Contemporary jazz torch-bearer Kamasi Washington has announced the coming release of his new double album, titled Heaven And Earth, slated for release on Friday, June 22nd. The album will mark Washington’s first release since his 2017 audiovisual concept EP Harmony of Difference and his first full-length effort since his sprawling 2015 effort, The Epic.INTERVIEW: Kamasi Washington Talks Truth, Harmony of Difference, & Working With Jam Bands And Hip-Hop StarsAs Washington explains in his Facebook post announcing the new release:I’m so happy to announce my latest full length project, a double album called Heaven and Earth! “The world that my mind lives in, lives in my mind.” This idea inspired me to make this album. The “Earth” side represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am a part of. The “Heaven” side represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me. I put my heart and soul into this album and I can’t wait for you all to hear it!!!In the hours since the initial announcement yesterday afternoon, Kamasi has shared a pair of tracks from the new release that give us an early sneak peek at his musical renderings of Heaven and Earth–making for a total of 20 minutes of new Kamasi to feast your ears on this morning.The accompanying clips, each roughly one minute long, also give us a preview of the gorgeous, cinematic visuals that will come along with this new project. You can get a taste of the celestial beauty of “The Space Travelers Lullaby” (taken from Heaven), and the stark human urgency of “Fists of Fury” (taken from Earth) below via Kamasi Washington’s Facebook. You can also listen to the full audio of each track via Spotify.Kamasi Washington – “The Space Travelers Lullaby” (Teaser)Kamasi Washington – “The Space Traveler’s Lullaby” (Audio)Kamasi Washington – “Fists of Fury” (Teaser)Kamasi Washington – “Fists of Fury” (Audio)Kamasi Washington will perform at both weekends the upcoming Coachella Music and Arts Festival this month. For a full list of Kamasi’s upcoming tour dates, head over to his website. You can see a full track list for Heaven and Earth below:Heaven and Earth TracklistI. EarthFists of FuryCan You Hear HimHubtonesConnectionsTiffakonkaeThe Invincible YouthTestifyOne of OneII. HeavenThe Space Travelers LullabyVi Lua Vi SolStreet Fighter MasSong for the FallenJourneyThe PsalmnistShow Us the WayWill You SingView Tracklist
This post is currently collecting data… The NCUA board voted at a special meeting Wednesday to issue a joint interagency proposal on the role of supervisory guidance. The proposal was announced last week, and comments will be due within 60 days of its publication in the Federal Register.Specifically, it codifies a September 2018 statement that supervisory guidance does not have the force and effect of law. Agencies issuing the rule include the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.“By codifying the 2018 Statement, the proposed rule is intended to confirm that the agencies will continue to follow and respect the limits of administrative law in carrying out their supervisory responsibilities,” the proposal reads. “The 2018 Statement reiterated well-established law by stating that, unlike a law or regulation, supervisory guidance does not have the force and effect of law. As such, supervisory guidance does not create binding legal obligations for the public. The proposal would also clarify that the 2018 Statement, as amended, is binding on the agencies.” This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
BiH tennis players Aldin Šetkić and Mirza Bašić have improved their ranking at the ATP list, and by doing so they made the best ranking of their career, reports Fena.Šetkić improved for 6 positions, and he’s now 219th player of the world, and Bašić improved for one position, and he’s now 236th player of the World.There were no changes in the top of ATP list. The best player of the world is still Novak Đoković, followed by British player Andy Murray and Swiss player Roger Federer.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Harriettâ€™s name for the Sterling House.Â Contributions can be left at the funeral home or sent directly to: Frank Funeral Home, 417 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152.Â Please indicate that they are intended for the Harriett E. Branson memorial. Harriett BransonHarriett E. Branson, a life-long resident of Wellington died at the age of 92.Â She has resided at the Sterling House since July 2012.Preceding her in death is Raymond, her husband of over 50 years,their infant daughter Theda, her parents and siblings.Survivors include three daughters and their husbands: Karen/Hal, Darlene/Bob, Patricia/Mike, eight grandchildren and their spouses: Rob, Robin/Dennis, Tanya/Adam, Linda, Laura/Don, Kevin/Verity, Karen/Ryan, Kristi/Dale; 20 great grandchildren and eight great, great grandchildren.Â Harriett was also surrounded by her loving nieces/nephews: Bobbie/Kenny (Shannon, Shawn) Deanna (Jennifer, Kathy, Mike) Melany (Meghan, Michael, Kevin), Dean/Marge and a great many dear and caring friends and relatives.There will be no visitation but Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with her arrangements.Â A closed-casket, graveside memorial service will be held at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net
