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Press release: PM call with President Trump: 6 February 2018

first_imgA Downing Street spokesperson said,“The Prime Minister spoke to President Trump this evening.“They discussed the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act, due to be considered by the US Senate later this month. The Act covers how the US can access data stored in another country, when it is needed to prosecute serious crime or to disrupt terrorism. It will also authorise the US Attorney General to enter into agreements with like-minded allies like the UK to allow reciprocal compliance with US and foreign court orders. With it, law enforcement officials in the US and the UK will be empowered to investigate their citizens suspected of terrorism and serious crimes like murder, human trafficking, and the sexual abuse of children regardless of where the suspect’s email or messages happen to be stored.“The Prime Minister stressed the great importance of the legislation to the UK authorities in investigating criminal and terrorist activity in the UK. The Prime Minister and President Trump agreed the passage of the Act through the US legislative system was vital for our collective security.”last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Busts Out Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ In Austin [Watch]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee continued their tour of the Southern US last night, performing at the beloved Stubb’s Bar-B-Q venue in Austin, TX with opening support from TAUK. Umphrey’s brought the heat throughout the show, treating fans to a number of favorites including opening jam “In The Black.”The first set powered forward with tracks like “Intentions Clear > Partyin’ Peeps,” “Loose Ends > Hurt Bird Bath,” “Wife Soup,” and a set-closing “Comma Later > The Floor.” Lots of fun song segues and extended jam segments kept the fans in Austin grooving hard.Set two opened with fan-favorites “Educated Guess” and “Miss Tinkle’s Overture,” giving rise to “The Linear -> Make It Right.” After a fun “Phil’s Farm,” the band broke out into their first and only cover of the night, Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Busted out for the first time in 118 shows, the Floyd cover Watch fan-shot footage from Gus Hughes below:The set closed out with a combination of “The Fussy Dutchman > Rocker Pt. 2,” and UM ended the show with a two-song encore of “Upward > No Diablo.” The band is absolutely on a tear, and will continue that trend tomorrow, for one final night in Texas at the House Of Blues in Dallas, TX.Check out the full setlist from All Things Umphrey’s below:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Austin, TX – 4/22/16Set One: In The Black, Intentions Clear > Partyin’ Peeps, Loose Ends > Hurt Bird Bath, Wife Soup, Comma Later > The FloorSet Two: Educated Guess, Miss Tinkle’s Overture, The Linear -> Make It Right, Phil’s Farm, Comfortably Numb, The Fussy Dutchman > Rocker Pt. 2Encore: Upward > No Diablolast_img read more

Yonder Mountain, Railroad Earth, Stringdusters Members To Host Bluegrass Supergroup At BCA

first_imgWith this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive event—scheduled for Sept. 23rd and 24th—expanding to two days with a massive lineup of over 150+ musicians and some of the most eclectic collaborations you will see this side of late-nights at Jazz Fest, we’ve decided to take a deeper look at some of the acts that appear on the bill. First up is the Metropolitan Jamgrass Alliance. The Alliance features some of the top bluegrass players in the scene, including violinist/guitarist Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), guitarist Andy Falco (The Infamous Stringdusters), and mandolinist Jacob Joliff (Yonder Mountain String Band), ensuring what will be a can’t-miss set.Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces Supergroup Formations, Daily LineupsAn original member of Railroad Earth since its inception back in 2001, multi-instrumentalist Tim Carbone‘s deft playing and understanding of the bluegrass, celtic, rock, and jazz genres are clearly witnessed both in the studio and in the live setting. However, his talents also lend themselves to having a keen ear behind the production booth, as Carbone has worked with bands/artists such as Greensky Bluegrass, David Gans, Great American Taxi, and many more over the years.Coming from Long Island, roots guitarist Andy Falco joined The Infamous Stringdusters during the early stages of the band’s career back in 2007. The group has been nominated for a Grammy Award and won several awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, including Emerging Artist of the Year back in 2007.  When not delving into deep, complex jams with the Stringdusters, Andy sticks close to home playing with his brothers Patrick and Tom, along with Fred Golik as The Falco Brothers.Mandolinist Jacob Joliff became an official member of long-time progressive bluegrass act Yonder Mountain String Band back in 2015 (after touring with the band throughout 2014) along with fiddle player Allie Kral. He began playing the mandolin at seven years old while growing up in Newburg, OR, and eventually went on to study at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. Joliff now resides in New York City and plays around town with various friends and his own Jacob Joliff Band when not on tour with Yonder.Each of the core three musicians on tap for the Metropolitan Jamgrass Alliance is based in the greater metropolitan New York area, which spurred the concept for their collaboration. They will also be joined by bassist Patrick Falco (Andy’s brother and bandmate in The Falco Brothers) and banjo player Ryan Cavanaugh to round out their crew. Together, these polished and seasoned veterans of the bluegrass scene are poised to deliver psychedelic, foot-stomping, barley-laced, ale-drinking, Appalachia-style music for the BCA faithful to enjoy. You can catch them on Sunday, September 24th, at Brooklyn Comes Alive.Metropolitan Jamgrass Alliance Full Band:Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth)Andy Falco (The Infamous Stringdusters)Jacob Jolliff (Yonder Mountain String Band)Ryan CavanaughPatrick FalcoSome of the other acts to appear on the lineup will be an Allman Brothers Band Tribute ft. members of moe., Snarky Puppy, Bernard Purdie and more, A Tribute to Jamiroquai ft. members of The Motet, TAB, and RAQ, moe.queous ft. members of moe. and Aqueous, Eric Krasno & Friends w/ John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, and more, and special sets from DJ Premier & The Badder Band, as well as The Crystal Method, and a list that goes on and on. Check out the full lineup, band formations and daily schedule below!Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, this unique event puts the focus on the artists, bringing over 100 musicians together to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers. The event pushes the boundaries of a traditional music festival model and creates an unprecedented experience for fans. The third year is positioned to be the best yet, so don’t miss out!Payment plans for Brooklyn Comes Alive are available for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more

