Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Expand 30th Anniversary Summer Tour, Including Date With Billy Strings

first_imgBéla Fleck & The Flecktones initially announced their plans for a summer tour back in late January in celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary in 2019. On Friday, the quartet comprised of Béla Fleck, Howard Levy, Future Man, and Victor Wooten announced the addition of a few more performances for their summer run, including a show with rising roots-rock guitarist, Billy Strings.The latest addition to the band’s 2019 concert schedule starts with a show at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, UT on May 31st with support from Strings, in addition to performances at The Wilma in Missoula, MT on June 1st; The Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City, OK on June 24th; and the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH on June 30th.As previously announced, the band kicks off their summer run of shows with a performance at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 30th alongside the Colorado Symphony, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Abigail Washburn. They’re also scheduled to appear at the 46th Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 21st.“It’s hard to imagine it was 1988 when I first put these guys together for an episode of Lonesome Pine Special,’” the band said in a statement to go with Friday’s concert announcement. “We went on our first real tour in ‘89, and have been at it ever since!”Related: Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn Bounce Back With Banjo Brilliance At UCLA’s Royce HallPrior to the band’s summer tour, Victor Wooten will head out to perform across the central U.S. for a run of his own solo concerts beginning in Nashville, TN on April 15th. The two-week tour will continue until April 27th, after which he’ll link up with his Flecktones bandmates to begin prep for their anniversary run.Fans can head over to the band’s tour page on their website for the full listing of upcoming performances, in addition to ticket info.last_img read more

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Sounding off for noises on

first_imgBring back the noise.Such was the prescription from indie musicians Amanda Palmer and Damon Krukowski ’85 during an animated discussion about digital creativity Tuesday night at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.Krukowski, who came to the Consumer Research Center/store to kick off the tour for his new book, “The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World,” used “noise” to describe the ambient sounds such as air conditioning or breathing that found their way onto analog audio recordings, but he was also speaking of life in the pre-digital world before social media giants’ content streams.Krukowski, who was the founder and drummer for Galaxie 500 in the late ’80s, worked on the idea of analog versus digital as a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society in 2015-16. By eliminating noise, he argued, digital technology has isolated authentic sound, though he hoped the debate would not be seen as old versus new, or good versus bad.But Palmer, a rock ’n’ roll performer who has cultivated an intimate relationship with fans on and off social media, wasted no time lamenting the loss. Instead, she commiserated with Krukowski over a shared displeasure with Facebook. She quoted from Krukowski’s book: “Social media have no content to offer other than what their users provide. Yet that information, too, is limited to isolated signal as defined by the platform — a neat trick.” Then she made her own supporting argument.“I also hate Facebook, and I hate Facebook more and more every day,” she said, bemoaning the algorithms it uses to determine what is signal and what is noise for its 2 billion users.“Noise is necessary. If we’re going to stay human, visual, audio, emotional noise, it’s what makes life. If you don’t have it, you don’t really even have the conditions for living. If things are signal only, that literally means there is no room for coincidence, synchronicity, kismet, randomness — the things that make life feel realistic,” she said.Krukowski was a member of indie band Galaxie 500 in the ’80s. While a 2015-16 fellow at the Berkman Center, he worked on the idea of analog versus digital. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerKrukowski got into the noise-making business in forming Galaxie 500 with classmates Dean Wareham ’85 and Naomi Yang ’86. He and Yang are now married, constitute the folk-rock duo Damon & Naomi, and publish the literary press “Exact Change.” In “The New Analog,” he shared personal moments (listening to Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” in his bedroom as a kid) that helped form his musical identity and provided detailed deconstruction of formative pieces of music that shaped his sense of sound. In the chapter titled “Surface Noise,” he broke down the Beach Boys’ recording “Here Today,” highlighting the noises layered onto the song:“1:15 Mike (Love) starts singing the chorus too soon … 1:27 Something metallic is dropped … 1:52 Someone says something supposedly about cameras … 1:56 Someone else replies …”He writes: “Noise has value. It communicates location, proximity, and depth. It tests the limits of our individual perception, and binds us together in shared time.”Palmer, who has a 2-year-old son, Ash, shared a tale of value added by noise. She recalled a car drive from New York to Boston with Ash in the back seat while she played a Nick Drake CD.“I had it cranked, and there was, in between the tracks, a tape hiss,” she said. “In between one song and another, I realized I couldn’t differentiate between whether what I was hearing was the tape hiss or the baby crying because they were in the exact same frequency. And it was just kind of beautiful.”She asked Krukowski his advice for solving the noiseless conundrum, and he suggested less uniform channels of communication such as Bandcamp, an online music store that helps independent artists share and sell their music.Palmer traded the likes of Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes for Patreon, a subscription content service.“I’m very fortunate because I have 10,000 fans who have given me their credit cards. That’s amazing,” she said, noting that her current business model, though digital in form, reminds her of the earliest days in music when people played in a room for their community.“Make music for those people around you,” she said.  “Even if those people are in an internet village.”last_img read more

