Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band Jam In The Van [Watch]

first_imgIn June, Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band announced that they’d be performing for the online web series Jam In The Van. Today, the footage from this intimate recording session was released, which sees the group play three songs —”Galilee” in addition to the Grateful Dead classics “The Wheel” and “Uncle John’s Band.” In addition to the Grateful Dead bassist, Lesh is joined by his son guitarist Grahame Lesh plus guitarist Ross James, drummer Alex Koford, and keyboardist Jason Crosby. Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band’s performance is characterized by silky harmonies, tight musicianship, and a laid-back and unhurried vibe throughout. You can take a listen to these three tracks of the ensemble jammin’ in the van below.Watch Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s 4/20 “Jam In The Van” Session In California The Wheel Uncle John’s Bandcenter_img Galileelast_img read more

Philippine ice plant ammonia leak leaves 2 dead, 90 sickened

first_imgMANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials say two people died and more than 90 others have been sickened or injured after ammonia leaked from an ice plant in a fish port near the capital. Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco said an employee died after being exposed to the gas Wednesday. The body of a second employee was found Thursday. More than 90 residents and employees have been hospitalized. Ammonia is used as a refrigerant but could be toxic to people in large amounts. More than 20 have remained in a hospital, complaining of breathing difficulties and other illnesses. The plant has been ordered closed and won’t reopen until it puts in place additional safeguards. The owner has apologized to the victims.last_img

Garden for Water.

first_img Georgia Master Gardener Coordinator Bob Westerfield gives some pruning tips to homeowners. It’s important to know when and how much to prune. Place the right plant in the right place. Putting shade-loving plants such as azalea in full sun stresses them, making them targets for insect pests and diseases. And homeowners try fixing the problem with pesticides.Some plants just tolerate pests better. If a plant in your landscape has become a five-star restaurant for insect pests, replace it, so you won’t have to cope with perennial infestations.Group plants by water needs. Called Xeriscape gardening, this can save you 50 percent on watering costs. It helps prevent overwatering some plants and underwatering others, too. And during watering restrictions, it can save a landscape.Know your plants’ and turf’s fertilizer and water needs. Fertilizing a dormant grass is wasting time and money. Applying fertilizer before a storm will guarantee its entry into the local watershed. It’s best to water before sunrise when it’s cooler and less windy, and before the dew has dried. Extending the dew makes diseases more likely.Learn when and how much to mow and prune. Mow grass so you remove no more than one-third of the height. Scalping grass stresses it, dries it out and promotes insect pests such as chinch bugs. And trying to prune a 10-foot shrub to fit under a 3-foot window may invite diseases.Don’t kill the good bugs. Before you grab the pesticide, learn the difference between beneficial insects and pests. In nature, only about 3 percent are pests. In a well-balanced ecosystem, like a classic movie, the good guys beat out the bad. Look around your yard often. Know what bugs are out there, and protect your helpers. Even if pests are feasting on your favorite rose, nontoxic alternatives may be effective.Give nature a hand. Pitch those banana peels and yard trimmings into a wire bin and help nature recycle them. It’s so simple. Just turn the pile and water it every few weeks, and presto: soil amendment and mulch at no cost in about six months. A 3- to 5-inch layer of mulch suppresses weeds and reduces soil erosion and the need for herbicides. Photo: Susan Varlamoff So go for it. Amaze your neighbors. Be a good steward of Georgia’s environment by using BMPs in your garden. Learn about home-garden BMPs on the Web at Or get the manual by calling (770) 229-3367.center_img Admit it. You really want the “Yard of the Month” award.But you worry that all those chemicals to keep the bugs at bay may damage the environment. Well, now you can have the best of both worlds: a beautiful yard that protects natural resources and even costs less to maintain. “Best Management Practices for Georgia Gardeners,” a new manual from the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture, teaches how to maintain your landscape and protect water quality.BMPs are commonsense, economical practices UGA scientists have developed to help minimize fertilizer and pesticide use in the home landscape. They were designed to protect Georgia waterways from nonpoint source pollution, the technical term for contamination by runoff from uncountable sources.Higher Pesticide LevelsWater quality studies show that urban watersheds contain higher pesticide levels than rural streams. Landscapers must have a license to apply chemicals. But not homeowners, who often apply the notion, “If a little is good, more must be better.”The National Academy of Sciences reports that homeowners use more chemicals per acre on their lawns than farmers use on their lands. And a 1999 survey found that 76 percent of Georgia homeowners maintain their own landscapes.UGA Extension Service agents say half the diseased plants they see are the result of improper watering, poor soil and bad siting.Theory Behind BMPsSo BMPs follow the theory that a healthy plant, like a healthy person, can resist diseases and pests. Among the healthy practices:last_img read more

