Marco Benevento & Friends, Greyboy Allstars Throw Down Late Night Parties Saturday In NOLA [Photos]

first_imgThis weekend has been rich in late-night live music master classes, from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, to The New Mastersounds, to Voodoo Dead (with Steve Kimock, Jackie Greene, George Porter Jr., Jeff Chimenti, JM Kimock, Oteil Burbridge, and Papa Mali), to a stellar performance from Greensky Bluegrass at the House of Blues, and beyond. But they were far from the only people wowing New Orleans crowds this weekend.On Saturday, after his Joe Russo’s Almost Dead gig at the Joy Theatre, keyboard soundscape artist extraordinaire Marco Benevento took the stage late night at Blue Nile for a special performance with help from JRAD cohorts Scott Metzger and Tom Hamilton.The Greyboy Allstars also served up a stellar late-night performance on Saturday night, partying with the Tipitinas crowd into the wee hours of the morning,You can check out stunning photos from each of these second-Saturday late-night dance parties below, courtesy of photographer Dave Vann.[Cover photos by Dave Vann]Greyboy Allstars | Tipitinas | New Orleans (Jazz Fest Late Night) | 5/6/17 | Photos by Dave Vann Load remaining images Photo: Dave Vann Marco Benevento w/ Scott Metzger and Tom Hamilton | Blue Nile | New Orleans (Jazz Fest Late Night) | 5/6/17 | Photos by Dave Vann Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Lettuce & Ghost-Note Announce Free Virtual Reality Webcast From Brooklyn Steel

first_imgLettuce will continue their Vibe Up Tour with Ghost-Note at Brooklyn, New York’s Brooklyn Steel on Saturday, January 19th. The funk bands have teamed up for a very special Live Virtual Reality webcast for the show, starting around 9 pm ET.If you have Samsung Gear VR and Oculus GO hardware, you can watch the stream for free on the Oculus Venues App. If you don’t have virtual reality enabled devices, you can still watch the concert for free in Facebook180 format on the nugs.net Facebook page. Do not miss out, as this is the last stop on Lettuce’s tour that Ghost-Note will be on board.Lettuce will continue on from Brooklyn throughout the early months of 2019 with a run of supportless “evening with” shows, followed by a number of performances with The Greyhounds. Fans and interested ticket buyers can visit the band’s website for a full list of upcoming tour dates.After their stint with Lettuce, Ghost-Note will head out for a number of headlining shows on their Smack ‘Em Tour featuring support from Electric Kiff, in addition to a number of March dates opening for Umphrey’s McGee. For a full list of Ghost-Note’s upcoming tour dates, head here.last_img read more

