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Charles Bradley Posthumously Releases “Lucifer” From Final Recording Session [Listen]

first_imgIconic vocalist Charles Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2016. He was briefly able to return the stage for a number of shows, but a little over a year after his diagnosis—on September 23, 2017—Bradley passed away at the age of 68, having relished every moment in the limelight that eluded him for most of his life.On Friday, a new posthumous Charles Bradley single, “Lucifer”, was unveiled via Innit Recordings. Recorded in late-2016 while Bradley was undergoing cancer treatment, the singer’s final recording session of his fruitful life took place at producer James Levy’s home studio in Queens. “Lucifer” is the second release from the session, following “Lonely As You Are“, which was co-produced by multi-instrumentalist Paul Defiglia with acoustic guitar and drums by The Avett Brothers’ Seth Avett and Mike Marsh.Listen to Charles Bradley’s new posthumous single “Lucifer:Charles Bradley – “Lucifer”[Audio: Innit Records]last_img read more

‘Diligent’ Connelly thrives

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWith a 43-save performance Friday and a dazzling stick saveSaturday against North Dakota, junior goaltender Shane Connelly was naturallythe topic of discussion in head coach Mike Eaves’ press conference Monday.Part of what has impressed Eaves about Connelly since theBadgers were recruiting him was his attention to detail.”One of the things we noticed was the fact that he’s prettydiligent and pretty detailed,” Eaves said. “He keeps a little book of thingsthat he’s doing well in practice.”Connelly’s knack for remembering shooting preferences ofopposing players paid off over the weekend, as he made 74 total saves in theseries split with the Sioux. Following the game, Connelly was able to recallspecifically which UND players took shots on him, a trick he learned early on,according to Eaves.”In junior hockey, he used to write down how goals werescored on him game in and game out to kind of see if there was a pattern or howhe could work on,” Eaves said. “I think he’s continued on with that type ofthinking. … I think that’s been an asset for him in terms of getting to thispoint where he’s our No. 1 goaltender.”His ability to keep on top of such fine game detailsresulted in Eaves drawing comparisons between Connelly and former Wisconsinnetminder Brian Elliott.”I don’t know if Brian Elliott was at the same level asShane in keeping track of guys and who’s hot and what’s their favorite shot orstuff like that,” Eaves said. “Shane’s probably the most detailed goalie I’veseen in a while in that area.” Big pond, thin airWhen the team makes the trip to Colorado this weekend, thethin air won’t be a top concern. What may present more of a challenge is thesize of CC’s rink at Colorado Springs World Arena.The rink will allow for a more open style of play, somethingEaves said is more suited to his current roster than of past UW teams.”We have a little bit more ability to skate,” Eaves said.”The assessment of that rink, you could park an 18-wheeler below the goal line,and it still wouldn’t touch the boards from side to side. It’s such a big sheetof ice.”I think we have kids that can skate. They will embrace it.I’m looking forward to seeing how our kids handle it.”The Tigers have built their team around players who are ableto use the entire rink, Eaves said, which will provide yet another challengefor the Badgers.”They’ve always come to the ice with good skill and speed.That’s been their game,” Eaves said. “If you’ve ever been out to that rink,that thing’s an ocean. That’s why they have kids that can skate. They’replaying well, and it will be a real stiff test for our kids.” Tough stretch aheadThe Badgers have escaped their first two WCHA series with a2-2 conference record. Things will not be getting any easier for Eaves’ squad,though, as it looks ahead on the calendar. This weekend, UW will travel toColorado Springs to take on No. 7 Colorado College. Following that, the team willface current No. 2 Michigan and defending national champion Michigan State, currentlyranked third in the country, in the College Hockey Showcase.For the young Wisconsin team, one of the focuses will be onplaying consistently against its tough opponents.”We may ride this wave up and down here for a while,” Eavessaid. “I certainly hope our valleys aren’t as big as they’ve been and we canfind some consistency.”Eaves said his young Badgers are eager to get back on theice after leaving with a bitter taste in their mouths following a 3-1 lossSaturday at home.”They’re all ticked off. They want to get back to work,”Eaves said. “They know they can play better. That’s the kind of thing you wantto hear.”Playing against a tough North Dakota team early in theseason was important in the development of the team’s freshmen, Eaves said. Somuch so that the coach said he wished the Badgers could play the Sioux moreoften so his team could continue to improve.”I can guarantee you that they have never seen a tempo likethey played against this past Friday and Saturday,” Eaves said of his team’sfreshmen. “I wish we played North Dakota every other weekend just for thatfact. When you play against that level time and time again, you’re drawn up toit. We’d be a much better team from playing them every other weekend.”last_img read more

