Bootsy Collins Releases New Disco Track From Upcoming “World Wide Funk” Album

first_imgFunk legend Bootsy Collins recently announced a new album World Wide Funk, due out Oct 27th. Marking the bassist’s first album since 2011’s Tha Funk Capital of the World, the upcoming World Wide Funk is populated with musical friends old and new, and recorded in his Cincinnati home’s Bootzilla Re-hab studio. Blue-chip rappers like Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Quik, Dru Down, and Chuck D, along with guitar shredder Buckethead, all join a Bootsy-curated posse of fresh new artists on a record that embraces everything from the classic P-Funk sound Bootsy pioneered to the closest Collins has ever come to radio-active, boots on the ground, friendly fire in a musical-P-rated-adventure. Today, he shares the third ad final single from the record “Hot Saucer,” featuring Musiq Soulchild & Big Daddy Kane.Enjoy Bootsy’s new disco track “Hot Saucer” below, featurig Musiq Souldhild and Big Daddy Kane.“I’ve never really been concerned about what others thought about me or my music, as long as it made you feel good & sexy, like them old house parties, sharing a coke and a smile while doing a bump and grind,” Bootsy explains in a press release. Bootsy’s music and life are all about creating unity in the community, “but not necessarily the same old community.” He has never stopped generating new energy among new musical associates, and World Wide Funk is the latest example of his Promethean powers. It blends classic Bootsy, Analog (“aka the veteran artist”), and Slingshots (“aka the youngins”) into the silly serious world of Bootsy, with results that will extend far beyond the confines of our galaxy.World Wide Funk Tracklist:1. World Wide Funk (feat. Doug E. Fresh, Buckethead & Alissia Benveniste)2. Bass-Rigged-System (feat. Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke, Manou Gallo, Alissia Benveniste & World-Wide-Funkdrive)3. Pusherman (feat. Dru Down, BlvckSeeds , Mr. Talkbox)4. Thera-P (feat. Tyshawn Colquitt & Alissia Benveniste)5. Hot Saucer (feat. Musiq Soulchild & Big Daddy Kane)6. Heaven Yes7. Ladies Nite (feat. MC Eiht & BlvckSeeds)8. Candy Coated Lover (feat. X-Zact, Kali Uchis & World-Wide-Funkdrive)9. Snow Bunny (feat. Tyshawn Colquitt, Snowbunny & World-Wide-Funkdrive)10. Hi-On-Heels (feat. October London)11. A Salute To Bernie (feat. Dr. G. Bernie Worrell)12. Boomerang (feat. Justin Johnson)13. Worth My While (feat. Kali Uchis)14. Come Back Bootsy (feat. Eric Gales, Dennis Chambers & World-Wide-Funkdrive)15. Illusions (feat. Chuck D, Buckethead & BlvckSeeds)last_img read more

