Bloc Party played the first of three sold-out shows at NYC’s Terminal 5 last night. It has been 3 years since the band has played New York, and they came back with a vengeance. Opening with “3×3″, a new track from their upcoming album titled Four, the band settled in rather quickly for what was to be a 90-minute set full of new songs and old hits. After plowing through “Hunting for Witches”, frontman Kele Okereke said to the crowd, “New York City, I can tell it’s going to be a party tonight, because all I can smell is reefer”, which drew a round of applause, and also drew out some security guards and their flashlights. Upon playing “Song for Clay (Disappear Here)”, with a smooth segue into “Banquet”, the crowd erupted and the party was in full force; hands were in the air, feet were off the ground, and Okereke was smiling from ear to ear.Highlights of the show were “Banquet”, “One More Chance”, “So Here We Are”, “Flux”, “Helicopter”, and “This Modern Love”. The light show was pretty impressive, with newly employed lasers that added to the atmosphere ten-fold. Overall, it was a good start to what is sure to be a memorable 3-night NYC run for Bloc Party. The Drums and Them Jeans opened the night.For those unable to get tickets for the shows, The Bowery Live will be streaming the show tonight from Terminal 5. Bloc Party goes on around 9pm.Live Stream Tonight’s Show Here:Setlist:3×3, Trojan Horse, Hunting for Witches, Positive Tension, Real Talk, Song for Clay (Disappear Here), Banquet, Blue Light, One More Chance, So Here We Are, The Prayer1st Encore:Day Four, Octopus, Flux, Helicopter2nd Encore:Ares, This Modern Love
The 2020 Democratic National Convention came to a close on Thursday night as John Legend and Common performed “Glory” in memory of Civil Rights activist John Lewis.“Glory” comes from the 2014 film Selma, which chronicled the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches in which Lewis participated alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and many other leaders. The song earned a host of accolades, including the Academy Award for “Best Original Song” as well as a Grammy for “Best Song Written for Visual Media.”Related: Bruce Springsteen, Maggie Rogers, More Partake In Night One Of Democratic National Convention [Videos]The stirring performance found Legend alone on a dimly lit stage in an empty theater, seated behind his grand piano. As the song began to build, the camera panned up to a heavenly choir performing on the balcony, and eventually over to Common rapping in the wings. With the inspiring chorus “One day when the glory comes/It will be ours, it will be ours/Oh one day when the war is won/We will be sure, we will be sure,” the musicians conjured the image of a time when racial injustice will end. It was imagined by King, it was imagined by Lewis, and now Common and Legend are keeping the dream alive.Watch John Legend and Common perform “Glory” to mark the end of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.John Legend, Common – “Glory”[Video: PBS NewsHour]
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) announced Tuesday that the US Department of Agriculture will be reopening the enrollment next week for the much-improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy(link is external) (MPP-Dairy). The changes implement improvements that Leahy included in the Bipartisan Budget Act in February to give Vermont dairy farmers a far more cost-effective risk protection option. Reopening enrollment is especially important now as dairy farmers are experiencing a difficult year with falling prices for their milk.Leahy wrote and pressed for enactment of the reforms in his role as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Leahy also is a leading member and former Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.On Tuesday Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue shared that the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set the new enrollment period to run from April 9, 2018, to June 1, 2018, and to make the sign up period retroactive to January 1, 2018.Leahy said: “Dairy farmers in Vermont and around the country are hurting. Today’s open enrollment implements the lower insurance premiums that were passed in the Cohran-Leahy cotton and dairy relief package in February. I have had countless calls from Vermont dairy farmers in the past two months worried about their smaller milk checks and unsure of how they will make ends meet. The crisis is worsened by the approach of the Spring planting season and the many difficult decisions that farmers are now confronting. The changes announced today will help dairy farmers to buy meaningful levels of risk protection in the MPP-Dairy program. I strongly encourage all Vermont dairy farmers to evaluate the new and far lower premium rates for Tier 1 and to calculate their enrollment options, to help them decide on appropriate coverage levels so they can better weather this challenging year.” Harold J Howrigan said: “As Chairman of the St. Albans Cooperative’s Board of Directors, I believe that the changes made to the Margin Protection Program are very positive