Watch Bob Weir Headline Sweetwater Benefit Concert With Lukas Nelson, Grahame Lesh & More

first_imgLast night, Sweetwater Music Hall hosted a one-of-a-kind benefit for the Music Heals International foundation, with a performance from a number of top notch musicians, including Lukas Nelson, Graham Lesh, Jason Crosby, Elliot Peck, Greg Loiacono, Grateful Bluegrass Boys and, of course, Grateful Dead guitarist, Bob Weir. Weir was in fine form, playing with Nelson for a handful of songs.Thanks to a couple of YouTube users, we have some live footage from the show. Tune in below:Videos by lowplainsdrifter:“Dig A Hole In The Meadow”“I Shall Be Released”“Will The Circle Be Unbroken”Videos by Eric Finkelman:“Big River”“Forget About Georgia” (w/o Bob Weir)last_img

Trail Mix November 2012

first_img Powered by Flash MP3 Player Winter has come a little early to the mountains of the Mid-Atlantic.  As this November Trail Mix goes live, the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains are blanketed with an early – and heavy – snow.  Time to hit the slopes or strap on the snowshoes, get outside and head into the whiteness!Make sure you take this month’s fantastic Trail Mix with you!We kick off November with “Bilgewater Blues,” a funky blues jam from Jimmy Herring, one of the South’s living guitar legends.  Herring has played with Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh, and more, and has spent much of the latter part of 2012 supporting his second solo release, Subject To Change Without Notice.Trail Mix is also thrilled to present a track from Grammy winning artist Kathy Mattea.  Mattea, a West Virginia native, has become a leading voice in the struggle mountain top removal.  Her latest record on the Sugar Hill label, Calling Me Home, speaks to her deep Appalachian roots.True to form, Trail Mix is all over the musical map this month.  We have Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly, Irish folkie Luka Bloom, rockabilly queen Rosie Flores, and some great regional artists in Antique Firearms, The Mason Brothers, The Bloody Angle, The Last Bison, Aaron Burdett, and Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts.We are also happy to have tracks from Ari Hest, Jim Byrnes, Forest Sun, The Coal Porters, The Trishas, and many more for you.  Make sure to give Trail Mix a spin this month.  Download or stream at home, work, or on your intelligent device of choice.  Spread the word.  Help us share the music these fantastic artists have so willingly shared with us.  And if you take a notion, grab a disc from one or two or these great bands or catch them live if they are coming through your neck of the woods.Download Trail Mix November 2012 here.Click here to open the player in a new window.Download more music from month’s past here! They never go out of style.No flash player!It looks like you don’t have flash player installed. Click here to go to Macromedia download page.last_img read more

Computer safety DOs and DON’Ts at tax time

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Tax season can be frustrating enough. But it’s also peak season for identity theft. So before you whip out that W-2, take a second to consider security.“The key to protecting yourself from any type of fraud is to be aware and engaged,” says Rod Griffin, director of public education at Experian, a financial information company. “If you’re going to be providing personally identifying information, make sure that you research that tax-preparation service, whether it’s online or in person.”Online security is particularly important, and many victims take unnecessary risks. Griffin pointed out that a recent survey by Experian found that 7% of people do their taxes on public, unsecured networks, which are “notorious for allowing the theft of personal and financial information.” Making sure that you complete and submit your taxes on a secure network can substantially reduce the risk of fraud.Malware and phishing attacks are often used for identity theft and tax fraud. The best way to defend your computer is to use Internet security software before you start your taxes, says Brett Schetzsle, consumer security specialist at Kaspersky Lab, a computer security company. “Most Internet security sweeps offer a very high detection rate of malware,” he says, which is important so that any malware already on the computer can be deleted. continue reading »last_img read more

You received an ADA compliance demand letter. Now what?

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Marne Franklin For nearly 15 years, Marne Franklin developed programming strategy, writing and creating promos and hosted air shifts for some of the most respected broadcast radio networks in the country. As … Web: Details Another month has passed and another round of credit unions are scrambling to deal with demand letters regarding the ADA compliance of their website.As credit unions large and small from coast to coast have learned, the lack of formal regulation from the Department of Justice has not prevented attorneys from seeking damages on behalf of unnamed clients in their state. Since making a site ADA compliant takes time – and sometimes requires an entirely new site build – you may be wondering what to do next.(Note: I am not an attorney and the advice given here is based on my experience with this issue and should not be considered binding legal advice)Talk to your website company or find a new company that can either update your current site to bring it up to compliance standards or can build you a new compliant site. Sometimes it is easier and more cost effective to start over than to try and retroactively update a site.Add language to your site that directs visually impaired users to call. This won’t guarantee you won’t receive a demand letter but it shows you are proactively working to make your site accessible for all. Make sure the text is on each page and accessible by text readers. This suggestion stems from a step taken after the so-called “Domino’s ruling” which you can read more about here.Reach out to your state credit union league for advice. From our experience, leagues nationwide are actively dealing with this issue and ready to help. In fact, many leagues are holding round table discussions and CEO forums to work on strategies for dealing with demand letters.All of us in the credit union industry want to be inclusive and make our branches, ATMs and websites accessible. The issue isn’t that we don’t want to help visually, cognitively or hearing impaired members and potential members. It is that there is a lot of uncertainty and potential cost in making updates to websites. And without a clearly defined outline of what makes a site compliant, there is uncertainty that changes we make now won’t be enough in the future. For now, the best suggestion is to use what we know about the standards, look to legal precedents set in other industries and move forward in good faith to make the sites accessible to as many people as possible.If you are looking for a new, ADA compliant website or have questions about updating your existing site, reach out to read more

