Brooklyn-based nine-piece funk powerhouse Turkuaz has released an acoustic video for “European Festivity Nightmare”, off of the band’s 2015 Digitonium release. Recorded during a recent Sugarshack Session in Miami, FL, the video is the second to be released from the “unplugged” session, following the release of Turkuaz’s bluegrass-inspired “Life In The City” video.Guitarist Dave Brandwein explains, “We were hesitant to do this at first when we were told it was an ‘unplugged’ session. Our live show is very loud, in-your-face, and most of all, ELECTRIC! – in every sense of the word. But it ended up being an inspiring challenge and opportunity for us to do something totally new. For the first cut from the session, we decided to embrace that challenge to the fullest, and do ‘Life in the City’ in a completely different style. It worked surprisingly well, and we had a fine time doing it!”Watch Turkuaz’s new acoustic take on “European Festivity Nightmare” below:Turkuaz – “European Festivity Nightmare” [Live Acoustic][Video: Sugarshack Sessions]Turkuaz continues their spring tour on Thursday, April 11th, with a show at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY, followed by performances in Washington, D.C. (4/12) and Charlotte, NC (4/13). Check out a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates below.For ticketing and more information, head to the band’s website.Turkuaz 2019 Tour Dates:04.11 Ithaca, NY: The Haunt04.12 Washington, DC: 9:30 Club*04.13 Charlotte, NC: The Underground04.18 Burlington, VT: Higher Ground04.19 Kingston, NY: BSP Kingston^04.20 Boston, MA: Paradise Rock Club04.21 Atlanta, GA: Sweetwater 420 Festival04.25 Charleston, SC: The Pour House04.26 Tampa, FL: Crowbar04.27 Miami, FL: North Beach Bandshell05.03 New Orleans, LA: Tipitina’s05.05 Pittsboro, NC: Shakori Hills Festival05.18 Richmond, VA: Dominion RiverRock Festival05.24 Martinsville, VA: Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival05.26 Napa, CA: BottleRock Festival06.01 Newport, ME: Branch Fest06.22 Morrison, CO: Red Rocks~06.26 Salt Lake City, UT: The State Room06.28 Bozeman, MT: The Rialto06.29 Missoula, MT: Top Hat Lounge07.04 Sandpoint, ID: The Hive07.05 Whitefish, MT: Remington Bar07.06 Whitefish, MT: Remington Bar07.13 Snowshoe, WV: 4848 Festival07.27 Burlington, VT: Tumble Down Festival08.01 Thornville, OH: Werk Out Music & Arts Festival08.10 Telluride, CO: Telluride Jazz Festival08.17 Cockeyesville, MD: Hot August Music Festival08.24 Tuscaloosa, AL: Druid City Music Festival09.01 Aspen, CO: Jazz Aspen Snowmass* w/ Aqueous^ w/ Brass Against~ w/ Umphrey’s McGeeView Tour Dates
Every summer the Farmers & Consumers Market Bulletin brims with photos of someone’s overgrown produce. County fairs award blue ribbons for the largest and heaviest vegetable in the show. Monster prizes Then there’s the big league. The real prize-winning, take-home-the-cash, scale-busting contests. Take Robert Ehigh of St. Clairsville, Ohio, for example. In 1994, he won $10,000 from Miracle Gro for growing a 4-pound, 6.5-ounce tomato. That same year, Herman Bax of Brockville, Ontario, got almost $15,000 for his 990-pound pumpkin. The Dill’s Atlantic Giant variety averaged gaining 31 pounds per day. It topped the record of 884 pounds set in 1993. Wide load guidelines Each crop has special secrets to success. Carrots For instance, to break the carrot record of more than 158 inches, you might try this recipe. Start with a deeply turned raised bed. Build a box up to 9 feet high on top of the bed. Fill the box with five parts soil, one part leaf mold and one part coarse sand, plus superphosphate and sulfate of potash. Actually, this mixture should sit over the winter. In early spring, add 4 ounces of calcified seaweed per square yard. Make holes 3 feet deep and 4 inches in diameter and fill with potting soil. Soak seeds, and plant them 1 inch deep, three or four to each hole. When the plants are 2 inches high, thin to the single strongest plant. Feed, water and protect this plant from pests. Some growers use special secrets in this phase. One was known to crush birth control pills and add them to the water, hoping the estrogen would make the vegetables drink more water. So how does anyone grow such gargantuan produce? Most of the ones in the local paper happen through unusual circumstances. However, they can be planned, with the right nurturing and attention. This type of gardening has become the rage in some areas. Big leaguers can attend competitions such as the United Kingdom Giant Vegetable Food and Flower Championships in Weston, Lincolnshire. It’s like