Pink Talking Fish Announces 2019 Spring Tour

first_imgOn Tuesday, Pink Talking Fish announced an extensive 2019 spring tour. The multi-band tribute act, which blends the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish in a high-octane musical cocktail, will embark on their lengthy spring tour from the end of February through May.Pink Talking Fish will open up their tour with a two-night run at Key West, FL’s Green Parrot on February 27th and 28th, followed by performances at Fort Lauderdale, FL’s Revolution Live (3/1); Tampa, FL’s Orpheum (3/2); Harrisburg, PA’s Club XL (3/14); Richmond, VA’s The National (3/15); Norfolk, VA’s NorVa (3/16); Flagstaff, AZ’s Orpheum (3/26); Phoenix, AZ’s Last Exit Live (3/27); San Diego’s Winston’s OB (3/28 &3/29); Los Angeles, CA’s Teregram Ballroom (3/30); Anaheim, CA’s House of Blues (3/31); Nevada City, CA’s Crazy Horse Saloon (4/2 & 4/3); Chico, CA’s Lost on Main (4/4); Mill Valley, CA’s Sweetwater Music Hall (4/5); Seattle, WA’s Nectar Lounge (4/6); Saratoga Springs, NY’s Putnam Place (4/12); Burlington, VT’s Nectars (4/13 & 4/14); Atlanta, GA’s SweetWater420 Fest (4/19); Salisbury MA’s Blue Ocean Music Hall (4/20); and tour closing festival appearances at Kansas City, MO’s Bluegrass In The Bottoms and Greenfield, MA’s Strange Creek Campout.Pink Talking Fish will close out their winter tour this weekend with performances at Killington, VT’s Pickle Barrel on Thursday, Plymouth, NH’s Flying Monkey on Friday, and a very special JUNTA CIRCUS performance at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Saturday. Marking their third headlining performance at the historic venue, Pink Talking Fish will take on Phish’s 1989 Junta album while intertwining Pink Floyd andTalking Heads songs throughout the setlist. Just like in previous events at The Cap, this PTF show will be a “one set marathon performance”.To add to the special occasion, The Capitol Theatre will be fully transformed into a circus. The band is teaming up with New York’s “Big Apple Circus” to provide live circus attractions both on and off stage. In addition, Greg Ormont from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will serve as “The Ringmaster”.Head to Pink Talking Fish’s website for ticketing and more information.Pink Talking Fish 2019 Spring Tour Dates:2.27 – 28: Key West FL at Green Parrot3.01: Fort Lauderdale FL at Revolution Live3.02: Tampa FL at The Orpheum3.14: Harrisburg PA at Club XL3.15: Richmond VA at The National3.16: Norfolk VA at The NorVa3.26: Flagstaff AZ at The Orpheum3.27: Phoenix AZ at Last Exit Live3.28 – 29: Ocean Beach CA at Winstons3.30: Los Angeles CA at Teragram Ballroom3.31: Anaheim CA at House Of Blues4.2 – 3: Nevada City CA at Crazy Horse Saloon4.4: Chico CA at Lost On Main4.5: Mill Valley CA at Sweetwater Music Hall4.6: Seattle WA at Nectar Lounge4.12 Saratoga Springs NY at Putnam Place4.13 – 14: Burlington VT at Nectars4.19: Atlanta GA at Sweetwater420 Music Festival4.20: Salisbury MA at Blue Ocean Music Hall5.18: Kansas City MO at Bluegrass In The Bottoms5.24 – 26: Greenfield MA at Strange Creek CampoutView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Room for improvement in ed policy

first_imgWhile the issue of education may have been largely missing from presidential campaign rhetoric, supplanted by language aimed at calming fears about the economy, many polls suggested it was still a top concern for voters.In a discussion at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Thursday, a panel of experts examined how the election results will affect education reform at the federal, state, and local levels.Education wasn’t a main talking point during the campaign, the speakers agreed, in part because of its nuance and political sensitivity. Obama programs such as “Race to the Top,” a $4 billion competitive grant program that rewards states that develop reforms, has some support from states but is “not easy to explain,” said Jal Mehta, an assistant professor of education. Mitt Romney, Mehta said, was forced to balance his track record of overhauls at the state level with the Republican Party’s desire to have a “limited federal role in education.”Voters are worried about the nation’s education system, said Martin West, an assistant professor of education and deputy director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, but they often perceive it as “someone else’s problem.”“National assessments of the public schools are at an all-time low,” said West, who served as the chair of Romney’s advisory group for K-12 education policy. “But at the same time, voters’ assessments of their local schools are an all-time high.”Part of the evening’s discussion centered on the prospects for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which established high standards for students and high accountability for educators and administrators. The act was amended and reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 under George W. Bush, but it has failed to receive further reauthorization from a Congress deeply divided over its system of reforms. Many critics argue that the act places too much emphasis on test scores and standardized measures to evaluate student performance.Yet Congress could potentially unite behind some kind of reauthorization of NCLB based on lawmakers’ distaste for the way the Obama administration has circumvented many of its accountability systems, said West. Both Democrats and Republicans, West argued, are upset with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for granting waivers that exempt states from parts of the law. As a condition of those waivers, Duncan has required that states adopt certain policies supported by the administration, like teacher evaluations based on objective indicators.“In particular, this attachment of additional conditions that Congress has not promulgated itself is what has members of Congress worked up.”West added that he hoped for an early reauthorization of the act during Obama’s second term. Such a move could provide “stability in the policy environment,” he said.Moderator Paul Reville, a senior lecturer on education at HGSE and Massachusetts’ secretary of education, asked the panelists to address the status of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in the wake of Obama’s victory. The Common Core program is an effort to establish a shared set of educational standards for English and math that states can voluntarily adopt. More than 40 states participate in the program.Although Mehta deemed it a “good program in principle,” he worried it could, like NCLB, push for ambitious yet unattainable targets. “I am fearful that in a climate where there is no money, high accountability, and really high standards, what is a good idea will get rolled out, schools and states won’t be able to realize the standards, and that will lead to backlash.”Looking ahead, panelist Celine Coggins, founder and CEO of Teach Plus, a national education nonprofit that works to retain experienced teachers in urban classrooms, was hopeful. She said she envisions the president continuing to promote a national model that supports teaching as a performance-driven profession, one that “puts the interests of the students first” and moves away from a system traditionally linked to seniority. “I think that has been a really good thing. I think it has seen its share of challenges over the last four years, but for me it’s the right track.”last_img read more