Justice by committee

first_imgThe document dump was formidable: 300 boxes holding more than 20,000 pages of colonial-era notes, letters, and reports released by the British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.The London lawyers of elderly Kenyans suing the British government for atrocities committed during the 1950s Mau Mau rebellion needed help. They turned to Caroline Elkins, a Harvard history professor whose 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Imperial Reckoning,” helped get the trial going.Elkins said yes. But 10 years of researching and writing her book taught her a thing or two about handling volumes of old documents. She knew that she would need help herself.Enter Team Mau Mau.Elkins organized a group of current and former Harvard students to help her search for keywords and common threads, evidence of both torture and efforts to cover it up.The five-person team, headed by doctoral student Erin Mosely, toiled through last fall, sifting and categorizing documents even as Elkins began writing the witness statement drawing from their work. Elkins refined the statement in the spring and filed it in late May. This fall, the three Kenyans who suffered sexual assault, torture, and castration at British hands felt the benefit of the team’s work when a British judge threw out government arguments that the events happened too long ago to allow for a fair trial. There was plenty of documentary evidence, the judge ruled, to allow the case to go forward.“They’ve done an absolutely first-class job,” said Daniel Leader, a barrister with the London law firm Leigh Day & Co., attorneys for the Kenyans suing the government. “We’re heavily reliant on their expertise. I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say this case wouldn’t have been brought without her [Elkins’] efforts.”For Elkins and the students, the work was a labor of love, but labor nonetheless.  Will Grogan ’13, a government concentrator, pitched in throughout the process, logging five to eight hours a week and then some long December days, fueled with caffeine, to bring the work to a conclusion. Grogan said the project was illuminating and sometimes moving. It was also hard to shake the awareness that his work was part of a case that could alter how the United Kingdom views its colonial legacy.“This was something everyone came to from a point of passion; that made it easy,” Grogan said. “This was by far one of the most meaningful academic experiences I’ve had, period.”Grogan’s teammates, along with Mosely, were Megan Shutzer ’10, Elizabeth Pike ’15, and grad student Kristen Roupenian. The five did a first cut of the documents using key search terms. Then they printed out the rest, rolled up their sleeves, and got to work. Each took a batch of documents, spent several days going through it, and then reported back to the group. Mosely entered relevant findings into spreadsheets to keep track of it all.Harvard students Will Grogan and Elizabeth Pike were part of a research team that helped Elkins wade through thousands of pages of documents.The task before them was an enormous one, Elkins said. The team had only months to determine the relevancy of each document, tracking not just the obvious smoking guns, but also those pieces perhaps not important until joined with others.“It was an incredible amount of work,” Elkins said. “When you’re swimming in documents, the only way you’re going to get through is with a collaborative effort. … It was teaching and learning at its very best.”In the end, Elkins said, the documents bolstered her original research showing British culpability for the violence in detainment camps set up around the country.  The work also showed that some 3 ½ tons of documents were destroyed at the time of Britain’s colonial retreat from Kenya.“It gave me insight as to why it took me 10 ½ years to do ‘Imperial Reckoning.’ I was missing 3 ½ tons of files,” Elkins said.The real-time nature of the project, and the stories of the victims, heightened the experience for Pike.“I saw that history can be a very powerful tool in a modern context,” Pike said, describing some cases in her reading that involved castration and beatings. “Those cases were horrifying. … It all became real to me.”The Mau Mau rebellion began in 1952, and was largely carried out by one of Kenya’s dominant ethnic groups, the Kikuyu. Thousands of Africans were killed, and 32 white settlers. Kenya’s British colonial roots date to the late 1800s. It was named a protectorate in 1895 and an official colony in 1920. The country became independent in 1963.The Mau Mau case began in British courts in 2009, spurred by the work of Elkins and other historians, including David Anderson, whose “Histories of the Hanged,” also dealt with rebellion. Three Kenyans — two of the original five have died — are seeking redress for abuses they suffered at the hands of the British colonial administration. The case has not gone to trial as the court has dealt with two government arguments seeking dismissal. In the first, the government argued that the Kenyan government, not the British government, was liable for colonial actions. That claim was dismissed in 2011.The second argument is that so much time has passed that there is no prospect for a fair trial. A judge ruled in October, partly on the strength of Elkins’ summary of the additional evidence contained in the documents, that there was plenty of documentary and other evidence for the case to advance. The government has appealed.The ruling is an important one, Leader said. If the appeal is denied, the government will have to go to trial having already admitted to torture.Leader said he’s hoping for a settlement. The plaintiffs are seeking an apology and some kind of pension system — likely just a fraction of what a loss in court would cost the government.“It’s embarrassing to the British government. It’s morally unsustainable, legally unsustainable,” Leader said. “[The plaintiffs] weren’t tortured by random individuals; they were tortured by British officers. … If there are living victims of torture, Britain should do the right thing.”last_img read more

