John Medeski’s Mad Skillet Announces Inaugural U.S. Tour

first_imgJohn Medeski is a busy man. The prolific pianist is one of the most renowned players in the live music scene, with countless projects under his belt spanning from Medeski, Martin & Wood, his long-running and critically acclaimed jazz-funk group with Billy Martin and Chris Wood, to Hudson, a relatively new project featuring iconic jazz artists including drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield, and bassist Larry Grenadier.Yesterday, John Medeski announced that another one of his many projects, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, will mount its first-ever U.S. tour in November. Also featuring guitarist Will Bernard, sousaphonist Kirk Joseph, and drummer Terence Higgins, Mad Skillet was born out of the collaborative musical marathon that is New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Coming together during a late-night in 2015, the quartet has appeared multiple times at Jazz Fest in addition to touring across Europe in 2017.For John Medeski’s Mad Skillet newly announced U.S. tour, the band will kick things off with a festival set at Burnet, Texas’ Utopiafest on November 3rd. From then until November 10th, the band will cross the Midwest, with performances in Grand Rapids, MI; Goshen, IN; Evanston, IL (two shows); Cincinnati, OH; and Kent, OH. For the second leg of the tour, the group will hit the Northeast, with a stop on November 11st at Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo, New York.After winding through Boston, Massachusetts, and Cohoes, New York, on November 13th and 14th, on November 15th, the group will land in New York City for a performance at Brooklyn Bowl, followed up by a show at Ardmore Music Hall the following night. To close out their fall tour, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet has scheduled performances at Washington, DC’s The Hamilton on November 17th before their tour-closing performance at the newly opened Asbury Lanes in New Jersey on November 18th.Tickets for John Medeski’s Mad Skillet’s upcoming fall tour go on sale on Friday, August 24th, at 10 a.m. (local). You can check out the full schedule below.John Medeski’s Mad Skillet – Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room – New Orleans, LA – 4/25/2016[Video: FunkItBlog] Mad Skillet Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates:November 3 Burnet, TX—UtopiafestNovember 5 Grand Rapids, MI—Elevation at the IntersectionNovember 6 Goshen, IN—Ignition GarageNovember 7 Evanston, IL—Space (2 shows)November 9 Cincinnati, OH—Live at Ludlow GarageNovember 10 Kent, OH—Kent StageNovember 11 Buffalo, NY—Buffalo Iron WorksNovember 13 Boston, MA—Brighton Music HallNovember 14 Cohoes, NY—Cohoes Music HallNovember 15 Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn BowlNovember 16 Ardmore, PA—Ardmore Music HallNovember 17 Washington, DC—The HamiltonNovember 18 Asbury Park, NJ—Asbury LanesView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Air Forces From the Region Participate in Exercise Cooperacion 1

