Members Of The Original Meters, Lettuce To Bring ‘Foundation of Funk’ To NYC

first_imgLegendary funkmasters across generations will come together on Friday, May 20th at Brooklyn’s The Hall at MP to play the music of one of the most important bands in the history of funk: The Meters. With a band consisting of original Meters members, as well as special guests from Lettuce, the funk is strong with this one. Get tickets here with presale code L4LM.The lineup features original Meters members George Porter Jr. on bass and Zigaboo Modeliste on drums, joined by Lettuce & Soulive’s Eric Krasno on guitar and Neal Evans on keys. These funk giants represent some of the most prolific musicians of their time, and the opportunity to see them come together and perform the music that started it all will be a truly special experience.Members of Dumpstaphunk and the New Mastersounds have collaborated on past Foundation of Funk lineups. The addition of the Lettuce cats will certainly make it extra funky!Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 11th right here. **Get them now with presale code L4LM**last_img read more

Watch These Child Prodigies ‘Heal The World’ With Tribute To Michael Jackson

first_imgThere’s something awe inspiring about watching a young musician with an incredible musical talent. The world music group Maati Baani decided to harness that sheer awesomeness for good, recruiting dozens of impressive youngsters for a “Heal The World” tribute to the Prince of Pop himself, Michael Jackson.On what would have been MJ’s 58th birthday, Maati Baani put together this great video featuring a bastion of musical prodigies covering the classic tune. “Heal The World” comes to life with the voices of a new generation – not to mention the guitarwork from School of Rock guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.Watch this touching new video, streaming below.last_img read more

Rotten fuel

first_imgUniversity of Georgia researcher Gary Hawkins looks at rotting fruits and vegetables differently than most people. Where they may see useless balls of moldy fuzz, he sees fuel.As they break down, fruits and vegetables can be harvested for methane, or natural gas, he said. This gas can be used to heat greenhouses, shops or homes. It can also fuel electricity-producing generators or can be used to heat areas where vegetables need to be cured.Giving fruit and vegetable growers and packing houses the ability to produce their own natural gas – both easily and affordably – is one of Hawkins’s goals. The other is to see waste put to good use.“If we can get the process down, packers and producers should be able to make money off of it,” said Hawkins, a pollution prevention and alternative energy specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.He’s got plenty of produce to work with. In Georgia, fruit and vegetable growers harvested 390 million pounds of produce in 2007, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Up to 8 percent, or 31.2 million pounds, of that was discarded at packing houses.And packing houses aren’t the only sources for produce. About half of the fruits and vegetables grown in Georgia each year are left in fields after the harvest ends.Testing produceNot all produce is created equal when it comes to methane-producing potential. On the vegetable side, onions have the highest energy density and have the potential to produce the most methane. On the fruit side, blueberries are the winners from those tested by Hawkins.Georgians grew 13,839 acres of onions in 16 counties in 2007, according to the Georgia Farm Gate Value Report. They grew 10,664 acres of blueberries that same year.The energy from the onions discarded by packing houses in Georgia each year is enough to provide electricity for 15 houses annually.Despite their high standing as one of the top three vegetables in the world, tomatoes were a disappointment when it came to their fuel-producing potential. The energy from all the discarded tomatoes in Georgia each year would only power one house annually.The processHawkins uses a process called anaerobic digestion to get fruits and vegetables to give up their fuel. Anaerobic digesters are containers that are void of oxygen and contain bacteria, kind of like large stomachs where fruits and vegetables decompose and methane forms.Hawkins has to be careful how much produce he puts in the anaerobic digesters.“We will kill it if we put too much in there,” he said. “A pH below 4.5 kills the system. The bacteria get obese, overeat and kill themselves.”Anaerobic digesters have to be fed a steady stream of produce or the bacteria in them die. Changing the amount or kind of material fed to the digesters frequently can cause too much acid, and the increased acid level will kill the bacteria.Besides researching fruits and vegetables, Sarahi Garcia, one of Hawkins’ graduate students, is working with CAES engineer K.C. Das and UGA microbiologist William B. Whitman to find better specific anaerobic bacterium. She is looking at bacteria found in cow rumen, the Okefenokee Swamp, ponds and botanical gardens.“If she can isolate a better bacterium, we can start the digester doing what it’s supposed to be doing faster,” Hawkins said.Smell control“If a digester goes bad, it smells real bad,” he said.A well-run digester has an odor, but it’s not overwhelming. And it’s definitely better than the smell of produce rotting in the field.“Digesters are a good way to reduce odor around farms,” Hawkins said.They’re also a good way to reduce rotten-produce runoff, which can pollute waterways if not cared for properly.Eventual goalsHawkins imagines a day when there’s the potential to have digesters in areas where produce fuel sources are plentiful. The sources may include high-density packing houses or a combination of packing houses and other organic waste like yard debris.With culled fruits and vegetables flowing in all year, they’d have a steady stream to feed their anaerobic digesters – and a steady stream of heat and electricity to power their packing houses.last_img read more

