Bassnectar, Big Gigantic & More Announced For Electric Zoo Wild Island Festival

first_imgElectric Zoo is set to take over NYC’s Randall’s Island for three nights at the end of summer, running from September 2nd through 4th. After previously revealing their headliners, the festival has shared their lineup in full. With sets from Bassnectar, Tiesto and Hardwell at the top, this should a great weekend full of dance music.The lineup continues with Carnage, Porter Robinson, The Chainsmokers, Big Gigantic, Steve Aoki and so many more! Not only that, but the festival promises insane production with their “Wild Island” theme. You can check out the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s website for details.last_img

Kyle Hollingsworth’s Birthday Show Turns Into Mini-String Cheese Reunion

first_imgString Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth’s birthday show and album release party turned into a bit of a reunion when three of his SCI bandmates joined him on stage at the Boulder Theater on Saturday night. While guitar/fiddle maven Michael Kang had been on the bill for some time, the appearance of SCI guitarist Bill Nershi and bassist Keith Moseley was quite the pleasant surprise for everyone in attendance. The trio was part of the bevy of guests who performed with Hollingsworth during the concert, including Jennifer Hartswick, The Motet Horns, Erik Yates, and Zebulon Bowles.Michael Kang took the stage at the beginning of the show and ended up sticking around for a number of tunes off Hollingsworth’s new record, 50, as well as SCI favorites like “Boo Boo’s Pik-a-Nik”, “Rosie”, and “Galactic”. However, the big moment came in the middle of the second set when Nershi and Moseley joined the fray for renditions of the SCI classics “Joyful Sound” and “Texas”.Of course, many of the other guests were on hand for the rest of the show, which showcased six songs from 50 in addition to covers of the Grateful Dead (“Deal”), Earth, Wind & Fire (“Shining Star”), Cake (“Short Skirt, Long Jacket”), and The Jacksons (“Shake Your Body”). Kyle Hollingsworth Band – “Deal” (Grateful Dead cover)[Video: gratefulweb]Kyle Hollingsworth Band w/ Jennifer Hartswick – “Shining Star” (Earth, Wind & Fire cover) [Video: gratefulweb]Hollingsworth’s latest album, 50, was released on Friday, March 2nd via SCI Fidelity. The album marks his first studio effort with the current incarnation of Kyle Hollingsworth Band, and also features guests appearances by Hartswick, Infamous Stringdusters dobro player Andy Hall, SCI percussionist Jason Hann, and more.Setlist: Kyle Hollingsworth Band | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 3/3/18Set One: Come On*$+, Here We Go*+, Let me in, Finding Our Way^ > Boo Boo’s Pik-a-Nik*^@ > Deal*^@, Stuff*$+, All Falls Apart*$+, Shining Star*$+Set Two: Wyatt Earp’s Tale, Joyful Sound*#, Texas*#, Shake*$+, Take The Ride*$ > What Is Hip*$+ > Rosie*$+ > Short Skirt / Long Jacket*$+ > Rosie*$+Encore: Galactic* > Shake Your Body*$+*Michael Kang$Jennifer Hartswick+The Motet Horns^Erik Yates@Zebulon Bowles# Bill Nershi, Keith Moseleylast_img read more

US productivity in Q4 falls by largest amount in 39 years

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity in the October-December quarter fell by the largest amount in 39 years as the coronavirus pandemic roiled the labor market. The Labor Department reported Thursday that productivity dropped at a 4.8% rate in the fourth quarter after having risen strongly in the two previous quarters. The decline was the biggest quarterly setback since a 5.1% rate of decline in the second quarter of 1981. Labor costs rose at an annual rate of 6.8% in the fourth quarter after having fallen at a 7% rate in the third quarter.last_img