first_img The air forces of 12 countries of the Americas participated in an exercise aimed at using multinational air assets from SICOFAA member nations (Sistema de cooperacion de las Fuerzas Aereas de las Americas) in support of Humanitarian Civic Assistance Missions, Oct. 4 to 14 in Chile. The “Cooperation 1” exercise scenario was premised on the devastating effects of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in February, triggering a tsunami, widespread blackouts and the loss of both property and hundreds of lives. “The events in Haiti and Chile this year and other disasters in years past have shown us that none of our countries are immune to natural disaster. In the aftermath of one of these events, when lives are at stake and time is critical, the efficient use of air assets is crucial to providing timely humanitarian support and saving lives,” said Col. Kris Skinner, secretary general, SICOFAA. During 2011, SICOFAA will use lessons learned from Cooperation 1 and recent actual disaster responses to create and publish a manual outlining procedures for the use of member nation air forces. The manual will outline the necessary procedures to stand up a multinational command and control center capable of managing air assets for humanitarian relief, said Col. Skinner. Although the U.S. and other nations are very capable of utilizing a command and control center for fighting a war, the concept has not yet been used in Latin America for humanitarian missions. SICOFAA has proposed a 10-year plan for using the manual in future exercises. Col. Skinner will present the plan to SICOFAA air force commanders at the next annual conference in Brazil. The next SICOFAA exercise, Cooperacion 2 will be held as soon as possible. The host nation and location has not yet been determined. “This type of exercise is important for all of our nations because the next natural disaster will give us another opportunity to come together to help one another, and that is what we want to be able to do,” said Lt. Gen. Glenn F. Spears, commander of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern). Planning for this SICOFAA exercise began in June of 2007. This is the first SICOFAA exercise, utilizing real cargo and passengers versus paper scenarios. The Chilean Air Force has been planning this exercise since 2008, said Aviation General (two-star general) Luis Ili Delgado, director of Exercise Cooperacion 1. “The exercise has been an absolute success,” said General Ili. “We have been able to learn a great amount about each other’s air forces, cultures, capabilities and procedures. We are learning about the coordinated movement of cargo and passengers for disaster response through an exercise, instead of when lives are on the line.” The United States Air Force contributed two C-130 Hercules from the 136th Airlift Wing (Texas Air National Guard) and 27 personnel from various units to both fly cargo and participate in the command and control aspects of coordinating aerial missions. Six of the 12 participating countries brought cargo aircraft and flew over 232 missions, transported 2,607 kilograms of cargo and 306 passengers to 14 locations. The U.S. flew near daily missions with approximately 100 flight hours and transported approximately 24,000 pounds of cargo between the cities of Santiago, Puerto Montt and Balmaceda – one of Chile’s southernmost cities. During the exercise, the Chilean Air Force also hosted a media day, open house and VIP day with military and civilian leadership from the SICOFAA member nations. By Dialogo October 26, 2010last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, January 15, 20151:09 a.m. Officers conducted an outside agency assist by known suspect in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.•1:57 a.m. Officers investigated domestic battery by a known suspect in the 1400 block Michigan, Wellington.•7:30 a.m. Officers took a report of an animal bite in the 800 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•12:28 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block W. 8th, Wellington.•6:50 p.m. Officer investigated a burglary and theft of weapons in the 1000 block Shadylane, Wellington.•7:52 p.m. Brice K. Tucker, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•8:12 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle window in the 1100 block N.bJefferson, Wellington.last_img read more

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U.S.D.A. approves payments for flood-spoiled grain in southwest Iowa bins

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa’s secretary of agriculture says the U.S.D.A. disaster relief package unveiled Monday includes money for southwest Iowa farmers who had stored grain destroyed by this spring’s flooding.According to state officials, farmers in Fremont, Mills and Potawattamie Counties lost nearly $11 million worth of corn and soybeans when Missouri River floodwaters swamped their grain bins. In some cases, the submerged grain swelled as it spoiled and the walls of the bins ruptured. Officials estimate more than $11.5 million worth of damage was done to 418 Iowa grain bins this spring.Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig said Iowa farmers “have sustained significant losses from spring weather events” and the USDA payments for stored grain that was ruined are welcome relief.The U.S.D.A. is also preparing bonus payments for some farmers who could not get their flooded fields planted this spring.A U.S.D.A. news release indicates stored-grain payments will be based on 75 percent of the crop’s 2018 value, on the assumption that the grain was harvested last year release. Farmers can begin signing up for the federal disaster aid this Wednesday, September 11, 2019.A news release from Naig’s office included these additional details about a separate batch of U.S.D.A. payments: “Producers who filed flooding or excess moisture-related prevented planting insurance claims in the calendar year 2019 will receive a supplemental disaster “bonus” payment equal to 10 percent of their prevented planting indemnity. An additional 5 percent prevent plant supplemental disaster bonus payment will be provided to those who purchased harvest price option coverage.”last_img read more

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Where are they now?

