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State to Honor Ocean City High School’s Macy Oteri

first_imgSydnee Lisa, Bryce Cox and Macy Oteri make Rice Krispies treats as part of a monthly group gathering of ‘Best Buddies’ at Ocean City High School.The Ocean City Board of Education and Superintendent Kathleen Taylor are most proud to announce that Ocean City High School senior Macy Oteri has been selected by the New Jersey State Board of Education and the Commissioner of Education to be recognized at the New Jersey’s State Board of Education’s annual Student Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, May 20.The school district is honored to have nominated Oteri, who embodies the qualities of an outstanding student and who strives to achieve the mission of our School District, “Committed to Excellence.”The New Jersey State Board of Education annually recognizes outstanding achievement for a student or a group of students.  The purpose of this recognition is to honor students who have made a significant contribution to school, community, family or other groups. This is the first time a student from Ocean City School District is being recognized for this distinction by the New Jersey State Board of Education.Oteri is a high achiever academically, involved in sports, the arts, clubs and activities. She is featured in a local magazine for her work as a photographer and entrepreneur.In addition to these academic achievements, Oteri is nominated because of her work as the Ocean City High School Best Buddies Expansion Chapter President. The Ocean City Best Buddies Chapter is the first High School Chapter in South Jersey.Best Buddies promotes one-on-one friendships between students who have intellectual or developmental disabilities with general education students. Ocean City High School’s Chapter has paired successfully 15 buddy matches and features a total of 41 members for its first year. Each buddy pair is held responsible for meeting at least twice a month as well as contacting each other at least once a week. At the end of every month, the Peer Buddy must write a short overview of their month with their Buddy, highlighting the activities they have participated in, any difficulties they may have had, and the stories of success.__________Read more: New ‘Buddies’ for Special Ed Students at OCHS Making ‘Huge Difference’ With ‘Little Gestures’__________The Best Buddies Chapter meets once or twice a month for a general meeting and additionally has a monthly group activity for members and pairs to socialize. Past group activities included: a Holiday Cookie Party, making Rice Krispies treats, learning how to finger-knit, participating in the Christmas parade, as well as writing Valentine’s Day cards for the troops overseas and more. As the year has progressed, matches have become comfortable with each other and other members of the club. Best Buddies allows the opportunity for new friendships to be created easily as members are truly accepting of one another.Please check the Best Buddies website, for more information.At the May State Board of Education’s Annual Student Recognition Ceremony, Oteri will be introduced to the State Board and to the public, as well as the State Board will recognize Macy for her many accomplishments and her impact on the school and students.— News release from the Ocean City School Districtlast_img read more

Kids Learn About Environment at “Fun Day”

