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Dopapod Light Designer Luke Stratton Debuts “The Light Side Podcast” With Guest Jefferson Waful [Listen]

first_imgOne of the most sensational components of live music is the light design. With improvisational bands in particular, Light Designers must configure their craft in such a way to match the music in its free flowing element. For fans who want to know more about this fascinating trade, you can now tune into the new Light Side Podcast, hosted by Dopapod light designer Luke Stratton.The Light Side Podcast will see Stratton talk about the inner workings of light design with a series of esteemed workers in the field. The series was launched today, and the debut episode features Umphrey’s McGee LD Jefferson Waful. The two discuss preparation and design, equipment, console layout, and Waful’s journey into the world of lighting design. Stratton plans to release one episode of Light Side per month, and future guests include Greg “The Laser Shark” Ellis of Pretty Lights, Saxton Waller of ROY G BIV Light and Show Design (STS9), and Michael Smalley of Twin Designs (Bassnectar, Pitbull).You can listen to the debut episode streaming below, and head here for more information about the series.You can catch Luke Stratton on tour with Dopapod throughout 2016 and into 2017, including tour dates with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and a two-night New Year’s Eve celebration with Aqueous and Consider The Source at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY. The band’s full schedule appears on their official website.last_img read more

Kristin Stoklosa receives Ishimoto Award

first_imgKristin Stoklosa, e-resources manager and e-resources coordinator for the sciences, has been named this year’s recipient of the 2010 Carol Ishimoto Award for Distinguished Service in the Harvard College Library.Created through a 1991 endowment established by former Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Cataloging and Processing Carol Ishimoto, the award annually recognizes a member or group of the professional staff who has advanced the mission of the Library through exceptional contributions and leadership, and includes a cash award and citation for creative professional achievement of the highest order. “Kristin’s dedication has had a positive impact not just on Harvard College Library users, but on patrons throughout Harvard’s libraries,” Cline said. “The availability of digital resources has profoundly transformed the way our users approach the library, and Kristin has played a key role in ensuring the libraries acquire and deliver the resources patrons want. Her efforts in ensuring patrons can access the material they need for their studies and research is deserving of this award.” Stoklosa was nominated for the award in recognition of her efforts to anticipate and respond to the complex and rapidly-changing needs of scholars and faculty who rely on the library’s ability to deliver timely, accessible and reliable digital resources.To deliver a wide range of e-resources as quickly and efficiently as possible, Stoklosa has taken on a variety of roles in her work, Alison Scott, Widener senior collection development librarian and Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History, wrote in a nomination she submitted on behalf of herself and Associate Librarian for Collection Development Dan Hazen. Stoklosa acts as a combination of negotiator, analyst, ambassador, project manager, wrangler, and even rhetorician while assisting bibliographers and libraries that are variously part of HCL, FAS and HUL to assess, purchase, license, and subscribe to e-resources ranging from massive multi-disciplinary journal packages to highly-specific primary data sources.As an example of Stoklosa’s exemplary work, Scott pointed to her management of all subscription data during the project to migrate more than 1,000 printed journals at Widener Library into digital formats. Other projects include gathering and analyzing data for e-journal package negotiations and acquisitions, and an extensive review of tools for the evaluation of journal significance completed in support of the arduous work of pricing evaluation. Stoklosa also played a lead role in the development of a software tool/database for the efficient management of all phases of HCL acquisition of new digital resources, and continues to work on developing efficient workflows for the purchase of one-off e-books.“These activities would not be easy tasks to accomplish even in the best of times,” Scott said. “In these days of straitened budgets and ever-increasing costs, Kristin’s ability to work with librarians, technical experts, and vendors to keep our electronic acquisitions programs on track, on schedule and within budget is nothing short of marvelous.”Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, presented the award to Stoklosa on Dec. 7.last_img read more

