Chick Corea Hosts John McLaughlin, Victor Wooten & Lenny White At The Blue Note [Watch]

first_imgLast weekend, Chick Corea concluded his 75th birthday celebration with two performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, NY. Corea booked a total of 80 shows at the Blue Note for this birthday residency, though the ones last weekend were among the most coveted. Corea was joined by a legendary group of musicians, including guitarist John McLaughlin, bassist Victor Wooten and drummer Lenny White. Needless to say, these top tier musicians put on a remarkable performance.What follows is a series of videos captured from these iconic musicians, highlighting some of the songs performed over the weekend. This includes Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “Miles Beyond” and “You Know, You Know”, Miles Davis’ “All Blues,” Return To Forever’s “Space Circus”, and more. Watch below and enjoy these incredible talents bringing musical magic to all.last_img read more

Florence & The Machine Light Up The Walt Disney Concert Hall In Los Angeles

first_imgThe word “lit,” in all its simplicity and colloquial modernity, isn’t one that would often (if ever) be used to describe the Walt Disney Concert Hall. That is, until Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine breathed (and shouted and danced) new life into the Frank Gehry-designed fixture of undulating hillscape in downtown Los Angeles. With their new album, High as Hope, set to drop on June 29th and a stadium gig in London supporting The Rolling Stones coming up on May 25th, the band opted here for an intimate setting that most often serves as a home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its relatively tame patronage.Given both the tenor and subject matter of Florence and the Machine’s upcoming LP, the Disney Hall was an appropriate place to warm up for a trip across the pond. The band’s new songs—from “June” to “Patricia” to the single “Hunger”—take on a decidedly more determined tone, which, during a pre-show listening party in the Founders Room, Florence attributed to both having “lived through the last two years” in a political sense and having spent six months “banging on a piano” largely by herself in South London, far from the artist enclave of Los Angeles.The City of Angels, though, has its own role to play on the record. In “Sky Full of Song”, Welch describes “a city without seasons” while wondering why “it keeps raining in L.A.” With her infectious, irrepressible energy on stage, Florence may well have been the one responsible for shifting those weather patterns. Her powers of positive persuasion were on full display in the Disney Hall’s typically staid inner sanctum, only if for a night.“The same flowers all the way through,” Welch remarked, nodding to her heavily floral stage design, “but less drunkenness and less glitter.” Despite a supposedly toned-down dress and demeanor, Welch pranced barefoot around the room and, at times, through the crowd, across tunes fresh and familiar. From beloved hits like “Dog Days Are Over”, “Cosmic Love”, “Ship to Wreck”, “What Kind of Man”, and “Shake it Out” to slightly deeper cuts like “Delilah” and “Falling”, she leapt and pirouetted as she pleased, her shimmering beige dress matching her pale complexion, her fiery red hair blending with her wood-stained surroundings.She was (and often) is a Ginger Jesus joyfully sharing her gospel with an eager choir. The audience needed no prodding getting to (or remaining on) its feet, let alone jumping up and down and clapping to an interpolated beat. Those in attendance reflected and amplified Welch’s enthusiasm, both physical and emotional, as much as the walls of the hall did her voice. And there, too, she gave her all. She touched hands and rubbed heads with fans in the front row before ultimately dancing alongside them. She climbed up to the section behind the stage to stand with those who could not otherwise be seen by her—albeit while evoking memories of her falling off stage and breaking her leg at Coachella in 2015. If the West Coast’s most famed festival stages and the outdoor majesty of the Hollywood Bowl couldn’t contain Florence, what hope did the Disney Hall have?Not that anyone would’ve wanted Welch to sit still. It wouldn’t be right for her to sit and stew on stage, even if the events of the world around her might nudge her that way. For all the charisma and command that would define Florence as a modern-day rock diva, her refined talents as a passionate singer-songwriter and physical entertainer confer her with the ability to make any and every venue her own—and incorporate each audience member into her marvelous Machine of humanity.last_img read more

