Just weeks after winning the Grammy award for their 2015 Sylva album, Snarky Puppy announced a brand new release called Culcha Vulcha. Due out on April 29th, the album comes a few months after the release of Family Dinner Vol. 2, and marks the band’s first just-Snarky release in a number of years.The new album fuses Snarky Puppy’s jazz-based influences with some more worldly approaches. Opening track “Tarova” weaves in South Asian percussion, while “Semente” captures a more Brazilian flare. Still, there’s plenty of Motown and funk inspired grooves to keep your feet tapping throughout the album.Listen to Culcha Vulcha below, up until the April 29th release date:
Helen Hiatt, a 46-year veteran employee of the Huddle in LaFortune Student Center, died at the age of 92 on July 26 in her Elkhart home, according to a University press release.Students knew Hiatt as “the mother of the Huddle,” since she began working for the store in 1967 and continued until 2013, the press release stated. Despite her official retirement in 1986, Hiatt took on the part-time duties of restocking the dining area with condiments, utensils and napkins every day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Scherry Roberts, operations manager of the Huddle, remembered Hiatt’s spirit and enthusiasm.Hiatt was “a wonderful, feisty lady and a great worker. She was loved by all of us and will be greatly missed,” he said in the press release.Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association of St. Joseph County, United Health Services, 6910 S. Main St., Granger, IN 46530.Tags: Helen Hiatt, Huddle
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA technology developed on the Tifton, Ga., University of Georgia campus that can help farmers improve yields and conserve water is now being studied in other states.Crops have to have water from rain or irrigation to grow properly. The center pivot is commonly used for irrigation in Georgia.But farmers don’t have much control over how much water the irrigation nozzles spray as they pass over crops like peanuts, cotton or corn. And even small fields can vary widely in topography and soil types. Some places can be wetter or drier than other places in the same field.Variable-rate irrigation takes all of this into consideration, says Calvin Perry, an agricultural engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The VRI concept is simple: Apply water when and where crops need it. Don’t apply it where they don’t. VRI technology uses computer maps, sensors and software to control where and how much water the nozzles on a center pivot spray on crops.Researchers with the UGA National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory in Tifton started developing VRI in the late 1990s.UGA scientists have tested the water efficiency of VRI on farms in Georgia. The systems allowed the farmers to place the right amount of water on their crops for the best yields and reduce the water used by 8 percent to 20 percent in each year.Using a $500,000 Natural Resource Conservation Service grant, Perry and other CAES specialists are now sharing the technology’s potential with researchers and farmers in other states.In cooperation with Clemson University, VRI systems are now studied in South Carolina and being demonstrated to farmers there.This spring, in cooperation with the University of Arkansas, the technology was installed in Poinsett County, Ark., on a 4,000-acre plantation. It’s part of the Judd Hill Foundation, established in 1985 to foster research and public outreach on progressive techniques in farming.”Researchers there are working on their own pivot irrigation studies and thought VRI would be a good complement to it,” Perry said. “Agricultural water use is a big issue in Arkansas just like in Georgia.”The VRI system received much attention during the plantation’s annual field day Aug. 31, Perry said.”This opportunity in Arkansas will allow us to see how the VRI product does under other climate conditions and other soil conditions, particularly how it does in the cotton-growing Arkansas Delta region,” Perry said.
The WIB (Workforce Investment Board) Annual Statewide Retreat is being held at the Killington Grand Hotel on Tuesday, September 24th. from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The one day retreat includes breakfast, workshops, lunchand a forum with the three major gubernatorial candidates. The cost is $50 per person. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions of thecandidates about the economy and workforce development.If you are interested in attending or want additional informaiton, please contactAnne Ginevan at 802-388-7951 or email her at [email protected](link sends e-mail) The registration deadline is Sept. 16th, so please don’t delay.Addison County will be well represented during the workshops with a presentation by Richard Reed from DET on Work Ethics and Sue Harding from the Parent Child Center and Anne Ginevan on Developing a Youth Council. We would be pleased to have your participation.
