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Billy Iuso Talks Jazz Fest, NOLA Crawfish Fest & More

first_imgBilly Iuso is an unapologetic rock n’roll troubadour; this dude is the real thing, bad to the bone. The guitarist/songwriter has logged time in a variety of bands, and informed the culture of several regional scenes for over 25 years. A longtime veteran of the Wetlands community of NYC in the 90s, as well as a part of burgeoning areas like Providence, RI and Athens, GA, Iuso has gigged with luminaries and led his own bands, toured in the van and been the tour manager too.  A connection with Funky Meters twenty-five years ago put him into the orbit of George Porter Jr., who Iuso calls his Godfather, and a very dear friend and collaborator. A few years later, Iuso put down roots in NOLA and hasn’t left. Happily married to lovely wife Tara, and raising their children in the city limits, Iuso has become an institution unto himself. Leading Billy Iuso’s Restless Natives for nearly a decade now, stints in Porter’s band, as well as Anders Osborne; Iuso keeps good company. Case in point: Billy pals around with Chris “Shaggy” Davis, the NOLA Crawfish King himself. NOLA’s Crawfish King Is Cooking Up A Whole New FestivalB. Getz sat down for a few minutes with Billy Iuso in anticipation of Shaggy’s NOLA Crawfish Festival coming up during the days between Jazz Fest with Iuso, Porter, Osborne, Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, John “Papa” Gros, Honey Island Swamp Band, and tons of other local favorites.L4LM: How did you start Billy Iuso’s Restless Natives? Billy Iuso: I was watching cats play from the side of the stage, as a tour manager or whatever, and I would be thinking “Man, I’d like to play too…” and my relationships too, all of sudden I was known as a tour manager, instead of a guitar player, so I was like “Man, I did not come to New Orleans to do *that*”, so I got back into it and put together my own band. It was like starting over, so this time, I put my name on it, so I never had to deal with that again, so I never had to recreate myself, no matter what I was doing. “Restless Natives” was going to be a Brides of Jesus album title way back when, I always liked it, it seemed fitting for New Orleans, because everybody seems just a little restless here. The band really took on steam after Katrina, I started the band in 2002, but by 05-06, we really started rolling after the storm. We have a good time, and still are!L4LM: What else does Billy Iuso have going on? BI: Right now, I am actually getting back to doing a lot of Natives, and I also have an acoustic trio, with piano and a drummer. That situation came together through economics, as well as me looking for a way to really play my songs in a softer environment. With my last album and moving forward, I’ve really changed my style and focus back toward songwriting again. But I am always a part of different things, when I’m called I love to just get together and play with people. Obviously, I’ll always play with George. I’m playing with him at the