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first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. News in briefOn 1 Nov 2003 in Clinical governance, Personnel Today Thismonth’s e-leaning mews in briefUKeUniversities has launched a new BSc third-year top-up degree in HealthSciences developed by the UK Healthcare Education Partnership (UKHEP), aconsortium made up of City University, London, the University of Leicester, theRoyal College of Nursing and the University of Ulster. The first modules willcover areas such as clinical governance and user and carer involvement. Both BAand MA courses will be available.  www.ukeu.comInspiredAge is a new venture led by Nigel Howarth, former vice-president of globalmarketing for NETg. Its four key areas are learning, marketing, performancedevelopment and publishing. Inspired Age will offer complete solutions andsingle branded solutions from each area, which will include blended ande-learning strategies under the brand Learning Age.  www.inspiredage.comCoursefinderis a new training resource and administration system from the Institute of ITTraining (IITT) that allows organisations to source and organise their trainingneeds from a single point. The system, which is accessed online, holds detailsof more than 1,800 IT and 800 management courses available at discounted rates,and it plans to extend the portfolio into areas such as finance, soft skillsand health and safety.  www.iitt.org.uklast_img read more

LeBron James’ school to build transitional housing for students’ families in need

first_img Written by Beau Lund November 8, 2019 /Sports News – National LeBron James’ school to build transitional housing for students’ families in needcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail4nadia/iStock(AKRON, OH) — NBA superstar LeBron James is not only helping kids from his hometown receive an education, but he’s also making sure families have the necessary support to succeed outside the classroom. The Los Angeles Lakers franchise player announced Monday that his I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, is partnering with Graduate Hotels to launch the I Promise Village — a transitional housing opportunity for families in need.The public school, which incorporates a STEM-based curriculum, is operated by the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools. It first opened its doors in 2018 and currently includes more than 340 students in third, fourth and fifth grades.For Britney Bennett, a 32-year-old mother living in Akron, stable housing is something she’s tirelessly fighting to secure for her three children.On Tuesday, Bennett told ABC News that this opportunity would be especially beneficial for her 9-year-old daughter, Trinity Thomas, a fourth-grader at the I Promise School.Bennett and her children currently live in a local shelter after she lost their apartment nearly two years ago and fell behind on the rent while living on a $8.25 an hour wage.She said that her children, the youngest being a 1 year old, have juggled between the shelter and staying overnight with their grandmother until they find a permanent place to live.Bennett, a high school dropout who later earned her GED and studied at The Milan Institute of Cosmetology, said there were a rough couple of months and remembers having to change clothes in her car. Her daughter, Trinity, consoled her mother as she watched her cry about their current circumstances.“I feel bad as a mom. … My baby shouldn’t have to go through that,” Bennett said.James, the former Cleveland Cavaliers MVP player who helped lead the team to their 2016 championship victory, is an Akron native who empathizes with stable housing.The I Promise Village is set to officially open before the next academic school year in July. Renovations on the historic Westmont apartment building, which is roughly five blocks from the school in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood, will be underway soon.In his 2010 book, “LeBron’s Dream Team: How Four Friends and I Brought a Championship Home,” he wrote about his mother, Gloria’s, challenges that resulted with them having to move a dozen times by age 10.In the fourth grade, James said he missed 83 days of school, but still held on to his “big dreams.”“It was mentally challenging. … No kid at 8,9 should have stress. And I was one of those kids, so I know exactly what those kids today are going through being a part of this,” James told ESPN ahead of the school’s opening last year.Michele Campbell, the executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, believes that James’ extraordinary investment into the students stems from the fact that “he sees himself” in them.“When our students have to worry about where they’re going to lay their heads … going from pillow to pillow, it creates issues. … And unfortunately, when kids face those challenges, it comes out in their behavior,” said Victoria McGee, director of the I PROMISE School’s Family Resource Center.McGee called the school a “one-stop shop” for its list of resources and said that the new housing plan is just an expansion of that.Resources for students include a free food pantry, clothing, transportation, financial literacy programs, mental health services and free annual eye exams.Among the school’s new additions are a media lab and a colorful outdoor basketball court. In October, 90 students and their families were given free eyeglasses and offered follow-up care along with replacement services.The LeBron James Family Foundation confirmed to ABC News that no specific families have been selected yet for the I Promise Village. It will include approximately 20 families that are in immediate need of housing.For Bennett, just the sheer possibility is enough to be grateful for. She hopes to one day have the chance to tell James how “amazing” he is.Bennett said she would like to tell James: “What you’re doing is out of this world to me and I feel like it’s a blessing.The investment into the students already appears to be paying off.In April, 90% of the inaugural class met or exceeded their reading and math scores and outpaced their peers across the district, according to The New York Times.The incredible achievement is especially remarkable considering most of the students were once deemed some of the worst academic performers and previously ranked in the bottom 25th percentile.McGee, a graduate of the University of Akron, spent two decades working in the criminal justice system before she joined the team at the I Promise School. The Cleveland native called her job a chance to serve as an “agent of change” for local families. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

USA: Somali Sentenced to 25-Year Prison Term for Armed Piracy in Attack on Merchant Ship

