first_imgIt’s good to be home.That will most certainly be the sentiment on Friday, as songwriter Jane Kramer, who has long had ties with the Asheville area, returns to The Grey Eagle to celebrate the release of her brand new record, Carnival of Hopes.Kramer, who studied at Warren Wilson College and made her musical mark in the region as part of The Barrel House Mamas, spent some years out west before returning to North Carolina last year.Kramer is certainly hitting her stride on Carnival of Hopes, her second solo release. She embraces songwriting that runs through a gamut of emotions, with heartache, regret, fear, and hope resounding deeply in her lyrics, and each tune is delivered with a voice that only be described as one of the purest in modern Americana.Carnival of Hopes is a steady stream of beauty and features a bevy of musicians well familiar to the Asheville scene. Nicky Sanders, long time fiddler for Steep Canyon Rangers, took part in the recording, as did Franklin Reel, cellist for Sirius B, and Eliot Wadopian, River Guerguerian, and Chris Rosser of Free Planet Radio. Many of these musicians, along with others from the record and many of Kramer’s Asheville friends, will be joining her on stage Friday night.For evidence of just how good Jane Kramer is, check out the title track from the new record, which Trail Mix happily features this month.Jane Kramer called Western North Carolina home for a time before venturing off. Now she has returned, complete with a rousing and powerful new record. Like the antique ferris wheel featured on her new disc, she has come full circle.For more information on Jane Kramer, the new record, or her concert schedule, make sure to check out her website.Trail Mix would like to give you the chance to catch Jane Kramer, along with The Sea The Sea, on Friday at The Grey Eagle. If you are interested, take a shot at the trivia question down below. Email your answer to A winner of two tickets to the show will be chosen from all correct answers received by noon tomorrow (Thursday, February 25th).Question . . . All of the tracks on Carnival of Hopes were written by Jane, with the exception of “Down South.” What free fallin’ songwriter can take credit for penning that one?And remember . . . . email your answers in. Don’t post them down below in the comments section. That’s no fun for anyone![divider]More from the Trail Mix Blog[/divider]last_img read more

first_imgOfficials on each project contracted local indigenous builders to work with Military engineers, turning the building of each protected territory into a community project. “This project is aimed at ensuring that people belonging to indigenous communities can live lives of dignity,” said Colonel Eduardo Pico, the GAC’s Consolidation Advisor. “It also rewards communities that have demonstrated a deep commitment to overcoming violence that has plagued places like Urabá and Bajo Cauca in the department of Antioquia and certain zones of the department of Córdoba.” Providing facilities and services to indigenous communities impacted by the FARC and the ELN is part of the Ministry of Defense’s broad strategy to win the support of these groups, which is crucial in neutralizing illegal organizations and improving public safety. These operations build on Sword of Honor, which is a Defense Ministry initiative launched in 2012 to confront illegal armed groups and their support networks, as the FARC and ELN work with narco-trafficking groups. Coordinating with indigenous and institutional partners The program’s beneficiaries thus far — the Zenú community in the department of Córdoba and Antioquia, and the Arcua and Arenera communities of Turbo in Antioquia — all received protected land this year. The latter two were built in April, and the Zenú community received theirs in August and November. Meanwhile, the Kuna community itself expelled 3,067 of its own indigenous members because of their suspected links with illegal violent groups. As of early November, Colombia’s National Army and the Ministry of Defense’s Advisory Group to the Commander (GAC, for its Spanish acronym) have constructed three protected communities for indigenous groups under the National Land Consolidation and Reconstruction Policy, which seeks to generate social and economic actions in 11 areas of the country that have been historically affected by the presence of illegal armed groups and illegal crops, in addition to a weak institutional presence. Illegal armed groups groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) have killed and issued death threats to indigenous populations in Antioquia and Córdoba, violently recruited locals, and driven them from their homes. From 2006-2008, the Urabá people suffered 31,723 individual displacements, while the Kuna community had 2,258 group displacements, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); and from 2003-2008, illegal armed groups committed more than 780 homicides, primarily in the departments of Risaralda and Caldas, claiming the lives of many indigenous people. During the same time period, 35,772 members of the Zenú community, 45 percent of whom had been living in Córdoba, were displaced. The government strategy is defined as a “coordinated, progressive, and irreversible process by which to sustainably secure state efforts to guarantee a safe and peaceful environment that will allow strengthened democratic institutions in which citizens can freely exercise their rights and human development,” according to the government’s Administrative Unit for Territorial Consolidation. The GAC had teams of sociologists, anthropologists, and engineers meet with representatives of the indigenous communities, who each have different customs, to determine their specific architectural requirements. “Consolidating land, creating better living conditions, and improving the quality of life for the community are priorities for the