London Datebook: Memphis, Sunny Afternoon & More

first_img ALSO: The director Jamie Lloyd’s darkly compelling take on the onetime Broadway hit Urinetown transfers to the Apollo Theatre on the West End, opening Oct. 8 and with stars Jonathan Slinger, Jenna Russell, and Simon Paisley Day still along for the ride; Matthew Seadon-Young is replacing Ghost alum Richard Fleeshman as Bobby Strong this time out. Last week for an unusually strong outdoor season at Shakespeare’s Globe, which concludes Oct. 12 with director Blanche McIntyre’s joyous take on the Bard’s shortest play, The Comedy of Errors. ALSO: A busy month for Broadway musicals on the West End finds The Scottsboro Boys moving across the River Thames from its acclaimed run at the Young Vic and now on to the Garrick, opening October 20. Angus Jackson, the director who recently brought Frank Langella in King Lear from Chichester to Brooklyn, opens his revival of the Tim Firth play Neville’s Island October 21 at the Duke of York’s Theatre; Miles Jupp and Neil Morrissey are among the cast. The lazy days of summer are all but forgotten as the theater season kicks into autumnal overdrive. Highlights this month include a slew of New York musicals either making their London debuts (Memphis, Here Lies Love) or getting a West End upgrade (The Scottsboro Boys, Urinetown). Elsewhere, the classics return in abundance in the capital while Olivier winner Imelda Staunton cries “sing out, Louise” out of town. For more details, read on. OCTOBER 13-19 London Love: The David Byrne/Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love has been one of the unexpected New York theater sensations of recent years, and now it crosses the Atlantic to christen the new Dorfman space within the National Theater complex, opening October 13. Alex Timbers (Rocky) once again directs, with Natalie Mendoza (an alum, briefly, of the Spider-Man musical) in the leading role of Imelda Marcos. ALSO: The Chekhovs have it with productions of two of the Russian master’s defining plays opening within days of one another. First up on October 13 is John Hannah in a contemporary Uncle Vanya at the St James Theatre; three days later comes the opening of director Katie Mitchell’s take on The Cherry Orchard at the Young Vic. Out of town, Imelda Staunton gives us her long-awaited Mama Rose in Gypsy, opening Oct. 14 at Chichester: Lara Pulver has the title role and the West End is on very keen standby. ALSO: Fiona Button and Max Bennett take the lead roles in the Wanamaker Playhouse staging at Shakespeare’s Globe of ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore; director Michael Longhurst moves on from here to direct Jake Gyllenhaal on Broadway in Constellations. Writer Rona Munro’s three-part trilogy of Scottish kingship, The James Plays, finishes its sellout National Theatre run Oct. 29 before what looks likely to be a sweep of end-of-season Best Play awards.center_img OCTOBER 20-26 Hockadoo: Can the Brits even say that word? They’ll have to learn when the Tony-winning musical Memphis opens October 23 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, the West End’s de facto Broadway outpost given other tenants over time like Hairspray and Rock of Ages. Irishman Killian Donnelly (The Commitments) and The Bodyguard sensation Beverley Knight take the starring roles this time out. OCTOBER 6-12 Ladies’ Night: It was almost two years ago that Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd reasserted her classical theater credentials and then some with an all-female production of Julius Caesar that electrified audiences at the Donmar before transferring to New York. Lloyd is back at the same Covent Garden venue with a different Shakespeare play, Henry IV opening October 9, and the same leading lady, Harriet Walter. Will theatrical lightning strike twice? Time will tell. View Comments OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 2 Kinky Songs: The music of iconic British rock band The Kinks has given rise to Sunny Afternoon, a jukebox musical with a difference that premiered Off West End earlier this year at the Hampstead Theatre and gets a West End opening October 28 at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Edward Hall directs with John Dagliesh reprising his role as the group’s lead singer/songwriter Ray Davies.last_img read more

