Let Us Fly You Out To Lettuce At Red Rocks!

first_imgToday, funk favorites Lettuce have announced the addition of jazz legend John Scofield and soulful rocker Marcus  King to their already stacked Red Rocks lineup. With Turkuaz, The Russ Liquid Test, and special guests Ghostface Killah, George Porter Jr., and Cyril Neville already on the bill and more TBA, this is sure to be the most power-packed Rage Rocks yet!In honor of the exciting addition of Scofield and King, we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to go for free! Winner will receive:-Roundtrip Flights for two-Hotel Room for two-Two VIP Tickets to Rage Rocks-Official PosterEnter below, then share to increase your chances of winning. Good luck!last_img

Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Drummer Jeremy Salken For Steppenwolf Cover In CO [Photo/Audio]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday night, Greensky Bluegrass returned to the Ogden Theatre for a smoking hot finale that produced a wide array of highlights–from a rare guest drummer, to the debut of a classic rock n’ roll standard, to a Paul Hoffman/Dave Bruzza duo encore (hoFFZZa). The band opened with a “Before Bring Out Your Dead”>”Bring Out Your Dead” sequence off 2011’s Handguns. The opening segment got the packed-to-the-brim Denver crowd boogying, making for a high-energy start to their third and final show of their three-night Denver run. The band continued to play more recent material with a sweet rendition of “Wings for Wheels”, followed by the groovy “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox”, which included Paul Hoffman and dobro-wizard Anders Beck trading off scorching hot solos.Next, Greensky shifted gears to a bit more old school whipping out “Bottle Dry,” before the band dove deep into a beautifully jammed-out “No Idea”>”Lose My Way.” With Hoffamn leading the way on vocals, the 1600-capacity theater had never felt so much like home, as fans hung a massive sign over the balcony reading “Colorado Love’s GSBG.” Dave Bruzza then took over on vocals, leading the band through “Steam Powered Aeroplane” before ending the set with some new tunes: “Hold On” and “Run or Die”, off their 2016 album Shouted, Written Down, & Quoted.After a first set that perfectly mixed new and old favorites, Greensky Bluegrass opened set two with a cover of Jimmy Martin’s “Hit Parade of Love.” A jam-packed “All Four” sandwich followed, with a powerful cover of Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic” thrown in the middle. After “Past My Prime,” the group performed 2011’s “Jaywalking,” with the bluegrass generals firing off on all cylinders.To close set two, the band served up another delectable sandwich with “Burn Them” > ”Miss September” > “Burn Them,” inviting Guido Batista onstage to help out on tambourine. The guests kept coming, as Greensky welcomed drummer Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic) up for a rendition of “Old Barns,” before closing the set with another favorite off Handguns, “Don’t Lie.” “Don’t Lie” included teases of Phish’s “Contact” and “Living Over,” bringing set two to a triumphant close.As the band came onstage for encore, Anders Beck stepped up to the mic declaring how excited and ready he is for Greensky’s first two-night headlining run at Red Rocks this upcoming September. Hoffman and Bruzza kicked off the encore with a rare duet, performing a cover of Gillian Welch’s “I Want To Sing That Rock and Roll,” before inviting the rest of the band and Jeremy Salken back up for a debut cover of Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild.”Listen to full audio from Greensky’s Denver closer courtesy of taper Rob O’Brien:Next up for Greensky is a performance at Egyptian Room at Old National Centre in Indianapolis. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.SETLIST: Greensky Bluegrass | Ogden Theatre| Denver, CO | 1/13/2018Set 1: Before Bring Out Your Dead> Bring Out Your Dead, Wings for Wheels, Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox> Bottle Dry, No Idea> Lose My Way, Steam Powered Aeroplane, Hold On>Exuberance> Run or DieSet 2: Hit Parade of Love, All Four> Into the Mystic> All Four, Past My Prime, Jaywalking, Burn Them> Miss September> Burn Them (1), Old Barns (2), Don’t Lie (2) (3) (4)Encore: I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll (5), Born To Be Wild (2)1) – w/ Guido Batista (tambourine)(2) – w/ Jeremy Salken (drums)(3) – Contact tease(4) – Living Over tease(5) – Dave and Paul duetBelow, view a beautiful gallery of photos from the show via photographer Chris Klein:Greensky Bluegrass | Ogden Theatre| Denver, CO | 1/13/2018 | Photos: Chris Kleinlast_img read more

