Here’s a nice story… Eddie Vedder performed a solo set at Nashville’s Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival two weekends ago. Toward the end of the 20-song setlist, the Pearl Jam frontman welcomed an unexpected guest to the stage, 12-year-old Jack West. According to a local news outlet, Vedder met West several hours before the scheduled performance at a nearby hotel, where they chatted about music for about 10 minutes before the boy asked Vedder if he could perform on stage with him that night. Vedder agreed, and the two met again on the festival grounds and practiced backstage together ahead of the collaboration.Eddie Vedder’s Been Spotted Busking Twice Outside Of Wrigley Field This Weekend [Full Video]Jack West got Eddie Vedder’s attention because of his “PJMC” shirt and his “cool” look. Before welcoming Jack to the stage, Vedder commented on his own thought process, “He’s got such a cool name, he’s such a cool kid, and he’s got such a cool shirt, I bet he can sing too!” He continued, “The last time I pulled someone out of hte crowd to sing, it was horrible, and I said to myself, ‘I am never fucking doing that again.’” As the crowd laughed, the boy walked out comfortably and sat down to deliver an awe-inspiring performance of “Society,” from Vedder’s 2017 Into The Wild release. Watch the duet below:In a time marred by darkness, we must absorb sweet stories like these, when music connects people to make dreams come true.Setlist: Eddie Vedder | Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival | Nashville, TN | 9/24/17Share The Light, Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, I Am Mine, Trouble, Wishlist, Good Woman, Sometimes, Just Breathe, Without You, Setting Forth, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Society, Rise, Better Man, Isn’t It A Pity, Porch, Should I Stay Or Should I Go, Hard Sun
Read Full Story Black men, compared to white men, were at a five to 19 times greater risk of a law enforcement-related death over the past 50 years, according to a study led by Nancy Krieger, professor of social epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She recently spoke to Voice of America about a report she published last year that has gained renewed attention in the wake of police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, and the shootings of five white police officers in Texas. The report calls for all law enforcement-related deaths—including people killed by police as well as police killed in the line of duty—to be reported and treated as a public health issue.“We are starting with the basic principle that first you need to know what the patterns are,” Krieger said in the July 13, 2016 article, “and then you start doing the kinds of research to try to understand why.”Krieger and colleagues propose that law enforcement-related deaths be treated not just as criminal data but as a “notifiable condition,” and that they be reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) by public health and medical professionals and published on a weekly basis, as are a host of other conditions ranging from poisonings to pertussis to polio.
With the help of an investor, seniors Tom Taylor and John Kennedy purchased three unoccupied houses adjacent to their off-campus residence, refurbished them and are planning on renting them to other Notre Dame students through three limited liability corporations (LLC).“We’re both business guys, and we’ve always talked about projects and different endeavors aside from our primary jobs,” said Taylor. “We were sitting in our house one day, looking at houses around us — which are unoccupied — and we started digging. We lived in a house and know how fun it can be, and [we] wanted to maximize that for other people.”Eventually, Taylor and Kennedy found out St. Joseph County owned the three houses, and after several months of negotiating with the county, the houses were sold at auction on February 21 of this year. Taylor and Kennedy won the auction with the help of an investor, who wished to remain anonymous.“Since then, we’ve been putting in a lot of work to get them renovated [from] top to bottom,” Kennedy said.The process of renovating the houses is “going great,” Taylor said. Although the houses did not need a full renovation, the pair decided that they would “start over” with each house.“We wanted to make them perfect,” Kennedy said.Kennedy and Taylor said they wanted to make the houses into “something that college students want to live in.” Though they are not tailoring the houses toward parents, another mental test they are using is to consider what a parent walking through the house would think. The houses will be ready in August, before the start of the school year.Taylor and Kennedy said their own experiences living off campus had inspired them to take on this project.“We’ve done both apartment and house,” Taylor said. “What we wanted to do was to give people the good part of what we had and get rid of the bad parts, such as problems with heating, drains, and things falling apart.”Kennedy said the pair wanted to “remove the headache.”The two also hoped to alleviate the shortage of off-campus housing, noting that their current house is already rented out to current freshmen for their senior year. They believe the houses’ 20 collective bedrooms will provide “a huge injection.”For Taylor and Kennedy, the main attraction of the houses is the large backyard the three houses and the pair’s current residence share. They joked that they might entitle their enterprise “Madison Garden Estates,” given that the houses are located one mile south of campus at the corners of North Francis and East Madison streets.Kennedy said the neighbors have reacted well to the development.