D.J. Williams Announces Bowls Fired! Featuring Members of DMB, TAB, Slightly Stoopid, & More In Las Vegas

first_imgKarl Denson Tiny Universe guitarist D.J. Williams and his band, Shots Fired, are on the front lines of SoCal’s new-era funk scene. An entire music community has materialized around the band’s residency shows, no two of which are the exact same, thanks to an impressive rotating roster that features some of the biggest names in today’s funk, rock, and jam scenes. Performing regularly for the past year almost exclusively in Los Angeles and San Diego, Williams has decided to take his band on field trips for a very limited number of quick strikes while they prepare to release their first album, Live From Over Where.For their Las Vegas debut, Williams has — for one night only — renamed his collective “Bowls Fired,” in recognition of the victims of the recent and horrific attack on the city by a lone gunman. The “Bowls Fired” moniker is also a double entendre that references the party’s host, Brooklyn Bowl Vegas, while giving a wink to the band’s cannabis activism. After being detained in the Middle East for 42 nights — in conditions that would make Amnesty International and the U.N. cringe — for possession of a vape pen, Williams was deported and immediately signed a sponsorship deal with Legion of Bloom, who handed out their top shelf “Monarch” vape pens during a recent LA residency.For this one-time-only engagement in Las Vegas, D.J. Williams’ Bowls Fired! will include Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Andy Geib (Slightly Stoopid), Chris Stillwell (Greyboy Allstars), Todd Stoops (Electric Beethoven) and John Staten (Pimps of Joytime) performing a selection of future funk classics.last_img read more

Area Midget Football League Cancels Upcoming Season Due To COVID-19

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image by Andrew Hart / CC BY-SA 2.0CATTARAUGUS COUNTY – One of the area’s largest football leagues has canceled their upcoming season due to COVID-19 concerns.The Cattaraugus County Midget Football League posted the news Sunday on social media.In a statement the group says they attempted to hold out hope of keeping the sport alive for as along as possible, but, several concerns remained.“We are still unsure if we would have the green light in mid-September and even then it would be really time restricted,” read the statement. “Our main concern has been and always will be the safety of all players and an accelerated season would not be idea for their conditioning or their overall health.” Last week the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced they are delaying the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season.Officials also voted Thursday to cancel the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships.They say they’re preparing to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19.last_img read more

Coming Soon to Girls: Allison Williams Sings & Zosia Mamet Gets a Wicked Mom

first_imgGet ready for more poor life decisions. HBO has released a first glimpse of Season 4 of Girls, and Neverland isn’t the only place Allison Williams is taking her singing chops. Marnie is taking those cringe-worthy performances to a new level this season. And we finally get to meet Shoshanna’s parents, although we like off-Broadway alum Zosia Mamet’s theory that she “came out of a sea shell or a pea pod or something.” Shosh’s mom is played by none other than stage and screen fave Ana Gasteyer…and she’s pissed. Andrew Rannells’ Elijah is tagging along with Hannah to Iowa, Zachary Quinto has a highlighter in his mouth and more. Check it out below! Girls is set to return to HBO in 2015. View Commentslast_img read more

Nuclear Talks With Iran Have Long Island’s Congressional Delegation Crossing Party Lines

