first_imgEric Krasno only surrounds himself with the best of the best in music business, including the up-and-coming talents that he includes in his own band – Eric Krasno Band. Behind the guitarist and vocalist are Danny Mayer (guitar), Deshawn Alexander (keys), Eric Kalb (drums), Mary Corso (vocals), and Stu Mahan (bass). Together, they present a soulful mix of originals and covers to the delight of their growing fanbase.The Eric Krasno Band recently toured with fellow blues rock & soul-stirring Marcus King Band, sharing the stages all through their east coast tour. On February 1, 2017, the bands joined forces in Asheville, NC at the New Mountain AVL to show off their skills with Marcus King (guitar, vocals), Justin Johnson (trumpet), and Dean Mitchell (saxophone) for a number of tunes, including a rendition of the Grateful Dead‘s “Sugaree” and EKB original “Unconditional Love.” Thanks to Barry2theB, you can watch the full performance below:Setlist: Eric Krasno Band | New Mountain AVL | Asheville, NC | 2/1/1776, Torture, Jezebel, Never Know, Move Over, Please ya, Curse Lifter, Product, On The Rise, Blood from A Stone, Sugaree^, Unconditional Love^Eric Krasno Band will be performing a late-night performance at Fool’s Paradise, alongside Jaw Gems and the “Infinity Jam” hosted by Eric Krasno and Oteil Burbridge. Krasno will also be performing with Lettuce on both nights during the main event. You can catch them at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise March 31 & April 1, 2017 in St. Augustine, FL alongside Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, 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. Head here for more information.last_img read more

first_imgThis weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, Brooklyn Comes Alive will take over three Williamsburg venues within a five-minute walking radius—Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, and Music Hall of Williamsburg—with a bevy of unique supergroups, tribute sets, and one-time-only jam sessions. The unique homegrown two-day event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream collaborations and tribute groups and bringing to life artists’ passion projects with its hand-selected lineup featuring over 100 beloved musicians who have been carefully arranged into 35+ unique sets.We’re particularly excited about Octave Cat—an electronic side project featuring Lotus bassist Jesse Miller, Dopapod keyboardist Eli Winderman, and drummer Charlie Patierno—who will kick off Sunday’s festivities at Music Hall of Williamsburg with their set running from 4 to 5:30 pm (EST). Known for their infectious grooves, the fusion trio started after Miller and Winderman realized they shared a mutual appreciation for vintage keyboards and analog synths. The project is a product of serendipity—the two Philly area musicians first got together in May of last year, and, after finding a drummer to compliment the project perfectly, accidentally started the trio.New Lotus/Dopapod Collaboration Octave Cat Debuts Two Funky Tracks [Premiere]As Miller recalls, “I put various keyboards in front of Eli to play and kept a recording running as we went. Riffs and melodies from that session became the basis of both ‘Limber Up’ and ‘Spar.’ We had not planned on starting a new project, but the music seemed too good to leave to languish on a hard drive.” After explaining that Patierno is a perfect drummer for Octave Cat because he “captured a great groove and interesting sounds in his home studio,” Miller emphasizes, “With no intention, we had started a new trio.”Since Octave Cat’s inception in summer of 2016, the group has sporadically been making and releasing new music. After debuting the project during at Summer Dance last year, the group has also picked up occasional shows when its members’ busy schedules allow, with Octave Cat embarking on their first-ever mini-tour back in March of this year. You can catch a rare live performance from Octave Cat this Sunday, September 24th, from 4 to 5:30 pm at Music Hall of Williamsburg for the return of the annual Brooklyn Comes Alive! [Photo: Mike Ryan]Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more

first_imgSEAS reflects on its research community during National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Read Full Story Postdoctoral researchers, immersed in theoretical and experimental studies, contribute immeasurably to the life and work of the university. Yet to some extent they are a hidden community—no longer the student, not yet the teacher—bursting with a culture and lifestyle of their own.Those working with Leslie Valiant, T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, enjoy group trips to the sushi buffet. Others relish the travel, perhaps attending a summertime conference in Hawaii.If you ask computer scientist Alexander Lex, however, “The best part is to work a new idea on the whiteboard.”That’s understandable given the potential impact of Lex’s ideas, which could improve the ways we understand, diagnose, and treat illnesses such as cancer. His research aims to create new visualization tools to help scientists and medical clinicians analyze complex data—for example, genomic information that, interpreted correctly, could suggest a personalized treatment.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s been a while since we’ve heard from Joe Olmstead here on Direct2Dell, but Tom’s Guide was recently able to grab the Alienware product development director for a special Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on their forum.The questions he received were wide-ranging from how to order an Alienware 17 R5 online without Tobii eye-tracking, to why someone would chose to purchase an Alienware 17 R4 that weighs more than some smaller, more portable systems that are available.Reading it today, I learned a new term – “desk queens” – which Olmstead used to reference those performance laptops that don’t leave the house very often. It’s a use case our engineers have taken into account during product design.