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Gordon Lightfoot Returns To New York’s Town Hall For ’80 Years Strong’ Tour [Review]

first_imgTaking the stage for the first set in a splendid wine-colored jacket, Lightfoot still conveyed the presence of a star. His backing band from Toronto was a tight and talented bunch that has played with him for years. Guitarist Carter Lancaster’s electric licks complemented Lightfoot’s six- and twelve-string acoustic guitars. At 80 years of age, the signature voice fans came to hear was not as strong as it once was—how could it be?—but Lightfoot used it effectively, and the songs still resonated. A fan who seemed a bit young to have grown up listening to Gordon Lightfoot on the radio said the music actually brought them to tears.Returning for the second set after a change of wardrobe, Lightfoot continued his storytelling and career retrospective. The sea-chanty-inspired “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” wound up being one of his most popular songs, which, he said, surprised him at the time. He leaned on the familiar “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated” trope to add some levity to a history of substance abuse and health issues. Despite it all, he’s been incredibly prolific, even in his later years.Gordon Lightfoot’s current tour will continue with multiple dates across the country, culminating in two appearances at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in early August. For more details, visit the artist’s website. “The first time I played at Town Hall was in 1965,” Gordon Lightfoot told fans at his 80 Years Strong show on Wednesday night, May 15th. “We opened for someone very famous,” he said. “I wish I could remember who it was.”In addition to touching all the bases of his six-decade career, Lightfoot proved to be a charming and witty host. “I was part of the folk revival that began in 1960 and ended around 1963,” he said. He was indeed early on the scene, initially achieving greater success in his native Canada. He released his first album in 1965 to modest acclaim, with songs like “Early Mornin’ Rain” and “For Lovin’ Me” since becoming among his most popular. Some of his early tunes charted on the American country scene and were covered by legends such as Johnny Cash, but it wasn’t until 1970 that Lightfoot broke through to mainstream American audiences with the FM radio staple “If You Could Read My Mind”. His rich baritone and introspective lyrics helped define the decade’s new folk sound, and subsequent hits like “Sundown” and ‘Carefree Highway” solidified his reputation.last_img read more

Images of Harlem, then and now

first_img Bey’s iconic “Harlem, U.S.A.” captures the moment in “A Woman and Two Boys Passing” (1978). Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago In “Young Man, West 127th Street” (2015), Bey captured the neighborhood transforming around the seated man. Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago Image © Dawoud Bey Bey’s “Boy on Skateboard” (2014) reflects the gentrification of the neighborhood. Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago Art of the self, but not just Other works are featured, including Felicia Megginson’s “Suspicious Eyes” (2008). Courtesy of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York A portrait by Dawoud Bey, “A Man in a Bowler Hat” (1976), is on exhibit at the Cooper Gallery. Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago Nari Ward’s “Sugar Hill Smiles” (2014) is included in the exhibit.Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong Photo: Whitney Brownecenter_img For photographer Dawoud Bey, activism and art have long been linked. Bey, whose portraits of Harlem form the centerpiece of the exhibit “Harlem: Found Ways” now at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, first connected with his chosen visual medium through a protest.The year was 1969, and Bey, then a 16-year-old living in Queens, had heard of the controversy around the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Harlem on My Mind” exhibition. The show, which contained no paintings or sculptures by African-American artists, was drawing protests and picket lines, and the socially conscious teen decided to check it out.“As it turned out,” Bey explained in a gallery talk, “on the day I got there, there was no demonstration. There was no picket line, so I got to go see the exhibition.”What he found was as powerful as any protest. Describing a “pivotal and transformative moment,” the artist recalled being in a Manhattan cultural institution, “seeing photographs of ordinary African-Americans in a museum, and seeing people looking at the photographs.”If that show turned Bey, who is also a musician, into a photographer, it also taught him what he didn’t want to do. Unlike the poorly conceived and patronizing Met show, Bey said last Wednesday, “I knew that I wanted to exhibit those photographs in the community, so people who were the subjects of the work would have access to the work and be part of the audience for those works.”The resulting show, “Harlem, U.S.A.,” compiled photographs made from 1975 to 1979 and was indeed first exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Related Many of these photographs are included in the Cooper show, which also includes works by Abigail DeVille, Glenn Ligon, Howard Tangye, Nari Ward, Kehinde Wiley, and selections from the Studio Museum’s Harlem Postcard project.Largely portraits, Bey’s photos from that first exhibition depict an established community. In some, like “A Man in a Bowler Hat,” the subjects face the camera directly. Self-possessed and self-aware, they present a dignified and timeless humanity. Others, like “A Woman and Two Boys Passing,” appear to be candids. Almost abstract, light and shadow are as elemental to the composition as the title characters in this photo, which captures one moment in time.That moment may soon be gone. Bey has since moved out of New York but retains ties to the area. During visits, he explained during his talk, he became “acutely aware” of how Harlem was changing, as gentrification remade the historically African-American area into something wealthier, whiter, and more generic.“I wanted — or needed — to make a work about that,” he explained. In 2014, he began walking the streets again, seeking his subjects and focus for a new series of photographs. The result, “Harlem Redux,” is a startlingly different body of work. In place of the small, intimate black-and-white portraits of “Harlem, U.S.A.,” the new photos, which have pride of place in the front of the Cooper Gallery, are monumentally large color prints. More striking still, they focus not on the people as much as the landscape of change. Construction sites and materials fill these prints with the yellow and orange of safety barriers, the green of a dumpster, or the mottled browns of water-damaged paper. The result is almost abstract — beautiful, but lacking the human touch of a living, breathing community.When people are pictured, they are anonymous, as if overwhelmed by the change around them, or seen only from the back, as in “Young Man, West 127th Street.”The young man is, explained Bey, the one unchanging point in this landscape. “He’s still sitting there like people always have,” said the artist, “even as the place transforms around him.”“Harlem: Found Ways” will be on view at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, 102 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, until July 15, open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on the Fourth of July. Carrie Mae Weems speaks through images in Cooper Gallery exhibit last_img read more

