Bob Weir, John Mayer, Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, TTB Singers, Eric Krasno Join Lettuce For All-Star JGB Tribute At LOCKN’ [Full Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday night, the funk gurus of Lettuce performed their second and final set at LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia. Following up their Thursday night performance, which saw them and Thursday’s headliners, Umphrey’s McGee, offer up one of the most buzzed-about transitions of the weekend, for their late-night Saturday set, Lettuce played a late-night tribute to Jerry Garcia Band with a truly all-star cast. In addition to former Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno, the funk act also welcomed out a number of special guests, including members of Dead & Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more.To open up the show, Lettuce kicked off the JGB celebration at the Relix Stage with the instrumental “Finders Keepers”, an instrumental tune written by Merl Saunders that was frequently recorded and performed by Saunders and Jerry Garcia, followed up by a take on Smokey Robinson‘s “I Second That Emotion”, led by keyboardist Nigel Hall. For their first guests of the night, Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge (who was celebrating his birthday) and Tedeschi Trucks Band keyboardist (and Oteil’s brother) Kofi Burbridge and vocalists Alecia Chakour (who formerly sang with Lettuce) and Mark Rivers joined the set for a dub-heavy rendition of Peter Tosh‘s “Stop That Train”. Opening and closing with Oteil scatting, eventually, Eric Krasno took the lead vocals on the song, highlighting his vocal abilities, which he began showing off on his debut solo album, Blood From Stone.After Oteil and Kofi left the stage, John Mayer joined the all-star group, which was augmented by Eric Krasno, Alecia Chakour, and Mark Rivers, for a rendition of JJ Cale classic “After Midnight”, with Mayer taking the lead vocals on the tune in addition to laying a number of stand-out solos. To close out the song, Lettuce’s renowned drummer Adam Deitch charged the group forward, as Nigel Hall, Mark Rivers, and Alecia Chakour improvised and swapped solos during the song’s closing segment. For the next song, Bob Weir joined Lettuce, Mayer, Krasno, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band vocalists, offering his tribute to Jerry Garcia with a heartfelt rendition of “Sugaree”, featuring immaculate guitar work from Eric Krasno.Up next was a rendition of Bob Dylan‘s “Tangled Up In Blue”, affectionately re-named “Tangled Up In Bloom”, given that Lettuce trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom sang the lead vocals on the song. With Bob Weir and John Mayer on deck, the augmented band made its way through “Tangled Up In Blue”, followed up by “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, which saw Lettuce guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff  lead the vocals, and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, with vocals led by Nigel Hall. Across these three numbers, the chemistry of the band and its new guest members was electric, marking many fans’ favorite moments of the weekend.After the Nigel-led “How Sweet It Is”, Bob Weir left the stage, leaving Lettuce to perform its final two songs with John Mayer, Eric Krasno, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band vocalists. Up next, the group performed the title track to the classic Jerry Garcia album, Cats Under The Stars. Notably, keeping in the theme of various Lettuce members taking the lead on vocals, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes led the song on vocals, with Krasno and Mayer laying out an energized call-and-response to end the song. To end the powerful, fan-favorite set, Lettuce and friends performed a triumphant rendition of “They Love Each Other”.You can watch the full guest-filled Lettuce tribute to Jerry Garcia Band at LOCKN’ on August 25th, 2018, below. You can also check out audio of the set, courtesy of Randy Bayers and Funk It, and a gallery of photos from yesterday’s festivities below, courtesy of Dave Vann.[Video: Something Like Mayer][Audio: Randy Bayers and Funk It]Setlist: Lettuce with Eric Krasno | LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/25/2018Set: Finders Keepers, I Second That Emotion, Stop That Train$*+, After Midnight*#, Sugaree*#%, Tangled Up In Blue*#%, That’s What Love Will Make You Do*#%, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)*#%, Cats Under The Stars*#, They Love Each Other*#$ with bassist Oteil Burbridge | + keyboardist Kofi Burbridge | * vocalist Alecia Chakour and vocalist Mark Rivers | # with John Mayer | % with Bob WeirFor fans of Lettuce, don’t miss them on September 29th at the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive, where they will participate and lead several super jams, including the Adam Deitch Quartet (feat. Wil Blades, Ryan Zoidis, Eric “Benny” Boom); Baby Jesus Peasant Party (feat. Jesus Coomes, Tyler Coomes, Borahm Lee, Ryan Zoidis, Khris Royal); and more 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 list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here. LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/25/2018 | Photo: Dave Vannlast_img read more