“We never had a problem with neighbors,” he said. “They have been very positive. The houses were not occupied, so the neighbors are excited to see neighborhood looking good again.”Each house will have its own LLC, and the pair plan on hiring a property manager for each one. In the project’s first few years, however, Taylor and Kennedy anticipate playing a big role in the renting process.Kennedy said they also wouldn’t rule out an expansion of their business.“It’s a possibility,” he said. “This is a good market to be in. We could use proceeds to do more investments in South Bend and elsewhere.”Taylor said he and Kennedy are excited to contribute to improving the South Bend community.“We’re big fans of South Bend, we think it’s on the rise and want to be a part of it,” he said. “We want to look back on rise of South Bend and see that we were a part of it.”Tags: off-campus housing, renovating, South Bend, student houses
Frank McGill, 92, affectionally known throughout the Georgia agricultural community as “Mr. Peanut,” received the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Medallion of Honor during a private event on Thursday, May 2, on the UGA Tifton campus.The Medallion of Honor is presented to an outstanding individual or couple in recognition of dedication to the college’s mission and to express gratitude for the time, advice, support and influence they have provided. “Once in a generation, someone comes along who forever changes a segment of agriculture. When it comes to peanuts, Frank McGill is that person. Scientists, farmers and even former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will tell you, without hesitation, that Frank McGill was extremely instrumental in developing the peanut industry in Georgia,” said CAES Dean Sam Pardue, who presented McGill with the award. “His wise counsel, steady advice and dedication to teaching the latest principles and production practices helped triple Georgia peanut yields, changing the economic future of southwest Georgia, which now produces nearly half of the nation’s total peanut crop.”A native of Chula, Georgia, McGill earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 1951 and a master’s degree in agronomy in 1962 from CAES.He began his career with UGA as a county agent in southwest Georgia and later became the state’s UGA Cooperative Extension peanut specialist. McGill, who worked at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Georgia, was a member of the UGA Cooperative Extension peanut team that developed a “package approach” for peanut production in Georgia. From 1954 to 1982, McGill’s expertise helped Georgia’s peanut yields increase from 955 pounds per acre in 1955 to 2,040 pounds in 1967 and 3,220 pounds in 1974.Over his career, McGill traveled to 21 countries as a peanut consultant. He traveled to Australia and India to review research and extension programs and to Honduras, Suriname and Barbados to “jump start” local peanut production and to help eliminate pellagra, a protein deficiency that was affecting children there.McGill served as a technical advisor to the Georgia Peanut Commission, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, National Peanut Council and the National Peanut Growers Group.His honors include being named president of the American Peanut Research and Education Society and chairman of a special task force requested by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee to determine the 40-year impact of peanut policy on the family farm. UGA named him a D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor of Agronomy and Progressive Farmer magazine named him Man of the Year.He was inducted into the Georgia Peanut Hall of Fame in 1982 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Peanut Council in 1999. The Council also officially named McGill “Mr. Peanut” that year. In 1996, he was inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame and received the American/World Agriculture Award from the National County Agents Association in 2000. Last year, he received the Valor Award from the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.Of his numerous accolades, a humble McGill said, “I just did what I was hired to do.”At his retirement in 1982, McGill discouraged gifts and the numerous monetary donations he received were used to create the J. Frank McGill “Up with Peanuts” Scholarship. As a result, a $2,000 scholarship has since been awarded each year to a rising junior or senior UGA crop and soil sciences major.After retirement, McGill remained an active voice in the peanut industry. He served as president of the American Peanut Research and Education Society, chairman of the U.S. Task Force on Peanut Policy and the U.S. Peanut Improvement Working Group. He also worked as a peanut consultant with M&M Mars for 16 years, followed by four years as a part-time consultant with the National Peanut Laboratory.McGill was selected as one of 12 UGA scientists whose work has impacted the world in the last 100 years as part of UGA’s centennial celebrations. And, in October 2018, he was honored by the UGA Graduate School as an Alumnus of Distinction.“Frank is a phenomenal individual. I believe he is part of the reason the industry is as strong as it is, and production is as great as it is,” said Joe West, assistant dean of the UGA Tifton campus. West and UGA-Tifton honored McGill as one of 12 scientists whose work has impacted the world during a special ceremony in Tifton, Georgia in 2015.“I think he is an excellent example of what a faculty member at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences can aspire to for a career of service,” West said.
