View Comments It’s Fleet Week in New York City, which can only mean one thing: the streets are swarming with sexy sailors! We can’t wait to celebrate Memorial Day with our new best friends—and any hunky colonels, generals, sergeants and lieutenants are more than welcome to come, too. And while we’re remembering the Americans who died in military service this Memorial Day, we can’t forget about a few of our favorite Broadway men in uniform. Hey, who cares if they’re fictional? Does Flick from Violet make you swoon? Wanna get to know South Pacific’s Lieutenant Joseph Cable in Bali-ha’i? Ready for a night On the Town with Gabey? Cast your vote below!
Up and coming fiddler and singer/songwriter Jen Starsinic’s musical journey has, thus far, been quite impressive. After busking on street corners, attending the Berklee College of Music, and hitting the road with The David Mayfield Parade, Starsinic is ready to stand on her own two feet. Starsinic just released The Flood and The Fire, her debut record.While you are most likely to see Jen Starsinic toting a fiddle or open back banjo, hallmarks of her old time roots, The Flood and The Fire is certainly not an old time record. While there are vestiges of vintage Appalachia throughout the recording, there are hints of country heartache, droning Irish folk, cello, and haunting pedal steel. Each tune represents an aching, a longing, and the snapshot the record offers into the musical soul of Jen Starsinic is startling; this young woman is most certainly a rising voice in contemporary Americana.I recently caught up with Jen to chat about the new record, her influences, and getting her music out to her audience.BRO – You have done session work for other artists, but this is the first time you have released a record that is your own. Describe the feeling that comes with releasing a debut record?JS – Terror! Hah! Just kidding. But it is sort of a strange mixture of elation and exhaustion. When you go in the studio for other people, it’s ultimately about helping them make the music they want to make, so you just go in and try to play well and help them create their vision. Making your own record is a whole different beast. You envision this thing and then set about building it from the ground up. You write songs and then try to figure out how you want them to sound and how to make them speak the best, which is what I got to do with Brady Custis, my amazing producer/engineer/friend. It’s a truly beautiful process. It’s wonderful and scary. Being my debut record, they were all kinds of things I didn’t know and didn’t even know I needed to know. There were all kinds of tough decisions and risks and leaps of faith. It’s about trusting yourself, trusting the people you’re working with, holding on and fighting, and also letting go and moving on. It drove me a little crazy, but I’m so happy with how it turned out.BRO – Toughest part about attending Berklee?JS – I don’t even know how to answer this question! Berklee kicked my ass in so many ways, but it was one of the best things to ever happen to me.BRO – Your roots are in bluegrass, but the tunes on The Flood and The Fire cover a lot of sonic ground. From where do you draw inspiration?JS – Well, thanks. I’m glad you think so! A large part of the sonic ground on the record is due to the collaboration with Brady Custis, my producer and engineer. Brady grew up around the underground punk scene in Washington, D.C., and then he got into playing roots music as an adult. I was sort of the other way around. Between the two of us, we found a weird sweet spot, sonically. There could be banjo and folky songs, but also soundscapes and ambient pedal steel. We could keep each other in check and also push each other’s boundaries. I love the term “roots music” because I feel like it describes my relationship to traditional music exactly. I have roots in old time, and those roots are absolutely the essential foundation to all of my music. But, in making my own music, I really wanted it to grow into something new and true to my life and the lives of my friends, showing how they are now, the reality of the musical landscape now. So, as much as there’s bluegrass and old time in what I do, there’s also 90s radio rock and Icelandic ambient music and pop and anti-folk and Fleetwood Mac. I grew up both playing bluegrass fiddle and listening to The Wallflowers in the car with my mom, and I see no reason why those two things can’t coexist.BRO – You are on the road regularly with The David Mayfield Parade. Any plans on getting out on the road with a band to share your music?JS – I’m hoping to do an ever increasing amount of touring with my own band. It’s been a slow build for me as far as getting a band together and touring because of being so busy with the Parade and relocating to Nashville soon after we finished recording the album. But I love to sing songs for people, and the reception to the record has been so supportive and warm, so I’m carving out time to get out there and do it as much as possible.BRO – We are featuring “Time To Lose” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?JS – “Time To Lose” is about taking crazy leaps of faith in the vague direction of where you think you want to go and just trusting that things will work out okay. In my own life, I was moving out of my apartment in Boston and didn’t really know where I wanted to live next or where I was going to end up. I left a lot of major life changes to “we’ll see what happens next,” which hadn’t really been my style up until that point. It was both terrifying and freeing, and I learned a lot. But I think, at its core, “Time To Lose” is just a song about giving yourself permission to screw up and take chances. Most things aren’t straightforward and perfect, and that’s good. That’s how they are and that’s how they should be.Being on the road with The David Mayfield Parade is keeping Jen busy for much of July, but she has some dates scheduled in August that include stops in Charleston, West Virginia, and Abingdon and Charlottesville, Virginia. Surf over to www.jenstarsinic.com to keep tabs on when Jen and her band might be coming to a stage near you and to find out how you can get a copy of her debut record, The Flood and The Fire.
