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first_imgIn planning for last year’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, a good friend of mine was very excited after we confirmed Hiss Golden Messenger, the critically acclaimed project helmed by North Carolina songwriter MC Taylor.As luck would have it, the guitar player (and North Carolina native) for Hiss Golden Messenger – Ryan Gustafson – was a pretty danged good singer/songwriter in his own right and my buddy Rob was insistent that we reach out and book a solo set for Ryan under his own project, The Dead Tongues.Rob was spot on with this booking. Ryan – with just his guitar – held an early Friday afternoon crowd spellbound with his songcraft. I caught a bit of the set at Cumberland Park, stretched out on the grass, and it was a moment of peaceful repose before I began an incredibly hectic festival weekend.Unsung Passage, the brand new record from The Dead Tongues, drops today. Joined by a score of collaborators, the collection of tunes has cello, banjo, and fiddle providing a delightful sonic backdrop to Gustafson’s stellar and soul plumbing songwriting.I recently caught up with Ryan to chat about the new record, hitchhiking, and some of his favorite songwriters.BRO – You have spent a lot of time backpacking and hitchhiking around the world. What is one thing you learned about yourself out there on your solo travels?RG – It helped me realize that I need people in ways I hadn’t realized. Some of those early moments in deep solitude and aloneness, or in times of vulnerability, taught me to open up to people more than I had previously and that really went on to deepen my relationships with those close to me and in the brief interactions I had with total strangers.BRO – How has playing and working with MC Taylor helped you as a songwriter?BRO – It can be inspiring to get into the other’s creative processes, particularly someone I respect, and I certainly found that to be the case with MC. One thing I took away from the time I spent with Hiss Golden Messenger, and MC in particular, is that you can’t put a timeline on any of this thing, not your career or your songwriting. Sometimes it’s going to take 25 years of touring to start making a living at it, whereas on the other end it might take a month to write an entire album. It’s not about the end of the line. It’s about the journey there. I can’t speak for MC and say that he agrees with that statement, but given the way he’s gone about his life, I bet he would, and that’s a concept he helped illuminate a bit more to me.BRO – Last great book you read?RG – The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson.BRO – We are featuring “Won’t Be Long” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?RG – I think of it as a song about how we can lose ourselves in life sometimes. We can get lost in the fight, whatever that may be, and disconnect in ways. Also, it’s about the journey we’re all on, in some capacity, of not only trying to survive but figuring out what do with this life we have.BRO – IF you were to invite three other songwriters over for a pickin’ party, who would you invite?RG – That’s tough. Andrew Marlin, because he knows so many old-time tunes. Chance McCoy, because he’s such a vibey fiddler. And Julie Byrne, because her album Not Even Happiness gives me chills and takes me to a very deep, watery place.Friends and fans of Ryan Gustafson can catch him tomorrow evening at Pisgah Brewing in Asheville, as he celebrates the release of Unsung Passage. After that, Ryan is off to Europe, with a host of dates across the continent on tap.For more information on The Dead Tongues, some insight into the new record, or when Ryan and his band might end up on a stage near you, be sure to check out his website.Be sure to take a listen to “Won’t Be Long,” along with new tunes from Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, Bishop Gunn, Keats, and The Promise Is Hope on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

first_imgFrom Oscar-winning editors and production designers to producers and screenwriters — here are some of the biggest takeaways from our recent interviews.Over the past year, here at PremiumBeat we’ve been lucky enough to speak with some industry-leading creatives and filmmakers. At one point, these rock stars were right where you are now, whether that’s just starting out or creating your next feature. Whatever your filmmaking goals may be, these masters of the craft have given us some truly excellent advice.Here are some of our favorite quotes from our recent interviews.The Masterful Editing of First ManImage via Universal.Probably one of the best working editors alive, Tom Cross broke down how he tackled the enormous task of cutting First Man. Our talk was long but full of gems for anybody thinking about editing a film.That clarity really made us edit the sequence differently than other scenes in the movie. Instead of it being cutty, messy, and rough, the richness of the image invited us to slow the pace down, allowing us to linger on shots so that you could really look at these tiny little details like the richness of the soil and the stitches in the gloves. This shift invites you to stay and hold onto shots longer. It also allowed us to double down on this subjective style that we had set up in other scenes, so it let us linger on these POV shots of the hands going to the ladder, so you really feel like you are in his spacesuit climbing down the ladder, and its you the audience taking the first step on the moon. So the IMAX led us to a different take and rhythm but Damien really wanted the moon sequence to feel like another world.