Earlier this year, the Disco Biscuits hit the newest venue in their hometown, The Fillmore Philadelphia, for three incredible nights of their brand of trance-fusion. The band has been on a tear as of late, focusing on interesting song choices that explore the entire Bisco canon of original material, along with setlists that seamlessly segue from one song to the next with little to no break in music. Essentially, they are making a solid case as to why they are the best improvisation-based band in the scene today.The Disco Biscuits Are Bringing ‘City Bisco’ To NYC For Three Summer NightsAs the band gears up for some major summer performances (Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, City Bisco), they’ve taken the liberty of sharing full set videos from the first two nights of their three-night run. The “Strobelights and Martinis> Air Song> Vassillios> Moshi Fameus” into “Magellan” to end the first set on 2/5/16 was a pretty tasty nugget from the run. Just sayin’. Witness the magic of the band’s February 4th and 5th performances below, some of their finest work to date:February 4th: Setlists can be seen below:Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA – 2/4/16Set 1: Chemical Warfare Brigade, Aceetobee> Neck Romancer1> Aceetobee, Munchkin Invasion> Tricycle> Munchkin InvasionSet 2: Reactor2,1> Jigsaw Earth3> Tempest> Jigsaw Earth4> Floes5Encore: Kitchen Mitts1. Unfinished2. Dyslexic completion of 1/2/16 version3. Middle section4. Inverted version (end>beg)5. Ending only (completes 1/1/16 version)Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA – 2/5/16Set 1: Pilin’ It High1, Strobelights and Martinis> Air Song> Vassillios> Moshi Fameus, Magellan2Set 2: Little Shimmy In A Conga Line> Cyclone> Little Shimmy In A Conga Line> M.E.M.P.H.I.S.> Shem-Rah Boo3> Kamaole SandsEncore: On Time1. Original “rock” version2. with “Stir It Up” teases3. Unfinished February 5th:
Music festivals aren’t just for the summer. Any gathering of music, art, and community is worthy of celebration, and that’s the spirit of Hometeam New Years Rally. What better way to ring in 2017 than surrounded by the people you love, the music that inspires you, and holistic workshops to cultivate change in our daily lives and practices. The fifth annual event is taking over Maddox Ranch in Lakeland, Florida from December 29th to January 1st.While this year’s lineup is truly impressive, it’s the overall vibe of the festival that stands out. With headlining acts from The Nth Power, Zach Deputy, and The Mantras, the New Years Rally will also feature specialty showcases from Roosevelt Collier’s Hometeam Getdown, After Funk Plays Hendrix (x2), and Ajeva Plays Santana (x2), with Roosevelt Collier, Joe Marcinek, Christian Ryan, Mark Mayea, and Sara Phillips performing as artists at large. The festival’s foundation is in Florida, so plenty of local bands will be on-site to represent, including southern-gypsy-funk band Come Back Alice, bluegrass extraordinaires The Applebutter Express, funk rockers The Fritz, as well as Backup Planet, Juanjamon Band, Holey Miss Moley, Displace, The Groove Orient, Heather Gillis Band, Savi Fernandez Band, Guavatron, and a whole lot more.Aside from the music, there will be holistic workshops to spur the refresh button into the new year. This year will also host improved family activities, food vendors, and art installations galore. Early Bird Tickets are currently on-sale for $80. Don’t sleep on this!via GIPHYGet stoked with last year’s recap video, and imagine the world that is ahead!
