Rappaport Fellows making an impact

first_img Read Full Story Growing and improving Main Streets’ farmer’s markets, tracking bicycle related injuries and developing landscape visualizations are just a few ways Rappaport Institute Fellows are making a difference in local neighborhoods this summer.This year, three Harvard Kennedy School students were among the 14 fellows chosen to work in state and local offices in the Greater Boston area. This ten-week opportunity allows students to get hands-on experience in local government management and use their analytical skills to benefit the public.Matthew La Rocque is spending the summer with the Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE) and Boston Public Schools.“Specifically, I analyzed earned income models and human resource practices of school support organizations across the country, and presented BPE’s senior leadership team with strategies to achieve financial sustainability,” said La Rocque. “Along the way, I learned that non-profit organizations like BPE need to work in close partnership with their local government counterparts if they hope to be successful.”The opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in a classroom is a major motivation for the fellows.“At the Kennedy School, I gained experience analyzing large amounts of information and explaining it concisely,” said Ashali Singham, “Which helped me develop effective materials this summer.”Singham has been working in the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance. “I saw how quantitative analysis is done in government, which I think will be useful in my classes next year.”Emily Monea agreed the experience gained through the fellowship will give her more direction moving forward.last_img read more

Harvard Art Museums’ facility to open Nov. 16

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Art Museums — comprising the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum — will open their new Renzo Piano-designed facility to the public on Nov. 16, 2014. The renovation and expansion of the museums’ landmark building at 32 Quincy Street in Cambridge will bring the three museums and their collections together under one roof for the first time, inviting students, faculty, scholars, and the public into one of the world’s great institutions for arts scholarship and research. In the Harvard Art Museums’ new home, visitors will be able to explore new research connected to the objects on display and the ideas they generate in the galleries; gain a glimpse of leading conservators at work; and in the unique Art Study Center, have hands-on experiences with a wide range of objects from the collections.“We are eagerly anticipating the opening of the new Harvard Art Museums facility,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “Renzo Piano has designed a building that is as beautiful as the works of art it will house and as thoughtful as the people who will work and learn within it. It will expand the ways in which we use art and art-making as part of the curriculum, and it will invite our neighbors and visitors to enjoy some of the University’s unparalleled treasures.”last_img read more

David Bowie and me

first_imgThe death of trailblazing music and style icon David Bowie from cancer on Sunday prompted an outpouring of tributes from his contemporaries, including the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Elton John, and merited prominent coverage from major media outlets such as The BBC, The New York Times, and even L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper.Over a nearly 50-year recording career, the London-born Bowie, 69, garnered popular success and critical acclaim as a singer, musician, songwriter, theatrical composer, producer, fashion innovator, and actor. He was a creative visionary whose ever-changing stage personae and musical explorations often transcended cultural norms. His work synthesized avant-garde ideas drawn from music, dance, theater, art, and fashion in ways that could be deeply challenging and were not always understood or fully appreciated at the time.As a showman, a style icon, a painter, and an actor, Bowie not only relentlessly pushed the limits of his own artistic expression, but that of other influential giants, including Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Philip Glass, and Iggy Pop. In the 1970s, his bold embrace of and experimentation with fluid notions of sexuality and gender identity served as a welcome lighthouse for many young people in the global LGBTQ community.The Harvard Gazette spoke with scholars from across Harvard about the man, his music, his influence on them, and his lasting legacy.James WoodProfessor of the practice of literary criticism, Faculty of Arts and SciencesI loved Bowie’s work, and in many ways it defined my youth, as it did the upbringing of anyone who grew up in Britain in the 1970s and ’80s. I’m struck by how universally loved he was, despite his radicalism as an artist. (In Britain today, even the Archbishop of Canterbury lamented his passing). One of the reasons for that is that if you listen to those great songs of the ’70s like “Life on Mars” and “Space Oddity,” you can hear not only that he wrote really good tunes, but also that his chords have their roots in the old music hall and dance band harmonies that were also influential on Paul McCartney. Young kids still sing Bowie’s tunes, in the way they sing Beatles songs: They are a universal possession.Timothy Patrick McCarthyCore faculty and director, Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy SchoolI mourn the loss of David Bowie. He was unmistakably an icon, but he was also a radical, liberating force who helped to fuel two generations of shifting cultural norms. When we talk about gender and sexuality as “performative” and “fluid,” when we think about identities as “social constructions,” we can look no further than David Bowie’s remarkable, boundary-blurring career for a master class on gender, sexuality, and cultural studies.K. Michael HaysEliot Noyes Professor in Architectural Theory, associate dean for academic affairs, Harvard Graduate School of DesignBy chance, I landed in architecture school in 1972, just at the time Bowie dropped “Ziggy Stardust.” The sheer coincidence meant that design culture would, from the start, for our entire generation, be associated with identity construction and gender fluidity. Bowie designed identity in a way we have only recently fully understood. It was no coincidence, then, that later, in 1995, Bowie would sing:All the majesty of a city landscapeAll the soaring days of our livesAll the concrete dreams in my mind’s eyeAll the joy I see through these architects’ eyes(“Thru’ These Architect’s Eyes”)Vijay IyerFranklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts, Faculty of Arts and SciencesAs with many great performers, David Bowie achieved a certain power through vulnerability. We felt it in the breaks of his voice, in his intuitive, fragmentary lyrics, in his unabashed androgyny, and his lifelong performative embrace of alterity. Bowie represented to generations of listeners an invitation to be fully, defiantly, flagrantly yourself, and to celebrate that quality in others. Jon Pareles stated it succinctly in The New York Times’ obituary for Bowie: “[H]is message was that there was always empathy beyond difference.”Jill JohnsonDance director, Office for the Arts Dance Program, Theater, Dance & Media, and senior lecturer, Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and SciencesDavid Bowie was one of the original transdisciplinary, genre- and gender-bending artist citizens. He was an exacting and fearless artistic daredevil. He was a limitless, timeless visionary — a storyteller and poet who lived beyond the confines of categories in service of his ideas. Long live the king.last_img read more

