Buffett makes Forbes Celebrity 100

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Jimmy Buffett comes in at #47 with 52 million in earnings on the Forbes Celebrity 100: The World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers 2018.

There’s never been a better time to be famous. The world’s 100 top-earning celebrities pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months, up 22% from last year; 11 superstars crossed the $100 million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined.

The Celebrity 100 list ranks front-of-camera stars around the globe using their pretax earnings from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents. Estimates are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, IMDB, SoundScan, NPD BookScan and ComScore, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves.

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A Champion for Coastal Community

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I remember my rubber boots squishing through the saltwater and mud as I watched bright red brittle stars scurry across the ground and irritable crabs snap their claws at me. The moment I knew I wanted to be a scientist was my junior year of high school exploring the vibrant tide pools of the San Juan Islands in Washington State. I was on a conservation expedition to engage in environmental stewardship, cultivate a sense of community and discover the Puget Sound’s diverse and productive ecosystem. This early fascination flourished in college where I conducted multiple research projects around the Puget Sound. My appreciation for the coast inspired me to pursue a career in conservation as a Roger Arliner Young Marine Conservation Diversity Fellow, to protect the ecosystems that my community and home depend on.

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Healthy estuaries support coastal communities and livelihoods. For instance, estuaries are nurseries for commercially harvested marine life, including more than 75% of commercially caught fish in the U.S. and support recreational fisheries too. Acting as natural safeguards, estuaries filter sediments and other pollutants before river water reaches the ocean. During storms, estuaries stabilize shorelines and protect coastal areas from flooding. Over half of the U.S. population lives along the nation’s coast, making healthy estuaries and coastal zones integral to our sense of place and cultural wellbeing.

The Puget Sound of Washington State is a huge estuary stretching from the Olympic Mountains in the West to the Cascade Mountains in the east and from the Canadian border in the north to Mount Rainier in the south. This local estuary is home to bustling wildlife like iconic salmon, orca and Great Blue Herons. However, with two-thirds of the state’s population living around the Puget Sound, it faces many human and environmental challenges that jeopardize the economic and social prosperity of the community.

In a state where heavy rain is common, many pollutants enter the Puget Sound through stormwater runoff. Salmon habitat, shellfish beds, swimming areas, drinking water and other invaluable resources to people, are put at risk from stormwater runoff. Around 2008, shellfish growers along the West Coast experienced mass die offs of oyster larvae from changes in ocean chemistry.  In 2015, the state’s shellfish industry brought in over $226 million in sales, but water pollution often causes shellfish growing areas to close. Threats like stormwater pollution and ocean acidification put local businesses at risk and impede the state’s obligation to uphold treaty rights.

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Action at all levels of decision-making is essential to preserving these important natural resources. Fortunately local organizations, state agencies, and tribal governments are collaborating with farmers, leaders, businesses, and communities to protect the coast. At the federal level, estuary champions in Congress introduced the National Estuaries and Acidification Research Act (NEAR) of 2018 to investigate how these multiple stressors will interact with each other in nearshore areas so managers can continue to make the coast more resilient.

Beyond the benefits for all, the importance of the Puget Sound hits close to home for me. Having the opportunity to use this beloved estuary as my classroom was a privilege and catalyst for a future in environmental protection. Although my fellowship has come to an end, I’m motivated more than ever to be a champion for the coast and the communities that most depend on it. We need to defend these ecosystems so that future generations are afforded the same opportunities to explore their own curiosities, heritage and stewardship.

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2018/07/16/champion-coastal-community/

The More You NOAA: Meet the Man Who’s Working to Clean Up Tampa Bay

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Using a combination of science, policy, advocacy and community engagement, Andy Hayslip fights to keep Tampa Bay safe for everyone. As the executive director of Tampa Bay Waterkeeper, Andy shared his passion for working with people to protect our ocean at an Ocean Conservancy event celebrating Florida’s beaches.

The conversation was wide-ranging, covering historic conditions of Tampa Bay, present day management challenges and reasons to be optimistic for the region and state’s long-term ecological health. I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy and build on that conversation, which I share portions of, below:

Maddie Black: Can you tell me what it means to be the Tampa Bay Waterkeeper?

Andy Hayslip: Our goal is to protect and improve the Tampa Bay watershed and ensure that our water resources are managed sustainably. I work with a team using a combination of hard science, policy advocacy, community outreach and legal enforcement to reach that goal. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper is dedicated to ensuring fishable, swimmable, and drinkable water for all; for people, for our environment, and for our economy.