The Kingdom of Belgium has appointed and introduced its Honorary-Consul to Liberia after eight years of absence.The Honorary Consul now representing Belgian investors and citizens in Liberia is Frederic Vloeberghs, who serves as a country manager for Belgian Airlines that flies the SN Brussels.Making the introduction on January 22, 2014 during a reception at the Mamba Point Hotel, Belgian Ambassador accredited near La Côte d’Ivoire, Peter Huyghebaert, stressed that bilateral relations between Liberia and Belgium had been hampered since 2005 when his country could not host a consulate and an Honorary Consul here.He noted that that situation happened at the time when Liberia was entering the stage of peace and stability with a high need for socio-economic development and reconstruction.He, however, expressed joy that after being absent for such a long period, he and his compatriots were delighted to be establishing a consulate followed by the appointment of an honorary-consul.Unlike an ambassador who is sent by a President with Letters of Credence to represent his or her government in another country, the Honorary-Consul is appointed. He can either be a native of the country sending him or her, or an individual of another nationality to represent the economic and business interests of citizens of the country he or she represents.Recounting activities of Belgium in Liberia Ambassador Huyghebaert noted that his country has many companies investing in the country, citing Jan De Nul (Dredging and marine construction company), Monrovia Oil, NHV (Operator of helicopter flights for the oil industry), as well as the agro-industrial company Socfinco.According to him, the presence of Socfinco has given employment opportunities to thousands of Liberians in the rubber plantation sector.Ambassador Huyghebaert further noted that there is a steadfast and remarkable symbol of Belgian presence in Liberia which is the Brussels Airlines that flies the SN Brussels.“A steadfast and remarkable symbol of Belgian presence in Liberia is of course our national carrier, Brussels Airlines that has firmly established itself in the country, operating four (4) flights a week between Monrovia and Brussels. The Belgian carrier is a most reliable gateway to Europe,” Ambassador Huyghebaert stressed.He described the Honorary-Consul as “Polyglot” who he said has strength in the English Language with a little knowledge of Krio, a dialect in Sierra Leone.Ambassador Huyghebaert further indicated that Belgium’s interest in Liberia is not only in commercial interests; instead, it is an active partner in international development cooperation.“Although there is no direct bilateral co-operation between our two countries, we remain indirectly engaged through the European Union, multilateral organizations, as well as NGOs. Other available co-operation instruments deployed in Liberia include the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) as well as a budget line to promote peace building and conflict prevention,” he said.He commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her role played in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda which he said was dear to his country.Speaking briefly, the newly appointed Honorary Consul, Frederic Vloeberghs extended gratitude to his country for the appointment and pledged to work in harmony with Liberia in ensuring that the interest of his country is met and the relationship between Liberia and Belgium is sustained.Also making remarks, Commerce & Industry Minister Axel Addy recounted the role of Belgium in Liberia’s economic recovery and specifically emphasized the role of the Brussels Airlines as key to this process.Minister Addy stressed that SN Brussels is one airline that first began operations in Liberia after the war, and has served as transport channel for Liberians to other parts of the world, especially Europe and the United States.The occasion marking the opening of Belgium Consulate and appointment of its Consul was attended by scores of foreign diplomats including US Ambassador Deborah Malac and a host of government officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a Comment The Ohio General Assembly is calling on Gov. John Kasich to rescind his executive order that gives state government control over farming practices for 7,000 farmers and 2 million acres of northwest Ohio farmland.Ohio House Agriculture Committee Chairman Brian