On May 17th–19th, Oregon State University will host an academic conference dedicated to the music, culture, and philosophy of Phish.The conference is being organized by Stephanie Jenkins, an assistant professor of philosophy at the university. She has been a Phish fan since 1995, saw her first show in 2003, and has attended roughly 150 shows in the years since. Jenkins has taught a variety of classes about the philosophy of Phish since joining the Oregon State faculty in 2012. She’s also taken students to Phish shows at The Gorge as part of her classes and held public philosophy events at concerts.“I was always interested in the connection between Phish and philosophy,” Jenkins explains in a press release. “I just didn’t think it was something I was allowed to do. But I have really supportive colleagues here at Oregon State. They encouraged me to develop the class and that has now led to the conference.”Related: The Case For An Academic Examination Of Phish FandomThe conference will include more than 50 presentations from researchers hailing from more than 20 states in addition to Canada. Presentation titles include: “Phish’s Improvisation in Light of Talmudic Scholastic Practice,” “‘This Your First Show?’: White Racism and Subcultural Capital in the Phish Community” and “The Neuroscience of the Jam: A research paradigm to study brain inactivity underlying improvisation in Phish.”Jenkins herself will also give a presentation at the Phish Studies Conference, as will co-organizer Natalie Dollar, an associate professor of speech communication at Oregon State University, Cascades. Dollar is also a longtime Phish fan and has conducted academic research on the Grateful Dead.In addition to the research presentations, the conference will feature a number of discussion panels. Two students who took Jenkins’ Phish class last summer—Lynnea Fredrickson, an OSU-Cascades student, and Michael Moran-Kay, a philosophy major at OSU-Corvallis—will speak as part of a “Student Scholar Panel.”Two different “Community Panels” will also include various prominent members of the extended Phish community. A question-and-answer panel will feature board members of the Mockingbird Foundation, a nonprofit organization run by Phish fan volunteers that raises funds for music education programs. Speakers on the panel include Scott Marks, David “ZZYZX” Steinberg, Charlie Dirksen, Ellis Godard, and Brian Feller.Benjy Eisen, a music writer and co-author of Bill Kreutzmann biography Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead, will host both a panel and a book signing session at the conference.In addition to the various presentations and panels, the Phish Studies Conference will include an exhibition fair featuring opportunities for businesses and artists from the Phish community to display, promote, and sell their work (Shakedown, anyone?). The conference will also include an art show, “Below The Moss Forgotten: Phish in the Pacific Northwest,” featuring promotional materials and fan-made artwork tracing the band’s growth in the region over the past three decades.The conference will also feature a soft premiere screening of the forthcoming documentary, We’ve Got It Simple, “a film by, for, and about Phish fans.” The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s director, Michael Ryan Lawrence.To round things out, Eugene-based band Left on Wilson will perform a live show on Friday, May 17th at the nearby Demaggio New York Pizza in Corvallis. The concert is free for registered conference attendees.Registration is now open for the conference. The early registration rate is $125 for the weekend and includes admissions to all conference events. Day passes will be available for $75.Find out more about the Phish Studies Conference on the event website here. You can also check out the Ryan Kerrigan-designed artwork for the conference below.
