Relix has announced their first-ever Live Music Conference, set to take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York. The one-day event will bring the leading figures in today’s industry to shed light on the fast-paced and ever-changing live music business. The Relix Live Music Conference will feature panels and discussions covering subjects related to venues, festivals, publicity and management, presentations on technology and non-profits, plus a keynote with two of live music’s most legendary promoters. The conference will serve as the coming together of all the pieces and people that help bring a live show to life, providing opportunities for networking, discussion and education.Moderators include Kirk Peterson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’), Mike Greenhaus (Relix Media Group), Jake Szufnarowski (Rocks Off), and Dean Budnick (Relix Media Group), with presentations from Andy Bernstein (Headcount), Justin Bolognino (META.is), and so many more.Speakers include Michael Dorf (City Winery), John Moore (Bowery Presents), Jim Glancy (Bowery Presents), Don Strasburg (AEG), Josh Knight (Monterey International, INC), Ken Weinstein (Big Hassle Media), Emma Matthieson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’), Kevin Calabro (Calabro Music Media & Royal Potato Family), Rebecca Shapiro (Shore Fire Media), Jonathan Azu (Red Light Management), Mike Martinovich (Red Light Management), Mike Luba (Madison House Presents), Patrick Jordan (Red Light Management), Stef Scamardo (Hard Head MGMT), Dave Frey (LOCKN’), Jay Sweet (Newport Folk Festival), Dan Berkowitz (CID), Janine Small (Janine Small, PLLC), Robin McNicol (Superfly), and more.To close the evening, there will be a very special conversation with Relix founder Peter Shapiro (Dayglo Ventures) and Ron Delsener (LN NY) moderated by David Fricke (Rolling Stone), followed by a happy hour, and performance from The Meat Puppets and Mike Watt & The Secondmen.Tickets, which go on-sale this Friday, March 10th at 12PM ET, include a full day of panels, lunch, happy hour, admittance to The Meat Puppets and Mike Watt & The Secondmen at Brooklyn Bowl and a one-year subscription to Relix Magazine. More information available here.See below for the full schedule:9 AM – Doors (Light breakfast + Coffee)9:30 – 10:15 AM – Talent Buying Panel:– Moderator: Kirk Peterson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’)– Speakers: Michael Dorf (City Winery), John Moore (Bowery Presents), Jim Glancy (Bowery Presents), Don Strasburg (AEG), Josh Knight (Monterey International, INC)10:20 – 11:05 AM – Publicity Panel:– Moderator: Mike Greenhaus (Relix Media Group)– Speakers: Ken Weinstein (Big Hassle Media), Emma Matthieson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’), Kevin Calabro (Calabro Music Media & Royal Potato Family), Rebecca Shapiro (Shore Fire Media), Jonathan Azu (Red Light Management)11:10 – 11:25 AM – Activism: presentation by Andy Bernstein (Headcount) 11:30 – 11:45 AM – Ticketing: presentation by Josh Baron (Songkick) 11:45 – 12:45 PM – Break for lunch12:55 – 1:40 PM – Management Panel:– Moderator: Jake Szufnarowski (Rocks Off)– Speakers: Mike Martinovich (Red Light Management), Mike Luba (Madison House Presents), Patrick Jordan (Red Light Management), Stef Scamardo (Hard Head MGMT)1:45 – 2:00 PM – Technology: presentation by Justin Bolognino (META.is)2:05 – 2:50 PM – Festivals Panel: Presented by Ascend Insurance Brokerage– Moderator: Dean Budnick (Relix Media Group)– Speakers: Dave Frey (LOCKN’), Jay Sweet (Newport Folk Festival), Dan Berkowitz (CID), Janine Small (Janine Small, PLLC), Robin McNicol (Superfly)2:55 – 3:40 PM – Keynote: Presented by Access IndustriesA conversation with Peter Shapiro (Dayglo Ventures) and Ron Delsener (LN NY) moderated by David Fricke (Rolling Stone)4 – 6:00 PM – Happy Hour6:00 PM – All attendees are invited to attend The Meat Puppets and Mike Watt & The Secondmen at Brooklyn Bowl
The USC men’s basketball team will look to end the season on a high note and gain momentum heading into the Pac-12 tournament as the No. 9 Oregon Ducks roll into the Galen Center. The Trojans snapped a three -game losing streak with a win over the Oregon State Beavers on Wednesday night.In their previous matchup in late January, the Ducks (24-6, 13-4) entered as the underdogs. At the time, the Trojans (20-10, 9-8) were sitting at 15-3 and had just been ranked for the first time since 2008.Forward Elgin Cook led the Ducks with 26 points, five rebounds and four assists en route to an 89-81 victory. Forwards Dwayne Benjamin and Chris Boucher each added 16 points for the Ducks.The game was close throughout, but the Ducks went on a 13-1 run midway through the second half to pull away 71-56. The Trojans never got closer than 7 again.Freshman forward Bennie Boatwright had one of his best games against the Ducks, finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds, his first collegiate double-double. Junior guard Julian Jacobs chipped in 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. The rest of the team combined to shoot 38 percent from the field.The two teams have gone in opposite directions since their last matchup in Eugene. The Ducks have won 10 of their last 12 games, including the last time they played USC, and clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 title with their victory over UCLA on Wednesday. A win over the Trojans would give them their first Pac-12 title since 2002.