Devendra Banhart Shares Dreamy Cover Of “Franklin’s Tower” [Listen]

first_imgDevendra Banhart put his own spin on the Grateful Dead classic “Franklin’s Tower” in a single released on Amazon Music last week. The cover comes as the Dead celebrates the 45th anniversary of Blues For Allah.The cover arrived just a little over a month since the release of the Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter’s latest EP, Vast Void. Banhart’s rendition of “Franklin’s Tower” features his touring band, with Nicole Lawrence (guitar), Jeremy Harris on (synths), and Gregory Rogove (drums, percussion).Related: Grateful Dead Studio Albums Ranked Worst To BestWhile Banhart may not be a familiar name to many in the sphere of improvisational music most closely associated with the Dead, it is clear he shows reverence for the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter tune. Although the runtime is a thorough nine-minutes flat, don’t expect any improvisation or long instrumental passages. Instead, Banhart slows the entire song down to at least half the speed of the Blues For Allah studio cut. The dreamy, synth-driven track ends up with the effect of a Grateful Dead lullaby album, in the best possible way.Listen to Devendra Banhart’s take on “Franklin’s Tower” via the player below or on Amazon Music. Scroll down to read his poetic statement that came with the cover.Devandra Banhart – “Franklin’s Tower” (Grateful Dead) More than everI find myselfFighting dreadWith the dead…We chose “Franklin’s Tower” for its opening line, one of my favorite opening lines of all time:“In another time’s forgotten spaceYour eyes looked through your mother’s face”This is the gift of the Dead,The paradox of personal universality…Wisdom found at the end of a maze,The bliss of unconditional love and acceptance…There’s a Dead for everyone…Through the pandemic, I go on daily immersions into Blues for Allah, marveling at Phillip Garris’s eerie and alluring cover art,Help/Slip/Frank guiding me through the weird underworld that the day has become, & I feel at once remarkably insignificant and the most precious thing in the universe, A wave, held in the ocean of my mother’s eyes… a child dancing, rolling away the dew…Knowing Help is indeed on the way…View Statement[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more

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Chicago Store Guard Stabbed 27 Times for Asking Women to Wear Masks

first_imgViolent attack inside West Side store All contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The alleged attack late Sunday by Jessica Hill, 21, and Jayla Hill, 18, left the 32-year-old victim hospitalized in critical condition, police spokeswoman Karie James said. During Tuesday’s bond hearing before Cook County Circuit Judge Mary C. Marubio, the women’s court-appointed attorney said the stabbing was self-defense, adding both women suffered from a bipolar disorder. CHICAGO (AP) – Two sisters accused of stabbing a West Side Chicago store security guard 27 times with a knife after he asked them to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer were ordered held without bond Tuesday.center_img The women were arrested at the scene of the attack and both were treated for minor lacerations at a nearby hospital, James said. Prosecutors said the guard never approached either women before the attack. An argument that began after the women refused the guard’s request to wear masks became physical when one of the women punched the man, James said. Jessica Hill allegedly pulled a knife from her back pocket and began stabbing the man, while Jayla Hill held him in place by his hair. The man was stabbed in his chest, back and arms.last_img read more

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Organic standards will exclude next generation of GMOs