Dell Technologies Data Protection is Helping Under Armour Transform Their Road to Cloud

first_imgIt’s always a proud moment for me to see that the products and solutions that our talented data protection team delivers are helping to drive innovation and success for our customers. Under Armour is one of those customers. With a cloud-first approach, they have selected Dell Technologies to help transform their future.Under Armour selected the Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) to help them protect the data that is the fuel to their organization. Their brand reputation and the integrity of their products depend on the data that the IDPA protects. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:41Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:41 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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They no longer need to manage individual data protection components, but rather a solution as a whole.What makes the IDPA special? The all-in-one data protection for multi-cloud, core and edge. And the fact that it enables fast, simple recovery for data everywhere with a single appliance. This end-to-end model makes Under Armour’s team work smarter and not harder.Under Armour has over 1000 virtual machines running on VMware vSphere.  With the IDPA, Under Armour has experienced zero downtime, reduced costs and has been able to holistically manage data that is segregated and dispersed globally – making data available to teammates and consumers at faster rates than ever before. As Nicolas Hennessy, Under Armour Senior Manager, Compute and Storage put it, “Using Dell Technologies and Dell EMC Data Protection for our disaster recovery program allowed us to not only replicate our data to where it’s needed, but also cut down on utilization and deduplication and get ratios that we’ve never seen before…We sleep easy knowing we’re protected 100% of the time with Dell EMC data protection.” To me, that sounds like innovation and success in the making.The IDPA deploys 10x faster1 than alternative solutions, simplifies data protection management and offers blazing backup and recovery speeds. And, for Under Armour, it does it all at a lower cost-to-protect than competing solutions (mostly likely due in large part to an amazing data reduction percentage of 97% – how’s that for unparalleled performance?).By adopting a cloud-first approach, Under Armour is looking to drive innovation and success even further. They are looking to embrace Dell technology for both on-prem and backup of cloud infrastructure. Remarking on this, Patrick Duroseau, Global Head of Under Armour’s IT Infrastructure and Operations commented, “Dell Technologies is helping us innovate in the data protection space because we are a cloud-first organization.” With Dell Technologies’ extensive data protection portfolio, Under Armour has one vendor to go to for designing new solutions, one vendor for support, one place to make sure that Under Armour can transform its future.Learn more about IDPAsIDPAs deliver all-in-one data protection for multi-cloud, core and edge environments. They offer fast, simple recovery for data everywhere—with a single appliance.Trust the #1 Data Protection Appliance & Software vendor2 with recovery solutions that deliver performance and cost-savings. To learn more about the IDPA, check out the Dell EMC IDPA home page and follow @DellEMCProtect on Twitter for our latest announcements and content.1 Based on Dell EMC internal testing, February 2020, compared to traditional deployments. Actual results will vary.2 Dell is #1 in Data Protection Appliance & Software – based on combined revenue from the IDC 3Q19 Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Tracker, with select Storage Software segments from the 3Q19 Storage Software and Cloud Services Qview. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:33Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -2:33 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:27Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -2:27 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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Do This: Long Island Events March 19 – 25

