first_imgThe second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to the heart of Williamsburg for one day of unique supergroups, jam sessions, and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations featuring members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Soulive, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Primus, RatDog, Dopapod, and so many more. Taking place on October 22, 2016, the event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. [Get tickets here]This year’s artist lineup includes Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company), Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood), Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident), Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon), Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Alan Evans (Soulive), Neal Evans (Soulive/Lettuce), Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), Roosevelt Collier, Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Skerik, Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), Holly Bowling, and many more, as well as special showcase sets from RIPE and Organ Freeman. (See Full Lineup Below) Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, this unique event puts the focus on the artists, bringing over 50 musicians together and allowing them to create their own groups and concepts. Supergroup formations and special sets will be announced in the coming weeks.Purchasing a ticket to Brooklyn Comes Alive grants you access to all three venues: Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and The Hall at MP. Wristband-holders may come and go amongst the venues throughout the event. (Note: Some venues may reach capacity, so make sure you arrive at your most desired sets early to ensure a spot, although you will always be guaranteed a spot at one of the venues). Music starts at noon with a special brunch at The Hall at MP by Michelin Star chef Michael Psilakis. After brunch, Brooklyn Bowl and Music Hall of Williamsburg will open up in the early evening, and all three venues will remain open all night long.For the ultimate immersive VIP experience, Brooklyn Comes Alive will offer a “Super VIP” package this year, allowing for an up-close-and-personal experience with your favorite artists. This grants access to an exclusive “Artist Lounge” at Brooklyn Bowl, where you can hang and interact with the artists all night while watching the show practically from the stage, as well as access to private VIP viewing areas at The Hall at MP and Music Hall of Williamsburg.Those coming in from out of town are encouraged to book a hotel room through Curadora, a service that curates experiences catered to concert-goers. Brooklyn Comes Alive recommends the Hotel Indigo in Downtown Brooklyn, a modern boutique hotel at a great rate.The festival also promises unique interactive excursions around Williamsburg with select artists. Details TBA.Both The Hall at MP and Music Hall of Williamsburg are 18+ venues, while the Brooklyn Bowl is strictly 21+. If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, you are welcome to purchase a ticket, however you will not be allowed access to the Brooklyn Bowl.Brooklyn Comes Alive Artist Lineup (supergroup formations TBA):Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Alan Evans (Soulive)Neal Evans (Soulive)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Roosevelt CollierMichael League (Snarky Puppy)SkerikTodd Stoops (RAQ)Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)Manic FocusWill Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog)Rob Compa (Dopapod)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Holly BowlingBrasstracksFareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green)Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)Eric Slick (Dr. Dog)Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Rob Marscher (Matisyahu)Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)Benny Rietveld (Santana)Jake ShermanRaul PinedaFarnell NewtonDanny SadownickShowcase Sets:RIPEOrgan Freemanlast_img read more

first_imgCatskill Chill Music Festival made its triumphant return this year, stepping into a new venue at Lakewood, PA with an awesome, jam-friendly lineup. The festival saw bluegrass masters Greensky Bluegrass headline the final night of festivities, diving deep into material new and old for fans everywhere to enjoy. The energy of the set was only amplified at the end, when pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt “The Dr.” Collier joined the band on stage for two classic songs: “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” and “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox.”The rich gospel tones of Collier’s lap steel guitar contrasted beautifully with the natural sound that rings from every Greensky note, as evidenced in this full length recording from taper Keith Litzenberger. Take a listen to the music, below.You can also hear the band’s new album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, by following this link.Meanwhile, be sure to catch Roosevelt Collier with members of Snarky Puppy, Dopapod and Kung Fu at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on October 22, 2016. More info about the star-studded lineup can be found here.last_img read more