May 19, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The world has an unprecedented warning that pandemic influenza may be imminent, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report that urges swift action to prevent global illness and death.A WHO report, “Strengthening pandemic influenza preparedness and response,” is slated for discussion tomorrow at the organization’s annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.Although distinct from the recent report produced by experts convened by the WHO in Manila on May 6 and 7, this document makes similar points about the threat of a flu pandemic.”The virus may be evolving in ways that increasingly favor the start of a pandemic,” the report states, later adding, “The ecology of the disease and behavior of the virus have created multiple opportunities for a pandemic virus to emerge.”Changes have occurred since a year ago, when the WHO advocated eliminating the virus in its animal reservoir. Experts now agree it is endemic in parts of Asia, and the public health focus is shifting to reducing the risk for people exposed to H5N1, particularly subsistence farmers, and improving response to illness, such as with a vaccine. However, the report says, creation of a vaccine “has moved forward, but not with a speed appropriate to the urgency of the situation.”Vaccines against H5N1 are being made and tested now, although the virus has changed since the current vaccine seed stock was created.The WHO report suggests that vaccine against the H5 subtype should be produced in bulk and stored.”Even if the actual pandemic H5 subtype virus shows mutational changes when compared with the current H5N1 strain, a vaccine that is protective against infection due to that strain could confer almost as much protection,” WHO said. “Stockpiles of an H5N1 vaccine would be useful in the early phase of a pandemic when large-scale production of a vaccine has not yet been initiated.”The report also emphasizes the importance of preparedness, particularly stressing vigilance for clusters of respiratory disease cases in affected countries.The meeting about pandemic flu caps a week of high-profile discussions on the topic that began May 16, when the WHO director-general sounded a warning as he convened the annual assembly.Calling avian flu “the most serious known health threat the world is facing today,” Lee Jong-wook, MD, MPH, noted the importance of the window of time between hints of a pandemic and its actual occurrence.”By good fortune we have had time—and still have time—to prepare for the next global pandemic, because the conditions for it have appeared before the outbreak itself. We must do everything in our power to maximize that preparedness,” he said.Mike Leavitt, US secretary of health and human services, said in Geneva on May 16 that transparency, strong surveillance, and communication are essential parts of a response. Leavitt’s remarks were posted on the US State Department’s Web site.Leavitt also urged strong international collaboration, with an emphasis on developed countries effectively helping developing countries control the virus and treat patients. He urged health ministers to support a draft resolution on pandemic preparedness and response, offered by the United States and several other nations, saying it “provides a good blueprint for action.”The WHO’s top flu official, Klaus Stohr, emphasized that fast response is important, according to a story published today by Agence France-Presse. “We are working on pandemic preparedness on borrowed time,” he said.While health officials in Geneva discussed the possible pandemic, new avian flu developments were reported in Asia:A positive serum sample from a poultry worker has led to concerns about human H5N1 infection in Indonesia, which has been plagued with poultry outbreaks. The worker, from hard-hit South Sulawesi province, is being retested, according to an Associated Press (AP) story May 18. He has shown no signs of illness, the AP reported. The WHO said the serum sample was positive for avian flu antibodies, which on its own doesn’t constitute a confirmed case. The worker returned to health officials for more blood tests, which are expected to be done within 2 weeks. Indonesia has tested 83 people for exposure to H5N1, according to an earlier report in the Jakarta Post. This is the first positive finding.Chinese authorities confiscated contaminated eggs from Vietnam hidden in the carry-on luggage of two airline passengers on separate flights, according to The Standard newspaper of China. Dogs sniffed out the 45 chicken, duck, and goose eggs Apr 28. The duck and goose eggs tested positive for the presence of H5N1 virus, the newspaper said.Thailand and Hong Kong are collaborating to create an Asian bank of influenza vaccine and antiviral drugs, the Thai News Agency (MCOT) said today. The countries will establish a bank of the antiviral drug oseltamivir and serve as a regional resource in event of a pandemic flu, a Thai official announced yesterday in Geneva. The collaboration will help link Hong Kong’s expertise in laboratory diagnosis with Thailand’s expertise in epidemiology, said Thailand’s health minister, Suchai Charoenratanakul. The partnership also will include research and the exchange of lab samples of the virus, the story noted.See also: WHO draft report “Strengthening Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response”http://www.wpro.who.int/entity/emerging_diseases/documents/docs/A58_13en.pdfDraft resolutions presented at WHA meeting; pandemic flu resolution is EB115.R16http://www.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB115-REC1/e/Resolutions.pdf
