Bringing this wonderful tale to an end, The US Trademark Court recently dismissed Dr. Dre’s case against the Dr. Drai trademark. Given that Dr. Dre is a rap superstar and Dr. Drai is a gynecologist, the two are on fairly divergent career paths, and the Trademark Court noted that the chances of fans becoming confused between the two are slim to none.[H/T Billboard] It turns out that for three years, Dr. Dre has been in a heated trademark dispute with a gynecologist and actual doctor named Draion M. Burch, who more commonly goes by Dr. Drai. Dr. Drai has become a media personality over the years in his own right, having published books like 20 Things You May Not Know About The Vagina and increasingly hosting seminars and events around the country.Burch attempted to trademark his nickname, Dr. Drai, back in 2015. However, Dr. Dre tried to block the trademark, citing that the similarity between the names was confusing and could suggest a connection between the hip-hop mogul and the gynecologist. In response, Burch fought Dre’s assertion, more or less responding that it wasn’t confusing because he is a real doctor and Dr. Dre is not.As the motion stated, “It is not likely that consumers will recognize Applicant’s Dr. Drai’s marks as referring to Dr. Dre because Dr. Dre is not a medical doctor nor is he qualified to provide any type of medical services or sell products specifically in the medical or healthcare industry.”Dr. Drai also explained that he doesn’t even want to be associated with Dr. Dre, noting that the rapper’s lyrics are misogynistic and homophobic and that those views are “a bad reflection on me as a doctor.” Hilariously, Dr. Drai also noted that he should be able to use the moniker, Dr. Drai, because “That’s my name.”
Members of the Saint Mary’s community gathered in Carroll Auditorium to hear M. Shawn Copeland, noted theologian and Boston College professor emerita, speak on spirituality in Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon.” This talk was the first of the Center for Spirituality’s spring lecture series.Early in her lecture, Copeland explained that she wanted those who study literature to know theologians such as herself do not intend to make works of fiction suit their discipline’s needs. Gina Twardosz Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, Boston College professor emerita and a noted theologian, spoke on the spiritual significance of Toni Morrison’s novel “The Song of Solomon,” Thursday.“Quite frankly, I want to ward off any suspicions that may lurk among professors in English and American literatures — professors and students who may be concerned about theologians instrumentalizing or distorting fiction,” Copeland said.Her overview of the novel distinguished it as more driven by culture than action.“‘Song of Solomon’ really is a psychological novel,” Copeland said. “It’s much more concerned with an examination of the inner lives of its characters and their responses to historical and familial circumstances than it is with action.”Because of its focus on these themes, “Song of Solomon” encourages readers to better understand humanity, she said.“Literature teaches and tutors us, coaxes and coaches us — all of us — even theologians in the mysteries of the human mind and human heart … well-written, demanding novels challenge,” she said. “They resist reduction both to naïve literalism and overblown symbolizing. Theology and literature draw our attention to what is vital and important, turn us toward what is transcendent, toward what transcends us toward the potentialities of our own self-transcendence.”Copeland explained the novel’s major characters and their history. With the aid of a family tree, she explained the connections of the Dead family, around whom “Song of Solomon” is centered. She then gave an overview of the plot before launching into the novel’s connections to spirituality.“Some of you may find the notion of spirituality and relation to ‘Song of Solomon’ surprising, and others may think linking the novel to Catholicism or Catholic spirituality to be dubious or odd, or perhaps flat-out wrong,” she said. “I understand spirituality as a way of life, a way of living, a way of being in and moving with and through the world.”Catholicism is a religion, Copeland said, but also a spirituality.“This way of life and living extends the word made flesh through community and communion, in and through and beyond time,” she said.She noted several examples of characters in “Song of Solomon” who take on their own spiritual journeys. Among them is Milkman, one of the novel’s main characters. Events in his life “fundamentally and profoundly” changed him, she said.“What began as a material quest evolved into a spiritual journey. Milkman has found a treasure far more precious than gold,” Copeland said. “He has found his family’s history … a powerful and empowering spiritual gift.”Another character through whom Morrison explores spirituality is Pilate, Copeland said.