After Years Of Collecting Dust, David Bowie’s Oldest-Known Recording Is Set To Be Auctioned Off [Listen]

first_imgYou’re most likely not familiar with former British rock drummer David Hadfield. You’re slightly more likely to be familiar with one of his early ’60s bandmates, a 15-year-old young saxophonist by the name of David Jones, who went by the name David Jay once he joined up with Hadfield to form The Konrads. However, virtually everyone is well-acquainted with the man that young saxophonist became: In 1963, he started going by David Bowie, and the rest, as they say, is history.According to Rolling Stone, 20 years ago Hadfield found some old, forgotten tapes of his and David Jones’ band, which had sat in an old bread basket for years. After listening through some instrumental tracks, he happened upon a recording of an original tune, “I Never Dreamed”, written and sung by Jones. While it was simply a demo tape when it was made, it now represents the oldest-known David Bowie original.As Hadfield explained to Rolling Stone, “[Bowie] kept saying, ‘I’m not a singer, I’m a saxophone player.’” However, the success of 1962’s “A Picture of You” by Joe Brown—who bared a notable resemblance to Bowie—helped persuade the future superstar to change his tune. “Brown looked very similar to David with a shock of blonde hair,” noted Hadfield. “I persuaded David to do a cover version of it and he did it onstage and it went down very well.”Hadfield made numerous attempts to alert Bowie’s camp to the found recording over the years, but after receiving no responses, he has now decided to put the tape up for sale. As Hadfield noted to Rolling Stone, “I decided to cut my losses and put it up for auction. Otherwise, it’s going to die with me in a corner somewhere. The sale will also help me expand my pension.”The recording of “I Never Heard” is set to be auctioned off via British auction house Omega Auction in September, with experts predicting it to garner a roughly $13,000 sum. As Hadfield notes, “It’s worth what someone wants to buy it for. … I suppose if you’re going to make an anthology or box set of David Bowie this would be ideal since it’s the very first one.” The recording will be sold alongside various other pieces of Hadfield’s Bowie- and Konrads-related memorabilia, including letters, bills, photos, promo sketches, booking forms, and more.You can listen to a clip of the recording below:[Video: OmegaAuctionsUK]For more information on the auction, head here.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Weighing in on workplace wellness programs