DACA recipient, educator recalls production process that resulted in Grammy

first_imgJuan-Carlos Alarcon is a DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, recipient whose long-held dreams of creating music were manifested in “American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom,” a studio album by the John Daversa Big Band, recorded with more than 50 singers and musicians who hold DACA status. Alarcon spoke to the Saint Mary’s Department of Music about his contribution to the Grammy award-winning CD Monday.“[Dreamers] work among you,” Alarcon said, “We’re friends. If you were to see me somewhere else, you wouldn’t know that I learned English or that I’m from another country. You wouldn’t know my immigration status unless you asked.”A native of Puebla, Mexico, Alarcon moved to the United States with his parents when he was eight years old.“I didn’t know any English,” he said. “Like zero, none whatsoever.”At the time he enrolled in school, Alarcon said he had no specific plans for the future but felt particularly drawn to music.“I’ve always known that I wanted to be a musician and have some sort of musical knowledge, but I didn’t know what I wanted to be.”However, this reality changed after one of Alarcon’s teachers showed special interest in helping him acclimate to a new language and learning environment, he said.“My teacher would pull me out for 10 minutes every single day,” Alarcon said. “She would stay after school, she would come in early, and she would sit with me and explain to me the difference between a glove and a mitten or a watch and a clock. And I said, ‘You know what? I think I want to be a teacher.’”This realization later inspired Alarcon to study music education at Indiana University South Bend, of which he is a recent graduate, and to serve as a student teacher at local schools and musical organizations in the South Bend and Elkhart communities.“There’s a lot of things that I’ve done, and it’s all because I love children, I love teaching, I love the arts, I love music and I love music education,” Alarcon said. “It’s challenging, hard work, but it pays off.”As one of approximately 700,000 DACA recipients living in America today, Alarcon said he has endured challenges over the years. Before receiving DACA status, Alarcon said he could not legally work or drive and would not be granted federal financial aid for college.“From its inception, DACA was criticized [by] members of the right that it is unconstitutional and an improper use of executive powers or amnesty,” he said. “But DACA changed my life.”Prior to receiving DACA status, Alarcon said he planned on returning to Mexico after graduating from high school. However, he soon learned he would be allowed to attend a public university and was invited to apply to Indiana University South Bend.He attended the University for two semesters, but was forced to step away from his education in the summer after the Indiana State House of Representatives introduced a bill that would not allow him to remain at IUSB. Alarcon then served a two-year mission through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.“During that time, I said, ‘Everything happens for a reason. There are things to learn everywhere.’”In 2012, Alarcon was granted DACA status and was given to a social security number, as well as the opportunity to apply for a driver’s license and “come out of the shadows,” he said.Five years later, when President Donald Trump’s administration announced its plans to terminate DACA within the following year, Alarcon said he and others felt their hopes shatter. Salvador Perez-Lopez, a clarinetist and friend of Alarcon, wrote an opinion piece voicing these concerns, and it was published in the New York Times.Kabir Sehgal, one of the producers of the “American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom,” read the piece and invited the author of the article to join his then-budding project. Perez-Lopez agreed to contribute to the CD, and as the group was searching for an organist with DACA status, asked Alarcon to participate as well.Alarcon said he agreed to contribute to the CD over the phone, in the middle of a piano lesson, and from that point the project began to develop very quickly. Spotify and Apple Music agreed to sponsor parts of the production process, and the University of Miami had donated a recording studio for the musicians to use while students were away on spring break.“The recording experience was lots of hard work, but it was so fun,” Alarcon said. “In the album, there are 53 different Dreamers who participated in the whole project from 17 different countries, which was just amazing.”The CD was released in September, and Alarcon said he later learned it had been nominated for Grammy awards in three different categories — “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album,” “Best Improvised Jazz Solo” and “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella” — through Facebook.“It was just such a humbling experience to have that and to be a part of that,” he said.All 53 Dreamers were asked to attend the Grammy Awards ceremony, an invitation Alarcon said felt like the rewarding result of years of hard work.“I’m a big believer,” Alarcon said. “You work hard, and whether you call it God, whether you call it luck, whatever you want to call it, things just line up.”Alarcon passed around his framed Grammy Awards ticket and described the ceremony itself, including attendees in beautiful gowns and tuxedos devouring McDonald’s burgers and fries in between musical performances.When the CD won in all three categories, Alarcon was able to accompany the group in accepting the award, a moment he said was both gratifying and humbling.“This isn’t your award,” he said, recalling his thoughts while onstage. “This is for the team. This is for the teacher who a long, long time ago sat outside the classroom and told you the difference between a glove and a mitten and a clock and a watch. This is for your community.”Tags: American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, DACA, DREAMERS, Grammy Awards, John Daversa, Music of Freedomlast_img read more

