first_imgThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead‘s 1977 concert film The Grateful Dead Movie. In celebration, Deadheads will gather in cinemas nationwide for a fan meet up on April 20th for a very special Fathom Events screening.Co-directed by Jerry Garcia and Leon Gast, The Grateful Dead Movie concert film features live performances from the October 1974 5-night run at San Francisco’s iconic Winterland held during the band’s so-called “retirement” prior to taking a two-year sabbatical.Before the show, audiences will get exclusive access to a special mini-documentary featuring fans reminiscing about the most famous Grateful Dead show of all time, which took place 40 years ago, on May 8, 1977, at Barton Hall at Cornell University. The Cornell showing comes in anticipation of the upcoming 11-disc box set Get Shown the Light – due to come out May 5, 2017.Additionally, the Meet-Up event will also screen exclusive clips from the Long Strange Trip documentary, which was debuted at Sundance and is set to hit Amazon TBD in May, 2017.“Grateful Dead fans across the country share a special connection with each other and with their favorite band,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said in a statement. “Gathering these dedicated fans together to experience exciting content from their favorite artists is at the core of what we do, and this event is a great example of that.”For information on tickets for the Grateful Dead Movie 40th Anniversary celebration, head to the Fathom Events website. Watch the trailer below:[via Rolling Stone]last_img read more

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band has announced that they’re heading across the pond for a three-week European/U.K. tour in April of 2019.The 14-date run will begin in Paris, France on Tuesday, April 2nd. From there, the band will head to the Eindhoven, Netherlands and Winterbach, Germany on Thursday and Friday, April 4th and 5th, respectively, before making their way to Stockholm, Sweden for a show on Monday, April 8th. Next, the 12-piece blues-rock powerhouse will hit Oslo, Norway on Wednesday, April 10th ahead of two Danish performances in Copenhagen on Thursday, April 11th and in Randers on Friday, April 12th.On Sunday, April 14th and Monday, April 15th, Tedeschi Trucks Band will head back to Germany for performances in Bochum and Hamburg before making their way to Italy for shows on Wednesday, April 17th in Milan and Thursday, April 18th in Trieste. The band will round out their run with a show in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday, April 20th; a stop in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, April 23rd; and a tour-closing performance at London, England’s London Palladium on Saturday, April 27th.Tedeschi Trucks Band just finished a five-date run with Willie Nelson‘s traveling Outlaw Music Festival, where they joined in on Willie’s set on various occasions. Next up for the band is their sold-out annual October residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre, set to begin on October 5th.Ticketing information for Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2019 European tour is available here. You can check out a list of the band’s newly announced European tour dates below. For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Tedeschi Trucks Band 2019 European Tour DatesApril 2 – Paris, FR – L’OlympiaApril 4 – Eindhoven, NL – Muziekgebouw EindhovenApril 5 – Winterbach, DE – Salierhalle WinterbachApril 8 – Stockholm, SE – Cirkus Arena & RestaurangApril 10 – Oslo, NO – Sentrum Scene NorwayApril 11 – Copenhagen, DK – Amager BioApril 12 – Randers, DK – VærketApril 14 – Bochum, DE – RuhrCongress BochumApril 15 – Hamburg, DE – Mehr Theater am GroßmarktApril 17 – Milan, IT – Teatro degli ArcimboldiApril 18 – Trieste, IT – Politeama RossettiApril 20 – Zurich, CH – Theater 11 ZürichApril 23 – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique – ABApril 27 – London, UK – The London PalladiumView European Tour Dateslast_img read more

first_img Bearded irises: multiply by dividing. Photo: UGA Georgia Experiment Station Research & Education Garden Walter Reeves On this week’s “Gardening in Georgia,” host Walter Reeves shows how to dig, separate and replant irises and takes time to show some of his favorite “toys” — digging tools.The show will be aired on Wednesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Television. If you miss that show, it will be rebroadcast on Saturday, July 21, at 12:30 p.m.Reeves shows how simple it is to lift the clump of irises with a spading fork, then slice the roots apart to leave a healthy fan of leaves on each section.Favorite New ‘Toy’He uses the opportunity, too, to show one of his new “toys,” a U-Bar digger from Lee Valley Tools. As he works, he describes the flowers of different irises: bearded, Dutch, Japanese and others. He finishes his job by replanting the divided irises in a well-drained bed that gets full sun.center_img Reeves demonstrates other digging tools, too, including the round-point flat and trenching shovel, spading fork and others. And he reveals how to choose the best tool for the job at hand.Guest Dan Suiter, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, describes the life cycle of the smoky brown cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa). It