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Rain crop

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaThe Rain Harvesting Workshop and Accreditation Program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at the Oconee County Civic Center in Watkinsville, Ga. The training is a part of the American Rain Catchment System Association’s professional accreditation program and is open to the public.Participants will learn how to design rain harvest systems, which include downspouts, cisterns, rain barrels, water features, filters, pumps, pipes, water quality and irrigation options. The cost is $10 and covers lunch, breaks and print material.“In order to improve water conservation in northeast Georgia, the University of Georgia and Texas A&M University have teamed up to offer this in-depth training to professionals and homeowners,” said Frank Henning, a UGA Cooperative Extension watershed agent. “Come join us to learn how to conserve water and save money on your water bill.”For more information or to register, go to the Web site www.caes.uga.edu/unit/athens/events/events.html. Or, call (706) 542-0808.last_img read more

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West named interim dean

first_imgJoe West, who most recently served as assistant dean of the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, has been named interim dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, effective July 1.West is a professor in the UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science, and his career with CAES has spanned nearly 35 years. In his 12 years as assistant dean, he oversaw enhancements to the learning environment for students, as well as growth in research activity and Extension programming on the Tifton Campus. From 2002 to 2004, he served as interim head of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science.As previously announced, Samuel Pardue, who has led the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2016, intends to step down on June 30. A national search is currently underway for the next dean and director of the college.“I am grateful to Dr. West for taking on this important role,” said S. Jack Hu, UGA’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “His demonstrated record of leadership will serve the college and the university well during this transition period.”last_img read more

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Carbon Tracker: Fossil fuel use will peak in 2023

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Global demand for fossil fuels will peak in 2023, an influential thinktank has predicted, posing a significant risk to financial markets because trillions of dollars’ worth of oil, coal and gas assets could be left worthless.Explosive growth in wind and solar will combine with action on climate change and slowing growth in energy needs to ensure that fossil fuel demand peaks in the 2020s, Carbon Tracker predicted.The projection is much more bullish than estimates by the global energy watchdog and oil and gas companies, which mostly expect demand to peak in the mid-2030s. Coal reached its peak in 2014.Kingsmill Bond, new energy strategist at Carbon Tracker, said: “Fossil fuel demand has been growing for 200 years, but is about to enter structural decline. Entire sectors will struggle to make this transition.”Carbon Tracker said financial markets faced a “systemic risk” from a reduction in value to the fossil fuel industry’s $25tn (£19tn) worth of assets, due to demand peaking. Countries such as Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, which are overwhelmingly reliant on oil revenues, are also at risk from a fall in their tax take, the thinktank added.The Carbon Tracker report warned incumbency and size would be no protection, and compared the fate of fossil fuel firms to the horse and cart at the start of the 20th century. “Demand for incumbents peaks early, and investors in incumbents lose money early,” it said.More: Global demand for fossil fuels will peak in 2023, says thinktank Carbon Tracker: Fossil fuel use will peak in 2023last_img read more

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If you like your Obamacare you can keep it

