The Elkhart Jazz Festival has been cancelled for this year

first_img Twitter Facebook Facebook The Elkhart Jazz Festival has been cancelled for this year Previous articleSen. Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 Presidential raceNext articleFood trucks coming to Indiana rest stops to help keep truckers and essential travelers fed Tommie Lee WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – April 8, 2020 0 887 Pinterest (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) The annual Elkhart Jazz Festival is taking the year off, due to the coronavirus.Festival co-chair Kurt Janowsky told The Elkhart Truth on Wednesday that the festival would not take place. The City of Elkhart has decided not to allow events on its property through the month of June. The Jazz Festival was scheduled for June 19-21.Organizers decided against trying to move the dates to later in the year because it would be difficult to book artists who already have much of the second half of the year scheduled.A smaller event might take place at the Lerner, and the festival is slated to return in 2021. Google+ Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitterlast_img read more

Gary Clark Jr. Officially Releases Stylistically Diverse New Album, ‘This Land’ [Listen]

first_imgToday, following months of anticipation, Texas blues torch-bearer Gary Clark Jr. has officially released his fifth studio album, This Land. Since the then-unnamed album was initially detailed back in October, fans have eagerly awaited the release of the project, which Clark promised would stretch perceptions of him as a straight blues artist.As Clark explained in a video announcing the project, “When I started off on the record, it was really about the drums. If the drums aren’t poppin’, you’re wasting your time.” He continued, “I got all the colors, I’ma paint with all of them. … My punk edge comes from really just wanting to be a punk. Reggae influence? Yes. It goes back to that fusion thing. … When I was growing up, a lot of music venues played lots of different types of music every night. A lot of influences. A lot of stuff going on. It’s in what I do, I guess. … I’m not gonna give you my whole recipe, but the only person who can put rules on it is yourself.”Related: Gary Clark Jr. Shows Off Diverse Musical Styles On New Album In ‘Saturday Night Live’ Debut [Watch]Now that sprawling 17-track album is out, it’s clear Clark wasn’t exaggerating about its stylistic scope. From the scorching hip-hop-inflected diatribe of “This Land” to the defiant blues-rock of “What About Us” to the smooth R&B-turned-arena rock of “I Got My Eyes On You” to the shimmery pop vibes of “I Walk Alone” and the island reggae aesthetic of “Feelin’ Like A Million”, This Land wastes no time making good on Clark’s promise of a diverse offering.The wide-ranging approach continues to broaden with the Ramones-like punk drive of “Gotta Get Into Something”, grungey horn-fueled anthem “Got To Get Up”, the Curtis Mayfield-reminiscent croon and NOLA-style horns of “Feed The Babies“, the soulful slow burn of “Pearl Cadillac“, the early rock and roll feel of “When I’m Gone”, and the disco-funk-flavored “The Guitar Man”.Of course, Clark’s well-known blues chops are still on display, from the distorted drive of “Low Down Rolling Stone” to the easy-going front porch strumming of “The Governor”, which also makes a contrasting cameo at the end of the fiery “This Land” music video.But as soon as you think the album is moving back toward Clark’s more familiar blues territory, it takes yet another left turn into “Don’t Wait Til Tomorrow”, a contemporary R&B number that wouldn’t sound out of place on a record from any mainstream hip-hop artist’s album.Gary Clark Jr.’s 12-bar roots once again bubble to the top to close the album proper with “Dirty Dishes Blues”. However, his stylistic diversity once again pops up in the album’s two bonus tracks: the 808-propelled “Highway 71” and the sexual 70s funk vamp “Did Dat”.All told, This Land is a truly impressive, wide-ranging showing from an artist long associated with a somewhat niche style. If you thought Gary Clark Jr. was just your run-of-the-mill blues shredder, This Land will make you think again. On his new record, Gary Clark Jr. tees up a boatload of genres and makes all of them his own with stunning fluidity. Once the world hears it, there should be no disagreement. As the title track confirms, this land is Gary Clark Jr.’s.Listen to This Land in its entirety below:Gary Clark Jr. – This Land – Full AlbumIn support of This Land, Gary Clark Jr. is preparing to head out tour this spring and summer. Head over to his website to find out when you can catch him live.last_img read more

