EXCLUSIVE: Twiddle Talks “PLUMP: Chapter 2” Ahead Of Its Release Tomorrow

first_imgTomorrow (Friday, April 28th, 2017), Twiddle will release PLUMP: Chapter 2, their follow-up to 2015’s PLUMP: Chapter 1. Since Chapter 1‘s release, the Vermont jammers have toured extensively, headlining clubs across the country and earning slots at some of the jam scene’s most prestigious festivals. Following the release of their new LP, the quartet looks forward to a summer of festival appearances, including Summer Camp, Bonnaroo, and Camp Bisco as well as their own homegrown Vermont events Frendly Gathering (June 29-July 1) and  Tumble Down in Vermont (July 28-29).Watch Twiddle Welcome Keller Williams For “Best Feeling” Cover At LOCKN’ [Pro-Shot]As the band (drummer Brook Jordan, bassist Zdenek Gubb, keyboardist Ryan Dempsey, and guitarist Mihali Savoulidis) embarks on this new “chapter,” we caught up with them to bend their ears about their summer PLUMPtivites:Live For Live Music: The new record (PLUMP Chapter 2) is about to be released; I know that must be exciting! Given how much Twiddle is known as a live band, are there challenges to capturing that live energy and spirit in the studio?Twiddle: It depends on what you’re going for. Some bands try and recreate their live sound in the studio and some bands don’t. With PLUMP, we were trying to lay somewhere between where we knew it would translate in a live environment and also have a recognizable studio quality during the listening experience. Having the ability to bring in horn, string, and lap steel players for the studio was something we can’t do live every show so having that added energy captured for the record is a real treat for us and our fans.L4LM: Several songs on the new album (such as “Juggernaut”) seem to have a different musical style that what we usually hear from you. What sorts of influences did you and the band have? Do you have a favorite track?Zdenek Gubb: I think the band prides themselves in crossing from one genre to the next, whether throughout a show, or even within a singular song. “Juggernaut” is probably one of our favorites. All four of us have our own separate influences, and that probably lends to the band’s multi-genre component.L4LM: Now that you’ve played the songs off of PLUMP Chapter 1 for a while, how have they changed?Mihali Savoulidis: All of our songs evolve and develop in the live sphere. Some more than others of course. If you dig deep enough, you can probably pinpoint some jams that ultimately became permanent parts of a song. Many Chapter 1 songs have become jam vehicles, too, so who knows how these songs could continue to ebb and flow in different directions.L4LM: Your fan base seems to be growing very quickly and Twiddle are now touring more than ever. What do you think were the best strides you made together last year?Brook Jordan: Tumble Down was incredible. Throwing our own two-day event in such a beautiful place like Waterfront Park in Burlington was super cool. Aside from that, PLUMP was the most important thing we did, in terms of making strides. Taken as a whole, there is a lot of music we are really proud of.L4LM: I’m sure you’re excited about the many festival bills you’re on for this summer including your own Tumble Down Festival (July 28-29). Which festivals are you most looking forward to as a fan of music?Brook Jordan: Frendly Gathering is always one of our favorites. This year we’re hosting Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Charles Bradley, Madaila, and a lot more. We’ve been playing Frendly since year one, and there is nothing better than getting to enjoy and experience an entire festival. It’s so rare to actually spend time with friends or family at a cool festival, because the band is usually on a tight schedule. Also, like Tumble Down, Frendly allows us to invite the Twiddle family up to our home state of Vermont.[photo by Daniel Ojeda]last_img read more

