Guitarist Rob Compa (Dopapod), guitarist Mike Gantzer (Aqueous), drummer Michelangelo Carruba (Turkuaz), bassist James Searl (Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad), and keyboardist Willy O’Riley (The Niche) have just announced an exciting three night run. The five-piece jammers will get together as the Borg Party, bringing some super jam action to the Northeast.The group is set to perform from January 12th – 14th, and they will start in Rochester, NY at Flour City Station, then make their way to Worcester, MA’s Electric Haze, and finish up at Hartford, CT’s Arch Street Tavern.For additional information check out the following event pages:Jan. 12th – Flour City StationJan. 13th – Electric HazeJan. 14th – Arch Street Tavern
The 50th annual edition of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is now in the books. While the event has been going on for half a century, this year’s edition saw a notable change in format, adding an additional Thursday worth of music to the schedule. The extra day was originally added to accommodate a specially-ticketed headlining performance by The Rolling Stones on Thursday, May 2nd. However, when the Stones (and their initial replacement, Fleetwood Mac) had to back out due to band member illnesses, the festival converted the day to a regularly-ticketed day a the Fairgrounds headlined by Jazz Fest regulars, Widespread Panic.PHOTOS: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019 Weekend OneWhile the Stones plans didn’t pan out, the festival still found success with their extra day—so much so that they’re keeping it on the schedule for 2020. In a notice posted to the festival website, organizers revealed the dates for next year’s Fest (Thursday, April 23 through Sunday, May 3), including the newly introduced additional Thursday. They also revealed that approximately 475,000 people attended the event’s eight days this year.PHOTOS: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019 Weekend TwoWhile we won’t know who’s playing for some time, it’s exciting to hear that this bigger, badder Jazz Fest format is here to stay, at least for the time being.[H/T New Orleans Advocate]
Eight members of the Public Theater’s off-Broadway production of Sweat will reprise their performances in the Broadway transfer of the Lynn Nottage play. The Kate Whoriskey-helmed play will begin performances at Studio 54 on March 4 with opening night is set for March 26.Returning for the Broadway transfer are Tony nominee Johanna Day as Tracey, Carlo Alban as Oscar, James Colby as Stan, Khris Davis as Chris, John Earl Jelks as Brucie, Will Pullen as Jason, Lance Coadie Williams as Evan and Michelle Wilson as Cynthia.Casting for the role of Jessie, played off-Broadway by Younger favorite Miriam Shor, will be announced later. It is likely that Shor will not return for the Broadway engagement due to filming schedule for the TV Land comedy’s fourth season.Sweat follows a group of friends and co-workers on the line of a factory floor. Amidst a series of layoffs, the once-amicable colleagues find themselves pitted against each other and question their trust as they fight to keep their jobs. Related Shows View Comments Sweat Johanna Day & Michelle Wilson in ‘Sweat’ off-Broadway(Photo: Joan Marcus) Show Closed This production ended its run on June 25, 2017
By Dialogo February 10, 2011 Most of the armed forces in the Central American region, with the exception of Honduras, increased their number of military personnel during 2010. While El Salvador raised the number of its personnel by approximately two thousand, Guatemala did the same, increasing its personnel by two thousand soldiers, although there is a possibility that this year the armed forces of the latter country will be increased by another four thousand personnel. Elsewhere, Nicaragua’s National Assembly approved a law authorizing the army to demand the services of the country’s citizens in the event of a national disaster or urgent need. In the view of many local analysts, this means that Nicaragua has returned to mandatory military service, which could imply an increase in the size of its army in the near future. According to a 2010 report by the Latin American Security and Defense Network (Resdal), the countries of the region devote less than 1% of GDP to their defense ministries. The distribution is the following: Nicaragua, 0.80%; Honduras, 0.69%; El Salvador, 0.67; Guatemala, 0.47; and Mexico, 0.43%. This information was provided by Honduran Defense Minister Marlon Pascua, who lamented the fact that the same thing is not happening in Honduras. The budget issue is the obstacle, he indicated, at the same time that he maintained that all the country’s military units are at full strength and people are on a “waiting list,” as is likewise the case at the technical schools, such as those of the army, the air force, and the navy. “There’s an enormous number of fellow citizens who want to enroll to perform military service; unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity to be able to accept more members as part of the Armed Forces,” the Honduran minister emphasized.