Peach Crop

first_imgLast year’s summer peach crop was disastrous, but Georgia’s peach crop rebounded this summer following colder temperatures in December and January, according to Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Taylor and Peach counties.“We were very optimistic this winter, but then we kind of got our feelings hurt because of that late-season freeze in March. But I will say that everybody is excited about having a lot more peaches this year than last year,” Cook said.The mild winter in 2017 contributed to an 80 percent loss of Georgia’s peach crop. Cook estimated that about 70 percent of those losses could be attributed to a lack of chill hours.Peaches need chill hours with temperatures between 32 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit to mature. Most trees need between 900 and 1,000 chill hours.Peaches require chill hours to grow, though temperatures that dip below freezing can also hurt the quality of the crop. Peach trees bloom in early to mid-March, so late-season freezes can also damage the crop. According to Cook, a late-season freeze affected this year’s crop.“We started the season with low volume, but now that we are into our high-chill-hour peaches, that volume is picking up with good quality and size,” he said.Georgia peach farmer Lee Dickey manages a farm in Crawford County, Georgia, that covers approximately 1,000 acres. He has been pleased with the early-season varieties that account for 25 to 30 percent of his entire crop.“I think that, although we had good chill hours, the quality of the chill this year was not great. We had a lot of hours below 45 degrees and also had a lot of chill below 32 (degrees), which is not ideal,” Dickey said. “I think some growers in places, certainly south of us, have seen some chill issues this year, but that’s relatively small compared to damage from the freeze.”Dickey was one of many Georgia peach producers who suffered through a warm winter with last season’s crop. The lack of cold temperatures was a big reason Dickey harvested only about 20 percent of his standard crop.Cook has seen cases of bacterial spot disease in many varieties this year. He said it is not something growers experience every year with every variety, but it is a lot more widespread this summer.“Right now, mainly all we’re seeing are leaf spots and some defoliation. We’re not seeing too much on the fruit,” Cook said.Bacterial spot is a sporadic leaf-spot disease that can cause defoliation in certain cultivars. Spots can also appear on the fruit, causing damage and leaving fruit unmarketable.For more information about growing peaches in Georgia, visit read more

Unemployment benefits increase slows for the week

first_imgWeek Ending January 3, 2009: There were 1,730 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 878 from the week before.  Altogether 15,600 new and continuing claims were filed, 1,919 more than a week ago and 3,802 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 2,267 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, an increase of 30 from last week.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external)Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)last_img read more

Wisconsin regulators approve Badger Hollow project, largest PV plant in Midwest

first_imgWisconsin regulators approve Badger Hollow project, largest PV plant in Midwest FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Milwaukee Daily Reporter:Wisconsin utility regulators on Thursday approved a series of solar-energy proposals that renewable-energy advocates contend will lead to a five-fold increase in solar generation in the state.Biggest of the projects is the Badger Hollow Solar Farm, which promises to bring 300 megawatts of generation to Iowa County and be the biggest solar project in the Midwest when completed. According to plans approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, power from the Badger Hollow farm will be sent through a “tie line” to a nearby substation and, from there, into electrical grid serving southwest Wisconsin.Also approved was the Two Creeks Solar Project, which will have 150 megawatts of generation installed in Manitowoc County. Both projects are expected to be finished by the middle of 2021.Under a third proposal accepted by regulators on Thursday, the Two Creeks project will eventually be sold in its entirety to two Wisconsin utilities – Wisconsin Public Service in Green Bay and Madison Gas & Electric in Madison. The same approval will let those same two companies acquire a 150-megawatt share of the Badger Hollow farm.The renewable-energy group RENEW Wisconsin estimates the state had 103 megawatts of solar generation by the end of 2018. The projects approved on Thursday would add 450 megawatts to that, enough to supply 1.3 percent of the power used annually in Wisconsin.More: Regulators OK projects promising to increase solar generation five foldlast_img read more

