Thievery Corp, Almost Dead & More Announced On Hot August Music Fest Lineup

first_imgHeading to Cockeysville, MD on August 20th, the organizers of Hot August Music Festival have put together an impressive lineup of performing artists. With Thievery Corporation and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at the top of the bill, expect a great time for anyone in attendance.The full lineup continues to impress, with Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Revivalists, Cabinet, Samantha Fish, LITZ, and Eastman String Band! With all of these performers playing a single day of music, you can expect nothing short of magic in the air.Tickets for the festival can be found here, and you can see the full lineup card below:[Photo via Hot August/J. Burch]last_img

The Shirt Project celebrates 25th anniversary

first_imgFounded in 1990, The Shirt Project is the largest student-run fundraiser at the University of Notre Dame. The project’s president and vice presidents estimate that it is also the number-one-selling single piece of collegiate apparel, selling over 150,000 units each year in the last few years.Currently, the project is celebrating its 25th anniversary by auctioning off 24 of the 26 Shirts, signed by coaches and players who were at the University during each of those respective years. The auction will run until Dec. 10.The Shirt Committee’s current vice president Molly Howell, who will be replaced next semester when she goes abroad, described the circumstances surrounding the creation of The Shirt.“It started in 1990, it was the idea of a student [Brennan Harvath] who ran An Tostal,” Howell said. “He worked on it over the summer between his junior and senior year. It was his idea to use the shirt to raise funds for An Tostal.“He had a design in mind, and then he worked with hall presidents and different people on campus — through letters really, over the summer — to sell the shirt and have it ready for the first game. So that sort of started the mission of the Shirt in the sense that its funds were meant to be used to support the student body and student activities.”President of The Shirt Committee junior Abbey Dankoff said Harvath also hoped to use the shirt as a way to unite the student body.“He told us this recently … that he was a member of the band so one of the major reasons that he wanted to start The Shirt was that they all had to wear uniforms in the band,” Dankoff said. “He thought there should be a unifying front for the students as well. He really liked that idea, a unified student section.”Howell said the first Shirt sold out in its first weekend. After its initial success, another Shirt was created for the University’s Miami game later in the 1990 season, she said.“Later in the season, a graduate student had been injured in a car accident and so they decided to create [the] second Shirt,” Howell said. “This didn’t come from Harvath, but others on campus saw the success of the first shirt and decided that they would like to do another t-shirt sale to raise funds for the student because he was suffering from extraordinary medical costs. It did very well as well.“That established the second part of the Shirt as it is today — part of the profits go to a certain fund that helps students that are suffering from extraordinary medical conditions and have these costs that they just can’t afford to pay.”Dankoff said about 2 million Shirts have been sold in the last 25 years and around $8 million raised. Dankoff said that the committee does not have concrete numbers because good records were not kept during the first few years of The Shirt Project. Until several years ago there were only six members of The Shirt Committee, and presently there are ten, Dankoff said.“So the Shirt has definitely grown and evolved in the last 25 years. And today, it’s a little different, it still has the basic mission to support and unite the student body, but the funds go a few different places now,” Howell said. “Once we have the profits from the shirt, which go directly to us, they are divided into two separate accounts. One is the Student Union, and one is the Shirt Charity Endowment.”Half of the profit money goes to the Student Union, and it is then split into two parts; some goes to help to help fund the more than 400 clubs on campus, and to alleviate the student activity fee that, because of the money from The Shirt, has not gone up since 2010 according to Howell. The other money that goes to the Student Union goes into the Student Union endowment, which allows for The Shirt Project to grow, Howell said.The other half goes towards charities funded by The Shirt Project, Howell said.“It goes to two different things; one is the Rector Fund, which people might be familiar with,” Howell said. “It’s the fund that students can apply to get funds from, for football tickets, for dance tickets, for senior photos; things that most Notre Dame students do and participate in but that do have a financial component. If they can’t afford it, they apply for the Rector Fund. It’s called the Rector Fund because you go through you rector to apply for it.”Dankoff said another important aspect of the rector fund is academic instead of social.“We do currently also cover textbooks while supplies last, but traditionally the rector fund is completely used up before winter break, within the fall semester it is usually used up,” Dankoff said. “We are actually working currently on a reallocation of the rector fund and a redistribution towards it that would allow more money to go there.”Howell said the second part of the money from The Shirt charities goes to helping students with large medical costs.“The second portion of funds goes to The Shirt charity medical account,” Howell said.  “Students may also apply to that one if they are for whatever reason unfortunately suffering from extraordinary illness or an accident and they have these medical costs. That’s confidential, and we don’t deal directly with those individuals, it goes through the financial management board which is run by students.”With the proposed reallocation of funds, Howell said there would be $100,000 in the medical account at all times, while the remainder of the charity money would go to the Rector Fund, which is funded solely by The Shirt Project. Ideally, this would make more funds available to students.“Our main message is that all the funds in different ways are returned back to the student body, or are available for the student body to use,” Howell said.Dankoff and Howell both stressed that the purpose of The Shirt Project is to aid students at the University.“Just by purchasing a shirt, students are really supporting themselves and supporting everybody else at this university,” Dankoff said. “It really kind of adds to the inclusiveness of the mission of Notre Dame as a whole.”Tags: Shirt Charity Endowment, Student Union, The Shirt, The Shirt Projectlast_img read more