By Dialogo July 06, 2015 More support to eradicate drug trafficking and create work centers using the raw materials produced in the area to facilitate markets to sell it abroad God bless you all. He will never forget any of you. God’s word says love your neighbor as yourself, amen. Thank you beautiful and interesting Cooperation with government and private groups During that operation, about 1,500 service members — including Armed Forces medical personnel and Troops who provided security and logistics support — provided on medical and social welfare assistance to the civilian populations of Surcubamba, Bellavista, Jatusana, Matara, Paucarmarca, Pueblo Libre, Sachacoto, Socos, Vista Alegre, and Yananyac. Participants offered residents treatment in 14 medical specialties; general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, obstetrics, endocrinology, gastroenterology, opthalmology, and dentistry were among the most requested. Such efforts are a high priority for the Peruvian government. In 2012, it allocated about 194 million dollars for projects to strengthen the fight against poverty, terrorism, and illegal drug trafficking in the area. For 2015, the government is proposing to allocate nearly three times that amount for those purposes. The Joint Command’s efforts to alleviate poverty in the VRAEM region began in November 2013, when the Armed Forces provided social aid to 4,000 residents of the district of Río Negro, in the department of Junín. Since early June, Armed Forces members, in coordination with authorities from the Río Tambo district, have been gathering information about the needs of the civilian populations in these communities to plan the next mission. “With support from the Community Social Responsibility Program (PRSC, for its Spanish acronym), CORAH seeks to bring these communities closer socially by promoting a change in attitude, as well as improving the community’s income by leveraging from the local potential and consolidating a legal structure to allow them to articulate into the process of national development,” said Walter Guerrero, Chief of the Communication Office for CORAH. The Armed Forces Joint Command isn’t working alone. It’s reaching out to communities throughout the VRAEM, and transporting medical specialists from the Armed Forces Health Care units, from Health Care Social Security (EsSalud) and the Ministry of Health. Those physicians provide free medical check-ups at the Army Campaign Hospital. “The experience we’ve accumulated with the PRSC during the last five years can undoubtedly support the alternative development actions executed by the state and its institutions in the communities that still depend on narcotrafficking in the VRAEM.” For its part, the Special Project for Control and Reduction of Illegal Farming in Alto Huallaga (CORAH, for its Spanish acronym), an organization responsible for manually erradicating illegal coca plantations for the past 33 years, also works jointly with the Peruvian National Police to support development of coca growing regions throughout Peru. In another operation — the most recent — Troops assisted 490 children and adolescents at education centers in the Puerto Ocopa, Junín region on June 3 and 4. Six weeks earlier, 25 physician specialists worked with the Armed Forces to provide medical check-ups for 5,000 people in Kiteni, Cusco region. And on March 7-10, the Joint Command conducted its first operation of the year, assisting 2,000 people in the Ayacucho department with the help of 26 physicians. An ongoing effort to alleviate poverty Other government and private institutions are also contributing to the initiative, including the National Commission for Development and a Life without Drugs (DEVIDA), the Drug Abuse Prevention, the Research and Education Center (CEDRO), the Ministry of Women, and the National Association of Pharmaceuticals Industries (ADIFAN). The latter group has donated items such as medicine, clothing, tools for field work, school kids, staple vegetables, and labor and legal consultations. Those were just the first of twelve operations planned for the year by the Office of the Joint Chiefs, which hopes to provide treatment to more than 60,000 people living in poverty in the VRAEM. The Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command (CCFFAA) reports that it is working to contribute to the “full development of the VRAEM communities through performance of tasks that promote inclusion in society and universal access to health care in a timely fashion.” The Armed Forces is planning to conduct its next social welfare operation in the Río Tambo Hydrographic Basin, a region that is home to 44 Asháninka and Machiyenga communities, which suffer the highest poverty rates in VRAEM. The Shining Path engages in drug trafficking in the region to finance its terrorist actions; authorities estimate that 20,000-30,000 hectares of coca leaf plantations exist in the VRAEM. But by providing humanitarian relief, the Joint Command reported in November 2013, it can “deactivate several social and criminal threats impacting the population” — threats like Shining Path. That effort “requires bringing everything that you can enjoy, at this very moment, from various places across the country, particularly from Lima, so that the government can establish a presence in this district,” said Major General Hernán Flores Ayala, Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the May 20 opening ceremony for a recent operation at the Plaza de Armas in Surcubamba. As those budgets suggest, the Military isn’t just providing humanitarian assistance; it’s also working to eradicate the illegal cultivation of coca crops in the VRAEM region. “This sort of civic activity is also aimed at finding partners in sensitive areas [of VRAEM] due to the presence of the terrorist remnants of Shining Path,” said Orlando Paredes, member of the Latin American Security and Defense Network (RESDAL) in Peru. The Peruvian Armed Forces have provided humanitarian assistance to at least 15,000 people during four missions since January in impoverished neighborhoods in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro River Valleys (VRAEM) region.