Read also: Political appointees tipped for prestigious diplomatic postsMauritanian Ambassador Mohammed At-Thalib Zain Al Abidin, Brazilian Ambassador Jose Amir da Costa Dornelles and United Arab Emirates Ambassador Abdulla Salem Obaid Salem Al Dhaheri also submitted their diplomatic credentials on Wednesday.Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi accompanied the President during the ceremony. Also present were State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, presidential military secretary Maj. Gen Suharyanto and Presidential Secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono.All officials and envoys in attendance wore masks and adhered to physical distancing protocols. Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo welcomed on Wednesday seven new foreign envoys who submitted their letters of credence, marking the start of their diplomatic duties in representing their countries in Indonesia.The ceremony, which took place at Merdeka Palace, was held under strict COVID-19 health protocols.The ambassadors were Guatemalan Ambassador Maynor Jacobo Cuyun Salguero, Egyptian Ambassador Ashraf Mohamed Moguib Sultan, Cuban Ambassador Tania Velazquez Lopez and Qatari Ambassador Fawziya Edrees Salman Al-Sulaiti.
“My parents sold it to the Methodist Church for 10,000 pounds, which was a peppercorn rate.” His wife lived there until the mid 1960s.Just a few years later, and a few kilometres away, Mr Taylor would finish work on perhaps his most well known creation, the Walter Taylor Bridge, which is still used as a vital connection for the northern and southern sides of the Brisbane River. Inside the home at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville.The grandson of Walter Taylor, Noel Davis, went to the auction in June last year and to have a look inside the home for the first time in several decades.“I’d love to see someone get it back to the way it was back when my grandfather built it,” Mr Davis told The Courier-Mail. This property at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville, has sold for $3.925m.Prominent engineer, contractor and builder Walter Taylor built the property for his family on the huge 4076sq m riverfront block 90 years ago. RELATED: How a 1940s cottage was transformed More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe river view from the home at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville.Ms Bakker said the family was in the process of planning the renovations for the home and had engaged prominent architect, Shaun Lockyer.“Because it’s heritage-listed, it’s a very big project,” Ms Bakker said.“I’m looking at the plans right now and it’s going to be unbelievable.” MORE: Reno passion project pays off Inside the home at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville. The front of the house at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville.Ms Bakker said the buyer, who lived around the corner, wanted to make it one family home, rather than subdivide the block.“They could see the potential probably more than anyone,” she said.“Most people were a bit scared of it because it does need so much work, and renovating a heritage-listed home can be fraught with danger with council.” Noel Davis at the home designed by his grandfather, Walter Taylor, at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville. Picture: AAP/David Clark.ONE of Brisbane’s most historic homes has sold for almost $4 million to a local family who plans to restore it to its former glory.The towering property at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville, was once the home of a man whose name is connected to many of the city’s landmarks. The heritage-listed grounds of 95 Bank Rd, Graceville.He said he would have happily bought the home that day — if he had a spare few million.The house, which was built in 1928, has six bedrooms and three bathrooms and a rare, 64m river frontage.It was formerly owned by The University of Queensland. Noel Davis at the Walter Taylor Bridge, which was designed by his grandfather, Walter Taylor. Picture: AAP/David Clark. The heritage-listed property, also known as “Glenrae”, failed to sell at auction last year, despite plenty of interest and bids in the millions.Meaghan Bakker of Ray White – New Farm, who marketed the property with Matt Lancashire, said the buyer was a local family with young children, who paid $3.925 million for it.
Madison, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation personnel from the Madison Unit have been scheduled to make asphalt pavement patches and repair concrete ditches along a slide site on State Road 7 next week at Madison.INDOT crews should be onsite next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (OCT 30, 31 & NOV 1), weather permitting, closing S.R. 7 north of S.R. 56—just north of Irish Hollow—on Hanging Rock Hill. Barricades will be in place each day between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. stopping traffic at the top of the hill at Harris Street and at the bottom of the hill at Third Street.The S.R. 7 Hanging Rock Hill slide is slated for mitigation next year. A $2,164,847 state contract was awarded this week to the Paul H. Rohe Company of Aurora for stabilizing the embankment slide and resurfacing S.R. 7 pavement 0.4 miles north of S.R. 56.
