The String Cheese Incident Delivers A “Beautiful” Performance On New Year’s Eve

first_imgLoad remaining images Fans at the first two nights of The String Cheese Incident‘s New Year’s run at Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center witnessed two solid performances, all leading up to the big night. To just say the group delivered would be an understatement. Cheese laid it all out on the table for a three set extravaganza that featured some of the band’s biggest hits, and a few surprises thrown in for good measure.With a packed house ready to ring in the New Year, SCI came out strong with a “San Jose” opener that got things going early on and never let up from there. “Outside and Inside” led into a cover of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Hot ‘Lanta” before veering its way into the Grateful Dead‘s “Deal” to close out the set.If the first set was good, the second set was straight fire. “Close Your Eyes” saw Kyle Hollingsworth take the lead, and despite playing with a cast on his left hand, it proved to not be as much of a hinderance as you would expect. “Orange Blossom Special” brought the hoedown to the 1STBANK Center, and featured nice work on the violin from Michael Kang. SCI opened things up with “Best Feeling,” as the group sandwiched a cover of The Police‘s “Walking On The Moon” (with Michael Travis on vocals) before making their way back into a serious “Best Feeling” jam. And then “Howard” happened, and it was absolutely glorious, with everyone in the crowd going bonkers.For their New Year’s proper set, the gentlemen of SCI strolled out on stage all decked out in suits and tuxedos, making it a truly formal affair. “Youv’e Got The World” was the song that brought us into 2017, as a Cirque du Soleil style performance ensued, with acrobats streaming down from the rafters, dancing on platforms on the floor, and a huge silver ball opening up to reveal a Merry-Go-Round of performers riding horses. And lots of balloons and confetti!The dark, brooding build to the drop into “Rivertrance” had the crowd foaming at the mouth, as the fan-favorite brought out the tribal vibe that we were all anticipating the entire night, whipping the venue into a complete frenzy. A Keith Moseley-led “Sirens” was a welcome addition to the set, while “Beautiful” closed out the show. It’s one of the best new songs the group has come out with in recent years, and has become a major jam vehicle.For the encore, SCI covered Bob Dylan‘s “The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)” before closing things out with “Sitting On Top Of The World”….which we were all doing on this very special night. Front to back, this show was absolutely stellar, with not one dull moment. It was a masterful performance through and through. The String Cheese Incident was at the top of their game on New Year’s Eve, and when that happens, there is no other place in the world to be.“Walking On The Moon > Best Feeling”:“Just One Story” New Year’s Ball Drop:“Rivertrance”“Sirens > Beautiful”:[all videos courtesy of PhatBeats 420]All photos courtesy of Jake Cudek; see a full gallery below.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | 1STBANK Center | Broomfield, CO | 12/31/16Set 1: San Jose, Song In My Head, MLT, Who Am I, Outside and Inside > Hot ‘Lanta > DealSet 2: Close Your Eyes, Looking Glass > Orange Blossom Special, Get Tight, Best Feeling > Walking On The Moon > Best Feeling, Howard, You’ve Got The WorldSet 3: You’ve Got The World, Just One Story, Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Rivertrance, Sirens, BeautifulEncore: The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo), Sitting On Top Of The Worldlast_img read more

