Ben Sparaco grew up as a fixture in the Florida music scene during his teenage years. Now based out of Nashville, the twenty-year-old has blossomed into a guitarist to be reckoned with, creating quite the name for himself in the southern rock scene and beyond. In addition to briefly touring with Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band—the late Allman Brothers Band drummer’s solo project—Sparaco has collaborated with members of Dead & Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Warren Haynes Band, and more. Ben Sparaco’s debut solo album, Wooden, was released last January, and was produced by Ross Holmes (fiddle/mandolin for Bruce Hornsby, Warren Haynes, Mumford & Sons) and features guitarist Luther Dickinson of Mississippi All-Stars.Beyond spending much of his time on the road, Sparaco has been honing both his songwriting and vocal chops. When he discovered Berklee-educated drummer Anthony Quirk and bassist Adam Discipio, the three musicians formed Ben Sparaco And the New Effect. After playing together frequently onstage, the three took to East Nashville studio The Bomb Shelter to record their strong debut EP, Greetings, from Ben Sparaco And The New Effect, due out June 8.Explains Sparaco about Greetings:This is the first time I’ve made a record with a band that I have a lot of experience playing within a live setting. All of these songs have been played live and I’ve been able to spend countless hours on the road with the band living with this music. That allowed us to really get a clear vision of what we wanted these new songs to sound like on the record. It’s easy to be on the same wavelength in the studio after sitting in a van listening to the same music and playing together a bunch.Today, Live For Live Music is thrilled to premiere the lead single from Greetings, “Casual Friends”. Enjoy the funky, blues-tinged track with an 80s dance beat in the chorus that will linger long after you hear it.Ben Sparaco And The New Effect – “Casual Friends”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Ben Sparaco And The New Effect are currently touring the West Coast, linking up for various dates with Dangermuffin and Cubensis before playing a hometown Nashville gig. From there, they’ll head north for the Big Apple Block Party and The Major Rager Hamptons edition with Moon Taxi and Funk You.Ben Sparaco And The New Effect will be out all summer before gearing up for studio sessions in anticipation of a full-length release in the fall. For more information on Ben Sparaco And The New Effect, head to the band’s official website.Ben Sparaco And The New Effect Tour Dates:5/24 – Sacramento, CA – Torch Club w/ Dangermuffin5/25 – Bolinas, CA – Smiley’s5/27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint w/ Cubensis5/31 – Tupelo, MS – Blue Canoe6/1 – Knoxville, TN – Barley’s6/2 – Nashville, TN – ACME6/9 – New York, NY – Big Apple Block Party6/14 – Amagansett, NY – Stephen Talkhouse w/ Moon Taxi7/3 – Washington, DC – Hill CountryView Tour Dates
Today, the official Jerry Garcia account posted on social media that Norm Van Maastricht passed away over the weekend. Van Maastricht was a longtime friend and collaborator of Jerry Garcia, with the two first meeting in Dana Morgan‘s music shop in Palo Alto, CA. Once acquainted, the two went onto play together in Hart Valley Drifters, a bluegrass band also featuring famed Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, New Riders of the Purple Sage co-founder and guitarist David Nelson, and Ken Frankel.Most recently, Van Maastricht and the Hart Valley Drifters were included on the Before The Dead box set, which compiled rare (many, previously unreleased) recordings of Jerry, showcasing his early beginnings before the Grateful Dead. Additionally, in 2016, the Hart Valley Drifters released an album, Folk Time. Derived from a lost recording from 1962, the album featured a recording of the band on Stanford University’s KZSU’s Folk Times program. After a student who had produced and recorded the session found them 46 years later in 2008, the album eventually got its official release in 2016.Hart Valley Drifters, Jerry Garcia – Folk Time – Full Album Van Maastricht also was an author, publishing a book in 2016 titled Paul Yandell, Second to the Best: A Sideman’s Chronicle—a book about the life and experiences of the Kentucky-born guitar player who became a sideman for Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins. Van Maastricht also published an extensive essay on his website following Jerry Garcia’s death, which featured his reflections on the famed Grateful Dead guitarist, though he noted “Jerry and I, while never ever having bad words, had drifted apart over the years due to vast differences in lifestyles.” Throughout his life, Van Maastricht continued to play, teach, and perform music.Rest in peace, Norm.