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sceneless Scene ShowcaseAmong those taking the stage at this special event are the New York-based melodic rock band Ionia, a socially and economically conscious quintet who recently released their EP, Postcards From The Edge: Chapter 1. Delta 32. Also performing will be Indie pop rockers Swim, Martial and Claire Raby. Rounding out the lineup are alt-rockers Too Early to Tell and the psychedelic reggae funk group Whole Sum. 89 North, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $5. 6 p.m. March 19.Green JellyGreen Jelly (the Y is pronounced O, but don’t mention that to Kraft Foods) is an American comedy rock band. How much fun is that? You might remember their 1992 hit “Three Little Pigs” (re-released in ’93), a rock version of the story we all grew up with. Fun fact: Maynard James Keenan, the falsetto voice of the pigs’ “Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin,” is now the lead vocalist in the band Tool. Join these guys as they rock out in Bay Shore. Warming up the crowd will be Vedre, Flak Jacket, All Things End and Lÿnch Pigs. Even Flow bar & Grill, 150 East Main St., Bay Shore. evenflowbarandgrill.com $10. 6:30 p.m. March 19.Howard JonesHoward Jones, of mega-hit stardom of the 1980s, is back to rock the Paramount. This British musician, singer, and songwriter made his name with such hits as “No One Is to Blame” and “Things Can Only Get Better.” Howard Jones cemented his place in pop history with a turn on the Live Aid stage in 1985. Will he turn back the clock and bring the audience back to the glory of the Reagan ’80s? Pop up your collar and go find out. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$75. 8 p.m. March 19. Indulgent LucieIndulgent Lucie is what happens when reggae, pop, and jazz converge to create a masterful mashup of sound. Reminiscent of UB40 and Sublime, Indulgent Lucie’s set lists are comprised of both originals and covers–yet any song they cover quickly becomes their own, re-imagined in their own interpretation so much so that you’ll forget what that song you once knew by heart ever originally sounded like. They’re that good. At the lounge. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Free. 8 p.m. March 19.Method Man and RedmanHip hop duo Method Man (of Wu-Tang Clan infamy) and Redman (of Def Squad) will be unloading their mesmerizing, hypnotic rhymin’ spitfire on Patchogue, and in the process, undoubtedly cementing this gig into “epic” status. The lyrical madmen–who notoriously starred together in the 2001 cult classic film How High?–are always sure to amaze, and if they throw down in an old-school rap battle circa 20 years ago on Yo! MTV Raps, well that would simply be mondo dope. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25-$45. 8 p.m. March 19.Long Island Natural History ConferenceSixteen leading naturalists will give presentations during this two-day conference on a wide variety of topics, from LI’s lichens, seals and the never-ending dilemma with deers to recent changes in the Island’s bird communities and our disastrous collective record protecting our precious subterranean aquifers. A focus this year will be on the arrival of coyotes on LI. Yes, there will be field trips! Brookhaven National Laboratory, William Floyd Parkway, Upton. longislandnature.org $30 per day, $40 both days. 9 a.m., March 20, 21.Kalin and Myles “The Dedication Tour”These gushy heartthrobs turned their chance meeting at a viewing of The Beibler’s Never Say Never into a successful hip-pop duo, sharing their love of music and mutual respect for each other before audiences across the country. Swoon as they grace The ‘Mountler! Dance along as they bring the beat! Sing together, holding hands with the person next to you and smilin’, smilin’, smilin’ the whole night through! Warming up the crowd are Jacquie Lee, Anjali and Matt Hill. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$75. 7:30 p.m. March 20.AfterburnThis glorious night of rock will help chase away this winter’s blues and melt the ice walls you’ve consequently built up around your heart. Raise your hands in the air! Jump as high as you can! Bop, bop, bop to the beat amid an ocean of bass and incendiary guitar chaos, reveling in the magnificence and sheer joy of live, local bands doing what they do best: absolutely owning the night. Opening the show are To The Pain, Muddy Pig Nipples [perhaps one of the best-named bands around], Symptom 7 and Sweet Tooth. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10, $12 DOS. 7:30 p.m. March 20.All About ElvisElvis Presley’s musical prowess has been well-documented, but it’s what The King did off the stage that will have you gushing all over again. First, guests will be treated to a 60-minute documentary titled 200 Cadillacs, which will showcase Elvis’ dynamic charitable side, followed up with a concert featuring the documentary’s co-producer Rex Fowler and The Rockabilly Kings. [Read About The King’s Connection To Long Island HERE] Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. March 20.Sinatra Celebrates New YorkIt seems Frank Sinatra loved New York as much as New York loved him, and that decades-long affection will be on full display in Riverhead, with this tribute straight from the heart. The 18-piece New Millennium Big Band’s performance will serve as a nightcap for guests who plan to arrive early for a la carte dinner and drinks. You know you’ll want to swing the night away! