Yesterday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continued their ongoing weekly “RAD TRACKS” video series with a brand new pro-shot video from the band’s March 18th, 2017 performance at Brooklyn Bowl with Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge filling in while regular bassist Dave Dreiwitz was pulling Ween duty in Chicago.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Tribute Chuck Berry, Cover “Liz Reed” And More In Brooklyn Finale [Photos/Review]The band has previously shared footage of their cover of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” from the same performance as part of the RAD TRACKS series, and this week they have added another selection from their 3/18/17 performance to the list: their set-closing “Duo Jam” (from Joe Russo and Marco Benevento) -> “Ruben & Cherise” -> “Viola Lee Blues” (featuring a pronounced “China Cat Sunflower” tease) with help from tenor sax man Stuart Bogie.The three Brooklyn Bowl shows featuring Oteil proved to be the beginning of a potent musical partnership between the Almost Dead crew and the veteran bassist. Later that month Burbridge and fellow Dead & Company member Jeff Chimenti joined the band for an unforgettable “Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (& Company)” set at Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL. Later, after weather forced the band to move their Red Rocks Amphitheatre debut inside to 1st Bank Center (making it their arena debut instead), Russo and company announced a rescheduled Red Rocks date for later this year, once again featuring Oteil subbing in on bass.The video marks the 94th edition of “RAD TRACKS,” shot and edited by Sean Smith of Foggy Notions Productions. You can download the video here or watch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s full Duo Jam jam with Oteil Burbridge and Stuart Bogie from Brooklyn Bowl on 3/18/17 below, via the band’s YouTube page:Next up for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is a performance at Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA on July 16th. For a full list of upcoming dates, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo via Andrew Blackstein]
[Audio: Scott T.]For a full list of Umphrey’s McGee’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Iroquois Amphitheatre | Louisville, KY | 8/25/2018Set 1: Dump City, Push & Pull, Looks, Out Of Order > Slacker, Example 1 > Raymond > Example 1, Roulette > Miss Tinkle’s OvertureSet 2: Der Bluten Kat > Cut the Cable > Der Bluten Kat, Mad Love, Rock the Casbah > The Triple Wide > Triangle Tear, AugustEncore: 1348 > Soul Food II > 1348 Over the weekend, Umphrey’s McGee headed to the highly anticipated LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia, headlining Thursday night with alternating sets with Lettuce (during which both bands blew minds with their stellar transition between sets) as well as performing a set filled with Led Zeppelin classics on Friday evening with help from Jason Bonham, Taylor Hicks, and Derek Trucks. After these triumphant festival appearances, Umphrey’s McGee kept playing through the weekend, following up their two nights at LOCKN’ with a performance at the Iroquois Amphitheatre in Louisville, Kentucky, on August 25th.In Louisville, the band opened the show up with “Dump City”, followed by a performance of new tune “Push & Pull”, which marked the it’s you track’s third live performance. Continuing to work through material off their complementary pair of 2018 albums, it’s not us and it’s you, the group offered up “Looks” before more classic fare, such as a well-segued combo of “Out Of Order” into “Slacker”.However, the main highlight of the first frame and the show was the band’s performance of “Raymond”, which was sandwiched within “Example 1”. The band’s Louisville rendition of the “Raymond” marked the first live performance of the instrumental tune since April 3rd, 2014—a span of 424 shows. This also marked the 50th overall rendition since the song was debuted in 1999. Next, Umphrey’s McGee performed “Roulette”, dusting off the tune for the first time since March, before ending the set with “Miss Tinkle’s Overture”.Though “Raymond” served as the largest surprise of the night, the group did not ease up during their explosive second set. An extended “Der Bluten Kat” clocking in at 20 minutes in length kicked off set two, moving into the original version of “Cut The Cable” before briefly returning to “Der Bluten Kat” to close the segment. “Mad Love” came next ahead of a cover of The Clash‘s “Rock The Casbah”, which kicked off a jam-heavy string of songs including “The Triple Wide” and “Triangle Tear” ahead of the set-closing rendition of “August”. To close the night in full, Umphrey’s McGee offered another sandwich in the encore slot, taking “1348” into and back out of “Soul Food II”.You can listen to full audio from the show below.Umphrey’s McGee – Iroquois Amphitheatre – Full Audio
