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The second set opened with The Animals’ “House Of The Rising Sun,” as things continued to heat. “Lazarus” came next, which segued into a “Ricky Marten” containing more teases of “Brent Black.” After “Time Ed,” the band welcomed guest guitarist Suke Cerulo for some serious “Moth.” Cerulo is a member of a few bands, including the Conehead Buddhas. It rocked!The set concluded with a “Rebubula > Four > Rebubula” jam out, before encoring with a potent version of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” to close out the whole run. What a show!Watch “Ziggy Stardust” below, thanks to Phil Rose:Setlist: moe. at PlayStation Theater, New York, NY – 3/19/16I: The Ghost Of Ralph’s Mom, George, Blond Hair And Blue Eyes, Brent Black > Jump Around > Brent Black > The Imperial March > Brent BlackSet Two: The House Of The Rising Sun, Lazarus > Ricky Marten^ > Time Ed, Moth*, Rebubula > Four > RebubulaEncore: Ziggy Stardust^ = w/ Brent Black teases* = w/ Suke Cerulo on guitar moe. ~ 3/19/16 ~ PlayStation Theater > Jump Around !!!Posted by Moe. on Saturday, March 19, 2016 Last night, moe. concluded a three night stand in the Big Apple, playing a powerful finale at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square. The energy was electric, as the storied jammers wasted no time getting to work, opening the show with “The Ghost Of Ralph’s Mom.”Certainly the highlight of the first set was a cover-filled “Brent Black” medley, as the band weaved House of Pain’s “Jump Around” and the Star Wars theme “The Imperial March” into the original song. Thankfully, the band has shared a clip from their “Jump Around” cover, which you can stream below:
El Nino’s warm Pacific Ocean currents could bring January flooding toGeorgia. It could spell excess snowfall. Or it could mean nothing at all.Nothing is certain with this baby.The western Pacific Ocean warms and cools in cycles. Normally, east-to-westwinds pile up warm water in the western Pacific, while deep, cold waterrises to the surface along the South American coast.Every few years, the trade winds change, allowing the pool of warm waterto move east, where it blocks the rising cold water. These changes helptrigger the global weather changes associated with El Nino.El Nino (Spanish for “the little boy,”) is so named because it usuallyarrives around Christmas.A typical El Nino event lasts for 14 to 22 months. It decays when thereis no longer enough warm water to sustain the cycle.El Nino’s effects reach far and wide. It has been blamed for everythingfrom the destruction of the anchovy crop in Peru to increased snake bitesin Montana to an outbreak of the bubonic plague in New Mexico.But El Nino can also affect your own backyard.”Some scientists are cautioning that weather effects could be severe,particularly on the U.S. West Coast,” said WalterReeves, a DeKalb CountyExtension Agent with the University of Georgia.”Or they might not even happen.”The last El Nino of this magnitude occurred during the winter of 1982through the spring of ’83. Below average temperatures were recorded inevery month from January through June. April was the fourth coolest everrecorded.”Each month, from January through April, there were three more rainydays than are normal,” Reeves said.Excess water and cold could spell disaster for landscapes.”Although these events might not be repeated with this El Nino,” Reevessaid, “it makes sense to pay attention to winter flower beds to make surethey’re well-drained.”You can check your beds for good drainage in two ways, said PaulThomas, an extension horticulturist with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Pour a couple of buckets of water on it, and if the water doesn’t drainaway quickly, you could have compacted soil,” Thomas said. “Or water thebed and see how long it stays wet.”If El Nino brings a wet winter, Thomas said, there isn’t much you cando to help shrubs and lawns. But you can help your beds.”If there has ever been a year to turn over your annual beds and breakup that soil, this is it,” he said. “Add organic matter like bark or peanuthulls to the soil to add more air spaces for water to percolate through.”North Georgia’s clay-heavy soil allows only tiny spaces for air. Whenit rains, the water replaces the air and forces it out of the ground. Ifthe soil stays wet too long, it can suffocate the plants’ roots.”This year, if we have a wetter, sloppier winter,” Thomas said, “homeownerswant to add enough big-particle-matter compost and till it in as deep asyou can to allow water to drain away.”Reeves also recommends checking the drainage patterns of surface waternear beds.”If surface water removal depends on a drain system,” Reeves said, “checkthe drains often and keep them clear, or you may find your pansies bobbingmerrily down the Chattahoochee.”Another nasty blow El Nino could deliver is tampering with the firstand last frost dates.In the 1983 El Nino, an April 20 last frost was the fourth latest recordedin the history books.
