Notre Dame fans left seeing red

first_img Sajben said the behavior of the fans was more disenchanting to her than the play of Notre Dame on the field. “I didn’t come out disappointed in the team, I came out disappointed in the fans,” she said. “I’ve lived through all the disappointment but I stayed there the whole game because that is what you do as fans.” Despite three difficult losses in a row, Riehm said he was optimistic about this weekend’s matchup against Boston College. “Boston College got shut out this weekend, so I believe we can keep fighting because that is what we do.” Senior David Riehm echoed Flatley’s statements, and said he believes Kelly will be able to turn the Irish around soon enough “I guess it would have been cool if we came out and won, but we have a long way to go largely because we’ve been down the last three years,” he said. “We played like a team that has a lot of work to do. Kelly has shown that he can bring us out of that.” Senior Alex Sajben said the loss was particularly tough for seniors because of the performance of the team over the last few years, but that Kelly represents hope for the future. “It is tough because since freshman year our particular class has had a lot more downs than ups,” she said. “I think honestly, Stanford is a very good team. I’d love to be here next year when coach Kelly settles in. He is a very good coach.” Stanford scored 18 points in the fourth quarter. As the gap in scoring between the Cardinal and the Irish widened, Notre Dame Stadium began to empty out early. “It was really sad to see Notre Dame Stadium empty out. Everyone seemed just quiet and disappointed,” Guinan said. “Thank goodness we scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was a nice reward for the people who stayed.” Though the Stanley Cup made its way onto the field Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium, its winning luck could not rub off on the Irish as Notre Dame fell to Stanford, 37-14. After two losses in a row that came down to the wire, Irish fans had tempered expectations prior to this weekend’s matchup. Sophomore Tylor Gauger said though he did not expect much before kickoff, the final score came as a bit of a shock. “I knew it was going to be a tough one to win but I didn’t think we would lose that badly,” he said. “Stanford played smart but we also did not play up to par.” Stanford was able to post points largely on the strength of kicker Nate Whitaker, who transferred to Stanford from Notre Dame in 2008 nailed five field goals for the Cardinal Saturday. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who has been hyped as one of the top in the nation, threw two interceptions for his first turnovers of the year. Junior Melissa Guinan said it was difficult to watch the Irish not capitalize on those chances. “It is a shame we weren’t able to turn the big turnovers into something,” she said. Sophomore Brian Morell said though a loss to such a prestigious opponent was disappointing, the defense looked sharp against Luck. “It was disappointing, but not completely unexpected. Stanford was the highest ranked team we have faced this season,” he said. “We did well against Luck, we just didn’t have any offense.” At 1-3, Notre Dame is off to its worst start since 2007. Sophomore Catherine Flatley said expectations going into the season may have been unrealistic and to evaluate the team on such a small sample would be misleading. “Obviously the loss was really disappointing, but everyone seemed to hope it would go a lot better than it did,” she said. “People just do not seem thrilled relative to our expectations this year. However, I don’t know if you can judge everything [first-year Irish] coach [Brian] Kelly has done in just a few games.”last_img read more

