While the music was king at LOCKN’ Festival 2016, the Arrington, VA event made sure to entice fans with enchanting areas for musical magic. One such location was Garcia’s Forest, a psychedelic non-stop shrine to the late great Jerry Garcia. With Garcia’s music playing an almost all hours of the event, not to mention the stunning visual displays and artwork nestled in the woods, the Forest provided the perfect locale to unwind after a long day of raging with our favorite bands.Fortunately, LOCKN’ has dug into their Garcia’s Forest catalog and curated some of the best selections in a new playlist! This listing focuses exclusively on the Grateful Dead tracks that were played, running in alphabetical order from “Bertha” to “Wharf Rat.” With 25 songs selected, sit back, relax, and relive the splendor of Garcia’s Forest.You can stream the Spotify playlist below.[Photo via LOCKN]
The whole world would be watching the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2018, looking for something of real substance when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping, IMO’s Secretary-General Kitack Lim pointed out.“Next year really will be a time when the world will expect IMO Member States to deliver a clear vision as the first stage of the approved roadmap. I urge you, be bold; set ambitious goals that really will make a difference. You have a real opportunity here to do something of lasting significance. Make the most of it,” Lim said while speaking at the 30th Assembly session at IMO Headquarters in London.IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is set to adopt an initial GHG strategy in April 2018.More than 1,500 delegates from IMO Member States, international governmental and non-governmental organizations have registered to attend the session that meets from November 27 to December 6.Lim outlined the key elements of the new “Strategic Plan for the Organization” for 2018 to 2023, which is expected to be adopted by the Assembly.“The seven strategic directions point us now towards more effective rule-making and implementation processes by integrating new and advancing technology to respond to our challenges, among others, to increase ship safety, including addressing new emerging technologies such as autonomous vessels, our contribution to combat climate change, engagement in ocean governance, mitigation of cyber-crimes, and facilitation of international trade, whilst continuing to take due consideration on the human element factor,” Lim said.The rapidly increasing pace of change in every sphere raised a fundamental issue, since technology will move far quicker than the regulatory process, he added.“Digital disruption will arrive in the shipping world very soon; and, when it does, IMO must be ready,” Lim said. “For me, this means the regulatory framework for shipping must be based firmly around goals and functions rather than prescriptive solutions. This is the only way to ensure that measures adopted by IMO are not rendered obsolete by the time-lag between adoption and entry-into-force.”The IMO as a whole needed to become more effective, more nimble and more adaptive, Lim pointed out, drawing attention to his determination to push forward a “Knowledge based Organization” concept, embracing data in the Secretariat’s work and in the decision-making processes.“For IMO, we need to have more detailed and deeper analysis of statistics and data so that we can really understand underlying trends and causal factors behind shipping casualties; and we must make sure that additions and amendments to the regulatory framework are also based, wherever possible, on relevant statistics, studies and analysis. This would pave the way for better regulation, one that not only takes into account the work carried out to reduce administrative burdens, but to avoid disproportionate requirements, as well as addressing obsolete and unnecessary ones,” he noted.IMO’s work to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated Sustainable Development Goals was also stressed.
GS Faces TrefoilIndianapolis, In. — Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today launched the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie season, celebrating the largest financial investment in girls annually in the United States and a powerful entrepreneurship incubator for the next generation of female leaders. At a time when girls’ needs and issues collect fewer than eight cents of every dollar granted by philanthropic foundations in the country, each and every Girl Scout Cookie purchase is key to supporting the change-makers of today and tomorrow.Research shows that female-founded start-ups generate more revenue over time and per dollar than male-founded start-ups, but only 17 percent of start-ups are female-founded. Given that over half (53 percent) of female entrepreneurs and business owners are Girl Scout alums, supporting Girl Scouts as they make sales and learn essential business skills is imperative to ensuring our country has a strong workforce and economy.Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, girls not only discover their inner leadership potential but also use their earnings to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troop, including travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming. Many girls put the money toward impactful community projects right in their own backyards, from supporting animal shelters and food banks to working with local and state legislators to change laws. And the cookie program’s benefits are many; a recent Girl Scout Research Institute study found that two out of three girls who participate in the program learn five crucial skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—while doing incredible things for themselves and their communities. The proceeds stay local, meaning that when consumers purchase the delicious cookies that come from a registered Girl Scout only, they’re giving back to their wider community.“Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, cookie customers help fund life-changing Girl Scout experiences while building the next generation of female entrepreneurs,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “And because all Girl Scout Cookie proceeds stay local to power year-round troop projects and activities, when you buy Girl Scout Cookies you are making an investment in girls and in your local community. As a cookie entrepreneur, I learned about being self-confident, enterprising, and persistent, and how to create opportunity by setting goals, creating budgets, cultivating customers, and making business decisions. The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls build the essential skills they need to become our future business leaders.”And Girl Scouts is celebrating a tasty new way to support young female entrepreneurs with a recently debuted Girl Scout Cookie joining the 2019 lineup: Caramel Chocolate Chip, featuring rich caramel, semisweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt in a chewy, gluten-free cookie. It joins the Toffee-tastic® cookie, introduced in 2015, a rich, buttery gluten-free cookie with sweet, crunchy, golden toffee bits. Each gluten-free variety is offered in select Girl Scout council markets only for as long as supplies last, so contact your council to inquire about the cookies it will offer this season.Additionally, Girl Scouts who participate in the cookie program this season will have the opportunity to win the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience of a lifetime featuring the DC Super Hero Girls™ by entering the Cookie Pro™ contest. GSUSA has teamed up with DC Super Hero Girls to inspire Girl Scouts to be smart and courageous as everyday super heroes. The contest will highlight and reward exceptional cookie bosses who take the lead, set high goals for themselves, bring positive change to their communities, and learn valuable entrepreneurial skills. The contest details are online here. To find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you click here or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.
DES MOINES — Most court proceedings in Iowa are on hold to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — but county clerk of court offices remain open to deal with legal emergencies.State Court Administrator Todd Nuccio says they are keeping a narrow scope. “At this point, we’re focusing on emergency matters. Things like domestic abuse, protective orders, elder abuse proceedings, child removal proceedings, hospitalization, mental health commitment-those types of actions that require immediate intervention by the court,” Nuccio.He says the court system continues to accept all kinds of filings, but new in-person trials won’t be scheduled until early May.“It’s just that you’re not going to be able to receive a bench trial or a jury trial any time for the near future.”Trials that were already in progress as of March 13th will continue. Even if county courthouse buildings are closed to the public, they’ll have information posted outside for contacting the clerk of court.