Access, America

first_imgPerhaps no single journey holds more mystical fascination for Americans than the cross-country road trip. Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, and Hunter S. Thompson famously wrote about the open road as a metaphor for personal and intellectual freedom and a vehicle for self-discovery and social commentary. And for decades, it’s been a summertime rite of passage, uniting everyone from families in station wagons to intrepid campers to vagabonds and outlaws, all eager to hit the pavement and experience the nation from sea to shining sea.Kunho Kim, a Harvard College sophomore raised in South Korea, knew that one of the things he absolutely had to do while living in Cambridge was travel around the nation. Brad Riew ’17, whom Kim met on his first day of freshman year during tug-of-war at Thayer House, got on board right away. The pair began planning their itinerary in earnest last spring, picking up two more like-minded travelers along the way: You-Myeong Kim (no relation) ’17, and Cynthia Cheung, a recent graduate of the University of Bath in England.[googlemaps]Interactive map: Ride along with Harvard College sophomore Kunho Kim and friends as they hit 20 cities on a cross-country road trip to find wheelchair-accessible options for budget travelers. Map by John McCarthy/Harvard StaffClick here for a full rendering of the interactive map.But it wasn’t long before their plan ran into a snag. Kunho Kim has needed a wheelchair to get around since a ski-jumping accident in Montana in 2010 left him paralyzed from the waist down. While researching hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing attractions that would be accessible to him, it became clear that such information, if available at all, was surprisingly hard to find. Despite more than 20 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law, if the information wasn’t buried deep in the back of guidebook and website listings, it was incomplete or used confusing terms.Frustrated, Kim and the group refocused their trip with a higher purpose: to gather accurate, reliable data for wheelchair travelers so others won’t have to slog through the same uncertain terrain or endure unexpected discomfort and inconvenience.“For example, getting a cab. It says they have 14 wheelchair-accessible vans, but if you actually call them, they’re like, ‘You have to wait an hour and 30 [minutes],’” said Kim. “And if you ask them how many vans they have available right now, they say, ‘We only have one running now.’” Although museums generally have wheelchair ramps and accessible entrances, he added, “You kind of need to know where to go. But that information is not readily available, so I thought that’s something I could do for people like me.”On July 10, the group piled luggage, camping gear, a cooler, and Kim’s wheelchair into a rented Ford Expedition in San Francisco and began snaking across country, hitting 20 cities and three national parks, including Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, before pulling into in Cambridge on Aug. 24. They created a blog called “Wheel Project 2014” about their trip and will use their findings to assemble a guidebook to wheelchair-friendly travel on a budget, to be published next year as part of Harvard Student Agencies’ “Let’s Go” travel series.According to U.S. Census data, about 3.6 million people over age 15 use a wheelchair; another 11.6 million require a cane, crutch, or walker to get around.Kim found that the accessibility information provided by hotels was often flat-out inaccurate, creating major headaches. Budget hotel websites that assured prospective guests that they had “roll-in” bathrooms frequently turned out to be misleading. Either the designated rooms were already booked when they checked in, or they were not truly accessible.“We asked a couple times, ‘Do you have a wheelchair-accessible bathroom?’ But once we get into the hotel, either they have a tub, or it’s not accessible and totally different from what we expected,” said Kim.“A lot of them aren’t practical. Sometimes they’ll be missing a bench, sometimes the railings would be far from the hand control, sometimes the shower nozzle would be so far apart that it would be impossible” to get wet, said You-Myeong Kim.To pay for the trip, the group raised just over $6,600 from families, friends, and other supporters through a crowd-funding website and received a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which funds research and advocacy for curing spinal-cord injuries.Now back at Currier House, Kim said that despite public awareness and sensitivity to the need for accessibility, even getting around Cambridge’s uneven brick sidewalks or in and out of its older buildings is still pretty difficult.“Harvard Square is one of the worst,” he said, noting that crossing the Yard or visiting Riew and You-Myeong Kim at Eliot and Kirkland Houses, respectively, is tough because of the narrow old doorways and steps.The ongoing House renewal program, under which renovations to Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall and Quincy House’s Stone Hall were recently completed, will bring full accessibility, including elevators, to all of Harvard’s historic undergraduate housing, said a University spokesman.Exhausted since returning to Harvard and jumping into a new semester, Kim said he’s happy the trip ended safely. And while the experience was certainly fun and exciting, just as he had hoped, it wasn’t without some trying times.“At some point of the trip, I just wanted to quit everything and wanted to leave,” he said. Fortunately, the group helped pick him up in his darkest hours. “The positivity they had was the drive to help me withstand the pressure and the stress” of traveling and producing a book. “What I learned by the end of the trip is to enjoy the trip and worry about the book later.”All in all, Kim said, “It was the best summer I had so far. I can say that proudly.”last_img read more

