Funk legend Bootsy Collins is gearing up to release a new album World Wide Funk, due out Oct 27th. Marking the bassist’s first album since 2011’s Tha Funk Capital of the World, the upcoming World Wide Funk is populated with musical friends old and new, and recorded in his Cincinnati home’s Bootzilla Re-hab studio. Blue-chip rappers like Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Quik, Dru Down, and Chuck D, along with guitar shredder Buckethead, all join a Bootsy-curated posse of fresh new artists on a record that embraces everything from the classic P-Funk sound Bootsy pioneered to the closest Collins has ever come to radio-active, boots on the ground, friendly fire in a musical-P-rated-adventure. Following the releases of three singles already, Bootsy Collin is streaming the entire album today on NPR.Bootsy explains in a press release, “I wanted to create a mystical monster that was born between a ‘Pee-hole & a A_ _hole,’ which automatically smelled fishy and funked up!’ At the same time, it could fit into a radio station format with a little wiggle room. But then ‘Boot-Rapp-A-Fella’ showed up and said that it would be ludicrous to do this. The ‘One’ kindly gave me the Funk Finger and showed me this World Wide Funkateer Drive going on out here, and he said ‘all you have to do is un-dress it.’ So I waved my hands in the air and gave up the funk like I just didn’t care. Then out of the clear blue, my man Brother-Nature showed up to announce that This is the Year of the Funkateer! The Funkateers began chanting, ‘Come back Bootsy, Come back, Come back, Bootsy Come Back.’ Not only do I have bootz on the ground, we got troops getting down, drones in the air and these young disciples were hungry and not a one of them was scared. The vets of Hip-hop, a la cream of the crop, shouted out to retain their gold, made me feel real good once again to know that they still got soul. Or as his longtime partner in funk George Clinton once put it: ‘Free your mind and your ass will follow!’The press release continues…From the maximalist funk of the body-slamming title track, to the soulful pop-R&B of “Heaven Yes,” to the experimental “groovegrass” of “Boomerang” (featuring Nashville slide-guitar hero Justin Johnson), to when “mix master Chew Fu showed up and showed out with his DJ skills on ‘Candy Coated Lover’,” World Wide Funk is the latest chapter in Bootsy’s life-long dedication to the One. The ineffable thing that makes the funk funky emerged from the primordial ooze during teenaged William “Bootsy” Collins’ watershed year (1970-71) with James Brown. Bootsy subsequently took the One to George Clinton’s P-Funk crew – in what Brown biographer RJ Smith has called “one of history’s biggest cases of industrial espionage” – where he adapted Brown’s precision and rigor to ringleader Clinton’s ecstatic, chaotic, and prolific musical playpen.“Being part of James Brown’s disciplined army kind of stabilized me before I got with George,” Bootsy recalls. “I was already tweakin’ on the edge and freakin’ out when I joined the original JBs, so it didn’t take much to tip me over and pour me out. JB was a disciplined person; George was a freakin’ accident that already happened while you were asleep, and I love both of ’em! They’re like a two sided coin: James Brown is the head and George has to be the tail. Why must he be like that? Why must the dog chase the cat? ’Cause he’s funky like that.”With Clinton, Bootsy developed his extravagantly cool and playful alter ego on Stretchin’ Out in Bootsy’s Rubber Band; Ahh…The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!; and Bootsy? Player of the Year. The sly, sexy sense of humor that erupted in pun-filled commentaries throughout these albums is on full display here in tracks like the Chuck Berry-ish “Boomerang” (“Victoria got a secret, y’all/ But I can’t tell, ’cause I’m out on bail”).The Collins mythology created in this trippy trio of late-’70s R&B hits undergoes further development on World Wide Funk in tracks like “Bass-Rigged System” (with guest appearances by fellow bass legends Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke and Manou Gallo), ”Pusherman” (wherein the BlvckSeeds collective offers a feminist take on the theory of evolution), and “Come Back Bootsy,” an epic funk extravaganza anchored once again by Bootsy’s star-shaped Space Bass.Along with X-Zact and BlvckSeeds, who supply gorgeous harmonies throughout World Wide Funk, other fresh faces on this casually collaborative effort include bassist-co-producer Alissia Benveniste and singer Tyshawn Colquitt. Bootsy discovered Benveniste (a Berklee School of Music graduate who leads a 15-piece band called the Funketeers) online. Kali Uchis is another fresh singer on tap that will “quench your thirst for the funk.” Cincinnati singer Tyshawn Colquitt sings his heart out on the