South Burlington, Vt. — (May 8, 2008) — Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 recently participated in Green Up Day.The Local 300 contingent, which included Jean Watkins, Matt Lash and electrical apprentices Willie Kasongo and Jared Titus, braved steady rain to pick up garbage along South Burlingtons Gregory Drive, Kimball Avenue, Shunpike Road and Williston Road on May 3. Kasongo and Titus received credit towards the yearly community service quota that all IBEW Local 300 apprentices are required to meet.”Our members work just as passionately for the community as they do for their employers,” said Watkins, IBEW Local 300s training director. “Giving back is part of the fabric of this union. Despite demanding job and classroom schedules, IBEW apprentices volunteer hundreds of hours each year.”Always the first Saturday in May, Green Up Day is a statewide initiative that promotes responsible environmental stewardship and the benefits of litter-free communities. The event is coordinated by Green Up Vermont and receives its funding from private businesses, municipalities and individuals.ABOUT IBEW LOCAL 300Based in South Burlington, IBEW Local 300 serves 1,200-plus working Vermonters at some of the states most successful businesses, including American Electric, Ben and Jerry’s, Brown Electric, Burlington Electric Department, Central Vermont Public Service, Century Electric, Entergy-Vermont Yankee, E.S. Boulos, Green Mountain Power, Peck Electric, Sherwin Electric, Vermont Gas, Washington Electric Cooperative and several municipalities. Local 300 members earn a living wage, healthcare coverage and best-in-class retirement benefits. The organization is part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and represents approximately 750,000 laborers in utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads, government and more. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among AFL-CIO unions because of its size and highly skilled constituency.
Vermont had the 10th fastest growth in home prices at 1.6 percent, as most of the rest of the nation saw a decline over the last year. CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, has released its October Home Price Index which shows that home prices in the US decreased 1.3 percent on a month-over-month basis, the third consecutive monthly decline. According to the CoreLogic HPI, national home prices, including distressed sales, also declined by 3.9 percent on a year-over-year basis in October 2011 compared to October 2010. This follows a decline of 3.8 percent* in September 2011 compared to September 2010. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices declined by 0.5 percent in October 2011 compared to October 2010 and by 2.1* percent in September 2011 compared to September 2010. Distressed sales include short sales and real estate owned (REO) transactions. See charts, map and graph below. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/corelogic/50009/(link is external)”Home prices continue to decline in response to the weak demand for housing. While many housing statistics are basically moving sideways, prices continue to correct for a supply and demand imbalance. Looking forward, our forecasts indicate flat growth through 2013,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic.Highlights as of October 2011Including distressed sales, the five states with the highest appreciation were: West Virginia (+4.8 percent), South Dakota (+3.1 percent), New York (+3.0 percent), District of Columbia (+2.4 percent) and Alaska (+2.1 percent).Including distressed sales, the five states with the greatest depreciation were: Nevada (-12.1 percent), Illinois (-9.4 percent), Arizona (-8.1 percent), Minnesota (-7.9 percent) and Georgia (-7.3 percent).Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the highest appreciation were: South Carolina (+4.6 percent), Maine (+3.1 percent), New York (+3.1 percent), Alaska (+2.9 percent) and Kansas (+2.8 percent).Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the greatest depreciation were: Nevada (-8.8 percent), Arizona (-7.0 percent), Minnesota (-5.7 percent), Delaware (-3.9 percent) and Georgia (-3.6 percent).Including distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in the national HPI (from April 2006to October 2011) was -32.0 percent. Excluding distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in the HPI for the same period was -22.4 percent. Of the top 100 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) measured by population, 78 are showing year-over-year declines in October, two fewer than in September. Full-month October 2011 national, state-level and top CBSA-level data can be found athttp://www.corelogic.com/HPIOctober2011(link is external).