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Alienware 15/17 VR Ready Notebooks Ready to Roll

first_imgOctober can be a month for tricks, but also for treats. And this month we’ve got one of the latter for our Alienware customers – our new Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 notebooks started shipping last Friday! The product pages just went live last week, and you can read all the details and finally place your order. The Alienware 15 is available at $1,349.99, with the Alienware 17 at $1,499,99; each with awesome VR-ready configurations. Now that’s what we call a sweet deal.Alienware notebooks are the gold standard for mobile gaming, offering a counterpoint to our award-winning line of desktops. What can you expect from Alienware 15, 17 and, coming in November, the new Alienware 13? Sure they’re thinner than ever before, increasing their portability. Sure our new notebooks incorporate advanced materials for better thermal management allowing you to play those all night gaming sessions.  But most importantly, with their graphics driven by the top of the line NVIDIA GTX GeForce 10 series, their improved power and performance make the entire Alienware family of notebooks VR ready, a significant milestone in our history of innovation that further accentuates our 20th anniversary this year.So let’s talk performance. In our lab, we broke down some of the details to show our improvements over the previous generation. When we look at the new Alienware 17 and compare its 10-Series graphics to the previous generation (comparing NVIDIA’S GeForce GTX 1060 vs their 970M) we’re talking up to 60% performance increase in Fire Strike graphics score and up to 51 percent performance increase in 3DMark 2011 Extreme.1 For the Alienware 15 generation comparison (again that’s the new GTX 1060 vs the 970M) you get up to 57 percent better performance in Fire Strike graphics score and up to a 56% increase in 3DMark 2011 Extreme.2 You add in peak performance from Intel’s Skylake processors (don’t worry, Kaby Lake will be here soon) and you have a gaming powerhouse that can handle just about anything you throw at it.Balancing superior gaming performance with portability, Alienware 15 is the perfect way to make your world – and the alien worlds you want to explore – VR ready. Coming standard with a 15.6” FHD, IPS Anti-Glare, 300-nits display that makes gaming outdoors during the day crystal clear, its options include FHD 120Hz display with NVIDIA G-Sync for incredibly smooth, synchronized frame rates during those intense squad battles all in UHD IGZO for 4k resolutions.  Its new Alienware TactX™ keyboard also introduces optimized RGB LED lighting, will last for up to 10 million keystrokes and each key providing a full 2.2mm of gaming-grade travel.The ultimate mobile gaming notebook, the new Alienware 17 offers full-throttle excitement, with maximum screen size, performance and immersion. Our flagship notebook gains more power with overclocked Intel Core i7 k-series processors and DDR4 memory running up to 2667 Mhz – more than enough power to handle any multiplayer battles filling the screen with action and mayhem. The notebook will look sweet as well with a sleek anti-smudge finish along with easier access to all internal components. Need to distinguish between your squad commander and teammates voices? Our new speaker design includes internal smart-amps that monitor audio waveforms, enabling the use of the entire thermal margin of the speaker for stronger sound.  The new notebooks even roll out our new Alienware Sound Center with Audio Recon technology which ads a mini map to supported games letting you know which direction in-game sounds are coming from.Both the Alienware 15 and 17 incorporate a standard infrared camera and come pre-packaged with Tobii eye-tracking software.  For the full suite of Tobii eye tracking features to work on the Alienware 15, you’ll need an attachable Tobii eye-tracking camera; on Alienware 17, an upgrade option, has the Tobii camera already built in. Alienware has partnered with Tobii on an exclusive package of features you won’t find anywhere else. Paired with an exclusive new Overwolf app, it lets you replay your gaze pattern, letting you learn from mistakes and improve your competitive focus. Enjoy faster log-ins through Windows Hello biometric facial recognition and secure autolock when you step away. Wake the notebook from sleep mode simply by looking directly at the Alienware logo, my personal favorite. Manage power better with the screen and our patented AlienFX lighting zones illuminating, or dimming, based on where you look.In November, once our rigorous internal testing is complete to ensure reliability, we’ll be rolling out the Alienware 13. Our smallest notebook is getting some big improvements; it certainly has what it takes for the most portable 360-degree gameplay experience on the planet. More on that coming soon! Stay abreast of all the news! Sign up and become a member of Alienware Arena. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @Alienware. You can also join us on, or sign on and watch our Twitch stream for the latest updates and information.1Based on Dell Labs testing in September 2016 using 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark 2011 Extreme benchmarks comparing the Alienware 17 (The new “Cassini” NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060) with its predecessor Alienware 17 (“Echo” with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M).Configurations were comparable in order to isolate graphics performance. Actual performance will vary.2Based on Dell Labs testing in September 2016 using 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark 2011 Extreme benchmarks comparing the Alienware 15 (The new “Cassini” NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060) with its predecessor Alienware 15 (“Echo” with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M).Configurations were comparable in order to isolate graphics performance. Actual performance will vary.last_img read more

