With Phish making their first-ever appearance in Jacksonville, FL, it seems that one local venue is planning to have a total blowout in honor of the band’s upcoming return on October 16th. The show, which will take place at Mavericks Live, and will feature an impressive lineup of improv stalwarts. Eric Krasno will be on guitar, with Roosevelt Collier on pedal steel guitar, Todd Stoops on keys, Reed Mathis on bass, and Jeff Sipe on drums.The show starts just after Phish’s encore comes to a close at the Veterans Memorial Arena, and will feature funky improv well into the night. You can find tickets, starting this Friday, September 16th at 10:00am, by following this link.For fans of Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops, or Roosevelt Collier, you won’t want to miss them performing alongside 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, at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive – in the heart of Williamsburg – with over 50 artists spanning three venues in just one day: October 22nd. Mathis and Stoops will be performing as part of the exciting new electronic classical music project Electric Beethoven. Get tickets here to Brooklyn Comes Alive here.
On New Year’s Eve, The String Cheese Incident returned to Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center to close out their three-night New Year’s run with a stellar three-set grand finale. The band crushed it their first two shows of the run, highlighted by some standout collaborative moments with fiddle masters Sam Bush and Darol Anger, followed by Robert Randolph, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, and Tony Hall the following night.Following two rowdy sets of bluegrass and raw rock and roll, The String Cheese Incident came back onstage with 15 minutes left of 2018, as Bill Nershi initiated a “Group Hoot”, inviting the crowd to yell at the top of their lungs for a good minute. The band moved forward with “Colliding”, a perfect selection to ramp up the energy heading into 2019. With theatrical performers and dancers on stage, life-size inflatable dolphins, and balloons galore, Cheese finally brought the raucous jam to a close, wishing their crowd a happy new year and thanking them for their continuous support over their illustrious 25-year career.Luckily for fans, SCI has shared pro-shot video of NYE’s lengthy “Colliding” which you can enjoy below:The String Cheese Incident – “Colliding”[Video: The String Cheese Incident]SCI is gearing up for a heavy year of touring as the band celebrate their 25th anniversary. For a full list of upcoming String Cheese Incident tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website here.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | 1STBANK Center | Broomfield, CO | 12/31/2018Set One: Outside Inside > BollyMunster, Gone Crooked, MLT > My One & Only, Joyful Sound > Tom Sawyer*Set Two: Into the Blue^, Let’s Go Outside, One Step Closer, Windy Mountain > Sirens, Best Feeling > RosieSet Three: Group Hoot, Colliding > Happy New Year, Rollover > Bohemian Rhapsody verse > The Big Reveal, This Must Be the Place > RolloverEncore: Good Times Around the Bend*: Rush cover, LTP 07-26-15^: FTP, SCI Sound Lab debut
The Flaming Lips‘ unapologetically awesome singer and principal songwriter, Wayne Coyne, operates in his own little world sometimes. A bubble if you will. So it only made sense that the psychedelic rock singer entered said bubble (literally) to get married to his longtime girlfriend Katy Weaver over the weekend.The two exchanged nuptials during a rooftop ceremony held in the band’s hometown of Oklahoma City on Saturday. According to a lengthy post shared by Coyne to his Instagram on Monday, the ceremony took place atop the PLENTY Mercantile, where guests including Miley Cyrus were treated to the lovely wedding which included both Coyne and Weaver trading vows inside the lifesize plastic bubble, which the singer is known to roll around in during his performances. The venue also shared a lovely, sunlit photo of the rooftop area where the ceremony took place, which showcases where the bubble stood a the foot of the aisle where the officiating would take place.The giant bubble has been used in past concert performances by Coyne as a way to get out there in the audience like a giant gerbil. Although the two picked an unusually cool way to bring their lives together, the other photos shared by Coyne are much more standard in terms of traditional wedding attire. Reports have yet to state whether or not the newlyweds rolled their way back down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. Coyne, but they at least made sure to share the news that they’re also expecting their first child together with a baby boy due in the near future.Related: The Flaming Lips Want To Press Vinyl Albums With Miley Cyrus’ PeeThe Flaming Lips released their fourteenth studio album back in January 2017 with Oczy Mlody. It was during the tour in support of that album where Coyne made nightly use of that bubble of his, as he would walk atop the audience while performing a cover of David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity”.[H/T Billboard]
