Purple Hatter’s Ball Unveils Thursday Pre-Party, Lineup Additions, And Polish Ambassador Action Day

first_imgThe ninth annual Purple Hatter’s Ball is going down at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park over June 17-19 weekend, with headlining acts from livetronica favorites Papadosio, cutting edge live electronic brotherly duo The Floozies, energetic musician and activist The Polish Ambassador, Jerry Garcia Band founding member and longtime collaborator Melvin Seals and JGB, New Orleans prog-funk five-piece Earphunk, the conscious world-reggae sounds of DubConscious, progressive jam band The Mantras, the one-and-only sacred steel master Roosevelt Collier, rising stars The Hip Abduction, and many more. Today, Purple Hatter’s Ball comes together with a bucket of exciting news just days before the Early-Bird Ticket prices go up on Saturday, May 21st. The festival has been upgraded with the exciting plans for a first-ever Action Day with activist The Polish Ambassador, a Thursday Pre-Party, and the line-ups for the Silent Disco and the Beach Stage.Fitting to the spirit of giving, The Polish Ambassador launched a platform to gather musicians and fans to instigate community action called actiondays.us. He’ll be hosting a meeting at the intersection of music and activism on the banks of the Suwanee River, welcoming all festival attendees to come together early on Thursday, June 16 to unite in action. The experience is sure to build important skills, strengthen relationships, and provide tangible regenerative projects that will make Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park better for all participants to come. You can sign up right now HERE. The projects go as follows:Project 1: Restore and prepare garden areas to plant a Food Forest that will nourish the land and people for generations to come.Project 2: Build multi-purpose Waste Management Stations that reduce the amount of waste, energy, and resources consumed by inefficient disposal practices.Project 3: Learn about Soil Testing (what is in the dirt, and is it good for you?), Mycoremediation (mushrooms that clean it up!), Permaculture (how plants, animals, and people interact together) and more.As important as these food forests, waste management stations, and soil testing are, Purple Hatter’s Ball is happy to extend free camping and admission for anyone who participates in the Action Day to the Thursday Night Pre-Party, which will feature Sunsquabi, Savi Fernandez Birthday Band, Space Kadet, and Gypsy Elise. Tickets currently on sale to the public here.In addition to these newly announced Thursday Pre-Party artists, they’ve also unveiled the line-up for the Beach Stage, which is located along the wild black-water Suwannee River, and perfect for dancing away on hot summer days, and the late night Silent Disco, which will keep the party going until the wee hours of the morning. Featured artists include Vlad the Inhaler, Sir Charles, Elliot Mess, Combustible, and many others. Check out the full lineup card below:Purple Hatter’s Ball also features live art, yoga, and workshops. It’s the perfect environment to experience the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park festival grounds, famous for hosting Wanee, Suwannee Hulaween, AURA, and more, during a laid-back and intimate event. Festivalgoers are encouraged to take advantage of the park’s endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, biking, and disc golf.Purple Hatter’s Ball benefits The Rachel Morningstar Foundation in honor of longtime SOSMP friend and music festival lover Rachel Morningstar Hoffman. You can learn more about the horrific story of her loss here. Rachel’s story has been featured on 60 Minutes, Dateline, and 20/20.Early-Bird Tickets are currently on sale through the festival’s website, but increase in price on Saturday, May 21. There are also Morningstar Miracle VIP Packages that include VIP area access, dinner (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), an official poster, and t-shirt. For a limited time, the park is also offering a very special deal – a cabin for 4 and a golf cart for $575. There is no better way to experience Spirit of the Suwannee in style!last_img read more