— Tom Cross, ACE on Editing First Man and Working with IMAX FootageBlack Panther’s Oscar-Winning Production DesignMarvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER Filmmakers BTS on set of Black Panther (Ph: Matt Kennedy ©Marvel Studios 2018).Hannah Beachler is now an Oscar winner. Her work on Black Panther was one of the biggest reasons the film was so darn captivating. Wakanda looked and felt like a place rooted simultaneously in history and fantasy. When asked about the decision and freedom to incorporate vibrant colors in a Marvel film — due in part to the success of Guardians and Thor: Ragnarok — Beachler had the following to say.So the textiles are colorful, the buildings are colorful, everything is colorful. So I knew that was gonna be a part of it. Then looking at the [Jack] Kirby stuff, there was a lot of color in this Thor work, and even in the Black Panther comics at the time.We were gonna put all of that out there, you know, bring in the rich architecture. A lot of the architecture has designs, shapes, and colors that all have meaning. Senegalese buildings that have big, bold pinks, purples, and greens — and others with stripes that come down the columns.We went crazy with it, and there was a color story. There is definitely a color story, and as I watched it in the premiere, I was like, ‘Yeah you can definitely feel that color story with the characters.’— Exclusive: Designing Wakanda and the Amazing Sets of Black PantherTatiana S RiegelImage via NEON.The Oscar-nominated editor behind I, Tonya dove into why and how an editor must look at their own work — and the importance of knowing when to take others’ opinions.Don’t get hung up on one note. For every ten notes that I get, I may disagree with nine of them, one of them is going to be something I never thought of it. You have to push through the other nine to get to that one that opens the door. Stay open and flexible, and embrace other’s opinions. In the end, you’re not making a movie only for yourself; you’re making it for an audience. Otherwise, you can do that, but you won’t get very far if nobody wants to see it. So Practice, and be open to notes and opinions.— Interview: How the Editor Behind I, Tonya Recreated HistoryPatrick J Don VitoImage via Green Book (Universal).Right before Oscar-nominations were announced, Patrick J. Don Vito detailed what it was like bringing the now Best Picture-winning film to life. He talked in-depth about learning how to let the audience breathe and knowing when to let the scene play out.There’s a scene when Doc Shirley kind of browbeats Lip when he’s playing craps outside the concert, and he says “They have to stay outside. You didn’t wipe your knees off. They have dirt on them,” and then you go into this kind of map sequence, where you crane up and see them driving off, and then they arrive at a hotel, and Tony starts writing a funny letter. That sequence in the middle didn’t exist. It cut right to the moment when he’s writing the letter. There was something about that that always bugged me. It seemed too abrupt. We created that moment in between where you get a chance to breathe and sit with your feelings about what just happened before you have the joke. And what ends up happening is the joke actually hits harder. When it’s put up against the other scene, people are still recovering from him being chastised. So it’s about figuring out the balance of the whole thing. Figuring out when to have a joke to relieve the tension, and when to not. Letting people stew a little bit. Let them feel it.— The Editor of Green Book Offers Insight Into the Art of BalanceStacey SchroederImage via A24.We spoke with the editor of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Need I say more? The Disaster Artist was easily one of the most complicated films to make in recent memory, but somehow the team pulled it off — and then some. Stacey is slowly becoming one of the most sought-after editors in the business and The Disaster Artist is a testament to her talent for blending genres and managing expert pacing.We, certainly in the edit room, try out a lot of jokes. When I’m receiving dailies, I try to cut my favorite version of most of the jokes that come through — just to have them cut together, and it can give you a different feel. Then I try to pick my favorites and put them in my editor’s cut. The jokes in this one, though, were tough. We took out really funny jokes in moments when we needed people not to laugh — or when it felt just too broad, or too out of character, or out of the scene. There’s so much emotion in this movie, more than the average comedy, we had to be very careful picking the moments. There was a lot of discussion, and things came in and out a lot (clips being cut and brought back in), but you get there.