Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz Lead Impressive Meadows Music Festival Lineup In NYC

first_imgToday, The Meadows Music & Arts Festival announced the lineup for their second annual event, set to take place September 15th – 17th at Citi Field in Queens, NY. The NYC lineup is led by an NYC entertainment icon, Jay Z, as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gorillaz. In addition, the hip hop-heavy lineup will feature Future, Bassnectar, Nas, Weezer, Run The Jewels, LL Cool J, M.I.A., Erykah Badu, Foster The People, Migos, Action Bronson, Big Gigantic, TV On The Radio, De La Soul, BADBADNOTGOOD, Lizzo, and many more. The announcement is sure to excite the Big Apple faithful, as a slew of big time hometown acts new and old slated to perform give the lineup a decidedly New York vibe.For more information and to purchase tickets, head to the event’s website. Tickets will be available on Wednesday, May 12th at 12pm EST, with a very limited allotment of Early Bird and Advance Price tickets available.[Cover photo via Billboard]last_img read more

New 2012 Digital Universe Study Reveals Big Data Opportunity

first_imgThe amount of information in the Digital Universe is doubling every two years, currently growing at a rate of more than 7,600 petabytes per dayLess than 1% of the world’s data is analyzed today, presenting an enormous opportunity for Big Data analytics, which we at EMC believe will become the “killer app” of the next wave of ITBy 2020, there will be 7.6B people on the Internet… and 200B interconnected “things.” As my colleague and EMC Fellow Steve Todd writes, “embedded systems (e.g. sensors, surveillance cameras, smart meters, appliances, medical devices, toys, etc.) will become one of the major sources of ones and zeros”This machine generated data (driven by what some call the “Internet of Things”) will account for 40% of the Digital Universe by 2020, up from just 11% in 2005Less than 20% of the information in the Digital Universe is protected today, yet “enterprises have liability associated with and responsibility for nearly 80%” of itInformation is much less protected in emerging markets, which will account for the majority (62%) of the Digital Universe by 2020.Clearly, as the volume and complexity of data increases from all angles, IT organizations have a choice: succumb to information-overload paralysis, or take steps to harness the tremendous potential teeming within the new data streams.This year’s study underscores the massive opportunity that exists for organizations that recognize the importance of navigating the Digital Universe with the right balance of technology, data security practices and IT skills. The 2012 Digital Universe study, conducted by the research firm IDC for EMC, is full of eye popping statistics about the amount of information the world is generating.Consider these findings from the study:last_img read more

Walk Georgia

first_imgSchools are encouraged to incorporate Walk Georgia into their curricula. The website provides math lesson plans for teachers, and students can compete against other classes within their schools. “The new Walk Georgia website can be used as a free worksite wellness program for any size business,” Bowie said. “Extension agents throughout the state plan community events and many partner with local organizations to provide participant incentives such as pedometers and T-shirts.”Walk Georgia participants can form groups or join individually and informally compete against other groups and individuals in their communities or across the state. The program lets Georgians track their physical activity by logging each activity. The more than 70 activities included—from running and bowling to gardening and Zumba—then count toward miles. “To me, the beauty of Walk Georgia is that it meets people where they are,” said Deborah Murray, associate dean for Extension and outreach in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “Because it’s a community-based program, there’s something in it for everyone.”The new website, which has been optimized for both desktop and mobile devices, will feature a blog with healthy recipes, wellness articles and information on Georgia State Parks. Along with a blog, Walk Georgia has Facebook (www.facebook.com/walkgeorgia), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/walkga/), Twitter (twitter.com/walkga) and Instagram (instagram.com/walkgeorgia) accounts. by Josie Krogh and Bridget ThompsonThere’s no better way to shake off those mid-winter blues than to get outside and get moving, and University of Georgia Extension has just the thing to help motivate Georgians to get active and ready for spring. UGA Extension will roll out a revamped version of Walk Georgia, a community physical activity program that’s already helped about 50,000 Georgians become more active. Starting Feb. 1, people can enroll in the improved Walk Georgia online program. Previously, UGA Extension only offered Walk Georgia during 12-week sessions in the spring and fall, but a $1 million, three-year grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation has allowed for an expansion, making the program available anytime. Additionally, the website underwent a renovation, which expanded the program’s online resources and made the website easier to use. Participants will still be able to use the website to create profiles and track their physical activity, but they also will be able to link the website to their social media accounts to share their physical activity goals, document progress and encourage other users.center_img Georgia has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation. Walk Georgia’s goal is to combat obesity in a fun, community-building way, said program coordinator Maria Bowie. The program equips Georgians with the tools needed to be more physically active and the motivation they need to get started. For more information on Walk Georgia, see www.walkgeorgia.org UGA is a leading institution in fitness education, and was recently named a top 10 university for health and fitness learning by the College Factual website. Through the university-developed program, all Georgians have free access to fitness tracking and dozens of resources like strength training demonstrations, healthy recipes and lists of local fitness amenities.last_img read more

