‘NOLA 50: Celebrating The Music Of New Orleans’ Adds John Cleary, George Gekas, Boukou Groove

first_imgA few more players have been added to NOLA 50: Celebrating The Music Of New Orleans. The show, set to take place on Friday, May 3rd at intimate French Quarter venue One Eyed Jacks, will honor New Orleans’ rich and beloved musical tradition. The band–featuring a previously-announced lineup of iconic New Orleans musicians, modern-day local heroes, several members of Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, and more–will now feature the great piano player and vocalist Jon Cleary (Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen), as well as the talented bassist George Gekas (The Revivalists). In addition, local favorites Boukou Groove, led by guitarist Derwin “Big D” Perkins, have been announced to open the show.For half a century, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has consistently shined a spotlight on the Crescent City as one of the cultural capitals of the world. As Jazz Fest celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, Live For Live Music Presents: NOLA 50 will take the audience on a retrospective tour of the music and musicians that have helped build this legacy in the Big Easy.GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award winner and bass hero, George Porter Jr. of The Meters, will lead the charge alongside Dumpstaphunk keyboardist/vocalist Ivan Neville. They will be joined by Neville’s fellow Dumpstaphunk members, Ian Neville and Alvin Ford Jr. on guitar and drums respectively, as well as Lettuce’s Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff on guitar and Eric “Benny” Bloom on trumpet. Guitarist and vocalist Walter “Wolfman” Washington, recent recipient of OffBeat Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, will also join the band for this special occasion, as will the versatile and enigmatic saxophonist and late night jazz fest favorite, Skerik. Jon Cleary, the celebrated pianist and vocalist, and George Gekas, bassist for The Revivalists, will also make appearances during the show.Tickets to NOLA 50: Celebrating The Music Of New Orleans are sold out, but look out for a chance to win tickets to this special one-off show in the coming weeks. For full event information, as well as the event poster by artist Kellin Townsend, see below.Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2019Show: Live For Live Music Presents: NOLA 50 – Celebrating The Music Of New OrleansArtists: George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Ian Neville, Alvin Ford Jr., Eric “Benny” Bloom, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Skerik, Jon Cleary, George Gekas w/ support from Boukou GrooveVenue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130Tickets: SOLD OUTTime: Doors –  9:00 PM / Boukou Groove – 9:30 / NOLA 50 – 11:00 PMlast_img read more

