With Dead & Company’s tour beginning on June 10th, fans of the Grateful Dead ensemble have been buzzing about the band’s opening night performance in Charlotte, North Carolina. The state is home to a new bill, titled “HB2,” which places restrictions on bathrooms and has been viewed incredibly unfavorably by the LGBTQ community.After artists like Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen cancelled performances in NC, fans were wondering if Dead & Company might do the same. The band finally addressed the situation, saying that they were hoping the law would already be repealed by now. Since it isn’t, they don’t want to deprive their fans of the show, and will instead be donating $100,000 to The Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina.Not only that, but the group will host a “Participation Row” area where activist groups can reach like-minded fans directly. “Participation Row” was a concept that has been implemented successfully at major events like Fare Thee Well and Lockn’ Festival, bringing a number of charitable organizations together and giving fans the opportunity to contribute.You can read the band’s full statement, below.This March, when North Carolina lawmakers passed HB2 and Governor Pat McCrory signed it into law, we categorically objected to it. We had hoped that by now this abhorrent law would have been repealed. Sadly, it has not.After much thought, consideration and conversation, we feel the most effective way to move forward is to perform as scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 10 and to donate $100,000.00 to organizations engaged in this battle for justice – the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina.Additionally, we will assemble a “Participation Row” social action area, where we’ll host local organizations fighting discrimination and national organizations dedicated to voter registration and protecting the planet. Every fan in attendance will have an opportunity to learn about the true ramifications of the HB2 law, and take meaningful action by registering to vote; to that end we are working on an online community registration site that will assist the HeadCount organization in promoting and simplifying voter registration.Dead shows have always been a safe place for all of our audience to come together through music no matter how they appear or self-identify. History shows these values of openness and inclusiveness have served us – and the world around us – well.We’ve never been a band that’s spoken many words when we’re on stage. But we hope that our actions, and the actions of our fans, will ring louder than ever before.With Love and Respect,Dead & Company
Members of the 107th Congress stood on the Capitol steps on Sept. 11, 2001, relaying information they’d just received from the Bush administration to a tangle of television cameras and microphones. The nation watched as the representatives slowly, and seemingly spontaneously, began to sing “God Bless America.”For Harvard ethnomusicology graduate student Sheryl Kaskowitz it was a pivotal moment, both for the song and for the role of music in public life. Kaskowitz studies cultural shifts in the song’s meaning and the way it was used, by whom, and in what context, from 1940 through post–9/11.“People are often surprised when I tell them I’m writing my dissertation on one song. But I’m using ‘God Bless America’ as a lens through which I can look at American history, and the role and function of communal singing in American culture.”“The song had a huge resurgence in popularity after 9/11 partly because it’s one of the few songs most people know,” says Kaskowitz, “and also because the national anthem is so martial, and Americans just weren’t in the mood for that.”Congress re-enacts the moment on the Capitol steps each Sept. 11 as a symbol of American unity in the face of terror. But this use of the song is far from its origins in popular music.“‘God Bless America’ has roots in Tin Pan Alley — it was written by Irving Berlin,” notes Kaskowitz. “When he was in the Army, Berlin was asked to write a musical show called ‘Yip, Yip, Yaphank,’ as a fundraiser for his Army camp in Yaphank, N.Y. He wrote the first draft of ‘God Bless America’ in 1918 as a finale but didn’t include it in the show.“Because Berlin was Jewish and an immigrant, ‘God Bless America’ had associations with cultural and religious tolerance that are now completely lost. In fact, there was even an early, anti-Semitic backlash against it. I found a letter in the Irving Berlin collection at the Library of Congress from a leader of a U.S. Nazi group — the Protestant War Veterans of the United States — about an imagined Jewish conspiracy involving the song and its royalties.”In 1938, Kate Smith debuted “God Bless America” as an Armistice Day song. In 1940 Berlin established the God Bless America Fund, through which all royalties from the song would be donated to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. (The New York Councils of the Scouts receive royalties even today, and the song doesn’t enter the public domain until 2034.)While the song was incredibly popular during the period before the U.S. entry into World War II, it was not universally beloved. Woody Guthrie despised it as sanctimonious, and in 1940 wrote “This Land Is Your Land” in response.“The original lyrics to Woody Guthrie’s song included the direct reference, ‘God Blessed America for me.’ It was meant as a protest against the way Guthrie felt the song glossed over the country’s problems. But the lyrics of ‘God Bless America’ are so vague, it can really be used for many points of view.”In fact, “God Bless America” has served as a protest song for both the left and the right. Before the mid-1960s, it was sung by labor unions and civil rights activists, but from the late ’60s on it became solidly associated with conservatism — first by those protesting against the peace movement during the Vietnam War, and later by an increasingly voluble Christian Right to connect God and country. Today it’s a tea party anthem.Kaskowitz was fascinated to discover that one of the most fertile areas of ethnographic research for “God Bless America” was the world of professional baseball.“I’m a big San Francisco Giants fan, and I’ve always loved the seventh-inning stretch. Before 9/11, it was always ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game.’ But right after the attacks I was standing at a Giants game, and we sang ‘God Bless America’ instead. I was immediately intrigued. What does this mean? What role is music playing here? It seemed significant to me.”Kaskowitz studied five teams: the San Francisco Giants, the New York Mets, the Boston Red Sox, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the Staten Island Yankees.“Singing ‘God Bless America’ is a new, invented tradition,” she notes. “Ten years after 9/11, baseball is one of the only institutions that has kept it.”The baseball stadium is where Kaskowitz sees both the power of group singing and the ideological tension of this particular song. It offers affirmation or membership in a particular group, but at the same time, it embodies so many tropes that it is often evoked to pit one group against another.“The New York Yankees famously kept people in their seats during the singing of ‘God Bless America’ by stringing chains across the aisles. The ACLU brought a suit against the Yankees in 2009 and won. There was an undercurrent of association between this song and support for the Bush Administration and the Iraq war. Some people objected to being forced into singing it.“A song isn’t just a song,” says Kaskowitz. ”And singing in a crowd is more complicated than just singing in a crowd. It’s often about commemoration and coercion, and sometimes both at once.”
Halloween is a time of costumes, merriment and good fright. It can also cause anxieties. Children think of candy, candy, candy. Parents think of stranger danger, allergic reactions and upset stomachs.According to Judy Harrison, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension foods specialist, Halloween presents three major hazards: food allergens, choking hazards and product tampering.“For a child with food allergies, Halloween can be life-threatening,” she said. “Parents need to be sure to examine the labels of candy before the child eats the treats.” Choking, in particular for young children, is another danger. Hard candy is the obvious choking hazard, but Harrison warns that parents need to be wary of gum, peanuts, popcorn and small toys, too. Parents should remove items that can be choking hazards from their children’s Halloween bags.Product tampering looms in parents’ minds on Halloween. They need to be on the lookout for anything that looks suspicious and check that the packaging is not open, torn or tampered with in any way.Parents should examine packages for signs of exposure to moisture, too, which can lead to contamination. “Although these food-safety risks are rare, they do occur. Parents need to be aware of them,” she said.Along with food safety, nutrition is a major concern for parents on Halloween due to the large consumption of sugar-filled delights.“Candy is never as nutritious as other foods, but some is OK as long as it is eaten in reasonable amounts,” said Connie Crawley, a UGA Extension nutrition and health specialist. “Parents can offer one to two small pieces per day over a few days, and then the rest can disappear.”Children often tell their parents that Halloween lasts only one day, so they should be allowed to eat whatever they want on that day. “The problem is that rarely is it one day, and it just begins a whole season of overeating if we are not careful,” Crawley said.Crawley has several ideas for healthier Halloween party treats. Homemade pumpkin muffins, popcorn, apples, vegetables with low-calorie dips and sandwiches cut into shapes of pumpkins or bats are all nutritious alternatives.For children with diabetes, Halloween is an especially difficult day in terms of nutrition.“Many children with diabetes can eat small amounts of candy if they take multiple insulin injections or if they are on an insulin pump,” Crawley said. “Some parents just substitute the carbs from other foods in the meal plan or add more insulin. The problem is this can result in excess weight gain if it is done too often.”She also added that “if it is done moderately and with good sense, Halloween is not much risk at all” to children with diabetes.According to Crawley, children with Type 2 diabetes may need to be more careful than children with Type 1 because “many of them are not on insulin, so they cannot cover the extra carbohydrates as easily. They definitely have to eat small amounts and substitute for other carbs in their diet.”Both Crawley and Harrison believe that adult supervision is the key to avoiding threats on Halloween, which can be a safe and exciting day for children.