soulful “Snow Bunny.”Other World Wide Funk guests include rappers Dru Down (“Pusherman”), DJ-Quik, MC Eiht (“Ladies Night”), and X-Zact (“Candy Coated Lover”), along with singers Kali Uchis, (“Worth My While”), Musiq Soulchild, and October London. London adds feminine appeal alongside a shoe-infatuated Bootsy on “Hi-On-Heels,” a slow-groove collaboration with Snoop Dogg. On the sexually gastronomic “Hot Saucer,” Musiq Soulchild announces his intention to “put it on your body like cheese on grits,” with Big Daddy Kane adding, “I ain’t dinin’ you, I’m brinin’ you!”Funk wasn’t always all about the bass, but Bootsy helped make it so. He’s noted for rocking his custom-made star-shaped Space Bass like a lead guitar, both in the funk zone and alongside experimental producers like Bill Laswell. There’s no lack of fiery instrumental magic on World Wide Funk either, not with shredding virtuosos like Eric Gales, the mysterious Buckethead and Joe Mass onboard. “You can also hear Jabo and the late Clyde Stubblefield on the album as vocal guests,” Bootsy explains, “and former Prince drummer John Blackwell, along with Dennis Chambers, who left road kill up and down our mile long driveway.”While not all the musicians made it into his Re-Hab Studio, the experience of recording World Wide Funk convinced Bootsy that a good producer can create a community online, and the album signals a détente with long-distance technology. “It boils down to this,” he says. “The world is going to evolve with you or without you, so my mind was made up to evolve along with it.”‘Let’s take it to the Stage’ by Funkadelic proved that Collins can play rock in a funk band as well. Parliament’s ‘Chocolate City’ marked Bootsy’s breakout with the P-Funk crew.Not only was he beginning to employ the Mu-Tron III effect pedal that gave his Space Bass its distinctive bubbling sound, but it also included the earliest tracks by the songwriting trio of Collins, Clinton, and keyboardist Bernie Worrell, with Bernie expanding upon George and Bootsy’s basic tracks. On “Hey Bernie” Bootsy salutes Bernie Worrell, who “changed frequencies” in 2016. The gorgeously elegiac track consists of stunning keyboard tracks Worrell recorded in the early 2000s accompanied by his “brother nature” Bootsy’s plaintive refrain: “Hey Bernie, please don’t go/ Hey Bernie, we need ya on the show.”With Worrell’s vintage Moogs and the analog keyboards he used on the road still set up in Collins’ studio, where they’d long resided, Bootsy had plenty of tracks to choose. “Man, I couldn’t finish this record without having something that not only Bernie played but something Bernie played just by himself,” he says. “The track I picked felt like Bernie speaking, which was his favorite way of communicating. I felt Bernie’s presence.”World Wide Funk also entails a call to activism – literally “Bootz on the ground, baby!” as the title track puts it. “The whole concept,” Collins explains, “was not only about playing music or being current on this album, but about teaching people how to funk for themselves so they can bring some funk to get some. We bring them hope like dope, so not one Funkateer chokes. Unity in the community is a part of this plan and when the Mothership lands there’s nothing but helping hands. WWF-Drive is about propelling ourselves and generations to come into the future with the speed of light as in Flashlight.”A longtime activist himself, Collins has long given back to his community through the Bootsy Collins Foundation (bootsycollinsfoundation.org). The 501(c)(3) nonprofit is overseen by Patti Collins, Bootsy’s wife, and it focuses on raising the self-esteem of bullied girls, preventive dental care for underserved communities, and providing musical instruments to disadvantaged kids.Bootsy’s music and life are all about creating unity in the community, “but not necessarily the same old community.” He has never stopped generating new energy among new musical associates, and World Wide Funk is the latest example of his Promethean powers. It blends classic Bootsy, Analog (“aka the veteran artist”), and Slingshots (“aka the youngins”) into the silly serious world of Bootsy, with results that will extend far beyond the confines of our galaxy.“I’ve never really been concerned about what others thought about me or my music, as long as it made you feel good & sexy, like them old house parties, sharing a coke and a smile while doing a bump and grind,” Bootsy concludes. “I’ve had the privilege to travel back in time to imagine; what it was like, ‘When a Stage Coach was First Class!’ Bottom line is, ‘MAKE MY P-WHOLE AGAIN!’”Stream World Wide Funk HERE, exclusively on NPR.Track List1. World Wide Funk (feat. Doug E. Fresh, Buckethead & Alissia Benveniste)2. Bass-Rigged-System (feat. Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke, Manou Gallo, Alissia Benveniste & World-Wide-Funkdrive)3. Pusherman (feat. Dru Down, BlvckSeeds , Mr. Talkbox)4. Thera-P (feat. Tyshawn Colquitt & Alissia Benveniste)5. Hot Saucer (feat. Musiq Soulchild & Big Daddy Kane)6. Heaven Yes7. Ladies Nite (feat. MC Eiht & BlvckSeeds)8. Candy Coated Lover (feat. X-Zact, Kali Uchis & World-Wide-Funkdrive)9. Snow Bunny (feat. Tyshawn Colquitt, Snowbunny & World-Wide-Funkdrive)10. Hi-On-Heels (feat. October London)11. A Salute To Bernie (feat. Dr. G. Bernie Worrell)12. Boomerang (feat. Justin Johnson)13. Worth My While (feat. Kali Uchis)14. Come Back Bootsy (feat. Eric Gales, Dennis Chambers & World-Wide-Funkdrive)15. Illusions (feat. Chuck D, Buckethead & BlvckSeeds)