*September data was revised. Revisions with public records data are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates the newly released public data to provide updated results. October HPI for the Country’s Largest CBSAs by Population: Source: CoreLogic. SANTA ANA, Calif., Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ October HPI State and National Ranking: CBSAOctober 2011 12-Month HPI Change by CBSASingle FamilySingle Family Excluding DistressedChicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-9.9%-1.3%Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA-7.9%-3.9%Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ-6.7%-6.3%Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA-5.8%0.8%Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA-5.7%-3.5%Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX-4.0%0.4%Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX-0.2%3.4%Philadelphia, PA0.7%1.6%Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV1.3%2.9%New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ2.6%3.6% StateOctober 2011 12-Month HPI Change by StateSingle FamilySingle Family Excluding DistressedNational-3.9%-0.5%Nevada-12.1%-8.8%Illinois-9.4%-1.6%Arizona-8.1%-7.0%Minnesota-7.9%-5.7%Georgia-7.3%-3.6%Rhode Island-6.9%-3.2%Idaho-6.5%-3.5%California-6.2%-0.6%Utah-6.1%-2.0%Ohio-6.1%0.8%New Mexico-6.1%-2.4%Delaware-5.4%-3.9%Washington-5.0%-0.7%Connecticut-4.5%-3.1%Wisconsin-4.2%-2.9%Massachusetts-3.9%-1.5%Alabama-3.7%2.0%Missouri-3.7%0.0%New Hampshire-3.5%-0.7%Florida-3.5%-1.1%Oregon-3.1%-1.9%Louisiana-2.5%0.9%Kentucky-2.2%-1.0%Texas-1.6%1.6%Michigan-1.4%-2.8%Colorado-1.2%0.1%Hawaii-1.2%1.8%Maine-1.0%3.1%New Jersey-0.9%-1.5%Montana-0.9%2.5%Maryland-0.8%0.5%North Carolina-0.7%-0.7%Tennessee-0.2%0.4%Arkansas-0.2%0.8%Iowa0.0%1.0%Virginia0.1%1.5%Oklahoma0.1%1.8%Pennsylvania0.5%1.9%Wyoming0.8%2.6%Indiana0.9%1.7%North Dakota1.2%1.5%Vermont1.6%1.7%South Carolina1.8%4.6%Nebraska1.9%1.6%Mississippi2.0%0.3%Alaska2.1%2.9%Kansas2.1%2.8%District of Columbia2.4%2.5%New York3.0%3.1%South Dakota3.1%1.9%West Virginia4.8%1.4%
15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Digital marketing can bring big success to small businesses. So, why are so many doing without?Clutch, a leading B2B research firm, recently surveyed small businesses across the U.S., and found that many of them are doing without a digital marketing presence.The most common reasons cited were cost and complexity. And top digital marketing agencies will often agree that many small businesses are missing a great opportunity to amplify their brand via social media and other digital assets.Small business people sometimes believe that they need to hire expensive talent to implement a digital marketing plan, and that the ongoing expense of their program will be prohibitive.At the same time, 80% of small businesspeople surveyed believe that digital marketing is imperative to business success. So where is the disconnect? continue reading »
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(Picture: Getty)‘I spent 11 years here. I came here 17 years old, a boy and I’m leaving a man.’He added: ‘I’ve had many highs, there’s been a few lows. But they’ve (the fans) stuck by me, so I’m very grateful.’Ramsey exits Arsenal after Emery told the club to withdraw their contract offer last year.MORE: Gary Neville tears into Man United’s players during costly draw with Huddersfield Ramsey was presented to the fans at the Emirates (Picture: Sky Sports)Aaron Ramsey could not keep his emotions in check as he waved goodbye to Arsenal after their final home game of the Premier League season.The midfielder joins Juventus on a free transfer this summer, ending an eleven-year stay at Arsenal.An injury forced Ramsey to sit out Arsenal’s final league game at the Emirates, but the Welshman was presented to the fans after the 1-1 draw with Brighton.The result to Brighton means Arsenal’s top four hopes are all but dead, but many fans stayed behind at the Emirates to say goodbye to Ramsey.ADVERTISEMENT😢 A tearful Aaron Ramsey waves goodbye to the Emirates Stadium!”A player of his quality shouldn’t be leaving.”How do @Arsenal replace him? 🏴Watch live on Sky Sports Premier League or follow in-game clips and highlights here: https://t.co/ae9dwtS6hh pic.twitter.com/r8wTyZctVY— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 5, 2019 Aaron Ramsey breaks down in tears in goodbye to Arsenal fans at the Emirates Comment (Picture: Getty) Advertisement (Picture: Getty) Arsenal, the youth team and the women’s team all took a lap of honour, as is traditional for the final league game at home.AdvertisementAdvertisementRamsey needed to be consoled by Petr Cech as the tears began to flow. Danny Welbeck and Cech were also being honoured by the club as the goalkeeper retires and the striker prepares to leave the club.‘It’s very emotional. it’s been a hell of a journey. Eleven years of my life. So many things happened. it’s tough, it’s in my voice. I’m grateful for the opportunity here,’ Ramsey said after the game. Coral BarrySunday 5 May 2019 6:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares Advertisement
