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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Debuts Pink Floyd Cover & More In First LA Show [Photos]

first_imgIf imitation is, in fact, the sincerest form of flattery, the Grateful Dead—living and otherwise—have been rosy in the cheeks for decades. Spinoffs aside, perhaps no act in music history has spawned so many cover bands as have the Dead. And, perhaps, no group has done it better–without trying to be the Dead–than Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.The Brooklyn-based quintet made a convincing case during a swooning Thursday night set at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown Los Angeles, the first of three California performances this weekend. In front of a house-packing crowd full of crunchy elders and curious youngsters, JRAD jammed deep into the night, barely breaking to breathe besides the brief intermissions between the sets and encore.With Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger gliding along on guitar, Ween’s Dave Dreweitz dancing on bass and Marco Benevento tickling the keys, the band bandied about a lilting “Weather Report Suite” to open en route to more truculence in their rendition of “Truckin’”. The crowd quickly caught on, joining the chorus whenever Hamilton and Metzger hopped on the mic—be it to remind everyone where “Jack Straw” came from, where the “Estimated Prophet” was preaching or why “Money” is the root of all evil with their cover of Pink Floyd’s famous Dark Side anthem. Russo’s voice never stuck out, though the way his microphone swung around his drum set like a scorpion’s tail kept him as the center of attention anyway–not that he needed any help with that.Russo’s drumming, like The Dude’s rug, tied the ballroom together from beginning to end. Where Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart tended toward psychedelic freeplay behind the gripping guitar work of Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir with the actual Dead, Russo brought (and still brings) a tighter, more disciplined percussive style to the fore as the leader of Almost Dead. He guided a gifted group of musicians to ” Terrapin Station”, through dance-filled streets and along “The Wheel” before taking the “West L.A. Fadeaway” to “Brokedown Palace”. He gave Almost Dead a crystal-clear road map to the roots of the original, but did not force or foist the past upon the present.In truth, JRAD isn’t the first or the only Dead cover band to make Grateful grooves its own; their first show was less than five years ago. But it’s no accident that Russo’s version of the Dead has caught on so quickly, that it’s sold out shows from coast to coast, played festivals far and wide and had four members of Dead & Company (John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, and Bob Weir) sit in. JRAD’s concoction of incredible musicianship and low-end arrangement has allowed the band to not only keep the Dead alive, but to breathe new life into a catalogue of timeless tunes..Which, truth be told, is the point of a good jam.Watch “LA Fadeaway” with Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals and Eric D. Johnson on keys, uploaded by TimeZonterTV:Check out the gallery, courtesy of photographer Brandon Weil.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Teragram Ballroom | Los Angeles, CA | 11/9/17Set One (9:01pm – 10:51pm)Weather Report Prelude / Part One @ ->Truckin # ->Jackstraw ->Estimated Prophet ->Money $ >Terrapin SuiteSet 2 (11:11pm – 12:44am)Dancing In The Streets % ->Brown Eyed Women >Throwing Stones ^ >He’s Gone ->Jam & ->The Wheel ->Marco Solo * ->The Wheel Reprise ->Let It Grow +ENC:West LA Fadeaway @@Brokedown Palace ##@ – Instrumental# – With a “Duo Jam” & a Lovelight Tease (Band)$ – Pink Floyd Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead, with Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals% – With a DD Bass Solo^ – With an Unknown Tease (MB) & The Eleven Teases (TH & DD)& – With a Terrapin Tease (TH)* – With a “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” (Vince Guaraldi / Carel Werber) Jam+ – With a Tennessee Jed Tease (TH) & a “Standing On The Verge of Getting It On” (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel) [email protected]@ – With Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals and Eric D. Johnson on keys. With an Unknown Tease (Band)## – With Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals and Eric D. Johnson on vocalsJoe Russo’s Almost Dead | Teragram Ballroom | Los Angeles, CA | 11/9/17 | Photos by Brandon Weil Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Portman: I, too, battled self-doubt

