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Links found between biomarkers and risks of heart attack, stroke, early death

first_imgTwo biomarkers based on DNA methylation (DNAm) were strongly associated with a person’s risk for heart attack and stroke, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The two biomarkers, known as GrimAgeAccel and DNAmRS, were also significantly associated with overall risk of premature death.The study, led by CuiCui Wang, a research fellow in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was published Dec. 4, 2020 in EBioMedicine. It identified five different DNAm-based biomarkers associated with aging and then analyzed these biomarkers in blood samples collected through two large cohort studies.The researchers focused on determining how closely associated each biomarker was with premature death, heart attack, stroke, and cancer. The findings showed that none of the biomarkers was associated with cancer, but that several of them were strongly associated with premature death, heart attack, and stroke.From a public health perspective, the team noted, GrimAgeAccel was the valuable biomarker for assessing risk of death, heart attack, and stroke and could serve as a useful tool for identifying elderly people at elevated risk for such events. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Get an Exclusive Look at Come From Away’s Cast Recording Jam Session

first_img Related Shows The cast ‘Come From Away'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) View Comments Come From Away will release a cast recording, and it’s going to be folksy! The album, which will be the first cast recording released by The Musical Company, is set to drop digitally and will be available for pre-order and for sale at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (where Come From Away is playing) on March 10. The CD will be available online and in stores on March 24. David Lai, Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, Irene Sankoff and David Hein serve as producers.Featured on the Come From Away cast album will be stars Jenn Colella, Rodney Hicks, Chad Kimball, Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Joel Hatch, Kendra Kassebaum, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley, Josh Breckenridge, Susan Dunstan, Tamika Lawrence and Tony LePage.Come From Away’s out-of-town run at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C is nominated for 14 Helen Hayes Awards. Opening night for the new musical, which follows a group of travelers stranded in Newfoundland the wake of 9/11, is scheduled for March 12 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.Check out the video below for an exclusive look at the cast in the recording studio!center_img Come From Away from $49.00last_img read more

