Marco Benevento Takes Us On A Journey With New Live EP, “Woodstock Sessions” [Stream/Review]

first_imgThe venerable Marco Benevento has released his 7-song live Woodstock Sessions EP via Royal Potato Family and Woodstock Sessions today. The session was recorded in one take at Applehead Recording studio in Woodstock, NY in front of a live audience. Benevento, along with bassist Karina Rykman and drummer Andy Borger, performed a set that spanned the keyboardist’s entire solo catalog.The set starts off with three songs from his most recent studio album, The Story of Fred Short, including “Dropkick,” which sounds like a 50’s pop rock tune that could be heard on an old-school diner jukebox over a cheeseburger and some soda pop. The 22-minute opus “The Story of Fred Short” is a futuristic indie-sounding number, cut into various sections, that bears witness to a wild build segment of jamming from the trio, before making its way into a dance-inspired finale.“Bus Ride” from 2008’s Invisible Baby makes an appearance in the set with some heavy synth work from Benevento on keys, showcasing his masterful skills. He beseeches the crowd to “Make some noise….now or never” as the group goes into the 2014 track “At The Show” from Swift; never a boring moment at a live Benevento show. “Greenpoint” from 2010’s Between The Needles & Nightfall brings the album to a resounding close, finding some beautiful interplay between each member of the group. As always, Benevento and company take you on an incredible journey, and the Woodstock Sessions EP is keeps in that tradition.The album is currently streaming in full on Spotify, and you can take a listen below:last_img read more

Exposure to phthalates may raise risk of pregnancy loss, gestational diabetes

first_imgIn recent years, a growing body of evidence has suggested that phthalates—synthetic chemicals used in scores of products ranging from vinyl flooring to food packaging to medical tubing to cosmetics—can cause reproductive harms. Now, two new studies from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have revealed that these hormone-disrupting chemicals may increase both the risk of miscarriage and risk factors for gestational diabetes.Much of the evidence about phthalates’ potential harm comes from animal studies; less is known about their impact in humans. The results of these two studies are important because pregnancy loss is prevalent—about 31 percent of all conceptions end in miscarriage—and the incidence of gestational diabetes has tripled over the past two decades, now occurring in 7 percent of all pregnancies worldwide.One study followed a group of 256 women at Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center from 2004 to 2014 who were undergoing medically assisted reproduction, such as in-vitro fertilization. The researchers measured concentrations of 11 phthalate metabolites in the women’s urine around the time of conception. Women with the highest concentrations of a type of phthalate called di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, or DEHP, were 60 percent more likely to lose a pregnancy prior to 20 weeks than those with the lowest concentrations, the study found.Lead author Carmen Messerlian, a research fellow in Harvard Chan School’s Department of Environmental Health, called the findings compelling, noting that this was the first study to examine how phthalate exposure may affect pregnancies in their earliest stages among couples who have difficulty becoming pregnant. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Rare Saudi resistance hits futuristic megacity project