The old saying, “Never place a $5 plant in a 50-cent hole,” is true. The condition of your landscape soil may be the most important aspect of gardening success.Whether you work with south Georgia sand or north Georgia’s clay soils, soil amendments are vital commodities to have.But it can boggle the mind to look around the garden center and try to distinguish between soil amendments. There are manures, top soil, potting soil, peat moss, mushroom compost — and the list goes on.The important things to remember are the goals of soil amendments: to improve the soil’s tilth (loosen it up) and drainage and perhaps possibly add some nutrient value.Focus on Loosening SoilI suggest focusing more on organic amendments’ ability to loosen the soil and less on nutrition.The price of amendments varies greatly, and the bags whose fancy covers tout their nutritional excellence may not be any better than the others.Get in the habit of reading the label on everything to see what’s actually in the bag you’re buying. By reading the label, you can more easily compare apples to apples.Stay away from just buying pure peat moss. This makes a poor soil amendment on its own. It tends to dry out too much during dry times and stays soggy when the weather’s wet.Home Compost Good, TooHome compost can be a good soil amendment, too, if it’s been composted completely. Completed compost should have the consistency of dark topsoil. Use partially finished compost as a mulch on top of the soil, or leave it in the compost bin to finish its conversion to humus.Once you’ve decided on an amendment, it’s vital to add it to your soil the right way.One of the most common errors in planting is to dig a hole, pour in a soil amendments and then insert the plant into a hole you’d need a shoe horn to get it into. This will spell disaster. The moisture level around the plant will fluctuate drastically over time.The right way is to create a consistent, universal soil the roots of the plant can expand in. Then, in this amended soil, dig a planting hole at least twice the width of the root ball.New Planting SitesIf it’s a new planting site, incorporate a 3- to 4-inch layer of the organic amendment into the soil. This is best done with a tiller in larger beds, but a spade or stiff pitchfork will work in small spaces. Be sure to thoroughly mix the organic matter into the native soil. Don’t create two separate soil layers.You can add organic matter to existing landscapes, too. Just rake back some of the mulch and lightly incorporate about a 1-inch layer around plants. Use a pitchfork to work some of the soil into the existing medium.Take care not to damage your plants’ root systems. Amending existing landscape beds annually will greatly improve the growing conditions for the plants and help insure against compaction and poor drainage.Take a Soil SampleWhile many amendments will add some nutritional value to your soil, you will most likely need to supplement with synthetic fertilizers.Taking a soil sample to your county extension agent is the best way to know the true fertilizer and lime requirements. Sampling every other year will allow you to closely monitor your plant’s nutrition needs.Amending your soil can be one of the easiest ways to avoid plant stress or prevent future disease problems. It’s a great way to improve the health of your soil and ensure the long-term success of your landscape.
WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced that management is scheduled to make a presentation regarding the Company on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference in New York City.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Tully’s Coffee®, Green Mountain Coffee® and Newman’s Own® Organics coffee. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of licensed brands, including Green Mountain Coffee and Tully’s Coffee. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certified™ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external) and www.Keurig.com(link is external) for more information.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Services section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.
By Chief Petty Officer James Hawley, U.S. Navy Cargo Handling Battalion ONE January 31, 2017 After four long days of travel, Sailors from U.S. Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1 arrived safely at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station in Antarctica, where they will be participating in Operation Deep Freeze 2017. The annual mission, which NCHB 1 has been participating in for more than 50 years, resupplies the U.S. Antarctic Program’s largest base on the most remote continent. NSF manages the Antarctic Program. The Sailors are in high spirits and are glad to be participating in such a unique opportunity. “I’m thrilled to be here,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate Mykel Stevens. “I’m one of the lucky few who have been here multiple times, but I’m so glad there are a lot of junior troops here who are getting to experience this rare opportunity.” A rare opportunity it is, as cargo handlers are the Navy’s only robust and recurrent presence on the Antarctic continent. The rareness of the opportunity is not lost on Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Ryan Shultz, “I’m just excited to see something that so few people have the opportunity have seeing.” Prior to arriving in Antarctica, Sailors received Extreme Cold Weather gear in Christchurch, New Zealand to prepare for the mission. With the significant time change — 18 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, coupled with 24 hours of daylight create challenges for acclimatization. “It takes some time to adjust to the unique environment down here,” said Lieutanant David Shayeson, detachment officer in charge. Sailors have been acclimating to the weather and harsh environmental conditions with physical training and team building activities allowing Sailors to settle into a routine and prepare for the start of cargo operations. One event included