first_imgJasmine, left, and Alexis D’Angelo check out a snake at the 2019 environmental fun day event. By Tim KellyEnvironmentalists will tell you it’s all about sustainability.  They are usually talking about keeping our planet green. It also holds true for the environmentalists themselves, who wish to build momentum for the green movement and to recruit and educate their next generation.“We have a series of educational lectures and other activities for adults,” said Chris Halliday, a member of the Ocean City Environmental Commission. “We thought, why not put together a family-friendly day for the kids?”The result played out in typical Ocean City fashion Saturday, as more than 300 parents and kids attended the Commission’s second annual Nature and the Environment Fun Day at the Community Center. The kids made arts and crafts projects using recycled materials, watched entertaining videos with environmental themes and played games. They also learned about serious issues facing Mother Earth and explored ways to address them. At last year’s inaugural event, about 50 people showed up. Bolstered by a sunshiny day and warm temperatures, the room that is the regular home of the Stainton Senior Center was taken over by dozens of young families. “We completely went through all of craft materials we brought,” said Environmental Commissioner Catherine Cipella. She estimated approximately 250 recyclable craft projects were created by the kids in attendance.The Environmental Commission has been increasing visibility with its lecture series an ongoing message advocating “coastal resiliency,” the practice of adapting and finding strategies to protect barrier island environments and help the community cope with flood hazards and other issues.Its next talk will be on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at the Free Public Library in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. Lisa Auermuller, Watershed Coordinator of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Reserve, will present the lecture, free and open to the public.Kristina Costello, of Brandywine, Md., helps daughter Klara and son Duke create decorative butterflies using recycled materials.On Saturday, the serious messages of the environmental cause took on a lighter tone for the little ones.The event was held in partnership with the Ocean City Free Public Library and the Cape May County Park & Zoo.“This is a great chance to get the kids out and do something educational and fun,” said Kristina Costello, who watched as son Duke, 5, and Klara, 2, made decorative butterflies using toilet paper tubes and recycled paper.The family, from Brandywine, Maryland, was in town visiting Costello’s husband’s parents, who live in the north end.“We come every couple of months, and there is always something going on,” Costello said. “This town does a great job putting the family events together.”Zoo Educators Kendra Verity and Nikki Licata engaged the children with a harmless snake and a jumbo-sized, floppy-eared rabbit named Bugs.Bugs, who couldn’t get enough hugs and pats from the kids, was the clear star attraction of the morning, according to an informal poll of the youngsters. Time and again, when kids were asked what was their highlight, “Bugs” or “the rabbit” was mentioned.Zoo Educator Nikki Licata shows Bugs the bunny to the Mullins family: 4-month old Julian, held by mom Jill, with Dakota, 5, and Cyprus, 8. The snake drew waves of new friends, and also those a bit wary.“Most children (with fear or dislike of snakes) have a parent or both who don’t like them,” Verity said.Admittedly, we forgot to ask the snake’s name. But one lad referred to him or her as “Sammy.”Jasmine, 8, and Alexis D’Angelo, 6, of Phoenixville, Pa., and Ocean City, looked on wide-eyed as the reptile slithered to within inches of the girls and then stuck out its lengthy tongue.“He’s smelling you now,” Verity said, to the children’s astonishment. “He uses his tongue to smell things.”Jill Mullins, of Ocean City, was anxious to take out 8-year-old son Cyprus, recently recovered from chicken pox, and daughter Dakota, 5. On her hip was Julian, 4 months. All three had their private moments with Bugs.“I caught it this morning (on social media) that this was happening, and said, ‘Let’s go.’” Mullins explained. “Ocean City just keeps doing it better and better. If Ocean City posts it, people will come.”Eco-friendly arts and crafts were a big draw, resulting in about 250 decorative creations.last_img read more

British Baker makes Twitter debut

first_imgBritish Baker is now on Twitter – the real-time social networking and micro-blogging website that allows people or companies to update their ‘followers’ on their latest news.Twitter has taken the internet by storm and is now being used by bakers as a method of communication with their customers.Among those posting their latest updates are Greggs, Cooplands of Doncaster and Hummingbird Bakery in London. Companies can sign up and create a profile on the website, including information about the business, and can post short updates on what they’re up to – of 140 characters or less.Albion cafe and bakery in Shoreditch, London has taken things one step further by installing the latest techno gadget – BakerTweet – which allows the bakery to send a Twitter alert to any of the cafe’s ‘followers’ on the website, whenever new products come out of the oven. BakerTweet is a gadget connected to the internet which sends a message out at the push of a button, whenever a product is ready, and different messages can be set up for the various products.It was produced by Poke, a digital creative agency based across the road from the Albion Cafe, which wanted a way for for its employees to, as they said, ‘perhaps selfishly’, get the freshest products first. The company soon realised its potential and is promoting it to bakers across the country.Follow British Baker on Twitter at read more

UK economy expands 0.5%

first_imgThe UK economy expanded by 0.5% in the final three months of last year.This compared to 0.4% growth in the third quarter, and was in line with expectations. Overall, the economy grew 2.2% in 2015, down on 2.9% growth in 2014.Mike Holling, executive director of the Craft Bakers Association, said: “I foresee challenging times ahead, because at present the high street is still very volatile.”In addition I have great concerns about the global market, because consumer confidence seems to have been lacking a little of late, and I think that will continue for a while longer yet.”Agriculture grew by 0.6% in the fourth quarter.Year on year (YOY), the economy expanded by 1.9% in the fourth quarter compared to 2.1 % YOY growth in the previous quarter.last_img read more

Hear Ye, moe.rons: An Open Letter From The Mayor Of moe.down In The Twilight Of His Term

