Cosmik Playground Unites Frank Zappa Alum Arthur Barrow & Chad Wackerman


first_imgLast night, a Frank Zappa tribute for the ages took place at TRiP Santa Monica, as his former band members Arthur Barrow and Chad Wackerman united for the memorable performance. Barrow played with Zappa in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and his work has been featured by the likes of The Doors, Joe Cocker, Janet Jackson and more.Barrow has recently been reviving his time with Zappa by performing with Cosmik Playground, a tribute to the late great guitarist with a rotating lineup. The band is led by the talented Marcus Rezak, who’s careful guitarwork embodies the spirit of Zappa’s performing. Rezak made last night’s performance even more special by recruiting Chad Wackerman, a drummer who worked with Zappa from 1981 through 1988.Joined by Aaron Provisor on the keys, the two set performance saw the band play classics from the Frank Zappa catalog. You can see a gallery from the show, courtesy of Steve Rose Photos, as well as the setlist below.Setlist: Cosmik Playground at TRiP Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA – 11/18/16Set 1: Chunga’s Revenge, Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus, I Ain’t Got No Heart, Inca Roads Solo, Thirteen, Cosmik Debris, Treacherous Cretins, MontanaSet 2: Free Form > Five Five Five, Pygmy Twylyte, Deathless Horsie, Drum Solo, We Are Not Alone, Evil Ways, Village Vamp, Peaches En Regalia, Roadhouse, Muffin Man Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Indonesia, Colombia seek increased trade connectivity


first_imgWith Brazil, for instance, Indonesia recorded $2.9 billion of trade last year. With Peru, Indonesia recorded $271 million of trade in the same period.Connectivity is still a hindrance for Indonesia and Colombia – and in general for countries in Latin America – to engage in more fruitful economic interactions.As of now, for instance, there is no direct flight from Jakarta to Bogota, although various sectors are waiting to be explored.“A couple of days ago I received a confirmation from [Colombia’s] President Ivan Duque that he will send a result of our study regarding the opportunities for further cooperation between our countries to President Joko Widodo,” said Colombian Ambassador to Indonesia Juan Camilo Valencia in a press conference on Thursday.“Colombia and Indonesia have a geographical advantage that allows us to become a hub to connect Latin America and Southeast Asia,” he said.Valencia thought that, in Southeast Asia, Indonesia was the easiest country to relate with. In terms of their people, he said, the two nations had similar characteristics.He mentioned that if Colombia wanted to expand its Southeast Asian market, it had to be through Indonesia. “Perhaps Indonesia is thinking the same way […] That’s why it’s important that Garuda Indonesia is thinking of connecting the two regions using Bogota and Jakarta or Bali.”Separately, Darianto Harsono, the Foreign Ministry’s director for South American and Caribbean affairs, said that despite the challenges, the trade relationship between the two countries was getting stronger.“This year, the two countries will celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations. This comes at a time when governments must work more closely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, more potential has been identified,” he said.“Our hope is that one day there will be a direct flight between Jakarta and Bogota to facilitate people-to-people and business-to-business contact.”Topics : As Indonesia and Colombia commemorate 40 years of diplomatic relations this year, the two countries are seeking increased connectivity between the far-flung lands, with both sides hoping to become each other’s regional trade hubs.One historical milestone for the optimistic vision was the recent repatriation of about 366 Colombian citizens from at least 19 countries on a special flight from Jakarta by Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.The repatriation was the first direct flight made by an Indonesian airline to Colombia. The effort was conducted from May 15 to May 17 with the help of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry and state-owned company PT Industri Nuklir Indonesia (INUKI). The company and its Colombian counterparts are exploring business opportunities in the radio-pharmacy industry.INUKI director for operations and marketing Bunjamin Noor said on Thursday that several agendas were being planned to explore opportunities in the industry, including sending INUKI’s first batch of products to the country, saying that Colombia had the potential to become the company’s hub for its Latin American regional distribution. “However, with this pandemic, we had to postpone our delivery to Colombia, but our relationship is getting stronger,” he said.Radio-pharmacy is one of many sectors that the two countries have explored. According to the Trade Ministry’s website, Indonesia and Colombia trade a number of commodities, including manufactured goods and agricultural products. However, the significant potential has been hindered by distance and limited information exchange between business players on both sides.Trade Ministry data shows that the trade volume between Indonesia and Colombia accounted for only US$153 million last year. Although the volume has increased 4.22 percent since 2015, the number is still low compared to other countries in the region.last_img read more