University denies NDSP records requests

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) has the same powers that a public police force does. Within its jurisdiction, NDSP officers can carry weapons, investigate crimes and make arrests that can lead to criminal charges.But when somebody gets arrested by the South Bend Police Department (SBPD), files a complaint with the agency or is the victim of a crime to which it responds, that information becomes a public record under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).For NDSP, it’s a little more complicated.The distinction between a police force like SBPD and one like NDSP hinges on the legal distinction between private and public agencies.Under APRA, “public agencies” — like local police departments — are required to release certain records by law. However, private university police departments like NDSP have long been considered private agencies under state law, and therefore not subject to APRA.The legal status of NDSP has been the subject of intense legal scrutiny in the past two years.Lindsey Meyers ESPN filed a lawsuit against the University in January 2015, after Notre Dame refused to release incident reports related to student athletes on two separate occasions. Last month, the Indiana Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision, ruling in favor of Notre Dame that NDSP is not a public agency under the law.While the ESPN case made its way through the legal system last year, the Indiana State Legislature passed HB 1022, which would have required private university police departments to disclose records only in situations where someone was arrested or incarcerated, shielding them specifically from the rest of APRA. It was vetoed by then-Governor Mike Pence in March. The state legislature, which passed HB 1022 with overwhelming support, will have the opportunity to override the veto when the new legislative session begins in January.But, just one day after the final ruling in the ESPN lawsuit, the South Bend Tribune reported another law — HB 1019 — was passed last year that contained language such that it inadvertently changed the state’s definition of a “public agency” to specifically include university police departments.Effective July 1 of this year, the law changed the term’s definition, which now reads in the Indiana State Code as the following:“Public agency”, except as provided in section 2.1 of this chapter, means the following: … (11) A private university police department. The term does not include the governing board of a private university or any other department, division, board, entity, or office of a private university.”On Nov. 18, The Observer submitted records requests for three case files to NDSP. Capt. Rick Miller said NDSP could not fulfill the request and recommended the requests be directed to the University’s Office of General Counsel.The Observer submitted the records requests to General Counsel, and agreed to a meeting to discuss the matter with Brian Guarraci, assistant general counsel, whose primary areas of practice include “litigation and risk management, student affairs, campus safety and security, the Clery Act and advising University departments on statutory, regulatory and policy matters,” according to the Office of General Counsel’s website.Within the 24 hours required for a response under state law, University spokesperson Dennis Brown denied all three records requests.“The University of Notre Dame, including its Notre Dame Security Police Department, is not a public agency of the government and thus is not subject to requests for public records under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA),” Brown said in an email.Two days later, Brown informed The Observer in an email that its meeting with the Office of General Counsel had been cancelled: “because we have nothing to add beyond the response I sent to you on Saturday, there is no need for a meeting.”When asked why the University considers NDSP not a public agency given the definition of public agency in the 2016 version of the Indiana Code, Brown said the change was erroneous and that a correction to the law had already been drafted.“ … Regarding the technical printing error in the last legislative session, language from HB 1022 regarding private universities was erroneously included in a conference committee report for HB 1019 (concerning public access to police recordings), and in contravention of the legislative drafting rules for the Indiana General Assembly,” Brown said.“This resulted in two conflicting versions of Ind. Code 5-14-3-2. As is common after legislative sessions when technical corrections are identified by Indiana’s Legislative Services Agency (“LSA”), this technical error has been identified by LSA as one of several technical errors requiring correction through a Technical Corrections Bill. In September 2016, the Technical Corrections Bill prepared by LSA specifically correcting this erroneous inclusion was approved for forwarding to the Legislature by a 12-0 vote of the Indiana Code Revision Commission …“ … The Technical Corrections Bill will proceed to the General Assembly after it reconvenes in January 2017. Once enacted, the corrections will be retroactive as of July 1, 2016.”Until the corrections bill passes, however, it seems that NDSP is subject to APRA as a public agency under state law.Because the University has chosen to deny records requests, organizations and individuals seeking records would have few options for recourse except to sue for access before the state legislature passes the corrections bill.The Observer has no plans to sue for access.News Editor Katie Galioto contributed to this report. Tags: APRA, ESPN, ESPN lawsuit, HB 1019, HB 1022, NDSP, recordslast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: The Great White Way Ends 2014 on a High, Belted Note

first_img FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Elephant Man (102.78%) 2. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)*** 3. The River (101.99%) 4. Once (101.61%) 5. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (101.03%) Source: The Broadway League View Comments UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. This Is Our Youth ($569,187)*** 4. Constellations ($478,445)* 3. The Real Thing ($462,361)**** 2. Honeymoon in Vegas ($409,674)* 1. Disgraced ($386,752) *Number based on eight preview performances **Number based on twelve regular performances ***Number based on nine regular performances ****Number based on seven special performances UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Honeymoon in Vegas (82.72%)* 4. Disgraced (78.12%) 3. You Can’t Take It With You (77.83%) 2. On the Town (74.75%) 1. The Temptations and the Four Tops (74.70%)**** Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending January 4: It was a stellar week to end a stellar year on the Great White Way. 2014 marked the best attended and highest-grossing calendar year for Broadway, as 13.13 million theatergoers brought in $1.362 billion. The past two weeks marked the highest-grossing and attended Christmas and New Year’s weeks in history. For the week ending January 4, 19 shows hit seven figures, including the 2014 Tony winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (bringing in $1,011,822). The tuner first joined the millionaires club the week before. Other hits to celebrate milestones included Wicked, which set an industry record for the highest-grossing eight-performance week with $2,740,642, as well as The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, The Elephant Man and The Lion King, which all broke their respective venue’s house record. For the second consecutive year, The Lion King took top honors as the highest-grossing show of the year. Meanwhile, the Keke Palmer and NeNe Leakes-led Cinderella bid farewell to the Broadway ball on January 3, but not before seeing its highest-grossing week of its almost two-year run. Additional shows to take final bows over the holiday week were Once, Pippin, Side Show, This Is Our Youth and The Real Thing.  FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. Wicked ($2,740,642) 2. The Lion King ($2,514,994) 3. The Book of Mormon ($2,224,280)*** 4. The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible ($2,217,405)** 5. Cinderella ($1,873,246)***last_img read more