first_imgI am fairly certain that the band and crew are all slightly worried/annoyed whenever I am around. I have to admit, I would be scared if I had a stalker like me. I mean…I know I’m not dangerous and I don’t have any of their hair or old finger nails in a shrine in my closet (or whatever), but they have to assume I could. Maybe I can get Frank to hook something like that up for me…but I digress. As the lead up to moe.down 2010 began, I made a bold decision: Not only would I commit to making it to moe.down this year, I would go all out–I would run for mayor! Little did I know, it would be one of the most defining choices of my life. Hell…it’s eight years later and here I am, still writing about it. I mean…how obsessed do you have to be to crash a wedding photo shoot to get the bride to wear a sash and endorse my campaign?Some of you know how that first run for mayor went for me…but for those of you who don’t–I lost. But I didn’t let that first setback stop me. I returned and ran again the following year and, once again, I lost. Same thing the next year. And the year after that. I lost my first four attempts in a row, to a mixture of persons, places and things. I was beaten by a drunk Rage-raham Lincoln, a mash-up of Bob Weir and a wig supposedly made of Bob Weir’s hair, Gold Bond medicated talc powder, and even a ditch in the ground. Humbling, I know. I figured that the only thing left to beat me was a concept, like “an ever growing sense of ennui.” But after each loss, I just made new posters and signs and started over. I admit, I maybe took it a bit farther than most people would have. I got endorsements from bands I knew like Yonder Mountain String Band……Del McCoury and his Family Band plus Keller Williams……heck…I even got my friends to help me make a full campaign commercial!I’ve had a lot of folks ask me why I did what I did, and went as far as I did. Was it for the attention? Was it to help my fledgling career as a photographer, writer and filmmaker? Did I really, really enjoy making red, white, and blue signs? Did i just like turning people into walking billboards for my campaign? I’m sure all of those were factors. I mean…when Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band) gets her own sash and wears it onstage, you know you’re doing something special…But the real reason was simple: it’s the most fun I have ever had. Taking the opportunity to spread the love of moe. as I worked at festivals around the country gave an extra purpose to what I was doing, and added a lot of extra fun. The number of folks with whom I have struck up conversations, made life-long friendships with as I stopped them and asked if they had “…ever heard if a band named moe.” still surprises me to this day. Eventually, people started making their own stickers, they started making me shirts. My good friend Franklin made a large crop of “Vote Rex” shirts out of a mixture of love and pity for my seemingly cursed quest to be mayor. Sure, I wanted to win…but the run was so much fun…The last few years have been exceptionally good years to be a moe.ron. The band is playing with as much fire as ever in their storied history. Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier both keep getting better and better every night, doggedly honing their already impressive abilities. I truly believe that they drive each other to be their absolute best every time they hit the stage.  Rob Derhak is still smacking his bass with unhinged, raging passion. Vinnie Amico has manged to get even more precise on drums, and his partner in percussion Jim Loughlin has taken his mallet game to a whole new level.Their stellar play over the last few years has made the lack of moe.down a particularly sore spot for diehard fans. We’ve been eager to have a weekend where we can sit back and truly appreciate the mad genius that these five guys and their stellar crew make happen. Now, at long last, we are just days away from the return of moe.down and the election of a new mayor. I can only hope that, whoever makes it through that insane “election” process and assumes the coveted title has as much fun as I had along the way.It has been one of the singular honors of my life to serve as your representative and evangelist of the nation of moe.rons. I’ve gotten to know the guys in the band and the crew and been pleased to see that the music I is coming from such good and generous and loving people. I’ve roamed the country working for Live For Live Music and managed to catch them whenever and whenever I can, sharing photos, videos and stories for my constituents who could not make it to the party. Next week moe. and their friends in Fishbone, Railroad Earth, Twiddle, Organ Freeman, Kung Fu, Blackberry Smoke and plenty more will be gathering at