Watch The Beatles’ Surprise Rooftop Performance, Played On This Day In 1969 [Video]

first_img[Video: The Beatles][Originally published 1/30/16] On this day in 1969, The Beatles played their last ever live concert. Having not toured together for several years, nor played before a live audience since 1966, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr performed for the last time together 52 years ago today. However, this wasn’t your typical farewell concert. The group (joined by Billy Preston on keyboards), played an impromptu outdoor set on the roof of the Apple headquarters in London.This concert experience came toward the end of recording what would be their final album Let It Be. The legendary 40+ minute set provided time for five songs to be played in perfection: “Get Back”, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “I’ve Got A Feeling”, “One After 909” and “Dig A Pony”. Some songs required multiple takes, though few noticed.Related: Lauded Filmmaker Peter Jackson To Direct New Beatles ‘Let It Be’ Doc Using Never-Before-Seen FootageWhile no one was expecting it, this was the most appropriate way for the foursome to close the book. Without hyping up another room of screaming fans, they did what they did best—they played music. It didn’t matter who heard. In fact, the people who did hear the music were perplexed by what was even happening as they walked about their automatic existences, not knowing that these songs would be sung beyond generations to come. The most tangible memory of this fateful performance lives on through this footage, which is featured in Michael Lindsay-Hogg‘s Let It Be documentary.The Beatles – “Don’t Let Me Down” – 1/30/69last_img read more

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Coca-Cola Creates Innovative ‘Plastic’ Bottle Made Entirely From Plants

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe iconic red-labeled beverage giant is turning greener.Coca-Cola officially unveiled its first plastic bottle made from 100% plant materials last month.Instead of being manufactured with petroleum products, the eco-friendly bottle is made from sugarcane and the natural leftovers from its processing.Trademarked as the PlantBottle, the fully recyclable PET plastic bottles are a vast improvement over the 30% plant-based Coke bottles introduced in 2009.Ancient Fruit Shows Promise For Modern Healing“Our vision was to maximize game-changing technology, using responsibly sourced plant-based materials to create the globe’s first fully recyclable PET plastic bottle made entirely from renewable materials,” said Coca-Cola Global Research and Development Officer Nancy Quan.Since 2009, Coca-Cola has distributed more than 35 billion bottles using the current 30% PlantBottle packaging, and has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 315,000 metric tons each year. The soda company isn’t saying when it will start actually bottling with the green container, but it said it is partnering with biotechnology firms “to move from lab to commercial scale.”(READ more at Coca-Cola)Plant This Story Elsewhere – Share Below…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Julia Annette Ducote

first_img Memorial contributions may be made to Feeding America www.feedingamerica.org. Julia was preceded in death by her husband of 33 ½ years, Thomas Herman Ducote.Surviving relatives include her daughters, Jeri Ducote Talbert and husband John of Kingwood, Texas, Ellen Ducote Scott and husband Steven of New Braunfels, Texas; son, Thomas “Bubba” Ducote and wife Cheryl of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Amanda Gillespie and husband Matthew, Whitney Ducote, Casey Talbert, Megan Talbert and spouse Jessi Moss, Khriz Williams-Rios, and Emma Scott; great grandchildren, Charles Moss-Talbert, and Thomas Everett Gillespie on the way. Julia retired from Howard’s Auto Supply where she was the Office Manager.Visitation for family and friends will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2020 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches with a Rosary recited at 1:30 p.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Shane Baxter officiating.Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.center_img Julia Annette Ducote, 80, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Caring Hands Senior Care Home in Porter, Texas.Julia was born June 13, 1939 in Bronson, Texas to Berdice Jones and Emma Maurine Click Jones.She was a long time resident of Port Neches, Texas and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.last_img read more

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Leahy offers legislative response to NSA surveillance scandal

