WinterWonderGrass will be returning to Colorado in 2018, with the winter bluegrass festival slated to go down from February 23rd to 25th next year in the mountain town of Steamboat Springs. Today, the Colorado festival has announced its 2018 lineup, with a number of repeat offenders appearing the bill. Greensky Bluegrass plus Colorado’s own Elephant Revival, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Leftover Salmon all top the festival’s lineup. Additionally, Fruition, Travelin’ McCourys, The Lil Smokies, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Trout Steak Revival, Billy Strings, Jon Stickley Trio, and Brad Parsons Band will all be making appearances at WinterWonderGrass come next February.PREMIERE: Trout Steak Revival Shares Dark, Passionate Tune, “Feeling So Good”, Off New AlbumPasses for the festival are on-sale here, and for more information about WinterWonderGrass Colorado, you can head over to the event’s website here.[Photo: ontheDL Photography via WinterWonderGrass’s website]
On Saturday night, John Medeski, John Scofield, Billy Martin, and Chris Wood came together for the second of two nights at Denver’s Ogden Theatre, marking the quartet’s first performances since their headlining performances on this year’s Jam Cruise. The quartet of jazz legends has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first collaborative album, A Go Go, which was released on April 7th, 1998, and followed up by 2006’s Out Louder, 2011’s In Case The World Changes Its Mind, and 2014’s Juice.Prior to Saturday’s performance, as excited fans flocked to the venue for doors, the entire block the Ogden Theatre sits on lost power. With an uncertain and delayed start time, the line outside the venue winded two blocks past the entrance, as fans eagerly and hopefully waited to see the four jazz legends. Right before the clock struck 9, the Ogden Theatre posted via their social media outlets that the doors were opening and the show would start promptly at 9:30, despite an original start time an hour earlier.For their Saturday performance, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood offered up a diverse show with both funky, on-your-feet grooves and ambient spacey-jazz, making up for any lost time that the electrical power outage may have caused. The show featured a mixture of repeats from the night prior and material that Denver hasn’t been graced with in quite some time.The show started with “Boozer” off the quartet’s debut studio album, A Go Go. The jazz masters took this first number deep, with Scofield and Medeski trading off eclectic solos that kept getting higher and higher, as Martin and Wood held down the backbone of the rhythm section like true masters of their trade. The band was feeling loose and limber, and the heavy improvisational jam that followed was just what they needed to settle into the beyond sold-out venue, as Wood led the way on the upright bass. Continuing in the theme of celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, “Southern Pacific” came next. With John Scofield leading the way with a twangy guitar intro, the band dropped into a concentrated groove, before John Medeski absolutely stole the show with climactic solos on the Hammond organ.It was time to mix things up, and the quartet unleashed “Little Walter Rides Again”, off 2006’s Out Louder, with a loud applause of approval from the roaring crowd. The funky feel-good tune led by Billy Martin’s infectious hits behind the kit gave way to a deep exploratory space for Medeski and Scofield to once again mesh the conventional stylistics of jazz, funk, and blues, pushing each other to up the ante as the jam grew. Chris Wood stepped up to the front of the stage with his upright bass standing taller than him and laid down an aggressive solo before Medeski and Scofield slowly landed back in the central theme of the song.Moving on, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood offered up their first cover of the night, an upbeat take on Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman” followed by the avant-garde Medeski, Martin & Wood number, “Partido Alto”. The band brought the first set to a close with A Go Go’s “Jeep on 35”, a composed and relaxed song that allowed the four all-stars to show off their talent as singular, working organism.Following a brief set break, the four wizards returned for set two with Chris Wood leading the way with a heavy bass groove to start off “Legalize It” off of Out Louder. Appropriate for the Mile High City, Scofield executed some tasty licks before Medeski brought it all home on the organ. Scofield led the quartet into the funk-infused “Chank” before dropping into “A Go Go”, the namesake of the band’s first album together. Starting with a steady Billy Martin beat on the drums, Scofield was firing off on all cylinders, feeling right at home with his three musical brethren he’s been exploring sonic textures with for twenty years now.