and am hopeful it will be of benefit to our membership. We appreciate Senator Leahy’s leadership on this issue and his firm support of the dairy sector.”Bob Wellington Sr., Vice President of Agri-Mark, Inc., said: “The changes made to the Margin Protection Program are significant and offer much needed financial support to dairy farmers. We thank Senator Leahy for his continued support and recognition of the economic importance of our dairy farms.”Background on the Leahy-led dairy changes:The MPP-Dairy protects dairy producers by paying them when the difference between the national all-milk price and the calculated national average feed cost (margin) falls below a certain dollar amount set by the producer.Recent Leahy-led MPP changes:Calculations of the margin basis is monthly rather than bi-monthly.Premium rates for Tier 1 were substantially lowered, by 70% lower at the $8.00 margin level. Covered production is increased to 5 million pounds on the Tier 1 premium schedule.An exemption from paying an administrative fee for limited resource, beginning, veteran, and disadvantaged producers. Dairy operators enrolled in the previous 2018 enrollment period that qualify for this exemption under the new provisions may request a refund.Dairy farmers have until June 1, 2018, to make new coverage elections for 2018, and that coverage election will be retroactive to January 1, 2018. For any farms that had previously signed up for this year, they must update their enrollment and evaluate if they would like to adjust their coverage level to take advantage of these important changes. Farmers will have until September to pay their premiums. The USDA is working to update its web tool to help producers better review forecasted milk and feed prices, to determine the level of coverage they should select to provide them with the strongest safety net under the conditions they are expecting in this challenging year. The easy to use online resource will soon be available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool(link is external), and should allow dairy farmers to quickly combine their own unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet or any other platform.The USDA will be mailing out postcards advising dairy producers of these recent changes. Source: Leahy. 4.3.2018. For more information, farmers can visit www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy(link is external) or contact their local USDA service center(link is external).
August 15, 2006 Regular News Hale to raise funds for the Foundation Donald J. Hale has been named director of development for The Florida Bar Foundation.Hale, who began his duties in July, brings more than 12 years of development experience to the Foundation. Previously, Hale served as senior director of development and alumni affairs for the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville, and associate director of development for the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.Hale’s chief responsibilities will be to implement a major gifts and planned giving program for the Foundation“With fluctuations in funding from Florida’s interest on trust accounts program, the chief source of Foundation revenue, it is extremely important for the Foundation to have a stable source of funding for legal services to the poor in Florida,” said Foundation President John Thornton of Miami. “With Donald Hale’s efforts directed at increasing that funding, it will be possible to maintain at least the minimum level of legal services for those who need it most.”The Foundation already has a key base of those who support its mission of greater access to justice, but the need remains enormous, Foundation officials said.“As the Foundation seeks to ensure that its mission is carried on into perpetuity, like most organizations, the Foundation will be placing greater emphasis on fundraising and planned giving to increase the Foundation’s endowment,” said Kathy McLeroy, chair of the Foundation’s Development Committee. “We are pleased to have someone of Donald Hale’s talents leading this effort that is so important for the Foundation’s future.” Hale to raise funds for the Foundation
September 1, 2016 Regular News Miami’s Bass to lead the ABA Hilarie Bass of Miami assumed the role of president-elect of the ABA at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. “I am honored to take on the position of ABA president-elect and look forward to serving my fellow attorneys, while working to eradicate bias, enhance diversity, and advance the rule of law,” said Bass, the co-president of Greenberg Traurig. “Giving back to the profession that has given me so much is something I feel strongly about, which is why I have dedicated myself to supporting the ABA mission for more than 30 years.” She will serve a one-year term as president-elect before becoming ABA president in August 2017. Speaking during the ABA Annual Meeting, Bass highlighted her priorities for the organization in the coming years. Most importantly, she emphasized the significance of the association’s involvement in advancing equal access to justice. “At a time when many are questioning