Pink Talking Fish’s Dave Brunyak Is A Little Bit Of Country, A Little Bit Of Rock & Roll

first_imgPink Talking Fish is well known for their performances that include the music of Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, and Phish. However, several members of the band have side projects. One of those members is guitarist, Dave Brunyak. Live For Live Music sat down with Brunyak to learn more about his country acoustic project called Heartland Radio.L4LM: As a guitarist that cranks it out on stage performing some of the industry’s best known songs, how did you go from guitar smashing performances to solo acoustic country shows?DB: Three or four years ago, I was driving up to Mount Snow to go play a gig in the lodge with the group I played with before Pink Talking Fish, called The Phreaks. So I was driving up there, and I had listened to my CD’s a million times, and my iPod was dead. Up in Brattleboro, there’s not a lot more than country music on the radio. There was twenty minutes left to the ride, and up until this point, we tried to find things to listen to. If I even heard the slightest bit of twang on a song, I would switch the station so fast. Now, there was nothing left so we gave it a shot. We were just going to leave it on the country station.It was on a commercial and then the DJ came back. In a country accent, he talked about the next song coming up by Lee Brice called, “I Drive Your Truck.” I’m thinking to myself, “what white trash red neck song is this going to be about?” It turns out that it’s this beautiful ballad with a piano intro. The story is about this guy that lost his brother overseas fighting for our country and he doesn’t go to his grave. He doesn’t say prayers. Instead, he goes to his brother’s widows house and he takes out his truck. He drives and burns up cornfields with it.The story of the song is all about the things in the truck that never change, like the Gatorade bottle on the floor, the Braves cap on the dash, the country station that never changes, and the Army t-shirt that’s folded up. At the end of that song, I was balling while driving to Brattleboro. It reminded me of things that I have always known, but needed a check on, was to never judge a book by it’s cover.I started digging into country radio. I found a lot of things that I like. I found a lot of things that I don’t like, which is very similar in all genres. Country radio now is a fusion. The younger generation has really taken a hold of it and they’re blending it with pop and rock. There’s definitely some rocking country tunes out there. Then there’s also some really silly stuff out there. Then there’s also that deep, southern sound. It’s all blended in there.L4LM: Other than the obvious, how do your acoustic country sets differ from your work with PTF? What can audiences expect from your solo shows?DB: Since I started The Phreaks in 2010, and then moved on to Pink Talking Fish in 2014, most of my career has been built around very cerebral music – stuff that I have to think about and is intense, complicated and sometimes strange. It takes a lot of practice. Country music is the exact opposite.It’s simple. It’s easy listening. It’s a bunch of 3 or 4 chord songs that you can sit at the corner of a bar and play and enjoy without having to be super sharp and intense, and thinking about the next crazy change. It’s very relaxing for me to listen to and perform.There were years that went by that I only listened to Phish, with a little bit of String Cheese Incident, and maybe some Strangefolk and Percy Hill splashed in there. It’s to the point now in my career where that is becoming a day at the office. I love it now. I still go to Phish shows every year, and when I’m there it’s amazing, but when I’m in my car, all I listen to is country music. That’s it. It’s been like that for two or three years now.At Berklee College, in performance classes, I was taught that you can’t just show up to a session as an instrumentalist and say, ‘sorry, I can’t play country.’ You don’t get paid that way. You need to be able to be flexible. That’s how you become a well rounded musician.L4LM: Explain how country music has influenced your playing since discovering it’s simplicity? DB: I love so many pieces of it. I will admit that I drive the guys in PTF nuts when I drive because it’s all we listen to when I drive the van. So, I don’t have to drive very often. Rule #1 with country music is that you can’t take it too seriously. If you’re taking it seriously, you’re missing how fun some of the music really is. If you can let it go and let it be what it is, it’s just really entertaining. There’s also some deep, emotional things in there, which is also fun to grab on to as well.On the radio these days, I really think that, in contemporary music, that the best guitar playing, and the most tasteful, is in country music, minus some of the rock that’s out there. It’s Nashville, where its coming