Okemo Mountain Resort is this year’s recipient of the Vermont Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety in the Service Sector. This is the sixth year of the Workplace Safety Award that recognizes Vermont employers for outstanding achievement in workplace safety and health.“Workplace safety is crucial for the health and well-being of our workforce and for the vitality and productivity of our businesses,” Governor Douglas said. “With changes in technology and business practices, employers are constantly challenged to keep their workplace safe. We are pleased to recognize employers who are committed to safety.”Okemo’s management staff works hard to increase safety awareness and decrease workplace accidents by building a strong and sustainable safety culture. The resort’s philosophy on workplace safety begins with its first corporate Value – Safety.“A safe work environment is healthy and critical for our staff, and we believe it contributes to a healthy environment for our guests,” says Okemo Vice President of Human Resources Crystal Stokarski. “We can also see direct results of our workplace safety awareness translating into employees’ personal safety off the job. That is a true measure of the effectiveness of culture.”Safety has been a value at Okemo since the1980s. Resort operators Tim and Diane Mueller have embraced the importance of safety and made it part of their company culture. Okemo’s impressive safety statistics are the direct result of every employee’s contributions and actions. It is common to hear staff say, “Safety First!” as they go about their daily work at Okemo.More information about Okemo Mountain Resort may be obtained by calling (802) 228-1600 or by visiting www.okemo.com(link is external), ###
Northstar Vermont Yankee,On November 18, Entergy Vermont Yankee officials told the Vermont Health Department that the 300,000 gallon objective for groundwater remediation had been met, and groundwater extraction has been terminated. Radioactive tritium had been discovered leaking into the ground at the Vernon plant last January. Approximately 309,000 gallons had been extracted, and about 9,000 gallons were cleaned and returned for re-use at the plant. The remaining extracted groundwater is being trucked to a licensed radioactive waste processing facility in Tennessee. Final truckloads are scheduled for the end of November. A separate water shipping process was completed on November 18. About 140,000 gallons of radioactive water generated during the April and May 2010 refueling outage was shipped to a different waste processing facility in Tennessee. This water (like water in the Condensate Storage Tank and many plant systems, including the reactor coolant system) is contaminated with radionuclides such as cobalt-60 and cesium-137, in addition to tritium.Both volumes of water had been stored in frac tanks on site. These tanks are about the size of the trailer portion of a tractor-trailer. Each holds about 20,000 gallons of water, and after they are decontaminated, these frac tanks will be shipped back to the vendor. Seven frac tanks were used to store condensate water on the west side of the plant within the Protected Area of the plant, which is heavily secured. The tritium frac tanks were outside the Protected Area on the south side, near the cooling towers.New Groundwater Monitoring Wells in Service Groundwater monitoring wells GZ-12D, 22D, 23S, 24S, 25S, 26S and 27S have been completed and were sampled for radioactivity on November 15. The Health Department will receive results of these samples once the results are validated. The Health Department will also get split samples from these wells to verify the analytical results. GZ-22D, where the D designates a deep well that goes to bedrock (about 30 to 70 feet below ground level), is near the Construction Office Building (COB) well. The COB well has not been used as a drinking water well since February 2010. The other new wells run along the length of underground piping from the Advanced Off-Gas Building to the plant stack, and are intended to detect leaks from this piping system into the groundwater. The S designation on most of these wells is because they are shallow wells that do not go all the way to bedrock. They are drilled to depths of 25 to 35 feet.Groundwater Monitoring Well ResultsAs has been the trend over the past few months, tritium concentrations in groundwater near plant structures, systems and components are generally decreasing, while tritium concentrations in the wells near the Connecticut River continue their trend of slowly increasing in concentration. Since early August, the GZ-14 well on the river’s edge is where the highest tritium concentrations have been measured.To date, gamma spectroscopy and special analyses for hard-to-detect radionuclides have not identified any other nuclear power plant-related radioactive materials in groundwater, drinking water or river water. NRC Concludes Groundwater InspectionThe