When “On the Town” made its Broadway debut 70 years ago on Dec. 28, 1944, it was heralded as youthful and fresh — just what young composer Leonard Bernstein and show collaborators Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins had in mind.But “On the Town” was also subversive.It was just a year before World War II’s close, and racial tensions were high. But Bernstein and his production partners cast Japanese-American ballet dancer Sono Osato in the role of Ivy Smith while her father was interned as a Japanese national. “‘On the Town’ was in mid-run when the American bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place in August 1945,” writes Carol Oja in her new book, “Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War.”“In interviews with me, Sono Osato recalled that it was ‘very strange, very strange’ to headline a Broadway show amid geopolitical strife that had a direct impact on her family,” she wrote.Oja, Harvard’s William Powell Mason Professor of Music, chair of the Music Department, and the Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence with the New York Philharmonic, was in the midst of researching another book on Bernstein’s work when “I realized there was this whole really fascinating racial history” connected with musical’s first production, she said.The decisions in “On the Town” were by and large collaborative, however. “It’s hard to know who decided what when you’re dealing with a work that involved a lot of players and creative figures,” said Oja. “Sono Osato said to me that if director George Abbott had been in charge of casting, she never would’ve gotten the part.Sono Osato together with John Battles, who played Gabey in the original production of “On the Town.” Unidentified clipping. Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations.“But this team of young people, whose parents were all Jewish immigrants, had tasted their own discrimination,” she continued. “The show wasn’t advertised as a major statement about the Civil Rights Movement, but quietly, in terms of casting and what individual actors and dancers did on stage, it really pushed back against racial norms of the era.”Those norms included a tendency toward all-white casting and, for black performers, an expectation that they would enact stereotypes inherited from blackface minstrelsy. But bucking Broadway’s trend, Bernstein and company cast African-Americans to play “full-fledged citizens who were portrayed equitably with their white colleagues,” said Oja.Significant casting decisions included African-American dancer and actress Billie Allen and the appointment of Everett Lee as pit orchestra conductor. Oja connected with Lee — now living in Sweden — via Skype. “He’s 97 or 98 years old now, and it’s incredible to me that someone in his 90s uses Skype,” she said, let alone that he achieved his level of success with “racial conditions stacked against him.”In today’s musical scene, “There’s still a lot of talk about race-blind casting, about the degree to which performers of color are hired by American orchestras, or are present on Broadway, or are among the leading stars in the classical world and musical theater,” Oja said.While things are better now, she said the core issues aren’t really resolved.Oja, who was born in Hibbing, Minn., where Bob Dylan grew up, said that racial desegregation is a really important part of the book.“As a scholar and a historian, you’re dealing with facts. You’re not making up the history, but you can choose what pocket of it to focus on. For me, right now, exploring the racial history of performance is a really important mission,” she said. “It connects to my own desire to do what I can to increase social justice in the world we live in.”