Notre Dame meme page informs campus through comedy

first_imgCurrently sitting at 6,503 members, the Notre Lame Memes for Straight Edge Teens Facebook group is the spot for students to find “original content only, fire memes and true friends,” according to the group’s description.Anyone with a valid email address may join the group and, once accepted, can post in the group.Sophomore Ethan Sunshine, who has been a member of the group since his freshman year and has posted a few times, said the ability for all members to contribute gives the group an edge from sites such as Barstool and the Black Sheep.“It’s good having anyone be able to contribute and then everyone can vote on ‘yes people see this’ or ‘no people don’t see this.’ If there is something people don’t want to see it gets put to the bottom pretty quickly versus on something like Barstool, it’s just a post in your feed,” Sunshine said. “Also, the Facebook page is not filtered by editors. For Barstool and Black Sheep and places like that, the editors have a certain image that they’re trying to maintain. The Facebook page really doesn’t filter, so if your content is marginally related like that’s still fine … I think it’s good that there are hundreds of people in the group who all have very different interests.”Sophomore Elizabeth Zahorick said she enjoys the specificity to campus issues that the meme page has.Many of the memes on the page center around the subjects of administrative decisions, campus events, sports results and other satirical takes on Notre Dame’s campus culture.Sophomore Susan Peters said a good Notre Dame meme contains a universal theme or concept.“Everyone kind of relates to it,” Peters said. “For example, the video in which Father Jenkins flies off the stage and into outer space. I think there is something there for everyone.”Another quality that makes a meme great, Sunshine said, is if it gave you the ability to look at something on campus in a new light.An example that Sunshine gave was a meme about mathematics graduate students smoking cigarettes outside of Hayes-Healy Hall.”It was something that I never thought about before I saw that,“ Sunshine said.The meme group allows students to keep informed on campus news through a comedic lens, Zahorick said.“It’s a good way of spreading things that happen on campus,” Zahorick said. “People find out about things. A few people can know about something as it actually happened and then they sort of disseminate their experience through making a joke about it.”Many of the memes on the page contain content related to administrative decisions, some of which criticize those decisions.“Any satire is powerful … It’s creative expression,“ Peters said. ”The parts of it that are critical, I think that people should listen to.”The Notre Lame Meme Page was created on Dec. 7, 2016. The page has had several names over the past few years including “Notre Lame Memes for Joseph Levano,” named after a student whose email to the entire student body became a popular meme in the fall of 2017.Zahorick has posted in the Notre Lame Meme occasionally in the past.  One of her memes received around 1,200 likes and was included in the yearbook last year, Zahorick said.Zahorick made a meme about residents of Carroll Hall having to walk to the dining hall during the polar vortex, and included information regarding the amount of time it would take. Zahorick said the information included in her meme was later mentioned to her.“I was talking to someone later and she said, ‘Yeah, I heard it takes eight minutes to walk from Carroll to the dining hall’ … and then I realized she was citing my meme to me,” Zahorick said.Zahoric said that most of her meme ideas just come to her.“I’ll think, ‘Oh, this is funny.’ … And then I just start thinking about what’s the most concise way to convey that joke. Then I start trying to find the right image for it … I usually send it to a friend to see if it would be funny for the page,” Zahorick said. “To be honest, it’s always the ones that I don’t think are that funny that get the most likes.”Tags: Facebook, memes, Notre Lame Meme Page, Polar Vortexlast_img read more