US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held an exit meeting at Vermont Yankee on November 18 concerning the results of its groundwater protection program inspection that was initiated August 14. The purpose of the exit meeting was to brief plant staff and conclude the inspection. A written inspection report must be published by the NRC within 30 days of the exit meeting. Until that report is completed, all inspection findings are considered preliminary.This inspection focused on Entergy Vermont Yankee’s efforts to meet the criteria of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) voluntary groundwater protection initiative. A health physicist from the Vermont Department of Health participated in many aspects of the inspection. The NRC investigation covered Vermont Yankee’s:Site Conceptual Model ‘ to depict likely groundwater flows, the interface between the bedrock and the overburden above it, the connection between groundwater in the overburden and drinking water sources in the bedrock below, characteristics of the soils on site, and flow of groundwater to the Connecticut River.Groundwater Monitoring ‘ processesand methods to monitor plant structures, systems and components for leaks of plant materials that could enter the environment.Tritium Investigation ‘ to identify and remediate the source(s) of tritium in the groundwaterand radioactive metals in the soils near the leakage pointson site.Source: Vermont Department of Health. November 23, 2010
Comments sought on contingency fee rules Comments sought on contingency fee rules Input from Bar members is being sought by the Board of Governors Disciplinary Procedure Committee over a proposed rule amendment on criteria to be used by a trial judge when reviewing a request to approve a contingency fee in excess of what is allowed in current rules.The amendment had been previously approved by the board, but it was returned to the DPC after the changes were publicized in a notice of intent to file a rule amendment with the Supreme Court.The section involved is rule 4-1.5 (f) (4) (B) (ii). The proposed change would employ existing criteria for the review of reasonableness of legal fees.Specifically, the board received judicial comments that there was a lack of criteria on how judges were to evaluate requests for contingency fees in excess of the fee found in rule 4-1.5 (f) (4) (B) (i).The DPC next meets in Tallahassee on Thursday, April 7. The board and the Disciplinary Procedure Committee are interested in comments or suggestions about the need for amendments to guide trial judges and, if necessary, what those comments should encompass. Interested members may file comments for committee consideration by writing to Disciplinary Procedure Committee, c/o Tony Boggs, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300, or by e-mail at [email protected] In order to allow for dissemination of comments in advance of the next meeting of the committee, comments should be received on or before March 25, 2005. March 15, 2005 Regular News
He also credited Amartha’s expansion to Sumatra and Sulawesi as the main driver of the company’s recent growth.To practice prudent financing during the pandemic, the company applied a policy that identifies debtors based on their regions and business types. It also applied a stricter credit approval and disbursement system based on areas most affected by the pandemic.This means that the company could reject financing proposals for businesses located in red zones and only allow funding for partners in green zones. It also blacklisted businesses that rely heavily on conditions before the pandemic from receiving financing during the pandemic.Amartha is aiming to disburse financing to more than 150,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the second half of this year, without disclosing a specific monetary figure. Andi said the company would target micro business players in the informal sectors that sell staple foods and food vendors.“This sector has proven to be resilient amid the COVID-19 pandemic as they sell primary items in small-reaching areas such as villages,” he said in the statement.Amartha pledges to continue to disburse financing during the pandemic to help MSMEs recover, adapt and grow. Financial technology (fintech) lending start-up Amartha booked an almost 44 percent increase in financing disbursement in the first half of this year after expanding to Sumatra and Sulawesi in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.The peer-to-peer lender’s financing disbursement grew by 43.87 percent to Rp 645 billion (US$43.63 million) in the first half of this year compared to the year before. The funds were disbursed to 168,125 micro business players in the country, Amartha said in a statement on Thursday.“We saw a decrease in financing by up to 60 percent in April to May due to the pandemic but it had since increased significantly by June and continues to rise to this day,” Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, Amartha founder and chief executive officer, said in the statement. Topics :