first_imgBen & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,Vermont Business Magazine The National Organic Standards Board(link is external) voted unanimously on Friday to update US organic standards to exclude ingredients derived from next generation genetic engineering and gene editing. This recommendation to the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program will ensure that ingredients derived from new genetic engineering techniques, including synthetic biology, will not be allowed in the production or final product of foods and beverages that are certified organic. Synthetic biology is a new set of genetic engineering techniques that include using synthetic DNA to re-engineer organisms to produce substances they would not normally produce or to edit DNA so as to silence the expression of certain traits.The Board’s announcement follows a growing trend of companies stating that they will not use ingredients produced via synthetic biology. The Non-GMO Project, North America’s only third party verification program for non-GMO food and products, recently updated its standards so as to include synthetic biology and new gene editing techniques. Companies such as Ben and Jerry’s (BJICA: US), Three Twins Ice Cream, Straus Family Creamery, Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss, Nestlé (NSRGY: OTC US), and General Mills (NYSE: GIS) have committed to “…not source vanilla flavor produced through synthetic biology,” a product that is designed to replace natural vanillin flavoring from vanilla beans. Synthetic biology vanilla flavoring, introduced by Evolva (SWX: EVE) and International Flavors and Fragrances (NYSE: IFF) in 2014, is the first major synthetic biology ingredient to enter food and beverages, marketed as “natural vanillin.” Other companies that have pledged to avoid synthetic biology ingredients entirely include Nutiva and Dr. Bronner’s.“The Board’s hard-fought proactive stance on synthetic biology will both help preserve the integrity of organic standards and raise awareness about this virtually unregulated and unlabeled form of genetic engineering,” said Dana Perls, food and technology policy campaigner with Friends of the Earth. “It’s critical that organic standards treat new types of genetic engineering that are rapidly entering our food and consumer products as rigorously as the first generation of GMOs.”Like “traditional” GMOs, synthetic biology(link is external) ingredients are entering food and consumer products in absence of adequate health and environmental safety assessment, oversight and labeling. Many are being falsely marketed as “natural.” Products in development include synthetic biology stevia, saffron, coconut and cacao, meant to replace plant-based ingredients, many of which are currently produced by small farmers in the Global South. There is increasing concern that these farmers’ livelihoods may be displaced by synthetic biology ingredients. Other products include gene-silenced apples, CRISPR waxy corn and Cibus Canola oil, engineered with gene editing techniques.“The National Organic Standards Board has made clear that all kinds of genetic engineering are to be excluded from ‘organic.’ The public expects that government to actually assess the new foods that it is permitting on the market,” said Jaydee Hanson, senior policy analyst, Center for Food Safety. “Unfortunately, the government has failed to update its regulations to adequately assess these new kinds of genetically engineering. When the USDA approves that NOSB recommendations, consumers who want to avoid GMOs will be able to use the Organic Seal to know that the product is not a GMO.”Synthetic biology employs a new set of genetic engineering techniques that involve artificially constructing or “editing” genetic material such as DNA in order to create new forms of life, or to attempt to “reprogram” existing organisms. Despite growing concerns about the possible impacts of synthetic biology organisms on human health and the environment and a lack of independent safety assessment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed synthetic biology vanilla, DuPont’s CRISPR waxy corn and other similarly created food and cosmetic ingredients to enter the market without regulation. Existing regulations that identify GE crops and food ingredients as “Generally Regarded As Safe” use an outdated process with minimal testing requirements that rely on companies to self-evaluate the safety of their products.Source: 11.21.2016. Friends of the Earth. More information about synthetic biology can be found here(link is external).last_img read more

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TBI announces ‘Triathlete’s Choice’ best event finalists