“46 Days” (partial) Photo: Bill McAlaine “Ocelot” (partial) “My Friend, My Friend” (partial) “Tweezer Reprise” (partial) “Golden Age” (partial) Setlist: Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 9/2/18Set 1: Soul Planet, Possum, Mellow Mood, Tube, Funky Bitch, Ocelot, Keepin’ It Real, My Friend, My Friend, Horn, Maze, Miss You, Run Like an AntelopeSet 2: 46 Days, Tweezer, Golden Age, Steam, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Gotta Jibboo, Suzy Greenberg, Character ZeroEncore: The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Tweezer RepriseA full soundboard recording of the performance is available to stream now via LivePhish.Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 9/2/18 | Photos: Bill McAlaine “Silent In The Morning” (partial) “Maze” (partial) On Sunday night, Phish performed their final gig of the summer at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. Following Saturday night’s lengthy setlist, the third night of the run kept quantity and quality in mind in term of song selection, especially for fans of 1993’s concept album, Rift.“Soul Planet” opened the show for the first time in its nascent career, continuing the tour’s theme of second set regulars being shifted to the beginning of the show. While the jam didn’t quite sail away as it did during its last outing in Alpharetta, Sunday’s rendition contained a seamless transition into “Possum” thanks to A+ driving by drummer Jon Fishman. The southern-style rocker, which dates back to the early days when Jeff Holdsworth was still a member of the band, got the arena shaking for the final show of Labor Day weekend and gave Mike Gordon a chance belt it out on the topic of roadkill.Trey Anastasio took over the lead vocals for Bob Marley’s “Mellow Mood”, which was taken off the shelf for the first time since 8/9/2011 in Tahoe to the delight of the mile-high crowd. The four white guys from Vermont did the soulful Rastafarian tune justice as smoke filled the air and brought smiles to the faces of the rude boys (and girls) in attendance.The always funky “Tube” made its way into a Centennial State first set for the fifth consecutive Dick’s run and found Page McConnell’s “Rage Side” getting down to the danceable tune thanks to his synth expertise (and, of course, his dapper new octopus shirt). Channeling Son Seals for the second cover of the evening, “Funky Bitch” gave Gordon another chance to mention his “new fancy clothes”, which he’s consistently kept fans updated on throughout the tour via his Instagram page. In similar fashion to the 8/10/18 performance in Raleigh, “Ocelot” followed “Funky Bitch” and offered bulky bass, wailing guitar improvisation and an attack on the grand piano. For the third time of the night, Gordon showed off his pipes during the newly debuted “Keepin’ It Real”, a promising fast-paced rocker that has yet to be truly released into the wild.A three-pack of Phish’s Rift cuts came next in the form of “My Friend, My Friend”, “Horn”, and “Maze” during latter-half of the first set to the delight of the Phish 1.0 junkies in attendance. The nightmarish ending to “My Friend, My Friend” had an even scarier vibe than usual as Trey screamed the lyrics with a villainously terrifying tone. McConnell worked up a sweat during “Maze” as he slammed and beat on the keys like a mad scientist while Trey brought the maddening song to a boil. The older side of Trey gave everyone five minutes to catch their breath during a delicately placed “Miss You” before Trey’s inner kid reemerged to cap the set with a raging “Run Like An Antelope”.The last set break of summer is usually a hard pill to swallow, but with one more Sunday set and only 43 days left until Fall Tour 2018, the optimistic crowd remained in high spirits. Phish took their own inventory of time during the set-opening “46 Days” which followed the path through lush sonic meadows to the dark side during its patient Type II breakdown. Gordon held down a powerful foundation as Trey melted faces with an all-or-nothing attitude not seen in the first set. Fishman smacked the cowbell with a Christopher Walken-approved intensity and set up a