Watch Chicago Farmer Sow The Seeds Of Love At Summer Camp [Videos]

first_imgSinger-songwriter Cody Diekhoff—also known as Chicago Farmer—has made his sets at Summer Camp Music Festival don’t-miss affairs. Chicago Farmer finds strength in Diekhoff’s unique mix of wisdom, wry observations, and effortless ability to relate and connect with his listeners. Chicago Farmer writes songs in the vein of the greats in his field, Arlo Guthrie and John Prine, though his work comes from a singular, small town point of view that is refreshingly honest and surprisingly universal.While many folks think of huge stages, wild light shows, and walls of sound when drawing a mental image of Summer Camp, there is a long-standing home for acoustic music, especially the much-anticipated sets by Diekhoff outside the Red Barn. Though his set on the Campfire Stage took place on Scamp’s last day in blistering 95-degree weather with literally no shade to be found, the crowd packed in to hear this folk troubadour tell his tales and pick his tunes. As always, Chicago Farmer played a fun mix of his classics and several new tunes.We’ve selected four of our favorites to embed below, but there are more from the show online including “All In One Place”, “Indiana Line“, and “Mother Nature’s Daughter“, which you can check out onRex-A-Vision’s YouTube channel. You can check out highlights from Chicago Farmer’s Summer camp set below, including his cover of Tom Petty‘s “Freefallin” and the uplifting ballad of perseverance, “Dirtiest Uniforms.”“Free Fallin’”“Dirtiest Uniforms”“$13 Beers”“Backseat”last_img read more

Harvard Art Museums appoint Makeda Best as new Curator of Photography

first_imgThe Harvard Art Museums are pleased to announce the appointment of Makeda Best as the new Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, effective Jan. 17, 2017.Best is currently assistant professor in visual studies at the California College of the Arts, specializing in the history of photography. She has also played an ongoing role as a chief advisor and writer for “Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum,” an online multimedia learning platform promoting the multidisciplinary use of photography in middle and high school classrooms, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting and Annenberg Learner. Best has also worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as an assistant curator and graduate fellow; there she worked on numerous exhibitions, conducted gallery talks and symposia, and contributed new, insightful research on objects in the collections. Best’s scholarly interests focus on the photobook as well as on documentary and war photography.Her past teaching experience includes serving as assistant professor in the Department of Art and Architecture at the University of Vermont, where she developed museum-based learning courses in the history of photography and American art.“Makeda Best is an accomplished scholar and curator, an innovative thinker, and a passionate advocate for teaching with original works of art; we are thrilled to welcome her back to Harvard as the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, a critical role for both the Art Museums and the University,” said Martha Tedeschi, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. Read Full Storylast_img read more

‘History has its eyes on us’