A storyteller partial to sand

first_imgDasha Bough spent some of her earliest childhood in Russia before her family returned to her native Montana when she was 5 years old. A budding appreciation for fine art would send her back to St. Petersburg over several summers to take classes in oil painting and drawing at the Repin Academy of Arts.“I love portraiture. Once I learned to draw a face, I never stopped. I butcher landscapes, but faces I love because I can pair them with narrative,” said the freshman, who lives in Weld Hall.But then came a 2009 episode of “Ukraine’s Got Talent” featuring artist Kseniya Simonova, and Bough found herself inspired to try sand art.“I am trying to push the techniques of an art form that’s still not widely explored,” said Bough, who works with a lightbox her grandfather built for her. “I love the idea of playing with negative space, and in sand art there are so many opportunities for storytelling. It’s hard to find an artistic medium that is at once distilled and sequential. In a sense, it combines drawing and fine art with narrative and animation in a way that quite literally reveals the artist’s hand as a character.” “I’m usually a perfectionist, but the sand forces me to loosen up. You can’t get attached to an image that is about to be wiped clean.” — Dasha Bough, pictured below in her studio,Like Simonova, who has created imagery about the toll of World War II, Bough found inspiration in history for one of her biggest works. “Boiling Point” tells the story of two important women in her life — her grandmother and Baba Sima, an elderly Russian friend. Bough used her iPhone’s time-lapse feature to record her work over two weeks, producing a nine-minute film whose soundtrack begins with a boiling kettle and ends with gramophone recording of the Russian song “Burnt by the Sun.”“They both have a Cold War mentality,” said Bough. “My Grandma June lives on a farm on the Montana prairie that is bordered by Minuteman missile launch sites aimed at Russia. Baba Sima has lived with censorship and propaganda. I wanted to stay true to their parallel stories: the Russian Baba going about her daily life illustrating her humanity, and another lady doing the same in rural America. Reminders of the world they lived in are constantly resurfacing, but despite this, they absolutely love each other.”Though Bough considered going to a dedicated art school, she chose to merge academic endeavors (advanced Russian, history of imperial Russia) found in small classes with projects that feed her creative spirit.“I feel so fortunate — I don’t have a class with more than 12 students, and many have been with upperclassmen or graduate students,” she said. “I was concerned at first that Harvard might not have an art scene, but it does and it’s vibrant and unrestrained and so much more encompassing than I ever imagined it would be. I thought I’d be the lone artist and it’s the opposite. My friends are all intimidatingly creative.”Bough wasn’t sure how she would continue to create sand art at Harvard, but lucked out with a roommate unperturbed by her lightbox and bags of fine-grain sand (slightly thicker than cocoa powder). She finds most of her material at hardware stores, but also experiments with coarser river sediment her sister scooped up near her family ranch in White Sulfur Springs.“I’m usually a perfectionist, but the sand forces me to loosen up. You can’t get attached to an image that is about to be wiped clean,” she said.,Visual and Environmental Studies Professor Ruth Lingford was impressed by the “brave” young artist she met in her animation class in the fall.“The interesting thing about Dasha is how Russian she is, though she’s not Russian,” Lingford said. “She seems to have absorbed the culture in some way that’s gone very deep. Russian art school has given her rigor of approach, and it’s beautiful to see her using that rigor to be much more experimental.”Bough’s final project — a stop-motion story of her grandfather’s farm tools voiced by her elderly Montana neighbor — was a study in both creativity and tenacity, Lingford said.“It wasn’t easy, but she persevered and when she got it, it just flew. It’s not just native talent. It’s a quality of very sharp intelligence and perseverance.”Bough has immersed herself in arts and humanities studies in her first year at Harvard. She secured space in the Carpenter Center and has performed at TEDxHarvardCollege, using her creativity as a gateway into political discourse.“Sometimes what I’m doing requires a decent amount of explaining,” said Bough, laughing. “My artistic expression these days is derived from quite literally playing in the dirt. I grew up with an appreciation for my family’s farming and ranching background and have an affinity for the earth and all of its unrefined qualities. Sand art allows me to stay close to dirt in an obscure but socially acceptable way.”last_img read more

Global Demand For Crude Oil Projected To Reach Lowest Point Since 1995

first_imgCropped Photo: FutureAtlas.com / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – AAA says the price of gas and the demand for it are still dropping.Believe it or not, the global crude oil demand is starting to look like it did in 1995.As of Monday, the national average price of gas is $1.81. and New York’s is $2.22. One year ago, those prices were $2.84 and $2.88, respectively.Buffalo and Batavia, where prices went down four cents since last week, both average at $2.27. Rochester is currently just five cents lower, on average. The coronavirus pandemic is prompting people to stay home. With refiners producing more gasoline than what’s needed, prices will continue to sink.AAA, citing a report by the International Energy Agency, says “global oil demand is projected to hit a 25-year low and fall by a record 9.3 million barrels per day this year.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Year-round cleaning