The rise, ruin of China trader

first_imgAmerica’s insatiable desire for goods such as electronics and inexpensive clothing fuels much of its trade with China. But more than 150 years ago, when industrious U.S. merchants began to develop their own trading firms in the Far East, goods such as tea and porcelain predominated.A research collection at Harvard Business School’s Baker Library offers visitors an in-depth look at the earliest days of the China trade, thanks in large part to a New England pioneer in the field and his company’s meticulous record keeping.“It’s staggering. The company saved everything,” said Melissa Banta, the curator who helped to comb through the Baker Library’s Historical Collections archive on Augustine Heard & Co., one of the most respected and powerful U.S. trading houses in China in the mid-19th century.  That research developed the exhibition and accompanying website titled “A Chronicle of the China Trade: The Records of Augustine Heard & Co., 1840-1877.”The show is only open until next week, but its online counterpart will live on at the library’s historical collections website.“It’s staggering. The company saved everything,” said Melissa Banta, the curator who helped to comb through the Baker Library’s Historical Collections archive on Augustine Heard & Co. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerTo create the show and the interactive online research guide, Banta drew from 800 volumes, 272 boxes, and 103 other containers in the Heard collection. Thanks to the family’s remarkable attention to detail, both professional and personal, the show and guide capture the day-to-day workings of the lively, lucrative, and ever-evolving merchant exchange. They also paint a rich picture of the key events and technological developments of the day, and evoke the emotional toll of living and working far from home.Though he never married, the company founder Augustine Heard had four industrious nephews who joined the successful business. Their correspondence to family in America and their detailed memoirs offer an intimate look at their lives abroad. A page from the diary of Heard’s nephew Albert, who moved to China to join the firm just after graduation from Yale University in 1855, describes his rapid transformation.“Then a boy with anxious and aspiring hopes now as it were a man,” he wrote, “doing a man’s part and a serious and sober part, responsible too, then looking forward to unknown duties & strange scenes, now those duties are familiar. … Then not even a clerk now a merchant & a head man of a firm. Truly I am changed.”In something of a strangely fortuitous twist, Augustine Heard created his company during the First Opium War, the three-year conflict between China and the United Kingdom fought in large part over the British desire to import opium from India. China lost the war, and its ability to regulate the influx of opium, and Augustine Heard & Co. quickly capitalized on the open market. Material in the collection carefully documents the company’s involvement in the legal drug trade.Included in the exhibit and website is information on the evolution of transportation. Clipper ships, sleeker sailing vessels with narrow hulls and larger sails, became the preferred means of moving merchandise across the seas, and Heard & Co. was quick to transform its fleet. Bills of sale and invoices that detail Heard’s investments in the newer, faster ships are part of the collection.Heard & Co. eventually became one of the first companies to use steamships in the China trade. “It was an incredible revolution at the time. Not only were they opening up the ports, they were also trading in the interior,” said Banta, citing carefully drawn plans for a steamship included in a Heard logbook.To create the show and the interactive online research guide, curator Melissa Banta (pictured) drew from 800 volumes, 272 boxes, and 103 other containers in the Heard collection. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerBut while those advances proved profitable for the company, another new technology was its undoing. Enter the telegraph.“You could do trading so much faster. You could get a better handle on fluctuation in prices. You could secure credit faster,” said Banta. “But things like this signaled the beginning of the end for Heard & Co. because it meant that smaller Chinese traders could now compete in the trade.”In addition to telegrams generated by the company, items in the show and website track the firm’s decline, including its official bankruptcy papers from 1876. But thanks to the Baker Library, the story lives on in vivid detail.“Certainly one of the legacies Augustine Heard & Co. left behind was this vast, impeccable record itself, which provides a professional as well as highly personal perspective into the China trade,” Banta said. “It was a pivotal moment when Westerners and Chinese were beginning to form diplomatic relationships, and China was entering into the mainstream of world trade.”A collecting strength for Baker Library is the extensive records of American firms involved with 19th century China. The collections offer rich perspectives into early Sino-American relations, as well as insights into the complexities of the business lives of American traders in the treaty ports.Viewers can access a comprehensive guide to the Heard family records or contact Baker Library Historical Collections at [email protected] for further information.Tea Production in China, 1790-1800. M25794. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.Les quatres fils. 1950.001.0468. Courtesy of the Ipswich Museum.Heard Company Flag. 2003.000.0310. Courtesy of the Ipswich Museum.Augustine Heard. Portrait Photo Collection. Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School.Heard Family Business Records. Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School.last_img read more