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $35. 8 p.m. March 20.Nick Tangorra BandIn a little more than two years, this trio has captured the hearts of their fans with their self-released debut album Teenage Love and Other Stories, which quickly rocketed up Apple iTune’s top 100 pop chart. In fact, the band has already amassed an impressive fan base, many of whom refer to themselves as, “FANgorras.” That has a much better ring to it than “Beliebers,” right? Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $25-$50. 8 p.m. March 20.David MassengillThe master singer and storyteller, who also plays a mean Appalachian lap dulcimer, has been essential to keeping the American folk music tradition alive. But he is more than just a great folk musician: The All American Music Guide wrote, “David Massengill’s lyrical facility is the most astounding to appear since that of Elvis Costello. He can be wickedly funny and deeply touching in the same line—and his imagination seems unlimited.” This venue is the perfect place to just sit back with a friend or loved one, enjoy a fresh, welcoming cup of your favorite bean, and simply melt away into this extraordinary music! Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $15 adults, $10 students. 8 p.m. March 20.ParmaleeNo, this is not some bizarre, Suffolk County-special concoction of fresh, breaded chicken cutlets topped in dripping, semi-liquid Parmesan chee with a fresh avocado and side of peanut butter-and-banana omelets. [Though how absolutely fantastic does that sound!?] Long Island country rock fans who appreciate gritty, down-to-Earth, small-town musicians will no doubt take a liking to this band. Parmalee has shown a resilience that we New Yorkers appreciate—and earning the support of fans along the way. Come watch them rock out, and afterwards, you just might want to mosey on down the block to the Lighthouse Diner and see if you can create your own, special brand of “Parm-a-lee.” Print out this blurb and show them; tell em “Tirana sent me,” and enjoy! Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall. 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. Muls.com $22. 9 p.m. March 20.“Girls to Pearls” Cocktail SoireeBeautiful gowns, magical gifts and cool, refreshing beverages–this gala has it all! Enjoi Lux presents the 5th Annual Prom Dress Giveaway, dubbed “Girls to Pearls” Cocktail Soiree, hosted by Women of Integrity Inc. Prepare to be amazed. Seasons 52 Restaurant, Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City. girlstopearls2015.eventbrite.com $30. 2 p.m. March 21.Sculpture DemonstrationArtist Alice Riordan provides a demonstration on how to create magical, lifelike figures out of clay. It’s the time-tested method this talented artist has used for all the sculptures presently adorning the gallery. Riordan will share her knowledge and love for the medium, too, from which she has enjoyed years of creative, electrifying joy. Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington. Free. 2:30 p.m. March 21.Spring Craft Beer FestivalThis is a craft beer drinker’s dream. More than 50 breweries will be pouring ungodly amounts of Indian Pale Ales and other brews to hop-starved beer connoisseurs during two 3 1/2 hour sessions at Nassau Coliseum. This could be the final Spring Craft Beer Festival at the Old Barn, so make it count. We’ll be working that day, but don’t be shy—drop off a pint to our humble headquarters in Garden City and we’ll raise a few together. Cheers! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $45, $55 DOS, $12 DD. 12:30-4 p.m., 5:30-9 p.m. March 21.The WeekendersIt’s not too much of a stretch to say that there’s a little bit of The Weekenders in all of us. The trio lives for the two most desired days of the week. “The weekend is when we become the people we really want to be,” the group writes in its official bio. Celebrate with the group as they tell their story through their music. Opening the show will be Gianni Paci, Bad Head and Kodiak. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10, $12 DOS. 3:30 p.m. March 21.Doo Wop ExtravaganzaThey’re not calling this a Doo Wop extravaganza for nothing. NYCB Theatre at Westbury will be home to two (!!) shows featuring seven (!!) Doo Wop veterans, from Lou Christie and the Legendary Teenagers to The Marcels and The Elegants. Maybe—just maybe—The Marcels will serenade the audience with its hit song “Blue Moon.” Don’t miss out! John Kuse and the Excellents, Lou Christie, The Legendary Teenagers, The Marcels, The Elegants, Lenny Coco & the Original Chimes, Danny and the Juniors. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 3 p.m., 7 p.m. March 21.Dinner at the GuggenheimsFriends of the Sands Point Preserve’s historic Hempstead House will be the setting of an elegant dinner theater experience that will explore the festive spirit of the Guggenheims, whose reputation of lavish entertainment at their Gold Coast estate is well-known. It’s sure to be a one-of-a-kind theater experience with dancing to a live orchestra, musical performance and dinner. Hempstead House, Sands Point Preserve 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $110. 7 p.m. March 21.