Europe says Tamiflu-resistant virus seen in 9 countries

first_imgFeb 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – European officials yesterday reported more evidence that one of the three types of seasonal influenza viruses is showing resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and said this represents the first clear sign that the resistant variant can spread.A report published yesterday by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) says the resistant variant of the influenza A/H1N1 virus accounted for 59 (14%) of 437 European H1N1 isolates from 19 countries tested so far. The variant has been seen in nine of the 19 countries, according to the report in Eurosurveillance.The new report suggests the resistant variant is more widespread than indicated by the initial report from the ECDC on Jan 27. That report said the resistant virus was found in four countries and made up 19 of 148 isolates tested.Increased H1N1 resistance to oseltamvir was also reported in the United States and Canada this week. US officials said about 5% of tested isolates showed resistance, and Canada reported that about 10% were resistant.European report: Norway most affectedThe resistant virus has a mutation called H274Y, which confers approximately a 400-fold reduction in susceptibility to oseltamivir, according to the Eurosurveillance report. Oseltamivir is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the drug of choice for human patients with H5N1 avian influenza, and many countries have stockpiled it in case the H5N1 virus evolves into a pandemic strain.From the tests so far, resistance is most common in Norway, where 26 of 37 H1N1 isolates (72%) were resistant, according to Eurosurveillance. Other countries most affected are France, 15 of 87 isolates (17%); Germany, 3 of 43 (7%); and the United Kingdom, 8 of 162 (5%). A few resistant isolates were also reported in Denmark, Finland the Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden.The resistant viruses have come from both adults and children, and there is no indication that any of the patients had been treated with oseltamivir or been in contact with others so treated, the report says. It is not unusual for resistance to emerge in patients receiving oseltamivir treatment for H1N1 infections, according to the WHO.”We therefore conclude that the identification of these oseltamivir-resistant viruses as a substantial proportion of circulating viruses, particularly in Norway, is the first clear evidence that influenza A(H1N1) virus with the H274Y mutation can readily transmit between individuals,” the Eurosurveillance report states.An accompanying Eurosurveillance editorial says resistant viruses with the same mutation were seen in previous flu seasons but “were few in number, ‘unfit,’ and transmitted poorly. . . . These [current] A/H1N1 isolates with the H274Y mutation are fitter. They are in several countries and are transmitting in the community.”The specimens tested to date are from early in the season, and it may be that as the season progresses ordinary A/H1N1s [will] predominate,” the editorial continues. “Equally, the resistant viruses may come to predominate,” as influenza A viruses resistant to two older drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, did in North America 2 years ago. Officials have said the oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 viruses remain susceptible to amantadine and rimantadine.WHO report: Increased resistance unexpectedThe WHO, in a statement yesterday, said the increased drug resistance is unexpected and so far unexplained, especially since few of the patients are known to have taken oseltamivir. “Influenza viruses are continuously changing, and it is possible that a resistant strain has emerged spontaneously,” said the statement, released in a question-and-answer format.While noting that the resistance problem is not limited to Europe, the WHO said no H1N1 isolates from Japan, where oseltamivir is used far more commonly than in most other countries, have shown the resistance mutation so far this season. The same was true for Hong Kong.The WHO said H1N1 is the predominant flu virus in many European countries and other parts of the northern hemisphere so far this season. The increased oseltamivir resistance has not been found in the other two seasonal flu viruses, A/H3N2 and B.The agency said the implications of the resistance problem for the treatment of H5N1 cases are uncertain. “The neuraminidase protein in human H1N1 viruses is different from that in avian H5N1 viruses. Until we learn why the unexpected increase in oseltamivir resistance has occurred in H1N1 viruses, it is too early to know what, if any, potential there might be for a similar increase to occur in H5N1 viruses.”The WHO added that it has not changed any of its H5N1 treatment recommendations.In other observations, the WHO said:So far, the evidence for most of the patients infected with the resistant virus is that they were not linked in any way.There is no evidence that the resistant viruses are causing more severe illness than other flu viruses.There is no sign that the resistant viruses are more transmissible than nonresistant viruses.The drug resistance does not affect the effectiveness of flu vaccines, and the H1N1 strain used in this year’s vaccine is well-matched to the circulating H1N1 strains.See also:Eursurveillance reporthttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=8026Eurosurveillance editorialhttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=8025WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/influenza/patient_care/antivirals/oseltamivir_faqs/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Indonesia’s COVID-19 budget swells but still not enough, observers say

