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David Grisman

David Grisman is an American mandolinist. His music combines bluegrass and jazz in a genre he calls "Dawg music", he founded the record label Acoustic Disc, which issues his recordings and those of other acoustic musicians. Grisman grew up in a Conservative Jewish household in New Jersey, his father was professional trombonist. As teenager, he played piano and saxophone. In the early 1960s, he went to college at New York University, he belonged to the Even Dozen Jug Band with John Sebastian. He played in the bluegrass band the Kentuckians led by Red Allen in the psychedelic rock band Earth Opera with Peter Rowan, he moved to San Francisco, met Jerry Garcia, appeared on the Grateful Dead album American Beauty. He played in Garcia's bluegrass band In the Way with Peter Rowan and Vassar Clements. Garcia named him "Dawg" after a dog, following him while they were driving in Stinson Beach, California. "Dawg Music" is what Grisman calls his mixture of bluegrass and Django Reinhardt/Stéphane Grappelli-influenced jazz as highlighted on his album Hot Dawg.

It was Grisman's combination of Reinhardt-era jazz, folk, Old World Mediterranean string band music, as well as modern jazz fusion that came to embody "Dawg" music. In the 1970s, he started the David Grisman Quintet with Darol Anger, Joe Carroll, Todd Phillips, Tony Rice, they released their first album in 1977 for Kaleidoscope Records and their second, Hot Dawg, two years for Horizon Records, the jazz division of A&M Records. When the quintet recorded for Warner Bros. Records, the membership changed to include Mike Marshall, Mark O'Connor, Rob Wasserman, with occasional guest appearances by jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. In the 1980s, Grisman formed the record label Acoustic Disc, which issued his recordings and those by other acoustic musicians. Beginning in the 1990s, he released albums with a more jazz oriented sound when he recorded with bassist Jim Kerwin, drummer George Marsh, guitarist Martin Taylor, but the folk and bluegrass part of his personality emerged when he recorded with Mark O'Connor, Tony Rice, Andy Statman.

On the albums Tone Poems and Tone Poems 2, he recorded traditional jazz and folk songs on vintage guitars and mandocellos that were built at the time the songs were composed. Grisman was married twice before, he has three grown children: Samson and Monroe. Samson, a bassist and recording session musician living in Portland performs with his father. Gillian, a filmmaker living in Novato, directed Grateful Dawg and the music documentary, Village Music: Last of the Great Record Stores. Monroe, named for bluegrass music pioneer Bill Monroe, lives in Fairfax and plays in the Tom Petty tribute band Petty Theft. Grisman's song "Dawggy Mountain Breakdown" was the opening theme song for Car Talk on NPR. Grisman sued YouTube in May 2007, asserting in federal court that YouTube should be required to prevent individuals from illegally uploading recordings of his music. Grisman's attorneys requested voluntary dismissal of the suit; the documentary Grateful Dawg chronicles the friendship between David Grisman.

Grisman was a judge for the 6th and 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists. He wrote much of the bluegrass music for the 1974 film Big Bad Mama directed by Roger Corman, it was played by the Great American Music Band, they were recorded and mixed by Bill Wolf. Acoustic Disc is an independent record label founded by Grisman in 1990; the label is based in San Rafael and specializes in bluegrass, folk and Dawg music. Dave Grisman/Acoustic Disc official website David Grisman at The Music Box Collection of reviews David Grisman discography at the Grateful Dead Family Discography

Cedar Pocket Dam

The Cedar Pocket Dam is a concrete gravity and rock and earth-fill embankment dam with an un-gated spillway located across the Deep Creek in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia. The main purpose of the dam is for irrigation, where the dam provides regulated water supplies along Deep Creek, a tributary of the Mary River; the Cedar Pocket Dam is located about 12 km east of Gympie. The dam wall is 20 metres high and 117 metres long and holds back 730 megalitres of water when at full capacity; the surface area of the reservoir is 22 hectares and the catchment area is 17.8 square kilometres. The uncontrolled un-gated spillway has a discharge capacity of 1,110 cubic metres per second; the dam is managed by Seqwater. There is a scenic lookout at Cedar Pocket Dam, picnic facilities and public toilets are unavailable

Poetry School

Poetry School is a national arts organisation, registered charity and adult education centre providing creative writing tuition, with teaching centres throughout England as well as online courses and downloadable activities. It was founded in 1997 by Jane Duran and Pascale Petit. Poetry School offers an accredited Master's degree in Writing Poetry, delivered in both London and Newcastle, in collaboration with Newcastle University. Online courses are delivered via a social network dedicated to poetry. In 2018 the Poetry School moved to new premises at Dock Offices, Canada Water, from their previous offices on Lambeth Walk; the Poetry School's annual Books of the Year list is released in December, celebrates noteworthy books and pamphlets of poetry published during the year. Poetry School works with a number of partner organisations to deliver a range of projects, including the Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry, the Primers mentorship scheme, from 2018, a new poetry award and mentorship programme, The Women Poets' Prize, in memory of The Literary Consultancy co-founder Rebecca Swift.