Judy Kuhn Begins Performances in Fiddler on B’way

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 View Comments Fiddler on the Roof Judy Kuhncenter_img Related Shows Miracle of miracles! Tony nominee Judy Kuhn will start performances in Fiddler on the Roof on November 22. She takes over for Jessica Hecht as Golde in the the Main Stem revival, which is helmed by Bartlett Sher and stars Danny Burstein. The production is scheduled to play its final performance at the Broadway Theatre on December 31.Kuhn earned her fourth Tony nomination for her performance as Helen Bechdel in Fun Home, which concluded its Broadway run on September 10. She also received nominations for She Loves Me—Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s predecessor to Fiddler—Les Miserables and Chess. Her additional Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rags and King David on stage and the singing voice of Pocahantas in the 1995 Disney animated film.In addition to Burstein, the current cast of Fiddler on the Roof includes Alexandra Silber as Tzeitel, Samantha Massell as Hodel, Melanie Moore as Chava, Adam Kantor as Motel, Ben Rappaport as Perchik, Nick Rehberger as Fyedka, Adam Dannheisser as Lazar Wolf, Alix Korey as Yente and Dee Roscioli as Fruma Sarah.last_img read more

Seaport Global analyst: U.S. thermal coal ‘could be a disaster zone in 2020’

first_imgSeaport Global analyst: U.S. thermal coal ‘could be a disaster zone in 2020’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):In the second quarter of 2019, average quarterly U.S. coal mining employment declined to the lowest level since the first quarter of Donald Trump’s presidency as production in the first half remains significantly lower than the first or second half of 2018.Average employment in the sector fell by about 2.7% from the first to the second quarter of 2019 while coal production held roughly flat in the same period, S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis of federal data shows. Employment and production figures could look even starker in the next quarter. Blackjewel LLC sent hundreds of miners home and operations were idled in the wake of the company’s bankruptcy early in the third quarter while export markets that propped up the industry in recent periods are showing signs of weakness moving forward.Seaport Global Securities LLC analyst Mark Levin recently wrote that there are few new metallurgical coal projects in the pipeline worldwide as “producers continue to struggle to offset depletion, particularly because geology is getting more difficult, and a lot of excess cash is being returned to shareholders rather than reinvested in new projects.” Domestic thermal coal in the U.S. has long been in decline, but “could be a disaster zone in 2020” based on an expected drop in demand, Levin wrote.Coal production and employment trends vary significantly by location. The nation’s most productive coal region, the Powder River Basin, produced significantly less coal in the first half of 2019 than in the first or second half of 2018. The area produces thermal coal and has limited access to export markets, making it particularly susceptible to a secular decline in U.S. utility coal consumption.Unless other coal producers pick up the slack, quarterly coal production could take a significant dip in the third quarter as Blackjewel’s Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines remain closed since July 1 after initial financing for the company’s bankruptcy fell through. The mines accounted for 7.9 million tons of coal production in the second quarter, roughly 11.1% of the 71.4 million tons of coal produced in the period. Contura Energy Inc. is currently negotiating with federal officials to resolve issues with Contura’s proposed purchase of the mines, which it sold to Blackjewel in 2017.Despite a significant amount of production going offline due to the closures, Peabody Energy Corp. President and CEO Glenn Kellow reported that even a month after the Blackjewel mines stopped producing, prices did not change due to ongoing competition from low-priced natural gas and renewables. Peabody and Arch Coal Inc. recently announced they are working toward a joint venture of their operations in the Powder River Basin and Colorado.More ($): U.S. coal employment, production slides as market poised to get even tougherlast_img read more