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: ship View post tag: Year Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Somali Sentenced to 25-Year Prison Term for Armed Piracy in Attack on Merchant Ship A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday sentenced a Somali man to 25 years in prison for his admitted role as a pirate who helped h…By Warren Richey (csmonitor)[mappress]Source: csmonitor, April 8, 2011; View post tag: Prison View post tag: Armed View post tag: Navy View post tag: Merchant View post tag: $25 Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: attack View post tag: piracy View post tag: Naval Share this article USA: Somali Sentenced to 25-Year Prison Term for Armed Piracy in Attack on Merchant Ship View post tag: Somali View post tag: Sentenced April 8, 2011 View post tag: Termlast_img read more

24 hour charity “organathon”

first_imgTwo Oxford University students, Benjamin Morrell and William Heywood, will be taking part in a 24 hour ‘Organathon’ in order to raise money for Christian Aid.The ‘Organathon’ will take place in Trinity College Chapel between 9am and 9am on the 27th and 28th April (Saturday of 1st week to Sunday of 2nd).Morrell, senior organ scholar at Trinity, and Heywood, an organ scholar at Harris Manchester, will be playing in 2 hour shifts throughout the 24 hour period.Each hour will have a theme and some ofthe themes include Bach, French Romantic, hymns, English and improvisation. John Cage’s ‘As Slow As Possible’ will also be played over a two hour period.When asked why Christian Aid was being supported specifically, Morrell said, “It fits in well with the instrument and setting of the event, as well as being a worthwhile charity which helps to alleviate poverty around the world.”Morrell describes how he came up with the idea, “I had long hoped to attempt an Organathon as an alternative to continuous running and swimming events I had heard about, but had been persuaded to put the challenge aside until I could find another organist to help share the burden.”Organs can become damaged if played continuously and hence there will be five minute intervals every few hours. There will be an audience at the 12:00 concert, which is part of the Trinity Parent’s Day programme.The team hope to raise £500 and donations can be made on their justgiving.com page by Googling ‘Oxford Organathon’.last_img read more

Five Died Of COVID-19 After Attending Indiana Basketball Tournament

first_imgFive Died Of COVID-19 After Attending Indiana Basketball TournamentPAULINA CACHERO FOR BUSINESS INSIDERApr 19, 2020 | 1:05 PM ETOn March 6, 2,800 Indiana high school basketball fans packed into the Lawrence Central High School gym in Indianapolis for the sectional semifinals between Warren Central and North Central- the ” hottest ticket in the state of Indiana for high school basketball,” according to USA Today.It would later be discovered that the March 6 high school game was also the event in which five Indiana residents are believed to have contracted the novel coronavirus and later died due to complications with COVID-19.Warren Central fan Roscoe Taylor, Lawrence North High School basketball assistant coach Jim DeSalle, Warren Central fan Charles Johnson, North Central High School Athletic Director Paul Loggan, and Lawrence North fan Larry Rush, all attended the sectional semifinals.Several of their loved ones told USA Today that they believed the game could have been where they contracted the virus.“I feel like that’s probably where we got it,” Kay Johnson, the widow of one of the five victims, told USA Today. “Too many have gotten sick who were there. The sad thing is we just didn’t know. We didn’t have the information to go on.”The morning of the game the Indiana State Health Department reported its first coronavirus related case. At the time, Indiana’s state department of health commissioner Dr. Kris Box said there was “no ongoing risk to the public” and advised Indiana residents to take precautionary measures in line with the CDC recommendations at the time.However, he noted: “The situation with COVID-19 is changing rapidly and we can expect to see other cases in Indiana in the future.”Shortly after, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) received a surge of concerned calls related to the coronavirus and what it meant for the Indiana high school basketball tournament, USA Today reported.In spite of the news, IHSAA and four athletic directors involved in the high school tournament, including one of the COVID-19 victims, Paul Loggan, decided that the games would go on as scheduled.“We will continue to monitor the developments and listen to medical experts and if it becomes necessary to make adjustments to high school sporting events, we will work with our member schools to take every precaution to ensure a healthy and safe environment for everyone involved,” IHSAA said in a statement on March 6.The faceoff between Warren Central and North Central took place that night along with 63 other games in different venues across the state, according to USA Today. However, many sports fans were still packing into stadiums, fields, and gyms, across the country at the time.Only a week later it became clear that the novel virus was sweeping the country, and had infected athletes including Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.On March 10, The Ivy League became the first conference to cancel its basketball tournament followed by the NCAA, who canceled March Madness on March 13; IHSAA postponed the high school tournament on the same day, reversing an earlier decision to allow the games to continue with only 75 attendees per school.States didn’t begin implementing statewide coronavirus lockdown measures until a week later – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a stay-at-home on March 23, which would go into effect on March 24, according to the Indiana government website.Several of their loved ones told USA Today that they believed the game could have been where they contracted the virus.“I feel like that’s probably where we got it,” Kay Johnson, the widow of one of the five victims, told USA Today. “Too many have gotten sick who were there. The sad thing is we just didn’t know. We didn’t have the information to go on.”The morning of the game the Indiana State Health Department reported its first coronavirus related case. At the time, Indiana’s state department of health commissioner Dr. Kris Box said there was “no ongoing risk to the public” and advised Indiana residents to take precautionary measures in line with the CDC recommendations at the time.However, he noted: “The situation with COVID-19 is changing rapidly and we can expect to see other cases in Indiana in the future.”Shortly after, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) received a surge of concerned calls related to the coronavirus and what it meant for the Indiana high school basketball tournament, USA Today reported.In spite of the news, IHSAA and four athletic directors involved in the high school tournament, including one of the COVID-19 victims, Paul Loggan, decided that the games would go on as scheduled.“We will continue to monitor the developments and listen to medical experts and if it becomes necessary to make adjustments to high school sporting events, we will work with our member schools to take every precaution to ensure a healthy and safe environment for everyone involved,” IHSAA said in a statement on March 6.The faceoff between Warren Central and North Central took place that night along with 63 other games in different venues across the state, according to USA Today. However, many sports fans were still packing into stadiums, fields, and gyms, across the country at the time.Only a week later it became clear that the novel virus was sweeping the country, and had infected athletes including Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.On March 10, The Ivy League became the first conference to cancel its basketball tournament followed by the NCAA, who canceled March Madness on March 13; IHSAA postponed the high school tournament on the same day, reversing an earlier decision to allow the games to continue with only 75 attendees per school.States didn’t begin implementing statewide coronavirus lockdown measures until a week later – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a stay-at-home on March 23, which would go into effect on March 24, according to the Indiana government website. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Let’s take pride in our flag

