first_imgIf you celebrate 4/20 and went to a concert last night, chances are you were treated to some theme-specific song choices for the stoner holiday. Widespread Panic left few out during their seriously rocking performance at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The setlist was sprinkled with references, starting with WSP classic “Can’t Get High” during the first set, and a scorching ninety-one minute second set, featuring a “High Time We Went” tease during John Bell’s “Arleen” rap, and a jammy sandwich with Traffic‘s “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” > “Fishwater” > “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” > “Climb To Safety” extended jam closer. The encore ripped through Van Morrison‘s “And It Stoned Me” into “Postcard” for a solid ten minutes.Here’s a clip of “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys,” courtesy of fan Courtney Kiser:Widespread Panic @ Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Chattanooga, Tennessee 4/20/16 Setlist:Set One: The Take Out, Junior, Porch Song, Visiting Day, Can’t Get High, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, 1×1, Tickle The Truth, Pleas > Love Tractor (57 mins)Set Two: Walkin’ (For Your Love), Red Hot Mama > Cease Fire > Vacation, Diner > Sleeping Man > Arleen > Low Spark of High Heeled Boys > Fishwater > Low Spark of High Heeled Boys > Climb To Safety (91 mins)Encore: And It Stoned Me, Postcard (10 mins)[Setlist via PanicStream]last_img read more

first_imgNotre Dame responded to a lawsuit filed by an unnamed student alleging he was unjustly dismissed from University less than a month before his graduation, according to court documents filed Friday. The University filed a partial motion to dismiss four of the seven counts of the student’s — referred to in the court documents as “John Doe” — complaints. The lawsuit alleges Notre Dame mishandled Doe’s case and conducted an investigation full of  “procedural flaws, lack of due process and inherent gender bias, designed to ensure that male students accused of any type of sexual misconduct or harassment — concepts that do not apply to John’s conduct — are found responsible.”The University’s response seeks to dismiss one count of discrimination in a public accommodation in violation of the American Disabilities Act and one count of violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. According to a brief filed by the University in support of its motion, the University claims these charges should be dismissed for several reasons, including that Doe does not claim his disability “substantially limited any major life activity,” does not allege any facts that “would indicate the University perceived Mr. Doe to be disabled” and provides no facts to show he suffered adverse action because of his disability.Additionally, the University seeks to dismiss the count of estoppel and reliance because, under Indiana law, “promissory estoppel cannot be established without reasonable reliance on a promise.” Doe, according to the brief filed by the University, has not provided facts that would establish his awareness or reading of du Lac — on which he bases this claim — that motivated his enrollment. Doe has not alleged that he read du Lac, the brief says, or that he “reviewed the terms on which he claims now the University has not met, that he was ever aware of the terms at the time of enrollment, or that his decision to enroll was at all based on having reviewed or read its language.” The University alleges that by not having been aware of the terms  of du Lac at the time of his enrollment, Doe cannot establish detrimental reliance on those terms, according to the brief.The University also seeks to dismiss the count of negligent infliction of emotional distress, on the grounds that negligent infliction of emotional distress is not a stand-alone tort claim in the state of Indiana, which are the circumstances of Doe’s complaint. The University argues that Doe does not allege it acted negligently in a manner that “physically touched him, causing him emotional distress; but rather that his emotional distress arises from the University’s allegedly negligent administration of its policies under du Lac,” the brief says. By claiming that the impact of the alleged negligence was not physical in nature, the University argues that this count of the complaint is a breach of contract, not a negligent infliction of emotional distress, according to the brief. Indiana does not allow recovery of emotional distress damages for breach of contract, according to the brief. Tags: lawsuit, Title IXlast_img read more

