first_imgBack in November, Dave Matthews got together with Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, a key player in Cuba’s Nueva Trova movement, for a private event in Washington, DC to benefit The Center for Democracy in the Americas. Today, a full taping of the intimate performance has emerged. The first third of the video captures a Dave Matthews solo set of three songs before welcoming Varela and his band (Aldo Lopez Gavilán, piano; Yissy García, drums; Julio Cesar González, bass) to join him for the rest of the set. The hour-long performance ran through favorites from Dave Matthew’s catalog including “Save Me,” “#41,” and an encore of “Ants Marching.” The group also performed a song of Varela’s “Muros y Puertas.”The proceeds from the event, which celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Center, went toward normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, two countries with a tenuous history at best. Matthews and Varela have played together a handful of times during 2016, both on American and Cuban soil, as part of the cultural exchange program established with the lifting of the Cuban embargo. Matthews serves on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and Varela has served as a cultural delegate to Cuba.Watch the performance and check out the setlist below, courtesy of Jason E. Stessel.Dave Matthews Solo Set03:30 Little Red Bird08:05 Don’t Drink the Water14:16 OhDave Matthews With Carlos Varela and Band19:00 Save Me24:14 #4131:01 Samurai Cop38:09 Muros y Puertas*Encore46:33 Ants Marching[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

first_imgEditor’s note: this article has been updated for timeliness.Look no further than the daily flood of government press releases for proof that many politicians favor a policy of mushroom management: keeping the public in the dark and feeding them BS.Sorting fact from spin can be a chore. Despite increased access to government data online over the years, some agencies are more transparent than others, information is tricky to secure and many people are unaware of their right to know. But, help has arrived.To cast light on these issues, journalists launched Sunshine Week more than a decade ago to combat increased government secrecy. As a primer, the Press has compiled a list of links to help demystify searching government data online and requesting records under New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). What the public does with all of this information is up to you, dear readers.“Government transparency isn’t just the concern of journalists,” said Lucy Dalglish and Steve Engelberg of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), which started Sunshine Week, an annual, national initiative that highlights the importance of open government. “It’s for everyone.”Sunshine Week coincides with National Freedom of Information Day, which falls on the March 16 birthday of James Madison, a founding father who wrote the First Amendment.Sunshine Week follows recent Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) confrontations with Nassau and Suffolk police over the reduced amount of info provided in local police blotters. A 2012 Press story also found that of the 13 towns on LI, Babylon and Islip were the most reluctant to comply with FOIL requests. And LI government agencies scoring a ‘C’ in an unprecedented report card grading local compliance with open records laws—the result of a joint 16-month project between the Press and PCLI.Before filing FOIL requests to access government documents, members of the public can search to see if the info they seek—government worker salaries, campaign donations and even many court cases—is already available online through a number of handy databases.Want to see if an ex, tenant, employee or neighbor have been arrested? Some court records can be found online, although results vary on jurisdiction and the most detailed information still requires in-person requests to court clerks’ offices—especially in small town and village courts.But, the state Unified Court System website allows users to search cases online in a section dubbed e-Courts. Users can log in as members of the public to WebCrims to track current criminal cases by defendant name and WebCivil Supreme to search lawsuits by name of plaintiff or defendant—WebCivil sometimes includes PDF of court documents, too—but criminal cases are scrubbed from the website after sentencing. The main page also includes an attorney directory that can be useful.Those looking for a federal criminal defendant or lawsuit can sign up for the far-more-informative pacer.gov, short for Public Access to Court Electronic Records, and click “find a case.” Unlike the state courts, however, pacer charges 10 cents per page, so users need to enter billing information.Suffolk residents can read basic, recent—repeat: basic, recent—arrest and incident info in its raw form by reading the Media Supplimental Reports. The Nassau police website does not include such specifics. The FBI website posts frequently requested “hot topic” documents online.Curious how many sex offenders live nearby? The state Division of Criminal Justice Services has a database that allows users to search by name, county and zipcode here. But, that database only