Phishin’ With Dopapod: Skipping Graduation For SPAC To Cure The Alumni Blues

first_imgPhish’s Baker’s Dozen run is quickly approaching. As is tradition for summer tour, there will be an enormous amount of talent surrounding the entertainment with pre- and post-shows galore. Phish’s thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden will be no different, as Live For Live Music plans to take over New York City with over a dozen shows of our own.L4LM’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsAs the shenanigans approach, we’ll be discussing Phish with a number of artists who will be in town performing some of these late-night shows. So far, we interviewed Matisyahu, Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz, Ryan Jalbert from The Motet, Brock Butler and Matt McDonald of Perpetual Groove, Ryan Dempsey from Twiddle, Jake Goldberg and Chris Houser from The Werks, and Adam Chase from The James Brown Dance Party. In the sixth installment of our “Phishin’ With” series, drummer Neal “Fro” Evans and guitarist Rob Compa describe their relationship with the band Phish ahead of Dopapod’s shows at Gramercy Theatre on 7/28 (tix) and 7/29 (tix).Dopapod has been on a tear this year after band members Eli Winderman, Rob Compa, and Chuck Jones reunited with their original drummer Neal “Fro” Evans to bring their exciting live show to increasingly rabid crowds of fans at venues up and down the northeast. With two nights of post-Phish throw downs lined up in NYC, fans can expect the adventurous quartet’s patented mix of funky originals, impressive jams, and precise musicianship as they descend on the Gramercy Theater during the second weekend of Phish’s run.Read below to find about two totally different perspectives on Phish from Rob Compa and Neal “Fro” Evans.Live For Live Music: Tell us about your first Phish concert experience.Rob Compa: My first Phish show was at SPAC in 2004. I actually skipped my high school graduation to go to the show with my friend. My Dad was super cool about it and even drove us there from Rochester, which is about 3 hours away. Everyone knocks that 2004 summer tour, but to this day that first show still stands as the best show I’ve ever seen them play. They opened with Reba, and it was super cool to have that be my first Phish song to have seen live. They also played a mammoth, legendary Piper that spanned about 35 minutes and did a really cool segue into Gotta Jiboo.Neal “Fro” Evans: The first time I saw phish was at Fenway in Boston in like 2009 or something. I wasn’t really interested in going but I ended up riding my bike down to the area to scope the scene. I was expecting a mad lot scene but it turned out that everyone got tickets and were inside the show! I rode around the field a few times and this one guy came up to me and said, “Hey, you’re Brian on the bike with the tickets, right?” I said, “Na man, my name is Neal.” He said “Suuuuuuuuuuure man, I gotcha. So anyways, can I get a ticket?” He finally seemed to accept that I was not in fact Brian and then we moved on. I saw him on the other side of the park and he waved at me and yelled, “Yo Brian!” All this time riding around the field I was thinking, “Hey this band sounds pretty good, maybe I’ll go in.” I was half expecting to find the proverbial Brian anyway and maybe he’d give me some ten dollar ticket or something… Nope, just bought one at the box office. So when I got inside, it was set break. I ended up walking around and found a bunch of friends and hung out with them for the rest of the night. The show was pretty cool, honestly the sound was a little better and more epic outside the park than inside. They had a cool light show and everyone seemed to have a really good time. Go Phish!L4LM: How would you describe the music of Phish?RC: Oh jeez…. It’s so hard. You can’t just say “They’re a rock band.” Throughout the decades they’ve proved that they’re whatever kind of band they feel like being, even on a minute to minute basis. Maybe I’ll just pick a few words that describe them really well. Adventurous. Versatile. Fun. Progressive. Unique. Improvisational. Spontaneous.NFE: Phish plays great american rock and roll combined with gentle compositional parts similar to classical music. The vibe is what really gets people in there, in my opinion. Its very pleasant most of the time and is a good roller coaster of high energy, smooth chill groove, and audience participation.L4LM: How many Phish shows have you seen?RC: I’m not sure…. maybe like 15-18? I don’t keep count.NFE: 2L4LM: Do you have a favorite show, or most memorable experience?RC: My first show is definitely my favorite. I’ve never seen a band and its crowd be so connected as that night. Especially set 2. Everyone was so unbelievably excited to be there given that we all knew it would be their “last” tour. And they kept us in the palms of their hands for every last second. It was absolute magic.A close second is their reunion show in 2009. To be in the room when they came out and opened with Fluffhead still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. It was really special and deeply emotional for everyone there. This video is the closest thing I’ve found to capturing that the excitement of that moment.NFE: The first one, at Fenway. It was my first show and it was my first time at Fenway. I’ll never forget that.L4LM: What are two of your favorite Phish songs?RC: Just two?!?! Hmmmm… Chalkdust Torture (particulary the 7.10.99 LivePhish 08 version). The greatest however many minutes of group improvisation I’ve ever heard. Punch You in the Eye was definitely my first favorite Phish song. I used to jam along to the Bittersweet Motel version thats in the bonus scenes. That show is even from my hometown, Rochester NY. And I finally got to see it live at Deer Creek last summer. Only took 12 years!!!NFE: I know Possum, and I’ve heard that Divided Sky is a really good one.L4LM: What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever seen at a Phish show?RC: I haven’t seen too many crazy antics, crowd wise. Although, one time at one of Trey’s shows in Boston, a security guard saw me putting on chap stick and thought I was taking a hit of weed. He kicked me out of the show. I was stone sober. I hadn’t even had a beer. The show had only been going on for about 20 minutes. It was at the Orpheum. So, yeah… I don’t go there anymore.NFE: One time they all stopped playing their instruments and did this like twenty minute long vocal jam. It was totally rad. Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Dopapod At Gramercy Theatre 7/28 or 7/29!,Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run is quickly approaching. As is tradition for summer tour, there will be an enormous amount of talent surrounding the entertainment with pre- and post-shows galore. Phish’s thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden will be no different, as Live For Live Music plans to take over New York City with over a dozen shows of our own.L4LM’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsAs the shenanigans approach, we’ll be discussing Phish with a number of artists who will be in town performing some of these late-night shows. So far, we interviewed Matisyahu, Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz, Ryan Jalbert from The Motet, Brock Butler and Matt McDonald of Perpetual Groove, Ryan Dempsey from Twiddle, Jake Goldberg and Chris Houser from The Werks, and Adam Chase from The James Brown Dance Party. In the sixth installment of our “Phishin’ With” series, drummer Neal “Fro” Evans and guitarist Rob Compa describe their relationship with the band Phish ahead of Dopapod’s shows at Gramercy Theatre on 7/28 (tix) and 7/29 (tix).Dopapod has been on a tear this year after band members Eli Winderman, Rob Compa, and Chuck Jones reunited with their original drummer Neal “Fro” Evans to bring their exciting live show to increasingly rabid crowds of fans at venues up and down the northeast. With two nights of post-Phish throw downs lined up in NYC, fans can expect the adventurous quartet’s patented mix of funky originals, impressive jams, and precise musicianship as they descend on the Gramercy Theater during the second weekend of Phish’s run.Read below to find about two totally different perspectives on Phish from Rob Compa and Neal “Fro” Evans.Live For Live Music: Tell us about your first Phish concert experience.Rob Compa: My first Phish show was at SPAC in 2004. I actually skipped my high school graduation to go to the show with my friend. My Dad was super cool about it and even drove us there from Rochester, which is about 3 hours away. Everyone knocks that 2004 summer tour, but to this day that first show still stands as the best show I’ve ever seen them play. They opened with Reba, and it was super cool to have that be my first Phish song to have seen live. They also played a mammoth, legendary Piper that spanned about 35 minutes and did a really cool segue into Gotta Jiboo.Neal “Fro” Evans: The first time I saw phish was at Fenway in Boston in like 2009 or something. I wasn’t really interested in going but I ended up riding my bike down to the area to scope the scene. I was expecting a mad lot scene but it turned out that everyone got tickets and were inside the show! I rode around the field a few times and this one guy came up to me and said, “Hey, you’re Brian on the bike with the tickets, right?” I said, “Na man, my name is Neal.” He said “Suuuuuuuuuuure man, I gotcha. So anyways, can I get a ticket?” He finally seemed to accept that I was not in fact Brian and then we moved on. I saw him on the other side of the park and he waved at me and yelled, “Yo Brian!” All this time riding around the field I was thinking, “Hey this band sounds pretty good, maybe I’ll go in.” I was half expecting to find the proverbial Brian anyway and maybe he’d give me some ten dollar ticket or something… Nope, just bought one at the box office. So when I got inside, it was set break. I ended up walking around and found a bunch of friends and hung out with them for the rest of the night. The show was pretty cool, honestly the sound was a little better and more epic outside the park than inside. They had a cool light show and everyone seemed to have a really good time. Go Phish!L4LM: How would you describe the music of Phish?RC: Oh jeez…. It’s so hard. You can’t just say “They’re a rock band.” Throughout the decades they’ve proved that they’re whatever kind of band they feel like being, even on a minute to minute basis. Maybe I’ll just pick a few words that describe them really well. Adventurous. Versatile. Fun. Progressive. Unique. Improvisational. Spontaneous.NFE: Phish plays great american rock and roll combined with gentle compositional parts similar to classical music. The vibe is what really gets people in there, in my opinion. Its very pleasant most of the time and is a good roller coaster of high energy, smooth chill groove, and audience participation.L4LM: How many Phish shows have you seen?RC: I’m not sure…. maybe like 15-18? I don’t keep count.NFE: 2L4LM: Do you have a favorite show, or most memorable experience?RC: My first show is definitely my favorite. I’ve never seen a band and its crowd be so connected as that night. Especially set 2. Everyone was so unbelievably excited to be there given that we all knew it would be their “last” tour. And they kept us in the palms of their hands for every last second. It was absolute magic.A close second is their reunion show in 2009. To be in the room when they came out and opened with Fluffhead still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. It was really special and deeply emotional for everyone there. This video is the closest thing I’ve found to capturing that the excitement of that moment.NFE: The first one, at Fenway. It was my first show and it was my first time at Fenway. I’ll never forget that.L4LM: What are two of your favorite Phish songs?RC: Just two?!?! Hmmmm… Chalkdust Torture (particulary the 7.10.99 LivePhish 08 version). The greatest however many minutes of group improvisation I’ve ever heard. Punch You in the Eye was definitely my first favorite Phish song. I used to jam along to the Bittersweet Motel version thats in the bonus scenes. That show is even from my hometown, Rochester NY. And I finally got to see it live at Deer Creek last summer. Only took 12 years!!!NFE: I know Possum, and I’ve heard that Divided Sky is a really good one.L4LM: What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever seen at a Phish show?RC: I haven’t seen too many crazy antics, crowd wise. Although, one time at one of Trey’s shows in Boston, a security guard saw me putting on chap stick and thought I was taking a hit of weed. He kicked me out of the show. I was stone sober. I hadn’t even had a beer. The show had only been going on for about 20 minutes. It was at the Orpheum. So, yeah… I don’t go there anymore.NFE: One time they all stopped playing their instruments and did this like twenty minute long vocal jam. It was totally rad. If you’re heading to New York for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the info.Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix) #July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party  – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 –  “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 –  Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)# (L4LM & Brooklyn Bowl Presents) If you’re heading to New York for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the info.Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix) #July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party  – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 –  “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 –  Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)# (L4LM & Brooklyn Bowl Presents) Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Dopapod At Gramercy Theatre 7/28 or 7/29!last_img read more

