Brooklyn-bred funk outfit Turkuaz has announced that they will be filming a very special concert at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania’s Sherman Theater, on Friday, September 7th—a venue that’s less than two hours from New York City and Philadelphia. The intimate evening with the band will feature two sets of Turkuaz, which are sure to showcase classic favorites as well as new material. Fans are encouraged to come decked out in their true Turkuaz rainbow colors for the special taping.The colorful nine-piece powerhouse hopes that fans not to miss this one-of-a-kind Turkuaz performance. With their high-octane sound and soulful funky grooves, Turkuaz has amassed a loyal following over the years, moving to massive stages like Bonnaroo, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and LOCKN’ Festival, and playing the halftime show at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, during a New York Knicks game.The band hopes to pack the Sherman Theater for a funk-filled night of color! Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 10th, at 10 a.m. (ET). A limited amount of discounted, early bird “Bring A Friend” tickets are available. Early bird ticket buyers will get to hang with the band at a meet & greet following the show. Tickets for the live taping are available here. For a complete list of Turkuaz’s upcoming tour date, head to their website. Members of Turkuaz will also be on hand at the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive, when it returns to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Turkuaz singer Shira Elias will lead a special set titled “Shira Elias’ Soul Tracks” also featuring members of The Nth Power, Trey Anastasio Band, The Motet, Allen Stone, and others. Drummer Michelangelo Carubba will perform as part of an early Dopapod configuration, also featuring Rob Compa and Eli Winderman, and perform during an all-star tribute to Steely Dan led by The Motet’s Joey Porter and also featuring Turkuaz’s Sammi Garett (among many others). Shira and Sammi will also appear for another tribute, “Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince”, also featuring MonoNeon and members of Snarky Puppy, The Motet, Allen Stone, Magic Beans, and many others.Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.
Before you answer that call, remember a few tips. Wayne McLaurin, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service, saysyou don’t have much choice. Gardening is a rite of spring. McLaurin figures the reason gardening is by far the No. 1 hobby in the nation, ahead ofgolf, fishing or anything else, is that it’s relaxing. Gardens range from the common “garden” variety of standard vegetables to specialtygardens for herbs, giant tomatoes, exotic plants, ornamental shrubs or showy flowers. “And talk to other gardeners,” McLaurin says. “They’ll give you more advice than youneed. Just ask.” “It’s a habit for some folks,” McLaurin says. “Lots of people grew up farming andgardening. It’s what you do in the spring. It’s a natural occurrence after being cooped upinside so long. You just have to go outside and get in touch with the soil.” “Everybody has some innate desire to see something grow,” McLaurin says,” even if it’sjust an African violet on the window sill. You can’t escape spring’s call.” Once nature calls, the rewards are bountiful. Why do people garden? Talk to your county Extension Service agent. Pick up plenty of extension publicationsabout gardening, landscaping and other spring tasks. “We all get frustrated sitting behind a desk all day,” he says. “To see something grow andproduce a flower or fruit is extremely relaxing. Pulling weeds and tending delicate plantsforces you to slow down and notice the little things. And it burns up calories. Gardening isgood for both physical and mental well-being.” “People garden because they want the fresh produce,” McLaurin says. “You havecomplete control over chemical use, composting, etc. And there’s nothing better thanhome-grown tomatoes straight off the bush.” Georgia gardeners enjoy the luxury of being able to grow just about anything. The volumeand variety a good gardener can reap from a plot of Georgia soil is nothing short ofamazing, McLaurin says. Don’t believe all the seed catalog’s claims. Buy reputable plants grown locally so they’readapted to your area. When the birds call and the daffodils bob in the first warm breeze, do you get anuncontrollable urge to dig in the dirt? The first gardeners weren’t escaping the office or trying to unwind. They had to garden tofeed themselves and their families. Today’s gardeners can stop by the grocery store and get fruits and vegetables fromthroughout the world. Why go to the time, trouble and expense of gardening?