Rutland County Community Advisory Board offers Worksite Wellness Grants to area businesses

first_imgThe Rutland County Community Advisory Board (RCCAB) ofBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) announced today the releaseof its Worksite Wellness Grants for 2011. The grants, available tobusinesses in Rutland County, will range from $250 – $750 per site,according to program scope and need. The grant applications are due onMarch 22, 2011.To request an application or to get more information, please contact MeganPeek at (802) 764-4858 or by email at [email protected](link sends e-mail)The organizations will be selected based on the strength of their grantapplications ‘ with a focus on the potential improvement of employeehealth, as well as the level of innovation, creativity, intended impact andevaluation plan. All of the organizations will report their programoutcomes to the RCCAB.The Rutland County Community Advisory Board, which is supported by BCBSVT,was formed to identify health needs in the area and address those needsthrough programs, events and activities and is dedicated to supportingworksite wellness in the region. The Board consists of community leaderswith an interest in health education and promotion. The Board developedthe grants program in an effort to encourage health improvement throughemployer-based initiatives.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largestprivate health insurer, providing coverage for about 150,000 Vermonters.It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branchoffice in South Burlington and offers group and individual health plans toVermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermontis available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shieldof Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with theBlue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent BlueCross and Blue Shield Plans.last_img read more

Give Back Friday draws in toy donations in support of Toys for Tots

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — The Children’s Charity of Greater Binghamton was at the Vestal Mirabito across from Target Friday morning to host the 13th annual Give Back Friday Toys for Tots campaign. Santa and his elves were out front of the convenience store collecting new toys and monetary donations from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. “We are firm believers of giving back to our community and this is such a great partnership. It makes us feel like we are supporting the people who need it the most especially this year,” said Lindsay Meehan the Public Relations Manager for Mirabito. “This year we definitely feel the community needs us more than ever with the COVID pandemic still going on, and a lot of families have needed us for several years. We think that it’s obviously more of a need this year,” said Liz Bucci the Spokesperson for the Children’s Charity. The virtual event will go live on the charity’s Facebook page at 7 pm Friday, Nov. 27. In conjunction with the toy drive, Mirabito was offering a gas sale at the location and was also serving up refreshments and cookies to those who came out in support. During previous years the toy drive also featured a live event at night that had live entertainment and raffle drawings, however, due to the pandemic this year the event was moved to a virtual format. For several years Mirabito has provided a convenient location for the toy drive This year the charity hopes they bring in more toys than ever to benefit the children in the community.last_img read more

Russia starts giving new virus vaccine to volunteers in Moscow

first_imgThe vaccine project is financed by Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Russian Direct Investment Fund.The vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya research institute in Moscow in coordination with the Russian defense ministry.High-profile Russians have already been vaccinated, including President Vladimir Putin’s daughter, nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that the president would “inform you about it himself” if he decided to get vaccinated. Russia on Wednesday began inoculating volunteers in Moscow with the country’s new coronavirus vaccine, the capital’s deputy mayor said.Russia announced last month that its vaccine, named “Sputnik V” after the Soviet-era satellite that was the first launched into space in 1957, had already received approval. “The first participants have already had the vaccination at clinics in the capital,” Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova, responsible for social development, said in a statement. The Moscow city government website said 40,000 people from the capital can receive the vaccine, given in two doses with a 21-day interval.The site says they are taking part in a “post-registration study” of the vaccine.Those volunteering must not have had COVID-19 or recent contact with anyone ill and must not be pregnant or trying for a baby.Rakova said that more than 35,000 Muscovites had already applied online.The Moscow city’s website says that volunteers will be closely monitored via a specially created app.Russia will also make the vaccine available shortly for people in high-risk groups: medics and teachers, who will receive it on a voluntary basis and will also be monitored.Russia raised concerns among Western scientists by announcing that the vaccine had received approval before full clinical trials has been completed. Patients in early trials involving 76 people all developed antibodies, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal last week, while experts said the trials were too small to prove safety and effectiveness.The phase three trials, which the health ministry said began on Wednesday, are more rigorous and include some volunteers receiving a placebo. These will take part in several countries, according to the vaccine’s website. Russia has said it is ready to manufacture 500 million doses of vaccine per year.The country has confirmed more than 1 million coronavirus cases and 18,305 people have died. Moscow’s infection rate has been relatively stable in recent months with 642 new cases confirmed Wednesday. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast property owner offers up rare property along Surfers Paradise esplanade

