first_img“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. “Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.center_img FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.last_img read more


first_imgCity Hall in Ocean CityCity Council will go to work next Thursday (Feb. 19) on a proposed 2015 municipal budget that would raise the tax rate by 1.32 percent.The budget at this stage is a work in progress, and City Council will not approve a final version until the spring. A public workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall will include presentations from Mayor Jay Gillian’s administration on projected revenue and projected expenses.The presentations had been scheduled separately, but Council President Tony ‘Wilson announced that a Feb. 18 workshop will be cancelled and both will be held the following night.Gillian introduced the draft budget on Thursday (Feb. 12).The owner of a $500,000 home in Ocean City would see an increase of $26.40 in municipal taxes if the budget were approved as is.With a three-year, in-house program to reassess 17,000 properties in Ocean City now complete and with the real estate and construction markets stabilizing, the city’s ratable base (total combined value of taxable real estate) rose by 1.03 percent to $11.3 billion.With more real estate value to tax, Ocean City can keep its tax rate low. The total amount of money to be raised by taxes in the draft budget climbs by 2.46 percent to $45,894,838.The overall proposed budget is $72,017,647. Ocean City enjoys substantial revenue from local sources such as parking fees and beach tag fees, and so the city does not have to raise its full budget from taxpayers.The biggest category of appropriations is salaries and wages, which increase by 3.19 percent to $29.5 million under the proposed budget.The proposed municipal tax levy makes up only a portion of a property owner’s tax bill. Final tax bills include school and county taxes.Details of revenues and expenses will be presented at the public workshop meeting on Thursday.See full text of Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s 2015 budget address.last_img read more