Ten Easy Steps

first_imgYou probably have better things to do with your spare time than mow, spray, prune,fertilize and mulch. If you’re starting to feel like a slave to your landscape, it’s timeto make changes.You need not sacrifice your landscape’s beauty. Here are 10 steps to get you started. Divide and multiply what you may already have. Fall is ideal for dividing daylilies, iris, Liriope and most herbaceous perennials. You may already have these. If not,ask a neighbor. Your low-maintenance goal is to cover every square inch with largegroupings of plants of different textures, colors, etc., that require little routinemaintenance.Fill in voids with mulch. Use pine straw, pine bark mininuggets, hardwood chipsor other organic mulch. Three to five inches will help prevent weeds and conservemoisture. Monitor your progress and expand your efforts. If you’re spending more timemanaging the new landscape than the old, something went wrong. Carefully chosen groundcovers and herbaceous plantings should require little routine care once established.Once-a-year pruning and fertilizing should be all you need.Each 1,000 square feet converted from high- to low-maintenance will provide at leastfive more leisure hours each year. That’s a great return on your investment. Use the garden hose to outline new beds. Lay the hose in the sun until it’sflexible. Then use it to outline new beds. A sweeping bed with flowing curves from thefoundation to the drive is appealing. Incorporate existing trees into a large island. Butavoid having too many small islands to mow around and edge. Once the hose shows the rightshape, use garden lime or flour to mark it. Kill unwanted vegetation in the new bed. Use a nonselective weed killer, likeRoundup. Don’t cultivate the bed, except to plant annual flowers. Rototilling encouragesweed seeds to sprout. You can plant directly through killed turf. Wait a day or more forthe herbicide to dry on the foliage and to be absorbed before planting. Plan Ahead. Landscape changes require planning and may need to be done in stages.You may have to order new plants. Fall is best for planting.center_img Keep weeds at bay. Changing any landscape area will encourage weed growth. Keep aspray bottle of Roundup handy to spot-treat weeds. And consider using a granularpreemergence herbicide to keep weeds from sprouting. Many are on the market. Twoapplications per year will prevent a lot of hand-weeding. Keep the new planting simple. Three to five different plants is all you need tofill a large bed. You may choose to mulch a large area and not plant it at all. Spreadingground-cover plants cover large spaces economically. Low-growing junipers, like Blue Rug,Shore and Prince of Wales, are great for full sun. Variegated Liriope, Siberian iris, daylilies and the new dianthus, ‘Bath’s Pink'(a Georgia Gold Medal Winner), are full-sunchoices that practically thrive on neglect. Periwinkle and harbour dwarfnandina are great for shade. To save money, ask your nurseryman about “liner”plants, rooted cuttings that may cost 50 cents to $1 each. Consolidate or eliminate high-maintenance plants. Some plants are more trouble thanthey’re worth. If insect or disease control seems a losing battle, consider replacinginfested plants with more tolerant options. Consolidate annual flowers in two or threeareas where you can easily care for them. Identify your landscape’s high-maintenance features. What’s requiring a lot oftime? For most people, mowing may be the biggest chore. Do you spend too much timeshearing plants, pulling weeds or spraying for pests? If so, consider alternatives.last_img read more

Renewables pushing prices, emissions down across Australian national grid

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The huge additions of rooftop solar and large-scale wind and solar projects combined to help drive emissions from Australia’s main grid to a record low in the first quarter, and helped push average wholesale prices to their lowest point in four years.The Australian Energy Market Operator – in its latest Quarterly Energy Dynamics report – describes a volatile first quarter of 2020 for the main grid, which experienced days of huge demand and volatility, record temperatures, bushfires, several transmission failures that caused separations of state grids, then a spate of unusually mild weather that caused record demand lows, and finally the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, including a crash in the international oil market.The end result, however, was that emissions hit their lowest level in the first quarter since the creation of the National Electricity Market more than two decades ago, and prices fell to their lowest levels since 2016.In January, despite the volatility, the average price on the NEM was down 50% to $66 per megawatt hour (MWh), down from $130/MWh in Q1 2019, while the average price in South Australia, with the highest level of wind and solar, fell by two thirds to an average of $65/MWh.And despite the volatility brought about by that series of disparate events – heatwaves, bushfires, record demand, a high number of coal plant outages in February and March, record levels of minimum demand, and Covid-19 – the profile of the grid continued to change towards renewables and away from fossil fuels.The combination of lower demand and more renewables sent the amount of all fossil fuel generators down, with black coal the worst hit, followed by gas.[Giles Parkinson]More: Wind, solar help push grid emissions to record low, prices to four year low Renewables pushing prices, emissions down across Australian national gridlast_img read more