“In fact, we worked on specific battery technology to ensure that our batteries don’t get overcharged for being plugged in all the time,” he noted.I won’t republish the full AMA here – you should go over to Tom’s Guide to read that – but here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:Q: What do you look for in a perfect laptop or desktop? Does that affect your decision-making when designing multiple lines that have different purposes?Olmstead: I am, of course, very biased, but here goes! My lifestyle at work dictates the notebook that I use for work and what I value in a *work*-based laptop. However, the one that I carry can still game on the road. 🙂But when we design a laptop or a desktop, we try to understand what a customer wants — beyond the CPU/GPU combo. We believe that Alienware customers are seeking a higher experience. Whether it be build materials, features, etc. But all of the features need to be purposeful. For example, the lighting in our products [works] to allow you to play in the dark, but also work[s] with over 130 games to provide a better experience. This and other decisions (like our magnesium-aluminum alloy) cost money, but we believe that they provide a richer experience.When we look at our Dell gaming products, the biggest misconception is that an Alienware customer is somehow more “hard-core” — that’s not true. We know that your wallet doesn’t dictate your gaming lifestyle. So when we design Dell gaming products, we first want to deliver on the primary goal of gaming performance. Yes, they are less expensive and do not have all of the same features, but we believe that we satisfy the core need — playing games for as long as you want to.The day before heading into the Tom’s Guide Community, Olmstead joined Alienware Community Host Umar Khan on the Alienware.TV channel for a Tech Talk about our new Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset (that I highlighted here last week).Funny note: apparently Olmstead gave up his office to make space for this studio.But, it’s certainly not his first time around the new headset. It’s designed for clear natural voice quality, in solo and multiplayer situations, but Olmstead says he’s also been using it for conference calls with our teams around the globe.The Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset is a premium gaming headset and our first headset since the Alienware TactXHeadset launched in 2009, it is also Alienware’s first wireless headset in history. It became available in the U.S. on June 11, starting at $229.And to answer the question they couldn’t seem to get answered during the Alienware TwitchTV Tech Talk… Its starting weight (without dongle) is 0.84lb or 0.38kg.last_img read more

first_imgThe first thing to remember when selecting gardening tools is that quality does count. If you find a bargain-basement deal on a tool that’s too good to believe, it may not be worth the money. Expect to pay extra for well-made tools that in the long run will work better and last much longer.What do I mean by “well-made”?It depends on the tool.More metal is betterIn general, though, better-quality tools have more metal components than plastic. The handles of better shovels and rakes may be made of solid fiberglass rather than wooden with cheap, plastic handles. Better pruning tools will have replaceable parts such as new blades or saws.When choosing motorized equipment such as tillers, blowers and mowers, look for brand name equipment with longer warranties and a service location close by.Trenching tool handyOne tool often overlooked but extremely handy is a trenching shovel. The trenching shovel has a long narrow blade that does a much better job of cutting through the hard clay we often have to contend with. It also makes a great shovel for transplanting, as the blade will slip under plants more easily than a conventional spade will.A pole pruner is another great addition to your tool arsenal that not everyone may think of. It’s handy for nipping off small limbs and branches out of the reach of normal clippers.Most pole pruners come with an anvil-style clipper, operated with a cord, for small limbs and an end-mounted saw for larger branches over 1 inch. Pole pruners can reach branches 12 to 15 feet up.Assortment of hand toolsAn assortment of hand tools such as a small hand trowel, cultivator and weeding hoe are great for working around flower beds. Again, the better-quality ones will be made of steel or stainless steel.A watering wand is something else I really enjoy when working in my landscape. This is essentially a long, extended nozzle off the end of the hose.The one I have has multiple spray patterns so you can go from a hard straight stream to a soft mist and everything in-between. The wand is great for watering small flower beds and also hanging baskets on the porch.Care for your toolsWhatever tools you decide to own, be sure to give them proper care. By selecting quality tools and giving them proper care, you’ll find managing your landscape and garden a little easier and more enjoyable. Keep pruners sharp and well oiled.Treat wooden handles on shovels and rakes with linseed soil or paint them to help preserve the wood.Store hoses and other plastic or rubber items out of the sun to extend their life.Sharpen the blade end of your shovel and hoe. This can make a big difference on the ease of their performance.Finally, change the oil and spark plugs on small-engine machines such as tillers and mowers at least once a season. Be sure to keep the air filter on these machines clean, too.last_img read more