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDaZu_KEMCY” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/jDaZu_KEMCY/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman ’03 addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 27, 2015 at Tercentenary Theatre. “Today I feel much like I did when I came to Harvard Yard as a freshman in 1999,” she said. “I felt like there had been some mistake, that I wasn’t smart enough to be in this company, and that every time I opened my mouth I would have to prove that I wasn’t just a dumb actress.”Describing herself as “completely overwhelmed” and intimidated by many of her classmates, Portman said she spent her early years here trying to prove to others — and herself — that she was a serious student by taking only very difficult courses. But after a while, she said, “I realized that seriousness for seriousness’ sake was its own kind of trophy, and a dubious one, a pose I sought to counter some half-imagined argument about who I was.”Portman, who was born in Jerusalem but grew up in Syosset, N.Y., made her film debut at age 11 as an orphaned waif who befriends an assassin in the stylish French action picture “Leon: The Professional” (1994). Although the film was not a critical or box-office success, Portman said she feels “lucky” to have discovered that she loved acting without being distracted by the rewards of fame and fortune.Since then, Portman has appeared in close to 40 feature films, working with many of the industry’s top directors, including the late Mike Nichols, Woody Allen, and Tim Burton. Her filmography ranges from summer blockbusters like the last “Star Wars” trilogy to critical darlings like the 2004 indie film “Garden State.” It’s a deliberately broad palette that she said comes from following her own instincts and passions, not management advice.Portman counseled the graduating seniors to find their own internal motivation and satisfaction from the choices they make in their lives, and not to allow others’ opinions or expectations to rule them.“Sometimes your insecurities and your inexperience may lead you, too, to embrace other people’s expectations, standards, or values,” Portman said. “But you can harness that inexperience to carve out your own path, one that is free of the burden of knowing how things are supposed to be, a path that is defined by its own particular set of reasons.“Achievement is wonderful when you know why you’re doing it. And when you don’t know, it can be a terrible trap,” she said.In 2010, Portman earned an Oscar for best actress, among other top acting awards, for her role as a perfectionist ballerina who slowly unravels during rehearsals for Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller “Black Swan.” Although she accepted the part believing she could perform the difficult dance moves, Portman said she quickly learned that she was ill-prepared for the film’s footwork, forcing her to redouble her efforts to get it right.“If I had known my own limitations, I never would have taken the risk, and the risk led to one my greatest artistic and personal experiences,” she said. She urged students to take advantage of the brimming self-confidence of youth and take chances even at the risk of not coming out on top.“Accept your lack of knowledge, and use it as your asset.”She added, “If your reasons are your own, your path, even if it’s a strange and clumsy path, will be wholly yours, and you will control the rewards of what you do by making your internal life fulfilling.”At his first Class Day celebration as Harvard College dean, Rakesh Khurana asked the seniors to consider how they will take the knowledge they’ve gained at Harvard and use it to change the world in surprising, almost unimaginable ways, much like Frederick Law Olmsted once took hundreds of acres of fetid swamp in the middle of New York City and transformed it into a majestic green oasis that is now known to all as Central Park. “What will be your Central Park?” he asked.Fadhal Moore ’15 and Michelle Ferreol ’15 were the recipients of the 2015 Ames Award, an honor bestowed on those who exhibit exemplary leadership and passion for helping others. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerFadhal Moore ’15 and Michelle Ferreol ’15 received the Ames Award. The honor is given annually to one man and one woman who exhibit exemplary leadership and passion for helping others without fanfare or acknowledgement. The award is given in memory of Richard Glover Ames and Henry Russell Ames, Harvard students and brothers who died while trying to save their father, who had fallen overboard during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland in 1935.Harvard orators Reina Gattuso ’15 and Ethan Loewi ’15 spoke to their classmates about self-awareness, while Taylor Kay Phillips ’15 and Sam Clark ’15 offered humorous remarks as the Ivy orators. Natalie Portman, the Academy Award-winning actress, returned to Harvard Wednesday afternoon to address graduating seniors during the annual Class Day celebration in summery Tercentenary Theatre.Portman, 33, who attended Harvard College from 1999 to 2003 and earned an A.B. in psychology, reflected on her own experiences at the University and in her career as she battled self-doubt. Even 12 years after graduation, with an enviable body of work and a rich personal life, she confessed to still feeling pangs of insecurity.Natalie Portman Harvard Class Day Speechlast_img read more

