The Webb Brothers: Webb Brothers

first_imgThe Webb Brothers: Webb Brothers Out now The third album from the Chicago born Webb Brothers, sons of the famous 60s singer/songwriter, brings together all the threads of musical originality exhibited in their first two albums. Self-produced by the three siblings Justin, Christiaan and James under 679 Recordings, home of The Streets and discoverers of the Polyphonic Spree, the eponymously titled new album is unashamedly home-grown. Songs like ‘A Funny Ol’Kind of Music’ and ‘Heaven Never Letting Me In’ show off the band’s own brand of wit and jollity. The melodies, beats and generally noviced tone of the album are typical of the likes of The Strokes, The Doves and perhaps even creeps towards the sound of The Thrills. Even the sickeningly named ‘Who Wants To Get High’ survives its unfortunate moniker thanks to its confidence and freshness. The current single, ‘Ms Moriaty’, also impresses, exemplifying the ease with which the Webb Brothers make near perfect pop music. Definitely a vast improvement on their amateurish last album, Maroon.ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

Ghots return to Regent’s Park room

first_imgA student at Regent’s Park College has experienced some ghostly moments over the last two terms, leading to speculation that her room is haunted. Edith Earl, who lives in room M13, claims to have seen an object the size of a pebble fly from one side of the room and crash into a window at the other end. A similar incident, which was also witnessed by two friends, occurred half an hour later. The object left no trace nor was any damage done to the window. Matt Harris, who heard the object hitting the window, described the noise as “unnerving”. “It sounded exactly as Edith had described it,” he added. Earl, a first year theology student, said, “The things I see are quite scary but I don’t think I believe in ghosts. I’ve witnessed other strange occurrences and I’m convinced my mind just plays tricks on me. I’ve no desire to move out of my present room.” Another Regent’s student, Kate Greville, was also reluctant to say that the room was haunted, “I thought it was really weird, but I don’t know what I think it is. Strange things do happen though and I wouldn’t like to stay in Edith’s room. It’s a bit shocking.” Earl also believes that she sees shapes moving in the mirror and says that on one occasion she returned to her room to find a previously locked window mysteriously wide open. One Regent’s student claims he was informed last year by Revd Tim Bradshaw, senior tutor at the College, that the room had been exorcised five to ten years ago. When contacted by Cherwell on Wednesday however, Revd Bradshaw seemed unaware of any supernatural occurrences, stating that he knew “absolutely nothing” about the exorcism or the present incidents. He expressed his hope that the JCR were looking after Earl’s welfare. Another member of Regent’s administrative staff noted that during her fifteen years at the college she had not been aware ofARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

India Degree Offered at Oxford

first_imgThe University of Oxford is to introduce an MSc in “Contemporary India” in response to growing academic interest in the country’s cultural and economic rise.The course will be multi-disciplinary, covering anthropology, economics, politics, history, and sociology. It will last for three-terms and be taught in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies. Students with no background in Asian studies or social science will be able to apply for admission.By Fayyaz Muneerlast_img

Marijuana and other life-changing decisions

first_imgYvonne Balcer Dear Editor:Jersey City is introducing legislation that might have life changing consequences for its residents. The first is the introduction of recreational marijuana. While the state benefits greatly, most likely the local residents will be stuck with higher car insurance rates with undeniably increase of car accidents. Recreational marijuana has contributed to more fatal accidents according to the Denver Post, the daily newspaper in Colorado. It is the reason many towns in New Jersey said they will not have recreational marijuana; they do not want to put that strain on their police enforcing traffic violations.The second is the removal of burlesque from the city codes. While I will admit, there are more racy videos and movies on the internet, those archaic laws have kept Jersey City from becoming Newark with their adult entertainment establishments and Times Square during the 1960s to the 1980s. Times Square was a seedy place when Burlesque, go-go clubs, and peep shows littered the area. Adult entertainment attracts crime.Newark is still a high crime while Times Square has improved its image when New York City closed down these adult entertainment places. This is similar to the State of New Jersey changing the requirements for bail because they felt it discriminated against poor people. Yet even Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said too many defendants facing firearms charges are allowed back onto the streets within hours of their arrest. This is another example of a bill being passed without addressing the negative impact of a law.In the need to be politically correct, I don’t think Jersey City has thought of the consequences that might affect the residents of Jersey City.last_img read more

