first_imgThis week, The Motet kicked off their fall tour with Dopapod. Tonight, ahead of their show at New York City’s Irving Plaza, the group will head to Madison Square Garden, where they’ll play a special halftime performance during tonight’s basketball game. Before the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets play each other as part of the Subway Series, Motet vocalist Lyle Divinsky will open the game by singing the National Anthem. The full band will then perform a special, funk-fueled halftime show later in the evening.Members Of The Motet, TAB, & More Tribute Jamiroquai At Brooklyn Comes Alive [Audio/Videos]The Knicks/Nets game will be televised on the MSGNetwork (and you can watch online at MSG Go). Folks in the New York area can also catch The Motet’s show with Dopapod at Irving Plaza tonight, with more information about the show and tickets available here. Today also marks the release of a brand-new single from the Colorado-based funk act—a new tune called “Get It Right”. You can take a listen for yourself below! [Photo: Emily Butler]last_img read more

first_imgOn Monday night, as reported by The Seattle Times, comedian Will Ferrell joined a number of high-profile musicians including Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, and Brandi Carlile at a fundraiser for Cancer for College—a nonprofit that gives young survivors of cancer tuition funds for college. Dubbed “One Classy Night In Seattle,” the house band also included Brandi Carlile’s bandmates, Tim and Phil Hanseroth; Chad Smith’s RHCP bandmate, Josh Klinghoffer; and Stefan Lessard of Dave Matthews Band.One Classy Night In Seattle’s lineup with Will Ferrell and Chad Smith is unsurprising, given the two have a long history together as friends, doppelgängers, musical “collaborators,” and philanthropists for Cancer for College. In 2014, the two notable look-a-likes agreed to stage a drum battle, with Ferrell accepting only under the condition that the two of them raise $300,000 for Cancer for College. However, despite their friendship, as recently as fall of 2017, Smith stormed off the stage during a gig at Musicians Institute after a heckler yelled “Will Ferrell!” during a performance. He seemed to be kidding (mostly), but regardless it appears as though the two are still friends.During Monday night’s show, the band—which Ferrell named after the classic pre-teen Judy Blume novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret—played a number of covers, including songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, R.E.M., and Led Zeppelin. During the show, Ferrell introduced a “local, homegrown kid” and invited out Eddie Vedder, McCready’s Pearl Jam bandmate, to join the motley crew of musicians for a rendition of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”, marking one of the major highlights and biggest surprises of the evening. With Carlile taking over vocals, Vedder stayed mostly in the background playing the tambourine, while Ferrell reemerged mid-song with his iconic cowbell.You can watch Eddie Vedder join the musical and comedic supergroup for a cover of “Personal Jesus” as well as a take on Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (sans Vedder), below, courtesy of MrBubbrub.Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Supergroup – “Personal Jesus”[Video: MrBubbrub]Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Supergroup – “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”[Video: MrBubbrub][H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

first_img View Comments TERRI WHITE “Two Score” – 6/22 at 10PM Who’s that woman? You know her well—it’s Broadway baby Terri White! The stage vet, whose credits include Follies, Finian’s Rainbow, Chicago and Ain’t Misbehavin’, will bring to the supper club a night of mischief, blues and Broadway. GET TICKETS LAINIE KAZAN “My Life in Concert” – 10/9 at 7PM & 10/10 at 8PM The Emmy and Tony nominee is spilling the beans on Babs, Bette, Tom Hanks and more. Kazan makes her 54 Below debut in an autobiographical cabaret that spans from Brooklyn upbringings to understudying Streisand to her success on stage and screen. GET TICKETS GRIND: THE MOVIE In Concert with Anthony Rapp – 9/1 at 9:30PM This must be what it feels like to get catfished by Anthony Rapp. The If/Then star will lead a concert version of the musical short film Grind, which explores the ins and outs of connection in an isolating age online world. GET TICKETS Summer’s right around the corner, and what better place to cool off than at Broadway’s coolest supper club? Each week, dozens of stars sing out on the 54 Below stage. Here are some of the exciting just-announced sure-to-be amazing nights lined up for the summer and beyond at 54 Below. KATE SHINDLE 6/4 at 7PM She can belt her freakin’ face off, and that’s just what she’s going to do in her 54 Below debut. The Broadway babe and former Miss America will bring her “Binder of Broken Dreams” to the stage, singing the songs