first_img With Biden’s inauguration as starting line, analysts probe the challenges ahead, issue by issue, in this ‘rare and difficult hour’ Related I have never been prouder to see another young woman rise! Brava Brava, @TheAmandaGorman! Maya Angelou is cheering—and so am I. pic.twitter.com/I5HLE0qbPs— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 20, 2021 On a day for the history books, @TheAmandaGorman delivered a poem that more than met the moment. Young people like her are proof that “there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it; if only we’re brave enough to be it.” pic.twitter.com/mbywtvjtEH— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2021 On Wednesday, Amanda Gorman ’20 stepped up to the podium to deliver the reading during the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden.Her piece, titled “The Hill We Climb,” called for unity and justice, through both reckoning with the nation’s past and looking toward its future.The former sociology concentrator is the U.S.’s first youth poet laureate. At 22 years old, she is also the youngest to present the inaugural reading, following in the footsteps of Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, and Elizabeth Alexander.Former President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey lauded Gorman for her performance. The Los Angeles native also received praise from “Hamilton” playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, which she referenced in her poem. You were perfect. Perfectly written, perfectly delivered. Every bit of it. Brava! -LMM— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 20, 2021,‘The Hill We Climb’When day comes we ask ourselves,‘where can we find light in this never-ending shade,’the loss we carry,a sea we must wade?We’ve braved the belly of the beast.We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace,and the norms and notionsof what just isisn’t always just-ice.And yet the dawn is oursbefore we knew it,somehow we do it.Somehow we’ve weathered and witnesseda nation that isn’t brokenbut simply unfinished.We, the successors of a country and a timewhere a skinny Black girldescended from slaves and raised by a single mothercan dream of becoming presidentonly to find herself reciting for one.And yes, we are far from polished,far from pristine,but that doesn’t mean we arestriving to form a union that is perfect.We are striving to forge a union with purpose,to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, andconditions of man.And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between usbut what stands before us.We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,we must first put our differences aside.We lay down our armsso we can reach out our armsto one another.We seek harm to none and harmony for all.Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:That even as we grieved, we grew;that even as we hurt, we hoped;that even as we tired, we tried;that we’ll forever be tied together, victorious,not because we will never again know defeatbut because we will never again sow division.Scripture tells us to envisionthat everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig treeand no one shall make them afraid.If we’re to live up to our own timethen victory won’t lie in the bladebut in all the bridges we’ve made.That is the promise to glade,the hill we climbif only we dare it,because being American is more than a pride we inherit —it’s the past we step intoand how we repair it.We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nationrather than share itwould destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.And this effort very nearly succeeded.But while democracy can be periodically delayed,it can never be permanently defeated.In this truth,in this faith we trust,for while we have our eyes on the future,history has its eyes on us.This is the era of just redemptionwe feared at its inception.We did not feel prepared to be the heirsof such a terrifying hourbut within it we found the powerto author a new chapter,to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.So while once we asked,‘how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe,’now we assert,‘how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?’We will not march back to what wasbut move to what shall be:a country that is bruised but whole,benevolent but bold,fierce, and free.We will not be turned aroundor interrupted by intimidationbecause we know our inaction and inertiawill be the inheritance of the next generation.Our blunders become their burdens.But one thing is certain:If we merge mercy with might,and might with right,then love becomes our legacyand change our children’s birthright.So let us leave behind a countrybetter than the one we were left with.Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.We will rise from the gold-limned hills of the west,we will rise from the windswept northeastwhere our forefathers first realized revolution,we will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,we will rise from the sunbaked south.We will rebuild, reconcile, and recoverin every known nook of our nation andevery corner called our country,our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,battered and beautiful.When day comes we step out of the shade,aflame and unafraid.The new dawn blooms as we free it.For there is always light,if only we’re brave enough to see it,if only we’re brave enough to be it. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.center_img Recognizing pain but seizing hope The poetic perspective Harvard community reflects on the lessons of a solemn inaugural for troubled times And now, the way forward Youth laureate Amanda Gorman ’20 will deliver a special poem at Bacow’s inauguration last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. announces restatement of financials

