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Lettuce Gets Extra Green With The Floozies & The Russ Liquid Test In Oakland [A Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Lettuce is currently on an extensive winter tour, giving them imperative opportunities to take in their diverse surroundings and turn them into the mix of sound and inspiration they are so well loved for. When Adam Deitch (drums), Jesus Coomes (bass), Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (guitar), Neal Evans (keys), Nigel Hall (keys, vocals) and The Shady Horns’ saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom are on the same stage, great, firing things happen – such has been the case for the last 25 years! Their excellence was furthered on Friday night for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Oakland when the funk powerhouse hit The Fox Theatre with their show-stopping live set to kick off a three-night California run.With openers The Floozies and The Russ Liquid Test on deck, the night got extra funky. Photographer Chris Baldwin was on the scene, so you can enjoy the full gallery below!For fans of Lettuce and The Floozies, you can catch them both at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise March 31 & April 1, 2017 in St. Augustine, FL alongside Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Motet, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, along with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists at Large. The guys will also be leading several artist excursions, like sailing, mini-golf, and even a ping pong tournament to raise money for charity! Head here for more information.last_img read more

A transition for Transition

first_imgA modest publication that became Africa’s pre-eminent cultural and literary magazine in the 1960s recently celebrated a homecoming of sorts — in print, no less.Founded in 1961 in Kampala, Uganda, as Transition, a Journal of the Arts, Culture & Society, the magazine that published work by the likes of novelist Chinua Achebe, poet Christopher Okigbo, and future Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has been housed at Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research for the past 26 years.In July, Transition returned to print in Africa.A partnership with Jalada, a pan-African writers’ collective based in Nairobi, allowed the magazine’s latest issue to be printed in Kenya, from where it is being distributed across the continent.It is the first time that Transition has been published in Africa since the early 1970s. Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center, then revived it as “the magazine of Africa and the diaspora” in 1991. Since then, it has been distributed mostly to U.S.-based subscribers. In a press release, Gates, who is Transition’s publisher, said he was thrilled to see the magazine’s reappearance on the continent.“The partnership of Transition and Jalada and the opportunity to print in Kenya mark an exciting and historic moment to celebrate the magazine in the region where it was conceived and made such an important intellectual contribution to post-independence Africa,” said Gates.Nagwa Abdelmottaleb, who owns a company with her husband in Egypt that translates world literature into Arabic, looks through Transition Magazine at the Harvard Book Store. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerFounded by Rajat Neogy, a Ugandan writer of Indian descent, Transition became a spirited forum for intellectual debate in the 1960s, a critical time for the continent as countries gained independence from European colonial powers.Led by Neogy, the literary magazine took a risky plunge into politics. In 1968, after it criticized Ugandan President Milton Obote’s increasingly authoritarian rule, Neogy was jailed on charges of sedition. The magazine closed until he resurrected it in Ghana in 1971, but five years later he folded it for lack of funds. He died in 1995 in the United States.But even when the magazine was financially troubled, Transition’s pages attracted literary stars such as future Nobel laureates Nadine Gordimer and V.S. Naipaul, and distinguished African writers like David Rubadiri from Malawi, Cameron Duodu from Ghana, and Ali Mazrui from Kenya. The magazine also supported the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and published work by James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Martin Luther King Jr.The latest edition of the storied journal features essays, fiction, poems, and visual arts pieces on the theme of fear by contributors as notable as Paul Theroux, Cornel West, and Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela, as well as emerging African talents.Over the decades, the publication has undergone a startling physical transformation. Its first issue was printed in black and white and was awkwardly designed, and the articles were interspersed with ads for tractors, Mercedes-Benz cars, Kampala pharmacies, and other local businesses. The latest edition is handsomely printed by Indiana University Press.With its publication on the continent, both the magazine and African writers will benefit from the partnership, said Alejandro de la Fuente, Transition editor and director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center. This fall, de la Fuente will teach a seminar on the history of Transition. Students will take part in designing, editing, and producing the journal and will be listed as student associate editors.Sara Bruya, Transition’s managing editor, lauded the collaboration that began two years ago when she met with members of the Jalada collective in Kampala.“This is huge for us,” Bruya said. “We have been waiting for this to happen for a long time. It will help Transition expand in many new and exciting directions.”last_img read more