Richmond Cycling Corps: More than Just a Biking Club

first_imgIt was a Sunday evening in 2011 when Craig Dodson’s phone rang. On the other end was a high school junior named Chris, a rockstar member of the cycling team Dodson coaches. Earlier that month, Chris had become the first member of the team to log 100 miles in a day on two wheels. A lifelong resident of Fairfield Court, a public housing development with some of Richmond’s most violent streets and roughest schools, Chris was a standout on the team, a role model for the other kids and a strong athlete. But when he called Dodson that evening from the nearby Boys & Girls Club, it wasn’t to discuss training or any upcoming races. One of his best friends had just been shot and killed.“I was like dude, stay there, I’m on my way,” Dodson recalled. “When I got there he was absolutely sobbing and I just held him and hugged him.”That was the day Dodson realized he was starting to develop trust with his team. Since day one, Dodson knew the Richmond Cycling Corps needed to be different. At face value it was a cycling team for low-income kids, but it quickly became clear that in order to be successful, RCC couldn’t function like other after-school clubs, or even other nonprofits. He’s the first to admit that as a white, middle-class educated, professional cyclist, his plan to save the world one poor black kid on a bike at a time was perhaps a little short-sighted.“I decided to use what I have in my toolbox, and it shouldn’t have worked at all,” he said. “The only thing that made this thing work or even be effective was common sense, and I’m just stubborn.”That stubbornness came in the form of holding the kids accountable no matter what. When members didn’t show up to practice, Dodson drove around the neighborhood until he found them. When they got suspended, he tracked them down with academic packets so they could stay on track. He drove them to and from school, took them to doctors’ appointments, bailed them out of jail and went with them to court.“A lot of people just want to hear about the feel-good Walt Disney stuff on the bike, but the reality is it’s not always like that at all,” Dodson said. “I’m trying to re-engineer dysfunctional behavior and get these kids out of public housing.”Dodson uses tough love both on and off the bike, and he pushes hard for his kids to stay active in the organization, even if their grades fall or they get into trouble at school. If every other pillar in a kid’s life is dysfunctional—mental, emotional and social development, good decision-making, education—but he or she is doing well on the bike, why take away the one thing that’s working?“This kid goes out in the rain and does hill repeats on the hardest hills in the city for hours. He suffers on the bike and races at a super high level against the private school kids who have everything and he beats them,” Dodson said. “It’s working. And if you take that away he’s just going to be back in the environment that’s causing the problem to begin with.”According to Tawante Nash, a 16-year-old high school junior who’s been training and competing with RCC for about seven years, that determination to not let anyone slip through the cracks is what makes Dodson more than just a coach.“He’s just like a father figure to everybody,” Nash said. “I think I’m the only one on the team that actually knows my father, and he works a lot, but Craig’s just like a second father to me. Anything I need I can just call Craig.”As for the cycling itself, Nash was drawn to it years ago because it was unlike anything else he’d done. Like a lot of boys in his neighborhood he spent a lot of time as a kid playing pickup games of basketball and football, but the structure of a cycling team was a whole different ballgame.“It’s not like other sports,” Nash said. “You’re a team, but while you’re out there riding you’re on an individual bike, and you pedal yourself.”RCC continues to evolve as both a cycling program and an outreach effort. Last summer the group launched The Kickstand, a bicycle rental and service shop that the kids help manage near the 52-mile Richmond-to-Williamsburg Capital Trail. The most recent development is a new headquarters, located just blocks away from Fairfield Court. The space will serve as “a powerful tool for our youth to gain the resources needed for their journey out of poverty,” giving the kids access to computers, laundry facilities, internet, a locker room and a comfortable lounge.last_img read more