Greensburg, IN—The Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County is currently working on creating a plan for the ArtisTree District, and it is important that they hear from teens, young adults and adults about what they would like to see develop in the district. In 2018, the Greensburg City Council designated an area as a cultural district known as the ARTisTREE District, spanning from the Tree County Playhouse to Rebekah Park and Greensburg High School. The District also includes the Main Street and Historic Districts. It contains 40 cultural assets, over 100 cultural programs annually, and features several culturally significant businesses.They are asking any residents, visitors and interested persons to complete the survey as we seek to develop a Master Plan for the ARTisTREE District. What dreams do you have to include in the District? A link to the survey can be found on their Facebook page or by clicking here.
Kroger officials announced a new safety requirement, effective yesterday, which will require all employees to wear a form of facial protection while working in their stores.Prior to this, masks or a form of facial covering were strongly encouraged to be worn by all associates at Kroger stores, but they were not required. The safety measure is now required following the company being able to purchase enough personal protective equipment to provide masks to all of their associates. Kroger said employees can continue using their own masks if they prefer.Kroger encourages all customers to also wear a mask when they visit their stores or to use their curbside delivery service.
On-loan Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin was among the scorers for the Primera Division outfit, who were in Montenegro on Thursday night to complete a comfortable Europa League victory over Mladost Podgorica. While it was only a friendly and most of United’s senior stars missed out in readiness for Sunday’s Community Shield encounter with Wigan at Wembley, it does mean they have won just two of seven pre-season matches since Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer. Lingard just failed to finish off Fabio’s low cross as he slid in at the far post, while a more experienced United outfit – bolstered by the introductions of Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Wilfired Zaha – began to take control. Zaha and Carrick both had opportunities to level near the end but were unable to take them. Restored to England’s senior squad for next week’s friendly with Scotland, Zaha almost brought United level three minutes from time, only for Beto to make another smart save. In the end, Bryan Rabello ensured there was no way back for United, although if nothing else, Moyes was able to see the development of his young players continue. “It is good that we are giving young players a game,” he said. “It has always been part of the tradition of this club and I am looking forward to making that happen. “There are one or two who make me think they are not far away. We will push them and see where we get to.” After the match, Ferdinand confirmed his desire for silverware extends to Sunday. “We wanted to win tonight and we are not happy to lose,” said Ferdinand. “But on Sunday we will make sure we go down there to win. “Not many players get to play 10 years at one club and I will be proud when I have finished. But before that I have got things to win.” Ferdinand also reserved special praise for Januzaj, who was awarded the man-of-the-match honour. “Adnan was our best player tonight. That is fantastic for the manager,” he said, before offering his backing to Moyes ahead of the acid test of his managerial credentials over the next few weeks. “We have a new manager in place and everyone needs to get behind him.” David Moyes’ difficult start to life at Manchester United continued at Old Trafford as Sevilla spoiled Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial with a 3-1 win. Following the failure to make any significant signings to date, and the continued uncertainty over Wayne Rooney’s future, the result is hardly the ideal backdrop to a Premier League title defence that starts at Swansea next Saturday. Yet, speaking to BT Sport immediately before the game, Moyes insisted he has had a “brilliant” five weeks in charge and he was only encountering issues anyone would have come across, including his predecessor. “Everybody who takes over at Manchester United has testing times,” he said. “Even Sir Alex Ferguson had testing times. It is no different for David Moyes.” Nevertheless, Moyes could not be happy at the ease with which Vitolo and Marin, the latter on a season-long loan from Stamford Bridge, got their first-half goals. Prior to the double blow, Chilean teenager Angelo Henriquez fired straight at Beto after being sent clean through, while afterwards, Shinji Kagawa should have found the net after being picked out at the far post by Antonio Valencia, only to be thwarted by the visitors’ keeper. Valencia blazed over in first-half stoppage time before Adnan Januzaj was off target with a curling effort just after the break. Januzaj’s presence, along with that of Jesse Lingard, who was introduced at half-time, was a reminder of two young stars that have shone during pre-season. And the pair combined as the Belgian forced another good save out of Beto before nipping onto the rebound and crossing for Valencia to finish off. Press Association