setting new standards in the pole vault. Records are made to be broken. So who can compete in this sport (or art) of giant vegetable production? The late Raymond Burr of Perry Mason fame was one such competitor. But everyday folks can compete for fun, ribbons, cash and, yes, even personal satisfaction in growing prodigious produce. Pumpkins For pumpkins, prepare a sunny site. Till in 5 gallons of composted manure, 1 pound of 10-10-10 and 1 pound of lime in a 1.5-cubic-foot hole. Leave at least 20 feet between hills, and plant two seeds per hill. Water to a depth of 2 inches. Feed each vine weekly with 5 gallons of liquid fertilizer solution. Water as needed. Keep the foliage dry. After the vines set several pumpkins, remove all but two from each. That will allow the plant to devote its resources to the size, not the number, of pumpkins. Secrets for success Growing record produce GROWING WHOPPER VEGGIES takes patience and a lot of TLC. Jessica Milligan, a White County 4-H’er grew this 140-pound pumpkin whopper for a Georgia 4-H contest. Follow some general guidelines in producing these wide loads. Select seed of varieties bred for size, and give special attention to each plant. These specimens require daily care. Supply extra space, fertilizer and water. And space them wide enough to prevent competition between plants. Hand pollination or extra bees may be needed. Obviously, the crop must be protected from insects and diseases and have a weed-free environment. All your care can go for naught even under the best conditions. Then again, you may take home the ribbon from the county fair. What about eating them? Oh, shudder at the thought. Some consider these large produce quite good. Others think they’re only for looks. But you might as well try it.
Lisa Harris of Husky wins HR awardBurlington, VT – The Vermont Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) named Lisa Harris, Human Resources Manager of Husky Injection Molding Systems, Milton, as its 2008 HR Professional of the Year at the Association’s annual meeting held at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center in September.Harris was away at a Husky training session in Canada at the time, and according to her General Manager, Geoff Glaspie, she learned of the award while seated for dinner next to company President and CEO, John Galt.”That will be hard to top,” said Glaspie, about arranging for Harris to accept the award on behalf of SHRM from Fran Mount, owner of Westaff, the sponsor of the award.In his nomination, Glaspie said, “Lisa is the consummate business partner. She is an active member of the Management Team, serves as an invaluable sounding board and counselor to her peer managers on both tactical and strategic management issues. She participates in setting priorities for the operation to ensure overall business goals are achieved.”Harris was recognized for the development of a Leadership Training Program at the Milton Campus that has served as a model for a company wide initiative at Husky. According to Glaspie’s nomination, the program provides training for managers, but also incorporates intensive one-on-one coaching sessions with each leader between each session to work specifically on that leader’s development needs.”We work with a lot of Vermont businesses who are facing challenging workforce issues,” said Fran Mount. “It’s a top priority to source and develop a highly qualified talent pool and Lisa’s program addresses that for the profitability of Husky. Recognizing specific success stories is how we help each other do better. That’s what SHRM is all about.”Harris also coordinated the development of a manufacturing training program that enabled Husky to train unskilled employees to be successful manufacturing team members in a relatively short time. She worked with engineering managers to develop a sustainable co-op program to train 20 students during their college years and she collaborated with Vermont HiTec to institute an apprenticeship program at Husky for technically trained, non-college bound students.Harris is a member of Vermont Human Resources Association, an active member of the Relay for Life Event Planning team and an active mentor in the Howard Human Services organization mentor program.About SHRMThe SHRM Vermont State Council is a non-profit council made up ofmembers of four Vermont chapters of SHRM. The goal of the SHRM Vermont State Council annual meeting is to provide human resource professionals and individuals managing the human resources function, training, networking and best practice ideas for working in Vermont.
