The London Souls have been one of the best young bands on the scene for some time now. With catchy songwriting, impressive musicianship, and the dynamic pairing of guitarist Tash Neal and drummer Chris St. Hilaire, the London Souls are a reliable source of pure, unadulterated rock’n’roll each and every time they hit the stage. Whether it’s on stage at Brooklyn Bowl or at one of their many festival sets, the band operates as a well-oiled machine, with both band members feeding off each other, weaving in and out of their songs with a constant flow of connected improvisation.Recently, The London Souls stopped by eTown, a nationally syndicated radio program that puts bands on a solar-powered stage and in front of a live audience for a storytellers-like approach. The band gave some insight on their friendship and musical relationship, while also delivering a few tunes. The performed “When I’m With You”, “Bobby James”, “Hercules”, “Alone”, and “Steady”, as well as a joint performance of Curtis Mayfield‘s “People Get Ready” with fellow show guests Wood & Fire. The band also participated in an on-stage interview where they gave some background on the band and their musical upbringing.eTown has made the full performance available online, and you can watch them below. There are individual videos for each song, as well as a full video of the band’s interview.“When I’m With You”“Bobby James”“Hercules”“Alone”“Steady”“People Get Ready” by Rod Stewart (with Wood & Fire)Full London Souls interview w/ eTown
The latest winners from the University of Georgia are all bulls and no dogs.”These bulls are in the top 1 percent as compared to their breeds on the nationallevel,” said Robert Stewart, an animal scientist with the UGA Extension Service.Stewart runs the Tifton Bull Evaluation Center. The UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences has run the test for 38 years. But this is its first year in a newIrwin County facility with space for about 100 more bulls than the old site.Georgia farmers consigned 237 bulls to the 1995-1996 Tifton Bull Evaluation and Sale.”We offer the best of these animals for sale to improve Georgia beef genetics,”Stewart said.Cattlemen consign bulls to the program in October. Every bull gets the same feed duringthe test, which ends in mid-February.Stewart and others use test results to cull the lowest-scoring third of the bulls.Farmers can buy the top bulls at a special sale when the testing ends.This year’s sale offered 146 bulls March 6 in Tifton.By sale time, officials have records on the bulls’ performance and can predict howtheir calves will perform in a number of key ways.They calculate a performance index for each bull. Growers can use this number and thefactors used to figure it to select bulls with the traits they need. Stewart said farmers use all of the data to choose a bull that will complement the typeof cows on his farm.For example, if he plans to breed a bull to heifers (young cows that have never had acalf), he would want fairly small calves.Test records would show whether a bull’s calves would likely be smaller than average,so the heifers could deliver calves more easily.Farmers used to look for the biggest bull. “But we’ve found that’s not the bestway to evaluate a bull to really improve herd genetics,” Stewart said. But the average daily weight gain is still a key figure. This year’s top bull gainedjust over five pounds every day during the test.”Our ADG-winning bull is owned by Lee Davis, an eighth-grade 4-H’er from DoolyCounty,” Stewart said. “He’s done an excellent job of selecting quality heifersand a bull with the genetics to complement them. The result is this young bull.” Davis’ bull set an all-time average weight gain record for the Brangus breed.The bulls are sold by their performance index, highest to least. “That doesn’tshow that one is overall better than another,” Stewart said. “Each bull has itsgenetic strong points that might serve one cattle producer better than another.”Farmers always want to produce high-quality calves. But when prices are low, as theyare now, it’s especially important. Improving genetics with superior bulls can mean thedifference between a profit and a loss.”These bulls are producing calves that are each worth $25 to $50 more at themarket,” Stewart said.There is no specific amount a farmer should pay for a bull, he said.”But given the statistics we have on how improving herd genetics with superiorbulls can increase profits,” he said, “Georgia producers can’t afford not to buythe best bull they can that will complement the cows they have at home.”
