Dave Grohl, Brandi Carlile Cover The Beatles’ “Let It Be” On The Streets Of Seattle [Watch]

first_imgWatch Dave Grohl and Brandi Carlile’s impromptu Pike Place Market performance below:Dave Grohl & Brandi Carlile – Pike Place Market – 4/20/2019[Video: smash3] On Saturday, founding Foo Fighters guitarist Dave Grohl and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile teamed up for a surprise performance on the street at Seattle’s Pike Place Market.According to The Seattle Times, the musicians busked for 15 to 20 minutes. The performance included a harmonious cover of The Beatles‘ “Let It Be”, which was followed by a take on Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These”. Although the duo never formally announced their Seattle performance, Carlile posted the first few minutes of their set to her Facebook.Following the busking session, Carlile posted a photo on her Instagram with the caption, “Got nostalgic and decided to swing by my old busking spot at Pike Place Market with the twins and Dave Grohl…honestly one of the most surreal moments of my life.”last_img read more

Suiter Appointment

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Department of Entomology Professor Dan Suiter has been named the chair of the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture Faculty Advisory Committee.Suiter’s appointment will enhance the programming aspect of the center, according to Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Cooperative Extension in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). Suiter will work closely with center Director Sheldon Hammond, who will continue to oversee the business and personnel administration functions of the center.Based on the UGA Griffin campus, the Center for Urban Agriculture supports UGA Extension’s urban programs by providing county agent training programs, tools and resources; communicating the latest research-based urban agriculture advice through newsletters, articles, alerts, publications, videos and social media; organizing new initiatives; collaborating on interdisciplinary projects and research; advancing and updating current program training materials; and administering multiyear programs and projects.“Our state continues to have population growth and most of that is in the nine largest counties in Georgia. Issues and problems associated with this urban growth come in many forms and cross many disciplines and departments,” Perry Johnson said. “Dan will work to build diverse teams around urban issues and coordinate programming efforts related to urban programs and projects.”As director of the Georgia Structural Pest Control Training Facility at UGA-Griffin, Suiter coordinates activities at the 3,000 square-foot, partially built home facility, which is designed to showcase many common construction practices and how they may be attacked by structural pests.In 2014, mock residential and commercial kitchens and a residential bedroom were added to the facility to allow for the delivery of additional workshops on home integrated pest management (IPM), commercial IPM, school IPM, and controlling bed bugs and termites. The facility is an invaluable tool used to train Georgia’s pest management professionals and county Extension agents.In 2006, Suiter developed a 10-week Certificate in Urban and Structural Pest Management program that provides nontraditional students with a broad overview of the pest control industry.Through his programs, Suiter teaches hundreds of pest control professionals each year and reaches thousands more online through continuing education classes organized by the Center for Urban Agriculture. Archived lessons from the webinar series on urban pest control, taught by faculty from major research universities, can be viewed at the Getting the Best of Pests website. Since 2007, Suiter has taught more than 30,0000 people in more than 20 states.Suiter was awarded the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension in 2018 for his extraordinary commitment to the mission of UGA CAES.“Over the past couple of years, we have worked to broaden and strengthen the scope and resources of the Center for Urban Agriculture,” Perry Johnson said. “We have added expertise in training and certification of landscape professionals and structural pest control operators, expanded our support of school and community gardens, local foods, and sustainability as a whole, and added capacity for urban water and homeowner and landscape irrigation, as well as other urban issues.”Visit the Center for Urban Agriculture website to learn more.last_img read more

Report: FERC Encourages Pipeline Overbuilding

first_imgReport: FERC Encourages Pipeline Overbuilding FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sean Sullivan for SNL:“The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission facilitates overbuilding,” the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said in a study released April 27. “The high rates of return on equity that FERC grants to pipeline companies (allowable rates of up to 14%), along with the lack of a comprehensive planning process for natural gas infrastructure, attracts more capital into pipeline development than is necessary.”The report’s authors also found “FERC’s approach to assessing the need for such projects is insufficient.”The report said the $9 billion in costs for both the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast projects would likely be added to the price consumers pay for gas or be absorbed as a loss by project investors. In addition, IEEFA said landowners were at risk of sacrificing property to projects that are not needed.IEEFA recommended that FERC suspend the applications for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines “until a regional planning process can be developed for pipeline infrastructure; that FERC lower the returns on equity granted to pipeline developers; and that an investigation be conducted into the relatively high failure rate of new pipelines.”IEEFA energy analyst Cathy Kunkel, the lead author of the study, said the institute found in many cases, including Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast, the pipelines and its customers are affiliates, which she said calls into question the FERC analysis of need.Full article ($): Pipe opponents call on FERC to halt project reviews to stop ‘overbuilding’last_img read more

