North Carolina natives and jam band extraordinaires BIG Something served up some extra funk last month at Cervantes’ Otherside in Denver. The sextet were joined by DJ Logic on the turntables for an extra special pre-Valentines Day celebration, and together, they threw down a “Beastly” performance.BIG Something Finalizes A Great Lineup For The BIG What? FestivalIt takes a certain kind of musical hero to go out and play the music of Vulfpeck, using an electronic saxophone nonetheless. These guys got after “Beastly” from 2011’s Mit Peck release and it’s tastefully delicious. Watch, and listen, how it all went down:For those who can’t get enough of the Vulf, the band will be making an appearance at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise this April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL. Performing alongside Lettuce, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, The Nth Power, and Goldfish, this is one destination festival that you won’t want to miss! Tickets are on sale now and available here.
On July 21, Phish initiated the first of thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden, dubbed the “Baker’s Dozen” run. The opening night bellowed coconuts, with the debut of “Shake Your Coconuts” by Junior Senior, an extended “Reba” jam, and another debut of “Coconut” by Harry Nilsson. During the second set of what is now affectionately known as the “Coconut Show,” after an extraordinary 16+ minute “Tweezer” opener, Jon Fishman took the reins once again, driving the band into “Seven Below” for the second improvisational excursion in as many songs to start set two. “Seven Below” reached some great, minimal, synth-led 80s grooves that evoked a Phil Collins-type sound (think “In The Air Tonight”) with Page absolutely blaring as the song built to another impressive climax. It absolutely set the tone for an incredible second set, which you can read more about here.Phish has shared pro-shot video from this “Seven Below,” which you can watch here:Download the entire show now or stream via LivePhish.[cover photo by Andrew Blackstein]
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) ROCHESTER – Colleen Wegman delivered a message Wednesday, updating the company’s COVID-19 response.She says Wegmans has received enough masks to make it possible for employees to adhere to the CDC’s advice.“All along, we have followed the guidance of the CDC for the latest trusted advice,” Colleen said.The masks will arrive at the stores in the next few days. Wegmans says it will continue to follow standards for social distancing, sanitation, and plexiglass screens at check out.Colleen Wegmans says, “we are confident in the measures we’ve taken to keep our stores a safe and positive place to be during this time. We thank you for your support as we continue to learn and ensure progress is made daily.”Read her full message below:We are a family company who has never felt more like a family as we come together during this trying time, and we hope the same for all of you. On a daily basis, we are so moved to hear the stories of kindness and connection happening in our stores. Our people and our customers continue to be nothing short of amazing.We thank our people who continue to show up every day with a positive attitude, ready to deliver incredible service, equipped with the most up-to-date trusted science to protect themselves and our customers. Our customers support us every day, taking time to recognize our people and encourage us to keep going, which truly makes a HUGE difference.We understand this is a trying time for everyone. We are extremely grateful for the way people – our suppliers, employees, customers and community partners – are pulling together to help.All along, we have followed the guidance of the CDC for the latest trusted advice. Most recently they are advising that the application of masks may prevent the spread of the virus. We are fortunate to have secured enough masks, arriving at stores in the next few days, to make it possible for our people to adhere to this advice. As we continue to follow the highest standards for social distancing, sanitation, and plexiglass screens at check out, we are confident in the measures we’ve taken to keep our stores a safe and positive place to be during this time. We thank you for your support as we continue to learn and ensure progress is made daily.As the world around us continues to change at a rapid pace, we continue to make decisions with the most up-to-date science in mind, while always leading with our hearts. We express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you.All Our Best,Colleen