“The way in which Pilate Dead lives her life — the way she is, the way in which she moves in and with and through the world — this was as a developed and developing relationality to sell others, the world and the transcendent … because human living always is fragile practice in fleshing vulnerabilities and virtues, judgements and decisions, surrender and discipline, atonement and conversion,” she said.The character of Pilate also introduces readers to sacramentals, another of the lecture’s themes.“In particular, [Pilate] introduces us to reliquaries, containers for precious or sacred objects,” Copeland said. “Sacramentals remind us of and orient us toward transcendence. … Such signs include physical objects, some candles, rosaries, medals, relics, statues and music.”These signs were among the things that helped Pilate sanctify her time, Copeland said.“‘Song of Solomon’ is indirectly didactic,” she said. “The characters of the novel illustrate what it means to value family, venerate ancestors, cherish children and old people, honor friendship … and respect all those encountered along the way.”Following the lecture, questions from the audience revolved around the themes of Catholicism and African American culture.“This is a heavily cultural novel, and if you’ve only thought of black culture as pathological, then you’ve really missed out on something important,” Copeland said. “There are a lot of subtleties here that black people don’t all master. Mastering your culture, really appropriating it fully, is really a lifetime project. Few people are really able to do this. This is why novelists are so important.”Tags: Center for Spirituality, song of Solomon, toni Morrison
University of GeorgiaInvasive weeds threaten the health of Georgia’s natural areas and forests. Land managers, homeowners, gardeners, nurserymen, landscape professionals or anyone who wants to learn more about this growing problem should attend the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council annual conference Feb. 22 at the University of Georgia Tifton, Ga., Campus Conference Center.Conference fee before Feb. 1 is $40 for GEPPC members and $50 for nonmembers. After Feb. 1, it’s $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers.To register or to find out more, call (229) 386-3416. Or go to the Web site www.ugatiftonconference.org.
“We’re expecting a good crop, but not what we could have had if you consider the scab problems, especially on our more susceptible varieties,” said Bill McWilliams, a pecan farmer in Crisp County. “Any time you have a wet summer like we’ve had, you will end up with pecan scab.”Roughly half of Georgia’s 120,000 acres of commercial orchards are planted in scab-susceptible varieties, like Desirable, Schley and Pawnee, Wells said. Some farmers sprayed as much as 15 times, or once every 10 days, to keep the disease at bay. They still had trouble staying ahead of it. One spray can cost $10 to $14 per acre.Farmers are getting good prices, around $2 per pound, now for early-maturing varieties, Wells said. Consumer demand for pecans has grown, due in large part to the industry’s strong marketing campaign in recent years.A boost in the pecan market has also come from China’s new-found taste for the nut. U.S. pecan exports have skyrocketed to the Asian country in the past four years and are expected to climb higher. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, China imported 2.2 million pounds of U.S. pecans in 2002. Last year, they imported almost 44 million pounds.“With these numbers expected to increase, the Chinese market for pecans takes enormous pressure off the domestic demand for pecans, allowing prices to stabilize somewhat, which is good for the grower, shellers and consumer,” Wells said.The U.S. is expected to produce between 300 million pounds and 328 million pounds of pecans this year. Harvest will run through Christmas. A pecan-loving disease enjoyed Georgia’s wet summer weather and is now blamed for cutting what was expected to be a large crop, says a University of Georgia pecan specialist. But farmers still expect to have an “on” year.“We had a good crop set early in the year, but we’re seeing some loses to disease now,” said Lenny Wells, a UGA Cooperative Extension pecan horticulturist.Pecan trees are alternate-bearing, meaning they produce a full crop every other year. Most trees in the state are on the same cycle, and this is an “on” year for Georgia pecans. Farmers expect to harvest 90 million pounds, 20 million pounds less than predicted earlier in the season. The state record is 150 million pounds, set in both 1993 and 2007.Georgia leads the nation in pecan production. Farmers in southwest Georgia, the hub of production, began harvesting early-maturing varieties last week. They are running into the aftermath of a disease called scab, the pecan’s No. 1 enemy. The fungal disease scars husks, cuts yields and hurts quality. It thrives in wet summer weather like Georgia experienced this year.