Congressional Democrats seek changes in restructuring agreement for Puerto Rico utility FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bond Buyer ($):Thirty-six Democratic members of Congress are asking Puerto Rico’s legislature to reject a May 3 proposed agreement for restructuring $8 billion in debt issued by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).The agreement “would increase prices by up to 21%” and it’s “highly unlikely PREPA will be able to completely offset the legacy debt charges,” resulting in “considerably higher electricity rates for decades to come,” said the letter signed by four senators and 32 House members.House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva of Arizona spearheaded the letter which was signed by three senators seeking the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination — Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.Tom Sanzillo, who last month criticized the deal as too generous to bondholders, said in an email he welcomed the congressional opposition to the deal.“There is a growing concern expressed now by Congress but also from labor and business and community that this deal is wrong for Puerto Rico, said Sanzillo, director of finance at The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “As the consensus about the problems with the deal grow, we think it may make it less likely that it is approved. The debate is taking place in public opinion, in courts, in legislative halls, in the houses of finance on Wall Street and the energy companies involved. We expect that if a response is made on the merits that it will be disapproved.”PREPA agreed to the May 3 Restructuring Support Agreement in a multiparty deal involving the Financial Oversight Board, the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (“AAFAF”), the Ad Hoc Group of PREPA Bondholders, and Assured Guaranty Corp.More ($): Congressional Democrats urge Puerto Rico lawmakers to reject PREPA debt deal
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) meets with staff from Illinois credit unions and the Illinois Credit Union League during a “Hike the Hill” visit to Capitol Hill this week. continue reading » It was a busy week in Washington, D.C. for credit unions, as five credit union leagues representing nine states came in for Fall “Hike the Hill” visits to discuss credit union issues with legislators and regulators. The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas, Illinois Credit Union League, League of Southeastern Credit Unions, Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, and Mountain West Credit Union Association participated.Many young professionals kicked off their week with CUNA’s young professionals advocacy training. The visits throughout the week included dozens of meetings with elected officials on Capitol Hill, and officials at NCUA and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, as well as briefings from CUNA staff.“As a credit union leader, I believe it is vital to our industry’s mission to maintain and increase dialogue with legislators and their staff. Participating in this year’s Hike the Hill event presented a terrific opportunity to do just that,” said Brad R. Bergmooser, vice president and general counsel of BCU, Vernon Hills, Ill. “The League’s advocacy team has a remarkable bipartisan relationship with lawmakers, and it has been deeply rewarding to witness the advancement of credit union public policy interests first hand.”
The CNTB’s organic posts on the social networks Facebook, Instagram and Twitter also record excellent results. Thus, the global Facebook page reached a reach of 2.5 million people in a few hours, and when we add to that the reach achieved on other Facebook pages created separately by markets, we come to a total reach of 5 million people. On this social network, which recorded more than 9000 new fans in just one day, the most popular was a promotional video with football players and posts about a short “school” on how to become a Croatian fan in seven steps. The announcement created in cooperation with the Great British Chefs, which promoted Croatian eno-gastronomy through the preparation of the best Croatian dish for the football championship by the top British chef Tom Brown, also records excellent results, the CNTB concludes.Twitter praised CNTB activitiesOf course, Twitter is also recording great results, as is the social network Instagram where the CNTB channel was visited by more than 8.5 million fans, and only on Twitter almost 3 million impressions were achieved, while the promotional video on this social network was seen by more than a million people.Saša Škorić, director of the HTTPOOL agency, which is a representative of Twitter, emphasizes that the CNTB has best recognized the advantages of Twitter in Croatia, using very active communication with fans. “With constant and year-round campaigns, the CNTB realized that it is even more important to see on Twitter which are the current events that are particularly emotional. Fans were the most active during the matches, during the halftime and at the end of the matches, and the CNTB placed promotional content at that very moment, thus maximizing the effectiveness of their messages.”, stressed Skoric.CNTB promotional bannerIn any case, this is an immeasurable advertisement for Croatia, and we will see in the near future how we used it, what story we told and how we will use it. The excellent performance of the Croatian national football team at the World Cup, where our country won a historic second place, significantly contributed to the promotion of Croatia. The culmination of pride and glory was the final match against France, and the focus and interest of the world public was recognized by the Croatian National Tourist Board as an exceptional opportunity to further promote our country as an attractive and desirable tourist destination.”The fact that Croatia played the finals of the World Cup is a historic result that has provided our country with the attention and admiration of the world. This is confirmed by the recorded results of our website, which during Sunday and the final recorded an increase in visits by more than 200 percent compared to the same period last year. The highest number of visits to the website was recorded from 16 pm until one hour after the match, and the highest number of visits was recorded from India, Italy, the USA, Germany, Croatia, Russia and France. “, said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, adding that a special version of the slogan of Croatian tourism had been created “Croatia Full of excellent players” which confirms its adaptability and the possibility of modification in accordance with promotional messages.Abbreviated version of the promotional video (attached below) Ambassadors of Croatian Tourism, in which Croatian national football team members appear Modric, Rakitic, Mandzukic, Lovren i Kovačić, was the backbone of promotional activities on social networks and new media.According to the CNTB, on the occasion of the final match, the promotional campaign on the YouTube channel and on the social networks Facebook and Instagram was well received.The focus was on the area around Luznhiki Stadium, and after the match on the entire Moscow area, and the campaign was further expanded to emitting markets such as Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland. These are countries that are important markets for Croatian tourism, but also countries where our players play for big clubs. As part of this campaign, impressive results were achieved: almost 4 million impressions, a shortened video reached a reach of 2.5 million people, and more than a million people commented, shared or liked the CNTB’s promotional announcement.