UGA Trial Gardens

first_imgGeorgia’s summer heat is on, bringing with it a wealth of beautiful blooms. View the best summer has to offer at the University of Georgia Trial Gardens open house July 10 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.Located on the UGA campus in Athens, Ga., between Snelling Dining Hall and the R. C. Wilson Pharmacy Building, the gardens are where hundreds of annuals and perennials from plant breeders around the world are tested and displayed each year. The gardens are always open to visitors free of charge. During the annual open house, however, tours will be led by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulture professor Allan Armitage and his students. A well-known writer, speaker, researcher and teacher, Armitage spearheaded the garden’s creation in 1982.In addition to being a popular site for gardeners, CAES faculty and staff use it for research and teaching. The gardens are also a resource for breeders, retailers, growers, landscapers and consumers.A plant sale featuring interesting and hard-to-find plants is a major feature of this year’s open house. Rain barrels and garden art from a local artist will be available for purchase, too. The event will be held rain or shine. A donation of $5 is requested. Parking is available in the South Campus Parking Deck. For more information, visit the website read more

Should Section Hikes Count as Legitimate Thru-Hikes?

first_imgYES: 30%It’s just a very slow thru-hike with lots of consecutive zero days.—RevLee, Wilmington, Del.I would feel the same sense of accomplishment completing a trail, section by section, as I would completing it as a legitimate thru-hike. It’s not about the miles; it’s about the smiles.—B.A., via the webAs long as each section starts exactly where the previous hike ended, then I say yes. I walked every step of the Colorado Trail that way and saw the same sites as the thru-hikers. I had to build up strength and endurance each time I started a new section.—Trip Kirk, Baltimore, Md.No: 70%A thru-hike is a continuous hike, not a bunch of day hikes strung together. The whole ethic of spending extended periods of time in the endeavor is the point—and in my opinion should be the definition of a thru-hike.—Kim Deacon, via FacebookI’ve done a fair amount of section hiking. If I ever finish the A.T., I can’t really envision describing myself as anything other than a person who has section-hiked the whole A.T. There’s a big difference between running a marathon and breaking up that distance into three-mile lengths and doing them over a long period of time.—Karl Kunkel, Hollywood, Fla.I am seven years into section hiking the A.T. When I make it to Katahdin, I will in no way consider myself a thru-hiker. A week or two versus six straight months requires completely different levels of psychological readiness.—Ben M., San Antonio, Tex.Anyone can spend 20 years hiking the whole trail in sections, but it takes a special kind of hiker to hike the whole trail at one time. Doing it in one hike means having to sacrifice everything to complete your mission.—Michael Brouillette, Austin, Tex.last_img read more

