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For the fourth time in New York, and third time at the Brooklyn Bowl, funk darlings Vulfpeck took the stage and treated fans to an all-out display of tight musicianship, complete with an absurd stage presence. The band quickly rose in popularity within the “jam” scene, replete with the most hyper-critical of music fans. Unabashedly, Vulfpeck proved themselves on each of these four night runs, remaining true to their own mysterious Vulfish ways. In being themselves, Vulfpeck steadily earns the respect that they deserve.The band opened up their show with a medley of “Speedwalker” and “Sky Mall,” before Jack Stratton reached out and thanked the audience for their support. In an intimate setting like the Brooklyn Bowl, the band’s regular banter plays as very legit and entertaining. You can feel the sincerity that comes across in every line, especially as Stratton urges the crowd’s consciousness into a funky rendition of “Conscious Club.”“Rango” followed, before the band broke out into two Woody Goss compositions, “Fugue State” and “The Birdwatcher.” The set included two back-to-back surprises, including the rare Vollmilch track “Adrienne and Adrianne” and a debut cover of The Five Fairsteps’ “Ooh Child.” With Antwaun Stanley at the helm and Bernard Purdie in the pocket, this was a real soulful moment of the performance.That soul continued when the band brought out Lake Street Dive’s own Rachael Price, who sang lead on the band’s new cover of The Beatles’ “Something.” Her vocals are beyond impressive, and the song was a real mid-set treat. Joey Dosik came out next, singing lead on his original “Game Winner” and another cover, “Never Can Say.”Antwaun then made his triumphant return, joining the band for a four-song run that included the uber-catchy “1612” and “Funky Duck.” Both of the songs featured a full horn section, with tuba player Ibanda Ruhumbika from the Colbert show adding some funk to the mix. “Funky Duck” with the tuba, as well as a trombonist and saxophonist, was just on another level of dancing grooves.After “Funky Duck,” the stage cleared of special guests, and the band taught their fans some unfamiliar lyrics to sing along with their next song. “Pop Warner… Dennis the Menace, click and clack… Dennis Kucinich.” Once they played the introduction to Steely Dan’s “Peg,” it all made sense. What fun!Antwaun stayed on for one more song, the classic “Wait For The Moment,” before the band treated fans to a series of their most popular songs. “Back Pocket” was first, as Theo Katzman split the crowd into a three-part harmony to sing the song’s catchy refrain. “Beastly” came next, featuring the handiwork of bassist Joe Dart. It’s a real treat watching Dart at work. “Christmas in LA” followed, with yet another three part harmony and some playful banter by Katzman. After “It Gets Funkier” and “Outro,” the band bid their fans goodnight.With time for one more song, the band surprised us all by bringing out a cover of Hanson’s “MMMBop.” The song actually featured Bernard Purdie on the studio recording, hence the song selection. As if we needed another reason to love this band, they finished out their show with one of the most silly songs in existence.Watch the Hanson cover below.A very special shout out belongs to Cory Wong, who played guitar from start to finish during last night’s show and the whole four-night run. Having a permanent guitarist really gives Stratton and Katzman the freedom to switch instruments as they see fit, opening up the band’s show tremendously. Not to mention how great his guitar technique is.You can listen to the full audio recording below, courtesy of taper Eric McRoberts:Thank you for four glorious nights of music Vulfpeck! So much fun.Setlist: Vulfpeck at Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – 9/10/16Set: Speedwalker/Sky Mall, Conscious Club, Rango, Fugue State, The Birdwatcher, Adrienne and Adrianne, Ooh Child, Something, Game Winner, Never Can Say, 1612, Funky Duck, Peg, Wait For The Moment, Back Pocket, Beastly, Christmas in LA, It Gets Funkier, OutroEncore: Mmm Bop[Photo taken on night one by Patrick Hughes // Faces of Festivals]
Drinking coffee, regular or decaffeinated, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer, according to a study by Harvard University researchers.The study found that men who consumed six or more cups of coffee a day had a 60 percent lower risk of developing deadly metastatic prostate cancer and a 20 percent reduced risk of developing any form of the disease. One to three cups cut the risk of lethal prostate cancer by 30 percent. The findings, published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, suggest non-caffeine elements in coffee may provide the benefit…Read more here…
Stock Image LAKEWOOD – A Village of Lakewood man who police say shot himself after allegedly threatening to kill his wife last month is now facing charges.Lakewood-Busti Police say 55-year-old Christopher Butts is charged with two counts of menacing a police officer, felony first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree menacing, second-degree harassment and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of an occupied dwelling.Officers responded to West Fairmount Avenue near Spruce Street just before 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 15 and allegedly found Butts in a driveway with a handgun.Police tried talking to Butts before they say he fired a round into the ground, then turned the weapon on himself. Through investigation police allege Butts told his wife he was going to kill her as he dragged her around the yard.Prior to officer’s arrival, they said Butts allegedly brandished his weapon at bystanders who tried to intervene to help his wife.After the shooting Butts was taken to UPMC Hamot Hospital for medical treatment.When he was released from medical care police said Butts turned himself in and was charged. He was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to return to court at a later date. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Thank the Democrats & their no bail policies for his release.
