Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Breakout Prince, Nirvana, George Michael, Bob Marley In Austin [Photos]

first_imgPigeons Playing Ping Pong | Mohawk Austin | Austin, TX | 10/27/2017 | Photo: Steve Olker Load remaining images Photo: Stephen Olkercenter_img Pigeons Playing Ping Pong continued the Halloween celebrations last night at Austin, TX venue Mohawk Austin. The group once again pulled out all the stops during what turned out to be one super long set, with some rather interesting cover choices mixed in with their own originals. The Baltimore-based funk act busted Prince‘s “1999” early in the set, played in between their own “Whoopie,” and gave the same treatment to “Twist and Shout” serving as the meat in a “Julia” sandwich, going all the way back to 1963 from The Beatles‘ Please Please Me album.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Cover The Doors, Beatles, ABB, Rick James, And More [Full Audio]P4 continued to pay tribute to the spirits of rock n’ roll past with well-played covers of David Bowie‘s “Let’s Dance,” Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” the Allman Brothers Band classic “Jessica,” George Michael‘s “Careless Whisper,” and Bob Marley‘s “I Shot The Sheriff,” even throwing in a tease of Tom Petty‘s “Free Fallin’” during their own “Poseidon.”  The band continues their Halloween run tonight at White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX before a proper All Hallow’s Eve show on Tuesday at Atlanta’s Terminal West.Check out a full gallery of photos from the last night courtesy of Steve Olker.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Mohawk Austin | Austin, TX | 10/27/2017Set One: Porcupine, Whoopie > 1999 [1] > Whoopie, Avalanche, Somethin For Ya >, Julia > Twist and Shout^ [2] > Julia, Upfunk > Let’s Dance* [3] > Upfunk > Drums > Upfunk Dawn A New Day, Stay > Come As You Are* [4] > Stay, The Liquid, Poseidon > Jessica [5] > Poseidon#, Sunny Day > Careless Whisper% [6] > Sunny DayEncore:  I Shot The Sheriff~ [7] > HorizonNotes: [1] Prince, ^ Last time played 5/30/2014, [2] The Beatles, * First time played, [3] David Bowie, [4] Nirvana, [5] Allman Brothers Band, # w/ Free Fallin’ [Tom Petty] tease, % Last time played 7/27/2011, [6] George Michael, ~ Last time played 11/22/2014, [7] Bob Marleylast_img read more

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Watch Jim James & Brandi Carlile Join Forces To Honor Aretha Franklin In L.A. [Videos]

first_imgOn Friday night, Brandi Carlile headed to Los Angeles, performing a headlining show at the city’s iconic Greek Theater. While much of her performance pulled heavily on her recent release, By The Way, I Forgive You, the famed singer also had some surprises in store for the L.A. crowd. After moving through a more traditional setlist—which also featured guest sit-ins from Shooter Jennings—Carlile capped off her fifteen-song set with two covers—one of Joni Mitchell‘s “A Case Of You” and a powerful take on Led Zeppelin‘s “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”.“Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”[Video: barry king]However, the true magic happened during Brandi Carlile’s encore, during which she invited out numerous special guests and took the time to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin, who passed away last week, leaving the music community shaken. For the encore, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James joined the singer along with the night’s opener, Darlingside. With an augmented lineup, Carlile spoke about the importance of the Queen Of Soul before performing two of her signature tracks, “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and “Respect”.“Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” [Video: AnnaLie Berjamin]“Respect”[Video: AnnaLie Berjamin][H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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Applications remain high