The Latest DEET-Free Bug Repellent Techniques

first_imgbug-nettingHow can something so small be so annoying?I’ve heard it said more than once that the Blue Ridge Mountains are “God’s Country.” I guess the bugs missed the memo…they seem to think they run things around these parts, and attack with an apocalyptic vengeance. No more, we say! Here we’ve rounded up the most contemporary ways to stave off this plague.For decades we’ve been using harsh chemicals to combat these critters, but there are natural, safer options circling the market. We all know DEET is bad, but unfortunately, finding an effective alternative has been a challenge.Thankfully Natrapel has arrived. A DEET-free product that contains a 20-percent Picaridin formula, the spray Natrapellasts eight hours and actually works. No more bites or stings from mosquitos, black flies or ticks. The formula is safe to use around clothing, children, and fishing lines.Another option? Make your own homemade bug spray! It’s easier than it sounds. Follow our step-by-step instructions to create a soothing and effective spray that can be sprayed directly onto skin or clothing.homemade-bug-sprayThis spray begins with Witch Hazel, a shrub derived extract that is commonly used as an astringent. Next we add Jojoba oil, another shrub derivative, that aids in the absorption of oils into our skin. Then we move onto Essential Oils, plant and resin extracts that are highly concentrated and effective. We’ve chosen a combination of oils that naturally repel insects, but remain safe and harmless to human skin. While humans find their scent appealing, bugs flee away from them. We finish the mixture off with distilled water, which has most of the impurities removed. The result is an all natural bug spray that combines the pleasant scent of lavender, minty freshness of tea tree and spa soothing eucalyptus.1. Begin with 4 oz spray bottle. (A dark colored bottle is prefered.)2. Add 2 tbsp Witch Hazel3. Add 2 tbsp Jojoba Oil4. Add Essential Oils:-20 drops Lavender Oil-10 drops Eucalyptus Oil-5 drops Tea Tree Oil-5 drops Citronella5. Replace spray cap and shake to blend ingredients.6. Remove cap, fill almost to the top of the bottle with distilled water. Shake again.7. Spray and enjoy!Hesitant to put anything at all on you or your child’s skin? Try the new Insect Blocker Mesh Jacket from Columbia. This lightweight zip up jacket not only creates a physical barrier between you and the bugs, but actually repels the bugs. Columbia-JacketUsing their Insect Blocker technology, the mesh helps keep mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and other flying insects away. The drawcord adjustable hem at the bottom allows you to cinch the jacket to your body to keep bugs from flying up into the jacket, while the hood helps cover your head and neck. Long sleeve shirts and pants are also available for both men and women.Ready to keep your entire picnic area or patio pest free? The ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent Outdoor Lantern offers a 15’ x 15’ zone of protection. Using the heat created from a butane cartridge, repellent is released into the air from a small mat that has been saturated in insect repellent. The vapor released is kid and pet friendly and repels mosquitos,black flies and other flying pests. The adjustable lantern also works as a great light source without worrying about a candle or open flame. We found the vapor to be odorless and the bugs disappeared within 10 minutes of turning on. The butane cartridges and insect repellent mats are replaceable, so be sure to stock up on replacements when you order your lantern.ThermaCELL-OutdoorLanternlast_img read more

Winning on kindness: How to bring the credit union mission to life

first_imgI could certainly use a little more kindness in the world right now. What about you?On this episode, we’re joined by two guests from the Minnesota Credit Union Network, President & CEO Mark Cummins and Director of Engagement Ben Hering, to talk about CU FORWARD, a statewide day of kindness, during which credit unions of all sizes come together to participate in fundraising events, community service projects, and other volunteer opportunities.CU FORWARD Day emerged from three simple questions:How do we spread kindness?How can credit unions come together and do more than lobby for tax breaks?How can we grow the credit union movement and respond to the pressing challenges of our time?CU FORWARD Day, which is coming up on Monday, October 12, now touches tens of thousands of people. Though it will no doubt look a little different in the midst of COVID-19, it also might be more important now than ever. In a year when credit union members have lost jobs, juggled childcare needs, contended with police brutality and civil unrest, and struggled to protect their own health and the health of their loved ones, one simple act of kindness can go a long way.Remarkable Credit Union · Winning on Kindness: How to Bring the Credit Union Mission to Life ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