Legal loophole costs U.S. government $18B in offshore oil and gas royalties FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global ($):U.S. taxpayers have missed out on tens of billions of dollars in revenue from offshore federal leases due to a decades-old law on royalty payment exemptions and due to faulty methods of determining minimum acceptable bids, a government report showed.The Government Accountability Office study released Oct. 24 found nearly $20 billion in offshore oil and gas revenues has been lost since the signing of the Deepwater Royalty Relief Act of 1995, which was enacted to encourage drilling of leases in the Gulf of Mexico.At the time, oil companies were offered a temporary break from paying royalties on oil produced from leases that were uneconomical at crude oil prices below a certain threshold, but the temporary reprieve was made permanent when the industry won a suit claiming that the law was written to guarantee royalty reductions regardless of the price of oil.“[The result is an approximate] $18 billion in foregone royalty payments between 2000 and 2018, a number that will continue to rise,” U.S. Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Alan S. Lowenthal, D-Calif., said in a joint statement. Grijalva is the chair of the subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.The GAO also found the method for determining minimum acceptable bids for offshore oil and gas leases does not ensure a fair return, which has cost U.S. taxpayers another $1 billion or more since 2000.“This is not a fair or free market,” Grijalva said. “Our laws and standards need to reflect the fact that public resources are there for the benefit of the public.”Production of oil and natural gas from leases on federal waters accounts for more than 50% of the oil and gas production on federal lands and waters. From 2006 through 2018, the U.S. government collected almost $90 billion in revenue from the management of offshore oil and gas resources generated primarily through upfront cash payments, or bonus bids, for leasing rights to explore, develop and sell oil and gas resources, and royalty payments as a percent of the value of oil and gas produced.More: Loophole has cost U.S. Government $18B in offshore royalties, study finds
As spring time arrives here in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, many people are dusting off their fly rods and waders for a day on the river. With fish being stocked monthly, some of my favorite winter time fishing spots are greeted with crowds of enthusiastic anglers looking to hook into that stocked fish of a lifetime. Not me. I turn to the smallest trickles and streams deep in the mountains in search of untouched beauty, tranquility, and feisty wild fish.Those of you in Western North Carolina who don’t want to fight the crowds along the river should consider seeking out the state’s native and wild populations of Brook, Rainbow, and Brown trout. You won’t need much to catch these mountain gems, but you will need a map and a sense of adventure to get to your destination.Be sure to brush up on your “bow and arrow” casting before heading off into the thick jungles of rhododendron. Pack plenty of dry flies and light tippet. I prefer using as small as 6 or 7x, though it is not necessarily needed.A short, light weight rod, such as a 7’6″ 2 weight is best suited for these treks in my opinion. Sometimes a short rod can make the difference between hooking up and going home with a tale of the one that got away.One final thing to remember: always tell someone where you’re going. In my experience, most of these streams are found far beyond the reaches of cell phone reception.The next time you head out to chase trout, don’t rule out wild fish. You might just find a new love and appreciation for the tight line.Evan Norris is an avid fly fisherman, a guide at Brookings’ Anglers, and our first contributor for “Fridays on the Fly”. When he’s not out discovering new wild trout waters all over the mountains of Western North Carolina, he can often be found on his Chattooga River home waters near the town of Cashiers, NC.[divider]Read More Fridays on the Fly[/divider]
15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Don’t Fall Into the Black Friday TrapHolidays, and in particular, holiday spending can leave your budget seriously bruised…even if you do hit all the sales.Remember, the stores are offering these great bargains out of the goodness of their hearts. They’re doing it to get you to their stores (or websites) to sell you stuff beyond the 55-inch 4k, 3D capable OLED television for $49. I mean, if you saved hundreds on that, you have hundreds of ‘extra’ dollars, right? And where better to spend it than the store that ‘gave’ you all that extra cash?Don’t fall into the Black Friday trap. Have a holiday spending budget and stick to it like Odysseus sailing past the Sirens songs of deep discounts.Holiday Spending Heats UpBlack Friday is also no longer a one-day event. It has morphed into a spending extravaganza that lasts almost 2 weeks. There’s early Black Friday specials that have already begun at some stores, there’s Amazon Black Friday Week, as well as Cyber Monday. continue reading »
