Dave Matthews Band Becomes First Band Recognized As United Nations Environment Goodwill Ambassadors

first_imgToday, June 5th, is “World Environment Day,” an annual international campaign established by the United Nations back in the 1970s in hopes of creating awareness and encourage action towards the protection of earth and the overall environment. Today is also notable for members of the Dave Matthews Band, as the group will be named “Goodwill Ambassadors” for the United Nations Environment Programme.Related: Dave Matthews Discusses Charitable Work & Retirement Plans On ‘CBS This Morning’The popular jam-rock band is being welcomed into the U.N. Ambassador family thanks to their work alongside organizations like REVERB in helping establish sustainability initiatives at their performances. Some examples of the way they help the environment while on tour include utilizing locally sourced products during staff/band catering and implementing single-use plastic reduction, composting and recycling.According to reports, the band’s work has helped to eliminate up to 121 million pounds of CO2 and 478,000 single-use plastic bottles, in addition to collecting an astounding 338,000 gallons of recycling and composted 138,000 pounds of food. The band has also encouraged their loyal fanbase to help raise an impressive $2 million for various environmental causes. It’s too bad today’s digital streaming platforms can’t say the same.“We wholeheartedly welcome the entertainment industry in joining government, civil society and private sector leaders in the fight for positive climate solutions,” North America’s UN Environment Office Director Barbara Hendrie mentioned of the band’s contributions to environmental awareness in a statement. “Musical artists are in a unique position to use their platforms as performers and public figures to build awareness and engage their fans to take action on a very large scale.”Dave Matthews Band now joins contemporaries like Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir as recognized ambassadors to the U.N.’s Environment Programme. Wednesday’s honor, however, marks the first time the U.N. has given the recognition to an entire band rather than just one individual.The recognition comes as the Dave Matthews Band is currently on a break from their ongoing summer tour, which picks up again in a few weeks with two shows at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ on June 14th-15th. For the complete list of tour dates and ticket info, visit the band’s website.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Agritourism

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaFive years ago, downtown Monticello, Ga., looked different: abandoned storefronts, dusty shelves and empty sidewalks. The town square was well-groomed, but visited mostly by squirrels. Now on Saturdays from May to October, the Monticello Market Festival on the Square has downtown hopping. And it’s more than fresh produce that’s offered; it is pies and crafts and sauces – and community.“We’ve found that our market has integrated itself into all facets of Monticello life,” said David Dyer of Monticello, who is interim head of the Georgia Agritourism Association (www.visitgafarms.com) and owner of Garland’s Ridge Farm, a tree farm managed for quail, turkey and deer.“It’s hard for rural merchants to compete with large chain stores in neighboring counties. So by having an attraction in a downtown area, not only do you build a sense of community, but it helps expand your market area.”For example, he said, one Saturday, a vendor’s sweet potato and pecan pies caught a restaurant owner’s eyes – and taste buds. The vendor now sells the owner the pies for $10 each. The restaurant owner sells them for $6 a slice in his two Atlanta restaurants. Another vendor makes wooden duck calls. A national organization now orders 6,000 of them at a time from him, Dyer said.“Two weeks ago, a lady stopped by just driving through on her way somewhere and sampled one of the vendor’s jellies. Her son is getting married in New England, and she wanted to give a Georgia gift,” he said. “She ordered 600 jars. Those are examples of what can happen.”Hometown farmers markets have seen a recent boom, said Kent Wolfe, a marketing analyst with the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Georgia now has 108 markets statewide.Something called agritourismWhen people come into a town, whether for a theme park or a farmers market, it’s called tourism. And when farm is added, it results in activities that range from pick-your-own strawberry patches, quail-hunting operations and shrimp boat tours to roadside vegetable stands.“A recent study found that 17 percent of the population is diehard local-grown consumers,” Wolfe said. “That’s a pretty significant number of people.”Nature-based tourism brought $50.9 million to the state’s economy in 2008. Ag-based tourism added another $27.3 million, according to the UGA Georgia Farm Gate Value Report. Successful agritourism ventures are statewide, from Thomas County in southwest Georgia to Habersham County in the northeast corner.Wolfe works with agritourism businesses across Georgia. He, Dyer and others are now holding agritourism workshop, where participants can create their own Web sites and learn more about marketing, finances, official road signs, insurance and zoning. For more information about the workshops, call (706) 583-0347 or visit http://www.caes.uga.edu/UNIT/ATHENS/events/events.html.In most towns, the local government decides whether a property is zoned commercial or agricultural. The difference is huge in terms of how much tax someone has to pay. Wolfe wants to help agribusinesses like these understand these issues. But it’s not just business help Wolf is offering, he and his colleagues are promoting agritourism.Worldwide marketIn 2007, CAED joined the University of Illinois Extension and other universities in a nationwide attempt to market and link food-related businesses. The result was MarketMaker (http://www.marketmaker.uga.edu), an interactive Web site with one of the most extensive searchable collections of food-industry data in the country. “One of the big things hindering local food is lack of a distribution system,” Wolfe said.All along the food supply chain, from peach packing companies to restaurants, people want to know where they can find local food, he said. In August, MarketMaker had 56,000 hits.National MarketMaker now has 12 states participating, including recent additions Colorado, South Carolina and Washington, D.C.Search under farmers markets on MarketMaker, and you’ll find the Monticello Market Festival on the Square, along with contact and general information. For the producers involved, showing up on a Web site or at the market can pay off big. (Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Kansas and Missouri credit union associations look to consolidate