Crawfish Fest, and I do a lot of Grateful Dead stuff, because I always have and I’m kind of known for that. I’m doing a Gravity Dead gig with the guys in Gravity A. at Tips tonight!L4LM: What’s your connection to the legendary Chris “Shaggy” Davis, the man behind the NOLA Crawfish Festival?BI: Ahh yes! I’ve known Shaggy for a quite a long time, we have been real good friends. We both were pretty hard partiers at one point, that was just kind of how our relationship was.  And we have both kind of cleaned up our acts a bit over the last few years. He always throws a birthday party every year, and I always play for him on that. Then he started doing these crawfish parties, like over Jazz Fest or whatever, and I have always been a part of that scene ever since. This year he just decided to really blow it up! He partnered up with your boys at Live for Live Music, and it’s quite an event!  I’ve been booked for this event for months now, now that it’s coming right up. Shaggy and I discussed it over dinner at my house, he told me he wanted me to be a big part of this, and I’m like “I’m Down!” I already know what to expect, we’ve been doing these for a long time. We already know its going to be a great New Orleans party! It’s at the NOLA Brewery, which is a cool venue, a cool bunch of people who started the company years back, one of if not the first of its kind in New Orleans. As a matter of fact, I’m friends with one of the owners, he had me play at his wedding. It’s going to be a great scene, the family vibe… you know because you’ve been coming here for years, that  we have a tight knit scene down here.  We all kind of compete, but we all root for each other too. So the NOLA Crawfish fest will have that type of good vibe. There will be a lot of sit-ins, I’m sure,  and lots of crawfish, my man, the best in town! By far. I’m actually a little disappointed that Shaggy didn’t give me a sample yet. I really am. I know he’s busy this time of year, and he knows I’m going make up for it that Tuesday and Wednesday though! L4LM: Where can fans find you at Jazz Fest?BI: This year I’m doing a whole lot with my own band. The 23rd at 30/90 on Frenchman, I’m doing the crawfish fest, on Tuesday with my band and then again on Wednesday when I’ll join George, Dave Malone, Terrence Higgins for something very New Orleans, yea man!  Thursday second weekend I’ve got a double, with Stu Allen from San Francisco, and Tony Hall, doing some San Francisco meets New Orleans -type covers and styles, and original stuff too. Late night that same Thursday. the Restless Natives will be doing a show, both gigs are at Cafe Istanbul.  Gonna do something at the Indian stage one of the days at the Jazz Fest. I think it will be with 101 Runners, I’m pretty sure. I used to be a part of that band. But it’s music man, gotta keep changin!  I’m not killing myself this year, but I WILL have some fun. L4LM: Thanks Billy! See you in just a few days! BI: Yea, you right!Tickets to the inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival are available here.last_img read more