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Buckee named an ‘Innovator Under 35’

first_imgCaroline Buckee, assistant professor of epidemiology and associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health, has been named by MIT Technology Review as one of this year’s Innovators Under 35.The honor was announced August 21, 2013.Buckee’s work focuses on mining cell phone data to track how people’s movements correlate with the spread of disease. Research findings she published last year revealed—on the largest scale ever—how human travel patterns contribute to the spread of malaria. Based on this data, Buckee is now working on predictive models to help pinpoint where best to focus malaria control efforts.Since 1999, the editors of MIT Technology Review have selected a list of “exceptionally talented young innovators whose work we believe has the greatest potential to transform the world.” Buckee and other honorees will be recognized at MIT’s EmTech conference in October 2013. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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The Nether, Starring Merritt Wever & Frank Wood, Extends Again

first_img In addition to Wever and Wood, the cast features Peter Friedman, Ben Rosenfield and Sophia Anne Caruso. Hot on the heels of playwright Jennifer Haley’s Olivier nomination for Best New Play for the current West End production at the Duke of York’s Theatre, The Nether has extended once more off-Broadway. The New York premiere of the drama will now run through March 29 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, instead of the recently announced March 22. The Anne Kaufman-helmed production stars Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever and Tony winner Frank Wood. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 The Nether follows a young detective who investigates an online network where those who plug in are coaxed into acting out their darkest fantasies with seemingly no consequences in the real world. Across the pond, the drama ran at London’s Royal Court Theatre and recently opened in the West End. View Comments The Nether Related Showslast_img read more

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Peanut Profitability

first_imgFixed costs also were higher among this year’s winners, says the economist, but high yields helped to compensate for the difference. “If you look at these growers’ production records, you’ll see that they’re consistently high-yield producers, most every year. We’re talking about a minimum of 4,800 to 5,000 pounds per acre.” “And we’re not talking about small plots here. The Peanut Profitability Program judges a grower’s efficiency over his entire farming operation. It’s easy to make a high yield on a small plot, but the challenge comes in duplicating that success over your entire acreage while maintaining cost efficiency,” notes Lamb.Rotation is another common trait among this year’s winners, he adds. “Not one of these growers had a crop rotation of fewer than three years. Crop rotation of one of the basic but primary components of efficient peanut production, and these growers recognize this,” he says.The awards program, established by Farm Press in cooperation with the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, is sponsored this year by BASF Corporation. The survivors, representing one of the three major U.S. peanut production regions – the Southwest Regions, the Southeast Region and Virginia-Carolina Region, were presented the award during the 4th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference held recently in Panama City Beach, Fla. “The 2002 Peanut Profitability winners are to be commended for their strength and perseverance in the face of the worst conditions imaginable,” says Mike Gonitzke, publisher of the Farm Press Publications. “These growers are setting the standard for production efficiency by continuing to discover innovative methods of improving bottom-line profits.” Looking at the winners“This year’s Peanut Profitability winners were excellent yield and cost managers – they all had outstanding yields,” says Marshall Lamb, economist with the National Peanut Research Laboratory in Dawson, Ga. “While their cost of production might have been higher than last year’s class of winners, their yields were so good that they lowered their cost-per-unit. These growers didn’t mind spending money if they could see a return in yields.”center_img -30-The Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, formed in 1998, is an alliance between the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Florida Peanut Producers Association and the Georgia Peanut Commission. The winners include: Southeast Region-Jerry Heard, Jr. and Jeff Heard, Newton, Ga.; Southwest Region-Chuck Rowland, Gaines County, Texas and Virginia-Carolina Region-Jamie Lee, Courtland, Va.last_img read more

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Latest forecast raises estimate of recoverable U.S. natural gas reserves by 20%

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The U.S.’s recoverable natural gas resource base is 20% greater than what an evaluation just two years ago showed, the Potential Gas Committee reported Sept. 11.The nation has about 3,374 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of technically recoverable gas as of year-end 2018, according to the committee. The 557 Tcf jump from two years prior marked the largest increase between the group’s biennial evaluations in its history and was driven primarily by new onshore drilling and production results, along with technology gains allowing for better understanding of the basins, the committee said.“More well drilling and continuous improvements in completion and simulation technologies led to better delineation and characterization of U.S. gas resources, especially in shale and tight reserves,” according to Alexei Milkov of the Colorado School of Mines and director of the Potential Gas Agency, which works closely with the Potential Gas Committee. The committee comprises volunteer geoscientists and engineers.The 3,374 Tcf total represented a mean value computed by statistical aggregation of the minimum, most likely and maximum value distributions.Among reservoir types, shale gas dominated, representing 62% of all U.S. gas resources.When the assessment of technically recoverable resources was combined with the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest estimate of proved reserves, the evaluation put the future U.S. supply of gas at 3,838 Tcf, up 22% from two years earlier, also breaking prior records.More ($): Technically recoverable U.S. gas reserves 20% higher than 2 years prior Latest forecast raises estimate of recoverable U.S. natural gas reserves by 20%last_img read more