first_img$14,375 Adjust- ments Adjust- ments $35,459 $0.45 $21,657 $13,867 – As Reported $90,358 $21,110 Adjustments Adjust- ments $18,554 $22,701 $24,702 $52,300Basic income per share $0.18 ($0.02) ($591) $0.12 $0.10 As Reported $10,229 ($0.01) $17,963 ($275) $12,843 $18,153 $12,494 $21,667 $55,882 – $23,357Net income ($0.02) ($0.01) Fiscal year ended $0.12 $0.13 $0.46 $0.12 ($0.02) The SEC, meanwhile, has been silent as to the nature of its inquiry and where it stands. ($0.01) $21,368 ($0.01) ($981) Source: WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. 11.19.2010RELATED: $0.19 Adjust- ments $12,397 $0.12 Thirteen weeks ended September 27, 2008 About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Tully’s Coffee®, Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman’s Own® Organics coffee, Timothy’s World Coffee®, Diedrich®, Coffee People® and Gloria Jeans®, a trademark licensed to GMCR for use in North America and owned by Gloria Jeans Coffees International Pty. Ltd. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of roasters, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s, Timothy’s and Diedrich. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit www.gmcr.com(link is external) for more information.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. GMCR encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to GMCR’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.Forward-looking statementsExcept for historical information, the matters discussed herein are ‘forward-looking statements’ within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company’s intent to restate its prior financial statements, the estimated adjustments of the restated financials, the internal investigation by the audit committee of the Company’s board of directors and the expected timing of filing the restated financial reports, involve risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to differ materially from those stated here. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the risk that additional information may arise from the final conclusion of the audit committee’s internal investigation, the risk that the process of preparing and auditing the financial statements or other subsequent events would require the Company to make additional adjustments, the time and effort required to complete the restatement of the financial reports and the impact of the inquiry initiated by the SEC and any related or additional governmental investigative or enforcement proceedings, as well as other risks described more fully in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s analysis as of the date hereof. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.  $21,915 – As Reported ($0.02) As Restated Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced that it will restate its previously issued financial statements for fiscal years 2007, 2008 and 2009 and the first three quarters of fiscal year 2010 (including the quarterly data for fiscal years 2009 and 2010 and its selected financial data for the relevant periods), due to errors identified in these financial statements. The company itemized $11.5 million in errors. Net income for the periods in question was expected to be reduced up to $6.5 million, or $.05 per share.Financial issues have dogged the company the last few months (STORY), resulting in several lawsuits. The late-day announcement had little effect on company stock, as it was down only less than a point. It started the day at $30.97 and was $30.26 when this story was filed at 4:30 pm Friday. The company said this decision was made by the company’s board of directors, upon the recommendation of the audit committee and in consultation with management. As a result of this decision, investors should no longer rely upon the Company’s previously released financial statements for these periods and any earnings releases or other communications relating to these periods.As discussed below, these errors were discovered by management during the course of its preparation of the year-end financial statements and audit, as well as during the course of an internal investigation initiated by the audit committee of the Company’s board of directors in light of the previously disclosed inquiry by the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (’SEC’) Division of Enforcement. The internal investigation is nearly complete, and the Company continues to cooperate fully with the SEC. None of the financial statement errors implicate misconduct with respect to the Company or its management or employees. In addition, none of the financial statement errors are related to the Company’s relationship with M.Block & Sons, the fulfillment vendor through which the