The California folk-rock band Midnight North has a new album, Under the Lights, on the way. Under the Lights will be the group’s third album and is due out on June 16th. Consisting of Grahame Lesh (vocals, guitar), Elliott Peck (vocals, guitar), Alex Jordan (vocals, organ), and Connor O’Sullivan (bass), Midnight North’s latest album was written following their first Midwest and East coast tour and captures the excitement during and following that period. The band’s Americana sound taps into Lesh’s father’s jammy Grateful Dead roots while also creating a sound of their own, infusing their own Western and blues influences throughout the album.To support this album, the band will be going on an extensive spring tour starting at the end of March. This tour will end with a hometown throw-down at the Bay Area’s Great American Music Hall on June 16th, which will also serve as Under the Light’s official record-release party. The first single off of Under the Lights is a tune called “The Highway Song,” directly referencing the album’s origins during the band’s former tour. You can listen to the single below as well as check out Midnight North’s upcoming touring schedule supporting the album. Tickets and more information about the band are available on their website here.[Photo courtesy of Daniel Ojeda]Midnight North Spring 2017 Tour Dates% with Nicole Atkins / “Brooklyn Is The Band” set# supporting Twiddle^ supporting Dead Feat* supporting Nahko and Medicine for the PeopleMarch 30 – Ardmore Music Hall – Philadelphia, PAMarch 31 – Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJApril 1 – Rock n Roll Resort V7 – Kerhonkson, NYApril 2 – Jammin Java – Vienna, VAApril 5 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY %April 6 – The Acoustic – Bridgeport, CTApril 7 – Nectar’s – Burlington, VTApril 8 – Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY #April 9 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH #April 12 – Vegetable Buddies – South Bend, INApril 13 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI #April 14 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL #April 15 – Majestic Live – Madison, WI #April 16 – Miramar Theatre – Madison, WI #April 19-20 – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH #April 21 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GAApril 22 – Pour House – Charleston, SC #April 23 – Jack Rabbit’s – Jacksonville, FL #April 25 – High Dive – Gainesville, FL #April 26 – Side Bar Theatre – Tallahassee, FL #April 27 – Bourbon Street Bar – Auburn, AL #April 28 – Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA #April 29 – Republic NOLA – New Orleans, LA ^May 19 – Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, CAMay 20-21 – Hipnic – Big Sur, CAJune 8 – Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO *June 16 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Read Full Story Thanks to the generous support of Mitchell Lasky and Cecilia Barajas, the Lasky-Barajas Dean’s Innovation Fund supports original projects at the forefront of digital arts and humanities at Harvard University.Explore each project (links below) to learn more about their scholarly contributions and to witness intimate portraits of the work of the digital humanist. The Lasky-Barajas Dean’s Innovation fund website focuses on the craft of the digital humanities and defines an apprenticeship model for future generations of faculty and students. Close exploration of each project reveals how digital modes of discovery and analysis expand humanities scholarship and teaching, and how they can inform and inspire other disciplines of knowledge.Medieval Scrolls, Principal investigator: Thomas Kelly, Morton B. Knafel Professor of MusicA Homer Commentary in Progress, Principal investigators: Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University; Leonard Muellner, Professor of Classical Studies, Brandeis University & David Elmer, Professor of the Classics, Harvard UniversityHarvard and the Ancient Near East: The David Gordon Lyon Diaries, Principal investigator: Peter Der Manuelian, Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology at Harvard University, Director of the Harvard Semitic MuseumAnimating Musical Analysis, Principal investigators: Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music & Alex Rehding, Fanny Peabody Professor of Music
By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaIf you don’t like the weather we’ve been having in Georgia thissummer, you probably won’t like the forecast. The SoutheastClimate Consortium’s late-summer climate outlook for Georgia,Florida and Alabama calls for more of the same.Neutral conditions, or sea surface temperatures near normal inthe tropical Pacific Ocean, will continue for the foreseeablefuture, said Joel Paz, a Cooperative Extension agrometeorologistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.Paz tracks climate patterns as part of a team of researchers whooffer advice on neutral, El Niño and La Niña phases through theSECC. The group, which includes Florida’s state climatologistDavid Zierden and his Georgia counterpart David Stooksbury,shares its weather knowledge online at www.agclimate.org.”After brief La Niña-like conditions last winter and spring, seasurface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean returned tonormal in April,” Paz said. “These temperatures should remain inthe normal range for the rest of the summer and into the fall.”More of the sameGenerally, that means continued variable temperature and rainfallpatterns.The mild La Niña helped dry out the Southeast during the latewinter and spring, Paz said. But it dissipated at the end ofApril and “hasn’t been a player in our climate patterns over thepast two months.”Tropical Storm Alberto brought beneficial rains to southeastGeorgia in mid-June. But the seasonal summer rains since thenhave been very scattered and