WinterWonderGrass Steamboat Annnounces 2019 Lineup With Trampled By Turtles, Railroad, & The Stringdusters

first_imgIn February of 2019, WinterWonderGrass will return to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for its seventh-annual event. Scheduled for February 22nd through 24th, today, the fan-favorite winter bluegrass and roots festival has announced its initial lineup, including headliners Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth, and The Infamous Stringdusters.In addition to these three big-name headliners, WinterWonderGrass Steamboat has curated a characteristically strong down bill. The festival will also see performances by The California Honeydrops, Fruition, Billy Strings, The Lil Smokies, Della Mae with Bonnie Paine, Jeff Austin Band, the Shook Twins, Lindsay Lou, Love Canon, River Whyless, Pixie and the Partygrass Boys, Pickin’ on the Dead, Town Mountain, Rapidgrass, Upstate, Wood Belly, The Sweet Lillies, Chain Station, Tenth Mountain Division, The Lonesome Days, Jay Roemer Band, and Buffalo Commons.As Scotty Stoughton, founder of WinterWonderGrass, explained in a statement,Steamboat is now one of my homes, and that has permeated down into my team. The love, support, and appreciation we feel from the community inspires us to make the City proud. We always set out to develop WinterWonderGrass with our host towns as a partnership, relying on each other to deliver an outstanding experience for locals, and the guests that work so hard to make the pilgrimage. It’s beyond an honor to continue to build the legacy of the original WinterWonderGrass in Colorado.Tickets for WinterWonderGrass’ upcoming 2019 edition in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, go on sale today, September 25th. The festival is offering three-day general admission and VIP tickets, as well as packages that contain tickets to the Steamboat festival as well as its other festival locations in Vermont and California. For more information and for ticketing, head to the festival’s website here.last_img read more

Michael Phillips Moskowitz named Entrepreneurship Fellow at Shorenstein Center

first_imgThe Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, located at the Harvard Kennedy School, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Phillips Moskowitz as the Center’s first Entrepreneurship Fellow.The newly established Entrepreneurship Fellow program will invite established technology entrepreneurs to provide guidance and mentorship to students, and to work with faculty on research and course development. “The explosion of innovation coming out of emerging technology companies has profound consequences for the public sphere — from media to public policy,” said Nicco Mele, the Center’s director.“By developing relationships between communities of private sector entrepreneurs and Kennedy School students, we hope to do two things: encourage more thoughtful approaches to public policy on the part of disruptive startups, and better support Kennedy School students looking to start new organizations and programs,” Mele said. “Michael Phillips Moskowitz has an exceptional and unusual ability to think outside the box; this has served him well in his entrepreneurial ventures. Students on campus will find they have a lot to learn from a leading creative thinker at the intersection of technology and design.”Moskowitz will focus on how to apply user experience and usability design practices to improve online engagement, ranging from from news consumption to government service. He will be in residence for the fall 2016 semester, joining the Center’s Joan Shorenstein Fellows, Derrick Z. Jackson, Erie Meyer, Markus Prior, and Yeganeh Rezaian, and the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, Bob Schieffer.last_img read more

Boy Scouts Of America Files For Bankruptcy

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Photo: US ArmyIRVING, TX – The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy.The youth organization filed on Tuesday as it faces a wave of sexual abuse lawsuits.It listed its assets between $1 billion and $10 billion and estimated $500 million to $1 billion in liabilities.According to its website, it filed chapter eleven to “equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in scouting.” Local councils are not filing for bankruptcy as they are legally separate and distinct organizations.“While we know nothing can undo the tragic abuse that victims suffered, we believe the chapter 11 process — with the proposed trust structure — will provide equitable compensation to all victims while maintaining the Boy Scouts of America’s important mission,” said Roger Mosby, Boy Scouts of America’s President and Chief Executive Officer.last_img read more