Herb Garden

first_imgUniversity of Georgia horticulturist Bodie Pennisi doesn’t just study herbs in her research garden in Griffin, Ga. She also grows them at home to add flavor to her food.“I grow herbs because I use them in my kitchen,” she said, “and I do quite a bit of cooking. I use them fresh, and I use them dry, so I have to know which will grow in containers [and] in the ground, how to preserve them and use them the best.”Her general message is to “eat more herbs,” she said. “Using herbs in the kitchen is a dietary way to help yourself in not eating too much salt and increasing the flavor in your food.”All herbs like well-drained soils, so she’s found it easiest – and better for the plants – to grow them in pots. The exceptions are rosemary and thyme, which can be planted as ground cover in sunny areas. Sage can also be grown in the ground, but Pennisi has found, “in my view, it likes the pot a little bit better.”Because herbs grow well in pots, they are easy to transport indoors and back outdoors depending on the weather. “You can grow just about anything if you put it in the house,” she said, “but you have to give it a lot of sun. A southern-exposure window is the best. But, you’re never going to get the good growth you get outside.”Both dried and fresh herbs can be found at most grocery stores. Dried herbs usually come in bottles. Fresh herbs can be found in the produce section, usually bunched, in a bag or enclosed in a tube. But Pennisi prefers hers grown at home. And in the winter when fresh isn’t readily available, she’s prepared.“It’s a lot better if you grow them yourself,” she said. “And dry them yourself, but don’t hold them dried for more than a year. I dry my own lemon balm and mint for tea. It’s not hard.”To dry herbs, she uses an inexpensive plastic dehydrator. In the summer when the air inside her house is dry due to the air conditioning, she hangs them in her kitchen.Below are a few of Pennisi’s favorite herbs and a few tips for growing them.Basil. “You can start from seed or purchase it in plant form,” she said. Basil can vary from the most common – a wide-leafed variety – to the small-leafed lemon basil and purple opal basil, which has dark maroon-purple leaves. It should be grown in full sun and well-drained soil. As soon as its flower heads appear, these should be pinched back to prevent the plant from going to seed.Thyme. There are more than 400 varieties of thyme, with English thyme being the most common. For the South, Pennisi suggests growing lemon thyme, caraway thyme and mother-of-thyme. Thyme varieties that creep make an excellent ground cover.Sage. A perennial plant, sage varieties can be used interchangeably in cooking. Once it is established, it usually does well in well-drained soils. One particular variety of sage, known as pineapple sage, can be used to flavor drinks, chicken dishes, cheeses, jams and jellies.Rosemary. Rosemary can be enjoyed year-round from the garden, because it too is a perennial plant. The shrubby plant can grow to between 3 and 5 feet tall. It’s drought-resistant after it’s established, but should be planted in full sun. “If you see that the plant is not growing vigorously, it’s a sign that it’s not getting enough sun,” Pennisi said.Mint. Mint should always be grown in a pot, she said, because once it’s planted in the ground, it can take over. “The same goes for oregano and marjoram,” she said. “They’re a little too happy to grow.” The invasive mint can tolerate partial shade. Pennisi likes to grow peppermint and spearmint varieties to add to her tea.Winter and summer savory. Winter savory has smaller, darker green leaves, a stronger flavor and is a perennial. It grows best from cuttings. Summer savory grows more easily from seed. Both require full sun.Chives. Chives are a member of the onion family. “It’s basically your onion,” she said. “Onion chives are planted each year. The garlic chives have flat leaves, and they’re perennial.” They are easy to grow, but require a balanced fertilizer to grow well. Onion chives have pink flowers, while garlic chives have white flowers.Lemon balm. “I like lemon balm for tea,” she said. Lemon balm is a perennial that can spread up to 3 feet. It will grow in partial shade.For more information on growing herbs in Georgia, see UGA Extension Bulletin 1170.last_img read more

North Carolina campground closures across state park system to continue through May 22

