EXCLUSIVE: Toubab Krewe Drops Psychedelic New Single, “Salut”, Off First Album In 7 Years

first_imgNew York will get a dose of Toubab Krewe when their upcoming tour brings them to Knitting Factory Brooklyn on 3/11! Grab tickets ahead of time here. In the fall of 2017, the dynamic, world-inspired instrumental quintet Toubab Krewe returned to the road after taking a break in 2014 (outside of a few festival appearances). The group followed up their highly anticipated fall tour with the announcement of their forthcoming third studio album, Stylo—the band’s first album since 2010’s TK2—and a number of new dates spanning across the first half of 2018. With Stylo‘s release date of March 2nd on the horizon (pre-order Toubab Krewe’s Stylo on PledgeMusic here), in recent weeks, Toubab Krewe has been slowly teasing what fans can expect from the band’s first album in seven years.Toubab Krewe Adds Brooklyn Show To 2018 Reunion TourStylo sees Toubab Krewe as inspired, innovative, and eclectic as ever. Across the album’s eight tracks, in characteristic Toubab Krewe style, the band gracefully fuses a number of musical traditions from around the world, drawing from places as disparate as Appalachia, West Africa, Pakistan, New Orleans, and more. Jubilant, energetic, and deeply compelling, the new album sets itself up to be the band’s finest yet. Today, Live For Live Music—in conjunction with Sirius XM’s Jam On, which debuted the track on the air this morning—is proud to host the online premiere of “Salut”, the latest single off Toubab Krewe’s Stylo.On the heels of the December release of Stylo‘s psychedelic lead single, “That Damn Squash”, “Salut” is a cascading new tune that showcases the group’s hypnotic and effortless sound. While rhythmically propulsive and technically complex across its five-minute length, “Salut” starts serenely, eventually building to a dramatic drum break ahead of the number’s forceful close.Drew Heller, electric guitarist and organist for the band offered these insights on “Salut”:To create Stylo, we took a blend of influences ranging from Appalachia, West Africa, Lollywood, and New Orleans, and combined them into an eight-song trip. “Salut” is a traditional Wassoulou tune from Mali; it’s a tune I learned from the great Malian guitarist and songwriter Kabine Diakite.You can take a listen to Toubab Krewe’s “Salut” below, and pre-order Stylo on PledgeMusic. Head over to Toubab Krewe’s website or check below for upcoming tour dates, which see the band headlining venues across the country, supporting acts like Melvin Seals & JGB and Pimps of Joytime, and performing both weekends of Electric Forest.Toubab Krewe – “Salut”last_img read more

Haven Burton Returns to Broadway’s Kinky Boots as Lauren

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Related Shows Kinky Boots Kinky Boots alum Haven Burton has returned to the role of Lauren in the Tony-winning musical. She takes over for Jeanna De Waal, who has begun rehearsals for Waitress at the American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts. Burton first stepped in last summer when De Waal played Marie Barrie in A.R.T’s Finding Neverland.Burton will play Lauren at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre through October 11. Prior to her first Kinky Boots stint, Burton served as the standby to the titular role in Violet. Her other Broadway credits include Shrek, Legally Blonde and Rent, in addition to the off-Broadway productions of Disaster! and Nobody Loves You.With a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots follows Charlie Price as he is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe factory in Northern England after the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the nearly bankrupt business and transforms an entire community through the power of acceptance.The tuner also currently stars Tony winner Billy Porter as Lola and Andy Kelso as Charlie. View Commentslast_img read more