BCSD worker wins New York School Nutrition Association Employee of the Year

first_img“Oh my gosh I was so excited when Annie called to tell me that I had won, for the entire New York state region, it just blew me away,” said Battaglia. Winner Deborah Battaglia was surprised by fellow employees Wednesday with cake and flowers in celebration of her award. She said Wednesday her award is one she shares with all of her co-workers. Battaglia said her favorite part of her job is getting to work with school children and while they’re home right now, she can’t wait to have them back.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — One Binghamton Central School District employee was recently named New York School Nutrition Association Employee of the year. Battaglia has worked in the Binghamton Central School District for eight years and currently works as a Senior Food Service Helper.last_img read more

Fourth Family Accommodation Forum for the region of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem

first_imgOsijek County Chamber in cooperation with the Tourist Board of Osijek organizes the 4th Forum of family accommodation for the region of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem, which will be held on May 4, at 11 am in the Great Hall of the Osijek County Chamber, at 13 Europska avenija.The Family Accommodation Forum (FOS) is a regional gathering of household catering service providers from Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem, it is educational and provides an opportunity to expand knowledge about news in legislation, market trends, marketing tools and exchange experiences among renters. The lecturers are experts from public institutions, but also from the real sector who will share experiences with landlords on examples of their own good practice.The forum is intended for accommodation providers in tourism, tourist agencies, tourist boards, representatives of local and regional governments / self-governments of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem, members of the Family Accommodation Section and anyone who deals or plans to engage in family tourism.Participation is free, and you can apply by filling out the online application form no later than May 3 / Subscribelast_img read more

Nedo Pinezić: State interference in market relations is not appropriate in a democratic society