Movember’ promotes men’s health with facial hair

first_imgStudent body president Alex Coccia may have the most iconic facial hair on campus, but he will blend in more this month as students participating in Movember don moustaches and beards to raise awareness of men’s health issues.  Senior Steve Fox said the Movember campaign charges men to not shave for the month of November to encourage conversation about men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer and depression to de-stigmatize these diseases. “Why do you grow moustaches to tell people that being depressed is ok? Because it’s funny and it’s awesome and it turns the idea on its head,” Fox said. “There isn’t a stigma about mental health unless we give it a stigma, and the only way you change that is to be willing to talk about that. “So why don’t you wear on your face for one month out of the year [a sign] that [you] stand in solidarity with people who suffer from these issues?” Fox said the Movember campaign began in 2003 when a group of friends in Australia challenged each other to a facial hair competition then decided to give it a message. The cause has since spread worldwide and is especially prevalent on U.S. college campuses because younger men are more likely to struggle with diseases like testicular cancer, he said. “Something that we’ve definitely been recognizing and we think why [the Movember campaign] wanted to move on and expand to talking about more holistic men’s health is that there are a lot of things that guys don’t like talking about because we just tie it up to being macho,” he said. “One of the biggest things that guys or gals don’t like talking about is mental health.” Coccia said student government wanted to support bringing the Movember campaign to Notre Dame because of its important message. “Personally I was very excited because facial hair in general is something that’s important to me, and I think it should be very well-respected on campus,” he said. “But I had known about competitions like this that had been done on a much smaller scale, and I think that Steve and Dom [Romeo] had brought a lot of passion to it to show that this could be something that the whole campus was involved with.” Men Against Violence, Notre Dame’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Circle K are also sponsoring Movember, and Fox said he is open to other organizations joining the cause as well. Senior Dominic Romeo said he encourages individuals to get involved, as some of his friends already have. “One of the things that my roommate came up with is on Halloween night, he dressed up as a mouse and another one of our friends dressed up as a stash (he dressed up like Mario and had a big bucket on his stomach with a big stash of Monopoly money in the middle of it), and they went around the dorms and asked for donations or they also had a sign-up sheet where people committed,” he said. Girls can also support the cause by donating to their friends’ teams or organizing their own fundraiser, Fox said. Of the money raised through the Movember campaign, 85 percent goes right to the cause, and 40 percent of that money goes to the Livestrong Foundation while the rest goes to the Movember Foundation. Fox said students can start their own teams by going to, registering their team and joining the Notre Dame network titled “Notre Dame Movember.” Coccia said the teams that raise the most money will win special prizes, and the grand prize is dinner served by Fox, Romeo and Coccia. “It would be a very classy affair for the winning team,” Coccia said. Contact Tori Roeck at vroeck@nd.edulast_img read more

Bumpy skies

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaYou’re sitting comfortably in a commercial airliner flying through clear blue skies. The flight attendant bends down to hand you a drink, and suddenly the plane jolts. The drink spills in your lap. What just happened?Clear-air turbulence (CAT) is a phenomenon that has baffled the aviation industry for more than a half century, said John Knox, an associate research scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.But he’s starting to find some answers to the mystery.Airborne potholesEven if you haven’t flown in a plane before, no doubt you’ve heard people speak of experiencing turbulence during a flight.”It’s kind of like hitting a giant airborne pothole,” said Knox, who studies atmospheric conditions. It can be scary at the least or cause injury to fliers.Due to reroutes, cancellations or damage, turbulence costs the aviation industry an estimated $100 million and more than 300 injuries a year. It’s caused by the up-and-down motions of the air a plane flies through.”Air waves in the atmosphere are like the waves in the ocean or in a pond,” Knox said. “When a plane flies through the waves, the tail can get lifted in the crest and nose caught down in the trough. (The plane) gets bumped around.”Highs and lowsTurbulence is most often caused by weather activity around thunderstorms, which are usually associated with low pressure systems in the atmosphere.It’s easier to predict this type of turbulence, he said. Forecasters can see or predict with relative accuracy where thunderstorms might develop. A pilot can fly around storms or be prepared for turbulence when flying through a low pressure region.But turbulence can also happen out of the blue in clear skies. Sometimes it’s caused by high pressure systems.”Predicting turbulence in clear skies is much more tricky,” he said, “because there are no visible signs.”The primary suspect for CAT, he said, has been a kind of atmospheric motion known as gravity waves, which can move through clear skies as easily as through cloudy ones.Two types of gravity waves are those caused by winds blowing over mountains and those created by sharp changes in wind speeds near low pressure fronts.Gravity waves do contribute to CAT, he said. But CAT has jostled planes far away from mountains and fronts, too.InstabilityThough high pressure systems are usually associated with clear skies, they can still cause quite a disturbance in the atmosphere. Winds in a high pressure system turn in a radius. If the system grows stronger, those winds can turn faster and tighter and cause what is known as inertial instability, he said.”This instability is not well known in the aviation forecasting community,” he said. But it could be the cause of certain kinds of CAT.For the near future, CAT will still startle pilots and air travelers. But Knox feels he is one step closer to putting the puzzle together.If you throw a rock into a still pond and you see where the rock hits the water and you know how waves behave, you can predict how and where the waves will release from the initial impact point of the rock.”We think we know the waves,” he said. “We just need to know more about the rocks and how many there are.”Knox hopes his research leads to computer models that can help aviation forecasters better predict CAT.last_img read more

