Greensky Bluegrass & Marco Benevento To Host WaterWheel’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass recently announced an exciting new show at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk on August 3rd. With Marco Benevento as a special guest, this show is sure to be a doozy. On a Thursday between Phish shows, smack-dab in the middle of the jam juggernauts’ Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Gardens, fans will come together to celebrate twenty years of Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation. The WaterWheel Foundation was created in 1997 to oversee Phish’s charitable activities. The foundation chooses from a diverse smattering of non-profits to benefit charities focused on social services for women and children, food banks, urban gardening, clean water access, and land conservation, to name a few. Thanks to the generosity of the fans, since its creation, the WaterWheel’s Touring Division has donated over $1,000,000 to more than 425 groups.Greensky Bluegrass and Marco Benevento are both tenured acts in the scene that have been tapped to celebrate this charitable foundation’s 20th anniversary and the great work they have done over the years. For more than a decade and a half, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created their own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a string band with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll. The group redefined their sound once again with their sixth album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted. Rock out to that here. Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive body of work for almost as much time as these bluegrass all-stars. Anybody who’s seen Marco Benevento perform will attest that he’s a satellite to the muse, with his eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys. Listen to his 2016 The Story of Fred Short here.Tickets to Greensky Bluegrass with special guest Marco Benevento are now on sale. $1 from every ticket will go to The WaterWheel Foundation. Tickets available here.Enter to win a pair of VIP tickets below:L4LM Baker’s Dozen Late Nights: [Cover Photo by Jeremy Scott]last_img read more

Watch This Senior Citizen Chorus Crush An Emphatic Cover Of Phish’s “Free” [Video]

first_imgWe didn’t know that a video of a choir of senior citizens singing a dramatic rendition of Phish‘s sweeping Billy Breathes original “Free” was what we were missing, but now that we’ve seen it, its kind of hard to imagine life without it. Really–just try to watch this extra-seasoned group of singers bring some old school vim and vigor to the Phish favorite and not crack a smile (via Stand For Jam):That group of beautiful human beings is known as the “Young @ Heart Chorus,” a rotating group of senior citizen performers based in New England who tour the world with their pop music-centered variety shows. The video above comes from the Y@H and Friends performance at John M Greene Hall on the grounds of Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts in 2011.While it may be comprised of people your grandparents’ age, this group is totally hip to the mindset of the artists that they cover. As the group’s website explains, they do not have a strict songbook or arrangements. “We have an amazing band and we make it up as we go along.  One of the best things is to see how songs change as we continue to sing them.”Several of the artists Y@H Chorus has covered have reached out to work with or recognize their work. “David Byrne invited us to join us at a forum on bicycles that he curated for the New Yorker Festival, we performed at the Town Hall and he joined us the next day at the Paris Bar” explains the Y@H website FAQ. “Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna has been in touch and Sonic Youth put our version of “Schizophrenia” on their website.”Below, you can watch the trailer for the award-winning Walker George-made documentary about the group, Young @ Heart, which won tow Rose D’Or awards and the LA Film Festival Audience Award when it was originally released in 2006, and which screened at Sundance in 2008 followed by a brief national theatrical run (via Fox Searchlight):last_img read more