first_imgIndonesia’s 2020 budget deficit will widen further to accommodate a larger stimulus package, but economists and business representatives say it will still not be enough to prevent the economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah said the government’s stimulus was “far from ideal” to counter the virus’ blow.Read also: Indonesia unveils bigger stimulus worth $47.6 billion to fight coronavirus impacts “The country needs bigger health care budget to manage the outbreak […] If we are not ready, then there is a possibility of a second wave of the virus crisis,” Piter said in a statement. “Meanwhile, the proposed budget for social protection is too small amid the threat of rising poverty.”Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati announced on June 3 she expected the budget deficit to swell to 6.34 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), an increase from earlier estimates of 6.27 percent in May and 5.01 percent at the end of March.The state budget to fight COVID-19 is now Rp 677.2 trillion (US$48 billion), higher than the Rp 641.17 trillion allocation in May and the Rp 405.1 trillion initial allocation.This was the third alteration to the state budget in just over two months. The rapid changes underscore the ferocity with which the virus has torn through the economy. “We are hoping that this stimulus will keep our economic growth above zero percent,” Sri Mulyani said during the latest budget announcement on June 3. The government expects Indonesia’s GDP to grow by 2.3 percent this year under the baseline scenario or contract by 0.4 percent under the worst-case scenario.“Demand for stimulus is increasing even after the latest package,” Bank Danamon economist Wisnu Wardana said. “The government must now focus its resources on making the spending more productive and cutting unnecessary spending.”Read also: Indonesia’s economy may shrink 3.5% if PSBB last for 4 months: World BankMeanwhile, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) called on the government to boost its budget to fight the pandemic.According to Kadin chairwoman Shinta Kamdani, the government will need Rp 400 trillion for health care, Rp 600 trillion for social safety net programs and Rp 600 trillion for economic recovery.Meanwhile, World Bank senior economist Ralph van Doorn has called on the government to take steps to maintain market confidence as debt mounts during the outbreak.“The government must [provide assurances about its] fiscal strategy to raise revenue back to at least the 2018 level to flatten the debt curve,” said van Doorn.It should unwind “exceptional measures” taken to battle the pandemic after the virus subsides, including by reinstating the deficit ceiling of 3 percent of GDP and ending Bank Indonesia’s partial financing of the deficit, he added.Indonesia’s debt-to-GDP ratio will rise to 37 percent this year from 29.8 percent at the end of last year, van Doorn predicted.The government now expects the total state budget in 2020 to be 2.74 quadrillion. State revenue is expected to be Rp 1.69 quadrillion, leaving a budget deficit of about Rp 1.05 quadrillion. Debt financing is expected to swell to Rp 1.22 quadrillion this year to cover the widening budget deficit and to pay for the government’s investments, which will be covered mostly by the issuance of bonds.“We will treat the widening budget deficit carefully in terms of sustainability and financing,” Sri Mulyani added.The new budget aims to strengthen the health care system, direct more spending toward social protection to boost consumption and provide incentives to rescue Indonesian businesses from bankruptcy and workers from layoffs.The government will spend Rp 87.55 trillion in the health care sector, Rp 203.9 trillion to strengthen social safety net programs and Rp 123.46 trillion to provide incentives for micro, small and medium businesses, according to the new budget.About Rp 120.6 trillion will be allocated for tax incentives for larger entities, and Rp 97.11 trillion has been designated to support ministries and regional administrations. Rp 44.57 trillion will be used to provide a stimulus for state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and labor-intensive businesses.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 budget changes again: What we know so far The government remains hopeful that the economy will not shrink sharply in the second quarter and will begin to recover in the subsequent quarters, said Finance Ministry Fiscal Policy Agency head Febrio Kacaribu on June 4.“There is a possibility of a severe economic crisis and recession. We are currently revising the state budget to ensure that negative growth does not happen,” Febrio told reporters.Indonesia’s economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter, the weakest since 2001, as household spending and investment growth slowed in response to the outbreak.The World Bank now expects zero percent growth for Indonesia if large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) last for two months amid a severe global economic slowdown and falling commodity prices. Under the organization’s worst-case scenario, which allows for four months of PSBB, Indonesia’s economy may shrink 3.5 percent.The government estimates that 1.8 million to 4.8 million people may fall into poverty this year, while 3 to 5.2 million may lose their jobs because of the severe economic impact of the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

