Blue Man connection raises ‘green’ in NYC for Vermont’s Irene relief

first_imgA recent fundraiser in New York City, organized by former Vermonters, brought over $12,000 for Irene relief here at home. Blue Man Group supported this ‘I VT NY’ event which was conceived by two Vermonters who are now members of the troupe–Isaac Eddy and Zea Barker. The money they raised will be shared between the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund and the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. The huge Brooklyn Bowl complex hosted the evening while Amanda Palmer, an eclectic and very popular rocker in the cabaret and ‘Brechtian’ vein stepped up as headliner. A showcase of Vermont products supported the cause with donations from businesses as diverse as Burton Snowboards, Sugarbush Resort, Courierware, WhistlePig Whiskey, Quaker Hill Granola, Vermont Creamery, and The Center for Cartoon Studies. The Cabot Creamery Cooperative of Vermont came aboard as a major sponsor.‘Once again the farmer-owners at Cabot came through,’ enthused Eddy. ‘Cabot’s involvement was huge. They covered our expenses, guaranteeing that our gate and auction proceeds would all go to the relief effort.’While remarkable progress has already been accomplished, residents rebuilding their flooded homes, businesses and farms are facing a longer term recovery. Donations are still needed and can be made through is external). On stage, Palmer’s talents were joined by others, including The London Souls, Sonya Kitchell, D.J. Spirit Bear and Blue Man Group. An impromptu Palmer/Blue Man on-stage rave with Vermont maple sugarmaker Max Cantor, from Deep Mountain Maple in West Glover, was hilarious.The surprise of the evening was when Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, took the stage and paid homage to Palmer, thanking her ‘for being a voice for the people, for standing in solidarity, for being here tonight.’ Then, these two activists sang ‘Blowin’ in the Wind,’ and ‘If I had a Hammer.’‘Playing with Peter was a revelation,’ Palmer said later. ‘I felt like I was receiving a pure folk transmission.’ Looking back on the evening, Eddy’ feels ‘This was the moment in the night that made the whole event truly special.”Many artists contributed work that helped make this a successful evening. They included Brookfield’s Ed Koren, who designed the poster, and numerous others including photographers Mikael Kennedy, Brian Scott, Elise Rasmussen, and Bob Eddy. Original art was given by Samuel Rowlett, Alec Longstreth, Brett Haines, Amanda Palmer, and Jennifer Kahn.Darkcloud, a Vermont-born Brooklyn street artist, designed t-shirts and other artwork.Long Trail Brewing supplied the evening’s beer. To bring Irene’s impact closer to the NY audience, 30 video monitors throughout the Brooklyn Bowl showed photographs of Irene’s devastation in Vermont. All of them came from the pages of The Herald of Randolph.At the heart of the welcoming area, were Stuart Comstock-Gay and Scott McArdle of the Vermont Community Foundation, which has helped coordinate much of the philanthropic response following Irene.‘The energy of this evening is just incredible,’ said Comstock-Gay. ‘These people are enthusiastic, they are concerned, and they care â ¦ What’s become very clear to us is that when people are given a taste of Vermont, they care about Vermont. Vermont is a beacon of inspiration and hope.’ The cast and crew of Blue Man NYC enthusiastically supported this event because there are so many Vermonters in the group, including Brian Scott and Chris Bowen.   –last_img read more

