Watch Tank And The Bangas Dominate Pickathon Music Festival

first_imgStill riding the high from winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, the poetry-twirling, NOLA-based soul sensations known as Tank and the Bangas have made headlines nationwide, spreading the gospel of their refreshing, energetic performances. Only five months after winning the contest, Tank and the Bangas performed at Portland, Oregon’s Pickathon festival. That performance is now featured as the first episode of NPR’s 2017-2018 Pickathon Woods Series. The series includes hand-picked videos by opbmusic to showcase some of the most exciting performances captured at the Woods Stage during Pickathon. Naturally, Tank and the Bangas won hearts over at Pickathon with their explosively creative set.EXCLUSIVE: Tank of Tank and the Bangas Contemplates Inspiration, Poetry, And ConfidenceIn the video below, Tank and the Bangas perform an extended medley of “Dreaming”, “Crazy Reloaded”, and “Quick” to display their New Orleans-bred power to a crowd of wide-eyed new fans. opbmusic and NPR will continue to share episodes from the Pickathon Wood Stage every month for the rest of the year. Watch Tank and the Bangas below:Visit Tank and the Bangas tour dates on the band’s website.last_img read more

Have yourself a happy, healthy pandemic Thanksgiving

first_img Chan School’s Koenen discusses rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era A summer like no other Keeping safe from pandemic during the holidays Feeling more anxious and stressed? You’re not alone This Thanksgiving, it may be better to forget about even trying to pretend things are normal.Instead, Karestan Koenen suggested acknowledging up-front that it will be different, difficult even. Family traditions will be disrupted, gatherings — when they occur at all — will be smaller and stranger, possibly in chilly November backyards, masked and a little awkward among those you know best. If there are empty seats at the table, the Harvard psychiatric epidemiologist said it’s important to communally remember loved ones lost during this COVID year.Koenen, a professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, addressed the upcoming holiday as well as the broader issue of mental health in the pandemic’s autumn and winter depths during a Facebook Live event Tuesday. Sponsored by The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and PRI’s” The World,” the event featured moderator Elana Gordon and viewers online asking Koenen questions about COVID-19’s mental health toll.Koenen suggested trying to find ways to make this Thanksgiving something positive. Reach out to family members you might normally be sharing the day with via phone, videoconference, or even an online game. Plan an activity to give the day meaning, even if it is different from your annual rite. Koenen, for example, is foregoing what has been her family’s big yearly gathering but is considering alternatives like delivering meals to those less fortunate.“[I’ve been] thinking about ways that I can give back, that might make me feel better and actually be helpful,” Koenen said. “And at the same time just recognizing that it’s going to be hard and that’s OK and thinking about creative ways that you can still do things that you used to enjoy.” “The 1918 pandemic was horrible, and it ended. … There will be an end. We will not be in this forever, keep our eye on that.” — Karestan Koenen, psychiatric epidemiologist Efforts across the University aim to reassure, entertain, connect Harvard’s Lipsitch urges public to ramp up social distancing, increase coronavirus tests Epidemiologist offers tips for family gatherings at Thanksgiving and in December You can have outdoor fun in the COVID era, Chan School expert says, but keep your distance center_img Social distance makes the heart grow lonelier Harvard experts discuss ways to ease the rising sense of isolation and feel more connected Bringing (virtual) normalcy to the community Related Americans are dealing not only with the coronavirus’ threat to their health, but also bereavement from lost family members and friends. Distancing and other public health measures have disrupted daily lives, millions are out of work, and the early government stimulus is running out.There’s also been a summer of social unrest around racial-justice issues and one of the most bitterly contested presidential elections in memory. Despite all of that, she said, there’s been little support for mental health care from federal and state governments, even though there’s demonstrable need. Koenen said more Americans are reporting feeling depressed and anxious — an August survey by the CDC showed 40 percent of respondents suffering mental health impacts — and increasing numbers having seriously considered suicide.Most of the response to this dimension of the crisis has been at the grassroots level, leaving clinics at maximum capacity and waitlists long. On the positive side, insurers have approved telehealth visits for therapy for the first time, helping providers reach patients reluctant to come to the office, and the market has created an array of interventions in the form of smartphone apps for things like mindfulness and yoga.Ironically, Koenen said, if state and federal lawmakers are looking for the best intervention, it wouldn’t be targeted mental health legislation but rather another shot of economic stimulus. That’s because two of the biggest stressors in life are losing a job and the roof over one’s head. Providing assurance that won’t happen, she said, would go a long way toward easing the pressure on Americans. ‘Worry about 4 weeks from now,’ epidemiologist warns On a personal level, Koenen said it’s important to understand that you have tools at your disposal to salve your own mental health. Acknowledge emotions and take care of the body with exercise and diet. Taking a short walk can help ease stress and boost health, while some might also consider taking a breather from society’s constant, aggravating drumbeat: Koenen takes breaks from the news and recently deleted Twitter from her phone. For those feeling exhausted and listless, she suggested thinking of things that made you feel better in the past and trying those.Despite the dread that the coming cold, dark months may instill, Koenen said to keep reasons for optimism in mind. We know a lot more about the virus than we did during the spring surge; we know how to prevent its spread — even if we don’t always take that advice. We know a lot more about treating it and have more tools at our disposal to do so, with new treatments on the way. In addition, she said, surveys of health care workers show lower levels of negative mental health outcomes than expected at this point in the pandemic.“We’ve been amazed, actually, at how resilient the providers are,” Koenen said.In addition, she said, news about vaccines has been positive, highlighting a key lesson from earlier pandemics.“I try to remind myself that there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Koenen said. “The 1918 pandemic was horrible, and it ended. … There will be an end. We will not be in this forever, keep our eye on that.”last_img read more