Croatia has met the conditions for two important economic and tourism projects with the United States

first_imgThe visa-waiver program means that Croatian citizens can travel to the United States without a visa for a maximum period of 90 days, for tourist or business reasons. The visa-free agreement for Croatian citizens should be signed in the coming months, as well as the abolition of visas, as Croatia has met all the conditions in this fiscal year, which ends in the United States on September 30. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on an official visit to Croatia today, and a meeting on cooperation and alliance between the two countries was held in Dubrovnik. The US Secretary of State confirmed that the conditions for two extremely important projects, which have been under development for decades, have been met – abolition of visas for Croatian citizens (visa-waiver) and signing an agreement on avoiding double taxation. By the way, only Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus are the only members of the European Union that need a visa for the United States. Photo: US Embassy in Croatialast_img read more

South Korea sees largest spike in virus cases in nearly two months

first_imgSocial distancing rules have been relaxed in South Korea and facilities such as museums and churches have reopened. Some professional sports — including baseball and soccer — started new seasons earlier this month, albeit behind closed doors.Students have been returning to classes since last week, although some schools were forced to turn away their pupils over concerns of new virus cases in their neighborhood.The country endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside mainland China, and while it never imposed a compulsory lockdown, strict social distancing had been widely observed since March.But it appears to have brought its outbreak under control thanks to an extensive “trace, test and treat” program. Topics : It was the largest increase since 81 cases were announced on April 5.An outbreak at a warehouse of e-commerce firm Coupang in Bucheon, west of Seoul, has seen 69 cases, said the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Around 4,100 workers and visitors to the building were under self-isolation, with more than 80 percent tested so far, vice health minister Kim Gang-lip told reporters.”We are expecting the number of new cases linked to the warehouse to continue rising until today as we wrap up related tests,” he added.center_img South Korea reported its biggest spike in coronavirus cases in nearly two months on Thursday, as officials scramble to tackle fresh clusters that have raised concerns of a possible second wave of infections.The country has been held up as a global model in how to curb the virus and has begun to ease restrictions, but is now rushing to contain new infections as life returns to normal.Officials announced 79 new cases Thursday — taking its total to 11,344 — with most fresh infections from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area.last_img read more

Three quarters of German investors ‘consider sustainability criteria’

first_imgMore than half (57%) of those taking into account sustainability criteria stated being satisfied or extremely satisfied with doing so.Of those that stated they did not consider sustainability criteria, 57% cited the absence of specific requirements as the main reason, according to Union.The manager noted that only one third of the surveyed investors indicated being aware of the European Commission’s sustainable finance action plan.An investor’s company values was mentioned by 83% of those surveyed as being an important or very important motivation for considering sustainable investment criteria.Union also highlighted that, although two-thirds of respondents were “convinced” that sustainable investments could have a decisive impact on the global climate, only a minority (39%) had information about the climate impact of their own portfolio.Union also asked investors about their views of how a low-carbon transition could impact employment, with 55% indicating they did not expect Germany’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 to threaten jobs.The surveyed investors had around €6.5trn of assets under management between them. Respondent groups included insurance providers (18%), large companies (12%), pension providers/pension funds (13%), charitable foundations/church organisations (18%), credit institutions (21%), and investment management companies (18%). The share of German institutional investors taking into account sustainability criteria in their investment decisions has reached an 11-year high, according to a survey by Union Investment.Nearly three quarters (72%) of 201 surveyed institutional investors indicated doing so, a year-on-year increase of seven percentage points and the highest level since the survey was first conducted in 2009.Investment management companies were most likely to state that they factored sustainability criteria into their investment decisions (92%), followed by churches and charitable foundations (86%).last_img read more

