Total wheat plantings are up 1% in Great Britain, according to the latest HGCA Planting and Variety Survey.Conducted by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Market Intelligence team, the survey of the 2011 crop showed that GB wheat plantings increased from a total area of 1.923m hectares (ha) to 1.941m ha.Group 3 plantings (soft varieties used for biscuits and cakes) in Great Britain increased 4% to achieve a 15% share, while there was no change in the total area used for GB Group 1 plantings (varieties used for milling and baking), which remained at 17% of total plantings.In Scotland, the total area for wheat plantings has risen to 0.116m ha, an increase of 4% from 2010, which is the second highest wheat area planted in Scotland since 1992.“This increase in wheat production, coupled with a 4% rise in the spring barley planting indicates that Scotland can go some way towards compensating drought-lost production in England, but a lot will depend on the conditions at harvest,” said AHDB’s cereals and oilseeds senior analyst Jack Watts, who manages the surveys.The Variety Survey showed that market prices have also been affecting variety choice, said the HGCA, with nabim Group 4 wheat varieties (which are mainly grown as feed wheats) increasing from 51% in 2010 to 54% of all wheat grown in Great Britain.Added Watts: “Although milling varieties still remain important in some regions, levels of interest in Group 4 varieties are continuing to rise, indicating that growers are looking to maximise yields and capitalise on high prices.”Total oilseed rape planting increased 9% following a 14% increase the previous year. Total barley plantings were up 2%.
British Columbia’s Element Music Festival is celebrating the grand opening of the Snug Lake Amphitheatre in British Columbia, Canada on August 3-6, 2017 with their biggest lineup to date. So far slated are The String Cheese Incident, the return of Garaj Mahal, Steve Kimock & Friends, Genetics, Five Alarm Funk, Brickhouse, Big Easy Funk Ensemble, and more. Element has also announced three artists-at-large for 2017’s event, including steel guitar virtuoso Roosevelt Collier, Dead & Company master bassist Oteil Burbridge, and sitarist/multi-instrumentalist Naryan Padmanabha.Nestled in a place where the mountains meet the sky, the valleys, forests, and untamed wilderness that goes as far as the eye can see, the new venue is encompassed by endless trails for hiking and mountain biking, a clear alpine lake to cool down in during the day, and amazing live music to fill your soul all night long.The Element Music Festival is the culmination of three Deadheads with decades worth of experience in the music business who essentially “quit their day jobs” to make dreams come true. Upon finding an incredible 160-acre piece of property that featured a natural concert bowl amphitheatre, extensive parking, camping, and a lake, the three purchased the property and began developing. The 2017 Element Music Festival is the grand opening of this new concert venue.
Enter T0 Win A Pair Of 3-Day Passes & Late Night Tickets:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Today, Snarky Puppy & their associated label, GroundUP Music, have announced the lineup for the second edition of GroundUP Music Festival, an intimate and eclectic musical experience set to take place in Miami Beach, FL from February 9th-11th, 2018. Hosted by three-time Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy, the festival will feature a special set from Snarky each day along with performances from an eclectic list of international superstars including: The Wood Brothers; The Flecktones Trio feat. Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten and Futureman, Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke (artist at large), Joshua Redman, Michael League, & Larnell Lewis; Eliades Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club great); Kitailo feat. Buika; JoJo Mayer/Nerve; Knower; Mark Guiliana’s BEAT Music; Under One Sun; Weedie Braimah & the Hands of Time; Paris Monster; C4 Trio; Harold López-Nussa Trio; and GroundUP artists Charlie Hunter & Silvana Estrada; Banda Magda; Becca Stevens; FORQ; Roosevelt Collier; Breastfist; Sirintip; and Alina Engibaryan.“After an incredible first year of the GroundUP Music Festival — dubbed by some as the Art Basel of Music — where attendees traveled to Miami Beach for the festival from 37 states and 34 countries, our goal is to continue to create a transformative annual event for South Florida and worldwide audiences,” says Miami Beach native and GroundUP Music CEO Paul Lehr. Adds Snarky Puppy bandleader and GroundUP Music founder Michael League, “our focus is not to expand, but to build the most ideal experience for both artist and audience while continuing even farther down the road of musical diversity in our programming.” Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 2017 GroundUP Music Festival performer David Crosby urges, “I don’t think you’ll get a better shot at hearing real music than at this festival. It will knock your socks off.” Check out our interview with Michael League about GroundUP Music Festival ahead of last year’s event here.Watch the official reap video from the inaugural GroundUP Music Festival in 2016 below:The North Beach Bandshell’s Amphitheater and sprawling adjacent Palm Grove Park and beachfront complex will once again host the festival during the three-day festival with intimate master classes and workshops and personal interactions with the artists, and top local chefs including Michelle Bernstein serving inspired food and libations in the park. Partner hotel the Deauville Beach Resort–site of the Beatles’ first U.S. appearance after the Ed Sullivan Show–will serve as the venue for late night concerts on two stages featuring new artists and surprises.With room for only about 1500 people a day, tickets will go fast. The intent is to keep the space comfortable and intimate in order to create an optimal experience for both the audience and artists.For ticket and information about the event, head to the festival website.