inconsistent in most of the state,he said.”Between the La Niña winter and spring and the very dry earlysummer, year-to-date rainfall deficits are high,” Paz said. Thesedeficits have caused critically low soil moisture levels foragriculture and other interests.VariablePredicting the summer climate for the Southeast as hot and humidis usually a pretty safe bet. “However, summer rainfall amountscan be highly variable, both in the year-to-year totals and inthe spatial coverage,” Paz said.Monitoring Pacific Ocean surface temperatures helps predict theclimate in the winter and spring. “But the influence of thePacific is generally much weaker during the summer,” Paz said.For the rest of the summer, expect conditions to stay relativelystable, he said. Georgia may remain fairly dry.Summer evapotranspiration rates typically exceed rainfall inGeorgia. So expect soil moisture, surface and groundwater levelsto remain low, even with a return to normal rainfall.Look for the tropics to begin heating up, too, he said, andbringing beneficial rainfall to all or parts of the region.”Everyone hopes to avoid a direct hit from a damaging hurricane,”he said. “But rainfall from tropical systems is a vital elementof our late summer and fall climate.”The 2006 tropical season has gotten off to a slow start comparedto last year, Paz said. But it’s likely to be another active one,according to Dr. William Gray and National Oceanic andAtmospheric Administration experts.The slow start this year is typical of the usual tropical season,he said. Activity usually begins in earnest in August andespecially September.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Armenia secures financing for country’s first utility-scale solar project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The World Bank’s International Finance Corp (IFC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the European Union (EU) said on Wednesday they would finance development of the first utility-scale solar power plant in Armenia.The project includes the development, construction, and operation of a 55-megawatt power plant and a nine-kilometer transmission line in Armenia’s Mets Masrik municipality.IFC and EBRD each pledged to allocate $17.7 million long-term loans for the project, while the EU would offer 3 million euro investment grants.The project was developed by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, a global leader in utility-scale renewable energy projects.The plant is expected to generate more than 128 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually and will displace the release of 40,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. Around 70% of Armenia’s current electricity generation depends on imported fossil fuels.[Nvard Hovhannisyan and Margarita Antidze]More: IFC, EBRD, EU to finance first solar power plant in Armenia
You just finished a 30-minute oatmeal bath and now you’re caked in Calamine lotion. The rashes are spreading and you’re skin feels cursed by the fiery depths of hell. A day hike isn’t supposed to hurt this much.How could you have avoided this fate? Learn to identify poisonous and stinging plants. Here’s a quick rundown of the poisonous plants you can stumble across in the woods of Appalachia.Poison Ivy: It’s widespread and it can grow in many forms: as a vine, ground cover, or upright. Poison ivy changes colors by season, but it's always able to release its poisoning agent, a chemical in the sap called urushiol. And it always bears the characteristic three leaves (“leaves of three, let it be.”) In the Blue Ridge it can be often confused with Virginia creeper, which has leaves with a similar tear- drop shape and serrated leaf edges, but creeper usually has five leaves on a stem. The urushiol oil can stick to shoes, pets, and garden tools, enabling it to spread easily.Thanks to global warming, poison ivy outbreaks may be getting more common. According to a report by the National Academy of Sciences, the increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing poison ivy to grow at twice its normal pace, increasing the number of leaves found on each vine. And the rashes are getting worse too. Urushiol was found to be about 153 percent more concentrated in each leaf due to increased carbon dioxide.Poison Sumac: In the same family as poison ivy, poison sumac-a cousin that also pops up in predominantly wet areas of the Southeast-also irritates with urushiol. Sumac is usually characterized by seven to 13 leaflets arranged in an alternate pattern. Like poison ivy, the berry of poison sumac is also ivory or white and formed in clusters. Look for the fruit that grows between the leaf and the branch. A nonpoisonous sumac has fruit growing from branch ends.If you think you’ve been exposed to poison ivy or sumac, treat the area immediately with rubbing alcohol, then rinse your skin with water. Rinsing the exposed area in a creek or stream can help, but avoid taking a shower with soap, as bar soap can help fresh urushiol spread. Be sure to wash all clothes and shoes that you were wearing at the time of exposure. Some well-reputed over-the-counter remedies like Tecnu Extreme and Zanfel are also available.Stinging Nettles: You know it as soon as it hits your skin. While not necessarily poisonous, stinging nettles can certainly be painful. The perennial plant doesn’t have the long-range effects of poison ivy, but it certainly can put a damper on your afternoon. The plant has a distinctively yellow, widely spreading root with soft green leaves that are covered with brittle, silky hairs. The sting comes from three chemicals: histamine, acetylcholine, and hydroxytryptamine. When you brush up against the plant it breaks the delicate defensive hairs and releases the trio of chemicals, usually resulting in a temporary burning sensation and painful skin rash. Washing the skin should provide almost immediate relief.
