String Cheese Honors Syd Barrett With ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond,’ On This Day 10 Years Ago

first_imgTen years ago, the world lost one of its most talented songwriters in Syd Barrett. The lost leader of Pink Floyd slowly lost his grip on reality, eventually being forced to leave the band after giving the world Piper At The Gates Of Dawn in 1967. While Pink Floyd led a thoroughly successful career without Syd Barrett, their entire ethos was inspired by him. As they grew in popularity, they eventually retraced their roots and put out Wish You Were Here, an ode to their former champion.As the story goes, the band had not seen Syd Barrett since the 1960s, but they were working on a new album in 1975 that subtly paid tribute to him and his legacy. While they were recording the song “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” Barrett himself made an impromptu appearance in the studio with a completely shaven head and eyebrows. He was almost unrecognizable, and his unintelligible conversation drove Roger Waters to tears.This story becomes relevant, as Barrett unfortunately passed away in July of 2006. Naturally, the music world was hit hard by the loss, as Barrett was the spiritual foundation for all psychedelic art rock. The String Cheese Incident would pay tribute to the late great Barrett in a performance at the Radio City Music Hall in NYC, played on this date exactly ten years ago. There, with saxophonist Kenny Brooks, the band broke out into a tremendous version of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” The crazy diamond, of course, was Syd Barrett, and his legacy did indeed shine on that night.Listen to the whole show recording, which also includes a crazy “I Know You Rider” featuring all of Ratdog, streaming below. Audio is provided courtesy of taper Tony S.last_img read more

Bedbugs!!! Begin Off-Broadway Invasion

first_imgNew Yorkers may have previously thought they were their worst nightmare, but apparently Bedbugs!!! are a laughing matter after all. The girl-meets-bug sci-fi-rock-musical-comedy begins performances off-Broadway on September 9 at the ArcLight Theatre, where it will run through October 26. Opening night is set for September 14. Robert Bartley directs and choreographs. Bedbugs!!! The cast includes Chris Hall, Grace McLean, Nicholas Park, Brian Charles Rooney, Danny Bolero, Tracey Conyer Lee, Barry Shafrin, Gretchen Wylder, Courtney Bassett and Colin Scott Cahill. View Comments Related Shows Featuring music by Paul Leschen and a book and lyrics by Fred Sauter, Bedbugs!!! follows Carly, an exterminator, who is hell-bent on avenging her mother’s bedbug-related death. In an effort to permanently rid the city of its infestation, she accidentally mutates the pests into an army of human-size, intelligent, carnal creatures out for blood and world domination. The tuner premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2008. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 2, 2014last_img read more

NSF Grants.

first_imgThe National Science Foundation has awarded $8.7 million in three grants to the University of Georgia to support plant genetics research.The UGA research will aim to decipher the genetic blueprint of valuable plants in the grass family and identify useful genes to make crops more drought-tolerant, among other things.”The grass family, which includes valuable food plants, is unrivaled in terms of economic and ecological importance,” said Gordhan Patel, vice president for research and associate provost.”The research these NSF awards support will not only advance knowledge in basic plant genetics,” Patel said, “but may lead to improvements in crops such as sorghum, rice and wheat.”Sorghum Biology, ProductivityA four-year, $3.97-million award will enable UGA plant geneticist Andrew Paterson and collaborators at UGA, Clemson and Cornell to “apply genetic maps and genomic tools to better understand sorghum biology and productivity,” Paterson said.Sorghum is the world’s fifth most important cereal crop and second most important feed grain. Its annual value is $1.5 billion in the United States alone.”One phase of this project is to build the skeleton on which the research community will be able to flesh out a complete sequence of the sorghum genome, much like the publicly funded human genome project in the 1990s,” said Paterson, director of the UGA Center for Applied Genetic Technologies.Other phases of the project will look beyond the information available from sequencing into how various genes function and how they’re inherited.Paterson’s lab also will study sugarcane, a close relative of sorghum, as part of a collaborative effort with a Brazilian sugarcane initiative. The grant is a renewal of a $3.2 million NSF award three years ago.Improving Stress ToleranceUGA plant scientist Lee Pratt, a co-investigator on Paterson’s earlier grant, received $3.6 million to pursue a different line of sorghum research over the next three years. Pratt’s group aims to identify genes that improve plant growth in adverse environments.”Our goal is to focus on genes related to various kinds of stresses, especially abiotic ones such as high light exposure, air pollution, drought and soil-nutrient limitations,” said Pratt, distinguished research professor in the UGA botany department.In the earlier grant, Pratt’s lab identified 15,000 unique sorghum genes. By the end of the new project, he expects to have increased the number to 20,000, which may be as much as two-thirds of all sorghum genes.Pratt’s group also will find which of these genes are active under stress by using a new method called microarray technology, in which the expression of thousands of genes can be detected simultaneously.Collaborators on the project include researchers from UGA, Texas A&M, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and Tokyo University.A third award of $1.1 million will support Tifton, Ga., horticulture professor Peggy Ozias-Akins’ work on grass family genetics.Focusing on ApomixisOzias-Akins’ lab will focus on a wild pearl millet relative that has a trait called apomixis, a botanical curiosity in which plants produce seeds that are clones of the mother plant.”Apomixis is not a common trait but is more frequently observed in the grass and sunflower families,” Ozias-Akins said. “This trait is rare in domesticated plants and absent from our major crops.”If the trait for apomixis could be introduced into crops by gene transfer, it has the potential to revolutionize plant improvement and seed production.Other UGA collaborators for these grants include John Bowers, Joann Conner, Marie-Michèle Cordonnier-Pratt, Alan Gingle and Daniel Peterson.last_img read more