first_imgControl moisture to fight moldAnd don’t forget to fight mold, too.”Mold is ubiquitous in the environment, and it is extremelydifficult to remove all molds from an indoor environment,”Atiles said. “But you can control moisture to aid in the eliminationof mold growth.”To fight mold, eliminate moisture sources such as drippingfaucets, puddles of water and wet bathmats. Use a squeegee afterbathing to remove water from shower walls and bathtubs. Make sure there is adequate ventilation while cooking andbathing to reduce moisture build-up. Remove mold and mildew fromsurfacesusing cleaners designed specifically for the job. Once surfaces covered with mold and mildew have been cleaned,Atiles recommends cleaning them once or twice per week. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSpringtime has become synonymous with cleaning time, but ifyou’re an allergy sufferer, you shouldn’t wait until spring tothoroughly clean your home.”Cleaning on a regular basis in a thorough manner may reducethe numbers of allergens in the home,” said Jorge Atiles, a housingspecialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative ExtensionService. “You can keep allergens in your home to a minimum bymaintaining cleanliness year-round.”Set a weekly cleaning scheduleAtiles suggests creating a weekly cleaning plan and sticking toit. For example, on Mondays, clean the bedroom thoroughly and onTuesdays, wash all bedding, and on Wednesdays wet mop the floors.”For your allergies’ sakes, take time everyday to maintain aclean home,” Atiles said. “Even if just have five minutes tospare.”You can reduce allergens in your home by removing dust, dustmites and mold. To remove accumulated dust and dust mites, cutdown on clutter in your home and reduce relative humidity(moisture levels)indoors to under 50 percent. “Allergens can accumulate in clutter as well as on yourupholstery and carpeting,” he said.Vacuum all upholstery and carpeting with a HEPA filter vacuumweekly and consider having them professionally cleaned once ortwice a year, as well. “If your allergies are severe, you may want to consider replacingyour carpeting with wood, vinyl or linoleum flooring,” Atilessaid. Also clean window treatments, dust blinds, and remove and washcurtains, if possible. Regularly clean fan blades, lightfixtures, ceilings, walls and vents to remove dust. last_img read more

Uniondale Man Charged in Alleged Heroin Ring

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An accused drug dealer from Uniondale is among 13 suspects that authorities said were busted for their alleged ties to a New York City-based heroin trafficking ring stretching as far as Pennsylvania.Kenneth Parris, 42, was indicted on multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Of the 179 charges in the indictment, the top counts went to alleged kingpin Brian Bacon, 52, of the Bronx, who called himself “The Prime Minister.” Bacon was charged with operating as a major trafficker.“For the third time in as many weeks, we have dismantled a large heroin ring that allegedly crossed county and state lines, stretching from Pittsburgh to Long Island,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.Prosecutors said Parris was one of Bacon’s main resellers, with others based in the city and upstate New York. Only one of Bacon’s two suppliers have been identified, authorities said. The alleged Pittsburgh-based dealer traveled to Manhattan by bus, according to investigators.The 10-month investigation, which was dubbed “Operation Iron Horse,” included covert physical surveillance and hundreds of hours of wiretaps, authorities said.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN Special Edition: SHEA meeting reports on flu immunization in healthcare workers