silky-smooth transition into “Tweezer”. Every minute of this ice-cold version provided something special with more cowbell, 80’s synth-pop interludes, and deep spacey bass lines. Page brought the Clavinet to life, which paired well with Mike’s inventive additions to the interesting jam.Trey laid into a fuzz-infused solo which lead to a full-band “Manteca” tease that quickly morphed into “Golden Age”. The ecstatic sold-out arena clapped their hands to signal to their red-headed leader they were in the right place, and Chris Kuroda visually signaled that he was in the right place as well, putting on an awe-inspiring light spectacle that accompanied the futuristic funk jam. Gordon was gold once again on the TV on the Radio cover, interlacing multiple effects to join McConnell in a joyful movement toward the end of the jam. The 40-plus-minute, must-listen Phish rollercoaster ride that was “46 Days” > “Tweezer” > “Golden Age” finally melted into a haunting “Steam”, followed by a stormy “A Song I Heard I the Ocean Sing”.The first section of the “Gotta Jibboo” that came next was tranquil and serene, taking a step back from the spooky and mysterious territory the band had immersed themselves in for the majority of the second set. Trey turned up the heat during the back end of “Jibboo”, and the energy did not dissipate for the remainder of the set. The “Suzy Greenberg”/”Character Zero” one-two punch to close out the final set of the summer didn’t chart any unknown territory, but served as a great way to say goodbye to some of the Rocky Mountain’s most dedicated fans. The encore featured yet another combo-pack of Rift tunes in “The Horse” and “Silent in the Morning” before inviting the rambunctious crowd into the freezer one last time with “Tweezer Reprise”.Two dozen Dick’s shows are now in the books, and we can only assume this beloved 3.0 venue has more Phish in its future. Where one tour ends, another begins. Although the Curveball cancellation still weighs heavy on the minds of many in the Phish community, Fall Tour 2018 is a month and a half away and plans for New Year’s Eve (and, rumor has it, Mexico) will likely be announced any day now. The life we love is making and seeing music with our friends. See you on the road again!Watch some assorted fan-shot clips from Phish’s tour closer below:“Funky Bitch” (partial) Photo: Bill McAlaine “Character Zero” (partial) Load remaining images
Missed Dell’s press conference? Watch the full replay below and check out other awesome videos from the event.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Dell NewsFriday, January 4, 2019New Business AttitudeSunday, January 6, 2019Alienware Debuts its Thinnest and Lightest 17” notebook with Alienware m17 and Earns a “2019 CES Innovation Award” In GamingMonday, January 7, 2019The #DellExperience at CES 2019Tuesday, January 8, 2019Dell Delivers Purposeful PC and Software Innovations for a Seamless, Intuitive ExperienceDell and Alienware Set a New Bar for Excellence with redesigned PC Gaming portfolio, Alienware Design, and esports PartnershipsXPS is Finally Perfect. Smile!LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 08: Actress and director, Aisha Tyler, helps Dell kick off CES 2019 at their press conference unveiling their latest line-up of award winning gaming and PC innovations. #DellExperience. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Dell)Wednesday, January 9, 2019Dell hits 2020 Circular Milestones, Recycles 2 Billion Pounds of Electronics.Event PhotosDell Schedule of Events:Visit the Dell Experience: Check out products and meet with Dell representativesWHENJanuary 8th 11:30 a.m. PT – 2:00 p.m. PT for press / 2:00 p.m. PT – 5:00 p.m. PT for public.January 9th 10:00 a.m. PT – 5:00 p.m. PTJanuary 10th 10:00 a.m. PT – 5:00 p.m. PTWHERE: Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill, Venetian Hotel & CasinoDell’s CES Press Conference:Immersive computing. Exquisite design. Eliminating boundaries. Hear the inspiration behind Dell’s latest technology from designers, partner and celebrity guest speakers. Attendance is open to all CES badge holders so RSVP now!WHEN: January 8th 10:00 a.m. PT -11:30 a.m. PT; Doors Open at 9:30 a.m. PTWHERE: Sands Showroom at The VenetianMedia contact: [email protected] Alienware CES Celebration: Join us for a night of gaming, giveaways, music, and a recap of our CES announcements! RSVP now.WHEN: January 8th 9:00 p.m. PT- 12:00 a.m. PTWHERE: Brooklynn Bowl Welcome to the Dell CES 2019 News Site!Here you will find all the Dell happenings at CES 2019, including information about the press conference, product launches and business news. #DellExperience #CES2019Quick Links:Product Press Materials and ImagesDell Social
