first_imgAt the end of August, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead announced the majority of their 2017 fall tour dates ahead of their headlining debut at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The group announced a string of runs, including a six-date residency at Brooklyn Bowl in October, a three-night run across California in November, and a two-night stand at Boston’s House of Blues in December. With the earlier announcement, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead also said to expect two more show announcements to round out the band’s dates for 2017—bringing their remaining shows up to thirteen (or fifteen including the band’s festival appearances at Suwannee Hulaween and Dominican Holidaze). Now, the wait is over for fans who’ve been speculating what those final two shows of the year will be with the announcement of two shows at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania falling around the Thanksgiving holiday.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Makes A Grand, Phish-Laced Red Rocks Debut With Oteil Burbridge [Video/Photo]Tickets for the Friday, November 24th, show are available here, while tickets for the Saturday, November 25th, show are available here. The band Facebook pre-sale begins Thursday, September 7th, at 12 p.m. (EST), while the venue pre-sale begins Friday, September 8th, at 12 p.m. (EST). The regular on-sale begins the following day on Saturday, September 9th, at 12 p.m. (EST). Thursday’s Facebook pre-sale will be password protected, with the password going out on Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Facebook page at 12 p.m. (EST) here. Don’t miss out, and see you there![Photo: Bill McAlaine]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Upcoming 2017 Tour DatesOctober 5, 2017 Thu – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – ticketsOctober 6, 2017 Fri – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – ticketsOctober 7, 2017 Sat – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – ticketsOctober 12, 2017 Thu – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – ticketsOctober 13, 2017 Fri – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – ticketsOctober 14, 2017 Sat – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – ticketsNovember 9, 2017 Thu – Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA – ticketsNovember 10, 2017 Fri – Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA – ticketsNovember 11, 2017 Sat – Fox Theater, Oakland, CANovember 24, 2017 Fri – The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PANovember 25, 2017 Sat – The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PADecember 8, 2017 Fri – House of Blues, Boston, MA – ticketsDecember 9, 2017 Sat – House of Blues, Boston, MA – ticketslast_img read more

first_imgFlorence + The Machine made their highly-anticipated return in 2018 when the British rock band fronted by Florence Welch released their fourth studio album, High as Hope, back in late June. On Thursday, the band shared two new singles which didn’t appear on last year’s release, “Moderation” and “Haunted House”.The lively “Moderation” opens up with the pounding of piano keys alongside Florence, who comes in almost right away with the lyrics, “Want me to love you in moderation/Do I look moderate to you?/Sip it slowly and pay attention/I just have to see it through.” The uptempo spirit continues throughout the recording with the accompanying rhythm of subtle cowbell to counter the power coming from Welch’s one-of-a-kind voice. “Moderation” was written and recorded with the assistance of notable British producer James Ford, who has worked alongside the band on album projects in the past. “Moderation” was initially debuted live earlier this month when the band returned to performing in Australia as part of their brief winter 2019 international leg of shows.Florence + The Machine – “Moderation” – Official Audio[Video: Florence + The Machine]Unlike “Moderation”, “Haunted House” brings the listener into a much more intimate and personal setting in which Welch compares her heart to that of the song’s title. The piano ballad isn’t a long one, running at a simple 1:52 minutes in length. However, Welch makes the moments count, wasting no time in beginning the tune with the lyrics “My heart is like a haunted house/There’s things in there that scratch about/They make their music in the night/And in the day they give me such a fright.” The subtle but passionate new single showcases the balance which Welch has always utilized to keep her fans guessing on which personality they’ll be getting from the mystic singer on any given night.Florence + The Machine – “Haunted House” – Official Audio[Video: Universal Music Group]Florence + The Machine will return to New York City later this year for their headlining appearance at the 2019 edition of Governors Ball Music Festival in early June. For a full list of Florence + The Machine’s upcoming dates, head to their website.last_img read more

