Listen To The Grateful Dead’s All-Acoustic Set, Played On This Day In 1970

first_imgThroughout 1969 and 1970, the Grateful Dead were experimenting with new performance techniques on the road. Growing from a purely psychedelic band, the Dead were finding their voice as songwriters and composers, deeply rooted in the American folk tradition. With that in mind, the band often performed an acoustic set to open their shows during this era, which would be followed by two electric sets for what was guaranteed to be a great night of music.The performance on May 2nd, 1970 was no exception, as the Dead put on an incredible show at Harpur College in Binghamton, NY. The show was rightfully immortalized on the Dick’s Picks series, highlighting a more intimate sound from the Grateful Dead’s lengthy career. As Jerry Garcia was always fond of folk/acoustic instrumentation, these performances certainly bring out a playfulness in his demeanor.Listen to the full concert held on this date below, courtesy of Jamie Waddell/Archive.org:Setlist: Grateful Dead at Harpur College, Binghamton, NY – 5/2/70Set 1: Don’t Ease Me In, I Know You Rider, Friend Of The Devil, Dire Wolf, Beat It On Down The Line-> Black Peter, Candyman-> Cumberland Blues, Deep Elem Blues, Cold Jordan*, Uncle John’s Band Set 2: Saint Stephen-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Cosmic Charlie, Casey Jones, Good Lovin’-> Drums-> Good Lovin’, Cold Rain & Snow, It’s A Man’s World, Dancin’ In The Streets Set 3: Morning Dew, Viola Lee Blues-> Feedback-> We Bid You Good Night *with members of NRPSlast_img read more

12 Days Of Phishmas: Jon Fishman Is “The Little Drummer Boy” On 12/28/12

first_imgIn just one short day, Phish will settle in at Madison Square Garden for their traditional end-of-the-year run. Phish is no stranger to the Garden, having now played the famed venue in the heart of New York City 35 times over the course of their career. From their MSG debut in 1994 to their most recent appearances at the very beginning of 2016, the storied room has played host to some of the most treasured shows in the band’s history. As we inch closer to this year’s New Year’s Run, we will be bringing you our 12 Days Of Phishmas series, highlighting a different milestone MSG Phish show each day until we all head back to the Garden on the 28th. It wasn’t easy narrowing 35 down to 12, but we think you’ll be pleased with these classics from the Phish catalog. Enjoy!It’s been a glorious twelve days of Phishmas, getting to relive classic Phish shows from the band’s runs at Madison Square Garden. Through the first eleven Phishmas days, we’ve seen the band go into deep space funk, debut new songs, and ring in the New Year with shenanigans ranging from a Time Factory to a worldwide Meatstick celebration. For our last selection, we couldn’t resist the classic lyric “12 Drummers Drumming” to bring you a show from ’12 that highlights the drummer’s drumming. The “Little Drummer Boy” himself, Jon Fishman.The namesake of Phish is beloved not only for his donut pattern dress, but also his untenable ability as a drummer. When Trey Anastasio teases “Little Drummer Boy”, it’s a playful jib at Fishman’s reliability as a rhythmic conductor. Through Phish’s complex compositions, Jon Fishman is at the heart of it all.The first night of Phish’s four night stand at Madison Square Garden in 2012 was a fantastic show, kicking off the run in high festive spirits. With the holidays having just passed – a situation not unlike today – all sights were firmly set on the run. When the first notes of “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan” rang through the arena, there wasn’t a single fan not rejoicing in the moment. Phish was back!The first set was filled to the brim with tight rocking music, from “The Moma Dance” to “Funky Bitch” to a great “Tube > Stash” combination that had the place rocking. A little bluegrass “Nellie Kane” gave Mike Gordon a chance to shine, and big versions of “Kill Devil Falls” and “Free” showed the band’s true potential. They closed the set with an all-timer “Wolfman’s Brother,” a moment that shook the floors of MSG with the dancing grooves of 17,000 Phish fans.The show slowly became a dual tribute to Jon Fishman and the seasons greetings, as Trey led the “Wolfman’s” jam into the melody of “Little Drummer Boy.” The song had been teased many times in Phish’s earliest days, but hadn’t been dusted off since 2004. Pa rum pum pum pum.Though “Wolfman’s” brought the “Drummer Boy” jam, Trey brought the melody back once more when he wove it into a particularly fire rendition of “Twist” in the second set. They kept up the teasing in “Fluffhead” later in the set, with Page working out the melody during the powerful pill odyssey. Of course, the show was also noteworthy for its 20-minute “Tweezer” to open up the second set, one that wouldn’t be “Reprised” until just after midnight on New Year’s Eve. With “Bouncing Around The Room” and “Good Times Bad Times” for the encore, Phish bid their fans adieu with a great opening night show in 2012.You can enjoy full video of both sets below, courtesy of YouTube user thegreatboognish:Set 1 Set 2:Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/28/12Set 1: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, The Moma Dance, Funky Bitch, Army of One, Tube > Stash, Nellie Kane, Kill Devil Falls, Free, Wolfman’s BrotherSet 2: Tweezer > Maze, Twist > Theme From the Bottom -> Fluffhead > David BowieEncore: Bouncing Around the Room, Good Times Bad TimesThis show was webcast via LivePhish. Wolfman’s Brother contained a Heartbreaker tease from Mike and a Little Drummer Boy jam. Twist contained multiple Little Drummer Boy teases as well as quotes from Trey, referring to Fish, and Fluffhead contained a Little Drummer Boy tease from Page.Stay tuned over the coming days for more Phishmas! ‘Tis the season!On the twelfth day of Phishmas, a Phish phan played for me… 12 Drummer (Boys) Drumming (12/28/12)Eleven’s January First-ing! (1/1/11)Ten Sally’s Sneakin’ (12/30/97)Nine Ladies Dancing (to Meatstick) (12/31/10)Eight No Men Landing (12/31/15)Seven Jams A-Steamin’ (12/31/11)Six Walls a-Cavin’ (12/31/02)Five Song Second Set (12/29/97)Four Light Year Jams (12/29/98)Three Phishy Decades (12/31/13)Two Sitting Legends (10/22/96) and The Gamehendge Time Factory (12/31/95)!If you’re attending the run, there are plenty of things to do in between shows. For fans of the jam, head to any of these concerts in the area for a guaranteed good time!12/28: Aqueous + Mungion @ DROM (Phish After-Party) – tickets12/30: Phan Art w/ Formula 5 @ American Beauty (Phish Pre-Party) – FREE SHOW12/30-31: Spafford & Magic Beans @ American Beauty (Phish After-Party) – ticketslast_img read more