Food Safety Honored

first_imgJudy Harrison, a professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences Department of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia, was selected to receive the 2018 Outstanding Engagement Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ (APLU) Board on Human Sciences.At APLU’s annual meeting in November, Harrison received this national honor for her work in implementing food safety initiatives and educational programs for children, farmers and farmers market vendors. Her food safety education curriculum has been used across Georgia, nationwide and internationally.As a foods specialist for UGA Cooperative Extension, her outreach work with children includes two food safety programs that she created. “Smart Kids Fight BAC!” is a program that includes a four-step process to keep food safe. It contains activity workbooks, science, math and language arts problems that address the topic. The program has been used in 27 states, according to Harrison.Another one of her outreach efforts, “Wash Your Paws, Georgia!,” is a program for young children that encourages and emphasizes the importance of proper handwashing. Harrison’s commitment to children’s health stems from the age group’s vulnerability to foodborne disease.“Young children and the elderly are especially susceptible to foodborne illness,” Harrison said. “If we can prevent cases and deaths then that’s a very important task.”More recently, Harrison has worked on food safety education for farmers in Georgia. Harrison said her main objective is to help enhance the safety of locally grown produce. This training is divided into two parts, instructing farmers and instructing the managers of small farmers markets.These courses were delivered face-to-face and are now available on the national Extension website. The online courses have now reached eight countries, 17 states and the District of Columbia.“We’ve been delivering Produce Safety Alliance grower training for about 750 growers in Georgia and we will continue to deliver those programs,” Harrison said.Celia Barss, a local farmer at Woodland Garden Organic Farms in Winterville, Georgia, thought the class was very beneficial and made the concepts easy to understand.“The information was really great the way they presented it,” Barss said. “The class made it feel less overwhelming because sometimes the regulations you have to meet feel insurmountable, so we are now doing our best to implement what we can on our farm.”Currently, Harrison is working on a project in the UGA Institute on Human Development and Disability to execute food safety training for military veterans who want to go into farming and sell their products at farmers markets.She’s also the editor of a 2017 book published by Springer, “Food Safety for Farmers Markets: A Guide to Enhancing Safety of Local Foods.”Harrison’s creativity in developing sustainable and enjoyable initiatives is evident in the reach of her programs. Her curriculum has reached 810 farmers and 260 market managers in the U.S. and internationally.“I enjoy what I do because I have found people to be very receptive to training — they don’t want to make people sick,” Harrison said. “It’s been very rewarding, and getting to help keep families and consumers safe is a win-win.”For more information about food safety programs available through UGA Cooperative Extension, visit read more

Welch wants to use Vermont food for federal school lunch program

first_imgWith school back in session and farmers throughout the state struggling to get back on their feet after Tropical Storm Irene, Rep. Peter Welch today introduced legislation to allow Vermont to use federal funds to buy local produce for schools. Vermont schools currently receive produce from a regional distribution center in Rhode Island under the Department of Defense (DOD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The program ‘ a joint partnership between the DOD and Department of Agriculture ‘ was created in 1994 and uses the DOD’s existing food distribution network.Welch’s Fresh and Local School Foods Act would create a three-state pilot program that would allow participants to opt-out of the DOD program and spend those funds instead on local fruits and vegetables.”Vermont has a vibrant community of farmers who provide fresh and nutritious food to our state,” Welch said. “Many of those same farmers were devastated by Tropical Storm Irene and are struggling to bet back on their feet. This bill will give local farmers a much-needed boost, strengthen Vermont’s economy and provide children with fresh, local and nutritious food.” The pilot program could help Vermont direct $90,000 in federal support to local agriculture throughout the state.last_img read more