New Jersey begins bidding process for 1.1GW of offshore wind

first_imgNew Jersey begins bidding process for 1.1GW of offshore wind FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Press of Atlantic City:The state Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously Monday to open a bid process Sept. 20 for the nation’s largest solicitation of offshore wind energy.Companies will compete for ratepayer subsidy of construction costs and 20 years of operation costs for 1,100 megawatts of electric generation capacity, according to the BPU. The window to apply will close Dec. 28, and a decision on which projects will qualify for ratepayer subsidy will be made by July 1, 2019.That should give companies enough time to qualify for federal tax credits, due to expire at the end of 2019, said board President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. The tax credits will save ratepayers about 12 percent of the construction costs, he said.It’s the first step in meeting the state’s goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030, Fiordaliso said, and of reaching 100 percent green energy for the state by 2050. Last week Gov. Phil Murphy called on the board to open two additional 1,200 MW solicitations of offshore wind capacity — one in 2020 and another in 2022.Fiordaliso said the solicitation asks companies to estimate a net economic benefit of their projects, compared to the costs to ratepayers. The BPU will provide a guidance document to help developers calculate net economic benefits. The bid — or bids — with the best mix of cost and economic benefit will be chosen for ratepayer subsidy of construction and operating costs, he said. All income from sale of electricity will be returned to ratepayers.Companies may apply to provide anywhere from 300 MW to the full 1,100 MW, he said. But each company must also provide data on what it would cost for it to provide 400 MW, so all companies can be compared on that measure.More: BPU opens bid solicitation for 1,100 MW of offshore windlast_img read more

GOP, Trump pull off the Great American Tax Heist

first_imgIt was only added during the reconciliation process, gives owners of income-producing real estate holdings a way around that safeguard, effectively creating a new tax break for large landlords and real estate moguls.”This specifically lines the pockets of the ecosystem of corruption that Trump calls a family.It also lines the pockets of people like Sen. Bob Corker, who mysteriously “coincidentally” switched his vote from a no to a yes on the bill after the language was added.America must make an honest appraisal: Donald Trump is a plutocrat masquerading as a populist.He is a pirate on a mission to plunder.Trump is milking the American presidency for personal gain.If he can give the impression of compassion on his mission to cash out, all the better for him, but the general good, the health of the nation and the plight of the plebeians is not now nor has it ever been his focus. And yet in this budget, they willingly, willfully exploded the deficit, not for public uplift or rebuilding America’s infrastructure but rather on the spurious argument that giving truckloads of money back to businesses will spark their benevolence.According to the government’s own nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the tax bill will lead to “an increase in the deficit of $1,455 billion over the next 10 years.”But be sure, when this bill leads to these predicted deficits, Republicans will return to their sidelined deficit rhetoric armed with a sickle, aiming the blade at the social safety net, exacerbating the egregious imbalance of the tax bill’s original sins.That’s the strategy: Appease the rich on the front end; punish the poor on the back. Feed the weak to the strong.The callousness of this calculation is hidden in the arguments over estimates and evidence, but it is not lost Most Americans see through this charade.According to a CNN/SSRS poll released this week, most Americans disapprove of the tax bill. Furthermore, most believe the bill will benefit the wealthy, in general, and Trump and his family, in particular. His ego is too big for egalitarianism, and his heart too small for it.So he sticks closely to what he knows, the brand of Trump: promoting it, positioning it, defending it and enriching it.Republicans in Congress rushed the bill through for other reasons: to combat the fact of their own legislative incompetence, to satisfy their donors and to honor their long-held belief that the rich are America’s true governing force.The middle class and the poor were never at the heart of this heartless bill.They are simply a veneer behind which a crime is occurring: the great American tax heist.Charles M. Blow is a columnist with The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists That, too, was a lie.In September, The New York Times estimated that “President Trump could cut his tax bills by more than $1.1 billion, including saving tens of millions of dollars in a single year, under his proposed tax changes.”That was before the bill was passed and reconciled, when the deal got even sweeter for Trump.As The International Business Times reported this week:“The reconciled tax bill includes a new 20 percent deduction for so-called pass-through entities, business structures such as L.L.C.s, L.P.s and S corporations that don’t pay corporate taxes, but instead ‘pass through’ income to partners who pay individual tax rates on that money.The Senate version of the bill included safeguards that would only allow businesses to take advantage of the new break if they paid out significant wages to employees.But the new provision, which wasn’t included in either version of the bill passed by the House and Senate.center_img Make no mistake: No matter how folks try to rationalize this bill, it has nothing to do with a desire to help the middle class or the poor.This is a cash offering to the gods of the Republican donor class.This is a bill meant to benefit Republicans’ benefactors. This is a quid pro quo and the paying of a ransom.Trump promised to drain the swamp. That was another lie among many.He and the Republicans are in fact feeding us to the gators.Last month at a rally in Missouri, Trump said of the tax bill, “This is going to cost me a fortune, this thing, believe me.” He continued:“This is not good for me. Me, it’s not so — I have some very wealthy friends. Not so happy with me, but that’s OK. You know, I keep hearing Schumer: ‘This is for the wealthy.’ Well, if it is, my friends don’t know about it.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionWith their tax bill, Donald Trump and the Republicans are raiding the Treasury in plain sight, throwing crumbs to the masses as the millionaires and billionaires make off with the cake.America should be aghast not only at the looting but also at the brazenness of its execution.It seems that for as long as I can remember, Republicans have been wringing their hands about deficits.last_img read more