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Details “Obamacare is the law of the land” and will remain so “for the foreseeable future,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told reporters after House Republicans canceled a vote on their legislation to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as Obamacare.The American Health Care Act of 2017—the House of Representatives’ legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare—was pulled from the House floor when House leadership realized that they lacked the votes to pass it. The failure to repeal and replace Obamacare is a major defeat for President Trump—who made it the centerpiece of his campaign—and for Republicans, who have spent the last seven years attempting to repeal it. The defeat is especially significant as it comes in the first 100 days of the Trump administration—when the new president is traditionally enjoying his “honeymoon” with Congress—and with President Trump’s party in control of both the House and Senate.H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, would have kept three of the most popular provisions of the PPACA: the ban on lifetime coverage caps, dependent coverage to age 26, and the requirement to cover pre-existing conditions. It would have, among other things, repealed Medicaid expansion, eliminated the PPACA’s individual mandate requiring health insurance coverage, modified the premium tax credits and, starting in 2020, replaced the income-based tax credits with a flat tax credit based on age, added a state option to elect Medicaid block grants, and repealed many of the PPACA’s tax provisions.The legislation also would have made significant changes to health savings accounts (HSAs) in an effort to expand their use. Provisions in the legislation proposed the following:Increase the annual HSA contribution limits. As proposed, the maximum contribution would be increased to the limit on out-of-pocket expenses under qualified high deductible health plans. [For 2017, $6,550 for self-only coverage and $13,100 for family coverage, indexed for inflation.]  Permit spouses over age 55 to make catch-up contributions of up to $1,000 and choose the HSA to which to make the contribution. [This provision would allow both spouses to make catch-up contributions to the same HSA, which is not permitted under current law.]Expand the definition of “qualified medical expense” to include over-the-counter (non-prescription) medications.Allow eligible medical expenses incurred up to 60-days prior to the establishment of an HSA to be paid tax-free from the HSA.Reduce the additional tax on HSA distributions used for non-qualified medical expenses from the current 20 percent to 10 percent.The HSA provisions, if enacted, would have been the first expansion of HSAs since passage of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which increased the annual contribution limits and provided limited traditional IRA, health FSA and HRA-to-HSA rollovers.The legislation also would have restored the 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income threshold for the federal medical expenses deduction, which the PPACA increased to 10 percent.As the close of the first 100 days of the Trump the presidency draws near, and with the Neal Gorsuch nomination for Supreme Court justice the only legislative victory, the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are clearly looking for a reset to jump-start an aggressive legislative agenda that includes tax reform and a major infrastructure bill.Immediately after the legislation was pulled, President Trump indicated that the administration’s attention will now focus on tax reform. Although the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare will make tax reform more difficult, Speaker Ryan has indicated that the House will take up tax reform when Congress returns from its April recess. The Speaker also indicated that Republicans still plan to repeal and replace major parts of Obamacare, with the goal of making more affordable premiums, but those discussions are in the early stages.Credit unions offering HSAs are now wondering what effect the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare will have on the HSA market. While the House of Representatives’ replacement legislation would have expanded HSAs, failure to bring the legislation to a vote is likely to have little or no effect on the HSA market. The market forces that have driven double-digit growth over the past ten years—increasing health care costs, employer migration to high deductible health plans, etc.—remain in place and are likely to continue driving HSA growth for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

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Bogor imposes curfew amid rise in COVID-19 cases

first_imgBogor Mayor Bima Arya said police and military personnel would be deployed to enforce the curfew.“We will monitor the situation every night. We want to raise people’s awareness that the current situation is alarming,” Bima said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Indonesia sees record high in COVID-19 cases for third day runningHe added that he would issue a regulation that stipulated sanctions for violators, which would range from social punishments to fines.According to the National COVID-19 Task Force’s website www.covid19.co.id, Bogor was declared a red zone on Thursday – meaning a high level of virus transmission had been detected.On Saturday, health authorities confirmed 21 new COVID-19 cases in Bogor, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the city to 574. Twenty-nine residents have died while 334 others have recovered from the disease. (aly)Topics : Bogor municipality in West Java has imposed a curfew to limit out-of-home activities at night after health authorities confirmed an increasing trend in COVID-19 cases across the city.Malls will be required to close at 6 p.m. and people will be prohibited from conducting outdoor activities after 9 p.m.The order was issued after the Bogor administration decided to impose micro and community-scale social restrictions for two weeks starting Saturday to contain the high rate of COVID-19 transmission in the region.last_img read more

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Nacho Monreal could play against Tottenham before completing Real Sociedad transfer

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 29 Aug 2019 9:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Nacho Monreal is set to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal star Nacho Monreal could make a farewell appearance for the club in Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham before joining Real Sociedad.The Spaniard is believed to have agreed personal terms with the San Sebastian club that will see him return to Spain after seven years in England.Monreal played 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend but Unai Emery is happy to let the 33-year-old leave following the arrival of Kieran Tierney from Celtic.The European transfer window closes on September 2nd but – without the injured Tierney – Arsenal remain light at left-back and Emery is considering giving Monreal a farewell appearance on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Monreal could be given a farewell appearance (Picture: Getty)It could mean that Monreal’s final appearance for the club comes against arch rivals Tottenham and he’ll be allowed to leave within 24 hours to return to Spain.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery admitted last weekend that Monreal could be on his way out of the club.‘Some players can leave but we cannot sign another and it depends a little over the next days how we can decide about some circumstances with some players,’ admitted Emery.‘With Nacho one possibility is open and we are going to speak about that.’MORE: Which teams can Chelsea get in the Champions League group stage draw? Nacho Monreal could play against Tottenham before completing Real Sociedad transferlast_img read more

