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LOCKN’ Adds The Disco Biscuits, John Fogerty, & More To 2017 Lineup

first_imgAll week long, LOCKN’ will be announcing new artists to their already-exciting lineup. On Monday, Antibalas, Blackberry Smoke, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Hiss Golden Messenger, Moonalice, The Record Company, and Sinkane were announced to the bill, and John Fogerty was added yesterday. Today, LOCKN’ has added The Disco Biscuits to the lineup. More lineup additions are expected throughout the rest of the week.This roll-out strategy started with the festival’s initial lineup, which includes Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Avett Brothers, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Gov’t Mule, Moe., Greensky Bluegrass, John Butler Trio, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, The Revivalists, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, TAUK, JJ Grey & Mofro, Eric Krasno Band, and more.The festivities are going down August 24th-27th in Arrington, VA. Tickets and more information can be found here.last_img read more

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Hanky Panky Hits Off-Broadway! 50 Shades! The Musical Opens

first_imgWhere did we put those handcuffs? 50 Shades! The Musical, the original parody of E.L. James’ erotic bestseller, opens off-Broadway March 12. Directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, the lampoon musical is exploring inner goddesses at the Elektra Theatre. This show is not to be confused with Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody, which features parodies of hit songs and is also appearing off-Broadway. View Comments The cast includes Amber Petty, Chris Grace, David Andino, Kaitlyn Frotton, Adam Hyndman, Tim Murray, Casey Rogers, Alec Varcas, Ashley Ward and Chloe Williamson. 50 Shades! The Musicalcenter_img Related Shows 50 Shades! features a book by Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward and Dan Wessels and music and lyrics by Samuels, Davis, Shelton, Ward and Wessels. The musical opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is lead on an amusing ride through Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s kinky relationship. The show features dance numbers and original songs delivered by a live, on-stage band. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 26, 2015last_img read more

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Sizzling summer

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaWater restrictions aren’t the only threat to green Georgia lawns.The searing summer heat is scorching landscapes across the state.If your landscape plants are taking a beating from the heat,they’ll send out signals. University of Georgia horticulturistssay the hydrangeas and impatiens in your flower beds are theposter plants for heat and drought stress. If they look droopy,take this as a sign that all your plants need water. Cut back and help rootsIf your annuals and perennials continue to be heat stressed, UGAexperts say cut them back about halfway. If they are wiltingbadly, cutting them back will help them survive.Reducing the plant’s top will place less demand on its roots. Theplant will come back in a few weeks and bloom again in the fall.The same strategy works for woody ornamentals like gardenias orhydrangeas. Cut them back to one-half or one-third of theirnormal size.When summer weather brings dry weather and heat for more than 20days, homeowners have to make lifesaving, or life-losing,landscape decisions. UGA horticulturists suggest basing yourdecisions on replacement value. Select your most valuable treesor shrubs, and water them. Herbaceous plants can be easilyreplaced. Water fescue firstFlowers aren’t the only plants that suffer from heat stress. Yourhome lawn suffers, too.If your lawn is fescue, you must keep it watered if you want itto survive. Bermuda and many other grasses go semidormant andturn a little yellow when heat- and drought-stressed. But, unlikefescue, they will recover pretty well with the first rainfall.UGA experts recommend giving your lawn about an inch of water perweek. And they suggest watering early in the morning for the bestuse of water.last_img read more

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Constitutional interpretation bill ready for full House vote