first_imgApplications to Harvard College have remained near record highs for the fourth year in a row. This year, 34,295 people sought admission to the Class of 2018.  Last year, a record 35,023 applied, with 34,303 and 34,950 applying in the prior two years.“After an early action group that featured remarkable academic and extracurricular excellence and unparalleled ethnic and economic diversity, we are delighted to have a regular application pool that promises more great things for the Class of 2018,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “Harvard’s revolutionary financial aid program has again played a pivotal role in attracting the nation’s and the world’s most promising students to apply to Harvard.“And news about the high priority of financial aid in the Harvard’s Campaign for Arts and Sciences — with a $600 million goal — has been reassuring to students and families about Harvard’s core value of providing access to Harvard for outstanding students from all economic backgrounds,” Fitzsimmons added.“The leadership of President Drew Faust and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael Smith means a great deal to current and future undergraduates who need financial aid to attend Harvard,” said Sarah C. Donahue, director of financial aid. “We often hear from undergraduates about the difference financial aid made in their decision to come here and in the quality of their Harvard experience over the four years.”Approximately 60 percent of Harvard students receive need-based aid to attend, and on average their families pay only $12,000 annually.  Harvard requires no contribution from the 20 percent of Harvard families with annual incomes below $65,000, and asks an average of 10 percent of income from the majority of families receiving financial aid. Even families with incomes greater than $150,000 are eligible for aid depending on their particular circumstances, such as having multiple children in college or unusual medical or other essential expenses.Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) launched its portion of the University capital campaign in October. At $600 million, financial aid is the largest of the six goals for the FAS’ $2.5 billion drive.This year 22.7 percent of the applicants requested an application-fee waiver, compared with 16.4 percent last year and 12.4 percent three years ago. This suggests even more economic diversity for the incoming class than for previous ones.“The demographics of this year’s and last year’s applicant pools show some slight differences,” said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions. “While the gender breakdown is still about 52 percent male, larger percentages of the pool are Asian-American, African-American, Latino, Native Hawaiian, and multiracial, with a smaller percentage of Native Americans.“There were also some geographic shifts, including a 5.8 percent decline in applications from the Midwest, a 5.1 percent decline from New England, and a 3.4 percent decline from international students,” she said, with slight increases from the South and Mountain States.While it is usually impossible to say precisely why changes occur from one year to the next in college admissions, a number of shifting demographic factors will affect college admissions for years to come.As documented by the report “Knocking at the College Door,” produced by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) with the support of ACT and the College Board, the number of high school seniors in the United States has begun to decline after more than two decades of increases. The numbers are not expected to return to 2010-2011 levels even by 2026-27. Moreover, the report indicates that great variation will occur from region to region and state to state, with particularly large declines projected for the Northeast and the Midwest, while the South and the West will continue to see growth.Regional differences matter because about 80 percent of American students attend college within 200 miles of their homes, 90 percent of them within 500 miles. In the Northeast, where many peer selective private and public colleges already vie for the attention of an increasingly limited number of students, there likely will be decreases in applications at most colleges in the future.With changing regional patterns come rapid changes in the ethnic composition of America’s high schools.  By 2024-2025, white and non-Hispanic students will make up 47.9 percent of the U.S. public high school enrollment, Hispanics 27.6 percent, black non-Hispanics 15.7 percent, Asian and Pacific Islanders 7.4 percent, and American Indians and Alaska natives 1.3 percent.Such projections by WICHE are complex, but any college hoping to educate the future leaders of America — those who will guide the nation intellectually, politically, and in other ways — must be highly effective in recruiting the students of the new and more diverse America.Other important factors will also affect the number of high school seniors applying to colleges like Harvard. More information on these trends is available on the Admissions Office website.The admissions committee is now reviewing the applications of those deferred during early action, as well as those who applied for the Jan. 1 regular action program. Applicants will be notified by the committee’s decisions on March 27.Admitted students will be invited to Cambridge for Visitas, the visiting program for prospective freshmen, to be held this year from April 26-28.  Students have until May 1 to notify Harvard of their decisions to enroll.last_img read more

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Analysts say lower export prices a threat to Illinois Basin coal producers

first_imgAnalysts say lower export prices a threat to Illinois Basin coal producers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A combination of increased production, declining domestic demand and lower seaborne pricing is creating conditions in the Illinois Basin that might force mine closures or consolidation. Two analysts said the basin is already oversupplied, while others are hesitant to use that label yet.Several coal miners in the region announced increased output guidance or additional production during fourth-quarter 2018 earnings calls, which spurred some concern among observers who worry there will be more tonnage and fewer places for producers to sell it.Peabody President and CEO Glenn Kellow said on a Feb. 6 earnings call that the company will scale back some operations because pricing in the Illinois Basin is “not at a level that provides a clear return of that cost of capital.”John Hanou, president of Hanou Energy Consulting, agreed that the basin is oversupplied and there could be some consolidation as a result. “Coal miners are their own worst enemy,” Hanou said. “If they can expand production at a relatively low cost, that’s what they do.”Seaport Global Securities LLC analysts Mark Levin and Nathan Martin wrote in a March 20 report that while they think it is early to say the basin could be oversupplied in 2020, “we believe investors should at least be thinking about the possibility.” If lower export prices persist, that could make it “very challenging for Illinois Basin exports to maintain their lofty levels.”While the basin performed well in 2018 and looks poised to do pretty well this year, its success will depend largely on exports, Hanou said. Illinois Basin producers can compete when API2 prices are around $70 to $75, but once the price drops below $70, it becomes more difficult, even for the lower-cost miners. The price has recently fallen below $70. “Historically, if you look at the Illinois Basin and the exports, they’re highly cyclical,” Hanou said. “If the exports really drop this year and more likely next year, that’s going to create more supply into the domestic market.”More ($): As export prices fall, observers worry about coal oversupply in Illinois Basinlast_img read more