first_imgTriathlon Business International (TBI) has announced the finalist events that were voted by triathletes as the ‘Triathlete’s Choice’ best events in each of four categories: best large, small, bucketlist and intro race for beginners. More than 300 events from around the world were submitted in the nomination process.The finalist events received the most nominations in each category. Overall winners will be announced at the 7th Annual TBI Conference, taking place on 22-24 January 2017 in Dallas, Texas.Triathletes can now declare their choice for the very best in each category. The voting link is surveymonkey.com/r/TriathletesChoice. Voting closes on Friday 13 January.TBI notes that, as voters look at each category – large, small, bucketlist and intro race for beginners – they should consider whether the event:Challenges, inspires or brings out the best in participants;Creates an atmosphere of fun, excitement and energy;Goes beyond the ‘call of duty’ when it comes to customer service, great organization and information, reasonable fees, coaching/advice, race day assistance, great volunteers, and/or;Raises money for charitable causes.Each person will be limited to one vote per category. The finalists in the Triathlete’s Choice events are: (events in each category are listed in alphabetical order.)Best Large Race (1,000+ registrants)IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic CityNew Jersey State TriathlonTRIFEST for MS, Bentonville, ARUSA Triathlon Age Group NationalsWildflowerBest Small Race (less than 1,000 registrants)Ocean City TriSan Diego Triathlon ClassicSavagemanSummer Round Up Joplin, MOTri the WildwoodsTurkey Triathlon – San DimasBest Intro Race for BeginnersLaguna NiguelNew Jersey State Triathlon – SprintSummer Round Up Joplin, MOTri the WildwoodsTRIFEST for MS Bentonville, ARBest Bucketlist RaceChallenge RothEscape from AlcatrazEscape the CapeGut Check TriathlonIRONMAN World Championship, Kona, HawaiiIsklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon2017 TBI Conference registrationA current conference schedule can be found on the TBI Conference webpage. Additional speaker and panel topics will be announced in the coming days. Current registration fees for the 7th annual TBI event are US$695 for current TBI members and US$795 for non-members. Registration includes all sessions, meals, the networking events and one ticket to the Ron Smith Awards celebration.For the first time, TBI and USA Triathlon are collaborating to consecutively present their respective annual conferences. Once individuals register for the TBI Conference they can register for the USA Triathlon Symposium at a 25% discount. Sponsors of the 2017 TBI Conference include ACTIVE Network, the Dallas Sports Commission, Headsweats, Endurance Sportswire and Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN). TBI Corporate Partners are Ashworth Awards, MPA Event Graphics and FinisherPix.Registration rates for the 2017 Annual TBI Conference presented by ACTIVE Network:10 December to 10 January 2017: US$695 for members / US$795 non-members11 January and after: US$795 for members / US$895 non membersCompanies interested in conference sponsorship or Expo space should contact feedback[at]triathlonbusinessintl.com. Conference details and online registration are available online.www.triathlonbusinessintl.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Finn Bullers celebrating Merriam vote to update disabled access icon

first_imgFinn Bullers (center) with children Alora (left) and Christian, before the family headed to the Merriam city council meeting Monday.Prairie Village resident Finn Bullers this week is celebrating a victory in his quest to update the familiar disabled access icon — and he says he’s just getting started.On Monday, Merriam’s city council voted unanimously to adopt a new access icon that features a graphic depicting an actively engaged person in a wheelchair, making Merriam the only city in the United States outside of New York City that has adopted the logo for all its access signs. For Bullers, who has championed the cause for the past months, the vote was validation that democracy works in local governments.“[G]ood ideas, expressed well and with redeeming social value will prevail,” he said. “I was thrilled to know I had not let down the disability community and this will only be the first access-symbol Domino to fall in a long line of Dominos.”Merriam has committed to replacing the approximately 40 access signs it has on city property, each at a cost of about $35 for a total of around $1,400. The city will also look to restencil graphics on the pavement in city parking lots. The stencil costs around $275, which Bullers says is a bit pricey, but notes “can be purchased by one group, for example, and loaned for use by several others.”Bullers says he intends to keep putting the issue in front of the city of Prairie Village. Bullers contacted Mayor Ron Shaffer about the idea, but says he has yet to hear anything back.“We feel this would be an ideal time for Prairie Village to change its signs,” Bullers said. “The City Council recently voted to spend $500,000 on infrastructure improvements and accessibility related expenses in its capital-improvements plan. We feel this would be an ideal opportunity to make these changes now while new construction is still in the planning stages.”Merriam public works intends to replace its existing disabled access signs within the next month.last_img read more

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Gophers have chance to repay Bison at Williams