Westmoreland’s Rosebud Mine heads to the auction block

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:The lone source of coal for the Colstrip power plant has been scheduled for bankruptcy auction in late January.Rosebud Mine will be auctioned Jan. 22, if necessary, to help pay the debts of Westmoreland Coal Co., which owns the mine. The United States Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas on Thursday set terms for the auction, which the Colorado-based coal company had requested in October.Westmoreland did not respond to interview requests Friday by Lee Montana Newspapers. The company filed for bankruptcy Oct. 8, indicating that it had more than $1.4 billion in debt and assets of $770 million.Montana’s state government is in the process of approving a 10-square mile expansion of Rosebud Mine, not knowing who the actual developer might be after a sale. This week, Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council asked the state Department of Environmental Quality to stop the permitting process at least until the developer is identified. Northern Plains earlier in the week also identified more than 50 springs it said would be destroyed by the mine expansion.The auction comes as the four-unit Colstrip power plant’s contract for Rosebud Mine coal winds down. The current agreement guarantees coal at least through 2019. Four utilities with 70 percent ownership in Colstrip Units 3 and 4 have expressed concern about not having coal if a buyer of Westmoreland’s assets opts to mine coal at Rosebud, or not mine enough to feed Units 3 and 4.More: Bankruptcy auction set for Rosebud Mine, sole supplier of coal to Colstrip Westmoreland’s Rosebud Mine heads to the auction blocklast_img read more

Bar committee forms available in December

first_img Bar committee forms available in December The annual committee preference form for Bar members seeking appointments for the presidential term of President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson will again only be available on The Florida Bar’s Web site this year.The forms will be posted at www.flabar.org beginning December 1. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802, and request a form to be mailed or faxed to you.To apply to serve on a committee, members will have to fill out the committee preference form and submit it online, eliminating the need to mail or fax in the completed form. It will be presented in the same format as usual and should only take a minute or two to complete and submit.The move to an electronic committee preference form is saving the Bar approximately $10,000 a year.“During the past several months, many of you have expressed a desire to serve on a committee of The Florida Bar,” Johnson said. “Now is the time to let me know of your continued interest by submitting your committee preference form.”Johnson said committee work is time-consuming and demanding, but is also extremely rewarding.“It provides an opportunity to have meaningful input into matters that are important to the public and our profession, and allows you to enjoy the company of lawyers throughout the state,” Johnson said. “If you submit a request to serve on a committee, I will assume you will devote the necessary time to be a fully participating member of the committee during your term.”There are roughly 500 appointments to be made, and typically 5,000 Bar members apply. Johnson said since the number of requests for appointments always exceeds the number of positions available, she will work to appoint people who have not previously had an opportunity to serve on Bar committees and will consider several factors, including previous history of service to the Bar and voluntary bar organizations.“Diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, geography, and areas of practice will also be important,” Johnson said. “If you are presently serving on a committee, your level of participation and substantive contribution, together with the evaluation of committee chairs, will be carefully considered.”If you are currently serving on a standing committee, check the September 2003 directory issue of The Florida Bar Journal at pages 640 – 656 to determine when your term expires. If your term expires in 2004, you must complete a new form to be considered for reappointment. If you are not currently on a standing committee, and wish to be appointed, complete the form and return it prior to January 16, 2004. If you are serving on a substantive law committee and wish to continue to do so, you also must complete and return this form by January 16, 2004, to retain membership on that committee.“Only your readiness to volunteer your time and talent to our profession can keep the legal system strong for us and for the public that we are sworn to protect,” Johnson said. “I look forward to working with each of you in the coming year.” Bar committee forms available in Decembercenter_img November 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