A map for that

first_imgThe Harvard Map Collection is one of the oldest and largest in the world, with more than 500,000 cartographic items. Every year, students in Professor Stephen Prina’s “Lay of the Land” Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) course take full advantage of its scope, devising a treasure hunt for Joseph Garver, the librarian for research services and collection development, and then traveling to the map collection in Pusey Library to see what he produces.“This is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Prina, who has been taking classes to the collection since he arrived at Harvard in 2004.“Ask for a map of anything and we’ll see what comes up,” said Deborah Montes ’16, describing her professor’s assignment. “It was interesting to see what was asked for and what came up.”Students routinely ask for one-of-a-kind maps — the smallest or the most expensive, for example. This year, the list Garver received included a trail map, a map of poverty, a cartogram, a pop-up map, and a coded map. The students even asked to see a map that was completely wrong.“The only question I’ve seen before is something like the longest map,” Garver said, pointing to a Chinese scroll from 1865 that unrolled to more than 10 feet in length.To fulfill requests, Garver displayed maps, atlases, and globes dating to the 15th century. Students oohed when Garver unfolded a pocket-sized guide to the Oakley Hunt, which directed foxhunters through roads, woods, and — in case of distraction — local pubs. They laughed when he showed a “very unofficial” map of the United States as viewed by perpetually sunny Californians.Garver also presented a highly valuable map of Greece that was created in 1797 to trace the history of Greek independence. He explained that the Ottoman Empire destroyed many of its copies, so only a few exist. Greece has one; Harvard’s is probably the sole version in the United States.“I like listening to Joseph,” said Gabriel Jandali-Appel ’16, who requested the Grecian map. “He’s always remarkably intelligent.” Though many members of the class were making their first trip to the collection, Jandali-Appel has spent time working in it. Still, he had not seen many of the maps Garver presented. “I didn’t know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised,” he added.Michael Wang ’14 was impressed by the detail and craft in the work. “There’s a lot more artistry involved in maps than I’d previously imagined,” he said.He was not alone. “Lay of the Land” focuses on pursuing and responding to the horizontal in art, so students were prepared to note the collection’s aesthetic qualities.“I asked for the map of the ocean floor,” said Montes. “I really liked that one. It was hand-painted with such incredible detail. It was such a beautiful map.”Monica Palos ’15 reflected on the skill, time, and patience required of mapmakers, saying, “Looking at different types of maps is always very interesting to me. The artistry that goes behind it — hand-painting, hand-drawing, going into digital — that’s something that impresses me.”“Map collections do tend to get people interested in art,” Garver said, though the range of patrons doesn’t stop there. He has hosted genealogists, epidemiologists, scientists, doctors, and historians.Similarly, many in Prina’s class are artists, but their concentrations vary from VES to government to human evolutionary biology.“It’s always a vastly diverse group of people that come together when we discuss these works, whether it be film, an essay, or a map,” said Jandali-Appel. “I just like the variety of opinions and ideas and it’s always really inspiring. It was cool, right? Aren’t those maps neat?” Different directions Ernest Dudley Chase’s satirical “The United States as viewed by California (Very Unofficial)” puts Harvard on the map. Photos by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer A postcard map gives a movable view of Hungary after the Treaty of Versailles. Howard Horowitz’s 1997 Manhattan wordmap takes a personal look at how he remembers the city.center_img A detail of painted birds appears on a facsimile of a 1502 map showing Portugal’s recent discoveries in Brazil, Africa, and the Indies. The encasing for one of the longest scroll maps in the collection is pictured up close. Research librarian Joseph Garver (center) provides historical context during a presentation to Gabriel Jandali-Appel ’16 (from left), Stephen Prina, Monica Palos ’15, Jesse Aron Green, Deborah Montes ’16, Michael Wang ’14, Leonie Marinovich, and Greg Marinovich.last_img read more