By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaFire ants can ruin picnics and football games year-round. Treating fire ant colonies in the fall can help edge out future colonies, lessening the likelihood they’ll steal your chips or nip at your toes. “Fire ant colonies have been growing through the summer and have reached their peak size,” said Dan Suiter, a Cooperative Extension entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Attacking those colonies now will help next spring when they start to swarm again.” Fire ants are easier to kill in the fall, he said, for four main reasons.First, they’re more active. That makes it easier to treat them with fire ant baits.”You can use fire ant baits any time of the year,” Suiter said. “But they’re most effective when the ants are actively foraging for food.”Fire ants are most active in spring and fall, when daytime temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees, he said. Actively foraging ants will pick up bait and carry it into the nest within the first hour or two. If the ants are inactive, the bait may not appeal to the ants by the time they find it.Second, in the cooler weather of fall, fire ants aren’t too deep in the ground. That makes them easier to kill with a mound-drench, granular, dust or aerosol contact insecticide. When you use those products, Suiter said, it’s critical to treat when the queen and brood are close to the surface.Third, in the fall, you’re treating when many fire ant colonies are very young. Fire ants mate all year long, but they’re most actively mating in the spring, he said. Mated queens fly away and establish new colonies. By fall, these colonies are well-established but still fairly small.”Quite often, you don’t even know they’re there,” he said. “But if you don’t treat them, they’ll become the big mounds you see next year.”How do you treat for fire ants if you don’t know where they are? Broadcasting fire ant bait is the first step in the ongoing program Suiter recommends. Use fresh bait, he said, and apply it using the label directions. Never apply bait using a speader that’s been used to spread fertilizer. Fertilizer can contaminate the smell of the bait. Use only a new spreader, dedicated only to the use of spreading fire ant bait. Treat individual problem mounds with an approved contact product. Be sure to follow directions carefully. Misuse of pesticides, like fire ant control products, is a violation of federal law. “A lot of misuse comes from homeowners who think that what they put out isn’t strong enough to kill the ants,” he said. “But many of the chemicals are pretty much the same as professional chemicals.” Homeowner misuse of insecticides has resulted in some active ingredients, like bifenthrin, showing up at unacceptable levels in lakes and streams. “It’s a granular insecticide put on people’s yards,” Suiter said. “With overuse, particularly by homeowners who think more is better, it’s winding up in lakes and streams.”Fourth, and the one thing that makes fall the single best time to treat fire ants, Suiter said, is that it’s followed by winter. Extreme cold is tough on fire ants. This makes baits even more effective in the fall. Baits take a long time to work. They weaken colonies and make them less able to respond to the challenges of winter weather.Young colonies are especially vulnerable, Suiter said, because they don’t have many workers. So they can’t respond very quickly to the need to escape freezing temperatures.The networked tunnels of a fire ant mound are constantly collapsing, Suiter said. Moving deeper into the ground requires a lot of work. Anything you can do to reduce the number of ants available to gather food and maintain the mound structure makes the colony less able to survive winter weather.”Winter is an ally in controlling fire ants,” Suiter said. “Reducing their numbers in the fall can help push them over the edge in the winter.”(April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
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I am a list maker. If it doesn’t get written down on a legal pad, or a small piece of scratch paper, it is not worth doing. Or so my warped mind tells me.Yesterday’s list was pretty tame.1. Court (I had a long hearing of sorts in local state court)2. Run 3 miles (part of my half marathon training)3. Bank4. Email Sarah re: HomecomingIn between these seemingly easy and obvious activities I have listed work and personal items that have deadlines or artificial ones in my mind. I have written actions already complete just for the satisfaction of crossing them off. At work, an even larger list appears on my desk with lines and highlighted portions to reflect level of urgency and importance and a large black marker appears next to the list so I can powerfully cross out completed tasks.These lists do not contain any of the following:1. Thank husband for making a great dinner and taking care of dogs while in Court2. Write note to friend in