from. The stories in country music are awesome. They’re all trying to get something across. There’s mostly morals in the good stuff. I don’t want to bash anyone that’s doing the “pop” country. The really shallow stuff bothers me, but then there’s artists like Chris Stapleton and Eric Church. I love Keith Urban. Blake Shelton is a mega super star and his music is hokey and silly at times but, again, if you embrace it for what it is, it’s really good. The stories are there and you can get lost in some of that.L4LM: Who are your biggest influences in the country scene?DB: Some of my friends have been saying that I’m going to pioneer a new genre of country music and it’s going to be jam-country. I play the songs and sing in my own version of country drawl. Then I improvise like Trey Anastasio. My biggest influences? It’s just who I like. I love Keith Urban. I wish I could sing like him. Eric Church is a great storyteller and he fits my voice pretty well, so that works out pretty good. Chris Stapleton is a beast and he’s a bit more authentic.I’m still absorbing it. On the surface, country music now has transformed from what it was fifteen years ago, thirty years ago, going back to Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and artists like that. Part of my affinity for country music these days is because I’ve been listening to underground music my entire life. To thoroughly enjoy something that’s on the radio and easily accessible is an enormous breath of fresh air for me. It’s also common ground throughout the entire country. There are people that listen to it everywhere. I’m just embracing that for what it is.I was headed down to meet a buddy of mine, to do an open mic, in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Long story short, he couldn’t make it, so I ended up going down there by myself. It was to be with the other guy, Dustin Snyder, in Heartland Radio who does a lot of the singing. We used to do duel acoustic country stuff a few years ago but we haven’t had the chance to get together since PTF blew up.So I head down there by myself to go do this gig and I walk in the door and decided that, from the minute I walked in, I wasn’t going to be Dave from PTF. I was going to be [spoken in southern drawl] “DB from Mobile, Alabama.” I never in my whole life have stayed in character so long. I did my thirty minutes filled with “hey, y’alls” and “how ya doin’s.”Playing country music helps me step into a new character. I can be free and live a whole different life for a little while. It’s just fun and that’s why I’m doing this and playing country music, because it’s fun. I hope that people who were like me and turn the radio away from country music, would just give it a shot, and not just that one song that you hear. Listen to it for a day and see if you can find something. I guarantee you will find something in there that you like.L4LM: What do you have on your schedule for your country gigs? Where can fans get a taste of this other side of you?I will be playing at the Bull Mansion, in Worcester, MA, every Tuesday night, starting on March 14th. I will be at Medusa Brewing Company in Hudson, MA on March 18th. On Saturday, March 25th, I will be joined by Dustin Snyder for a double acoustic show at The Pier in Narragansett, Rhode Island.I’m really only starting to scratch the surface on this part of my career. In 2017, I want to play more than I ever have. I will spend a lot more of my time between shows with PTF doing this. PTF has a lot of June off, so I am trying to set up a big month of country music for then. It’s going to be a growing year, as I need to set up new relationships with clubs and people and try to get the snowball rolling so that by next year it’s just running itself. It’s a whole hell of a lot of fun.For more information on his country project, Heartland Radio, please visit their Facebook page.-Words by Sarah Bourquelast_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Releases “In The Kitchen” Video From New SiriusXM ‘Jam Files’ Session [Watch]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee recently stopped by SiriusXM‘s Jam On for a special in-studio performance, which premiered on Monday as part of the satellite radio station’s Jam Files sessions.Hosted by Ari Fink during the band’s recent three-night New York City run, Umphrey’s Jam Files episode will continue to air at the following times on Sirius XM’s Jam On (channel 29) throughout the week:Tuesday, March 5th, at 6:00 p.m. (EST)Wednesday, March 6th, at 11:00 p.m. (EST)Thursday, March 7th, at 8:00 a.m. (EST)Saturday, March 9th, at 9:00 a.m. (EST)Sunday, March 10th, at 3:00 p.m. (EST)Watch video of Umphrey’s McGee performing “In The Kitchen” from their Jam Files episode below:Umphrey’s McGee “In The Kitchen”[Video: SiriusXM Jam On]Head to Umphrey’s McGee’s website for a full list of their upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.last_img read more

