Joe Russo’s Almost Dead To Play Six Nights At Brooklyn Bowl, Half With Oteil Burbridge

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead has announced a whopping six shows at Brooklyn Bowl for this March. Spread out over two weekends, the band will first hit the Bowl on March 9th-11th with their core lineup of Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger. The following weekend, March 16th-18th, Almost Dead will return to the Bowl, this time with beloved Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge filling in for Dreiwitz, who will be performing with Ween in Chicago that weekend.With no Bowlive in sight for this spring, it seems that the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has now officially replaced Soulive as the annual spring house band at Brooklyn Bowl. This band always delivers the goods at their “home venue”, and one can only imagine how much they’ll be able to stretch things out with six nights to play around with. Fans of the Grateful Dead should be extremely excited for this sure-to-be-incredible run of shows!Thre will be a pre-sale on Wednesday, Jan 4th at 2:00PM, with regular tickets going on sale for all six shows on Friday, January 6th. Find out all the info you need at the Brooklyn Bowl website.last_img read more

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King Charles III’s Lydia Wilson on Pinterest Passion & Royal ‘Fancy Stuff’

first_img View Comments Age: 31Hometown: London, EnglandCurrent Role: A double-take-inducing performance as Kate (a.k.a. the Duchess of Cambridge) in the Broadway transfer of the Olivier Award-winning King Charles III, which imagines a world in which Queen Elizabeth II is dead and the royal family is in a state of turmoil.Stage and Screen Cred: Wilson has many stage credits across the pond, including Blasted, The Heretic, The Acid Test, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Hysteria. Her screen credits include South Riding, Misfits, Never Let Me Go, About Time, Hereafter and the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016 Related Shows King Charles IIIlast_img

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17 Irritating weedy vines

first_imgWeedy vines in the landscape can cause mayhem for even the most proficient gardeners. Among the worst are greenbrier, honeysuckle, Virginia creeper and poison ivy.The culpritsGreenbrier (Smilax species) is native to North America. It’s related to day lilies, lilies and yucca, but all Smilax species are vines. They all have extensive underground rhizome tuber systems. Most have thorns. The plants can be male or female, and females bear black, blue or red fruits.Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is a semievergreen vine. Of the 16 to 20 species of Lonicera, only a handful are climbing vines. Most of the vines have woody rhizomes that can be hard to remove. Honeysuckle, has two types of leaves and flowers that produce a wonderful nectar.Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is native and related to grapes and porcelain vine. It grows much like grape vines and can form mass thickets. When not being weedy, Virginia creeper is known for its outstanding fall color.Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is a clinging, twining vine. Most people recognize it by the old adage, “Leaves in three, leave it be!” It can produce an extensive, hard-to-remove, underground rhizome system. The plant produces an alcohol-like substance that can cause severe skin reactions, so beware when trying to remove it by hand.How’d they get into my shrubs?Many other woody vines can be weedy. But these four all have fleshy fruit that birds relish. When the fruits ripen, birds eat them and can deposit the seeds in the crown of ornamental shrubs.Seeds that pass through the bird and germinate can get a good foothold before showing up. Once they’re visibly growing inside prized shrubs, most gardeners clip out the intruder. Occasionally, this works. More often, though, the vine will keep coming back like an irritating in-law.Eliminating vines can be difficultIf pruning fails, you can always try to physically remove the plant. This often won’t be an option, though, because the vine will have emerged from the center of the shrub. Plants like smilax have an extensive underground rhizome tuber system, too. This makes digging the plant out impossible in such close quarters.With these options exhausted, you can either try to enjoy your newfound resident or consider using herbicides. Many herbicides are labeled for the control of these vines. Most, however, can’t be applied near desirable ornamentals.One herbicide, glyphosate (sold under the name “Roundup,” “Razor” and others), can be used in many ways. Here are two of the best. When the plant is fully leafed out (late April to late October), unravel the vine from the desirable plant. If you’re doing this with poison ivy, wear gloves and a long-sleeve shirt. Remove as little of the vine as possible, and be careful not to break any stems. Lay the vine on some bare ground or on a piece of plastic. Spray or sponge-apply a 5-percent solution of glyphosate. Make sure the product you use to make the 5-percent spray solution contains 41 percent or greater active-ingredient glyphosate. Be careful not to spray or let the solution drift onto desirable foliage or bark. Allow the vine to sit for 48 hours. Then cut the stem back to the ground. If the treated vine starts to regrow, spray or wipe a 5-percent glyphosate solution to the sprouts when they’re 6 to 8 inches tall. If the weedy vine can’t be unraveled from the desirable shrub, cut it as close to the ground as you can and immediately paint concentrated glyphosate on the cut stem. (Make sure it’s 41-percent or more glyphosate.) If the plant regrows, sponge on or spray a 5-percent glyphosate solution when the sprouts are 6 to 8 inches tall. By Mark Czarnota University of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 17last_img read more