INTERVIEW: Kamasi Washington On Truth, His New EP, Working With Jam Bands & Hip-Hop Stars

first_img…[Photo: Phierce Photo by Keith G.]Kamasi Washington’s five-step program—”Desire”, “Humility”, “Knowledge”, “Perspective”, “Integrity”—culminates in the lengthy, multi-part “Truth”, a sonic and thematic distillation of the individual movements’ themes. In the Whitney exhibit, a film was displayed featuring five paintings focused on raw shapes and colors, each inspired by one of the first five movements of the suite. For the final number, the paintings were layered on top of each other to create a new, sixth image: an abstract depiction of a human face–the creation of harmony and cohesiveness out of difference; the attainment of Truth.All five pieces, refracted emotions, together reveal a single, more complete ideal when observed through the philosophical lens Kamasi lays out. But to hear Kamasi say it feels almost too simple—or, at the very least, much easier said than done. Why else would today’s world have such a tenuous grasp on the concept of Truth? Particularly in recent weeks, we’ve witnessed a deluge of past victims of assault and impropriety come forward and reveal truths that they’ve been forced to internalize for years. We’ve seen countless people we once admired and respected cast in starkly horrifying light as the truth of their actions bubbles to the surface, challenging our perceptions of the world.“I think it’s great that people are finally pulling those veils back. And I think the next step is actually doing something to not just punish, but prevent. I think that there’s a shortage of education and understanding,” he explains. “You know, racism, sexism, bigotry—all those things…they’re knowledge, they’re learned. I feel like, in general, they are pressed upon people, pushed upon them. And if we just kind of sit back passively and accept them, then they’re gonna show up. You have to be proactive. You have to go after these views before they manifest…Ignorance is the real root of most of our problems. And most of what it is is just a lack of knowledge. Most people are trying to do the right thing, they just don’t know…People who have been out there a little bit and have had experiences and had real connections with lots of different people, those people are rarely the ones with the most prejudices.”“I think knowledge is a bit more easily manipulated than truth is. It’s all part of the story. The information—even the accurate information—is only part of the whole story, you know what I mean?” He goes on, “There should be a ‘Humanity’ class for kids…to teach you acceptance, fairness…I know people don’t want others’ moralities being pressed upon them. But I think that there’s a kind of baseline level of morality that we all can come in agreement over. And there should be more education in that. Because [these views] form as a kid. We need to teach understanding…It’s the difference between ‘truth’ and ‘knowledge,’ you know what I mean?”…[Photo: Phierce Photo by Keith G.]Kamasi Washington got his education in understanding—in the harmony of difference—coming up in the L.A. jazz world. It afforded him a crash course on the inherent Truth in live performance, in chemistry; that intangible yet all-too-real “lightning-in-a-bottle” feeling you can’t quite catch with a recording.“It is kind of hard to capture that feeling in a record because when you listen to a live performance, in a way, you’re a contributor. When you listen to a recording, you’re an observer.” Kamasi explains. “When you listen to a recording, you’re observing a moment in time. When you listen to a live show, you’re in a moment in time.”“I’m super sensitive to that, deliberately,” says Washington. “I try to make the music a reflection of the moment and time and place that I’m in. I kind of try to take the vibe that’s in the room and start there, and then go somewhere from there. You can feel it as the set’s going. You feel where the energy is kind of moving, you know, and just go with that. It always ends up making music more fun,” he says. “It’s almost like ‘rowing with the current’ or ‘rowing against it,’ you know? If you’re rowing with the current, then you really get to movin’, and the music is just wide open. But you kind of have to let go—let go of any preconceived notions of what the show was gonna be, and let it be what it is.”Kamasi has vivid memories of the nights when that intangible feeling was in play. “Those moments, where it’s just special, I’ve had a lot of them,” he reflects. “Definitely that first show we did [behind The Epic]—my album release party—it’s a strong memory for me, because it was almost, like, my whole musical community: my whole city, my whole family, extended family, beyond just my blood.”“The Los Angeles music scene, and especially the jazz scene has been so opaque for so long, and that show just felt like the Berlin Wall coming down,” he remembers with a laugh.“That night, it felt like it was bigger than the music. Musically, it was great, but even beyond that, it was really that thing of the whole room really being in one place, in one mind, in one thing. And it was a long one—I think we played, like, five hours, or something crazy like that. But it felt like one minute.”Watch footage from Kamasi Washington’s album release party For The Epic below:  Kamasi Washington‘s latest EP, Harmony of Difference, wasn’t conceived as an album at all. It was created as the audio portion of a multi-media exhibit at New York’s vaunted Whitney Museum as part of their long-running and highly-regarded biennial survey of American art. “Normally when I write, the music comes first, and then I basically try to figure out what it’s about just like anyone else,” Kamasi says with a laugh via a phone call from Illinois. “It comes, I write it out, play it, and then I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s what this is.’ But the idea of a Harmony of Difference was what came first.” It was a study counterpoint, an exercise in introspection, in making opposing ideas come together to create something greater than the sum of its parts.Kamasi Washington To Be Joined By Robert Randolph and Break Science In NYCOut of that over-arching idea grew a single, specific focus: an examination of Truth, its composite notions and emotions, and the path that one must traverse to attain it. “I was trying to think of, you know, within this idea of Harmony of Difference, what I’m really trying to give to you…and that’s where ‘Truth’ came from. So [the EP’s final track] ‘Truth’ was actually the first title.”With “Truth” as a starting point, Kamasi began to conduct a logical emotional inventory of what that lofty ideal truly entails, and the concepts for the project’s individual movements followed. He continues, “I tried to think of, almost, the steps, or the path, to finding ‘Truth’, and sort of write the songs from those ideas.”As he begins to explain the meaning and placement of each Harmony of Difference movement, the big picture of the project comes into focus, and the tissues connecting the tracks’ distinct themes begin to show: “So [Opening track] ‘Desire’ is the beginning stage of someone’s journey to a greater Truth—you have to want it. And if you don’t really want it, you’re never gonna get it, because it’s something you have to work at,” he instructs. “Then ‘Humility’ is about being honest with yourself that you don’t know. So you have to want the Truth, and then you have to be honest and sure enough of yourself to accept the fact that you don’t have it. That can be the most difficult thing, actually, accepting your own weaknesses and your own failures and your own defeats.”“‘Knowledge’“, he goes on, “is the true first step: To learn, to go out, observe, experience things. Then there’s  ‘Perspective’—the wisdom that comes from knowledge, you know? Knowledge in itself is not very useful without a greater understanding and a greater realization of what you are in perspective, with the knowledge that you have—What is your perspective, what are you trying to understand, how does your knowledge relate to that. And then ‘Integrity’ is basically the final stage…At the end of the day, if you go on that journey, whatever truth you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it–but a lot of times what you find is not what you wanted. To really have that Truth, you have to have integrity…accept what you get.”Listen to Kamasi Washington’s ‘Harmony of Difference’ below: [Video: KamasiWashington]…As he’s broken out of L.A. and into the great big world beyond it, Kamasi Washington has worked with a dizzying array of artists from the furthest opposing corners of the music world. From St. Vincent to Run The Jewels, Soulive to Herbie Hancock—from jamming on festival main stages with The String Cheese Incident to composing orchestrations for Kendrick Lamar‘s revered 2015 studio album, To Pimp A Butterfly.Kamasi’s creative palette has colored music that could not sound more different–and that’s by design. He’s quick to explain in what ways playing with a String Cheese Incident differs from working with a Kendrick Lamar: “Oh, well, kinda, in every way possible,” he decides with a chuckle, reflecting on the bizarre fact that his resume prompts any connection between the ski-town jam band and the conscious Compton rapper.“That’s been my upbringing as a musician: just playing with different people, different styles,” he says. “I go into each one with a blank slate. I don’t even try to do what I do with Kendrick with String Cheese. If I’m playing with someone else and it’s their thing, I always try to speak their dialect, you know? But then try to bring something to it. It’s almost like, I come to the party prepared to eat the meal you prepared, but then I bring a dessert, you know? [laughs] Or I’ll bring a bottle of wine or something. So when I come to play with String Cheese, I try to get in their vibe and then see if there’s something in there that maybe I can add. Like ‘this would be nice in here, but it’s not there, so maybe I can add that. Okay, cool.’ And that’s all part of that experience. So what I may be able to add to them is different from what I may be able to add to Kendrick, because what Kendrick is trying to do is so different from what they’re trying to do.”String Cheese Incident with Kamasi Washington & Sheryl Renee — “I Want To Take You Higher”, Red Rocks, 7/16/2017[Video: The String Cheese Incident]…As to which paths his journey may take next, Kamasi Washington is, as usual, open to whatever comes. “The world kind of dictates it, in a lot of ways,” he says pensively. “I don’t know…And myself–I change, the world changes. When I was making The Epic, it was really about trying to express who I am. That’s what I was really trying to do. Because at that point in my life, that was kind of missing. I was using my talents to express other people’s feelings, other people’s visions. And I felt like I was almost losing sight of my own, so that was the reason I had that ‘moment’. On Harmony of Difference, it was about how the world was going—overarching energy and air was starting to turn. I felt compelled to do something to counteract it. Everyone was throwing dirt, let me sweep some up [laughs], because that’s where I felt like I was at.”“Lately,” he confides, “I’ve been playing so much of my own music and touring for so long that I felt like, kinda, in my own head a bit. And so that’s kind of where my energy is now, it’s kind of really introspective—looking at who I am, what I am, what do I really think. I feel like it changes. I never wanna lock myself into one thing because that may not be what’s me, you know? You wanna be open. You don’t wanna always be wearing hiking boots, and then you get to the lake and you’ve gotta swim, you know what I mean? I kinda keep it open. One day I might need to climb, another day I might need to swim.”Whether he’s hiking, swimming, flying, or trying something new and different we haven’t seen before; whatever journeys he goes on next—all signs indicate that it will be a path worth following with him. And that’s the truth…On Wednesday, November 22nd, Kamasi Washington will make his way to Terminal 5 NYC for a special Thanksgiving-Eve performance featuring an appearance from sacred steel guitar master Robert Randolph with special guests Break Science. As Kamasi notes, “There’s an intensity to New York which I don’t think exists anywhere else.”You can purchase tickets to the performance HERE.Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets Below!last_img read more