Tropical Warnings

first_imgLongtime residents of Georgia may remember the devastating floods of Tropical Storm Alberto in July 1994. The rain was so intense that Georgia’s one-day rainfall record was set during that storm: 21.10 inches of rain was recorded in Americus, Georgia, over a 24-hour period ending on July 6, 1994, as the storm stalled over the state. Despite that incredible record and the resulting damage, the National Hurricane Center did not retire that storm’s name. “Alberto” is the first on the list of Atlantic tropical storm names for the 2018 season, which begins on June 1.The National Hurricane Center’s latest five-day outlook for the Atlantic tropical region indicates that there is an 80 percent chance of this year’s Tropical Storm Alberto developing in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five days, even before the season officially begins.While it is not likely to bring extreme winds or a storm surge, it is expected to bring copious rain to an area that has already received up to six times more rain than normal in the last week, covering most of Georgia except the northwest corner.The slowly moving storm is expected to bring another 6 inches of rain across a wide area of Georgia over the next seven days. While this is not likely to be as wet as the 1994 Tropical Storm Alberto, the storm and rainfall will still cause tremendous problems in Georgia, along the coast and inland across most of the state.Now is the time to think about what you need to do to get ready for the rain, whether or not it becomes a named tropical storm. If you have weekend activities planned along the Gulf Coast for this Memorial Day weekend, be prepared for intermittent heavy rains, gusty winds, high waves and rip currents in the water along the coast from New Orleans to the west coast of Florida. If you are inland, prepare for localized flooding made worse by ground that’s already saturated in many areas. Move equipment and livestock out of low-lying areas.Expect some trees to fall because of the wet soil conditions, even if the winds are not that strong. This may mean roads are blocked or power disrupted, so check your generators now if you need supplemental electricity for your operations.If water covers the road, do as the National Weather Service recommends and “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” You won’t be able to tell if the road has been undercut or washed away, and water has a tremendous potential to move cars and trucks, even when it’s only a few inches deep. The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) has several useful publications on preparation and recovery at rain and cloudy conditions in place over the past two weeks have caused problems for producers: split blueberries; increased fungal diseases; slow growth of crops; and producers’ inability to get into the field to side-dress corn, apply fungicides and other treatments, and plant. Unfortunately, I don’t see a shift in this current pattern, and above-normal rainfall is likely to continue for the next several weeks, although there will be some drier periods that may allow farmers back into their fields.For more information, follow my retweets on Twitter at @SE_AgClimate or shares on my Southeast Ag Climate Facebook page. Do not count on your smartphone weather apps to give you the most current information. Many of them are only updated once or twice a day. Keep monitoring credible sources for changing conditions. Above-normal sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico could lead to a rapid drop in pressure and increase in winds as the center of the storm gets close to land, or the storm could move in a different direction under weak steering currents.If you have comments to share about how the current rainy and cloudy weather is affecting your work and your crops, please feel free to send them to me at I always like to hear how the weather and climate are affecting Georgia agriculture.last_img read more