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Africa Poised to Bypass Tradition Electricity-Expansion Model by Embracing Microgrids and Renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Economist:Thanks to a happy combination of innovation and falling costs for renewable energy, Africa may now be able to leapfrog ahead not once but twice, skipping both polluting fossil fuels and, often, the electricity grid itself.Last year Africa added a record 4,400MW of renewable-power capacity, roughly enough to meet Nigeria’s current consumption, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). This is partly due to falling costs: the price of solar panels has come down by more than 80% since 2010, and that of wind turbines is also dropping fast. A recent study led by Anton Eberhard of the University of Cape Town found that grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy in South Africa is now among the world’s cheapest.Yet generating power is useful only if it can be sent to where it is needed, and in many parts of Africa electricity grids seldom stretch beyond big cities. Adding a house to the grid even in a compact country such as Rwanda typically costs about $2,000, which is more than the country’s average annual income per person. The APP reckons that expanding grid power across Africa to reach almost everyone would cost $63bn a year until 2030, compared with the $8bn a year that is being spent now.Another set of innovations is offering to sidestep this problem with mini rooftop solar installations that can power a home, or slightly larger “micro-grids” that can light up a village. Rooftop solar systems usually consist of a small solar panel and a small rechargeable battery and controller which typically powers four lights, a radio and a phone charger. Most systems have a built-in connection to the mobile-phone network that allows the provider to switch it on or off remotely. Instead of shelling out $250 or so upfront for an entire system, customers can buy electricity for the equivalent of 50 cents a day using mobile money. If they run out of cash, their power is cut off until they are in funds again. Thanks to this new “paygo” model, venture capital is pouring into an industry that now has at least half a dozen significant firms. The largest of them, M-Kopa, has electrified more than 500,000 homes and is adding almost 200,000 more a year. Across the industry as a whole perhaps a million families now have rooftop power. At current rates of expansion, the total may double every 18 months or so.Prices for these systems are also falling fast. The Global Offgrid Lighting Association reckons that prices of small solar-powered lights fell by 80% between 2010 and 2015. It forecasts that those for a large home system, including low-powered lights, television and radio, will fall by 45% between now and 2020.The electrifying growth of rooftop solar energy is now sparking another round of innovation, some of which may in time travel back to the rich world. Azuri Technologies, a company based in Cambridge, England, is programming its systems to forecast how much power each household will use that evening. It then subtly adjusts the brightness of lights or the television to reduce power consumption on cloudy days.The main problem with rooftop solar systems is that they produce only small amounts of power. They enable clinics to keep functioning at night and to keep vaccines cool, and small shops to stay open longer and offer chilled drinks. But they cannot run power-intensive machines such as welders or mills, which require much larger solar installations and bigger batteries. Still, in the past few years a growing number of energy-intensive businesses such as mines have been putting up solar panels to replace diesel generators. The IEA reckons that this can cut a firm’s energy costs by half.These bigger systems are also beginning to play a role in powering villages with “minigrids”, which are much cheaper and easier to install than full-scale national power grids. Data on the spread of minigrids and their economic impact in Africa are scarce, but a study by the Rockefeller Foundation in India found that when minigrids were installed in villages, small businesses increased their sales by 13% and incomes rose across the area. The Smart Villages Initiative, which has brought together scientists from Cambridge and Oxford Universities to get minigrids adopted more widely in poor countries, found that once smallholder farmers have electricity, they quickly adopt a range of other technologies such as irrigation pumps and smartphones to get long-term weather forecasts. Minigrids have been relatively slow to take off because of their high capital costs, but several organisations are trying new business models to spread the expense. The Rockefeller Foundation is exploring whether mobile-phone companies can become anchor customers of minigrids. That would help to secure the finance needed to build the grid, but also to reduce one of mobile-phone companies’ biggest expenses: diesel for the generators that power their masts. By one estimate this accounts for as much as 60% of the cost of operating their networks in Africa. Minigrids can thus help to spread not just energy but, just as important, phone and internet connectivity.More: Africa might leapfrog straight to cheap renewable electricity and minigrids Africa Poised to Bypass Tradition Electricity-Expansion Model by Embracing Microgrids and Renewableslast_img read more

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The Chilean Air Force Receives the First C-130 with the New CMC Electronics Cockpit

first_img The Chilean government contracted Esterline in 2009 to supply the cockpit systems for the country’s fleet of C-130s. The completely digital modernization of the cockpit is based on CMC’s Cockpit 9000, using the latest-generation Flight Management System (FMS) developed by the company, including the IntegriFlight™ global positioning system with the GPS-WAAS wide area augmentation system, known as CMA-5024. The Chilean Air Force has received the first Hercules C-130 with the new cockpit from the Esterline CMC Electronics company, following the successful completion of the tests required as part of the modernization program for that military transport plane. As the primary contractor, Esterline is responsible for delivering the complete equipment, including supplying installation kits, as well as other activities such as training and a variety of services and supplies, according to ASDNews. The formal test flight was successfully conducted in late March with a trip to the Antarctic from Santiago during which the prescribed tests were carried out. center_img The night-vision system (NVIS) compatible with Cockpit 9000 will extend the plane’s operating life by at least twenty years, enabling the Chilean Air Force’s fleet to meet the current requirements for precision radio navigation (P-RNAV) and open the way to future expansions of its navigational capabilities. Cockpit 9000 incorporates six large-format, high-resolution, multi-function displays, as well as new navigation sensors, radios, an autopilot system, and weather radar, among numerous other subsystems. By Dialogo July 11, 2011last_img read more