Digging up the past

first_img A student’s find in Peru offers a lesson in how archeologists piece together the stories of a people GAZETTE: How does that inform your latest research?liebmann: Well, it was a logical extension of the population research to try to investigate the establishment of mission churches. The problem was we weren’t exactly sure where the earliest church was located at the pueblo. A map of the village from the 1920s includes a reference to “ruins of the old church,” but it wasn’t very specific. There are oral traditions among tribal elders that identify the general location of an old church, but no one knew exactly where that building was located, how big it was, or the date it was constructed.Then a couple of years ago some routine road maintenance on the dirt roads in the village exposed a section of a church floor. My collaborator, Chris Toya, the tribal archaeologist at Jemez, suggested that we investigate that area before the site got damaged any further. The Tribal Council agreed that it needed to be studied and preserved, so they approved an excavation.Our dig this summer exposed the architectural footprint of the church. Luckily there ended up being a lot more intact than we had originally anticipated. In fact, we found that there were actually two churches located in that area. The original mission church, which was established in 1622, is buried about one meter below the ground surface. That church was eventually destroyed, probably in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. We found a layer of charcoal above the floor, most likely a result of the roof having been burned. Then a second church was built on top of that one in 1695. In archaeology, we often deal in millennia or centuries, or if you’re really lucky within a few decades. Here we have it down to within exact years. In part that’s because preservation in New Mexico is so fantastic. The climate is so dry, and the tribe is still living right around these remains, so the site has been protected from development over the years.GAZETTE: So where do you go from here with the work?liebmann: We’ll make a presentation to the tribal council to review our initial findings, and we’ll see what they want to do to preserve the site. Our preliminary plans are to do a ground-penetrating radar study to try to locate other architectural remains around the church. Based on those results, we can do some targeted excavations to get a better idea of the impacts of the mission on pueblo life. We’re lucky to have the support of the Jemez Pueblo tribe on this project. This summer we were able to hire five tribal members to assist on the excavations, along with Harvard anthropology concentrators Nam Kim and Paul Tamburro. Two of my graduate students, Wade Campbell and Andrew Bair, worked on the site as well.,GAZETTE: Given that it’s been a 20-year relationship, much of it must feel personal, even familial. But how do you see your role as a representative/voice for Harvard?liebmann: The Jemez tribe itself has had a much longer relationship with Harvard that wasn’t always quite so rosy. It started back with the father of American archaeology, A.V. Kidder, who got his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1914. Kidder excavated a famous site called Pecos Pueblo, located east of Santa Fe, New Mexico. This work was groundbreaking for Southwestern archaeology. He established the pottery chronologies that archaeologists in the Southwest still use today.Pecos Pueblo is historically related to Jemez. In 1838, the last inhabitants of Pecos migrated to Jemez and joined the Jemez tribe. When Kidder was doing his work in the early 1900s, he hired Jemez people to help him dig, and he commissioned an ethnography of Jemez. He excavated more than 2,000 graves at Pecos, and the remains were brought back here to the Peabody Museum. In 1999 under the National American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, all of those individuals were transferred back to Jemez. The tribe reburied them at Pecos. So for most of the 20th century the relationship between Jemez and Harvard was pretty tense. But there was a healing that took place as a result of the Pecos repatriation. The Peabody Museum staff did a masterful job, and the tribe really wanted to continue their relationship after that.Jemez has always valued having this continued relationship with Harvard. Many tribal members have visited Cambridge and have established relationships with Harvard faculty and staff. I started working with Jemez in 2000 after the Pecos repatriation had been completed. But I didn’t start working at Harvard until 2009.I’ve always viewed my career as trying to help repair some of the damage done in the past by the archaeological community to Native American groups. So my work with the tribe has always been not only in collaboration and consultation, but strives to work for tribal interests, instead of just my own academic interests. There’s really been a significant shift in the relationship between archaeologists and tribes during the past 25 years, and this project is an example of the way archaeologists are starting to think about their research with the tribal interests being one of the primary motivating factors.GAZETTE: How has that relationship framed what you teach in the classroom?liebmann: This fall I’m teaching a Gen Ed class with Rowan Flad called “Can We Know Our Past? Archaeology’s Dirty Little Secrets.” The first part of the course showcases different methodologies that archaeologists use. It gives students insight into how archaeologists are able to say what we think we know about human life 300 years ago, 3,000 years ago, or even 300,000 years ago.The second half delves into the epistemology of archaeology. We encourage students to think critically about why we make the statements we do about the past and how much our own positions in contemporary society have informed the kinds of questions we ask about the past.We also talk about the history of the discipline, and how we’re working much harder today to include voices that had been systematically excluded from the research process. There was a time in