Trail Mix: Judah and the Lion, Kids These Days

first_imgEmerging folk-pop trio Judah & the Lion played its first show in front of a crowd of thousands. The gig was a student showcase at Nashville’s Belmont University, where the three band members met and started playing together back in 2011.“It was nerve-racking to play in front of that many people at our first show, but it definitely helped us get started,” says guitarist and lead vocalist Judah Akers. “Nashville can be intimidating, but it’s also really inspiring.”Despite the well-known competitive music landscape in its home city, Judah & the Lion has quickly become a Nashville breakout act, earning fans with an uplifting acoustic sound that blends high-paced strumming and huge hooks. Potential anthems pile up on the band’s debut full-length album, Kids These Days, which just came out in September.A Tennessee native, Akers got his start playing in worship bands, but he eventually started writing songs with plenty of crossover appeal. They were fully realized when he met his bandmates: mandolin player Brian Mcdonald and banjo plucker Nate Zuercher. The group’s 2013 EP Sweet Tennessee reached number two on the Bluegrass Albums Chart, but on the latest album, the band explores new sonic territory.“Now you can have a mandolin and a banjo come through a huge sound system and have it received well,” says Mcdonald. “With the new record we’re taking it to the next level by adding synth keyboard and Moog bass. It’s become a cool combo and something that’s kind of new.”Made with producer Dave Cobb, who’s worked with Jason Isbell and Shooter Jennings, Kids These Days is full of foot-stomping Americana that’s propelled by youthful positivity. Standout songs “Twenty-Somethings” and “Rich Kids” celebrate underdog millennial ambition, while “Mason-Dixon Line” is about a Southern boy’s wide-eyed journey to big cities up north.“We wanted to write about our community here in Nashville and what people our age are doing,” says Akers of the album’s theme. “It’s about being full of life, being true to yourself and not really worrying about that next step or having your whole life figured out. Even though a lot of people are telling us the music industry isn’t as good as it once was, we’re pursuing our dream.”This month the band will embark on its first headlining tour up the Eastern Seaboard and into the Midwest. Southern dates include stops in Asheville, N.C., Knoxville, Tenn., Rocky Mount, Va., and Vienna, Va.Halloween ShowsIf you’re looking for ear candy this Halloween, there are plenty of big shows happening around the region on October 31.The Avett Brothers Arena, Asheville, NCNow touring with an expanded seven-piece line-up, the Avetts will start a big two-night stand in downtown Asheville on Halloween night. uscellularcenterasheville.comYonder Mountain String BandJefferson Center, Roanoke, VaThe Colorado jamgrassers have a revised roster—sans former de facto front man Jeff Austin—and now touring with mandolin player Jake Jolliff and fiddler Allie Kral. The Halloween show will feature support and an inevitable sit-in from regional hero Larry Keel. jeffcenter.orgBela Fleck & Abigail Washburn with Del McCoury & David GrismanLisner Auditorium, Washington, DCBluegrass royalty comes together for a big night of picking. Banjo master Fleck will perform a duo set with his wife, fellow banjo player and songstress Abigail Washburn. Add to that a rare combo performance by high lonesome hero with Del McCoury and mandolin innovator David Grisman. lisener.gwu.eduRay LaMontagneTivoli Theatre, Chattanooga, TNThe Grammy-winning folk rocker is touring full force behind his latest album Supernova. chattanoogaonstage.comThe New Deal & ConspiratorVariety Playhouse, Atlanta, GAA jamtronica lover’s dream is going down in the ATL with a set from Disco Biscuits offshoot Conspirator and a rare headlining show from The New Deal. variety-playhouse.comlast_img read more

Bali sets ‘Siaga’ advisory in keeping with govt policy to curb COVID-19 spread

first_img“The Bali administration had a meeting last night [Sunday] to respond to the President’s instruction […] and we have decided to take several actions. We issued the Siaga advisory level to manage [the spread of] COVID-19,” Dewa said on Monday.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Sunday a call to the nation to take the precautionary measure of “social distancing” to limit direct interaction in battling the viral respiratory disease. In his address, the President also urged the nation’s citizens to stay at home, excepting urgent matters.Following the advisory alert, Dewa said, the Bali administration had also urged residents and visitors across the island to minimize public and mass gatherings, and called for online learning to be implemented at schools and universities.“Learning activities at all schools, from kindergarten to university, will be held online from home,” he said. The administration of the popular resort island of Bali declared on Sunday evening an advisory level of Siaga (watch)  for the province. The advisory is part of the provincial administration’s effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19), which has dealt a blow to tourism on the “island of the gods”.Bali administration secretary Dewa Made Indra, who has been appointed chairman of the province’s COVID-19 task force, said that the decision to declare the advisory was made on Sunday evening at a meeting led by Bali Governor I Wayan Koster. Furthermore, all government institutions in Bali were to postpone meetings, seminars and workshops in keeping with the policy to restrict public gatherings. Civil servants in Bali are also barred from travelling either domestically or internationally on official trips to minimize their probability of contracting the virus.The policy is to become effective starting Tuesday for the next 14 days as the administration rushes to inform the public.Dewa added that the provincial administration would evaluate the policy after the two-week period. He also advised everyone to follow the policy and stay at home.“Everyone should remain calm, don’t panic, but keep maintaining healthy lifestyles to boost their immune system,” he said.Dewa admitted, however, that no specific instructions were forthcoming from the central government to close tourist attractions in Bali.He said that the province’s policy was intended only to minimize the number of visitors at a tourist site. The administration had notified the management of all tourist sites to increase vigilance and also instructed all related institutions and agencies to implement good hygiene practices, including routine disinfection.“We will not close tourist destinations,” stressed Dewa.Regarding ongoing tourist arrivals to the island, both overseas and domestic, Dewa said that the provincial administration did not have the authority to close access to Bali.“That is the central government’s jurisdiction. What we can do is tighten the implementation of health protocols at all ports of entry, including airports seaports and fishing harbors,” he said.Bali recorded Indonesia’s first death from COVID-19 on March 11, a woman from the United Kingdom who died at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar. (rin)Topics :last_img read more