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Hand washing to counter COVID-19 still a luxury for Indonesia’s urban poor

first_imgNone of the country’s 34 provinces recorded figures above 90 percent, not even Jakarta, which recorded 73.18 percent.In the capital Jakarta, which has emerged as the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country with 579 confirmed infections and 49 deaths as of Monday, a lack of access to clean water still haunts many low-income families given the absence of regulations in property rights, among other reasons.The Jakarta administration has set a target of expanding the city’s tap water coverage to 82 percent by 2023 from the current figure of 62 percent, although experts believe the real figures might actually be lower. Nila Ardhianie, the director of the Amrta Institute for Water Literacy, said that coverage could range between 30 and 35 percent based on users’ water needs.As a result, untapped households – especially in North and West Jakarta – have had to resort to buying from water vendors commonly operating by cart, with each person spending as much as Rp 360,000 per month, she said.Households in Jakarta commonly comprise four to five family members, with a median income of Rp 3.36 million for poorer households, according to 2019 BPS data – meaning that water consumption is likely to add a significant burden to these families’ spending.The sluggish progress in expanding tap water coverage, especially to low-income households, has been attributed by the Coalition of Jakarta Residents Opposing Water Privatization (KMMSAJ) to the privatization of water utilities.The KMMSAJ filed a civil lawsuit against water privatization in 2013, arguing that private operators Aetra and Palyja had failed to provide clean water for all households.Read also: What you need to know about Jakarta’s water privatization“At the moment, low-income groups are faced with difficulties in maintaining hygiene – they can hardly afford to wash their hands, let alone gain access to drinking water. As a result, they are very prone to being revictimized by the coronavirus infection,” the group said in a statement issued on Sunday. March 22 is celebrated as World Water Day.The group called on the Jakarta administration to take over the city’s tap water management in order to provide good quality and affordable water for all layers of society, rather than allowing private companies to focus water resources on lavish gated communities, apartments, hotels, malls and office buildings.Only then, the group argues, can people follow proper social-distancing etiquette and maintain good hygiene, as officials have called for in a bid to suppress further transmission of the virus.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said last year that his administration would gradually take over the management of tap water from private operators in spite of a recent Supreme Court ruling that backed continued privatization.He said that the takeover was important in order to “correct” the existing agreement between the government and the two private operators, which has allowed the firms to manage the city’s tap water uninterrupted from 1997 to 2023.Jakarta-owned tap water company PAM Jaya president director Priyatno Bambang Hernowo told The Jakarta Post on Monday that his office was still in the process of negotiating a new agreement on the takeover with the two private firms, saying that the company would in the meantime be focused on maintaining clean water provision amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Priyatno gave an assurance that the company would reach even more households by June, adding as many as 30,000 new customers in North and West Jakarta. Additionally, the company has set up a number of portable sinks in public spaces including transportation hubs and stations, and was planning to add more at 30 points across the city in the next two weeks.Read also: Indonesians show generosity in crowdfunding initiatives to fight COVID-19Amrta’s Nila urged the Jakarta administration to go beyond what was already being done, underscoring the importance of good hygiene as the first line of defense against the coronavirus and a wide array of other diseases.“Residents who face economic difficulties during this pandemic and hence can’t fulfill their monthly water payments should be given an exemption. They should allow residents to report their water needs to call centers,” she said.Activist Sandyawan Sumardi, who leads the House of Humanitarian Solidarity of Jakarta, said the government’s handling of the outbreak was “extremely bad and late” when it came to protecting lower-income families.“The urban poor have little or no access to hospitals due to the high costs, and [can’t be expected to lead] a hygienic lifestyle because they have no hand sanitizers or masks, let alone think about ‘social distancing,’” he said.“If they don’t go out to work for just one day, they won’t be able to eat.”Although the majority of Indonesia’s confirmed cases are still centered on Java, experts have voiced concerns about the virus spreading further across the country, including into rural areas where the healthcare system is still largely inadequate. The first confirmed case in Ambon, for instance, had a history of travel from Bekasi in West Java, just on the outskirts of Jakarta.Meanwhile, communities have moved fast to raise donations to ensure that low-income families can get access to masks and hand sanitizers, while the University of Indonesia has plans to set up 44 portable hand-washing stations in public spaces across Greater Jakarta, including in traditional markets.Topics : As COVID-19 spreads throughout the nation, the 20-second hand-washing routine has echoed across the airwaves and has been religiously inscribed on both conventional and social media.From medical professionals to celebrities, everyone and their mothers have preached about the importance of hand washing – still deemed the best weapon against the new coronavirus strain, in the absence of a working vaccine or antiviral drug.In Indonesia, however, hand washing appears to be a luxury activity for the tens of millions of citizens who have no access to clean water. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data in 2018 shows that just 74 percent of the population has access to clean drinking water, and an even lower percentile for regions outside urban areas.The data also indicates interregional water inequality, with citizens in the eastern half of the country having lower access to clean water than those in the western half of the country.Read also: Some Indonesians try to ward off COVID-19 with talismans, ritualsThe BPS data from 2019 shows that only 76.07 percent of the population had access to public hand-washing facilities that provided soap. Papua recorded the lowest figure with 35.55 percent of the regional population having access to such facilities, followed by East Nusa Tenggara with 51.92 percent and Aceh with 64 percent. last_img read more

