first_img Dear Colleagues:After much thought and consideration, I wanted to share with each of you that I will seek to serve as President of Council. We are fortunate to have the right combination of energy, excitement, and expectation that must yield our best foot forward with new, bold, and innovative ideas.My decision comes after a lot of thought and self-reflection. I am seeking to lead because I want to make sure our city takes full advantage of our momentum that residents can believe in. I’m fully committed to facilitating collective efforts to solve problems, while being a community champion, and fulfilling our greatest potential.The future of our city is too important for microwave policy and passive leadership. I am positioned to lead effectively and inclusively. As President of Council, I will lead with the understanding that we ALL bring something to the table. And for Evansville’s best future, we have to rely on everyone’s strengths to best make our city an ideal place to live, work, and play.There is too much work that must be done and there is no time to waste. These next four years will be pivotal as it relates to updating ordinances, revitalizing economically distressed areas, responsibly overseeing city finances, and simply ensuring our beloved city lives up to her fullest potential.It is time to aim high and ensure our beloved city is in the best position to positively impact everyone! This is a new council and we should operate as such.Humbly submitted,Alex BurtonFOOTNOTE: This letter was sent to us by a confidential source and we posted it without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Yonder Treats Knoxville To 30-Minute Opener & Three-Song Acoustic Closer [Photos/Videos]

first_imgYonder Mountain String Band takes every show seriously, but when they play a room as ornate and historic as Knoxville’s Bijou Theatre they always seem to want to make it a night to remember. As we recently noted, the building the Theatre is located in is celebrating it’s 200th anniversary, while the venue is in it’s 107th year of continuous operation. With that kind of prestige and gravitas as a setting, Yonder clearly felt it was a good time to go above and beyond the call of duty.Boulder, Colorado’s own traditional bluegrass and Americana band The Railsplitters opened up the night with a fierce set of original and cover tunes that drew an impressive amount of early arrivers to the front of the Theatre to get down and dirty with them. Guitarist and lead vocalist Lauren Stovall showed off her hard earned skills and wide open range while the rest of the band took every opportunity to impress with their solid performance skills and affable charms.The band showed their respects to Yonder, with Stovall crediting a summer following them as her personal inspiration to take to the stage. Their choice to throw a rousing take on the John Hartford masterpiece “Steam Powered Aeroplane” made it clear they were true students of the form. Between the reception given The Railsplitters after each song and the cheers when they announced they would be returning to Knoxville for their own show at another venue across town later in the year, it looks like their future is bright in the heart of Tennessee.The rafters rang with the cheers of the Kinfolk as Yonder Mountain String Band took the venerable stage with smiles and the intent set to give the crowd their full measure and then some. Kicking it off with “Gilpin Swing”, they went on a three song tear that saw the tempos and styles vary but the intensity and deft precision stay steady as a rock. Flowing perfectly from “Gilpin” into a tasty “Pass This Way” “EMD” “Pass This Way” sandwich, the opening jams were both filling and full of chances for each member of the quintet. Thanks to our own Rex Thomson you can enjoy the glorious jams for yourself below:As the crowd was still digesting the slab of bluegrass jams they had just ingested, fiery fiddler Allie Kral, banjo ninja Dave Johnston, and mandolin master Jacob Jolliff left languid guitarist Adam Aijala and bass-thumper Ben Kaufmann to knock out a pair of tunes as a duo. Ditching his bottom end duties, Kaufmann welcomed the chance to switch up from his bass to a guitar for a pair of tunes dedicated to his son who was celebrating his fifth birthday by watching his dad on a live stream of the show.  Check out their rendition of the youngsters fave tune “She Smiles Like She’s Always Been A Friend” below:The rest of the band retook the stage and got back to the business at hand: delivering the best show they possibly could. Jolliff showed off his prodigious speed and dexterity on “Rambler’s Anthem” before taking the lead vocal on the Aijala penned “Far From You.” The tune was not only a crowd-pleaser, but it gave Allie Kral a chance to show off her comedic timing afterwards. You can check out the tune and the laughs below:After her stand up debut, Kral had the opportunity to showcase another side of her performance skills with an impassioned take on the classic “Son Of A Preacher Man.” Her emotive and husky delivery was perfectly suited to the Dusty Springfield classic. While on the subject of classics, Yonder followed the Kral sultriness with a few of their own, including a second sandwich of the the night, going from “Only A Northern Song” into “Traffic Jam” on into “Fingerprint” before finishing “Traffic Jam” to a deafening reception.The entire night saw incredibly sharp musicianship from the assembled players. Whether it was Kaufmann dropping low full and dirty, Aijala reeling off beautifully flowing leads, Johnston cutting through the sonic soundscapes the three founders clearly relished each moment. Jolliff’s low key demeanor completely belied the fury he unleashed on his mandolin’s fret board while Kral once again defended her crown as the queen of the jam grass fiddlers.Since the theme of the night was variety, Yonder decided to keep the unpredictable vibe going by axing the cables and hearkening back to the roots of bluegrass with an all acoustic three song encore. Leading off with the Kinfolk fave “Criminal,” the band invited the audience to pack it in down front so they could bring the volume down while simultaneously raising the roof. “Loved you Enough” kept the energy high before Kral closed out the night with a second, heart wrenching cover, a desperate and powerful rendition of the Dolly Parton tune “Jolene.”Though Yonder has decades of service to the music world behind them, shows like this clearly illustrate that the best is yet to come! Enjoy a full gallery below, with photographs by Rex Thomson!Setlist: Yonder Mountain String Band | Bijou Theatre | Knoxville, TN | 2/1/17Set 1: Gilpin Swing> Pass This Way> EMD> Pass This Way, Smiles Like She’s Always Been A Friend#, Lunasa#, Rambler’s Anthem, Far From You, Winds Of Wyoming> Mother’s Only Son> Winds Of Wyoming, Near Me, Finally Saw The Light, Son Of A Preacher Man, Only A Northern Song> Traffic Jam> Fingerprint> Traffic Jam> Only A Northern SongEncore: Criminal*, Loved You Enough*, Jolene*#Ben Kaufmann & Adam Aijala acoustic duo*Full Band Acoustic Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Gorillaz Release New Track With Snoop Dogg & Jamie Principle, “Hollywood” [Video]