Vermont’s economic growth attributed to small businesses

first_imgVermont’s small businesses are key to the state’s well-being and account for a significant share of the state’s economic production and hiring, according to the Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profile for the state, released today. The profile uses the most recent data available to provide details about small business employment, business starts and closings, bank lending, business ownership by minorities, women, and veterans, and firm and employment change by major industry and firm size.‘Small business is a catalyst for economic growth in Vermont and in our nation,’ said Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy. ‘In today’s economic climate, we need to continue to support entrepreneurship and promote policies that help small businesses grow and prosper.’Small businesses totaled 79,079 in Vermont in 2008. Of these, 18,616 were employers and they accounted for 61.4% of private sector jobs in the state. Small firms made up 96.5% of the state’s employers.Vermont’s real gross state product increased by 1.7% and private-sector employment decreased by 4.2% in 2009. By comparison, real GDP in the United States grew 0.7% and private sector employment declined by 5.5%.Business ownership is becoming more inclusive in the state. The number of both women and minority business owners has grown. In particular, minority-owned businesses numbered 1,808 in 2007, an increase of 32.4% over 2002.The state’s businesses also showed signs of stability and improvement in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the first quarter.   This profile from the Office of Advocacy uses the latest available data to illustrate the status and contributions of Vermont small businesses. (Note that a small business is defined as one with fewer than 500 employees.)â ¢ Small businesses totaled 79,079 in the state in 2008. Of these, 18,616 were employers, and they accounted for 61.4% of private-sector jobs in the state (Table 1). Small firms made up 96.5% of the state’s employers. â ¢ Vermont’s real gross state product increased by 1.7% and private-sector employment decreased by 4.2% in 2009. By comparison, real GDP in the United States grew 0.7% and privatesector employment declined by 5.5%.  â ¢ Business ownership is becoming more inclusive in the state. The number of both women and minority business owners has grown. In particular, minority-owned businesses numbered 1,808 in 2007, a 32.4% increase over 2002.  â ¢ The state’s small business employment has undergone major shifts in recent years (Table 2).â ¢ The state’s businesses showed signs of stability and improvement in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the first quarter (Table 3).For more information and a complete copy of the state and territory small business profiles, visit the Office of Advocacy website at is external). The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government.  The presidentially appointed Chief Counsel for Advocacy advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. Regional advocates and an office in Washington, D.C., support the Chief Counsel’s efforts. For more information, visit is external), or call (202) 205-6533.last_img read more

4 ways to ease your quarantine tension

first_img 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details We all get stressed. If you’re stressing right now, our current change in lifestyle may have something to do with it, but there may be a million reasons why we feel this way. The good news is there are some simple ways you can help alleviate the tension. Here are four to consider…Talk to someone: Sometimes you just need an information download. Keeping your emotions all bottled up can be uncomfortable. A quick FaceTime with your mom or your BFF might be all you need to lift the tension you’re dealing with.Have a good laugh: If it sounds too easy, it’s because it is. Laughing releases endorphins that can improve your mood and will also put you in a good head space. There’s no better way to feel relaxed than some big laughs. Need somewhere to start? How about this supercut of Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes monologues (not for the faint of heart, but posted by NBC, so take that for what it’s worth).Work up a good sweat: I never thought I’d say this, but I really miss the gym. I think I’ve gained about 5 pounds during the quarantine so far. But working out has more advantages than just maintaining your weight. Like laughing, exercise will release endorphins that will improve your mood. A quick walk around the block will get your blood flowing and make you feel good.Shutdown all the electronics: Chances are you’re around devices of some sort most of the time, so take some time and disconnect. With a lot of us working from home right now, it can be really easy to spend too much time staring at screens. Find some things to do in your backyard or around the house and let those electronics rest.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events February 26 – March 4