Pecan Crop

first_imgThere will be between 110 and 120 million pounds of pecans harvested this season, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells estimates, making this year’s Georgia pecan crop the best he’s seen in the last three years. “In 2013, it was a really wet year,” Wells said. “When we have a really wet year, pecan scab disease is really bad and that puts a lot of stress on the tree. Whatever happens to a tree one year affects it the next year, and sometimes for the next couple of years. This year, the trees seemed to have recovered from that.” One reason Wells is optimistic about the crop is the limited pecan scab disease pressure Georgia farmers faced following the wet spring. This limited pressure allowed most growers to protect the nuts at peak time of need, from June through August.Pecan scab is a fungal disease that infects the leaves or the nuts of pecans. If the disease infects the nut early, scab can cause the nut to turn completely black and fall off. Scab is common throughout the state, but is most severe in the areas of southwest and southeast Georgia, such as Albany and Waycross, Georgia, where pecan production is high. However, many growers have been able to manage the disease this year, according to Wells. “You’ll see black spots begin to develop on the tissue, and it thrives in humid conditions,” Wells said. “The more rain we get, the more disease we have. Growers have to spray fungicides to protect from that disease on most of our commercial varieties. There are some varieties that have pretty good resistance, but most growers end up having to use a fungicide.”According to Wells, the current prices for pecans are pretty good, especially for Desirable, Sumner and Cape Fear varieties. Contracts for these varieties are averaging $2.70 per pound. Stuart, another popular variety in Georgia, has been contracting around $2.20 to $2.25 per pound in the shell.Historically, Stuart was Georgia’s most popular variety, as there are more Stuart trees in the state than in any other. However, the Desirable variety, due to its large nut size and consistent production, has become one of the top-grown varieties in Georgia. Desirable is highly susceptible to scab, according to Wells, and many growers are shifting away from it to better manage the disease. “Last year (2014) was the first time in many years that we saw a shift in which the Desirable variety fell from being the top variety planted,” Wells said. “When Desirable was first released as a variety, it was fairly scab resistant. With any variety there’s a level of scab susceptibility, and the more that variety is planted over a wide area, the better the fungus can adapt to overcome the resistance mechanisms in that variety and it becomes more susceptible.” Georgia is ranked No. 1 in the country for pecan production, with more than 145,000 acres of pecans grown in 2013, accounting for over $315.5 million in farm gate value, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. (Tatyana Phelps is an intern with the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

Colombia Makes Largest Cocaine Bust in Nation’s History

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo December 21, 2017 Colombia’s Military and Police Campaign Agamemnon II (Agamenón II) carried out the largest seizure of narcotics in the country’s history. During the unprecedented operation on November 8th, 2017, authorities found 13.4 tons of cocaine hydrochloride in Chigorodó, in the department of Antioquia, thanks to intelligence from the Colombian Army (ENC, in Spanish), and National Police (PNC, in Spanish). The Gulf Clan kept the drugs in three country estates of its area of influence. “This global war on drugs was declared more than 40 years ago,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said. “So this operation shows the assertiveness with which the war on drugs is waged and the resolve of the Colombian Army and National Police, which worked jointly in this operation.” On the international market, the drugs are valued at about $400 million. The seizure impacts Otoniel’s revenues—the Gulf Clan’s top ringleader. The organized armed group controls 45 percent of drug exports from Colombia, and carries other illegal business activities. The operation “Police intelligence led to the place where the drugs were stored,” ENC Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Durán Benavides, commander of the 3rd Antinarcotics Battalion, told Diálogo. “A coordinated operation was planned and conducted in three districts of the municipalities of Carepa, Chigorodó, and Antioquia.” The starting point was information from PNC, which confirmed repeated drug deliveries of 100 to 300 kilograms to the three estates. After analyzing the information, authorities planned a raid within the framework of Operation Agamemnon II. The PNC deployed to the locations of the drugs to expedite search and seizures, while ENC troops secured those points. “We managed to intercept radio communications in which members of the Gulf Clan tried to bait and shoot at troops located at those points,” Lt. Col. Durán said. “That was when the decision was made to extract the drugs with helicopters set up in Carepa ahead of time.” Drugs were stored in homemade wooden containers under false-bottom floors. “They wanted to avoid raising any suspicions that they had drugs stored there,” Lt. Col. Durán said. “They have support networks [among civilians] in place to be notified of movements or the presence of police forces or people who are not from the region.” “It was a quick, flexible, and secretive operation with cooperation,” added ENC Colonel Alberto Ulises Romero, commander of the Special Command to Counter Transnational Threats (CECAT, in Spanish). “That was just in one day. The seizure began early in the morning, and by 11, everything had been found.” Agamemnon II “As a police operation, Agamemnon was born three years ago with very good results. However, six months ago, the president saw the need to rethink the strategy in light of the exponential growth in Gulf Clan membership, which started to be seen as a national security threat,” Col. Romero explained. “In Urabá, [the Gulf Clan] went from 1,000 to 1,800 members, plus a support network with 1,000 information points.” To analyze the problem, a Gulf Clan Strategic Review and Innovation Committee was formed, made up of 50 members from ENC, 40 from the PNC, 10 from the Navy, and 10 from the Air Force. Members studied ways to attack the Gulf Clan in five workshops on intelligence, counterintelligence, comprehensive action, legal, and judicial. After two months of work, the Military and Police Campaign Agamemnon II was born. “[We coordinated] a military campaign to be able to link the Colombian Army, Navy, Air Force, and National Police, and we kept the same name: Agamemnon II,” Col. Romero said. “[It was] an operational design with an intelligence component, led by the National Police.” ENC joined the Urabá Police with an operational component made up of antinarcotics battalions, special forces, ground combat, a helicopter battalion, CECAT, and the Colombian Navy. Through this operation, some 2,000 personnel joined as military components. The population’s trust in Agamemnon II keeps growing. “Gavilán, a ringleader who maintained full military control, fell. He managed all the Gulf Clan’s drugs, locations, and hitmen,” Col. Romero concluded. “We took out Gavilán, and the next day, Otoniel came out and said he would surrender. The clan is fragmented. They’re scared.”last_img read more