By Terry KelleyUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s midsummer in Georgia, but it could be spring all over again for vegetables.We generally plant summer vegetable crops in March and April and wind them up about this time of year.But we can grow two summer crops in Georgia.The growing season can start in spring around mid-March. It doesn’t have to end until the first frost of fall. This usually happens around mid-October in the mountains and mid to late November in the southern part of the state.That means we can plant crops like tomatoes, pepper, squash, sweet corn, southern peas, snap beans, cantaloupe and eggplant all over again. Cooler-season fall crops can be planted a little later on.Some folks may plant at intervals from spring through midsummer, which is fine. Others may carry out harvests on tomatoes, squash and the like throughout the summer. However, rather than trying to keep the same plants producing indefinitely, you often get a better harvest by making a fresh start.Tomatoes, pepper and eggplant should be transplanted just as you did in the spring. For crops like squash, cantaloupes and cucumbers, however, seeding them directly into the ground will work just as well if not better. Snap beans, sweet corn and southern peas are generally directly seeded.Don’t plant the same crop back in the same place. Rotate your space so you can reduce potential disease problems. If you planted squash there this spring, plant pepper there for the second crop.Rotate families of crops. Plant peppers, tomatoes or eggplant where you had squash, cucumbers or cantaloupe. But don’t plant cukes on the same ground where you had squash.Getting a crop established will be more of a challenge than it was in the spring. Because of the intense heat, you’ll need to keep the garden watered enough to reduce heat and drought stress.Water during the day to provide some cooling on the surface and allow foliage to dry by nightfall.From late July until frost will be roughly 120 days, so crops that mature in less than four months will usually make before frost, barring an early fall.However, the longer you wait, the longer it will take your second crop to mature as days get shorter and the weather cools off (eventually). So start these crops by mid-August. Some fast-maturing crops like snap beans, cucumbers and squash can still produce if planted by early September.So don’t let the summer heat cheat you out of the rewards of your second harvest.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Communicating well is not only an intellectual exercise. To really connect with people, especially their emotions, we need to bring them into our experience. Stories do that. When you paint a picture with your words, people put themselves in that picture.As a leader, the right story can be a gold mine. Story creates a spark that ignites a new awareness. It is such an influential tool that, if you use it constructively, it can change people’s hearts and minds. That is why Janet Litherland said, “Stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, challenge. They help us understand. They imprint a picture on our minds. Consequently, stories often pack more punch than sermons. Want to make a point or raise an issue? Tell a story.”One of the most underrated skills in business today and one of the most effective tools in the leader’s toolbox is storytelling.So how do we do it? continue reading »
Complementing the line-up are two leading academics: Julian Franks, professor of finance at the London Business School, and Debbie Harrison, a visiting professor at the Pensions Institute at London’s Cass Business School.The IPE Conference & Awards, now in their fourteenth year, reward excellence and innovation in Europe’s diverse and dynamic pensions sector and constitute Europe’s largest annual gathering of pension funds.With three brand-new categories this year – diversification, infrastructure and credit – the Awards continue to cover the most topical and challenging areas of investment for European pension funds.The deadline for entries is 12 September.Full details can be found here or by contacting Robert Watson on +44 (0)20 3465 9327 or at [email protected] John Bruton, the Irish Taoiseach between 1994 and 1997, headlines the speakers at this year’s IPE Conference & Awards, which returns to the Hofburg Palace in Vienna on 20 November.In addition to serving as Ireland’s prime minister, Bruton was leader of the Fine Gael Party and played a leading role in the Irish Peace Process, which culminated in the Good Friday Agreement.He went on to serve as the European Union’s ambassador to the US until 2009, when he became chairman of IFSC Ireland, a private-sector body set up to develop the financial services industry in Ireland.Joining Bruton among the notable speakers at this year’s event are prominent European pension fund executives, including Christian Böhm of Austria’s small but innovative multi-employer scheme APK Pensionskasse, and Stefan Dunatov, CIO at Coal Pension Trustees, the investment body managing the £20bn (€25bn) belonging to the UK Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme and British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme.