The Army contingent deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is participating in the European Union’s EUFOR Althea peace operation, received an inspection visit from Land Operations Commander Gen. Ricardo Toro Tassara. On that occasion, General Toro met with the acting force commander, Brig. Gen. Gulyac Zoltán, who shared with him his positive evaluation of the work done by the Chilean personnel, since of the 29 Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) posts in the region, the two Chilean ones are the ones that have obtained the best results. In this regard, the national contingent expressed its pride in being part of this “European” force and its gratitude for the excellent opportunity they were given by being selected for a task that has enabled them to apply their experience and professional knowledge, with the additional demands posed by working in a multinational environment in which mastery of English is fundamental. Along these lines, it is important to highlight the fact that Chile is the only Latin American country contributing forces to this mission, both in the operational area and in the work done at headquarters, where more than 400 Army men and women have participated since 2003. Since that date, the Chilean Army’s presence and participation in this peace operation have varied in accordance with the evolving situation in the country and in conformity with EUFOR’s transformations. As a result, Chilean personnel have increased their presence in recent months at EUFOR headquarters, located in Sarajevo, in the areas of doctrine, standardization of instruction, maintenance, and operations, in consequence of EUFOR’s recognition of their professionalism. At the same time, the decision was made to transfer the national contingent to Banja Luka, the country’s second most important city. From that location, considered a sensitive area, the military personnel will continue to have the responsibility of obtaining and collecting the information needed to support the decision-making process at EUFOR headquarters. By Dialogo August 16, 2011
By Dialogo September 12, 2012 A guerrilla abandoned the National Liberation Army (ELN) in the company of an Ecuadorean citizen who had been kidnapped in southern Colombia in 2010, and after four hours they managed to reach a Colombian Navy garrison, informed a Military report on September 10. According to the report, the ELN guerrilla took off on the morning of September 9, in the company of Orlando Ibarra, an Ecuadorean citizen kidnapped on August 2, 2010, and kept in a rural area of the Samaniego municipality, in the southern Colombian department of Nariño. In brief remarks to reporters on September 10, Ibarra said that one of his captors offered to help him escape, but initially he did not believe him. “He said to me, “Do you want to escape?” I said to him, “Don’t tease me”. And he told me that he wanted to help me do it (escape), and I said, “Let’s do it,” specified the former hostage. Ibarra, who has worked as a company administrator for 39 years, had been kidnapped in his office in the Colombian city of Ipiales (Nariño, which borders Ecuador), where he lived for 10 years. According to the report, after the escape, the kidnapper and his hostage walked for four hours until they contacted soldiers in Colombia’s Naval Forces 4th Marine Brigade. Immediately, the country’s Army deployed troops and aircraft to secure the area and remove the insurgent and his former hostage from the area. The Military report finally pointed out that Ibarra would be transferred to Bogotá on September 17, to be handed over to his family. The ELN is Colombia’s second largest guerrilla group, with some 2,500 men in arms, according to figures from the Ministry of Defense.