“Growing Minds Ethiopia”A fundraiser and photography exhibition of works by  Lauren Werner will tell, through a pictorial presentation, the story of a local Ethiopian child, Genet, and how supporting her, as well as other bright students, is growing the minds of tomorrow’s leaders around the globe. In addition to the exhibit, the evening promises to be fun-filled, with dinner, drinks, raffle items, as well as a live and silent auction. The fundraiser benefits the nonprofit Roots Ethiopia. North Shore Day School, 85 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove. rootsethiopia.org $65. 7 p.m. March 21.“Big Break” ShowcaseLove Revolution Org and the Gold Coast Arts Center are once again searching for the next big thing to come off Long Island, with a little help from some of their friends in the music industry. Performing will be Tayla St. Rose, Sir Cadian Rhythm, Zolfolk, Jaclyn Manfredi, Justin Davi, See and Samantha Daniels. Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastarts.org $10 adults, $5 students. 7:30 p.m. March 21. The Marshall Tucker BandThese hard-rockin’, big-hearted good ol’ Southern boys are out “searchin’ for a rainbow,” as they titled their 2015 tour—with a tribute to the title of their 1975 album—and we hope they all find more than a pot of gold at the end. Hell yeah, thanks to their dedicated following, they’ve been out on the road for 44 years since they first took the highway out of town. Singer Doug Gray’s spirited drawl has been bringing fans to their feet, creating a high energy buzz from start to finish. There’s rock, naturally, plus plenty of country, blues and jazz. Everybody can see what makes these rocking and rolling rednecks the greatest band to ever come out of Spartanburg, S.C. And they can thank a blind piano tuner who left his personalized key ring behind him in their rehearsal space for inspiring the band to immortalize him. As Gray recalls the first time they ever met, the man whispered to him, “You’ve never let me down yet, don’t let me down now!” And the Marshall Tucker Band never has and never will. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$59.50. 8 p.m. March 21.Jimmie VaughanGive Jimmie Vaughan his due, he’ll tell you straight out that he plays, “blues, ballads and favorites,” but there’s so much more to what he offers the musical world than this humble guitarist will readily admit. As Guitar Player Magazine called him, “He is a virtual deity—a living legend.” From spearheading the current blues revival with The Fabulous Thunderbirds to becoming a premier designer of custom classic cars, he’s one of a kind who honors his roots but embraces the present and beyond as befits a musician whose mentor was Muddy Waters. Growing up outside Dallas, he listened avidly to the legendary Wolfman Jack, the great radio dee-jay whose broadcast from a desert hideaway in Mexico turned on a generation and sparked a cultural revolution. And one more thing, when his brother Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin in 1990, Jimmie took it hard and stopped touring until Eric Clapton helped to coax him back on the road so he could share his gift with the world. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. March 21.Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra Spring ConcertA rousing program of Carl Maria von Weber, the great violin concerto by Tchaikovsky—with rising start violinist Ryu Goto—and Sibelius’ mighty Symphony No. 2 under the direction of the Maestro David Bernard. Berner Auditorium, 50 Carman Rd., Massapequa. massphil.org Free. 8 p.m. March 21.“My Sinatra”Cary Hoffman turns his celebrated PBS television special into a biographical, often hilarious, and poignant one-man musical play about his love and idolization for his hero, Frank Sinatra, and the perils of wanting to become somebody else. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $28-$64. 8 p.m. March 21.  Lily TomlinShe’s one hell of a funny lady, perhaps the one of America’s greatest comediennes, whose career has been extraordinary. For her TV work, Lily Tomlin has earned Emmys and acclaim, including a part on West Wing. Who can ever forget the first time they saw her on Laugh-In answer the phone as the obnoxious Ernestine or sat in that oversize rocking chair as that devilish six-year-old, Edith Ann? For her work on Broadway, she’s won Tony awards, particularly for her great one-woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. She won a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording. And tons of accolades for her screen work—though no Oscar yet—particularly when she joined Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in the feminist comedy 9 to 5 or stood out as a gospel singer in Robert Altman’s Nashville. Too bad Mark Twain wasn’t around at the Kennedy Center in 2003 to see her win the prestigious prize named after him, because we know he and Lily are two of a kind: great American humorists, one from Hannibal, Missouri, the other from Detroit. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 3 p.m. March 22.Star Shine 2015 Youth Talent SearchA panel of three judges with backgrounds in dance and music will critique each performance in front of a live audience. The top three acts will be awarded $300 in cash prizes. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $9-$25. 