AllEarth Renewables preferred solar tracker vendor for VPIRG campaign

first_imgVermont Public Interest Research Group has partnered with AllEarth Renewables to help streamline the process of installing solar generation in communities across Vermont. With pilot projects launching in Williston and Waterbury, the Solar Communities campaign will be using VPIRG’s proven organizing and outreach abilities to reach residents and help them navigate the process of installing solar capacity in their towns.  “We at AllEarth Renewables are really excited for the VPIRG Solar Communities campaign,” said Regina McCarthy Farrell, Director of Sales and Marketing for AER. “There is a positive buzz that comes when you install an AllSun Tracker in your backyard. We’ve seen first-hand how contagious going solar can be, and VPIRG has found a proven and efficient way to leverage that local, grassroots enthusiasm to make a meaningful contribution to the renewable energy economy in Vermont.”Source: AllEarth Renewables: Williston, VT—October 6, 2010—AllEarth Renewables, Inc.,Vermont’s only manufacturer of residential wind turbines and the AllSun Tracker dual-axis solar system, designs and installs grid-connected renewable energy systems that lessen dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s goal is to provide turnkey products that harness the power of the wind and sun for homes and businesses. www.allearthrenewables.com(link is external). www. allsuntrackers.com.last_img read more

Traverse City utility adopts 2040 100% renewable goal

first_imgTraverse City utility adopts 2040 100% renewable goal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Traverse City Record Eagle:Wind, solar and landfill gas could power all of Traverse City Light & Power’s customers by 2040 if the utility meets its renewable energy goals.Utility board members set the target when they adopted a 2018 strategic plan at their meeting Tuesday. It covers a wide range of topics, from maintaining good customer service to improving workflow efficiencies to keeping service reliability at more than 99.97 percent — it’s currently at 99.993 percent, TCL&P Operations Manager Daren Dixon said.It also states the utility intends to get 40 percent of its energy from renewables by 2025, and will strive to push that to 100 percent by 2040, according to the goal. That goes well beyond the city’s self-imposed challenge of powering all municipal operations with clean energy by 2020.The goal also states the utility will meet a new state renewable energy mandate to get 15 percent of its power from “clean and renewable” energy sources by 2021 — Tim Arends, TCL&P’s executive director, said a previous power purchase agreement from a wind project near Saginaw Bay will push the utility over that target.Board member Amy Shamroe said the utility’s contract with existing coal power plants keeps it from meeting the goal sooner. Both plants are set to be offline by 2030, if not sooner.Arends said he thinks the goals, while aspirational, are achievable. “The 2040, 100 percent at 2040, that’s a long time from now and a lot of questions to answer and find out how the technology evolves, but I certainly feel pretty comfortable with the 40 percent,” he said.More: TCL&P sets 100 percent renewables goallast_img read more

Shenandoah National Park Will Temporarily Close

first_imgThe National Park Service (NPS) received a letter from the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District of the Virginia Department of Health recommending the full closure of Shenandoah National Park. Upon receiving this request from the health department, Superintendent Jennifer Flynn, with the support of the NPS Deputy Director, Operations, David Vela and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, made the decision to immediately close the park until further notice. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please visit www.goshenandoah.com for updates about park concessioner, Delaware North’s operations. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. The NPS is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. The park will notify the public when it resumes full operations and provide updates on the park website https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/alerts.htm and social media channels. The NPS encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Shenandoah National Park, including:  center_img Visit the NPS website for interactives, photo galleries, videos, and webcams: https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/photosmultimedia/index.htmSubscribe to the NPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ShenandoahNPSJoin the NPS on social media where thy will host new content in the coming weeks: https://www.facebook.com/shenandoahnps/, https://twitter.com/ShenandoahNPS, and https://www.instagram.com/shenandoahnps/.     Virginia State Highways 211 and 33 will remain accessible to pass-through.  last_img read more

Five tips for better eliminating board meeting chaos

first_imgThe role of board administrators and corporate secretaries has never been more complex or time-consuming. Beyond managing board meeting schedules and board communication, board governance specialists must monitor and adapt to constantly evolving governance best practices and regulations. Conducting good board management requires actively seeking strategies to reduce the time and effort involved in preparing for board meetings while keeping directors informed and engaged.And it’s not just a case of wanting to keep board members happy and compliant. We know that effective and engaging board communication is a top factor influencing organizational performance. Conversely, ineffective board engagement and communication are top factors in board resignations.Board portal software helps board administrators, chairs and committee leaders boost board management efficiency. Check out the board management habits we’ve observed that help to keep meetings (and the preparation work that goes into them) organized, efficient and stress-free. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