ICU Day includes CUNA, World Council promotion of credit unions in Cuba

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As credit unions worldwide celebrate International Credit Union (ICU) Day, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle offered greetings from Cuba, where he is part of a contingent of credit union leaders working to bring cooperative financial services to the island nation.“CUNA is proud to celebrate International Credit Union Day and mark the accomplishments of credit unions around the globe,” Nussle said. “It’s important to honor the history of the credit union movement and highlight the good work of our cooperative, not-for-profit financial institutions. The movement has grown to over 217 million members worldwide–and we’re continuing to seek ways to create credit union awareness.“That’s why I’ve been in Cuba this week as part of the first fully credit union focused group on the ground in Havana since the U.S. government changed their policies in December of last year. I’m honored to have been given the opportunity to discuss the credit union movement there, and am reminded of the important work we’re doing back home. Here in the United States we have over 104 million memberships and are continuing to grow.” continue reading »last_img read more

Bloomberg blossoms at City Gate

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Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil set for Premier League return against Fulham

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 7 Sep 2020 8:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18.5kShares Advertisement Mesut Ozil could feature for Arsenal this weekend (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Mesut Ozil could return to the Arsenal squad for the Premier League opener against Fulham on Saturday, with the German being brought back in from the cold by manager MIkel Arteta.The 31-year-old played in the final friendly of pre-season on Saturday against Aston Villa in a strong Arsenal side which featured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe.Ozil didn’t play in any of Arsenal’s 13 Premier League games after the return form the coronavirus hiatus, but he appears to have been handed another chance to perform in the first team.Arsenal get their Premier League campaign underway against newly-promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage at 12.30pm on Saturday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe former Real Madrid man has a year left on his contract at the club and, despite Arsenal wanting to sell him and get his £350,000-a-week wages off their bill, he looks set to see out the deal in north London.It now appears that instead of watching him sit on the sidelines for the remaining 12 months of his contract, Arteta is willing to reintegrate him into the first team squad and use him over the coming season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhere he will fit into Arteta’s new-look side is far from clear, after the arrival of Willian and the likes of Aubameyang, Pepe, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka all competing for similar positions.However, Ozil has remained clear that he is ready to fight for his place in the team while he is under contract.‘My position is clear. I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club,’ he told The Athletic last month.‘Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger. I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again.’MORE: Lyon ‘reject Arsenal player-plus-cash bid’ for Houssem AouarMORE: Bayer Leverkusen eye Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin and Tottenham’s Serge AurierFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil set for Premier League return against Fulhamlast_img read more

