Odds & Ends: Carole King on Why She Stayed & More

first_img Watch Billy Crystal Talk His Robin Williams Emmy Tribute Billy Crystal appeared on The Tonight Show on September 18 and talked about the tribute he recently made to fellow stage and screen star Robin Williams at the Primetime Emmy Awards. He and host Jimmy Fallon shared touching stories about Oscar winner and Broadway alum Williams, who died of suspected suicide on August 11. Laugh—and cry—with them below. Here Lies Love Goes Down Under Switching gears, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s disco musical Here Lies Love is heading Down Under! The immersive theatrical event, currently running off-Broadway at the Public Theater and traveling across the pond this month with a London production, will premiere in May 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Rocky Star Margo Seibert’s New Record Rocky alum Margo Seibert will appear on the world premiere recording of the new musical Tamar of the River. With music by Marisa Michelson and lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen, the Daniel Goldstein-helmed show played off-Broadway in the fall of 2013. The album will be released by Yellow Sound Label on September 23. View Commentscenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Carole King on Why She Stayed Legendary songwriter, the Beautiful Carole King, stopped by The Meredith Viera Show on September 19 and in light of the current national discussion about domestic violence, opened up below about why she stayed in an abusive relationship. She went on to say: “my main message is that first of all it’s not your fault and second of all you can get help, you deserve to be safe.”last_img read more

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Energy grants

first_imgFarmers and rural small-business owners can now apply for more than $99 million in loan guarantees or grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to install renewable energy systems. Georgia’s allocation is $10 million for loans and almost $2 million for grants.Funds may be used to purchase and install renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. The maximum grant for renewable energy systems is 25 percent of eligible project costs, not to exceed $500,000. Energy efficiency improvement projects are eligible for up to 25 percent of eligible project costs, not to exceed $250,000.Feasibility studies now also qualify for grants. The maximum loan guarantee is 75 percent of eligible project costs, not to exceed $25 million. Combination loan guarantees and grants are also available. Complete program details are available at the website www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill. Applications are due June 30. Those received after the deadline will be considered in 2011.For more information, contact Craig Scroggs at 404-229-5720 or craig.scroggs@ga.usda.gov; Al Burns at 229-220-5067 or al.burns@ga.usda.gov.last_img read more

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Driving program support

first_imgState Farm Insurance Company has donated $10,000 to the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences in support of the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute.GTIPI, a Conyers-based UGA Extension program housed in the FACS department of human development and family science, will use the funds to expand the Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) program.P.R.I.D.E. is a free, two-hour course that focuses on seat belts, crash dynamics, Georgia’s teen driving law, parental influence and peer pressure. It is designed to help parents and new teen drivers manage the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by law.Roughly 200 PRIDE instructors in Georgia teach an average of 25 parent-teen classes each month. Since the PRIDE program was launched in 2003, more than 13,000 teens have been reached. Students are also informed about State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive program, which provides support and incentives for communities to support safer teen driving.This award will enable GTIPI to expand its outreach to more communities interested in offering proven teen driving training.“This is a natural partnership,” said Don Bower, UGA Extension specialist and FACS professor emeritus. “State Farm is a leader in all kinds of support for safer driving. Their acclaimed “Celebrate My Drive” initiative complements the UGA P.R.I.D.E. program to provide key elements of a comprehensive local teen driver education effort.”For more information, contact GTIPI at (800) 342-9819.last_img read more

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Time for Plan B?

first_imgLester Brown and the first Plan B book, published in 2003. There have been three subsequent editions. Photo: Earth Policy InstituteDear EarthTalk: Some friends of mine were talking about a book called “Plan B” that proposes a plan for rescuing the environment and ending poverty around the world. Is it a realistic plan or just some utopian pipe dream? — Robin Jackson, Richmond, VAWhat started as a book has grown into a movement known as “Plan B” which presents a roadmap for achieving worldwide goals of stabilizing both population and climate. According to Lester Brown, author of the 2003 book, Plan B (and three subsequent updates) and founder of the non-profit environmental think tank, Earth Policy Institute, the plan is based on replacing the fossil-fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy with a new economic model powered by abundant sources of renewable energy.Brown argues for transportation systems that are diverse and aim to maximize mobility, widely employing light rail, buses and bicycles. “A Plan B economy comprehensively reuses and recycles materials,” he says. “Consumer products from cars to computers are designed to be disassembled into their component parts and completely recycled.”Brown even proposes a budget for eradicating poverty, educating the world’s youth and delivering better health care for everyone. “It also presents ways to restore our natural world by planting trees, conserving topsoil, stabilizing water tables, and protecting biological diversity,” says Brown. “With each new wind farm, rooftop solar water heater, paper recycling facility, bicycle path, marine park, rural school, public health facility, and reforestation program, we move closer to a Plan B economy.”Plan B is an integrated program with four interdependent goals: cutting net carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent by 2020, stabilizing population at eight billion or lower, eradicating poverty, and restoring the Earth’s natural systems. Where Plan B really hits home is in the numbers: Brown puts realistic dollar values on the various aspects of his plan, and compares these costs with current military spending. Needless to say, restoring the environment and economy looks like a bargain when viewed against what the developed nations of the world spend on being ready for battle.The beauty of Plan B is that it is feasible with current technologies and could well be achieved by 2020 with a concerted international effort. Brown reportedly wrote the latest incarnation of Plan B as a warning call for leaders of the world to begin “mobilizing to save civilization” given that time is more than ever of the essence. Luminaries from Bill Clinton to E.O. Wilson to Ted Turner have spoken highly of Plan B, and at least one university (Cal State at Chico) has made the latest version of the book (Plan B 4.0) required reading for all incoming freshmen. 1 2last_img read more