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Black: During the event, you touched briefly on the health of the estuary. Can you tell our readers a little more about the history of the estuary, and why restoration is so important?

Hayslip: We recognize that our right as Floridians—as Americans under the Clean Water Act—is a right to fishable, swimmable, drinkable water. In the past, access to fishable, swimmable, drinkable water was not the case, especially in the Tampa Bay estuary. In the 1970’s the estuary was famously declared dead. It was unimaginable to think about swimming in Tampa Bay at one point.

Tampa Bay has historically been plagued with a variety of problems, including stormwater and sewage pollution, due in part to failing infrastructure in the cities that surround the bay.

However, the rejuvenation of the estuary over the past forty years has been historic. Now we are above the baseline levels from the 1950s for seagrass coverage.

Black: From 1970 to 2018, there must have been a lot of work done to restore the damaged system. Who and what was involved in that restoration process?

Hayslip: The estuary is rebounding in a remarkable way thanks to the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and many other agencies and organizations. The Nitrogen Management Consortium has been remarkably successful in bringing in the business community to reduce nutrient loading into Tampa Bay.

The waters of Tampa Bay are classified as Class II and III waters according to the federal government, meaning that we have a right to be able to recreate in these waters without any undue concern for our health. So groups like the Estuary Program, working in partnership with business leaders, conservation groups and the general public, have made great strides in getting us to that level where we’re okay with hopping off that paddleboard at Weedon Island on a hot summer day without worrying about getting sick.

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Black: At the event in June, you mentioned that your work in restoring the estuary is far from done. What else are you working on to make sure Tampa Bay is fishable, swimmable and drinkable long into the future?

Hayslip: Investing in wastewater infrastructure is not sexy. But that’s what has needed to have happened in the last several decades in St. Petersburg and other municipalities in the watershed. What we have is crumbling infrastructure that has led to 200 million gallons of raw or partially treated sewage directly discharged into our surface waters in just a two year span. That number climbs to a staggering 1 billion gallons if you include the wastewater that was injected into deepwater wells.

With the proper investment in our infrastructure, we can get to a point where we can process these predictable summer wet weather events. It’s wholly unacceptable to see the failure of our infrastructure that puts fisheries and recreational water quality at risk, and breaks the public trust.

At Tampa Bay Waterkeeper, we’re launching a program that’s a volunteer-led water quality monitoring program and Swim Guide. We’re going to start with 10 sites throughout the Tampa Bay watershed that we will sample and get timely water quality data into the hands of the public. The goal is to help restore that public trust and better inform the public about when it is and isn’t safe to swim in our waterways.

Black: Can you tell me a little more about the policy work that you do and agencies that are important to ensuring the health of Tampa Bay?

Hayslip: Absolutely! Management of major estuary systems like Tampa Bay take the coordinated effort of local, state and federal agencies, community organizations and businesses, the public, elected officials and so much more. Beyond the EPA, the work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is vital to ensuring healthy oceans, sustainable fisheries, and strong and resilient coastal communities. NOAA’s Southeast Regional Office is located in the Tampa Bay watershed and is responsible for 40% of all federal fishery management covering hundreds of species, helping to ensure that these fisheries, and the jobs and traditions that are associated with them, can be passed down from generation to generation. We work hard to ensure that our fisheries are protected by protecting water quality and essential fish habitat. We act as a strong voice for the bay and its tributaries; when we see bad policy, we fight it, and when we need good policy, we fight for it.

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Additionally, NOAA’s work in the Office for Coastal Management and the Office’s Coastal Resilience Grants are tremendously important for this region, which the World Bank named among the 10 metropolitan areas in the world most at risk for sea level rise and climate change. Representatives from Tampa Bay Waterkeeper currently serve on the NOAA funded Tampa Bay Living Shoreline Advisory Board as we look toward nature-based solutions to ensure that our region will be more resilient in the face of rising seas and increased storms and flooding.

Black: Beyond joining one of your volunteer-led water sampling events that will be starting soon, are there ways that local citizens can get involved to ensure the long-term health of Tampa Bay?

Hayslip: One of the easiest ways for people to get engaged is by making a simple phone call or writing an email to their elected officials, letting them know that the health of Tampa Bay (or any local ecosystem) is important to them. Ensuring adequate funding for important programs like the ones I mentioned earlier is a great place to start.