the past when archaeologists positioned themselves as objective, unbiased researchers who were simply measuring the archaeological record and reporting those results. Today there’s a much greater realization that where you start from makes a big difference in the kinds of questions you’re asking. It gets students to think about how the history of archaeology has affected our perceptions of the past today, and what we can do in the future to try to develop more nuanced and textured interpretations. We’re trying to get students to think critically about the statements we make about the past, what affects those statements, and what counts as knowledge.Interview was edited for clarity and condensed. Honoring Mexican discovery Archaeology Professor Matthew Liebmann has been collaborating with the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico for two decades, having served as tribal archaeologist and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act program director for the Jemez Department of Natural Resources. Author of “Revolt: An Archaeological History of Pueblo Resistance and Revitalization in 17th Century New Mexico,” Liebmann took a group of undergraduate and graduate students to Jemez this summer to help members of the tribe excavate the site of two mission churches. Liebmann sat down with the Gazette to talk about his research, how his field has reckoned with the past, and how both influence his teaching.Matthew LiebmannQ&AGAZETTE: What has been the focus of your research?liebmann: I’ve been doing collaborative archaeological research with the Jemez tribe for almost 20 years. It started when I began my dissertation research in graduate school, and I’ve continued that relationship up to today. In the past we’ve looked at the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the history of humans and forest fires in the Southwest, and ancestral Jemez relationships with the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Most recently, we’ve been excavating the remains of the earliest Catholic church on the Jemez reservation, established by Franciscan missionaries in 1622. All this research focuses primarily on the period of early European colonialism in the Southwest, and the ways in which Native Americans negotiated that colonization.,GAZETTE: Why is that period important?liebmann: From an anthropological perspective, you can argue that the global changes that occurred after 1492 are on par with the other great hinge points of human history, alongside the origins of Homo sapiens and the agricultural revolution. But from a particularly American perspective, the stories we tell about Native Americans during this early “contact period” have direct impacts on the lives of indigenous people in the U.S. today. Federal law and Indian policy often draw explicitly on the notions of early American Indian history. Of course, the stories we tell about that time tend to be framed through the documents written by European men for European audiences. And those texts often cast indigenous people as inferior to Europeans, biologically, culturally, or technologically. All of those allegations are problematic for various reasons, yet they continue to be used to rationalize inequalities in modern American Indian life.GAZETTE: Can you give an example?liebmann: Sure, take Native American health. A few years ago we conducted a study of the population history of the Jemez people, focusing on the impact of diseases introduced after European contact. The results were surprising, but not for the reasons you might expect. We found that the Jemez were decimated after European colonization, with a population decline of 87 percent. That wasn’t the surprising part, of course. Most people are aware of the devastating impacts Old World diseases had on Native Americans. What surprised us was the timing. The data we collected revealed that population declines didn’t occur until nearly 100 years after the first contacts between pueblo people and Europeans [in the 1540s]. It was only after the establishment of Franciscan missions that diseases really took off. That leads us to ask why the population losses occurred when they did. The timing suggests that the crucial catalyst had to be more than simple exposure to new people and new germs. This suggests that pueblo people were not inherently vulnerable to disease. Rather, they were made vulnerable through European colonial policies of exploitation that led to poverty and malnutrition, rendering them more susceptible to disease.For a long time researchers assumed Native American susceptibility to disease was inevitable, and the decimation that occurred after European contact was a historical event. One of the implications of our research is that this wasn’t a unique event. Health disparities have been a persistent reality for Native Americans from the 1600s to today. It was smallpox in the 1700s, tuberculosis in the 19th and 20th centuries, and it’s diabetes and cardiovascular disease today. Native Americans still suffer health inequalities at rates two to three times higher than the rest of the U.S. population. So if we tell stories about early European contacts that cast Native American susceptibility as natural or inevitable, we mask the ongoing health disparities that our society continues to inflict on American Indian people. On the other hand, if the archaeology shows that the scale of early disease outbreaks was affected directly by the policies of colonial governments, it makes us reexamine the facts underlying continuing Native health disparities today. “My work with the tribe has always been not only in collaboration and consultation, but strives to work for tribal interests, instead of just my own academic interests.” Inviting the community into design, decisions Anthropologist, archaeologist, and Rhodes Scholar Brittany Ellis wants to make museums more sensitive to surrounding and ‘source’ communities Harvard’s Ur uses satellite images to search for ancient settlements Related Message in the dust New frontier in archaeology Lecture series pays homage to noted archaeologist for work on understanding Aztec culture last_img read more