Company makes a majority of the at-home orders for the Keurig business unit’s single-cup business sold to retailers.The amounts disclosed below are the net cumulative effect of these errors through June 26, 2010. The effects on certain reported periods are quantitatively significant, and the impact of the individual errors will be disclosed in more detail in the Company’s restated financial statements.The adjustments necessary to correct the errors will have no effect on reported cash flow from operations, and are not expected to have a material impact on the balance sheet. The estimated impact of these items for the restatement periods is expected to reduce cumulative net income by approximately $6.1 – $6.5 million and cumulative diluted income per share by approximately $0.04 – $0.05 per share.The Company has discovered the following errors:* A $7.6 million overstatement of pre-tax income, cumulative over the restated periods, due to the K-Cup inventory adjustment error previously reported in the Company’s Form 8-K filed on September 28, 2010. This error is the result of applying an incorrect standard cost to intercompany K-Cup inventory balances in consolidation. This error resulted in an overstatement of the consolidated inventory and an understatement of the cost of sales. Rather than correcting the cumulative amount of the error in the quarter ended September 25, 2010, as disclosed in the September 28, 2010 Form 8-K, the effect of this error will be recorded in the applicable restated periods.* A $1.4 million overstatement of pre-tax income, cumulative over the restated periods, due to the under-accrual of certain marketing and customer incentive program expenses. The Company also has corrected the classification of certain of these amounts as reductions to net sales instead of selling and operating expenses. These programs include, but are not limited to, brewer mark-down support and funds for promotional and marketing activities. Management has determined that miscommunication between the sales and accounting departments resulted in expenses for certain of these programs being recorded in the wrong fiscal periods.* A $1.0 million overstatement of pre-tax income, cumulative over the restated periods, due to changes in the timing and classification of the Company’s historical revenue recognition of royalties from third party licensed roasters. Because royalties were recognized upon shipment of K-Cups by roasters pursuant to the terms and conditions of the licensing agreements with these roasters, Keurig historically recognized these royalties at the time Keurig purchased the K-Cups from the licensed roasters and classified this royalty in net sales. Management has determined to recognize this royalty as a reduction to the carrying cost of the related inventory. The gross margin benefit of the royalty will then be realized upon the ultimate sale of the product to a third party customer. Due to the Company’s completed and, when consummated, pending acquisitions of third party licensed roasters, these purchases and the associated royalties have become less of a factor, since the post-acquisition royalties from these wholly-owned roasters are not included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements.* An $800,000 overstatement of pre-tax income, cumulative over the restated periods, due to applying an incorrect standard cost to intercompany brewer inventory balances in consolidation. This error was identified during the preparation of the fiscal year 2010 financial statements and resulted in an overstatement of the consolidated inventory and an understatement of the cost of sales.* A $700,000 understatement of pre-tax income for the Specialty Coffee business unit, due primarily to a failure to reverse an accrual related to certain customer incentive programs in the second fiscal quarter of 2010. The over-accrual was not identified and corrected until the fourth fiscal quarter of 2010.* In addition to the errors described above, the Company also will include in the restated financial statements certain other immaterial errors, including previously unrecorded immaterial adjustments identified in audits of prior years’ financial statements.Expected impact of the restatementThe estimated necessary adjustments to the Company’s statements of operations are summarized in the tables below (in thousands, except per share amounts). The Company is still in the process of completing its review of the restated financial statements, and, therefore, the estimated adjustments described below are preliminary. While the Company expects to report the estimated adjustments described below, there can be no assurance that the final adjustments that are made as part of the restatement will not differ materially from the estimated adjustments.  