Escort Brings Disco Funk Grooves To The Brooklyn Bowl [Gallery]

first_imgBrooklyn-based group Escort just wrapped up two sold out nights at the Brooklyn Bowl, bringing their disco-fueled funky grooves for some hometown fun. The band’s catchy music had the sold out venue dancing for back to back performances, and some help from openers Razor-N-Tape and Superhuman Happiness on night one and Horizon Wireless on night two set the mood for a great weekend. This is a band that never fails to deliver a funky good time, and their live performances kept fans happy all weekend long!See below for a full gallery of images, courtesy of Stephen Olker Photography. Load remaining imageslast_img

Watch Taz Shred Through “Whipping Post” With An All-Star Band At Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 [Video]

first_imgBrooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full schedule for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.Brooklyn Comes Alive is sponsored by Denver-based company, Pure CBD Exchange, which creates and sells a number of CBD/cannabidiol products (What is CBD?) from concentrates, tinctures, extracts, lotions, creams, and more. The use of CBD has gained much notoriety as of late, for use as both a health and wellness supplement and to treat conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer, and a number of mental disorders and is also used for anti-inflammation, nausea reduction, sleep aid, and more. Pure CBD Exchange was co-founded by Gregg Allman Band organist/keyboardist and Brooklyn Comes Alive musician Peter Levin back in 2017.Pure CBD Exchange focuses on low-THC cannabis products with high CBD content. They work within the Colorado Industrial Hemp pilot program to distribute non-psychoactive tinctures, extracts, lotions, and more all over the world. The company has featured by companies like VICE, High Times, Leafly, and more. Brandon “Taz” Niederauer is no newcomer to the Allman Brothers family. One of Taz’s very first sit-ins was the Gregg Allman Band at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2014, just days before he boarded his first-ever Jam Cruise—a definitive turning point in his young career—where the then-10-year-old played “Whipping Post” and “Hot ‘Lanta” to a sold-out crowd. Just a few days after, Taz met the cosmic Col. Bruce Hampton on Jam Cruise 12 and they quickly became friends.During last year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, an all-star collective of musicians gathered at Brooklyn Bowl to pay homage to fallen musical heroes Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks. “The Road Goes On Forever: Celebrating The Music Of The Allman Brothers” was Brooklyn Comes Alive‘s tribute to those two iconic musicians and the incredible music that they created, and it featured an impressive and diverse array of musicians from across the improvisational music universe.Taz was at the center of this madness, joining the all-star cast for a roaring rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post”. As the iconic bass line of “Whipping Post” began, Scott Sharrard and Niederauer buckled up, taking the excited audience on a journey of epic proportions. Taz was incredible, nailing the song’s spacey rhythm guitar while Sharrard took his solo. When it was Taz’s turn to solo, he was patient, slowly building up in speed and intensity until he exploded, unleashing what can only be described as a ferocious attack on his guitar. You can see the pure joy on Niederauer’s face, as he sails smoothly through the Allman Brothers Band classic.Watch video of Taz ripping up “Whipping Post” below.The Road Goes On Forever: The Music Of The Allman Brothers, Brooklyn Comes Alive – “Whipping Post” – 9/22/2017[Video: Live For Live Music]During the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive on September 29th, the one-day jam-packed festival will host a special tribute to iconic rock artists we lost in 2017, including Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks, and Gregg Allman. The special set will see an all-star cast of musicians come together to pay their respects to these three musical legends, including young guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.For this special performance, Taz will serve as the set’s musical director and will be joined by Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and The Meters bassist, George Porter Jr.; acclaimed Lettuce guitarist, Adam Smirnoff; founding drummer of Col. Bruce’s Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jeff Sipe; Gregg Allman’s organ player for the Gregg Allman Band, Peter Levin; and former American Idol contestant and current vocalist for Taz’s solo band, Elise Testone. The show takes place from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 29th, at the Brooklyn Bowl.last_img read more

The Roots Announce Five-Show New Year’s Run

first_imgThe Roots have announced an upcoming five-show New Year’s run, or as the legendary crew likes to call a “holiday tour.” The band will focus on the Eastern Seaboard over the course of their five-show stint.The Roots will start the run at Boston’s House Of Blues on Wednesday, December 26th, before heading south to Montclair, NJ’s Wellmont Theatre the following evening, Thursday, December 27th. The Roots then continue south with a show at Silver Spring, MD’s Fillmore on Friday, December 28th, and then hit Miami Beach, FL’s Fillmore, on Sunday, December 30th, following a night off on the 29th. The five-show run will conclude with an NYE show at Atlanta, GA’s Coca-Cola Roxy.Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 26th at 10 a.m. (EST) via Live Nation here.[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