Photo: LBJ LibraryWASHINGTON – A new poll shows President Trump is losing ground to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.It comes amid a chaotic week, as protesters gather daily near the White House and the Coronavirus pandemic rages on.The CNN poll conducted by SSRS finds President Trump’s approval rating down seven points in the last month.That puts him even further behind former Vice President Biden, whose support now stands at its highest level in polling. Among registered voters, Trump is now 14 points behind Biden in the race for the White House, with 41 percent backing Trump and 55 percent backing Biden.38 percent approve of the way Trump is handling his job, while 57 percent disapprove.That’s the President’s worst approval rating since January 2019.The survey also finds a growing majority of Americans feel racism is a big problem and that the criminal justice system favors whites over blacks. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
All of Georgia VulnerableWhile the destruction from tropical storms along the coast is well-known, all ofGeorgia is vulnerable to the power of these storms. This includes metro Atlanta and themountain counties.Along the coast, the storm surge is the major concern. The shape of the Georgia coastmakes it vulnerable to very high storm surges — much greater than North Carolina wouldhave for the same strength storm.High winds, tornadoes and flooding due to heavy rainfall are other threats to thecoastal region.All Georgians living along the coast should know their county’s emergency plan,including evacuation routes and the locations of approved shelters. Contact your countyemergency management agency now. Don’t wait until a tropical storm threatens.Inland Flooding Big ConcernAway from the coast into the piedmont and mountains, flooding is the major concern.Interior flooding can cause more damage statewide than the damage on the coast. Inlandflooding is the major cause of tropical-weather deaths.Hurricane Camille, in 1969, hit the Mississippi Gulf coast but caused massive propertydamage and many deaths in the mountains of Virginia.Tropical-storm-strength winds can reach hundreds of miles from where the storm makeslandfall. Hurricane Hugo caused extensive wind damage in Charlotte, N.C., and beyond.Since most homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flood damage, it’s important to getsupplemental coverage. You can get flood insurance from the federal government.Get Flood Insurance NowBut don’t wait. It normally takes 30 days for a flood policy to become active. Contactyour insurance agent or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (www.floodalert.fema.gov) site for details.As a tropical storm moves inland, tornadoes are common. They can and do strike before astorm makes landfall. As the storm moves inland, tornadoes can hit anywhere in the state.A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio is a good addition to aweather-preparedness kit.The Georgia Emergency Management Agency has information on preparing for tropical stormseason on the Web (/www2.state.ga.us/GEMA/broadcast).You can get information through your county EMA, too. It’s listed in the phone book.FEMA has many Web pages on weather disaster mitigation and preparedness. You can findvaluable information at the FEMA hurricane Web site (www.fema.gov/mit/hurrmit.htm). Other pages(www.fema.gov) tell how to prepare and mitigate theimpacts of other natural disasters.FEMA has a free publication, “Repairing Your Flooded Home” (FEMA-234), onflood mitigation and repair. Another, “Taking Shelter From the Storm” (FEMA-320)suggests how to reinforce your home for high winds.Get these and other publications at 1-800-480-2520. ATHENS, Ga. — With Georgia in a record-setting drought, it’s ironic that we need to be preparing for floods.It’s hurricane season, and the entire state is vulnerable to flooding from tropical weather systems. From the mountains to the coast, all Georgians need to prepare for hurricane season.This tropical storm season, which began June 1, is expected to be an active one. Noted hurricane forecaster William Gray is predicting 12 named tropical systems.Gray is a professor of atmospheric science at ColoradoState University. He forecaststhat eight storms will become hurricanes and that four will be major, with wind speeds above 111 miles per hour.Tropical weather is no stranger to Georgia. Since 1990, Georgia has had three Presidential disaster declarations as the result of tropical weather. In 1994, Tropical Storm Alberto brought torrential rain, high winds, tornadoes and major flooding to 55 counties, from southwest Georgia to the southern counties of metro Atlanta. In 1998, Tropical Depression No. 10 brought high winds, heavy rain, tornadoes and flooding to 13 coastal and southeast Georgia counties. Hurricane Opal brought high winds, heavy rain and tornadoes to 50 counties, from the west central area to the north Georgia mountains, in 1995.
“Back in the old days,” Wolfe said, “people would visit relatives who owned farms when temperatures in the city got too hot or they wanted a change of pace. Now most people don’t have a relative like that to visit. So agritourism is taking that place.”Agritourism encompasses a wide range of things, from historical farm tours, to hunting to road-side stands,” Wolfe said. “It was big in the 1960 and 70s in the Northeast, and now we’re recycling the concept in the Southeast.”UGA economists have conducted several agritourism economic feasibility studies and many are available on the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development’s Web site, found under “Publications” at http://www.agecon.uga.edu/%7Ecaed/. By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaSchoolchildren love to visit an agri-maze of bright green cornplants in Taylor County, Ga. Blueberry lovers can pick bucketfuls of fruit at a blueberry farmin Watkinsville. Wine aficionados tour more than a dozen vineyards in northGeorgia, courtesy of the Georgia Wine Trail.Examples of farmers with too much free time? On the contrary, these farmers are part of a growing trend in the state called agritourism. According to Kent Wolfe, an economist with the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, agritourism has the potential to be a big boost in Georgia, where agriculture forms the backbone of the economy and farm revenues have recently declined.The tourism and travel industry is estimated to grow by 28 percent