“Miles Behind” came next, which was a high-speed journey that, at points, felt like riding a rollercoaster. The avant-garde jazz song gave Martin the freedom to dive into deep sonic explorations on the drums and cowbell, with Medeski tickling away at the keys. Scofield did what he does best, offering up a thoughtful solo to bring it all home. A cover of Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” followed, which appeared on their 2014 release, Juice. The dubby take on the classic-rock song was seemingly appropriate given the “Legalize It” that started off set two and allowed Medeski to take full reigns and shine.Medeski, Martin & Wood’s “Fuck You Guys” brought the second set to a close, another structured and composed tune that allowed the musical monsters one last time to exhibit their extreme cohesiveness. Coming back for an encore, John Scofield proclaimed that they would play one last tune off of their debut studio album, treating fans to “Green Tea”, a smooth and tasty treat to end such a high-energy show.Setlist: Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 3/31/2018Set 1: Boozer> Improv> Southern Pacific, Little Walter Rides Again, I Got A Woman>Partido Alto, Jeep On 35Set 2: Legalize It, Chank> A Go Go, Miles Behind, Sunshine Of Your Love, Fuck You GuysEncore: Green Tea
With blonde hair and blue eyes, Barbie seems like an all-American girl next door — but behind the plastic doll lies a mysterious past and a troubling message, according to Terri Russ. Russ, a communication studies professor at Saint Mary’s College, outlined the truth behind Barbie’s life and her impact on women in her lecture “Barbie — Love Her, Hate Her, Who Cares?!” on Thursday evening in the Saint Mary’s Student Center. “[Barbie] is this really interesting toy,” Russ said. “She’s been around for well over 50 years now … [but] even though she’s a doll, she … represents more than that. Clearly, she’s part of our cultural understanding of a lot of things.” Barbie, whose full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts, is a teenager with an interest in fashion. She hails from a make-believe town in Illinois where she lives with her architect father and stay-at-home mother, Russ said. The story behind Barbie’s creation is guarded closely by her manufacturer Mattel, , Russ said. “One of the things [Mattel] has … done is been very protective of what the public knows and doesn’t know about Barbie,” she said. “One of the ways we see that play out is in terms of the creation of Barbie.” Mattel advertises that Barbie was named for the daughter of her creator, Russ said. However, there are other possible stories of Barbie’s creation. “[One] story is that Ruth Handler, the woman who we think came up with the idea of Barbie, wanted to design a doll for her daughter, Barb, so that her daughter and her friends could practice being an adult in play and make believe,” Russ said. At that time, the only other popular dolls on the market were made of paper, she said. Handler wanted to enrich her daughter’s playtime, so she turned to another doll on the market for inspiration — a highly sexualized German fashion doll named Lilli. “Lilli was a sex toy doll marketed to men in Germany and other places in Europe,” Russ said. “So, you can kind of tell why Mattel would want that [sanitized].” The second story, Russ said, starts with a man named Jack Ryan — an engineer employed in the defense industry. “After World War II, the defense industry kind of went downhill, so [Ryan] needed to find something to do,” Russ said. “He was really good with plastics, so he went to work for Mattel.” Some believe Ryan’s interests dictated the appearance of Barbie, Russ said. “Jack was kind of like the Hugh Hefner of his time,” she said. “He had a preference for thin, blonde women with big boobs. The story is that he designed Barbie.” However, Russ said most Barbie scholars believe the true creation story is a blending of the two. Beyond mystery surrounding Barbie’s creation, the doll also has a powerful effect on the lives of little girls around the world. “[Barbie] is this idea of little girls getting to practice being a woman, and they do that by buying Barbie,” Russ said. “But, buying Barbie is never enough, because she only comes with one outfit, and the whole purpose of Barbie is to dress her up. To do that, you have to buy more outfits, and all the accessories.” This constant need to purchase Barbie accessories instills consumer behavior in girls, Russ said. “As we know from other research, that whole consumer identity continues in other forms,” she said. “We’re marketed that we can improve ourselves if we buy the right product. That presents this really interesting phenomenon.” Despite Mattel’s idea that Barbie should inspire girls to pursue careers as doctors, teachers, dentists and more, there is a strange reality left out of this empowering thought, Russ said. “It’s interesting, because we’re supposed to view Barbie to help us be anything we want to be as a girl, but it’s very controlled by Mattel,” Russ said. “If you think about all the careers Barbie has been, which is a lot, there’s also a lot of things she hasn’t been.” Barbie has never been a professor, single mom or other realities women face, Russ said. “If [Barbie] is supposed to represent what it’s like to be grown