University, I4RH discuss Supreme Court’s ruling regarding contraceptive coverage

first_imgThis report was updated at 11:42 a.m. on July 20.The Supreme Court ruled July 8 that employers with religious or moral objections do not have to help provide insurance coverage for contraceptives in the case of The Little Sisters of the Poor v. State of Pennsylvania.This ruling applies to the section of the Affordable Care Act which, as defined under the Obama administration, required businesses to provide free contraceptives under company insurance. The Trump administration first announced it would roll back the birth control mandate in October 2017.University President Fr. John Jenkins praised the Supreme Court for their decision in a statement last week. “Americans of all faiths or none should welcome today’s Supreme Court ruling for upholding religious liberty against government’s interference with the ability to act in accord with religious principles,” he said.When asked for comment, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said it was not immediately clear whether the court’s decision would affect the University’s insurance coverage. “It’s uncertain whether there is an immediate impact on the University,” he said in an email. “It is still being reviewed.”Brown said people who require birth control for medically necessary purposes will still be able to receive contraceptive care under the new ruling. Irish 4 Reproductive Health (I4RH), a nonprofit, independent organization advocating for reproductive health rights at Notre Dame, said the lawsuit did not account for the fact that religious employers serve employees who may not necessarily share their beliefs. Brown did not comment on the status of the lawsuit, saying direct questions should be taken up with I4RH’s lawyers.“Notre Dame’s support of the ruling suggests that the diverse community it vocally celebrates must adhere to its specific set of religious beliefs, thereby diminishing the beliefs of its students, staff, and faculty who may have no qualms over the use of birth control,” the organization said in an email. Currently, “certain forms of IUDs and emergency contraception are not covered at all by University insurance plans,” according to previous Observer reporting. I4RH said the organization wants to see an increased commitment by the University to helping marginalized members of the Notre Dame community, despite the new ruling. “To us, that means making all FDA-approved forms of contraception available without copay to students, staff, and faculty as guaranteed under the ACA,” the email said. “Restricting this right forces religious beliefs on people who may not share them and interferes with medical treatment agreed to between a patient and their medical professional.”In June of 2018, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) filed a lawsuit on behalf of I4RH against the University for entering into “an unlawful settlement agreement between the Trump-Pence Administration and Notre Dame to deny students, employees, and their dependents insurance coverage of birth control guaranteed to them by the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” a press release from the NWLC said. The Trump-Pence administration and the University filed to have the suit dismissed. However, in January, I4RH was cleared to move forward with their case. The organization said the lawsuit has not been affected by the Supreme Court’s ruling in this case, and will continue to proceed as planned. “It is important to remember that this ruling is not fully resolved in regards to its constitutionality, nor does it address several of the arguments we are bringing to the court,” the email said. “The Little Sisters v. Pennsylvania ruling did not in any way address the constitutionality of the settlement Notre Dame and the Trump-Pence administration entered into.”I4RH said the lawsuit will not affect their mission to advocate for contraceptive care and reproductive freedom at Notre Dame.“We will continue fighting, in court and out, for access to contraceptive care for people who need it and are unable to access it due to a lack of healthcare on campus,” the email said. “Our current plans are to continue helping the Notre Dame community gain access to sexual health resources and education as safely as possible, as has always been our mission.”Managing Editor Mariah Rush contributed to this report.Tags: birth control, I4RH, Irish 4 Reproductive Health, National Women’s Law Center, Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Megan Hilty, Christian Borle & More Record James and the Giant Peach

first_img Megan Hilty Star Files Well isn’t this just peachy? Justin Paul and Benj Pasek’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach will release a star-packed reference recording. Lending their voices for the album are a gaggle of Smash vets: Megan Hilty, Tony winner Christian Borle, Brian d’Arcy James and Marc Kudisch, as well as Sarah Stiles, Jackie Hoffman, Mary Testa, Daniel Breaker and Luca Padovan. Distribution plans, including release date, will be announced later.Hilty, who will voice Ladybug, last appeared on Broadway in 9 to 5 and will return to the New York stage for one night only in the Smash benefit concert. Borle, who will play Grasshopper, won a Tony Award for Peter and the Starcatcher and will appear in Something Rotten! this spring along with d’Arcy James, who will provide the voice of Centipede on the recording. Incoming Hand to God star Kudisch will voice Ladahlord. Stiles, who is also set to appear in Hand to God, will play Spider. Spiker and Sponge, James’ malicious aunts, will be played by On the Town’s Jackie Hoffman and recent Wicked alum Mary Testa. Breaker, a Tony nominee for Passing Strange, will play Earthworm. Lastly, Padovan, an alum of Newsies on Broadway, will voice the titular character. He won the role from a nationwide search.James and the Giant Peach follows a young orphan who escapes from his conniving aunts in the most peculiar way: via a giant peach occupied by various, not-so-normal characters. Pasek and Paul, the Tony-nominated team behind A Christmas Story, premiered their musical adaptation at Seattle Children’s Theatre in November 2013.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Women’s Leadership Fellows