first_imgMar 24, 2009 – The annual meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America took place Mar 20-22 in San Diego. This News Scan Special Edition wraps up interesting research from that meeting on the difficult problem of increasing influenza immunization in healthcare workers. Lip-sync video makes case to healthcare workers for flu shotsUniversity of Pennsylvania Medical Center struggled to raise the rate of healthcare workers accepting annual flu shots, even with a 2-year-old “opt-out” program accompanied by mandatory education programs for those who refused. This year, though, flu-shot acceptance has risen 40%. What turned the tide was a home-grown music video, running on the hospital’s intranet and patient TV, that features healthcare workers lip-syncing to “Baby Be Wise—Immunize,” recorded by Penn’s undergraduate a capella group, Penn Yo.[YouTube video] 50-hospital survey finds commonalities in diverse flu-shot programsA nationwide survey conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, and the University HealthSystem Consortium in Oak Brook, Ill., found that programs to increase flu shots in hospitals vary regarding which employees they target and what strategies they use. However, the most successful programs had strong visible support from hospital leadership and provided after-hours and weekend access to vaccine. Unvaccinated healthcare workers highly vulnerable to fluFinally, a Canadian national survey suggested the potential risks to healthcare workers and their patients when workers are not vaccinated. A survey of healthcare workers in Toronto during the 2007-08 season, when the vaccine was poorly protective, demonstrated that 20% contracted flu. Moreover, 92% worked on the first day of their illness and 85% worked on every day that they were ill, increasing the risk of passing the disease to vulnerable patients.center_img Strict medical or religious exemption policy raised ratesWashington University School of Medicine and healthcare organization BJC HealthCare increased vaccination rates among workers by making flu shots a condition of employment unless the employee could show proof of medical or religious necessity. Employees claiming religious exemption were required to write a letter to human resources; employees claiming medical exemption, such as prior hypersensitivity to flu vaccine or to the eggs in which it is made, were required to present a letter from a physician. Employees who were not vaccinated and could not prove exemption were terminated. Vaccination rates rose to 98.4%. ‘Push-pull’ campaign inspired by bioterror response plans increases vaccinationFlushing Hospital Medical Center outside New York City almost doubled healthcare workers’ willingness to take flu shots by deploying a persuasion strategy borrowed from mass-disaster planning. The technique, called “push-pull,” starts with intensive education on every hospital unit; personnel who either accepted the shot or signed a form declining it were given an ID-validating sticker for their badges. The following day, all employees were directed to a single hospital entrance, and those without stickers were steered to a vaccination team for a second go-round. Vaccination rose from 38% of staff to 60%.last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesians in Saudi Arabia told to refrain from traveling to Mecca, Medina

first_imgTopics : The Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh has called on Indonesian citizens residing in Saudi Arabia to temporarily refrain from traveling to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina as part of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) containment efforts.The embassy issued the statement on Thursday, after the Saudi government announced a day earlier its latest suspension on umrah (minor haj) to Mecca and visits to the Nabawi Mosque in Medina.The statement was also uploaded to the embassy’s official Twitter account, @riyadh_kbri.Himbauan kepada WNI di Arab Saudi untuk sementara TIDAK melakukan perjalanan ke Mekkah dan Madinah, menindaklanjuti edaran yg dikeluarkan Kementerian Dalam Negeri Kerajaan Arab [email protected]_RI @Kemenag_RI @KemensetnegRI #NegaraMelindungi pic.twitter.com/x5q1KcGhAd— KBRI Riyadh (@riyadh_kbri) March 5, 2020 “In regard to the issue, the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh is calling on all Indonesian citizens in Saudi Arabia not to travel to Mecca and Medina,” Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel said in the statement.Read also: Umrah pilgrims can reschedule at no extra costs, government promisesSaudi’s new suspension took effect immediately on Thursday as part of the kingdom’s precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the two cities.The embassy also called on Indonesian citizens to be careful in sharing information on COVID-19 as Saudi Arabia could punish people found sharing false information with up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 3 million riyal (Rp 11 billion).The Saudi government previously announced a temporary umrah suspension for foreigners, including Indonesian nationals, and a tourist visa suspension for residents of countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases.The embassy at Riyadh has opened hotlines +966569173990 and +966569094526 for Indonesian nationals in Saudi Arabia experiencing emergency situations.last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesia to administer more PCR tests, acknowledges some rapid tests ‘ineffective’

