On Friday night, Phish continued their big year at Madison Square Garden with the second performance of their second run at the Manhattan arena in 2017. The first, of course, was the Baker’s Dozen–their historic run of 13 shows over 17 summer days centered around nightly donut-flavored themes. We’re now halfway through New Year’s run, and so far the Phishmas festivities have had an entirely distinct feel from this summer. Maybe it’s the oppressively cold weather. Maybe it’s the “flavor”-less shows. Maybe it’s the fact that, with the fantastic-in-every-imaginable-way summer residency still so fresh in everyone’s mind, the bar has been set impossibly high for MSG Reprise 2017.To put in simply, these first two shows, while certainly not devoid of worthy highlights, are just not the same as the Baker’s Dozen. And that’s OK–if every show was “special,” then the truly special shows would just be drops in the ocean. Each of the songs played over this run’s first two nights was also played at this summer’s residency, and there’s been no reference to Phish’s summer spoils or the Baker’s Dozen “championship banner” that now looms large over the cavernous confines of The Garden. However, Chris Kuroda‘s new toys are clearly pulling focus to the jumbo-tron, casting colors along the ceiling and the crowd in a circle at half court. New Year’s looms, and lest we forget: this may not be the Baker’s Dozen anymore, but the Universe is still, most definitely, a donut, and it feels as though the stage is being set for a circular spectacle in the center of the Garden come the 31st. Maybe we’re not done with donuts in 2017 after all…Phish got the show on the road with a rare “Cavern” opener, marking just the second time the encore/closer staple has opened a show in the 3.0 era. After a clunky start, the A Picture of Nectar rocker provided an energy spike to start the night, Page McConnell asserting himself as the Chairman of the “Cavern” with jagged-edged funk organ jabs. Off to the races…Watch Phish’s show-opening “Cavern” below via LivePhish:“Blaze On” got the call in the two-spot, stretching out past 12 minutes with a Baker’s Dozen-reminiscent, slinky “cocktail lounge” groove, once again highlighted by Page. The call also ensured that the song won’t be a central piece of the New Year’s countdown for a third year in a row. After a long pause to discuss, the band queued up “555”, prompting a noticeable contingent to “make an escape when it arrived” and hit the bathrooms and the beer lines. Those who hustled were able to make it back for some more dark, dank Page and Mike Gordon-led groove toward the end of the song (which has still yet to truly break out of the box, despite feeling like a potential jam vehicle since its debut on Halloween 2013).Big Boat‘s Vida Blue-like “I Always Wanted It This Way” came next, followed by “Martian Monster”, letting the band (and Kuroda) take all their new tools a spin–from Star Wars droid-like bleeps, to grungy bass tones, to a brilliantly realized light show projected against the crowd behind the stage.After a notably long pause built significant suspense, the “Heavy Things” that followed didn’t feel like a particularly exciting choice. However, it was certainly well-played, and even featured a bonus “Leo” solo for the runaway Set One MVP (honorable mention: Mike’s pants). Another long pause followed, but this time it yielded a much more exciting choice: a run through the highly sought-after “Destiny Unbound”, which netted a bit of bouncing Type I improv. “Ocelot” slouched in next, reaching some strong guitar peaks from Trey Anastasio as McConnell and Gordon continued to shoulder much of the heavy lifting. A relatively conservative, fun-as-usual “Walls of the Cave” brought set one to a close, bookending the set with geological references.The first frame on night two was a mixed bag. There was a lot to like in terms of sonic tone, though the song selection gave the set an unfortunately stop-start feel in terms of crowd energy. But hey, that’s how it goes. They can’t all be perfect. On to set two…After returning to the stage and easing into an ambiguous pulse, the band dropped into “Sand”. The funky vehicle got a decent dose of dark jamming, but