The Revivalists Work Two New Songs Into St. Patrick’s Day Celebration [Gallery]

first_imgThe Revivalists spent their St. Patrick’s Day in Bloomington, Illinois at The Castle Theater on Friday night, providing non-stop party time on their Still Feeling Good From Yesterday Tour. Without a doubt, frontman David Shaw, guitarist Zack Feinberg, pedal steel guitarist Ed Williams, bassist George Gekas, drummer Andrew Campanelli, saxophonist Rob Ingraham, and keys master/trumpeter Michael Girardot are carriers of good times, and last night’s performance was no exception.Playing mostly songs from their 2015 Men Amongst Mountains record, the New Orleans-based septet also went back in time with fan favorites “Sunny Days” and “Soul Fight,” along with a double-encoring “All in the Family” and “Criminal” to close. The Revivalists also performed two unreleased songs “The Door” and “You & I.”Photographer Keith Griner of Phierce Photography was in the house to capture the band in their best light. Check out the full gallery below!Setlist: The Revivalists | The Castle Theater | Bloomington, Illinois | 3/17/17BTBD, Keep Going, Stand Up, Monster, Fade Away, The Door, Amber, Gold To Glass, Need You, Sunny Days, Soulfight, You & I, Wish I Knew YouE: All in the Family, Criminal Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Mike Gordon Announces 2019 Winter Tour

first_imgOutside of his duties with Phish, the only other show on the books for Mike Gordon as of now is an appearance at Warren Haynes‘ Christmas Jam on Friday, December 7th in Asheville, NC. The first of two days of this year’s Christmas Jam will also feature Dark Side of The Mule, Grace Potter, Jamey Johnson, and Marco Benevento.Mike Gordon 2019 Winter TourMarch 08 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GAMarch 09 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NCMarch 10 The Basement East, Nashville, TNMarch 12 Charleston Music Hall, Charleston, SCMarch 13 Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VAMarch 15 9:30 Club, Washington, DCMarch 16 Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJMarch 17 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City, NJMarch 19 Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NYMarch 21-24 The Sinclair, Cambridge, MAView All Tour Dates Mike Gordon has announced an upcoming 2019 winter tour, set to begin on Friday, March 8th at Atlanta, GA’s Variety Playhouse and run throughout the majority of the month. Gordon will be joined by his regular touring outfit consisting of guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist/organist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock, and percussionist Craig Myers.Mike Gordon and his band will begin the East Coast tour on Friday, March 8th at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse before makings stops at Asheville, NC’s The Orange Peel on March 9th and Nashville, TN’s The Basement East on March 10th. The tour will continue March 12th with a performance at Charleston, SC’s Charleston Music Hall before the band heads north with stops at Rocky Mount, VA’s Harvester Performance Center (March 13th); Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club (March 15th); Asbury Park, NJ’s Asbury Lanes (March 16th); Jersey City, NJ’s White Eagle Hall (March 17th); and Buffalo, NY’s Town Ballroom (March 19th). Mike Gordon and his band will wrap up the tour with a special four-night run at Cambridge, MA’s The Sinclair from Thursday, March 21st through Sunday, March 24th.A fan presale for Mike Gordon’s upcoming 2019 winter tour is currently underway here, and will run through Thursday, November 15th at 5 p.m. (EST). Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 16th at 10 a.m. (EST) here.last_img read more

French court awards total $8.9 million to former coal miners

first_imgLYON, France (AP) — A French court has ordered the state to pay 7.3 million euros ($8.9 million) to 727 former coal miners for the anxiety caused by a career of exposure to toxic substances. The case could set a precedent for other former miners or those working in dangerous environments without protection. “Anxiety” damages allow compensation for people who are not sick but who could become sick because of past exposure. The labor court in the northern city of Douai found the state responsible Friday and ordered payments of 10,000 euros each to the 727 former miners. France nationalized its coal mines after World War II and closed the last one in 2004.last_img

Broadway Grosses: Aladdin Is ‘One Jump Ahead’

first_img Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending April 6: UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Act One ($316,124) * 4. Violet ($278,904) * 3. Mothers and Sons ($221,430)  2. Casa Valentina ($155,775) ** 1. The Velocity of Autumn ($135,307) ** FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. Wicked ($1,806,067) 2. The Lion King ($1,683,062) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,598,000) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,351,725) 5. Aladdin ($1,170,038) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.60%) 2. Cabaret (101.23%) ** 3. A Raisin in the Sun (100.00%) **** 4. Aladdin (99.96%) 5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (99.27%) *** Make way for Prince Ali, Broadway! The new Disney musical Aladdin has flown into the top five grossing shows, joining perennial box office faves Wicked, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots. Meanwhile, Broadway audiences have made it clear that they love seeing celebs up close and personal. Making appearances in the top five shows by capacity last week were the Neil Patrick Harris led Hedwig and the Angry Inch, A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington and Cabaret with Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming. UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Jersey Boys (65.74%) 4. Act One (63.57%) 3. The Velocity of Autumn (62.17%) 2. The Bridges of Madison County (57.74%) 1. Mothers and Sons (50.09%)  *Number based on 8 preview performances **Number based on 7 preview performances ***Number based on 6 preview performances ****Number based on 3 preview performances and 5 regular performances View Commentslast_img read more

