Last night, Twiddle kicked off their three-night run at Irving Plaza coinciding with the start of Phish’s historic Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden. Twiddle’s Thursday night show served as a pre-party ahead of the first show of the other Vermont four-piece’s thirteen-night residency at MSG, which starts today. As a special treat, Twiddle was joined by fellow Vermonters and synth-pop aficionados Madalia for a special combined cover set dubbed “Twidalia.” During their five-song joint set, Twiddle and Madalia teamed up on classics by Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, The Human League, and The Maytals, with the opening number of “Boogie On Reggae Woman” serving as a perfect high-energy kick-off to the night as well as an appropriate nod to Phish, whose cover of the track has become a staple in the group’s repertoire.Our Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsFollowing the “Twidalia” set, Twiddle moved into two traditional sets featuring the group in its original form. The second set of the night and the first set of Twiddle saw the group gearing up for the rest of the night and subsequent two nights of the run, starting things off with a nice rendition of “Subconscious Prelude” to get things underway. If the second set was a warm-up, the third set truly delivered the goods and saw the group dialed in and in proper form. Highlights of the night included “Dr. Remidi’s Melodium” as well as the final song of the night, a cover of Ritchie Valen’s “La Bamba,” which served as the final number of the third set rather than an encore due to time constraints. You can listen to last night’s show below, courtesy of Matt Moricle. Enjoy! [Photo: Ojeda Photography]Setlist: Twiddle | Irving Plaza | New York, NY | 7/20/2017Set One: Boogie On Reggae Woman , (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher , Let’s Get It On , Don’t You Want Me , Pressure Drop Set Two: Subconscious Prelude, Nicodemus Portulay, Gatsby the Great, Doinkinbonk!!!Set Three: Indigo Trigger, New Sun, Cabbage Face, Dr. Remidi’s Melodium, Beethoven and Greene, La Bamba  Stevie Wonder Jackie Wilson Marvin Gaye The Human League The Maytals Ritchie Valens
Native Americans and European settlers used the ancient waterways of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) for commerce and trade. Today this 740-mile recreation trail echoes the past by providing both an economic stimulus for businesses and outdoor adventure along its path.USDA Rural Development has supported the trail’s recreation and development efforts through three states since 2008 ‘ with Rural Business Enterprise Grants of $290,000 in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. These funds have been used to assist small businesses, create regional linkages, work on product development, promote tourism near the trail route and ensure sustainability for the future.‘We are committed to helping generate economic opportunities in rural communities and recreation will play a critical role in this effort,’ said Molly Lambert, State Director for USDA Rural Development in NH/VT. ‘Outdoor recreational activities, like paddling The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, represent real opportunity to stimulate rural economies.’Cutting a route from New York to Maine, the trail is made up of 22 rivers and streams and 56 lakes and ponds. Forty-five communities benefit from its passage, which was officially completed in the spring of 2006.A key part of the tourism promotion along or near the route will be the development of itineraries and packages, which link local businesses and paddlers. While a through-trip of the trail is possible, the real audience for the packages are recreational users, who might dip into the trail on a smaller scale.Itineraries such as the two-day ‘Northeast Kingdom Peddle and Paddle’ in Vermont feature paddling on the scenic Clyde River and off-road cycling at the world-famous Kingdom Trails network in East Burke. At the same time they link the businesses, hotels, restaurants and outfitters in the region.‘There is great potential for recreational tourism to play a valuable role in the more diverse economy that is emerging in the Northern Forest Region,’ said Kate Williams, Executive Director of the NFCT. ‘It is a win win when paddler services along our route are highlighted and enhanced ‘ paddlers benefit, as do the communities.’USDA Rural Development administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure, and facilities programs. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. To learn more about USDA Rural Development programs visit the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt(link is external).Source: USDA. Montpelier, VT, July 9, 2010 ‘#
