After years of work, the massive 59-track tribute to the Grateful Dead was released yesterday, May 20th. Titled Day Of The Dead, the five-plus hour tribute album features some incredible contributions from a diverse array of performers, including Wilco, Flaming Lips, Bruce Hornsby, Jim James, The War On Drugs, Fucked Up, Belá Fleck, The Lone Bellow, and more. You can find the Spotify stream here.To celebrate the new release, brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National were featured on CBS This Morning. With the Grateful Dead back in the public eye, and proceeds from Day Of The Dead going to Red Hot Organization, a charity that promotes AIDS/HIV research, there was certainly a lot to talk about.After the brothers were interviewed on the show, they assembled their band for a performance of “Peggy-O,” which they’d famously played live with Bob Weir in 2014. The show also featured a performance from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, who performed his cover of the Grateful Dead rarity “If I Had The World To Give.” You can watch videos of the Dessners’ interview and the two performances below.The National – “Peggy-O”Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “If I Had The World To Give”
Orange peak = Nov. 1″This year’s peak for orange coloring is predicted at Nov. 1, sogood viewing should be two weeks ahead of this date and one weekpast it,” he said.He suggests mapping out two routes for your leaf-watchingtrek.”Take one northbound Georgia highway up and come back onanother,” he said. “Once you reach your destination, get up highto see the best color distribution.”Nature’s fall color display is the result of trees’ naturalliving processes.”Dead leaves just turn brown and fall, but living leaf tissuedevelops color with bright days, cool but not freezingtemperatures and a slight drought,” Coder said. “Hard freezes orfrost at night, overcast and wet conditions can damage colorformation, and a big, windy storm front can blow all the leavesoff the trees.” A natural processTrees naturally turn color this time of year as they enter whatCoder calls “a resting phase of their lives.””The chlorophyll breaks apart, and the supporting leaf tissuesare sealed off from the tree and allowed to die,” he said. “Thisprocess allows new pigments to be made and old pigments to berevealed.”Red, yellow and brown are the colors most people equate with fallleaf color. But Coder says many more colors are on nature’spalette.”The three color systems tree leaves use are bright yellow tobright crimson oil colors, blue to deep purple water colors, andtan to dark brown earth tones,” Coder said. “Some trees, likesweetgum, can have all three colors on one tree. Other trees,like some oaks, have reds and dark reds all over the crown.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIf leaf-watching is a traditional part of your fall outings, it’stime to plan your trip to the Georgia mountains. University ofGeorgia professor Kim Coder says Oct. 18 through Nov. 8 are thebest times to see nature’s color display.A UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources treehealth care specialist, Coder uses his personal leaf color modelthat is based on climate and tree health factors to estimate thepeak times for viewing yellow, orange and red leaf color waves. Display flows southIf you don’t have the time or money to travel north, you canstill enjoy fall leaf color displays.”Because of cool, bright and clear conditions, the colors startat higher altitudes and flow downhill into the valleys headedsouth,” Coder said. “There are three color waves that pass throughseven to 16 days apart, depending upon the year. A yellow wavefirst, then an orange wave and finally a red wave that leads intowinter.”So, if you can’t get to the mountains for the first wave, staywhere you are and the color will come to you.
Corruption scandal roils Indonesian coal plant expansion plans FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mongabay:A far-reaching corruption scandal centered on a proposed power plant in Indonesia has cast a shadow over the country’s risky reliance on coal as a supposedly cheap source of energy.Antigraft investigators arrested nine people in July, including a member of the national parliament, over allegations of bribery in connection with the awarding of contracts for the $900 million Riau-1 coal-fired plant, on the island of Sumatra. Investigators have also charged the country’s social affairs minister, Idrus Marham, for his alleged involvement (the sting where the bribe was transacted in July took place at his home). They have questioned the head of state-owned utility PLN, Sofyan Basir, who is ultimately responsible for sanctioning the project. PLN has since suspended the 600-megawatt project.Riau-1, though, is only one of dozens of coal-fired power plants planned for construction throughout Indonesia as part of the government’s ambitious push to add 35,000 megawatts of power generation to the national grid in the coming years. (The initial target date was 2019, but the government now says it may take until 2024 to get that full capacity on line.)There are at least 18 similar plants at various stages of development — from licensing and land acquisition, to procurement of technology — that are also suspected to have been tarnished by corruption, according to the NGO Association of Ecological Action and People’s Emancipation (PAEER). In particular, so-called mine-mouth plants like Riau-1, which are built close to the coal mines that supply their fuel and for which PLN awards contracts less transparently, are particularly prone to corruption, says a coalition of environmental NGOs.Riau-1 was awarded without a transparent bidding process by PLN subsidiary Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (PJB) to a private consortium that includes a subsidiary of the energy firm BlackGold Natural Resources. One of BlackGold’s top shareholders, Johannes Budisutrisno Kotjo, was among those arrested in the antigraft bust in July. He has been charged with paying a 4.8 billion rupiah ($328,000) bribe to Eni Maulani Saragih, who sits on the parliamentary oversight committee for energy policy and has also been charged.In the case of BlackGold, the Singapore-listed company had “good reason to be highly motivated” to secure its stake in the Riau-1 project, according to the U.S.