Hicksville Pharmacy Robbed of Drugs

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A masked gunman held up a Hicksville drug store and stole widely abused prescription painkillers on Monday morning, Nassau County police said.The suspect walked into Harry’s Pharmacy on South Broadway, where he demanded Oxycodone from a 44-year-old man working in the store shortly before 10 a.m., police said.The gunman walked behind the counter, demanded that the victim open a closed cabinet and then stole several bottles of narcotics before he fled on foot northbound on Broadway toward Roosevelt Street.The suspect was described as a white man, 25 to 30 years old with a medium build, wearing a bright yellow jacket, dark baseball cap, white surgical mask and gloves entered.Robbery Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Smithtown Highway Superintendent Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The elected Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Smithtown was arrested Wednesday for allegedly covering up that a paving project he ordered had violated New York State regulations, authorities said.Glenn Jorgensen pleaded not guilty at Suffolk County court to felony charges of tampering with public records, falsisying business records and offering a false instrument for filing as well as a misdemeanor count of official misconduct.Prosecutors said the 63-year-old St. James man allegedly ordered road construction reports be altered to conceal his approval of paving of at least eight Smithtown streets in freezing temperatures in November, then directed a highway foreman to alter the records to misrepresent the weather conditions during the repaving work. The contractor was identified as Selden-based Suffolk Asphalt Corporation.“State Department of Transportation construction standards dictate asphalt must not be applied to a road surface in freezing temperatures, and in fact, the town’s own engineer has said repaving in freezing weather would result in the asphalt falling apart,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.  “The repaving of a residential street doesn’t happen that often and when it does, residents are paying for a job done correctly, not a faulty repaving that will soon need pothole repair work.”Jorgensen allegedly stole the work order for the improper repaving and took the official documents home, where investigators found the records in his bedroom, under his bed, in his house on Hope Place, authorities said.Jorgensen’s Hauppauge-based attorney, Anthony La Pinta, maintained his client’s innocence.Jorgensen, who worked for the Smithtown highway department for 37 years, was elected in 2009 to lead a staff of 140 employees tasked with snow removal as well as paving, drainage and other maintenance of more than 450 miles of roads and curbs in the town. The department has a $30 million annual budget. He was re-elected two years ago.last_img read more

Celtic star James Forrest reveals how Kieran Tierney has reacted to Arsenal transfer speculation

first_imgKieran Tierney is ‘coping well’ with the Arsenal rumours, says Celtic team-mate James Forrest (Picture: Getty)Celtic star James Forrest has claimed that Kieran Tierney is ‘coping well’ and just ‘working hard’ to get himself back to full fitness amid speculation linking the left-back with Arsenal.Unai Emery made Tierney his number one left-back target at the start of the summer, but Arsenal were unsuccessful with their two opening bids for the 22-year-old.However, Arsenal are said to be confident of agreeing a deal for Tierney after restructuring their second offer of £25million for the Scotland international.Tierney, though, has been recovering from a double hernia operation and Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists the full-back is ‘still injured’ which could be a stumbling block in any potential agreement between the clubs.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOn the rumours surrounding Tierney, Celtic winger Forrest said: ‘Ask anyone in our dressing room, we all want KT to still be here.‘He’s been a great player for us and everyone is hoping that come Friday he is still here.‘We want him to get back playing for us. He came with us for pre- season and we still see him at training every day. Comment Advertisement Celtic star James Forrest reveals how Kieran Tierney has reacted to Arsenal transfer speculation Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 1:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link312Sharescenter_img Tierney has been Arsenal’s priority left-back target this summer (Picture: Getty)David Moyes has backed Tierney to become an Arsenal ‘stalwart’ should he complete a move this summer, but believes it will take time to adjust to the step up in quality of the Premier League.‘He has been outstanding for Celtic for more than three years,’ the ex-Manchester United manager told The Sunday Post.‘I’ve always had my eye on him and rated him. He is a top player.‘If he does go to the Emirates, I can see him being a stalwart for Arsenal for the next 10 years.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Again, it may take him a little period of time for him to fully adjust to life in the Premier League.‘He will be facing a top-end player every week, and he will need to get to grips with that as there will be much more defensive duties to carry out than he has probably been used to at Celtic.‘But if the move goes through, he will go on to show his worth and will be a credit to himself and his country.’MORE: Who is RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and why do Arsenal want to sign him? Forrest is hopeful that Tierney will remain a Celtic player (Picture: Getty)‘But considering how long the talk about Arsenal has gone on, I think he’s handled it really well. KT is still only 22, so he’s coped well.‘Every day there seems to be something new in the story.‘But he’s just keeping himself to himself and working hard. That’s credit to him.’ Advertisementlast_img read more