she’s learned but never had a chance to perform. GET TICKETS WHITNEY BASHOR 6/26 at 9:30PM Perhaps you remember her as Marian/Chiara in The Bridges of Madison County, for which she received the 2014 Actors’ Equity Clarence Derwent Award for most promising female performer. The songstress will make her 54 Below with a set list of musical theater standards and acoustic pop covers. GET TICKETS JIM BROCHU “Tete-a-Tete with Jim Brochu & Friends”  – 6/1 & 8/3 at 7PM “Learn Your Lessons Well” from two legendary composers! Brochu will sit down with Sheldon Harnick and Stephen Schwartz to discuss everything from their greatest hits to their inspirations and future projects. They will be joined by the best of Broadway and the cabaret scene. GET TICKETS LAUREN PRITCHARD 7/15 at 9:30PM We loved her in Spring Awakening, but what has she been up to since? Quite a lot, actually. Catch up with Pritchard as she sings and shares stories of her career path, from signing a record deal in England to singing rock around the world and co-writing and performing with Panic! At the Disco. GET TICKETSlast_img read more

first_imgAtlanta visitors bring lots of money to town, but they leave lots of waste behind. To help the city’s downtown hotels make better use of their refuse, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the University of Georgia and other state agencies joined the hospitality industry to form the Georgia Hospitality Environmental Partnership. One of the partnership’s projects is helping hotels get rid of soap barrels. Nine barrels a month don’t sound like much for a large hotel like Atlanta’s Westin Peachtree Plaza to worry about. But over a year, those barrels add up to more than a ton of garbage in local landfills. Managers at the Westin, one of GHEP’s pilot hotels, chose not to ignore the bright blue and white plastic barrels, which hold concentrated laundry detergent. Instead, they decided to use them. “It was a simple concept, but hard to implement,” said Jeff Darrow, DCA’s GHEP program manager. First, the Westin reused as many drums as they could as recycling cans and trash cans. But they soon ran out of ways to reuse them. GHEP and the Westin worked with the supplier to return the barrels to the detergent manufacturers for reuse. The supplier had a program to allow for their return. But the Westin would have to stockpile 30 barrels before sending them back. Storing that many of the 55-, 25- and 5-gallon drums was too cumbersome. Storage was a problem for recycling them, too. The barrels filled the recycling container and left no room for the hotel’s other plastics. Bobby Wilson, a Fulton-DeKalb County extension agent with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, heard of the problem. He offered another solution — gardening. First, Wilson and other metro extension agents used barrels to create irrigation systems in demonstration gardens and community gardens in low-income neighborhoods. For less than $20 — enough to buy a spigot and some tubing — they could turn two of the 55-gallon drums into a drip irrigation system. The agents used other barrels as composting bins. For some of the bins, they simply cut the tops off of the barrels and drilled holes in them to provide air circulation. For others, they drilled holes in both the tops and bottoms. Then they cut a door in the side and placed the barrel on a stand with a rod running through the center. This allowed them to mix composting materials easily by rotating the barrel. The composting bins are at work now in the demonstration and community gardens. The Extension Service can provide plans so others may reuse barrels in similar ways. Finally, Wilson and the other agents used the old barrels to create “Circles of Gardening.” They cut the tops and bottoms off of each barrel. Then they cut each into three 11.5-inch rings. They placed old newspapers or cardboard on the ground, then set the rings on top of them. The agents filled the rings with compost and used them as bottomless planters. The first to develop this concept, the DeKalb County agents are spreading the method and its benefits throughout the country. The Urban Gardening Program in Jackson, Miss., is already using the idea. The detergent drums are readily available. They’re used not only by hotels, but also by hospitals and others. The Extension Service uses more barrels than the Westin can provide, so Emory and Crawford Long hospitals and the Emory Inn and Conference Center are pitching in, too. “This is a perfect example of how partnership should work,” Darrow said. “The Westin had a problem waste stream, and the Extension Service saw an opportunity. Now they’re sharing their experience so other businesses and organizations can see the opportunities, too.”last_img read more

