Jim James Opens Up During This Stunning In-Studio Performance

first_imgJim James is a profound songwriter, to say the least. His songwriting in My Morning Jacket, Monsters Of Folk, and in his career as a solo artist has turned out one of the best catalogs in modern rock music. His vocals pack the perfect combination of aggression and emotion, and there’s a swirling, psychedelic vibe that flows through most of his music. His relatively new album, Eternally Even, continues that musical trend while addressing the tumultuous current state of our country and our Earth.Recently, he brought his band to Village Studios in Los Angeles, and he performed on “Morning Becomes Eclectic”, a radio program hosted by Jason Bentley on KCRW Radio. During the session, James and his band performed several songs from his new album and discussed a number of issues that influenced his songwriting on Eternally Even. It’s an open and honest performance and interview from the somewhat-mysterious frontman, and it’s a must-watch for any Jim James fan.Watch video of Jim James and his band perform on Morning Becomes Eclectic, embeded below.last_img read more

My memories of Dr. King

first_imgMartin Luther King Jr. made a January 1965 visit to Harvard, where he is pictured with Harvard President Nathan M. Pusey (left), and the Rev. Charles P. Price on the steps of Appleton Chapel. Photo courtesy of Harvard University ArchivesActivities for Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at Harvard  Jan. 17: Harvard will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. at 7:30 p.m. in Sanders Theatre with “Joyful Noise,” a concert featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir.Jan. 18: The Memorial Church will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. during its Sunday service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walter E. Fluker, the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership at Boston University’s School of Theology, will deliver the sermon. Harvey Cox was a Harvard doctoral student in the early 1960s when his friend the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called and asked him to help create a Boston branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the influential Civil Rights organization that King helped found in 1957. Cox recalled, “I said to him, ‘Well, Martin, sure, we’ll do something. In Boston, we don’t consider ourselves particularly Southern.’ He said, ‘We’d like to keep that name.’” Starting in 1962 and for the next few years, Cox recruited people for Southern Civil Rights marches, rallies, and demonstrations, where nonviolent protesters often were repeatedly attacked by police and local authorities. King’s thinking at the time, said Cox, Harvard’s Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, was that “the publicity of sympathetic Northern folks being there would tame the violence a little bit and provide wider publicity.” Cox took part in several protests, including two marches from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. The two men remained friends until King was assassinated in 1968.Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Gazette spoke with Cox about his friendship with the Civil Rights leader and his lasting legacy.GAZETTE: How did you meet the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.?COX: We met way, way back when I was chaplain at Oberlin College. That was back in the late ’50s, when Dr. King was leading the Montgomery bus boycott. He was a young, unknown minister at the time. Nobody knew much about him, but they’d heard a little bit about this bus boycott. I invited him to come and speak at Oberlin, and he came. This must have been about 1957-58. He came and spent a couple days, and I got to know him very well. And it turned out that we were born the same year, we were both Baptist ministers, we both had a strong interest in the theologian Paul Tillich. In fact, King had written his dissertation over at Boston University on Tillich. So we formed a kind of a friendship that continued.GAZETTE: As you worked with and got to know him, what was he like?COX: It was one of those immediate friendships. We had these common interests that were quite evident as soon as we started talking to each other. And so I was impressed. He was serious. But one thing I like to say is the man had a fabulous sense of humor, which doesn’t come across in many of the tributes that you hear or see on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He could be very funny. But he didn’t do that very much in public. He had a rather serious expression, a serious mien. But he could mimic people, for example. When I was with him on several of these campaigns, he mimicked Lyndon Johnson, [Dallas County, Ala.] Sheriff Jim Clark, and other people, and he had everybody around him just laughing uproariously because he did it so well.So I got to know him quite well. In fact, he asked me — in 1966, I think it was — to give the main address at the annual meeting of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which was taking place, believe it or not, in Birmingham. This was after the Civil Rights Act had been passed, and they wanted to get right back to Birmingham and have this big