In accordance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Company’s management has been assessing the effectiveness of the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting and disclosure controls. Based on this assessment, the Company expects to report a material weakness in the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting, and, therefore, conclude that internal controls over financial reporting as of September 25, 2010 are not effective. Although the assessment is not yet complete, management expects to recommend to the audit committee of the Company’s board of directors certain remedial actions that include (i) the addition of more experienced accounting staff at the Company’s enterprise and business unit levels, (ii) a formal training program for all accounting and finance personnel, so that they remain current with accounting rules, regulations and trends, (iii) a thorough review of the finance and accounting departments, to ensure that the areas of responsibilities are properly matched to the staff competencies and that the lines of communication and processes are as effective as possible and (iv) a thorough review of the processes and procedures used in the Company’s intercompany accounting.The audit committee and management have discussed the matters disclosed in this press release with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. The Company is working diligently to complete the restatement of its financial statements. The Company expects to file its annual report on Form 10-K, including the restated financial statements, by no later than December 9, 2010, the expiration date of the extension period provided by Rule 12b-25 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. However, there can be no assurance that the filing will be made within this period.SEC inquiryAs discussed above, the audit committee of the Company’s board of directors initiated an internal investigation in light of the previously disclosed inquiry by the staff of the SEC Division of Enforcement. The audit committee has retained legal counsel and a forensic accounting team to assist in the investigation and to respond to the requests in the SEC’s inquiry. The internal investigation is nearly complete, and the Company continues to cooperate fully with the SEC. As Reported $0.11 Adjustments ($2,327) As Restated As Reported ($832) As RestatedPre-tax income December 27, 2008 September 26, 2009Increase (decrease) ($632) $0.12 As Restated $55,750 – As Reported $0.40Diluted income per share $36,472 $0.13 ($517) $14,384 March 27, 2010 $0.12 $12,983 ($586) As Reported $0.19 ($0.01) $0.18 $14,073 June 27, 2009 $14,100Basic income per share $23,800 $88,031Net income – ($594) $36,719 $93,147Net income $0.13 ($987) $0.12 $0.12 ($467) ($0.01) $21,577 As Reported $0.21 ($1,445) ($944) $0.10 As Restated – $98,877 $0.42 Adjust- ments As Restated As RestatedPre-tax income Thirty-nine weeks ended (1) December 26, 2009 – $0.11 June 26, 2010Increase (decrease) $0.11 As Restated As Restated $21,549 $0.40 $54,437Basic income per share $40,243 ($0.01) – ($3,762) $0.13 ($285) $12,558 $39,256 $0.49 As Restated $0.19 $0.12Diluted income per share ($2,265) Thirteen weeks ended (1) – $23,533 $0.14 As RestatedPre-tax income ($0.01) March 28, 2009 ($5,730) ($3,450) $0.11 $24,108 Adjust- ments As Reported ($443) $0.12 $0.12 $14,140 $0.09 – $0.20 Adjust- ments June 26, 2010 September 29, 2007 $0.14 $20,424 Adjust- ments ($108) September 26, 2009Increase (decrease) Adjustments $22,299 $0.13 ($1,013) As Reported As Reported $0.18 $35,738 $0.07 $0.08 $0.11 ($67) $0.38(1) The tax rate in fiscal year 2010 is an estimate at this time and may change as the Company finalizes its financial statements for fiscal year 2010.  $0.48Diluted income per share Law firm says Green Mountain Coffee execs cashed in nearly $8 … Oct 28, 2010 … R. Scott McCreary, president of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters … Thelawsuit alleges that Green Mountain artificially inflated the …www.vermontbiz.com/…/law-firm-says-green-mountain-coffee-execs-cashed-…Another law firm files class action lawsuit against GMCR | Vermont … Oct 12, 2010 … Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, representing investors of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc, has filed a class action lawsuit in United …www.vermontbiz.com/…/another-law-firm-files-class-action-lawsuit-again…Green Mountain Coffee facing slew of lawsuits | Vermont Business … Oct 7, 2010 … Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc could face a class action lawsuitbecause of questions related to its accounting practices and a recent …last_img read more

