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Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn Bounce Back With Banjo Brilliance At UCLA’s Royce Hall [Photos]

first_imgIt’s not every day that you hear Béla Fleck’s breakneck banjo accompanied by vocals—unless, of course, you live with Béla Fleck. Where the Flecktones have made their bones over the years with purely instrumental bluegrass, Béla himself has built a family with Abigail Washburn, an accomplished singer and banjo player from Minnesota.The Grammy-winning couple returned a nearly-eight month hiatus—following the birth of their daughter Phoebe—with a charming performance at UCLA’s Royce Hall in early December. Through nearly two hours in Westwood, Abigail regaled a rapt crowd with tales sung and told alike as she and Bela strummed away on their respective banjos. The duo plucked from a catalogue both personal and borrowed. They opened the show with a customized rendition of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”, sprinkled in the traditional folk song “Bright Morning Star”, offered a more contemplative take on “Across the Blue Ridge Mountains”, nodded to their self-titled debut album, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, with “Little Birdie”; and delighted the crowd with a half-acoustic encore of long-standing spirituals “I’ve Got the Keys to the Kingdom” and “Divine Bell”.The talented duo also took turns showing off their skills on their own, be it Béla stinging his strings to no vocals or Abigail taking her soft yet captivating voice out for a walk a cappella. Abigail even flexed multilingual knowledge with “Song of the Traveling Daughter”—a play on a traditional Chinese poem called “Song of the Traveling Son”—in which she sang in Chinese and narrated in English.By and large, though, Béla and Abigail picked up where they’d left off with a heavy dose of tracks from their latest album, 2017’s Echo in the Valley. Abigail sang sweetly to their children in “If I Could Talk to a Younger Me”, acknowledged the plight of Syrian refugees in “Over the Divide”, put a pep in their steps with “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”, struck a more somber note in “Bloomin’ Rose” and clog danced to “Take Me to Harlan.”All the while, Abigail sprinkled in stories of her cultural trips at home and abroad, the origins of her and Béla’s relationship, and plenty of dry Midwestern jokes. Béla, of course, barely spoke at all.Then again, with skills like his, you don’t need to say much. But if you’ve got pipes (and digits) like Abigail’s in the offing, you’ve got a grand opportunity to elevate melodies with the power that beautifully sung words afford.Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn | Royce Hall | Los Angeles, CA | 12/6/18 | Photos by Brandon Weil Load remaining images Photo: Brandon Weillast_img read more

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Andrew Rannells Talks Monopolizing Obama at Hamilton

first_img Falsettos Stage and screen favorite Andrew Rannells stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on March 31 and as you can see from the below videos, was as adorable as ever. In his delightful way, the Tony nominee revealed that during his brief reign in Hamilton, President Obama came to visit and he accidentally monopolized him. Rannells is still tortured by the belief the cast was thinking: “why does the temp get more time to talk to the President?” Along with explaining why “sex blocking” is now on his resume, he also couldn’t hide his excitement about returning to Broadway in Falsettos; previews begin at the Walter Kerr Theatre on September 29. Andrew Rannells Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017center_img Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

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US Sent More than $656 Million in Humanitarian Aid for Venezuelans

first_imgBy Voice of America February 28, 2020 Since 2017, the U.S. government has provided more than $656 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans, according to a February 4 report from the U.S. Department of State.The figure shows a significant increase in U.S. resources destined for this purpose in the last few years.The document stated that “nearly $473 million [of the total amount] is humanitarian assistance for the nearly 4.8 million Venezuelans who have been forced to flee their country and for those facing acute humanitarian needs inside Venezuela.”The government of U.S. President Donald Trump has played a critical role in shedding light on the situation and taking measures to pressure the disputed Nicolás Maduro regime. It has also provided support for Interim President Juan Guaidó, whom Trump received at the White House on February 5.The U.S. support included the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, which provided “more than $208 million of that total to provide Venezuelans with food and shelter, register for services, and integrate them into host countries.”The U.S. government said that its cooperation is also aimed at funding the work of international and nongovernmental organizations, as well as collaborating with countries that receive Venezuelan migrants, such as Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and several Caribbean island nations.“We provide this assistance to promote regional stability and help Venezuelans meet their needs close to home so when changes come to Venezuela, Venezuelans can return safely and voluntarily,” the Department of State said in the press release.U.S. authorities added that the assistance is based on four aspects, including the provision of shelter, food, and basic supplies; legal status and asylum; integration; and employment.The Department of State’s report also acknowledges the work conducted with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Pan American Development Foundation, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.“With our support, IOM provided temporary shelter to more than 53,000 Venezuelans in the region between April 2018 and September 2019,” the document said. In addition, it stated that IOM “supported 2,657 Venezuelans with income generation activities in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, and Mexico. In Chile, 1,494 Venezuelans participated in a labor fair for the socio-economic integration of refugees and migrants.”last_img read more