first_imgIn my opinion, the Main Post Office should be showing off a large beautiful American Flag, especially this week when all flags were flying half mast due to the passing of one of the greatest presidents this country has ever had. President Reagan, in my opinion, is the greatest before Bush-41.There are two other smaller post offices in Bayonne, one on 6th Street and the other one on 42nd Street, both on Broadway. I know for a fact that the flag over the doorway on the building of the post office on 42nd Street and Broadway is always ripped and tattered looking. Those post office buildings should also have a large beautiful flag hanging from them as well. As small as they are, they are still considered a federal office. All post offices should boast large, beautiful American Flags not just in Bayonne but throughout the entire United States. They should take pride in them and replace the flags as needed. American flags are not expensive for the federal government to provide bigger and larger American flags for all their buildings including grammar schools, high schools, colleges and universities.There should be no excuses that any building, store, etc. should have a ripped and tattered American flag hanging from their business or from a pole on their property. There should always be a light shining brightly on the flag as well.Let me add one comment to this letter. I was very happy to see that the City of Bayonne’s Traffic Department finally put an electric sign in the street by the mailboxes. I wish they would put one by the 6th and 42nd Street post offices as well.CHERIE La PELUSA To the Editor:I was on Broadway today and stopped to mail some envelopes at the main post office. If I’m not mistaken this is a federal building. Why is the flag on a McDonald’s restaurant bigger, and more beautiful than the one at the main post office? After I mailed my envelopes, I looked at the flag that the post office has on the pole and personally I was terribly ashamed and embarrassed by the way it looks. The flag hanging from the pole at the post office on 26th Street and Broadway is filthy and is hidden behind overgrown tree branches in its underdeveloped garden area. You cannot see the pole or the flag unless you really look for it.last_img read more

Ocean City Alumni Celebrates Red and White Weekend

first_imgThe Ocean City Alumni Association will celebrate its 10th Annual Red & White Weekend Oct. 19-21.The weekend festivities will begin Friday, Oct. 19 with a pre-game picnic rally from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., before the home football game vs. Oakcrest.The game will also be homecoming for the school. The pre-game rally will include a hoagie meal from Sack O Subs, potato chips, and Johnson’s Popcorn for a donation to the Alumni Association. Donations support the Alumni Association scholarship fund.There will also be free face painting and red and white goodies to show some school spirit.All activities are open to alumni, family, friends, the community and future alumni.Additional weekend activities include, a Red & White Social hosted by the Ocean City Education Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 20th. The event is family friendly and will be held at Sketties Restaurant in Marmora from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.The weekend is topped off with a luncheon honoring the new inductees to the OCHS Sports Hall of Fame. The event will be held Sunday, Oct. 21 at 12 noon in the OCHS Auditorium.A reception luncheon will follow in the cafeteria. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 10 and can be purchased at the door.For more information visit www.OCNJEf.com for tickets or more information. Ocean City alumni, family and friends get ready for a Red Raiders fun weekend.last_img read more