Lessons for the season of giving

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. ’Tis the season of giving. For people with the means, donating to an organization or cause in need feels good and, particularly in tough times, feels like the right thing to do.Most of us like to think that our charitable contributions, whether to the local food bank or a nationally known medical research fund, make a real difference. And chances are that every dollar does indeed help. But if donors understood data better, those donations often could stretch even further, according to a pair of Harvard psychologists studying the psychology of altruism and ways to optimize charitable giving, which totaled $450 billion in the U.S. last year.That’s because no matter how prudent or well-intentioned, they say, most gift-giving decisions are driven by our social and emotional ties, not by a clinical analysis of which cause delivers the “best bang for the buck.”“The idea is to pay attention to the research and use your money to do as much good as possible, which often means doing things that you wouldn’t have predicted,” said Joshua Greene ’97, who studies the psychology and neuroscience of moral judgment.“It’s not about bad versus good, but good versus even better,” said Joshua Greene. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard file photoHe and Lucius Caviola, a postdoctoral researcher, are studying how people decide to give, and under what conditions givers might support “effective altruism,” a concept based on the philosophy of utilitarianism that encourages donors to take the same evidence-based approach used by financial investors and apply it to charitable giving. If a $100 donation can help 20 people or 2,000 people, effective altruism would show donors where the greatest number of people will benefit. Most giving decisions, such as on international aid, aren’t very data-driven because information about charity performance is scarce, so donors often rely on rudimentary or problematic metrics, the psychologists say.“Many people believe charities must have low overhead ratios to be effective, but that’s not true,” said Caviola, who studies charitable giving. “What matters is: Does the charity focus on a really important problem. and does it use a really effective intervention? It doesn’t matter whether it has a high or low overhead as long as it uses it effectively.”Donors also underestimate how wide the gap is between effective charities and others, according to a recent study Caviola conducted. They assume there’s only an incremental difference in their outcomes, when in fact top organizations are 100 times more effective than others. In global-health giving, for instance, “effectiveness” is typically measured by governments and health economists in lives saved or health-adjusted life years added per dollar.But supporting effective giving doesn’t mean that donating to a cherished group isn’t worthwhile, said Greene. “It’s not about bad versus good, but good versus even better.”“It often means giving money to organizations that help people overseas where the money goes further, and it means prioritizing the outcome over one’s personal feelings of connection or the personal satisfaction one gets,” he said.“Many people believe charities must have low overhead ratios to be effective, but that’s not true,” said Lucius Caviola, a postdoctoral researcher. Courtesy photoThat seems sensible, but the deeply rooted psychology behind why we give is complicated. While people like the idea of giving effectively, Caviola said even after learning that one charity is more effective than another, most people still prefer to give to entities where they have emotional or personal connections.“We weren’t designed for impartial beneficence; we weren’t designed to care about everybody equally. Our social emotions really evolved for social teamwork — I give you food when your hunting doesn’t go well, and you do the same for me — and we survive that way,” said Greene.Since charitable giving is as much about joyful feelings of helping others as it is about the gift received, Caviola and Greene are exploring whether more people might embrace effective giving if they didn’t have to forgo their favorite causes. They recently launched Giving Multiplier, an online platform that eases — and sweetens —donations to global health and development charities as part of their research. Donors select a favorite charitable organization and then choose from a short, curated list of charities rated as highly effective by GiveWell, a nonprofit that evaluates charity effectiveness. They then can decide how much to donate and what percentage of their donation goes to each organization. For every donation, the platform will add as much as 20 percent on top.The project will give them better insight into charitable decision-making and into whether such an intervention helps donors overcome the innate tug of personal interests. If Giving Multiplier proves popular, it may outlast their current research, Greene said.“Our hope is that this can be a way into effective giving that works for a much wider group of people and that works with people’s basic desires and motivations instead of trying to replace them,” he said.last_img read more

Motorcycle Crashes into Cop Car, Shuts Down LIE

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A motorcyclist rear-ended a Suffolk County police vehicle on the Long Island Expressway Wednesday afternoon, causing all westbound lanes to be shut down, police said.The officer was attempting a U-turn at a designated area for emergency vehicles near Exit 52 at 1:25 p.m. when the motorcyclist struck the cop car from behind.Traffic camera shows cops, firefighters descending on Wednesday afternoon crash.The motorcyclist suffered a serious head injury and was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital by police helicopter.The officer was taken to Huntington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.Suffolk police said the names of the motorcyclist and the officer won’t be released until their respective family members are notified. Police did not say if any charges are pending.All westbound lanes remained closed through most of Wednesday afternoon as investigators combed the crash site. A police spokesman told the Press it was unclear when the road would reopen.Anyone with more information is asked to call Second Squad detectives at 631-854-8252.Traffic cameras showed police cruisers and firetrucks at the scene of the crash and traffic at a stand still in both directions at Exit 52.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Southeast Region Construction Season, Highlights 150 Projects