The Infamous Stringdusters have announced the formation of their new label, Tape Time Records. The bluegrass outfit has also revealed that Wisconsin string band Horsehoes & Hand Grenades are the first act to sign with Tape Time.“It’s a natural progression for us,” says The Infamous Stringdusters fiddler Jeremy Garrett in a press release announcing the label’s formation. “We’ve been with different labels and had an array of experiences, and just thought that a record company by and for musicians is the way to go. We want to put out the best music possible–of ours and our friends–and do it with full control over all aspects.”“We have long admired the Stringdusters – their ability to hone their craft to something that’s unique to themselves is admirable,” adds Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. “I think they also see that in young bands and they’ve been consistently encouraging of us through the years. We’re super proud of the energy in this record and it’s a joy for it to be the first release of the new label.”The Infamous Stringdusters have been on the road for much of 2018 as part of their “Across The Great Divide” tour. However, the band is about to take a quick break from the road to attend the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City, where their 2017 release Laws of Gravity is nominated for Best Bluegrass Album.[Cover photo: Dave Vann]
[UPDATE May 1st at 1:00 p.m. ET]: Rolling Stone has reported that SuperFly the event’s production partner, has now also left the project. The event production company is known throughout the industry as the co-producers of major festivals including Bonnaroo and Outside Lands.[UPDATE 7:00 p.m. ET]: According to the New York Times, festival co-founder Michael Lang told them, “They [the financial backers] do not have the right to unilaterally cancel the festival.” Lang said the cancellation announcement by Dentsu Aegis Network caught him by surprise.[UPDATE 1:25 p.m. ET]: Despite the announcement by the event’s financial backer, a statement from Woodstock 50 organizers obtained by The Poughkeepsie Journal argues, “Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancellation and legal remedy will (be) sought.”We’ll keep you updated as the story develops.There will be no 50th-anniversary celebration of Woodstock this summer. According to a new report from Billboard shared early Monday afternoon, the three-day festival organized by Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang which was set to take place at Watkins Glen International on August 16th–18th, has officially been canceled.According to the report, the event’s financers, Dentsu Aegis Network, released a statement which reads:“It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements. We have a strong history of producing experiences that bring people together around common interests and causes which is why we chose to be a part of the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival. But despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees … As a result and after careful consideration, Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live, a partner of Woodstock 50, has decided to cancel the festival. As difficult as it is, we believe this is the most prudent decision for all parties involved.”Lang has yet to share his own statement as of 12:30 p.m. EST.The somewhat (but not really) surprising news on Monday comes just a week after the event’s on-sale date for tickets was postponed, sparking rumors of a potential cancellation which as now come into fruition. Just a few days later, Lang shared his hopes for potential international expansion for the Woodstock brand, although they now may be in jeopardy going forward.The 50th-anniversary event was scheduled to feature performances from major artists including Jay Z, Miley Cyrus, Dead & Company, Chance The Rapper, The Killers, and dozens more.This story is developing.