$25,000 Villageof Waterbury: Grant to develop a comprehensive plan, includingeconomic development and housing options, for the future growth of WaterburyVillage and identify strategies for implementation of the plan. Two towns, Sutton and Bridport, will each receive roughly$30,000 in grant money to study the feasibility of setting up a wood or fiberfuel pellet production plant in those towns. “Assisting older adults in the Bennington area withday care means they will be able to live more independent lives outside ofnursing homes, closer to their families,” Governor Douglas said. Implementation Grants$412,498 Townof Middlebury: Subgrant to Addison County Community Action Group torehabilitate the Hill House Group Home on 290 Route 7 North. The home providestransitional supportive housing services to mentally ill homeless persons. A $297,500 grant to Meadowlane Housing Associates andHousing Foundation Inc. will be used to purchase and rehabilitate 20 units ofaffordable housing and create 16 additional new units of affordable elderlyhousing. “These grants will rehabilitate affordable housing;create new elderly housing units and adult day care; help plan for responsiblefuture housing projects and promote job creation in Vermont,” GovernorDouglas said. A $200,000 grant to the Town of Bennington will be used byBennington Project Independence for the construction of a State certified,not-for-profit Adult Day Care center serving Bennington County and thesurrounding region. “Our existing affordable housing stock must bemaintained, but we must also expand that, including housing for our agingpopulation,” Douglas said. “And we must encourage the production ofnew housing that working Vermonters can afford.” For information about the Vermont Community Development Program,please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/(link is external) $250,000 Townof Colchester: Grant to Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies(VCET) to support the start-up operations of their Colchester Facility and itstechnology based business incubator program. “These eight units of housing are critical to meetingthe needs of these extremely vulnerable Vermonters,” Governor Douglassaid. “In addition, the septic failure at the facility will be addressedby connecting to municipal sewer and water, and energy efficiency and ADAimprovements will be made.” The Village of Waterbury and City of Montpelier will eachuse $25,000 grants for planning, the former for economic development andhousing plans, and the latter for work on a mixed use development on the siteof the former Salt Shed on Stone Cutters Way. MILTON, Vt. – Creating affordable housing, jobs, andalternative energy sources in Vermont were on the agenda as Governor JimDouglas on Monday announced the award of $1.3 million in community developmentgrants to ten communities. The $1,345,498 in Vermont Community Development Programgrants will also leverage $10,152,714 in other private and public resources, hesaid during a ceremony in Milton. $50,000 Townof Warren: Grant to provide accessibility to all three floors of theWarren Town Hall by installing an elevator and bringing it into ADA compliancewith state and federal regulations. A $250,000 grant to the Town of Colchester will besub-granted to the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), anincubator affiliated with the University of Vermont, to support the expansionof services in a new facility in Colchester. $29,996 Townof Bridport: Subgrant to Addison County Regional Planning Commissionto study the feasibility of producing fiber fuel pellets and the viability of afiber fuel pellet production plant in Addison County. The Town of Middlebury was awarded the largest grant,receiving $412,498 to rehabilitate the Hill House Group Home, which provideshousing and other services to the homeless who are struggling with mentalillness or substance abuse. $200,000 Townof Bennington: Subgrant to Bennington Project Independence for theconstruction of a State certified facility, not-for-profit Adult Day Careserving Bennington County and the surrounding region. The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Developmentawards the competitive grants based on the recommendation of the VermontCommunity Development Board and approval of Secretary Kevin Dorn. -30- Governor DouglasAwards $1.3 Million In Community Development GrantsTenCommunities To Receive Funds For Housing, Economic Development Projects Finally, the towns of Warren and Worcester will receive$50,000 and $25,504 respectively to make renovations to their Town Halls tobring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “By working with more new businesses to help themcreate jobs at its new Colchester location, the Vermont Center for EmergingTechnologies will help entrepreneurs in our state bring their ideas to themarketplace, and employ their neighbors,” Governor Douglas said. “These grants represent an investment in greentechnology that could pay huge dividends later in terms of jobs and ourenvironment,” Governor Douglas said. Planning Grants$30,000 Townof Sutton: Grant to conduct a feasibility study of the Old BurkeLumber Mill site for reuse as a wood-chip and wood-pellet production facility. AccessibilityModification Grants $25,000 Cityof Montpelier: Grant to continue studying the feasibility ofimplementing the Riverside Center as a mixed use development on the site of theformer Salt Shed on Stone Cutters Way. “These grants will make an important public space– the Town Hall – accessible to all residents for importantactivities like Town Meeting and conducting government business,”Governor Douglas said. “Waterbury is a growing community, and this grant willhelp it plan for growth that is responsible and that ensures futureprosperity,” Governor Douglas said. “Montpelier’s StoneCutter’s Way has been a wonderful example of redevelopment incorporatingretail and office spaces, and this grant will help further that effort.” $297,500 Townof Milton: Subgrant to Meadowlane Housing Associates and Housing FoundationInc. to acquire and rehabilitate the existing 20 units of affordable housing atMeadowland Apartments in order to modernize the facility and to meet currentlife/safety code requirements. Also planned is the development of 16 additionalnew units of affordable elderly housing on the same parcel. $25,504 Townof Worcester: Grant to provide accessibility to the Worcester TownHall and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.