a climate acclimatization team hike, in which Sailors trekked over three miles on the Ridge Line trail overlooking the McMurdo Sound. Along the way, they stopped at memorial markers commemorating the lives of shipmates who lost their lives while working there in 1956 and 1982, in the promotion of scientific endeavors in the last frontier. With shipboard operations starting in a few days, NCHB 1 Sailors have been busy performing driver training, cargo accountability training, and lending assistance to the camp where needed. Additionally, Sailors have leveraged opportunities to listen to NSF’s Albert P. Crary Science and Engineering Center lectures, which cover a broad range of scientific research initiatives here. “People are friendly to talk to and have a lot of interesting information to share about this continent,” said Lieutenant Michael Crum, assistant officer in charge. McMurdo’s open house program also provided Sailors the opportunity to visit and tour NASA’s Ground Control Station and radome, which is a critical component for receiving and disseminating orbital satellite data. NCHB 1 deploys to NSF’s McMurdo Station, where less than one percent of the world’s population has ever visited, as part of Operation Deep Freeze the military’s logistical support component of the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), the nation’s research program on the southernmost continent.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Keith LeggettJim Nussle, the CEO and president of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), last summer teamed up with Peter Orszag to write Moneyball for Government.According to the Moneyball Principles, government at all levels should help improve outcomes for young people, their families and communities by:Building evidence about the practices, policies and programs that will achieve the most effective and efficient results so that policymakers can make better decisions;Investing limited taxpayer dollars in practices, policies and programs that use data, evidence and evaluation to demonstrate they work; andDirecting funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Make 2015 your most productive year yet by doing more of the one thing that matters: focusing.Maximizing productivity is a goal often discussed but rarely reached. As a result, though entrepreneurs actively strive to make the most of their time–reading books, exploring productivity hacks, testing project management tools–too often they feel they’ve fallen short. Meanwhile, the to-do list gets longer.But a new year is a great time to start fresh. We asked a panel of successful startup founders from YEC what simple, low- or no-cost resolutions they were going to make for 2015 to keep themselves on track and free of distractions. Their best answers are below.1. Plan out each day.I once heard the quote “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail” and it really resonated with me. I find my productivity soars if, each night, I take 10 minutes to write a list of five accomplishments I aim to make the following day. In 2015, I resolve to do this every working day. —Justin Bailie, FR8nex.com2. Keep meetings to 15 minutes, max.This is something I’ve sent out companywide: Meetings shouldn’t be longer than 15 minutes. We tried standing last year for the whole meeting, and that worked well, but being even more productive during meetings couldn’t hurt! continue reading »
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Have you taken a look at your receipt after buying several items at the store or eating a good meal at a restaurant, only to find out that you haven’t been charged for something you got? Or that you were charged for something extra that you didn’t actually order or want? Besides feeling somewhat more fortunate, or unfortunate than usual, you might feel (especially in the latter case) like you need to go back and make things add up.A small discrepancy on your restaurant bill isn’t of much importance, but discrepancies in the accounts of financial institutions are a much bigger deal. In May of this year, the CFPB, the OCC, the FDIC, the NCUA, and the Fed issued the Interagency Guidance Regarding Reconciliation Practices for deposit discrepancies. The guidance focuses on the correct way to handle those discrepancies.When customers deposit money into their accounts, the amount the financial institution actually puts in their accounts sometimes doesn’t match up. Discrepancies between intended deposit amounts and actual deposit amounts happen for a variety of reasons. Maybe the deposit slip was written sloppily or inaccurately, or there was a glitch in the image-capture process. continue reading »
If I asked the question, “How do your talent development initiatives impact your diversity and inclusion efforts?” how would you respond? Would you go to the list of courses that you offer or resources you have available on how to better understand and leverage diversity within your credit union? Or would you be able to show me how your leaders and staff implement diversity and inclusion into their work?Diversity and inclusion has been on the initiative list for organizations going on two decades now. In this time, we have worked to use education to support our efforts. But the question remains, are we taking steps that make an impact?Most organizations are offering education, providing resources and hopefully guidance for individuals to understand what diversity is, how it benefits a team or the organization, and why diversity is different than inclusion. But if talent development initiatives are not integrated into this process, we are simply sharing knowledge, not impacting outcomes. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