snoe. ridge in Turin, New York for a ritual interrupted: moe.down. There is still time to get tickets, make some signs, and come join the insanity of the mayoral race yourself. Or you could just find yourself a good spot on the hill and spend the weekend watching the best band in the land play music for a packed crowd of their biggest fans. Both are valid choices…but I gotta say, if I had the chance to do it all over again…well obviously I would do it all over again! Thanks to Shellie for making my sashes, to Lonny for being such an asset to the community, and to all of you for letting me have all this fun. I can’t wait to see what you lunatics have up your sleeve for this years election! Good luck to all.Love, as always, your mayor (for one more week),Rex ThomsonYou can purchase tickets for next weekend’s moe.down, featuring performances by Fishbone, Railroad Earth, Twiddle, Organ Freeman, Kung Fu, Blackberry Smoke and, of course, 7 sets of moe., at this link. For more information, and a full weekend schedule, head to the event website. According to moe.down Music Festival tradition, on the last night of the festival one lucky person, place, thing or even concept will make it through several rounds of crowd volume votes to be elected to the coveted office of ‘mayor of moe.ville.’ The last moe.down, in 2014, saw Live For Live Music’s Rex Thomson elected “mayor,” a title he has proudly held for three years during the festival’s extended hiatus. As thousands of die-hard fans from around the world descend on upstate New York for the return of moe.down next weekend, the sitting moe.down mayor reflects on his “term,” remembers the journey it took to win the “election” in the first place, and offers some parting thoughts for his “constituents” in an open letter to moe.rons everywhere:My fellow moe.rons, our long national nightmare has at last ended. One week from today, the moe.down Music Festival returns for its long-awaited 16th edition! I know I speak for all of us when I say “Hallelujah!” We are once again going to bask in three days of our favorite band playing four plus hours a night. No longer will we be stuck pondering the jams we might have heard. When I started my mad quest to be your mayor in 2014, I never anticipated the fact that my term would be the longest in moe.ville mayoral history. With no moe.down, there has been no new vote–a period of martial moe. law, if you will.While my administration has had many peaks and valleys over the last few years, no moments were lower than the passing of the last two summers without our annual gathering of friendship, and, importantly, three days of moe. in Turin! I never lost sight of my dream to see us all reunited on the hill, waiting for that first note to sound. And now, in just one short week, we will at last gather together to hear just that. The joy we all feel when our beloved band segues from one epic tune to the next in their signature free-form style will once again electrify us all as a whole–as a the course of my three years as your mayor, I have strived to live up to my original inspiration to run for the coveted office. Though my memoe.ry is not  what it once was, I can clearly remember the moe.ment when I decided to seek this illustrious position. As moe.down 2008 drew to a close, the band announced plans to take a hiatus of indeterminate length. I was devastated as I listened to that dreadful announcement from afar during the simulcast. As a Midwest native, I had never made it to the promised land of moe.ville, and I worried that this “promised land” would fade from existence before i could land my feet on its fertile grounds. As moe. closed the fest with a rousing rendition of Monty Python‘s “Always Look To The Bright Side Of Life,” I swore that if the band returned, I wouldn’t miss another chance to see them. Today, as I approach my 250th show, I know I have kept that solemn oath. I’m not alone in my deep love for moe. Not by a long shot. As many shows as I have seen, there are plenty of folks with bigger totals. moe.’s mixture of amazing musicianship, stellar improvisational skills and the ability to touch on topics across the spectrum of human thought is singularly impressive. Beyond that the camaraderie among the most dedicated fans–or moe.rons, as we are affectionately known–transcend simple friendship and move into the realm of efforts in 2009 to make it to moe.down fell through, thanks to various medical maladies, but although my health has been known to knock me down at times, I’ve continued to fight to keep myself not only on this side of the grave but on my feet and rocking. In all my struggles, there has been no light brighter, no force more inspiring than the five guys named moe. and the music they make.last_img read more