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Sons of murdered Saudi journalist Khashoggi say ‘forgive’ killers

first_imgThe sons of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Friday they “forgive” the killers of their father, an announcement analysts said effectively grants clemency to five convicted people on death row.Khashoggi — a royal family insider turned critic — was killed and dismembered at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, in a case that tarnished the reputation of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.His family’s pardon could spare the lives of five unnamed people sentenced to death over the murder in a December court ruling that exonerated two top aides to the crown prince. ‘Rogue’ operation Out of 11 individuals indicted in the case — most of whom remain unnamed — five were sentenced to death, three face jail terms totaling 24 years and the others were acquitted, according to the public prosecutor.The December verdict, which was lambasted by rights groups as a travesty of justice, underscored Saudi efforts to draw a line under the crisis as it seeks to reboot its international image ahead of this year’s G20 summit in Riyadh.The murder involved 15 Saudi agents sent from Riyadh, Ankara said. Riyadh has described the murder as a “rogue” operation, but both the CIA and a United Nations special envoy have directly linked Prince Mohammed to the killing, a charge the kingdom vehemently denies.Khashoggi, a 59-year-old critic of the crown prince, was strangled and his body cut into pieces by a 15-man Saudi squad inside the consulate, according to Turkish officials. His remains have not been found.Saudi prosecutors had said deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri oversaw Khashoggi’s killing and the US Treasury had claimed the royal court’s media czar Saud al-Qahtani was “part of the planning and execution” of the operation that led to the murder.Qahtani was investigated but not indicted “due to insufficient evidence” and Assiri was charged, but eventually acquitted on the same grounds, according to the public prosecutor.Both aides were part of Prince Mohammed’s tight-knit inner circle and were formally sacked over the killing, but only Assiri appeared in the court hearings, according to Western sources. “On this holy night of this blessed month [of Ramadan]… we the sons of martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce we forgive and pardon those who killed our father,” the Washington Post columnist’s son Salah Khashoggi said on Twitter.Saudi authorities did not immediately comment on the legal ramifications of the announcement from Salah, who resides in the kingdom and has denied reports of a financial settlement with the government.”What this essentially means is that the killers will avoid capital punishment since that is a right the family [under sharia law] has to forgive,” Ali Shihabi, a Saudi author and analyst close to the government said on Twitter. “Other legal procedures by the state continue.” Topics : Analyst Nabeel Nowairah also said the family’s declaration effectively means the “murderers will not be executed”.Salah has previously said he had “full confidence” in the judicial system, and criticized opponents he said were seeking to exploit the case.The Washington Post reported last year that Khashoggi’s children, including Salah, had received multimillion-dollar homes and were being paid thousands of dollars per month by authorities. Salah rejected the report, denying discussing a financial settlement with the Saudi government.last_img read more