first_imgVirginia becomes first state in South to pledge goal of carbon-free energy Georgia denies the nation’s last new coal plant North Carolina campground closures across state park system to continue through May 22 “Please do not call the reservation line or the park about your reservation,” NC State Parks said on their Facebook page. “If your reservation falls within the campground closure dates, Aspira, our reservations management company, will contact you directly to cancel your reservation and issue a full refund.” In the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, Virginia is moving ahead with the goal of becoming carbon-free by 2045, the Washington Post reports. Last weekend, Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation which mandates Dominion Energy, the state’s largest utility, to switch to renewable energy by 2045. Appalachian Power, which provides energy to southwest Virginia, must be carbon-free by 2050. “I am thankful for the EPD’s decision so we can move on from this outdated and unnecessary project,” Katherine Cummings, a member of Georgia’s Fall-line Alliance for a Clean Environment (FACE) said in a statement. “Plant Washington posed a threat to family budgets, community health, and natural resources in and beyond Middle Georgia. It’s certainly a moment of closure and relief that this polluting giant will never be built.” The actions “Will create thousands of clean energy jobs, make major progress on fighting climate change, and break Virginia’s reliance on fossil fuels,” state Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan told the Washington Post in a statement.  On Friday, NC State Parks announced that state park campground closures will continue through May 22.  Last week, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) denied a request for additional time to begin construction on Plant Washington, a new coal plant that has been in the works for 12 years and would have cost more than $2 billion. It was the last proposed new coal power plant project in the United States.last_img read more

Freeport Man Charged With Drugs, Police Chase Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Freeport man has been arrested for allegedly leading a New York State Trooper on a chase that ended when the suspect crashed his vehicle in South Hempstead this week, police said.Lawrence Brown was pulled over for weaving in and out of traffic while driving a Hyundai on the Southern State Parkway but fled while the trooper was approaching his vehicle to interview the suspect at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, police said.The 31-year-old suspect got off at exit 20 for Grand Avenue, where he crashed into a tree, got out of his vehicle and ran away, police said. Troopers found him hiding in the bushes nearby, police said.Troopers found three grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a forged Visa debit card in the vehicle, police said.Brown was charged with possession of a forged instrument, possession of a controlled substance, fleeing a police officer and traffic violations.He will arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Binghamton students make ‘cents’ out of classroom lesson through coin drive

first_imgChallenge classes give students more opportunities outside the typical curriculum. “Our eighth grade challenge class, we’re talking about power throughout the year. The second half of the year we’re learning about how we can use our power to help people to make our community better,” said challenge teacher Janelle Farrell. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Some Binghamton students are making ‘cents’ of a lesson they learned in the classroom. “They’re going to look at the different side effects and the time they spend in chemo and give them things to kind of get them through that process,” said Farrell. “They need to know there’s people there to support them, and there’s people there who will help them,” said student Amiah Brissett. The money will be used to make care kits, filled with things to help patients feel better mentally and physically. “Some people can’t experience their life to the fullest so we think we should try to at least help some people live their life to the fullest,” said student Kaleb Lawrence. “I think in middle school its important especially, for kids to see that it’s not just them, it’s the outside world, and they can make a positive change in their community and have a voice,” said Farrell. “The kids have all experienced someone in their family or somebody in their lives that has had cancer. So we decided to research different areas of cancer, and decided to focus on chemo in particular,” said Farrell.center_img Students came up with the idea of a coin drive, raising money for people with cancer going through treatment. “We try to fix a problem at least once every year and this year it’s the chemo care,” said student Aidan Sheehan. A lesson kids are learning in school, but will stick with them outside of the halls. “We fill it up with things that help with the chemo care, either it could be money or could be equipment or anything,” said Sheehan. Students at East Middle School are also raising money for chemo care kits, through a different fundraiser. The drive runs until March 11, then students plan on delivering the kits to local oncology centers themselves. Students say it’s a small way of making a big difference.last_img read more