Every day, millions of Internet users log onto websites like Facebook and YouTube. While on these sites, they spend hours upon hours surfing for content to entertain and feed their hunger for information. These sites display articles, videos and pictures that are hosted on other places across the Internet. When websites compile content from external sources to their own location like this, they are known as curated sites.CUES Learning Portal, Linkedin, and CMO.com are some examples of education-focused curated sites that make online education easier than ever. Here are five good reasons to use curated sites rather than other methods of online learning:1. A good curated site is home to diverse content.Like a fully loaded salad, the best educational websites are filled with a variety of tasty tidbits. However, most websites host content from a small number of their own creators, leaving little room for diversity. With fewer authors, you get a smaller assortment of thoughts, ideas and opinions. In contrast, curated sites overcome this limitation by compiling information from multiple sources across the internet, so a wide range of authors can be presented in one location. For example, you could find Harvard Business Review articles written by Ph.D.s or TED Talks with unique opinions on popular issues. With these various voices, you will surely learn something different every time you visit. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Independent Community Bankers of America’s anti-credit union campaign will continue in the next Congress.In its briefing on the impact of the 2020 election, the ICBA said it will continue its “Wake Up” campaign during the 117th Congress. But the trade group said it does not expect any major policy shift in how policymakers view the credit union industry.“While the credit union industry will undoubtedly push for powers expansion in the new Congress, we do not anticipate a marked shift in credit union policy,” the ICBA said. “ICBA will continue the Wake-Up Campaign to raise awareness of credit union abuses and oppose any effort by the industry to take advantage of the shift in power.”Banking and credit union trade groups have battled for years, with bankers telling policymakers that credit unions have an unfair advantage over them as a result of their tax-exempt status.
Facebook on Thursday removed ads by President Donald Trump’s campaign containing a symbol used by Nazi Germany, the latest move in a heated battle over inflammatory political content on social media.The leading social network, which has drawn fire over its hands-off approach to political speech in recent months, said the campaign messages with an inverted red triangle and used in Nazi camps violated a policy against “organized hate” and were taken down.”We don’t allow symbols that represent hateful organizations or hateful ideologies unless they are put up with context or condemnation,” Facebook head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher said at a House of Representatives committee hearing.”That’s what we saw in this case with this ad, and anywhere that that symbol is used we would take the same actions.”Facebook’s move comes as it faced intense pressure to remove incendiary comments from the president which critics said promoted violence.Recently Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reiterated that the platform will steer away from moderating political speech but would enforce its rules barring content promoting physical harm.In a tweet from a “Trump War Room,” the campaign contended the upside-down red triangle symbol at issue was “widely used” in reference to left-wing activist group Antifa.Watchdog group Media Matters replied with a tweet saying that is not the case.Since early this month, the Trump campaign has been running “fearmongering” ads about what it says is a far-left group called “antifa,” according to Media Matters.The upside-down red triangle was apparently a new addition to the ad, according to Media Matters, which found at least 88 ads on Facebook pages with that symbol.”Despite violating Facebook’s terms of service, the ads were approved by Facebook in the first place,” said Media Matters president Angelo Carusone.Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman, said that “Facebook still has an inverted red triangle emoji in use, which looks exactly the same, so it’s curious that they would target only this ad.”Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, said the president’s campaign “needs to learn its history, as ignorance is no excuse for using Nazi-related symbols.”Greenblatt added on Twitter: “The Nazis used red triangles to identify their political victims in concentration camps. Using it to attack political opponents is highly offensive.” Battling over ‘facts’ The move by Facebook is unlikely to end a raging battle between social media firms and the White House, which has claimed the Silicon Valley companies are biased against conservatives, despite Trump’s large following.Trump has also pointed this ire at Twitter, which recently labeled some of the president’s tweets as potentially false or as violating their rules about promoting violence. On Thursday evening the platform tagged a video tweeted by Trump as “Manipulated media” for portraying an edited version of a viral clip that showed two toddlers hugging. The version tweeted by Trump makes it appear that news outlet CNN labeled one of the children a “racist” Trump supporter.But Facebook has steadfastly rejected calls to fact-check politicians, including a plea from Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden to clamp down on what he called rampant disinformation from the White House.The California tech giant noted that it has removed Trump ads in the past for policy violations, including a ban on interfering with the US census.Facebook is under pressure to clamp down on political misinformation following failures to block foreign influence campaigns in the 2016 US election, while at the same time remaining an open platform for election debate.Earlier this week, Facebook made a new move by allowing users to turn off all political adsThe feature being rolled out in the United States and some other countries will give Facebook and Instagram users the option of blocking paid ads from candidates and political groups.The large platform has split from Twitter, which earlier this year decided to label comments by Trump as misleading and in another case to limit the reach of the president’s comments for violating the platform’s policy on promoting violence.Zuckerberg has maintained that “the best way to hold politicians accountable is through voting, and I believe we should trust voters to make judgments for themselves.” Topics :
December 05, 2016 Efficiency, GO-TIME, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today announced her department has reduced administrative costs for the state’s medical liability insurance program by using its staff to perform work previously done by outside actuaries.“The costs to administer the Mcare Fund are borne by the health care providers it serves. We have decided to bring the annual Mcare assessment calculation in house, and get this done with no additional staff,” Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said. “This will save Pennsylvanians money this year, and every year going forward, while still making sure this vital fund is available for patients who need it.”The Insurance Department administers the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund, known as Mcare, which provides payments to patients who have been injured by medical malpractice. Mcare is funded through annual assessments paid by doctors, hospitals and other health care providers based on criteria laid out in the law governing the fund. Although this calculation is based entirely on Mcare’s own data and the statutory formula, Mcare had paid outside actuaries approximately $23,000 each year to perform the calculations to determine the assessment for the coming year.“Governor Wolf has asked each agency to constantly be looking for ways to save Pennsylvanians money through how we do business, and I am pleased the Insurance Department is able to contribute again to this effort,” Commissioner Miller said.The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services.GO-TIME works with agencies to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. During the 15-16 fiscal year, state agencies saved over $156 million.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf GO-TIME: Insurance Department Finds Mcare Savings SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
“There are exciting prospects, and to get that you need to have volume in order to make a sensible entry into the European commercial real estate loans market.“In this way, the joint venture will make something possible that we couldn’t do alone,” he said.Working together with the other pension funds would lead to lower costs and secure a better return for each partner in the fund for the benefit of their customers, Hallarth said.AP Pension said its portion of the overall investment would be DKK750m.The pension provider said it was gradually going down alternative routes in order to create reasonable investment returns for its customers. Most recently it had invested in the agricultural sector trough the launch of a DKK600m fund, and now another opportunity had presented itself, it said.Entering the European property investment had now become attractive, AP Pension said, because the financial crisis seemed to be over and there were clear signs that European growth was returning.“Cooperation between the five pension funds makes it possible to go in the European real estate market with a loan amount large enough to match the best private lending opportunities offered by Europe’s banks,” it said.AXA Real Estate last year agreed a joint venture targeting a similar geographical area with the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, marketing the sovereign fund’s first invetsment in real estate loans. Five Danish pension funds are joining forces to invest DKK3.6bn (€480m) in commercial real estate loans in western Europe in conjunction with AXA Real Estate.Commercial labour-market pension provider AP Pension said it and fellow labour-market pension funds Sampension, TDC Pension, the pension fund for lawyers and economists (JØP) and the Danish engineers’ pension fund DIP would invest DKK3.6bn over the next two years.The investment would be made in a newly established investment fund, it said, set up in conjunction with AXA Real Estate, which it said was the largest manager of property loans in Europe.Erik Hallarth, head of investments at AP Pension, said that he was pleased with the new cooperation between the funds.