Colorado co-op shuts down Nucla coal plant three years early

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Denver Post:Tri-State Generation and Transmission, which provides wholesale power to rural electric associations across Colorado, has officially closed one of its coal power plants ahead of schedule. Westminster-based Tri-State said the Nucla Station in western Colorado ran through its last supply of on-site fuel Sept. 9 and was officially retired Thursday. The 100-megawatt facility was originally scheduled to shut down at the end of 2022.Tri-State said in a statement that the closure allows it to meet its deadline for ending operations under Colorado’s plan to cut regional haze.The utility said it will provide $500,000 over the next five years to the community to help with the transition. The 35 employees will stay to help start decommissioning the plant. Dismantling of the facility, which started operating in 1959, is expected to begin during the first half of 2020.Tri-State spokesman Mark Stutz said in an email Friday that it hasn’t been decided yet how the $500,000 will be distributed. Employees will stay on the job through the spring of 2020. Stutz said the majority of the workers were planning to retire or move other jobs with Tri-State.Tri-State has been criticized by some of its member cooperatives and renewable energy advocates for relying too heavily on coal and for capping the amount of electricity members can generate on their own. However, Tri-State officials have said the power provider gets about a third of its electricity from renewable energy sources, plans to add more and will work with members to give them more flexibility to produce more of their own electricity.More: Tri-State officially retires Nucla coal-fired power plant well ahead of planned 2022 closure Colorado co-op shuts down Nucla coal plant three years earlylast_img read more

Guatemalan UN Peacekeepers Help Maintain Law and Order in Haiti

first_img Typically, Sosa’s troops wake up at 5 a.m. and do exercises at the mission’s outdoor gym. They’re generally required to run two miles in 16 minutes and do a set number of push-ups and bench presses based on age. After a 7 a.m. breakfast, the men go out on patrols, armed with Israeli-made Galil 5.56mm assault rifles. In the late afternoon and evenings, Sosa’s men play soccer, volleyball and other sports. Now that it’s relatively cool in the tropics, conditions aren’t so bad. But in the Caribbean summer heat, spending the day outdoors in full combat gear can be challenging, to say the least. Diálogo recently visited Guampco headquarters at Log Base, a sprawling military compound adjacent to Port-au-Prince International Airport on the outskirts of Haiti’s capital and largest city. A barbed-wire fence and guard tower overlooks the main airport road. Several dozen trailers surround a huge courtyard, which contains, among other things, a basketball court, a huge concrete replica of the famous pyramid at Tikal and a monument commemorating Guatemala’s elite special forces known as Los Kaibiles. Muñoz is one of 133 peacekeepers — all military police — comprising the Guatemalan contingent of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH). The contingent’s official name is Guampco, for Guatemalan Military Police Company, but everyone here calls it Espiritu Maya. Physically challenging routine Earlier this year, Guampco was assigned to supervise the investigation of four Uruguayan men who allegedly sexually assaulted a young man in the southern town of Port-Salut. But Sosa said the incident was so “delicate” that a special commission was soon formed to probe the allegations. “There’s always an emergency team ready to respond to a call, no matter what the occasion,” Sosa said. “Our contingent has no relations with the Haitian population. Even so, we help provide potable water. We also help with a local orphanage, bringing them food and water every week.” Although none of the Guatemalan MPs in Haiti speak the local Creole, all are required to have basic knowledge of English. In addition, they must submit to and pass medical, academic and psychological exams prior to becoming UN peacekeepers. Over a traditional Guatemalan lunch of beef soup, chilis, vegetables, tortillas and fresh grapes, Col. José Sosa, the mission’s commander, explained what his troops are doing in Haiti. “When the MINUSTAH mission began in October 2004, the United Nations asked several different countries, including Guatemala, for support, so we said yes. This unit is a very important component in the whole mission. If there’s some incident, a fight, an injury, a death, we have to investigate,” he said. “We are responsible for maintaining discipline, law and order among the peacekeepers. We also lend VIP security to any special flight. If, for instance, a government minister needs to travel by helicopter to Cap-Haïtien, we lend our services. In addition, we control traffic in places where there is a military presence.” The Guatemalan contingent of MINUSTAH is quite small compared to those of countries such as Brazil and India, but its mission is indispensible: To monitor the peacekeepers themselves rather than the Haitian people, with which it has only limited contact. center_img By Dialogo December 13, 2011 PORT-AU-PRINCE — Guatemalan soldier José Donis Muñoz didn’t know much about Haiti before he and his comrades in arms arrived on the Caribbean island as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission. But he welcomes the opportunity to help a country in need. “This is a chance to participate in a peacekeeping mission, and at the same time, help Haiti to return to law and order,” he said. “When I came here, I knew nothing about Haiti, only what I could find on the Internet. It’s a new experience, totally different from what we’re used to.” Muñoz and his fellow Guatemalan soldiers are scheduled to be in Haiti for the next nine months. They’re part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission that comprises 12,500 soldiers, police officers and other uniformed personnel from 18 countries around the world. An indispensable mission “Before we come to Haiti, soldiers have to take a class on cultural awareness. We learn about different cultures,” said the 46-year-old Sosa, who has three sons and is from Zacapa. The slogan on the wall of his makeshift office reads: “Vocación de servicio y profundo sentido del deber con la responsabilidad de defender la patria.” In the course of their patrols and daily activities, Minustah troops are advised to not get too close to Haitian people, particularly women. The approach is an effort to maintain professionalism and avoid sparking unnecessary incidents. “All the training we’ve previously received has helped prepare us, and not only because of Haiti,” said Erwin Gómez Barrera, the mission’s second-in-command and a native of Mazatenango. “Even though we’re all latinos, we come from different cultures, and normally, our cultures don’t mix.” Every month, the Guatemalan peacekeepers get five days of R&R, which they generally enjoy back home in Guatemala, Miami — less than a two-hour flight away — or in the neighboring Dominican Republic. “They are not allowed to stay here in Haiti,” said Sosa. “This minimizes the risk of mixing with locals.” Asked how folks back home feel about the Minustah mission, Sosa thought for a second. “In Guatemala, there are people in favor and people against,” he said. “We don’t deal with the politics here. The important thing is, we’re lending a hand to a brother country in trouble.” Very interesting article, thanks for the information that you share with the people around the world, becouse Guatemala is a small country that help a brother country who needs a friendly hand from every body around the world after the hearthquake in 2010 and the outbreak of cholera.The Guatemalan soldiers are supporting UN missions in 12 countries, and they showed his professionalism and good work in an international enviroment. good job, God bless you. This is a very important mission, for everyone, because I am part of it. Well, I want to be part of this force….last_img read more