Photo:Brad Haire Photo:Brad Haire Pecan producers are shaking down a large crop for buyers. Pecan prices should remain stable at around $6 a pound through the holiday season. Normally, the total supply for the U.S. market is around 400 million pounds. This year’s total should be at this level, more or less, Florkowski said. This will keep retail prices stable.The U.S. supply depends on three factors: the current crop, carry-over inventory in storage and imports from Mexico, he said.Georgia’s 2001 pecan production is forecast at 105 million pounds, up 31 percent from last year, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.Because of their makeup, pecan trees generally have large yields every other year. This expected alternate-bearing cycle combined this season with good growing conditions to yield a larger crop size.The expected U.S. 2001 pecan production is 355 million pounds, up 69 percent from last year but 13 percent below the record high crop in 1999.Inventory levels are down from last year, he said. Part of this year’s large crop will go to rebuild the inventory, but a large volume will be sent to market.However, import levels from Mexico will be down this year. Since the 1990s, pecans from Mexico have been on the rise. They have contributed as much as 10 percent to the total U.S. supply.But this year, a stronger Mexican economy will increase demand for the crop in Mexico, he said. That will cut into the Mexican supply of pecans to the United States. The U.S. supply of pecans is expected to be large this year despite an expected downturn in imports. Though prices may vary, they shouldn’t be much higher or lower for the holidays, says a University of Georgia expert.Prices will average around $6 a pound this year, said Wojciech Florkowski, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Anything at $5 would be a good buy,” he said. “But it all depends on the grade you want.”Most retail stores sell mixed bags of halves and large pieces between $5.50 and $6 per pound.”The prices at wholesale are running between $3 and $3.50 per pound, depending on the grade,” Florkowski said. “These are very strong prices.”Depending on supply and demand, prices could be lower locally in Georgia.But because of the demand for specialty uses of pecans, Florkowski doesn’t expect the prices of other nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, to affect pecan prices.Will the current downturn in the economy influence pecan prices?He doubts it.”It shouldn’t affect pecan sales,” he said. “Pecans are such a specialty item and purchased in such quantities that the household budget will permit these items.”But he did say that consumers “are rather unpredictable right now.”The supply
As Georgia cotton farmers prepare for this year’s growing season, some are still trying to harvest what’s left of the 2018 crop, according to Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.Due to persistent rains in November and December, many cotton producers were unable to get in the field to pick their crops. As a result, there is still between 5 and 10 percent left to be harvested, said Whitaker. In early January, between 10 and 15 percent of the crop was still in the field, but fields started to dry out and growers were able to resume harvesting.“There’s more left than we usually have, that’s for sure. This is as much cotton we’ve had left in the field from the previous year as I can remember,” Whitaker said. “As many challenges as we’ve had over the past several years, at least we had good harvest weather. But harvesting this year’s crop has been extremely difficult since Hurricane Michael in October.”Ten percent of the 2018 crop equates to approximately 100,000 acres, some of which Whitaker believes will not be harvested because of quality concerns.“It’s to the point where the cotton is getting so brittle, spindle pickers are having a hard time because, when they go through the field, the cotton bolls bounce right off before they are actually harvested. The spindles are just knocking cotton bolls off the plants and they’re not going into the picker,” Whitaker said. “On top of that, cotton fiber quality is going downhill fast, which devalues a crop that has already been impacted by having such a large portion being blown on the ground from Michael.”It’s been a difficult year for Georgia’s cotton producers. In May, excessive rainfall delayed planting for many growers, which is one reason so much cotton remains to be harvested. By the time the crop was ready to be picked in mid-to-late fall, growers couldn’t risk bringing harvesters into the field because of saturated conditions.“We’ve had a tremendous number of days in this season where we couldn’t pick during harvest season and its definitely taken a toll on our producers this year, no doubt,” Whitaker said. “There’s some cotton that the farmers can’t get now and may never get. There’s some that’s not worth getting to begin with.”Georgia’s cotton industry lost at least $600 million as a result of Hurricane Michael, according to estimates from UGA Extension agents and agricultural economists. This includes losses to cotton lint, cottonseed and reductions in fiber quality. Eighty-eight percent of cotton bolls were open and vulnerable to the hurricane’s destructive winds.Prior to the storm’s arrival on Oct. 10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that only 12 percent of Georgia’s crop had been harvested. Some harvested cotton modules were damaged by wind and rain from the hurricane.For up-to-date information on Georgia’s cotton crop, see www.ugacotton.com.