first_imgA member of the University of Georgia’s inaugural class of the Women’s Leadership Fellows Program, Peggy Ozias-Akins is more focused on learning from colleagues than imparting words of wisdom.The world-renowned researcher and recipient the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 2015 D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor Award was one of nine UGA faculty members selected to be part of the prestigious group. Deans and other senior administrators within the university submitted nominations for the inaugural class of the program. “The purpose of the Women’s Leadership Fellows Program is to give women the opportunity to learn from other women who have been in leadership positions, particularly administrative positions within the university,” Ozias-Akins said. “It’s helping those of us who already have some role that requires leadership.”Ozias-Akins is a leading researcher on the UGA Tifton Campus. She is the director for the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics. Ozias-Akins is also a co-chairman of the Peanut Genome Sequencing Consortium, an extension of the International Peanut Genome Initiative. While Ozias-Akins has accomplished much during her time at UGA Tifton, she insists that being a part of this group will be just as much of a learning opportunity for her as it will be for others.“It will be exciting to be involved in this, to learn from others who are at the level I am in terms of having some administrative responsibility, all the way to other women who have progressed through the ranks at other institutions to very high leadership positions,” Ozias-Akins said. “It really is for me to learn more about leadership roles and how to be a successful leader. How to be a facilitator, I think, is one thing to learn. How to make it easier for people to get their jobs done is another.”The various faculty members will attend a monthly meeting to learn from UGA senior administrators as well as visiting speakers. The program will also feature a weekend retreat in June.“The university is pleased to welcome the members of the inaugural class of Women’s Leadership Fellows,” said UGA President Jere Morehead. “This program is an important way to cultivate talent throughout UGA’s colleges and departments located across the state. It will offer valuable professional development and networking opportunities to the participants while strengthening the leadership capacity of the institution.”(Camie Williams contributed to this story. Williams is a public relations coordinator in the UGA Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.)last_img read more

Fill Your Parks Rx in Washington County, MD!

first_imgFor more information, visit our website:  Time alone spent in nature can be very therapeutic, but it can also encourage social interactions and integrations. Positive experiences in nature can lead to a lifelong commitment and dedication to caring for and conserving natural resources, creating stewards for our public lands. So grab some friends, your family or your best adventure sidekick and fill your park prescription in Washington County, MD. Your mind and body will thank you for the nature therapy! Some of our suggestions: If you find yourself craving time in nature, Washington County is the perfect destination for you! With 5 National Parks and 8 State Parks, there’s an abundance of hiking and biking trails throughout the county where you’ll find vast opportunities to view beautiful landscapes, see abundant flora and fauna, and enjoy the peaceful outdoors. Anyone, at any age, can reap the benefits of connecting to nature and you don’t have to climb a mountain to do so.  Geocaching – Some call it a sport, some say it’s a treasure hunt. We think of it as a real-time adventure! Our counties three official Geo-Trails will challenge and engage you in your pursuit to locate over 50 caches.  The beauty of our area coupled with our history, arts, and culture will surprise and enlighten you as search. Geo-Trail caches can be found at our national, state, county and town parks, as well as at museums, wineries, historical sites and places of natural beauty.  Cachers have come from all over the USA to take on our trails. Horseback Riding – Guided Western Pleasure Horseback Riding is available through Elk Mountain Trails, where you can ride the trails near historic along the Potomac River/C&O Canal in Maryland’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Horses available for all levels of rider, including beginners. Enjoy the peace, beauty and relaxation known as the experience of time spent in the wilderness with a horse. Reservations recommended. Kayaking/Canoeing/Rafting– River & Trail Outfitters offers guided whitewater rafting, tubing, kayaking and canoeing tours in Knoxville, MD, right next door to Harpers Ferry, WV. For those on the adventurous side, they have a 840 foot zip line. For those looking to explore the C&O Canal and other scenic trails in the area, biking and hiking are also available. Offering themed paddling tours, featuring wine & beer tastings, environmental educational trips for schools and youth groups, as well as unique team building experiences on land and water. Our paddling shop offers new and used canoes and kayaks from 5 manufacturers, as well as a variety of paddling gear and accessories. Bird Watching – Bird is the Word! Birdwatching has long been a favorite activity in Washington County. Professional ornithologists, photographers, birdwatching enthusiasts and nature lovers come from across the USA to soak up the scenery and snap the common and elusive bird pics, do scientific research, and simply enjoy. Scientific evidence indicates that exposure to natural environments is associated with better health and well-being. Experiencing the awe and wonder of the natural world positively affects mental health as well as chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Doctors have recognized that being active outdoors is even more beneficial than being active indoors and many are prescribing park prescriptions for their patients.  last_img read more

