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Members of Aqueous, Jimkata, & More To Form “Only In Dreams: A Tribute To Weezer”

first_imgAn exciting crew of musicians are teaming up to form “Only In Dreams: A Tribute to Weezer” and it’s going to be awesome. For a run of upstate New York dates in early June, Jimkata‘s Evan Friedell and Packy Lunn, Aqueous‘s Mike Gantzer, and John Brown’s Body / Elephant Wrecking Ball‘s Dan Africano will be paying tribute to Weezer’s Blue Album (1994) and follow-up Pinkerton (1996). Hitting Rochester’s Flour City Station, Albany’s The Hollow, Ithaca’s The Haunt, and Buffalo’s Iron Works over the first four nights of June, these shows are not-to-be-missed. Aside from playing two of the most definitive records of the 90’s, these musicians will take the music of Weezer to the next level with their stand-out musicianship and ultimate dedication.Says Evan Friedell of the band’s formation, “I was revisiting those early albums one morning and felt a rush of nostalgia and excitement. I made a quick Facebook post about forming a band that covers only Blue Album and Pinkerton songs and got an unexpected level of enthusiasm as a reaction. Mike said he’s been waiting his whole life for this and Dan texted me a couple weeks later matter of factly asking, “when are we doing this?” And now as we are practicing the music, we’re all feeling like this stuff is part of our DNA. So we can’t wait to share that energy with everyone who feels the same way!”While we certainly hope this happens more than four times, we can’t assume anything  – especially with the ever-evolving tour schedules of these road warriors and their respective bands. So don’t miss out on your chance to see “Only In Dreams: A Tribute to Weezer” this June! See below for the dates and ticket links.June 1 | Rochester, NY | Flour City StationJune 2 | Albany, NY | The HollowJune 3 | Ithaca, NY | The HauntJune 4 | Buffalo, NY | Buffalo Iron Workslast_img read more

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State Fiscal Economist

first_imgFor three decades, University of Georgia students have relied on Professor Jeffrey Dorfman to help them apply sound economic reasoning to the world outside their classroom.As of Aug. 1, Dorfman is applying that economic reasoning to real-world problems and situations in the policy arena as the state fiscal economist of Georgia.In this role, Dorfman will develop forecasts based on Georgia’s tax revenue, work closely with bond rating agencies to identify revenue and economic trends, and manage the development of fiscal impact estimates on tax-related legislative proposals.“I am excited to serve in this new role, and I look forward to providing the state of Georgia and Gov. Kemp’s administration the most accurate and timely economic input that I can,” said Dorfman, a longtime professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.His research at UGA ranges from the economics of land-use policy to disaster recovery and methods of calculating economic impact. He is a prolific writer and a sought-after source in the popular media.“Given Jeffrey Dorfman’s extensive background and expertise in economics, I am confident that he is the right choice to serve as the state fiscal economist,” Gov. Brian Kemp said in a news release on Aug. 12. “Over the years, Jeffrey has earned a stellar reputation in his field, mentored countless students to ensure their academic success, and provided critical insight to leaders in the private and public sectors.”Dorfman joined the faculty at UGA in 1989 and teaches classes in the economics of the food industry, microeconomic theory, and macroeconomic theory and policy. His research on economic forecasting, food insecurity, productivity measurement, and the economics of growth and sprawl is often reported in industry, academic and popular media alike.Most recently, Dorfman has been called on to help calculate the impact of trade policy on Georgia farmers and to calculate the economic impact of UGA.In 2013, Dorfman was elected as a fellow by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, the Georgia Legislature, and a U.S. Department of Agriculture panel on farmland preservation. He served as editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics from 2009 to 2012 and has worked as a consultant to a variety of businesses, foundations and local governments, including four Fortune 500 corporations, as well as serving as a senior fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.For more information on the mission and work of the CAES Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, visit agecon.uga.edu.(Gov. Brian Kemp’s communications office contributed to this release.)last_img read more