By Dialogo September 02, 2010 Naval forces from Colombia, Honduras and the United States, joined on August 31 for a series of combined anti-drug trafficking military exercises. The drills will last three days and include participants from the Colombian National Army, the Honduran patrol ship “Tegucigalpa”, and the U.S. Coast Guard ship “Escanaba” and are taking place in the Colombian island of San Andres, reported Xinhua. The “Tegucigalpa” brought 26 Honduran navy members onboard as well as radars, GPS and echo-sound devices to participate in the exercise, while 100 crew members are aboard the U.S. ship “Escanaba”, which is equipped with a helicopter and high-technology tools. The drill includes training the Colombian navy coastguards and comparing notes on the fight against narco-trafficking. Commander Jesus Benitez, from Honduras, said the exercise is a valuable opportunity to promote the fight against drug-trafficking, which needs the support of many countries, according to the same report. “This is an opportunity for the strategy against drug-trafficking to stay valid among different countries affected by drug trafficking in our waters,” concluded Commander Benitez in the report.
by: John WasikLet’s say you’ve done all of your tax preparation and everything’s in order.Now what? It’s time to not only see if you can save your tax refund — if you have one coming — but make sure you’re not overpaying Uncle Sam.If your withholding is too high relative to your other deductions, thus triggering a refund, you may have to lower it. That would put more money in your paycheck.So why is it important to put less in withholding and not receive a refund? Getting money back from Uncle Sam means you have given the government an interest-free loan for a year. Does that sound right to you?More importantly, whether you get a refund or not, you can put your money to better use. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » CUNA, along with trade associations representing nearly every community financial institution in America, wrote Senate leadership Monday to support repeal of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule. The House passed its resolution to repeal the rule in July.“For community financial institutions, loss of arbitration as a viable option would fuel continued industry consolidation, larger institutions, fewer communities without a dedicated institution and, ultimately, reduced consumer choice,” the letter reads.The CFPB’s rule would restrict the use of arbitration clauses. It also requires companies to submit to the CFPB certain records about claims, counterclaims and awards issued in arbitration.The letter goes on to say that the bureau failed to heed the findings of its own report on arbitration, which suggested it offers a better process and outcome for consumers, relative to class action lawsuits. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Peconic man charged with driving drunk when he allegedly crashed his pickup truck into a limousine, killing four women touring the North Fork over the weekend, may face additional counts, authorities said.Steven Romero pleaded not guilty Sunday to driving whole intoxicated during an arraignment that was held at his bedside at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, where he remained hospitalized under the watch of a Suffolk County deputy sheriff.“In the last week we have surely experienced some of the most tragic losses of life due to apparently intoxicated drivers that we’ve ever seen…in the county of Suffolk,” District Attorney Thomas Spota told reporters Monday during a news conference in Southold.The fatal crash came six days after an allegedly drunk driver crashed into a car on the Southern State Parkway in Bay Shore, killing a man and his two children. His wife, the kids’ mother, escaped the fiery wreck while the suspect allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle driven by his friend, who was also arrested later and pleaded not guilty.At about 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Romeo, 55, was driving a red pickup truck westbound on County Road 48, prosecutors said, when he crashed into a black limo that was making a U-turn at the corner of Depot Lane in Cutchogue after it had just left Vineyard 48.The four women killed in the crash were identified as Brittany Schulman and Lauren Baruch, both of Smithtown; Stephanie Belli, of Kings Park; and Amy Grabina, of Commack. All were 23 except Baruch, who was 24. Three were pronounced dead at the scene, and the fourth died at an East End hospital.Four other women riding in the limo were injured and remain hospitalized. They were identified as Joelle Dimonte, 25, of Elwood; Melissa Angela Crai, 23, of Scarsdale; Alicia Arundel, of Setauket; and Olga Lipets, of Brooklyn, both 24.According to Spota, the women had taken a limo from Baruch’s house to a vodka distillery on the North Fork Wine Trail. Then they stopped at Vineyard 48 before getting back in the limo to return home. The district attorney noted that they were “behaving responsibly” by taking a limo and not driving drunk. He could not confirm widespread media reports that the women were participating in a bachelorette party.When Carlos Pino, 58, the limo driver working for Ultimate Class Limousine in Hicksville, left the vineyard, he was forced to turn right, heading eastbound, because of a median in the roadway, officials added. Pino was turning the limo