‘A once-in-human-history opportunity’

first_imgA new report proposes doubling research and development spending, a heightened priority on family planning, and increased taxes on harmful substances such as tobacco, alcohol, and even sugar as part of an effort to eliminate health disparities between rich and poor nations.The report, chaired by Harvard economist and Charles W. Eliot University Professor Lawrence Summers and published today in The Lancet, says that a dramatic reduction in health disparities across the globe is not only possible for the first time in history, it would be cost-effective.The report says its recommendations could bring nations with poor health care to the level of the best-performing middle-income countries within a generation. The resulting changes would save 10 million lives in the program’s target year of 2035 alone, the report’s authors said. Further, the economic benefit generated from longer, healthier lives would amount to between nine and 20 times the cost of the program.“This is a once-in-human-history opportunity,” Summers said. “It used to be that life expectancies were quite similar around the world, and very short. Then there’s been very substantial divergence in different parts of the world, in mortality rates and life expectancy. Now we have an opportunity for a reconvergence at very favorable levels.”The commission that developed the report was co-chaired by Dean Jamison of the University of Washington and included 25 leading global health experts and economists, including Summers, Dean Julio Frenk of the Harvard School of Public Health, and Sue J. Goldie, the Roger Irving Lee Professor of Public Health and faculty director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. Several other Harvard faculty members were involved in the broader efforts around the report, authoring working papers and participating in workshops and meetings that sought input from experts and stakeholders from around the world.“The basic message … is that good investments in health, are good in themselves, but they also promote economic growth,” Frenk said. “The main idea is that by 2035 we can achieve what’s called a grand convergence, namely closing the most egregious equity gaps we still have between poor and rich populations around the world.”The authors say the plan outlined in the report, called “Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation,” is ambitious but feasible. It has an annual price tag of $70 billion — between 1 and 3 percent of the estimated developing nations’ economic growth that would result — and targets infectious diseases, such as AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, as well as ailments common in developing countries referred to as “neglected tropical diseases.”The report also targets improving maternal and child health, makes family planning a priority, and recommends focusing action in places with high health care burdens, such as poor and rural areas of middle-income countries.The growing, interconnected global economy and the success of international development programs mean that much of the cost could be borne by the nations whose populations are getting the benefits, the report’s authors said. International aid still will be important, Summers said, but should be increasingly shifted toward providing “global public goods,” such as new drugs and vaccines.The report recommends a dramatic increase in research and development into such drugs, vaccines, and health technologies, doubling spending by 2020 to $6 billion. About half of that increase, the report’s authors said, could come from middle-income countries themselves.The report also proposes tax increases as a way to raise revenue and curb the burden of noncommunicable diseases, also called “lifestyle” diseases, resulting from the spread of the low-exercise, high-fast-food, Western lifestyle around the world. The taxes would be levied on tobacco and other harmful substances, such as alcohol and sugar. A 50 percent tax on tobacco, for example, could prevent 20 million deaths in China alone over the next 50 years, and generate $20 billion, the report said.The report, discussed today in London during an all-day symposium at the Royal College of Physicians, was a year in the making and marked the 20th anniversary of the World Development Report on Health, which was chaired by Summers. The current report’s timing reflects both that anniversary and the search for a new global health agenda with the looming deadline of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals in 2015.The biggest challenges to adopting the report’s recommendations would be finding needed resources and nations “pulling back from multilateralism,” Summers said. Budgets are tight everywhere, he said, which is why the report’s economic arguments are important.Though some technological hurdles remain, Summers said, the major roadblocks to improving global health are political and practical. National governments have to support pursuing needed reforms, he said. And, once adopted, delivering those reforms in places with poorly functioning health systems will be another major challenge.“As we’ve been reminded in the United States over the last six weeks, it’s not all about policy design, it’s also about policy execution,” Summers said. “It is a great opportunity, but nothing good happens automatically.”last_img read more