“Significant differences still remain on a number of important issues,” Johnson’s official spokesman said on Monday, citing in particular EU access to UK fishing waters.The UK would “continue to engage constructively” with the EU, he added, but warned time was running out.”We’ve said we don’t want the talks to drag on into the autumn, that we want to make progress as quickly as possible in order to give certainty and clarity to business and there’s no change to that,” he told reporters. ‘Chasm’Brussels appears less pressed for time and believes the necessary ratification by the European Parliament and others would require a deal by late October.Weekend reports in British newspapers said Johnson is “reconciled” to the talks ending after the final scheduled round in mid-August, because of the “chasm” between the sides.Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier kicked off this week’s talks with a joint dinner on Monday evening.Their teams are set to discuss a host of issues, from fisheries and so-called level playing field rules on fair competition to law enforcement and judicial cooperation. Without a new agreement, the two sides would see ties reduced to minimum standards set by the World Trade Organization with high tariffs and serious disruptions to business.London last week unveiled its first detailed proposals for managing Britain’s post-Brexit borders, insisting they would be implemented regardless of whether a deal was struck.The blueprint confirmed the adoption of a staged approach to border enforcement over the first six months of 2021, with initial “light-touch” checks on goods from the bloc.But a leaked letter from International Trade Secretary Liz Truss to ministerial colleagues said the proposals risk smuggling, damaging Britain’s reputation and could face a legal challenge from the WTO.Business in Northern Ireland, whose frontier with southern neighbors Ireland will be Britain’s only land border with the EU, have also demanded more clarity about arrangements.The raft of proposed border measures set out in the 206-page document laid bare the added paperwork — and costs — many firms will face in trading with entities in the EU.One key plank of anti-EU “leave” supporters’ campaign was against Brussels bureaucracy. Britain and the European Union resume talks on Tuesday, with the clock running down to a year-end deadline for a new post-Brexit deal to replace half a century of integration.The latest round of negotiations takes place over three days in the British capital, with stalemate in key areas stoking fears of a no-deal scenario.Britain formally left the EU in January, following 47 years in the European project but agreed to a standstill transition until December 31 pending new trade terms. Topics : After the coronavirus pandemic combined with the two sides’ entrenched positions to stall progress, London and Brussels last month launched five weeks of intensified negotiations. Prime Minister Boris Johnson in June vowed to add “a bit of oomph” into the gridlocked process, and predicted talks could conclude as early as this month.But several face-to-face sessions since then have yielded few signs of compromise, and the two sides remain far apart on various issues, with only two further rounds of talks left.Britain steadfastly refuses to extend the transition period and insists it will not let the negotiations “drag on” towards the end of the year.