‘There’s no easy time to say hard things’

first_imgDelivering Harvard’s Commencement address, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called on the Class of 2014 this afternoon to safeguard free speech and inquiry, rights that he said are under attack both in Washington, D.C., and on college campuses across the country.Bloomberg, who graduated from Harvard Business School in 1966, specifically criticized protests at some universities that have short-circuited graduation speeches by those who hold views that are unpopular with some groups. He also criticized politically motivated efforts to reduce science research funding or quash teaching of controversial topics, such as evolution. Supporting the free debate of opposing views, he said, is “a sacred trust” of universities and the basis of democratic society.“There’s no easy time to say hard things. Never feel reticent to speak what’s right,” Bloomberg urged the graduates. “Do not be complicit. Do not follow the crowd. Speak up and fight back.”As the main address during Harvard’s annual Commencement ceremonies, Bloomberg’s speech built on themes addressed earlier by Harvard President Drew Faust.Faust outlined three elements that she believes Harvard owes the future: answers to important questions, new questions that stimulate inquiry and debate, and the ability to understand answers to questions — about truth, justice, goodness, and our origin — and derive meaning from them.“Questions like these can be unsettling, and they can make universities unsettling places,” Faust said. “But that too is an essential part of what we owe the future: the promise to combat complacency, to challenge the present in order to prepare for what is to come, to shape the present in service of an uncertain yet impatient future.”The speeches highlighted Commencement’s Afternoon Exercises — officially the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association — in Harvard Yard. During Morning Exercises, the University conferred degrees on 6,500 graduates from Harvard College and the graduate Schools. The graduates were joined by thousands of family members, friends, and other visitors.The day dawned cool, bright, and sunny, with thousands of excited graduates in caps and gowns lining up on the streets nearby, awaiting their formal procession into the Yard.The morning’s ceremony, heavy with tradition and scripted rites, was convened and adjourned by the top-hatted high sheriff of Middlesex County and featured student speeches and a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Aretha Franklin. Franklin was among eight honorary degree recipients, who also included Bloomberg and former President George H.W. Bush.During the Afternoon Exercises, Faust and Harvard Alumni Association President Catherine Gellert recognized several reunion classes and individuals for their service to the University. Faust presented Harvard Medals to several alumni, including Anand Mahindra, J. Louis Newell, and Emily Rauh Pulitzer. Outgoing Alumni Association Executive Director Jack Reardon, who is stepping down June 30, was recognized with a special Harvard Medal.During his speech, Bloomberg said that Harvard has so far resisted protests against unpopular campus speakers, citing the administration’s backing of Colorado Sen. Michael Johnston’s appearance at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) Wednesday despite student protests of his views on education. The support of Faust and GSE Dean James Ryan, Bloomberg said, “could not have provided a more valuable final lesson to the Class of 2014.”When it comes to the faculty’s political leanings, however, Bloomberg said Harvard and other Ivy League schools have some work to do. Ninety-eight percent of political donations by faculty members at all Ivy League schools went to Democratic candidates, Bloomberg said, a uniformity that he said calls into question whether students are hearing all points of view. The danger, he said, is that partisanship will close people’s minds to new ideas — particularly those they initially oppose — which he said has already occurred in Washington, D.C., where lawmakers have ceased listening to each other on such critical issues as gun violence and climate change.“If students graduate with ears and minds closed, the University has failed both the students and society,” said Bloomberg, who is also a successful entrepreneur and a philanthropist.In her speech, Faust recalled the long tradition of Harvard and of Tercentenary Theatre, the outdoor area between the Memorial Church and Widener Library where Commencement ceremonies are held. Such historical figures as Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and George Marshall had all stood there, as had the University community, when it gathered there after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and in happier circumstances to celebrate Harvard’s 375th anniversary in 2011.Universities, Faust said, are uniquely responsible to both the past and the future and, though Commencement Day is full of historical reminders, it is important not to forget the obligation to the future, to support research that is rapidly expanding the frontiers of scientific knowledge, of economic competitiveness, of international diplomatic challenges, and of technical issues, such as governance of the Internet.“We must continue to support our answer-seekers, who work at the crossroads of the theoretical and the applied, at the nexus of research, public policy, and entrepreneurship,” Faust said. “Together, they will shape our future and enhance our understanding of the world.”Faust said the University not only owes the future its knowledge, new questions, and meaning, it also owes the future the students who pass through its gates each year. She highlighted financial aid as an important priority for the future.“As today’s ceremonies so powerfully remind us, we also owe the future the men and women who are prepared to ask questions and seek answers and search for meaning for decades to come,” Faust said. “Today we send some 6,500 graduates into the world, to be teachers and lawyers, scientists and physicians, poets and planners and public servants.”last_img read more