Pixabay Stock Image.ALBANY — Casinos and video lottery terminals are set to reopen next Wednesday, but at only 25 percent capacity, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Cuomo announced casinos and video lottery terminal facilities will be allowed to reopen, but all venues that choose to reopen will be subject to strict safety protocols, including strict enforcement of face coverings except when eating or drinking, social distancing, additional staff to control occupancy, traffic flow and seating to avoid crowding, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. Casinos must also have enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards in place in order to open.“New Yorkers have done an extraordinary job – we flattened the curve in a way that no expert thought was possible,” Cuomo said. “We’ve made the determination that we can safely reopen casinos with enhanced air filtration and strict safety protocols including mandatory masks and social distancing. This is good news and the right next step in our data-driven, phased reopening which is working.”Casinos must leave six feet of distance between operating machines. No table games will be allowed unless and until casinos put in place physical barriers between players and the Gaming Commission approves those barriers. No beverage or food service will be allowed on the gaming floor. The State Gaming Commission will be deployed to monitor casinos and ensure strict enforcement of these measures. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A proposal by several Democratic presidential hopefuls and environmental groups aimed at helping rural electric cooperatives transition away from coal-fired plants to renewable generation sounds relatively straightforward but, in reality, faces a number of challenges that put the viability of such an option in question.The Center for American Progress, Center for Rural Affairs, advocacy group Clean Up the River Environment and co-op association We Own It have suggested that Congress could help electric cooperatives transition to a greener generation portfolio by allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, or RUS, to forgive the outstanding debt that cooperatives owe related to coal-fired generation.As a second step, the groups said Congress could authorize the RUS and the U.S. Department of Energy to offer grants in lieu of tax credits to install renewable power capacity equivalent to that of the retired coal plants and fund related needed grid improvements. One of the proposals would make the debt relief contingent on investing in renewables.However, the potential impact of the proposal remains unclear, given that several of the co-ops with the most coal-fired generation no longer owe the federal government money. The plan also faces practical hurdles, such as gaining the support needed to change existing tax laws to accommodate the plan.The cooperative debt forgiveness and grant idea has nevertheless picked up new traction among some Democratic presidential hopefuls, including Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren and businessman Andrew Yang, who included one or both aspects of the proposals in their recent climate change plans.Electric cooperatives reduced their annual carbon dioxide emissions by 9% from 2009 through 2017 and have invested in 7.5 GW of wind generation and 900 MW of solar generation through ownership or power purchase agreements through 2018, according to a July report by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Co-ops have another 3 GW of wind and solar generation capacity planned. But while the U.S. power sector, in general, has shifted from a coal-dominant mix to one led by natural gas, coal plants in 2017 accounted for 64.2% of cooperative-owned generation, the report said. The goal of the debt forgiveness and grants proposal is to provide the money cooperatives need to shutter coal plants and help them invest in renewables.More ($): Forgiving co-ops’ federal coal debt to promote renewables faces hurdles Green groups push debt forgiveness plan as means of moving U.S. co-ops away from coal generation
Dec 27, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its blessing last week to the use of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to prevent influenza in children between the ages of 1 and 12.The FDA had previously approved oseltamivir for treating (but not preventing) flu in that age-group and for both treating and preventing flu in adolescents and adults. Many countries are stockpiling the drug to prepare for a possible flu pandemic.In announcing its move, the FDA cited a study of the spread of flu in households. The study involved more than 1,100 people, including 222 children aged 1 to 12 years.When someone in the household came down with flu, other household members received either no treatment (unless they became ill) or oseltamivir once a day for 10 days. Three percent of those who received the drug contracted flu, versus 17% of those who received no preventive treatment, the FDA said.”The benefit in children mirrored the benefit seen in older individuals in this and earlier studies,” the agency said.The indicated dosage for preventive use in children is 30 to 60 milligrams per day, depending on body weight, for 10 days, according to Roche Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of oseltamivir, a Swiss-based company with US headquarters in Nutley, N.J. Preventive use should begin within 48 hours after exposure