Oil rally runs out of gas, stocks simmer

first_img“The release of Chinese PMI data overnight provided some reason for optimism, with a sharp rebound back into expansion lifting spirits ahead of the European session,” said market analyst Josh Mahony at online trading firm IG.China’s manufacturing sector saw surprise growth in March, having been mauled in February as the country went into lockdown to tackle the virus.China’s Purchasing Managers’ Index, a key gauge of factory activity, jumped to 52.0 from a record low 35.7 the month before. Any figure above 50 is considered growth.China is slowly returning to a semblance of normal life after months of tough restrictions that confined millions of people at home and brought economic activity to a near standstill. A jump in Chinese factory activity despite the virus-hit global economy helped keep equities markets bubbling higher, but oil prices failed to rebound convincingly from 18-year lows.Asia stocks picked up the baton from a rally Monday that saw all three of Wall Street’s main indices jump more than three percent.That carried over into Europe and back to New York, although gains were more modest. Topics :  ‘Bear market rally’ While the number of infections and deaths continues to rise, some observers believe traders are getting used to the new normal, with some suggesting the worst of the stock selloffs are over.Trillions of dollars pledged to offset the economic impact of the deadly virus have provided a semblance of stability to world markets, which were initially pummeled by the rapid spread of the disease, which has forced swathes of the planet — and the global economy — into lockdown. – Key figures around 1530 GMT – London – FTSE 100: FTSE 100: UP 2.0 percent at 5,671.96 (close)Frankfurt – DAX 30: UP 1.2 percent at 9,935.85 (close)Paris – CAC 40: UP 0.4 percent at 4,396.12 (close)Milan – FTSE MIB: UP 1.1 percent at 17,050.94 (close)Madrid – IBEX 35: UP 1.9 percent at 6,785.40 (close)EURO STOXX 50: UP 0.2 percent at 2,770.73New York – Dow: UP 0.5 percent at 22,434.64Tokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 0.9 percent at 18,917.01 (close)Hong Kong – Hang Seng: UP 1.9 percent at 23,603.48 (close)Shanghai – Composite: UP 0.1 percent at 2,750.30 (close)Brent North Sea crude: DOWN 0.5 percent at $22.64 per barrelWest Texas Intermediate: UP 2.2 percent at $20.53 per barrelEuro/dollar: DOWN at $1.1006 from $1.1046 at 2230 GMTDollar/yen: DOWN at 107.63 yen from 107.72Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2447 from $1.2406Euro/pound: DOWN at 88.40 pence from 89.07 pencecenter_img But others are more sceptical. “It is becoming obvious that lockdown measures around the world will need to be extended, and that will likely make everyone’s GDP decline forecast a little uglier,” said OANDA’s Moya.”Despite today’s stock market resilience, this is still probably a bear market rally,” he added. “Chinese factory data overnight gave a flicker of hope that the world’s second largest economy is firing back up, despite large parts of the world grinding to a halt,” said City Index analyst Fiona Cincotta.The Chinese data initially helped oil prices rebound from 18-year lows struck on Monday as measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak have hit demand.  A strong and quick recovery of Chinese output would help boost demand for energy.But European benchmark Brent crude began to fall once again, although the main US contract, WTI, was still up over two percent.An ongoing price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia has also put downward pressure on prices.”Until markets can start to understand how bad the demand shock will be since practically the whole world is on lockdown, most oil rallies will get faded,” said analyst Edward Moya at OANDA.last_img read more

A beach shack at Fingal Head has sold for a cool $1.475 million

first_img32 Lagoon Rd, Fingal Head.A BEACH shack at sought-after Fingal Head has sold for $1.475 million.The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 32 Lagoon Rd is on an 809sq m block within the tightly-held waterside peninsula.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoBacking on to Dreamtime Beach and opposite Wommin Lagoon, the well-maintained home has a rainforest setting.It is within walking distance of the Tweed River and Fingal Village. 32 Lagoon Rd, Fingal Head.The property also includes a garage conversion which could be suitable as a granny flat, along with a separate artist’s studio.It was marketed by Tony Holland and Rachael Ford from McGrath Coolangatta/Tweed Heads.last_img read more

This 1890s home has been restored to its former glory with some contemporary touches