first_imgby Alicia Freese June 24, 2013 vtdigger.org Senator Patrick Leahy interrupted the immigration debate on the Senate floor Monday to unveil his solution to civil liberties concerns that have been stoked by the recent leaks about the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs.Leahy, joined by four Democrats and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced a bill to rein in the government’s surveillance authority. The FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013 reprocesses some of the Vermont senator’s previous attempts to add privacy protections in the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act (FAA).Leahy told fellow lawmakers ‘the American people also deserve to know whether these programs have proven sufficiently effective to justify their extraordinary breadth.’Vermont’s senior senator also reminded senators that they had quashed his previous attempts ‘to apply stricter oversight over these sweeping authorities.’He described his latest attempt as a handful of ‘commonsense, practical improvements that will ensure that the broad and powerful surveillance tools being used by the government are subject to appropriate limitations, transparency, and oversight.’Leahy’s legislation touches on Section 215 of the Patriot Act and Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which have been at the center of the public debate after National Intelligence Director James Clapper identified them as the source of the Obama administration’s authority for the two data collection programs.His bill expedites the sunset provision of the FISA Amendments Act, moving it up from December 2017 to June 2015. That coincides with the date that key provisions of the Patriot Act are due to expire, which, Leahy said, would allow Congress to review surveillance provisions ‘all at once, rather than in a piecemeal fashion.’It also amends Section 215 of the Patriot Act to require the government show that records, in addition to being relevant to an authorized investigation, are also linked to a foreign terrorist group or foreign power. It also increases judicial review of this section.The legislation goes beyond the nucleus of the NSA scandal, addressing an issue that’s been at the periphery of the privacy debate. It puts a June 2015 sunset on the government’s ability to dole out ‘National Security Letters.’The letters, delivered primarily by the FBI, are mandatory requests for information that are accompanied by gag orders preventing the recipient from telling anyone about it. And, in the meantime, the bill requires the government to obtain a court order before enforcing a gag order, eliminates the mandatory one-year waiting period before someone can challenge a gag order, and asks for a public report on National Security Letters.‘When you have these kinds of gag orders on Americans you are going into very dangerous territory,’Leahy said.The bill also requires the Inspector General to report on whether the government is using the relevant sections of the Patriot Act and the FAA in a proper way, and it makes sure the annual review of Section 702, which is already required, covers all of the relevant government agencies.Leahy is one of the first lawmakers to offer a legislative ‘as opposed to a verbal ‘response to the uproar sparked by the revelations that the government has been amassing billions of phone and Internet records of American citizens. The bill on Monday is actually Leahy’s second NSA scandal-inspired proposal ‘on June 11, he introduced legislation requiring the secret court that authorizes NSA data gathering to declassify major legal opinions.Vermont’s other senator has also penned a piece of legislative response to the surveillance leaks. Sen Bernie Sanders’bill takes a more aggressive approach with Section 215 than Leahy’s does. It would put a definitive stop to indiscriminate metadata collection. Sanders’legislative solution would amend the Patriot Act to require the government to supply specific evidence that shows it has reasonable suspicion that records are tied to an identified terrorist suspect before it can start monitoring them.Sanders’bill also requires the attorney general to give reports to all of Congress, rather than restricting that information to the intelligence and judiciary committees.The full text of the FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013 can be found here.last_img read more

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Merchants Bankers brings in over $19,000 in cold cash for Special Olympics Vermont

first_imgMerchants Bank Penguin Plunge team.Vermont Business Magazine On Saturday, February 4th, 26 employees of Merchants Bank joined over 1,200 enthusiastic individuals at the Burlington Waterfront, to partake in the Penguin Plunge. The event rose over $540,000 for Special Olympics Vermont athletes. The Penguin Plunge has become a highly anticipated staple of winter in Vermont and is widely recognized as a fun team building exercise for hundreds of families, schools, and businesses.As participants and a sponsor, Merchants Bank’s MB Chillynx Team contributed over $19,000 in donations from customers, friends, family and colleagues.Anita Bourgeois, SVP at Merchants Bank stated, “We are thrilled to have participated in the Penguin Plunge again this year. Special Olympics Vermont (SOVT) gives athletes confidence to participate and excel in individual and team sports. I am delighted that our team was able to contribute such a large donation to this amazing organization. Thank you to our customers and employees for their generosity & bravery!”About Merchants Bank: A Vermont-chartered commercial bank established in 1849, Merchants Bank is the largest Vermont-based bank. The bank’s business, municipal, consumer, and investment customers enjoy personalized relationships, sophisticated online and mobile banking options, with 31 branches in Vermont and 1 location in Massachusetts, operating as NUVO, A division of Merchants Bank. American Banker ranks Merchants Bank a “Top 200” in America among 851 peers. For more information, go to www.mbvt.com(link is external). Where do you want to grow? (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NASDAQ “MBVT”)last_img read more

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Emerald ash borer detected in Bennington County