first_imgConstitutional interpretation bill ready for full House vote April 30, 2006 Regular News Constitutional interpretation bill ready for full House vote Mark D. Killian Managing Editor A proposed constitutional amendment directing how the Florida Constitution should be interpreted has cleared its final committee and is headed for the House floor.The House Justice Council voted 9-2 April 10 to move HJR 7143, which sponsor Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, says is meant to correct a mistake in constitutional interpretation the Supreme Court made in Bush v. Holmes, (case no. SC04-2323) on school vouchers.The measure proposes an amendment to §12, Art. X of the Florida Constitution to revise rules of construction to be used when interpreting the extent of political power vested in the legislative branch to provide that the expression of one thing does not imply the exclusion of another.“This is extremely important with respect to the balance of power between the legislative branch and the other branches of government,” Simmons said.In Holmes, the court said the constitutional provision requiring the legislature to provide a free, uniform, and high-quality system of public education precluded the state’s opportunity scholarship program, which uses public money to send children to private schools.In part, the court majority said its decision was based on expressio unius est exclusio alterius, or “the expression of one thing implies the exclusion of another.” But Simmons said the majority erred in that interpretation, and he agrees with the two dissenting justices who said the legislature had the authority to seek alternatives beyond public schools for educating the state’s children.Most state courts, he said, severely limit the use of the expressio unius doctrine and two outright said it should never be applied.Rep. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, asked if the resolution is designed to circumvent the Supreme Court’s ruling in Homes. Simmons said no and reiterated that he has the utmost respect for the court.“This deals with the proper interpretation of the Florida Constitution and there are numerous places in the Florida Constitution where the legislature is directed or authorized to do something and that should not be used as some kind of false interpretive method of saying the legislature is somehow precluded from dealing with the myriad of problems that confront us,” Simmons said, adding that this measure is in no way trying to “back door” a different result in the voucher case. “This is prospective, not an attempt to be retrospective.”Joyner said she found it odd that in her six years in the legislature it has always been the mantra of the Republican leadership that the courts should strictly construe the construction and that this bill “opens the door to creativity and invites activism by judges.”“On one hand we want strict construction and other the other hand you want the judiciary to be creative when it comes to school vouchers and we can’t have it both ways,” Joyner said. “If we want to address school vouchers, then why don’t we attempt to craft legislation that would do what you want done, but not do it by thwarting the independence of the judiciary?”She said if the resolution reaches the ballot the public will have no idea that it pertains to school vouchers. Joyner also warned of unintended consequences.“It may suit the purpose today of saving vouchers, but we could end up giving the courts more power on interpreting legislative actions and I’m sure that is not what you intend to do,” Joyner said.last_img read more

