Next Saturday, March 5th, Railroad Earth will take the stage at NYC’s Playstation Theater in the heart of Times Square (tickets are available here). The roots and Americana-based “newgrass” jam band is made up of six highly talented musicians that can flat out write beautiful songs and take them to great heights, with their ability to stretch them out with some serious jamming. While the group doesn’t like to be labeled in one style or another, their songs are steeped heavily in the bluegrass, rock n’ roll, and celtic traditions.Whether it is Todd Sheaffer‘s skillful song craftsmanship, Tim Carbone‘s ethereal violin, the sound of John Skehan‘s alluring mandolin playing, Andy Goessling literally playing one of nine instruments, or the rhythm section of Carey Harmon on drums and Andrew Altman on upright/electric bass holding it down, one thing is for certain: when all of the pieces come together it makes for a transcendental experience. Railroad Earth’s music simply takes you on a enchanted journey of epic proportions.With five studio albums under their belts, along with the extremely popular live album Elko, Railroad Earth was also brought in to record last year’s highly-acclaimed album Ashes & Dust by Allman Brothers Band/Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, which was followed by a tour in support of the record. In other words, this isn’t a show that you want to miss.Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth Debut ‘Ashes & Dust’ At Intimate Town Hall PerformanceJoining Railroad Earth for the NYC show will be Scranton-based bluegrass outfit Cabinet. The group has been gaining a lot of recognition over the last couple of years, touring all over the country while releasing their third studio album Celebration in early 2015. Make sure to get to the show for Cabinet’s opening set, as there is sure to be plenty of boot-stomping and drinking of barley-laced ales during their set (well, really the entire night). Railroad Earth, Twiddle & More Tapped For Cabinet’s Susquehanna Breakdown FestivalRailroad Earth and Cabinet hit the PlayStation Theater in New York, NY on March 5th. For tickets and more information, be sure to head here.Railroad Earth – “Mighty River” from their OurVinyl Sessions:Cabinet “Celebration”, the title track of their 2015 studio album:Enter to Win Tickets:
Few would think to combine donuts and a relay race, but that is exactly what happened on South Quad Sunday. The track and field team held the Riley Donut Run Sunday as a fundraiser for Riley Children’s Hospital. “We came up with the idea based of a fundraiser held at NC State,” junior Doug Onuscheck, the event organizer said. “There they run two miles, eat a dozen donuts and run two more miles. Risk management wouldn’t let us do that, so we shortened the run.” The donut run was a relay race where teams of four ran the length of South Quad, ate three donuts and ran back. The first team to have everyone finish won. “The first race is more of a fun run,” Onuscheck said. “The second race is more exciting and competitive.” Not all the participants were track team members or even runners. Some just decided to form teams because they thought it sounded like a good time or because the money was going to charity. “We joined at the last minute. We were just drawn into the event,” sophomore Chrissy Finkel said. Finkel and her team, Jump for Children, were excited to have a good time while raising money for charity. They were a last minute entry; one of their runners even wore jeans. “I didn’t even have to worry about trying to keep up, everyone was so much faster,” Finkel said. “It was just a really fun event.” While some teams were there for fun, others were there to support Riley and run a competitive race. Team Deca, made up of the decathletes on the track team, won the relay. They came out strong and at one point were almost a minute and a half ahead of the rest of the competition. The second place finisher was the team No Shirts, No Shoes, No Service, who are all jumpers on the track team. Rounding out the top three was Team Gryffindor, made up of two members of the track team, a student manager and a regular student. In the end, what really helped Team Deca clinch their victory was their donut eating strategy, especially that of senior Justin Schneider. “First I squished all three donuts into one big ball which I dunked in water. Then I squeezed the water out of the donuts into my mouth, which got rid of the sugar,” Schneider said. Other runners tried to shove all three donuts into their mouth at once. Some ate each one separately, but everyone had a great time comparing their eating strategy. This is the first year for the event and the track team was just trying to see how excited people would get before they set any goals for fundraising. “We aren’t sure how much we’ve made yet, we’re just kind rolling with it and seeing how it ends up,” Onuscheck said. Overall, the event was deemed a success, Onuscheck said.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » We see that prices and costs are rising in the homebuyer market, but how do we maintain growth, especially with first-time homebuyers? Historically, first-time homebuyers have relied on mortgage products that allow for lower down payments (loan-to-value greater than 80%), demonstrating that down payments can be a barrier to entry into the housing market for first-time homebuyers when compared to repeat purchasers. Supporting this point, 454,000 (79%) of first-time homebuyers used low-down payment mortgages this quarter. Policymakers, lenders, and housing advocates pushing for increased homeownership should take this factor into account. While this percentage hasn’t increased over the last year, it is up four percentage points over the past three years.Government lending has long been a critical tool for first-time homebuyers. However, during the second quarter, government lending programs were down 5% from a year ago, helping 252,000 homebuyers. Homebuyers using these programs represented 44% of all loans, its lowest level since the first quarter of 2008. Government programs were necessary during the housing crisis, but the first-time homebuyer market is no longer in need of this level of government assistance. This diminishing presence has many borrowers and lenders moving to better alternatives.
The West Java Health Agency said it only discovered later that a patient who died while being treated in a hospital in Cianjur had tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.Agency head Berli Hamdani Gelung Sakti said the patient, who was identified as a 50-year-old male employee of a state-owned enterprise, was treated at Dr. Hafiz General Hospital in Cianjur on March 1 after showing COVID-19 symptoms. He died two days later in the hospital. Berli explained that the patient was admitted to the Cianjur hospital after being treated at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in West Bekasi from Feb. 22 to 26. His health had kept deteriorating and he died before he could be transferred to Hasan Sadikin Hospital, a referral hospital for the disease, in Bandung. At that time, the government’s spokesperson for the COVID-19 outbreak, Achmad Yurianto, denied the patient died from the disease. However, a widely circulated picture on social media revealed that the late patient had actually tested positive for the virus.“We later confirmed it [again] to the central government and the result is indeed positive,” Berli said on Monday. He added that the patient had visited his relatives in Cianjur after he was discharged from Mitra Keluarga Hospital. Berli said he could not explain the conflicting information on the patient since the testing was conducted by officials from the Health Ministry. The previous tests showed that the patient was negative for COVID-19. “The hospital workers in Cianjur only observed the process,” Berli said.The Cianjur case was the latest evidence of the government’s sluggish testing mechanism that had resulted in uninformed health workers and local officials handling a COVID-19-positive case. In Denpasar, Bali, a 53-year-old woman, known as Case 25, who became the first fatality from the disease in the country, was treated at hospital without officials being told her health condition. Only after her death was announced were local officials informed about the patient’s status. Read also: Bali authorities in the dark as COVID-19 patient dies on resort island Berli said he only received information from Yurianto.“The [Cianjur] hospital workers said they [ministry officers] twice took samples from the patient when he was still using breathing support,” Berli added. Separately, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said he referred to the test results from the Health Ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency upon announcing the patient’s COVID-19 status. “The government said he had tested negative at that time, but the result became positive because Mr. Yurianto said the test needs to be conducted twice. Patients could be exposed to the virus even when they were already declared healthy. That was the explanation they gave me,” Ridwan said. The patient’s wife and children also tested positive for the disease. “The patient’s wife and children tested positive, while he underwent examination twice. It was negative at first and turned positive after the second test,” Ridwan said. (dpk) Topics :