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UK says new study vindicates delaying 2nd virus vaccine shot

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Britain’s health chief has hailed a new study suggesting that a single dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine provides a high level of protection for 12 weeks. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Wednesday that the study supports the British government’s contentious strategy of delaying the second shot so it can protect more people quickly with a first dose. Britain’s decision has been criticized as risky by other European countries. Hancock’s comments came after Oxford University released a non-peer reviewed study showing the vaccine cut transmission of the coronavirus by two-thirds and prevented severe disease. An AstraZeneca official said the vaccine’s efficacy appeared to increase up to 12 weeks after the initial shot.last_img read more

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Credit union relief measures near House action

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House is poised today to take up H.R. 22, the 2016 highway funding bill which was reported out of a House-Senate conference Tuesday and includes NAFCU-sought privacy notice and some qualified-mortgage relief for credit unions.The House and Senate need to pass the agreed-upon bill before a Friday deadline. continue reading »last_img

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events October 8 – 14

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jason SegelThe star of How I Met Your Mother will speak about and sign his new children’s book Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic. You thought the nightmares were over? You better keep the lights on! Book Revue. 313 New York Avenue, Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. October 8.Margaret ChoThis famous American comedian, actress, fashion designer, author and singer-songwriter, is best known for her stand-up comedy. She will make audiences laugh so hard they’ll cry until their eyes run dry as she lets loose with her comical critiques. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 8 p.m. October 8.Vertical HorizonTransformed from a ’90s grassroots band into an alternative rock entity, their work can be heard on NBC’s The Voice and Chicago Fire. Their most recent album, Echoes From the Underground, dropped in 2013. They’ll play their No. 1 hit “Everything You Want” and crowd pleaser “Best I Ever Had” for sure, and you will uncontrollably dance and smile and laugh and sing along! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$45. 8 p.m. October 8.Check Out The Press‘ Long Island Oktoberfest Guide HEREPop EvilThis American rock band from Michigan formed in 2001 and has been rocking everyone’s shoes off ever since. They also won the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for “Song of the Year” for “Trenches” in 2013, and they surely will be performing that song on this special night, so you will most definitely want to be there in person. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com $18-20. 6:30 p.m. October 8.Hamptons International Film FestivalCelebrating independent films and introducing them to a wider audience is the goal of this widely acclaimed festival. You’ll see cinema at its provocative best. All you have to do is have an open mind—and open your eyes. Various locations. hamptonsfilmfest.org Check website for times and fees. October 8-12.BadfishLate, great Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell may no longer be here with us physically, but he left behind an unbelievably addictive collection of tunes for us to rock out with him spiritually. No better way to kick off the long weekend than by seeing this very cool tribute band covering everyone’s favorite punk/reggae/ska/pop songs. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com $18, 20 DOS. 7:30 p.m. October 9.Memories of ElvisChris MacDonald’s “Memories of Elvis in Concert” is a dynamic full-production tribute that shares the incredible story of the “shy humble country boy who became the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’” through highlights of several stages of Elvis’s iconic career, including: The Early Years, The Movies, the Black Leather 1968 Comeback, and the White Fringe 1970s Las Vegas Concerts. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $28. 7:30 p.m. October 9.Check Out The Press‘ Long Island Haunted Houses & Halloween Events Guide HEREDan + ShayAlthough the Nashville country duo was only conceived less than three years ago, they have already proven themselves as one of the most promising country acts. Within two months of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney’s collaboration, the band received multiple offers, ultimately signing with Warner/Chappell Music. Since then, Dan + Shay have performed on The Ellen Show, gotten a nomination for Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year, and even been featured on the television show Nashville. The duo continue to prosper with their Just Right Kind of Crazy Tour, which will span the Midwest and the East Coast. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25-30. 