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7 ways to market your book

first_imgAfter receiving an influx of questions about writing and publishing a book, I decided in 2014 to put my advice into an article and publish it on LinkedIn. The regular stream of inquiries continued, and I would simply share the link and answer other questions to the best of my ability. Interestingly, no one has inquired about Part II of my LinkedIn article. Regardless, what follows is Part II of How to Publish a Book.In Part I, I acknowledged the arduous task of taking a book from conception to print, and then recommended resources on the publishing process. I also gave advice on setting goals with realistic expectations. Neither article explains the writing process, which requires years of instruction and practice, despite the fact that throngs of books are released in conversational vernacular complete with grammar and punctuation errors that make those of us with English degrees cringe. I digress, but may I posit one additional note about writing a book?Do not write a book to make money. It simply is not suitable motivation and will lead to an inauthentic product. With certitude I can tell you making money is a delusional excuse for writing a book. When people approach me to ghostwrite their books, the first question I ask is “What’s the purpose of your book?” The answer usually reveals the author’s true motive.Write a book because you are passionate about the subject, are eager to share knowledge, or have an intrinsic desire to record information for the ages. One of my clients had me chronicle the events that would become his legacy. To the best of my knowledge, he never published the book.The purpose of this article is to demonstrate a variety of ways you can market your book beyond Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Marketing, I maintain, is the more difficult side of the book publishing equation. While there are endless ways to promote a book, there is no single best way. Because marketing methods and communication tactics are always evolving, it is important to be creative and fresh. Since you’ve already defined your target audience before writing the book (you did, right?), the key is figuring out how to best reach that audience through their preferred channel of communication.When my book Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attitudes was released in 2009, food was a hot genre but no guarantee of sales. I had to work hard to promote it, which is not uncommon for a first-time author. My publisher did not have a big budget. Even if Simon & Schuster had published my book, I would have been responsible for publicity. Publishers put marketing resources behind low hanging fruit—known entities. Fortunately, I was in the publicity business and able to promote Gravy Wars myself, as awkward as that was and continues to be. I’m still promoting it and will continue to do so as long as it is in print.A side note: Gravy Wars did so well in its first year, selling more than 10,000 copies, that a slightly larger publisher made a passing inquiry about taking over the title. I did not see the point; I was doing all the promotional work anyway. Within the first 12 months of the book’s release, we went into a second printing. Not too shabby for a first-time author. It would be a few years before I agreed to release my baby as an e-book.I will candidly reveal that even with two-thirds of the 33,000 printed copies of Gravy Wars distributed, the venture was not a reliable source of income. I never quantified the sweat equity associated with that project but if I had, I guarantee I’d still be in the red. That stated, I would not change a thing. I knew from the outset what to expect. For most, a published book is a loss leader. Having a book on a subject about which you are either passionate or an expert lends to your credibility and leads to more business, or in my case speaking engagements.Once the manuscript has been completed, send it off to a professional copy editor (emphasis on professional) and begin outlining a marketing plan. Simultaneously, enlist the services of a professional artist who specializes in book covers (again, emphasis on professional). The chosen graphic will drive the design of your marketing collateral. If you have secured a publishing house, work closely with them during this process, contributing nuances reflective of your intention, but avoid the temptation to art direct.After the cover design has been chosen, execute your marketing plan. There are countless ways to market a book. Any method should take into consideration the genre, audience, and the author’s goal. As with any promotion, be as creative as possible and as elaborate as your budget allows. The list below is in no way exhaustive, and I welcome your suggestions in the comment section.Praise/Love/TestimonialsGet experts in your field to offer a line or two about your book. This will require giving them either a draft of the manuscript or a few finished chapters. Include their comments on the back cover or first few pages of the book, as well as on marketing material. The names and titles of advocates add credibility to your work, while helping promote their respective brands.PartnersA self-made millionaire told me years ago that the secret to his success was his ability to partner and repeat sales. One way to transfer this concept to book publishing is to partner with entities that will benefit from your book, whether it is a retail outlet or an industry that might like to purchase your title in bulk to use as a premium giveaway.The gist of Gravy Wars easily lent itself to incorporating the stories of sponsors, adding value to the reader through a richer cultural experience. The many partnerships I formed guaranteed instant sales prior to release and provided multiple avenues of distribution.Taking the concept in a different direction, consider partnering with another author who has published on the same or a similar topic. Two minds are always better than one. As a tag-team, you bring different perspectives to a topic. Perhaps you can promote each other as SMEs. Working in tandem helps both authors. It is always easier to sing the praises of another.Sure, competition is real but why waste energy fighting it when you can partner and create more opportunity? The pie is huge and there is more than enough to go around. We live in an abundant universe.I continue to look for partners to help promote my book of public speaking tips, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations. Given the number of texts written on this topic and its niche audience, promoting this book is a bit more challenging. Knowing this at the outset, I sought to differentiate my contribution to the subject by creating a pocket guide, a terse resource for busy professionals and supplement to the classroom text. (Thank you for withstanding the not-so-subtle and shameless plug.)WebsiteAlthough not necessary, devoting a website to your book complete with SEO will make it easy to find online. If your book has a unique title, purchase the URL. Even if you never build a site, you can forward traffic from your URL to a site where your book can be purchased.Social MediaOf course! In 2020, do we need to break this down? Use the platforms on which your target audience is most likely to spend time. Just like traditional PR, be sure your comments and posts provide value. Don’t be like the perfume lady at the Estée Lauder counter ready to spray every passerby or the telemarketer that screams, “Don’t hang up!” Instead, build a relationship by first listening to (reading) your audience, and then responding accordingly. Let the sale come naturally even if it takes a bit longer than you had hoped.If you are not accustomed to using social platforms, hire an outfit that is expert at it. There are plenty of good ones. Content marketing is a craft.PodcastIf you are a dynamite storyteller, consider starting a podcast. Once it is up and running, you’ll have more fodder for social media posts. If hosting a podcast isn’t your thing, get yourself guest appearances on as many podcasts as you can. A lot of podcasters enjoy interviewing good guests. It’s a two-way promotion.Traditional MediaThe few newspapers still in print have been significantly reduced in size, allowing for fewer human-interest articles. That said, local weeklies and hometown ad papers are still great places to get some press, as are print and on-line trade magazines. This will require submitting a pitch or press release. If this is not your forte, hire a pro.If you are the subject matter expert on a unique topic, you might consider pitching yourself to a local broadcast affiliate. Restrictions similar to those of the print world are very real, with local radio and TV programming waning, it is very difficult to get noticed by nationally syndicated programs.If your budget allows, you could pay-to-play (infomercial); i.e., pay for a block of airtime and have at it.EventsParticipate or create events that will help promote and sell your book. From festivals, fares, and trade shows to networking, seminars, and corporate black ties, whether you are the keynote speaker, offer a breakout session, or purchase vendor space, use these events to your advantage. As a result of Gravy Wars, I was the 2013 Grand Marshall of the Italian-American Parade in North Wildwood, NJ. It may not be a LinkedIn headline but it sure was fun.Bookstores are not on my list of seven ways to promote and sell your book because they are a given. Make sure your publisher lists your title with distribution channels that will place your book in any surviving brick and mortar as well as online. Your job is driving traffic to those places. If you are selling the book yourself, place your title with the most prominent retail venues.Be encouraged. Publish your book. Magnify your brand. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Detailslast_img read more

