John Mayer, David Byrne, Robert Plant, Sting, Gov’t Mule, & More Tapped For Bourbon & Beyond Festival

first_imgToday, Bourbon & Beyond music, bourbon, and food festival has announced the lineup for its second-annual celebration on September 22nd and 23rd in Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky. A truly standout lineup across the board, Bourbon & Beyond will see headlining performances from John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, Sting, and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. However, the rest of the two-day event’s downbill is equally as impressive.Friday will also see performances by David Byrne, Sheryl Crow, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot!, Keb’ Mo’, JJ Grey & Mofro, Del McCoury Band, and more. On Saturday, leading up to Sting and Robert Plant, the festival will host sets from Counting Crows, Gov’t Mule, Kaleo, Blackberry Smoke, The Record Company, Don Felder, The Magpie Salute, and The Last Bandoleros. Furthermore, at Bourbon & Beyond’s “Bluegrass Situation” stage, across the weekend, performers like The Travelin’ McCourys, Ben Sollee, Billy Strings, River Whyless, Lindsay Lou, and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will make appearances for sets of their own.In addition to this truly standout lineup for fall of 2018, renowned chefs like Tom Colicchio, Edward Lee, Aaron Sanchez, Stephanie Izard, Ray Garcia, and others will be on hand for culinary demos, while bourbon workshops and other activities are scheduled to fill attendees time when they’re not seeing music.Tickets for the second-annual Bourbon & Beyond go on sale on Friday, April 20th, at 12 p.m. (EST). For tickets and for more information about this truly exciting event, you can head over to the festival’s website here.last_img read more

Alleged Nassau Police Brutality Victim’s Lawyer Says DA Botched Case

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An attorney for the Westbury man allegedly beaten by a Nassau County police officer has renewed calls for federal prosecutors to take over the case, which the lawyer claimed local prosecutors botched.Among the complaints are that Nassau prosecutors did not charge the officer’s partner—who is also seen throwing punches in a surveillance video of the alleged assault—didn’t ask the FBI to enhance the video and didn’t classify the case as a hate crime. The officers in the case are white and the victim is black.“They are virtually dumping it,” Amy Marion of Barket, Marion, Epstein & Kearon told reporters during a news conference Wednesday at her Garden City office. A spokeswoman for Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, did not respond to a request for comment.Marion represents the 20-year-old alleged police brutality victim, Kyle Howell, in a planned lawsuit against the police department and defendant, Officer Vincent LoGiudice, who pleaded not guilty in June to felony assault charges stemming from an April 25 traffic stop in New Cassel. Prosecutors dropped charges he and his partner, Officer Basil Gomez, filed against Howell, including counts of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and drug possession. Howell has been recovering from a broken eye socket and other injuries and LoGiudice was suspended without pay.“These irresponsible and false allegations will not help seek justice in this case and there is no justification for a special prosecutor,” Paul Leonard, spokesman for District Attorney Kathleen Rice—who is running for Congress—said in a statement. “The police protested because they felt the DA was being too aggressive against them and now the other side is protesting that she’s not being aggressive enough. It sounds like the DA’s being precisely the type of independent fact-finder and prosecutor that the public deserves.”LoGiudice’s Rockville Centre-based attorney, William Petrillo, has criticized Howell for lying about what he was doing in his car when he was pulled over before the alleged beating. Howell had told reporters during a press conference that he was trying to keep his paycheck from blowing out of the open passenger side door. He later testified that he was trying to get rid of a bag of marijuana, as police had said they suspected.Marion said that her client was simply nervous about admitting to having marijuana on national television, but added that he never lied under oath and it still doesn’t justify being punched and kneed in the face.Howell’s mother, Joan, asked rhetorically: “If someone has marijuana, is it justification to beat someone half to death?”LoGiudice is due back in court Nov. 7.last_img read more