first_imgGophers have chance to repay Bison at WilliamsNorth Dakota State handed the Gophers a solid 62-48 beating last season in Fargo. Mark HeiseNovember 20, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota women’s basketball team might be off to a good start, but the Gophers will be hoping to have a little better luck this year against North Dakota State than they did last season.The Bison come to Williams Arena tonight to face Minnesota at 7 p.m., after pounding last year’s Gophers 62-48 in Fargo, N.D.And despite Minnesota’s ability to nail down wins so far, coach Pam Borton said there are still areas to improve.“At times we’ve been fairly sloppy, but we’ve also put together some good stretches,” she said. “We still have a lot to work on, but it’s nice to come out with some wins.”In order to keep the streak going, the Gophers (4-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) will have to do a better job of stopping senior guard Lisa Bue, who tallied 21 points in the meeting last year.Bue is averaging 18 points per game this season, followed by senior guard Emily Moran’s 14 points per game. Minnesota matches North Dakota State’s fast-break style of play, and will counter with Emily Fox’s 17.2 points per game and her uncanny ability to hit shots late in the game.“We’ve just seen the beginning of what Emily Fox is going to do,” Borton said. “She steps up and hits big shots, and that’s what we need her to do.”North Dakota (1-1, 0-0 Summit League) will be at a distinct size disadvantage, with its tallest player standing at 6-feet-2-inches, meaning the Gophers’ already strong rebounding might have a dominant effect on the game.Sophomore forward Korinne Campbell leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Ashley Ellis-Milan averages eight boards per game. Ellis-Milan pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds against North Dakota State the last time these two teams met.As strong as the starters have played for Minnesota lately, the bench will also need to continue producing for the Gophers to be successful.“We’ve been getting great production from our bench,” Borton said. “Kay (Silva) and Zoe (Harper) have been productive, and that’s what makes us a good basketball team.”last_img read more

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Linde recognised for ESG practices

first_imgAnnounced today, the recognition follows the industrial gas giant being upgraded to A in MSCI’s ESG Ratings assessment, on a scale of CCC to AAA.Read more: MSCI upgrades Linde’s ESG Rating to ACreated by the global index provider FTSE Russell, the FTSE4Good Index Series is a tool for investors seeking to invest in companies that demonstrate strong sustainability practises.FTSE4Good indexes are used by a variety of market participants when creating or assessing sustainable investment products. The FTSE4Good Index Series is based on an independent analysis of data from over 7,000 securities.“A strong commitment to ESG in integral to Linde’s long-term success,” said Riva Krut, Vice-President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Linde.“Linde has the technology, resources and people to contribute to all aspects of managing climate change and reducing emissions. We are honoured that Linde has once again been recognised for its ESG leadership through inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index Series.”last_img read more

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The view from The Edge

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

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APC extras: M006 – Conflict avoidance, management and dispute resolution procedures

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Man used syringe to squirt semen on women at Ohio Wal-Mart

first_img MARIETTA, Ohio (CBS News) — Police in Ohio say a West Virginia man repeatedly stalked women inside a Wal-Mart, using a syringe to spray them with his own semen.Timothy Blake was charged Dec. 30 with pandering obscenity, sexual imposition and two counts of menace by stalking.Officials say they first received a report on Nov. 2, from a woman who said she was shopping at Wal-Mart when she noticed a man she described as “’creepy,’ who seemed to be lingering around her,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by CBS News.She said the man walked to within a few inches behind her and she then felt something wet on her lower back and foot. She “began to panic” and rushed to a bathroom where she discovered the substance was “sticky,” when she left the bathroom, she allegedly saw the man continuing to watch her. Police said surveillance video from the store showed the man squirting the woman.On Dec. 28, police received a similar report from a different woman. Surveillance video from both incidents showed the suspect driving away in a pickup truck that was spotted two days later by Marietta Police. Officers approached the vehicle’s owner, Blake, and asked to question him.The 26-year-old at first allegedly told police he had thrown egg yolks at the women, but when an officer told him they had tested the material, he allegedly admitted it was semen.He then said he had used syringes to spray egg, spit or semen on women on a dozen occasions, according to the affidavit.Blake allegedly said that before each incident, he masturbated into the syringe either in his vehicle or in the Wal-Mart bathroom. He allegedly said he aimed for the buttocks of his victims. In the case of the victim on Nov. 2, Blake allegedly said he targeted her because he believed “she displayed exhibitionist characteristics and wanted to be noticed,” according to the affidavit.“The defendant stated maybe it was his way of having sex with these women,” police wrote in the affidavit.Blake is married, according to the affidavit, but said his wife was unaware of these incidents. Police said he also blamed his parents, who he said molested him when he was a child.Blake was booked into jail without bond, pending his arraignment. Published: January 5, 2017 11:45 AM EST Author: CBS News Man used syringe to squirt semen on women at Ohio Wal-Mart center_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

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