Welsh Teenager Handed Life Sentence For Plotting Terror Attack At Justin Bieber Concert

first_img17-year-old Llantrisant, Wales native Lloyd Gunton has been handed a life sentence after being convicted of plotting a terror attack at Justin Bieber‘s June 2017 show in Cardiff. He will serve at least 11 years in prison before being given the opportunity for parole.In November of last year, Gunton was found guilty of planning the foiled attack, which was set to take place just weeks after an Islamic State-inspired bombing claimed more than 20 lives at Ariana Grande‘s May 22nd concert in Manchester, England. As The Guardian reports, prior to Bieber’s Cardiff, Wales show, Gunton researched the security in place for the performance. He also penned a “martyrdom letter,” recovered when authorities raided his home on the day of the show. It read:“I am a soldier of the Islamic State. I have attacked Cardiff today because your government keep on bombing targets in Syria and Iraq. There will be more attacks in the future.”When they raided his home, police also found a backpack containing a knife and a claw hammer. According to The Guardian, jurors at Birmingham crown court, where the case was tried, were told Gunton had also written a note with bullet points including “run down the non-believers with a car” and “strike the infidels who oppose Allah in the neck.”The defense for Gunton, who is on the autism spectrum, argued that the teenager was simply curious about the Islamic State (ISIS), and had no intention to actually carry out a terror attack. As The Guardian reports, “He told the jury he had a ‘stupid interest in the gory’ and was curious about ISIS, but claimed he had no intention of carrying out a terrorist attack…In the witness box, Gunton said he did not possess a copy of the Qur’an, did not believe in Islam and ate ham.”As Gunton told the court during his trial, “I wanted to see how easy it was for people who had an interest in terrorism to go online and get information, because the police and the government are trying to crack down on terrorism and radicalization. I wanted to see if it was possible, not for me, but from someone else’s point of view.”During sentencing, the judge did not let Gunton’s disorder affect his decisions, explaining:Yours is not a condition from which you will recover… It is important that, having been tempted to commit a serious offence such as this, you are under some form of supervision for the rest of your life.You can read the judge’s full verdict and sentencing explanation here.[H/T The Guardian]last_img read more

