March 2

Dead & Company Starts Boston Run With Non-Stop Crowdpleasers & Miles Davis Cover [Videos]

first_imgLast night, Dead & Company took to Boston’s TD Garden, kicking off Dead & Company’s two-night run at the TD Garden, with the group performing at the arena once again tonight. Confirming what many fans have been feeling since the Grateful Dead-inspired act’s performance at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, last night’s high-energy performance offered up yet another fine performance that underlines the immense growth of the group since its inception back in 2015. The setlist was well-crafted, perfectly mediating the energy of the crowd from the first song of the night, “Jack Straw”, onwards.Dead & Company Play “Uncle John’s Band” On The Late Show [Video]The first set—though really the entire performance—was chock full of crowd-pleasers, with a jubilant “Jack Straw” and slinky “New Speedway Boogie” dialed in from the get-go. The gorgeous, slower ballad “Althea” came next, serving as a quick respite before the band began to draw the energy back up with “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”. Building the energy to finish out the first set, the band shifted gears with their staple cover of Johnny Cash’s “Big River” before the beloved set-closing tunes “Sugaree” and a triumphant “The Music Never Stopped”.“Jack Straw”“Althea”[Video: Sean Roche]“Sugaree”[Video: Sean Roche]As for set two, Dead & Company returned with an opening “Scarlet Begonias”, making for a feel-good start after the break. A classic take on “Fire On The Mountain” came next, with the group again slowing things down for the third song of the set—this time in the form of the mournful “He’s Gone”. Before the show’s “Drums” & “Space”, the band led up to this beloved second staple with “Viola Lee Blues”, again using the lively spirit of the number to contrast with its prior and following numbers.“Scarlet Begonias”Out of “Space”, the band threw a curveball, offering up a cover of Miles Davis’ “Milestones”. Dead & Company debuted the cover earlier this year during their summer tour’s show in Atlanta’s Lakewood Amphitheatre on June 13th—however, the song itself served as the opening track on Jerry Garcia and David Grisman‘s 1998 acoustic jazz album So What and later made its way into The Dead’s and Ratdog’s live rotation. After the “Wharf Rat” moved through “The Wheel”, the group closed out the second set on a high note with a strong rendition of “Sugar Magnolia”. Returning for encore, the band offered up “Ripple” to truly call it a night.“Viola Lee Blues”[Video: Sean Roche]“Milestones” [Video: Sean Roche]Setlist: Dead & Company | TD Garden | Boston, MA | 11/17/17Set One: Jack Straw, New Speedway Boogie, Althea, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Big River, Sugaree, The Music Never StoppedSet Two: Scarlet Begonias, Fire On The Mountain, He’s Gone, Viola Lee Blues, Drums, Space, Milestones, Wharf Rat, The Wheel, Sugar MagnoliaEncore: Ripple[Photo: Phierce Photo] [Video: Sean Roche]“Wharf Rat”last_img read more

January 18

Musical Play Nevermore Opens Off-Broadway

first_img The cast includes Scott Shpeley, Gaelan Beatty, Shannon Blanchett, Beth Graham, Ryan Parker and Garett Ross. Related Shows The show originally played at Catalyst Theatre of Edmonton in Canada in 2009 before touring extensively, including an acclaimed run at London’s Barbican Centre. Nevermore was previously seen in New York at the Victory Theatre in 2010. The production has been expanded since then, with several new songs added and structural revisions made to the original script. Nevermore blurs the line between fact and fiction, exploring the events that shaped Poe’s character and career. A literary rock star in his day, Poe struggled with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produced some of the world’s most original and enduring literature before dying in mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015center_img View Comments Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe Nevermore—The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe officially opens on January 25 off-Broadway. The musical play, which is written, composed and directed by Jonathan Christenson, is running at New World Stages.last_img read more