first_imgby: Daniel McCoyThe Kansas Credit Union Association said in a joint news release with its counterpart in Missouri that the two organizations are exploring a merger.The end result, the release said, would improve the service the combined entity could offer members.A joint task force from both states has met for the past three months on the potential consolidation. A business plan to take to the associations’ membership for approval will be crafted over the next few months. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Corey Seager burns Giants for four hits, four RBI in Dodgers victory

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yimi Garcia throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, runs to first base after being walked by San Francisco Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez (57) during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager drops his bat after hitting a two-run double off San Francisco Giants’ Mark Melancon during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his RBI sacrifice fly against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, is congratulated by Alex Verdugo (27) after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager watches his RBI double off San Francisco Giants’ Jeff Samardzija during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Russell Martin look to first base after Martin was forced out at second during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. Dodgers’ Rich Hill was safe at first base on the play. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants’ Aramis Garcia left, forces out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner at home plate during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager swings for an RBI single off San Francisco Giants’ Jeff Samardzija during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill follows through on a pitch to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yimi Garcia throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yimi Garcia throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Bochy will go into the Hall of Fame one day soon. But not for games like Saturday’s.Bochy had his pitchers intentionally walk Cody Bellinger three times Saturday afternoon. The batter behind Bellinger, Corey Seager, went 4 for 5 with 4 RBI as the Dodgers beat Bochy’s San Francisco Giants 7-2.“I think they probably won’t do that tomorrow,” Bellinger said. “That was the gameplan today and Seager made them pay.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spent the last four seasons of his playing career with Bochy as his manager and understood the thinking behind his decision to make Bellinger the 12th player in Dodgers history to draw three intentional walks in one game and only the second (with Mike Scioscia) to do it multiple times. (Bochy also called for three intentional walks of Bellinger in a Sept. 2017 game.) Bochy’s strategy worked in the first inning when Justin Turner (having his own three-hit day) was held at third on Seager’s two-out single. The Dodgers left the bases loaded without scoring that inning.In the third, Bellinger was walked again and Seager followed with an RBI single, driving in the Dodgers’ first run of the day. Two innings later, the Giants pitched to Bellinger with Turner on second and got him to ground out. But Seager doubled in Turner anyway, tying the game at 2-2.“That’s what the situation called for with what he’s been doing,” Seager said. “It’s just a baseball move. It puts some guys on which can be a good situation for you and kind of lock you back in. It’s nice to have guys on and you understand the move.”Turner drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and the game seemed headed for another close call — the Dodgers and Giants have played to 35 one-run decisions in their past 84 meetings.Dodgers starter Rich Hill had to bob and weave through five innings to keep it that close.He retired the first six Giants in order. Starting with Aramis Garcia’s home run leading off the third inning, though, Hill had 10 baserunners — seven hits and three walks — over the next three innings.Hill left the bases loaded in the third inning, gave up a run but stranded two more runners in the fourth then loaded them again with no outs in the fifth. A pop out and a double play got him out of that jam unscathed.“I didn’t think it was a very good outing overall obviously because of that — putting myself in position and putting us in a position where you’re getting traffic on the bases,” Hill said. “I think if you look at it from the positive side — two runs, 10 runners on, one of them was a home run. You look at it that way you can say that speaks to the quality of the stuff.”Between Hill and Julio Urias who pitched two innings of scoreless relief, Dodgers pitchers held the Giants to 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.Hill was long gone when the Dodgers finally broke it open with four runs in the eighth — including back-to-back bases-loaded walks of Max Muncy and Turner. When Joc Pederson was out trying to score on a wild pitch, the open base beckoned again. The Giants intentionally walked Bellinger for a third time and Seager ripped his second double of the game, driving in two more runs.“They’re both really good hitters,” Bochy said. “You’re trying to get in a spot where one pitch can get you out of the inning. … You see the year (Bellinger’s) having. They’re both good hitters. It’s not a fun spot to be in, trust me. But we’re trying to do what’s right.”We were doing a good job of limiting the damage early there. We were in that game. But the big hit of course was in the eighth inning. That’s what put it away.”Seager and Turner were a two-man wrecking crew Saturday. Between them, they went 7 for 8 with six RBI and four doubles. The rest of the Dodgers’ lineup was 4 for 31 with two of those hits (both doubles) coming from pinch-hitters Kyle Garlick (his first major-league hit) and David Freese.center_img “You have the best player in the National League. Boch understands that,” Roberts said of the NL MVP frontrunner. “Corey is getting on track. Open base, completely understand it. It’s one of those things where you go into a series and there are certain guys you don’t want to beat you.“Corey is as good as there is. A few years ago he was second in MVP voting. He’s a plus defender at shortstop. To have guys pitching around guys to face Corey, I think that’s going to change.”Maybe soon.Seager has been the hotter hitter for a little while now. Over his past 15 games, Bellinger is 14 for 58 (.241), not quite the wrecking ball he was through the first two months of the season. Seager, on the other hand, has started to look like his pre-surgeries self over the past month. In his past 23 games, he is batting .341 (30 for 88) with 10 doubles, six home runs and 26 RBI.“Whew. Wow — the way he’s swung the bat this year I don’t know if I agree with that one,” Seager said when it was suggested maybe he was the hitter the Giants should have been trying to avoid.last_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 1 Schalke 1 – Blues rattled by Huntelaar equaliser