X Factor’s Matt Cardle on ‘F**king Going For It’ in London’s Memphis

first_img View Comments Hockadoo! Memphis the Musical has a new leading man. The West End incarnation of the Tony-winning Broadway hit recently welcomed stage first-timer Matt Cardle to the cast, playing radio DJ Huey Calhoun opposite soul singer and Olivier nominee Beverley Knight as club singer Felicia Farrell. Having come to fame in Britain for winning the seventh season of The X Factor, Cardle has replaced Killian Donnelly in the production at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The genial star spoke to about treading the boards—and learning lines—for the very first time.How did your new theatrical life come about—and Memphis in particular?Doing theater had never crossed my mind! I loved it but it wasn’t on my radar. I had never acted before and it wasn’t something that I thought I would be able to do in the future. But having finished [The X Factor] and been halfway through album number four, my manager called me and said that he had just had Beverley [Knight] on the phone to say that they were looking for a new Huey in Memphis and would I be interested?Were you?In fact, I’d been down to audition for another show in town and things didn’t get very far with that one so I went along and saw Memphis and instantly fell in love with it, as everyone who sees the show does. I was watching Bev very closely, and Killian [Donnelly], and then one thing led to another. It was a case of, I love the show and I had come down and read through the script with the resident director, Tara Wilkinson, and I spoke to my mum and decided that it would be rude not to give it a go.In what way “rude?”Inasmuch as Beverley is such a lovely woman and it was a huge honor to be thought of for something like this, given that I had never in my life picked up a script or ever learned a line!That is amazing, alongside the challenge of playing Huey, who is from an entirely different country and culture.The challenges were coming thick and fast, literally one after the other. First, there was the American accent, and I thought, right, I’ve messed around with accents my entire life but this was the deep south so I had to swerve around that one but I think I managed to do OK.Not to mention tackling a sizable part that brought both Tony and Olivier nominations for its Broadway and West End originators.My dresser told me I’m only ever offstage for 11 minutes, and that time is spent running underneath the stage at full pelt or doing the quickest costume change, sometimes with only 15 seconds or less to spare. There’s no time to sit and think about how things are going, which is good [laughs].How did you actually learn the part?I was watching the show on DVD twice a day and when I went to bed, I would have an audio of the show on my bedside table filtering into my subconscious. I lived and breathed Memphis before we started and then we had three weeks of intense rehearsal. It was like, “Where do I stand? What do I say? How do I say it?” And then, on top of all that, acting with props.Talk about a baptism by fire.I was like, bloody hell. I’m not so much a fish out of water as a goldfish that had landed on the carpet [laughs].At least you only do a seven-show week so you have that eighth show off to catch your breath…or watch from the audience.I get Wednesday afternoon off, but I’m more likely to be lying in bed!What do you think about those who complain that reality TV show alumni are getting cast in musicals over drama students who would give their eye teeth to star in the West End?I would say the same thing in their position! These roles aren’t easy to come by, and people who go to drama school train for years for this kind of thing. So I would not only empathize with their point of view, I would apologize to these people if the reports were coming back that I was rubbish but I think I’m holding my own at the moment. I hope so, anyway!Did your predecessor Killian [Donnelly] give you any advice?He just said, “You gotta f**king go for it!” It’s one of those roles where there’s no point thinking too hard about it. You’ve got to know what you’ve got to do.And of course the material addresses some major themes, beginning with racism in the United States.What I love about the show is that it manages to deal with these issues and to get the message across while also being consistently entertaining. But there are also two or three moments—more than that, actually—where the message comes and stabs you in the gut. There’s no messing about.Had you seen many West End musicals prior to being in this one?Not really. I saw Tommy a long time ago and Les Miz, and I saw Shrek, but I have to say that I was genuinely blown away by Memphis and thought it was just incredible. If I had thought there was no f**king way, I wouldn’t have done it, but I did think there was a slim chance I could pull it off.Now that you’re up and running in this, are you keen to make musical theater an ongoing part of your career?I’ve been given the golden egg here, as you can understand. This is one of the best companies, the best casts, the best shows—these roles don’t come around very often so now that I’ve got this, I’m not looking any further than tonight’s show or tomorrow night’s show.So we’re not going to see you donning a cat suit alongside Beverley [as Grizabella] when Cats returns to the West End later this year?I don’t think so but you never know. I never thought I’d be standing on a stage saying “hockadoo!”Do you even know what that word means?I don’t think anybody knows what it means!last_img read more