Israel wields startup tech against coronavirus second wave

first_imgThat, he added, means collecting electronic data in real time so that public decision-makers can take swift and precise actions.Balicer said that at the start of the pandemic Clalit teams worked with the Israeli health ministry and local start-up Diagnostic Robotics to draft a questionnaire which people who suspect they have coronavirus symptoms can fill in and send on their smartphone.An algorithm then assesses the person’s probability of infection and cross-checks this information with that of “millions of others”, said Kira Radinsk, head of Diagnostic Robotics. “When the system identifies an increasing number of symptomatic cases, an alert is sent to the deputy director of the ministry of health who generally immediately approves a series of tests for the given location,” she told AFP.”This allows resources to be allocated quickly where they are needed,” such as imposing restrictions on a specific neighborhood or town, without placing the entire economy in lockdown. It is where the two meet, at the crossroads of human behavior and smart public health management, that the further spread of COVID-19 can be best avoided, says Ran Balicer, head of innovation at Clalit, Israel’s biggest health services provider.”We have to find a new status quo,” he told AFP. “We have to find a new normal” in balancing a less restricted economy and preventing a surge in infection.”The exact point of equilibrium is very difficult to guesstimate or to assess or to model,” he said.To achieve the goal, it is essential to “use the best technological tools to monitor the state of health of the population”, he said. Topics : Israel’s armory in the battle against the novel coronavirus includes thermal cameras scanning crowds and algorithms trawling vast medical databanks for real-time indicators of an infection spike.The Jewish state is enlisting the help of local startups in the hope of stemming a “second wave” of the virus.The chaos of daily life in Israel, or “balagan” as it is known in Hebrew, stands in contrast with the seemingly calm efficiency of its hi-tech firms.center_img Track and treat? Until recently Israel took pride in its COVID-19 figures of less than 20,000 confirmed infections and about 300 deaths in a population of nine million, low compared to counties in Europe and the Americas.But as it eased lockdown measures the numbers climbed, to the point where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Tuesday for the use of “digital solutions” to flatten the curve.Wendy Singer of Start-Up Nation Central, an organization that promotes Israeli innovation, says that entrepreneurs had worked before on artificial intelligence projects with government and health professionals and academics.That experience, she said, made it possible to “just pivot in order to meet a corona-based challenge.”One example is Israeli facial recognition startup Anyvision, recently accused by rights groups of providing the country’s military with tools for mass surveillance in the Palestinian territories.Microsoft divested its holdings in Anyvision but later said that an independent audit of the firm’s practices indicated that the charges were untrue.Shortly after the outbreak of coronavirus Anyvision installed thermal cameras at Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest hospital and its flagship facility in the battle against the pandemic.The heat-seeking system was deployed to let officials spot hospital staff with a fever.Its facial recognition software shows “in seconds” anyone who came into contact with an infected staffer and allows officials to determine precisely who should go into isolation, said Anyvision’s Alex Zilberman.”Imagine a nurse or a doctor who tested positive,” he said.”We would have had to call them on the phone and ask, ‘Who have you met in the past 14 days?'””In a place like a hospital, where you meet thousands of people that’s impossible to answer”, he said. Automated medicine A profusion of cameras, identity-matching; how far is big data from Big Brother?”It’s a very powerful system,” says Anyvision’s Zilberman. “You need to make sure it’s being used in the right way and to do that we have multiple safeguards.”That includes making sure that access to the system is compartmentalized, with various actions limited to different levels of authorized users.To ease the load on hospitals, the Israeli government signed a deal with local startup Datos which offers a platform for remote medical care.Patients download an app and then measure their vital signs and input the results, generating data processed by the company’s algorithm.The system then sends reminders to patients or people in quarantine.”At the start of the [coronavirus] crisis, health services had to call patients twice a day regardless of their condition,” Datos founder Uri Bettesh told AFP.That was a drain on important resources, he said, adding that with his app there is only a need to make contact if the patient’s data shows it to be  necessary, freeing up staff to focus on severe cases.last_img read more