The nation s governors will gather in Washington, DC, February 20 for the 2010 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting. Vermont Governor Jim Douglas is the NGA chairman this year. Among the topics will be health care, the economy, and trade and border security with Canada. The governors will also meet with President Obama and members of his cabinet.Beginning Saturday, February 20, a bipartisan group of governors from the US states, commonwealths and territories will come together for three days of meetings at the JW Marriott Hotel. Nearly 50 governors are expected to participate in the meeting, which will include sessions with the President, members of his Cabinet, academic leaders, business executives and other experts for discussions on a host of issues and challenges facing states.States role in health care reform particularly in ensuring a high-quality, efficient, and coordinated health care system will be the key topic on the governors meeting agenda this year. In addition, governors will explore the future of the nation s surface transportation policy and finance system, the state-federal partnership under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, reshaping public health and preparedness for the 21st century, advancing a green economy and homeland security during five committee sessions. The Health and Human Services and Natural Resources committees will meet Saturday, Feb. 20. The other committees Economic Development and Commerce; Education, Early Childhood and Workforce; and Homeland Security and Public Safety will meet Sunday, Feb. 21. Throughout the meeting, several Governors-Only sessions will provide governors the opportunity for candid dialogue on a variety of issues facing states.Saturday s opening plenary session will offer an overview of NGA Chair Vermont Governor Jim Douglas initiative, Rx for Health Reform: Affordable, Accessible, Accountable. During the session, governors will discuss transforming health care delivery with guests Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women s Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and Dr. Jack Cochran, executive director of The Permanente Federation.Later on Saturday, governors will be joined by the premiers of Canada for a special session, Common Border, Common Ground, focused on common challenges, innovative policy solutions and issues related to trade, border security, energy and the environment.Sunday morning, governors will hold a plenary session focused on health care and the economy. Financial journalist Maria Bartiromo, anchor of CNBC s Closing Bell, will moderate the discussion.Sunday night, governors and their spouses will travel to the White House for a black-tie evening with President and Mrs. Obama. The following day, governors will return to the White House for meetings with the President and members of his Cabinet regarding many of the critical issues topping the legislative agenda during the current Congress.The Winter Meeting will conclude Monday afternoon, Feb. 22, with a plenary session focused on redesigning states in the post-recession economy. Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of Moody sEconomy.com, and Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, will join governors to examine the economic landscape facing the country and states over the next several years.Source: NGA. 2.8.2010###
TOWN OF MEREDITH (WBNG) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post saying they arrested a Delhi man Thursday for torturing and injuring animals. Merrill was released in accordance with the New York State bail reform laws. Delaware County Sheriff, Craig DuMond, took the time to write in the Facebook post, saying: 23-year-old William Merrill is accused of brutally beating a dog in the Town of Meredith in December of 2019. He has been charged with a class A misdemeanor of animal cruelty. “It sickens me to see these cases where innocent victims, including animals who are incapable of defending themselves, end in an appearance ticket only to provide the offender the opportunity to continue to prey on the innocent. Completely disgusting as far as I’m concerned and an absolute miscarriage of justice”.
Ghana’s longest-serving leader, former flight lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings, who died on Thursday, had an enduring legacy as ‘the man of the people’.He twice seized power in Ghana but returned the country to democratic control.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Through decades of speeches and interviews, this is how he spoke of his vision for Ghana and for Africa.
Retail sales have dropped 64 percent, according to data from the Office of the Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister.Meanwhile, to anticipate new customer behavior, APPBI has urged retailers to look to digital channels to reach consumers.During the health crisis, Indonesian consumers have relied on online delivery platforms to purchase groceries and food instead of visiting supermarkets.Minimarket chain Alfamart marketing director Ryan Alfons Kaloh said that during the PSBB period, 3,000 of Alfamart’s 14,000 outlets nationwide had catered to online orders as a strategy to retain customers.“We have to understand our customers’ needs. What if there is another period of PSBB because of a second wave like in South Korea? Well, we must be ready to change and adapt again,” he said during the same webinar.Meanwhile, Boga Group, which operates more than 150 restaurants in major cities across Indonesia, has provided online delivery services since the government called for shopping malls to close in March.The group’s president director, Kusnadi Raharja, said it had made major changes in its business operations during the pandemic, including transforming almost of all of its restaurants into “cloud kitchens” that cater to online orders.While the group still plans to resume dine-in services at more than half of its restaurants, the rest will continue to cater to online deliveries going forward, including offering ready-to-cook meals, Kusnadi said.“Switching to online deliveries or contactless dine-in services has been quite easy, as we already have the technology, such as online menus and cashless payment. It is just a matter of accelerating the adaptation,” he said.Ready-to-cook meals are among the products that have seen an increase in popularity during the pandemic, while coffee shops have been selling coffee by the liter to keep their businesses afloat.Read also: New layout, new experience: Restaurateurs prepare for reopeningTopics : While the government eases restrictions and reopens the economy, the retail sector will take time to recover as consumers continue to hold fears over COVID-19, an industry association has said.The Indonesian Shopping Center Association (APPBI) stated that it expected shoppers to continue buying their basic necessities when visiting shopping malls and then returning straight home, as has been observed thus far during the pandemic, instead of browsing through shops for leisure, as is the case in normal times.“People are not going to flock to shopping malls straight away because they will still be worried about the pandemic,” APPBI chairman Stefanus Ridwan said during a MarkPlus online webinar on Tuesday. He added that the number of shopping mall visitors had dropped since the country’s first two COVID-19 cases were announced in March. During the pandemic, no less than 190 shopping malls across the country have been temporarily closed, APPBI data show.Meanwhile, starting in June, the government has begun to relax the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that were implemented to contain the virus, allowing shopping centers, among other facilities, to open gradually. The Jakarta administration stated that all shopping malls in the city would be allowed to reopen on June 15.However, Stefanus said customers would still need time to adjust to the health requirements of the so-called “new normal”, including wearing a face mask inside malls, practicing physical distancing and using cashless payment.The adjustment period for customers will take around one-and-a-half years, Stefanus added.