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Clips of the Week: Cletus, Quad Busting, and Active Ingredients

first_imgOur favorite outdoor videos from around the web:1. Cletus, Take the ReelA tail of friendship and determination from a Mississippi pond.2. The Quad Buster to End All Quad BustersThis is “The Steepest Race in Europe,” the Red Bull 400 Planica, in which racers run up the Planica ski jumping hill in Slovenia. Those crazy Slovenians!3. Inspirational OutdoorsmanThis guy knows what life is all about. The story of Eduardo Garcia. Not sure where they got all the “before” shots, but expect this guy to end up in some sort of tv show in the near future, probably on the food channel.Active Ingredient from Citizen Pictures on Vimeo.last_img read more

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Pastrana: ‘There is a Military Rupture in Venezuela’

first_imgBy Ricardo Guanipa D’erizans/Diálogo May 31, 2019 In recent months, the economic, social, and political crisis in Venezuela started to be felt more strongly within Venezuelan military garrisons. To learn more about this issue, Diálogo spoke by phone with former Colombian President Andrés Pastrana (1998-2002), who is well versed in regional military issues, after leading one of the largest U.S. military cooperation efforts in the hemisphere. Known as Plan Colombia, the operation sought to confront narcotrafficking and terrorist groups of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish) and the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish). “There is a military rupture in Venezuela, which became evident to international public opinion on April 30, when a group of service members repudiated Nicolás Maduro’s authority and recognized Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela,” Pastrana said. “This was fully evident when President Donald Trump’s security advisor, John Bolton, confirmed that Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino and Major General Iván Rafael Hernández Dala, responsible for presidential security, had told the opposition that Maduro should step down to facilitate a peaceful transition in Venezuela.” “No country in the world has more imprisoned service members than Venezuela; at least 200 of them are in jail, causing a great division in the Armed Forces, mostly in the middle ranks, and added to this is the discontent with the humanitarian crisis and lack of will to resolve it.” Pastrana described the Maduro regime as a narco-dictatorship “that represents a continental threat due to the illegal operations of the powerful Cartel de los Soles led by Diosdado Cabello [president of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly] and Tareck El Aissami [former vice president of Venezuela], who is associated with the FARC and ELN guerrillas living in Venezuela, and also linked to 10 Mexican cartels.” This is why Pastrana endorsed Guaidó’s move to enforce Section 187 of the Venezuelan Constitution, which grants Congress the power to authorize international military assistance and “disrupt the usurpation of Maduro, and resolve the humanitarian crisis that each day costs people’s lives in Venezuela ”last_img read more

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Discover the power of loyal members

first_imgSixty percent of members say they’re “highly loyal” to their credit union, according to CUNA’s 2015-2016 National Member & Nonmember Survey. That’s equal to the proportion of highly loyal members found in last year’s survey.The persistent strength of members’ loyalty level is good news, considering that today’s members have numerous and ever-expanding choices in the financial services marketplace.Loyal members aren’t just recurrent users of credit union products and services. They’re also ambassadors who bring in new members. And they speak up for the credit union cause on issues on Captiol Hill or in the statehouses (“MAP links loyalty and advocacy,” p. 34).“But what members say is not always a predictor of what members will do,” says Jon Haller, CUNA’s director of corporate and market research. “When members have so many other options, it takes more than loyalty to keep them going back to their credit union again and again. Top-notch, convenient products and services are crucial.” continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Moving beyond out-of-the-box models

