Recently, Mickey Melchiondo Jr. (aka Dean Ween) has been mourning the death of record producer Jeff Rusnak, who was ultimately responsible for releasing some of the earliest Ween recordings to a wider audience on the Bird O’ Prey record label. While little information has been publicly shared about Rusnak’s death, Melchiondo met up with a mutual friend, P-Funk guitarist Michael Hampton, to mourn the loss.Hampton and Melchiondo got together for the Invitational Music Jam at John and Peter’s in New Hope, PA, where Hampton suggested they perform the classic P-Funk song, “Maggot Brain.” As Melchiondo says, “I would have never, ever, thought that I would end up on a stage playing it note for note next to Mike (and he was using my guitar, pedals and amplifier) and hearing this screaming from an amp behind me. I was in disbelief, total shock that my life would lead me to that moment.”He tells the story better:There are things in life (if you’re as lucky and fortunate as I have been) that just don’t seem possible. Meeting and playing with Yoko and Sean at the Dakota, watching Neil young from behind Crazy Horse play “Hey Hey My My”, touring and recording with the Meat Puppets, and then this. I’ve established a good friendship with Mike Hampton that grows every day–but I never cross the line and suggest that we play “Maggot Brain”. It’s just too powerful of a song and needed to be saved for a special occasion. Unfortunately this time that occasion was the death of our mutually close friend Jeff Rusnak yesterday. Michael called this one out—if you could transport me back in time to when I used to play along with Eddie Hazel’s famous recording of this, I would have never, ever, thought that I would end up on a stage playing it note for note next to Mike (and he was using my guitar, pedals and amplifier) and hearing this screaming from an amp behind me. I was in disbelief, total shock that my life would lead me to that moment. but here it is, in HD as well. If you haven’t been to an Invitational Jam you need to come immediately—-this was the greatest thing that was ever performed at John and Peter’s, ever–and one of the highlights of my life, not just my musical life, my entire life.Without further ado, watch the magical “Maggot Brain” performance below:[via Ween Appreciation Society]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office has issued revised guidelines for indoor church services after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the state’s ban on indoor worship during the coronavirus pandemic. The new guidelines limit attendance at indoor services in areas with widespread or substantial virus spread to 25% of a building’s capacity. Indoor services in areas with moderate to minimum spread are limited to 50% capacity. In the most significant legal victory against California’s COVID-19 health orders, the high court told California it can’t continue with a ban on indoor services during the coronavirus pandemic, but it can limit attendance to 25% of a building’s capacity and restrict singing and chanting inside.
Vermont Electric Coop August 31, 2011 Johnson, VT Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,At 11:45 pm on Tuesday, Vermont Electric Cooperative’s (VEC) operations center announced that the final restoration of VEC power outages caused by tropical storm Irene had been completed. During the course of this major outage event, about 10,000 VEC members experienced power outages of varying lengths. Outages began to occur on Sunday as high winds and heavy rains moved through VEC’s service territory. While most outages were restored within the first 24 hours, others lingered into Tuesday. The combination of deeply saturated soil, fully leaved trees and high winds led to conditions in which trees of all sizes toppled onto electric lines and into right of way areas. Also hampering restoration efforts were numerous road closures due to damage caused by flash floods. ‘Irene caused one of the biggest outage events in VEC history,’ said CEO Dave Hallquist. ‘Fortunately, we had time to prepare and we were ready when the storm hit. The VEC service territory was spared the catastrophic damage seen in other parts of Vermont and we now stand ready to provide assistance to other utilities.’ Utility workers and tree crews from Vermont and as far away as Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan, Arkansas, Kansas, Ohio and Illinois mobilized to join VEC line workers in the restoration effort. VEC support staff worked round the clock until the last outage was repaired, and with over 200 workers on hand, VEC’s workforce more than doubled to deal with the aftermath of Irene. VEC’s system of smart meters also played an important role in reducing the duration of this epic outage event. Smart meters aided control center employees by communicating real time information about outages. This critical data enabled operations staff to quickly develop and implement an effective system restoration strategy and send line crews directly to the source of outages. VEC members were provided with up-to-date outage information and restoration estimates as they became available. ‘We were able to stay in communication with our members throughout the outage,’ continued Hallquist. ‘Our top priorities are to ensure public and employee safety when restoring power to VEC members. As outage information became available we were able to share details and estimated restoration times with our members by phone, on our website, via Facebook and more so that they could plan accordingly.’ During the coming weeks VEC crews will clean up the aftermath of damage caused by Irene by repairing damaged utility infrastructure and by clearing fallen trees and limbs in order to prevent future outages.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Several unnamed Suffolk County police officers allegedly robbed Hispanic Long Islanders while covering up similar crimes that a former police sergeant has been accused of, according to a federal lawsuit.Twenty-one Latino plaintiffs alleged that officers racially profiled them during traffic stops in which the officers either stole their cash or issued them unjustified traffic citations in what the lawsuit described as a decade-long “crime spree.”“Several of our clients were robbed after Sgt. [Scott] Greene was caught,” Foster Maer, an attorney for the nonprofit LatinoJustice PRLDEF that filed the lawsuit, told reporters Thursday outside the Central Islip federal courthouse.The new allegations come a year after Greene pleaded not guilty to charges of pulling over Latino drivers and stealing their cash. He later retired. Those charges were filed weeks after the county settled a federal probe of how Suffolk police handle hate crimes against Latinos.“The Suffolk County Police Department expects and demands the highest professional and ethical values of our officers,” said in part in a statement in which it declined to discuss the lawsuit, denounced Greene and touted efforts to improve relations with Latinos.Police also urged members of the public to come forward with complaints about officers’ conduct and reiterated that such complaints are investigated “fully.” Plaintiffs in the lawsuit alleged that they told police about the other officers, but investigators concluded Greene acted alone, according to lawyers for the advocacy group.“The community will never feel safe until there is oversight and accountability in our justice system,” Amol Sinaha, director of the Suffolk County chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. “When there’s a lack of response, there’s a need for litigation.”Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota’s office, which investigated the Greene case, issued a statement questioning the allegations in the lawsuit.“There is no credible evidence that Greene acted with other police officers,” the statement said. “At no time did Latino Justice provide any information whatsoever that any victims were robbed by police officers. At no time did Latino Justice provide any audio tape to investigators regarding any alleged crime. Some of the incidents Latino Justice claims were ignored by the District Attorney involve incidents covered by the indictment against Greene.”The suit names the police department, county, Greene and a host of police supervisors, some of whom names weren’t yet known. Suffolk County Attorney Dennis Brown, who represents the county in lawsuits, did not return a call for comment.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The goal of loan portfolio analysis is simple: minimizing risks for a credit union, while maximizing potential gains. That is easy enough to say. The trouble is in making it all happen, smoothly and in ways that benefit a credit union’s members.The good news: new software tools have automated a great deal of the work involved in portfolio analysis. What had been labor intensive—and with the possibility of many human induced calculation errors—now can be had with a few mouse clicks. That’s the beauty of the new tools.Before, loans were cataloged across many pages of paper. Now a glance at a single computer screen can shed a lot of light on exactly how well this institution is fairing.That is terrific. But understand that there also are limitations.Loan portfolio analysis is fraught with potential arguments and squabbles. continue reading »
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You’d think that the rise of mobile and digital-based financial payments would cut into the number of credit cards used by American consumers.But if you thought that, you’d be wrong – at least right now.According to the personal finance website Finder.com, the number of credit cards in use in the U.S. will reach “record highs” by 2018, with 500 million cards “expected to be in circulation.”That would represent the high point for nationwide credit card use, which had previously peaked in 2008, just before the Great Recession blindsided the U.S. economy (with 496 million cards in use in the second quarter of 2008.) At one point following the economic meltdown, active credit cards fell by 118.2 million, during the third quarter of 2010, Finder.com reports. continue reading »