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Mega makeover at quirky Gold Coast family home

first_img258 Simpsons Rd, Currumbin Waters.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“The house was perfectly positioned and the style was very quirky which was originally Jack’s doing when he built it. It is definitely a home full of character.” Ms Lindberg said she spent a quarter of a million dollars renovating the house and invited the Middletons back to see the transformation. “They were blown away with how much it had changed,” she said. She said the previous owners had become good friends with her family and they regularly caught up. “Jack really loved it and we kept some of his original style which he was over the moon about,” she said. 258 Simpsons Rd, Currumbin Waters.“I call it the koala corridor and it is a lovely sight that makes you feel like you’re living among nature.”Rain, hail or shine the views were always amazing, she said. 258 Simpsons Rd, Currumbin Waters.Timber and stone create a homely feel while raked ceilings add to the quirkiness. The property features stained glass windows at the entry, a stone wall in the foyer and eclectic pendant lighting throughout, but Ms Lindberg said it was the view that left everyone breathless. “I am always out on that balcony and when you look down into the valley, you can see a belt of gumtrees with koalas hiding among the leaves,” she said. 258 Simpsons Rd, Currumbin Waters.AS SOON as the for-sale sign went up at 258 Simpsons Rd almost five years ago the Lindberg family was quick to act. Tracy Lindberg bought the house the same day and said there was something about Simpsons Rd that she loved. “It was one of my favourite streets in Currumbin Waters and every time I’d drive by I really admired the position of the houses,” she said. 258 Simpsons Rd, Currumbin Waters.“When this house came on the market I thought the opportunity to live here had finally arrived.“I think it is one of the hidden gems of the Gold Coast, it is only four minutes to the beach and six to the shopping centre.”Ms Lindberg said she had become close friends with the original owners Jack and Phyllis Middleton, who built the house 35 years ago. “The couple were both in their late 80s when we bought it off them,” she said.last_img read more

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Market

first_imgBrazil: Siemens is to supply 40 railcars worth US$70m to CPTM of São Paulo under an agreement with Mitsui of Japan.Canada: North Ltd of Australia has purchased 11 GE Dash-9 locomotives for C$26·6m, to be operated by its Iron Ore Company of Canada subsidiary.CN has taken delivery of the first of 300 centre-beam lumber wagons, manufactured by National Steel Car and leased from NorRail for C$22m.China: Hong Kong MTR Corp has selected Bank of China to install automatic teller machines at 48 stations by mid-1998.Congo: Railweight has supplied a Weighline in-track vehicle weigher to CFCO.Denmark: Semco Vakuumteknik is to supply 2320 vacuum toilets to German Railway and complete toilet compartment modules for Stadler GTW 2/6 railcars.Germany: Waggonfabrik Talbot has won orders for 12 Talent diesel railcars worth DM36m for delivery by early 1999; eight will go to Regio-Bahn Kaarst-Mettmann, and four to Dortmund-Markische Eisenbahn.Great Britain: Railtrack has ordered two train describers from Vaughan Harmon Systems to replace units at Glasgow Central and Motherwell.Iran: CSEE Transport of France has won a FFr30·5m subcontract from China North Industry Corp to provide a TVM300 automatic train control system for Tehran Urban & Suburban Railway Corp’s 42 km Ayatollah Kashani – Mehr-Shahr suburban route.Israel: IR has ordered three shunting locos from GEC Alsthom Transporte of Spain, to the same design supplied to Swiss Federal Railways (8.96 p474).Malaysia: The 70 Bombardier-built trains for Kuala Lumpur’s Putra automated light metro (p617) will be fitted with auxiliary power units from Rolls-Royce Industrial Controls to provide 415V AC for air-conditioning and propulsion cooling, as well as 48V DC.Puerto Rico: Meister Electronic is supplying passenger information equipment for 32 Siemens Tren Urbano LRVs.Slovakia: Bell Canada, Noram Ltd and EDC have signed a 12-month US$10m contract to modernise ZSR’s telecommunications. Work has begun on laying optical cable between Kosice and Zilina. South Africa: Sarcc is seeking to use a US$60m loan from the Japanese government to finance refurbishment of its 4635-car EMU fleet under a sale-rebuild-leaseback agreement.Cape Metropolitan Council has approved plans for a 4·5 km two-station Metrorail extension to Khayelitsha, and a programme to reduce fare evasion.Spain: Madrid metro trainsets being built by GEC Alsthom Transporte will be fitted with RM 2000 radio equipment from Matra Communication’s Spanish subsidiary. USA: UP is to replace its Computer Aided Dispatching system by 2000, introducing CAD III technology that will integrate main line and terminal planning.Zimbabwe: NRZ has called tenders for electrification between Harare station and Msasa yard, and for telecommunications equipment to be installed between Bulawayo and Dabuka.last_img read more

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