first_imgIf you want to be successful with a home fruit orchard, you need to start from the ground up.Generally, fruit trees are composed of two parts: the scion and the rootstock. The scion is equivalent to the variety. The rootstock is the bottom part of the tree and is critical to its longevity.The bud union is the site where the scion was grafted to the rootstock seedling. It’s generally obvious at the time of planting.Rootstocks affect trees’ size, aesthetics and resistance to freeze injury, diseases and pests. Dwarfing trees makes them easier to manage by making them simpler to prune, thin and harvest.Apple RootstockApple rootstock development has provided the greatest range in size modification. The M7 is semidwarfing rootstock and reduces pruning needs while making thinning and harvesting easier. It also provides some fire blight resistance.Too much dwarfing can increase expenses and management. The M26 requires support by way of trellising. This technique is expensive, but it has the benefit of placing all of the fruit virtually within arm’s length. Trellised apple trees on M26 make interesting and friendlier fences between you and your neighbors, too.In pear production, the Calleryana seedling rootstock develops into a very large tree that’s susceptible to fire blight. But Old Home and Province Quince are resistant to fire blight.Plums, PeachesFor plums and peaches, Nemaguard and Guardian are good rootstocks. Nemaguard is useful where root knot nematodes are in the soil. Guardian is advisable in peach replant sites or when root knot or ring nematodes are a problem. For peaches, Lovell and Halford are also options, but they don’t provide nematode resistance.If you plan to buy named varieties from tree nurseries, now is the time to make a decision for next year.The nurseries plan now which scion-rootstock combinations they will plant for sale next year. To be certain you get your favorite variety on the dwarfing or resistant rootstock of your choice, place an order now. PlantCarefullyPlan Orchardlast_img read more

first_imgBy Jim MidcapUniversity of GeorgiaThe bright leaves of fall too soon discolor and drop, leaving bare stems. But then we discover the clusters of jewels still hidden among the plants. The ornamental fruit and berry season is upon us.Bright reds, oranges, yellows, purples and whites suddenly jump to the forefront. Among the most delightful of these appearances is the stunning purple fruit of the beautyberry.Our native American beautyberry produces dense clusters of lavender-purple fruit at every leaf at the ends of the stems. Long, arching branches are covered with leaves and fruit. And as soon as the leaves drop, the spectacular fruit is exposed.BeautyberriesAmerican beautyberry grows 4 to 6 feet tall or higher and has coarse foliage and rank growth. Oriental beautyberries have smaller leaves, fruit and growth habit. All can be cut back heavily in early spring and still produce berries.Plant beautyberries in full sun and well-drained soil for good growth and heavy fruit set. There are selections that produce white fruit. The white-fruited types are attractive early, but they discolor and lose their charm long before the purple-fruited types do. All can be used indoors as cut stems in flower arrangements.The hollies are the aristocrats of the fall berry producers.HolliesBurford and Foster’s holly produce bright red fruits all over the plants. The contrast of the dark green foliage and bright red berries makes a perfect show.Burford holly develops into a 15- to 20-foot, rounded tree, while Foster’s holly is pyramidal and reaches 40 feet tall. Dwarf Burford is smaller in size, leaf and fruit, yet still reaches 10 feet tall.Other evergreen hollies with attractive fruit include Savannah, Emily Brunner, yaupon and Mary Nell. The yaupon hollies have bright, translucent fruit. The selection, “Shadow’s Female,” is covered with lustrous, dark green leaves and masses of bright red fruit in fall. Deciduous holliesThe deciduous hollies, possum haw and winterberry, can be spectacular, with bare branches loaded with red or orange berries. Winter Red winterberry holds its large red fruit the longest. Like most hollies, a male pollinator is needed for fruit set.Many yellow-fruited hollies could brighten up our landscapes. The Chinese holly, “D’Or,” looks like a Burford with gleaming yellow berries. Some yaupon hollies also have yellow fruit. Yellow fruits often last late into the season because the birds don’t see them and they remain uneaten.PiracanthaMany other plants can add colorful fruit to our landscapes, too. The pyracantha or firethorns are spectacular when espaliered on a wall and covered with dark red or bright orange berries.Our tall nandina provides shining red berries against the evergreen foliage. Long canes can be cut and used in winter decorations without harming the plant.These fall- and winter-berried plants add a sparkle to the garden just when we were ready to settle in for the winter.last_img read more