It’s Middle District Bar renewal time

first_img It’s Middle District Bar renewal time The annual membership renewal period for the U.S. Distrcit Court for the Middle District of Florida Bar in now open and closes June 30.To maintain active membership in the Bar of the Middle District of Florida, active attorneys must submit a renewal form and a check for $10. Forms and instructions have been mailed to all active members, are available on the court’s Web site at, and at the divisional offices’ intake areas. All forms must be completely filled out and mailed in the pre-addressed envelope provided to the post office box indicated on the form, along with a check for $10. Forms and checks will not be accepted at the courthouse. Payment must be in U.S. currency and the check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank made payable to the Clerk, U.S. District Court.In accordance with Rule 2.01, all existing members of Middle District Bar are required to pay to the clerk an annual renewal fee of $10. Persons admitted during the first six months of any given year are not required to renew their membership until June of the succeeding year.Members of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida’s Bar who failed to renew his/her membership as required for the period July 1, 2004, to June 30, are no longer considered to be in good standing with the court, and must apply for new membership at a cost of $165 before they may practice in the Middle District of Florida. More specific information may be found on the Court’s Web site in the “Attorney Resources” section. June 15, 2005 Regular News It’s Middle District Bar renewal timelast_img read more

Suffolk’s Foley Nursing Home Closure Incites Anger, Sadness and Suspicion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York – BELLONE BACKTRACKING ON CAMPAIGN PLEDGE, CHARGE CRITICS– PATIENTS FORCED OUT– NEW QUESTIONS ARISE OVER SQUASHED SALERich Phillips didn’t let his cerebral palsy keep him confined to the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank; he’d often roll his wheelchair to a nearby 7-Eleven, or even Suffolk County police headquarters down the road. But when he was discharged to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in March, under an edict by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s administration to vacate the county’s nursing home, it was the last straw for the 51-year-old former electronics salesman.Phillips died in April.“He was told by one of the staff at John J. that he wasn’t coming back to the only place he’s known as his home for the last 20 years,” says Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr., the Republican minority leader of the Suffolk Legislature. “You don’t have to be Marie Curie to figure out that if you give somebody no reason to live, he’s not going to live.”Over the years Kennedy has clashed with two county executives to keep Foley open: Bellone, a Democrat, and his predecessor Steve Levy, a Democrat-turned-Republican. But the 264-bed public facility is now on track to be empty by June 30.According to the county, as of May 28, 126 patients have been discharged to other facilities and 66 patients remain. As for the staff, about 160 are left from the peak of 310 workers a few years ago.“The only thing worse than the closure of this facility would be to continue to ask taxpayers to subsidize this facility to the tune of millions of dollars, at a time when we have no money,” said Bellone in a statement. Suffolk is facing an estimated $250 million budget gap in 2014. He has said the facility loses more than $1 million a month.Time has run out for the Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank, which Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone will close by the end of June. He won’t have to worry about what happens to residents like Rich Phillips, shown above in 2011, who died in April. Richard Smith, left, remains there for now.(Spencer Rumsey/Long Island Press)During a recent unauthorized visit to Foley, I met with staff and patients who were fearfully counting their last days. A cart loaded with boxes—presumably representing a patient’s sole personal possessions—waited forlornly in the lobby by the front door. A frazzled nurse getting onto an elevator told visitors, with a sigh, he was “still hanging in there.” That man was from a contracting agency, so his job was safe for now at least, but county employees are being laid off in violation of the collective bargaining agreement, according to Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), one of the few legislators outspokenly opposing the closure.Another harried worker who was afraid of retribution told me resignedly, “Morale is horrible. We’re like walking zombies. Then 20 minutes before your shift ends, they give you a termination letter: ‘Goodbye!’”Some patients complained to Browning that they were being shown private nursing homes that smelled of urine. Others were being hustled off in taxis to destinations unknown or unwelcome; one was reportedly told that “you should go there because nobody else wants you.” All because the New York State health department is coming in June 18 with a mandate to expedite the closure on Bellone’s behalf.“I’m a moderate Republican,” says Kennedy, who spoke with a mixture of sadness and outrage about how Bellone has handled this facility. “There’s nothing there as far as a core set of values, a core set of beliefs, and at the end of the day, everything’s for sale.”Bellone begged to differ.“I would not support the sale of this facility nor, I am confident, would a majority of this legislature, if it was providing a service to people who could not be served in the private sector,” he said. “I believe that is what government is here to do: those things which the private sector is unable or unwilling to do. That was not the case here.  