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Cochrum Michael has worked in the consumer lending industry since 1989. In 1999, he joined the credit union industry, working for the Texas Credit Union League’s credit union. Mr. Cochrum … Web: www.cudirect.com Details I’ve been working in and with credit unions for over fifteen years and in financial services for over twenty five. Based upon my experience, I believe that there is one critical area where credit unions have lost ground when it comes to capturing the consumer market for loans and other financial products; that area is, making fact-based decisions. Years ago, banks and credit unions were all in the same boat when it came to business intelligence technology. At that time, regulation was the biggest barrier for credit unions to compete against commercial banks, because computers were non-existent on both sides. Many on the banking side would now argue, with few exceptions, that regulation is less intensive on the credit union side of the equation. But banks, unlike credit unions, have embraced the insights and efficiencies that can be found in business intelligence technology. Therefore, they have created a competitive edge by understanding consumer behavior better than credit unions.In a recent review of credit union portfolio performance data, it was found that some of the risk factors commonly used by credit unions to decision and price loans had very little impact on default risk using linear regression testing. In other words, when testing a single risk factor, keeping all other risk factors constant, there was no linear correlation between the increase in the risk factor and an increase in default risk. What was even more interesting and important to note is that the risk factors that impacted one credit union’s loan performance were not necessarily the factors that impacted another’s. So, what’s the point?The point is, if your credit union is using risk factors and risk thresholds that you developed by cutting and pasting what other lenders have been doing in your market, and have not re-examined those risk factors over time, you may be doing more harm than good to your lending program. Here is an example of default risk from two different credit unions based on the Loan-to-Value (LTV) risk factor at origination.In the example above, loan originations from 2012 were observed for defaults in the time since origination. It is clear, based on Credit Union A’s data, that there is a linear relationship between default probability and LTV; default probability increases as the LTV increases. However, the same pattern is not observed in Credit Union B, where the default probability seems more random. Most credit unions do not use LTV as a credit decision factor, but rather a factor in determining the maximum loan amount. However, if it is proven in the context of the credit union’s lending policies that LTV does have an impact on default risk, then perhaps it should be used in the decision criteria as well.This reveals another issue related to risk modeling that should be considered. If the credit union is using a default or generic model of any kind, it should be understood that the model is not considering the uniqueness of the credit union in the model and is, generally speaking, statistically invalid for that credit union. In other words, what is true for the general population may not be true for a single credit union membership. This goes for credit bureau models as well as others for default prediction models. Even FICO® suggests that lenders introduce internally derived risk factors into credit risk models to be used in conjunction with a credit score. Credit unions should either do their own testing and analysis of data or contract with a vendor, like CU Direct’s Advisory Services, to conduct the testing using the credit unions own data. If this doesn’t sound like common sense to you, consider the same principle in a different context. If you have ever tried to lose weight, you know that different diets work for different people. That’s because our bodies metabolize food differently. Likewise, the uniqueness of each lender causes loans to “metabolize” in the portfolio differently.In theory, this all sounds simple, and it is if you have the right data and technology in place. In truth, you probably already do — or have it available to you — but you simply haven’t taken the steps to capitalize on it. One of the greatest challenges that Advisory Services, or any other provider will have in assisting a credit union, is that the applicable data hasn’t been collected or hasn’t been stored in an accessible format. The credit union should be collecting and storing any information that it uses to assess risk during the application process. Common data points like credit score, income, LTV, term, etc. should be stored along with credit bureau details, such as inquiries and delinquent loan counts. This information will be invaluable when trying to determine which factors impact loan performance to the highest degree.last_img read more