Pomerleau Real Estate Adds to Staff

first_imgPomerleau Real Estate is pleased to announce that Ed Helmer has joined their Commercial Real Estate Division.Helmer is a native Vermonter currently living in Colchester. In 2002, Ed graduated from Phillips-Exeter Academy and in 2002, graduated from Bates College as an English major. His current focus is on getting his real estate license and becoming a member of the Burlington community.last_img

S&P: Plant retirements expected to push U.S. utility coal demand down almost 20% by 2025

first_imgS&P: Plant retirements expected to push U.S. utility coal demand down almost 20% by 2025 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Nearly one in five of the tons of coal delivered to U.S. power generators in the first three quarters of 2019 went to power plants planning to close by 2025 or earlier.With no coal-fired power plants on the drawing board at home and diminished demand overseas, U.S. producers will likely struggle to find a new home for tons that were going to the export market as producers compete for what remains of a domestic customer base in secular decline. Of the 540.5 million tons of coal produced in the first three quarters of 2019, 406.0 million tons were reported as delivered to U.S. coal plants, an S&P Global Market Intelligence data analysis shows. Of those shipments, coal companies sent 19.6% of the tonnage to plants scheduled to retire before the end of 2025.The domestic market needs to see coal producers pull back on output to match supply to demand, Alliance Resource Partners LP President and CEO Joseph Craft said on a Jan. 27 earnings call. This year will be an inflection point for producers, according to the CEO. Of the 20.8 million tons of coal Alliance shipped to U.S. power plants in the analyzed period, 11.9% went to plants retiring before the end of 2025.Power plants closed 13.7 GW of coal capacity in 2019, the highest annual level since 2015, a recent Market Intelligence analysis found. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated in January that another 69 GW of coal-fired capacity would retire, mostly by 2025. Based on its 2020 Annual Energy Outlook, the agency expects the annual rate of retirement from 2023 to 2025 to exceed the record 15 GW of coal-fired capacity shut down in 2015.Other U.S. coal producers are even more reliant on plants scheduled to close by 2025.Peabody Energy Corp. and Arch Coal Inc. are finishing regulatory approval for a joint venture tying together certain Powder River Basin and Colorado coal mines, hoping to better compete with natural and renewable energy resources. The two producers are the largest companies by production volume in the country’s largest coal basin. In the first three quarters of 2019, 22.0% of Peabody’s reported deliveries to power plants and 17.7% of Arch’s deliveries to power plants went to power plants set to retire in 2025 or earlier.[Taylor Kuykendall and Anna Duquiatan]More ($): One-fifth of recent coal shipped to US power sector went to plants set to retirelast_img read more

