Members Of Lettuce, Pretty Lights, Antibalas, Toubab Krewe To Host Afro-Dub Soundclash In NOLA

first_imgJazz Fest is a celebration of all kinds of music from across the spectrum. People assume that jazz is the focus, but these days, the festival and the city’s related after-parties are a melting pot of styles and genres. Sure, there’s jazz, but also gospel, funk, jam and a healthy dose of world music. A few years ago, Luke Quaranta of Toubab Krewe decided that it was time to put the spotlight on West African music, and from that seed, JuJu Fest was born. JuJu Fest is a world music mini-festival-within-a-festival concept that takes place across the city of New Orleans during the ten days.This year, one show in particular tops the bill with a killer lineup and an awesome theme. Raja Kassis, guitar player of modern Afrobeat legends Antibalas (and co-founder of JuJu Fest) reached out to Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights) and Josh Werner (Original Matisyahu band, Lee Scratch Perry, Wu-Tang Clan), two long time friends who all share a storied history playing Dub and Reggae music together, to create Megawatt: Afro-Dub Soundclash. This will certainly be an incredible night of dub, reggae and afro vibes that will hit The Maison on Wednesday, May 3rd. Joining them will be modern jazz/funk legend Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science), master percussionist Weedie Braimah, local sax hero Khris Royal, and trumpet master Maurice “Mobetta” Brown.  As if it couldn’t get any better, Megawatt will be fronted on vocals by none other than Bajah, a superstar in Sierra Leone affectionately know back home as the “Lyrical Bomber.” Bajah has been a frequent guest in years past of such acts as Break Science, Talib Kweli and The Roots, to name a few.We can’t wait for Megawatt’s awesome Dub and Reggae grooves to reverberate up and down Frenchman Street on May 3rd. See below for full show details.SHOW INFO –Artist: Megawatt feat. Raja Kassis, Luke Quaranta, Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Josh Werner, Weedie Braimah, Bajah, Khris Royal & Maurice “Mobetta” BrownVenue: The Maison – 508 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 (technically early AM May 4th)Price: $20adv / $25dosTickets: Click HereTime: Doors 12:30am / Show 1:00amIf you’ll be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest this year, don’t miss out on all of the awesome late night music options taking place across the city. Learn more about all of the amazing music you can catch at this link.last_img read more

Rising death rates at rural hospitals suggest need for improvements

first_imgDeath rates are rising at rural hospitals that serve many poor and elderly people—and the reason may be their inability to provide the most up-to-date treatment, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study. Given this finding, HSPH researchers say the hospitals may need further help to provide care for these vulnerable patients. The study appeared in the April 3, 2013 issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).The HSPH researchers—Karen Joynt, instructor of health policy and management; E. John Orav, associate professor of biostatistics; and Ashish Jha, professor of health policy and management—looked at the performance of so-called “critical access hospitals,” which are small, rural hospitals that receive government reimbursements at 101% of costs and are exempted from participation in national quality improvement programs. The federal government began the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) program in 1997 in response to increasing rural hospital closures. Currently, nearly 1 in 4 of the nation’s hospitals are CAHs.For the JAMA study, the HSPH researchers analyzed data on more than 10 million Medicare beneficiaries—who were admitted either to critical access hospitals or to other acute care hospitals with a heart attack, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia—and compared 30-day mortality rates for each of the three conditions over a nine-year period. A decade ago, mortality rates for each of these conditions were roughly the same at both CAHs and non-CAHs. But between 2002 and 2010, the researchers found, mortality rates at CAHs increased at a rate of 0.1% per year, whereas at non-CAHs they decreased 0.2% per year. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Tour UGA Grounds.

first_imgUGA File Photo Lustrat House. The University of Georgia grounds and horticulture departments will lead a walking and bus tour of the campus grounds on May 18, including a behind-the-scenes view of the grounds department.UGA is growing all over, challenging its grounds department to landscape new areas and renovate old ones in a beautiful, low-maintenance, environmentally friendly campus.The tour will visit some of the newly renovated areas, showing which plants worked and which didn’t on different areas. It will detail the seasonal color program’s successes and failures. And it will reveal the challenges of installing a few of the new areas.Great for LandscapersEspecially valuable to landscape professionals, the tour will provide a chance to visit with industry co-workers, share information and gain ideas.Registration will start at 8 a.m. at the Miller Plant Science Building. After a brief orientation in the botany auditorium at 9 a.m., the tour will begin, rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.A $25 fee covers bus transportation and lunch. Register by May 14. To sign up or learn more about the tour, call (706) 542-2861.last_img read more

Prescription Problem.