Ag water pumping

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA University of Georgia study has looked at the watering habits of farmers in drought and rainy conditions for the past five years. And the study shows they can vary widely.Scientists working on the Agricultural Water Potential Use and Management Program in Georgia gathered data monthly from about 800 irrigated fields in Georgia.They gathered daily, automated data from about 180 of these fields in the Dougherty Plain. That’s where much of Georgia’s irrigation takes place, said Jim Hook, a professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The initial study began in 1999 and will end next month. But the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has asked that it continue another year. EPD funded the study with $250,000 in each of the five years. “We can compare data taken during four years of drought conditions (from 1999 to 2002) in the state and one year of good rainfall (in 2003),” said Hook, who worked on the study.Less?Data from the study shows that most Georgia farmers don’t apply as much water as previously figured during drought.They aren’t using water to go for the highest possible yields for many crops, either, said Kerry Harrison, a UGA Extension Service irrigation expert who also worked on the study.In the mid-1990s, the Natural Resources Conservation Service figured Georgia farmers would need to apply 18 acre-inches of water in a dry growing season to give a crop optimal yields. (One acre-inch of water is about 27,000 gallons, or the amount in a typical swimming pool.)But that’s not what Georgia farmers do, according to the study.The 2002 growing season was a severe drought in Georgia. The corn farmers monitored that year in southwest Georgia applied, on average, 13 inches of water to their crop.Farmers in coastal Georgia applied 7 inches that year. About 20 percent of those studied applied 5 inches or less, 45 percent applied 5 to 11 inches and 35 percent applied more than 11 inches.”How much water farmers apply can’t be tied to one number,” Harrison said. “These are averages. The study tells us that irrigation management styles can vary widely for the same crop.”The 2003 growing season wasn’t a drought year. Corn farmers that year applied, on average, about half the water they did in 2002.”In the real world, farmers weigh the cost of applying water to how much return they get from increasing yields,” Harrison said. It costs about $4 to apply 1 acre-inch of water.Study saysThe study also shows: Over the five-year study, 30 percent of the monitored sites had vegetables grown on them. Farmers apply about the same amount of water to vegetable crops like sweet corn, tomatoes and peppers as they do to row crops like peanuts and cotton. But they often have two vegetable crops in one year. The average age of a Georgia irrigation system is 13 years. But 80 percent of systems in the study have had newer, more efficient water nozzles put on them. Farmers applied irrigation most often on Thursday. They irrigated the least on Sunday.last_img read more