LINK: State launches COVID-19 report card for schools

first_imgTo go to the dashboard, click here. (WBNG) — The New York State COVID-19 Dashboard Tracker for schools is live. The dashboard requires every school in the state to submit daily data of positive COVID-19 test results. It provides a report card for every school.center_img Governor Andrew Cuomo is hoping the tracker helps provide confidence and comfort to parents and teachers during the school year.last_img

‘It’s only a matter of time’: Ex-terrorists in Central Java to reintegrate with society

first_imgSuherdjokoTHE JAKARTA POST/SEMARANG According to Haerudin, Jack was the only person who was willing to open up to the program’s officers.“We are conducting a person-to-person approach. It’s only a matter of time [until others open up],” he said. Research from the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) marked Surakarta and some of its neighboring regencies, namely Boyolali, Klaten, Sragen, Karanganyar, Sukoharjo and Wonogiri, as part of a “red zone” for radical teachings.Haerudin also stated that the government was collaborating with public figures, ulema, foundations, Islamic mass organizations such as Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, and government institutions. During one of its recruitment periods, the Islamic State (IS) group was joined by at least 75 Central Java residents who were looking for a way to enter Syria and Iraq.However, it is not known how many of them actually ended up joining the IS. The majority of them came from Surakarta and its surroundings area.Since the downfall of the IS, the Central Java administration has refused to welcome back former IS members to their respective hometowns.“We are following the government’s decision, since Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has strictly refused the entry of former IS combatants to Central Java. We should have similar commitments in treating them,” Haerudin said. (dpk)Topics : The Central Java administration is currently assisting 127 former terror convicts in a community reintegration program, head of the Central Java National and Political Unity Office Haerudin has said. Of the 127 former convicts, 39 of them have joined the Gema Salam Foundation, which specializes in a deradicalization program in Surakarta, Central Java.“We are still discussing what to do next with the rest of the former convicts since they haven’t entirely been integrated with the public. They refused to open up during a meeting,” Haerudin said recently.One of the 39 people already in the program is Joko aka Jack Harun, a former bomb-maker who was among those responsible for the Bali bombings in October 2002. He was sentenced to six years in prison, finishing his sentence at the end of 2008.last_img read more