Folks who wish to support our work at Tampa Bay Waterkeeper can do so by becoming a member, a volunteer, or simply donating online to support our work to protect our right to fishable, swimmable, and drinkable water.

Learn more about Tampa Bay Waterkeeper here.

Learn more about the Waterkeeper Alliance here.

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2018/07/13/noaa-meet-man-whos-working-clean-tampa-bay/

Interview: Slightly Stoopid

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Celebrating the release of their 9th studio album, Everyday Life, Everyday People, I had the chance to catch up with Slightly Stoopid vocalist, guitarist, bassist and San Diego sports fan, Miles Doughty.

The album comes out July 13th and features an all-star cast of guest appearances that include: Ali Campbell of UB40, Yellowman, Don Carlos, Alborosie, G. Love and Chali 2na. Stoopid also worked in collaboration with multiple producers, teaming up with Miguel Happoldt, James Wisner, Jerry Wonda, Colin York, and George Spits. It’s said that the group produced this record at studios in San Diego, Long Beach Los Angeles, CA, as well as Miami, FL, New York, NY and Kingston Jamaica.

Slightly Stoopid will carry the momentum of this new record into another Closer 2 The Sun event in Mexico from Nov. 30th – Dec 4th. They announced that at this event they will be performing their infamous Acoustic Roots: Live Direct album in its entirety, for the first time since it was originally played in August of 2000. The line-up also includes UB40, Michael Franti, Thievery Corporation, Stick Figure, Pepper, Alborosie, G. Love Special Sauce, The Expendables, The Movement, and Hirie.

In addition to the new album and Closer to the Sun, Miles spoke at length about Sublime and Long Beach Dub Allstars, which is always a captivating topic, as well as his take on the Stoopidheads movement. Our discussion lasted for about 35minutes while Miles was on their Schools Out For Summer Tour with Stick Figure and Pepper! Enjoy the read!
[This is a condensed transcription of our discussion.]

Interview: Miles Doughty of Slightly Stoopid

Everyday Life, Everyday People:

The Pier: I live about 10 miles from Ocean Beach and anytime I have friends that come to town, the first place they want to go to is Ocean Beach. When I heard the title of your record, Everyday Life, Everyday People, it made sense to me with going to OB with friends and them always asking “Hey do you think we’ll run into the Stoopid guys walking around?” It lines right up with the title of your record in how fans seem to naturally perceive you guys.
Miles: Yeah man, I totally agree. If you were cruising OB then you’d likely see us cruising OB, whether its down at the beach or on Newport Avenue hanging with homies. That’s the funny thing about it.

The Pier: Yeah and of course we’ll make our way over to Nico’s for Mexican food, as you guys paid tribute to that on Acoustic Roots, or HODADS is super popular in OB. Is there a Miles Burger at Hodads yet or a special plate at Nico’s that fans should know about?
Miles: At Hodads I usually just get a double cheeseburger with all the goodies that come on it. My boys take care of me down there, we’ve known all of those guys forever. At Nicos, I have a spread of things I like to get. Sometimes you need your hangover food when you wake up and you get a breakfast burrito or a couple beef tacos. The carne asada nachos are bomb or their bean cheese burritos. I been going there since I was a little kid, you know? It’s a family staple.SlightlyStoopid_ELEP_Cover_Web

The Pier: Your Everyday Life use to include going down to Qualcomm Stadium on Sundays in your Antonio Gates jersey rooting on the San Diego Chargers. I myself was a 15 year season ticket holder. Are you still a Chargers fan now that they’ve moved to Los Angeles?
Miles: I’m still in the bitter-break up mode, so I’m not following them right now. I just think the way everything went down was poorly handled by the NFL, poorly handled by the Chargers, poorly handled by the city. Since the Chargers left San Diego, I didn’t watch a whole game the entire season. I’d watch tidbits of games, but never sat down and watched a whole game. The way they left, it was like: Fuck You Guys! They basically gave San Diego the middle finger. I too was a 15 year season ticket holder and was a fan for 35 years. Its kind of like someone died in the family, left and took everything you had. The NFL kind of proved they don’t give a shit about the fans. I’ve got season tickets to the Gulls now–The hockey games are awesome. If you haven’t gone to live hockey, it’s insane, the energy level is just epic!