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A handy guide to successful employment screening

first_imgFinding a qualified candidate can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. So, when you finally come across that perfect candidate, you want to get them all settled in ASAP. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly how it works. Hiring is a complex task with many moving parts—background checks, drug tests, information verification. Talk about exhausting! But luckily, for most of us, this long process pays off in the end, resulting with quality employees and a safer work environment.Don’t let this process become a daunting one. Check out our handy guide to a successful employment screening below.1. Ask detailed questions.Did you know that you can start your employment screening before you even extend an offer? That’s right; the process of screening an employee can start during the candidate’s initial interview. You can get a good feel for a person’s experience by asking questions that require specific details. If a resume shows broad unanswered statements, ask questions that require details about the specific event (e.g., How did you end up with the stated results? What was your specific role at this event?). If your interviewee isn’t confident in their answers or can’t answer at all, that could be a red flag for false claims. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Trending: Financial well-being in the workplace

first_imgUndue stress has a negative effect on health and a net-negative effect on the workplace. Certified Employee Benefits Specialist Stephen Miller cited a number of studies around the effects of financial stress on the workplace in his 2016 SHRM report “Employees’ Financial Issues Affect Their Job Performance.” When employees are stressed, they are more likely to suffer fatigue and other ailments, resulting in sick days and decreased output. Research from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) found these five areas topped employees’ concerns: debt, retirement, children’s education expenses, basic living expenses, and medical costs.According to the National Financial Educators Council, the average U.S. citizen lacks basic financial knowledge required to make qualified financial decisions. The predicament has not gone unnoticed by employers who monitor closely the ebb and flow of production, especially the direct correlation between health and productivity.To offset the ill effects of financial stress on workers and productivity, the workplace trend has an increasing number of large- and mid-sized companies including financial education as part of their wellness benefits offerings. Carla Dearing, CEO of SUM180, labeled 2017 the year of financial wellness. Her sentiment is affirmed by many surveys, including one by the National Business Group on Health and Fidelity Investments reported in Forbes, which found employer-sponsored financial wellness programs up eight percent between 2016 and 2017.By all indications, the trend will continue to grow and evolve. As companies introduce financial wellness to employees, they will want to partner with credible providers that have proven track records without increasing their benefits costs. Unlike insurance and medical programs, there are a bevy of financial wellness programs available at no cost to the employer, most of which are offered by financial institutions that have a staff of subject-matter experts.Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) is one such organization. Long before promoting financial literacy became a core credit union mission under the Federal Credit Union Act, FMFCU lived the credit union philosophy and had as its mantra “leading with education.” Chief Strategy Officer Drew Stanley describes FMFCU’s mission as a win-win for the credit union, its members, and the community at large. “The more financially literate our members are, the better off we are as an institution,” he said. “So, we strive to do our part within the community we serve.”Drexel University in Philadelphia employs about 5,000 people with a diverse demographic background. Wellness Administrator Monica Fauble said Drexel’s wellness program focuses on physical, financial, and emotional well-being. “We want to offer an integrated experience of health and well-being at work,” she said. Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union responded to Drexel’s desire to partner with a financial institution that could tailor education to employees’ needs. “Drexel chose to partner with FMFCU because we already had a turnkey suite of educational courses aimed at a variety of income levels and easily customizable,” Stanley said.Choosing the right program begins with accumulating feedback from employees. Get started by conversing with or surveying employees, and research similar organizations to learn what has worked best for them. Most employers find their employees will attend a class or workshop if they find the topic relevant. Convenience also affects attendance. Although Fauble prefers employees take a break from their workstations, Drexel offers programs in a live setting, often incorporating lunch, and also through livestreams and video archives. Fauble works with FMFCU’s Community Education Division to identify topics that appeal most to employees. She and Beth Manley, FMFCU Adult Education Manager, said the most popular topics are Budgeting, Credit, Social Security, and Fraud Prevention.Social Security is a hot topic for organizations with an aging workforce, but given recent data breaches like the one Equifax experienced, Identity Theft is always popular. “Partner groups like Longwood Gardens, Kennett Country Club, EDiS Construction Company, and West End Neighborhood House appreciate the presentations our fraud experts deliver,” Manley said. “Our partners rely on us to help them bring peace of mind to their employees.”Even though Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union offers financial education at no cost, employers want to measure the return on the investment of time made by all involved. “The fact that we get requests to return and repeat lessons and offer follow up programs speaks volumes,” Manley said.While a small percentage of organizations incentivize employees to attend workshops, most find that employees crave financial education. Fauble finds that Drexel employees not only appreciate it, but they also talk it up to coworkers, resulting in increased attendance and requests for additional workshops. “I see the visible impact, and employees self-report that they are able to apply the knowledge they receive in these workshops. This helps employees lower their overall stress, perform better at work, and feel cared for by their employer,” she said. Happy to share the strides they make, employees tell Fauble about their financial achievements. Fauble also distributes surveys to analyze the workshops, gauge success, and steer future offerings.Fauble finds it helpful that FMFCU has a branch on the Drexel campus because it gives employees direct access to the financial institution they’ve come to trust. “The relationship we created with Drexel enabled us to allow staff to conduct financial transactions on their terms,” Stanley said. “We sealed our educational commitment with a financial commitment by opening a branch on Drexel’s campus in order to meet the needs of employees and the broader University City community. We also provide digital solutions with online and mobile banking.”As benefits enrollment time approaches and employers continue to take a holistic approach to well-being, it is clear financial fitness is more than a trend. 129SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Detailslast_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Events May 14 – 20