Presidential Race Ignites Heavy Voter Turnout in Cape May County

first_imgBy Donald Wittkowski With a hard-fought presidential race topping the ballot, Tuesday’s election generated heavy voter turnout in the traditional Republican stronghold of Cape May County.Figures released by the Cape May County Clerk’s Office showed there was a 70 percent turnout among the county’s nearly 71,000 registered voters.“People really wanted to vote in this election,” Cape May County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti said.Atlantic County’s voter turnout was not as strong, despite key races in a number of towns, including a battle for four City Council seats in Somers Point.Just 62 percent of Atlantic County’s 174,257 registered voters cast ballots, according to unofficial returns posted on the county website.Fulginiti said intense interest in the combative presidential race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton fueled the big turnout in Cape May County. She called it “voter mania.”About 7,000 mail-in votes were issued in Cape May County, the most ever for the county, Fulginiti said.Trump captured 58 percent of the vote in Cape May County, compared to just 38 percent for Clinton. In Atlantic County, Clinton grabbed 51 percent of the vote, while Trump had 45 percent.Cape May County Republican Chairman Marcus Karavan said he believed the county’s high voter turnout underscored overwhelming support for Trump.“Clearly, Trump generated a lot of excitement, and the people turned out,” Karavan said.According to Karavan, Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States symbolizes the country’s desire for a “new direction.”“I’m happy we have a new president,” he said.Reflecting its conservative Republican voter base, Cape May County supported both GOP candidates who were defeated by President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections.John McCain garnered 53 percent of the vote in Cape May County in 2008, compared to 45 percent for Obama. In the 2012 presidential race, Mitt Romney won 54 percent of the county’s vote, while Obama had 45 percent, Fulginiti said.The 2008 election produced a 78 percent voter turnout in Cape May County, but the figure dropped to 61 percent in the 2012 race.“In 2008, with Obama, people were mesmerized by his message,” Fulginiti explained of the heavy turnout then.Of Cape May County’s 70,801 registered voters, 28,098 are Republicans and 15,633 are Democrats. The remaining 27,070 voters are unaffiliated.In the past 40 years, only two Democrats have been elected to the Cape May County freeholder board. Incumbent Republican Freeholders Gerald Thornton and E. Marie Hayes easily won re-election Tuesday night against their Democratic challengers, cementing Republican control of the five-member board.last_img read more

Some polling locations have changed in Elkhart County

first_img Previous articleSmall business owners concerned about COVID-19 liability as they reopenNext articleTwo people hospitalized after shooting on Sunnyside Ave. in South Bend Carl Stutsman Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Pinterest Facebook Google+ Google+ WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – May 28, 2020 0 446 (“privacybooths” by eyspahn, CC BY 2.0) If you live in Elkhart County you need to double check your voting location before showing up to vote on Tuesday. Officials with the county announced that some locations have moved or been relocated due to pandemic related concerns.The county has already said they’ve received a record amount of absentee ballots, and they do have enough poll workers for day of but still are seeking alternates.More details about the changes can be found here with ABC 57 News Some polling locations have changed in Elkhart County Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

NFU urges farmers to speak with MPs on neonicotinoids ban

first_imgThe National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has advised farmers to speak to MPs and members of the European Parliament on a proposed blanket ban of neonicotinoids on outdoor crops.The call comes in response to European Commission proposals to widen neonicotinoid restrictions to ban all uses on field-grown crops, extending its current restrictions to include non-flowering crops.The NFU is calling on the Commission to reconsider the proposal to enable time for discussion with member states and the industry. It has written to the European Commission outlining its concerns and the consequences that it would have on farmers.Guy Smith, vice-president for the NFU, said a blanket ban of neonicotinoids on outdoor crops would be devastating for farms across the country.“Neonicotinoid seed treatments form an incredibly important part of the integrated pest management approach which farmers adopt,” Smith said. “I know it would make implementing this approach more difficult for farmers without these seed treatments.“By denying UK farmers these key crop production tools, our competitors, who have access to these products, are being gifted a market. If politicians are made aware of the consequences of a ban, they may be persuaded to vote against one.”In April 2017, new Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith urged shoppers to back British farming.last_img read more