Bringing faiths together

first_imgIt is fondly referred to as God’s motel.And the two-story building on Francis Avenue, with its apartment-style residences and idyllic courtyard, has long hosted religious scholars from near and far.This year marks the golden anniversary of Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR), which through its diverse programming, faculty appointments, visiting scholars, and research initiatives has broadened and shaped Harvard’s work in religious and spiritual traditions.Plans for the center were cemented with a gift to HDS from a group of anonymous donors in 1957, and the building was completed in 1960. The bequest was intended to “help Harvard University maintain graduate and undergraduate courses in the religions of the world, to train teachers in this field, to give ministers a sympathetic appreciation of other religions, and to stimulate undergraduate interest in the religions of the world.”And since then it has done just that, expanding the vision of the Harvard Divinity School from a largely Christian seminary to one that has embraced and expanded the study and exploration of religions.Take, for example, the center’s faculty grants program. Recent recipients have studied everything from the ways that New Zealand Maori experience biotechnological interventions, to the curricula of madrasas in Pakistan, to the influence of African-American televangelists on the African diaspora.The center’s directors have left a legacy of religious diversity. Early directors helped to establish an undergraduate honors concentration in the comparative study of religion, as well as a Ph.D. program that incorporates comparative perspectives.Lawrence E. Sullivan, an authority on the religions of South America and central Africa who directed the center from 1990 to 2003, initiated research programs that brought scholars from around the world to the center to explore the intersection of religion and the sciences, politics, art, law, and economics.Current director Donald Swearer took over in 2004. A scholar of Buddhism, Swearer has helped to shape the center’s programming around local and global community building.His efforts include the World Religions Café, where CSWR residents can discuss their research and work with their peers. He has also worked to develop programming with other Harvard departments, such as the thematic lecture series “The Ecologies of Human Flourishing,” created in conjunction with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.Swearer helped to develop the center’s International Research Associate/Visiting Faculty program, which brings an international scholar to the CSWR to collaborate with a Harvard faculty member on research and teaching, and has fostered collaboration with other institutions.“I truly see the center here at the center of a mandala that networks out, and involves people from across the University and the globe in the exploration of the world’s religions,” said Swearer, HDS Distinguished Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies.Francis X. Clooney, Parkman Professor of Divinity and professor of comparative theology, will take leadership of the CSWR in July. Clooney, who joined HDS in 2005, sees his role as continuing the work of his predecessors, and helping the center to expand the work involving different faiths and scholarly endeavors.He hopes to use his early months as a “thinking year” during which he can explore ways to expand faculty grant programs, involve students more in the work of the center, and continue to broaden its interreligious ties elsewhere.“By developing quality connections among ourselves and closer to home, we open the way to fresh explorations into the territory of our increasingly interreligious world,” said Clooney.Two-day symposiumIn honor of the CSWR’s anniversary, the center is hosting a two-day symposium, April 15-16, focused on the future of the study of religion. The event will include the creation of a Tibetan sand mandala by scholar and former Buddhist monk Losang Samten. For more information, visit the Center for the Study of World Religions web site.last_img read more

New video focuses on keeping Vermont’s working landscape vital

first_imgA new video from the nonpartisan Vermont Working Landscape Partnership looks at the difficulties facing our farm and forest economy as well as the opportunities the state can pursue to reverse alarming trends. The video, Vermont’s Working Landscape: Keeping it Vital, is narrated by Chris Graff with original music from Colin McCaffrey. It includes stunning photography and trend line graphs, as well as the Partnership’s proposed Action Plan for state policy. The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is leading this effort and the 8 minute video is posted at its website www.vtrural.org(link is external). It was produced for VCRD by Montpelier’s Flywheel Communications.Click HERE for video or go to: http://vtrural.org/programs/policy-councils/working-landscape/new-slides…(link is external)The show is intended to help Vermonters understand the quiet crisis that is making it increasingly difficult to make a living on the land and the impact that is having on a landscape valued for its scenic, cultural, economic, environmental and recreational benefits. The video is also available on DVD for local groups (such as land trusts, conservation commissions, school and select boards, energy committees, granges, and tourism councils) to show at conferences and meetings.All Vermonters are invited to join the free Partnership to stay updated and help shape the campaign for the future of Vermont’s Working Landscape.last_img read more

U.S. Cocaine, Heroin Seizures Up at Mexico Border

first_img U.S. border patrol agents seized 87 percent more cocaine and 108 percent more heroin in fiscal year 2010 that ended on October 1 compared to the year before, a report said 16 February. But marijuana seizures were down 16 percent, according to the report, commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a total of 115 tons of cocaine over the period, compared with 61 tons in the previous year. The report attributed the increased seizures of cocaine and heroin to better detection and border patrol personnel reinforcements, as well as a “greater willingness by drug trafficking organizations to attempt to smuggle riskier and larger narcotics.” Some 20,000 U.S. border patrol agents are currently deployed on the U.S. southern border with Mexico — a record number, according to DHS. The US Coast Guard, meanwhile, seized 91.8 tons of cocaine, 1.5 percent less than in fiscal year 2009. It intercepted about 13.5 percent of sea-bound heroin trafficking — a little under its goal of 18 percent. For its part, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) saw 72 percent of its investigations result in prison time, a sentence, fine or drug confiscations. By Dialogo February 18, 2011last_img read more