Inter and Adriano Terminate Their Contract

first_imgBy Dialogo April 27, 2009 The contract between Brazilian striker Adriano, who is on a break with his career and is trying to overcome depression in Brazil, and Italian club Inter Milan has been terminated “on a consensual basis,” said the club on Friday in a statement. The termination is effective as of April 1, 2009, according to the club in the 1st division of Italian football, which concluded with a statement giving “Adriano an embrace from all the Inter team, for eight years and 74 goals during their time together.” The player, aged 27, did not return to Milan after his most recent public appearance on April 1, sitting on his national soccer team’s bench during Brazil’s 3 to 5 victory over Peru in the playoffs for the 2010 World Cup South Africa. Adriano joined Inter in 2001 but was transferred three times: to Fiorentina (January-June 2002), to Parma (2002-January 2004) and to Sao Paulo (January-June 2008). In total, he has participated in 117 matches with Inter, including 123 league games (48 goals) and 35 in European Cups (18 goals), and won three Italian league (2006, 2007 and 2008) and two Italian Cups (2005 and 2006). 2004-2005 was his best season, with 28 goals (10 in the Champions League).last_img read more

XIV CANSEC Kicks-Off in Jamaica Co-Hosted by New SOUTHCOM Commander

first_imgIn his closing remarks, Adm. Tidd made three commitments to the Caribbean countries: to being an equal and trusted partner; making the cause of human rights a top priority; and building on Gen. John Kelly’s (prior SOUTHCOM commander) strong friendship with this region to deepen U.S. ties with the partner nations. In addition to the co-host partner nations –Jamaica and the U.S.– there are dozens of top military and security officials from a score of countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Cuba, and Trinidad and Tobago taking part at this year’s event. With them, members from regional organizations such as CARICOM and representatives from the Inter-American Defense Board, as well as from Canada, Colombia, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom are attending as observers. Even though the JDF was established in 1962 to effectively protect Jamaica’s sovereignty with the capability to detect, identify, and respond to enemy threats against the country and consists of an Army, Air Wing, and Coast Guard, in recent years it has been called upon to assist the nation’s police, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in fighting drug smuggling and a rising crime. JDF units actively conduct armed patrols with the JCF in high-crime areas and known gang-ridden neighborhoods. “We, in the military, and security officials are having to re-examine our roles as our government and people are looking for answers for these difficult problems, not only drug trafficking, but also humanitarian relief efforts and responding to pandemic diseases,” explained Maj. Gen. Anderson. “From what I know, and from what I’ve learned over the past few weeks, I see tremendous opportunity for improving information sharing between our countries and leveraging already established mechanisms like CARICOM [Caribbean Community and Common Market] and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative [CBSI],” he continued. “I’m especially interested in hearing your ideas to improve our collaboration and integration of regional operations, exercises, and training activities. While I’m still new to the position of Commander of U.S. Southern Command, I’m by no means new to working with our partners in this region,” said Adm. Tidd during his opening remarks, alluding to his prior experience as commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet. By Dialogo January 27, 2016 The CBSI is one pillar of a U.S. security strategy focused on citizen safety throughout the hemisphere. It brings all members of CARICOM and the Dominican Republic together to jointly collaborate on regional security with the United States as a partner. The core objectives to confront the threats facing the Caribbean are: substantially reduce illicit trafficking through counter narcotics programs and programs to reduce the flow of illegal arms/light weapons; increase public safety and security through crime and violence reduction and improved border security efforts; and promote social justice through programs designed to promote justice sector reform, combat government corruption, and assist vulnerable populations at risk of recruitment into criminal organizations. center_img A little over two weeks after assuming command of United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) on January 14th, U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd traveled to Kingston, Jamaica to co-host the XIV Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC 2016), alongside Major General Antony Anderson, Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaican Defence Force (JDF). Given these references, this year’s CANSEC theme is, “Strengthening Regional Capacity and Fostering Cooperation to Counter Regional Threats,” in order to focus on how to deal with challenges such as natural disasters, drug trafficking, terrorism, and transnational crime. Specifically addressing the European countries present, Adm. Tidd said he’s learned that “we’ve had significant success — from efforts of the Technical Assistance Field Team, to our TRADEWINDS exercise, to coordinated, counterdrug operations with our European friends — and we’ve succeeded together by working together.” Speaking of justice sector reform, Maj. Gen. Anderson explained to Diálogo that the Citizens Security and Justice Program in Jamaica funds youth — normally young males — to attend vocational training. “After they’ve gone through a period of training at the vocational training center, then they come to us [JDF] and work with our military engineers on projects. And that daily interaction with our engineers, we found, has made them rethink life in general.” “Let’s get to work to begin the next chapter in our Partnership for the Americas!” he said. Special congratulations to Admiral KIDD for being in charge of the prestigious SOUTHERN COMMAND OF THE U.S. in the Americas!last_img read more

5 ways to beat budget burnout

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Try setting a “splurge budget”.by: Mikey RoxA budget might restrict spending, but it’s one of the best ways to stay in control of your money. You’re able to save more and live within your means, which means fewer financial stresses.But even if you know the importance of budgeting and you’re making progress, pinching pennies, depriving yourself, and tracking every dime you spend gets old after a while. Budget burnout might cause you to fall off the wagon, but there are tricks to defeat burnout and make managing your money a lot less painful.1. Don’t Let Your Budget Take OverEveryone should know where their money goes, but this doesn’t mean being a slave to your budget nor letting it take over your life. I know people who eat, sleep, and breathe their budgets. Not only is it the topic of every conversation, but they also spend hours each week clipping coupons and still feel guilt over any purchase outside their budget, even if it’s only a few bucks. continue reading »last_img read more

Website accessibility: Risks, but no rules

first_imgIn compliance, sometimes things are black and white (for example, the requirement to provide an adverse action notice within 30 days is found in 1002.9(a)(1)(i)). Other times they’re grey. And the grey areas can be where you’ll find some of your greatest potential risks.A current – and sure to be ongoing – example is website accessibility. Lawsuits alleging violations of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) are on the rise. In 2015 alone, there were over 40 website accessibility cases under the ADA filed against well-known companies such as the National Basketball Association, Sprint, J.C. Penney, and Home Depot.In general, these lawsuits claim that websites contain digital barriers that limit the ability of the visually impaired to access the site. These individuals use assistive technology, such as screen reader software, to convert web page text to synthesized speech or a digital Braille display. However, for the screen readers to work with a website, the web developer must program the site for compatibility. continue reading » 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