NYC who just had a baby3. Call friend in Roanoke who just had a baby4. Hug, kiss and or spoon with large white dog Gracie5. Walk Dogs6. Sit outside and enjoy the cooler air7. Tell my family I love them8. Make office manager laugh despite the stress of filing deadlines and endless phone ringing9. Thank God for the upcoming blessings of fall 10. Plan Picnic to enjoy the upcoming blessings of fall11. Read – anything.12. Ignore laundry and read that great book you just startedNope. None of those items appeared in my list, which means upon reflection this morning, none of those things occurred. Time is not an excuse. Rather, my actions reflect my priorities and right now they are out of line. Not that the run or bank trip weren’t important, but they were easy. Rote exercises that require me to give nothing of myself and seek nothing in return.My favorite season is approaching and with luck, just as it does every year in Western Virginia, Fall will bring with it opportunities to relax – enjoy – marvel as green leaves turn orange and yellow. Reflect as the sky remains dark for addition 1 2
I love a preacher who cusses.Seriously padre. Don’t stand on ceremony, your holiness. Though a man of the cloth you may be, loosen up that clerical collar. Give in to temptation. Don’t be afraid of going R rated from time to time.Thus, my respect for Reverend Peyton. I am not sure to which denomination he belongs, but – as evidenced by the name of his band – it certainly isn’t one that prevents its clergy from using a little blue language.As the name suggests, and the music reaffirms, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is a band of the people. Hailing from Brown County, Indiana, and steeped in acoustic blues, it isn’t hard to feel the red dirt of Mississippi, the rolling hills of the North Carolina piedmont, or the dusty wind of the midwest in their songs. Each track is hard work and grit, honesty and busted knuckles, all songs to be sung by blue collar folks not afraid to get a little dirty and drop a curse word from time to time.I recently caught up with Reverend Peyton to chat about the new record, vinyl, and the great outdoors. This week’s blog post also offers up the premiere of “What You Did To The Boy Ain’t Right,” a brand new track off of Front Porch Sessions, the band’s new record.BRO – When’s the last time you sat in on a really good front porch pickin’ party?RP – This happens all the time here in Brown County. There’s so many pickin’ parties around here. It’s so deeply ingrained in the culture of these hills. We have them weekly, bi-weekly . . . even more if we want!BRO – I am guessing you dig vinyl. Ever have an “Oh, shit!!” moment when you discover a record you have been searching for?RP – I have moments like that all the time. We are always going through bins of vinyl at record shops and antique malls. I spent hours over the weekend combing through vinyl and 78 records. Took home some cool 45s. I love finding interesting records to listen to. There is something special about listening to a spinning record. It’s why we always master our records for vinyl, to, so that vinyl experience is maximized.BRO – Who is the patron saint of the blues?RP – That would have to be Charley Patton, the first real star of blues music.BRO – Describe a good day in the outdoors.RP – I love the outdoors so much. Most of my perfect days outside begin or end with fishing. I just love the excitement of it. We also hunt mushrooms, camp, hike, you name it. Yesterday, we were following creek beds, deep in hollers, looking for arrowheads. Any day outside is a great day for sure.BRO – We are featuring “What You Did To The Boy Ain’t Right” on this month’s Trail Mix. Was that boy ever you?RP – Hah! You aren’t the first person to ask! That boy is me, you, everybody. At least from time to time.Trail Mix is excited to be premiering “What You Did To The Boy Ain’t Right” right here on this week’s blog. Sure, it’s been on the mix for a couple days, but consider that more of a soft opening. Right here is the real thing! Right off the brand new record, Front Porch Sessions, Trail Mix is happy to bring to you the premiere of “What You Did To The Boy Ain’t Right”!Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will be bringing tunes from the new record right to the people, for free, over the next week or so. Free in store performances at record shops throughout Indiana, Ohio, Missiouri, and Tennessee start this weekend. For more information on these stops, along with other cities and stages the band will be hitting, and how you can grab the new record, please check out the band’s website.Be sure to listen to “What You Did To The Boy Ain’t Right,” along with brand new tunes from artists like Ha Ha Tonka, Natalie Cressman, Curse of Luno, Guy Clark, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix.