Name: Lowri AllenAge: 21Job title: Account executive Company & location: Pudology, South WalesEducation: BSC management (specialising in marketing) at the University of Manchester Why did you decide to go for a career in food? I always wanted to work in a fast-paced and exciting industry. At university one of my courses was on retail marketing. I was surprised at how much hard work, extensive planning and implementation is involved in launching a product into a supermarket. I never imagined that six months later I’d have first-hand experience working alongside successful entrepreneurs. Pudology approached me and as soon as I met the people and saw the passion for what they do, I knew the food sector was for me.Explain your job to us in a sentence (or two): My role includes a bit of everything, which is ideal as I want to be exposed to all sides of business. I’ve been involved in marketing, manufacturing, new business development, and product development. Although it is extremely busy, I love it!What does a typical day look like for you? A lot of people say ‘no two days are the same’ but they really are not! One day I could be traveling to Newcastle or Leeds for meetings, the next I could be in the office making social media content and chatting to potential brand influencers, or analysing our sales reports from retailers. Pudology is a small business, but we accomplish so much in a week.Tell us about how you went about applying for your job. I began applying for jobs during my university exams. I had a few interviews, but I didn’t get that good feeling I was hoping to find. Then Gareth Hobbs, MD at Visionary Group, contacted me and said he and Pudology founder Lucy [Wager] were looking to hire someone to join the team. We had a very informal chat about what I was looking for, what my skills were etc, and then I received an email to come in for a meeting in the office. With that, I was asked to do a presentation to describe how I would execute taking a new food product to the market. The team really put me at ease. I had that great feeling and knew it was somewhere I would enjoy working and would totally love it. After that Gareth and Lucy rang me and offered me the job. I was over the moon, and that day I found out I got a first in my degree. A good day all round!“The tools we pick up at university and our second nature knowledge of social media are brilliant for organisations”What’s the best part about working for a food company? One great thing about working for Pudology is that there is always something happening, whether it’s a new trend or a new customer, especially in the free-from market – it’s growing so fast. But the best thing is the free puddings of course!And what’s the biggest misconception people have about working in food & drink? It is so varied, fast-paced and intense but I don’t think people realise this. I am still only learning about all the many different roles there are in the food and drink industry and the wealth of opportunity there is. I was shocked at how little I had heard or seen about it considering it is the UK’s largest manufacturing industry. My family have all commented how they never knew there was so much going on behind the scenes of food brands.What advice would you give to other young people looking to get into the industry? Be open to every opportunity you get. When you are young it is easy to feel intimidated because of your age or lack of experience but the tools we pick up at university and our second nature knowledge of social media are actually brilliant for organisations. As long as you work hard, gain experience and throw yourself into every situation, then eventually you will gain a lot more confidence.What’s your ultimate career dream? The way we work at Pudology is great. We all have amazing relationships with Lucy, which generates a contagious, positive energy. This creates a less stressful atmosphere and makes it a really enjoyable place to work. I would love to start and run my own business in this way one day.Interested in finding out more about food & drink careers? Check out The Grocer Jobs for the latest vacancies
The goals just keep on coming for Montego Bay United’s forward Owayne Gordon, who fired in a hat-trick in Wednesday night’s opening Group Three Caribbean Football Union Club Championship win over Scholars International of Cayman, played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Gordon scored in the 25th, 73rd and 80th minutes with an own goal coming from Scholars midfielder Courtney Duval in the 42nd minute. It was Gordon’s first-ever hat-trick for MBU. MBU’s win sets up what will likely be an interesting match against the defending champions Central FC from Trinidad on Sunday. Central will bow into action this evening when they meet the wounded Scholars in an 8 p.m. kick-off at the complex. MBU were made to work hard in the first 15 minutes to break down the Scholars team before Paul “Tegat” Davis-coached team began to settle and eventually turned the game in their favour, with Gordon in particular looking sharp upfront. “I was enjoying myself out there; it’s always nice to score goals but I think I enjoyed these greatly because it is my first hat-trick for MBU,” Gordon said. “They played hard but we are MBU and the team did what the coach asked and we got the important win,” added Gordon. The opening goal came from the penalty spot. Gordon stepped up to fire to the left of Scholars goalie Jermaine Brown after a defender had handled the ball. From there on there was little the visitors could do to stop the now marauding MBU team, buoyed by the early goal. The local team’s third goal and Gordon’s second was MBU at their best; a series of neat passes ended up with Gordon being fouled close to the area. Gordon struck the ball sweetly to the left of Brown in Scholars goal for a 3-0 lead. His hat-trick was completed when he lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the unprotected net to complete the rout. “I am just happy to win tonight. I hope we play better in our next match and score more goals too,” added Gordon. Western Bureau