Gregg Allman’s Farewell Album Is Now Available For Stream

first_imgThe loss of the legendary Gregg Allman shook the music community to its core back in May. With his final work Southern Blood officially due out on Friday, September 8th, NPR’s First Listen has the entire album available now for stream. Allman’s Southern Blood was produced by manager and friend Michael Lehman and Grammy-winning producer Don Was, with Rolling Stone noting that on the night prior to his death, Allman had just been sent four completed songs off the album and was excited to hear the tracks. In the same Rolling Stone article, Was notes, “It was kind of unspoken, but it was really clear we were preparing a final statement, in many ways. . . . It was so fuckin’ heavy, man. We weren’t going to a picnic.”Gregg Allman’s Final Album To Be Celebrated With Multi-City Events, Special Guests, “Gregg Allman Day” In MaconAfter fighting liver cancer for five years following a liver transplant in 2010, Allman went into Southern Blood with a very clear intention to make use of what would be his final studio session. A previous press release via Allman’s website notes that the late rock star was excited to “capture the sound of the ultimate Gregg Allman Band in flight,” as Allman considered the group the tightest kit combo of lineup that he had worked with over his multi-decade solo career, with Lehman stating, the group was “like a family or a well oiled machine, always knowing what the other band members were thinking and doing.” Recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Southern Blood simultaneous taps into the past while creating a statement for fans for generations to come. Fame Studios is the local that Gregg and his late brother Duane Allman recorded their pre-Allman Brothers Band project, Hour Glass, and Gregg considered recording his final album there a means “to bring him full circle.”The album itself is one of Allman’s most personal solo efforts, featuring a host of meticulously chosen and heartfelt covers, as well the crowning jewel of the album, an original titled “My Only True Friend,” which was released earlier this month and begins with the lyrics: “You and I both know this river will surely flow to an end.” Co-written by Scott Sharrard, the Gregg Allman Band’s guitarist and musical director, along with Allman, “My Only True Friend” is a retrospective that allowed Allman to reflect and, as Was notes, “contextualize the course of his life.” Was continues, “The man that his fans saw performing onstage was the essential Gregg Allman – he was whole and truly satisfied when he was up there playing music. The trials and troubles he faced in life were mostly the result of not knowing what to do with himself in between shows. In this song, he’s addressing a woman and explaining that, although he loves her and doesn’t want to face living his life alone, being away on the road and performing every night is his lifeblood. If you understand this about Gregg Allman, every other aspect of his life makes complete sense.”Listen to Gregg Allman’s final masterpiece, Southern Blood, on NPR: Southern Blood TracklistMy Only True Friend (Gregg Allman-Scott Sharrard)Once I Was (Tim Buckley-Larry Beckett)Going Going Gone (Bob Dylan)Black Muddy River (Jerome J. Garcia-Robert C. Hunter)I Love the Life I Live (Willie Dixon)Willin’ (Lowell George)Blind Bats and Swamp Rats (Jack Avery)Out of Left Field (Dewey Lindon Oldham Jr.-Dan Penn)Love Like Kerosene (Scot Sharrard)Song for Adam featuring Jackson Browne (Jackson Browne)Scott Sharrard will be celebrating Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band at the upcoming Brooklyn Come Alive with a very special The Road Goes On: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band set. Sharrard will bring together Al Schnier, Vinnie Amico (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Nate Werth(Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), Brett Bass (Gregg Allman Band), along with special guests Eric Krasno (Lettuce, Soulive), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys), and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer to perform classic Allman Brothers material. More information on Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.last_img read more

The Byrds Co-Founders Announce ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ 50th Anniversary Tour

first_imgRoger McGuinn and Chris Hillman will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Byrds seminal country-rock album Sweetheart of the Rodeo with a series of tour dates this summer and fall. The shows will find the two founding members of the pioneering ‘60s rock band teaming up with Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives to perform songs from the LP and tell stories about the making of the 1968 record.“On March 9, 1968, Roger McGuinn and I along with many fantastic musicians began recording the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album at Columbia Studios in Nashville,” Chris Hillman reportedly said in a statement. “It was truly a pivotal moment in our lives taking a turn toward the music we always felt a strong kinship with. We are honored that it has left a strong, long-lasting impression on country and rock music.”“We’re all looking forward to taking the fans through the back pages of the recording,” McGuinn continued. “The concert will include songs that led up to that groundbreaking trip to Nashville and all the songs from the album.”Recorded in the spring of 1968, Sweetheart of the Rodeo marked a stylistic departure for The Byrds, who had risen to prominence with a potent blend of folk and psychedelia. Most notably, it helped the launch the career of Gram Parsons, who brought a country sensibility to the band just prior to the recording of the album. McGuinn and Hillman have only announced five tour dates so far, but the pair has confirmed that additional dates will be revealed in the near future. Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary Tour:July 24 Los Angeles, CA – Ace HotelJuly 29 Saratoga, CA – Mountain WinerySeptember 18 Albany, NY – Hart TheaterSeptember 20 Hopewell, VA – Beacon TheatreOctober 3 Akron, OH – Akron Civic[H/T – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Anderson .Paak Talks Grammy Win & Dr. Dre Perfectionism, Performs “Trippy” On ‘Fallon’ [Watch]

first_imgOn Thursday night, Anderson .Paak stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform a track from his new album, Oxnard, and chat with Fallon about his various recent triumphs, his working relationship with Dr. Dre, and his soulful ambitions for the future.After recounting how he wound up going straight from intensive care with his son to the Grammy red carpet, .Paak talked about his recording process with Oxnard executive producer Dr. Dre—a hero collaborator that he never truly dreamed of working with because the concept seemed to “far-fetched.”Related: THERE WILL BE NO SIMPIN’: Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals Kick Off ‘Andy’s Beach Club’ World Tour in San FranciscoOn working with Dre, .Paak explained that “both of us are perfectionists, so it’s really frustrating sometimes.” When Fallon asked if the two ever bumped heads, Anderson quickly responded, “Absolutely. His head is bigger than mine too, so it’s like, ‘alright Dre, sounds good to me.’” He also noted that he and Dre made “two albums worth” of music—a promising prospect for fans hoping to hear more new .Paak in the near future—and teased some upcoming new artistic directions: “Lots of soul, a bigger tour, and the best teeth in the game.” You can watch the interview clip below:Anderson .Paak Talks Grammys, Oxnard, Dr. Dre with Jimmy Fallon[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]In addition to his chat with Jimmy, .Paak and his touring The Free Nationals outfit (augmented by trumpeter Maurice Brown) delivered a performance of Oxnard track “Trippy” for the Tonight Show crowd. Check out the performance below.Anderson .Paak – “Trippy”[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]Anderson .Paak is currently in the midst of his sold-out Andy’s Beach Club Tour. For more information on his upcoming shows, head to his website here.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Eric Krasno & Friends Featuring Nigel Hall, Louis Cato, Chris Loftlin, Casey Benjamin At Blue Note NYC