conference there to demonstrate clearly that there had been a significant victory overcoming the racial discrimination policies of the hotels and the restaurants and all that. So I was there for that, and I consider it one of the main high points in my academic, public life, speaking to that assembly. … I continued to be in touch with him until he was killed in April of 1968.GAZETTE: Can you tell me where you where that day?COX: I was over at a conference in North Carolina. I quickly left for home. I did not go to Atlanta to the funeral … but I remember the day, and I felt really quite bereft. I knew that this was going to be a bad day, and for American history. Sure enough, two months later Robert Kennedy was killed. It was not a good year.But I was especially impressed with Dr. King’s total and unwavering commitment to nonviolence. Toward the end of this career, he was under considerable pressure from other elements in the freedom movement, which is what we called it at that time, to forgo all this nonviolent business. He would not. He said, “If I am the last person in America that’s still advocating nonviolence, I’ll continue to do so.” He demonstrated that you could actually accomplish things that way. He learned a lot from Gandhi, and said that on many occasions. It was Gandhi and Jesus who were his two main instructors.To tell you the truth, I knew this was a wonderful experience I was having. I was very fond of him. I was very admiring of him. But I didn’t know until 10, 20, 30 years later that I was really in the middle of one of the great chapters in American history and of one of the most significant figures in 20th-century American history. … But sometimes you don’t know that when you are right in the middle of it.GAZETTE: Were you involved in the Selma-to-Montgomery marches?COX: I was. There were three marches in 1965. There was the first one, where everybody got beat up. I wasn’t there for that. That was the one led by John Lewis. Dr. King was not there. They were going across the Edmund Pettus Bridge when they were set upon by the police and knocked around and beaten up. And then Dr. King came down for the second march. I was there for that one. We were stopped at the bridge by phalanxes of police, and Dr. King decided to turn back. He asked, “May we pray.” We prayed, and then we turned back. And then there was another march after the Supreme Court issued an order that we should be allowed to march from Selma to Montgomery, so I was there for that one. I have to admit, I didn’t walk the whole way from Selma to Montgomery, but I walked part of the way.GAZETTE: What was the atmosphere like?COX: That was celebrative because we had the law on our side at that point. We were protected by the National Guard — a very different scene than from the first two marches.GAZETTE: What do you consider King’s most important lasting lesson?COX: He was so utterly committed to human dignity across all kinds of racial lines and other dividing lines. I think the thing that is forgotten so much about him is toward the last two years of his life he got enormously interested in the economic inequality in American life that he thought was so closely tied in with the racial division. Remember that when he was shot in Memphis, he was there supporting the sanitation workers, the garbage collectors’ campaign for a fair wage. He had just organized the Poor People’s Campaign, and they had their tents pitched out there in Washington. He was turning from a more racially inclusive society to one where the economic opportunities were more justly distributed.And I have thought about him a lot as I have been reading some of the pronouncements of Pope Francis. Pope Francis is saying some of those very same things. We don’t often hear those kinds of views so much on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But that’s really where he was when he was killed. He was moving away from even from what you might call racial justice, which he certainly was committed to, to a broader and deeper view of the imbalance and injustice in American society.GAZETTE: Can you compare the protests from your generation to the national protests in recent months in the wake of events in Ferguson and Staten Island? Do you see similarities, difference?COX: There are some similarities, and there are some real differences. I think, for example in Ferguson, even though there were people there, including some of my students, who were organizing nonviolent demonstrations and protest, the press focused on really a minority of people who were breaking windows and engaged in really violent kinds of protests. Now, we had a little bit of that during the earlier movement, but I think the need to organize people very carefully and long in advance and very well for massive nonviolent protest is something that King and his staff did superbly. …The Boston protest was a wonderful example of disciplined nonviolence. But these things don’t happen automatically. People have to be prepared for this, even trained for it. We had workshops and things that we did with these young kids who were in those marches in Mississippi and Alabama and so on. And I don’t know how much of that is going on now. I wish more of it were.last_img read more