The last of these has stated that it would not take up the offer, while BPF Meubel has already agreed to transfer to Centric. The other schemes have yet to decide whether to accept the arrangements. Centric said it would carry out pension and financial administration, and offer management support, legal advice, and communication services. The six pension funds have 200,000 participants in total.The relatively large sector schemes for hairdressers (Kappers) and the cold meat sector (Vleeswaren), with 65,000 and 77,000 participants respectively, won’t transfer their administration to Centric.“Both schemes have complicated arrangements,” explained a spokesman for Syntrus Achmea. “It turned out to be impossible to transfer their administration within the agreement and the available capacity.”Both pension funds previously indicated that they expected problems in finding a new provider in the short term.At 2016-end, Syntrus Achmea announced that it would cease servicing 15 industry-wide pension funds within two years, as its IT systems could no longer cope with the multitude of pension arrangements.Instead, it said it would focus on company and occupational pension funds, as well as its own general pension fund (APF).Commenting on the agreement, Tom van der Spek, chairman of Achmea’s retirement division, emphasised that the agreement was focused on a smooth transition of Achmea’s services to Centric.“Our customers and their participants can count on a transfer to an organisation that wants to grow and invest in the administration of sector schemes,” he said.Van der Spek added that the agreement would safeguard Achmea employees’ jobs as well as their specific knowledge and experience.Centric – which has also offices in Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Norway, Romenia, Sweden, and Switzerland – employs 4,500 staff.The €500m pension fund for the wood-processing and yacht-building sector said it would place its administration with Delta Lloyd instead.It added that it would also outsource its asset management – currently also with Syntrus Achmea – to Delta Lloyd, which is to be taken over by Nationale Nederlanden.Peter Schuil, chairman of the BPF Houtverwerkende Industrie en Jachtbouw, said that Delta Lloyd came up with the best offer, which included a “legacy-free” platform, “excellent means of communication”, and the “lowest costs”.The scheme’s current administration costs amount to €250 per participant, which is more than twice the level at most other larger pension funds. IT firm and administrative service provider Centric said it was willing to take over the pensions administration of six of the industry-wide pension funds that have to leave Syntrus Achmea.Both companies have signed a letter of intent for a collective transition scheduled to take effect before 31 December 2017.The deal also included the transfer of some of Achmea’s staff to Gouda-based Centric. The company said the number would depend on how many schemes take up its offer.In a joint statement, the companies said that the agreed arrangements involved the sector pension funds for concrete products (BPF Betonproductenindustrie), the wood trade (BPF Houthandel), the travel sector (BPF Reiswerk), dental technicians (BPF Tandtechniek), the furniture industry (BPF Meubel), and the wood-processing and yacht-building industries (BPF Houtverwerkende Industrie en Jachtbouw).
“While it may be true that there is no willful and deliberate forum shopping on the part of Roy Yanson’s camp, the rule is clear that forum shopping is a ground for dismissal of a case,” stated on the order. He said they believe that the special stockholders meeting was null and void from the very beginning because it did not constitute a quorum. The Yanson 4, however, through their spokesperson lawyer Raul Bitoon, said the decision is only temporary. In a Sept. 24 resolution, Judge Phoebe Gargantiel-Balbin junked the Yanson 4’s petition, saying “the instant petition filed by Roy Yanson is dismissible on the ground of forum shopping, under the Interim Rules in relation to the Rules of Court.” Bitoon disclosed that as of this timethe legal team of the Yanson 4 has yet to decide what remedy to take./PN Meanwhile, according to Atty. Norman Golez, Leo Rey’s legal counsel, whatever question regarding the legality of Leo Rey’s authority over VTI including stockholders and board meetings where the Yanson matriarch, Olivia, was elected as member of the board, was put to rest. Gargantiel-Balbin cited in the ruling that there are pending cases before the RTC in this city involving the same issue and among the same parties. It added that the determination of all corporate concerns between the parties could be best resolved with finality and without conflicting judgment if lodged in one court alone. Earlier in August, the Yanson 4 filed the petition against Leo Rey to invalidate his call for a special stockholders meeting on Aug. 19. “We are aware that decisions like this could be appealed or a motion for reconsideration could be filed. But as to which remedy to take, it will be taken by lawyer Sigfrid Fortun which I am not aware of this time,” Bitoon said. BACOLOD City – For lack of merit, theRegional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 45 here dismissed the petition for injunctionfiled by the Yanson 4 – Roy, Ricky, Celina, and Emily – against their youngestsibling and Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI) president Leo Rey. Thus, the instant petition ought to bedismissed for willfully and deliberately splitting a cause of action or “litispendentia.”
GREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg man has been arrested after evading police and being stopped by a K-9 officer.According to police, Zachery A. Kress, 21, was arrested after he fled from an off-duty officer. Kress was wanted on an escape charge, after violating a home detention order. The off-duty officer followed a minivan, which Kress was riding in, to the Decatur County YMCA, and observed Kress exit the van and run toward Ohio Street.The officer informed dispatch of Kress’ location. Police set up a perimeter around the area, and a K-9 state police officer was brought in, and Kress was located in a fenced in residential yard. Police obtained permission to enter the property.Kress attempted to flee several times from police. Officers warned Kress the K-9 would be released if he did not cooperate. The K-9 was released and took Kress to the ground by biting him in the leg.Kress was evaluated at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital before being booked on charges of Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury to a Public Safety Officer, Battery Against a Public Safety Officer, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Possession of Marijuana.