first_imgWorkplace wellness programs have been touted as a powerful tool that can make employees healthier and more productive while reducing health care spending, but the results of a new Harvard study suggest such interventions yield unimpressive results in the short term.The findings, published April 16 in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), raise questions about the effectiveness of these programs offered by 80 percent of large U.S. employers via an $8 billion workplace wellness industry.The analysis, the first peer-reviewed, large-scale, multisite, randomized controlled trial of a workplace wellness program, shows that people who worked at sites offering the program exhibited notably higher rates of some healthy behaviors, but no significant differences in other outcomes and behaviors compared to the control group. Employees working at sites offering the program did not have better clinical measures of health such as body mass index, blood pressure, or cholesterol after 18 months, nor did they exhibit lower absenteeism, better job performance, or lower health care use or spending.“Our findings show that health behaviors can respond to a workplace wellness program, but they also temper expectations of realizing large returns on investment in the short term,” said study author Zirui Song, assistant professor of health care policy and medicine in the Department of Health Care Policy at the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School and an internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.Song and study co-author Katherine Baicker, who was on faculty at Harvard at the time of the work reported in the study and is now dean of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, said the ultimate goal of the team’s analysis is to provide scientific evidence to inform policy and ensure that decisions and investments are based on rigorous science instead of on studies that simply point to links and associations or on assumptions.“We wanted to explore the causal effects of workplace wellness programs using the rigorous methods of an experimental design in order to help policymakers and employers make informed decisions about investing in wellness,” Song said.What workedWorksites offering a wellness program had an 8.3 percentage point higher rate of employees who reported engaging in regular exercise and a 13.6 percentage point higher rate of employees who reported actively managing their weight, compared to those working at sites where a program wasn’t offered.What didn’t workThe program had no significant effects on other outcomes including 27 self-reported health and behavioral measures such as employees’ overall health, sleep quality, and food choices; 10 clinical markers of health; 38 measures tracking spending and utilization for doctor’s visits, medical tests, procedures, and prescription drugs; and three employment outcomes—absenteeism, job tenure, and job performance.The rationale behind the workplace wellness movement The motivation for employer-based wellness programs is straightforward. If employers can help workers cut back on alcohol consumption, quit smoking, or increase exercise, the idea goes, workers’ health will improve, generating savings on health care costs, lowering the number of sick days people take, and improving the overall well-being and productivity of the workforce.In addition to private investment in workplace wellness program, the Affordable Care Act allocated public funding for wellness programs. In the broader context of health system reform, wellness programs are part of a suite of ideas that encourage preventive medicine, coordinated care, and wellness education as ways to keep people healthy and reduce medical costs. “As we grow to understand how best to encourage healthy behavior, it may be that workplace wellness programs will play an important role in improving health and lowering the cost of health care.” — Zirui Song Past research has suggested workplace wellness programs might be a good investment. In 2010, Song, Baicker, and David Cutler, the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics at Harvard, published a meta-analysis of prior research on wellness programs that found a roughly 3-1 return on investment for such interventions. However, as the authors noted in that meta-analysis, much of the prior literature was limited by the lack of a robust control group, leaving open the possibility that estimates could be biased by confounding factors and by limited sites, sample sizes, and outcome measures.The experimentTo help improve the evidence on wellness programs, Song and Baicker decided to implement a large-scale controlled experiment. To eliminate the unwanted effects of self-selection and other biases inherent in nonrandomized studies, Song and Baicker randomized wellness program offerings across different worksites and tracked outcomes among all workers.“In assessing the potential benefits of a workplace wellness program, it’s essential to separate out confounding factors. The firms that choose to have a program may have employees who are already more health-conscious than those at firms without a program. And the employees who choose to participate may have different health profiles than those that don’t,” Baicker said. “Our study lets us isolate the effect of the program itself from those confounding factors.”The researchers partnered with BJ’s Wholesale Clubs to offer new wellness programs in randomly selected sites, which they then compared to the control sites. This allowed the researchers to capture the effects that the program might have in changing workplace culture as well as individual behavior.Among 160 eligible worksites across the eastern United States, the wellness program was implemented at 20 randomly selected sites with a total of 4,037 employees — the test group. The remaining 140 sites and a total of 28,936 employees represented the control — or comparison — group. The wellness program comprised eight modules on topics such as nutrition, physical activity, and stress reduction implemented by registered dietitians and administered by Wellness Workdays, a commercial operator of such services to corporate customers. The 18-month evaluation ran from January 2015 through June 2016. Administrative medical claims and employment data were gathered through June 2016; data from surveys and biometrics were collected from July through August 2016.The new study findings complement the results of a recent well-designed randomized controlled trial conducted at the University of Illinois, Song said, where individuals (rather than entire worksites) were randomized into a wellness program or a control group. The working paper on the Illinois workplace wellness study is available at the National Bureau of Economic Research.What next?Song said that experimental evaluations in the field of wellness promotion are still relatively uncommon. While this study provides important insights about some kinds of programs currently in use, many questions remain about the best ways to improve population health, he said. One line of questioning directly related to the JAMA study is whether 18 months is enough time to see an impact from a program like this, or whether the kinds of changes in healthy behaviors the program produced take longer to yield measurable health benefits.“As we grow to understand how best to encourage healthy behavior, it may be that workplace wellness programs will play an important role in improving health and lowering the cost of health care,” Song said. “For now, however, we should remain cautious about our expectations from such interventions. Rigorous research to measure the effects of such programs can help make sure we’re spending society’s health and wellness dollars in the most effective way.”The research was supported by the National Institute on Aging (R01 AG050329; P30 AG012810 through the National Bureau of Economic Research), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (grant no. 72611), and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) North America. BJ’s Wholesale Club provided in-kind logistical and personnel support for fielding the wellness program. Song has no conflicts of interest to disclose. Baicker serves on the board of directors of Eli Lilly and on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers.last_img read more