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Man and SupermanBroadcast live from National Theatre in London’s West End, this romantic comedy, epic fairytale and fiery philosophical debate asks fundamental questions about how we live. Ralph Fiennes takes the role of Jack Tanner in this reinvention of George Bernard Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 2 p.m. May 14.ProphetThis up-and-coming Hip Hop artist from Lindenhurst hosts an album release party for his latest effort, Releflection, which drops the same day as the show. Getting the party started will be OT$, Homicide, Mizzy & J. Pierre, Supernova and Passport General. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $10. 6:30 p.m. May 14.In This MomentThe web is spun. The legion is on the move. Go insane—but don’t forget the coal-black mascara, the bloody-red lips and the stiletto fingernails! Because this heavy metal band requests you show up in costume, the more theatrical the better to be In This Moment. Black Widow is the title of their fifth studio album, and their first for Atlantic. Here’s a sampling of their thematic range: “Sick Like Me,” “Big Bad Wolf,” “Whore,” “Dirty Pretty,” and our unabashed fave, “Sex Metal Barbie.” As front-woman Maria Brink says it all so well: “I hate you for every sacrifice you made for me!” And you know she means it from the bottom of her black-stained heart. “Is it sick to say I love to break your will?” Uh huh, it is. But she doesn’t need forgiveness. She wants her followers on their knees. So, don’t go easy on us—we deserve worse! Opening the show are Butcher Babies, Upon A Burning Body and The Nearly Deads. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$49.50. 7 p.m. May 14.Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin ExperienceLike father, like son, that’s the essence of Jason Bonham’s critically acclaimed tribute to the music his dad, John Bonham, brought to millions as the drummer for Led Zeppelin. For two nights, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will let fans relive some of the greatest rock n’ roll ever made. This show is more than a tribute—it’s a celebration. From the 1969 debut album to Led Zep’s second, fourth and Physical Graffiti, plus a heavy serving of deep cuts and smash hits, this is a must-see, must-listen show. Jason Bonham has won respect as a drummer in his own right, too, earning a Grammy Award for his work on Led Zep’s Celebration Day and he’s also gotten kudos performing for President Obama at the Kennedy Center. So “ramble on” over there, or take the stairway to you know where! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. May 14.Snoop DoggThe Dogg Father is back, this time promoting his funky new album, Bush, which dropped Tuesday, featuring the hit singles “Peaches N Cream,” “So Many Pros” and “California Roll.” Opening the show is Gator. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30-$40. 9 p.m. May 14.From Autumn to AshesThis post-hardcore band of giants first emerged from the Long Island’s music scene with a distinctive style once described as “melody and lushness meets brutality.” There have been line-up changes over the last 15 years as life has imposed its own set list, but the core mission of From Autumn to Ashes remains. They released four full-length albums, three EPS and a live record before the fire snuffed out and they took an “indefinite hiatus.” But, now based in Brooklyn, they’ve rekindled their musical creativity and have gone back on tour with Francis Mark on lead vocals, Brian Deneeve on guitar and backing vocals, Mike Pilato on bass and vocals, Rob Lauritsen on guitar, and Jeff Gretz on drums and vocals. The music is guaranteed to be as hot as the Fourth of July when From Autumn to Ashes comes to town to get the fire started. Nora, Cryptopdira and Divider. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $25. 7 p.m. May 15.Nitro CircusHold onto your hats! Here’s your last chance to see catch Nitro Circus Live before the Nassau Coliseum folds up its big tent, metaphorically speaking, of course. You won’t believe your eyes! Or maybe not even your ears! After selling out its inaugural American tour last year, Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live comes storming back with 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes doing their death-defying antics in freestyle motocross, BMX and skateboarding and rollerblading. The featured rider and master of ceremonies is Travis Pastrana himself, a world freestyle champion at age 14. Among the other dare devils on board is Jolene Van Vugt, a totally flipped out rider who has earned the moniker, “the craziest woman on the planet,” and Josh Sheehan, whose triple backflip is billed as one of the biggest tricks in action sports history. We wouldn’t dare to doubt either claim. And you won’t believe what these folks launch off their 50-foot high Gigant-A-Ramp but we’ll tell you anyway: tricycles, snow skis, bath tubs and even a pink Barbie Car! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $39-$99. 7:30 p.m. May 15.Rosanne CashThis Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter, the daughter of the great Johnny Cash, will perform songs off her acclaimed new album, The River and the Thread, a collection of original songs written with her husband and collaborator John Leventhal that connect and reconnect her to the American South, the place of her birth and home of her ancestors. Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University, Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $45-$50. 7:30 p.m. May 15.Psychedelic FursThe Psychedelic Furs first made a name for themselves in 1977 with Tim Butler on bass and brother Richard on lead vocals. You can’t blame director John Hughes for knowing a good thing when he heard it, even if “Pretty In Pink” the movie came long after the song it inspired. Butler is still a front-man extraordinaire, embodying the poetic voice of romantic post-punk desperation, alienation and rage, singing on the edge of snarl and sorrow, with crooning harmony in between. This seminal group managed to bridge the divide between college alt-rock radio and mainstream pop success, making hits almost despite themselves, with “Love My Way,” “The Ghost In You,” and “Heaven.” But resisting the perverse lure of commerce and the relentless pressure of mass appeal has never come easily for these artists, and perhaps that’s the inspiration for another classic, “All That Money Wants.” But chaos can be beautiful, if it doesn’t destroy you first. Right, Furs? Black English opens the show. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. May 15.Tommy Castro and The PainkillersThis hard-edged band has a “crackling, stripped-down” sound chock full of street-level grit and “phenomenally funky” soul, as its fans and critics say. The blues from Tommy Castro and The Painkillers is retro, futuristic, and apocalyptic, fresh and thrilling, all at the same time. The Devil You Know, their fiery new album on Alligator Records, brings it all home with original songs and classics, exploring new music and remaining true to their roots. Some have called San Diego-native Castro one of the “greatest blues guitarists, songwriters and entertainers in the world today.” The video for their song “Greedy” is probably the most political contemporary blues song ever recorded. There’s a reason Tommy C. twice won the “B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award” from the Blues Foundation, as well as being invited by the venerable “King Of the Blues” himself to join him on stage for his summer concert tours. Come listen to the band do their thing and it’s guaranteed you’ll be feeling no pain. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. Boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. May 15.Women in FolkHuntington resident Kirsten Maxwell, the witty Lois Morton, singer-songwriter Cecilia Kirtland and Rorie Kelly combine forces for a show-stopping collage of unbelievable music and uber-groovy vibes. This is an action-packed evening featuring the tunes of four incredible artists you will be humming for weeks afterward. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Road, Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $15 adults, $10 students. 8 p.m. May 15.The Chris Duarte GroupGuitar virtuoso Chris Duarte tours relentlessly, plying his trade to rework his melodic ideas live, where the chemistry between him and his audience is catalytic and cathartic. With 11 albums and counting, his oeuvre spans 1940s’ big band swing, full-bodied blues and retro pop grooves. His voice is rough and coarse with a crooner’s touch that hits all the right notes. With a nod to Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and Howling Wolf, Chris Duarte covers a lot of ground. From sheer ferocity to hypnotic folk-like melody, he’s the consummate contemporary rock ‘n’ roll artist still going strong, challenging himself to take his music to somewhere he’s never been before. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $30. 8:30 p.m. May 15.Dark Star OrchestraGrateful Dead historians and enthusiasts make up this tributary ensemble, offering tastes of Jerry circa 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Sure to entice Dead Heads young and not so young. Many set lists are built to emulate those of past Grateful Dead shows, allowing fans to vividly dip into their memory banks and recall the entire essence of the experience. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$50. 8 p.m. May 15, 16.Dog ShowLong Island’s first-ever dock-diving competition is among the many canine contests in this weekend-long fido fest. There’ll be obedience trials, specialty shows for about a dozen breeds, daily Best In Show competitions and much more. Sponsored by the Ladies Kennel Association of America (LKAA) and Long Island Kennel Club (LIKC). Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. lkaa.org $10, $20 per carload. 9 a.m., sundown May 15-17.Asian-American FestivalThe celebration includes live music from bands from around the world, food from local restaurants, and cultural activities. There will be a lively market and cultural food representing North Hempstead’s growing ethnic diversity, with food and fun from China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Korea and many more! This year, events will include a tea ceremony, Chinese lion dancers, traditional Korean dresses, henna body tattoos as well as vendors selling traditional Indian, Chinese and Korean clothing. North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W Shore Rd, Port Washington. northhempsteadny.gov Free. 12-6 p.m. May 16.Tanya & Lidia BastianichThese two celebrity chefs will sign Tanya’s new cookbook Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny and Smart Way to Eat Your Favorite Food. Lidia will also be signing all of her previous cookbooks. Yum yum yum-yum yum! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 2 p.m. May 16.PoetikAlternative rap comes to Long Island with Poetik highlighting an adrenaline-packed evening featuring several other notable performers. Getting the show started are Paulie C, FlipNoun, BNZ and Tony Trinidad. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12. 4:30 p.m. May 16.Art Exhibit Launch PartyJenny Ljungberg, owner and creative director of The Maidstone, will be highlighting pieces from her own private collection for this year’s exhibit, including works by Jacob Felländer, David Lunch and Sam Tylor-Johnson. Cocktails will be served along with hors d’oeurves by Chef Mathias Brogie. The Maidstone, 207 Main St., East Hampton. 5 p.m. May 16.Don RicklesDon Rickles has lived an extraordinary life: from serving in the US Navy during World War II and negotiating the all-too common Hollywood pitfalls before embarking on a career in comedy, his bread and butter, it turned out. Rickles’ 60-plus year career as a comedian and actor includes dozens of television shows, feature films, and comedic performances. He even had a memorable performance as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in Pixar’s venerable Toy Story films. Rickles has been known to hit audiences with verbal barbs from time-to-time. Stay on your toes, folks. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $69.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. May 16.Edwin McCain TrioThe South Carolina-born musician released his first album in 1993 without the backing of a major studio. That album’s success eventually led to his second album—and first with a major studio—Honor Among Thieves, which established McCain as the real deal. Fast forward to the present, McCain has produced a 10th album, Mercy Bound, a testament to his longevity and deep-seated love for music. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. Boultoncenter.org $45-$50. 