Panel examines the foreclosure industry for UPL

first_img Panel examines the foreclosure industry for UPL Panel examines the foreclosure industry for UPL February 1, 2004 Managing Editor Regular Newscenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Bar’s Standing Committee on UPL has voted to issue an advisory opinion on what it considers the unlicenced practice of law by mortgage foreclosure assistance companies.The committee voted to make its stand after taking testimony at a January 15 public hearing in Miami to consider whether work by mortgage foreclosure assistance companies crossed the line into UPL.The committee determined that the following actions constitute UPL when performed by a nonlawyer on behalf of a party to a mortgage foreclosure action pending before a Florida court:1) Negotiating with the lender or lender’s attorney to modify, reinstate, or restructure the mortgage loan which forms the basis of the foreclosure action;2) Drafting documents which memorialize the negotiations as the representative of a party to the foreclosure action;3) Reviewing and explaining to the party to the mortgage foreclosure action documents drafted by the lender or lender’s attorney which memorialize the negotiations;4) Inducing the party to the mortgage foreclosure action to rely on the nonlawyer to handle all aspects of the foreclosure action for the party; and/or5) Preparing pleadings and other documents to be filed in the court in connection with the mortgage foreclosure action. The UPL panel voted to decline to include in its opinion whether a nonlawyer who negotiates the modification, reinstatement, or restructure of a mortgage loan outside of the foreclosure context engages in the unlicenced practice of law, but noted that the “decision not to issue an opinion on this question should not be interpreted as an endorsement or approval of that activity.”The committee has directed the Bar’s UPL Department staff to draft the opinion for review at its next meeting, at which time it will take a final vote on whether to file the opinion with the Florida Supreme Court, which has final say on the matter.“The current action of the committee does not guarantee that an opinion will be issued or the substance of the opinion,” said Bar UPL Counsel Lori Holcomb.Holcomb said the Bar decided to look into the matter after seeing an expansion of the mortgage foreclosure assistance industry and the public harm it is creating.Janet Morgan, Bar staff counsel in the Ft. Lauderdale office who has investigated several complaints, said the foreclosure assistance companies get the names of homeowners sued in foreclosure from public records. They then direct mail advertise or contact the homeowners in some other way to pitch their services.“Generally, they tell these people in some fashion they can help them save their house or get their house out of foreclosure and they need to sign up with them right away,” Morgan said.How it WorksWhat happens next can vary. Morgan said some companies do very little. In some cases, they try to negotiate with the lender or the lender’s lawyer. Or they give the homeowner advice on how to respond to the suit. Some companies have even drafted customer’s answers and motions, with or without lawyers, or have taken other actions in the foreclosure suit, she said. (Even if a company had a lawyer draft a motion, it’s against Bar rules and case law to pass that through to a client for whom the lawyer does not directly work.)What help did homeowners get for their money?“They either ended up losing their houses anyway, or they handled it themselves after the company did nothing,” Morgan said, “and they were out the company’s fee, which they could ill afford to lose.“The Bar’s position is that the foreclosure companies are essentially negotiating the settlement of a lawsuit, which is the unlicenced practice of law,” Morgan said.The TestimonySeventeenth Circuit Judge J. Leonard Fleet agreed and told the committee all the questions asked constitute UPL. Judge Fleet said these companies are proliferating in Broward County and often prepare legal documents which are then signed pro se by those appearing before him in foreclosure matters. He held up one document that he said was “drafted by someone who has knowledge of the lexicon of law,” but was signed by a litigant “unable to communicate successfully in English.”Judge Fleet said those appearing before him say they pay these companies between $500 and $2,000, and they target “what may be perceived as economically depressed neighborhoods.”“This committee, I believe, must take a stand that these practices are not permitted to be engaged in by someone who is not well schooled in the field of real estate law,” Fleet said.While she is not sure negotiating directly with a lender should be considered UPL, Retired 11th Circuit Judge Eleanor Schockett said it has been her experience that there is “fraud at all levels” of the mortgage foreclosure assistance industry, “but the saddest were people giving their hard earned money to somebody they had read in the paper would help them save their home and the money was never to be seen again.”Judge Schockett said during her years on the bench, she referred many people engaged in foreclose assistance to UPL committees only to have them received notices to stop their UPL activity. But, she said, they often opened up shop again somewhere else under a different name.“I’m sure there are some good guys in this field, but it was only the bad guys we saw on the bench,” Schockett said. “There are a whole bunch of people out there that are out-right frauds. They had no intention of providing the service. . . and those are the guys we should go after.”Schockett said nothing will solve this problem until people are criminally prosecuted and sent to jail.“Now this is not going to happen as long as the state attorney offices don’t find these cases very sexy and waste their time on these simple little drug cases where they can run up their stats,” Judge Schockett said. “And that what’s happening — they are not prosecuting white collar crime and the primary victims of this kind of crime are the working poor.”Michelle Ku, representing Community Legal Service for Mid-Florida, also told the committee that each of the questions constitute UPL and many of the companies involved in mortgage foreclose assistance are engage in “equity skimming.”“The basic objective of many of these entities that profess to assist people in saving their homes from foreclosure is to try to take the equity from those persons’ homes by switching the title to that business or that individual’s own name,” Ku said. “There are real life situations where the homeowner becomes a renter in the home that they once owned.”Charles Elsesser, Jr., of Florida Legal Services said these companies often prey on homeowners who have owned their homes for a long time, during a time a rapid real estate inflation, yet they are still very low income themselves.“At the same time we have had a retraction of the economy and many of these people are losing their jobs or making less income,” putting them in a position where foreclose actions are initiated, Elsesser said. “What we see as the goal of many of these mortgage assistance firms is to simple separate these people from their equity.”In the BusinessWhile acknowledging “there are a lot of scams around and investors looking to take advantage of people,” Carol Hudson, owner of New Millennium Corp., a foreclose assistance company, said her business does not engage in UPL.Hudson said New Millennium only deals with the financial aspects of foreclosure.“We assist our clients by negotiating the reinstatement of their mortgages directly with the lenders or the mortgage servicing companies,” Hudson said. “We guide our clients through the financial aspects of getting reinstated with their mortgage companies by advising them what they need to do during the foreclosure process.”Hudson said her company does not give legal advice or get involved in the legal process. She also said too many attorneys are too fast to recommend bankruptcy to forestall a foreclosure.“How many attorneys are really aware of the criteria for a loan modification where the montage company will capitalize all of the arrears back into the loan, basically giving the clients a fresh start?” Hudson asked. “How many attorneys are aware of the requirements for an FHA partial claim, which is essentially a HUD loan, or the requirements for a VA refinancing program? This is a specialized field that does not require the knowledge of an attorney.”Hudson maintained that negotiating with a lender is not UPL, a position shared by the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section.RPPTL’s StandWilliam McCaughan, co-chair of the RPPTL Mortgage Law Committee, said while the first five questions are “unquestionably” UPL, a nonlawyer who negotiates the modification, reinstatement, or restructure of a mortgage loan outside of the foreclosure context is not engaging in UPL.“It is tempting to go after these assistance companies because they do a bad job… . but it is respectfully outside the purview of this group. . . to take control of what some companies do that is good and what some companies do is bad. The scope of your area is UPL.”Real Estate ProfessionalsMarcia Tabak, deputy legal counsel for the Florida Association of Realtors, said at first blush, she thought the questions were only aimed at mortgage foreclose assistance companies, “but when we closely examined it, we become a little bit concerned about several of the items.”Tabak said her organization takes no position on what constitutes UPL, but said licensed real estate professionals sometimes engage in the activities described by questions 1, 2, and 6, and are authorized to do so by F.S. §475.“There are occasions where real estate licensees, in fulfilling their responsibilities, from time-to-time are working with sellers who are either pre-foreclosure or in foreclosure,” Tabak said. “Sometime the real estate licensees are aware of those facts and sometimes they are not.“Those folks that I represent are assisting others buying or selling real estate; they are not involved in helping people negotiate and being involved in foreclose actions,” Tabak said. “I’m not looking at if it is UPL. I am looking at authorized activity under the statute.”Kenneth Walton, president of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Bar, said a majority of these foreclosure assistance companies are engaging in UPL and even the ones that are good are not as meticulous as attornies.last_img read more

