Primus, Claypool Lennon & Duo De Twang Join Forces For New Year’s Celebration

first_imgEdit this setlist | More Primus setlists Les Claypool fans were in luck this year, as their favorite bassist rang in the New Year with three of his prized projects at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA: Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Primus, who were using the occasion to also celebrate their 25th anniversary. Each band is somehow both unique and uniquely Claypool, highlighting the many influences to his style in a truly celebratory manner.For the Americana side, the opening set from Duo de Twang proved to be a perfect display. The Duo de Twang features Claypool alongside his longtime collaborator and high school friend, Bryan Kehoe, playing acoustically-inspired covers of staple songs. Next up was The Claypool Lennon Delirium, who threw down a psychedelic set at the tail end of an incredible debut year for them. The collaboration between Claypool and Sean Lennon produced one of the best albums of 2016, The Monolith of Phobos, and that music has only come to life in the live setting. CLD played songs from the new album, as well as some choice covers including King Crimson’s “In The Court Of The Crimson King”.Claypool Lennon’s cover of “In The Court Of The Crimson King” can be seen below.But of course, the heart of Claypool’s musicianship stems from Primus, the trio with guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. With a totally unique sound that’s part jam, rock, metal, jazz and funk, Primus came out swinging to usher Oakland fans into the New Year. The band played a number of their well known tunes, including “John the Fisherman,” “Here Comes The Bastards,” “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver,” “My Name Is Mud” and more, delighting their longtime fans with a killer set. They encored with “Southbound Pachyderm” as well, ending the night with a remarkable finale.You can watch a couple of videos from Primus, including their New Year’s countdown into “Man on the Silver Mountain”, and see the full setlist, below.Setlist: Duo de Twang | Fox Theater | Oakland, CA | 12/31/16Set: Amos Moses, Bridge Came Tumbling Down, Booneville Stomp, Buzzrds of Green Hill, Jerry Was A Race Car DriverSetlist: The Claypool Lennon Delirium | Fox Theater | Oakland, CA | 12/31/16Set: There’s No Underwear In Space, Astronomy Domine, Cricket and the Genie (Movements I & II), Breath of a Salesman, The Monolith of Phobos, Cosmic Highway*, In the Court of the Crimson King, Boomerang Baby, Mr. Wright, Boris the Spider, Tomorrow Never Knows* = w/ Skeriklast_img read more