For now, the KPN fund has no plans to introduce a best-in-class approach for other regions in its equity portfolio, which is managed actively through multi-manager mandates.These mandates, however, already have “a focus on sustainability”, said Van Osch. “In the rest of our equity portfolio we also want to invest more sustainably than the benchmark,” he added.KPN’s fiduciary Aegon Asset Management is responsible for the monitoring of these mandates and for the implementation of the fund’s new goal to reduce the carbon footprint of its equity portfolio by 35% in 2030.Private equityThe pension fund is also working on increasing its allocation to private equity. It has a strategic allocation goal of 4.5%, but at the end of 2019 the fund invested only 1.7% of its total assets in the asset class, up from 1.2% a year earlier.“Building up this allocation, which we started in 2017, simply takes time,” according to Van Osch, who could not say when the fund expects to reach its strategic allocation goal.Increase in costsThe fund is, however, already paying fees to its private equity managers on all the capital it has committed to them. This helped drive costs up from 0.38% of assets under management in 2016 to 0.55% in 2019.“We have indeed increased our allocation to illiquid investments [the fund has also increased its investments in mortgages] and most of the portfolio is being managed actively,” said Van Osch.In 2019, the fund’s investment return totalled 18.3%. However, because interest rates declined at the same time the fund’s liabilities also increased. This explains the fund’s coverage ratio only increased modestly from 114.1% to 116.9%.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The €12bn pension fund for the phone and internet provider KPN has switched its passively managed European equity portfolio to a best-in-class mandate.The scheme now only invests in the 25% most sustainable companies in each sector, explained Jan-Maarten van Osch, president of the fund’s investment commission. “This way, our investments are a lot more sustainable, but we still have sufficient diversification,” he said.The portfolio’s benchmark is the MSCI Euro SRI index.KPN is only the latest Dutch pension fund to make the switch to a best-in-class approach for (part of) its equity portfolio. In recent years, the likes of civil servant scheme ABP, healthcare fund PFZW and the metal sector funds PMT and PME took similar steps, among others.
The glass in these doors is to die for.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThere is a sense of grandeur about the home, with detailed leadlight french doors opening to a black and white checkered floor in the entry of the home. The house at 7 Mackay St, Coorparoo, has listed on the market.This colonial Queenslander has been part of Coorparoo for almost as long as Coorparoo has been a suburb.Built in the 1880s, Garnet Hill was originally constructed for Captain Hugh William Elder Mackay, whose occupation was listed as an accountant and the street was eventually named after. Relax in the rumpus room.Most of the residence’s living is across a single level, with the exception of two bedrooms and a walk-in wardrobe in the attic.At the front of the house is a large master bedroom, which has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite. Warm up by the fireplace this winter.Peter and Vicki Morrison became the sixth owners of the property when they purchased 7 Mackay St, and have loved living in the character home since.Mr Morrison said they were attracted to the convenience of the location and the size of the block.“It was a large piece of land, I subdivided it in 2000 (and) it was close to public transport, all the schools and shops,” he said.“Myer was still open then.” The study is executive style.Another bedroom is also found at the front.The foyer runs through the middle of the home, with the living spaces to the right of the entry.There is a formal dining and living room — which has a fireplace, as well as a more casual living area, meals space, kitchen and walk-in pantry. The bedrooms are like you have just stepped into a period drama. Gorgeous.There is also laundry, bathroom, study and home office.Off the triple car garage is a rumpus room with a bar and bathroom.“We found it very satisfying (living here), Mr Morrison said.“All our friends and family who come here love it. We have a lot of big family lunches in the dining room.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51
JENNINGS COUNTY, Ind. — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a missing Dupont man whose body was found yesterday on state property at the Crosley Fish and Wildlife area, south of North Vernon.Officers located the body of Donald Bladen Jr., 53, yesterday afternoon in a wooded area just north of Birch Lake on Crosley Property.The Jennings County Coroner positively identified Bladen and pronounced him deceased on the scene.The incident is still under investigation and an autopsy in scheduled for later this week.
