first_imgSeveral hundred  Evansville swimmers gathered at Garvin Park pool over the weekend to compete in the “Annual City Swim Meet” sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department.  Swimmers ranging from ages 4 to 65 completed in this extremely competitive eventLoraine swim team won the city meet, earning 667.5 points. Lloyd took second, with 555.5 points, followed by Howell Torpedoes with 543, Helfrich Pool with 381 and Rochelle Pool with 31.Mollie and Jill Darke-Schreiber’s daughters, Hadlie (8) and Henslie (6) were extremely competitive in the breaststroke, and free style events.”  Holly and Matt Happe’s kids, Hunter (8)  and Hope (9) did well in the freestyle races.  Josie(10) and Luke(8) Hartmann did extremely well in their events.  Jamie and Matt Hartmann are the proud parents of Josie and Luke.It’s important to point out that members of the Parks and Recreation Department staff did an outstanding job in conducting this worthy community event. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Toubab Krewe’s Luke Quaranta on MEGAWATT Afro-Dub Soundclash, Pirate’s Choice, and JuJu Fest in NOLA

first_imgPirate’s Choice founder/Ju Ju Fest producer Luke Quaranta is an accomplished percussionist the world over. The longtime Toubab Krewe badass New Yorker decamped to New Orleans a few years ago, and has immersed himself in the musical gumbo, as is the norm down there, bringing West African cultural flavors to his own Pirate’s Choice project, Keith Burnstein’s Kettle Black, and several other up and coming krewes. In anticipation of the massive Megawatt hit at Maison during this year’s Jazz Fest, B.Getz sat down with Luke to discuss that big show, as well as Toubab, Ju Ju Fest, his murderous NOLA posse, and how to achieve Zen whilst riding in the trunk of a car.L4LM: First things first, gotta wish you the blessed earth strong brother! Happy belated. What are you like, 32?L: Haha. 40, man, yea.L4LM: No way. You keeps it young and thuggin bro. I’da never guessed.L: That’s what’s up.  My family name Quaranta means forty in Italian, and then I am turning forty, and my birthday was on Easter, so forty days of Lent, too. Lots of 40’s in my life right now.L4LM: We’ll be sure to crack a 40 of O.E. while I’m in your fair city. (laughs). Now, to the musics, as Benny Bloom would say. I’m super stoked to see JuJu Fest come together!L: Yea man. This year, this lineup came about in the greatest way. It’s an eleven-show program, including a show that L4LM is presenting on May 3rd at The Maison called “Megawatt.” All the JuJu Fest shows will be dope, but Megawatt, it’s just a ton of heavy hitters.L4LM: Word. You rang the alarm, huh?L: B. that all came together from Raja Kassis. Raja has a long history of playing a lot of reggae and dub music. Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights), Josh Werner (Matisyahu’s original bass player, Lee Scratch Perry), and Raja played a ton of reggae and dub in New York back in the day, and they were talking about how “It would be dope to play a dub show in New Orleans during JazzFest,” and man, it just kind of took on a life of its own. Borham reached out to Deitch, and Adam Deitch was down. So then it was Deitch, Borahm, Josh, Raja, and Raja asked me and Weedie to do it. Then it was like “Wow this could be a real Afro Dub experiment.”L4LM: Y’all had me at soundclash. Seriously. Pull up!L: I’m sayin! And then we got Bajah, this cat that I have worked with in the past, and Raja has worked with quite a bit. He is a hip-hop artist that lives in New York and he has done stuff with a lot of people over the years: his own stuff, his own Dry Eye crew, The Roots, among others. So, you know Raja brought Bajah in and then we had a real show man, so we went to L4LM and we told them we wanted to do this show. But it’s a major show with a lot of cats on it, and we had the space already cause we were going to do JuJu programming at Maison.L4LM was stoked about it, and we were able to work it out and do the show, and we are all excited to include it as a part of JuJu Fest programming on our schedule.  So we have Deitch, Borahm, Bajah, Josh, Raja, Weedie, and I. We got Khris Royal and Maurice Brown on horns.  It’s going to be a hell of a show. We are going to do a bunch of Bajah’s material a lot of dub stuff and classics. It’s going to be a fun night and a fun experiment, man with all those heavy cats on it. L: Man, you got me there. That’s tough. It’s really hard to say, because you can’t go wrong at Jazz Fest bro. But I’m gonna go with the Original Meters at the Orpheum on first weekend. (April 29th).  