Brazil neighbors limit travel to halt virus strain’s spread

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s neighbors have started restricting international travel amid concern about the spread of a new coronavirus variant that experts say may be more contagious and driving a second wave of infections. Guyana’s government closed its border with South America’s largest country on Friday, two days after Colombia halted passenger flights to and from Brazil; both nations cited the new variant as their reason. Argentina’s government decided to cut in half the number of flights to Brazil starting Feb. 1, according to a Jan. 27 report in state news agency Telam. And Peru on Jan. 26 banned air traffic from Brazil; the governor of Peru’s Loreto department bordering Brazil called on the government to shut down land crossings, too.last_img read more

Things to Know: Fewer Black Americans are getting vaccinated

first_imgAn Associated Press analysis shows that Black people in many parts of the U.S. are lagging behind whites in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Statistics released by 17 states and two cities tell the same story: Through Jan. 25, Black people were getting inoculated at levels below their share of the general population. Meanwhile, U.S. hospital systems are coming under fire over accusations that they are playing favorites when it comes to who gets the first crack at COVID-19 vaccines. And in other virus news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order that will require masks to be worn nationwide on federal property and certain modes of public transportation, including planes, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares.last_img read more

The Fans Have Spoken! 10 Closed Broadway Productions That Deserve Tony Love

first_imgSpring Awakening An Act Of God Noises Off A View from the Bridge Thérèse Raquin May 3 is D-Day T-Day for theater fans; The Book of Mormon alums Andrew Rannells and Tony winner Nikki M. James will reveal the nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards, which will take place on June 12. The Tony Awards Administration committee recently met for the final time of the season to determine the eligibility of current productions Bright Star, The Crucible, The Father, American Psycho, Waitress, Fully Committed, Tuck Everlasting, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Shuffle Along. History has its eyes on Hamilton to rise up and potentially break The Producers and Billy Elliot’s record of a whopping 15 nominations. In addition, we cannot ignore those we’ve known (and loved!)—the closed tuners and plays that are still eligible for Tony nods. Here are the top 10 closed productions you hope will get recognized! Dames at Seacenter_img King Charles III Sylvia Allegiance View Comments Miserylast_img read more