National food estate development under way despite setbacks, Jokowi says

first_img“There has been progress in the field, despite a number of issues that immediately need to be resolved, such as matters related to land ownership in the food estate area,” the President said, adding that he would discuss land ownership issues with the Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry.Read also: Prabowo to oversee development of food estate program, Jokowi saysHe went on to say that the government had formulated a master plan for the program, given that a unified development scheme was crucial to account for irrigated and non-irrigated lands in each food estate site.“[…] there are 148,000 hectares of irrigated land in Central Kalimantan that will be used to plant rice paddies and 622,000 ha of non-irrigated land in the region developed for cassava, corn and cattle,” Jokowi said.Furthermore, infrastructure development was already under way in the regions – including the construction of roads – to accommodate access for vehicles and heavy equipment, he added.Jokowi appointed Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto to lead the development of the national food estate program because food resilience falls within the domain of national defense.He said the program was meant as an anticipatory measure amid concerns over a global food crisis due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as predicted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Topics : The government has determined that the country’s food estate will be primarily developed in Central Kalimantan and North Sumatra, bringing the program closer to fruition amid concerns over a food crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo revealed on Wednesday that the development of the food estate in Kapuas regency and Pulau Pisau regency, Central Kalimantan and in Humbang Hasundutan regency, North Sumatra was already under way.In addition, the government had started the early stages of food estate development in several other provinces, such as Papua, East Nusa Tenggara and South Sumatra, he said.last_img read more

Soaks, suds and scenes — buyers want it all

first_imgDaschunds Princess Daphne and Fast Eddie enjoy the view from the ensuite bathtub at 566 Reesville Rd, Maleny. Photo: Lachie MillardThe freestanding bath in the master ensuite looks out over a lake and rolling green hills. Owners Annie Greene and Steve Groundwater, a builder, designed the house to have views from three of the six bathrooms. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“We didn’t want bathrooms that were a place for a quick shower and shave,” Ms Greene said. “We wanted a place where you could linger and really relax.” One of the bathrooms at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point, which sold for more than $18 million this year.“The demand is there in the prestige market. Buyers expect something grand,” she said.“And in my own personal opinion, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a bathtub with bubbles and an awesome view.” Ms Goodger said a five-bedroom home on acreage on the market at 566 Reesville Rd, Maleny, had a perfect example of a tub with a view done right. This Kangaroo Point apartment has an open bathroom with river and city views.Ms Greene said her favourite was the master ensuite. “The bathtub has a vintage look, it’s big enough for two people and it has 4.5m high windows around the bath,” she said. “Being on nearly 100 acres, we don’t have the issue of neighbours to worry about. “We have two dachshunds and they like to join in the fun too.” Prestige property agent Christine Rudolph, of Ray White New Farm, said when it came to baths with views, the tub at 10/70 Bowen Tce, Newfarm was the best in Queensland. The new owners of 53 Macquarie St, Teneriffe, which sold for $5.236 million this year, can enjoy river views from their bath.Ms Rudolph said the bath with a view trend was inspired by luxury hotels from around the world. “People now want that in their homes too,” she said. “In the prestige end of the market, buyers want position, views and a superior quality of finishes.“But the two most important things for many buyers are kitchens and bathrooms that maximise the view corridor.“Most architects are clever enough to design bathrooms so that you can have that view but not be exposed to the rest of the world.”center_img The stunning view from the bathroom at 10/170 Bowen Tce, New Farm.As one of the marketing agents behind the $6.15 million sale of the luxury penthouse earlier this year, she knows first-hand how stunning the bathroom is. “So much thought was put into making a visually spectacular bathroom that maximises that amazing view (of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River),” she said “The bathtub is stone, the floors are black granite and there is a handmade crystal chandelier made from white quartz crystals that have healing and calming properties.” Annie Green with daschunds Fast Eddie and Princess Daphne enjoy their tub with a view. Photo: Lachie MillardMORE homeowners are opting to soak in the views as they soak in the tub with property experts noting an increase in the number of baths with vistas. Place New Farm agent Judy Goodger said a bathtub with a view was the current big thing. “There is such an emphasis on lavish and beautiful bathrooms now and if a view is there to be had, (buyers) want that too,” she said. Ms Goodger said the trend had been growing steadily over the past few years and wasn’t going anywhere. last_img read more