Farley Hall hosts Taste of ND event

first_imgStudents were given the chance to sample a variety of residence hall fare Thursday night at Farley Hall’s second annual Taste of ND. A dozen campus halls brought offerings from their food sale shops for students to sample and to compete in a tasting contest, sophomore Erin Killymurray, a coordinator of the event, said. “Taste of ND is a great opportunity for every dorm food sale to show off their own unique food,” she said. “People should know that these places exist. Everyone has access to other dorms’ foods. A lot of people just don’t know about it.” Besides offering students the opportunity to get a taste of hall eateries, Farley took the opportunity to give back, Killmurray said. Free to students last year, the hall decided to charge $2 per person, with proceeds benefitting the Northern Indiana Food Bank. “There was a great turnout last year,” she said. “We completely ran out of food. With such a great turnout from last year’s event, we decided to charge $2 a person and donate the proceeds … It’s a great way to give back to the community.” Some of the participating dorms included Keough Kitchen, Zahm Pizza, McGlinn Snack Shack and St. Edward Hall’s shop, Ed’s. Senior Toph Stare of Zahm’s Pizza said he was happy to get the word out about his hall’s food sales. “Finding ways to market food for dorm sales is difficult since a lot of people just don’t even know these food sales exist,” Stare said. “This event is a great opportunity for us to market our products and let people know what’s out there.” Senior Dana McKane, representative for McGlinn’s Snack Shack, agreed that Taste of ND could be helpful for future food sales. “Every dorm has something different to offer,” she said. “Now that more people can see and taste other dorms’ products, hopefully sales in each dorm will increase. Last year was the first year for the Taste of ND and also the first year that McGlinn Snack Shack was in business, so it was great for us to get some attention right away.” Each attendee had the opportunity to vote on their favorite foods from the event, and guest judges also had input in the selection of the winning foods. Guest judges included Leprechaun Michael George, men’s basketball guard Joey Brooks and student body vice president Brett Rocheleau. The judges’ top selection was Ed’s, Killmurray said. Representatives from Ed’s brought paninis and, the local favorite, smoothies. “The St. Ed’s smoothies are great,” Brooks said. “I’m not going to lie, I might go to ‘Sted’s’ to get a smoothie once in a while.” George said tasting food from around campus might encourage hesitant students to venture to other dorms for late night snacks. “I think a lot of people don’t like to leave the comfort of their dorm when they are studying late at night,” George said. “Hopefully that will change with this event.” Other judges’ picks included Zahm Pizza and McGlinn Hall Snack Shack. “You can taste the love and care in every cupcake,” George said.last_img read more

Mexico detains drug capo, alleged ally of fugitive Guzmán

first_img MEXICO CITY – Mexican officials said on March 12 that a suspected drug gang leader captured in western Mexico was allied to the country’s most wanted fugitive and behind the killings of dozens of his rivals. Erick Valencia Salazar, alias “El 85,” captured in a major military raid on March 9 in the western city of Guadalajara, led the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, General Ricardo Trevilla, spokesman for the National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA), said at a news conference. Valencia Salazar set up the gang with brothers Óscar Orlando and Juan Carlos Nava Valencia, who have been detained, and worked for the Sinaloa drug gang of billionaire fugitive Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, Trevilla said. Valencia Salazar also allegedly created the Matazetas, or Zeta Killers, hit men blamed for killing dozens of Guzmán’s rivals from the Zetas drug gang in the eastern state of Veracruz. [AFP, 12/03/2012; (Mexico), 12/03/2012] By Dialogo March 13, 2012last_img read more

Brookhaven Town Hall Bomb Scare Sparks Evacuation

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Brookhaven Town Hall was evacuated for a bomb scare that was mailed in to a local TV news station on Tuesday morning, authorities said.A Suffolk County police spokeswoman said officers responded to search town hall in Farmingville after receiving the tip from Nassau County police.A Nassau County police spokeswoman said Emergency Services Unit officers responded to a report of a suspicious envelope at News 12 Long Island in Woodbury, opened it and read the threat.“It was for a different date, not today’s date,” the Nassau police spokeswoman said.Brookhaven town spokesman Jack Krieger said the building was evacuated at about 1:30 p.m. and workers were allowed back inside an hour later.The incident comes after Suffolk County police found “Bomb Town Hall” written in graffiti on Jan. 13 at Martha Avenue Recreational Park in Brookhaven hamlet, about seven miles from town hall.It also comes about a week after Brookhaven drew harsh criticism for its extremely slow response in plowing many local streets following a blizzard that dumped a record nearly three feet of snow while Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine was on vacation.Romaine has since apologized. Acting Superintendent of Highways Michael Murphy who was also away during the storm resigned last week. John Capella replaced him until a March 5 special election to pick a new highway chief.Town Councilwoman Kathy Walsh, an independent, is running on the Democratic Party line for the highway post against New York State Assemb. Daniel Losquadro (R-Shoreham).Such threats are nothing new on LI, although they’re usually outnumbered by shooting and bomb threats at local schools, which have been increasingly sensitive to similar scares after the Newtown school massacre in December.Ronald Kellman of Central Islip pleaded guilty in October to phoning in four bomb threats to Islip Town Hall over nine months. He was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation, court records show.last_img read more