Nassau Mini-Casino Not Welcome at Belmont, Pol Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Here’s how toxic the issue of a mini-casino in Nassau County has become: Elmont residents are seeking to kill a plan to build the facility at Belmont Park even though no official proposal has been announced for the racetrack.The offensive began Tuesday, just three days after the Nassau Regional Off-track Betting (OTB) Corp. nixed a plan to build the 1,000 video lottery terminal facility at the vacant Fortunoff property in Westbury. The agency backtracked after pressure mounted from residents and lawmakers who vocally expressed opposition to the plan.“I’m here to state a very clear message, and that is there is the word ‘no’ in the word ‘casino,’ Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) said on a snow-covered corner along well-traveled Hempstead Turnpike, across the street from Belmont Park. “And because the casino proposal was rejected and turned down in Westbury, there’s no reason why a casino would also be good for this neighborhood. If it wasn’t good enough for Westbury, it’s not good enough for this neighborhood.”Solages was joined by a group of community members who, just like him, are not keen to the idea of bringing another gambling establishment to Belmont Park, which hosts the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown.“Why should we want another entity for gamblers to come and gamble?” asked Mimi Pieree-Johnson, an Elmont resident. “It hasn’t benefited us with the horses, so what do we say to these children here?”Nassau OTB is now considering other options, though it has not publicly stated what locations are under review. Among the sites rumored as secondary options are Belmont Park and Nassau Coliseum—which is set to undergo a much-needed renovation. The Westbury facility would’ve created 200 jobs and generated $150 million in annual revenue, the Nassau OTB has said.The concerns expressed Tuesday mirror many of the same issues outlined by Westbury residents in recent weeks: traffic, crime and the gambling site’s close proximity to homes and schools.Potential traffic issues played out during the press conference. At one point, Solages was briefly interrupted by a fuel delivery truck who incessantly honked his horn because his path to a gas station was obstructed by vehicles parked on a nearby side street.Solages carried on despite the commotion behind him. He said at no time has anyone from Nassau OTB contacted him or any of his colleagues in the Democratic caucus about a potential for a gaming parlor at the Belmont site.Still, he said: “based on my understanding, they’re considering this site.”A Nassau OTB spokesman did not respond to an email inquiring about a timeframe for the next site to be selected.In a statement released Saturday, Nassau OTB said an alternative location will be chosen after a “comprehensive review and analysis of sites that are willing to be considered and conform to New York State law.”The Fortunoff proposal crumbled under pressure from not only hundreds of concerned residents, but from several powerful lawmakers, including both supervisors of Hempstead and North Hempstead towns, the presiding officer of the Nassau County legislature, state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City). Both the towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead went as far as suing Nassau OTB in an attempt to block it from purchasing the Fortunoff property.Solages, at his press conference, called for similar bipartisan support with regard to Belmont.Mike Deery, a spokesman for Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, said it was to soon to publicly state a position regarding a proposal for Belmont.“It’s a little premature and speculative to comment on something that isn’t even proposed yet,” he said.Solages doesn’t appear interested in waiting for Nassau OTB’s review to be completed.“This is a Long Island issue, this is a quality of life issue—and that quality of life issue affects all people no matter what political persuasion they may be,” he said.last_img read more