“In terms of Mandiri Investasi’s total AUM, we are targeting for it to be around Rp 58 trillion by the end of 2020,” Alvin said during a virtual media briefing on Wednesday. As of August, Mandiri Investasi booked Rp 57.81 trillion in AUM. MGSED is an equity fund that invests in foreign sharia equity securities and focuses on investing in new economies which include the themes of digitization, financial evolution, feel-good businesses, healthcare innovation as well as energy revolution. Mandiri Investasi shifted its priority into investing into those emerging sectors in mid-2019 to better align itself with global technological disruption, which has seen new economy stocks outperform old economy stocks.“Since last year, we saw an opportunity to invest in sectors that can create disruption to how we do businesses,” Alvin noted, adding that the equity fund consisted of 30 to 50 stocks of companies within those sectors. Fund manager PT Mandiri Manajemen Investasi (Mandiri Investasi) is partnering with Bank DBS Indonesia to offer dollar-denominated mutual fund Mandiri Global Sharia Equity Dollar (MGSED) as it aims to increase the total funds under its management. Alvin Pattisahusiwa, president director of Mandiri Investasi, a subsidiary of state-owned Bank Mandiri group, said the company expected to increase its assets under management (AUM) by US$100 million by the end of the year through the mutual fund. The product has been gaining traction in the market as Alvin reported that it had collected Rp 598 billion in AUM by the end of August, which had grown to Rp 1.1 trillion as of Sept. 22. Almost 40 percent of the stocks are of companies within the sector of information technology, making up the biggest share of the portfolio. Consumer and healthcare stocks come second and third at 19.78 percent and 18.57 percent, respectively. Among its top holdings are American multinational tech company Apple Inc, American social media conglomerate Facebook and Chinese tech with a foothold in e-commerce and retail, Alibaba Group Holdings. The equity fund mostly invests in US-based companies, which account for almost 70 percent of its portfolio. Meanwhile, investment in Asian countries, European countries and others account for 16.2 percent, 11.25 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively.“This product provides an option and opportunity for clients who want to diversify their wealth by placement in the global market,” Bank DBS Indonesia director of consumer banking Rudy Tandjung said during the media briefing. Bank DBS Indonesia targets sales of up to Rp 300 billion from the equity fund in the next 12 months, according to the bank’s head of unit trust and treasures private client product Mus Hidayat. So far, the bank has booked $6.7 million in sales. As of Aug. 31, MGSED has outperformed its index benchmark, the Dow Jones Islamic World (DJIW) index, as it recorded a return of 23.5 percent year-to-date (ytd), while the DJIW booked a return of 12.37 percent. “This trend is not a temporary trend. We believe that this will be sustained and will reconfigure the structure of the economy in the future,” Mus said. He explained that continuous growth would be supported by rapidly evolving technological innovation, demographic changes that saw a rise in the aging population and the middle class that will boost expenses in the care sector, and lastly, rising awareness of environmental concerns among consumers, which would drive a revolution in the energy sector. He expressed optimism that investors were now choosing mutual funds to grow their portfolio amid falling interest rates and greater access to information.Topics :
Community Leaders, Education, and Business Officials Join Governor Wolf to Call for Statewide Broadband Access SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release, Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Office of Broadband Initiatives Acting Executive Director Sheri Collins and representatives from Pennsylvania’s business, education, and municipal sectors at a press conference at the Capitol. The participants discussed their individual challenges with broadband access and how the bipartisan Restore Pennsylvania proposal will help close the digital divide.“One of the biggest challenges holding back Pennsylvania’s economy is lack of universal broadband access,” Governor Wolf said. “Everyone here today told us about how the negative effects of not having access are numerous and far-reaching. Thankfully, we have a plan in Restore Pennsylvania that can provide the funds necessary to expand access to high-speed internet to everyone.”Restore Pennsylvania, the $4.5 billion bipartisan proposal funded through a commonsense severance tax, will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania. Funding will be available to support installation of infrastructure to bring high speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth.Nearly a million Pennsylvanians today lack access to robust, reliable, high-speed internet according to the Federal Communications Commission. Lack of broadband access affects almost every sector. In education, lack of broadband access hurts students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. In business, companies have difficulty recruiting premier talent in areas where broadband isn’t readily available for the employee and their family at home. In health care, broadband is needed for effective telemedicine and ensuring emergency medical services personnel can provide the fastest, best care possible.