first_imgPeter Batley with his daughter Sabrina Batley, 6. Picture: Jerad Williams“I decided a few weeks ago to sell so I could purchase a normal house for my daughter Sabrina, with a yard and pool.“I want to buy a house with a backyard so she’ll have somewhere to play.” The home is the only one left along The Esplanade stretch now dominated by towers.The three-level property was built in 1965 and Mr Batley said his move to sell — prompted by his six-year-old daughter wanting a house with a backyard — offered a “very rare” opportunity.“There’ll never be another chance for a single person to buy a house on The Esplanade.”He had considered putting a 22-storey luxury tower on the site with one apartment a floor and capped by a three-level penthouse, spending $96,000 on detailed preliminary drawings.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe result of a renovation of four-unit apartment block ‘Driftwood’.“I started these drawing for a Development Approval because I wanted to borrow against this property to buy commercial. The problem I had was, I was asset rich but not income rich, continuing the DA was expensive for me,” Mr Batley said. Ready for the auction? Picture: Jerad WilliamsTHE last occupied beachfront home along the Surfers Paradise Esplanade — dwarfed by neighbouring towers — is up for auction.Former Canberra-based commercial property owner Peter Batley is selling 32 The Esplanade, nestled in between the The Sands and Grosvenor towers, a short walk from the 77-level Soul skyscraper and Cavill Mall. The outside view of ‘Driftwood’.Amir Mian, principal of Prestige Property Agents, yesterday said Driftwood sat on a 433sq m site that could be used for luxury apartments or for a boutique hotel.“He undertook an extensive renovation four years or so ago and connected all the apartments.“What you have today is a property where owners could live in the whole house or solely on the top floor, using the ground floor for visiting family members or guests. Peter Batley has put the sole remaining Esplanade beach house on the market. Picture: Jerad WilliamsThe auction later this month comes four years after he bought the four-unit Driftwood apartments block and spent $400,000 on a transformative renovation. He turned it into a seven-bedroom, six-bathroom home. It comes with nine carpark bays, five with enclosed garaging. Peter Batley who turned the property into a seven-bedroom home.Mr Batley bought the first of the four Driftwood units in 2013 from 105-year-old Elva Wootton, who had owned it for more than 40 years.Mr Batley quickly went on to buy out the other three owners.The only other freestanding house on the street has already been emptied to make way for Banyan Tree’s proposed hotel development. The rare property is up for auction on July 29.“They would have the comfort of knowing that down the track a developer might knock on the door and make them a tempting offer.”The last sale of a development site on The Esplanade was the February purchase by high-rise king Harry Triguboff of the International Beach Resort property at No. 86 for $58 million, or just over $15,000 a square metre.A sale at a similar rate would make the Batley site worth around $6.5 million.Driftwood will be auctioned on-site on July 29.last_img read more