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on ‘The Late Show’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Shocking. Stephen Colbert, the host of the widely-popular half-hour political satire show The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, is headed to CBS. Colbert will succeed long-time The Late Show host David Letterman, who announced on April 3 his intention to retire next year. Letterman has served as host for 21 years. CBS announced the news in a tweet at noon on Thursday: Stephen Colbert to be next host of “The Late Show”…press release coming— CBS Tweet (@CBSTweet) April 10, 2014Colbert agreed to a five-year deal with the network, but the financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The announcement was made by Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS, and Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment. “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”“I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me,” he added. “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”   Moonves singled out the comedian for being “one of the most inventive and respected forces on television.” The Colbert Report, which launched in 2005, has won two Peabody Awards and an Emmy in 2013 for Outstanding Variety Series. The show has earned a total of 27 Emmy nominations. Prior to hosting The Colbert Report, Colbert spent nearly a decade as a correspondent on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. CBS has yet to announce the date of Letterman’s final show. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here,” said Moonves, “and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”last_img read more

CUES Membership Minute: Calling all emerging leaders

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr All good things evolve if they’re going to get even better.Take my career.When I was named the 2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec, I was manager of philanthropy and community investment at $1.6 million America’s First Credit Union, Birmingham, Alabama.Winning the challenge opened many doors. Along the way to my current role as VP/membership at CUES, I worked as the stewardship and development director at Filene and also did diversity consulting through my own business.Like my career, the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec program is evolving for the better. In January 2020, it will relaunch as “CUES Emerge.” continue reading »last_img read more

How to manage your overflowing mortgage pipeline

first_img continue reading » Every mortgage boom that has hit seems to have come out of nowhere. Loan officers and the origination team quickly become overwhelmed with overflowing pipelines, so keeping them highly engaged and encouraged only lasts so long as weeks turn into months of long hours.When your mortgage team is overwhelmed, the best relief you can provide is to staff up. This can become a bigger challenge when every lender is busy and competition is fierce to hire the best, qualified loan officers and processors. If past experience holds true, you will likely end up with candidates that aren’t quite what you want, but are still adequate enough to move forward. Here are a few suggested best practices to help your credit union manage the stresses of being incredibly busy, while still capturing new business and serving your members.Best Practice: Hire Supporting Staff to Take the Load OffHiring such supporting staff as junior loan officers and processing assistants, to ease the load for your existing team can make a world of difference. These staff members would be skilled admins that can do simple tasks, such as calling members for documents or following up on requests. Forget trying to train them on the whole job, instead train them to do key time-sucking components. The training time will be reduced and they can add value quickly. This will also allow your more knowledgeable staff to handle more challenging tasks and manage their workload effectively. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events March 26 – April 1