University receives $15 million donation for religious studies institute

first_imgThe University announced in a press release Friday that it has received a $15 million donation from South Bend residents Rafat and Zoreen Ansari and their family for the creation of a worldwide religious studies institute.According to the press release, the future Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion will be will be included in the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. R. Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School, said in the press release that this addition to the school will provide opportunities for faculty members and students to explore the effect of religion on a global scale.“The various roles of religions in alleviating suffering, accompanying the migrant and the refugee, serving the poor and reducing violent conflict are far less understood and publicized than the havoc created by a tiny minority of deluded religious extremists on every continent,” Appleby said in the release. “The Ansari Institute intends to change the conversation about religion — not by denying the troubling aspects of religious expression, but by directing attention to the vast good done by religions, and the even greater good they might accomplish in partnership with universities and other public and private institutions.”The Ansari family said in the release they hope the institute will “help foster partnerships globally and locally,” and bring together communities “through a shared understanding of certain guiding principles inherent in all the world’s religions.”“Notre Dame is well positioned to understand and enhance the role of religions and religious people in addressing systematic problems like poverty and violence – something we care about deeply,” the Ansaris said in the release. “Having raised our family and built our lives in this community, so close to Notre Dame, we determined that now is the ideal time to partner with the University in this new way.”University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release that he is grateful for the prospect of deeper interfaith understanding within the University this donation presents.“The need for people of faith to focus on what unites us rather than on what divides us has never been more urgent,” he said in the release. “This extraordinary gift from an esteemed local Muslim family, longtime friends of Notre Dame, will allow us to bring together scholars of the first order to foster dialogue and deepen understanding. We are immensely grateful to the Ansaris for making this aspiration a reality.”Tags: Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, Keough School of Global Affairslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Jennifer Hudson Talks Purple’s Standing Ovations & More

first_img The Color Purple Star Files View Comments Jennifer Hudson Related Showscenter_img Derek McLane Tapped for the OscarsCongratulations to Tony and Emmy-winning set designer Derek McLane, who will return to design the Oscars this year, for the fourth consecutive year. We can’t wait to see his work on the February 28 telecast; McLane is currently represented on Broadway by China Doll and Noises Off.Students to Capture Finding NeverlandIt’s a special week at Finding Neverland and not just because it’s the final few days of dynamic duo Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer sharing the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre’s stage together! Thanks to Canon and the Situation Project, a group of students from MS 343 in the Bronx will photograph the tuner on January 22, with the pictures then being released as “official” production shots. We bet their feet aren’t touching the ground!First HBO Promo of Audra McDonald’s Lady DayWe have our first teaser trailer of Mama Broadway’s upcoming star turn on the small screen! Check out below a sneak peek at the HBO adaptation of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, starring six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday. The special will premiere on March 12. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the holiday weekend. JHUD Talks Standing OvationsBroadway’s The Color Purple revival has become notorious for its mid-performance standing ovations and when one of the show’s stars, Jennifer Hudson, recently stopped by The View, she talked about how the company feels about the phenom. “We’re in awe every night,” admitted the Oscar winner. “We can’t get over it because it’s such an overwhelming response and I’ve never seen it in a show before like that.” Check out the interview below and then The Color Purple, which is playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.last_img read more

Weston Playhouse Boasts Record Year

first_imgThe award-winning Weston Playhouse Theatre Company (WPTC), Vermont’s oldest professional theatre company, completed its 66th anniversary season with record-breaking box office and critical success. The Theatre brought Vermont Premieres of Smokey Joe’s Café, Proof, The Triumph of Love, St. Nicholas, and David Copperfield, and two sold-out musicals, Oklahoma! and Chicago, both still playing on Broadway, to the Weston stage in an extended season that ran from June through October.WPTC Producing Directors Malcolm Ewen, Tim Fort and Steve Stettler acknowledged the unparalleled support of sponsors, contributors, patrons and volunteers, noting that “with the help of so many, the Weston Playhouse boasted higher profile productions, larger audiences, and the greatest number of subsidized tickets and accessibility services in its history.”2002 marked the inaugural year for the WPTC Individual Sponsorship program. More than thirty-five individuals participated, providing vital funding for each mainstage production. In return, the sponsors enjoyed an insider’s view of the creative process, meeting the actors and directors, attending rehearsals and enjoying backstage tours.Dedicated to educating its existing audience and to building the audience of the future through its growing Education and Outreach Programs, the Weston Playhouse added library reading programs, expanded school mentorships and sign interpreted performances to its growing list of services in 2002.last_img read more