Largest donor-funded Caribbean private sector program launched

first_img Share 9 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional Largest donor-funded Caribbean private sector program launched by: – October 13, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share (L-R_ Bruce Golding and Alan Duncan)KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding on Tuesday launched the largest donor-funded regional private sector development program in the Caribbean. Alan Duncan, Minister of State in the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development joined the prime minister in addressing the event.The US$40 million Compete Caribbean program is a five-year joint initiative of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DfID), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It was developed, in consultation with governments, regional institutions and private sector bodies, as a response to the need for greater coordination among development agencies. In the keynote address, Golding said, “The launch and implementation of the Compete Caribbean Program is appropriate and timely because it adds to the work already identified in the region and it brings new energy, resources, and further strength and velocity to the development of the region.” He added that in terms of competitiveness policy, the region must “move from policy direction to policy execution and it is not beyond our capacity or achievement. The urgency is not at the doorstep. The urgency is upon us now.”Duncan, who is on a three-day visit to the region, praised the partnership between the UK, Canada and the IDB that developed the Compete Caribbean initiative. He noted that “Growth was poor in the Caribbean even before the global downturn. Tinkering at the edges of the problem won’t work. The Caribbean must find new markets to increase exports and create jobs. Compete Caribbean aims to do exactly this.”The one-day launch event was attended by senior Caribbean government officials and leading Caribbean business people. In addition to panel discussions on “Fostering Economic Growth through the Private Sector in the Caribbean” and “Experiences Doing Business in the Caribbean”, a special panel on attracting investment featured representatives from Portland Private Equity, Leopard Capital and Scotiabank.Executive Director, for Compete Caribbean, Jose Jorge Saavedra, highlighted that “improving competitiveness is the key to success for every country in the globalized economy of the 21st Century. It is also the predominant issue that will determine what kind of economic future lies ahead for the Caribbean”. Saavedra also provided details on a number of exciting special initiatives that were already underway, such as the Caribbean Competitiveness Centre, the Conversations on Growth Initiative and the Compete Caribbean Fellowship Program.With a focus on increasing growth and creating jobs, the program recognizes that competitiveness is particularly important to Caribbean small states if they are to overcome the inherent limitations posed by their size and take advantage of global trade opportunities.The program will work with governments, regional organizations and the private sector to develop better policies and strategies for to promote private sector growth; improve the investment climate and cut red tape; and through a Challenge Fund, provide grants to firms that seek to develop innovative products and services for export.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Board ‘overrules’ Angelicum closure notice; school head quits

first_imgFriday morning, the Board issued what it called a “corrective statement.” Part of it read: “This is to inform the public that the Board of the Trustees of Angelicum School, Inc., Jaro, Iloilo City hereby overrules and recalls the announcement of the ‘Notice of ASIL’s Cessation of Operation’ as issued by her Director last May 27, 2020.” The Board of Trustees of Angelicum overruled the announced cessation of the school’s operation. Opened in 1978 with 70-plus students and four teaching staff, Angelicum School Iloilo pioneered the non-graded, open-classroom education system in the Philippines. Gatela’s announcement of Angelicum’s closure alarmed Mayor Jerry Treñas. He expressed fear that more private schools here could shut down, thereby adversely affecting the education of students and economically displacing private school teachers./PN In a “Corrective Statement” issued yesterday, the Board clarified that it and the Provincial Council of the Dominican Province of the Philippines “didn’t approve any cessation of operation.” “The experience of the 4th Grading Period was difficult for all of us. The sad part was that (Angelicum) was not ready and failed miserably in delivering the services,” read part of Gatela’s statement. ILOILO City – Angelicum School Iloilo is not closing after all. The Dominicans, a religious order, operates Angelicum, a Catholic private school here offering preschool, elementary and high school education.center_img The Board also announced it had accepted the resignation of Angelicum school administrator Father Maximo Gatela. The corrective statement was signed by Father Napoleon Sipalay Jr., prior provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP) and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Angelicum School. As the situation of uncertainty continued, according to Gatela, “we cannot prolong the 4th Grading experience throughout the whole school year nor keep you hanging in the air.” Gatela issued a statement on Wednesday night announcing that Angelicum would cease operating by July 1, 2020. In announcing Angelicum’s cessation of operation on Wednesday night, Gatela cited the difficulty that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created. It is also known for the Lizares Mansion in its compound, a former heritage house and one of Iloilo City’s imposing landmarks.last_img read more

Women Who Coach

first_imgA couple of weeks ago I wrote an article on the time-consuming job of men coaching in high school. Today I am writing about the other side of the coin–women coaching in high school. Here it is the husband who has to take over the day-to-day running of the household. This is not overwhelming unless the husband also has a full-time job away from the house. Then it is just like his female counterpart. Today the term “house husband” is an acceptable description of those men who stay home and run the house, because the wife’s job does not give her as much “family time”. These guys have the same myriad of tasks that the wife runs into when the husband is the coach. He has to diaper the young ones, run the older ones to all of their activities, take care of them when they are sick, etc. Neither job is an easy one, and it takes just as special a partner no matter which person has the coaching job. The woman coach comes home with the same frustrations as her male counterpart and has to do the same coaching tasks. I can’t imagine a household where both parents are head coaches. Here is where you hope a grandparent is close enough to help out or the kids wind up in day care like so many other working-parent households. Either way, the stay-at-home parent is left raising the family most of the time.last_img read more