The Pier: I was watching you guys perform at Cali-Roots and of all the new songs that you played live, the one that really stood out to me was “Fire Down Below!” What can you share about that song?
Miles: Oh right on! I got to work with Jerry Wonda out in New York and it was awesome! He’s an amazing producer. I went in there with kind of a rhythm in mind and we just started playing. It was cool because there was a whole room of cats in the studio and he was like: “Okay you play this, you play that” and we were all just jamming. The melody came out in the studio because of the vibe that he created, energy wise, while taking you on a ride with music.

The Pier: This new album includes guest appearances from Chali 2na, G. Love, Don Carlos, with Alborosie Ali Campbell being new comers. Is there anyone you’d like to work with that you haven’t had the chance to yet?
Miles: I wouldn’t mind working with Snoop Dogg in the studio. I think it would be dope to work with Buju Banton, he’s always been one of my favorites.

Acoustic Roots and Closer 2 The Sun:

The Pier: You know, I was excited to see you guys announce playing Acoustic Roots at this year’s Closer 2 the Sun in Mexico. What do you remember about that original session?
Miles: It just kind of happened out of the blue. We walked into the Rock 105.3 studio and there was a couple of acoustic guitars, a 12 pack of Coronas and a couple of spliffs. We sat down and played a live set. There were no stops, no rehearsals for it. We were kind of in transition, between drummers, at the time. This was back in August of 2000. The cool thing is we were just in that studio, me and Kyle, having a few beers, smoking some herbs, the guy hit record and that album is what came from it.

It was a cool experience just because it was something that was suppose to be nothing and then turned out to be this cool piece of music for us over time. We’ve never played the Acoustic Roots album from top to bottom since we first performed it. It’s going to be cool to rehearse it, get it nice and tight and play it for the fans. There are songs we haven’t played in years, since we first played that, so its going to be fun.

The Pier: It’s long been the voice of fans who want to see two things: 1.) Acoustic Roots on Vinyl, and 2.) A sequel to Acoustic Roots. Has a sequel, so to speak, been discussed?SlightlyStoopid_AcousticRoots
Miles: Yea we’ve definitely discussed it. We don’t have anything set in stone right now, but we definitely had discussions of doing it. We also have the TRI-2 stuff we did with Bob Weir family. I think the biggest thing is to just keep moving forward, creating and having fun with it. I think another acoustic album would be rad for the fans. For us, it’s a cool vibe and it’s just something different.

The Pier: Any chance we can see the original Acoustic Roots put to vinyl?
Miles: Honestly, I wouldn’t mind seeing it. I don’t think we’ve done it yet and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get it going. I think we’ve put vinyl out for everything but Longest Barrel Ride and Acoustic Roots, so it’d be pretty cool to get those going.

The Pier: Are you a Vinyl collector, yourself?
Miles: Yeah, I do have a lot of vinyl. I have some cool limited edition Sublime records from back in the day. I have some rad, old UB40 ones, John Denver and it’s just cool shit because of that analog sound. You’ll never get that, even though it sounds good on your iPod, or on your computer, or whatever! You’ll never get the same tone as the old analog, reel to reel sound and you get that through the vinyl.

The Pier: Totally! And I think that’s why fans would love to see that Acoustic Roots or Longest Barrel Ride on Vinyl! And being someone who collects vinyl in the band, I’m sure you’d love to add those to your collection as well.
Miles: Yeah, I definitely think that’d be a cool idea. Probably tell our management that shit today! [Haha!]

The Pier: Staying on Closer 2 the Sun, you mentioned UB40 and you guys have UB40 on your new album AND joining you in Mexico, how crazy is that?
Miles: Oh dude, its like a dream come true. Growing up listening to those guys and to be able to connect with them musically was awesome. I’m looking forward to collaborating with them live, having Ali Campbell sit in with us, vice versa and just having fun creating. We pay a lot of tribute to the people we grew up listening to because there’s just so many new artists today, and for us, a lot of the old artists are what paved the way for all of the newer ones. So we always try to pay tribute on records, like getting Ali Campbell, King Yellowman, Don Carlos, Alborosie, G. Love, and Chali 2na – Just paying tribute to the guys we love.