includes Level 2 and 3 sex offenders, the designation given to those more likely to be recidivists. Parents for Megan’s Law has a database that includes Level 1 sex offenders, the least likely to offend again.Interested in how your elected officials are spending tax dollars? The New York State Attorney General’s office created a website billed as a clearing house for state government info at nyopengovernment.com. So does the state Comptroller’s office at openbooknewyork.com. But, sometimes it’s best to go straight to the source—like searching lobbyists via the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics website at jcope.ny.gov.Want to know who’s greasing the palms of local lawmakers? Tracking campaign donations can be done on the state elections board website, elections.ny.gov, clicking “campaign finance” in the left column, then clicking “view disclosure reports” and choose a search by names of candidates or donors.But, that database works only for those looking to follow the money to their town, county and state elected officials. To track donors to members of Congress, visit the Federal Election Commission website at fec.gov Curious how much the government worker next door makes? For information that is lacking in the state’s websites—namely, public salaries—nonprofit groups, such as the Albany-based Empire Center for Public Policy, compile the info into searchable online databases. Their website, SeeThroughNY allows users to search public employee salaries, pensions, contracts and other info for various levels of government.Skeptical of how a nonprofit is spending its money? GuideStar.org is an online database of IRS-recognized nonprofit groups’ tax filings, which sometimes include staff salaries—although the filings can be dated and incomplete, depending upon the group’s bookkeeping.Unable to attend your local government meetings? State Senate and Assembly meetings as well as Nassau (a big red link appears on meeting days) and Suffolk (Users without Real Player will have to download it) county legislatures all live webcast their legislative meetings. More than half of the 13 towns do the same or something similar, except for Babylon and Islip, which air their meetings on Cablevision channel 18 instead.Towns that webcast their meetings and archive the videos online include North Hempstead, Smithtown, Southold, Brookhaven, Southampton and Shelter Island. The towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay started webcasting their meetings in 2016, but Hempstead doesn’t archive the videos like Oyster Bay, although the town sometimes takes weeks to post the videos. East Hampton town board meetings are broadcast live on LTV and then the video is archived on the town clerk’s website. In Huntington, videos of board meeting are posted online within 48 hours and users can click on the agenda item their interested in to be brought to the part of the video they want to watch. Riverhead doesn’t live stream their meetings, but videos are posted online afterward.Looking to search deeds, mortgages and judgments? The Suffolk clerk’s office allows users to search for records on its website, although more detailed records require a visit to the office during business hours, which are often more like bankers’ hours. The Nassau clerk does not have an online search function, but the Nassau comptroller posts county contracts on its website.Should none of these resources have the information sought, tips on filing FOIL requests for government documents can be found on the state Committee on Open Government’s website, which includes sample letters to use as a template. To save time and money, file requests as an email and ask for responses electronically—the government can charge 25 cents per page for paper copies of requested files.Have fun storming the castle!Full disclosure: Timothy Bolger previously chaired the Freedom of Information Committee for the Press Club of Long Island. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

first_imgSide dish: Decision on project selection and award of grants under the 2019 Program for the Development of Public Tourism Infrastructure This Decision approves funds from the Tourism Development Fund for co-financing development projects in six categories: beaches, visitor centers / interpretation centers, public tourism infrastructure for active tourism, tourism development sustainability studies and reception capacity with action plan and quality management studies in tourism. The Ministry of Tourism has made a decision on the selection of projects and the allocation of grants under the Program for the Development of Public Tourism Infrastructure in 2019.center_img Photo: Pixabay.comlast_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