8 p.m. October 9.Leo KottkeThe legendary acoustic guitarist is well known for his aggressive finger-picking style that blends many genres at breathtaking speed. Growing up in Oklahoma, Kottke was influenced by folk and blues music, primarily Mississippi John Hurt. In the ’80s, Kottke began to suffer from tendinitis and nerve damage. Rather than fall victim to his condition, the inspiring artist adjusted his playing style, and adopted a more classical mode. After a long hiatus, Kottke is back on the concert circuit, supporting his new release Try and Stop Me. The album captures his spirit, wit, and three decades of musical and personal triumph. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. October 9.Engelbert HumperdinckOnce upon a time frenzied female fans of Engelbert Humperdinck—and no, that’s not his real name—would toss their undergarments on stage as they swooned over this permanently popular English pop star. His hits “(Please) Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “After the Lovin’” and “A Man Without Love” render knees weak and make hearts flutter. Why? Because the Humpler is a big hunk of a loving man, that’s why. And if there’s any doubt about his having the chops, ask those he’s sung duets with, who range from Wynonna Judd to Johnny Mathis, Gene Simmons, Willie Nelson and even Elton John. This guy gets around. Ask those who’ve bought more than 150 million of his records—63 gold and 24 platinum. Can you believe that Jimi Hendrix was once his opening act? Yeah, that must have been a mind-blowing experience for those concertgoers. And don’t forget that it was Humperdinck who influenced Elvis to don the sideburns and the flamboyant leather jumpsuits. Not bad for a young lad from Leicester born with the name Arnold George Dorsey, who went on to become a living musical legend. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $40-50. 8 p.m. October 9. Jessie’s GirlJessie’s GirlBreak out the Converse sneaks, strap on a purple headband and dust off the blue jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-30. 9 p.m. October 9.Ted AlexandroAside from his many light-night show appearances, Ted collaborated with comic Hollis James on such videos as “Kiss Our American Ass” and “Nobody’s Dummy,” which can be found on Ted’s YouTube channel. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $22. 9 p.m. October 9, 10. Artwork depicting the Stony Brook Grist Mill by Eleanor Meier (Photo by Three Village Historical Society)Local Color: Then and NowArtists from Gallery North’s Artist Advisory Council have spent time exploring the local scenery of Long Island and have captured locations and places through a variety of mediums including painting and mixed media art. The result is an exhibition of contemporary works celebrating Long Island and its rich history, exploring the identity of the Three Village Area and honoring its unique historical and cultural heritage. Exhibit runs through Nov. 13. Gallery North, 90 N. Country Rd., Setauket. gallerynorth.org Free. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. October 10.Check Out The Press‘ Long Island Fall Festivals & Street Fairs Guide HEREArtie LangeMost will recognize the controversial comedian from The Howard Stern Show or Mad TV. Though he claimed to tone down his stance against political correctness, fans can expect a well-deserved jab at the 2016 presidential candidates despite The Artie Lange Show being found on Fox News Radio. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $40-65. 8 p.m. October 10.KansasThis rocking band produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums, one platinum live album, and their million-selling gold single, “Dust in the Wind.” They also have their No. 1 hit “Carry On, Wayward Son.” Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, this band owned the charts. It will definitely be a show that you do not want to miss. You can hear them with your eyes closed! But it’s so much better when you see them live! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $45-205. 8 p.m. October 10. Jay Black, Chubby CheckerThese classics topped the Billboard charts and continue to inspire jubilant gyrations whenever they’re played. Twist your hips and shake your hands as part of a new generation of fans for Chubby Checker and this rare joint appearance with The Voice and King of Westbury, Jay Black. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 8 p.m. October 10. William Floyd Estate ToursMarking the 50th anniversary of this park will be a special exhibit of rarely seen items from the museum’s collection displayed at the historic home of this Revolutionary War general and signer of the Declaration of Independence. William Floyd Estate, Park Pl., Mastic Beach. nps.gov/fiis Free. 10 a.m., 2 p.m. October 10, 11.Rocktober FestThis will be quite the rocking time! If you enjoy rock music, you do not want to miss this fest! Rock music will be playing the whole time; there will be refreshments, and a good time will be had by all. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com $10-15. 4 p.m. October 11.TimefliesNew York’s “electro hip-hop dub-something” duo started in a college dorm, then became a YouTube channel mega-success. More than 125 million views later, the performers landed gigs on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and American Idol. For five years, time really did fly for these boys! Become a “Flyhard” and join the masses and have some fun today! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $23-43. 7:30 p.m. October 11.Smokey RobinsonThis revered American R&B/pop singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive was also the founder of the Motown vocal group The Miracles and song artist of the year in 1973. He scored Top 10 solo hits such as “Cruisin,” “Being With You” and “Just to See Her.” Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, he will be in Westbury for an amazing performance that all should attend just to bask in the aura of this great music star who is as humble as he is fantastic. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $50-60. 7 p.m. October 11.Pancreatic Cancer Research WalkThe Lustgarten Foundation has been doing this Long Island Walk for the last 15 years. It has raised about $12 million for research and will continue to raise more money to help find a way to cure this lethal cancer. Come put your best feet forward, and let’s try and end this insidious disease, together. Field 5 at Jones Beach, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. 8 a.m. October 11.Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill: The ‘Unseen’ Summer White HouseAn opening reception will be held for this art exhibit showing the interiors of the Oyster Bay home where TR conducted the nation’s business as they were about to undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation by the U.S. National Park Service. The photographs taken by Long Island-based photographer Xiomaro document a side of the mansion that the public rarely sees, and at the same time revealing the president’s imposing character and showing the intimate lives of the First Lady, the children and servants who lived and worked there. The exhibit also showcases Xiomaro’s poignant depiction of the master bedroom where TR died, taken before and after the restoration, which was specially commissioned by Tweed Roosevelt, TR’s great-grandson, who heads the Theodore Roosevelt Association. Runs through Oct. 23. Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola. Free. 6:30 p.m. October 13.Newt & Callista GingrichThe former Republican speaker of the House and bestselling author (not to mention a former Republican candidate for president) will be speaking and signing his new thriller, Duplicity. His wife, bestselling author Callista Gingrich, will speak about and sign her new childrens book, Christmas in America. Book Revue. 313 New York Avenue, Huntington. bookrevue.com 7 p.m. October 13.Cary CarbonaroThis author will be speaking about her new novel, The Money Queen’s Guide: For Women Who Want To Build Wealth and Banish Fear. This is the book for women who want to build their own wealth without fear of failure. Book Revue. 313 New York Avenue, Huntington. bookrevue.com 7 p.m. October 14.Joe WalshThe legendary multi-instrumentalist and multi-talented Joe Walsh has had a musical career spanning more than 40 years. The Eagles and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band are only a few of the successful endeavors the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been involved in. Rolling Stone has named Walsh as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His guitar solo on the iconic song “Hotel California” has been considered one of the best guitar solos, ever. Walsh continues to pursue his solo career, which debuted in 1973, releasing 12 studio albums since. His hits include “Rocky Mountain Way,” Life’s Been Good,” “All Night Long” and much, much more. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $50-$100. 8 p.m. October 14.Cannibal CorpseGruesome, grisly and extreme. For almost two decades, Cannibal Corpse has inspired Death Metal enthusiasts with their original and intoxicating take on the genre. In fact, the band has been so extreme in their music, lyrics and artwork, they have been challenged by censorship leagues and have even had their merchandise banned in several countries. Regardless, the band’s releases continue to debut high on Billboard charts, as they have achieved worldwide sales of 2 million units for their combined albums, making them one of the top-selling Death Metal bands of all time. Whatever’s eating Cannibal Corpse is something people have been dying to see for years and years. It must be insatiable. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20-$25. 7 p.m. October 14.Tab Hunter ConfidentialOnce upon a time Hollywood studios called this golden boy “The Sigh Guy,” because he made so many teenage girls go speechless when they gazed on his bronzed body and swooned uncontrollably. The story of matinee idol Tab Hunter from stable boy to closeted Hollywood star of the 1950s features Tab Hunter, John Waters, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, Portia de Rossi, George Takei, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, and dozens more! And to think he was born Arthur Kelm in NYC! Guest interviewer Foster Hirsch will be in conversation with Tab Hunter and producer Allan Glaser. Includes a reception with live music by guitarist Mike Soloway. Cinema Arts Centr, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $20 members, $25 public. 7:30 p.m. October 14.—Compiled by Chelsea Russell, Nick Semelak, Chuck Cannini, Timothy Bolger and Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