Prolonged conflict, inequality create ‘layers of violence’ against women in Papua

first_imgTopics : The prolonged violence and inequality in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces are taking a particularly hard toll on women, increasing the risk of them becoming victims of domestic violence and hampering their empowerment, Papuan rights activists say.”Papuan people in general experience violence and the psychological stress often lead to domestic violence, so women [in Papua] experience multiple [kinds of] violence,” Papuan activist Esther Haluk said during a discussion organized by the Jakarta Feminist Discussion Group on Saturday.She cited the ongoing military operation against armed rebels in Nduga regency, Papua, which has resulted in the displacement of thousands of civilians in the region, as an example. Read also: Indonesia to evaluate special funds for Papua: Why $7.4bn since 2002 hasn’t solved problemAdditionally, Esther said women were marginalized culturally in many cases, such as in determining areas of customary land as women were rarely involved in the matter. Women were also often forced out of their land by land concessions and investments, leaving them economically vulnerable.She added that in majority Christian Papua and West Papua, “misinterpretations” of Christian teachings, such as putting men in leadership positions, often placed women as “second-class citizens”.”Generally, women in Papua today experience layers of violence.”Despite the concerns, Elvira Rukambu, a social and political science lecturer from the Cendrawasih University in Jayapura, Papua, said the current discourse of racial issues affecting Papuans had left her hopeful.She noted the favorable reception of the Papua Lives Matter movement, inspired by the global antiracism movement Black Lives Matter, which has spurred many discussions on racism and humanitarian issues, most of them organized by people outside of Papua.She compared it to the “shallow” discourse about Papuan issues in previous years, when they were usually limited to whether people support separatism or not and did not reflect the complexity of the regions that had experienced decades of violence and discrimination.”We must maintain this momentum of discussing Papua with all its complexity, especially by providing a red carpet for women’s issues as well,” Elvira said.center_img While sheltering refugees from the conflict-ridden regency, Esther said many sick and injured women were afraid to go to the hospital as authorities would put Nduga residents under strict supervision. Her volunteer group also found that women and children made up the highest number of deaths among refugees.Aside from the violence, Esther added that women of Papua were also subjected to systemic oppression through several gender-biased policies, such as the special autonomy funds that were allocated for women.To support development in the region, the Papua and West Papua provinces were set to receive Rp 5.86 trillion (US$403.508 million) and Rp 2.51 trillion, respectively, this year from the central government. However, Papua only allocated 6 percent of the funds for women, which would also be shared with indigenous people and religious institutions, while West Papua had no specific regulation for budget-channeling to women’s issues.last_img read more

Trade union negotiator argues for calm after discount rate debate heats up

first_img“Restore calm now by saying: whatever we do, we will not be cutting the pensions next year,” he said. “It will also give pension funds the opportunity not to double the premiums. If you don’t do this, you’ll get the debate about the discount rate on the table.” The chief pensions negotiator of Netherlands’ largest trade union has called for calm after a week of heated debates on the discount rate and gloomy reports about pension schemes’ funding ratios.In an interview with Dutch financial publication FD, Tuur Elzinga said the steering group dealing with the particulars of the pension deal should examine the discount rate. “We are busy reviewing all the rules to be applied to the new pension contract – in a speedy fashion, though it will take time,” he said. “In the meantime let’s not not aggravate the situation by having pension cuts become a sword of Damocles hanging over our heads.”FNV has previously called for benefit cuts to be postponed while the details of the new pension system are being fleshed out, and Elzinga reiterated this recommendation in the context of his call for respite. Tuur Elzinga, FNVThe FNV director described pension funds as “up to their necks in it” and the cuts as “just the tip of the iceberg”.According to the current coverage ratio levels, millions of pensions will have to be lowered next year and there is also the risk of substantial premium increases.De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), the pension fund regulator in the Netherlands, this week said there are 12.1 million members in pension funds whose policy funding ratio – the average of funding ratios for the past 12 months – is below the statutory minimum of 104.2%, representing 63% of all members and 70 pension funds.The policy funding ratios of 56 pension funds are above 104.2% but below the 110% threshold required for full or partial indexation. The country’s pension funds’ current funding ratio, meanwhile, fell three percentage points, to 98.1% at the end of the third quarter, DNB confirmed. Both the funding ratio and the policy funding ratio as at the end of the year inform a pension fund’s decision about benefit cuts based on the amount of its minimum required own funds.Discount rate discussion flares up Elzinga’s comments come after the debate about the discount rate for pension funds flared up. Earlier this month dozens of economists and prominent figures wrote an open letter to the lower house of parliament arguing in favour of a higher discount rate, with pension professors countering their view in a reply. According to Elzinga, the debate belongs to the steering group – a group consisting of representatives from unions, employers and the government that is responsible for the further elaboration of the pension deal.In his view, there are more obvious solutions to prevent short-term pension reductions other than an increase in the discount rate. He said social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees could for example call on a provision in the Pensions Act allowing a postponement of pension cuts in exceptional economic circumstances. Elzinga deems a negative interest rate an example of such circumstances.“We are also caught in special circumstances in terms of policy, as we’ve just concluded an agreement,” he said. “This should lead to a new contract with different rules within two years. Our roadmap is very ambitious, in that we should have the contours ready by next spring. This will clarify everything.“To simply cut pension rights and pay-outs within such an organised period – while pension funds are also receiving more premiums than they are having to pay out – only complicates matters. It’s like playing with fire.”last_img read more