first_imgThe events unfolding in Ferguson, Mo., are being watched around the world. The way the grand jury’s decision and its aftermath are being perceived abroad may be categorically different than how they are understood at home, according to Harvard Kennedy School historian and Associate Professor Moshik Temkin on this week’s episode of PolicyCast.What we define in the U.S. as a “civil rights” struggle is often perceived beyond our borders as matter of human rights — and the difference is not just semantic, says Temkin.Is it Civil Rights or Human Rights? | PolicyCastHKS Associate Professor Moshik Temkin argues that the debate over civil rights in the United States, sparked by the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., is actually a debate about human rights and the difference is not just semantic.last_img read more

first_imgVassal Lane Upper School eighth-grader Bodie Morein toggled her laptop mouse, marching Brianna Little, her video game heroine, to a fort in New York state during revolutionary times. A crowd formed, chanting:“If I say, ‘This is our,’ you say ‘Petition!’ ”“If I say ‘Stamp Act,’ you say ‘No consent!’ ”The game, “Portrait of a Tyrant,” is a small part of a year-long civics education curriculum with high stakes — the future of civics knowledge, identity, and engagement — for Morein’s class and students across the state.“We are working from a critical data point that found 70 percent of Americans born before World War II considered it essential to live in a democracy. For today’s millennials, it’s less than 30 percent,” said Danielle Allen, principal investigator for the Democratic Knowledge Project (DKP) at Harvard. “Our vision in doing this work is trying to rebuild a supermajority, to get that number over 66 percent.”The project evolved from Allen’s research work, including the Declaration Resources Project and Ten Questions for Young Changemakers framework, which she brought with her to Harvard in 2015. Urgency for a comprehensive curriculum came from a state-mandated education reform signed into Massachusetts law in 2018. Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, said, “I have had a lab for a decade with the stated purpose to identify and disseminate the bodies of knowledge, skills, and capacities citizens need to build and maintain thriving democracies. So when the policy conversation started, we had built de facto content. We had been a one-off resource creator. But we saw teachers struggling with how to take all these pieces and parts and turn them into a yearlong curriculum, and knew we could be part of the solution.”The project found a partner in the Cambridge Public Schools  with which to collaborate on creating and implementing the curriculum. According to Jenny Chung, K-8 District social studies coach for Cambridge, “Teachers were at the center from the beginning. The collaboration was so successful because the entire eighth-grade team was at the table with the project throughout the curriculum conversations. We mapped out the arc and essential questions together, then individual teachers piloted different parts of the curriculum. Change can be difficult, and our teachers feel invested and ready to tackle the bumpiness that is any new curriculum.”Chung said the thematic and agency-centered curriculum provided a break from traditional teaching approaches. “Rather than marching through events and documents chronologically, DKP’s framework helps students engage with the past, present, and future planning in meaningful ways,” she said.This was clear on an afternoon in Bill Folman’s class at Vassal Lane, as students like Morein played “Portrait of a Tyrant,” which the project is developing with the educational videogame production company Amplify. The game has six episodes, which are base on grievances against King George that the colonists detailed in the Declaration of Independence. The episodes give context and modern relevance to the Declaration of Independence, and are tied to the Cambridge schools’ curriculum. In the game, Brianna encounters protests, a ship-burning, and an illicit meeting that ends in a tar and feathering. The sepia-toned coloration matches copies of primary documents, like replicas of Phyllis Wheatley poems and articles from newspapers (Virginia Gazette, Georgia Gazette) of the period.“I like all of the dialogue and the art is really cool,” said Morein.“You need to make more decisions than in other games,” said classmate Dawit Gebresellassie.,On the whiteboard at the front of Folman’s classroom, students from previous sections had written hacks to help their fellow students: “Put the letter in the shoe,” one suggested. “Don’t throw the shoe at the mansion,” read another, referencing a character’s decision to participate in an impending riot. Folman walked around with his own game in hand, asking students to share what was going well, and where they might be finding kinks.“The goal is to have students engage with the content and make choices and give context in a way that is, hopefully, fun,” said Folman, who was part of the Cambridge schools team that worked with Allen’s group. “One of the things I like about this curriculum is that it lends itself well to integrating current events, and current events are super-important. If our ultimate goal is to make better citizens, good citizens need to be aware of what’s happening in their world. But so often it’s hard for middle schoolers to understand the news — particularly political news. By focusing on the workings of government early in the year, a lot of these news stories start to make sense. It’s hard to become good news consumers if students are avoiding topics because they are confusing to them.”