Julius Caesar & A Midsummer Night’s Dream Set for Shakespeare in the Park

first_img There may be a foot of snow in Manhattan, but it’s time to start thinking about the 2017 Shakespeare in the Park season. This summer, Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis will helm a production of the Bard’s Julius Caesar; following that, Public Works founder Lear deBessonet will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream.Julius Caesar will run at the Delacorte Theatre from May 23 through June 18. This is only the second time the Ancient Rome-set tragedy has been staged at the Central Park venue; the first was in 2000. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will begin performances on July 11 and play through August 13. Casting for both productions will be announced at a later date.“There is no difficulty in the world that Shakespeare can’t address,” Eustis said in a statement. “In our troubled times, the majesty of Julius Caesar and the joy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are as necessary as beauty.”The summer season will also include Hair to Hamilton, an all-star celebration of musicals developed at the Public. The gala event will take place on June 5 at the Delacorte. Oskar Eustis(Photo: Steve Jennings/Getty Images) View Commentslast_img read more

Fayette plant sale

first_imgThe Fayette Master Gardener Association will host its Second Annual Plant Sale and Demonstrations on Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fayette County Administration Complex in Fayetteville, Ga.Hundreds of plants, including annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetable seedlings, shrubs and house plants, will be available at bargain prices. Free plant workshops will also be held throughout the day, and attendees can get their gardening questions answered at the “Ask the Master Gardener” booth.Demonstrations will be presented on pruning, plasticulture vegetable gardening, composting, container gardening and propagation.Passes to the May 8 Master Gardener spring garden tour of five Fayette County gardens will be available for $15.last_img

U.S. Coal Industry Bailout Plan Would Cost Customers as Much as $288 Billion

first_imgU.S. Coal Industry Bailout Plan Would Cost Customers as Much as $288 Billion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:The U.S. Department of Energy’s proposal to prop up financially struggling coal and nuclear plants by ensuring they can recover all their costs would carry a big price tag for consumers, according to the PJM Interconnection’s independent market monitor and other stakeholders.Many market participants already have voiced strong opinions, and costs are a key point of criticism. Monitoring Analytics LLC, PJM’s independent market monitor, said the DOE proposal would increase costs to customers by between $18 billion and $288 billion over ten years, depending on what percentage of replacement costs are paid to coal and nuclear units not currently subject to cost-of-service regulation.Monitoring Analytics therefore said the proposal “does not serve the public interest” and urged FERC to reject the DOE’s request. Among other complaints, the market monitor said the proposal would “impose significant costs on customers” by requiring regional transmission organizations and independent system operators to allow plants with at least 90 days of fuel on-site — chiefly coal and nuclear plants — to fully recover their costs.“Approving the DOE proposal would replace regulation through competition with an unworkable hybrid of competitive markets and cost-of-service regulation,” Monitoring Analytics said. “The eventual result would be the demise of competitive markets in the PJM region.”In addition to direct costs, the market monitor said the DOE directive would impose major opportunity costs by undermining incentives to build new, more efficient resources “that are at the heart of existing competitive markets.”“The artificial retention of uneconomic resources will crowd out economic resources and weaken or eliminate the incentives for competitive new entry,” Monitoring Analytics said. “It would be ironic if cost-of-service regulation were reintroduced in order to preserve nuclear and coal power plants that have been demonstrated by the market to be uneconomic.”More ($): Market monitor: DOE proposal could cost up to $288B over 10 yearslast_img read more