government and the Army,” Col. Pico said. “They are part of an Armed Forces’ strategy to overcome the violence present in Colombia – a goal that is accomplished with the help of all the parties present in a region.” “Our mission to guarantee the safety of civilians has not changed, and, since 2012, we have been strengthening our position with the population with infrastructure projects that enhance their quality of life,” said Lieutenant General Ricardo Jiménez, the Army Chief of Operations. “Today, 50 percent of the Army’s forces is armed, while the other 50 percent is dedicated to unarmed missions.” Colombia’s Law No. 89 of 1890 stipulated that indigenous communities on protected land shall not be governed by the general laws of the country but will be governed autonomously by a council appointed by the local indigenous people according to their customs. A hundred years later, the Constitution of 1991, in which Colombia is recognized as a multiethnic and pluricultural country, set a precedent for relations between the indigenous population and the Colombian government. The Constitution grants political, economic, social, and cultural rights to the country’s diverse ethnic minorities and decrees that protected lands are inalienable. Meanwhile, the Army is also building protected land for three Embera communities, four Zenú communities, and a Kuna community as part of the 70 billion peso (US$25 million) initiative. The government has already invested 30 billion pesos (US$10.5 million) into that fund. This month, the GAC is also planning to inaugurate a protected territory for the Kuna communities of Caimán Nuevo and Caimán Medio in Necoclí in Antioquia. By Dialogo November 16, 2015 No more dead people It’s high time civilization came to those lands. God help them ayudé.arizaga40@gmail Unarmed missions strengthen ties with the community “Each protected territory has an education center, a health center, a government center, and a home for each family,” Col. Pico said. “However, each community has distinct specifications. Houses at 50 centimeters off the ground; roofs made with cement fiber or natural fiber; houses facing the east; and toilets outside the house have been a few of the requirements. They have changed each time. The construction of each community has really been a learning process in architectural terms.” Indigenous communities suffer at the hands of illegal groups “The majority of the armed portions of the terrorist groups have been dismantled, but they have started to meddle in community politics. So, a prudent way to combat the conflict is to regain the favor and confidence of the most peripheral and vulnerable populations. Consolidation policies have this goal in mind and have brought it to fruition with these infrastructure projects.” Meanwhile, the Army’s Seventh Division, which is assigned to the departments of Antioquia, Córdoba, and Chocó, is coordinating the projects with several organizations, including the governments of Antioquia and Córdoba, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Agricultural Bank, the Public Enterprises of Medellín (EPM), the Autonomous Regional Corporations (CAR), and other agencies. Indigenous communities primarily in rural areas The Ministry of Defense and the National Army are building most of these projects in rural areas on protected land, where most indigenous communities are found; locations of indigenous communities are a vestige of the New Kingdom of Granada. “As I saw the village coming together and becoming more and more beautiful, I offered to work on the project, too,” said Wilson Álvaro Domikué Chiruda, who from 2013-2014 led the Dokerazabi Arenera tribe of the Ember people in Turbo. “The engineers trained me and taught me how to use the tools they were using. I was really happy because I was able to contribute to the project and set a good example for the children. While putting the screws in, I regained hope and began thinking that I will see my children and grandchildren prevail.” Overall, an estimated 1,378,884 indigenous people live in Colombia, including 933,800 settled on 710 existing protected communities, according to the 2005 census.last_img read more

first_imgA website has been launched for credit unions and other financial institution plaintiffs to file claims in the settlement reached in the Equifax data breach lawsuit. CUNA, Leagues and credit unions are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which stems from a 2017 data breach that exposed the personal information of more than 145 million consumers.The settlement, announced in June, provides up to $4.50 per alerted-on payment card as well as up to $5,000 per financial institution for its documented damages claim resulting from PII theft for class members. The total amount being offered for these two components is $5.5 million.The Settlement Class will be limited to financial institutions that had alerted-on payment cards as a result of the breach. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgIn our home, we have a reproduction of the Declaration of Sentiments. It’s framed and mounted to the wall of one of the bathrooms.Sixty-eight women and thirty-two men signed the original declaration at a women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Among those signers were Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the declaration’s primary author, and Frederick Douglass–orator, activist and escaped slave. This declaration, and this gathering of brave souls known as the Seneca Falls Convention, is credited by many for sparking the women’s rights movement in the U.S., with suffrage as a key component. It takes roughly 45 minutes to drive to Seneca Falls from my home in the Rochester area. If I choose the back roads, it’s a one-hour trip, a lovely journey through towns and countryside dotted with old homes both modest and grand: some well-maintained, some