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When is the right time to start vendor contract negotiations

first_imgThe typical financial institution has dozens of contracts in place with numerous vendors that support its operations (both customer-facing and internal). As a result, staying on top of the expiration dates for all of those agreements to maintain an effective renewal process can present a significant challenge. At a minimum, doing so is simply best practice, but in other cases, such due diligence may also be a regulatory requirement or a board mandate.So how long before a contract’s expiration should the negotiation process begin? The answer depends on many factors, including the service in question and the length of time moving to a different (new) vendor would require. One factor that should not come into play, however, is the level of satisfaction with your incumbent. The deck is stacked in favor of the vendor in many ways, so financial institutions (FIs) must seek out leverage points wherever they can.In many cases, considering a replacement of an incumbent vendor is a non-starter as it would require a protracted process encompassing both internal disruption and detailed customer communication. Swapping out a core system can easily require two years, not including the additional year that’s typically necessary to carry out an effective Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Any vendor worth their salt is going to have its own tickler list, and an FI should expect to hear from them (on average) roughly 18 months prior to a contract expiration date if the institution hasn’t already initiated conversations. This timing is by design – if negotiations haven’t begun at least two years before the contract expires, an FI’s leverage is limited as the incumbent is quite aware of what an alternative will require. For a more in-depth conversation, listen to our podcast series about best practices for credit union vendor contract negotiations.  continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING North Carolina fosters preparedness with the touch of a finger

first_imgEditor’s Note: CIDRAP’s Public Health Practices online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.May 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Prodding citizens to prepare for pandemics and other disasters is a constant challenge, but public health officials in North Carolina have a creative approach that didn’t require thinking outside the box, but rather inside of it—in the form of touch-screen computer kiosks.In North Carolina, natural disaster isn’t just an abstract concept to the state’s residents, said Bill Furney, communication coordinator of North Carolina’s office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR), which resides in the state’s division of public health and is funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”North Carolina is an equal-opportunity state for disasters. We have everything—tornados, landslides, flooding, and hurricanes,” he said.PHPR developed the “Be Ready!” disaster preparedness kiosks in 2006 as a way to help the state’s seven Public Health Regional Surveillance Teams spread the message about emergency preparedness, said Furney. The seven surveillance teams were created after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks to respond to terrorism activities, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters.Why kiosks?He said PHPR needed a way to stir more interest in emergency preparedness brochures. “We could have printed a bazillion materials, but what is it that makes people want to read?” he said, adding that offering a kiosk component could grab the public’s attention and lure them to look at the collateral materials.According to PHPR, kiosks are a useful educational tool because they:Provide an interactive experience, which can help users retain the informationAllow users to select information they want at their own paceServe a range of languages and reading levelsEncourage action with a clear, consistent messageBring critical information to citizensWith an initial budget of $50,000, PHPR selected SmartVista, a technology company based in Morrisville, NC, to provide the hardware, which consists of portable, touch-screen computers, then worked with the company on the content, which includes some materials from federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and a series of public service announcements on disaster preparedness that had just been released by the Ad Council, Furney said.Pandemic influenza is covered, along with several natural and manmade disasters. The presentation is offered in both English and Spanish.High engagementPHPR has eight kiosks, one for the main office and one for each of the seven regional surveillance teams. The kiosks are available to county and city public health departments, which use them at health fairs, county fairs, conferences, clinics, and other events. The devices are especially popular during the fall county fair season and during spring observances for public health month and week.”This gives us the ability to provide a service to counties, which wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford or coordinate this on their own,” Furney said.Furney said it’s rewarding watching people use the kiosks. “The kids love it, and their parents will follow up on what they’re doing,” he said. “It really is a ‘gee whiz’ kind of technology that people will gravitate toward, but it’s also functional.”The kiosk devices allow public health officials the opportunity to cost-effectively offer interactive presentations on other topics, and Furney said that PHPR has recently installed a pandemic-specific module on the machines.So far, the biggest obstacle to using the kiosks in the field is keeping all of the devices maintained and repaired, Furney said.North Carolina’s PHPR was recognized for its “Be Ready!” kiosks when the National Public Health Coalition awarded the group its 2006 silver excellence award in the new media (outsourced) category.See also:View tools and reviewers’ comments from the “Be Ready! Kiosks” practicelast_img read more