The inaugural Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival will take over sunny San Diego’s Waterfront and Downtown areas this fall on November 22nd-24th.On Monday, the three-day event revealed their phase one lineup, with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, MGMT, and San Diego locals Slightly Stoopid topping the bill. Wonderfront will also see performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Thievery Corporation, Vince Staples, Big Gigantic, STS9, Pepper, Phantogram, Big Wild, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Boombox, Ghost Light, Sunsquabi, Exmag, and many more. More artists will be added to the impressive lineup in August.With the help of fellow co-founder and Pechanga Arena General Manager Ernie Hahn, Wonderfest co-founder Paul Thornton brought local sports heroes Tony Hawk, Trevor Hoffman, and Rob Machado onto the festival team as investors and brand ambassadors. The three-day event will include music, arts, food, wine, spirits, beer (with a giant craft beer village), yacht parties, water taxi cruises, water activities, Tony Hawk’s HuckJam, a silent disco, and so much more, all along the downtown San Diego Waterfront. Attendees will be able to come and go as they please with their Wonderfront RFID wristband.“Our goal with this lineup was to have it stacked from start to finish each day with great artists,” festival co-founder Paul Thornton said in a press release. “So, it’s hard to really call any certain bands our headliners as so many bands on this festival are headliners in their own right. We’ve had a tough time fitting so many great bands across so many genres into the number of stage slots available. We also wanted a great mix of artists across the time slots so that not all the bigger names were just playing at the same later times. We really appreciate the artists who have worked with us to make that possible.”Subscribers to the festival’s WonderLIST will have access to pre-sale Early Bird tickets on Friday, June 7th. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on Friday, June 14th at 10 a.m.Head to the Wonderfront’s website for more information.
Governor Jim Douglas today announced changes at the Department of Banking, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA). Commissioner Paulette Thabault will be leaving state government to take a position with CVS Caremark MinuteClinic and Deputy Commissioner Mike Bertrand will be appointed Commissioner of the Department.“I want to thank Paulette for her tremendous leadership at BISHCA and her dedicated service to the people of Vermont and congratulate her on her new position,” said Governor Douglas. “She will bring her clinical nursing expertise and experience helping to lead Vermont’s innovative health care reform efforts to the largest pharmacy health care provider in the country.”“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Vermont as commissioner at BISHCA,” said Thabault. “I am confident that the coordinated efforts of the BISHCA team along with others in the state will successfully meet the challenges and opportunities of federal health care reform in the months ahead.”Deputy Commissioner Mike Bertrand will take over from Commissioner Thabault in mid-June. Bertrand has served in numerous positions in state government. Before being appointed Deputy Commissioner at BISCHA, responsible for overseeing the Insurance Division, he served as Deputy Secretary of Administration, Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry and as deputy legal counsel and special assistant to Governor Douglas.“Mike is a strong leader with a wealth of experience throughout state government,” said the Governor. “I am confident that he will do an outstanding job and ensure a seamless transition taking over at the helm of the Department.”“I am honored and humbled by this appointment, and I look forward to leading the BISHCA team,” said Bertrand. “Commissioner Thabault has made the Department stronger, more efficient and more effective than ever. With the help of all the wonderful and dedicated professionals at BISHCA, I hope to build upon that foundation and continue the Department’s tradition of excellence.”Bertrand received a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from Fordham Law School. He lives in Montpelier with his three children. BISHCA protects consumers against unfair and unlawful business practices in the areas of banking, securities, and insurance, while ensuring that licensed entities are financially healthy.Source: Governor’s office. 5.19.2010###
Imagine living in a place where a river always flowed and there was no such thing as “paddling season”—you could get your whitewater fix seven days a week, 52 weeks a year if your shoulders held.By and large, that place exists right here in the Southeast. Between rainforest-like springs, summer releases, wet falls, and winter snowmelts, river running is available year round. That’s certainly more than the boaters out West can claim. Their paddling season is short, inconsistent, at the whims of their fickle weather.But it’s perhaps this unpredictability that is responsible for a growing number of whitewater parks in states like Colorado and Montana, an idea that is just now starting to gain traction in the East. Paddling hubs like the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) in Maryland and the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in