first_imgIn other news, Gorillaz are gearing up for a busy summer promoting the band’s new album. Over the weekend, the band will perform The Now Now live for the first time during a performance in Tokyo, Japan. Those interested can watch the performance, streamed in cooperation with Boiler Room, on Sunday, June 24th, at 8 p.m. (BST) to get the full concert experience as it happens, or stream it on demand for 24 hours only.The band will also host the first-ever American edition of their lauded Demon Dayz festival, slated for October 20th at Pico Rivera Sports Arena & Grounds in Los Angeles, California. Earlier this month, Gorillaz detailed the lineup for the festival, which also features sets from Erykah Badu, The Internet, DRAM, Little Simz, Kilo Kish, Ana Tijoux, Tony Allen, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Las Cafeteras, and Chulita Vinyl Club.Gorillaz will also perform the North American leg of their The Now Now tour, which run across October and culminate with Demonz Dayz. The tour will kick off on October 8th in Toronto, with scheduled stops in Montreal, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chicago. For more information on their upcoming tour dates, head here, and for more information on Demon Dayz in Los Angeles, head here.Gorillaz Upcoming American Tour Dates:October 8 – Air Canada Centre – TORONTOOctober 9 – Bell Centre – MONTREALOctober 11 – Wells Fargo Center – PHILADELPHIAOctober 13 – Barclays Center – NEW YORKOctober 14 – TD Garden – BOSTONOctober 16 – United Center – CHICAGOOctober 20 – Demon Dayz LA festival – LOS ANGELESView All Tour Dates At the tail end of May, the animated hip-hop group Gorillaz detailed their upcoming album, The Now Now, which is due out on June 29th via Warner Bros. Records and dropped two singles to pair with the announcement. In the time since, the band has added two more singles to the mix, with today’s release of “Hollywood” marking the fifth song released off the new album.The Now Now was produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, who most recently worked with Arctic Monkeys on Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. The album also features three special guest contributors: George Benson, Jamie Principle, and Snoop Dogg. The latter two, Jamie Principle and Snoop, appear together on this latest track, “Hollywood”, which has been performed by the group in concert on multiple occasions since it was officially debuted live in Chile back in March. Principle was on tour with Gorillaz when the song’s demo was recorded, while Snoop Dogg is a longtime collaborator and friend.You can stream Gorillaz’s latest track, “Hollywood”, featuring Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle, below. For more information and to pre-order The Now Now, head here.Gorillaz – “Hollywood” ft. Snoop Dogg & Jamie Principlelast_img read more