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It’s official: Indonesia halts live animal imports from China until virus ‘subsides’

first_img“The restriction is only temporary until the coronavirus epidemic subsides,” he said. Among those animals banned from imports are horses, donkeys, mules and hinnies, pigs, sheep, goats, oxen, buffaloes and other types of bovines. Reptiles, including snakes and turtles, are also on the contraband list.For poultry, the government has banned imports of chickens of the Gallus domesticus species, ducks and geese, turkeys and guinea fowls. Primates, whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions are also banned. The temporary ban also outlaws animals in traveling circus, traveling menageries, traveling theaters and amusement park animals.  Importers are obliged to send back the animals or exterminate them if they arrive at Indonesian ports after the regulation takes effect, Agus said, adding that the cost for the procedure would be incurred by the importers.Read also: Indonesia to ‘stand together with China’ in battle against COVID-19, Jokowi tells XiThose who fail to take responsibility for sending back the animals or exterminating them within the span of 10 days will receive sanctions, according to the regulation. The ministerial regulation is drafted in accordance with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 1994 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which stipulates that each WTO member country may apply its own technical regulations for the welfare of consumers. Jakarta asserted last week that only live animals were subject to the import ban, while other goods shipped in from China would continue as usual. Beijing has previously expressed concerns over the import ban, with Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian saying on Feb. 4 that there had yet to be any evidence suggesting the coronavirus could spread via imported goods. He was also worried it could affect trade relations between the two countries. Secretary to the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister Susiwijono Moegiarso said the import ban would not disrupt the economy significantly as it was unlikely to affect Indonesia’s trade balance with China.“Last year, the import [of live animals from China] amounted only to an estimated US$231,000 out of the total $170 million [of trade],” she said on Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co.Susiwijono said the ban was necessary to protect citizens at home from the virus outbreak as live animals were said to be able to act as carriers of the virus — which is believed to have originated from a market selling wild animals in the Chinese city of Wuhan. As of Friday, the death toll from the coronavirus had surpassed 1,300 globally with more than 64,000 confirmed cases worldwide, Reuters reported. Indonesia has recorded no confirmed cases of coronavirus so far. (ydp)Topics : Indonesia has officially halted imports of live animals from China as the Trade Ministry issued a regulation stipulating the temporary ban, another in a series of government efforts to prevent the coronavirus from spreading to the country.Trade Ministerial Regulation No. 10/2020 stipulates a temporary import ban on at least 53 animals, ranging from reptiles and mammals to poultry, which has been in force since Feb. 7.“In response to the outbreak […] the Indonesian government has banned the import of live animals originating from China or transiting in China into Indonesia’s territory,” Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said in a statement on Thursday as quoted by Antara.last_img read more

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Israel’s Gantz denied extension to form Israel govt