whether the concept of ‘justice for all’ applies to them, the ABA must lead by implementing strategies across this country to ensure that our citizens can believe the civil and criminal justice system is truly blind to color, gender, religion, and income inequality,” Bass said. Bass also stressed the need for the profession to embrace the use of technology to assist in meeting the largely unmet needs of the millions of citizens who seek legal aid but have been turned away for years because they cannot afford it. She said technology can help make more information readily available to the public and enable individuals representing themselves to more easily access the information and the forms they need to navigate a complex judicial system. Bass pushed for the ABA to be a leader in evaluating how future lawyers can be better educated through a system that trains law students to gain “practical hands-on skills, whether through internships or some other form of experiential learning, to allow them to graduate with the ability to solve a client’s problem in a practical and real way.” “The ABA must be a leader in evaluating how we can do better in educating and testing the competency of the future lawyers of our country,” Bass said. Bass has been involved with the ABA for more than 30 years, beginning as a young lawyer and working her way up to become chair of the 70,000-member Section of Litigation in 2010-11. As chair, she spearheaded the creation of the Task Force on Implicit Bias in the Justice System. She has held several other positions at the ABA, including serving as chair of the Committee on Rules and Calendar (2012-14), member of the Board of Governors (1990-93), House of Delegates (1988-95, 2000-present), and the Florida representative to the Nominating Committee (2010-present). In her practice, Bass has successfully represented high-profile corporate clients in jury and nonjury trials involving hundreds of millions of dollars in controversy. In recognition of that success, Bass was inducted in 2011 to the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has worked and settled more than 100 cases, tried more than 20 cases to conclusion, and argued numerous appeals. Among her significant cases, Bass led the effort to eliminate Florida’s 20-year-old ban on gay adoption, which was found unconstitutional in 2010 and led to the state removing questions of sexual orientation from the adoption application. Bass earned her law degree at the University of Miami School of Law and her bachelor’s degree at George Washington University. Miami’s Bass to lead the ABA
The Nigerian Ports Authority in its Quarterly report of 1st Quarter, 2013 has witnessed increased gross tonnage of coastal vessels and Cargo traffic over the same period in 2012.Available statistics shows that Gross tonnage of coastal vessels was 2,237,822mt, an increase of 23% over 1st quarter 2012 figure of 1,810,423.Laden Container Throughput was 216,110 TEUs, a growth of 2.9% over 1st Quarter 2012 figures of 210,057TEUs. It was also recorded that Refined petroleum was 4,886,001metric tons, indicating an increase of 10.3% over 1st Quarter 2012 figure of 4,431,318metric tons.The increase recorded in the 1st Quarter was due to the continuous effort of the Organization in engaging in maintenance dredging which allowed for bigger vessels to visit the ports. The increase in importation of refined petroleum was due to the stability in the oil and gas industry after the conclusion of the oil subsidy probe in 2012 and the subsequent resumption of importation.The Managing Director of NPA, Habib Abdullahi, has said that with the tremendous support of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Nigerian Ports Authority has continued to engage in massive infrastructural development which has resulted to the above performance.“The effort will be intensified as we vigorously pursue our vision to make Nigerian Ports the hub of the West and Central African Region,” said Abdullahi.[mappress]Press Release, July 1, 2013
The Law Society’s Council convenes next week to set the level of the compensation fund levy, with a steep increase on this year’s £150 now seemingly inevitable. A report circulated ahead of Wednesday’s meeting contains a recommendation from the Financial Protection Committee that the full contribution rate for 2009/10 be set at £450. A final decision on the levy was deferred last month pending further consultation with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Council will hear that £270 is the lowest level the regulator would support, as claims soar and calls on fund reserves increase. The higher figure of £450 allows for a degree of ‘smoothing’ which the committee hopes would mitigate the need for high contributions in 2010/11. Projections have shown that solicitors could face another steep increase then, as the number of practice interventions and the incidence of mortgage fraud increase. ‘We are starting to see the consequences of an economic downturn of unprecedented severity,’ the report says. ‘It could have consequences even worse than the early 1990s, when grants peaked at £42.3m in today’s values.’