An inspiration to students

first_imgAs a black kid growing up in the South Bronx, Nuha Saho ’18 said he had no role models in science. “This shook my confidence and made me doubt my place as a scientist,” he said.In paying tribute to Professor of Astronomy Alyssa A. Goodman, the Harvard Foundation’s 2015 Scientist of the Year, Saho, now a student at Harvard, said he couldn’t help but be inspired by her.“This year we honor you for helping us realize that science can be incredibly cool, fun, and more importantly, can make a huge difference,” said Saho, one of the co-coordinators of a science conference that began with a March 27 luncheon in tribute to Goodman.“We honor you … because we believe that you have instilled the belief in your students that they can achieve anything possible,” said Saho.Co-coordinator Jasmine Chia ’18 noted that Goodman was “the second female full professor in the astronomy department [at Harvard] and the third full professor in the department’s entire history.”“Professor Goodman’s success is the story of a girl who wanted to be Jacques Cousteau but grew up and took her passion for exploring into an even greater frontier: space,” Chia said. “I’d just like to personally express my incredible respect for a woman who has taken on the incredible mission of mapping out the darkness of space and exploring the realm of the universe beyond our world, and more importantly, showing us that the world of science is accessible to all who are willing to put in the hard work and passion. There are no limits.”Goodman’s research and teaching interests span astronomy, data visualization, and online systems for research and education. In her astronomical pursuits, she and her research group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) study the dense gas between the stars. They are particularly interested in how interstellar gas arranges itself into new stars.Goodman co-founded the Initiative in Innovative Computing at Harvard and served as its director from 2005 to 2008. The initiative created a University-wide interdisciplinary center. More recently, Goodman organized a diverse group of researchers, librarians, and software developers into an ongoing effort known as Seamless Astronomy, which aims to develop, refine, and share tools that accelerate the pace of scientific research, especially in astronomy.The Scientist of the Year Award honors the recipient for her or his scientific achievements, and for promoting initiatives that serve to increase diversity in all areas of science, engineering, and mathematics.Goodman said she was lucky because, “My parents never thought it was weird to be a woman in science, so I never make a big deal of it.” In accepting the award, she gave “most of the credit” to them as they sat in the audience. And, she added with a chuckle, “to my sister, who said ‘Do I really have to listen to all those people say nice things about you?’”last_img read more

Oklaunion joins long list of Texas coal plants to fail economic test

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Texas Observer:Chalk this one up as another loss for the White House.Last month, American Electric Power (AEP) announced that it would close its 650-megawatt power plant in Vernon, a rural community of 11,000 just south of the Texas-Oklahoma line, by September 2020. The closure of the Oklaunion Power Station is the latest in a string of shuttered coal-fired power plants across the state: Since 2011, at least six have been mothballed, scheduled for retirement or closed altogether, casualties of cheap natural gas and a booming renewables sector.While it’s not shocking that another Texas coal plant has succumbed to market headwinds, it is somewhat surprising that Oklaunion was the latest casualty. At only 31 years old, it’s more than two decades away from the typical retirement age of 54. The plant was also running relatively efficiently until 2013, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Plant efficiency has dropped in the years since, however, sapping profits and forcing AEP to pull the plug. The impending closure maps a tough road ahead for Texas’ aging fleet of coal plants, some of which also face the prospect of installing expensive new pollution controls to comply with Obama-era environmental regulations (Oklaunion itself is among the state’s top 10 emitters of nitrogen oxide, according to the Sierra Club).Not only are coal plants prone to spewing greenhouse gases and smog-producing chemical compounds, many facilities nationwide have grown inefficient and costly to operate as they’ve aged. Electric utilities are looking for cheaper, more efficient power sources such as natural gas and wind. For the state’s power generators, the writing is on the wall: There’s little room for coal in Texas’ future.Oklaunion’s shutdown bookends a series of coal-fired power plant closures in Texas. The trend began in 2011 when CPS Energy, San Antonio’s municipal electric utility, chose to mothball its 871-megawatt J.T. Deely Power Plant instead of retrofitting it with new pollution controls. In 2016, AEP retired its coal-burning units at the Welsh Power Plant for similar reasons. Then, in late 2017, Luminant announced that it would close three of its coal-fired plants in Texas: Monticello (Mt. Pleasant), Big Brown (Fairfield) and Sandow (Rockdale), representing a combined capacity of 4,600 megawatts (1 megawatt powers about 750 homes at once). The Three Oak coal mine supplying Sandow has also closed.More: Despite Trump and Rick Perry’s best efforts, another coal plant eats the dust in Texas Oklaunion joins long list of Texas coal plants to fail economic testlast_img read more