ND women to analyze workforce

first_imgSome might think the world of business and corporate heads still belongs to the men, but the Undergraduate Women in Business Club (UWIB) is hoping to challenge this notion with their second annual Women’s Professional Development Conference.The theme of the conference, which will be held on April 17, is “A New Decade, A New Beginning.”“The mission of the Undergraduate Women in Business Club is to foster and encourage women involvement in business,” senior Katie Curtin, the conference chair said. “The conference is meant to advocate empowerment in women.”Registration for the conference, which ends today, is open to students from all majors, something committee and UWIB members say is reflective of the common message of the conference.“We’re trying to reach out to all women who are looking at entering the field of business and this can apply to all majors,” UWIB president senior Staysha Sigler said.Many of the organizers of the conference said part of the purpose of the conference is to challenge the traditional notion there aren’t many women currently in the workforce, something that has significantly changed in the past decade.“It’s a new society that we’re entering and it doesn’t have rules yet,” sophomore committee member Juliet Palko said. “People aren’t used to having as many women in the workforce but it’s progressing.”The conference, which Curtin described as an “education event,” is partly aimed at helping women connect the past “It’s a women’s professional development conference and it focuses on mutual learning between students and successful women in business today,” Curtin said. “It’s about learning from their own experiences in the field.”The conference will feature two keynote speakers: Dean Carolyn Woo of the Mendoza College of Business and Diane Guyas, president of DuPont Performance Polymers.“These are women who are going to talk about what they’ve gone through and help prepare us for this new environment,” Sigler said.While the organizers said the conference is primarily an educational experience, there are also networking opportunities. The 10 companies visiting are ones that Sigler says are supportive of women’s roles in the workplace.“Today, companies are realizing that women are assets,” Sigler said. “There are a lot of opportunities for women that are out there and companies are coming to realize that and utilize them.”With Mendoza College of Business recently being ranked the top business school in the country, Sigler said events such as the Women’s Professional Development Conference are necessary to be worthy of the title.“Other top business schools in the country have workshops like this,” she said. “If we want to step up to the challenge of being the number one business school in the country then we need to keep having events like this and make them bigger and better.”last_img read more

Live Christmas Trees

first_imgContainer-grown or balled-and-burlapped Christmas trees can be planted as landscape trees after the holidays. This is practical in Georgia, where the mild December or early January weather is ideal for tree planting.Rooted trees can stay in the house for only a brief period of time, no more than 7 to 10 days. Longer periods indoors can stress the tree due to warm temperatures, low light levels, and low humidity. Before you select a live tree, make sure it will fit into your landscape as it grows. Most evergreens used as Christmas trees will eventually reach mature heights of 40 to 60 feet. Select a species that is well-suited to the grow conditions in your area. The tree will be inside for a very short time compared to the time it will grow in your landscape. Living trees are very heavy. The necessity to keep the roots constantly moist will make the tree even heavier. Be sure that you can manage to move this much weight around without damaging either the tree or yourself. Container-grown trees are usually lighter and easier to handle than balled-and-burlapped trees. Never carry a tree by the stem or main trunks — the weight of the tree can actually cause the root plate to crack and the tree will die. Only carry trees by lifting the root ball or container. Some evergreens that will thrive throughout northern Georgia are giant arborvitae (Thuja plicata), Virginia Pine, eastern red cedar and other junipers, and varieties of Arizona cypress such as ‘Clemson Greenspire’ and ‘Carolina Sapphire.’ Some interesting choices that will grow throughout the state include the Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica), deodar cedar, atlas cedar, and Hinoki false cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa). White pine, eastern hemlock and spruces will also grow in our upper Piedmont areas when provided some shade during the long, hot summers. Most of these will also grow well in south Georgia, with the exception of white pine, eastern hemlock and spruces.When bringing an evergreen indoors, locate it in as cool a location as possible. Keep it away from heating vents, fireplaces and other heat sources. Use limited numbers of miniature tree lights, as they can further dehydrate the tree. Provide as much natural light as possible. Place the root ball or container in a tub that will hold water. Fill the bottom of the tub with two inches of gravel and place the root ball or container on the gravel. This will keep the tree from sitting in water.  Keep the root ball constantly and evenly moist, but not flooded. A handy technique is to place crushed ice over the top of the root ball. Plant the tree as soon as possible after the holidays. Do not wait until spring.  If the work of bringing a live tree in and out of the house seems excessive, consider planting the tree directly outside and decorating it there. If you buy a tree after Christmas, look for deep discounts at your local garden center.    Select a planting site that has well-drained soil, full sun and enough space to accommodate the tree’s size once fully grown. Plant your tree in a hole that is the same depth, but at least twice as wide as the root ball, and preferably, three times wider. Be sure not to plant the tree too deeply — the root flare at the base of the stem should be slightly above grade. Remove any burlap and wire baskets completely since they can cause root girdling. Also remove containers from container-grown trees and cut and loosen any encircling roots. Fill the hole around the freshly set tree with the loosened, native soil from the planting hole. Do not add any topsoil amendments or compost. Backfill around the root ball in stages by gently firming in each layer of soil.Water the tree well to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Apply 2 to 3 inches of mulch on top of the root ball. It is not necessary to fertilize the tree until after the first growing season. For more information, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Bulletin 932, “Soil Preparation and Planting Procedures for Ornamental Plants in the Landscape,” at read more