MRT Jakarta to chop down 867 trees for phase 2 construction


first_imgSilvia stressed that the whole process would be carried out in compliance with the prevailing rules, with the company consulting the Jakarta Parks and Urban Forestry Agency prior to commencing the removal of the greenery.“We have examined the trees and reported to the Jakarta Parks and Urban Forestry Agency to seek guidance on whether the trees should be replaced and what species [should be replanted],” Silvia told reporters recently.Provisions for replanting are laid out in Jakarta Governor Decree No. 792/1997.Meanwhile, the agency has identified 214 healthy trees that will be able to be transplanted, while another 653 trees in a poorer condition will need to be removed and replaced with 1,863 new trees. Hundreds of trees on roadside green belts in Central Jakarta are to be cut down to make way for the phase 2 development of the MRT line, which is currently under way, the developer has said.A total of 867 trees growing along Jl. MH Thamrin, the National Monument (Monas) complex and Jl. Museum will be relocated or replaced, PT MRT Jakarta construction director Silvia Halim said recently.The process began last week and is expected to be finished within two months, said the official of the city-owned transportation company. A healthy tree is one that has a high chance of survival and a long lifespan.At the Monas complex, which is one of the capital’s largest green spaces, the company will be replanting with trees that have a diameter of more than 40 centimeters, while trees that are to be replanted along Jl. MH Thamrin will range in size from 10-25 cm in diameter.The trees that are to be chopped down because of their poor condition or short lifespan will be brought to the parks agency’s lumber yard in Pondok Pinang, South Jakarta, for processing. “They will be processed so as to provide added value, instead of just being disposed of,” Silvia said.Read also: Jakarta MRT developer keen not to dig up trouble in route expansionThe trees that potentially have a longer lifespan will be relocated to the southern side of the Monas complex and a forest nursery in Srengseng, West Jakarta, that is managed by the agency.Twelve types of trees will be replanted by MRT Jakarta including trembesi (Albizia saman), tabebuya (Handroanthus chrysotrichus), bungur (Lagerstroemia sp.), pulai (Alstonia scholaris), damar (Dipterocarpaceae sp.) and flamboyan (Delonix regia).The entire process will require approximately Rp 5 billion (US$339,170), said MRT Jakarta president director William Sabandar.Besides land acquisition, upholding environmental sustainability and the preservation of cultural heritage sites will continue to be crucial aspects in the development of the MRT line in Jakarta, which aims to create a total network of 240 kilometers of railway track over the next few years.In the first phase of the MRT development, the company had to remove some 1,500 trees along its planned route.Earlier this year, city authorities were on the receiving end of criticism over the removal of hundreds of trees in the Monas complex.However, Jakarta is beginning to gain global recognition in its efforts to implement sustainable development in transportation, as it embarks on a long-term plan to develop integrated transportation systems.Read also: Jakarta wins ‘honorable mention’ for sustainable transportationThe development of MRT phase 2A in Jakarta spans 5.8 kilometers from Bundaran HI Station in Central Jakarta to the Kota Tua district in West Jakarta, consisting of seven underground stations. It is scheduled to be completed by March 2026.The phase 2B plan will add two elevated stations from Kota to the train depot in Ancol, North Jakarta.Construction officially commenced on July 15 when the contractor started work on contract package 201 – the construction of a 2.67-kilometer underground tunnel between the Bundaran HI and Monas stations. It is scheduled to be completed within five years.The Jakarta Transportation Agency has partly closed one lane on either side of Jl. MH Thamrin, which are impacted by the project, starting from in front of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) building and heading north until the Bank Indonesia complex, and from in front of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry heading south until the Thamrin 10 building on the other side of the road.Topics :last_img read more

16 arrested in Florida child porn investigation, over 1400 charges filed


first_imgThe Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 16 people in a child porn investigation; Operation Guardians of Innocence V.Officials say the suspects range in age from 18 to 64, and they face a combined 1,409 charges. Investigators said some of the suspects had images and videos with victims as young as 6 months old.Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said “These images are not just pictures of children without clothes. These videos and photographs are horrific images of children being forced to expose their genitalia and forced to perform sex acts – images of children being raped,” Judd said. “Those who upload and share child pornography are victimizing children over and over again. Those arrested in this operation create the demand that sustains a child pornographic exploitation distribution pipeline that traumatizes children across the world. Their behavior is disgusting.”last_img read more