Survey: 10 least money-savvy states

first_imgIf you constantly struggle with your finances, maybe you should blame the state you live in. A new GOBankingRates survey found that if you live in one of the 10 least money-savvy states, you’re less likely to have a bank account or retirement plan, you probably didn’t take a personal finance course in grade school, and you are more likely to have delinquent debts.For its Money-Savvy States survey, GOBankingRates analyzed state-level data in three categories important to financial health: use of banking services, saving and investing behavior, and financial education policies.All 50 states and the District of Columbia were scored and ranked to find the 10 states whose residents are the worst with their money. Click through to see if you live in one of the 10 least money-savvy states. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Challenges loom to maintain staple food supply until Idul Fitri: Economists

first_img“If rice production in April and May is according to [the ministry’s] estimation, the surplus could be a reality. But once again, the surplus pattern always fluctuates throughout the year as it follows the development of the harvest field area and added production,” he said.He added that national rice prices, which hovered at around Rp 11,750 per kg to Rp 11,900 per kg in 2020, were not reflected in the February inflation as its prices have remained stagnant since the start of the year. This is despite the current price exceeding its ceiling price, which ranges between Rp 9,950 and Rp 11,085 per kg, depending on the province.The increase in garlic prices, among other commodities, led to an increase in headline inflation instead to 2.98 percent in February from 2.68 percent in January. Indonesia recorded a benign inflation rate in March as the government’s measures to maintain food prices remain in check but eggs, onions and sugar prices still spiked during the month, BPS data showed on Thursday.Yet even with the expected surplus, the average price of garlic nationwide was still at Rp 45,350 per kilogram on Friday or double the usual price of Rp 25,000 to Rp 30,000 per kg, according to the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS). However, the price has slightly fallen from what was above Rp 50,000 per kg in mid-February.Sugar prices sat at Rp 18,150 per kg on Friday, exceeding the price ceiling of Rp 12,500 per kg since January as import realizations were late. Bird’s eye chili declined to Rp 44,300 per kg on Thursday from around Rp 50,000 per kg in mid-January and mid-February.Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) researcher Felippa Ann Amanta also calls the data “very optimistic”, considering how COVID-19 has disrupted the agriculture sector. She added that the current large-scale restrictions could potentially disrupt logistics for distribution, threatening food availability.“If we don’t control the coronavirus spread immediately, it is also possible to have labor shortages in the supply chain, which then would hamper food security,” she said.Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) researcher Rusli Abdullah said the tightening restrictions would also prevent many workers in Jakarta from going home to their rural areas to work during peak harvest season, delaying production.The government has remained adamant so far. The Trade Ministry said in a statement on March 25 that the average prices of rice, cooking oil, wheat flour, soy, chicken egg and red onions were “relatively stable” as of March 24. It also noted that chicken meat, curly red chili and large red chili prices decreased compared to the previous month.The Agriculture Ministry echoed the sentiment on Friday. “We have assured today that 11 staple foods are ready and under control to fulfill needs. Three commodities that faced problems, including sugar, garlic and brown onion, are now at a safe level,” Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said during a visit to a warehouse, as quoted by a press release.Topics : Economists are warning against roadblocks that will endanger the supply of staple food and push up prices as the Ramadan and Idul Fitri holiday season approaches and the coronavirus still grips the country.Agriculture Ministry data indicates that there is a large enough supply of basic commodities until Ramadan and even a surplus of them, despite concerns over supply disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Agriculture observers, however, are skeptical about the data. University of Lampung (Unila) agricultural economics professor Bustanul Arifin said people’s stockpiling behavior as a response to stricter social restrictions combined with the actual supply figure in the field would soon push up prices. “Don’t play around with the staple food supply. Don’t let it be empty,” he warned.Bustanul’s words reiterate numerous calls to ensure there is a sufficient supply of staple goods during the Ramadan and Idul Fitri holiday season when demand for food increases sharply. Ramadan is expected to begin on April 24, yet prices have risen well in advance despite a projected surplus until May.Among other commodities, the Agriculture Ministry data indicated that rice is expected to have a surplus of 8.35 million tons by May while the surplus for garlic will reach 263,851 tons for garlic, 584,709 tons for sugar and 68,904 tons for bird’s eye chili, among other commodities.However, Bustanul said the government had overestimated the rice surplus. His analysis showed a monthly deficit of about 1.08 million tons in February, bringing down rice stock from 4.26 million tons in January to 3.18 tons in February. He projected the supply in March will reach 3.97 million tons with an added production of 0.79 tons.last_img read more