first_imgNAFCU’s advocacy team is closely monitoring the Trump and Clinton presidential campaigns and continues to advance with both the need for regulatory relief for the nation’s member-owned credit unions and to preserve credit unions’ federally tax-exempt status, association President and CEO Dan Berger said Monday.“NAFCU has met with both presidential campaigns seeking the candidates’ support for the more than 103 million Americans who rely on credit unions to meet their financial service needs,” said Berger. “As these campaigns proceed, we will continue our efforts to advance specific relief from onerous rules that are driving up costs for credit unions with no clear benefit to credit union members.“In addition, we remain focused on ensuring lawmakers and the next president understand the value credit unions bring to their members and to the nation’s economy as a whole.”Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump discussed his economic plans Monday before the Detroit Economic Club, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will return Thursday to do the same. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgPhoto: HTZ The city of Zagreb is presented as a citybreak destination “I must admit that the interest in Croatia and the Croatian tourist offer in Australia exceeded all our expectations. We held a presentation before the leading Australian tour operators who already offer Croatia in their programs, but what we are especially pleased about before numerous travel agents who, due to the great interest of Australians in traveling to our country, want to cooperate with Croatian tourism entities.”, Commented the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that this year the focus of the Croatian Tourist Board is the enhanced promotion of Croatia in distant markets such as China, USA, Canada, Singapore, South Korea and especially Australia.  Luka Olivari, a representative of Rijeka – European Capital of Culture 2020, pointed out that Rijeka was well received by Australian travel agents. “Australian tourism professionals are particularly interested in art, education and pop culture, in which Rijeka has been at the forefront for years. Rijeka has so far been a lesser-known destination for travelers from Australia and these workshops have contributed to increasing the tourist attractiveness of the entire region and strengthening the identity of the flowing city.” Olivari concluded. “The Australian market is extremely important for our city because Australian guests stay longer in the destination, and for them Zagreb has an excellent offer for money and is the starting or ending point of a longer trip to Croatia and neighboring countries. Zagreb presented itself as a year-round destination with numerous events throughout the year, and this is important because we are recognized in Australia as a citybreak destination. Also, a special focus is on health tourism, which is of particular interest to tourists from Australia, as well as a rich cultural offer. the city of Zagreb is one of the most important cultural and tourist destinations ” said the director of the Zagreb Tourist Board Martina Bienenfeld. In order to complete the promotion of the Croatian tourist offer in Australia, the Croatian tourist delegation will hold a presentation on Friday, July 5 in Sydney in front of twenty leading Australian tourist and lifestyle media such as Travmedia, Get lost magazine, Marie Claire, Gourmet Traveler, Travel Weekly Australia, SBS, Harper’s Bazaar, Travel Tolk, KarryOn, Escape, Luxury Travel Magazine, MiNDFOOD, The Australian Women’s Weekly, etc. “The interest of Australians in traveling to Croatia is growing from year to year, they are travelers who do not rest, love adrenaline, sports, good fun and great food, and your country abounds in it. Australians want to see and explore Croatia “, said Paul Polyviou, CEO of Sun Island Tours, boasting that this year they have issued a special brochure dedicated exclusively to cruises along the Croatian coast. Photo: HTZ Since 2015, the City of Zagreb has been recording a constant increase in guests from Australia. In 2018, 30.636 arrivals and 64.288 overnight stays were recorded, which is an increase of as much as 81 percent in arrivals and 91 percent in overnight stays, compared to the year before. After this week’s successful presentation in Melbourne, even greater interest in Croatia was in Sydney, according to the CNTB, where the Croatian tourist offer was presented to leading Australian tour operators and 82 Australian travel agents. This workshop was also organized in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board under the slogan “Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia”.   For the first time in history, the Croatian National Tourist Board organized a presentation of the Croatian tourist offer in Australia.  