The UK’s main opposition party has pledged to maintain the ‘triple lock’ on the country’s state pension in its election manifesto, published this week.The Labour party said it would guarantee to raise state pension payments by at least 2.5% a year for the duration of the next parliament, should it win the 8 June poll.A government-commissioned report by John Cridland, former director general of the Confederation of British Industry, recommended in March that the triple lock be scrapped and the state pension age increased to 68.The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, the UK’s trade body for pension funds, has backed a simplification of the state pension, while the ruling Conservative party has yet to formally decide its stance. In addition, the Labour party – led by Jeremy Corbyn – pledged to amend the UK’s takeover code “to ensure every takeover proposal has a clear plan in place to protect workers and pensioners”.While lacking in detail, it follows a pledge from prime minister Theresa May to give The Pensions Regulator powers to veto mergers or acquisitions if pension funds are not given sufficient protection.The Labour party also vowed to “restore confidence in the workplace pension system and put people rather than profit at its centre”. The manifesto included a promise to “end rip-off hidden fees and charges”, and backed the idea of consolidation among pension funds.Finally, the party said it would review a surplus-sharing arrangement with the UK’s mineworkers’ pension schemes. The government is entitled to take a share of any surplus from the schemes, an arrangement that has long angered mineworkers’ unions.Tax rules lead companies to drop pension contributionsSome of the UK’s largest companies are cutting back on pension provision in favour of cash rewards due to new rules limiting the amount individuals can pay into their pensions every year.Under rules introduced in April 2016, employees earning more than £150,000 (€177,000) will see their annual tax-free allowance for pension contributions tapered. In addition, the lifetime allowance – the maximum a person can save into their pension without paying tax – was reduced to £1m.A survey from consultancy firm LCP found 90% of FTSE 100 companies had changed their policies due to the new rules. The vast majority (84%) had begun offering cash as an alternative to pension contributions to employees at risk of exceeding their annual or lifetime allowances.In addition, LCP said one in five FTSE 100 companies offered all employees – not just the highest earners – cash as an alternative to pensions.“This is consistent with our wider experience that the tax regime is hitting more employees than first thought,” said Alasdair Mayes, partner at LCP. “It’s no longer limited to the highest earners. What is clear is that changes to the tax system are having a significant impact on behaviour.“Our survey shows just how sensitive pensions are to changes in the tax regime. Threats to change the tax treatment further will lead to a continued, and rapid, shift to flexible alternatives to pensions. This could have a significant impact on retirement incomes in the decades ahead.”Tullett Prebon secures £270m buyoutTullett Prebon, an investment broker, has sealed a £270m derisking deal with insurer Rothesay Life for its defined benefit pension scheme.In a statement regarding the transaction, the insurer said the trustees had secured pricing for the deal against a basket of assets already owned by the Tullett Prebon Pension Scheme, “providing price certainty during execution and ease of premium payment once executed”.Guy Freeman, co-head of business development at Rothesay Life, said: “Pricing for long-duration bulk annuities continues to be lower than trustee estimates in our experience. As a result we’re seeing increased appetite from corporate sponsors in full derisking and we’ll continue to focus on adding value in structuring and executing each transaction we work on.” Andrew Baddeley, chief financial officer of TP ICAP, the scheme’s sponsor, said: “This transaction will provide additional security for members of the scheme and will also help to de-risk TP ICAP’s balance sheet.”