The private sector is not only fully capable of providing this service, they can do it better than we can.”Paul Sabatino, Levy’s former deputy and the former counsel for the Suffolk Legislature, doesn’t buy it.“A government service is not run to generate a surplus or a so-called profit,” he counters. Now in private practice, he filed a lawsuit on behalf of Browning, Kennedy and the nursing home’s union to block the sale. Sabatino cited the Suffolk Legislature’s independent Budget Review Office’s finding in 2012 that the county’s annual subsidy for the nursing home when occupancy is 95 percent would be between $3 million and $5 million.“All county departments and functions are subsidized by county tax dollars,” Sabatino says. “For example, the Suffolk County Police District has received $662 million from the county over the past decade but nobody seriously suggests that we’re now going to privatize and sell off that police department!”Last year Bellone announced an agreement to sell the Foley facility for $23 million to Sam and Israel Sherman, who own 13 nursing homes in New York State, including SunHarbor Manor in Roslyn. But the union objected to the sale and later rejected a compromise leasing arrangement that would have guaranteed their jobs for 18 months. So Bellone commenced the closure. On June 7, the Shermans are supposed to produce documents in court showing that the contract has been cancelled.Levy, Bellone’s predecessor, had tried to sell the facility for $36 million to private nursing home operator Kenneth Rozenberg.Before Bellone launched his campaign in 2011, he had sent Foley residents a letter expressing his “commitment to your care and well-being.” Tellingly, he added, “I have been troubled to watch as your home has been made into a political football for the advancement of political interests, while you are left in the dark about what the next weeks, months and years will bring.”A Cure Worse Than the Disease“He was going to be our savior!” says Richard R. Smith with a sardonic chuckle, waving Bellone’s letter in one hand and clutching his wheelchair with the other. The 6-foot-1 former carpenter from Shelter Island, who has severe emphysema, came to the facility in an ambulance four years ago when he weighed 98 pounds.“When I arrived here, they didn’t think I was going to last a week,” says Smith, now 62 and 150 pounds. “This place saved my life—that’s why I’m so vehement about what’s going on.”Recently he had suffered an episode when he couldn’t breathe and his temperature was running high, but he resisted going to another hospital’s emergency room because “I know that I ain’t coming back!” The so-called “transfer trauma” that shortened Rich Phillips’ life remains a constant concern for Foley’s remaining residents.As for Bellone’s previous promise, Smith handed me a statement he’d drafted, which read, in part: “We have gone beyond [Bellone] being troubled by us being used as a political football and have been punted right out of the stadium.”Bellone’s Foley letter shows how far his policy has evolved.“If I am fortunate enough to be elected County Executive,” Bellone had written, “I am committed to working closely with your representatives, such as my good friend Kate Browning in the County Legislature and the Foley staff to ensure that your care is the foremost concern as we determine what actions need to be taken regarding the facility’s management.”Browning scoffs at that today.“There’s been no desire since day one to work with me and John Kennedy to save the nursing home,” she says. “It cost $42 million to build and now you’re selling it for $23 million? Would you do that with your own house?!”Sabatino saw something worse than bad arithmetic in Bellone’s attempt to sell the county building to the Shermans.“There’s no element of this transaction that could withstand legal scrutiny,” he says. “It was the most corrupt I’ve seen in county government since the car-leasing scandals in 1994…. Quite frankly, the Bellone administration owes a debt of gratitude to Kennedy, Browning and the union for stopping this transaction from going forward, because had it actually been consummated, my belief is that people would have wound up in jail.”Sabatino mentioned how the county had signed a contract with the Shermans on July 30 last year to sell Foley “as is,” yet got the legislature to pass a resolution on Aug. 21 that would have given the buyers $1,013,886 to “correct” any heating, plumbing or electric problems. Kennedy referred to the administration’s pledge to pay the Shermans’ costs in getting a variance from the Brookhaven Zoning Board—a favor that the county wasn’t going to extend to another bidder, according to Browning. She referred to the administration’s pressuring the legislature to change the two-thirds voting requirement so a simple majority could approve the sale of a public asset—a precedent that other counties upstate are citing to dump their nursing homes, she said. Perhaps the oddest of all, Browning said, was seeing videotape of Bellone’s top people “opening doors and sneaking” the Shermans into the H. Lee Dennison Building after the security guard at the front desk had gone for the night, presumably to meet with the county executive on the top floor.“This was a sweetheart deal,” she says, adamantly.Bellone says he’s just doing his duty to lift the burden off Suffolk taxpayers.“How do we tell working families who have lost child-care subsidies because of cuts we have made in this fiscal crisis that we will continue to spend their tax dollars to subsidize this facility?” he asks.That’s a question that Rich Phillips will never have to answer.last_img read more

