Chris Kuroda Lights Up Martin Garrix DJ Set

first_imgPhish lighting master Chris Kuroda was recently recruited by 17-year-old phenom Martin Garrix for the young DJ’s consecutive weekend appearances at Coachella. Kuroda is well known within the Phish community, and was recently working with Justin Bieber.Both Garrix and Bieber are managed by Scooter Braun, so the collaboration isn’t totally out of left field.You can watch some of the Garrix Coachella set here:In an interview with Elle, Garrix commented on Kuroda’s involvement, saying, “I was so happy! We invested a lot of money in production. All the big shows, the really important shows, we’re going to fly in [Justin Bieber and Phish lighting guru Chris Kuroda]/ Those are like rock-music shows, with the lasers and stuff. Yesterday, with everybody in the crowd, I was like ‘Holy fucking shit!’”Kuroda is set to work with Phish for their upcoming appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

Osman Swati knew how to leave a room

first_img Lewis, who has threatened court action in clinging to the last vestiges of his political weight, spent his final council meeting dividing the room.He blamed the former city manager for the destruction of heavy equipment during the 2017 flood. He fumed aloud that there was no storm plan now. He lamented the state of the city, suggesting it might never recover. He offered a cryptic comment about Port Arthur going “to Section 8” and accused the mayor of not doing his own job or knowing how to do it.The last of these caused the affable mayor, Derrick Freeman, to not only bristle — that was uncharacteristic — but also fire back. That was a bad moment for Lewis.Freeman recounted in detail that as the city was drowning in 60 inches of rain last August, council members were to meet in an emergency session at City Hall. There, Lewis pitched this single idea as the city sank underwater: Diverting $30,000 of Port Arthur’s public treasure to The Breeze, run by Lewis’ friend, for radio programming. Osman Swati knew how to leave a room.Port Arthur’s District 6 representative served but a single City Council term — his seat was eliminated by voter choice — but he lent grace, reason and humility that this governing body sorely needed and — shouldn’t we concede this? — some dash. Ironically, Swati left public service the same night as Willie “Bae” Lewis, a 23-year councilman whose seat was also eliminated by voter decision.While Swati left public life reading from an elegant farewell letter, Lewis left with his fingernails scraping his own chair bottom. Like the last toddler in the toy store at lights out, he simply refused to go.Swati thanked God and the voters for the privilege of serving, humbly extended apologies for anyone he might have offended, offered a heartfelt paean to democracy and praised devoted city workers, staff and his own colleagues for all they do for this beleaguered city. He provided the class in the room.center_img “The only thing you were worried about was that $30,000,” Freeman recalled, staring straight at Lewis.We might have hoped for a better farewell for Lewis, at least on his last night as a council member. He never provided leadership but he usually brought the entertainment.Swati’s farewell letter contained these words, and Port Arthur citizens might take them in more than one way: “This council is a direct product of your vote.” In some cases, it’s a direct product of not voting in Port Arthur, where casting a ballot is rare.Choosing not to vote is a choice in itself: You still bear consequences. On this night, those consequences were stark:One guy knew how to leave a room. The other guy was Willie Lewis.last_img read more