January 1

Governor Urges Senate to Restore Funding for Mentoring Initiative

first_imgThursday, April 12, 2007Governor Urges Senate to Restore Funding for MentoringInitiativeHouse Cuts Funding for ‘Vermont Mentors!’Program Governor Douglas said the contributions of dedicated mentors make adifference in communities by volunteering time to help meet the needs ofunderserved children.  “Across ourstate, many Vermonters have responded to the call of community service bychoosing to mentor a child,” the Governor said.  “By offering their friendship, guidance,and encouragement, mentors put hope in children’s hearts, and help ensureopportunities for the future.” The controlling majority of the House chose to cutfunding for the Vermont Mentors! program—first funded in the 2006budget with an appropriation of$250,000—is a partnership between the Agency of Human Services and the PermanentFund for the Well-Being of Vermont Children.  The partnership awards mentoring grantsand is increasing the quantity and quality of mentor matches throughout thestate. Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today said the decision of theHouse to cut funding for a mentoring partnership “makes no sense” and said hewould urge the Senate to restore the funding. Thepartnership’s original goal of using the funding to fund new programs and create250 new mentor matches has been exceeded by 43%, which translates to 358 youngpeople being matched with caring adults across the state, the Governorsaid. A study by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America and Public/PrivateVentures show that a young person who meets regularly with a mentoris: 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs; 27% less likely to begin drinking alcohol; 52% less likely to skip school; 33% less likely to engage in afight. “At a time when our state is working to reduce crime, combat substanceabuse and be sure the next generation of Vermonters gets off to the bestpossible start, cutting funding for this program makes no sense,” the Governoradded. “There are thousands ofchildren in Vermont who need or want a mentor.  Yet at most only 3,000 Vermont youth arein mentoring relationships, while many more children sit on waitinglists.” “Mentors serve as positive role models, and help to set goals, instillimportant values and encourage the development of skills,” the Governoradded.  “And they help youngVermonters become more confident and develop the character necessary to make theright choices and accomplish their goals. I look forward to working with theSenate to restore funding for this important program.” “Mentors are friends who support young people who mayface challenging situations,” the Governor said.  Statistics show that at-risk children with mentors demonstrate improvedacademic performance and are less likely to be involved in destructiveactivities such as substance abuse and violence. ###last_img read more

December 30

Trail Mix: Robert Ellis

first_imgWith his latest record, The Lights From The Chemical Plant, singer/songwriter Robert Ellis takes his listeners on a game of sonic hopscotch.While there is just enough pedal steel to make you want to declare this a country record, you can’t.  Ellis certainly draws on vintage country sounds on his third release, he also dabbles in bluegrass, jazz, 70s easy listening, and even bossa nova in creating this collection of songs that, at first listen, comes across as entirely too mature, too deep, for a songwriter just 25 years old.Listen a bit more, though, and dig deeper into Ellis’ catalog – just spin 2011’s Photographs a few times – and you realize that Robert Ellis has been a talent in the making, and this latest record establishes Ellis as a leading voice in contemporary Americana.The stories Ellis weaves on this record are just delicious.  “TV Song,” the opening track, marvels at the escape offered by television, while “Chemical Plant,” the track from which the record got its name, has a swelling chorus that sounds almost jubilant while spinning the all too familiar tale of American industrial decay.And who couldn’t relate to “Houston,” a tale of getting out of town and starting over?Ellis also takes a spin around Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” and the results are fantastic.Robert Ellis shares a songwriting credit with Taylor Goldsmith, of Dawes, on “Steady As The Rising Son” and has Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale as a back up vocalist.  Apparently, songwriters in the know already know what type of talent Robert Ellis is.Get your hands on The Lights From The Chemical Plant and you will to.In the meantime, if you want a little taste, take a listen to “Only Lies” on this month’s Trail Mix.  You can also surf over to www.robertellismusic.com for more information on the new record and when Robert Ellis will be swinging through your town.Speaking of, our Asheville friends are in for a treat this weekend.  Robert Ellis, along with special guest T. Hardy Morris, will be dropping by The Grey Eagle on Friday, February 28th, and Trail Mix would like to give you the opportunity to go check out the show for free.This week’s contest is simple – just shoot me an email at dave@blueridgeoutdoors.com and put ROBERT ELLIS in the subject line.  I will pick a winner (or maybe even two!!) from all the folks that email by noon on Thursday.last_img read more