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard responds to Arsenal transfer link

first_imgAdvertisement Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard responds to Arsenal transfer link Comment Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has been linked with a move to Arsenal (Getty Images)Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard admits he is ‘flattered’ to be linked with a move to Arsenal.The 22-year-old has been in sublime form for the Scottish champions this season with 27 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions.Edouard joined Celtic on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 before his move was made permanent in a £9 million deal a year later.After impressing for Celtic, the striker has been heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal, with reports claiming that Mikel Arteta is considering him as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who could leave the Gunners this summer.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Edouard insists he is only focused on his future with Celtic.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It shows you are working hard and doing the right things as a player,’ Edouard said after being named the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Jun 2020 12:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link861Shares Odsonne Edouard has scored 27 goals for Celtic this season (Getty Images)‘It is flattering, but I just concentrate on trying to play well for Celtic.‘That’s what I am focused on at the moment.‘Of course, winning 10-in-a-row is very important for the club, the players and the fans. ‘Of course I would love to be part of it. No-one knows what will happen in the future, but I want to be a part of it.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 City‘At the moment, I am still under contract with Celtic and my priority is to get back playing again. In the future, we will see what happens. ‘My first target right now is to play football again after so much time away from the pitch. I actually only set personal targets for myself once the season actually starts.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Townsville’s most viewed streets

first_imgSmith and Elliott principal Sally Elliott pictured on Yarrawonga Drive. Picture: Shae Beplate.“Firstly it’s got an amazing outlook and every part of Yarraownga Drv has a slightly different outlook,” she said.“The other thing about Yarrawonga Drv is its accessibility and it’s not just walking distance to Townsville Grammar, it’s also close to Central State School and Belgian Gardens State School.“Most of the people that live there are owner occupiers so it has a good sense of community.“The value of any property up there in the land content and a lot of the homes up here were built post Cyclone Althea so they are built to withstand cyclone.“As the older generation are moving on and downsizing there is a new generation moving in with young children and teenagers.”Ms Elliott recently sold 29 Yarrawonga Drv for $1,1 million.The five bedroom home was under contract before it officially hit the market with the buyer wowed by the views.Cook St in North Ward was Townsville’s second most viewed street on with Stagpole St in West End rounding out the top three.Bundock St in Belgian Gardens and Ogden St in the city also made the top 10.Lyn Watts has lived at 37 Yarrawonga Drv for the past 11 years and said it’s a fantastic place to live. Smith and Elliott principal Sally Elliott and owner of 37 Yarrawonga Drv Lyn Watts. Picture: Shae Beplate.YARRAWONGA Drive has topped the list of Townsville’s most viewed streets on from show it’s been clicked on more than any other street in the Townsville local government area.Yarrawonga Drv on Castle Hill is one of Townsville most prestigious streets with homes regularly selling for more than a million dollars.Smith and Elliott principal Sally Elliott has sold multiple properties on the street and said it had a winning combination of views and premium properties. 37 Yarrawonga Drv, Castle Hill.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020She has reluctantly listed her house of sale with plans to downsize but says she’ll miss the views, breezes and proximity to everything Townsville has to offer.“I think the view and the breezes are the best thing because of a night time you can sit out on the deck without needing the airconditioner on,” she said.“The closeness to everything has also been great and we love just being able to walk down to The Strand.“We had our daughter and grandkids living here with us they went to Townsville Grammar which is just down the road.”Like many Yarrawonga Drv homes Ms Watts’s house has sweeping views of the ocean and city.It’s being sold by Ms Elliott and is on the market for $1.75 million.Townsville’s most viewed streets on Drv, Castle HillCook St, North WardStagpole St, West EndForestry Rd, Bluewater ParkRalston St, West EndIreland St, OonoonbaBundock St, Belgian GardensOgden St, Townsville CityDearness St, GarbuttSita Retreat, Burdelllast_img read more