Software Developed In Chile To Find Stolen Computers

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2009 Could you tell me where I can find this program and if it is sold, where I can buy it. Thanks, awaiting your response. A Chilean journalist has developed “Prey,” a program that allows people to track down stolen computers by sending information via the Internet about their location. Tomás Pollak began to think of ways to recover laptops when, three years ago, he was robbed. “I just refused to give up my lost machine and persisted in catching those responsible,” he says on his website, www.bootlog.org. According to Pollak, “Prey” is a simple application that collects a lot of information from the computer and sends it to a previously designated mailbox to enable the gathering of information in case the computer is stolen. When the thief connects to the internet, the program, called “Prey,” mails a report indicating the place of connection, network, programs running and files modified, and a “screenshot” of the desktop. Additionally, if the computer has a webcam, it will send a picture of the impostor, and if the victim uses Linux, it can generate a dialog box to talk with the offender, to ask the criminal what they are doing, why the computer was stolen, or even threaten them. Pollak offered the application under the license SRTCRMCUC, which means: “If You Recover Your Stolen Computer, Buy Me A Beer.” Until now, none of its users’ computers have been stolen, so the beer will have to wait. Meanwhile, Pollak warns that installing the program does not guarantee any recovery because the thief can swap the hard drive, disabling the counterespionage of “Prey,” whose symbol is a condor with wings outspread.last_img read more

The journey to retirement for boomers: It’s never too late to educate

first_img 146SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cynthia Campbell Cynthia is a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), she holds a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from Elmhurst College in Illinois, and a master’s degree in Adult … Web: www.balancepro.org Details The saying goes that “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.”For baby boomers looking to retire and leave the workforce on their own terms, it’s never too late to begin or adjust retirement plans. Furthermore, research shows that it’s critically important for credit unions to shout that message from the rooftops.Filene Research Institute’s report, “Financial Capability Near Retirement: A Profile of Pre-Retirees”, analyzes data from the 2012 National Financial Capability Study to assess the financial state of boomers and pre-retirees (51-61 years old). The findings indicate that this demographic is:Planning to work longer. 65% of boomers plan to work past age 65 or not retire at all, in an effort to preserve their income and health benefits.Struggling with long-term debt. 60% of pre-retirees have at least one source of long-term debt.Using alternative financial services. One-fifth of pre-retirees have used services like payday loans or pawnshops within the past five years.Not saving enough. Nearly 30% do not have a retirement plan or account, and less than half of boomers have made provisions for rainy-day funds to help with unexpected expenses.Although the insights paint a bleak picture of retirement for many hopeful retirees, there are two initial and critical steps credit unions can take to reverse these trends: provide education and introduce cost-saving opportunities.Along with practical services and investment options, offering targeted financial education is one way for credit unions to build relationships with boomers and help them take control of their financial situation. Credit score education – and more importantly, understanding the factors that influence scores – is an integral area to understand before assessing options available to pre-retirees.Solutions like SavvyMoney Credit, a program that grew from Filene’s i3 program concept Debt-In-Focus, offer personalized online credit score assessments and recommendations for refinancing. Research also shows that boomers find value in personal and quality branch services more than any age demographic, so it might make sense for a credit union to pair a credit assessment tool with an in-person “credit score walkthrough” to encourage face-to-face interaction and trust building.Trust is an important factor, especially when it comes to the next critical step after evaluating a credit score – identifying and reducing the most costly sources of debt. Many boomers are aware of scams and might be weary of retirement planning services altogether, so it’s critical to have comparative tools available both online and in-branch to illuminate the potential cost savings potential through refinancing existing high-cost loans and products.Education and debt reduction may seem over-simplified when discussing retirement planning. However, another Filene report, “Baby Boomers & Retirement Planning: Recent Trends and Future Implications for Credit Unions” indicates that many groups – including part-time employees, self-employed individuals, low-income households, singles and many more – are far less likely to be well-positioned for retirement (compared to households with high incomes and higher levels of formal education).Considering there might be so many people within your field of membership that have had little to no exposure to retirement planning, credit unions have a real opportunity to build membership and loyalty by helping boomers and hopeful retirees achieve financial freedom sooner than they might realize.last_img read more

Arsenal star Emiliano Martínez ‘likes’ social media post calling for Unai Emery to be sacked