North Carolina are the stomping grounds for some of the world’s stoutest kayakers and, it’s worth noting, some of the earliest sites for artificial river features here on the East.So what is a whitewater park exactly? Think of it as a skate park for kayakers, an entirely man-made series of features that either require the creation of an artificial river from scratch or the modification of an existing one. Whitewater holes and waves that are placed into a natural river, like the NOC’s permanent freestyle feature, are costly investments and require the use of bulldozers and heavy machinery. But money and equipment aside, taking these projects to fruition also eats up years of jumping through bureaucratic hoops, acquiring permits, persuading community leaders, and ensuring that the environment is not damaged in the process.Still, it’s not impossible. Colorado alone has more than a dozen whitewater parks and play features scattered throughout the state with plans in the works for more. The benefits of integrating this concept into small communities are numerous. At the top of the list? The economic impact that comes from introducing outdoor recreation as a sustainable means of local revenue.For kayakers, Denver, Colo., wasn’t always an appealing place to live. But after a flood ravaged the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, leaving the surrounding industrial area abandoned and littered with oil tanks and storage containers, the city decided not only to do something to prevent flooding in the future but also to make that section of river recreation friendly.Now, nearly 40 years after that flood, Confluence Park attracts kayakers, inner tubers, and dog walkers alike. It’s become a source of pride for the community.Here in the East, where arguably the best paddling in the country exists, what need is there for whitewater parks? And more importantly, how on Earth will it ever be possible to convince local governments fueled by decades of natural resource extraction to turn the wheels and drop hundreds of thousands of dollars (at the very least) all for the sake of a bunch of river lovin’ hippies?“It starts by thinking a little bit larger than yourself,” says Risa Shimoda, a seven-time paddler on the U.S. National Freestyle Team and a fixture within the paddling community.Shimoda’s spent the better part of her life dedicated to the sport of paddling, from securing river access to promoting rodeo, but her work now with the McLaughlin Design Group focuses specifically on helping local paddling communities take their vision of a backyard whitewater feature from dream to reality.“Who’s going to spend a million bucks on a bunch of kayakers?” Shimoda adds.Well, to be perfectly honest, no one. Unless, that is, you’re a bunch of kayakers who happen to share the river with a diminishing species of fish, like the American shad.“We had some perfect storms that helped us, and in any other situation it would have been extremely difficult to create a dialogue with the power company,” says Matt Samms, a 40-year-old kayaker from Safe Harbor, Penn., who has spent nearly his entire life on the waters of the Susquehanna.Samms was one of the key players who helped ensure that PPL Electric Utilities followed through with its promise to build whitewater features below Holtwood Dam after the plant applied for a relicensing that would have taken away 264 hours of recreational release time from paddlers. In short, thanks in part to over 60 years of efforts to help the Susquehanna shad make its annual upstream river passage as well as the heavily involved presence of American Whitewater (AW) and the local Lancaster County paddling community, the kayakers got what they wanted and PPL took a loss—a $4 million dollar loss, at that.“It’s world class whitewater,” Samms says of the big volume Susquehanna. “We’re hoping to have a world championship event here which would bring international paddlers. That would be huge.”Perhaps Shimoda wasn’t necessarily thinking about fish when she advised paddlers to think larger than themselves, but there’s no question that a world championship event at Holtwood Park would draw much-needed attention to the local businesses and area attractions that Lancaster County has to offer and help establish that slice of Pennsylvania as a whitewater destination on par with the Bryson Cities and Deep Creeks of the East.The land surrounding Holtwood lends itself to further development, something perhaps that might resemble the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in Charlotte, N.C. Though on the larger end of the whitewater park spectrum, the USNWC embodies exactly Shimoda’s sentiments on play parks, that they need not only cater to kayakers but to the area’s residents in general.“There’s something out here for everybody. The Olympian in-training is going to come out on the water the same day a family comes out to enjoy rafting for a day or to get dinner and listen to live music,” says Eric Osterhus, the brand manager for the USNWC.With over 20 miles of trails, rock walls, zip lines, and a boat conveyor belt, your backyard play feature will likely look nothing like the USNWC. But according to Shimoda and Samms, with a little passion, a lot of patience, and a helluva lot more persistence, anything is possible.