18 Turf, trees don’t mix

first_imgOne of the most common questions asked county extension agents ishow to grow healthy turf grass under trees. It can be frustratingwhen you plant over and over and watch the turf get thinner andthinner as the tree canopy thickens.Perhaps the best solution to the problem is to stop trying sohard. Accept the fact that turf grasses and trees just don’t mix.Trees don’t just compete with turf for valuable nutrients andwater. Mature trees with large canopies also cast too much shadeon our sun-loving grasses.This usually isn’t a problem when the trees are young. But asthey grow and the shade gets more dense, the turf begins tosuffer.Your best betSeeding or sodding turf grasses in heavily shaded areas may proveto be a waste of time, energy and money. Your best bet may be toavoid the disappointment by planting an alternative.One popular choice is dwarf mondo grass. It grows 2 inches tall,never needs mowing, thrives in shade and is green year-round.Most garden centers sell dwarf mondo grass in 4-inch pots.However, if you have a large area to plant, bare-root divisionsmay be the most economical.Your local nurseryman can order these from wholesale suppliers inGeorgia. If you’re really frugal and observant, you may find afriend who is willing to share a few clumps of dwarf mondo grassfrom his landscape.Taller mondoAnother good choice for shaded areas is regular mondo grass. Itgrows 6 to 8 inches high and has a fine, grass-like texture. Likeits dwarf cousin, it stays green all year and requires verylittle care once established. Plant mondo grass 12 to 18 inchesapart and dwarf mondo grass 6 to 10 inches apart.Liriope is another great choice for shaded areas under trees. Ithas coarser foliage than mondo grass and grows 8 to 12 inchestall. There are two types on the market.Liriope muscari, the clumping form, spreads outward from theparent clump. Liriope spicata, a spreading form, moves byrhizomes (underground creeping stems) and seeds. The spicata ismore aggressive. But it may be invasive, too, and harder toconfine to a bed.More choicesAnother great choice for shaded areas is Asiatic jasmine. Onceestablished, it sends out runners that creep along the ground andform a dense, evergreen mat that’s easily edged and kept confinedto a desired shape.It has small, evergreen leaves, one-fourth to three-fourths of aninch long. The flowers aren’t particularly showy. But the shiny,pest-free foliage is worth the investment.A popular newcomer to the ground cover market is CreepingRaspberry. It creeps along the ground and forms a dense,evergreen mat in sun or shade. It doesn’t bear edible fruit. Butit’s a reliable plant sure to tolerate the competition and shadeof trees.When you plant ground covers under trees, remember that 80percent of the tree’s system is in the top 12 inches of soil. Soavoid disturbing tree roots by tilling the soil. Instead,carefully dig individual holes for the ground covers to minimizethe root damage to the trees.last_img read more

Eating Insects Athens

first_imgAthens, Georgia’s growing reputation as a gastronomic capital attracts culinary tourists from all over the Southeast. This summer, the city will welcome a new type of culinary enthusiasm. They won’t be after barbecue or biscuits. They’ll be here for the bugs. Eating Insects Athens, held by the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture, will draw hundreds of insect agriculture and insect gastronomy advocates to Athens from Aug. 13 to 15. The conference, held at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, will feature research presentations, industry information, art exhibits, networking opportunities and, of course, several chances to eat insects. This conference is a follow-up to Eating Insects Detroit, which was held in 2016. Marianne Shockley, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and founding member of NACIA, is helping to host the event. For years, she and her team of UGA entomology students, called “Bug Dawgs,” have been introducing Athens to edible insects through outreach events at local grade schools and on UGA’s campus. This conference will enable UGA entomology students to meet others who promote insect agriculture. “As an emerging industry worldwide, insects for food and feed can positively impact Georgia through collaborations between insect farmers, educators, chefs, researchers and business owners to enhance and highlight this rising agricultural economy,” said Shockley. Innovators from culinary, cultural and scientific fields will converge at the Eating Insects Athens conference, showcasing the multifaceted aspects of this burgeoning industry.Although many cultures around the world have been eating insects since they began, the concept of eating insects has been one of growing interest in developed nations in recent years. This interest, along with a dedicated group of experts, eventually led to NACIA’s founding in 2016. NACIA works with its stakeholders, which includes students all the way to large corporations, to further the growing use of insects for both feed for livestock and food for humans. There are almost 2,000 edible insect species around the globe.The topic of insects as food is one that many might find unsettling, but it may become commonplace in the future. A 2013 report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warns that the constantly growing population may deplete resources to the point that consuming insects will become a necessity.last_img read more