Trophy Stall makes significant contribution towards Sunday’s horse race meet

first_imgTrophy Stall Bourda Market through its Managing Director, Ramesh Sunich, has made good on a promise to support Sunday’s Nand Persaud Sprint Classic horse race meet. The Trophy Stall, of Bourda Market, which is one of the leading trophy and engravement entities in Guyana continues to make good on its many promises.The entity, with businesses now in Bourda Market, City Mall and South Road, through Its Managing Director Ramesh Sunich has made a significant contribution to the Nand Persaud Karibee Rice Mega Sprint Classic Horse Race meet this Sunday.The event, which is organised by the Company’s Sky Plus Promotion Group, is set for the No.36 Village, Macedonia Estate, Corentyne, Berbice Racing Facility.  According to a press release, Trophy Stall has consented to donate the champion jockey and champion trainer trophies along with other incentives for other outstanding participants on the day. There are seven races carded for the day with over $4M in cash, trophies and other incentives up for grabs.The event, which is being organised by the Company Sky Plus Promotion Group, will see the horses running in a straight line on Guyana’s only grass track.  So far over 40 horses have entered and a number of other sponsors are on board.Among them are Ansa Mc Al and Stag Beer, Republic Bank, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, NTN, Prem’s, retired jockey Abdul Latiff and businessmen Deo Persaud, Jaikarran Sergobin and Jaikishan Persaud among others. The feature is for animals classified D and lower over four furlongs for a winning purse of $400,000 and trophy which will see the likes of TNT and Isn’t She Charming, bidding to outdo each other for the attractive purse. The other events are for horses classified H and lower for a take home prize of $260,000 and trophy over 3 furlongs.The race for three-year-old animals has a winning purse of $200,000 and trophy over a distance of three furlongs.The event for two-year-olds has a winning purse of $200,000 and trophy over four furlongs. The K Class and Lower animals will have at stake a first prize of $140,000 and trophy over three furlongs.There is an event for male animals classified L and lower over four furlongs for a winner’s prize of $100,000 and trophy.The L class event for female horses over three furlongs also has a first prize of $100,000 and trophy.Race time is 12:00 hrs. And there will be lot of other attractions for the family and kids. An action packed day of racing is anticipated.last_img read more

NBS/GCA rolls out eighth annual second division 40-over tournament

first_imgFor the eighth consecutive year, the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) will be organizing the New Building Society-sponsored second division 40-over tournament. The event was introduced with a simple launching at the company’s Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown branch yesterday with Chairman of the Board, Floyd McDonald.McDonald expressed the company’s satisfaction with the stewardship of the GCA and said that it is with the recognition of those at the helm of the association that NBS granted the request for the sponsorship.He revealed that the financial institution is also sponsoring a tournament of a similar nature in Berbice which is also set to begin once the weather is conducive to cricket. McDonald revealed that in the pipeline there is a clash between the two top teams in Berbice and Georgetown this year  in a T20 format to decide the true champion.McDonald said that this tournament is a testament to the company’s investment in not only sport, charity and education but its contribution to the development of lives.In addition, he said that it is here where the development begins which is then transferred to the country and region before reaching the international stage in the form of the West Indies team while acknowledging the perils of that unit. NBS has also decided to reward the media for their efforts of informing the public of the work done by the cricketers and sponsors with Stabroek Sport’s Romario Samaroo winning the prize for extensive coverage of the tournament during last season.President of the GCA, Roger Harper thanked the company for its confidence in the body to sponsor the tournament once again and informed the gathering that eight players that would have participated in the competition last year have gone on to represent West Indies at various levels. He also  recognized the contributions of  Chandrapaul Hemraj and Sherfane Rutherford who are both with the Guyana Amazon Warriors and participated in the competition.Harper, speaking on behalf of the teams said that they are “anxiously” looking forward to the competition. The former West Indies player also said that the tournament provides real opportunities for the players to showcase their talent and not only benefit players in Georgetown but across the country. Meanwhile Chairman of the Competitions Committee, Shaun Massiah detailed the tournament’s structure which is expected to begin on September 29. Massiah explained the tournament will be divided into two zones and will see teams earning 10 points for a win, five batting points for scoring over 200 runs and five bowling points for taking 10 wickets. He added that there will also be a mandatory 16 overs of seam as well as the implementation of free hit for all forms of no balls. Teams will also be playing in colored clothing and the semifinal along with the final will be played under lights.Zone A will feature Sophia, Demerara Cricket Club, Transport Sports Club, GNIC, Police Sports Club, Ace Warriors and last year’s runner up, Everest.Zone B will include defending champions, Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), Muslim Youth Organisation, Gandhi Youth Organisation, Third Class, Diplomats, Guyana Defense Force, University of Guyana and Malteenoes. GCC have won the tournament on four occasions, winning the first three editions as well as last year where they defeated Everest by 162 runs.last_img read more