4 ways to prepare for growth in 2015

first_img 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anne Legg Anne Legg, founder and principal of THRIVETM Strategic Services THRIVE works with credit unions to develop transformational business strategies from their business insights to grow in a competitive, highly regulated … Web: Details According to the most current CUNA economic forecast, 2015 is supposed to be one of the healthier years in recent times. The US economy is expected to grow 3.25%, with unemployment predicted to fall below 5.5%. This is most like going to keep the federal funds interest rate in the 0.00%- 0.25% range. The continued low rate environment is expected to drive an increase in loan balances to 11% due to release of pent up demand for autos, furniture and appliances. In addition, capital-to-asset ratios are expected to reach a reach a record high of 11.6%Is your credit union prepared to take advantage of this positive environment? Here are four steps you can take to make sure you’re positioned for success.1. Evaluate your auto lending and credit cards.When consumers are ready to make a purchase, make it easy for them to choose you.Take a quick tour of your auto loan process and make certain you have identified and removed any obstacles. An important part of this equation is offering a 24 hour application, approval and funding process. Still asking members to come into a branch to sign loan documents? It’s time to update your technology to include electronic signatures. It’s not that expensive and will pay off in terms of fewer lost loans. Your only other real choice for keeping up with your competitors is to offer to keep your branches open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week…and you would still be less convenient.For credit cards, think about what you can offer that will set you apart. The cards consumers use the most are those that are attractive and rewarding. Consider offering rewards programs that incentivize card use for furniture and appliance purchases. Actively promote your credit card when consumers are most likely to be taking advantage of sales on these types of products (which usually happen in conjunction with major holidays). Streamline your issuing process to get your card in members’ hands sooner. Ensure your application, approval, and funding processes are fast and easy.2. Evaluate your staff.Is your staff ready to help the member get into the auto loan or credit card?Your front line staff should:know what to look for in their review of the member’s account.know what to ask to identify needs and how to position your offer as a solution.collaborate with the back office to provide fluid moments of joy for the member.If there are any areas in your employees’ abilities that you need to iron out, now is a great time to work on it while you build your incentive plan for auto and credit card promotions.3. Evaluate your members.Do you have the tools in place to mine member data from either your core processor or MCIF/CRM to identify who has the most demand for a new auto loan or credit card? Do you know which of your members currently have these products someplace else at much higher rates? Are you able to identify who your members share their wallet with? Thoroughly understanding your members will help you identify the right prospects for your promotional offers, recapture members who are using another provider, and understand who your true competition is.4. Evaluate your channels (branches/website/mobile/phone center).Your members are increasingly engaging with you in the digital space first. This means your website and mobile offerings can no longer simply be boxes you check on the 5300 report, they need to be given serious consideration as the initial engagement channel. This means increasing your spending to get the right functionality in place as well as devoting time and energy to analytics resources. It’s also important to evaluate the flow of the member experience across different channels. Consumers want seamless service –are your channels integrated enough to provide it?We can’t precisely tell you how the 2015 economy will actually perform, but we can tell you that valuable opportunities appear to lie ahead. If you can get your products, people, channels and members aligned for growth, you’ll be ready to have a great year!Econ source:–CUNA-Web-page-features-economic-forecast/last_img read more