Camels Hump Middle School is national model for solar energy

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today helped mark the opening of a solar energy project at the Camels Hump Middle School in Richmond, one of the greenest public schools in Vermont.‘The solar project here at Camels Hump is a step forward as we work to transform our energy system in Vermont and across this country,’ Sanders told more than 350 students who joined him to celebrate the project’s completion.‘Thank you for what you are doing. You are a model for the state,’ he added. ‘The reason that today is important is that your school is doing something no other school is doing in Vermont. You are helping lead the way.’The 507 solar panels will generate enough electricity to cover about 25 percent of the school’s annual energy use and save $25,000 each year in electricity costs based on current prices. ‘What you are showing is what a community and a school can do to combat global warming, clean up our air, move us toward energy independence and create jobs,’ the senator said.The Richmond middle school solar project is one of the biggest at any public school in New England. The panels were manufactured in California and installed by a Vermont company.Also speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony today was Vermont Public Service Commissioner Liz Miller. ‘I want you all to go home tonight and tell your parents, ‘Wow, this is what we are doing,’‘ she told the students.  Miller said she hopes that as more schools install arrays of solar panels, they will compete with each other about who is producing more electricity.Camels Hump now has the largest solar array at a public school in Vermont, but significant progress has been made at other schools throughout the state in making the transformation to renewable energy systems. For example, Vermont has 47 schools that heat with efficient biomass, instead of oil.Sanders is a member of the Senate energy and environment committees. He chairs the Green Jobs and the New Economy Subcommittee. He helped secure $274,000 from the Department of Energy to pay for half of the solar panels at the Richmond middle school. The state of Vermont contributed $250,000 and Green Mountain Power, as part of its Solar on Schools program, put $20,000 toward the pilot project.Sanders also secured funding to help 10 other Vermont schools install photovoltaic solar systems. Richmond, 11.4.2011last_img read more

Your move, Online Marketing Manager

first_imgThe scenario: You’ve been offered a great deal on a cable TV run, but you’re not sure which cable channels best suit the only 30 second ad you have available.Your move, Online Marketing ManagerUtilize the YouTube ads feature on your Google Adwords account to run the ad across all demographics, then check back in a few days to see which groups are most likely to engage with the ad. Find the cable channel which best matches the most engaged demographic and run the ad there.Expert move: Now that you’ve established an audience, change the settings on your YouTube campaign to continue reaching that audience during the TV run. You’ll enhance the value of your TV spend, and you’ll be able to report clicks and ROI. Try the same technique by running ads on Pandora or Spotify before committing to a terrestrial radio deal.Total research investment: $700 for about 100k impressionsTaking advantage of similar opportunities may mean breaking old habits. Credit union marketers tend to rely upon debate and instinct to field effective messages because we do not have the time or money to conduct focus groups. Meanwhile, our Wall Street counterparts invest thousands in testing each message for maximum effectiveness. By monitoring inexpensive digital ads for short periods of time, then acting upon results by refining our messages, credit union marketers can replicate this testing at a significantly reduced expense. The scenario: ALCO has spent the last half hour debating whether they should lower money market rates by 15 basis points. The sales team is resistant, but the finance team does not believe the lower rate will significantly decrease volume.Your move, Online Marketing ManagerAsk the committee if they are willing to postpone the decision for three days. Create two identical landing pages and two identical Google AdWords ads, with the only difference being the current and proposed APY. Now, track how many clicks each ad gets and what percentage of these convert. (Those who click on the lower rate will simply get a nice surprise.) Report back to the group to quell the debate and help them make an informed decision.Expert move: Use this technique to determine the effectiveness of service features. For example, a similarly crafted campaign could tell you whether people are applying for credit cards because of your rewards program or your balance transfer offer.Total research investment: $200 + 2 hours of set-up.The ROI advantages of online advertising are hard to ignore, and many articles have been published on how to be a successful advertiser by diverting funds to this medium.This is not one of those articles.While digital is an effective conversion driver for many organizations, it may not always be the best fit for a given message. The exodus from traditional media and added keyword competition online has left some great deals and impressive returns to be had on TV, radio and print. But don’t cancel your AdWords account just yet. Because of these deals, the real value of an online ad is often in their ability to produce data for use in optimizing traditional media campaigns. An online campaign can be created and deleted in just a fraction of the time and cost of a traditional campaign, so it can serve as a poor-man’s focus group before a larger investment. It can even help with decision making in other areas of business which are largely unrelated to advertising, such as setting rates, as demonstrated in the scenario above.Below are more situations in which online marketing could serve to increase the effectiveness of other projects.The scenario:Your sales team thinks a picture of a monkey in a cowboy outfit riding a border collie is a surefire way to sell your new pet insurance product, but your design team thinks you should roll with a grumpy cat mumbling about government insurance.Your move, Online Marketing ManagerBefore you put one of these disasters on every billboard in town, find out which one is the most attention grabbing on Facebook. After all, why else do you have a Facebook page other than to engage with your members to make them feel like meaningful partners? Simply ask your designer to create the two ads and invite your followers to cast their vote via comment on the page. At the very least, you’ve introduced the product in a memorable way and made members feel involved in a meaningful way. At best, someone will offer an idea that gets you out of the bind altogether.Expert move: Once you’ve established the more popular ad, run it in multiple geographies in AdWords or Facebook to find out which community clicks on the ad most frequently. Put your billboards there.Total research investment: $300 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bradley Blue No matter what Brad were to say about himself in this bio, it would be easy to find the truth about him with a simple google search. This applies to … Detailslast_img read more