first_imgPart of what makes Jam Cruise so special is the impromptu music. When the Norweigan Pearl was prohibited from stopping in Grand Cayman, festival organizers put together alternative entertainment to occupy attendees during what would have previously been a time to explore. With so many talented artists on deck, any formation imagined would have done well – but “Grateful At Sea” was especially momentous.Guitarists Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO) and Steve Kimock (RatDog), drummer Jay Lane (Primus, Electric Beethoven), keyboardist Joey Porter (The Motet), vocalist Lesley Grant and bassist Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven) all came together to perform a tribute to the Grateful Dead. The set featured a rotation of special guests, all un-planned in the nature of Jam Cruise, including George Porter Jr., The Shook Twins, Vinnie Amico, Robert Walter, Karl Denson, and more.Thanks to Steve Bazley, you can listen to the full show’s audio below:Setlist: Grateful At Sea | Jam Cruise | 1/23/2017Cassidy, They Love Each Other, Brown Eyed Women, It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, Eyes Of The World, Sugaree, West L.A. Fadeaway, Stella Blue, Shakedown Streetlast_img read more

first_imgThe Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced it will fund 23 students through experiential learning projects this summer. The students, selected as Summer Fellows in Innovation, HKS Indonesia Student Research Grantees, and Vietnam Program Interns, will collectively receive $106,000 in support to defray research, travel, and living costs.“The Ash Center is committed to supporting students throughout their time at HKS and best equipping them with the tools to succeed in the world of practice upon graduation,” said Tony Saich, director of the center. “These summer immersive experiences are an important component of the HKS curriculum, and allow students to actively apply the theory, ideas, and scholarship they have learned in the classroom while gaining real-world career experience.”For a list of the grantees.last_img read more

first_imgWhen a family lives in times of turmoil, what do you tell the children? Do you shield a 9-year-old from Moammar Gadhafi’s Libya? Adolf Hitler’s Germany? How much do you tell them about slavery? Apartheid? The Holocaust?Fourth-grade teacher Madeleine Keller faces such questions daily in the classroom. In August, she was able to reflect on those issues more fully, thanks to an unusual online book club of webinars organized by five of Harvard’s international study centers.“I think of these webinars as professional development of the highest quality,” said Keller, who has been teaching for 23 years at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. “They help me further my understanding of cultures different from my own and make me think about current events, history, and geography from a much stronger background of knowledge.”The Global Literature Online Book Group for Educators kicked off in August with a discussion of “In the Country of Men,” by Hisham Matar. The novel tracks the life of a 9-year-old boy in Gadhafi’s Libya, highlighting life under the repressive regime through the boy’s involvement with the social and political world around him.The series will run through the academic year, with the next book, “Sweetness in the Belly,” about the daughter of Muslim converts living between Ethiopia and London, set for October.The series is being offered by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and the Committee on African Studies.Using webinar software from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, each center takes a turn presenting a book of its own choosing. The first session was offered by CMES itself. “Sweetness in the Belly” will come from the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program.The book group was organized by Anna Mudd, outreach coordinator for CMES and the Davis Center, and Elise Noel, student programs and outreach officer for the Committee on African Studies, along with Cris Martin, Krystina Friedlander, and Erin Goodman. Noel said she and representatives of the other regional centers got together last spring to talk about working together on outreach. Noel said she brought up the idea of a physical book club, which evolved into an online one.Having several regional centers involved, Noel said, will make the series more attractive to teachers because, although they may talk about international topics in class, they rarely focus on just one region. The discussions were moved online, in part, to make it more convenient for those who have other commitments — like small children at home after school — and to appeal to more teachers from outside the Boston area.“It just explodes the number of teachers we can reach, nationally and internationally,” Mudd said.The series offers professional development points for teachers who complete all five sessions. The last three are scheduled for December, May, and June, and will involve tales from the Dominican Republic, Russia, and Nigeria.In talking about a book club, Mudd said the CMES webinar software seemed a natural fit. The center has hosted similar events using the tool, which allows two-way communication through audio and video and also has a chat window for those working on computers that lack cameras or microphones.The sessions are designed to be discussions rather than lectures from “on high,” Mudd said. Teachers participating — some 80 have signed up for at least one session — read the books beforehand and then log on to hear a brief presentation by a scholar, followed by discussion.