September Surge: Pennsylvanians Love Online Voter Registration

first_img  SHARE  TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Innovation,  The Blog,  Voting & Elections The numbers are in and what they show is clear: Pennsylvanians are loving online voter registration (OVR) with more applications being filed online than by paper form and besting totals from the last two presidential elections.If you aren’t registered yet, stop reading this blog and do it now (or before the October 11 deadline) at register.votespa.com.Now, in September alone, a whopping 172,256 residents used OVR to register for the first time (122,021) or update their existing registration (50,235).That is about 20,000 more than the 152,912 who used a paper form last month.Combined that’s 325,168 applications, which outpaces both the 284,236 applications in September 2008 and the 186,449 applications in September 2012.Governor Wolf and Secretary of State Cortés launched OVR to make voter registration more convenient, secure and accessible. Since then, more than 675,000 Pennsylvanians have used OVR.New this year is 2Vote, a voter registration text messaging service. Simply text “PA” to “2Vote” (28683) on a smartphone and you will receive a link that provides direct access to the online voter registration application, as well as links to check voter registration status, locate your polling place and find contact information for county offices and the Department of State.The Department of State’s website votespa.com, available in English and Spanish, also offers a polling place locator and county boards of elections contact information. It also includes tips for first-time voters and members of the military.In addition, voters can familiarize themselves with the voting system they will use in their home county on Election Day.For more information on voter registration, call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit VotesPA.com. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary October 05, 2016 September Surge: Pennsylvanians Love Online Voter Registration SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Italy: Judge Orders Release of Captain that Docked Migrant-Rescue Ship