Brooklyn Comes Alive Unveils Full Lineup, Complete With Supergroup Formations

first_imgBrooklyn Comes Alive is around the corner! Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, we’ve put the focus on the artists by bringing over 50 musicians together and allowing them to create their own groups and concepts, ultimately encouraging new collaborations with a spirit of community. Approaching our one month countdown, we are thrilled to release the full roster of supergroup formations, complete with the venue locations in which they will perform.Without further ado, here is the full lineup for the 2016 installment of Brooklyn Comes Alive:Brooklyn BowlEarth, Wind & Power: For the second time, The Nth Power will lead Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Skerik, The Shady Horns, Farnell Newton, Danny Sadownick, and more through a tribute to Earth, Wind And Fire. Perhaps one of the most talked-about sets of the Jazz Fest season, “Earth, Wind & Power” isn’t letting the fire extinguish just yet. More information here.DRKWAV: Featuring keyboardist John Medeski (MMW, The Word), drummer Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science), and saxophonist Skerik (Garage A Trois, Critters Buggin’), the trio revels in the pitch black while continuously discovering beauty and shedding light through sonic exploration. Expect a unique blend of space-shifting jazz, experimental rock, and psychedelic transformations. More information here.Scott Metzger, Joe Russo, Robert Walter, and Andy Hess: This will be the group’s second show together, following their performance as “The Brooklyn Bowl All-Stars” in August of 2014. There’s a distinct mix of rock, soul, funk, and jam in the mix – so be sure not to miss these all-star musicians as they make their BCA debut. More information here.Natalie Cressman presents Nikki Glaspie, Will Bernard, Chris Bullock, Benny Rietveld, and Samora Pinderhughs: Raised in an eclectic musical household, Natalie Cressman has only continued to diversify and expand her musical universe. Still in her early 20s, the trombonist/composer/vocalist has assimilated the full range of her sonic influences into a startlingly mature, strikingly original voice that melds the sophistication of modern jazz with captivating storytelling and intoxicating melodies reminiscent of indie rock’s most distinctive songwriters. Cressman has spent much of the last four years touring the jam band circuit with Phish’s Trey Anastasio, while also performing with jazz luminaries Nicholas Payton, Wycliffe Gordon, and Peter Apfelbaum. With Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Benny Rietveld (Santana), and Samora Pinderhughs (Emily King, Branford Marsalis) on board, this set is sure to be jaw-droppingly wonderful.Organ Freeman: It’s some serious toe-tapping jives, fueled by the trio hard at work: guitarist Erik Carlson, drummer Rob Humphreys and organist Trevor Steer. Like many bands comprised of tight-laced musicianship, Organ Freeman emerged from an intensive music program called the Musicians Institute of Hollywood. Steer explains that the group “initially formed the group as more of an opportunity to experiment than a serious project while we were all students, and continued on as a creative outlet while we all played out as freelance musicians. It wasn’t until years later when we were presented with the chance to do a record that the band sort of morphed into what it is today.” More information here.The Music Hall of WilliamsburgA Tribute To J Dilla: Led by Break Science’s Borahm Lee, the tribute will run deep in the roots of hip-hop with fine-tuned artists, drummer Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), guitarist Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), bassist Stu Brooks (Matisyahu, 50 Cent, Pretty Lights), and more. Since his untimely death in 2006, Dilla’s productions have achieved cult status, and his legacy has grown with posthumous album releases and a slew of tributes by everyone from Flying Lotus to Kendrick Lamar. Brooklyn Comes Alive looks forward to honoring the beat master with some of the most creative players to date. More information here.[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits: Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee are teaming up with The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner for a one-time-only collaboration, merging together the worlds of electronic, hip-hop, psychedelic grooves and heavy jams. More information here.BRASSTRACKS: The Brooklyn-based power duo, self-described as “future brass”, were recently featured on Chance The Rapper‘s Coloring Book for the hit song “No Problem” but its their original music that truly showcases the young talents of Ivan Jackson (trumpet) and Conor Rayne (drums). Check them out!Brownie DJ Set: The Disco Biscuits bassist will be mixing deep cuts, throwbacks, and his favorite dance tunes for a special night in funky town! If you’ve never seen Marc Brownstein throw down a DJ set, don’t sleep on this one.Horizon Wireless Live: NYC’s own Horizon Wireless blends psychedelic break-beat & house music with a variety of other styles including trip-hop, minimal tech-funk, and nu-jazz to create smooth, high energy, and live soulful dance experiences for fans of all genres of music. The band includes Teddy Midnight’s guitar virtuoso Willey Griffin, Lespecial’s low-end