wound up serving as a mere appetizer to the real improvisational centerpiece of the show, “Chalkdust Torture”. The 20+ minute jaunt through the classic Phish anthem had a bit of everything, from big white-light Trey peaks, to meaty Mike drops, to Martian Monster-like swells. The jam is surely worth a re-listen, and will no doubt be compared to the other top-notch 2017 MSG “Chalkdust Torture”, for the foreseeable an unfamiliar concept in the world of Phish.Watch the second set-opening “Sand” below via LivePhish:The unfinished “Chalkdust” eventually took a turn into a sincerely welcome, sexy “Ghost” jam. A Mike-led groove pushed through into sunny major key improv before breaking down into atonal engine revs and 3/4-capacity Mike bombs draped in a pool of purples and greens from CK5.Just as the jam was beginning to settle in, Trey pulled the ol’ ripcord, kicking into “Backwards Down The Number Line”. The Joy tune gets some flack from fans for its ability to take the wind out of a jam’s sails late in a set, and you could nearly hear the collective exhale as the tune did just that. However, as is the case with most “Number Lines”, any early-song whining was silenced by the soaring Type-1 jam that came out of it. A quick run through “Simple” came next, giving the crowd a chance to scream for the grand skyscrapers that surround the venue, before a particularly dark, evil, melt-y “Split Open And Melt” brought the set to a close. A typically-energetic “Julius” served as the encore, officially sending New Year’s Run into “halftime.”People will surely have differing opinions about this show. This particular fan felt that it took a step back, momentum-wise, from night one. But that’s not to say there wasn’t plenty of fine Phish served at the Garden on night 2. “Blaze On”, “I Always Wanted It This Way”, “Martian Monster”, “Ocelot”, “Sand” > “Chalkdust” > “Ghost” and “Split” are all worth revisiting. That’s just how it goes with 2017 Phish. With the thoroughly baffling display they put on at the Garden throughout their summer residency, expectations are at an all time high. And while some shows, inherently, will have to fall to the bottom of the pile, the fact that many people preferred this show to night 1 is a testament to the historically high level of play we’re experiencing from Phish in 2017.Two more shows to go. See you tonight for night three!SETLIST: Phish | Madison Square Garden New York, NY | 12/29/17SET 1: Cavern > Blaze On, 555, I Always Wanted It This Way > Martian Monster, Heavy Things, Destiny Unbound, Ocelot, Walls of the CaveSET 2: Sand > Chalk Dust Torture > Ghost > Backwards Down the Number Line > Simple > Split Open and MeltENCORE: Julius Unfinished
Next up for James is an appearance at filmmaker David Lynch‘s first-ever Brooklyn iteration of his Festival of Disruption this May. For a full list of upcoming Jim James performances, head to his website. On April 7th, Jim James, frontman for My Morning Jacket, teamed with conductor Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra for a special performance at Kentucky Center For The Arts’ Whitney Hall. During the Louisville, Kentucky show, James and Abrams debuted their highly anticipated orchestral set titled The Order of Nature: A Song Cycle.While James tended to steal the show, he was supported by a truly stellar cast. In addition to the Louisville Orchestra, percussionist Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale, Steiger Butte Singers + Drummers, and chorusmaster Kent Hatteberg were all on hand to make the evening truly magical. In addition to the debut of new compositions, the Jim James and the Teddy Abrams-led orchestra also played reimagined takes of new material off Jim James’ latest album as well as covers of Charles Reuben’s “The Human Touch” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Who Am I?”Setlist: Jim James, Teddy Abrams, & The Louisville Orchestra | Kentucky Center For The Arts’ Whitney Hall | Louisville, KY | 4/7/2018Set: Walking In The Snow, Here In Spirit, The Human Touch, In Demand, Back To The End Of The World, Who Am I?, Over And Over, Set It To Song, Same Old LieYou can listen to James’ full orchestral collaboration below, courtesy of Funk-It Blog.