India’s New Multimodal Terminal at Sahibganj to Complete Next Month

first_imgThe first phase of India’s new multimodal terminal being built at Sahibganj in Jharkhand on River Ganga will be completed in August this year.This was confirmed by Mansukh Mandaviya, the country’s Minister of State for Shipping and Minister for Chemical and Fertilizers.Part of the Jal Marg Vikas Project, Sahibganj Multimodal Terminal (MMT) is strategically located in the logistic chain of Eastern Transport Corridor of India.Being close to both NH-80 and the Sakrigali railway station, the MMT is expected to boost cargo movement in the area, leading to extensive socio-economic and industrial development of the region.It will also provide an alternative route for Nepal bound cargo and open up international markets for sea trade for landlocked states of Jharkhand and Bihar.The minister further informed that the projected traffic volume of Sahibganj MMT is 2.24 million tonne per annum (MTPA) by 2020-21. Cargoes expected to be handled are stone chips, coal, cement, food grains, fertilizer and sugar.Back in 2016, India awarded the contract for the construction of the terminal to Larson & Toubro (L&T).Once completed, the terminal will have berthing space for two vessels, stockyard for storing, belt conveyor system with fixed hoppers, barge loader, shore protection works, ramps, roads and parking area as well as terminal buildings.last_img read more

Franklin County say 2 have recovered and 2 have tested positive

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County Health Department announced Monday receiving two new positive cases for COVID-19, bringing Franklin County’s totals to 90.  Health Officials also announced that two more patients have recovered and have been released from quarantine, bringing Franklin County’s total of recovered patients to 53.  A family member of a coronavirus patient has been released from quarantine, bringing the number of family members released from quarantine to 38.  “We have been working with other communities, as well as state resources, to develop guidance for businesses to help them prepare to reopen in a manner that is safe for their employees and customers,” stated Emergency Management Director Amy Lindsey.last_img read more

State to start posting long-term care facility COVID-19 info

first_imgStatewide—During Governor Holcomb’s Wednesday press conference, Dr. Dan Rusyniak, chief medical officer for FSSA, announced that the state will begin reporting facility-specific COVID-19 data for long-term care centers. Members of the media have asked for this information since the beginning of the pandemic and Democratic members of the Senate Health Committee sent a letter to the governor urging the reporting of this data and proposing legislation to add such a requirement to state statute. Dr. Rusyniak stated the numbers would be available starting mid-July.last_img read more

Giroud appeal rejected

first_img The France international was dismissed by referee Andre Marriner in the final minute of Saturday’s 1-0 win at Craven Cottage for jumping into a challenge with defender Stanislav Manolev. The Gunners appealed but the FA have upheld the sending off, so Giroud will now miss three of the final four matches of the Barclays Premier League season – starting against Manchester United on Sunday. A statement from the FA read: “Following a Regulatory Commission hearing today, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has had his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected. “Giroud was dismissed for serious foul play during his side’s game against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday 20 April 2013. “The player’s three-match suspension will therefore commence with immediate effect.” The loss of Giroud is certainly a blow to Arsene Wenger’s squad as they look to lockdown Champions League qualification, the £13million summer signing from Montpellier having scored 17 goals. Arsenal retain a slender one-point lead over fourth-placed Chelsea and are two ahead of north London rivals Tottenham, albeit having played a match more. Gunners boss Wenger will now have to rethink his attacking options for crucial games against United, then at QPR and home to Wigan before Giroud will be eligible again on the final day at Newcastle. Theo Walcott is one option for a central striker, and is currently leading scorer with 18, while German international Lukas Podolski is another who has been pressing for a start down the middle, looking to add to a tally of 14. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud must serve a three-match suspension after the Football Association rejected his claim of wrongful dismissal for a red card at Fulham.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more