wizard Luke Bemand on bass, Daniel Scott Lyons behind the kit, and a rotating cast of keyboardists as well.Manic Focus And Friends: Manic Focus is the beat-bumpin’ project of John “JmaC” McCarten, a Chicago-based electronic music producer hailing from the Twin Cities. A multi-dimensional artist with a rowdy style unbound to any one genre, Manic Focus transcends sound waves by fusing soulful blues with heavy-hitting bass, creating a resonating tone that’s entirely his own. And he’s bringing some very special friends!The Hall at MPThe All Brothers Band: Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers), keyboardist and flautist Kofi Bubridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Derek Trucks Band), keyboardist Neal Evans (Lettuce, Soulive) and drummer Alan Evans (Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) are making their debut performance as “The All Brothers Band.” The brothers collaborated for an EP earlier this year, though they’ve yet to present this project for public ears. We can expect smooth layers of funk and jazz with these players, but there’s really no telling what they might have in store.The Coomes Brothers: Featuring Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes and his brother Ty Coomes, along with Lettuce’s Adam Smirnoff, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis, this group is sure to bring intergalactic funk and freestyle fusion, with roots of hip-hop, R&B, and soul mixed in.Holly Bowling: Holly Bowling is a classically trained pianist who began playing piano at the age of five. There’s one major distinction, however, that separates her from other similarly studied musicians. That is Holly’s devotion to the legendary rock band Phish. The past year has seen Holly expand her repertoire into the realm of the Grateful Dead. Using classical piano technique to reinterpret these jamband luminaries, Holly’s live performances infuse new with old, tradition with surreal, and creates a concert experience like nothing else in the music world.Jason Hann’s Rythmatronix: Jason Hann is bringing an all-star group of musicians to join his NYC edition of the Rhythmatronix, featuring Oteil Burbridge, virtuoso guitarist Fareed Haque (Sting, Joe Zawinul, Garaj Mahal), keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ, Electric Beethoven), and Afrocuban drummer Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdez, Sintesis). When we spoke to Hann about the new project, he excitedly described it as “global fusion music with a collection of badass musicians playing international grooves.” More information here.Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven: A brand new instrumental collective with a direct focus on the classical suites of composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. The brainchild of bassist Reed Mathis, the band features Jay Lane (drums), Todd Stoops (keys), and Clay Welch (guitar) in a movement that can only be described as “Classical Dance Music.” More information here.Ripe: Ripe is a Funk/Pop band out of Boston, MA that was born as a result of its seven members’ uniting over one belief: with enough passion and honesty, music can still make the earth shake. With one eye looking back to the inception of both funk and psychedelic music, and the other looking forward with a modern concept of what makes people move, Ripe seeks both to honor musical history as well as to make it. The perfect fruit is equal parts past and present, and this is the approach of the Ripe sound. More about them here.Roosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down: The pedal steel guitar player will lead bassist Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Eli Winderman(Dopapod), and Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu) through a set of game-changing jams and deep cuts alike. More information here.Tim Palmieri & Friends: Selecting a band of musicians that will bring the funk, the fusion, and the party, Tim is ready to entertain you with guitar shredding and good times! Featuring Alan Evans on drums, Dan Edinberg on bass, Rob Marscher on keys, Rob Somerville on sax/vocals, Johnny Durkin on percussion, and Jen Durkin on vocals – this band is an amalgamation of the Northeast jam sound. Expect the unexpected.Set for October 22, 2016, the second annual event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to the event grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the event’s website.Brooklyn Comes Alive Artist Full Lineup:Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Alan Evans (Soulive)Neal Evans (Soulive)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Roosevelt CollierMichael League (Snarky Puppy)SkerikTodd Stoops (RAQ)Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)Manic Focus (special guests)Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog)Rob Compa (Dopapod)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Holly BowlingBrasstracksFareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Rob Marscher (Matisyahu/Addison Groove Project)Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)Benny Rietveld (Santana)Samora Pinderhughes (Emily King, Branford Marsalis)Raul PinedaFarnell NewtonDanny SadownickArtists-At-Large:Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (School of Rock)Elise Testone (American Idol)Showcase Sets:RIPEOrgan Freemanlast_img read more