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Suspect Wanted for Kidnapping, Burning Port Washington Woman

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens couple was arrested for allegedly kidnapping their 54-year-old maid after the husband and a third suspect tortured her and then ransacked her Port Washington home, New York City authorities said.Devanand Lachman and his wife, Ambar, were charged in Queens court with kidnapping, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Ambar Lachman was also charged in Nassau County court with robbery and menacing. NYPD officers are additionally searching for a third suspect they believe to be involved—the man pictured in the sketch authorities released.The husband and the second unidentified man “placed a hand torch on the complainant’s right leg, causing a circular burn,” investigators said in court documents obtained by the Press.That was after the two men—who police said were also armed with knives and a pistol—allegedly punched the victim repeatedly at the couple’s Bayside home, where they accused the victim of stealing money and a gold chain at about 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, according to the documents.Ambar Lachman then drove both men and the maid—who they allegedly held at knifepoint in the vehicle—to the victim’s home to search for the items, authorities said in the documents. The wife waited outside with the victim while the men searched the home, the victim told investigators. After the search, the men came up empty handed, police said.“Devanand Lachman told the complainant that he would return to her home tomorrow and if she did not have the money, he would kill her,” police said in the documents.The victim was treated at a hospital for burns to her face and legs as well as bruising to her body. The couple was later arrested.“After joint consultation with Queens DA, it was decided that Queens had primary jurisdiction due to the fact that the most serious crimes occurred there,” Paul Leonard, spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, said in a statement. “The two incidents are so intertwined that it made the most sense for one office to prosecute both cases.”Devanand Lachman was ordered held without bail. A Queens judge set bail for Ambar Lachman at $50,000 and a Nassau judge set bail for her in the robbery case at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. They are due back in Queens court on Monday and Ambar Lachman is due back in Nassau court on April 23. Their attorneys were not immediately available for comment.Police described the third suspect as a 6-foot-tall, dark-skinned man, who is 30 to 35 years old with a medium build. Police released a sketch of the suspect in the hopes that someone will recognize him and report him to investigators.Detectives ask anyone with information about the suspect or in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.last_img read more

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Peloton says recent spike in Covid-19 cases, lockdowns boosting sales

first_img– Advertisement – In Europe, the number of Covid cases is rising more rapidly on a per capita basis, and lockdown measures have been imposed in France, Germany and England.Peloton on Thursday said its first-quarter sales more than tripled, exceeding the company’s expectations, and it raised its revenue outlook for fiscal 2021. More consumers have been turning to its at-home workout products and live-streamed classes, as they ditch their gym memberships amidst the pandemic.Peloton now expects this holiday quarter to be its first billion-dollar quarter for sales, while analysts had been calling for $939 million, based on a Refinitiv survey.- Advertisement – Cari Gundee rides her Peloton exercise bike at her home on April 06, 2020 in San Anselmo, California. More people are turning to Peloton due to shelter-in-place orders because of the coronavirus (COVID-19).Ezra Shaw | Getty Images – Advertisement –center_img But the spike in demand, especially for its more expensive and newly released Bike+, means Peloton is hitting snags in its production facilities, and deliveries are being delayed. The company said Thursday it expects to be operating under supply constraints “for the foreseeable future.”Peloton shares fell around 6% in after-hours trading, having skyrocketed more than 343% this year. The stock closed had Thursday up nearly 7%. Peloton is seeing demand for its high-end exercise bikes and treadmills spike again, as Covid-19 cases are rising at a record clip in America, and consumers are hunkering down at home ahead of the winter months during the pandemic.“The recent spikes in Covid cases and newly imposed lockdowns in some of our markets have had a significant positive impact on sales,” Peloton CFO Jill Woodworth told analysts Thursday.The number of new daily coronavirus cases recorded in the U.S. surpassed 100,000 for the first time this week, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. In the U.S., some cities have imposed curfews or banned indoor dining. But there is a fear that if cases continue to rise at a brisk pace that further restrictions will be imposed.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Where did Croatian pride go?