EU warns Hungary to change migrant policy as Frontex departs

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top migration official is appealing to Hungary to change tack on asylum policy and respect migrant rights. Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson’s call came after the EU’s border agency took the unprecedented step of suspending its operations in Hungary. Johansson said Thursday that “the right to apply for asylum is a fundamental human right.” She says she expects “Hungary to change their policy and to let people to apply for asylum on their territory.” Frontex says it’s halting work in Hungary until the nationalist government brings its laws into line with a top EU court ruling that Budapest is denying migrants the right to apply for asylum and unlawfully detaining them in “transit zones.”last_img read more

Stantec selected to lead Kentucky riverfront improvement effort

first_imgSame designers led Burlington’s waterfront renewal The same firm that helped lead the revitalization efforts along Lake Champlain in downtown Burlington, Vermont has been selected by the city of Henderson, Kentucky, for a similar effort. Stantec’s North Springfield, Vermont office (known as The Cavendish Partnership during the Burlington project) is part of a team hired to design improvements to the city’s Ohio River waterfront.  The city commission voted unanimously to hire Stantec to design an extension of the existing River Walk including riverbank stabilization efforts and continued work on a new tennis complex, as well as the archeological and environmental analyses and reviews needed to move forward with improvements. The project is led out of Stantec’s Louisville, Kentucky, office.“Just as we saw in Burlington, revitalizing a community’s waterfront dramatically affects the vitality and character of the area,” says Stephen Plunkard, a principal at Stantec in North Springfield. “We are thrilled to be able to bring that experience to Henderson and work with our talented colleagues in Kentucky.”Henderson’s riverfront effort began in 2002 when a new boat launch, parks, welcome center, and other attractions were added along the banks of the Ohio River. Stantec will be leading Phase III of the project, which is expected to extend the existing riverside pathway, improve site infrastructure, stabilize the riverbanks, and eventually add features such as public restrooms, a boat dock, dog park, community room, and farmers’ market building.Stantec has designed dozens of waterfront projects in Vermont and across the United States.Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. We support public and private sector clients in a diverse range of markets, at every stage, from initial concept and financial feasibility to project completion and beyond. Our services are offered through over 10,000 employees operating out of more than 150 locations in North America. Stantec trades on the TSX and on the NYSE under the symbol STN.last_img read more

Sounds Under The Stars: Summer Outdoor Shows In The South

first_imgLive music sounds better while standing under a big open sky. Fortunately, this summer the Blue Ridge region is full of options to get your outdoor sonic fix.A Big Dose of Alt-CountryWhile alt-country and Americana sounds are thriving through a continually expanding crop of new artists, an upcoming tour will feature three pioneering artists that have been messing with the borders of traditional twang for decades. The LSD Tour, a triple bill featuring Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and Dwight Yoakam, will offer a trip through the extensive catalogs of the extremely prolific singer-songwriters. This year Earle has been playing shows that specifically celebrate the 30th anniversary of his landmark album Copperhead Road, acclaimed for its mix of gritty rock and dusty Texas storytelling. Williams, too, has been looking back, last year releasing a re-recorded version of her 1992 album Sweet Old World to mark its 25th anniversary. Once a cowpunk trailblazer, Yoakam crossed over and became a country hitmaker in the late 80s. The honky-tonk icon released his last album, Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars, in 2016, but he stays busy on the road and occasionally as an actor. He appeared in last year’s film “Logan Lucky” with Channing Tatum and Adam Driver.The tour includes stops this month at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (June 17) and Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, Md. (June 19). Later in the summer, the tour moves deeper into the South, stopping at Chastain Park in Atlanta, Ga. (August 9), Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, N.C. (August 10), and Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, N.C. (August 11).Alternative NostalgiaThirty years ago the Pixies released Surfer Rosa, a breakout debut album that put the band on its way to becoming pop-punk heroes. Six years later similar melodic angst was heard in the debut self-titled record from Weezer; an effort affectionately known to fans as “The Blue Album” that contained the hits “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So.” This summer the two bands with mutual admiration for each other are teaming up for a lengthy summer tour of huge outdoor sheds. Fist-pumping alt-rock anthems will be plentiful as both groups dive into their extensive catalogs. The Pixies reunited in 2004 after a break-up that lasted 11 years; the band has since released two albums, the latest being 2016’s Head Carrier. Weezer has been more prolific, recently infusing its sound with modern electronica touches on last fall’s Pacific Daydream. At press time, the band was scheduled to release another self-titled effort (this one known as “The Black Album”) on May 25, but few details had been revealed.The joint tour includes stops at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. (July 22), Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C. (July 24), and PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C. (July 25).DangermuffinBreweries Tap into TunesAround the region many craft breweries with expansive properties are using their open spaces to host outdoor shows. This summer, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, located in the mountains of central Virginia near Wintergreen Resort, is launching the new Music in the Blue Ridge concert series with shows taking place on the first Saturday of June, July, and August. The series starts on June 2 with a triple bill featuring Yarn, Dangermuffin, and Grateful Dead cover band the ‘77z, and during all shows the brewery will offer onsite camping.Down in Black Mountain, N.C., Pisgah Brewing Company is known for churning out some great beers like Greybeard IPA and the rich Valdez coffee stout. The brewery also has an outdoor stage with enough room to host bands like Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers (June 26), Rebelution (June 27), Lake Street Dive (July 3), and the Punch Brothers (July 13).Wheels of Soul Rolls OnIt was sad times last year for fans of blues-rock legends the Allman Brothers Band after the deaths of founders Greg Allman and Butch Trucks. But fortunately, former member Derek Trucks and his wife Susan Tedeschi are carrying the torch of Southern-flavored jams with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The 12-piece outfit tours relentlessly, delivering high-energy shows that highlight Trucks’ blazing guitar licks and Tedeschi’s deeply soulful vocals, backed by a powerful band that includes tight rhythm and horn sections.For the fourth straight year, the group is embarking on its Wheels of Soul Tour. The roots-driven caravan takes the band across the country this summer, this time pairing Tedeschi Trucks with Drive-By Truckers and the Marcus King Band. Dates in the South: Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, S.C. (July 1), Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va. (July 11), Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C. (July 13), and Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, N.C. (July 15).City SoundsMany Southern cities host concert series in the summer with impressive line-ups for little or no cost. In Richmond, Va., the three-decade-old Friday Cheers features top national acts along the James River on Brown’s Island for no more than 10 bucks. Through the end of the month, catch sets from Tyler Childers (June 1), Rhiannon Giddens (June 8), Parquet Courts (June 15), Knower (June 22) and the Turnpike Troubadours (June 29).In Asheville, N.C., the monthly Downtown After 5 concert series takes place on the third Friday of the month from May through September. This year bands playing for free on North Lexington Avenue include Town Mountain (June 15), Fantastic Negrito (July 20), Southern Avenue (August 17), and hip-hop legends the Pharcyde (September 21).last_img read more

