018 can be considered a positive year for wind in all major markets, and China places itself as the leading power both in offshore and onshore projects. In forthcoming years, Asia is expected to be the driving region for wind development, even though this awaited growth is subordinate to an important commitment of the governments with policies fostering the projects in this field. With regards to capacity to be installed until 2023, the contribution needs to come from mature regions like Europe and USA, as well as developing markets in Asia that will have to guarantee a consistent growth.Ideas for the years to comeAn interesting partnership has been revealed to work together in order to develop offshore wind in emerging markets. In fact, the GWEC and the World Bank Group (WBG) are going to be side by side in this effort to make emerging markets ready for new developments of wind energy.The first aim of this cooperation is to raise awareness about offshore wind opportunities in emerging markets. As a starting strategy, the idea is to gather all the stakeholders within the same network, putting together country governments, experts in the field of wind energy, commercial developers, private partners to inform them on all their options and create the perfect groundwork for new projects that could be financed by WBG and IFC. These bodies will involve both public and private partners to carry on technical studies and give life to strategies at national level in order to facilitate the development of offshore wind.To share knowledge and raise awareness in emerging markets, the two bodies will have representatives of the counterpart sitting at their table in order to favor the diffusion of best practices. “Offshore wind is a clean, reliable and secure source of energy. We have seen it work in Europe: we can now make use of global experience to scale up offshore wind projects in emerging markets”, said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of Energy and Extractives at the World Bank. The WBG believes in fact that USD 500 billion will be invested in offshore wind projects by 2030. This growth is a great chance for countries with strong resources, such as Brazil, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. For instance, Vietnam has a technical potential of offshore wind of 309GW, South Africa 356GW and Brazil 526GW, representing a possibility for big offshore wind projects in areas with high energy demand.Source DAVIIncreasing rolling needsIn this perspective of growth, all around the world there will be companies involved in the process of rolling plates for the wind energy sector (no matter talking about towers or foundations). These companies are in need of solutions and customized plate roll that allow to improve the process, save time and roll both cylinders and cones in the smoothest, most accurate and fastest possible way.In case of large diameters components such as Towers, Transition Pieces and Monopiles, or large diameters Pin Piles for jackets, the DAVI 4 rolls plate rolling machine, along with the patented High Productivity Line, is the right answer to fulfill all the requests of this continuously more demanding market.The High Productivity Line is equipped with several accessories, including a special hydraulic aligning system, which are completely managed by CNC.After inserting the geometrical dimension of the final rolled can, along with the plate material data, the patented software calculates and builds up the complete working cycle from the plate positioning and centering phase until the complete conclusion of the rolling operation.Firstly, the special positioning system, located in the infeed conveyor, allows a perfect plate positioning and squaring; it guarantees at least 50% time saving compared to standard manual system.Secondly, after an additional mechanical squaring against the rear side roll, the infeed conveyor tilts to hold the plate while pre-bending; for more accuracy and time saving the front side roll raises to bend the plate and at the same time the conveyor and the front side support rise with full synchronization in order to keep the plate perfectly aligned and on the same level. After the pre-bending operation is completed, the conveyor, the side support and the front side roll move down fully synchronized to bring the plate horizontal and ready to start the rolling phase.With this unique and patented solution, the pre-bending operation is faster, more accurate and totally safe compared to other basic solutions without a tilting conveyor.Once the plate is back in horizontal position, the exit side roll rises up to bend the plate and start the rolling phase. When the can is halfway, the overhead support automatically rises to hold the plate. At the end of the cycle, in case of thin plates rolled at very large diameters, the front side support rises up to prevent the plate collapse and overlapping, thanks to special bearing fingers that hook the plate and pull it back to keep it in a perfect round shape. Finally, the plate is fed for the second pre-bending and the plate forming operation is over.In case of cone forming, the plate rotation is automatically managed by the control system. It is done with a continuous plate rotation in case of thinner plates, while it is intermittent in case of thicker plates; however, it is fully managed through the CNC system in both cases for the most accurate and fastest cone forming process.The whole process, consisting of plate positioning, squaring, rolling, aligning for tack-welding, lasts less than 20 minutes!In particular, the tilting conveyor has many advantages, that range from single pass pre-bending to full pre-bending capacity available, from high accuracy on roundness to no need of re-rolling. But most important is the safety of the process with no risk of plate falling or non-pinching.Source DAVIA solution spread all over the worldHigh Productivity Line is a solution that many renowned companies have already chosen, showing how it is the best available in the market. More than 250 wind energy lines are installed all around the world, in both mature and emerging markets. From Vestas in the United States to Titan Wind in China, from Bladt to EEW and Gestamp in Europe, these are only some of the fully satisfied customers currently working with High Productivity Line for the wind energy sector.The companyBorn in Italy in 1966, DAVI is the world largest manufacturer of heavy duty plate roll, heavy duty angle roll, high productivity lines and customized rolling machines. The product portfolio includes the widest range of heavy duty plate roll (both 3 and 4 rolls); the widest range of heavy duty angle roll; high productivity wind energy lines (patented); high productivity 4 roll and robotic lines; customized machines.Note: The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Offshore WIND.
40 Views no discussions LifestyleRelationships Study Says More People Are Snooping Partner’s Emails. by: – August 8, 2011 Share Tweet Pop Quiz! Your boyfriend leaves his Gmail open on your computer. He’s gone and you’re on his account. What do you do?A. Close it out immediately. You don’t want to betray his trust … or see your birthday present shipping information from Amazon.B. Glance at the subject lines but log out before you open up individual emails.C. Dive into it reading his Facebook notifications, emails and seeing who initiates chat with him.If you answered B or C, you feel the same as 35% of women who have checked the email or call history of someone they were dating without them knowing it. This is all according to a survey from Retrevo.One of the big findings: Overall the number of people under 25 checking their boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s emails or call history rose from 38% last year to 47% this year. Women continue to be a bit more suspicious than men. The number of women saying they checked their partner’s email or call history without them knowing rose from 24% to 35%.So, where do you stand? Would you snoop your boyfriend’s email or do you think that’s the biggest no-no?By Julie Miller, Life2PointOh.com Sharing is caring! Share Share