up as a woman, it presents a very narrow view, not just physically, but holistically,” she said. Russ said Barbie’s physique creates an ideal body that is unrealistic. “We’re not going to find anyone who even comes close to looking like Barbie,” Russ said. “Even if they are blonde and thin, still nobody can really look like Barbie. She’s just completely unreal. I mean, hopefully no one has feet like that.” In fact, she’s creating a body image paradox that is not ideal, Russ said. “While we all know Barbie is just a doll and she’s unrealistic, there’s still that part of us that asks, ‘Well, what if? What if I could do that?” she said. “There is this ambivalence. We love her, but we know we shouldn’t love her, but we don’t really hate her, and she’s hard to hate. She’s a doll.” Despite Barbie setting unrealistic physical standards, mysterious career paths and disjointed thought paradoxes, Russ said Barbie does not have to be hated. “Nothing … is good in excess and nothing is good in a vacuum. It needs to be contextualized,” she said. “At the end of the day, [Barbie] is a toy — a doll — but a really, really famous doll.”
At approximately 11 a.m. Thursday, South Dining Hall was evacuated after smoke in the basement triggered smoke alarms throughout the building, South Dining Hall general manager Marc Poklinkowski said.University spokesman Dennis Brown said a small outdoor fire at McKenna Hall caused smoke to spread through the underground tunnel system and set off the dining hall’s alarms.“There was no fire in the South Dining Hall,” Brown said. “Some leaves caught on fire in an outdoor ventilation space near McKenna Hall at 10:11 a.m.“It was extinguished quickly and there were no injuries or damage. However, it caused some smoke, which made its way through our underground tunnels to the South Dining Hall, which then caused the alarms to go off.”Poklinkowski said the smoke set off several alarms in the basement of the dining hall and caused the evacuation, which lasted about 20 minutes.“There was a decent amount of smoke, so it set off a number of our alarms,” he said. “We were probably outside for about 20 or 25 minutes.”Poklinkowski said between 100 and 150 students were in the dining rooms at the time the alarms sounded, so it took less than five minutes to evacuate. He said dining hall management was aware of why the smoke was coming up through the basement but didn’t take any risks in evacuating the building.“We saw the smoke coming in and we knew why the fire alarm was going off, but you never take a risk with an alarm going off,” he said. “We were on the phone with the fire department to make sure we knew what was going on.”The dining hall reopened for lunch following the evacuation, but Poklinkowski said that the basement, including the Grab and Go line, remained closed to students for an additional hour while the fire department made sure it was safe.“[The fire department] kept the basement closed a little bit longer, because that’s where the problem was,” he said.The basement reopened at approximately 12:15 p.m. and the dining hall returned to full operations.Tags: evacuation, fire, fire alarm, McKenna Hall, South Dining Hall
Since 1994, the Georgia Plant Selections Committee has been helping Georgia gardeners improve their landscapes with beautiful, proven plants.The committee is made up of nurserymen, flower growers, landscapers, landscape designers, garden center managers and University of Georgia horticulturists.Each year they select an annual, perennial, shrub and tree from a long list of nominees and awards them Georgia Gold Medals. This year they added a flowering vine. Only the best of the best can earn the top honors.The 2003 Georgia Gold Medal Winners are:Annual: Mexican zinnias (Zinnia angustifolia ‘Star Series’). These beauties thrive with little care, tolerate drought, heat and humidity and bloom nonstop from spring until fall frost. The “Star Series” gives you a choice of planting solid colors or combinations.Native to hot, dry regions of Mexico, it actually prefers dry soils. Once established, Mexican zinnias will provide a fiesta of color with little routine care.The plants are mound-shaped, 12 to 18 inches high and 12 inches wide. They’re resistant to mildew and bacterial leaf spots that plague other zinnias, and insect pests are seldom a problem. They prefer full sun and well-drained soils.Perennial: Miss Huff lantana (Lantana camara ‘Miss Huff’). Most lantanas aren’t winter-hardy, but Miss Huff is a proven perennial, at least in hardiness zone 7.Miss Huff blooms continuously from spring until fall frost. It’s drought-tolerant and attracts butterflies like magnets, but repels deer with its pungent foliage.A shrub that grows 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide, its flowers are dense heads, 2 to 3 inches wide, of pink, orange and yellow florets. It grows in coastal beach sands and north Georgia’s heavy clay, but does best moist, fertile soils enriched with organic matter.Flowering Vine: Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata). This is the first vine to get a Georgia Gold Medal. A native, flowering