around at Depot Lane, where one witness reportedly saw the impact as it happened, according to investigators.Martin Flatley, chief of the Southold Town Police Department, said his officers issue up to a dozen traffic tickets monthly to limo drivers making illegal U-turns–in which limo drivers improperly back up, blocking traffic in the area. But it’s unclear if Pino was making a prohibited U-turn or a legal one at the time of the crash.Pino reportedly told investigators that he didn’t see the truck coming. He passed drug and alcohol tests, Spota said.Romeo stayed at the scene for 15 minutes and spoke to several responding officers before he allegedly walked away and climbed over a nearby six-foot-high fence. Then an officer ordered him to stop, Spota said. Romeo allegedly ignored the first order to stop, but then complied, the district attorney added.Spota said Romeo allegedly told police that he drank several beers before the crash, but investigators are awaiting blood and alcohol tests to determine his exact blood-alcohol content.Both Pino and Romeo have no prior arrests on their records, authorities said. Romeo, the co-owner of Romeo Dimon Marine Service in Southold, is reportedly being sued for a work-place death, but authorities said there was no criminality involved in that case.Spota added that it’s unclear if any new charges will be filed against Romeo because the investigation is still in its preliminary stages.A Southold town judge set bail for Romeo at $500,000 cash or $1 million bond. Suffolk County police and New York State police are assisting Southold police and Suffolk prosecutors in the ongoing investigation.
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TVNZ One News 25 July 2012 Family First is offering a $25,000 reward for any new information that leads to a conviction in the case of the Kahui twins’ deaths. Coroner Garry Evans says he is satisfied that the traumatic brain injuries suffered by three-month-old boys Chris and Cru Kahui were incurred during the afternoon-evening of June 12, 2006, while they were in the “sole custody, care and control of their father” Chris Kahui at the Mangere house where they lived. Chris Kahui was acquitted of the twins’ murders in 2008. The National Director of Family First Bob McCoskrie said it is hoped the reward will be enough incentive for somebody to break their silence. McCoskrie said somebody must know what happened. “This should not be allowed to be swept under the carpet,” he said. “New Zealanders want answers to this case – who killed the twins, why did the prosecution fail, and what were the contributing factors to these murders that need to be tackled to avoid similar cases in the future?” He said a reward will be a small price to pay for justice to be served for Chris and Cru. Kahui’s defence claimed that the twins’ mother Macsyna King was responsible for the deaths, but she denied this at his trial and at the coroner’s inquest last year. Evans said in his report released today that the allegation that King was responsible for the infliction of the twins’ fatal injuries “lies unsupported by the evidence and is without substance in fact”. http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kahui-case-25k-reward-offered-4985743
Tournament organisers released selected tee times on Friday, and McIlroy has been grouped with the winners of this year’s majors, Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson, for the first two rounds at Whistling Straits. McIlroy has not officially said he will play the year’s final major but his Twitter account did retweet the news from the PGA of America. Press Association World number one Rory McIlroy looks increasingly likely to return from injury to defend his US PGA Championship title next week. The 26-year-old suffered a “total rupture” of ligaments in his left ankle during a game of football with friends on July 4, ruling him out of the Scottish Open and the defence of his Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational titles. However, this week he has given numerous hints via social media that he would be able to return to action, culminating in a post on Friday which appeared to show the inside of a private plane along with various emojis depicting a US flag, a thumbs-up symbol and a golf flag. The on-board video screen suggested McIlroy was departing from Faro in Portugal, where the four-time major winner was understood to have been practising and the location for Thursday’s video of him hitting a driver on the range. On Wednesday, McIlroy posted a video on his Instagram account in which he was seen balancing on his left leg and twisting and throwing a gym ball to mimic the actions of the golf swing. Alongside the short video clip, McIlroy wrote: “Working hard every day to come back stronger #dontmindthegrind.” He has also shared photographs of his ankle from four and three weeks ago, saying: “I’ve come a long way since.” McIlroy will be replaced as world number one by Masters and US Open champion Spieth if the 22-year-old American can win his first World Golf Championship title at Firestone Country Club this week. It was at the same event that McIlroy overturned a three-shot deficit to Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia in the final round 12 months ago to move back to the top of the rankings. McIlroy’s last competitive round was a closing 66 in the US Open at Chambers Bay on June 21. The US PGA gets under way on August 13.