Central Islip Fatal Hit-and-run SUV ID’d

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police have identified the type of SUV involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a 64-year-old man dead in his hometown of Central Islip over the weekend.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives believe that the driver who left the scene of a crash that killed a pedestrian was driving a silver or grey 2014 or 2015 Jeep Cherokee, Limited or Sport Latitude edition. The vehicle sustained damage to the passenger side headlight and passenger side view mirror. Police released photos of the type of vehicle in the hope that someone would recognize it and turn in the driver.Lorenzo Fuentes was walking to work westbound on Motor Parkway when he was struck by the eastbound SUV at the corner of Highland Road at 4:50 a.m. Sunday, police have said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has any information about the incident to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Broome County’s own foliage finder

first_imgThe park recently added a scenic overlook platform where people can get a look at the valley below. There is also a good variety of leaves, Hess said. (WBNG) — New Yorkers are running out of time to take a look at leaves before they all fall to the ground. Broome County just passed peak foliage, according to Judi Hess, the county’s official leaf spotter. Hess is perfectly fine if you call her a leaf fan. The proper term however is a a “leaf peeper.” Hess is also the Director of Visit Binghamton. She says the leaves add to what makes the Southern Tier so special. “It’s just such a beautiful backdrop for anything you want to do in the fall,” Hess said. Hess says the best place to view the changing colors is simply anywhere where there is a lot of nature. If you want an exact spot, she says head to Roundtop Park in Endicott. Hess said there is still about two good weekends left to take a look at the areas leaves before many of them fall away. Columbus day tends to be around peak leaf season. Hess wants people to take advantage of the leaves while they are still around. Every week Hess sends a report on local leaf conditions and predictions to I LOVE NY. They publish a statewide foliage map to help New Yorkers and visitors alike find the most vibrant leaves. “When the last leaves falls we definitely will have a tear or two drop in,” Hess said. This was’nt supposed to be a good year in terms of leaf vibrancy due to expected weather and climate conditions. Instead it has been a great season for the leaves with vibrant colors, Hess said.last_img read more

EHHA: Two Croatian holiday homes the best in Europe

first_imgCroatian holiday homes won in two categories in the selection Best European Holiday Home (BEHH), organized by the European Holiday Home Association for the fifth year in a row.  At the award ceremony held yesterday in Barcelona, ​​the title of the best family holiday home went to the Holiday House Gran Vista from Dragoslavec near Čakovec, while she won the title of the best house for a wellness vacation Villa Palmafrom Naplavac on the island of Korcula.  House for rest Gran Vista “I am glad that the tradition continues and that our beautiful facilities are once again recognized for the quality of content and decoration. With great pride I received awards and congratulations from all other representatives of national associations, which are proof that family tourism in the Republic of Croatia is developing in the right direction. These awards are a clear proof of investment in the quality of our hosts, which is precisely those who have significantly contributed to the creation of the Croatian brand as a country of beautiful holiday homes that provide a unique experience.”Said the president of the Family Tourism Association HGK Martina Nimac Kalcina, who took the awards on behalf of the winners from Croatia and congratulated the winners and all nominees on this great success, believing that it will encourage investment in the quality of other facilities in family accommodation. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce has been a member of the European Family Accommodation Organization since March 2017. In addition to active work within the organization, membership allows family accommodation owners in Croatia to apply for the best European holiday home. So this year in the category “Best Health & Wellness Holiday Home” out of eight finalists were as many as five from Croatia. It is part of the strategy advocated by the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, raising the quality of family accommodation through its segmentation, branding and selection of the target market. Holiday homes are more than impressive, explore them: Gran Vista from Dragoslavec near Čakovec / Photo: Novasol Villa Palma from Naplavac on the island of Korcula This year, it was possible to compete in eight categories, and out of a total of 64 finalists from 17 countries, there were as many as 11 Croatian houses. A list of categories and finalists is available HERE.last_img read more