first_imgBut Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s dream project hit a new roadblock last month when a member of the local Huwaitat tribe was gunned down after he refused to give up his land for the project.Before the shootout, Abdulraheem al-Huwaiti posted a series of scathing videos in which he likened the forced displacement of his sprawling tribe, based in the northwestern Tabuk province for generations, to “state terrorism”.He presciently claimed his opposition would get him killed.Saudi Arabia’s state security agency said the “wanted” man died in an exchange of fire with state forces after he resisted arrest, adding that a cache of weapons had been recovered from his house. ‘Crown jewel’ “What happened in NEOM was the tragic death of a resident of a village that is being relocated,” Ali Shihabi, a member of the NEOM advisory board, said on Twitter.”Similar to the concept of ’eminent domain’ used in Western law, the government is taking ownership of private land to use for the project… This happens all the time, all over the world when roads, train tracks or dams are built.”But forced evictions could backfire as economic pressures grow, observers warn.”The combination of record-low oil prices and mounting demographic pressures poses significant challenges to Prince Mohammed’s (MBS) future plans in Saudi Arabia,” said the Soufan Center, a think tank.”The high-tech city in NEOM is the crown jewel of MBS’ future vision for Saudi Arabia, but it remains unclear how a prince’s pet project will help the kingdom deal with its youth bulge.”The government will have less cash to dispense as patronage to assuage Saudi citizens. The erosion of the social contract between the rulers and the ruled will lead to serious problems, especially in a tribal society.”But as part of his grand ambition to pivot the economy away from oil, Prince Mohammed looks set to press ahead with NEOM, billed as a regional Silicon Valley whose marketing slogan is a “bold and audacious dream”.”The economic fundamentals have turned further against this fantastical project, but I don’t expect MBS to give it up,” said Kristin Diwan of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.”It’s the touchstone for everything he wants to achieve.” ‘Deep cuts’ The government is preparing emergency plans to slash spending as crude prices drop, with Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan warning of “painful” measures and an “extremely long” list of affected budget items.He did not specify whether NEOM will be among them. Even before the crisis, the project — first announced in 2017 — has struggled to attract investment.”I will be surprised if cuts are not made — deep cuts in capital expenditure for NEOM,” a Saudi source associated with the project told AFP. “Given the sums required, it cannot but be delayed in many aspects.”The source added that the government is offering “generous compensation in cash” to those displaced by the project in addition to “new properties” within the kingdom.In a bid to placate the community, NEOM has also launched “social responsibility programs” including university scholarships and vocational training programs, the source said.Several Huwaitat tribesmen have rejected what they call “vague” compensation offers, activists told AFP, even as state-run media have published a pledge of loyalty by the tribe to Saudi rulers.The campaigners say NEOM is designed to be a liberal expat enclave in a conservative nation that is unlikely to benefit local residents. A rare revolt by a Saudi tribe has spelt fresh trouble for a planned Red Sea megacity, a linchpin of the crown prince’s economic vision already beset by low oil prices.The $500 billion NEOM project, set to be built from scratch along the kingdom’s picturesque western coast, is billed as a futuristic cityscape evocative of a sci-fi blockbuster — with everything from flying taxis to robot-maids.Economic analysts have long questioned its viability in the era of cheap oil.center_img Many other members of the Bedouin tribe, who commonly own guns, were detained for spreading anti-displacement slogans and refusing to sign relocation documents, multiple activists said.It exposes a rare domestic clash with the government that has a reputation for crushing dissent, while it grapples with the twin economic blow of historic low crude prices and a coronavirus-led shutdown.NEOM has said 20,000 people would need to be relocated to clear room for construction as it presses ahead with its target to complete its first sites by 2023. Topics :last_img read more