$100K dedicated to community support

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined leaders of local nonprofits, elected officials, and Allston residents at the Honan-Allston Branch Library March 2 to celebrate the nine local nonprofit organizations receiving $100,000 in Harvard-Allston Partnership Fund (HAPF) grants this winter.The event marked the fourth installment of the HAPF, a $500,000 five-year program created in 2008 by Harvard University and the city of Boston in collaboration with the Allston community to support neighborhood improvement projects, cultural enrichment, and educational programming through annual grants of $100,000. Over the past four years, HAPF has infused $400,000 into 19 nonprofits, helping to maintain and expand critical community programming.The library’s community room was filled with people who work together in many ways to improve the Allston-Brighton community, including Rep. Kevin Honan and city councillors Mark Ciommo, Felix Arroyo, and John Connolly.Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications, welcomed the audience, acknowledged the important work of the nonprofits represented, and introduced Boston’s mayor as “a good neighbor and great civic leader” who encourages citizens to get to know their neighbors and join with one another in order to reach new heights together.Menino noted the importance of the partnership and its impact on Allston-Brighton residents and local nonprofits during hard economic times.“I want to say to President Faust and this community, ‘Thank you for your partnership,’ ” Menino said. “Nine local organizations are receiving a total of $100,000 to continue their missions. They’re bringing vital services to our families and our seniors and are making a difference in people’s lives,” he added.This winter’s grants will help local nonprofits provide free educational enrichment for Allston-Brighton children and families, job skills training for the disabled, summer camps for youth, volunteer opportunities for Charles River maintenance, and other community support programs such as the Family Nurturing Center, which is using its grant to form its first Chinese Families Playgroup at the Honan-Allston Library. Even the event’s host, the Honan-Allston Library, received a grant for a new teenage center with computers, couches, and chairs through the efforts of the Friends of the Honan-Allston Library.Faust said that the library was a fitting place for the celebration, not only because of its HAPF grant, but also because of the way libraries bring community together — a goal of all the organizations represented in the room.“Supporting the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund is an important part of our ongoing partnership with the Allston-Brighton community,” said Faust, “but it’s really you — the organizations here — that leverage that contribution to create thoughtful and meaningful programs that can have an enormous impact on the community.”While the presence of Menino and Faust, along with elected officials and nonprofit leaders, clearly energized the room, it was the Gardner Pilot Academy’s (GPA) physical education instructor Donnell Stoute, better known as “Mr. D,” and his two young counterparts who stole the show.Stoute said he sees firsthand the impact these funds have on youngsters in after-school and summer programs. Aaliyana Abraham and Andre Robinson, two fourth-grade students who have attended after-school and summer programs at the GPA for four years, spoke about what the programming means to them.“We get to enjoy ourselves, do our homework, and be who we want to be,” said Abraham. Robinson followed with a heart-felt tribute to Stoute and physical fitness.Directors of the GPA after-school program, summer programs, and adult education program said HAPF funds have enabled the GPA to continue providing programs for 130 children and increase the number of parents they serve through adult education classes. “Harvard has been a tremendous community partner through many programs,” said Lauren Fogarty, director of extended learning at the GPA. In addition to the HAPF grants GPA has received (a total of $75,000 over three years), Fogarty noted that the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative (HASI), Harvard Business School mentors, the Harvard Allston Ed Portal, and Harvard Bridge programs all have connections with the GPA.The nine HAPF grant recipients include the Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, the Friends of the Honan-Allston Library, the Gardner Pilot Academy, the Oak Square YMCA, The Fishing Academy, The Literacy Connection, a ministry of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, the Vocational Advancement Center (VAC), and the West End House Camp. Each was selected by a seven-person mayor-appointed advisory committee made up of Allston-Brighton community members. The committee carefully scrutinized a pool of applications to identify programs and services that would directly benefit the community. Organizations received grants ranging from $4,000 to almost $25,000.The $4,850 awarded to the Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts will allow the nonprofit to provide services to a new population at the library, but Valerie Bean, development officer at the center, saw the broader impact of the day.“That $100,000 may not seem like a lot, but the impact is huge,” she said. “It’s a lot to the Chinese parent who meets another Chinese parent at one of our playgroups and makes a connection that lasts a lifetime; it’s a lot for a child that goes to camp who otherwise couldn’t afford to go; it’s a lot for the children and families who learn at the Gardner Pilot Academy,” Bean said.“The effects of the HAP Fund have been rippling out now for four years to 19 organizations and hundreds of people that have been served. We all are truly grateful for this support,” she added.last_img read more