Manchester United 3-0 West Ham

first_imgWayne Rooney scored his first goal since March as Manchester United cruised to victory to remain two points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.Rooney converted a 33rd-minute penalty to end a 13-game drought after Jonathan Spector fouled Ryan Giggs.Nani’s cool finish from Rooney’s neat pass made it 2-0 while Kieron Dyer hit the post for winless West Ham.Dimitar Berbatov capped a fine performance by volleying past Robert Green from Nani’s chipped cross.West Ham’s defeat left them rooted to the foot of the table and without a point while Manchester United remain third, level with Arsenal.The Hammers’ task was always going to be difficult, with Avram Grant’s side without an away win in the league since the first game of last season. But Manchester United, who had won 11 of their previous 12 league games at Old Trafford, started sluggishly with Rooney in particular struggling for form.However, as the half wore on, United’s veteran midfield duo of Paul Scholes and Giggs started to impose themselves on the game with Nani – who replaced Antonio Valencia in the starting line-up – also finding space on the right.The Portuguese winger came closest to breaking the deadlock early on when his fierce 25-yard shot was palmed onto the crossbar by Green.At the other end Dyer proved a useful outlet for the Hammers, while striker Carlton Cole was only denied a shot on goal by a last-ditch tackle from the superb Nemanja Vidic.Dyer found the side-netting for the Hammers but Manchester United continued to press for an opening goal and just after the half-hour it came – albeit from the penalty spot.Scholes found Giggs on the left with trademark vision, and after turning Spector inside out, the Welshman was eventually brought down by the Hammers defender. It gave Rooney an opportunity to score for the first time since 30 March and the England striker made no mistake, finding the bottom of the net with a low penalty that sent Green the wrong way and brought to an end the longest barren spell of his career.Soon after, Darren Fletcher saw his curling 25-yard drive superbly tipped round the post by Green as the Red Devils continued to press.The hosts should have gone into the break 2-0 up but Nani wasted a glorious opportunity on the stroke of half-time, lifting the ball over Green but also over the bar from close range after a stunning clipped pass from Giggs.However, Nani made amends for his miss just after the break, lashing the ball home left-footed from the edge of the area after cutting inside his marker following Rooney’s weighted pass.Rooney himself was denied by a last-ditch Danny Gabbidon tackle before a fine passing move from West Ham saw Dyer crash a fierce shot against the outside of the post. Scholes then tested Green from the edge of the area after good link-up play from Berbatov as the game started to turn into a procession for the hosts.United soon increased their lead and having turned provider for Scholes, it was Berbatov’s turn to be on the receiving end with Nani’s clipped pass to the back post acrobatically volleyed home by the Bulgarian.Cole and Vidic continued their personal duel with the Serbian defender again coming out on top as another last-ditch tackle denied the England striker a clear sight on goal.Hammers striker Fredric Piquionne tested keeper Edwin van der Sar late on but the Dutchman was equal to the effort as Manchester United held on to keep their second clean sheet of the season.Credit: BBClast_img read more

13-year-old boy who fell through thin ice on a pond saved by friends

first_img Related — Three middle school students jumped into action when one of their classmates fell through thin ice in Melrose, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning.While on his way to school with his classmates, 13-year-old Griffin DelGreco walked by the frozen Ell Pond.Griffin told ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston that, for some reason, he decided to walk onto the ice.“I don’t really know why, but I went onto the ice,” the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School student said. “I couldn’t feel the bottom. I was trying to stay up and just hanging onto the side.”Griffin’s classmates had not gone on the ice, until they heard the 7th grader screaming for help.“I couldn’t pull myself up because it was too slippery,” Griffin recalled.Two of his classmates, a boy and a girl, were able to reach the boy and pulled him out to safety while the others called 911.When Melrose Police and Fire got to the scene, they found all the kids on the shore of Ell Pond.“I didn’t get hurt too bad, but it was really cold and really scary,” Griffin said.Griffin was taken to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital as a precaution.After the incident, a sign was posted near the pond warning “Danger Thin Ice.”Although Griffin was not seriously injured, he said the accident did teach him something.“It was a good lesson that you shouldn’t really do things before thinking,” he said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Passover vacation niche grows to dozens of destinations