Thailand has first avian flu outbreaks in 3 months

first_imgJul 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza has surfaced in poultry flocks in Thailand for the first time in 3 months, according to reports from the country.The disease has broken out among birds at five locations in Suphan Buri province, about 60 miles north of Bangkok, according to several news services. The Associated Press reported that the disease was found in 10 fighting cocks in five villages where outbreaks occurred in 2004.The last poultry outbreaks of avian flu in Thailand were reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in mid-April. Thailand has had no reported human cases of H5N1 flu since October 2004.News reports today did not say whether laboratory tests have identified the H5N1 strain in the new outbreaks, but they strongly implied that the outbreaks involved that strain.The Bangkok newspaper The Nation quoted Nirandorn Uangtrakoolsuk, a Livestock Department official, as saying that officials have destroyed more than 450 birds and banned the movement of poultry in the area of the outbreak.Nirandorn also said authorities were running laboratory tests to determine if recent “mass deaths of fowl” in six other provinces were related to avian flu, the report said. The provinces were Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Kalasin, Lampang, and Phetchabun.The new outbreaks forestalled Thai authorities’ plan to declare the country free of avian flu tomorrow, according to the Nation and the Bangkok Post. Jul 12 would have marked the passage of 90 days since the last recorded case, in Lop Buri province in April.The Post story said Thailand, a major poultry exporter, cannot resume exporting fresh poultry until the OIE certifies that the country has been free of outbreaks for at least 90 days.The latest outbreaks occurred at “small, native chicken farms,” not at farms raising poultry for export, said Anan Sirimongkolkasem, president of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association, as quoted by the Post.Nirandorn said the new outbreaks were small and unlikely to evolve into a serious crisis, according to the Nation. He called on farmers to immediately notify officials of any mass deaths of poultry.The head of the Livestock Department, Yukol Limlaemthong, said infected birds are living longer because of increasing immunity to the virus, making it less likely that unusual deaths will alert farmers to outbreaks, according to a Reuters report.The Post reported that about 11,000 Thai poultry farms and 1,700 layer farms have met government biosecurity standards that include strict safeguards against outside contamination. But small farms still pose a concern because most operate as open-air facilities that can easily be contaminated from the outside, the newspaper said.Seventeen human cases of H5N1 infection, 12 of them fatal, occurred in Thailand in 2004. Overall, the virus has infected at least 108 people and killed 54 in Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia since late 2003, according to the World Health Organization’s count. Unofficial counts put the death toll at 55.In other developments, Japanese authorities said they discovered the seventh outbreak of avian flu in less than a month in an area about 60 miles north of Tokyo, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today.Previous outbreaks were identified as H5N2, a milder strain than H5N1, the report said. A local official said the latest outbreak involved an H5 virus, and tests to identify it further were under way.Authorities in Ibaraki prefecture said they would cull 8,550 birds at the infected farm, AFP reported. About 150,000 chickens at six other farms in the area have been destroyed to stop the disease, the story said. Officials had checked 11 other farms and found no cases.last_img read more

McHUGH WELCOMES RETENTION OF 9% VAT RATE FOR TOURISM INDUSTRY

first_imgDONEGAL North East TD Joe McHugh has welcomed the retention of the 9% VAT rate for Ireland’s tourism sector – as the weakening euro could help increase visitors to the county from the North and Britain.There’s a hope the double boost could help the industry in the coming months.Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar confirmed the move in the Dáil today claiming that the reduction has been successful in increasing employment and it has mostly been passed on to consumers. Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh welcomed the decision and said it was “positive news for the tourism industry”.He added: “This extension of the lower rate will enable the industry to plan and to market for next year in the knowledge that Ireland will be able to offer lower-cost tourism options to tourists.”Retail Ireland has welcomed the retention of the 9% VAT rate, but called for similar relief to be shown to the retail sector.Speaking on RTÉ’s Drivetime, its director Stephen Lynam said Ireland had the joint fifth highest VAT rate in Europe. He said the increase to 23% in the last budget has had a negative impact on retail sales.“Retail sales have fallen in the first quarter of this year. The fall in February was the sharpest since 2009 at the pit of the recession.”So we would like to see the Minister reverse his decision – decrease the VAT rate and hopefully see an increase in the VAT take,” said Mr Lynam.Irish Hotels Federation President Michael Vaughan welcomed the retention rate for the tourism industry.“We’re seeing real jobs created. I think 11,000 jobs have been created since the VAT was reduced. So it is giving great certainty for 2013, and The Gathering is underpinned by this as well,” he told RTE. McHUGH WELCOMES RETENTION OF 9% VAT RATE FOR TOURISM INDUSTRY was last modified: May 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:McHUGH WELCOMES RETENTION OF 9% VAT RATE FOR TOURISM INDUSTRYlast_img read more

BUNCRANA MAN ADMITS ARSON ATTACK IN BUNDORAN

first_imgAN Inishowen man has admitted his role in an arson attack on apartments in Bundoran.John Fullerton, 33, of Park Lane Apartments in Buncrana appeared at Donegal Circuit Criminal Court.Fullerton pleaded guilty to arson at Williamson’s Flats at West End in Bundoran on September 12, 2011. He also pleaded guilty to damaging a car at Magheracar in Bundoran on the same date.Judge John O’Hagan adjourned sentencing until March 25 and ordered a probation report.He also asked the prosecution to allow the victims of the incidents to be allowed to make impact statements on that date.BUNCRANA MAN ADMITS ARSON ATTACK IN BUNDORAN was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BUNCRANA MAN ADMITS ARSON ATTACK IN BUNDORANFullertonlast_img read more

HEE HAW, HEE HAW TO HAVE COME TO COURT!