8 p.m. May 16.The Artimus Pyle BandFormer Lynyrd Skynyrd band member Artimus Pyle, a 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, has successfully evolved from an important cog in a wildly popular rock band to the centerpiece of a quintet that breathes life back into his former group’s cherished hits. The group is more than a tribute band, as one of their own hails from Skynyrd royalty. Witnessing this band’s performances live is like embarking on a nostalgic trip to the past, but with the same passion and dedication that turned Lynyrd Skynyrd into an iconic southern hard-rock band. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $35. 8 p.m. May 16.World War II EncampmentExplore WWII history complete with living historians, tanks and artillery and simulated firefight demonstrations. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage. nassaucountyny.gov/parks $10 adults, $7 children, seniors and firefighters. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 16, 17.Spring FestivalPony rides, jumping pillow, face painting, music, carnival games, petting zoo, playground, crafts, vendors and more! Thomas School of Horsemanship Summer Day Camp & Riding School, 250 Round Swamp Rd., Melville. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 17. Whitney CummingsFans of Whitney Cummings’ comedic exploits may be unaware of her meteoric rise to television as writer and co-creator of CBS’ hit comedy 2 Broke Girls and NBC’s Whitney, which aired from 2011 to 2013. Cummings has quickly established herself as a witty, quick-thinking comedian with an ability to deliver rip-roaring, belly-churning jokes that leave audiences clamoring for more. Lucky for us, Cummings decided to include The Paramount as part of her “I Love You” tour. Ms. Cummings, we love you, too. But most of all, it’s the lovestruck Tirana, bless his heart, who yearns to witness your talents in person. Please send a few barbs his way. A true fan, that Tirana. Warming up the crowd is Matt Fulchiron. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$47.50. 8 p.m. May 17.Menopause The MusicalMore than 11 million people worldwide have seen this hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, according to the show’s official website. “It’s not ‘The Silent Passage anymore,’ reads the tag line.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 3 p.m. May 17.Glen Phillips and Emerson HartLike many successful musicians, Glen Phillips rose to prominence after forming the band Toad the Wet Sprocket at the tender age of 15 before going solo. Phillips has since released five records and two EPs. Not one to forget his roots, Phillips reunited with the band on several occasions, most notably in 2011 when the band performed 70 shows across the country. Joining him is Emerson Hart, frontman of the band Tonic, who takes the stage after releasing his first solo album, Beauty in Disrepair, in 2014. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. Boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 7 p.m. May 17.The Marx BrothersFilm historian Glenn Andreiev hosts an insightful evening dedicated to the most hilarious brothers in cinema history, The Marx Brothers. Revisit (or discover for the first time) the joyous anti-authority lunacy of Groucho, Chico, Harpo and sometimes Zeppo. This rich detailed discussion comes with film clips (some very rare) covers volumes of Marx-mania from one of their first films, The Cocoanuts, onward. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. May 18.Jane’s AddictionPerforming 1988’s epic Nothing’s Shocking in all of its glorious sonic glory, this is old-school fans’ chance to see one of their favorites simply destroy The ‘Mountler and new fans’ opportunity to witness firsthand why the group is considered one of the most influential rock bands, ever, and why the aforementioned album is considered a must-have. Killer tracks include “Standing In The Shower…” “Mountain Song” and of course, “Jane Says.” [Note from Press music slave Zack Tirana: “Do not miss this gig!”] Opening the show is A Place to Bury Strangers. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $75-$99. 8:30 p.m. May 18.Steel PantherSteel Panther, the metal band filled equally with hedonism and rock, will hit Long Island to promote their latest album All You Can Eat. Filled with such sweet gems as “Pussywhipped,” “She’s on the Rag,” “Gloryhole” and “Gang Bang at the Old Folks Home,” Steel Panther knows how to get audiences rowdy and ready to party. Band members Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx, and Stix Zadania are the epitome of rock ‘n’ roll in all of its debauchery, spewing tunes filled with hair-metal guitar riffs and raunchy lyrics. With special guests Like A Storm. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$69.69. 8 p.m. May 19.Jason IsbellThe former Drive-By Trucker, sober, determined, and armed with another new album of songs, titled Southeastern, and another release expected in July, Some Thing More Than Free, shares his emotionally visceral introspective brand of alt-country, and as always, they’re a collection of visions crafted on his own terms. Special Guest Craig Finn. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$55. 8 p.m. May 19.You, Me & Everyone We KnowThe gushy DC-based emo pop punklers’s brand of heart-string melodies and moving rhythms will be sure to have all those in attendance swaying along, holding hands, and maybe, just maybe, shedding a few tears. Wow. Amityville Music Hall, 189 Bway, Amityville. amityvillemusichall.com $12. 5:30 p.m. May 20.The WhoThis is one of the best rock bands that has ever existed (RIP bassist John Entwistle and drummer-madman Keith Moon) sending The Old Barn off in a fiery inferno of rock and roll fury, absolutely crushing hit after hit after hit, in celebration of their 50-year anniversary. Several Press staffers witnessed this wrecking crew a few years back at this very same venue, and we can tell you, it was pure, unrefined, rock nirvana. [Read “The Who Rock Nassau Coliseum With Quadrophenia” HERE – With PHOTO GALLERY] Roger Daultrey and Pete Townsend simply own it. Expect all your favorites from the past half-century, including “Baba O’Reily,” “Substitute,” “Pinball Wizard,” “The Seeker,” and many, many more. Not to be missed! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $44.50-$149.50. 7:30 p.m. May 20.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jaime Franchi, Rashed Mian, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