L4LM: You know this last question I can obviously only ask you, is can we expect you to grab a drum and get in the trunk of a car and show up at any shows to go zen on mofo’s?!L: Bro, you know it! Anything can happen. It’s fuckin’ Jazz Fest, man. I might end up in a trunk.L4LM: That’s one of the all time Jazz Fest ragers right there. That is like the essence of Fest. Word. I can get on? Get in the trunk of somebody’s car with your drum, and next thing you know, BOOM! There’s my man Luke on stage at Break Science. Bringing the Zen. It was the best shit ever. My man, you went deep. Like I said way back then, you went ZEN on ‘eem.L: Haha. That was fucking epic. I’m like “Was that even?” “Am I that same person?” That is taking it there!L4LM: Big love, mi bredda. I’ll see you in a less than two weeks.L: Thanks so much for the support B. and major thanks to Live For Live Music too. L: We are excited about the music we have. We did a bunch of editing and started to get a sense of what the album is going to look like. So this is really just a re-entry for the Krewe.  We’ve got some other festivals on the books. We’ve got a number of offers that have come in. We will slowly be ramping up to touring and putting out this album and I’m sure people are going to see our name quite a bit more.Drew Heller, our guitar player, had a baby, and he has a really great spot right outside of Asheville and he’s playing with a bunch of other cats in Asheville. Justin Perkins, the ngoni and kora player for the band, is down in Miami, playing a lot with our original bass player David Pransky. They’ve been recording, and doing a bunch of shit.  It’s been a cool couple years, everyone’s been doing their thing. I’ve been here in NO developing a lot of projects. We are really excited. It’s been in the works for a while.L4LM: You guys are in essence an Asheville band, for all intents and purposes. And if not an Asheville band, then by default a Bear Creek/Suwannee band, if I do say so. So lemme ask, why Jazz Fest, for Toubab Krewe?L: You know these shows came together and it was the opportunity to play Jazz Fest and we decided there would be no better return than at Jazz Fest, you know, playing late night shows, which has been one of the highlights of our career really. The Krewe is coming back together; new music released soon, new tour dates announced soon. I am really excited and for the Krewe to come together back in the mix. It’s been a while. It worked out really nicely to have the shows work in to JuJu Fest. L4LM: Real talk, this is Jazz Fest porn for a guy like me. Can’t wait to chant down Babylon with that band of rudebwoys! Now, please take us through the beginnings of JuJu Fest and what it is all about.L: So Raja Kassis, one of my best friends who plays in Antibalas, moved down here a couple years ago, and Sam Dickey, also a really good friend, moved down here just before Raja right after I did. We got together and started this group Pirate’s Choice to play a lot of Mandé styles, West African music. We had been playing together quite a bit over the years in New York, and both of those guys have sat in with Toubab Krewe and I ended up playing with Sam Dickey’s band Benyoro and recording on Raja’s debut album that he put out on Ropeadope. So when those guys moved here, we really wanted to play this music, play this style. So we started Pirate’s Choice and started playing in town and cats like Alfred Jordan playing drums and Eric Vogel playing bass with us, and then it came Jazz Fest ’15. L4LM: I saw that! I love that name. The Wahala Boys. Sounds real gangster like. I saw it on the schedule.L: Yeah it’s a cool band.  Wahala (in places like Ghana, and Senegal) means basically… ‘The Bad Boys’ is what it would translate into. So this is a group of his, and we are doing a lot of seventies era West African funk, psychedelic funk and rock shit, so it’s a really great sound and great players. And then Sam Dickey started a band called the The Fu Fu All-Stars and that’s doing all kinds of Ghanian, high-life and gospel stuff in a brass band set up and that’s a really cool sound too. Weedie and I are playing percussion in both of those projects, so it’s just been a lot of fun. We have been playing together since 2006 and he’s one of my best friends too, so it’s been really dope being able to play a lot more with him here in New Orleans.It’s going to be cool to debut those projects and Weedie’s project, Weedie Braimah & the Hands of Time. I’m psyched for all them to be able to highlight these projects during JF. It’s going to be a great calendar, man, we have a lot of good shows, great