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Musical ShowcaseBenjamin Metzger, a local music teacher, organized an exciting lineup of bands that includes some of his students. The Hub Billiard Club & Music Hall, 4060 Austin Blvd., Island Park. Free. 7 p.m. March 26. Michael W. SmithFamed Christian music singer Michael W. Smith, the proud owner of three Grammy Awards, is bringing his tour to Westbury, where he’ll be singing hits from his latest album Sovereign. Smith, who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, is the epitome of an artist who sings from the soul while managing to take everyone’s breath away. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50. 8 p.m. March 26.Blackhawk & The OutlawsIt’s more than 20 years since Blackhawk—then a three-man band—released its self-titled album, which rocketed up the charts before going platinum. Now down to just the two members, country musicians Henry Paul and Dave Robbins are on track to release another studio album. The due will be joined by The Outlaws, the four-decade old Southern rock band intent on reliving the glory days. Rockin’ Country Tour. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$45. 8 p.m. March 26.Annie Minogue BandIt was as if Annie Minogue was destined to be a singer/songwriter. Growing up in New York City, Minogue learned to appreciate music from her father, a professional musician. But Minogue paved her path, releasing her debut album Home in 2000. Her music—a blend of rock, pop and blues—has aired on a number of TV networks and radio stations as she’s turned a childhood dream into an inspiring professional career. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. Free. 8 p.m. March 26.By Default: The Work of Jeffrey K. FisherThis award-winning local artist had displayed his mesmerizing work across the covers of many books and magazines, as well as posters, murals and advertisements. His client list has included Readers Digest, Doubleday, Harper Collins, Smithsonian and Newsday. Come realize the supreme beauty that is this visionary Long Islander’s creations. Come feel their power. Come revel in their intimate, emotional and electrifying gorgeousness. This is his first solo show. Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., East Setauket. Free. 5 p.m. March 27.Piano ConcertTo translate raw human emotion into song is not merely a gift, to do so is a true transcendental miracle. Martin Kasík ranks among the foremost Czech pianists of the present time, and he will surely meld the worlds of life and love, passion and pain, while melodically painting an endless barrage of colors sure to heal the mortal woes of all in attendance on this truly magical evening. The award-winning performer has take the stage in many major concert venues throughout the world, and now he plays LI. Amen, dear readers. Amen. Grace Auditorium, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, One Bungtown Rd., Cold Spring Harbor. $20. 6 p.m. March 27.Barry ManilowLegendary Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is bringing his “One Last Time” tour to The Old Barn—where he’ll be serenading Long Islanders with such decades-old classics as “Copacabana.” Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz will join Manilow as a special guest. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. $14.75-$244.75. 7:30 p.m. March 27.Karla BonoffWhen this truly original singer/songwriter was a teenager growing up in southern California, she learned how to play guitar from Frank Hamilton of the famed folk group The Weavers. She had a lot of close calls with fame early in her career: a demo done by Doors’ engineer Bruce Botnick, an album recorded for A&M with a track produced by the Mamas & Papas’ Lou Adler. Neither was ever released. But the connection she made eventually led Bonoff to Linda Rondstadt, who used three of her songs, “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me,” “If He’s Ever Near” and “Lose Again,” on her 1976 ablum, Hasten Down the Wind. This tribute to her talents enabled Bonoff to get her own deal with Columbia Records, and the rest is history. Soon she was opening for James Taylor and Jackson Browne on tour, and going on to work with Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd, John Prine, J.D. Souther and other great artists. Regarding her life’s work in music, Billboard Magazine called Bonoff one of “a breed of singer/songwriters whose earthy anthems of soul-searching, heartache and joy touched souls in a way few can muster today.” Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $35-$40. 8 p.m. March 27.Lewis BlackNobody channels his anger to better effect than this caustic comedian, whose well-reasoned rage percolates through his pores the way an athlete sweats. This guy’s ill-humor is a tonic for the troubles of our time. He rants, he raves, he ravages against the hypocrites on a righteous rampage—at full volume when all cylinders are clicking—like a man possessed. And he clearly is, which makes us all the more appreciative to see what makes him tick and what ticks him off. West Hampton Beach Performance Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $95-$150. 8 p.m. March 27.Blues to BlackstreetThese talented local musicians return to one of their favorite Long Island venues to serve up what they do best, their unique blend of blues and jazz with a twist. Featuring the sultry elegance of June Eysel on vocals and the virtuoso chops of John Vop on electric guitar, they’re joined regularly by Rob LaMonica on drums, Paul Gilmore on bass, Arno Hecht on sax, and Joe Roberts on keyboards. From the back streets to the boulevard of blues, this band will take you where you wanna go, and you’ll be sure to enjoy the ride. They won’t let you down, they’ll give you a lift. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. 10. 8 p.m. March 27.Big ShotThe only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol. Free buffet and two-for-one drink specials 6-8 p.m. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $7 before 8 p.m., $10 after. 10 p.m. March 27. Also playing at Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall. 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. 