Boston Marathon Bombing Wounds Nearly 200, 3 Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York First responders treat victims of the Boston Marathon bombing Monday, April 15, 2013 (Aaron Tang)The Boston Marathon bombing casualty count rose to nearly 200 a day after the smoke cleared and the investigation got into full swing Tuesday, although more questions than answers remain so far.Authorities said 176 survivors are being treated for various injuries—many partial leg amputations—with 17 in critical condition and three dead, including an 8-year-old boy. But, aside from asking for the public’s patience, continuing to refute false rumors and asking for more tips, investigators shared few new details of the probe.“This will be a worldwide investigation,” Rick DesLauriers, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office, told reporters. “We will go to where the evidence or the leads take us. We will go to the ends of the Earth to identify the subject or subjects responsible for this despicable crime and we will do everything we can to bring them to justice.”President Barack Obama officially termed the twin bombings an act of terrorism, calling it heinous, cowardly and evil. The Associated Press reported that the bombs were made of pressure cookers filled with ball bearings.Long Island on High Alert after Boston Marathon BombingThe crime scene was reduced to a 12-block area surrounding Copley Square from a 15-block area and will shrink as evidence is processed. But street closures around the Bolyston Street finish line where the explosions occurred 50 yards apart 3 p.m. Monday are expected to continue for several days.“We are in the process of securing and processing the most complex crime scene that we’ve dealt with in the history of the department,” Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. “We are working very closely with all of our partners.”Investigators said there were no undetonated explosive devices found as they tried to address rumors that up to seven bombs were found aside from the two that went off. They also reiterated that they have no suspect in custody, despite widespread reports saying otherwise.Davis added that investigators are sifting through the scores of video and still camera images from the scene while prioritizing those taken shortly before and after the blasts.“This is probably one of the most well-photographed areas in the country yesterday,” Davis said, noting the logistical issues of sorting photos from a larger-than-usual amount of cameras aimed at the crime scene during the nation’s longest-running marathon.DesLauriers said there were no known specific threats against the marathon before the explosions and he knew of no threats after the fact, either. Beyond that, all anyone could do was offer speculation.“Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror,” Obama said in a brief national address Tuesday. “What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why; whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual.”Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.last_img read more

Protect your data from cybercrime with remote workers

first_imgWith coronavirus becoming more prevalent and hurricane season coming up in the next couple of months, many of your employees may be forced to work remotely. This time is stressful enough for your organization without also having to worry about a security breach!Help protect your organization’s sensitive data from fraud and theft by adopting and sharing security practices for employees working remotely.Remote Security Checklist for Credit Unions:Ensure the data on your remote system is encrypted, to protect the data if a worker’s laptop is lost or stolen.Ensure that anti-malware and end point security software are being updated properly on all work devices.Distribute dedicated USB drives to remote workers who request them, and ensure USB drives are protected by encryption to safeguard any sensitive data.Supply USB data blockers or portable batteries to remote workers to protect work computers from cybercrime attacks performed at charging stations.Require two-factor authentication for remote access to work devices and applications.Provide remote workers with step by step instructions on what steps to follow and who to contact if they suspect a security breach or attempted attack has occurred.Consider providing security awareness training that outlines best practices for your remote users.Have employees review and sign off on their security requirements when working remotely. Remote Security Checklist to Share with Employees:Avoid Public Wi-Fi locations, such as coffee shops, which can pose significant security risks.Use your employer’s VPN connection to protect your work computer and home network from potential security threats.Don’t leave your device unattended, no matter the circumstance.Lock your screen and put away sensitive documents when you walk away from your computer.Keep work data on work computers. Don’t share anything to your home computer/laptop.Only use encrypted USB drives dedicated for work use to protect work accounts and files.If possible, use a USB data blocker or portable charger when charging phones or work devices in public.Use strong passwords for all secure devices and accounts.Use long passwords to make it more difficult for password cracking tools to figure them out.Don’t use the same password for home and computer networksUse a password manager (e.g. LastPass) to more easily create and store multiple passwords. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Josh Gideon Joshua Gideon is the Manager of Audit, Risk, and Compliance at Allied Solutions. In his role, Josh leads teams and processes responsible for evaluating the data security and compliance standards … Web: https://www.alliedsolutions.net Details Immediately report an attempted security breach to your organization, should you suspect one has occurred.Want to learn more actionable strategies to protect your organization’s data from cybercrime? Click here to register for our webinar on March 31 (2-3 ET): It’s 2020: Don’t Let Your Member Data Fall Into the Wrong Hands.last_img read more