“It’s a difficult one to describe, because we were going outside procedures to do this,” said Dean Stanley Talcott, explaining he had tried a tactic to short-circuit the usual appeal for provisional accreditation to the ABA House of Delegates, which was already in the works. “We were looking for an extraordinary remedy.” Barry University struggles to gain ABA accreditation Associate Editor Orlando’s Barry University School of Law suffered another setback in its quest for accreditation from the American Bar Association, sending its students into a distressing limbo about the fate of their legal careers.The latest twist in Barry’s struggle for accreditation came June 4, when the ABA’s Council for the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar rejected a request to reconsider an application the council had rejected in February. July 1, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Dean Stanley Talcott Barry University struggles to gain ABA accreditation There is no formal process in the ABA rules for reconsideration by the council, but Barry was hoping that the provisions of Robert’s Rules of Order would govern the procedure for a motion for reconsideration. That strategy was turned down.The urgency is sparked by the desire that Barry’s 110 graduates and 320 law students be allowed to practice law in Florida, which they are not allowed to do without Barry’s ABA accreditation.Students who pay $20,000 a year at the private law school are worried whether they will ever be able to practice law.“Obviously, the students have understandable anxiety and concern about their futures,” said Talcott, two days after he gathered many of Barry’s students and graduates together to explain the next step, which is to ask the ABA House of Delegates in August to intervene. If that fails, a new application could push accreditation into 2003.“We’re doing everything we can,” Talcott continued. “We’re going forward with our current application process, and we’re also going to examine other means that can benefit our students. I think, understandably, they are disappointed in the decision, but it’s one of those things where a glimmer of hope has been erased, not a milestone.”Meanwhile, Barry’s lawyers continue to petition the Florida Supreme Court to allow Barry’s latest graduates to take the bar exam and embargo the scores until accreditation, as has been allowed in the past.A supplement to the May petition on behalf of Barry’s January, June, and July 2001 graduating classes, as well as its January, June, and July 2000 graduating classes, was quickly filed June 6 to reflect the latest turn of events.In the original May 25 petition to the high court, “Barry explained the status of its current application for accreditation, which greatly depended upon the actions the Council of the Section on Legal Education could have taken on Barry’s petition for reconsideration at its June meeting,” Barry’s attorneys, Lucinda Hofmann and Rachel Blechman, wrote in the supplemented petition.“Unfortunately for the petitioners, the council’s actions were not those anticipated or hoped for. Although the status of Barry’s application has changed somewhat since the filing of the May petition, this change, as we will show, does not affect Barry’s legal argument or the relief requested in its May 25 petition.”The revised petition went on to explain that Barry Law School is currently pursuing “the last recourse available to it, under the ABA rules, on its current application for accreditation: It has appealed the council’s denial of provisional approval to the ABA House of Delegates. The House of Delegates will hear and rule on the appeal at its August 7-8 meeting. At this August meeting, the House of Delegates may vote to send Barry’s application back to the council for reconsideration. This mandatory reconsideration will then take place at the council’s November 2001 meeting. If, upon reconsideration, the council decides to grant Barry provisional accreditation, the House of Delegates could approve that decision at its February 2002 meeting.”It’s been an uphill battle for Barry, which Talcott touts as “the most diverse law school in the country,” where students are 45 percent female and 33 percent minorities, and half of the faculty are members of minority groups.The ABA turned the law school down for accreditation in September 1998, even before Barry purchased the former University of Orlando in 1999, again in May 2000 and most recently in February, when the cited reasons for denial included:• Concerns about the admission of three students who had low LSAT scores that statistically show reduced likelihood of success in law school and passing the bar exam.• Concerns about the rigor of the education program, the examination process, and whether the school would adhere to its retention policies.• Concerns about the lack of a formal study about the potential impact of the new Florida A&M University law school that will be located in Orlando.After the February denial, Talcott said in a prepared statement: “Those who are most familiar with the school and its students have uniformly praised the quality and professionalism of our students. Barry University and its law school have consistently demonstrated that our students’ performance in legal competitions, in the workplace, and in community service activities meet the highest standards. We intend to take all steps necessary to clearly demonstrate this to the ABA.”After the latest setback, Talcott acknowledged at the meeting with students that chances of success are diminishing, but he tried to restore some hope in asking the ABA House of Delegates to intervene in August.And Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, president of Miami-based Roman Catholic Barry University, remains committed to keeping the law school running until accreditation in finally achieved.“We are disappointed, but undaunted,” she said. “We certainly owe it to our students to go through this whole process.”