Seeking a high Rank: Grosvenor Sport takes Tipster Challenge

first_img Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share StumbleUpon ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Related Articles Submit Grosvenor Sport, the sportsbook provided by Rank Group subsidiary Grosvenor Casinos, has signed up for today’s Tipster Challenge at Carlisle.Representing the company, which was recently confirmed as sponsor of this Saturday’s Celebration Mile at Goodwood Racecourse, is Head of Sport Steve Munns.Munns has provided tips for the eight-race meet, where he will be going up against competition regular Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru for bettingexpert.____________________________________1:35bettingexpert: Geesala BraveHas an experience edge over these and improved last time out to take a promising fourth.Grosvenor Sport: Barefoot BabyNot much to worry about from those with form on the table, and although Geesala Brave is likely to improve from last time, it could be worth siding with the most powerful stable in the field and the only filly. Barefoot Baby cost a few quid and was green in a stronger contest on debut and normal improvement would see her heavily involved here at around the 4/1 mark.____________________________________2:05bettingexpert: Picture No Sound (Nap of the Day)Found the ground too soft when disappointing at Nottingham but had shaped well in his debut.Grosvenor Sport: Picture No Sound (Nap of the Day)Watch for some improvement from Canford Joy over this extra furlong but it probably won’t be enough to deny Richard Fahey’s Picture No Sound who showed solid form last time at Nottingham when not getting the cleanest of runs. Not a big price at around 6/4, but the most likely winner and preferred to Albert Street.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: Majestic StoneRan well when second in a huge field one run back and a repeat of that would be enough to go close here.Grosvenor Sport: Jack BlaneJack Blane has been raced over a mile and 7f so far but his latest starts indicate a drop back to 6f may be the answer. He often shows good mid-race speed before flattening out and while 5f was too sharp on his first three runs, he’s never tried this trip and looks fair value at around 7/1.____________________________________3:15bettingexpert: Pomme De TerreHas hinted he was coming to the boil in recent weeks and takes on some rivals here who have shot up the weights.Grosvenor Sport: My Name Is RioMy Name Is Rio is best at 5f with cut in the ground and gets those conditions here. The 6f wouldn’t have suited last time and is worth chancing today at around 16/1 on his first start at a track that should suit.____________________________________3:50bettingexpert: Supreme PowerImproved dramatically on his second run for this new yard and is less exposed/fresher than some of these handicappers.Grosvenor Sport: Heir Of ExcitementHeir Of Excitement has the benefit of 7lb claimer Seamus Cronin in the saddle and has ground conditions to suit. Being ridden prominently can be an advantage when conditions are soft and that should be the plan with this one. Looks a fair price at 9/2.____________________________________4:25bettingexpert: WarfareCaught the eye last time after a slow break and features on a career low mark after a long spell in the wilderness.Grosvenor Sport: Duck Egg BlueThis 1m1f trip should suit Duck Egg Blue down to the ground and if they don’t dawdle she should be finishing fast under 7lb claimer Paula Muir on ground she likes. Likely to be a fair price at around the 8/1 mark.____________________________________4:55bettingexpert: Kashmiri SunsetLooked one to follow when making a winning start for Ian Jardine and paid the price for chasing a fast pace at Haydock last time out.Grosvenor Sport: Always ResoluteIn a race where a few of the principles have ground doubts it may be worth chancing Always Resolute on his return from nearly a year off. Managed 11th of 33 in the Cesarewitch on his final start last season and that form is strong in this context. Gone well after a break before.____________________________________5:25bettingexpert: Our Place In LouleHit form last time out and can follow up with conditions to suit.Grosvenor Sport: Caesar The GaeserCaesar The Gaeser has worked his way down to a mark 2lbs below his last win and has two course and distance wins to his name. Should be cherry ripe now and looks a fair price at around the 12/1 mark for his in-form stable.____________________________________ RankTipsterRace WinsPoints 1Sarah Shannon – OneBet210.38 2Stephen Harris – bettingexpert1.758.16 3Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas37.80 4Harry Lang – Pinnacle47.00 5Alexman – OLBG25.10 6Tim Reynolds – Sun Bets25.00 7Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 8Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air24.50 9Conall McSorley – Metric Gaming14.00 10Michael Robinson – Betsafe13.50 11Conor White – BetBright13.33 12Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 13Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 14Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50last_img read more

DD LOCAL: BURTONPORT COMMUNITY NEWS

first_img3rd Annual Great Rosses Turkey TrotCalling all you hunter/gatherers amongst you. You are all invited to come along to “3rd Annual Great Rosses Turkey Trot” to see which of you can bring the xmas dinner home. The trot, which is a fun c5km Fun Run, jog or walk for all the family, is being held on Sunday December 15th @12.30 and is leaving from St. Columba’s Community Centre, Burtonport. Registration at the community centre from 12.  RACE RULESWhen you enter, you have to give your estimated finishing time. The winner of the race is the person who gets closest to their predicted time. Eoin’s decision final Prizes: Turkey’s for the Winners – lots of spot prizes to random participants  CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR, BurtonportSunday December 15th from 11.30 – 3.00.There will also be a CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR in the Community Centre after mass on the same day as THE GREAT ROSSES TURKEY TROT. This is usually one of the last craft fairs of the Christmas shopping period so ideal for all the late shoppers amongst us.If you would like to book a table at the fair please contact Margaret on 0876317683. Tables cost €10 each and it is necessary to book prior to arriving. Christmas @ The Breakfast ArTBoXThe Breakfast ArTBoX is an activity group suited to toddlers and their carers. It is held in the CDP building in Dungloe every Monday morning between 10 – 12. An ideal group to help develop your child social and creative side whilst giving you a chance to meet other parents/carers and build friendships. Cost €2 per child – includes all art materials, tea/coffee and a light snack. DD LOCAL: BURTONPORT COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: December 9th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DD LOCAL: BURTONPORT COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more