The Pier: Yeah! And with your cover of “Legalize It” on the new album, I was talking with Ali Campbell and he said with UB40, they previously put out a version of the song – is that what sparked the interest in reaching out to him to do a Stoopid version of the Peter Tosh original?
Miles: Ali Campbell’s voice is just so dope, like we just wanted him on the record. He has one of those voices in reggae that’s just a world renown voice and to be able to work with him is incredible.

The Pier: He was saying you guys also recorded a cover of a John Lennon song — What can you share about that? Is that something we can hear performed live at Closer 2 the Sun?
Miles: Oh I don’t know if we’re going to be doing that. We’ll see about what we’re going to be doing live. I’d definitely love to do as much as we can. That’s what fans want to see is all of the collaborations, and that’s what we’re looking forward to as well. Playing your own shows is cool, but when you have all of the guests sit in with you its like pouring gas on the fire and watching it explode!
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International Touring, Long Beach Dub Allstars Sublime:

The Pier: How exciting is it that you guys will be going to Europe in August? Can fans expect more frequent international touring?
Miles: Yeah we’re doing Spain, playing this festival that Alborosie is headlining. He does a lot of killer shit over in Europe and we get to work with him. We play the Melkweg in Amsterdam and the venue is so punk rock, it’s awesome. And then we get to play in England again, it’s fun, we played there last year.

I think in the fall, sometime around there, we’ll break off down to South America and more Europe stuff. Just staying busy. We try to dedicate a lot of time at home because we all have kids, but then we like to get on the road as much as we can.

The Pier: Growing up, I use to see you guys open up for Long Beach Dub Allstars in the late 90’s, early 2000’s and of course they disbanded in 2002, but have returned with new music and have been touring as of late. I know you still work with Marshall Goodman Miguel Happoldt — Have there been talks of a Stoopid/LBDA tour in the future?
Miles: I don’t know about a tour, but we’re definitely doing some shows together. I just kind of sprinkled that into Miguel Marshall’s ears about doing something special for the fans. We’ve had a relationship with those guys for so long. Me, Kyle, Marshall Miguel talked about something cool and we want to come up with something that makes sense and is special for the fans. They’re all great musicians and its just good to see them back to work and having fun.

The Pier: I always noticed that much of the formula that they started out with, in housing guest appearances on both their albums as well as their live shows, you guys kind of inhibited over the years with your albums, connecting with some of the same artists in Barrington Levy, Tippa Irie, Chali 2na — How much of an influence was LBDA on Stoopid?
Miles: When we were kids, we looked up to those guys like older brothers. Now, we’ve been touring the last 18 years, when they kind of took a break from touring the last 18 years. It’d be cool to get us together, do something musically and have fun. When Long Beach Dub first came out, its kind of like the way Sublime sounded like in the studio. When Long Beach Dub came out, they had all of those pieces to the puzzle right out of the gate. Sublime was a 3-piece and still sounded amazing. Long Beach Dub basically just took the CD version of Sublime and put it LIVE, you know? And brought it out for everybody, which was incredible!

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The Pier: You guys are notorious for doing covers and tributes across so many genres and time periods. With enormous respect to the history that is “The Prophet,” and with as many of the tribute compilations that were released with artists like Michael Franti, Jack Johnson, Pennywise, Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, all paying tribute to Sublime, Stoopid has never put out a Sublime cover song, is that right?
Miles: For the most part, I just felt like so many people were coming out with so many covers that it was almost like doing it a disservice, a little bit. We love Sublime, Brad Miguel did so much for Slightly Stoopid. We were actually working on a song for this new record, but we just didn’t finish it so I think maybe we’ll do something in the future. We pay our respects to Brad by touring the way that he told us to tour, recording the way that he told us to record back when we were kids. They took us under their wing. They basically said you need to get your ass on the road, tour as much as you can, it don’t matter if there’s just a bartender there or a security guard. Just keep grinding, grinding and grinding and it’ll pay off cause you’re going to build that grassroots style of fans. And they were right and that’s what we did and that’s all we’ve ever done. We tribute that to Sublime, so its cool.

The Pier: Is there any particular song that comes to mind that you think would be fun to cover? I hear that there is a cover of “Slow Ride” on a hard drive somewhere from maybe 10-15 years ago…
Miles: [Haha] Ahhh yeah, there is a cover of that one on there for sure and a few others. I don’t want to throw them out there just in case we start using them. But yeah, on the recording side, I just thought it was the right thing to do to just let it breathe. Just because so many people were already covering Sublime, it didn’t feel as special anymore.