9 p.m March 28.Moody BluesTalk about classic rock—what about classical rock! When Days of Future Passed hit the FM airwaves in 1967, the Moody Blues broke ground with a fusion genre that combined the latest in electronic instruments, the Mellotron, with the classical performers of the London Festival Orchestra as their back-up band. The ambitious songs these English musicians composed were almost metaphysical in their approach, certainly bordering on the psychedelic and the profound. One song might invoke the universe, the next be a meditation on love. “Nights in White Satin” may be the most romantic rock epic every recorded. Thinking way ahead, they called one of their albums To Our Children’s Children’s Children; getting mystical, they titled another On the Threshold of a Dream. If any group of visionaries ever cracked the secrets of time travel, it would likely be them. So take a trip down memory lane with the Moodies, and remember new recollections you never had before, whether from “10,000 Light Years Ago,” or “Tuesday Afternoon.” Timeless Flight-The Polydor Years. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$79.50. 3 p.m., 8 p.m. March 27-29.Volunteer FairThose looking for a chance to volunteer will be able to meet with representatives from local nonprofits looking for help. There will be about 20 organizations in attendance, including Bide-a-wee, Family Service League, Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society, Literacy Suffolk, Make the Road NY, New York Blood Center, Options for Community Living, Special Olympics and United Veterans. After all, research has shown that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates and lower rates of depression than those who do not. SO what are you waiting for!? There are so many amazing causes and people who need your help! Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Rd., Holbrook. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28.The Enchantment of SpringOne of the best-kept secrets of the Nassau County Museum System, this South Shore gem is loaded with exhibits featuring the inhabitants and wonders of the absolutely gorgeous and fascinating nature preserve named after a grand Native American sachem. Turtles, rabbits, even a Red-Tailed Hawk–this magical forest is home to so many precious creatures and flora. It is a must-visit. Children of all ages are invited to participate in native plant and bird watching trail walks, guided by a local naturalist, followed by a live animal presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, 2225 Washington Ave., Seaford. Free with museum admission. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 28.The Crystals & Shirley Alston Reeves “Up Close & Personal”The original sexy songstress from The Shirelles and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Reeves is bound to amaze, fascinate and inspire. This will undoubtedly be one of the best opportunities for fans to catch her up close and personal, and this intimate performance will unquestionably be memorable. Wow. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. $28. 3 p.m. March 28.10,000 Maniacs is playing at the Long Island Aquarium.10,000 ManiacsNatalie Merchant may no longer front the alt-rock quintet from upstate Jamestown, but the group is still producing albums and performing their hits, including “Because The Night,” “These Are Days” and “Candy Everybody Wants.” Give ’em what they want, and rock out among the resident penguins, seals and walruses in the process! Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 East Main St., Riverhead. $35-$75. 7 p.m. March 28.Uke Hampton FestivalUkes, not nukes! That’s the ticket for some scrumptious strumming. It’s a music festival, and it’s filled with the tickling notes of utterly incredible ukuleles and their plucky performers. The ukulele may be a small stringed instrument, when compared with, say, a cello, but it turned Tiny Tim into a giant pop star. Who knows what it will do to the folks making music with their ukes on Saturday night in the Hamptons? Think big, think ukes! Fun uke fact: A “D” chord on the guitar translates into a “G” chord on the ukeler! Imagine that! Wild! The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. $15. 7 p.m. March 28.Bowling for SinglesBowling is a sport. Bowling is an art. Bowling can be cathartic. It can also bring two completely unsuspecting hearts together through the shared, communal experience of hurling very large (and very heavy) spheres down a wooden lane toward glory–or misery. In a way, this entire act can be interpreted to symbolize the paths of these lucky participants. Bowling requires strength and skill to successfully navigate and achieve its goals. Together, you and the ball take the plunge down the aisle (as in “walking down the aisle”), moving toward uncertainty while always hoping for the best. Yes, you most definitely want to stay on a straight course, occasionally maybe veering to the left or right, though always returning to the center. You want to stay out of the gutter, for sure. But you most certainly also want to realize that this bowling, this life, this love, this relationship, if you will, is a two-way street, and we both need each other to make it not only work, but last, long past the frozen pizza and flat soda from the shoe rental counter is closed. Hopefully, just maybe, if we do this right, we’ll find true love. And hopefully, just maybe, it can last forever. The Singles Association of Long Island is hosting this event for singles ready to mingle…while bowling. Social gathering to follow at Empress Diner, 2490 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. South Levittown Lanes, 56 Tanners Lane, Levittown. $7 per game, $4 for shoes. 7 p.m. March 28.The Get Up KidsGushy, poppy emo at its most infectious, these Missouri rockers will have you up and dancing along–or crying in your beer, thinking back to the last time you saw her, the last time you spoke, the last time you laughed together before it all went up in flames. With special guests PUP & Restorations. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$40. 