Tornado safety

first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens, Ga. — Recent deaths caused by tornados have been tragic reminders that the South is prone to these destructive storms. They can strike any time of day or night and any time of the year.In recent months, most tornado deaths have come at night while the victims were sleeping. These deaths show the importance of being warned when asleep.The first and most important rule for protecting you and your family is to have a way to be warned as quickly as possible about an approaching tornado.The best way is to have a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, pronounced “Noah”) weather radio. NOAA weather radios warn of approaching severe weather by sounding an alarm and then broadcasting details about it.A NOAA weather radio placed in your bedroom will awaken you as severe weather approaches.You can buy NOAA weather radios at most electronic stores and even some grocery stores. When you do, choosing one with “SAME” technology will allow you to program it to sound the warning alarm for your area.It’s best to program it for your county and the surrounding counties. Then it will wake you only for severe weather in your immediate area.Local mediaLocal radio and television stations can notify you of severe weather, too. Make sure that you are listening to a local station. A station in a neighboring county may not broadcast warnings for your location.The Weather Channel is another way of monitoring severe weather, but only if a local cable company provides it. Satellite subscribers don’t get local warnings.The major drawback of relying on local radio, TV or cable is that you must be awake and paying attention for possible warnings.A NOAA weather radio doesn’t depend on your being awake or even paying attention. When the National Weather Service broadcasts a warning, it will sound the alarm, alerting you of a dangerous situation.Outdoor warning sirens aren’t a good way to monitor severe weather. Don’t depend on them. Outdoor sirens are to warn people working or playing outside of approaching severe weather. They’re not to warn people in a building or car or sleeping.Once the National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning, seek proper shelter quickly.The general safety rule is to seek shelter in a well-constructed building on the lowest possible floor in an interior room away from windows.Safest shelterThe basement is generally the safest place. But even there, stay away from windows and doors and protect yourself from blowing objects.If you don’t have a basement, a small interior room on the first floor is your next-best choice. An interior bathroom often meets these requirements. The plumbing helps to reinforce the bathroom. Another possibility is an interior closet.In a business, school or church, the same rules apply. Everyone should seek shelter in an interior room away from windows on the lowest level. In many large buildings, interior hallways and restrooms are the best choice.Places to avoid include large rooms such as gyms, auditoriums, libraries, cafeterias, sanctuaries, naves, etc. These larger rooms generally don’t have the structural support to keep from collapsing in a direct hit. Small rooms usually have better structural support than large rooms.Mobile homes aren’t safe during severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Even if it’s “tied down,” it’s not structurally sound enough to withstand a severe thunderstorm’s or tornado’s winds. The general safety rule for mobile homes is to evacuate to a storm shelter or a sturdy building.Safety outdoorsWhen working outdoors or in a car, keeping up-to-date about changing weather conditions is important. This means listening to a local radio station or having a portable NOAA weather radio.Don’t get under a highway underpass. The myth that this is a good shelter has grown, thanks to a video showing a reporter doing this. That reporter was very lucky.If you’re caught outdoors or in a car with a tornado approaching, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If one isn’t available, lie down in a ditch or other local low spot where cars or trees won’t be blown on top of you. Don’t stay in your car. A tornado can pick up your car and blow it around like a toy.Regardless of where you seek shelter, protect your body, especially your head and neck, from flying debris. Use pillows, blankets, coats or whatever you can find to protect yourself.Another common tornado myth is to open the windows to equalize the pressure inside and outside the building. This used to be taught as the correct response. But recent research has shown that it’s the wind, not the pressure difference, that destroys buildings. Keeping windows closed improves the building’s ability to withstand the wind.(David Emory Stooksbury is the state climatologist and a professor of engineering and atmospheric sciences in The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

COVID19: Binghamton University to switch to online classes for rest of semester

first_imgPresident Harvey Stenger says all classes must be taken online by Thursday. In addition to this, spectators will not be allowed at the university’s sporting events. VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University will take measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in the Southern Tier. In an announcement made Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced all SUNY and CUNY schools will move to a distance-learning model. The full message sent to 12 News can be read below: For more coverage on the coronavirus, click here. All classes must go online by Thursday, March 19.Laboratory classes will be taught remotely; exceptions can be allowed by dean.Internships and clinical work can continue.Research laboratories and facilities will remain open.Residence halls, dining halls and other campus facilities and buildings will remain open.Students can stay on campus or may choose to go home.All events (including seminars, conferences, etc.) scheduled on or after March 19 must be canceled or moved to an online format, excepting as follows: Spectators will not be allowed at athletic competitions and performances as of March 19. A decision on Commencement will be announced by Friday, April 17.Staff report to work as normal.VPs/division heads can approve limited employee remote work assignments as a pilot for business continuity purposes.Staff with health concerns may request a remote work assignment.All University business travel is suspended. Exceptions may be approved by division heads when travel is critical to the University’s mission. The university says these rules will remain in effect until the end of semester.last_img read more

PREMIUMBrace for floods: Jakartans try to save their valuables

first_imgFacebook Topics : Forgot Password ? Google Linkedin With the threat of floods looming over Jakarta until next month, people are gearing up for further disaster.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned that medium to heavy rain with thunderstorms and strong winds would occur across the city until next month as the rainy season reaches its peak in the last week of February and the first week of March. It also predicted that this year’s rainy season in Jakarta would be harsher than last year’s, with the highest rainfall having been recorded at 377 millimeters per day on New Year’s Eve.Ratna Dewi, a 26-year old living in a two-story house in Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta, said she had been used to floodwater inundating her house during the rainy season since her childhood, so the heavy flood on New Year’s Eve that reached her thigh had come as no surprise to her.Every time such d… Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here #flooding floods flood #Jakarta heavy-rains #weather weatherlast_img read more