Govt develops web-based app to assess businesses’ risks related to human rights

first_imgThe app emerged as the government’s response to the fact that out of thousands of overall human rights abuses, 15 percent were related to companies, according to Bambang’s estimate. The issues included land affairs, deforestation, forced eviction and labor rights.The app development is taking place at a time when labor unions and advocacy groups are worried about the omnibus bill on job creation’s impact on labor rights. The bill will revise 79 prevailing laws and around 1,200 articles.After having finished deliberating the bill, the House of Representatives passed it into law on Monday.Businesses were second only to the National Police in terms of being reported for human rights abuses with 41 reports in August, according to data from the National Human Rights Commission. PRISMA supervisor Patricia Rinigawati said the app was aimed at assessing not only big businesses, but also small businesses.Patricia, who is also an academic at the University of Indonesia, added that the app was meant to educate businesses about, among other things, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) and serve as a platform for due diligence.“This is so we can identify the risks and we can minimize it or take measures to keep it from happening if it is preventable. If not, [companies] have to offer recovery to victims,” said Patricia.She went on to say that running the app might require a more pragmatic approach so that it would not deter businesses from taking part in the assessment.Danang Girindrawardana, the executive director of the Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO), said the app had a good method. However, he was afraid that it would overlap with prevailing regulations that had already asked companies to submit reports on similar indicators.Asking companies to assess whether their suppliers’ practices comply with human rights regulations might be “an extraordinary boomerang” for small and medium enterprises (SME), some of which provided raw materials to larger businesses.“We have to do this gradually. We cannot justify the risk checker’s responsibility to be imposed on big companies at this stage while they are obliged to help SMEs grow,” said Danang.Topics : The Law and Human Rights Ministry is developing a web-based application called PRISMA to assess companies’ operational risks related to human rights abuses, from land affairs to deforestation and forced eviction to labor rights.PRISMA will be a voluntary self-assessment that covers 11 indicators, namely a company’s profile, human rights policy, grievance mechanism, supply chains, manpower, labor condition, labor union, discrimination, privacy, environment and social responsibility.“PRISMA is an independent app aimed at helping companies analyze the risk of human rights abuses from their business operations,” Bambang Iriana Djaatmadja, the ministry’s director of human rights cooperation, said in a virtual discussion on Monday. The app is issued in partnership with the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) and business groups.last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds chase $1,250 checks at Batesville’s Arkansas Spring Nationals

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ark. – A pair of $1,250 to win features for IMCA Modifieds are on the card for the Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18 Arkansas Spring Nationals at Batesville Motor Speedway.Both Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying events pay $1,000 to the runner-up. Mini­mum start money is $150 and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Cen­tral Region, Allstar Performance State and track points will be awarded.Pre-entry fee is $50 each night or $75 at the gate. The grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. each night.Spectator admission is $10 for adults and free for kids ages 14 and under. Pit passes are $30.Overnight accommodations are available by calling the Ramada Inn at 870 698-1800, the Holiday Inn Express at 870 698-2700 or Comfort Suites at 870 698-1900.Additional information about Arkansas Spring Nationals is available by calling 870 251-0011, at the website or by emailing [email protected]last_img read more

Kenneth Wolf March 28, 1940 – January 23, 2019

first_imgKenneth Wolf, age 78 of West Harrison, Indiana passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at his home. Born March 28, 1940 in Manchester, Kentucky the son of Viola (Hicks) Anderson and step son of Sam Anderson..Kenneth married Dollie Byrd August 22, 1964 in New Trenton, Indiana. Worked as a machine repair technician for Ford Motor Company for 34 years. Served his country in the US Army.Survived by his loving wife Dollie Wolf of West Harrison, Indiana. Father of Tammy Wolf of Harrison, Ohio. Papaw of Brandi (Dustin) Rodgers, Ryan Decker and Eric Werner. Great grandfather of Adyson, Chayden, Braxton and Kloey. Brother of Judy (Dusty) Livengood of West Harrison, Indiana.Preceded in death by his mother Viola Anderson, step fathers Sam Anderson and Walter “Chick” Johnson, brother Larry Anderson.Visitation will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:30 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:00 P.M. with Rev. Hobert Bowling officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Military honors will follow conducted by the Harrison Funeral Detail.Memorials may be directed to Bright Fire and EMS c/o the funeral home.last_img read more