first_imgTwo Chaffey College products are starring at Sacramento State (8-5). Senior guard Jason Harris is leading the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game and junior guard Haron Hargrave is second at 10.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. Both played in the recent game at Pauley Pavilion against UCLA with Harris faring best with 16 points. Center Stephen Colvin (Yucaipa), a 7-foot, 340-pounder, is redshirting. Brittni Selser (Alta Loma) was the starting setter as a true freshman at Montana State-Bozeman (15-15). She chalked up 815 assists, 168 digs, 40 total blocks and 51 kills and service aces.Sophomore swimmer Jamie Bloom (Sultana) has emerged as one of the top breaststrokers at Brigham Young University. She has the second-best time on her team in both the 100 (1:04.71) and 200 (2:19.03). Last season, she had seen individual victories and was an all-Mountain West Conference second-team selection in both events. Sophomore forward Chris Fleming (Eisenhower) is playing relatively close to home at the College of the Desert, averaging 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds. He will have a chance to play in his own neighborhood when the Roadrunners (8-9) travel to Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley in Foothill Conference play.The women’s basketball team at Point Loma Nazarene features 6-2 junior center Mica DeHoog (Redlands), who is averaging 11.6 points and 8.1 rebounds. She is in her first year playing there after transferring from Northern Arizona.Senior guard Anetero Uiagalelei (Ganesha/Mt. SAC) is averaging 5.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists as a reserve for the women’s basketball team at San Jose State (3-6). Sophomore guard Tarina Hodges (Hesperia) is also on the roster, but has not played. Junior middle hitter Cristie Dawson (Granite Hills) had a stellar season for the volleyball team at the University of San Diego (23-6), finishing first on the team in kills (159), digs (191), service aces (37) and total blocks (84). The team advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs before falling to UCLA 3-0. She had six kills, seven digs and two aces in the last match of the season. Where are they Now runs the first Wednesday of each month. Michelle Gardner can be reached at [email protected] or (909) 386-3864. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Taylor is a three-year starter, having averaged 11.7 points last year as a sophomore, which placed her second on the team in scoring. She started 22 of 24 games, missing two with an ankle injury. The Cal State Fullerton wrestling roster is loaded with San Bernardino County standouts. The Titan squad includes freshman 125-pounder James Bailey (Ontario); redshirt freshman 165-pounder Kwabena Aygeman (Ontario); freshman 174-pounder Alan Reynel (Sky Forest/Rim of the World) and sophomore heavyweight Dan Ott (Redlands/Aquinas). Rounding out the local representation are twins Taylor and Tavis Smith (Diamond Ranch), both of whom compete at 133. Bailey finished fourth at the Embry-Riddle Open earlier this season, while Ott saw considerable time last year, wrestling in eight matches. n Two athletes with local ties are playing basketball for Division II UC San Diego (2-7, 0-2). Sophomore guard Andrew Hatch (Ayala) is averaging 5.2 points and 2.6 assists, while former University of Redlands player Evan Demkiw, a junior guard, is seeing some time as a reserve. Hatch was the freshman of the year in the California Collegiate Athletic Association last season. Arriaran is averaging 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. Her season high of 17 points came in a 76-68 loss to New Mexico in her collegiate debut in November. Janevia Taylor (San Bernardino) is in her junior year playing for the women’s basketball team at the University of Hawaii. The 5-foot-5 guard is averaging 11.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 33 minutes per game with the Rainbows. Her best effort was a 20-point performance in a recent 61-55 win over Kent State. center_img True freshman Erika Arriaran (Norco) has started out strong in the collegiate game. But what else would one expect from an athlete who earned Parade Magazine National Player of the Year honors as a high school senior? The 5-foot-10 guard has helped the University of Texas to a 6-4 record, starting all 10 games. She has led the Longhorns in scoring five times and in rebounding once. last_img read more