Landscapers decorate for the holidays

first_imgChristmas starts in October for Notre Dame Landscaping Services, the group in charge of the majority of outdoor decorations on campus. Pat McCauslin, manager of Landscaping Services, said it takes a three-person crew three weeks to install the lights on the large trees near the Main Building, the Debartolo Performing Arts Center, the fire station, the Grotto and Carroll Hall before wintry weather settles in South Bend. “You never know when it’s going to snow,” he said. “… Once it starts snowing, our focus turns to snow removal and you have to stop putting lights up. So that’s why we start early.” Landscaping crew members Ron Rosander, Tammy Bergl and Brian Anders have already put up thousands of lights around campus, McCauslin said. “The fire station tree, if you see that at night, it’s really gorgeous,” he said. “I can’t tell you how many thousands of lights are on that tree. I know the tree at the Grotto that we decorate behind the crèche – that has close to 3,000 lights on it. “We really like to pack lights on, really pack them on a tree, so they have a nice effect.” In recent years, McCauslin said Landscaping Services has adopted more environment-friendly Christmas decorations. “Our focus now is going more with the sustainable LED lights,” he said. “We’re about 90 percent [LED] now with all the lighting we do.” For the buildings on campus, the Campus Work Control Center carpenter shop handles most of the decorations, Tanner Andrysiak, superintendent of the shop, said. The shop adorns the indoor Christmas trees and makes the wreaths and garlands, he said. The group has received orders for decorations from 13 residence halls and is in charge of decorations in Bond Hall, Hagar Hall, O’Shaughnessy Hall, Jordan Hall of Science and the Stepan Chemistry Center. ‘Normally if they’re on a roof, the kids aren’t allowed to [put decorations there], and I believe they’re not allowed to use ladders anymore either,” Andrysiak said. “… In O’Shaughnessy, it was a 17 ft. tree, and we had to decorate from the top down to where they could reach from the ground. They weren’t allowed to get on ladders to finish.” Andrysiak said two carpenters install all of these decorations, mostly during the first week of December, including the 10-ft tall O’Neill Hall “O” and the complicated Dillon Hall light show. The crew will also set up the nativity scene at the Grotto, he said.  “I think last year I had four carpenters ont[the nativity scene]. It takes four guys about half a day to put it together, four to six hours,” he said Andrysiak said the nativity scene is his favorite of the campus decorations his crew installs, and that it take four members approximately five hours to assemble. Andrysiak said the carpenter shop does most of the same decorations each year, and McCauslin said landscaping services also carries out the same tasks from year to year. “The folks that do it have been here for 20 plus years,” he said. Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more

Rick: Expect an economic slowdown

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Steve Rick Credit unions can expect slower loan growth, accelerated savings growth, and a sluggish economy in the months ahead, says Steve Rick, chief economist for CUNA Mutual Group.During a presentation at the 2019 CUNA Lending Council Conference Wednesday in New Orleans, Rick made these observations about the economy and its effect on credit unions:The U.S. economy remains strong due in large part to low unemployment, rising wages, and strong consumer confidence. However, the U.S. trade war with China, declining business spending, uncertainty over Brexit, a possible recession in Europe, and slowing growth in China are hindering economic growth.Rick forecasts 2.3% economic growth in 2019 and 0.5% growth in 2020, before the economy “comes roaring back in 2023” with 3% growth.center_img continue reading »last_img read more