Great Neck Man Gets 5 Years for $2M Con

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Great Neck man and one-time international fugitive who admitted conning investors out of more than $2-million in a precious metals scam was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in federal prison.Amner Borukhov, 34, had pleaded guilty in October at Central Islip federal court to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud along with his 30-year-old brother, Markiel Borukhov, of Brooklyn.“Instead of running a legitimate business, the defendants stole money by marketing bogus precious metals to unwitting investors,” George Venizelos, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office, said.Prosecutors said that the men promised more than 60 investors that they would use their money to purchase palladium and other precious metals, but instead used those funds to pay their personal expenses between May 2009 and January 2011.The duo also falsely told prospective investors that they were in a partnership with Jim Cramer, who hosts CNBC’s Mad Money, according to investigators.To cover their tracks, they used aliases. Amner was also known as “Alex” and “Avner.” Markiel went by “Mark.”When they learned that they were being investigated, they fled to Morocco, where they lived for 14 months before being arrested and extradited.Amner was also ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution. Markiel, who was sentenced last month to two years in prison, was ordered to pay $622,000.last_img read more

25 ways to improve your finances in 2016

first_imgA new year often inspires new habits, including financial ones. If you want to put yourself on a path to build wealth throughout the year, then consider these 25 steps, all of which are designed to help you rein in spending and work toward greater financial security. They include both offensive moves, like saving more, as well as defensive ones, like protecting yourself from identity thieves.1. Set your goals early and share them.Sharing financial goals with friends – and even strangers through social media – can help you articulate just what those goals are and also hold you accountable. Indeed, research on goal-setting suggests that making public statements about goals helps people commit to them, whether they be money or health related. As 2016 kicks off, consider sharing your goals on Facebook, Twitter or a social goal-setting site like Linkagoal.If you’re stuck, flipping through images can help inspire and focus goal-setting, says Ellen Rogin, a financial services professional and co-author of “Picture Your Prosperity: Smart Money Moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality.” She encourages people to flip through motivational images such as beaches and sailboats when planning their retirement. This exercise is especially useful for partners to make sure they’re on the same page. continue reading » 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Venice has introduced entrance fees for tourists

first_imgThe goal of this measure is for tourists to bear the high costs of maintaining a popular tourist destination built on water as well as one of the responses to mass tourism that is literally destroying Venice. Also, this measure mostly applies to tourists who come for one day and do not pay the sojourn tax because they do not spend the night, which is most true for guests from cruise ships. The City Council of Venice on Saturday made a decision on charging the entrance to Venice for tourists, for all tourists, both for day tourists and for those who spend the night.  By the way, over 30 million tourists visit Venice every yearcenter_img The ticket will cost from 2,50 to 10 euros per person, depending on the travel season and with some exceptions such as a ticket for students, people who travel briefly to Venice, etc.last_img read more