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York OMFTOMFT stands for “On My Free Time,” signifying the hobby music once was for founders Steven “Stakczdadon” Edmonds, SirrAP the Don, and Tay. The rap group’s free time is much more limited since the response to their sound blasted them to the next level. After the success of their single “Living a Dream,” OMFT became bonafide headliners, prompting not only their professional musical careers but setting the stage for a lifestyle and a brand. Check out what OMFT is all about. W Lyrica, Midnight Grahmmer, MC CB, iDeal, Edward JJ Jones and Paulie C. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $12. 7 p.m. Feb. 26.The FoundryDo you want to know where metal is made? Look no further than The Foundry! Made up of the titans of rock’s biggest, baddest, and loudest bands, The Foundry’s lineup reads like a Who’s Who of Metal gods. Former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley, Disturbed bassist John Moyer, and Scorpions drummer James Kottakwith make up this legendary supergroup. It’s fair to say that they will blow the roof off of 89 North! The Vinyl Plane, I Ignite and Sonic Bliss. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. $10. 7 p.m. Feb. 26.North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne Present N.M.O.You don’t simply go to an Anders Osbourne performance–you experience one. His raw, tormented vocals give way to soulful guitar expertise. His lyrics–at once confessional and defiant–strike a chord deep within the secret recesses of your heart. He has teamed up with North Mississippi Allstars as N.M.O. (North Mississippi Osbourne), a collaboration wrought in heaven. If down-home emotional interplay is your thing, if poetry in lyrics tickles your fancy, if you love to experience the music of the soul, do not miss this show. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $25-$35. 8 p.m. Feb. 26.Gabriel The MarineLong Island born and bred, Gabriel the Marine has been rocking out since 2008. Guitarist and singer Mike Desmond, violinist, pianist and vocalist Dylan Ebrahimian, guitarist Dominick D’Agostino, bassist Tom Costa, and drummer Tom Davis bring together both classical and jazz influences that deepen their unique sound. A festival favorite, Gabriel the Marine has played with such bands as Taking Back Sunday, Paramore, Weezer, and MGMT. You might also recognize their music from reality show Courtney and Kim Take New York.  W Lion in the Mane and Persona. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $10. 7 p.m. Feb. 27.Ellen MeisterThis bestselling author will speak and sign her new novel, Dorothy Parker Drank Here. In it, the acid-tongued Dorothy Parker is back and haunting the halls of the Algonquin with her piercing wit, audacious voice, and unexpectedly tender wisdom. Heavenly peace? No, thank you. Dorothy Parker would rather wander the famous halls of the Algonquin Hotel, drink in hand, searching for someone, anyone, who will keep her company on this side of eternity. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. Feb. 27.Joe DeGuardia’s STAR Boxing Presents “Rockin’ Fights 17” LIVE ON ESPNJoin STAR Boxing founder Joe DeGuardia as he presents Cletus Seldin in what he describes as his “toughest fight yet” and several more. No stranger to the ring himself, DeGuardia has been fighting professionally almost since the womb and won the coveted 1988 Golden Gloves New York Championship. This night promises to be loud, raucous, full of adrenaline. Pretty much awesome. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $50-$200. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27.Wynonna And Friends: Stories & SongIn the great company of such female titans as Oprah, Whitney, and of course, Hillary, Wynonna Judd has earned her place among those recognizable by only a first name. Wynonna brings her powerful vocals to Westbury where she will be joined by a three-piece backup band (including her husband Cactus Moser). She will not only perform an intimate set of her well-known favorites, but she will regale audiences with stories that only she can tell: what inspired her, the back stories to the songs you already know by heart. A night not to be missed. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50-$52. 8 p.m. Feb. 27.Nicole AtkinsThis sultry indie singer/songwriter hailing from Brooklyn will serenade an intimate audience with her retro vocal styling often compared to Roy Orbison. Her appearance comes shortly after she released an expanded, deluxe edition of her latest album, Slow Phaser, featuring the singles “Girl You Look Amazing” and “Who Killed the Moonlight?” Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. $32-$178. 8 p.m. Feb. 27. Ring of FireA recreation of the original Broadway musical based on the life of the late great Johnny Cash timed to coincide with what would have been the Man in Black’s 83rd birthday, which is a much better tribute than watching Walk The Line again. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $49. 8 p.m. Feb. 27, 28.Vic DiBitettoThe comic whose oft-quoted “Bread & Milk” rant video has more than 13 million views on YouTube brings his stand-up routine off the interwebs and into real life. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. $25. 