The Pier: And what song were you referring to that didn’t make the album that you Miguel were working on?
Miles: Well I can’t tell you that! [Haha]… But we love Sublime and everything they’ve done for us. We grew up such big fans, I remember going on surf trips to K-38 in Mexico when there was cassette tapes of 40oz to Freedom. They’ve always been special to us and meant so much to Slightly Stoopid. There will probably be something in the future.

The Stoopidheads Movement:

The Pier: What can you share about the Stoopidheads and that whole movement?
Miles: Man, it’s absolutely incredible! First of all, no band is anything without their fans and we have some of the most passionate fans there are. There are fans that go to 15-20 shows every summer tour. Growing up with them and seeing the same people at the shows the last 15 years is special. They’re bringing their kids now to the shows and you see them go from little kids to adults and they’ve watched you evolve as a band. They become your friends along the way. They’re the driving force behind this engine. And they all stay in contact with each other, all over the country, its almost like they’re a giant gang, it’s epic!

We always talk about how lucky we are to be out on the road with our best friends, making music and traveling the world. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of hard work and it was especially a grind before the internet. Before all of these southern CA style bands were touring, we were out there in a van for 250 dates a year. This was right at the start of Napster, before iTunes, right when music started getting shared. We were grinding it out and that’s what I think got the Stoopidhead movement started. Just getting on the road, playing the same towns over and over and over again. We would spend a month in Colorado at every ski town, every little bar, it didn’t matter! That’s how you build the fan base. Those people would come out when you’re driving in the middle of the snow when no one else was touring. That mentality of getting on the road, bringing music to everyone and having fun! That’s what started the Stoopidheads movement and we’re blessed to have them.

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Buffett performs ‘West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown’

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Tuesday night at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati as part of the 2018 Son Of A Son Of A Sailor Tour. The set list from the show is now available.

For the final encore Buffett performed “West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown” (last played August 13, 1997 in Camden, NJ)

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#SkiptheStraw: Starbucks to Remove 1 Billion Plastic Straws from Its Stores

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We’re excited to hear the good news from Starbucks this week. Starbucks announced that it would phase out all single-use plastic straws from its 28,000+ stores worldwide by 2020, replacing them with specially designed, recyclable cold-cup lids. This commitment will keep more than one billion straws and 13,000 metric tons of plastic a year from ever having the chance to reach the ocean. Straws made of paper or alternative compostable materials will be available upon request.

Starbucks’ decision to phase out single-use plastic straws is a shining example of the important role that companies can play in stemming the tide of ocean plastic. With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we cannot afford to let industry sit on the sidelines, and we are grateful for Starbucks’ leadership in this space. While more needs to be done to prevent plastic from entering the ocean—including investing in waste management in countries that need it most—every year plastic straws figure among the top ten items collected by International Coastal Cleanup (Cleanup) volunteers around the world, so we hope other beverage providers follow Starbucks’ lead.

In fact, volunteers have picked up more than 9 million straws and stirrers from beaches and waterways over the 30+ year history of the Cleanup! And given that the average person uses 1.6 straws per day,  it’s no wonder they’re among the top ten items collected every year during the Cleanup.

A disposable plastic straw is used on average for a whopping 20 minutes. It’s longer than the four-second lifespan of the plastic stirrer you may use to swizzle your coffee or tea, but 20 minutes is still just a tiny fraction of the several hundred years it could spend in a landfill—or on a beach, coastline or floating in the ocean.

When straws—and other plastic debris—make their way into our ocean, they pose a real danger to sea turtles, albatross, fish and other ocean wildlife. But, we can all help prevent ocean plastic, one straw at a time.

Skip the straw and add your voice to the sea of people taking a stand for the ocean. Sign the pledge now and when offered a straw, simply say “no thanks.”’ It is a small step that goes a long way for ocean health.

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2018/07/11/skipthestraw-starbucks-remove-1-billion-plastic-straws-stores/

Article on Buffett’s Margaritaville Empire in Variety Magazine

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From Variety Magazine: “Jimmy Buffett Cashes in on ‘Margaritaville’ Brand With Restaurants, Spirits, More

Before Jimmy Buffett, “rock ’n’ roll” and “leisure” hardly counted as overlapping industries. British rockers might have done photo shoots at their lavish country estates, but publicly, for the most part, the essential rock maxim remained: Never let ’em see you not sweat. But it was Buffett’s genius — as a businessman, if not necessarily an artist — to play down the shiftlessness of some of his early beach-bum character studies and play up relaxation as an aspirational lifestyle. Cut to now, when Margaritaville, the company named after Buffett’s sole No. 1 pop hit, brings in between $1.5 billion and $2 billion annually.