Ex-Chelsea star had secret love child with married neighbour

first_imgFormer Chelsea goalie, Thibaut Courtois, fathered a  secret love child with his married neighbour, it has been  claimed. Promoted Content11 Theories Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens YetWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Loading… “He looked like he wanted something from her, physical  not emotional. They started seeing each other in secret. “She went to the hotel the night before Chelsea games.  She had another room on another floor. That is how they saw each other. They did that eight or 10 times.”. In October 2014 £4-an-hour tapas bar waitress Jeny  Sanchez told how Courtois cheated on Tenerife-born Marta with her after they met online. She told in an exclusive interview with a Sunday  newspaper how the 27-year-old Belgian international wooed her over Twitter before bedding her in a £50-a-night  hotel. Read Also:Thibaut Courtois opens up on why he is often being criticized In August 2015 Belgian model Emily Vanhoutte claimed she  had a fling with the keeper behind Marta’s back. Courtois, who had two spells at Chelsea before signing  for Real Madrid in August last year after mentioning he wanted to live closer to his children, announced he was  splitting with Marta when she was about to give birth to their youngest child Nicolas. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Real Madrid shot-stopper allegedly bedded stunning  Elsa Izac after she signed for his Amazon packages when  he lived in London with then-girlfriend Marta Dominguez. Mum-of-four Elsa claims she divorced her banker husband romping with the Belgium ace. Little Enzo was born in September 2017 – the same month  Courtois and his girlfriend broke up. A pal told the Daily Star Sunday how Izac enjoyed trysts  with £38million Courtois in the Chelsea team hotel before matches. The friend said: “If ever Elsa had Thibaut’s parcels, he  would come and ring the bell to say thank you. She thought he was so polite. Then he would ask her for  coffee and she thought, ‘Why not?’ “Then one day she noticed the way he was looking at her.  Marta Dominguez, his girlfriend, was pregnant at the time. Elsa did not appreciate it.last_img read more

DOH: 162 frontliners infected with COVID

first_imgThese new cases consisted of 54 from Negros Occidental, 36 from Iloilo, 18 from Bacolod City, 13 from Iloilo City, and seven from Capiz. Broken down per province, 28 of the medical frontliners were from Iloilo City, 27 from Bacolod City, 23 from Iloilo province, 10 from Negros Occidental, two from Aklan, one each from Antique and Capiz while zero from Guimaras. “Some of them (were infected) in line with their medical profession but some of them na-infect either sa ila community or from their travels,” said Reyes. As of Aug. 3, Western Visayas has 1,547 cumulative COVID-19 cases after the DOH reported 129 additions. ILOILO CITY – There are now a total of 162 medical and non-medical frontliners in Western Visayas infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed. Seventy cases, meanwhile, were non-medical frontliners like policemen, military, ambulance drivers, auxiliary aides, hospital encoders, and administrative staff, among others.center_img Reyes said 36 or 39 percent of the total number of medical frontliners infected were nurses followed by doctors with 31 or 34 percent; medical technologists, eight; midwives, six; radio technologists, four; nursing aides, three; sanitary inspector, one; physical therapist, one; and two were unspecified. Of the 162 infections, 92 were healthcare workers – mostly doctors and nurses, according to Dr. Renilyn Reyes, DOH-6 spokesperson. The total active cases in the region now stand at 788 while recoveries are at 738 including the 32 new recoveries reported yesterday. DOH’s regional office also recorded one additional death, a 38-year old male from Negros Occidental, bringing the total death toll to 21./PNlast_img read more