We 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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):
Share prices of two companies, financial service provider PT Bhakti Multi Artha and property developer PT Bumi Benowo Sukses Sejahtera, have soared by up to 35 percent during their market debut despite weakening stock index on Wednesday. The shares of Bhakti Multi, listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the code BHAT, rose by almost 35 percent to Rp 139 (1 US cent) from its initial public offering (IPO) price of Rp 103, just a minute after morning trading opened. Bumi Benowo’s shares, traded under the code BBSS, also climbed 35 percent to Rp 162 per share, from its initial price of Rp 120. “Going forward, we will continue to develop insurance products and other financial services to meet the dynamic needs of the public,” Dimas noted. During its IPO, Bhakti Multi raised Rp 206 billion, which will be used to increase the capital of its subsidiary company, PT Asuransi Jiwa Nasional. “With the listing, the company has a greater chance to conduct expansion such as strengthening capital and adding investment portfolio,” Dimas said in a written statement published on Wednesday. Read also: Millions to lose jobs, fall into poverty as Indonesia braces for recessionThe company’s subsidiary, operating in the life insurance sector, has more than 900,000 customers. Bumi Benowo, on the other hand, raised Rp 156 billion from its IPO, which took place earlier this month and planned to use the majority of its proceeds to purchase plots of land. “Our company operates in construction, warehousing and shop-houses and so far owns 10 hectares of land from a total of 30 hectares allowed in the location permit,” Bumi Benowo Sukses Sejahtera president director Felix Soesanto said during the virtual ceremony on Wednesday. The company planned to allocate 88 percent of the funds to purchase a 59,000-square-meter plot of land in Kebomas district, Gresik, East Java. The land, worth around Rp 130 billion, will be developed into a warehouse area. The rest of the funds will be used as working capital for the company’s development. The company aims to increase sales by 579.1 percent this year and see a net profit increase of 808.3 percent, of which 20 percent of the net profit will be disbursed as dividends to shareholders. According to a written statement obtained by The Jakarta Post, the company expressed optimism about its business growth as it was supported by the strong prospects of e-commerce business and third party logistics, as well as its lands’ strategic location to transportation hubs, which would ease distribution. Read also: Explainer: The progress and challenges of sustainable financing in IndonesiaBumi Benowo and Bhakti Multi became the 25th and 26th companies, respectively, to be listed on the IDX this year and the seventh and eight companies to do so with a virtual officiating ceremony as the government issued large-scale social restrictions amid the COVID-19 outbreak. “It is a very strategic decision for the company to engage with the public through an initial public offering and to join elite companies on the Indonesia Stock Exchange,” IDX assessment director I Gede Nyoman Yetna said in the virtual ceremony on Wednesday. “We hope these two companies can bring optimal shareholder value and are capable of contributing to the growth of the national economy,” he added.Topics : Read also: Companies offer special packages, new services to entice virus-weary customersAs the share prices of the two companies had reached the limit of percentage increase for a single-day transaction for their price range, bids higher than the peak prices will automatically be rejected as regulated in the exchange’s auto rejection regulation. The IDX’s main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), meanwhile, jumped during morning trade before succumbing back to negative territory as trading went on. The index plunged by more than 2 percent as of 2:10 p.m. and had lost almost 27 percent of its value so far this year amid concerns of economic blows during the COVID-19 pandemic.Bhakti Multi Artha president director Dimas Teguh Mulyanto said during a virtual ceremony of the company’s listing on Wednesday that it planned to bring out new financial products for its customers.