Bruno Fernandes: Manchester United have mentality to win Premier League | Football News

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United managerImage:Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received the public backing of United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward despite their slow start Bruno Fernandes does not care if people think other teams are stronger than Manchester United, he believes they have the mentality to win trophies.United have not claimed any silverware since completing the Europa League and League Cup double in 2017 under Jose Mourinho.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I was talking with Fred and I was going to say to him, ‘Hey, watch him playing and do the same’, but I thought it was unfair and so I didn’t say it,” Fernandes joked.He added: “I’m learning a lot from him (Carrick) and he’s one of the people I like to listen to, because he was a big player, he won a lot of trophies for the club and for me you have to learn from these players.“(Joao) Moutinho and Carrick, they are the sort of players from whom you can learn how to be smart in the game, how to be clever.“Maybe they’re not the sort of players that kids will watch and say, ‘I want to be like Michael Carrick’, but when you have one in the team, you know that guy will never miss a pass, you know he will do the smart pass, most of the times will make the right decision, and you need these kinds of players.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester United’s win over Everton in the Premier League Fernandes, who arrived at Old Trafford in January, helped United to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Europa League last season, as well as a third-place finish in the league.The club’s hopes of ending an eight-year wait for a Premier League title look bleak after three defeats from their first seven matches in this campaign.Victory over Everton before the international break eased some pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the squad’s inconsistency has led to criticism from the likes of Roy Keane and Graeme Souness. EVERTON 1-3 MANCHESTER UNITED Speaking on the UTD podcast, Fernandes said: “For me, it doesn’t matter about the other teams, people may say they are better than us, they have a better first XI than us, the guys who come from the bench are better, people can say what they think, I don’t care.“For me, I came to Manchester to win trophies. You are playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world. This club has made history in the past, an amazing history. Fernandes has taken extra advice from former United midfielder and current first-team coach Michael Carrick Image:Fernandes has taken extra advice from former United midfielder and current first-team coach Michael Carrick “For a club like Manchester United, it’s a long time since we won the Premier League. It’s too long, I think.“So you have to have in your mind – all the players, all the staff – we are here to win. And I think we have that mentality.”Bruno ‘learning lots’ from CarrickFernandes also revealed he has been taking inspiration from former United midfielder – now the club’s first-team coach – Michael Carrick.Carrick impressed the Portugal international with his passing accuracy after making up the numbers in training this week. 3:12last_img read more