first_imgWith as deep and plentiful of a catalog as any band in history, the Grateful Dead wrote and performed more than 150 original songs during their thirty year reign as the greatest touring band on earth. From their well-known classics like “Friend Of The Devil,” “Sugar Magnolia,” and “Truckin’” to the rarely ever played tunes like “Rosemary” “Born Cross-Eyed” and “Maybe You Know,” the Dead canon is a treasure trove of sonic bliss for any listener willing to take it on.Phil Lesh & Friends Cover Beatles, Dylan & More In Vegas Opener [Gallery/Setlist]Thanks to one user on Archive.org, Osty Gale, you can listen to every debut version of each of the Dead’s 150+ original tunes. Beginning with “Caution (Do Not Stop On The Tracks)” recorded from the Dead’s January 1, 1966 at the Fillmore Auditorium all the way up until the premier of the Phil Lesh written “Unbroken Chain” performed at The Spectrum in Philadelphia on March 19, 1995, this compilation has it all. Take a listen below:Tracklisting1/8/66 – Caution (Do Not Stop On The Tracks)2/23/66 – Standing On The Corner3/12/66 – You See A Broken Heart5/19/66 – Cream puff War, Taste Bud, You Don’t Have to Ask7/3/66 – Cardboard Cowboy, Keep Rolling By10/6/66 – Alice D Millionaire3/18/67 – Golden Road6/18/67 – Alligator8/4/67 – New Potato Caboose10/22/67 – The Other One1/17/68 – Dark Star, China Cat, Eleven, Born X-Eyed,Spanish Jam1/20/68 – ClementineMay/June XX/68 – St. Stephen (shorter version – May) (Longer – June)01/17/69 – Cosmic Charlie12/7/68 – Rosemary12/20/68 – Mountains of the Moon1/24/69 – Duprees Diamond Blues, Doing That Rag6/7/69 – Dire Wolf6/21/69 – High Time6/22/69 – Casey Jones8/21/69 – Easy Wind11/1/69 – Uncle John’s Band (instrumental)11/8/69 – Cumberland Blues12/4/69 – Black Peter, Uncle John’s Band (with Lyrics)12/19/69 – Mason’s Children12/20/69 – New Speedway Boogie3/20/70 – Friend Of The Devil4/3/70 – Candyman5/14/70 – Attics Of My Life6/7/70 – Sugar Magnolia7/30/70 – To Lay Me Down8/18/70 – Truckin, Ripple, Brokedown, Operator9/17/70 – Box Of Rain9/18/70 – Til The Morning Comes2/18/71 – Bertha, Loser, Greatest Story, Wharf Rat, Playing2/19/71 – Bird Song, Deal7/31/71 – Sugaree, Mr. Charlie8/24/71 – Brown eyed Woman, Empty Pages10/19/71 – Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Mexicali Blues, Comes a Time, OMSN, Ramble On Rose12/31/71 – Chinatown Shuffle3/5/72 – Black Throated Wind3/21/72 – Looks Like Rain, Two Souls4/17/72 – He’s Gone6/17/72 – Stella Blue7/16/72 – Mississippi Half Step2/9/73 – Row Jimmy, Loose Lucy, Here Comes Sunshine, TLEO, Eyes,China Doll, Wave That Flag9/7/73 – Let It Grow9/8/73 – Weather Report Suite, Let Me Sing Your Blues Away2/22/74 – Ship Of Fools; Must Have Been The Roses; US Blues3/23/74 – Scarlet Begonias; Cassidy5/17/74 – Money Money6/23/74 – Seastones3/23/75 – Blues For Allah> Stronger Than Dirt6/17/75 – Help>Slip>Frank ; Crazy Fingers8/13/75 – Sage & Spirit; Music Never Stopped6/3/76 – The Wheel;Might As Well; Lazy Lightning/Supplication6/4/76 – Mission In the Rain6/28/76 – Happiness Is Drumming2/26/77 – Terrapin Station, Estimated3/18/77 – Fire On The Mountain5/1/77 – Sunrise5/15/77 – Passenger8/30/78 – If I Had The World To Give; Stagger Lee; I Need A Miracle8/31/78 – Shakedown Street; From The Heart Of Me8/4/79 – Althea, Lost Sailor8/14/79 Easy To Love You8/31/79 – Saint Of Circumstance11/4/79 – Alabama Getaway3/30/80 – Far From Me3/31/80 – Feel Like A Stranger8-28-81: Never Trust A Woman8-28-82: Day Job & West L.A. Fadeaway9-15-82: Touch of Grey9-17-82: Throwing Stones4-13-83: Maybe You Know3-25-83: My Brother Esau5-13-83: Hell in a Bucket3/28/84 – Don’t Need Love4/23/84 – Only a Fool3/27/86 – Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues12/15/86 – When Push Comes To Shove; Black Muddy River6/17/88 – Victim Or The Crime6/19/88 – Foolish Heart6/20/88 – Blow Away6/22/88 – I Will Take You Home6/23/88 – Believe it Or Not6/26.88 – Gentleman Start Your Engines10/20/88 – Built To Last2/5/89 – Standing On The Moon; We Can Run2/7/89 – Just A Little Light4/28/89 – Picasso Moon3/17/91 – Rubin & Cherise2/22/92 – So Many Roads; Wave To The Wind2/24/92 – Corrina; Long Way To Go Home2/21/93 – Lazy River Road; Eternity; Liberty2/22/93 – Days Between6/5/93 – Easy Answers6/8/94 – Samba In The Rain6/9/94 – If The Shoe Fits7/20/94 – Childhood’s End3/19/95 – Unbroken Chainlast_img read more


