If you are a fan of bluegrass and the art of pickin’ in and of itself, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has got an incredible lineup of some of the best artists in the traditional and progressive bluegrass, jamgrass, and Americana scenes. With a four-day event set to take place on Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, NY from July 14th-17th, Grey Fox Bluegrass features a veritable who’s who lineup with a set from Béla Fleck & Chris Thile, Del & Dawg, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, Steep Canyon Rangers, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, The Wood Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Elephant Revival and so much more.Béla Fleck & Chris Thile cover Radiohead’s “Morning Bell” (from Kid A) in 2007:With over 175 performances, some serious spur of the moment jam session, music and dance workshops, open mic’s, delicious food, and a stage dedicated to children’s entertainment, Grey Fox has a communal vibe and is very family friendly as well. For ticket and additional information, check out the festival website HERE.Grey Fox Bluegrass has released its daily artist schedule, which can be seen below:Thursday, July 14, 2016: The Steep Canyon Rangers • The Wood Brothers • Band of Ruhks • Lonely Heartstring Band • Front Country • Scythian • The Horse Flies • Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore • Mile Twelve • John Kirk and Trish Miller • Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers • Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar Showcase, and Host Band: Dry Branch Fire SquadFriday, July 15, 2016: Del and Dawg • Jerry Douglas presents the Earls of Leicester • The Del McCoury Band • David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience • The O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor • The SteelDrivers • Trout Steak Revival • Lonely Heartstring Band • Front Country • The Stray Birds • Matuto • Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore • Rushad Eggleston • Joe Craven and the Sometimers • Compton and Newberry • The Mike + Ruthy Band • The Railsplitters • Charm City Junction • John Kirk and Trish Miller • Berklee College of Music Showcase and Host Band, Dry Branch Fire Squad.Saturday, July 16, 2016: Béla Fleck and Chris Thile • The Gibson Brothers • Sara Watkins • Della Mae • Donna The Buffalo • Mr. Sun • Sierra Hull • Elephant Revival • Lonely Heartstring Band • Rushad Eggleston • Joe Craven and the Sometimers • The Mike+Ruthy Band • The Railsplitters • John Kirk, Trish Miller & Quick Step • The Gather Rounders • Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar Showcase and host band, The Dry Branch Fire Squad.Sunday, July 17, 2016: ‘A Taste of Grey Fox’ Concert & Food Drive: Dry Branch Fire Squad • Della Mae • The Mike+Ruthy Band • The Stray Birds • Joe Craven and the Sometimers • Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy for Kids • 2016 Grey Fox Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship Presentation
So when did Larry Wilmore know Donald Trump could win the presidency? The moment came during the first Republican debate, the Emmy-winning writer, comedian, and producer said.It was “when Megyn Kelly confronts him about what he said about women, how he had degraded women and called them disgusting and a pig,” recalled Wilmore. “And he said, ‘No, no, no, only Rosie O’Donnell,’ and he got huge applause. I was like, ‘He’s going to be president.’”Wilmore presented his thoughts, leavened with humor, as he delivered the Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics on Tuesday night at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.The evening event also saw the presentation of the David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism to Nancy Kaffer. A columnist and member of the editorial board of the Detroit Free Press, Kaffer has written extensively about that city’s mortgage problems and the Flint water crisis, among other issues.After a moving introduction by Nicco Mele, director of the Shorenstein Center, Wilmore took the stage. Speaking softly, almost quizzically, the political satirist focused on “keeping it 100,” or 100 percent real, as he used to say during the tenure of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” which ran on Comedy Central from January 2015 through August 2016. Given the timing, one week after the presidential election, Trump’s unexpected victory was the main focus of the talk, but Wilmore also addressed the roles of media and comedy, the legacy of President Obama, and his own show.“I do find it ironic that we elect a reality show star as president, and you invite a fake journalist to give the Theodore H. White lecture on it,” Wilmore told the capacity room. “I appreciate the irony of that.”After acknowledging that it had been an “interesting” week, he went on to explain that rather than give a formal talk, he would interview himself as if he were a guest on his show. “I want to know what I’m thinking about this,” he said. “Don’t you want to know?”This involved some minor theatrics — Wilmore jumped from chair to chair as he alternated between interviewer and host — as he mixed jokes with perceptive, and pained, comments on the state of our nation.Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics with Larry Wilmore Wilmore was at home on election night, he recalled, working on a piece for The New Yorker magazine. “About Hillary,” he said. “I assumed Hillary would win.” (The resulting article, “The Birther of a Nation,” runs in the Nov. 21 issue.)The atmosphere among Democrats on election night, he explained, was a little smug. “It was almost like someone’s about to open their brand new shiny Galaxy Note 7 [smart phone]. They’re so happy. They know it’s the smartest phone out there, even if it borrowed some of its better ideas from one of the more progressive phones out there. But that’s OK. They plug it in, and the most that’s going through their minds at that point is, ‘When will this phone be charged so I can start using it?’ Not, ‘Am I even going to have a phone at the end of the night?’”When Trump took Wisconsin, “that phone basically burst into flames,” he concluded, applauding himself, in the role of the interviewer, for the timely reference to failed technology.Looking back, Wilmore expressed surprise at Trump’s rise. When the candidate insulted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Wilmer thought that Trump wouldn’t even be invited to the first GOP primary debate, but he was. Then, there was “the Mexican rapist thing,” as he called the speech decrying undocumented immigrants as criminals. (Although that, he noted, “may have gotten him invited to the debate — just kidding.”)From misogynist comments to mocking a disabled reporter, “everything Donald Trump did should have disqualified him,” Wilmore said, in a theme he returned to repeatedly. After asking himself if the president-elect ran a racist campaign, he answered in the affirmative.“For me, it started before he ran for office with the whole ‘birther’ campaign,” he said. Wilmore likened Trump’s ongoing insinuations about the president’s citizenship to the stereotyping of the hypersexual black male in the 1915 film “Birth of a Nation,” calling that the “official de-legitimization of the black man in America.”With his campaign, Wilmore explained, Trump was attacking the historic nature of Obama’s presidency. “What Trump was doing was the same thing: making an argument to un-Americanize the first black president. There was energy behind that movement. That was the energy I felt when he was running for office.”That energy, Wilmore suggested, was responsible for Trump’s win. When Wilmore fielded questions about the role of a bemused and perhaps lazy media, he was very clear. “The media did not elect Donald Trump,” he said, multiple times. Nor did he believe that people voting against Clinton gave Trump his victory. Instead, he credited “positive votes for Donald Trump.”Looking forward, Wilmore wrestled with the issues of reconciliation and of hope.“I understand people who are angry right now,” he said. “It was Donald Trump’s own words that did that. If you’re one of those people he said he wants to deport, you feel there’s a target on you. I understand the anger; I have no problem with letting feelings get out,” he said, likening the process to marriage counseling. “You’re running to be leader of the free world. Your words are important … They do have consequences. I don’t think it’s on the people who are upset to wish the president well.”For himself, he split the difference, expressing dismay while seeking a path ahead.“I want Trump’s policies to fail,” he said. “I want the United States to win. 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As Wednesday’s election for student body president and vice president rapidly approaches, the candidates were given their first and only chance to debate their platforms against one another Monday night. In the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library, student body presidential candidate — and current student body vice president — Becca Blais and her running mate, Sibonay Shewit, faced off against the opposing ticket of presidential candidate Rohit Fonseca and his running mate, Daniela Narimatsu, to begin the final push for votes before the election. The candidates began the debate by discussing why they chose to run for office.“When we decided to run for student government, we had one thing in mind — you guys, the students, our classmates, our friends, the people who mean the most to us and the Notre Dame family,” Fonseca said. “We have very different life experiences that we bring to the table, but you will find us united in our passion for Notre Dame.”Blais said one of the key issues that motivated her to run was reforming sexual assault procedures, prompted by an experience at a sexual assault prevention meeting.Both tickets had plans to tackle sexual assault. Fonseca and Narimatsu advocated for presenting anonymous testimonies to the student body via displays in the dining halls, an initiative that Fonseca had spearheaded in regards to mental health during his tenure as director of health and wellness for student government. “You kind of understand that these people you walk by everyday … might be dealing with sexual assault, might be dealing with domestic abuse, might be dealing with serious life issues that we pretend don’t exist here in our perfectionist culture here at Notre Dame,” Fonseca said.One of the key policies Blais and Shewit said they hoped to enact in regards to sexual assault is the use of the sexual assault recording software Callisto. The software aims to “provides survivors with a confidential and secure way to create a time-stamped record of an assault, learn about reporting options and support resources, or report electronically to campus authorities. It [als] gives survivors the option to report their assault only if someone else names the same assailant,” according to the software’s website.“SpeakupND is a great reporting software for harassment; Callisto is an online software for sexual assault,” she said. “The unique thing about Callisto is that you can put in all of your information when it happens.”Blais said the current system did not go far enough and more steps needed to be taken to prevent sexual assault.“[Sexual assault victims] are your classmates, those are your dormmates — those are your friends,” she said. However, Fonseca argued that the technology already used by the University ought to be kept in place.