Aventis to produce 2.6 million more flu vaccine doses

first_imgOct 19, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Seeking to calm public worries about the influenza vaccine shortage, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today that Aventis Pasteur will produce another 2.6 million doses for distribution in January.In addition, Thompson said the nation can come up with enough antiviral drugs to treat about 40 million people, which could help compensate for the vaccine shortage. Thompson made the announcement during a teleconference this afternoon.David Williams, chairman of Aventis Pasteur, said growth of the two influenza A strains used in the vaccine has been somewhat higher than predicted this year, making it possible to produce 2.6 million more doses. “We’re very fortunate that we ended up with enough concentrate of the two A strains to provide the 2.6 million doses we’re talking about,” he said.When the extra doses are ready in January, they will bring the company’s total production this year to 58 million doses, Williams said.Thompson said that with the Aventis supply and another 2 million doses of FluMist, the nasal spray vaccine licensed only for healthy people aged 5 to 49 years, the nation has a total of 60 million doses of vaccine for this season.HHS had hoped for about 100 million doses, but 46 million to 48 million doses of Chiron vaccine evaporated 2 weeks ago when British regulators determined that signs of contamination in some lots made the entire supply unsafe. US officials concurred last week after inspecting Chiron’s plant in Liverpool, England.Thompson said the nation has an “ample supply” of antiviral medications to help cope with the flu season. “We’ve gone out and stockpiled antiviral medications for more than 7 million people,” he said. In a news release, HHS said it has spent $87.1 million to stockpile 2.3 million doses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and $34 million to buy rimantadine capsules to treat 4.25 million adults and rimantadine syrup for 750,000 children.Additional supplies of antivirals, including zanamivir and amantadine, are in private hands, and more could be produced this season, Thompson added. “All told, between existing stockpiles and private supplies and production capabilities, FDA [the Food and Drug Administration] estimated there could be enough to treat nearly 40 million people through the flu season,” he said.Thompson said the FDA is negotiating with Canada for some possible additional vaccine doses. Previous reports have said a Canadian company called ID Biomedical could potentially supply about 1.5 million doses.Acting FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford said the agency is continuing to look “throughout the world” for vaccine, but any available doses may not be licensed in the United States. “It may be that we can license some of these vaccines under investigational new drug applications for a limited amount of time,” he said. “But it’s not possible at this time to say how many additional doses we’ll find and what the fate of them will be in the regulatory process.”Health officials have asked healthy people to forgo flu shots this years so that people in high-risk groups—infants, the elderly, people with certain chronic medical conditions, and healthcare workers caring for people at high risk—can be vaccinated. Thompson stressed the message again today: “Please, if you are not in a priority category, do not get this shot.” He also urged healthcare workers not to vaccinate people who don’t need it.About 24 million doses of vaccine remain, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be working with Aventis to distribute them over the next several weeks, Thompson said. “We need all of us to take a deep breath,” he said. “We’ve worked through vaccine supply problems in the past and we can do so now as well.” He urged elderly people not to stand in long lines for vaccine, but to be patient and persistent in seeking it.Thompson today vigorously defended the Bush administration’s record on flu preparedness. Sen. John Kerry, Bush’s Democratic opponent in the Nov 2 election, has criticized him over the vaccine shortage.Thompson said Bush has increased spending on flu vaccine by 700%, from about $40 million in 2001 to $284 million in 2005. He said HHS has asked for $100 million to develop cell-culture technology to produce flu vaccine and improve conventional egg-based production of flu vaccine. The administration also created the first federal flu vaccine stockpile, consisting of 4.5 million doses for the Vaccines for Children program, he added.The HHS secretary also announced “the formalization of a federal task force that will coordinate our nation’s efforts to ensure that the flu vaccine and treatment medication goes to those who need it most and without any price gouging.”Thompson dismissed the suggestion from a Democratic senator that he declare a pubic health emergency over the flu vaccine shortage. “The public health emergency would just create more confusion and not accomplish anything,” he said.He also talked about reasons for the decline in the number of US flu vaccine manufacturers from five in 1994 to two today. He cited “high risk associated with a complex production process, unpredictable consumer demand that often leaves manufacturers with millions of unsold doses,” and “costly liability lawsuits.”See also:Oct 19 HHS news release on supply of flu vaccine and antiviral drugshttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20041019a.htmlOct 18 CDC guidelines on use of use of antiviral drugs for prevention and treatment of fluhttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/treatment/0405antiviralguide.htmlast_img read more

Indonesia asks Tesla’s Elon Musk for ventilators

first_img“I was assigned by the SOEs Minister to find ventilators as far as the edge of the world!” said Budi, smiling, with tongue in cheek, during a video call press conference on Tuesday. “So when Elon Musk posted that tweet, we chased him as well.” The deputy minister’s tweet said that Indonesia was “desperately looking” for up to 400 ventilators “as quickly as possible” for around 6,500 beds in 70 hospitals around the country.Countries around the world are experiencing scarcities in medical equipment like test kits, protective gear and ventilators, from Europe, America or Asia. There were 2,491 COVID-19 cases in Indonesia as of Monday, including 209 deaths, which is the highest recorded death toll in Southeast Asia, according to government data.Read also: Indonesian manufacturers step up as G20 nations coordinate global medical supply“From what I’ve heard, the countries that are still able to build and supply ventilators are China and Russia,” said Budi.Topics : A senior Indonesian official recently tweeted mentioning billionaire tech investor Elon Musk, asking him for ventilators, as Southeast Asia’s most populous country grapples with a medical equipment shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic.Deputy State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin posted the tweet on April 5 in response to Elon Musk’s tweet on March 31, which said his companies had extra ventilators available for worldwide shipping.Dear Elon, We are managing 70 hospitals with around 6,500 beds in Indonesia and are desparately looking for 300-400 additional ventilators as quickly as possible to deploy to cope with new patients. Pls contact me at budi.g.sadikin@bumn.go.id— Budi G. Sadikin (@BudiGSadikin) April 5, 2020last_img read more