first_imgJimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys reinvented the traditional, Jimi Hendrix Experience vibe with its unique mosaic of sound and integrative acoustics. The original live recordings showcased a harmonious groove, led by Billy Cox‘s powerful guitar, Buddy Miles‘s percussion, and overall vocal mastery. This past weekend, Roosevelt Collier, along with Dopapod members Rob Compa and Chuck Jones and TAUK’s Isaac Teel, led a vibrant Band of Gypsys tribute at New York City’s American Beauty.Collier, a pedal-steel maestro and Hendrix aficionado, immersed the venue in rich, late 60’s era jams. As the industry heavyweight dazzled the intimate venue, each crowd goer was awed in his outstanding craft. Collier provides a sound that is truly soulful, rhythmic, and indicative of his remarkable talent. Compa (Guitar) and Jones (Bass) evinced their inventive sound while encapsulating Cox’s trademark Band of Gypsys feel. The duo approached Cox’s string-filled prominence in their prolific instrumentals that boast contemporary sound. Teel presented pure percussion mastery that assumed a unique approach to the craft with surprise vocals and respectful nods to Miles’s old-school talent. Collectively, each artist pursued his mastery in a compilation of groovy jams that paid serious homage to the infamous live album.The Band of Gypsys led the night with a setlist boasting tracks, “Who Knows,” “Changes,” “We Gotta Live Together,” and “Foxy Lady,” to name a few. While Collier soaked the evening in an upbeat atmosphere led by poetic steel driven notes, “Who Knows,” fluttered throughout the room in a vintage and psychedelic feel. Teel led the tune in his vocals, an instrument on its own, belting, “She didn’t know/ And she didn’t care/ She didn’t know/ She didn’t care/ And she go walking/ Down the street singing.” The robust tones of Teel’s vocals led the crowd into the infamous lyrics to later come together in harmony. Collective hymns are integral to the tune and indicative of the crowds’ undeniable enthusiasm. The band led the jam into, “Changes,” another track from the live album. Collier rendered the formerly dark and jammy track into a slow and harmonious rendition with impressive vocals. As opposed to emphasizing heavy instrumentals, the band illuminated its soulful side with intoxicating lyrics. Teel chanted, “It’s alright baby/ Yeah it’s alright,” while Collier laced the track with fluttering notes and contributive vocals. The delightful chorus hardened throughout the room in its dark and soulful haze. In true Jimi Fashion, Collier pronounced, “We’d like you to clap your hands,” as the crowd clapped and cheered the band drew out a thick jam that was brought into, “We Gotta Live Together.” The crowd cheered as Teel belted, “Home sweet home! Home sweet home!” giving American Beauty a sense that New York can be home to any who are in tune to admire.Intense bass took center stage as Jones dug out a ravine for guitarist prominence, complimented by Compa’s penetrating notes. Bass ensued, immersing American Beauty in an instrumental haze. Collier prompted the crowd, pressing, “Is everyone having a good time out there?!” as the crowd was clearly responsive in their cheers, he threw a head nod to the late Hendrix, proclaiming, “Enjoy this Jimi!” Compa and Jones continued in their guitarist prowess, caressed by Teel’s sound. A slow rendition of, “Fire” encompassed the room while Teel belted, “Let me stand/ Let me stand/ Let me stand next to your fire.” This slow and sexy rendition of the traditionally excited track had the entire crowd slow dancing and singing along to the enticing lyrics.Collier prompted the crowd with the night’s last song, an essential Jimi tune, “Foxy Lady.” Amongst the bands’ head nods, strums, and jamming that constructing this high energy cover, Compa poured his both his instrumental and vocal talent into its composition. Compa belted, “I’ve made up my mind/ I’m tired of wasting all my precious time/ You got to be all mine/ Foxy.” As Compa roared the sultry lyrics, the room was filled with a delightful, nostalgic haze that is beautifully trademark to the Jimi Hendrix sound. The night came to a close as the track struck a harmonious chord. American Beauty was immersed in the jam-driven, sensual vibe led by “Foxy.” The tune laid down a warm glow that bounced off the venue’s walls and christened the night with infectious smiles.Check out full audio from the night below, courtesy of taper Eric McRoberts.last_img read more