first_img In this April 18, 2016 photo, a hotel kitchen worker chops vegetables in preparation for the Passover holiday at the Waldorf Astoria resort at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. More than 1,000 Jews are expected to stay at the resort and take part in the eight day celebration. (AP Photo/John Raoux) In this April 18, 2016 photo, a kitchen worker walks past boxes of food that will be used for the Passover holiday at the Waldorf Astoria resort at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. More than 1,000 Jews are expected to stay at the resort and take part in the eight day celebration. (AP Photo/John Raoux) ORLANDO, Fla. | Most Jews around the world say the traditional “Next year in Jerusalem” at the end of the annual Passover Seder feast. Last year, St. Louis native David Benkof said to himself, “Next year in Disney World.”For many Jews like Benkof, traveling to vacation hotspots during the eight-day Passover holiday has become a way of avoiding the hassle of heeding religious rules that require scrubbing a home clean of grain particles or hosting back-to-back, hours-long dinners at their homes for dozens of relatives and friends. In this April 18, 2016 photo, workers prepare food in a meat-only kitchen for the Passover holiday at the Waldorf Astoria resort at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. More than 1,000 Jews are expected to stay at the resort and take part in the eight day celebration. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Passover vacations have grown in recent years beyond the traditional destinations of Miami Beach, the Catskills and Israel. They now include scores of resorts in Orlando, Florida; Scottsdale, Arizona; Riviera Maya in Mexico; Whistler, Canada; Sardinia, Italy; the island of Crete in Greece; San Diego; and Puerto Rico, as well as a fully-kosher South African safari.“We’ve seen a massive growth over the last decade to 12 years of the locations, the variety, the price ranges, the types of hotels,” said Ralphi Bloom, who runs Totally Jewish Travel, a travel website.Bloom estimates that up to 50,000 hotel rooms for as many as 100,000 people are booked this year for Passover, which starts at sundown Friday. That represents about $60 million to $70 million in revenue, double the amount from a decade ago, he said.Passover travel programs at the resorts, which include Ritz-Carlton and Waldorf Astoria hotels in Florida, are accommodating the celebrants with kids’ camps, casino nights, Hawaiian luaus, daily barbecues, lectures by rabbinic scholars and meals that follow kosher dietary rules of separating milk from meat and prohibiting pork and shellfish, along with Passover prohibitions against bread.“People are more willing to not have the traditional Passover at home and actually go away, with the ability to make hotel kitchens kosher, source food locally that is kosher,” said Bloom, who is based in Manchester, England. “I think in more and more families both the husband and the wife work. When you go away for Passover … there’s no cleaning, preparing, cooking.”Benkof spent the last few days of Passover last year at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, but he missed the first two nights when Jews have the traditional Seder meal. He plans to arrive in time for the Seder dinners this year. Food was a selling point: Some Passover food can be dry and flavorless but the resort served delicious meals.Observant Jews don’t eat leavened grain products during the eight days of Passover because the holiday commemorates the Biblical story of Exodus, when Jews fleeing slavery in Egypt didn’t have time to let their bread rise. They took instead flat, hard unleavened bread that today is sold as matzo. Passover dietary rules forbid consumption of certain grain-based foods like bread and pasta that puffs up when cooked.Benkof said the food at the resort hands-down beat the matzo and gefilte fish he would eat if he stayed home.“I went to the theme parks during the day and ate myself crazy at night,” said Benkof, who is paying about $4,500 for an all-inclusive package. “What is remarkable about the food is how much there is, lots of it. They had bread! It was kosher for Passover bread, but you couldn’t tell it was Passover food.”Depending on the hotel and destination, prices for Passover vacation packages range from $1,600 to $11,000 per person, and typically cover lodging, unlimited food and entertainment.Many tour operators hosting Passover vacations bring in their own rabbis and staff to make the resorts Passover-ready. They also bring in Passover-only dishes, utensils and cookware that are untouched by grain products. Utensils or dishes that aren’t used specifically for Passover must be immersed in boiling water. Stoves and ovens are cleaned for Passover by heating at full blast for one or two hours. Cupboards, refrigerators and freezers are scrubbed clean of any crumbs and residue. Sinks are cleaned with boiling water.“There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into making a kitchen kosher,” said Alan Berger, who is running the Grand Getaways Passover vacations.Berger’s company is hosting 1,000 people for 10 days at the Waldorf Astoria at Walt Disney World. His staff and caterers are taking over a hotel ballroom kitchen for the week.“There’s no ‘almost kosher’ for Passover. It either is or isn’t,” he said.At some resorts, sex-segregated swimming sessions are held at resort pools in deference to ultra-Orthodox Jews concerned about modesty requirements. Conference rooms are converted into makeshift synagogues for prayer services. There are also concerts, performances by mentalists and illusionists and, of course, a “tea room” where guests can nosh on sweets and snacks all day.“We’re constantly keeping everybody stuffed to the gills,” Berger said. “We try to entertain people at all times.”Follow Mike Schneider on Twitter: In this April 18, 2016 photo, a kitchen worker carries a box of Kosher salt that will be used for the Passover holiday at the Waldorf Astoria resort at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. More than 1,000 Jews are expected to stay at the resort and take part in the eight day celebration. (AP Photo/John Raoux) In this April 18, 2016 photo, beef ribs on a tray await preparation for the Passover holiday at the Waldorf Astoria resort at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. More than 1,000 Jews are expected to stay at the resort and take part in the eight day celebration. (AP Photo/John Raoux) In this April 18, 2016 photo, boxes of matzos are stacked in the kitchen for the Passover holiday at the Waldorf Astoria resort at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. More than 1,000 Jews are expected to stay at the resort and take part in the eight day celebration. (AP Photo/John Raoux) In this April 18, 2016 photo, Rabbi Raphael Berdugo checks parsley for insects as part of the preparation for the Passover holiday at the Waldorf Astoria resort at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. More than 1,000 Jews are expected to stay at the resort and take part in the eight day celebration. (AP Photo/John Raoux)last_img read more