JUMP! Swimming Holes with Big Splashes

first_imgBY GRAHAM AVERILL & JEDD FERRISA plunge into a swimming hole should be a part of everyone’s summer. Relish the complete sense of surrender as your feet leave the rock, your body meets gravity, and everything goes silent as you fall toward the pool of water beneath you. The world disappears, and all you can see, all you can think of, is the calm depths beneath your feet.BRO has found the best swimming hole jumps in the Southeast. Some of them are tried-and-true classics, others are further off the radar. Some send you leaping from great heights, others are more scenic than death-defying. Regardless of their height or popularity, they’re all out there waiting for you to surrender to the jump.WHITEOAK CANYONCEDAR RUN, VA.Height: 20-40 FeetWhiteoak and Cedar Run are connecting Shenandoah classics. The central section of the national park has long been a hiker’s delight for the abundance of waterfalls found on this popular circuit hike. Ledges for jumping from various heights are ready for the taking along the cool pools that sit beneath falls found on the Whiteoak Canyon and Cedar Run Trails. A long favorite option is Cedar’s natural waterslide with a pool 40 feet below.Dangers: The high ledge at Cedar Run requires a little distance in the jump or it could mean disaster; not recommended for the timid. Be mindful of water levels.Access: From Charlottesville, Va., drive north on US 29 for 26 miles until you reach SR 231. Head north until you reach SR 670, where you proceed to Syria. Turn right on SR 643/600 and drive to the White Oak Canyon trailhead. It’s a 1.5-mile hike to the pools.Nearby: If you’re looking to spend a little more time in the park, hike on to Skyline Drive and grab a site (advanced reservations often necessary) at Big Meadows. The campground has a lodge where you can grab food and supplies.SUMMERSVILLECLIFFS, W.VA.Height: 30-100 FeetIf you don’t think we have any legitimate cliff jumping in the South, just head out to the big ledges and stunning views around central West Virginia’s Summersville Lake. Try the varying heights at Long Point, Waterfall, and Whipporwill cliffs (a popular spot for bolted deep water solo climbing routes), easily reached from Rt. 19, where you can spend the day yelling cowabunga at the top of your lungs as you plunge into the deep clear water.Dangers: The water is nice and deep in Summersville Lake, but landing a 50-foot-plus jump in an awkward position could easily result in some cracked ribs. Some jumpers recommended bringing a life vest to throw into the water before you jump in-just in case you get one of those pesky leg cramps or need a breather before you swim to shore.Access: From Fayetteville head north on Rt. 19. Whipporwill Road is on the left just before the Gauley River bridge. For Waterfall cross the bridge and turn right into a dirt parking area. A half-mile hike on the jeep trail will then lead to the cove and jumping area of Waterfall Cliffs. To reach Long Point continue north on 19 for a mile and turn left on Long Point Access Road. Follow this through the Summersville Lake recreation area until you reach a gate. Park here and follow the hiking trail for 1.5 miles to the overlook.Nearby: While you’re in the area stick around and take a whitewater rafting trip on the New. If you’re looking for post-jump chow, head to Pies and Pints in Fayetteville for tasty gourmet pizza.SWALLOW FALLSSTATE PARK, MD.Height: 10-30 FeetSwallow Falls State Park sits in the rugged Allegheny country of Maryland’s western peninisula. It borders the tumbling rapids of the Youghigeny River and also holds Maryland’s highest waterfall, the 53-foot Muddy Creek Falls, as well as the park’s namesake cascade. Both waterfalls flow into sets of refreshing natural swimming pools, bordered by craggy outcroppings for cannonball glory.Dangers: The rocks along the side of the swimming holes get slippery, so watch your footing or wear some water shoes. Watch out for glass and other trash that often comes with state park disrespect.Access: From Cumberland take I-68 west to US 219 and head south to Oakland. Then pick up Rt. 20 in Oakland and head nine miles northwest to the park.Nearby: The park has a number of set-back wooded campsites and a network of well-maintained trails to satiate a needed singetrack fix. If you need more nighttime action, head toward Deep Creek Lake and get some Mexican at Santa Fe Grille. They pour a shot of Patron big enough to drop a horse.Mill’s CreekWaterfall, S.C.Height: 20+ FeetThe jump itself is impressive, but what really gets people going at Mill’s Creek is the setting. The creek drops into Lake Jocassee, forming a 30-foot waterfall tucked deep inside a lush, green cove. All of it comes together for a tropical setting unrivaled in the Southeast. You’ll have to keep reminding yourself you’re in South Carolina, not the Caribbean.Dangers: The logistics. The only way to reach Mill’s Creek waterfall is by boat. No trails or roads reach this corner of the lake, which is surrounded by federally designated Wilderness. The only way to reach the falls is by a half-day paddle or boat shuttle. (See