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Nov 2019 12:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link801Shares Advertisement Comment Emiliano Martinez could find himself in hot water (Picture: Getty)Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez could find himself in hot water after ‘liking’ a social media post that was calling for Unai Emery to be sacked.The Spaniard is clinging onto his role at the Emirates following a run that has seen the Gunners win just one of their last seven matches.The Arsenal board, at least publicly, still appear to be backing Emery but there’s only so long that the bad results can continue before they act.Emery’s decision to strip Granit Xhaka of the captaincy is said to have ostracised members of the squad, while there are doubts about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s suitability for the role.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd reserve goalkeeper Martinez has put himself in the firing line after ‘liking’ an ‘Emery out’ social media post on Instagram.The post urged users to ‘like’ if they were in the ‘Emery out’ camp and Martinez duly obliged in a move that is unlikely to go down well at the Emirates.Alexandre Lacazette was recently guilty of a similar crime but the Frenchman retracted his actions and has since defended Emery’s reign.Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi told fans to stick with Emery this week but the Spaniard has lost large areas of support in recent weeks.The Gunners face Southampton at the Emirates after the international break and a negative result could see Emery lose his job.MORE: Kurt Zouma praises Olivier Giroud’s reaction to losing Chelsea placecenter_img Arsenal star Emiliano Martínez ‘likes’ social media post calling for Unai Emery to be sacked Advertisementlast_img read more

New State Funding Will Support 42 Building Restoration, Façade, and Housing Projects Across Pennsylvania