first_imgAn Italian judge has ordered the release of a German captain arrested on June 29 for docking the search and rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3 with 40 migrants onboard.Captain Carola Rackete was taken into custody after carrying the migrants and refugees that she had rescued off Libya into the Italian Port of Lampedusa, despite attempts by the Italian Coastguard to block the rescue boat from entering the port.Rackete’s arrest followed the European Court of Human Rights refusing a request to disembark the rescued migrants in Italy. Sixty hours after declaring a state of emergency on board, Rackete entered the port to bring the migrant crew who had been rescued 17 days earlier to safety, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).“Although we acknowledge the political complexity migration issues in the Mediterranean, today we’re relieved that Captain Rackete has been released,” said ITF Seafarers Section Chair Dave Heindel.“The Italian authorities have quickly concluded that Sea-Watch 3 entered the port because of valid safety concerns for the people on board and that Rackete had been carrying out her duty to protect life, not as a deliberate challenge to the right of Italy to protect its borders,” Heindel added.#FreeCarola continued: “I would like to stress that the whole crew of the #SeaWatch3 made this possible. Even though the attention is on me, it was as a team that we rescued the people, took care of them and brought them to safety.” #DefendSolidarity ? pic.twitter.com/BBEuKAEaYV— Sea-Watch International (@seawatch_intl) July 2, 2019The Sea-Watch 3 rescue set off an unprecedented political debate in Italy about immigration, the criminalisation of rescuing migrants and the nation’s obligation to rescue lives in danger at sea.The ITF has raised concerns over the European Union’s lack of direction to find a political solution to the issue of migrants at sea numerous times, and that Italy has been often left to deal with the issue as an individual member state instead of as part of the European community.last_img read more

Dutch companies partner up for US offshore wind

first_imgA group of Dutch companies and knowledge institutions have formed a public-private partnership that will focus on the offshore wind industry in the United States. Arjen Schutten, managing director of the export association Holland Home of Wind Energy, is the coordinator of the group. Ultimately, the group wants to generate more Dutch export orders and thus extra revenue from the United States. The partnership will focus on knowledge exchange, network building, and positioning the Dutch industry in the northeast of the United States. The signatories include the Bureau Waardenburg institute and the following 10 companies: In terms of knowledge exchange, the Dutch group will ensure sharing information on the way the Netherlands sets up offshore wind projects. The PIB partnership has the support of the Government of the Netherlands.  Despite the COVID-19 crisis, the signing was able to go ahead via video call, according to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl). The group signed an agreement under the Partners for International Business (PIB) programme on 9 April. The goal of the PIB group is to establish the Netherlands as a strategic partner for the American offshore wind market. The group will also be organising trade missions, matchmaking activities and knowledge events. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency carries out the Partners for International Business programme (PIB) for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the coming years, the group will focus on various activities. Furthermore, the PIB partners will participate in important offshore conventions in the United States. BoskalisCape HollandC-Job Naval ArchitectsGustoMSC, PonderaRoyal IHCSif GroupSPT OffshoreTrelleborg RidderkerkUlstein Design & Solutionslast_img read more

Little League districts continue with 11-12 baseball, 9-10 baseball, softball tournaments

first_imgELLSWORTH — Three Ellsworth Little League All-Star squads will attempt this week to replicate the 11-12 softball team’s District 1 success as they begin their own district tournaments.The Ellsworth 11-12 All-Star baseball team will face Bucksport Little League at 5:30 p.m. today, July 1. Team members are Daniel Carter, Dawson Curtis, Lucas Horne, Thomas Jude, Dylan Kearns, Kyle Jenney, Brayden King, Daniel Lindsey, Connor MacDonald, Cooper Mitchell and Ridge Weatherbee.At the 9-10 level, Ellsworth will take on either Calais Little League or Blue Hill’s Coastal Little League at home Saturday, July 6. Scott Fernald and Colie Haskell will coach a team of Joey Beal, Brandon Blaisdell, Will Bunker, Jeremiah Door, Cole Fernald, Evan Haskell, Cooper Miles, Spencer Seavey, Brayden Sekulich, Coleman Welch and Bryce Wood.The 9-10 softball team will begin its own District 1 tournament Saturday against either Acadian Little League or Sunrise Little League. Players include Lily Alley, Kaylee Bagley, Sophie Beal, Allie Bivins, Elizabeth Boles, Whitney Carter, Camryn Clough, Olivia Dane, Emily Greene, Kennedy Lambert, Sydney Mason, Jenna Moon and Lauren Young. Coaches are Lyndsy Clough, Shawn Bagley and Jamie Lambert.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGame sites will alternate depending on results and locations of previous matchups. All tournaments are double-elimination.last_img read more