U.S., Colombia Collaborate to Nab ‘Go-Fast’ Drug Traffickers

first_img The pair was arrested in Colombia in the summer of 2009; Vivero-Cardenas was extradited to the U.S on Sept. 2, 2009 and Torres-Torres was brought here three weeks later. U.S. officials promised that both would be spared a life sentence – the maximum penalty for conspiracy to transport cocaine. Torres-Torres also was fined $4 million. Vivero Cardenas was fined $2 million. The U.S. Coast Guard was “significantly” involved in the operation to capture Torres-Torres and Vivero-Cardenas, as were the Miami Field Division of the DEA, the Criminal Division of the DOJ, the DEA’s Resident Office in Cartegena, Colombia, and the DEA’s Special Operations Division, according to Department of Justice spokesman Jeffrey Lyman. The U.S. Coast Guard covers an illegal drug trade “transit zone” of six million square miles in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Pacific Ocean with an array of patrol boats and cutters. The agency in 2010 was involved in 131 drug interdictions, seized 56 vessels and detained 319 suspects who were transporting 36,000 pounds of marijuana and 202,402 kilograms of cocaine, according to Coast Guard statistics. The Coast Guard has accomplished nine drug interdictions this fiscal year. They have seized five vessels, detained 15 suspects and confiscated 3,150 pounds of marijuana and 1,092 kilograms of cocaine. The Coast Guard accounts for some 52 percent of illegal drug seizures in the U.S. each year, according to the Department of Homeland Security, the parent agency of the Coast Guard. A large but classified number of counterdrug patrols are conducted daily in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, allies and partner nation vessels and aircraft operating as part of the Joint Interagency Task Force South located in Key West, Fla. This organization executes drug detection and monitoring patrols for the Pentagon’s U.S. Southern Command. JIATF South also manages information sharing from investigative agencies like DEA. When suspected drug vessels are discovered, law enforcement action is directed and undertaken by Coast Guard personnel. Follow on prosecution is then conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “I commend the interagency community and our international partners for their significant interdiction efforts,” Gil Kerlikowske, former chief of police in Seattle and director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House said in a statement to the media. Disrupting drug trafficking is a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s national drug control policy, along with drug abuse prevention. Forging partnerships with foreign governments is essential to restoring the “rule of law” and restoring “stability” the western hemisphere, Kerlikowske said when nominated for his position by the president. Criminal enterprises from South America smuggle cocaine into the United States through a variety of routes, including maritime routes along Mexico’s east and west coasts, and sea routes through the Caribbean. These criminals run cocaine shipping and money laundering networks through a massive infrastructure of multiple cells, which function in major metropolitan areas in the U.S. Each narco-cell undertakes a specific function within the organization, i.e., transportation, local sales, or money movement. Drug lords based in Colombia oversee the global drug smuggling operations, and about 65 percent of the cocaine shipped to the U.S. originates on the Pacific coast of Colombia, according to justice department officials. The Department of Justice office in Washington D.C. took the lead in the Torres-Torres/Vivero-Cardenas case. “The D.C. office, the criminal division, brought this to us,” Lyman said in a telephone interview. “They developed this.” By Dialogo January 31, 2011 Ongoing Investigationcenter_img A team effort by Colombian authorities, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard led to guilty pleas this month in a Washington D.C. federal court for two Colombian drug traffickers who employed high tech “go-fast” boats to move their loads. Wilson Jesus Torres-Torres and Baudillo Vivero-Cardenas ran a network that used the sleek, powerful vessels to speed cocaine from ports on Colombia’s coast to waiting ships on the high seas, federal authorities told Diálogo. The boats often have more than 1,000 horsepower and travel at speeds of up to 80 knots in open water. They are newer versions of the boats seen 25 years ago on TV’s Miami Vice. Authorities seized more than 21,000 kilograms of cocaine as a result of the inter-governmental and inter-agency operation. Officials would not reveal which agencies made specific seizures, saying the U.S. and Colombian governments have intelligence gathering concerns. “The case is ongoing,” DEA Special Agent David Melenkevitz said in a telephone interview with Diálogo. Sentencing for both men in scheduled for March 25. It will likely be a long time before they see another fast boat. Each faces up to 40 years in federal prison. The story of their drug conspiracy stretches back several years. Torres-Torres, a former maritime instructor in Colombia, and Vivero-Cardenas popped up on law enforcement radar screens when they helped move tons of cocaine to the U.S. as part of a drug trafficking organization based on Beunaventura, Colombia. Navigating with global positioning systems and communicating with high-frequency radios and satellite phones, the men evaded detection as they sped along Colombia’s Pacific Ocean coastline. They often negotiated, on the fly, safe rendezvous points in their “go-fast” boats. On some occasions they traveled more stealthily in commercial fishing vessels. Over time, they transported “thousands of kilograms of cocaine,” Melenkevitz said. Their customers included several leading Colombian drug trafficking organizations. last_img read more