Phish Gets Dick’s Swinging With Improv-Heavy 5-Song Second Set On Night One [Photos]

first_imgThe “Tube” jam transitioned smoothly into “Roggae,”which was typically high-flying and beautiful, the lights twinkling alluringly. The third Big Boat tune of the night, “More,” brought the set to a close, and once again it was tighter and played with more confidence than its last performance. And we’d better get used to it. Considering how clearly they enjoy playing it–and the potency of its euphoric major riff and hopeful theme–this is bound to be a staple set closer for years to come.With a strong first set in the bag, the band came out for set two with another tried-and-true Big Boat jam vehicle, “No Men In No Man’s Land.” Stretching to nearly 25 minutes in length, the fast-paced synth-funk jam moved through several sonic spaces–from funk-synth 80’s jazziness, to reverb-laced and echoing dissonance, to cascading robotic sci-fi flourishes, to almost Radiohead-like pulses pushed by Fishman’s immaculate percussion. More Kaoss pad Trey, cavernous echoes from Mike and, finally, a well-earned peak…This jam was creative, patient, and potent, as the band took a slow, scenic route to a massive musical payoff before returning to the song’s theme.You can watch the extended “No Men In No Man’s Land” opener from Dick’s Night One below, via LivePhish:“Carini” came next, offering the second 20+ minute improvisational odyssey of the set. After a brief “vocal jam” on the song’s first “lumpy head” line, the band kept things dark and murky where many great “Carinis” of late have eventually found their way into blissful major-key territory. Laser-like effects laced the extended jam, which hinted at a resolution to major space before Mike took the reigns and led the outfit back into dark, minor-key weirdness. Trey took the band on his back from there, piloting the ship to the biggest, most euphoric peak of the night to that point before settling into a “Have Mercy”-like reggae groove (with faint hints of “Manteca”) that finally relented into the opening notes of “Ghost.”Like the two songs that preceded it “Ghost” went deep into Type II territory, with everyone adding a little extra fire power from the get-go. By the time the jam hit the 10-minute mark, the “hose” was on full blast, and would remain there for several glorious minutes before returning to the “No Men” theme to raucous applause. By the time the dust had settled, and the band had kicked into “Harry Hood,” the set had already cemented itself as one of the best of the summer, with an hour-plus stretch (“NMINML” > “Carini” > “Ghost”) of top-of-the-line Phish fireworks that will surely be on many fans’ playlists for years to come.After a beautiful (if relatively generic) “Hood,” the band capped their rare 5-song second set with a sing-along “Cavern.” An appropriate Horse > “Silent In The Morning” got the call in the encore slot. After all, this exact thing did happen to us just last year. But that’s only partially true: Phish in 2017 is not the same beast as Phish in 2016…not really. This summer has been an embarrassment of Phish riches, and with two more shows to go, and a Night 1 as strong as this one, the smart money is on that trend continuing the rest of the weekend. Buckle up: Dick’s is swingin’, and it shows no signs of slowing down.You can see a gallery of photos from Dick’s night one below, via photographer Jeremy Scott.SETLIST: Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 9/1/17 SET 1: Blaze On, 555, Breath and Burning, Theme From the Bottom > Free, Tube > Roggae > MoreSET 2: No Men In No Man’s Land > Carini > Ghost > Harry Hood > CavernENCORE: The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Character ZeroPhish | Dick’s | 9/1/17 | Photos by Jeremy Scott Last night, Phish began their seventh three-night Labor Day Weekend run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. An annual end-of-summer tradition that stretches back to 2011, Phish’s performances at the Denver-area soccer stadium have garnered a hallowed reputation among fans. Phish loves Dick’s, and Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, and Page McConnell always treat the run accordingly, serving up setlist hijinks and, most importantly, consistently incredible improvisation.Donut Sampler: Relive Phish’s Baker’s Dozen By Rewatching These Free Pro-Shot VideosIn years past, fans came to have certain expectations for Dick’s. However, heading into the 2017 edition, the impending run was as much a mystery as it has ever been. Though there were undoubtedly plenty of surprises to behold (like the “Squirming Coil” bass solo…#neverforget), last year marked the first year the band ditched the setlist themes. These shows also mark the first performances by the band since their triumphant 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden earlier this summer, where they planned a special theme for each night and–oh yea–didn’t repeat a single song.Most Shows Spell Something: A Look Back At Phish’s Special Dick’s SetsWould the band bring back the setlist spelling tricks, or is that whole concept a thing of the past? Would they try to continue their “no repeat” streak, or did the end of the Dozen signal the pressing of the proverbial “reset button?” After the truly unique and impressive undertaking of the MSG residency, could the 2017 Dick’s run possibly be as special as the thirteen shows that preceded it? Night one would not answer all the questions that swirled around in the days and weeks that preceded the tour-closing weekend, but it would answer the most important one: Despite the apparent absence of theatrics and themes and donuts and literary puzzles, Dick’s in 2017 is still can’t-miss Phish.The band hit the stage at roughly 8pm local time and launched into “Blaze On,” the first of four selections from 2016’s Big Boat played on Friday night. The tune immediately answered one of the biggest pre-run uncertainties: Phish would not be carrying their New York “no repeat” mission over to Colorado. In fact, every song played on Dick’s night 1 was also played at some point during the Baker’s Dozen–though there were surely no complaints on this night. Don’t worry, kids, this is good news: all your favorite songs are back in play.The show-opening “Blaze” wasted no time, as Trey led the band into major key improv, before the focus shifted to a groove built on funky Page grand piano riffs and reverb-laden Gordon pops. The bright, arena-rock guitar lead returned from there, as Red peppered in dextrous lead lines as he rode the cresting sonic wave to its breaking point. 15-minute “Blaze On” jam to kick off the run? Oh yea. Not a bad way to start…You can watch Phish’s get the Dick’s weekend started with a bang with pro-shot footage of the show-opening “Blaze On” below, via LivePhish:After a longer than usual discussion, the band opted for a straightforward “555,” which quickly led into “Breath and Burning.” Though often maligned for its “dad rock”-ness since its debut last year, the song continues to improve in the live setting. Perhaps the most confident rendition of the tune to date, “Breath and Burning” featured some nice organ work from Page and even began to approach improv territory before returning to the theme and, in turn, oozing into “Theme From The Bottom.”“Theme” got some delicate yet precise flourishes from Trey throughout each of the song’s verses, before those same licks helped draw it up from the depths for a big white-light peak. The fan-favorite also evoked the first of many feelings of admiration toward Kuroda’s 2017 light rig that would arise over the course of the evening. Just as much as the marionette-type behemoth seemed like it was made for MSG, it felt particularly at home in the broad expanses of the Dick’s field, providing some breathtaking vistas for those of us tuning in from the couch.Next, Trey signaled the start of “Free,” which moved quickly from the song’s structure into a breezy, textured jam. The song’s bridge was this rendition’s highlight, as Gordon led a low space-funk groove accented by sci-fi adornments via Trey’s Kaoss pad, which is beginning to rival the Marimba Lumina as his favorite new toy.After another long pause, “Tube” got the call. This “Tube” was not created equal, quickly moving beyond the song’s structure into impeccably tight plinko-funk from Page, with Trey adding staccato texture. Page’s synth and Fishman’s motor-like backbeat created a dark and dirty ambiance, which bubbling fervently into bona fide Type-II space before building to a big rock peak. A fantastic and unique rendition unlike any in recent memory, this rare extended “Tube” jam is surely not to be ignored. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Managing just fine