The Government and people of Guyana mourn the death of former Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretary-General, Sir Meredith Alister McIntyre.Sir Alister was a part of the three-member team of eminent Caribbean scholars that was appointed by Caricom Heads of Government in 1990 to examine the state of regional integration, and the ensuing report “A Time for Action” in 1991 arguably began a process of regional introspection that resulted in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas in 2001. This established the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).Former Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretary General, Sir Meredith Alister McIntyreHe was born in St Georges, Grenada, and became known as one of the pre-eminent academics and intellectuals of the Caribbean, specialising in development and regional integration.In 1974, he was appointed Secretary-General of Caricom and thus began a distinguished career in regional and international politics.As an academic, Sir Alister gave yeoman service to the University of the West Indies where he lectured before becoming, in 1967, the Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research. He also served as an assistant professor at both Princeton and Columbia University. In 1988, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, a post that he held until his retirement in 1998.In 1989, he was appointed as the first Good Officer of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy. He served with distinction until 1999 in efforts to resolve the controversy.Sir Alister had taken the opportunity of his post in Georgetown as the Caricom Secretary-General to acquaint himself with Guyana politics. He acquainted himself well in this assignment as Good Officer.In 1975, he assisted the Government of Guyana in its quest to transform the economy. Along with William Demas, he served as an adviser to the Restructuring Committee, which had been mandated to plan that transformation and, in 1977, produced a report edited by the late Haslyn Parris. The State Planning Act was subsequently passed in Parliament.In 1980, McIntyre, with a team including renowned Canadian Professor Gerry Heleiner, produced a report on Guyana’s Economic Recovery Programme. The report set out to explain why such a radical economic programme was required, its key elements and alternative options.Sir Shridat Ramphal was the architect of that national initiative. Sir Alister, as Chief Technical Adviser, also teamed up with Sir Shridat to lay the foundation for what was undoubtedly the region’s best known and most formidable negotiating apparatuses, and a model for other developing countries and regions, the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM).Then, the 1989 Commonwealth Advisory Group (the McIntyre Report) on Guyana’s economic and social situation had concluded that Guyana’s economy was “now ranked below Haiti as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere”, and had emphasised that this state of affairs was “clearly unsustainable”.Before his appointment as UN Good Officer, Sir Alister also served the United Nations system as Director of the Commodities Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as well as Deputy Secretary-General of that body. Further, he later served as Assistant Secretary-General in the Office of the Director General for International Economic Cooperation at United Nations Headquarters.Among his numerous honours, which include several Honorary Degrees, Sir Alister was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC); the Order of Merit (OM) of the Government of Jamaica, the Cacique Crown of Honour (CCH) of the Government of Guyana, and Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen of England.In December 2016, Sir Alister published “The Caribbean and The Wider World: Commentaries on My Life and Career”. The book chronicles his extraordinary life and wide-ranging career in diplomacy, politics and academia. It also outlined perspectives on the development of integration and regionalism in the Caribbean.To the region that nurtured him, in turn, he gave his life in selfless service and dedication, an invaluable contribution to the goal of the integration of its peoples and countries, in which he truly believed.The Government and people of Guyana join the Caricom fraternity in expressing heartfelt condolences to the family and relatives of Sir Alister, and share the region’s grief at the passing of one of our most illustrious sons.