James Corden(Photo: Jason Bell) View Comments Hear ye, hear ye! We are less than a month away from the 2016 Tony Awards! On top of prepping for those viewing parties, guessing which show-stopping numbers will be performed and debating those history-making nominations, theater fans cannot wait for host James Corden’s delightful shenanigans. As previously reported, the Late Late Show and Carpool Karaoke fave (and Tony winner, nacht) will emcee Broadway’s brightest night on June 12, and we are looking forward to riding shotgun. Though the late night king has been busy dancing in Justin Timberlake music videos, memorizing Hamilton and maneuvering into primetime, of course he also recently got spiffed up for his stint at the Beacon Theater. Take a peek at Corden looking suave in the shot above, and read through our five reasons why he will nail it on June 12 when the Tonys air on CBS! (Not that we’re counting down the seconds or anything.)
By Dialogo June 22, 2009 Bogotá, 18 June (EFE). – Today Colombian anti-narcotics police arrested thirteen alleged members of a money-laundering network led by Fabio Ochoa Vasco, a cocaine trafficker who surrendered to U.S. law-enforcement authorities in January. At least 200 million dollars were laundered by this organization, according to the Anti-Narcotics Office of the National Police, which conducted the roundup in coordination with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). The network controlled accounts in banking institutions located in the United States, Panama, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Ecuador, and several European countries, the anti-narcotics police indicated in a report issued in Bogotá. The report explained that these money launderers carried out their operations by means of legally-established businesses supposedly dedicated to construction, carpet sales, property management, accounting, and legal consulting, among other fields. The anti-narcotics police added that these firms are part in a group of fifty properties owned by the same network, which will be confiscated by the state, and assess the value of this property at around 30 million dollars. The operation was carried out in the departments of Antioquia (northwest), Cundinamarca (center), and Valle del Cauca (southwest), the capitals of which are Medellín, Bogotá, and Cali. The press release did not identify those arrested, but it indicated that they include “lawyers, statutory auditors, business executives, and accountants.” Ochoa Vasco, nicknamed “Carlos Mario” or “the man of the cartel,” turned himself in to the United States almost five months ago after three years of negotiating his surrender to U.S. law-enforcement authorities, who offered a five-million-dollar reward for information leading to his capture. The Colombian drug trafficker conducted the negotiations from Mexico, where he was living in hiding. The Colombian authorities said that Ochoa Vasco, who was allied to the Mexican Juárez cartel, was the subject of an extradition request by a court in Tampa, in the U.S. state of Florida. With a twenty-year history of drug trafficking, this criminal boss had his center of operations in Medellín and, according to the anti-narcotics police, shipped six to eight tons of cocaine a month to the United States.
Reminder: Bar fees now due July 1, 2001 Regular News Reminder: Bar fees now due Florida Bar members should now have received their annual membership fee statement, containing the first fee increase since the 1990-91 fiscal year. The annual fees $265 for active members and $175 for inactive members are payable July 1 and become late after August 15. Members will receive one of two statements, depending on whether they are active or inactive members. Bar finance director Allen Martin said the statements have changed little from last year. This year, members will also have the option to complete their annual fee statement and pay their fees online via the Bar’s website at www.FLABAR.org. Members have an option to make a voluntary contribution to The Florida Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Challenge for Children campaign and the Supreme Court Historical Society. They can use the fee statement to join one of the Bar’s many sections or the Out-of-State Practitioners Division. “Members should be aware that the fee statements are two-sided and must be completed both front and back and be mailed along with their payment to cover their fees and sections joined,” Martin said. Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, fees postmarked after August 15 will be assessed a $50 late fee (up from $25 a year ago). Members who do not pay by September 30 will be deemed delinquent. The delinquency may be cleared by petitioning the Bar, paying the fees, the late fee, and a $150 reinstatement fee. Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, members delinquent for five years will lose their Bar membership on October 1. To be reinstated, those members must meet all the requirements of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Expanded Programs The Supreme Court approved the higher annual fees after hearing oral arguments, during which Bar officials reported on some of the changes and new programs that have occurred since the previous dues increase. Among those changes: • The Bar greatly expanded its unlicensed practice of law operations, including adding a UPL counsel to each of the Bar’s branch offices. • The Bar’s Center for Professionalism was created, along with the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, to offer courses and materials and conduct other activities to promote the highest standard of conduct by lawyers. • The Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Division, while continuing to be a national leader in grievance issues, implemented new programs, including grievance mediation and the recent Attorney-Client Assistance Program, designed to resolve minor disputes before they become full-fledged discipline cases. • The Bar has worked in several ways to keep up with technological changes and help Bar members adapt. Perhaps the most visible is the Bar’s website, FLABAR online (www.FLABAR.org), which opened in 1996. Aside from public and member information about the Bar, it now allows members to go online and change their membership information and, for the first time with the 2001-02 budget year, to pay annual membership fees electronically. Members can also sign up for CLE courses via the Bar’s website, and some courses can even be taken online. Reflecting the electronic revolution, the Bar Journal directory issue now allows members to list e-mail addresses and cell phone numbers, as well as regular telephone numbers. The past decade has also seen an explosive growth in Bar membership. In June 1990, the Bar had 45,825 active members and 976 inactive members, or a total of 46,801. June 2001, membership had grown to 62,579 active members and 6,433 inactive members, or a total of 69,012. That’s a 47.5-percent increase.
by: Anca VoineaPotential disruptors in the financial sector are a cause of concern even for big players like GP Morgan, whose chair warned that Silicon Valley start-ups would bring new challenges to traditional financial players. In a special breakout session at the World Credit Union Conference in Denver, Karim Habib, director of lending, CUNA Mutual Group, and Patrick McElhenie, director, product management – LDP at CUNA Mutual Group, explained how credit unions could respond to new market entrants.“It’s important to talk about disruptive innovation,” said Mr McElhenie. “Things are moving fast. The more you understand, the better you’ll be able to take decisions.”There are two types of disruptive innovation, he explained. The first one enables new entrants to target consumers at the bottom of the market and climb their way up. This happened in the automotive industry in the 1920s, when the Duisenberg, an expensive car at the time, faced competition from Ford, which offered an affordable alternative, disrupting the whole manufacturing market. In the 1970s, Ford was itself disrupted by the very inexpensive Honda Civic, came in at the bottom of market and worked its way up. Later, the Honda Accord was in turn disrupted by the Kia Optima.“That’s one way of disruption. Now we also have big bang disruption, which is an innovation that from moment it enters the market it is better and cheaper than the products and services it competes with. It uses new technology in the internet, cloud-based computers and computing devices, competing immediately rather than starting at bottom and working their way up,” explained Mr McElhenie. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » The other day, I was reading through the website of one of Zogo’s partners when a particular quote caught my eye. It read something like this:“As Edward A. Filene, father of the credit union movement, once said, “A credit union is an educational institution.” Well put, I thought — but I had no idea who this “father of the credit union movement” was.One Google search later, I was deeply entrenched in the life story of Edward Filene, the twentieth century businessman and philanthropist who helped launch credit unions across America.The fact that thousands of financial institutions across the country can trace their existence back to one man’s influence is pretty interesting already. But when I found out this guy was advocating for equal wages and progressive banking before the Model T hit the highway? I knew this was a blog post in the making. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