The NCUA and Small Business Administration (SBA) will hold a webinar Oct. 16 to share benefits of credit unions participating in various SBA loan programs. NAFCU works closely with the SBA to expand access to credit union small-dollar loans to small businesses across the nation.NAFCU and the SBA recently signed a new Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) to strengthen their partnership. The association’s newest edition of The NAFCU Journal also includes a feature on SBA loan programs and how credit unions have seen success by participating in them.At NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus earlier this month, SBA Regional Administrator for the Mid-Atlantic Region Michelle Christian gave an update on NAFCU’s partnership with the agency to increase the number of credit unions offering certain SBA loans. She also shared how the Trump administration is working to increase small business lending. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Schramm added he, too, feels a little nervous, but says that feeling is overpowered by a desire to help the healthcare workers and patients. 26-year-old Anthony Schramm was studying to become a physician at Stony Brook University on Long Island. He says he grew up wanting to work in medicine to help people. However, when this pandemic hit, his clinical got cut short and he had to graduate early in order to serve at Stony Brook hospital. He and many others in his class volunteered. VESTAL (WBNG) — Stony Brook medical student and Vestal native, Anthony Schramm, graduated a month early this year to become a doctor and was called to help in the hotbed of the pandemic. “We’ve kind of been feeling useless out of the hospital in quarantine and so we are all very happy to get back in the hospital, and to start helping wherever we can,” said Schramm. “I realized we’re in it for the long haul and they need a lot of hands in the hospital, so these patients aren’t fighting this alone, so I was just excited to get involved,” said Schramm. Meanwhile, his family in the Southern Tier is hoping Anthony’s journey is safe one. His mother and sister saying emotions are high, but they are confident in him and proud of him for doing what is right. Anthony left for Stony Brook Hospital on Friday. He is expected to continue his medical training in a four-year program at Columbia University.
“In adapting the original story, we worked with designers and artists to come up with a new interpretation of the cat-like claws that are described in the book,” the statement continued. “It was never the intention for viewers to feel that the fantastical, non-human creatures were meant to represent them. This film is about the power of kindness and friendship. It is our hope that families and children can enjoy the film and embrace this empowering, love-filled theme.”Hathaway’s character, Grand High Witch, is seen in the movie with missing fingers, which is similar to the limb abnormality ectrodactyly — also known as “split hand.” The condition manifests as the absence of one or more fingers or toes on the hand or foot.Anne Hathaway as Grand High Witch in ‘The Witches’. Courtesy Warner Bros. PicturesBritish Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren was among those who called out the film’s depiction of Grand High Witch. “Disappointed in the new Warner Bros film The Witches…I myself am a huge advocate of celebrating differences and especially limb differences,” she wrote via Twitter on Monday, November 2. “It’s not unusual for surgeons to try and build hands like this for children/adults with certain limb differences and it’s upsetting to something that makes a person different being represented as something scary.”- Advertisement – The Princess Diaries star has yet to comment on the controversy, but she told PopSugar in October that she was “really swinging for the fences with the performance” and decided to “put my own spin on it.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! The athlete, 22, added: “Yes, I am fully aware that this is a film, and these are Witches. But Witches are essentially monsters. My fear is that children will watch this film, unaware that it massively exaggerates the Roald Dahl original and that limbs differences begin to be feared. This opens up all new difficult conversations for those with limb differences and sets back what we are trying to achieve which is to celebrate who you are!”The Witches was released on HBO Max on October 22. The film is a remake of the 1990 movie and based on Dahl’s 1983 book, which describes the titular characters as having “square feet with no toes” and “claws instead of fingernails.” The new adaptation stars Hathaway, 37, Octavia Spencer, Chris Rock, Stanley Tucci and Jahzir Bruno and follows a group of witches who plan to turn children into mice.- Advertisement – Time for a mea culpa. Warner Bros. issued an apology after people with disabilities spoke out against the depiction of Anne Hathaway’s character in the HBO Max remake of The Witches.A Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement that the company was “deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of the fictional characters in The Witches could upset people with disabilities,” adding that it “regretted any offense caused” by the film.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
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