The not lost generation

first_imgIn 2005, years before Donald Trump’s travel ban, Europe’s refugee crisis, or Barack Obama’s “red line,” Oula Alrifai and her family were granted political asylum from the Syrian government, without ceremony. It was the day before her 18th birthday.“That was a depressing day,” said Alrifai, a master’s degree candidate with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. “I had to leave everything behind.”The Al Rifa’i family had fought for democracy in Syria for generations. Many of their friends and relatives had been imprisoned, killed, tortured, or exiled for speaking out against the government of Bashar al-Assad. Alrifai and her brother, Mouhanad Al-Rifay, were already showing a penchant for dissidence at school, and her parents began receiving death threats from government agents. They quickly fled to Washington, D.C., where Alrifai said they were among the city’s first asylees from Syria.“We were lucky,” said Al-Rifay, who was 14 at the time. “I feel like life protected us for some reason.”Moustafa, a child refugee from Aleppo, spends his 10-hour days at a sweets shop on his feet. He also helps in his father’s shoe store, where other hazards take their toll. Photo by John JacksDriven by the same instincts that made them troublemakers in Syria, she and her brother continued their mission to bring democracy to their home. With the Tharwa Foundation, Alrifai contributed to a series of online documentaries called “First Step,” which called for a nonviolent revolution in the country. Two years later, the siblings founded the Syrian-American Network for Aid and Development (SANAD), dedicated to providing support and financial assistance to families escaping the conflict.When the refugee crisis became headline news in 2013, Alrifai and Al-Rifay traveled to Turkey’s Anatolia region to look for Syrians trying to rebuild their lives. They found people stuck in a liminal stage of immigration, with thousands of children — most from Aleppo, a focal point of the civil war — working as laborers from dawn until dusk, for just a few dollars a day. None of them were in school.“They have to survive and help their families even though they’re between 10 and 13, or even younger,” said Al-Rifay. “They work every day, literally every single day … they have to skip work to be normal [kids].”With the children’s permission, the siblings began taping their talks. Alrifai said she focused on questions, using neutral language to ask the children what they thought about the war, Assad, and the rebels. “I wanted to know what they thought without guiding them. We wanted to give these kids a voice, because no one was talking about them,” she said.The two compiled a documentary, “Tomorrow’s Children,” with Alrifai as executive producer and Al-Rifay as director. The film is comprised of six vignettes, each devoted to one child they interviewed. The documentary is currently in postproduction, and expected to be released in early 2018.More than 5 million Syrian refugees have been registered by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees since the conflict began, nearly half of them younger than 18 years old. Only 20 percent of those children get counseling, and less than 5 percent are continuing their education. Turkey, with which Syria shares a 511-mile border on its north, has taken the majority of these refugees, including 1.4 million children. Very few of the children go to school, and many of them are forced into a life of exploitative labor, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).“These kids are completely pessimistic. They don’t see anything positive in life,” said Al-Rifay. “That’s not right for a 12-year-old.”One boy, Shrivan, whose neighborhood in Aleppo was evacuated when the Free Syrian Army invaded, expressed disdain for the rebel group. Shrivan had been a high performer in school, but had to start working only a week after escaping shelling and sniper fire.“In his mind, they brought the problem into his life,” said Al-Rifay. “Now he sees the bigger picture, but at the time, he was someone who left because of the opposition.” With the help of SANAD’s education fund, Shrivan was able to stop working and is back in school.Credit: Rebecca Coleman/Harvard Staff“I feel like my whole struggle was convincing people that Syrians are people,” Al-Rifay said. “We should listen to these kids because they’re going to be adults soon. And if we don’t do anything, they’re going to be taken to the other side.” Radical groups take advantage of children, he said, citing a boy who, when asked what he would do to make Syria better, said he would go to jihad.“He’s a little kid. He doesn’t know what jihad is,” Alrifai said.“When someone is that age … they don’t know what they’re saying,” Al-Rifay agreed, “and then a terrorist comes along, says ‘Oh, hey, we believe in jihad, too,’ and they make him into a terrorist.”According to the UNOCHA, children are being recruited into militant groups in 90 percent of surveyed locations where Syrian refugees have settled.Fatima attends a Turkish school where she does not know the language and is routinely abused by her peers. The nearest Arabic school is too far and too expensive for her family to afford. Photo by John Jacks“What we went through is not comparable to what they went through,” Alrifai said. It is the relative ease with which the Al Rifa’i family was granted residence and recently citizenship that drives the siblings most. They are well aware that if they had fled Syria today instead of 12 years ago, they would not have been welcomed so readily — if at all.“I’m Syrian and people should know that that doesn’t mean we’re terrorists. We’re refugees but we’re not coming to take your jobs,” she said. “We’re not radical Islamists who want to blow up places in America. This whole package that was created about Syria is just unbelievable. What [people] see on CNN and in newspapers is ‘terrorists and Syria,’ and now thanks to [Trump’s travel ban], it’s even worse.”Though Alrifai sees little hope of the war ending with Assad’s ouster and the return of democracy, she said there is still hope for the children to reach their full potentials. Invest in these kids now, she said, because otherwise there will be a much steeper price down the line.“You can’t be numb to it. They are the future generation and leaders of Syria.”last_img read more

See the Stars of Newsies & More Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

first_img LES MISERABLES These guys definitely take the award for the most enthusiastic kiddos—they’re positively psyched about getting drenched and potential hypothermia! THE LION KING The cast of The Lion King adds all sorts of fun jungle noises to their challenge. Plus, the acoustics in the Minskoff Theatre breezeway are great! ONCE Of course Once’s challenge looks like a freaking folk music video. Bonus points for using the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS buckets. NEWSIES Huge bonus points go out to the adorable newsboys for taking their shirts off. For the cause! Yeah, for the cause… THE BOOK OF MORMON “Who wants to see some Mormons get wet with salvation?” Your mom is doing it. Your grandma is doing it. Even your dog i s doing i t. Everyone we know is accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and our favorite Broadway stars are no exception. The casts of Newsies, Once and Les Miserables and more got in on the action, and they’ve nominated even more Broadway shows (hey Kinky Boots, Matilda, Cabaret, Hedwig, Motown, Aladdin, Pippin and Phantom, we’re waiting!) to join the challenge. Watch the videos below, then check back to see more Broadway stars freezing their butts off for a great cause! View Commentslast_img read more