— The Disaster Artist: Editing a Film About Making a FilmErnie GilbertImage via “This Is America.”Ernie Gilbert is regular collaborator with Hiro Murai and Donald Glover. That was enough to stop me dead in my tracks. Ernie’s brilliance as an editor and storyteller are on full display in “This is America.”Initially, I thought I could do a tracker document and try to rate each take with good or bad moment markers, making a count, and then mathematically choosing which to use. But I’ve found that the best way to handle it is to watch all the takes and go with your gut. Generally speaking, there’s one take that feels just right. That being said, sometimes there’s a second or a third that could work, and then there are a few that just won’t. Hiro is incredibly supportive and collaborative as a director. He wants to hear your opinion and get that different perspective. This motivates me to dig in and find the takes that really speak to me. Once I had my selects, I kicked out a rough cut for Hiro’s review, and then we sat down to look over alternative takes and my second and third choices per section.I cut in the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC. I find it to be incredibly fluid for my music video work. I use Premiere’s multi-cams to keep track of different takes and stay on top of all the options throughout the edit. I prep everything in a way that I have access to options quickly, so my directors can see alts for any section at any time. I also knew our VFX artist would be working primarily in After Effects CC, and being able to prep projects for him straight out of Premiere with the truncated schedule would ensure accuracy in the VFX handoff and keep things moving quickly.— The Editor of “This is America” on Building the Iconic VideoAdam SalkyImage via Jeong Park.One of the finest directed movies in recent memory, I Smile Back is a tragic and narrative masterpiece. We sat down with Adam to talk about his approach to editing, shooting indie projects with little time, and working with actors.Most independent films have zero rehearsal because there usually isn’t money to pay the actors to commit the time. Or, the actors are so busy working that they literally only show up the day before the shoot, and/or the film doesn’t have the time or money to make room for it in a very quick prep. TV has even less time because you don’t even meet the actors until you show up on set on the first day!On I Smile Back I was lucky to be in touch with Sarah from the moment I became involved. We met in person and spoke many times over the phone about the character, different scenes, story moments. Then as we got closer to production, we did have two extremely helpful, multi-hour rehearsal sessions where we read through the script with the whole cast and worked on a particularly tough scene the night before we shot it. I love rehearsal. I say use as much as you can get.— Adam Salky on Directing Projects with Powerful EmotionMatt KennedyImage via Black Panther.Look, I’ll get right to the point: this dude shoots BTS and stills for Marvel movies. I mean, come on! How cool is that? We spoke with him about his process and working with studios. (The picture up there under Hannah Beachler’s section at the beginning of this article . . . check out the photo credit.)I would say in the beginning I was very surprised what images the studio would pick. Now, I’m not surprised at all. I’d say 75 percent of what they choose is not an image I would pick first. I feel like so many great images never get to see the light of day. In the end, it is the filmmakers’ and studios’ final say what is released and how it is used. They have their idea of what represents the film, and so do I. The trick is giving them great material to choose from, and as long as they are happy, that is really all that matters in the end. Sometimes we are on the same page about images, and that is always a satisfying outcome.— Set Photographer Matt Kennedy on Shooting for Marvel and MoreDan MoroccoImage via Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox).Starting out as an assistant to Alexandre Desplat, Javier Navarette now scores Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This creative genius creates the iconic score with the images right before his eyes. We spoke with him about taking those first steps and how he finds inspiration.What’s great about writing music to picture is that I almost never have a blank page. I almost always have picture to draw inspiration from. I really started writing music by writing to picture, so for me it really is much easier to have the guidelines of where the music needs to stop and start, what it needs to help, and what lines to stay out of the way of, etc. I’m sure for musicians that started by just writing songs it’s a little harder to have all of those boxes to check while you’re just trying to write a cool piece of music, but for me it’s an essential part of the creative process.— Composer Dan Morocco of Brooklyn Nine-NIneBradley OlsenImage via Off the Tracks.Bradley Olsen‘s seemingly niche documentary about Final Cut Pro’s transition to the fateful Final Cut Pro X is much more intricate and accessible than its subject matter suggests. Olsen hopes that a documentary like this might one day help change some minds and open possibilities for future editors.As Apple puts more attention into professional workflow features, such as built-in collaboration, that will enable industry movers and shakers like Michael Cioni and Sam Mestman to push Final Cut Pro X in Hollywood without any more excuses. But behavioral changes are very hard in an industry that’s very much set in its ways. I hope my documentary can be a tool to open some eyes and allow Final Cut to gain more acceptance because post-production in Hollywood is largely stuck in the past, and there is a desperate need for them to change. The rest of the world is quickly embracing new ways of doing things, and I am very interested to see how that shapes the kinds of projects we see in the future.