The Women Poets' Prize offers three female-identifying poets a programme of support and creative professional development opportunities in collaboration with seven partner organisations, including, in addition to Poetry School and Faber, Bath Spa University, The Literary Consultancy, RADA, City Lit and Verve Festival. Poetry School runs the Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry, a major international award for poems embracing ecological themes, with a first prize of £5,000; the Resurgence Prize was founded in 2014 by poet Andrew Motion and actress and activist Joanna Lumley. The Ginkgo Prize was established in 2018 with funding from the Edward Goldsmith Foundation to commemorate the poet Teddy Goldsmith on the 25th annniversary of the publication of his book The Way. 20181st: Jemma Borg, "Unripe" 2nd: Teresa Dzieglewicz, "If you’re married, why do you call her Teresa?" 3rd: Linda France, "In the Physic Garden" 2017 – Seán Hewitt, "Ilex" 2016 – Rob Miles, "Captivity" 2015 – Luisa Igloria, "Auguries" In November 2019 poet laureate Simon Armitage announced that he would donate his salary as poet laureate to create a new prize for a collection of poems "with nature and the environment at their heart".

The prize is to be run by the Poetry School. The first award is to be announced on 23 May 2020 at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the judges being Armitage, Robert Macfarlane, Moniza Alzi. Armitage has said that the prize should "be part of the discourse and awareness about our current environmental predicament". Primers is an annual mentoring and publication scheme organised by Poetry School and Nine Arches Press, it provides a unique opportunity for talented poets to find publication and receive a programme of supportive feedback and promotion. 2018 – Lewis Buxton, Victoria Richards, Amelia Louli 2017 – Romalyn Ante, Aviva Dautch, Sarala Estruch 2016 – Cynthia Miller, Ben Bransfield, Marvin Thompson 2015 – Geraldine Clarkson, Lucy Ingrams, Katie Griffiths, Maureen Cullen Poetry School website Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry website MA in Writing Poetry, Newcastle University

Tax Reform Act of 1976

The Tax Reform Act of 1976 was passed by the United States Congress in September 1976, signed into law by President Gerald Ford on October 4, 1976, becoming Pub. L. 94–455. The act increased the percentage standard deduction to 16% and minimum standard deduction to $2,100; the general tax credit was temporarily extended, small business tax rates were temporarily lowered through 1977. For the first time in US history, the Tax Reform Act of 1976 established tax incentives designed to encourage the preservation of historic structures – "sixty years after architectural obsolescence had first been recognized in the US tax code."The act delayed decreasing in the investment tax credit through 1980. It expanded the individual minimum tax and increased the long-term capital gains holding period from 6 months to 1 year. A unified rate schedule for the estate and gift taxes with a $175,000 exemption was created; the act created the 501 election procedure, allowing 501 non-profit organizations to choose to participate in legislative lobbying limited by the annual financial expenditure on that lobbying, rather than its overall extent.

The previous major tax legislation had established a 10% minimum tax and while it had left long-term capital gains under $50,000 to continue to qualify for the 25 percent alternative capital gains tax rate, it increased the rate on gains over $50,000 to 29.5 percent in 1970, 32.5 percent in 1971, 35 percent in 1972 and years. This Act increased the minimum tax rate to 15%; the Act increased the holding period defining long-term capital gains, which receive preferential tax treatment, from six months to one year. Full text of the Act

Alan Jilka

Alan Jilka is an American politician and writer. He is a former three-term Mayor and City Commissioner of Salina, Kansas and a Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional District of Kansas in the 2010 election. Jilka is Catholic and of Czech descent He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in History, earned an M. A. in Comparative Literature from the University of South Carolina. He completed additional coursework towards a Ph. D in Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University, studied abroad in Guadalajara and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. In August of 2017, Jilka earned another Master's Degree, in Personal Financial Planning, from Kansas State University. Alan Jilka began his political career as a legislative aide to Congressman Dan Glickman, he is a writer on various weblogs and newspaper sites such as the Kansas Free Press, focusing on issues of business and politics. Jilka was a three-term Mayor and City Commissioner of Salina and Democrat Nominee for the 1st Congressional District of Kansas in the U.

S. House, he lost the election in 2010 to Tim Huelskamp. Jilka now works as an Investment Consultant at United Capital. Official site

Jane Harding

Jane Elizabeth Harding is a New Zealand academic new-born intensive case specialist. She was awarded the Rutherford Medal, in 2019. Harding studied at the University of Auckland, graduating in 1978, in 1982 obtained a DPhil in foetal physiology from the University of Oxford, she returned to in New Zealand for paediatric training completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Following that, she worked at the University of Auckland's faculty of Medicine from 1989, becoming Professor of Neonatology in 1997, she is deputy director of the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland. Harding is a member of the New Zealand charitable organisation Global Women. Harding was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2001. In the 2002 Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours, she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to paediatrics, she was awarded the Health Research Council of New Zealand's Beaven Medal in 2016.

In 2019, Harding received the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand's highest science honour, from the Royal Society of New Zealand. Official website Jane Harding on the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group website