Donegal County Council is to send out its fleet of gritters early on Saturday morning as temperatures are set to plunge overnight.Indeed Met Eireann has warned that snow could hit many parts of Donegal tomorrow morning.Gritters will be sent out on a number of primary routes by the council from 5am onwards. The situation will be continually assessed as the weather warning continues.Met Eireann says temperatures for Donegal will dip to zero degrees with snow forecast from 3am onwards.The following routes are those to be gritted with all motorists being asked to exercise caution in the morning.06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana Town Council Priority 1LT: Letterkenny Town Priority 1 Council sends out gritters as Met Eireann forecast snow overnight was last modified: March 19th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:councildonegalgritterssnow
Dr Vanessa Naidoo worked with Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South SudanDr Vanessa Naidoo’s international career in medicine was inspired by Nelson Mandela’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of South Africans. She reflects on her choice to serve as a healthcare practitioner and the importance of Mandela opening up about his son’s death as a result of Aids-related complications.As the world quiets down after commemorating International Mandela Day 2014 and Service Month, as we now refer to July in South Africa, we are filled with sadness that our icon and the father of our democracy is no longer with us.However, his vision and legacy of respect for human dignity, irrespective of race, class or creed, and for the holistic wellbeing of the people of our country, will serve to inspire generations of South Africans to come. I am one of those who has been encouraged by his vision, to use my passion for healthcare to serve the people of South Africa and beyond, hence my work with Doctors Without Borders (MSF).I have been inspired by the vision that guided President Mandela – to see a South Africa that was free of oppression, want and disease. My work at MSF enables me to contribute to this vision and to make it a reality for the people we serve, in South Africa and abroad – like in South Sudan, where I recently worked with MSF for a few months in a vast refugee camp.A REALISED VISION FOR FREE PRIMARY HEALTHCAREWhen Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as President, his first task was to redress the social and economic injustices of the apartheid system, where the provision of quality healthcare was reserved for the white minority at the expense of the black majority.Twenty years later, we can count the following amongst President Mandela’s most enduring legacies in the public healthcare system: on 24th May 1994, during his inaugural State of the Nation Address, Mandela announced the provision of free healthcare to children under six years, and pregnant and lactating women – a policy that was extended to all users from 1 April 2006 – as one of several programmes led by the Presidency.These included an essential drugs programme, choice on termination of pregnancy, anti‐tobacco legislation, community service for graduating health professionals, greater parity in district expenditure, clinic expansion and improvement, a hospital revitalisation programme, an improved immunisation programme and improved malaria control.Perhaps the finest example of Mandela’s conviction, courage and commitment to confronting the realities of public health emergencies was when he publicly revealed that his son, Makgatho, had died as a result of Aids-related complications in 2005. This was at a time when the leadership of the ANC-led government was in denial about the humanitarian crisis engulfing southern African.For years, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) fought for South Africans to confront the stigma and shame associated with HIV, and to recognise the immense human toll the epidemic was taking. Mandela’s leadership made an invaluable contribution to removing this stigma.The fact that South Africa today runs the world’s biggest ARV programme, where one of the largest number of HIV patients are alive and leading normal lives, can be attributed to the courageous stand taken by one of the greatest sons of our soil.Last year when Mandela passed, my fellow MSF doctor, Eric Goemaere, described him as having donned his gloves to fight HIV publicly. I cannot imagine the unbearable pain of losing a son but I know that millions of people will thank Mandela for his courage to use his personal tragedy to make life better for those who would suffer from HIV. Like Mandela, we know that silence kills. But even before then Mandela had already inspired various sectors of society to come together for the greater good when he spoke eloquently at the close of the landmark 2000 Durban Aids conference.As an MSF doctor I feel immense pride in knowing that we pursued Mandela’s vision and worked with the TAC and health authorities to make HIV and Aids treatment available for the first time, at a primary healthcare clinic in Khayelitsha back in 2002, thereby defying the status quo of the Mbeki-era denialism.I did not have the privilege of meeting Mandela, but I have learned a great deal from his fearless leadership. The work I do now, in private and public healthcare, and as a volunteer aid worker, is inspired by his commitment to ensuring people are healthy and well, which would help them to live productive and meaningful lives.I have worked with MSF in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan. In these countries, despite the unbearable suffering I witnessed and the heartbreak of knowing that conflict and circumstance deal the cruellest fates to the vulnerable, I took courage from the fact that I was doing something tangible to make a difference. I was playing my part in helping someone by providing healthcare so that they might one day be able to help someone else.Nelson Mandela was a son of South Africa, but his vision beats at the very heart of humanity and well beyond the borders of our country.