In the engine room of training ship BAP (Peruvian Navy Ship, in Spanish) Unión, navy cadets on board the largest sailing boat in Latin America receive instructions on working with engines, while other cadets rehearse nautical maneuvers on deck.For five months, 114 cadets in their third year at the Peruvian Naval School sailed through the Pacific Ocean, stopping in 10 ports in five countries. The Instructional Cruise Abroad VIEX-2019, the fourth conducted with the BAP Unión, concluded in late July, when the ship returned to its homeport at Callao Naval Base.During their trip on the high seas, the cadets received theoretical and hands-on training that allowed them to reinforce their nautical knowledge as well as their skills in a real environment. The students learned to work as a team, discovered new sail maneuvers, and took part in celestial navigation lessons, among other topics.“We combine technology with features from the golden age of sailing,” Peruvian Navy Captain Kurt Böttger Garfias, BAP Unión commander, told Diálogo. “The opportunity for a cadet to learn in the field is unbeatable. There are exercises that cannot be done in a simulator, or in the classroom, since they don’t offer a hands-on, practical experience.”Launched in December 2014, the instructional ship is more than 115 meters long and 13.5 meters wide, and has 34 sails. The vessel also has a library, an auditorium, and classrooms to facilitate instruction for cadets.The BAP Unión is not only a training ship, but it also serves as a mobile Peruvian embassy, promoting friendship and cooperation with the navies of the countries visited. The trip included stops in the ports of Ancón and Chimbote in Peru; Mazatlán and Puerto Manzanillo in Mexico; San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Honolulu in the United States; Vancouver in Canada; and Balboa in Panama. By Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo September 11, 2019
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Continue the excitement and momentum of the Kentucky Derby with a trip up to Saratoga Springs. A few hours in the car puts you right in the heart of the Northeast’s racing country, just in time for opening day at famed Saratoga Race Course on July 18.And there’s no better way to cruise there than behind the wheel of a sleek, stylish 2014 Infiniti Q60 coupe or convertible from NY Auto Giant. The summer is the perfect time to put the top down and take in the sights, sounds, and ambiance of one of the United States’ most authentically quaint towns. This car is as gorgeous, comfortable and powerful as the experience you’re in for on this amazing trip.There’s plenty to see and do when you get there.The world-famous racetrack, which has been featured in such films as The Horse Whisperer and Seabiscuit, boasts daily live races through Sept. 1 (except Tuesdays) including several invitational and special challenges.On Mondays the course is home to weekly family festivals. Admission is free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult and these day-long events include free arts and crafts, face painting, bouncy inflatables and mascot appearances, along with additional activities ranging from puppet building workshops to reptile exhibits.Click here to learn more about NY Auto GiantBesides the horses, there’s so much to do in this historic and picturesque town it really becomes just a matter of what you and the family feel like on any particular day.Saratoga is home to a bevy of mineral springs renowned for their legendary healing powers and health benefits. Locals swear by the springs’ magical effects, attributing soaking in the “egg water” (as it’s called due to its unique aroma) with helping alleviate stress and even melting away skintags, among so many other benefits.Approximately 17 mineral springs create a network of spas and bath houses perfect for rejuvenating your family’s spirits following the roughly four-hour trek here from Long Island.What’s that? It’s relaxation, fine dining and great accommodations you seek!? Check into a room at the Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa and thank us later! Beautiful grounds, great food and several mineral spas and baths make this a must-go for any visit to ‘Toga.Then of course, there are the myriad shops, restaurants and bars lining Saratoga’s vibrant downtown main drag Broadway and popular Caroline Street.Delve into a loaded SF Mission Burrito and steaming Fajitas platter at Cantina—the strip’s choice go-to for fresh, quality authentic Mexican. These things are monsters, replete with lime-zested rice, Tecate simmered black beans, fresh chicken or steak, peppers, onions, guac and oh-so-soft and scrumptiously satisfying tortillas. Wow.Stop in at your pick of watering holes, ranging from the Tin ’N’ Lint—where Don McLean is alleged to have written his classic “American Pie” over a few pints—to the sports-themed Caroline Street Pub and always-fun Desperate Annie’s. Be