Reigning funk heavyweight champions Lettuce are known for pushing the boundaries of the genre, with a sound that has continued to evolve throughout the band’s career. Since their earliest days playing clubs in Massachusetts while attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music, there has always been something different about this collective of musical minds and their mission to create something completely unique, a sound of their own. This internal drive has effectively cast them apart from their contemporaries, all while paying homage to those that came before them.Hikitsugu! Lettuce Takes Over Japan: A Look Back [Videos]Coming off a successful tour in Japan–their most recent of several successful trips to the Asian country–the group has decided to relive their first outing to the Land of the Rising Sun. On May 4th at New Orleans’ Joy Theater, Lettuce will pay tribute to their 2004 album Live In Tokyo (recorded in 2003 during Lettuce’s first trip to the Far East) as part of their RageFest late-night throwdown during this year’s Jazz Fest. The event will see Lettuce play two sets (set one: Live In Tokyo; set two: Lettuce being Lettuce) in addition to performances by Marco Benevento and DJ Soul Sister. The show will also feature a special guest spot from Dave Matthews Band trumpeter Rashawn Ross, who happened to be along for the ride with Lettuce during their memorable Japanese debut (purchase tickets here).In addition to being the band’s first performances in Japan, this run keyboardist Neal Evans‘ first performances as a member of Lettuce, as he had been playing with guitarist Eric Krasno in Soulive at the time. Take a listen to a number like “Kron Dutch” and you will see the immediate impact Evans has on the band. Evans can take the lead or provide some background flourishes that add a whole other element to the multi-layered funk explosion that is Lettuce.And then you have cuts like “Nyack,” witnessing Ryan Zoidis going full beast-mode on sax, or Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff showing off his songwriting skills on “The Flu” as the group delves into some deep, dark psychedelic jazz. Over the course of the musical journey in its entirety, Lettuce makes their way through numbers from 2002’s Outta Here and other special treats for an auditory onslaught that causes jaws to need to be scraped off the floorTickets for the show are currently on-sale, and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. Take a look at the album’s full setlist below:Live In Tokyo SetlistIntroNyackBreak OutThe DumpKron DutchReunionThe Flu4 On 6SquadliveBreakout Reprise
Solar-wind hybrid project gets go-ahead in Minnesota FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享DL Online:After two unsuccessful tries, it’s full steam ahead for a solar-wind hybrid project in Otter Tail County.Juhl Energy will break ground this month in Trondhjem Township on what it called one of the first commercially integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation projects in the U.S. The project will use a single General Electric wind turbine, supported by .5 megawatt of photovoltaic solar panels. The wind and solar are combined through GE’s Wind Integrated Solar Energy technology platform.Lake Region Electric Cooperative of Pelican Rapids will purchase the electric output of the project, incurring no debt and with little risk in the construction or operation of the project. Juhl Energy will finance construct, operate, and maintain the facility.Energy produced will be distributed over local co-op power lines from a single rural substation and will go to Lake Region members. The energy, transmission and capacity cost savings from the project will help provide rate stability for the entire cooperative membership, [said Tim Thompson, CEO of Lake Region Electric Cooperative.]The project will be owned by a subsidiary of Juhl Energy that includes a number of investors from across Minnesota and the Midwest. The construction general contractor is Faith Technologies, a Wisconsin-based firm that has experience working on clean energy projects. The project’s renewable energy certificates are being sold separately to a third party helping to sponsor the project.More: Third time’s a charm for wind-solar project in Otter Tail County
The County of Bath is free of modern congestion; there are no strip malls or stoplights here. Rather, there is an abundance of unspoiled, sweeping views. Every road is scenic but several are officially designated as such. Traveling the Scenic Road of Route 220 delivers you to Bath from points north and south while the Virginia Byway of Route 39 ushers in travelers from the east and west. These roadways intersect in the county seat of Warm Springs, so named for the natural, warm, mineral springs found within the county. Not to sound cliché, but the air inthe County of Bath is mountain fresh. Hike hard, pedal hard, and take a deepbreath without fear of inhaling pollution. Simply put, there are neither crowdsnor big industrial complexes to disturb the centuries-old natural beauty andway of life in Bath. It’s an exceptional destination for road trips andgetaways, and the fall season tends to be one of the most spectacular times forjust that. Traversing the mountains of Bath is anawakening, of sorts. Surrounded by fertile forests replete with native floraand fauna, you eventually recognize the obvious: This place is a slice ofheaven. In contrast to the mention of warm springs are the crisp rivers and lakes. The clear mountain waters are popular among locals and visitors as they’re ideal for fishing and paddling. In fact, a portion of the Jackson River is qualified for Virginia Scenic River status, and both Back Creek and Cowpasture River are potential Virginia Scenic Rivers. This means the water quality, vegetation, streambed, character of the fishery, and landscape are appreciable and worth protecting. Bath County’s lakes – Douthat andMoomaw – are excellent for fishing and watersports. Lake Moomaw is a 2,530-acreman-made lake at the southern end of the Jackson River offering two-storyfishing for both cold and warm water species. There are no boating restrictionsat Lake Moomaw. Six U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are available, includingthe primitive hike-in or boat-in Greenwood Point sites. Plan your getaway at DiscoverBath.com to create your own Made in Bath County outdoor experiences. Fifty-acre Douthat Lake is withinDouthat State Park. It too offers abundant fishing. Boats sans gasoline enginesare welcome. Expect to haul in trout, bass, catfish, and plenty more at eitherlake. Camping, cabins, hiking, and other recreational opportunities are offeredat Douthat, one of the first parks in the Virginia State Parks collection.