No Surprise Here: Another Wintry Mix Headed to Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Apparently Mother Nature has not heard our desperate pleas—or maybe she’s enjoying this winter onslaught a little too much. As has been the norm this winter, another storm is barreling toward Long Island, bringing with it a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. (Sigh.)Snow will begin falling around 4 p.m. Sunday and could hang around until Monday morning, forecasters said. Nassau and Suffolk counties could see 1 to 2 inches of snow in most areas, with the North Shore potentially tallying an extra inch. Basically, Sunday could be another messy day on the Island despite minimal accumulation. And then there’s the matter of the deep freeze that has enveloped the Island for several weeks. The forecast calls for a high of 32 degrees Sunday, but the wind chill could make it feel like 15 degrees, the weather service said. If the Island is lucky, the mercury could rise to a high of 37 on Monday, before plummeting into the teens in the evening. And don’t look now, but warmer temperatures are on the horizon.Meteorologists are already predicting a high of 47 on Wednesday, with rain also in the forecast. Unfortunately the brief warm spell could end Friday, when the mercury is expected to drop below freezing once again.On the bright side, at least this isn’t Boston. Post by US National Weather Service New York NY.last_img read more

New regulations necessary for marina development

first_img“It is important to us that the general public  be acquainted with the life of our marinas because everything that happens in them happens in one small place, as in life, and the introduction of legal rules of the ‘game’ will help all of us, including the state, to finally dedicate ourselves to business”, Said the president of the Croatian Marine Association HGK Sean Lisjak at an international conference organized by the Adriatic Institute of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, which marked the completion of the scientific project Development of a modern legal and insurance regime for Croatian marinas: improving competitiveness, safety, security and marine environment (DELICROMAR). “Such conferences should be held at least once a year because this is a very complex area not only in Croatia but also in Europe. The Academy is always open to any form of cooperation, both nationally and internationally. It is important to bring our legal system to the level it should be”, Said the Vice President of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the President of the Scientific Council Jakša Barbić. The project explored and examined the legal framework for the establishment, management and operation of nautical tourism ports in Croatia. The research also included a comparative legal analysis of all sources of law in Croatia and other maritime countries, as well as the usual business conditions of marinas in Europe. Solutions have been proposed to improve the legal framework for marinas including contract models and general insurance conditions. All this was done in order to consolidate the relevant regulations and clarify dubious legal issues, as well as to harmonize court and business practice.Assistant Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Captain Siniša Orlić, pointed out three laws that the relevant ministry sent to the Parliament, and they are amendments to the Law on Harbor Master’s Offices, the new Law on Maritime Property and Seaports and amendments to the Maritime Code. wants to raise the competitiveness of the maritime economy, the digitalisation of the maritime judiciary, the level of maritime safety and protection, and the effective management of maritime assets.last_img read more

UK roundup: National Trust, DWP, working over 50

first_imgNational Trust has announced the closure of its defined benefit scheme after continued growth in the fund’s deficit.The £447m (€540m) National Trust Retirement and Death Benefits scheme was closed to new entrants in 2003, with the charity at the time launching a defined contribution (DC) arrangement for new employees.In a statement, the charity said it agreed with the trustee to increase its deficit reduction payments from £3m to £8.5m from 2016 onward, with the payments increasing by 1% above the consumer prices index each year until 2029.It estimated that the deficit, which stood at £69m following its last triennial valuation in 2011 had since increased to around £116m, resulting in the 60-day consultation to close to new accrual. “We have made these proposals now because we feel we can no longer sustain the level of cost and risk associated with providing a defined benefit pension scheme without it impacting on our ability to fulfil our core purpose of looking after thousands of special places on behalf of the nation forever, for everyone,” the charity, which maintains buildings of historical significance across the UK, said in a statement.According to its most recent annual report, from 2013-14, the charity expected members of the fund to live to 89, with female life expectancy increasing two years by 2033.At the end of March, the fund had £106m in bonds, £47m in derivatives and swaps and £290m in equities – which returned 7.7%.In other news, the UK government has welcomed a report on how to increase participation of workers over 50 in the workforce.The report by Ros Altman was commissioned by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and examined the importance of an active, older workforce at a time when employees could no longer rely on guaranteed income.“As pension provision moves to less generous defined contribution pensions, millions of older people will not be able to rely on a decent level of later life income, especially as annuity rates have fallen and investment returns have not met expected forecasts,” it said.It argued increasing the number of workers over 50 would have a number of benefits – not only improving economic growth, but lowering the amount of money spent on benefits and improving overall intergenerational cohesion.Altman also recommended the government consider a permanent role across all departments to extend working lives.Pensions minister Steve Webb, one of the two ministers for whom the report was prepared, recently called for the creation of a Department for Pensions and Ageing Society.The Liberal Democrat suggested the department be responsible for occupational and state pension policy – currently with the DWP – pension tax affairs (the responsibility of the Treasury) and old age care (overseen by the Department of Health).,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ‘A New Vision for Older Workers’last_img read more