The singer-songwriter’s last studio album, 2013’s “Songs From St. Somewhere,” debuted at No. 4, not bad for a pirate looking at 66 at the time. But as income streams go, new — and even catalog — recordings count as an asterisk on a pimple on the empire the singer has amassed as one of music’s savviest branding kings. In 2016, Forbes declared Buffett America’s 13th-wealthiest celebrity, with a net worth of $550 million, so Spotify royalties are the least of his concerns. Margaritaville’s physical locations clearly attract more than just hardcore Parrotheads; the company’s 70-plus restaurants, bars, hotels, resorts, casinos, cruises and vacation rentals draw more than 20 million visitors each year. And no one need leave home to experience a piece of Margaritaville when there are tequilas, rums, lagers, iced teas, shrimp, tortilla chips, clothes, shoes, bedsheets and pool and tailgating accessories designed to make the most landlocked hovel seem downright Gulf Coast-adjacent.

The ancillary branding began modestly but early with the 1987 opening of the first Margaritaville restaurant in Key West; it took until 1993 before they got around to a second location. Now there are 32, and that’s not counting the three Air Margaritavilles in airport terminals, nine Landshark Bar Grills, seven Cheeseburger in Paradises and seven 5 O’Clock Somewhere bars. There are two casinos and the hotel/resorts are up to eight, with eight more on the way in the coming years, including a 234-room, 29-story property set to open in 2020 in beachy Times Square. If the danger remains that Buffett’s fan base might age out of the leisure sector, there’s some accounting for that with two planned retirement communities for the “55 and better” set, with Latitude Margaritavilles being developed in Daytona Beach and Hilton Head that promise a Buffett-esque headspace 24/7/365/∞.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/07/11/27784/

Debunked: Does H.R. 200 Address Climate Change?

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After failing to garner any significant bipartisan support for their legislation to dismantle responsible fishery management, opponents of conservation are now grasping at straws and claiming that H.R. 200 helps address climate change.

Uh, what?

That’s right. Supporters of H.R. 200 are scrambling to convince democrats that their bill to undermine the core pillars of conservation in the current fishery management law is actually good for the environment because it acknowledges that climate change is real.

Here’s the problem with that story: The bill doesn’t even contain the words “climate” or “warming temperatures.”

These stories are feeding on common misconceptions about the rebuilding provisions in the Magnuson-Stevens Act. One misconception is that environmental conditions, like climate change, can’t currently be considered in the rebuilding of a stock. In fact, they explicitly can be—managers consider both the biology of the stock and any other environmental conditions, like climate change, when developing rebuilding plans with timelines. Further, the fundamental goal of the MSA, which is to fish at an optimal level of sustainable catch each year, explicitly includes consideration of ecological, economic and social factors.

A second misconception is that the timelines for rebuilding are strict—actually, the majority of the stocks in rebuilding plans use built-in flexibility to set long periods of time for rebuilding, which lets Councils and fishermen spread necessary reductions in catch out over many years. Over half of stocks have rebuilding plans over 10 years; stocks are commonly in rebuilding plans of 25+ years, including red snapper and Atlantic halibut; and many stocks are in second or third rebuilding plans.

The flexibility is there. The flexibility is used.

What isn’t already in the law are egregious exemptions from the responsibility to manage our stocks sustainably, to rebuild them to healthy levels, and to ensure the long-term stability of both our ocean fish populations and the communities that depend upon them. But H.R. 200 would add that, in the name of “more flexibility.”

H.R. 200 says to divide stocks into those affected by only fishing and those that are affected by things other than fishing. And for that second category, it removes all responsibility to manage fishing in ways that would allow for rebuilding. Supporters of H.R. 200 are falsely claiming that this is somehow a thoughtful way to consider climate change. This isn’t considering climate change, it’s ignoring it.