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The U.S. energy storage industry delivered record deployments in 2018, driven by a strong fourth quarter for utility-scale projects.But the new achievement for the young industry pales compared to what is to come: an expected doubling in 2019, followed by a tripling in 2020. Such growth will propel energy storage out of pilot-scale projects and into grid planning conversations around the country.Battery installations for 2018 totaled 311 megawatts and 777 megawatt-hours, according to the new Energy Storage Monitor released by energy research firm Wood Mackenzie, with data from Q4 and 2018 as a whole.The fact that this record happened in the course of business as usual, rather than a special circumstance like Aliso Canyon, signals that the industry is diversifying and maturing, said Daniel Finn-Foley, senior storage analyst at WoodMac and an author of the report. “This isn’t a fluke quarter, this is the natural evolution we’ve been looking at the market developing towards, and now it’s finally happening,” Finn-Foley said in an interview.Though California and the PJM market still dominate cumulative installed storage capacity, the quarter’s new builds revealed a growing geographical scope of activity. Large-scale projects with a variety of business models came online in Hawaii, California, Texas, Minnesota, and Colorado, Finn-Foley noted.More: U.S. energy storage broke records in 2018, but the best is yet to come U.S. energy storage deployments set new records in 2018
February 1, 2003 Regular News What keeps clients happy? Can a client be satisfied with his lawyer even if the case is lost? Or is a happy client just a myth? In this January’s ABA Journal, satisfied clients speak out about what sets their lawyers apart in the cover story, “What I Like About My Lawyer.”For the clients interviewed in the Journal story, satisfaction was not tied to the end result of their case. What most impressed these clients was their lawyer’s ability to keep in touch, put forth extra effort, and provide them with added value.According to the Journal article, clients interviewed want lawyers who communicate with them throughout the case.“Communication has to be good; communication has to be constant,” said Michael Roster, executive vice president and general counsel of Oakland-based Golden West Financial Corp. “I would prefer that a firm just tell me what’s going on, what something is going to cost me. That way I will know that [the lawyers] were focused, and if it costs more it’s because it has to be done.”Although Roster uses different lawyers for different types of cases, he says they have one thing in common: they communicate in a forthright manner and give him the information he wants exactly the way he wants it.“Each person is different. Some want a phone call, some prefer voice mail, some a one-line e-mail,” said Roster. “Whatever it is, the lawyer needs to find out. But I am always amazed at how few lawyers actually ask.”Satisfied clients also told the Journal that their lawyers went the extra mile when it came to getting to know the case and the client. In 1999 Christine Willey was involved in a car accident and hired Los Angeles lawyer Arnie Goldstein. She was so impressed with the extra effort he put into her case that she hired him again in 2001.“He knew I didn’t have a car, so he came to my house to bring me paperwork to sign, he picked me up for appointments, and he always called me right back when I left messages,” Willey told the Journal.Willey also appreciated Goldstein’s concern for her life as well as her case, and that his interactions with her always had a human touch.“Some lawyers keep their personal lives private, but we talked about our kids, about his baby,” said Willey.According to the Journal, Wendy Watkins, a free-lance writer in Virginia, is still raving about her lawyer even though he did not take her case. She called lawyer Paul Sighinolfi when the newspaper she left contested her unemployment benefits, but Sighinolfi told her she did not need his services.“What you don’t want to do is have people retain lawyers for things that can be amicably resolved in others ways,” Sighinolfi told the Journal. “Periodically, people will call and say, ‘I have this problem,’ and they’re ready to take the gloves off and get into a bare-knuckle fistfight. Someone like me who does this type of litigation for a living can step back, spot the issues and tell people whether they can solve the problem themselves,” he said.Instead Sighinolfi advised Watkins how to handle the hearing herself and gave her some valuable tips that helped her win her case.“He told me what to expect in the hearing and what kind of papers I needed to have with me. I kind of knew what I needed anyway, but just having him tell me what to expect made a difference,” said Watkins. What keeps clients happy?