Stepping into action

first_img This is the remix! Alastair Su ’14, of the musical composition team, lays down some tracks. This was New England’s summer of endless sunshine — that is until a group of incoming Harvard freshmen started hiking through New Hampshire’s woods. Then a nor’easter swept in and stalled, dumping four days of rain on the campers, most of them still half-strangers to each other.Suddenly, it was the season of soggy bonding.Last week’s rain and mist draped an unexpected chill across the top of Lovewell Mountain, arriving just as the hikers finished their well-earned lunch. But instead of groans, shivers, or even silent stoicism, the participants in Harvard’s First-Year Outdoor Program (FOP) dug through their heavy backpacks, added a layer of clothes, and topped it with rain gear. Then they formed a circle.“One! Two! Let’s Play Zoo!” chanted Emma Franklin, a junior neurobiology concentrator and one of the trip’s two leaders. Franklin’s words kicked off an energetic, pantomimed game in which players made quick hand gestures representing animals. Their gestures, made to a steady, clapped beat, spread rapidly around the circle until someone missed and was forced out.The contest continued for the next 20 minutes until a winner was declared. Then, their spirits lifted, the students hoisted their heavy loads and headed into the dripping forest toward a distant spot that would become their home for the night.The nine students and two leaders were among more than 800 participants in Harvard’s pre-orientation programs, a quintet of activities that brought the freshmen to campus before the official College orientation began at the end of August.The students have myriad options in getting to know their peers. Participants may head for the woods, or fan out into Boston’s neighborhoods for community service, or stay on campus to tap their artistic muses. Others help Harvard’s maintenance crews, spending the week earning extra money and prepping the dorms for the new semester. The final group, international students, has more orienting to do than the typical domestic student group, so they spend more time learning about life in America and at Harvard.The programs, each of which contains a strong element of student leadership, expose students to fresh goals and challenges, whether hiking up ridges or learning about arts. But the main benefit of these programs, organizers say, is not a particular goal or achievement, but rather the creation of a community on which students can rely during their transition.“We think this is a great way to start college,” said Katie Steele, Harvard College’s director of freshman programs. “You’re going to meet people who share similar interests, you’re going to know some upperclassmen, and you’re going to do something you’ve never done before.”The pre-orientation programs are just the start. College officials labor to shrink Harvard to a manageable size for incoming students. Those efforts are more overt early when students are part of pre-orientation and orientation programs, and gradually become part of the fabric of campus life, when “freshman dorm entryways” function as mini-communities overseen by proctors, who check in on students if they’re having trouble.Such efforts continue through the students’ first year and beyond, as undergrads find their own way into studies, activities, and groups that interest them, all with their own communities. At the start of their sophomore years, the students move into Harvard’s upper-class Houses, which are communities within a community, headed by faculty masters and including scholars linked to House life as fellows. The result is a gradual formation of a concrete sense of belonging that, for many undergraduates, continues to define their College years even when they look back decades later.“This place works best when people feel connected,” Dean of Freshmen Thomas Dingman said. “This can be a big, intimidating place.”The first step in the process begins even before pre-orientation. Resident deans exhaustively review incoming applications from freshmen, matching students by hand in an effort to successfully create the smallest community on campus: that of students sharing a room.The effort, Dingman said, strikes a balance between what a student finds comfortable and steadying and what may foster personal growth, by matching likes and habits with the broadening experience that exposure to new people can bring.“If someone always gets up early, and staying in shape is important to them, if religion is important, we can match them with someone who shares those interests but who is perhaps from another part of the country, or from another racial or ethnic group,” Dingman said.Pre-orientation programs help students to develop a sense of community even before they meet their roommates. Annenberg Hall, Harvard’s vast freshman dining commons, is often mentioned as a tough introductory hurdle for a new student, tray in hand, scanning the rows of tables for a friendly face.“It’ll be nice to avoid the ‘high school horror story moment’ of going into the cafeteria and not knowing who to sit with,” said Keerthi Reddy, an incoming freshman from San Diego who participated in a FOP trip. “There’s nothing like spending a week in the woods to get to know someone.”While the official orientation programs are mandatory, the pre-orientation programs are not. Steele said some incoming freshmen instead choose to use the final weeks before coming to Cambridge working, vacationing with family, or participating in sports.Pre-orientation programs are known by handy acronyms modeled after FOP, which was the first at Harvard, starting in 1979.  