first_imgLoad remaining images Load remaining images Louis Cato & Friends | Blue Note NYC | New York, NY | 5/17/19 | Photos: Chris Capacicenter_img On Friday night, guitarist Eric Krasno continued his weekend residency at Blue Note NYC featuring drummer Louis Cato, keyboardist Nigel Hall, and bassist Chris Loftlin.The shows are billed as Eric Krasno & Friends, though longtime fans will recognize the quartet comprised of Krasno, Hall, Cato, and Loftlin as a throwback to an old project, Chapter 2, which rarely plays together these days.However, they’ve played their fair share of memorable performances in the past. In 2009, Chapter 2 performed as part of the first-ever night of music at Brooklyn Bowl for the venue’s soft opening. They wouldn’t reconvene onstage until 2017, when they anchored a headlining, star-studded Eric Krasno & Friends set in that very same building as part of Brooklyn Comes Alive. That Brooklyn Comes Alive set featured a veritable all-star squad of special guests, from John Scofield to George Porter Jr. to Cyril Neville to Jennifer Hartswick to Maurice Brown to Snarky Puppy horns Mike “Maz” Maher and Chris Michetti and beyond. As Krasno mused while the guests accumulated onstage, “They told me that I could bring some friends, but they had no idea how many I’d actually bring!”The Friday edition of Eric Krasno & Friends at the Blue Note saw the talented crew welcome saxophonist Casey Benjamin (The Robert Glasper Experiment) for a scheduled sit-in, and Charles “Chally Mikes” Haynes for a spur-of-the-moment guest spot on drums. Following the Eric Krasno & Friends set, Cato stepped into the driver’s seat for a late-night Louis Cato & Friends performance.Below, you can check out a gallery of photos from both sets courtesy of photographer Chris Capaci.The Eric Krasno Blue Note residency continues tonight, May 18th, featuring Ledisi and tomorrow, May 19th, featuring MonoNeon. For more information and ticketing details, head here.Eric Krasno & Friends | Blue Note NYC | New York, NY | 5/17/19 | Photos: Chris Capacilast_img read more

Filing claims interference in 2010 Border Patrol death probe

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) — Documents filed in an international human rights case say the current head of the U.S. Border Patrol took part in an effort to shield agents following the 2010 death of a man who tried to cross from Mexico into California. The documents made public Thursday involve the death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, who was beaten and shocked with a stun gun at the San Ysidro Port of Entry and later died at a hospital. No criminal charges were ever filed. A document submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights contends that Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott and others obstructed criminal investigations.last_img read more

Vermont Woodworking School Expansion Project Receives USDA Grant for Bio-Mass Furnace

first_imgVermont Woodworking School Expansion ProjectReceives USDA Grant for Bio-Mass FurnaceThe USDA has awarded Fairfax Woodworking, LLC an energy-efficiency grant to install a bio-mass furnace at its Vermont Woodworking School VWS expansion project. The school is moving from its industrial park location in Colchester to a 15,000 square foot red barn in Fairfax just 4 miles west of Cambridge on Route 104. As part of this expansion, this three-story cattle barn that was being used as a venue to sell books and other thrift items is receiving an energy efficient fit-up and will be a modern shop for woodworking students and residents.Fairfax Woodworking, LLC is managing the renovation project in consultation with Efficiency Vermont and Vermont Department of Historic Preservation. In addition to the bio-mass furnace, the project will use closed cell foam insulation, energy efficient lighting, and radiant heat flooring.In addition to the barn, a farmhouse on the property is also undergoing a renovation respectful of historic integrity and energy efficiency. Sean Knight, a Vermont Woodworking School student has replicated and replaced otherwise decayed intricate, historic moldings on the house. This house will be used as instructor and student housing. Permits are in place to build a dorm on the property in the future.Private space in the shop is available for lease starting January 1, 2009 and offers shared access to larger equipment, the finish room, the upholstery studio and eventually, gallery space. This space is open to woodworkers, furniture-makers and other craftspeople if it is determined to be a good fit.Individuals interested in becoming residents at the new location are encouraged to contact Blake Ewoldsen to discuss possibilities and schedule a tour. Blake can be reached at the woodshop at 802-655-4201 or by e-mailing [email protected](link sends e-mail). Pictures of this project and the location can be viewed online at is external).last_img read more