“They were such robust conversations” in the first session, Mudd said. “Sometimes I think the best thing we can do is just provide a space for teachers to talk to each other.”The conversations involved not only the book but also the ways to teach the material to students. That conversation, Mudd said, can be useful to professors presenting the book, as well as to classroom teachers.The book group is a useful link for people trying to foster understanding of regions outside the United States, Mudd said. For places like the Middle East — so often viewed solely through the lenses of politics and religion — the book group can provide a humanizing view of life there.For teachers such as Keller, the book group provides a guided tour through global literature. Keller said that without the group she wouldn’t have known about “In the Country of Men,” a book she enjoyed and recommended to a friend. Keller said the online presentation allows her to interact both with top scholars and with fellow teachers. In addition, she said, the exposure to the webinar technology is helpful in this technology-enabled age.“I would not have this opportunity without the webinars,” Keller said. “Hearing these accomplished people present their insights and hearing their questions and responses takes me to another level of scholarship and thought. They help me with my thinking or background knowledge and often stimulate me to explore more about a topic on my own.”last_img read more

first_imgI need coffee. It’s not a want, a treat, or an option. It is a need the same as water, food, and air. Death before decaf, the whole deal.I do not doubt that many of you reading this right now are nodding your heads in agreement. In the summer I like my iced coffees, and when the cold hits I like my drinks hot.Klean Kanteen recently sent me their 16oz vacuum insulated bottle to try out. The claim on the site is “Durable, double-walled construction and vacuum insulation assures that beverages stay hot up to 6 hours, while iced drinks stay frosty for more than 24.” Needless to say these are some hefty promises to live up to, so you bet I was going to test them.I started small by using the bottle on my commutes to work each day. I boiled my water, measured out the grinds precisely for my French press (like hell I would use a Keurig), and then poured the steaming delicious nectar into the mug. 15 minutes later I arrived at work and unsurprisingly the drink was still steaming hot, but what was nice is that it stayed quite hot for another hour with the top off.If you’re wondering about leaks etc, you can stop the worrying right now. Bumpy bike rides in the backpack or in the bottle cage (yes it fits quite nicely) yield no drips from the leakproof Stainless Loop Cap. I also tried the Café Cap and it is quite a nice option. It is splashproof and also makes the Klean Kanteen the ideal car mug.So after initial testing was done I decided to really put the Klean Kanteen through its paces. Each year we go on a Super Bowl Sunday ride in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Well I should say we start in Harrisonburg, then ride out to Reddish Knob, up to Flagpole Knob, then down and back into town. We are looking at 6-8 hours round trip depending on conditions and snow levels in the cold. Perfect environment to put the Kanteen through its paces.I woke up eager for the ride on Sunday morning and filled up my Klean Kanteen to the brim with piping hot coffee, already excited at the idea of drinking it on the top of Flagpole. I imagined my friends and I cold and wet, and then ah from my pack comes the giver of life, the item that will ignite life back into the group, the excitement was almost too much to bear.After a long ride out there on the road in 30 degree weather we climbed for about an hour and a half up to Flagpole. Arriving at the top we were greeted with a bit of wind and darn cold conditions. Fingers cold and shaky I reached into my pack and brought out the Klean Kanteen for the moment of truth. Sure enough 4 hours after I had filled it up, opening the top released a cloud of steam. Not only was my coffee hot, it was really hot!flagpole knobThe Superbowl Sunday Group at the top of Flagpole!As predicted I quickly turned into the most popular guy on the mountain. For $27.95 or $31.95 (2 cap combo) you can enjoy 16oz of hot or cold liquid anywhere. I say for this price it is well worth the money, and you won’t have to worry about any plastic toxins etc.Bottom Line: At the office, in the car, or on the trail the Klean Kanteen is a must for bringing along your hot or cold beverage of choice.last_img read more