first_imgThe country’s COVID-19 task force will administer more polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which are believed to be more accurate than rapid tests. “It turns out that not all rapid tests are effective,” the task force’s head, Doni Monardo, said during a virtual meeting with the House of Representatives on Monday.“Thus we will procure more PCR test kits.” President Joko “Jokowi” Jokowi has called on the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to speed up PCR and rapid testing to obtain clear data on confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the country.The government is expecting the delivery of PCR test kits from South Korea. Seoul’s LG Corp plans to provide 50,000 test kits for Indonesia, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister on Monday.Doni said the government had disbursed 500,000 test kits for rapid testing across the country as of Monday. Jakarta, the national epicenter of the outbreak, has performed the rapid test on 24,015 people across the province as of Monday. Of them, 589 people returned positive results.West Java, the second-hardest hit province, found 677 people with COVID-19 from rapid tests performed on 22,000 people in 27 cities and regencies.Topics : A PCR test detects whether a person has contracted the novel coronavirus by swabbing the nose and throat, while the rapid test detects whether a person has been exposed to the virus through a blood sample. Experts have repeatedly cast doubt over rapid tests, which they claim give less accurate results than PCR tests.“We will still administer rapid tests but there are consequences,” said Doni. “Rapid tests usually need to be administered more than once. Some people that test negative via the rapid test have tested positive using the PCR method or vice versa.”Doni, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said separately that the government had disbursed Rp 14 billion (US$849,643) to the Jakarta-based Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology to increase its capacity to conduct PCR testing.Read also: Carry out proper mass testing with PCR, experts saylast_img read more

Governor Wolf Proposes ‘Computer Science For All’ Standards for PA Schools

first_imgGovernor Wolf Proposes ‘Computer Science For All’ Standards for PA Schools November 15, 2017 Education,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Last week, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Department of Education highlighted the importance of making computer science education available to all students in the commonwealth during a State Board of Education meeting and Governor Wolf and the department are urging them to endorse ‘Computer Science for All’ standards.“Over the next decade, seven in ten new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use computers and new technologies in a constantly changing economy,” Governor Wolf said. “Businesses are growing in Pennsylvania and we know they need skilled workers. We must begin to prepare students now by establishing standards for computer science education in Pennsylvania schools so that our students have the skills necessary for these emerging high-demand jobs that will support middle class families and attract new businesses to commonwealth. I have asked the Department of Education to work closely with the State Board of Education to adopt Computer Science for All standards for Pennsylvania and I will work with the legislature to codify computer science standards into law.”Pennsylvania is already a leader in STEM education. The PA STEM coalition works with schools and students to expand STEM and Computer Science offerings. In Pennsylvania, over 1,200 educators are trained in Code.org K-12 resources (DCIU and AIU3 partnership) and 18,332 students took a Computer Science class in high school last year.Because of legislation signed by Governor Wolf, Pennsylvania already allows computer science classes to count for graduation, making it one of 24 states with this policy.“This emphasis on computer science would build on our efforts to make Pennsylvania a national leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education,” Governor Wolf said. “Pennsylvania now ranks fourth in the nation for the number of STEM graduates and is in the top 10 of states for STEM jobs, but there is more work to do. By giving students access to a quality computer science course we can make sure they have the skills needed for these good paying jobs.”By 2018, there will be approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania jobs that require STEM skills or content knowledge, and over the next ten years, 71 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

$800,000 for Portsmouth Hospital renovations

first_img Share Tweet Share 204 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics $800,000 for Portsmouth Hospital renovations by: – August 2, 2018center_img Share Dr. Kenneth Darroux Minister for Health and Social ServicesAn estimated eight hundred thousand dollars ($800,000.00) has been allocated for the “further transformation” of the Reginald F. Armour Hospital at Portsmouth.This was announced during the Budget Debate on Tuesday 31 July 2018 by the Minister for Health and Social Services, Dr. Kenneth Darroux during the recently concluded sitting of Parliament.“In this year’s budget we see, I think eight hundred thousand dollars, budgeted Madame Speaker, because we feel that the time is now to implement the transformation of the Portsmouth Hospital,” Minister Darroux stated.He noted that the rehabilitation works is necessary considering that the R.F. Armour Hospital serves Portsmouth and the Ross University School of Medicine.“So we recognize that extensive works needs to be done to the hospital in Portsmouth in order to bring it up to date and up to par with what we call the second town,” Minister Darroux said.The Minister also announced that ninety-four thousand, three hundred dollars ($94, 300.00) was recently spent on lab repairs specifically to “modernize and equip the Portsmouth Hospital”. Sharing is caring!last_img read more