-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Melissa Brown, an energy finance consultant at the IEEFA, said the project “promised to provide demand for low-grade coal which would struggle to find a market outside of Sumatra.”The IEEFA’s Brown highlighted the “severe conflicts of interest associated with many of the mine-mouth” projects recently awarded. “In many ways, the circumstances surrounding [Riau-1] are emblematic of Indonesia’s strategic challenges,” she wrote, “due to over-reliance on coal [power plants] backed by a revolving cast of coal producers who are highly motivated to push speculative projects that will benefit narrow interests.”More: Graft and government policy align to keep Indonesia burning coal
Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I think kids should ride bikes. Like, all the time. They should ride bikes to school, to the park, to their friend’s house, to the corner store to get me snacks…kids should spend entire afternoons building and riding jumps out of scrap plywood and cinder blocks. They should hold bunny hop competitions and see who can ride the longest without touching the handlebars.Kids should ride bikes. My kids ride their bikes a lot, but not as much as I want them to, so when we had a free afternoon I organized an impromptu bar crawl with several families—we’d ride bikes as a group to breweries and bars and parks, stopping for snacks and beer and to play Frisbee and soccer…the idea was to make riding bikes as fun as possible for the kids so they’d want to do it more often.And it was pretty great. We rode mostly greenway and singletrack to connect the beer stops and parks. It’s basically the same route as our standard Whiskey Wednesday bike-driven bar crawl, but with no whiskey and more ice cream. The kids raced each other from stop to stop, because Strava, while the parents yelled at them to watch out for pedestrians and road crossings.There’s a serious climb at the end of the ride, heading back into our neighborhood, so we thought it would be best to stop at one last brewery to recharge. The parents got beers and the kids got sparkling waters, but they didn’t drink them. While the parents sat on concrete benches outside the brewery, the kids explored the surrounding warehouses on their bikes, cruising around to see the graffiti and looking for different materials to build jumps and drops. They rode non-stop until it was starting to get dark, and then on that terrible climb home, none of them complained. Nobody bitched about the long, difficult hill. They just kept pedaling and smiling. The only complaints came when we reached our house and I told them it was too dark to ride bikes anymore. And that’s the kind of complaining I like to hear.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A woman survived the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. She was recounting to a news reporter how she was hunkered down in the bathroom holding her dog (“I know he’s in here somewhere,” she said, pointing to the rubble that was once her home), when the tornado hit.And then this happened.
In life and business, we have to adapt to changing situations that confront us. Not because we want to, but because we have to. Who doesn’t crave consistency and stability? But we cannot deny that change happens constantly.According to a Right Management study, 91% of HR decision-makers say people are being recruited on their ability to deal with change and uncertainty. The report adds, “As resilience and agility enter the business lexicon, the time is ripe for workforce transformation – with businesses putting people at the heart of their business plans in good times and bad.”Adapting on the fly is a crucial skill. Credit unions are being stretched. Too often staff become frazzled and overloaded. They get cluttered and bogged down in minutiae that they lose focus. We’ve seen two-person teams close more loans than five-person teams. We’ve even met a loan manager who made the claim that closing loans wasn’t in her job description. She was just too busy. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Registration is open for the Cybersecurity Response Exercise for credit unions $250M or less webinar, a new CUNA and National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS) member benefit, scheduled for June 30, from 1-5 p.m. (ET). Executive-level professionals responsible for cybersecurity strategy at credit unions with less than $250 million in assets will join examiners to work through a plausible, fictional cybersecurity event.Credit union participants will apply their policies and procedures to this simulation while examiners will determine how participants could adapt their supervisory approach. After the exercise you’ll get a confidential After Action Report (AAR) that shares findings.Participants will get a chance to:Practice applying your policies and procedures to a simulated cyber attackExamine your cybersecurity preparedness ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
3:00 A.M. UPDATE: They say more information will be released later Thursday. VESTAL (WBNG) — The scene is now clear and Vestal police say that the investigation is still ongoing at this time. A spokesperson from the Broome County Sheriff’s Department tells 12 News several law enforcement agencies responded and have since closed both directions of Route 17 and Route 434. —– The spokesperson tells us no one has been injured and they have closed off the area, so that they can question the person involved. VESTAL (WBNG) — Several law enforcement agencies have converged on an area near Castle Gardens Road after a person fired several shots out of a vehicle. Stay with 12 News as we continue to following this developing story.