As fraud-fighting becomes increasingly complicated, machine learning has emerged as a new holy grail technology for fraud detection. In “Machine Learning: Fraud Is Now a Competitive Issue,” 65 percent of the senior fraud and data analytics executives at North American financial institutions Aite Group interviewed say the priority for investment in machine-learning analytics for fraud mitigation is very high and a key area of investment; another 35 percent call it a moderate priority. Yet, only 40 percent of interviewees have an ML-enabling platform deployed or in production, with another 10 percent with proofs of concept underway.The question for credit unions is, how and when will machine learning make a difference in your fraud-fighting efforts?Insight Vault caught up with Nick Calcanes, CO-OP’s chief information officer, and Paulo Marques, chief technology officer and co-founder of pioneering AI developer Feedzai to get some answers. Full disclosure: CO-OP is teaming up with Feedzai on a new machine-learning security tool for the credit union industry that is expected to deploy in 2018.Here are five pointed questions about machine learning, fraud and how your credit union might fit in: continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Suffolk County jury issued a split verdict in the case of an ex-Suffolk County police sergeant on trial for allegedly stealing from Hispanic drivers that prosecutors said he targeted.Scott Greene was found guilty Friday of petty larceny, official misconduct and grand larceny but was acquitted of more serious hate crimes charges at First District Court in Central Islip.“The verdict is another chilling reminder of a broken relationship between the Suffolk County Police Department and the Latino community,” Juan Cartagena, president and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, said in a statement after the verdict.Prosecutors alleged that the 52-year-old Shirley man targeted Hispanic drivers with out-of-state license plates, pulled them over and told them he was searching their vehicles for contraband when he stole their cash.His defense attorney argued that Greene didn’t target Latinos, although his victims were all Hispanic.Greene was arrested following an undercover sting in January 2014, a month after the county reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve a probe into complaints that the police department discriminated against Hispanics.Cartagena reiterated calls for the DOJ to step in, citing the Green case and the recent arrest of James Burke, the former Suffolk police chief accused of beating a suspect and covering it up. Cartagena’s group is suing the department, claiming racial discrimination.Greene faces up to four years in prison when Judge Fernande Comacho sentences him. Greene, who retired a month after his arrest, collects a $68,790 annual pension.
Meanwhile, Broome County District Attorney, Michael Korchak, says he’s run into some complications as well. He says while it’s good that the number of overdoses or drug-related calls have not yet gone up, he still has some concerns. Whitmore says he stays in contact with his peers on social media to keep connected and says he puts one foot in front of the other to keep moving forward. “I’m a people person, so being stuck inside is not easy,” said Whitmore. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — While the Broome County DA is reporting no increase in overdoses during the pandemic yet, people in recovery are still working to stay on the right path. For resources regarding addiction and recovery efforts in Broome County, click here. Roman Whitmore says he has been in and out of recovery since 1995, but is proud to say he’s been five years sober. He says having to stay home due to this pandemic has taken away his opportunity to meet with people who help him on a weekly basis. “Based on the new pandemic rules from the Office of Court Administration, individuals are released immediately unless they’re charged with the qualified offense,” said Korchak. “So, we’re hoping we don’t see a significant increase in drug overdoses and deaths.”
Every natural person who provides catering services in the household, ie registered private renters and natural persons who will provide services in the household, category of accommodation facility “Holiday house”, ie future private renters, are entitled to support. The purpose of the Public Invitation is to award grants from the Budget of the Split-Dalmatia County for financing activities and projects that affect the increase in the number of accommodation capacities and raise the quality of the existing tourist offer. The Split-Dalmatia County has published a public call for applications for grants based on the Program for raising the quality of the tourist offer in the Split-Dalmatia County for 2019. Measures to achieve these goals include increasing standards, quality and additional supply, sustainable development, use of new technologies, development of special forms of tourism through co-financing of existing, registered accommodation facilities in the household, increasing the number of registered accommodation facilities in the household, type of facility – House for vacation, in the hinterland of Split-Dalmatia County. The public call is open for 30 days, ie from February 22 to March 22, 2019. Information on the Public Call and the program and all the necessary forms can be downloaded HERE.