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) opened two key temporary bridges on Saturday in locations that were badly damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. Opening the two temporary bridges ‘ located along Route 100 in Jamaica and along Route 73 in Rochester ‘ is significant as they both eliminate lengthy detours.Opening the Jamaica bridge means Route 100 is now open in its entirety for the first time since Irene struck on August 28, while opening the Rochester bridge allows residents who for seven weeks have been using a foot bridge to access Route 100 to use a motor vehicle instead.‘Reopening these two bridge locations eliminates lengthy detours and will help residents in these hard hit areas return to normal,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘We now have restored traffic over all but three damaged bridge locations, and those we will reopen before winter.’When Irene collapsed the bridge at the intersection of Route 73 and Route 100, the storm cut off dozens of Rochester residents living along Route 73 from accessing Route 100 by vehicle unless they took a nearly hour-long detour. To access Route 100, residents for the past seven weeks have used the combination of a pedestrian bridge and two makeshift parking lots ‘ one on either side of the White River ‘ to get to and from their homes and workplaces.While the Rochester bridge is now open and residents will no longer need the foot bridge, Route 73 remains closed to all but local residents and emergency vehicles. Work on the road is ongoing, and is expected to continue into November. In Jamaica, Irene knocked out four state bridges. Three of these locations were reopened earlier, leaving the temporary bridge along Route 100 as the final location. The new span restores travel between Jamaica and Wardsboro, and eliminates a detour along local roads that took about 20 minutes.Eliminating the Jamaica-to-Wardsboro detour means all 216 miles of Route 100 are now open to public travel for the first time since Irene hit on August 28. Travelers using Route 100 need to drive with caution, however, as several stretches ‘ including several miles in the Wardsboro area ‘ contain gravel sections and are still under construction.Other areas along Route 100 that remain under construction include sections through Granville, Hancock, Rochester, Plymouth, Tyson, Stockbridge, Pittsfield, and Readsboro among others. These locations are open to public travel, but motorists using these areas should expect delays and leave additional time to reach their destination.Opening temporary spans in both Rochester and Jamaica leaves just three state bridge locations severed as a result of Irene. One bridge remains closed in along Route 12 in Barnard, while two bridges remain closed along Route 12A in Roxbury. A temporary bridge is being erected in Barnard, while rapid construction of new permanent bridges will be used to replace the spans in Roxbury. For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call VTrans recovery call center at 1-800-Vermont or go to the agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter. VTrans. 10/16/2011last_img read more

first_img BOGOTÁ — The incidence of kidnapping in Colombia has dropped to the lowest level in a decade, according to figures released by the nonprofit group Fundación País Libre. The NGO said 58 people were kidnapped during the first three months of this year, down from 97 over the same period in 2012. This translates into an average 4.5 kidnappings per week, compared to eight per week in 2000. In Bogotá, the drop in kidnappings is even more dramatic: only three so far this year, down from 21 in January, February and March of 2012. But the foundation’s director, Clara Rojas, said “this figure is just a sample and it does not yet fully reveal the whole picture, since unfortunately around 75 percent of those affected do not report these crimes.” Rojas, herself a high-profile former hostage for six years, was held alongside presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt by guerrillas belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia [Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or FARC] from 2002 to 2008. While Colombia’s kidnapping tally is down 40 percent from last year and Bogotá’s has fallen by 86 percent, the situation remains very different elsewhere in Colombia. The departments of Cauca, Santander and Norte de Santander continue to be flashpoints for the kidnapping and extortion industry, accounting for 53 percent of all cases, said the foundation. Latest kidnapping is reported in La Guajira Kidnapping remains a key source of income for guerrilla groups and is used as political leverage; in the last 10 years, 6,880 people have been abducted throughout Colombia. The latest incident took place May 17, when two Spanish tourists were abducted in the northeastern department of La Guajira, near Colombia’s border with Venezuela. Missing are Angel Sánchez Fernández, 49, and María Concepción Marlaska Sedano, 43 — both from Spain’s Asturias region. The Colombian National Police is said to be coordinating efforts with its Spanish counterpart and has deployed officers from a special anti-kidnapping unit to La Guajira, Reuters reported. Spanish news reports said the kidnappers identified themselves as members of the FARC when they contacted the victims’ families to demand a ransom, though senior FARC leader Andrés Paris told Reuters on May 22 that “we categorically reject this new absurdity of accusing the FARC of actions of common crime.” Paris, who’s in Cuba attending the peace talks between his Marxist-supported guerrilla group and the Colombian government, added that an order by his organization’s top leaders to take no more hostages was being followed “in all of the national territory.” Common criminals now responsible for most kidnappings Yet the country has clearly made progress, said Rojas. Only a decade ago, Colombia reported 566 such cases in the first trimester of 2003 alone. Rojas attributed recent improvements to the actions of the police and the elite Colombian anti-kidnapping units (known by their Spanish acronym GAULA) as well as to an increased military presence throughout the country. The most famous rescue operation was Operation Checkmate, in which Betancourt and three American contractors were released from six years of hellish conditions in the jungles after their capture by FARC terrorists. So, who is behind the kidnappings now? Fundacion Pais Libre’s report shows that 69 percent of all cases so far this year — or 40 incidents — were related to common delinquency and