Fall and early winter are the best time to relocate large trees and shrubs. Moving established plants from one location to another can change your landscape without costing you money.Nurseries use tree spades to dig large trees from a field-grown nursery. Unfortunately, this is not the kind of equipment a home landscaper can rent for a weekend project.The roots of trees and shrubs normally grow beyond the amount of soil a home gardener can move. To keep most of the roots within a small area, plants should be root-pruned in the spring or fall before transplanting. Root pruning is the process of severing the roots of an established plant that is going to be transplanted to encourage growth of new feeder roots along the root ball.Plants moved in the fall (October or November) should be root-pruned in March. Those moved in spring (March) should be root-pruned in October. Root-prune after the leaves have fallen from deciduous plants in the fall or before buds break in the spring.To root-prune, mark a circle the size of the desired ball around the tree or shrub. Next, dig a trench just outside the circle. Cleanly cut larger roots and backfill the trench with the available soil. Water the area to settle disturbed soil and provide adequate moisture. Roots within the pruned area grow many new fibrous roots, and form a strong root system within a confined area. If not root-pruned, larger plants may die from transplant shock because of root loss.Shrubs less than 3 feet tall and deciduous trees less than an inch in trunk diameter (measured 6 inches above the ground) may be moved bare root. “Bare root” means most or all of the soil is removed from the roots.Bare-root plants are easier to handle than those with a ball of soil around the roots. Bare-root plants should be planted while dormant. It is best to immediately replant. If not, keep the roots moist in peat moss or wrapped in plastic or wet papers until you are ready to plant.To move trees with soil attached to the roots, trim the root ball to the proper size and shape with a spade. Keep the back side of the spade toward the plant, round off the trimmed ball at the top and taper it inward toward the base.Avoid loosening the soil around the roots by cutting the large roots with hand or lopping shears and the small roots with a sharp spade. Next, undercut at an angle of about 45 degrees to loosen the root ball from the soil and sever remaining roots.Prepare the new site before transplanting a tree or shrub. Have the soil tested and follow recommendations. Don’t use fertilizer that contains nitrogen for the first year after transplanting.Dig the new hole 50 percent wider than the soil ball to loosen the surrounding soil and ensure good root establishment. The root system should be at the same depth it was before it was moved.Research has shown that adding soil amendments to the planting hole will not provide any benefits to newly planted trees or shrubs. Most studies show amendments can create drainage issues and cause poor root establishment.When moving the plant to its new home, lift trees and shrubs by the root ball. Never carry a tree by the stem. This can damage underlying bark tissues. Place the plant in the hole and backfill with existing native soil.Maintain constant moisture, not saturation, of the root ball. Add 2 to 3 inches of mulch to help conserve moisture, moderate temperature extremes and reduce weeds. Keep mulch away from the trunk of the plant.For more research-based advice on landscaping projects, read University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publications at extension.uga.edu/publications.