first_imgUnity talks ‘ongoing’If no unity agreement is reached by the end of Monday, Rivlin said he would ask the Knesset to nominate a candidate to become prime minister.The Netanyahu bloc currently holds 59 of the Knesset’s 120 seats. It is therefore possible, but not certain, that the legislature would give the premier a 14-day window to form a government.  Blue and White, the centrist alliance led by Gantz, said in a statement that “the attempts by the negotiating teams to arrive at a unity government are still ongoing”.Likud said it too remained open to forming a unity government.But it also urged Rivlin to give Netanyahu a full four weeks to form a coalition.  Likud stressed that the president gave both Netanyahu and Gantz a chance to build a government following the inconclusive votes in September, and should do so again. But with Israel’s confirmed COVID-19 caseload nearing 11,000, there remain widespread calls from across the political spectrum for a unity alliance, even for a short term.University of Tel Aviv political science professor Emmanuel Navon told AFP that “a unity government remains the most likely option.”But, he added, any number of scenarios could play out, including a fourth election. Netanyahu, in office since 2009, is Israel’s longest-serving premier and the first to be indicted while in office.The premier denies charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, filed against him in January. Netanyahu critics have charged the premier will stop at nothing to make the indictments disappear, including pushing for a fourth vote in the hope of finally gaining a parliamentary majority that could push through legislation granting him immunity from prosecution.  As Navon noted, the latest polls indicate Likud could “emerge as the big winner” if another election were to be called, partly due to generally favorable views of Netanyahu’s handling of the pandemic.  The pro-Netanyahu bloc, including the veteran premier’s right-wing Likud and several religious parties, also remained short of a majority after last month’s vote. In a surprise move last month, Gantz was elected speaker of Israel’s parliament, or Knesset. With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Israel rising, he pledged to use that powerful position to seek an emergency unity alliance with Netanyahu to tackle the pandemic and unblock a grinding year-long political stalemate.While Gantz’s mandate to form a government technically runs until the end of Monday, he was no longer actively seeking to forge a coalition with himself as prime minister.  Topics : Instead, he was widely believed to be pursuing a deal that would see Netanyahu remain as premier for a defined period, possibly then handing power to Gantz.Despite reports of progress from the two sides — and from Israeli media — no deal has been announced.Late Saturday, Gantz asked Rivlin for an extension of his mandate. In response, Rivlin told Gantz “that in the current circumstances no extension would be possible”, a statement from the president’s office said.”The president made his decision after also speaking to … Netanyahu, who did not confirm in their conversation that the parties are close to signing an agreement that would lead to a unity government,” the statement said.  Israel’s president on Sunday rejected parliament speaker Benny Gantz’s request for more time to form a government, a task that could now fall to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Ex-military chief Gantz was given the mandate to form a government four weeks ago by President Reuven Rivlin following Israel’s March 2 election, the country’s third inconclusive vote within a year.  But Gantz’s prospects for forming a stable coalition were always remote given deep divisions within the anti-Netanyahu camp. last_img read more

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Mikel Arteta hints at shock lifeline for Arsenal outcasts Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi

first_imgAdvertisement Mikel Arteta hints at shock lifeline for Arsenal outcasts Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi Comment Guendouzi and Ozil have been frozen out (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has hinted he would be prepared to welcome Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi back into the first-team fold.The Arsenal duo have been shunned by the head coach, with Guendouzi even banished to train by himself following his bust-up with Neal Maupay during the defeat to Brighton last month.Ozil has not played a single minute since the restart and on social media appeared to contradict Arsenal’s claims he is unfit to play before their game against Manchester City.Granit Xhaka’s career at Arsenal appeared to be over in November when he had the captaincy stripped from him following a nasty run-in with fans.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Swiss international has re-established himself under Arteta and the Gunners boss heaped praise on Xhaka for proving there is always a way back.‘The challenge with Granit was to convince him that there was still a place for him here – that I had big belief in him and that things can turn around pretty quickly in this industry,’ Arteta said ahead of Arsenal’s game against Aston Villa.‘He had to send the right messages. First of all, he had to believe that he could do it and if that was the case, we were going to support him all the way through. Ozil has not played since the restart (Picture: Getty)‘I’m really glad to hear and sense the reaction from the fans towards him, I think they can appreciate what he’s done. That’s in the past, there’s a lot of positives to take from difficult situations and we all learn from that.‘He’s a really good example for any player that is in a difficult moment that if you are willing, consistent and really want to do it generally, I think there’s always a way back.’Asked if Xhaka’s case could be a blueprint for Ozil and Guendouzi, Arteta said: ‘That applies for any player, and any member of the staff.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If you really show that then you’re deciding to do the best, not for yourself, but for the team and for the club, I think everybody will welcome you.‘It’s not just me that has to give the green light. It’s everybody that has to be supportive and you need to feel as well that support from everybody because if not it’s a very uncomfortable situation.’MORE: Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal board to speed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract talksMORE: Mikel Arteta sends message to Santi Cazorla over Arsenal returnFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarryMonday 20 Jul 2020 3:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Australia: BP set to farm into giant gas prospect as license term extended