venues. It’s going to be good times. I am excited to bring something different to Jazz Fest.L4LM: That’s exactly how I feel about the JuJu Fest calendar, Luke. It’s different and authentic and has lots of integrity and soul, and you guys aren’t appropriating cultures. You are paying homage to them, studying them, embracing the traditions, and delivering them to audiences that would never otherwise hear them. You know, there’s a difference between that and cultural appropriation. I feel like you guys are really mindful and respectful of the cultures and really put the traditions and the values first. You do the art, music and culture right and people know that shit.L4LM: I got two more questions for you. One question I am asking everyone I am interviewing for Jazz Fest is – besides your own hits, if you could pick one artist, Fairgrounds or night shows,  Luke’s can’t miss hit, what would you pick?” L4LM: Man, Luke. You are in the zone, bruv! So many dope projects coming to life in the greatest musical city we have. Tell us more. What’s good with Weedie?L:   B. we got a lot of shows with Weedie. We are doing Weedie’s birthday party. We are doing Weedie Braimah and the Hands of Time, the debut of his project along with Pedrito Martinez Rumba Project, so we got a Cuban/West African mashup night.L4LM: Weedie lives in NOLA now too, right? You guys are getting it in proper it seems.L: Well, Weedie also moved here about a year and a half ago, almost two years, so we got this real incubator here with Raja, Sam, Weedie and myself, playing a lot of these styles. Those guys are actually going to be debuting new projects as well, Raja started a band called The Wahala Boys with Terence Higgins. L: We wanted to highlight this music here in New Orleans. We have always thought this music needed to be highlighted more and have a brighter spotlight on it anytime of year. But we felt Jazz Fest would be the time to do it. You know there is so much African inspired music that has developed here in a way that is pretty unique to anywhere in the States really. The way it has stayed alive and morphed and changed into all these amazing styles, New Orleans and American styles of music, so we really wanted to highlight West African music and music of the Diaspora. We came together and started JuJu Fest and in that first year, you know, things really happened serendipitously.That first year, I presented a full day of programming at Purple Hatter’s Ball, which was at Suwannee, and at that time was the week after the second weekend of Jazz Fest. I presented Toubab Krewe, Sam Dickey’s crew Benyoro, and Raja’s group humanBEING, so because I had Purple Hatter’s Ball the weekend after, I was able to bring in all these artists about mid-week during Jazz Fest, and it was artists from Senegal, Mali, Guinea, all the artists from Sam’s group Benyoro, Toubab Krewe and humanBEING guys. Lots of mash up stuff. A ten show program over Jazz Fest that year and that was the inaugural year including Pirate’s Choice. L: Then last year we did it again and same thing: had a great calendar, had about eight shows, kept the thing going, had a great response, great crowds. It was just sick to present a lot of different music from the diaspora. Last year we had some Brazilian music, Cuban music involved. And this year, man! JuJu Fest came together this year with like eleven shows, and Megawatt. That one is gonna be insane. You know, shows by Pirate’s Choice and Toubab Krewe.L4LM: Yeah, Let me jump in on that. Obviously we wanted to highlight (how I came to know you through Toubab Krewe), and I think it’s safe to say a decent percentage of the community knows you from Toubab Krewe, so how did you put it back together for the gigs? Did you just reach out to the homies or was it more a concerted effort by the group?  Is this a one off or are y’all going to take it back on the road, what’s the future hold for that effort?L: Yeah, Toubab Krewe, I have been dialoguing a lot with Drew (Heller) over the last few months, and we have been kind of planning to come back to playing, touring, putting out music. You know, we took a break in like 2015, we kind of started slowing down. We were doing some one offs and stuff, but we weren’t booking any tours. We cut an album right at the end of our ten-year run, touring pretty constantly. We cut the record, sat on it for a year or two, and really recently, maybe two months ago, I went up to Asheville and spent thee days with Drew and Justin Kimmel, our bass player, digging in to all that stuff, and we got some really great stuff. As told to B.Getzlast_img read more