Disaster Aid Package Approved

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorHAMBURG, Iowa (DTN) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds toured flooded areas of the southwest corner of her state on Monday, making a point that she was waiting to hear if and when Congress would give final approval for a disaster-aid package.The House of Representatives voted 354-58 late Monday to approve the long-awaited $19.1 billion disaster aid package that will address not only Midwest flooding, but also aid recovery from hurricanes in the Southeastern states last year as well as the California wildfires. The bill now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.The bill specifically includes just over $3 billion to pay for farmer losses from disasters that occurred in 2018 and 2019. The bill will help pay for farmers who lost stored grain this spring during flooding, and also includes a provision that raises prevented-planting coverage up to 90% of potential losses.“We had run into a dead-end to help our farmers who had a tremendous amount of grain stored and the impact that had on our economy and to our farmers and their ability to come back,” Reynolds said. “The fact that we got that language in there was instrumental.”The vote comes as the Missouri River again is rising because of continual rain throughout the basin. The state of Missouri has shut down more than 400 roads because of flooding on both the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The Arkansas River is also inundating farm ground in Oklahoma and Arkansas, and locks and dams on the Mississippi River remain shut down as the Corps of Engineers looks for ways to relieve pressure on the system.Flooding in southwest Iowa had receded to a point that state bridges across the Missouri River had reopened, as well as Interstate 29 to Missouri. But constant rainfall and an increase in water flows on the river had re-flooded much of the river bottom. Reynolds was surprised how much the water had again risen.“I just wasn’t prepared to see what looks like a lake out the window,” the governor said. “I was taken aback by the amount of the water.”The prevented-planting language in the bill could prove significant this year as USDA’s Crop Progress report this week highlighted just 67% of expected corn acres are planted as of June 2, as most states now are in the late-planting stage for crop insurance on corn. Soybean planting was estimated at 39% as well, and several states will approach the late-planting stage for soybeans within the next week.Farmers are pushing into late season to get a crop in as USDA officials have indicated the next round of trade-aid payments will be tied to planted acres. Last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue indicated USDA may change that requirement, but no announcement has been made. The American Farm Bureau Federation is among the groups urging USDA to alter the way it sets the assistance payments.Leo Ettleman, a farmer in Fremont County, Iowa, was among a handful of farmers who met with the governor in Hamburg as Reynolds got an update on the situation there. Ettleman said passing the disaster package was significant, especially with provisions aiding farmers and funding the Corps of Engineers for recovery efforts.“To get money for that 2018 grain out there that was damaged is encouraging, as well as the prevent-plant changes, as long as it stays for the disaster counties — presidentially declared disaster areas,” Ettleman said. “There’s a lot of prevent-plant across the entire Corn Belt. We feel we have priority where it is presidentially declared.”Going forward, Reynolds said work will be needed to look at crop insurance for farmers affected by the flood to mitigate potential rate hikes they could face next year. She said, ideally, a change should be made to limit rate hikes in counties declared presidential disaster areas. “With what we’re dealing with the prices of commodities and the agricultural economy overall, if they double or triple the costs of the insurance, they just don’t have the resources to do that.”Reynolds, along with the governors of Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri, have been meeting more frequently with the Army Corps of Engineers to look for different management strategies for the Missouri River. R.D. James, assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works, met with the four governors last week.“It’s effective that we have four governors to hold them accountable,” Reynolds said. “The best thing we can do is have the four of us committed to saying we need the flexibility, we need to do things differently, we need to get back to talking about people and property, and we need to really talk about the flow of the river and the command of the river.”Reynolds said one of the frustrations is that the Corps is often regimented in what it does. She credited the Corps for considering some flexibility in river management. The governor also noted the pressure the flooding and re-flooding has put on the state’s roads as highways were repaired only to again flood out.“We can’t keep putting the funding into our transportation system,” Reynolds said.Several other USDA programs get specific funding under the disaster bill to help farmers, ranchers and forests recover from disasters. The Emergency Conservation Program receives $558 million and the Emergency Watershed Protection Program receives $435 million.The bill also provided $600 million more supplemental disaster nutrition aid for Puerto Rico.For communities affected by disasters, the bill includes $600 million for the Economic Development Administration to provide development grants.For the Army Corps of Engineers, the bill includes, under multiple accounts, just under $2.5 billion total for various flood and hurricane controls, including repairs and emergency operations, as well maintenance and natural disaster repairs.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Walls named Ohio Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculturewinners

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kyle and Ashton Walls of Mt. Vernon have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2019 Excellence in Agriculture Award. The award recognizes successful young agricultural professionals who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture.The Walls will receive an expense-paid trip to Austin, Texas, to compete in the national Excellence in Agriculture contest during the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in January. They also receive a John Deere Gator courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America and a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau.Kyle is a regional agricultural and commercial business manager for a mid-size community bank. Ashton is employed with one of the top global agricultural equipment manufacturers. The Walls have built and manage a herd of cow-calf Mexican Corriente cattle, which are primarily used for competitive rodeo events. They also raise laying hens for egg production.They are both active in Farm Bureau at the county, state and national levels: Ashton served for many years as a Knox County Farm Bureau board member and was recently accepted by American Farm Bureau to attend the Women’s Communication Boot Camp in Washington, D.C. Kyle has future interest in running for an Ohio Farm Bureau state board role to serve his district.Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are 18 to 35, single or married, who farm or work in related industries and are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.To learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau and its Young Ag Professionals program, visit visit This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Ty Higgins, 614-246-8231 or Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.Editors: A high-resolution photo of the Walls is available to accompany this story.last_img read more

Health Ministry Making Progress in Containing Dengue

first_imgStory Highlights He made the remarks during a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 8) at Gordon House. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is giving the assurance that the team at the Ministry is making progress and will continue to take the appropriate actions necessary to contain the dengue virus. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is giving the assurance that the team at the Ministry is making progress and will continue to take the appropriate actions necessary to contain the dengue virus.He made the remarks during a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 8) at Gordon House.The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 123 dengue case reports were received for December, surpassing the outbreak threshold of 96 cases.It was the first month for 2018 in which the number of cases had exceeded the outbreak threshold.Up to January 3, some 830 cases were classified as suspected, presumed or confirmed. There have been 23 confirmed cases of dengue for the period.Dr. Tufton told the Lower House that the Ministry has enhanced its clinical management efforts.He noted that already, clinical staff have been resensitised regarding the management of dengue; emergency departments at hospital have been bolstered by increased clinical and administrative staff; and sensitisation of all doctors, private and public, has been conducted.“The Ministry is also increasing available hospital beds by providing the support to open unused wards at St. Joseph’s and National Chest hospitals, and we now have extended opening hours at various health centres in anticipation of increased demand on the system,” he noted.He said that the blood inventory at the National Blood Transfusion Services has improved as at January 3 and laboratory capacity enhanced to expedite testing for dengue, through support from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).Dr. Tufton told the House that the Ministry is finalising framework agreements with four private laboratories to enhance testing capacity.He said that an extended public education campaign – launched in May with the observation of Mosquito Awareness Week – has also commenced and will continue in the coming weeks.In addition, public service announcements regarding mosquito breeding sites, symptoms of dengue and personal protection tips, which have aired since August last year, continue to be shared and are being ramped up in the media, inclusive of social media.“Dengue information flyers and brochures continue to be procured, with close to 100,000 already distributed to homes, health centres and hospitals across the island. This all adds to the public education programme, and this has been enhanced since the start of this year,” Dr. Tufton said.He noted, further, that the Ministry is collaborating with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development in terms of the removal of domestic waste.“We had a meeting with the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, with representatives from the National Solid Waste Management Authority, as part of the coordinated approach to deal with breeding sites,” he said.Also, ‘Dear Doctor’ and ‘Dear Parent’ letters have been distributed to sensitise physicians and parents regarding dengue.Jamaicans are encouraged to visit their doctors if they experience symptoms and to follow the prescribed course of treatment. The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 123 dengue case reports were received for December, surpassing the outbreak threshold of 96 cases.last_img read more