Long Island Catches Royal Wedding Fever

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York British colonists settled Long Island nearly 400 years ago, but the connection remains strong, as shown by local celebrations of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.On Friday, Stew Leonard’s in East Meadow gave a local couple the royal treatment by hosting their wedding at the store with all the trappings, including royal wedding cake.Rudy and Nadine Michaud were married by Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia A. Cabana in a royal-styled wedding with many store workers dressed in medieval costumes.Following the ceremony, Stew Leonard’s French-trained baker, Beth Leonard Hollis, served her royal wedding cake replicating the actual royal cake using lemon and elderflower flavors.The cake was available for sale to serve at the many royal wedding viewing parties being held across Long Island.Another local retailer, Total Wine Spirits & More in Westbury, got into the royal wedding spirit by hosting a tasting event on Friday for London-based Broker’s Gin.Founded in 1997 by Martin and Andy Dawson, their gin is produced in England and is now distributed in all 50 states.last_img read more

CO-OP Financial Service’s VISA Designation for ApplePay: What it means for credit unions

first_imgOk, it’s about as obvious as fruit cake sending you straight to the gastroenterologist over the holidays that the media is overly obsessed with Apple Pay. To keep this “Apple-loves-it” trend alive and well, we’re doing a story on Apple Pay, too. This time it’s with the folks at CO-OP Financial Services, who have announced its VISA designation for Apple Pay. That sounds like mighty fine news for CO-OP and the industry, but what does it really mean? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