7:30 p.m. March 28.Mary Gauthier & David WilcoxTwo artists whose will will make you laugh, whose lyrics will make you cry, and whose performances will ensure you leave the show smiling! Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. $37-$188. 8 p.m. March 28.John Pizzarelli Big BandIn celebration of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday, this renowned jazz guitarist/singer/songwriter and bandleader will be revisiting some of Sinatra’s most glorious tunes while adding his own mesmerizing, melodic, simply awe-inspiring stamp. Come celebrate the Frank Sinatra Centennial, all Big Band-Style. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvrd., Brookville. $53-$83. 8 p.m. March 28.H20No, not the seminal hardcore band! This is a reception held for a fascinating art exhibit celebrating–you guessed it, that magical natural elixir that hydrates us and from which nearly every life form on this planet has both spawned from, and primarily consists of, water! “Long Island is surrounded by water,” the curator writes. “We celebrate the magic around us.” Next time you enjoy a cool, sparkling glass, reflect upon its healing powers and evolutionary significance to all of life! Cheers! Phoenix Gallery, 139 South Country Rd., Bellport. 1 p.m., March 29.Springtime SpectacularAn afternoon of family-fun with a wide variety of nature and music activities for people of all ages to enjoy, including “Planting A Pizza Garden,” “Let’s Drum with Jonathan Duda” for ongoing drumming workshops, live animal presentations, photo opportunities, musical performances with the popular teen rock band Pursuing JC, outdoor trail activities for all ages, outdoor bubbles, springtime crafts and destination family-walks to the beach and pond. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. $25. 1-3 p.m. March 29. Steve IsraelThe recently re-elected congressman from Huntington will be discussing and signing copies of his book The Global War on Morris, which is billed as a satire about a pharmaceutical sales representative who is targeted by spies. Barnes and Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. Price of book. 2 p.m. March 29.SwingtimeSwingtime!The Jive Aces, known for their superb musicianship, high energy, original songs and fresh arrangements of swing/jive/R&B classics, join The Tinseltown Jitterbugs, a troupe of high-energy swing dancers, along with Hollywood vocalist Makinna Ridgway. Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center, Westerman Stage, One South Ave., Garden City. $35-$40. 3 p.m. March 29.Remembering Things PastA discussion will be held on the theme of this art exhibit, which features foreign-born artists working in America. The artists in this exhibition all came to America at different stages in their lives and incorporate past interests, memories and experiences of their home country into their artwork. The variety of their forms and subject matter reflect the uniqueness of their experiences. Islip Art Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. Free. 4:30 p.m. March 29.Long Island Food and Film FeastAn enchanted evening highlighting our local food, the people who produce it and the difference it can make. Each of eight short films will be paired with the food featured in the film, prepared by iEat Green and Slow Food North Shore, along with a guest speaker, providing a glorious, local, seasonal and informative feast. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $50 members, $60 public. 6:30 p.m. March 29.Lions LionsThese hardcore hellraisers from Boston are headlining this nuclear sensory assault on the minds and souls of all those in attendance, capping off an evening of intense, glorious rock from an arsenal of bands that everyone reading this post should get to know, immediately. Warming up the crowd are Everyone Dies In Utah, One Year Later, I Still Believe In Heroes, After The Outbreak and Critical Era. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12, $14 DOS. 5:30 p.m. March 29.MephiskaphelesOfficially back from an unofficial hiatus is this Lowe East Side-based mock-Satanist ska band that was among the most memorable from the genre’s 1990s revival era. And they’d better play LI, since it’s where the brassy sextet played their first-ever show in ’91. Bonus: They’re reportedly working on a new album! Will they play cult favorite “The Bumblebees Tuna Song”? One can only hope. Skank the night away, fellow dance freaks! Opening the show are The Shipwrecks, Samurai Pizza Cats [great band name, btw], Flak Jacket and Crisis Crayons. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $12, $15 DOS. 6:30 p.m. March 29.New Found GloryThese bubblegum pop-punklers are out sharing their emotional brand of power-chord-driven tunes on their “Sleep When I Die Tour” with opening acts Turnstile, The Wild Life & Turnover. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20.50-$40.50. 7 p.m. March 29.George WinstonOne of the most recognized solo pianists in the world will perform his “Summer Show” featuring spring and summer songs, including melodic folk piano songs from his recordings, Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts pieces, those inspired by the New Orleans R&B piano tradition & the Harlem stride piano tradition, and songs from his upcoming album, Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit, scheduled for release in 2015. West Hampton Beach Performance Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach.  $20-$50. 8 p.m. March 29.Marc Peyser & Timothy DwyerThese two authors will speak and sign their new book Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Vivid, intimate and stylishly written, Hissing Cousins finally sets this relationship center stage, revealing the contentious bond between two political trailblazers who short-circuited the rules of gender and power, each in her own way. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. March 31.Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert KalishSinger Dawn Upshaw and her longtime collaborator, pianist Gilbert Kalish, bring a deeply engaging recital to the stage. Staller Center, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook University, Stony Brook. $48. 8 p.m. April 1.Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