first_imgREVIEW OF THE PUBLICLY PUBLISHED BILL ON AMENDMENTS TO THE CATERING ACTIVITY LAW – APPENDIX TO THE PUBLIC HEARINGThe rationale for amending the Act is based on gossip.The assessment made on the operation of household facilities according to the standards of more than 20 years ago and that they need to be changed in terms of competitiveness and market uniformity is arbitrary, flat, unsupported by the findings of the actual situation. Also, one Ministry of Tourism hereby assumes the role of market arbiter for which it has no authority or competence. Such encroachment on the free market is comparable to the system of contract economy from non-market times.State interference in market relations is not appropriate in a democratic societyIn all tourist developed countries, only the minimum technical conditions are legally determined, and marketing methods are constantly used to research the market and shape the offer. This is another relic of non-market activity and it is by no means acceptable to legally prescribe marketing methods. Making free estimates and untrue claims without a single piece of evidenceThe introduction does not mention the number of boarding houses in Croatia. How many of that number of boarding houses violate legal provisions in any way and represent unfair competition to small hotels? Where and to what extent were these irregularities observed and how were they sanctioned? What did the Tourist Inspectorate do in this regard, and what measures could it not take due to the lack of legislation? Furthermore, the allegation that these are the same boarding services in the household and companies and crafts is incorrect. Pension in the household can provide food service ONLY FOR ITS GUESTS AT THE ACCOMMODATION.It is also incorrect to claim that most households have a maximum capacity of 20 basic beds. By a simple calculation of dividing the total number of basic beds (600.000) by the number of registered households (90.000), a completely different result is obtained – an average of 6,66 beds per household. The claim that the level of service in the boarding house in the household is the same as in the hotel is also untrue. Namely, if that were the case, then we should be seriously concerned about the level of service in the hotel. The boarding house is a simple facility with limited comfort, without the possibility of providing “a la carte” service, which in most cases provides a basic breakfast and dinner service based on the daily menu (single course).It is also untrue that boarding houses do not pay VAT because by exceeding the limit of HRK 300.000 of income they automatically enter the VAT system, have to keep business books, have to have a fiscal cash register, etc. Equally, boarding houses are subject to HACCP measures, sanitary inspections etc., in fact, this also applies to the provision of breakfast services in the household. As for inspections and other charges, it is extremely inappropriate to justify their existence to small hotels by the fact that they are registered as hotels, if in nature they provide a small-scale service such as household boarding, as the legislator says.On the contrary, small hotels should have far more favorable business conditions than the existing ones, which will not happen as a consequence of the abolition of “unfair competition” – boarding houses. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce has already pointed out the need to equalize the business conditions of all micro-entrepreneurs up to an annual income of HRK 1.000.000 according to the model that is most favorable for the one to whom these conditions apply. Such a solution does not benefit anyone, especially small hotels, which still have over-regulated business conditions.The strategy for the development of Croatian tourism until 2020 needs a thorough revisionAt the moment, the mentioned Strategy is an unreliable document that did not take into account global trends in tourism, which planned to increase hotel capacities, without projecting a labor crisis affecting the Croatian hotel sector. It also did not take into account the pronounced seasonality of larger hotel systems in smaller tourist resorts on the coast and in rural areas that operate in nature from Easter to All Saints, and increasingly only from May to November. Therefore, any reference to the Strategy is a path to the past. These measures will not change the attractiveness of investing in hotel facilities because so far such investments have been privileged, and family accommodation in no case can provide a level of hotel service and can not compete with hotels in the same market niche. Suspicion of an attempt to eliminate competition to a particular person through legal solutionsMaking a free assessment of an unnamed person that, according to the existing legal provisions, the possibility of condominiums of large buildings that are converted into several boarding houses in the household, and are presented as hotels, is abused – is not serious at all.For such a claim, which is the basis for the abolition of the type of services, it is necessary to elaborate and argue the volume of such a phenomenon, the findings of the Tourist Inspectorate, explain the measures taken and obstacles to taking appropriate sanctions. Such an argument is indeed inappropriate and raises the suspicion of abuse of position and authority for the purpose of favoring an unknown person who initiated the ban on boarding houses in order to eliminate competition in their business environment. The proposed solutions for existing boarding houses in the household can be interpreted in the same way, among which the first option is to give up the provision of this service. Possible consequences of the abolition of the possibility of providing board and half board services in the household through the correction of Article 30 in item 3, are further emigration of people from rural areas of Croatia. Especially from Gorski kotar, Lika, Slavonia…Encouraging investment in the construction of rental apartmentsDeletion of Article 33, which stipulates that the stay of more than 15 persons who are not members of the immediate family in accordance with a special regulation prescribing the obligation to pay the sojourn tax, in apartments, suites and holiday homes, in tourist places from 15 June to 15 September , considers the provision of catering services in the household, and the allegation “that the said presumption did not give the expected results, because citizens, owners of these properties, did not report more than 15 people, nor close family members, who stayed with them, except cases, in order not to apply the above provision of the law to them, due to the possible non-registration of all persons who stayed with them without charging for the service, the consequence is the non-payment of the residence tax for those persons; it is assessed that the supervision over the registration of guests and the collection of the sojourn tax can be ensured in other ways prescribed by law, and the question of the justification of the provision related to the protection of property rights is raised “; – they open the door wide to the gray tourist market and apartmentization.By deleting this article, tourist traffic in non-commercial facilities is no longer illegal and the legislator himself distances himself from any possible control by stating “the question of the justification of the provision related to the protection of property rights” arises.The decision on the work permit should be separated from the categorizationAn application for a decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household is not required, but possibly an application for determining the category of accommodation (stars). All the more so because: (5) Renters referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article who do not apply for the decision referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article, continue to provide catering services, but lose the right to display the category label (stars) on the facility where they provide catering services and in promotional materials.Nedo Pinezić, provider of catering services in the household / www.nedopinezic.comRelated news: BILL ON AMENDMENTS TO THE LAW ON CATERING ACTIVITY PUBLISHED. GET INVOLVED!* The views expressed in the columns are the personal views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff of the portallast_img read more