“Portrait of a Tyrant” is part of the teaching unit titled “How to Write a Constitution,” which followed an introductory unit on identity, values, and agency, and preceded “Loyalty, Voice, and Exit: The Philosophical Foundations of Democracy,” which the students are studying this month. Later, the students will focus on the levers of change in government, and finally create a civic action plan about something they feel passionate about.“None of this would have worked if we hadn’t formed this partnership. We have massive amount of content, but we do not have instructional expertise for eighth-graders and they do. It was a beautiful marriage of expertise,” said Allen. She is piloting the DKP-Cambridge Grade 8 curriculum with 15 teachers and 1,000 eighth-graders in eight districts across the state.Allen called the shift from textbooks to an open-source, online curriculum with multimedia resources like the video game the “scariest” part of the curriculum for teachers. “They have to let go of control on the days kids are playing. Shifting control is part of the curriculum, and that’s a big shift,” she said.DKP is supported by Massachusetts grants from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.last_img read more

first_imgWhether you’re buying firewood or paying for propane, you’dprobably like to cut your heating costs. And University of Georgiaexperts say installing a digital thermostat is a quick, easy wayto do it.”You can cut your heating costs by as much as 20 percentby lowering your home’s thermostat 5 degrees at night before yougo to bed and 10 degrees during the day when no one is home,”said Michael Rupured. He’s an Extension Service financial managementspecialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Remembering is the KeyLowering your thermostat sounds easy. But in today’s busy world,this simple task isn’t so simple.”Remembering to do this every day is a challenge, whichis why you should consider purchasing a programmable, or setback,thermostat,” Rupured said. “The initial investment ofless than $60 could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.”A setback thermostat lets you program the temperature in yourhome to suit your needs.”If you plan to be out of town for the weekend,”he said, “you can program your thermostat to reduce the temperaturewhen you are gone and turn it back up an hour or so before youarrive home. You can also program the thermostat to turn on beforeyou come home from work so you can arrive to find a toasty house.”Search One That’s Easy to ProgramWhen shopping for a programmable thermostat, Rupured says tosearch for one that’s easy to program.”You should be able to easily set the clock and changethe start time or temperature for a program period,” he said.”You should also be able to override the current programmedtemperature by manually changing the setting.”Make sure the digital display is easy to read and understand.”You need to be able to tell the current time and temperatureat a glance,” Rupured said. “With the press of a button,you should also be able to see the temperature you’ve programmedand the program period in effect.””Shop around for the best deal,” he said. “Homeimprovement stores and mass merchandisers carry these products,so there’s no telling how much you can save on your purchase ifyou compare prices.”If you’re replacing an old thermostat in the same location,you might want to consider hiring a heating/cooling contractorunless you’re comfortable working with wiring.A programmable thermostat isn’t just a winter-use product.The same features that will save you money on your heating billwill also save you money on your cooling bill this summer.last_img read more

first_imgLearn to sketch with artist and educator Rick Espelage at the April 21 session of Saturday at the Rock at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga.A former Putnam County teacher, Espelage was an environmental educator at Rock Eagle for many years. He currently teaches community art classes through the PutnamARTS program at the Plaza Arts Center in Eatonton. Using Rock Eagle Lake as a backdrop, participants in the art session will learn to draw or fine tune their artistic skills. Supplies will be provided. The session is appropriate for all ages and costs $5 per person. This program starts at 9:30 a.m. and lasts two hours. Following the program, Rock Eagle’s Natural History Museum will be open to participants.Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Matt Hammons at (706) 484-2862 or [email protected] Saturday at the Rock programs are held the third Saturday of each month, excluding December. A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man is facing driving while intoxicated charges after he allegedly struck a construction worker on the Northern State Parkway early Wednesday morning, New York State police said.Andrew Rohkohl, who allegedly registered a blood alcohol level of .17 percent—twice the legal limit—was also arrested for drug possession following the accident, police said.The 27-year-old was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Cobalt around 3:19 a.m. when he allegedly drove through a road closure and struck the construction worker, police said.The construction worker was transported to Huntington Hospital and treated for neck and back pain, police said.Rohkohl was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and reckless endangerment.Arraignment information was not provided.last_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 12, 2016 Wolf Administration Announces New Rail Projects That Will Create, Retain 48,000 Jobs Through State Investment Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – An estimated 9,200 jobs will be created and more than 39,000 will be retained over the next five years due to thirty-one rail projects being made possible by two PennDOT-managed grant programs.