The hard fact is that climate change is going to affect everything we care about; it puts our environment, our businesses, and our children’s futures at risk. That applies to fisheries too. If we throw up our hands and say “climate change is affecting our fisheries, which means we shouldn’t bother rebuilding the unhealthy or vulnerable ones” then we’re dramatically increasing the risk that our fishing communities fail when warming waters, shifting stocks, lower productivity, changes in prey availability and distribution, acidification and reduced habitats combine to damage our fish populations.

A real vision for tackling climate change’s effects on fisheries would be to understand that our fish stocks are part of interconnected ecosystems that are affected by all sorts of activities and phenomena.  We need to consider all of those connections so that our fisheries can support businesses and recreation for the long-term. We are going to need to proactively adapt to climate change—not remove basic requirements for sustainability.

H.R. 200 doesn’t have solutions for climate change and fisheries. H.R. 200 would chart a course where when faced with climate change impacts on natural resources, we simply give up and stop trying. That’s not a solution—that’s throwing in the towel.

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2018/07/10/h-r-200-address-climate-change/

Raging Fyah’s Lead-Singer, Kumar Bent, Leaves The Band

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In a shocking announcement, one of Jamaica’s most respected reggae bands may have just officially broken up with Raging Fyah lead singer Kumar Bent declaring via social media that he is leaving the band.
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Kumar Bent’s Full Statement:

“Greetings FyahSquad,

After some lengthy deliberation and meditation, it is with a heavy heart that I feel compelled to announce my decision to leave the band ‘Raging Fyah.’ I believe all concerned will benefit from a parting of ways at this point and I see this as the inevitable conclusion.

We all have our own Paths to follow in this World, and mine has carried me to where I am today as an Artist/Musician. My history with Raging Fyah has given me immense experience and I am very grateful for this, but please know, all the Love and Support is not forgotten, and I will continue to grow and appreciate what the future may hold.

Please respect my decision and sense of privacy at this delicate time.

One Love, Kumar “Fyah” Bent”

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Raging Fyah is a 5-piece modern roots band out of Kingston, Jamaica. The band is formed by Kumar Bent (lead vocals), Courtland White (guitar), Anthony Watson (drums), Demar Gayle (keys), and Delroy “Pele” Hamilton (bass).

They came together in 2006, serving primarily as a backing band in their early days. They began writing original material after bringing on Bent in 2010. Prior to 2016’s release of Everlasting, Raging Fyah self-released Judgement Day (2011) and Destiny (2015). Raging Fyah has performed for audiences around the world and revered as one of the most respected bands in the genre.

UB40’s Ali Campbell previously told The Pier in an interview: “We love them because they’re young kids and doing roots-rock-reggae and conscience lyrics and they’re exactly what we want to happen as far as reggae is concerned.”

When the band signed with VP Records in 2015, President Chris Chin said: “Raging Fyah breeds a progressive sound while staying true to real roots reggae. You know it is made from the heart and can feel the positive energy they bring. It’s undeniable. This type of authenticity is rare and we are excited to help spread the word worldwide.”

Fans had been highly anticipating a new album from the group. No word on what triggered Bent’s departure. No other statement has been released by the band but we’ll be sure to update this article with word as well as their plans for their upcoming scheduled tour dates. This may be the end of Raging Fyah as we know it, and we’ll continue to celebrate the music they released together. Kumar is a talented singer and we look forward to following him and his musical endeavors into the next chapter of his career.

Related Links:
@KumarFyah
Raging Fyah Website
Raging Fyah Facebook

Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: Raging Fyah – “Nah Look Back”

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Article source: http://www.thepier.org/raging-fyahs-lead-singer-kumar-bent-leaves-the-band/

Vote for Your Favorite Ocean Photos

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Our call for the BEST in ocean photos did not go unanswered! We have received hundreds of submissions for this year’s Ocean Conservancy Photo Contest. We are whale-y impressed by the talent and eye that so many of you have for the beauty of the natural world. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit their photos.

And, while we turtle-y adore each photo submitted, there is no way we could pick the winners ourselves (since we love them all!) That’s why we have a panel of esteemed judges picking our grand-prize winner. But we still need YOUR help. Help us crown the winners in our five categories and vote today – and keep in mind some of the following criteria while doing so:

  • Originality/Creativity
  • Adherence to the category
  • Technique/Presentation
  • Composition
  • Wow! Factor

Once registered, you will be able to vote for your favorite photo in each category once per day through July 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Please take the time cast your vote today! Winners will be announced the week of July 30.

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2018/07/10/vote-favorite-ocean-photos/