Healthy School Lunch

first_imgIt’s been four years since America’s lunchrooms launched a health-conscious makeover.With less salt, more whole grains and more fresh fruits and vegetables on the menu, new school lunches were aimed at building better eating habits, and it may be working.While anecdotal complaints about the food in school cafeterias are common, research is showing that students are actually eating more of the fruits and vegetables that they are offered at school. That’s a great start, said Alison Berg, a registered dietitian and nutrition specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, but students’ eating habits aren’t going to change overnight.“With children, the key is to continue to offer them healthy options,” said Berg, who is also an assistant professor of foods and nutrition in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “It can take as many as 30 offerings before a child learns to like a new foods, but they’re never going to eat a new food if it’s not on their plate.”That is an old truth in nutritionists’ circles, but the data behind the new school lunch changes bear it out as well.In a 2015 study published in the journal Childhood Obesity, researchers studied what students threw away at the end of their lunch periods. They found that, overall, students were not tossing more food into the trash; instead, they were actually throwing away fewer fruits and vegetables than they were before the switch was made.For each new fruit offered to students, total consumption of the new fruit went up 9 percent.“This finding is a good example of how variety can influence selection,” Berg said. “This same study also showed that when students chose vegetables, they were consuming 20 percent more of them than before the new school meals standards were implemented.”Berg believes that, while everyone is thinking about the change in the nutrition standards affecting what children eat, the biggest factor in what they put on their tray and what ends up in the trash may be time. Some students have only 20 minutes for lunch, and that doesn’t leave much time for nibbling and trying new things. Fresh fruits and vegetables take more time to eat, especially if you have loose teeth or braces. Students may be going directly to what they know they can eat in the time they have, and this may result in eating less of the unfamiliar or harder-to-eat foods like fruits and veggies.A study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics this year showed that students with 20 minutes or less for lunch consumed 12 percent fewer vegetables and 10 percent less milk than those with more leisurely lunch breaks. Those with shorter lunch periods were also more likely to throw away their fruit.“Consequently, shorter lunch times may have more to do with food waste and lower consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy than the nutrition standards themselves,” Berg said.To help children make better food choices during school lunchtime, parents can offer a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains at home. Reduced salt is another big change in the school nutrition standards, so try using low-sodium and no-salt-added products at home to train the palate to prefer less salt. Also, find out if your school allows children to take uneaten food back to the classroom. Saving an apple for later might be a good choice if lunchtime is limited. For more tips on helping kids make better food choices, parents can visit read more

Governor Wolf to Make Donations, Volunteer in Lieu of Attending Pennsylvania Society

first_img Holidays,  The Blog Giving back to the community has long been a priority of Governor Wolf. Since taking office, Governor Wolf has donated his entire salary to The State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA), an organization through which state employees make charitable donations, directing his donation to the United Way of York County.Governor Wolf knows it’s important to help and support those in need year round, but especially during the season of giving.As in years past, Governor Tom Wolf will not attend Pennsylvania Society. Instead, Governor Wolf has committed to donate $10,000 each to Philabundance, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for a total donation of $30,000. The donated money will be drawn from the Wolf Inaugural Fund.Governor and First Lady Wolf have also committed to volunteering in Central Pennsylvania next week.Additionally, Governor Wolf has committed to personally donating $10,000 to The Pennsylvania Society Scholarship Program in partnership with the Maguire Foundation. This fund provides four-year scholarships to Pennsylvania high school seniors for full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university in Pennsylvania.On Saturday, December 10th, Governor Wolf and First Lady Wolf will attend and sponsor The Pattison-Leader Ball, in Philadelphia, which brings together young, civically minded, and politically motivated professionals, for an evening to discuss the future of Pennsylvania politics and policy. The Pattison-Leader Ball is named after Governor Robert E. Pattison and Governor George M. Leader, the two youngest governors in Pennsylvania’s history.Are you interested in joining Governor and First Lady Frances Wolf in giving back to your community?Here are some ideas of places that you could donate your money or time to:Animal Rescue SheltersNational and State ParksFood PantriesLibrariesArt MuseumsRetirement HomesYour Local Place of WorshipYour Local MunicipalityIf you don’t have a particular organization in mind, you can always visit to find opportunities available near you. Governor Wolf to Make Donations, Volunteer in Lieu of Attending Pennsylvania Society Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretary HOLIDAYS SHARE TWEET December 02, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Omega Pharma case may force Ireland to re-evaluate funding standard

first_imgIreland’s government and regulator could be forced to re-evaluate the minimum funding standard (MFS) for defined benefit (DB) schemes after a court case ruled it was reasonable for trustees to request funding above the minimum threshold.According to Martin Clarke, a partner at LCP’s Dublin practice, the recent High Court ruling in favour of the Omega Pharma trustees and a second case that granted a contribution request have created a new framework for trustees to work within. He added that, as long as trustees were seen to be working within the trust deed and acting reasonably, they appeared to be winning cases against reluctant sponsors.Clarke said that while only pensions in payment were offered near buyout certainty, trustees realise the MFS is an “unreasonably low” guarantee to be offering other members. He said the Omega Pharma ruling, which saw trustees granted a request for €2.23m in contributions despite the scheme being fully funded under the statutory minimum, was “almost an acceptance” that the MFS was an inappropriate basis for calculating solvency.“If the MFS is not an appropriate basis, and the court seems to be taking the view – or certainly not objecting to the view that it’s an inappropriate basis – should there not be some kind of pushback on the legislator to change it?” he asked. “Should we not have a basis that is generally acceptable as our minimum?”However, the feasibility of amending the MFS was also called into question, as the Pensions Board – now operating as the Pensions Authority – is still reviewing funding proposals after the MFS was reinstated following the financial crisis.Clarke said he was unsure if there was a “practical appetite” within the government to amend the MFS, despite previous admissions from minister for Social Protection Joan Burton that it was an “undemanding” standard, as alleged by the OECD following a review of the country’s regulatory framework.“Even if there was an appetite [to revise the MFS], they would be reluctant to impose it, as it would drive more schemes into technical insolvency,” he said.last_img read more