3 p.m. March 22.Three Generations of Swing GuitarIf you call these guys swingers, they won’t mind. Better you call them the kings of three generations of swing, because they are regarded as among the most extraordinary guitarists performing today. Approaching 90, Bucky Pizzarelli is rightly the elder statesman of the group, having practically invented the style decades ago. He’s played with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Les Paul, to name a few. Ed Laub regards Bucky as his mentor on guitar but he also sings, his vocals drawing comparisons to Kenny Rankin and Chet Baker. Showing the range of his musical prowess, Frank Vignola has played with Ringo Starr, Madonna and the Boston Pops—earning the praise of Les Paul, who put Vignola on his short list of “five most admired guitarists” that the guitar legend once compiled for the Wall Street Journal. Last but by no means least, Vinny Raniolo may be the youngest of this elite set, but he’s just as talented, having recorded with Bucky and David Grisman, among other top acts. Watching these guitar stars shine on stage is a music lover’s dream come true. With Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub & Vinny Raniolo. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 7 p.m. March 22.NY Jazz MissionThis outstanding trio is indeed on a mission: to bring the best jazz to the widest audience possible. Founded and led by drummer/percussionist Milton Hernandez, the NY Jazz Mission is devoted to carrying on the great tradition of the greatest American musical form ever invented. With David Sacrestano on bass and Jay Orig on piano, they honor all the greats who’ve gone before, following the example of Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers and bringing the compositions of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker to life right before your ears. It’s intimate, it’s expansive, it’s emotional, it’s unbelievable. But above all, it’s the best it can be. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 7 p.m. March 22.June Capossela KempfThis author will speak and sign her new book, Yo God! Jay’s Story. “Yo God! You got me into this, now get me out.” That tough FTW in-your-face attitude masks a TLC softie, who meets his fate with courage, dignity and style. He was no ordinary poster kid. Jonathan’s story will leave the reader questioning how he could manage all his conflicts—especially those dealing with faith. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. March 23.The Decent OneAn intimate, disturbing portrait of Gestapo Chief Heinrich Himmler, one of the Nazi’s highest-ranking officials, as seen through his diaries, love letters and family photos. How did his cruelty and evil develop? Viewers are granted access to the mind, experiences, ideas and emotions that turned him into the “architect of the Holocaust.” Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. portjeffersondocumentaryseries.com $7. 7 p.m. March 23.Taking Back SundayWhen the great Long Island band, Taking Back Sunday, takes the stage at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island’s top-rated entertainment venue will be celebrating another milestone: its 500th ticketed event since its doors opened in September 2011. For the band, the performance marks their fourth appearance there. “The Paramount is my favorite venue to play on Long Island,” says band member Shaun Cooper. “We are so fortunate to have such a great sounding establishment right in our own backyard. We are honored to be the 500th show there.” They have just released Happiness Is: The Complete Recordings, which features new songs along with rare and unreleased tracks. Opening the show are The Menzingers and letlive. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $27.50-$45. 7 p.m. March 24.Carly Simon and Carole King ScreeningBoth hail from the New York City area and wrote about the condition of women in their time with a clarity and honesty that connected with their audience. They presented themselves as women in charge on stage, accompanying themselves with either piano or guitar, no distractions. Their music was accessible, sincere, and radio-friendly in style and song length. They found their voice politically and socially. Rare clips of both women performing will be screened for Women’s Herstory Month. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. March 24. Darcy Novick Presents Comedy Night At Lounge 960The rightfully anointed Princess of LI Comedy, Darcy Novick, is back with a very funny line-up, featuring comedian Mitchell Walters along with Tom Dadario (Comedy Central), and John Consoli (Comedy Zone)—and she’ll make people laugh as well with her irrepressible humor. Mitchell Walters has headlined for every major comedy club across America and Canada. For three years, he toured America with the late, great Sam Kinison as one of the “Outlaws of Comedy.” His signature routine has earned him the title, “The Area Code Guy.” Mitchell challenges the audience to name any U.S. city and he responds with its area code with rapid-fire accuracy, making ad lib connections between his material and the area codes. It is a remarkable display of mental agility and comedic genius. All together with these comics, you may laugh so hard it hurts—and that pain means the American Cancer Society and Bosom Buddies will gain, because they’ll get a portion of the proceeds. Mitchell Walters, Tom Daddario NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $13. 7:30 p.m. March 25.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