9:30 p.m. Feb. 27, 28.Nonstop Keg PartyWait, endless beer and boundless music!? This gig is a must-experience, featuring some of the most talented, irreverent and unruly local hellraisers on the island. After rockin’ out to a few tunes and tossin’ back a few pops, be sure to track down PD’s bassist and ask about “The Wantagh Miracle” he dug up in his yard for some additional mind-bendin’! Society’s Downfall, Thirsty!, No Face, Playing Dead and The Shipwrecks. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. 3 p.m. Feb. 28.Score 24A sonic collage of transcendental sound, featuring: City Of Trees, Set In Color, No Good News, Count To Ten, Say It Say It and One-Click Waiting. Vibe Lounge, 40 North Park Ave., Rockville Centre. $12. 4 p.m. Feb. 28.Masters of IllusionLevitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers are among the magical experiences that will have audiences not believing their own eyes. At one point, the entire audience participates in a mind-boggling illusion and some lucky individuals even get picked to assist with illusions on stage! The phenomenon is born from the multi-award winning television series of the same name, which will have new episodes this year on the CW Network. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50-$52. 8 p.m. Feb. 28.Thomas RhettThis unlikely singer/songwriter has been doling out quirky word jumbles atop infectious grooves and mesmerizing audiences across the country with his unique melding of country, rock and hip hop. Worth checking out, if not to stand at the back of the room, with your beer in hand, jaw dropped, eyes peeled open wide, marveling, then to raise that drink high and simply dance, dance, jumble-dance along! Will he play his cult favorite, “Beer With Jesus”? Only one way to find out! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $25-$50. 8 p.m. Feb. 28.Tab BenoitTouring behind his seventh solo release, Medicine, this blues guitarist and singer genius blends several different styles of playing with his own unique signature licks. Bound to satisfy not just fans of the genre, but those of just truly exceptional music as well. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $40-$45. 8 p.m. Feb. 28.Keb’ Mo’ BandThis three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music virtuoso has come to embody all the hopes and dreams, joys and sorrows in the great American art form known as the blues for a new generation of aficianados. Hard to believe he embarked on this journey just two decades ago, but here he is continuing to grow as an acoustic guitarist and an accomplished artist, and it’s fitting that on his 12th album, BLUESAmericana, he offers some of the most poignant and uplifting melodies he’s ever recorded. He imbues the Chicago blues, soul-blues, the legendary greats like “Big” Bill Bronzy and Robert Johnson, plus pop, R&B, rock and jazz influences. “I never set out to be a ‘blues guy,’” says Keb, who started out in life as Kevin Moore, “but the blues is very powerful and fuels what I do. The blues puts the ‘realness’ in it for me.” Get real with Keb’Mo’ and let him take your blues away. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $45-$95. 8 p.m. Feb. 28.I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now ChangeOpening night for a reproduction of the love-happy hit musical. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the beginning of romance, to those who have dared to ask, “Say, what are you doing Saturday night?” Runs through March. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. $15-$30. 8 p.m. Feb. 28.Miss Ida BlueShe’s smokin’, this long and lanky woman with a stogie and an attitude. And a talent that just won’t be boxed in. Born in Brooklyn, Ida leads a brassy blues group with her rich, roaring voice that can make a sweet song sassy, a bitter song blissful and a love song down and dirty. But this charismatic young artist is much more than that, she’s timeless. Her repertoire ranges from the raunchy to the racy and the profound. Maybe one moment she’ll evoke the struggles that beset Bessie Smith, the next she’ll unleash some thunderous stomp that will permeate your soul and make you glad to be alive. With her “gold gang” backing her on tuba, reeds, trumpet, guitar and drums, she proudly goes “bluesin’ and boozing.” As she tells it, “We’ve got lots of stories to tell you about no-good men, any kind of men, and drinkin,’ drinkin’ and drinkin.’” That sounds about right, doesn’t it? You bet it does. Prohibition-era cocktail specials with one free for those who dress the part. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. $10. 8 p.m. Feb. 28.Tales of New YorkHeadlining this show are hits that were inspired by the heart and soul of the Big Apple itself. Included are songs, duets and ensembles from some of the most famous New York City musicals, including Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Fiorello, Company, On the Town and Rent. Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University, Concert Hall, One South Ave., Garden City. $20. 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 4 p.m. March 1.The Chocolate Expo 2015Yes, such a magical gathering truly does exist. And yes, you and your family and loved ones can attend and sample chocolate, chocolate, glorious chocolate in too many delectable shapes and sizes to list her in this meager blurb. Lovers of all things cocoa can find everything from chocolate soap to chocolate-covered bacon at this festival of sweets. Rejoice, feed and enjoy! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., East Garden City. $15 adults, $10 kids. 10 a.m. March 1.Destinations and JourneysAn opening reception for a judge and jury art show across all mediums, this mega-celebration of beauty and intrigue and life is simply salvation for the heart. mind and soul, bound to leave all those in attendance wondering, questioning and recognizing the indisputable, sheer breathtakingly gorgeous transcendentalism that defines us and resides in the center of our very existence, all of us, no matter who we are, where we came from or aspire to be. Phoenix Fine Arts Gallery, 139 South Country Rd., Bellport. Free. 1 p.m. March 1.Food ChainsThis documentary follows a group of Florida farmworkers who battle to pressure the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the US. The screening includes a panel discussion with filmmaker Sanjay Rawal, Theology and Religion Professor Jeremy Cruz, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster-T’ruah of Rabbis for Human Rights, former child Field Laborer Rosa Niave Kenny, Justice for Farmworkers advocate Librada Paz and Anita Halasz, executive director of Long Island Jobs with Justice. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 1:30 p.m. March 1.Diana KrallThe five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer returns to Long Island for an evening of soulful music that will amaze and inspire. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. $50-$250. 7 p.m. March 1.The Musical BoxFans of Peter Gabriel and Genesis are in for a rare treat. The Canadian band known as The Musical Box—the only group authorized by Peter Gabriel to perform Genesis music live—is coming to town in order to recreate, note for note, the 1973 concert “Selling England By the Pound,” which promoted the release that year of Genesis’ fifth studio album. The “Selling England” tour had started in September and ended in May in New York City. Maybe folks who were at that show will make the trek to Westbury so they can relive the magic moments all over again. And if they close their eyes, it will be like they never left. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50-$52. 8 p.m. March 1.WWE Live: Road to WrestlemaniaFour competitors—ring warriors John Cena, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio and Brock Lesnar—continue their grueling trek to that ultimate wrestling super-performance, Wrestlemania. Who will triumph? Who will fall by the wayside of history? Who will beg for mercy amid thousands of raucous, screaming, bloodthirsty fans!? Only one way to find out, dear Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and Junkyard Dog groupies. Only one way to find out. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. $30-$125. 7 p.m. March 1.Dropkick Murphys“Celtic Punk Invasion Tour” with Special Guests: The Mahones & Blood or Whiskey; and Bryan McPherson Boston’s blisterin’ and bagpipin’ Celtic punk rock icons, Dropkick Murphys, bring their own special brew of blazing rock ‘n’ roll, traditional folk, working class roots and unabated passion to everything they do. Their music gives a nod and a fist pump to The Clash, The Pogues, and even AC/DC and the Clancy Brothers. Thanks to their connection to Woody Guthrie’s daughter, Nora, and her son, they’ve also breathed new life into Woody’s lyrics, and thanks to the new owners of the Red Sox, they brought back a tune from the Vaudeville era and made “Tessie” a favorite of fans at Fenway Park. From a Quincy barbershop to doing a title song in a Martin Scorsese film, these lads have come a long way—but they always remember with pride and a pint how they got here. As bassist and vocalist Ken Casey put it, “We want to be a punk rock band first and foremost, you know, leaving your ears bleeding.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $30.50-$50. 8 pm March 3, 4.Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ExtremeUnder ringmaster David Shipman’s guidance, this circus has gone to extremes to provide more thrills than ever before. This show features the youngest human cannonball in the world, the 25-year-old Gemma “The Jet,” who rockets more than a hundred feet under the arena sky—and, best of all, she doesn’t explode upon impact! The brave Benny Ibarra leaps and bounds atop the terrifying Pendulum of Steel, while the Daring Danguir do their death-defying footwork on a high-wire as narrow as a human thumb. In a breathtaking display of freestyle sports, these awesome performers will show off their amazing gymnastic moves on BMX bikes, trampolines, and “slackline” straps. Did someone say, What about the animals? No Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show would be complete without the popular pachyderms known as the Asian Elephants, plus the Bengal tigers, the twin-humped camels ridden by Mongolian “Desert Goddesses” and, last but not least, 16 performing poodles. Let the show begin! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale.  $23.25-$75. Times vary. March 4-8.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