Ecuadorean Navy Receives Speedboats for Maritime Vigilance

first_imgBy Dialogo January 11, 2012 Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa chaired a ceremony to mark the delivery of four speedboats, two tug boats, and an oceanographic research vessel to the Navy to reinforce maritime vigilance activities. Built by the Ecuadorean Naval Shipyard – ASTINAVE, the new speedboats are part of the project to reinforce the monitoring capabilities of the National Directorate of Aquatic Spaces to combat illicit activities along Ecuador’s coasts. During the delivery ceremony, President Correa stated, “I hope that it will be understood that we’re not only delivering speedboats and ships, but rather that we’re delivering knowledge, national added value, science, technology, and a culture of excellence; that ASTINAVE is delivering us development,” Correa declared. The new vessels will be destined to the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabí, and Santa Elena and will be under the control of the Coast Guard Command. At the same time, the Ecuadorean Petroleum Fleet received two tug boats, and one vessel was turned over to the Navy’s Oceanographic Institute.last_img read more

FBI solves fatal credit union robbery cold case

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The FBI and federal prosecutors said Wednesday they solved the cold case of a fatal credit union robbery on August 12, 2003 in Webster, N.Y.U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. in Rochester said Richard Leon Wilbern, 56, of Rochester, N.Y., was arrested and charged with the credit union robbery that resulted the death of Raymond Batzel who was a member of the Xerox Federal Credit Union, which is now the Xceed Financial Credit Union based in El Segundo, Calif. Another member, Joseph Doud, was also shot and seriously injured. continue reading »last_img read more

Ivory Coast election: Alassane Ouattara wins amid boycott

first_img– Advertisement – “They should stop because Ivory Coast needs peace, these are criminal acts and we hope that all this can stop, so that after the election this country may continue on its course of progress, which it has enjoyed over the last few years.” – Advertisement – Mr Gbagbo also put himself forward to stand in this year’s election but the electoral commission blocked him because he had been convicted in the Ivorian courts. What’s the background to the tension? Alassane Ouattara, 78, economist. Became president in 2011, serving his second term after years in opposition. It added that a significant number of voters were disfranchised because polling stations did not open, adding that even those people who were able to vote did so “in a context of fear and anxiety”. At least nine people were killed during Saturday’s vote, news agency AFP reports. Related Topics His supporters argued that a constitutional change in 2016 reset the clock and that his first term did not count. In the eastern town of Daoukro, protesters erected roadblocks. Meanwhile tear gas was used to push away demonstrators who gathered close to where the president cast his ballot in the main city, Abidjan. Opposition figures say it was illegal for Mr Ouattara to stand for a third term as it broke rules on term limits. But, in July, the ruling party’s previous presidential nominee, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died of a heart attack. After voting in Abidjan on Saturday, Mr Ouattara called for an end to the protests. His opponents do not share that view, arguing instead that it is illegal for Mr Ouattara to run for a third term. Main opposition candidates Pascal Affi N’Guessan and Henri Konan Bédié had urged their supporters not to vote. “An election is the moment when a society comes together to experience and live out democracy, but the context that prevailed on election day… shows that a large segment of the Ivorian population did not experience this election in peace,” PTI Advocacy Group said in a statement. Ivorian anti-riot police use tear gas to disperse opposition supporters in Blockhauss, Abidjan.