— Filmmaker Bradley Olsen and His FCPX Documentary “Off the Tracks”Patricia ResnickImage via Mad Men (Lionsgate Television).Having worked with Robert Altman and contributed to one of the best shows ever created, Mad Men, Patricia Resnick is a powerhouse writer that has had some truly inspiring and unbelievable experiences. We were lucky enough to speak with her about how the pitch process works for screenplays these days. Be sure to check out the rest of the interview for some of her awesome stories, like dancing with the First Lady.In the ’80s I once sold a very brief pitch. Gave him two lines and sold it on the phone. That doesn’t happen anymore. So now, they want things unbelievably worked out, and as far as TV, they really want all the characters, the first season, where you plan to end up. Visual aids. Look books — to people actually doing trailers for things that have not been shot. Big boards and Power Points — you really have to have things nailed down and worked out.— Screenwriter Patricia Resnick on Altman, Mad Men, and Working on 9 to 5Toby HalbrooksImage via A Ghost Story (via Bret Curry). One of the fastest rising producers in Hollywood and on the Indie film circuit, Toby Halbrooks is one of the most hard-working filmmakers around. Having worked on both micro-budget short films and Disney blockbusters, Halbrooks gave us his take on why keeping your cool and trusting your team is key to being a successful producer.Eventually you learn to trust your teams and stay out of the way. If they need you, you’re there to support the department heads, so you want them to stay on track, but you don’t want to meddle too much. The trick is to have an eye on all aspects of the project to make sure it’s running smoothly. Once the machine is built to go, you let it run.— Producer Toby Halbrooks Shares Indie Film InsightsLooking for more video production insight? Check these out.How to Change the Color of Exterior Lights in After EffectsTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio DifferentlyBuilding a Heavily Diffused $50 DIY LightDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — Working with Audio on The Edit PageVideo Tutorial: Which Microphone Should You Use?last_img read more

first_imgThe cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ over east-central Bay of Bengal may skip Odisha coast, but the State government has taken no chance and kept its coastal districts in readiness for the storm which is likely bring heavy rainfall.Three districts, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Puri, announced closure of schools on Friday and schools would remain close in nine districts on Saturday.“We have sent two units of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force each to nine districts and units of National Disaster Response Force have moved to six coastal districts,” said P. K. Jena, Special Relief Commissioner on Thursday.“The cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ over the east-central Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of 21 kmph during past six hours and lay centred about 560 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 680 km south-southeast of Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and 740 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” says IMD bulletin.‘Maha’ spares GujaratIn a major relief to the people of Gujarat, cyclone ‘Maha’ fizzled out into the Arabian sea as a ‘depression’ without making a landfall, the IMD said on Thursday, adding that the cyclone is likely to weaken into a well-marked low pressure area off the south Gujarat coast during next 12 hours,” it said.last_img read more

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first_imgThere was plenty of media coverage of Touch Football in the month of January, with stories about annual Knockouts, the announcement of the Bundaberg Cup, as well as upcoming events. To view the stories, please click on the links below. Coota Touch Hit MilestoneThis year’s Cootamundra touch football carnival’s being used as a warm up for the nationals.It’s expected more than 50 teams will take part this coming weekend.http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/news/a/-/national/20624773/coota-touch-hit-milestone-video/ Touch returns to the fieldTouch football returns from its Christmas and new year break this week with competitions in Mudgee and Gulgong back on the field.