PREMIUMBill ‘to protect’ President from impeachment

first_imgTopics : Linkedin Facebook Forgot Password ? Jokowi impeachment omnibus-bill omnibus-law government-regulation Jokowi-administration Amid debate over articles in the omnibus bill on job creation that would grant sweeping powers to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, allowing him to override laws and bylaws, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto has come to Jokowi’s defense, saying that the authority is important as it would protect the President from potential impeachment.”Who’s the one who can be impeached? The President. Can the President be impeached because of ministers’ mistakes? Can the President be impeached because of governors’ mistakes? […] This is the problem. So we give discretion to the President,” Airlangga said during a meeting with media leaders, including The Jakarta Post’s, on Tuesday.The bill, aimed at streamlining laws and regulations and bringing in more investment and creating jobs in the country, has come under fire, with the p… Log in with your social account Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

COVID-19 to slash Indonesia’s growth to 2.1% as millions may slip into poverty: World Bank

first_img“We are looking at the best scenario, where the country only needs mobility restrictions for another month and things can start normalizing by June so the recovery could start in the third quarter,” Sander told a limited teleconferenced media briefing on Tuesday.“The downside risks, however, if the country has severe mobility restrictions even into the third quarter and [if there is] a deeper global recession, growth will surely move away from the baseline scenario.”Read also: World Bank warns China growth could screech to a haltThe bank estimated that government spending would grow by 5 percent this year, compensating for lost growth in other components as household spending growth was expected to drop to 1.5 percent, while exports and imports would contract by 2 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Indonesia’s economy grew by 5.02 percent last year, marking a slowdown from 5.17 percent in 2018. The government has prepared for the worst, including zero growth this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted business activity in the country.The pneumonia-like disease has infected more than 1,400 people and killed 122 in the country as of Monday afternoon, when the government decided to impose stricter rules on social distancing, coupled with so-called civil emergency measures.The Washington, DC-based bank expects the world economy to grow at 5.6 percent in 2021 as the outbreak subsides, according to its report East Asia and Pacific in the Time of COVID-19, published on Tuesday.The report projects that growth in the East Asian and Pacific region could slow to 1.3 percent in the baseline scenario or the region’s economy could contract by 2.8 percent in the bear case scenario. “The pandemic is profoundly affecting the region’s economies, but the depth and duration of the shock are unusually uncertain,” the report reads.The financial shock of the pandemic is also expected to have a serious impact on poverty, defined as a situation where an individual earns income of US$5.5 or less a day, the bank said.More than 11 million people could fall into poverty in East Asian-Pacific countries, the bank estimates. That is in stark contrast to its earlier forecast that growth would be sufficient to lift 35 million people out of poverty this year.Read also: Indonesia’s budget to fight COVID-19: What we know so farSander warned that millions of Indonesians, including those from poor families and informal-sector workers, were lacking economic security, adding that the situation would expose them to shocks caused by the outbreak.He added that the government should look into providing health insurance for more people, helping students from poor families study online and providing financial relieve for informal workers.“We are encouraged to see the priorities in the stimulus packages that include increasing transfers [to safety nets]; this is something the government should look at,” he said, adding that many firms in Indonesia were in need of liquidity, as business activities had been disrupted in many sectors.So far, the government has prepared a total of Rp 158.2 trillion ($9.77 billion) in funds to finance the healthcare sector and safeguard individuals, workers and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the first and second stimulus packages worth Rp 10.3 trillion and Rp 22.9 trillion, respectively.The government is finalizing a new state budget designed to battle the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including widening the state budget deficit beyond its current legal limit of 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).Editor’s note: The article has been updated to revise baseline economic growth projection for Indonesia in 2020 to 2.1 percent, not 2.8 percent.Topics : The World Bank has estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic will significantly slow Indonesia’s economic growth this year and may throw millions of people into poverty.World Bank lead economist for Indonesia Frederico Gil Sander said a precise growth forecast was difficult to make, but the baseline scenario for Indonesia’s growth was 2.1 percent in 2020, down from 5.1 percent initially projected, if the situation started to normalize by June.last_img read more

Modern house sets street record in Underwood

first_imgThe home at 17 The Concourse, Underwood, sold at auction.A two-storey home on The Concourse in Underwood set a new street record when it sold at auction last Saturday. The five-bedroom home at 17 The Concourse sold for $777,000.The previous street record was set in May 2015, when a similar home sold for $750,000. Harcourts M1 marketing agent Sam Ayass said the auction of 17 The Concourse attracted two registered bidders. “The auction took quite some time — there was a lot of back and forth between the two buyers,” Mr Ayass said. However, in the end, a family of five were the successful bidders. “The buyers fell in love with the property as soon as they saw it and they weren’t going to lose the property to anyone,” Mr Ayass said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“The sellers were really happy with the result and they are planning to move on to the Wishart area.” He said the Underwood market was “on fire” with demand driven by owner occupiers. “We have lots of buyers and not enough properties,” Mr Ayass said. “People want to live near the M1, Sunnybank and Garden City.” Mr Ayass said buyers were chasing everything from affordable entry level homes through to prestige property in sought after streets. He said he expected demand to continue through all levels of the Underwood market.According to CoreLogic, the median house price in Underwood is $512,000, up 2.4 per cent in 2016 and 10.9 per cent in the past three years.last_img read more