often lives in tree hollows in your landscape. Suiter shows Reeves how to use a gel bait to control these nasty, large pests.Sack Lunches in TreesUGA entomologist Beverly Sparks shows that the spindle-shaped sacks hanging on your trees probably contain bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis). These caterpillars continuously build the bag, using it for shelter as they move about the plant, stripping it of its leaves.Looking for a low-maintenance annual that’s a nonstop bloomer for the landscape, planter or hanging basket? The New Wonder Blue Fan Flower (Scaevola aemula ‘New Wonder’) may be the answer. UGA horticulturist Jim Midcap describes this 1997 Georgia Gold Medal Winner.”Gardening in Georgia” airs every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on GPTV. The show is produced specifically for Georgia gardeners by the UGA CAES and GPTV. To learn more, visit the show’s Web site. UGA CAES File Photolast_img read more

first_imgFour University of Georgia Extension agents have been collectively awarded this year’s Urban Agriculture Education Award from the Georgia Urban Ag Council, a statewide association for professionals involved in all sectors of the urban agriculture industry. The award is typically given to one UGA Extension agent who developed and implemented an innovative and successful educational and applied research program to support the professionals in Georgia’s urban agriculture industry. Together, the agents developed Green University, an annual program targeted at green industry professionals in northwest Georgia.Northwest Georgia agents working togetherAgents who planned the training event include Keith Mickler, agricultural and natural resources agent and county Extension coordinator in Floyd County; Rolando Orellana, agricultural and natural resources agent in north Fulton County; Paul Pugliese, agricultural and natural resources agent in Bartow County; and Mary Carol Sheffield, agriculture and natural resources and county Extension coordinator in Paulding County. The joint training venture was Sheffield’s idea. “I’ve been hosting green industry updates for several years in Paulding County, but we revamped as ‘Green University’ a few years ago to help give the training a clearer connection to UGA Extension and the university research behind the trainings,” she said.The agents decided to focus the training on pesticide safety, selection, handling and proper application after receiving numerous homeowner samples from within their respective counties indicating injury to landscapes by pesticide applications made by industry professionals. “Home landscapes are a valuable asset to home values, and homeowners don’t always understand the complexity of managing them. Urban ag professionals who invest the time to attend trainings are more able to help educate their clients on important management practices and are less likely to make mistakes or cause damage to homeowners’ landscapes,” Sheffield said. Teaching the proper way to use pesticidesThe Green University, held Jan. 15, 2014, focused on the effects of phenoxy herbicides (like 2,4-D) on trees and shrubs, detailed the potential for injury and highlighted possible liability should these herbicides be used incorrectly. “When it comes to weed control, green industry professionals get a lot of information from product marketing,” Sheffield said. “To make sure they know the latest research-based information, we taught them how to choose appropriate pesticides for turf weed management and to rotate active ingredient and pesticide classes to maximize weed control.”Thirty-one professionals from seven metro-Atlanta and northwest Georgia counties attended the training. Of those, 19 received Georgia commercial pesticide applicators’ continuing education credits, one received Alabama commercial pesticide applicators’ continuing education credits and nine received continuing education units for International Society of Arboriculture arborist certifications. Pre- and post-tests show the attendees are now better equipped to reduce injury to trees and shrubs from turf-applied herbicides, to reduce the potential for resistance in weeds through proper herbicide selection, to practice safe work habits and to use soil testing appropriately in northwest Georgia landscapes. Participant and certified arborist Randy Cooper admitted thinking pesticide damage from phenoxy chemicals was caused by aerial drift. “I did not consider that phenoxy chemicals could harm plants through root absorption. This class added to my knowledge and diagnostic skills as an arborist and a consultant. To me, this is Extension as it was intended to be,” he said. For information on trainings offered by your local UGA Extension office, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Mike Filippone, of North Babylon, will make his third attempt at a Guinness World Record on Saturday. (Photo: Handout)A North Babylon man will be looking to make the record books Saturday during an event to raise money for a memorial fund dedicated to a beloved friend who was killed by a drunk driver two years ago.Mike Filippone won’t be chasing just any record either—he’s pursuing a Guinness World Record that he helped create.Three years ago, Filippone was driving around in his truck when the idea dawned on him. So that year, he recommended the batting marathon record to Guinness and then headed to the diamond for his first shot at grabbing the record.Filippon couldn’t complete the 24-hour marathon and then missed out on the record again last year by only five hours. But now he’s ready to dig into the batter’s box again and he’s confident this year will be different.