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Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Assesses Hurricane Matthew Damage in Haiti

first_imgBy Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Public Affairs October 10, 2016 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (NNS) — Rear Adm. Roy I. Kitchener, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2, flew over Haiti Oct. 9, to assess damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. The amphibious transport docking ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) arrived Sunday after departing Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 5 to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Kitchener met with U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Peter F. Mulrean, who is helping to coordinate relief efforts across many governmental and non-governmental organizations and agencies. Mulrean visited Mesa Verde to learn about the ship’s capabilities and to meet the ship’s Sailors and the Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) which are embarked. “ESG-2, Mesa Verde and the 24th MEU are part of a larger U.S. response to the government of Haiti’s request for humanitarian assistance,” said Kitchener. “The U.S. effort is coordinated by the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). We are here to do our part in the larger relief effort to help the people of Haiti after this devastating hurricane.” Kitchener also met with Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle, commander of Joint Task Force Matthew, members of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti and Brazilian Forces to discuss their combined efforts. “We are committed to working closely with our international partners to provide Haitians with the support they need,” added Kitchener. The U.S. military has a history of supporting USAID-led relief missions and working with international relief organizations and host countries to aid those afflicted by disasters. Another ESG 2 ship, the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) deployed Saturday to assist and is expected to arrive in Haiti later this week. — U.S. SOUTHCOM PAO Update on the U.S. Military Hurricane Matthew relief in Haiti: – U.S. military has delivered more than 98,000 pounds of aid so far. – USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) supporting mission off coast of Haiti. – 12 helicopters & 1 landing craft supporting mission. – USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), with 500 Marines, aircraft, landing craft and 225 pallets of aid, steaming toward Haiti.last_img read more

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10 top tips to develop young leaders

first_imgOn oversized Post-It Notes in board rooms all over the country you’ll often see something about the need to develop young leaders.But as the old Scottish proverb goes,If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.In other words, it’s going to take more than hoping and wishing that our respective organizations’ young leaders develop into great leaders. Something — a lot of things, really — have to happen in order for young leaders to realize their potential.What are some of those things, and how can we as organizations and leaders do our part to develop young leaders? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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Federal Reserve Chair warns of a possible sustained recession from pandemic

first_imgBut there still could be widespread bankruptcies among small business and extended unemployment for many. WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the threat of a prolonged recession remains and urged Congress and the White House to act further to prevent long-term economic damage from the viral outbreak. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.center_img Both the Fed and Congress have taken dramatic steps to counter the economic downturn resulting from the widespread shutdown of the U.S. economy, Powell said Wednesday. last_img

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Panasonic addresses speculation over employee pandemic order