View Comments Julie Andrews and Idina Menzel to Appear Together On Screen The Watch What Happens Live clubhouse is getting a visit from two of Broadway’s greatest! Musical theater legend Julie Andrews and If/Then star Idina Menzel are set to appear on Andy Cohen’s show on May 1. Tune in to hear Andrews and Menzel sing “Take Me Or Leave Me!” (Edit: so, they probably won’t be singing “Take Me Or Leave Me.” Our bad.) The Bravo host usually plays some pretty wacky games with his guests, so the duo better “Let It Go,” “Stay Awake” and be prepared for anything! The Cripple of Inishmaan’s Daniel Radcliffe’s Career Guru Revealed Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has built an extraordinary career outside the blockbuster movie franchise. How? Well, the four-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner now asks himself this question when he’s making professional decisions: What Would Michael Fassbender do? The Inishmaan star told Vulture.com: “I should just get a little bracelet made with that on it…I think everything he does in his career is brilliant.” Tony Shalhoub Idina Menzel Act One’s Tony Shaloub on Reviews, Stairs and More Act One’s Tony Shalhoub stopped by ABC New York to talk about the show, his sensible attitude to reviews and running up and down stairs. Check out the interview below. Tony Winner Barbara Cook is Returning to the New York Stage Barbara Cook is to return to New York-area stages with her new concert Are You Havin’ Any Fun? Barbara Barbara Cook in Concert. The Tony and Grammy winner and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree will play the Symphony Space in Manhattan on April 26, the Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center at Queens College on May 10, the South Orange Performing Arts Center on May 31 and the Tarrytown Music Hall on Saturday June 14. Star Files Daniel Radcliffe Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A call to 911 about a “possibly deceased” woman being dragged down the stairs of a North Bellmore residence ended with the arrest of a man who was allegedly driving with more than a dozen pills on his lap while the woman was unconscious in his passenger seat, Nassau County police said.The tip also stated that the woman was put into a 2010 Volkswagen, police said. Officers responded and stopped the car on Bellmore Road and Doris Avenue around 11:30 p.m. and discovered that the driver, Adam Geier, allegedly had drugs in his possession, police said.The 43-year-old woman in the car, who apparently suffered an overdose, according to police, was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released.Geier, 31, who was allegedly found with 22 Xanax and Oxycodone pills, was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance.He will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.