Brain changes found in normal elders

first_imgHarvard-affiliated researchers using two brain-imaging technologies have found that apparently normal older individuals with brain deposits of amyloid beta — the primary constituent of the plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients — also had changes in brain structure similar to those seen in Alzheimer’s patients. Results of the study, which has received early online publication in the Annals of Neurology, may help identify individuals who could be candidates for therapies to prevent the development of dementia.“Our findings support the theory that Alzheimer’s disease begins many years before symptoms appear and that amyloid plaque is an early sign of this process,” says Keith Johnson of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Imaging, senior author of the study. “We see that when amyloid deposits are present, even in cognitively normal individuals, the degenerative changes of Alzheimer’s are under way. Long-term studies to track these changes and observe how they evolve are ongoing.”Definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease requires finding amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain at autopsy. In recent years it has been possible to detect amyloid in living brains by PET scanning with an imaging agent known as Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB). Plaques have been observed in the brains of apparently healthy individuals, as well as those with dementia, but whether the presence of plaques indicates the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease is not yet known.High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging studies have identified characteristic changes in brain structure — thinning of key cortical regions and reduced volume of structures such as the hippocampus — in persons with mild cognitive impairment, in individuals known to carry gene mutations that directly cause Alzheimer’s disease, and in diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients. A recent study reported similar brain changes in some cognitively normal elders but did not distinguish those who had amyloid deposits from those who did not.The current study involved 87 cognitively normal older individuals and 32 patients diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s — matched for age, gender, and education — who had enrolled in the long-term Harvard Aging Brain Study. Participants underwent both high-resolution MR imaging of brain structure and PET scanning with PiB to detect amyloid plaques. The results showed that those cognitively normal individuals who had amyloid plaques also had structural changes similar to but less pronounced than the neurodegenerative changes seen in the symptomatic patients. Structural changes were most evident in areas comprising what is called the default network, which is known to be affected early in the course of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).“If amyloidosis — deposits of amyloid plaques — in the brains of clinically normal people is associated with Alzheimer’s-like neurodegeneration, then amyloidosis itself may signify ‘preclinical’ AD,” say Johnson, who is also an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. “We need to learn more about how long it takes a normal person with amyloid to develop AD, whether there are critical ‘second hit’ factors that convert amyloidosis to Alzheimer’s disease, and if there are measures that can halt the process of neurodegeneration.”Alex Becker of MGH Imaging is lead author of the Annals of Neurology report. The study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Charles Farnsworth Trust.last_img read more

Found Begins Performances Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 9, 2014 View Comments Related Shows Additional cast members include Christina Anthony, Andrew Call, Orville Mendoza, Molly Pope and Sandy Rustin. Directed by Overtree, the tuner is based on the Found books and magazines by Davy Rothbart. It explores the surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been found in the real world by everyday people. The show follows Davy (Blaemire) and his two best friends who find themselves on a wild, comedic journey after he finds a revealing note on his windshield meant for someone else. Previews begin for the world premiere of Found on September 18 at the Linda Gross Theater off-Broadway. Starring Nick Blaemire, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Daniel Everidge, Betsy Morgan and Danny Pudi, the new musical features a book by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree and a score by Eli Bolin. The Atlantic Theater Company production will officially open on October 14 and run through November 9. Foundlast_img read more

Nitrogen Applications

first_imgCorn and cotton share an essential attribute: They need just the right amount of nitrogen to generate high yields.Low dosages can result in stunted plants or yellow, lower leaves, which is very common in corn. “There’s a lot of emphasis on corn with nitrogen now, making sure it has enough nitrogen all throughout the growing season,” said Glen Harris, a soils and fertility agronomist with the University of Georgia Tifton campus. “Most growers that shoot for high yields will tell you they never want to see those lower leaves turn yellow. If some of those turn yellow, then it’s probably a loss of yield potential.”Too much nitrogen, however, could result in the nutrient being leached away later in the planting season. Typically, corn and cotton need two applications of nitrogen, once at planting and the other during side-dressing (between first square and first bloom). Too much nitrogen at planting time could lead to a deficiency of the essential nutrient later in the planting season because of leaching. Too much nitrogen up front can also result in cotton growing too fast.“With cotton, it’ll keep wanting to grow vegetatively and not reproductively or put bolls on,” Harris said. “Corn, technically, it could cause lodging. You could cause some imbalances with other nutrients. For example, we like to put 10 pounds of sulfur on, and that’s fine, but if you put a lot of nitrogen on, you’re probably going to have a sulfur deficiency. The more nitrogen you put on, you have to bump up that recommendation for sulfur, too.”Nitrogen is one of 16 essential plant nutrients. It is key to the growth of a plant, and so are amino acids and proteins. It is also responsible for the plant’s color.The abnormal amount of rainfall this summer could also affect nitrogen amounts still in the soil. Many Georgia farmers are concerned that the heavy rains washed away any traces of nitrogen.“When we get that much rain, our soils are so sandy, we usually don’t count on having a lot of nitrogen left over next year. We usually get rainfall in the winter time and it leaches out things like nitrogen,” Harris said. “This year, we lost a lot of it after we put it out.”Harris encourages Georgia farmers to take soil samples during the winter in order to have a better understanding of their fields’ nutrient needs.For more on soil and plant nutrients, search the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences publication website at www.caes.uga.edu/Publications/.last_img read more

Kings Park Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old Kings Park man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Commack.Suffolk County police said Vincent Giovannantonio was riding a Triumph motorcycle northbound on Indian Head Road when he collided with a southbound Ford Taurus making a left turn onto Kings Park Road at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead. The other driver was not injured.Fourth Squad detectives impounded the vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