Two Saint Mary’s seniors granted Orr Fellowships

first_imgSaint Mary’s seniors Lauren Hlavin and Lauren Jamieson were chosen for The Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship, a program that gives students the opportunity to join growing companies in Indianapolis and develop their business skills.According to Hlavin, there were over 800 applicants this recruitment season, and Hlavin and Jamieson were accepted as two of the 47 fellows.With the help of College alumnae, Jamieson said she was able to enter the extensive interview process with a better understanding of the fellowship. Jamieson had to prepare for activities such as an on-campus scouting event, interviews with board members and interviews with four potential employers in one day.“Saint Mary’s girls who are currently in the fellowship helped me to understand what exactly the fellowship is and got me excited for all the opportunities it offers,” Jamieson said. “They answered all my questions and helped me through the entire interview process.”Hlavin said she is excited to join the Indianapolis-based startup company, Digby Home Automation, LLC.“I am really anxious to get to work,” she said. “Right now it is hard to have a ‘hands-off’ approach, especially since I will be joining a start-up where the beginning of the enterprise is where you’ll get the most raw experience and knowledge.”Jamieson said she is looking forward to start her life in Indianapolis, working at CloudOne, a company dedicated to providing clients with a secure cloud network.“I can’t think of a better fit for me post-graduation,” she said. “I am excited to enter the Indianapolis community and become part of the Orr family.”Hlavin said her time at Saint Mary’s for helping cultivate her abilities as a young entrepreneur, fostering her sense of creativity, innovation and independence. She said her professors and classes helped mold her into a well-rounded person.“I have had endless leadership opportunities, which have pushed me to excel in areas where I wouldn’t have naturally gone,” she said. “I feel confident and capable in my area of study, as well as others, thanks to professors and students who are above par in every way possible.”Jamieson said the fellowship gives them the opportunity to interact and grow with other young business leaders.“I am looking forward to the curriculum that is offered and the opportunities I will have to expand my network and continue learning about myself and what path I want to pursue after my time with Orr,” Jamieson said.Hlavin said the fellowship offers a “truly one-of-a-kind” experience.“ … And to be amongst some of the top-tier grads of 2016 will undoubtedly be challenging yet extremely rewarding,” Hlavin said.“Each fellow brings a difference perspective, focus and form of creativity, which makes this an outstanding opportunity for personal and professional growth.”Hlavin said she is looking forward to her future as an Orr fellow.“It has been a wild ride so far, and I cannot wait for the next Orr adventure,” she said.Tags: Orr Fellowshiplast_img read more

Case study: Bromley

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DTZ scoops £500m German instruction…

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Mistrustful of state, Brazil slum hires own doctors to fight virus

first_imgPublic health experts agree. The packed living conditions, poor sanitation, lack of healthcare and flouting of lockdown measures make Brazil’s slums – home to around 11 million people or 6% of the population – particularly vulnerable to the virus.Paraisopolis is likely to be on the front line. Many of its residents work in the nearby wealthy neighborhood of Morumbi, ground zero for the outbreak in Brazil. Across Latin America, many of the first cases were diagnosed in those affluent enough to travel abroad, but the virus is expected to hit the poorest hardest.Brazil is Latin America’s worst affected nation by the coronavirus so far, with nearly 7,000 confirmed cases and 240 deaths.The Paraisopolis residents who have tested positive include two who work in the nearby Albert Einstein Hospital, a private medical facility that diagnosed the first case in Latin America. Another was a live-in nanny.Celia Parnes, the Secretary of Social Development for the state of Sao Paulo, said the government was concerned about the “speed of contagion in the favelas” and was working to assist poor neighborhoods like Paraisopolis with subsidized meals and debt relief.She said public healthcare in Paraisopolis was no different to the rest of the city, saying ambulances do reach the favela and talk of an absence of the state “was a major exaggeration.”But she complimented the work of the residents’ association. “I recognize it and tip my cap,” she said.City Hall, in an emailed statement, said it handed out free food and essentials to residents of Paraisopolis, as well as driving cars with loud speakers pronouncing the importance of washing hands and staying indoors.Sao Paulo’s water and sanitation firm said it was distributing 2,400 water tanks to poor neighborhoods, including Paraisopolis, to help during the health crisis.Close quarters The population density in Paraisopolis is about the same as Manhattan, although most buildings are just two or three stories tall. Residents complain the water runs dry after 8 p.m. and rubbish piles up along the tight, damp alleyways that weave through the community.De facto authority here lies with the First Capital Command, Brazil’s largest and most powerful gang, known by its Portuguese acronym PCC.A member of the medical team said their work had the gang’s blessing. Reuters was not immediately able to contact any of the gang’s local leaders.”I think it’s going to get ugly… This is a ‘little flu’ that kills,” said Luiz Carlos, a short, grey-haired doctor who is part of the hired medical team.Roberto de Souza, 41, believes he caught the virus through his job in a pharmacy – despite wearing disposable gloves and a facemask when serving customers. He developed terrible pain in his legs and a constant cough soon followed.After testing positive he isolated himself in a cramped second-floor flat in Paraisopolis.”What hurts the most is being locked away, alone,” he said through a facemask, in between coughing fits. “I have to worry, not just about myself but about not giving it to the next person.”De Souza lives by himself. In Paraisopolis that puts him in the minority.Reuters visited one cramped home where a woman was self-isolating, sick with coronavirus symptoms. But her three children, mother and brother had nowhere else to go, so continued to live with her.To address that challenge, the residents’ association is looking to use two local schools – closed due to the outbreak – to house up to 500 suspected and confirmed cases without life-threatening symptoms, removing them from tight living quarters.Despite all the preparations, Barata is worried residents are not taking the threat seriously enough. Unlike in the rest of Sao Paulo, where a lockdown is in place, most bars and shops remain open in Paraisopolis. The streets bustle. Parties pound.Barata fears many will change their attitude only once a parent or a friend dies. By then it might be too late.”We’re trying to get the message out: This is no joke,” he said.  Emerson Barata draws a circular map of Sao Paulo’s largest slum, Paraisopolis, and begins to mark confirmed coronavirus cases in blue ink. At the center of the favela of around 120,000 people, which crowds between luxury apartment blocks and high-walled mansions, he draws four dots.”It’s going to get a lot worse,” the 34-year-old tells an assembled medical team, adding another two dots to the favela’s outer districts. “The surge hasn’t hit yet.”Barata is leading the coronavirus response in this labyrinth of red cinder block homes where, beyond the six confirmed cases, his team suspects another 60. He is not connected to the Brazilian state, and nor is the medical team around him. The former minor league soccer pro is part of an association of Paraisopolis residents whose deep distrust of government has led them to take things into their own hands.The residents’ association has hired a round-the-clock private medical service including three ambulances, two doctors, and two nurses, as well as drivers and support staff. While President Jair Bolsonaro has dismissed the virus as “a little flu” and told Brazilians to get back to work, Barata is sleep-deprived trying to get his favela ready for what he describes as a “war.”Barata declined to say how much this would cost or how it was being funded, beyond saying some was covered by donations. Much of it still needs to be raised, he said. The medical team is on an initial 30-day contract, likely to be extended.”Favelas are going to be hit the worst,” he said, standing in a parking lot outside a mechanic’s workshop that doubles as a base for the medical team. “The places that are already neglected by the state will be neglected even more.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Semarang Old Town declared national cultural heritage site