Final data on tourist arrivals and overnight stays in 2019 have been published

first_imgIn commercial accommodation facilities, there were 19,6 million tourist arrivals and 91,2 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 2018% in tourist arrivals and a 4,8% increase in overnight stays compared to 1,8. In 2019, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in the group of Resorts and similar short-stay facilities, 46,1 million overnight stays, which is 50,5% of the total number of overnight stays. This was followed by overnight stays in the group Hotels and similar accommodation, namely 25,9 million overnight stays, which is 28,4% of the total number of overnight stays. The Camps and camping sites group realized 19,2 million overnight stays, which is 21,0% of the total tourist overnight stays in 2019. If we look only at foreign tourists, by far the most numerous were those from Germany, who realized 2,9 million arrivals and 19,9 million overnight stays, which is 16,6% of total foreign arrivals and 23,7% of total foreign overnight stays. tourist. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Slovenia, Austria, Poland, Italy, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. Tourists from Germany increased their arrivals by 3,5%, but also slightly decreased their overnight stays by 0,2%. The city with the highest number of tourist nights last year was Dubrovnik with 4,3 million nights. Compared to 2018, it achieved 13,8% more arrivals and 5,8% more overnight stays. The highest number of overnight stays of foreign tourists in Dubrovnik was realized by tourists from the United Kingdom, 914 thousand, which is 22,0% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists in Dubrovnik. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from the USA, Germany and France. Photo: Photo: Istria County and Dubrovnik at the top in terms of tourist nights The highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in 2019 was realized by the County of Istria, namely 4,5 million arrivals and 26,4 million overnight stays, which is 22,9% of the total number of arrivals and 28,9% of the total number of overnight stays. It is followed by the Split-Dalmatia County with 3,7 million arrivals and 18,0 million tourist nights, which is 18,7% of total arrivals and 19,7% of total overnight stays. Compared to 2018, both counties achieved an increase in the number of arrivals and overnight stays. Source: Central Bureau of StatisticsPhoto: Pixabay German tourists most numerouscenter_img Photo: As far as the age group of tourists is concerned, the most overnight stays, 16,9 million (18,5% of the total overnight stays), were realized by tourists under 14 years of age. They are followed by tourists in the age group of 35 to 44 years with 16,1 million overnight stays, which is 17,7% of the total overnight stays. Bureau of Statistics came out with data on tourist arrivals and overnight stays in 2019, according to which it is evident that last year there was an increase in the arrival of foreign and domestic tourists. Photo: Thus, domestic tourists realized 2,2 million arrivals and 7,1 million overnight stays, which is an increase in arrivals by 9,4% and an increase in overnight stays by 9,6% compared to 2018. Foreign tourists realized 17,4 million arrivals and 84,1 , 4,3 million overnight stays, which is 1,2% more arrivals and 2018% more overnight stays compared to XNUMX. In 2019, foreign tourists spent the most nights in Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin, which is 19% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists. Domestic tourists, on the other hand, spent the most nights in the City of Zagreb, Crikvenica, Mali Lošinj, Zadar and Vodice, which is 19,2% of the total number of nights spent by domestic tourists. In Continental Croatia, the highest number of overnight stays was recorded by the City of Zagreb (2,6 million overnight stays), Rakovica (305 thousand overnight stays), Sveti Martin na Muri (147 thousand overnight stays), Tuhelj (146 thousand overnight stays) and Osijek (129 thousand overnight stays). All these cities and municipalities achieved an increase in tourist arrivals and overnight stays in 2019 compared to 2018. Most overnight stays in the group Resorts and similar facilities for short breakslast_img read more

Mum: Prostitution to pay for studies

first_imgNZ Herald 16 Feb 2012A solo mum who wants to study so she can get off welfare says she has had to turn to prostitution to pay for childcare and transport to the course. Tania Wysocki, a 38-year-old mother of two preschoolers at Paerata near Pukekohe, advertised herself on a website two weeks ago in a last-ditch effort to raise the money she needs for childcare when she starts a veterinary nursing course at Unitec in Mt Albert next week. She wrote to Prime Minister John Key two days after Christmas saying she could see no other way to do the course, which she hopes will help her get off the domestic purposes benefit (DPB). Mr Key’s office passed the letter on to Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, who has yet to respond. read more

Batesville Main Street conducts holiday event survey

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Area residents have an opportunity to let the city of Batesville know what you think about Batesville’s annual holiday events.Batesville Main Street is conducting a survey to help determine whether or not to combine two popular holiday traditions, the Holiday Parade and the Tree Lighting Ceremony, into one big festival.Traditionally, the Holiday Parade is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, while the Tree Lighting Ceremony is the Thursday after Thanksgiving.Officials say the planning teams for both events have received numerous suggestions to combine the two events, but before considering this as an option they would like your input.The survey can be accessed at survey deadline is April 28.last_img read more