People’s United Bank,Founded in 1963, the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association (VFDA) represents more than 100 independent heating fuel dealers in the state, that have first hand experience with the growing need for fuel and heating assistance in our communities. The Patch Chit/Neighbor-in-Need Program has responded to emergency home fuel situations statewide for over 20 years, and serves as a “safety net” for Vermonters who do not qualify for state sponsored heating assistance programs, but find themselves in dire need. The Patch Chit Program was created in honor of the late David Patch, the owner of Patch’s Petroleum, who was a dedicated and generous community servant. Currently underway is the “Split the Ticket” campaign, which shares the cost of the fuel delivery ticket 50/50 with the participating Patch Chit/Neighbor-in-Need Program fuel dealer. VFDA members who take part in this program agree to donate a delivery of up to 150 gallons of heating oil, kerosene or propane to one of their own customers. If the fuel dealer is unable to indentify a needy customer for “Split the Ticket”, the VFDA will work with other local non-profit organizations to find a recipient. “Thanks to the generosity of Vermont Fuel Dealers, along with local businesses such as Chittenden Bank, the VFDA’s Patch Chit “Split the Ticket” campaign will provide more than 4,000 gallons of heating fuel for Vermonters in need,” said Matt Cota, Executive Director of VFDA.”Chittenden Bank is proud to continue our commitment to the wellbeing of fellow Vermonters by donating $10,000 to the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association’s “Split the Ticket” campaign. Nothing is more fundamental than food and fuel, and this year, more than ever, people will need help keeping warm,” said Kathy Schirling, Chittenden Bank Senior Vice President.About the VFDAVFDA represents companies in the business of keeping Vermonters warm. VFDA members sell heating oil, Bio-Heat®, diesel, biodiesel, gasoline, kerosene, wood pellets and propane. Members also sell, install and service a variety of heating systems. VFDA is Vermont’s leading provider of training for energy conservation analysts and heating technicians. For more information visit www.vermontfuel.com(link is external) or call 802-223-7750.About Chittenden BankChittenden Bank, which has proudly served individuals and businesses statewide since 1906 is a division of People’s United Bank, a federally-chartered savings bank with $20 billion in assets. People’s United Bank provides consumer and commercial banking services through a network of more than 300 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York. Through additional subsidiaries, People’s United Bank provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services. For more information please call 800-545-2236 or visit www.chittenden.com(link is external).