first_imgFor more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to community development and revitalization, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Lawrence CountyNew Castle: $257,500 to assist low and moderate-income homeowners in two neighborhoods with needed emergency repairs. Government That Works,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of more than $5 million in new funding to support 42 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth.“These projects will better the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians through infrastructure, beautification, and quality of life improvements in cities and towns across Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “These projects complement the priorities set forth by the administration to improve infrastructure and communities across the commonwealth, but pales in comparison to the improvements that could be made through Restore Pennsylvania.”Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Keystone Communities program is designed to support local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, foster effective public-private partnerships, and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.“Supporting initiatives that encourage revitalization and business development in our communities is critically important to the economic prosperity of Pennsylvania,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “The Keystone Communities program is so vital to improving people’s lives, pushing our business sector forward, and growing Pennsylvania’s economy.”Since January 2015, the Wolf Administration has approved more than $27 million through the Keystone Communities program to fund hundreds of projects statewide, including façade grants for businesses, accessible housing projects, public infrastructure improvements, and other projects to strengthen communities and downtown districts.Restore Pennsylvania, the $4.5 billion bipartisan proposal funded through a commonsense severance tax, will aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs and is the only plan to make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century. The plan would further bolster community improvement efforts like those currently being invested in through the Keystone Communities program and would help replicate those projects across the state.The following projects were approved, totaling more than $5.5 million in state support:Allegheny CountyBest of the Batch Foundation: $300,000 to construct a new educational complex located in Munhall Borough. Best of the Batch Foundation has created The Clubhouse as a safe environment for kids to have after-school activities, recreation, and receive guidance.FCP Services, Inc.: $210,638 to excavate and stabilize the 3,500-square-foot basement floor and foundation of the Depot building, part of a larger project to reclaim a blighted building in the central business district of Tarentum Borough.Hilltop Alliance: $41,026 to stabilize and enhance two anchor buildings located in the first block of the Hilltop neighborhood of Allentown’s East Warrington Avenue business district.Mon Valley Initiative: $500,000 for rehabilitation and construction of a mixed-use project at the intersection of Miller and St. Clair Avenues in the Clairton.Armstrong CountyArmstrong County: $100,000 to continue the delivery of an accessible housing program throughout the county.Bedford CountyDowntown Bedford, Inc.: $350,000 grant-to-loan funding to renovate a historic vacant building located at a major downtown intersection in the designated Keystone Main Street area in Bedford.Berks CountyReading: $234,266 to revitalize a pocket park located near Penn Street.Blair CountyAltoona-Blair Development Corporation: $313,000 grant-to-loan funding for improvements to the former Vipond building.Bradford County/ Wyoming CountyPennsylvania Route 6 Alliance: $103,000 to implement a façade improvement program targeting both the Route 6 Corridor and the Endless Mountains Heritage Region.Bucks CountyQuakertown: $50,000 façade grant for a façade improvement program in the designated Keystone Main Street area of Quakertown Borough, benefiting at least ten storefronts.Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County: $50,000 façade grant for a façade improvement program in downtown Bristol, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Venango CountyOil City: $50,000 to continue collaborative efforts with Oil City Main Street in the implementation of a façade improvement program in the designated Keystone Main Street area, enhancing storefronts, expanding potential for job retention and creation, increasing pride in the community, and enriching the overall viability of the business corridor for up to ten properties. Centre CountyBellefonte: $500,000 grant-to-loan for the rehabilitation of the Gamble Mill building. Philadelphia CountyCity of Philadelphia: $250,000 for renovations to the Happy Hollow playground at the Happy Hollow Recreation Center in Germantown, to address the failing conditions of the playground and to restructure its layout, install new site furnishings and lighting, replace equipment, purchase and install safety surface material and new outdoor fitness equipment.South Street Headhouse District: $11,549 for professional services that will collect and analyze data related to the area’s Business Improvement District (BID) activities and design a website to promote those activities. Westmoreland CountyRedevelopment Authority of Westmoreland County: $150,000 to support the Westmoreland County Homeownership Program in providing accessible housing services including accessibility modifications like ramps, stair lifts, and entrance door modifications to allow individuals to stay in their home. Clearfield CountyClearfield