Hill made the announcement during a news conference today at the Ohio Statehouse.Hill further said the legislature is requesting the Ohio Soil and Water Commission, which must approve Kasich’s action, delay granting approval until it has adequate time to deliberate the consequences of the plan.House Speaker Ryan Smith (pictured in featured image), Senate Agriculture Chairman Bob Hackett, Hill and other legislators were joined by farmers from the affected area and throughout the state for the news conference, which can be viewed here. OFBF State Trustee Katherine Harrison was among the farmers in attendance.Speaker Smith told the media “This type of major policy shouldn’t be done through executive order nor should it be done in a hurry.”Northwest Ohio farmers Mark Drewes and Duane Stateler explained why the executive order is bad policy and shared their experiences with studying and implementing environmentally friendly farming practices that are showing positive results.More farmers will be on hand to testify Thursday, July 19 at the Soil and Water Commission meeting, which will be held at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Read Ohio Farm Bureau’s testimony before the commission.News release from Ohio House of RepresentativesSpeaker Smith, Republican Leaders Address Executive Order on Agricultural Regulations, Commend Legislative EffortsAgricultural community seeks collaboration with state to improve water qualityCOLUMBUS—Speaker of the Ohio House Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) today held a press conference with the chairs of both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to call on Gov. John Kasich to rescind his executive order on agricultural regulations and delay the action of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission. The executive order seeks to establish numerous policy changes through rule-making rather than the legislative process.As some of Ohio’s greatest natural resources, the health of Lake Erie and the state’s hundreds of river miles are of top importance. Leaders in the House and Senate came together with interested parties in the agricultural community to commend successes in the legislature over the past several years to address agricultural runoff issues and the impact on clean and healthy waterways.“The legislature has not been sitting on its hands when it comes to the issue of water quality and nutrient runoff in Ohio,” said Speaker Smith. “While there is more work to be done, we have made tremendous strides and continue to work toward a solution. We invite the Governor and agency directors to come to the table to communicate with all stakeholders, most importantly Ohio farmers, to ensure we create a legislative fix that improves water quality without making farmers’ jobs harder.”Most recently, the legislature approved Senate Bill 299, which establishes the Clean Lake 2020 Plan. More than $36 million in funding will go toward a variety of programs aimed at supporting Lake Erie and reducing toxic algae. The bill follows previous efforts to prevent nutrient runoff and establish a process for the disposal of dredge material to improve water quality.“The Ohio House and Senate are calling for the Governor to rescind his executive order regarding additional burdensome and costly regulations on the agricultural industry,” said Rep. Brian Hill (R-Zanesville), chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. “As a farmer myself, we need an opportunity for public input on the issue, especially from the 7,000 farmers in the affected watersheds. I am already impressed by the work they have done to voluntarily improve their practices based on previously passed legislation. We stand ready to join forces with farmers, the administration, and other interested parties to build upon best practices farmers have already implemented to willingly protect Ohio’s lands and waters.”Members of Ohio’s agricultural community joined legislators to support legislative initiatives and come forward to collaborate in an effort to harmonize the agriculture industry with clean water priorities.“It is crucial for the agricultural industry and environmentalists to work together, and farmers agree on the importance of this matter,” said Sen. Bob Hackett (R-London), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “Farmers want to be a part of the discussion on this issue, as they too need to keep nutrients on their fields and out of water runoff. The legislature and the industry should not be left out of such an expansive policy change that would affect thousands of hardworking individuals.”The press conference comes after an executive order was signed to enforce expansive policy reforms that would further regulate the agricultural industry in order to reduce nutrient runoff that affects water quality in Lake Erie. It can be viewed in full. Leave a Comment