Vermont Business Magazine On July 31st, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service alerted state officials that an emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle was captured on a purple detection trap in the town of Stamford, VT. This location is within five miles of another recent EAB detection in the town of North Adams, MA. This invasive insect was first discovered in Vermont in February, and has also been confirmed in Orange, Washington, and Caledonia counties.State and federal agencies are planning a delineation survey based on tree symptoms to determine the extent of the newly detected EAB infestation. Landowners and other residents of Stamford and surrounding towns are urged to look for signs and symptoms of the insect and report suspicious findings on vtinvasives.org(link is external). Detailed information about the pest and what to look for may be found at the same website. As part of an ongoing effort to detect EAB, the USDA has already deployed purple detection traps at 609 locations throughout Vermont. The traps will be removed and examined in September, at the end of EAB’s flight season.Although it may be hard to see, EAB is likely to be present in other locations within ten miles of known infestations. In southwestern Vermont, this includes all of Stamford and Readsboro, as well as parts of Pownal, Woodford, Bennington, Searsburg, Whitingham, and Wilmington.Moving any infested material, especially ash firewood, logs, and pruning debris, can quickly expand the infestation, so it is critical Vermonters follow the ‘slow-the-spread’ recommendations, available at vtinvasives.org/land/emerald-ash-borer(link is external). One important recommendation is to only buy local firewood.EAB larvae kill ash trees by tunneling under the bark and feeding on the part of the tree that moves water and sugars up and down the trunk. It was first discovered in North America in the Detroit area in 2002, and over the past sixteen years, it has decimated ash populations. EAB was recently detected in Maine and Rhode Island and is known to occur in 35 states and four Canadian provinces. Ash trees comprise approximately 5% of Vermont forests and are also a very common and important urban tree. EAB threatens white ash, green ash and black ash in Vermont and could have significant ecological, cultural, and economic impacts.A public information meeting is being planned in the Bennington County area for early September and details will be announced shortly.For more information on how you can help slow the spread:See this current map of the infested zone and find more EAB information at vtinvasives.org(link is external)Spread the word, not the bug by watching this video: https://bit.ly/2lZ9flo(link is external) read more

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Board to discuss en banc option

first_imgBoard to discuss en banc option Board to discuss en banc option The Florida Bar Board of Governors will consider a First District Court of Appeal en banc ruling where one judge, in a concurring opinion, strongly criticized a fellow judge.The issue was brought to the board at its July 28 meeting by a member of the Board of Governors. The case involved a criminal appeal of former Senate President and former Escambia County Commissioner W. D. Childers. The board member said the concurring opinion raised serious concerns about professionalism and the limits of judicial independence. It was noted that the concurring opinion in the Florida case did not address the legal merits of the case but instead focused on whether a fellow judge should have recused himself.Bar President Hank Coxe said the matter would be discussed at the September meeting of the Board of Governors. Coxe urged every member of the board to read the First District Court of Appeals’ June 28 opinion and February 2 opinion in Wyon Dale Childers v. State of Florida, case no. 1D03-2154, before the board’s September meeting.Coxe noted that the matter was currently pending before the Florida Supreme Court and that all members of the board needed to read the decision before it could be discussed. August 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Blood vessels in eye linked with IQ

first_imgZee News: The width of blood vessels in the retina can be a biomarker for brain health, a new study has suggested.Research shows that younger people who score low on intelligence tests, such as IQ, tend to be at higher risk for poorer health and shorter lifespan, but factors like socioeconomic status and health behaviors don`t fully account for the relationshipPsychological scientist Idan Shalev of Duke University and colleagues wondered whether intelligence might serve as a marker indicating the health of the brain, and specifically the health of the system of blood vessels that provides oxygen and nutrients to the brain.Read the whole story: Zee Newslast_img
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H5N8 spreads to Kuwait as H5N1 returns to Bangladesh

first_imgKuwait has become the latest country to report its first highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza outbreak, as it and other avian flu viruses spread to more parts of Europe, with Bangladesh reporting its first H5N1 detections in about a year.World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, said that, since November, nearly 40 countries have reported fresh outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu in wild birds our poultry, adding that rapid expansion and number of cocirculating strains have the WHO on high alert. “I am asking countries to keep a close watch over outbreaks of avian influenza in birds and related human cases,” she said. (See related story today.)Kuwait reports first H5N8 outbreakKuwait’s H5N8 outbreak occurred in backyard birds, including ducks, geese, and pheasants in a city in Al Jahra governorate, in the east central part of the country, the agriculture ministry said in a report today to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The outbreak began on Dec 12 when residents notices clinical illness and deaths in the birds. Initial tests revealed H5, which triggered the culling of the birds. Tests at the OIE reference laboratory in the United Kingdom on Jan 20 confirmed the H5N8 subtype. The virus killed 144 of 285 birds.Over the past few months three other countries in the Middle East have reported H5N8 outbreaks: Egypt, Iran, and Israel.H5N8 hits Italian farm; H5N5 in German poultryMeanwhile, Italy reported an H5N8 outbreak at a turkey farm in the Veneto region, its first outbreak in a farm after finding the virus in wild birds earlier this month, an OIE report said today. The event began on Jan 20 when authorities noticed increased mortality over the past few days. The virus killed 600 of 20,500 birds.Authorities are stamping out the remaining turkeys and have imposed protection and surveillance zones around the facility.Elsewhere, German media reports citing the country’s agriculture ministry said the highly pathogenic H5N5 strain has been detected at a commercial farm in Schleswig-Holstein state in the northern part of the country, according to reports posted and translated by Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease news blog. The German outbreak appears to be the first farm-related H5N5 outbreak, though the virus has been recently detected in wild birds in the Netherlands, Montenegro, and Italy.Bangladesh: H5N1 in poultry, house crowsIn Bangladesh, veterinary officials confirmed highly pathogenic H5N1 in the deaths of 17 house crows on a medical college campus in Rajshahi division in the west, according to a Jan 21 OIE report. The country’s previous H5N1 outbreak occurred last February and also involved crows in Rajshahi division.The outbreak is ongoing, and authorities are conducting surveillance at the affected area and nearby poultry farms.In addition, a poultry outbreak began on Jan 15, striking 15-week-old poultry at a farm in Dhaka, the country’s capital. The virus killed 732 of 3,000 birds, and authorities destroyed the remaining ones to prevent further disease spread.See also:Jan 23 OIE report H5N8 in KuwaitJan 23 Margaret Chan speechJan 23 OIE report on H5N8 in ItalyJan 23 Avian Flu Diary postJan 21 OIE report on H5N1 in Bangladesh house crowsJan 21 OIE report on H5N1 in Bangladesh poultrylast_img read more