The Freshman Arts Program is FAP, the First-Year Urban Program is FUP, and the Freshman International Program is FIP. (The exception is fall cleanup, run by the Dorm Crew, where students earn money by cleaning dormitories.)When FOP began in 1979, Amy Justice was a Harvard sophomore coming off a tough freshman year. Justice, who is now a professor of medicine at Yale University, at first struggled with her pre-med classes but found her groove after signing up to be among FOP’s first student leaders. She said that weeks in the woods gave her confidence that she could handle challenges she had never faced before, and gave her a supportive community on which to rely.“It’s an experience that stays with you for the rest of your life. It’s a source of strength,” Justice said. “I walked into Harvard and nearly flunked out. I remember thinking, ‘This is a whole different world, and I don’t understand this world.’“The program … is not about academics. You stretch physically and [are] part of a team. It’s about being aware of other members of the team, and getting over the little things. It’s about being out in nature, where you can’t control what’s happening,” Justice said. “It’s not about who gets ahead; it’s about how the group moves forward.”The community-building aspects of the outdoor program are replicated in other freshman pre-orientation programs, though they unite around work, the arts, community service, or understanding the United States after arriving from abroad.Jack Cen, a senior and a captain for the fall cleanup, participated in the program as a freshman as a way to get on campus early and meet people. That worked well enough that he stayed through subsequent years because of the connections he made.“It was nice to settle in first. It eased the process,” Cen said. “It’s a … unique set of people willing to clean bathrooms every week, week in and week out,” through the summer.Robert Wolfreys, crew supervisor for Facilities Maintenance Operations, which runs the fall cleanup, said the students work hard, but there are orientation-style programs mixed in with the tasks. Upperclassmen take participants on tours of the Yard and Harvard Square. Activities include a massive tug-of-war and a cookout.Fall cleanup is among the most popular pre-orientation programs, rivaling the Outdoor Program’s 300-plus, with about 350 freshmen participating, Wolfreys said. Students find themselves taking out trash, sweeping and washing floors, cleaning walls, replacing recycling bins and window screens, and checking lamps, data jacks, phones, and other dorm room equipment to make sure they work.Students interested in the arts not only challenge themselves and meet students with similar interests, they also create an offering for the broader community, in the form of a pageant presented during orientation.Dana Knox, program director for the Freshman Arts Program, said participants take a series of master classes with visiting artists and are encouraged to step beyond their comfort zones in their pageant work.“We encourage students to take on fields outside their areas of expertise … to stretch and see if there is an untapped interest. We have dancers write the show and actors work on choreography,” Knox said. “The point is to find creative ways to get students into the environment of Harvard, giving them a chance to do something of specific interest to them — before the weight of classes and obligations of an academic year.” A pageant of ideas Dirty deeds Brooke Griffin ’14 (from left), Diana Miao ’14, and Ginny Fahs ’14 ditch their shoes and get down to work. Paint it blue The New College Theatre stage gets a fresh shining, as incoming freshmen in the Freshman Arts Program rehearse and prepare for their annual pageant. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Actin’ up Script writers Riana Balahadia ’14 (from left), Xiaoxiao Wu ’14, and Georgia Shelton ’14 bounce around ideas. Groove things Meisha Brooks ’14 (from left), Tony Oblen ’14, Aviva Hakanoglu ’14 of New York, and Michael Wu ’14 harmonize and help plan the pageant’s music. Back on the chain gang It’s rough work for Ty Walker ’14 (from left), Sam Rashba ’14, and Matt DaSilva ’12, but the show must go on! We built this city Ginny Fahs ’14 (left) and Megan McDonnell ’14 paint some Harvard against the Boston skyline. Beat it Behind the dry erase board, Aviva Hakanoglu ’14 (right) of New York conjures magic in a drum rehearsal for the pageant. Welcome notes These freshmen — Alastair Su ’14 (from left), Michael Wu ’14, and Liv Redpath ’14 — hammer out the finishing touches for the pageant’s score. Dancing queens Pre-orientation programs, like the Freshman Arts Program, help students meet other students with similar interests and foster a sense of community. Here, Charlotte Chang ’14, Georgia Shelton ’14, Riana Balahadia ’14, and Xiaoxiao Wu ’14 rehearse for the big event. Helping hands Ty Walker ’14 helps with design, painting an “H” for Harvard and, of course, his new home. It’s a freshman affair Students from the art and design group powwow with other students and discuss the details of the show.last_img read more