first_imgA new Harvard study explodes the commonly held image of the stressed-out boss, revealing that leaders actually have lower stress levels than lower-ranking individuals, likely because they have greater control over their office lives.The study, published online in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, compared stress indicators, including levels of the hormone cortisol and self-reported anxiety, between groups of leaders and nonleaders.Researchers from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Decision Science Laboratory, led by Jennifer Lerner, a professor of public policy and management, conducted in-depth surveys to understand respondents’ leadership status and also collected saliva samples for hormone analysis.“The conventional wisdom is it is very stressful to be the top dog, the CEO or the military general. There are an increasing number of popular press books stemming from the idea that the top dog needs help managing stress,” Lerner said. “Our results indicate that the top dog has less stress as measured by baseline cortisol. That is quite surprising to some people.”The study, part of a large-scale, four-year project supported primarily by the National Science Foundation, was conducted with colleagues from Harvard, Stanford University, and the University of California, San Diego. It consisted of two parts. In the first, Lerner and colleagues compared cortisol and self-reported anxiety levels between a group of nonleaders, mostly from around Greater Boston, and a group of leaders, mostly participants in a Harvard Kennedy School executive education program that typically attracts mid- to high-ranking government and military officials. Results showed that leaders had both significantly lower levels of cortisol and lower anxiety than nonleaders.In the study’s second part, researchers examined the same two variables among another sample of leaders, finding that higher-ranking leaders had lower levels of both cortisol and anxiety than lower-ranking leaders. Researchers found that the greater sense of control that comes with higher leadership levels helped explain the reduced cortisol.Examining those results in greater detail, researchers found that two measures of leadership — the total number of subordinates and authority over subordinates —were significant in creating that sense of control. The number of people who report directly to a leader — which would indicate greater day-to-day management — did not, however.The study originated in a decidedly unscientific fashion, Lerner said. Although she typically conducts experiments to investigate specific theories, this study stemmed from an accident of location: Her office in the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership faces the quadrangle where visiting leaders’ motorcades pull up, allowing Lerner to watch the deference and ceremony with which they’re met. Once she started thinking about the topic, she understood that the executive education programs offered a resource through which stress and leadership status could be explored.“It was absurdly a-theoretical at its inception,” Lerner said. “A common criticism of psychology research is that we study college students as subjects. Supposedly, if we studied employed, successful adults, we would observe different results. Well, we have extremely successful people come into executive education programs — indeed some are world leaders. I thought this was an opportunity to test that common criticism and to expand our knowledge in how meaningful status differences play out in emotion, decision making, and stress.”Gary Sherman, a postdoctoral fellow in the Decision Science Lab and the paper’s first author, said the less-stress finding is the paper’s most surprising, but that it’s also important that researchers were able to track that to the sense of control that leadership enables.Sherman and Lerner noted that the study primarily tested leaders who are in stable positions and supported by their organizations. Leaders in unstable situations they termed “contested hierarchies” likely have higher stress levels.Lerner said the results could help employers better manage stress levels in the workforce, perhaps by giving stressed-out lower-level managers more control. Lerner said the lab, one of the few behavioral labs at a school of public policy, is engaged in further studies examining the role of other hormones, like testosterone, and the role of DNA in leadership.The research provides insights not only to the scientific community but also to the participants themselves, Lerner said, adding that the executive education students seem to enjoy participating and receiving feedback from the work.“We share findings with the participants in every class. It gives my colleagues and I a chance to support individuals who have dedicated their lives to public service, whether that dedication takes the form of being a military leader, an elected official, or a diplomat. Occasionally, we even have Navy SEALs in the lab. They experience high stress during situations that require fast, accurate decisions. We have a lot to learn from them,” Lerner said. “I’m looking forward to years of research with this kind of population.”last_img read more

Twitter flagged Trump’s morning tweets as potentially misleading.

first_imgWASHINGTON — Twitter flagged all of President Trump’s early-morning tweets on Saturday as disputed and potentially misleading after he made baseless claims about election irregularities.In a series of posts, Mr. Trump focused his ire on Pennsylvania, where a loss in the state would seal his fate as a one-term president. Mr. Trump was trailing former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. by about 28,000 votes when he tweeted.- Advertisement – Within an hour, Twitter had put a warning label on all four of the tweets, saying that the content of his claims “might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”Twitter has grown increasingly aggressive about flagging Mr. Trump’s false statements even as the president, in the days since Election Day, has spread false stories about “illegal ballots” and has demanded that local officials in several states stop counting ballots prematurely. – Advertisement –last_img read more

News: Etihad to launch Israel connection next spring

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Chernow’s ‘Grant’ offers measured judgment of past