first_imgCue: Ironbark is a company-changing prospect Commenting on the license term extension on Wednesday, Cue CEO Matthew Boyall said the extension was important as it satisfied a condition of previously announced agreements with BP Developments Pty Ltd (BP), Beach Energy (Beach) and New Zealand Oil & Gas to form a joint venture to drill the prospect.He said: “The grant of this extension fulfills the final material condition of Cue’s agreements with BP, Beach and New Zealand Oil & Gas. Applications have been submitted for the remaining title transfer approval condition and BP will become operator once the transfers have been approved.“High quality partners, 100 percent of well funding and permit tenure have now been secured for the Ironbark-1 well. The Ocean Apex drilling rig has been contracted and the well is expected to spud in late 2020.”“This is an exciting time for Cue. Shareholders now have the opportunity to participate in a fully-funded well with a 21.5 percent participating interest. This is a 15tcf prospect, 50 kilometers from existing LNG infrastructure. “It will be company-changing if the well is successful.” Matthew Boyall said.Exploration Permit WA-359-P is located in the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia. The Ironbark-1 well is expected to drill to 5500 meters. It will be the first test of the Ironbark prospect.Offshore Energy Today Staff The Australian authorities have granted an extension for Cue Energy’s work program and permit term over an offshore license containing what is believed to be a giant gas prospect Ironbark. This opens doors for BP and other partners to farm-into the block, under terms signed in October last year.The Ocean Apex rig will be used for the Ironbark prospect / Image by Diamond Offshore DrillingCue on Wednesday said it had received approval of a suspension and extension to the work commitments for the WA-359-P years 3 and 5 for 24 months until April 25, 2021. A corresponding extension to the permit term has been approved to April 25, 2021.“The approval allows a suitable timetable for the Ironbark prospect in the permit to be drilled next year. Cue estimates Ironbark contains a best estimate 15tcf of prospective recoverable gas resource,” Cue Energy said.While Cue Energy currently holds a 100% share in the license, oil and gas major BP is acting as operator on behalf of Cue under a coordination agreement that will see BP, NZOG, and Beach Energy farm-into Ironbark this year.BP has this week submitted an environment plan for a pre-drilling survey at the Ironbark project. The company in February hired Diamond Offshore-owned semi-submersible drilling rig Ocean Apex for the drilling of the Ironbark prospect, with the spud date set for late 2020.The article continues below the mapcenter_img Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

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Gallery: ‘Flying colors’ for world’s largest crane vessel’s maiden test

first_imgWorld’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel, delivered recently to Heerema Marine Contractors, has completed its sea trials, and with “flying colors” at that, according to the Dutch owner.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Heerema said on Friday that the vessel, the first of its kind powered by LNG, “has successfully completed her sea trials and crane load tests.”During Sleipnir’s sea trials all major systems performed according to specifications or even better, Heerema Marine Contractors said.Sleipnir’s speed was tested and when fully deploying all eight thrusters, a speed was reached of 12.2 knots, approximately 22.6 km per hour, significantly reducing Sleipnir’s transit time to projects around the world.The vessel’s two 10,000-tonne revolving cranes which can lift loads of up to 20,000 tonnes in tandem, were also put to the test, and managed to lift a load heavier than what the spec sheet said they could lift.“Being the largest crane vessel in the world, Sleipnir can lift huge loads and the tests showed she can easily meet the cranes’ specifications,” HMC boasted.Operational tests were carried out successfully with loads of 11,000 tonnes per crane (110% of its capacity) and the cranes passed the tests with flying colors.The Dynamic Positioning system performed even better than the specifications and the system can keep Sleipnir stationary within the footprint of a garden tile of 30 x 30 cm during operational work. Sleipnir will soon start its maiden voyage to southern Spain where it will be prepared for its first installation project in the Mediterranean.The Sleipnir – named after Norse god Odin’s eight-legged horse – was built by Sembcorp Marine in Singapore. With the 220-meter by 102-meter reinforced deck area, the Sleipnir is the largest vessel of its type ever built.It can accommodate 400 persons and will be deployed globally for installing and removing jackets, topsides, deep-water foundations, moorings, and other offshore structures.Heerema Marine Contractors has already won contracts to deploy the SSCV on several offshore projects including the Leviathan topsides installation in the Mediterranean Sea; Tyra jackets and topsides installation and removal in the Danish North Sea; Brae B jackets and topsides removal in the UK North Sea; as well as transportation and installation of the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) Alpha HVAC platform in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

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