Scientist warns of second COVID-19 wave in East Java after Idul Fitri

first_imgFollowing the province’s highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases to date, an epidemiologist on Thursday warned of another probable spike after Idul Fitri.Epidemiologist Windhu Purnomo of Airlangga University (UNAIR) warned that the province should expect another surge in new cases after Idul Fitri as a result of lax public compliance with social distancing policies.”We have seen people flooding the malls and supermarkets, where many can contract the virus,” Windhu told The Jakarta Post on Friday. Local authorities admitted that the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that had been imposed in Greater Surabaya since April 28 had failed to flatten the curve of transmission in the provincial capital and surrounding areas.Joni Wahyuhadi, the curative management head of the East Java COVID-19 task force, said that Thursday’s jump in confirmed cases was in part due to test results submitted from a backlog of around 1,500 swab samples at the lab of the UNAIR Institute of Tropical Diseases (ITD).”The results of the PCR [polymerase chain reaction] tests on swab samples submitted to the ITD lab on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were reported to Jakarta all at once. The cumulative test results of the three days […] cover 488 samples,” Joni told reporters at Thursday’s daily COVID-19 briefing.The eight other COVID-19 testing labs reported only 14 confirmed cases on Wednesday, he said, and that the combined sum of 502 new cases was the figure that national COVID-19 spokesman Achmad Yurianto announced on Thursday.Joni said that the provincial task force had verified the identity and place of origin for 451 of the 502 new cases, while it was still verifying the remaining 51 cases. The task force had therefore temporarily added only 451 new cases to bring the regional figure to 2,942 confirmed cases.He said that the spike in new cases was also attributable to a sharp increase to 1,500 PCR tests per day at the nine designated labs in the province.Read also: East Java girl, 11, becomes youngest COVID-19 fatality in IndonesiaJoni acknowledged, however, that the sharp increase in new cases reflected the continuing spread of the coronavirus in East Java, especially in the provincial epicenter of Surabaya.Surabaya recorded 311 of the 502 new cases that were announced on Thursday, bringing the provincial capital’s cumulative tally to 1,566 – a little over half of all confirmed cases in the province.The satellite regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik, which make up Greater Surabaya along with the East Java capital, have the second and third highest number of cases and respectively recorded 57 and 27 new cases on Thursday.The three regions together have nearly 70 percent of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in East Java.Topics : “The roads are busier now. We will also see [people] attending the Idul Fitri congregational prayer and then practicing the tradition of silaturahmi during Lebaran,” he said, referring to the customary “meet and greet” among Muslims during the holiday.”This is the perfect condition to spread the virus even farther.”Read also: Scientist warns of second COVID-19 wave in East Java after Idul FitriAccording to the official tally, East Java recorded 502 new cases on Thursday, bringing its cumulative total to 2,998 confirmed cases, the second highest after Jakarta. The province, which has emerged as a new epicenter of the outbreak in the country, has also recorded 241 deaths from COVID-19.last_img read more

Coronavirus outbreak at S. Korea e-commerce warehouse drives spike in new cases

first_imgSouth Korea reported the highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in 49 days on Wednesday, as one of the country’s largest e-commerce companies battled an outbreak linked to a now-shuttered logistics facility.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 40 new cases as of midnight Tuesday, bringing the country’s total number to 11,265. A day earlier the country recorded 19 new cases.So far, at least 36 cases have been linked to an outbreak at the logistics center operated by SoftBank-backed e-commerce firm Coupang Corp in Bucheon, west of Seoul, the KCDC said. It was not immediately clear how many of the cases were reported in the last 24 hours. About 3,600 people at the facility are being tested. The company said it closed the center on Monday and began the strongest disinfection measures recommended by authorities.Coupang benefited from the contactless trend driven by COVID-19 in South Korea, with orders surging for groceries and other products. The logistics center opened in early March and is in charge of deliveries to western Seoul, a spokeswoman said.The first case related to the center was diagnosed on Saturday, and is suspected to be connected with a Seoul nightclub outbreak earlier this month.Health officials warned that cases linked to the center could rise. “We are very nervous about community infections and we are keeping a close eye on the situation,” vice health minister Kim Kang-lip said at a briefing.Kim said authorities suspect the logistics center did not comply with “basic” quarantine principles, adding that an investigation is under way.A spokeswoman for Coupang however said the center went through daily disinfection and all employees wore masks and gloves and had temperatures checked.Despite the spike in new cases, more than 2 million children returned to class on Wednesday, the latest in a phased opening of schools.”What we are worried about now is that when kids go to school, they’re naturally physically close to their friends and they have to eat together so they may be infected with coronavirus,” said Chan Woong-jeon, the father of a 2nd grader who returned to Seryun Elementary School in Seoul on Wednesday.Park Hyeon-ji, a teacher at the school, said teachers had been trained on how to react to any outbreak.”We’ll be able to take immediate action,” she said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

La Liga: Omeruo’s teammate sees red after row with ball boy

first_img Cuéllar was already on a yellow card when he decided to do a fair bit of time-wasting late on in the 0-0 draw. Read Also: Sofoluwe warns Super Eagles over Cape Verde threatInterestingly, Cuéllar wasn’t finished there though. He took an absolute age to leave the field and had an altercation with Alvaro Morata and many of the Atleti players.Eventually,  he did exit the pitch and because the visitors had already used all three subs, defender Jonathan Silva took his shirt and gloves  in between the sticks as Omeruo and compatriot Chigozie Awazim held on to see out the final moments and claim a point. Loading… The Spaniard received a slight push from the ball boy and went down as though he had just been caught flush in the face with a Mike Tyson right hook.But his pathetic play-acting only made things worse as the referee brandished the second yellow and subsequently dismissed him. He handed the ball back to the ball boy behind the goal on two occasions in a bid to buy himself a bit of time, but the young ball-getter wasn’t happy with his actions. Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Kenneth Omeruo’s teammate at Leganes, goalkeeper Picchu Cuéllar was sent off after being pushed by an Atletico Madrid ball boy in a crazy end to the game at the Wanda Metropolitano. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayJason Statham Bought And Sold A Multi-Million Dollar HouseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Best Tarantino Movie Yet8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Veganlast_img read more

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