first_imgFeb 12, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A spokesman for Panasonic Corp. said today that the company had no proprietary information about any increased risk of an influenza pandemic in December 2008 when it instructed some of its overseas employees to send their families back to Japan by September.Jim Reilly, a Panasonic spokesman based in New York City, also denied speculation that the company ordered the families to return to Japan as a cost-saving measure to mitigate the effects of the global economic downturn.However, he told CIDRAP News that the company realizes its move may seem unusual, given that they are the first major company to enact such a pandemic planning measure. “They realize that there are different perceptions around the world,” Reilly said of Panasonic officials.No change in pandemic riskMasato Tashiro, MD, PhD, a virologist at Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases and a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), told CIDRAP News that he hasn’t seen any increase in the global pandemic risk. “As far as I understand, the recent situation of poultry outbreaks and human infections in China is within our prediction,” he said.Panasonic said its request to the employees was based on a review of where the H5N1 virus has been detected and an assessment of medical facilities in the areas, according to previous reports.The regions that were named align with its operational divisions, Reilly said. He reiterated that Japanese employees have been asked to return send their families back from Asia (except Singapore), China, the Middle East, Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (the former Soviet republic states), and Latin America. Divisions that aren’t subject to the repatriation request include North America, Western Europe, and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand).He said it was difficult to determine how many people are affected, but he said, for example, that Panasonic has 60 factories and about 100,000 employees in China. The company has 307,000 employees worldwide, including 13,500 in North America.Panasonic gave the affected employee families several months to make their moving arrangements, because Japanese families aren’t typically as mobile as those in other countries, Reilly said. Making new living and school arrangements might be more complicated and take longer, because families don’t frequently make such adjustments.Importance of business preparednessOne element of Japanese culture is that the country is very prepared to address natural disasters, Reilly said. “People from outside of Japan are always impressed when they see lots of information on what to do about earthquakes,” he said, alluding to a 1995 earthquake centered in Kobe that killed nearly 6,500 people and one in 1923 that killed 140,000.”Companies know the importance of continuing business,” he said.Japan’s pandemic plan, posted on the health ministry’s Web site, contains 14 pages of guidance on business preparedness. It urges employers to consider options for evacuating employees and their families assigned overseas in regions that experience pandemic outbreaks, minimizing travel to outbreak areas, and ensuring that returning employees and families follow quarantine guidelines.William Raisch, executive director of the New York University International Center for Enterprise Preparedness, told CIDRAP News that Panasonic’s action shows that some of the largest corporations still see a pandemic as a continuing and real threat.”Further, this announcement by Panasonic indicates that they are actively monitoring the prevalence of bird flu and have begun to assess the capability and access to healthcare in key elements of their supply and distribution networks,” said Raisch, who is an editorial board member of the CIDRAP Business Source.Earlier this month, Japan’s defense ministry said it had developed a plan to fly Japanese citizens in foreign lands home in government-chartered jets in the event of an influenza pandemic, the Yomiuri Shimbun, an English-language newspaper in Japan, reported on Feb 4.Strict quarantine, mass cremationThe country’s health ministry today announced some new details of its pandemic plan, which includes strict quarantine measures such as shutting down all but four airports and three ports, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Other plans include closing schools and conducting mass cremation of pandemic flu fatalities.The ministry said, “It is important to delay as much as possible the virus’ entry through measures such as strengthening quarantine to take advantage of the special qualities of our nation as an island nation,” according to the AP report.Some pandemic flu experts have said that closing borders won’t stem the spread of a pandemic virus and could hamper the flow of crucial supplies.Health minister Yosuke Yamaki told the AP that Japan is updating its pandemic plan, based on public feedback collected in recent weeks.See also:Feb 10 CIDRAP News story “Panasonic’s pandemic-related move fuels questions, concern”last_img read more

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Police capture alleged masterminds behind Kalimantan police station terror attack

first_imgTA, 24, was caught in Banjarbaru regency in the province on Friday. “TA knew about and co-planned the attack [on the South Daha Police Station],” said National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Awi Setiyono as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.Later on Friday, Densus 88 captured AS, 33, in Tanah Bumbu regency.Read also: Indonesia: Perennial issue of terrorist recidivism The Indonesian National Police have apprehended two alleged masterminds, identified as TA and AS, behind a terror attack on a police station in South Daha district, South Kalimantan.The two were captured on Friday by the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad. According to the police, they were members of the South Kalimantan branch of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an Islamic State-linked extremist group responsible for a string of attacks, including suicide bombings at churches in Surabaya in 2018, which killed a dozen people. In addition to knowing about and co-planning the attack, the two masterminds allegedly had other roles.Awi said TA provided funding to make a sharp weapon that looked like a katana, which was used during the attack by AR, who was shot dead by the police while attacking.“TA formed a small team in the JAD, providing money worth Rp 500,000 [US$35.49] to make the [sword],” Awi said.TA also received the bai’at (pledge of allegiance) from five South Kalimantan JAD members, namely MZ, AR, AS, AN and MR. Meanwhile, AS planned the attack, which was to be delivered by the amaliyah (jihad operation) team.On June 1, a sword-wielding militant killed an Indonesian policeman and critically injured another in what authorities described as a suspected IS-linked attack, AFP reported.The National Police initially said there were two attackers, but local authorities later said that only AR attacked directly.Read also: errorist group attacks Central Sulawesi village, killing police officer”One police officer was killed and the attacker also died,” South Hulu Sungai police chief Dedy Eka Jaya told AFP.On the day of the attack, AR set a car on fire outside the police post, Jaya said.”When [the car] exploded, one of the officers came out of the station to check the situation, and that was when the initial attack started,” he added.The deceased police officer, identified as Leonardo Latupapua, received an honorary award in the form of a promotion in the National Police after the incident. He died after being injured with the sharp weapon, kompas.com reported.The police shot AR dead on the scene and confiscated the sword, a Quran, a handwritten letter calling for jihad and a flag bearing the tawhid, the Muslim expression of the belief in Allah as the one and only God, AFP reported.According to the police’s investigation, AR was exposed to radicalism on the internet. Authorities said that AR had been receiving aid from other terrorists even though he was a lone wolf. (asp)Topics :last_img read more