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Trump, Pence have a double standard

first_imgRecently, a number of football players have been taking a knee during the national anthem. In response, many people are telling us that these players are disrespecting the military and the people who fought and died for us.The problem is that these protesters are telling us that taking a knee has nothing to do with the military or disrespecting the flag. My understanding is that they are protesting the treatment of minorities in the United States, which they have every right to do whether I agree or not.Isn’t the players’ stated intent more important than the biased interpretations of President Trump and Vice President Pence?This protest has been going on for over a year with very little commentary. More from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img What the president achieved was blowing this protest way out of proportion in an act of grandstanding and, as a result, dividing the country more and making our nation fundamentally weaker. I don’t see the president talking about the disrespectful act of carrying the Confederate flag.Hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers died fighting an army carrying the Confederate flag.To some people, the Confederate flag is a symbol of slavery. Where is the outrage from our president on this issue? Where are Republicans on the Confederate flag issue?It does seem that minorities are the victims of a double standard, certainly when it comes to the president and the vice president.John DworakRotterdamlast_img read more

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‘I’m not Yao Ming’: China’s first UFC champ Zhang creates own hype

first_imgTopics : The 30-year-old Zhang, who as a child was challenged by her mother to jump out of ditches to toughen her up, has enjoyed a life-changing 10 months.Last August she thrilled a home crowd in Shenzhen with an upset knockout of UFC champion Jessica Andrade of Brazil in just 42 seconds to make Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) history.Zhang then successfully defended the strawweight title in a brutal dust-up in Las Vegas in early March against Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk, despite her build-up being badly disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. She boasts a 21-1 MMA record and UFC president Dana White has touted her to rank alongside Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey as a global superstar of the sport. ‘I must not become lazy’ Zhang’s new-found stardom has seen many more demands placed on her for media and commercial obligations, while she also has an active presence on social media.But she says those have not placed any extra pressure on her or distracted her from training, and she knows that believing her own hype would be fatal for her career.”I told myself that I must not become lazy, I must remember who I am, I should be the same as before I was champion and keep the desire to win,” she said.”I have to keep that in mind, instead of thinking that I have already made it.”Because once I start thinking like that, it’ll fast be the start of the descent.” ‘I like that interaction’ Coronavirus has eased in China since the disease emerged in the country late last year, allowing Zhang to conduct an open workout for the media at UFC’s newly built Performance Institute in Shanghai this week.But UFC fight nights, like most sports, are taking place behind closed doors to prevent the spread of infections among spectators.Asked about the pandemic’s impact on her daily life, Zhang replied: “My life is about training. So if it affects my training, it affects my life.”Zhang’s next opponent has not been confirmed, but the prospect of defending her title with nobody there to cheer, or jeer, is not one she relishes.”Now there are no spectators, I feel a lot of things are missing and I don’t feel that special excitement,” said Zhang.”That’s why I think that spectators are really important. I don’t know how I would react if there is no audience. “I really like spectators cheering for me or even booing me. I like that interaction.”UFC supremo White last week said that UFC will stage a series of bouts on a “Fight Island” in the United Arab Emirates next month to ease travel headaches for international fighters.Zhang welcomes the idea of competing on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, where UFC staged a card in September last year.Zhang says that unlike travelling to the United States, she can get a visa on arrival, does not have so far to fly and does not have to suffer jetlag.”I’ve been there before and watched a fight, and I also lived on that island when I was preparing for a fight,” she said.center_img Zhang Weili retained her UFC title in March in one of the greatest women’s fights in MMA history, was then stranded in the United States for six weeks by coronavirus and finally flew back to China in a protective suit and visor.But after all that, it was the sight of airport and medical staff with “welcome home” scribbled on their own protective gear to greet arriving passengers that deeply affected her.”I was really touched and excited, I’ve never felt such warmth in all my life,” China’s first and only Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion told AFP in Shanghai. The excitement surrounding Zhang’s swift rise to prominence has reached such an extent in China that she is being mentioned in the same breath as basketball giant Yao Ming, who led the Houston Rockets to the NBA playoffs four times.But the articulate Zhang, who hails from the northern province of Hebei, gives that lofty comparison a swift verbal jab.”I am not Yao Ming or anyone else,” she said. “I just want to be a better me.”last_img read more

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What should happen to a couple’s embryos after they split up?