first_imgPrescription drug use is on the rise in the United States. Because of this, you might be surprised to learn what’s in your local river or drinking water, says a University of Georgia scientist.A new study has started at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to find out just how much of a certain type of drug is in Georgia’s waterways, said Marsha Black, a CAES environmental health scientist.Popular Drugs Prescription drugs could be getting into Georgia streams. How do the drugs get into the environment?”They’e excreted by the people taking them therapeutically,” she said.The drug goes in human waste through the sewerage system to wastewater treatment plants. Then the treated water is discharged into the environment.Sometimes the drug passes through the body in its original form or in some broken-down form.Sometimes, when an organism metabolizes a drug, a glucose molecule may get attached. With the attached glucose, the drug can pass through the system quicker. When it gets into the environment, the glucose molecule can be lost. That leaves the original drug loose in the environment.But little is known about how these drugs affect the environment in the United States. Black hopes to change that.Much like the way pesticides and other chemicals are tested, she’ll put these drugs through a battery of environmental tests in the lab.Black will work with a Georgia city’s wastewater treatment facility. She’ll test water samples before and after the wastewater treatment to find out if and how much of the drugs are present. Then she’ll compare that to the amount of SRRI drugs used in that area.Cause for ConcernThe study may show that these drugs degrade quickly in the environment and should be of no concern. Or it may prove that there is a public safety issue here that needs to be addressed, she said.Her research has already shown Prozac to be deadly in the parts-per-billion range to water fleas, a small microcrustacean widely used to study water quality. This is reason for concern, she said.The study will be conducted over the next three years with a $500,000 EPA grant. Along with former CAES scientist Kevin Armbrust, Black will look for five popular antidepressants known collectively as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. You may know them as Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, Celexa or Zoloft.SRRIs have been available only for the past few years. They’re effective in treating a number of conditions, such as depression, bulimia, obsessive compulsive disorder and premenstrual syndrome.The Environmental Protection Agency has become very interested in these drugs, she said. SRRIs share a lot in common with chemicals like pesticides that are known to be present in and toxic to the environment.If you use a sensitive enough instrument and look in the right direction, she said, you can find these chemicals.”Evidence from Europe says it’s getting in the drinking water,” Black said. “Europe is light years ahead of us (on this research).”Environment? How? Photo:Brad Haire Photo:Brad Haire Prozac belongs to a certain type of drug that might be loose in the environment.last_img read more

4 ways marketing is exactly like comedy

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson is co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, a marketing company that serves fintech and asset/liability management firms. Previously, she was executive editor of Credit Union Times. She has more … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details The world is going to hell in a handbasket, so I’ve been spending my down time watching comedy. This week, I’ve watched Dying Laughing, a documentary on Amazon Prime Video, and Jerry Seinfeld’s new standup special on Netflix, Jerry Before Seinfeld.Both shows stress how difficult it is to be a comedian. “Pffft,” I replied to the screen. “Try a career in marketing.”And then I realized, marketing and comedy are exactly alike. Consider the following. The talented ones make it look easy.Seinfeld is an excellent example of this. After all, he became a household name writing a show about nothing. He doesn’t have a funny voice or created personality, he’s just a seemingly average guy making jokes about average people. But he’s not average; he’s a genius. Writing a show about nothing may sound easy, but it’s an incredibly challenging creative undertaking.In marketing, Apple achieves a similar feat. Apple’s marketing is so simple: oftentimes, just a black Apple logo on a white screen. There might be a photo of a new product and a few words. That’s it. To the untrained eye, it looks so simple anyone could do it. Many have tried to do the same but failed. Which brings me to the second reason marketing is just like comedy. If you’re bad, you’re really, really bad.There are few situations more uncomfortable than sitting through a terrible standup act. It’s possible to fake a smile and applaud a bad singing performance, but it’s physically impossible to convincingly fake laughter. What’s more, people who want to laugh but don’t get angry. They start to heckle. It’s a bad scene, man.Here’s another uncomfortable situation: being exposed to bad marketing. Most bad marketing is just stale, like the ineffective “now, more than ever …” line. Cringe worthy, but not uncomfortable. But sometimes, marketing falls as flat as a bad standup routine. I’m not a big fan of political correctness, but two campaigns this year from Sony and Nivea with blatantly racist messages and images were downright uncomfortable. Sony’s “white is coming” PlayStation Portable ads featured a white model menacingly grabbing a black model by the face. Nivea bungled a deodorant campaign by greenlighting a “white is purity” message. Both were heckled on social media and deservedly so. It’s sorcery.In Dying Laughing, Seinfeld describes comedy as magic, a real magic trick. Successful comedians have the power to change people’s emotions, and produce the physiological response of laughter. Successful marketing performs an even more remarkable feat. It sets the stage for, or even prompts people to, purchase something. Parting with a laugh is much easier than parting with hard earned dollars. Failure chips away at your soul.Comedians, like other performing artists, share big parts of themselves on stage. When a comedian bombs, the audience didn’t just reject some jokes, they are also rejecting a big part of the person. Now, marketing campaigns only have an element of artistry to them. Marketing is a means to an end, and that end is sales, not pure creative expression. That said, marketers don’t just build a campaign. They create it. That creativity does come from the soul, which is why it’s painful to see the mortgage brochure you lovingly created discarded in the gutter in front of your credit union. You don’t go home and curl up into a fetal position on your bed, like comedian Dave Attell did after his first stand up performance bombed, but it doesn’t feel good, either.Finally, a quote from Steve Harvey that describes comedy, but applies to the skill set required for marketing, and also sales.“You can take lessons to become almost anything: flying lessons, piano lessons, skydiving lessons, acting lessons, race car driving lessons, singing lessons. But there’s no class for comedy. You have to be born with it.”last_img read more