Life sciences lab to open in Allston in November

first_imgBoston—The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is the newest addition to the growing portfolio of innovation facilities on Western Avenue in Allston, joining the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) which opened in 2011, and the Harvard Launch Lab, a start-up incubator which opened in 2014.Made possible by a gift from Judy (M.B.A. ’83) and Steve Pagliuca (M.B.A. ’82), the lab will offer shared space for high-potential life sciences and biotech startups that are founded by Harvard faculty, alumni, students, and postdoctoral scholars. It will provide learning and career development opportunities to Harvard students, equip scientific startups with the lab resources and programming needed to grow and scale life science ventures, and generate insights and expertise about what it will take for Harvard to continue to build a successful life science environment.“The Life Lab is a vital building block in Harvard’s efforts to create an innovation hub in Allston that encourages our students and faculty to explore and nurture ideas that lead to new knowledge, new products, new services and perhaps even new industries,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “We are extremely grateful to the Pagliuca family for their generosity and for recognizing the importance of innovation in the life sciences.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Poorman appointed to Portland

first_imgFr. Mark Poorman has been appointed executive vice president and associate professor of theology at the University of Portland, effective July 2011. Poorman, associate professor of theology and former vice president for Student Affairs at Notre Dame, said he is “grateful, honored and excited to accept the invitation to serve the University of Portland as executive vice president.” The University of Portland, a Catholic university in Oregon, has been closely affiliated for more than a century with the Congregation of Holy Cross in South Bend, Ind. Poorman’s administrative responsibilities will include management oversight of the divisions of University operations, financial affairs, University relations and student affairs, he said. “Specifically, the vice presidents who lead all those divisions will report to me and I will support them so they can be as effective as possible in their service to the University,” he said. “Of course, as a priest I will be involved in the pastoral mission of the University.” Poorman said the faculty at the University of Portland is centered around students, and the Catholic character of the institution is evident in many dimensions of the school’s academic and community life.  “The University of Portland is interested in educating the whole person — intellectually, emotionally and spiritually — something to which I’ve devoted my priesthood and religious life,” he said. “So it’s a good fit.”  Poorman served as vice president for Student Affairs from 1999 to 2010. In this position, he was responsible for a $25 million annual budget and 300 staff members. His administrative duties involved supervising Notre Dame’s residential life as well as other student services, activities and programs, including Campus Ministry, Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), the Student Activities Office (SAO), the Counseling Center, Health Services, the Career Center, the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, the Gender Relations Center and Multicultural and International Student Services. He stepped down from his position as vice president in November 2009, effective June 30. “During his tenure as vice president, Poorman led the Division of Student Affairs through a period of growth and development in numerous areas, including the integration of academics and residential life, the enhancement of programs and activities contributing to campus social life, ongoing efforts to welcome and retain a diverse student body and continuous improvement of a broad range of student services,” a press release said. Poorman also oversaw the construction of Ryan and Duncan residence halls, the Coleman-Morse Center, Hammes-Mowbray Hall, Legends of Notre Dame and the renovation of St. Liam Hall. Prior to his appointment as vice president, Poorman served at Notre Dame as executive assistant to the executive vice president and the president. Poorman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois, and earned his master of divinity degree from Notre Dame. He was ordained a priest in 1982, and his first assignment after ordination was to come to Notre Dame to serve as rector of Dillon Hall, associate director of Campus Ministry, and instructor in theology. He then pursued graduate studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics. After earning his Ph.D., Poorman returned to the Notre Dame theology department to serve full-time on the faculty. One of Poorman’s most significant experiences at Notre Dame, he said, has been serving as priest-in-residence in Keough Hall. He has lived in Keough since 1996, the year the dorm opened. “I have always considered the pastoral presence of Holy Cross in the residence halls to be one of the best features of our higher education institutions, and surely one of the most rewarding ministries in the Congregation,” he said. Poorman said living with students enhances his understandings of his other roles. He plans to live in a residence hall at the University of Portland. “It has kept me very close to the experiences of students and has afforded me a perspective that informed my roles as faculty, staff and administration and indeed, my vocation as a priest,” he said. “Leaving Keough will be one of the most difficult separations I’ll have to make in moving to Portland. The community we have there is special, even by Notre Dame’s high standards.” Poorman said he looks forward to serving the University of Portland, because it is a Holy Cross institution dedicated to teaching and learning, faith and formation, as well as service and leadership. “University of Portland embodies the same Holy Cross charisma of ‘educating in the faith’ as our other schools: Notre Dame, Stonehill College, King’s College and St. Edward’s University,” he said. Poorman said in all of these places, members of the Congregation serve as faculty, staff, administrators and pastoral ministers. “Our hope is that we are able, through the grace of God, to be agents of formation and transformation for students and others,” he said.last_img read more