According to Business Insider, 82% of start-up businesses close down due to a lack of cash flow. Entrepreneurs who want to avoid being a part of that statistic need to have a plan in place for obtaining financing to ensure that they have enough capital to back their idea up. Even if your company is financially healthy, small businesses will typically need to seek additional funding to take advantage of growth opportunities, such as acquiring another business or expanding a product or service line. Bottom line, financing is always crucial. When it comes to small businesses, banks are more hesitant to lend to them because they typically haven’t been in business long enough to build a strong credit history and stable cash flow. Many entrepreneurs turn to alternative lenders and credit unions for help because they tend to be much more lenient when it comes to credit requirements. However, even with these lenders, there’s still no guarantee that you’ll be approved for a loan. Fortunately, if you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of business loan approval and make yourself a better candidate to score some great deals when applying for financing. Here are five ways to do it:Build Your Business’ Credit ScoreOne of the first things credit unions and other lenders will look at when evaluating a loan applicant, is the applicant’s credit score. Credit scores range from 350 to 850. The larger the number, the better your credit standing. If you want to qualify for loans with generous terms, a credit score of 670 and above is considered good. The best way to build your credit score is to pay your bills on time. This may seem like a no brainer, but when you’re juggling multiple payments a month on top of all your other day-to-day responsibilities as a business owner, it’s not uncommon for payments to slip through the cracks. The best way to avoid this is to set up an automated payment system to pay your vendors and suppliers. This will allow you to schedule your reoccurring payments so they are automatically made on the dates you set them for. You won’t even have to think about it, and it will prevent you from missing payments which can hurt your credit standing. Be Clear on How You’ll Use the MoneyWhen applying for financing, be sure to clearly state how you plan to use the money you’ll be borrowing. This includes the how but also the why. Why will this money help to benefit your business? Let’s say you’re seeking a loan to purchase a delivery vehicle. Explain to lenders why this vehicle will benefit the overall business operations and improve your bottom line. Painting a clear picture of how you’ll utilize the financial resource will help the lenders determine whether or not it’s a worthy reason to grant you the loan. If you’re giving them vague and generalized answers, your chances of approval will surely decline. Do Your HomeworkWhen it comes to applying for loans, it’s best to be proactive. If there’s a finance company you’re interested in approaching, learn what their criteria is to qualify for a business loan before you apply. See if they have a minimum credit score or annual revenue that they require. If your company doesn’t meet the criteria, you may have to post pone your application until it does, or find a different financing company. If you do meet the criteria, the next step is to make a list of the financing company’s requirements for documentation. It’s best to have all your paperwork finalized before you begin your application process so that when you apply, everything is as organized and streamlined as possible. In general, lenders require applicants to submit the following:Balance sheetsPersonal and business tax ReturnsValid IDsPersonal and business bank statementsBusiness licenseBusiness plan Articles of incorporationAsk around to see if the financing company you hope to work with asks for any other documents in addition to these general requirements as you’ll want to prepare those as well. For instance, a business lease or a copy of the collateral’s title. It’s essential to provide all requirements on time as it shows lenders that you’re prepared and responsible, which increases your chances of business loan approval. Be Ready to Offer Collateral or Personal GuaranteesOne of the sure-fire ways to dramatically improve your chances of business loan approval is to present collateral. Pledging assets can come in handy, especially if your business isn’t in good credit standing. This provides additional security for the lenders because it gives them something they can use to recover the money you owed if you default on payments. Furthermore, presenting collateral improves your chances of be approved for a loan with better terms and lower interest rates.The most common types of collateral businesses use include:EquipmentInvoicesInventoryPurchase OrdersReal estateIf you don’t have any collateral to present, some lenders may accept a personal guarantee. A personal guarantee is a legal promise that the individual applying for the loan will repay the loan credited to them using their own personal assets if their business cannot afford to do so. A personal guarantee is a good alternative to collateral. If you do go this route, the lenders will evaluate your credit history so you’ll need to have a good credit score (670 or higher). Apply EarlyLoans can take weeks to months to be approved, especially if you’re applying for an SBA loan. The loan facility has to conduct due diligence and examine your financial records before considering your loan application’s approval. Generally, the entire process takes anywhere from 30 to 60 days. If you’re planning on business expansion within the year, it’s better to start your loan application early. This way, you’ll have the resources you need by the time you’re ready to move forward with your plans. Final ThoughtsFinancing is a vital ingredient to the success of businesses. It’s worth noting that many start-ups have their loan applications denied the first time they apply. If his happens to you, don’t stop after one failed attempt. In fact, take that rejection as an opportunity to understand why you were denied so you can work to improve your odds for being approved in the future. Use the tips outlined in this article to make your business a better candidate the next time around. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dane Panes Dane Panes started freelance writing in 2017. Since then, she has covered topics relating to health, entrepreneurship, and marketing strategies. She now works as a full-time content writer for SMB … Web: https://www.smbcompass.com Details