Revitalization Corporation: $50,000 to continue the façade improvement program in the designated Keystone Main Street District of Clearfield, benefiting at least ten storefronts.Coalport Streetscape Committee: $50,000 to implement a façade improvement program in Coalport, benefiting at least ten storefronts.DuBois Renaissance, Inc.: $50,000 to implement a façade improvement program in the downtown area of DuBois, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Luzerne CountyDowntown Hazleton Alliance for Progress: $30,000 to create a welcome center on the ground floor of the PSU Hazleton LaunchBox at 13-15 W. Broad Street. The space is designed to serve as a pop-up shop for start-up culinary and retail businesses, but it will also double as a welcome and information center for the downtown. New State Funding Will Support 42 Building Restoration, Façade, and Housing Projects Across Pennsylvania Elk CountySt. Marys: $50,000 for a façade grant program focused on the downtown area and State Route 255, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Northampton CountyGreater Easton Development Partnership: $50,000 for a façade improvement program in collaboration with the Easton Main Street Initiative to be awarded to property and business owners in the form of matching grants for renovations, restorations, and repairs to existing building façade, and new signage, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Lackawanna CountyUnited Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania: $25,000 to create a neighborhood revitalization plan for the Pinebrook section of Scranton. Lancaster CountyCity of Lancaster: $100,000 to improve sidewalk conditions, pave the street, and install piano key crosswalks along five blocks of Howard Avenue in southeast Lancaster.Main Street Mount Joy: $50,000 for a façade grant program, which will complement the current downtown revitalization plan, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Montour CountyDanville Business Alliance: $50,000 to launch a professional, cohesive marketing, branding, and wayfinding investment in signage. Chester CountyWest Chester Business Improvement District Authority: $10,000 for the development of a five-year revitalization strategy in downtown West Chester.center_img December 30, 2019 McKean CountyCity of Bradford: $300,000 to implement a two-phased streetscape project to improve the function, design, safety, and walkability of the historic district. Improvements will include sidewalk replacement and curbing, milling and paving, installation of new decorative light poles, refurbishing the existing light poles, replacing blacktop repair areas, and adding new pavement markings. Mifflin CountyDowntown Lewistown, Inc.: $142,155 to implement a downtown connector project along West Water Street. Improvements include construction of sidewalk and curbing as well as ADA accessible ramps. This connector will serve as an important link from the Kish Riverwalk to the Victory Park and the recently completed segment of the Juniata River Trail. Indiana CountyIndiana County: $62,808 to demolish the former G.C. Murphy building located in Blairsville Borough. The site, when cleared, will be used as a green space and community gathering area. Delaware CountyLansdowne Economic Development Corp.: $50,000 to assist in the construction of the Lansdowne Maker Space, a 2,500-square-foot tech-based maker space.Upper Chichester Township: $25,000 to create an economic development action plan for the Boothwyn Town Center. Lebanon CountyLebanon Foundation, Inc.: $50,000 to implement a new façade improvement program in the designated Keystone Main Street District of the City of Lebanon, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Susquehanna CountySusquehanna County Housing/Redevelopment Authority: $388,500 for the first phase of a construction project that includes environmental remediation, demolition of a blighted former school building, asbestos removal, underground storage tank removal, site preparation, and construction of a duplex housing unit for individuals 55 and older in Hallstead. Schuylkill CountyTamaqua: $25,000 to obtain a professional consultant to complete a community and economic development plan that engages the community in the planning process and creates positive connections within it. Franklin CountyMainstreet Waynesboro, Inc.: $50,000 for a façade grant program in the downtown area, benefiting at least ten storefronts.Downtown Chambersburg: $50,000 to implement a façade improvement program, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Washington CountyNational Road Heritage Corridor: $115,000 to identify design and planning projects in collaboration with the City of Monongahela that will create an attractive gateway and pedestrian-friendly walkway to the Monongahela River, including installation of ADA accessible curbing and sidewalks, new light posts and trees, signage, and public art for the arch at the Second and Railroad Streets intersection. Northumberland CountyShamokin: $50,000 for a façade improvement program in collaboration with the Shamokin Redevelopment Authority, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Erie CountyOur West Bayfront: $82,200 to assist 18 income-eligible homeowners with emergency repairs to ensure the homes do not become blighted.ServErie: $49,900 to implement a façade assistance program to homeowners within a five-block span on East 6th, 7th, and 8th Streets from Parade to Wayne Streets, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Dauphin CountyCamp Curtin YMCA: $150,000 to construct affordable housing in uptown Harrisburg. The project will construct five new homes on one vacant lot on the corner of Woodbine and Jefferson Streets. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Leinster release Douglas