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Gonna need a bigger boat: Mega pontoon seals $6m home sale

first_imgThe pontoon was a major selling point for 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne.A MEGA pontoon with room for three luxury yachts has sealed the sale of a Brisbane riverfront property for more than $6 million. The property at 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne, comprises 1400 sqm of riverfont land, but the house itself is barely liveable. The property at 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne, comes with an epic pontoon that can accommodate three boats.Luckily, the new local buyers were happy to fork out $6.025 million to knock down the house and build their dream home on the site — with plenty of room for their water toys to berth at the $150,000 pontoon.Selling agent Sarah Hackett of Place – Bulimba said the property attracted interest nationally and from Hong Kong, but particularly from boaties. The city views from the riverfront property at 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne.“It’s got one of the best pontoons I’ve ever seen,” Mrs Hackett said.“It has a three pontoon frontage, so you can have multiple boats there.”Mrs Hackett said the buyers had currently been berthing their boat at a public mooring, but their dream was to be able to moor it out the front of their house. Riverfront living is hard to come by in Brisbane at the moment, agents say.“It is a lifestyle decision — whether you have a boat now or not,” she said.“My neighbours get in their boat in the morning and go to the Jan Power markets, have a coffee and then head back.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“The (Brisbane) river has really come alive now, with Howard Smith Wharves and all the public moorings that are available. It’s really promoting riverfront living.” The house on the property at 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne, will be demolished to make way for a new, dream home.The existing house on the property has a development approval to be demolished.Mrs Hackett said riverfront properties for sale in Brisbane were extremely scarce at the moment.“There is nothing on the market at the moment on the river,” she said.“In fact, there is 30 per cent less stock (for sale) in the top end than there was in 2019.”last_img read more