Fewer Kudzu Bugs

first_imgA widespread soybean pest the past five years, the kudzu bug population in Georgia is much lower this growing season.Though still present in soybean fields across the state, kudzu bug populations are nowhere near what they have been in previous years.Soybean farmers aren’t complaining“This has been a pleasant surprise to most soybean farmers in Georgia,” said Michael Toews, University of Georgia research entomologist on the Tifton Campus.Kudzu bugs, or “Megacopta cribraria,” have green-to-brown bodies, stippled wing covers and wide back ends. A member of the stink bug family, they can be confused with brown marmorated stink bugs or lady beetles.Kudzu bugs, in numbers, have a distinct odor often mistaken for a natural gas leak. They also feed on Georgia’s most famous weed, kudzu, and other legumes. They are most active in the spring.Wayne Gardner, a UGA entomologist and scientist based on the Griffin campus, attributes the drop in kudzu bug numbers this year to the abnormal winter cold snap that swept through the southeastern United States last year. “If the southeastern part of the United States experiences a winter without abnormally low temperatures like we had last winter, then we will likely see kudzu bug numbers return to relatively high numbers next spring,” said Gardner who began his study of the pest when it initially arrived in northeast Georgia in October 2009.“[The kudzu bug] came from a climate very similar to ours. If you look at it across the latitudes that we are located in, it also exists in those latitudes in Asia,” said Gardner. “The habitats and the latitudes relative to the equator are very similar, but we had an uncharacteristically cold winter.Higher populations likely in springIf the southeastern part of the country experiences a normal winter in the upcoming months, higher kudzu bug populations are likely to return next spring, Gardner said.While temperatures played a role in reducing kudzu bug populations, a tiny wasp helped, too.Native to Asia, these parasitic wasps are natural predators to kudzu bugs. The wasp lays its egg in kudzu bug’s egg; then, the developing wasp larva destroy the kudzu bug egg as it develops. The kudzu bug isn’t an economic pest in its native land because the wasps control the populations there, Toews said. The U.S. discovery of these wasps over the last two years led to the hypothesis that the decline in kudzu bugs is due to the wasps’ arrival. There have been numerous sightings of the wasp over the past couple of weeks. Last year, the wasp was found in the same area as the kudzu bug on initial discovery, Toews said. Now, the wasp has been spotted in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. It will take a couple of years for scientists to determine the definitive reason for the decrease in the kudzu bug population.Munching on kudzu and soybeansWhen prevalent and untreated, kudzu bugs can have a devastating impact on soybeans, a crop worth $126.6 million in Georgia. Kudzu bugs are sucking insects that feed on the plant’s sap, which weakens and stresses the plant. The stress can result in yield loss.“On average, in trials we’ve conducted in previous years, our yield loss averages 19 percent where we’ve failed to treat kudzu bugs,” said Phillip Roberts, a UGA Extension entomologist based in Tifton. Kudzu bugs have been observed in soybeans this year, but not at the population sizes seen in recent years, said Roberts. In past years, one to two insecticide applications have been needed to control kudzu bugs; but, this year most farmers haven’t had to spray at all.Less kudzu bugs also means more kudzu. “Some of the kudzu patches that we normally sample from and look at and watch over the season had a rebound in kudzu growth this year, likely because they didn’t have the quantity of kudzu bugs attacking them,” Gardner said.For more information on kudzu bugs, visit www.kudzubug.org.last_img read more

‘Exxon, once a “perfect machine,” is running dry’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:Exxon faces a number of challenges, including investigations of its accounting and tax practices as well as lawsuits by cities and states seeking funds to pay for the effects of climate change. Its biggest problem is one the giant has seldom faced in its 148-year history: It isn’t making as much money as it used to.Under former CEO Rex Tillerson, Exxon bet big hunting for oil in risky, expensive locales like the Russian Arctic. But as oil prices fell, those projects didn’t pay off the way Exxon had hoped. Now the $350 billion Irving, Texas, company is returning to its old ways: big, disciplined spending on prospects that make money at low oil prices.The approach is a gamble in a new era of energy breakthroughs such as fracking and electric vehicles. Many of Exxon’s competitors are transforming their businesses to move away from oil exploration, and have begun to spend carefully and diversify into renewable energy.Investors, who once looked past Exxon’s tendency toward arrogance and secrecy because of its good returns, aren’t sure they want Big Oil to get bigger.“Most investors like Exxon, but they like other companies better,” said Mark Stoeckle, chief executive of Adams Funds, which owns about $100 million in Exxon shares. “The market is not willing to reward Exxon for spending today in hopes that it will bring good returns tomorrow.”More ($): Exxon, Once a ‘Perfect Machine,’ Is Running Dry ‘Exxon, once a “perfect machine,” is running dry’last_img read more