Arts Alive LI Kicks Off Month-Long Celebration of Art and Music on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The third annual Arts Alive LI Arts Month featuring more than 200 concerts, dance performances, art exhibitions, parades and festivals in more than 40 venues across Long Island kicks off next week.A host of dignitaries from Nassau and Suffolk counties joined a handful of talented young local artists in announcing the line-up Wednesday at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, one of the venues hosting some of the events.“We want everyone to think of October as Arts Month,” said Theresa Statz-Smith, executive director of the Long Island Arts Alliance, a not-for-profit arts umbrella group that collaborated with Bethpage Federal Credit Union to launch Arts Alive LI. “We’re trying to showcase Long Island’s arts and culture under one big umbrella with a month-long celebration.”The first big event is the Free Family Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nassau’s Museum Row, which includes the Cradle of Aviation and the Long Island Children’s Museum. The main stage will feature acts like the Jen Chapin Trio, the Central Islip Choir, Lena and the Happy Clam Band and Pursuing JC. Other musicians will perform on a recital stage sponsored by Music & Arts, a Maryland-based company that bills itself as “the nation’s largest school music retailer and lesson provider” and has just opened three locations on the Island.And that’s just a taste of the cultural happenings scheduled for the weeks to come, ranging from Broadway singer Betty Buckley performing at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag harbor to the Edgar Allen Poe Festival in Riverhead and the “Taking it to the Street” urban art show at the Studio 5404 Art Space in Massapequa.“Arts Alive LI was created to generate awareness and excitement for the wealth and breadth of culture and entertainment right here on Long Island,” said Linda Armyn, senior vice president of Bethpage Federal Credit Union. “Together, we can share all that Long Island has to offer!”Kirk Kordeleski, chief executive officer of Bethpage Federal Credit Union and chairman of the Long Island Association (LIA), emphasized how important all these cultural arts organizations are to the Island’s economy and quality of life.“The arts and culture industry is a great resource for Long Island,” he said. “It’s an economic engine, providing skills and high paying jobs that cannot be outsourced.”Kevin Law, president and CEO of the LIA and co-chair of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, added that the council has funneled “a million dollars” of state funding to a large array of cultural organizations on the Island ranging from the Long Island Children’s Museum to the East End Arts Alliance.Roger Tilles, chairman of the Long Island Arts Alliance, explained the underlying philosophy behind Arts Alive LI.“It was to show that even though we’re in the shadow of New York City, which tends to make people feel that somehow we’re second class, we’re not,” he said. “We have world-class art, music, dance and drama here on Long Island. We take a back seat to no one.”Tilles, also LI’s representative on the state Board of Regents, touted the “tremendous contribution” of the arts to the quality of life on LI, due in no small part to the art and music education in local schools. He hopes to build on this as chairman of the Regent’s new Blue Ribbon Commission on Arts Assessment, a panel studying a “new arts pathway” to graduation, an alternative high school diploma based on visual arts, dance, music and theater—a program he hopes will debut next year. Tilles said “the arts really foster beauty and creativity, and so much of education has been against that and in favor of regimentation, memorization and non-creativity.”Proof that LI’s schools are a fountainhead of creative talent came when Robbie Rosen, an American Idol season 10 semifinalist, sang the national anthem at the kick-off press conference. Now a music major at Hofstra University, Rosen was a junior at Calhoun High School in Merrick when he got to be “one of the top eight boys” on the hit show.“The arts have truly been a blessing for my entire life,” Rosen said. “I don’t know where I’d be without them.”On display in the museum lobby were the winning entries from the Arts Alive LI 2014 Poster Contest, which will go on exhibit next month at the Long Island Children’s Museum. All told the judges winnowed 170 submissions down to 10. On hand was the grand-prize winner, Audrey Zhang, a sixth grader at Island Trees Memorial Middle School in Levittown, whose colorful poster was designed to answer the question: “What place on Long Island inspires the artist in you?”She also won this year’s national Doodle 4 Google prize. Her art teacher, Karen McNally, gushed about her star pupil’s ability, which first came to light when the budding young artist drew caricatures of her fellow kindergartners.“I knew she had talent when she entered kindergarten,” said McNally. “Another teacher brought her artwork to me and said: ‘Wow! Can you believe this is from a 5-year-old?’”For Zhang’s Arts Alive LI prize, she was given an Apple mini-iPad and a $500 gift certificate, courtesy Bethpage Federal Credit Union. The other prize-winning artists came from a scattering Nassau and Suffolk schools—one was even homeschooled—with two winners from Connetquot High School in Bohemia.Alexandro Vasquez, now in 11th grade, got $50 for his poster, which showed the Robert Moses Causeway Bridge photo-shopped with a sky swirling with colors and smoke, plus a shadowy silhouette of a photographer in the foreground. Vasquez, who plans to become a commercial artis, called his creation, “Behind Reality.” He said: “It’s not just a simple picture of a bridge—it could be more than that.”“This is what he wants to do,” said his art teacher, Erica Martino-Lattuga. “He’s very talented.”Soon, thanks to Arts Alive LI, Vasquez and the other winners will have their first museum show.“Exhibiting the artwork of our community’s children is one way to encourage them to value and participate in the visual arts and develop the next generation of audiences for galleries and museums across Long Island,” said Suzanne LeBlanc, president of the Long Island Children’s Museum.And so, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 31, Long Island will come alive with art, music and performances. For a complete list of events plus discount coupons and the chance to win prizes like an “East End Family Getaway” or a “Long Beach Artventure,” visit artsaliveli.org and click on “Passport.” Many events, such as the community festivals and parades, are free.last_img read more