first_imgStuff co.nz 15 April 2016Family First Comment: Facing the reality of the problems with IVF…“In a split decision, five of the seven (UK) Judges ruled in (the father’s) favour and ordered that the embryos be destroyed. They expressed great sympathy for (the mother) but concluded that the couple had only consented to IVF treatment together as a couple on the relevant forms they signed – nothing more – and since they had separated (the mother) could not use the embryos. The Judges also concluded that neither men nor women should be forced into parenthood and in the reverse situation where a male ex-partner wanted to use embryos, they would have reached the same conclusion.”Each year, an increasing number of New Zealand couples are undergoing IVF treatment in the hope of becoming parents.For some, it goes well, but others aren’t so lucky. It can be a stressful and lengthy process lasting several months, or even years, that ultimately isn’t successful. Some couples may spilt up and put a halt to treatment before a child is conceived.The kicker is, these separated couples may have unused frozen embryos in storage. Depending on the woman’s age or any existing fertility issues, these may provide her with her last chance of having her own genetic children.So what happens if she wants to use them but her ex-partner doesn’t?Dr John Peek of Fertility Associates says this is an emerging issue in New Zealand as a number of clients have split and then found themselves in a legal grey zone. As a result, the New Zealand Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology is currently preparing advice on appropriate law changes for the Minister of Health in order to provide some clarity.The Committee often looks at legal developments in other countries before providing advice on complex issues such as this, and may start with the UK.Separated couple Natallie Evans and Howard Johnston couldn’t agree on what to do with their embryos post split and became embroiled in the most high profile case to date. Their lengthy legal battle lasting five years began in the British legal system and after four appeals was ultimately settled in the European Court of Human Rights.Evans, who had major fertility issues as a result of undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer, argued that because the embryos provided her with her last chance of having her own genetic children she should be able to use them.In other words, her right to become a mother should trump her ex-partner’s right not to be forced into becoming a father.In response, Johnston argued that he only consented to the use of the embryos while he was in a relationship with Evans and since they had separated, she should not be able to use them.To complicate matters, several years had passed by the time of the final appeal and Johnston was in a new relationship with a different woman.In a split decision, five of the seven Judges ruled in Johnston’s favour and ordered that the embryos be destroyed. They expressed great sympathy for Evans but concluded that the couple had only consented to IVF treatment together as a couple on the relevant forms they signed – nothing more – and since they had separated Evans could not use the embryos.The Judges also concluded that neither men nor women should be forced into parenthood and in the reverse situation where a male ex-partner wanted to use embryos, they would have reached the same conclusion.This landmark case set a precedent in the UK and most of Europe. In other countries, such as the United States, it remains a contested issue. Courts in some states have followed the UK approach but others have allowed the women involved to use the contested embryos.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/pregnancy/conception/78829473/what-should-happen-to-a-couples-embryos-after-they-splituplast_img read more

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Bulldogs Freshman Winners Over Knights

first_imgThe Batesville Freshman picked up a win in EIAC play Tuesday night with a win over South Dearborn 44-26.Zach Britton paced a balanced the Batesville attack with 10 points. Gunner Olsen added 9, while Peyton Meyer, Alex Roell, and Zach Prickel each added 7. Mitch Esser tailed 3, and John Harmeyer scored a free throw to round out the Bulldog scoring.“Tonight was the complete team effort I knew we had in us, but hadn’t pieced together yet. Our bench gave us a huge lift tonight on both ends of the floor. After dropping our last two I couldn’t be happier with the way these guys responded tonight.”  Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.After taking a 3 point advantage with them to halftime, Batesville pushed the lead to 10 at 33-23 to end the 3rd. The Dogs outscored the Knights 11-3 in the 4th allowing just 1 field goal, to close the door on a South Dearborn comeback.“We challenged the guys at halftime to build a lead, and not let them back into the game. They played up to the challenge.”  Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.Batesville will be back in action Thursday night as they travel to Milan to open up the 9th grade portion of the Ripley County Tournament. Game time is 6:00.Submitted by Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.last_img read more

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Sounds of the Night Presented in Madison

first_imgMADISON, Ind. — If you have ever wondered about the different sounds you hear during the evenings, tonight the Big Oaks Conservation Society is holding a meeting at the Jefferson County Library in Madison starting at 6:30.Rob Chapman, Park Ranger at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, will present Wildlife Sounds of the Night, which he will describe the many different sounds you may encounter.The public is invited to attend this free presentation.last_img

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