from 1997 to 2007, with agricultural and nature-based tourism anticipated to grow 30 percent over the same period.”There is a growing market for these activities,” Wolfe said. “It’s a way for farms to generate income and to provide education opportunities to folks.”The biggest barrier between consumers who are hungry for such experiences and land owners, farmers and businesses who have such enterprises to offer is lack of knowledge, said UGA economist John McKissick.To put an end to that problem, UGA economists have created AGNET, http://www.iiseyes.org/agnet/, a Web site for agritourism in Georgia. “There’s a growing opportunity for farmers and growers to get a piece of the booming tourism industry,” Wolfe said. “But people need an easy way to find these places, which are usually more out of the way. AGNET is our answer but in order to make it work, we need submissions.”Wolfe defines agritourism as the act of visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation for the purpose of enjoyment, education or active involvement in the activities of the farm or operation.”It could be a working dairy farm or plant nursery that’s open for school tours, it could be a roadside stand, it could be a horseback riding enterprise,” Wolfe said. “There are all kinds of pick-your-own places and fee-hunting places all over the state. We’d like to have them all listed on AGNET.”Wolfe added that nature-based activities like bird watching, fishing and nature trails are other examples that fall under agritourism.To have a business listed on the AGNET website, the owner needs to get in touch with their county extension agent. That number is usually listed in the county government pages of the phone book, under “cooperative extension” or “extension.” The county extension agent will post the information about the business on the Web site.As a bonus, businesses listed on AGNET will also be listed on the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism’s Web site, http://www.georgia.org.
YouTube is the second largest search engine on the web. With more than half (55%) of people watching online videos every day, video has become the platform for satisfying both informational and entertainment needs. If pictures are worth a thousand words, then “video is worth 1.8 million words,” said Dr. James MCQuivey in a Forrester Research study.Video can be a great platform for credit unions and community banks to drive awareness, build trust and advertise products. Here are five types of videos that can help you make an authentic connection with your audience.Behind-the-ScenesGone are the days of the 8-minute corporate overview video. Nobody has time for that. More than half (56%) of all videos published nowadays are less than 2 minutes long. Break up your story into a series of short format videos that can communicate your history, mission and unique value proposition. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
You may be surprised by the answer. As a marketing professional, I tend to notice advertisements and digital marketing more than the average person. Working for a company focused on expanding credit unions to reach more consumers also has me on the lookout for advertisements around credit union offerings. In this article, Here are a few ways local credit unions have used traditional marketing to their advantage that is just as strategic as placing an ad on the right website.This year’s Washington Auto Show had traditional sponsorships from the likes of State Farm, Spot Hero and the usual sponsors you think of for the automotive industry. The U.S. Senate Federal Credit Union took a strategic approach, knowing that consumers sometimes need car loans when purchasing a new vehicle. What better place to reach new potential members than the auto show? They went one step further with their sponsorship and created advertisements that filled the walkways of the Convention Center Metro stop, DC’s subway. These ads displayed their rates featuring strong call to actions that reached an audience who was going to look at cars and forming their personal car-purchasing decision. This event traditionally attracts more than 400,000 people a day. This strategy is an excellent example of using traditional marketing to expand a credit union’s reach. The Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile RunSince 1996, Credit Union Miracle Day sponsors the Cherry Blossom 10 mile run. The credit union miracle day focuses on demonstrating credit unions’ strong commitment to their communities and underscoring the positive impact that credit unions make to consumers. This event brings in more than 15,000 participants and even more spectators. In DC, the cherry blossom festival is a big deal attracting tourists from around the world. The 10-mile run is at the center of the action. This example drives home the credit union difference, and most of their hype is built around traditional marketing methods like radio ads and print. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Suffolk County SPCA said a baby alligator was recently spotted near the courthouses in Central Islip. A woman walking her dog spotted the one-foot long alligator and observed it entering a nearby pond as she approached the reptile, according to Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross. The woman reported the incident to court officers, who then contacted the Suffolk SPCA. Investigators from the organization and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation responded and also saw the alligator enter the pond. Investigators wearing wet suits entered the water in a failed attempt to grab the alligator. Gross said the alligator is “facing a death sentence” because of the cold temperatures at nightfall and the near-freezing water temperature in the pond. The person who abandoned the alligator and placed it there could face a penalty of up to two years in jail, Gross said. Suffolk SPCA investigators are reviewing courthouse security cameras for clues, Gross said. The alligator sighting comes less than two years after a shocking number of alligators were found throughout Long Island. At one point, 16 gators were discovered over a nine-month period, which Gross said was “unheard of.” In many instances, the gators were found in public areas. It is illegal to own an alligator without a permit. Anyone with information regarding the latest sighting is asked to contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722.