By Dialogo December 19, 2011 Following the success of Operation Christmas in 2010, the Colombian Ministry of National Defense launched a new demobilization campaign in December 2011. The basic idea is that at Christmas, anything is possible, and it invites FARC guerrilla fighters to demobilize and return home, where their families are waiting for them. Rivers are the highways of the jungle and the chief means of communication and transportation for Colombian guerrillas, the Ministry of National Defense said in its message, for which reason the Colombian Army, Navy, and Air Force initiated an operation designed to bring demobilization messages and gifts from guerrilla fighters’ family members and friends to different rivers around the country. The military forces filled hundreds of lighted Christmas ornaments with the messages and gifts, which they then transported in Piraña boats and Black Hawk helicopters in order to turn on the lights and release them in different rivers around the country, a few kilometers from the main centers of activity of the guerrilla fronts. A woman put a necklace with a pendant in one, while a little girl read her message, “Guerilla, demobilize: Christmas is waiting for you,” before putting it into a Christmas ornament with lights inside. Each of the ornaments carried the same message to the guerrillas: “Don’t let this Christmas go by: Colombia and your family are waiting for you. Demobilize. At Christmas, anything is possible.” Operation Christmas, launched in December 2010, had the same aim of appealing to the sense of family during the Christmas season. According to information from the Ministry of National Defense, 331 demobilized guerrillas admitted that the tree and the message motivated them to leave the guerrilla group, an increase of 30 percent over demobilizations in December of the previous year. During the three-day operation, personnel from the Rapid Deployment Force Command, a Colombian National Army unit, descended on a location in the middle of the jungle with 2,000 LED lights to decorate a tree over 22 meters tall. The lights were activated with sensors, causing them to turn on when someone approached. Next to the tree, they set up this message: “If Christmas can come to the jungle, you can also come home. Demobilize. At Christmas, anything is possible.”
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 22, 2017 The Mexican Department of the Navy (SEMAR, in Spanish) completed its participation in Bold Alligator 2017 (BA17), an amphibious combat exercise. The U.S. Marine Corps holds the annual exercise since 2011. For the 2017 edition, navies of Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States (the host country) got together at Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia, October 10th–November 5th, 2017. “Interoperating with NATO partner nations increases our level of cooperation, which has a positive impact on security,” said to Diálogo Mexican Navy Captain Antonio Morales Hernández, director of the Training and Preparedness Section at SEMAR. “To participate as an integral member of the coalition represents [Mexico’s] commitment to regional security.” SEMAR participated with more than 400 personnel consisting of a Marine Corps company, a Special Forces team, the Amphibious Assault Vessel ARM Papaloapan, and a helicopter. Mexico attended BA13 and BA14 as an observer, and became part of the organization’s team in BA16. The last two exercises were simulations to plan for BA17. SEMAR was an active participant in the planning and execution of conventional combat operations in BA17. In 2017, the exercise focused on improving and standardizing multinational coalition’s capacities in a joint operation to respond to an international crisis situation. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which struck coastal cities across the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico in September and October, affected the timing and nature of BA17. However, international forces still gained the necessary capacities and teamwork to set the stage for future amphibious exercises. “Bold Alligator 2017 provided opportunities to develop and update new concepts in conventional warfare tactics, techniques, procedures, equipment, and technology,” Capt. Morales said. “International forces conducted amphibious vehicle embarkation and landing exercises, urban combat, flag signals, patrol tactics, and live fire of organic weapons.” Force integration Among the main operations, marines from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Mexico carried out operations where Mexican Special Forces used helicopters to drop military elements into the sea under risky conditions to board a warship and get ashore to reach their objective. Amphibious operations were conducted in the area of Onslow Bay, in North Carolina. SEMAR also took part in the amphibious landing of 13 vehicles. “The main mission was to take and secure the beach zone where U.S. ships carried out the rest of the landings,” Mexican Navy Lieutenant Commander Ruth Peress Salvatori told Diálogo. “Time and landing capacities are key to carry out other ground operations.” The Mexican Navy implemented combat missions in urban areas as well as helicopter insertions and extractions in coordination with U.S. and Chilean Navy special reconnaissance teams. Elite SEMAR units carried out ship landing maneuvers, working in tandem with U.S. marines on aquatic inspection exercises. An ongoing effort “In addition to boosting command, control, and communications capacities, Bold Alligator strengthened our bonds of friendship and interoperability,” Capt. Morales said. “It showed the world that members of NATO’s naval forces constantly work together and are ready to face various hemispheric security challenges, such as emergencies or natural disasters.” Participating armed forces assessed the operational range of their special forces and regular units. “It was very important to gain the trust and recognition of our allied armed forces upon demonstrating that our capacities and readiness are at the level needed to carry out joint operations,” Lt. Cmdr. Peress said. “It’s vitally important that we be ready to face new threats to security and stability,” Capt. Morales added. “Technological advances contributed to a quicker development of new threats. The reaction time [to deal with them] is a determining factor for national defense. Cooperation and integration are essential to successfully control these kinds of threats,” he concluded.