below).Access: You can paddle a sea kayak for three to five hours across Lake Jocassee or arrange for a boat shuttle with the Jocassee Outdoor Center. Either way, check with the JOC for maps, a guide service, or info on alternative jumps along the lake. www.jocasseeoutdoorcenter.com.Nearby: Foothills Trail. The 80+ mile footpath skirts the northern edge of Lake Jocassee for miles, offering hikers a chance for a variety of day trips. The Jocassee Outdoor Center runs hiker shuttles for those who want to jump off a waterfall and catch a dayhike all in the same excursion.Directions: From Greenville: Take Hwy 25 north to Hwy 11. Go south of Hwy 11 and turn right on Jocassee Lake Road to Devil’s Fork State Park, the only public boat access on the lake.WILDCAT FALLS, N.C.Height: 15 FeetThis is more of a rock jump than a cliff jump. At 15 feet, it’s a great way to introduce someone to the art of cliff jumping. And everyone will enjoy the hike into the Wilderness and the scenery surrounding the falls.Dangers: Shallow rock shelf directly beneath the jump. Jump out away from boulder and you’ll clear any rocks hiding beneath the water. The pool at the bottom is only five feet deep, so tuck your legs in as you hit the water.Access: Easiest way is to hike the Big Fat Trail for three miles from Big Fat Trailhead. But it’s steep and is a heck of a climb out of the wilderness after a day of rock jumping. The more scenic route would be to hike seven miles along the Slickrock Creek Trail from Hwy 129. You’ll follow the river the entire way and cross the creek multiple times.Nearby: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Some of the biggest, fattest trees in the South are just around the corner. Cheoah River. Miles of constant class IV big water sits at the edge of this Wilderness area. Sweetwater BBQ. Robbinsville isn’t a bustling metropolis, but they have good Q. 828-479-6862.Directions: From Robbinsville, N.C. follow 129 west for 13 miles. Turn left at the unmarked bridge that crosses the Cheoah and follow Forest Road 62. In .2 miles, take a hard right on FS 62 and follow it as it climbs for six miles to the Big Fat Gap Trailhead. For the Slickrock Creek Trail trailhead, stay on 129 to the Cheoah Dam and look for the dirt road and parking area on your left.BOWATER HOLE, TENN.Height: 18 FeetLocals call this the “Blue Hole,” out of towners call it Bowater Hole. Whatever you name it, it’s a classic Tennessee jump that’s popular during summer weekends. The massive boulder sits in the middle of the North Chickamauga River surrounded by a small but scenic rock gorge. The boulder itself is perfect for sunbathing and the tallest end protrudes over the deepest section of the river, as if Mother Nature herself wanted us to jump into its depths.Dangers: Broken glass. The jump itself is safe as can be, but watch out for broken beer bottles on the rocky shore leading up to the boulder. The spot is popular with college kids who obviously have no concept of Leave No Trace.Access: The jump is located within the Bowater North Chickamauga Pocket Wilderness. Follow the unmarked trail at the lower end of the parking lot across the river and continue upstream for one mile.Nearby: Cumberland Trail. Twenty miles of the C.T. traverses the North Chick gorge, perfect for backpacking or scenic day hikes. Park and Play. The two-mile run from the Bowater parking lot to route 27 on the North Chick is solid class III-IV water with boucoup park-and-play potential. Clumpies Ice Cream Company. Fresh ice cream hand-made at the shop with a variety of hip flavors like Chai sorbet. 423-267-5425.Directions: From Chattanooga, head north on 27 to Montlake Road. Go west on Montlake Road for 1.1 miles to the Bowater North Chickamauga Pocket Wilderness sign on your left and take the gravel road down to the parking lot.JACK’S RIVER FALLS, GA.Height: 20 FeetJack’s River Falls is hardly a secret, but the narrow gorge that houses the 60-foot waterfall is so remote and picturesque, you won’t mind waiting in line to jump. The falls is so popular, the Forest Service has recently banned overnight camping along the river to help cut down on use. Regardless, it’s a jump that can’t be ignored. Jacks comes down in two dramatic tiers within a narrow rock canyon, and an imposing 20-foot tall rock chimney protrudes over the deep pool at the bottom of the last waterfall.Dangers: The current. The falls is so powerful, it can either suck you back beneath its falling waters or push you quickly toward a rocky shelf beneath the water. After you come up from the plunge, be prepared to swim immediately to shallow water.Access: The falls resides inside the Cohutta Wilderness. Take the 3.5-mile Jack’s River Trail for an easy walk along an old railroad bed.Nearby: Cohutta Wilderness. The Cohutta has 95 miles of hiking trails. Check out the 13-mile Conasauga River Trail, which crosses the river 38 times. Edna’s Restaurant in Chatsworth offers classic meat-and-three style dishes. 706-695-4951.After you check out these jumps, use our Swimmers’ Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway to find your next swimming adventure!last_img read more