IEA: Offshore wind capacity could top 200GW by 2040

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge News:The International Energy Agency (IEA) sees offshore wind as a “rising global force on the energy landscape”, executive director Fatih Birol told the opening session of the WindEurope conference yesterday.With around 20GW of offshore wind installed globally today, compared to more than 500GW of onshore wind, the offshore sector has not figured prominently in the Paris-based IEA’s previous analyses and forecasts of the global energy market. But the IEA expects the world’s offshore wind capacity to more than triple by 2025, and edge close to 200GW by 2040 — with the potential to go substantially further if ambitious government policies were put in place.Recent auction results and the introduction of larger turbines herald a period of ever more competitive offshore wind power, said Birol, who expects “strong growth, first in Europe and then around the world. The developments in Europe can spark a wave of offshore wind appetite outside of Europe — there’s some fertile grounds for that,” he said. “First of all Asia, with China followed by India. But also North America and Latin America — there’s big room [for growth] there.”The substantially higher capacity factor of offshore wind farms compared to onshore wind or solar make it a “very important opportunity” as the world’s penetration of renewables grows. Birol also tipped his hat to the growing promise of floating wind, which could unlock big electricity markets in places like California for the offshore wind sector. The IEA is “working very closely” with industry leaders to better understand the “opportunities floating turbines can provide for offshore wind developers across the world”, he saidMore: IEA: Offshore wind could reach 200GW or more by 2040 IEA: Offshore wind capacity could top 200GW by 2040last_img read more

New Tax Breaks to Spur Major New Investment by Brazil’s Defense Industry

first_imgBy Dialogo November 07, 2011 Brazil’s defense industry — the largest of any Latin American nation — could double in size over the next 10 years, thanks to a new fiscal policy proposed by President Dilma Rousseff. That policy will soon provide tax breaks to Brazilian defense manufacturers, giving them lucrative incentives to make new investments and acquisitions. As a result, thousands of new defense-related jobs are likely to be created. This initiative responds to Brazil’s national defense strategy and dovetails with the country’s industrial, technological and economic development plans. On Sep. 29, the president signed a provisional measure that exempts the defense sector from paying the industrialized products tax (IPI), the social security tax (Cofins) and the Social Integration Program tax (PIS) for five years. This could translate into savings of 30 percent for defense companies. It’s a relief for business executives who rank the tax burden along with poor infrastructure as the top impediments to growth. “These measures are important to promote the defense sector, because the industry lacks adequate conditions for domestic enterprises to compete with foreign companies inside and outside Brazil,” explained Armando Lemos, technical director for the São Paulo-based Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Materials for Defense and Security (ABIMDE). The measure is expected to generate 23,000 direct and 90,000 indirect jobs. This would nearly double the defense sector’s current workforce of 25,000 direct and 100,000 indirect jobs, said Lemos. In all, 186 companies will benefit from the program, including industry leaders Avibras (aerospace), Embraer (aircraft), Helibras (helicopters) and Odebrecht Defesa (technology). “While the measure is still pending formal implementation, it will define the registration criteria for strategic defense companies and detail the specific tax regime that will apply to them,” said Lemos. The 2008 National Defense Strategy document, published during the presidency of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and devised by former Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, was a major milestone for Brazil’s defense establishment after years of neglect following the country’s return to democracy. One of its primary missions was to resuscitate the largely abandoned defense industry and turn it into an efficient, competitive business capable of contributing to Brazil’s international prestige and economic growth. “Brazil’s defense requires the reorganization of the national defense industry,” the document explicitly states. A guideline set forth by the report to achieve this reorganization highlights the need for independent technological capacity through international partnerships — as well as the importance of subordinating commercial considerations to so-called strategic imperatives, such as a special legal, regulatory and taxation regime for the defense industry. Since the document’s publication, technology transfer arrangements have been made between Embraer and overseas suppliers to produce the KC-390 military transport aircraft. Brazil´s cooperation with France to build four conventional submarines and one nuclear submarine also includes a similar technology transfer agreement. A key pillar of Brazil’s new strategy is to bolster its defense industry, thereby ensuring that equipment needs are met by domestic companies capable of competing in external markets. That would guarantee economies of scale for production. “Whether owing to the size of our territory or our borders, or to the fact that our country has been blessed with enormous wealth, we need this industry because it is strategic for our sovereignty,” Rousseff said following the announcement of tax breaks for the sector. The defense industry is not alone in receiving preferential treatment. Last August, Rousseff announced the Bigger Brazil Plan (Plano Brasil Maior) aimed at protecting domestic manufacturers from increased Asian competition and a rising currency. The pilot program supports the production of clothing, shoemaking, furniture and software by offering $16 billion in tax breaks to support innovation, investment, productivity, foreign trade, human capital, sustainable production, and small and medium size companies in these sectors. In essence, the plan puts homegrown innovation and value-added production at the forefront and aims to make Brazilian companies more cost-competitive globally. “We need to develop technology in Brazil in order to add even more value to our industrial production by reducing costs through tax reductions and by minimizing bureaucracy,” said Labor Party Sen. Acir Gurgacz, in arguments shortly before the plan’s passage in August. Brazilian defense companies already receive some direct financial support from the federal government. For example, Optovac, which created a uranium valve for Brazil’s future nuclear submarine, counts on resources from the São Paulo State Research Foundation as well as FINEP, an agency of the Ministry of Science and Technology. According to the 2008 National Defense Strategy, the largest industrial projects of Brazil’s armed forces will require investments of at least $40 billion. Addressing all military needs expands the total to about $120 billion, said ABIMDE’s president, Orlando José Ferreira Neto. Brazil’s ambitious goals appear achievable. In 2010, the country was Latin America’s highest defense spender at $33.5 billion, and the only one in the region to rank among the world’s top 15 spenders, according to the Swedish research center SIPRI. The new fiscal incentives will help free up even more capital for investments in this sector.last_img read more