In August, airports recorded 70% less passenger traffic

first_imgThe most significant international passenger traffic was realized with the airports of the United Kingdom, 141 thousand passengers, which is a decrease of 59,6% compared to the same period last year. In August 2020, Croatian airports recorded 584 passengers or 807% less than in the same month last year, when the turnover was 70,0 passengers, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Source: CBS Circumstances caused by the spread of COVID-19 disease directly affected the decline in passenger traffic at Croatian airports.center_img The largest passenger traffic was realized by Split Airport with 271 thousand passengers (a decrease of 59,5% compared to August 2019, when 669 thousand passengers were transported), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 117 thousand passengers (a decrease of 77,6% in compared to August 2019, when 522 thousand passengers were transported) and Zagreb Airport with 93 thousand passengers (a decrease of 75,2% compared to August 2019, when 374 thousand passengers were transported). The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in August 2020 was 11, a decrease of 613% compared to August 41,5, when the number of landings and take-offs was 2019.last_img read more

Neptune pushes back several project start-up dates despite ‘strong quarter’

first_imgAccording to the company, there has been a limited impact from COVID-19 on operations. However, disruption to the global supply chain has slowed down some project activities. Together with hedging gains, the reduction in operating cash flow is fully mitigated in 2020 by Neptune’s resilience plan and lower expected taxes. The company fully expects to achieve positive free cash flow for the year. Project starts and drilling pushed back “Our project pipeline represents the main area of immediate cost reductions. In addition to the impact of COVID-19 on some of our schedules, we have elected to slow the pace of investment on certain other projects, which will smooth investment across 2020-22”, the report stated. Even though this will result in first production from several projects being pushed back, the overall impact on production is limited, with reduced growth in forecasted company production in 2021 and 2022. Since March 2020, commodity prices moved sharply lower. Neptune stated that, even though it had a high hedge ratio, particularly on gas, earnings and operating cash flows in the near-term were likely to be lower than reported in the first quarter. In its report on Wednesday, Neptune Energy posted 1Q 2020 revenue of $479.7 million, a decrease when compared to the $621.1 million in the same period last year. Due to its strong operating performance and the delivery of the resilience plan, the company expects operating costs to average less than $10/boe for the full year. “We have taken decisive action across the business to increase liquidity and reduce cost while preserving long-term value. We continue to review our business to identify opportunities to reduce operating expenditure further and focus on value over volume. Jim House, CEO of Neptune, said: “Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Neptune’s operational performance in the first quarter of the year was strong. Our resilience plan and hedging activity mitigated weaker commodity prices, resulting in a robust financial performance. The development capex guidance for the year is also reduced to $700-800 million and the exploration spend is expected to be around $125 million. “The second quarter of the year is likely to be more challenging and we expect production to be lower, reflecting planned maintenance and development-related shutdowns and weaker commodity prices”. The company’s profit before taxes for the quarter amounted to $118.4 million compared to a profit of $206.6 million in 1Q2019. As previously guided, the Merakes field is expected onstream in mid-2021. The P1 Gjøa project is largely unaffected. Profit & revenues down center_img The company’s full-year production guidance remains unchanged at 145-160 kboepd and includes the expected impact of mandatory production cuts imposed in Norway, the withdrawal from the Energean transaction, and a focus on value over volume. Despite the challenges of COVID-19 and weaker commodity prices, Neptune Energy had a strong first quarter but still decided to push back several project start dates to smoothen investments through 2020-2022. Neptune’s net profit totalled $47 million in the first quarter of 2020 versus a $52.7 profit in the same quarter in 2019. Since the end of the quarter, the Touat plant in Algeria reached plateau capacity and project handover is being finalised. First production from the Njord and Duva projects is now expected to occur in the second half of 2021, with Fenja due onstream in early 2022. Start of oil production from the Seagull project is likely to be deferred until late 2022. After a strong start to 2020, Neptune expects production to be lower in the second quarter reflecting planned maintenance and development related shutdowns, partially offset by higher production at Touat and the Netherlands. The company also opted to defer several wells into 2021 and the only two wells remaining in 2020 are the Sillimanite South and Dugong exploration wells. Neptune said in its first quarter report on Wednesday that its production for the period averaged 162.1 kboepd, above its full-year guidance range. While the weakness in commodity prices is a significant challenge for the oil and gas industry, Neptune stated that it was well-positioned, with significant available liquidity, low operating costs and high levels of hedging. To protect its balance sheet, Neptune previously announced cost reduction measures of $300-400 million for 2020 across operating costs, G&A, and capex. To remind, Neptune recently terminated the agreement to acquire Edison E&P’s UK and Norwegian subsidiaries from Energean to enhance near-term liquidity by around $460 million and focus on its project pipeline. Lower output ahead last_img read more