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Melville man and his son have been accused of stealing millions from New York City drug rehabilitation centers they run in an alleged insurance and kickback scheme to fund their lavish lifestyles.Alan Brand, who was until recently executive director of Narco Freedom, and his son, Jason, who worked as a manager for the Bronx-based nonprofit, were indicted on charges of insurance fraud and grand larceny. Alan was also charged with commercial bribe receiving and money laundering.“People motivated solely by personal greed have no business administering to the serious health needs of other New Yorkers,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement Wednesday. On it’s website, the nonprofit bills itself as the “No 1 Outpatient Alcohol & Substance Abuse Treatment Program in New York City.”Prosecutors said the father and son defrauded Arch Insurance Company out of $3.5 million by filing a false insurance claim in 2009 for storm damage to a former treatment facility Brooklyn—one of 10 facilities the nonprofit runs citywide.They allegedly not disclose that Jason not only worked for Narco, but also owns the construction company that the nonprofit hired to make the repairs, DASO Development Corp., resulting in both entities also being charged with insurance fraud and grand larceny. Authorities added that Alan and Jason overstated the cost of the repairs.Alan also allegedly received $13,000 in monthly kickbacks from a real estate developer who rented buildings to Narco—effectively skimming from the $40 million in taxpayer dollars that New York State annually allocated to help fund the group between 2009 and this year, according to investigators.Prosecutors additionally received a court order freezing the suspects’ bank accounts, six cars, Narco Freedom, DASO Development and other properties—including their Melville homes and two others in Florida. Additional charges are expected, authorities added.Jason and Alan Brand each face up to 25 years in prison, if convicted. Arraignment and attorney information was not immediately available.
The drive for all that spending is almost mystical in origin. John de Graaf and his co-authors explain in Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, “It’s as if we Americans, despite our intentions, suffer from some kind of Willpower Deficiency Syndrome, a breakdown in affluenza immunity.” Economist Juliet Schor blames “the new consumerism,” but the results are the same. She points to “mass ‘over-spending’ within the middle class [in which] large numbers of Americans spend more than they say they would like to, and more than they have. That they spend more than they realize they are spending, and more than is fiscally prudent.” 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many maladies are explained away by the Overconsumption Myth. Why are Americans in debt? Sociologist Robert Frank claims that America’s newfound “Luxury Fever” forces middle-class families “to finance their consumption increases largely by reduced savings and increased debt.” Why are schools failing and streets unsafe? Juliet Schor cites “competitive spending” as a major contributor to “the deterioration of public goods” such as “education, social services, public safety, recreation, and culture.” Why are Americans unhappy? Affluenza sums it up: “The dogged pursuit for more” accounts for Americans’ “overload, debt, anxiety, and waste.” Everywhere we turn, it seems that overconsumption is tearing at the very fabric of society. continue reading » During the past generation, a great myth has swept through America. Like all good myths, the Overconsumption Myth tells a tale to explain a confusing world. Why are so many Americans in financial trouble? Why are credit card debts up and savings down? Why are millions of mothers heading into the labor force and working overtime? The myth is so deeply embedded in our collective understanding that it resists even elementary questioning: Families have spent too much money buying things they don’t need. Americans have a new character flaw—“the urge to splurge”—and it is driving them to spend, spend, spend like never before.
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Phil Jagielka scored the only goal of the game (Picture: Getty)‘They are a good team and obviously we beat Chelsea as well.’On his goal, the defender added: ‘Right place, right time!‘They are the best goals. It was nice to come away with the win. (We need to) keep wining games, it is all about momentum until next season.’Man of the Match Dominic Calvert-Lewin added: ‘We had a few good chances during the game and perhaps if we were more clinical at time sit might have been a few more.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘But ultimately, we got the win and that’s all that counts.‘We had to work very hard and we felt it a bit at the end of the first half but we came out in the second half stronger and we maintained that pressure.‘We showed quality when we needed to and the game plan worked.’MORE: Mesut Ozil throws his jacket at Everton bench as Unai Emery clashes with Marco Silva Unai Emery’s Arsenal were beaten by Everton (Picture: Getty)Arsenal slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday as the Gunners failed to press home their advantage in the top-four race.Phil Jagielka’s first-half goal was enough to secure victory for the Toffees and inflict a potentially damaging defeat on Unai Emery’s Arsenal.With six matches of the 2018-19 season remaining, Arsenal remain fourth, level on points with Chelsea.But victory at Goodison Park would have seen the Gunners leapfrog their north London rivals Tottenham into third.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityManchester United remain firmly in the mix, just two points off the top four despite suffering two defeats from their last three Premier League games.AdvertisementAdvertisementEverton, who wasted a number of chances to put the game to bed in the second half, are now ninth and Marco Silva’s side will have hopes of overtaking Wolves and Leicester before the end of the campaign.Speaking after the 1-0 win, Jagielka, who only started the match after Michael Keane was withdrawn during the warm-up, said: ‘It feels great.‘Obviously to keep a clean sheet as well. We are trying to build a little bit of momentum. We could have had a few more. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 7 Apr 2019 3:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Chelsea and Manchester United handed top four boost as Arsenal slip to Everton defeat