first_imgNow that Israel has re-elected its hard-line Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, the focus of America’s rancorous foreign policy debate returns to the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran about whether sanctions against it should be lifted if Tehran essentially agrees to have only a peaceful energy program instead of pursuing a bomb.Having a nuclear armed neighbor in the region has made Israel and its supporters here in the United States very concerned about where these negotiations are headed, considering a preliminary agreement is supposed to be reached by Tuesday, March 31. That worry is echoed by members of Long Island’s Congressional delegation. They all joined a bipartisan coalition of 367 House of Representatives members in signing a letter dated March 20 that was sent to President Obama spelling out their opposition to any deal that doesn’t “completely eliminate the path to a nuclear weapon,” including an “aggressive inspection and verification regime.”Complicating the issue earlier this month has been the role of 47 Republican U.S. Senators who, under the penmanship of freshman U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), signed a letter addressed “to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” that purported to offer the mullahs a civics lesson in how the U.S. Constitution functions, warning them that any deal would not necessarily be binding because it could be modified by Congress and entirely discarded by the next president.Secretary of State John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and former presidential candidate who has been intimately involved in the talks in Switzerland, called the letter “unprecedented,” “directly calculated to interfere” and an “unconstitutional, un-thought-out action” that caused him to react with “utter disbelief.” Vice President Joe Biden said Cotton’s letter “ignores two centuries of precedent and threatens to undermine the ability of any future American President, whether Democrat or Republican, to negotiate with other nations on behalf of the United States.”Usually pretty sympathetic to the GOP, especially with regard to Israel, New York’s “hometown paper,” the Daily News, dubbed the 47 Republican Senate signatories “traitors” on its front page.Seven Republican Senators didn’t sign Cotton’s correspondence. Among them was Arizona’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, who told The Arizona Republic that he “just didn’t think it was appropriate.” One of the signers, though, was his fellow Arizonan, Sen. John McCain, the state’s senior senator and chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, who later admitted, “I think we probably should have had more discussion about it, given the blowback that there is.”The Empire State’s Senators were both on the same page regarding their Republican colleagues’ letter. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) called it “ill-advised” because it put Israel’s traditional bipartisan support in Congress at risk. Junior Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who called the letter signed by the Republican Senators “unprecedented and unhelpful,”  said in a statement to the Press, “It is in the national security interests of the United States and Israel for the negotiation process to result in a strong and verifiable deal that does not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. There are legitimate questions as to whether a good deal can be reached and I have communicated my concerns directly to the White House.”Long Island’s senior Congressman, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), said, “I don’t think I would’ve done it if I was in the Senate.” He said he “agreed with everything” in Cotton’s letter, and he disagrees with the president. But, King added, “he is the commander in chief, and you shouldn’t have the Senate negotiating with a foreign government.”King’s younger Republican colleague from the Island, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who happens to be the only Jewish Republican Representative on Capitol Hill, said in a statement, “Substantively, I agree with the passion, tone and points made in the [Cotton] letter. A bad deal is worse than no deal at all, and unfortunately the President looks like he is willing to cut a deal just to cut a deal in order to meet arbitrary deadlines. A bad deal triggers a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. It is unacceptable for Iran to enrich uranium, maintain thousands of centrifuges, and make temporary concessions in exchange for permanent concessions on our side.”Expressing some sympathy with the Republicans’ position was Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills). “I have always been a staunch hawk on pro-Israel issues, and I have been skeptical of a deal with Iran from the beginning,” he said in a statement. “But this game of injecting politics into the U.S.-Israel relationship is dangerous, and I refuse to take part.”The newest member of the Island’s Congressional delegation, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), took a more nuanced stand than her Democratic colleague.“I completely disagree with the Senators’ decision to send that letter to the leaders of Iran,” said Rice in a statement to the Press. “It was a serious breach of protocol, it was disrespectful not only to President Obama but to the office of the presidency, and most importantly it does nothing to help advance what should be a bipartisan effort to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.“The letter my colleagues and I sent to President Obama,” Rice continued, “makes it clear that the vast majority of House Members – 367 Members from both parties – want to work with the President to reach a diplomatic solution that eliminates Iran’s path to a bomb. If the Iranians aren’t willing to agree to such a deal, then we’re prepared to maintain aggressive sanctions, as I’m sure the President is as well.”Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens), whose gerrymandered district includes parts of Nassau County, explained that he signed the House’s bipartisan letter to underscore “the need for the administration to consult closely with Congress as negotiations continue.” He added that in the past several days, “I have been briefed several times by the administration in a manner that reflects a commitment to keeping Congress informed.“We all agree that no deal is better than a bad deal,” Meeks said, “and a nuclear armed Iran is in no way an acceptable option. Sanctions alone have not been enough to prevent Iran from building thousands of centrifuges.” Skeptics of the talks worry that Iran could easily use those centrifuges to refine nuclear fuel for a bomb.Nevertheless, Meeks, like his Democratic colleagues, found fault with Cotton’s “partisan letter addressed to our adversaries in Iran with a total and stunning disregard and disrespect for our own government and the crucial and delicate nature of the diplomatic process.“The reality is that without engaging in negotiations, we would never know what kind of deal is possible,” Meeks said. “Attempting to weaken the hand of our negotiators is working in direct and diametrical opposition to American security interests.”Meanwhile in Tehran, Iran’s leadership cursorily dismissed the Republican Senators’ letter as a “propaganda” stunt designed for domestic consumption and vowed to press forward with the talks in Switzerland. “No one in Iran is against the resolution of the nuclear issue through negotiations,” said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly in a speech last Saturday commemorating Iran’s New Year’s Day. “What the Iranian nation does not want to agree with is the impositions and bullying of the Americans.” View image | gettyimages.com Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Antique farmers still allowed to work amid quarantine