Online grocery shopping to drive e-commerce growth as PSBB reimposed: Experts

first_imgThe platform saw spike in demand in the second quarter this year, he added.“Every time the government announces a new regulation on PSBB measures, we see an uptick in demand, but then it goes down. This is because people are adapting to the new normal and they are not as panicked as before,” he said during the webinar.  David said that HappyFresh saw its first big spike in demand at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in April. The company has since adapted to cater to the growing need, such as by hiring more personal shoppers and increasing its stocks.“More and more people are relying on e-grocery platforms, but the more important thing is how to make it a permanent habit once the pandemic is over,” he added.Read also: Online groceries thrive as customers avoid supermarketA survey by management consulting company Redseer in August found that more than half of Indonesian respondents said their spending on e-grocery platforms had increased during the pandemic, while up to 60 percent said they would continue to buy groceries online in the future.“Online grocery platforms will continue to see good growth, even as other categories such as fashion and electronics start to bounce back in the second half of the year,” the firm’s Southeast Asia partner Roshan Raj Behera told The Jakarta Post on Sept. 7.In May, Redseer calculated that the gross merchandise value (GMV) of e-grocery platforms would grow 400 percent this year, while beauty and personal care would grow 80 percent, fashion 40 percent and electronics 20 percent.The firm also predicted that Indonesia’s e-commerce GMV would reach US$40 billion this year, surpassing India’s e-commerce GMV.Similarly, a survey by Facebook and Bain & Company revealed that consumers in Southeast Asia were buying groceries online almost three times more often this year compared to 2019. The study indicated that online grocery platforms were enjoying the highest level of penetration in the online retail market, with other categories such as fashion and personal care growing 1.4 times on average.Last year, only 20 percent of respondents in Indonesia said they bought groceries online, with that number rising to 31 percent this year, the survey showed. Meanwhile, Myanmar had the highest percentage of respondents who said they bought groceries online at 40 percent.Topics : “I believe the demand for groceries and food items will still be high,” he said during a webinar hosted by MarkPlus on Sept. 11. “So, this is an opportunity for sellers to tap into the growing sector.”Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced at a press conference on Sunday that the capital would return to full-scale PSBB on Monday, albeit with several relaxations, after months of “transitional PSBB”, amid a continued rise in COVID-19 cases. The measures will remain in place for two weeks and could be extended.During the PSBB period, schools, tourist sites, recreational areas and public parks, among other areas, will be closed. Meanwhile, traditional markets and malls will be allowed to operate at 50 percent visitor capacity, but restaurants and cafes will only be allowed to provide takeaway and delivery orders, Anies said.E-groceries platform HappyFresh marketing vice president David Liem said the reinforcement of PSBB measures would lead to a surge in the demand on the platform. The rise in popularity of online shopping, particularly online grocery shopping, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the enforcement of large scale social restrictions (PSBB) is predicted to be the driving force of growth in the e-commerce sector in Indonesia and Southeast Asia this year, experts have said.Indonesia E-commerce Association (IdEA) chairman Bima Laga said the use of e-commerce platforms to shop would increase again as Jakarta entered another phase of PSBB on Monday.last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgSPF Beheer, Swiss Life, Mercer, Woodford IM, Jupiter, Aegon AM, VAM GroupSPF Beheer – The provider for the €15bn railways scheme SPF has appointed Justus van Halewijn as its new CIO as of 1 February. He is to succeed Marcel Andringa, who has started as an executive trustee for asset management at the €38bn metal scheme PME in September. During the past two years, Van Halewijn has been head of investment management at Achmea, the department managing the insurer’s €40bn in assets. Prior to that, he was head of investment strategy research at asset manager Blue Sky Group for nine years.Swiss Life – Simon Heim has been named head of Swiss Life’s employee benefits legal practice, where he will continue to focus on Swiss regulatory matters. Heim previously worked as a pensions lawyer and consultant at Towers Watson.Mercer – Ben Gunnee has been named UK head of fiduciary management, starting next year. Reporting to European head of fiduciary management Michael Dempsey, the new role is a promotion for Gunnee, who currently heads up the Middle East investment business. He was previously a director of the Mercer Sentinel Group. Woodford Investment Management – Gavin St John-Heath and Simon Osborne have been appointed chief risk and operations officer and head of compliance, respectively. St John-Heath will join from BlueQuant Capital Management early next year, having also worked at Petronas Energy Trading. Osborne, meanwhile, joins from Nuveen Investments and has also worked at PIMCO, in both its London office and California headquarters.Jupiter – Stephen Mitchell has been appointed head of strategy for global equities. He will join from Caledonia Investments, where he has worked since 2011. Prior to this, he worked at Fleming & Co and JP Morgan Asset Management.Aegon Asset Management – The asset manager has appointed Thurstan Robinson as global head of communications and marketing. Based at Aegon Asset Management’s headquarters in The Hague, he joins from Aegon Global Pensions, where he was responsible for media relations.VAM Group – Stephan Kevan has been named group marketing director. He most recently worked at NinetyEast Financial as chief marketing officer and has also worked at old Mutual and Barclays Wealth.last_img read more