By Dialogo November 29, 2010 The Central American Aeronautics and Space Association (ACAE), with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Religion and the Technological Institute of Costa Rica (ITCR), has begun tests that, at least five years from now, could conclude with the launch of the region’s first meteorological satellite into orbit. The project, named Daedalus, will contribute to high-altitude study of atmospheric pressure, elevation, temperature, luminosity, and humidity, with the objective of improving understanding of phenomena such as climate change. According to reporting by the AFP news agency, the device’s first prototype could be launched in January. The first test was recently carried out, consisting of the launch of a balloon – designed by a Costa Rican student, Yoel Wigoda – equipped with a photo and video camera and a platform carrying measuring instruments. The apparatus, almost two meters in diameter, was launched from the Tilarán university campus, in northern Costa Rica, and reached an altitude of more than thirty kilometers. During its ascent, which took almost three hours, the instruments sent back the first images of the curvature of the earth taken over Central America. This first test cost approximately two thousand dollars. “It’s the first time that this has been done in Central America,” the executive director of the Costa Rican firm Ad Astra, Ronald Chang, affirmed during the presentation. “We can talk about five to ten years at most for sending the first Central American satellite into space,” the engineer estimated. For his part, the president of the ACAE, Carlos Alvarado, affirmed that the program’s financing comes from the Central American Integration System (SICA) and indicated that the first steps are being taken in Costa Rica, but they are making progress toward other nations, such as Guatemala and El Salvador.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sandcastle Contests“Castles made of sand melt into the sea, eventually,” as Jimi Hendrix soulfully sang. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enter our sand castles into contests before the waves wash them away. Sculptors may use sand, water and any other natural materials native to the beach. Prizes are awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories. Hither Hills State Park, 164 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk. nysparks.com/parks/122 Free. 9:30-10:30 a.m. registration June 26 and every Thursday through Aug. 28Iron & Wine with The Secret SistersThe secret’s out: Laura and Lydia Rogers are real-life sisters from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a legendary locale of down-home music, and they’ve been harmonizing with a special blend of country and Americana ever since they learned to sing. They open for the evocative Iron & Wine, featuring singer/songwriter Sam Beam, whose lush, golden tones recreate a late 1960s vibe with other influences that range far and wide from other times. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$65. 8 p.m. June 26Huntington Arts FestivalThe 49th season of this 40-night run of outdoor performances kicks off this weekend with some fabulous crooning Huntington Men’s Chorus on Thursday. Then rock ’n’ roll legend Garland Jeffreys brings down the house on Friday. He’s followed by the great singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb on Saturday and the innovative Ethiopian/Israeli vocalist Ester Rada on Sunday. Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park, Huntington. huntingtonarts.org. Free. 8:30 p.m. June 26-29The English BeatSoulful, ska-inspired fusion of reggae and punk. Lyrics that touch upon romance and politics—all handled to perfection by iconic lead singer Dave Wakeling, the humble king of rock-steady royalty. This Beat you can dance to. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amaganset. stephentalkhouse.com $80. 8 p.m. June 27Joseph Reboli ExhibitOn the 10th anniversary of his death comes an exhibition celebrating the life of the late North Shore-based painter who embraced the Long Island landscape. His work features balance, harmony and an unflinching eye for detail inform his iconic paintings as he captured the beauty and nature of the local historic area without sentimentality. Exhibit on display through July 14. Opening reception precedes Wet Paint Festival held every year in Reboli’s honor at Avalon Park and Preserve, Stony Brook and Harmony Vineyard, Head of the Harbor, July 11-13. Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., East Setauket. gallerynorth.org Free. 5-7 p.m. June 27Texas Chainsaw MassacreThis grizzly classic horror flick will have you hiding beneath your covers for the entire summer, wishing you’d never seen such frightening, gruesome and disturbing cinematography. All the reasons to spend your Friday night here, witnessing such bone-chilling insanity in all its freaky glory, up on the big screen, preferably with a loved one. You’re welcome. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $6 Members/$11 Public. 11 p.m. June 27Artist DiscussionThe Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) will host a panel discussion on the Role of the Artist before an opening reception for an exhibit that launched June 21 and runs through July 27. Moderated by Robert Storr, in conversation with Tina Barney, Lynda Benglis, Chuck Close, Joel Shapiro and Carrie Mae Weems. Panel at 3 p.m., reception at 4 p.m. Museum at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org Free. 3-6 p.m. June 28Shinnecock PowwowNative-American arts & crafts, music and heritage. First powwow to promote the legacy of St. Priest Paul Cuffee. Shinnecock-Sewanaka Society, 304 Station Rd., Bellport. shinnecocksewanakasociety.org $5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 28, 29Drive-By TruckersAtlanta-based alt-country rockers touring to promote their 10th album, English Oceans. With Brooklyn’s The Hold Steady. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30 8 p.m. June 28Styx / Foreigner / Don FelderClassic rock fans get ready to rock out to Foreigner, who’ll be playing their hit classics, such as “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice” and “Urgent,” with supporting acts Styx and Eagles’ guitarist Don Felder on their Soundtrack of Summer tour. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $37.15-$99.85. 7 p.m. June 28Long Island Music ConferenceGet down to business and bust a move as DJ Decoy spins all night. With the Gia, Kulture Shock, Kevlar & Corvaa. Hosted by Suicide Girls & Big Ang. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. June 28CaffeineThis 20-year reunion revives the sometimes trippy, other times dark fun at since-shuttered Deer Park nightclub of the same name from the ‘90s. Leave the Jncos, take the glow sticks. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $15, $20 DOS. revolutionli.com 9:30 p.m, June 28Big Bad Voodoo DaddySwing on down to the beach to see these Big Band Revival performers best known for the hits “Go-Daddy-O,” “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” and “I Wanna Be Like You.” Includes car show, food stand, fireworks display and tribute to veterans. Point Lookout Town Park, 1300 Lido Blvd., Point Lookout. toh.li. Free. 7:30 p.m. June 28OneRepublic / The Script / American AuthorsOneRepublic, known for their Hip-Hop-influenced sound, is coming together with The Script, an Irish rock trio with true Celtic soul and American Authors, a Brooklyn-based indie pop-rock group, for OneRepublic’s Native Summer Tour. Together, the three bands have come out with successful singles like “Counting Stars,” “Hall of Fame” and “Best Day of My Life.” This unique collection of sounds will please any listener. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com. $69-$134.86. 6:30 p.m. June 29Boston / Cheap TrickBoston—the band, not the city—is on the road for its Heaven on Earth tour, and the band is bringing along fellow rockers Cheap Trick. Both bands have gained acclaim over the past four decades. Fans will recognize Boston’s hits like “Peace of Mind,” “More Than a Feeling” and “Amanda.” They’’ also enjoy Cheap Trick’s performances of classics “Surrender” and “The Flame.” It’s sure to be a high-energy show. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com.$37.50-$112.50. 7:30 p.m. July 1Bill MaherThe Host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher is bringing his biting commentary to Long Island. Almost nothing is safe from the ire of this satirical stand-up comedian who famously tackles religion and politics (and political correctness) in intellectual take-downs of the right wing that will leave you in stitches—and with food for thought. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$96. 8 p.m. June 29The SkatalitesSimmer down! The legendary Jamaican band has backed such icons as Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert and Peter Tosh over the past half century, but remain a musical force of their own, even if there have been a few lineup changes. Wear your dancing shoes. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amaganset. stephentalkhouse.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. July 2—Compiled by Arielle Martinez, Jamie Franchi, Spencer Rumsey, Timothy Bolger & Peter Chin.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jim GoldYou may have heard that many people like credit unions better than banks.The nonprofit, member-owned financial institutions often have lower rates on loans and credit cards, higher rates on savings and fewer fees for checking accounts. To some, they also seem friendlier.“I enjoy the small, personal touch that they give,” says Ron Lau.Lau is one of an estimated 100 million members of the nation’s 6,557 credit unions that hold more than $1 trillion in assets.With so many choices, how do you pick the credit union that’s right for you?Compare rates and fees, of course, but you should check out these criteria, too:1. Can I join?Anybody can join a credit union, but not necessarily any credit union. Each credit union serves its “field of membership,” a common bond among members, says myCreditUnion.gov, the website of the National Credit Union Administration. continue reading »
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr McKinsey & Company estimates that financial institutions have three to five years in which to get their digital game plans together. Those who fail to do so could see 35% of their net profits eroded. The time to act is now.In its own study, Cisco gauges the economic impact to traditional institutions failing to fully implement digital strategies has already totaled $144 billion globally between 2011 and 2015. And Cisco says another $405 billion is at stake… within the next two years alone.Granted, the financial industry is already more digitized than most other industries, and many banking providers are poised to push further with new digital capabilities. However, Cisco says financial services still captured only 29% of the potential value they could have in 2015. In other words, a ton of money was left on the table. That void will be filled by fintechs, by large technology companies, and by retail banks (even some credit unions) that can innovate the fastest.The problem, as Cisco sees it, is that traditional institutions simply aren’t keeping pace with the expectations today’s digitally-savvy consumers now demand — in all channels. Fortunately, developing digital capabilities doesn’t always require entirely new investments. As Cisco points out, investments made to achieve one business outcome can be repurposed to drive digital initiatives. continue reading »
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