first_imgThe preliminary sketch of the Trump Administration’s federal budget seeks to eliminate nineteen federal agencies — groups ranging from the National Endowment for the Arts to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.Among these potentially defunded agencies is the Appalachian Regional Commission, an interstate and bipartisan collaboration that has funded infrastructure projects, economic development, and community health initiatives for decades. The agency has invested 3.8 billion dollars in the Appalachian region since its inception in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty.”Though poverty rates in Appalachian counties have generally improved over the last fifty years, the region is still home to some of the poorest communities in the country. As the coal industry shrivels due to the advent of cheap natural gas, new pollution regulations, and the automation of mining, job opportunities in rural Appalachian towns are few and far between.Historically, most of the Appalachian Regional Commission’s funding has gone to road building and broadband infrastructure projects. In recent years, the agency has shifted its efforts to supporting economic diversification and growth — hoping to fill the hollow void of post-coal Appalachia.In West Virginia, the Appalachian Regional Commission funds the Coalfield Development Corporation, an organization that offers workforce training programs for low-income residents. In 2016, the initiative trained 550 participants in solar installation, construction, and agriculture — each receiving a professional certification or associate degree.Coalfield Development Corporation participant works on solar installation.In 2016, the agency awarded Friends of Southwest Virginia with a large grant for their project: Building Appalachian Spring: Growing the Economy of Southwest Virginia. The project aims to diversify the region’s rural economies by investing in the outdoor recreation industry. Funds will be used to build a Gateway Center to the High Knob Recreation Area, develop four new access points to the New River, create a new trail system, and construct an Appalachian Trail Center in downtown Damascus. Over the next five years the project hopes to create 60 new businesses, 200 new jobs, and increase travel expenditures in the region by $30 million.In Eastern Kentucky, the Appalachian Regional Commission is partnering with TechHire to help the region adapt to an increasingly technological world. TechHire pays participants to learn coding and guarantees a full-time job upon successful completion of a paid internship.Because most rural communities have limited access to financial capital, the Appalachian Regional Commission takes on the important role of investor. The agency’s financial fortitude gets new projects off the ground, leveraging other sources of funding for Appalachian communities further down the road.The Trump Administration’s proposed budget would also eliminate the Economic Development Administration, an agency within the Commerce Department, that provides grants and technical assistance to economically distressed communities. The agency devoted a large sum of funds to coal-impacted communities throughout the Obama Administration.The Appalachian Regional Commission is a politically popular program championed by Democrats and Republicans alike; the agency’s projected elimination has sparked resistance — particularly among the region’s legislators.Representative Hal Rogers (R-Ky), who helped double the Appalachian Regional Commission’s budget as chair of the House Appropriations Committee from 2011-2016, called Trump’s proposed cuts “draconian, careless, and counterproductive.”“We are not going to allow any cuts to the Appalachian Regional Commission,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). “It is very important to Eastern Kentucky. It has been for a number of years. That’s not going to happen.”Instead of focusing on economic diversification in coal country, Trump is focusing on repealing environmental legislation like Obama’s Clean Power Plan and the Stream Protection Rule (a regulation that keeps coal companies from dumping mining waste into waterways) in hopes of revitalizing the industry. Yet the Trump Administration has also promised to expand fracking — the coal industry’s biggest threat. With cheap natural gas at the nation’s disposal, it is doubtful that the coal industry will ever make a rebound.Trump was supported in mass by blue-collar Appalachian voters on election day after repeatedly pledging to revitalize coal country throughout his campaign. The elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission would do just the opposite.last_img read more