first_img Press Association In a statement, Leinster said “a suitable agreement” had been reached for 26-year-old Douglas to leave the province. The 14 times-capped lock was one season into a three-year deal, and speculation Down Under is that he will now join the Brisbane-based Queensland Reds. Kane Douglas could challenge for a place in Australia’s World Cup squad after being released from his Leinster contract with immediate effect.center_img The Wallabies are currently in Argentina preparing for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash against the Pumas, but it is thought Douglas could now commence training with the national squad building towards two appointments with world champions New Zealand next month. “Leinster Rugby can confirm that a suitable agreement has been reached to release second-row Kane Douglas from his contract with the province with immediate effect,” Leinster said. “Douglas made a total of 20 appearances for Leinster last season before missing the tail-end of the season with a back injury. “Leinster Rugby would like to wish Kane and Jennarly the best of luck as they return home, and wish Kane well as he competes for World Cup selection with the Wallabies.” last_img read more

Remi Garde insists he is no magician as Aston Villa look to end their slump

first_img Villa sacked Tim Sherwood last week and, in his first job since leaving Lyon in 2014 after turning down Newcastle earlier this year , Garde is confident the club can survive but knows the size of his task. “I’m not a dreamer or a magic man, I have strong ideas,” said the former Arsenal midfielder, who has appointed former Bastia coach Reginald Ray as his assistant. “I haven’t the certainty we will stay in the Premier League because the situation we are in is difficult but I have a strong belief we will do it. “Maybe that was why I stopped at Lyon – because you need strong energy for what I want to do – but now I think there are things I want to change. That is not saying what went on before was wrong. “There is not only one way to win games but I have my ideas and a strategy that I want to implement. “In football, things can change. If I didn’t think I could change things I would have said ‘No, this job is not for me’, but I’ve got the hope that we can do it. I don’t know what happened before, I was not inside and I can’t judge. I can only focus on what will happen from now on.” Villa signed 13 players in the summer under Sherwood but Garde has spoken to Villa chairman Randy Lerner and chief executive Tom Fox about their January transfer plans. Four players joined from Ligue 1 and while Garde admitted that is enough from France for now he knows he must be prepared to spend in the window. He said: “We had this kind of discussion, but for the moment this is not the priority. I’m not silly, I know that in January it’s a transfer window and until then I will have the time to evaluate the players. “We will also have the time to win games. We would have played 10 games by then and I think if we need something the owner will be behind me.” The new boss takes over with Villa four points from safety following seven straight defeats in the Barclays Premier League. They are bottom of the table and host leaders Manchester City on Sunday in Garde’s first game in charge. Remi Garde insists he is not a magician as he tries to make Aston Villa’s relegation fears disappear.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more