Hicksville Man Charged With Setting Fire to Strip Club

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hicksville man has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to a Bellmore strip club this week, Nassau County police said.Craig Blum was charged with arson and reckless endangerment.Arson/Bomb Squad detectives alleged that the 42-year-old suspect set fire to the rear of Billy Dean’s Showtime Café on Newbridge Road at 12:40 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15.The fire caused damage to the hallway and bathroom. North Bellmore Fire Department firefighters extinguished the flames. There were no injuries reported.Blum will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img

Communicating to Americans living aboard

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – For some 2 million Americans registered with 260 embassies or consulates abroad, the US government says its Web site (www.pandemicflu.gov) is designed to provide the latest information on avian and pandemic influenza.The site was referenced in the Dec 18 report “National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan: Summary of Progress,” which summarizes what federal agencies are doing to prepare for a pandemic.According to the report, the US Department of State (DOS) and Department of Health and Human Services , with other agencies, were in charge of implementing programs to inform US citizens, including businesses, NGO personnel, Department of Defense Personnel, and military family members residing and traveling abroad, “where they may obtain accurate timely information, including risk level assessments, to enable them to make informed decisions and take appropriate personal measures.”William Armbruster, spokesman for the science bureau at the DOS, said that during meetings with ambassadors or visitors from other agencies over the past year, Americans living abroad have been encouraged to use the site.Although the host government may give out information about the pandemic, he said, anyone overseas who doesn’t read or speak the national language can use the site. Having one main source of authoritative information will prevent confusion and panic, he added.And what will happen if the Internet is not working?Armbruster said that while the power may go down in one part of a country, people living in another part can still access information. Additionally, each country has a “warden net,” an embassy-controlled communication network designed to get information to Americans who have registered and are living in that country.The system is tailored to each area and includes calling people, making announcements in the media, and in some cases, driving out to individual homes. Embassies may also call town hall meetings, assuming the government has not banned public gatheringsSee the full list of pandemic planning actions at http://www.pandemicflu.gov/professional/federal/stratergyimplementationplan.html.Comments from the Editor-in-Chief:A significant number of the Americans living overseas are employees or family members of employees of international companies. Their need to have clear and predetermined plans and communication strategies for responding to changes in the pandemic threat was really brought home to me in late May. I was speaking at a meeting on pandemic influenza and business preparedness in New York City. A number of the Fortune 100 companies were represented at the meeting by their senior business continuity and security personnel. At that time the media was reporting on an emerging cluster of H5N1 cases among an extended family in Sumatra. It appeared at the time—and was later confirmed by the WHO—that 3 generations of person-to-person transmission of H5N1 virus had been documented. Rumors spread widely that the WHO was about to raise the pandemic alert level from Phase 3 to Phase 4. I asked for a show of hands how many of the companies had specific action steps in their pandemic response plans should the WHO elevate the status to Phase 4. To my surprise many companies did. I still have not figured out what the difference means from a pandemic risk perspective of such a change—and I don’t think the WHO knows either. When I asked what the various companies would do, I was shocked to learn that many of them had plans to evacuate their ex-pats out of Asia (and only Asia) and bring them back to the US. It was evidentthat there was no clear understanding of what the possible change in pandemic phases really meant for the health and safety of their employees or their family member or even the reason for evacuating them from Asia. The takeaway message for me from this story is that having an effective way to communicate with employees based around the world is important. Knowing what to communicate is even more critical. We still have lots of work to do on that latter point. —Michael Osterholmlast_img read more