first_imgWHAT IS PRIDE?Pride is an emotion or a feeling of great satisfaction with oneself, and respect for oneself as a whole. Pride stems from the (subjective) realization that something has been done or participated in something special or commendable. Pride is one of the basic innate emotions. “FALSE PRIDEFalse pride drives us to focus on real or imaginary injuries, insults, suffering that lead to all kinds of negative feelings. These are anger, frustration, resentment, even revenge.CULTIVATION OF FALSE PRIDEWe often witness manifestations of false pride and open hatred towards another nation, another religion, another skin color, but also the license plates of another city from the same country. False pride in fan groups generates all of the aforementioned negative feelings. These feelings are occasionally manifested by uncontrolled brutalities with fatal consequences.PATRIOTISM OR PATRIOTISMThis term represents love for the homeland. In countries with a long tradition of statehood, this feeling is placed before all ideals and before all political values. Patriotism or love for the homeland implies a positive feeling towards every inch of the environment, towards every person, monument, building, everything living and non-living that makes up the homeland, homeland, country, homeland. A true patriot does not pollute the environment, does not throw garbage on the street, does not destroy facades, benches, public lighting… A true patriot, a patriot does not manifest false but real pride. A true patriot loves his country.LIFE AS IN THE ADVERTISING VIDEOIn their promotional short films, some beverage and food producers try to show the pride and patriotism of the Croatian people towards their country through their attachment to their product. This is especially pronounced during the performance of Croatian national teams at the Olympic Games, European or World Championships. Something similar is being encouraged through the campaign of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce “Let’s buy Croatian”. It would be nice if such a message would take root in everyday life.CROATIAN PRIDE AND TOURISMYou probably already sense some connection between pride, patriotism and tourism. Today’s tourism is growing strongly on the basis of discovering another and different world. Modern travelers strive for experiences based on a different culture of life than the one that surrounds them in everyday life. Ultra liberal capitalism, on the other hand, seeks to unify the business model throughout the world. The basic lever of achieving “globalization” is the suppression of pride, the cultivation of anti-patriotic feelings, the proclamation of tradition as a harmful and backward phenomenon that regresses society. In the background of the effort are the banal goals of devaluing work, autochthonous gastronomy, autochthonous agriculture, architecture… of all authenticity. When everything becomes universal and easily interchangeable then maximum profits are achieved. Devaluation stands on the opposite side of pride. A dose of false pride is offered here and there for consolation. In such an atmosphere, tourism loses sustainability. It turns into a primitive exploitation of all resources: human, environmental, energy, spatial…PROUD NATIONSIt is interesting to note that in some highly developed countries, pride and patriotism are at a high level of citizen awareness. There is genuine pride in Switzerland, France, Austria, Canada, Japan… and many other countries. You can see that. In other less developed and developing countries, false pride is more felt. And it shows. It is read from the facades, in the print media, listened to from small screens…The “French roosters” may even be at the forefront of that one proud attitude that was repulsive at first but with a departure, justified and acknowledged.HISTORY OF PARIS AND FRANCEThe history of Paris and France is extremely interesting. Paris originated on the islet of Ile de la Cite in Siena with the arrival of the Celtic, Gaelic tribe Parisi. With the conquest of all of France by the Romans, the Celts – Gauls took over the Romance language. This language combined with Celtic evolved into French. France, on the other hand, was named after the Franks-Germans (today’s Germans), who gradually occupied the territory of Gaul from the 4th century. no The French accepted the Gallic-Roman heritage and the Romance language. At the end of the Roman Empire in France, Catholicism, which is deeply rooted in French culture, is consolidated. To put it simply: the French are between the Germans and the Italians in terms of lifestyle, habits, achievements, economy.THE DIFFICULT ROAD TO PRIDEThe French Revolution of 1789 changed forever the structure of states in the Western Hemisphere and around the world. Two more revolutions after that and the establishment of the 5th French Republic only in the 200s, made France a modern state. The process, which lasted XNUMX years, was dramatic, marked by mass suffering in numerous wars, conquests and losses of colonies.THE REBELLION FRENCHThe French are energetic and rebellious today. Especially farmers fighting for their rights. France is a strong agricultural country recognizable by its gastronomy based on domestic agricultural products. As far as tourism is concerned, excellent agricultural products, especially wines and cheeses, related gastronomy and cultural attractions, are the main reason for the large number of tourist arrivals from all over the world. France is firmly nationally aware, proud of its tradition and yet extremely multicultural. One gets the impression that every second resident of Paris is a naturalized foreigner from Africa, the Far East and other countries. They are all French. An Indian who served us with French colleagues in our favorite inn, an African who served us breakfast, bus drivers, soldiers, policemen… They all have French manners and do their job with pleasure. Precisely because of this, France has been hit hard by the mindless terrorist attacks of extremist groups that want to quarrel and wage war on Frenchmen of different skin colors. This can hardly be achieved precisely because of the centuries-old inclusion of immigrants in the French way of life.CROATIAN PRIDECroatia has also passed its way of the cross. But we don’t seem to have left all the stations behind yet. We’re struggling. We live in false pride. We feed our stumbled ego with it. We are not sure about our country. We appreciate it as much as it achieves the price per square meter.We are subject to the influences of sweet-spoken false prophets. We accept others more easily than we value our own. The revolt against injustice has disappeared, there are no tractors on the streets of the capital. We make laws that do not reflect our needs, we choose politicians according to their “advertising facades” and not according to human characteristics.Without real pride and true patriotism, Croatian tourism can eventually become only tourism, without Croatian. If everything becomes interchangeable, we will no longer be needed. We will become foreigners in our own country that will no longer be ours. Because we’re going to sell it.It all depends on us. About you, about me, about our pride. Do we still have that feeling in us?Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com read more