vine in moist, woodland soils from Maryland to Florida to Louisiana, crossvine is a tough, evergreen vine that produces a reliable spring display of fragrant, deep red, tubular flowers.Butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy its nectar-rich, April blossoms. It’s heat- and drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. Several cultivars are out there, including “Jekyll” (orange flowers) and “Tangerine Beauty” (ruby-tangerine flowers).Crossvine gets its name from the cross-like look of the pith in its stem. It’s a vigorous climber (30 to 50 feet). Leaves are dark green, turning reddish purple in winter. Plant it in moist, acidic, well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade.Shrub: Henry anise-tree (Illicium henryi). This isn’t really a tree but a coarse-textured, evergreen shrub 6 to 8 feet tall and wide. It thrives in dense shade or partial shade, an excellent choice for woodland settings.Henry anise-tree has glossy, pest-free foliage and pink to deep crimson flowers in April to May. Deer avoid its aromatic foliage, which smells like licorice when crushed.This is the cream of the crop among the several anise-tree species on the market. Plant it in moist, well-drained soils. A complete fertilizer each spring and water in dry times will keep it looking its best.Tree: Chinese fringe tree (Chionanthus retusus). If you want a small flowering tree that’s not a dogwood, this is a sure-fire choice. In late April to early May, its pure-white, strap-like flowers come in such profusion that you often can’t see the foliage.Chinese fringe tree’s grayish-brown bark exfoliates into paper-like curls as the plant ages. Pest-resistant and drought-tolerant, it can be a large, multistem shrub or small tree, reaching 15 to 25 feet tall.Its leaves are oval, 3 to 4 inches across and lustrous, dark green. It’s deciduous, but the leaves often persist into December. It adapts to full sun or partial shade and prefers moist, well-drained soils. By Dan Rahn University of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 22
Vermont Attorney General William H Sorrell is warning local homeowners in financial distress to avoid offers of quick fixes for their mortgage or foreclosure problems. A series of recent consumer complaints to his office have focused attention on out-of-state companies, many of them in California, promising to “reduce your mortgage,” “lower your monthly house payments,” “get past due payments eliminated,” “stop foreclosure,” and similar claims.In fact, these “foreclosure rescue scams” have collected amounts from consumers in the $1,000-to-$2,500 range but have done nothing to assist homeowners. To make matters worse, it has generally been difficult to recover consumers’ funds, because the companies are often out of business by the time the investigation is begun.According to Attorney General Sorrell, “It is particularly outrageous to see companies scamming consumers who are already facing economic hardship. Vermonters should know that they have local resources available to help them at no cost.”Consumers who are having trouble making their mortgage payments, obtaining a loan modification, or dealing with a mortgage foreclosure in the courts should call the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration’s Mortgage Assistance Program at 1-888-568-4547 (toll-free), or contact the nearest Homeownership Center (there is an online listing of these centers at http://www.vthomeownership.org(link is external)).Source: Vermont attorney general. 5.24.2010
By Dialogo December 10, 2012 SAN JOSÉ — Costa Rica’s presidential vice minister and anti-drug commissioner, Mauricio Boraschi Hernández, was named president of the Inter-American Drug Control Commission [Comisión Interamericana para el Control del Abuso de Drogas, or CICAD] at the group’s 52nd annual session in Heredia, just outside San José. CICAD’s goal: to take a fresh look at regional approaches to fighting drug trafficking and organized crime. “This is a new opportunity for us to speak from the heart and to determine the reality of each of our countries in order to know the truth about where we are, how we are and what is the future of this struggle,” said Edgar Ugalde Álvarez, Costa Rica’s envoy to the Organization of American States, which oversees CICAD. This year’s agenda focused on several areas. These included revising CICAD’s evaluation program, analyzing new trends in drug politics, creating new systems for reducing drug dependency, brainstorming ways to fight corruption, presenting the major criminal groups involved in the drug trade and exploring alternatives to the treatment of criminals involved in the drug trade. Boraschi said his selection as chief of CICAD means that more focus is now being put on Central America as a major drug trafficking center. He pointed out that while Costa Rica is small, its geographic location plays a major role in the drug trade — and that with his appointment, Costa Rica will now also have a much bigger role in formulating policies to fight that trade internationally. Costa Rica assumes presidency of CICAD “This appointment is