first_imgA Judge has ordered the arrest of a farmer whose donkeys almost caused a crash with a Garda car.Garda Harvey Maughan told Letterkenny District Court that he rounded a sharp bend at Thorn Road in Letterkenny on March 11th last and almost collided with two donkeys and a pony.He revealed the animals belonged to local farmer Leslie Stewart, 66, who was charged with allow beasts to wander. However, when he called to Stewart’s home, he refused to answer the door.“I rounded the bend and had to brake sharply to avoid the animals.“The fencing had completed deteriorated and the animals could just walk through it,” revealed Garda Maughan.Garda Maughan told Judge Paul Kelly that Stewart is under the observation of both the ISPCA and the Gardai in respect to looking after his animals.“I don’t know if you’d call him a farmer but he keeps animals. His land has been rented to other people but he continues to keep animals.“He lacks the capability or ant to look after his animals. He is being monitored by the ISPCA and the Gardai,” said Garda Maughan.The court heard that Stewart has previous convictions for cruelty to animals and also having no tax.Garda Maughan added that he had spotted Stewart, who was not in court, traveling in the opposite direction of the courthouse earlier today.Judge Paul Kelly issued a bench warrant for Stewart’s arrest.HEE HAW, HEE HAW TO HAVE COME TO COURT! was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonkeyLeslie StewartLetterkenny District Courtponylast_img read more

Earth Day and My Career Path to Sustainable Energy

first_imgWith Earth Day this past Sunday, I’m inspired to reflect on what motivated me — some 45 years ago(!) — to focus on a career of environmental protection and improvement, a career that has led me to a significant focus on more sustainable energy solutions. Back in the late 1960s at age 12 or 13, I became immersed in “conservation” and decided that this would be my life career. This was before the modern “environmental” movement really began, and “conservation” was the term used to describe environmental protection.Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring had come out in 1962 (50 years ago this year) and awakened the public to environmental concerns with pesticides like DDT; I consider Carson to have really ushered in the modern environmental movement. I read the book in my early teens and became a activist fighting for the banning of persistent chlorinated pesticides. The first Earth DayThose were the activist days of the ’60s, and I became the Earth Day organizer in my junior high school in Wayne, Pennsylvania. I remember putting up mimeographed flyers (yeah, there was paper waste!) in the hallways of our school promoting the huge Earth Day celebration that was to happen in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, then spending the day there absorbing the energy and listening to the speakers. That was in 1970. A lot has happened since.In high school and college I assumed that a career dedicated to protecting the environment meant studying biology and ecology, and I imagined myself becoming an aquatic biologist or field ecologist, spending my days outside researching ecological succession or how to deduce water quality from the algae species found growing lakes and rivers.Indeed, in a biology class in high school, I spent half the year on an independent-study project investigating how an aquarium full of pond water changed in chemical and biological composition over a several-month period as algae blooms occurred and the populations of some aquatic organisms soared and then collapsed. In that aquarium, I had created an ecosystem in which some organisms were altering their environment in ways that fundamentally changed their living conditions; some species disappeared entirely.That microcosm of the far-more-complex ecosystems of Earth left deep impressions on me — and helped to fuel my lifelong interest in the environment. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. Watch for a forthcoming BuildingGreen special report on windows coming out later this week. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. A move to VermontWhile I had initially thought of my New Mexico work as a sort-of interlude to my pursuit to a career in environmental biology or ecology, somewhere during that period I came to realize that I could probably accomplish more to help the environment by focusing on reducing the environmental impacts of buildings.In 1980, at the age of just 25 and with almost no background in organizational management, I moved to Brattleboro to take a position as executive director of what was then called the New England Solar Energy Association. NESEA had been founded five or six years earlier as a spin-off of the pioneering Grassybrook Village solar development in Brookline, Vermont, which failed when bank financing was pulled at just the wrong time. The organization is still going strong, but is now located in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and known as the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.A month after I arrived in Brattleboro and took the helm at NESEA, Ronald Reagan was elected president. When he took office a few months later, one of his first priorities was to undo the energy conservation and renewable-energy policies of his predecessor, Jimmy Carter. That shift in policy was tragic in terms of our nation’s continuing dependence on fossil fuels, our path toward mushrooming carbon emissions, and our exit from the world leadership role with renewable energy technology. But for NESEA, in an odd way, it turned out to be a good thing.With Reagan in office, our organization lost its federal support, which had accounted for about half of our budget. We struggled initially and had to tighten our belts, and I was forced to lay off a couple of employees, but the change forced us to diversify as an organization away from just solar energy toward sustainability — thus the name change we made. We started a series of highly successful regional conferences that continue (check out the Building Energy Conference), and NESEA remains one of the nation’s strongest regional energy organizations to this day.In 1985, after five years, I left NESEA to go out on my own. Next week I’ll cover the next chapter in my career and the formation of BuildingGreen, which is based in Brattleboro and has a staff of 20.center_img A shift to renewable energyThroughout my environmental activist days in high school and college I was engaged in fighting air-pollution-spewing power plants, pushing for bans of toxic chemicals, and pushing back against all sorts of development. In short, I was against stuff.But then in the summer after my junior year of college, I got involved in a joint project of Ithaca College and Cornell University, examining energy self-sufficiency. Our group of idealistic students had secured a National Science Foundation grant to spend a summer studying whether a farm in Danby, New York could achieve energy self-sufficiency.While my original focus on that project was to study the forest ecosystem and determine what a sustainable biomass yield would be, I got very involved in studying solar and wind resources and helping build various home-grown systems to harness those renewable resources. This was really at the dawn of the solar age, and it was very exciting to be building solar greenhouses, simple batch solar water heaters, Savonious-rotor wind turbines made out of 55-gallon drums, and other odd-ball contraptions designed to reduce our use of fossil fuels.I don’t think we achieved energy self-sufficiency on that farm — but we were all inspired by the opportunities afforded by renewable energy. Promoting solar energy, windpower, small-scale hydropower, and sustainable biomass combustion was a way to be for something instead of against things. Promoting passive solar solutions in New MexicoAfter college I acted on that interest by applying for and getting a job in Santa Fe working for the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, which was at the forefront of the passive solar energy movement. I was initially a Vista Volunteer, then leader of the NMSEA Workshop Crew that traveled around the state leading hands-on construction workshops teaching mostly low-income people about such solar energy systems as attached solar greenhouses and Trombe walls.Those workshops took me to some incredible places, including Navajo and Apache reservations, the remote Catholic Christ in the Desert Monastery miles down a dirt road with no access to the electric grid, the poor yet picturesque subsistence-farming community of Chama, and the odd-ball town of Truth or Consequences (which really has that name). These workshops also taught me a lot about how to communicate with people as well as how to build.last_img read more