COVID-19 Update: Isolation Guidelines, Indoor Reopenings


first_imgAdditionally, New Jersey continues to ramp up its contact tracing program to control the spread of the virus as much as possible. During Wednesday’s press conference, Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., the dean of the Rutgers University School of Public Health, said that 1,000 new tracers are currently being trained by the school. “We have to continuewith our social distancing,folks. We have to wear theface coverings. There areno excuses to let up evenone bit. We are far fromdefeating COVID-19,” saidMurphy. “We are in a goodplace to contain it… but it isnot yet defeated.” Halkitis called the state’s contact tracing model “innovative” because it combines efforts of the governor’s office, health departments at the state, county and local levels and the “scholarly expertise” of the Rutgers School of Public Health. Anyone interested in becoming a contact tracer may apply by visiting jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/115779. “Wearing a face coveringis proven to help protectothers around you. It is aproven measure for furtherslowing the spread,” saidMurphy. We should all bein the practice of wearing aface covering by now.” In discussions with the governors of New York and Connecticut, Murphy said any visitors from highly-impacted states should self-quarantine upon arrival in New Jersey, New York or Connecticut. That includes states with current daily positive percentages over 10 percent as a seven-day average, or states with over 10 cases per 100,000 as a seven-day average. FILE PHOTO / JAY COOK Libraries, museums, aquariums and boardwalk arcades are among the next indoor businesses to reopen at 25 percent capacity July 2. He cautioned residents to be extra vigilant when indoors. These businesses will be required to provide heightened sanitation and other social distancing measures. More detailed standards will be released later this week, Murphy said. And like outdoor facilities, face coverings will be required unless customers are dining, or for religious or personal health and safety purposes. “Ours was the most impacted region in the nation and among the most impacted in the entire world. We welcome everyone to New Jersey; we simply ask you to join us in our shared sacrifice to keep ourselves moving in the right direction,” said Murphy. By Allison Perrine The article originally appeared in the June 25 – July 1, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Looking to the next line of businesses to reopen, the governor said that as of July 2, indoor facilities including museums, aquariums, libraries and indoor recreation spaces like bowling alleys and boardwalk arcades, can reopen at 25 percent capacity. “We would love to be able to open those things up; we just are not there yet,” said Murphy. “We just don’t think it’s the responsible thing to do.” NEW JERSEY – There’s been a slight uptick in daily positive rates of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy reported Wednesday. But businesses will continue to reopen during the second phase of the road to recovery. In a press conference Wednesday, Murphy announced that the statewide total of positive cases reached 169,892, with 12,993 total deaths and a daily positivity rate of 2.83 percent. At the same time, several indoor businesses will be permitted to reopen at 25 percent capacity as of July 2, with strict social distancing guidelines in place. Other businesses including movie theaters, performing arts centers and night clubs must remain closed for now. Fitness centers and gyms are also ordered to remain closed in the traditional fashion, but may open for individualized training and by appointment only. Indoor facilities present a greater chance of catching the virus than outdoors, he said. The students are completing an 18-hour online training course with basic COVID-19 contact tracing lessons, Rutgers training modules and data collection training with the CommCare system. They will be deployed to health departments across the state. Later in the week, July 6, NJ Transit Rail and Light Rail services will return to the regular full weekday schedule. The July 6 start date will allow NJ Transit to implement and communicate the new proper social distancing protocols to commuters before ridership increases as businesses and offices reopen. More information about different transit protocols are available at NJTransit.com/recovery.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week – L.V. Rogers Senior Boy’s Rugby


first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers came ever so close to winning back-to-back BC High School Tier I Rugby Championship.The Bombers dropped a heartbreaking 17-13 decision to Glenlyon Norfolk of Victoria in the Division Final Saturday in Abbotsford. The Bombers advanced to the final by stopping Seycove 22-17 in the semi-final.The Bombers, representing the Kootenay zone, opened the tournament with a 24-5 shellacking of DW Poppy of Langley.Michael Caldecott was named winner of the Commissioner’s XV award as top player on the Bombers.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Silver Medal showing of LVR with Team of the Week honours.The Bombers include, Dyllen Dixon, Relmu Sanchez, Sebastien Bohdine, Ezra Harding, Michael Caldecott, Seamus Howard, Liam Smith, T.J. Winters, Raven Johnson, Rowan Megale, Eli Lusted, Joel Bokenfohr, Owen Pfeffer, Cian Sanchez, Evan Klenk and coach Michael Joyce.last_img read more