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto / Diálogo November 06, 2019 The activity was conducted as part of the partnership Brazil and the United States established in early 2019, through the State Partnership Program.EOD, which stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal, is an acronym used worldwide to refer to the location, identification, and neutralization of unexploded ordnances, such as explosive artifacts, ammunitions, or weapons of mass destruction. The subject was at the center of an exchange between the New York National Guard (NYNG) and cadets from the Brazilian Army’s Agulhas Negras Military Academy (AMAN, in Portuguese), as part of the Mine Action and Deactivation of Explosive Devices Internship. The activity was conducted at the Brazilian Army’s (EB, in Portuguese) Engineering Center, in Araguari, Minas Gerais state, September 2-5, 2019.For the first time, a U.S. team joined EB’s Engineering Training Center as part of its group of instructors. The State Partnership Program established in March 2019, between the Brazilian Armed Forces and NYNG, made the participation of the U.S. team possible. The U.S. Department of Defense State Partnership Program, launched in 1993, links a state National Guard with a partner nation’s armed or public forces to build relationships and facilitate cooperation through military engagements and experience exchange.EOD in theory and practiceDuring the field exercise, foreign instructors evaluated students’ maneuvers. The instructors shared real-life experiences operating in conflict zones like Afghanistan. (Photo: Brazilian Army’s Agulhas Negras Military Academy)The internship started with theoretical classes. Some of the topics included treaties and international standards, pre-hospital care for victims of explosions, and security measures.The NYNG instructors talked about their experiences. They demonstrated specific knowledge on the EOD field, which differs from humanitarian de-mining in that the latter is carried out in a post-conflict context to make territories safer for daily life, such as to allow schools to reopen, refugees to return home, and lands to be reused for farming.“They mainly talked about the techniques, tactics, and procedures of combat engineer teams specialized in EOD, and explained the organization of EOD teams during international conflicts,” said Major João de Deus José Nunes Neto, lead instructor at EB’s Engineering Training Center.During the field exercise, students faced several simulated threats and operated based on lessons learned. “The idea was for a controlled exercise in which we had to advance through a route. During the troops’ movements, several mishaps were planned, such as booby traps and explosives,” said Cadet Matheus Borba Silva, one of the AMAN students who participated in the internship.When the students stopped to conduct reconnaissance or device deactivation, Brazilian and U.S. instructors observed and provided instant evaluation, pointing out mistakes and successes. “The stories service members of the New York National Guard shared were the most interesting for me, because they spoke from experience in real operations, such as Afghanistan,” Cadet Borba said.The group of senior engineering students in their final year at AMAN, was the second to earn an EOD operations specialization. The first group of students was formed in 2018, also at EB’s Engineering Training Center.last_img read more

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s no secret that the state of the American workforce’s health is an expensive burden to bear—expensive for the health care system as a whole and for businesses that now have health care reform obligations to meet. The fact is, unhealthy employees cost more—both because of their actual medical expenses and due to their lost productivity.Implementing and supporting a corporate wellness program is one way that many businesses are trying to build a culture of health and fitness for the greater good of their employees and their bottom line. And, their employees appreciate the investment. According to the 2013 Aflac Workforces Report, employees enrolled in wellness programs at the place of their employment are more satisfied with their jobs.If you’re on the fence about whether or not your financial institution truly needs a corporate wellness program, consider these 10 statistics:86 million adult Americans have prediabetes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)6% of U.S. adults are obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgDespite the growth in physical turnover and revenue this season, leading tourism companies are recording a decline in profitability with a significant reduction in profitability, according to a new quarterly publication of the Croatian Tourism Association, Tourist Impulse Q4. With the latest data from the e-Visitor system (as of December 2), Croatia achieved a growth rate of foreign tourist arrivals of 4,4 percent, with a growth rate of foreign overnight stays of 1,7 percent, which with all the challenges of this season can be considered very good the result. However, despite the growth of physical indicators, the weaknesses of Croatian tourism are further emphasized. A survey conducted among the leading tourism companies in Croatia on key business indicators for the first nine months of this year compared to the same period last year showed that companies achieved revenue growth of 5,3 percent, but with higher growth in operating expenses, so that gross operating profit lower than in the same period last year. The decrease in profitability was mostly due to the