Categories: OpinionWASHINGTON — I’m a rock-ribbed conservative who wants Republicans to keep control of Congress. But I’m not unhappy that Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone appears to have lost the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District.Why? Because he insulted my mother.Trailing his Democratic opponent in a district Donald Trump won by 20 points, but which still has more registered Democrats than Republicans, Saccone hit on a genius idea to turn out the vote: At a campaign rally just before voters went to the polls, he declared that liberals hate America and hate God. “I’ve talked to so many of these on the left,” he said. “.?.?. And I tell you, many of them have a hatred for our country. .?.?. I’ll tell you some more — my wife and I saw it again today: They have a hatred for God.”My mother is a liberal Democrat, and I can tell you: She does not hate America or God. Quite the opposite; she is one of the most patriotic people I know. She grew up in Nazi-occupied Poland, fought with the Polish underground, was taken to Germany as a prisoner of war, was liberated by Patton’s Army and moved to London. Eventually, she became a doctor and made her way to the United States, where she became a U.S. citizen.There is no one prouder to be an American. When Poland held its first free elections in 1989, Polish Americans living in the United States were invited to vote. Many did so, but my mom refused. She loved the land of her birth, but she was an American citizen now and would not vote in a foreign election. When someone hears her thick Polish accent for the first time they often ask, “Where are you from?” She answers proudly: “New York City.”She’s also a proud Democrat, who voted for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. We disagree about politics, but we both love America and want to make this country great. We just have different ideas about the best ways to do it.So when Saccone says liberals hate America, he’s talking about my mother. I take it personally. And you should, too. Whether you are liberal, conservative or in between, I’ll bet that you have a loved one who disagrees with you about politics. It might be a sibling or a parent or a beloved cousin, aunt or uncle — or even your kids. We should not stand for politicians from either party who insult them or question their motives or their patriotism.Too often, politicians on both the left and right do just that. We saw this recently when, during an event in India, Clinton insultingly claimed that Trump won the parts of the country that weren’t “moving forward.” She said those voters liked what she characterized as Trump’s message that “you know you didn’t like black people getting rights. You don’t like women, you know, getting jobs. You don’t want, you know, to see that Indian American succeeding more than you are.” If you have a loved one who didn’t vote for Clinton in 2016, you should be offended. I doubt the people you love are against civil rights, or women working, or people of color succeeding. They just thought Clinton was a terrible choice for president — an impression she confirmed with those comments.We see it in the gun control debate that followed the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said that if you’re not in favor of immediate action on guns, “you’re an accomplice” to the Parkland killer. Seriously? Do you have a loved one who disagrees with you about gun control? Are they accomplices to mass murder? No, they just disagree that gun control is the solution.The problem exists on both sides of the aisle, and it’s not just politicians. American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks recalls how a few years ago he was giving a speech at a large conservative event. “I said that while my own views are center-right, I have no reason to believe progressives are stupid or evil,” he recalls. “An audience member countered, ‘You’re wrong: They are stupid and evil.’” Brooks is from Seattle, which means almost every member of his family is progressive.Progressives are not stupid and evil. Conservatives are not racists and misogynists. Our fellow Americans who disagree with us are not our enemies. They are our fellow Americans who differ with us. And we should not put up with politicians, on the left or right, who can’t seem to understand this.Marc A. Thiessen is part of the The Washington Post Writers Group. Follow him on Twitter, @marcthiessen.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
According to Lari, four provinces — Khuzestan, Hormozgan, Kermanshah and East Azerbaijan — were currently “red”, the highest level on the country’s color-coded risk scale. She added that 2,368 new infections had been confirmed, bringing to 204,952 the total number of cases in the country. There has been skepticism at home and abroad about Iran’s official figures, with concerns the real toll could be much higher. Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the 116 deaths reported Sunday had brought the country’s overall COVID-19 toll to 9,623.Health Minister Said Namaki however denied that the country was facing a second wave of the respiratory illness and said “the peak of the disease has not passed”. “Even in provinces where we think the first coronavirus wave is behind us, we have not yet fully experienced the first wave,” he was quoted as saying by semi-official news agency ISNA. Iranian authorities have not imposed a mandatory lockdown on the population but closed schools, cancelled public events and banned movement between the country’s 31 provinces in March, before gradually easing restrictions starting in April. Topics : Iranian health authorities reported over 100 new deaths from the novel coronavirus Sunday for the third day running, stressing that the outbreak had not yet peaked in the hard-hit country.Iran reported its first coronavirus cases on February 19 and has since struggled to contain the outbreak, the deadliest in the Middle East.The Islamic republic recorded its lowest single-day death toll in early May, before seeing a new rise in cases in recent weeks.