6 Cormack St, Sherwood.This beautiful highset family home at 6 Cormack St, Sherwood captures deluxe modern living with a resort-style appeal.Set on 405sq m, living spaces within the home include a purpose built media room and large study. One of the bedrooms at 6 Cormack St, Sherwood.The elegant, character-inspired home was constructed in 2014 with its sister construction next door at number 8 Cormack St built in 2012.“Both homes have been constructed masterfully and feature beautiful ornate timber workmanship across the frontage providing the home with a unique and modern feel while capturing the character and essence of the local surrounding area,” Mr Wiggett said. 6 Cormack St, Sherwood.Parents can enjoy the spacious master retreat providing a walk-in robe, large private ensuite with sweeping suburb views.Selling agent Charles Wiggett, from Brisbane Real Estate – Indooroopilly, said there were a lot of active buyers out there at present seeking a perfect slice of real estate in this ever popular and highly sought after pocket of Brisbane.“Interest remains high as stock levels are low resulting in strong buyer competition,” Mr Wiggett said. The large living area at 6 Cormack St, Sherwood.The dining and lounge areas blend seamlessly with the kitchen and outdoor entertainment spaces.There are four decent-sized bedrooms which include the master with built ins, fans and ducted airconditioning.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 The well designed home at 6 Cormack St, Sherwood.The home would appeal to families and executive couples, or investors seeking entry into a prestigious family friendly locale, he said.“The current owners intend to leave this splendid family home to explore a new and exciting family chapter abroad,” Mr Wiggett said.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has re-assessed its investment principles leading to a 12.5% allocation to “hybrid” assets that provide liability matching and outperformance.Historically, the UK’s lifeboat fund allocated 70% of its assets towards cash and bonds to match liabilities, with 30% in risk assets aiming for a LIBOR plus 1.8% outperformance target.However, in a re-jig of strategy, the fund will now invest in a wider range of assets previously deemed unsuitable for the silo nature of asset allocation.As a result, cash and bonds will now account for 58%, alternatives 22.5%, equities 7% and hybrid 12.5%. Meanwhile, the fund told IPE it has completed a £330m (€415m) real estate co-investment with insurer Prudential as its first significant hybrid asset allocation.It has also begun awarding risk-factor mandates over asset class mandates, giving external managers greater flexibility on asset selection.This includes private placements and loans as the fund completes the awarding of a mandate for direct lending.It will also finalise an emerging market debt tender that gives the manager freedom to invest across different emerging economies and credit qualities, with the fund solely looking at the absolute return target.Barry Kenneth, CIO at the lifeboat fund, said the previous silo allocation nature meant it could not use index-linked corporate bonds, as they would only fit in its risk-seeking portfolio, and not benefit from liability-matching characteristics.He also said the new hybrid investments allowed the fund to overcome regulatory challenges for its large liability-driven investments and derivatives book.The additional costs of continuing to run a large LDI strategy, underpinned by derivatives, is to increase substantially as the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) takes hold, and Basel III decreases competition in the counterparty market.“These regulations mean, if we wanted to change our asset allocation in five years’ time, it would be a lot more troublesome to do so,” Kenneth said. “We can now have less reliance on the over-the-counter derivatives market.”The fund will now look at using new hybrid assets, such as corporate index-linked bonds, and allocate excess returns to the outperformance portfolio, and the liability characteristics to the LDI programme.A long-term lease, for example, will shift from alternatives to hybrid.“We’re not introducing new asset classes, but the assets by definition have more than one function,” Kenneth said.“A lot of the assets we currently invest in, we are just looking at them differently.”He said the PPF fit in somewhere between a pension fund and an insurance company, and that annuity providers often allocated to these assets.“I do not care what the asset is called, but rather what it gives us,” he added.With this, the PPF has awarded risk-factor mandates, which allows managers to invest across a range of assets but target illiquidity, excess return, inflation and duration.“In this kind of space, it is very important we do not constrain ourselves to particular asset classes,” Kenneth said.”This gives us the best chance to fill the 12.5% allocation, or around £3bn in three years.”The first significant asset was completed last week when it co-invested £330m in two commercial properties in Manchester with insurer Prudential.This provides the fund with a lease contract for 23.5 years, with an annual 3% uplift in rental income.Kenneth said the fund would continue to co-invest with insurers in real estate to ensure it moved into a higher-valued market away from the competitive lower-valued.