By Dialogo June 06, 2012 This initiative was organized by NAVSO, the mission of which focuses on facilitating the exchange of information and promoting cooperation with the regional navies, and the merchant-marine community of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Eastern Pacific. This SOUTHCOM component operates as an information channel focused on the security of maritime trade and the commitment to support the shipping industry. The naval division of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) held a seminar to address maritime security strategies in Central America. The forum, Central American Maritime Safety and Security Challenges: A Cooperative Response, was organized in Managua, Nicaragua, by the Maritime Liaison – Latin America of the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO), working jointly with the Nicaraguan National Maritime Authority and the Central American Maritime Transportation Commission. The meeting’s objective was to inform and educate both government and military institutions and the private sector about immediate, potential, and long-term maritime security problems and their impact on aspects related to the facilitation of trade. The chief point of the seminar consisted in strengthening lasting partnerships based in the maritime community in order to foster shared ideas and objectives in relation to security and stability. More than 120 maritime security experts, including representatives from NAVSO and other U.S. institutions and members of the Joint Interagency Task Force – South, the Nicaraguan National Maritime Authority, the Central American Maritime Transportation Commission, the Nicaraguan Army’s Naval Force, and the Central American Integration System attended the event. The Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce; the Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America; the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation, and Response; and representatives from the maritime security authorities of Honduras and Guatemala also participated.
In the space of a few weeks the world was turned upside down for most people as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Even as the U.S. tentatively begins to emerge from the lockdown, many challenges lie ahead as the economic impact becomes more fully felt. Much is unknown. However, one thing is certain: community financial institutions must continue to be the banking alternative that consistently delivers the financial support that consumers and small businesses need now and in the face of an uncertain future.The Wall Street Journal pointed out how the country’s smallest institutions were the ones that got the job done in the first round of Paycheck Protection Program, while the megabanks stumbled. Thousands of small business owners voiced their anger on social media after being denied or ignored by the big banks. In fact several of the biggest are being sued by businesses over how their PPP applications were handled.Bank of America stated early on that it would only offer relief to customers that had an existing credit card or lending relationship with the bank. While it later reversed its decision, in our view the initial policy demonstrates the connection large institutions draw between payments and the lending side of their business —in other words, these decisions are transactional for them.Community financial institutions on the other hand leverage payments to support consumers’ and businesses’ immediate financial needs while building long-term relationships with them. Community institutions’ payments portfolios are a powerful means of maintaining regular interaction with and support for members and customers. This gives the institutions an opportunity to demonstrate their strengths compared with the giants. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
The Jakarta Post, through its philanthropic arm The Jakarta Post Foundation, is collaborating with the Pertamina Foundation and Tjitra & Associates to raise funds to support those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.The first batch of donations was given on Wednesday to the families of gravediggers who work at several public cemeteries in Jakarta that have been designated as burial sites for COVID-19 victims. “The gravediggers are among the forgotten heroes during this pandemic,” The Jakarta Post Foundation chairman Bambang Trisno Sejati said on Wednesday. Since early March, gravediggers have worked long hours to prepare the final resting places for bodies that must be buried in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.From March 5 to April 24, 1,666 burials followed these protocols, according to the Jakarta administration’s records.Many believe the COVID-19 death toll has been underreported, as the administration recorded 4,400 burials in March, a 40 percent increase from February. “The gravediggers have to deal with the pressures of an extra workload, economic hardship and working in a high risk job. Certainly, they are in dire need of our support,” Pertamina Foundation operation director Unggul Putranto said. Read also: Jakarta’s curve flattened? Experts question government’s claimDozens of gravediggers at the Tegal Alur public cemetery in West Jakarta and Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta received packages of food and protective health gear on Wednesday.Jakarta has been the epicenter of the outbreak in Indonesia, with the highest number of positive cases across the archipelago.Tjitra & Associates managing director Hora Tjitra said donations would also be collected through a series of webinars that would be held for corporate clients over the next three months. “Through these webinars, which focus on how companies and staffers can adapt to the post-COVID-19 environment, we encourage companies to take part in the initiative, as all the money raised will go to support COVID-19 relief efforts,” Hora said. “We will evaluate on a regular basis which groups to give our donations to,” he added. According to Hora, bigger relief efforts would be needed in the near future to help those most impacted by the pandemic. (dmr)Topics :