State closes its case in murder trial of Garvin George

first_imgLocalNews State closes its case in murder trial of Garvin George by: – November 22, 2011 Share Court gavelThe state represented by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gene Pestaina has rest their case in the trial into the death of Julien Junior Joseph of Vieille Case after the tenth (10th) witness took the stand on Tuesday.According to the facts of the incident presented by Mr Pestaina, at about 7:10pm the accused and the deceased were having an argument on February 5th, 2010. During the argument there was a pushing and shoving between the two close to a bar called Cindy’s Bar in Calibishie. There was an altercation shortly after the argument and the deceased ran away into a yard and the accused pursued him where they continued fighting. About 7:30pm that same evening the deceased was seen coming from the yard and holding a part of his body, spoke to some people and was transported to the Marigot Hospital on a van. The deceased died on the way to the hospital or at the Marigot Hospital. He was then taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital and examined by a pathologist. An autopsy was performed on the body and he was later buried. On Monday, the State called eight (8) witnesses; Constable Javeed Prince, Magistrate Michael Bruney, Anthony Andrew, Cooksie James, Jackson George, Yolanda “Binky” George, Sergeant Romain Riviere, and Clement George to convince the nine (9) member jury that Garvin George of Calibishie did cause the death of Julien Junior Joseph.At Tuesday’s sitting two other witnesses; an expert witness Sergeant George Theophile and the investigating officer Corporal Linton Mills testified.Sergeant Theophile, who has a police officer for twenty-three (23) years and has been practicing Crime Scene Management for the past twelve (12) years, testified that he was called by Corporal Linton Mills on Saturday 6th February, 2011 to visit a crime scene “relative to a report that they were investigating” and he retrieved his crime scene kit including a Nikon digital camera and proceeded to Calibishie.It was also his testimony that on his arrival at the crime scene in Calibishie he made a few observations and therefore took photographic exposures of these observations including the Calibishie public road running from east to west, a Ford pick-up truck registration number PD 119 which had what appeared to be “blood spatters” on it, a galvanize fence with what appeared to be “blood spatters” on it, a silver scissors which he noticed and pointed out to Corporal Mills.Sergeant Theophile further testified that he was present during the autopsy of the deceased Julien Junior Joseph and took a photographic exposure of his upper body which was used to create fourteen (14) albums of twenty (20) photographs of the crime scene and for the purpose of the trial. Each member of the jury was given a copy of the album and the sergeant gave a detailed explanation of each photograph. He also stated during his Examination in Chief that he did not “doctor the images, neither was there any malfunction with my Nikon digital camera or computer system”.Under cross examination by Defense Counsel Wayne Norde, Sergeant Theophile explained that he is an individual who takes pride in his work, is a very experienced Criminal Investigations Department man and has worked in that department for fifteen (15) plus years.He further explained when asked by Defense Counsel that he had latex gloves on when he retrieved the pair of scissors from the crime scene and also used a tweezzer to hold the scissors before handing it to Corporal Mills, which is the proper practice.According to Sergeant Theophile, there were no blood stains, finger prints, fibers, or any kind of trace evidence on the pair of scissors. He was asked by Mr Norde, how he tested the evidence to determine whether there were finger prints or blood stains and whether he used a microscope, he replied that he did so using his “naked eye” as after years of working in such field he has acquired that skill. He further explained that he is able to see fiber and trace evidence with his “naked eye” but did not consider finger prints to be an example of trace evidence. Defense Council further questioned whether he used luminol; a highly sensitive substance often used in the visualization of blood that can locate faint blood which is invisible to the eye, to decipher whether there were blood spatters on the scissors he replied no he did not.He also testified that the Crime Scene Management Department is equipped with paraphernalia to detect finger prints and trace evidence when asked by the jury, but no explanation was given regarding why it was not used during the investigation.He also testified that he did not know whether it rained on the night of the incident on 5th of February, 2010 but it rained while they were on the scene which the investigating officer contradicted by testifying that it was a “sunny day and it never rained”.Sergeant Theophile was asked by the jury whether to his knowledge the crime scene had been guarded or protected the night the incident occurred and he said he was not aware. He was then asked whether the scissors could have been planted on the scene as it was not properly secured, a question which both the prosecutor Mr Gene Pestaina and Defense Counsel objected to but allowed by the Court, he said he only photographed what he saw on the scene.The next witness, the investigating officer testified that during his investigations, he made several observations of the crime scene, retrieved some of the evidence from Sergeant Romain Riviere who assisted him with the investigations, marked his initials on them and kept in his custody. He also testified that he indentified and interviewed some of the witnesses in this trial and although he interviewed the lady in whose yard the fight occurred he could not remember her name. He also explained that he did ask her to testify but she did not wish to do so.He also testified that he did not ask the accused where the fight begun, or who the scissors belonged to but that he did ask the accused where the fight ended.He explained under cross examination that he did not cordon off the crime scene which is a usual practice as the Calibishie Police Station is not very equipped with crime scene tape or rope, but was confident that the crime scene was not compromised as it was in the same condition as he left it when he returned the following morning with Sergeants Theophile and Riviere.Corporal Mills was asked by the jury whether it is important to use proper paraphernalia when conducting investigations at a crime scene and he said yes. When he was asked why it was not used he did not use it, he explained that there “was an expert on the scene”.Corporal Mills described the deceased as being “troublesome” and was asked by Defense Counsel to describe troublesome. He explained that in his opinion a troublesome person is one who is “frequently in arguments and troubling people”.Dominica Vibes News Share 105 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more