The third annual Tree of Life benefit will take place on February 25th, 2017 at Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Rough Trade NYC. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to Ferncliff Manor, Inc., a unique residential school and housing facility for children and adults with developmental disabilities located in Yonkers, NY. Tree of Life 3 will bring together some of the jam scene’s most talented musicians–including Scott Metzger, Jason Crosby and more–for seven sets of music featuring special collaborations and guest appearances. Tickets are available here.You can check out the full list of scheduled performances below:SET 1: Sunshine Becker* of Furthur will be joined by various friends and special guests performing as the Sunshine Garcia Band.SET 2: Jason Crosby, a member of Robert Randolph and the Family Band who has played with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Carlos Santana, Pete Seeger, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews will be joined by various friends and special guests.SET 3: Elliot Peck, (Midnight North) and Jesse Bardwell (The Quimby Mountain Band) will join together as Peck and Penn, playing an eclectic brand of original music.SET 4: Katie Jacoby, a diverse electric and acoustic violinist who tours with Ed Palermo’s Big Band will be performing a featured mini set.SET 5: Alexander Nelson (Walking Spanish) will be performing a duet with a special guest and will be joined by various friends.SET 6: Scott Metzger of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, will front his band WOLF!, a unique instrumental trio that includes Jon Shaw and Taylor Floreth. Jon Shaw recently played on Bob Weir’s 2016 album and tour. Taylor Floreth, a versatile drummer/percussionist, has shared the stage with Chris Barron, Franki Valli, Bill Sims Jr and many more.SET 7: Tree of Life Band will combine all the performing “friends” and special guests for the traditional late night Tree of Life Band jam.Other featured friends will include Alex Jordan (Midnight North, Cubensis)and Chris Crosby (Danke Baby).For ticket sales, information and sponsorship opportunities visit www.ferncliffmanor.org
Using a continent-spanning telescope, an international team of astronomers has peered to the edge of a black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. For the first time, they have measured the black hole’s “point of no return” — the closest distance that matter can approach before being irretrievably pulled into the black hole.A black hole is a region in space where the pull of gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. Its boundary is known as the event horizon.“Once objects fall through the event horizon, they’re lost forever,” says lead author Shep Doeleman, assistant director at the MIT Haystack Observatory and research associate at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). “It’s an exit door from our universe. You walk through that door, you’re not coming back.”The team examined the black hole at the center of a giant elliptical galaxy called Messier 87 (M87), which is located about 50 million light-years from Earth. The black hole is 6 billion times more massive than the sun. It’s surrounded by an accretion disk of gas swirling toward the black hole’s maw. Although the black hole is invisible, the accretion disk is hot enough to glow.“Even though this black hole is far away, it’s so big that its apparent size on the sky is about the same as the black hole at the center of the Milky Way,” says co-author Jonathan Weintroub of the CfA. “That makes it an ideal target for study.”According to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, a black hole’s mass and spin determine how close material can orbit before becoming unstable and falling in toward the event horizon. The team was able to measure this innermost stable orbit and found that it’s only 5.5 times the size of the black hole’s event horizon. This size suggests that the accretion disk is spinning in the same direction as the black hole.The observations were made by linking together radio telescopes in Hawaii, Arizona, and California to create a virtual telescope called the Event Horizon Telescope, or EHT. The EHT is capable of seeing details 2,000 times finer than the Hubble Space Telescope.The team plans to expand its telescope array, adding radio dishes in Chile, Europe, Mexico, Greenland, and the South Pole, in order to obtain even more detailed pictures of black holes in the future.The work is being published in Science Express.
April 15, 2004 Regular News UPL Actions UPL Actions The Florida Supreme Court recently issued nine court orders permanently prohibiting 13 persons and/or corporations from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law.The following entities are prohibited from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law: Scott Fagan, individually and d/b/a A Paralegal of Florida, Sneads, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following an October 9, 2003, court order based on a stipulated injunction; it was alleged that respondent gave legal assistance and advice in a mortgage foreclosure matter and in an automobile accident lawsuit (Case no. SC02-1738). Francisco Matus, a/k/a Francisco J. Matus Robleto, Miami, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following an October 16, 2003, court order based on a stipulated injunction; it was alleged that respondent held himself out as an attorney and as qualified to handle immigration matters (Case no. SC03-1673). Scott Gorman, Pendleton, Indiana, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a November 6, 2003, court order based on a stipulated injunction; it was alleged that respondent held himself out as an attorney and provided legal advice and services in criminal matters (Case no. SC02-1591). Brian Pitts, St. Petersburg, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a November 6, 2003, court order; respondent held himself out as an attorney, filed pleadings, and appeared in court and attempted to represent an individual in a court case (Case no. SC02-247). Soraya Puentes, individually and on behalf of Immigration & Notary Public Services, Hialeah, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a November 20, 2003, court order based on a stipulated injunction; it was alleged that respondent held herself out as an attorney and provided legal assistance in family law matters (Case no. SC03-1936). Danilo Matus-Urzola, Miami, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a November 20, 2003, court order based on a stipulated injunction; it was alleged that respondent held himself out as an attorney and rendered legal advice in immigration matters (Case no. SC03-1938). Jose B. Nascimento, New Orleans, Louisiana, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a November 20, 2003, court order based on a stipulated injunction; it was alleged that respondent held himself out as a Florida attorney and rendered legal services in immigration matters (Case no. SC03-1937). Yollette Antoine-Anozard, individually, and Hospital for the Needy and Homeless Persons, Inc., d/b/a Community Legal Services of Florida, Miami, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a January 8, 2004, court order based on a stipulated injunction; it was alleged that respondent held herself out as an attorney and provided legal assistance in immigration matters (Case no. SC03-69). Shamina Harricharan-Vigo, a/k/a Shamina Harricharan, individually, and d/b/a FYI & Associates, Ocoee, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a January 15, 2004, court order based on a stipulated injunction; it was alleged that respondent provided legal assistance in traffic citation matters (Case no. SC02-1539). Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion, and, if filed, determined.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details The general purpose of any presentation is either to inform, persuade, or motivate. For your benefit, it is imperative that you recognize the difference as you prepare to teach end-users about your latest product or service, pitch that product, or inspire future innovation. Defining your general purpose is the macro part of speech preparation. The next step is to determine the specific purpose, or the micro, which is the key point or takeaway you wish to impart upon your audience. This post, however, is focused on the macro because there is a catch to the general purpose rule. Whether your general purpose is to inform, to persuade, or to motivate, you must incorporate all three, and this is why:Speaking to informIf you truly want to impart knowledge, you must sell yourself to your audience. Information is much more valuable when it comes from a credible source. So, establish credibility early and often. Tell the audience through your self-introduction and show them through examples why you are both passionate about and an authority on the specific topic you are presenting. Be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is not only contagious, but also inspiring because it gets the adrenaline pumping. Also, whether your topic is dry or animated, you can find ways to add elements of humor, hope, and encouragement. People want to leave a presentation feeling good. Speaking to persuadeIf you are going to succeed in selling, you must arm your audience with the information they will need in order to make a wise decision. No one likes a pushy salesman. So, hold the call to action to the end. Speak with your audience, not at them, to gauge their level of knowledge about your topic, and then elicit feedback to show empathy. Empathy is engaging and it boosts your credibility. Show your audience you care about them and they will feel good, thus increasing the odds that your call to action will be met.Speaking to motivateSuccessful motivational speakers possess a great deal of empathy and they use it to inform and sell their inspiring message. As with any type of presentation, your job is to do more than enough research about your topic, your speaking situation and, of course, your audience. When delivering a motivational presentation, relating to the audience is crucial. Can you imagine being inspired by someone to whom you could not relate?In short, your general purpose is the overarching goal of your presentation. Identify the general purpose first in order to properly prepare and organize your presentation and ensure a smooth delivery. In my college and corporate public speaking courses, I spend an equal amount of time on the process of organization and the practice of delivery. I have chronicled my public speaking tips in a handy pocket reference called Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations. The ability to speak and present well differentiates professionals and, by extension, the organizations they represent. To varying degrees, each of your associates represents your organization. Make sure they are topnotch brand ambassadors.
Andrew and Karen Hirst and their two children Oscar and Chloe have moved up from Sydney buying a large home in Red Hill for the same price as a small cramped terrace in Sydney. Picture: Adam ArmstrongSYDNEYSIDERS are ditching the confines of their overpriced smaller homes and heading to the sunny north for three main reasons, according to the latest data.Uno Home Loan’s latest market analysis shows that it would take a Marketing Manager on an average wage in Sydney almost seven years to save a deposit on a median-priced home, compared to just three years on the same salary in Brisbane.Uno Home Loans CEO Vincent Turner said Brisbanites were on a pretty good wicket compared to our Sydney cousins who would need to earn at least $150,000 per year gross salary, with no dependants, just to service a loan on a small property in the 10km zone.“People in Brisbane whinge about wages not keeping up with house prices, yet when you look at Sydney we seem to be in a pretty good position comparatively,” Mr Turner said. Uno Home Loans CEO Vincent TurnerEx-Sydneysiders Andrew and Karen Hirst with their two young children saw the benefit of the Brisbane property market and purchase a home in Red Hill at the end of last year.Ms Hirst said they got priced out of their home suburb in Sydney and were forced to make a lifestyle decision when she fell pregnant with their second child.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“We were lucky we entered the Sydney market when we did in 2012 but trying to upgrade our home was a massive challenge,” she said.“We ideally wanted to stay in the same area but financially that was not doable.”Late last year the family bought a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with pool, sitting on a 900sq m block in Red Hill for $200,000 less than the two-bedroom terrace they sold in Lilyfield, Sydney.Ms Hirst said her husband was able to get a transfer within the company he worked for so managed to maintain the same salary, while she was able to negotiate a similar wage in Brisbane to her Sydney job as a digital director but on a part-time basis.Mr Turner said Uno Home Loans data analysis was showing that three main factors were making Sydneysiders rethink their lifestyle choice in their international city and move to the north.1. Rents are up to $700 month cheaper making it easier to save for a deposit.2. Stamp duty is significantly lower reducing the amount needed to save for a deposit.3. Median house prices in Brisbane are around $540,000, half that of Sydney’s $1.1 million median price.Yet their analysis shows that wages between the two cities are not that different, for example, a Marketing Manager on an average wage in Sydney would earn around $82,000, while the same person in Brisbane would be on around $78,000.“We’re certainly now seeing people rethinking where they want to live, especially in the first homebuyer early 30s category,” Mr Turner said.“They’re using the calculators on our site and seeing it doesn’t add up with living in inner-city Sydney, so while Melbourne is an attractive option, obviously there’s better weather in Brisbane.”