first_imgKlaas-Jan Huntelaar netted a 62nd-minute equaliser for Schalke at Stamford Bridge.Cesc Fabregas’ first goal for Chelsea had given them a flying start in their opening Champions League game.Fabregas struck in the 11th minute when he found Eden Hazard on the left and then collected the Belgian’s pass before steering his shot beyond keeper Ralf Fährmann.Schalke were unhappy because Fabregas appeared to foul Max Meyer before scoring, but the tables were turned in the second half because Chelsea felt the Spaniard was fouled in the build-up to Huntelaar’s leveller.After Fabregas was bundled off the ball, Julian Draxler burst downfield and picked out skipper Huntelaar, who fired into the bottom corner.It came against the run of play as Chelsea appeared to be in control.They made a bright start and Ramires should have put them ahead but miscued after being found by Didier Drogba.After the opener, Hazard’s low shot was blocked before Fabregas might have scored a second but blazed over following great work on the right by Branislav Ivanovic.At the other end, Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois did well when he was finally called upon, palming away an effort from former Tottenham man Kevin-Prince Boateng.And in the final minute of the first half, Draxler missed a great chance for the German side when he shot wide of the far post.Drogba recovered from an ankle problem in time for the match and is making his first start since returning to the Bridge, while summer signing Filipe Luis was handed his full debut.Drogba looked set to score with a tap-in early in the second half but the Ivorian failed to make contact with Willian’s excellent ball into the danger area.And he missed another chance shortly before Schalke’s equaliser, dragging a shot wide after being put through by Hazard.Oscar has been sent on in place of Ramires as Chelsea look to regain the lead.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Ramires (Oscar 67), Willian, Hazard; Drogba.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Remy, Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Striving for Passive House in Ohio

first_imgIn early November, when it broke ground on a three-bedroom, two-bath home in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Green Generation Building Company began a careful and, the company’s principals hope, certain march to Passive House standards.Completion is inspected in July, although the 1,800-sq.-ft. house is far enough along to be listed for sale, at $290,000, and open to visitors during a civic celebration called the Yellow Springs Street Fair, which is scheduled for June 12. Green Generation’s president, Andrew Kline, an Antioch College graduate who co-founded the company with his wife and father-in-law in 2009, told the Yellow Springs News that the durability and energy efficient performance of the house are not only good for the buyer, they’re in line with his approach to environmental issues.“Antioch was the pivotal moment where I realized what’s happening in the world with respect to the environment,” Kline told the paper. “That’s where I got the idea to mix an environmental ethic with our construction practices, to fuse an environmental consciousness with real-world, tangible, practical things that we use every day, like buildings.”The path of maximum thermal resistanceKline teamed up with Green Generation’s design director, Alex Melamed, and Passive House consultant and engineer Eric Lang to develop a design and construction strategy for the house, which includes TJI truss-joist framing for the floors and roof, and structural insulated panels for the walls. The roof was insulated, with about 2 ft. of blown-in fiberglass, to R-100; the floors and walls were insulated to R-50.Kline notes in a blog on the company website that SIPs offered a couple key advantages for this project: very good airtightness and relatively quick assembly. He also has been documenting the build in considerable detail via posts and progress photos on Facebook: click here for a look.Should the house, the company’s first, eventually become certified by Passive House Institute US, it will be the first new single-family residence in Ohio to meet the standard, and Kline, at age 29, will be among the youngest Passive House builders in the Midwest.last_img read more