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SA healthcare audit ‘well under way’

first_imgBradhsaw recommended that HIV monitoring focus on women between 15 and 49 years old, using data from the department’s antenatal survey. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has said about R500-million is expected to be set aside in the 2012 budget to fund pilot sites for the NHI. Gordhan said the pilots would form the first part of a 14-year programme to introduce the NHI system. He said the department was auditing infrastructure and financial management structures and was doing a head count of health workers in every facility. 7 November 2011 “We would like that to increase to 80 percent of women on treatment,” Bradshaw said. Motsoaledi was speaking after receiving a report on health data from the Health Data Advisory and Co-ordination Committee (HDACC), which was appointed by the department last year to improve the accuracy of the country’s health data. At Thursday’s briefing, HDACC deputy chairwoman Debbie Bradshaw told Motsoaledi that the proportion of HIV-positive pregnant women on antiretroviral therapy was at 22 percent, and had to be increased. “We are still doing this audit on health facilities,” Motsoaledi told reporters in Cape Town. “We are even auditing the headcount of health workers in every health facility.”center_img He said at the last count, about 2 800 institutions out of 4 200 public health institutions had been audited. The mother-to-child transmission rates also a key indicator that had to be targeted in the HIV/Aids epidemic, she said. An audit of South Africa’s health facilities is well under way ahead of the planned launch of National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot sites, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said last week. A report by the committee says the total number of patients receiving antiretroviral treatment in 2009 was 1.1-million. The target for 2014 was 2.5-million. Part of the first phase would also involve revitalising hospitals, improving nursing and getting the public health system to provide a more caring environment Sapalast_img read more

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Uganda to represent Africa at 2016 Quidditch World Cup

first_img18 May 2016Quidditch is no longer a sport only played in the fictional, magical Harry Potter books. Invented in the series of novels by JK Rowling, fans were inspired to play quidditch in real life. Team Uganda will be holding the hopes of Africa on their shoulders at the 2016 Quidditch World Cup, taking place in Germany from 23 to 24 July.The International Quidditch Association (IQA) announced that 24 teams from six continents had preregistered to attend the tournament. Team Uganda is the only team from Africa.A crowdfunding project was started on the Indiegogo Generosity fundraising website to help Team Uganda to get enough money to travel to Germany.“Up to this point, most international quidditch teams have been from western countries – Europe and North America. With this campaign, we have a real chance to broaden the spectrum of teams attending the event,” says the Indiegogo campaign.Originally Team Uganda set out to raise €1 500 (about R26 000), reported British newspaper The Guardian, but the team need nearly €15 000 to get to Germany. They are just over half-way there, and have raised €8 256 so far.#Quidditch World Cup 2016 hopes to feature first African team | @guardian on Team Uganda: https://t.co/UkNBw3Wwwc pic.twitter.com/sDts3xgZXT— Quidditch Canada (@QuidditchCanada) May 4, 2016“Team Uganda still need so much more support,” tournament director Matthew Guenzel told The Guardian. “The flights alone number in the tens of thousands. But we are hopeful. The quidditch community is very supportive, and this is a great cause.”The team showed their appreciation on their Facebook page. “There is a moment when the support you get outweighs what you expected,” they wrote. “Thank you all for loving and supporting Team Uganda. It’s overwhelming and amazing! We are convinced that people in the quidditch community love us greatly.”Watch the team captain, Safina Nakawooya thank supporters:How the game is playedAs in the Potter books, quidditch is played with two teams of seven players each, made up of a keeper, two beaters, three chasers and a seeker.In reality, chasers tried to throw a quaffle – a semi-deflated volley ball – through raised hoops, beaters threw bludgers – dodge balls – at the opposing team, and seekers tried to reach for the snitch – a sock with a tennis ball in it – usually attached to the snitch runner’s shorts, reported The Guardian. And because brooms don’t fly in the real world, players hold a broom between their legs.The team that scores the most points, either by throwing the quaffle through the hoops or gaining the snitch, wins the game.Watch this for more information:OriginsIt was a sunny Sunday afternoon in 2005 when Xander Manshel and Alex Benepe, both students at Middlebury College in Vermont, in the US, began playing quidditch in real life, according to the IQA. By 2007, the sport had grown to have the first intercollegiate match. In 2008, the first 12-team World Cup was played, featuring teams from universities.The game gained global traction and by 2012, “the IQA hosted national teams from the US, Canada, the UK, France, and Australia in Oxford, England for the inaugural Global Games, a bi-annual tournament showcasing the talents of the best players from around the world, which occurred alongside a torch ceremony for the London Olympics”, reads the IQA website.The governing body now serves approximately 20 quidditch-playing organisations and nations spanning six continents.The World CupThe World Cup will be held at the Rebstocklage sports facility in Frankfurt.“We are excited about this opportunity to welcome the world to the heart of German quidditch, and look forward to working together with the IQA to ensure a memorable tournament experience for both players and spectators,” said Lisa Struck, chair of the Frankfurt 2016 Organising Committee.IQA executive director Harrison Homel said Frankfurt was a major travel hub so it was the ideal gateway for players and fans alike. “We are all extremely glad to be working with such passionate hosts, and to use this opportunity to bring our sport to new eyes in central Europe.”Source: The Guardianlast_img read more