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/2046897/touch-returns-to-the-field/ Junior Touch Football gala dayhttp://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/2032294/junior-touch-football-gala-day/ Young Takes on Yass KnockoutOn January 25 and 26 a group of talented young ladies took on the Yass Touch Football Knockout without knowing what kind of competition they would be in for.http://www.youngwitness.com.au/story/2077305/young-takes-on-yass-knockout/?cs=1666 Yass KnockoutThe Yass Knockout pulled a huge crowd to Yass this Australia Day long weekend. Ninety eight teams came from across the country. One team was made up of players from England as well.http://www.yasstribune.com.au/story/1265250/gallery-yass-knockout/#slide=29 Inaugural Bundaberg CupThe inaugural Bundaberg Cup touch football tournament will be held in the city next Australia Day, Premier Campbell Newman has announced.http://www.news-mail.com.au/news/touch-boost-city/2150598/  Touch of genius: Johns returns for charity matchRugby league immortal Andrew Johns will make his return to the football field when he straps on the boots at the Auckland Nines next month.While Brad Fittler will make his comeback for the Sydney Roosters, Johns won’t be joining his beloved Newcastle Knights. The former Australian halfback will be the headline act in a charity touch football game between the Australian media and New Zealand media to be played in front of more than 40,000 fans at Eden Park.http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac;jsessionid=2F5A03E1CF87E033881394D52DFC2528?sy=afr&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=1month&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=brs&cls=18864&clsPage=1&docID=SMH140111F968Q4PDMM8 Talented all-rounder Tanisha in line for LogieTanisha Stanton knows one day she may have to make a choice between TV and sport.Until then the multitalented 18-year-old from Macquarie Hills is choosing both.http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2069880/talented-all-rounder-tanisha-in-line-for-logie/ Cash injection to help sport clubs grow gamesCommunity sporting groups will receive an operational funding boost of more than $330,000 when the ACT government’s Sports and Recreation Grants Program is announced on Wednesday.Touch Football ACT, a major benefactor of the funding increase, intends to start an inaugural women’s tournament to run in conjunction with a men’s rugby league competition, the George Tooke Shield.http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/cash-injection-to-help-sport-clubs-grow-games-20140204-31zn1.htmlTouch football skills strong in this familyShelby Grainger’s Rookie of the Year award from the Port Macquarie Touch Football Association this year would have given mum Tammy deja vu.Tammy won the same award 30 years ago.http://www.portnews.com.au/story/2051422/touch-football-skills-strong-in-this-family/ Junior State Cup the biggest everPort Macquarie News, 05/02/2014PORT Macquarie will host the largest Junior State Cup in the history of the tournament next weekend.Some 326 teams have signed up to compete – a big difference from the previous year of 286 teams.Event manager Robert Summers said the growth in numbers was a huge compliment to the facilities available at Port Macquarie.This will be the second year the tournament will be held in Port Macquarie and Roberts said previously the event endured a drop in numbers when it was played at Wollongong.”It shows junior touch is growing and everyone is happy with the venue,” he said.”It comes down to everything, location, accommodation and the chance to get away to somewhere new.”While NSW Touch are extremely happy with more people playing the sport, the extra numbers will make it hard.”Port Macquarie has the rights to host the event in 2015 but is up for tender after that.Despite Port Macquarie obviously impressing organisers and competitors alike, Summers said the town was not a certainty at retaining the event.”Part of the attraction of the Junior State Cup for the players is visiting somewhere new,” he said. “The increase in numbers puts Port Macquarie in good stead but it’s an opportunity for them to get away somewhere new and play the game.”Summers said parking had been reviewed and with more players expected said there would be more space allocated.The Junior State Cup kicks off on Saturday February 15.If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email [email protected] LinksTalking Touch – Januarylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: I know Beckham’s a fanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed David Beckham is a fan of his team.Beckham told Pochettino he wished he was playing for Spurs after watching them demolish Crystal Palace 4-0. “I was talking with Beckham after the game and he said he wished he still played and that he played for Tottenham because this stadium is amazing,” said Pochettino in quotes reported by The Sun.”We haven’t played many games here and it’s important to make this our house.“With time we will be at home here and then it will become very difficult for opponents to win here.” last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to two BJP councillors of West Bengal’s Bongaon Municipality in connection with a case of alleged kidnapping of a woman colleague. The two councillors, who switched to the saffron brigade recently from the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), have been named in a complaint filed in the abduction case. Apprehending arrest in the case, Himangshu Mondal and Kartik Mondal moved the high court seeking anticipatory bail. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The accused civic body members claimed that they have been falsely implicated in a “fabricated” case due to their political affiliation. A division bench comprising Justices Joymalya Bagchi and M Mandal granted them anticipatory bail on personal bond of Rs 20,000 each. The court also directed the two councillors to meet the investigating officer every alternate day. Lawyers representing the Bharatiya Janata Party councillors claimed Himangshu and Kartik were not allowed to vote in the no-confidence motion against the chairman of Bongaon Municipality, which was in turmoil after 11 TMC councillors in the 22-member House moved to the saffron camp. The TMC had claimed that it won the trust vote, with 10 members voting in favour of the chairman Shankar Addhya, while 11 BJP councillors, including the two petitioners, alleged that they were denied a chance to enter the municipal body office during the scheduled voting process on July 16.last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterBritish Airways has officially opened the doors to a luxurious new First lounge at New York’s JFK Terminal 7 to gold cardholders and customers travelling in the airline’s First cabin on the airline’s most coveted route across the Atlantic. The space is the airline’s first long-haul lounge to showcase the new design direction already offered in Rome and Aberdeen, which will be rolled out across other destinations including Geneva, San Francisco and Johannesburg. The refurbishment forms part of a £52 million investment in the British Airways customer experience at JFK’s Terminal 7.At 60% larger than its predecessor, and covering more than 510 square metres, the lounge has been designed with thoughtfully tailored zones.A new wine room forms the centrepiece boasting an enomatic dispenser, which enables customers to enjoy wines at exactly the right temperature that have been oxidized to the correct level. Customers will also be able to enjoy “Flights of Wine”, a selection of different wines linked to a theme. The current theme is “Chardonnays of the World”.Other features include an opulent First bar with a wide range of premium beverages and a quiet work area. Customers can also dine in the airline’s upgraded dining room before they fly to maximise rest on their flight.A new boutique menu created by Executive chefs Gavin Mackenzie and Waylon Walker will include dishes influenced by the season, as well as a new ‘bowl food’ concept designed to offer customers a chance for a lighter option before they fly.The opening of British Airways’ new First lounge at Terminal 7 is one of a number of changes the airline has already made to improve the customer experience this year. The Concorde Room at JFK for First customers was refreshed earlier this year and customers flying in First and Club World now also enjoy an enhanced check-in experience at the exclusive new Premium Zone, with direct access to Fast Track security. The new First Wing and First check-in are also open to ensure a smooth start to the journey.British Airways will complete its refurbishment of Terminal 7 in 2019, after the upgrade of the Galleries (Business class) lounge has been completed.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

first_img Bill funds development of local paddle parkState Rep. Pamela Hornberger on Thursday joined her colleagues in voting for legislation to fund dozens of recreation projects across the state, using Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund money with local matching funds.Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said the improvements, developments and land acquisitions use dedicated money for such projects to fund projects at parks, trails and other recreational facilities across the state.The $379,000 project will pay for a development to transform 3.14 acres of property into Chesterfield Township’s first paddle park. The project will develop the Webber Paddle Park with the following amenities: parking lot for paddlers with accessible parking space, parking lot with access to the fishing pier with accessible parking space, universally accessible fishing pier and accessible kayak launch with 10-foot wide route to launch to accommodate a two-person carry to the launch, picnic shelter and restrooms. When the project is complete, this park will give the public access via non-motorized watercraft to the Salt River and Lake St. Clair.“We have so many natural resources in our state, and this development will give families, outdoor lovers and tourists more opportunities to enjoy our local waterways,” Hornberger said. “Development of this park will give people access to fishing, family picnics, kayaking, canoeing and more.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76. Categories: Hornberger News,News 16Jun Rep. Hornberger votes to approve recreational projectslast_img read more