COVID-19 made in-person campaigning tough, but UNITE HERE found a way in battleground states

first_imgThe Biden campaign and many other Democrats were justifiably cautious about campaigning in person during the coronavirus pandemic—a fact that may have hurt some candidates, as Republicans had no caution about it. But it was possible to go out in the field safely and effectively, as one union showed in several of the key states we’ve all been obsessing about for days now.UNITE HERE knocked on the doors of 3 million voters, going to 20,000 doors a day in Arizona’s critical Maricopa County. They did it all with what a union staffer described on Twitter as “comprehensive safety protocols, including mandatory PPE,” and, she wrote, had “0 COVID outbreaks.” The organizing included an intensive focus on Latino voters in Arizona, part of the successful effort in that state. And the union did it all in a pandemic economy that has been brutal for its workers—these are hotel and restaurant and other hospitality workers, which means a lot of them have lost their jobs since March. Now, UNITE HERE is taking a well-deserved victory lap on Twitter, and it’s worth checking out the effort the union put in.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Global enterprise

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MWB waits on Malmaison bid

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America’s curfews: controversial, but are they effective?

first_img‘Targeting people’ Jasmon Bailey, a sociologist at the University of Maryland, believes curfews don’t solve the reason for the unrest and can in fact compound the original problem by giving officers extra powers for arbitrary arrests.He says police can use it to selectively arrest more blacks than whites, noting that anti-confinement protesters during the coronavirus pandemic were overwhelmingly white and did not have their right to protest curtailed.Bailey argues that curfews focus attention on the looting, rather than the “racial injustices” that the demonstrators are campaigning against.”It is targeting people… not the system,” he told AFP.Whether curfews are fair, or effective, or neither, one point experts and authorities agree on is that they should be short.A lengthy one could be subject to legal challenges.”It’s the right thing to do for just a few days,” said de Blasio.”5:00 am Monday morning, curfew comes off, I’d like us to never have to use it again.” Widespread looting, arson and clashes between police and protesters led authorities to also introduce ad hoc curfews across a host of other cities, including Washington DC, Los Angeles and Chicago.For Dennis Kenney, an expert in criminal justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of New York’s City University, a curfew is a “balancing act.””The idea is not to interfere with people’s ability to protest, to demonstrate, to express their frustrations, to have their say,” he told AFP. “But it is to create a tool… so that the police have the ability to intercept them beforehand and prevent them from doing the sorts of activities that we obviously all are opposed to.” New York had not used such a measure since August 1943, when the historically black neighborhood of Harlem was placed under a strict curfew for three days following riots.That rioting was also sparked by police brutality: a white police officer shot and wounded a black soldier called Robert Bandy after he intervened in the arrest of a black woman, according to reports at the time. ‘Inefficient’ As tensions soared over the weekend, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Chicago announced on Saturday that they were introducing the extreme measure of nighttime curfews.Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed and the epicenter of the violence, had already introduced one.Washington DC followed suit on Sunday, with New York announcing its own the following day.Authorities said the curfews were not intended to curtail people’s right to protest — as protected by the First Amendment — but to crack down on violence and looting which was generally taking place after dark.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio — who is white, and whose 25-year-old mixed-race daughter was briefly arrested during a protest Saturday — initially rejected the idea of a curfew.But he reluctantly came round to the idea after two nights of intense looting. After an 11:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew on Monday failed to deter looters, he imposed one starting at 8:00 pm on Tuesday and took the unprecedented measure of extending it until Sunday.”They’re not very efficient,” Kenney said of curfews.In New York, Washington and other cities, hundreds of protesters defied them. In many cases, police opted not to arrest peaceful offenders, for the sake of appeasement.Kenney says police don’t expect curfews to be respected, but they become “an effective tool when the goal is to prevent the protest turning into a riot, or to prevent groups or individuals that are looting.”He says the problem with using it for too long is that “at some point, people begin to feel it is oppressive, that their rights broadly are being violated and the curfew itself becomes something to resist against.”In New York this week, demonstrators have shown what they think of the curfew by chanting profanities about it.center_img Violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody led several US cities to impose curfews, but do they help maintain order or merely further antagonize demonstrators?The demonstrations were sparked by the killing of George Floyd, who suffocated on Monday last week when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.America’s worst civil unrest since the 1960s ensued, and saw New York — the fabled “City that Never Sleeps,” already reeling from the coronavirus — impose its first curfew in almost 80 years. Topics :last_img read more