New Facebook Mobile Ads Invite Users To Push The Button And Buy Things

first_imgFacebook’s mobile ads can now include clickable buttons that make it easier to buy stuff.These will include options such as “Book Now” on travel ads, “Listen Now” to pull up an advertised playlist, or “Shop Now” on retail posts. Those links will take users directly to a specific location in the advertiser’s mobile application and prompt them to take action, such as scheduling their next vacation. Tags:#Ads#Facebook#mobile#now readwrite The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img

LG unveils G3 smartphone with QHD display

first_imgLG Electronics has introduced the much anticipated smartphone, the G3. The LG flagship smartphone is the successor to the company’s well-received LG G2.It was launched in cities like London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul simultaneously.In a press release, the South Korean tech major said, “Developed under the Simple is the New Smart concept, LG G3 is a culmination of consumer research based on LG’s product development philosophy, Learning from You. The LG G3 was empowered with the best of what current technology has to offer, providing consumers with a user experience more ambitious than anything offered before by LG.””The smartest innovation in a fast evolving smartphone market is creating harmony between advanced technology and a simplified user experience,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG G3 is the result of our effort to actualise that idea into a tangible product. And we are extremely pleased with the result,” he further said.LG 3 highlightsThe LG G3 comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display with 538ppi with four times the resolution of HD and almost two times higher resolution than a Full HD display.The device sports a 13-megapixel OIS+ (Optical Image Stabiliser Plus) camera with a laser auto focus that can shoot sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras. It has polished metallic skin on the rear cover that is lightweight and fingerprint-proof.  LG 3 features Smart Keyboard: The device comes with a smart keyboard that reduces input errors by up to 75 percent by tracking and analysing typing habits and intuitively “knowing” what word the user intended to type. The height of the keyboard can also be adjusted to better fit the user’s hands and position of the thumbs. Individual keys can also be customised with frequently used symbols for even faster input.advertisementSmart Notice: Like a personal assistant, Smart Notice provides suggestions and recommendations based on user behaviour, phone usage patterns and location to offer user information when it’s needed the most. Smart Notice can remind you of a call you declined earlier and ask if you would like to call that person back. But what sets Smart Notice apart from other personal assistants is its natural language capabilities. For example, instead of just displaying today’s temperature and weather forecast, Smart Notice will make a recommendation such as, “You may want to take an umbrella today since it will rain this evening.”Smart Security: Understanding the importance of maintaining and securing confidential data when smartphones are shared, misplaced, lost or stolen, the LG G3 offers a number of enhanced security features such as: Knock CodeTM enables users to unlock their device with a pattern of taps. Merging security and convenience, users can create a personalised code that can be entered anywhere on the screen. With the G3, users have the option of being able to use KnockON to wake the screen to check the time as well as enter the home screen directly via Knock CodeTM.Content Lock: It keeps personal files safe and hidden from view when sharing the G3 with friends. When the G3 is connected to a PC, Content Lock prevents file previews so the data is still safe. The locked files can reside either on the G3’s internal memory or on the microSD card.Kill Switch: The feature gives G3 owners the ability to disable their phones remotely in the event of theft. The Kill Switch also allows content on the G3 to be wiped so personal information won’t be compromised. Kill Switch also includes antivirus scanning and remote wipe and lock, among other essential features.Starting on May 28 in South Korea, the LG G3 will begin rolling out worldwide on over 170 carriers, with UK availability from  July 1, 2014.Key Specifications: Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (up to 2.46GHz Quad-Core)Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)  Memory: 16GB eMMC ROM / 2GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (128GB max)Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus / Front 2.1MPBattery: 3,000mAh (removable)Operating System: Android 4.4.2 Kit KatSize: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mmWeight: 149gNetwork: 4G / LTE / HSPA+ 21 Mbps (3G)Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X), NFC,  SlimPort, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0Colour: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Goldlast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona ace Messi full of praise for Puig and Miranda

first_imgBarcelona ace Messi full of praise for Puig and Mirandaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi has sung the praises of Riqui Puig and Juan Miranda.Both youngsters have seen first team action this season.Messi said, “They have been training with us for a whole and you see they are different players. “The club did well in bringing them up to train with us. They will grow more and that’s good the club are using people from the youth academy because for a while nobody came. Going back to that model is important for the academy and the club.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img