‘Keep us safe!’ US nurses hold protests over virus failings

first_img“Each time we are faced with a new infectious disease, our union is forced to address staffing, protection equipment and training.”Santini, who has three decades of experience, spoke to AFP at one of a dozen events in California, Illinois and Georgia held by the country’s largest nursing union. Last week the 150,000-strong National Nurses United issued the result of a survey denouncing the “disturbing” lack of preparation at many hospitals and clinics in the face of the deadly outbreak.Over a third of respondees did not have access to protective masks, and half had not received any information on the novel coronavirus from employers. US nurses staged a day of action Wednesday calling for better protection in the fight against coronavirus, warning that medical chiefs had failed to learn from previous deadly global health crises.”We need the proper protection… if we aren’t safe, our patients and our community aren’t safe,” warned Marcia Santini, an emergency room nurse at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) medical center.”The virus is just the latest in a long string of infectious disease crises that we have dealt with in recent years, including SARS, H1N1 (swine flu) and Ebola,” she said. Mary Beth Soscia told AFP that her ambulance in Los Angeles does not have any specific protective equipment against coronavirus.Mike Hill, at a protest in Oakland near San Francisco, said resources and training should have been stepped up when the virus first broke out in Asia.”We’ve known about this for quite a while, leading up to this — we should have been more prepared,” he said, as nurses dressed in bright red and holding balloons gathered outside a hospital chanting “Keep us safe!”- ‘My family at risk’ -Advice on handling and testing potentially infected patients has varied from county to county.Northern California’s Placer, Yolo and Sacramento are among those which no longer advise people exposed to the virus — including health care workers and first responders — to quarantine themselves for two weeks.For Andrea Peregrin, an emergency nurse based in southern California’s Santa Monica, that guidance is at odds with her own training. “I think that anyone who has been exposed to a potential patient needs to be quarantined, and that’s why we need adequate staffing to prepare for that,” she told AFP.UCLA must “create a plan to not only prevent exposure, but to ensure that we have adequate staffing in all of our facilities,” she said, pointing to another California hospital where over 100 medics are currently quarantined.Estela Villegas, at UCLA’s pediatric intensive care unit, agreed that mixed messages were a cause for major concern.Days earlier an 18-month-old infant who showed signs of coronavirus had arrived without any notification, and had to be placed in isolation.”We had not been trained beforehand,” she said.”I think about the health of my patients, but I also want to be able to go home without telling myself that I’m putting my family at risk.” Topics :last_img read more

Governance structure among UK pension funds’ top concerns – survey

first_imgTherefore, 47% of trustees in small schemes have professional qualifications, compared with 16% for large schemes.Additionally, smaller schemes seem to have a greater propensity to delegate externally, and larger schemes internally, consistent with available resources.This, in turn, explains why large schemes spend on average 5.4 basis points on governance, while mid-sized schemes face a cost of 9.7bps and small schemes 13bps.The index found that third-party adviser costs accounted for the largest proportion of governance spending, at 70% for larger schemes and 52% for smaller schemes, and the vast majority of these costs are for actuarial and investment advice.Chris Hogg from the Royal Mail Pension Plan said the survey came from a desire to better understand the governance structures of others, as a context for decision making and formulating ideas.Sorca Kelly-Scholte, managing director of client strategy and research at Russell Investments, added that it was common for governance arrangements to develop and grow over time.“For the governance structure to be sound, it needs regular attention and review, just like any other arrangement a scheme puts in place,” he said.“Good governance doesn’t guarantee better outcomes, but it can materially improve the chance that schemes will reach their objectives.” Pensions funds in the UK are increasingly concerned about their governance structure and most of them have undertaken a process to improve it, a new survey has found.According to the Russell Pensions Governance Index – launched in partnership with the Royal Mail Pension Plan, Telent and Saul pension schemes – 70% of large and 69% of mid-sized schemes said they were in the process of changing their governance structures.In comparison, only 27% of small schemes said they were engaged in such a process.However, the report stressed that smaller schemes had a higher proportion of trustees with professional qualifications on their committees than larger schemes.last_img read more