December 20

CRUZEX V: Many Fighter Planes, One Goal

first_img No aircraft takes off by itself to fight in CRUZEX V. Twice a day, up to forty airplanes arrive together at the start of the Natal Air Base runway for one more mission in this simulated war. These are the so-called “packs,” groups of aircraft that will combine their capabilities to defeat hostile forces. “A pack makes it possible to optimize resources and maximize results,” summarized Lt. Col. Sérgio Bastos, commander of the 1st/16th Aviation Group (GAV), the Adelphi Squadron. According to him, at the same time that attack aircraft take off to destroy targets on the ground, high-performance fighter planes confront possible enemies in the air, while others act to destroy radars and anti-aircraft defenses. A pack may bring together aircraft ranging, for example, from planes that reach twice the speed of sound, like the Mirage 2000, to the turboprop Super Toucan, more suitable for combat close to the ground. In one of these fighter planes, a pilot will have the task of commanding all the aircraft. He is the so-called pack leader, responsible for fulfilling the entire mission and also for maintaining the safety of each aircraft. “We dream of having this responsibility,” Lt. Col. Sérgio Bastos confessed. For him, this is one of the greatest experiences that a fighter pilot can have during an exercise like CRUZEX V. “There’s no such thing as the worst or the best plan: there’s the suitable plan,” he explained. With the experience of someone who has participated in three prior CRUZEX exercises and one Red Flag exercise in the United States, Lt. Col. Sérgio Bastos highlighted the fact that each year the pilot’s challenge increases, and so does the knowledge he gains. “With aircraft capable of carrying better weapons, mission preparation has evolved a great deal,” he states. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the air force. We can interact with other countries, obtain knowledge, and exchange experiences,” he concluded. By Dialogo November 19, 2010 And the Argentine airplanes???? Like they were telling me in a forum that they were the best and they weren’t even able to launch. How embarrassing… last_img read more

November 18

Toll abolished through the tunnel of St. Elijah

first_imgOn the first day of the New Year, the toll through the tunnel of St. Elijah was abolished, so from midnight on the first day of the New Year, the sign with the toll sign in front of the tunnel was crossed.About 5 million 400 thousand vehicles have passed through the tunnel so far, and Croatian Motorways has earned about 130 million kuna from that. By the decision of the Government, the management of Sveti Ilija was taken over by Hrvatske ceste, and the tunnel toll was abolished.Due to the abolition of toll collection, the passage through the toll station will take place without stopping, and Hrvatske autoceste points out that temporary traffic regulation will be set for safety reasons because traffic on the access road and tunnel is two-way, all to prevent possible entry of vehicles. in the opposite direction.The prefect of the Split-Dalmatia County, Blaženko Boban, emphasized that from today, citizens on both sides of the tunnel will prosper, as well as entrepreneurs who knew how to pay over 450 thousand kuna in tunnel fees annually. “The raised ramps also symbolically marked the balanced development of Croatia. When we fought for the abolition, one of the arguments was that nowhere in Croatia is access to the highway charged”Said the prefect, referring to the young people of Imotski Krajina who work on the Makarska Riviera and said that it makes no sense to spend a third of their salary on tunnel fees.The Mayor of Makarska, Jure Brkan, pointed out that the abolition of the tunnel toll eliminates traffic jams near the Sv. Ilija, and thus the access of Makaran to the Zagreb-Metković highway will be accelerated. “Makarska is now 15 minutes from the highway, and access is free. I hope, among other things, that we will have even more tourists because of this measure. It was unfair that the tunnel fee has been charged all these years, so I thank the prefect Boban and the prime minister Plenković. Here, citizens spent significant financial resources that could have been invested in something else. Happy New Year”Said Makarska Mayor Jure Brkan.last_img read more