Test Garden Soil

first_imgYour county Extension agent has soil test bags and information on how to take a representativesoil sample. The Extension agent will submit your soil to the UGA Soil, Plant and WaterAnalysis Lab and help you interpret the test results. “The main purpose of applying lime is to correct the pH,” Granberry said. “But it also suppliesneeded calcium and magnesium, if you use dolomitic lime. Garden vegetables need both of thesenutrients.” Maintaining a proper pH is so important, Granberry said, because many nutrients get tied up andunavailable when the pH is too low. Without nutrients, plants can’t grow properly. “You may have neglected a very important task,” Granberry said. “You have to soil test todetermine soil pH and fertilizer needs.” Your favorite garden spot just isn’t producing as it used to, in spite of more fertilizer, carefulwatering and better varieties. Is your memory fading, or were those tomatoes really redder ingardens past? Old-timers sometimes say soil sours and needs a “sweetening” with lime. “Actual symptoms can vary considerably, depending on which nutrient or nutrients are deficientor toxic,” Granberry said. “Vegetable yields are reduced progressively as the soil becomes moreacid. Little or no yields are obtained with a pH around 4.5 to 5.0.” Most vegetables grow best at a pH of 6.0 to 6.5, which is only slightly acid. If it dips below 6.0,the gardener should be adding lime in the fall so it can be worked in several months before springplanting. It’s your soil’s nutrient balance, said Darbie Granberry, a horticulturist with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service. It’s not your memory. “Adding extra fertilizer in a low-pH situation doesn’t compensate for the low pH because manyof the added elements quickly become tied up, too,” he said. Although soil testing is the only accurate way to learn the pH level, you can let your vegetablestell you when there’s a problem. Plants remain small or stunted and usually show poor leaf color.Leaves’ edges may also turn brown. The only accurate way to know your garden’s pH level is by soil testing. That’s not far from truth, Granberry said. As heavy rates of nitrogen fertilizer are applied overtime, the soil becomes more acid. Take advantage of the fall season and your county agent’s services, Granberry said.last_img read more

Kids Activities

first_imgHustling your child from ballet recitals to T-ball games and scouting events to theatre rehearsal may not be the best way to raise a well-rounded child, says a University of Georgia child development specialist. “The concern developmentally with overscheduling is young children through elementary school still learn a lot through play,” said Diane Bales, a child development specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “That unstructured time, the opportunity to make their own decisions and set their own rules, is very important. Kids who have a lot of [organized] activities have less of that free time.” Playtime is learning time“The perception adults have about play is it is something kids do when they aren’t doing something important,” she said. “Actually it is one of the most important things they do.”Children learn best through active exploration, Bales said, “what we call play.” Children who don’t get enough time to play often have trouble making decisions when they get older. In a 2007 report in Pediatrics titled “The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds,” researchers said that play contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well being of children and youth.“Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts and to learn self-advocacy skills,” the report went on to say.“We’re starting to see children who can’t play well,” Bales said. “They’re always wanting an adult to tell them what to do, when to do it and how to do it.”According to Bales, children who play less are less creative as they get older and have trouble developing more complex problem-solving skills.“Children who are given opportunities to play make decisions, choose an activity, plan and come up with creative solutions,” Bales said. “Those skills can be helpful later on when you have to make decisions and evaluate situations.”Extracurricular activities? The scheduled activities children participate in are valuable too, Bales said, but there needs to be a balance. “There is no magical number; different families have different tolerances for busyness and so do children,” she said.Stress levels tend to rise in families with children who participate in multiple extracurricular activities. “Children perceive this stress,” she said. “There is a lot of research that children behave differently when there is stress in the family.”Competitive sports may not be the best fit for small children and can add to the stress in the family. “Very young children, under age 6 to 7, are not naturally competitive. They don’t have the drive to compete,” Bales said. “When adults are pushing too hard for them to be competitive it can add a lot of stress to the situation.”If children are unhappy with the number of activities they are involved with, consider taking a break. Choose some activities that aren’t structured or that don’t adhere to a strict set of rules. Consider art classes over piano or a mix of scouting with soccer.last_img read more