UK signs off further reporting requirements for pension funds

first_imgTrustees can also comply with these rules by explaining why they do not have a policy on certain specified matters. They will have to comply with the rules from 1 October 2020.The regulations come shortly after the UK’s asset management regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, adopted stewardship rules for asset managers that also implemented the SRD II. It is the second change to UK pension scheme investment regulations in less than a year. Stuart O’Brien, partner at Sackers, said the new regulations would be a big change for most trustees, although perhaps more so for those of defined benefit (DB) schemes.“Not a lot of schemes are currently doing what the new regulations will require them to disclose a policy on,” he said. “It will be interesting to see whether this prompts a complete sea change in how trustees review and incentivise their managers, or whether this will just provide a list of things that trustees just disclose that they don’t do.”Duncan Watson, senior associate at Mayer Brown, said: “At a time when trustees are already burdened with numerous compliance and regulatory requirements including in relation to the SIP, these regulations may well be a substantial challenge for some trustees.“While the matters to be included in the SIP will have to be examined closely, it appears from a practical perspective that trustees will need to assess how best to address these areas – in conjunction with their investment consultants and other professional advisers – and these requirements seem to represent a major change of mindset on the part of trustees and managers.” In contrast to 2018 changes to pension scheme investment regulations, the new SRD II-implementing rules impose public disclosure requirements on all pension schemes, not just defined contribution (DC) schemes.O’Brien said: “Many DB trustees may have breathed a sigh of relief with the [2018] investment regulation changes that they don’t have to report annually against their policy and make it public, but with these changes they’re going to have to do exactly that. This is going to apply across the board, DB and DC schemes.”Under the 2018 changes, schemes will be required to set out their policy on stewardship and on “financially material considerations,” which the rules state can relate to climate change, other environmental matters, and/or social and corporate governance matters. Additional requirements apply for DC schemes, which from October 2020 must annually publicly report how they implemented their SIP.A partner at a law firm recently told IPE that pressure groups were writing to trustees following the updated investment regulations to ask them how they were going to deal with the new requirements.“This can be quite unhelpful for trustees,” the lawyer said. “They can feel under undue pressure.” Fresh changes to UK investment regulations will likely be a big challenge for UK pension funds, according to lawyers. Laid before parliament yesterday, the new regulations implement the revised EU Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II). The deadline for member states to transpose the legislation is 10 June.The regulations require trustees to set out in their statement of investment principles (SIP) “their policy in relation to trustees’ arrangement with any asset manager”, setting out – or explaining why they don’t – matters such as:how the arrangement with the asset manager “incentivises” it to align its investment strategy and decisions with the various policies set out in the trustee’s SIP;how that arrangement incentivises the asset manager “to make decisions based on assessments about medium to long-term financial and non-financial performance of an issuer of debt or equity and to engage with issuers of debt or equity in order to improve their performance in the medium to long-term”; and“how the method (and time horizon) of the evaluation of the asset manager’s performance and the remuneration for asset management services are in line with the [other policies stated in their SIP]”.last_img read more

$20M road rehabilitation project well in progress-PM Skerrit

first_img Sharing is caring! 19 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews $20M road rehabilitation project well in progress-PM Skerrit by: – April 12, 2012 Share Road rehabilitation works taking place in Roseau last week. Photo credit: GIS NewsAn EC $20 Million road rehabilitation program is well underway in Dominica.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told reports in Campbell on Monday that the initiative which commenced in April has already met several targets.He said government has spent millions of dollars patching roads in Dominica but that has not lasted.“We started in Roseau. We will be doing Bath Road and River Street and all the way down to the Port facility next to the post office. We will also be embarking on improvement of sidewalks and drains in Roseau. As I have indicated, the private sector must play their part. We have seen what LIME has done with the sidewalks and we hope that others can follow”.He said the Delices/Petite Savanne roads will also be given some attention.“Place from Boetica and Delices are in terrible conditions. Vey critically would be widening some of the roads in Petit Savanne. Some of the corners are narrow and we need to improve the width of the road,” he explained.He said a number of other roads in the Roseau South constituency will also be given a facelift.“Castle Bruce, Carib Territory has become a major roadway so they will be done. We will continue the Morne Prosper Road, the Grandbay area too. Once the water project is completed in Lagoon Portsmouth, we will see major improvements to these areas,” he added.He said a complete construction of the river defense walls in St Joseph is expected to commence in two weeks.That project will provide opportunities for employment for the young people there, he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Napoli president: ‘I had no Covid-19 symptoms’

first_imgNapoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, who has tested positive for COVID-19, has revealed that he ‘had no symptoms’ prior to the Lega Serie A Assembly. The Partenopei announced on Thursday that the patron had tested positive for coronavirus and he was accused of having put the others unnecessarily at risk. The report from La Repubblica claimed the Napoli chief had symptoms for several days and had taken the test without waiting for the results before attending the 20-club meeting in Milan.Advertisement Loading… read also:Controversy as Covid-19 positive Napoli President shuns self-isolate protocol “If I had imagined I could have COVID, I would never have travelled,” De Laurentiis told La Repubblica. “I had no symptoms.” Serie A 2020-21 is scheduled to kick off on September 19 and all those who attended the Lega Serie A summit will have to be tested and potentially self-isolate as a precaution. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Great Wall Of China: The Hidden Story10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Timelast_img read more