Delaware County urges community to stay home as mandatory quarantine numbers climb

first_imgCounty officials noted that the number of individuals in mandatory quarantine has increased significantly. They say there are 82 individuals in mandatory quarantine and one individual in precautionary quarantine to date.  For more coronavirus coverage, click here. Additionally, county officials say there have been eight positive cases that have been transferred outside of the county to where they reside. They also say that of the 54 confirmed cases still in the county, four are receiving care in a hospital, 21 are quarantined, four individuals have died and 25 have fully recovered.  DELAWARE COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — Delaware County gave an update on coronavirus numbers on Saturday.center_img Delaware County says they have administered 505 total tests, and 435 of those tests have been negative.  In a press release, Delaware County reported the addition of one more positive case since Friday, bringing the total to 62.last_img read more

Lockdown sparks renovation surge

first_imgGrace and Sanath Hettiarachchi and their dog Millie at the home they have renovated in Moggill during the pandemic. Picture: Richard Walker.If you used lockdown to fix little things around the home, you are not alone, with a new survey finding almost two in every five homeowners used coronavirus isolation to get stuck into renovations.A new survey found that almost two in every five homeowners used the coronavirus lockdown to renovate their homes or investments, with isolation forcing most into becoming DIY specialists.MORE: Buyers cash in on Brisbane homesThree level extension hides behind historic QueenslanderThis home will have you climbing the walls34 Priors Pocket Road, Moggill, has been listed for sale after undergoing an extensive renovation.The Canstar survey conducted in mid July found that despite widespread job losses and uncertainty impacting livelihoods this year, 38 per cent of Aussies put money into making their properties more comfortable for themselves or more attractive for renters or buyers.Canstar financial services executive Steve Mickenbecker said the results were “a good sign for the economy” because “it says ‘we’re thinking about the future’.”“It’s surprising that 38 per cent of households have actually done renos but when you think about how busy places like Bunnings have been through all shutdown periods and since COVID-19 came to Australia, it shouldn’t be any surprise to be honest.”“People have more time on their hands, there’s no commuting, everyone’s sitting around the house saying that’s still broken, that still needs painting … If you can’t go out and be entertained, better yourself at home with a project.”He said the renovations “improved people’s lifestyles more than property values, but it’s amazing what a lick of paint can do”.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58“The average spend on a renovation during the pandemic was $4,979, while the maximum reached as high as $45,000,” Mr Mickenbecker said.While half paid for the renovations out of savings, one in five put the cost straight onto their credit card, which Mr Mickenbecker said was “a bit of a worry”.“It’s not a problem if they repay it over a few months. We compared repaying over six months, it’s not the end of the earth.”He said a non-rewards card average interest charge of 13.45 per cent ended up costing the same ($239 interest charge) as topping up your home loan to do the renovation (about $295 fee).“Irrespective of what you use in terms of finance for these smaller things you really want to knock it off as fast as you can so it doesn’t end up being a millstone for three or four years.”Brisbane couple Grace and Sanath Hettiarachchi were ready to begin their renovation of 34 Priors Pocket Rd, Moggill, when the pandemic hit.The Hettiarachchi’s property has been listed for sale at $685,000-plus.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoThis space was made light and bright through a renovation during lockdown.“We purchased this property in January this year with the hope of settling down however given the current pandemic, our plans have been delayed, and given the success of our previous property in Oxley, we thought we would try our hand at renovating and selling the property furnished,” Mr Hettiarachchi said.They did most of the work themselves and hired tradies for specialist jobs.“We lived in it from January and would work on it tirelessly before and after work and on the weekend. We finished in around June this year.”The kitchen is ready for new owners now.The home is being sold with appliances and furniture.“The house has been renovated mostly inside. It has high ceilings and custom windows to allow the natural light and has beautiful herringbone style recycled wood flooring throughout. All bedrooms got airconditioning and fans, and the kitchen and laundry have had a makeover, adding new high-end appliances with more storage.”The pandemic had changed their approach to life, he said. “We believe the current pandemic has really made some of us realise what matters the most, and that is, being able to be with our loved ones.””With some employers now adapting to this change, living near to the city won’t be as much of a priority as there will be adequate work-from-home options.”Kym Saunders of Plum Property Toowong has listed the property for sale looking for offers over $685,000, which includes appliances and furniture.MORE REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more