to the virus, the company said.”The approval of Tamiflu in this indication enables doctors to have a safe and effective medicine at hand to help prevent young children from getting influenza,” said William M. Burns, CEO of Roche’s Pharma division, in a company news release. The company noted that children younger than 2 years are as likely as those over age 65 to be hospitalized if they get the flu.In studies, side effects of the prophylactic use of oseltamivir were similar to the side effects of treatment, the FDA said. The most common side effects were nausea, vomiting, headache, and fatigue. Vomiting was more common with twice-daily dosing than with once-daily dosing.”In the current study, children reported higher rates of vomiting than adults but this was observed to be dose-related,” the FDA said. No new side effects were seen in the study, but the agency has asked Roche for more post-marketing data on the safety of the drug.In November the FDA announced that a thorough review of post-marketing safety data on oseltamivir had revealed a few reports of severe rash and allergic-like skin reactions that might have been drug-related. As a result, the agency ordered that a new warning about the possibility of serious skin reactions be added to the drug label.In the same safety review, the FDA also examined reports of 12 deaths in Japanese children who were taking oseltamivir and concluded that the deaths were unrelated to the drug. The agency determined that the deaths were part of a wave of flu-related encephalitis and encephalopathy cases in Japanese children that began before oseltamivir was approved.See also:Dec 22 FDA news releaseDec 22 Roche news releaseNov 18, 2005, CIDRAP News story “FDA panel: children’s deaths unrelated to Tamiflu”
He went on to say that Indonesia’s controlled mitigation of the ongoing pandemic was reflected in the rate of recoveries and active cases in the country.Read also: COVID-19 under control in Jakarta, Anies claims amid spike in new casesThroughout August, the recovery rate in Indonesia reached 72.1 percent, higher than the global average of 69 percent, he said.The country’s rate of active cases stood at 23.69 percent, lower than the global average of 27 percent, he added. Topics : However, the country’s 4.2 percent mortality rate is higher than the global average, which stands at 3.63, according to Jokowi.“Although we have reduced our fatality rate from 7.83 percent in April to 4.2 percent this month, we still have to do our work and further reduce it,” he said.Read also: Indonesia’s ‘Merah Putih’ vaccine candidate to be ready for production mid 2021: JokowiJokowi then called on every regional head across the archipelago to live up to their commitment to COVID-19 mitigation in their respective communities, claiming that public resilience was a key element prior to vaccination.“We need to improve our resilience, our endurance, until every citizen has been vaccinated,” he said.On Tuesday, the Health Ministry announced 2,775 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 177,571. According to data released by the ministry, 88 more people have died from the disease, bringing the death toll to 7,505. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo claimed on Tuesday that COVID-19 mitigation in Indonesia has remained relatively “under control” compared to several other countries around the globe.“Compared to other countries, Indonesia remains under control. It needs to be maintained. COVID-19 mitigation is still at a point where it’s under control,” Jokowi said during a meeting at the Bogor Palace in West Java on Tuesday. The meeting was livestreamed on the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel.The President, however, did not specify which foreign countries he was referring to in his statement.
The Fed said the issues date back to 2013, but had not been adequately addressed. Under the settlement with the OCC, Citi promised to appoint a compliance committee that will provide quarterly updates to the company’s board on actions to improve compliance. Other requirements include upgrades to data collection and a staffing assessment to ensure adequate resources for compliance.Citi said it was committed to righting its standing with regulators and would commit $1 billion in risk management-related programs in 2020. “We are disappointed that we have fallen short of our regulators’ expectations, and we are fully committed to thoroughly addressing the issues identified in the Consent Orders,” the bank said.”The entire management team is committed to achieving operational excellence and a best-in-class risk and control environment.”The settlement with regulators came about a month after Citi appointed Jane Fraser as chief executive, the first woman from a major Wall Street bank to hold that post. Fraser will succeed outgoing chief Michael Corbat in February. Topics : United States authorities fined Citibank US$400 million over deficiencies in risk management practices and required an overhaul of internal controls at the global financial powerhouse, officials announced Wednesday.The US Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued the fine, in parallel with a related action from the Federal Reserve citing failings at the bank.The Fed said the crackdown reflected the fact Citi had “not taken prompt and effective actions to correct practices previously identified by the Board in the area of compliance risk management, data quality management and internal controls.”