On Saturday May 16 & 17 the first annual Southern Raft Supply Battle of the Broad will commence. SUP is one of the hottest and fastest growing watersports in the world, and the Battle of the Broad will bring that excitement and energy to Asheville’s iconic French Broad River.Check out the event website to learn more.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The westbound lanes of Ocean Parkway have been closed between Wantagh and Meadowbrook state parkways for construction through the end of March.The closure is required to rebuild the pedestrian tunnel between Jones Beach parking field four and the central mall, which is expected to be completed by the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.Drivers will be detoured to Bay Parkway on the north side of the barrier island. The eastbound lanes of the same stretch of Ocean Parkway will also be closed after the first phase of the work is completed.Drivers are advised to avoid the area to avoid delays. For more information, call 511 or visit www.511ny.org
On that occasion, Međimurje and Rijeka family farms and Međimurje winemakers will present their local products. The First National Congress of Caterers will thus show in the best and most representative way that domestic products, tradition and knowledge are the best recipe for the success of tourism and hospitality in Croatia. It is a unique event that will bring together all important stakeholders who directly or indirectly operate in the gastronomic and tourism sector, with the aim of conducting a constructive discussion on current issues and devising solutions and visions for the future of this sector. The program of the first National Congress of Caterers will include three panel discussions. The first panel discussion will address presentation of the Kravata model in catering, which will classify the criteria for the use of Croatian products. It will be attended by businessmen and representatives of large companies such as Metro and Pika, representative of the Coordination of Croatian Caterers Marin Medak, and the participation of the Minister of Tourism is also expected Gary Cappelli. The Kravata model is conceived as a symbol of the recognizability of the Croatian catering offer and provides Croatian gastronomy with a clear identity and uniqueness with an emphasis on quality. Today, the City of Čakovec will host more than 300 caterers from all over Croatia at the first National Congress of Caterers, which will be held at the Cultural Center. Minister Cappelli emphasized that the intention of lower VAT in catering is not to lower prices, but to open space for salary increases and new investments. In addition to panel discussions, visitors will be able to choose from four interesting workshops. The first relates to the culture of behavior and behavior at the table and at the table and raising the quality of service in the hospitality industry, which will be implemented Damjan Miletić from the Business Academy Rijeka. He will present the mixology of cocktails at the second workshop Marin Nekić, and all about franchising in the food and beverage sector and the untapped potential of such a way of doing business at the third workshop will be presented by the franchise owner Surf’n’Fries Adria Andrija Čolak. The third panel discussion will address an important issue emigration, labor force and education of employees in the hospitality industry. The changes that follow and how to adequately prepare for the upcoming season will be discussed Petar Lovrić from the Association of Independent Entrepreneurs of Employers, project manager of Raise the Bar Coca-Cola HBC Croatia Filip Verbanac, director of Zarja Group Zvonimir Belić, owner of the company Posao u turizmu Nataša Kačar and President of the Dubrovnik Association of Caterers Ante Vlašić. The second panel discussion will address the issue tax burden in catering, that is, potential tax and administrative relief in catering and related activities, as well as the announced reduction of VAT on food preparation and serving. He will contribute to the panel discussion, among others representative of the Croatian Professional Accountants Initiative (IPRH), president of the Lipa association Davor Huić, President of the Association of Caterers of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Vedran Jakominić, and the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Economy is expected. “The first National Congress of Hospitals is conceived as a key event to be held each year, at which all key issues related to the hospitality sector will be discussed. We are facing a turbulent period – we are preparing to reduce the VAT rate for the preparation and serving of food in restaurants to 13 percent, and currently it is not entirely clear in what form and which facilities the proposed measures will cover. Also, we are preparing for the new tourist season and at all costs we want to avoid the situation in June, when we prevented a serious blow to all catering facilities, but also tourism as a whole, through a firefighting measure to increase quotas for foreigners. This is a unique opportunity to bring together all stakeholders in the hospitality industry, who will share their experiences and opinions on how the tourism and hospitality sector should develop.”, Said the representative of the Coordination of Caterers Marin Medak.
It’s a pretty good choice of words for those who populate the halls of Congress and its offices, bureaus and other government establishments.Now, this may be a little too harsh an observation. However, in light of the exposure of alleged child molesters, the charges of sexual misconduct brought against legislators and the petty partisan politics played by Congress men and women, it is disheartening to the American public. All this is holding back progress and the improvement of the American way of life.You know, someone with enough courage, strength and will should call for term limits in state and federal elected offices.We, the American public, should demand competence from those elected to public office. Too much to ask? Well, maybe so. It might take a less-biased media to turn it around and get us out of the swamp.Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Some time ago, flying south into the area of New Orleans, the view from the plane offered up the scene of the huge marshy site surrounding the bayous and waterways leading to the city’s airport.Endless water and green vegetation covered the area, and trees stood out like some inundated fence posts guarding, but not holding in, all kinds of moving things, most of which would kill and consume you. The word, “swamp” came to mind. It reminded me of what our nation’s capital has been called by various politicians and media personnel — a place teeming with creepy things, things which slither, crawl and bite. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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