St Joseph communities take early steps ahead of hurricane season

first_imgLocalNews St Joseph communities take early steps ahead of hurricane season by: – April 16, 2012 Tweet Share 8 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Hon. Kelvar DarrouxSome of the communities which are prone to be affected by severe floodings are making early preparations ahead of the 2012 hurricane season.The St Joseph, Mero and Layou communities which are known to receive severe damage during storms are tackling the issue before the rainy season commences in June.Parliamentary representative for these villages Kevler Darroux is reporting that dredging works are still ongoing on the Layou River.He said government is in the process of finalizing a loan from the Central Development Bank to fix roads and infrastructure which were damaged last year as a result of serious flooding.“The necessary signage has already been set to indicate that some areas are flood zones. We continue to place tremendous emphasis on that and when the hurricane season comes, we will be intensifying our approach. We want to also ensure that the loss of land property is minimal,” he said.Darroux also reported that the government recently concluded a walkthrough with the Public Works Corporation to see how best the operation could commence.He said there will be the creation of serious employment for the people of St Joseph once the project has started.“We expect to see at least 30-40 persons employed on that project. We are talking about 700 meter of works to be undertaken,” he added.He said this is government testament to ensure that they respond to the needs of people, especially after a disaster.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Ruddy nearing return for Norwich

first_img The 26-year-old has not featured for the Canaries since the draw at Everton on November 24 after needing surgery on a torn muscle. Ruddy played all of the 2-0 Barclays U21 Development League defeat at Newcastle on Monday night, and will now be expected to come into contention for a first-team return over the run-in as Chris Hughton’s men target top-flight survival. Goalkeeper John Ruddy is likely to step up his rehabilitation from a thigh injury after completing 90 minutes of Norwich’s Under-21s match at Newcastle. Writing on his official Twitter account, Ruddy said: “Good to get the 90 minutes, leg held up ok.” While Ruddy is not expected to be rushed back, the imminent return of the England international will be welcome news for Hughton. Understudy Mark Bunn limped off early in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea after he picked up a groin problem on his first match back after suspension, meaning third-choice Lee Camp could again be between the posts for Saturday’s trip to Arsenal. Norwich are 14th, but just four points above Wigan, who have a match in hand. Despite this weekend’s trip to Emirates Stadium expected to offer little other than a sound beating, Hughton’s men still have enough time to put a safe distance between themselves and the battle for survival – with key games against Reading, Stoke and Aston Villa next on their fixture list. Winger Elliott Bennett is confident the results will come, telling the Eastern Daily Press: “We have just got to keep plugging away and picking up points where we can. “If we draw six of the next six then that would put us on 41 points – that would probably be enough. It is all about Premier League survival, not about how many wins you get in a season. For this football club it is about staying in the Premier League and then building on that for next season.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Postpone Matches After Cyclone Fani Alert

first_imgKolkata: As a safety measure, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) said it would postpone its local matches between May 3-6 owing to Cyclone Fani which is set to travel across West Bengal starting early on Saturday.”This is to inform all concerned that cricket matches of this association scheduled to be held from May 3 and 6 are hereby postponed owing to cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ as forecasted by the Metrological department, Kolkata.The revised dates of such postponed matches would be intimated in due course,” a statement from the CAB read.The matches include Under-18 club level matches, first and second division championship playoff games, knockout matches of One Day Tournament,’women’s T20 semi-finals and university matches.”Safety of the players is paramount. Taking that into consideration and also to ensure there are no logistical difficulties faced by them, we have decided to put on hold the matches at moment,” CAB Joint Secretary Avishek Dalmiya told IANS.”Since May 6 is an election day here in West Bengal, we would again resume matches from May 7,” he added.With less than 24 hours left for Cyclone Fani to make landfall in neighbouring Odisha coast, the West Bengal government and civic bodies worked on war footing to cope with the storm set to travel across the state starting early Saturday.The state government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation are bracing for a severely stormy weekend. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more