4 things good employees want to hear

first_imgIf you want to have a healthy relationship with your team, there’s a few words they would enjoy hearing you say. Employee satisfaction isn’t always based on a paycheck. Here are four things you can say to make your employees feel like they matter.Here’s the plan: From the minute someone starts working for you, they want to feel trusted. If new plans or changes are put in motion, your employees want to be informed about them as soon as possible. When you share new information with your employees, they’ll appreciate being looped in. Feeling “in the dark” can lead to feelings of frustration and confusion.Help me out: No one can do everything on their own. One great way to gain respect from an employee is to ask them for help. Just because you’re the boss, doesn’t mean that you don’t need assistance from time to time. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. In fact, by reaching out to an employee with a specialized skillset, you’ll appear wise and intelligent.Thank you: It may seem too easy, but saying thanks every now and then really is the ticket to making your employees feel needed. When you let your staff know that you appreciate their help, they’ll feel that you understand the value that they bring to the company. Be specific so they know that you’ve noticed all of their hard work.Let’s talk about your future: Not only do your employees want to feel valued in their current position, but they want to feel like they have a future at your company. If you have long-term plans for your best employees, talk to them about it. When you have an awesome staff in place, you’ll want to keep them around for the long haul. 138SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Powell talks faster payments with Senate panel

first_imgFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell – during testimony Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee – answered questions about the development of a real-time payments system. NAFCU has worked to ensure credit unions’ perspective on a safer, faster payments system is considered as the Fed and other stakeholders work on the issue.Powell was delivering the agency’s semiannual Monetary Policy Report; he testified before the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday.Responding to questions from Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Powell indicated that the Fed is currently reviewing comments on its proposal to develop a 24/7/365 real-time gross settlement (RTGS) service. Powell also noted the support of the proposal from small financial institutions; NAFCU in December shared how credit unions could benefit from faster payments services and has encouraged the Fed to play an operational role in a future, faster payments system.Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, also asked about data collection practices and efforts to ensure consumers have privacy and control over their data. Powell acknowledged the importance of this and said more work needs to be done on the issue. NAFCU’s Cybersecurity and Payments Committee recently received an update on the Fed’s work to identify and mitigate payments fraud risk from The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Tim Boike, and also discussed consumer privacy legislation. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

17 Brilliant Holiday Gifts for Every Type of Mom

first_imgUs Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.It’s time to start your holiday shopping, and the pressure is on. Sure, buying gifts for your loved ones should be fun and exciting — and it can be — but there’s no denying that burden of feeling like you need to find the absolute perfect gift — especially for someone as important as your mom!- Advertisement – If you’ve scoured every site’s holiday section and just don’t think your mom’s tastes fit into any of them, then we are here to help you out. Not every mom can fit into the same category. Some love sweets, some love fashion, some love pets, some love lounging and some love working out. We’ve picked out some brilliant holiday gifts for every type of mom out there, so scroll down to find the one you’ve been searching for! – Advertisement –last_img read more

Gueye leaves Everton

first_img He had another year to run on his contract but came to an agreement with the Toffees to leave this summer. “The club would like to thank Magaye for his contribution over the last four years and wish him every success for the future,” said an Everton statement. The 23-year-old signed from Strasbourg for £1million on five-year contract in 2010 but made just 39 appearances, the majority as substitute. Last season he played just nine minutes, coming off the bench against Stevenage in an FA Cup fourth-round tie, under new manager Roberto Martinez. Forward Magaye Gueye has left Everton by mutual consent to end a disappointing stay at Goodison Park. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida Already looking ahead to Phase Two of Re-opening

first_imgThe Trump administration’s social distancing guidelines expired last night and now many states like Florida are preparing to reopen.Phase One of the state’s reopening plan doesn’t start until Monday, and South Florida is not included in the initial unbuttoning, but plans are already underway for Phase Two. The Reopen Florida Task Force recommendations were just released. It gives us our first look at what the task force is recommending for Phase Two. Ultimately, the governor will decide. https://t.co/yVynQporqk— Rebecca Ollier (@BeccaOllier) May 1, 2020 The governor’s task force for reopening the state released its recommendations yesterday on further steps the state should take when conditions warrant.In Phase Two, restaurants could increase to 75-percent capacity, and gyms could open at 75-percent capacity as well. Bars and nightclubs could open at 50-percent capacity, and state parks would reopen. And, Governor DeSantis is expected to make an announcement today about reopening state parks.last_img read more