November 18

Research on the availability and quality of parking in tourist destinations

first_imgThe survey is anonymous, and your answers will help the author to find out if meeting the demand for parking spaces is as significant and important as the tourist services you use in a tourist destination.  This question was also asked by a student Slavica Vinko Štajdohar, University of the North, who for the purposes of writing a thesis for research on the availability and quality of parking in tourist destinations Accordingly, the question arises, do they have and do they have enough parking spaces for our tourist destination? After all, tourists have to park their tin pets somewhere, don’t they? According to the research TOMAS Summer 2017 “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia” as many as 78% of guests come to Croatia by car, which clearly shows that we are still primarily a destination that comes by car. Take a few minutes to complete this survey questionnaire, which concerns a very important topic for tourism and the development of tourist destinations.center_img In order to collect data on the availability and quality of parking in tourist destinations, she made an online survey, and invites everyone to get involved in the research. “My thesis is based on the topic of availability and quality of parking in tourist destinations. It is necessary to research public opinion, define problems and offer solutions, which I plan to process and defend through my thesis. This is a problem that generally occurs in urban areas, but as we are a tourist country and many smaller settlements are increasingly struggling with this problem that I would like to explore. To this end, I have launched this research and plan to collect a sample of at least 500 or more respondents to make this grow into a more serious study”Points out Slavica Vinko Štajdohar. Soon on HrTurizam.hr GET INVOLVED / SURVEY Research on the availability and quality of parking in tourist destinationslast_img read more

October 16

Governor Wolf Announces Projects to Receive $2.8 Million for Community Revitalization

first_imgMt. Airy Art GarageMt. Airy USAPhiladelphia$400,000 Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced seven projects to be awarded $2.8 million for the construction or rehabilitation of mixed-used developments. The funding was raised through the sale of tax credits under the Mixed-Use Development Tax Credit Program, the proceeds of which are being used to fund the work of the Community Revitalization Fund Program. The goal of that program is to stimulate high-impact neighborhood revitalization projects around the state.The Mixed-Use Development Tax Credit Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and the selected projects were approved earlier today by its board of directors. The list of funding recipients is provided in the table below.“These projects will provide the spark needed to attract additional investment to communities,” said Governor Wolf. “The funding approved today will leverage public and private resources in a way that accomplishes the most good from the investment being made.”The Mixed-Use Development Tax Credit Program was created as part of the commonwealth’s fiscal year 2016 budget that allocates $2 million in credits annually for PHFA to sell to generate community revitalization capital. PHFA was directed by the General Assembly to administer both the tax credit and program components of this initiative.The Community Revitalization Fund Program seeks to expand or rehabilitate affordable housing stock coupled with retail/commercial space to promote community revitalization, especially in those parts of the state that are struggling economically. The term “mixed-use” for these projects refers to buildings that combine both commercial/retail and residential space.“We anticipate the projects funded through these tax credit proceeds will produce 100 additional residential units and 40,000 square feet of commercial-retail space,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian Hudson Sr. “Mixed-used projects are especially exciting because of the positive dynamic that can be created when you get the right interaction between residential and commercial properties in the right communities. We’re excited about the potential for these projects.”The application of funding generated by the sale of the tax credits is flexible, and it could be used in a number of ways to address the program’s objectives. For instance, the dollars generated could fund the rehabilitation of older or under-used buildings that can then help promote community development. Those buildings could be restored for commercial use and to provide affordable housing.The projects being awarded funding today through the Community Revitalization Fund Program are listed in the table below. Location or businessRecipient organizationCountyTax credit award Homestead Bakery LoftsACTION-HousingAllegheny$400,000 2125 Ridge AvenueMosaic Development PartnersPhiladelphia$400,000 2739 N. 5th StreetHACEPhiladelphia$400,000 October 11, 2018 2613-2615 West Girard AvenueMM Partners/Fairmount Community Development CorporationPhiladelphia$400,000 257-263 S. 52nd StreetThe Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation (TEC-CDC)Philadelphia$400,000 Governor Wolf Announces Projects to Receive $2.8 Million for Community Revitalization Questions about the Mixed-Use Development Tax Credit Program or the Community Revitalization Fund Program can be directed to Bryce Maretzki at PHFA at (717) 780-1867 or by email at bmaretzki@phfa.org. 5 Points in Observatory HillObservatory Hill Development Corp.Allegheny$400,000 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