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation King of Prussia, PA –  Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as PennDOT announced that roughly 155 highway and bridge projects are anticipated to begin or continue across the five-county Philadelphia region during this construction season.Richards also urged motorists to drive cautiously in work zones – for their safety and that of workers – in observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week running April 9-13.“We’re improving mobility and economies across the state and I look forward to continuing these important investments in 2018,” Governor Wolf said.Complementing the significant projects in the southeast region, Governor Wolf recently reinforced the administration’s commitment to rural roads with new plans to improve more than 1,100 rural and low-volume roadway miles and rehabilitate or replace at least 85 municipally owned bridges over five years.Today’s announcement was made near the Interstate 95 Girard Avenue/Aramingo Avenue Interchange project in Philadelphia where PennDOT has invested more than $500 million torebuild and improve 1.5 miles of the interstate between the Girard Avenue and Allegheny Avenue interchanges.“The work that we and our municipal and private-sector partners are doing for Pennsylvanians is important for communities and businesses,” Richards said. “Motorists should use caution in work zones so we can get home each day after completing this critical work.”Across PennDOT Engineering District 6, spanning Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, the department anticipates rehabilitating, reconstructing and resurfacing more than 277 miles of state highways and improving 41 bridges.“The aggressive approach we take with our construction program in this region allows us to significantly reduce the backlog of our pavement and bridge demands, and move critical projects forward to improve, strengthen and secure our vast transportation network,” District 6 Executive Kenneth M. McClain said.Notable projects that will continue this year include:Interstate 95 pavement restoration in Bucks County ($29.6 million);U.S. 202 Bridges over Amtrak in Chester County ($26.4 million);U.S. 322 widening in Delaware County ($62.7 million);U.S. 422 Bridges in Montgomery County ($97.4 million); andI-95 Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Interchange improvement in Philadelphia ($81 million).Notable projects that are expected to be begin this year include:U.S. 1 reconstruction in Bucks County ($90 million estimate);U.S. 30 ITS enhancement in Chester County ($7 million estimate);Route 252 bridge replacement over Crum Creek in Delaware County ($16 million estimate);U.S. 202 widening and intersection improvements in Montgomery County ($58 million estimate); andI-95 South Reconstruction between Allegheny Avenue and Columbia Avenue in Philadelphia ($311.5 million).As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. Preliminary statewide PennDOT data shows that 19 people were killed in work-zone crashes in 2017, three more than in 2016. Additionally, there were 1,789 crashes in work zones last year, a decrease from 2,077 crashes in 2016. Over the last five years, there was a statewide average of 1,901 crashes and nearly 20 fatalities in work zones.In addition to the crash data from police reports, PennDOT monitors work-zone safety with internal reports. In 2017, there were 95 intrusions in PennDOT work zones. Of those work-zone intrusions, 18 resulted in injures to PennDOT employees, 53 caused damage to PennDOT fleet or equipment, and 35 did not result in injury or damage.As of March 9, there have been seven instances of vehicles intruding into work zones in 2018. One resulted in employee injury, four caused damage to vehicles or equipment, and two did not result in injury or damage. Since 1970, 88 PennDOT employees have lost their lives in the line of duty, the latest being Robert Gensimore, a Blair County foreman who was struck on February 17 while placing flares to warn motorists of a crash.More information on work-zone safety is available at more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available by visiting the District 6 Traffic Bulletin at more PennDOT information, visit Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Southeast Region Construction Season, Highlights 150 Projects April 06, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Two Nabbed for Murder in Nimba

first_imgNimba chief detective of police, James KartoeOfficers of the Liberia National police (LNP) assigned to the Nimba County Detachment have arrested two persons in connection with the gruesome killing of one Arthur Bleemie, 59.Bleemie was found dead in the town of Duogoton in the Yarpea Administrative District of Nimba County with cutlass wounds on his head and face.The incident allegedly took place on Friday, May 26, while Mr. Bleemie was on his way to the farm.Police immediately began an investigation into the killing and apprehended several persons, among whom they were able to arrest the killers after several days of investigations.One of the suspects, Yarlo Dahn, has reportedly confessed to the police that he and his friend, Josiah Quoi, killed Mr. Bleemie in order to prevent him from taking over his family’s cocoa and kola farms.Dahn, who is a cousin of the deceased, told police investigators that he committed the act because Mr. Bleemie had allegedly decided to take over his father’s cash crops.He said the late Bleemie was the administrator of his late father’s cocoa and kola farms, “and because I wanted to take ownership of the farms from Bleemie, this is why I hired Josiah to join me to kill him…I rewarded Josiah L$4000 during the next cocoa season.”Suspect Quoi is yet to comment on Dahn’s allegation leveled against him before police investigators.This gruesome killing has once again opened old wounds among the citizens as they continue without punitive actions from the government.Radio Nimba quoted the police as expressing satisfaction with the outcome of the investigation and thanking the citizens of Duogoton for the level of cooperation they provided.The two suspects are expected to be sent to court any day this week, upon the completion of the police investigation.Meanwhile, the late Arthur Bleemie has been buried, owing to the decomposed state of his corpse, chief detective of police in Nimba James Kartoe told Radio Nimba.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more