It expects only little growth of 1 percent or even a contraction of 0.4 percent for the full year, depending on the severity of the virus crisis.“This is also the first time that Bank Indonesia bought sovereign debt papers to support the financing of non-public goods,” Deni added.Bank Indonesia (BI) and the government have agreed on a debt monetization scheme worth $40 billion, which will see BI buy at least around $27 billion through private placement to finance the crisis response.Read also: Indonesia raises record high $1.27b from retail bonds saleMeanwhile, credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings affirmed Indonesia’s long-term foreign currency issuer default rating at “BBB with a stable outlook” on Monday, the lower-medium investment grade.Fitch cited a favorable medium-term growth outlook and low government debt-to-GDP ratio against high dependence on external financing among the reasons for retaining the rating but also noted issues around low state revenue and lagging structural indicators.Fitch expects Indonesia’s economy to contract 2 percent this year, before rebounding to 6.6 percent growth in 2021 and 5.5 percent in 2022. The rating agency also forecasts Indonesia’s fiscal deficit to narrow to 5 percent next year and 3.5 percent in 2022, as most of the pandemic-related expenditure is expected to be temporary.Separately, Bank Mandiri economist Andry Asmoro said prudent fiscal policies in recent years had provided room for policies to deal with the impact of the coronavirus, adding that the burden-sharing agreement between the government and the central bank would help reduce the debt burden.“The Fed’s dovish policy, accommodative policies from BI and stable domestic inflation at a low level will all support the domestic bond market,” he said in a note. “Looking ahead, the attractiveness of the domestic bond market could cause a decline in bond yields.” Indonesia raised another Rp 22 trillion (US$1.48 billion) on Tuesday from government bonds to fund the country’s fiscal deficit and the costly fight against the unfolding pandemic, with the central bank participating in the tender.The Finance Ministry received incoming bids of Rp 106 trillion – the second-highest bids volume throughout the year – from both domestic and foreign investors.“The demand for government bonds is being driven by national banks that have ample liquidity and rising participation from foreign investors,” said the ministry’s director for sovereign debt papers, Deni Ridwan, adding that foreign investors made up 33 percent of the incoming bids. Topics : “Rising participation from foreign investors showed that their trust in Indonesia’s economic prospects has begun to recover,” he went on to say.The bond series have varied maturity periods of three months to 28 years, according to the ministry’s data, with yields ranging from 3.25 percent for the three-months tenure to 7.4 percent for 28-year bonds.The government faces the daunting task of raising Rp 990.1 trillion in the second half of this year to cover a fiscal deficit of 6.34 percent of the GDP, as the country reels from the pandemic impact. It raised Rp 22 trillion from a government bond issuance in July.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion for the country’s COVID-19 response to strengthen health care and rescue the economy, which contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter, marking the first contraction since the first quarter of 1998.