According to the CNTB, the presentation in Sydney was attended, among others, by tour operators Experience Croatia & More, a company with more than 40 years of experience in the tourism industry that was the first to introduce the sale of Croatia as a tourist destination in the Australian market; Greece and Mediterranean Travel Center, an Australian agency specializing in the sale of Greece, Egypt, Italy, Spain, Malta and Croatia; Excite Holidays, a leading Australian and global online travel platform that provides travel, accommodation, transportation and Sun Island Tours tour operator specializing in the sale of Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.  The presentation and workshops were attended by 11 Croatian tourism entities Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, Rijeka – European Capital of Culture 2020, Croatia Airlines, Zagreb Tourist Board, Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Katarina Line Cruises & Tours, Atlas Plus, Navigare Yachting, Bagatin Clinic, Aronda Adriana Travel and Olivari while the Slovenian tourist offer was represented by four Slovenian partners, namely KNM Travel, Ljubljana tourism & Ljubljana Castle, Palma travel DMC and Happy tours.last_img read more

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first_imgIndonesia’s automotive industry players can breathe a sigh of relief as national car sales in June rebounded strongly, promising a smoother road for the rest of the year, analysts have said.National car sales jumped more than threefold in June to 12,623 units from a record low 3,551 units a month before, according to Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) data compiled by diversified conglomerate PT Astra International. Despite the rebound, sales in June were almost 79 percent lower year-on-year (yoy).In total, sales reached 260,933 units during the first half, a plunge of around 46 percent from the same period last year. “We expect the recovery to ramp up ahead,” RHB Sekuritas analyst Andrey Wijaya wrote in a research note dated July 16. “We are also positive on monthly sales, as national retail sales came up to 29,682 units (+74.8 percent mom [month-on-month], -54.6 percent yoy) – which means dealers’ businesses have begun to return to normal levels.”However, he warned that an increase in COVID-19 infections would have a severe negative impact on the auto industry, as well as a further weakening in global economic growth.Car sales have become one of the indicators of Indonesia’s household spending, which accounts for more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).Indonesia’s automotive industry was hit hard by the government’s decision to implement large scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several cities nationwide to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Car wholesales nosedived in April and hit rock bottom in May with a more than 95 percent annual drop as the pandemic hit demand. A rebound in car sales in June is highly likely due to pent up demand after most dealers closed their doors for more than two months due to the partial lockdowns, Sucor Sekuritas analysts wrote in a report on July 1.“Although it is still too early to conclude that purchasing power has returned, we are happy to see that sales performance has started to gain traction,” they wrote.“It is also our strong belief that the sales trend will further improve, albeit slowly, in the second half. At this juncture, we project car sales will decline by 30 to 40 percent yoy this year to only around 600,000 to 700,000 units versus 1.05 million units in 2019.”Previously, Gaikindo decided to cut its domestic car sales target this year by 40 percent to just 600,000 units. The association also slashed Indonesia’s car export target to 175,000 units in 2020 from the initial target of 350,000 to 400,000 units.Indonesia has recorded national car sales of around 1 million units annually in recent years.Gaikindo co-chairman Jongki Sugiarto told The Jakarta Post on Monday that carmakers aimed to sell at least 30,000 cars in July to achieve its sales projection of 100,000 cars in the April-July period.“If we could achieve 100,000 car sales in [in the April to July period], we could achieve our annual target. I believe we can achieve that,” he said.Automotive industry expert Bebin Djuana said on Tuesday that manufacturers should keep their production low despite the sales increase in June, as falling car demand from March to May caused rising car stocks in dealers across the country.Four-wheeled vehicle production reached over 82,000 and 89,000 units in February and March, respectively, according to Gaikindo data.The car production rate dropped by April and hit rock-bottom in May with only 1,997 cars being produced during the month. The production number climbed in June with 16,000 units, as car sales started to rebound.The improvement in the industry is expected to be beneficial for Astra, half of whose revenue is sourced from the automotive business, according to RHB Sekuritas and Sucor Sekuritas analysts.Astra, whose stocks trade at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the code ASII, traditionally hold more than half of the country’s car wholesale market share but its share dropped to a record low of 31 percent and 38 percent in May and June, respectively.