“We want to push what we already have,” he said. “We don’t need any new technology for online reporting of sexual assault. We already have speakup.nd.edu and we’re going to make that known.”The candidates also discussed issues relating to inclusion and diversity on Notre Dame’s campus. Narimatsu said one way to help students that feel left out, especially non-Catholics, become a part of the community is through service.“It is really hard for [non-religious] first years trying to navigate within the culture of Notre Dame and [be included]; we think service is going to be a part of that,” she said.Fonseca added that another one of their campaign’s initiatives — a campus-wide prayer service — was also aimed at bringing students together. The prayer would be held on Monday mornings to “start the week off right,” he said.Shewit said in order to bring students together, greater dialogue about diversity and inclusion was necessary. “We want students to know that it’s okay to celebrate their differences and talk about them and to ask questions about other students and their own celebrations and uniqueness,” she said. “We want to foster a place where these conversations can happen.”The candidates then transitioned to issues relating to greater student health. Blais and Shewit said they wanted to provide free STD and STI testing and rape kit testing to St. Liam’s. The duo also wants to bring in the JED Foundation — an organization that evaluates schools’ mental health programs in order to improve the programs — to help streamline the University Health Services’ care.Fonseca said improving student health was important but that some of Blais and Shewit’s proposals weren’t feasible. “We know that there are some things that we need to be realistic about,” Fonseca said. “We have talked directly to a director in St. Liam’s who says that it is impossible — not that it’s her opinion or she thinks that it’s impossible — it is impossible to get free STD and STI testing within a year.”Blais said being told something is impossible isn’t the end.“Sometimes when you hear that something is impossible, try anyway,” she said. “We were once told that a peer support group was impossible, yet we launched the first-ever sexual assault survivors support group last fall.”Tags: blais-shewit, Election, fonseca-narimatsu, Student government
Did they win? No, they didn’t, they lost quite heavily. [Laughs.] But yeah, it’s great. We’re quite busy rehearsing, but it’s great to be here. Who cracks you up the most in rehearsal? Oh, Nathan is quite a force. He’s hilarious, and Murray as well. I’m just so lucky to be surrounded by these people. Tell me about this guy you’re playing, Frank Finger. It’s a type of character that I’ve never had the chance to play before—he’s someone very complicated and deeply troubled. That’s really what attracted me to him. The play is amazing, it’s so funny and such an interesting insight into the theater world from behind the scenes. You’re in a cast with Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and all of these hilarious Broadway pros. Is that intimidating? It’s really intimidating, yeah. Just to keep up with them has become my main objective. They’re just so funny and they’re so experienced. They really know what they’re doing. It’s amazing to me to watch that. I’ve learned so much just being in the room with them. See Grint in It’s Only a Play beginning August 28 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Is this your first time living in New York? Yes, and I love New York. I’ve only ever been here for like two weeks at a time, so I never really got to know the place, but I’m loving it. It’s such a great place. I went to a Yankee game the other day. Related Shows This fall, Rupert Grint is moving from Hogwarts to the Great White Way. The Harry Potter favorite will make his Broadway debut in It’s Only a Play, a revamped revival of Terrence McNally’s 1986 off-Broadway comedy. Grint will play Frank Finger, the angsty young director of a play by a nervous playwright (played by Matthew Broderick) who is worried his new project will make or break his career. But Grint and Broderick aren’t the only heavy hitters in this new mounting—the comedy also stars Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham and newcomer Micah Stock. Broadway.com caught up with Grint to chat about the Yankees, wizards, and of course, musicals. Can you sing at all? Would you ever want to do a musical? Hmm, I don’t think I could do that. I released a song recently, I did an animation [Postman Pat: The Movie] and it’s on an album now, so I can kind of sing, but not like that. That’s on a totally different level. I just saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch and that was amazing. I couldn’t do a musical, but it looks fun! View Comments The Harry Potter wizards are all getting on the Broadway train—you, Daniel Radcliffe, and now Tom Felton wants to. Why do you think that is? New York just feels like the place to be. I’ve seen some amazing shows here, and there’s such an incredible energy to the city. It’s so exciting, even just walking down the streets. The West End is great as well, I love that, but New York City a really special place. Were you rooting for the home team? Yeah, definitely! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 It’s Only a Play You starred in Mojo in the West End. Did you pick up any tips you want to remember for this time? That was different because it was my first ever taste of theater in any form, really. Before that it was just school plays and pantomimes, so it was a big learning experience. [Mojo and It’s Only a Play] are very different shows. But I find keeping the concentration quite hard, just being in character for so long. I’m used to dipping in and out. On a film set you’re in character just for a few seconds, then you walk away. So with this, you have to be in the moment for the whole two hours, so it’s hard, but it’s great fun.