Credit union turnaround timeline

first_imgSweeping changes began at $82 million/10,250-member PriorityONE Credit Union of Florida, Sunrise, with the arrival of a new president/CEO Nancy Rappaport, CCE, a CUES member, in 2006.Here’s an outline of the areas in which Rappaport helped build new best practices, plus the purpose and the benefits gained for doing so. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Crews respond to building fire in Glen Aubrey

first_imgThis is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. (WBNG) — Multiple fire departments are responded to an apartment fire at 251 Pendell Hill Rd. in Glen Aubrey.center_img Dispatchers are unable to confirm further details with 12 News.last_img

How long must we wait for gun control?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFirst some history: 160 years ago, you could own a slave. People fought to the death for the right for you to own a slave. One hundred years ago, your mother was not entitled to vote. Thirty years ago, you could smoke a cigarette almost anywhere. Twenty years ago, Adam could marry Eve but not Steve.And so, as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, effective gun control will come. The critical question is, “How many more children must die until then?”James FogartyNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Couple find their ideal investment at Ecco Ripley

first_imgThe Terraces, Parkview Parade.A SEARCH of southeast Queensland for the perfect investment property has led a couple to purchase a terrace home in Ecco Ripley.Daniel and Gay Baxter said the chance to secure an affordable new home as an investment in the Ripley Valley region was too good to resist.“We had searched everywhere for the perfect investment, from Mooloolaba through to Ipswich, but nothing felt right,” Mr Baxter said. “When we’re searching for an investment property, it needs to be somewhere we can see ourselves living and that’s why we decided to purchase at Ecco Ripley.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Daniel Baxter (pictured) and his wife Gay have bought an investment property in The Terraces on Parkview Parade at Ecco Ripley after searching from Mooloolaba to Ipswich for the perfect investment.The Ipswich couple live in a nearby development and decided to buy in to The Terraces at Parkview Pde after a recent visit to Ecco Ripley.The collection of contemporary two and three-bedroom homes, designed and built exclusively by Sekisui House, have been popular with owner-occupiers who account for 67 per cent of sales so far. Mr Baxter said the fact The Terraces had no body corporate fees was a major drawcard for the couple. They also have a fixed-price contract.The Terraces sit in an elevated position and are close to both local parks and the future $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre. Meanwhile Ecco Ripley Queensland sales manager Scott Blaney said each of the 36 Terraces homes in the Parkview Pde release had been individually designed and positioned to suit the exact location.last_img read more