continue reading » Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought global and local economies to a screeching halt. In March, the Federal Reserve lowered short-term interest rates by a total of 150 basis points to a target range of 0 to 0.25% through two emergency rate cuts. This unprecedented move is intended to loosen the cost of borrowing and infuse the markets with liquidity. However, it was not effective in easing market concerns and has exasperated the task ahead for financial institutions already dealing with an operational crisis. Credit unions must now adjust their balance sheets to maintain profitability in a zero-bound rate environment.Credit union leaders must focus on the strategic levers they have available to drive profitability: operational, funding, liquidity, credit, interest rate risk and leverage.The first step for credit unions is to review the potential impacts of this zero-bound rate environment on their balance sheets. While most asset/liability management models do not have a down 1.5% rate-shock scenario, looking at the down 1% and down 2% scenarios will provide a close approximation. We encourage credit union executives to give special consideration to projected profitability as well as the potential impact on capital. Before the rapid development of this current health and economic crisis, most credit unions only budgeted for one rate cut this year. Credit unions will see pressure on net income in 2020, so we advise credit union executives review their budgets and forecasts for the remainder of the year. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Nassau County Legislature’s Democratic minority held an unsanctioned hearing on the county’s contracting scandal after the panel’s Republican leadership ignored calls to schedule a formal public hearing on the issue.Dozens of people packed a conference room at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola last Friday to hear the speakers discuss proposed reforms after Republicans locked them out of the legislative chamber and criticized the event.“We must take action to restore the public trust and to reassure people that their hard-earned dollars are not being squandered and misused,” said Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead).Multiple investigations into the county’s contracting process are underway since New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the former senate majority leader, was arrested in May and pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges of allegedly influencing a Nassau contract in exchange for a job for his son.“I will not allow this process to devolve into a political circus and I will not allow unilateral hearings to be conducted in the legislative chamber,” Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) wrote in a letter to Abrahams.Among the proposals urged by speakers at the event were doing away with the automatic approval of contracts valued at less than $25,000, eliminating the rule that allows contracts to be automatically enacted if they’re not voted on within 45 days of filing, banning taxpayer-funded political mailings, modernizing the largely paper-based process so that it’s searchable online and establishing an independent inspector general.Gonsalves noted that this spring the legislature had created a lobbyist registry that increases transparency, but Abrahams countered that the bill didn’t go far enough.Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, a Democrat running to keep her job against Republican Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, called the process a “recipe for corruption” as she put it in a preliminary report on her continuing investigation into county contracts.“The victimization is systemic,” Singas said. “People turn to the government for help and assistance. When we don’t demand excellence from our elected officials, it’s corrosive to public trust. Let’s stop talking and start taking action.”A panel that Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano appointed to study the issue also suggested creating an inspector general, among other recommendations.
E-commerce platforms in Indonesia are competing for consumer loyalty as people continue to shop around on different platforms, joint research by Facebook and Bain & Company shows.The study, titled Riding the Digital Wave: Southeast Asia’s Discovery Generation, found that, on average, people in Indonesia shop across 3.8 different platforms before making a purchase decision.Rahmi Tri Wahyutika, 22, has been an online shopper for about five years and has tried seven different e-commerce platforms so far. Shopee and Tokopedia are her go-to options. “Normally, I compare [prices on] two platforms for small purchases or purchases under Rp 1 million [US$73.16]. But for purchases above Rp 1 million, I check almost every platform,” Rahmi told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. She added that she also shopped at different marketplaces because some brands w… Topics : Facebook consumer-behaviour report e-commerce survey research Facebook Bain-Company Southeast-Asia Indonesia Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Log in with your social account Forgot Password ?
Topics : Egypt on Tuesday flew a plane of medical supplies to the United States to assist in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, a role reversal for a top US aid recipient.Egypt’s general-turned-president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has been eager to cement relations with President Donald Trump, and his country has already shipped medical goods with fanfare to China and Italy.A video statement from Sisi’s office showed crates in wrapping that read in English and Arabic, “From the Egyptian people to the American people,” being loaded into a military cargo plane. Dutch Ruppersberger, who leads a group in the US House of Representatives that promotes relations with Egypt, said the plane landed at Andrews Air Force base outside Washington.The plane brought 200,000 masks, 48,000 shoe covers and 20,000 surgical caps among other supplies, said Ruppersberger, a Democrat who heads the bipartisan group.”This is why international diplomacy and maintaining relationships with allies like Egypt are essential not in times of crisis, but every day,” he wrote on Twitter.The US ambassador in Cairo, Jonathan Cohen, also voiced appreciation for the “generous” shipment. Egypt has reported 250 deaths from COVID-19 and some 3,300 cases, according to the World Health Organization.It is far below the nearly 45,000 deaths recorded in the United States, which has been scrambling to provide supplies and tests.Still, some questioned whether Egypt, where one-third of the population lives on about $1.50 or less a day, was in a position to offer relief.”Egyptians who are happy and proud that Egypt sent medical supplies to Italy, UK and the US are probably the ones who can afford to pay 10 EGP for a mask,” tweeted a prominent blogger who goes by The Big Pharaoh. Ten Egyptian pounds is more than half a dollar.Egypt last month revoked the press credentials of a journalist from The Guardian who wrote that the country’s COVID-19 infections were higher than reported.Trump has voiced enthusiastic support for Sisi, who toppled Egypt’s elected Islamist president in 2013 and has backed strong relations with Israel.The United States gave Egypt more than $1.2 billion in the 2018 fiscal year, largely in military aid that goes back to US contractors.