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County homicide detectives are investigating a 45-year-old Medford woman’s death inside her home as a murder, police said.Bonnie Farrell’s lifeless body was first discovered by her husband inside the bedroom of their Norway Pine Drive home Monday night, police said. Police responded after Farrell’s husband called 911, authorities said.Farrell, who suffered a head injury, according to police, was pronounced dead at the scene.The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s autopsy is still ongoing, according to Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of Suffolk police’s homicide squad.Fitzpatrick would not say how Farrell suffered the head injury but said it was “certainly criminal in nature.”There were no signs of forced entry into the home, he said.Fitzpatrick said Farrell and her 47-year-old husband, Eric Connolly, have six teenage children, all of whom live in the house. He noted that Connolly and other family members were in the home for a couple of hours prior to Connolly discovering his wife’s body in the bedroom.Police said the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Jul 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that only one of three deaths blamed on avian influenza in Indonesia this week is known so far to have been caused by the disease, saying test results are still awaited in the other two cases.Meanwhile, the Indonesian government promised to take firmer measures to control the virus, which began killing poultry in the nation in 2003 but had caused no human deaths until now.Indonesian officials announced yesterday that a 38-year-old man and his two young daughters were the nation’s first H5N1 avian flu victims. The WHO said tests have confirmed that the man died of the illness. The daughters “died of severe pneumonia illness compatible with H5N1 infection,” but confirmation was not yet available in their cases, the agency said.”Limited samples were available from the 8-year-old daughter who died on 14 July, and the 1-year-old daughter who died on 9 July,” the WHO said. Previous reports had listed the older daughter as being 9 years old.The three victims lived near Jakarta. The 8-year-old fell ill on Jun 24 and was hospitalized Jun 28, the WHO said. The 1-year-old became ill Jun 29, and the father’s symptoms began Jul 2. He died Jul 12 after about 5 days of hospitalization.Samples from the father tested positive for H5N1 in WHO reference laboratories at the University of Hong Kong and at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the WHO said. Samples from the two children were still being tested.Besides being Indonesia’s first H5N1 deaths, the cases have raised concern about possible human-to-human transmission of the virus, because the three victims had no known contact with infected poultry.Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today that Indonesian officials promised to take stronger measures to control avian flu and admitted that they should have culled more poultry in past efforts.Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said an outbreak occurred in April at a pig and chicken farm 9 miles from where the family lived, but only limited culling was done there, the AFP story said. Supari said it was possible that the victims were infected by the virus from the farm.The story didn’t specify whether the farm was one of several where pigs were found to be carrying the virus, as the government reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in May. The farms were in the Tangerang district, where the three victims lived.Supari said the poultry and pigs “should have been destroyed but it wasn’t the case at that time because some of them were vaccinated,” AFP reported.She promised the government would take firm action, including culling, surveillance of people who might have been in affected areas, preparation of hospitals to treat patients, and an information campaign about the virus.Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyanto said his agency would destroy animals on two pig farms in Tangerang and compensate the owners, according to a state news agency report cited by AFP. He said the ministry was allocating the equivalent of $10.7 million in emergency funds to tackle the disease.Supari said 21 provinces have had avian flu outbreaks since 2003, the latest in North Sumatra; Jambi, part of Sumatra; and Banten, which includes Tangerang, the AFP report said.The WHO said it was working with the Indonesian government and US Naval Medical Research Unit 2 to find potential sources of infection in the Indonesian cases.Supari said about 300 people who had possible contact with the victims still have shown no signs of illness, AFP reported.In other developments, the H5N1 virus was found in processed frozen duck meat shipped from China to Japan in 2003, according to an Associated Press (AP) report based on an article published online by the journal Virology.The WHO said this was not the first time the virus had been found in processed meat, but added that the finding demonstrates the virus’s toughness and widespread occurrence in Asian poultry flocks, the AP reported.See also:WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_07_21a/en/index.html