neglected, some no doubt standing at the time the Seneca Falls Convention took place. [Seneca Falls is also said to be the inspiration (or one of them) for Bedford Falls in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”]I’ve driven to Seneca Falls on several occasions in the past few years, twice to visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, a museum and historic site, which includes the Wesleyan Chapel where the Seneca Falls Convention was held. The other times, I was in town not because of the museum or the chapel, but because of a building across the street: The Summit Federal Credit Union’s Seneca Falls Branch.Our branch’s proximity to the historic site is certainly not by design, but it’s a juxtaposition that nonetheless makes sense. Credit unions are built on a philosophy of access and equality, offering products and services like loans, accounts, debit and credit cards, and financial advice to a range of people including underserved populations. Often, these populations include an outsized proportion of women. Indeed, according to Data USA, of those living in poverty in Seneca Falls, the largest demographics are women age 25 – 34, followed by women age 18 – 24 and women age 55 – 64. 2020, though it hasn’t been exactly generous to anyone, hit women hard. Those who work in service industries like hospitality and travel are more likely to be women, and these industries in particular got the wind stomped out of them by COVID. Then, there are childcare issues exacerbated by the shutdowns and job losses. In 2020, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote across the U.S. Somehow, this anniversary shines an especially glaring spotlight on the women’s rights work still to be done.Incidentally, It’s become something of a tradition in Rochester for women to adhere their “I Voted” sticker to Susan B. Anthony’s grave in Mt. Hope Cemetery. This practice gained enough steam during the 2016 election that a clear protective cover was placed over Anthony’s gravestone. If you’re wondering, Anthony didn’t attend the Seneca Falls Convention, though her sister and mother did.It’s like the old homes I pass on the way to Seneca Falls. Some of those 1848 Sentiments have received attention and care. Others are falling in under the weight of neglect. I can imagine a participant of the Seneca Falls Convention standing, back to the Wesleyan Chapel, looking across the street to 2020, equally agog at what’s changed and what hasn’t. (It’s fitting also that our branch, housed in a historic building, just received some upgrades.)But credit unions are a handy bunch. We come through with programs like emergency loans and payment deferrals. We hold education sessions. We find solutions for everyone on an equal basis.  It’s notable too that, according to a 2019 report from the National Credit Union Administration, over half of credit union CEOs nationwide are women, though for credit unions with over $1 billion in assets, that number shrinks to 14.5%. The Summit is one of those, led by President and CEO Laurie Baker. And a full 75% of The Summit’s senior leadership team are women as well, including our CFO. The road to equality for women hasn’t been a speedy one so far. But credit unions like The Summit are constantly listening, fixing, and caring, working to improve members’ lives. Crossing the street are steps in the right direction. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cynthia Kolko Cynthia Kolko manages community involvement and public relations activities for The Summit Federal Credit Union, which serves members across Western and Central New York. She is also The Summit’s copywriter, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgThe “Middle” singer took home three trophies at the CMAs on Wednesday, November 11: Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.Morris used her last acceptance speech of the night to shout-out Black female musicians in country music who weren’t nominated or performing at the awards show.- Advertisement – Confidence boost. Maren Morris admitted she doesn’t always feel accepted in the country music industry, but her big night at the 2020 Country Music Association Awards made her feel less insecure.The “Bones” singer, 30, got candid about her self-doubt via Twitter on Friday, November 13.- Advertisement – “I want to give recognition to, because I’m just a fan of their music, and they’re as country as it gets,” she said. “I just want them all to know how much we love them back and just check out their music after this. It’s Linda Martell, Yola, Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer, Brittney Spencer, Rhiannon Giddens.”Morris added, “There are so many amazing Black women that pioneered and continue to pioneer this genre, and I know they’re going to come after me, and they’ve come before me, but you’ve made this genre so, so beautiful. I hope you know that we see you. Thank you for making me so inspired as a singer in this genre.”Maren Morris Says She Gets Hurt When People Claim Shes Not CountryMaren Morris attends The 54th Annual CMA Awards on November 11, 2020 in Nashville’s Music City Center. ABCThe Texas native has been bonding over music with her 7-month-old son, Hayes, with whom she shares with husband Ryan Hurd. In March, Morris reacted after Hozier tweeted a video of a crying infant calming down after hearing her song “The Bones.”“This is too much for words,” she replied. “I will say, the same thing doesn’t work for my baby. 😂😂😂.”During her pregnancy, the “80s Mercedes” singer even attempted to go into labor by dancing to Harry Belafonte‘s “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)” in an Instagram video. “Harry Belafonte issuing an eviction notice for this baby. 👶🏻,” she captioned the clip.However, the first-time mom isn’t planning on filtering her music just because she’s now a parent. “I am always going to say ‘s–t’ in songs probably,” she told E! News earlier this month.