extortion, while the FARC was responsible for 11 kidnappings and the rival ELN [Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional] guerrilla group for six. One kidnapping was blamed on the Bacrim, as newly formed armed groups are labelled. The FARC claims to have stopped its policy of kidnapping in May while participating in peace talks in Havana. The fact that abductions — such as those of the two Spanish tourists seized in La Guajira — continue suggests splinter factions within the group, said analysts. ELN still holds Canadian hostage The ELN, with an estimated 2,500 fighters, is clearly the smaller of the two guerrilla groups. Earlier this year, the group seized two retired German tourists, believing them to be spies or employees of a multinational mining conglomerate. Those two men are now free, but Jernoc Wobert — a Canadian employed by Geo Explorer who was taken hostage in January — remains in captivity. “This subversive group applies varied forms of struggle,” said Gen. Alejandro Navas, commander in charge of the Colombian Armed Forces, speaking about ELN rebels. “They have economic and political aims, and are calling for the government to pay them attention to start a peace dialogue.” Rojas warns against premature celebrations as long as the scourge of kidnapping continues. “We cannot yet claim victory, as the figure of 58 people is still high,” Rojas said. “Looking beyond the numbers, the phenomenon still remains, and is now a preferred method of extortion for criminal gangs who are primarily responsible for this crime.” By Dialogo June 03, 2013last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 63-year-old Hicksville man accused of burglary was arrested Thursday after the homeowner found him inside the house, Nassau County police said. The 55-year-old woman returned to her Grouse Lane home in Levittown and discovered Michael Barber inside, police said. Officers responded and placed him under arrest. Police did not say if Barber attempted to take anything. He was charged with second-degree burglary and will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Did you know that a number of Millennials don’t know where to turn when it comes to financial education and advice? Millennials have questions about money, and you can answer them. Before you can answer the questions Millennials are asking, though, you need to know how to reach them. Millennials don’t do things the same way previous generations did. The rising generation is the first to grow up completely immersed in digital technology and they possess a strong do-it-yourself attitude mixed with a desire to get the right information before making their financial choices. Millennials offer untapped opportunities, if you know how to take advantage of them.By connecting with Millennials, you can build customer loyalty now — loyalty likely to carry over to coming decades.Reaching Millennials is about meeting them where they are, and providing them with resources they can trust. Marketing efforts that are education-focused, and that integrate the latest technology and security innovations are more likely to succeed with Millennials.In January, CO-OP gathered together a group of industry experts to discuss the topic of finding “Teachable Moments” that can help you reach Millennials. The webinar is presented by Ryan Zilker, Senior Manager, Market Analysis, CO-OP Financial Services; Dr. Brandi Stankovic, Senior Partner, Mitchell Stankovic & Associates; and Gary Kindle, Vice President of Operations, Elevations Credit Union. The insightful and stimulating conversation covers a number of strategies to help you reach and communicate with the generation that’s reshaping everything. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgIn response to the nation’s need, several small and medium enterprises across the archipelago have started diverting their resources to produce PPE and provide them to hospitals for free.The minister also highlighted difficulties in distributing medical professionals to the facilities that needed them most. The ministry’s records show that the country has about 40,320 specialist doctors spread across more than 2,800 hospitals.Meanwhile, only 132 of these hospitals have the facilities and capacities to be designated as COVID-19 referral hospitals.“We also need special facilities where medical personnel can get some rest during their free time,” said Terawan. Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has said that a variety of issues is hampering the country’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, including the shortage of protective gear as well as medical workers to provide tests and treatment for the disease.“Our first obstacle [in fighting COVID-19] is getting a sufficient number of personal protective equipment [PPE] such as hazmat suits and surgical masks. The entire world is currently experiencing high demand for such equipment,” Terawan said on Thursday at a working meeting with House of Representatives Commission IX on health care.The shortage of PPE had also hindered authorities from launching rigorous testing programs to detect the disease earlier and more accurately. Doctors and nurses treating COVID-19 patients as well as other health workers have faced discrimination from people fearing that they might transmit the virus. Some health workers have reported that they had been kicked out of their rented rooms as a result of the social stigma.Other communities have come together to help out those who have been affected by the outbreak and the most vulnerable through various initiatives involving individuals, community organizations and private companies.Read also: Anti-COVID-19-initiatives:-Helping-Indonesia-fight-the-outbreakFor example, the Indonesia Disaster Awareness Movement Foundation (Graisena) is running an Instagram fund-raising campaign to provide aid to families whose breadwinners have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Eligible families will receive Rp 20,000 (US$1,20) per person per day for a maximum duration of 45 days. Topics :last_img read more