US government awards Novavax $1.6 billion for coronavirus vaccine

first_imgThe addition of Novavax’s candidate to Operation Warp Speed’s portfolio “increases the odds that we will have at least one safe, effective vaccine as soon as the end of this year,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.Besides the massive cash infusion for Novavax, the US government inked a $450 million contract with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc to make and supply its antibody cocktail for COVID-19.Novavax is somewhat of a dark horse in the race for a coronavirus vaccine. The company was not on the list of vaccine finalists for Warp Speed previously reported by the New York Times that included Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer Inc, J&J and Merck & Co.In May, Novavax received an additional $388 million in funding for COVID-19 vaccine development from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a private foundation, after a $4 million investment in March. In June, the US Defense Department awarded the company $60 million to support manufacturing of 10 million doses of its vaccine in 2020.’A big scale up’The company is in the process of transferring its vaccine technology to an unnamed contract manufacturer that has two large manufacturing facilities, its CEO said. That is in addition to the work being done by Emergent Biosolutions, which is making doses to supply the company’s smaller early and midstage clinical trials.By early next year, Novavax expects to be able to make 50 million doses a month in the United States.”It’s a big scale up in a few different manufacturing sites in the United States,” Erck said. “What it leaves us with is the capacity of making many more doses in the US in 2021.”Novavax did not start human safety trials until late May. One reason for the delay is that the vaccine is grown in insect cells, a process that can take 30 days before company scientists can start purifying it and making it in bulk.”You lose a month or so there, but I don’t think we’re behind because of our data,” Erck said, referring to animal data showing a strong immune response and high levels of virus-killing antibodies.Besides Moderna, the company trails two other candidates – one from AstraZeneca and Oxford University and one from Pfizer and BioNTech.Jefferies analyst Jared Holz said the cash infusion “places Novavax in a very enviable position should its data look compelling later in the year.”Although Novavax has not yet produced a licensed vaccine, Sanofi SA uses the same basic technology to make flu vaccine, “so the risk of us not succeeding is pretty low,” Dr. Gregory Glenn, president of research and development for Novavax, said in a telephone interview.The Novavax vaccine works in conjunction with an adjuvant – a substance that boosts the immune response to help the body build a robust defense against the virus.Currently, Novavax makes its adjuvant in Sweden. The company is building up US manufacturing capacity for its adjuvant “so that we can make upwards of a billion doses of adjuvant in the United States,” Erck said.Novavax also has a manufacturing plant in the Czech Republic and hopes to have two other plants in Europe and one in Asia, Erck said. The company is also working with a manufacturer in India. The aim there is to make more than 100 million doses a month, Erck said.Topics : “What this Warp Speed award does is it pays for production of 100 million doses, which would be delivered starting in the fourth quarter of this year, and may be completed by January or February of next year,” Novavax Chief Executive Stanley Erck told Reuters.It will also cover the cost of running a large Phase III trial, the final stage of human testing.Erck said Novavax expects results of its Phase I trial testing the vaccine’s safety within the next week or so. The company aims to start midstage trials in August or September, with Phase III testing starting in October, Erck added.The HHS announcement follows a $456 million investment in Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine candidate in March, a $486 million award to Moderna Inc in April, and up to $1.2 billion in support in May for AstraZeneca PLC’s vaccine being developed with Oxford University. The US government also awarded Emergent Biosolutions Inc $628 million to expand domestic manufacturing capacity for a potential coronavirus vaccine and drugs to treat COVID-19. The US government has awarded Novavax Inc $1.6 billion to cover testing and manufacturing of a potential vaccine for the novel coronavirus in the United States, with the aim of delivering 100 million doses by January.The award announced by the US Department of Health and Human Services is the biggest yet from “Operation Warp Speed,” the White House initiative aimed at accelerating access to vaccines and treatments to fight COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.Shares in Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Novavax rose 29% to $102 in morning trading.last_img read more