Patagonia recently penned a letter to Congress on behalf of over 100 executives of both large and small outdoor companies. Collectively, these businesses contribute $650 billion to the U.S. economy annually and employ approximately six million people.In the letter, Patagonia called on Congress and elected officials to protect public lands. Republicans in Congress have proposed transferring public lands to state and private ownership. Patagonia and the alliance of outdoor businesses signing on to the letter oppose these transfers and encourage Congress to safeguard our natural heritage. Patagonia writes:“It is an American right to roam in our public lands. The people of the United States, today and tomorrow, share equally in the ownership of these majestic places. This powerful idea transcends party lines and sets our country apart from the rest of the world. That is why we strongly oppose any proposal, current or future, that devalues or compromises the integrity of our national public lands.Yet as the 115th Congress begins, efforts are underway that threaten to undermine over one hundred years of public investment, stewardship and enjoyment of our national public lands. Stated simply, these efforts would be bad for the American people. They include the potential of national public lands being privatized or given to states who might sell them to the highest bidder. This would unravel courageous efforts by leaders from across the political spectrum up to the present day, including Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.This is not a red or blue issue. It is an issue that affects our shared freedoms. Public lands should remain in public hands.”Read the full letter and the complete list of outdoor companies signing on to the letter here.
The developing COVID-19 pandemic serves as a reminder to our industry of the importance of business continuity planning (BCP). It is not just worldwide health pandemics that should prompt businesses to create and maintain a BCP—natural disasters and other unexpected events also reemphasize the importance of preparedness.Most institutions likely follow the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s (FFIEC) recommended BCP process, which includes a business impact analysis (BIA), risk assessment, risk management and risk monitoring and testing. And despite the FFIEC’s 2019 updates, some financial institutions are still behind.Is your institution’s BCP up to date? Ensure your organization is ready for the business landscape of the digital age by using these best practices. And don’t forget to review your plan with industry professionals who can evaluate your completed plan.Protecting Your DataWhile threats of physical loss or disruption caused by pandemics and natural disasters indeed pose risks, other threats to business continuity include disruptive data loss, breach or corruption—and these threats could affect any geographic region at any point in time. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
If online articles came with soundtracks, this piece would be accompanied by The Beatles performing their classic “Here Comes the Sun”.Perhaps you prefer the edgier version by Ritchie Havens or Nina Simone’s soulful rendition. Regardless of your preference, you probably know or recognize the lyrics.“Little darling, it’s been a long, cold lonely winter.Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here.Here comes the sun. Here comes the sun.And, I say, ‘It’s alright’.My November 2019 article asked you to prepare for an economic winter. Obviously, it arrived much sooner and stronger than anyone imagined. The COVID-19 virus is the equivalent of a global economic polar vortex.Preparing for SpringWe don’t know the ultimate length or severity of this economic downturn. We do, however, know that after the winter comes the spring.Here are three ideas you should pursue right now to be ready:Watch for the signs.Nature signals that spring is in the air.Birds sound happier. Trees begin to show their buds. The smells of wood burning in a distant fireplace or the piney odor of evergreen trees are replaced with the fresher, softer scents of a reawakening Earth.The economy shows signs, too.From a macro perspective, the economy is on its way back when layoffs decrease and consistently fall below 250,000 per month. Hiring increases begin to exceed 100,000 per month. Construction activity picks up. The GDP forecast projects growth in the future. There are significant positive moves in consumer confidence, leading economic indicators, and the percentage of economists who forecast growth.There are similar signs in the marketplace you serve. Identify and begin monitoring them now.You are rarely hurt by planting your garden a few weeks late. You can miss opportunities when you aren’t paying attention to signs of economic spring.Build your culture to flourish in what’s next.Are you hunkered down waiting for the returning “new normal”?Forget about it. We aren’t going to awaken from hibernation to find that things are the same. A sense of “normal” won’t return for a very long time. Perhaps it will not arrive at all.There is no more new normal. There is only a new next.The concept of a state of “normal” is rooted in Kurt Lewin’s classic change model that you unfreeze the thing you want to be different, change it, and refreeze it.That notion was already questionable because the world moves too quickly to ever fully refreeze a change. The COVID-19 virus has proven that the best we can often achieve isn’t refreezing to ice. It is gelatin.The culture needed to flourish in a new next environment is built on the foundation of the past. It is values aligned, results focused, member obsessed, and people centric.The culture accelerates your ability to flourish when it is change ready, data driven, and process oriented. Chances are that you were already working on – or at least talking