“Pennsylvania has the most railroads in the country and these make up a vital component of our economic and transportation activities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These investments underscore our role in supporting jobs and economies across the state.”The State Transportation Commission (STC) voted today to approve $36 million for 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 16 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). RTAP is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds and RFAP is underwritten through the new Multimodal Fund, created by Act 89.Act 89 is a far-reaching transportation program that clears the way for significant investments in all transportation modes.For more information on rail in Pennsylvania visit PennDOT on Twitter at, on Instagram at, and “like” the department on Facebook at Following is a by-county list of approved rail freight projects under the programs with the state share:RTAP Projects:Allegheny County:CSX Transportation Inc.– $3 million to construct new main lead track, crossovers, turnouts, and derails to allow intermodal trains to pull off the McKees Rocks mainline to serve the Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminal.Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad — $420,000 to install 2,650 feet of track and one new turnout in the Scully Yard.Union Railroad Company — $3.4 million to repair and rehabilitate the East Pittsburgh Viaduct, including concrete repairs, structure drainage corrections, a 1,600-foot passing siding and adding a new walkway and handrails.Allegheny and Washington Counties:Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. — $1.2 million to install nearly 20 track miles of continuous welded rail on the railway’s Pittsburgh subdivision.Butler County:Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad Inc. — $3.6 million to improve the Butler Yard and shop tracks as well as yard tracks the company leases, as well as restoring a crossover connection and repairing eight bridge structures on its northern subdivision.Carbon County:Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad — $5 million to construct a new bridge across the Lehigh River and approximately 1,200 feet of new track related to the construction of the new bridge.Centre, Columbia, Lycoming and Northumberland Counties:SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority — $3.5 million to upgrade five bridges and replace one bridge.Chester County:East Penn Railroad LLC — $665,000 for turnouts, rail, ties, resurfacing and rebuilding a 2,000-foot siding, as well as replacing 3,800 mainline ties, 110 mainline switch timbers, surfacing five mainline turnouts and 18,750 feet of mainline track.Dauphin County:Steelton and Highspire Railroad — $2 million to construct and rehabilitate 13,026 track feet and 22 turnouts serving the Durabond pipe plant, Chemtron weld plant, Arcelor-Mittal’s interchange loading area, and connecting track to Norfolk Southern’s interchange as well as Steelton & Highspire Railroad’s main yard.Fayette County:D&I Silica — $1.3 million to extend the switching lead track and two unloading pit yard tracks, replace track and relocate a turnout to create a yard for operational flexibility.Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad Company — $2 million to install five yard tracks, and a runaround track to improve Bowest Yard.Lackawanna County:Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority — $630,000 to install 9,000 new ties on the Carbondale mainline track.McKean County:American Refining Group Inc. — $1.6 million to construct 50 feet of track, rehabilitate 1,400 feet of track, one turnout and two crossings, as well as modify six existing loading tracks.Western New York PA Railroad Company LLC — $500,000 to install 7,500 crossties, reconstruct two crossings, and track surfacing.Westmoreland County:Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation – Nearly $1.1 million to replace existing rail and steel components on the Radebaugh Subdivision Rail Relay.RFAP Projects:Allegheny County:Leetsdale Industrial Corporation — $299,862 to construct two new spurs and raise, line and surface track.Beaver County:Middleton Properties West LLC — $633,711 to rehabilitate 4,800 feet of track and construct 2,700 feet of new track.Pennsylvania Southwestern Railroad — $535,610 to rehabilitate five tracks, a pit track and a turnout.Berks, Lancaster and York Counties:East Penn Railroad LLC — $560,000 to rehabilitate the Lancaster Northern and York Line, including tie replacement and resurfacing.Blair County:The Everett Railroad Company — $360,150 to replace 4,000 linear feet of rail, 1,200 ties, one public grade crossing and surface two miles of track.Bradford and Wyoming Counties:Lehigh Railway LLC — $292,713 to install a runaround track at ROCK station and install five rail flange lubricators along Lehigh Railway’s mainline.Centre County:SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority — $298,232 to rehabilitate the Robinson Lane track including replacing one turnout, installing culvert boxes and drainage pipes, surfacing, as well as deck timber and bridge planking deck replacement.Delaware County:Consolidated Rail Corporation — $259,748 to replace three existing railroad diamonds.Lackawanna County:Kane Warehousing Inc. — $227,500 to construct a 1,000-foot track spur and one turnout.Lackawanna and Wayne Counties:The Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad Company Inc. — $690,900 to repair the Delaware-Lackawanna railroad bridge over the west branch of the Lehigh River, including wingwall and backwall restoration, bridge seat cleaning, resurfacing and re-establishment of original bridge elevation.Lancaster County:Alumax Mill Products Inc. — $250,000 to construct a 1,500-foot double rail spur including two new turnouts.Mercer County:Wheatland Tube Company — $262,500 to construct two industrial spur tracks, two turnouts and a loading/unloading pad.Montgomery County:Mittal Steel USA Railways Inc. — $312,550 to repair a 310-foot stone masonry retaining wall, improve 1,085 feet of track and install two turnouts.Schuylkill County:Reading Anthracite Company — $700,000 to reconstruct grade crossings and improve drainage.Union County:Lewisburg & Buffalo Creek Railroad Corporation — $217,000 to repair a stone masonry box culvert and install a 60-inch steel pipe south of the existing structure.Westmoreland County:Three Rivers Marine Rail Terminal LP — $133,945 to rehabilitate mainline track including replacing crossties, bolts and bridge timber, surfacing and installing ballast.last_img read more

first_imgBrisbane home values fell 0.4 per cent in June, according to CoreLogic.BRISBANE home values have slipped for a second straight month amid the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, but not as much as expected.Melbourne and Perth saw the largest decline in values among the capital cities over June — both recording declines of 1.1 per cent — while Brisbane fell 0.4 per cent to $503,148, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Value index.On a national basis, home values dropped for the second month in a row, down 0.7 per cent in June, following a 0.4 per cent decline in May. Aerial images of suburban houses in southwest Brisbane.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the downward pressure on home values had remained mild to date, with capital city dwelling values falling just 1.3 per cent over the past two months.“So far, the impact from COVID-19 on housing markets has been milder than initially anticipated,” Mr Lawless said.He said significant price declines had so far been avoided given the low number of homes hitting the market, combined with low interest rates, government support payments and mortgage holidays offered by the banks. CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless.But he warned the longer-term outlook for the Australian property market remained uncertain.Commonwealth Bank head of Australian economics Gareth Aird said he was surprised house prices had not fallen more. “Given the huge negative shock to the economy caused by the COVID‑19 pandemic, it is hardly surprising that prices have eased,” Mr Aird said. “Indeed what has surprised us is that prices have only contracted nationally by around 1 per cent since March.” Brisbane home values have fallen for a second straight month due to COVID-19.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoIn April, the bank’s base case was for a 10 per cent fall in prices due to the pandemic.“The upshot is that dwelling prices have not fallen all that much so far, which means that there is no material negative wealth effect to date coming via house prices,” Mr Aird said.“That is very important for the outlook for household consumption and consumer sentiment as falling property prices weigh on overall expenditure.” Commonwealth Bank head of Australian economics Gareth Aird.Mr Aird said that while property prices were still likely to ease over coming months, it looked more likely the falls would be more modest than first thought.“Auction clearance rates have rebounded to reasonable levels at around 65 per cent nationally,” he said.“And it looks like the impact of significantly lower mortgage rates is largely offsetting the other forces weighing on dwelling prices.”last_img read more

first_imgMacArtney has changed the name of German Meerestechnisches Büro Turla (MBT) GmbH into MacArtney Germany GmbH. “Since 2000, MBT GmbH has been a joint venture of the MacArtney Group but time has come to consolidate even more intensely the MacArtney brand in the German market,” the company said.MacArtney Germany focuses on sales and service of oceanographic, geophysical and hydrographic measuring instruments and systems with the operating sales and consultancy offices for marine and underwater technology in Bremen and Kiel.“MacArtney Germany offers numerous services for underwater technology – from integration and commissioning to training and maintenance, all of them being supported by our group resources. Therefore, the name change is a logical development in MacArtney’s efforts to strengthen even more our position in the German market as a MacArtney operation,” said Torsten Turla, managing director of MacArtney Germany.last_img read more