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What Medicaid Means to Xavier’s Family

first_img Healthcare,  National Issues,  Public Health,  The Blog Today, we are sharing the second in a series of stories about what Medicaid has meant for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.Xavier was born in 2011 with a congenital heart defect. At six-months old he had already reached his lifetime cap. When Jackie, his mom, tried to get health insurance for him, she was turned down over and over again.Xavier’s family moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where Xavier qualified for Medicaid.Medicaid has allowed Xavier’s parents Jackie and Nate to care for him at home and send him to school. Xavier is one of 1.2 million children in Pennsylvania that receive health care through Medicaid.Jackie and Nate didn’t plan to have a baby who was going to need care like this. But he’s here, and he’s thriving with his care. If Xavier loses his coverage, Jackie and Nate would not be able to pay for his care.Like Jackie and Nate, the first thing many parents of a child with disabilities think about when they wake up and the last thing they think about at night is their child’s care and well-being.Governor Wolf is fighting for these parents and the many other Pennsylvanians who wonder every day if their care will be taken away or what will happen if Washington doesn’t do something to make their care more affordable. The Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect — but Washington should be working on reforms to make care more affordable, not less.Please watch Xavier’s story and see why Governor Wolf is committed to protecting quality health insurance for Pennsylvanians. By: Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 19, 2017center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf What Medicaid Means to Xavier’s Familylast_img read more

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UK pensions regulator flags asset seizing as last resort enforcement

first_img“Auto-enrolment has been a huge success thanks to the vast majority of employers who do exactly what they should, but a tiny minority not only ignore their automatic enrolment duties but fail to pay their fines, even after the courts have ordered them to.”By the end of 2017, TPR had taken a total of 262 employers to court for non-payment of fines. More than 32,000 employers had been issued with fixed-penalty notices by that point, and a further 6,770 had received escalating penalty notices.“The use of HCEOs is a last resort for us,” Ryder said. “Unfortunately the behaviour of a tiny minority means it may be necessary.”In the face of increased activity by TPR, those facing possible penalties have been urged to act.“A key priority in the payroll profession is compliance with legislation,” said Diana Bruce, senior policy liaison officer at the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP).The CIPP has published links to auto-enrolment guidance for members on its website. The organisation said it would urge “any payroll agents or business advisers to run some additional checks to ensure that their clients are fully compliant and to ensure they communicate the additional consequences of non-compliance as per TPR’s update”, Bruce added.Industry experts, however, saw the move by TPR as one designed to end the perception of the regulator as “toothless”.“The regulator wants to be seen as being clearer, quicker and tougher – that’s its prime objective,” said Nicholas Greenacre, partner at White & Case, the global law firm.“The wider perception – which is perhaps unfair – is that the Pensions Regulator has not been using its powers quickly enough.“But this [should be seen] as a last resort,” he added. Officers appointed by agents of the Pensions Regulator (TPR) could be set to swoop on office computers and company cars as part of a crackdown on companies that refuse to pay workplace pension fines.TPR has appointed high court enforcement officers (HCEOs) who will be tasked with seizing companies’ assets should firms refuse or fail to pay fines for non-compliance with mandatory auto-enrolment duties.Darren Ryder, TPR’s director of automatic enrolment, said these responsibilities were not optional, but laid down in law.“Those who break the law by denying their staff the pensions they are entitled to should expect to be punished – and must pay any fines they are given,” he said.last_img read more

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