a recognition of the seriousness with which Costa Rica has addressed the drug issue,” Boraschi said. “It is also a testament to our National Drug Plan which takes a comprehensive, inclusive and universal approach to the phenomenon of drugs in order to fight this problem. This is how we have earned hemispheric respect.” He added: “International cooperation is essential to combat this scourge. Together our countries have sufficient resources for this fight.” The OAS created CICAD in 1998 at the 2nd Summit of the Americas in Santiago, Chile. With the new organization came the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism [Mecanismo de Evaluación Multilateral, or MEM]. MEM’s main objective, according to the CICAD action plan, is to create a dialogue and increase mutual trust and cooperation among member countries. That directive has led to the creation of anti-drug programs throughout the hemisphere, and has shaped a system through which countries can request assistance in fighting narcotics-related crime. “ The new proposal is a re-launch of the MEM,” said CICAD General Coordinator Juan Gabriel Morales. “We want to move to a model of objective assessment, with a more dynamic approach.” A new MEM action plan The new plan seeks to link 27 CICAD-approved recommendations from the Hemispheric Drug Strategy of 2010 with aspects from the 2011-15 Action Plan. Both plans are divided into five focus areas for countries to create or update their own drug action plans, and both emphasize reducing demand through anti-drug education programs, as well as measures aimed at monitoring the drug trade. Other focuses include institutional strengthening, supply reduction and international cooperation. The MEM’s sixth round of evaluations starts in 2013 and will measure each country’s progress based on these new criteria. Boraschi said the evaluation process will also serve as a means of developing new ways to fight narcotics trafficking across borders. During a news conference following the session’s opening, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla announced her intention to pass more legislation pertaining to drug trafficking and organized crime. “We need to send a clear message to criminals,” Chinchilla said. “None of these criminals are angels. We are beginning to see people in this country who need to be brought to international justice.” In her speech Chinchilla outlined several proposals that would require amending the Costa Rican constitution and penal code, as well as petitioning internationally for change. • The first is to change the privacy laws in Article 24 of Costa Rica’s Constitution. Judges are now only allowed to listen to phone conversations tapped for investigations; judges then share any information they believe to be pertinent among investigators. Costa Rica is the only country in the world with such a law, Boraschi said. As a result, many investigations are held up because of time restraints on judges. The change would still require a judge’s approval for the actual wiretapping, but would allow investigators to do the listening. • Chinchilla also said she intends to change Article 32 of the Constitution by allowing Costa Rican nationals to be extradited overseas to face charges of drug trafficking or organized crime. She also proposed increased penalties for people charged with drug-related offenses or racketeering, without naming specifics. The president didn’t give a timetable for implementing these new laws, but Chinchilla said constitutional amendments can take as much as two years to clear Congress. • The Costa Rican government also is seeking assistance beyond its borders. Chinchilla mentioned two documents currently being drafted for passage by Congress. The first is a treaty from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking every country in Central America, along with Colombia and Mexico, to jointly patrol the region’s waters for drug smugglers. All nations involved currently allow joint patrols with the United States. This agreement would still allow for U.S. patrols, but let other countries participate. Boraschi said following the press conference that this is meant to serve as a starting point for global legislation designed to fight a borderless crime. “Narcotics trafficking is one of the most dangerous manifestations of crime,” he said. “It does not stop at one country, and it requires legislation that works internationally. This is a problem and a task that all nations have a different, but shared, responsibility to tackle.” The president also urged the United Nations to put drug trafficking and organized crime on the same level as terrorism. Such a status change would dedicate more resources to fighting the narcotics trade and make it so that drug lords would be “hunted the same as terrorists are,” Chinchilla said. “From our countries’ point of view, narcotics trafficking and organized crime should be considered like terrorism because these criminals behave similarly to terrorists,” Chinchilla said. “We want the Security Council to recognize that these crimes are a threat to international peace and security.”