“We believe ASII is likely to benefit in the longer term, supported by our unchanged thesis of an increase in demand for higher-capacity automobiles, as the new normal (social distancing, public health fears) may result in the public leaning more toward using private vehicles over public transportation,” Andrey of RHB said.Astra’s stocks had dropped 2.79 percent as of 2:36 p.m. Western Indonesia Time on Wednesday as the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) slipped 0.24 percent. The stocks have lost 23 percent of their value in the last year. (prm)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgSINN Power has attached two supporting structures for its wave energy converter (WEC) modules to the port wall in Heraklion on Crete, Greece, where the company will install and commission the first two of the total of five of its devices in early July. All five wave energy converter modules, with the revised SINN Power technology, are expected to be installed on the port wall by 2019.The two WEC modules are funded by the German Federal Government and primarily serve to test the updated technology for its functionality.This spring, the production of the individual components, which took place mostly in Germany, was completed and the WEC modules were then transported to Greece by truck. After the arrival of the truck with the components in early May, the SINN Power engineering team began welding the supporting structures, which were recently attached to the breakwater wall.The lifting rods, generators and floating bodies will be assembled in the coming weeks.Once the further three WECs are in place, they will allow for testing the electrical connection of several generators in practice and thus serve the further development of the innovative wave energy technology, the German wave energy developer said.Illustration of the planned WEC test modules at the project site in Heraklion, Crete. Image courtesy of SINN Power.The project is permanently supervised by five to seven SINN Power engineers at the project location in Greece. They monitor the mechanical loads of the revised WEC modules and evaluate the data on the generated electricity.In August 2017, the company was awarded a €1.0 million grant from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to expand its research activities on Crete with additional wave energy converters next to its WEC prototype installed in 2015 at the breakwater wall of the Port of Heraklion.Following the successful completion of the test on the wall-mounted wave energy modules, SINN Power plans to test a floating version of its wave energy converter technology. The planned floating wave energy converter will consist of 18 modules.last_img read more

first_img Share Plant Protection Officer, Ryan Anselm has revealed that efforts are currently being made to manage fruit flies on the island. Anselm explained that there has been a decrease in fruit production which is caused by fruit flies, hence the need for this to be addressed with urgency.“Farmers have been experiencing significant decreases in fruit production so the strategy is to maintain the fruit sector for both the local and the export market. Fruit Flies and Mango Seed Weevils have negatively impacted our ability to export fruits. [Our] strategy is to maintain the levels of fruit export by managing the Fruit Fly population”’.Part of the efforts currently being undertaken to deal with this issue is the assistance of a Suriname expert who will visit farms with a view to educating farmers on fruit flies.Alies Van Saeurs–Muller, Head of the Carambola Fruit Fly Programme in Suriname, is part of a two-member delegation that will be visiting farms, meeting with extension officers and the Plant Protection and Quarantine Unit this week.“The message we’re bringing has to do with recognising fruit flies and [educating persons on] what they could do to manage the Fruit Fly problem. There are quite a number of methods that persons could apply in the field, not only the destruction of fruit flies by destroying affected fruit but also biological control, trapping, bait spraying etc.”According to Muller, if the larvae of the fruit flies are not destroyed, they could re-emerge and infect other fruits.“Everybody can do it…Everybody who has fruit trees in their own homes and finds larvae in the fruit can destroy them. If the larvae are left on the ground, they will penetrate the soils and re-emerge as flies and would infest fruits in your garden again or somebody else’s garden”.She also noted that citizens can assist by destroying fruits which are infected and this will go a long way in the management of fruit flies.Dominica is not the only Caribbean country which has been affected by fruit flies; Grenada has also been battling with the pest.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Efforts being made to manage fruit flies by: – July 18, 2012 Share 31 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more