first_img 139SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details As many plan how to get the best holiday deals, thieves also plotting how to exploit the elderly.According to the Better Business Bureau, seniors are the most targeted demographic for scams and fraud. They range from money transfer and cash for gift card requests, to being named a sweepstakes winner. Efforts particularly ramp up leading into the holidays.As we head into the holidays, be on alert for a few of these BBB top senior scams. Please share this article with your parents, grandparents or a vulnerable friend or neighbor.Free trials: Often these pop-up online with promises of a “free trial” asking consumers to provide credit card information “simply to cover shipping fees.” Unfortunately, that leads to unsuspecting victims being charged for products that are part of a program they “enrolled” in. Trying to cancel is often a nightmare.Charity scams: With so many natural disasters in 2018, who wouldn’t want to open their wallet to help? Retirees have available savings, big hearts and it can be hard to distinguish legitimate causes. Do your research and ask as many questions as possible. Research sites like give.org to see if a charity site is real. Don’t respond to charity solicitations on the phone until you do your homework.Fake websites: Make sure the website is secure and legit. Scammers have gotten very sophisticated in creating sites that piggyback off the reputation and name of well-known companies. If it’s the first time you are buying from a particular website, check with BBB before sharing any credit card information.Family emergency scams:  The scammers claim to be calling on behalf of a family member who has been arrested or in an accident. They play on grandparents’ emotions to ask for money to be sent quickly. Don’t be quick to give any financial information or commitment over the phone. After hanging up, reach out to your loved ones to find out if the emergency actually happened.last_img read more


first_imgMonday night at the Owego board meeting, Baratta says the first of those officers was hired, saying the village is excited to bring new officers on board. Three new officers will be hired full-time in the village as a result of this grant money. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Village of Owego has been awarded a COPS hiring grant by the federal government according to Mayor Michael Baratta.center_img COPS stands for Community Oriented Policing Services, and it is a style of policing where officers will focus on being involved in the community. Officers are aiming to be seen as people of trust for community members.last_img


first_imgEstonia reported its first coronavirus case on Thursday, a day after the man returned to the Baltic nation of just 1.3 million people from his homeland Iran. “The person, a permanent resident of Estonia who is not a citizen, arrived in Estonia on Wednesday evening,” Social Affairs Minister Tanel Kiik told public broadcaster ERR.He said the Iranian citizen is currently hospitalized. Local media said the man arrived in Tallinn by bus from the Latvian capital Riga.”For now, there are no plans of putting cities in quarantine following this one case,” Kiik said. “The patient is isolated, there is no risk of the disease spreading, now we have to identify all the people the patient was in contact with.”Iran has announced a total of 19 deaths and more than 130 infections, including the country’s deputy health minister.Iran’s coronavirus death toll is the highest after that of China, where more than 2,700 people have died from the disease.   Topics :last_img read more


first_imgStuff.co.nz 24 April 2013A group is calling for the Government to consider legalising multi-partner marriages. The group set up a Facebook page just before the Marriage Amendment  Bill passed through Parliament last week, legalising gay marriage.  A statement on the page described multi-partner – or polyamorous –  marriage as “responsible, adult, committed non-monogamy,” and said all  committed loving relationships between adults regardless of number  should be respected and given legal acknowledgement. “Some Australian Greens have now got a lobby group going, there are  several MPs around the world coming out as poly and poly-friendly and it  seems the time is right to at least bring it to the attention of the  New Zealand public and New Zealand parliament,” the group said.  “This will be a long-term  project but with the rest of the world getting on the bandwagon legal  multiple partner marriages/unions may one day be accepted.”The “slippery slope” towards legalising polygamy, polyamory or  incestuous relationships has often been an argument raised by opponents  of the Marriage Amendment Bill.  Last year the member in charge of the bill, Labour Party MP Louisa  Wall, and Conservative Party leader Colin Craig went head to head in a  live online debate about marriage equality.  At the time Mr Craig predicted the bill would inevitably raise issues  surrounding discrimination to people in polygamous or polyamorous  relationships who could not marry and yesterday said it was “no  surprise” the Support Legalise Polyamory in New Zealand group had  started up and there was no doubt marriage would be further redefined in  the future.  “We have opened the doors to this.”  He said it had begun when the line was moved for civil unions.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8588721/Legalise-multi-partner-marriage-grouplast_img read more


first_imgCoaches Corner with Hall of Famer Ron Raver will be on Monday Night at 6 on The Sports Voice-Country 103.9 WRBI and WRBIRADIO.Com.Guests include Brad Stacy-Franklin County Girls Basketball Coach and Eric Heppner-Batesville Football Coach and his Assistants.IU Exhibition Basketball will follow immediately after Coaches Corner.last_img