July 1, 2006 Regular News Workers’ comp judges needed Workers’ comp judges needed The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications for two vacancies in the Ft. Myers district and one each in the Ft. Lauderdale and Pensacola districts.Qualified applicants must submit one original completed application and one copy to Victor Marrero, SNCJCC Committee Chair, Director of Risk Management, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Ft. Lauderdale 33312, telephone (954) 831-8358; fax (954) 321-4587. One additional copy also must be submitted to each commission member no later than 5 p.m., July 14. Applications received after the deadline date will be disqualified. Fax or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. T he commission will hold a public hearing August 15 at 9 a.m. at the Orlando World Marriott at 8701 World Center Drive in Orlando to interview the prospective judges of workers’ compensation claims applicants.A copy of the judicial applications along with a listing of all SNCJCC commission members is posted at www.jcc.state.fl.us and www.floridabar.org.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A New Cassel man has been convicted of beating a 68-year-old Alzheimer’s patient from Hicksville so severely that he is expected to remain in a vegetative state for the rest of his life.A Nassau County jury found Josue Bonilla of six counts of assault but acquitted him of robbery and grand larceny charges.“I don’t have anything,” the victim said when the 23-year-old man confronted him on Grayston Street before punching the victim in the jaw, breaking his dentures and knocking him to the ground April 28, 2012, according to prosecutors.Bonilla kicked the unconscious victim and stomped on his head, chest and back before he fled the scene. He was apprehended two months later.Bonilla faces up to 25 years in prison when he’s sentenced at a later date.
They will also be required to give an account of the business history of the fund manager and a “relevant and coherent return history for a fund”, the Pensions Authority said.Other requirements include a minimum level of sustainability work in the administration of funds; a demand for good practice and suitability within the PPM; and the stipulation that asset managers’ actions must not damage the PPM.In addition, a fund agreement must be signed for each fund. Currently, cooperation agreements can include several funds run by the same company.The requirements were established after the Swedish parliament passed legislation aimed at shoring up the scandal-hit PPM last year.The proposal was drawn up in conjunction with the Swedish parliament’s cross-party pensions group following input from many stakeholders and experts, including Cardano’s Stefan Lundbergh and independent consultant Mats Langensjö.The authority also said that, as of 1 July 2018, there will be a requirement for savers to sign agreements on the exchange of funds and a ban on telephone sales.The PPM is the defined contribution part of the Swedish state pension, which allows individuals to allocate a proportion of contributions to private investment providers or use the lifecycle-based default option, AP7’s Såfa. Sweden’s Pensions Authority has published a list of tougher requirements for potential investment providers participating in the first-pillar Premium Pension System (PPM), as a long reform process comes to fruition.The system, for which AP7 is the default provider, has been subject to a regulatory review in an attempt to improve standards and cut the risk of savers investing in sub-standard products.Erik Fransson, head of the Pension Authority’s Fund Task Department, said: “For pensioners, the changes that are taking place will increase the security of the premium pension fund marketplace.”From 1 November, investment providers operating in or wishing to join the system’s funds marketplace will have to reach a minimum assets threshold for funds run outside the PPM. Each asset manager will permitted to list a maximum of 25 funds on the PPM’s marketplace.