Hamptons style is the new buzz word in renovations

first_img63 Amy St, Hawthorne. Picture: 700sq m home is on a 931sq m block. It has high ceilings and a sweeping timber staircase in the entrance. There is French oak parquetry flooring, and an open-plan living and dining area with gas fireplace.Sliding glass doors extend the length of the living area and open to a rear patio and backyard. Outdoors is a built-in barbecue, wet bar and a wine fridge.The ground level has a media room and a large family bathroom has floor-to-ceiling white tiles and marble appointments.NGU’s new build at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane, has Hamptons style down pat. 49 Booligal St, Carina. Picture: property has a dark exterior with crisp white trims and a front picket fence.The kitchen has stone benchtops, designer pendant lighting, custom cabinetry and a walk-in pantry.Elsewhere, 63 Amy St, Hawthorne, listed by Sarah Hackett from Place Bulimba, has the typical Hamptons muted tones. The five-bedroom house is owned by designers and builders who left no detail to chance. Soft, muted tones at 114 Mein St, HendraAt Carina, Anne-Maree Russell from Cape Cod Residential is marketing a new two-level, Hamptons-style home at 49 Booligal St. It has an entertainment deck, four bedrooms, a private study area and family retreat upstairs. 114 Mein St, Hendra is finished in a classic Hamptons style colour paletteHAMPTONS  style is the latest buzzword in renovations, and this home type is perfectly suited to the Brisbane climate.According to Inside Out magazine, Hamptons style is typified by “oversized spaces, high loft ceilings and classic, muted colour palettes’’. Paint colours are generally white, grey or in muted beige tones, both inside and out, and you’d be hard pressed to find any overly bright furnishings.Timber is usually prominent and the homes draw on plenty of natural light.More reno inspo…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTurn two old chairs into a rustic table01:51 Related videos 01:51Turn two old chairs into a rustic table03:24Bring the coastal vibes to your outdoor area06:59River Shack Ep. 1: caravan conversion02:07Lana’s Dream Home: ensuite03:45How to change a tap fitting06:39Lana’s Dream Home: Ep 1We’ve scoured Brisbane listings to find some of the best Hamptons-style homes on offer at the moment.A home at 114 Mein St, Hendra, listed for auction on July 22 with Leigh Kortlang from Ray White Ascot.center_img 114 Mein St, HendraThe colour scheme of the five-bedroom home fits perfectly in with the typical Hamptons tones. It is on a 503sq m block and backs onto the racecourse.The home has plenty of natural light and the open floorplan runs across two levels and flows to outdoor entertainment areas.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe biggest “pop of colour’’ at 114 Mein St, Hendra is the nearby racetrack.Interior features include French oak flooring and plush carpets. There is a 793-bottle wine cellar in the formal living area and a grand staircase to the second level. 7 Ashfield, St East Brisbane has Hamptons style down pat.Almost three hundred people turned out for its first open home. The five-bedroom home in grey and white tones is listed through Emil Juresic of NGU Real Estate Head office — Toowong.It has two wine cellars, smart wiring technology worth more than $100,000 and oversized travertine stone tiles.last_img read more

U.S. gives nod for exports from offshore LNG terminal

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Energy has approved a long-term application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the first offshore project, Delfin LNG, LLC (Delfin).Exports in the amount of 1.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas are approved from Delfin’s proposed offshore Louisiana floating LNG terminal in the Gulf of Mexico.Development of the Delfin project offshore of Cameron Parish, Louisiana will include the construction of floating liquefaction and storage vessels. Due to its offshore location, the environmental review of Delfin was led by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the U.S. Coast Guard.U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said: “I am pleased that with this authorization the Administration can continue to strengthen the United States as a dominant energy force with further exports of our abundant amounts of natural gas. Investing in American natural gas not only helps our economy and our jobs, but also helps our allies maintain their energy security. This represents a true win-win for everyone involved.”The Energy Department said it conducted an extensive review of the Delfin LNG, LLC application. Among other factors, the Department said considered the economic, energy security, and environmental impacts, including macroeconomic studies that showed positive benefits to the U.S. economy in scenarios with LNG exports up to 28 Bcf/d.The Department determined that exports from the Delfin LNG terminal, jointly owned by the India and Singapore-based Fairwood Group and the U.S.-based Peninsula group, for a period of 20 years, was not inconsistent with the public interest.last_img read more