The Batesville Bulldog track team split the wins again against the Lawrenceburg Tigers. Although the temperature was much favorable for a track meet, the night started off extremely windy and made conditions for some of the field events a little difficult. But as the night went on in Lawrenceburg the wind died down and made for a very pleasant evening. Despite the early winds, Batesville had many personal bests. Overall, however, the boys struggled a little bit and lost 73-50. The Lady Dogs, however, took 11 of the 15 events(pole vault was not done tonight) and won 80-36.Grabbing 1st places for the Bulldogs were: Gabby Gibbs-shot put (28’6”); Morgan Meyer-high jump (5’0”)-personal best; Taylor Rowlett-long jump (13’8.5”)-personal best; Katie Bohman-discus (70’)-personal best; Stephanie Nobbe-100m dash (12.93) and 200m dash (27.06); Emma Gausman-1600m run (6:38) and 800m run (2:42); Trysta Vierling-3200m run (14:43); Jake Cruse-long jump (20’4”)-personal best; JJ Kuisel-800m run (2:15); Joshua Myers-3200m run (11:50); 4 x 100m relays of Gabby Gibbs, Taylor Rowlett, Morgan Meyer, Stephanie Nobbe (53.3)-personal best and Ian Yorn, Isaac Barker, Gavin Koester, Quinten Gowdy (47.1)-personal best; 4 x 800m relays of Shy Laker, Emma Gausman, Trysta Vierling, Haylee Harmeyer (11:47) and Joshua Myers, JJ Kuisel, James Gossmeyer, Quinten Gowdy (9:33).Red ribbon winners for the night were: High Jump-Gabby Gibbs and Kent Meyers; Long Jump-Isaac Barker; Discus-Rebecca Deputy; 100m hurdles-Roxi Hund; 100m dash-Gavin Koester; 1600m run-Trysta Vierling; 400m dash-Haylee Harmeyer and Garrett Wagner; 800m run-Christopher Laymon; 3200m run-Adam Hollowell.Finishing out the scoring taking 3rd places are: Shot Put-Georgie Doll; Discus-Georgie Doll and Eykis Fullenkamp; 110/100m hurdles-Katie Bohman and Ian Yorn; 100m dash-Kayla Meyer; 1600m run-Dillon Murray; 400m dash-Shalee Harrington and Ethan Grossman; 300m hurdles-Katie Bohman and Ian Yorn; 200m dash-Kayla Meyer and Gavin Koester.As mentioned above, there were many personal bests for the evening. Besides the ones already listed above, other personal bests achieved were: 110/100 hurdles-Sam Robben, Ian Yorn, Roxi Hund, Shy Laker; 300m hurdles-Ian Yorn and Sam Robben; 100m dash-Isaac Barker, Sam Bedel, Jack Forbeck, Sam Sittloh, Aschton Geisen, Kayla Meyer and Taylor Townsley; 200m dash-Isaac Barker, Sam Bedel, Kayla Meyer and Taylor Townsley; 400m dash-Ethan Grossman; Discus-Rebecca Deputy and Georgie Doll; Long Jump-Isaac Barker; High Jump-Gabby Gibbs; 4 x 400 split-Ethan Grossman.The Dogs, as a team, get a week of workouts in next week as they don’t have another meet until Thursday where they will travel to South Dearborn for their Invitational.There are several individuals that will travel to Lawrence Central to their Midwest Prep meet tomorrow. This is a qualifying only event. Those that qualified are Haylee Harmyer, Emma Gausman, Liz Loichinger, Stephanie Nobbe, Taylor Rowlett, Morgan Meyer, Gabby Gibbs, Garrett Wagner, Joshua Myers, Quinten Gowdy, Gavin Koester, Jake Cruse and Joseph Choi. Good Luck!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
Callum McManaman has vowed to be remembered for all the right reasons after joining West Brom to finally remove a two-year-old stigma that continues to hang over him. There is one major blot on his copybook, however, as there are many who have not forgotten McManaman’s first Premier League start for Wigan in March 2013 at home to Newcastle. McManaman perpetrated a horror tackle on Massadio Haidara that was fortunate not to break the left leg of the Frenchman. It was a challenge missed by referee Mark Halsey, whilst the Football Association were powerless to act at the time due to FIFA-enforced regulations that prevented a retrospective three-game ban. “There are some people that still go on about that tackle,” said McManaman. “It was my first start, I was just excited. I’d waited for my chance for so long and I felt I was ready, and then that happened. “It’s nothing to be proud of, but it was one of those things. “Now I just want to be talked about for the good things I do, and hopefully I can do that and change people’s minds.” Pulis has challenged McManaman to prove he is one of the best wingers in the country, particularly now he again has the right stage on which to perform with the Premier League. Following boss Tony Pulis’ arrival at The Hawthorns earlier this month, talented winger McManaman became the Welshman’s first signing on Wednesday for £4.75million from Wigan. Pulis has hailed the 23-year-old as a player with “so much talent”, and who “on his day is unplayable”, ensuring McManaman has plenty to live up to. McManaman certainly feels he can showcase his talents, adding: “Once the chance came to return to the Premier League then I had to go for it. It’s exciting. “I have to admit it was hard to leave Wigan after being there for eight years because I liked the club, fans, everything. “But joining up with Tony was a pull, he’s someone who gets results and he seems like a top bloke as well. “The Premier League, though, was the main factor for me. I’ve missed it a lot to be honest. “It’s massive because everyone wants to play in the Premier League, so I’m looking forward to getting going again.” McManaman is unlikely to be Pulis’ only transfer before the window closes on Monday at 11pm as he has other irons in the fire. Pulis said: “If the window closed now we’d be a little bit disappointed, so we are still looking to strengthen a few other areas if we can.” Press Association