Lab Will Develop Best Practices For Energy-Efficiency RetrofitsSEATTLE, Wash. — The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has announced the launch of a public-private partnership to facilitate energy-efficiency retrofit work in historic buildings. The new program, called Preservation Green Lab, will be funded in part by a $50,000 grant from the city of Seattle.The Preservation Green Lab will partner with selected cities and states to suggest innovative sustainable development policies for existing buildings and neighborhoods. In addition, the lab will also serve as a national clearinghouse for best practices for green rehabilitation. Three cities — Seattle, San Francisco, and Dubuque, Iowa — have agreed to work with the new lab as pilot cities.The launch of the Preservation Green Lab was announced in Seattle’s Joseph Vance Building, a revitalized 1920s-era mixed use office/retail building. “By adapting the latest technology, we can renovate our historic buildings without toasting the planet,” said Seattle mayor Greg Nickels. The recently rehabilitated building is hoping to receive LEED-EB Gold certification.Promoting Best Practices for Energy EfficiencyThe Preservation Green Lab announced, “To demonstrate that older and historic buildings can, in fact, be retrofitted to achieve high levels of energy efficiency, the Preservation Green Lab will launch a number of green retrofit projects in pilot cities across the country. … The Preservation Green Lab will lead the conversation on best practices and model policies for greening our country’s prized older and historic buildings, functioning as the go-to resource for those navigating the intersection of historic preservation and sustainability.”NTHP president Richard Moe said, “With more than 43 percent of the nation’s carbon emissions coming from the operation of buildings, reusing and improving the energy efficiency of older and historic buildings is an essential part of a sustainable future.”
Average annual salaries for skilled construction workers were up in the three-year period between 2015 and 2018, with at least one job category showing a gain of 20%, a survey from the National Center for Construction Education and Research found. Salary information in 32 job categories was submitted by 132 organizations that represent 353,503 U.S. employees, NCCER said. For an industry that is facing an uphill battle in attracting young people into its ranks, the news of rising wages comes at a good time. The survey doesn’t directly address how wages have changed for residential construction workers because it’s focused on companies that do commercial and industrial work. Many job types in that part of the industry have no direct comparison in residential work. For example, there are no instrument fitters, industrial coating mechanics, or tower crane operators working on houses.RELATED ARTICLESTackling the Skilled Labor ShortageSolar Installer Will Train Its Own ElectriciansConstruction Training Gets a Boost from Home DepotConstruction Jobs Continue to Go Unfilled But the survey included several job categories that are typical on residential job sites. Here’s how they changed between 2015 and 2018: Plumbers: A 15% gain to an average of $59,627 in 2018. Carpenters: Up by 5.9% to $56,877. Electricians: Up by 5.8% to $61,139. HVAC specialists: A 20% gain, to $62,472. Masons: A 3.5% increase, to $56,784. Insulation mechanics: Up a scant 0.6% to $52,624. The survey didn’t gather information on concrete workers, excavators, or roofers. Reported averages did not include overtime pay or bonuses. Program supervisors and project managers are the highest paid employees, earning an average of $88,355 and $92,523 respectively. NCCER didn’t attempt to compare pay averages between residential, commercial and industrial workers, so the reported trends really amount to a snapshot of general conditions in the industry. In all, 19 of the 32 occupations earned an average of $60,000 or more per year. That may help the industry convince more younger people that a four-year college degree isn’t a prerequisite for a successful career. Labor shortages are a frustrating problem for the industry. A survey conducted by Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk found that 76% of respondents planned to hire additional or replacement hourly craft workers this year, but 80% are having a hard time filling openings. Only 10% of firms said they were having no troubles in finding people to hire. Carpenters, concrete workers, masons, drywall installers, roofers, plumbers, and electricians all were reported in short supply with more than 60% of all firms reporting that filling those jobs was more difficult this year than last. More than 60% of the respondents said they’d increased pay or benefits for hourly craft workers in the last year in order to attract more candidates.