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Coronavirus leaves more Americans dead than WWI

first_imgTopics : Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell meanwhile warned that the US economy is unlikely to recover as long as “significant uncertainty” remains over the course of the pandemic.Trump has come under scrutiny for an upcoming campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma — his first since March when the pandemic halted mass gatherings. It is so far planned for an indoor arena that holds about 20,000 people. The United States also agreed to keep its borders with Mexico and Canada closed until July 21, officials said Tuesday, extending travel restrictions for a third time due to the pandemic. With 740 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, the United States has seen more people die from the pandemic than died in World War I, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The new figure, counted at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT) Tuesday, brought the country’s total COVID-19 deaths up to 116,854, the tracker from the Baltimore-based university showed. The increase came after two days of death tolls under 400. center_img And 23,351 new cases in the same 24-hour period brought the total US count up to 2,134,973, making it by far the hardest-hit of any country in the world. The country’s pandemic death toll had already passed that of its soldiers in the Vietnam War in late April. The United States, where many businesses are reopening, continues to register around 20,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus each day. Several states are even recording their highest levels of new cases since the start of the pandemic.The administration of President Donald Trump, who has downplayed risks of the virus and instead focused on reviving the economy as he faces a tough re-election battle in November, insists there will be no shutdown of the economy if a second full-blown wave of the epidemic arises.last_img read more

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Ethiopia violence death toll rises to 239

first_imgThe death toll from demonstrations and ethnic violence that erupted in Ethiopia last week following the murder of a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group has risen to 239, according to a tally of police figures.Pop star Hachalu Hundessa, a hero to many Oromo who saw him as the voice of their marginalization, was shot dead by unknown attackers on Monday of last week, fuelling ethnic tensions threatening the country’s democratic transition.Protests broke out in the capital Addis Ababa, as well as the surrounding Oromia region which is the homeland of the country’s largest ethnic group, who have long felt economically and politically sidelined in the diverse nation. Mustafa also said there had been “extensive damage and looting” of government and private property.”To control this unrest more than 3,500 suspects have been arrested. They were anti-peace elements who carried out attacks using the artist’s death as a pretext to dismantle the constitutional system by force,” he said.”The Oromo population should be inclusive of other ethnic groups that live among it.” Threat to planned democracy Hachalu’s music was the soundtrack to anti-government protests that swept Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the country’s first Oromo leader, to office in 2018.Yet, as Ethiopia prepares for elections that will test its democratic transition under Abiy, many Oromo nationalists feel betrayed, arguing the prime minister has failed to champion their interests.Free and fair elections planned for August have been postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.Simmering ethnic tensions in the country of over 100 million people have provided a major challenge to Abiy, whose efforts to loosen the reins of iron-fisted rule and open up the democratic space have led to increased jockeying for power and influence.Abiy, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for ending a long running conflict with neighboring Eritrea, has been accused of reverting to the tactics of his predecessors, with a wave of arrests of high profile opposition politicians during last week’s protests.Five senior members of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) were arrested, as were Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba from the Oromo Federalist Congress, as well as Eskinder Nega, a longtime government critic who has recently spoken out against government policies he argues favour Oromos.Abiy has said that Hachalu’s killing and the violence that ensued were part of a plot to sow unrest in Ethiopia.He has linked the chaos to another current major headache he is facing: the filling of a mega-dam Ethiopia has built on the Blue Nile River which is facing objections from neighbors Egypt and Sudan.”The desire of the breaking news is to make the Ethiopian government take its eye off the dam,” Abiy said Tuesday during a question-and-answer session with lawmakers, without giving evidence to support the claim. Officials have attributed the deaths to a combination of lethal force by security officers and inter-ethnic violence.”Due to the unrest that occurred in the region, nine police officers, five militia members and 215 civilians have lost their lives,” acting Oromia police commissioner Mustafa Kedir said on state television on Wednesday.Police in Addis Ababa had previously reported 10 deaths in the capital.The death toll is an increase from 166 fatalities reported at the weekend. Topics :last_img read more