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Trail Mix | Althea Grace

first_imgOh, to be young and precocious.Althea Grace, raised by a music loving family within the shadows of the vibrant Chicago music scene, first took the stage at age eight. Ten years later, she has taken her soulful, bluesy voice on tour with Doyle Bramhall II and Los Lobos and has shared the stage with, among others, The Shins, Sylvan Esso, and X Ambassadors.Now eighteen, Grace has just released a new solo EP, Dreamers, her first solo recording since 2015. Featured this month on Trail Mix is the track “Blow Them All Away.”A new musical focus for Grace is Future Stuff, a duo that features her talents on vocals, bass, and guitar along with Gabe Burdulis on guitar, kick drum, trumpet looping, and vocals. Future Stuff released their first EP in 2016, and it is my hope that this combination of outstanding young musicians has plans for a recording project and extensive touring in 2018.Althea was kind enough to take some questions from me on the new recording project, her already long performing career, and how to keep from flaming out too young.BRO – On stage and performing before the age of ten? Were you too young to be nervous?AG – Absolutely. People ask me all the time if I get nervous, and I always respond with, “I don’t know how to be nervous.” It’s a huge blessing.BRO – What’s the secret behind making Future Stuff click?AG – Lots of caffeine? I think we’ve gotten to a point where we just know what we’re doing, and so we practice and write separately and then throw it all together when it’s time to play and record.BRO – Plans for a long player soon?AG – I hope so. I can’t wait to get more music out there.BRO – We are featuring “Blow Them All Away” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?AG – That’s my long song. It’s about finding that great love, the one that you know defies all odds and is the love that blows all those other loves out of the water.BRO – Got any plans to prevent burnout? I mean, your twentieth birthday will be here before you know it!AG – Hah! I talk about this all the time. It boils down to my ultimate goal – being happy. And, for now, and definitely for the near future, music makes me happy. But I definitely worry about burning out, because I am eighteen and have the back and shoulders of an eighty year old.Althea Grace will be celebrating the release of her new EP with a run of shows in Wisconsin and Chicago later this month. For more information on the new EP or where you can see Althea live, please check out her website.And be sure to take a listen to “Blow Them All Away,” along with other great tracks from Youth In A Roman Field, The Captain of Sorrow, Jesse Marchant, Big Star, and more on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

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LIRR Train Derailment Delays to Last Days

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York LIRR crews worked overnight in rain and sleet to re-rail a derailed train in Queens, on March 19, 2013. (MTA / Patrick Cashin.)A Long Island Rail Road train derailment Monday night damaged a stretch of tracks west of the Jamaica station, requiring repairs that are expected to disrupt service for the next several days.Eleven regularly scheduled LIRR trains were canceled and five were diverted to Brooklyn during the Tuesday morning rush-hour commute while crews work to removed the train and began the track repairs.“I couldn’t tell you how long this may take, but it will not be over today,” said Aaron Donavan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He’s hopeful that there will fewer delays and cancellations during the Tuesday evening commute.Donovan said about 3,700 feet of third rail will have to be replaced along with a stretch of track and about 1,600 concrete ties.No passengers were aboard the westbound eight-car train destined for Penn Station when the last four cars derailed in Rego Park at about 9 p.m. Monday.The crew members aboard were not injured. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.For more information, riders can call 511 or visit www.mta.info/lirrlast_img read more

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Voting underway for 2020 Credit Union Hero of the Year

first_imgCUNA has announced the finalists for the 2020 Credit Union Hero of the Year award, sponsored by Symitar.Voting is open to select one of these individuals as the 2020 Credit Union Hero of the Year.A credit union hero is someone who personifies credit union philosophy and ideals, shows dedication to credit union principles, and makes a difference in their community.The 2020 finalists are: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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The best investment for your budget