“I really feel like I have a good chance,” he said when reached by phone Friday.Filippone, a 52-year-old father of four, will sprint onto the diamond with a heavy heart. He selected Father’s Day weekend so he could pay tribute to his own father who passed away, as well as Dan Gambardella, his friend and fellow baseball coach killed by a drunk driver in April 2011.“It’s going to be hard day,” he said. “But you know what? It has a special meaning.”Gambardella’s widow, Linda, who has dedicated her life to helping struggling families in the community, established the Dan Gambardella Memorial Fund after his death.And she’s even played a part in Saturday’s batting marathon, which is expected to draw hundreds of local residents prepared to cheer Filippone on during his quest to reach Guinness World Record fame—and at the same time, raise thousands of dollars in his friend’s name.Linda is the one who suggested that a personal trainer at a kickboxing gym in Copiague train Filippone to improve his endurance. Since then, Filippone has been training three days a week. He pointed to his newfound exercise routine as the reason why he’s so confident going into this year’s baseball-smashing marathon.“The expectations are higher,” he said, adding that the record-breaking challenge has “really taken over my life.”Sure, he wants to finally claim the record, but he’s not overly concerned about the outcome. Whether or not Filippone puts his name in the record books or not, he just hopes North Babylon residents will come out in droves to contribute to the Dan Gambardella Memorial Fund.“He was the nicest guy you’d ever want to know,” he said of Gambardella.The event starts at 8 a.m. at Phelps Lane Park in North Babylon.last_img read more

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Suzanne Rowan KelleherHow desperate are you for a vacation?  New research shows that some Americans would put their finances in jeopardy to go away.Twelve percent of Americans are willing to forego paying their bills to be able to go on vacation, and four percent are even willing to skip a mortgage or rent payment, according to a recent consumer survey conducted on behalf of Tripping.com, a vacation rental search engine that aggregates listings from HomeAway, HouseTrip, FlipKey, and other travel sites.“It definitely surprised us to hear that people would skip out on important financial responsibilities, such as a mortgage, in order to finance their vacations,” said Jen O’Neal, founder and CEO of Tripping.com.J.D. Roth, founder and editor of the personal finance blog GetRichSlowly.org and the author of Your Money: The Missing Manual, believes it’s important to spend money on what you’re passionate about while at the same time cutting back on the things you don’t care about. But he says he would never advocate not paying your bills. “That sounds like misplaced priorities.”The survey, which was conducted among 1,500 American adults in early January 2015, honed in on what prevents people from taking their ideal vacation as well as what they’re willing to sacrifice in order to travel. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgThe migration to EMV is proceeding across the payments industry. Merchants, issuers, processors and networks are at various stages of development to implement, test and certify their EMV compliant systems. Financial institutions, in particular, are assessing their options and associated risks for issuing new chip cards. Merchants are taking stock of the need to upgrade terminals. There is no dearth of soothsayers predicting the time and expense involved in the eventual industry-wide adoption of the new technology, and prognosticating about its lasting value in light of other emerging technologies. Dealing with change is always challenging, and the march toward EMV may present more challenges than most others.But there is more to it than infrastructure upgrades and technology enhancements. When it comes to a smooth migration, people may well get in the way!The EMV migration experiences in other markets, and the early activity here in the U.S., suggest we can expect some practical difficulties as financial institutions, merchants and consumers adapt to the new environment. We can anticipate a fair amount of inconsistency and confusion.Here are just some of the problems to be expected in the early going:Denied transactions, because not all parties in the chain are prepared to accept and carry the required EMV related data.