Safer Family.

first_imgWhether your biggest concern is your farm or your family, an Atlanta workshop April 12-13 will address environmental concerns of interest to you. Key topics include: Ways to ensure that your well water is safe. How to care for your septic system. Safe ways to handle pesticides and fertilizers. Farm*A*Syst/Home*A*Syst concepts and materials will be the focus of the workshop. The Farm*A*Syst/Home*A*Syst program is an interagency partnership. It provides farmers and homeowners information and a voluntary means to manage their farms or homes to prevent pollution and ensure their families’ well-being. The workshop will be at the Federal Building at 61 Forsyth St., SW, in Atlanta. It’s free, but you must pre-register to attend. To register, or for more information, contact Lisa Ann McKinley at (404) 562-9403. Or e-mail [email protected] read more

Light on the water

first_imgCreighton Cutts loves water. He started The Dolphin Project in the 1980s, worked with sperm whales and sea turtles in the 1990s, and has volunteered with various Riverkeepers for nearly two decades.Creighton is also a candle maker. As the founder of Bee Natural, he hand-carves and presses 100% natural beeswax into luminaries.Fire and water usually don’t mix. But Creighton found a way to combine his passion for protecting rivers with his day job.Creighton is traveling to every major river in the Southeast to shoot photos of his candles on the water. He donates the photos to the local Riverkeeper, and for every candle he sells from that watershed, he donates 25% of the profits to the local Riverkeeper.His floatoshoot tour will be headed to the Nantahala River and French Broad River on November 12-13. View images from previous floatoshoots and follow the floatoshoot tour here.last_img read more

Bolivia Takes Action Against Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo October 01, 2011 seized 13.8 tons of cocaine seized 369.7 tons of marijuana destroyed 2,815 drug factories destroyed 3,469 coca maceration pits Drug trafficking and its effects have become a central subject of discussion on the Bolivian national agenda. Official sources confirm the increase of seized cocaine and drug-related criminal acts, and report government actions to counteract the illicit trade. From January to July 2011, the Bolivian Government: Source: last_img read more