Big Companies Offer Employees a Solar Bargain

first_imgMore than 100,000 employees of several large corporations will get the chance to buy or lease photovoltaic (PV) systems for their homes at discount prices, thanks to a group-buying plan hatched by the World Wildlife Fund. The New York Times reports that Cisco Systems, 3M, Kimberly-Clark, and National Geographic are taking part in the program called the Solar Community Initiative.Employees will be able to get solar systems installed for no money down and then pay 30% less for electricity than they would from their utility, according to an announcement from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Geostellar, a solar company that manages the program. According to The Times, the average cost of a PV system would be $3 per watt, about 34% less than the average cost in the U.S.Keya Chatterjee, senior director for renewable energy at WWF, told The New York Times that after getting discounts for a group program for its own employees last year, WWF officials decided to take the idea to some of the organization’s corporate sponsors.“Our objective was to make this as simple and cheap as possible,” she said. Helping business embrace clean technologiesWWF’s practice of trying to influence corporate behavior in non-confrontational ways has sometimes prompted criticism that the group was too close to business, the article says.But Dan Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, told the newspaper that other environmental advocates are pursuing similar partnerships with business as a way of influencing energy policy and energy markets in a positive way.There are benefits to Geostellar, too, because the alliance with WWF is a means of attracting new customers, the article says.Plans like this also help companies retain employees while satisfying their increasing sensitivity toward environmental and energy-efficiency issues, such as recycling and reducing carbon emissions. Interest among employees of Cisco and 3M was said to be high.last_img read more

15 FREE Lower Thirds for Your Next Project in Premiere Pro

first_imgWe’re giving away 15 free lower thirds templates for Premiere. Download them now and easily customize them to fit any video project.Image via ShutterstockLower thirds are a perfect way to inform the audience, up the production value, and give your work a signature look. However, once you’ve made it to the post-production process, or you’re already half-way through your edit, creating lower thirds can be a frustrating roadblock on your path to exporting.Now you can download these free lower thirds to speed up your workflow and make editing a breeze. These animated templates are customizable, so you can change the colors and sizes in the Essential Graphics panel of Premiere Pro. In this video, we guide you through the steps of installing and using the lower thirds in Premiere Pro.Download the pack here:Get FREE LOWER THIRDSNow that you’ve downloaded the pack, check out our full tutorial on how to add these elements to Premiere’s Essential Graphics panel and get started!As you can see, the customization process is super simple. All you need to do is open up the Essential Graphics panel, then hit Install Motion Graphics Template for each lower third. Once you’ve done this, Premiere will allow you to customize each element to fit your current theme or branding. By simply changing the color and size, you can give these elements the right look and appeal to fit your project. The styles of these elements range from sleek and minimalist, to reliably corporate, to fun and artsy.If you like these elements and plan to use them, make sure to send us your work! We want to see the elements in action.last_img read more