growth of labor costs. First of all, it is low capacity utilization, the lowest in the Mediterranean, which was further reduced in the first 11 months of this year as a result of the continuation of extremely high growth in the supply of accommodation facilities. The average occupancy of commercial accommodation in that period in Croatia dropped to 22,6 percent. At the same time, the occupancy rate of hotel accommodation was almost twice as high – 42,6 percent. Economic trends in 2020 favor destinations with a high value for money ratio “The decline in profitability in the operations of the largest tourism companies this season, which brought a record number of tourists, threatens to further reduce investment in tourism because serious investors can not justify investing in a country where profitability is half as low as the environment. Therefore, HUT welcomes the Government’s decision to reduce VAT in tourism as a firefighting measure for the sector, but at the same time we emphasize that this is only the first step in ensuring at least the same business conditions as the competition in the Mediterranean. Tourism is one of the few domestic sectors that has the potential for significant growth in investment, employment and wages, but we must unleash that potential by changing the business environment”, said Veljko Ostojic, director of HUT.  In such an uncertain economic and market environment, the quality of the offer is the only guarantee of success, which is why it is necessary to continue to improve the business framework in tourism. Attachment: HUT / Tourist impulse Q4center_img The review of key trends of this tourist season highlighted by the Tourist Impulse Q4 highlights the new large growth of tourist arrivals in Turkey, which with a growth rate of international tourist arrivals of 14,5 percent in the first ten months of 2019 took the lead in the Mediterranean. At the same time, Spain, with minus 0,2 percent, is the biggest market loser.  Uncertainty and the expectation of a recession in our main emitting markets become the most significant in the forecasts for next year. Research shows that the population of our emitting markets, in anticipation of a recession, is choosing destinations that provide a better value for money ratio, which means that competition in the Mediterranean circle next season will be even more pronounced. Such a situation is again mostly in the hands of eastern Mediterranean destinations, especially Greece and Turkey.  Tourist companies set aside an average of more than 10,5 percent for employees this year, and some companies almost 18 percent compared to the previous year. The rate of return, which shows the profit for the period in relation to the total engaged assets, decreased by over 10 percent, to an extremely low 7,9 percent. The profitability indicator is one of the decisive factors in making investment decisions, and in competing Mediterranean countries this indicator ranges from 10 to 12 percent. If we fail to do so, HUT warns that Croatian tourism is losing the race to the competition in the medium term, which would cause significant negative consequences for the entire domestic economy due to the fact that tourism generates about 20 percent of GDP. Read the full report in the attachment. Turkey is the leader in this season’s tourist growth in the Mediterraneanlast_img read more

first_imgPogba has struggled to make an impact for Manchester United this season (Getty Images)‘He doesn’t look, I’ve seen him the other night against Arsenal, he doesn’t look completely confident physically and he’s the type of player who has a huge physical power.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He needs to be perfectly fit physically.‘After that, when a player wants to leave and you stop him from leaving, you know you go through a process of rebuilding the relationship that the first thing that suffers is the performances.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I personally think he behaves as well like he knows that Man United at the moment is not the team to compete for the championship.‘And, plus the fact that he was stopped from going away, it looks like the two together a little bit tarnish his performances.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Arsene Wenger highlights two problems with Paul Pogba at Manchester United Advertisement Arsene Wenger explains why Paul Pogba is struggling at Manchester United (Getty/beIN Sports)Arsene Wenger believes Paul Pogba’s lack of fitness and his current mindset at Manchester United have hindered his performances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.The World Cup winner has failed to find his best form this term and missed United’s Premier League clash against Newcastle United due to an ankle injury.Wenger believes Pogba’s ankle problem has contributed to his sub-par displays but also feels United being so far behind Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race is having an impact on the midfielder’s mentality.‘First of all, I think Paul Pogba, since the start of the season, has never been completely fit injury wise,’ Wenger told beIN Sports.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 6 Oct 2019 4:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link93Shares Commentlast_img read more