Allow the child to attend for half days for the first week, or some other partial schedule.Encourage the parents to hang around for as much of this time as they can. Not only will it help the child feel more secure, it will also provide more opportunity for parents and teachers to get to know each other.Those are just a few ideas for helping new families in your program quickly feel at home in their new community. If you have more ideas, please add them in a comment – we’d love to hear them!! Moving to a new place is an exciting, exhausting and anxious time for a family – and one that many military families experience often. Everyone is eager to settle in, make new friends, and get familiar with their new community. If a family will be enrolling children in a child care program, they just may have found the quickest route to getting connected and comfortable! Child care professionals are in the perfect position to help children and families get to know the people and places in their new community.Connect Them to New FriendsThere are lots of options available to child care providers and programs who want to step up their welcoming efforts. Lauri Troutman*, a veteran child development and education professional with over 20 years of experience working with Navy families, shares what her program does to help families quickly feel more at home:Our military child care program serves both military and DoD civilian families. Many of our new parents don’t know anyone in the area. We connect them with families who know the area well so they can tell them about the best parks, beaches, children’s playgrounds, children’s clothing and used item stores, babysitters and more. This is a volunteer buddy system that the parents are happy to do for the new families. Simply place a sign-up sheet and brief explanation and you will usually get volunteers and can keep a list on file so you can make the connection right away.Connect Them to Their New CommunityAnother way that child care programs can support new military families is to put together a “Welcome Packet” that each new family is given as soon as they are enrolled. Consider asking your current families to help come up with the items that are includes. They’re your best source of information for what new families most want to have! But just to get you started, here are a few ideas:Information about the child care program, including a calendar of upcoming events;Information about the military community that may not be in the official information they’ve been given but that your parent advisors know is helpful;Information about the civilian community and surrounding area (gather tips from parents and check your local tourist office or chamber of commerce, if available, for materials that they may have);Coupons and freebies from local businesses, especially those that would be useful to families with young children (check with your local Chamber of Commerce and, if applicable, with the installation family support services office first to see what they already may have in place for new residents); and(especially for the kids!) a “scavenger hunt” with photos of fun, interesting family-friendly places around town to find! Be sure and enlist the help of the children and parents already in your program in identifying the items that are “must-haves” on the list! Connect Them to their New Child Care HomeAnd finally, let’s not forget about feeling comfortable in the child care setting itself. Some ideas that can make the transition smoother for parents and children are:Invite each new family to visit the program before their actual start date, and to stay for at least a couple of hours (which should include some free-play time, a snack or meal, and a group activity of some kind).Put together a “Welcome Book” photo album that you can send home with each new family prior to their first day (this could also be an online photo album or “virtual tour”). Some suggestions of photos to include:main areas of the classroom (include “routine” spaces, such as the bathroom and the child’s cubby as well as play spaces);toys and activities that are big draws for most kids;the classroom during important times of the day (such as lunch and outdoor play); andthe teachers (don’t forget to print their names!).Include some text that explains something about each shot. Remember, the intent is to reduce the child’s “first day jitters” by making the child care environment more familiar and inviting. *Lauri Troutman is a manager of a Navy Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club, and a former teacher/administrator with experience in both center-based and home-based care. Many thanks to Lauri for letting us use her brilliant ideas in today’s post!P.S. Lauri shared her ideas in a discussion in our LinkedIn Group, Early Care and Education and Military Families. You’re welcome to join us there to discuss a new topic each week.Written by Kathy Reschke