first_imgThe 417 U.S. National Park Service sites added $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016. The total was $2.9 billion more than in 2015, said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke this week in San Francisco.In 2016, national parks supported 318,000 jobs in hospitality, retail, transportation, and recreation industries in surrounding towns of these parks. That’s twice as many as all fossil fuel industry jobs in the U.S. Coal, oil, and gas industries combined employed around 150,000 Americans in 2016.The 2016 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, an annual peer-reviewed economics study, reported that 331 million visitors to the National Parks in 2016, a 7.7 percent increase from 2015.According to the 2016 report, 31.2 percent of the $34.9 billion dollar output came from lodging, followed by food and drink at 27.2 percent, with gas and oil, park admissions, souvenirs, local transportation, and camping fees accumulating the rest.With more people visiting and spending at National Parks and surrounding communities each year, it is even more necessary for the parks to invest in infrastructure.“With continued record visitation, it’s time to start thinking about accessibility and infrastructure. Last week, it was great to see the team at Yosemite opening up areas with new wheelchair accessible trails. In the coming years, we will look at ways to make innovative investments in our parks to enhance visitor experiences and improve our aging infrastructure,” said Zinke.last_img read more

first_imgWith high-pitched rhetoric and scary warnings, the payday lending industry is attempting to mobilize its borrowers to flood the CFPB with comments opposing the agency’s efforts to issue rules regulating the industry.Individual payday lenders, such as Advance America, are providing Internet links to trade group websites that make the process of commenting as simple as… well, taking out a payday loan.“Tell policymakers in Washington, D.C.: Don’t Take My Credit Away,” Speedy Cash, which offers loans on line and in their stores, states on its website. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img20 Grays Rd, HamiltonA ROOFTOP terrace helps this Hamilton home standout above all others.The five-bedroom home at 20 Grays Rd, is a new build with outdoor entertaining areas and polished timber floor inside.A gated driveway leads to a front porch that opens to the second floor. Inside downlighting and a bright palette flow throughout open-plan living and dining rooms with large slider windows. 20 Grays RdNext to a powder room, the kitchen has timber-finished cabinetry, a breakfast bar and corner pantry. The second floor of the residence also houses a double garage with storage space and the main bedroom which has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with a double vanity and glass shower.External stairs near the living room lead up to a rooftop terrace with panoramic neighbourhood views.Back inside, floating timber stairs and an elevator connect the second floor to the rest of the residence, including the first floor, which has three carpeted bedrooms. Two bedrooms have built-in wardrobes, including one with a private balcony, and share a modern bathroom with a freestanding bath and glass shower. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoThe third bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with a double vanity. A study and theatre room with plush carpet and a recessed ceiling occupy the remainder of the level.Downstairs comprises a rumpus room with a bar area and imported polished tiles. Outside, a covered patio overlooks an in-ground pool. Back inside, the downstairs bedroom has a walk-through wardrobe and stylish ensuite. Completing the floor is a bathroom and laundry with external access.Other features of the residence include ducted airconditioning, a state-of-the-art intercom system, mono circular staircases and an internal elevator.Agent Patrick McKinnon said the property offered an opportunity like no other.“Offering unmatched quality, this home is an outstanding family sanctuary of contemporary luxury, comfort, space and ease of living,” Mr McKinnon said.last_img read more