first_imgShare21TweetShare4Email25 Shares August 20, 2015; Center for Budget and Policy PrioritiesMany of your younger colleagues might shrug at the mention of a program called Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), but that was the formal name for “welfare” support for families. Nineteen years ago, the federal welfare reform legislation of 1996 that came out of the Republican Congress led by Speaker Newt Gingrich and the Democratic White House under President Bill Clinton replaced AFDC with Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF).Like much of social policy caught in the scrum between the White House and a gridlocked Congress, TANF hasn’t been formally gone through a full reauthorization since 2005. Rather, it has chugged or stumbled along on with short-term extensions since 2010.The two nonprofit sources of essential information on TANF—its problems, prospects, and current status in Congress—are the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). Writing for CBPP, Liz Schott calls on Congress to make some improvements in TANF because the program “serves few poor families with children and hasn’t provided an effective safety net that could give poor children an opportunity to succeed in school and life.”The notion behind the welfare reform transformation from AFDC to TANF was supposed to be a focus on work, but Schott points out that “in reality, states invest few TANF funds in preparing parents for work or helping them obtain good jobs. State efforts related to work activities often focus on documenting and measuring participation in a limited set of activities—those that often are a mismatch for the skills employers need and the training and education that could help TANF families most.”Schott’s several recommendations for TANF reform include:“Shift the focus from engaging recipients in activities to improving employment outcomes.” By this, Schott is referring to the generation and use of measures that look at whether TANF recipients participate in activities that help them get and keep jobs, not simply whether they are simply engaged in a requisite number of hours in employment-related activities.“Put basic education and skills training on par with other work activities.” Schott observes that “many TANF recipients lack basic skills and education to compete in today’s labor market”—that is, the skills that employers need. She indicates that the current TANF work participation rate measure “discourages states from allowing and supporting successful participation in basic education or skills training programs.”“Support alternate pathways to work for individuals with the greatest barriers.” By this, Schott is recognizing that “many TANF recipients face significant barriers to employment, including mental and physical health issues that limit their employment prospects,” but there is little in TANF that addresses their personal or family issues.“Redirect staffing resources from documenting participation to helping parents be successful at work.” Too much of TANF is focused on complex and confusing work and verification requirements when TANF recipients and TANF staff would find their time better spent “providing real assistance to families seeking to move from welfare to work.”“Shift incentives from reducing caseloads to providing access to TANF to ensure opportunity for all.” In the current political environment, it seems that politicians and program administrators like to show reduced caseloads, even if it means pushing people off the TANF rolls, rather than demonstrate success in helping TANF recipients deal with the hardship of poverty. Schott notes that in 2013, the ratio of families in poverty receiving TANF cash benefits was just 26 for every 100 compared to 68 out of every 100 poor families in 2006, and in 10 states, fewer than 10 out of every 100 poor families receives TANF cash assistance. She argues that Congress shouldn’t simply reward states for reducing TANF caseloads no matter how they do it.“Target state and federal TANF funding to core welfare reform purposes.” Schott argues that “core welfare reform” areas such as support for child care and other work supports and basic assistance account for less than half of federal and state TANF assistance and only 25 percent or less of TANF expenditures in eight states. She suggests a 50 percent minimum floor requirement on TANF expenditures on theses core welfare purposes.This CBPP analysis has significant areas of overlap with the testimony from Elizabeth Lower-Basch of CLASP submitted to the Ways and Means Committee on TANF reauthorization. Much of what Schott recommended actually reflects her analysis, shared by Lower-Basch, that TANF should be brought into better alignment with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Lower-Basch also recommends other improvements to better connect TANF with other programs, specifically the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBC). Her testimony includes concern with states’ efforts (and Congressional endorsement) for caseload reduction aimed at reducing cash assistance caseloads regardless of need and other incentives that do not lead to programs that are more effective in helping TANF recipients deal with and overcome financial hardships.Congress will be debating the elements of the TANF reauthorization when it returns from its August recess after Labor Day. Changing the rules and regulations of TANF may be important, especially with the inclusion as members of Congress seem to support, with more focus on crafting individual opportunity plans for TANF recipients. However, as Charles Lewis of the Congressional Research Institute on Social Work and Policy notes, “the basic (TANF) block grant—set at $16.5 billion since 1996 has not been increased and as a result has lost one-third of its value due to inflation.” In the hands of a budget-cutting, Republican-led Congress, TANF needs more than changes in measures and procedures, and nonprofits concerned about low-income families have to make sure their voices are heard.—Rick CohenShare21TweetShare4Email25 Shareslast_img read more