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South Korea’s DSME develops LNG tank for bulk carrier

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of DSMESouth Korea’s shipbuilding giant Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) said it has developed a liquefied natural gas fuel tank that can be installed on a 180,000 dwt bulk carrier.South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said recently that the country will boost the use of LNG as fuel and aims to build the world’s largest LNG-fuelled bulk carrier in a push for green shipping.The ministry said then it will join forces with state-owned steelmaker POSCO and LNG importing giant KOGAS as well as state institutes to develop a class of 180,000-ton LNG-fuelled vessels.A deal between POSCO, KOGAS, the Korea Development Bank and marine research institutes was signed on September 26 with the ministry to launch the pilot program.According to DSME, the newly developed Type-B LNG tank will be manufactured with high manganese steel that is jointly developed by the shipbuilder and POSCO.The shipbuilder claims that high manganese steel is more resistant to external impact and optimises space better than fuel tanks manufactured with conventional aluminum alloys.In addition, the LNG fuel tank would be installed on the aft deck so that the tank capacity can be flexibly operated for the desired operating route conditions.last_img read more

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USDA Now Requires PED Reporting

first_imgHog producers that are dealing with porcine epidemic diarrhea must now report it to the federal government. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement Friday, after the virus has spread to nearly thirty states including Indiana.In addition to being required to report PED, farmers also will be required to report the movement of pigs, vehicles and other equipment leaving affected areas though movements are still allowed.The goal of the USDA’s action is to slow the spread of the disease while maintaining movement of pigs in the U.S.The announcement also requires incidents of swine delta coronavirus to be reported.“USDA has been working closely with the pork industry and our state and federal partners to solve this problem,” Vilsack stated in the release. “Together, we have established testing protocols, sequenced the virus and are investigating how the virus is transmitted. Today’s actions will help identify gaps in biosecurity and help us as we work together to stop the spread of these diseases and the damage caused to producers, industry and ultimately consumers.”While the viruses are a threat to pigs, it does not infect humans, even if a person is exposed to pigs or consumes pork products.According to Hoosier Ag Today, the virus has a negative impact on pigs but has not translated to lower pork profits. One pork economist said that producer profits will actually increase as a result of PED.The reduction in the hog supply can have more of an impact on the consumer, as bacon and other pork products may cost more at the grocery store as a result.last_img read more

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Moped, Delivery Truck Wreck Injures One

first_imgVERSAILLES — Police say a woman was injured in an accident involving a moped and delivery truck on Wednesday afternoon.Versailles Deputy Marshal Lee Matthews said the accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on South Adams Street near Jarvis Drive.The moped struck the back end of a UPS truck as it was preparing to make a turn off of South Adams.The driver of the moped, Angel Back, 33, of Versailles, suffered injuries and was airlifted to University of Cincinnati Hospital.The UPS driver was not injured.last_img

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