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China launches independent, unmanned Mars mission

first_imgIf successful, the Tianwen-1, or “Questions to Heaven”, which is the name of a poem written two millennia ago, will make China the first country to orbit, land and deploy a rover in its inaugural mission.There will be challenges ahead as the craft nears Mars, Liu Tongjie, spokesman for the mission, told reporters ahead of the launch.”When arriving in the vicinity of Mars, it is very critical to decelerate,” he said.”If the deceleration process is not right, or if flight precision is not sufficient, the probe would not be captured by Mars,” he said, referring to gravity on Mars taking the craft down to the surface. Topics : Liu said the probe would orbit Mars for about two and a half months and look for an opportunity to enter its atmosphere and make a soft landing.”Entering, deceleration and landing (EDL) is a very difficult (process). We believe China’s EDL process can still be successful, and the spacecraft can land safely,” Liu said.Eight spacecraft – American, European and Indian – are either orbiting Mars or on its surface with other missions underway or planned.The United Arab Emirates launched a mission to Mars on Monday, an orbiter that will study the planet’s atmosphere.The United States has plans to send a probe in coming months that will deploy a rover called Perseverance, the biggest, heaviest, most advanced vehicle sent to the Red Planet by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).China’s probe will carry several scientific instruments to observe the planet’s atmosphere and surface, searching for signs of water and ice.China previously made a Mars bid in 2011 with Russia, but the Russian spacecraft carrying the probe failed to exit the Earth’s orbit and disintegrated over the Pacific Ocean.A fourth planned launch for Mars, the EU-Russian ExoMars, was postponed for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic and technical issues. center_img China successfully launched an unmanned probe to Mars on Thursday in its first independent mission to another planet, a bid for global leadership in space and a display of its technological prowess and ambition.China’s largest carrier rocket, the Long March 5 Y-4, blasted off with the probe at 12:41 p.m. (0441 GMT) from Wenchang Space Launch Centre on the southern island of Hainan.The probe is expected to reach Mars in February where it will attempt to deploy a rover to explore the planet for 90 days.last_img read more