sure and play a quick game of foosball at the latter.9 Maple Avenue is known for its world-class jazz and wide selection of local beers, and for the best hole in the wall down-home barbecue this side of the Mason Dixon, don’t miss Hattie’s Chicken Shack. Order up the award-winning chicken and waffles that sent Bobby Flay home with his tail between his legs when he dared to challenge them with a “Throw Down.” Slather them with both hot sauce and maple syrup. Dunk a few tidbits in your steaming cup of fresh-brewed coffee on their way down. Trust us. Yum.Change it up and stay at the historic charming Union Gables B&B, voted Best three years in a row. This elegant mansion has been at the heart of Saratoga Springs since 1901 and was renovated in 2005 to include all of the updated luxuries you’d expect: flat screen televisions, high speed Wi-Fi, in-room refrigerators and robes for each guest. In the mornings, enjoy a cooked-to-order full breakfast.Nearby, you’ll find the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Perfect for picnics, concerts, Frisbee-tossing and people watching.Cruise to Saratoga Springs behind the wheel of a 2014 Infiniti Q60 from NY Auto Giant. We promise you, you’ll love it. Game on.For authentic Irish beer hall seating, check out the Parting Glass. And you can’t leave the area during horse season without a cocktail and a bite from Gaffney’s, billed as “Saratoga’s Place to Be Since 1978.”Saratoga is also home to the famed Yaddo artist colony, which has hosted the likes of 68 Pulitzer Prize-winning authors including Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Saul Bellow and Leonard Bernstein.Recite some poetry, celebrate life or embark on a day-long adventure through Saratoga’s gorgeous nature trails—you’ll never want to leave this place, but as you get back in your Infiniti Q60, the summer breeze blowing through your hair, know this and be comforted: Once you’ve immersed yourself in the wonder that is Saratoga, it never really leaves you.For more information on how you can get a 2014 convertible Infiniti Q60, call Troy Calabrese at Lynbrook Infiniti.
continue reading » On Sunday, I had the wonderful opportunity to have dinner with a CEO of a NAFCU member credit union. We talked about this and that, the weather, our families, and additional small talk.Slowly, the conversation turned to more meaty matters. We talked about management, and what we were doing. He said the following.“Too many people in organizations don’t understand why they do what they do. They may understand what they do. Or how. But not why. We focus on the “why” constantly. We exist to make our members’ lives better.”Perfect.People to be part of something. And they really want to be part of something that matters. That’s where the “why” is so important. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anthony Demangone
Taking control of your finances might seem like a daunting and time-consuming task. However, there are actually several money-smart moves you can make in a matter of minutes.Here are 13 smart financial tasks you can tackle in 10 minutes or less. If you have some free time in the coming weeks, consider taking one or more of these steps to manage your money better and improve your financial well-being.1. Check Your Credit ReportOne-third of Americans have never checked their credit reports, according to a survey by the credit bureau TransUnion. However, doing so is fast, easy and free, thanks to a federal law that requires each of the three credit bureaus to provide you with a copy of your credit report once a year.To get started, visit Annualcreditreport.com and click “Request yours now.” You will then fill out a brief form requiring your name, birthday, Social Security number, current address and previous address if you moved in the last two years. Next, choose to receive a report from Equifax, Experian or Transunion. You can opt to get all three reports at once or stagger them throughout the year. You may also be asked to verify your identity by providing some information only you would know, such as the year in which you secured a particular loan. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Alzheimer’s Association Central New York Chapter Executive Cathy James says anyone living with the disease should speak with their primary care doctor about getting a flu vaccine. “It may very well be that individuals that were apart of this study have overall health and well-being because they are taking these other action steps in regards to vaccination,” James told 12 News. (WBNG) — Health officials say there’s an added benefit to getting your flu shot. A study by the University of Texas Science Center showed getting a flu shot could lower your chance of getting Alzheimer’s. The study says those who get it regularly have a 13% lower chance of getting the disease. The study also found those who got their first flu shot at a younger age have a lower risk of the disease as well.