Going the extra mile

first_imgShattuck has served as superintendent for the past 13 years. In all, she has been with the district for 44 years. Just as the district’s board of education was about to begin a search for her replacement, members asked Shattuck, “Are you sure you want next year to be your final year?” she said. “They said, `We’d really be happy if you decided to stay.’ I said, `OK,”‘ Shattuck said. The new contract does not come with a pay raise. Shattuck’s salary remains at $206,000 a year. Shattuck said she had considered retirement because she could make as much money from her pension as she could working. But then she decided that she doesn’t want to quit working. NORWALK – Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent Ginger Shattuck’s on-again, off-again retirement plans are off again. A year ago, Shattuck announced she would retire as of June of this year. Then she announced she planned to stay on until 2008. Now Shattuck has signed a new contract that will keep her in her job until June 30, 2010. Even so, Shattuck on Monday insisted she plans to be superintendent only until June 30, 2009. Seriously. “There’s more than money to this job,” she said. “I am really committed to this community. I like 99 percent of the job. I don’t have something I’m looking forward to doing, either professionally with consulting or personally.” By staying on, Shattuck said, she also can help the district deal with its declining enrollment, possibly by closing schools. The board already has voted to close Huerta Elementary School in the fall of 2008. “A new superintendent won’t have to deal with that kind of negative issue,” she said. “There’s no way to put a positive spin on closing schools.” Board member Pauline Deal said she’s happy Shattuck decided to stay for at least another year. “We’ve started so many things, it would be nice to see her stay and help us continue,” Deal said. Board member Richard LeGaspi said he, too, is pleased. “It’s good when you’re going through tough times to have an experienced superintendent,” LeGaspi said. [email protected] (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img