According to a new announcement from ADAC, the largest German and European car club, Istria has been declared the most popular holiday region for German motorists in this time of crisis caused by the pandemic, who have been showing their commitment to it for 10 years! The recently announced results of the ADAC on route planning of their members bring great news – Istria is again at the top of the wish list of German guests, camping lovers! During the corona crisis, most Germans put vacations on hold, so the number of route planning in the observed period is lower. Greater interest than last year was shown for the German regions, and the Italians were absent from the rankings this year. Among tourist destinations, Croatia positioned itself for the first time in second place, behind Germany, with a significant gap in relation to Italy, which came in second from fourth place, and Austria, which is now in fifth place. Among the regions, interest in the Istrian peninsula was expressed through 11 percent of all inquiries, followed by Germany’s Upper Bavaria with 6,4 percent. That Istria is the most popular holiday destination for German campers was first announced by the ADAC in the 2010 results. From then until last year, for a whole decade, Istria remained the most popular region on the annual list of planned trips of ADAC members. The survey included 85.000 inquiries, realized during the two pre-season months: Germany accounted for 37 percent of inquiries received for travel planning (last year 30 percent), while Croatia recorded 14 percent of inquiries (last year 9 percent, in third place). The highest category ADAC Superplatz for 2020. Aminess Sirena and Aminess Maravea Camping Resort in Novigrad, Val Saline and FKK-Camping Valalta in Rovinj, Lanterna Premium Camping Resort near Tara and Istra Premium Camping Resort in Funtana, which also won a special award for innovation and development – ADAC Innovation & Progress Award 2020. In the article entitled “Vacation by car: the most popular destinations despite the crown”On July 6, 2020, the ADAC announced the results of the most sought-after travel routes of its members in the period before the main season. According to inquiries from members of the largest German car club realized during May and June, two crisis pandemic months, Istria has taken a firm position at the top of the list of most popular destinations-regions to which German guests want to travel. ADAC is the largest German and European car club with more than 18 million members whose camping guide is the most important source of information.German guests. In the edition of the popular “camping bible” for 2020, Croatian camps recorded the highest growth in quality in Europe, among which Istrians have the highest average rating of 4,1 (the highest is 5). Since the beginning of July, Croatia has been visited by 107.000 Germans who spent 807.000 nights, which is 90 percent of the results of overnight stays in the same period last year. ADAC: Holidays with the car: The most popular herbs – Trotz Corona
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOn Feb. 14, there was another school shooting in 2018, and I’m sick of us choosing inaction as a solution. I sent my two kids to the bus today with “I love you” and hope after we spent yesterday — again — talking about their contemporaries dying in a school.But hope is not a plan. I can’t spend today with my children thinking that I chose to do nothing to better their safety.My children are now statistically more likely to die at the hands of a shooter than they are likely to be abducted and killed by a serial predator. We’re selling our kids’ lives for gun manufacturers’ profit margin, and it’s time it stops.I know the pressure gun control brings elected officials. But I’m asking Sens. Gillibrand and Schumer: Can we remove legislative barriers to civil action against gun manufacturers? Can we make it illegal for gun manufacturers to lobby? Are there any other solutions that hit the the gun lobby finances?Please help. Some day it will be my kids, or yours. We owe them a solution for their safety. It’s #TimeToTalk.Paul SonnleitnerHopewell JunctionMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Image source: Jan De NulJan De Nul Group has signed a contract with Keppel Singmarine for the construction of a 6.000m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), bringing the current newbuilding order at the shipyard to four hoppers. An option for a fifth hopper dredger has been provided in the contract, Jan De Nul said.The vessel is in diesel-electric execution, allowing optimal use of the generated power and lowering fuel oil consumption and emissions. In addition, an exhaust gas treatment system is installed, and pollutant emissions will comply with the future EU Stage V regulations for inland waterway vessels.The system is similar to the one installed on the three 3.500m³ TSHDs ordered in July of last year and currently being constructed by Keppel Singmarine.“We are glad to be leading the way in meeting the most stringent global emission limits with the world’s first EU Stage V dredgers, which will be highly fuel-efficient, versatile and productive,” said Robby De Backer, New Building Director at Jan De Nul Group. “Their use will enable execution of dredging projects with the lowest level of pollutant emissions, even better than that of LNG powered vessels using dual-fuel engines.”Main characteristicsHopper capacity – 6.000m³;Deadweight – 9.880 ton;Length o.a. – 111.7m;Breadth – 24.6m;Maximum dredging depth – 35.0m;Diameter suction pipe – 1.000mm;Speed -12.5kn;Pump power (trailing) – 1.500kW;Pump power (discharging) – 4.000kW;Total installed diesel power – 7.700kW.