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! “Coming down from the other night. I am still in awe,” she tweeted. “Thank you to my friends and family, my fans and my Nashville peers for this honor.”Morris added that people’s negative comments about her place in country music affect her, but her success has helped her feel better.“I still can get hurt when people claim I’m ‘not country’ but when I stood there accepting@cma Song of the Year, I realized it is much harder to forge your own path & sound than attempt to be a knock off of someone who’s already pioneered the genre,” she continued. “Thank you for accepting me.”Maren Morris Says She Gets Hurt When People Claim Shes Not CountryCourtesy Maren Morris/Twitter- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Canada expands chikungunya travel health warning for the Caribbean by: – February 14, 2014 TORONTO, Canada, Friday February 14, 2014 – The Public Health Agency in Canada has issued an updated travel health notice following a reported increase in the number of cases of chikungunya disease in the Caribbean.According to the latest advisory from the agency, “there have been confirmed cases of chikungunya on the Caribbean islands of Saint Martin/St. Maarten, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy and the British Virgin Islands. These cases mark the first time that locally acquired transmission of chikungunya has been detected in the Region of the Americas.”Symptoms include a sudden high fever, severe pain in the wrists, ankles or knuckles, muscle pain, headache, nausea, and rash. Joint pain and stiffness are more common with chikungunya than with dengue. The symptoms appear between four to seven days after the bite of an infected mosquito. The majority of clinical signs and symptoms last three to 10 days, but joint pain may persist longer. Severe cases requiring hospitalisation are rare.There is no vaccine or treatment for chikungunya, which has infected millions of people in Africa and Asia since the disease was first recorded in 1952.The Canadian health agency recommends that travellers protect themsleves from mosquito bites, “particularly during peak mosquito biting times around sunrise and sunset” and to see a health care provider if symptoms similar to chikungunya develop after returning to Canada.Caribbean Media Corporation Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share 24 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

first_imgThe Porter team had a great night as Chad Porter took the lead from Josh Larson on the eighth lap and led to the finish of the IMCA Modified main event. Porter took the lead from Tim Senne on the second lap and remained in front for the duration of the contest. First-time winner in the Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMods was Chris Plammann, who led the entire distance in a caution-free race. Matt Schauer pulled off his third B&B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Car win a row by getting around A.J. Zimmerman. Michael Stien led flag to flag in the Alpha Media IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature.center_img ARLINGTON, Minn. (June 22) – Celebrating his birthday weekend, Scott Porter won the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compact feature Saturday at Arlington Raceway. Cory Probst picked up his fifth Eckblad Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock win of 2019 at Arlington.last_img read more

first_img The Toffees have spent the week soul-searching after their devastating loss to Wigan in the FA Cup quarter-finals but they looked back to their best in a fiery Barclays Premier League clash at Goodison Park. Kevin Mirallas had a goal harshly disallowed before Osman scored from long range after 32 minutes and the Toffees held on despite the dismissal of Steven Pienaar and made sure through Jelavic in injury time. Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic struck as 10-man Everton responded to their critics to claim a 2-0 win and deliver a potentially fatal blow to Manchester City’s title hopes. All the urgency came from Everton as they demonstrated a hunger and desire they failed to show last week. Marouane Fellaini, himself subject of plenty of criticism this week, left no one in doubt as to his desire with a crunching challenge on James Milner. The downside for him and Everton was that it earned a 10th booking of the season and a two-match suspension. City were slow to respond and thought they had been punished in the 13th minute when Kevin Mirallas lashed the ball into the net after Osman returned a clearance into the visitors’ box. Much to City’s relief, a flag had been raised for offside but replays suggested the decision was an extremely harsh one. Everton were frustrated not to get a free-kick when Sylvain Distin was knocked over by Gareth Barry in a challenge and the City midfielder was caught soon after by Pienaar, who earned his first yellow. Aleksandar Kolarov was the next to be booked after up-ending Osman, whose next significant contribution was to fire the Toffees ahead. The midfielder, whose form earned another England call-up this week, took a square ball from Seamus Coleman 25 yards out and struck a first-time shot which swerved viciously away from Joe Hart. Everton went close again when Osman had a volley deflected over from a corner and the feisty atmosphere of the first half returned when Pienaar caught Javi Garcia and was shown his second yellow card. City continued to press and had an opportunity when a Carlos Tevez shot struck Fellaini’s arm in the box, but a free-kick outside the area was awarded and Kolarov struck the wall. Everton rode out the storm and broke away in injury time through Fellaini, who rolled wide for Jelavic to beat Hart with a deflected shot. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more