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Trump urges quicker US reopening from virus lockdown

first_imgWar of words Trump has kept up a steady drumbeat of criticism against China, where the outbreak erupted last year, blaming its “incompetence” for the extent of the global crisis.The government of Chinese leader Xi Jinping rejects that criticism, and insists it has been forthright with the world about the origins and unfolding of the crisis.”It is neither responsible nor moral to cover up one’s own problems by blaming others,” said the spokesman for China’s legislature, Zhang Yesui.China has made “major strategic achievements” in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, Premier Li Keqiang said as he addressed his nation on Friday about the virus, the economy and other hot-button topics at the start of a new legislative session.Virus cases in the Asian giant are now down to a trickle, and Beijing insists its efforts to curb the spread of the virus have been a success, but questions remain about whether it underreported the number of people affected by the contagion. Trump has adopted the theme of “Transitioning Back to Greatness” as states reopen at different speeds.While daily death tolls are no longer on a steady incline, the losses are still mounting, with the total count in the US surpassing 94,000.Trump ordered that flags at federal buildings be flown at half-staff for three days for the victims.Another 2.43 million Americans were put out of work last week, the Labor Department said, bringing the total to 38.6 million since lockdowns were put in place, though the pace of job losses has slowed. Second surge Governments around the world are testing ways to live with the dangers despite fears of a second wave of infections. Already a common sight in Spain, masks were officially made mandatory Thursday for anyone over the age of six in public places where social distancing is not possible.”The more tools we use, the better,” said Miguel Domingo, a 49-year-old architect taking his two dogs for a walk in Madrid, which is emerging from one of the toughest lockdowns. But the director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Andrea Ammon, warned it was not a question of if there will be a second wave but “when and how big.””I don’t want to draw a doomsday picture but I think we have to be realistic,” she told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.  Return to normal On the eve of Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start to the American summer — beaches are slowly welcoming sun worshippers.”We were just tired of waiting to get a normal life again, to get our freedom back. So we rented this big house by the beach,” said Anne Miller, an Ohio resident visiting South Carolina.The same was true in Europe, where Cyprus bounded into its second stage of opening up, lifting curfews and allowing outdoor restaurants, barber shops and beaches to open.But the Mediterranean island’s airports and hotels remain closed.”I want my work back and my life back,” said Sakis Siakopoulos, a restaurant owner in the capital Nicosia.In Denmark, the exit from lockdown also picked up pace as museums and zoos began reopening Thursday and health officials said the spread of the virus was slowing.France, one of the countries hit hardest by the outbreak, saw its daily death toll dip to 83 — cause for optimism.A closely watched survey by IHS Markit indicated that the eurozone economy has now “likely bottomed out” as a result of the lockdowns, sparking hope that a recovery is to follow. ‘It doesn’t stop’ The news was not positive everywhere. The number of known cases of COVID-19 has doubled in just one month, according to AFP data collected from official sources, with the death toll nearing 330,000 worldwide.  While many European countries have significantly curbed the contagion, Latin America is becoming a new hotspot with cases on the rise. Brazil — now home to the third-highest number of cases in the world after the US and Russia — has now recorded more than 20,000 deaths, and hit a new record 24-hour toll of 1,188.Gravediggers at the region’s biggest cemetery, located outside Sao Paulo, are scrambling to keep up.”We’ve been working 12-hour days, burying them one after the other. It doesn’t stop,” said one worker at Vila Formosa, wearing a white protective suit, mask and face shield.Peru, Mexico and Chile have also seen steady increases in infections. “It’s like a horror film,” Miguel Armas, a nurse at the Hipolito Unanue hospital in the Peruvian capital, told AFP.center_img President Donald Trump on Thursday pressed for a broader reopening of the United States as coronavirus-related job losses mounted, while parts of Europe embraced post-lockdown life.With summer approaching on both sides of the Atlantic, more stores opened their doors and beaches welcomed tourists, despite the global number of virus cases passing five million.The crisis of course is far from over — Russia and Latin America emerged as the next hotspots, even as Europe and the United States headed into the next phase, like Asia before them. But Trump, with an eye on his re-election prospects in November, made it clear he hoped more state governors would move toward a loosening of anti-virus restrictions.”We did the right thing but we now want to get going… you’ll break the country if you don’t,” he told African-American leaders in Michigan, a key election battleground state.The Republican incumbent specifically talked about reopening places of worship — something he had initially hoped would be done by Easter Sunday — as important to the nation’s healing.”People want to be in their churches,” Trump said. “They’re so important in terms of the psyche of our country.” Topics :last_img read more

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