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19 days agoReal Madrid favourites for £100M Van de Beek – after Man Utd snub

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid favourites for £100M Van de Beek – after Man Utd snubby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are regarded as favourites to land Ajax’s £100million-rated Donny van de Beek – just three months after Manchester United decided against signing the midfielder.United failed to make a move for the 22-year-old Dutch international after his Amsterdam club quoted the Reds a £35million asking price, says the Mirror.And now Real have stepped up their efforts to land Van Beek at the end of the season – and have made it clear that they will not be put off by Ajax’s dramatically inflated valuation.Van Beek, who came thought the famed Ajax academy, was in the team beaten by United in the 2017 Europa League final.He has since developed into one of Europe’s top goalscoring midfielders. last_img read more

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Dustin Lance Black to Dedicate Historic Marker to First LGBT National March

first_imgThe Equality Forum, the nation’s premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights summit, announced today that Academy Award-winning screenwriter and LGBT activist, Dustin Lance Black, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Philadelphia Conference Historic Marker Dedication slated for Wednesday, July 27th from 11:00 – 11:30 am (ET) at the Arch Street Meeting House (320 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106).The Philadelphia Conference Historic Marker will designate where 300 activists from around the country met in February 1979 to organize the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The seminal 100,000-person demonstration, which took place on October 14, 1979, defined a national civil rights movement. A leader for a march on the National Mall was San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. When he was assassinated in November 1978, San Francisco activists called for a Philadelphia Conference to fulfill his dream.“For the LGBT civil rights movement, the Philadelphia Conference is akin to Seneca Falls,” said Malcolm Lazin, Equality Forum’s Founder and Executive Director. “Given Dustin’s Oscar-winning biopic of the late civil rights activist Harvey Milk, whose assassination inspired LGBT activists prompting the organization of the Philadelphia Conference, it’s an honor to have him dedicating this historic marker.”Lazin recently penned an op-ed on Huffington Post, Stonewall Isn’t the Only LGBT Site Worthy of National Monument Status, writing that “the efforts to record LGBT civil rights sites and events marks an important turning point in recognition and respect.”Dustin Lance Black is a screenwriter, filmmaker and social activist. He has won the Academy Award and two WGA Awards for Best Original Screenplay for MILK. He is also a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which successfully led the federal cases for marriage equality in California and Virginia with lawyers David Boise and Ted Olson, putting an end to California’s discriminatory Proposition 8.Black topped the list of OUT Magazine’s 40 under 40, and has repeatedly been named “one of the 50 most powerful LGBT people in America today.”last_img read more

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