A long and intense face-off ended with KSI shoving Logan Paul The fight was a messy affair and Paul had two points docked for fouling KSI. That was a moment of distress that he needed to overcome.“When I got knocked down? People said: ‘This is it!’“I had five minutes to recover but only took one because I needed to put the pressure on Logan. Even when I was drowsy I knew: ‘I’m not losing this’.“That’s my mind-set with everything – boxing, YouTube, music. If I say that I’m going to win, then I’m going to win.”YouTuber boxing has continued.Jake Paul, Logan’s younger brother, defeated Britain’s AnEsonGib and is scheduled to fight former NBA player Nate Robinson this month. 1:02 A long and intense face-off ended with KSI shoving Logan Paul – Advertisement – 1:14 KSI says beating Logan Paul opened doors to success in other aspects of his career Look back at KSI’s split-decision victory over Logan Paul KSI vs Logan Paul appalled and entertained in equal measure – it was an eccentric, baffling whirlwind of teenagers and online influencers colliding in a spectacle that attracted more eyeballs than they could have ever imagined.The fight itself?In 2018 KSI and Paul brawled to a draw in Manchester in an event dubbed “”the biggest internet event in history” – so on November 9, 2019 they removed their headguards, turned professional, and fought a six-round rematch in Los Angeles which Britain’s KSI won via split decision.“Me and Logan had no right to headline a boxing show like that,” KSI now admits.“A lot of old heads and boxing fanatics were angry, annoyed, confused.“Afterwards people saw what it brought to the scene. It brought a younger audience and got people interested.”That much is true.The stakes for their unique fight a year ago were simple – the loser would become a meme for life, constantly reminded of failure whenever they scrolled through their phone. That was the threat.“If you get knocked out, that’s your career done,” KSI now says.His success in the past 12 months proves there were colossal consequences in that YouTuber boxing match.KSI happily gave Sky Sports his memories on the anniversary but Paul, as you may expect, has not acknowledged it.“Do you see Logan talking about anything? He was a ghost. He saw his socials: ‘You lost, you lost, you lost’.“That sucks.“In the back of your mind it must eat away. No-one wants to lose. Not a lot of people want to be in that situation.”So at what point is it fair to commend these YouTuber boxers for putting on the line the thing that value most? For risking that which they hold dearest? KSI believes that there will be more YouTuber boxing – Advertisement – 0:45 0:33 The trainers clashed at KSI vs Logan Paul press conference! 0:52 Watch KSI’s ring walk ahead of his rematch against Logan Paul Watch KSI’s ring walk ahead of his rematch against Logan Paul – Advertisement – KSI says beating Logan Paul opened doors to success in other aspects of his career The year since has been spent by KSI in a music studio. He has nimbly readjusted to the next phase of a career which started by playing the FIFA video game and streaming it to YouTube, a platform where he currently has 22 million subscribers.“I knew how important it was,” he reflects on the fight.“My legacy was on the line.“If I lost I wouldn’t be able to make a tune with Rick Ross! It wouldn’t have the same feel.“I wouldn’t be as big as I am in music.“Me winning that fight is the reason why so many eyes are now drawn to my music.”KSI has released ‘Really Love’, a song alongside Craig David, and his second album is out next year.“It’s upping my value when it comes to a boxing fight,” he smiles.This was always the plan but would Craig David have looked twice if KSI emerged with a 0-1 boxing record?“I really don’t let things get to me,” KSI said. “Because if I do, I would freak out and panic.“‘I’m fighting in front of millions with everything on the line?’“My head would implode!“I kept everything calm and collected. This was another step in my career that I needed to do to get to the next step.“I knew how big it was. I knew it was humongous. But it never got to me, man.“I never look at social media, newspapers or anything to do with the fight. I focused on training – until the pressure got to me, and I started swinging!” KSI believes that there will be more YouTuber boxing 0:55 KSI on the mooted fight with Jake Paul 1:08 Look back at KSI’s split-decision victory over Logan Paul KSI on the mooted fight with Jake Paul KSI vs Jake Paul is the natural route to go.“We will see more but it’s about finding the right fights,” KSI said. “You need fights where people are invested.“Me and Jake Paul? There is a narrative. I beat his brother, he beat my brother. It is huge. People would love to see it.“It is the finale of fights in terms of YouTuber boxing.”But to entice KSI is now a heftier task than it was a year ago. He added: “Of course I would do it again. I’m waiting for the right contract.“When I was in the Mayweather camp I spoke to people there. I understand how valuable I am, how in demand I am.“Fight Jake Paul for less money than I got for fighting Logan? Why would I do that?”Interestingly Viddal Riley, the 4-0 cruiserweight prospect who acted as KSI’s trainer for the Paul fight, has distanced himself from returning to the YouTuber boxing scene.Riley told Sky Sports: “It needs to stop. It’s gone too far now.“The only fight that makes sense is Jake and KSI. Once that happens, end it on a high note before YouTuber boxing gets a bad name.”KSI’s response?“Once the right money is made, I’ll talk to Viddal and he will come around,” he smiled.So will the rest of us.Watch an exclusive interview with KSI on the Sky Sports Boxing YouTube page. – Advertisement – The enormity of what was on the line between KSI and Logan Paul in YouTuber boxing’s most outrageous moment may only be truly clear a year later.The winner KSI (Knowledge, Strength, Integrity) had his net worth valued at £12 million on The Sunday Times’ Rich List in May 2020 but, since then, has released his debut studio album and, more recently still, a single with Craig David. Yes, really.“I knew that if I won it would open a lot of doors. And it did,” KSI frankly tells Sky Sports one year after beating Paul – but the lure of the boxing ring is proving addictive to him. The trainers clashed at KSI vs Logan Paul press conference!