Drivers prepare for Antioch Speedway opener March 15

first_imgANTIOCH, Calif. – Racers will be turning wrenches and cleaning cars late into the night this week to prepare for opening night at Antioch Speedway. The Contra Costa Fairgrounds 3/8-mile banked clay oval has an exciting schedule kicked off by a six-division program on Saturday night, March 15.Champion Troy Foulger, 23, of Martinez will return to competition at his home track driving the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified owned by Oakley’s Billy Bowers. Foulger has an unprecedented four straight track championships and the Bowers car has seven – three with its previous driver, Kenny Neu.The Foulger-Bowers duo returned from a rough season-opening race this past Saturday in Chico, Calif. They chased friendly Oakley foe Kellen Chadwick across the finish line.Both are Antioch Speedway regulars.“Any time you can beat the locals at their home track, it is quite an accomplishment,” Bowers explained. “It was a great way to start off the season.”Foulger and Bowers returned from Chico and promptly focused on getting race-ready for this Saturday. “We had to go through every part of the car, checking and straightening each component and tightening bolts,” Bowers explained. “We took the body panels off to straighten them and will make some adjustments to our chassis to prepare for Antioch Speedway.”Rough track or not, Foulger loves racing.“I always have fun when I am racing,” he explains. “If it isn’t fun for you to race, then you shouldn’t be racing.”Foulger won’t commit to racing for another Antioch Speedway championship. “Like every year, we just race and see where the season takes us,” he said. “We work hard. We learn. We make adjustments. The Bowers family puts in a 110 percent effort and that is why we are successful.” The Antioch Speedway season opener will feature IMCA sanctioned Modifieds, Wingless Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Four-Bangers and Dwarf Cars, each with their own set of qualifying heats and feature events. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and $8 for senior citizens. A family four-pack of tickets is $40. The speedway is located in the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch. The fairgrounds offers secure parking for $5.last_img read more

Marlene Ann Buddenberg, 86, of Rising Sun

first_imgMarlene Ann Buddenberg, 86, of Rising Sun, IN, passed away at 8:52 AM, Friday, July 12th, 2019 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, IN. Marlene was born in Indianapolis, IN on July 9, 1933, a daughter of the late Goldie (Warram) Turner and Morris  Moore. She was a graduate of Patriot High School, Class of 1951. Marlene was a former deputy auditor for Ohio County. She also worked in sales for Marshalls and Sears department stores. Marlene was also employed at  Mary’s Grocery Store in Aurora and the Chair Factory. Marlene married the love of her life Ernest L. “John” Buddenberg on October 12, 1952. Marlene and John were married nearly 67 years until her passing. Marlene had a talent for sewing, embroidery, and quilting and liked tending to her garden and flowers. She also enjoyed fishing and was happy to sit there for hours, if she caught anything or not. Marlene loved music and to dance and sing. Even when her health and memory were failing, she was able to remember and sing her favorite songs with You Are My Sunshine being one of them. Marlene was a vibrant and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend and her talents and love for life will never be forgotten.Marlene is  survived by her loving husband, Ernest “John” Buddenberg, of Rising Sun, IN; by two daughters, Jackie Meyer and husband Justin, of Aurora, IN and Candy Southard and husband Dan, of Rising Sun, IN; by a son, John M. Buddenberg and wife Barbara, of Walhalla, SC; by grandchildren; Tony Baker, Nick Southard, Sarah Southard, Michelle Buddenberg, Joe Buddenberg & Cody Meyer and by great-grandchildren; Hayden, Toby, Lucas, Mikayla & Luis; by a sister, Patricia Viers, of Patriot, IN and a brother, Walter Edward Shannon, of Rising Sun, IN. Marlene was preceded in death by a brother, Morris Moore.Funeral services will be 1 PM, Tuesday, July 16th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, IN with Pastor Harris Long officiating. Friends are invited to call Tuesday 11AM-1PM at Markland Funeral Home. Burial will be at  Eastview Cemetery in Patriot, IN. Memorial Donations may be made to Ripley Crossing Activity Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home. marklandfuneralhome.comlast_img read more