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2016)–Makena, a rapidly improving 4-year-old filly by Pioneerof the Nile, made short work of six rivals on Friday at Santa Anita, winning the track’s $58,000 allowance feature under Drayden Van Dyke by 3 ¼ handy lengths. Trained by Scott Hansen and based at San Luis Rey Downs, Makena negotiated a flat mile in 1:35.98.Quick out of the gate from her number three post position, Makena sat a comfortable second just outside of favored Our First Girl throughout, prior to taking command at the quarter pole and won eased up in her second consecutive win.The second choice in the wagering at 9-5, Makena paid $5.60, $3.00 and $2.40. Owned by Gary Broad, she picked up $34,800 for the win, increasing her earnings to $102,120. A maiden special weight winner going a mile here on March 3, Makena’s overall mark now stands at 6-2-2-2.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Savannah Sky was attentive to the pace and finished second, 2 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Girl Downstairs. Off at 7-2, Savannah Sky paid $3.60 and $3.00.Like the top two finishers, Girl Downstairs, who was ridden by Martin Garcia, was attentive to the pace and was easily third-best, finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Our First Girl. Off at 18-1, Girl Downstairs paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.17, 47.01, 1:11.45 and 1:23.34.First post time for a 12-race program on Saturday, Santa Anita Derby Day, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open early on Derby Day at 10 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgRichard Baltas621112918%52%$598,163 Doug O’Neill698151112%49%$650,258 Mark Glatt3165419%48%$225,650 Jerry Hollendorfer591081117%49%$891,304 Gary Sherlock2353222%43%$135,110 Stewart Elliott70871311%40%$347,490 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 2) UNIQUE BELLA MEETS CHAMP IN GRADE II LAS VIRGENESThere are those who have mentioned Unique Bella in the same breath with herstablemate,  two-time Eclipse Award champion filly Songbird, although Jerry Hollendorfer likely would say that’s putting the cart before the horse, although he allows that Unique Bella is “a special filly.”The daughter of Tapit tries two turns for the first time in Sunday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, and is the 3-5 morning line favorite to succeed.Unique Bella won the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs by 7 ½ lengths while geared down in her three-year-old debut, beating stablemate It Tiz Well. Competition is likely to be stiffer Sunday in the form of Eclipse Award champion two-year-old filly Champagne Room, who has been firing morning bullets for her three-year-old debut.Trained by Peter Eurton, Champagne Room has not raced since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.The Las Virgenes, race six of eight: Mopotism, Flavien Prat 6-1; Champagne Room, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; Mistressofthenight, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Unique Bella, Mike Smith, 3-5; and Miss Southern Miss, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1. FINISH LINES: Happy Birthday wishes are in order for the Voice of Santa Anita, Michael Wrona.  A native of Brisbane, Australia, Wrona was foaled 51 years ago today . . .  Midnight Storm, a multiple graded stakes winner on both turf and dirt, remains ticketed for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. “Absolutely,” trainer Phil D’Amato said. “That’s what we’re planning. We’re going to breeze this weekend and keep him on that schedule all the way into the race.” Marathoner Big John B. worked five furlongs Thursday in 1:02. “He’s doing great,” D’Amato said. “I missed the San Marcos with him, but we’ll probably hit the next one (San Luis Rey at 1 ½ miles on turf March 25) or the Tokyo City Cup (at 1 ½ miles on dirt April 2), which he won last year.” Also scheduled to work Saturday is three-year-old filly champion of 2015 Stellar Wind for John Sadler . . . Suspension City: Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, third in the standings with 14 wins, has been suspended three days (Feb. 12, 16 and 17) for careless riding aboard Aotearoa in Sunday’s ninth race; Martin Garcia has been banished the same three days for careless riding on Senator Robert in Sunday’s fifth race, resulting in a disqualification from second to fifth; Flavien Prat is banned Feb. 9, 10 and 11 for careless riding on Run Macho Run in the second race Feb. 2; and the CHRB has denied Norberto Arroyo Jr.’s appeal from last October, suspending him six days (Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12, 16 and 17) . . . There was one winning Pick Six ticket Thursday worth $319,148, bought through TwinSpires.com for $648 . . . On Sunday, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch three-point favorite New England against Atlanta at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to see it. Sirona’s will offer $5 drink specials all day. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar. Flavien Prat9522101623%51%$1,283,793 Martin Pedroza5377913%43%$269,443 Mike Smith2161429%52%$607,500 HOLLENDORFER TARGETS THREE STAKES THIS WEEKENDJerry Hollendorfer has horses entered in six races this weekend, three of them stakes, so the Hall of Fame trainer and his assistant Dan Ward will be busy, as is their wont.The 70-year-old Hollendorfer adheres to the U.S. Postal Service credo. Be it rain, sleet or snow, the mail must get through.Hollendorfer has Ike Walker entered in the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for four-year-olds and up at six furlongs and Sheer Flattery in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, both on Saturday. Sunday, Unique Bella tries two turns for the first time in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile.Ike Walker sticks out like a sore thumb in the Palos Verdes, because on form, he doesn’t seem to fit. The five-year-old Bellamy Road gelding was claimed for $50,000 last out when he finished third on a wet/fast track at a mile Jan. 1. Prior to that, his previous 12 starts were all a mile or longer.