Five Dead in Drug Trafficking Ring in Bogotá

first_imgBy Dialogo January 08, 2013 Five men died during a fight between members of the same drug trafficking clan on January 6, in a restaurant located in northern Bogotá, the police reported. “The five dead men have criminal records and are recognized members of a gang called ‘Los Pascuales,’ involved in drug micro-trafficking, theft, murder,” a press member of Bogotá’s Metropolitan Police told AFP. “We don’t know how many people were in the restaurant, but due to certain disagreements, they confronted and opened fire against each other, probably for the territorial domination of the area,” he explained. The dead belong to the same family and most of them are cousins in different degrees. Among them was group leader Pascual Guerrero, the source added. Bogotá, a city with almost seven million people, reduced its murder rate by 23 percent in 2012, compared to 2011. In 2012, the Colombian capital registered a total of 1,281 homicides with a rate of 16.9 per 100,000 inhabitants, the lowest level since 1985, according to the town hall office on January 5.last_img read more

Home Depot to pay $28 million in breach suit

first_imgHome Depot agreed to a multimillion dollar settlement with a class of up to 53 million consumers whose payment card or email data was stolen during the retailer’s 2014 data breach, according to new documents filed in a Georgia District Court.The chain of home improvement stores agreed to pay $13 million to consumers for out-of-pocket losses, unreimbursed charges and time spent dealing with accounts affected by the data breach, as well as at least $6.5 million to provide class members with 18 months of identity protection services. In addition, the retailer will also pay up to $8.775 million in plaintiffs’ attorney fees and expenses. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Sweden to review costs, fund options in premium pension system

first_imgSweden is to review its defined contribution premium pension system (PPM), with the report set to investigate the impact of maintaining the status quo or reducing the number of fund options from the hundreds to 10.Pensionsgruppen – the cross-party group that considers pension reform – said last week that a review had been agreed that would examine the two options outlined in a report published last year.The report at the time said retaining the current system largely unchanged would prioritise a saver’s freedom of choice, but it recommended that savers be required to reaffirm their fund choice in a system that has more than 800 investment options.The more radical proposal put forward last year by Stefan Engström – to limit investment options to 10 funds, likely coordinated with AP7’s default Såfa investment option – would also be investigated, with the impact of the reforms examined by the committee and an emphasis on option one. While the government has yet to set out the precise terms of reference for the review, Pensionsgruppen said in a statement it would examine a number of ways of improving the PPM.As a result, the investigation will examine the legal hurdles to a number of reforms, including allowing the Swedish Pensions Agency, Pensionsmyndigheten, to flag up AP7 Såfa as the best option for investors with little or no financial expertise.Furthermore, the commission will also look at limiting the number of total fund options available to savers, and ways of making the PPM fund supermarket more transparent.Finally, it will also examine how feasible it would be to charge PPM savers fees dependant on how often they use the system’s fund supermarket. A spokesman for Ulf Kristersson, who, as minister for social security chairs Pensionsgruppen, said it had yet to set a deadline for the delivery of the report.The spokesman also said no decision had been reached on who would chair the investigation.last_img read more

More solar streetlights mulled in Bacolod City

first_imgBACOLOD City – Congressman GregGasataya wants to upgrade the streetlight system at the CircumferentialRoad of Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road. The solar panels charge a rechargeablebattery, which powers a fluorescent or LED lamp during the night./PN This will also ensure public safetyand alleviate the number of criminality in the metro, he said.  Solar street lights are raised lightsources which are powered by solar panels generally mounted on the lightingstructure or integrated in the pole itself.center_img Gasayata said that he alreadyrequested the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to allocate abudget for the installation of streetlights in the said area, which is about400 meters from Bangga Bata to Bangga Ruins. According to Gasataya, he suggestedthe installation of solar-powered light emitting diode (LED) streetlights atthe Circumferential Road to the DPWH as this be energy and costefficient because they are solely dependent on the heat energy given offby the sun.last_img read more

US, Australia close borders for Chinese arrival

first_imgEarlier, more countries including Russia, Japan, Pakistan and Italyannounced identical travel restrictions. “Travelrestrictions can cause more harm than good by hindering info-sharing, medicalsupply chains and harming economies,” the head of the World HealthOrganization (WHO) said on Friday. The WHOrecommends introducing screening at official border crossings. It has warnedthat closing borders could accelerate the spread of the virus, with travelersentering countries unofficially.(BBC)center_img THE United States and Australiaannounced that they would deny entry to all foreign visitors who had recentlyvisited China, the origin of the virus that emerged last December.last_img read more