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GAME CHANGER–In this image provided by author Michael Lenehan, the cover of his book “Ramblers” is shown. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Michael Lenehan) by Jim LitkeAP Sports ColumnistATLANTA (AP) — If you tuned into the start of the 1963 NCAA championship between little Loyola of Chicago and mighty Cincinnati, it looked like few, if any, of the college basketball games you’d ever watched before.Seven of the 10 starters from the two teams were Black.Fifty years later, one of the more revolutionary contests in sports has largely faded from memory. Ask any player at this year’s Final Four about the game that changed the color of college basketball and they’ll likely cite the 1966 finale, when tiny Texas Western, with its five black starters, upset all-white Kentucky. That’s because of the popularity of the book, “Glory Road,” and even moreso the movie released in 2006, which detailed the exploits of Texas Western and its coach, the late Don Haskins.But if anything, the mood in the country was much more racially charged in 1963. That atmosphere provides the backdrop for “Ramblers,” a new book in which author Michael Lenehan pulls together all the disparate threads that produced Loyola’s serendipitous championship run. The previous fall, riots erupted at the University of Mississippi when a lone black man enrolled there, and the unwritten rule among college coaches was you could play one Black on the road, two at home and three if you were way behind.“When I tell my kids those stories,” said Ron Miller, who became Loyola’s fourth Black starter at the end of the 1962 season, “they think I’m exaggerating.“The night we played, none of us had a sense of what it meant. We’d run across some ugly scenes, playing in the South, but I grew up in New York City watching St. John’s and NYU, so I’d seen black players before and never thought much about it. But not long after we won, I went home for Easter break and so many people came by to congratulate me, my mom just left the door open. Then I went over to my cousin’s store. He said, ‘I’m really proud of you guys. I never thought I’d see so many Black faces on a court all at the same time.’“That was the first time I realized it was more than just another game, more even than a championship game. It’s nice to be able to look back now, from a distance, and think we helped a little, maybe gave some people an opportunity that wasn’t there prior to that.”Even easier to forget is what an upset Loyola’s 60-58 win was.Cincinnati was playing in its fifth straight Final Four under coach Ed Jucker, who had played four Black starters the previous season. But after losing the first two of those with the great Oscar Robertson in charge, he changed from an up-tempo style to a more deliberate system and won back-to-back championships — beating Ohio State both times — before running into the Ramblers.Cincinnati led 29-21 at the half after a miserable shooting performance from both teams, then 45-30 with 12:29 left. The Ramblers made one improbable shot to force overtime, then Vic Rouse rebounded a missed shot in the final seconds of overtime and carefully banked it off the glass for the game-winner.For all that excitement, Lenehan wasn’t looking for a basketball story when he stumbled across a flashback show about the Loyola team on public TV in Chicago.“Anybody who’s spent any time in the city knew about Loyola, but mostly it was a ‘Cinderella-type’ story. It wasn’t until the show that I realized there was a whole other dimension to it. A while later, I tried finding some books to follow up and there weren’t any,” he said. “The more research I did, the better it seemed to get. The story of how the Mississippi State team had to sneak out of the state in the dead of night — just to be able to play in the tournament — is one of the braver acts of defiance in the whole story.”All these years later, the ties that knotted the Ramblers together, uncomfortably at first, have become as strong as steel cable. The one unresolved question that still bounces back and forth between them is what drove their coach, the late George Ireland.“You could never be sure of his motives for anything,” recalled Johnny Egan, the point guard and lone White starter of the 1963 team. “In my mind, he was the guy most coaches think they are — a guy who wanted to win more than anything — and he eventually realized the only way to do that was to recruit Black players agrressively.“In that sense, he didn’t care if you were green. He’d sit a Black player if the green player was better. I doubt he cared whether we played two Blacks, three or all five, though he certainly knew he could only get away with so much. And honestly, we didn’t feel like trailblazers. It was more like he was taking the chance to benefit himself first and us maybe a distant second.“But you know what?” Egan continued. “I barely knew or even saw many blacks growing up. So all of us arrived with our prejudices, and because we were thrown together, we had to work things out.”Chicago embraced them, reluctantly at first, if only because college basketball was down the city’s list of sporting priorities. The NCAA championship TV broadcast was in only its first year of national syndication in 1963 and the game was shown on tape delay — after live telecasts of the Illinois and Indiana high school championships and a Blackhawks’ hockey game. By the time it ended, most of the town was fast asleep.“That might be one of the funniest stories I heard,” Lenehan said. “When Loyola went down by 15 points early in the second half, some guys apparently went from tavern to tavern making bets on the Ramblers.”Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.