September 29

Werner Hertzog to leave Berne pension fund in October

first_imgWerner HertzogNo successor has been nominated for Hertzog yet.“This still has time as we are in a very quiet phase and no exceptional leadership decisions have to be made,” Hertzog said.BPK improves investment return year-on-yearThe year Hertzog joined the public pension fund – which is among Switzerland’s top 15 biggest pension funds in IPE’s Top 1000 ranking – BPK reported a performance of 2.4%, compared to a market average of around 3.4%. However, it still beat its own benchmark.Last year, the fund underweighted equities but still managed to generate an 8.2% return, beating the market average for 2017 of just under 8%.According to the BPK’s annual report, the performance was down to strong results from its real estate allocation and stock selection in equities and domestic bonds.It added the 2017 asset allocation had been “a cautious tactical weighting of the markets”.The fund started the first quarter of 2018 with a loss of 1.8%, in line with the general market trend.At the end of 2017 the funding level of the BPK stood at 92.8%. The scheme does not have to be fully funded given the guarantee it has from the canton of Berne. The Bernische Pensionskasse (BPK) is to recruit a new managing director with Werner Hertzog set to leave after less than two years in the role, IPE has learned.Hertzog confirmed via email that he will leave the CHF13.4bn (€11.6bn) pension fund for the Swiss canton of Berne at the end of October .He did not give any reasons, saying only that he will be “focusing on other tasks”.Hertzog was previously managing director at Aon Switzerland between 2011 and 2014, and before that led the country’s largest pension fund, Publica, for seven years. After taking a personal sabbatical in 2015, he joined the BPK in December 2016. last_img read more

September 26

HIV medicines ‘boost prevention’

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! By Helen BriggsHealth editor, BBC News websiteThe HIV drug tenofovirHIV drugs can be used to boost protection against HIV as well as treating symptoms after infection, research suggests.Two studies in Africa add weight to previous data showing drugs used to treat HIV can reduce infection risk when taken daily.The World Health Organization said the studies could have “enormous impact” in preventing HIV transmission.The findings were revealed in the run-up to an AIDS conference in Rome.“This is a major scientific breakthrough which re-confirms the essential role that antiretroviral medicine has to play in the AIDS response,” said Michel Sidibé, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).“These studies could help us to reach the tipping point in the HIV epidemic.”Future hopesOne trial, carried out by the University of Washington, US, followed almost 5,000 couples in Kenya and Uganda, where one person had HIV infection and the other did not.The uninfected person took a daily HIV medicine (tenofovir), a combination of two HIV drugs (tenofovir and emtricitabine), or a placebo pill.There were 62% fewer HIV infections in the group on the single drug and 73% fewer HIV infections in the group that took the combination, compared with those given a dummy pill.The other trial, conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control, followed 1,200 HIV-negative heterosexual men and women in Botswana. They received either a once-daily combination tablet or a placebo. The HIV medication reduced the risk of getting HIV by about 63% overall.A previous trial found the combination of two HIV drugs reduced the risk of infection in gay and bisexual men by 44%. But a similar study in women at risk of HIV infection in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa produced disappointing results.New toolsThe HIV charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust, described the latest findings as “genuinely exciting”.Head of Policy Lisa Power told the BBC: “Pre-exposure prophylaxis is not going to be available overnight but we are exploring whether it is one of a range of things that can drive down onward transmission of HIV.”But she stressed that the findings needed to be properly tested and trialled.“If you’re currently trying to stay HIV negative don’t give up on the condoms yet.”The WHO and UNAIDS recommend that people make evidence-informed decisions on HIV prevention options.They say no single method is fully protective against HIV and antiretroviral drugs for prevention need to be combined with other HIV prevention methods such as condoms.“Effective new HIV prevention tools are urgently needed, and these studies could have enormous impact in preventing heterosexual transmission,” said Dr Margaret Chan, the WHO’s Director-General.“WHO will be working with countries to use the new findings to protect more men and women from HIV infection.”Full details of the studies will be presented at the meeting in Rome.center_img HealthLifestyle HIV medicines ‘boost prevention’ by: – July 14, 2011 16 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more