John Smoot – Public Discourse 13 June 2013John M. Smoot served as a trial court judge of Boston’s Probate and Family Court from 1990 to 2012. He currently serves as a mediator at Boston Area Mediation and blogs at Peter’s Bench.Redefining marriage will make it harder for our children to develop their self-understanding and will sanction procreative methods that treat children like commodities.The mantra of the revolution, “If it feels good, do it,” ultimately weakened the institution of marriage with its inherent restraints and responsibilities, ballooned the divorce rate, and brought the number of out-of-wedlock births to 40 percent of all children born in America. All of which translates into poverty, crime, and suffering.Over the course of twenty-one years as a judge in Boston, I granted thousands of divorces and heard thousands of cases involving children of unmarried parents. Yes, there were adults and children who benefited from divorce just as there were children of single parent families who did fine or excelled. Overall, however, the revolution that encouraged “pleasure, freedom, [and] self-expression” brought an immense amount of pain and misery. Was it bad for everyone? No. Was it bad for millions? Yes.Social policy and cultural change have an impact on all of us. And clearly, the impact is not always for the good. Now, we are transforming marriage by eliminating its inherent gender distinctions.ChildrenWe need to be careful not to project our adult understandings onto children. They will develop identities based on the culture around them, not on the culture we grew up in. In the past, boys knew that if they married when they grew up, they would marry a woman; and girls knew that if they married when they grew up, they would marry a man. Children understood that marriage brought men and women together to form families because every aspect of our culture conveyed that message. There was nothing automatic about it. Change the culture, and you change the outcome…..Commodity FuturesThe second harm that is often overlooked, as Alana Newman has addressed here on Public Discourse, is that same-sex marriage will enshrine in our culture the ongoing industrialization of collecting and distributing sperm and eggs. This would include perpetuating the callous practice of anonymous gamete sales. Unlike adoption, whereby a child already born is placed in a home, the sperm- or egg-purchase method deliberately creates a child but separates him or her from one half of “who he or she is,” as numerous donor-conceived children describe their experience…..http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/06/10344/?utm_source=RTA+Smoot+Children+Need+Marriage+Tradition&utm_campaign=winstorg&utm_medium=email
Christian Concern 26 January 2016MSPs rejected the petition asking the Scottish government to amend the law on incest, so that it would no longer apply to consenting adults over the age of 21.Richard Morris, it is believed, resides in Australia, but he submitted the petition on behalf of a Scottish man who was convicted of committing incest with his daughter.The petitions committee was legally required to hear Mr Morris’s request, since his petition pertained to a devolved issue. Incest in Scotland is covered under Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act of 1995.In his petition, Mr Morris claimed the current law on incest is “discriminatory”, and related people’s attitudes toward incest to “bigoted” views on homosexuality.“Public fears, prejudice and bigotry about ACI [Adult Consensual Incest] are mostly due to ignorance created over many years mostly by the church and church-influenced governments and newspapers, in much the same way as public fears and bigotry about homosexuality were created”, he wrote.Committee convener Michael McMahon said that it was not in the public interest to pursue a change in the law.Push for normalisationSome in other countries, however, have taken a different view. The German Ethics Council in 2014 said that “the fundamental right of adult siblings to sexual self-determination is to be weighed more heavily than the abstract idea of protection of the family.”That same year in Australia, a judge said that incest was like homosexuality, which was once considered “unnatural”, but is now widely accepted.“A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner”, he stated.“If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would say it’s unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy. Those things have gone.”Popular culture has also begun to normalise incest. The hit television series Game of Thrones, based upon the novels by George R. R. Martin, has portrayed a twin brother and sister in an incestuous relationship.BBC’s new adaptation of War and Peace also depicts a brother and sister engaging in sexual behaviour. Andrew Davies, who adapted the classic novel for the BBC, claims he was merely making the relationship more explicit than Leo Tolstoy was able to do because of the cultural norms of his day.Similarly, Cosmopolitan magazine featured a story in October 2015 about a brother and sister who met as adults and became involved in a sexual relationship. The story of ‘Brian’ and ‘Melissa’, originally published in Good Housekeeping, is presented in sympathetic terms. The article is titled “What it’s like to fall in love with your brother”.http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/family/msps-reject-petition-to-legalise-adult-incest?utm_source=Christian+Concern&utm_campaign=8ba5d64e2b-WN-2016-01-30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9e164371ca-8ba5d64e2b-127299873
At least 40 people were killed in thetyphoon that left vast sections of towns in central and eastern Japan underwater, with another 16 missing and 189 injured, public broadcaster NHK said. NAGANO – Rescue workers waded throughmuddy, waist-high waters on Monday searching for missing people after one ofthe worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent history. Over 110,000 police officers, soldiersand coastguard personnel, and around 100 helicopters were mobilized forMonday’s rescue operations, Chief Cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said. Typhoon Hagibis made landfall onJapan’s main island of Honshu on Saturday and headed out to sea early onSunday. Government personnel paddle a boat during rescue operations after a typhoon swept through Kawagoe, Saitama prefecture, Japan on Oct. 13. JGSDF/VIA REUTERS Over 92,000 households were stillwithout power early on Monday, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industrysaid. That was down from 262,000 households as of midday on Sunday.(Reuters)