Capita wins admin contract for £47bn Royal Mail scheme

first_imgCapita Employee Benefits has been awarded a contract to run the administration for £47bn worth of pension benefits connected to the Royal Mail.The contract relates to the Royal Mail Statutory Pension Scheme, which consists of liabilities taken on by the UK government as part of the privatisation of Royal Mail in 2012.It was put up for tender at the end of 2016. Four groups bid for the business, with Capita now set to take over full responsibility for administration and related activities.According to government documents, Capita will be paid £31m for the eight-year deal, equating to £3.9m a year. The government spent an average of £5.2m a year on administration costs for the scheme since 2013, according to Cabinet Office financial reports for the past four financial years. This implies that the new arrangement could save the government more than £1m a year.While the government’s Cabinet Office has formal responsibility for the pre-2012 liabilities, Royal Mail’s Pension Service Centre (PSC) retained responsibility for administering the benefits of roughly 402,000 people who accrued pension rights before 31 March 2012.The PSC also runs the administration for the £9.8bn Royal Mail Pension Plan (RMPP), which is sponsored by the listed company. The group’s defined contribution scheme is run by Zurich.The contract award notice stated that Capita would work with PSC to cater for the roughly 116,000 people with benefits in both schemes.The change comes amid significant activity at the RMPP. It is locked in heated negotiations with unions about the future structure of the scheme, with one workers’ group having threatened strike action over a plan to close the current defined benefit scheme to future accrual.Royal Mail has estimated that RMPP would have exhausted its existing surplus by next year.The statutory scheme is unaffected by the RMPP negotiations.In August it emerged that Chris Hogg, CEO of Royal Mail Pension Trustees and a key figure in the restructuring of the scheme during privatisation, was to leave, taking on the CEO role at National Grid’s £16.6bn pension scheme. His departure date has yet to be confirmed.last_img read more

“Celebrating our successes, building our tomorrow” speaks volumes as there is much to celebrate in Castle Bruce

first_img Tweet Ms. Jacinta Bannis addressing the second edition of the Castle Bruce Family and Friends Reunion.Local Coordinator of the Castle Bruce Family and Friends Reunion 2011, Jacinta Bannis in her address at the opening ceremony said the theme; “Celebrating our successes, building our tomorrow” speaks volumes as there is much to celebrate in Castle Bruce.“Our theme, “Celebrating our successes, building our tomorrow” speaks volumes. Castle Bruce has much to celebrate, many of our sons and daughters who hold prestigious positions in institutions and organizations overseas,” she said.Ms. Bannis highlighted the achievements of several community members, some of whom have travelled abroad but still remain connected to Castle Bruce. Some of which she highlighted were Pius Bannis who received one of the top five federal employees award in the United States last year, Davidson Dubique a young farmer, Augustus Prevost, Irma Lockhart and Jefferson Drigo for their contribution to Sports, as well as Mrs. Rita Mingo, a centenarian who still walks to the Credit Union and conduct her business.Meantime, Cuthbert Joseph, a member of the Diaspora and Dentist Hygienist by profession, encouraged villagers to criticize less and make a meaningful contribution towards the success of the community.Mr. Cuthbert Joseph, Keynote Speaker addressing the reunion.“I know what it is like; many times we want to give up it is not worth it we say, we do all the hard work and in the end there are those that are standing by and all they can do is criticize. They always know what we can do better but no one wants to step up to the plate……..We always want to criticize but nobody says “don’t give up, take heart your work is not going in vain.”Mr. Joseph also thanked the committee members for their perseverance as the reunion would not have been possible without the hard work which they put into it.The second edition of the Castle Bruce Family and Friends Reunion 2011, under the patronage of His Excellency President of Dominica, Dr. Nicholas Liverpool and Mrs. Liverpool and other members of the Cabinet, officially began this afternoon with an opening ceremony at the Reunion Centre in Castle Bruce, followed by an Exhibition and a Kubuli Big Truck jam.President of Dominica His Excellency Dr. Nicholas Liverpool speaking with centenarian Rita Mingo.An Ecumenical Service, Health Fair, Hike of Segment Five of the Waitukubuli National Trail, Diaspora Community Link-up, Meeting with the Cabinet, Sporting activities, and a Grand Dance among others are expected to form part of the reunion activities which climax on Sunday 14th August, 2011.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews “Celebrating our successes, building our tomorrow” speaks volumes as there is much to celebrate in Castle Bruce by: – August 6, 2011 22 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Hull and Blackpool agree Ince fee