The Russian will have seen Eden Hazard, last season’s startling performer, training alone as he bids to recover from a groin injury. Hiddink says Hazard is “doing better and better, but still not available”, while Diego Costa (bruised knee) and Loic Remy (calf) are fit, but Radamel Falcao (thigh) is still out. Hazard’s alarming dip in form appeared to perplex Mourinho and Hiddink has no plans to rush the Belgian playmaker back. “It’s for me about freshness,” Hiddink said. “If the mind is fresh, if players are eager to step on to the training ground and enjoy training, it’s a signal of freshness. “For him (Hazard) it’s the same. He has won these trophies but had this season with some mostly physical problems. “He has to enjoy it and get rid of his physical problems. Automatically he will come into his normal shape of play.” Asked if he would put an arm around Hazard to boost his apparently fragile confidence, Hiddink said: “I am not his mother.” He added: “It’s all an individual approach. One (player) needs a lash, another one needs an arm. Another one needs to be pinched a bit. “But we give him the time to come back to the level where he can play.” Hiddink would not disclose whether right-back Branislav Ivanovic or Loftus-Cheek would be offered new contracts or whether Chelsea would be active in this month’s winter transfer window. “I don’t think it’s now the moment to go public if we have some wishes or we feel that we have to cover up a position,” he said. Hiddink did rule out the prospect of Brazilian Kenedy leaving on loan, amid reports of interest from Italy. He added: “At the moment he will stay until the end of the season. We might need him.” “It’s not that we are without chances to go there (fourth) and then we bring in youngsters, no. “I will not hesitate whenever possible to bring in youngsters as well. The youngsters must try to learn also to work under this pressure.” Hiddink was asked whether he had ever been bored watching one of his teams, a reference to fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal’s admission that he has found his Manchester United side dull at times this term. United are fifth, three points behind Spurs and 10 ahead of Chelsea, who play West Brom on Wednesday night and Everton on Saturday in two home games which will test their top-four credentials. “You cannot expect that every game is an exciting game, but all the coaches I think like to see their game played in an exciting way,” Hiddink said. The Blues will have to go for broke to claim fourth, with some estimating they need an average of 2.6 or 2.7 points per game in the remaining 18 fixtures. Hiddink, who only lost one league game of his interim spell in 2009, said: “That’s huge. (If we lose only one game) then we are close – and that is not boring.” Owner Roman Abramovich has been at Chelsea’s Cobham training base this week to see how his team were shaping up since last month’s departure of Jose Mourinho and the caretaker appointment of Hiddink. The Chelsea interim boss has every intention of fielding the likes of 19-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek as the holders bid to make up a 13-point gap to fourth-placed Tottenham. The midfielder scored in last Sunday’s FA Cup defeat of Scunthorpe. “So long as we have the possibility to go to fourth place we will go for that,” Hiddink said. Press Association Guus Hiddink has vowed to blood youngsters in Chelsea’s pursuit of a top-four finish in the Premier League – and insisted the quest would not be “boring”.