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New Zealand extends Auckland coronavirus lockdown, Australia case numbers slow

first_imgThe Auckland lockdown, imposed on Aug. 11 after officials detected the country’s first locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in more than three months, had been scheduled to end on Wednesday.It will now end on Sunday night. The city’s step down from Level 3 to Level 2 restrictions will be made gradually from Monday, Ardern said.Around 150 people have been diagnosed as part of the cluster that originated in Auckland, which is home to 1.7 million people, but daily new case numbers have slowed to single digit increases over the past three days.”This is a contained cluster. But it is our biggest one. And that means the tail will be long, and the cases will keep coming for a while to come,” Ardern told reporters in Wellington. To maintain control as Auckland eases down to Level 2 restrictions, which will allow schools and shops to reopen, public gatherings will still be restricted to a maximum of 10 people, Ardern said. The rest of the country will remain at Level 2 restrictions, but with the broader limit of up to 100 people at public gatherings. Both situations will be reviewed before Sept. 6, she said.New Zealand, which has a population of 5 million, has so far recorded just over 1,300 COVID-19 cases, including 22 deaths.Australia outbreak slowsMeanwhile, neighboring Australia was on course to report its lowest one-day rise in new coronavirus infections in almost two months on Monday, fuelling optimism that a deadly second wave is subsiding.Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland states reported a combined 120 new cases over the past 24 hours, with Victoria responsible for the vast majority with its capital city of Melbourne the epicenter of the latest outbreak. Victoria earlier this month reported a record 700 cases in a single day.Other states and territories are still to report, but have not recorded new cases in weeks, with experts believing they have effectively eliminated the virus. With no new surprise numbers, Monday’s would be the lowest single-day rise since July 5.”We are on track now to start to get into double digits soon,” Victoria state Health Minister Jenny Mikakos told reporters in Melbourne.Australia has recorded nearly 25,000 COVID-19 infections, including 517 deaths. Topics :center_img New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday extended a coronavirus lockdown in the country’s largest city until the end of the week and introduced mandatory mask wearing on public transport across the nation.Ardern said the four-day extension in the city of Auckland was critical to enable the country to step down its scale of emergency restrictions – and remain at less restrictive levels.”We want both confidence, and certainty for everyone,” Ardern said during a televised media conference.last_img read more

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Doctors warn on euthanasia

first_imgThe West Australian 1 September 2014WA palliative care specialists are urging Federal MPs to reject the legalisation of euthanasia, warning doctors do not want to be put in the position of having to end patients’ lives.They have told a parliamentary inquiry looking at the proposed introduction of national right-to-die laws that rather than deliberately ending life, more should be done on improving care for the terminally ill.Perth Federal Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan and Greens Victorian senator Richard Di Natale are spearheading a push for national euthanasia laws.Under Senator Di Natale’s “dying with dignity” private member’s Bill, three doctors would need to give their approval before a terminally ill patient could undergo euthanasia. Euthanasia would be limited to adults and Australian residents.But members of the WA Palliative Medicine Specialists Group, which includes doctors from the State’s major hospitals, worry that legalising euthanasia would change society’s attitude to matters of life and death.Doug Bridge, former head of Royal Perth Hospital’s palliative care service, said it was “abhorrent” to put doctors in the position of having to end a patient’s life.https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/24861793/doctors-warn-on-euthanasia/last_img read more

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Middle School CC Meet At Greensburg

first_imgMany of our area Middle School Cross Country Teams participated at The Greensburg Invitational.Greensburg MS CC (8-25)Greensburg Invitational MS CCGirls Team Results:  Columbus Northside 32, Greensburg 71, Sunman-Dearborn 94, Shelbyville 156, South Dearborn 158, Batesville 162, Doe Creek 193, Jac-Cen-Del 195, Eastern Hancock 196, Jennings County 215, North Decatur 294, Connersville 370, South Decatur 381, and Greendale 389.Boys Team Results:  Columbus Northside 49, Doe Creek 55, Greensburg 80Batesville 115, Jennings County 137, Jac-Cen-Del 143, Sunman-Dearborn 193, Connersville 212, Shelbyville 216, Greendale 274, Eastern Hancock 303, Southwestern 309, South Dearborn 312, and North Decatur 368.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold and Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img read more

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DeYoung, Allen are Crystal winners

first_imgDeYoung picked up the Saturday Lane Automotive IMCA Modified checkers over Brody Bowser and Mitchell Hunt. CRYSTAL, Mich. (May 25-26) – Brenten DeYoung and Chance Allen were Memorial Weekend IMCA Modified feature winners at Crystal Motor Speedway. By Verwayne Greenhoecenter_img On Sunday, Allen scored his second feature win of the season ahead of Matt Szecsodi and Milt Montgomery.last_img

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