Experts, business players urge COVID-19 response team to evaluate fiscal stimulus

first_imgRead also: Don’t ‘misinterpret new normal’: Govt expects new team to meet health, economic goalsThe government approved on Monday a Rp 16.5 trillion loan for the Jakarta and West Java administrations, which will be disbursed gradually, to revive the provinces’ economic activity during the pandemic. However, Faisal suggested that the government should increase the allocation for regional administrations and transfer the funds instead of lending them.Meanwhile, Indef executive director Tauhid Ahmad urged the team to reduce the allocations for the five government and agencies with the biggest budgets and use those funds instead to increase cash transfers to those affected by the pandemic.“Those ministries and agencies should sacrifice their budgets so that we can reduce our debt, because the fight against the coronavirus will last for the next few years,” he said.In the 2020 state budget, the Defense Ministry has the biggest allocation of all ministries at Rp 127.4 trillion, trailed by the Public Works and Housing Ministry, the National Police, Religious Affairs Ministry as well as the Social Affairs Ministry.From the total of stimulus package, Rp 203.9 trillion have been earmarked for social safety nets, including the Family Hope Program, the staple food card program and cash transfers.Tauhid suggested that the government increase the monthly cash transfers from currently Rp 600,000 per family to Rp 1.5 million per family, which accounts for around 70 to 80 percent of the average monthly spending.“More people are experiencing job and salary cuts as the pandemic continues. The increase in cash transfers could help to reduce their burden during this trying time,” said Tauhid.The government expects 4 million people to fall below the poverty line and some 5.5 million to lose their jobs this year, as the pandemic is ravaging the economy.Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan Roeslani said on Tuesday that the government should focus on incentivizing labor-intensive industries during the pandemic.Rosan proposed for additional six-month working capital stimulus for the private sector affected by the pandemic, which Kadin estimates to reach around Rp 303.76 trillion.“This is an estimate from various industries that have been greatly impacted by the virus,” he said.The figure includes Rp 141.5 trillion stimulus for the textile and textile products industry, Rp 100 trillion for the food and beverage industry, Rp 40.5 trillion for the footwear industry, Rp 21.3 trillion for hotel and restaurant industry as well as Rp 407 billion for the electronics and home appliances industry, according to Rosan.Read also: Business players demand Rp 625t in additional stimulus Experts and a business player association are urging the newly established COVID-19 response team to re-evaluate the government’s fiscal stimulus and boost its effectiveness amid the continuous rise in the number of cases.Institute for Development on Economics and Finance (Indef) senior economist Faisal Basri said that the newly established National Economic Recovery and COVID-19 Response Team should focus on disbursing more funds to regional administrations to fight the pandemic in their areas.“The funds to fight the coronavirus has been heavily centered on the central government, but regional administrations actually need more funding than the government does, as they are the front guard in fighting this virus,” he said in a webinar on Tuesday. Faisal further argued that the pandemic had hit provincial, regency and city administrations’ revenue, which in turn reduced the administrations’ COVID-19 response funds amid the continuous surge in cases.The total national case number reached 104,432 on Wednesday.As the crisis impacted car sales, administrations would collect less revenue from vehicle ownership transfer fees, while the slump in tourism would affect tax revenue from lodging, restaurants and entertainment centers, Faisal added.The government has allocated Rp 10 trillion (US$688.7 million) in government loans to administrations from the overall stimulus package worth Rp 695.2 trillion for the COVID-19 response to boost the cooling economy and strengthen the healthcare system. It has also been working to expedite the disbursement of the funds for social assistance, business incentives and more, as it has only spent 19 percent of the total as of July 22.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Senate’s Passage of a Budget