first_imgThere are a lot of property investment options in Brisbane, but how do you pick the best for your budget?Successful property investment is all about analysing a big haystack of homes, then choosing the right 400-square-meter needle of dirt to make your own.The starting point should be assessing how much you can actually afford to invest.We asked director at Property Pursuit Buyers Agent, Meighan Hetherington, for her guide on where and what to buy once you know your budget.Ms Hetherington said she’s whittled down her list of Brisbane addresses from a large pool.“There are 189 mainland suburbs in Brisbane (in total). There are 58 that sit on our ‘investment grade list,’” she said.But panning through the slurry to find the gold requires an investor to understand their finances, and be willing to play the waiting game.“Brisbane is very much a market for people who have a long-term, 10-plus-year view of investment property,” Hetherington says.With this outlook in mind, here are her hot picks to help you one day crack a very expensive brand of bubbles reserved only for really, really clever real estate investors. $450,000 Ms Hetherington said this price point is first time investor territory, and some of them don’t even own a home yet.“They’re looking at investment as a first vehicle to get into the property market — their home will come later.”The REIQ’s latest statistics indicate the median price for houses within the Brisbane City Council area sits at approximately $650,000. Armed with this little bit of knowledge, it would appear tough to located a suitable investment. Ms Hetherington’s advice is to look little further away from the CBD in a low-density area like Keperra.“A lot of older housing commission style houses — older post war design houses that are slowly starting to be renovated. It’s got a train line and a shopping complex in the area and it’s a suburb that’s slowly starting to gentrify.” Keperra housing offers great potential. Photo: Mark CallejaFor a similar budget, Ms Hetherington said you could also consider a townhouse in Holland Park or Kedron.“A two-bedroom townhouse that has a lockup garage and a single bathroom. These suburbs don’t have high density unit complexes and there are not a lot of new townhouse complexes being built.” $650,000 Hetherington said this amount is often available to those looking for a second property.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“Perhaps they have a home that they have built some equity in,” she said.“They’re looking for more of a quality location than an entry-level location. It’s not their first time in the market.”She said a two- or three-bed freehold town home in somewhere like Wilston or Paddington would prove investor savvy.“They’re harder to come across but tend to do quite well from a growth point of view.”“Or perhaps a house … my pick at the moment would be an area like Mitchelton.”Ms Hetherington said a tidy three-bed house on up to 600 sq metres with future value-add potential would fall within your means at this price point.“An entry level house in Holland Park — it might need a little bit of work to bring it up to a good rental income — or Camp Hill would be another pick.”Ms Hetherington said it’s a good idea to watch the progress of new infrastructure and time your purchase. For example the Eastern Busway could prove a boon to Camp Hill once its new stop is established, but buy while the works are underway rather than joining the throng trying to get in once the construction is over. $900,000 Hetherington said at this end of the budget, investors are free to avoid attached housing all together.“I wouldn’t be looking at any units or townhouses in the $900,000 range.”She recommends looking for desirable, near city suburbs where there are properties with sweat-equity potential.“I have a strong belief Paddington is undervalued given its proximity to the city, its lifestyle aspects and its transport.” So many great investments in Paddington, but which is best? Photo: Jake ChurchesShe said look for a three-bedroom home in need of some TLC. It could be as minor as a coat of paint and new floor coverings.Ms Hetherington also likes Ashgrove. It has charming character homes and property is tightly held in this family suburb.She also recommends checking out Yeronga but points out that the Yeerongpilly Green project has a number of years to run and this could impact short term price gains in Yeronga.last_img read more

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National champions in five IMCA divisions earn Wilwood Engineering awards

first_img“Wilwood understands the importance of choosing the right braking components to match not only the race car but driving style as well,” said Dave Brzozowski, Motorsports Manager for Wilwood. “IMCA does an outstanding job providing drivers with a series to develop their skills while allowing Wilwood to work directly with them one-on-one to provide that important education.”  The Camarillo, Calif., manufacturer will provide a pair of brake rotors to the IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod national champions, and a set of front and rear Wide 5 hubs to the IMCA Late Model na­tional champion. Second through fifth place finishers in all five divisions also receive $100 product certificates from the nine-year IMCA sponsor.  All awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed the following week from the IMCA home office.  “Wilwood does a great job of spreading the recognition around to so many deserving IMCA drivers, both those winning championships as well as those who have an outstanding season but don’t reach the medal stand,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “They recognize the value of hard work, perseverance and the dedication it takes to race, traits reflected in their line of products as well.”center_img CAMARILLO, Calif. – National champions in five IMCA divisions earn contingency awards again this season courtesy of Wilwood Engineering. Information about the com­plete line of high-performance Wilwood products is available at www.wilwood.com or by calling (805) 388-1188. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.last_img read more

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San Francisco High School Mural of George Washington’s Life To Be Covered Up

first_imgA beautifully painted 83-year-old mural of the life of George Washington that was just restored is not going to be covered up at a San Francisco high school due to its “negative depiction of Native Americans.”A unanimous vote by the city’s Board of Education directs George Washington High School staff to come up with a plan to remove the painting from public view.The 1600 square foot mural has to be covered up by paint or solid panels because it is painted directly on the school walls and the process won’t be cheap.Officials say an environmental impact report will be needed and that step could take up to a year and cost between $600 to $800-thousand. Additional murals depicting Asian, African American and Native American citizens in a positive light has also been painted in the school lobby.last_img read more

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