February 15, 2004 On the Move

first_imgFebruary 15, 2004 On the Move Wyman Duggan has joined Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., in Jacksonville. He concentrates in real estate, transactional, land use and zoning, and community association law. Sean T. Desmond and John J. Maceluch, Jr. announce the opening of Desmond & Maceluch, P.A., with offices at 249 East Sixth Ave., Tallahassee, 32303, (850) 222-7100. Elisa Nocito, M.D. and Camille Coolidge have become associated with Mager Shafer in Ft. Lauderdale. Dr. Nocito concentrates on insurance, medical malpractice, and healthcare law. Coolidge focuses in commercial and residential real estate, estate planning, and probate. Jeffrey Ostrow of Gelch Taylor Hodkin Kopelowitz & Ostrow, P.A., has become managing partner. He concentrates in the areas of personal injury and commercial litigation. Thomas R. Ungleich has become the international law attorney at Headquarters, U.S. Air Forces Korea, Osan Air Base, South Korea for the Department of the Air Force. He will negotiate draft, and monitor compliance of various agreements involving the U.S. Air Force and Korean government agencies. He has been employed at Robins AFB, Georgia, since 2000. His new mailing address will be: HQ 7th AF/JA, Unit 2047, APO, AP 96278. Steven Kushner and Yeline Goin have joined the new office of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., at 14241 Metropolis Ave., Ste. 100, Ft. Myers. Kushner concentrates in commercial and residential real estate. Goin, formerly, senior attorney for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Land Sales, in Tallahassee, represents condominiums and homeowner associations. Stephen P. Johnson and Mary C. Gomez have become associated with Carlton Fields in Miami. Johnson, formerly an associate general counsel and vice president of business development for Qcorps Residential, Inc., joined the corporate, securities, taxation and asset based financing practice group. Gomez concentrates in marital and family law. Holland & Knight has added 27 attorneys in various offices nationwide. Christopher G. Commander and Peter P. Hargitai, have become partners in the Jacksonville office. Commander concentrates in corporate matters, and real estate. Hargitai focuses in commercial litigation and intellectual property. Patricia M. Hernandez has become partner in the Miami office. She concentrates in financial institutions and international law. Kathryn B. Williams and Suzanne E. Gilbert have become partners in the Orlando office. Williams concentrates in real estate transactions, development and finance, commercial leasing, and mortgage banking. Gilbert practices in commercial litigation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. James R. Daughton Jr., has become partner in the Tallahassee office. Daughton represents business clients before the legislative and executive branches of Florida government, with an emphasis in financial services, technology, and health care. Eric Thorn and Alexis Calleja have become associated with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., in Miami. Thorn concentrates in commercial litigation, general aviation, medical malpractice and wrongful death. Calleja practices in products liability and asbestos defense litigation. Christine P. Yates, Lisa D. MacClugage and Ed Curtis have been named directors of Tripp Scott P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale. Yates concentrates in probate, trust and guardianship administration, and intellectual property. MacClugage concentrates in employment law and complex commercial litigation. Curtis focuses his practice on aviation and commercial litigation. Troy Rillo has become a partner with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart in Miami. He concentrates in corporate, securities and international law. Ourednik Law Offices, P.A. has relocated to 4925 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville 32207, (904) 396-8080. Ourednik concentrates in estate planning, probate, guardianship, business planning, taxation, nonprofit organizations and elder law. Nora L. Miller has been promoted to deputy administrator for professional services at Gunster Yoakley. Page & Eichenblatt has moved from its office on 17-92 in Winter Park to the new the historic Beardall House at 214 E. Lucerne Circle.The Law Office of Robert D. Melton, P.A., has relocated to 1000 East Robinson Street, Orlando 32801, telephone (407) 841-4400. Melton practices personal injury law. Michael B. Germain has become associated with Phelps Dunbar in Tampa. He concentrates in commercial litigation. Bander & Associates, P.A., has changed its name to Bander & Scarlatelli, P.A., with offices at 444 Brickell Ave., Ste. 300, Miami 33131, 777 Palm Ave., Ste. 8, Sarasota, 34236, phone: Miami: 305-358-5800, Sarasota: 941-917-0066, fax: Miami: 305-374-6593, Sarasota: 941-917-0058. Douglas W. Ackerman and James C. Washburn have become partners at Kirwin Norris, P.A., with offices at 338 W. Morse Blvd., Ste. 150, Winter Park, 32789, phone (407) 740-6600. Ackerman and Washburn both concentrate in commercial and construction litigation. Steel Hector & Davis of Miami has added seven new partners. Fernando Carabano-Mele works in the Caracas and Miami offices. He concentrates in mergers and acquisitions. Diamela del Castillo focuses in general trial and appellate work. Jay Kim practices in complex litigation and represents Korean and other Asian-based corporate clients in corporate and litigation matters. Robert C.L. Vaughan is an appellate attorney who practices in commercial and complex labor cases with international impact. Alfredo G. Anzola focuses his practice on structuring and negotiating international downstream and upstream energy projects. Barbara Bolten Litten is a litigator in the West Palm Beach office. She practices in complex and multi-district, insurance, and products liability litigation. Jonathan B. Butler of the West Palm Beach office practices in the areas of labor and employment and multi-district and complex litigation. Carl