Why It’s Probably Not A Coincidence That The Mother Transing Her 7-Year-Old Isn’t Biologically Related

first_imgThe Federalist 24 October 2019Family First Comment: This is a fascinating read..“You’ve undoubtably heard about the terrible custody battle where mom wants 7-year-old James Younger to “transition” to become a girl, while dad wants to protect him from chemical and surgical castration. Here’s a crazy twist: James was born via egg donation. Beyond the “tale of two households” that set up this court battle, and the ideological madness on display in the proceedings, something else about this case deserves our attention: one of the two parents engaged in this custodial tug-of-war isn’t biologically related to little James. Care to guess which one? Do you think it’s the parent who wants to keep him physically whole? It’s not. Is it any surprise that a woman who expected her child to conform to the family she wanted despite injury to his natural rights also believes that his sex should conform to her ideological bent, despite injury to his natural body? Both stem from the same mentality: “This child exists for my fulfillment.”James’s non-biological parent’s willingness to risk her child’s long-term health struggle contrasts sharply with his biological parent’s desire to protect him.The story of seven-year-old James, whom his mother has pressured to become “Luna,” has been all over my newsfeed. The messy custody battle deserves every second of our click-bait-prone attention: Jeffrey Younger, James’s father, wants to keep his son’s body intact, while Anne Georgulas, James’s mother, wants to allow for “treatment” that would physically and chemically castrate him.The havoc that divorce wreaks in a child’s life is mainstage in this tragic case. Most of us children of divorce quickly learn to act one way with mom and another way with dad. We can switch to a different set of rules, diet, family members, bedtime, screen time limits, and political convictions in that 20-minute ride from mom’s house to dad’s.Unfortunately for little James, the adaptation he had to make went far beyond meat-lover’s pizza at dad’s house and cauliflower crusts at mom’s: it meant losing one of the most sacred aspects of his identity—his maleness. His dad loved him as a boy, so he got to be himself when he was at dad’s house. But mom showered love on the version of James she preferred, the one with the imaginary vagina.So, as kids are so apt to do, when James was at her house, he conformed to the person his mother loved. This week a jury ruled that James must live like he’s at mom’s permanently, where he can “transition” fully, regardless of the cost to his mental and physical health.The drugs used in these so-called transgender “treatments” are off-label and largely untested on children. Puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones have significant long-term health risks and are often followed by the amputation of healthy, fully-functioning organs. The worst part? It’s entirely unnecessary.READ MORE: https://thefederalist.com/2019/10/24/why-its-probably-not-a-coincidence-that-the-mother-transing-her-7-year-old-isnt-biologically-related/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Survey: Diagnoses Of Cancer, Asthma, Diabetes Rising

first_imgCINCINNATI, Oh. — Numbers of Tri-State residents who have ever been told they have asthma, diabetes, and cancer are rising, according to a newly released Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey.Reported diagnoses of asthma rose 15 to 17 percent, diabetes increased from 11 to 13 percent, and cancer went up from 6 to 8 percent since the last survey in 2010.In Southeast Indiana, results were similar and showed little change since the last survey.“Having a chronic illness can be a heavy burden for an individual and a household,” says Francie Wolgin, Senior Program Officer, Protecting the Healthcare Safety Net, for Interact for Health. Interact for Health sponsors the CHSS. “This toll may be physical, emotional and financial, affecting many aspects of a person’s life.”Other slight increases were seen in rates of depression, severe allergies, and chronic lung disease. On the other hand, the rate of people being told they had high cholesterol/triglycerides continued a downward trend, from 29 percent in 2005 to 27 percent in 2013.last_img read more

25th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour dates announced

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. – The 25th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour dates and locations have been announced for 2014. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars will be on the program at all six tracks during the July 6-11 tour in North Dakota and Saskatchewan. Another record pay­out is in the works, with each Modified feature winner earning $1,700 and each Stock Car winner pocketing $800.Modified features are 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events. Home region points will be awarded in both divisions.Nodak Speedway will host the tour opener on Sunday, July 6. On Monday, July 7, the tour heads north of the border to Estevan Motor Speedway. Williston Basin Speedway will host night three of the tour on Tuesday, July 8.On Wednesday, July 9, the series heads to Southwest Speedway in Dickinson. Dacotah Speed­way in Mandan has the Thursday, July 10 date. The tour wraps up Friday, July 11 at Jamestown Speedway.Minot and Mandan were both on the inaugural tour schedule in 1990.IMCA rules and procedures will be utilized again at each track, with the same payouts and registra­tion fees in place as well. Dale McEwen returns to flag the entire tour.“With new IMCA Modified sanctions in North Dakota, Montana and western Minnesota in 2014, we expect to attract even more cars and fans,” said tour founder and director John Gartner.“Despite multiple requests to expand the tour into neighboring states, officials from the tracks that make up the tour decided to keep the traditional locations with some changing of dates to work around the North Dakota State Fair and Stutsman County Fair,” he added. Gartner will also promote the Jamestown tour event. He can be contacted at 701 202-6075 for more information. Feature winners in both divisions will receive large presentation checks at all six tracks. Title sponsor Kupper Chevrolet of Mandan provides the $2,000 Modified and $1,000 Stock Car point funds to be paid to the top 10 drivers in respective tour point standings.last_img read more