first_imgSix years after Vicksburg fell he was president.And a good one.He was hopelessly naive regarding the rascality unleashed by the sudden post-war arrival of industrialism entangled with government.But the corruptions during his administration showed only his negligence, not his cupidity.More importantly, Grant, says Chernow, “showed a deep reservoir of courage in directing the fight against the Ku Klux Klan and crushing the largest wave of domestic terrorism in American history.”He ranks behind only Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson as a presidential advancer of African-American aspirations.After the presidency, he was financially ruined by his characteristic misjudgment of the sort of miscreants who abused his trust when he was president. Chernow leans against today’s leveling winds of mindless egalitarianism — the belief that because greatness is rare, celebrating it is undemocratic.And against the populist tear-them-down rage to disparage.The political philosopher Harvey Mansfield, Harvard’s conservative, says education should teach how to praise.How, that is, to recognize excellence of character when it is entwined, as it always is, with flaws.And how to acknowledge excellence of achievement amid the contingencies that always partially defeat good intentions. Chernow’s “Grant” is a gift to a nation presently much in need of measured judgments about its past.George Will is a nationally syndicated columnist with The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation His rescuer from the wreckage inflicted by a 19th century Madoff was Mark Twain, who got Grant launched on his memoirs.This taciturn, phlegmatic military man of few words, writing at a punishing pace during the agony of terminal cancer, produced the greatest military memoir in the English language, and the finest book published by any U.S. president.Chernow is clear-eyed in examining and evenhanded in assessing Grant’s defects.He had an episodic drinking problem but was not a problem drinker:He was rarely incapacitated, and never during military exigencies or when with his wife, Julia.Far from being an unimaginative military plodder profligate with soldiers’ lives, he was by far the war’s greatest soldier, tactically and strategically, and the percentage of casualties in his armies was, Chernow says, “often lower than those of many Confederate generals.”Sentimentality about Robert E. Lee has driven much disdain for Grant. Chernow’s judgment about Lee is appropriately icy. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — Evidence of national discernment, although never abundant, can now be found high on the New York Times combined print and e-book best seller list.There sits Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses Simpson Grant, which no reader will wish were shorter than its 1,074 pages.Arriving at a moment when excitable individuals and hysterical mobs are demonstrating crudeness in assessing historical figures, Chernow’s book is a tutorial on measured, mature judgment.It has been said that the best biographer is a conscientious enemy of his or her subject — scrupulous but unenthralled.center_img Even after failing to dismember the nation he “remained a southern partisan” who “never retreated from his retrograde views on slavery.”Chernow’s large readership (and the successes of such non-academic historians as Rick Atkinson, Richard Brookhiser, David McCullough, Nathaniel Philbrick, Jon Meacham, Erik Larson and others) raises a question.Why are so many academic historians comparatively little read? Here is a hint from the menu of presentations at the 2017 meeting of the Organization of American Historians.The titles of 30 included some permutation of the word “circulation” (e.g., “Circulating/Constructing Heterosexuality,” “Circulating Suicide as Social Criticism,” “Circulating Tourism Imaginaries from Below”).Obscurantism enveloped in opacity is the academics’ way of assigning themselves status as members of a closed clerisy indulging in linguistic fads.Princeton historian Sean Wilentz, who is impatient with academics who are vain about being unintelligible, confesses himself mystified by the “circulating” jargon.This speaks well of him. Chernow, laden with honors for his biographies of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, is a true friend of the general who did so much to preserve the nation.And of the unjustly maligned president — the only one between Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson to serve two full consecutive terms.He nobly, if unsuccessfully, strove to prevent the war’s brutal aftermath in the South from delaying, for a century, freedom’s arrival there.After reluctantly attending West Point and competently participating in the war with Mexico, his military career foundered on alcohol abuse exacerbated by the aching loneliness of a man missing his family.His civilian life was marred by commercial failures.Then the war came.Four years after he was reduced to selling firewood on St. Louis streets, he was leading the siege of Vicksburg.last_img read more

Niche market

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Croydon retail: Reach for the stores

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Public resistance hinders COVID-19 tracing efforts: Task force

first_imgWiku further called on all segments of society to eliminate negative stigmas against COVID-19 patients so that the government could work effectively while urging the public to be truthful regarding their travel history and interactions.“Being honest and supportive to officers when identifying close contacts is important for the success of the 3T [testing, tracing, treatment] program,” he said.Indonesia’s testing capacity has much improved, Wiku said.Five provinces have exceeded World Health Organization (WHO) standards for testing capacity, but the national testing rate has not, he said. The five provinces are Jakarta, West Sumatra, Bali, South Sulawesi and Papua. Read also: Critics lambast govt over bullish tone in COVID-19 messagesWiku said treatment for COVID-19 patients had continued to improve, as indicated by an increasing rate of recoveries.As of Wednesday, Indonesia has confirmed 287,008 COVID-19 cases, including 214,947 recoveries and 10,740 fatalities.However, the task force has recorded an increase in positive COVID-19 cases by 16.4 percent over the past week.Wiku said West Java recorded the most cases.“Last week, West Java’s [COVID-19] tally increased by 594 cases, but this week the figure is quite large: 1,726 cases,” he said.The other four provinces with the highest increase in new cases were Jakarta with 1,002 cases, West Sumatra with 603, East Kalimantan with 584 and Central Java with 338.“Last week, these four provinces were not included in the top five, but this week they are. This means that these four regions experienced a significant increase in cases,” Wiku said.Topics : Health authorities working in the field still face difficulties carrying out close contact tracing as they face rejection from the public, the National COVID-19 task force has said.“The biggest obstacle right now is tracing, because there is a lot of resistance in the community due to the stigma against COVID-19 patients [who they believe] should be avoided,” task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said in a press conference on Tuesday.He said unreliable information circulating among communities eliminated “the feeling of trust” in COVID-19 patients as the subjects of contact tracing.last_img read more