Taman Sari’s evicted residents pursue alternative avenues after court loss

first_img“It’s true that items such as school uniforms can be bought, but what residents want to know is, how is the government going to take responsibility?”On Dec. 12, about 1,200 officers from the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), Indonesian military (TNI) and police were deployed to evict the residents and demolish dozens of houses, affecting at least 33 households that had refused to be relocated.Residents Sambas Sadikin and Budi Rahayu filed their case in court, asking for a postponement and allow them to vacate the land and challenge the environmental permit issued for the Bandung administration to build low-cost apartments. The Bandung Administrative Court ruled in favor of the administration, saying that it had found no irregularities in the issuance of the environmental permit.Read also: Bandung’s evicted residents keep fighting despite defeats. Here’s why. Sambas, 58, was also among the residents who had submitted a report to“I did not only lose a house but the place where I was born and raised. That is worth more than gold,” he said. Another evictee, 45-year-old Eva Aryani Effendi, said losing her house also meant losing her livelihood, as she had started a clothing business in her two-story home.“A decades-long business just disappeared. I feel that I have been impoverished by the government,” she said. “I was only given five minutes to gather my things. Now that everything is destroyed, how can I make a decent living?”Enjo, a 38-year-old evictee, said he would continue to fight for compensation. “I am taking a stand because it’s not just about monetary compensation. Evictions shouldn’t be considered a normal thing by claiming to represent the greater good while making others suffer,” he said. “The other victims and I are also citizens that have the right to prosper.”Rizky Ramdani of the Legal Aid and Human Rights Association (PBHI) said the online reports were part of the residents’ efforts to fight for their rights. “If we do not get a response, then, of course, we will continue to the next step, which is to file a report with the West Java branch of the Indonesian Ombudsman,” he said. Forty-one of the evicted residents, including 12 children, are currently staying at the nearby Al-Islam mosque. Fourteen others have chosen to stay with their relatives or rent rooms outside of Taman Sari. (kmt)Topics : Residents who were evicted from Taman Sari subdistrict in Bandung, West Java, have filed more than 100 complaints to the government’s online public-service complaint system to step up their fight against their eviction. Twenty residents submitted around 120 reports regarding the losses they suffered during the eviction, which occurred in December last year, to the online portal. The reports included details on loss of property, loss of income, as well as adverse effects on their health. “According to the mechanism, we should get a response from the government within three days,” Aang Kusmawan of Bandung-based NGO Perkumpulan Inisiatif (Initiative Group), which has been working with the residents, said on Wednesday.last_img read more