Last year was another golden year for the cruise shipbuilding sector, ASSONAVE, an association representing the majority of the Italian shipbuilding industry, said.The cruise sector closed 2017 with a high level of new orders — 23 ships of over 10,000 CGT compared to 25 in 2016, for a total of 71,200 LB versus 45,162 LB in 2016.Fincantieri, with its subsidiary Vard, acquired twelve ship orders and three units subject to memoranda of agreements.Fincantieri’s orderbook is at the record level of 80 ships, equal to 225,600 LB, for over 9 million CGT, versus 4.2 million CGT at the end of 2007, the year with the highest number of orders before the financial crisis, ASSONAVE said at its latest meeting held in Rome this week.A global shipbuilding sector is beginning to show the first signs of recovery after hitting a 20-year low in 2016. However, the recovery seems to have been patchy — the cruise ship industry remains in excellent shape, the naval and nautical sectors are showing an increasingly promising outlook, the standard and High-Tech ship sector is recovering, but the offshore sector is at a standstill.For these reasons, 2017 could be defined as “the year of selective recovery”, according to ASSONAVE.As explained, trends in recent years reflect the excess in productive capacity that has been mainly created by shipyards in Asia, where state support has led to a dangerous dumping policy. This has generated “speculative” orders by shipowners that proved to exceed the market’s capacity for absorption, and this led to an excess of supply on the part of shipowners and a drop in leases, all to the advantage of exporting economies since 90% of traffic is by sea. Failure to respect market fundamentals and the resulting over-supply led to a drastic drop in orders in 2016, with shipyard closures, layoffs, and state bailouts in the Asian shipbuilding industry, particularly in Korea. This once again proves that markets cannot be artificially altered for too long, ASSONAVE said.Yet the Italian shipbuilding sector and its supply chain have managed to stay in the right part of the market, as they have concentrated in the three sectors – cruise, naval, and nautical – where Asian dumping did not take place, since barriers to entry were particularly high in these very high value-added sectors, the association added.In terms of geographic areas, China remained the global leader for 2017, with its 7.2 million CGT accounting for a share of 33%, followed by Korea, which, after bottoming out in 2016, accounted for 32% with 6.9 million CGT in new orders.The European shipbuilding sector had orders amounting to 3.6 million CGT, of which 80% were cruise ships.Finally, Japan’s share amounted to 6%, with orders of just 1.4 million CGT, even less than the already dramatically low 1.5 million CGT in 2016.
Semco Maritime has now awarded Siemens with the contract for the delivery of the high-voltage electrical equipment for the platform, including three 275 kV / 265 MVAr shunt reactors, a 72 kV HV gas insulated switchgear (GIS), three 275 kV MV GIS systems, integrated conditioning monitoring system, and SCADA and protection systems. Earlier this year, a joint venture between the Danish companies Bladt Industries and Semco Maritime was chosen by end customer Mayflower Wind, a joint venture of Shell & EDP Renewables, to design and construct the electrical service platform of the Mayflower Wind. Siemens will supply the components for Semco Maritime by 2022. “We are proud of the opportunity to bring our expertise in offshore transmission to Mayflower Wind, a project that will lead the way for increasing the share of clean, renewable energy in the U.S. energy mix. The offshore Center of Competence in Denmark did an outstanding job in creating a comprehensive, tailor-made solution for this exciting new project, making the best use of our broad transmission portfolio,” said Beatrix Natter, CEO of the Transmission division at Siemens Energy. The project is located in a federal lease area approximately 25 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts in the United States, and will have a capacity to generate up to 1.6 GW of renewable energy. The system solution is specifically designed to significantly reduce both the size and weight of the platform, lowering the need for the use of steel in the construction and thus making the platform more resource- and cost-effective, Siemens said. Siemens has secured an order from Semco Maritime to provide the main electrical equipment for the electrical service platform (ESP) of the Mayflower Wind offshore wind farm. The offshore substation is scheduled for delivery from Bladt Industries’ site in Denmark in 2024. “At Semco Maritime, we have for a number of years created a very strong track record to deliver competitive quality projects in electrical infrastructure for offshore wind. We are looking forward to the cooperation with Siemens, who is a competent and reliable partner,” said Carsten Nielsen, Senior Vice President of Renewable Energy at Semco Maritime. The Mayflower Wind project has been chosen by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to supply 804 MW of offshore wind capacity with the expected start-up in 2025.