How far are we from a vaccine? Depends on who ‘we’ is

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Team at Harvard plans to launch clinical trial in fall Grad, who spoke to the media during a morning conference call, also called into question the idea of issuing immunity “passports” to people who have already been sick or who test positive using antibody tests. Aside from the potential for inequitable use of the passports, Grad said the available tests, many of which were allowed on the market without review, are prone to false positives, particularly in places where there have been relatively few COVID cases. What that means, he said, is that people who think they’re immune and are back at work and out in the community may be susceptible to getting the virus. Instead of contributing to herd immunity, they may contribute to the virus’ spread.Inaccurate tests could also further muddy our understanding of whether infection confers immunity at all, since someone with a false-positive result who subsequently gets sick may reasonably wonder whether getting the illness provides any protection at all.“You could be in a situation where … you’re actually introducing into the population people who you think are positive, but enough of them are actually negative that you could be below the herd-immunity threshold,” Grad said. Experts from Kenya and South Africa discuss the poverty, inequities, social factors, and shortage of medical personnel that hamper treatment efforts Applying wisdom from the Himalayas to the ER’s COVID battle How a new vaccine adjuvant might eventually help to shorten the race to COVID-19 immunity Mental health in Africa amid pandemiccenter_img Related This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.One of the most popular — and highest-stakes — guessing games to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic is how long it will take to get a vaccine. A Harvard infectious disease expert said on Thursday that how far we are from a vaccine will likely depend on who’s asking.“The question is: ‘Who is ‘we?’” said Barry Bloom, the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health and former dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. If “we” are healthy volunteers willing to be inoculated to see whether an experimental vaccine works, the answer is that some are already getting it, and more will be enrolled in the coming months. Once an effective solution emerges, hopefully by early next year, it may take another six to eight months to reach priority populations like U.S. health care workers and first responders. Other essential workers, including those toiling for low wages in grocery stores and food production, should not be forgotten, Bloom said.For still others, particularly those in developing nations, the answer is considerably different.“If ‘we’ is a person in Burkina Faso, or Laos, and [they are] expecting to see a vaccine in the next three years, I would be very surprised [if they see it],” said Bloom, who spoke during a Facebook Live event sponsored by The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and PRI’s “The World.”Complicating the already-tense global COVID picture, Bloom said, has been an increase in nationalism in the U.S. and elsewhere, which is at odds with equitable distribution of scientific gains against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and global health goals. The Trump administration, for instance, skipped a meeting of global leaders late last month called to get them to commit to distribute any future vaccine in an equitable way and declined this week to attend a fundraising conference by the European Union to coordinate vaccine efforts. The head of one of the world’s largest vaccine processing operations in India said in a recent media report that any vaccine it produces will go to protect India’s population before doses are sent abroad.“I’ve not seen anything like this in my entire career. This is moving at lightning speed,” ” says Barry Bloom, the former dean of Harvard Chan School. Kris Snibbe/Harvard file photoFurther, increased tension between the U.S. and China over the virus’ origins threatens the free flow of scientific information, marked early on by Chinese researchers sharing the viral genome in the pandemic’s opening weeks. That spirit of cooperation has been key to the rapid international scientific response to the outbreak, one that has nonetheless been outpaced by the virus’ spread. Scientists have been sharing information about the virus and the illness it causes nearly as quickly as the data has become available, Bloom said, flooding the traditional scientific journals with new information and prompting the publication of unreviewed work on preprint servers and even in scientists’ Twitter posts.“I’ve not seen anything like this in my entire career,” Bloom said. “This is moving at lightning speed. Not everything you read is going to turn out to be correct, but at least the information is being shared.”Development of treatments is moving on a parallel track, Bloom said, and the recent findings that the drug remdesivir is effective in lessening illness severity is promising. Bloom pointed out that optimism has to be tempered by the fact that several of those given the drug died and that the virus could still be found in the bodies of those treated. Still, he said, most of those tested were seriously ill, and some believe that giving the drug to patients earlier in the course of their illness may make an even more significant impact. Public health officials have underscored that remdesivir is a treatment, not a cure, and it’s possible that its greatest importance may be as a proof of concept that will lead to better therapies.Professor Yonatan Grad points out that when social distancing is relaxed, plans must be in place for a possible resurgence of infections. Kris Snibbe/Harvard file photoUntil effective treatments or vaccines are widely available, the predominant tools for government leaders will remain social distancing, personal protective equipment, and other measures already in use. Yonatan Grad, the Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday that as more localities and states begin to relax social-distancing requirements, it’s important we begin to think about what to do when infections resurge, as is expected.Grad said very little thought is being given to what the reimposition of controls will look like, even though they may not necessarily mirror current practices. That’s because, he said, a lot has been learned about what works and what doesn’t. He said it’s likely that controls could be more targeted and less the “blunt instrument” that widespread social distancing has been during the initial response.“Can we use more refined measures? Can we combine social distancing of varying kinds with contact tracing, as well as quarantine and isolation?” Grad asked. “Trying to balance the types of interventions we have available to us with the context in which we’re seeing a resurgence is going to be critical. … I think that’s an extremely important question, and one that I have not seen well addressed.” Wilderness medicine fellows return to lend a hand in Boston Global race to a COVID-19 vaccine ‘Faster protection with less material’last_img read more