“As educators, we know how important it is for our students to have broadband internet access beyond the school walls,” said Dr. Brian Griffith, superintendent of Penns Valley Area School District. “A reliable, affordable, and scalable broadband internet connection is essential to be competitive with learners from across this commonwealth and around the world. It’s time we step up and lead the way toward developing the type of contemporary learner we not only desire, but need. I believe Restore Pennsylvania is a plan that will help achieve this goal.”“Fast-growth, digitally-native businesses like ours are extremely dependent on broadband internet,” said Todd Wolfenberg, CEO of Yoga International based in Honesdale, Wayne County. “Those businesses can only grow and recruit top talent if high-speed internet is readily available. This is a challenge in Wayne County and many other areas of the state. We support the Restore Pennsylvania initiative because we know firsthand that those who don’t have high speed access will get left behind—and that businesses will have a harder time competing in an increasingly global marketplace.”The problem also disproportionately affects rural areas. According to a report published last month from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, internet connectivity speeds are substantially slower in rural counties than in urban ones. Due to the cost of broadband infrastructure, local municipalities cannot fund the purchase and installation of that infrastructure themselves. If passed into law, Restore Pennsylvania will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection at a level far beyond any existing funding mechanisms.“One of the main goals of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative and Tri-Co Connections is to deliver high-speed fiber optic internet services to the unserved and underserved homes, farms and businesses across rural Northcentral Pennsylvania,” said Craig Eccher, president and CEO of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative. “We expect the availability of broadband internet service to spur economic development in our region, creating opportunities in areas such as telemedicine, education, teleworking and opening doors for future business ventures. Restore Pennsylvania will ensure the construction of desperately-needed rural broadband infrastructure continues to be built across the commonwealth.”Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.Learn more about what critical infrastructure could be fixed in your community with Restore Pennsylvania at governor.pa.gov/restore-Pennsylvania. July 18, 2019
45 Olive Grove, BalmoralMr Gloftis said entertaining was a breeze with a built-in barbecue and in-ground pool surrounded by a low maintenance garden.He said given the location, the property was in a sought-after suburb.Families will appreciate the layout of the top level as it includes the main bedroom and ensuite, as well as two large bedrooms sharing a spacious bathroom. 45 Olive Grove, BalmoralA dark concrete exterior is softened by warm veins of stained timber panelling wrapped around a double-height void and used in the construction of the oversized front door.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 45 Olive Grove, BalmoralA substantial glass-framed deck attached to the master sleeping quarters overlooks the pool with views to the north of the city.Mr Gloftis said there was enough yard space to keep a pet.He said the property would best suit a big family. 45 Olive Grove, BalmoralBrisbane builder Jason Gloftis’ Balmoral masterpiece is brand new and ready for sale.The property, at 45 Olive Grove, was in the design stages for a good eight months before the dirt was cut in April, according to Mr Gloftis from Gloffy Constructions.He said the three-level home worked well with the 622sq m block and accommodated a large protected fig tree in his neighbour’s backyard.From there, we just stepped it up, Mr Gloftis said.“Internally, it’s like a bridge from one end to the other,” he said. 45 Olive Grove, BalmoralThe hardwood extends to the towering interior staircase, punctuated with a feature of three soaring posts, as well as the flooring which has been treated with a sophisticated matte finish.Burleigh Designs and Gloffy Constructions collaborated to create this recently completed five- bedroom masterpiece.