World Health Organization’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus /CGTN Photo /James ChauThe World Health Organziation’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom, says the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the state of health unpreparedness the world has been.Tedros made the remarks on Thursday at a media briefing following a trilateral meeting between WHO, France and Germany.” The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-century event that has shown the world was not as prepared as it should have been,” he said.“We must all learn the lessons it is teaching us: that we are one humanity, and none of us are safe until all of us are safe.”COVID-19 has killed more than 482,000 people globally and infected over 9.4 million, according to data from the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.Tedros urged world leaders to show leadership in the fight against the pandemic, whose effects are projected to last for years according to analysts.Earlier, the WHO chief said the number of new infections was on the rise, a cause for concern globally.He noted that in the last month alone, more than 4 million new cases had been reported, and if the trend continues, the global number of COVID-19 infections will surpass 10 million by the end of the week.Related World Health Organization develops COVID-19 treatment master plan WHO and partners launch a health technologies pool: COVID-19 Zambia’s health minister tests positive for COVID-19
LocalNews Update: Dominica placed under Flood Warning by: – November 13, 2018 366 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Share Sharing is caring! The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) has been informed that a tropical wave with an associated area of disturbed weather is affecting Dominica. This feature is expected to influence weather across the island up to early Wednesday.The Flood WATCH issued by the Met Service from Tuesday 13, November to 6am Wednesday 14 November has since been upgraded to a FLOOD WARNING until 12 noon today, Tuesday. Given the recent rains, the grounds remain saturated. This additional activity could quickly lead to flash flooding, landslides and rockfalls across Dominica.The public is therefore being advised to exercise great caution during today and tonight. People in vulnerable areas should take note of their situation and make plans to protect themselves in advance. Again, if you live along rivers, ravines and other waterways, be on the lookout for fast rising water and take quick action. Motorist and pedestrians must not attempt to cross flooded roads and bridges. Do not take any undue risk.Extreme caution is strongly advised at this time.
Images of the 2019 MV Agusta Moto2 race bike have been released by the brand. The rendered images give us a taste of what the MV Agusta Forward Racing bike will look like. It was only last month that MV Agusta that they will be returning to the world of MotoGP in 2019 after a 42-year absence. A four-year deal has been signed with the Forward Racing team which will see them compete in a brand new reworked intermediate class that will run Triumph’s 765cc inline-three engine.It’ll be quite interesting as the Italian premium bike manufacturer is very experienced with triple cylinder engines and middleweight machines, particularly their MV Agusta F3. This very fact means that MV Agusta might just have enough of an advantage to fight for the championship.According to Giovanni Cuzari, Forward Racing Team CEO, “The dream of bringing MV Agusta back to the World Championship was born with Claudio Castiglioni, to whom I have always been linked by deep esteem and friendship, and the dream came true with his son Giovanni.”What’s more interesting is how this 2019 MV Agusta Moto2 bike will look like and a couple of rendered images have been released to give us a taste. Heavily inspired by the MV Agusta F3 supersport machine, this is probably the next step in evolution for the F3 fitted a new race-spec chassis.The headlight has been taken out for obvious reasons and a similarly-shaped air intake has taken its place. The package looks all well and good but MV Agusta does have a tall mountain to climb with other dominants forces like Kalex and KTM.No riders have been confirmed just yet for the MV Agusta Forward Racing team but do stay tuned to Bikes Republic for more Moto2 updates.MotoGP: Francesco Bagnaia will join Pramac Ducati in 2019!–Ads– The team will have a slight advantage as they are very experienced with triple cylinder engines and supersport machines.