first_imgDespite the enhanced community quarantine brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 in Antique, farmers should be allowed to go to work, according to Office of the Provincial Agriculture chief Nicolasito Calawag. Food production in this province will be hampered if farmers will not be allowed to operate their products. PNA “As long as farmers also observe theproper social distancing and are found to have no fever at the checkpoints,please also allow them to go to work,” he said. Calawag reported that some farmerscomplained that they are facing difficulties going to their lands. Agriculturedealers and haulers also find it hard transporting their products because ofthe checkpoints. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Office of theProvincial Agriculture (OPA) in Antique has reiterated that farmers in thisprovince should be allowed to work on their farms amid the enhanced communityquarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to Calawag, the order of theDA is to ensure that movement of all cargoes, agricultural and fishery inputs,food products, and agri-business personnel nationwide will not be hampered. “They need to go to their farms so theycould do their regular farm activities to produce palay. Antique is just grateful that its palay sufficient,” Calawag added. Under Memorandum Circular Number 09issued by the Department of Agriculture (DA), farming and fishing activitieslike land preparation, planting, crop maintenance, harvesting, threshing,drying, packaging, and trading shall continue. OPA chief Nicolasito Calawag said duringa meeting with the Antique Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 that farmersshould be allowed to continue to operate in order to not affect the foodproduction in this province. The OPA chief added that palay production in Antique has reached 37,517metric tons or 440,000 sacks last March.(Witha report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Tax burden weighs heavy on Betsson Q3 trading

first_imgShare Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Submit Stockholm-listed Betsson AB reports a further trading quarter of corporate adjustments, as the online gambling group continues to experience multiple challenges across its core operating markets.Publishing its Q3 2019 trading update (period ending 30 September), Betsson continues to report ‘weak trends’ across Sweden and the Netherlands, recording an 11% decline in group revenues to SEK 1,275 million (Q3 2018: SEK 1,426m).Competing against a tough comparative period featuring World Cup 2018 trading, Betsson reports a 12% decline in casino revenues to SEK 942 (Q3 2018: SEK 1,066m), while sportsbook revenues declined 7% to SEK 314 million (Q3 2018: SEK 338m).A breakdown of performance sees Betsson governance report that its regulated market taxed income increased by 41% during the trading period to SEK 457 million (Q3 2018: SEK 322m) – equivalent to 36% of group revenues.“Like the previous quarter, the third quarter has continued to pose challenges for us, as well as for several other companies in the gaming industry,” said Betsson Group CEO Pontus Lindwall. “We expect this development to continue and also affect the Swedish market to a greater extent than we have seen so far after the Swedish re-regulation.“The regulated markets now also face major challenges regarding the degree of channelisation, which is one of the most important prerequisites for high consumer protection.”Impacts on group revenue channels would see Betsson operate at an EBIT margin of 16.7% (24%), as the Stockholm enterprise records a 28% decline in EBITDA to SEK 305 million (Q3 2018:423m).Countering its challenges, Betsson reduced operating expenses to SEK 618 million (Q3 2018: SEK 669m), as governance highlights ‘continuous work on efficiencies’ and marketing expenses scaled back to SEK 213 million (Q3 2018: SEK 246m).Updating investors, Lindwall noted market realities but also stressed Betsson’s strength in its geographical range and its intention to grow through potential acquisitions.“Both revenue and operating profit are affected when significant markets develop negatively at the same time,” he added. “Therefore, our geographical spread is valuable, and we see positive development in several of Betsson’s other markets, both locally regulated and non-locally regulated. We have seen favourable trends in other Western European countries but also in Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA).”last_img read more

WATCH: This 12-year-old’s take on the national anthem will leave you speechless

first_imgA Donegal girl delivered a powerful performance of Amhrán na bhFiann on St. Patrick’s Day that earned a rapturous applause from the people of Letterkenny.Cloghan schoolgirl Katie McCarthy, aged 12, was asked to sing on the main stage to open the Letterkenny parade on Saturday. The young singer and Blue Ribbon group member accepted the honour and wowed the crowds with her flawless vocals. Katie was approached through her school, SN Taobhoige, to take on the prestigious role. Her proud dad Jimmy McCarthy said: “Katie jumped at the chance, knowing this was such an honour to be asked, but knew she only had 24 hours to practice. As the parade starting time approached, so did the excitement.”It’s hard to believe that this was a last-minute performance for Katie, and as Jimmy is heard saying in the video, she really ‘nailed it’.WATCH: This 12-year-old’s take on the national anthem will leave you speechless was last modified: March 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Amhrán na bhFiannkatie mcCarthyletterkennynational anthemparadeSingingSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more