Chart of the Week: Auto-enrolment boosts UK pension coverage

first_imgEmployees with workplace pensions (%)Chart MakerIn 1997, at the start of the ONS’ data series, 55.2% of workers in the private sector had some form of pension savings. The majority were members of a defined benefit (DB) scheme (45.7%), while defined contribution (DC) plans accounted for just 8.7%.By 2012, DB coverage had fallen to 29.4% of the workforce, but DC was still just 8.4%. In the intervening period, use of group stakeholder and group personal pensions – alternative versions of traditional DC plans – grew their market share to collectively account for 11.6% of private sector workers.Since the introduction of auto-enrolment, DB membership as a proportion of the private sector workforce has fallen gradually to 27.8%. In contrast, regular DC plans now account for 25.9%, and group personal and group stakeholder arrangements have 20.9%.Types of pension among UK employees with workplace pensions, 2018 (%)Chart MakerChris Connelly, propositions and solutions director at administration provider Equiniti, highlighted that “perhaps the most transformational element” of auto-enrolment was the increase in coverage for younger workers. People aged at least 22 and earning at least £10,000 (€11,560) are eligible for auto-enrolment.“Once again it was the youngest who saw the biggest rise in participation with a six percentage point increase in scheme membership for 22-29 year olds – in total, 79% now have a workplace pension,” Connelly said.“Obviously with minimum contributions starting to rise, hopefully people are now starting to see the long-term value in a pension pot and will not opt out. With great new innovations like the pensions dashboard looming into view, it is heartening that the industry is not standing by and admiring the success of auto-enrolment, but putting a framework in place that will help people value what they have and seek to save more.”Further readingAuto-enrolment grows globallyA growing number of countries are planning to reduce the strain placed on public finances of providing pensions to ever more retirees by encouraging individuals to make more adequate provision for their own retirementAuto-enrolment: A call for clarityThe UK government should set out its long-term policy on auto-enrolment contributions with a view to increasing the overall level, argues Jenny Condron, chair of the Association of Consulting Actuaries Data published by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week has revealed that the introduction of auto-enrolment in 2012 has led to the proportion of workers saving in a workplace pension increasing by more than half.From 6 April this year, minimum contributions for employers into auto-enrolment plans rose to 3% from 2% of salary, while employees must now pay 5%, up from 3%.In 2012, when the first major UK companies were compelled to enrol full-time employees into a pension scheme, the ONS said 49.8% of the UK private sector workforce had some form of occupational pension savings. By the end of last year, this proportion had risen to 76.2%, according to the statistics bureau.last_img read more

Boskalis Kicks Off Peterhead Harbor Dredging

first_imgImage source: McLaughlin&HarveyA joint venture between Boskalis Westminster and McLaughlin & Harvey has begun dredging at Peterhead Harbor.Overall, the £50 million worth North Harbor development project includes strengthening and deepening of quay walls within the port as well as 430,556sqft land reclamation with revetment, widening of the harbor entrance, and demolition works.According to the Peterhead Harbor, the development project will fully address the dual need for fishing vessel deep-water berthing in the extensive North Harbor.In order to allow the inner harbor floors to be dredged from -3.2m to -6.5m chart datum (CD), the existing quay walls are being strengthened using an innovative ‘RD Piling’ solution developed in Scandinavia.This system has been tailored to suit the specific requirements at Peterhead as a result of close collaboration between McLaughlin & Harvey and RPS Consulting Engineers, Peterhead Port’s design engineers.Boskalis Westminster will undertake this rock dredging project utilizing its large backhoe dredger, the MP 40.last_img read more

Capitol allots P150M to prov’l school board

first_img* Jose Marie Bedro representing thenon-academic personnel of public schools * Vice Gov. Christine Garin, thechairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalwigan’s Committee on Education ILOILO – The Iloilo Provincial SchoolBoard (IPSB) has a budget of P150 million this year. The IPSB has been reorganized.Defensor as governor is the board chairman. His co-chair is Dr. Roel Bermejo,superintendent of schools. The members are: * Engr. John Arcosa, president of theFederated Parents-Teachers and Community Association/PN * Jean Maire Umadhay, provincialtreasurer “This year the governor wants theutilization of the IPBS budget maximized,” said Mamon. * Provincial Board member Ma. AngelicaBianca Requinto, president of the provincial federation of the SangguniangKabataancenter_img Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. approved theallocation which is P50 million higher than the board’s 2019 budget of P100million. Provincial Administrator SuzetteMamon, secretary of the IPSB, said the 2020 budget would be used to improvepublic school buildings and facilities, procure learning materials andequipment, install potable water systems in schools, and purchase sportsequipment. The goal, according to Mamon, is toimprove the quality of education in Iloilo’s public schools. Iloilo Provincial Capitol. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * Rogelio Esguerra, representing theIloilo Public School Teachers’ Association In 2019, only P30 million of the IPBS’P100-million was utilized. One factor was the “banning” during the electionperiod, said Mamon.last_img read more