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‘Character-filled’ property offers eco-friendly lifestyle

first_imgThe shaded deck is one of two areas to enjoy the outdoors. 2 Kaira Lane, Currumbin ValleyLIVING almost off the grid has never looked so good.Resident kangaroos graze quietly on lush grass, just metres from the wide curved deck or shaded alfresco dining area, that also overlook a private ‘garden of eden’, fruit trees and sweeping lawns. Inside the character-filled home.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Raised garden beds abound.“We had no say in the design but with all the sliding doors the outside comes inside and the whole house encompasses nature,” Ms Buckland said.“Even our bedroom goes out to a back terrace, it feels like you could be living outside and I like that.”The residence features cathedral ceilings and large windows, while a raised walkway links the main building to the separate pavilion, suitable for a home office or guest accommodation.The property has solar power, self-sufficient water and a seven-star energy efficiency rating.“We’ve actually put in provisions for ceiling fans and gas heaters, all you have to do is plug the items in but we’ve never had to purchase these because the house works the way it was designed,” Ms Buckland said. The residence features a main house and an adjoining pavilion. The property sits on a picturesque 621sq m block.It’s easy to see how vendors Rick Douglas and Fay Buckland fell in love with the block in the award-winning Currumbin ecovillage, in 2007 during a “Sunday drive”.“It was the last block left in the ecovillage on that particular creek,” Ms Buckland said.The couple snapped up the land and the house blueprint quickly. There’s even resident kangaroos.“The architectural team said that when it was winter the sun would come right into our kitchen to warm it up and then around summer it would just hit the edge of the deck.”“We had the place audited and it uses 25 per cent of the energy that other homes on the Gold Coast use.”The couple, who are downsizing, also installed raised gardens and tended to now-mature fruit trees.“The house has really been designed to make a difference and we’ve honoured that,” Ms Buckland said.“We’ve got it right up to the point where the hard work has been done.”last_img read more

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SeaBird Gets LoI for New OBN Project in Eastern Hemisphere

first_imgSeaBird Exploration has received a letter of intent for the exclusive provision of source vessel services for an ocean bottom node (OBN) survey.The survey will take place in the Eastern Hemisphere, the company noted.The survey is expected to start in Q1 2020.It will have an approximate duration of 60 – 90 days.SeaBird did not disclose the name of the client nor the value of the contract.last_img

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Malay LGU assures aid for stranded Boracay workers

first_imgThe LGU of Panitan, Capiz has alreadysent food packs to its stranded locals there, while the Provincial DisasterRisk and Reduction Office in Iloilo province is coordinating with Malay LGU toassist the Ilonggos. The workers are allowed to leave theisland, but they might find it hard to cross the province’s borders because oftravel restrictions, according to the Bautista. Malay’s LGU received information thatthe families of the workers are being taken care of by their respective LGUs. For her part, DSWD Region 6 director Ma.Evelyn Macapobre recently said they will coordinate with Malay’s LGU for thefood of the stranded workers. “They depend on the salaries of ourstranded workers, but we were assured that their families also receive aid fromthe government while they are stranded here,” he said. ILOILO City – The local government unit(LGU) of Malay, Aklan is assuring aid for the 344 workers stranded in thetown’s world-famous Boracay Island due to the province’s enhanced communityquarantine (ECQ). Stranded Capizeños in the world-famous Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan receive food packs from their provincial government on April 19. According to the Public Employment Service Office in Malay, there are 344 workers in Boracay who are still stranded due to the enhanced community quarantine imposed to fight the spread of coronavirus disease 2019. MALAY PS MASALIGANcenter_img He said: “It is because they cannotavail of the Social Amelioration Program of the Department of Social Welfareand Development (DSWD). We also have to check if they already availed theDepartment of Labor and Employment’s amelioration program. But for themeantime, we will distribute rice assistance to them within this week.”Bautista added that some of the workers wish to go home in their respectiveprovinces. Malay mayor Frolibar Bautista said theLGU will distribute rice packs to the stranded workers this week. “Some of them are from Iloilo and others are from Capiz. There are also somewho are from Romblon,” Bautista added. Bautista is also mulling to use Malay’savailable Aid for Individuals in Crisis Situation budget to help the strandedworkers. According to the Public EmploymentService Office in Malay, the stranded workers are mostly construction laborersand employees of tourism establishments. “We can help them through our foodpacks. The DSWD will work together with the LGU of Malay because they are thefirst to help them. If the LGU cannot assist them with food, DSWD can augmentthrough our food packs,” she said.The province of Aklan will remain under ECQ until April 30, as per executive ordersigned by Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores last April 9.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more