first_imgThe Education and Culture Ministry has declared Kota Semarang Lama (Semarang Old Town) in Central Java a national cultural heritage site.Semarang Deputy Mayor Hevearita Gunaryanti Rahayo, who is also the chairman of the Semarang Old Town Management Board, confirmed the news as reported by She said the declaration was stipulated in an Education and Culture Ministerial Decree signed on Aug. 12 by Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim. The four areas — Kampung Kauman, Kampung Melayu, Chinese Village and Old Town (Oudestad) — represent the historical period of the development of the Central Java provincial capital, which goes back to the ninth century.The deputy mayor went on to say that development in the old town area should follow the regulations on cultural heritage sites.“There shouldn’t be any major changes in the area’s exterior design. However, the interior can be modified as done in the Old Town area.”The city administration is working on a masterplan regarding the heritage site’s development, which she hopes will improve the local economy. (dpk)Topics : Hevearita said the board had advocated the area to be included as a cultural heritage since 2017. The effort was part of a plan to submit the Semarang Old Town into the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.“However, when we were preparing for the submission, we found that there was no decree declaring the Old Town area a national cultural heritage site, not even at the provincial level,” Hevearita said as quoted by also: Indonesia works on preserving heritage for world peaceFollowing several discussions with the national cultural heritage team, the city administration selected four areas to be included in the larger area of Semarang Old Town as the proposal for the UNESCO World Heritage Listlast_img read more

Buyer snaps up Gold Coast apartment in multimillion-dollar deal

first_img Wake up to this view every day! Entertaining will be a breeze here.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago MORE NEWS: Gold Coast Castle fit for a king set to go under the hammer 14/5 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach has changed hands for $3.25 million.A Gold Coast downsizer has paid $3.25 million for a luxury beachfront apartment in Broadbeach.Tolemy Stevens and Mitch Lambert of Harcourts Coastal found a buyer for the full-floor residence in Vogue on Broadbeach. “The buyer was a local Gold Coaster who had downsized from a large home and wanted to move to the beachfront,” Mr Stevens said.“They wanted to be in an exclusive residential-only building that was quiet and private but still have the space to feel like a house. Vogue on Broadbeach is one of the best options on the Gold Coast for that.”The 322sq m three-bedroom apartment occupies the 11th floor. It has an office and butler’s pantry as well as an open plan living and dining area that opens to a north facing balcony. There are only 15 apartments in the tower, each with its own private lift lobby and two car parks. The view from the kitchen. Inside the luxury apartment at Broadbeach.center_img MORE NEWS: Why there are fewer Gold Coast properties on the market Mr Stevens said there was not enough stock to meet demand.“Since September and October last year we just cannot get enough property to satisfy the appetite we’re receiving,” he said.“We have more qualified and active buyers to work with yet not enough to sell them. When comparing Sydney and Melbourne, the Gold Coast overall is still representing outstanding value./5 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach.“I think it’s a testament as to how well the Gold Coast real estate market is currently performing.”.It comes as new data from revealed demand for property was up across the city. Cameron Kusher, Director of Economic Research at REA Group: National said the driving factor behind the significant increases was linked to a lack of properties for sale.last_img read more