first_imgThe European Commission feels justified in its plan to reinforce and expand the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), saying it is “in line” with findings from evaluations of the fund so far.The Commission wants to extend the duration of the EFSI from 2017 to 2020 and increase the total investment target from €315bn to at least €500bn.Its proposal for “EFSI 2.0” also has a greater focus on private-sector contributions, sustainability objectives and addressing the need for high-risk financing.The EFSI is at the core of the Investment Plan for Europe, a flagship policy of the Commission, which believes the plan has had a positive impact, recently stating that it “has already proven useful in encouraging a sustainable increase in investment across member states”. The Commission announced its proposal for a beefed-up EFSI in mid-September.  Since then, the European Investment Bank (EIB), a partner to the Investment Plan, presented its evaluation, and accounting and consultancy firm EY published what was mandated as an external, independent evaluation.Commenting on the evaluations this week, the Commission said that they found that the EFSI “has already increased access to financing as well as mobilised private capital, and identified areas in which the Investment Plan could be enhanced”.It believes its EFSI 2.0 proposal addresses the issues raised in the evaluations.Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said: “The feedback we have received is in line with our proposal to fine-tune, expand and strengthen the [Investment] Plan.”The Commission said EY’s assessment found that the EFSI “is effective in increasing access to financing and mobilising private capital, noting an expected portfolio multiplier of 14.1 for signed operations (fully in line with the target of 15 over the whole EFSI-investment period) and 63% of private investment mobilised (no precise target was set) as of 30 June 2016”.The Commission said EFSI was “delivering well beyond expectations” with regard to financing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – another “window” is for infrastructure and innovation.But it noted that its EFSI 2.0 proposal “makes it even clearer that projects under the EFSI need to address sub-optimal investment situations and market gaps, as part of the eligibility criteria”.Its proposal for bolstering the EFSI places emphasis on reinforcing the “additionality” of supported projects, which is the idea that a project would not have happened at the same time, or to the same extent, without the EFSI.The idea is that the EFSI provides for financing for higher-risk activities than that for which there is appetite in the commercial market.last_img read more

first_imgThe UK government should provide a clear direction for how to deliver a proposed nationwide pension dashboard, major pension providers and administrators have concluded.During a meeting organised by fintech firm Origo – which has developed a large-scale prototype of the dashboard – senior staff representing more than 20 organisations, showed a common desire for the government to provide guidance on terms of compulsion, inclusion of state pension data, governance and digital identity.In a statement detailing the meeting, Origo said attendees had examined an approach that would “protect pension savers and personal information” and “harness the best of industry innovation”, as requested by Guy Opperman, the minister for pensions and financial inclusion.Participants called for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to conclude and publish its feasibility study as soon as possible, to ensure that the industry had a complete understanding of how much support it would receive from government as well as the practicalities of government facilitation. They also emphasised the importance of a suitable governance structure, which should be established quickly, Origo said.Attendees also highlighted that the government had to legislate to ensure the whole industry was fully compelled to participate in providing data to the dashboard.Anthony Rafferty, managing director of Origo, said he would be updating the DWP as well as Frank Field, the chair of parliament’s work and pensions select committee, on the discussions and the perspectives on the practicalities of delivering the pensions dashboard.UK providers have expressed concern about the delivery of the dashboard since reports emerged over the summer that the DWP was considering dropping its support for the project.In July, the government made clear that it had not committed itself to a timetable for the roll-out of the pensions dashboard, despite previously expressing strong support.last_img read more

first_imgBaltimore-based offshore wind developer US Wind Inc. has signed an agreement with EPIC Applied Technologies for the installation of its meteorological tower at the site of the proposed 268MW wind farm offshore Maryland.Installation of the MET Mast tower is scheduled to begin on 14 July, with installation anticipated to be completed by 8 August, US Wind said.The met tower will be used to collect raw wind data at a height comparable to the eventual turbines’ height. The collected wind data will be used primarily to validate the virtual data collected through what have primarily been mathematical models to date, and will also to monitor the performance of the installed turbines during the lifetime of the eventual wind farm.“This important milestone represents US Wind’s ongoing commitment to realizing this first-of-its-kind large-scale renewable energy project in the State of Maryland,” said Riccardo Toto, President of US Wind, Inc.“We look forward to delivering the significant economic and job-creation benefits that our project represents and to advancing our leadership position in this fast-developing new American industry.”The US Wind Maryland project, expected to be operational during 2023, will involve the installation of up to 32 wind turbines 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City.In May 2017, the project was approved to receive offshore renewable energy credits (ORECs).It is anticipated that the US Wind project will result in the creation of approximately 7,000 direct and indirect jobs and represent an in-state investment of nearly USD 1.5 billion, US Wind said.last_img read more