“The reason we nominated and are running is because we’ve been entering him in other races and they didn’t go,” Hollendorfer said. “I don’t just want to just keep sitting on him. I didn’t have a race picked out for him at Golden Gate, and we couldn’t get in here.“We heard the Palos Verdes was going to come up short so we nominated and decided to run.“It’s probably a bad spot, but if you just keep training them, they can get hurt.”As to Sheer Flattery, who won a maiden allowance race by a nose on a sloppy track Dec. 31, Hollendorfer said, “We think he’s been training well and if he can transfer the race he ran last time to this one, he should have a fairly good chance.”The Palos Verdes, race three: Ike Walker, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Distinctive B, Tyler Baze, 7-2; St. Joe Bay, Kent Desormeaux, 8-5; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 7-2; and Moe Candy, Victor Espinoza, 2-1. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tyler Baze972119822%49%$903,417 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Santiago Gonzalez5168612%39%$264,716 Kent Desormeaux651410722%48%$913,683 Bob Baffert2953517%45%$411,316 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won O’NEILL HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN ROBERT B. LEWISWith three horses entered, Doug O’Neill has 60 percent in a field of five for Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, but it’s not a personal record for the trainer, who won the Kentucky Derby twice in the last four years, with I’ll Have Another in 2012 and last year with champion two-year-old male of 2015 Nyquist.“I remember having three in the Malibu in 2004 when Lava Man ran second (to Rock Hard Ten),” O’Neill said between intermittent rain drops that were not enough to cancel training Friday morning.O’Neill also sent out Harvard Avenue to finish second and Perfect Moon to run third behind Rock Hard Ten, but accounted for only 30 percent of the field as there were 10 starters.O’Neill has Oak Tree Juvenile winner Dangerfield, the maiden Irap, and Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art going in the Lewis, which offers 17 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, 10 to the winner.“The pressure’s on,” O’Neill said with a chuckle, alluding to his Lewis majority. “Seriously, all three are doing well. They have the pedigree, they have the class, they’ve got the stride. They’ve all showed glimpses of being that kind of horse, so we’re optimistic.’The field for the Lewis, which goes as the second event on a nine-race card that starts at 12:30 p.m.: Royal Mo, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Irap, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Dangerfield, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Term of Art, Tyler Baze, 9-2; and Sheer Flattery, Mike Smith, 2-1. Rafael Bejarano7912101615%48%$740,768 Peter Eurton2373030%43%$324,340 Joseph Talamo60651110%37%$247,090 Philip D’Amato3584623%51%$563,575 William Spawr1360246%62%$172,461 J. Keith Desormeaux1972437%68%$406,275 Luis Contreras58681710%53%$316,054 DISTANCE NO PROBLEM FOR TEXAS RYANOTexas Ryano has a win and a second at a mile and a quarter on turf at Santa Anita.Jockey Joe Talamo hopes the horse’s fancy for those conditions is in tact for Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“He kind of got backed up in his training with all the rain, like everyone else, but he’s been working very good and the distance is good for him, although to me, he’s a true mile and a half horse,” said Talamo, who has ridden the six-year-old Curlin horse eight times, winning twice, including the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup last out on Nov. 25.“If you look at his races at a mile and an eighth and a mile and a quarter, he kind of comes running, but the farther the better with him,” Talamo said. “He’s doing well enough where he can try and run ’em down.”Trained by Carla Gaines for owner/breeder Warren Williamson, Texas Ryano boasts a 5-3-3 record from 18 starts with earnings of $438,355.The San Marcos, the last of nine races: A Red Tie Day, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Blue Tone, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Power Ped, Stewart Elliott, 20-1; Perfectly Majestic, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Isotherm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Hi Happy, Altair Dominguez, 10-1; Twentytwentyvision, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Frank Conversation, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1.Gustnado, Conquest Daddyo and Some in Tieme were scratched. UNIQUE BELLA ODDS-ON FOR SUNDAY’S LAS VIRGENESO’NEILL HOPES TO ‘PASS GO’ WITH LEWIS MONOPOLYBUSY WEEKEND AS USUAL FOR TEAM HOLLENDORFERTEXAS RYANO SHOULD COME RUNNING IN SAN MARCOS Peter Miller451113624%67%$666,510 John Sadler2355622%70%$273,824last_img read more