CollegeFashionista highlights campus trends

first_imgThe chill of winter may have overtaken South Bend, but Notre Dame’s fashion scene is heating up with the launch of its CollegeFashionista webpage earlier this month. Indiana University graduate Amy Levin founded CollegeFashionista in 2009 as a fashion blog site for style-conscious college students around the world. Since its inception, the site has expanded to include more than 180 college campuses in the United States and Canada. Student “Style Gurus” represent each campus, contributing blog entries and photos of the “Fashionistas” and popular trends they find on campus, according to CollegeFashionista’s website. These blog entries take on a different focus each day of the week, from “Style Advice” on Mondays to “Accessories Report” and “Fashion from Abroad” on Fridays. Sophomore Elizabeth Willis became interested in bringing the site to Notre Dame after hearing about it from a friend at another university. “My friend worked for [CollegeFashionista] last year as a Style Guru, and I’ve always had an interest in writing and especially fashion after doing fashion internships in the past,” Willis said. “I decided to apply to be a Style Guru this semester, so I wrote to [Levin] and recommended Notre Dame for the site.” Willis applied for CollegeFashionista in November and found out in December that she was selected to be one of Notre Dame’s two new Style Gurus, along with senior Katherine Lukas [Note: Lukas is the Advertising Manager of The Observer]. Levin said she felt the time was right to get Notre Dame involved in her site, especially based on Willis and Lukas’ enthusiasm for the idea. “We felt a need to showcase the fashion at this Midwest college and found two perfect candidates to help us launch CollegeFashionista at Notre Dame,” Levin said. “Katherine and Elizabeth both reached out to us about their interest in launching a Notre Dame page. Their photography, writing and social media skills were totally in line with what we were looking for in Style Gurus and we quickly brought them on the team.” Willis said her focus as a Style Guru is on accessories, while Lukas gives general style advice in her posts. Both girls submit a blog entry directly to the site once per week, including their campus fashion findings for that week. “We both walk around campus and look for people whose style catches our eyes,” Willis said. “We stop them, take a picture and interview them about what they’re wearing and why.” Willis said she has already received positive feedback from her Notre Dame peers. “A couple of my friends here had read CollegeFashionista in the past, but more attention is drawn to it when I post my blogs on Facebook and Twitter,” she said. “As Style Gurus we’re required to do that, so that promoted it and got people asking about the site.” As the site gains popularity at Notre Dame, Levin said she hopes to expand CollegeFashionista’s presence on campus by developing a full team of five Style Gurus. In the meantime, she said she is optimistic about the site’s potential impact on fashion at Notre Dame. “We hope students at Notre Dame will be inspired by their peers and use CollegeFashionista as a place to learn about trends happening not only at their campus but at college campuses around the world,” she said. Willis said she hopes her contributions to the site will help dispel stereotypes about Notre Dame student style and encourage them to display their individuality as well. “Notre Dame often gets the reputation of having a ‘uniform,’ so I want to bring attention to various styles and interesting things people are wearing on campus,” she said.last_img read more


first_imgIt happened innocently enough. I was at the airport with my husband. He was playing a game on his phone while I did some work. I was putting together some social media posts for clients when I started a post with ICYMI. He looked at me like I was a bit crazy and asked “WHAT does that mean?!?”The most avid users of the main social platforms know that means “in case you missed it” and is often used to post content that happened in the past or something newsworthy that has gotten a lot of buzz but you may not have heard about yet. So, for fun, we started talking about the acronyms used in social media (yes, being married to me is a digital laugh a minute). There are the fairly well known like TBT (Throw Back Thursday) and TIA (thanks in advance), but did you know there are hundreds of “official” acronyms used on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc?While I may think I am extremely well connected to the social media world and on top of all the latest trends, I’ll admit, AHFY in a post would throw me for a total loop. While the sentiment of ‘always here for you’ is a nice one, doesn’t it have more impact and ring a little more true if you, I don’t know, actually take the time to be here for me enough to actually write out full words? continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Is the banking industry going to pot?

first_imgIf you had any doubt that legal medical and recreational marijuana and related derivatives have become a very big business in the U.S., consider that a recent edition of Marijuana Business Magazine ran 154 pages. The issue was stuffed with advertising to serve the needs of marijuana retailers, medical-use clinics, processors, and producers. The goods marketed range from packaging and processing equipment to branded manufactured candies infused with cannabis to marijuana consulting services. There’s been an explosion in entire categories of companies and fledgling trade associations serving the business, as what was once a completely illegal trade has gone legal, or, at least, been decriminalized, in more and more states.There’s already consumer research to draw from — including categorization of pot-using consumers into “personas.” New Frontier Data, an analytics firm that concentrates solely on the cannabis industry, breaks the customer base into nine segments, including “traditional lifestylers,” “discreet unwinders,” “social opportunists,” and “infrequent conservatives.” The top ranking reason for consuming marijuana-related products in New Frontier’s study was relaxation (66%) followed by pain management (42%) and finally by “making boring things more interesting” (19%).No longer just a back alley business funded by the mob and other criminal elements, marijuana-based companies have become an industry watched by professional stock analysts, including some from BofA Securities and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and talked about on The Motley Fool, Seeking Alpha, and Yahoo Finance. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Seney is working on the small things amid hockey hiatus