first_img December 23, 2015 Governor Wolf Statement on Senate’s Passage of a Budget SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement regarding the Senate passage of a budget:“It was only one day ago that the House displayed a historic show of bipartisanship that bucked Speaker Turzai and the tea party. Yesterday, the House advanced a responsible budget with historic education funding and placed it on the verge of passage. It is deeply disappointing that today the Senate has caved to those same House leaders and extreme interests to continue the failed status quo and harm our schools and children by denying them these critical additional funds.“A historic compromise budget that included the largest increase in education funding in history, reforms in public pensions, and a reduction in the deficit was within reach. It seems that the Republican legislature is intent on continuing the Harrisburg status quo and getting out of town to go on vacation instead of continuing the hard work to move Pennsylvania forward.“Change is difficult, and clearly more so given this legislature, but we must continue our fight for historic education funding that will begin to restore the cuts from five years ago, and a budget that is balanced, paid for, and fixes our deficit.”# # #last_img read more

Wolf Administration Releases Equity and Inclusion Toolkit for Schools

first_img April 06, 2017 Education,  Non-discrimination,  Press Release,  Results,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Department of Education (PDE) has released a new resource to help Pennsylvania schools prevent and respond to racially charged and bias-related incidents in their communities.“To perform their best, students must feel safe in school,” Governor Wolf said. “A healthy and safe environment can help our students thrive, and every student regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression should be provided the opportunity to learn free from discrimination, fear, or harassment. My administration is dedicated to improving education in Pennsylvania and we’ll continue working to ensure every student has the opportunity to excel.”The newly-released Equity and Inclusion Toolkit is one of a series of resources PDE began providing to the commonwealth’s schools following high-visibility incidents in several schools after November’s election. When those incidents occurred, the Administration acted quickly to condemn them as acts of bigotry and intolerance, and released a 60-second PSA to share a message of diversity and inclusion.“The toolkit released today will advance existing efforts at the state and local levels to create and maintain supportive settings that celebrate diversity and teach students the importance of respect for self and others,” Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said. “This resource was developed in collaboration with other state agencies, organizations, and partners, and focuses on strategies and actions that schools can take to address bias and discrimination in a proactive and effective manner.”PDE’s Office of Safe Schools has partnered with agencies like the Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the Center for Schools and Communities, intermediate units, and others to bolster efforts to ensure schools have resources to foster a positive culture and climate, and to respond to incidents of hate.Safe Schools established a hotline for districts to report bias-related incidents to streamline the collection of information about an incident and connect a district with services and supports more quickly.  PDE also provided resources, including a crisis plan template and curriculum guides, available online to educators.Safe Schools also provides resources on issues from combating dating violence to preventing suicide, and in 2016 introduced a toll-free bullying prevention consultation line (1-866-716-0424), which is available to students, parents/guardians, and educators.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Wolf Administration Releases Equity and Inclusion Toolkit for Schoolscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Edward “Dick” Reese – Brookville

first_imgEdward “Dick” Reese, of Brookville, was born on October 15, 1927 in St. Mary’s, IN, the youngest son of Richard Bent and Ollie Victoria Marcum Reese.  He married the former Glenna Hensley on September 10, 1946 who preceded him in death on July 27, 2000.  He worked various jobs including the county highway department and the railroad until he retired from Wayne Works in Richmond.  Dick also farmed and had a car lot at one time.  He enjoyed travelling the country, fishing, antique tractors and cars, and watching westerns and nature TV shows.  On Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the age of 91, Dick passed away at home peacefully surrounded by family.Those surviving who will cherish Dick’s memory include his 5 daughters; Carolyn (William) Gay of Port Charlotte, FL, Joann (Paul) Bell of Connersville, Victoria Meyer of Brookville, Linda (Dean) Walter of Brookville, and Barbara (Jack) Arnold of Connersville; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; loving companion, Jennifer Knecht; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife of 53 years, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Regina Faye Reese; 6 brothers, Elmer, Conley, Powell, Ora, Herlon, and Verlie; and five sisters, Daisy, Mae, Lora, Alice, and Hazel.Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Burial will follow immediately after in Maple Grove Cemetery.Memorial contributions can be directed to the American Cancer Society or the donor’s choice.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Dick Reese.last_img read more