“Lost” transactions because not all parties will carry the requisite data, and some entity may just “drop” the transaction so that it never processes to completion.Transaction timeouts. It takes terminals longer to read chips than mag stripes, and not all parties to the transaction will have made the necessary timing adjustments.Unfriendly or unfamiliar error messages that neither merchant cashiers nor cardholders understand, so transactions may be repeated.Confusion about how to conduct a transaction. It will take consumers a little time to be able to determine whether to dip or swipe their cards, where to insert them, when to pull them, and how to orient a card correctly.The familiar “debit” or (“ATM”) and “credit” buttons may work differently with different merchant implementations, and consumers may have more restricted choice regarding the use of PIN or signature in the chip card world.Inconsistency in the way credit chip cards work versus debit chip cards at the same terminal (Changes are not required for credit routing options).Cards left behind in the chip reader.Increases in the number of service calls to customer call centers.Reductions in signature transaction volume – which may affect credit union income.Consumer confusion as to why they are receiving new cards, why their new cards look different, and whether the new cards have any effect on their account relationships or fees.This is not to say that the industry should not proceed with the more secure technology of EMV; but, rather, to make the point that it’s not all about system testing and certification. There will surely be a substantial burden on operational support, clarifying procedures, and consumer education to make it all work – and it may be a bit of a bumpy road to get there. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christopher Poole Christopher Poole Joined CU24 in 2014. Mr. Poole is responsible for providing network technical support and guidance, managing implementation of network interfaces, ensuring processors are in compliance with Network Operating … Web: www.cu24.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgMar 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – As tests were pending to determine whether a 1-year-old child in Jakarta is Indonesia’s 23rd fatality from avian influenza, other suspected human cases were under investigation today in Egypt and Iraq.Local tests in Indonesia showed the baby girl from West Jakarta was infected with H5N1 avian flu, according to a health official cited by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Mar 25. The girl died Mar 23 at Sulianti Saroso Hospital, according to Hariyadi Wibisono, a health ministry official.”She had a history of contact with sick chickens near her house and suffered serious respiratory problems during hospitalization,” Wibisono was quoted as telling AFP. Confirmatory tests are being conducted at a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating laboratory in Hong Kong.If her case is confirmed, the girl’s death would mark the 23rd avian flu fatality in Indonesia, and the 30th case.Authorities in Egypt suspect an 18-year-old girl hospitalized there might have the country’s fifth human case of H5N1 infection, AFP said in a story today. The girl was hospitalized in the city of Kafr al-Sheikh in stable condition, and authorities were awaiting test results, AFP reported.One of Egypt’s four reported H5N1 case-patients died, one remains hospitalized, and two others “are no longer in danger,” the AFP story noted. The WHO has not yet confirmed any of the four cases.In Iraq, a man died of a suspected H5N1 infection in Baghdad, and one of his family members also is considered to have a possible case. Samples from both people are being tested in Cairo, according to a separate AFP story published today. Iraq’s toll currently stands at two confirmed fatal cases.Mystery in CambodiaMeanwhile, the investigation into the fifth fatality in Cambodia has yielded surprises, according to AFP.Authorities have found no sign of H5N1 in birds in the village where a 3-year-old girl died of avian flu on Mar 21, the news service reported. Although about 200 chickens and ducks reportedly died in the village before the girl got sick, initial tests of poultry samples are negative for H5N1, said Kao Phal, director of the Cambodian agriculture ministry’s Animal Health Department. Investigators were expanding their search for sick birds outside her village, Phum Tuol Prich.The WHO yesterday voiced concern over the situation in Cambodia.Dr. Michael O’Leary of the WHO told AFP yesterday that the fact that H5N1 has not been found in poultry was troubling because it meant that people were encountering sick birds of which the authorities were unaware.Phal suggested that wild birds or their infected droppings could have caused the girl’s infection.Meanwhile, the number of possible human cases in Cambodia seems smaller than authorities feared last week.Seven other people from the victim’s village who were suspected of having H5N1 have tested negative, the head of Cambodia’s infectious disease department, Ly Sovann, told AFP.Two adults and one child who live in a neighboring village were being treated for fever and respiratory problems at a Phnom Penh hospital, an AFP story said. They also tested negative for H5N1, AFP reported today.An additional five people who had contact with people suspected of having H5N1 are being tested, Sovann told AFP.Czech Republic finds H5 flu in swanCzech officials suspect H5N1 infection killed a dead swan found at Hlubokou Nad Vltava, about 150 miles south of Prague.The swan was found Mar 20, AFP reported today. The presence of H5 antigens has been confirmed, but the neuraminidase (N) subtype has not yet been confirmed, AFP reported. Further tests are being conducted.last_img read more