first_img“With everything being closed down, as much as you can workout at home and run outside, that kind of thing,” he said. Without knowing for sure when the season will begin, Seney is focusing on improving as he enters his third professional season. “I’ve probably put on fifteen pounds of muscle and probably the fastest, strongest and biggest I’ve ever been,” said Seney. “Every week we do a lot of skills work and things like that. You can never be too good at those kind of things too so just all around getting stronger and continuing to work on the small things.” “Obviously training camp and those first couple of practices and exhibition games, kind of get the gel going again,” he said. The B-Devils were closing in on a playoff spot when the season ended in March. When the team does return, expectations are high. Seney said as far as personal improvements, he’s spent the summer getting stronger. Like any other season, with new faces coming in Seney said it will take some time to build chemistry among the team. Despite the long stretch without hockey, B-Devils forward Brett Seney said the time off has had some benefits. (WBNG) — With the AHL targeting an early December start, the Binghamton Devils will go nearly nine months without playing together. center_img Seney said he expects the AHL to follow the NHL’s lead when it comes to returning to play. “It’s more control what you can control and just be ready whenever that call does come,” he said. “I think it just falls on every guy to do what they can in the summer to get better,” said Seney. Seney is currently home in London, Ontario. He said there are a number of professional players nearby he has been able to train with. “We haven’t necessarily been given too many guidelines about things, we’ve been given recommendations about when to be ready to come back,” he said. “I think I can speak for all of us, we feel better than ever,” said Seney. “It’s very rare for us to be able to have this stretch of time and be able to train and build our bodies, and anyone who was maybe banged up for a bit take that time to get back to normal.” Seney led the B-Devils with 44 points last season.last_img read more

Bogor regent to report Rhoma Irama over alleged PSBB violation after local performance

first_imgBogor Police chief Sr. Com. Adj. Roland Ronaldy said he would investigate the matter immediately.Ade claimed Rhoma’s performance at a local khitanan (circumcision celebration) was no different from a concert.”Singing on a stage with several other artists would obviously attract crowds. He sang more than one song with other [famous] singers, like Rita Sugiarto; it was like a concert,” she said.She claimed that Rhoma had assured the Bogor administrations he would cancel his performance, then expressed her disappointment that he and the event’s organizer had broken their promise. Bogor Regent Ade Yasin has threatened to file charges against Indonesian dangdut superstar Rhoma Irama for allegedly performing at an event in Cibunan Village, Bogor, West Java, on Sunday, despite large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed in the regency.”The [Bogor COVID-19] task force will follow up on [the incident] by questioning [the people involved]. If they did violate PSBB measures, they would be legally processed based on current regulations,” Ade said as reported by on Monday.She pointed out that both Rhoma and the event’s organizer had violated Gubernatorial Regulation No. 35/2020 on the PSBB. “We are angry and disappointed. Why did they break their own promise? We did not deploy officials to the event because we believed them.”However, upon hearing news of the performance, officials from the Bogor COVID-19 task force went to the ceremony and stopped its live performance at 11 p.m.Meanwhile, Rhoma claimed he was at the khitanan as a guest and not as a performer, but he was asked to sing a few songs by the event organizer.”I came as a guest, but then the host and other guests at the event asked me to perform, to ‘donate’ some songs,” Rhoma said as reported by”The hosts asked me to give a tausiah [sermon] as well, so I gave a short one. Then, everybody asked me to sing, so I sang — that’s it.” (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Six heritage residences have hit the market in West Village