first_img Press Association They said: “The club can confirm that a compensation package has been agreed with @HullCity for Tom Ince, without the need of a tribunal. “The Tigers will pay up to £2.3m for the 22-year-old, who moved to the KC Stadium on a two-year deal in the summer.” Ince, who is the son of ex-England captain Paul Ince, began his career at Liverpool but moved to Blackpool in the summer of 2011. The winger started Hull’s first three league games of the season this year but was loaned out to Nottingham Forest in November and has struggled to make an impact since returning to East Yorkshire. Hull will pay up to £2.3million for Tom Ince after they reached a compensation agreement with Blackpool over the winger.center_img Ince, 22, joined the Tigers during the summer after his deal with the Seasiders expired but, due to his age, Blackpool were entitled to recoup a fee for the England Under-21 international. The two clubs were understood to be attending a tribunal last week in order to determine how much Ince would cost Hull and Blackpool confirmed on their official Twitter feed that a subsequent package had been agreed. last_img read more

Condon at his best on Riverside

first_img Only fifth jumping the final fence, the jockey brought his mount wide to make his challenge in the familiar JP McManus silks, but it looked in vain as top-weight Man With Van had gone clear. The welter burden began to take its toll, though, and as the leader’s stride shortened Condon forced Gordon Elliott’s six-year-old (9-1) up close home to score by a head to win over the bigger obstacles for the first time. The trainer said: “That was nice – he confirmed what he showed at Leopardstown. We didn’t know how he would handle the track, but he handled it well. He’ll make a nice three-mile chaser.” Ger Fox looked to have plenty to do jumping the last in fourth spot in the ‘Ulsters Real McCoy’ Handicap Chase, but Peter Kavanagh’s 6-1 shot Town Pond dug deep and collared Ardmillan – ridden by Fox’s twin brother Anthony – late on to score by a neck. Derek Fox delivered Feel The Air with a punishing run heading to two out in the Toals Best Value For Football Betting Handicap Hurdle and Mark McNiff’s 9-1 shot quickly asserted after the jumping the obstacle to win by seven lengths. Riverside City benefited from a power-packed ride by Davy Condon to win the Toals Bookmakers Ulster Grand National EBF Handicap Chase at Downpatrick. Condon said: ” That’s my first winner for JP and it’s an honour to wear these colours. We said we’d hunt him round and hope to be in with a squeak over the last two. I needed a clear run over the last two so I pulled him wide, and he winged the last. H e dug deep and will be a fun summer horse.” Elliott added: “This is a lucky track for us so it’s nice to win their big race. “We were worried about him getting the trip so we told Davy to ride him to be placed so that there was no pressure on him. Thankfully it worked out and Davy gave him a peach. We might take him to Punchestown for the long-distance chase.” Cheltenham Festival charity race winner Knight’s Parade earlier led home a one-two for Elliott after a dramatic conclusion to the Visit Rated Hurdle. The progressive five-year-old was sent off the 11-10 favourite after winning his last three ‘proper’ races, two of them over jumps and one on the Flat at Dundalk, but supporters must have been worrying as they entered the closing stages of the contest. Sailors Warn held every chance as they approached the second-last flight but crashed out, taking Massini’s Trap with him, and Condon had to get after King’s Parade to haul in stablemate Cape Glory on the run-in for a length victory. Elliott said of the winner: “He got hampered and stuck on the inside coming down the hill. He’s won four on the bounce for us so we’ll find another one for him. He’ll keep going.” Condon added: ” He’s a smashing horse who can go on to better things.” Ted Walsh’s 4-6 favourite Salsa Sensation gave backers a minor scare when clumsy at the third-last in the Maiden Hurdle, but Ruby Walsh always looked confident and led going to the last before winning by six and a half lengths. Press Associationlast_img read more