“They are a tough team. They’re a top-10 team in the nation for a reason,” sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin said. “They have a little bit of everything: outside shooting, inside shooting, defense, blocking and the ability to spread the floor.”The Trojans bounced back from their disappointing road trip to Oregon by winning their next three games. However, the Men of Troy lost five of their next six games before getting back on the winning track against the Beavers. USC currently sits at sixth in the Pac-12. A win over the Ducks along with a Colorado loss would give the Trojans the No. 5 seed heading into the Pac-12 Tournament.Despite this being the last regular season game for both teams, there is a lot at stake.The Ducks enter the Galen Center riding a four-game winning streak, where they have outscored opponents by an average of 11 points. Forward Dillon Brooks leads a well-rounded Ducks squad that currently has four players averaging more than 12 points per game.Oregon has a strong offense, but their strength has been their defense. The Ducks are second in the Pac-12 in steals and blocks per game with 7.4 and 5.6 respectively. They also lead the conference in turnover margin.One of the Trojans’ biggest weaknesses this season has been turnovers. In winnable games against Arizona State and Oregon State, the Trojans let the win slip away with high turnover rates. Oregon loves to feast on turnovers and get out in transition, something the Trojans will need to slow down if they hope to win.Lucky for the Trojans, they are a completely different team at home. The Men of Troy boast a 16-1 home record, with their only loss coming at the hands of a strong Utah team.“We’re 16-and-1 on our home floor,” head coach Andy Enfield. “So whatever magic they have needs to happen on Saturday because Oregon is one of the top teams in the country.”Behind the likes of McLaughlin, junior guard Katin Reinhardt and Boatwright, the Trojans are one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country. The Trojans seem to do better when they average around twenty 3-point shots per game, as they convert close to 40 percent of their attempts. The Ducks have the second worst 3-point defense in the Pac-12, something the Trojans should look to take advantage of.“We really did something special at home this year,” Jacobs said. “I think we just have to defend our home court one more time, and we are motivated because of the last time we played them.”Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. this Saturday, March 5. The game will be aired on the Pac-12 Network.
Although Guyana is not in a position to set up a full risk management system to solve its drainage problem and alleviate the impact of flooding, Dutch experts have proposed that Guyana develop flood hazard maps as a small step towards a full-fledged risk management system.The report, titled “Risk Approach”, indicated that a full risk management approach was not possible in Guyana at the moment, owing to a lack of data and modelling capacities, but a good first step would be to consider the various elements of the drainage system as interconnected elements of a system, and to look for its weakest elements.The Netherlands’ Risk Reduction Team, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan, National Task Force Commission head, Retired Major General Joe Singh and other members of the task force at a press briefingIt stated that it would also be a good step to consider drainage system improvements (concrete projects) as investments that need to be in accord with the value of what is being protected. Adding that it makes no sense to invest in protecting an area that has little value, the report suggested that it was more beneficial to invest in protecting high-value areas.In addition to these more general requirements, a first step towards working with a risk management approach would be to prepare flood hazard maps. These are maps of certain floodprone areas showing what could happen under 1/10, 1/50, or 1/100 years conditions (rainfall, river and sea levels). It will provide information for now and for the future on a number of climate change scenarios.“Flood hazard maps differ from flood maps such that they are projections for what can be expected under extreme conditions with a specific frequency of occurrence. It is a first step towards a risk approach in decision-making. Flood hazard maps can be used for planning purposes and to compare areas. They can also be used for investment purposes as they show which areas may be more favourable than others,” the report said.It added that after local personnel has gained experience in working with flood hazard mapping, “a next step can be made towards the development of a full risk approach for the drainage system of Georgetown and other low-lying coastal areas in Guyana”.Without drainage systems, flood damage will occur multiple times per year and the avoidance of this damage is the monetary benefit of the drainage system. These benefits are not only monetary, but also refer to health and safety issues. Under extreme flood events, resulting in rapidly rising water or strong flow velocities, deaths may occur as a result of drowning and during inundation, water from the sewerage system may get mixed with the surface drainage water and result in serious health threats.The report purported that having an adequate and well-functioning drainage system thus prevents economic damage and reduces the number of casualties.It stated that Guyana’s practice in proposing improvement measures seemed to be primarily project-based, without an assessment of the whole drainage system, implying that the chosen measures may in the end not have the largest reduction of the flood risks.The Netherlands has developed a Rational Risk Approach to deal with their drainage system. It is a consistent method that analyses all elements of the flood defence system; it computes failure probabilities of each element under a wide variety of extreme conditions and computes the (monetary and non-monetary) consequences of any such failure.“ Either way, it has proven to be an effective method to steer spatial developments and to prioritise measures that have the largest contribution to flood risk reduction,” the report indicated, referencing that the Flood Risk document (FLORIS) prepared by the Dutch government on how a Rational Risk Approach has been developed and applied on all water defences in The Netherlands.