first_img92 Enoggera Tce, Paddington.Three of the four bedrooms are on the upper-level, including the main bedroom with access to the deck and views, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite.The lower-level loungeroom has a wet bar and adjoining it is a guest bedroom, bathroom, office and storage /wine cellar. 92 Enoggera Tce, Paddington.“When I bought it, my solicitor rang me up and said, ‘James, are you serious?’”Mr Freestun commissioned AAD Design to transform the original 1890s house, which appeared to be at risk of “blowing over in the wind”, into one of Paddington’s most beautiful homes.“I looked around at the time, at a lot of the renovations in the area, and what I observed was that a lot of money was spent on construction and not enough on the details,” Mr Freestun said. REAL ESTATE: 92 Enoggera Tce, Paddington.A well-worn running route led James Freestun to the front door of 92 Enoggera Tce, Paddington.It was 2001 and Aurora was a derelict shell of the glorious award-winning double-storey residence it is today.“I used to jog past the house, have a rest on the corner and look past the building to the view,” Mr Freestun said. 92 Enoggera Tce, Paddington.Mr Freestun’s own yard won the Design and Construct category in the Landscape Queensland Construction Excellence Awards 2016.With a budget of $350,000, A&R Evergreen crafted the prized garden out of a steep slope with the help of a 4m retaining wall.There’s a large self-cleaning heated swimming pool with an infinity glass edge, a vertical garden, a cantilevered pergola with a built-in barbecue, and a bench seat made of travertine with firewood storage underneath.center_img 92 Enoggera Tce, Paddington.One of Mr Freestun’s favourite spots is around the custom-made fire bowl and nearby bar ledge.A wish to downsize is behind his decision to sell this much-loved home.“It’s a very comfortable home to live in and the spaces are large enough to accommodate a big family but not too large that you feel like you have to get your mobile phone out to call people,” he said. 92 Enoggera Tce, Paddington.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours ago“I was determined not to do that. I wanted to spend the money that was required to get the high finish.“We did things like make the bi-folds 2.4m high to see the view, and that was money well spent.”There are uninterrupted views from the wide rear deck over Brisbane’s CBD.“What’s really great is at sunset, the sun shines off all the buildings in the city so there’s this golden glow,” Mr Freestun said. “For three or four months of the year you see all the jacarandas across Brisbane in bloom, too.”last_img read more

Bulgarian Parliament adopts pension committee report

first_imgBulgaria’s ad-hoc pensions parliamentary committee has recommended lower fees, improved investment and ownership disclosure and shored up resources for the pensions regulator.The eight-member cross-party committee, whose report was adopted by Bulgaria’s National Assembly (parliament) on 14 May, was set up in February in the wake of the backlash following the government’s controversial changes to the Social Insurance Code at the end of 2014.These changes included giving members of the universal and occupational pension funds one, irreversible choice of moving fully to the first pillar.Over two months, the committee held 10 meetings, with hearings from Ivailo Kalfin, deputy prime minister for demographic and social policies and minister of labour and social policy, finance minister Vladislav Goranov, the Financial Supervision Commission (FSC), the Bulgarian Association of Supplementary Pension Security Companies (BASPSC) and the National Revenue Agency (NRA), the country’s tax and social security contribution collector. The meetings were open to the public, media and stakeholders.The committee recommended that pension returns, currently published annually, should be reported monthly.In the current dispute between the FSC, the industry’s regulator, and BASPSC over yield-calculation methodology, the report did not side with either party but recommended the regulator and market participants (pension companies, asset management and investment firms) reach a consensus shortly.The issue of beneficial owners and related parties has also been controversial and was highlighted by the European Commission (EC) in a recent report on Bulgaria.While the Social Insurance Code restricts individual shareholders’ investment to a single pension company, and bars pension funds from investing in securities issued by the owner of the pension company, or companies related to the owner, the ownership structure is not always transparent.As the EC noted: “The current legislation, while generally sound, has shortcomings in the area of related-party and connected exposures, which involve a significant risk for the profitability of the funds, their clients’ future pensions and, more broadly, the efficient allocation of resources in the economy.”The committee acknowledged that the current law needs to be amended and proposed that its members draft a legislative initiative.The committee’s proposal to reduce fees by some 40% echoes similar recommendations made by the FSC in 2012.The report noted that fee income continued to rise, increasing by nearly 15% year on year in 2014.It reasoned that, after 12 years of operations, the pension funds and companies were stable enough to weather the reduction, while pension fund members’ accounts, and eventual pensions, would increase.Other proposals included improving transfers from the NRA to the pension funds, and strengthening the FSC’s supervisory capacity, including more human resources, training programmes, new IT systems and an electronic platform for the funds and other supervised entities to submit information.Sofia Hristova, chief executive and chairman at Allianz Bulgaria Pension Company, told IPE that while she would have welcomed more specific and precise findings, the committee has helped the pensions industry highlight issues that have been stifled for many years.“The public is already much more aware of the gist of pension reform discussions among the industry, legislator and supervisor,” she said.The committee did not make recommendations concerning the recent changes to the funds’ mandatory status.These are the subject of a number of proposed amendments made by the Finance Minister in late January, which have still to be debated by Parliament.last_img read more