Friday July 10th Local Sports

first_imgHAMPTON — The Hampton-Dumont-CAL softball season has come to an end due to a positive case of COVID-19. Athletic Director Christi Weiser says the individual was involved in strength and conditioning on Wednesday morning and the families of those deemed to have been in close contact with the individual were contacted on Thursday. Weiser says the season was cancelled due to the fact that the post-season starts next week and there’s not enough time for the testing and quarantining needed to continue the season. The Bulldog baseball team was not impacted by the positive test result and their season will continue as planned. IOWA FALLS — PJ Feuerbach knocked in a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to give Clear Lake a 7-5 win at Iowa Falls-Alden last night in North Central Conference baseball, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and Clear Lake improves to 9-5 overall and finishes 4-2 in conference play. They’ll travel to Waverly-Shell Rock tonight. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – In an effort to balance a budget shortfall that is expected to exceed $1 million resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Northern Iowa Department of Athletics is implementing several cost-saving measures which began July 1.UNI Athletics staff and coaches will take temporary salary reductions for fiscal year ’21, as part of expense saving measures. Additionally, all contract incentives for head coaches and Director of Athletics David Harris have been suspended for the fiscal year.Harris says they understand that these temporary reductions will be challenging for staff and coaches, and they feel fortunate to have a team of staff members that understand the unprecedented situation that they face. He says their goals are to minimize the impact to student-athletes, protect human resources and emerge from this pandemic on strong fiscal footing. ATLANTA — Former Newman and NIACC baseball standout Bryce Ball has been added to the Atlanta Braves’ 60-man player pool for the upcoming season. Ball was a 24th-round pick by the Braves in last year’s draft and has made his way up through the minors, hitting .329 with 17 homers and 52 runs batted in combined with rookie-level Danville and Single-A Rome. Ball is currently ranked as the Braves’ #16 prospect by Baseball America. With minor league baseball cancelled this year due to COVID-19, Ball will likely be part of a group of players that exist as a sort-of “taxi squad” that will be brought in to camp to train and play intersquad games. ALGONA — Newman pounded out 12 hits in an 11-5 non-conference baseball win at Algona last night. Max Burt had a homer and four runs batted in to lead the Knights. Newman is 13-4 overall and will end the regular season hosting South Winneshiek tonight before starting 1A district baseball play hosting North Iowa on Saturday night. SATURDAY:AM-1300 KGLO, — 1A District Baseball Quarterfinals at Newman = 4:30 — Central Springs vs. Lake Mills= 7:00 — Newman vs. North Iowacenter_img IOWA CITY — For the first time since 1976, there will be no Iowa-Iowa State football game.The Big Ten announced it will be moving to a conference only schedule for football and other fall sports. That would force the cancelation of the Cyclone-Hawkeye game set to be played in Iowa City on September 12th.University of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta says they fully support the actions taken by the Big Ten Conference, knowing that the health, safety, and wellness of student-athletes, coaches, and staff is the top priority. He says the past few months have entailed numerous conversations between conference colleagues, Commissioner Warren and the Big Ten presidents, as they have worked to navigate the challenges associated with this pandemic.The schedule change also means Iowa’s September 5th opener at home against UNI will be canceled as will a third home game against Northern Illinois. — High school softball Thursday nightNewman vs. Central Springs — postponed to MondayIowa Falls-Alden 8, West Fork 5Estherville Lincoln Central 12, Lake Mills 2Estherville Lincoln Central 8, Bishop Garrigan 3 — Post-season play starts for Class 1A and 2A baseball teams on Saturday evening with district quarterfinal round games:== 1A District 3 at Newman (both games on AM-1300 KGLO & — Central Springs vs. Lake Mills7:00 — Newman vs. North Iowa== 1A District 3 at Sheffield4:30 — Northwood-Kensett vs. West Hancock7:00 — West Fork vs. AGWSR== 1A District 5 at St. Ansgar4:30 — Janesville vs. Dunkerton7:00 — St. Ansgar vs. Clarksville== 1A District 5 at Rockford4:30 — Nashua-Plainfield vs. Riceville7:00 — Rockford vs. North Butler== 2A District 3 at Garner4:30 — North Union vs. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows7:00 — Garner-Hayfield-Ventura vs. Emmetsburg== 2A District 6 at New Hampton4:30 — Osage vs. North Fayette Valley7:00 — Waukon vs. Sumner-Fredericksburg — other baseball Thursday nightEstherville Lincoln Central 9, Lake Mills 0Aplington-Parkersburg 11, North Butler 1Humboldt 9, Bishop Garrigan 6last_img read more