Stopp to lead Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar

first_imgStopp to lead Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar September 15, 2002 Regular News Stopp to lead Escambia/Santa Rosa BarThe Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association held its annual installation banquet installing Margaret T. Stopp as president and honoring William A. Swann, Jr., for his 50 years membership in The Florida Bar.Outgoing President Theodore W. Soule also presented Francisco M. Negron, Jr., with the 2002 President’s Award for his efforts as the chair of the ESRBA Law Week Committee.Soule also presented Donald H. Partington with the 2002 Community Service Award in recognition of his contributions to the Pensacola Opera.Chief Judge John P. Kuder installed Stopp as the 2002-03 ESRBA president. The other new officers include Kramer A. Litvak, vice president; C. Robert Hilliard, secretary; Francisco M. Negron, Jr., treasurer; Soule, immediate past president; and executive council members Charles F. Beall, Jr., G. R. Erick Mead, Lois Lepp Park, William H. Stafford III, Charles T. Wiggins, Susan A. Woolf, and Charles P. Young.last_img read more

NCUA plans micro-enterprise lending webinar

first_imgIn an effort to show credit unions how they can help small businesses while boosting their own bottom line, the NCUA will hold a webinar, “Micro-Enterprise Lending – Making Loans to Small Businesses” on July 13.The webinar is free of charge and will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The agency is accepting online registration.The panel will be moderated by Tom Penna, an economic development specialist with the NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Singaporean man earlier suspected of COVID-19 buried in Batam

first_imgAry Ginanjar, a caretaker at the Sambau Public Cemetery in Batam, said he had received a letter from the Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Riau Islands asking the cemetery to dig a grave for AA’s burial on Wednesday evening — four days after AA’s death.He described the funeral ceremony as “quiet and secretive.” The Jakarta Post only confirmed the burial on Friday.“The funeral was attended by several police officers, AA’s wife and his two daughters,” Ary said.He added that AA had been buried in an Islamic way, as his family wanted him to be buried without a coffin. The funeral ceremony took about one hour. A Singaporean man who was suspected to have contracted the novel coronavirus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) but reportedly died of “another illness” has been buried in Batam, Riau Islands, after days of uncertainty regarding his funeral.The man, identified as 61-year-old AA, died at BP Batam Hospital, one of Indonesia’s referral hospitals for the virus, after showing symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, such as fever and shortness of breath. The Batam Health Agency, however, said he had died of “another illness” rather than COVID-19, because the patient’s test results for the virus had come back negative.Read also: ‘The test came back negative’: Singaporean with ‘coronavirus-like symptoms’ dies in Batam The cemetery caretaker went on to say that there was no special treatment during the burial: “It was just the usual thing. There was no request to wrap the body with plastic.”Read also: Singapore emerges as litmus test for coronavirus containmentBatam Health Agency head Didi Kusumajadi said AA had been buried in Batam instead of Singapore due to an administration issue preventing the body from being taken to his home country.“Singapore should not refuse their citizen. However, his family also requested for him to be buried here,” Didi told the Post on Friday.The agency head dismissed concerns that Singapore had refused to let AA’s body be buried there because of the suspected COVID-19 infection. “The Consulate of the Republic of Singapore in Batam has tried to facilitate AA’s return to Singapore before it was decided to have him buried in Batam.”The Singaporean consul general in Batam, Mark Low, declined to comment on the matter. (hol)Topics :last_img read more

University BEMs urge Nadiem to cut tuition during COVID-19 ‘study at home’ policy

first_imgThe letter invites Nadiem to a public meeting with student representatives to discuss the matter, and also calls on all universities to waive the UKT next semester for all students.“[The ministry should] instruct all higher education institutions to freeze tuition fees next semester due to COVID-19,” the association wrote, pointing out that the parents of most students had been affected financially as an impact of the pandemic.The BEM-SI added that all universities should support their students by providing free mobile data packages, supplies and medical assistance. It also urged the ministry to punish any institution that failed to provide students support during the health crisis.According to the BEM-SI’s survey on the issue, around 83 percent of student respondents said that their parents’ incomes had declined as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Around 77 percent of respondents said they did not know whether they could pay next semester’s tuition. Read also: Challenges of home learning during a pandemic through the eyes of a studentThe survey also showed that around 92 percent students at universities nationwide spent a maximum Rp 50,000 (US$3.53) per week on mobile data to study at home.Furthermore, it found that students who were unable to return to their hometowns due to the COVID-19 social and travel restrictions needed food aid.Nadiem issued a circular on March 17 that instructed higher education institutions to help their students by providing mobile data packages, supplies and medical care. The BEM-SI claimed, however, that a number of institutions had yet to comply with the minister’s instructions.In a statement issued on Wednesday, higher education acting director general Nizam assured that neither universities nor colleges would increase their UKTs, stressing that any increases in the UKT had been decided prior to the pandemic.“Any decisions on the UKT should not create problems for students,” he added. (kuk)Topics : Students nationwide have written an open letter to urge Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim to reduce the Single Tuition Fee (UKT) for university education, as they were studying at home amid the country’s COVID-19 outbreak.The National Association of University Student Executive Bodies (BEM-SI) posted the open letter dated May 27 on its Twitter account @aliansibem_si. last_img read more