V. Romano and John P. Grygiel have become associated with Broad and Cassel in Orlando. Romano concentrates in the real estate group of the firm. Grygiel, formerly assistant general counsel and assistant secretary to the New York City Housing Development Corporation, practices in the affordable housing and tax credit group of the firm. Candice D. Tobin has been appointed by U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn as his career judicial law clerk. Ronald Scott Kaniuk, formerly of Salomon Green & Ostrow, P.C., has become of counsel to Kera Graubard & Litzman, with offices at 240 Madison Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, N.Y., phone (212) 681-1600, The general practice firm handles real estate, litigation, bankruptcy, and collection matters. Robert R. Hearn has become partner with Zuckerman Spaeder in Tampa. Hearn focuses his practice on complex civil litigation. Nora Galego and Jeanne Fuentes, formerly of Allen & Galego, announce the opening of Galego & Fuentes. The firm concentrates in residential and commercial real estate law, with offices at 604 Crandon Blvd., Ste. 205, Key Biscayne, 33149, phone (305) 365-9000. Akerman Senterfitt and Muller Mintz, P.A., have merged. The Muller Mintz attorneys who now practice in the Akerman Senterfitt Miami office: James C. Crosland, James S. Bramnick, Carmen S. Johnson, Denise M. Heekin, Paul T. Ryder, Jr., Marlene Quintana Morales, Jenna Rinehart Rassif, David C. Miller, Miguel A. Martinez, Suzan Jo, and Kelly Cheary Sulzberger. The attorneys joining the Akerman Senterfitt Ft. Lauderdale office include Gordon D. Rogers, Debra M. Lubkin, Leslie Miller Tomczak, and J. Michael Marshall. The attorneys moving to the Akerman Senterfitt Orlando office: David V. Kornreich, Jeffrey E. Mandel, Benton N. Wood, and David A. Young. The firm represents management in contract negotiations, arbitrations, union election campaigns, unfair labor practice proceedings, employment discrimination charges, employment litigation, and occupation safety and health charges. Heather J. Encinosa and Christopher M. Traber have become shareholders at Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, P.A. Encinosa is in the Tallahassee office and concentrates in government finance and tax. Traber is in the Tampa office and concentrates in the representation of governments and banking institutions in transactions financing health care facilities, water/wastewater facilities, manufacturing facilities, educational facilities and implementation of special revenue sources related to the issuance of tax-exempt bonds. Michelle Lorenzo-Palacio and Deirdre Nero have joined Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., in Miami. Lorenzo-Palacio, formerly a legislative aide to Rep. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, is a consultant in the firm’s government relations group. Nero is an attorney with the firm’s international business, trade and customs law group. J. Ronald Denman has become vice president and general counsel to General Tobacco, Inc. M. Sean Moyles has been named a partner at the law firm of Zinober & McCrea, P.A., Tampa. The practice represents management in labor and employment law matters. Ruden McClosky has opened a new office in Orlando. A. Brian Phillips of Phillips & Associates, P.A., and Michael R. Lowe and William F. Sutton, Jr., formerly of Greenberg Traurig, have joined the firm as partners. Phillips concentrates his practice in white-collar criminal defense, tax controversy, and commercial litigation. Lowe and Sutton practice in health law and represent clients in federal and Florida regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters. The firm’s address is 111 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 1750, Orlando, 32801, telephone: (407) 244-8000. Steven L. Cantor and Hal J. Webb announce the name change of its law firm to Cantor & Webb P.A. The practice concentrates in international tax and estate planning, real estate, and corporate matters for international clients. Tami Diebel has become associated with Mateer Harbert in Orlando. Rogers Towers, P.A., Jacksonville, has promoted the following lawyers to shareholder: Charles R. Curley, Jr., Rene M. Fix, Lori S. Patterson, Troy K. Smith, and Richard S. Vermut. Curley practices in tax law. Fix focuses in labor and employment law and commercial litigation. Patterson concentrates in the area of labor law and employment-based immigration law representing management. Smith concentrates in civil trial litigation, with special emphasis in the areas of construction, lien and landlord/tenant law. Vermut practices in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition law, computer law, and intellectual property. Jesse H. Little has become associated with Steel Hector & Davis in West Palm Beach. Little, formerly of Stokes, Bartholomew, Evans & Petree in Nashville, concentrates in estate planning and estate and trust administration. February 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Exponential technology to reshape financial industry

first_imgI recently had the pleasure of giving the opening remarks at the 2015 TMG Executive Summit. This year’s summit, which focused on key industry topics including cyber security, innovation and the future of payments, was held July 27-29 in Vancouver, Canada.In my opening remarks, I explored the question: What will it take to thrive in the future? Before an audience of financial institution (FI) leaders, I worked to expand minds wider and broader than ever to the potential of exponential technology by offering a glimpse into the possibilities of innovation in the financial sector.Exponential technology takes many forms. Here are a few with the greatest potential to drive innovation within our industry.Artificial Intelligence (AI)AI replicates processes seen only in the human brain – except it does so with infinitely more processing power. It’s the mashing together of the power of the human brain with the power of computers. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more