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Memorial museum honors Chinese soldiers

first_imgRelated An exhibition opens today in the Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression near Lugou Bridge in Beijing. More than a thousand photos and relics are on display.The exhibition has eight parts, illustrating the Chinese people’s bitter journey towards victory. CCTV’s Zheng Yibing reports. UN honors Chinese peacekeeping force in Liberia Chinese soldiers in South Sudan improving the livelihoods of IDPS WW2: Chinese female soldiers immortalizedlast_img read more

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Keane lifts Galaxy

first_imgRobbie Keane’s return to action after seven weeks out with a groin injury inspired the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 1-0 Major League Soccer victory over the Houston Dynamo on Friday night. Press Association There was also late drama in Friday’s other game, with substitute Jason Johnson nodding home an equaliser four minutes into stoppage time to secure the Chicago Fire a 2-2 draw at the Columbus Crew. Kei Kamara had put the hosts two up at MAPFRE Stadium, a clinical finish in the eighth minute and a powerful header in the 55th. But David Accam halved the deficit with a neat header before the hour mark and then Johnson had the final word. center_img The Republic of Ireland captain set up Alan Gordon for a second-half stoppage-time header that proved enough to help the Galaxy end their five-game winless streak. There was still time after Gordon’s strike for Los Angeles left-back Oscar Sorto, on his first MLS start, to be sent off for a tackle from behind on Dynamo defender David Horst. last_img read more

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