Pro-Maduro Troops Supply Weapons to Criminal Organizations

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo June 06, 2019 More than 228,000 weapons and ammunition belonging to the National Bolivarian Armed Force (FANB, in Spanish) and the National Police Corps might be in the hands of Colombian terrorists on Venezuelan soil, as well as the paramilitary known as “illegally armed colectivos” that support the regime of Nicolás Maduro. Javier Tarazona, director of the Venezuelan nongovernmental organization Fundación Redes, reported the information on April 23 and gave the Public Ministry of Venezuela a list containing the missing weapons and ammunition, including type and serial number. “High-ranking FANB officers told Fundación Redes that after receiving orders, superiors provided weapons to irregular groups, including the Colombian guerrilla National Liberation Army [or ELN],” Tarazona told Diálogo. The missing weapons are mainly Russian-made. “Despite the embargo by the international community, the [Maduro] regime acquired more weapons than what it registered,” Jorge Serrano, a scholar at the Center for Higher National Studies in Peru, told Diálogo. ‘Illegally armed colectivos,’ paramilitaries, and narcotrafficking For Tarazona, the issue is alarming in a country with an average rate of 25,000 violent deaths annually, a war-like figure when there is no war. A considerable number of weapons were sent to “illegally armed colectivos” and parapolice groups that defend Maduro. They’ve also reached the Cartel de los Soles, a group devoted to narcotrafficking, and prisoners that the regime releases to disperse opposition protests, Serrano said. “Armed civilians are trying to subdue citizens, who only want to exercise their rights to protest in the country, and generate fear among them,” Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó told the press. “This is one more fact that shows the Maduro regime is a threat not only to Venezuela, but also to the entire region, because irregular armed groups are operating throughout South America. Maduro made it clear that he won’t skimp on resources to remain in power,” Serrano said.last_img read more

‘Music In Our Schools’ highlights importance of youth music programs

first_img“We want to encourage school-music programs in our area,” says Beth Shanfelt, a band teacher at the school. “Sometimes, that’s one of the first things that get cut in school budgets.” JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — It’s Music In Our Schools Week and bands will be playing their instruments at the Oakdale Mall in front of JCPenney. Organizers say one of the reasons they perform at the mall is to show people that children are learning music and love it. Local school bands will be at the mall for two weeks. On Tuesday, MacArthur Elementary School of the Binghamton District played. To hear what students from the program think about, tune into 12 News in its 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.last_img read more

The appliance of science

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Citilink tests first freighter to boost cargo service

first_img“Citilink hopes that the operation of the freighter will contribute quite significant additional income [to the airline], aside from the passengers revenue,” Citilink president director Juliandra said in a press release published on Wednesday. He noted that the airline’s shift to cargo services was a move to seize opportunities in the growing cargo market.On its test run yesterday, Citilink’s new freighter flew from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, to Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, and Kualanamu International Airport in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra.  The aircraft will enter operations after Idul Fitri, which falls on May 24 and 25, and will carry cargo for both domestic and foreign routes, especially those in the Asian region.Many national airlines that predominantly operate passenger flights have reportedly shifted to the cargo business to cover losses from the COVID-19 pandemic that has severely hit passenger demand and airlines’ revenue.According to data from the Finance Ministry, the combined revenue losses among local airlines amounted to Rp 207 billion (US$13.4 million) as of April 15.Meanwhile, Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA) data show that the volume of domestic and international airfreight in Indonesia also dropped 39 percent from the average rate.Topics : Low-cost carrier PT Citilink Indonesia, a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia Group, conducted an operational test for its freighter fleet on Tuesday to support its cargo business.The freighter, with a load capacity of 13 tons, is a Boeing B737-500 aircraft converted to carry cargo instead of passengers.The conversion was done by Garuda Indonesia Group’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary, PT Garuda Maintenance Facilities (GMF) AeroAsia, and has been certified by the Transportation Ministry’s Airworthiness and Aircraft Operation Directorate (DKUPPU).last_img read more