The types of products addressed by the guidelines include not only leafy greens, but also items such as shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, peeled baby carrots, cut melon, and sliced pineapple. The FDA guidance drew criticism from at least one member of Congress. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said in a press release today that the FDA’s guidelines maintain the status quo for the safety of fresh-cut produce. March 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released final guidance on voluntary food safety procedures for processors that handle fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, including ready-to-eat spinach and other leafy greens that have been the subject of recent national Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreaks. DeLauro, along with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in February renewed an effort to consolidate federal food safety oversight by reintroducing the proposed Safe Food Act. The 41-page document addresses five main areas: worker health and hygiene, training, buildings and equipment, sanitation operations, and production and processing controls. It also provides recommendations on recordkeeping, recalls, and product tracebacks. Nega Beru, PhD, director of CFSAN’s Office of Food Safety, told reporters that fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are the fastest-growing facet of the produce industry and that from 1996 to 2006, 25% of foodborne illness outbreaks were linked to the sector. He said the high degree of handling involved in harvesting, processing, and packaging fresh-cut produce places the products at high risk. See also: The document urges processors to institute risk-based food safety programs based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) model used by other food industry segments, according to an FDA press release. HACCP plans detail procedures for identifying points in food processing where contamination can occur and taking preventive steps. “At a time when the country is experiencing numerous foodborne outbreaks, and the industry is looking for the government’s help to repair their image, it is disappointing that the FDA issues a nonbinding, voluntary guidance document that does nothing and tells growers what they already know,” she stated. Though the FDA has already issued “good manufacturing practice” regulations for the food industry, the new guidance document represents the first recommendations specifically for the fresh-cut produce industry, the FDA said. The final guidelines incorporate feedback provided by stakeholders after the initial draft was released in March 2006. Editor’s note: This story was revised Mar 13 to list the correct title for Nega Beru, PhD, director of the Office of Food Safety in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Mar 12 FDA press releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2007/ucm108865.htm Beru said the guidelines urge fresh-cut fruit and vegetable processors to ensure that growers are following good agricultural processes. FDA guidance for fresh-cut fruits and vegetableshttp://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/ProducePlantProducts/ucm064458.htm “The main focus is on prevention, and it’s important to take a scientific, risk-based approach,” said David Acheson, MD, director of the office of Food Defense, Communication, and Emergency Response at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), at an FDA press conference today. “There’s a clear need to better understand how and why contamination gets onto fresh produce and how to prevent that.” Mar 3, 2006, CIDRAP News story “FDA offers guidance to make fresh-cut produce safer”
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionUnwanted gifts can hurt environmentDid you know that many perfectly good returned online products are actually sent directly to landfills instead of being repackaged for sale?Due to the ease of free online returns, we’re tempted to buy more than needed and then return the wrong sizes, etc.The problem is the companies then need to inspect the item for potential damage, and it’s cheaper to just throw the item away than foot the bill for inspecting the product.Did you spill on it? Did you wrinkle it? Is there hidden damage? It’s easier just to trash the item than to actually put it back on shelves.Reports in France and Germany, for example, show new items, including diapers, toys, washing machines, smartphones and furniture, are simply being destroyed.Some of the European countries are now working on banning the destruction of unsold goods.So what can we do? Be a smart consumer. Look at the company you’re supporting. How do they handle returned merchandise? Talk to them. Companies listen to their customers. Encourage them to donate and recycle returns.Some companies such as Best Buy, Dell, and REI actually sell refurbished and returned goods deeply discounted. Rethink how much you purchase. Do we need so much “stuff?” Donate or swap items instead of sending them back to the retailer. Items can find a way to a good home instead of a landfill this way.Caroline BrooksScotiaLove doesn’t justify assisting in murderIn response