about – these items. This crisis is the ultimate stress test that determines where you are solid and where there are gaps.Even those things aren’t enough to ensure your survival … much less position you for growth.The game changers for your culture are that it is collaboration enabled and future seeking.Collaboration-enabled, future-seeking cultures actively seek different perspectives and ideas to solve problems and capture opportunities. They are like the scouts who worked for the wagon trains as the West was being settled. Every day they rode out over the horizon in search of two things: Where are the hostiles that have the potential to do us harm, and where is the water that provides an opportunity to sustain and fuel us on our journey?Keep the ground prepared and the plants watered.Lawns and plants need water even when they are dormant. It helps to put a pre-emergent on your lawn before the weeds have a chance to sprout.These are facts of winter lawn care that you probably learned in your youth. I, on the other hand, had to discover them the hard way when I became a first-time home owner.It’s the same with your members. Consistent care and feeding of the relationship during this economic winter sets the stage for a vibrant growth spurt when the economy thaws and spring arrives.Managing the DissonanceArticles, presentations, and books make leading sound easy. Then you are bombarded with the realities of the moment.That is especially true right now. The dissonance between preparing for the spring and surviving the winter is real.Your good intentions compete with the emergencies and mundane of today. Your team and members must have the necessary PPE. Members have questions about their PPP loans or unemployment payment status that require research. Helping your team remain productive as it works from home is taking more time. The clock doesn’t magically add an extra two hours per day.One solution lies in doing things differently rather than trying to do more things. Look for opportunities to grow others by asking them to collaborate on new ideas. Identify activities with minimal value that can be discontinued, and engage everyone in watching for signs of the emerging spring.The sun will shine again. Rebirth will happen. Now is the time to prepare for the economic spring. Cue The Beatles. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randy Pennington Randy Pennington is an award-winning author, speaker, and leading authority on helping organizations achieve positive results in a world of accelerating change. He is author of the award-winning books Make … Web: www.armstrongspeakers.com Details
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged role in a shooting that killed a 25-year-old man and wounded a second victim in Deer Park last year, Suffolk County police said.Demar Rose, 27, of Deer Park, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder. Another suspect, 23-year-old Jhamek Daniels of Brentwood, was arrested three weeks ago in the same case. Daniels has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that Daniels and Rose fatally shot Jean Yves, of Wyandanch, in the parking lot of the Night Owl Lounge on Long Island Avenue at 2:22 a.m. on Jan.16, 2014. A second man identified as 23-year-old Javonne Mimms was wounded in the shooting, police said. The victims were taken to a local hospital, where Yves died and Mimms was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest.Police had said at the time that the two victims were in a Cadillac that pulled into the parking lot when two people in a group standing outside fired several shots at the vehicle. The group that the suspects were with fled in two vehicles, authorities said. A third person in the victims’ vehicle was not struck by the gunfire.Police had also said at the time that they were investigating whether the shooting was gang-related. Upon the arrest of Daniels, investigators said that the shooting stemmed from a prior dispute at the bar.Rose will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip. Daniels, who was denied bail, is due back in court March 11.
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A resident of South Tangerang, Banten, who allegedly kept radioactive substances in his house at the Batan Indah housing complex did so for economic gain, the National Police have said, and had been engaged in business involving radioactive substances.National Police spokesperson, Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra said that the man, a National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) employee identified by the initials SM, had been keeping radioactive substances at his house for a long time.“He opened a decontamination service, too, so [the service] was a part of his livelihood,” Asep said on Sunday, as quoted by kompas.com. Police found the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 along with other radioactive substances in SM’s house last week. Asep said that the decayed nature of the substances indicated that they had been in the house for a long time. SM is currently still only a witness in the investigation, but the police have said that he could be soon named a suspect and charged under a 1997 law on nuclear energy for illegally storing radioactive materials in his house. If charged, he faces a maximum punishment of two years’ imprisonment and a Rp 100 million (US$7,154) fine.The Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) first detected high levels of radiation in the Batan Indah complex during a routine check at the end of January. Between Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, a joint Bapeten and National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) team discovered several radioactive fragments in a vacant lot next to a volleyball court in the housing complex. The joint team later traced the radiation to SM’s house. (hol)Topics :