New food pantry opens for distribution by appointment in Binghamton

first_imgThe pantry works by appointment to avoid having large crowds gather. “There is a big homeless and a big population that is hungry in this area,” said the church’s kitchen coordinator Sherry Conklin. The church receives a lot of its supply from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, but it also asks for donations. “It’s just wonderful that everybody is stepping up,” said Conklin. With a pandemic impacting the whole globe, church leaders knew they had to step up in this time of need. “I was within sight of the towers when they fell at 9/11 and I was in a community that had 13 feet of water go through it during Hurricane Sandy. So I know one of the first things that happens is that the access to food sources gets cut off,” said pastor Kimberly Chastain. That’s why United Presbyterian has created a brand new food pantry, up and running starting Wednesday. “We just know everybody is shut in right now and there’s going to be a big need for food with everybody laid off and a lot of people without work,” said Conklin. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton helps to feed the hungry year-round. Working to keep a community fed, and full of faith. If you need food you can reach out to the church or send an email to [email protected] “We hope that the wonderful outpouring we’ve seen in the community so far will continue because it’s not over yet,” said Chastain. “The best things are soups, chunky soups, easy canned meals like beef stew or something like that. Another thing that we would really like is metal can openers because some people in the area don’t even have can openers,” said Conklin. But its services are now of increasing importance. United Presbyterian also serves free meals for takeout every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.last_img read more

Diversifying inward investment

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Indonesia finalizes second stimulus package to support trade amid virus fears

first_imgTopics : The secretary of the coordinating economic minister, Susiwijono Moegiarso, said in Jakarta on Tuesday that the new stimulus package would ease procedures to import raw materials from countries outside China and procedures to export wood-related products.Earlier on Wednesday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on government officials to respond to the global dynamics, asking officials to relax import procedures.“Supply from China has been disrupted and thus we need to relax [procedures]. If not, prices will skyrocket and this will drive inflation,” Jokowi said.Read also: World Bank unveils $12b aid package to combat coronavirus“It is all the same for exports as we need to supply other countries,” he said. “Procedures must be relaxed and simplified. But first we need to pay attention to sufficiency of raw materials.”Bank Indonesia projected weakening economic activities in tourism, exports and imports to drag down the country’s economic growth to 4.9 percent in the first quarter before picking up in subsequent quarters.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said COVID-19 had hurt businesses engaged in trade as well as tourism-related industries in February, which would likely continue but bottom out in March.“Recovery is likely to take place in the next six months after bottoming out in February and March,” Perry briefed media leaders at the central bank in Jakarta.Fitch Ratings director of sovereign ratings Thomas Rookmaaker said the outbreak could cause a short-term deterioration of revenue performance through its effects on economic activity.Read also: Businesses call for transparent action in handling novel coronavirus”The self-imposed fiscal deficit ceiling of 3 percent of GDP would limit the government’s capacity to materially relax fiscal policy,” Rookmaaker told The Jakarta Post over email interview.Rookmaaker said that any deterioration in fiscal metrics as a result of the virus would likely be short-lived. “We forecast a fiscal deficit of 2.2 percent of GDP in 2020 and expect the debt-to-GDP ratio to rise only marginally in the next few years.” The government is working to finalize eight measures that will be incorporated in a second stimulus package aimed at easing rules for exports and imports as supply chains continue to be disrupted by the spread of COVID-19, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on Wednesday.The stimulus, he said, would be bigger than the first one.“Trade easing will be expanded to keep the momentum of boosting exports,” Airlangga said in Jakarta. “We are also working to relax the income tax and import duty to boost production.”center_img The measure follows the unveiling of a Rp 10.3 trillion (US$725 million) stimulus package last week to support consumer spending and tourism.Read also: BI expects Q1 economic growth to drop to 4.9% as virus hurts tourism, tradeAirlangga said the second stimulus package would be worth more than Rp 10 trillion, adding that the government would announce the new stimulus package soon to help support trade. “Several export-import licenses will be removed given the current circumstances.”Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said in Jakarta on Monday that the government would ease import requirements of raw materials for local manufacturers as the disruption of the supply chain from China due to COVID-19 had begun to affect the country’s manufacturing sector.last_img read more