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Barbados disappointed at level of support for CCJ

first_img Jun 11, 2020 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Feb 28, CMC – Barbados has expressed its disappointment that only four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have joined the appellate jurisdiction of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court.Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who attended the 29th CARICOM Inter-Sessional summit that ended here on Tuesday, said that it is unacceptable that, to date, only four Member States have joined the Court.“We contend that it is a disgrace that after the Caribbean Court of Justice has been in existence for so long, that only four countries have signed on to that court in its appellate jurisdiction.“I do not buy the argument that there is a division of opinion in the countries that have not signed on to the Court in its appellate jurisdiction, because the biggest decision that CARICOM countries have had to make has been on Independence,” Stuart said.Via CMCWhile most of the CARICOM countries are signatories to the Original Jurisdiction of the CCJ that also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration movement, only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have signed on to the Appellate Jurisdiction.Stuart said that if “we’ve all decided that we want to be independent and we were able to unite the population on those issues, I cannot see why on matters relating to how our disputes are handled and how our grievances are addressed that we still believe that the former colonial master is better than people here in the Caribbean.”Prime Minister Stuart said that Barbados is of the view that, “you can’t have one foot in and one foot out” in terms of the jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice.He expressed optimism that the matter would be addressed at the next CARICOM summit to be held in Jamaica in July and that more definitive answers would be taken on what steps Members States proposed to take to correct the situation.Meanwhile, the regional leaders, have adopted a tourism marketing plan that is designed to place regional countries on an upward trajectory.Prime Minister Stuart said the initiative was important since there were predictions that the upcoming hurricane season was forecast to be just as active as last year’s.“And, if that forecast holds true and there are any casualties in terms of CARICOM members [states], we have to be ready to spring into action to indicate that even though we may have had reverses in terms of a natural disaster, the Caribbean is still open for business,” he stated.Against the background of diminishing market share, Stuart noted that Barbados agreed in principle to the new tourism marketing initiative.The plan was presented by the Bahamas government,  which has lead responsibility for tourism in the CARICOM quasi-cabinet. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… CDB hails Arthur as Steadfast, Passionate Defender of… CCJ Takes Lead in Assisting Justice Sector To Adjust to… Mar 18, 2020 Opinion: Caribbean Court of Justice VS the Privy Council(Kaieteur News Editorial,12 July, 2018) The recent ruling against presidential term limits in Guyana by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is revealing. The CCJ is the final court of appeal, replacing the Privy Council. Guyana is not the only country to be proud of the CCJ. Other CARICOM nations…July 12, 2018In “CARICOM”Referendum Day in Antigua/Barbuda and GrenadaThe people of Antigua/Barbuda and Grenada are voting today on whether or not to replace the London-based Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice as their final court. In both cases, a two-thirds majority of the total number of ballots cast is required to make the switch to the…November 6, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua and Barbuda moving to join CCJST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – The Antigua and Barbuda says it is moving towards joining the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), as the island’s final court. Cabinet has accepted a recommendation from Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Steadroy Benjamin, on the issue. The CCJ was established in 2001…August 5, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp COVID-19: CCJ takes safety measures CCJ Upholds COTED Decision on Cement Tariff Increase Jul 29, 2020 May 11, 2020last_img read more

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