first_imgSix exclusive residences have been released by Sekisui House at West Village, called the Heritage Collection, comprising two townhomes and six executive apartments with Expressions of Interest called for over $1.4 million.THE BASICSWEST VILLAGE HERITAGE COLLECTIONDeveloper: Sekisui HousePrice: EOI starting at over $1.4 millionLocation: Wilson Street, West EndWest Village is offering six luxury residences as its new West Village Heritage Collection, two townhomes and four executive apartments.SIX luxury residences have been released in West End with the developer asking the market what they want to pay.West Village’s developer Sekisui House has just gone to the market with the West Village Heritage Collection — two townhomes and four executive apartments calling for Expressions of Interest over $1.4 million.West Village The Heritage Collection — townhome.These premium products are part of the $800 million West Village project, that when complete will comprise eight apartment buildings, numerous retail outlets and nearly one hectare of open space.Project Director Andrew Thompson said they were looking forward to the markets response to the West Village Heritage Collection release.“Our two townhomes will be something quite different for Brisbane,” Mr Thompson said. “These luxury homes, at about 260sq m each, will feature two levels of living space — expansive living, dining and kitchen areas and a media room, stunning outdoor courtyards, and three generously-sized bedrooms, including a spa retreat master bathroom suite, all serviced by their own private lift.West Village Heritage Collection — townhome.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“Importantly for the downsizers, who we believe are our target market, the townhomes offer a 40sq m storage room on a separate mezzanine accessible by lift — somewhere to keep the bikes, kayaks, gym equipment and other necessities of life for active empty nesters.”The West Village project is centred around the historic Peters Ice Cream factory and fronts Boundary Street.Construction is underway and expected to be completed late next year on Stage One — two residential buildings, Lexington and Park, and the townhomes.West Village Heritage Collection — townhome exterior.The $100 million first stage will include a wide variety of residential accommodation styles, restaurants and cafes, a full-line supermarket and associated specialty shops, child care, community and art spaces, gymnasium, health and wellbeing precinct and more.The two 14-storey residential buildings on Wilson Street have sold strongly with Lexington, 192 apartments with 35 per cent sold and Park, 137 apartments with 70 per cent soldLexington will also be home to the four three-bedroom executive apartments from the Heritage Collection.West Village, The Common — view from Boundary Street, West End.Mr Thompson said the design of the three-bedroom executive apartments was influenced by the classic apartments of pre-war New York “with grand entrance galleries, large bedrooms and grand living rooms”.“Our four Heritage Collection apartments will be a huge 197sq m and built on levels nine to 12 of Lexington, all north facing with views to the CBD,” Mr Thompson said.“Each will have a kitchen with walk-in butler’s pantry, library, entrance gallery, supersized living and dining rooms, ensuites to all bedrooms and a separate media room that opens to a balcony.”The three-bedroom Heritage Collection apartments will start at $1.56 million.last_img read more

Alcatel-Lucent scheme granted leeway on liability transfer

first_imgThe €668m Dutch pension fund of IT firm Alcatel-Lucent has been granted extra time by supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) to transfer its pension liabilities to another provider, after the employer cancelled the contract for pensions provision with its own scheme.Following a request by the pension fund, DNB decided that accrued benefits must be moved within six months of a settlement with the employer concerning an additional financial contribution to which the scheme claims to be entitled.Alternatively, the fund must also complete the transfer within six months of a court verdict, in case a settlement cannot be agreed, the fund said in a statement.The dispute between the scheme and the company arose after because the parties were unable to conclude a new contract for pensions provision. The employer terminated the contract in 2011, as it wanted to implement an alternative model. As Alcatel-Lucent cancelled the contract before the fund’s recovery plan was completed, it must now choose whether to join another scheme or complete a buyout with an insurer.Meanwhile, the fund has also started looking into the possibility of employing an APF – the successor to the less successful API – which allows for the pooled management of pension assets, as an alternative pensions vehicle. Last month, a court in The Hague heard the appeal between the pension fund and the employer about the damage the scheme claimed to have suffered from the company’s decision. At the end of 2012, the pension fund of Alcatel-Lucent had 43 active participants, 1,330 pensioners and 2,915 deferred members. It reported an annual return of 10,4%.When asked by IPE, Jasper Koenhein, the scheme’s chairman, said he was unable to provide additional details immediately.last_img read more