The year: 776 B.C. The place: Olympia, Greece.Under a banner of truce, the greatest athletes in the land gather together to glorify their deities in contests featuring feats of strength, speed and skill. Coroebus, a cook by trade, from the nearby city-state of Elis, was crowned the first Olympic champion after having won a footrace that spanned 210 yards. He was awarded a crown of olive wreathes.Flash forward to the year 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the western coast of Canada. American figure skater Johnny Weir takes to the ice wearing an outfit adorned with faux fox fur and enough shiny sequins to guide a mariner back to port on a dark night in choppy waters.To an Athenian warrior displaced in time, these winter Games would seem far removed from the original spirit of the Olympics. In fact, Weir and the rest of his figure-skating and ice-dancing ilk would probably have been the ones the ancient Greeks abandoned at birth to perish from exposure.And lest someone accuse me of ulterior motives in singling out the figure skaters, I assure you that by the end of the page, there will be enough mockery spread around for all. For these 2010 Winter Olympic Games are rife with mockable moments.It starts with the biathlon. While perhaps trying to recapture the martial spirit of the original Olympics, someone somewhere came up with the brilliant idea to simply introduce gunfire to an existing winter sport; namely, cross country skiing. Biathletes ski around the course, pausing at regular intervals to fire off some shots with the rifles they have strapped to their backs. Because skiing without guns is like, I don’t know, grocery shopping without guns. It doesn’t sound as ludicrous as it actually is until you try to envision Usain Bolt stopping between legs of the 4×400 relay to squeeze off a few rounds at some skeet.There is no shortage of jokes to be made at the expense of frozen shuffleboard, also known as curling. The first time I tried to watch this silly spectacle, I had to spend several moments trying to figure out if it was the German men’s or women’s teams competing. To the eternal sorrow of German men everywhere, it was the women.Then there are the sledding events. Don’t get me wrong, I fondly recall sledding as something fun to do at Blendon Woods when school got canceled. That does not mean that I can envision Leonidas’ mighty 300 clinging tightly to one another, luging their way two-by-two into the Hot Gates of Thermopylae to stave off Xerxes’ mighty Persian hordes.Or that those rugged Spartans would have welcomed into their midst the Olympic snowboarding contingent. It’s tough to imagine a Spartan unit led by Shaun “Flying Tomato” White or Scotty Lago, with their free-wheeling, Red Bull-drinking exploits.I enjoyed a personal moment of mean-spirited mirth Sunday evening when the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team defeated our 51st state, known in some circles as Canada. I reveled in the absolute devastation on the faces of the Canadian faithful as their “big brothers” to the south beat them down at their own game while mom and dad weren’t looking.Their pained expressions seemed to say, “You already have straight bacon and policemen who don’t look like Ronald McDonald on horseback; can’t we have anything for ourselves? We already gave you Celine Dion and Martin Short.”And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the interesting dress code for this year’s games. It can be summed up in one word: tacky. It’s bad enough that one of the ice dancers looked like he was actually wearing a dead, black swan for a costume. It was as though his dance partner had shoved him inside the swan to keep him warm from the ravages of the western-Canadian cold, a scene eerily reminiscent of Han Solo shoving Luke Skywalker inside the guts of a Tauntaun on the frozen ice-world of Hoth.But someone actually had to explain to the Russian ice-dancing duo that it might not be in good taste to dress up in fake-Aboriginal costumes with foliage stapled to them.You might be wondering where all the vitriol is coming from and why I don’t get caught up in the nationalistic fervor that generally accompanies the Olympic Games. Well, I’m willing to admit to the fact that my dabbles with winter sports have always ended in humiliation.The first time I was able to successfully ski down Mad River Mountain’s bunny hill, I nearly killed a woman by neglecting to learn how to stop. I once had to be helped from the ice skating rink at the Chiller by a magnanimous 7-year-old.But the fact remains that some of these farcical Olympic “sports” are more like hobbies and less like athletic competition. I remain steadfast in my belief that a small cadre of ancient Greeks could conquer all of the Olympic village.At least until they come to the hockey villas.