to Jill McGrath’s Dec. 26 letter (“Don’t discount love in assisted suicides”), my response is that her ex-husband would not qualify under the pending bill because he can no longer freely choose suicide. The legislation would have to be expanded to allow another person to request his suicide.For any person to request death for another is akin to contract murder, and the bill title should first be changed from physician-assisted suicide to physician-assisted murder.As a young child, I lived under a dictator who instigated the killing of millions of people in order to cure what he perceived to be societal ills. This must never, ever happen again. Yet, in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lauded abortion expansion act does exactly the same: one person can decide the killing of another innocent human life.Love of a terminally suffering person can never justify the act of killing him. The correct response is to provide care and pain-killing medicines to alleviate the pain.For heaven’s sake, we are talking about a human being here, not an injured horse being put down at the Saratoga Race Course.Wendell NeugebauerBallston SpaHonesty needed in recalling of historyKaren Cookson’s Dec. 29 essay raises the question of what making America great should look like. But I am afraid her praise of a pre-Colombian world doesn’t quite work.She describes a peaceful paradise where natives lived in harmony with nature. Nice, except any Comanche raider or warrior in the Aztec, Mayan or Inca empires would laugh at the idea of a peaceful world.Cookson asserts “once our world was at peace, rich and clean and we could ahead to a good life.” Well, no. Until a century ago, we could look forward to short, impoverished disease-filled lives with high infant mortality, famines and no way to deal with natural disasters. Living “in harmony with nature” largely means being at the mercy of nature.It helps to be honest about the past we want to recapture.David OchsePorter CornersMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Serica Energy’s Columbus Field Development Plan (FDP) has received approval from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).The Columbus Development is located in Blocks 23/16f and 23/21a Columbus sub area in the UKCS Central North Sea. The development area will be drained by a single well, which will be connected to the recently approved Arran-Shearwater pipeline, through which Columbus production will be exported along with Arran field production.When the production reaches the Shearwater platform facilities, it will be separated into gas and liquids and exported to terminals onshore. Columbus development timing is dependent on the Arran-Shearwater pipeline being tied into the Shearwater platform in Q3 2020. Columbus start-up is targeted for mid-2021.OGA approval of the FDP was subject to a number of statutory requirements, including the submission of an Environmental Statement, which was approved by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy at the beginning of October.Serica is operator of the Columbus Development with a 50% interest, while other participants, EOG Resources United Kingdom Limited and Endeavour Energy UK Limited, each hold a 25% interest.Mitch Flegg, chief executive of Serica Energy, said: “I am delighted that Serica and its partners are able to announce that development and production consent has been received for Columbus. The project team have worked closely with the OGA and the host infrastructure owners since the Field Development Plan was submitted in June 2018 to achieve this successful outcome. The development is important in its own right and will also enhance our understanding of nearby exploration acreage which was secured by Serica in the UK 30th Licence Round.”Andy Samuel, chief executive, Oil and Gas Authority, added: “We are pleased with the decision by Serica and partners, EOG Resources and Endeavour Energy, to proceed with their investment in the Columbus development. Columbus is the final component of the OGA’s Central Graben Area Plan, which also included the recently sanctioned Fram and Arran fields, unlocking over 50 million boe recoverable reserves which had struggled for decades to be developed.“It is good to see how the industry has collaborated on many fronts to deliver additional value as part of our Maximising Economic Recovery in the UK agenda and we look forward to Columbus delivering first hydrocarbons in 2021.”Peak production from the field is expected to be 7,800 gross barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day. Best Estimate Gross (2C) Contingent Resources have been calculated to be 13.4 million boe.
This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project is being accomplished in coordination with the Port of Grays Harbor. The system is designed to provide protection of the coast line from strong and dynamic coastal wave action. S.E.A. Construction LLC crew is currently repairing the Chehalis Revetment near Westport, Washington, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Seattle District said in their latest announcement. The Point Chehalis Revetment is a system of 3,100 feet of armor stone revetment and six groins.