Oregon Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Heroin and Cocaine, and New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

first_imgA study by the Florida Policy Institute, a think tank backing the increase, found that the higher wage would directly benefit 2.5 million workers in the state. Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election ResultsHere’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. If you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. OAKLAND, Calif. — The march to decriminalize drugs moved further across the nation on Tuesday despite continued federal prohibition.Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs. And in New Jersey and Arizona voters decisively passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana. Cannabis is now legal across a large bloc of states in the West — from Washington down to the Mexican border — and well beyond.- Advertisement – The amendment was supported by unions and the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and was opposed by business organizations representing construction companies, citrus farmers, hotels and restaurants.In Louisiana a measure supported by two anti-abortion Democrats, Gov. John Bel Edwards and State Senator Katrina Jackson, passed comfortably. Amendment 1 would add these words to the State Constitution: “Nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion, or require the funding of abortion.”In Mississippi voters approved a new state flag with red, yellow and blue stripes, a magnolia flower and the words, “In God We Trust.” The state’s previous flag, which dated to 1894 and contained a Confederate battle cross, was decommissioned by lawmakers in June.There were 38 statewide citizen initiatives being decided across the country on Tuesday, about half the level of the last presidential election, when there were 72. Experts attribute the decline to the effect of the coronavirus, which has made gathering signatures more difficult. When all measures are tallied, including those placed by legislatures on the ballots, there are a total of 124 statewide ballot initiatives this year, down from 154 four years ago.Noam Scheiber contributed reporting. Oregon voters also legalized psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms, for people age 21 and older. Proponents said the move would allow the drug to be used to treat depression, anxiety and other conditions.- Advertisement – Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 12:19 a.m. ETcenter_img – Advertisement – Cannabis was also on the ballot in Montana, Mississippi and South Dakota. If all of the marijuana measures pass, cannabis will be legal for medical use in three dozen states and recreational use will be allowed in 15.The Oregon measure would make possession of small amounts of what have long been considered harder drugs a violation, similar to a traffic ticket, and no longer punishable by jail time. The law would also fund drug addiction treatment from marijuana sales taxes. Even in a year when the number of citizen initiatives in states across the country was sharply down from the last presidential election, the diverse slate of measures offered a chance to gauge the mood of the nation.In Florida, where the two presidential candidates were within a few points of each other, voters approved a pro-labor amendment to the Constitution that will raise the minimum wage incrementally to $15 an hour in 2026.Florida becomes the eighth state to enact a minimum wage of $15, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, but the first state that Donald J. Trump carried in the 2016 presidential election. The District of Columbia has also enacted a $15 minimum wage.- Advertisement – Under the measure, the state minimum wage would rise from its current hourly rate of $8.56 to $10 next September, and then increase by $1 every September through 2026. After that, annual increases would be tied to inflation. Florida’s measure, known as Amendment 2, earned a place on Tuesday’s ballot last December and needed at least 60 percent of the vote to pass. With 99 percent of the vote counted, the measure had slightly more than 61 percent.last_img read more

In 2019, 13 million overnight stays were realized in non-commercial accommodation facilities

first_imgZadar County realized the most overnight stays in non-commercial accommodation In 2019, the number of arrivals in non-commercial accommodation decreased, but the number of tourist nights increased, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). * Non-commercial accommodation facilities / These are tourist traffic realized in houses and holiday apartments that are not rented commercially to guests or catering activities are used in them and they are used seasonally or occasionally and night owners, members of their families, other relatives and friends , which the owner is obliged to report and deregister to the tourist board of the municipality or city. They are followed by the County of Primorje-Gorski Kotar with 124 thousand arrivals and 3,6 million overnight stays of tourists and the County of Istria with 95 thousand arrivals and 2,0 million overnight stays of tourists. Thus, in 2019, 515 thousand tourist arrivals and 13,1 million tourist nights were realized in non-commercial accommodation facilities in the Republic of Croatia. Compared to 2018, that is 0,6% fewer arrivals and 4,4% more tourist nights. In the structure of total overnight stays of foreign tourists staying in non-commercial accommodation facilities, most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Slovenia (47%). They are followed by tourists from Bosnia and Herzegovina (12%), Germany (9%), Serbia (7%), Austria (4%) and Italy (3%). Tourists from other countries realized 18% of tourist nights. Source: CBS / Photo: CBS In 2019, the highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in non-commercial accommodation facilities was realized in Zadar County, 145 thousand arrivals and 4,5 million tourist overnight stays. In the structure of total realized tourist arrivals, 27% of arrivals were realized by domestic tourists, and 73% by foreign ones. In the structure of total overnight stays, 47% of overnight stays were realized by domestic tourists and 53% by foreign tourists. Traditionally, most nights are spent by foreign tourists from Slovenia On average, 25,5 overnight stays per tourist were realized. Domestic tourists spent an average of 44,5 nights, while foreign tourists spent 18,4 nights.last_img read more